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‘ contains pressure, this actually contains re m na nts of pressure, this actually contains remnants of another tropical store but the computer monitors are struggling with this, it is not as developed, the winds are not as strong and it is not as far north so we've got rain around on thursday pushing in from the atlantic, but it over the western hills, the rain easing off through the day and skies brightening a touch. still some fairly brisk winds through the day but nowhere near as windy as we thought it would be across northern parts of scotland and it could be that the strongest winds will be further south. that is where we've got warmer tropical air and those temperatures will be higher. that system won't last long, as we look further ahead towards next weekend, it is all about this area of high pressure. it is not building quite as strongly, it is not building as far north, hence the blue in the charts and wetter weather coming across northern parts of the uk. but the high pressure is in such a position whereby withdrawing in some really warm air and pushing it
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northwards across all areas as we head beyond next weekend. but over next weekend, we are likely to find wet and windy weather, northern parts, high, dry in the south.
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the work and pensions secretary amber rudd has resigned from the cabinet. she said she could not stand by while good loyal moderate conservatives were expelled from the party. she's giving up the conservative whip to become an independent mp. the conservative party that is such a force for good in government in this country no longer has a place for people who have different views on the european union and i can't stand by that. it piles more pressure on the prime minister, as he faces new legislation which could force him to ask the eu for a brexit extension. we'll have the latest on tonight's dramatic news. the other main stories... the oil tanker at the centre
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of a diplomatic row between britain and iran is spotted off the coast of syria. a dramatic exchange of prisoners between russia and ukraine raises hopes of an easing of their bitter conflict. oh, my word! australia tighten their grip on the ashes in the fourth test at old trafford. good evening. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, has resigned from the government tonight and announced that she will no longer be sitting as a conservative mp. she's said she "cannot stand by while good, loyal, moderate conservatives are expelled from the party". it follows the decision of the prime minister, borisjohnson, to expel 21 mps this
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week who have refused to back a no—deal brexit, including two former chancellors of the exchequer. mrs rudd said the government appeared to be putting less effort into securing a brexit deal than preparing for no—deal. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. amber rudd has served at the heart of government. she campaigned to remain in the eu referendum and was home secretary under theresa may. she survived the clear out of like—minded colleagues when boris johnson became prime minister and was made work and pensions secretary. among others, almost all brexiteers. just this week, amber rudd expressed concern about the prime minister's strategy of throwing mps out of the party for voting against the government. i think we have some very valued colleagues, who have made a very different choice. in her letter to the prime minister, amber rudd said resigning was a difficult decision but wrote, "i do not believe that leaving with a deal is the government's main objective. the government is expending a lot of energy", she wrote,
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"to prepare for no deal but i have not seen the same level of intensity going into our talks with the european union, who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the irish backstop." i knew and i accept that the prime minister should be able to leave no deal on the table, but what i had expected to see was a huge government centred effort to get a deal and at the moment, there is a lot of work going on into no deal and not enough going into getting a deal. then on top of that, i've seen 21 of my colleagues, good, strong conservative mps with true, moderate, progressive values, excluded from the party. amber rudd's resignation will come as a blow to borisjohnson at a critical time for his premiership. her reasons reflect the concerns others in government share. jonathan blake reporting there, and we'll get the latest from jonathan in a moment. even before this latest blow, borisjohnson was under increasing pressure to make clear he'd abide by legislation requiring him to seek
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a further brexit extension — if there's no deal with the eu. a group of conservative mps are preparing legal action — if the prime minister refuses to carry out the instruction — which is expected to become law on monday. duncan kennedy reports. another stand—off in westminster. protest and counterprotest today. over the prime minister's plans to suspend parliament and mps' attempts to delay to brexit. borisjohnson has spent the week in campaign mode. preparing for an election he wants but opposition parties won't allow. those of that opinion will say content. content. to the contrary not content. the contents have it. but parliament has now passed a bill compelling the prime minister to ask for a delay of a new deal can't be reached. the law means borisjohnson has until the 19th of october to get
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a deal with brussels. if not, he must write and request more time until at least the 31st of january. but yesterday he said this... some fear the prime minister is looking for wiggle room and preparing a legal challenge. to write a letter on that day to donald tusk, it specifies the wording that he must use in the letter to apply for an extension. i am very, very concerned and troubled by the fact the prime minister is going up and down the country saying that he will never ask for an extension. either we have the rule of law in this country or we don't. opposition parties have shown they can wield power against boris johnson's minority government but the prime minister's supporters say he is right to pursue his own path. normally governments legislate and are held for account legislation but
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now ina are held for account legislation but now in a position where parliament is legislating, how can the government be held to account for legislation that neither sponsored nor wanted? in aberdeenshire today ina nor wanted? in aberdeenshire today in a traditional spectacle of the highland games, the queen arrived having hosted the prime minister at balmoral overnight. constitutional crisis caused by brexit is sure to have been discussed although not resignation of amber rudd. that shock tonight shows just how unpredictable these political times continue to be. duncan kennedy, bbc news. jonathan is here. the news has just only broken within the last out of the resignation so what more do we know about amber rudd's reasons for it? to reflect on her political career, she has been something of a survivor, having shouldered responsibility for the windrush scandal, remember that? as home secretary she resigned and came back as work and pensions secretary and survivor boris johnson back as work and pensions secretary and survivor borisjohnson took over as prime minister, when many of her
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like—minded colleagues didn't, and she was a former remain supporting, one nation, moderate conservative that provided borisjohnson with a bit of coverfor that provided borisjohnson with a bit of cover for others in the party, who were similarly aligned politically to her but, as you saw there, she has some clear reasons for resigning and not only an unease about her colleagues being turfed out of the party for voting against the government, and also on the crucial issue of trust, whereas borisjohnson has said continuously that he is working hard to get a deal with the eu, amber rudd simply isn't convinced that is the case. they will be others in government who share those concerns. and given all of that, how big a blow as this to mrjohnson? i think it is a significant blow to the prime minister this evening, it comes at a crucial time. in pure numerical terms, it leaves him one further mp short of a working majority in the house of commons. now 23 down. and
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where he was, to an extent, able to shrug off those expulsions, and the removal of the whip from conservative colleagues, a cabinet resignation as a blow to any prime minister and all eyes will be on others around the cabinet table who share amber rudd's concerns and we will have to see in the coming days how borisjohnson will have to see in the coming days how boris johnson deals will have to see in the coming days how borisjohnson deals with this because his political opponents will make hay of it, but if you leave the issue of trust, whether the prime minister is planning to get a deal, as he says he is. ok, jonathan, thank you. an iranian oil tanker, which was seized by royal marines injuly, has been spotted outside a syrian port. the ship had been held in gibraltar, suspected of carrying oil to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. it was only released after assurances from iran that it was not bound for syria. however, satellite photographs reveal it is now sitting at anchor, outside the port of tartus. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is the iranian oil tanker at the heart of the row. the grace 1, now known as the adrian darya—i,
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which was detained injuly by gibraltar with the help of british marines. it was suspected of heading for syria in breach of eu sanctions, but released in august after iran gave written assurances that this was not the case. but look at this. new satellite images through the clouds appearing to show the tanker moored just a few miles from the syrian port of tartus, potentially there to off—load its cargo. this is hugely disappointing and demonstrates again why the united kingdom government was right to impound the vessel in gibraltar and wrong to release it. in a terse tweet clearly pointed at european allies, the us national security adviser john bolton said anyone believing the ship was not headed for syria was in denial. tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous assad regime than providing for its own people, he said. this is tricky for the foreign
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office because they trusted iran on this, just when the american said don't. a spokesman he has said it was deeply troubling to hear reports of the tank being off syria and said any breach of iran's assurances would be morally bankrupt and a violation of international norms. so far there has been no comment from tehran, which is desperate to evade tough us sanctions curbing its ability to export oil. iran also announced today a further breach of the deal agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear programme. a spokesman said it would start using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium nuclear fuel bringing using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium nuclearfuel bringing the country one step closer to developing weapons grade material. yet again, iran remaining defiant in a stand—off with the west that few expect to be resolved soon. james landale, bbc news.
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the family of a six—year—old boy, who was allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at the tate modern gallery in london last month, say he has made amazing progress in hospital. the boy, who was visiting from france, fell five floors. his family says he still cannot speak or move his body, but responds by smiling. a 17—year—old boy has been charged with attempted murder. russia and ukraine have exchanged dozens of prisoners, in a move which the ukrainian president described as the first step to ending the war between them. a man allegedly implicated in the downing of a passenger plane in 2014 was one of those in the group flown to russia. jonah fisher reports from kiev. this swap had been rumoured for weeks. so when the plane finally touched down from moscow, relief echoed across the tarmac. the families of 35 ukrainian prisoners had come to see their loved ones return. among them, high—profile detainees like film—maker oleg sentsov, and 2a sailors, like andre,
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who was captured in the black sea late last year. and we are happy too but we can't even understand that this has already happened. this is clearly a very emotional moment for the relatives of these ukrainian prisoners, but it is also politically significant. it opens the door for meaningful talks between ukraine and russia and the prospect of an improvement in relations between the two countries. and we haven't said that much in the last five years. during that time, russia has been backing a rebel uprising in eastern ukraine and more than 13,000 people have died. then there was the downing of the passenger plane, mh17. shot down by what investigators say was a russian missile, with nearly 300 people on board. with that in mind, moscow insisted on being given this man,
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volodymyr tsemakh, as part of today's swap. he was on the ground nearby when mh17 was hit and could have been a key witness to russia's alleged role. the loss of mr tsemakh was clearly outweighed by the possible gains for ukraine's comedian turned president. he appears deadly serious about trying to deliver lasting peace. we have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war. but do you think this is a new chapter in relations between russia and ukraine? i think this is the first chapter. as the dust settles on a momentous day, it's possible to be cautiously optimistic about russia and ukraine. jonah fisher, bbc news, in kiev. a massive relief operation is under way in the bahamas, devastated by hurricane dorian earlier this week. crowds of people have been trying
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to flee the worst hit island, great abaco, where there's been looting by armed gangs. 43 people are now known to have died in the storm, though that figure is expected to rise. hundreds of activists have staged a sit—in on the red carpet at the venice film festival. they're protesting about visiting cruise ships which they say are causing erosion of the city's foundations, and contributing to global warming. the italian government has already banned the ships from waterways close to the historic centre of venice. now, with news of the battle for the ashes, and all the sport, let's join lizzie greenwood—hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much, kate. good evening. england's hopes of winning back the ashes are looking very slim. they're two wickets down going into the final day of the fourth test — chasing an improbable 382 runs of the famous trophy. andy swiss reports from old trafford.
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searching for another ashes miracle, an army of ben stokes descended in old trafford hoping for some headingley style heroics but surely not this time. once the real ben stokes not this time. once the real ben sto kes ha d not this time. once the real ben stokes had gone, england's first innings fell away. they trailed by a hefty 196. there seemed no way back but, briefly, they dared to dream as australia lost four quick wickets. but, then, guess who. the former norman that is steve smith once again swatted england boss mike open at the time they got him on 82, remarkably his lowest score of the series, a strain you are out of sight. 383 was england's supposed target but, realistically, it was survival. first rory burns and then captain,joe survival. first rory burns and then captain, joe root. pat cummings with two wickets in the very first over to leave england's chances hanging by the most slender thread. after
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headingley perhaps anything is possible but unless england can somehow bat all day tomorrow, the ashes will be staying with australia. andy swiss, bbc news, old trafford. better news in the football, as captain harry kane scored a hat—trick in england's latest qualification match for euro 2020. england comfortably beat bulgaria 4—0 to top the group, as david ornstein reports from wembley. the latest stop on the path to euro 2020. a path england hope will ultimately lead back here next summer, when wembley stages the tournament final. they could also enjoy home advantage in the group stage but that and their seeding will be determined by the outcome of qualifying. so games like these carry greater importance. england duly set up camp in opposition territory and bulgaria buckled. harry kane, as ever, in the right place at the right time. his team in control, the packed house happy. after the break, their delight would double.
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marcus rushford too quick... then harry kane with the kick. it effectively ended bulgaria's resistance. from score of the captain, he soon turned provider. raheem sterling made it three and continued their prolific partnership in the national interest. the contest would be settled by harry kane. england victorious again. so, it is played 313 and gareth southgate's men are cruising towards qualification. next up, kosovo on tuesday in southampton when they will look to take another step towards a much bigger goal. that's it — back to you, kate. thanks, lizzie. before we go — a reminder of tonight's news. the work and pensions secretary amber rudd has resigned from cabinet, saying she could not stand by while loyal moderate conservatives were expelled from the party. there will be more on that on the bbc news channel throughout the evening. and the chancellor sajid javid
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will be appearing on the the andrew marr show tomorrow morning. that's here on bbc one at the earlier time of 8:30am. but that's all for us for now. goodnight.
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hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. more on that breaking news this evening — amber rudd has quit the cabinet and conservative party, saying she cannot stand by while loyal, moderate conservatives are expelled. the work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the eu with a deal was the government's main objective. she described the sacking of 21 tory mps on tuesday as an assault on decency and democracy. amber rudd has quit the cabinet. the mp for hastings and rye who supported remain in the 2016 referendum said her resignation had
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been "a difficult decision". it was an honour to join boris johnson's cabinet as secretary of state for equalities but i can no longer continue to serve, u nfortu nately, longer continue to serve, unfortunately, and i have been surprised by the lack of work and preparation that is going into getting a deal with the european union. i knew and i accept that the prime minister should be able to leave no—deal on the table but what i had expected to see is a huge government— accented effort to get a deal, and at the moment there is a lot of work going on into no—deal brexit and not enough in getting a deal, and on top of that i've seen 21 of my colleagues — good, strong conservative mps with moderate, progressive values — excluded from the party, indicating the conservative party is such a force for good in this country no longer has a place with people with
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different views on the eu and i can't stand for that. so as well as resigning from the cabinet i've decided to surrender the conservative whip and i will be considering my position and whether i should stand as an independent conservative should there be an election campaign. so, that was amber rudd there. she has resigned from the cabinet and also the conservative party. let's get more on this. jonathan is here with me. take us through what we know this evening. the resignation letter? amber rudd clearly feels she cannot have faith in the government's apparent strategy to pursue a new brexit deal with the european union. as you saw in the clip, and as she has outlined in her resignation letter to the prime minister, she does not believe it is the government's intention to secure a new deal with the eu and she writes that while she sees a lot of
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resource and energy going into preparing for a no—deal brexit, that is not matched by the efforts by the government to pursue a deal with the eu. so on that basis she clearly believes she cannot continue to serve in cabinet with borisjohnson as pro—minister. it is a significant blow to boris johnson. as pro—minister. it is a significant blow to borisjohnson. —— as prime minister. in numerical terms it ta kes minister. in numerical terms it takes his lack of majority in the house of commons down by one and amber rudd's concerns are shared by others in government, so there will bea others in government, so there will be a wait to see if others follow suit, and also depart behind amber rudd, or whether they stay put. and there are a few in government like amber rudd, certainly a few in cabinet, who campaigned to remain, are seen as moderate, one nation conservatives set apart from their collea g u es conservatives set apart from their colleagues who are staunch brexiteers around the cabinet table. so amber rudd, something of a political survivor, living on from
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theresa may's government into boris johnson's, but clearly feeling tonight she cannot continue to serve. what did you make of the timing of this? the timing is a bit ofa timing of this? the timing is a bit of a surprise. perhaps not her resignation wholly, because we knew she had concerns and was uneasy about the prime minister's tactics of expelling those mps who voted against the government earlier last week in that attempt by opposition parties to take over business in the house of commons and force the prime minister to ask for an extension. she expressed those concerns quite clearly so it is not potentially a huge surprise she has resigned but there is never necessarily a good time for a cabinet minister to resign if you are the prime minister, but coming on the brink of what will be really a crucial week for borisjohnson's what will be really a crucial week for boris johnson's premiership, what will be really a crucial week for borisjohnson's premiership, it is potentially damaging, and we've had reaction from number tenjust in the last few minutes. i can tell you downing street has said, we are
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disappointed to learn amber rudd has chosen to leave government and they say she was a talented welfare minister but all those who joined the cabinet signed up to leaving the eu on october the 31st come what may, delivering on the referendum result that the public was promised. that has not changed. of course amber rudd feels she cannot support that strategy any longer. she spoke in her resignation letter about one nation conservatives. for our viewers, just explain that. because in an article today, also in the times, sir nicholas soames was talking about this in an exclusive interview and he talked about one nation conservatives. explain that to us. it is a slightly vague term but one that those in the conservative party who want it to represent as broad as possible a reach used to define themselves. and in recent times, certainly since borisjohnson took over as prime
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minister, and has pursued a very strict strategy of leaving the eu come what may at the end of october, they have attempted to broaden the agenda to assert their influence, but in the numbers we saw expelled from the party earlier this week, you can see many of those people who would describe themselves as one nation conservatives have now left the conservative party, and they've expressed concerns that boris johnson has taken it further to the right and narrowed its focus to one of delivering on the result of the eu referendum come what may, and people have described him as trying to turn it into a version of the brexit party. but there are many in the party who want him to represent a broader agenda with concerns about climate change, the environment, allowing people to own their own home but in terms of housing exploring other options as well, so the agenda that amber rudd represented, if you like, in government, or the wing orfaction
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or section of the conservative party that she represented has now potentially lost a very powerful voice in government. she spoke of her 21 colleagues who had had the whip removed from them. in the guardian ken clarke talks about, he is not sure what you will do next. has she given a hint as to what her future plans will be? well, she has said she will leave the party and stand as an independent mp. she represents a seat, hastings and rye, which has a slim majority, so, you know, that is potentially a risk for her at the next general election, whenever that may be, and it could be sooner rather than later. but it appears amber rudd's time in government is overfor appears amber rudd's time in government is over for the foreseeable future and she has held... well, she was a former home secretary and she served more recently as work and pensions secretary and is one of the few women who has held high—profile
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cabinetjobs, not only under boris johnson but under theresa may before that. i think a lot will be felt by the conservative party. she was a remainer so some might say a less likely member of the cabinet member. —— of the cabinet. what was her relationship like with boris johnson? she once described him as life and soul of the party but not the person you would want driving you home at the end of the night. that was during the leadership campaign and expressed the suspicion and discomfort with which she viewed him politically. they got on and we re him politically. they got on and were described as some even as friends at westminster. but i think there is not necessarily any love lost between them politically and the approach which borisjohnson has taken and the tactics he has used, they are clearly something amber rudd has felt uneasy about and she
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