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tonight at 10: labour responds to the chief rabbi's severe criticism of the party's record on tackling anti—semitism. ephraim mirvis accuses jeremy corbyn of allowing anti—semitism to "poison" the labour party. the labour leader says all forms of racism are unacceptable. wouldn't you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the british jewish community for what's happened? what i'll say is this — i am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. i don't want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society. but the conservative party has also been accused, by the the muslim council of britain today, of failing to deal with islamophobia. if anybody is done for islamophobia,
or indeed any other prejudice or discrimination in the conservative party, they are out first bounce. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail, with just over a fortnight to polling day. also tonight... the victims of mistreatment at a hospital trust in shropshire who lost their baby girl. now, more than 200 new families have contacted the inquiry. at the victoria falls, a dramatic change in water levels. we report from zimbabwe on drought and rising temperatures. and —jose mourinho's honeymoon at tottenham continues in the champions league. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: we will have all the latest reports, results interviews and features from the bbc sport centre.
good evening. we start with labour's response to the strong criticism by the chief rabbi of jeremy corbyn‘s handling of cases of anti—semitism in the party. ephraim mirvis — britain's most seniorjewish leader — said that "a poison of anti—semitism" had taken root in the labour party. mr corbyn said tonight there could be no place for any kind of racism in his party, but refused to issue a direct apology to the jewish community. the conservative party also came under heavy criticism today, when the muslim council of britain accused it of "denial, dismissal and deceit" on the issue of islamophobia. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. anti—zionism is entirely different from anti—semitism... why, why?! this argument‘s been raging for more than three years, and it burst into the election campaign today. chanting: "0h, jeremy corbyn!"
sincejeremy corbyn‘s been in charge, there have been constant accusations that labour has allowed racism againstjews to creep in. mr corbyn, are you fit for high office, sir? right in the middle of this contest, he's 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... claims they are doing everything they can to crack down on it are a "mendacious fiction", he says, and labour's handling of the issue is "incompatible with the british values of which we are so proud". the chief rabbi suggests "a new poison sanctioned from the very top has taken root". with extraordinary timing, jeremy corbyn was always due to attend labour's race
and faith manifesto today. choir sings. an hour later than planned, he took the stage, repeating that he abhors racism in any form. 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. cheering and applause. you nazi apologist! his critics aren't sure he's been clear enough, though, in the last few years. there was trouble from his old ally, ken livingstone, his remarks about hitler. some ofjeremy corbyn‘s own past comments and associations have raised eyebrows too, and anti—semitic abuse in the labour party led to two jewish female mps leaving. labour says firmly they are making a huge effort to get to grips with the problem, but rabbijonathan romain believes there is real anxiety among the jewish community. for the first time, jews have been
looking over their shoulders. it's just something we're not used to. i was born in britain, i'm a british citizen, you know, britain is my home, my values. never has a party made me feel different. in exchanges with the bbc‘s andrew neil tonight, though, jeremy corbyn was resolute in his approach, refused to say sorry. wouldn't you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the british jewish community for what's happened? what i'll say is this — i am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. i don't want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society and our government will protect every community. so, no apology? against the abuse they receive, on the streets, on the trains or in any... so, no apology for how you handled this? or in any other form of life. i'll try one more time, no apology? hang on a minute, andrew. can i explain what we're trying to do? you have and you've been given plenty of time to do it.
i asked you if you wanted to apologise and you haven't. andrew, i don't want anyone to go through what anyone has gone through. and you've said that several times, i understand that, mr corbyn. i was asking you about an apology. the tories are happy to condemn labour's position in this campaign but have their own problems with islamophobia. accused today of turning a blind eye and being in denial. we're having an inquiry into all forms of prejudice. no, you're having a broad inquiry, but not one into the specific allegations of islamaphobia. because if anybody is convicted, if anybody is done for islamaphobia, or indeed any prejudice or discrimination in the conservative party, they are out first bounce. the muslim council says the tories‘ approach simply is not good enough. the conservative party has a very specific problem with islamophobia, be that among councillors or party members are mp5 or even the prime minister. it needs to recognise this specific problem. the liberal democrat leader said the chief rabbi's warning could not be ignored. we should take very seriously the concerns of a community
within our country that is generally feeling unsafe and think about what that says about our politics, that that is because of the actions of a leader of a mainstream party. why does the chief rabbi thinks you're not fit for office? the labour leader has long said he is doing everything he can. there is little sign, though, this ugly moment in our politics is anywhere near at an end. and i think that the labour leadership is very frustrated by all of this. they say again and again they are doing everything in their power to try and stamp out this problem in the party. it is worth staying of course as well there are plenty of people in thejewish community who still backjeremy corbyn, who may be preparing to vote labour in this election but i think jeremy corbyn‘s refusal to apologise will make it hard for them to change the subject on this. remember, labour is being investigated by the official body. there are calls also for the tories to undergo a similar
inquiry by that same body, to check out the allegations that have been made by the muslim council into racism against muslim people in the conservatives. as we saw, mr corbyn took part in that bbc interview this evening. he was pressed on the anti—semitism issue but there were other pressure points as well, weren't there? absolutely, we know by now in this election campaign, jeremy corbyn has hugely ambitious and radical plans but increasing public spending in this country in this election because of his mantra all the way has been only the very wealthiest and big businesses will be the people who pay for that to happen. he has always had people further down the income scale will not be hit by his plans but he was pressed to admit tonight that two changes in particular, one to smaller private pensions and to the marriage tax allowa nce pensions and to the marriage tax allowance could mean that after all, people are more modest incomes might see a change and could be worse off
by the changes that a labour government would make. jeremy corbyn‘s point is other changes they would make more broadly would see a rise in income for people further down the scale but there is no question we are about to enter the finalfortnight in question we are about to enter the final fortnight in this crucial election campaign that really does represent a significant junction for the country and the pressure on all sides is really beginning to intensify. laura, once again, many thanks. our political editor laura kuenssberg. anybody yet to register to vote in next month's general election has until midnight tonight to do so. government figures show nearly 3 million people have applied to register in the past month, with more than a third of them under the age of 25. the day's other main stories now. hundreds more families have come forward with potential cases of deaths and injury at a maternity department in shropshire. an investigation into what happened at the shrewsbury and telford hospital nhs trust is already looking at over 600 cases, spanning decades,
where newborn babies and mothers died or were left injured. our health correspondent dominic hughes has been talking to some of the families affected. just a few hours after these photos were taken in april 2016, pippa griffiths became seriously illand 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 caused 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're still in that place. we're just one case, as well. yeah. many more.
and more parents arejoining kayleigh 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 the inquiry 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 into events here at the shrewsbury and 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, where mothers and babies also suffered avoidable deaths. and that raises disturbing questions about what might be happening elsewhere.
an investigation in 2015, into the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the maternity unit run by the morecambe bay trust, revealed what was described then as a lethal mix of failures over a nine—year period. these are not two separate one—offs. these point to underlying, systemic failure that might be widespread. the man who headed that inquiry now warns that 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're 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 un environment agency says current targets to cut carbon emissions fall far short of what's required to prevent disastrous climate change. in its annual report, it says global emissions need to fall by more than 7% every year over the next decade, and governments must act faster. tonight, we focus on the impact of rising temperatures on the nation of zimbabwe, where serious drought is threatening both urban and rural life. the authorities there say water flow over the famous victoria falls has
dropped sharply this year. the bbc‘s stephen sackur has been to zimbabwe to see the effects and this is his report. when the zambezi river is in full flow, you can see why the explorer david livingstone called it "a view for the angels". but look at the falls now. this is what southern africa's prolonged drought means — the volume of water is down by two thirds. here we are at this viewpoint. it's called the horseshoe falls viewpoint, but there's no falls? yes, steve. the change in the low falls, they're becoming more frequent. who knows? maybe one year there will be no fall completely, no water. two hours north of victoria falls is hwange national park, a land dying of thirst. hwange has the largest concentration of elephants in all of africa.
i don't know if you can see but there's a group of elephants just over there. now, each elephant needs about 300 kilograms of food a day. in a drought like this, and you can see how dry it is, that means they're constantly on the move, in a desperate search for food. drought is a killer. 200 elephants have starved to death in the last two months. solar pumps stop water holes drying out, but in drought conditions, the elephant population here is unsustainable. climate change is real. trees are destroyed, the vegetation is lost — those are the issues. beyond the park boundary, subsistence farmers are also struggling to survive in a land dry as dust. climate change is intensifying conflict between humans and wildlife.
graphic images show farmers trampled to death trying to defend their fields from elephants. madeleine's brother was one of them. prolonged drought is also an urban crisis. half a million people live in sprawling mbare, in harare. this place simply isn't equipped to cope with an environmental crisis. they've had no piped water here for months. cholera and typhoid are a looming threat. and look what happens at sunset. zimbabwe's power supplies have been crippled by a lack of hydropower and mbare is enveloped in darkness. zimbabweans have endured years of misrule and economic collapse. drought makes it even
harder to see a way out. yvonne, in the dark at night, when there's no power, there's no lights, do you and the kids feel safe here? no, we don't feel safe because some of the people are being robbed at night. there are thieves all over this community, so we don't feel safe if there is no electricity. yvonne and nine family members huddle together by the light of a candle. zimbabwe's present is grim — its future could be much worse. stephen sackur, bbc news, harare. and you can see stephen sackur‘s reports from zimbabwe on the bbc iplayer. demonstrators who object to teaching primary school children about relationsips — including lesbian, gay, bi—sexual and transgender ones —
have been permanently banned from protesting outside a school in birmingham. campaigners had claimed that equality lessons at anderton park school in sparkhill promoted homosexuality — which was against their islamic beliefs. the school and the city council welcomed the ruling. 0ur midlands correspondent sian lloyd sent this report from birmingham. this is a paedophilia agenda! one of the protests held near anderton park school, this filming was used in evidence in the case. demonstrations were held objecting to lessons teaching about lg bt relationships. the judge said what pupils were actually being taught was sometimes being grossly misrepresented. videos made allegations against teachers, including that they brought convicted paedophiles into the school. today thejudge said that wasn't true. the school's head welcomed the ruling that protests within the exclusion zone would now
be permanently banned. in a strange way i'm glad we were part of this. to be part of the decision which does affect all schools because it was always much bigger thanjust us. we all need to learn from this. relationship education for primary school pupils will be compulsory in england from september 2020. the way it is being taught is being left to the discretion of head teachers. immediately after the hearing, one of the lead protesters gave his reaction to the judgment. what they are being taught is that there is nothing wrong with this and that it is ok to be gay and it is ok to marry the same sex. well, like it or not, we do not accept this and will not accept this. tonight it's known that protests cannot now take place directly outside these school gates. the judge found that teachers, pupils and local residents had been badly affected. but some objectors have vowed to continue outside the exclusion zone. sian lloyd, bbc news, birmingham.
there's been a series of high—profile resignations from malta's government — all connected to the investigation into the murder ofjournalist daphne ca ruana galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in 2017. this evening, protesters in malta demanded the resignation of the prime minister. earlierjoseph muscat‘s chief adviser stepped down amid reports he was being questioned by police. the tourism minister resigned shortly afterwards and the economy minister has stepped aside. all three deny any wrongdoing. the numbers of people following adult learning courses in england has halved in the last decade — giving fewer people a second chances if they failed to achieve good results in school. teenagers who fail their gcses have a much lower chance of ever getting to an a—level or equivalent qualification. 0ur education editor bra nwen jeffreys reports from wolverhampton.
wolverhampton has ambition but lacks skills. too many adults with no qualifications, part of a national skills gap all parties are now promising to fix. adam passed one gcse at 16, not enough to cope at college. i was literally stuck in a dark place, i was always sitting in my room, always staying at home, never going out, never trying new things. i couldn't do anything. asher left school without gcses. when you get older you realise you haven't got these opportunities because when it goes by, what else are you going to do? it's been a tough realjourney... now 20, asher tells me he's not giving up. he's trying to get more basic vocational skills. i feel that in my life i'm on the edge so i've got
to work, i've got no choice. i'm not going to be a person out there and just giving up and giving up on their life. people get so depressed. i don't want to end up at that stage. if you fail your gcses there are second chances, but every year some 18 and 19—year—olds leave education without the basic qualifications they need to get into work. 561,000 16—year—olds took gcses in england last year and 71,000 got no passes of grade four or above. another 23,000 passed at least one gcse but not maths or english. so, asher is not alone in hoping for a second chance. many economists say getting more to higher technical skills should be an election priority. it holds us back as a country because if we don't have people in productive employment it means that we are less productive than other countries.
it should be a top priority, absolute top priority. adam is studying practical maths, getting work experience at a community centre. helped back onto the path by his local college. how important is it that there are good second chances if gcses do not work for you? it's important, like, there is always a course at college which can improve your grades, improve your maths grades, your english grades, get you a qualification in engineering. you can add them, you can subtract them... all parties in this election say better vocational chances are a priority because too many reach adult years not able to earn a decent wage. bra nwen jeffreys, bbc news, wolverhampton. football news and tottenham are through to the knock out stages
of the champions league after a stunning fightback from 2—0 down against 0lympiakos. meanwhile, a draw was enough for manchester city to take them through to the last 16. natalie pirks reports. it looked like business as usual in north london tonight. life must go on under mourinho. but are spurs fans ready to open their hearts tojose? mourinho's going to be absolutely fantastic for two years, then it will go downhill fast! at the end of the day, he is our manager now, and let's win some trophies. i don't like mourinho. i'll give him a chance, but... i hope we're in for a real treat. he seems lovely, but then everybody‘s lovey—dovey when they come to a new club, aren't they? no fanfare, no big introduction. perhaps this really will be the reign of humblejose. his good mood was about to be sorely tested. 0lympiakos were without a win to their name, but an early
rocket was unleased and the greeks had lift off. now that was special. mistakes were creeping in and spurs looked a bag of nerves and it was about about to get worse. the greeks were in dreamland, the north londoners in a nightmare. the gesture may have been positive, but the face said a half—time chat was needed. this made it 2—1. the comeback was well and truly on thanks to a ball boy's quick thinking. that helped lucas moura on his way and harry kane does not miss from there. a high five for his best signing so far. and the turnaround was complete with two late strikes, the first a thing of beauty. and tottenham's fourth courtesy of who else? he promised passion and happiness. far bigger challenges ahead will test that theory. that is a type them into the knockout stages for the third successive season knockout stages for the third successive season but what about manchester city? —— that was totte n ha m manchester city? —— that was tottenham into the. manchester city
drew 1—1 with shakhtar donetsk. the draw was enough to see them into the knockout stages as well. studio: natalie, thanks for joining knockout stages as well. studio: natalie, thanks forjoining us. with the general election a little over a fortnight away — tonight we continue our journey around the uk — and the places where the seats could change hands — with potentially significant effects on the outcome. tonight my colleague clive myrie is in pembrokeshire in south—west wales. huw, 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 at the mercy of 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, steady, that'll do. this land feeds us. that'll do! its pasture, its livestock, and neil perkins, a son and steward of this soil, is farming in challenging times. it's a constant worry all the time, just looking and going through all the figures and just basically seeing how we're going to 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's no post brexit trade deal with europe. two hours‘ drive away,
at the royal welsh winter fair, amidst the prized cows and tractors, is a stand offering mental health advice for hard—pressed farmers. emma picton—jones understands the pressures. and things like that, you don't ever get... it never gets better, but you get used to it. her husband took his own life three years ago. now, brexit uncertainty plagues many. that could be the thing that tips somebody over the edge. in october, we had our highest number of calls that we've ever received on the call line, and whether that's down to what was potentially going to happen at the end of october... we could have left the eu by then. exactly, and it could very well be linked to that. do you feel that the agricultural community feels a little bit forgotten, a little left out in this election campaign? definitely. i think there seems to be a lot of focus on the nhs and on transport, and quite rightly so, but, actually, the bones of our community is our farming and ourfarmers and, ultimately, we do feel like we get left behind. and it's notjust those whose living
is 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? obviously it's a worry because there's uncertainty. we don't know how it's going to go. it might affect the price and the availability of it. fish and chips seemed a good idea for dinner. 0k, neil, fish and chips for you. thank you. and joining us, localfarmers. leavers frustrated by eu regulations... remainers wanting guarantees on trade... do you see those splits, those divisions, perhaps, you know, turning people against each other in this community? i think it will take something bigger than brexit to break our community, yeah. there is a unity here? very little goes on in the bubble of london is relevant to us out here in west wales. so, i'm looking for those people who have some empathy towards living in a rural area like pembrokeshire.
meanwhile, back at the fair... that's mousse that you put on someone's hair? yeah. right, so you're putting moose on a cow. yeah. 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 and health lobbies and now by brexit uncertainty. the party that wins their trust will take this tight seat. we arejoined by we are joined by the bbc wales political editor, how crucial, politically, could welsh voters be in the final result? it extends on the extent to which labour can hold off the conservative attack on their traditional dominance of the political landscape in wales and the conservatives are targeting marginal seats which voted leave in the