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today at five. the fiance of the children's author helen bailey, has been found guilty of her murder. ian stewart killed her at their home in hertfordshire last year, dumping the body in a cesspit. he stood to inherit her £4 million fortune. in court stewart was described as cruel and devious, and now detectives are re—examining the death of first wife. we'll have the latest. the other main stories on the bbc news at five. the supreme court rules that the government can set a minimum wage that british citizens must earn, before their foreign born husband or wife can live here. why wasn't this british is fighter monitored, after his release from guantanamo bay back to britain in 200a? he's now dead after a suicide attack in iraq. cressida dick has been appointed as the metropolitan police commissioner, becoming the first woman in the top job, in its 188—year history. a convicted murderer is still on the run, after armed men helped him
escape during a hospital visit in liverpool. diana's life in fashion. some of her most iconic dresses and outfits have gone on public display at kensington palace. and i will be speaking to the stars live on the red carpet at the brit awards. it's five o'clock. our top story. the fiance of the children's author, helen bailey, has been found guilty of murdering her and dumping her body in a cesspit under their home in hertfordshire. ian stewart, who's 56, drugged ms bailey over several months, before smothering her in april last year in the hope of claiming a multi—million pound inheritance.
detectives are now re—examining the death of stewart's previous partner — his wife, diane, who died suddenly in 2010. live to ben ando who's outside st albans crown court. this has been a seven week long trial and for three days in stewart stood in the witness box telling a tall stood in the witness box telling a ta ll tale stood in the witness box telling a tall tale about how helen bailey had been abducted by two shady business associates of her late husband, named joe and nick. but the jury saw through it and decided it was a pack of lies. it took six hours to reach their verdict, guilty on all the cou nts their verdict, guilty on all the counts against him, murder, preventing unlawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice. as jude and three counts of perverting the course ofjustice. asjude kelly now reports. police recorded ian stewart's arrest at his home. we're arresting you on suspicion of the murder of helen bailey. you're joking!
he was stunned he'd finally been caught out. for three months, he'd been living with the body of his wealthy partner buried under the garage. why? i don't understand. my name is helen bailey and i'd like to introduce you to my new book which is called when bad things happen in good bikinis. helen bailey was a successful author. as well as murdering her, stewart also killed her dachshund boris, whom she doted on. oh, that wasn't supposed to happen! after her husband's death, helen bailey began blogging about her sense of loss and it was through a facebook bereavement group that she met ian stewart whose wife had died. she thought she'd found a new soulmate. but while she was planning their wedding, he was planning her murder. last spring helen bailey suddenly vanished from their million pound home in royston, in hertfordshire. it took ian stewart five days to report her missing. police, how can i help?
hello there. my partner has been missing since monday and not contacted anyone. despite appeals from family and friends, there was no sign of helen bailey. three months after she disappeared, police came back here and began searching places they hadn't looked at before including a spot in the garage. the garage was at a distance from the house. this laser imaging illustrates how underneath the hatch door there, there was a well with a cesspit. the police started probing and it was here below a layer of sewage that they saw an arm. they had found helenl bailey's body and buried with her, was her dog boris. there was even a possibility that because she had been drugged she could have been alive when stewart put her down here. cctv shows how within hours ian stewart drove to a rubbish tip to dump a duvet. was that duvet taken to the tip because it had helen's blood on it?
in police interviews, stewart said nothing. he probably smothered helen bailey after drugging her over a long period with his sleeping pills. his motive was money. he was set to benefit massively from her £4 million fortune. if helen had written a book of this story, you wouldn't believe it. he probably planned it all from the day he met her and in hindsight, i don't think he loved her at all, but helen definitely loved him. this is ian stewart's late wife, diane. with his criminal trial over, we can now report that the police are re—examining her sudden death, said to have been caused by an epileptic fit. at this stage, there's no indication of anything suspicious. i think it's only right that i consider what might have happened in ian stewart's past, to see whether there's anything that i need to get involved in, whether there's any fresh evidence that might have come
out from this trial. after his wife died, ian stewart was seen with other women before he began his predatory pursuit of helen bailey. as a writer, she was used to studying human behaviour. but she never learned the true character of the man who was closest to her and who she thought she knew best. in the dock in stewart ‘s shook his head and blinked as the jury gave the guilty verdict in the public gallery, the brother of helen bailey nodded. in stewart will be sentenced tomorrow. thejudge knows that nodded. in stewart will be sentenced tomorrow. the judge knows that for a conviction for murder there is an automatic life sentence but he has discretion as to just how long in stewart must serve in prison before he can be even considered for parole. the supreme court has ruled
that the government has the right to set a minimum wage that british citizens must earn before bringing a foreign husband or wife into the country. people affected by the rules had argued that the minimum income level, currently £18,600 a year, was unreasonably high — but the court ruled that the measures don't breach human rights legislation. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. they look like any other family but caroline coombs, her husband carlos, from ecuador, and their is—month—old son thomas live in a permanent state of uncertainty, not knowing whether they will be able to stay together in britain because caroline, a former television producer, is earning less than £18,000 a year, which under new immigration rules, is not enough to bring a foreign husband or wife to the uk. we were two very capable human beings, who happened to fall in love. and we were being told
that we'd be split up. and we had a young baby. and we weren't being given the right to be a family in my own country. the supreme court ruling today said the new rules were "defective", particularly when it came to children, but it found that the controversial mir, the minimum income requirement, did not break human rights laws. it holds that the mir is acceptable in principle but the rules and instructions fail to take proper account of these section 55 duty in respect of children. although the government has technically lost this case in the supreme court on the way it implements its new rule, it is, nonetheless, a victory for ministers on the principle that people on low incomes can't just assume that theirforeign husband or wife can automaticallyjoin them in britain. it is considered reasonable
to expect you to leave the uk... but caroline and carlos do now have a chance because the home office agreed to day to carefully consider what the supreme court had said about how the rules are unlawful because they don't pay enough attention to the best interests of children. the system is wrong. something needs to be changed. not only for me. for all the other kids that are out there, for all the other mums who are suffering every day. who can't sleep thinking that the husband has to leave the country? many thousands of couples were affected by the new laws which were designed to reduce the cost of immigrants claiming benefits. families with children now have a second chance, as do couples with other sources of income. but, for many, the minimum income requirement will still stop them being reunited in britain. the family of a suicide bomber who
blew himself up dispute the figure of £1 million that he reportedly received from the government after he was released in 2004 from guantanamo bay. the family believe that that figure was a group settlement. a political row has now erupted over the compensation paid with former foreign minister tony blair his garda press reports criticising his role in the matter. he said the compensation was agreed by conservative led administration. norman smith is here. this is turning into a blame game. because
frankly in 2004 when this man was released from guantanamo bay, eve ryo ne released from guantanamo bay, everyone agreed that he should be released. i think the fallout from the country case has onlyjust started with politicians of all parties effectively pointing the finger of blame at each other. much of the criticism i have to say appears to be directed at former leading members of tony blair ‘s government of why they pressed for the release of jamaal al—harith and other suspects from guantanamo bay when there were doubts about their background, why it seems adequate surveillance and monitoring was not put in place. why they were paid compensation, some suggesting £1 million each, and whyjamaal al—harith was able to escape to syria tojoin al—harith was able to escape to syria to join islamic state and take pa rt syria to join islamic state and take part ina syria to join islamic state and take part in a suicide truck bombing. mr blair clearly feels concerns that many of the accusations seem to be made against him and really in an extraordinary statement today he
went on the offensive and directly challenged in particular the daily mailand challenged in particular the daily mail and their coverage of this case. pointing out that he only argued for the release of the men following a fairly extensive media campaign led by none other than the daily mail and the daily mail applauded him when he had secured the release of the men. he also pointed out the conversation was —— the compensation was only paid in 2010 when he was no longer prime minister and indeed it was under david cameron and it was conservative mps who had pressed him to bring the men back from guantanamo bay. he had been relu cta nt to guantanamo bay. he had been reluctant to do so because of the security threats. just have a listen to the defence of his former foreign secretary jack straw. to the defence of his former foreign secretary jack strawlj to the defence of his former foreign secretary jack straw. i never regarded him as innocent as neither mr blair nor i ever said he was innocent. we judged that the risk was not so great as to prevent his release. just that. let me also say
whenever you make decisions about the release of prisoners, you have to make a judgment and sometimes those judgments are not borne out by events. as for the current prime minister who of course was home secretary when this payment was made to jamaal al—harith, downing street flatly refusing to comment on the issue, even suggesting that formal identification of jamaal al—harith has not been possible yet. that seems slightly odd given that his brother has identified him. but downing street anyway refusing to respond to questions. senior tories however defending the fact that the compensation was paid out under david cameron on the grounds of the process had already been agreed in principle by the previous labour government is saying they had no option but to make the pay—out because otherwise they would have had to be involved in court cases which would have compromised national security. but i think as i say this has some way to go and
interesting but already senior mps are calling for a parliamentary enquiry. the brother of ronald fiddler, leonjameson, condemned the suicide bomber‘s actions and said fiddler's family had tried to persuade him to return home from syria. it is like an upheaval in the family and from what i gather even his wife tried to stop him going over there and went over herself and also got in trouble. it has been hard for us, you know. he's gone now and ijust hope he has done whatever he wanted to do. what to think about what he has done. i cannot actually commend him because it is not right. but he has done it, you know. he did what he believed in so i leave that with him. well the solicitor for the
family of jamaal al—harith joins us. when was the last communication of any member of the family here in the uk with ronald fiddler? they have not heard from him since 2014 when he left the country. and they are making it clear that they had tried to get him to leave syria? his wife went over to try to persuade him to return. they did not want to get involved with what they described in a press statement as this despicable organisation, islamic state. but what they are also concerned about is the way that the story has been put forward. they feel it has been
very unfairly portrayed. and the papers have gone for an oversimplified story. what actually happened, they say they do not believe that the person they knew up until 2001 when he was taken to guantanamo bay by the americans, they do not believe he would ever have become involved with an organisation such as so—called islamic state. he was a peaceful and gentle person. their appeal is, they believe that he was utterly changed by the physical and mental cruelty and inhuman treatment he endured for two years at guantanamo bay. 0n and inhuman treatment he endured for two years at guantanamo bay. on his return they point out, he suffered recurrent nightmares and whilst he was sleeping he would often cry out, do not hurt me. he was someone who was completely changed. what they
object to about the way the politicians have treated this, people are reading the story back with saying he was always the bad man, always the terrorists. but actually there is no evidence at all that that was the case and indeed the americans who questioned him for two years, and i was present with him when he was questioned by special branch for 20 minutes on the evening he arrived back in 2004. he simply said to them i have nothing more to say to you, i have said everything over two years at guantanamo bay and he was released that might. there was no evidence at that might. there was no evidence at that stage. people reading the story backwards assumed that he was always a bad man. he was quite rightly awarded compensation. so just to be clear and to get the perspective of
the family, they believe that when he was effectively accused of being an enemy competent, which was what all the detainees were accused of in guantanamo bay, he was innocent, he was erroneously picked up in afghanistan and as a result of his stay in guantanamo bay it was there that he was radicalised? again i do not want to oversimplified the story either. but to the first part of that, they certainly agree that he was not a terrorist at that time. i think it is probably oversimplified it to say it was just because of what happened at guantanamo bay, it must be quite a subtle and complex process for someone must be quite a subtle and complex process for someone such as jamaal al—harith, who no one had any complaints about, do than engage in what appears to have been very abhorrent actions in iraq. but that process ca n
abhorrent actions in iraq. but that process can occur over a number of yea rs process can occur over a number of years and certainly they believe guantanamo bay may have been part of that process. so coming back to the point with the politicians and the misunderstanding, with the breach of international law, humanitarian law by the people who detained him at guantanamo bay it was appalling and he was correctly compensated at that time. the fact that later he may have done something utterly abhorrent does not change that. and that compensation it is suggested that compensation it is suggested that it was £1 million, the family claims that this was a group settle m e nt claims that this was a group settlement and he did not receive £1 million himself. that is what they said. it was a group settlement amongst four people. whatever the figure, i think it isjust an exaggeration and a handy tag to try to smear him, they say. it is not yet confirmed that it is him but his
brother has seemed to identify the photograph. he had done something terrible if it is him but it does not mean every single action that went before that should be seen in the same light. to be clear, there was no monitoring, no attempt for him to go through a de—radicalisation programme or anything like that when he came back to the uk. none of that happened? no, correct, he was living quite openly in manchester and i still probably he must‘ve been covertly monitored for some time. probably he must‘ve been covertly monitored for some timelj probably he must‘ve been covertly monitored for some time. i think the suspicion is none of that happened. 0k, suspicion is none of that happened. ok, maybe not, i do not know. but he certainly made no attempt to conceal himself, he lived quite an open mike in manchester, he married and lived locally. everyone knew where he was. it was not as if he suddenly went underground and disappeared, that did not happen until he went to syria ten years later. thank you
very much forjoining us. and i'll be speaking to the former head of the government's national counter terrorism and security office chris phillips about this shortly after half past five. this is bbc news at five — the headlines. the fiancee of children's author helen bailey has been found guilty of her murder. ian stewart dumped the body in assessment in the hopes of inheriting her £4 million fortune. the supreme court has ruled that government can set the minimum wage british citizens must earn before theirforeign wage british citizens must earn before their foreign husband wage british citizens must earn before theirforeign husband or wife can appear. a row has broken out over the release of a british fighterfrom over the release of a british fighter from guantanamo bay over the release of a british fighterfrom guantanamo bay who later is alleged to have gone on to commit suicide attack in iraq. united have got underway in their
match, and they are currently 3— nil up. leicester city face seville later tonight, claudio ranieri says that a win could prove a turning point in their season. they currently sit 17th in the premier league. and george north will start for wales in their six nations match against scotland on saturday after recovering from injury. more on those stories in the news later. a convicted murderer is on the run, after armed men helped him escape during a hospital visit. shaun walmsley is one of four men serving a life sentence for a fatal stabbing in liverpool in 2014. walmsley fled as he was getting into a car with prison officers outside aintree university hospital. fiona trott is therefore as now. 0ver fiona trott is therefore as now. over to you. two questions have been raised today, firstly was there enough security for this planned
hospital visit because we understand the convicted killer was taken here by taxi yesterday afternoon. that is not unusual, he is a category d prisoner now but he and the prison officers he was with were vulnerable and we know the officers were threatened with a gun and knife. secondly how did people on the outside know exactly where he was so they could plan this armed ambush. wanted by police, shaun walmsley is described as highly dangerous, a murderer, who should not be approached. the police hunt has brought officers here, the walton area of liverpool. a house and a car were searched late last night, less than two miles from where he escaped. it happened at the aintree university hospital yesterday afternoon. walmsley had an appointment. as he left, masked men threatened the prison staff with what is believed to have been a gun and a knife. police believe the men escaped in
this car which is now being examined bya this car which is now being examined by a forensic team. today merseyside police are appealing for the public‘s help to find the prisoner. there will be lots of people who will have been in the vicinity at the time. i am really appealing to them to come forward. i need the public‘s help to get walmsley back into prison. he deserves to be behind bars. he is a highly dangerous, vicious individual. he has to be behind bars. we will not rest until he is. this is why shaun walmsley is well known on merseyside. back in 2014 he murdered a local man, anthony duffy, in what police described as a frenzied attack. he was jailed for life and is serving a minimum term of 30 years in prison. so was there enough security surrounding this man at hospital? and how did people on the outside know exactly where he was? these questions will form part of the police and ministry ofjustice investigation. tonight every police force across
the country is on the lookout for sean —— for shaun walmsley and his description has been given to every port and airport. this highly dangerous man has been on the run now for over 24 hours. the fallout from the death of that british suicide bomber in iraq who had been in guantanamo bay and was released by the tony blair government in 2004, some breaking news, a statement from the daily mail. because they were accusing that labour government of wrongly releasing this man or pushing for his release from guantanamo bay. the daily mail according to tony blair led the campaign to get him released from cuba. the daily work —— the daily mail have responded saying thatis daily mail have responded saying that is utterly wrong to accuse the
newspaper of inaccuracy over the ronald fiddler story in indeed they stand by the story of the sister organisation, the mail online, and independently edited website, did publish a misleading headline which said mr blair's government was responsible for the £1 million pay—out to ronald fiddler. this was since corrected. and mail online apologise for that mistake but to accuse the daily mail of hypocrisy in this case is monstrous. the daily mail has been utterly consistent in condemnation of guantanamo bay arguing that extraordinary rendition, torture and holding people for years on end without trial was morally wrong. and all this happened under tony blair's regime. so that part of the state m e nts regime. so that part of the statements just released by the daily mail in response to tony blair's statement earlier in relation to the death of this british suicide bomber, we understand, who died in iraq
fighting for so—called islamic state a few days ago. scotland yard has its first female metropolitan police commissioner. it's cressida dick, who's been involved in some of the met‘s key operations of the last decade. she led the re—investigation into the murder of stephen lawrence and the police response to the killing of lee rigby — and was head of counter terrorism when the brazilian manjean charles de menezez, who was innocent of any offence, was shot dead by police officers at a london tube station. commissioner dick has a lot in her in—tray. there are the met‘s funding challenges — making the best use of its £3 billion budget. along with fears that the trend of falling violent crime rates may be reversing — as she tries to boost and maintain scotland ya rd's cache of firearms officers. and of course commissioner dick will be organising the very tight security for donald trump's state visit, which is expected to see protests and demonstrations. joining me from new scotland yard is our correspondent, tom symonds. asi as ijust as i just outlined,
as ijust outlined, a lot in her injury. -- in as ijust outlined, a lot in her injury. —— in tray. as ijust outlined, a lot in her injury. -- in tray. it is a big job and she will be based at new new scotla nd and she will be based at new new scotland yard, a new headquarters. you could sum it all up in one way saying that she has limited resources to police a very complicated city. the government is keen on her doing a betterjob in policing vulnerable people. for example people who have suffered domestic or abuse. also cyber crime, and a big push to do a betterjob in looking after children. the met has accepted in recent years it has not done well. so all that on of keeping the media and the public happy and also herforce. so what the media and the public happy and also her force. so what does she think about getting the job, earlier she stood right here to give as her views about being appointed. she stood right here to give as her views about being appointedlj she stood right here to give as her views about being appointed. i could not be more pleased to be appointed as commissioner. it is beyond my
wildest dreams. an extraordinary privilege. i'm very humbled. i adore london, i think it is the greatest global city in the world and i love policing and i love the met. in the last half hour or so the prime minister has given a few words about cressida dick and her appointment saying that cressida dick had an outstanding record of public service, would be a champion of the vulnerable, and her spokesman asked about her being the first woman commissioner of the metropolitan police, said that she was simply the best person for thejob. police, said that she was simply the best person for the job. this police, said that she was simply the best person for thejob. this is quite a moment, it is now the case that the three top jobs in british operational policing are held by women. and she will be really the most senior police officer in britain. but it was a tough selection process, three other candidates and they must‘ve been questioned over cressida dick's
involvement in the case ofjean charles de menezes. absolutely, but as the most controversial part of her long record, starting off with the metropolitan police as a trainee on the fast—track. in 2005jean charles de menezes was shot dead by police at stockwell tube station in the middle the terrorism scare following the seven /7 attacks. she was the commander in charge of the operation and her officers on the ground, she was in the control centre, had been following an electrician, jean charles de menezes, from his flat to stockwell tube station. there was a trial and inquest that covered all of this but cressida dick gave the order and it is recorded in the log, to stopjean charles de menezes in that tube station. she always maintained she gave no —— gave no order to shoot him and as a result the jury gave no —— gave no order to shoot him and as a result thejury in gave no —— gave no order to shoot him and as a result the jury in that case were the met was being prosecuted for a breach of health and safety, decided she had done nothing wrong. having said that, the
family ofjean charles de menezes have said in the past few days but it would be wrong for her to be appointed and today said it is shameful that someone so tainted by the killing of an innocent man has been appointed. they said during the big investigation into what went wrong, there was criticism of the command structure in the metropolitan police and of decision taking. so they really are not happy and it remains probably the biggest hurdle and issue as she starts this difficultjob. time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. there will be disruption tomorrow because of high winds and snow across scotland. this storm could potentially be pretty bad. the worst qotentially be qretty bad. the worst run of 5 season so run of this winter season so far. this was scotland in the early hours. glasgow and edinburgh getting
some snow so they could be waking up to some good covering in the morning. the winds striking north west england, wales and central parts and the east anglia will get a good blow from this weather system. warnings in force from the met 0ffice. winds impacting the north west of the country. gusts up to 80 miles an hour. we mention these values quite often during the winter but most of them occur over coastal areas. we could get seems like this when they occur inland. take it steady tomorrow and take care. hello. the headlines at 5.30pm — the fiance of the children's author helen bailey is found guilty of her murder — dumping her body in a cesspit, in the hope of inheriting millions of pounds. ian stewart suffocated her before
hiding her body underneath the house. ronald fiddler was formerly a detainee in guantanamo bay and is reported to have carried out a suicide bombing in iraq. cressida dick has become the first woman to head the met in its 188 year history. shaun walmsley is on the run, convicted of stabbing someone. now it's time for the sports news withjohn watson. manchester united have taken a 3—0
lead to st etienne in their europa league tie. kicked off at 5pm. mkhitaryan connected with this cross to all but killed off the tie. st etienne have to score at least five times to progress. leicester city face sevilla tonight in the first—leg of their last 16 champions league tie. the premier league champions are struggling domestically — sitting just one point above the relegation zone. theirform in europe has been good. manager claudio ranieri says a win could be a turning point in their season. we play without the weight of the premier league, we play light and for this reason i hope we can show our football. we know they're better than us, but we want to fight. liverpool are planning to leave melwood, their training base
of more than 60 years. the premier league side is looking to invest £50 million in their academy site in kirby and move the first team training facilities there. they have been at their current base since the 1950s. meanwhile bbc sport understands adam lallana has agreed a new deal with the club, taking him until 2020 with an option for a further year. he has scored ten goals for club and country so far this season. blackburn rovers have appointed tony mowbray as their new head coach. mowbray has been out of the game since the summer, when he left coventry. he moves to the championship side succeeding 0wen coyle, who left the club yesterday. blackburn are currently second—bottom of the championship, three points from safety. george north will start for wales in their six nations match with scotland on saturday, after recovering from a thigh injury.
the 24—year—old wing will replace alex cuthbert, which is the only change to rob howley‘s side who lost to england in cardiff. former england bowler ryan sidebottom has announced he's retiring from cricket at the end of the upcoming season. the 39—year—old, who plays for yorkshire, says he's surrounded by team—mates playing "in nappies"! one of them is 26—year—old joe root — who has recently been named as the england test captain, and despite his age, sidebottom says root is the right choice. joe root‘s a great player, he has achieved so much in a short space of time. this england team are very exciting, they're still very youthful and learning every day and getting strong as a team and as a unit. i thinkjoe's inherited a good side. underjoe, he will bring even more of an exciting brand of cricket and the way he plays, he is very mature, knows the game inside out and i'm looking forward
to his time as captain. that's all sport for now and all from me. you can keep up—to—date with all of the football, leicester and manchester united in action, live commentary on the bbc sports website. to follow that, plenty more in sportsday at 6:30pm. the family of a british suicide bomber who blew himself up in iraq said they last heard from him in 2014. jamal al—harith was born under the name ronald fiddler and had joined the so—called islamic state group. the family disputed a figure of £1 million and was reported to
have received from the government, after being released from guantanamo bay in 2004. we have him on tape speaking in 2004. i was angry. i was scared first, because i had been in a cage. long, i didn't really want to leave. my first reaction was that ididn't want to leave. my first reaction was that i didn't want to go. that is what came to me. then obviously i learned to a cce pt came to me. then obviously i learned to accept it and when they were taking us out, i could see the british plane and they had to walk as over about 200 metres and as we got put in front of the british bobby in his uniform and the american soldier came over and i wa nted american soldier came over and i wanted to spit in his face. what had been the reaction of people to you.
people would stop me in the streets and say, i have been praying for you. people would say, keep strong and keep going. mainly people have been very supportive. because you have denied any involvement whatsoever in terrorism and since you have come home, the police haven't arrested you or anything so presumably based are happy with that situation. there will be people who point the finger and say, terrorist. that's right. before i left, the american said, we put your picture and yourface american said, we put your picture and your face through to intelligence agencies and nothing came through, you haven't even got a parking ticket. they said, how can you not have anything new? they thought i was working for m15. and i
was obviously not. what about compensation, would you pursue that? i would like to sue them but i am hearing it might not be possible to sue them in the open court because they see cuba as being a legal black hole. if you are an american citizen, and international law applies but if you are not, in cuba, in guantanamo, there is no international law that applies at all. this is what i am being told. so you don't think you will get anywhere? not really, no. iwill try but i don't think so. jamal al—harith talking to gordon burns in 2004. a political row has now erupted over the fact compensation, that he mentioned that he didn't think he would get, with former prime minister tony blair hitting out at press reports criticising his role in the matter. tony blair says
the compensation was agreed by a conservative led administration. in the last few minutes, the daily mail has released a statement saying the actions which led to this payment we re actions which led to this payment were all the responsibility of tony blair. joining me from westminster is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, crispin blunt. this figure of £1 million that is being suggested, disputed by the family, they say it was a share of £1 million and it was paid in orderfor certain covert activities that the intelligence services were involved in and could not be made public, is that correct? that is what i understand and says that lacunae in the law needed to be closed and was duly done in the justice and security act 2013 when this closed materials provisions was put in when you have got security clearance and specialjudges of the person making the civil claim against the
government and their representatives are not getting access to the confidential material which involves our intelligence agencies. we were ina our intelligence agencies. we were in a position, when he took a civil claim against the government, that it can be defended without putting the intelligence agencies' evidence into court. a compensation claim was unpaid in order to avoid that material going public. but the law has been changed and so this kind of situation would not develop again. can you cast your mind back to 2004 when this man was released. was the consensus because a british citizen had been locked up, thousands of miles away, several british citizens had, without due process, without the charges being put in a court of law, the consensus pretty much was in this country, from the opposition, the conservatives and
labour party and popular press, that he should be released. exactly. locking people up in cuba without trial indefinitely is not the best way to defend your values as a society that abe is the rule of law. guantanamo bay was a stain on the united states. if you had a case, in order to convict people of crimes they had committed, to use the proper process. in the absence of sufficient evidence, if your assessment was that these people are assessment was that these people are a threat, use surveillance, special branch and security services in order to oversee them. they may have been some failure in that process and a miss appreciation of the threat he posed to the country and no doubt people will now examine what happened, to see if people did make a mistake at some point in the process. thank you forjoining us
from westminster. questions about the monitoring of jamal al—harith from westminster. questions about the monitoring ofjamal al—harith or the monitoring ofjamal al—harith or the lack of it when he returned from guantanamo bay to the uk in 2004. with me is chris phillips, a former head of the government's national counter terrorism and security office, and now a counter terrorism consultant. the solicitor for the vidler family said he assumed there would have been covert monitoring of ronald fiddler when he was released after 2004. do you assume that?” fiddler when he was released after 2004. do you assume that? i would be surprised if he wasn't monitored. everyone is pushing the blame towards the police and security services for monitoring when clearly the legislators need to make the law work for the police. we have a situation where we have narrowed
potentially over a thousand people that should be monitored by police and security services and they don't have the resources to do that. someone has to make a decision as to who will be monitored. those people being monitored often won't know that. i would assume this guy was being monitored when he first came back but they wouldn't stand in front of his door and do that, it would be covert. it is likely this monitoring, because this man didn't have a history of activity with known islamist groups or a criminal record, he was simply picked up on the so—called battlefield that was afghanistan in 2004. that monitoring would have lasted how long? afghanistan in 2004. that monitoring would have lasted how long7m depends and it would depend on his circumstances and how he acted. he would also assume he was being watched which is a good time to keep your head down. we have to have someone your head down. we have to have someone doing some sort of risk assessment as to who is the biggest risk we need to watch at this time.
we have only limited resources. 0ver a thousand people. some of those are people released from prison, not guantanamo bay, convicted of terrorist attacks. we also have 500 odd people returned from syria at this moment. the police and security services have to have the tools and powers to do theirjob and what i would suggest is that this shows just how few resources the police have got to monitor the huge number of people they have to monitor.m is difficult making choice, if you have limited resources, as to who should be at the top of the list and who you keep an eye on. clearly this man at some point in the last decade became radicalised enough to go to syria and it is alleged, blow himself up in the suicide attack. so the calculus that was made in that period between his release from guantanamo bay and him dying in syria was that he was not a serious
threat to this country, clearly. clearly he was not at the time they removed any surveillance of him but we make some assumptions here. the solicitor said he was completely innocent man when he was taken and he wasn't a terrorist. this tends to show that is not the case and the fa ct show that is not the case and the fact he was always in some way a terrorist. he could have been radicalised in montana bo—bae. absolutely but when he came back here, he would have known he was being monitored and he would have kept his head down. a very rich man returned to kill and be killed which goes to show he was radicalised. the family dispute he received £1 million. the bottom line you are saying is that the police simply don't have the resources to monitor all those people who could be a threat? absolutely and what we have seen threat? absolutely and what we have seenin threat? absolutely and what we have seen in france and germany is the
same problem. they have such high numbers of people on this register, whether it is in france and germany or the whether it is in france and germany orthe uk, whether it is in france and germany or the uk, sony people that should be being monitored, that someone has to make a risk—based decision on who at that point of the most threat to the uk. you will always make m ista kes the uk. you will always make mistakes with us because you... a thousand people is a lot of people and it takes about 25 officers to monitor any given people. that is a lot of police and we're not paying for that. the police are running short of numbers, security services have a limited number so we have to accept this is a risk—based decision and sometimes the decisions will be incorrect. 25 officers for one person. thank you for coming in. the headlines on bbc news — the fiance of the children's author helen bailey is found guilty of murder, in what the police have
described as a wicked crime. the supreme court has ruled that the government can set a minimum wage british citizens must earn before theirforeign—born british citizens must earn before their foreign—born husband or wife can live here. a political row has broken out over a british is fighter freed from guantanamo bay in 2004, alleged to have gone on to commit a suicide attack in iraq. an update on the markets for you. it's the biggest night in british music, the brit awards , tonight. the ceremony takes place at london's o2 arena, starting in just under a couple of hours. this year david bowie and leonard cohen are posthumously up for awards, but the nominations are led by skepta and little mix, who have three each. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo
mzimba is at the o2 arena in london where the awards will be held this evening. i see you have got someone with you. ido,i i see you have got someone with you. ido, iam i see you have got someone with you. i do, i am joined i see you have got someone with you. i do, iamjoined bya i see you have got someone with you. i do, i am joined by a favourite at the brits, emily sande. you will be performing as well. will you be more nervous about the performance or whether you will win? definitely the performance, it is the only thing i have control over. what do you think it will be like out there in front of all those people? more pressure than a usual gig? now you have made me think about it? i definitely want to represent the music as best i can. rehearsals have gone well and i think and hope people will be moved by the performance. what is so special by the brits in particular? they have always reflected great
artistry what is current and happening in the times. it is an exciting award. i grew up watching the awards are said to be to perform tonight is really special. a criticism in previous years that it hasn't reflected ethnic minorities enough, do you think that was a problem and has it been fixed? absolutely, if you look at who has been nominated this year, it is a true reflection of what is touching people and what is moving, especially young people. this year isa especially young people. this year is a true reflection of what britain is a true reflection of what britain is doing. i am proud of the brits. for really telling the truth about music and i think there will be some great victories and performances tonight. it reflects international artists as well but a lot of it about british music. what is so special about british music?m about british music. what is so special about british music? it is really defiant. there are no real rules in the uk, so many
collaborations and mixes of cultures. i feel there collaborations and mixes of cultures. ifeel there is collaborations and mixes of cultures. i feel there is a collaborations and mixes of cultures. ifeel there is a real bravery to british music and that is the story. that is what is special about it, which is why the world is looking at the uk right now and we are doing some great things and telling some great stories. we are seeing other people perform as well, 1975, katie perry, someone called ed sheeran (i). who are 1975, katie perry, someone called ed sheeran (!). who are you looking forward to seeing? bruno mars will be great, but live, he is phenomenal. how early are you performing the ceremony?” phenomenal. how early are you performing the ceremony? i would like to think i can relax, i will try my best. best of luck tonight. emeli sande speaking to us on the red carpet, one of the performance tonight. 1975, katie perry, little
mix also performing. 0ne tonight. 1975, katie perry, little mix also performing. one of the prominent parts of the evening will surely be a special tribute that they are holding to the singer— songwriter george michael who died in 2016. princess diana was a style icon and now many of her dresses are about to go on display to the public. some of her most recognisable and exquisite outfits have been brought togetherfor a new exhibition. it is the 20th anniversary year of her death. her public image was in so many ways defined by the clothes that she wore. she was one of world's most photographed women and many of the world's top designers clamoured to dress her.
the results were frequently eye—catching — dresses that have lingered in the memory and now, 20 years after diana's death, 25 of those dresses have been brought together for an exhibition at her former home, kensington palace. they chart the evolution of an initially quite demure teenager through to her emergence on the national and international stages, with, outwardly at least, much greater confidence in her choices of costume. so here are some of the famous dresses. the one that she wore to dance with john travolta and others that were part of her wardrobe in the ‘90s. by the time she is wearing this dress, she is very confident in her own sense of style, we are seeing a diana who has risen above those seasonal changes in fashion and she has a timeless elegance. she knows what suits her and she wears it well. few would disagree with that and the exhibition organisers can be confident that the crowds will come from around the world to experience something of diana's glamour.
interest in diana remains considerable, despite the passage of years, but one imagines that her family would hope that she would be remembered for much more than just the dresses she wore. so do the organisers feel comfortable about perpetuating the focus on diana and her clothes? i think that's a very good question, because diana herself didn't like to be known as a clothehorse, however she did understand the language of fashion very well and she used clothes to help her do the job on hand. she was a very proud ambassador for british fashion as princess of wales, but she also used clothes to help her do herjob as a humanitarian and as a patron of the arts and to focus the press attention on her charity work. they were the essential props which helped this sometimes insecure young woman to face the world and win its admiration for her image of glamour and style. the 6pm news is coming up, fiona bruce has all the details. it's time for a look at the weather now with tomasz schafernaker. quite a rough patch of weather
heading our way tomorrow. until then, a bit of rain as far as this evening is concerned, nothing too bad this evening. the worst of the weather will arrive tomorrow. the storm is still developing, it is not actually a storm at all. this ribbon of cloud doesn't actually look like much but in the last few hours, it has buckled if you like and that is a sign we are starting to see that nasty storm developing. during tomorrow morning and afternoon, it will cross the uk at its peak. just as it is reaching that intensity, thatis as it is reaching that intensity, that is when it is crossing the uk. we just have to be prepared for quite a bit of trouble. two things really, first of all, we have got the rain which i am sure we can deal with. then it is snow across scotland. snow will be in scotland
overnight. there is an amber warning from the met office enforced. scotla nd lowla nds from the met office enforced. scotland lowlands could be getting a covering. the suburbs of glasgow and edinburgh potentially waking up to maybe even seems like this. it might lead to some disruption. the next problem is the strength of the winds. this storm is developing and right at its peak, moving across the north west of england, wales, northern england, the midlands and down into east anglia. another amber warning from the met office. this is what it looks like around 11. 70—80 mph gusts across north west wales and perhaps similar strength is further east, not so strong in the east but certainly disruptive. we talk about these values often but in the winter, it affects coastal areas, and in—built up areas, we get
this sort of disruption. by the time we get to thursday afternoon, the worst of the weather will be across eastern areas. very gusty in the south and by that we to midnight on thursday, we are out of the woods, the winds die down and first on friday morning, we will have to pick up friday morning, we will have to pick up the bits and pieces across central and southern areas. some rain getting into the north—west on friday. tomorrow, take care. and burying her body in a cesspit. ian stewart had met helen bailey on a website back in 2011. he drugged herfor weeks before killing her. i'm arresting you on suspicion of the murder of helen bailey. you're joking! the moment ian stewart was arrested for murder and his shocked response. he probably planned it all from the day he met her and in hindsight i don't think he loved her at all
but helen definitely loved him. now police have launched an investigation into the sudden death of stewart's wife seven years ago. also tonight. a political row about the compensation paid to the british so—called is fighter after he was detained at guantanamo bay. the bbc announces a new digital television channel for scotland with its own evening news hour.