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today at 5pm, a woman has died after being swept away by floodwater as much of northern england is hit by a month's worth of rain in one day. severe warnings meaning a danger to life are in place along the river don around doncaster. it happened in 2007, and it's happened again and... it's just ridiculous. people have been evacuated from their homes, and there is travel disruption on the roads and the rail network. we are live in doncaster where the environment agency have warned that the river don will remain at dangerous levels for many hours yet. we'll have the latest from the worst affected areas. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm... the scottish national party launches its election campaign saying it's seeking an alliance
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with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government, and promising to stop the nhs being privatised. we will fight tooth and nail any attempt to expose the national health service to a post—brexit trade deal with donald trump. a teenager who murdered his 17—year—old girlfriend ellie gould in a "frenzied attack" is jailed fora minimum of 12—and—a—half years. authorities in australia say an "unprecedented" number of emergency—level bushfires are threatening the state of new south wales. and the good liar pits sir ian mckellen as a conman who targets a wealthy widow played by helen mirren. find out what mark kermode thinks of that and the rest of the week's top releases, in the film review.
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good evening and welcome to the bbc news at 5pm. a woman has died after being swept away by floodwater, as parts of the midlands and northern england were battered by a month's worth of rain in one day. the woman's body was recovered from the river derwent in derbyshire this morning. in yorkshire, people have been evacuated from their homes and there's disruption on the road and rail network. robert hall is in doncaster this evening. robert. let me start with that tragic death in derbyshire. the details are sketchy but police say they believe the woman was swept away by flood water in the early hours of this morning. a search was carried out and her body was recovered at da rley carried out and her body was recovered at darley dale downstream
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on the river derwent weight this morning. and her family on the river derwent weight this morning. and herfamily have been informed and more details may emerge in the coming hours. we are at saint mary's bridge which is a quarter of a mile from doncaster town centre. the river don behind me is about five metres above its normal level, about one foot below the bridge itself. it is still running at dangerous levels. this surge of water swept through sheffield last night through rods around, doncaster and is now travelling eastwards down the river don and behind it there is a trail of damage to homes and businesses. in a minute will be hearing from danny savage but first let's hear from hearing from danny savage but first let's hearfrom derbyshire who had its own problems overnight into jenae. phil mackey is on the outskirts of darby. still, what is the latest there. i know you have a surge coming down the river as well? yeah, it's expected to hit the river
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derwent at 11pm tonight. there is gridlock in the city centre, and we had to give up and basically stop here. one of the problems here as you can probably see in the background is the river derwent is beginning to flood some of the roads. this is one of the major routes into and out of darby. the council is considering whether it should effect certain properties and the floodgates are upward they are supposed to go up and some flood defences are partially bridge and workmen are trying to close the gaps. it is a particularly fast—moving situation. earlier i was... they have begun to fall there although dozens of businesses were flooded. but tragically a few miles away in the middle of the night, a woman was swept away and her body was recovered from the river derwent in da rley dale was recovered from the river derwent in darley dale this morning. the situation as is always the case as the flood tends to move downstream,
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the flood tends to move downstream, the peaks follow them and derby is obviously the next place we hit on the river derwent. phil ever getting any sense of the moment of the extent of the damage? it is probably too dangerous for a lot of people to build again to homes and properties to find out. certainly in matlock where basements are still flood in and you cannot get into some of those businesses and shops which has been badly hit today for some flood defences breach in that location. here we have not got into properties yet. i think that's what we worry about over the next couple of hours but as i said it is a fast—moving situation and as you can see it is very difficult to get around. people have been told to leave work early if they felt it was absolutely necessary and has probably added to the problem on the roads but it was probably the good thing to do because as you can see the roads are becoming rather impassable in some places. phil, thanks very much indeed. let's return to this area to
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doncaster in the neighbouring village. let me show a shot before you see the next report on the other side of saint mary's bridge. i hope that you can see under the streetlig hts that you can see under the streetlights there is about two foot of water under the businesses, one of water under the businesses, one of the main routes out of the city has been blocked. and that has been a picture right across south yorkshire. transport extreme difficulties, rail tracks turned into rivers, roads blocked and of course that extending list of damage to properties and people trying to work out what the cost is going to be. danny savage has been out in the region and starts his report in bentley just up the region and starts his report in bentleyjust up the road from where we are. 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. it came really quickly, to be honest. it has happened down
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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. in nearby bentley, the main a19 was underwater and closed. in the houses here, they are looking out of the window anxiously because levels are 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. i'm 26a here with the for 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.
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the water is not yet pouring into graham's house 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 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. nearly 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.
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in mansfield in nottinghamshire a cliff gave way, the landslide led 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. danny savage, bbc news, doncaster. the forecast from the environment agency have been absolutely crucial to local authorities trying to work out where the effort should be concentrated. i want to talk a little bit that now with professor hannah cloak who is a flood forecasts are based at reading university. a lot of people will be thinking back to 2007 and the bad floods then. have we got a similar weather pattern that has sparked this incident? we have a lot of rain and wind you have this much rain, there is nothing you can do. the river will burst its banks and spread like it has done. so yes, it is just about the amount of rain
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that has fallen. presumably, the rivers ability to cope. the forecasting is crucial because there are flood defences which can be activated. there are temporary flood plains if you like for example are near roth or ram. that is all what they need to know what people are going to happen ——... they need to know what people are going to happen --... we had a reasonable forecast of rain this time but it was a very fast event. and we have seen a lot of people actually surprised by this would suggest that even though we have got good forecasts we have to work better on communicating that to the people on the ground so that they can take action to protect themselves. i know one of the things you have been looking at is the weather pattern which led to the flooding this time round. what can you see in those weather patterns which might help or hinder the clear up which might help or hinder the clear up and the assessment here? which might help or hinder the clear up and the assessment here7m which might help or hinder the clear up and the assessment here? it is winter, we are always struggling in winter, we are always struggling in winter with these types of events where it rains and the ground is
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saturated. so, looking into the future months, i'm sure we will see flooding elsewhere in the uk. but in the immediate areas, the rivers will remain high so even the smallest around of rain is worrying so i encourage everybody to keep their eye on environment agency warnings to see what's going opposite —— smallest amount of rain. professor hannah cloke thank you. that is it for south yorkshire. the situation here is stable but nobody can be complacent. this river is going to be running very high as our other rivers in this region and as professor hannah cloke was saying there, if you think you're in a flood area and think you might be at risk, there are warnings to be heated both online and on local broadcasting and local television. keep an eye on them is the message. back to you. absolutely, thank you robert. it is coming up to 5:15pm and time for us to look at politics because
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the scottish national party leader, nicola sturgeon, has launched her party's election campaign saying the snp will try to form an alliance with other parties to lock the conservatives out of government. she pledged to 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 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 of the hands of borisjohnson and a broken
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westminster system. there was a long list of demands to secure the snp's support for a minority labour government. control of 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, 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.
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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. our political editor laura kuenssberg spoke to scotland's first minister after she launched her pa rty‘s election campaign earlier this morning. first minister, you say all the time that you wouldn't allow scotland to be dragged out of the eu out of its well, it wouldn't be democratic.
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but people in scotland chose through democracy to stay part of the westminster system. so, you can't pick and choose which votes are more important, can you? i'm not picking and choosing. scotland didn't vote for independence in 2014. we were in that referendum told, of course, one of the reasons we shouldn't pick independence was to protect our position in the european union. so, circumstances have changed and a vast majority of people in scotland opted for remaining in the eu and i do believe that in a situation where circumstances have changed so dramatically in any democracy, people have the right to change their minds and that is the issue at the heart of this election. who decides scotland's future? do we have it decided for us by borisjohnson and the like or do we take our future into her own hands and make our own decisions? but how many people voted snp in the 2017 general election? well, look, we're in an election right now. and we will see how many people will vote snp but nobody can deny that 62% of people in scotland voted to remain in the eu. so, you can make arguments about how people vote in different elections but that is an incontrovertible fact that if there was a referendum on the eu tomorrow, i suspect that percentage would be even higher. but it is important to look at the two votes
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because we are talking about... i don't think it is, actually, because you're comparing apples and pears! but it is important though, isn't it? because 977,000 people voted snp in 2017. but 1,018,000 voted to leave. so, when you say all the time... yeah, well... the people of scotland would be dragged out of the eu against their will, 1 million scots wanted to leave. i think that's a bizarre kind of perversion of democracy. so, yes, comparing a referendum result with a general election on different turnouts is the first point. the turnout was higher in the eu referendum. exactly but secondly, 1 million people you are saying to me voted to leave but that is a much smaller number than people in scotland who voted to remain. and there was a majority, not a narrow majority, in scotland with the highest remain vote of any part of the uk. so, of course nobody is suggesting we ignore the reasons why people voted to leave. but nevertheless, the majority in scotland is that we want to remain
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in the eu and i think it would be rather odd if as first minister of scotland, i wasn't trying to progress that clear majority view. you said this morning that brexit if it goes forward means years of wrangling economic uncertainty. that's exacted the same as it would be if there was another independence referendum, isn't it? i don't accept the inevitability of that message. this is the thing, i oppose brexit. but it was never inevitable that brexit became the chaotic mess that it has done. that was down to a lack of honesty before the referendum from the key advocates. theresa may trying to have all these red lines that contradicted each other, a lack of planning. you know the independence referendum with everyone's views on the outcome was an informed choice that people made with a detailed proposition. you do the work, you do the thinking, you be honest with the people about the trade—offs in advance. many countries have become independent from the uk over the last 50 years. no country has yet left the european union and they didn't do the planning for it. just finally briefly, what's more important to you, staying in the eu or scotland becoming an independent country? both of these things
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are important to me... if you had to choose? well, i've campaigned for independence all of my life. putting the decisions about our future into our own hands so independence is much more of a fundamental foundation for the kind of country we want to be but increasingly, if we want to stay in the european union, be at that top table like ireland a country similar in size to scotland with a lot of influence, then being independent is the way to achieve it. first minister, thank you very much. thank you. snp leader nicola sturgeon. let's talk to our political correspondent helena wilkinson who is in westminsterfor us. for more on this. we see nicola sturgeon throwing down the gauntlet saying she is prepared to walk the tories out of government. what did the tories essay in response to what her potential ally saying in response? it has not had a positive reaction here at westminster in terms of reaction today and also where the parties stand on the issue at the moment. now, we heard already we know from labour that they do not support in the formative years of a labour government if they got in, they would not support a second
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independent scottish referendum. we heard early on from the shadow brexit said —— brexit strategy —— brexit said —— brexit strategy —— brexit secretary keir starmer it was put to him the thoughts and ideas of nicola sturgeon and when she said today and here is his response. "the labour party in this election is for real change and we are in it to win it and therefore we are not in the business of talking about deals with other parties." we know boris johnson yesterday when he was out and about that he said he would fight to keep our fantastic united kingdom together and prevent another referendum next year and the liberal democrats opposed to it as well. but what's ironic is that this could potentially be of some benefit to mr johnson and reinforces the message and the argument he has been putting forward that if you vote forjeremy corbyn, you're voting for two referendums, one on brexit and one on scottish independence. let's turn to another issue apart from that
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electoral strategic work that all the parties have to do. their responses to the political debates because we've heard a little more from the bbc today, we heard from itv already that some of the applicable leaders are not happy about the amount of airtime they're going to get in head to heads stop yeah, so the bbc earlier on this afternoon... yeah, so the bbc earlier on this afternoon. . . announces yeah, so the bbc earlier on this afternoon... announces plans in the weeks of had before december the 12th, the polling date of what her plans to do in terms of television debates. these have become a fixture over the past number of years in the run—up to the general election. they are important for those taking part but they are also important for the audience and voters to see and scrutinise those people who are going to be taking part in the debate. one of those debates will be life on the bbc on the 6th of december, just six days before people will go out and cast their votes. that will be betweenjeremy corbyn and boris johnson. votes. that will be betweenjeremy corbyn and borisjohnson. at the liberal democrats are not happy
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about not being asked to be involved in that debate and we had a statement from joe swenson the leader of the democratic party —— will become a party to make she said "millions of people voted to remain in 2016. after three years of chaos, it is shocking that the liberal democrats, the strong as party of remain, are being denied the challenge thejohnson remain, are being denied the challenge the johnson —— johnson remain, are being denied the challenge thejohnson —— johnson and corbyn on brexit. was quote the bbc has tried to organise these events. they say there are a lot of negotiations taking place, there are tricky things to organise but what they say is that they base the judgement on how they decide these things on real votes cast and not speculation about the outcome of an election. but the liberal democrats not happy about not being invited to that debate on the 6th of december. there will be though other opportunities. the bbc says in terms of other debates that will take place in the weeks ahead. helena,
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thanks so much for that from westminster. let's turn from the party politics from the media opportunities back to the policies on the campaign trail. the prime minister borisjohnson was on the campaign trail in the east midlands today. speaking about brexit during a visit to a hospital he reiterated that there will be no checks on goods between northern ireland and the rest of the united kingdom after brexit. he said the uk will be one single customs territory. let's have a listen. this is a great deal for this country. it is ready to go. it allows the whole of the uk to leave the eu. the checks that you need to do for tariff 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.
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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, together. 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. joining me now to talk about that — and what else has been happening on the campaign trail — is our reality check correspondent chris morris. chris, this idea of the goods and services across northern ireland to the uk, is itany services across northern ireland to the uk, is it any clearer after the intervention from the prime minister? not really because for the video emerge this afternoon of the
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meeting he had last night or yesterday with business leaders in northern ireland. in which he said when it comes to trade going from northern ireland into great britain, there will be no checks, no barriers of any there will be no checks, no barriers ofany kind. there will be no checks, no barriers of any kind. forms to fill in. the form spent in particular is in direct contradiction to what his press secretary steve barkley had said in parliament a few weeks earlier. he said there would have to be export declarations filled in. and if you delve into the detail of the withdrawal agreement itself would say there are bits of the eu customs rules that will have to be followed, that too says you have to fill in export declarations. it is not clear what is happening there whether he thinks that is an important or doesn't realise indication of what that means. he also talked about trade going the other direction from great britain into northern ireland saying that there would be no tariffs and no checks. but there will have to be ta riffs checks. but there will have to be tariffs paid on some things going to northern ireland. if it's decided they are at risk of moving from
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northern ireland into the republic of ireland. there will be checks on things like food produce and produce of animal origin because northern ireland and under of animal origin because northern ireland and undeer of animal origin because northern ireland and under mrjohnson's deal will be a single —— single regulatory zone which will follow eu... all of the sounds technical but for businesses in northern ireland, the political parties in northern ireland, this is of great import. anywhere, is it possible for him to claim what he means physical checks as opposed to paperwork?“ you just use the word checks it is not a bloke and a peek at on the side of the road saying show me your papers. but he said no forms to fill them. if someone tells you to fill out the forms,... them. if someone tells you to fill out the forms, . .. another question, and hsn visas of the other thing tories have been talking about today. how will this attract more
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staff from more countries was a —— and hs visas. we know this is a big pa rt and hs visas. we know this is a big part of the election happy. we know that there is a big skill shortage in the nhs. 43,000 nursing vacancies and that is because the number of nurses coming from elsewhere in the eu has gone sharply since the referendum. you need to try to get them from elsewhere in the world because there are a lot of trained nurses. one of the things they will proposes that the cost of it will be half in order to get a visa. nearly right now it is £1000, it would now go down to £464. there is an organ for saying that if we need tens of thousands of people, why don't we scrap the visa fee altogether? we need them to come here. and there to other issues which are problem, number one is bureaucracy, not a people in the system say it is not just about the cost but how long it ta kes to just about the cost but how long it takes to get a visa from elsewhere in the world. and if it takes several months to get a visa, years to fill a six vacancy, that is in a brain system and that needs to be
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addressed. the other thing is social ca re addressed. the other thing is social care for sub this visa proposed by the tories would be just for the nhs but there is massive shortages in the social care sector. care workers, social workers... about 8% of the whole workforce has vacancies. getting close to one intent in this huge sector. this new proposal from the tories does nothing to deal with that appointment crisis. thanks for coming to shed light on all of that for us chris. our top story this evening has been the weather and impact of it in terms of funding and travel disruption. let's can update on the all important weather with nick miller. hi, carrie. we've seen ran across parts of west yorkshire, not the same duration is just a parts of west yorkshire, not the same duration isjust a but parts of west yorkshire, not the same duration is just a but the proms remained as a gap between with assistance tonight because most mutts will be dry type on a widespread frost spending —— setting in. still ray working across the
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east midlands towards the south—east. that clears, this is rain coming to the northern ireland and later into the night. but ahead of that arrival, that's work at the clear skies, patchy freezing fog and freezing on services possible... though temperatures edge up in the west in the uk, here comes the rain, the eastern side of northern ireland looking wet with a lot of rain. some of that wet weather pushing towards north—west england towards the midlands and pushing further east across southern parts of england. the worst of the rain will stay shy of those areas seeing most of the funding at the moment. ahead of that you had into dry part since the eastern scotland... it will be another chilly day tomorrow. this wet weather by sunday is gone. most places then will have a dry day.
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this is bbc news. the headlines...
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a woman has died, after being swept away by flood water, as parts of england are hit with a month's worth of rain in one day. the snp launch their election campaign, saying they would try to form an alliance with other parties, to lock the conservatives out of power. an 18—year—old boy is jailed for minimum of 12 and half years, for the murder of his former girlfriend. authorities in australia say an "unprecedented" number of emergency—level bushfires are threatening the state of new south wales. sport now with jane. good evening. bottom of the championship stoke have confirmed that northern ireland manager, michael o'neill, will take charge of the club. the irish fa gave permission to the championship side to approach o'neill. he's expected to be in the dug—out for stokes game against barnsley tomorrow.
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it's then believed that o'neill will return to northern ireland to take charge of their final two euro 2020 qualifiers before moving to stoke full—time. i think ithink in i think in this day and age as a british coach you typically have to manage your team into the premier league and this is a club that i think certainly has the potential to go back to that type of level. albeit at the minute our immediate situation is about making sure that we climb up the championship table. manchester city have confirmed that goalkeeper ederson will not be available for their trip to leaders liverpool in the premier league. the brazlian suffered a injury during the 1—1 draw with atalanta. claudio bravo is likely to replace him between the posts. arsenal's former captain, granit xhaka, will once again miss out for this weekend's game against leicester. after reacting angrily to supporters at a home match last month, the midfielder was stripped of the club captaincy and — after being left out of their europa league game
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on wednesday — unai emery has confirmed that xhaka is not being considered for tomorrow evening's trip to the king power stadium. i spoke with him. i spoke with him, on tuesday. for how he is feeling now, his mind. because he is working well, he is training well. but he said to me, it isn't enough at the moment to play, we're going to wait. manchester city's georgia sta nway and gemma bonner have been called up to the england women's squad ahead of their international friendly against germany tomorrow at wembley. toni duggan though has withdrawn from the squad with a lower back injury. it's expected to be a sell—out at the stadium, which will be a record crowd for a lionesses' home match. the draw has been made for the women's champions league quarter—finals with a tough game for arsenal as they'll be going head to head against paris st—germain. if women's super league
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champions get past psg, then they could face lyon in the last four who have won the european title six times. while glasgow city will take on the two—time european champions, wolfsburg. what a performance from batsman dawid malan who scored the quickest century by an england player in twenty20 internationals, in what was a must win game in the fourth match of their series with new zealand. england had to win to take it to a decider. they were put into bat, before malan and eoin morgan took the new zealand attack apart. morgan made 91 and malan went on to reach his century off just 48 balls. new zealand needed a huge 242 but fell 76 runs short. mat parkinson taking 4 wickets in just his second match. chris jordan got the final wicket and that sets it up beautifully for the decider in auckland on sunday. british wheelchair racer sammi kinghorn won bronze in the t53100m at the world para—athletics championships in dubai.
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the scot won the title in london two years ago but said her performance was "encouraging". ididn't i didn't have any expectations coming into this with having seven weeks off through the season, it was like i will come here, it is amazing to be back in team colours and to race my country is always fantastic, i don't feel there is anything as i could have done to get any higher up, especially that is an incredible time, so happy to come in over one minute. that's all the sport for now. more on the website including build up to the boxing showdown between youtubers ksi and logan paul on sunday morning uk time. that's i'll have more in sportsday at 6.30. an 18—year—old man has beenjailed for 12 and a half years, for the murder of the 17—year—old, ellie gould.
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thomas griffiths pleaded guilty to stabbing ellie in her home, after she had ended their relationship. ellie's mother told the bbc about the horror of the day her daughter was murdered. 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.
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despite not having a licence, he took the family car and drove to ellie's house. he knew she was at home alone, studying. 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'll never forget that phone call of matt, hysterical, saying, "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, what's happened?" at the same time, thomas griffiths was messaging friends about self harming, but we now know
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the scratches on his neck had come from ellie as she fought for her life. and we sat in the back of the police car, absolutely stunned. and then they said, "does 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.
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every time i see teenage girls, and ijust look and i think, "0h, ellie." you know? 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. labour is promising to extend statutory maternity pay to a full year and increase the entitlement to flexible working. the party says it wants to deliver a "workplace revolution", with greater powers to fine businesses that fail to tackle the gender pay gap. the employers organisation, the cbi, said it supports the extension of maternity pay, but thinks some of the other proposals are too bureaucratic.
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lets talk now to labour's women & equalities secretary, dawn butler, who says she intends to stand to be labour's new deputy leader. thank you so much forjoining us. you have done a lot of the women and equalities jet you have done a lot of the women and equalitiesjet agenda. but you have done a lot of the women and equalities jet agenda. but how do you counteract the claims by the conservative party that your agenda isa conservative party that your agenda is a reckless plot which will cripple businesses?” is a reckless plot which will cripple businesses? i say that they just truly don't understand how to do business. and i said back, humbug. to what they are proclaiming is going to cripple businesses because some businesses, good businesses, are already doing and implementing some of these policies and the absolutely work. and they are good for business and they are good for employees too. there is already a right to request flexible
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working and has been since 2017. but what has happened is it has flatlined and so nobody is requesting flexible working any more. what we're saying is we will the script so that the employers have to say these jobs can be done flexibly and the exception is the ones that can't. that way, it will open up the workplace to many, many people, men and women, both with caring responsibilities, those that have young children, those that are studying. it's just a have young children, those that are studying. it'sjust a different modern way to do business in the 21st—century. but i'm not surprised that the tories don't get it. and yet the cbi who represent businesses says some of the proposals are too bureaucratic. on the flexible working, do politicians set a good example of flexible working? to all politicians agree these jobs can be
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done flexible? i mean it is a fair point in terms of the errors politicians work. —— the torres politicians work. —— the torres politicians work. —— the torres politicians work. i always encourage people to work flexibly. talented come in later, don't rush into work. and it means they are actually more enthused when they get into work because they have not had to struggle and force themselves in when they were not feeling up to it. so productivity is actually better, you get people working at their best. it actually makes sense and this is the thing about being quite radical. it is also common—sense. and those people that get it will get it, there are many, many employees that have to juggle so many things dropping kids off at school or having to go and collect their child or... one can see it from the employees point of view, i suppose the issue is seeing it from
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the employer point of view. you have also said that white, straight men have the privilege go to the left. do you think you have a risk of alienating certain sections of the workplace? i really hope not. because the thing is if you make a workplace work, it works for everyone. and that is the key. for organisations that think they will struggle, i can make a promise that we have already announced we will impact assess all of our policies and we well quality impact assess all other policies so once they are permitted, if they have an unintended consequence, we will change it. we will tweak it because at the end of the day, we want this to work, we wanted to work for everyone. and mackay will move you on because we have only time for one last question. i want to raise another agenda that your party is not keen to fight on but needs to be discussed. anti—semitism. a labour candidate for clacton but today, over anti—semitic remarks. veteran
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mp said she refused to say she would like to seejeremy corbyn as prime minister and said it is a terrible reflection that she herself is only one of two jewish reflection that she herself is only one of twojewish women mps left on the side, is it? ithinkjeremy corbyn under his leadership have implemented policies and procedures in the party that are stronger and better than any other elliptical party in the country. it is better than the conservatives and it is better than the lib dems. jeremy is an anti—racist and has fought antiracism all of his entire life. you do not want any racists in ever party but at the moment, let us not forget we actually have a racist in number ten. somebody that describes... so in your party there is no problem with leadership over anti—semitism? is no problem with leadership over anti-semitism? what i am saying is if we had races in a party, they do not belong in this party, and we
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have made that clear. —— racists in the party, we do not want them. i have made that clear, jeremy has made that clear. people inside the party are simply wrong? made that clear. people inside the party are simply wrong ?|j made that clear. people inside the party are simply wrong? i think you're putting words into my mouth because that is not what i am saying andi because that is not what i am saying and i think i am being quite clear in terms of trying to weed out and eradicate any racism from the party. and it is vitally important you understand that we have changed the processes and procedures and have expanded the number of people that deal with cases so that it can be expedient to do. and we do not want racists in our party and that is really important. but i also think we shouldn't gloss over the fact that we have a racist in number ten. that is vital. we should not gloss over the fact that the lib dems are not dealing with people who are racist in their party. we should not gloss over any of those facts. but be under no doubt that racists, regardless of their anti—semitic, islamophobic, they are not welcome in the labour party. thank you for
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joining us. and there'll be more coverage of today's political events on the news channel this evening. if you plan to vote but you haven't registered yet, find out how by checking our guide. essex police have revealed 10 teenagers were among the 39 people whose bodies were found in the back of a lorry, in essex last month. the youngest victims were two boys, aged 15. it's taken just over two weeks for the force to identify those who died, most of whom were in their 20s and 30s. police say the authorities are now discussing arrangements for the bodies to be repatriated. huge bushfires are raging across eastern australia — with new south wales in the grip of an ‘unprecedented bushfire emergency‘. firefighters say they're in unchartered territory and are unable to reach residents trapped in their homes in several locations, because of the intensity


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