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by security forces. the serviceman had killed 26 people and injured dozens more in a gun rampage in the city of nakhon ratchasima. he killed his commanding officer before stealing weapons from a military camp. the number of people who have died from the new coronavirus has now passed 800, overtaking the total death toll from the sars outbreak in 2003. cases in the worst affected region of china appear to have stabilised slightly. the three main political parties have tied in first preference votes, according to an exit poll for the republic of ireland's general election. none are expected to reach the 80—seat threshold needed for a majority, making a coalition government likely.
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now it's time for a look back at the week in parliament. hello there and welcome to the week in parliament, where after sacking the woman in charge of an international climate conference, borisjohnson comes under pressure over his green credentials. why is the prime minister failing so spectacularly to measure up to the scale of the climate crisis that this country and indeed this planet is facing? this is the first country, the first major economy in the world, in the world to have set a target of carbon neutral by 2050. we hearfrom new mps signing up to scrutinise the government. i've seen an absolute wealth
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of experience, life experience, professional and political experience that people have, and i hope that i can contribute to that through this committee. and, as the lords consider getting rid of one of their ancient traditions, we take a lesson in the art of hat doffing. take the end of the hat with your right hand, and forward, a good forward projection of the hat. but first... at prime minister's questions, borisjohnson confirmed a plan to introduce emergency legislation to make terrorist offenders serve more time in prison. it follows the shooting of sudesh amman by police after he stabbed two people in streatham in south london. amman had been released from prison on the 23rd of january after serving half of his sentence for terrorism offences. at the start of pmqs, borisjohnson made clear he wanted to change the rules. the whole house will want to pay tribute to the police and all of the emergency services for their brave response to the terrorist incident in streatham on sunday. this appalling incident makes plain
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the case for immediate action and we will shortly introduce emergency legislation to make sure that we do everything to protect the public. that emergency legislation is expected in the commons in the next few days. jeremy corbyn also paid tribute to the emergency services who'd responded to the stretham attack, but the focus of his questions was the un climate conference known as cop 26, to be held in glasgow in november. more than 200 world leaders are due to attend, but in a surprise move the government sacked the president of the event — former conservative minister, claire 0'neill. in an interview, she said the prime minister had admitted he didn't really get climate change and she claimed there was a huge lack of leadership and engagement from the government. so, jeremy corbyn asked
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the pm what she meant. borisjohnson said the government's record was phenomenal. last year was the first year on record that renewables produced more of the energy of this country than fossil fuels. we are delivering for the people of this country, we are reducing greenhouse gases. all he produces, i'm afraid, is a load of hot air. jeremy corbyn honed in on what claire 0'neill had said. his own former tory minister said, we should have clear actions, and agreed plan and a road map for the year of action but we do not. so, why is the prime minister failing so spectacularly to measure up to the scale of the climate crisis that this country and indeed this planet is facing? mr speaker, this is beyond satire. this government, this is the first country, the first major economy in the world, in the world to have set a target of carbon neutral by 2050. earlier in the week, politicaljournalists walked out of a downing street briefing
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after number ten said some publications weren't welcome. the snp leader at westminster reckoned borisjohnson was taking a leaf out of another leader's book. in the first few days of brexit britain, this prime minister has sacked an official, taken an isolationist approach to trade, and banned the press from a downing street briefing. is he intentionally trying to impersonate donald trump? the prime minister had given a speech earlier in the week about the next stage of brexit and said he'd set out an internationalist and outward—looking approach. i don't think anybody, anybody listening to my speech, i think it was on monday, could have mistaken it for anything but the most passionate,
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internationalist, globalist, open, outward—looking approach. there is only one party in this country that has nationalist in their name, mr speaker, that's them that's them. they would break up... that's them. they would break up the most successful political partnership of the last 300 years. he and his party should concentrate on the dayjob and doing a better job for the people of scotland. mr speaker, the prime minister doesn't even know the name of our party. ian blackford, the leader of the scottish national party at westminster. now, as well as finding office space and making maiden speeches, new mps have been signing up to select committees to scrutinise policy. for some, this has meant contesting a further election to win
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a place while others were nominated unopposed. we asked two new members why they'd gone for their particular roles. well, i first got into politics locally, actually. wandsworth council closed down my children's centre, and i've got four children so very involved in that, and i saw what it can do for the community so i got involved in campaigning about education. i've got four children going through school and i've recently been running youth services as well. so, i think i've got a lot of knowledge from the inside of the education system about what it's really like, what i can bring into being on the select committee. for me, it is very important that we scrutinise what is happening in the health arena. but in particular i wanted to be able to bring a slightly different angle which is that i have done a lot of work in the digital space around health, and also on the mental health side of things. so i really wanted to bring that to bear so that when we are looking at the future of the nhs, looking at the future of social care and looking at things like mental health which are really important to me, i wanted to be able to bring that experience. 0bviously, you've just been through one election to get elected to parliament and then you have put yourself forward for election once again, how did you find the whole process? for me, this was really
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a case of fact—finding and getting the opportunity to speak to everyone. and i think that the real benefit for this selection for me was getting to know a whole gambit of members across the house and in particular in the conservative party, but also seeing the absolute wealth of experience, life experience, professional and political experience that people have, and i hope that i can contribute to that through this committee. what impact can new members and a select committee itself have when the government has a large majority? i think it is really good to have that mix of older more experienced mps but also new mps. we've got a lot to bring. i hope i can achieve something here. i hope that we can really scrutinise the government and i hope that it can be a place of genuine cross—party working to really look at what is happening across our country and what is affecting real people. so, i'm optimistic, always optimistic, that is why i have joined a select committee. now for a look at some news in brief. as we heard earlier, the government is to end the early release of prisoners on terrorism charges. 20—year—old sudesh amman was shot
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dead by armed officers after a man and a woman were stabbed in streatham in south london in what police called an islamist—related terrorist incident. police had been tracking him since his release from jail halfway through a three—year sentence for terrorism offences. the justice secretary said the incident made the case for immediate action. we will therefore introduce emergency legislation to ensure an end to terrorist offenders getting released automatically, having served half of their sentence with no check or review. the underlying principle has to be that offenders will no longer be released early automatically and that any release before the end of their sentence will be dependent upon risk assessment by the parole board. we will look at the proposals that have been referred to in the secretary of state's statement because our priority must be to keep the public safe.
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but to be clear, the government cannot use sentencing as a way of distracting from their record of bringing the criminaljustice system to breaking point. the minister says that we are at the forefront of tackling terrorism and that we have robust measures in place but those measures did not prevent what happened in my constituency yesterday. and whilst i note what he says about automatic release, i can't fathom, and the people of streatham cannot fathom this situation in which somebody so dangerous who has to be under surveillance immediately from leaving prison is allowed to leave. the government has apologised to the victims of the breast cancer surgeon ian paterson. he's been jailed for 20 years after carrying out unnecessary and botched operations on hundreds of patients. in some, breast tissue was left behind — meaning the disease returned — whilst others had surgery they didn't need. an inquiry chaired by the bishop of norwich identified multiple individual and organisational failures. nothing i can say today, madam deputy speaker, can lessen the horrendous suffering
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that patients and their families experienced and continue to go through. i can only start to imagine the sense of violation and betrayal of patients who put their trust in ian paterson when they were at their most vulnerable. this report must not remain on a shelf to be forgotten. because the report is clear, this wasn't just the action of one rogue lone surgeon, but systemic organisational failures were at fault as well. it went on over 14 years, and i think it does again highlight a failure to listen to people who raised concerns early on in the scandal and the fact that there was a power differential between paterson and other people who were raising concerns. mps have approved the final stages of a bill putting a conservative manifesto commitment to increase nhs funding into law.
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the bill commits ministers to raise investment in the health service in the years to 202k. the government says it's a near £34 billion increase in cash terms, taking total nhs england spending to {148.5 billion. but when it came to the vote, mps from scotland and wales staged a protest. the nhs bill covers england, meaning they didn't get a say. but the snp‘s westminster leader ian blackford said the bill would have spending implications for scotland. a bill to bring in no—fault divorce in england and wales was debated in the lords. currently, one spouse must allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straight away. if the bill passes, spouses will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. while under certain circumstances divorce may well be the least worst option for some couples, this bill promotes individual choice over and at the expense of the sort of commitment, self giving and sacrifice which lies at the heart of the marriage covenant. i don't accept that this bill
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will lead to an increase in the overall number of divorces overtime, and i say, i refer to this having been through a divorce when there was no financial conflict, no conflict over parental responsibilities, and yet the divorce for me and i think for my husband was a deeply and profoundly painful experience, and i believe every divorce is. the government has defended plans to delay the full roll—out of universal credit to september 202a. labour and the snp insisted that universal credit was causing hardship. until my election to this place, i was a universal credit claimant, as a single parent. i ask the minister to scrap the five week wait and stop plunging
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ha rd—working families and individuals into further debt by having to avail of a loan from the dwp. thank you. well, mr speaker, ithank the honourable gentleman for his question and i would suggest he very strongly should visit his localjob centre because he would have a better understanding. and mrspeaker... a former bbc chairman has warned the government not to weaken and impoverish the bbc. ministers have launched a consultation looking at whether or not non payment of the television licence fee should remain a criminal offence. lord grade told peers that the bbc finances were under huge pressure as the corporation was now having to pay for free licences for some over 75s. this feels like another attempt to impoverish the bbc and weaken it. the bbc... may i remind my noble friend the minister and the government,
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that the bbc is the cornerstone of the creative industries in this country, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of the uk economy. it has huge, huge success in promoting the brand of great britain around the world, it is a fantastic engine for social mobility and weakening the bbc and impoverishing the bbc is so damaging to this country and should be abandoned immediately. i think the last thing this government wants to do is weaken or abandon an asset as strong and important as the bbc. somalia has declared a national emergency as large swarms of locusts spread across east africa. the insects eat huge amounts of vegetation, posing a major threat to somalia's fragile food security. there are fears that the situation may not be brought under control before the harvest begins in april. the un says the swarms are the largest in somalia and ethiopia in 25 years. it's perhaps appropriate that a member of these benches is raising
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issues about the plagues of locusts. but in fact we are facing the humanitarian crisis which is unraveling in front of us. in some parts of ethiopia 90% of the crops are already gone, 20 million people are facing no food. un said last thursday, we need 76 million dollars now to begin to address the problems. and uka is helping to tackle the outbreak through our funding to the un central response fund. but we are considering the case for additional support. one of the key figures in the snp government in scotland, the finance secretary, derek mackay, was forced to stand down in the week after it was revealed he sent hundreds of messages to a sixteen year old boy. mr mackay resigned just hours before he was due to deliver his budget in the scottish parliament. the first minister, nicola sturgeon, told msps that his behaviour had been "unacceptable". his resignation meant it was the public finance minister, kate forbes, who stepped in at the last minute to set out the budget,
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announcing there'd be no changes to income tax rates in scotland. to cement the progressivity of our tax system, we will increase the basic and intermediate rate threshold by inflation to protect our lowest and middle ironing taxpayers. the higher and top rate thresholds will be frozen. that will ensure that 56% of scottish taxpayers pay less than they would if they lived elsewhere in the uk. scotland will continue to be the lowest tax part of the uk for the majority of income taxpayers. the tories said the scottish govenrment was benefiting from a "boris bonus" due to an increase in its grant from westminster, as to the tax rates. the tax changes introduced by the former finance secretariat, egged on by the greens, making scotland the highest tax part of the united kingdom,
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haven't actually raised any additional revenue for the scottish public services. all they have done is fill the black hole that has been created by the fact that the scottish economy is growing more slowly then the rest of the uk stewardship. despite the financial leaders that have come to the scottish parliament over the last decade, the snp government has failed. leaving our country and our people and our essential services, not worse off. they have endeavored to hide it back to smoke and mirrors, and that is the case again today. the greens reckoned the budget was timid. i can find no evidence of a shift in a way from be damaging, traffic inducing transport projects that the government has been supporting up until now. —— shift away. councils have only been getting half of what they need. does she not accept that that will hit local services, including the promises that the government has made on their behalf?
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we have provided cash increase of almost half a billion pounds to local authorities, and the settlement provides for our commitments on early learning and childcare, and teachers to pay, and on pensions. local authorities in terms of real terms as well as cash increases will see their resource budget going up. now if you've ever watched some of the ceremonies of parliament, and particularly in the house of lords, you'll have seen something of the ancient tradition of hat doffing, and just in case you haven't here's a little bit of what it looks like. so, here we have members of the house of commons arriving in the house of lords, they bow, to the house of lords and the lords commissioners doff their hats in return, then it's back to the house of commons, who bow again, and then there's another lot of doffing. well believe it or not there's a suggestion that the house of lords get rid of this whole ceremony of doffing their hats. with me are two experts, bbc parliament's daniel brittain and bbc parliamentary correspondent,
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mark d'arcy. daniel up about why on earth they actually doff their hats? actually doffing their hats in greeting to doff their hats. —— daniel, tell us a bit about why on earth they actually doff their hats. actually doffing their hats in greeting to the comments. it does seem odd because if they didn't have the hats on they wouldn't need to doff them. the hats, 200 years ago or so, were far more common and these hats, look like 18th—century hats. and that is probably where this version of doffing came in. but it was refined as most parliamentary ceremonial was after the royal commission on the king and parliament, which met in 1902. to correct some of the awful disasters that have been happening towards the end of queen victoria's reign. doffing is a greeting.
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so, they've been doing it quite a long time. when any parliamentary geardid a direct? only a few places. the average parliamentary year, you'll only see a spot of doffing at prorogation. that is the doff moment for those who want to to an end. —— that is the doff moment for those who want to tune in. that is the time when five royal commissioners in representing for the queen, are proroguing parliament at the end of a session. other occasions where you will see it, a meeting of a new parliament and also another occasion, is the election of a speaker in the middle of a parliament. so mark, why did they want to get rid of it? i think essentially, because they are starting to worry that python—esque element to the ceremony makes them all look a bit silly and out of date. in the house of lords is very image conscience these days. and so what we have
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a situation with the lords procedure committee, which tends to meet in private, is toying with the idea of whether they should get rid of this item of the ceremony. you can actually point the finger of blame a little bit that might colleague here, because it daniel here does these commentaries andwhen they don't do a good doff, daniel tends to point out that they have not doffed properly. as do you of course. so, this is your fault of course. my point is, ceremonies need to be done well, to work. when they are a bit messy, i think to just look a mess and begin to wonder why on earth are they doing this. my complaints is the hat doffing has gotten a bit out of hand in the house of lords and they are not doing it very well. just to talk about that, each man kills the thing he loves and maybe the simple fact of getting the marks or artistic impression and technical merit, as they doff, do you think they finished it off. finished off the doff! so mark, do you think there is going to be any opposition to the rid of this? i think there might be a little bit.
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there is a large tradition as the name suggests really, a large traditionalist element in the house of lords who are very wary of changing things too much, sacrificing things just to try and look as if they are modernising. they feel that sometimes they lose things out of a tendency to modernise. it's a very fine balance, you know. you come to a vote on the floor of the house on this. we shall see, but in the withering phrase of one peer we could at least move into the 20th century if not to the 215t. i think the 19th, but i think this is the last refuge of the doff. it used to be a great deal of doffing when a new peer was introduced to the house of lords. watch prorogation as one of the few examples that you will see of a real doff an action. so you are clearly our expert. give us a quick rundown of what makes a good doff, and then we are going to have a go. a good doff is the hat is on...
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the bicorn hat is on your head, and this is a very large my on hat for my very small head, but essentially on the moment of command you take the end of the hat with your right hand, and a good forward projection of the heart. —— hat. we have to finish off with having a go then. now i understand as being a lady i only have to did not. so i've got the easyjob. will you could be the chancellor and you could doff as well. i think ijust going to watch how you two do it. shall i give this a count of three, mark? 0k ready when you are. one, two, three. and don't forget the bow as you doff. i mean, it looks completely normal does? i can't think why on earth they'd want to get rid of it? i don't know either. daniel, mark thank you for being with us. now before we go, just time for a quick look at what's been happening in the wider world of's carol hall with our countdown.. at 5:00, the senators of the us
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taken inspiration from the bargain hunt? the senate will be awarding the chiefjustice roberts with the golden gavel. they present to the judge at president trump's impeachment hearings with a golden gavel. at lipm, staying in washington, house speaker nancy pelosi made her views of president trump's stated the union address in very clear. guess she thought it was tear—able. sorry. three, with edwards pays attributes to her predecessor on his tasting flatware and her maiden speech. —— taste in footware. he was known for his a of jazz, football, bird—watching, and hush puppies. i've since been informed that he actually wears crockett and jones. and by perpetuating the hush puppies rumor i am spreading fake shoes. 0ther sensible shoes are available. and at 2:00, pete woodsharp this week became the first snp mp to represent the commons
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commission in the chamber. answering questions about recycling and waste disposal and parliament. tentative mr speaker as i am, to ask how much of this waste is scotland's waste? and when are we going going to get it back? and that one, peace, prosperity, and friendship to all nations. says the new brexit premeditate 50p coin. prosperity is right. the coins are selling on ebay for 20 times theirface value. carol hall there, with our countdown. now, where's my hat? that's it from me for now, but do join mandy baker on bbc parliament on monday night at 11 for a full roundup of the day here at westminster, but for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye.
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hello. storm ciara will batter the uk today. it's powerful, it's dangerous and it will bring exceptionally windy weather. it's unusual because it will affect such a widespread area. very few places will escape the severe gales that are forecast, and hence the met office have got amber warnings in place notjust for the wind but also for some rain. let's start with those winds, because they will affect most parts of the uk. the amber warnings for england and wales, we expect damage and disruption, potentially a danger to life as well but it will be equally windy for scotland and for northern ireland. a stormy day across the board. as i say, it's a double—edged sword because there is some wet weather. the rain has been coming down through the night and the amber warning is potentially for some rivers that will fill up very quickly across southern scotland. but many places will have a lot
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of rain, 40—50mm, which could lead to flash flooding as well. either way away from northern scotland it will be a mild start and a mild day but inconsequential because it will be very windy. these are the wind speeds we're talking about. for scotland and northern ireland, it is very windy as well. 80mph inland for england and wales is an unusual occurrence, once or twice a decade, hence the concern this is a powerful storm. the detail across the northern half of the country, the main rain clears and then there is a lot of showers coming in, hail and sleet and snow across the hills, hail and thunder, and the escalation in the wind, potentially reaching above 80 miles an hour for the central belts. argyle and bute. that needs watching. don't concern yourself because the amber warning may be extended. a stormy day and a stormy day for england and wales with bands of rain and squally wind moving through, and the winds escalate with some very powerful gusts of wind that could bring down power lines and trees,
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rip off roof tiles and generally cause some very dangerous conditions as well. if that weren't enough, it's also going to coincide with the spring tides, which means we already have large waves with the winds but coinciding there could be coastal flooding as well as inland flooding because of the sheer intensity of the rain as it comes along. now, that storm does blow away but you can see we keep a strong wind which crosses on monday and it is a north—westerly so it will feel colder with increasing amounts of snow over the hills but we will notice a difference in the weather. as i say, it will remain windy but not as stormy as the day ahead. the warnings are all on the website, including the details. take care.
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good morning. welcome to breakfast, with rogerjohnson and sally nugent. 0ur headlines today: storm ciara sweeps into the uk. heavy rain and strong winds are expected to cause disruption across large parts of the country. the final flight carrying britons from the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak is due to land back in the uk. the red carpet has been rolled out, but will british war epic 1917 walk off with the big prize at the oscars tonight? the grand slam is still on for ireland after they beat wales in the six nations. and rugby's oldest trophy, the calcutta cup, is back in english hands thanks to victory over scotland.
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