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the prime minister says the case is closed after the defence secretary was sacked over leaks from the national security council. gavin williamson insists he didn't do it, as labour demand a police investigation into how the details were leaked. in response to receiving the most brutal sacking i can think of, the member for south staffordshire has protested his innocence. therefore, this matter cannot be, as the prime minister says, closed. also on the programme tonight... a burglar, who was stabbed to death by a pensioner after he burst into his own home, was killed lawfully says an inquest. concern forjobs in belfast as it's announced one of northern ireland's biggest employers — the aerospace firm bombardier — is being sold.
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the high court orders an investigation into the death of a girl his family believe was due to air pollution. and tough targets set for the uk on slashing greenhouse gas emissions almost 100% cuts by 2050. and coming up on bbc news: arsenal and chelsea are both in europa league action tonight. they'll play valencia and eintracht frankfurt respectively, as they try to reach the final. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the prime minister says the case is closed after the defence secretary gavin williamson was dramatically sacked yesterday over leaked details from a national security council meeting. but today oppositon parties have stepped up their calls for a police investigation into whether the official secrets act was breached.
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gavin williamson continues to deny telilng the daily telegraph about discussions concerning whether the chinese firm huawei should help to build the uk's 5g mobile network. our deputy political editor, john pienaar is in westminster. after sacking gavin williamson for breaching the confidentiality of one of the most secret committees in government, theresa may is hoping to restore discipline to her ill disciplined government, to be her authority such as it is what is left of her premiership. no prime minister can sack a senior minister and leader in branded a liar and lea k and leader in branded a liar and leak and expect the row to end quickly. it has not. why haven't the police been called in over the leak, prime minister? out she came today to greet a visiting leader and was greeted by this... are you certain you've got the right man, prime minister? and this... is mr williamson a liar? and this...
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was there a kangaroo court, prime minister? nothing more to say, but yesterday she judged and condemned gavin williamson, just a day after he denied he was the guilty man. absolutely not. but he has admitted speaking to the daily telegraph, after the national security council discussed giving china's huawei corporation a hand in building britain's 5g network. he denies leaking that. now career wrecked, future blighted, he's not going quietly. he's told journalists... and to yet anotherjournalist... but to the government today, it's an open and shut case. the prime minister has said that she now considers that this matter has been closed and the cabinet secretary does not consider it necessary to refer it to the police, but we would, of course,
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cooperate fully should the police themselves consider that an investigation were necessary. and the message to ministers? members should speak with complete candour within the room and shut up when they get outside. not so fast, says the government's opponents. the prime minister has sacked the secretary of state for defence because she believes there is compelling evidence that he has committed a crime. but despite that, she does not believe he should face a criminal investigation. where is the justice in that? and some tories want to be sure the case that the sacking was airtight. —— for the sacking. nationaljustice demands that the evidence be produced, so that his reputation can be salvaged or utterly destroyed. doesn't it? could itjust be possible that the kangaroo court has made a mistake? to critics, though, it's cabinet conduct in the dock. some members just have completely swept aside any scraps of decency
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and honour in their pursuit of blatant personal ambition. no ifs or buts, this matter has to go to the police. but there's been no sign the police will be called in. a court case must show, beyond doubt, that secrets were damagingly betrayed. far simpler for mrs may to decide on what she'd been told she no longer trusted her defence secretary and if ministers are somehow persuaded that destabilising leaks must stop, she won't mind that one bit. and gavin williamson, never shy of the —— attention, he knows a lot about mrs may's cabinet. maybe not always as friendly as he sometimes looks, he'll have enough time on his hands to cause trouble if he wants for the pm who sacked him. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. a burglar, who was fatally stabbed by a pensioner in his home, was lawfully killed. that's what an inquest ruled today. 79—year—old richard osborn—brooks described how he stabbed henry vincent with a kitchen knife at his home in south east london
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after being threatened with a screwdriver in april last year. mr osborn—brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later told no further action would be taken. richard lister is at southwark coroners court. cases like this, where the coroner finds that someone has been lawfully killed are extremely rare. richard osborn—brooks told the inquest that he never intended to kill anyone and had merely hoped to frighten his assailant off. henry vincent died in assailant off. henry vincent died in a confrontation and mr osborn—brooks has since received death threats and has since received death threats and has been unable to return to his home. he had to give evidence today via an audio link. henry vincent's mother and sister arriving at court today, still furious that no—one has been prosecuted for his death. vincent was wanted in connection with another burglary when he went to the house at hither green, armed with a screwdriver. he left it fatally injured.
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richard osborn—brooks was holding the knife that killed him. the inquest heard today that, when threatened by vincent, the pensioner held up his own weapon, saying "mine is bigger than yours and if you do not leave my house, you will be sorry." police initially arrested the 78—year—old on suspicion of murder before releasing him with no further action. outside the house in the days that followed, the vincent family put up tributes to the man who had gone there to threaten and stealfrom a pensioner. the tributes were quickly taken down by other residents and the police had to intervene. it prompted a nationwide debate about the fine line between murder and self—defence. at vincent's funeral, feelings ran high and there were threats made againstjournalists but the coroner confirmed today that the 37—year—old was lawfully killed. richard lister, bbc news. interest rate increases could be
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"more frequent" than expected, the bank of england governor has said. it is currently being held at 0.75%. the market had been expecting just one or two interest rate increases by 2021, but mark carney said, "if brexit is resolved and inflation and growth continue to pick—up, then more increases are likely. increases in the interest rate will affect the 3.5 million people in the uk with variable or tracker mortages. the aerospace firm bombardier is putting its belfast operation up for sale as part of a reorganisation of the business. it's the biggest manufacturing employer in northern ireland, and employs almost 4,000 people. 0ur correspondent chris page is in belfast. what will it mean for jobs for belfast? it is difficult to overstate the importance of this company to the city as well as the huge numbers of people directly employed here, bombardier sustains thousands more
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jobs in the smaller firms which supply it and also the wider economy. local politicians, trade unions, business people have expressed concerns that northern ireland's largest manufacturing base has been put up for sale. bombardier wa nts to has been put up for sale. bombardier wants to consolidate playmaking activities in north america but insists it wants to find the right buyerfor insists it wants to find the right buyer for the belfast plant. insists it wants to find the right buyerfor the belfast plant. this comes buyerfor the belfast plant. this co m es after buyerfor the belfast plant. this comes after major redundancy programmes here in recent years. workers want reassurances thatjobs will be protected with one union leader saying they will raise hell if that does not happen. they do have a global reputation they do not just make plant parts for bombardier aircraft. the business secretary says he thinks this belfast operation will be a highly sought—after asset. operation will be a highly sought-after asset. thank you. britain should drastically cut its carbon emissions over the next 30 years and lead the globalfight against climate change. that's the view of the government's independent advisers, who say england should go
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the furthest cutting greenhouse emissions to virtually zero by 2050. scotland's target is five years sooner — that's because of the country's potential to plant more trees. but wales has more time — five years extra — because of its reliance on agriculture. northern ireland doesn't have a specific target because of the lack of government in stormont but, in practice, today's report says there's no time to waste and we must all do our bit — turn down the heating, eat less meat, take fewer flights and switch to electric cars. 0ur science editor, david shukman, has more. a heavy swirl in the north sea as we travel to a new wind farm. every swish of the blades generates zero carbon power. until recently this was one of the most expensive sources of energy but breakthroughs in technology have dramatically lowered the costs, so in their report, the government advisers say a sevenfold increase in offshore wind should be possible.
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this is a good day in the north sea. imagine what it is like building and maintaining turbines out here in all weathers, but the country is getting more and more of its electricity this way, and the report says we need to install thousands more turbines if we are to take climate change seriously. that will be a huge challenge. it was britain with the industrial revolution that first started pumping out the gases that have been raising temperatures. now the report says britain could lead the way to a cleaner future and help limit global warming. we are responsible for a great deal of the warming the world is now seeing, the climate change we are now seeing, but more than that we also consume a lot and those two factors especially mean the uk really means the uk to go further and faster earlier. the advice is that we will keep
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driving cars but they should be electric by 2030. eating red meat is ok but ideally 20% less of it. and you should set your thermostat to 19 degrees in winter, assuming your home is well insulated. there is a glimpse of a low carbon future in nottingham. they are drilling to install a new kind of heating for social housing. it draws warmth from the ground. the homes are also fitted with solar panels. in a communal energy centre there is a battery to store power. there is no need for gas. and monthly bills are far lower. joan warburton says it is a pleasure to live here. in the winter it was terrible, even in the summer i was sat here with dressing gown on and socks on and the doors are shut, now you can see the doors are wide open, they are always open. i don't have a dressing gown on now and i don't have my socks on. i've never had socks on for 12 months so it's been great. last month, protesters demanded action on global warming. what do they think of the new plan? we are still living in the thing that if ijust turn the thermostat
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down, if ijust take one less flight, it is all going to be ok, and i think the truth extinction rebellion are telling everyone, this is not going to be 0k, stop kidding yourself. you will have to make fundamentally different choices. in any event, major change is likely. here, a new blade for a wind turbine is tested. it's a staggering 88 metres long. new designs like this mean it is plausible that by 2050 britain will not add any more to global warming, but the key question is what the government will do and whether it will agree to push for a zero carbon future. you can find out plenty more information about climate change and today's report on the bbc website, including our new "jargon buster," which explains all the key terms. a woman who contracted hiv from her husband after he was given contaminated blood products in the 19805 has been giving evidence at the inquiry into the infected blood scandal. clair walton's husband bryan suffered from severe haemophilia.
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she says doctors persuaded him to take the contaminated medicines. as a result he contracted hiv and hepatitis. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. this was bryan walton. he had haemophilia, but in the early 1980s, two years after he married, he was diagnosed with hiv. he had been treated with an infected blood product called factor viii. today, more than 30 years on, his widow, clair, told the public enquiry about the impossible position her sick husband was put in back then by medical staff. he was told that there was a shortage of the factor viii, of the old stock and that they were keeping the good stuff for the little boys. bryan accepted that. he accepted it and i think that's a mark of the man he was, but he was put under that emotional blackmail. it is estimated around 5,000
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haemophiliacs and 30,000 other patients were infected with hiv and hepatitis in the 19705 and ‘80s, after being treated with contaminated blood. clair was also infected with hiv through her husband. months before bryan died of aids, the couple reluctantly agreed for the mcfarland trust, set up for victims, to take on their mortgage to free them from monthly payments in return for a stake in their house. i didn't agree that they should be profiting, the charity set up to to support haemophiliacs and their spouses, should be profiting from people dying. it made no sense to me. i did not think that was legal. i don't know. it certainly was immoral. the mcfarland trust is now closed and there was applause at the inquiry today as it emerged clair walton's debt has been written off with immediate effect. a huge relief for her but there are still many other families, victims of this scandal, who are desperate
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for financial support. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. the time is 6:15pm. our top story this evening: the prime minister says the case is closed over the defence secretary being sacked for the leak to the security council. gavin williamson insists he didn't do it. a difficult start for competitiors at the tour de yorkshire, as they have to contend with bad weather and protestors. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: england captain eoin morgan says alex hales is out of the cricket world cup squad because of a complete breakdown in trust. hales was reportedly withdrawn for testing positive for recreational drugs. #we # we shall live in peace # we shall live in peace #we # we shall live in peace # we shall live in peace
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# the spectre of an old conflict still haunts this city. now, derry is trying to heal new wounds. the violence which led to the death of lyra mckee was orchestrated by so—called dissident republicans. they see themselves as part of a decades—old struggle against british rule in northern ireland. i would just say to them, lay down your arms. stop the whole thing. i would hope that they would take that on board. and this is the public face of modern day dissidents, a legal political party known as saoradh, irish for liberation, who oppose northern ireland's peace process. police say saoradh are the political voice of the new ira — with a significant overlap in the leadership of the two organisations. nobody wants you, nobody! now, the headquarters in derry have
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become the focus of a backlash. in the wake of lyra mckee's death, saoradh have had their account closed by twitter and have faced repeated calls from people to shut down their operations here. the group haven't responded to any of our requests for an interview, but in a statemen on their facebook page told people they wouldn't be going away. as 11 men were convicted in derry this week for an illegal republican parade, we caught up with the prominent dissident and leading member of saoradh, seen here in the bluejacket, thomas ashe mellon. mr mellon, we're from bbc news, we've got a few questions about saoradh. many people in derry don't want your organisation here, mr mellon. what do you have to say to them? people see you as having endorsed the violence which killed lyra mckee, mr mellon, how do you justify that? how do you justify that, mr mellon? you say you represent the community, but the community here have made it very clear you're not welcome.
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another problem, mr mellon, youth workers tell us that what saoradh does is deliberately target young people with your propaganda and that helps encourage people to go out rioting. you don't really care about their welfare, do you? is that responsible? saoradh is a very vocal organisation at times, very vocal on social media, what do you have to say to people today? people feel dissidents like you are just trying to drag northern ireland back to the past. isn't that what you're doing? any words for lyra mckee's family? saoradh says it played no role in the death of lyra mckee. police have promised that witnesses who can identify the gunman will receive protection. the new ira, and their supporters, represent a tiny minority in northern ireland, but with new blood coming
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through their ranks, their presence will be difficult to erase. emma vardy, bbc news, derry. apologies, you could see we were having some technical problems at emma vardy‘s having some technical problems at emma va rdy‘s report having some technical problems at emma vardy‘s report on police in northern ireland, saying any witnesses will be offered anonymity of they agreed to give evidence against her killers. more of the day's news now. the wikilea ks co—founder julian assange has formally begun his legal battle to avoid extradition to the united states to face computer hacking charges. he told a court by videolink from prison that he would not surrender voluntarily to the us authorities. he's serving a 50 week sentence for breaching bail conditions after spending nearly seven years in the ecuadorian embassy in london. voters are heading to the polls to cast their vote in the local elections in england and northern ireland. elections are being held for more than 8,000 councillors across 248 english council, as well as all 11 councils in northern ireland.
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there are no local elections in scotland or wales. a fresh inquest is to be held into the death of nine year old ella kissi—debrah who died after suffering an asthma attack in 2013. the original inquest concluded that her death was caused by acute respiratory failure and severe asthma, but her family says new evidence proves her death was directly linked to illegal levels of air pollution near her home in south london. claire marshall reports. ella was cheeky and bright, says her mother. here she is playing with her phone in their car. there little cough a sign of how ill she was. a few months later, she had a severe asthma attack and died. i'm going home today. her home was just 25 metres from london's busy ring road. she was breathing air so polluted that it broke legal limits. pollution wasn't put
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as a cause of ella's death, but her mother has always believed that it was linked and now she is one step closer to finding out. today at the high court, a judge said in the interests ofjustice there should be a new inquest. we spoke to rosamund after the ruling. it's incredibly important. i loved her so much, so, so much and i'm so proud of her, that she is doing this for everybody else. even you and me, because we all breathe air. ella was rushed to hospital almost 30 times in the three years before she died. new medical evidence, key to today's decision, showed a striking correlation between these visits and spikes in air pollution. we've known for many years that air pollution and asthma go together, but what we haven't had are clear demonstrations of individual human beings suffering as a direct result of this pollution. the government says it's taking concerted action
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to improve air quality. ella's family will have to wait a yearfor the inquest, but it could prove without doubt that illegal air pollution can kill. claire marshall, bbc news. the leader of plaid cymru, adam price, has called on anyone in wales wanting another eu referendum, to back the party in the upcoming european elections. at plaid's campaign launch in cardiff, mr price said he wanted to "make wales matter in europe and the world". here's our wales correspondent sian lloyd. applause stepping up to the challenge of leading plaid cymru for the first time into an election campaign. adam price took over as party leader last september. today, he was setting out his message to welsh voters, ahead of the european elections. we passionately want to remain, in order to transform wales' future place and prospects
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inside the european union. plaid cymru currently has one of the four meps from wales but they're a party still struggling to make waves with the welsh electorate, who voted as a nation to leave the european union. adam price talks of these elections as an opportunity to reach out to supporters of other parties who are dissatisfied over brexit. we have to demand a people's vote and argue the case for remaining in the eu, but it's the people at westminster that have been failing wales for so many years. we need to actually change things, by taking power into our own hands, as a country, placing wales at the heart of europe, putting our voice there, at the top table. he wants to navigate a new course for wales and is calling for a referendum on welsh independence, if brexit is delivered without a second public vote. sian lloyd, bbc news.
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the tour de yorkshire god under today. team ineos had to deal with protesters at the start. they wanted to highlight the role they play in fracking and plastics. today plasma stage of the race was affected by some severe weather as our sports correspondent reports. the dawn of a new era for the dominant force in world cycling, but the takeover of team sky by ineos has not been a smooth ride. the chemicals company is among the biggest producers of plastic in europe and wants to conduct fracking in the uk, which is why at the team's first race today environmental campaigners peacefully made their point. tour de yorkshire is a brilliant thing for this region, but fracking and plastic pollution are really bad things and that is what ineos represents. it's not gone down well with some of the locals. but they're blissfully unaware of what's happening on their doorstep. we've got the same level of security as we would
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have for the conditions that the uk is in. it's in a good place. yorkshire will be the winner. are among those vying to win the race itself are chris froome and mark cavendish, star names of a four day event that began this afternoon in doncaster, as torrential rain made for difficult riding conditions. the weather limited the crowd size, though not the competition. the peloton weaving its way through the yorkshire countryside to the finish line in selby. both the organisers and team ineos will hope that continues to be the case through to the culmination on sunday. david 0rnstein with that report. we can have a look at the weather now, starting with yorkshire. 0ne can have a look at the weather now, starting with yorkshire. one of our weather watchers has been out and about snapping a picture of this picture in leeds. showing up pretty nicely here on the radar picture, mainly affecting central, southern and eastern portions of england. they are going to rumble on
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over the next few hours before they fade away through this evening and overnight. meanwhile, we start to see the change taking place across the north of scotland, that arctic air mass we have been forecasting for a while has shown its hand. windy weather, colder conditions and wintry showers. this is the pressure set up into friday. that is the cold front between the arctic air mass in the north and the last of the mild air in the south. it will feel quite air in the south. it will feel quite a shock to the system in the northern half tomorrow. plenty of blustery showers, these wintry with some snow accumulations on the hills. 50 mile an hour wind gusts, mean wind speeds around the north of the country pretty strong as you can see. further south, not the country pretty strong as you can see. furthersouth, not as the country pretty strong as you can see. further south, not as many wind arrows, meaning it won't be quite as windy. 15 degrees or so across the south, that is the last of the milder air. north of the cold front, the temperatures struggling to make eight or nine. that cold air wins out into the bank holiday weekend. i put the arrows on to show you it
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will be windy, certainly through saturday. it means with the cold air mass and clear skies, the saturday morning there will be a widespread frost across the country. mentioned before, gardeners and growers, take note of that. on saturday, a bright day. there will be some showers around, mainly across eastern areas. sunday, high—pressure nudges in, killing a lot of the showers and we will see the wind is easing down. still quite chilly both sunday and into monday, with temperatures around 12—13 at best but at least largely dry. thank you. a reminder of our main story this evening: the prime minister says the case is closed after the defence secretary was sacked over lea ks to defence secretary was sacked over leaks to the national security council. gavin williamson insists he didn't do it. that is all from the bbc news at six. we join the bbc news teams where you are.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: the government says it is not planning to calling the police over the leak from the national security council which led to the defence secretary gavin williamson being sacked. the uk should lead the globalfight against sacked. the uk should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to almost zero by 2050 according to a report commissioned by the government. a new inquest is ordered into the death of nine—year—old london girl, electricity kiss deborah. her mother has welcomed the decision. —— ella kissi—debrah. the aerospace company bombardier is putting up his belfast operation for sale as part of a reorganisation of the business. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look


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