tv BBC Newsroom Live BBC News September 6, 2017 11:00am-1:01pm BST
this is bbc news and these are the top stories developing at 11am... the government plans tight restrictions on unskilled workers coming to britain from the eu after brexit, according to a leaked document. there's a balance to be struck. we're not closing the door on future immigration but it has to be managed properly. the eye of hurricane irma — one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the atlantic — is passing over the island of barbuda. it is now heading towards puerto rico, cuba and florida. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says fake news is fuelling the crisis in the country which has caused an exodus of rohingya muslims. five men charged following an investigation into the hillsborough disaster and its aftermath appear in a crown court for the first time today. also... local delicacies could be disappearing as the crabbing industry comes under threat. a charity warns that some seaside towns —
which were built on traditional fishing methods — are in decline and need more support. the crazy gang have beaten the culture club. one wouldn't have destroyed liverpool streams of the double. —— wimbledon have destroyed liverpool's dreams of the double. after 50 years and ten world cups, the football commentatorjohn motson has decided now‘s the time to hang up his microphone. good morning. welcome to bbc newsroom live. a document leaked from the home office suggests the government is considering a clamp—down on the migration of low—skilled workers from the eu, after brexit. the draft report published by the guardian newspaper proposes that free movement end in march 2019
from when the uk would adopt a more "selective approach" based on economic and social needs. let's just take a look at some of the measures proposed in the document. a document leaked from the home office suggests the government is considering a clamp—down on the migration of low—skilled workers from the eu, after brexit. the plan also includes the possible introduction of eu work permits with low—skilled migrants being offered residency for a maximum of two years while those in "high—skilled occupations" would be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years. there are plans to scrap eu rules on the rights of extended family members to reside in the uk and narrow the definition of who can get family residence rights. it also proposes a new minimum
income requirement for spouses of eu nationals living in the uk to bring them in line with non—eu spouses. the document outlines an implementation period which it says is expected to last at least two years. the bbc understands the document — which was produced last month — has not been approved by ministers. norman smith is our assistant political editor and we can speak to him now in westminster. not approved by ministers but what has the reaction been to this week? the reaction from the business community has been highly critical. the reaction from leave campaigners has been highly supportive because at its heart, what this document suggests is a new approach to migration in the sense that the government no longer believes it is sufficient for eu migration to benefit the economy overall. they have said in future it must benefit the individuals who live in this
country, which boosts notjust the gdp of the country but boosts individuals‘ the gdp and the way to do that, it has said, is to clamp down on the number of unskilled eu migrants coming into the uk and to place an obligation and businesses to recruit and to train more british workers here and certainly this morning, listening to the defence secretary sara michael fallon, he was not in anyway distancing himself from this report. it is important to strike a balance. we do not want to shut the door, people bringing their skills and making a contribution to britain. equally, we want more british companies to invest in the british companies to invest in the british workforce, to clean up their workers, to make sure we have a better skilled workforce. we have to strike the right balance, overall, the public wants immigration to come down in total. we have made that clear in every manifesto, that we wa nt clear in every manifesto, that we want to get it down to a sustainable
level. so there is a balance to be struck down the home secretary will set up the specific proposals later this year. it is a document that has been widely welcomed by prominent leave campaigners and indeed by ukip as well. one of those who campaigned against brexit, i am joined by the former conservative party chairman, grant shapps. you do is to be a remain camp area, you will not be impressed by this. firstly, the country voted to leave, despite me wanting to vote to remain. we will have fully independent immigration barriers, that is the point of being a fully independent nation, you would not expect to rock up in the united states and go and work for several years with no paperwork or immigration visa, green card and so on. in one sense it is not that surprising. the key measure will be
whether sensible systems are in place to try and attract the candidate on it we need as a country and we do not cut off our nose to spite our face, that is my concern. sadiq khan, the london mayor, he has feared it could be a blueprint to strangle the economy. feared it could be a blueprint to strangle the economylj feared it could be a blueprint to strangle the economy. i think it is important that that is not the case and it back to business and any policy that does not start from the point of view of how we make the british economy as big and dynamic and therefore good for our citizens as possible would be a massive mistake. reading the detail rather than hide lines of this document is important. —— headlines. these people have to show they have employment of £750 per week. it does not sound that extreme to me. that does not sound impractical. you will have heard business expressing deep concern and this document from a party which always used to be associated with business. and i am
very keen that the party does the side of backing business because thatis side of backing business because that is what creates jobs, it side of backing business because that is what createsjobs, it is why we have employment of 4.4% here, unemployment 4.4%. it is 10% in france and for youth unemployment, 20% and upwards. it is important, it matters to the lives of people that we make progress create jobs. but reading the details of this document, i reading the details of this document, lam reading the details of this document, i am not extremely alarmed because as i have said, if you can prove you have a job of it doesn't pounds per year, you can come and work here. if we're going to be fully independent nation, although i voted remain, i support the principle of our own economy, then of course you will have migration controls, that is the point of independence. if you get the balance right, we can benefit business, our citizens and make britain an independent nation that is able to do its own thing. but in reality, business recruits from the eu because they simply cannot get
labour they want here and if you say you can no longer recruit from the eu, those businesses will no longer grow and that will hurt the economy. i think there is a deal here were people voted for brexit overall, we must be honest as politicians and citizens of this country, look, we will follow through on this, we will have migration controls. we will probably all have to work harder to make sure our own productivity comes up make sure our own productivity comes up to the level of the productivity of some of some of those employed. the reason businesses have employed people from eastern europe and elsewhere is not just people from eastern europe and elsewhere is notjust about money, it is because the work bloody hard and we will have to do the same thing as a country as quid pro quo for having tighter controls on that migration. it remains a draft document, how likely will this be the final shape of the government‘s immigration plans and how far do you think these measures be watered
down? i expect a long way. it is a d raft down? i expect a long way. it is a draft document, the page that was not published by the guardian, it sounds like something that has been prepared as a discussion document. asa minister prepared as a discussion document. as a minister you would see those things floating around all the time and often are rejected. but there is some merit in this. i am someone who wanted to remain, but the country voted to leave. you have to take some of the principles in terms of controlling your own borders and make them practical so that began have a growing economy and jobs for british people. the chancellor has repeatedly said that they will did not vote to become poorer. from your analysis, that is a dangerfrom these curbs on eu immigration. analysis, that is a dangerfrom these curbs on eu immigrationlj these curbs on eu immigration.” would worry if that was going to be the upshot, but the curbs on immigration from outside of europe over this past many years, where we had a quarter said each year for immigration coming from outside of the eu and actually, those quarters
we re never ever the eu and actually, those quarters were never ever hit in any year. in other words, it is about the detail, if you are going to have quotas, where do you set them? there is someone you can set where do you set them? there is someone you can set them that causes no damage to the economy and i want something that backs the economy as a final outcome of these negotiations. grant shapps, thank you very much. anita, this is a d raft you very much. anita, this is a draft document but in the autumn we are expecting a white paper from the home secretary that will set out the full thinking of the government on this new immigration idea. and then we will get a new details in the new year of the post—brexit immigration regime. norman, for the moment, thank you. we will be back with him later. islands in the caribbean are making last—minute preparations for hurricane irma, one of the most powerful atlantic storms on record, with officials warning of its "potentially catastrophic" effects. some islands have already begun preparations and it‘s already lashing the british territory of anguilla where residents say
the powerful waves and high winds have been pounding the coastline. latest reports say the eye of the hurricane is passing over the island of barbuda. it will head towards porto rico, cuba and florida in the coming days. the royal navy say they have a ship on standby to help in the aftermath of the storm. our correspondent sarah corker reports. this is the height of the storm from space, dramatic images capture the sheer scale and magnitude of hurricane irma. the category 5 storm is on hurricane irma. the category 5 storm isona hurricane irma. the category 5 storm is on a collision course with several caribbean islands. popular holiday destinations like antigua and st martin are preparing for life threatening winds and torrential rains. storm surges of up to 12 feet are forecast, and overnight, some islands have started to flood. puerto rico will be one of the first to be hit. people there are not taking any chances. they are securing their homes
and stocking up on essentials. in the dominican republic, the rains have already arrived. the tourist island, like its neighbour haiti, has issued hurricane warnings. in florida, a state of emergency has been declared. the storm is massive and the storm surges predicted will go for miles and miles. right now, it is travelling at 15 mph and the track is forecasted to move just south of the florida keys on a westerly path with a slight north turn. it is important that all floridians keep a close eye on this incredibly dangerous storm. do not sit and wait to prepare. get prepared now. the storm‘s track may change, but at the moment, it looks set to head towards the british virgin islands, puerto rico, cuba, and by the weekend, the florida keys. this monster hurricane comes on the heels of harvey, which struck
texas and louisiana last month. but irma is a bigger storm and potentially more dangerous. in miami, they are preparing for the worst. this is not a storm to be taken lightly. this is probably the worst one that we have faced since we moved here in 2003. i have lived through hurricane andrew in miami, hurricane katrina, hurricane wilma, and ijust have faith in god. a research plane filmed these pictures from inside the hurricane to help predict its route. and now, millions of people across the caribbean are preparing for this potentially catastrophic storm. earlier gemma handy, a journalist and resident of antigua spoke with the bbc and told us some buildings have already been damaged. well, right now the wind speeds are 75—90 mph. we are told we can expect those
to pick up to 150 mph in the next hour or so, and hopefully they should start to lessen around 5am or 6am, a couple of hours from now. we are getting reports that several roofs have sadly been blown off, including an entire apartment building roof in one area of antigua. the biggest cause for concern right now is we seem to have completely lost contact with our sister island barbuda, they are getting the full force of this right now. i think they are currently in the eye, but that should come to a close soon, and then they will get those 185 mph happening again shortly. we‘ll be grateful when we finally get some news back from barbuda. of course, and what has been the advice to people in antigua? are you in your home or your office right now? no, we are broadcasting from the local radio station. we have put two stations together and we have been broadcasting live now for 12.5 hours, just taking in constant
calls from the public, trying to reassure people, giving them constant weather updates from local meteorologists and also our met expert in florida as well. so, are people being told to go to shelters, to stay in their home, what has the advice been? the advice has been if you are in a flood—prone area, get out, no two ways about it. obviously, those big storm surges are quite matic. i mean, there has been some strong encouragement. people generally know because they are used to being in a hurricane area here, most people have gone to shelters. there are 43 across the islands. one in barbuda, 42 in antigua, and we are hearing as many as 200 people are in one, which for antigua is quite unprecedented. some breaking news to bring you. un war crimes tribunal it is has said
that the syrian government warplane dropped the deadly nerve agent sarin ina dropped the deadly nerve agent sarin in a town in april. this is coming from the un war crimes tribunal it is, they have said they have documented 33 uses of chemical weapons in the syrian watergate, including seven by president assad government forces between march and july and this latest incident they are talking about or that they have confirmed was in april when they have said that a syrian government warplane dropped sarin gas on a local town. they have said that was a government warplane responsible for that. other news coming into us... is about andy murray. he has been posting an update about his hip injury which has really caused him huge problems all season. he is telling his fans that he will not be able to compete in the upcoming
events in beijing and shanghai and most likely, the final two events to finish the tennis season in vienna and paris, due to that hip injury. he has said having consulted with the number of leading specialists he and his team have decided that this is the best decision for his long—term future. he thanks his fans for their support over what he calls this difficult period. let‘s look at some of today‘s other developing stories... a 14—year—old boy has died after a double shooting in east london. coreyjunior davis — and another boy, who‘s i7 — were found with gunshot injuries in forest gate on monday afternoon. the second victim is said to have "life—changing injuries". police have launched a murder investigation. the archbishop of canterbury has warned that britain‘s economic model is "broken" as the gap between the richest and poorest parts of the uk widens.
justin welby is a member of the commission behind a report published today by the centre—left think tank, the institute for public policy research. it says the country faces the longest period of stagnating earnings for 150 years. 13 people have been rescued after becoming trapped in a 53 metre—high viewing tower in dorset. 11 members of the public and two staff members were winched to safety from the thejurassic skyline tower in weymouth by a coastguard helicopter on tuesday afternoon. a full investigation into the incident is underway. the headlines on bbc newsroom live. the government plans tight restrictions on unskilled workers coming to britain from the eu after brexit, according to a leaked document. the eye of hurricane irma — one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the atlantic — is passing over the island of barbuda.
it is now heading towards puerto rico, cuba and florida. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says fake news is fuelling the crisis in rakhine state which has caused an exodus of refugees. time for sport. news about andy murray and that continuing hip injury and the rest of the sport. good morning, anita, not great news for fans of andy murray who has announced he is very unlikely to play again this season. andy murray has been badly affected by a hip injury for a few months and has not played since he was knocked out in the quarterfinals of wimbledon earlier this summer. he posted on social media that he was confident that after an extended period of rest and rehabilitation that he would be back challenging for grand slams again next season. at the age of 37, venus williams has become the
older semifinalist in us open history. she beat petra kvitova in a real server. it took over two and a half hours and the deciding set went toa half hours and the deciding set went to a tie—break. quebec, on the guitarand to a tie—break. quebec, on the guitar and three months after a knife attack that damaged her playing hand. whilst william said it felt like a special match. this management a lot to me. when you are playing at home, any major, it means a lot. especially for her as well, coming back to compete any major and prove to herself that she could defeat anything, the matter what is thrown at her. so it was amazing to see thrown at her. so it was amazing to see her shine today. in football, the world —— the welsh boss chris coleman has said they have to not truly fantastic talent of ben woodburn if he is to realise his potential at the top level. the 17—year—old followed up his winning goal against austria with a big impact last night, coming off of the
bench to set up the first goal in their 2—0 victory over moldova in world cup qualifying. aaron ramsey got the second that sealed the win in injury time. we are now second in theirgroup. in injury time. we are now second in their group. we have to make sure that we get these wins, we talk about the performance but it is coming down to the crunch time and it is all about results. two wins out of two, we have not done that for some time and it is great now that we have got back that winning mentality and hopefully it will be a snowball effect for the next two games. wales leapfrog the republic of ireland after they were defeated 1-0 of ireland after they were defeated 1—0 in dublin by serbia. former manchester city player aleksandar kolarov with the only goal of the game. that is all the sport for the moment. we will have more later in the day. thank you. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says fake news is fuelling the crisis in rakhine state which has caused an exodus of refugees. tens of thousands of rohingya muslims have crossed into bangladesh to escape what they say is a bloody
campaign by the burmese military against insurgents. in a phone conversation with the turkish president erdogan, mrs suu kyi has said that tensions are being fanned by ‘a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities. and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists‘. until now, she has been accused of failing to speak out to prevent the violence. our correspondent, sanjoy majumder, is on the myanmar bangladesh and has this report from cox‘s bazaar. all these boats are carrying royingya refugees fleeing persecution in myanmar and they have been coming through the night, through the day. i am told there are several other boatloads of refugees just waiting off the coast of bangladesh. this is one fresh lot of refugees who have just arrived. they have come off this boat here, and you can see how they are carrying with them their belongings, things that they have just managed to grab as they ran.
several of them have told me that their villages were attacked, they were burnt. there are some people here with gunshot wounds, some people with other injuries, but most of all, they are extremely tired. they are exhausted. this is a really dangerous voyage, and it has taken them several days to come here. from here, they will move on to one of the many refugee camps that have been set up for these arrivals. there are more coming in every hour. and at half past 11 we will speaking about the situation in myanmar to the former international development secretary, andrew mitchell. we are very sad, and we are very sorry, but at the same time, we like to express, because we are a peace—loving country. we are a peace—loving people. so we all believe, i think,
that this matter... we are praying and wishing it to end as soon as possible. more on that situation and myanmar ashton. —— more on that situation in myanmar soon. the russian president vladimir putin has called for diplomacy to resolve tensions with north korea, saying that sanctions and pressure cannot do the job alone. mr putin met his south korean counterpart moon jae—in on the sidelines of an economic summit in the russian city of vladivostok. south korea has called for the supply of oil to be cut to the north, but mr putin said the impact of doing so could be worrying. let‘s return to our top story now, a leaked document from the home office suggests there could be big cuts to the number of low—skilled eu migrants coming to the uk. our assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster and we can speak to him now. thank you. well, the proposals as
detailed in this leaked document have been enthusiastically welcomed by many leave campaigners who have said it is evidence of the government preparing to deliver on its commitments to ending freedom of movement, others however, much more critical, a lot of criticism from the business committee and the london mayor sadiq khan fears these proposals to curb unskilled eu migration would strangle the economy. the home affairs committee is carrying out its own inquiries and its chairman yvette cooperjoins me now. what do you think this lea ked me now. what do you think this leaked document tells us about the government thinking on immigration? i think it is actually quite confused and it is very hard to know what the government actually is proposing when you really look at the detail of this document. that might be because ministers have not actually agreed it yet, or it may be because there are differences, strong differences of view between numberten and home strong differences of view between
number ten and home office minister is about what the arrangements should actually be post—op it is unclear, for example, both are some of this is just about additional bureaucracy and the bureaucratic process, we re no bureaucracy and the bureaucratic process, were no rules would actually change, or both of this is actually change, or both of this is a substantial change the rules. i have two additional concerns in addition to wanting clarity about what the government is proposing. one is that they really must wait the migration advisory committee about what the overall impact is and what their needs are in different sectors of the economy before they ta ke sectors of the economy before they take decisions, otherwise why ask the migration advisory committee in the migration advisory committee in the first place. and the second thing is that they must start to be honest with people about the fact that any decisions on immigration rules are going to come in the end, be tied up with the trade deal that is done on whatever they create and single market deals we end up with any negotiations are. do you think that the broad thrust is that the government wants to curb unskilled eu migration, that is the right
approach? that is not actually what is clear in the document, because it is clear in the document, because it is not clear whether they are adding additional bureaucracy for a low skilled workers or whether there would be different kinds of restrictions or stronger restrictions. we already have a difference in approach for non—eu migration for high skilled and low skilled and clearly, immigration is really important to britain, it must be managed and controlled in a way that makes sure the system is fair, but clearly, some sectors of the economy are more dependent on the skills and ideas and talents from abroad than others. so all of that must be taken into account. but they must do so based on the evidence and notjump to conclusions at this stage and that is why it is so important to wait for the committee. yvette cooper, thank you very much for your time. we will have to wait for the white paper which were expecting sometime
this autumn from amber rudd. thank you norman, we willjoin him again later and we are looking ahead to the first pmqs of the parliament after the summer recess. we will say goodbye to viewers on bbc two but firstly, the weather with simon king. anita, thank you. good morning, we have a straightforward day of weather across the uk. for many, it is dry with sunny spells. some showers affecting northern parts of england and across scotland. they will tend to fade during the afternoon. for most, we will seek sunshine at some point today and maximum temperatures getting up to 16, right up to 20 degrees, feeling fresher than the past few days have been. this evening, a largely dry end to the date and we will see showers clearing. clear spells for any meaning it will turn chilly once more. thicker cloud rolls into scotla nd more. thicker cloud rolls into scotland and we have some outbreaks of rain on thursday morning. the rain will turn heavier as it pushes south but across northern ireland and the west of england and the south—west it appears in the afternoon but in the south—west of england, largely dry and find with
top temperature is around 1a or 20 celsius. this is bbc newsroom live. the headlines at 11.30am: the government insists it does not want to shut the door to eu migrants post brexit after a leaked draft of a home office document says ministers are considering new restrictions on how long unskilled workers from the eu can stay in britain. caribbean islands brace for hurricane irma — the most powerful atlantic storm in a decade, with winds up to 185 miles per hour. parts of florida have ordered a mandatory evacuation. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says a "huge iceberg of misinformation" is fuelling the crisis in rakhine state — which has seen an exodus of more than 100,000 refugees into bangladesh in the last fortnight. sinn fein has called for the resumption of formal negotiations to try to form a power—sharing government in northern ireland.
more now on hurricane irma, which has become one of the most powerful atlantic storms on record, with officials warning of its "potentially catastrophic" effects. the height of the storm is above the british territory of anguilla where residents say the powerful waves and high winds have been pounding the coastline. but why is it so powerful? joining me now is phil avery from the bbc weather team.. why is this storm of a record—breaking proportions? it just happens to have formed in the wrong place at the wrong time. the atmospheric conditions have been spot on. we have tracked it for quite some time. it was out in the mid atlantic. this is where the conditions were perfect. a lot of
warm water. temperature is above the seasonal norm. the surrounding atmosphere was not attempting to try and pull it apart. this very discreet storm. you get the sense of the cloud shield, how fast that is. the weapons that we have focused on our smaller than the image i am sure you there. —— the winds. it has been into anguilla and barbuda as well. it is within tens of miles to that centre. that went right over the top of them a couple of hours ago. within tens of miles of that, that is real you have the winds, the record breakers, the 200 mile an hour gusts. it is notjust for record breakers, the 200 mile an hour gusts. it is not just for those places and people in the eye of the storm, it is in the visitor of the eye of the storm as well. yes, i see tens of miles for the 185 miles plus per hour. but just
tens of miles for the 185 miles plus per hour. butjust outside of that, for tens of miles, you have winds below that threshold. if it was in the uk, we would be saying, what is going on? we are talking in excess of hundreds of miles per hour tens of hundreds of miles per hour tens of miles from the centre. we‘re not done with the system yet. if we take on further, i am taking you through wednesday and on towards the weekend, you will see that having gone through the islands, we are into the area round about puerto rico, by thursday we suspect it will be the northern shores of the dominican republic and unfortunately haiti again. as we move towards friday, the storm has a lot about it. iam friday, the storm has a lot about it. i am leaving you to the area where we have the greatest concerns. by where we have the greatest concerns. by friday we are looking at the northern shores of cuba, the bahamas and something i picked up on today and something i picked up on today andi and something i picked up on today and i am not apprised the art is that you eating the florida keys. nowhere in the florida keys is
higher above sea level than 20 feet. it is very low lying under our concerns about storm surges. it is a varied billy —— it is a triple whammy. whenever we talk about these systems, the storm surge is at the order of 11 feet, it depends on the height of the tide and the topography of where those storm surges are coming in. once we push it up into these waters, the storm surge has the potential to be up at around 20 feet. i remind you again, thatis around 20 feet. i remind you again, that is the highest ground in the keys. that is why they are moving away. it is an obvious question but one worth asking, some people are getting out because that is the best thing to do, what sort of damage every talking about with the hurricaine irma that brings these sorts of wind speeds? substantial concrete buildings with their windows boarded up will survive, almost certainly. if there is any
wea kness almost certainly. if there is any weakness in that sort of structure, you will lose the roof. once the strength of the wind is phenomenal, having spent some of my youth at the top of the peak in hong kong and seeing pains of glass flexing visibly, that is the disruption that you get. i suspect the flimsy structures, that affects the poor people who do not have concrete houses, they could be devastated. either by the wind or by flooding rains or, if they are on the coast, by the storm surges. this is a very powerful and very, very dangerous storm indeed. ifi powerful and very, very dangerous storm indeed. if ijust take you on further, ijust storm indeed. if ijust take you on further, i just want to take you back towards where we are at the moment. if you look to the right here, we have another system which is already being named as another hurricane. this is on its way. i say tropical storm there because we have
just gone to hurricane status. it is moving its way up to the same corner, up to antigua and barbuda. we will be talking about the same thing at the weekend. not the same strength of wind but it will still bea strength of wind but it will still be a hurricane. the winds will be at the order of 100 miles an hour to an area that will have been devastated by what has gone on in recent times. tell us when hurricaine irma will be done, but once hurricaine irma passes through, something else is coming. hurricaine irma will be up into florida through the course of the weekend. if you are around, i will be talking to you then.” the weekend. if you are around, i will be talking to you then. i am, so we will talk about it then. the country‘s leader... the country‘s leader, aung san suu kyi, is facing intense international pressure to condemn the violence but has said a "huge iceberg of misinformation"
is distorting the reality of the crisis. the conservative mp andrew mitchell is the former international development secretary and he joins us from westminster. good morning. ifi good morning. if i could ask you about those comments from aung san suu kyi first of all, this iceberg of miss information. what do you make of that? i have sympathy with her comments. that is a lot of misinformation around. the critical thing is these people who are out in the open and have fled across the border, where the camps are massively overcrowded and cannot cope, they should be looked after and the united nations should be able to do that and receive the funds to do that. the other thing is the fighting stops. —— essential fighting stops. there is wrong on both sides, notjust one side. this started with a terrorist attack and be attacked a number of police stations and killed a number of police officers. we need everyone to stop the fighting and the power to do that rests largely with the
commander of the army. when do you think that might happen‘s is any prospect for the stopping sooner rather than later? i hope so. there is strong international condemnation of what was going on there. burma has made progress in the last few yea rs. has made progress in the last few years. none of us that we would live long enough to see this but under aung san suu kyi leadership they have made progress. she has considerable influence but she does not have power over the army. that is the night to her under the new constitution in burma. it is the head of the army who needs to withdraw his soldiers, stop the attacks from taking place, but also the rohingya who have this terrorist element within them and they must lay down their arms and seas. to bring it back to the first question about misinformation exacerbating the crisis. do you accept that is the crisis. do you accept that is the case? i think the numbers we are
hearing has been inflicted, that is my information. there is no doubt that the extraordinary violence that is taking place is true and that must cease. thank you very much for yourtime, must cease. thank you very much for your time, andrew mitchell. the bbc has learned that the government wants to negotiate continued membership of the european union‘s main research funding bodies after brexit. there‘s been concern among scientists that leaving the eu could cut off billions of pounds in funding. here‘s our science correspondent pallab ghosh. british science is one of the biggest winners of membership of the european union. between 2007 and 2013, the uk received £8 billion from the eu. that‘s three billion more than it put into the research budget. its membership of the main european research programme enables uk researchers and businesses to develop collaborations with leading european research labs and industrial partners. research leaders have argued that withdrawal would be a body blow for british science.
the government, it seems, has listened. i understand that it is expected to say that all options for research with eu partners are on the table, including a special status for the uk that would allow continued close collaboration. venkatraman ramakrishnan is the president of the royal society and hejoins me now. thank you for coming along. just picking up on what we were talking about, give me a sense of your concerns and the concerns of your collea g u es concerns and the concerns of your colleagues about the future of scientific work and research in the uk poster brexit. uk has always been international in its science and that it has contributed to the strength of the uk as a leading science country. in the last 20 or 30 years, a significant fraction of that openness has been fostered by
our collaborations with the european union. a significant amount of science funding is also part of european union funding through its horizon 2020 and other programmes. with brexit, the science community was concerned on several counts. one was concerned on several counts. one was the was concerned on several counts. one was the funding itself and the other was the funding itself and the other was how it would affect collaborations and so i would say that the government‘s position, as outlined today, is a very encouraging, certainly in its tone and aspirations. do you think, if i may interrupt, that the government believes that it would be detrimental to science in the uk for their to be any fundamental changes in the way it currently works as a member of the european union poster brexit? certainly that is the message we have tried to convey and it is clear from this paper that the government recognises the value of
our continued involvement on a europe—wide science arena.” our continued involvement on a europe-wide science arena. i think this paper is encouraging but there isa this paper is encouraging but there is a lot of work to be done to establish these basis for future collaborations. for example, what sort of staters will we have, what sort of staters will we have, what sort of staters will we have, what sort of funding, what will our actual rule be? also, i think we in the science community would like to help shape the future after the current programme expires and that too is something the government has said it would consider and i think we should try to commit to that. do you think it is in the interest of scientists in the rest of the eu for the relationship, for the collaboration to continue with the uk poster brexit exactly as it is now? could be a situation where scientists are saying to their
respective governments, we want you to make sure that after brexit the relationships and collaboration are the same? we doing that britain is one of the leading countries for science in europe. what i'm hearing from my counterparts is that as we wa nt to from my counterparts is that as we want to continue collaboration with them, the two are very keen that britain stay engaged with european science. i think this is a case where it will be mutually beneficial and could be a con i hate to use a sports analogy, but it could be a win win situation. we can bring that into a science story, i guess. just trying to lean back tying this in with our lead story, do you have concerns about the ability of the uk to attract the brightest scientists from elsewhere in the european union when they think, if i come here, i may only be allowed to stay for so many number of years. what i have
heard from the paper is that if you are highly skilled, you may be treated somewhat differently through some other views that route.” treated somewhat differently through some other views that route. i think mobility is extremely important for science. one of the reasons we flourished, part of the reason is we have access to 5 million people, i should point out that two thirds of our ceos of start—up companies in the year two are from the eu. —— start—up companies in the uk. we should not have any control, i am not saying, but it is important we do not give the perception we are hostile to immigration. messaging here is very important. if we come across as an anti immigrant, hostile country, that will affect our ability to recruit the best people to britain. that will actually in the long run affect british science. it was very interesting to talk to
you. thank you for coming along. five of the six men charged over the hillsborough disaster are making their first appearance in court. graham mackrell, peter metcalf, donald denton, alan foster and the former chief constable of south yorkshire and merseyside police, norman bettison, are appearing at preston crown court. bettison, who was an inspector in south yorkshire at the time of the disaster, has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office. match commander david duckenfield, who is not appearing, faces 95 counts of gross negligence. sinn fein has called for the resumption of formal negotiations to try and form a power—sharing government in northern ireland. the stormont executive collapsed in january and months of talks have failed to overcome disputes between unionists and republicans. in a speech this morning, michelle o‘neill said she believed progress was possible. in the past fortnight, i have met with all of the party
leaders and with both governments. and the sinn fein and dup leaderships have, for more than one week now, been engaged in intensive dialogue to determine whether political progress is possible. we do believe progress is possible and therefore are ready to re—engage in a formal negotiation, together with all the other parties, and both governments, to try and reach an agreement in a short, sharp and focused negotiation. this process should begin now and without delay. michelle o‘neill in northern ireland. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc newsroom live: a leaked draft of a home office document says the government is considering new restrictions on how long unskilled workers from the eu can stay in britain. hurricane irma is battering the islands of anguilla, barbuda and antigua as it makes its way through the caribbean. meteorologists have warned it may have a catastrophic impact. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi
says fake news is fuelling the crisis in the country, which has caused an exodus of thousands of rohingya muslims. in the business news: budget airline ryanair is cutting baggage check—in fees and increasing the size of bags allowed to help cut delays. the firm says it wants to encourage more customers to check—in bags, reducing the amount of carry on luggage squeezed into overhead bins. the firm said cabins are becoming too crowded, which is causing flights to be delayed. sports direct‘s chairman keith hellawell faces a rebellion from shareholders at the company‘s annual general meeting today. investors will vote on mr hellawell‘s re—election to the post but the firm faces criticism for its treatment of workers and the influence of founder and chief executive mike ashley, who owns 61% of the company. pr firm bell pottinger has put itself up for sale after a controversial campaign it
ran in south africa that sparked an exodus of clients. the firm has appointed accountants bdo to look at options for the business including a possible sale. meanwhile, hsbc has become the latest high profile firm to sever ties with the pr firm. more now on sports direct — as chairman keith hellawell faces shareholders at the retailer‘s agm. two shareholder groups, pirc and the institutional shareholder service, are thought to have recommended that shareholders oppose his re—election. sports direct is under fire for how it treats workers, the use of zero hours contracts and the ongoing role of founder and chief executive mike ashley, who owns 61% of the company. we can speak to nicholas thompson, stockbroker at redmayne bentley. good to see you. explain some of
this. what is at stake today? facing a potential shareholder revolt. why? the main reason for the shareholder revolt is centred around keith helliwell‘s in action against correcting the government issues that have been highlighted over the last year and really moving things forward. the instructional shareholders are not happy with the progress that has been made. that is also one of the main reasons. also, keith has been accused of being beholden to mike ashley as well. mike ashley used his stake in the company to reappoint keith back in january this year when the independent shareholders voted against him. that is the way it looks at the moment. explain how this would normally work. you have a german in keith and the chief executive in mike ashley. —— chairman. they are meant to be independent. is that what the issue
is? yes, the chairman should really be overseeing the business and making sure things are running smoothly. in the best interests of shareholders as well. the investment management shareholders have criticised the company for the lack of engagement. we have not had many opportunities to talk to the board, doctor mike ashley and i think this really is a talk to my lack of independence. —— talk to mike ashley. some of that criticism, and we have talked about it a lot on the news channel, as far as those zero hours contracts, the treatment of workers, warehouses, which we have expected the german to get involved and change those? -- chairman. given the coverage it had in the press, we would expect the chairman to correct theissues would expect the chairman to correct the issues that were brought to
light. it is an interesting one. we will be following it. thank you very much. let me show you what markets are doing today. you can see more than 2% today. we should get some kind of third act —— verdict on that. the ftse is down. nonetheless, it creates that uncertainty that we do not like. that is where tv—mac why the shares are down for the ftse 100. ritual be back with more business newsletter. the crabbing industry is to cromer what sticks of rock are to blackpool. tourists flock to the north norfolk coast just to sample
the local delicacy. but according to the charity seafarers uk, towns like cromer or aldeburgh in suffolk, which were built on traditional fishing methods are in decline and need more support. jayne mccubbin reports. fishing is so a part of the fabric of cromer that if you stop someone on the shore and ask their name... johnny. surname? seago. people think it‘s a fake name. jonny first went to sea here at five, full—time as soon as he could skip school. what makes cromer cromer? virtually untouched. no big roads, it hasn‘t got the mass tourism, we don‘t need the hotels, and the fast food chains and stuff like that. special? very special. special, but it is changing. you are obviously a lot faster than me.
i‘ve been doing this since i was about eight, nine years old. he does what his parents did and what his grandparents did before them, but the next—generation... never. no, it's not... no. he is only a boy, he might change his mind. you never know. is this emotional blackmail? he tried to emotionally blackmail me in the past, but failed miserably. the number of crabbing boats here has fallen from 150 30 years ago to about a dozen today. a plastic factory now stands where a crabbing factory once stood. could this be the last generation in cromer? obviously it would be very sad. it would be heartbreaking. the old fishermens‘ cottages are being snapped up as holiday rentals and second homes by people like mark. a very sweet little cottage. mark tells me change is good. it‘s starting to go slightly more upmarket. are you worried at all
about the fishing industry here? not really, but i‘m not a fisherman. the town needs tourists. i think what we can do to encourage that is good. butjulie, who served us, is less certain that change serves everyone well. you were earwigging then, weren‘t you? i was. are you cross? iam. it‘s easy and almost trite for property developers to say it‘s progress, but it‘s got to be done in a measured way. we have four children of our own and they‘re young adults now and i doubt very much that they would be able to buy a property in this area. on the high street, these shops are closing down to make way for the first big—name coffee shop. a petition was taken to the council to try to stop the crabbing tractors on the beach at 3am, as they were said to be disturbing
some of the new arrivals. when people don't leave here all year round there's no incentive to invest essential services, so transport, education, health, all of these things suffer and it becomes somewhere where people don't live. if people don't live here, it loses its identity. the very thing that brought the second homeowners in the first place? in the first place, yes. so you think it‘s worth fighting for? i certainly do. many of these traditional communities are changing. what is progress to some is not to all. now some details to bring you from a statement by the director general of the bbc, tony hall. he says he is determined to close the gender pay
93p- determined to close the gender pay gap. the statement follows the news, the bbc revealing that two thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male. in the statement from tony hall, she says we will look across each and everyjob. i want you to be confident that he appeared clearly, demonstrably fairly, and we want to show the bbc is more open as a result. he says the bbc is going to doa number of result. he says the bbc is going to do a number of things. he has commissioned a report on the gender pay gap, which will be independently audited and there will be an audit of equal pay, covering based in the uk. after ten world cups, twenty nine fa cup finals, ten european championships and more than two hundred england games — football commentatorjohn motson will retire next summer. he‘ll call it quits after fifty years with the bbc. let‘s take a look at some of his most memorable moments. now tudor has gone down down for newcastle.
radford again. oh, what a goal! what a goal! radford, the scorer. ronnie radford. and the crowd... the crowd are invading the pitch. and there it is. the crazy gang have beaten the culture club. wimbledon have destroyed liverpool‘s dreams of the double. her royal highness applauds one of the great cup shocks of all time. tigana through to his right. platini through the middle. tigana again. tigana... tigana, platini... goal! platini for france with a minute to go! it's 3-2. i‘ve not seen a match like this in years. he won‘t be shaken off. in the end, the german
bench get up to protest at gascoigne‘s last challenge. he has actually, gascoigne, got a yellow card. oh, dear. oh, dear me. he‘s going to be out of the final if england get there. for the tackle on the number 1a, gascoigne has had his second yellow card in the competition and here is a moment that almost brings tears to his eyes. a free kick given. he put his arms up. is it over? it is. it‘s dramatic, it‘s delightful. it‘s denmark who are the european champions. it is time now for the weather. good morning. we have a quiet day weather—wise today. much quieter
than the goings on around the caribbean, with the hurricaine irma. for us, we have sunny spells for many of us. can see from the satellite picture, halls and that cloud. one or showers in scotland and north of england. the showers should disappearfor and north of england. the showers should disappear for most of us. largely dry with sunshine. easy and fresher than it has been in recent days. temperatures 18 or 20 in the south and 16 in the north. the showers were clear away. variable amounts of cloud into thursday morning. thursday, largely dry for most of us. sunny spells in the south—east. rain moving its way into the north—west. goodbye. these are the north—west. goodbye. these are the top stories developing at midday. the government plans tight
restrictions on unskilled workers coming to britain from the eu after brexit according to a leaked document. we are not closing the door on immigration but it has to be managed properly. we‘ll see if that‘s one of the issues which comes up in the first prime minister‘s questions of this parliament — we‘ll bring that to you in a moment. the eye of hurricane irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the atlantic, batters the caribbean islands of barbuda and antigua, and is now heading towards puerto rico, cuba and florida. sinn fein calls to resume talks to try to restore a power—sharing government in northern ireland and avoid a return to direct rule from london. myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi says fake news is fuelling the exodus of more than 100,000 rohingya muslims. also... local delicacies could be disappearing as the crabbing industry comes under threat. a charity warns that some seaside towns which were built on traditionalfishing methods are in decline and need more support.
after 50 years, the football commentatorjohn motson has decided to hang up his microphone. good afternoon. welcome to bbc newsroom live. theresa may will take the first prime minister‘s questions of the new parliamentary session shortly. let‘s head to the house of commons now. a packed house. we wait for
questions to start. norman joins us. i know it is going to be noisy outside with the nurses outside protesting against the pay gap. outside with the nurses outside protesting against the pay gapm may be the issue thatjeremy corbyn chooses to raise. i think he will ta ke chooses to raise. i think he will take a body swerve from trying to tackle theresa may over one of the two political issues of the moment, mainly grexit and immigration. —— brexit. also there is the approach to immigration. jeremy corbyn did not get stuck into the proposals for a clamp—down on unskilled eu migration. it was left to the mayor of london, siddique khan. they held back from getting involved because they know in many labour
constituencies, there will be people saying it is right. we need to give priority british workers. jeremy corbyn will probably pass on brexit and immigration. there may be a chance he will pick up on the demonstration by nurses over the 1% k-— demonstration by nurses over the 1% k “ pay demonstration by nurses over the 1% k —— pay cap. there has been hints that the government is moving to lift that cap. why? in part company election and the view that the government was listening to people who were tired and weary of austerity but also we have now got inflation. that may be what he goes on to say. let us go into the chamber. as we return from the summer recess, chamber. as we return from the summer recess, i chamber. as we return from the summer recess, i am sure chamber. as we return from the summer recess, i am sure the boards of members across the house with the friends and families of the victims
of the barcelona terror attack including seven—year—old julian. i wa nt to including seven—year—old julian. i want to assure the house that the uk has assured that assistance in the form of military and humanitarian resources a re form of military and humanitarian resources are in place for those countries including the overseas territories which are preparing the hurricane isaac —— hurricane irma. i had ministers colleagues in my meeting and i will have further meetings later today. everybody agrees with my right honourable friend in the thoughts that she shares, in relation to those who perished in the terror attack in barcelona. as pa rt perished in the terror attack in barcelona. as part of the process of leaving the european union, it is imperative that we transfer existing eu laws, regulations, into british law. there are many concerns along these benches about the means, not these benches about the means, not the end is scum of the eu withdrawal ill. could my right honourable
friend assure me that she will look at those amendments that seek to change the eu withdrawal bill so it doesn‘t become an unprecedented and unnecessary government power grab? i‘m very grateful to my right honourable friend the rating this issue and i know like me she wants to see an orderly exit from the european union and will be supporting this bill which enables us not just leave the supporting this bill which enables us notjust leave the eu but to do so us notjust leave the eu but to do so in an orderly manner with a functioning statute book. as we do that we will require certain powers to make corrections to the book after the bill becomes law. we will do that by secondary legislation which will receive parliamentary scrutiny tea —— scrutiny. it has been endorsed by the house of lords‘
constitution committee. i would like to reassure my right honourable friend that is the bill goes through its scrutiny in this house and the debate continues, we will listen carefully to that debate and i will be happy to meet my right honourable friend to discuss this further.” agree with the prime minister on what she said about barcelona. the attack was appalling and we should think of the victims and thank them victims —— people are barcelona for their response. i hope the whole house willjoin me in thinking of the victims of the terrible floods in bangladesh, nepal, india, sierra leone and taxes and our thoughts are with those facing hurricane irma in the caribbean as we speak. every member across this house should be concerned that inflation is once again running ahead of people‘s pay.
this week workers at mcdonald‘s restau ra nts this week workers at mcdonald‘s restaurants took strike action for the first time in this country. the boss of mcdonald‘s has reported to have earned £11.8 million last year. some of his staff are paid as little as £4 75 per hour. does the prime minister backed the mcdonald‘s worker‘s case to an end to zero hours contracts and decent pay? the issue that has taken place in mcdonald‘s is out of the mcdonald‘s to deal with but the questions... let‘s focus on what the right honourable gentleman has raised which is zero hours contracts. the number of people on zero hours contracts is very small and there are people who say that it is a benefit to them to be on those
contracts. the 13 years, the labour party was in government and did nothing about zero hours contracts. it is this conservative government that has put the workers first and banned exclusive zero hours contracts. my question was about mcdonald‘s and the chief executive is paid 1300 times as much as his staff. there are 800,000 people approximately in britain on zero hours contracts. when she became leader, the prime minister pledged andi leader, the prime minister pledged and i quote, "i want to make shareholder votes on corporate pay not just advisory but shareholder votes on corporate pay notjust advisory but binding." she put it into her manifesto. that ma nifesto put it into her manifesto. that manifesto has been dumped or archived and like so much else in her manifesto, where was the tough talk on and —— on corporate greed?
was it just for the talk on and —— on corporate greed? was itjust for the election campaign or is it going to be put into law? i suggested to the right honourable gentleman that he looks at the action the conservatives have taken on this issue. it is the conservative government that has published our proposals on corporate governance and we gave shareholders the power to veto pay policies. we forced companies to show pay and we have tough transparency measures for the banks. that has been done by the conservative party that has been putting workers first.” conservative party that has been putting workers first. i note she uses the word, advisory. page 18 of the dumped manifesto says they make
executive pay packages subject to strict annual boat by shareholders. she has gone back on her words. to help people struggling... to help people struggling to make ends meet, many politicians are convinced we need to cap energy prices. the prime minister was briefly converted to this policy. last week the profit margins of the big six energy companies hit their highest ever level. i wonder if i could prevail on the prime minister to stick to her own manifesto pledges on this matter as well. first of all, on the question of what we were doing on corporate governance, i didn‘t use the word advisory. can i suggest in future he listens to be an sand doesn‘t just read out future he listens to be an sand doesn‘tjust read out the statement. he has raised an important issue. energy prices. we are concerned
about the way that the market is operating and expect the companies to treat customers fairly. that is why we have been looking at the action that can be taken. that is why the business secretary has been doing exactly that and he wrote to ofgem in june as doing exactly that and he wrote to ofgem injune as king them to seek advice on what they can do for their customers. —— asking. these tariffs do not give them value for money. it is the government that is doing something about it. if only that the case. ofgem‘s plans will benefit 2.6 million 17 million customers are short—changed by the big six energy companies. she could and should take action on it. she is not the only one going back on her word. when the members opposite have
calmed down a little, i would just like to say this. at last year‘s sports direct annual meeting, mike ashley personally pledged to ban the use of zero hours contracts in his company. a year on, they are still exploiting insecure hours workers with zero hours contracts. will the prime ministerjoin me in now demanding that mission ashley on his words and end zero hours contracts in all of his companies? —— mr ashley. is this government that has taken action in relation to zero hours contracts. the right honourable gentleman talks about ma nifestos honourable gentleman talks about manifestos and people going back on their word. i might manifestos and people going back on theirword. i might remind him that
in the labour party manifesto, there was a commitment to support trident, our nuclear deterrent. shortly after the election, in private he told people he didn‘t agree with that. the years, the right honourable gentleman sat on the labour party benches and didn‘t support labour policy. now he has labour leader and he still doesn‘t support labour policy. i listened really carefully to what the prime minister said on this occasion and i‘m struggling to see the connection between what she just said. mike ashley, sports direct and mcdonald‘s. maybe she could now answer the question, will she condemn what sports direct and mcdonald‘s are doing to their staff? it is quite straightforward. yes or no? today, thousands of nursing and
other health care staff are outside parliament. they are demanding that this government scrapped the 1% pay cap. poor paid means experienced staff are leaving and fewer people are training to become nurses. there is already a shortage of 40,000 nurses across the uk. will the prime minister please see sense and and the public sent to pay cap and ensure our nhs staff are properly paid. we value the work of all those who work in the public sector. nurses, teachers and others who are doing a good job for a stay in and day out in difficult and harrowing circumstances. it might be helpful ifi circumstances. it might be helpful if i remind the house as to where we are with this issue. there are two pay review body reports for 27/18 still to be published. later we will
publish the framework for 2018/19 and we will continue to balance the need to protect jobs, and we will continue to balance the need to protectjobs, the need to protect public sector workers and the need to ensure we are protecting and being fairto the need to ensure we are protecting and being fair to those paying for it including public sector workers. i say to the right honourable gentleman that what we have seen, what he does in this house and outside this house is consistently stand up and ask for more money to be spent on this, that on the other. he can do that in opposition... yet asked for more money to be spent. he can do that in opposition because he knows he doesn‘t have to pay for it. the problem with labour is they do it in government as well and when labour... asa it in government as well and when labour... as a result of the decisions, the labour talking
government as a result of the decisions, they talk in government and we have to pay more on debt, interest tha n and we have to pay more on debt, interest than non—nhs pay. that is the result of labour. minister had no problems finding £1 billion to please the dup, no problems whatsoever. nhs staff of 14% worse off than they were seven years ago. issue really happy that nhs staff use food banks? warm words don‘t pay food bills. pay rises will help to do that. she must end the public sector pay cap. the reality of the working people is lower wages and less job security. with working people is lower wages and lessjob security. with inward poverty now at record levels. will the prime minister clarifies something she if they did during the election campaign? for those
struggling to get by, whether employees, self—employed, permanent or temporary, can the prime minister state today that they will not see rises in the basic rate of income tax, national insurance contributions or value added tax?” can tell the right honourable gentleman the help we have been given to those just about managing, we have taken 4 million people out of paying income tax altogether. we‘ve given a tax cut to over 30 million people. we see records numbers of people in employment. we have given earners the highest pay rise by introducing the national live in ways but you only get that with a strong economy. we believe in sound money, he believes in higher debt. we believe in making our economy strong debt. we believe in making our economy strong so we can debt. we believe in making our economy strong so we can invest in our public services. labour‘s
approaches are reckless and ours is balanced. our balanced delivers strong economy which means more money for public services, more money for public services, more money for public services, more money forfamilies money for public services, more money for families but you only get a better future with a conservative. as the prime minister said, this government has an outstanding record ofjob creation with 3 million more people in work than seven years ago. it is perfectly true that wage rises have not been as high as we would've hoped but i'm proud that we get that big boost to people at the low—end with the rise in the national living wage. what honourable gentleman opposite does not understand is you can only have sustainable rises in pay with increases in productivity. my question to the prime minister issue will —— is will she instructor ministers to bring forward proposals for productivity rises in time for
the chancellor to announced... he is putting his finger on it. productivity is crucial for the strength of our economy going forward and improving the productivity. that is why we have introduced our modern industrial strategy which will boost productivity and why we are introducing technical education for the first time in this country to ensure young people have the skills they need to take to the higher page —— paid jobs created as a result of our industrial strategy. does the prime minister agreed that immigration is essential to the strength of the uk economy as well as enhancing our diversity and culturalfabric? as enhancing our diversity and cultural fabric? as i had said on many occasions and immigration has been good for the uk but what people wa nt to
been good for the uk but what people want to see is control of that immigration. that is what people wa nted immigration. that is what people wanted to see as a result of coming out of the european union. we are able to exercise control is in relation to those who come to this country from outside the countries within the european union and we continue to believe as a government that it continue to believe as a government thatitis continue to believe as a government that it is important to have net migration at sustainable levels. because of the impact it has on people at the lower end of the income scale in depressing their wages. last october, the prime minister was forced into humiliating u—turns on proposals to force companies to disclose how many foreign workers they employee. juggling the summer, 100 eu nationals, resident in the uk, received deportation notices in error causing alarm to their families and many others. we need to cherish those here and not chase them away. the prime minister must
stop dancing to the tune of a right wing backbencher and apologise for the disgraceful treatment her government has shown migrants in the uk. in the first instance, will she pledged that international students will no longer be included in the net migration figures? can i say to the honourable gentleman that in relation to the error that was made by the home office, every one of those individuals was telephoned with an apology. they shouldn‘t have happened in the first place but the government did telephone with an apology. let me say this. there is a reason for wanting to ensure we can control migration. it is because of the impact that the migration can have on people on access to services come on access on infrastructure but crucially it often hits those at the
lower end of the income scale ha rd est. lower end of the income scale hardest. i suggest the honourable gentleman thinks about that impact rather than standing up here and saying what he has done. it is important we bring in controls and we wa nt important we bring in controls and we want to welcome the brightest and the best to the uk and we will continue to do so. i know my right honourable friend will be as alarmed and angered as many at the decision of the northern ireland judicial authorities to reopen the so—called legacy cases involving past and present members of the armed forces. these cases have been meticulously investigated and represent 10% of deaths in the troubles. a line needs to be drawn here. does my right honourable friend agree that it is wrong to single out any group for this kind of investigation and that the hundreds and thousands of people who served in northern ireland
should feel appreciated for the difficultjob they did, not being hounded into old age by investigations of this kind? can i say we are unstinting in our admiration for the role that our armed forces played in ensuring northern ireland‘s feature would only ever be decided by democracy and consent. the overwhelming majority served with great distinction and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. as part of their work to implement the stormont house agreement, we will ensure new legacy bodies will be under legal obligations to be fair balanced and proportionate. now ensure our vetera ns a re proportionate. now ensure our veterans are not unfairly treated or disproportionately investigated and will reflect the fact that 90% of deaths in the troubles were caused by terrorists and not by the armed forces. as he will understand, the investigations by psni are a matter for them as they are independent of
government. the prime minister will be aware of the death of my constituents, kim briggs, who was knocked over last year by a cyclist on an illegal fixed wheel bike with no front brake. does the prime minister agree with me that the law on dangerous driving should be extended to include offences by cyclists and does she already —— also agree that the 1861 offence of wa nton also agree that the 1861 offence of wanton and furious driving which the prosecution had to rely upon in this case is hopelessly outdated and wholly inadequate? can my first of all extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the honourable lady‘s constituent who died in those tragic circumstances. she has raised an important issue. we should
welcome the fact that the prosecution were able to find legislation to take the prosecution. the point she makes as a general one that ensuring our legislation keeps up that ensuring our legislation keeps up to date with developments that ta ke up to date with developments that take place. this is an issue the secretary of state date for transport will look at. —— secretary of state for transport will cap. green space is good for your health but those in the most deprived area of this country are the most unlikely to do so. my honourable friend is committed to improving mental health. can i ask her to read the new report published by the conservative environment network masterminded by my honourable friend, the member for taunton masterminded by my honourable friend, the memberfor taunton deane and take on board ‘s recommendation to consider the environment across policy western markle the whole question of mental health is one that i know she has campaigned on and has abutting killer interest on.
i welcome the fact that she has raised the issue. it is becoming ever more recognised. this is something the conservative environment network highlights. defra will be producing a 24 year environment plan and will look at the evidence within that report and focus on what can be done to ensure the benefits provided by access to green space are the benefits provided by access to green space are available to all segments of society. this summer, a third of all parents across the country went without a meal to ensure they could feed their children during the school holidays. in stoke—on—trent, amazing volu nteers in stoke—on—trent, amazing volunteers provided over 10,000 meals for local kids. i am proud of my constituents but i‘m disgusted at this government who have done nothing in terms —— and turned a
blind eye. how many kids have to go hungry, how many have to go without food before this by minister will do herjob and act? i have to say to the honourable lady, i recognise the issue she has raised about children and those who are normally able to access free school meals during term time and the impact this has during the holidays. it is a matter the member has been taking up and together with colleagues for hunger. our focus together with colleagues for hunger. ourfocus remains on together with colleagues for hunger. our focus remains on tackling the root causes of poverty. this is what is important, not just root causes of poverty. this is what is important, notjust the symptoms. nearly three quarters of children from workless families moved out of poverty when their parents entered into full—time work. we see record levels of employment under this government and this is why it is so important. ensuring we get a strong
economy and those jobs. i‘m sure ministers at the department for work and pensions will be looking at the proposals the honourable member has brought further. the reductions in unemployment, poverty and income and equality are some of our pride —— proudest achievements in recent yea rs. proudest achievements in recent years. what more is the government planning to do to further the one nation principle and ensure a fairer society still? under this government, we have seen income inequality fall to its lowest level since 1986. the number of people in absolute poverty is at a record low and we have got the lowest unemployment rate since 1975. there is more to do and that is why yesterday we announced a £40 million fund for youth organisations to boost the skills and life chances
that young people living in disadvantaged areas. it will have a transformational effect on the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people and will help to achieve a fairer society that my honourable friend has referred to. few weeks ago, the utterly shaming lack of mental health provision in this country was condemned by almost seniorfamily court this country was condemned by almost senior family courtjudges as he sought about for a desperately ill teenage girl. the 17—year—old had been restrained no fewer than 117 times ina been restrained no fewer than 117 times in a place not fit to care for her. does the prime minister agree with me in echoing the words of sir james mumby, that the continued failure to tackle our‘s mental health crisis means the state will have blood on its hands? iam sure i am sure everybody was concerned to read about the circumstances of the
individual and the treatment she had received. i accept we need to do more in relation to our mental health services. that is why the government is putting more money into mental health, why we have introduced a number of programmes focusing on the mental health of young people, it is why we have reduced by 80% of the number of young people being detained in police cells because of their mental ill—health. as i say, we have increased the funding. we need to do more. as is why we are pushing forward on further change. we are pledged to reforming outdated mental health laws. i agreed mental health is important. this government is focusing on ed and putting more resources into it. —— focusing on it. the fishing industry around the united kingdom and in my constituency. can i asked the minister what discussions the prime
minister what discussions the prime minister has had with the north—east of scotla nd minister has had with the north—east of scotland as part of the withdrawal of the eu.” of scotland as part of the withdrawal of the eu. i recognise the importance of the fishing industry to a number of parts, including my honourable friend‘s constituency. the government is engaging with a range of fishing stakeholders, including a meeting with the scottish fishermen ‘s federation, which took place in july. we do value our fishing trinity is and it will be part of the action we take as we leave the european union. i have met some fishermen and spoken to them about the industry and we are working with fishermen and others who have a stakeholder in the industry to make sure we get this right when we leave the european union. the prime minister will be aware of our initiatives last week to have devolution up and running in northern ireland immediately, in parallel the talks process. an initiative that was welcomed by a
wide public opinion in northern ireland. despite all of our best effo rts ireland. despite all of our best efforts and the agreement of all the other parties, sinn fein stands alone and continues to block the restoration of government in northern ireland. would she confirm to the house what a government spokesperson said yesterday evening about the future governance arrangements, it welcomes statement that they would be no question of joint authority in dublin. the right honourable gentleman is right about the importance of the talks that we have two restore devolved administration in northern ireland. i‘m happy to confirm with not looking at a joint authority. he will be aware that the belfast agreement doesn‘t quit within its certain responsibilities in relation to the government of the republic of ireland, north and south coordination. the focus for all of us should be in trying to ensure we can resolve the current differences
and we can see that devolved administration read asserted in northern ireland. i think that would be best for the people of northern ireland. by refusing to even discuss free trade, does the prime minister agreed that the european commission is damaging the employment and economic interests of their own member states? for example, endangering jobs in the german car industry for whom the uk is the largest export market. will the prime minister cold on other european heads of government to prevail on the european commission to end this act of wanton economic self harm and start free trade talks, which are so clearly in the interests of everybody? as he will know, my right honourable friend, the secretary of state for exiting
the secretary of state for exiting the youth was back in brussels. they have been productive and constructive. we want to see the discussion is moving on. what the government has done over the summer is published a set of papers that set out options and ideas for how that special partnership can be taken that special partnership can be ta ken forward that special partnership can be taken forward in the future. my honourable friend is right, this is not a question of what is it the united kingdom, it is in the interests of the european union to have that special partnership. thank you. what action is the prime minister taking to ensure my constituents, many of whom are paid in excess of £5,000 to travel to london every year, get better service? notley service the new plans under her government have introduced. —— notley service. the people of bedford will lose the rail services. i did not catch... can i say it to the honourable gentleman
that if you look at the record of this government, we recognise the importance of the rail services. he says, no we do not. i suggest you looks at the funding we are putting into improving the services across this country. that is the sign of the recognition of the importance of the recognition of the importance of the services we have. one person sleeping rough is one too many. our party‘s manifesto sets out to end rough sleeping by the end of this parliament. given the important role that charities play in this task, we re that charities play in this task, were the prime ministerjoin me in paying tribute to the excellent charity crisis that is marking its anniversary. can i pay tribute to my honourable friend. i know this is an issue he cures about anti—court cheers the eight ppg on ending homelessness. we did have a commitment in relation to reducing
rough sleeping, having it by 2022 and eliminating it by 20 27. £500 million has been allocated until 2020 to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. i am also happy in paying tribute to crisis as they mark their 50th anniversary. i will be hosting a reception to mark the anniversary in downing street later today. the university of bradford makes a compelling case for a medical school teaching all types of health professionals. can the prime minister confirm that those universities where the need is the most greeters will be given the opportunity to set up medical schools? —— most greatest. we are going to be increasing the number of training places and that does mean that the department of health is looking at the whole question of what places are available, we are and what medical school should be set up. i am sure the secretary of
state for health would be interested in hearing her pitch for bradford have a medical school. in the 1960s and 70s, thousands of women were prescribed a drug is a pregnancy test. this resulted in... including my constituents, who cares for the sister, alongside elderly parents, of her brother who was affected. does my prime minister agree with me that those families deserve justice and they should be a chance to launch a public enquiry into this terrible scandal or smack my honourable friend has raised an important issue. she is right to do so. “— important issue. she is right to do so. —— my honourable friend. we should recognise the impact it had on these women who took the hormonal pregnancy test, up to 1978. there is
an expert group that is being set up to look into this issue, and the urge you to publish their findings in the autumn. i would be happy to meet my honourable friend to discuss this with her. parents and my constituency are disappointed. over the summer they sought to take advantage... order, a very unseemly response. the honourable lady is a new member, highly articulate, and she will be heard. the honourable lady will be heard. terence and my constituency are disappointed. this to ta ke constituency are disappointed. this to take advantage of the 30 hours of free childcare. due to underfunding, we found it was not available and not free. will the prime apologised appearance across the country for false advertising on what otherwise would have been a welcome policy.” can tell the honourable lady that we are investing one billion pounds in
extra funding every year in early yea rs extra funding every year in early years entitlement, £300 million year to increase the national average funding rate. this investment is based on work that was done, you plan that was done by the department for education which was described as thorough and wide ranging. the are important ways that childcare providers can get more from their funding. it is independent research has shown that hourly funding rate is higher than the average cost for providing a place to a three or four—year—old. i would providing a place to a three or four—year—old. iwould hope providing a place to a three or four—year—old. i would hope the honourable lady would welcome the fa ct honourable lady would welcome the fact this issue of childcare is one this government has taken on board and is delivering on. for the second year running, i am planning the wiltshire festival of engineering. this time, the honourable memberfor south west wiltshire, we hope to inspire 3000 children to challenge
stereotypes of engineering careers, combat the local skills gap and highlight that wiltshire is a hub of engineering, design and technology. will the prime minister consider attending this wonderful event? can i congratulate my honourable friend from her initiative and says she does raise a very important point. i think it is important we seek more young people moving into engineering, pursuing careers in engineering, pursuing careers in engineering, and science were generally. oppositely steps she is taking with the honourable friend is an important part of this. we do need to address. you type, particularly about education engineering and women. if my diary allows, i would be very happy to attend. clinicians do not believe it would be safe, commissioners and providers do not believe it would be
feasible, is it not now be time for ministers to reverse the decision we took in 2011 to close the accident and emergency department in king george hospital? can i say to the honourable gentleman, we have been very clear where decisions are taken when those decisions to be taken at a local level with clinical advice. that is exactly what the department of health is doing. as an secretary, the prime minister was one of the first to appreciate the alarming extent of child sexual exploitation and calls to set up the abuse enquiry. does she agree with me that those who expose and work to root out the criminal perpetrator is pretty horrific crimes they commit, especially in the case of cultural sensitivities, hiding behind political correctness, should be promoted and not castigated and gagged. my honourable friend has
raised a sensitive and important issue. as he says, it was an issue i took interest in when i was one secretary. anyone who abuses a child must be stopped, regardless of their race, age or gender. it was not as good as it any culture, community race or religion. it happens in all areas of the country and takes different forms. i am clear that political or cultural sensitivities must not get in the way of preventing and and covering —— uncovering child abuse. the position to speak out must be on shadow ministers and ministers on both sides of this house. if we turn a blind eye to this abuse, as has happened too much in the past, what crimes will be committed and more children will be suffering in silence. glenfield children heart
surgery silence. glenfield children heart surgery unit has some of the best outcomes in the country. including mortality rates lower than the national average. professor bear says proposals to change the children‘s heart surgery are embarrassing and plucked out of ten here. —— the professor there. the final decision is made on sound clinical evidence and when this houseis clinical evidence and when this house is sitting so mps can question ministers about nhs england‘s plans or smack the honourable lady is aware there are ways that mps can question ministers. as i said to one of her honourable friend earlier, the decisions about the future structures of the nhs will be taken and are being taken on the basis of clinical need and evidence. britain is among the world‘s weeding digital economies. as we leave the european
union, technology will be crucial to successful brexit. does the prime minister agreed with me that brexit can kick—start a further wave of digital investment and working with the industry, a brexit technology task force could help do that? my friend is right about the position that the united kingdom holds in relation to science and innovation. we area relation to science and innovation. we are a leading destination. we have some of the world‘s top universities, three of which are in the world‘s top ten. we have more nobel prize winners in the country outside of the k —— at side of the united states. brexit gives us an opportunity to give a further kick—start in relation to the digital economy. we want to attract investment from all over the world in relation to this. we don‘t want to work with industry to make sure that can be done. —— we want to work
with industry. the prime minister said previously rights will be continued in law. it will be guaranteed as long as i am prime minister. can she tell the house how long that will be? can i say to the honourable gentleman that that is a commitment that i am happy to stand by. that is something we have been doing as a conservative government and will continue to do and something i will continue to do as prime minister. tomorrow is the awareness day that highlights the muscle condition that affects young men like my constituent archie hill. it's men like my constituent archie hill. it‘s anticipated, the development of a new screening test goes ahead,
psychological support must be available to any affected family. with the prime minister provide assurance to families that nhs england will develop such a vital psychological support provision‘s my right honourable friend has raised an important aspect of this terrible condition. i recognise the importance of ensuring people can access appropriate psychological support when they have the young family member diagnosed with a serious health problem. in relation to the new screening test, i understand the charity is working with nhs‘s advisory group to understand how best to meet the needs of carers and parents following the diagnosis. i am grateful to my right honourable friend having raised this issue. order... a lengthy session for the
first pmq ‘s after the summer recess. a wide range of questions. at the beginning, jeremy corbyn talked about public pay and talked about what she called the conservative‘s dumped manifesto. he said the government had broken a number of manifesto pledges and promises. more analysis of what has been happening in the house of commons during the afternoon today. one of the most powerful atlantic storms ever recorded, hurricane irma, is battering the caribbean islands of antigua, barbuda and anguilla. it is expected to move on to the british virgin islands, puerto rico, the dominican republic and haiti. our correspondent will grant joins us from havana. it is expecting hurricaine irma. tell us about the preparations. as you say, they are getting underway
on some of the islands to the east of cuba. the smaller caribbean islands are facing potential real devastation and damage. it is such a vast storm at this stage. many of those islands are low lying, coastal areas. they are quite poor in terms of infrastructure and the communities are quite sparse and removed. most of the work is going on there but with hurricaine irma due to make landfall, or at least brush the northern coast of cuba by friday, we expect, people here are beginning to gearup friday, we expect, people here are beginning to gear up for it in terms of trying to find clean drinking water, enough fuel, of trying to find clean drinking water, enoughfuel, hardware of trying to find clean drinking water, enough fuel, hardware to board up their homes and things like that. thank you very much. joining me now is blondel cluff, representative of the government of anguilla to the uk and eu. thank you forjoining us. i note you
are very concerned about the people there. you have no contact with the island, i understand. no contact through telephones or the internet. the radio station is still producing some sort of output but very limited. tell us how prepared the island is far hurricaine irma and the eye of the storm is over and we let right now. right at this moment. we have got a 200 mph at the present. there are for shelters on the island but they are in school halls and church halls. the locals are relying on their own resources to get through this one. presumably, there is a considerable amount of experience but as we have heard, this is a storm, a hurricane that is breaking records. there is no experience of anything like this. this will devastate the island. an island which is, his economy is
dependent on to resign, farming and fishing. this is something that will affect it for months, if not years to come. the geography of the island i understand means it really is bearing the brunt of this. describe that for our viewers. the issue is it is low lying. a great deal of it is below sea level. with the storm surges, we will face serious flooding. is there anything more that could have been done in advance of hurricaine irma, oral was simply not time —— or was simply not time‘s we are the cinderella of the british overseas territories. we have a population of 15,000 british citizens, 18,000 visitors a year that we are dependent upon for tourism and hospital with only 32 beds. that hospital barely had any given ability. we do not even have an mri given ability. we do not even have an mr! scanner. we are dependent upon our neighbours. the saint
martyn is the outermost region of the youth. without their assistance, we have no access by sea or air. 90% of ourfuel comes from we have no access by sea or air. 90% of our fuel comes from another dutch island. we are not prepared for much of the sort of thing. you are dependent on the help of your neighbours and if they are suffering asa neighbours and if they are suffering as a result of hurricaine irma, and there is a huge amount of damage, then you may be dependent on the people whatever they can do themselves. we would have to get through this on our own.” themselves. we would have to get through this on our own. i have spoken to the fco, they will be having crisis discussions. historically, the amount of support has always been limited, i am afraid. do you fear loss of life? do fear loss of life and loss of livelihood that is inevitable. thank
you for your time. the chief constables of two police forces in england have announced that they would like to merge. devon and cornwall police and the dorset constabulary have already been working together for two years, in what the two forces call a ‘strategic alliance‘. in a joint statement, the chief constables said they believed going further and merging resources would create a more resilient force. it would be the first merger of english constabularies for 50 years. after ten world cups, twenty nine fa cup finals, ten european championships and more than 200 england games — football commentatorjohn motson will retire next summer. he‘ll call it quits after 50 years with the bbc. it is like saying to your postman, how do you prepare the letters? people don‘t need to know that, do they? and people didn‘t need to know that i was spending two days in this office banging myself over the head with who the substitute was going to be for this team on saturday.
they only wanted... they were only concerned with the end product, and i had to make that as good as i could. presenter: if ever you thought that we sporting commentators always sit nicely warm in our commentary box, that isjohn motson, reporting for us tonight on the southend— liverpool match, looking rather like an orphan in the storm. we are sending out a st bernard to rescue him. the big breakthrough game for you was that big ‘72 cup match. ronnie‘s goal... without that, would you be here? it changed my life. newcastle winning1—0 with five minutes to go. now tudor has gone down for newcastle. radford again. oh, what a goal! what a goal! radford, the scorer. ronnie radford. and the crowd... the crowd are invading the pitch. whenever i meet ronnie radford, i say, you changed my life, ronnie. and he said, that goal changed my career, which it did. and when they drag it out on cup weekend, and i hear myself commentating on that goal,
and i remember when he hit it and it was flying towards the top corner of the net, and when i see it again, as i have hundreds of times, i still think to myself, please, go in, don‘t hit the post. if that hadn‘t nestled in the newcastle net, i wouldn‘t be here now. i‘m afraid that mark west and martin o‘neill are going to have to wait a few days longer if they‘re going to add another chapter to wycombe‘s famous cup history, because as you can see, this part of buckinghamshire is absolutely snowbound, and there is a gale hurtling around me now. the sheepskin coat has sort of entered folklore now. when you first... it seems like such... it is such a normal thing to do, to have a warm overcoat. did you think at the time it could be your trademark? no, ididn‘t. i bought it for the warmth. because you couldn‘t buy a sheepskin full—length coat. it was only a jacket you could get in the shops. so i started having these made—to—measure. people started saying, you are the bloke in the sheepskin. where were you when you were in the snow? and that is when it grew.
i didn‘t set out to make that a trademark, honestly. but it hasn‘t done me any harm. we can‘t get down there to actually find out what has happened, but i think trevor brooking is next to me. well, he is next to me! i did my first—ever commentary for bbc television from this very gantry, and in those days,, nobody had heard of the internet, although i can vouch for the fact that i did say once upon a time, it‘s in the net. what do you think made you a great commentator, looking back now? well, i can‘t say great. i think you‘ve got to be passionate about it. i also feel you‘ve got to remember as well that it‘s only part of life, you know. while people are listening to football matches or commentating on them, there are people going to the cinema, the theatre and reading books. i think one or two people tend to forget that. i was going to say it was like being paid for your hobby. that‘s what people always say to me. but there is a little bit of hard work involved. you know, the preparation and the homework, and watching players and going to see games so that you can do the one
you were going to do next a bit better, it was a challenge, but it was a challenge that i always enjoyed. first the weather forecast. let‘s start of with a look at hurricaine irma. it roared right over the top of the barbuda seven o‘clock our time. this is a category five hurricane, the seventh strongest hurricaine irma has ever been in the records. it is working west, north—westwards. it is going to make its presence felt over the british virgin islands as well. the winds gusting up to 225 mph. there is only alan that has been stronger and we
are going to see catastrophic damage, notjust are going to see catastrophic damage, not just from the are going to see catastrophic damage, notjust from the wins but from the 11 fit storm surge. that is heading into the british virgin islands. catastrophic damage is expected. here in the uk, a quiet whether day—to—day. some sunny spells. the cloud thick enough for passing showers. one or two as well for northern ireland and the north—west of scotland. for many of us, a dry looking day. fresher than recent days. the temperatures range between 15 and 20 celsius. overnight tonight, the cloud will break up as we go through the night. showers coming and going across because, west in scotland and northern ireland were the cloud will thicken up ireland were the cloud will thicken up later in the light. overnight tonight, 12 to 15 celsius. chilly in parts of north—east scotland. thursday‘s weather, the winds will blow more strongly. a band of rain
pushes into northern ireland and scotland, the north—west of england and wales as we go through thursday afternoon. a good swathe of the midlands and england that will have a dry and brightly. temperatures on the low side for glasgow, 14 celsius in glasgow. the windy day on friday. gales in south—west england. rain into the south. uncertainty how far north. to the north of our general area of rain, a mixture of sunshine and showers. 14 to 18 celsius. this weekend, low pressure in charge and widespread showers, often quite cloudy and becoming windy particularly through sunday night. one of the most powerful atlantic hurricanes ever recorded has hit the caribbean, causing major damage. hurricane irma is a life threatening category 5 storm, with winds of up to 185 miles per hour. there are warnings of catastrophic effects. it hit land a few hours ago, knocking out power and damaging buildings.
it could hit florida by the weekend. the biggest cause for concern right now, is we seem to have completely lost contact with our sister island of barbuda. they are getting the full force of this right now. all floridians, keep a close eye on this incredibly dangerous storm. do not sit and wait to prepare. get prepared now. we‘ll have the latest live from cuba as the hurricane approaches. also this lunchtime... the government insists it won‘t shut the door on eu migration, but says the current system can‘t continue after brexit.