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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at ten... jeremy corbyn apologises for his part in labour's performance at the general election — the party's worst defeat since the 1930s. as boris johnson prepares for thurday‘s queen speech, the government is to enshrine in law, a commitment to raise spending on the nhs in england. a british man has been killed and his son wounded, after being shot during a suspected robbery, outside a five—star hotel in buenos aires. the death toll from new zealand's white island volcano eruption rises to 18, after an australian dies in hospital — 20 survivors remain in critical condition. negotiators work through the night at un climate talks in madrid in a bid to salvage efforts on tackling global warming.
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former emmerdale actor, kelvin fletcher, drafted in as a last—minute replacement, wins this year's striclty. and coming up at 10.30 — 22 years on, a british driver is trying to break his own world land speed record — in bloodhound: chasing the land speed record. jeremy corbyn has apologised for his part in labour's worst general election defeat since the 1930s. immediately after the vote, he faced criticism for not saying sorry to labour mps who'd lost their seats. but in a letter in the sunday mirror, he says he takes responsibility and that his party ‘came up short‘. meanwhile, boris johnson is to enshrine in law, a commitment to raise spending
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on the nhs in england, year—on—year , giving the service an extra 33 point nine billion pounds a year by 202a. with me is our political correspondent tony bonsignore. firstly, let's talk about labour and jeremy corbyn. what has he been saying today? he takes personal responsibility for that catastrophic defeat for labour last week but when you look at both —— look at what borisjohnson is saying, there is not that much apologising going on. he says labour won the argument when it comes to things like climate change and austerity, and the economy. he says the manifesto was popular. he says labour was hit when it comes to brexit. a big problem for them and he attacked the media
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saying that there were ferocious attacks on him personally. you could read this as a rallying cry to jeremy corbyn's supporters about what comes next and the future direction of the party. what he has said today has not gone down well in some quarters. jess phillips will throw her hat in the ring to be the labour leader but he says too many of the labour party are obsessed with the party rather than winning power. lisa nandy is popular in areas of the party and has written an article where she says labour have lost touch with day—to—day worries of voters. and she spoke to the bbc in the last 30 minutes. this is what she said when she was asked if she was considering standing as leader. well, the honest answer is that i'm seriously thinking about it. the reason i'm thinking about it is because we've just had the most shattering defeat, where you really felt in towns like
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mine that the earth was quaking. and we've watched the entire labour base just crumble beneath our feet. i think we need to think seriously now about, first of all, how you bring those lifelong labour voters, who felt that they not only couldn't vote labour, but actually, in many instances, chose the tories, how you bring labour home to them. and i also think we have to think seriously about how we rebuild that coalition that has propelled us into power through times in the last hundred years. the lewishams and leighs and how you speak for both. the leadership contest has already begun, they are starting the process of trend to agree what went wrong last week. and boris johnson is now back at work. some pretty radical plans that the government are thinking about? yes, and this huge weight —— make this next week will
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be huge in westminster. they will be sworn in. on thursday, that is the first really big day for this government as it is the queen's speech, a chance for them to set out their priorities beyond brexit. the cabinet office minister michael gove was interviewed this morning and here is what he said this morning. well, i think what we can expect is a recognition that the national health service is the number one focus of this government, when it comes to domestic policy. we need to make sure the national health service is properly funded and we will be bringing forward legislation to ensure that there is an nhs funding guarantee. that's the first and most important thing. and then alongside that, we also need to tackle an economic problem that this country has. it has been the case in the past that the areas of highest productivity in the uk economy have tended to be in the south and east of england. we need to make sure that economic opportunity is more equally spread across the whole country and we need
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to invest in the infrastructure and also the improvements to skills and education necessary in order to make sure opportunity is more equal. michael gove reaching out to former labour voters who voted conservative last thursday, beyond that we will have a busy few weeks with the government trying to get brexit legislation through parliament in time for that key date, january the sist. time for that key date, january the 31st. the latest and what the government will hope to be the final! day and beyond that, there is talk about a major rethink in the way the government works. we know thatis way the government works. we know that is a big project of boris johnson's special adviser dominic cummings. and in the aftermath of the election a lot of talk about scotland, following the snp's something victory there. nicola sturgeon has been talking today? there is two political momentum is
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clashing when it comes here. it is a great result for the snp, very positive, 48 out of 59 mps. they will want to push for another independence referendum sooner rather than later and that is something michael gove was asked about in that same interview. he was blunt. will there be a scottish independence referendum? he was asked in this government? he said no, that was put to the snp's leader and this is what she had to say about that. well, that won't hold. and if he thinks that... actually, i said this to him on friday night on the telephone. if he thinks saying no is the end of the matter, then he's going to find himself completely and utterly wrong. and, you know, he cannot... as i was saying yesterday, and, again, it's quite a fundamental point of democracy, you cannot hold scotland in the union against its will. you cannot just lock us in a cupboard and turn the key and hope that everything goes away. if the union, the united kingdom, is to continue, then it can only be by consent. and if borisjohnson is confident in the case for the union,
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then he should be confident enough to make that case and allow people to decide. the problem for nicola sturgeon is the power to grant another referendum lies with borisjohnson and westminster which is shaping up to be an almighty battle over the next few years. thank you very much for that. well as tony mentioned — downing street has confirmed there will be a review of whitehall departments — and the sunday papers report that the prime minister will work over christmas on plans to merge and split different government offices. dave penman is the general secretary of the civil service union, the first division association. hejoins me now via webcam from essex. what do you make of these reports on the governments plans to have a radical shake—up of whitehall?
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governments with big majorities often look at the structure of whitehall, and look at how that fits with their priorities across government. clearly any government will want to try and reshape the administration to deliver their policies. i would caution the prime minister, saying changing the name on the front of the department does not necessarily change how policies are delivered. think long and hard about merging departments but if thatis about merging departments but if that is what the government want to do then it's up to them. what are the implications in terms of your members and their jobs? the implications in terms of your members and theirjobs? if two departments suddenly emerge, what does that mean for the civil service? it is not a simple process. the government need to realise it ta kes a the government need to realise it takes a lot reorganising organisations with thousands of
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staff and it systems. it costs money. while people are doing that and organising that, they are not delivering for government. these sorts of changes should only be taken if the plan is to keep it like that for the longer term. it takes time for the departments to merge and then they start to focus on the job that they are doing. you have to remember that each government is a separate employer. with different pay systems, admin systems and that needs to be brought together. for political reasons, they kept changing vertical departments and every two years, it created chaos. changing vertical departments and every two years, it created chaoslj am reading from the sunday times there, suggesting that the government may think about merging the department of with the business department, merging the foreign 0ffice department, merging the foreign office and the department for international development. this will make government more effective and
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efficient? international trade has only recently spun off the tray department. now, they are looking to put it back together again —— trade department. clearly, the government with a plan for exiting the european union will look at their priorities and there are a lot of arguments in trade and international trade about whether you need a second department oi’ whether you need a second department or whether it can all be done under the one. you cannot reorganise your way out of this. the government has clear priorities. and the clarity of what you are trying to achieve, essentially the organisation to support that follows that. and where we have seen problems is there hasn't been that clarity. creating a new government department with a name, with some sort of priority, thatis name, with some sort of priority, that is a solution in itself rather than clearing what they are trying to achieve. thank you for that
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perspective. a british man has been killed and his son injured after being shot during a suspected robbery in argentina. the men, aged 50 and 28, were injured as they fought back against a pair of robbers who ambushed them outside a five—star hotel in buenos aires. police are reportedly investigating whether it was a random attack, or if their taxi had been tailed from the airport. here's our reporter greg mckenzie on the story. the foreign office has confirmed that they are supporting the family of two british nationals, who were shot in buenos aires yesterday afternoon in broad daylight. this took place just outside a hotel, a luxury hotel, in puerto madero region, an affluent region of buenos aires. cctv footage is clear as day, you can see the two men, a father and son, trying to fight off their attackers when they're being robbed. sadly they were both shot and taken to hospital. it was there where the father was pronounced dead a short time later.
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now, the traveljournalist, simon calder says these attacks are all too common in south american countries. this is an awful tragedy, i'm afraid that crime, particularly aimed at people who are regarded as well—to—do tourists or business travellers, is all too common. notjust in buenos aires, argentina, but elsewhere, particularly in the big south american cities. and the advice, simply, myself being targeted is either run away if you possibly can, or just hand over whatever it is they want. awful situation. argentina in general is a very friendly, very safe, very welcoming country, which at this time of year, is a joy to travel in. but, unfortunately, like elsewhere in latin america, there are criminals who will, i'm afraid, use of violence if they feel they need to.
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last year, more than 110,000 british nationals visited argentina and relatively trouble—free. but what the advice has always been on the ground in buenos aires is that if you are approached by a gang or individuals carrying weapons, you simply don't resist. you hand over your belongings. now, of course, there is a police investigation and they're trying to determine whether these two british nationals were followed from the airport to the hotel, or whether this was simply a random attack. police investigating the death of a 15—year—old boy in cheshire have charged a teenager with murder. the body of alex rodda was discovered on friday morning. matthew mason, who's 18, has been remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates on monday.
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an australian injured in last week's volcanic eruption on white island in new zealand has died, bringing the official death toll to 18. the victim, who has not been identified, died in hospital in sydney. around 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns. rescue teams returned to white island earlier today but were unable to locate the bodies of two people still missing. 0ur correspondent phil mercer has the latest. 18 people now have been confirmed dead in the disaster that struck on monday at white island in the bay of plenty just off new zealand's north island. those recovery teams returned to the volcanic island today, on sunday, to once again look for two bodies. there are two more victims who have been unaccounted for. authorities have been working on the theory that one of those bodies may well be near the crater, and another was apparently seen in the water 24 hours after the eruption. on friday, recovery teams brought
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out six bodies, but the search goes on for those two others. the search includes people being flown to the island to carry out this painstaking search. this it is a very risky environment still. there is a risk of further eruptions and police and navy divers have been in the contaminated water off white island, searching unsuccessfully for one of those two remaining victims. and there are plans for a minute silence to remember the victims of this disaster? at 11 minutes past two in the afternoon tomorrow in new zealand, the prime ministerjacinda ardern is hoping new zealand will pause for one minute, to remember those victims. at the moment, 18 people have been confirmed to have died. about 20 people remain in intensive care here in australia and new zealand. some of those survivors have the most appalling injuries, suffering burns of up to 90% of their bodies. also, internal burns too.
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it is a great challenge for skilled professionals in new zealand, and australia, to keep those people alive and help them recover. on monday, just after two o'clock in the afternoon, new zealand and people elsewhere will pause to remember a tragedy that took place exactly one week ago when that minute silence is observed. the headlines on bbc news... the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has apologised to supporters, for his party's heavy defeat in the general election. as boris johnson prepares for thurday‘s queen speech, the government is to enshrine in law, a commitment to raise spending on the nhs in england. a british man has been killed and his son wounded after being shot during a suspected robbery outside
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a five—star hotel in buenos aires. time for a look at the sport now. liverpool are top of the christmas tree at the moment? liverpool fans getting their christmas wishes! good morning. liverpool's dominance of the premier league continues. they now have a ten—point gap at the top after making it 16 league wins out of 17 with a 2—0 victory over watford at anfield. while second—placed leicester could only draw 1—1 at home to norwich. this morning liverpool have named their ten man squad for the competition in qatar. they set off there after a 2—0 win over watford. this cheeky back heel for a second goal. that means liverpool remain unbeaten in the league since early january. december, january, those
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are the months where you have to show resilience. you have to show how much you want to win. in a difficult game against the team who obviously found an organisation, they have been together for a week 110w. they have been together for a week now. that causes other team problems as well. liverpool extend their win over leicester who dropped points at home to norwich. the lead only lasted 12 minutes, jamie vardy thought that he had got the equaliser. that would have been his 17th ball in all competitions this season. 17th ball in all competitions this season. but it went down as an own goal. west west ham moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a vital win over southampton. manuel pellegrini's side ran out 1—0 winners in what the manager described afterwards as an important victory.
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three matches in the premier league this afternoon. later, arsenal host manchester city who'll be looking to come back from last week's derby defeat. while united will be feeling buoyant from that result when they host everton at old trafford — looking for a win to close in on the top four. and wolves are at home to a newly—reinvigorated tottenham who have won three of their four premier league games underjose mourinho. i want to work. i'm going to have time to work. which, until now i don't have. i complain every day with my staff, the frustration of, i want to do a certain kind of training, ijust can't do it. it's really frustrating, because... i love the preseason to work and i don't have preseason. saracens' champions cup win over munster was marred by a brawl involving almost 30 players. sarries head coach mark mccall claimed a comment to their hooker
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jamie george prompted the fight while munster say they don't know what caused it. the english side's15—6 victory means that their defence of the title is still alive and they can still make the quarterfinals. elsewhere, leinster are through to the quarterfinals in rugby union's european champions cup, becoming the first team to qualify for the knockout stages after only four games. leinster‘s success came at the expense of the premiership leaders, northampton, who were thrashed by 52—21. raymond van barneveld's career has ended with a shock defeat in the first round at the world championships. the five time world champion was beaten by darin young 3—1 — leaving the crowds at alexandra palace in stunned silence. it brings to an end one of the most decorated careers in darts. in golf, the us team dominated the
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series as they won an eighth successive presidents cup. the visitors trailed 10—8 going into the final day but captain tiger woods led by example, as he beat them 3—2 in the first match. the americans went on to win eight of 12 points, with matt kuchar sealing the victory. that's all the sport for now. un climate talks that were due to end on friday have continued through the night in madrid, as negotiators try to patch up significant rifts over emissions cuts. the minister leading the discussions has appealed for flexibility, adding that a deal is close. major polluters including the us, brazil, china and australia are being accused of frustrating some of the negotiations. our environment correspondent matt mcgrath is at the conference in madrid and has been following the developments of the talks. almost every country in the world signed the paris climate agreement in the french capital about four years ago. one of the terms of that particular
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pact was that every country should update their national plans on cutting carbon by the end of 2020, at the end of next year. all those countries have come to this particular cop, or conference of the parties, here in madrid to work out the wrinkles in that plan, to work out the timetable, when they are going to submit their plans, and to whom. but they have run into major difficulties here, because a lot of the countries, the european union and small island states and many others, feel that what is on the table is not ambitious enough. they feel the science is very clear, the message from the streets is very clear. countries need to be doing more, and what they have seen written down here, they are not very happy about. other countries, like the united states, australia, japan, india and others, feel there is too much pressure in the plans at the moment and they're objecting to those. so they have run into a kind of a stalemate here. on other issues, they've run into problems. there is a big question mark over carbon markets. lots of countries, including brazil,
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want to bring forward carbon credits from the past, and use them in the future. lots of people here object to that, feeling that it would devalue the whole idea of a market. there's also problems over the issue of loss and damage, the idea of compensating small island states for the damages endured by climate change that they can link to climate change and they‘ re looking for compensation for that. they're trying to agree a compromise on that. all of the parties feel here that they are very far apart on a range of issues, and many of them, it has to be said, blame the chilean presidency. chile is the country tasked with bringing everyone together. the meeting isn't being held in chile but in madrid, because of civil unrest in that country, and many people feel here that the chileans haven't done a fantasticjob. they still hope that they can get some plans together and work on a compromise, but the worry is that if they don't, these talks would end in failure, the conference might be suspended and would have to be resumed at some point in the new year. what a night it was in
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the strictly ballroom — with a new champion couple lifting the glitterball trophy. former soap star kelvin fletcher, who joined the show as a last—minute replacement, won the public vote with his partner 0ti mabuse. 0ur entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba was watching the action. kelvin and 0ti! a last—minute replacement after another contestant was injured, kelvin fletcher said he was honoured to have won strictly, with his dance partner 0ti mabuse. it's such a privilege to be here. i think this show represents everything that is amazing in this country. i think the people personify what is great, it'sjust been an absolute privilege to... you're emotional! cheering # ain't no sunshine when she's gone...# the result was decided purely by public vote, though the judges did have their say, describing their rumba as "sensual and romantic".
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# ain't no sunshine when she's gone # and she's always gone too long # any time she goes away.# ..and called their show dance a "tour de force". it earned them a standing ovation, and rare praise from craig revel horwood. i loved every single minute of it! the night also had a performance from global superstar taylor swift. # we could leave the christmas lights up till january...# kelvin and 0ti! but the real stars of the night were, of course, kelvin and 0ti, the latest winners of one of tv‘s most popular programmes — a show that's been delighting viewers for more than 15 years. lizo mzimba, bbc news. we are also waiting to find out who
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will win the bbc sport personality of the year award. six men and women will compete to be named bbc sports personality of the year tonight, chosen in a public vote during a special awards ceremony. an expert panel has picked the six nominees: among them are the gold medal sprinter dina asher—smith and the england cricket all—rounder, ben stokes. joining me now to tell us more about sports personality of the year is sportsjournalist natasha henry. thank you so much for being with us. who is the favourite? ben stokes is the overwhelming favourite, according to the bookies. they normally get it right. it's no surprise after what the england world cup cricket team did this season and i think they captured a nation with their win. he did in particular. he turned it around and it was an amazing summer for particular. he turned it around and it was an amazing summerfor him? the 135 at headingley, navy expected england comeback against australia. people had left the stadium —— make
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nobody expected. they looked at their phones and went, did i miss history? i was listening on the radio and it was spine tingling. and who are the other principal contenders? lewis hamilton, he has won his sixth world title. dina asher—smith, an amazing young spent four raheem sterling as well. and he's interesting. —— an amazing sprinter. some of his talk about racial abuse, as well as what he has done on the pitch and off the pitch? he has opened the conversation for english sport stars to be more vocal about politics. something we see in the usa lot. sports men and women have tended to stay away from those topics but he has been vocal, opening the conversation and we are still having this six months later. and some other contenders? katarina johnson—thompson. she is an amazing
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heptathlete. she has broken records this season and come back with some really ha rd this season and come back with some really hard —— from some really hard injuries. that mental strength, and when you have someone like dame jessica ennis—hill is a precursor to your career, it's really hard to step up and make?. those are the individual contenders. and there is a team award russia i think that will go to the english cricket team. they captured a nation. it wasn't just ben stokes butjofra archer. many people, young people, suddenly interested in cricket, and generally surely it has a ways been an old person sport. they are reinvigorated. it could be a double, ben stokes and the england cricket team. how is this decided? a public vote happens during the show. we had the six people to choose from. and who votes will be indicative of who wins. i think the way the cricket team, the sociodemographic and
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people who watch it, they love it and will probably make sure that ben ta kes and will probably make sure that ben takes the title! thank you so much for being with us. natasha henry. that's a look ahead to the bbc sports personality of the year award. let's take a look at the weather now. hello, there. for some of us, there's been a bit of snow overnight, particularly across the high ground in the north, but we've also seen a bit of snow in some of the showers, pushing right down towards the sea level in parts of north—east england. that was the scene to start the day in redcar and cleveland. today, though, is a day of sunshine and blustery showers, the showers frequent across southern coastal counties of england, wales and through scotland's central belt, where across some of the higher elevations, we could still have a bit of winteriness around. a cold day for northern areas, temperatures for most of england and wales between 7 and 9 but perhaps feeling a little bit cooler than that given the strength of the winds. 0vernight, showers continue to work in. again, some of them could be wintry at times,


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