tv BBC News at One BBC News April 18, 2018 1:00pm-1:30pm BST
theresa may apologises unreservedly in the commons for the way some of the windrush generation have been treated — insisting they're british and ‘are part of us‘ labour called the controversy a shameful episode which could be laid at the prime minister's door. isn't the truth, mr speaker, that under her the home office became heartless and hopeless, and doesn't she now run a government that is both callous and incompetent? but mrs may said the decision to destroy landing cards, which showed when people first arrived in the uk, was taken under the last labour government. we'll have the latest on the controversy from westminster. also this lunchtime. a plane passenger dies, after being almost sucked out of a window — following a mid—air engine explosion. the rate of inflation slowed last month — cheaper clothing puts it at the lowest rate for a year. the former first lady barbara bush —
wife, and then mother, of two us presidents — dies, at the age of 92. the uk's biggest coffee chain promises to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells — by 2020. with a month to go to their wedding, prince harry and meghan markle meet some of the young people attending the commonwealth summit. coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news: a boost for next month's tour of yorkshire, mark cavendish will take part after recovering from rib and ankle injuries. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. theresa may has apologised unreservedly in parliament for the way some members of the windrush generation
have been treated — following the revelations about commonwealth immigrants being wrongly threatened with deportation. in heated exchanges during prime minster's questions, labour said the responsibility lay with mrs may — but she revealed that the decision to destroy landing cards, which showed when people first arrived in the uk, was taken in 2009, under the last labour government. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, reports. are you to blame for the windrush fiasco prime minister? stepping out into the spring sunshine was no hiding from a question still facing theresa may and her government, on how migrants with every right to live in the uk were threatened with detention and deportation. at prime minister's questions this lunchtime she again apologised. we have no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain. and for
those who have mistakenly received letters challenging them, i want to say, apologise to them, and i want to say sorry to anyone who has been caused... who has confusion or anxiety felt as a result of this. jeremy corbyn raised the issue of documents destroyed which could have helped people prove their status. yesterday we learned that in 2010 the home office destroyed is landing cards for a generation of commonwealth citizens. and so have told people we can't find you in our system. did the prime minister, the then home secretary, sign of that decision? no, the decision to destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 undera destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 under a labour government. that was a revelation he wasn't
expecting. but the labour leader kept up his attack. isn't the truth, mr speaker, that under home office became heartless and hopeless, and doesn't she now run a government thatis doesn't she now run a government that is both callous and incompetent? nick broderick came to the uk as a baby in 1962. he's been fighting for the past four years to prove his legals baiters and like many he feels let down by the way he has been treated. —— his legal status. i thought this was my home. i don't know jamaica, status. i thought this was my home. i don't knowjamaica, i came over as a baby. i love england. it's really shaken me, you know. knowing what my family has gone through and thousands of other people as well. some relief for amber rudd perhaps that it was labour who took the decision to destroy documents. but still this morning a call for the home secretary to take full responsibility. i think this incident is so shameful and has
caused such distress to so many people that she really needs to consider her position. in brussels, officials are watching with concern. the government's handling of the windrush fiasco has not filled them with confidence about how eu nationals will be treated in the uk after brexit. even with the withdrawal agreement now things are not over. we need to still to have the citizens' rights completed. because certainly after the windrush scandal in britain we want to be sure the same is not happening to oui’ sure the same is not happening to our european citizens, and that there is no bureaucratic nightmare there. meps will meet home office officials next week to discuss that process. officials say a task force set up has dealt with around 50 cases so set up has dealt with around 50 cases so far, though the number is relatively small, more damage will be done with every case that comes to light. jonathan blake, bbc news,
westminster. lets speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. where does this controversy sets this lunchtime after theresa may's bottle about the landing pad issue? let's be clear, mrs may entered the chamber pretty much on the rack because this windrush saga shows no sign of going away, and won't until we getan sign of going away, and won't until we get an end to this trickle of stories about windrush families. mrs may was given a question to enable her to come out and issue yet another public apology to the windrush generation, saying, you're british, you are part of us, you've made a massive contribution to this country. stressing that all their cases will now be dealt with in two weeks. they won't have to pay for anything, there won't be any deportations. in a way, she was helped by the fact thatjeremy corbyn was suckered into what i
suppose is the parliamentary equivalent of a political uppercut, because when he challenged mrs may over whether she was responsible for the decision to destroy these landing cards, mrs may, as we saw, was able to plug him on the jaw by saying, no, it was in 2009 under a labour government. it doesn't change the fundamentals of this story. this scandal has still erupted under this government, undertheresa scandal has still erupted under this government, under theresa may. scandal has still erupted under this government, undertheresa may. it scandal has still erupted under this government, under theresa may. it is the home office she was in charge of for many, many years. nevertheless, the fact mrs may was able to come at the fact mrs may was able to come at the very least, muddy the waters, to point the finger of blame at an earlier labour government, it doesn't get mrs may off the hook, but it perhaps manages to ease the immediate pressure a little bit. a woman has died after she was nearly sucked out of the window of a plane, when an engine exploded in mid—air. fellow passengers battled to pull
the passenger back into the aircraft after the explosion, which smashed the window causing a dramatic loss of pressure in the cabin. the plane was a southwest airlines flight from new york to dallas, with nearly 150 people on board. it made an emergency landing in philadelphia. james cook reports. on—board on—boa rd southwest flight 1380, passenger martin martinez started a facebook video. it felt like it was freefalling, everybody is freaking out, crying. the left engine had a p pa re ntly out, crying. the left engine had apparently blown up, blown up, first there was an explosion and then almost immediately the oxygen masks came down and then probably within a matter of ten seconds, the engine then hit a window and busted it wide open. in the cockpit, the pilots, preparing for an emergency
landing, radioed for help. ok, could you have the medical team there on the runway as well, we've got injured passengers. injured passengers, 0k. survivors say one woman was sucked halfway out of the cabin before they manged to pull her back. other passengers desperately tried to block the hole with their coats. the passenger who died was jennifer riordan, a mother of two from new mexico. she was on a business trip for her employer, wells fargo bank. we're taking this event extremely seriously. this should not happen. and we want to find out why it happened so that we can make sure that preventative measures are put in place. an investigation is now under way
into what is the first passenger death in a us airline accident since 2009. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. the rate of inflation slowed last month. consumer prices rose by 2.5 percent in the 12 months to march — the lowest rate in a year, with the cost of clothing and footwear partly explaining the change. the figures will complicate the task of the bank of
england, which had been expected to raise interest rates next month. our correspondent nina warhurst has been speaking to shoppers in preston. how long have you been coming to steve, then, john? a barber since 1970... about 20, 30 years. wow. is he any good yet? no, he's still learning! ..steve's seen out his share of storms. he had noticed prices creeping up but business stayed buoyant. it has been fairly steady, definitely. it doesn't even compare to how bad things were ten years ago? no, nothing like it.
we were playing "spot the customer" at one time. but now, you have just a steady flow. but across the road, two years of growing costs have been tough on the meat business. now the market has had a face—lift and things are looking up. the last ten weeks we have done well. we have noticed that people in here have got smiles on theirfaces. you know, people look a bit more confident. it seems pretty vibrant.
there are new bars opening up right, left and centre and cafes, takeaways. so you're feeling quite optimistic about the future? very optimistic. otherwise, at my age, i wouldn't have spent all this money. and that optimism could be growing. a slowdown in costs of womenswear has helped inflation come down while wages have been going up. these are small changes and it is unlikely that many people will feel a big difference at the end of the working month. but if this trend continues it means that the squeeze will be easing for millions of families. which could mean a move away
from cautious spending. we have been very mindful about what we have got to spend, as we start to feel a little bit better off, we may be more excited about that and willing to spend it more on things that make us happy. if this trend continues, are we likely to become a little bit more frivolous with our cash? we could be, yes. we could. but not yet. in the travel trade at least, holiday—makers are still playing it safe. i would say over the past couple of years there are more all—inclusive holidays being booked, especially by families, because they know exactly how much the holiday is going to cost and they don't need to allow for spending money. so it's important then to feel in control? yes, they want to know how much the holiday is going to cost them and they don't want any unexpected expenses whilst they are away. it is too soon to say with certainty how the coming months will play out but for most, while things may not be getting lots easier, they do not looks set to be getting harder. nina warhurst, bbc news, preston. our correspondent, andy verity, is here.
lots of people will be wondering what that might mean for the next interest rate decision. in fact the inflation numbers come in a lot below what the bank of england monetary policy committee thought it would be, they are the people who set interest rates. the city has been expecting they will raise rates next month so these figures came in and you'd expect they mean less of and you'd expect they mean less of an urgent need to raise interest rates. the whole point of raising interest rates is to try to slow the economy down, get ahead of inflation, stop it getting out of control. it's much more in control than they expected. however, the city still think interest rates will rise next month and they are giving that an 80% likelihood. the only real effect on the market was on the currency markets where they mark it down by about 1 currency markets where they mark it down by about1 cent currency markets where they mark it down by about 1 cent against the dollar and euro on the basis that the next interest rate rise after the next interest rate rise after the next interest rate rise after the next one won't come so quickly. they now think next month's rate rise will probably be the only one
this year. thank you, andy verity. a visit by international chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected gas attack in syria has been delayed because of security concerns. there have been reports of gunfire in douma, close to where the apparent attack killed a0 people two weeks ago. the syrian government has denied using banned weapons. last weekend the us, britain and france launched air strikes in response. president trump has confirmed that the cia director, mike pompeo, held talks with the north korean leader, kimjong—un, last week — saying the meeting went "very smoothly". our correspondent, barbara plett usher, is at mr trump's resort of mar—a—lago in florida. a significant meeting, barbara? yes, and a surprise meeting. because we just suddenly found out that the
director of the cia had gone and met kimjong—un, director of the cia had gone and met kim jong—un, one of the director of the cia had gone and met kimjong—un, one of the most reclusive leaders in the world, and enemy of the united states. and has started to work on the ground work for this summit meeting between president trump and kim jong—un. it looks as though that's it will go ahead. when mrtrump looks as though that's it will go ahead. when mr trump suddenly said last month, i'm going to meet kim jong—un and we're going to talk about him giving up his nuclear weapons, there was a lot of scepticism, because relations were so scepticism, because relations were so bad and because the north koreans hadn't said anything publicly about it. then last week the white house said we can directly confirm kim jong—un is willing to negotiate the possibility of denuclearisation. it seems they got that message face—to—face when mike pompeo went there. nobody is under any doubt these negotiations would be difficult. almost certainly the two side mean different things when they say denuclearisation. at least that meeting looks much more likely. also president trump is very eager to have it. he likes to come out with this information and surprised the
world and ta ntalise this information and surprised the world and tantalise the world. it wa nts to world and tantalise the world. it wants to make history. it looks like he might. thank you. barbara plett usher in florida. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may apologises in parliament to members of the so—called windrush generation, who've been wrongly threatened with deportation. and still to come... the microsoft founder, bill gates, tells the bbc why the world needs to step up the fight against malaria. coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news. a boost for next month's tour of yorkshire, mark cavendish will take part after recovering from rib and ankle injuries. tributes have been paid to the former first lady of the united states, barbara bush, who's died at the age of 92. president trump said she would be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family. barbara bush was the wife of president george bush senior
and the mother of president george w bush, and created a foundation to promote literacy. laura trevelyan looks back at her life. barbara bush was a commanding matriarch. only the second woman in american history to be both the wife of the president and the mother of one. she was married to the 41st occupant of the white house and raised the a3rd. born barbara pierce, she met george bush at a school dance and they married in 1945 after his service as a navy pilot in world war ii. barbara was credited with helping his political career by keeping a cardfile of everyone he ever met. it all paid off when george bush was elected first vice president to ronald reagan and then president. the office of president of the united states... barbara wore her trademark pearls at his inauguration, confiding they hid the wrinkles in her neck. it was this honesty which helped endear her to the american public. as first lady, she focused
on promoting literacy, helping the most disadvantaged americans. if more people could read, write and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation. during the first gulf war in 1990, barbara bush spoke for the nation in calling for a speedy end to the conflict. we are all wishing for peace. we want our people home. when her son george w bush decided to run for president... i, george walker bush, do solemnly swear... ..barbara was back in the spotlight once again. after his two terms in office, she was regretting the lack of civility in public life. ijust hate it, i hate the fact that people think compromise is a dirty word. it is not a dirty word. by the time her sonjeb made his unsuccessful run for president in 2016, barbara bush was a national icon. vote forjeb. oh, yes. barbara bush was smart, tough and often plain—spoken.
an influentialfigure in a political dynasty. barbara bush who has died at the age of 92. lawyers for sir cliff richard have said the bbc coverage of a police search at the singer's home in 2014 allowed "conspiracy theorists" to "have a field day". sir cliff was not arrested or charged following the investigation. our correspondent helena lee was in court. explain what has been said today. this morning we have been hearing from a solicitor representing sir cliff richard, gideon benaim. he told the court that after the police raid on the apartment in 2014 and after the bbc broadcast of that, that their workload increased massively after that. he said there we re massively after that. he said there were many online false allegations being made about stop cliff richard
in connection with that and their workload increased massively. under cross—examination by the bbc barrister gavin miller qc he was asked, what do something particular that encouraged third parties to do that. he was referring to the false allegations online. he replied, the fa ct allegations online. he replied, the fact the investigation was given publicity led to a massive increase and gave an air of authority to conspiracy theorists and strolls to have a field day and make all sorts of spurious allegations. we know that the cliff richard is seeking damages from the bbc at the very top end, his lawyers are saying. the bbc though are defending their coverage and say that they acted in good faith that their reporting was accurate and they also say they issued the cliff richard, issued his denials at every stage of the coverage of the case continues. ofcom says it's investigating a kremlin—backed
tv channel following the salisbury poisoning case. the broadcasting regulator said it would scrutinise the output of the russian news channel, rt. our media editor, amol rajan, is here. what does this mean? rt was set up in 2005 by vladimir putin to destabilise the western consensus around news events. they were disagreed that they are a kremlin propaganda channel, they say they are an alternative voice. but the salisbury and the alleged attack on the skripals there are different —— there are seven different rt programmes reporting things in a very different way that others are reporting that. and ofcom are going to investigate that. just briefly there are a couple of the issues. one that there's a that if you take rt off the air you hand propaganda
victory to the russians. the other is that we have this situation where you have tv which is regulated by a broadcaster, and the very same stuff could appear on the intranet and not regulated at all. so 30 say that rt are regulated at all. so 30 say that rt a re pretty regulated at all. so 30 say that rt are pretty relaxed about this move from ofcom. after two decades of decline, malaria is becoming more common around the world again. nearly half the world's population are at risk — with young children the most vulnerable. now, the microsoft founder and philanthropist, bill gates, has announced nearly four billion dollars of new funding, in an attempt to stop the disease spreading further. he's been speaking to the bbc about the challenge, as rebecca kesby reports. it's one of the oldest diseases in the world but malaria still kills nearly half a million people a year. most of them children under five. and half of them in commonwealth countries. entrepreneur and philanthropist bill gates says it's urgent to keep up the fight. our goal is to over the next five
years cut the death in half again and this is mostly young children in africa. so it's an awful disease, but unless we rededicate ourselves, the money for the research and money for the delivery, the deaths could go all the way back up to a million which is where it was when we started this a little over ten years ago. drug resistance, climate change and a drop in internationalfunding are all factors that may have contributed to an increase in the number of malaria cases over the past two years. it's an uphill battle, isn't it? is it one you can win? well, it's not easy. malaria, you know, the mosquitoes change, the parasite changes. the world has been a bit naive about how hard it is to get rid of malaria. if we don't stay focused on it, no, we will lose. a vaccine is in development, research into the gene editing of mosquitoes may also help.
new bed nets are planned and improved technology to map outbreaks will enable experts to track the disease. historically it was more at country level so you would see a map of africa and each country would be shaded. now we are trying to get down literally to the one square kilometre level and say, ok, how many cases either in each of those little squares. bill, you and melinda deserve particular praise... theresa may says britain will contribute half £1 billion every year until 2021 to tackle the disease. bill gates is also pledging a further billion dollars from his foundation and with one child dying every two minutes of malaria, they both hope they can persuade commonwealth leaders to do the same. rebecca kesby, bbc news. the uk's biggest coffee chain, costa coffee, has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells — by 2020.
about 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the uk every year — fewer than 1% are recycled. simon gompertz has more details. each year we use 2.5 billion cups and hardly any, less than 1%, get recycled. the coffee companies are under pressure and racking their brains. and now the head of costa coffey says he has a new idea. to the recycling bins in stations and offices to get them back in. we introduced a scheme which has been successful of recycling the cubs in store but we also realised that was not enough and we do need to do more. that is why we've taken this step today. some recycling the this already happens. it is expensive to do on already happens. it is expensive to doona already happens. it is expensive to do on a large scale because the cups area do on a large scale because the cups are a mixture of plastic and card.
but costa says it can be done. at the moment waste collectors are paid £50 per tonne for the cups, not enough. constable top it up by an extra £70 and with £5 for monitoring it says that the scheme will be viable. this is part of the problem, that cups are dumped in the street and the ones that are thrown away in the bin are more difficult to deal with because basically they have been chucked and even so costa is planning that by 2020, in two years' time, it will recycle all the cups that it produces, around half a billion of them, i dealing with as many of its own and other companies as it can. what do you think of the idea? it is a good idea having proper cups at here is a bit dangerous, if they get broken. proper cups at here is a bit dangerous, if they get brokenlj proper cups at here is a bit dangerous, if they get broken. i was looking at buying my uncut yesterday put upi looking at buying my uncut yesterday
put up i think that is a better idea. better for the environment. i think they should all take responsibility for it so yes.“ think they should all take responsibility for it so yes. if you bring ina responsibility for it so yes. if you bring in a reusable cup, starbucks is giving you 25p off and trying out charging extra for disposable ones. waitrose plans to do away with disposable cups completely. the environmentalists want them all to collaborate. we welcomed the announcement today from costa but now we would like other retailers to follow suit and the whole industry move collectively in the same direction. the government is asking for users on attacks on disposable cups and other single use plastic so action is building against the waste created by throwaway living. prince harry and meghan markle have been meeting delegates at the commonwealth youth forum in london — which aims to encourage young people to debate the challenges facing their generation. harry has been appointed a commonwealth youth ambassador by the queen. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, is there.
it is worth remembering that some 60% of the total commonwealth population of 2 billion is under the age of 30 the engagement with the use is important. that is what has been going on at the qe2 conference centre, the commonwealth youth forum has been debating these issues and earlier this week the queen appointed prince harry to be the commonwealth youth ambassador. he arrived this morning with meghan markle, fully engaged in royal duties ahead of the wedding, to hear how the discussions have been going on. harry has made it clear he will share this role is commonwealth youth ambassador with meghan markle after their wedding pulled up it is after their wedding pulled up it is a role but they are both suited to, we know that harry engages well and easily with young people. meghan markle also. have the other things on their mind, i should say so. of course it is just over one month
on their mind, i should say so. of course it isjust over one month now until the royal wedding on may the 19th so lots of planning and sure going on in the background. time for a look at the weather. lovely to say that with a smile. both delighted to be at work on this beautiful day, of and sure quite a few this afternoon are enjoying the sunshine across england and wales but we had some cloudy conditions across scotland and northern ireland. the sunshine and northern ireland. the sunshine and the ones has been building across the bay of portugal and western europe and working its way towards us. with the poor sunshine around and more sunshine in northern ireland this afternoon. and temperatures well above where they should be for the time of year. already 23 degrees in central london. so most of us finished the
day with sunshine but still some cloud and outbreaks of rain through the night. some areas of rain in the morning but mostly staying dry. a bit of cool start for the early morning commute but when the sun comes up a morning commute but when the sun comes up a lovely day for most. northern ireland and the west of scotla nd northern ireland and the west of scotland a bit cloudy to begin with but that will break up. and these question fringes of england and wales likely to see a bit more clout in the middle part of the day. but further east even warmer, about 21 degrees, up
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