Video: the riots continue for a third night

Incredible footage of last night's riots shows scenes of chaos, clashes and extraordinary bravery.

A bus blazes in Tottenham, where the riots originated. Police on horses charge through the streets in a futile attempt to gain some control over the situation.


A West Indian woman from Hackney makes an extraordinary speech in the streets of East London, telling demonstrators: "This is about a fucking man who got shot in Tottenham, this ain't about having fun on the ride and busting up the place. Get it real black people, get real. Do it for a cause, if we're fighting for a cause let's fight for a fucking cause."


A powerful video of scenes in Ealing last night, with protesters and police coming head to head in scenes of violent confrontation.


Large fires were seen across London in boroughs including Clapham, Croydon, Hackney and Peckham. Helicopter images from Croydon highlight the extent of the chaos as a building burns ferociously.



Other cities beyond London including Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool were also affected last night as the riots spread across the country. Here, scenes from Birmingham show shops in the aftermath of a night of looting.

Tess Riley is a freelance journalist and social justice campaigner. She also works, part time, for Streetbank, and can be found on Twitter at @tess_riley

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.