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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... one of the tiny victims of the mother and baby deaths scandal at a hospital trust in shropshire. now more than 200 new families have contacted an inquiry looking back over decades. this has been allowed to go on for too long. it's been ignored for too long. millions are urged to make sure their voice is heard as the midnight deadline looms to register to vote in next month's general election. more than £105 million pounds — the builder and shop worker who scooped the euromillions jackpot and now find themselves on britain's rich list. i still can't get my head around the amount. i mean, one would have done, but i've got 105. and coming up on bbc news... we will have sports day with all the reports, news and features from the bbc sports centre.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has insisted there is no place for anti—semitism in modern britain and said those guilty of such racism have been "brought to book". he was speaking after the chief rabbi accused him of allowing anti—jewish racism to take root within labour, and questioned his fitness to be prime minister. in an unprecedented break with convention, rabbi ephraim mirvis said he felt compelled to intervene because the "very soul of our nation was at stake". the archbishop of canterbury backed the rabbi's comments. the muslim council of britain went on to accuse the conservative party of "denial" and "deceit" over the issue of islamaphobia. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports.
it is entirely different from anti—semitism... this it is entirely different from anti—semitism. .. this argument it is entirely different from anti—semitism... this argument has been raging for more than three yea rs. been raging for more than three years. it burst into the election campaign today. since jeremy years. it burst into the election campaign today. sincejeremy corbyn has been in charge, there have been co nsta nt has been in charge, there have been constant accusations that labour has allowed racism against jews constant accusations that labour has allowed racism againstjews to creep in. right in the middle of his contest he is right back in the middle of it. a leader of one of the country's main religions actually warning against a vote for labour. writing in the times the chief rabbi says, jews have watched with incredulity. labour's handling of the issue is
incompatible with the british values of which we are so proud. the rabbi suggests a new poison sanction from the very top has taken root. with extraordinary timing jeremy corbyn was also due to attend labour's race and faith manifesto today. a set of plans to improve the lives of black, asian and ethnic minority people. but an hour later than planned, after the choir had entertained the audience, he took the stage. 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 anyform government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever. i want to make that clear. you are an apologist. his critics do not believe he has been clear enough, from trouble with ken livingstone's old remarks about hitler, some of jeremy corbyn‘s own past
associations, and twojewish jeremy corbyn‘s own past associations, and two jewish female mps are leaving in protest. associations, and two jewish female mps are leaving in protestli associations, and two jewish female mps are leaving in protest. i ask those that think things have not been done correctly to tell me about it, talk to me about it, but above all engage. i am very happy to engage with anybody. the tories are all too happy to condemn labour's position in this campaign but have their own problems with islamaphobia. the muslim council of great britain accusing them of being deceitful and in denial with a blind spot to that kind of racism. we are having an enquiry to all forms of prejudice. abroad enquiry, but not one with specific allegations of islamaphobia. anyone who has any islamaphobia. anyone who has any islamaphobia or any prejudice is out first bounce. the liberal democrat leader said the rabbi's warning should not be ignored. we should ta ke should not be ignored. we should take very seriously the concerns of a community in our country that is generally feeling unsafe and think
about what that says about our politics, that that is because of the politics of a leader of a mainstream party. why does the chief rabbi think you are not fit for office? the problem forjeremy corbyn is not just office? the problem forjeremy corbyn is notjust the frenzy office? the problem forjeremy corbyn is not just the frenzy this has created in the election campaign, but that this was a problem that became evident soon in the party after he took over, and many inside the labour party think he has not done enough to close it down. the labour leader has long said he is doing everything he can. there is little sign of this ugly moment in our politics and that it is atan moment in our politics and that it is at an end. so, what's been the reaction of voters in thejewish community after the chief rabbi's unprecedented intervention? our special correspondent, lucy manning has been finding out. rabbi jonathan romain was a step ahead of the chief rabbi. last month, he was the first rabbi to take a stand, writing to his maidenhead congregation, telling them to vote for any party who could defeat labour. i have never intervened in political life before,
certainly not in terms of an election, but ijust felt that the situation with labour had got so poisonous and dangerous that really i had to take a stand. he represents a different, more liberal strand ofjudaism than the chief rabbi, but shares the concerns. for the first time jews have been looking over their shoulders. it isjust something we are not used to. i was born in britain, i'm a british citizen, britain is my home, my values. never has a party made me feel different. despitejeremy corbyn saying anti—semitism is vile, many britishjews have been concerned about delays in dealing with complaints, his appearance alongside anti—semites and remarks he has made. some, likejonathan liss, who works for a pro—european organisation, things labour has been slow to respond, but it won't affect their vote. is labour an anti—semitic party institutionally? is jeremy corbyn anti—semitic? i don't think that the
evidence stacks up. i would vote for labour as a jewish person in the way that i would vote for labour whatever ethnicity i have because i believe in labour's policy platform, because i think that labour will deliver a progressive government for all. lord dubs, a labour peerfled the nazis because his father wasjewish and he was given sanctuary in britain. i have a lot of respect for the chief rabbi and i have worked with him and campaigned on behalf of child refugees and i have worked with the jewish child refugees and i have worked with thejewish community on behalf of child refugees. i think he has gone too far, and i am sad about that, but i think he has got over the top today. that, but i think he has got over the top today. at the jw3 community centre in london there was support for the chief rabbi's intervention. lisa joseph has voted labour, likes his policies, but won't this time. do you think it is right for rabbis to get involved in an election like this? well, like you said, it is unprecedented. i don't know if it's right or wrong, ijust know that it's necessary. it is absolutely necessary to say something this time around. i am so worried about this election.
ben paul also usually votes labour. we are on the precipice of a potential anti—semitic prime minister with a wholly anti—semitic party and i think the world needs to wake up and see jeremy corbyn and the labour party for what it is. if that means the chief rabbi getting involved in politics, then so be it. there are cases of anti—semitism and racism in other parties, but jewish community leaders believe labour is institutionally anti—semitic, that its leadership and its structures have notjust failed to deal with the issue, but have enabled it as well, and those who call it out are accused of smears. mr corbyn says there is no place for anti—semitism, but somejews feel there is no place for them in his party. lucy manning, bbc news. and our political editor laura kuenssberg is in westminister
just how damaging is this for labour and jeremy corbyn? there are concerns about other parties and other political parties have had to get rid of some of the candidates they were hoping to stand in this election because of offensive remarks they made in the past that have been uncovered through the course of this campaign. but this feels like a different order for two reasons. first of all, for a chief rabbi, a leader of a majorfaith in this country, to feel, when they normally stay above and beyond politics, that he had no choice and to intervene in such a dramatic way is something that we cannot find another example of in recent political history. that context really matters when religious leaders of all faiths try extremely ha rd to leaders of all faiths try extremely hard to stay beyond the political fray. here we have the chief rabbi feeling he has no choice, but basically to warn the country against voting for the labour party this time around. second, it is of a
different orderfor this this time around. second, it is of a different order for this reason, whatever you make of the charges that have been put here, whatever you make of the concerns expressed, this is a problem the labour party has been dealing with for a long time, sincejeremy corbyn has been in charge. although he has always said he takes this extremely seriously and is doing as much as he possibly can to stamp it out in the party, he just has possibly can to stamp it out in the party, hejust has not possibly can to stamp it out in the party, he just has not been able to close it down. for many voters that may well raise a question about his ability to take a firm grip with issues that are tricky and challenging. the former conservative deputy prime minister lord heseltine is urging tory voters to back liberal democrat or independent candidates in next month's election. lord heseltine said that his party's brexit policy would damage the economy and britain's standing in the world. the liberal democrats say they'll crack down on single use plastic if they win the general election. the party wants to eliminiate non—recyclable, non—essential, single use plastic within three yea rs.
their proposals include implementing a deposit return scheme and ending plastic exports abroad by 2030. and tonight andrew neil has the second in his series of interviews with party leaders — he'll be speaking to the labour leaderjeremy corbyn at 7.30 here on bbc one, and you can also watch on the bbc iplayer. more than 200 new families have contacted an inquiry into mother and baby deaths at a hospital trust in shropshire since our latest report on the scandal last week. investigators were already looking at over 600 cases spanning decades where newborns and mothers died or were left injured while in the care of the shrewsbury and telford hospital trust. 0ne expert says this mayjust be the tip of the iceberg. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has more. just a few hours after these photos were taken in april 2016, pippa griffiths became seriously ill and died. an inquest found she could have survived had staff from the
shrewsbury and telford hospital trust acted faster. the culture, the cover—ups, the lies... and that's what ultimately coast our daughter's death. for pippa's parents, a leaked report into failings at the trust has been another reminder of the terrible events around their daughter's death. we've got to relive it over and over again. i mean, three and a half years now, and it's... it's still... we are still in that place. we are just one case as well. yeah. many more. and more parents are joining caley and colin griffiths. i've been told that in the last week, at least 200 new families have come forward. that's in addition to more than 600 cases dating back a0 years that the enquiry team are already looking at. it worries me that lessons haven't been learnt,
and despite the fact so many of our clients have been told that lessons will be learned, policies will be put into place, it's written in their investigation reports, and yet the same mistakes keep happening again and again. one of the most worrying aspects of this leaked report of events here at the shrewsburyand telford trust is the sense that we've been here before. so much of what happened has echoes of the scandal that engulfed the morecambe bay maternity unit when mothers and babies also suffered avoidable deaths. and that raises disturbing questions about what might be happening elsewhere. these are not two separate one—offs. these point to underlying, systemic failure that might be widespread. the man who headed the investigation into the morecambe bay scandal warns more nhs trusts could risk repeating the same catastrophic mistakes. the notion that it could never happen here is one of the most dangerous ones that an nhs trust can have.
the truth is, there are points of learning from all of these things that everybody should be looking at and learning from. and families are still living with the consequences of terrible failure. chrissy didn't want to be identified, but her son was left with a brain injury after complications during birth. babies now that have got brain injuries that are going to affect them for the rest of their life. they are not going to grow into the child and adult that they could have grown into. it'sjust not fair. they took that away from us. they took it away from parents, they took it away from me. ijust think somebody needs to find out exactly what's going on and stop it. families like the griffiths don't expect to hear from the investigation team until late next year, but with fresh cases still emerging, they may face a much longer wait. dominic hughes, bbc news, shrewsbury. the time is... quarter past six. our top story this evening:
jeremy corbyn insists there's no place for anti—semitism in modern britain after the chief rabbi launches an attack on his handling of racism againstjews. and coming up — they're now richer than footballer gareth bale and rock star ronnie wood. steve and lenka thomson win the £105 million euromillions jackpot. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... as manchester city get set for champions league action this evening, forward raheem sterling starts talks about a new long—term contract with the club. throughout the election campaign, bbc news will be looking closely at the places where the election could be won and lost. today we're in south—west wales, and clive myrie is in haverfordwest in pembrokeshire for us. clive. yes, sophie, i'm here in castle square in the heart of preseli pembrokeshire constituency. a rural farming community at the mercy of the elements and, some have told us,
disconnected politicians. well, this is a marginal seat which has been held by the conservatives since 2005 — but in the 2017 election their majority was cut to just 314 votes. so this is a key target seat forjeremy corbyn‘s labour party. when it came to the brexit vote, the result was decisive, with 57% in favour of leaving the european union. for a key constituency where so much rides on the opinion of farmers, we wanted to know exactly what's on their minds in the last few weeks of this campaign. steady, that'll do. this land feeds us. steady, that'll do. this land feeds us. it is pasture, livestock, and neil perkins, a son and steward of
this soil, is forming in challenging times. it is a constant worry all the time, going through all the figures and seeing how we will make it through the next month and keep going, really. margins have always been tight, but neil's fear is that welsh lamb could flood the uk market, driving down prices, if there is no post brexit trade deal with europe. two hours' drive away, at the royal welsh fare, amid the prize cow is tractors, there is a standard offering mental health advice for ha rd—pressed standard offering mental health advice for hard—pressed farmers. emma understands the pressures. you don't ever get... it never gets better, but you get used to it.l husband took his own life three yea rs husband took his own life three years ago. now brexit uncertainty plagues many. it could tip somebody over the edge. in october, we had the highest number of calls ever on the highest number of calls ever on the line, and whether that was down
to what was potentially going to happen at the end of october... white mite we could have left the eu by then. do you feel that this area feels left out by the campaign? the bones of our community is our farming and ourfarmers, bones of our community is our farming and our farmers, and we do feel like we get left behind. it's not just those who from the feel like we get left behind. it's notjust those who from the land who are concerned. at this busy award—winning fish and chip shop, the catch is sourced in norway. could brexit jeopardise supplies? it's a worry because there is uncertainty. we don't know how it's going to go. it might affect the price and availability. meanwhile, back at the fair... that is moose that you put on someone's... you are putting it on a cow — why? to create a winner. and whoever comes out on
top in this election must be a champion for these people. livestock farmers buffeted by the environmental health lobbies and now by brexit uncertainty. the party that wins their trust will take this tight seat. moose and curling tongs — who knew? last year, the electoral commission estimated that up to 9.4 million people across the uk who are eligible to vote weren't signed up. of that, nearly a quarter of those from ethnic minority communities are not registered at all. a third of 18—24—year—olds are incorrectly registered. and many of the homeless — those who are living in temporary accommodation or sleeping rough — are often unaware how to sign up. fiona lamdin has more from bristol. it's tea—time on the streets of bristol. just a few months ago, nick had a home, a job and a relationship. your whole life can just collapse, and the next thing you know, you find yourself at the council looking for somewhere to live.
life can go downhill very quickly. now he is one of more than 80,000 people across england who are living in temporary accommodation. "300,000. and like many, he had assumed that without a permanent address, he would be excluded from voting. i don't consider myself to be classed as a citizen, really, at the moment, because of where i am in life. a pub has said people can use their address to vote. maybe i'll go down there and do it. but for others living on the street... at the moment, i sleep over there in a little shack. it's damp, full of rats. voting is the last thing on his mind. i've got to try and look after myself day—to—day. they wouldn't know whether elvis presley was in number ten. to them, that so far in another world, voting. but this morning, nick, whom we met last night on the soup run, came to register. so, we print out these forms for you.
people without a home can register any address where they spend a significant amount of time. donal barnes had the idea here in bristol. since word got out, he's had calls from other cafe owners across the uk, from plymouth to glasgow, we don't get a chance that often to cast our voice on how our country is being run, so to be excluded from that for any reason at all, certainly, one as spurious and unimportant as the fact that you don't have a home, i thought was wrong and if i could do something about it, then i really wanted to. michaela graduated from university this summer. she's got a job but can't afford the high rents, so stays on friends' sofas. i kind of feel like a bit of a failure because obviously i haven't got a house. i'm an adult. without an address, she assumed she wouldn't be able to vote. people like us, who can't afford housing or are finding it hard to find a job,
our opinion and our vote matters the most. the deadline to register to vote closes at midnight tonight. it's worth doing. it's nice to know that there is an opportunity for me to have my voice heard. i'm not sort of another forgotten voice. at the moment, ifelt like i'm part of an underclass, and yeah, it's made me feel worthwhile. fiona lamdin, bbc news. back here in pembrokeshire, i'm joined by bbc wales's political editor, felicity evans. how important is the welsh vote to the overall election result? we have 40 seats and a quarter of them are marginal, so the outcome could have a big impact. it depends on labour resilience against the conservative onslaught, because the history of the welsh political landscape for the welsh political landscape for the last century has been one of labour dominance. they have come top in the last 26 general elections
here in wales in terms of the most number of seats won. the conservatives really challenging in some seats, leave voting seats, like a cluster in the north—east of wales. in order to get a majority, borisjohnson will have to win over some of those seats. the big question is, will labour be able to hold out? the other is, what sort of impacts the pacts between the remaining parties will have. there are pacts in 11 out of 40 seats and we don't know what impact that will have. the brexit party, not standing in the eight seats the conservatives w011 in the eight seats the conservatives won last time, but they are standing elsewhere. could they take votes from the conservatives in some of those marginals they are trying to ta ke those marginals they are trying to take away from labour? we just don't know the answer. it will be fascinating. felicity evans there.
the people of pembrokeshire have been very accommodating and his debatable. —— and hospitable to us. back to you in the studio. demonstrations against the teaching of lgbt relationships have been permanently banned outside a primary school in birmingham. an interim injunction had been in place around anderton park since june. the protestors, some parents and activists, claimed the teaching contradicts their islamic faith and is not "age appropriate". but a high courtjudge said the protests had had a "very significant adverse impact" on pupils, local residents and staff, with 21 teachers treated for stress. he's a builder — she was until last week a shopkeeper — but lenka thomson has given that up after she and her husband steve scooped £105 million in last week's euromillions lottery. the couple from west sussex have three children. they say they were stunned when they realised what had happened. now, they're planning to buy a new house so their kids can finally have their own rooms. duncan kennedy went to meet them. cheering bubbles amid the disbelief. steve and lenka thomson
with the smiles of super winners and the cheque for £105 million. i believe that's mine. it is indeed, and the couple still can't believe what's happened. it's life changing. it's life changing for... for us, ourfamily. the family... our friends in the community. yeah. definitely. we are going to do a lot of good with this. lenka has a job in a grocery store, steve is a builder, and he went back to work after his win. still had to go and paint a ceiling. so, why would you painting the ceiling? because i fell through at the previous week insulating someone's lot. ——insulating someone's loft. the couple say they are going to be sensibly generous the couple are now in the top ten uk lottery winners of all time, richard and emma watson on £52 million, ronnie wood with £85 million, and gareth bale on £94 million. steve and lenka say the priority now 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 won't be letting his customers down, and he'll carry on building. a pre—christmas present for a couple now with a gift to spread their good fortune to family and friends. duncan kennedy, bbc news, west sussex. it's and they will have a good christmas. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. today, we saw cloud, rain, brisk winds. the consolation prize, if you like, is that it has been quite mild. that will change by the end of the week. a mild night but a wet one tonight. xiao was pushing north across england and wales, some heavy and thundery, persistent rain in the far south—east, and this rain will linger across northern scotland. windy in the north and in the south, lighter in between, temperatures of
6-10dc. lighter in between, temperatures of 6—10dc. tomorrow, quite messy, an area of low pressure, areas of rain spiralling around it, persistent rain developing across parts of north—east england, and rain hanging around pretty much all day in northern scotland. through the northern isles, caithness and sutherland, brisk winds. brighter skies for southern and western scotla nd skies for southern and western scotland and northern ireland, where we will have the lion's share of dry weather. there could be local flooding and travel problems. for the english channel coasts, and particularly channel islands, westerly gales at times. on thursday, more rain in the forecast, particularly for england and wales, sinking south and turning brighter further north, one or two showers on northern and eastern coasts, but a strong northerly wind will make it feel chilly, particularly in the
north. temperatures of eight or nine celsius, just into double digits further south. heading to the end of the week, all of us will feel the effects of this, a plunge of cold air. temperatures will dip, night—time frosts, chilly days, but the consolation is that it should be mostly dry into the weekend. sophie. contrary to what i told you earlier, andrew neil's interview withjeremy corbyn is on bbc one at 7pm. now it is time for the news where you are.