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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8pm: the conservative cabinet minister alun cairns is accused of a cover up after denying that he knew about the role of one of his staff in the collapse of a rape trial. the liberal democrats have launched their election campaign, withjo swinson saying the party's message is clear — stop brexit and offer the country fresh leadership. when i look at borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn, i am absolutely certain i could do a betterjob than either of them. jeremy corbyn says labour would get brexit sorted next year and then put a new deal to a referendum. cabinet ministerjacob rees—mogg apologises after he's accused of insulting the grenfell tower victims. he'd said that families should have ignored the fire brigade and left the building.
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there was no more cereal, so i had the last piece of toast. luckily, mum wasn't hungry. going without food in today's britain — we bring you an exclusive report after a new study reveals the massive increase in the number of people using food banks. and the 300 year—old dorset lighthouse shining bright, thanks to a modern upgrade. hello, a very good evening. if you've just joined hello, a very good evening. if you'vejustjoined us, welcome to bbc news. the welsh secretary alun cairns is coming under pressure to resign after saying he didn't know a candidate for the assembly in cardiff, who he'd endorsed, had been accused of sabotaging a rape trial. mr cairns says he didn't know
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about the part one of his aides played in the trial until last week, but the bbc has learned he was emailed about it last summer. teleri glynjones reports. welsh secretary alun cairns facing the cameras at number 10 this morning for the last cabinet meeting before the general election. but by this evening, the man who is wales‘s voice at the top table is facing calls to resign. ross, how do you think we can best do that? it's because questions about how much he knew about his former aide‘s role in a court case which collapsed in april last year. ross england was a witness in a rape trial and told the court that he had had a casual sexual relationship with the victim, which she denied. that was despite the judge making it clear that evidence of the sexual history was inadmissible. thejudge at cardiff crown court told him... he went on to say.... eight months on, and mr england was picked as the tory assembly
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candidate, endorsed by alun cairns — who said he was a friend and colleague with whom it will be a pleasure to campaign. almost a year later, and on tuesday last week, bbc wales first reported on the judge's comments on the 2018 collapsed trial. on wednesday, ross england was suspended. on thursday, the welsh party chairman released a statement, saying... but today, it's emerged that alun cairns was part of an e—mail discussion on august 2, 2018 about the trial earlier that year. the e—mail we've seen is from alun cairns‘ special adviser to alun cairns and other members of staff. it says, "i've spoken to ross and he is confident no action will be taken by the court." it implies that alun cairns knew about the way this trial collapsed before he endorsed ross england.
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and crucially, it doesn't tally with the claims the secretary of state made that he only found out about that last week. a conservative spokesperson today said there was nothing new in this e—mail and said it didn't contradict the previous statements they've made. calls for alun cairns to resign have come from across the political divide. will you join me in condemning any politicians who knew about this and did nothing? and if it's proven that they knew, do you agree with me that they should resign? i'm sure that more facts will emerge as time goes on, but i think that it's time for alun cairns to look at his position and to think about whether he should step down now for the sake of the country and for the sake of his party. because certain matters have emerged so far which make his position untenable. last week, the victim
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told me that she was angry about the way this had been handled by the party. tonight, she's added her voice to calls for alun cairns to resign. she says she can't believe not one senior welsh conservative has said that what ross england did was wrong. the chair of the uk party wouldn't be drawn on the subject this evening. well, i don't have the full details on this. my understanding is that the person who was involved has been suspended, alun is a fantastic secretary of state, deeply respected and effective. i don't have the full details on this. obviously it's a very, very sensitive issue. i don't want to speculate. the pressure mounts on alun cairns. with a general election imminent, the questions continue. the liberal democrats have launched their general election campaign, saying they are the only party with a clear—cut pledge to stop brexit in its tracks. speaking in central london, party leaderjo swinson said this election could bring about a seismic change in british politics, putting her in number 10.
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she claimed the economy would benefit from a remain bonus — an extra £50 billion to spend on public services over the next five years. and brexit was neverfar away as both labour and the conservatives continued their campaigns. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. her report contains some flashing images. our liberal democrat candidate for prime minister, jo swinson. "a liberal democrat candidate for prime minister"? could jo swinson really transform a dozen from 2017 into a group who could govern? this is not a normal election. it's not a typical choice about whether you want the red team or the blue team to be in government. her ranks have grown, as brexit has rippled through the two big parties. but as a tribe who unashamedly wants to keep us in the eu, the lib dems believe their best chance is now. i never thought that i would stand here and say that i'm a candidate to be prime minister.
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but when i look at borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn, i am absolutely certain i could do a betterjob than eitherof them. applause honest whispers suggest number 10 is out of reach, so if no—one got a majority, would she — could she — prop up one of the others? i am absolutely, categorically, ruling out liberal democrat votes putting jeremy corbyn into numberio. you said this morning you want to bring the country together, but how would you do that if your plan is to disregard the vote of millions of people in the referendum of 2016? as liberal democrats, we are standing up for what we believe in and being very honest and straightforward about that. i recognise there are differences of opinion on this issue. it's a new politics now, and i do think they really have a chance to form a government. very optimistic and it's a really good feeling, actually, going out on the doorstep. very, very positive feedback.
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if we get more than 50—80 plus, i'll be happy with that. labour will come knocking with a different proposal for brexit. after months of internal agonies, they are suggesting if they win. .. ..they‘d negotiate a different deal with brussels, and then within six months give you another choice — of leaving or staying in. a labour government will get brexit sorted within six months. it won't be a rerun of 2016. this time, the choice will be between leaving with a sensible deal or remaining in the eu. that is the policy. it really isn't very complicated. # now i'm a believer...# believe it or not, the official campaign hasn't started — but we're speeding through those kodak moments already. the snp refrain familiar too. this is an election about who will
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decide the future of scotland. if we allow westminster to do that, we risk being taken out of the eu against our will. of course, more than a third of people in scotland voted to leave. and he has sent everyone to the polls because it hasn't happened yet. do you feel up for the campaign? all: yes, yes! you look as though you're full of beans. will you be back in the government, health secretary? however bouncy any of our politicians appear now — some of them have chosen this to be their last day. for those who want to stay, this election is a gamble that the grins can't hide. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. with me now, a 20 year veteran of the house of commons. sir vince cable. an mp for how much longer? three hours more where you can
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claim... is there a mild sense of relief? it's a long time you've been standing elections, for decades now? i first standing elections, for decades now? ifirst on 50 standing elections, for decades now? i first on 50 years ago. 15, lost five. let me talk to you about the pa rty‘s prospects five. let me talk to you about the party's prospects becausejo swinson was arguing a good case this morning, but i wonder if really, the fa cts morning, but i wonder if really, the facts back up your argument, that she could be in number ten after the selection? yes, i think she is right to be ambitious. it's based on, first of all, a brexit election. it's a very unusual election. it's not about the usual issues. you cannot simply extrapolate from the past. we are the remain party and thatis past. we are the remain party and that is half the country. there is a very good chance of breaking through the middle. i said when i was
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leader, myjob was to become the prime minister, and she is saying the same and she is underlining it, and proud of it, and actually write. i hate to rain on your parade but your share of the vote in 2017 was 1796. sure. that's a hell of a long way to leave... we finished with 20 plus. you can get a big shift in a short period of time. everyone talks about... the 2017 election, even after the referendum, 82% voted either labour or tory. those two big parties look pretty solid. they don't, i'm afraid. if it is a brexit election, your sumption is clearly wrong. i think last time around, 2017, it was fought on the traditional range of issues and theresa may came up with her proposals... parties then, including
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yours, said you would honour the referendum result. we also argue for a referendum full so you're right. there was a sense the country had a referendum and it was time to move on. politics have changed since 2017. we got a bad deal, potentially very bad deal, and we have medically we wa nt very bad deal, and we have medically we want to remain. you are taking a risk, though. if it is not a brexit election, you're saying to half the electorate, we do not want your votes. you're going to revoke article 50. on the other hand, by absolutely ruling out putting jeremy corbyn in number ten, you put the prospects of a second referendum. we are campaigning fora prospects of a second referendum. we are campaigning for a second referendum. if we wanted overall majority, which is a stretch as you rightly pointed out, it's possible but it's a big stretch, then we
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would try to pursue the revoke option because that is what the public has voted for. but if we fall short of that, we are very strongly in favour of a referendum. the tories won't offer you that. it would only be labour. why are you saying come absolutely, categorically would not putjeremy corbyn in number ten? we could but with him on this issue and we would come as we have been throughout this parliament. it's got nothing to do with putting jeremy corbyn into downing street. he is complete the unsuitable. the behaviour of his party, things that we couldn't possibly... you left the labour party when michael foot was leader. how do you comparejeremy corbyn? party when michael foot was leader. how do you compare jeremy corbyn?m comparison, i am how do you compare jeremy corbyn?m comparison, iam not how do you compare jeremy corbyn?m comparison, i am not talking about jeremy corbyn personally, i am talking with the entourage and the
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tendency the labour party tends to represent, which is much more extreme than michael foote. he was very much wedded to the constitution. i think he was a moderating influence on issues like strikes, very different kind of position. he had been in government and he worked withjim callahan and the rest. he was a proper constitutionalist. he was on the left of the party but anyway that people could understand in a way that i think corbyn is way beyond. are you in a position where the lib dems were in 2010, we will choose your leader? unless you choose a different leader, we want to go to government with you? different leader, we want to go to government with you ?|j different leader, we want to go to government with you? i would put the other way around. -- unless you choose a different leader, we will not go to government. say mr of the tories. i was a member of the cabinet for five years. i worked them under certain circumstances. as
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long asjohnson them under certain circumstances. as long as johnson is them under certain circumstances. as long asjohnson is committed to the brexit policy that he is, we cannot possibly work with him. servants -- sir —— sirvince cable, —— sir vince cable, pleasure to speak with you. enjoy your retirement. thanks very much. the former chancellor philip hammond says he will leave parliament with "great sadness" after deciding not to stand as an independent mp in his surrey constituency. mr hammond lost the conservative whip after defying borisjohnson over a no—deal brexit. and because he did not have the conservative with when the parliament dissolved, he could not bea parliament dissolved, he could not be a candidate as a local tory. he said he wouldn't run as an independent as that would be a "direct challenge" to the party he loved. throughout the election campaign, the bbc reality check team will be fact checking the parties‘ claims,
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looking at whether the data backs them up. you can find more details at uk/news or on the bbc news app. sir vince cable takes us to the headlines here on bbc news at half past 8pm. the conservative cabinet minister alun cairns is accused of a cover up after denying that he knew about the role of one of his staff in the collapse of a rape trial. the liberal democrats claim the uk will get a "remain bonus" of £50 billion over five years if brexit is stopped — as they launch their general election campaign. jacob rees—mogg apologises for saying that residents of g re nfell tower should have used "common sense" — and left the building instead of listening to fire brigade advice. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sarah. evening to you.
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let's start with the football. defending champions liverpool have just taken the lead against genk in the champions league through gorjinio wjinaldum, but there's already been two goals at stamford bridge. chelsea went behind after just two minutes to ajax, a tammy abraham own goal. but they drew level a minute later from the spot. jorginho scoring the penalty there after christian pulisic was brought down in the box. lots of action in the champions league. this is how things are at the moment — two results in the early games — a win for leipzig — but barcelona frustrated. held to a goalless draw. big in their group as they're along with inter and dortmund
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who are playing now. inter a goal up. lautaro martinez the scorer. chelsea— ajax 1—1, liverpool up one goal. meanwhile, liverpool will need to field two different teams in as many days, because the date of their league cup quarter—final with aston villa will not be changed. the match, on the 17th of december, is less than 2a hours before club world cup semi—final in qatar. arsenal manager unai emery has confirmed that granit xhaka has been stripped of the club captaincy. the midfielder has not played for the club since he was booed off by fans, and reacted angrily, after being substituted against crystal palace on the 27th of october. xhaka is said to have "accepted the position". pierre—emerick aubamayang will take over as club captain. after missing last month's matches through injury, juventus midfielder aaron ramsey is back in the wales squad for the upcoming games against azerbaijan and hungary. gareth bale is also included in the squad. he hasn't played for his club real madrid since picking up a calf injury in wales' draw with croatia in mid—october. manager ryan giggs admits bale's
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lack of match fitness is a concern. saracens rugby club have been docked 35 points and handed a £5 million fine for breaching salary cap regulations. an independent panel had found wrongdoing relating to business partnerships between the owner nigel wray and some of the club's top players. premiership rugby has suspended the punishment pending a saracens appeal. former saracens player kyren bracken believes people should wait for more details on the case before passing judgement on the premiership champions. everyone wants to be seen to be doing the right thing and playing within the rules, and if saracens have not been playing within the rules, then i would say throw the book at them. but i cannot see how they have when the panel actually said that they haven't intentionally tried to do anything. so i did we have to have a massive, full investigation what actually happened. staying with rugby. the victorious south africa team
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have landed on home soil after winning the world cup injapan. this is them coming through arrivals. captain siya kolisi raising the william webb—ellis trophy aloft to hundreds of fans welcoming them home. it's the first time they've won the trophy since 2007. i must say, the people outside, inside did help us a lot. it gave us another reason to fight even harder because we knew what was going to be like when we home, and it reminded us we like when we home, and it reminded us we have the privilege of doing what we do, and that can give a little bit of hope to the people. and, yeah, i did seal the videos in halls, in taverns, every single person celebrating, so we knew there was much more thanjust person celebrating, so we knew there was much more than just for our personal gains. it was for the country. that's all the sport for now. just to let you know, ajax have just gone a goal up against chelsea, so
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it is to— one that ajax lead chelsea at sta mford it is to— one that ajax lead chelsea at stamford bridge in the champion sleep. you can follow it all on the website. —— in the champion sleep. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30pm. wonderful, thank you very much. jacob rees—mogg, the leader of the commons, has been accused of insulting the memory of the victims of the grenfell tower fire after he appeared to suggest that people should have used common sense on the night of the fire two years ago and fled the tower block. in an interview with lbc radio, mr rees—mogg said that — having read the recent report on the fire — he would now ignore the fire brigade's advice to stay put. he has offered a profound apology, saying he would hate to upset the people of grenfell. 72 people died in the blaze on 1a june 2017. our special corrspondent lucy manning reports. if there's one tragedy it's easy to show sympathy with and be sensitive about, it's grenfell. the inquiry finding just last week residents shouldn't have been told to stay put in their flats for so long.
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yet one government minister has managed to upset the survivors. the more one's read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you're told and leave, you are so much safer. and i think if either of us was in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. it just seems the common sense thing to do. marcio gomes, his pregnant wife, and two daughters were trapped on the 21st floor. they filmed the smoke and the darkness that made it almost impossible to escape. their son, logan, was stillborn after the fire. there is no way you can get out? floor 21? there's no way! there's no way. we have tried three times already. the fire's here! you know, i lost my son and, yeah, it was hurtful. it's not very nice for the survivors, the families, or even the community, as well, what he said. he certainly needs to start thinking a bit more about what he's saying. and if he wants to talk about common sense, then i can quite...
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you know, turn around and say it's common sense not to build houses or flats with flammable material. as he left cabinet, mr rees—mogg was asked if he thought grenfell residents lacked common sense. that's not what i said. not what i said. do you regret your comments? that's not what i said. he later said... do you accept his apology for those comments? no, not really. i think it was just very insensitive. it shows how out of touch he is with everyone. at any time, jacob rees—mogg's comments would be seen as insensitive, but at the start of an election campaign, they suggest a government minister lacking empathy at the very time
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politicians are trying to connect with people. grenfell survivors again feeling let down by those in charge. lucy manning, bbc news. people living with illness or disability, or who are struggling with the benefits system, are most likely to rely on foodbanks. that's according to research carried out by heriot—watt university for the charity the trussell trust. it described 94% of people who use foodbanks as destitute, with many living on less than £50 a week. in 2010, the trussell trust handed out 41,000 food parcels. by last year, that had increased to 1.6 million. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. i mean, i was bedridden for a few weeks and, yeah, that's when it started to hit that i needed to do something. misfortune can strike at any time. donna kennedy was working as a nursing auxiliary when she had two mini strokes.
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unable to work, and with little income, money ran out for the single mum, forcing her to go to her local food bank. it's being that person that's been providing for the family for so long and then all of a sudden, it's just through illness, it's been taken away... donna remembers clearly her first trip to the food bank, driving around, uncertain if she'd go in, sitting outside in tears, feeling embarrassed. feeling degraded, feeling sort of... "has it had to come to this?" and, you know... it just wasn't. .. itjust didn't seem fair that it had come to this. hi, girls. at the food bank in county londonderry where donna now volunteers, demand for help has increased each year since it opened in 2015. here, as elsewhere in the uk, problems with benefits are a key reason people need food. the initial five—week wait for universal credit creating particular difficulties. a lot of the families
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that we would see come to the food bank have tried to survive for five weeks. they've borrowed from family members, from neighbours, from whoever they can, to survive. but, actually, when the benefit then comes in, they owe money back to those people and then they find themselves in difficulty and then they've had to come to the food bank at that stage then. today's research is intended, in part, to tackle the argument that more people are using food banks because there are more of them. well, that was a small factor. the major reasons people needed help were to do with a lack of benefits and living with an illness or disability. single parents were also at much greater risk. hunger isn't about food. it's about money. and it's about how people do not have enough to afford the absolute basics. we found that the average household income of somebody who's been referred to a food bank, after they've paid the rent, isjust £50 a week. and that is leaving people facing real destitution. there's no more cereal, so i have the last piece of toast. luckily, mum isn't hungry.
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this children's book was recently published about a family in need, a sign of how normal food banks have become. mum doesn't like going to the food bank, but i do. it's a no—money day helps explain why more than half a million food parcels were given to children last year. the topic is familiar to this school, as they collect supplies for their own local food bank. maybe one day, me and mum won't have to worry, but, tonight, because of kind people, our tummies are full. the government has emphasised they spend £95 billion annually on what they call the welfare safety net. but the increase in use of food banks suggests it's not enough for many people. michael buchanan, bbc news. let's take a look at some more of this evening's top stories. the uk business mothercare is being wound down after formally entering administration this evening. all 79 stores will close over the coming weeks and months as stock runs down —
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a move which will affect more than 2,500 jobs. south western railway staff will strike for 27 days during december and on new year's day as part of a long—running dispute over train guards. the rmt union says its guards and drivers had been left with "no choice" but to take industrial action. bristol is set to become the uk's first city to ban diesel cars from entering parts of the city centre in a bid to cut air pollution. the city council has agreed to ban privately—owned diesel cars from a central zone in the daytime. commercial vehicles will pay to enter the area. the scheme, which needs government approval, is due to start in 2021. more than 100 families with children at a nursery in south devon have been contacted by police following the arrest of one of its employees in relation to multiple allegations of sexual offences. police began a major investigation in july after one family reported their child had alerted them to an incident at
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the jack and jill childcare nursery, which is now closed. sarah ransome reports. it was here back injuly when parents were told of an investigation into what police described as a serious incident involving a young child. at the time, one of the nursery workers was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. detectives say they've now identified a number of children as young as two as potential victims — but won't say how many. that investigation has focused on a large amount of cctv footage from within the nursery setting. and as a result of the viewing of the footage, we have identified a number of additional offences against other children in the nursery setting. in total, more than 100 families with children attending the nursery have now been contacted by the investigating team. police say they don't believe other staff here at the nursery had any idea what was going on, and they're keen to point out that the offences don't include the taking or distribution of any images.
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specialist teams are now helping the families involved. we are working closely with our police colleagues who have specially trained officers supporting those families depending on the needs of those families. a helpline has been set up for anyone with any concerns. the nursery has had its licence suspended. sarah ransome, bbc news, torquay. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello, good evening. well, some places stayed pretty cloudy and damp today. others, especially in the north, turned brighter. but with those brighter conditions came some colder conditions. and as the skies continue to clear out during tonight, and that cold air sinks further south, well, we are going to see quite a widespread frost, i think. towns and cities will be quite close to freezing, but these are the temperatures to expect out in the countryside. some spots will get down below freezing. i think there will be some frosty conditions and maybe some fog patches too as we start off tomorrow morning.
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now, as we go through tomorrow, there'll be one or two showers peppering northern and eastern coasts at first. then a decent amount of sunshine. but then we see this band of showers pushing in from the west and some more persistent rain tracking into northern ireland, west wales, the far southwest of england by the afternoon. those temperatures, really no great shakes. most of us in single digits, maybe 10 degrees in london and 11 in plymouth. as we head towards the end of the week, it stays rather chilly. we'll see further outbreaks of rain at times. that's all for me. bye for now.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. the conservative cabinet minister alun cairns is accused of a cover up after denying that he knew about the role of one of his staff in the collapse of a rape trial the liberal democrats launch their election campaign, with their leaderjo swinson saying the party's message is clear — stop brexit and offer the country new leadership. when i look at borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn, i am absolutely certain i can do a betterjob than either of them. jeremy corbyn says labour would get brexit sorted next year —— and then put a new deal to a referendum. cabinet ministerjacob rees—mogg apologises after he's accused of insulting the grenfell tower victims. he'd said that families should have ignored the fire brigade and left the building. and coming up at quarter to nine —
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are language exams too difficult? the exams regulator decides to make it easier to pass gcse french and german less harshly. thousands of scientists across the globe have backed research that declares a climate emergency. they say that without deep and lasting changes, the world is facing "untold human suffering" and that governments are failing to address the crisis. so how important will the issue of climate change be in this election and what can the next government hope to do about it? our science editor, david shukman reports: with a new series, david attenborough is, once again, attracting huge audiences with revelations about the natural world. climate change now has a profile like never before. so, do people care about it? protests by extinction rebellion were annoying for some, but inspiring for many others. we love you! and the school strikes showed a growing concern that's reflected in some opinion polls.
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the environment is of particular concern to younger voters. in fact, in our most recent poll, it was seen as being the second most important issue to these voters, second only to the issue of brexit. and i think over this election campaign, politicians are going to have to start discussing the issue of the environment, if they want to win over the support of those youngest voters. so, what needs to be done? this solar farm in sussex is one relatively small part of the answer as the uk tries to go low carbon, and no longer add to the rise in temperatures. all the main parties have committed to tackling climate change, more or less rapidly, so whoever ends up in charge faces a monumental challenge. and notjust overseeing many more of these, but also wind energy. thousands more turbines out at sea and maybe on the land as well. greening our homes, moving away from gas as the main source of heat, and cleaning up how we get around,
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ditching diesel and petrol. it's a huge task. but is this transformation possible? the modern british economy was founded on carbon — burning fossilfuels. changing that will touch every aspect of our lives. the government's climate advisers say that must be attempted. when we think about the things that need to be done to get to that goal of net zero emissions, it is absolutely enormous. it involves things in every sector of the economy and, of course, we need government policies in every sector of the economy to deliver that. and we will need to see in the manifestos that come forth in the next election whether those policy commitments are there. it's essential that they are. this comes as we hear that the past month was the hottest october ever recorded. and as 11,000 scientists have banded together to warn that we are facing a climate emergency and that the world has so far failed to respond.
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the brit awards have announced a major revamp for next year with fewer awards and an end to fan votes. the music ceremony has come under criticism from fans of international groups — after it also announced the ‘best international group' category will be cut. organisers promise ‘more music‘ with artists being given full creative control of their performances. last year's brit awards were watched by 4.1 million people, down four hundred thousand from 2018. but despite press reports earlier this year, gendered awards for best male and best female act will remain. georgie rogers is a musicjournalist and presenter — shejoins me now. let us start with this decline. it sounds like a modest decline but in the states with television audiences not being what they were, it is big enough to where the organisers. there are still getting about 4 million viewers which is pretty sizeable. but it has been the
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biggest event in the music calendar, it is the most mainstream and mainstay and music. it is a big award ceremony watched by many people and they are streamlining it, bring it intojust nine people and they are streamlining it, bring it into just nine awards and there will be creative control given to the artist performing on the night, which i think you make it quite lively. —— will make it. throwing water over the then deputy prime minister, but i was 20 years ago now. the performance and just looking at the notes, the lead singer of the 1975, singing a particular track that had drug references. the music industry, which is said —— has had drug
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references throughout the years. that kind of censorship will be no longer and i think artist in this current climate are being very political and using their voices as a mouthpiece the to say things and in his acceptance speech she quoted the argument about misogyny and music. which is been an unspoken problem in the music industry. and i was one of the most memorable moments in the whole evening. when we talk about trying to make this more accessible and appealing to the audience, is there a danger that they have kind of shot themselves in they have kind of shot themselves in the foot on the international award? it seems to have upset many fans, many loyal fans who have gone on to twitter and are pretty angry about this. by writing of the international group, it is an award that they would be a shoe in for,
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especially the audience here, i think the events will be all right. i think this is by making more space for the rising talent, it is the brits, showcasing british talent and putting those performances and the rising star award which was the critics choice, they will get the chance to perform the next ceremony andi chance to perform the next ceremony and i think it isjust making space for the british artists, so many amazing artists. and is global, isn't it? and this effectively still a showcase for music that will be internationally significant. yes in the global superstars we have created and it is making us more space for the rising stars. there are so many space for the rising stars. there are so many unscripted moments and in some ways, they make award ceremonies so much more entertaining for the audience, thankfully madonna was not hurt by that, but there is a
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terrible occasion when they announced the incorrect winner. and if you think the organisers would like... it has always been quite safe award ceremonies except when you look at the 90s and the protest against michaeljackson, the infamous arctic monkeys might drop and madonna tripping, and the audience will always guess what is going to happen and it will keep people guessing a bit more. when is it? february. february, they are already working for the nominations this year. scientists say a home test kit could revolutionise screening for cervical cancer. women could be able to carry out a urine or swab test at home and send the sample by post for analysis saving them a trip to the doctor. our health reporter
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michelle roberts has the details. smear tests can be life—saving, but millions of women are not going for them. women aged 25 to 64 in the uk are invited for checks, but the number taking up the offer has been falling. figures suggest one in four women do not attend a smear test when invited. experts say low uptake rates could be down to embarrassment, a lack of awareness or people putting it off. now researchers say a new form of test carried out by women themselves at home could get more people screened. the test measures chemical changes detectable in you're in or vaginal swabs to assess a woman's cancer risk. a high score suggests a higher risk and the woman should have further checks. lead researcher dr belinda nedjai from queen mary university of london says diy checks could be a game changer. it is detecting 96% of women who have a high grade lesion, or a precancer lesion, it is very efficient, but because it is to replace another test, we need to do this
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in 10,000 women. campaigners say home testing would be popular, but larger trials are needed before the nhs can decide whether to offer it. we are seeing coverage at an all—time low in england, it is low in other countries as well, we need to find a way to offer a test that women want, that is accessible, and what self sampling can offer, it is something that jo's cervical cancer trust have been calling for for a long time, could be that solution. potentially could be a real game changer. the nhs is currently moving to testing smears for the presence of a virus called human papilloma virus, or hpv. almost all cases of cervical cancer are linked to the virus. it can also cause other cancers in men and women. from this september in england, all boys aged 12 to 13 will be routinely offered a vaccine, along with girls, to help protect against cancers caused by hpv.
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the headlines on bbc news. the conservative cabinet minister alun cairns is accused of a cover up after denying that he knew about the role of one of his staff in the collapse of a rape trial the liberal democrats claim the uk will get a ‘remain bonus‘ of 50 billion pounds over five years if brexit is stopped — as they launch their general election campaign. the senior conservative jacob rees—mogg apologises —— for saying that residents of grenfell tower —— should have used ‘common sense‘ and left the building instead of listening to fire brigade advice. an update on the market numbers for you — here‘s how london‘s and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the exams regulator, ofqual,
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says exam boards will be marking gcse french and german exams less severely from next year, bringing them into line with spanish. language teachers say it‘s harder for pupils to get a top grade in french and german than in other subjects, and the number of pupils taking the courses has been in decline. suzanne graham is a professor of language and education at reading university. shejoins me now. thank you very much forjoining us. do you think this decision is to be welcomed? yes, it is very much to be welcomed. the analysis has been very thorough and students typically get a lower grade in french or german than they do in other subjects. i think it is important to emphasise that it think it is important to emphasise thatitis think it is important to emphasise that it is only part of the problem, but it is an important first step to improve uptake of languages. are you clear why it is the case, finding
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the languages that much harder that there is this difference between their performances?” there is this difference between their performances? i think you have to ta ke their performances? i think you have to take into consideration how long it takes to learn the language, the amount of time it takes and i think we have to be realistic about what is possible to achieve in a certain amount of time at school. it is likely that the amount of teaching language that learners experience in school over a period of time in terms of learning a language just isn‘t enough to get them to the level that is expected currently. why was spanish created more responsively to that than french and german? is there an explanation for that? i'm not entirely sure what the reason is, i think there are differences in terms of the difficulty of different languages
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and it is not clear from the analysis that there‘s been this difference between the three languages and will be interesting to look at. what is the position on languages in teaching in schools. i remember when i was in the 1980s, languages were quite prominent in the curriculum. we hear a lot about the curriculum. we hear a lot about the pressures of the national curriculum that certain subjects have to be taught. have languages suffered as a result of med?” have to be taught. have languages suffered as a result of med? i think languages have suffered and what schools have demonstrated in terms of subject, subjects like math and science and schools are very much judged by their results in those areas and some schools particularly that it areas and some schools particularly thatitis areas and some schools particularly that it is important for them to concentrate on those subjects which they are particularly assessed and is schools feel that a student is going to get a lower grade in french 01’ going to get a lower grade in french or german, they are less likely to
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encourage that learner to take that subject g csc. the prime minister was one of those supporting the teaching of latin, one of the arguments was that it may be a dead language but it is the root of our modern language. do you think a similar case can be made for french, german and spanish? because a lot of people must think, what you want to do with it, what do you want different to go into higher education and if this exam is harder than may be... i think that is the rationale behind the decision that we do not want people to be thinking that languages are a bad choice because they‘re going to be created more severely. languages bring a lot of potential benefits to people and to benefit more people but greater
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openness to other perspectives, greater empathy other people, better cognitive functioning, these are over the important things apart from the addition to the ability to communicate with lots of people and they are really important skills in themselves that bring lots of additional benefits to learners. thank you very much. an investigation of the phone history of a norwegian teenager who took her own life, has revealed the shocking scale of self—harm and suicide material being shared across networks of private instagram accounts. analysis byjournalists has shown that the 17 year old‘s account was linked to 1,000 others which posted similar dangerous content. at least another 14 girls in that network have killed themselves. a warning you may find some of details in this report by catrin nye distressing.
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i used to say that she... she was my heart, and... so she... ..really took my heart with her when she died. heidi‘s daughter andrine killed herself in 2017, a month before her 18th birthday. but it wasn‘t until earlier this year that heidi discovered she‘d posted her suicide on instagram. andrine‘s mobile phone had been unopened since her death. when heidi got into it she found a secret locked instagram account where andrine had documented her struggles with mental health problems, self harming and, finally, her suicide. the hardest thing was that she had documented her last days, her last hours. it was almost like she was... streaming her death. so this is our investigation room... heidi learned about the account from norwegianjournalists investigating suicide and self—harm communities on instagram.
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she let the investigation team use the phone to go through andrine‘s followers, and in turn their followers. they found connections to 1000 locked, secret accounts across 20 countries, all posting similar and often disturbing content. among them, at least 14 other suicides in norway alone. journalist annemarte moland says these sort of networks reward harmful behaviour. the average age is 19. they are often in and out of hospitals. there's lots of support, lots of attention. and what were the problems you saw? i very quickly discovered that when you post suicidal stuff, or self— harm, you get more attention. as time has passed and i... and i have seen what‘s posted and... how active she was on that instagram
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community, i realise that... instagram basically took my daughter‘s life. that‘s what i feel. instagram has banned all graphic images of self—harm and content that promotes suicide, but some posts are missed. some users now post more abstract images to represent things like suicide attempts. heidi now wishes she had talked to andrine more about her instagram life. to another mum i would say, "don‘t do the same mistake. talk to your daughter. talk about it." for nearly 300 years, a lighthouse has stood on dorset‘s portland bill to guide vessels navigating the english channel. it‘s undergone a lot of changes in that time and its latest upgrade should ensure its light is clearer than ever. the old revolving lamp is being replaced by a powerful led light. anna varle reports
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newsreel: treacherous currents flow around the coast and a friendly lighthouse on portland bill warns passing mariners of their danger. many boats and lives have been lost on this stretch of coastline. these waters hide shallow reefs, deep ledges and a clashing of tides. it‘s so hazardous, lighthouses have stood here to guide ships around the bill since the 18th century. and now, this historic landmark is undergoing a major change once more. the main optic will be brought down from the top. we will be craning it down when weather permits. and it will be built up as an exhibit for visitors to come and see. the tower is currently closed to visitors, but we‘ve been given special access to see how it‘s being brought into the 21st century. it‘s hard to believe that this old lamp — there are bits of it scattered all around here —
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used to sit on this, on a bath of mercury. the mercury has been removed for safety reasons. and now two led lamps are sat on the top of the tower. these will eventually be brought down into the lantern room. the disadvantage of the old optic was from a distance, because it was a sweeping beam, from a long distance away, you only get a 0.2 second flash. so with the static omnidirectional leds, you get a solid one second flash wherever you are. the foghorn is also being replaced. this one went out of service years ago, but a new signal will be mounted near the top of the tower. obviously we have detectors mounted up. so as soon as they see fog, it then sounds the emitter. this team is just at the beginning of the project, which — weather permitting — will be finished in february next year.
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looking up, seeing the stars beyond and it was a real romantic atmosphere and feeling about the place and we will miss that. this is just the beginning of the project this team is just at the beginning of the project, which — weather permitting — will be finished in february next year. the eagerly—awaited new series of the royal drama, the crown, begins later this month — with oscar winning actress olivia colman taking over from claire foy as the queen. this series begins in 1964, and ends 13 years later with the silverjubilee. john maguire has been behind the scenes. good morning. it‘s firstjuly, 1969, welcome to the investiture of the prince of wales here at carnarvon castle. or, at least, as it‘s being reimagined by netflix —
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the exact same castle, the exact same location. as the world‘s most famous family return, olivia colman — oscar winner for one role as a monarch — takes on another one. it‘s so much fun. i mean, look at the hats you get to wear. it‘s extraordinary, isn‘t it? people have forgotten about the hats. yes. it‘s there, this is pretty good copy. yeah, yeah, i‘ve seen pictures, "no way." oh, yes, way. yeah, yeah. on set, in between takes, i‘m granted a royal audience. a person made a vow in their 20s to serve their nation, she‘s done it, she‘s now in her 90s. she‘s extraordinary. and never stepped away from it. yeah. i‘ve become almost obsessed with her. she‘s amazing! and the show is much an investigation of the institution as it is the people, so it's about those figures within this organisation, the sort of pressures, the weird loneliness of it.
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tell me, it‘s all any of us want to know. what do you want from us? well, the truth is we don't know what we want. a recurring theme in the crown is the relationship with her prime ministers. jason watkins is harold wilson. i‘m not going to do the voice now, you‘ll have to wait. it‘s called a high larynx. he has a particular voice, but myjob is to sort of show him in all his eccentricities, perhaps, and his voice, and it‘s a much impersonated voice, but i have to fill it up with what‘s going on and what the real emotions are going on and the real events of the day, which were traumatic. age is rarely kind to anyone. nothing one can do about it. acting royalty playing real royalty, as the crown and the woman who wears it return. now it‘s time for a look
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at the weather with ben rich good evening. it has been a day of mixed fortunes, rather cloudy and damp for some. but for others, it has been turning brighter, as printer conditions have been spreading from the north, but also brighter conditions have been spreading from the north, but also spreading from the north some colder conditions. you can see the blue colours here on our air mass chart. and as that cold air continues to sink southwards, things will continue to turn very chilly during tonight, we will see showers will fade away and we will keep some coastal fringes, wanted to mist and fog patches as well, and have a look at the temperatures. quite widely will be close to freezing, some spots would dip a bitjust below the be quite a widespread ground frost to take us into tomorrow morning, but with that should be a fairly bright start. there will be one or two showers for northern and eastern areas of a few patches of fog around as well, not a bad start to the day it is a go through the day, we will see this band of showers drifting we will see this band of showers drifting in from the west and some
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more persistent rain starting on the fringes of northern ireland and far west of wales, far southwest of england through the afternoon. temperatures between six and 11 degrees in many spots, the temperatures a degree or so below the average for this time of year. as we go through wednesday night, we will see this band of rain here tracking further northeastwards and then it becomes very slow moving as we get into a thursday. i think they are of low pressure will be one itself up in this front hangs up across parts of england and wales. that means a persistent rain particularly for north wales, the midlands, east anglia, that rain likely to england at times. enough to cause localised flooding and some travel problems. to the south of that rain band, a mixture of sunny spells and hefty showers and some the showers on the high ground in scotland are likely to be wintry, the air will be that cold. is again the friday, that area of low pressure and that system should retreat south eastwards, so more and more of us to see a return to sunny skies and generally from
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the north or the northeast, so it is going to be another chilly day generally between six and 10 degrees. quite a widespread frost i think during friday night and as we get onto the weekend, we can see the return of rain during saturday and some of that will be heavy and wintry mixed in, up over high ground in the north.
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hello, i‘m ros atkins. this is outside source. thousands of scientists from around the world have joined forces to declare a global climate emergency. they say forty years of data points to a world facing "untold human suffering" if significant change isn‘t made. in the us, more impeachment inquiry testimony is being released. america‘s ambassador to the eu revised his testimony to say aid to ukraine was dependent on president trump getting what he wanted. anthony zurcher in washington will be here to talk us through. cheering a


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