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the grenfell tower fire — survivors and relatives of those who died call for the head of london's firebrigade to resign after a highly critical report into the blaze. the into the blaze. public enquiry found systemic failures the public enquiry found systemic failures in the way that the fire brigade responded. the fire killed 72 people. the head of the london fire brigade, dany cotton, has expressed her deepest sorrow. we will never, ever forget the tragedy of that night. the 72 lives lost were just the worst thing ever and london fire brigade are truly sorry we couldn't have saved everyone‘s life that night. the report said more lives could have been saved if the evacuation had taken place sooner. victims support groups have said it was heartbreaking.
we believed the firefighters who came and knocked on our door and told us to stay. so, we believed them and we stayed. also in the programme tonight: the last prime minister's questions before the general election as leaders clashed on the nhs, the economy and of course brexit. a police helicopter crash in glasgow which killed 10 people — an inquiry finds the pilot consciously took a risk by ignoring warnings about a lack of fuel. and, how the man known as the bad boy of rugby, kyle sinckler, has become one of england's standout players and great hopes for saturday's rugby world cup final. and coming up on bbc news, sam burgess is forced to retire from rugby league at the age of 30, bringing to an end one of the greatest careers in the sport.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the london fire brigade commissioner da ny cotto n has rejected calls for her to resign from some survivors of the grenfell tower fire. but she has expressed her "deepest sorrow" at not being able to save more lives. seventy—two people died in the tower block fire in june 2017. a report following the first stage of the public inquiry has criticised the fire brigade for "serious shortcomings" in the way it dealt with the fire. the inquiry‘s chairman said the absence of a plan to evacuate the tower was a "major omission" by the london fire brigade and more lives could have been saved had the "stay—put" policy been abandoned sooner. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. and a warning, some viewers may find some of the images in her report upsetting. my family... here is my family... why? why?
i cannot sleep, i am always crying. the last thing i was hearing from my aunt was, where are the firefighters. and i rest it at that. " where are the firefighters?" every single day, since then, i pray, to die sooner, because i have i'io pray, to die sooner, because i have no meaning in my life. no enquiry can no meaning in my life. no enquiry ca n co mfo rt no meaning in my life. no enquiry can comfort them. no blame brings them back. no warm words will ease their harsh reality. grenfell was a national tragedy but for them it was a deeply personal one. this man lost his daughter, her husband and their two children. lena, six months old, died in her mothers arms. why? why?
this is our families. i had a family. the report blames the cladding that surrounded the building for spreading these claims, it broke building regulations. the fire, so fierce, because the walls of g re nfell were fire, so fierce, because the walls of grenfell were covered in a material that was flammable. but the focus of this part of the enquiry is what happened on the night, despite the bravery of some firefighters, the bravery of some firefighters, the fire brigade is heavily criticised for institutional and systemic failures, telling people to "stay—put" in these flames cost lives. this man was told to stay put in the building, his five—year—old son did not make it out. on the night i was there, i was suffering, still i am suffering with this situation. there was no excuse. we
should have been rescued. we should have been helped by the firefighters. this lady lost her mother and her aunt. they were responsible to do a job, they had training, they had training to tell them what to do if compartment ocean was breached. they should be prosecuted, i am was breached. they should be prosecuted, lam not was breached. they should be prosecuted, i am not saying individual firemen, because they did a greatjob, bless them, they probably don't even get paid that well. but the people at the top are paid good money to do a good job. the most seniorfire person has been criticised for her insensitivity.” wouldn't have done anything differently. the 72 lives lost was the worst thing ever, london fire brigade are truly sorry we could not have saved everybody's life that night. do you accept that more people die because you did not evacuate? it'll be difficult to draw
that conclusion and even so martin will pick says he does not have expert evidence to draw that conclusion. will you be resigning as has been asked for? if i resign, i cannot make the changes that i have saidi cannot make the changes that i have said i would. one survivor warned that there would be a serious fire in the building months before it happened, we first met him on the morning of the fire, in the clothes that he fled in. i was saved by a brave firefighter, 16th floor, he came to rescue me when i was taking my last breaths, and in the report, it is pointed out that there are many instances of brave and courageous act by firefighters. my own personal view, of dany cotton, is that she needs to be dismissed from her post. in the commons, they stood silent for a minute, as survivors and bereaved looked on at the politicians they feel let them down. —— sir martin moore—bick.
the politicians they feel let them down. -- sir martin moore-bick. they ask for the truth... we promised them the truth. we owe them the truth. and, today, the whole country, the whole world, is finally hearing the truth about what happened at grenfell hearing the truth about what happened at gre nfell tower. hearing the truth about what happened at grenfell tower. the shamefulfact is, happened at grenfell tower. the shameful fact is, mr speaker, happened at grenfell tower. the shamefulfact is, mr speaker, that feet have been dragged, the exact same cladding is on similar high rise blocks, sprinklers have not been fitted, thousands of people will go to bed tonight and tomorrow night not feeling safe in this country. this tower, devastating testa m e nt to country. this tower, devastating testament to the companies that made the cladding. the authorities that allowed it to be put on. the fire brigade who saved some, but failed others. lucy is here with me. heartbreaking accounts from survivors and families of victims, victims and their families, that is the end of stage one, what happens now? there is a feeling that the
focus being on the fire brigade has been unfair, certainly at the top of the fire brigade they think that, fire officers think that and some families even think that. that is because there is a second stage, starting in january, because there is a second stage, starting injanuary, looking at the refurbishment of grenfell tower. who made the cladding? the companies involved with the refurbishment, the council, the management organisation that oversaw the refurbishment. the role of government. they will get severely and heavily criticised at that stage. at the moment, this part of the enquiry has been about the response on the night. after that, the families are hoping for prosecutions. they don'tjust want words on a document of this report, they want people in the dock. it is fairto they want people in the dock. it is fair to say that the families of g re nfell fair to say that the families of grenfell have been vindicated. they we re grenfell have been vindicated. they were right: the cladding was unsafe. they were right: the fire response was not adequate. also there is the issue that they feel buildings with cladding are still unsafe and the thing that stays with me today, the
last words of young 12—year—old, jessica ramires, who said, to the 999 people," can you hurry up, i am begging you", and she died in that fire. the prime minister has clashed with the labour leader over the nhs, brexit and leadership at the last prime minister's questions before the general election on december 12th. jeremy corbyn said voters had a "once in a generation" chance to save the nhs, which was in "greater danger" than at any time in its history. borisjohnson warned of "economic catastrophe" and "political disaster" if labour got into power. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports. the warm up, parliament's cameras capturing the last moments of this particular generation. why can't he get its... the commons has examined every angle of brexit and failed to come to a conclusion, so that conclusion will now be for all of us
to decide what we make of them, and the contrast between these two is profound. the choice at this election couldn't be clearer... shouting people shouting ... people have shouting people have a chance to vote for real change after years of conservative and lib democrats. privatisation and tax and outs for the richest... shouting scrapping to be heard, this will not bea scrapping to be heard, this will not be a gentlemanly debate. leadership mean standing up for the people of this country, and above all, getting brexit done, and ending the dithering and the delaying. the time for protest is over, mr speaker; it is time for leadership! today they have all been trying out lines, practising pitches, the slogans they will hear —— you will hear again and again. it is the substance of their plans for the country that will determine who has the privilege of coming back to this place and, in the end, who takes up the prime minister's position in the glare and under the pressure of the dispatch
box. jeremy corbyn is already on the road, from the commons, straight to a marginal seat, crawley, road, from the commons, straight to a marginalseat, crawley, in road, from the commons, straight to a marginal seat, crawley, in sussex. labour suggested today they might agree to a referendum on independence in scotland. keeping hold of any campaign is harder than directing a group of toddlers... the next five weeks are a big opportunity, as well as a risk for the snp. however you voted on brexit, it is a mess, the only way out is to stop it. secondly, a vote for the snp is a vote to demand the right for scotland to choose their own future, not to have boris johnson determining the future, but to put scotland's future into the hands of scotland. and there might be huge change this time around, several of the mps gathered with the lib dems leader, stood for different parties this time round —— last time round. the liberal democrats are fighting our most ambitious election
yet, because this, this general election, is one where the future of the country for generations is at sta ke. the country for generations is at stake. more than 50 mps have made the decision to go. taking their own histories with them. this painting is of my mama. churchill's grandson, an mp since 1983, is saying goodbye. it isa an mp since 1983, is saying goodbye. it is a rougher, coarser place and this is a period of profound disruption, i have no idea what will happen. 0ne disruption, i have no idea what will happen. one way or another. but things are just blown up, in this era, and institutions are all under great strain. would you forgive me for asking what you think your grandfather might make of you standing down and what you have achieved since you have been here?” don't think much, really...! but, i think it would be pleased that i tried. that is the thing. it has beena tried. that is the thing. it has been a great honour. and i really mean that. and i am very sad to be
going. support, stoicism, fortitude... weather. , i or by choice, elections are about farewells. these are the speakers last days in his chair as well. —— weather forced out. —— last days in his chair as well. —— weatherforced out. —— whether. with the country so sharply divided after the eu referendum, how much will people's views on brexit change the way they vote? can the conservatives persuade loyal labour voters who want to leave the eu to switch and vote tory? the west midlands will be crucial in this election. it'll be one of the key battlegrounds. west bromwich west is a labour seat with a majority of almost 11,500 and it's in an area that voted to leave the eu in the referendum. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth reports. 0n offerfor the 0n offer for the next six weeks, an
election campaign likely dominated by brexit. in fact, for some parties thatis by brexit. in fact, for some parties that is part of the strategy. the tories are targeting leaves voters in labourareas, tories are targeting leaves voters in labour areas, where many feel their brexit vote has been overlooked. i want it to go back to britain being britain, that is it, if there is nobody to tell me they will do that, i'm not interested. in west bromwich west, 0ldbury, is one such place. here, more than two thirds of people voted to leave the eu, and there is frustration it has not happened. ijust wanted to be over with, i want us to be out. that is what borisjohnson wants to tap into, butjeremy corbyn will be fighting hard to hold these seats. mike, who has run his own businesses for years, is seeking a clear message. labour have done themselves no favours, keep changing their position so many times, whereas, the conservatives, they have said they wa nt to conservatives, they have said they want to get brexit done. do you trust boris johnson
want to get brexit done. do you trust borisjohnson to deliver brexit? 100%, definitely. in some of the uk's industrial heartlands, turning traditional labour voters tory is no easy task. this manufacturer imports and improves steel security doors. the boss wants a brexit outcome. i want a decision andl a brexit outcome. i want a decision and i want to deal with the consequences, and i want to deal with the consequences, almost regardless of what they are now. ijust want more certainty. for some staff, not much trust in the tories and after boris johnson failed to make his own exit deadline, that will be part of the labour attack, which seems to cut through with some who want another referendum. i think boris is useless, giving it big at the start, saying we would be out by the 31st. 0bviously saying we would be out by the 31st. obviously not. he is playing silly beggars. it is a nightmare, at this point, another referendum, see what eve ryo ne point, another referendum, see what everyone wants. boris johnson may hope his promise of a brexit revolution will win his pole, but elections are a risky numbers game and in targeting leave areas like this he risks alienating remain
voters elsewhere. polly had wanted to stay in the eu, a vet and a climber, she wants the election to drill down to policy beyond brexit. that isjeremy drill down to policy beyond brexit. that is jeremy corbyn's comfort zone. if they push it through, and it is done by march, or something, then we have a party whose policies on other things we may not agree on. we need to make sure that we have all the other whatever else they wa nt to all the other whatever else they want to talk about, not just all the other whatever else they want to talk about, notjust brexit. the two biggest parties might have a mountain to climb to gain voter trust and they are not the only ones trying to. so, that's the challenge on the ground. what do the next few weeks hold? well, just after midnight next wednesday, parliament will be dissolved and there will be a five—week campaign until the country goes to the polls on december the 12th — the first december election since 1923. as it stands, brexit is now due to happen by 31st of january 2020. let's speak to our political editor, laura kuenssberg.
what are the big issues that could drive this election campaign when it gets going? we have had a bit of a taster today at prime minister's questions and almost every time we hear a labour politician get anywhere near a microphone they will be saying those three letters, nhs. they believe that is good territory for them to be attacking the tories on their record on the health service in the last nine years. in contrast, i think we will hear a lot from the conservatives that they believe they are the only party who can drive brexit to a conclusion, to get it over with and end the ratio, as someone inside the government explained it. it is notjust up to them. of course the smaller parties will have a big role as they always do but may be bigger this time round put whether that is the snp in scotla nd put whether that is the snp in scotland or the lib dems and dup in northern ireland or the greens or plaid cymru, it is a complicated contest plaid cymru, it is a complicated co ntest a nd plaid cymru, it is a complicated contest and the flip side is ultimately the politicians don't get to set the agenda, the public and
those things called events do. today has been a bit like the phoney war. the battles ahead are unpredictable and that final result most unpredictable of all. laura, thank you. the time is 18 minutes past six. our top story this evening... survivors and relatives of those who died in the grenfell tower fire have called for the head of london's fire brigade to resign after a highly critical report into the blaze. and still to come, we visit kyle sinckler‘s old rugby club as he prepares to face south africa in the world cup final. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, following a trend of appointing australians to lead an england team, the women's cricket side make lisa keightley their new coach, the first female to take the role full—time. an inquiry into a police helicopter crash at a glasgow pub six years ago has found that it could have been prevented had the pilot followed emergency procedures. the inquiry was told that captain david traill repeatedly ignored the low fuel warnings he received during the flight.
ten people died when the helicopter came down onto the roof of the busy clutha bar. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon reports. it was a friday night in november and the clutha bar had been packed with people listening to live music when the police helicopter fell from the sky. are you 0k? cctv images released publicly for the first time should the shock crowd spilling from the pub but don't the aircraft was embedded in the roof. the days after it repealed the roof. the days after it repealed the devastation inside. mary cabinet was one who managed to get out. her partner robertjenkins, did not. robert went to the bar to get us a drink. and that is when the helicopter came down. i have been through almost six years now, of wanting
to know what happened that night. and i still feel i don't know, there are still so many unanswered questions. in all, seven people inside the bar and all three crew including the pilot died in the accident. more than 30 others were injured. the helicopter crashed because its engine had been starved of fuel and the pumps that should have supplied it from the main tanks had been switched off. the fatal accident enquiry had one key question at its heart, why did this happen, why did the helicopter crash onto the roof of the clutha that night? the sheriff found that the pilot david traill had ignored low fuel warnings and said if the captain had followed procedures, the accident would not have happened. captain traill, he said, took a chance that the low fuel warnings he received were erroneous and that was a conscious decision on his part, it was a decision that had fatal consequences for ten people.
ian lost his son in the accident. the report has brought him a little comfort. they have laid the blame totally on the pilot, david traill, and it makes me really angry. i think it's outrageous. where is the evidence for it? the report praised the dignity of those reefed. six yea rs the dignity of those reefed. six years on, their grief is still raw in this tragedy that shocked a city and changed many lives. lorna gordon, bbc news. an independent forecaster has suggested that the prime minister's brexit deal would leave the uk £70 billion a year worse off than if it remained in the eu. the study concluded that the economy would be 3.5% smaller than it would be otherwise in ten years' time. 0ur economics editor, faisal islam, has more. here at the treasury, they chose not to do an economic impact study of the deal struck by the prime minister
with the european union, even though they do have the computer model to do so. the chancellor saying it is self—evidently in our economic interest. other independent economists have run the numbers, including the national institute for economic and social research. like almost all other economic models, this report concludes no—deal would lead to a weak economy over the decade. the newjohnson deal comfortably beats no—deal in terms of the size of the economy by over 2%. this is the point the chancellor was making. but, compared to the status quo — remaining in the eu — that performance is a hit to the economy of 3.5%. the national institute also says thejohnson brexit deal would be a notably worse outcome even than continuing chronic uncertainty and actually slightly worse than the deal from theresa may it then changed. so, what is driving all that? that 3.5% figure is not about the economy being smaller than it is today. it is about lost growth versus the status quo,
worth £70 billion per year, permanently, and that is the equivalent of over £1000 per person. so, on the upside, we no longer pay the billions to the european union for membership and there is the capacity to sign free trade deals around the world. that is a slight boost to the economy. but in and of itself, it is outweighed by the extra frictions on trade with europe. the national institute also predicts a hit to investment from abroad, that there will be fewer european workers, and that less investment means that our companies are less productive. overall, a hit to the economy of 3.5% in a decade's time. inside the treasury, they disagree with these calculations and say they can do better than a basic free trade agreement, but they have not shown their numbers. faisal islam, bbc news. facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine
in the uk for its role in the cambridge analytica scandal. millions of people had their profile details harvested without their knowledge by an app which was hosted on the site. the data protection watchdog, which imposed the maximum fine allowed, said facebook hadn't done enough to protect its users' data. facebook has denied liability. he's had one of the standout performances of england's rugby world cup campaign, but rugby hasn't always been kyle sinckler‘s passion. known as the "bad boy" of the sport, he went to a school that didn't teach rugby and grew up playing football, until he was told he was "too physical" for it. now he's just three days away from playing in the rugby world cup final against south africa. natalie pirks reports. he is england's battering ram, the hard—hitting prop dubbed the tooting train, whose speed and force had made him a standout star injapan. but kyle sinckler‘s route to the world cup final has been far from conventional. he was always full on, almost like,
give the ball to kyle! nigel coached him here at battersea ironsides from the age of eight. for a sport rooted in public school privilege, there was no silver spoon. single mum donna raised kyle on a south london estate where he attended a local comprehensive. how important is it that someone like him came from a state school? you know what, i think if you had a richter scale or something he would be at the top of the list, that somebody from a state school has made it through the rugby world. in the past, his hot head has seen him targeted by the opposition as an emotional time bomb. but sinckler has worked hard since to control that temper and, in turn, become a role model for those following in his considerable footsteps. we are super proud, we really are, because the players love him and if he scores, if they win on saturday it will be so fantastic. the noise here will be amazing. sinckler is carrying a calf injury
but hopes to be fighting fit on saturday where a devoted corner of south london will be his loudest fans. england have lost to south africa before. could that happen again? no! revenge time! revenge time? yes, definitely! revenge! how big are you going to scream if england win the world cup final? loud screaming. for these kids, and for england, sinckler is clearing a path to glory. natalie pirks, bbc news, wandsworth. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. there are changes on the way, for many of us seems like this, try with a bit of sunshine but across south—west england and wales and the channel islands, it is cloudier and wetter and windier. 0ne channel islands, it is cloudier and wetter and windier. one of these two types will win out by the weekend and we will find out in a moment to put it right now the main estate where it is in south wales,
south—west england and more of southern england but looking really wet in devon and dorset and parts of somerset. where it is clear risk in scotla nd somerset. where it is clear risk in scotland and northern england, you will have the lowest temperatures with frost and if you mist and fog patches to start tomorrow. the reason for the difference is low pressure lurking close to the south—west and higher pressure elsewhere giving the fine conditions for now. that set up exists tomorrow as well although any rain in southern england will clear southwards. a bit drier in south—west england, a lot of cloud in wales and northern ireland but elsewhere, sonny spelt the chance of a show in north—east scotland but otherwise dry and temperature is pretty much where they have been but still that chile easterly breeze. people trick or treating on halloween, a lot of dry weather but some rain pushed into northern ireland and western scotland. nothing to chilly but there are changes on the way and they accelerate from friday into the weekend because it is low pressure
winning out of. that means these fronts come in with cloud and rain and stronger winds at times, although they come with milder air predict we will notice a different feeling particularly in england, wales and northern ireland on friday and it might be as high as 17 celsius in southern england. a selection of places on friday and into the weekend, it will be raining at times but not all the time and there will be some period of stronger winds, even gales in places predict more about the weekend with as we get closer to it and there is more online and on the thank you. that is all from the bbc news at six point on bbc one we joined the bbc‘s news teams where you are. goodbye.
hello, this is bbc news with carrie gracie. the headlines: criticism of the london fire brigade in a new report into the grenfell fire that claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017. there are calls for fire chief dany 2017. there are calls for fire chief da ny cotto n 2017. there are calls for fire chief da ny cotton to 2017. there are calls for fire chief dany cotton to resign. the report now shows in black—and—white what we already knew, so it is time that the commissioner of the london fire brigade takes ownership of those failings. boris johnson and jeremy corbyn set the tone for the december election in the last prime minister's questions before the country goes to the polls in six weeks' time. leadership means standing upfor weeks' time. leadership means standing up for the people of this country, standing up for our police, standing upfor our country, standing up for our police, standing up for our nhs, making sure that it gets the funding that it needs. people have a chance to vote for real change after years of conservative and lib dem cuts. privatisation and tax hand—outs for
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