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this is bbc news. the headlines at 103m. the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. labour and the liberal democrats promise to fund more hours of free child care — but providers criticise them for not thinking through how they'll be paid for. the environment agency urges people to stay away from river banks in areas where more than 50 flood warnings are in place, including seven severe warnings, meaning there's a threat to life. ceremonies are taking place in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. india's supreme court rules that the disputed holy site of ayodhya should be given to hindus who want a temple built there. catastrophic bushfires in eastern australia kill at least two people
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and forced thousands from their homes. and the travel show heads to berlin to find out how punk helped to end the cold war. that's in half an hour's time. health and childcare take centre stage today, as the political parties continue their general election campaigns. labour is promising to open 1,000 new sure start children's centres in england as part of a £45 billion investment package. they will also offer 30 hours of free childcare for all children aged between two and four. the liberal democrats are also revealing plans for free childcare for working parents, offering 35 hours of childcare from the age of nine months
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for 48 weeks of the year. meanwhile, the conservatives hope to recruit 6,000 new doctors over the next five years, saying they'll fund the training of 3,000 more gps in england. they also want to improve staff retention and recruit more doctors from abroad. in total, the package will deliver 6000 more doctors in primary care and that will lead to 50 million more appointments. i know how frustrating it is when you cannot get a frustrating it is when you cannot geta gp frustrating it is when you cannot get a gp appointment fast enough, and although about half of gp appointments are on the same day or the next day, i know the pressures on the system, i have seen it, and this commitment fully funded, £2.5 billion put behind it, will help us to deliver the sort of access to gps that people deserve. first of all,
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on this conservative amount went on gps, given that they failed to meet their previous target, how much will people trust and believe the new pledge? it is a fundamental question, matt hancock was asked about that earlier on bbc breakfast, he said there are more gps in training now than there ever have been, but in 2015 the conservatives made a pledge that by 2020 there would be 5000 extra gps in the health service, the latest figures suggest they are some way away from hitting that target, and that they have only added we think a few hundred gps. this is a very, very difficult thing to achieve. 0ne, hundred gps. this is a very, very difficult thing to achieve. one, in terms of the red recruitment and two, in terms of training. there are two, in terms of training. there are two aspects to this, extra money for more training places, 3000, and they are also hoping to bring in more doctors from abroad as well. earlier
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this week they announced a new medical vcr to try to make it easier for the nhs to try to recruit staff —— medical visa. that would apply to eu nationals for the very first time. -- as we leave the european union. both labour and liberal democrats talking about the key question of childcare. yes, very much so, and jeremy corbyn is visiting a sure start centre this morning as well. i suppose it is familiar territory for the labour party, this was brought in under the tony blair government, thousands of sure start centres opened up and down the country, credited with helping a lot of parents from poorer backgrounds with the basics, dealing with young children, bridging the attainment gap between children from poorer and more affluent backgrounds, but since 2010 the number of sure start centres has fallen, funding has been cut by about a third, sojeremy corbyn saying that they will bring back
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1000 sure start centres, coupled with this promise on childcare. 30 hours of free childcare for 2—4 —year—olds will apply to all pa rents, —year—olds will apply to all parents, not just those —year—olds will apply to all parents, notjust those that —year—olds will apply to all parents, not just those that were sent —— certain number of hours a week under a labour government, and the liberal democrats have gone one step further, they say that there should be 35 hours of free childcare a week because that is the average number of school hours in a week, and they see it should also apply to children as young as nine months for working parents. how will they pay for all of this? here is a liberal democrat mp. total cost is {14.6 billion, it is sizable, that would include the extra money you give in barnett formula consequential is to scotland, england and wales, and it would be paid for by closing corporation tax as well as tax. but it is well worth spending. public
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spending is going to be a key political question here, but brexit is always in the background. we have seen some disquiet among the brexit candidates going up against the conservatives and splitting the vote. do you think that will develop as the campaign goes on? yes, i think that will be a feature of the next few weeks, some brexit party candidates have said they will not stand in the election, nigel varro says they will put up candidates in around 600 seats —— two. —— farage. the conservatives say that voting for the brexit party puts brexit itself at risk. we have seen a softening of tone from nigel farage over the past 2a hours, he was a visit to south wales last night and said the uk needs to leave the european union with or without a deal, and that is a bit of a
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softening because previously he said the deal boris johnson softening because previously he said the deal borisjohnson had negotiated was not brexit at all, and should be scrapped entirely for the brexit party to give him any support. i don't think we will see any formal pact between the brexit party and the conservatives. there isa party and the conservatives. there is a well—documented personality clash at the top of the two parties at the moment, but the prospect of the brexit party helping the labour party through the back door will a major feature of the argument, and the conservatives —— that the conservatives will make over the next few weeks. thanks very much indeed. let's get more now on that promise from the conservatives to boost the number of gps in england by training an extra 500 a year, if they win the election. professor helen stokes—lampa rd is chair of the royal college of gps and shejoins me now on webcam. thanks forjoining us today. what do you make of this conservative pledge? it is very welcome to hear a pledge? it is very welcome to hear a pledge that we will have 500
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additional doctors training to be gps every year. we have had a steady increase of people choosing to train in general practice and record—breaking numbers this year, so record—breaking numbers this year, so the pledge to go from 3500 to 4000 doctors every year is great, but we still think there is further to go, we think there should be at least 5000 training to be gps every single year, but that would mean more medical students, people are straining as doctors.. —— people training as doctors fill stock. people will be saying, hang on, the government promised increased numbers training already, back in september 2015. but that didn't happen, that wasn't delivered. that's right, that has been a huge frustration for patients and doctors and teens alike. we all know that we need more gps on the front line but what happened was the pressures were already so difficult in general
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practice that many more experienced gps were burning out and leaving prematurely. more people are training, but actually when they choose to start working they are finding that full time working is causing them to buy out too quickly so we causing them to buy out too quickly so we have a huge workload pressure as well. we are seeing more patients than ever before in general practice, and over a million a day monday to friday will see a gp up and down the country. increased investment or promises of increased investment or promises of increased investment are very welcome but we need to see it all delivered before we will see a tangible difference in what patients are feeling. what about this pledge to recruit from abroad, how realistic is that and how difficult is it? it is incredibly difficult because there isa incredibly difficult because there is a worldwide shortage in health professions generally. it is easy to recruit doctors who are prepared to
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come to the uk and train on our way of delivering general practice, which is very comprehensive, advanced compared to many parts of the world, but it is also a high standard, seven years to train up, so standard, seven years to train up, so it is good to see that we will be exploring all the options. i think the international one will be the ha rd est to the international one will be the hardest to deliver on, but i know there are no hard targets for that, and it is vital this is delivered if we are going to see increased numbers of appointments. lots of people would well come out of hours appointments, appointments at the evening and weekends, but that is not being offered by gp practices, shouldn't doctors themselves be able to be more flexible and offer more to be more flexible and offer more to patients? actually there is a huge number of out of hours availability, i am going to my own shortly this morning, and surgeries up shortly this morning, and surgeries up and down the country are open at
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the weekends, evenings, early in the mornings to fit around people. there isa mornings to fit around people. there is a tremendous out of hours service looking after people when they are acutely unwell, and of course that would be great to deliver it all, but if we are not delivering what people need during the working day, which is when the majority want to see us, promising more evenings and weekends is not going to happen. 0nly weekends is not going to happen. only then can we think about providing more at evenings and weekends. thanks very much for your time, professor helen stokes—lampa rd. in the run up to polling day we'll be bringing you an essential guide to the various campaigns in a daily electioncast. starting on monday night, adam fleming and the bbc‘s politics team provide a round up of the day's events and will look at the twists and turns of the campaign so far. watch it here on the bbc news channel or listen
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to it on bbc sounds app. seven severe flood warnings — meaning threat to life — remain in place in northern england after a months worth of rainfall fell in a single day. there are more than 50 lower level warnings across yorkshire and the midlands, where a woman was killed after being swept into the river near matlock in derbyshire. jane frances kelly reports. normal life has been put on hold here in matlock, which was hit hard by the torrential rain. dirty brown water flowed through the town centre, flooding homes, disrupting businesses and submerging cars. not farfrom here, in rowsley, a woman died after being swept into the river derwent. yesterday, the prime minister visited matlock to meet emergency personnel and to see some of the damage for himself. the city centre in derby was also brought to a standstill as floodwater began to inundate surrounding streets.
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council workers warned business to prepare for the worst. in worksop in nottinghamshire there were similar disruption as floodwater spread throughout the town. not far away in mansfield, a cliff gave way. the landslide led to 35 homes being evacuated. in doncaster, rescue boats on standby all night. the river don running through the town burst its banks. communities pulled together to salvage belongings. people said the floodwater spread quickly and they are now counting the cost. i was helping my neighbour move everything upstairs and then her grandson came and helped me with the sandbags. we just all pull together, it is what you have to do. transport has been badly disrupted. trains are left stranded due to submerged tracks while roads have been closed or are barely passable. although water levels are slowly dropping, flooding can be seen for miles around. weather reports today suggest
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many of the worst affected places will avoid further downpours this weekend, but as the clean—up operation is under way today, many people and businesses will be counting the cost — our news reporter luxmy gopal sent us this, from matlock in derbyshire. the floodwaters may have receded but the damage caused by the flooding is still very plain to see at some of the businesses here in matlock. i am in the basement of a florist, and this is used as the store room for all their christmas stock, there are ornamental pine cones there, but as you can see the stock is scattered about and damaged due to the flooding. if i bring you round to the side here, just to show you, up against the wall, quite how high the water levels got to. the dark mark here compared to the lighter brickwork, that is how far the floodwaters rose to in the basement, which is at least five foot high. the owner told me when he came to check on his stock yesterday
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everything was floating around all over the place, so you get a sense of just how bad over the place, so you get a sense ofjust how bad the destruction and damage was, and just how much the businesses here had to face. we have spoken to other businesses in the town who say that they are in a similar situation. 0ne town who say that they are in a similar situation. one of the toy shop owners was due to have a grand opening of her business yesterday but of course that all went awry after the flood water hit her property and damaged her business as well. even on the surface it might look like things are getting back to normal quite quickly, the town is a little quieter and the sad banks —— sandbags are being packed away, the reality is that they damage done could take weeks to repair and could cost a business owner thousands. the headlines on bbc news: the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target.
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labour and the liberal democrats promise to fund more hours of free child care, but providers criticise them for not thinking through how they'll be paid for. the environment agency urges people to stay away from riverbanks in areas where more than 50 flood warnings are in place, including seven severe warnings, meaning there's a threat to life. sport and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. good morning. the rugby league alliance miserable tour continued this morning following their third straight defeat, losing to new zealand in christchurch. the lions return after 12 years away has turned out to be a disappointment so far in terms of both performance and results. adam wild reports. for great britain's rugby league lions, the writing was on the wall. the task ahead, now loud, clear and writing was on the wall. the task ahead, now loud, clearand yelled out in black and white. with two
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defeats from two on this tour, there we re defeats from two on this tour, there were reputations to restore, but once again, they were struggling to get to grips with new zealand. britain under pressure from the start, the kiwis rarely looked troubled. shaun johnson going start, the kiwis rarely looked troubled. shaunjohnson going over with barely a finger laid on him. britain bruised, bloodied and battered and they had not reached half—time. after 12 years away, so much more had been expected from this british side but it was new zealand taking their chances. in the case of ken maumalo, doing so quite brilliantly. josh hodgson did eventually find their way through for great britain but the damage had been done. yet another defeat. this team, this tour, looking ever more troubled. 0ur start was a right, then a few early mistakes. the kiwis played well. they put a lot of pressure on us.
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well. they put a lot of pressure on us. we saw the stats at half—time. it was tough. credit to us, we came out in the second half and there was plenty of fight in us. nonetheless, gutted. in the premier league, watford or off the bottom after beating norwich city who replace them. gerard deulofeu gave them the lead one minute into this one. that was before substitute andre gray gave them their second after the break. it was a 2—0 victory for watford, who held on despite having a player sent off. internationally, it is building towards the euro is in england in 2021. scotland beat albania 5—0 making it two wins from two. this victory was against the side who sit bottom of the group. northern ireland were beaten 6—0 by norway. it will be a record—breaking day at wembley this afternoon, a crowd close to 90,000 expected for
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the women's friendly against germany for england. it kicks off at 5:30pm. another landmark moment in women's football. lots of former players who never got the chance to play here will take to the pitch at half—time in front of the record crowd. england hoping for a change in fortu nes england hoping for a change in fortunes and what will be the 26 match between the sides. england have only won one game in this fixture in the history of the women's game. the biggest game that england won was a bronze medal against them in the world cup in 2015. this is a different germany side, but a different england side as well so it will be a great test. saracens play for the first time today after being found guilty of breaching premiership rugby‘s salary cap. they are taking on gloucester away. just one game last night, sale beating wasps. in the pro 14,
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edinburgh p dragons. blair kinghorn with the first of their two tries. finally, there was a gold medalfor great britain at the track cycling world cup in glasgow last night. he did sign with the olympics to come next year. katie archibald, elinor barker, neah evans and eleanor dickinson won the team pursuit. that is all from the sports centre for 110w. is all from the sports centre for now. more stories on the website, including reaction to the defeat for great britain against new zealand this morning. thank you. today marks 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. it ended decades of division between communist eastern europe and the west. special commemorations to mark the occasion are taking place across berlin, as our correspondent jenny hill reports. in broad daylight,
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with the world watching, east berlin became a prison, its citizens sealed off from friends and family in the west. the regime called itself a democratic republic. in truth, the gdr spied on its own people, curtailed theirfreedoms. and this man wanted out. hartmut escaped to west berlin across the canal patrolled by bodyguards. translation: it took me four hours. it was more diving than swimming. there were dogs, voices, but i think i had a guardian angel. i heard a dog panting close but thank god, i was hidden in the reeds. i was afraid my chattering teeth would give me away. i thought, that's it. they are going to shoot me now. scores of people died trying to escape. few imagined the gdr would end like this. cheering and applause.
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november the 9th 1989. after weeks of protests, the regime came tumbling down. no—one died, no blood was shed, but this revolution left scars nonetheless. even angela merkel, who herself grew up behind the iron curtain, admits there are still profound inequalities between germany's east and its west. growing discontent souring the tone of the celebrations. this installation a chance for people to air their fears, their hopes, their visions. this is, of course, first and foremost, a day of celebration and commemoration. but the political leaders who will gather here know that this country, europe itself, is in some ways still deeply divided,
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and that they themselves are increasingly under pressure to address those divisions. for hartmut, it is an important day too. though he will be thinking of another date — that of his escape. translation: i have always celebrated august 27th 1966 — more than my own birthday. that was liberation, my escape from the regime. my disdain for that regime has neverfaded. lives lost, freedoms won. a country redefined. and 30 years on, a people still trying to make sense of it. let's go to berlin now where german chancellor angela merkel is among the crowds.
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she is due to speak live in a few minutes' time. a number of international leaders have been welcome to berlin as germany celebrates the anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the world that —— that separated and west. we will try and bring you some of what chancellor angela merkel saysin of what chancellor angela merkel says in the next few minutes. india's supreme court has ruled in favour of a hindu claim to a bitterly disputed religious site in the town of ayodhya. the decision clears the way for a hindu temple to be built there. this was the place where the key hindu deity lord ram was believed to have been born. it's controversial because a 16th—century mosque that previously stood on the land was torn down by activists in 1992. the attack led to communal violence and the deaths of hundreds of people. 0ur correspondent rajini
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vaidyanathan is in delhi. hindu groups are celebrating here at india's supreme court after the justices delivered a unanimous verdict. now their decision gives a hindu trust ownership of that hugely contested site in ayodhya in north india and effectively paves the way for a hindu temple to be built there. hindus believe that it is the site of the birthplace of lord ram, one of the most revered gods in the religion, but muslims have also worshipped there for generations and a 16th—century mosque, the babri masjid, was there until 1992, when it was demolished by hardline hindu groups, and the violence that ensued afterwards left thousands dead. the supreme court here, crucially, has given the muslim group, who was the party in the case, separate land in the area, which would enable them to build a mosque, but the group says while it respects the verdict of the supreme court today,
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it is not satisfied with it, and is considering what its next course of action might be. prime minister modi, ahead of this verdict, called for calm across india, and said that this will not be anyone's loss or victory, but there is a huge police presence, it has been stepped up, notjust here in delhi, notjust in ayodhya, but across the country in anticipation of this verdict. australia's prime minister, scott morrison, has warned that bushfires raging in eastern australia will spread and have catastrophic consequences in the days ahead. at least three people are now known to have died in the blazes. five others are missing and officials in new south wales say 150 homes have been destroyed. thousands of people in queensland spent the night in evacuation centres waiting for officials to assess whether it is safe for them to return home. phil mercer gave us this update on the scale of the fires.
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on friday, we had 17 emergency fire warnings and the state of new south wales had never had that sort of number at any one time, so in terms of the ferocity and the scale and the sheer speed of these fires in certain parts of the state, they have never been seen like that, certainly in modern times. if you go back a decade to the black saturday bushfires in the southern state of victoria, 173 people died so clearly australia always has this annual fight with the bushfire menace, but there is a feeling, especially here in eastern australia, that this is particularly bad and the reason for that, in large part, a long—standing drought has made the ground so tinder dry. on top of that we have had very strong winds and very warm temperatures, so that really does conspire to whip up any fires that are caused by lightning, discarded cigarettes or deliberately by arsonists, for example, then of course,
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you add into the mix the impact of climate change, and that is why we have got such a ferocious set of circumstances here in this part of the country. us health officials believe they may have identified the substance that's killed around 40 smokers of e—cigarettes and damaged the lungs of hundreds more. they say vitamin e acetate, an additive used in some vaping products, has been detected in patients' lung fluid. let's go to berlin now and see the live pictures where german chancellor angela merkel is due to speak shortly on the 30th anniversary of the berlin wall coming down. the wall separated east and west germany. we note that the leaders of the czech republic, hungary and slovakia have also been invited to the memorial. angela merkel due to make an address very shortly.
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prayers will also be offered at the chapel of reconciliation. and the lighting of candles at the national memorialfor the victims lighting of candles at the national memorial for the victims of communist violence, also, all due as pa rt communist violence, also, all due as part of those commemoration ceremonies. we will bring you what we can in the next hour or so. first, the weather with ben rich. lots of different types of weather across the uk today. more rain in the forecast for some but hopefully not much for those areas in northern england and the east midlands that had such significant flooding during the week. the rain focus through the rest of today across central and southern england, there could be travel disruption here, also went across parts of northern ireland. rain and hills slow across the north west of england wales and the midlands, dry in the north—east with just a few wintry showers. tonight,
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rain will continue across the south. the north largely dry with clear spells, it will be a chilly night year, temperatures in scotland easily down to minus for degrees. showery rain to clear away in the south first thing, but essentially, for remembrance sunday, it is a fine day, long spells of sunshine but still feeling chilly. highs of 6-11dc.


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