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warnings there's a danger to life from severe flooding in the north of england. after torrential rainfall, more than a hundred flood warnings are in place — schools are closed and there's chaos on the roads and railways. some residents have been told to leave their homes — rescue teams have been taking people to safety. we are live in doncaster, where the river don continues to rise. it is due to peak within the hour. the other main stories this lunchtime: the snp says it would try to form an alliance with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government after the election and promises to stop the nhs being privatised. we will fight tooth and nail any attempts to expose the national health service to a post—brexit trade deal with donald trump.
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the bbc announces plans for two prime—time election debates — a head—to—head between borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn, and one with all the main british parties. jail for an 18—year—old man who stabbed to death his teenage girlfriend ellie gould. and the emotions of a d—day veteran as he sees a memorial being built for his fallen friends. i had a job to do. all these fellows did a good job. all these men, these wonderful men. and coming up on bbc news... all the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sports centre.
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good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. severe flood warnings are in place in parts of england — meaning there's a danger to life. some residents have been rescued from their homes. in sheffield, dozens of people spent the night stranded in a shopping —— we had just found the body of a woman has been found in matlock in derbyshire. in sheffield, dozens of people spent the night stranded in a shopping centre because of flooded roads, while 35 homes in mansfield were evacuated after a mudslide. more than 100 flood warnings are in place in total, most of them in yorkshire. robert hall is in doncaster this lunchtime. robert? yes, this is st mary's bridge, about a quarter of a mile from the centre of doncaster, this is the river don, it has been rising steadily through the morning, it is being held back at the moment for the most part. but as the surge has come down it has caused damage, if i
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cut to the other camera you can see the extent of the damage. the water over there between three and four feet deep, this is the picture as this surge has come down there with the. danny savage has been around doncaster and south yorkshire to assess the damage on a wider scale. in doncaster this morning, a frantic rush to get to safety and deal with the rising floodwater. anything and everything was deployed to help. yes, they were aware of the rain, but still caught by surprise. yes, they were aware of the rain, but still caught by surprisem came but still caught by surprisem ca m e really but still caught by surprisem came really quickly, to be honest. it has happened down here a couple of times, we had no warning from the council or anything, they should have been out last night giving out sandbags, we have had nothing. have been out last night giving out sandbags, we have had nothingm nearby bentley, the main a19 was underwater and closed. in the houses here, they are looking out of the window anxiously because levels are
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rising. i took everything upstairs, a friend came over and help me take the furniture upstairs, we have lifted everything up, everything out of the kitchen cupboards, the kitchen is upside down, tried to raise everything as much as we can. for linda, this is not the first time she has been flooded, the timing could not be worse. time she has been flooded, the timing could not be worselj time she has been flooded, the timing could not be worse. i and here with the sale sign, sold, subject to survey. they are due to do the survey on monday. are you worried now? yes, i doubt anybody will want to go ahead and buy now. the water is not yet pouring into graham's has next door, but he has had to take some pretty dramatic measures. unfortunately the chickens can't swim, i have had to bring them in. how bad is the situation? terrible, it happened in 2007, it
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has happened again, ridiculous. could the authorities have done more? i think they could have done a lot more to stop it happening. from above, the extent of the flooding and south yorkshire can be seen for miles, stretching from sheffield to rotherham and onto doncaster, where the river don has its highest recorded level. almost 20 schools are closed, with widespread flood warnings. scores of people had to be rescued by boat in rotherham as emergency services responded to hundreds of calls. this is rotherham station last night, where the tracks should be has been replaced by a canal. in mansfield in nottinghamshire aycliffe gave way, the landslide leading to 35 homes being evacuated, and it is not over get. there is a concern more places could flood as the water drains from the region. away from south yorkshire, at least further south in matlock, we have
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seen further south in matlock, we have seen mudslides as well as other flood damage. and the breaking news later this morning, phil mackie is there, can you bring us up to speed? yes connor roberts, we feared the worst, really, we have had this content worst, really, we have had this co nte nt by worst, really, we have had this content by derbyshire police, a woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water in rosalie, about four miles upstream on the river derwent, in the early hours of the morning, her body was recovered at around 10:a0am just north of matlock. derbyshire police say herfamily north of matlock. derbyshire police say her family has been north of matlock. derbyshire police say herfamily has been informed north of matlock. derbyshire police say her family has been informed and their thoughts are with them. formal identification is still to take place. it shows you how dangerous things were yesterday and last night especially, when we had that same band of rain that has caused all the flooding in yorkshire, it has caused problems here in derbyshire and nottinghamshire, it sat here all day, seven inches of rain have
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fallen in that period of time and as you can see behind me, this particular street in matlock, 20 also businesses have been flooded, locals here tell me they have not seen locals here tell me they have not seen anything like this for at least 20 years, some say even longer. people are beginning to get into their properties and assess the damage, or is it too early? ifi step out of the way you can probably see somebody in the door of their property now and some other people down the street. these are businesses, people have been able to get in, they are bringing in fresh sandbags. the river has peaked, but it is very high and likely to stay high through the rest of the day. what generally happens with these things, this people head downstream towards derby later today. thank you very much indeed. this weather is exactly what the emergency services do not want. the bridge has already
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been closed, and emergency units are moving into place amid a risk of the need for further evacuation, so obviously it is a very fluid situation through the afternoon, we will keep you in touch with a jewel via bbc news. studio: thank you very much indeed, robert hall. the snp leader, nicola sturgeon, has said the party would try to form an alliance with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government after the election. the snp is also promising a bill that would protect the nhs from privatisation and future trade deals, saying the health service is "not for sale at any price". our scotland correspondent james shaw reports. nicola sturgeon launched her party's campaign with a warning. this was, she said, the most important election for generations to come. why? because it will determine the future of the united kingdom in or out of the european union and the future of scotland, in or out of the uk. and she looked ahead to a post—election landscape
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where it was possible that no party might have a majority. brexit, brexit. a vote for the snp, in contrast, is a vote to escape brexit. a vote for the snp is a vote to take scotland's future out the hands of borisjohnson and a broken westminster system. there was a long list of demands to secure the snp's support for a minority labour government. control over immigration and drug and employment law, and an end to universal credit. but perhaps the most eye—catching demand was legislation to make sure that the nhs was not at risk of further privatisation as part of a future trade deal with the united states. we will fight tooth and nail any attempt to expose the national health service to a post brexit trade deal with donald trump. that is why, after this election,
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snp mps will bring forward a new law, an nhs protection bill, to explicitly protect the nhs in all four countries of the uk from being a bargaining chip. so, the snp are making it clear that the nhs will be a top priority for them in this election campaign. but stopping brexit is also key to their campaigning efforts and, underlying it all, the drive towards a second independence referendum. the snp are not the only party to appreciate how much the nhs matters to voters. their idea for legislation to protect it is new, but will the other parties take it seriously, and will nicola sturgeon's party win enough votes to influence notjust the future of scotland but the future of the whole of the united kingdom? james shaw, bbc news, edinburgh. norman smith is in edinburgh.
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nicola sturgeon calling at the election of a lifetime, what exactly is she saying? because of the sta kes. is she saying? because of the stakes. here is a anything, you would nothing borisjohnson and nicola sturgeon have much in common, they have one thing in common, this election is just about one thing, thatis election is just about one thing, that is brexit. nicola sturgeon says her clearaim at that is brexit. nicola sturgeon says her clear aim at this election is to stop brexit dead in its tracks by any means possible. she doesn't mind if it is through securing another referendum or whether supporting moves to revoke article 50 or whether joining moves to revoke article 50 or whetherjoining up with anti brexit parties at westminster to thwart brexit, or through securing scottish independence and at least keeping scotla nd independence and at least keeping scotland in the eu. she is not theirs but she knows her best route
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to achieving that is a hung parliament, in other words if the election is inconclusive, because she knows and that circumstances hugely increases the leverage of the snp. today she gave her clearest indication so far that she would be prepared to helpjeremy corbyn into downing street as part of that attempt to stop brexit, but at a price. and that price would be the removal of nuclear weapons from scotla nd removal of nuclear weapons from scotland and, above all, the granting of another independence referendum next year. here is the second funny thing about today, that it's probably not a message that borisjohnson will be too bothered about, because what has been his call campaign message at this election? vote labour and you will get two more referendums, one on brexit and one on another scottish independence referendum. the vice thank you very much, norman smith in edinburgh. the bbc has announced plans for its election tv debates.
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broadcasts will include a head—to—head debate between conservative party leader borisjohnson and labour party leaderjeremy corbyn, as well as a seven—way podium debate between the leaders, or senior figures, from the major political parties. there will also be a special question time with the conservative, labour, liberal democrat and snp leaders. jessica parker is in westminster. there is always intensive negotiations behind these debates? there certainly are. tv election debates have become an increasingly important fixture in general election campaigns, as you say, the bbc has announced its plans for the coming weeks including on december six, not long before polling day, a prime ministerial debate between labour leaderjeremy corbyn on the conservative leader borisjohnson. that might prompt complaints from smaller parties who would like to ta ke smaller parties who would like to take part, there will be a multiparty debate between seven of the parties which will take place in
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cardiff, and a question time type debate where audiences get to grill nicola sturgeon, jo swinson, jeremy corbyn and boris johnson. nicola sturgeon, jo swinson, jeremy corbyn and borisjohnson. these debates can be pretty high stakes. for smaller parties, it is a chance to get their voice heard and perhaps reach new audiences, but politicians also eager to avoid any last—minute gaffes. for political leaders it is important because it is a high—pressure situation. we see politicians setting out their stall at campaign launches or talking about plans for investment when they go on visits to schools and hospitals, in these high—pressure tv debates they had to take on notjust each other, not just debates they had to take on notjust each other, notjust the moderator but also gets grilled by audiences. thank you, jessica parker, our political correspondent. borisjohnson has confirmed that after brexit there'll be no checks on goods between northern ireland and the rest of the united kingdom. speaking on a campaign visit to the east midlands, he said the uk will be one single customs territory, so the government won't enforce additional declarations for goods
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moving between northern ireland and great britain. this is a great deal for this country. it is ready to go. it allows the whole of the uk to leave the eu. there are checks that you need to do for tarriff purposes, goods that might be coming via northern ireland from gb into ireland, but the whole of the... northern ireland and the rest of gb are part of the uk customs territory, and there can be no checks between goods operating in one customs area. we are the uk. we will not be instituting such checks. and so the advantage of this deal is that we come out whole and entire. northern ireland, with the rest of the country, can take part in doing free trade deals. and it's a fantastic opportunity for us to go forward, to get... now, what would be a real shame would be to waste a whole year in renegotiation, in another referendum, which is what i'm afraid jeremy corbyn and the labour party are insisting must happen, and i think it would be divisive and toxic and pointless.
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the conservatives are promising a fast—track nhs visa that would make it easier for overseas doctors and nurses to work in the uk. ministers say the scheme would enable the health service to continue to attract the best medical staff after brexit. so, how feasible is this idea of fast track visas for the nhs? with me now is our reality check correspondent chris morris. we know there are acute staff shortages in the nhs, 43,000 nurses need to be recruited, a number set to rise quite dramatically over the next few years. there are far fewer nurses coming in and out from the eu since the brexit referendum. you need something to encourage people coming from elsewhere and one of the things that will happen is the cost ofa things that will happen is the cost of a feasible behalf, so it will now be just £464. —— cost of a visa will be just £464. —— cost of a visa will be half. people will be able to pay for health care costs as they get
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their salary. you could argue that if we need these people are so badly, tens of thousands of vacancies, why isn't the visa free? there are two other important caveats. people in the system as it is not about cost but also bureaucracy because it can take months for a visa to come through and you're talking about a vacancy that's only six months long, it's not ideal. this is also for the nhs i think it does not cover its social care. social workers and care workers. there is an acute shortage of people in that part of a system is well, about 8% of the total, the same as the nhs and this new visa does nothing to alleviate the problems in the social care system. chris, thank you. let's take a look at some of today's other election news. the brexit party leader, nigel farage, has been campaigning in wales today. he told supporters that the party wouldn't be producing a manifesto for the upcoming election. instead, the party will issue what they call a "contract
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with the british people". the labour is promising to reform in women's working rights if it wins the general election, promising to increase the length of statutory maternity pay from nine months to a year. the party also wants managers at large firms to be trained in supporting staff going through the menopause. workers will also be given the right to choose flexible working when starting a job under the plans revealed today. if you plan to vote but you haven't registered yet, find out how by checking our guide, at or on the bbc news app. an 18—year—old man has beenjailed for 12 and a half years for the murder of his girlfriend, ellie gould. thomas griffiths pleaded guilty to stabbing 17—year—old ellie in her home after she had ended their relationship. in an interview, ellie's mother told the bbc about the horror
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of the day ellie was killed. fiona lamdin reports. # nice to meet you, where you been? # i can show you incredible things. ..# her life was full and all the opportunities in front of her. yeah, she was the perfect daughter, really. ellie gould was just 17, studying for her a—levels, when she was murdered by thomas griffiths. the night before, she'd called off their three—month relationship to concentrate on her schoolwork. we trusted him. we welcomed him into our home. he celebrated her 17th birthday with us. three months later, he murdered her. it's chilling. on the morning he killed her, thomas' mum took him to school, but he caught the bus straight home. despite not having a licence, he took the family car and drove to ellie's house. he knew she was at home alone, studying.
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he stabbed her at least 13 times in the neck before going back to school, pretending nothing had happened. three hours later, ellie's dad found her on the kitchen floor. and i never forget that phone call of matt, hysterical, saying, "carole, you need to drive home, ellie's had an accident. drive carefully, but ellie's had an accident." and then as i pulled round into our drive, nothing could prepare me for police cars abandoned everywhere, and an ambulance at the end of the drive and... and then mattjust sobbing at the end of our drive. and ijust ran up to him, and a policeman said, "who are you?" and i said, "i'm her mother, what's happened?" at the same time, thomas griffiths was messaging friends about self harming, but we now know the scratches on his neck had come from ellie as she fought for her life. and we sat in the back of the police
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car, absolutely stunned. and then they said, "did she have a boyfriend?" and i said, "oh, she does, but he doted on her. he wouldn't harm her." pat, and what does justice mean for you? i think he's evil. i don't believe he should be allowed to take another breath, quite frankly. he's dangerous. i don't think he should never be let out of prison. i don't think he should ever be granted parole. he is a danger to society, he's a danger particularly to women. thejudge described it as an exceptionally grave crime. thomas griffiths has never explained why he murdered ellie. no mother should ever... hold their dead daughter's hand. it was just heartbreaking. go. 0k. every time i see teenage girls, and ijust look and i think, "0h, ellie." you know?
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it's just so heartbreaking. you are reminded constantly. i can't spend any time in her bedroom. i try and go in... ..sometimes, and look at the photographs on the wall of her and her friends, but i can't stay in for many minutes. it's too painful. fiona lamdin, bbc news. the time is 22 minutes past one. our top story this lunchtime... warnings there is a danger to life from a severe flooding in the north of england with one person dying in derbyshire after torrential rainfall. coming up, the emotions of a d—day veteran as it sees a memorial being built for his fallen friends. coming up on bbc news... a first time win in italy for celtic as they beat lazio 2—1. it was a good night for all british teams in the europa league as rangers, manchester united and wolves also win their matches.
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scientists are planning a global mission to sequence the dna of all life on earth. mission to sequence the dna the aim is to find new medicines for disease and new crops to resist climate change. £9.4 million in extra funding has just been announced for the uk part of the project, called tree of life. our science correspondent richard westcott has been to see how some of the money will be spent at the earlham institute near norwich. so, now we are just taking a sample of water from the pond so we can see what living things are in there. even the most cutting—edge, global science can start with a pond and a selfie stick. i'm assuming that's teeming with life because you can't see anything in it! absolutely, but once we look under the microscope, you will see. this is a tiny part of one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever — to read the dna of all non—human life on earth. that is every plant, animal, funghi and single—cell organism, including the ones in the pond
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where these guys work. it's really exciting. over the last ten years or so, a lot of techniques have been developed in bio—medical sciences for doing single—cell sequencing, so analysing the dna of individual cells from humans or mice. and what we are doing is adapting those technologies. so, there are things in here that don't have a name. let alone having their dna sequenced, they don't even have a name yet! it's entirely possible, yes. by studying dna from wild species, they hope to find answers to global problems, like how to breed crops to withstand disease and climate change. nature also holds clues to new medicines for humans. so, this is, this is basically malaria, is it? it is. and you were saying that one letter could be out here and that is why malaria would kill someone? yes. so, one letter in this sequence for this particular gene could make the difference between the parasite being resistant or susceptible to the drug, and, effectively, the difference between life and death.
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over the next decade, ten uk partners will decipher the genetic code of 66,000 species, part of a global effort to sequence 1.5 million living things, with the results free for all to use. well, it's huge excitement, really, because this is classic discovery science and it is very reminiscent of the explorers, such as darwin, who went out and collected species to describe them and then that led to theories which transformed biology. who knows? even the contents of their pond could potentially lead to life—changing discoveries. richard westcott, bbc news, norwich. police in hong kong have called for calm after a student died of injuries sustained during recent pro—democracy protests. activists held vigils and rallies after news of the death of the protester. they claim he fell from a car park trying to escape tear gas fired by riot police. the police deny responsibility and
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say they'll hold an open inquest. a report from a migration watchdog says the home office is taking "substa ntially" longer to decide asylum cases than five years ago. the report by a group based at oxford university says three quarters of cases are still unresolved after six months. it also highlights the uneven distribution of claimants around the uk, with 150 local authorities failing to support any asylum seekers. financial regulators have urged people to be careful about accepting offers of a free pensions review. research suggests that people educated to degree level with larger pension pots are being targeted by pension scammers and are more likely to fall for the schemes. victims lost an average of £82,000 last year, which represents around 22 years' worth of savings. thousands of people have turned out for the funeral of the irish
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broadcaster gay byrne in dublin. gay byrne, a huge nationalfigure in ireland, died on monday aged 85. leading figures from all aspects of irish life were in the congregation. he presented the late late show from 1962 to 1999. the programme is credited with breaking many taboos at a time when ireland was still deeply conservative. earlier this year, a second world war veteran called harry billinge captured the hearts of millions of bbc viewers during commemorations for the anniversary of d—day. harry, who's now 94, spoke to us about being in the first wave of troops to land in normandy when he was just 18 years of age. he said he could never forget his comrades who lost their lives, saying they were the heroes, not him. well, since then, harry has raised thousands of pounds for a new memorial to the dead in france. jon donnison reports.
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thank you, darlin'. in the remarkable life of harry billinge, this has been a remarkable year. there's about 35 quid there, harry. i'm overwhelmed really with kindness. he's the best. you're the best. he's the hero. nobody else. i'll fill this tin by lunchtime. there you are. i saw you on the telly. it was an appearance on bbc breakfast telly on a normandy beach for the d—day 75th anniversary injune, that saw harry go viral. don't say i'm a hero. i'm no hero. i was lucky. i'm here. all the heroes are dead. and i'll neverforget them as long as i live. since that moment of modesty, harry's fund—raising in st austell in cornwall, towards building a memorial in france, has seen a surge. it's nearly 30,000 now, i believe. ijust put in another
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2,000 last monday. thank god i'm able to do what i want to do here and collect the money for that memorial, because by rights i shouldn't have been here. i should have been killed on the beach. i was saved, i believe, by the grace of god for this purpose. and that is why i do it. i must do this. you're raising money for something and you can't see it? this morning, harry was back on bbc breakfast to see the memorial as it's being built, for the first time. clearly an emotional moment. 0k? yeah. ijust had a job to do. all these fellows did a good job. all these men, these wonderful men, young boys of 16. i'm not a brave man. i'm lucky. i owe my life to the boys that i loved and i'll never forget them.
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jon donnison, bbc news. the extraordinary harry billinge. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. as we heard earlier, a serious situation in parts of south yorkshire and derbyshire with the disruption and flooding, plenty of water where it should not be an from this view in sheffield, at least there was some sunshine out there to start the day but it was such a different story yesterday. we can replay the rainfall, all—day rain and with rent lasting that long with that intensity, of course there will be problem —— with that intensity but it was only today that it slowly eased southwards but the totals bear out what has happened. 84 millimetres in sheffield, some rain gauges had more, all of the average rainfall for november done just now, and that comes off the back of a wet
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