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the prime minister is accused of corruption and trashing democracy as mps debate parliamentary standards. it follows the row about the former tory mp owen paterson after the government tried to block his suspension and overturn the rules last week. borisjohnson is attacked by the labour leader for not turning up to take part in the debate. he does not even have the decency to come here, either to defend what he did or to apologise for his action. i would like first and foremost to express my regret and that of my ministerial colleagues over the mistake made last week. the prime minister says he is unavailable to attend the debate which is still going on, we'll bring you the latest. also tonight: the new head of yorkshire county
cricket says the investigation into racism at the club was badly handled and seismic change is needed. cleared forjoint take—off as the us opens its border to the uk after a travel ban lasting 600 days. jailed for murder — the boy who was 1a when he stabbed his 12—year—old friend over 70 times. and hundreds of rescuers work on into a third night to save an injured man trapped deep in a cave on the brecon beacons. coming up in sportsday later in the hour on the bbc news channel: how's eddie howe been received at newcastle? the new head coach has walked into a relegation battle.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the prime minister has been accused of running scared from a debate taking place in the house of commons now about the rules that govern mps. it follows a row about the government's efforts to change those rules last week prompted by an investigation into lobbying by the former conservative mp 0wen paterson. that and the government u—turn the following day caused outrage among opposition parties and many tory mps. the labour leader keir starmer has attacked the prime minister for not having the decency to come to the house to apologise or to defend his actions. borisjohnson says he is unavailable to attend. the cabinet office minister stephen barclay has expressed his regret for the mistake made by the government last week. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has been watching the debate. what really lurks underneath? is it always clear to see? for politicians, for parliament, what's right and wrong? a senior tory quit last week after breaking the rules. his party caused outrage
when it tried to save him. but is the prime minister ready to reflect or to show regret? to be clear, prime minister, you're not going to apologise for the way you acted last week? look, i think it's very important that we get this right, and we are going to make every effort to get it right. we are going to hold mps to account. i think also...and mps, as i said last week, should not break the rules. it's been a sombre moment. the tories were accused of trying to rig the rules for one of their own. and the speaker used today to warn it must never happen again. what i don't want is another dark week like last week. i want to make sure the public have faith in parliamentarians and faith in the house of commons. and today's debate will be painful, but the one thing is, it's got to cleanse the house to move forward. mps are not allowed to talk directly to the government for firms that are paying them wages.
0wen paterson was found to have broken that rule, and that's why this has all blown up. but they are allowed to do work on top of the dayjob of being a constituency mp, even being a government minister is technically a second job. but they must publish anything extra that they earn over £100 in a register, and there is huge variation in the things they do, from shifts in a&e, to offering legal advice, to more commonly writing articles for the papers. but only a few dozen, out of more than 600 mp5, are earning extra enormous amounts in the tens of thousands of pounds. but many tories are worried about the perception. the prime minister may not have made time to turn up or wanted to say sorry, but... i would like first and foremost to express my regret and that of my ministerial colleagues over the mistake made last week. leader of the opposition... yet borisjohnson�*s no show gave
the opposition another reason to keep on pushing. instead of clearing up his mess, he's left his side knee deep in it. instead of leading from the front, he's cowered away. he is not a serious leader, and the joke isn't funny anymore. the snp has even complained to the police about claims of cash for honours. i have now asked the metropolitan police to investigate the activities of the conservative party and the awarding of their places in house of lords. borisjohnson might have got back to london too late for the start of the debate, but he can't pretend the conversation about money and politics isn't taking place. fiona, mps have been talking about this with passion and vigour for the last couple of hours here in westminster after what has felt at times a bit of a frenzy in the last few days, but we aren't really none the wiser at this stage if the rules
that police mps' behaviour are going to be tidied up, and if they are, what of changes might there actually be. one senior conservative has even suggested today bringing in outside formerjudges. what we can be sure of is that this is a conversation that number ten would rather not be having. laura at westminster, thank you. the new head of yorkshire county cricket club has apologised to former captain azeem rafiq after his experiences of racism at the club. lord kamlesh patel said the club's investigation into mr rafiq's allegations had been badly handled and that seismic change is needed. it found there had been "racial harassment and bullying" at yorkshire but no one was disciplined. there have been several high profile resignations at the club. azeem rafiq welcomed lord patel�*s comments but called for more people at the top of the club to quit. our sports editor dan roan reports. headingley has witnessed some of the greatest revivals in english cricket history but leading yorkshire out of an unprecedented racism crisis could surpass them all. and having been installed as the club's new chairman,
lord kamlesh patel today told a press conference that the county must learn lessons. i'm determined to make this club the beating heart of english cricket again. after 158 years we are ready to change, we are ready to accept the past and we are ready to become a club which people can trust to do the right thing. a report found former player azeem rafiq was a victim of racial harassment and bullying at yorkshire but the club took no action against anyone, sparking outrage. today it settled a separate employment tribunal with the spinner with no gagging order imposed. i thank azeem rafiq for his bravery in speaking out. azeem is a whistle—blower and should be praised as such. and he should never have been put through this and i would like to apologise to him. what happens to you must
never happen again. yorkshire are setting up an independent whistle—blowing hotline for other victims of discrimination to come forward and, after criticism over a lack of transparency, have also released the report to those with a legal interest in it. have you had a chance to look through the full report and if so, what did you think of what you found in it? what i have seen so far does make me feel uncomfortable that the process wasn't as well complete as it should have been. that's why it needs seismic change. today in a statement, azeem rafiq said... today in dubai, ahead of the semifinals of the t20 world cup, one of england's senior players and a proud muslim gave this response to the crisis.
i wouldn't say i'm surprised but i would say there's probably more stories out there that people haven't heard of and i wouldn't be surprised if more do come out but i think the fact it has come out is great. having become engulfed by a crisis that has rocked the cricketing world, yorkshire will be desperately hoping that this marks the first day on the road to recovery but with more damaging revelations set to come, regaining trust, along with sponsors and the right to host international matches here, will be no easy task. dan roan, bbc news, headingley. the former us president, barack 0bama, has been addressing the cop26 summit in glasgow, as discussions focus on how to mitigate the climate change that is already affecting the world. the uk's pledged an additional £290 million to help poorer nations, part of a $100 billion package it's seeking from richer countries. mr 0bama, who grew up on the hawaiian islands in the pacific, said action can't be delayed, as our science editor david shukman reports. deeperfloods, biggerfires,
higher temperatures. climate change is being felt around the world, so the talks in glasgow are not just about the future, they're about coping with a hotter and more hostile planet right now. pushing for an urgent response is the former us president, barack 0bama. getting a rockstar reception here and saying "it's not too late". 0ur planet has been wounded by our actions. those wounds won't be healed today, or tomorrow or the next. but they can be healed. and addressing young activists, he appealed to them to keep up the pressure for change. the most important energy in this movement is coming from young people. applause
they have more at stake in this fight than anybody else. you are right to be frustrated! folks in my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand to inherit. many young people have suffered cataclysm already. a typhoon in the philippines eight years ago claimed 6,000 lives. and one survivor, a daughter of a fisherman, fears more violent weather to come. i have seen death myself. i have seen my family struggle. i still have so many dreams in this lifetime. i'm just 24 years old. i still want to have my family, i still want to have children, but i don't even know if they will have a good future ahead of them. and with emotions running so high, activists here say even mr 0bama has broken a promise — to get climate aid to the poorest countries.
we don't want to talk to him, what we need is action. he already knows what we want, he already knows what the people want, and that is the $100 billion us dollar pledge that he pledged in 2009 in copenhagen. so the challenge for the talks here is to try to turn a lot of warm words about future generations into real action, to help with existing dangers right now and to try to avoid temperatures heading even higher, but none of this is proving easy. more and more people are enduring the kind of extremes that scientists have long warned about as the planet heats up. so this is a chance to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. david skukman, bbc news, glasgow. the health secretary has announced an independent enquiry into mortuary security following the shocking details revealed in the trial of david fuller last week. fuller was convicted for sexually abusing up to a hundred bodies that
were stored in a hospital morgue, as well as murdering wendy knell and caroline pierce in 1987. our health correspondent katherine burns is here. what does this enquiry hope to achieve? the details of this case are unbearable. what does this enquiry hope to achieve? it unbearable. what does this enquiry hope to achieve?— unbearable. what does this enquiry hope to achieve? it wants to answer the question. _ hope to achieve? it wants to answer the question, how _ hope to achieve? it wants to answer the question, how did _ hope to achieve? it wants to answer the question, how did david fuller. the question, how did david fuller get away with this for so long without getting caught? if you remember, the evidence against them only came out when police searched his house during a murder investigation. they found a huge stash of photos and videos of him abusing the bodies of young women and girls. if they hadn't done this, this may never have come out. the enquiry will have two stages. the first will focus on the local nhs trust to suggest what actions it can take, and that will report early in the new year. the second will take longer because it has a wider focus, asking what lessons the nhs needs to learn, but also local authority mortuaries and even privately run funeral directors. in parliament, sajid javid made a point about
talking about the families of the victims. as he put it, these are people who have already experienced such loss and now they are experiencing unimaginable pain and angen experiencing unimaginable pain and anger. some of the families have already hired lawyers and are considering action against the local trust. the final thought on this, david fuller may have been convicted, but the police investigation is not over. 0fficers investigation is not over. officers are still combing through his material and expect that to take may be another couple of months, and they point out it may not be possible to ever identify all his victims. ., ., ~ , ., the united states has reopened its borders to fully—vaccinated tourists from the uk and the eu. the border has been shut for 600 days but ths morning flights leaving for the us were full as people set off at last to be reunited with friends and family. 0ur transport correspondent caroline davies reports. preparing for the big send—off. bunting and flagwaving to celebrate the us reopening. this is an essential last piece of the puzzle for
international travel. america has been out of bounds for the vast majority of uk travellers for many, many months. while fullyjabbed us travellers have been able to come to the uk without quarantining since august, the majority of travellers coming to the us were banned from march 2020, bar a few exceptions. that's changed if you are double jabbed and have a negative covid test. it's meant families separated by the atlantic and restrictions can reunite, including sarah who was travelling to see her daughter, chloe, for the first time in two years. we weren't able to console each other, keep each other company or whatever, hug each other, and we want a good cry, you know? that we will do it today, sell, i can't wait to walk through that door and see her there. before the pandemic, the us was the fourth most
popular destination for uk travellers, among the crowds with those taking work trips and holiday—makers who held out hope for months. we had this booked, we had to move it a couple of times. so, we are so happy we booked. it was on the eighth, i said right, put it on the eighth, i said put it on the eighth, just like that. i work for a company in north carolina. . ijoined a different- team, so there are lots of people i've never met before, i so it will be great to see theml face—to—face, rather| than on teams calls. in the week cop26 focuses on transport, it's not ideal timing to be celebrating a return of a major long—haul flight route, but british airways and virgin atlantic say they are pushing to be more sustainable. we have both set targets for net zero by 2050, but action must start today and now. we are both flying a—350s, which are most efficient planes out there for long—haul travel. we will be embarking on offsetting. we will be committing to the development of sustainable aviation fuel, but we are also seeing some exciting innovations come along in the form of hydrogen technology that we also expect to be part of the solution. so, aviation has a good story to tell. ba and virgin coordinated their first two flights to take off simultaneously. for many, this eight—hour trip turned into more than a 600—day wait.
but the arrival will be hard to forget. it's been too long coming. we've waited a long time for this moment, so it's wonderful. can't wait to get home and have a good old proper british tea. in the arrivals hall today, the world once again felt much closer. caroline davies, bbc news. the time is 6:15pm. our top story this evening: the prime minister is accused of running scared as he stays away from the commons debate happening now about rules governing mps. and still to come... the antivaxers targeting hundreds of schools and calls for exclusion zones to keep them away. coming up in sportsday in the next 15 minutes on the bbc news channel... four races to go, and 19 points in it — how tough is it going to be for lewis hamilton to retain his formula 1 driver's title? the bbc has learned that more than 250 people, mostly women, have applied to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into historical forced adoptions.
the inquiry, which will examine why thousands of pregnant, unmarried women were pressured into giving up their babies in post war years, was prompted by a series of reports on bbc news. 0ur correspondent, duncan kennedy, has been to meet two of the women who hope to tell their stories to the inquiry, which is due to start later this year. it haunts you. it's like a death, really. this isjoan�*s story. i wanted to keep him. it was cut and dried, you know? there was no way they were to let me keep him. joan became pregnant in 1961. that's me there. but she wasn't married. i was on holiday. and so she was pressured into giving up her baby for adoption by everyone from social workers to matrons. she still remembers the humiliation as she handed over her newborn son. he was taken into matron�*s office, and then they told me to go back into the nursery, and...
..take the bedding out of his cot and get it ready for the next child, the next baby that was going to come along. and matronjust said, oh, she's only crying because they've taken a bit of you away today. and i think that was really cruel, really, really cool. really, really cruel. and it something i've never, never got over. and never will. archive: it's a wrench | to part from your baby, but this mother has decided it. would be better off with parents who can give it all the things... it is now believed hundreds of thousands of unmarried women likejoan were forced to give up their babies in the three decades after the second world war. it was 1959, and i was 20 years old, and i lived at home with mum and dad. margaret souter said
she was also coerced, and still remembers the day she tried to block the door to the social worker who had come to take her baby for adoption. i pushed the door so she couldn't get in, and she said, now, don't be stupid, this is what has to happen. you know, he's going to a proper family. are you saying that you physically tried to stop the door being opened by the social worker? oh, yeah, yeah. yeah, yeah. well, i pushed the door, and i said, oh, no. she said, you know, you knew this had to happen. come on, don't make such a fuss. it's all over now. the bbc has now heard many similar stories, and more than 250 witnesses have contacted the parliamentary committee on human rights ahead of its enquiry into forced adoptions.
the late mp sir david amess campaigned for the women, taking a letter to the prime minister, calling for an official apology, something joan and margaret say is now needed. i don't understand why they won't apologise. what harm is it going to do? but it would mean a lot to us. it would mean a tremendous lot to us. you've never been able to have a reunion with your son in 60 years. has there ever been a day you haven't thought of your son? no. and there never will be. i mean, now, when i think about anybody taking a baby from me, i think i would kill them first. so, why didn't i react more? i feel guilty that i didn't
stop it happening. and ijust feel like saying to people when i see them with babies, do you realise how lucky you are? that you've got that baby. there is nobody going to come along and take it from you. margaret souter, talking about her experience of forced adoption , ending that report by duncan kennedy. a boy who was 1a when he killed his 12—year—old friend has been sentenced to jail. marcel grzeszcz stabbed roberts buncis over 70 times in boston in lincolnshire. 0ur correspondent jessica lane is in boston. this is a shocking and heartbreaking story. roberts buncis' body was found in woodland in the fishtoft area of boston in south lincolnshire on the
12th of december last year. he had been stabbed more than 70 times in what police described as a tragedy and a senseless act. the prosecuting barrister mary laurent qc reminded the court today that a significant degree of planning and premeditation was used to get roberts to the scene where he was attacked, chased and attacked again. the defendant was 1a attacked again. the defendant was 1a at the time of the murder which meant we were not allowed to know his name but today the judge justice his name but today the judgejustice jeremy baker said in sentencing that he believed it was in the public interest to name marcel grzeszcz, partly because he will serve most of his sentence as an adult once he turns 18 and he was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in custody before he can apply for parole. roberts buncis grew up with his dad edgars buncis. they moved to england from latvia when roberts was seven
years old in a statement was read out from mr buncis where he said no paddock should ever bury his boy. he has lost his destination, his purpose and he feels empty. the latest coronavirus figures say there were 32,322 new cases recorded in the last week. on average in the past week 170 —related deaths were recorded every day. numbers are often lower on a monday. and just over 10.3 million people have received their boosterjab. the bbc has been told of bullying and harassment by anti—vaccination campaigners, outside hundreds of schools in the uk. outside hundreds the shadow education minister, peter kyle, says such incidents are ubiquitous in his constituency. he's accusing campaigners of intimidating both children and teachers.
the labour party is calling for schools to be able to set up exclusion zones to tackle the problem. our correspondent, lebo diseko, has more from east sussex. stepping out of school and into the battle over covid vaccinations. these pupils in sussex met at home time by protesters and disinformation. # don't get the vaccine, don't get the vaccine! for some parents, the tactics these campaigners use are a step too far. outside a children's school? these idiots outside a school, move them. i don't agree with their opinion but they're entitled to it. i don't have a problem with that. i don't have a problem with protesting. i have a problem with them doing it right outside the school where the kids are coming out and they might find that a bit, you know, intimidating and all of that. that's the only bit i have a problem with. earlier, anti—vaccination campaigners entered the school itself, serving papers threatening legal action. the leader of this campaign group, who believes a range of extreme conspiracy theories, including that most people
in power are paedophiles, says he won't stop until the covid vaccination drive ends. we have spoken to the head teacher of this school who said he was served papers earlier on today, and he really did seem very shaken up. he should be shaken up, he should be shaken up. teachers have told me, and, you know, there are parents who are saying this is frightening, what you're doing. well, if handing a head teacher a letter is frightening, then it's frightening. a lawyer told us that such letters and papers have absolutely no legal standing. i believe it to be pseudo—legal nonsense. it's self—conflictual, it draws up points about law that are misplaced. it's intended to drive a threat towards teachers, head teachers and otherwise, and i thinkjust has no foundation in law whatsoever. another school served. just over 400 school leaders told their professional association
they had been targeted by anti—vaccination campaigners, mainly in the form of emails threatening legal action. nearly 70 said they'd had protesters immediately outside their premises. the issue here is not that some people have concerns about vaccinating children, it is the protests at and around schools undertaken by a hardened minority. these pupils in east london challenged campaigners outside their school. we were asking him, like, "where did you get these sources from?" he was talking about how it's poison. i was, "ok, where did you get this from?" he couldn't tell us a valid place, a valid point where he got it from. he knew what he wanted to do. he chose a location and he tried to get as much of the leaflets as he had out, distributed everywhere. it didn't really work. some mps are now calling for schools to be able to use exclusion zones, in order to bring an end to scenes like this at home time.
lebo diseko, bbc news. a major rescue mission is continuing in the brecon beacons to bring a man who's been trapped in a cave network for two days to the surface. he fell whilst exploring the extensive underground system near penwyllt on saturday and is said to be too badly injured to make his own way out. 0ur wales correspondent hywel griffith is there. this is a massive rescue operation. absolutely, despite the conditions there are 250 volunteers who have turned out to help with this rescue underground, working step—by—step, inch by inch to manoeuvre a stretcher through an obstacle course of boulders and ledgers and streams. we understand the casualty is a man in his 405, an experienced keeper who slipped and fell. he has multiple injuries but he is con5ciou5 multiple injuries but he is conscious and communication, all adding to the optimism that this
will end in a successful rescue. are after are, through bleak winter weather, volunteers are working in shifts to bring the injured caver back to the surface. he is being carried on a stretcher, and doctors are with him as they pass through some of the most challenging caves in britain. it has been protracted because we've had to take the long way out, if you like. hypothermia, keeping people warm.
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