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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12pm. 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 says flooding still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. translation: i remember you, the people who found their death their death at this wall
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because they were looking for freedom. i also remind you of those trying to escape and who were imprisoned. 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 three people and force thousands from their homes. and the click team investigate claims that 56 networks could damage our health, that's in half an hour. health and childcare take centre stage today, as the political parties continue their general election campaigns. labour is promising to open a thousand 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
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aged between two and four. the liberal democrats are also revealing plans for free childcare for working 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 the sort of access to gps
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that people deserve. 0ur political correspondent pete saull sat down with me earlier to talk about how likely the parties are to be successful with these new promises. as we have just 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 added any, maybe a couple of hundred extra 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 now in training so the figures should start to improve. and the tories also said they are putting record investment more generally into the health service, which should i suppose help
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with retention, as well. other parties though are very, very sceptical indeed as to whether they will be able to keep this promise. meanwhile, on the childcare front, labour and the lib dems both saying again they will invest in that? a clear pitch in both labour and the liberal democrats for the votes of younger parents and younger families. it is a familiar theme for the labour party, sure start was a flagship initiative of the tony blair years, thousands of centres set up, 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 say they will
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extend the current provision of 33 hours families, not just 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 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. 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. how much is it likely
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that people will be following the detail of these pledges believing they will be delivered 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 in recent days and stories about individual candidates and controversies with social media history, iwonder 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 manifestos come out, 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 it will go up through the gears in the coming weeks. earlier i spoke to professor helen stokes—lampard, who is chair
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of the royal college of gps. i asked her what she made of the conservative proposals on gp recruitment and retention. it is very welcome to hear a pledge that we will have 500 additional doctors trained to be doctors every year. we have had a steady increase in the numberof year. we have had a steady increase in the number of doctors choosing to train in general practice and we have had record— breaking train in general practice and we have had record—breaking numbers this year. so this pledge opted for housing doctors training every year is great. we still think there is further to go. we think this should be at least 5000 doctors trained to be at least 5000 doctors trained to be gps every single year. in turn, that would mean more medical students, trading as students. . yet people say hang on the government promised increased numbers training already. back in september 2015. and that didn't happen, that was not delivered. that is right, that has
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beena delivered. that is right, that has been a huge frustration for patients and doctors and our teams. we all know that we need more gps and doctors on the front line. the pressures were already so difficult in general practice that many more experienced gps were burning out and leaving prematurely. and yes more people are training but actually, when they choose to stop working, they are finding that full—time work is causing them to burn out too quickly so we had huge workload pressure. actually, we have more patients than ever before in general practice and over 1 patients than ever before in general practice and overi million a day people will see a gp up and down the country. recognition is important, increased investment is important but we need to see delivered before we will see a tangible difference. what about the pledge to recruit from abroad? it is incredibly difficult. there is a worldwide shortage of health care professionals
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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 going to see this increased number of appointments. 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 days events and will look at the twists and turns of the campaign so far.
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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 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 at matlock. i am in the basement of a florist 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,
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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 in a 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 — the town is all a little bit drier now, there is no floodwater
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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 business owners thousands. that was luxmy gopal in matlock, but it's yorkshire where the major flood warnings are place today and joining me now is samantha peckham—hufton and her son alex baxter who have evacuated their home in fishlake. thank you both very much. where are you now, not at home clearly? no, we're you now, not at home clearly? no, we're my mother's, we havejust you now, not at home clearly? no, we're my mother's, we have just been evacuated one hour ago.|j we're my mother's, we have just been evacuated one hour ago. i am so sorry, tell me what happened. the town was overflowing, 1pm yesterday, no precautions were put into place. we went to bed at 338 in this
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morning —— 3:30am, a lot of the streets were flooded and it was going into properties, we used sandbags which were not provided by special services, we had to get our own. at 7:30am, we were woken up. the elderly in the community are helping each other out. farmers evacuated us with our pets. there has been nothing from nobody. it is a fo rg otte n has been nothing from nobody. it is a forgotten village. alex, tell me when did you first see the water come into your house? we came home after eating tea last night at the pub. and water started seeping through from the floorboards around
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130, 2am. then we woke up to two feet of water under our feet. what was that like? it was devastating for all the hard work my stepdad and i have put into the house, also my mum. it has taken a year to rip the house apart and put it back to how it was and it is going to take us maybe weeks, months, years to put the house back to its normal reality. samantha, did you manage to clear anything that was really important from those downstairs floorboards? 0n the bottom floor? last night, we sort of knew what would happen. we saw the vast amounts of water that were coming into the village. 0n various streets in the village. so what we did was go home after having tea, left all the furniture up, we have only moved
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ina year the furniture up, we have only moved in a year last week. we lifted all the furniture onto coffee tables so at the moment, when we left, they we re at the moment, when we left, they were just at the moment, when we left, they werejust a at the moment, when we left, they were just a safe at this moment, i think they have gone too. and it is actually creeping up to the third step on the staircase as well. so it is still... have you had any help as yet from anybody? the emergency services came and rescued and lifeboats at two or 3am this morning elderly. an elderly lady and a few disabled villagers. at the moment, we left the village at 11:15am, a former pictures up in a 4x4, that was the only out of the village. the bridges are closed off and the water is coming in. so the village is
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basically an island at the moment. you see you are not offered sandbags 01’ you see you are not offered sandbags or enough warning but realistically it is very difficult in these situations. what will you do now? what is your next move? we will stay safe, the animals are here. we are all safe. it is only monetary value at the end of the day, but it will take months, and may be years. i am sure it is very upsetting for you and for everyone involved but thank you both very much indeed for talking to us today. samantha and alex, thank you. 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 says flooding
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still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. 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 several other dignitaries laid flowers this morning 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 9th of november somehow reflects the happiest but also the unhappiest moments of our history and it reminds us that we have to stand up
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to racism and anti—semitism, it reminds us that human rights and the rule of law is not to be taken for granted. 0n the 9th of november 1989, the wall was opened and then it fell down. briefly before that, nobody would have imagined this to be possible. at the beginning of the fatal year, 1989, it was just a small minority who stood up for human rights, for civil rights and for democracy. over the years the berlin wall was in place, many people attempted to escape from east germany into the west, one of those was gunther, who shared his story with our bbc newsround team. my name is gunther. in 1961, i was a 13—year—old boy living in east germany. something happened that changed my life and history in europe forever.
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i have brought my grandson to speak to him about what happened. he was 13 when the berlin wall was built, the same age that i am now. what was that feeling like? being under total isolation overnight, when the east german soldiers started to build fences and barbed wire barriers, and we knew that from that day, we could not move from east to west, and back any more. what was it like to live in a divided city? the east german government believed they could do with you whatever they want, say to people how to think, how to have to live. for instance, at school, they forced us to write essays about the berlin wall and how wonderful and great and lovely it is. what was it like trying to escape and what happened? i came to east berlin and met a courier, and the courier said,
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tomorrow it starts. the next day i started in a vehicle that brought me through the checkpoint alpha and then i was in the west and very happy to be in the west but this was only 50%. from the first day, i had to think about what to do now to get eva out. i knew very well, from the day the stasi finds out that i am away, they will take eva under control. eva was smuggled out in the trunk of a vehicle that came through the checkpoint charlie. exactly at that place, i was waiting, and after 25 minutes, i was on the edge of panicking because i thought they were caught and eva was put in jail. and then the car came
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round the corner and i was... i could not think any more. i went to my car and started to the traffic lights and 1a kilometres south from here, it was the unloading point where i had the key for the trunk and opened it. the girl that came out became your grandmother. and that is why i am very happy about that. my grandfather took me to the berlin wall memorial in the centre of the city to reflect on what happened to him. when i am at a place like this, i think about these many, many people who were killed because of trying to do the same thing as eva and i did. nothing else. we should remember that this bad time has gone and we should think about how important it is to live in a system of freedom and
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democracy. much more coverage on those 30—year commemorations online if you want to have a look. the deadline for asda employees to sign new contracts, which include the introduction of unpaid breaks, changes to night shift payments and being called to work at shorter notice, is approaching. the supermarket says it wants to boost productivity and modernise the business. it says 120,000 workers have agreed to the deal, and that fewer than 300 had yet to sign up to the new contract. let's speak to our correspondent katie prescott. this has been massively resisted? it really has, last weekend asda said all people working for the company had to sign up to this new contract and the change really is that in the past, they would have fixed shifts which worked around childcare commitments, but now they have to be willing to work on a rotor and the pattern is decided by
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the management. for many people working there, this represented a real change and a real change in how asda had traditionally worked and the sort of people who traditionally work there. asda said that anyone after last saturday who wanted to continue to work on the new conditions, last saturday was supposed to be the deadline but the extended it, could do so. what we have seen this week as most people signing up to the new contract. 0nly 250 have not done so and we will have to wait and see until the end of the weekend whether those final people will change their minds. it is the run—up to christmas are the unions are saying, lots of people are signing up to this and will leave after christmas is out of the way. this does bring to mind other industries, not least newsrooms which have these very flexible work patterns that the demand of staff. what about the rest of this industry, how does asda compare? asda is the last supermarket to
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change its conditions for its workers in this way. the supermarket say it is a tough industry and they need people who are working on the shop floor when they are needed, whether that is packing up things for online shopping orders are working early in the morning or late in the day when people are shopping, they really need a workforce they can move around to those needs, and asi can move around to those needs, and as i said, asda is in this regard to the last in this industry to move to this new pattern. thank you very much indeed. 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. it is the site where many hindus believe a key dat, la ram, was born.
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—— a key deity, lord ram, was born. it's controversial because a sixteenth century mosque that previously stood on the land was torn down by zealots in 1992, an act that triggered deadly riots across india. the court said a seperate plot of land must be given to muslims to build a new mosque. a security clampdown is in force across the northern state of uttar pradesh and india's prime minister, narendra modi, has called for calm. 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. on friday, we had 17 emergency fire warnings and the state of new south wales had never had
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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, 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.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello there. lots of different types of weather across the uk today. we had a frosty, foggy start in places. more rain in the forecast for some but hopefully not too much for those areas in northern england and the east midlands that had such significant flooding during the week. the rain instead focussed through the rest of today across central and southern england, there could be travel disruption here, also very wet across parts of northern ireland. some rain and hill snow across parts of northwest england, wales and the midlands, largely dry towards the north—east with just a few wintry showers. tonight, showery rain will continue across the south. northern england, northern ireland and scotland largely dry with clear spells, it will be a chilly night here, temperatures in scotland easily down to minus four degrees. tomorrow, showery rain to clear away in the south first thing, one or two showers peppering northern scotland and eastern coasts of england, but essentially, for remembrance sunday, it is a fine day, long spells of sunshine but still feeling chilly. highs of 6—11 degrees.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. 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 express scepticism about how the pledges will be funded. the environment agency says flooding still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. translation: i remember you of the people who found their death at this wall, because they were looking for freedom. i also remind you of the people who were trying to escape
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and were imprisoned. sport and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. rugby league lines miserable tour continued following their third straight defeat, losing 23 points against new zealand in christchurch. the lions returned after 12 years away has turned out to be a disappointment on results and performance. for great britain's by performance. for great britain's rugby league lines, the writing was on the wall, the task ahead now allowed clear and yelled out in black and white. with two defeats from two on this tour, there were reputations to restore but once again struggling to get to grips with new zealand. britain under pressure from the start. the kiwis rarely looked troubled. shawn
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johnson going over with barely a finger laid on him. britain bruised, bloodied and battered and have yet to reach half—time. after 12 years away, so much more had been expected. but it was the lions taking their chances. doing so quite brilliantly. josh hodgson eventually found a way through for great britain but the damage had been done. yet another defeat. this team and tour looking ever more troubled. 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 at the top of the table, host second place manchester city at anfield. there are six games today, chelsea have just kicked off against crystal palace at stamford bridge. in the late kick off, brendan rodgers' leicester — who have been mightily impressive in rising to third in the table,


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