europe 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 to 27 degrees celsius in
central london tomorrow afternew 5? highteggss temperatures made to high teens. then the weekend, at least for saturday it looks like holding with high pressure in charge. but high pressure just high pressure in charge. but high pressurejust nudging high pressure in charge. but high pressure just nudging the way through the weekend and the atmosphere destabilises the bit allowing those shower clouds to build. so by the end of the weekend perhaps some heavy showers and under storms. still some sunshine around on sunday. but a greater chance of showers here and there. and also some thunder. the verbose taking pa rt some thunder. the verbose taking part in the london marathon that is another thing to keep an eye on. it
could be the warmest london marathon on record with strong sunshine overhead but also the outside chance of the odd rumble of thunder. enjoy the sunshine. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. theresa may apologises in parliament to members of the so—called windrush generation, who've been wrongly threatened with deportation. 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. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. have a good afternoon. hello. this is bbc news.
i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. accrington stanley are celebrating one of their greatest achievements. last night they sealed promotion to league one for the first time since reforming in their 50 year history. billy kee scored twice against yeovil in a 2—0 win. the club went bust and out of the league in 1962. brilliant scenes last night at the wham stadium. stanley are unbeaten in 14 matches, extending their lead at the top of the table to four points as they close in on the title. great acheivement by managerjohn coleman and everyone at the club who have the second lowest average attendance in the efl and a tiny wage bill.
billy kee player of the season. iam i am delighted for the boys. they we re i am delighted for the boys. they were terrific tonight. an unstoppable force. you could not have put a championship team out that would've stopped us tonight, absolutely fantastic and the boys got what they deserved. it was a late night for many of the players and club staff. this is how the night ended, or morning began, for midfielder scott brown. mark cavendish will make his return from injury at next
month's tour of yorkshire. the former road race world champion has been involved in a number of crashes in a frustrating start to the seasaon but will be on the start line in beverley. cavendish says he's not quite sure how his form will be after recovering faster than expected from rib and ankle problems. the director of the london marathon insists decades of experience will enable the event to deal with any medical issues that may arise this weekend. temperatures are expected to exceed 20 degrees on the course during sunday and runners will be urged to take the heat into consideration. the last time it was that hot 5000 runners needed medical assistance. commonwealth games organisers were criticised recently after scotland's callum hawkins collapsed near the end of the gold coast marathon and waited several minutes for medical assistance. hugh brasher insists that sunday's race, the 38th london marathon, will be prepared for anything.
i have no idea at this stage what went on the gold coast and i know it was disturbing to watch. we have an amazing team of doctors and medics who, as you say, have been doing this for a long period of time and i have absolute confidence in them that they will do an amazing job on sunday. england bowler craig overton says he can't be sure australia weren't ball tampering during the winter's ashes series. overton got australia batsman steve smith out for his first test wicket in a series england went on to lose 4—0. three players have now been banned by cricket australia for cheating in their next series against south africa and overton says there were some signs the aussie bowlers were getting more out of the ball over the winter. obviously it was interesting that they were getting it to reverse swing in the conditions that were
not conditionalfor swing in the conditions that were not conditional for that but we did not conditional for that but we did not think too much was going on and you cannot really change it now so we just cracked on with it and thought not too much about it really. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website and i'll have more for you in the next hour. the pfa have named their team of the year and there are lots of manchester city players in there, as you might imagine. thank you. when the uk accused russia of being behind the poisoning of former double agent sergei skripal and his daughter, many nations showed their support by expelling russia diplomats. among them was canada, whose prime ministerjustin trudeau condemned events as terrible and irresponsible. my colleague yalda hakim has exclusively spoken to mr trudeau in london, where he's attending a commonwealth gathering, and began by asking him about his country's relationship with moscow. how do you deal with a problem like
russia? putin is someone who plays on power structures and strength and seeing a strong and concerted response from the international community i think he was taken aback by how vehemently the international community responded to the terrible attacks in salisbury and that was absolutely irresponsible and illegal of russia to engage in that way and there were immediate and direct consequences and continuing to demonstrate that there is a strong will within the international community to push back against their actions. you say it has taken him back but do think it is likely to change the behaviour of russia? strong and unified response by the international community to stand up for the rules that we have long established, like you do not use chemical weapons against civilians, against your own country in the case
of syria or against someone else's like the salisbury attack, that for me is something that we have to show that we will not accept and there will be consequences and we will stand firmly. if you look at the air strikes on syria, for example, do you think they accomplished anything? a very strong signal. it hasn't chosen course of the war russia's behaviour? wasn't about changing the course of the war regime change, it was very much about saying the use of chemical weapons is something that will be met with a very clear and strong response from the international community. ideally it would happen through the security council but, as you pointed out, the structures that used to hold well in how we work with russia simply playing a spoiler role at the security council, simply means that we did not have many other choices then to have a direct
and measured response. when you wake up and measured response. when you wake up in the morning and you see a tweet like, get ready, russia, the missiles are coming, how do you feel? there is a lot of rhetoric that goes on. i focus on the substance, i focus on the great relationship that canada house with oui’ relationship that canada house with our allied partners. duel on your phone and think anything? king i was ina phone and think anything? king i was in a situation of having had a heads up in a situation of having had a heads up to and military coordinators that they were looking at a strong and measured response. the canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau. the dup leader arlene foster has returned to give evidence at a public inquiry into a green energy scheme at the centre of a dispute resulting in the collapse of devolved government at stormont. the renewable heat incentive scheme ran up a projected overspend of hundreds of millions of pounds. mrs foster said she should have been given more information when she signed it off as stormont enterprise minister, and denied she'd authorised the project freedom to spend any amount necessary.
whilst there has been much commentary around this place of a blank cheque scenario i do not accept it was a blank cheque. i did read the information that was given to me and i took that information at face value. now with hindsight i look back and say i would have been given more information but i do not accept it was a blank cheque at that time. let us be generous then, and say it was a cheque to £25 million plus an undetermined further figure, it was not a cheque with a bottom right—hand corner number of £445 million, which at that time was the best estimate of what that cost? no, because that figure regrettably had not been given to me after those reports. but, even if youjust
assume on the basis of that that you have got a £12 million payment in the final year, which is then going to be extended beyond after 20 years, you are still already up into the hundreds of millions of pounds. times 12 is £240 million, plus the rest, so that is already a quarter of £1 billion. go back to that we had been assured that given it was happening in gb it would happen here ina similar happening in gb it would happen here in a similarfashion. happening in gb it would happen here in a similar fashion. arlene foster. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first, the headlines on bbc news: theresa may apologises again to windrush migrants who arrived from the commonwealth after the second world war and have been wrongly threatened with deportation. a woman dies after the engine of a plane travelling from new york to dallas exploded mid—air causing her to be partially sucked out of the window. it's confirmed that the head of the cia travelled to north korea
last week to meet the country's leader, kim jong—un. in the business news: uk inflation has fallen to 2.5% for march, down from 2.7% in februray, that's its lowest rate for a year. we'll have more on that in a moment. uk passport maker de la rue will no longer fight the government's decision to award the future passport making contract to a franco—dutch company. de la rue, which also issued its second profit warning in less than a month, said it had considered all options. uk passports will revert back to their original blue and gold colour from october 2019. and starbucks will close 8,000 of its us branches for racial sensitivity training next month. the unconscious bias training is to prevent discrimination in starbucks stores. the firm apologised over last week's arrest of two black men who were waiting to meet someone in a starbucks in philadelphia. welcome to the business slot.
going to the cinema might not sound like a big deal, but for film fans in saudi arabia today is the first time in 35 years that they can attend a commercial cinema screening. amc has opened the first cinema in the kingdom since they were all closed in the 1970's, and they are launching tonight with a screening of black panther. joining us now is ghanem nuseibeh, founder of management consultancy, cornerstone global associates. thank you forjoining us. just how significant is this? it is very significant. it is significant on many fronts, social, political and economic, it is part of the reforms being spearheaded by the young and popular crown prince. up until today saudi you have a median age of 30,
as compared to 40 in britain, were not allowed to go to cinemas, they had to go to neighbouring countries and spend $30 billion a year outside saudi arabia and now they can do what other people do in other parts of the world which is to do what they like to do in saudi arabia legally, improving the economy. it is part of the empowerment of the youth and part of the overall empowerment of the saudi citizen, both youth and women and so it is very significant economically and socially and politically. but in context for those who might be familiar. these changes that are being spearheaded, what changes is the crown prince making to the country? a lot of changes. on the social frontiers empowering women. until a few months ago women were not allowed to drive cars but now they are allowed to do it and he is empowering youth intoning the kingdom a meritocracy, when merrit gives you greater power rather than connections. he is fighting
corruption and most importantly he is sidelining the conservative elements of the religious establishment who used to tell the youth and saudi society what they could and could not do and now he is saying that if you want to be religious and conservative you can do so but you cannot tell other members of society who want to be liberal and open and do what other people in other parts of the world do what to do, so here's liberalising the country in all three fronts and empowering the economy and opening up opportunities for saudis and partners of saudi arabia to do business in saudi arabia to do business in saudi arabia and overseas. you talk about opening up the opportunities that overseas countries to do business in saudi arabia, are there opportunities for british businesses? absolutely. britain is one of the countries that will benefit most out of the foreign policies of saudi arabia from opening up tens of thousands of britons are benefiting from trade with saudi arabia and
this will significantly increase and there will be more business between saudi arabia and great britain in the next month of years. thank you very much. so the price of what we buy is still rising, but not by as much as it was. the uk's rate of inflation, which was as high as 3.1% at the end of last year, has eased to 2.5% for march. the bank of england's inflation target is 2%, and many economists were expecting the bank to increase interest rates next month to help bring inflation down, but if it's coming down without their help, will they still raise rates? that's what we asked economist vicky pryce, she thinks the may rise will go ahead but that today's figures could have an impact on further rises. i think what it means is that there is less reason for it for later. the markets are already talking about two increases this year and we may just see one but i think there is an issue with the way the bank of
england looks at inflation right now which may encourage them to raise rates in the future and the way they look at it is that they really seriously believe the economy has a growth problem in terms of not being able to expand much faster than maybe 1.7% per annum and if it does it will lead to inflationary pressure because there is no longer any capacity available in lots of people will disagree with that and there is a lot more potentialfor there is a lot more potentialfor the economy to go especially as investment picks up so they have to be very careful in my view in terms of raising rates, given that the consumer, despite increasing wages, is still feeling quite deprived of real wage increases for ages now and they have been showing that in low spending. let us have a look at the markets. the pound took a hit from the lower than expected inflation figures. the ftse has lifted. dignity, earnings in the first quarter came in significantly ahead of expectations as customers choose to pay more for their
premium funeral services. british retail property giant hammerson scrapped their £3.4 billion takeover of rival intu. they both own shopping centers, citing a weak uk consumer market. that's all the business news. thank you. let's head back to westminster, with more reaction to prime mininster‘s questions, where mps questioned theresa may on the fall out of the developing scandal about people from the windrush generation facing deportation. our assistant political editor, norman smith is at westminster. thanks very much indeed. theresa may entered the chamber under some pressure, given the pressure from the windrush saga and the government
have let to put it to bed. there was another very frank apology by theresa may right at the very start of prime minister questions. a new dedicated team is being setup to help people evidence that they are have a right to be here and help them access services. ironically the pressure on theresa may was inadvertently eased by the labor leader, who sought to challenge theresa may over the decision to destroy those landing cards given to windrush families when they were arriving here. have a listen and see what happened. yesterday we learned about in 2010 the home office destroyed landing cards for a generation of commonwealth citizens and so have told people we cannot find you in our system. did the prime minister, the then home
secretary, sign off that decision? lo, the decision to destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 underour labour landing cards was taken in 2009 under our labour government. ouch! it doesn't change the fundamentals of the story. this whole scandal has erupted under the current conservative government and the home office which theresa may was in charge for very many years and it has enabled her to point the finger of blame in part at an earlier labour government. we can mull over or things windrush with conservative maria miller and other mps. when we are trying to understand how this happened, the honest truth is that it happened because of changes to the immigration rules brought in by theresa may. that isjust the immigration rules brought in by theresa may. that is just a fact. the immigration rules brought in by theresa may. that isjust a fact.|j think the fact is that when this generation of people came to our country there were the same rules
and regulations in place in terms of paperwork, and that is what we are living with now. it was interesting that david blunkett yesterday said he thought it had been sorted in 2003 so it is not a new issue and the home office has known about it. what struck me this week is every single day theresa may has come in she has shown a calm and authoritative figure and she has commanded the respect of the house in the way that she has taken responsibility, and yet again today been prepared to apologise for what is absolutely an inexcusable position to put any uk citizen in. going back to those changes to the immigration rules that was introduced when theresa may was home secretary. it was designed to create a hostile environment. is it not the case that many of the windrush generation who came here, perhaps older residents now, perhaps do not have the documentation and they were caught up precisely because of those changes. if not questioning the motives but factory has come about because of policy decisions made by her as home secretary. the important thing is to differentiate between
people here legally and illegally and what the prime minister made very clear today was that of course the home office will put in place the home office will put in place the measures that we need to make sure the people who are here illegally are identified and their situation is resolved but this particular group, the windrush group, are here absolutely legally and their situation really is because of the way things were dealt with when they first came into the country. rachel maskell, why do you think this has happened? clearly the immigration act to change the rules in 2014 and theresa may needs to be accountable before parliament for those changes. the consequences, the personal consequences of people losing jobs are being held in detention and not being able to access health care clearly needs answering. what we need to see in this moment is that the burden of proof shifts so that individuals do not have to prove who they are. do you mean the burden of proof in all
immigration casesjust you mean the burden of proof in all immigration cases just in the windrush case? obviously we mean the windrush case? obviously we mean the windrush generation coming in, people who came to serve our country and them to access the services which they were promised. and them to access the services which they were promisedlj and them to access the services which they were promised. i suppose many people will be appalled about what has happened but i'll be making too much of it in the sense that we know, i think, too much of it in the sense that we know, ithink, 49 too much of it in the sense that we know, i think, 49 cases have been raised with the home office since it all came to light. 49 is clearly 49 to many but it is not 4000 or 40,000. tier absolutely to many but it is not 4000 or 40 , 000. tier absolutely not. to many but it is not 4000 or 40,000. tier absolutely not. i think it is the thin end of the wage in terms of how the home office deals with immigration. i see my owne constituents filled with people in desperate situations. it is a classic case of policy over people and the home secretary has accepted that but seeing a tit—for—tat about who did what and maria was saying that the
prime minister came and was calm but she was also callous and we had ian blackford raising the rate floors with the prime minister and she was fumbling over how answers and the comments that esther mcvey made earlier this week about the rape clause in the scottish parliament we re clause in the scottish parliament were absolutely abhorrent and 5:30pm tomorrow at the mound in edinburgh there will be a demo against that andl there will be a demo against that and i hope as many people will turn up and i hope as many people will turn up in scotland to show that this government's policies, whether it is immigration or welfare or the two child cap or the rape clause has no place in scotland or in the uk. whatever the causes of this, how far has this damage the british reputation and how far does it matter in a post—brexit world where we have to create a new identity and yet we see this kind of scandal? what message does it send out the world ? what message does it send out the world? i think it always matters if we have got things wrong which we clearly have around this particular group of people, but more generally
i think the reputation of britain, and we see it this week in westminster with members of the commonwealth who are here for meetings and i think our standing in the world is strong because we do ta ke the world is strong because we do take a very strong stand on issues of human rights and we take a strong stand on issues of equality and we have seen that come through with the action that has been taken around syria. rachel, there has been concern raised now about the concession of the eu migrants that live in britain who will also have to show they have been here for five yea rs to show they have been here for five years to claim settled status. how worried should we be that they could potentially face similar problems? we should be absolutely concerned which is why labour has very much articulated that eu citizens should have full rights, the same as any other citizen in our country. we do not want to see differentiation and divide in our country so it is really important that the government ta ke really important that the government take further steps to give assurances to people who likewise have come to our country to build
our economy and serve our country and they are very much enriching our country at this time and we need to one another with full rights. the government has said there would be a fast track and easy to complete approach for eu migrants, are you confident? not terribly. look at how the negotiations have gone, flip—flopping over it. eu nationals in my own constituency have left because they feel they are not welcome. what kind of message does it send the rest of the world? maria is busy very hopeful about our place in the world but i am less so. at a time when we have the commonwealth head of state meeting and we want to do trade deals allegedly with commonwealth nations and yet we are treating former commonwealth citizens in the way we have been over windrush, we have two absolutely make sure, and the assembly the only party that was steadfast assembly the only party that was stea dfast o n assembly the only party that was steadfast on this, that eu nationals are made to feel welcome here, as is anyone else who comes to our country. we got to brexit in the end
and we always do although we all think that was the first b&q and cheese for a long time when no one mentioned brexit! thank you very much indeed. norman in westminster in the sunshine so let's talk that the lovely weather. many parts of it england and where is our enjoying blue skies overhead and lovely and warm out there as well. things have been cloudierfor scotla nd well. things have been cloudierfor scotland and northern ireland. even here the skies will brighten the rest of today with sunny spells with river many and the temperatures respond accordingly. wired into the 20s through england and wales through this afternoon and a fine evening in store. a southerly breeze with us but clear from any and cloud returns to northern ireland later on and we continue to see showers affect the hebrides and the western isles. in the morning temperatures may be down to single figures in a few spots but they quickly boost up under sunny skies. always cloudier
and western scotland the morning with a few showers here and the cloud will break up. always a bit more cloud coming and going for some in the western fringes of england and wales and a bit westie around the coast. it will be a dry day for the coast. it will be a dry day for the vast majority of the uk and the warm one as well. temperatures peaked around 27 or 28 in parts of eastern england. cooling down on friday and saturday with a chance of showers on sunday. hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at 2. trading blame — labour calls the windrush migrant scandal a shameful episode. jeremy corbyn demanded to know who decided to destroy landing cards in 2010. did the prime minister, the then home secretary, sign off 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. and concerns in brussels about the government's ability to handle millions of eu citizens living in the uk post—brexit. certainly after the windrush scandal, in britain, iwant certainly after the windrush scandal, in britain, i want to be sure that the same isn't happening to our european citizens, and that there is no