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tonight at ten: a new prime minister, 3 new cabinet, and the pressure is on to help people with their energy bills. liz truss goes to face the house of commons for the first time as prime minister, knowing that the cost of living crisis is the number one issue. she rejects calls for a windfall tax on the profits of energy firms, probably opting for more borrowing to help people out. i as prime minister will take immediate action to help people with the cost of their energy bills and giving people certainty to make sure that they are able to get through this winter. the money has got to come from somewhere, and she knows that every single pound ingexcess profits she chooses not to tax is an extra pound
, single pound in excess profits she chooses not to tax is an extra pound on borrowing that working people will be forced to pay back for decades to come. the first cabinet meeting of the truss premiership took place earlier. it's said to be the most diverse cabinet on record. we'll have more on the new cabinet, and on the cost of living crisis, as another warning comes on the state of the economy. as business struggles, little can be done to stop the uk falling into a recession — that's the verdict of the bank of england. the queen postpones an online meeting with senior ministers after being advised by doctors to rest. in pakistan, the authorities are desperately trying to stop the country's biggest lake from bursting its banks, adding to the devastation cause by the recent floods. liverpool have lost 4—1 to napoli in the opening match of the champions league _ the opening match of the champions league campaign. and coming up on the bbc news channel: it's a world record dealfor kiera walsh —
the england midfielderjoins barcelona, becoming the latest player to leave manchester city and the women's super league. good evening. in her very first appearance at prime minister's questions, liz truss has been asked to spell out how she intends to help millions of households and businesses with their fuel bills. today she ruled out imposing a windfall tax on the big profits of the energy companies to pay for an emergency package. she said that would undermine plans to grow the economy. labour's sir keir starmer said the money had to come from somewhere, and he accused the prime minister of drawing up a scheme which in effect would ask working people to foot the bill. the details of the government's support scheme are expected tomorrow. our political editor chris mason reports. journalists shout questions.
the endless questions to those in power. and the new team tasked with answering them. the cabinet was told to turn up for a meeting at 8:30 this morning. some of them had only been officially appointed at nearly 11 o'clock last night. after a summer of visions and promises, the demand to do things and not just talk about them will be immediate for liz truss and her government. where's your cost of living plan, prime minister? energy bills, for a start, and an announcement is coming tomorrow. but first, a new—look prime minister's questions. to welcome the new prime minister to her place. - cheering. mr speaker, iam honoured to take my place as prime minister in this house and to take on responsibility at a vital time for our country. i am determined to deliver for everybody across our united kingdom.
i will work constructively with all members of this house to tackle the challenges we face. those opening words carefully prepared, typed out and read from her ring binder. keir starmer! and the labour leader faced a new opponent. can i congratulate the prime minister on her appointment? when she said... when she said in her leadership campaign that she was against windfall taxes, did she mean it? a windfall tax is a one—off tax on companies that have benefited from something they were not responsible for. one was imposed on energy firms in may. labour, the liberal democrats and the snp want it extended. the government must announce| an enhanced windfall profits tax, making sure that those oil and gas producers pay their fair share - from excess profits. but the prime minister repeatedly insisted to the snp and labour it was a bad idea.
i am against a windfall tax. i believe it is the wrong thing to be putting companies off investing in the united kingdom just when we need to be growing the economy. gone were the verbal gymnastics of borisjohnson. instead, the instinctive dividing lines between the conservatives and labour seemed sharper. can't she see there is nothing new about a tory prime minister who, when asked, "who pays?," says, "it's you, the working people of britain"? well, there is nothing new about a labour leader who is calling for more tax rises. the first full day of doing the job she dreamt of, and the first glimpse too of the new political stage and conversation. it's going to feel different. chris mason, bbc news,
at westminster. as we mentioned, liz truss has appointed the most diverse cabinet in history, with no white men in any of the most senior roles. —— what is said to be the most diverse cabinet in history. it's also a cabinet made up of the prime minister's closest allies and some friends and supporters. kwasi kwarteng, who worked in finance before his time in politics, is chancellor. james cleverly, an army reserve officer, and former education secretary, is foreign secretary. suella braverman, a barrister who's been a controversial and outspoken attorney—general, is the new home secretary. and therese coffey, a long—time friend of liz truss, is health secretary and the first female deputy prime minister. jacob rees—mogg, one of the first mps to back liz truss for the leadership,
has been given the role of business and energy secretary. he isa he is a very familiar figure and a staunch brexiteer. ben wallace is one of the few who remains in post, from borisjohnson�*s cabinet, as defence secretary. and chris heaton—harris is the new northern ireland secretary, he prides himself on being a staunch brexit supporter, but he'll now have to engage with the eu, in the difficult negotiations on trade with northern ireland. just a sense for you of how the cabinet has changed. chris is battling with the weather, it seems. just a thought about the way this government is taking shape? there is a more focused _ government is taking shape? there is a more focused on _ government is taking shape? there is a more focused on sharper _ government is taking shape? there is a more focused on sharper sense - government is taking shape? there is a more focused on sharper sense of. a more focused on sharper sense of what it means to be a conservative in liz truss's government and a more direct, serious approach to communicating it. she has built a government very much on her own image. looking at those about the top team, it was little wonder that
it was dubbed the abba cabinet, the winner takes it all. but looking at some of the morejunior ranks, there was a smattering of supporters of rishi sunak appointed. but make no mistake, there is irritation and even anger among some of the conservative bench is about how the government has been cast, which stores a potential trouble for the prime minister in the months and potentially years ahead. but the focus right now it's on tomorrow at the first big moment for this new government which is the plan to help with energy bills. it is sufficiently big it could shape impressions of this government for quite some time, so quite a moment for the new prime minister. maw; for the new prime minister. many thanks, chris _ for the new prime minister. many thanks, chris mason _ for the new prime minister. many thanks, chris mason in _ for the new prime minister. many thanks, chris mason in westminster. the queen has postponed her privy council meeting after being advised by doctors to rest, buckingham palace has said.
her majesty, who is 96 and has mobility issues, remains at balmoral castle, where she appointed liz truss as the new prime minister yesterday. that is in aberdeenshire. these images were released at that time. joining me now is our royal correspondentjonny dymond. there were smiles yesterday as the queen greeted liz truss, but clearly postponing this on my meeting today will raise more questions? i postponing this on my meeting today will raise more questions?— will raise more questions? i think it is a bit of— will raise more questions? i think it isa bitefa— will raise more questions? i think it is a bit of a surprise. _ will raise more questions? i think it is a bit of a surprise. the - it is a bit of a surprise. the meeting was not a constitutional necessity, privy council is when the new prime minister is appointed, there is a new cabinet, it is a regular formality. there is a new cabinet, it is a regularformality. it there is a new cabinet, it is a regular formality. it was going to be a video meeting so did not involve a whole lot of exertion by the queen. there is no talk of any illness or going into hospital, the queen stays at balmoral. i think what has happened is the queen, this happens more and more, has got tired. as you say, she is 96 and has
mobility issues. this has happened more and more and i think it's an indication of the direction of travel of the monarchy. state occasions will be carried out for her by others, in the main, prince charles, or at a pace and a place of her choosing. ﬁur charles, or at a pace and a place of her choosing-— her choosing. our royal correspondence, - her choosing. our royal correspondence, jonny| her choosing. our royal - correspondence, jonny dymond, her choosing. our royal _ correspondence, jonny dymond, thank you. in herfirst prime minister's questions, liz truss promised that both businesses and households would benefit from her energy price plan, to be announced tomorrow. it's expected to freeze the energy price cap, at around £2,000, for the average household. —— ataround —— at around 2500 p. —— £2,500. but will that provide sufficient support? our business editor simonjack examines the detail. heat means energy, means bills. huge bills. annette dolan employs 17 people at her glass—blowing business in bath but won't for long without an energy lifeline. my staff are terrified,
not only for their domestic bills but for theirjobs. 0ur gas bill has gone up from 14 grand to 233,000. it's alice in wonderland. we cannot exist. now, if the government doesn't take action, businesses will fall like flies. annette is not alone. insolvency experts say over 53,000 substantial businesses, those with over £1 million turnover, more than ten employees, may fail in the next year. that is a colossal number of people whose businesses will fail, more than would've failed in the pandemic and more than have ever failed in any previous recession. the government has promised help is on the way for businesses and households tomorrow. for business, the cost of the energy they use will be reduced and capped. for households, the planned 0ctober hike in typical bills from £1,971 to £3,549 will be reduced to a new cap, we think ofaround £2,500.
with a £400 rebate coming in october and possibly a cut in vat on energy, bills in october for many households may remain roughly the same as april. the cost of these subsidies could easily exceed £100 billion, which we expect the government to borrow and add to the uk's large and growing debt pile. now, the government may think that it's preferable to add money to consumer bills for the next decade or two, but the interest on that debt already costs us half an nhs per year and is forecast to rise. and while £100 billion definitely helps, bills are much higher than they were before the crisis, and there's no guarantee that people won't go cold, hungry or both this winter, and many businesses may still fail. inflation is brutal — it raises businesses costs while emptying their customers' pockets, which is why personal finance campaigners welcomed these expected measures. we can argue that they are expensive, they are. we can argue that they're not well targeted, they aren't, but the most important
is they will fulfil the remit of giving many people a sigh of relief that they are able to pay their energy bills in the short term. energy costs are pervasive, they push up the price of everything. if there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it's that if you can cool those, you can cool inflation. simon jack, bbc news. in his farewell speech, borisjohnson spoke about how the offshore wind industry had flourished during his premiership. so where does liz truss stand on climate issues and what will this mean for the uk's energy and climate policy? here's our climate editorjustin rowlatt. thanks, huw. we got a hint of where our new prime minister stands on how this country should be getting its energy during her first prime minister's questions today. what i want to see is i want to see us using more of our uk energy supply, including more oil and gas from the north sea, and nuclear power in scotland as well.
her new minister in charge of energy policy would certainly agree with that. jacob rees—mogg, the new business secretary, has talked about the need to squeeze "every last cubic inch of gas" from the north sea. he's also been critical of the government's net zero strategy, talking about what he called the "huge regulatory cost" of trying to get the uk economy to net zero by 2050 so the country isn't adding to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. that gives us a strong steer on some aspects of the new prime minister's energy policy. we can expect a big effort to boost gas production from the north sea, and liz truss has also said she wants to take the green levy off energy bills — which helps fund energy efficiency for vulnerable customers. and she'll probably also deliver on her promise to lift the moratorium on fracking — that's where you use high pressure fluids to fracture rock releasing the reserves of gas trapped within.
but these policies will not help get the uk out of its current energy fix, liz truss was warned today by the government's advisors on climate and infrastructure. the scale of the opportunity to increase our gas production is too small to change the price, so sadly we need to focus more on reducing our demand for gas in the first place. his advice to the government is focused on helping us to insulate our homes, switch to heat pumps and develop onshore wind and solar farms. if she likely to heed that advice? liz truss say she doesn't want to see farmers' fields full of solar panels, but she has said she wants to see offshore wind and nuclear power grow and has promised to stick to the government's net zero target. she has appointed this
man, graham stuart as climate minister. he will be part of the cabinet and is a long—time supporter of bolder climate action. she knows a third of her party's mps, about 130 of them are part of the conservative environment network, which backs the net zero policy. all of which suggest that tackling climate change will remain an important part of government policy. we will find out more when liz truss gives details on how she plans to tackle soaring energy bills tomorrow. to underline the difficult economic climate, the governor of the bank we will indeed. we of england has warned that little can be done to stop the uk falling into a recession. andrew bailey said the conflict in ukraine was having a huge effect on energy prices. the economy is expected to shrink in the last three months of this year, and to go on shrinking until the end of next year. 0ur economics editor faisal islam is with me. let's talk about the nature of the
warning? pa. let's talk about the nature of the warnin: ? �* , , ., let's talk about the nature of the warninu? �* , ,., , warning? a series of sobering warnin: warning? a series of sobering warning from _ warning? a series of sobering warning from the _ warning? a series of sobering warning from the bank- warning? a series of sobering warning from the bank of- warning? a series of sobering - warning from the bank of england. the idea of the bank of england cannot do much about avoiding a recession and blaming that squarely on vladimir putin, not the interest rate rises the bank of england is an acting. if that wasn't enough, from the currency markets, we have heard of a slow slide in sterling, this is the pound against the dollar over the pound against the dollar over the past year, it has dropped 15% over the past year and it reached at one point, at three o'clock today, a 35 year low, 37 year, sorry, the lowest since margaret thatcher was prime minister. it did bounce up a bit since then but a lot of that is a story of dollar strength. the bank of england said that some of the hiatus over policy, but also the notion that the uk, although it is notion that the uk, although it is not directly reliance on russian gas, it is more reliant on gas than similar countries. it said that was
a challenge and why markets were singling out, to some degree, the uk. ida singling out, to some degree, the uk. ., ., , ., singling out, to some degree, the uk. no hiatus on policy, a new chancellor— uk. no hiatus on policy, a new chancellor in _ uk. no hiatus on policy, a new chancellor in place? _ uk. no hiatus on policy, a new chancellor in place? there - uk. no hiatus on policy, a new chancellor in place? there was uk. no hiatus on policy, a new. chancellor in place? there was an im ortant chancellor in place? there was an important meeting _ chancellor in place? there was an important meeting between - chancellor in place? there was an important meeting between the i important meeting between the chancellor and the bank of england governor. they will now meet twice a week, which shows you we are at emergency crisis situation. they will coordinate their efforts. remember, some of what the treasury is doing will cut back inflation in terms of the package tomorrow. some of it might add to inflation. it is important to know what the bank of england's reaction will be in terms of interest rates. we are expecting that big package, tens of billions for households and businesses, households, businesses and the markets will be watching for the detail. ., ,., markets will be watching for the detail. . ,., , ., markets will be watching for the detail. . , ., ., detail. indeed, faisal islam, thanks aaain. the european union has outlined plans to introduce a price cap on russian gas after president putin threatened to cut off all energy supplies if such a step was taken.
eu governments have accused moscow of using energy to blackmail them in retaliation for western support for ukraine following russia's invasion. 0ur russia editor steve rosenberg reports. announcement in russian. in his energy war with europe, a fresh salvo today from russia's president. vladimir putin warned, if the west does what it's threatening and imposes a price cap on russian energy exports, say goodbye europe to russian oil and gas. translation: it's an - absolutely stupid decision. we will not supply anything if it's contrary to our interests. in this case, our economic interests. we will not supply gas, oil or coal, and they are not in a position today to dictate to us. he predicted that europe would freeze like the wolf's tail
froze to the ice in a russian fairy tale. speaking of freezing, this sinister music video by the russian energy giant gazprom, shows russia switching off the gas to europe ahead of winter. it's taunting the west after russia did indeed shut down its biggest pipeline to europe. in its standoff with the west, the kremlin sees energy as its trump card, and it's playing it very publicly. the calculation is that cutting energy supplies to europe will cause such economic pain, that european governments will drop the sanctions they imposed over russia's invasion of ukraine in exchange for cheaper fuel. scenes like these give the kremlin hope. this was prague on sunday. tens of thousands of people protesting at soaring energy bills
and demanding an end to sanctions against russia. the sanctions against russia... so will the european leaders cave in to pressure? it is a full fledged energy war. if they capitulate, vis—a—vis this blackmail, it is not going to be good for europe because the same methods are likely to be repeated by the russian government in the future. it's going to take time for europe to reduce its reliance on russian energy. that means that this winter could be a tough one. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow.
the death of a man shot by police in london will be investigated by the i otc. london will be investigated by the i 0tc. they said a single shot was fired from a police gun. 0ur 0tc. they said a single shot was fired from a police gun. our home affairs correspondent is at new scotland yard. what are the implications of what they are saying today, daniel? clearly it does change the complexion of this incident quite significantly. this is definitely the most significant update from the independent 0ffice the most significant update from the independent office for police conduct so far under shooting, which took place about 48 hours ago. have said there was no nonpolice firearm recovered from the scene or from the vehicle. as far as they are aware, there was no other firearm involved, other than the firearms deployed by the police. they have given some indication of how the shooting came about as far as their preliminary investigation says. that is an
automatic number plate recognition was triggered by the court that he was triggered by the court that he was driving, because the vehicle had perhaps been involved in a firearms incident some days previously. firearms officers were deployed to stop the vehicle and during the course of that stop, a single police shot was fired and the man was rushed to hospital, but died in hospital. daniel sandford, thanks for the update. more than 1300 people have died in pakistan's flooding disaster, and the authorities are desperately trying to stop the country's biggest lake, lake manchar, from bursting its banks, putting tens of thousands of local people at risk. this satellite image shows lake manchar as it was in latejune before the rains hit. and this is how it's grown , after the deluge. 0ur pakistan correspondent pumza fihlani reports from islamabad. sindh province is still drowning.
it has not rained for days, but most of the land remains waterlogged. 0n the shoreline, the boats are still coming. the dangers of manchar lake have been contained for now, authorities say. its banks were deliberately breached to protect urban areas and what remains of the damaged infrastructure there. but the threat is not over, and rescue teams are now working on evacuating thousands stranded in their villages. 125,000 people have been affected by the overflow of water. the people whose homes were sacrificed have been left with nothing. translation: my brother just died in my village - because of the water that came. we thought we were going to be able to save him, but we couldn't. around 20 people are still stranded there. some are unconscious, some are just sitting, waiting for help. water levels in pakistan's biggest lake are starting to recede,
officials have told the the bbc. but, as an additional measure, they are enforcing flood dykes in the area. as rescue efforts continue, authorities are also under pressure to rebuild what has been lost. climate change minister sherry rehman told the bbc that pakistan will need international expertise. we are going to have to do some very important thinking, notjust on our own, but with the climate specialists, really, for infrastructure. key communication lines naturally have to be restored. the railways have to be restored, all of that. so they've already started their reconstruction, and i was thinking because it has to happen, people have to cross over, most of it will not be resilient. we neither have the money or the technical capacity at this point. building with the future in mind may be a luxury for those whose entire
livelihoods have been lost to the floods. for now, those who make it out of these treacherous waters are troubled by uncertainty, where they will sleep and what they will eat. pumza filhani, bbc news, islamabad. ryan giggs is disappointed he will face a retrial next year, he denies coercive behaviour and assaulting his ex—girlfriend. thejury coercive behaviour and assaulting his ex—girlfriend. the jury were unable to reach a verdict. chelsea football club have sacked their manager thomas tuchel after their third defeat of the season. he has led the club to win three trophies in his 20 months in charge, but it's believed he'd lost the confidence of the squad and the board in recent times. the scottish finance minister has set out half £1 billion in cuts to public spending. john sweeney told
holyrood his budget had been squeezed by inflation, enhance public sector pay deals and support for ukrainian refugees. he said the scottish government's budget had never before been under such pressure and warned of more cuts to come. royal mailworkers pressure and warned of more cuts to come. royal mail workers will launch a new 48—hour strike at the end of the month in a dispute over pay which threatens disruption to deliveries. the communication workers union said 115,000 of its members will walk out in protest against an imposed 2% pay rise. there is the prospect of further industrial action if the deadlock is not broken. let's catch up with the football. liverpool's champions league campaign began in naples, and in utter calamity. they were beaten 4—1.
liverpool's champions league campaign began in naples, and in utter calamity. handball byjames milner, penalty to napoli, which piotr zielinski coolly converted. and with barely 15 minutes gone, another penalty after a foul by virgil van dijk. while this time goalkeeper alisson came to liverpool's rescue, it proved only the briefest of reprieves. andre zambo anguissa making it 2—0 before, on the brink of half—time, guess what? commentator: liverpool can't defend it. _ 3-0! napoli were in dreamland, liverpool were in tatters. surely it couldn't get any worse? oh, yes, it could. zielinski with number four, much to the home fans�* glee. and while luis diaz pulled one back, it was scant consolation. a 4—1 defeat to liverpool, jurgen klopp's poor start to the season just got a whole lot worse. tottenham, meanwhile, were up against marseille, and after the french side had a man sent off, spurs grabbed their chance, two late headers from richarlison giving spurs a 2—0 victory.
as for rangers, well, after 12 years away, their return to the champions league group stage proved a painful one. commentator: that is absolutely sensational! | mohammed kudus's goal the highlight of a 4—0 win for ajax. after such a long wait for rangers, a long night. andy swiss, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. some of our reporters avoiding a soaking. we have seen thunderstorms for the fourth night in a row and spectacular lightning displays like these. some of the best lightning shots have been across parts of northern england in particular. we have seen a few storms elsewhere as well. we have seen so many of these downpours recently because of this low pressure that has been with us over recent days, bringing spiral bans of showers across the uk.
clumps of storms flushing away across parts of south—east england and across parts of northern england as well. 0vernight tonight, much of the thunder and lightning will calm down the heavy showers to come, particularly across southern parts of eastern england and scotland and northern ireland as well. mist and fog patches, about ten to 15 degrees. tomorrow, it is going to be another unsettled day of sunshine and showers and the showers grow to become thundery and heavy as we go into the afternoon. for many, there will be several showers throughout the day. the only exception to that story, we could see a lengthy spell of heavy rain affecting parts of eastern scotland. there is a chance that could last through thursday night into friday and as the hours tick by the could be some localised surface water flooding. 0therwise friday, a day of sunshine and showers and some of them will be turning heavy and thundery during the course of the day. temperatures not changing too much, but when the sunshine pops out, september