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this is bbc news. the headlines at 1900. five severe flood warnings are in place along south yorkshire's river don — meaning there's a threat to life for those in the area. if the river rises again tonight or tomorrow, and it's in conjunction with a high tide and a further fall of rain, the village simply will not be able to cope. the tories say a jeremy corbyn government could cause an economic crisis within months of coming to power — labour calls the claim a complete work of fiction. remembering the fallen of the world wars — and the conflicts since. a world war ii dakota plane dropped 750,000 poppies over the white cliffs of dover to remember those
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who lost their lives. voters in spain return to the polls for the country's fourth general election in as many years. another super over success for england — as they win in new zealand. five severe flood warnings remain in place along the river don in south yorkshire this afternoon — with a further a0 lesser flood warnings in england and in wales. 0ne community — fishlake — has been completely engulfed by floodwaters — anger is rising amongst residents who say they aren't getting enough help. the environment agency have told
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the bbc it's continues to monitor and and manage the huge volume of water travelling through south yorkshire. 0ur correspondent fiona trott reports a village that's been abandoned. most people here have locked up and left. the safest way to get through is by tractor. parish councillor pam webb has decided to stay. she is touring the village with the emergency services. the environment agency put out a notice at 5pm on friday, basically, "stand down, there won't be homes flooded". this is what's happened. farmerjohn duckett has worked on these fields all his life. he says poor land management is to blame. there is no doubt about it. part of the problem is the river don, which drains this area, is not receiving
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any maintenance whatsoever. the local pub in fishlake has become a refuge. it's on higher ground and has gas, a place to sleep and get a hot meal. the first night, everyone was devastated, weren't they? absolutely devastated. we had grown men crying, which were horrific but spirits have lifted now, haven't they? they are able to cook meals because people have been donating food at the local church. and volunteers likejosh have been wading through the water to deliver it. i'm going back and forth from the church with supplies in my day sack, delivering them to people who need them. there's a lot of elderly people stuck with nothing. if it wasn't for the volunteers like these local farmers, this village would be struggling to cope. they've been praised by the emergency services and will be here for many days to come. fiona trott, bbc news, doncaster. peter pridham is the church warden in fishlake.
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people there have been warned that there is a risk to life if they do not leave immediately. but some have stayed behind. he told us what the situation was like in the village. the situation today, the village is any critical condition because large amounts of floodwater have rushed in to it on friday and saturday are lying in the village, leaving in many places many feet deep. many people have been evacuated, some are too ill to be evacuated in some cases. many older people are in their homes and are being served by a very large community effort, and i'm thankful to say that people from 20 or even 30 miles away are going long distances to avoid flooded roads to bring supplies to the local church. what is absolutely critical, and any listener can hear this, please respond, we desperately need two large diesel engine pumps,
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12 inch pipework to pump out the accumulated water in the village, because if the river rises again tonight or tomorrow, in conjunction with a high tide and a further fall of rain coming from the pennines, and we have more over banking, that is the water flowing over the banks into the village, the village simply will not be able to cope. there are two acute situations, one is the existing environmental agency pumping system is nowhere near adequate to cope with the level of water. i waded three quarters of a mile in water three orfour feet deep to get here. there is a danger to life, and the environment agency should look seriously at that immediately. a wea kenss in walls adjacent to a bridge. we asked this afternoon for them to drop sandbags to prop that up. if either of those walls gives way at high tide today, the volume of water flowing into the spillage could lead to serious loss of life.
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it's not a time for delaying and procrastinating, is a time for immediate action. peter pridham there. well the environment agency has sent this statement about the floods. it reads "the environment agency is continuing to operate and check flood defences and pumps to manage the huge volume of water as it moves through the catchment". the agency goes on to say, that infrastructure and pumping has so far helped to protect 4,000 properties from flooding. let's talk now to lord deben, he's the chair of the committee on climate change and a former environment minister and hejoins me now from suffolk. how likely is it that we are going to see more flooding of this type in the future? it's notjust likely, is certain. this is what climate change means. we will have more pressure, more floods unless we take action. we will have more awful problems like these villages are facing today. when you see action, you mean action against climate change, but what about the action to protect more properties? we've heard
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complaints that the authorities aren't doing enough. of course that is part of it. this will go on, even if we win the battle against climate change. because even if we get down to net zero and the rest of the world follows, the fact of the matter is, there is enough climate change in the system already for us to realise how much more of these sort of floods we will have. so that means a lot more action about planting trees, about stopping building in flood plains, were still building in flood plains, were still building more on flood plains, even after a ll building more on flood plains, even after all the warnings. and stopping, too, the way in which we are using impermeable surfaces, which is growing all the time, so that the water can't get away. we can't protect everybody but we can stop making it worse. last night i was speaking to a lecturer from the university of reading who didn't think building on the flood plains
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was the issue, it is the nature of the building. we can build better if we are going to use the flood plains. do you not agree? well, of course. if you build buildings which are flood resistant and you know that and you've done the job properly, you can. but we are not doing that. the houses that we are building are not fit for the future at all, neither in terms of ventilation, nor in terms of insulation, nor in terms of protection against flooding. that is one of the biggest issues which any future government has got to face. how many maintained our existing defences and how much do we need new ones, extra ones? first of all, there has been a great deal more money put into this one, but it is on top of a long period in which not enough is spent at all. secondly, we do have to realise that the situation changes all the time and it would be wrong of anybody to say that every community can be
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protected. but there is no doubt that we've actually got to take lots more time, energy and effort, and indeed, resources to protect the communities which we know are threatened. if we can protect everyone, how do we support those who are flooded, who will find it almost impossible to get insurance? the first thing is, there are many people who ought to be insured in the government has never encouraged to be insured. we really do need to get as many as possible to be ensured. we do have to look at how insurance in general can be extended to people who have some threat of flooding, because there are going to be many more of them. the conservatives and labour have clashed over their spending plans with the tories claiming a jeremy corbyn led government would bring an economic
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crisis ‘within months'. the chancellor sajid javid said today that labour would spend over a trillion pounds in office — a figure dismissed by labour as ‘bad maths' and an ‘absolute work of fiction'. here's our political correspondentjessica parker. the two men competing to run the country's finances. the conservatives claim that labour's plans amount to an unaffordable splurge. but is there maths up to scratch? every single costing in this dossier that we've published today has either come from labour's own figures and most of them, over 50% of the costings from labour's own figures and the rest of them have either come from independent external sources and in some cases, yes, we have had to work them out ourselves. but we've done that in a reasonable way and we have set out exactly in the document how we've done this. they've even set up a website, listing some contentious claims about the so—called cost of corbyn. £196 billion to renationalise industries like the railway
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is already a disputed figure. 85 billion to bring in a four day working week. the conservative dossier assumes that such plans would all quickly come into force. 35 billion to abolish private schools? labour conference voted on the idea, but the party's actual election policy hasn't been confirmed. this is an absolute work of fiction by the conservatives, you can't trust a word that johnson and his ministers say on this issue. we will have a fully costed manifesto in due course, when we launch that. and, you know, the challenge is actually for the conservatives to fully cost their own manifesto, something they didn't do in 2017. the purse strings are loosening in this place, whichever way you look at it. the parties believe that there is an appetite for more public spending. so, the debate is likely to range around whose plans strike the right balance between being responsible, but also truly radical.
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economic crisis... the tories' increase in spending would be less than labour's but the conservatives are trying to shake off the age of austerity. it's a bit as if you'd come to me ten years ago and taken my raincoat away and i've spent ten years cold and wet and then you've tapped me on the shoulder and said, "great news, i found you a rain coat". well, it's worth recalling, back in 2010, where our economy was. we had just gone from deepest recession in almost 100 years. until manifestos have actually been unveiled, things are a little bit up in the air. liberal democrats say that the parties should submit their plans for independent analysis. the arguments over what this country can afford are onlyjust beginning. jessica parker, bbc news. the greetings card chain clintons is considering shop closures and rent cuts as part of a survival
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plan to save around 2,500 jobs. it comes after reports that the retailer wants to close 66 of its 332 shops. a clintons spokeswoman told the bbc that "discussions are continuing" with landlords "but no decisions have been made". turkey says eight civilians have been killed in a bomb attack in northeast syria. the explosion happened near the town of tal abyad — an area controlled by turkish troops and their syrian rebel allies. images from the scene show a column of black smoke rising into the air. rescue workers say a bomb in a vehicle exploded outside a bakery. turkey has blamed the syrian kurdish, ypg militia for the blast. the ypg hasn't yet responded to the allegation. turkey regards the kurdish fighters as terrorists, and wants them pushed away from the frontier. voters in spain have returned to the polls for the country's second general election injust over six months. the socialists, led by the acting prime minister, pedro sanchez, won the most seats in the last ballot in april but were unable to form a government. spain has been struggling to put stable governments together
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since 2015 and this year's vote has also been overshadowed by fresh unrest in catalonia. the royal family, senior politicians and diplomats havejoined veterans and religious leaders at the cenotaph in central london to mark remembrance sunday. the prince of wales led the wreath—laying in memory of those who've died in conflict. 0ur royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. it is that morning of the year when we pause, when the matters which seem so pressing on other days, are set in a broader perspective. as the nation comes together to remember those who lost their lives in the world wars, and other more recent conflicts. the leaders of the main political parties took their places at the cenotaph, with their wreaths of red poppies. watching from a balcony, her majesty the queen with the duchess of cornwall and the duchess of cambridge.
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the prince of wales led the other principal members of the royal family to their positions, in front of the cenotaph's northern face, in readiness for the national two—minute silence at 11 o'clock. big ben chimes the hour. music: last post. after the two—minute silence, the prince of wales placed the queen's wreath at the cenotaph, in tribute to all those from britain and the commonwealth, who lost their lives in the service of their country. wreaths were also laid by the dukes of york, sussex and cambridge. and, then, after the official
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wreath laying by political leaders, military chiefs and high commissioners, it was the turn of the former servicemen and women who attend the parade, year after year. they come with their own memories of colleagues who were lost in war. at war memorials across the country, the nation remembered. in cornwall, a veteran laid a wreath in memory of those who died in the d—day landing 75 years ago. in kent, a war dakota scattered 750,000 poppies. a ribbon of scarlet above the white cliffs of dover in memory of those who never came home. the headlines on bbc news... the environment agency continues to warn there's a danger to life from high river levels in south yorkshire — with seven severe warnings still in place. ——five. the chancellor defends conservative party analysis of labour's spending plans , as labour says they are a complete work of fiction. the royal family lead tributes to those who lost their lives
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in conflict as the uk marks remembrance sunday. firefighters tackling around 100 bushfires in australia say they could now start to threaten sydney. at least three people have died in the fires in new south wales and queensland. helena wilkinson has the latest. the scale and ferocity of these fires is clear. this is new south wales on the east coast of australia, being ravaged by the flames. three days since the wildfires began, they're still burning and spreading. more than 1,000 firefighters are working across this state in queensland to try and contain them, but conditions are difficult. it's just the worst thing i've ever seen, honestly. the fire front is coming at us. there's nothing you could do about it. lost a few friends in the fire, lost all my possessions. possessions are nothing.
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it's the people that count, eh. the devastating power of these fires is clear to see. this used to be what someone called home. now there's nothing left. 150 homes have so far been destroyed and thousands of people have had to evacuate. australia's prime minister says he's proud of how people have helped each other. people have reached out, got people out of homes, made sure they've got to safety, looked after each other‘s livestock and animals, talking to each other, putting themselves in harm's way for each other. i've got to tell you, as a prime minister, i'm never more proud of australians than in moments like this. as the fires continue, officials say things are likely to get worse. extreme warnings for large parts of the new south wales coast are likely to be issued this week, with areas around sydney especially at risk. helena wilkinson, bbc news. it's a night that will
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go down in internet — and sporting — history... two of the world's biggest youtube stars made their professional boxing debuts, watched by a global audience of millions. with a combined following of a0 million subscribers, british internet star ksi beat his american rival logan paul after six rounds in an la ring. the men will reportedly take home around £700 thousand pounds for the match. let's speak now to commonwealth boxing champion stacey copeland, who is in manchester... we have to stress here that these are not professional boxers, or weren't, at least. yes, there is an unlicensed boxing that has happened for many years, but this is unprecedented in terms of non—regular professional boxers. not just fighting, but with this many beers, is not really happened before at this level. how safe was it? i
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don't know, i assume because they got a license they would have had to got a license they would have had to go through all the stringent medical procedures that we all have to as professional boxers. 0f procedures that we all have to as professional boxers. of course that is paramount, that is the most important thing, the safety of the boxers. i assume they went through that process like any other boxer would. what was the quality of the site like? to be fair, to say there are novices and it was their debut, and underthe immense are novices and it was their debut, and under the immense pressure of so many viewers, i think technically how they would fare against experienced and skilled boxers, i don't know, but to watch as a spectacle, technically, they were decent, to say there are novices. how many people who are trained for yea rs, are how many people who are trained for years, are still amateurs who would like to turn professional, will be looking on in envy at this?l like to turn professional, will be looking on in envy at this? a lot of them will be, but boxing is a business, and where there is a market for it, something like this that captures the public's imagination, it will happen. it is one of those things that is
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fascinating about sport, the unpredictability and sometimes the underdog and spectacle of prizefighting. these two are very well known names, but it has captured peoples imagination so i think there will be a lot of people who are quite jealous, but we live in the age of reality tv, social media and sometimes there are things that come before talent. that is how it is. how make then the established boxing fraternity be looking at this as an opportunity for the future?|j don't as an opportunity for the future?” don't know, some people will be dead against it. 0thers don't know, some people will be dead against it. others may see it as an opportunity. let's see if this happens regularly, if we had celebrity boxing every single week, it would lose its novelty and uniqueness, if we reduced it. i think the thing is that it is a very unusual, much like when mcgregor box mayweather, the cross from mma and
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ufc to boxing, that captured peoples imagination. if that happened every week, it wouldn't be as exciting. i don't think there is a great deal that we can to, because it is unusual, but on the positive side, it might bring people to the sport to either try it or do it for training orjust to watch it who wouldn't normally. just like strictly come dancing does for dancing. it is celebrities who aren't untrained answers, but it might bring lots more people to dancing and, at the end of the day, anything that gets people active is good. —— untrained dancers. the conservative politician lord mawhinney — a prominent member ofjohn major's government in the 1990s, has died at the age of 79. brian mawhinney was an mp for more than 25 years, and served as a cabinet minister and conservative party chairman. he was also chairman of the football league. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts
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there are several severe flood warnings in force and numerous across parts of england. there are no met office warning site for more rain, so you can get the jitters from the website. already that rain is marching across northern ireland and will turn a little bit wintry over the eu tells here. we are looking at other significant falls of snow across the north of scotland. blowing around with the strong ones and clearly more rainfall in the areas where we have seen such devastating flooding. clearly it is a cause for concern. this rain band should move through fairly steadily overnight but will be blown along by a very strong wind and that will still be around in some areas, and the north and east first thing on monday. not a particularly pleasant morning rush with all the spray and standing water on the rose, and the snow across the highlands of scotland. 200 metres is ill relatively low
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level roads it will effect. there monday, that weather run still with us, in the north—east of scotland particular, should clear away elsewhere. we have the strong northwesterly wind which will pester western areas, but given the strength of the win, will be blown further eastwards as well. because it is colder air blown down in the north—west, we will see those turning to sleet and snow. there could be a smattering across the pennines and north wales mountains as well. it is going to be a cold, another cold feeling day on tuesday as well. the low pressure and showers and long spells of rain meandering around the area of low pressure, so again, some areas we have seen that budding, we are expecting more rainfall this week. hence there is a met office warning out this area as well. still a brisk wind coming down from the north. temperatures will be below par next week. it will be quite a cold night tuesday into wednesday, as it does look as though we will have a brief window dry weather, but by the end of play on wednesday we have the
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next weather front coming in. a widespread frost can be quite i say, given the amount of rainfall. by the end of the day are more rain rolling into the west and that could become an issue for central parts through the course of thursday. by by. — bye — bye the headlines if the river rises again tomorrow, the village simply will not be able to cope. the tories say a jeremy corbyn government could cause an economic crisis within months of coming to power, labour calls the claim
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a complete work of fiction. remembering the fallen of the world wars and the conflicts since. the royal family, senior politicians and diplomats havejoined veterans and religious leaders at the cenotaph in central london to mark remembrance sunday. as always, a very moving ceremony. the pavements absolutely packed
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with people that have been here for a couple of hours waiting to observe the two minutes' silence. you can probably hear the bands behind me. because it is the march of the veterans. up to 10,000 veterans who are marching past the cenotaph, organised by the royal british legion. from there, i have alex 0wen. this is a really important event for veterans to be involved in, isn't it? yeah, it is hugely important. for the veterans you see here today, but also for the 6.7 million members of the armed forces community up and down the country, this is just one event that happens in the nation's capital. in towns and cities across the county, we will see similar things. so it is important that we come out and remember those who defended our freedom and liberty that we enjoy today. the poppy appeal this year, what have been the themes? what is the message you are trying to emphasise this year? anyone that saw the commemorations down at portsmouth for d—day 75 this year will know that it has been a pivotal moment for the battles that took place 75 years ago in 19114 during the second world war when the tide turned. and our military people, i was serving people made those amazing sacrifices, alongside our commonwealth allies to be able to bring us the
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freedoms we enjoy now. this year, i am personally thinking about veterans that i have spoken to recently who fought in monte cassino. a chap who is 98—years—old now, and i spoke to him, and he said, "if it wasn't for the polish soldiers that he was fighting shoulder to shoulder with, he would still be in monte cassino." i think that sense of comradeship is really spread across the generation that fought 75 years ago but also today. i served with nigerians and others and none of that we would have been able to do without the help of others. i would like to bring in patrick and you are here today, how important is it for you to come and be a part of the ceremony and memorials that are happening across the country. i found it, as usual, very poignant. there is a lot of formality to this
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event and rightly so. the other memorials and ceremonies taking place across the country that you mentioned can be perhaps a little bit more affecting but the two minutes' silence always makes one, as one should do, reflect. i suppose the main thing is that one remembers or recalls people, friends, who sacrificed their lives over the last campaigns, friends i knew but also my forebears. as somebody, you are in several tours of afghanistan so as you say, this will remind your people who you have known. yes, it always does. i suppose that during those two minutes you have a sea of faces perhaps passing through 1's mind and considering what they did and the sacrifices that they made.
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freedom doesn't come cheap and for these two minutes we are reminded of that. alex, if i can just come these two minutes we are reminded of that. alex, ifi canjust come back to you. the poppy appeal this year, is this directly aimed at young people, is encouraging people to put down their devices today and tomorrow. is their concern is the distance between the two wellbores gets further away, that events like this will mean less to younger people? —— world wars.” this will mean less to younger people? -- world wars. i don't think so. i think now it means a lot more than that, we might be falling from all conflicts but hundred years on we have the chance to look at society and how they are acting and get them to put down those laptops, close those phones, turn off technology and just reflect for two minutes was up they gave their lives and the least we can do is give them two minutes of our


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