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today at 5pm, labour responds to the chief rabbi's severe criticism of the party's record on anti—semitism. ephraim mirvis questioned whetherjeremy corbyn was fit to be prime minister, accusing him of allowing anti—semitism to ‘poison‘ the labour party. the labour leader says all forms of racism are unacceptable. there is no place whatsoever for anti—semitism in any shape or form or in any place whatsoever in modern britain. and under a labour government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever. i want to make that clear. applause. but the conservatives have also been accused, by the muslim council of great britain, of failing to deal with islamophobia in the party. we'll have the latest
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from the election campiagn trail, hours before the final deadline to register to vote. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm... a bleak outlook on climate change, the united nations says the world has to act much faster, to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. sir andy murray speaks about his return to tennis after hip surgery, and why he's living life to the full. and who's a lucky couple? steve and lenka thompson from sussex are £105 millions richer, after winning the euromillions jackpot. it's five o'clock. our main story is labour's response to the plain—spoken criticism of the chief rabbi, who questioned jeremy corbyn‘s suitability for the post of prime
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minister, saying that ‘a poison of antisemitism' had taken root in the labour party. ephraim mirvis, britain's most seniorjewish leader, said labour's claims to have dealt with claims of anti—semitism were a ‘fiction‘. mr corbyn said today there could be no place for any kind of racism in his party. the chief rabbi's decision to speak out was supported by the archbishop of canterbury, and also by the muslim council of britain, which then went on to accuse the conservative party of ‘denial, dismissal and deceit‘, on the issue of islamophobia. ourfirst report this evening is by our political correspondentjess parker. not the backdrop labour wanted, outside the launch of its race and faith manifesto. it comes as this man, the chief rabbi ephraim mirvis, questioned jeremy corbyn‘s fitness to be prime minister. in the times, the chief
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rabbi writes that... today, labour described its race and faith manifesto as ambitious, tra nsformative. it wants to hold an independent review of far right extremism, establish better protections for places of worship. more broadly, tackle pay discrimination based on race and teach children about colonialism and the role of the british empire. but as jeremy corbyn arrived at the event, it was clear today's launch had become overshadowed. there is no place whatsoever for anti—semitism in any shape or form or in any place whatsoever in modern britain. and under a labour government, it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever. and asked directly about the chief rabbi's comments... i invite the chief rabbi, i invite the archbishop of canterbury, i invite all the other faith leaders
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to come, talk to us about what their concerns are, but be absolutely clear of this assurance from me. no community will be at risk because of their identity, their faith, their ethnicity or their language. and views may vary on what a labour government could mean for the jewish community. what i think is critical is that people will feel increasingly uncomfortable and will look for ways of either moving or having a place somewhere else or whatever they can possibly do, to mitigate what feels oppressive, uncomfortable, dangerous. there is a lot of pain in the jewish community. i think there are concerns, yes, but i think the concerns are legitimate up to a point, but beyond that i think they are misplaced. i think they are misplaced in so far as the chief rabbi has gone too far. the overall narrative here may feel rather familiar. labour insists it is taking
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robust action, critics say that is not the case. what's different? the manner and tone of this intervention from the chief rabbi in the middle of a general election campaign. boris johnson has faced criticism for his handling of islamophobia allegations. today, the muslim council of britain accused the conservatives of approaching the issue with denial and deceit. we want to ensure that the conservative party has robust procedures. we think that we do, but we want to check that, we want to determine that, which is why we are committed to this independent review by the end of this year. meanwhile, an equality and human rights commission investigation into allegations of anti—semitism in labour is ongoing. and while the chief rabbi has criticised the party before, timing matters. and right now, jeremy corbyn is working to win voters‘ trust. jessica parker, bbc news. our chief political correspondent vicki young joins us
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live now from westminster. can we talk about the position of jeremy corbyn and labour after this attack by the chief rabbi, which is pretty unprecedented. where do we stand after all that? i think the problem forjeremy corbyn of course is that this comes at the end of months, years of this issue of anti—semitism been a problem, not just for his party but for him. and i think that is the striking part of this intervention from the chief rabbi. it‘s the fact that he talks about leadership. he talks about this been sanctioned from the top. in the past we have had spokespeople from the labour party and jeremy corbyn is well talking about improving the processes, the way that they discipline people, the way that they discipline people, the way that they discipline people, the way that they even might boot people out of the party. i think the problem here is that this is very much a
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personal attack on jeremy here is that this is very much a personal attack onjeremy corbyn, saying that he hasn‘t done enough to deal with this issue. and of course it is not new, we have seen this issue really tear the party apart at times, particularly here in parliament. we have had labour mps leave the party because of this issue. so it is a question that has dogged jeremy corbyn for a long, long time. now, he didn‘t really tackle it head—on today. he did talk about anti—semitism been vile, being evil, having no part in the party. and talked again about the processes and said that actually people that felt like this needed to engage with him to make sure that he understood how they felt. but i think the bigger picture here for labour is that at this point in the campaign with just two weeks to go, with many feeling that labour do need to start making upa feeling that labour do need to start making up a little bit of ground if they are to win an outright majority at this election. they don‘t want to be of course defending themselves on such a sensitive issue, they want to be talking about the kind of issues
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they think will win voters over to them. many thanks. we will stay with this story because we are going to look at the impact on social media, how this has developed. let‘s speak now to our digital election reporterjoe tidy, who is seeing how the campaign is playing out on social media. so let‘s talk about the response of this controversy today from the moment that the chief rabbi‘s words and the kind of form of the attack we re and the kind of form of the attack were clear. and then we had labour‘s response. how would you characterise the social media conversation?” suppose it goes without saying that social media is only a snapshot of what the public are thinking and the sort of research that we have been doing looks up public posts and groups on twitter so again a snapshot of a snapshot but the things we‘re picking up on is yes, there is heated debate going on about anti—semitism in the labour party. but it is the way you are responding to this seems to be based
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on your politics. there seems to be entrenched views on either side and depending on which political leaning will you have that marks the way you don‘t feel about the story. i want to bring you to tweets that summarise this for us. the first one is from matthew butcher, this is green party and labour party supporter. he said... on the other side i want you to bring you from leave dot eu. so this gives you an idea, i hope,
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of the sort of feeling is that we are seen on both sides. in one of the things we have seen picked up very, very quickly on almost every conversation thread i have read on facebook about this story, one person or more has tweeted or posted a picture, which has come from the chief rabbi‘s own facebook account from july. here we are, this is when he posted saying congratulations to borisjohnson. they he posted saying congratulations to boris johnson. they are saying effectively this shows that he is a tory, he is the tory rabbi. a lot of people, a lot of fake news websites have written this up but this is proof that he is a biased voice in this political debate. in the wording of that he say something along the lines of he is a front of the jewish community. along the lines of he is a front of thejewish community. people are saying he‘s a friend of boris johnson. 50 saying he‘s a friend of boris johnson. so if they look at the kind of tone and language been used beyond those statements that you have just told us about and you mentioned there the suggestions from some quarters that the chief rabbi is sympathetic to the conservative
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cause. do we see in all of this debate the kind of bad tempered, even toxic exchanges, that we have seen at times during this campaign? has it permeated this as well? yes, there are some sensible and balanced discussion going on, particularly on twitter. this story is much bigger on twitter than facebook in the group that i‘m looking at. undoubtedly when we are talking about anti—semitism and islamophobia, these topics are effectively bring out the worst in social media. we are seeing some nasty stuff. it is in the minority, it has to be said. you don‘t log onto social media and you are hit with it but it is there and it is anti—semitic, it is xenophobic and it is racist as well. the main picture that i am taking away from my analysis of social media on this particular story is this idea that it is all politics, it is all partisan. no matter how you feel about things, it is an entrenched view and we are seeing that, what are we got now, less than two weeks
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until the end of the election. even something that seems quite big, this seems like it might move the dial on the election, at this stage people are the election, at this stage people a re really the election, at this stage people are really entrenched in their views and it is going to take a lot for people to change the opinion. and tonight, andrew neil will be speaking withjeremy corbyn, in the second in his series of interviews with party leaders — that‘s at seven o‘clock on bbc one — and you can also watch on the bbc iplayer. don‘t miss that, that should be a very interesting exchange. the muslim council of britain has accused the conservative party of "denial, dismissal and deceit" over islamophobia and having a "blind spot" over racism towards muslims. in a statement responding to the chief rabbi‘s criticism of labour, the mcb, which represents more than 500 mosques and muslim groups, said:
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very strongly worded statement thereby the muslim of britain. —— thereby the muslim of britain. —— the muslim council of britain. speaking while campaigning this afternoon, the chancellor, sajid javid, rejected the criticism by the muslim council of britain. we will never ever, as a party, tolerate anyone amongst our ranks that has any kind of prejudice to any group of people, whether that is based on their race or their religion, their gender, or anything else. we will never tolerate it. whenever we have ever come across that kind of behaviour in a tiny, tiny number of cases, that all parties, including the labour party, all grassroots organisations. if someone joins without anyone‘s knowledge that they don‘t stand for our values, then we take action
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and we take vigorous action. our political correspondent ben wright has been following the prime minister‘s campaign, and we can speak to him in norwich. it's it‘s a parallel accusation, ben, isn‘t it? you have the chief rabbi saying that labour has failed to tackle anti—semitism effectively and the mcb saying exactly the same about the conservatives in relation to islamophobia. it is. it puts tory politicians on the spot, particularly considering that during the leadership contest earlier in the leadership contest earlier in the summer, all the candidates and borisjohnson were quite clear that they were determined to tackle any islamophobia in the tory party, come down hard on anyone found guilty of it, investigate allegations. and they promised an independent enquiry specifically into allegations of islamophobia. now, that enquiry has not begun. today, cabinet ministers has macabre said that it will start before christmas but they are talking about a broader enquiry into
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all forms of... not specifically into claims of islamophobia that was mentioned in the summer and i think tory ministers are facing uncomfortable questions about that today. when we look at the campaign itself and how it is progressing, what is your sense of the way that the campaign is being read right now? well, i'm here in norwich having just flown down from five, where the prime minister was launching the tory party‘s manifesto in scotland. i think the result of a quiet hum of confidence around the tory camp. i mean they read the opinion polls which suggest that they are ahead fairly comfortably at they are ahead fairly comfortably at the moment. they will also be very aware of what happened to theresa may in 2017 where it all went haywire in the last two or three weeks. so they will not be complacent. but i think they think that they have a fairly strong message in the tory camp. it was not
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brexit borisjohnson was trying to foreground and his pitch to tory voters, most of whom voted remain in the referendum. it was saying that the referendum. it was saying that the tory party was the only one that would absolutely under no circumstances agree to another scottish independence referendum. i think as long as he is in england and this campaign will carry on quite intensively now over the next two or three days, i think brexit will be the remorseless message by borisjohnson. will be the remorseless message by boris johnson. although will be the remorseless message by borisjohnson. although interesting today by lord heseltine, a tory grandee who lost the whip early in the air, he has done the same this time round, saying they should vote liberal democrat in the general election. his view is that the brexit policy that boris johnson election. his view is that the brexit policy that borisjohnson is talking about is simply nonsense. you can‘t agree a full free trade agreement in one year, which is what borisjohnson as claim. senior tories have swatted away what lord heseltine has said today but what sort of deal i get the going to
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negotiate? and can they really come up negotiate? and can they really come up with the free trade agreement in so little time? then, thanks again once again thank you. the liberal democrats leader, jo swinson, has been campaigning on the environment, on visits to cornwall and cheltenham. the party has set out what it says are radical plans to curb the uk‘s use of plastic. they include banning all nonessential, non—recyclable, single—use plastics within the first three years of a liberal democrat government. i think we‘ve all seen quite what the plastic pollution is doing to our oceans. many people have watched those documentaries, whether it is david attenborough and others that have very powerfully hit that message home that we need to change the way in which we use plastic. now, companies, many of them are leading the way on this and they are showing where you can have alternatives to plastic, like some of the packaging that is being used here. but also how we can make sure that companies are thinking about the ingredients that they use in making their products in the first place.
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that was jo swinson the that wasjo swinson the lib dems leader campaigning in cornwall today. the headlines on bbc news... labour responds to the chief rabbi‘s severe criticism , of the party‘s record on anti—semitism. but the conservatives have also been accused, by the the muslim council of britain, of failing to deal with islamophobia in the party. a bleak outlook on climate change, the united nations says the world has to act much faster, to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. and in sportjose mourinho will aim to ta ke tottenha m and in sportjose mourinho will aim to take tottenham into the jump into league knockout stages by winning his first home match in charge this evening. the chief of new zealand cricket has said the alleged perpetrator who racially abused joffre archer will be referred to the police. and andy murray says he is more relaxed about retiring from
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tennis now after spending so much time away from the spot recovering from a hip injury. and i will be back with more than stories after 5:30pm. see you then. anybody yet to register to vote in next month‘s general election, has until midnight tonight. government figures show nearly three million people have applied to register in the past month, with more than a third of them under the age of 25. laura townshend is the campaign director for 38 degrees, a not—for—profit organisation that facilitates political campaigning. shejoins me now. let‘s talk about registration. there are two deadlines as i understand it, today. there is one that has possibly just passed and it, today. there is one that has possiblyjust passed and another one at midnight. so just possiblyjust passed and another one at midnight. sojust explain possiblyjust passed and another one at midnight. so just explain that to viewers first of all. the most important deadline for most viewers will be the deadline to register to vote which is at midnight tonight. it is simply being on the electoral
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roll and that‘s why we‘re calling for people to register if they haven‘t put also to use a really simple app that we have built to and remind and nudge their friends, family and colleagues. we want to make sure that as many people who are eligible to vote out on the register by midnight tonight. how does it look in comparison to previous elections, lets say 17 or 15 or even go back to 2010? what are the levels of registration looking like? the positive news is that we have seen a huge wave of people who are register in this election. the fa ct are register in this election. the fact that almost 3 million people have registered so far is fantastic news. i think it‘s a sign that people are looking at the last couple of elections and thinking, wow, boating does change things. the instability of things is a bit of a proof point for that. but the fact is that we still have a massive problem with people been underrepresented at the ballot box in the uk today. about 9 million people who are eligible to vote are still not on the electoral register. and that problem is particularly
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worse in a few groups that are particular badly affected. so for insta nce 25% particular badly affected. so for instance 25% of black and asian people who are eligible and not on the electoral roll. we see similar numbers for young people, commonwealth citizens, and u nfortu nately commonwealth citizens, and unfortunately these are groups who have a hard time getting on in life generally anyway. and so our campaign is particular focused generally anyway. and so our campaign is particularfocused on getting these underrepresented groups to realise they can vote and to help you to friends, family, social networks to make sure that they can be reminded as quickly and easily as possible. what are the kind of factors you come across that put people off registering or may be a lack of awareness or they find it a lack of awareness or they find it a rather daunting task in some cases. what are the factors that you have come across? there are quite a lot of myths that are wrong. that a lack of voting is due to laziness and apathy are not caring about politics. we find this is completely untrue. we find that the people who are not registered yet are deeply
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interested in politics and want to have say. usually comes down to a couple of things, a lack of understanding of some factors that optically important. so we are seeing some worrying evidence that people are looking at the proposals to introduce voter id and actually thinking that they need to bring voter id in this election, which of course it is untrue. you need no id, no polling card, you just need to register. we are also seen a more worrying feeling of overall powerlessness, which is particular exacerbated in these groups that have that tougher time getting on in life, which i think is fairly understandable if you are struggling ona minimum understandable if you are struggling on a minimum wagejob. if you are young and struggling for your first job out of school or if you are facing racist abuse in the street, you have other things on your mind and voting might be less high up on your priority list. but politics delays and that is where we want as many people as possible to use our map to go on there today and register if you haven‘t or remind your friends, register if you haven‘t or remind yourfriends, families, register if you haven‘t or remind your friends, families, colleagues, mates to register to vote. because
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we find that in general you can see as many political speeches, see as many as many political speeches, see as ma ny letter stuff as many political speeches, see as many letter stuff through your letterbox as you like but really it is that what‘s at message from your friend or a facebook chat from your mum that can really make a difference, so that is what we are really asking people to this vital last hours tonight. so 3 million people, which is a big chunk of people, which is a big chunk of people, registering in recent weeks. and yet you say 9 million people are not registered. so in all honesty, by midnight tonight, that 9 million is still going to be a very, very significant number. so do you think that there is a case in future elections to look at a rather different way of trying to reach out so that that 9 million is reduced radically? because it is are likely to be reduced radically today. that is true although i still have hope that we can see it continuation of this really big wave of people registering tonight. so if you are doing it today you are in good company. we have seen an increase of
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hits to our website of one point 5000%. so people are going flat deadline. i think there are —— 1500%. making those voting processes as simple as possible but most of all we need to look at these root causes, the fundamental reasons that people don‘t see themselves reflected when they look at westminster and don‘t see politics using the politics to limit language and kindness that they would use with their friends. they‘re some of the root problem is that i think we need to tackle ultimately. very interesting to talk to. campaign director for 38 degrees. throughout the campaign, bbc news is looking closely at the places where the election could be won and lost. we are visiting 10 parts of the uk where seats will be closely contested. today we‘re in milford haven — which is in the preseli
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pembrokeshire constituency in south—west wales. this seat has been held by the conservatives since 2005 and is bordered by three other constituencies: one conservative, and two plaid cymru. labour held this seat from 1992 until 2005. it‘s been tory since then, but in 2017 their majority was just 314, with labour in second place. neighbouring ceredigion is also a marginal seat — plaid cymru took it from the liberal democrats at the last election byjust104 votes. this area of south west wales is a place known for potato farming and dairy cattle as well as energy production. the number of oil refineries has declined in recent years, which has had an effect on the manufacturing firms that supported them. despite this, unemployment is only slightly higher than the welsh average. sarah dickins reports. the next generation of dairy cows at this pembrokeshire farm. dairy farming dominates the area, the industry has been through hard
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times but it has recovered. mike smith runs this family farm, along with his brother and six employees. he doesn‘t think the industry here needs subsidies to be profitable but the area needs more good jobs. many of his schoolmates left for work. he wants politicians to make it easier to set up companies in rural areas. things like better broadband, if you look around technological businesses, there is no reason why they couldn‘t be located anywhere. some more innovative businesses and, you know, when you get a choice of where to live this is probably one of the nicest places in the country to live. there used to be a booming oil business in this part of wales but most of that has gone. and there was an raf base, that has closed too. but despite that, many of the characteristics of the economy of pembrokeshire is very similar to that of wales itself. what‘s really different is that this area is twice as dependent on food and farming and accommodation. this is where milk from mike‘s farm and 200 others is processed. the customer for these 20 kilo
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blocks is the irish company, a reminder, as we discussed brexit, of how closely linked much of our food industry is to firms in the eu. first milk wants more political certainty. with brexit there is a huge amount of potential impact the dairy, both at a farm level, what might happen with our trade access or what might happen with the tariff situation. it could all have a huge impact on what happens with the domestic dairy quota. with 80 employees, this site is important. across the constituency, wages are on average £100 a week lower than the uk average and many young people leave. this may look like a typical welsh farm but it‘s just one of a number of innovative micro—businesses set up by local people. and rather than cows, insects are at its heart. a mix of tourism, scientific research and food. in the restaurant, they are showcasing their radical new product.
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it is a mixture of insect and plant protein. the absolute key is you don‘t seem bits of insect because insects are so sustainable to farm, so it seems crazy that we are not actually looking at insects as a source of food already. and that is how we want to make a difference, by making this food delicious. businesses like this one are confident that they will expand. what they want from the politicians are the tools to help them do that. that was sarah dickens reporting there from south—west wales. with the election fast approaching, bbc wales are holding a debate tonight in haverfordwest with members of the key parties. the audience will put questions to a panel of politicians on the big issues of the campaign. bethan rhys roberts is one of two presenter‘s hosting the debate tonight. what you think will come up and what will cause the most likely debate? welcome to the pembrokeshire showground. we are in a huge hang
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here tonight and believe it or not just about a week ago this place was full of 1000 chickens and ducks. tonight is going to be very different. five politicians from the main parties represented on stage. we have a live audience coming in. it wouldn‘t be a surprise to think that brexit is going to come up probably. i mean, it is a leave area of wales, it is still very contentious here. it is a tight fight here between labour and the conservatives. spending, how does the money come down from the uk government into wales? what would be the priority then of the welsh government? yes, a lot of spending is devolved but spending is a big issue. economy, jobs, those sorts of issues. and another issue which as you know comes up over and over again, trust in politicians. these are the sort of issues likely to come up. but again health is a big issue, it‘s devolved, is a massive issue, it‘s devolved, is a massive issue in this part of wales. education, all these issues could,
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because it is of course up to the audience. and as you know, in the sort of debates anything could come up sort of debates anything could come up on the night. i wish you well and i hope it is a good lively debate. we will be watching later. that debate will be live tonight from 8pm. you can watch the events unfold on bbc one wales. and right across the uk here on the bbc news channel thatis the uk here on the bbc news channel that is tonight from eight o‘clock. so with that the time is 5:30pm, it isa time so with that the time is 5:30pm, it is a time for a look at the weather with thomas. beautiful autumn leaves out there. grey skies for many. it does not look pleasant at all. but, it has been quite mild today, a lot more mild than it normally would be for a late november day. 15 degrees across parts of the country. that will not change a lot over the next 2a hours, for as long as this low pressure is sitting on top of us. the low used
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to bea sitting on top of us. the low used to be a tropical storm, in the subtropical atlantic and has brought a lot of cloud, moisture and mould conditions. these are the temperatures early on wednesday morning. 10 degrees, that shows how mild it is. in the north, 6 degrees. the forecast for wednesday, as long as the low is here, the weather will not change a lot. on wednesday, a lot of showers circling. windy for some time. in the south of the country. temperatures double figures nationwide. here, 7 degrees. a change is expected on thursday. a different air current coming in from the north. a lot more crisp in the north of the country and colder too.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... labour responds to the chief rabbi‘s severe criticism, of the party‘s record on anti—semitism.
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but the conservatives have also been accused, by the the muslim council of britain, of failing to deal with islamophobia in the party. a bleak outlook on climate change — the united nations says the world has to act much faster, to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. sir andy murray speaks about his return to tennis after hip—surgery, and why he‘s living life to the full. and who‘s a lucky couple? steve and lenka thompson from sussex are £105 million richer after winning the euromillions jackpot. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. here is sarah. good evening. who‘d have seen this coming a week ago? jose mourinho in charge of tottenham hotspur for his first home game. of tottenham hotspur it comes in the champions league tonight against greek side olympiakos. our correspondent natalie pirks
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is at the tottenham hotspur stadium and natalie — is this a good fixture to be kicking off with? i think so. you are right, what a difference a week makes! this time last week in the putt was the captain of the ship, loved by his fans. now, jose mourinho is in. 11 months out, serving up these humble jose vibes, telling us he has learned from his mistakes. this is a good one. apologies for the fire engine going past! olympiakos have got two shots on target in their two away games and did not manage a single shot in their last match against bayern munich. they have only won once in 1a games away from home in europe against english opposition, back in 2015 against arsenal, would you believe? it was
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the greeks who began spurs champions league campaign and got it off to a rocky start. 2—0 up and cruising. the greeks came back and it was 2—0. -- 2-2. the greeks came back and it was 2—0. —— 2—2. they have done it before but we do not expect it to be anything but a straightforward win forjose mourinho‘s side tonight and if they do win, they will be through to the knockout stages for the third successive season. something that he wa nts to successive season. something that he wants to do, he has great pedigree in the champions league having won twice and he needs to get the fans onside. there has not been an outpouring of love forjose mourinho since he took on the job. studio: thank you for putting up with those sirens in the background! natalie, thank you. also in action tonight are manchester city. they‘re at home to shaktar donetsk — a point will be enough for them to reach the last 16 but victory would win them the group.
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the chief of new zealand cricket says the alleged perpetator who racially abused england bowler jofra archer will be banned from future matches to the police. david white has apologised personally to archer and says he‘s optimistic of catching the man responsible in the coming days. archer says the incident happened as he was walking off the field during england‘s first test defeat in mount maunganui. women‘s golf in europe has been given a boost, with a bonus prize of £215,000 for the top three players on the tour‘s order of merit, which will be renamed the race to costa del sol from next season. whoever leads the money list at the end of the year will get an extra £107,000. by contrast, the winner of the equivalent prize in men‘s golf, john rahm, won a bonus of over one and a half million pounds at the weekend. andy murray says he is more relaxed about retiring from tennis now — as he‘s spent so much time away
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from the sport in the last couple of years, recovering from a hip injury. in a new documentary that premiered in london on monday night, we get an insight into the gruelling strain murray‘s rehab took out of him, his family and those close to him, before he returned to the court in september. tennis obviously has been my whole adult life but also a huge part of my childhood as well — this is what i‘ve done since i was a young kid, so when you sort of get to 28, 29 and it looks like you‘re coming to the end, i think sport doesn‘t do a very good job preparing athletes for finishing and setting them up for what they‘re going to do when they finish. but the nice thing about these last six or seven months — when i was at home and my pain was gone, i got a glimpse into what my life would be like without tennis, and i‘m so much more relaxed about that now that i know that everything will be all good when i do stop. and we‘ll have the full interview with andy murray in sportsday on bbc news at 6:30.
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join me then if you can. studio: thanks very much, see you later on. more now on our top story this hour. britain‘s most senior rabbi has questioned jeremy corbyn‘s fitness to be prime minister, saying ‘a new poison‘ of anti—semitism had taken root in the party, sanctioned, as he put it, ‘from the very top‘. ephraim mirvis described labour‘s claim to have dealt with allegations of anti—semitism as a ‘fiction‘ and urged people to vote with their conscience. mr corbyn has insisted there is no place for anti—semitism within labour, and says those guilty of anti—jewish racism have been ‘brought to book‘. baroness julia neuberger is a cross—bench peer and a senior rabbi at the west london synagogue. shejoins me now.
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thank you forjoining us. we had a very forceful statement from labour today, jeremy corbyn at a news conference that he cannot be clearer than i am. there is no place for racism of any kind and there is no place for anti—semitism in the labour party and there will not be under a labour government. he said it with passion. did it convince you? absolutely it with passion. did it convince you ? absolutely not. it with passion. did it convince you? absolutely not. if he was serious, i think it is the problem, if he was serious he would be doing something rather than saying it, however serious he sounds. he needs to do some very specific things. it is not true they have dealt with all of the allegations of anti—semitism, they need to deal with it. they need not to persecute the people doing the dealing with the investigations, that was the panorama programme. and thirdly, two female jewish that was the panorama programme. and thirdly, two femalejewish labour mps have been hounded out of the party, taunted and, to an extent, i would use the word terrorised.
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instead of standing shoulder to shoulder with them he has said nothing and he hasn‘t apologised. if he is serious about their being no place for anti—semitism in the labour party, he needs to stand soldier to soldier —— shoulder to shoulder to those having the trouble, boot out the people being anti—semitic and do something with his actions. notjust words. earlier today, lord faulkner was talking saying there were hundreds of outstanding cases that still have to be looked at. he said there could possibly be thousands that he thought there were hundreds. but the party was at least in the process of looking at them. clearly not as you would like but they were in the process of doing so. your argument is that the process has been unforgivably slow? unforgivably slow, ins —— insufficiently transparent, they have treated some people doing the investigations very badly, like in the panorama programme, as! badly, like in the panorama programme, as i just badly, like in the panorama programme, as ijust said. and you
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need to process these things but say publicly, we are stamping on this and you make examples of people. it's and you make examples of people. it‘s horrible, but you do. and you make examples of people. it's horrible, but you do. when you look at the chief rabbi‘s decision to make a statement which is, unprecedented, let‘s face it. when he frames the argument, he says one element is the party and how the labour party has dealt with the allegation that the other is to do with jeremy corbyn‘s fitness as a person to be prime minister, a separate argument. a lot of his supporters say today that the chief rabbi has dealt mystical been a real injustice in that sense because mr corbyn has spent decades of his life fighting racism and that includes anti—semitism. so the personal attack they say was absolutely unfairand attack they say was absolutely unfair and unjustified. how would you respond? i would say it is not unfairor you respond? i would say it is not unfair or unjustified. he hasn‘t dealt with the anti—semitism again,
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whatever he has said. and i was not sure that i would say thatjeremy corbyn was an unfit person. until i realised they were launching today their race and faith manifesto, in which they say they will strengthen and make more independent the precise qualities and human rights commission that is, at the present moment, investigating the labour party over anti—semitism. cynical or what, that is not ok. that is what makes me dubious as to whether he is a fit and proper person. given that, do you feel equally strongly about the claims being made about the conservative party and the british muslim saying yes, the chief rabbi is right to point out these concerns, they said, but we should also point out concerns about the perceived failure of the tories to deal with islamophobia? absolutely, one of the things that has been... there are few comforts in this situation but one of the things that has been comforting about this is the amount of support we have had
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from the muslim community and equally, i would say, as someone who is jewish and equally, i would say, as someone who isjewish and feels strongly equally, i would say, as someone who is jewish and feels strongly about my community, i feel strongly about all forms of racism, the tory party need to get their act together and look at that. racism is racism, whatever kind of racism it is. did you ever think we would have a general election campaign in this country that would feature this element? i never thought so, i was born in this country and am a proud brit and a proud monarchist. i never thought we would see this. i was born into the labour party, my pa rents were born into the labour party, my parents were active members. i was a labour party member for the first 30 yea rs of labour party member for the first 30 years of my life. i am just horrified, and i cannot believe it. i know that as a member of the house of lords you are not allowed to vote in the general election. if you were voting on this one, here is a tough question, which way would you be voting? i don't think i can say,
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question, which way would you be voting? i don't think! can say, i'm quite relieved i am not voting but this is unusual for all sides of the jewish community to feel the same. julia, thank you very much again. lovely to see you. with that in mind, and given what julia was saying there... rachael maskell is labour‘s shadow ministerfor transport. shejoins me now from york. thank you for waiting patiently to join us. what did you make of the claim there that you have notjust been slow but unforgivably slow to deal with this issue? it is really important to listen to all faith leaders and of course, today has been the statement by the chief rabbi. as well as the muslim of great britain. what is really important is that we look at what has happened in the labour party. jeremy corbyn has ensured that it has been the number—1 priority of
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the labour party. as an antiracism campaigner all his life, anti—semitism, that the labour party has processes in order and much has changed over the months to ensure that we have got robust procedures that we have got robust procedures that are independent to put in training for party members and ensure that we have a programme where if there is a violation, there are fast track expulsions from the labour party. that message was clear but it must bother you that there are people like her who are lifelong labour people who are simply not convinced the right things are being done. if you are not convincing people like that, what hope do you have convincing those who are not normal labour supporters. doesn‘t that bother you? it is important to listen to all of the voices. i have done that. having met thejewish community in my constituency and
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invited them into the labour party to provide training for our members. we attended should bat in the interfaith week. it is about this and strong procedures —— shabbat. if we wa nted and strong procedures —— shabbat. if we wanted to progress our relationship with faith leaders and we launched our manifesto today on race and faith to ensure that we look at not just the labour race and faith to ensure that we look at notjust the labour party but wider society to understand why hate crime has doubled in the last five years. it is important we create that dialogue to ensure that all people know that within the labour party they are welcome and their contributions are valued. also, we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination that occurs. you have a former labour lord chancellor, lord falconer, earlier today saying there were hundreds if not thousands of outstanding catering —— outstanding cases of anti—semitism in the party that have yet to be
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dealt with. firstly, is he right to say hundreds? and secondly, what is your sense of how quickly they can be dealt with? it is right that the labour party were slow to respond to but when the new general secretary came into the labour party, she had put in the training, and new procedures, to turn the whole mechanism around to ensure there we re mechanism around to ensure there were robust procedures in place. that is what she has been focused on and the labour party is now processing those cases. a lot of complaints were made. it is important for the person that raises the complaint but also the person complained about, that there is due process and a thorough investigation. and that he resolve is found. we‘ve got a national constitution committee that will look at those if the highest order and we can ensure that we have strong, independent investigations moving forward. at this time, we are
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also aware that the human rights council has come in to look at our procedures and we await the report. we will know the facts as to what is happening and ensure that action is taken in these redmond asians for further action. rachel, thank you for talking to us today. —— take in these recommendations for further actions. in the last few minutes first minister of scotland the snps nicola sturgeon said labour hadn‘t gone far enough in tackling the isssue. this is an issue that refuses to go away. there are people raising concerns within thejewish community about anti—semitism in the labour party. any political party, having comments made by a seniorfaith leader has an obligation to listen
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carefully a nd leader has an obligation to listen carefully and react in a way that is showing a commitment and determination to sort the problem. not to attack the messenger, but instead resolve the problem that has led to comments like this being made. that was the snp‘s nicola sturgeon. the world will fail to meet its goal of avoiding dangerous levels of global warming — unless it increases its ambitions to cut carbon emissions five—fold over the next decade — that‘s the warning from the united nations. its annual report says greenhouse emissions will have to be cut by nearly 8% every year — with developed countries needing to act immediately. our environment correspondent matt mcgrath reports. fires rage in the amazon in brazil. this year has seen a major surge in burning and forest clearing. as a result of all the carbon being released, the un says it will be difficult for brazil to meet its climate pledges. it‘s a similar story in many countries, with deforestation in africa and asia helping co2 concentrations in the atmosphere rise to a new record high in 2019.
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scientists agree that all this carbon is changing our climate, and the impacts are being seen across the world as ice melts, storms surge and flood waters rise, threatening cities like venice. but if global temperatures rise by more than 1.5 celsius this century, the effect on the planet could be devastating. to have any chance of keeping under this limit, the un says the carbon cutting promises made by countries must increase massively over the next ten years. what we are trying to do is amplify the challenge we have in front of us, that if we still want to start talking or continue talking about one—and—a—half degree as the highest temperature increase we will accept, then basically countries in the next ten years have to reduce their emissions by 55%. so a little over half of current emissions, which is an immense challenge. to put the challenge in context, over the last decade, global emissions have gone up
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by1.5%a year. to keep the world from dangerous warming, these emissions will have to fall by over 7% every year until 2030. so what‘s gone wrong? almost every country in the world signed up to the paris climate agreement in 2015, but today‘s report says seven of the richest 20 nations — including the us, canada and japan — are not meeting the commitments they set themselves. the un says that all countries must put new and hugely improved carbon cutting plans on the table by the end of next year to have any real chance of meeting the 2030 target. there is one note of hope in today‘s assessment — the costs of renewable energy have fallen massively in price over the last decade. if the world can move away from coal and rapidly embrace wind and solar, we might have a fighting chance of limiting the damage that climate change will inevitably do. matt mcgrath, bbc news.
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ajudge has permanently banned protests outside a primary school in birmingham, where parents have staged demonstrations against the teaching of lg bt relationships. a temporary injunction on the protests, around anderton park, has been in place since june. our correspondent phil mackie has been following the case in birmingham. some of those protests were very noisy and quite boisterous. occasionally i was there when there we re occasionally i was there when there were a few dozen people, sometimes several hundred. the protesters, very few of whom were parents of children at the school, claims the school was overemphasising a gay ethos, promoting homosexuality, which they said was neither age—appropriate or against the religious brief survey —— make beliefs of a vast majority of pa rents beliefs of a vast majority of parents who happened to be muslim. they said they were not telling the truth and misrepresented what was being taught in the school and they extended the temporary injunction which was introduced in the summer. it means there is an exclusion zone
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around the school saying they have to tone things down and they cannot be shouting at parents and children as they arrived for lessons during the day. after the hearing we heard from the head teacher, sarah hewitt clarkson, who spoke to reporters. from the head teacher, sarah hewitt clarkson, who spoke to reportersm has shown a real contrast between what has always happened at the school and what was being portrayed and what is happening. everyone who works at the school knows what we do. that is the strength of our school and part of our ethos. there was absolutely no promotion of anyone type of anything, because we cannot do that. it goes against the equality act. she said the whole experience was like watching the news from a different country and hoped things would move on. birmingham city council described the protesters as a fringed element but we heard from a news conference they were holding saying that they would continue to protest outside of the exclusion zone and they claimed the exclusion zone and they claimed the ruling by the high court in
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birmingham today was biased against them. a couple from west sussex have emerged as the winners of a euromillions jackpot worth 105 million pounds. steve and lenka thompson are the country‘s ninth biggest winners. a warning — this report by duncan kennedy has flash photography. read it and leap, this is what happiness looks like. steve and lenka thomson have won £105 million. good morning, ladies and gentlemen, i would like to introduce you to steve and lenka thomson. the couple with three young children found out when steve checked his numbers... i believe that‘s mine! ..en route to hisjob as a painter and builder. i had the ticket in one hand, the numbers just jumped, boom, straightaway. from that moment onwards i was a shaking, gibbering wreck. lenka thought they had won £105,000 — not £105 million — but they both still went back to work.
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it is life changing, not just for us, our families, the community, definitely. we will do a lot of good with this. it is too much for us. laughter. the couple are now on britain‘s rich list, ahead of emma watson on 52 million, ronnie wood at 85 million and gareth bale who is on a mere £91; million. steve and lenka said the priority is to move house so their children don‘t have to share bedrooms. whilst lenka has already given up herjob in the grocery store, steve says he will not let his customers down and will carry on building. cheering. steve and lenka, who have been married for 13 years, say their heads are spinning. a pre—christmas present which they say will gift them, their family and their friends a new life.
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duncan kennedy, bbc news, west sussex. time for a look at the weather. this afternoon it has been soggy out there. a bit of sunshine. not a lot. mostly across the south—west of the uk. over the next 2a hours, no big change. overall it stays cloudy and mild. there is a change on the way but not until thursday. as we head towards the evening, low pressure dominates the weather across the uk. also drawing up some warmth from the south—west. loosely speaking, it is mild and subtropical, thanks to an ultracool storm. this is how it looks. no longer a tropical storm but it brings frequent showers
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through tomorrow. it‘s difficult to say what time the rain will strike. whether is all over the place but it isa mild whether is all over the place but it is a mild night. frost free. on wednesday morning, you have to watch where these blobs of blue are. to summarise, the rain at times is the story. there are gaps of dry weather. the most persistent weather on wednesday will be across north—eastern parts of the country. from scarborough to newcastle. showers can strike anywhere at any time. on wednesday to thursday, we slowly see a change. the low moving towards the baltic and behind, around the backside, we see winds coming in from the north. some cold air invading the uk. initially, cold air invading the uk. initially, cold air reaches scotland and northern england. in central parts of the uk, preceded by a spell of cloud and rain on thursday. down here, we have
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some mild air left over on thursday. 11-12d. in some mild air left over on thursday. 11—12d. in aberdeen, around 6 degrees. the transition happens on thursday. that takes us into friday morning and then, a sunny and crisp start to the day.
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jeremy corbyn insists there‘s no place for anti—semitism in modern britain after the chief rabbi launches an outspoken attack on his handling of racism againstjews. britain‘s most seniorjewish leader said a poison had taken root in the party and questioned if the labour leader was fit for office. jeremy corbyn said anti—semitism as "an evil within our society" there is no place whatsoever for anti—semitism in any shape or form, or in any place whatsoever in modern britain, and undera labour government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever. the muslim council of britain said racism wherever it comes from is unacceptable, as they accused the conservative party of being in denial and deceit over the issue of islamaphobia. also tonight...


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