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noise today at six: mps deliver another blow to borisjohnson's brexit plans — he's been attacked from all sides of the commons. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes to the left, 300. mps have voted to prevent a no—deal brexit — and this is what the prime minister says it will mean. what he is recommending is yet more... yet more dither, yet more dither yet more delay, yet more uncertainty for business. what we in this government want to do is to deliver on the mandate of the people. he has no plan to get a new deal. no plan, no authority and no majority. and as if all that's not enough, there could be a vote on a snap election later tonight. also on the programme:
the chancellor promises the fastest increase in spending on schools and hospitals for 15 years — labour calls it grubby electioneering. the trail of devastation that hurricane dorian has left behind — the prime minister of bahamas says some areas have been decimated. england take a third wicket in the fourth ashes, but that man steve smith is still at the crease for the aussies. and in sport, we'll have the latest from the us open. no roger federer — knocked out by grigori dimitrov — but who will make it to the semifinals?
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. less than 2a hours after losing one crucial vote, borisjohnson has now suffered another defeat. in the last hour, mps have voted for a bill that could force the prime minister to ask for brexit to be delayed till the end of january next year — something he's pledged never to do. there are more votes to come. it's been a day of frenetic and angry exchanges in the commons, and our political editor laura kuenssberg has been watching it all. george, it is crystal—clear that there is a majority of mps in the house of commons who are resolute in doing whatever it takes, in their view, to try to close down the possibility that boris johnson could ever make good on the promise he has made potentially to take us out of the european union without a formal deal in place. they voted to decide that today, there will be voting
again tonight and it is clear that, until they change the law, the effort will keep going. for boris johnson the stakes could hardly be higher. his decision to get out of this cul—de—sac is to push for a general election. are we through the looking glass? the prime minister is demanding a new parliament over there, and election, but says he does not one—to—one. the other parties say they do but might yet stand in his way. it will not be settled until the commons closes the door on the possibility that boris johnson could ta ke possibility that boris johnson could take us out of the eu next month without a deal. his brexit at any cost. questions to the prime minister. but if he gets his way, this first joust of shouting in prime minister's questions could be his last. can he confirm that he will allow the people of this country to decide on what he is
giving up in their name with a general election on october 15? or is he frit? there is only one chlorinated check and in this house, he is on the front bench. he is absolutely desperate to avoid scrutiny. the riposte, read his lips, you are a great big girl's bios. in his third day in office after five questions from me, we have not had an answer to any. anger towards him and his key adviser was thick in the air from former colleagues. advisers advise, ministers decide. can i ask the prime minister to buy that closely in mind in relation to his own chief adviser, dominic cummings? no question, this leader repels as well as attracts. a labour mp demanding
an apology that never came from a controversial: the prime minister wrote last year. those others who from a young age have had to face to being called names like towel head oi’ being called names like towel head or taliban or coming from bongo bongo land, we can appreciate full well the hurt and pain felt by already vulnerable muslim with when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes. —— felt by already vulnerable muslim women. rather than hiding behind charm and whitewash investigations, when will the prime minister finally apologised for his derogatory and racist remarks. —— rather than hiding behind sham. the tory benches still almost mute, while the applause for that went on and on. under this government we have the most diverse, the most diverse cabinet in the history of this country. look elsewhere if you want
any signs of healing. the prime minister can only bring an end to this particular circus and get his election if mps succeed in what they are trying to do right now, to force are trying to do right now, to force a change to the law that would compel him to ask for a delay to brexit if there is no deal in place oi’ brexit if there is no deal in place or parliament does not change its mind by the middle of october. boris johnson tried and failed to fight them off with extreme measures, number ten is now dead set on an election. i have had lots of phone calls saying you are doing the right thing. he will not have this long—standing mp. with 20 others, and milton was thrown out of the tory party last night for voting against the prime minister. tory party last night for voting against the prime ministerlj tory party last night for voting against the prime minister. i voted against the prime minister. i voted against the prime minister. i voted against the government whip for the first time in a0 years of being an mp. did you receive a call to tell you they were doing what they threatened, throwing you out? yes, i had a conversation with the chief whip who made it clear that is what
would happen. i feel quite whip who made it clear that is what would happen. ifeel quite sad that it has come to this, but i woke up this morning knowing i had in the right thing. the rebels' stand is highly likely to pay for them. not much doubt that mps will vote tonight to rule out dealing without —— leaving without a deal. tonight to rule out dealing without -- leaving without a deal. there is a conviction that there is no mandate for no deal, and the consequences for the economy and our country would be highly damaging. one of my greatest concerns in all of this, any referendum which saw such a massive, record turnout, that there are many people, if we continue to thwart a resolution, will never vote again. the longer this argument goes on, the more divided society remains and the harder it will be to knit back together. if we are being purged now, who is next? i will walk out of here looking at the sky, not down at
my shoes. within hours, the prime minister will try to force the election next month. i don't know, there is so much voter apathy and it feels like the country is split down the middle, almost. ithought it could not get anymore and strange. the prime minister needs mps to be on—board. the official labour position, if no deal is blocked on an xp days they will the snp says they would vote for one, but some labour mps they would vote for one, but some labourmps are adamant they would vote for one, but some labour mps are adamant they will not let it happen unless the extension to brexit to avoid no deal has has actually taken place. he wants to runa actually taken place. he wants to run a divisive, english nationalist election, he is putting his party before the country and we will not before the country and we will not be goaded into giving him what he wa nts, be goaded into giving him what he wants, we will fight for the national interest. no way would you
allow an election before? an extension. before boris johnson allow an election before? an extension. before borisjohnson is posted delay departure? exactly, he has spent his whole life talking to conservative audiences. mps and lords had tried to find a way through for three years, even prepared to bed down for the night to keep talking. but before long, we may be in charge of the conversation. studio: laura, we can barely keep up with events, what do the next few hours hold? it is happening at it is ian paisley than after three years when parliament has been locked in a slow—moving battle —— it is happening at a dizzying pace. things are accelerating and accelerating. there will be more votes in the house of commons on the plant to remove the possibility of leaving without a deal, various amendments and tweaks will be voted on. we expect them to get through co mforta bly expect them to get through comfortably and that global moved to
the house of lords, where they might talk all night to have their say. that process of trying to force the laws through its up and running. but almost exactly at the same time, the prime minister will put down his plan to mps as the lords gets going down the corridor, asking them to back his bid to force a general election. we do not expect that to meet the majority of two thirds, he would have to get to get his way and to ask at all to give our opinion in the middle of october, but things are moving so quickly it does not mean he would not be able to get the backing for an election in the coming days. it is a race against time on all sides. borisjohnson is intent on getting to an election, others determined to stop him. as ever, brexit has turned our politics website down. this has been a very difficult few days for the relatively new prime minister, but
for his teenagers really a question of brexit or bust. many thanks, laura. so, as laura was suggesting earlier, this latest stage in the brexit battle has exposed the rift within the conservative party as never before. the 21 tory mps who voted against the government last night were immediately suspended and have been told they can't stand for the party at the next election. among them were former cabinet ministers, including chancellor phillip hammond and rory stewart and party grandees such as sir nicholas soames and the longest—serving mp ken clarke. our political correspondent alex forsyth has been to his constituency of rushcliffe to gauge reaction. at rushcliffe conservative association, there has been one key face for nearly 50 years. ken clarke is the longest serving tory mp and has held some of the biggestjobs in government, but last night he was effectively kicked out of the party. the chairman of the local branch thinks it was the right move, because his mp didn't back the government's brexit plan.
at the end of the day, the fact is he voted against the government and the consequences are you have the whip withdrawn from you. i think boris has shown that he is a strong prime minister, and i do support him, and i think he had to show that he continues to be a strong prime minister. even though most people here in rushcliffe voted to remain in the eu, some local tories have been angry at their mp's pro—european stance, a symbol of the fractures in the party. divisions over europe have plagued the tories for decades, and put an end to the careers of several prime ministers. but this long—running row has never seen so many tory mps effectively thrown out of their party all at once. among them, the grandson of winston churchill, nicholas soames, seen here as a boy, is furious at what has happened. such a stupid and unfortunate message to our
supporters and would—be voters in the country, that what was a wonderfully broad, tolerant, humane church has now become a narrow sect. with westminster poised for an election, some of the expelled mps were already standing down. but there could be a fight from others who still want to represent the tories. rory stewart found out he wasn't welcome in the partyjust as he was accepting an award for being a politician of the year. i'm not going to be able to stand as a member of parliament, because boris has decided he doesn't want me in the party. the former leadership candidate says he's not giving up the conservatives. i really hope the party comes to its senses because this is not the way that mrs thatcher would have behaved, this is not the way any previous prime minister would behave. this is trying to deselect very loyal conservative ministers and cabinet ministers who've barely rebelled in their lives. philip hammond, the former chancellor, arrived at parliament today no longer a conservative mp. his association in runnymede says
therefore he can't stand for them, but he suggested he might fight back, even explore legal options. the conservative party says the rules are clear, if someone wants to stand for the tories in an election, they have to be on an approved list or a member of the party in parliament, but if there is a battle over this it will only deepen the existing rift. back in clarke's constituency, there is there is little harmony among voters either. he should support his party, we voted him in to do that and he hasn't done it. so that's it. people should be able to express themselves politically, sometimes outside what the party thinks. there is no conservative party any more, is there? there's two completely split rival camps now that can't really be under the same umbrella. so the discord in the tory party, it seems, is playing out across the country. alex forsyth, bbc news, rushcliffe.
a church at the highest court in scotla nd a church at the highest court in scotland has thrown out and attempt to have borisjohnson‘s attempt to stop parliament as illegal. they argued that the prime minister had exceeded his powers, but thejudge said it was not a matterfor the code. the appeal will be held tomorrow. so as we've heard mps from across the commons have voted for legislation to try to block a no—deal brexit. so where do we go from here? our deputy political editor john pienaar has more. wherever you stand, all you can do is watch. see how british politics has changed almost beyond recognition. traditions of consensus and compromise discarded. stop the coup! brexit now! in there, the argument has become as angry and bitter as it is out here. yesterday, borisjohnson lost the first round.
even some tory critics say he overplayed his hand, treated the rebels too harshly. he's on the losing side again today, but now borisjohnson has set his sights on an early election, and this deadly serious game is on. point of order... mps are ploughing in a single day through the bill to block no deal and delay brexit. labour, snp and plaid cymru, lib dems and the tory outcasts. many different aims but a single plan, stop a no—deal brexit. in meetings, on social media, in amongst the statues, some outcast tories and labour mps want a brexit deal. others want a referendum. labour's promising one after the election. may be on a new deal if there is one. otherwise, a choice,
but no deal and remain. that is what the lib dems want, they want to stop brexit, so does the snp, who believe this crisis could be taking us closer to an independent scotland, the end of the union. now, down there, perhaps the most genteel debating chamber in the democratic world, well, things are about to turn ugly. this country has high standards... the lords must pass the rebel bill, too, resisted bitterly hour by hour by brexiteer tears. they will wrangle through the night as the government's opponents here try to take special plans to push it through the week. it could drag on... and on. what, then? what is the prime minister's plan? an election on october the 15th if he was allowed, but it takes two thirds of mps to agree to a general election. we saw that yesterday the numbers were not there. what about labour? they look split. some close tojeremy labour? they look split. some close to jeremy corbyn
labour? they look split. some close tojeremy corbyn say labour? they look split. some close to jeremy corbyn say they would like to jeremy corbyn say they would like to move within days to bank an early election. others want to wait until they can force boris johnson election. others want to wait until they can force borisjohnson to break his defining promise and seek a brexit extension in brussels. though he has promised we'll leave, deal or no deal, by october 31, humiliation. the outcome? anybody‘s guess. if this was a game it would be gripping, but this is no game. that report was from our deputy political editor, john pienaar. on any other day today's spending plan would have been the big story at westminster. the chancellor, sajid javid said he's turning the page on austerity as he promised to raise public spending by more than 13—billion pounds next year. extra funding has been announced for schools, defence, and preparing for britain's exit from the european union. our economics correspondent andy verity has been looking at the numbers. andy? thanks very much. to get an idea of how unfamiliar we are with a boost
to government spending like this, the last time spending rose this fast — by more than a% — was back here in 200a. the government was in a lot less debt back then. these red bars show the spending reviews since the financial crisis — when the government's debts shot up. they're all trying to slash public spending, also known as austerity. but sajid javid argues the interest rates on the government's debts are cheap now — so he can afford to borrow more for extra spending. every single government department has had its budgets for day to day spending increased, at least in line with inflation. that's what i mean by the end of austerity, mr speaker. britain's hard work paying off. our country living within its means. able to spend more on the things that matter. instead, we get this sham of a spending review. they are claiming to be against austerity after years of voting for it. they are claiming to be using head
room, which he knows is largely disappeared. and, yet, they are still failing to deliver real end to austerity. whilst spending on the nhs will rise by £6.2 billion next year, most of that is not new money, it had already been announced by the previous chancellor, philip hammond. but, there is an extra £3 billion for schools and further education, a boost of £2.2 billion for the armed forces, and three quarters of a billion for more police. that extra spending is affordable within the government's fiscal rules, but only if a no deal but it doesn't happen. head teachers, chief constables, and nhs managers simply can't rely on the chancellor's fantasy figures if britain crashes out of the eu. absolutely. mr speaker, the independent watchdog, the office for budget responsibility, said just two months ago that they no—deal brexit would add £30 billion a year for the next four years, to public borrowing. the economy has already taken a hit,
as we saw gdp contracting 0.2% of the second quarter of 2019. as pauljohnson of the ifs put in the guardian, making big risk announcements in a period of economic uncertainty means we will have little idea how sustainable or costly decisions made this week will be. absolutely. adding to that uncertainty were figures out today that suggest the services sector barely grew in august — while manufacturing and construction shrank. we don't have the official figures yet — but there's a real possibility we may already be in recession. and that could make these spending plans look much less affordable. also today we've had the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, saying the impact of a no—deal brexit on the uk economy would be "less severe" than previously thought. he said forecasts of how much the economy might shrink had been revised because of brexit preparations since the end of last year. our economics editor
faisal islam is here. just how significant do you think these comments from mark carney are? that phrase, less severe, means what it says on the tin. it is moving in the right direction, but still far from comfortable. he also said, the governor, that the economy was growing weakly. he waded into this political debate about the income of —— impact of no deal on food prices. although, could it be worse, they could go up by five, 6%. that's why the chancellor has put £2 billion extra into no deal preparations as pa rt extra into no deal preparations as part of the spending review for next year. the other connection is also interesting. his predecessor, philip hammond, set aside extra borrowing capacity in order to deal with what would be the consequences of a no—deal brexit. that is what has been used to fund the extra public spending that we have just heard about. thanks very much.
hurricane dorian is approaching the east coast of florida, after causing devastation in the bahamas. at least seven people are known to have been killed in the islands — with that number expected to rise. the prime minister, hubert minnis, said parts of the island nation were left decimated. from there, our correspondent aleem maqbool reports. with the hurricane finally moving off the bahamas, after many terrifying days, the devastation can be assessed for the first time. and it is shocking. marsh harbour on the low—lying abaco islands has been obliterated. massive storm surges would have overwhelmed this entire area. the airport won't be accessible for days. and other parts of this island chain are still too dangerous to get anywhere near. we can confirm now are seven deaths. but we know that given the extent of the devastation that there will be more to come.
we just cannot endure, or go through a devastation like this, without minimal deaths, unfortunately. we're on the north side of the storm now... the international space station captured dramatic images of hurricane dorian now swirling in the ocean close to florida. with this hurricane, after many days, nowjust about moving off the northern bahamas, it means some areas, at least, have safe enough skies that aircraft can take to them. and, for the first time, finally assess the devastation that's been caused. but it is abaco and grand bahama that have borne the brunt of the storm's ire. and where, in the coming days, the humanitarian needs are going to be acute. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in nassau in the bahamas. the bbc is to pay sir cliff richard £2 million in legal costs after a settle m e nt £2 million in legal costs after a settlement was reached following the
singer's court action against the broadcaster. he won a privacy case last year following the corporation's coverage of a police raid on his home in berkshire. the bb seat says the costs are within the scope of its insurance. —— at the scope of its insurance. —— at the bbc says. cricket and england made a promising start on the first day of the fourth ashes test at old trafford, taking two early wickets. but after a delay for rain, australia's batsmen have frustrated the home side to reach 170 for the loss of three wickets. andy swiss has been watching the action. get your ben stokes scarves! now £8 only on the scarves! talk about a tough act to follow, ben stokes scarves and even jack leach costumes, a happy reminder of england's heroic win at headingley, surely old trafford couldn't match that drama. well, briefly, it tried its best, a stuart broad set about ramping up the decibels australia, soon 28—2, as england started in style. but then a familiar obstacle, steve smith missed the last test after being hit by a jofra archer bouncer, welcome back.
but soon smith was calling the shots. that's why he's the world number one batsmen. only the weather, seemingly, could stop him, a lengthy rain delay followed by a few wind power problems. beach balls, crisp packets, even the bales kept blowing off. australia, though, seemed unruffled, as smith and marnus labuschagne reached half centuries. before, finally, england finally found the breakthrough. labuschagne bowled by craig overton for 67. how they needed that. a testing day, then, both for england's players, and their fans. they'll be hoping for a little less rain and a few more wickets. andy swiss, bbc news, old trafford. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. some cricket today, and a lot of weather. it'll be interesting over the next couple of days. there will be some showers around tomorrow. there will also be some sunshine. it
looks like a spell of rain on friday. especially early in the day. it just won't be friday. especially early in the day. itjust won't be as windy as it was today. that'll be the other feature of the weather today with heavy showers around, but strong winds, and pretty angry looking off the coast of cumbria earlier. all to do with this area of low pressure. the show is being driven southwards, the isobars together, and the wind coming from a cool direction. it has felt colder today. this is the rainfall from the past couple of hours. showers moving south. they have been heavy with rumbles of thunder. a lot of these will be clearing as we go through the rest of the night. by the early hours, most of the night. by the early hours, m ost pla ces of the night. by the early hours, most places will be dry and clear. rain coming back to north—west scotla nd rain coming back to north—west scotland later in the night. a cooler night to come even though it is staying quite breezy for many of us temperatures heading down to single figures as we start the day tomorrow. but tomorrow morning there will be quite a bit of sunshine around. already over northern ireland, patchy rain moving through, sometime following. heavy rain in
the morning for western scotland. then pushing south. much of south wales and southern england will stay dry with sunny spells. it is still breezy but not as windy as today. and temperatures, well, mid to upper teens at best, nobody can say it'll bea teens at best, nobody can say it'll be a warm day. another spell of wet weather moving south thursday night and into friday. but in time for the weekend, high—pressure moving on, and when you see that you think things will be settling down. and that does look to be the case. there will be a few showers over the weekend. cloudy up in scotland and northern ireland on sunday. but many will have a fine, just not a particularly warm weekend. our top story: the ayes to the right 239. mp5 our top story: the ayes to the right 239. mps have voted