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refusing to budge — the prime minister says he won't reverse his stance over free school meals during holidays. some tory mps join opposition claims he's scored an own—goal, in the face of a high—profile campaign by footballer marcus rashford. we will make sure, we will do everything in our power to make sure that no kid, no child goes hungry this winter during the holidays. why doesn't the prime minister just swallow his pride, recognise that marcus rashford is onto something here, that the opposition are right when they say that we need to do something right now? we'll be assessing the political row as half—term gets under way in england. also this lunchtime... the welsh government apologises over misinterpretation of its covid rules, saying period products are not affected. covid tests off the shelf —
boots says results take 12 minutes, but they'll cost £120 each. a week before the us election, democrats anger as president trump looks set to get his choice for the supreme court through. classical music plays. and the moment a former music teacher with dementia hears his new charity single, backed by the bbc philharmonic. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. borisjohnson is refusing to bow to pressure for the government to fund free schools meals for disadvantaged pupils during the holidays. speaking this morning, he promised
no child would go hungry this winter. the prime minister said his approach of providing money through universal credit and local councils was right to point out several conservative mps have backed a campaign led by footballer marcus rashford for a rethink. jonathan blake reports. donations of food for families already facing hardship in leeds, volu nteers already facing hardship in leeds, volunteers at this community centre say these food parcels are needed to ensure children don't go hungry this half term. what we have done is admit the need of the community, a hungry child is a hungry child regardless of background and circumstance. at the peak of the summer we were circumstance. at the peak of the summer we were feeding around 1500 meals a week so there is a massive need just in this area. improving hospital food was the prime minister's focus in berkshire today, s0 minister's focus in berkshire today, so far resisting pressure to provide free school meals this half term. but he acknowledged there was a problem and pledged to support those most in need. i totally understand
theissue most in need. i totally understand the issue of holiday hunger, it is there, we have to deal with it. the debate is how to deal with it. we don't want to see children going hungry this winter, this christmas, certainly not as a result of any inattention by this government, you're not going to see that. marcus rashford's campaign to end childhood poverty has given the issue national attention but he is less than impressed with the response from the prime minister, suggesting he's heard nothing from number 10 since june when the government extended free school meals over the summer. now labour and some conservatives say it's time to do so again. at the heart of this issue is the fact that there are children who are hungry. why doesn't the prime minister swallow his pride, recognise marcus rashford is onto something here and the opposition are right when they say we need to do something right now and just give the money to feed children this half term and
christmas? it is tried and tested and popular, it has been put in place before and i'm now saying that given all the difficulties and challenges we face in this winter approaching, with the pandemic continuing, let's actually work together and recognise the national picture is such that they want to support this and it would be churlish not to recognise this is an avenue worth pursuing. there is frustration all round at how the government has handled this including for many conservative mps who argue they should have seen this coming after the u—turn on free school meals earlier this year. they say the significant sums that are being spent to help those most in need are now getting enough attention. again, ministers seem to be on the back foot over the fundamental issue of helping families struggling to feed their children. the prime minister may have suggested the government will ta ke have suggested the government will take action later this year to ensure children don't go hungry. for now, half term is here and many will
be relying on donations to see them through. jonathan is in westminster. there seems to be confusion at the top level of government as to when marcus rashford was last involved in talks but is there any hint of a change in government thinking on this? i think there is. the prime minister popyrin —— promised no child in england would go hungry over the winter as a result of government inattention, seem to suggest he is willing to take action. he did not deny there was a problem but he said the question was what you did about it. the issue for the government is that for so many people, extending free school meals in the holiday seems to be such a no—brainer. it is relatively expensive, the system is there and ready to go and it gets help to those who need it most but ministers, for now, say that extending benefit payments through universal credit and also giving money directly to local authorities to help families facing hardship is the best way to tackle it. but i think the government will have to go
further at some point in the face of that continue campaign run by marcus rashford, with his huge public profile, labour again threatening to force this to another vote in the house of commons and many conservatives themselves uneasy at the government position. if they don't shift policy at some point, this row threatens to play out all over again come the christmas holidays in a few weeks. jonathan, thank you for that. more than 60,000 people have signed a petition to object to supermarkets in wales having to close aisles that sell products from clothes to electrical goods. health minister vaughan gething apologised after complaints that women couldn't access period products — he said the rules had been misinterpreted. tomos morgan is in cardiff. what are the welsh government saying? since the welsh government, the firebreak started on friday, there has been confusion from retailers and frustration growing on
the social media from some members of the public about what can and cannot be sold in supermarkets over this two—week lockdown. there is not a definitive list but the government had said supermarkets can sell products if they are sold in other shops that are open like pharmacies which are open, pet stores, they can sell those products but not things from shops that are closed like books and clothes. this morning there was a tweet from a woman in south wales who said she was refused bya south wales who said she was refused by a tesco store from being sold sanitary products, tesco saying they we re sanitary products, tesco saying they were following the welsh government guidelines but the welsh government said that was not in the guidelines and you could buy those products at and you could buy those products at a pharmacy and should be selling them. tesco have apologised and vaughan gething began his briefing by addressing this point. i was very saddened to see this particular exchange on social media, this morning, from a supermarket telling a woman she could not buy period products. this is simply wrong. it's an incorrect reading of both the regulations and the guidance.
and i'm very sorry that this woman was given this information. supermarkets are open and trading, as are many other shops and are able to sell the wide range of everyday items that we all need. the welsh government say they will not be changing this rule because the reason it was put in force is to limit the amount of people going out to potentially mix in shops, to browse, and limit the potential of the people catching the virus and limiting transmission. it is also in fairness to smaller businesses that have had to close in this period. there will be meetings with retailers to clarify and maybe show some discretion in certain circumstances from now on but there will be no change on the rule, but we can expect some sort of detail on what the clarification will be for retailers later this afternoon.
tomos, thank you. a covid test that can provide a result in 12 minutes will be made available at high street pharmacy boots. the nasal swab, which will cost £120, will be sold in selected stores in the uk to people who are not showing symptoms but want a test. our health editor hugh pym is here. it looks a big deal, is it? certainly at a time when everybody is looking to have a rapid testing system, not least the government, whereby people can get a test, before going into a public event ought to work or whatever, this is potentially very interesting. but looking at exactly what it is, it is a nasal swab test delivering results in12 a nasal swab test delivering results in 12 minutes. it has been proven to be effective amongst people who have symptoms but we are trying to find out more about how effective it has been for those without symptoms and i think more data is needed on that. it is aimed at people who are asymptomatic, boots don't want people walking into stores with
symptoms because that absolutely is not what is intended. it will be rolled out in future weeks, we are told, at a price of £120 but what we don't know is how much availability there will be, if there will be big demand or people will think the price is too much. that is not totally clear. of the other important point is that there will bea important point is that there will be a testing system run through the company for those who are planning flights to certain countries that require a test beforehand and there may be a government policy on that to come but that is a traditional pcr test, the sort you get in a trace route centre and for that you have to wait 48 hours for the result —— drive through centre. have to wait 48 hours for the result -- drive through centre. thank you. new restrictions have come into force in several european countries, as infections surge in many parts of the continent. some of those countries hit hardest in the first wave are now experiencing a major second wave. in a moment, we'll talk guy hedgecoe in madrid,
but first mark lowen in rome. the streets across italy will look very different from tonight, including here, this iconic baroque piazza in the heart of rome, this beautiful spot in the centre of the city because from 6pm, restaurants, bars and cafes will have to stop table service, with only takeaway service until midnight. people will be stopped from eating and drinking outside and cinemas, theatres, gyms and pools have closed from today, all contact sport has been stopped and italians are being advised by the government only to move around if absolutely necessary. the prime minister has warned the infection occurs at the moment is very worrying with 21,000 cases here yesterday, 1200 people now in intensive care, a rise of almost a thousand in a month. it all has frightening echoes of march when italy became the first country in the west to be crushed by coronavirus and the first in the
world to impose a national lockdown. this time it is looser because what has changed is the covid fatigue setting in with protests here over the last few days over the measures and the economy is forecast to shrink this year by 10%. it could ta ke shrink this year by 10%. it could take a few weeks for the new impact of these measures to be felt on the infection rate. the opposition has said the government is chasing after the virus rather than controlling it. here in spain, last night was the first night of a new national curfew that was introduced yesterday by the government of pedro sanchez as a pa rt of government of pedro sanchez as a part of a new state of emergency. that a state of emergency also introduces other measures, for example a rule of six, a limit on gatherings across the country for people not in the same household, and it also handles new powers to local authorities, allowing them to
introduce any measures they feel necessary to try to bring the infection rate down —— hands new powers. without facing legal obstacles. we are expecting this state of emergency to last initially just for a couple of weeks and at the end of it, the national government will have to go to congress, request approval for an extension. pedro sanchez said yesterday he would like to extend the state of emergency by six months which would take us right through until may of next year. some in the opposition seem concerned about that and feel it should be shorter so we are likely to see a lot of negotiation between the government and other parties over the coming days before that vote. thank you both. a final vote on president trump's choice for the vacant seat on the us supreme court will take place in the senate later, just over a week before the us election. amy coney barrett looks certain to take up the lifetime appointment, despite opposition from the democrats. peter bowes reports.
trick or treat time at the white house. an early haloween celebration at the start of what will be a pivotal week for donald trump. the president and first lady have returned to washington after a hectic few days of election rallies around the country. with joe biden still ahead in the opinion polls, mr trump is the underdog as he enters the final furlong of the campaign. but barring a political earthquake, he'll start the week with a senate decision on the supreme court to celebrate. amy coney barrett is his third nominee for a seat on the country's highest court — a rare achievement for a president during his first term in office. the final vote will take place despite the objections of democrats who are furious the process is being rushed through days before the election. if this process has revealed anything, it's that supposed republican principle is a farce. no principle at all and never was. naked opportunism.
a transparent, cynical last ditch grab for power. and, of course, the continuation of their shameful lockstep subservience to president trump, the most unprincipled president in american history. but the democrats are powerless to change the course of history. judge barrett's appointment will cement a 6—3 conservative majority on the court and could have far—reaching implications for american life for a generation. some solace for republicans, as they face the possibility of losing control of the senate and the white house after the election. a lot of what we have done over the last four years will be undone, sooner or later, by the next election. they won't be able to do much about this. for a long time to come. a week after the election, the supreme court will consider a move in which republicans and the white house
are trying to strike down the affordable care act — the health reform law known as 0bamaca re. but it could also be called upon to decide the election itself, if the result is very close and contested by donald trump. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. gary 0'donoghue is in washington. amy coney barrett, a treat says the republicans but a trick says the democrats. yeah, i mean, there's absolutely no meeting of minds on this, as there is on very little else quite frankly in congress or the political system in this country. this is a huge win for president trump, no doubt. he gets to pick his third supreme court justice of his four year term, that's quite extraordinary. he gets to push the supreme court firmly to the right come into the conservative territory with the majority of 6—3 justices. that matters because the supreme court makes all sorts of key
decisions that affect everyday americans lives, abortion, gun rights, privacy. a whole range of issues that actually matter to people in what they do. she's a 48—year—old judge. she is going to be on this court for decades to come. she will get confirmed in a vote on the senate floor tonight. republicans do have the numbers. the vice president is promising to be present for that. he chairs the senate, of course. he has a casting vote, were there to be any kind of tie, which is not going to be tonight. and we are told by the white house that there could be a taking of the oath at the white house later this evening. just in time, of course, for the election in eight days' time where amy coney barrett and the otherjustices may have to adjudicate on cases arising from the election. simon. gary 0'donoghue, thank you. the owner of the oil tanker involved in the security incident off the coast of the isle of wight yesterday has thanked
the uk for its "timely and professional" response. the crew were rescued and seven stowaways were detained when members of the special boat service stormed the vessel. 0ur defence correspondent, jonathan beale, is here. more details are coming out. how unusual has this been? it is exactly what the elite sbs train for, they did this a couple of years ago when a cargo ship in the thames estuary was taken. they did this operation under the cover of darkness, you and i would call it abseiling, they call it fast rope down onto the ship from the helicopter. a team of 16 using what was described as overwhelming force, that means they were armed to the teeth and taking control of that ship within nine minutes. essentially this was a textbook operation, what they trained for, as isaid. we operation, what they trained for, as i said. we had from the defence secretary ben wallace, who said he authorised this military response because what was emerging was a clear threat to life, he said, with increasingly hostile behaviour by
the seven stowaways on board. there are unconfirmed reports that some of those stowaways had armed themselves with sharp objects and knives. that hasn't been confirmed by the police yet. we believe that they got on the ship when it was in lagos, nigeria, and they became agitated when they got close to the shore. and they probably, we think, were trying to claim political asylum because some there have been a number of hijackings off the west coast of africa, more than 50, but they are usually for ransom. this seems to be different. they are now being questioned by police. thank you very much. it is1:20pm. our top story this lunchtime... refusing to budge — the prime minister says he won't reverse his stance over free school meals during holidays. and still to come: we'll find out more about cycling's newest star, tao geoghegan hart, who became only the second british cyclist to win the giro d'italia. coming up in the sport on bbc news, eddiejones names his 36—man squad
for a busy month ahead, starting with italy in saturday, where they could win the six nations championship. it's a challenging time for any woman — the birth of a child and the first few weeks of motherhood — but the restrictions imposed under covid have added considerably to the psychological pressures. with little social contact and personalised care more difficult, there are worries that some vulnerable pregnant women are being put off from getting help by the coronavirus restrictions. anna collinson has been granted rare access to one unit in nottingham. becoming a mum can be the happiest time of someone's life, but for a small group of women, who experience serious psychological problems, places like this are a lifeline. they may be actively suicidal and absolutely want to die. there may be times when they may have thoughts to harm their baby. clinicians say separating
a mum and baby can affect their relationship so they focus on keeping them together while the mother receives psychiatric treatment. but in a time of upheaval, building trust is harder than ever. due to coronavirus restrictions, catherine went through 13 hours of labour without her husband. she believes this triggered her postpartum psychosis symptoms just days later. i had hallucinations and delusions, i had urges to do things i would never normally want to do. i ended up actually reliving my birth at one point which, again, was very traumatic. and there were times when i thought that actually myself and ollie didn't actually survive labour. catherine was admitted to the margaret 0ates mother and baby unit in nottingham. if you want to come this way, i'll just show you to a patient bedroom. new patients must isolate in their rooms until a coronavirus test gives them the all clear.
it can be really, really difficult for some mums, just being in these four walls with their baby. and it can be, you know, that ladies don't particularly want to come into hospital because they are going to have to isolate for the first 24 hours. nhs england says admissions to mother and baby units are now close to pre—covid—19 levels but services have told us they are concerned some women are turning down psychiatric care because of strict coronavirus restrictions, including limited visiting. the lack of community services, or face—to—face community services, can have an impact. early intervention is really important. it stops anything lingering. a month after leaving the unit, catherine has come to thank those who helped her. aside from a few visits, husband chris had to miss the first weeks of his son's life.
at the start, there were obviously concerns, i didn't understand the illness fully. it is really good to have them home. i know it's not over, but the worst bit is and now we are just getting on with trying to get back to normality, really. gentle road to recovery, year. anna collinson, bbc news. throughout the pandemic, conspiracy theories have been spreading across the internet. but one man has been speaking out, against his own mother, after after she became one of the leading proponents of fake news. now sebastian shemirani says he's worried about the impact his mother is having. marianna spring has been speaking to him. my brother rings me and he says, "sebastian, i think we've got a problem, er, you know, mum's got 40,000 youtube followers." and at that point, my facejust dropped and i knew immediately what was going on. sebastian is 21, from east sussex and his mum, kate shemirani, has become notorious for spreading conspiracy theories during the pandemic. what she's doing is dangerous. you nurses dancing,
i'm coming foryou. this is herfive minutes of fame. you will stand trial for genocide. i don't want to be here talking about this but i think it's something we've got to do before these ideas get bigger and more people fall down the same route that she's trying to take them down. you can only prevent it before it happens. now a suspended nurse, she's become a headliner at anti—lockdown rallys. this is all a lie, this covid—19. and promoted baseless conspiracy theories about 5g, vaccines, and the pandemic. that's going to go into your dna, it's going to change you forever, which means that you are no longer of the creator. they can put a patent on you and you cannot be genocided. sebastian's concerns are about public health. there is no evidence to back up claims his mum makes about 5g and coronavirus, which has been linked to real—world damage. and she encourages followers to ignore health guidance. the bbc put sebastian's claims to kate shemirani. she did not directly respond to what her son said. she did tell us...
as a child, he says he was frequently exposed to conspiracy theories. at 17, he left home and they are now only in touch via text. when this is over, in three orfour years' time, and everything she has said is forgotten and the global genocide hasn't happened, people will forget about it. but, you know, the disaster that goes on with... within my family, and the relationships that she's losing now, that stuff stays forever. tao geoghegan hart has become the second british cyclist to win the giro d'italia. he stepped up for his team when geraint thomas broke his pelvis in a crash early in the race. joe wilson has more. in milan, after a race which touched italy's snow—pea ked mountains, after three weeks which strained
every sense and sinew, tao geoghegan hart was the champion. now, that wasn't scheduled. commentator: tao geoghegan hart is going to win the giro d'italia! the giro d'italia is only ever won by stars of cycling, which means, surely, he now is one. so many fans love the sport all across the world. it's incredibly unpredictable. i don't know if this will ever sink in but it certainly hasn't now. he was the boy who bunked off school to be at the launch of team sky. that's already part of the tao geoghegan hart folklore, but his introduction to cycling came before then, here in hackney, in east london. this club will provide the bikes for local children. tao now provides the inspiration
for the likes of this 13—year—old. tao is very inspiring for me. when i watched him yesterday, i was so shocked he won the giro. so for me to stand here where he grew up is so amazing. it's just so amazing. i would like to do what he done, what he done here, and, like, all the stuff that he's experienced here and that. how much potential do you think there is in this part of london, for example? oh, god, dynamite. really? yeah, it's dynamite. energy, dynamite, i mean, it's... give people a chance, yeah, give them a chance and give them the right environment, and everyone will get behind these people. along with all britain's famous cyclists, you'll soon be saying tao geoghegan hart in the same breath. and this boy? well, just maybe. joe wilson, bbc news, in hackney. now, if you were watching us on fiday you'll remember this. this is 80—year—old paul harvey at the piano. he's a former music teacher who has dementia, and he played this piece
off the cuff after a challenge from his son. that went viral, and now it's to be released as a charity single after he recorded it with the bbc philharmonic orchestra. and yesterday paul heard his creation come to life for the first time, as graham satchell reports. it started with just four notes. soft piano music plays. paul harvey, who is 80 and has dementia improvised a tune that went viral online. he sits at the piano and either play is a classical piece or one of his own compositions or improvisers. it brings him back. it brings him back. it's vitally important. after paul's tune was played on radio four‘s broadcasting house, the bbc‘s philharmonic orchestra was asked to get involved. it's a wonderfully nostalgic, romantic piece of music. it really just highlights the power of music,
i suppose, doesn't it? and the importance of music to mental health. dan has adapted paul's tune for full orchestra. health. dan has adapted paul's tune forfull orchestra. individual health. dan has adapted paul's tune for full orchestra. individual parts we re for full orchestra. individual parts were recorded in lockdown at home. the final version given its world premiere, again, on broadcasting house.
classical music plays wow. i won't forget that. that was very, very wonderfully special. full harvey has had a remarkable life. concert pianist, composer, inspirational teacher. his favourite modern composer and musical hero? stephen sondheim. you know, because he writes the words and music, you know, which is ridiculous. i think it's... know, which is ridiculous. i think it's. .. people know, which is ridiculous. i think it's... people shouldn't have that sort of talent! so, one final surprise. this is stephen sondheim
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