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you're watching bbc news at nine with me annita mcveigh. the headlines: extraordinary scenes in the house of commons as parliament is suspended amid uproarfrom opposition mps. shouting. chanting "shame on you!" mps hold up protest signs, and chant "shame on you" at the government benches. this is not, however, a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard, it is one of the longest for decades, and it represents, not just in longest for decades, and it represents, notjust in the minds of many colleagues, but in huge numbers of people outside, an act of executive fee at —— fiat.
earlier borisjohnson suffered his sixth commons defeat in a week, as mps rejected, for a second time, his attempt to hold an early general election. theresa may is accused of rewarding "number ten cronies" as her former closest advisers are recognised in the ex—prime minister's resignation honours list. also this morning, prescription drug dependency, a review by public health england finds that one in four adults has been prescribed drugs in the past year which could be addictive. an urgent call for a one—and—a—half trillion pound investment to help stem climate change. in sport, scotland's hopes of reaching euro 2020 via their qualification group are all but over after they fall to a heavy defeat against belgium. and the ultimate deep sea diver, an american adventurer becomes
the first person to visit the deepest places in all five of earth's oceans. good morning, and welcome to the bbc news at 9. parliament has been officially suspended for the next five weeks, amid chaotic scenes in the commons, in the early hours of this morning. there were protests against the suspension, or prorogation, of parliament, as opposition mps shouted "shame on you", waved placards carrying the word "silenced", and at one point, even attempted to stop the speaker, john bercow, from leaving his chair. on an extraordinary night, boris johnson lost a sixth vote in as many days, as he failed in his bid to call an early general election. parliament has now been suspended until 1a october,
leaving little more than a fortnight before the brexit date. amid anger in the commons, the speaker, john bercow, told mps what was happening was "not a standard or normal prorogation." he added: "it's one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat." here's what happened when black rod, a senior officer in the lords, called mps to the house of lords for the ceremony to close parliament. mr speaker, the lords, authorised by her majesties commission to declare... to declare her royal assent to act passed by both houses and also to declare the prorogation of parliament. desire the presence of parliament. desire the presence of this honourable house. no. no. shouting
this parliamentary session, which has seen its fair share of feuding, ended in acrimony in the early hours of this morning. a number of mps temporarily tried to stop the speaker from leaving the commons. some of them holding up signs saying "silenced". and john bercow made it clear how he felt about the five week suspension of parliament. i'm perfectly happy, as i've advised others, to play my part. but i do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation. it is... i don't require any assistance from you, mr stevenson. you wouldn't have the foggiest idea where to start in seeking to counsel me on this. i require no response from you! i require no response from you, young man. then, as conservative mps left the chamber to take part in the ongoing proceedings, cries of "shame" rang out from opposition benches.
applause it all followed a final and fiery debate on the government's call for a snap election in mid—october. the house, again, did not support the move and borisjohnson, again, made clear his view about the prospect of a delay to brexit. no matter how many devices this parliaments invents to tie my hands, i will strive, mr speaker, to get an agreement in the national interest. i hope the prime minister will reflect on the issue of prorogation and shutting down parliament to avoid a government being held to account. because that is exactly what he has done today and proposes to do to this country. now conference season looms, with mps due back in westminster
on the 14th of october. a queen's speech then may spell the start of a new session, but the old and very deep divisions will likely still be there. jessica parker, bbc news. so what happens next? parliament has now been formally suspended for five weeks. mps return to westminster on 14th october. on 17th october, there's a crucial eu summit in brussels where the government says it hopes to agree a brexit deal. but if there's no agreement by 19th october, the new legal deadline imposed on borisjohnson, because of the law pushed through by mps, comes into force. it will require the prime minister to request a three month extension to the brexit deadline. how that all plays out remains to be seen, so, as things stand today, that brexit deadline remains at the end of next month. our assistant political
editor, norman smith, is in downing street for us. let's reflect on last night, so many extraordinary scenes in the house of commons recently, but last night went into the wee small hours and really ta kes went into the wee small hours and really takes some beating. the last time we had similar scenes, really, you probably have to go back to 1976, michael heseltine grabbing the parliamentary mace, similar scenes of uproar, in the chamber, because i have never seen mps literally trying to physically hold the speaker in his chair so he cannot go through to the house of lords for the formal prorogation of parliament, we had a mini parliamentary rock, clerks trying to make sure labour mps could not hold his arms and legs, and placards being raised saying, silence, because parliament is
shutting up shop. then a parliamentary singsong, with snp mps singing and the welsh singing their national anthem and labour folks singing at the red flag, it was like some parliamentary version of the dog and duck on a friday night, and then we had tory mps, very ostentatiously, refusing to shake the hand of the speaker at the end of the parliamentary session, why did this happen? because, bluntly, you chinese and unhappiness and anger at the fact parliament is being suspended for five weeks, because that is pretty much unprecedented, at an absolutely crucial time in our nation's history, what is going on behind me, theresa villiers is going into cabinet, cabinet ministers have had to be up bright and early, for a cabinet meeting no doubt to discuss what next. the government position, they say none of this would be necessary if mps had only voted for
the general election boris johnson once, that was a line we heard from the treasury minister, simon clark, this morning. does not feel like parliament is listening to the public, that is why we have called for a general election, parliament has ducked the challenge twice, inside the space of a week. we all want to move forward and make sure in the end we do this ina way and make sure in the end we do this in a way that conveys the maximum public consent but the objective must be to honour the result, move the country forward, focus on exciting domestic priorities, something that the country wants to see done to get brexit done and delivered. the prime minister is absolutely right to say we are leaving on october 31, deal or no deal. what on earth happens next in terms of strategy both for boris johnson both for borisjohnson and talk coming from number ten that he is looking at ways to try to get around the need to request the extension, and, also, what is going on with
opposition mps too? on the face of it, borisjohnson‘s opposition mps too? on the face of it, boris johnson's team opposition mps too? on the face of it, borisjohnson‘s team will be relaxed about the bust up with parliament, they want to represent themselves as on the side of the versus per city is parliament, but parliament is rolling out all the sort of avenues borisjohnson is seen to be trying to go down. —— perfidious parliament. they have put a roadblock on the idea of an early general election and closed off the idea of pursuing a no—deal brexit, borisjohnson is a man running out of options pretty quickly, and it was interesting yesterday in dublin, his language around a deal. yes, he has always said he wants a deal but i have never heard him being quite so i have never heard him being quite so enthusiastic about an agreement, even sounding a cautionary note about the prospect of no deal, last night after losing the vote on a general election, again saying his first priority was a deal. you just wonder, if at team johnson, they are beginning to conclude that the only
way out of this is some agreement, however difficult, very little time to getan however difficult, very little time to get an agreement, not cleared there is the mechanism to alert the backstop, but may be, they have two pivots to putting a lot more effort into getting a deal and on the opposition side, some of them, it seems, are clearly in the market for some sort of agreement, particularly if borisjohnson was to bolt on a confirmatory referendum. have a listen to the leading labour mp, hilary benn, the man behind the legislation to avert no deal. hilary benn, the man behind the legislation to avert no deallj became persuaded some months ago that we must find a way out of this. a compromise has been suggested, i did not vote for theresa may's deal but i would be prepared to approve it in parliament, provided that it goes back to the british people in a confirmatory referendum. i think thatis confirmatory referendum. i think that is the only way forward, on the one hand, boris johnson that is the only way forward, on the
one hand, borisjohnson says, we wa nt one hand, borisjohnson says, we want a no—deal brexit, "if i can't get a deal, we will leave without one", and on the other hand, people saying let's cancel the result of the referendum, i don't think that would be the democratic thing to do. what the people began, the people must conclude. to problems with the suggestion from hilary benn, one, borisjohnson has always resisted the idea of another referendum. —— two. two, it is not obvious how a deal is going to be done, because you sense the mood between the uk and brussels has soured somewhat with the very aggressive and uncompromising language coming from downing street, also precious little time left until october 17, and details of how you get around the backstop, not easy to see. some suggestion, mooted by borisjohnson, you can have a common, all ireland market for farm
you can have a common, all ireland market forfarm products, but you can have a common, all ireland market for farm products, but that only covers 30% of cross—border trade. not easy to see how you get a deal and not easy to see what other options he now has. theresa may's former closest advisors are among those who have been honoured in the ex—prime minister's resignation honours list. the list contains mainly political figures, let's take a closer look now. nick timothy, who was mrs may's former chief of staff has been awarded a cbe. he's joined by mrs may's other former chief of staff, fiona hill who is also made a cbe. both left their jobs after the 2017 general election when the conservatives lost their majority. there's a damehood for the metropolitan police commissioner cressida dick, who started her police career at the age of 23. and mrs may showed her love for cricket with the former england captain
andrew strauss being awarded a knighthood. sir kim darroch, who was forced to resign as ambassador to the us after comments he made about president trump were leaked has been made a crossbench peer. gavin barwell, who was the prime minister's most recent chief of staff is one of eight new conservative peers. the former prime minister's chief eu negotiator olly robbins receives a knighthood. and the former cricketer geoffrey boycott, who mrs may told journalists was one of her sporting heroes, is given a knighthood. geoffrey boycott spoke to the radio four today programme today about his pride at receiving the honour. four today programme today about his pride at receiving the honourlj four today programme today about his pride at receiving the honour. i am glad it is about cricket because that has been my passion all my life, since i was a boy, nine years old, when my uncle took me for coaching, i went every saturday morning in the winter, and i still love it now, i get up, and i go for
commentating, on bbc radio, and i love it, i get up in the morning, my daughter, when she was nine or ten, she said, you are lucky, daddy, you have had two careers, two you have enjoyed, where many people have to go to work and earn a living, they are not right thrilled about the job they do, but you love yours, passionately. when i was playing, before i made a cup of tea, which we all do, when we wake up, i open the curtains andl all do, when we wake up, i open the curtains and i wanted to see if it was a nice day because i was looking forward to batting, that was more important than a cup of tea. same today, i get up to go to a test match, i am today, i get up to go to a test match, lam not today, i get up to go to a test match, i am not batting or playing but i love it! i suppose that i am lucky that i have a natural passion for the game, whether it is watching or playing. you might be amused to note that test match special has just said, "what is aggers going to say? " just said, "what is aggers going to say?" laughter idid say say?" laughter i did say that to the head of radio sport, he congratulated me last night, andl
sport, he congratulated me last night, and i said, i can't wait to see how he introduces me on thursday morning! he will have something to say, he will be thinking about, he is going to take the mickey out of me, because he is very quick. you are 78 years old, taken a long time to get this honour, why do you think it has taken so long? laughter that is like asking me when i am going to die! laughter i have no idea. petrol bombs have been thrown at police officers in northern ireland after a suspicious object was found in the creggan area of londonderry. around 80 officers were taking part in a security search targeting the dissident republican group, the new ira. two young people sustained burn injuries. there are growing concerns that people are becoming dependent on prescription drugs, according to public health england. it found that in the past year, one in four adults in england have been prescribed drugs which could be addictive. here's our health correspondent, dominic hughes.
medicines that can relieve pain or help with sleep play a vital role in the lives of millions of people, but concern is growing about how many of these potentially addictive drugs are being prescribed, and for how long. public health england looked at five commonly prescribed types of medicine, including powerful painkillers, sleeping pills and antidepressants. a quarter of all adults in england have been prescribed at least one of these drugs in the year to march 2018. half of all patients taking these drugs have done so continuously for the previous 12 months. and, depending on the medicine, between a fifth and a third had received a prescription for at least the previous three years. these drugs are commonly used for some very common ailments. what i'm more concerned about is that half of the people who are taking these drugs, who have been prescribed those in the last year, have had a prescription for more than a year. and, for the vast majority of these medicines, using them for that
length of time is very unlikely to be supported by clinical guidance. antidepressants may take awhile to become effective, but opioid painkillers stop working for most people after three months, and drugs prescribed for insomnia and anxiety are not recommended to be used for more than 28 days. the review warns that long—term use is likely to result in dependency or withdrawal problems. but patients should also be wary of suddenly stopping their medication. instead, they should seek the help of their gp. investment in five areas, including agriculture, water supplies and infrastructure, could help the planet become more resilient in the face of climate change, according to a study by leaders in politics, business and science. they recommend investing £1.5 trillion over the next decade on things like early—warning systems for flooding and high tides. here's our science correspondent victoria gill to explain more.
from record—breaking heat waves, to more violent storms, scientists agree that the impacts of climate change are playing out around the world. the global commission on adaptation has outlined what it called concrete solutions, to adapt to this reality. its key proposal is that the richest country should invest now to protect the poorest and most vulnerable, safeguarding livelihoods, coastal cities, food and water supplies. it has identified five areas for the world to invest in over the next decade. these are early warning systems for storms and high tide, improving agriculture, safeguarding water supplies, protecting and restoring mangrove supplies, protecting and restoring ma ng rove forests supplies, protecting and restoring mangrove forests around vulnerable coasts, and building more climate resilient urban infrastructure. something as simple as this project, to paint the roofs in new york city white, can reflect sunlight, keeping buildings and neighbourhoods cool.
investing £1.5 trillion in a more climate resilient future, the commission says, will bring measurable benefits and the report puts a value on the benefits, all those avoided losses and social and environmental and economic gains of more than £5 trillion. president trump says us authorities have to be careful about allowing survivors of hurricane dorian into the us from the bahamas. several hundred survivors of the storm were prevented from boarding a ferry from the bahamas to florida as they didn't have us visas. some residents of the bahamas have complained that they've seen little sign of an official response british airways pilots are striking for a second day in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions. tens of thousands of passengers have been told not to go to airports, with the airline cancelling some 1,700 flights. the pilots' union balpa said cost—cuts and "dumbing down" of the brand had eroded confidence in the airline. ba says it remains ready and willing to return to talks to resolve the dispute.
police in australia say arsonists could have started a bushfire that has forced hundreds of people to leave their homes on queensland's sunshine coast, and destroyed at least ten properties. seventy fires are burning across queensland and nearly 60 in the neighbouring state of new south wales. let's talk about something you might have seen on social media this week — police forces across the uk urging people to have a bag of essentials ready just in case an emergency situation strikes. the recommendations were part of annual preparedness month, but given this weeks' events in westminster, they've been met with a humorous reaction online, as jayne mccubbin has been finding out. it is impossible to avoid the sense of panic spreading from westminster, and just as the cabinet office was telling us on social media to get ready for brexit, emergency services across the land were firing out of this...
and this... warning people to get an emergency grab ready. have you got a grab bag, sir? no. have you got a grab bag? what's a grab bag? it's a bag you pick up? yes, but with emergency gear in. first—aid kit? yes. bottle of water? batteries, torch. a radio, preferably wind—up. why a radio? if something really bad happens you need to keep in touch with the outside world, find out what's going on. you need a whistle. a whistle? this is an emergency! come on! that's a good one. for those behind the campaign, these are common—sense essentials every household should altogether. they say this grab bag is everything to do with preparations to do with fire or flood and nothing to do with brexit.
but to most onlookers, there was more going on. this was either sinister or silly. and it went viral for all the wrong reasons. are we expecting an alien invasion? you tell me, what are we expecting? are we in that much of a crisis, you know what i mean, that we have to take an emergency grab bag with us everywhere. does it feel like we are? why do you ask? because emergency services across the land and local authorities are saying this is what we need, we need to be prepared. for brexit. brexit is coming, you know. you don't know what's going to happen then. you could have, like, a little chorus and everyone could make a melody and the country could be united in song! hello! hi, jayne! you do pr crisis management, how did this crisis pr campaign go?
it's a perfectly well—intended idea. if we were a pacific island in the middle of tornado season, it would make eternal sense but clearly we are a nation gripped by brexit at the moment, so the first mistake that's been made is they haven't taken account of their audience and what's going to be top of their mind at the moment and what lens this would be seen through. crisis? what crisis? nothing to see here, just pack your grab bag and move on. i'm going to take my chances with tobacco and my mobile phone. see how far i get. good luck! i love the reactions of some of those people that jayne was speaking to. emergency workers have now rescued all four sailors who'd been trapped on a huge cargo ship for a day and a half off the us state of georgia. twenty people had already been take off the golden ray after it capsized near the port
of brunswick with a cargo of 4,000 cars and then caught fire. the american adventurer, victor vescovo, has become the first person to visit the deepest places in all five of earth's oceans. his final dive, in a prototype submersible, was made to the bottom of the arctic ocean's molloy trench, a depth of more than five kilometres. he'd already reached the floor of the pacific, indian, southern and atlantic oceans. andy moore reports. he's already climbed the highest peaks on seven continents. now he's reached the deepest spot in five oceans. you put your mind to it and you get the right people working with you, almost anything is possible. the final leg of the five deeps expedition took victor vescovo and his support ship to a location deep inside the arctic circle. his submarine limiting factor went down to a place no human has ever been to before. surface, this is the lf, the lf has landed, at bottom. roger that, we will go for a release. earlier this year, mr vescovo dived the deepest spot
on the planet, the mariana trench in the pacific ocean, nearly 11 kilometres down. his 12—tonne sub has a titanium core especially built to withstand huge pressures. the texan financier has ploughed much of his own wealth into the endeavour. at bottom! applause it seemed a bit like being on the moon but a wet version of it. there were small craters here and there, there were slight undulations. even at these incredible depths, there was evidence of human activity. this small pyramid—shaped object in the shadow on the right hand side is a plastic bag. but there was also evidence of amazing marine animals, some of them new species. well done, team! unsurprisingly, having explored some of the most inaccessible places on earth, victor vescovo is now setting sights on his next frontier, space. andy moore, bbc news.
a true adventurer. in a moment, the weather, but first here's victoria derbyshire with what she's got coming up in her programme at 10.00. is the uk heading into a prescription drugs crisis like the us, one in four british adults is being prescribed potentially addictive drugs and half are still dependent on them one year later. and it is middle—aged women the group most at risk. more flight disruption to come on friday, at heathrow, as a splinter group from extinction rebellion planned to ground flights with drones, we bring two of the drone operators to the studio to speak to two holiday—makers about why they are doing it. we will see victoria at 10am. we have not done this for ages, we can cross the newsroom, tojoin have not done this for ages, we can
cross the newsroom, to join matt for the weather. thank you, good morning. not a bad start to the day. mist and fog, admittedly, now shifting away, for most, compared with yesterday, areas are drier and brighter, warmer day. wet and windy on the way, this area of low pressure is a remnant of what was hurricane dorian, now being stripped apart, shredded apart, nothing more thana apart, shredded apart, nothing more than a spell of rain and gusty wind through to tomorrow. wind is fairly light, morning cloud breaking up, isolated showers, central and eastern parts of england, wet it into the far west. rain this evening across northern ireland and western scotland, fragmented, turning lighter in patches heading to england and wales overnight, bit of a breeze blowing, touch of kale. nothing untoward and quite a mild night for many, quite
mucky for england and wales. tomorrow, england and wales, patchy rain and drizzle, more rain to come across the north. as we head to the weekend, drier, sunnier, warm weather developing yet again. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. parliament has officially been suspended for five weeks, with mps not due back until 14th october. there were extraordinary scenes in the commons last night as mps held up protest signs, and chanted "shame on you" at the government benches. theresa may is accused of rewarding "number ten cronies" as herformer closest advisers are recognised in the ex—prime minister's resignation honours list. a review by public health england has found that one in four adults has been prescribed drugs in the past year which could be addictive.
time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. let's take a closer look at one of our most read stories online. the suspension of parliament ordered by the government has taken effect, amid extraordinary scenes in the house of commons. some opposition mps held up protest signs, and chanted "shame on you" at conservatives. here's the moment parliament was suspended, and if you watch closely, you'll see mps trying to prevent the speaker leaving his chair in an attempt to keep parliament sitting. black rod. never mind that. laughter
amid the chaotic scenes, the speaker of the housejohn bercow made his views clear saying this is not a normal prorogation and calling the suspension an act of "executive fiat". let's watch what happened including those chants of "shame on you." i had made the point, i had already made the point if people had the manners to listen, which they haven't, that i will play my part. this is not, however, a normal prorogation. it is not typical. it is not standard. it's one of the longest for decades, and it represents, not just in longest for decades, and it represents, notjust in the minds of many colleagues, but huge numbers of people outside, an active executive fiat. an act of executive fiat, and therefore i quite understand, i've already said that a black rod i
respect and she's doing her duty and the queens commissioners are doing their duty and i will play my part, but i completely understand... i don't require advice on order from you, mr stuart. you are a master of disorder, man. icompletely understand why very large numbers of members are much more comfortable staying where they are. mr stuart, if you don't like it, you're perfectly entitled to your view. i couldn't give a flying flamingo what your view is. thank you very much indeed. thank you very much indeed. do yourjob for which you are handsomely paid. shouting. applause
johnson: shame on you, shame on you, shame on you. booing so to the morning after the night before and speaking on the today programme this morning, oliver letwin, the former conservative mp, who is now an independent, after having the whip removed for voting against the government, says the prime minister can secure a majority for a deal but only if he promises a second referendum. well, i think there are various ways that this thing can be resolved. i've always believed, as you know, that the best way is to have a deal. i voted three times for theresa may's dealer. i've said to boris in the house and otherwise, that literally any deal he brings back from the eu i will vote for. and i think there is a very large number
of people now across the house who would vote for a deal. and so if he can agree something with the eu in the next few weeks, if he turns his mind to that, rather than just this business of saying goodbye, but if he really does try then i think he could bring back a deal and he might get it through. do you think on the basis of his rhetoric yesterday in dublin that there are some signs he may be has got the point of the way in which you have tried to imprison him, in other words the way you will change the law to say that he cannot pursue a no—deal brexit about parliament's pursue a no—deal brexit about pa rliament‘s backing? pursue a no—deal brexit about parliament's backing? the whole point of preventing the no deal is not just to prevent point of preventing the no deal is notjust to prevent nodal brexit but to promote an exit with a deal in some way. if he can't get a deal, that he can bring to the house of commons and get a majority for, there is another option of course which is to bring back a deal and attach it to a referendum. so i
think either of those is now open to him and he needs to move forward on one or other of those fronts. for people who don't follow the mechanics of this, they could be surprised the idea of a referendum would break the deadlock. why do you think it won't? i think it's pretty clear that there is a huge number of labourmps, lib dems, clear that there is a huge number of labour mps, lib dems, snp mps, who would vote for any reasonable deal is subject to a referendum and i think there is now an increasing number of conservatives and ex conservatives who would as well, so i think there is a majority there too. you're not suggesting boris johnson, who's condemned the idea of another referendum repeatedly, claims to be standing up for the people, standing up for the verdict of the first referendum, first in this particular instance at least, you're not suggesting he could be persuaded to change his mind on that, are you? boris is often changes mind about many things. that's one of his advantages as he
is very flexible. maybe he can. there's also the question of a logic ofa there's also the question of a logic of a situation. he said the way to break the deadlock is to take this back to the people. i don't actually think a general election is a good way of resolving brexit. we will have to have one at some point. but if you have to take it back to the people, why not get a deal in front of parliament if parliament won't otherwise accept it, why not take to the people in a referendum c? -- and c. the prime minister's special adviser has insisted the uk will leave the eu on halloween, as the government planned. here's what he had to say to reporters this morning. what is your next move? don't talk to people who are not rich remainers. will britain leave the eu on time? sure.
also speaking this morning was harriet harman, called the "mother of the house" by former prime minister theresa may, in recognition of her status as the longest—continuously—serving woman mp. mrs harman confirmed she will run to become the next commons speaker. she made the announcement after the current speaker, john bercow, said he would stand down by 31 october and speaking on the today programme she said it was the speaker's job "to ensure parliament can have its say". well i think this is a parliament in very difficult times. and that is very difficult times. and that is very worrying for parliament itself because of course, parliament is the foundation of our democracy. it is made up of mps elected in each and every constituency but we've got a very divided times in the country and parliament itself is divided and i think what parliament has to do and what the speaker has to do is to ensure that parliament can have its
say and the controversialjealousy around the speaker, which you have reflected on your package, is because actually some times of the executive doesn't want parliament to have its say and what parliament saysis have its say and what parliament says is not pleasing to the executive, but it is the job of the speaker to make sure that the parliament by majority has its say andi parliament by majority has its say and i think that's whatjohn bercow will seek to do. so, to be clear, harriet harman believes in thejohn bercow speakership, in what is done, and you would do the same thing, even for example, if it means, as last night, for the first time i think i'm right in saying in history, granting two emergency debates in the last day of this parliament, forcing ministers and prime ministers and aides to publish documents, something no previous speaker would be likely to do?|j speaker would be likely to do?” think the speaker cannot but allow parliament to have its say on what it wants to do, and to refuse to let parliament debate and vote on what it wants to do would be wrong. the
notion that parliament should itself decide what it debates and wanted on has been postulated as being quite a revolutionary concept and something ofa revolutionary concept and something of a coup by parliament against the government. but actually, as recently as 2010, it was agreed both by conservative and labour that instead of the government having com plete instead of the government having complete sway over what the house discusses, and decides, but actually there should be a joint committee by there should be a joint committee by the government and by the house. that was dropped but that concept of the house actually having a say in what it decides is not a new concept. harriet harman. iquickly do what you're looking at on the app. number one, all the events in parliament, an eventful day in the commons of course, stretching into the early hours of this morning with parliament officially being probed just before two a. at number two, a story about a man who has spent
£30,000 of his savings fighting a £100 speeding fine. he says he did not speed but at a crown court appeal in august he lost that and it's going to continue the fight, i believe. we regret spending that amount of money. at number one on the most watched as an interview with margaret atwood, with the sequel to the handmaids tale being published today. she now feels that the characters have a new resonance, given what's happening to women's rights currently, including in the usa, and you can see that interview with and that is number one on the most watched the moment. that's it for today's morning briefing. some breaking news to bring you. this from the office for national statistics, which says that unemployment has fallen by 11,000 down to 1.29 million in the three months tojuly, sell official figures showing unemployment fell by 11,000 down to 1.29 million in the
three months tojuly and a note on earnings, as well. average earnings increased by 4% compared with 3.8% in the previous month. that news just in. the energy regulator ofgem is due to publish its final report into what caused the power failures that affected large areas of the uk last month. there were blackouts reported across england and wales, affecting both homes and transport networks with disruption continuing into a second day. with me now to discuss this in more detail is dieter helm, who's a professor of energy policy at the university of oxford. thank you very much for coming along this morning. put this into context for us, because national grid are saying the power cut didn't last for an extended period and that it was a rare event but you are arguing that alarm bells should be ringing, why? it didn't last very long, the power cut, in the summer, in high summer,
and the system reacted in the way is it supposed to. but that tells you that we really don't have a system fit for the purposes for which we now want a 21st—century energy system to deliver against and those are quite straightforward. first of all, our entire economy is digitising, which means everything is going to depend upon being linked to the communications networks. the crucial thing about digitalisation is its basically electric. so the whole security of all our infrastructures is interdependent with the digital communication systems and electricity. secondly, we are decarbonising and the renewa bles we are decarbonising and the renewables tend to be small—scale, at the bottom of the electricity system and so to put together and electric system which meets the security of supply are the digitalised world which is also renewa bles digitalised world which is also renewables and decarbonise, requires a 21st—century grid, not a
20th—century one. a 21st—century grid, not a 20th-century one. you are concerned that these power outages and power cuts were caused byjust two power station generator dropping off. this is midsummer, not the cold, the wet, high demand requirements ofjanuary and february, and thenjust two power stations go off and the system comes down. now, my view is that should not happen. it's not a question of how well did people cope with it. you should never be in that position in the first place. in order to get those secure supplies you talk about, you say revolutionary changes are required. what do you mean exactly by that? i'm guessing it's linked to what you said in yourfirst i'm guessing it's linked to what you said in your first answer. in the cost of energy review i did for the government, i set out a framework in which we would use both markets and a planning of the system as a whole to meet this 21st—century demand and basically, at the core of this, is
what's called a system operator. their coordination component, which is supposed to ensure the sufficient capacity on the system and coordinate the way that capacity comes forth, so i don't think that should be on the national grid. it's already been internally separated but the evolution i want is to take that function away from national grid and indeed from the regional companies and make that a public activity to publicly ensure that we planned the systems for this enormously demanding net zero and the digitalisation of our economy. you said ministers need to get on with these recommendations. why haven't they so far? it's pretty straightforward. i sat it out in my review and what happens when you do a government review is some people are going to lose as a result, and immediately afterwards everyone who doesn't like what you say, lobby is as much they possibly can to stop it, so go through a process, but we've been through that as much as
we've been through that as much as we can now, and everyone has realised the system is not fit for purpose and that's why ministers now should get on with it. the brexit side which causes delays, there is a white paper. it has been drafted internally. it's time to get out there and get this done before it's too late. thank you very much for coming along to talk to us about that. sport now. and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sally. good morning. it was a disappointing night for northern ireland and scotland in their euro 2020 qualifers. northern ireland were beaten 2—0 at home by germany, whilst scotland were thrashed 4—0 by belgium in glasgow. david ornstein reports. in the march towards euro 2020, northern ireland are surprise leaders of a group that includes the netherlands and four—time world champions, germany. the latest to sample a raucous windsor park and immediately feel the force. they survived, almost thrived, and, though it was scoreless at the break, the home
resistance soon broke. marcel halstenberg silencing the home crowd with a stupendous effort that put the game in germany's grip. a grip that tightened as they peppered the green goal. northern ireland gave everything, only to come away with nothing. on this occasion, flawed. they conceded a second late on, yet remain in control of their own destiny. it was a wasted opportunity. i said that to the players. i'm proud of how they played. the energy we played with. when you get chances like this, like we had against germany, we must take them but we didn't take them. scotland faced a daunting task too. the number one ranked nation, belgium, and the gulf in class was clear, as the men in yellow handed the scots a schooling. their hopes of automatic qualification for next summer's tournament in tatters. david ornstein, bbc news.
daniel james's superb start to the season's continued as he scored the only goal for wales in their friendly victory over belarus in cardiff. james has scored three times for manchester united since joining them in the summer and added this superb finish 16 minutes into the match. let's have a look at some of this morning's back pages. we'll start with the mirror which looks ahead to england's euro 2020 qualifier against kosovo later. they've picked up on some interesting quotes from manager gareth southgate who believes qualifying for major tournaments has become too easy. in the telegraph they've got a picture of phil foden scoring for the under—21s last night and giving the manager a gentle nudge about his abilities. and the guardian carries a feature with former england captain alastair cook. he says he left the sport he loves happy and on his own terms. staying on the cricket theme and two former england captains have
received knighthoods in theresa may's outgoing prime minister honours announced today. geoffrey boycott becomes sir geoffrey. here he is hitting his 100th first class century, for england against australia in 1977. he played for england for 18 years. he's now a commentator and part of bbc radio's test match special team. and there's also a knighthood for former england captain andrew strauss and more recently director of cricket before resigning to be with his wife ruth, who died from lung cancer last year. strauss set up several fundraising events during england matches this summer in aid of the the ruth strauss foundation. day two of the para world swimming championships is just about to get under way in london. british swimmers will be looking to emulate their opening day success. reece dunn broke the s14 200 metres freestyle world record to lead home a gb clean sweep of the podium. thomas hamer and jordan catchpole
took silver and bronze respectively. that was actually a good race. i could have done a lot more in that first 50. always have a lot to give on the last 50. it is a massive improvement. it means a lot to me. obviously i have been doing this since i was a kid. obviously some positives going into, especially, tokyo next year. alice tai won gold in the s8100m freestyle while tully kearney beat team—mate suzanna hext to finish first in the s550m freestyle. now staying on the aquatic theme, have a look at this video of tyson fury in las vegas ahead of his fight in the city the heavyweight takes on otto wallin on saturday night but here he is doing his best tom daley impression at his base for the week. coming up today we'll be hearing
from the england camp ahead of the fifth and final ashes test which starts at the oval on thursday. you'll be able to hear what they have to say in sportsday coming up on bbc news at 6:30. we'll also be live in southampton ahead of england's qualifier against kosovo tonight. that's all the sport for now. more at 1115. bye—bye. sadly, thank you very much. see you later. it's been almost four years since the last episode aired, but this friday the popular costume drama downton abbey will return, in an outing on the big screen. set a year after the series ended, the film focuses on the household preparing for a royal visit. ahead of the premiere, steph mcgovern caught up with hugh bonneville and michelle dockery, who play lady mary and lord grantham. so thanks very much for talking to me. the film is set in 1927, isn't it, year after the tv series ended. give us a flavour, michelle, of the atmosphere in the house, how is everyone feeling at this point? everybody‘s quite settled. they've all moved
on with their lives. and then a letter arrives and it causes chaos, of course, because the king and queen have written to say that they are coming to visit. your majesties, welcome to downton abbey. it is a big deal to everyone that the king and queen are coming. it is notjust you guys upstairs, the servants are loving it, too. that's the fun thing. for six seasons of the series the crawley family were the top of the tree and suddenly there's a branch above them which is coming into play. but the real engine room is below stairs, where everyone is thrown into chaos, initially, and then sense of great pride that the family and the staff will be serving the royal household. until the royal household decide to bring their own staff,
because that's what they do, and then it's two tribes go to wall. and then it's two tribes go to war. did it feel different, michelle, filming the film compared to the series? it honestly felt like we never left. did it, even though it was a few years? yes. but there was that feeling of excitement that we were shooting the movie. i think one of the main things is time. we had a little more time to shoot scenes. because in a series you are shooting so much in the space of something like five or six months. i have got to ask as well, how much of the poshness is fake how posh are you really? well, she's a good essex girl. i put on the posh. she puts on the posh. i had to remind myself of the posh actually. and i hadn't done that accent in a while. and at first i thought am i being a bit too posh? do you ever go home and think, hang on a minute, do i have servants or not?
i wish! where's anna? when you get yourself dressed of a morning. no, that never quite happens. barrowjust isn't up to the task. my lady? he won't clean the silver or he won't let andrew clean it. what? he says that the page of the thingamy will choose which pieces to use. isee. the truth is, he's in a sort of trance. won't you help me? i feel i'm pushing a rock uphill. i will be there in the morning, my lady. one thing i wanted to ask you, both of you, given the political madness going on at the moment, what do you think your characters would have made of it all? i think lord grantham would invite jacob rees—mogg to come and sit on the sofas and learn how to behave properly in a place that deserves respect. what would lady mary do? she would have thought it was all nonsense, i'm sure. i was hoping you would say she would be prime minister... no, she wouldn't. brilliant. thank you so much for talking to me.
i really appreciate it. good luck with the film. the downton abbey film is out on friday. a 77—year—old woman from hampshire has become the oldest person to sail around the world alone and unassisted. jan socrates completed her 320 day voyage on saturday, setting a new record. during the journey, her boat's mainsail ripped during a storm, and its solar panels went overboard. what a woman. well done. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. good morning everyone. a rather misty and murky start to the day. a bit autumnal, actually. some dense fog patches around first thing. the sun trying to stream through that and that was the photo from a weather watcher in nottinghamshire. that's now cleared away. dry,
bright, plenty of sunshine in southend—on—sea. drier and brighter and warmer compared to yesterday. still a cloud around across england and wales. it will shift further eastwards, so some sunshine developing across northern and western areas. sunshine for eastern and southern scotland but in northern ireland, western scotland, rain moving its way in. the breeze picking up and temperatures today about a 16—19. the rain will continue to move into tomorrow. a lot of rainfall into tonight gradually spreading south and east words, not a cold night. temperatures, double figures. as we go through wednesday, this area of rain linked into the remnants of ex hurricane dorian. it is moving its way towards scandinavia. the isobars quite close together so a breezy day on wednesday. some patchy rain spreading to the south—east. it will clear and there will be some time
coming across wales, northern england, scotland, northern ireland, showers here, but quite blustery conditions. 40—50 mph in the west of scotland. further south, 25—30 miles an hour. temperatures, they are 17-21. an hour. temperatures, they are 17—21. for the rest of the week, during thursday, another extratropical system, gabrielle, moving its way across the uk. as it pushes them, it will draw in some tropical warmth. the air coming in from the south—west. things turning warmer on thursday particular for england and wales, but there will be a spell of rain for northern ireland, scotland, northern england, north wales, and the north midlands, and either side of that, for scotland, sunshine. you will notice a difference in temperatures. 15—17. further south and east, warmer colours, attempt is getting into the 20s. temperatures dipping friday. dry weather with some sunny spells.
hello it's tuesday, it's 10 o'clock, i'm victoria derbyshire. are you hooked on prescription painkillers crisis? one in four adults, 12 million people, in england have been given potentially addictive pills in the past year and it's middle—aged women who are the group most at risk. we'll talk to one woman spent five years addicted to painkillers and another who is still battling a dependency after 22 years on prescription drugs. former cricketer geoffrey boycott has been given a knighthood by the former pm theresa may. over 20 years ago he was convicted in a french court for an assault on his then—girlfriend, which he denies. domestic abuse charities have criticised his honour. he doesnt care.