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hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week... we devote most of the programme to discussing europe, this is bbc news. since the fall of the berlin wall. the headlines at 11am. but we'll leave a few minutes at the end, to distil week one the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ of a british election campaign. thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. my guests today, stephanie baker of bloomberg news. italian journalist, annalisa piras. labour and the liberal democrats promise to fund more hours author and long—time correspondent for die welt, thomas kielinger. of free child care, but providers criticise them for not political commentator thinking through how they'll be paid for. alexander nekrassov. the environment agency urges people to stay away from river banks 9th november 1989. in areas where more than 50 flood warnings are in place, the day the berlin wall came down. including seven severe warnings, those who poured across made meaning there's a threat to life. history, others watched and wept. ceremonies are taking place ‘europe whole and free' in germany, to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. proclaimed the united states. some observers heralded the end of history, a conclusive victory for western liberal democracy. translation: i remember you, but three decades on, the people who found their death is europe still celebrating? at this wall looking for freedom. that is the question we will
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i also remind you of those trying to escape and were imprisoned. consider but before we do that, india's supreme court rules that the disputed holy site thomas started off by giving of ayodhya should be given to hindus, who want a temple built there. catastrophic bushfires, in eastern australia, kill at least three people and force thousands from their homes. correspondence based in london will be discussing europe since the fall of the bear line wall in 30 minutes. —— berlin wall. health and childcare take centre stage today, as the political parties continue their general election campaigns. labour is promising to open 1000 new sure start children's centres in england, as part of a £45 billion investment package.
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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 for 48 weeks of the year. meanwhile, the conservatives hope to recruit 6000 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 gp appointment fast enough, and although about half of gp appointments are on the same day or the next day, i know the pressures in the system, i have seen it, and this commitment, fully funded, £2.5 billion put behind it, will help us to deliver
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the sort of access to gps that people deserve. professor helen stokes—lampa rd is chair of the royal college of gps and says that the most ambitious pledge is attracting more doctors from abroad. there is a worldwide shortage of health care professionals generally and the sort of countries that have a similar standard of general practice to the uk actually hang on to their gps very well. so we have found it difficult to recruit. it is slightly easier to recruit doctors who are prepared to come to the uk and then train in our way of delivering general practice, which is very comprehensive, it's very developed compared to many other parts of the world. but of course it is also very high standard, so it takes several years for them to train up. so it is good to see that we are exploring all of the options. i think the international one is probably going to be the hardest one to deliver on, but i note there are no hard targets for that, it is a global aspiration for 6000 additional whole time equivalent gps from where we are now. and i think it is vital that it is delivered if we're
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going to see this increased number of appointments. let's talk more about all of this with our political correspondent, pete saull is here. 0n pete saull is here. this conservative health care pledged on this conservative health care pledged to get more doctors, they did not deliver last time. what chanceis did not deliver last time. what chance is there that will change this time? as we have heard there are many challenges in terms of recruitment and retention and training. back in 2015, the conservatives promised an extra 5000 gps in the nhs by 2020, according to latest figures we have they barely any, may be a couple of hundred across the piece so this will be a huge challenge for them if they were to get back into government, to deliver on this particular pledge. matt hancock, health secretary, making it clear there are a record number of gps in training so the figures should start to improve and the tories also said they are
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putting record investment more generally into the health service which should i suppose help with retention as well. 0ther which should i suppose help with retention as well. other parties are very sceptical indeed as to whether they will be able to keep this promise. on the childcare front meanwhile, labour and the lib dems both saying again they will invest in that? clear picture in both labour and the liberal democrats for the votes of younger parents and youngerfamilies. the votes of younger parents and younger families. —— clear the votes of younger parents and youngerfamilies. —— clear pitch. it isafamiliar youngerfamilies. —— clear pitch. it is a familiar theme for the labour party, this was a flagship initiative of the tony blair years, a lot of have closed in recent yea rs, a lot of have closed in recent years, funding shrank by up third so jeremy corbyn i said he will reopen one thousands of people have access to it in every community up and down the country. when it comes to childcare, labour—saving well into extend the current provision of 33
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hours tourfamilies, extend the current provision of 33 hours tour families, notjust those who work at certain number of hours. the liberal democrats have outbid labour on this, saying 35 hours a week and it will also be extended under a week and it will also be extended undera lib week and it will also be extended under a lib dems government to children as young as nine months old. i suppose trying to appeal to women who are coming off maternity leave and want to go back to work. that is the clear pitch from the lib dems. 0bviously that is the clear pitch from the lib dems. obviously this will come at a significant cost and the liberal democrat candidate has been speaking about this this morning. the total cost is sizable, it is {14.6 billion. that would include the extra money you give in consequentials to people like scotland and northern ireland and wales. and it would be paid for by closing corporation tax and also taxing wealth, as well as income. but the point is it is an investment in the future, it is money well worth spending.
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how much is it likely that people will be following the detail of these pledges believing may will be belaboured and how much is brexit still going to be a factor in how people vote? we are very, very early on in the campaign, it feels like it has been going on for weeks, the sheer number of announcements and stories about individual candidates and controversies, i wonder whether voters are and controversies, i wonder whether voters a re really and controversies, i wonder whether voters are really engaging with this election quite yet. it tends to be the case that people do not properly start following these things until a bit closer to the campaign. i was talking to liberal democrats earlier, the expected manifesto to be launched in a couple of weeks, there will be more scrutiny as the ma nifestos, there will be more scrutiny as the manifestos, it and we will have the tv debates and everything like that. it feels like the campaigning is already happening, there will be lots of people out knocking on doors today. and tomorrow. but if go up through the gears in the coming weeks. in the run up to polling day we'll
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be bringing you an essential guide to the various campaigns ina daily electioncast. starting on monday night, adam fleming and the bbc‘s politics team provide a round up of the days events and will look at the twists and turns of the campaign so far. watch it here on the bbc news channel or listen 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. weather reports today suggest many of the worst affected places will avoid further downpours this weekend, but as the clean—up operation is underway 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
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still very plain to see. as some of the businesses here. i am in the basement of florists and this is used as a store room for all of their christmas stock. there are some ornamental pine cones there, as you can see, all of the stock is scattered about and damaged due to the flooding. if i bring you round to this side here, just to show you, up against the wall, quite how high the water levels got to. so the dark mark here, compared to the lighter brickwork up there, that is how far the floodwaters rose to here in the basement and as you can see, that is at least five foot high and the owner told me that when he came in to check on his stock yesterday, everything was just floating around all 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 they are similar situation, one of the toy shop owners here was due to have a grand opening of her business yesterday. but, of course, that all went awry after the floodwaters hit her property and damaged her business, as well. so, even though on the surface it might look like things are getting back to normal quite quickly —
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the town is all a little bit drier now, there is no floodwater standing and the sandbags are going to gradually be packed away. however, the reality of it is that the damage caused by the flooding may take weeks to repair and could cost the national education union — who represent teachers, lecturers, and educational support staff — have created a league table, which they say shows what has happened to school funding, constituency by constituency, since 2015. they say that 83% of schools will have less money per pupil in 2020, than they did in 2015. the conservatives dispute the methodology behind the figures, and say the government is boosting school funding by £14 billion, over the next three years. i'm joined by kevin courtney, the joint general secretary of the national education union.
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thank you for coming in. have the conservatives not addressed your fears by announcing this three—year plan to increase funding? not at all. the figures we have produced today are based on what the government has announced. they have been rebuked by that uk stats authority for saying the 1a billion figure, that is not the realfigure, we have used the real money they are putting into next year, next april... how much are they putting on? next year, 2.6 billion. and over three years? 7 billion. they are trying to make it sound like it is £14 billion a year and that is why the uk stats authority has rebuked them. our the uk stats authority has rebuked them. 0urfigures show the uk stats authority has rebuked them. our figures show that 83% of schools will be lower funded for people in real terms next april when they were in 2015, think about that for a child who started secondary school in year seven in 2015. they
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will have finished their gcses in that school before there is any improvement. so they will face lower class sizes, less support, few are subject choices across the whole of their school career. the stats watchdog you are talking about has criticised the method set methodology used by national education union in the previous set of announcements you made, have you used the same methodology this time? we met with the stats authority and did not criticise us at all, they criticised some of the language used, and when we listened to them and talk to and amended the language as soon and talk to and amended the language as soon as we and talk to and amended the language as soon as we had a discussion with them so we keep the change is up—to—date with what the uk stats authority says to us unlike the government. borisjohnson was told three weeks ago to stop using that 14 billion figure and they are still using it and press releases today. the uk stats authority said not to use it. we do what they tell us, when they tell us. we are telling the truth about school funding and children in 80% of schools are going to be worse funded next year than
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they were in 2015. where labour or they were in 2015. where labour or the liberal democrats put enough money into education? we wait to see the manifestos but we hope they will be promising more money than this because we have to put right the cuts that have happened. what the government wants us to believe is that if you take £450 from someone and then give them £25 back you are supposed to be grateful for the £25 coming back, that is what the current game is and for 80% of schools, the vast majority of children, child who started in reception year in primary school will be in yearfour and no change will be in yearfour and no change will have happened. theirformative yea rs, will have happened. theirformative years, and the cuts are even worse in 16-19, years, and the cuts are even worse in 16—19, six form colleges and effie colleges they are worse than in schools. the considerable to say this is an inaccurate misleading piece of propaganda which will alarm pa rents, piece of propaganda which will alarm parents, is not a question about labour education policy, for example they are adopting ideas like
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scrapping 0fsted which some will see put teachers fears and concerns over that of parents, parents might want to have that information? we are not affiliated with any political party but talked all parties and we are pleased the opposition parties are starting to see through government rhetoric. 0ffset starting to see through government rhetoric. offset is a system which actually systematically punishes schools with children from more per backgrounds so teachers do not work in that background and it is worse for children, we are not against accountability addict and inspection but that has to be a better way than the way we are currently... accounts taken to report the back—end and social situations schools operate ina report was produced this week which said there was a systematic bias in 0fsted reports against schools with poor children. the offset system is failing our children. —— 0fsted.
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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. 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. ceremonies are taking place in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall, the barrier that epitomised the cold war divide between the communist east and the democratic west. chancellor angela merkel, who grew up in east germany, is attending a commemoration at a remaining section of the wall that's preserved as a memorial. angela merkel and other dignitaries
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are laying flowers to honour those killed trying to cross to west berlin and there will be a concert at the brandenburg gate later today. chancellor merkel spoke at the commemoration ceremony earlier this morning. translation: the cry for freedom created new democracies in central and eastern europe, germany and europe could grow together at long last, but the values on which europe is built, freedom, democracy and the equality of people, the rule of law, they preserve ends of human rights, they preserve ends of human rights, they cannot be taken for granted, and they need to be defended day after day. angela merkel, speaking earlier in berlin. 0ur late colleague brian hanrahan was in berlin when the wall came down 30 years ago.
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it was to the north of the city for most berliners hurried to check what was happening. it was here that people from east berlin were filtered in and out of the country with permission to travel. tonight there were no filters or checks, the border was thrown open and the crowd surged through the open gates. this is the middle of the checkpoint, the police are making no attempt to stop people, the gates have been thrown open, and people are coming over to ta ke open, and people are coming over to take a look at the west, in some cases their first look and the elation is enormous. it is not often asa elation is enormous. it is not often as a reporter that you come across history being made and even rarer that you recognise it as what it is, but that night, i felt in my bones that what i was seeing in berlin was going straight into the history books. this is where the boundary between east and west berlin used to lie. checkpoint charlie was the front line in the cold war and now it was all being swept away. there is almost nothing left of the berlin
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wall now. the germans towed it down and discussed, but that double line of bricks running along the centre of bricks running along the centre of the road, that marks out waited used to run and that goes right across the city. it curves around the brandenburg gate. just be the traffic island, where the taxes are going past now, that is when i climbed up on the wall that night to join in the celebrations. standing on top of the berlin wall, which for yea rs has on top of the berlin wall, which for years has been the most potent symbol of division in europe, and there can be few better illustrations of the changes which are sweeping illustrations of the changes which are sweeping across illustrations of the changes which are sweeping across this continent than the party which is taking place here on top of it tonight.|j than the party which is taking place here on top of it tonight. i want to be an astronaut! i remember it as a deliriously happy night. it was something where i could see that nothing but good was going to come out of it and you do not get to see that often in myjob. how amazing to see that report. and you can find more on the 30th
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anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall on the history of the bbc website, with unseen releases from the bbc oral history collection. well worth a look. india's supreme court has ruled in favour of a hindu claim to a bitterly disputed religious site in the town of ayodhya. hindus believe this is where the key deity lord ram was born. the decision clears the way for a hindu temple to be built there. 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 many people. 0ur correspondent rajini 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.
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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, 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
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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. 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
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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, 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. sport and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. good morning. great britain rugby league lions' miserable tour continued this
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morning following their third straight defeat loing 23—8 straight defeat losing 23—8 in their second test against new zealand in christchurch. the lions' return after 12 years away has turned out to be something of a disappointment so far in terms of both performance and results as adam wild reports. for great britain's rugby league lions, the writing was on the wall. the task ahead now loud, clear and yelled out in black and white. with two defeats from two on this tour, there were some reputations to restore, but here, once again, struggling to get to grips with new zealand. britain under pressure from the 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 yet 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
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find a way through for great britain but the damage had been done. yet another defeat. this team, this tour, looking ever more troubled. 0ur start, ourfirst few sets were all right, then a few early errors. the kiwis played well. they put a lot of pressure on us. we saw the stats at half—time. it was tough. we were sapped of energy. credit to us, we came out in the second half and there was plenty of fight in us. nonetheless, gutted, mate. meanwhile, emily rudge scored an england women's record four tries in a 24—10 win over papua new guinea in their first test. the big match in the premier league is tomorrow when liverpool, who are six points clear
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at the top of the table, host second placed manchester city at anfield. there are six games today, with chelsea hosting crystal palace in the early kick off at 12:30. meanwhile, watford are off the bottom after beating norwich last night. gerard deulofeu giving them the lead just a minute in before substitute andre grey grabbed their second after the break for a 2—0 win. watford held on despite having a man sent off and that means norwich are now bottom. in scotland, leaders celtic and second placed rangers play motherwell and livingston respectively tomorrow, but there are four matches today. you can keep up to date with all the latest on the bbc sport website. in the women's game, internationally, it's all building toward the euros in england in 2021. scotland made it two wins from two in qualfying beating albania 5—0 last night. christie murray with a lovely goal that rounded off the win against the side bottom of the group. northern ireland were beaten 6—0 by norway. it's set to be a record
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breaking day at wembley this afternoon, close to 90,000 fans expected for england women's friendly against germany which kicks off at 5:30 in what is 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 that record crowd. england will be be hoping for a change in fortunes in what will be the 26th match between the two sides. this type of challenges for the players need, coming off the back of the world cup, where we all reached massive emotional hi, we have probably all find it a little bit difficult to get back up to that high, mentally, physically, but this is the type of game where there are no excuses, it is the biggest game that england's women's team have ever had in terms of the size of the game, and! ever had in terms of the size of the game, and i think emotionally, physically, tactically, we need to be at our absolute very best.
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massive match to come against germany in front of that record crowd at wembley today. that is all for now. time for the weather. hello there. lots of different types of weather across the uk today. it was a frosty, foggy start for some of us. there is some rain around as well, and not only rain, over high ground, there is likely to be some sleet and snow mixing in at times. there are places that could do without any more rain, parts of northern england and the midlands, where there has been significant flooding. there are still flood warnings in force, read about those on our website but the rain through today is affecting slightly different areas. this is the early radar picture, very wet across the east of northern ireland, rain spreading into western england and wales and through the afternoon, setting in across parts of central and southern england, there could be enough rain here to cause transport problems, perhaps some localised flooding. it stays damp through the midlands, wales and northwest england, and over the highest ground there will be sleet and snow mixing in.
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above 250 metres or so in wales, there could be a covering of snow. it stays wet for northern ireland, the rain could cause problems for eastern counties in northern ireland. for scotland, a lot of dry weather and some sunshine, but a speckling of showers for northern and eastern areas and these will be wintry over high ground. as we head towards the end of the afternoon, the rain continues across the southern counties of england so there could be enough rain to cause problems here. they will start to pull away south through the night. damp weather for a time through the midlands and wales, over high ground the odd flake of snow, but for northern ireland, northern england and scotland, a dry night with clear, starry skies overhead so another cold one, minus 5 degrees easily across scotland. not as cold further south because here we will still have the cloud and showery rain which will clear slowly during the morning but it should be gone by the time we get to remembrance sunday commemorations at 11 o'clock. plenty of sunshine to be had through the day, not a bad day at all. some showers for northern
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and eastern coasts, more rain into northern ireland later and temperature—wise, 6—11 degrees, but the rain eventually spreading to northern ireland associated with this atlantic frontal system. that will sweep its way through. some snow over high ground in the north, there could be significant snowfall over the highest ground. the wet weather should clear away east into monday morning, and then it is a day of sunny spells, and showers, heavy, thundery, wintry showers in the north with top 00:29:25,167 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 temperatures of 6—12 degrees.
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