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the boss of the collapsed construction giant carillion says he takes full responsibility for its demise, which threatens thousands of jobs. mps have been grilling former directors about what went wrong. several apologised but none offered to give up their bonuses. i'm truly sorry for the impact. it was the worst possible outcome. this was a business worth fighting for, and that's what i sought to do. but mps accused the former bosses of building a giant company on sand in a desperate dash for cash. also tonight: volatile markets — more frantic trading on wall street after yesterday's dramatic fall sparked a global sell—off. the ira's hyde park bomb — more than 35 years later, the families of the men who died win legal aid for civil action against a suspect. everything i can, but nothing gets done... the tv star katie price goes to parliament to call for online abuse to be made a criminal offence. that comes after her son was
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repeatedly targeted. and 100 years after some women won the right to vote, we look back at their extraordinary campaign and its legacy. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... chelsea will not be sacking manager antonio conte, despite mounting pressure following back—to—back league defeats. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. former executives at the failed construction and services giant carillion have apologised for the compa ny‘s collapse. but they denied claims by mps that they were "asleep at the wheel." the firm — which employed 20,000 people in the uk — went into liquidation last month. today the company's former directors faced a committee of mps to explain what they'd known about its financial position. our business editor simonjack reports.
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summoned to westminster — carillion‘s top brass. philip green was chairman of the board when the company collapsed, and he started with an apology. i would say i am deeply sorry for the impact that the colla pse deeply sorry for the impact that the collapse of the company had on employees, pensioners, customers, suppliers and all stakeholders. so what went wrong? xhaka khan was finance director and said that hundreds of millions was owed by middle east customers, projects or trouble, and new business dried up. we had contracts that continued to drift because of brexit uncertainty. and that was amplified by the general election announcement. here in kings cross, there are few signs
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—— there are a few signs that carillion is still involved in this project. this company suffered a crippling profit warning in six months later was liquidated. 0ne thing everyone agrees on is that the company had far too much debt, so a nasty —— when nasty prizes came along, the company was in no fit state to withstand them. other projects face major delays. the royal liver hospital was due to open this month but may now not be ready before the end of next year. were the boss is rewarded for these failures? former chief executive richard howson was paid £i.5 failures? former chief executive richard howson was paid £1.5 million in salary, perks and bonuses. do you feel comfortable with the level bonus you receive the year before the company you ran collapsed? yes, ido, for the company you ran collapsed? yes, i do, for the attributes i owned it for. after that bonuses deferred, and half was paid in cash. there will be heated moments to come in
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this postmortem, and there will be awkward ones. large numbers of people aren't going to get paid for their contracts. 0ther people aren't going to get paid for their contracts. other people have lost theirjobs, their contracts. other people have lost their jobs, and their contracts. other people have lost theirjobs, and you are still all right. all of you. aren't you? simonjack, bbc all right. all of you. aren't you? simon jack, bbc news. it's been another volatile day for stock markets around the world after yesterday's big falls in america. the global sell—off was sparked by concerns that interest rates may rise in the us more quickly than expected. that would push up borrowing costs for companies and consumers. 0ur economics editor, kamal ahmed, has the details. the opening bell in new york today — optimistic, as ever. it is america, but on trading floors around the world — franco, tokyo london — worry as stock markets suffered a third day of falls. after the calm, the record highs, this is the. we see
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this as a correction, not a profound change that would mean we are entering a more difficult environment. nevertheless, we must understand that we are at a juncture in the global economy and in markets that might imply that the way forward is a lot more difficult and trickier than it was. the dramatic falls followed a remarkable upward run. the major american market, the dowjones, and in the uk the ftse 100, had been rising for a decade before the sell—off began. 0ver 100, had been rising for a decade before the sell—off began. over the last three days, the dowjones has fallen by 7.1%, and the ftse 100 last three days, the dowjones has fallen by 7.1%, and the ftse100 has fallen by 7.1%, and the ftse100 has fallen by 7.1%, and the ftse100 has fallen by 4.7%. this has been a period of money printing. central banks have kept interest rates at record lows and pumped in trillions of pounds of economic stimulus. the fear in the markets now is that inflation is returning because of strong global growth, and interest rates will rise, and the stimulus ta ps rates will rise, and the stimulus taps will be turned off. events in this city, events on wall street, can seem a long this city, events on wall street, can seem a long way this city, events on wall street, can seem a long way away from the high street, but the health of the
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stock market does matter. it matters, of course, if you own shares. it matters if you have a pension fund, often invested in stock markets. it matters if you have savings, often invested in stock markets. when the markets go down, the negative effects can be felt by many millions of people. america led the rise and has been leading the dip. that is a bit tricky for this man. at the stock market has smashed one record after another. we have here, i guess, close to 60 records. 0ur stock market has reached an all—time high today. will the president have to eat a little humble pie? let's refocus and look long—term. it is difficult to do in these situations and these times. let's keep a diversified portfolio. you can't have all your eggs in one basket. this is not yet a market crisis. the economic fundamentals are strong,
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particularly in trump's america. not many believe a full crash is imminent, but sentiment, emotion, drives markets as much as facts, and thatis drives markets as much as facts, and that is hard to predict. the families of four members of the household cavalry who died in the ira hyde park bombing in 1982 have finally been awarded legal aid to fund civil action against a suspect. 66—year—old john downey — a convicted ira bomber — was charged with their murders four years ago. but his trial collapsed dramatically when it emerged that he had been given written assurance, under a controversial scheme, that he was no longer a wanted man. daniela relph reports. it was a terror attack from another time — the 20th ofjuly, 1982. an ira car bomb detonated near hyde park. then another device exploded under a bandstand nearby. amongst those killed were four soldiers from the household cavalry. squadron
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quartermaster corporal roy bright, the tenant anthony daly, lance corporaljeffrey young, the tenant anthony daly, lance corporal jeffrey young, and the tenant anthony daly, lance corporaljeffrey young, and trooper simon tipper. he was then just 19 yea rs simon tipper. he was then just 19 years old. his family, this has been a long and continuing fight for justice. i will sleep easy again. my brother can rest easy where he is now, and that is all i ask. i don't ask any more, i don't want nothing from this whatsoever. all i want is the truth. john downey was the prime suspect. convicted of ira membership in the 1970s, he was charged with the bombing in 2014. he always denied any involvement, but his case collapsed. as part of the good friday agreement, john downey had been sent an on the run letter, giving an assurance that he would not face trial. the scheme was heavily criticised. tony blair, whose government implemented on the run letters, fiercely defended them.
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without having done that, we would not have a northern ireland peace process in place today. being able to pay for a civil action is a major breakthrough for the families of those who lost their lives here. there is a long legal road ahead, but now, they have hope. seven horses were also killed in the hyde park bombing. 0ne horses were also killed in the hyde park bombing. one that survived was sefton. in the aftermath of the horrific attack, the most‘s recovery ca ptu red horrific attack, the most‘s recovery captured the public‘s attention. the hyde park campaign forjustice now has renewed vigour. even though the impactand pain has renewed vigour. even though the impact and pain of events decades ago still lingers. there's been a sharp drop in the amount of money councils are spending on services for vulnerable children and families across england. research by huddersfield and sheffield universities has found that overall spending on children's services has fallen by 16% since 2010, despite increasing demand. and it's much worse in the most deprived council areas, with spending cut by
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an average of 27%. but the government insists extra money has been made available to councils. here's our social affairs correspondent, alison holt. in a cramped room in one of birmingham's most deprived areas, volunteers run a cook and eat session for local families. it's packed. many of the families here are under pressure with money or other worries. in these sessions, the mums find counselling, childcare and friends. they've asked not to be identified. that help is vital for mental health. 0bviously, having the mothers emotionally stable helps the children, and happy parents is happy children. today's research shows that early intervention and family support like this have had huge cuts as council spending on children's services in england has been squeezed. this place, run by a charity, says it has seen neglect cases increase massively. what we see is, where
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early help could have happened and the mum was able to get on her feet and keep those children, and then go on to be a very effective parent, we are now seeing that that is just left and left until a crisis emerges, and then you are at the very top end of crisis that involves removal of children. and this woman told me she is now caring for her relative's two children, who would otherwise be in care. she says the family didn't get enough early support. it would have made a lot of difference. it maybe would have helped probably keep the family together and not have it broken up the way that it is. in birmingham, there are some of the most deprived areas in the country. according to today's research, it is councils which are dealing with high levels of poverty and of need which have seen some of the greatest cuts to their children's services budgets. councils are dealing with a surge in child protection cases, with more children going into care, whilst those vital services have been largely shielded. in the most deprived areas, there has been a 54% cut in spending on helping families
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early. so, this is the room that was used for play... that has meant the closure of children's centres like this one in birmingham. here, they say they've lost staff who really knew what was going on locally. the same issues are still there. the community, as all communities in deprived areas, still need that support. but councils maintain the squeeze on their funding from government leaves them with no choice. many councils now face a tipping point where they know they are having to take away the services that keep people out of the most expensive child protection services. however, they've simply got no choice because they've got to keep funding the child protection work, and everything else, therefore, has to go in order to pay for it. the department of education says it has made extra money available to councils. it continues: we want every child, no matter where they
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live, to receive high—quality care and support. but with no let—up in the demand for children's services, the arguments over funding will get tougher. alison holt, bbc news. if a doctor makes a mistake and a patient dies, should they be taken to court for manslaughter? that's what happened to dr hadiza bawa—garba. she was convicted when a six—year—old boy died after a series of errors in hospital. her case sparked fury amongst thousands of doctors when she was then barred from practising again. now the health secretary, jeremy hunt, has ordered an urgent review into how such cases should be handled. here's our health editor, hugh pym. a six year old boy, jack adcock, died as a result of a catalogue of errors at a leicester hospital. a serious infection was not diagnosed. a doctor, hadiza bawa—garba, was convicted of gross negligence, manslaughter and later barred from practising. a nurse at the hospital was also convicted and struck off.
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colleagues say that dr bawa—garba was working under intense pressure and low staffing was partly to blame. they say it is unfair to stop her working again. today the government announced a review of how doctors' mistakes should be handled. it is fair to say that the recent dr bawa—garba case has caused huge concern. so today i can announce that i have asked professor sir norman williams, the former president of the royal college of surgeons and my senior clinical advisor to conduct a rapid review into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthca re. a crowdfunding campaign has now raised more than £300,000 to try and fight to clear dr bawa—garba's name. doctors say that the case has made them fearful of the consequences of making mistakes. an appreciation of what it was like to truly act under the pressure of that day needs to be learned by everybody, really, because healthcare is, by its nature, a pressurised situation.
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jack‘s family say the legal decisions should simply be respected. it's awful and it's wrong. i've lost my little boy in this. i don't need this. all i've done this fight for justice for my little boy. she needs to ta ke justice for my little boy. she needs to take the punishment, just like the nurse, and get on with it. doctors said jack‘s death was tragic and they had every sympathy for his family and their aim was to ensure that lessons were learned to keep future patients safe. hugh pym, bbc news. the time is 6.15. our top story this evening... the boss of the collapsed construction giant carillion says he takes full responsibility for its demise, which threatens thousands of jobs. and still to come... the cost of sitting in rush—hour traffic. research puts a figure on those lost hours. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... can league two notts county cause an upset and knock premier league side swansea out of tonight's replay to reach the fifth round of the fa cup? 100 years ago today,
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women finally won the right to vote. the representation of the people act meant that women over 30 who owned property could at last have their say. it was a right that was fought for and won by the suffragette movement. it was a movement that began in manchester. its leader was emmeline pankhurst. 0ur correspondent elaine dunkley looks back at her legacy. the suffragettes were militant and unrelenting. it was a movement born in manchester. the banner has the message on it... emmeline pankhurst led a group of women, notoriously resilient in their quest for votes, on a course that would shock the world and radically change democracy in britain. in the representation of the people act 1918, there was notjust some women who won the vote, it was all men as well, who were able to vote and the electorate tripled in that time.
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so, it's incredible that the people who are able to vote now were working class men and working—class people. working—class women of course still couldn't do that, but that would have radically changed what was being talked about in parliament at that time. the suffragettes used extreme methods to promote their cause. they felt words hadn't worked and used a wave of violence and vandalism as a way of making their political voice heard. there is a fall. in 1913, emily davison died after running into the path of the king's horse at the epsom derby as part of the protest. today, the prime minister was in manchester to pay homage to their heroism and the legacy that would see her at the head of government. they persevered in spite of all danger and discouragement, because they knew their cause was right. there have been calls for convicted suffragettes to be pardoned, but no mention of it in this speech. the truth of their arguments won the day and we are all in their debt. in this parlour, at the home of emmeline pankhurst,
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the suffragettes came up with the motto, deeds not words, a sentiment that still resonates. a lot of people have this negative connotation with feminism and think feminists are about hating men and that... or that women are better... and that is so anti—feminist. i think violence remains a huge issue for women. it was an issue that suffragettes campaigned about, they weren't everjust interested in the vote and actually, it's still a huge issue for women. i think being a person of colour and then being a woman, you have two layers, it is one discrimination against the other and you have to try and negotiate and pick your battles. the suffragettes started with voting rights for women. those first steps have taken us on a much biggerjourney. a lot has changed in 100 years, but the legacy of empowering future generations continues.
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elaine dunkley, bbc news. tonight, women mps both past and present, will gather in westminster hall to mark today's centenary. 0ur political correspondent vicki young is there. it isa it is a very rare honour to be able to broadcast from here. this is the old est pa rt to broadcast from here. this is the oldest part of the palace of westminster, normally reserved for more sedate proceedings. tonight, there is going to be a party. i am delighted to be joined there is going to be a party. i am delighted to bejoined by there is going to be a party. i am delighted to be joined by the senior archivist here in parliament and leader of the house of commons, leadsom. first of all, this place has some significance when it comes to the suffragette movement? this is where the women's suffrage campaign began. 1500 signatures valid solely by women and brought here to present. two women brought it here and they hid it under the stall of a woman selling fruit. it was
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underneath the fruit stall. it was presented to parliament the next day and that is where it all began. emily davison was always hiding in this place and getting caught. very famous for hiding in a cupboard in the chapel behind us. she hid on at least five other occasions. she hid ina least five other occasions. she hid in a ventilation area. but it didn't stop. she was back months later. when it comes to commemorating this, and we'll hear from the prime minister later, why is it important to do that and teach people about this? today is about a fantastic celebration, since women started to have the right to vote, the achievements of women over the last 100 years are quite extraordinary. and of course we do have the second female prime minister of this country. but today is also about supporting more young women thinking about a career in politics and making their world a better place. and it is about clamping down on
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online abuse and some of the awful things that happened to female candidates, and trying to encode more young women to take the plunge. in 2100 years, what more do you want women to have in public life? just about everything. there is a long way to go. we don't have complete equality. only one third of mps are women. there is a long way to go in the boardroom. and all day long, we see some of the problems women have right across the world in terms of achieving equality. there's a long way to go but much to celebrate today. thank you very much. we will hear from theresa may marking one of the most significant dates in british democratic history. thank you. the model and reality tv star katie price has told mps there should be a new law to deal with online abuse. her 15—year—old son harvey — who is partially blind and autistic — has been the target of relentless attacks on social media. katie price said such abuse online should be a criminal offence and a register of offenders should be created because at
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the moment police only have limited powers to stop it. adina campbell reports. she's called it "horrific", "sickening" and "disgusting". the abuse katie price says her disabled son harvey has experienced on social media. they're horrible about you, aren't they? so what you want to say to the people that are horrible to you? don't go on and be horrible to harvey. yes, that's right. applause. the comments prompted katie price to start a petition calling for online harassment to become a criminal offence. now with nearly 222,000 signatures, it means parliament will debate the issue. today, she appeared in front of mps. you name it, harvey gets it. they mock his picture on sweet packets. they put his head on... what is it, the isis? they put his head on that. i mean, you name it, they do it to harvey all the time.
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you can have your point of view about things but there is a point, and this, i think, at the next discussion, hopefully it will get through, where you sit down and draw a line. when does it become a criminal offence? meet lackney, rashida and stean, who've all experienced abuse online. i have been a victim of trolling for, like, my physical appearance and my intelligence. and my relationship with other people. what did those people say about your physical appearance? they said that i wasn't good enough and my physical appearance wasn't good enough for the everyday world. i got, like, a random message in my inbox on facebook and this guy was saying, "i want to kill you, i want to rape you." something of that nature. and i didn't know who this person was. a new survey shows the scale of the problem. it found that roughly half of eight to 17—year—olds have been targeted by online trolls. many more than once. the government says plans are under way to make the internet safer. and most of this group agree that
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things need to drastically change. this can really affect people's lives in a negative way. so actually having something to deter them from doing it would definitely be a step in the right direction. mps will now look at the impact of online abuse and examine if the law needs to be changed. raids have taken place across england in an operation to tackle people smuggling involving suspected kurdish gangsters. the national crime agency said 350 officers were involved in the raids in middlesbrough, hartlepool, stockton, newcastle, hastings and london. officers raided 20 addresses and made 21 arrests during the operation. it is thought that migrants paid began between 5000 and £10,000 to be smuggled in. if you drive in london, you will waste on average three days of your life every year stuck in rush hour traffic. outside the busy capital,
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it's not quite so bad in cities across england but the hours still clock up. as this research shows, in london, motorists lose an average of 74 hours a year injams. manchester is next with drivers wasting about 39 hours a year in traffic. and birmingham takes third prize with an average of 36 hours. sima kotecha reports. a major headache. trying to get somewhere but can't move. the much—hated traffic jam strikes again. oh, it's terrible. i use the road every day, along birmingham and the m6. and i basically now just sit down and watch it go by. got meetings to keep, got people to please, you know? so it can be very stressful, yeah. and we're spending more than a day every year stuck in traffic, according to new research by inrix. the cost of that isn't good either. more than £1000 per driver spent on wasted fuel and wasted working time. and that apparently has a detrimental impact on the economy, costing it billions.
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the cities rated the worst for sitting in queues are london, manchester, luton and here in birmingham. well, this is one of the most congested routes in the country. as you can see, lots of traffic, and this is a quiet day. exhaust fumes don't help, with high pollution levels in large cities. one answer the government says is investing £23 billion into new road schemes which will help cut congestion and shorten journey times. until it happens, though, and people see its impact, the stationary driver is far from happy. but, no, it is a pain. itjust makes me stressed. and how do you control that stress? i go home and have some chocolate and wine. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. time for a look at the weather. 0ld change on the weather front.
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here's sarah keith lucas. we have a lot of changes in terms of the weather map and weather data as well. and the whole look and feel of our weather graphics will be changing. we start our forecast with this pretty wintry window on the weather today. some great pictures sentin weather today. some great pictures sent in by our weather watchers, including this wintry scene in cumbria where we have about four or five centimetres of lying snow. as that shifts southwards, it will be a chilly nights to come. here's the satellite. looking down on the cloud. you can see the band of cloud, a slow—moving weather front, producing further snow as it shifts across the east. perhaps a dusting of snow in london. a couple of centimetres possible towards norfolk. across the rest of the country, as the sky clears, it is dry and bitterly cold. we could c— double digits in the countryside.
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let's look at wednesday. he called and icy day to come. if we zoom in and icy day to come. if we zoom in and regional view, starting with scotland, watch out for the potential of icy stretches. brighter skies in east of scotland with cold conditions here. northern ireland clouding over a cold but cloudy morning. sunshine to start the day across much of england and wales. still some wintry flurries in the far west of wales in particular. and the far eastern regions will cease some dusting is as well. wintry sunshine hold on for much of england and wales but this guy is cloud over for the north west with the arrival of some rain and a bit of hill snow around as well. temperature—wise, little bit less cold than today. later this week, it stays cold. further rain or hill snow times and also some spells of sunshine. so is looking unsettled over the next few days. thank you.
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that's all from us. time to join the bbc‘s news teams where you are. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: senior executives of the construction giant carillion deny being "asleep at the wheel", as they're questioned by mps. the collapse of the company will delay completion of a new hospital in liverpool. there's been a volatile start to trading on american stock markets a day after they suffered big falls. european and asian markets also had significant losses as a result of the uncertainty. the ira hyde park bombing of 1982 — relatives of the victims get legal aid for a civil action against the main suspect. four soldiers were killed in the attack in 1982. and, last—minute preparations are under way at cape canaveral in florida for the launch by the aerospace company spacex for what could become the world's
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most powerful rocket. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday. but first, a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. at 7pm, beyond 100 days reports on another day of stock market volatility.


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