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Former Ukip leadership contender


Steven Woolfe quits the party - saying it's in a "death spiral".


I can no longer be part of Ukip while it is like this. There is a


spiral going on that is bringing it down.


The RAF helps Iraqi and Kurdish troops trying to drive so-called


Islamic State from their last major stronghold in Iraq.


We're now at a distance of about 300 metres from the nearest IS.


positions, but this is really just the first stage of what is expected


Missing toddler Ben Needham - police say he was probably killed


in an accident on the Greek island of Kos 25 years ago.


Also in the next hour, a victory parade for


Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


Thousands of people line the streets of Manchester,


celebrating the most successful away Games in decades.


I'm so shocked by all the people that have come out today


and supported us but it's fantastic, so thank you.


Good evening and welcome to BBC News.


One of the main candidates for the job of UKIP leader has told


MEP Steven Woolfe - recently hospitalised


after a confrontation with a fellow Ukip MEP - says the party


The party has been beset by controversy and infighting ever


since the vote to leave the European Union in June.


This was Steven Woolfe ten days ago, in hospital after an altercation


He says he ended up here after a meeting in the European


He asked a colleague to step outside to talk man-to-man,


but he told me he never meant for it to get physical.


He rushed at me, a blow to my face forced me back through the door.


It was a blow that impacted me in the face, as medical


I was pushed back into the room and hit my back head


against the back of one of the walls that was there.


Contrary to this account, the other MEP involved, Mike Hookem,


has consistently denied assaulting Mr Woolfe,


saying he didn't punch, push or hit him.


He says he was defending himself. Mr Woolfe later collapsed.


I was unconscious for some time, and there was partial paralysis down


They were incredibly concerned about me.


You were in hospital for three to four days.


It's been a horror story. It's been quite emotional.


First and foremost, when your family have no idea what's happening


to you and they see a picture like that, you get


Prior to this incident, you were the first person to say


you wanted to be Ukip's next leader, to declare your ambitions.


I will be withdrawing my application to become leader of Ukip.


I'm resigning from the party with immediate effect, which fills


Mr Woolfe said bitter infighting and opposing factions


There is something rotten at the heart of Ukip.


I think they have a spiral, some suggested it was a death


I think unless someone very quickly wrestles with the issues they've


got, we will see the loss of something I think


Yes, the influence that they have and the goodwill of the British


Emotionally, I think intellectually, it's been an incredible challenge.


I had so much hope, I had so much expectation and inspiration


Mr Woolfe will now be an independent MEP, while the party he's left


behind seeks a new leader and a way to overcome its inner turmoil.


We have been hearing from a lot of numbers of Ukip including its


chairman who said that he was disappointed with the decision but


disagreed with the view that the party is in a death spiral.


There are clearly people within our party who has strong views as to how


the party should move forward. What Stephen said was that the party was


ungovernable without Nigel as its leader. Well, Nigel is our leader


right now. And we are grateful for having him in place. Once the new


leader is in place, I am positive that they will unify the party


behind them, whoever they turn out to be. In 2017, Ukip will saved to


the British public, we are here, ready for business and this is what


we stand for. Joining me now from our Westminster


studio is Raheem Kassam, a former advisor to Nigel Farage


and has announced he will stand You must be delighted that your main


contender, the strongest contender for the leadership, is no longer in


the race. I am certainly not delighted. I am a personal friend of


Steven Woolfe and I regard him as a personal friend. We have exchanged


text messages tonight and I have expressed my deepest sympathies for


him and the position he has faced within the party. I think there can


be no doubt that he has been on the receiving end of some bad behaviour


from people inside the party and I extend an invitation to him that if


I win at the next election, he should come back and be our


migration spokesman. He has been a great asset and I am devastated that


he has gone. Do you think it is that particular fight, the clash of


personalities, that this stems from? He is not saying that. He is saying


that the party is in a death spiral. That is why he is quitting. I think


we are at half-time in a football match. We are 3-0 behind and there


is a lot of work to be done. We're not in a death spiral but it is


certainly not good at the moment. People need to come up with positive


solutions for the party and for the country. That is what the UK


Independence Party is supposed to be about. It is not supposed to be


about infighting or leadership candidates making background


briefing to journalists. I urge everybody at the next leadership


election, even those not in the election, to cut it out right now


and do what is best for this country. 52% of people voted for


Brexit and we know that only with a strong Ukip opposition will it


happen. It is really interesting to hear you say all of that, because we


have been hearing from a number of people tonight, including the


party's chairman, who seem to be in denial that there are problems. In


fact, one described this as a great day for Ukip. You are being honest


tonight, clearly, and admitting that there are problems that need to be


sorted. In the context of being Nigel Farage's former adviser, do


you think it was a mistake for him to step down so soon after Brexit?


Yes, actually I do. I think it was a mistake for him to step down after


the general election last year and I think it was a mistake for him to


step down this time also. But he has committed his life, a lot of his


adult life to delivering the Brexit referendum, as you know. He has had


so much in terms of stick from the opposition, so much from the media,


that. However, we have to move on that. However, we have to move on


and he has taken a decision. I have spoken to him today and I have said,


listen, if I take over of Ukip leader, I will make you the honorary


president of Ukip and I think you deserve that. The party needs his


vision and influence and experience, vision and influence and experience,


most of all. I think that is what we are forgetting. To the public, Ukip


has been Nigel Farage and he has been Ukip. There is no point


ignoring that and sweeping him away. When I announced my candidacy, it


was basically to continue his legacy in the party. The people who want to


cut him out of Ukip, they basically want to turn Ukip into something it


is not. You have not got much time left to get this sorted. We know


that Theresa May has plans to start that Theresa May has plans to start


the Brexit procedure and your job as Ukip, you have said it yourself, is


not to come on the BBC and talk about infighting and finding a


leader or direction, your job is to make sure that Theresa May does her


job. And we should always be sceptical of government, especially


a government led by a Remain the declared campaigner as we went into


the European Union referendum. So I do not trust Theresa May to deliver


an Brexit even though there is a good team trying to deliver within


the Conservative Party. But we cannot be a 1-party state. I cannot


be in a country where by the Labour Party is in turmoil, Ukip is in


turmoil and the Conservative Party turmoil and the Conservative Party


get a free ride. It is not British to have no opposition and so Ukip


must pull itself up by the bootstraps and deliver


opposition. I for one will be opposition. I for one will be


delighted if we can get behind a leader, all of us, and really


deliver on what people want. And you have to find one first, as well.


There will be coverage on the latest developments. In tomorrow's papers.


Plus many others. We're looking at the front


pages at 10:40pm this our guests joining me


tonight at Rosamund Urwin, Columnist at the London Evening


Standard and Jim Waterson, British fighter jets have


been in action today, supporting Iraqi forces in what's


being described as the most decisive battle yet


against so-called Islamic State. 30,000 Iraqi troops and Kurdish


fighters are taking part in the offensive on the northern


city of Mosul, the last remaining stronghold


of the extremist group. Our correspondent, Orla Guerin


joined Kurdish fighters Here's her report


from the front-line. At first light, the advance


on so-called Islamic State. Zero hour had finally come,


bringing an offensive that could decide the fate


of the extremists and, We joined Peshmerga fighters


from the autonomous Kurdish region. Their name means "those who face


death", and they were ready Well, the offensive is now


well under way. The Kurdish forces have been moving


forward steadily, and we've been We are now at a distance


of about 300 metres But this is really just the first


stage of what is expected It could take months


to drive the IS fighters First, they have to be flushed out


of the villages up ahead. There were only a handful


of IS remaining, but the Peshmerga Here's what happened when one


attacker approached Before he could reach them,


his vehicle exploded. Two more attackers were stopped


by air strikes from The Peshmerga say they are


fighting a global battle. They are not just fighting the Kurds


or the Shia, says this Colonel. "We want to defeat them


for everyone's sake." And this is the territory IS has


been forced to abandon. Any civilians were


already long gone. There was little enough resistance


here, but it will be a very The Kurds are supposed


to clear a path to the city, But as they drive out IS, they've


been adding to their territory, and what they have captured,


they intend to keep - just one of the ways


in which the battle for Mosul Orla Guerin, BBC News,


on the front line. With me now is Professor


Malcolm Chalmers, who's Why has this taken so long? It has


taken a long time since Mosul fell to Islamic State for the Iraqi army


to get its act together. It has taken a long time to reconstruct


that capability. And also the decision to take an Islamic State in


Anbar province to the west of Baghdad first also delayed the


offensive. It was not until Islamic State was cleared out all the major


Baghdad that they turned their Baghdad that they turned their


attention northwards to the centre of IS in Iraq, and indeed the only


city they still control. It has taken a while to build up that


capability. But now they are on a roll and there is a substantially


campaign. And there have been drones circling the city for months, even


now. The Americans know an awful lot now. The Americans know an awful lot


about how they are organised in that city. Is it significant that


President Obama does not have long in the White House. He would like to


have a result, he would like to see Islamic State out of Iraq. I don't


think the timing of the operation is about President Obama's remaining


term of office but clearly he would like this as part of his legacy. He


will throw everything at it. They are throwing everything they can. It


is very much like the operation in Libya. If you have competent ground


forces allied with West Junior Power, it is difficult for an


organisation like this to last forever. -- allied with Western air


power. And this is the first place were Islamic State emerged, and


noting their intentions. A lot of people are still asking, how is it


that Islamic State grew to be so powerful, so well armed, so


significant and difficult to defeat? We know it operates on many fronts


as well, not just an army. They do all kinds of terrorist acts and so


forth but why do they have such a difficult diary? There are multiple


reasons but in the case of northern Iraq it was a reaction against


Baghdad under President Maliki, which was deeply sectarian. When a


relatively small number, maybe 1000 IS militants moved into Mosul, the


Iraqi army fell apart because the officer had made political


appointments and local people thought this was an organisation


which was on the side of the Sunnis. They soon discovered the errors, as


the executions group, but they got their opportunity there and they


grabbed it. Professor Malcolm charmers, thank you for coming in


and speaking to us. Sir Cliff Richard has told a group


of MPs and peers he fears he will be "forever tainted"


after being wrongly accused of sex The singer was speaking at a meeting


organised as part of a campaign Steven Woolfe quits the party saying


it is in a death spiral. The RAF is helping Iraqi and Kurdish troops to


drive so-called Islamic State out of their last major stronghold in Iraq.


And the latest on Ben Needham. Police say he was probably killed in


an accident on the Greek island of Kos 25 years ago. In a moment, the


new chair of the child sex abuse enquiry tells the BBC about her


plans to get it back on track. It has been a big day for sport. Let's


get a full round-up from the BBC Sport Centre. Here is Olly Foster,


who is probably dry after watching the parade earlier.


They have been playing about 15 minutes at Anfield.


It's Liverpool against Manchester United.


Wayne Rooney has been dropped by United


18 minutes gone already between these fierce rivals but no goals and


not many chances. A bit of a not many chances. A bit of a


mismatch in the middle of the park. The chairman of the Football


Association, Greg Clarke, has faced MP's today


at a select committee hearing. He was questioned about allegations


of wrongdoing in the game that surfaced in the reports that led


to Sam Allardyce's sacking Here's our Sports News


Correspondent, Richard Conway. Greg Clark has only been in the


polls for a number of weeks but already he is having to get to grips


with some of the big issues that face the Football Association. Today


he was asked about Sam Allardyce's departure from the England job. Greg


Clark said that his conduct had been questionable and that perhaps the


next England manager, whoever that is in the longer term should not


have external commercial interests and should be solely focused on


winning. He also confirmed that Sam Allardyce had received a payoff that


it had to remain confidential and they would always obey the law, and


had consulted external lawyers before agreeing to make that


severance payment. In addition to that, he talked about homophobia


within football, and advised any current player thinking about coming


out and revealing themselves to be gay not to do it, believing that the


culture within the game is simply too vile, as he put it, to warrant


it. But it is something he is determined, he says, to stamp out. I


would be amazed if we had no gay players in the Premier League. So


would I. I personally feel ashamed that they do not feel safe to come


out. There is a very small minority of people who hurl vile abuse at


people who they perceive to be different. Our job is to stamp down


hard on that behaviour. I cannot give you enough of a commitment as


to how much I load that sort of behaviour. And the good news is that


we're not in denial. We may not have figured out how to crack it yet but


there is a deep loathing of that sort of behaviour football.


Sam Burgess will captain the England Rugby League team


in the Four Nations series that starts later this month.


It comes less than a year after his ill-fated spell


He played at the World Cup with England last year


but his was one of many below-par performances that saw the hosts


If you really want to run a fine comb through it, I take a lot of


positives out of my time in rugby union but I am aware that it was


written about and reported about, and people's opinions can be swayed.


There were skeleton articles written before games we played. It is funny


how a couple of articles can sway the nation's opinion. But you have


to understand that is the nature of the game.


Tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of Manchester


to cheer on Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams,


Between them, the two teams won a record 214 medals,


both of them coming second in the medal tables.


London will stage another celebration tomorrow, hopefully with


better weather. After a summer spent basking


in the Rio sunshine, it seemed Manchester had got


the weather memo. With the fruits of their labour


around their necks, selfies were the order of the day


with the nation's stars. Before the parade,


a chance to reflect. It's been a hard four years,


training, injuries, it's been nice to stand on the podium and think,


yeah, it was all for that moment. But this is Britain,


of course - the weather The crowd in places


not as big as hoped. But those who made the effort had


a simple message for the athletes. It's been so hard to find your way


around and not see people that are so excited,


wearing all the flags. Supporters had clearly


done their maths. 147 medals had come home


with ParalympicsGB. Similarly, Team GB smashed


their Olympic records, beating their The first team ever to do that


straight after a home Games. For some, it was the first


experience of a parade Jessica Ennis-Hill retired last week


after winning heptathlon silver In my heart I knew this was the


right decision and the right time to do it but it is still very difficult


to actually make it public and say it.


The messages and the support I've had over the years has been


incredible, so I can't thank you all enough.


For some, those experiences are just beginning.


Five-time gold medallist Ellie Simmonds inspired GB's


youngest medallist - Ellie Robinson - and friends


El beat me in some of the races and I am not happy about that


but hopefully it will change in Tokyo, but I support my team-mates


and the whole of Paralympics GB and Olympics GB.


We are a great team and proud to be British.


Quick update from Anfield, still goalless between Liverpool and Man


United. More for you in the next hour.


It's taken 25 years but now police investigating


the disappearance in Greece of toddler Ben Needham believe


Speaking in Kos - where they've been carrying out an extensive search -


South Yorkshire Police say an accident remained "the most


probable cause" of Ben's disappearance.


Danny Savage recently spent time on Kos following


He was the little boy who vanished on a Greek


25 years on, police are now certain that Ben Needham was accidentally


For the last three weeks, British police have been conducting


a new search on Kos for any trace of him, working on the theory


that Ben was run over by a bulldozer and buried


It is my professional belief that Ben Needham died as a result


of an accident near to the farmhouse here in Iraklis, where


But police have unearthed a vital item, indicating


It is our initial understanding that this item was in Ben's


possession at or around the time that he went missing.


The recovery of this item and its location further adds


to my belief that material was removed from the farmhouse


on or shortly after the day Ben disappeared.


The last time I saw Ben, he was playing just


Ben Needham's grandad telling reporters in 1991 about the last


The family searched for him for weeks.


I've just got to keep that hope, for Ben's sake, cos we love him


And so began a campaign that took over Kerry Needham's life,


but when police returned to Kos this time, she reluctantly accepted


I don't think the police would have given this information if it


The new leads in this investigation proved to be correct,


but this will shatter Ben Needham's family, who always hoped


It seems nearly certain now that Kerry Needham has endured 25


Fourteen teenage migrants from the so-called jungle camp


in Calais have arrived in the UK under a new Home Office fast-track


The children - aged between 14 and 17 - were taken to a visa


and immigration centre in Croydon where they were to be assessed


before being reunited with relatives already in Britain.


In her first interview, the new chair of the child sex enquiry has


told the BBC she has no intention of limiting its scope. Alexis Jay is


the fourth chair of the enquiry. She was speaking to consonants.


What went on here is one of the reasons for the public


So, this is what we are talking about.


He grew up in one of the houses making up St Leonard's


Children's Home in Essex, now occupied by families,


They used to pay visits to the children in the dormitories


But he is pessimistic that the public enquiry will ever


The way it is now, it is never going to come out to its final


10-15 years' time, ?150 million of taxpayer's money,


To find out most of the people you are going after are now dead.


Its chair, Professor Alexis Jay, is under pressure


Today, she gave her first interview in this job and this response.


We have no intention to propose that any aspect of the terms of reference


But we do intend to use different models and ways of working


That means fewer public hearings like this one.


The details yet to come but it may anger some groups.


The enquiry occupies a floor of this London office block and is currently


made up of 13 mini enquiries and reports, covering


all of these topics, from churches to children's homes.


To do all of this, the enquiry has to act a bit like a court,


questioning witnesses and establishing facts


but also like a therapist, supporting victims as they give


evidence and, like a think tank, developing policies for the future.


There's so much to do that some of its critics say it should


concentrate on the future, and not the past.


I treat with some scepticism the calls to forget the past


because only by understanding the lessons we can learn from that


and the possible feelings and cover-ups that might have taken


place in certain institutions will we go forward with confidence.


But the enquiry is increasingly haunted by its own past problems.


The resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard as chair in particular.


Tomorrow, Alexis Jay will be questioned by MPs about that.


The end of this enquiry - 2020 at least - still looks


Now time for a look at the weather. We have seen some heavy showers


today, but also some pleasant sunshine. What we will notice is it


will turn chillier, with a cold front spreading down from the


north-west. A band of heavy and squally showers making its way down


across England and Wales. Behind that, temperatures the will be


falling. We could see a touch of frost in some eastern glens of


Scotland by morning. Showers in the west and a stream of showers running


down into north-west England and they will become more widespread


later on in the day. There will be some sunshine in eastern Scotland


and southern and central areas. But it will feel chilly. Temperatures


eight or nine in Scotland and northern England. We keep the chilly


feeling this week with some patches of fog and frost as well.


Hello. This is BBC News.


Ukip's Steven Woolfe has quit the party.


The MEP ended up in hospital earlier this month after a row


I can no longer be a part of Ukip, not whilst it's like this,


there is a spiral that is bringing it down.


The Iraqi Army and Kurdish fighters advance towards Mosul at the start


of an offensive to recapture the city from the so-called


British detectives say they now believe that missing toddler


Ben Needham died in an accident 25 years ago on the Greek


And thousands of people line the streets of Manchester


for a victory parade in honour of Britain's Olympic


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