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confrontation a day after washington recognised the opposition leader as interim leader. venezuela has said it is shutting down its diplomatic missions in the us. washington has responded by ordering all its non—emergency personnel to leave venezuela. the republican and democratic leaders in the us senate have been holding private talks to try to negotiate an end to the partial government showdown. they are trying to agree a deal which would fund federal agencies for three weeks. president trump says he will support a "reasonable" agreement. authorities in pakistan have begun a mass vaccination campaign against polio, which can lead to severe paralysis. it most commonly affects children. they're hoping to reach at least 30 million of them. this year, officials say they're hoping to end transmission now on bbc news, thursday in parliament. hello there and welcome
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to the programme. coming up: as the chief executive of airbus says it is a disgrace that firms mps worry about the future for uk workers. it now poses a clear and present danger to valuable and important uk manufacturing jobs. there's anger after it's revealed that sex offenders who should have been in bail hostels had instead been put into budget hotels. how has this been allowed to happen? and when ever going to have the staff and the trained staff to put this right? one peer thinks the pub chain weatherspoons has found a way to beat brexit by switching from french to australian brandy. the customers are getting better and cheaper liquor and the company is making better profits. but first, european plane maker
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airbus has waned that it could move wing building out of the uk in the future if there is a no deal brexit. the firm's chief executive said it was a disgrace that businesses could not plan for brexit. he said the firm will have to make potentially very harmful decisions for the uk in the event of no deal. in all, airbus employs 1a,000 people in the uk. his comments were taken up at questions to the brexit secretary. the government is pretending that it would take this country out without a deal at the end of march. this morning, the ceo of airbus said, "please do not listen to the brexiteers‘ madness which asserts that because we have huge plants here, we will not move and we'll always be here. they are wrong." airbus alone employees 1a,000 people in the uk, and the prime minister is using hundreds of thousands of uk jobs as leverage, with her own mps.
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isn't it now time for the prime minister to tell the truth — that she will not take the uk out of the eu on march 29th without a deal. the honourable lady will understand that the current legal position is that if we get to the 29th of march without a deal we will leave without a deal. that is the legal position. now, in relation to the ceo of airbus's remarks, she will have read the remarks and she will have noticed that further on in those remarks he said very explicitly, he needs clarity. he and his industry, his business need clarity. we have to vote for a deal. and we have always said that the deal is our favoured option, and that is why we want to see it over the line. airbus employees 14,000 people in this country, and in addition, we have a very valuable and important aerospace manufacturing cluster in wolverhampton. the chief executive said today brexit is threatening to destroy a century of development,
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based on education, research and human capital. isn't it the case that the rich men who drove this project can move their money, their investments and their corporate headquarters abroad? but it now poses a clear and present danger to valuable and important uk manufacturing jobs? when the honourable gentleman referred to "the rich men" i thought he was referring to his friends prime minister who seems to be very concerned, very, very focused on trying to reverse the verdict that 17.4 million people in this country voted for brexit. with regard to airbus, it is very clear where the interest of airbus and the interest of businesses lie. they have said repeatedly over the last six weeks that they want to back the deal, they want an end to this uncertainty
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and they want clarity and the ability to plan for the future. where does he stand on this? what impact does he believe that terminating no deal preparations now would have in terms of the prime minister's ongoing negotiations with the european union? anybody that has been involved in any type of negotiation, maybe it might be a union representative trying to negotiate a better deal for employer rights or salary, orjust in any sort of deal knows that you need to have the ultimate option on the table at any given time and reducing any options basically means you have less room to negotiate. it would be a foolish thing to do. does the prime minister intend to put her deal to this house again? and if so, when? i think, self evidently, whatever deal we bring forward will need to secure the confidence of the house and that will entail a vote. but he did not give a date. well, immediately after those
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exchanges, there was an urgent question on the uk's future trade relationships. mps wanted to know how the trade secretary was doing on a promise on a promise to roll over a0 trade deals with 70 countries around the world. the secretary of state repeatedly told us that it was a simple matter to roll over deals which represent trade with approximately 70 countries, which constitute 13% of our exports and 12% of our imports — a cut—and—paste job. they would be ready day one after brexit, he told us. this was never true, was it? they are entirely separate and independent from any deal we may have or may not have with the eu. if we leave with no deal, can he confirm these arrangements with third party countries will fall away as we have consistently warned? i do believe that we will have the majority of these arrangements in place. yes, some of them are challenging. one or two of them are even more than challenging,
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they are close to impossible. turkey has clearly been identified as an area with a customs union, making a deal with turkey very difficult indeed. this is something i have made absolutely plain to the house before. however, in the vast majority of these other arrangements, i believe we will have those arrangements in place and we will protect our consumers and our businesses, who will be able to carry on using preferences. it's always been very likely that the counterparts to these deals will want to keep them operable. as it is also in their interest to do so, but can ijust highlight, mr speaker, the stinking hypocrisy of the labour party on these? these are often deals, mr speaker, which the labour party voted against adopting in the first place. one labour backbencher thought the trade secretary should be the one answering mps' questions. i feel sorry for thejunior minister. this must be one of the worst cases of neglect of duties in a while.
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his boss is in davos having a lovely time, while he is slaving here at the dispatch box on a day when we have the media telling us many, many more companies are fleeing to holland, to ireland, to france. none of these agreements hae been — he is not trying to mislead the house, i am not saying that, but he is being very, very careful about what his answers are in terms of how many of these agreements are being signed, how many are they, what percentage? he is not giving any information to the house or to our constituents. let me just tell the honourable gentleman exactly what the secretary of state is doing in davos. believe me, he has not taken his ski suit, he's taken his business suit. he met yesterday with the israeli government, from which he enlisted an agreement that our arrangements with israel
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that will be rolled over. he met egypt, where he had very positive reactions, he met with the peruvians and with the colombians, and he further met with the south korean government. today, he will be meeting with the ecuadorian government, with the canadian government and with the south african government, and later today — the honourable pretends to be playing a violin, i guess. i suppose it's a sob story. what i'm trying to tell him is that the secretary of state is in davos doing exactly what this house would want him to do! he is at the negotiating coalface! you are watching thursday in parliament with me, alicia mccarthy. and don't forget you can follow me on twitter, @bbcalicia. the prisons minister has told mps that the government will work very, very hard to ensure convicted sex offenders are no longer housed in hotels after being released from prison. the promise followed a report by the prison and probation
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watchdogs, which revealed that offenders who should have been monitored in bail hostels had instead been put into budget hotels. the prisons watchdog said the finding had been very troubling. in a statement, the minister told mps the numbers involved were very small. this is something that we will work very, very hard indeed to avoid in the future, and i will explain how we will that. 200 new places, he said, will be provided in new approved accommodation, but more than 10,000 were released each year, requiring close supervision. of those 10,000 or more people, 5a of them only — 5a, 55, sometimes 56 of them — will end up being in some form of emergency accommodation. of those individuals — a very, very few, we are talking here something like half a dozen would end up in this form here something like half a dozen —
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would end up in this form of hotel accommodation. before they are put in that type of accommodation, the police and probation services will have conducted a very detailed risk assessment and would have ensured that the individual put in that type of accommodation is not an individual who posed a risk of a contact offence to a stranger. we expect our criminaljustice system to keep us safe, to keep our children protected and to ensure the effective management and supervision of offenders, but it is clear from this damning report into the state of management and supervision of sexual offenders that this is not the case, and the joint report reads as a catalogue of failures in public protection. these are severe failings by the ministry ofjustice, and the public have the right to know that they have been put at risk by this government. an underlying problem is highlighted by the report.
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that of a disconnect between what is perceived to be being done by those in national leadership at the national probation service and what is actually delivered on the ground. the lack of face—to—face contact, the over—reliance upon e—mails, the sense that staff are not fully supported. that is a systemic problem and not the first time that the select committee and inspectors have found that to exist. this report is littered with shocking findings. one of the most shocking is when the inspector writes in 40% of cases there had been no work focused on reducing the risk of sexual offending at all. can the minister tell the house how has this been allowed to happen? and when are we going to have the staff — and the trained staff — to put this right? this is a matter of urgency. specifically, the issue there is an issue around the provision of accredited programmes and there are two problems there.
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the first is that accredited programmes are not suitable for all sex offenders. there were programmes, he said. but they are not the key to doing it with everyone, so yes, i agree. we can do more to assess, we can do more to record, but i would politely disagree with the inspectors' implication that we should be attempting to deliver accredited programmes to 100% of these cases. rory stewart. new figures show there has been in 8% rise in knife—related incidents in england and wales. mps debated what could be done to tackle the problem. the labour mp john cryer opened the debate watched by the family of 14—year—old jayden moodie who was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in east london. i think to some extent we've become enured to the violence on our streets. it is certainly happening across east london but elsewhere in the country. every week, there seem to be more news stories of stabbings of gun
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crime and of related activities, but what happened a couple of weeks ago, as i said before, seems to an awful lot of people to be a new low. other mps shared stories from their constituencies, including meg hillier, the labour mp for hackney south, who quoted a mother whose son was stabbed eight times in an ambush. he told me when it happened, he was ambushed and knives were coming at him from all angles. "i thought that was it," he said. "i didn't even know these guys — they just ambushed me and started stabbing me." my son underwent surgery to his legs, chest, arms and his two hands will need plastic surgery, but, she said, i'm blessed that i am a mother who can say thank god my son is alive. because despite that horror, sir graham, that young man is alive today, but after such a horrific event, with life—changing injuries. and conservative mp and former minister iain duncan smith spoke of going out with the police in his constituency. i saw his first hand, i chose to go
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out and many of my colleagues here have done the same, with a police patrol recently on a friday afternoon, not a friday night. i stress that because everyone assumes that somehow it would be all right on a friday afternoon. and on that friday afternoon for about three hours, 3.5 hours or so, we attended one shooting, two stabbings and as i recall a threat to a family that involved the threat with knives, all within three hours, and they said this is not prime time right now, which of course we know, it will really kick off after you have gone. the home office minister said the government was putting measures in place to fight knife crime, including tightening up rules for online sales and a £17.5 million fund for youth projects. the home secretary has announced very recently a new £200 million youth endowment fund to provide long—term support over the next decade to young people at risk of involvement in violence, and very much picking up
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on the point made by my right honourable friend for chingford that we need a permanent focus on this problem. this approach is also coupled with the fact that we will be consulting on imposing a new legal duty, to support the multi—agency approach in tackling serious violence. again, that focus on permanence and making sure that we are working constantly to help these young people and a review of drugs misuse as well, given their importance as a driver of violence. rising anti—semitism in the uk and abroad has been condemned by mps in a debate to mark holocaust memorial day this sunday. many mps spoke of their own family's experiences of the genocide and of the personal anti—semitic abuse they had suffered. labour's ian austin is adopted, and his father had been put on a train to england after germany invaded czechoslovakia in 1939. he was the only member
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of his family able to leave, and it was the last time that he had seen them. they were forced first into a ghetto, then sent on twice more to a place where they were murdered on the fifth of october, 1942. he escaped to the uk, he grew up to become the youngest grammar school headmaster in the country, he was honoured with an mbe for his contribution to education and his work for work for charities, and he adopted four children, of whom i am the second. and i suppose, that makes the theme of holocaust memorial week this year which is torn from home particularly appropriate. a few years ago my dad and i went back to austria and we found the flat he lived in, the sight of his school and his synagogue. in1937,10,000jews lived in austrava.
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the town had several synagogues, schools, jewish schools, businesses. in the single room that serves as a its synagogue today there are seats for 30 people. one of the reasons ijoined the labour party as a teenager in dudley 35 years was to fight racism, and i believe thatjust as passionately now as i did then, and i am shocked that a party that has had such a long tradition of fighting racism has caused such offence and distrust to the jewish community. i now know through my family, we've always known we've had a jewish ancestor, we now know that many of my grandfather's cousins died. in fact if you take take their extended families, over 100, 45 in auschwitz, 45 at another place and others in other places. i mourn for those who died who have no people to remember them, who do not know their family links and cannot provide a living memory of those who have gone
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before and who suffered. remembrance and celebration alone are not enough to truly honour those who died in the holocaust and those who risked all to save the lives of others. we must also learn from it, because tragically the flames of racial and religious hatred continue to be be fanned around the world, anti—semitism remains a scourge of the modern world. hideous anti—semitic tropes, repugnant conspiracy theories, and malicious examples of holocaust denial are all used by populace and demagogues for political ends throughout the middle east and in europe. i appreciate my honourable friend giving way and does she agree with me that there is so much more that needs to be done to tackle this scourge on social media. it is an actual cesspit on sites like facebook and twitter, the degree of anti—semitism we see and as we remember the holocaust today we remember that it did not happen in a vacuum, it happened because of
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the context of prejudice and dehumanization of people. i absolutely agree with her, and much is said, but not enough is done about this form of hate crime, which is pernicious. the first incident, bad enough, reported to the police. no action, unfortunately. the second happened in a shopping centre in doncaster by the same people. i was again screamed at for being "israeli scum," and this is where i think thatjew hate is somewhat different, because it became somewhat more sinister when one of the individuals started to say to me, "you should tell people before an election you're a jew" and i was quite taken aback by this. this is a very nasty incident. i was then told to f off and eat myjew halal food. well, we can say something about the education of these people. the interesting thing is it started with israel, and very clearly moved into my ownjudaism. politics is important in this debate as we must never ignore that the holocaust occurred via politics. that is why we must never ignore — ignoring is condoning.
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anti—semitism in today's society and politics may be on the fringes, but it continues to exist. in all examples of genocide you see the same pattern where the violence and killing has been supported by years of conditioning the population to really hate the group that is being targeted for elimination. it starts with what we now call stereotyping, generalizations, mockery, blame, lies, bullying, verbal abuse, victimising, conspiracy theories. and this is what provides the deep soil from which grow the hideous and vile acts of genocide, and this is the very essence of anti—semitism. and who can say that we are not living with this in our very midst in 2019? now to the lords where peers urged the uk government to do more to help the people of venezuela. opposition leaderjuan guaido declared himself acting leader in caracas on wednesday. it comes amid mass protests against president nicolas maduro who has overseen years of economic freefall.
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hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of basic items have driven millions of people out of venezuela. mr maduro was sworn in for a second term earlier this month after a vote marred by an opposition boycott and widespread claims of vote rigging. a government front bencher said the uk was working with the european union on the profound problems including getting £500,000 to help. we support the venezuelan peoples loud call for democracy and freedom, supporting a credible, peaceful political process leading to free and fair elections. and the united kingdom fully supports the national assembly as a democratically elected institution whose powers need to be restored and respected. we believe that venezuela needs a carefully constructed political process to bring moderate factions together for negotiations and a peaceful transition. we and our eu partners are seeking to assist such activity through an international contact group. venezuela is in a desperately
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unstable situation. 3 million people had already fled the country, and up to a further 7 million might flee if maduro stays, and inflation runs at 10,000,000%. is she concerned, not only about the dire situation of those in the country, but also and especially the destabilising effect of refugees on the countries around, countries whose democracies are not yet deep—rooted. it is the case the united kingdom recognises states, not governments. we have had made clear that we think this has to be resolved by fair, credible, free elections and we are doing everything we can to influence debate towards that end. we have also made clear our support for the national assembly, and we are working in concert with our global partners — not least the european union — in the nation for example to sanctions, together
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with our european partners, the uk has applied targeted sanctions on individuals responsible for serious human rights abuses and undermining democracy and the rule of law. the notion of recognising leaders of position seems to me to set a precedent which might prove extremely uncomfortable in other circumstances, and if i may say so i think the government's position as outlined by the noble baroness, at least for the moment is exactly the correct one. i agree as well that we are handling this very sensible politically, but the problem is and the reason for the vast flow of people, people are starving to death in venezuela. the people pouring into colombia are avoiding starvation, so 500,000, what are we actually doing in terms of trying to mobilise something to try and recover that dreadful situation? it has to be done more rapidly, i'm afraid, than some of these political manoeuvrings. lady goldie said the uk would continue to give significant support to the people of venezuela.
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finally, staying in the lords, peers were wrestling with the question of how to cope with a no—deal brexit. a conservative former cabinet minister thought the boss of the pub chain weatherspoons had the right idea. he has ceased buying brandy from france, buying better and cheaper brandy from australia, and so on with his wines and others. the customers are getting better and cheaper liquor, and the company is making better profits. isn't that a typical result of leaving with no agreement? i am not sure i want to give from the dispatch box advice to weatherspoons on their purchasing policies. i hope they will continue to serve their customers well and i hope they will continue to make a profit. does the minister really think that cheap brandy from australia is better than french brandy? does he really think that? my lords, what i love about these question time sessions,
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is that no matter how much preparation you do, you never cover where the questions could go. i have to say i have done no preparatory work whatsoever on the quality of different brandy from across the world, and whether or not wetherspoons should purchase them or not. lord calanan, not offering to sample the world's brandies. that's it from me, for now, but dojoin me on bbc parliament on friday night at 11 for our round up of the week here at westminster when as well as a look back at the last few days, i'll be talking to a parliamentary expert about what to expect in the next round of brexit votes on tuesday. for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. hello there.
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today's the day that our weather is going to turn significantly milder. if we look at the temperatures we had yesterday afternoon, they were languishing into low single figures. two, three, four, something like that. this afternoon, up as high as 12 degrees so for some, a jump of 12 degrees celsius or so. the thing bringing the warmer air is a warm front that continues to edge its way eastwards so we front that continues to edge its way eastwards so we are front that continues to edge its way eastwards so we are in too much milder weather with the atlantic flexing its muscles for friday. as well as the milder air working in, a lot of cloud around. drizzle. fog patches. temperatures continued to rise all of the power. it will be quite mild to start the day across western areas. that is how we start of friday. extensive cloud around and thick enough to bring light rain and thick enough to bring light rain and drizzle. it will ease from midday onwards but we will see more coming and going across the north—west of the country from time
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to time. the far north of scotland, still in to cool air, but otherwise, central and southern scotland, northern ireland, england and wales, will see double figures. quite murky for some of us and the rather grey skies will continue through friday night and into the early hours of saturday. a mild night with temperatures 7—9. the cloud will continue to speak on with outbreaks of rain becoming increasingly heavy for northern scotland. the rain is tied in with this area of low pressure moving in for saturday. we are still into the mild air in front of the warm front. a cloudy start as well. outbreaks of rain in scotland, some wet weather pushing in and eventually western parts of england and wales. it is no bad thing that we see some rain because january has been dry. two bridges between nine and 11 but however, —— temperatures, the second half of the weekend becomes colder. the second part of
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low pressure becomes colder. the second part of low pressure moves becomes colder. the second part of low pressure moves eastwards through the north sea and we see the wind coming in from the arctic. it will feel cold and we will have gales and potentially severe gales around coastal areas and hills. we will see the rain turned to snow, particularly in the hills of scotla nd particularly in the hills of scotland as the colder air continues to work in. outbreaks of rain continuing into eastern parts of the uk. that's your latest weather. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers
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in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: venezuela closes its embassy in the united states as nicolas maduro accuses donald trump of trying to overthrow him. the us senate votes down two proposals to end the government shutdown. donald trump says he's willing to consider a "reasonable" deal. the sister of premier league footballer emiliano sala begs rescuers not to give up hope as they call off the search for his plane missing in the english channel. translation: i'm asking you, please, don't stop looking for them. it has been three days and i still have hope they are alive. warmer weather means a less salty sea in the arctic. why has that got climate scientists worried?


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