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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