this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 3pm: theresa may tells mps she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to be put before parliament. i can confirm to the house that our plan will be set out in a white paper published in this house. president trump renews his pledge to build a wall on the mexican border as he prepares to make a series of announcements on national security. latest figures show a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on england's streets. i'm jane hill. can you tell if your lego is genuine or a chinese fake? which one is yours? laughter we report on the rise of the counterfeit industry in china. fakes that are so good even the lego boss can't tell the difference. out of vogue after 25 years at the helm, the editor of british vogue alexandra shulman says she's stepping down.
firms should be fined for trying to impose sexist dress codes at work, according to a group of mps. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may says the government is to publish a formal white paper detailing her plans for how britain should leave the european union. the white paper will be separate from the bill which will trigger the process of leaving the eu, expected to be published tomorrow. here is oui’ to be published tomorrow. here is our political correspondent carole walker. off to the commons. are you worried about defeat, prime minister? yesterday the supreme court ruled against the prime minister,
forcing her to consult parliament before starting formal brexit negotiations. that wasn't enough for some mps who complained about the lack of a clear vision of the government's plans. order, questions to the prime minister. but today she sought to seize the initiative with an unexpected announcement. i can confirm to the house that our plan will be set out in a white paper published in this house. a white paper, formally setting out the government's approach, was a central demand of the opposition. the labour leader struggled to rethink his attack. could we know when this white paper is going to be available to us, and why it's taken so long to get it? theresa may said the timing was less important than negotiating a good deal. he and others asked for a white paper. i've been clear there will be a white paper. but what i'm also clear about is that the right honourable gentleman always asks about process.
about the means to the end. i and this government are focusing on the outcomes. we're focusing... jeremy corbyn was concerned that the promise to protect the competitiveness of the economy would mean cutting taxes on big business. will she offer some clarity and some certainty and withdraw the threat to destroy the social structure of this country by turning us into the bargain basement she clearly threatens? tomorrow the government will publish the bill to get parliament's improvement for starting formal brexit negotiations. ministers are confident they can get it through without significant setbacks. but long and complex battles lie ahead. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster and we can speak to us now. jeremy corbyn and his colleagues we re jeremy corbyn and his colleagues were not expecting that. no, i think jeremy corbyn and several other mps
probably had questions ready for theresa may, but i think what she is trying to do here after yesterday's debate where it was clear a lot of conservative mps were willing to coalesce around an amendment and a change to the bill which would have called for an official government document on her brexit negotiating position, i think maybe they realise they might as well concede this and wrong foot people today. now, the response from keir starmer on today's events, labour are happy about what has been going on. no decision has been taken about the whipping position at the moment, but we have been clear that we accept and respect the outcome of the referendum and won't frustrate the article 50 process. of course, there is discussions in the party. there are deeply held views within the party. and i'm not pretending that that isn't the case, but we haven't arrived at the final decision, but we will. tafs keir starmer talking about the issues that labour have here. i have been speaking to one
shadow cabinet minister who said they would be willing to resign from they would be willing to resign from the post in order to vote against article 50. even though the post in order to vote against article 50. even thoutheremy corbyn is likely to order his mps not to block the process. so some interesting times ahead for labour. i'm joined by neil carmichael. what do you make of what theresa may had to say of a white paper. something that you were after? i said yesterday that's what we wanted and isaid it yesterday that's what we wanted and i said it frequently before that. yes, it is a good day for us. it's a clear admission that parliament should be properly involved. tell me really what difference does it make? it isa really what difference does it make? it is a government document, the prime minister's official spokeswoman told us it would be based on theresa may's speech and she said mps know the plan. she told them what the plan is. the expectation is you won't get much more than that well, a speech is very interesting because it does talk about a lot of subjects but leaves things open like what the customs union might be in the form that we would wish to join. that's open for debate and open for
discussion and i think that the rest of the speech also raises some issues which need fleshed out and the white paper is really the place to do that because we do need more detail. and you would be expecting the government to do that ahead of a vote on article 50? well, absolutely because at the end of the day, this is parliament. we are the ones who have to think about the issues that are affect our constituents and affect our country as a whole and we can't really do that just on one speech. if that's all we're going to be given that would not be sufficient pt this white paper has got to be good and detailed and it has to be an opportunity for us to properly debate. today, we have been talking about the brexit implicationings for the university sectorment it is a huge sector. it's really important. it is a massive pa rt of really important. it is a massive part of our economy. it's worried, but it needs to have therefore, some kind of reassurance of a direction of travel. what strikes me is talking to mps on the labour and your side who were remain campaigners is there is not really an opposition to this here. article 50 is going to go through. would you be willing to vote against it well,
i have said i would vote for article 50 because the referendum went for brexit and not for remain. it is your last chance to have any influence? 0h, far from it. ithink it is the beginning of influence. really, we have been conducting a phoney war and been talking about process all of the time and that's what article 50 is about. what we need to do is get down to the nuts and bolts, what is going to happen to our economy and how we're going to our economy and how we're going to make sure the economy prospers in the circumstances we find ourselves in? ayear's the circumstances we find ourselves in? a year's time the situation might be different because other things will have happened. there are tectonic plates that move across the globe and there are winds in the economy which might actually deter some of the more radical and quite frankly frightening characteristics ofa frankly frightening characteristics of a hard brexit. neil carmichael, thank you very much indeed. lots of people saying really very much early daysin people saying really very much early days in this whole process. of course, negotiations haven't even started yet. thank you.
donald trump is promising a "big day" on national security today, as he makes good on his pre—election promises to crack down on illegal immigrants, and tighten border controls. he's expected to give details of how america will build a wall along the border with mexico. he's also expected to halve the number of refugees allowed into the us and tighten visa controls on visitors from a number of predominantly muslim countries. opponents have reacted with alarm to the plans as david willis now reports from washington. we're going to have our borders nice and strong. we're going to build the wall. build a wall. build a wall! we have to build a wall, folks. it was the soundtrack to donald trump's unorthodox campaign for president — a call to build a wall along america's southern border with mexico. now he seems set to press ahead with measures he believes are vital to stemming the illegal flow of immigrants into the united states. the president on his twitter account said simply, "big day planned on national security tomorrow.
among many other things, we will build the wall!" he's vowed to make mexico pay for it what's more, although the mexican government has refused to do so. translation: we recognise that the united states has the right to build a wall, even though we don't like it. but it's another thing to get a neighbouring country to pay for its construction. we have said many times that this is unacceptable. it's the clear position of the mexican government and the mexican people. later in the week, to round off a busy start to his presidency, mr trump is expected to sign executive orders, closing america's borders to refugees, and limiting access to citizens from seven african and middle eastern countries — countries the administration believes export terrorism. they're mainly muslim countries, but the mantra of the trump administration is "america first". a country that traditionally
has opened its doors to immigrants is about to head in the opposite direction. our correspondent in washington, barbara plett—usher and will grant in mexico city shared the reaction to the news. will grant first with what mexicans make of the wall. it isa it is a concept that they have become so angry about. this is a wall as far as they're concerned is being done to separate families from each other and stop seasonal workers moving to the united states to work for half a year and come back and give the money to their families and spend here in mexico. so really, if there is one thing around which mexicans can coalesce, it is their hatred of the wall, whether or not that's top politicians or workers on the factory floor, but it is also having a real knock on effect for the president here. his handling of
this is being very, very unpopular. the president is facing his lowest approval ratings of his presidency, some of the lowest approval ratings of any mexican president over the past 20 years and this relationship with mrtrump, past 20 years and this relationship with mr trump, this question over the wall is key to that. indeed, this announcement is due to happen while the mexican foreign minister is in washington which again isn't going to reflect well on the government here and its handling of the whole situation. so there is a round rejection of the entire policy specifically this concept that mexico will pay for it. are his approval ratings so low because people feel that he's not standing up people feel that he's not standing upfor people feel that he's not standing up for them? he's not being vociferous about the very idea of a wall, let alone before we get into the prospects of who might pay for it and so on. is a lot of it about that? it is. it is that. it is the fa ct that? it is. it is that. it is the fact that he brought mr trump here to mexico city during the campaign
when hillary clinton didn't come. and held what looked like statesman like talks and everything looked reasonably friendly and that very same afternoon mr trump returned to the united states and repeated his claim that mexico not only would there be a wall between the united states and mexico, but mexico would be paying for it, so making the mexican president look foolish in the eyes of the media and many ordinary mexicans. there are other things to do with the economy. it is to do with a price hike on the petrol pump, but this relationship with mr trump petrol pump, but this relationship with mrtrump and petrol pump, but this relationship with mr trump and how he handled his campaign and his arrival to office is having an extremely important affect in domestic mexican politics as well as the by lateral relationship. thank you very much for now. will grant. we understand that this will probably deal with the border
security along the mexican fronter and he is going to the department of homeland security to sign the executive orders so that is the department that looks after the southern border and that's very likely what these executive orders will focus on today. we understand that the one on the wall could deal with funding. he is probably going to sign something authorising the government to use government funding to start constructing the wall. he said many times in the past that mexico would pay for it, but said that mexico would be paying for it after the facts. he wants to give the impression that the issue was up and running and it was one of his chief campaign promises. that's what he wants to show. some of the other orders that he will sign, probably will deal with tightening immigration control. increasing the number of immigration officers at the border and probably targeting the border and probably targeting the cities called sanctuary cities here in the united states where the local authorities have clearly state that had they would refuse to
hand—over any illegal immigrants for deportation. that's what we're expecting along those lines today. quick thought barbara about executive orders, for a british audience, it is because this is something that gives the president of the day specific power to do individual specific things that they wa nt to individual specific things that they want to drive through. you'll explain it better than me, but it is a very specific power? yes, it gives the president, the executive authority to tell the government, government agencies, to do certain things and it has the force of law. it's legally binding. it has to do with issues that don't require congress to debate and pass a law. so there are a number of things the president can do. you can impose sanctions and declare a state of emergency and set—up executive committees and it is a way that presidents in the past have gone around congress to get their own agenda done. president obama did that quite a lot actually in the second part of his term on issues of
environment and on issues of immigration because congress was blocking him on these things so mr trump is able to reverse course on a lot of those things easily because mrobama lot of those things easily because mr obama used executive orders so frequently. we are getting live pictures, the camera just moved, but these are images from downtown washington. it is just images from downtown washington. it isjust a just a images from downtown washington. it is just a just a few blocks from the white house. there is a protest that's ongoing. some of the american media agencies believe it is a protest that has been begun by green papers. several people have climbed this crane in downtown washington. it is 270—feet high and you can probably make out from the banner, the banner says, "resist calling for resista nce the banner says, "resist calling for resistance to president trump." a
spokesman telling the ap news agency that this is a 70—foot banner and he says it is a continuation of protests that began with donald trump's inauguration. a d raft a draft executive order and whether the us should re—open cia run "black site" prisons outside the united states. the order would also continue america's use of the detention facility at guantanamo bay in cuba. that's being record by a number of agencies including the associated press. so once again, the issue of rendition and interrogation,
something that we'll be talking about throughout the afternoon, i suspect. you can see more analysis of these first days of the trump presidency tonight on 100 days with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london at 7pm on the bbc news channel. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may tells mps she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to be put before parliament. president trump renews his pledge to build a wall on the mexican border as he prepares to make a series of announcements on national security. there's been a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on england's streets. a report says numbers have gone up the most outside of london. and in sport, usain bolt has lost one of his nine olympic gold medals, after his teammate nesta carter was found guilty of doping. the ioc has stripped jamaica of its axioom relay gold
from beijing in 2008. serena williams has backed britain'sjohanna konta to be a future australian open champion after knocking her out in this year's quarter—finals in straight sets. dylan hartley has been confirmed as england's captain for next month's six nations championship — just two days after his suspension for striking came to an end. i'll have more on those stories just after 3.30pm. see you then. there's been a big increase in the number of people sleeping rough — with more than half the councils in england recording a rise. overall more than 4,000 people a night were sleeping rough last year, a i6% increase on the year before. the homelessness charity, crisis, says the numbers are going up at an "appalling rate". from birmingham, seema kotecha, sent this report. as the darkness creeps in, the wind chill begins to bite. those who have nowhere to go look for shelter. with outreach worker paul, we come across bob, who has been living on the streets for months.
well, i'm used to being alone, i have been for most of my life, but sometimes i like a bit of company. someone to talk to. i did have some people who'd used to come and sit here and talk to me. i'd get my head down about half ten. you're smiling. yeah, i've got virtually everything i need. the number of rough sleepers in england has increased by i6% over the last year. local authority counts and estimates show that in autumn 2015 there were 3,569 rough sleepers. but counts carried out in november last year show that the number has risen to aba. well, as we were walking by paul just stopped to check up on this rough sleeper over here.
he said that he was in a lot of pain. he said that he had actually been assaulted in the night. so paul called the paramedics and they're just making sure he's ok. we think they're probably going to have to take him to hospital because it seems like there is something seriously wrong with him. we were told that he was discharged later that day. some charities blame council cuts for putting more vulnerable people on the streets. local authority budgets have been reduced by around 20% over the last six years which they say have led to fewer services. homelessness is affected by austerity, the cuts that have come down from nationally, the cuts to the nhs, local authorities and also those in terms of benefit caps, that has a huge impact on why people are on the streets. birmingham city council are doing a lot to try to reduce this by partnership work. we are doing outreach surgeries and we're actually listening to rough sleepers. the government says by 2020 it will have invested more than £500 million
on tackling homelessness. but with a further squeeze on council spending expected in april, there are concerns that hostels and shelters could be closed down. forcing more people to live rough. a russian aircraft carrier which passed through the english channel last year is heading back through the channel on its way back to russia. video footage released by the ministry of defence shows the admiral kuznetsov, which is the ship furthest away, being escorted through the channel, watched by raf typhoon jets, after its deployment off the coast of syria. david cameron has called for more funding for dementia research as he revealed that he is the new president of the charity alzheimer's research uk. the former prime minister says the focus on alzheimer's research lags too far behind that of cancer and strokes. mr cameron says he wants to "win the battle of priorities" because dementia shouldn't be written off as "an inevitability of later life". the laws which ban sexist dress
rules at work aren't being enforced properly, according to a group of mps. their findings follow the case of a woman who was sent home from herjob at an accountancy firm for not wearing high heels, while the same company had no dress code for men. when mps began to investigate, they were inundated with complaints from women who'd had similar experiences. simon gompertz has more. the receptionist who wouldn't give in. nicola thorp refused to wear heels between two and four inches high. she kept her flat shoes on, was sent home without pay, and now mps have taken up her cause. the report is great because it doesn'tjust focus on high heels. this was never just about a pair of shoes. it's about how women are viewed in the workplace. there's so much pressure on women to notjust look professional, but to look attractive. mps heard from hundreds of women who said they had hurt their backs, were in crippling pain and thought being forced to wear heels was sexist.
now there is a call for awareness campaigns and bigger fines for employers. it's just common sense. if people use their common sense. there are a lot of people wearing flat shoes now, which is the fashion. that's what it should be. you shouldn't have to totter around in high heels if you don't want to. dress codes at work have to comply with health and safety regulation to reduce the risk of injury, and with the equality act which bans discrimination. while there are likely to be differences between the way men and women present themselves, what is required should be reasonable, which applies to hairand make—up, too. the government says what happened to nicola thorp over high heels was unlawful. but mps have found that the pressure on women is widespread and most would like to see something done about it. you're wearing high heels. have you been forced? definitely not. i thnk looking smart for a corporate image is very is subjective. wearing flat shoes doesn't necessarily make you look not smart.
if i feel comfortable wearing heels, iwill. but if i don't, i don't think i have to. it shouldn't be a compulsory thing. i think there is a feeling that wearing high heels is more feminine, that it's smarter. i've never been told to wear heels. if you were, what would you do? i would be very, very put off working for that company! jane says business does need to change. they think heels are very smart and all they need to do, what is reasonable is say wear a smart shoe. here are example of smart shoes. the campaign over high heels has highlighted the tyranny some women feel subjected to over their appearance. mps are saying more still needs to be done to make sure they can step into work in the shoes they choose. it's the seventh day of the inquests
of british holiday—makers were murder on a beach in tunisia. let's go our correspondent richard galpin who is at the high court for us. what's the inquest been hearing? well, simon, we have had incredibly powerful testimony from the wife of one of the british holiday—makers who was killed, a man called stephen mellor. the evidence was provided by his wife cheryl. she was in court, but didn't feel prepared or able to actually read the statement herself, so it was one of the lawyers who read it out and it was extraordinary testimony. she described how on that day, 26th june testimony. she described how on that day, 26thjune 2015 testimony. she described how on that day, 26th june 2015 when testimony. she described how on that day, 26thjune 2015 when the gunman attacked, when they heard the gunfire initially, they were lying on sunbeds by the beach and they hid
under the sun london undergrounders. she said they were shaking with fear, but they decided not to run because there was so much gunfire going on they thought they wouldn't make it. she looked up and saw the gunman approaching another woman to the side of her. this woman was pleading with the gunman, please do not shoot me, i have family. she said that the gunman paused and then shot her. he then moved closer to them and as he reloaded the gun, and she said that he was looking at them for sometime and her husband was covering her and she was saying at one point, she said, "just get on with it. just do it." she knew he was going to open fire and he did and she describes seeing the orange flame from the gun and terrible pain in herarm and flame from the gun and terrible pain in her arm and in her leg. flame from the gun and terrible pain in herarm and in her leg. at flame from the gun and terrible pain in her arm and in her leg. at that point, she started to begin to lose consciousness, but she said that her
husband got up and later then she called out to him, but she heard nothing from him and discovered later that he had been killed. she said that i'm only here because of the bravery of my husband. now, we also heard a statement read out in court from a man called alan pembroke, he was staying at another hotel and when he heard the gunfire, he ran directly into the situation to try and help. and he helped sherle mellor. he saw that she had been badly injured. prior to that, he saw many bodies on the beach. he ran to herand he saw many bodies on the beach. he ran to her and he could see she was badly injured and used a scarf and a beach towel to tie bandages. he offered to carry her away from the beach to the hotel where he was staying, but she refused saying she wa nted staying, but she refused saying she wanted to be by her husband and it
was alan pembroke who told her that her husband about been killed. he went over to him and felt his pulse and realised that he had died. also incredible bravery. he offered to carry her away, but she stayed behind. he also played a key role and was incredibly brave. richard galpin, thank you very much. she's the editor who persuaded the duchess of cambridge to appear on the front of the centenary edition of vogue, but today alexandra shulman, has said she's stepping down from the job as editor in chief. she's been in charge for a quarter of a century, but she said she now wanted to "experience a different life". david silitto reports.
in the world of high fashion and the catwalk show, you know where you stand, by where you sit. for 25 years the front row seat of british fashion has belonged to alexandra shulman. in a world all about what is new she has been a constant figure in an era in which british fashion blossomed with names likejohn galliano, stella mccartney and alexander mcqueen. i think the white... while british vogue, which hasjust celebrated its 100th anniversary, is still at the top of the fashion prestige list, it has been a torrid time in the magazine business. online now offers many alternative ways for people to get their fashion fix. it's always unnerving then when someone with a reputation for knowing what works, goes. but what has also gone is a fashion editor who never really seemed like a typical fashion editor. calm, reserved, a recent documentary wondered why in a world of high emotion, she seemed to be immune to the high anxiety of fashion. you do not seem like someone who carries much stress with you.
i know, it is amazing. i've never seemed like someone who carries stress. but you do? yes. 20 years ago she had faced criticism in an era of so—called heroin chic and of super skinny models and by the end she questioned designers why fashion clothes had to be so tiny. and unlike other editors, her personal style was not controlled by the dictates of fashion. she rather stood out for being strangely normal. let's find out more about alexandra shulman‘s influence on the british fashion industry. alison lloyd is the founder and designerfor british based fashion house ally cappelino. she joins via webcam. thank you for your time. what do you
think her influence has been? she has been able to put fashion in a really positive place, probably not single—handedly, but she has supported design houses that made money, which was not the way it happened when i first started out. i think designers went abroad to make money in the past. now there are quite a lot of quite decent businesses in this country. did she support you? i can't say she did. do you talk to her anyway? no, i've met her to shake hands once or twice but we haven't rubbed up against each other. is that a regret for you? would it have helped you?” other. is that a regret for you? would it have helped you? i suppose it might have done. but i think the
time when i was doing fashion shows and whatnot was probably a little bit before her time, so i've been at it even longer. well, you have a great brand anyway but i'm just curious about this sort of influence that someone who is at the helm of a big famous british magazine can wield. so you feel that she did have some. would she encourage and championed british designers above others? was that a mark of her. i'd say she championed the ones who had probably a good commercial but upmarket commercial life to live. a brand that had longevity, i suppose, and she could see longevity in them. i think more fashion fashion. what
would you like her successor to do, whoever that might be? what more could a brand as powerful as british vogue be doing in that regard? it might be on other things. it might be about championing the dish ration but it might be in the world of diversity. what more could be doing —— could they be doing?” diversity. what more could be doing -- could they be doing? i would like to see the other picture being used from the programme.” to see the other picture being used from the programme. i think you are referring to when they kept from the programme makers that they would be using kate middleton. it is about attracting a younger audience and how much will that work? as a magazine, it is probably an older person who is buying it now, so
maybe online they would have used different pictures anyway, so they may have deep split the way they approach their customers. interesting. well, let's see who does take it on. thank you very much for now. let's get a weather update. that is onejob i for now. let's get a weather update. that is one job i will not be applying for. i am more of a fashion victim than anything else. we have had murky weather across much of the east of the country but earlier and we saw some glorious sunshine in nottinghamshire earlier. there is a lot more clouds come our way overnight but this is the last day of fog. increasingly through the night, the clouds will —— the skies will cloud over and the breeze could pick up as well. maybe the odd flake of snow falling from this cloud, not
too bad from northern ireland and most of scotland, but in the towns and cities of england, hovering around freedom, even colder in the countryside. a widespread frost. temperatures around “11, minus five degrees. a cloudy day on friday, perhaps the odd flake of snow —— on thursday, perhaps the odd flake of snow, with the cold winds being what you notice. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy and jane hill. the headlines at 3.35. theresa may says she will publish details of her brexit plan in a white paper to put before parliament. some of her own backbenchers had joined with opposition parties to ask for the document. president trump promises a "big day" ahead on national security — including an announcement
about his plans for a wall on the mexican border. there's been a big jump in the number of people sleeping rough in england — and while london has the highest number of rough sleepers, the problem is growing fastest outside the capital. and british vogue editor alexandra shulman is to step down as editor—in—chief after more than 25 years. she's been the magazine's longest—serving editor. women are experiencing widespread discrimination over how they dress at work, according to a report into office discrimination. mps began an inquiry after a receptionist was sent home for refusing to wear high heels. to bring you some news that is just coming through in the last few moments, we arejust coming through in the last few moments, we are just hearing from lincolnshire police that four people have been injured in a traffic
accident that has involved an ambulance. this happened at 1pm today. it was air—traffic ambulance involving —— traffic incident involving —— traffic incident involving an ambulance and two cars. the ambulance was on a 999 call displaying emergency blue lights. four people, including the ambulance crew, have been taken to lincoln cou nty crew, have been taken to lincoln county hospital. we will get more from our correspondent a little later on. we will keep an eye on that developing story but right now we will catch up on the sports news. usain bolt is to lose one of his nine olympic gold medals, after the ioc disqualified his jamaican relay teammate nesta carter for doping at the beijing games. the team had won gold in the 4 by 100m relay at the 2008 games. let's get more on this from our reporter, alex capstick,
who joins us from our london studio. this denies bolt‘s of his famous "triple triple" for reasons completely beyond his control. yes, you are right, he has lost one of his nine gold medals because of a doping violation committed by you say dier —— as you say by nestor carter and he helped them to win two olympic titles and also three world titles, but the ioc have been retesti ng titles, but the ioc have been retesting hundreds of frozen samples and it was his sample that showed a banned substance, a nasal decongestant, now commonly found in dietary supplements, so he was disqualified but not only him. the whole of the jamaican team has been
disqualified, meaning usain bolt has lost one of his nine gold medals, a huge disappointment for him, a huge disappointment for the whole of jamaica, with the winner now being trinidad and tobago dylan hartley has been confirmed as england's captain for next month's six nations, just two days after returning from a six week suspension for striking. hartley, who led his side to the grand slam last year, won't have played for nine weeks by the time england face france in their opening game. he appeared today at a six nations photocall, posing for pictures alongside the trophy and head coach, eddiejones, who was sporting an injury of his own. jones told our sports correspondent joe wilson that he had "slipped in the shower." no, i'll be fit for the opening game. i'll get through it. it's just one of those things that happened. it looks like the shower went a bit high. did it get a red card? i'm not sure yet. i will have to watch the video. serena williams has backed joanna konta to win
the australian open one day, despite knocking her out in the quarter finals in straight sets. the british number one reached the semis last year and hadn't dropped a set throughout the entire tournament. today though, konta was simply simply outplayed by williams — a 22—time grand slam champion, as tim hague reports. it's one thing having some of the greatest in history and the walls beside you but another having one walk onto court right behind you. a daunting challenge forjohanna konta, taking on serena williams and we soon saw why williams has 22 major titles to her name. yet the ninth seed on a nine match winning streak showed just what a threat she was. not though when williams raises her game to a level you can't compete with. two breaks in the opening set, 6—2 the score. but the briton bits back in the second, saving break points and then going 3—1 ahead. but that was as good as it got.
not only did williams break back, she actually one five games in a row to take the set and the victory. it means konta's run in melbourne is over. you feel it is just a start for her though. while for serena, she may have entered the court behind her opponent but she left it well ahead. thatis that is all the sport. news just newsjust coming news just coming through of a large fine for northumberland university. we arejust fine for northumberland university. we are just hearing that the university has been fined £a00,000 after two students almost died while taking place in an experiment. they we re taking place in an experiment. they were sports science students. alex and luke had volunteered to ta ke alex and luke had volunteered to take part in the university study which aimed to measure the effects
of caffeine, but after a calculation problem, they were given 100 times more than they were supposed to be, causing them to be admitted to hospital with life—threatening injuries. they were supposed to be given 0.3 grams of caffeine but where in fact given 3.0 grams. this led them to being admitted to intensive care and they both had to receive dialysis. the prosecutors said the staff were not experienced or competent enough and they have never done this on their own before. the university took no checks to make sure is staff knew how to carry this out. we will have more from our correspondent on that. female mps say they're experiencing unprecedented levels of verbal and online abuse. around two thirds said they felt "less safe", following the murder of the labour
mp, jo cox, last summer. some reported death threats, with more than half of those questioned by the bbc saying they had had physical threats. our political correspondent, ellie price, has more. it gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce to you the new national unionist women members. it took a long time to get women into parliament. the first female mp to take her seat, nancy astor, was elected 98 years ago. eventually, more would follow. they fought and died to get representation in parliament but now modern women mps face their own struggle. right, so, what you're looking at are tweets, the abusive tweets that my team screenshoted. anne mclaughlin won't read the abuse she receives online, which is just as well. it's deeply personal. she doesn't really want to share it. it takes a lot of strength not to.
it's very tempting if you're alone at night and nobody can see you if you get upset and you cry to just and you cry to just have a look, but why would i do that to myself? but it's notjust hurtful insults and social media. there is an even darker side of death threats and violence. jo cox was murdered outside her constituency surgery last june. such threats are of course faced by male members of parliament as well but two thirds of the female mps we spoke to said they have felt less safe since and well over half have received a physical threat from a member of the public. i have had death threats to myself and to my family, one of which is being investigated by the police. one in which an extremely graphic picture of a beheaded corpse was sent to me along was sent to me along with the threat to my life and that of my family and i have young children, so that was taken very seriously. this mp, begrudgingly,
now make sure she has security whenever she have constituency surgeries. do you feel safer now? this building is a very safe building. there is a police presence outside. the staff are very supportive and i do feel very safe. the majority of mps we spoke to say they are concerned that hearing about this kind of abuse might put off good new people, give good new women from wanting to become mps. in fact, a third we heard from said they had considered giving up theirjob here in parliament because of it. and yet, none have. the majority we heard from say that despite the difficulties, thejob is a privilege and well worth the flak. ina in a moment, we will have all the latest business news. first, the headlines. theresa may has told mps she will publish a white paper
outlining how brexit planned to be put before parliament. president trump renews his plans to build a wall on the mexican border. and here there has been a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough in england. government figures show the numbers have gone up the most outside the capital. hello. in the business news today. the us share index, the dowjones, has topped 20,000 for the first time. a series of executive orders signed by the new us president donald trump helped — sentiment is that his policies will help boost the us economy. santander has warned of a challenging year ahead in the uk. earnings in britain fell by almost 15% after the referendum largely because of the weakening of the pound against the euro following the vote. and travel stores have given wh smith a boost — they've upgraded profit forecasts for the year after shops at railway stations and airports performed well over the holiday period.
sales were up 5%, compared to the high street stores where sales were down 3%. new figures from the scotch whisky association suggests that the uk's trade deficit, which current stands at £115bn, would be 3% larger, without the contribution from scotch. the industry employs 40,000 people nationwide and exports £4 billion in goods every year. your association is calling for more tax cuts on whiskey. you've already had some. george osborne gave some when he was in power. we have got challenging times ahead, as we have been told by the government. are you being a bit greedy by asking for more? we think that in these really uncertain times of brexit and after
some difficult trading years. whiskey, fairer taxes. she is really a good way forward. 70% of what is spent on scotch in the uk is tax. 7796 is spent on scotch in the uk is tax. 77% is staggering. to keep on investing and growing itself internationally as it has done for years. 0k, scottish health action in response to previous tax cuts have said that making alcohol cheaper makes the problem around alcohol abuse and addiction worse. what is your response to that? well, we believe that there are lots of things that cause people to drink and pricing isn't the solution, we
think, to alcohol and reducing alcohol harm. we are completely committed to working in partnership with governments and other action groups to help reduce alcohol harm but the figures themselves are actually moving in the right direction, price aside. alcohol consumption over the long—term has reduced over the last ten years or so and alcohol harm in itself is reducing two. pricing is one aspect of alcohol but it's not the silver bullet that will change consumer behaviour. we believe there are different ways of approaching that. education, better advertising and companies really adhering to their own strict codes of practice that are in place. as you mentioned, challenging times ahead with the u:k.'s leading the european union. lots of uncertainty there. how does that impact your industry? we see brexit is a group of risks and opportunities in equal measure.
there are risks and the great repeal bill will hope —— help to minimise some of those risks. a lot of the rules around manufacturing generally are enshrined in european law and we are enshrined in european law and we are looking for certainty that they will be continued over the period of brexit. but equally there are opportunities and while i think, well i know our industry would have preferred to remain within the european union, now we are in this situation of brexit, we are looking for the silver linings and they are largely around the possibility of trade negotiations. we now have an option of negotiating some really bold and ambitious agreements in markets that are really important to scotch whiskey like india, important established markets where trade barriers exist and we find it hard to get our products to market. there are areas like vietnam at our growing really strongly and trade
agreement there would be a real boost for us and help to growjobs right across the uk and in scotland. thank you very much. a quick look at markets and that important dowjones figure, above 20,000 for the first time, helped by sentiment in the market that donald trump's executive orders will boost the us economy. that's it for me. plenty more to come throughout the afternoon. the story we broke a few moments ago about the two students who were left fighting for their lives after they we re fighting for their lives after they were each given enough caffeine for 300 cups of copy in a botched university science experiment. the university has been in court, we have had a result. danny savage has been following the story. give us the background to this. this all happened back in march 2015 when a sports science course at northumbria university where carrying out an experiment to work out what the effects of caffeine can be on
performance. i suspect this is the sort of experiment that happens on sports science courses up and down the country but what went wrong at northumbria university two years ago was that they got the dosage disastrously wrong and the two stu d e nts disastrously wrong and the two students involved, alex rosetta and luke parkin, were given a dose of 100 times more than they should have done. they should have been given 0.3 grams of caffeine and then sent off to exercise to see what effect it had on their performance. but instead of the 0.3 grand dosage, they were each given 30 grams of caffeine. they were both hospitalised as a result, they had a life—threatening reaction, that's what it was described as in court. alex ended up in hospitalfor six days, luke was in hospitalfor two days, luke was in hospitalfor two days, both needed dialysis because their kidneys were affected by it and both lost a lot of weight as a result. they both have made a full
physical recovery, it was said in court today, but a very alarming experience for them and a very serious error at northumbria university. what we know is that the officials from northumbria university were in court today. they admitted breaching health and safety guidelines in what happened here by just not supervising this properly and hence getting the wrong dosage. today, the university has been fined £400,000 for their error. what have they said about it? the university has basically held their hands up to what went wrong. the dosage was basically just worked what went wrong. the dosage was basicallyjust worked out in a very unprofessional way, it would appear. from what was said in court today, it would appear that the dosage was worked out using a calculator on a smartphone rather than being overseen properly about what the dosage should exactly have been. the decimal point was in the wrong place when they went to work out what the dosage should be, hence they got it so terribly wrong. they had also
used powder, ithink, instead of ta blets used powder, ithink, instead of tablets which is what they had used before, so there was a catalogue of errors that led to this really serious incident taking place. luckily, the two students are by now but very alarming for them and their families at the time, simon. am i right, 300 cups of copy in one dose, ifiam right, 300 cups of copy in one dose, if i am correct? yes, right, 300 cups of copy in one dose, ifi am correct? yes, i think 0.1 grams of copy should be in anyone —— of caffeine should be in anyone costly, so they got 300 cups of coffee but 100 times the amount they should have had in the experiment. they were spies to be given three times the amount you normally get in a cup of coffee but got 100 times, hence the reaction. i'm led to believe they were not in court today, but they have fully recovered. they lost ten or 12 kilos
each was they were being treated in hospital and afterwards but they have fully recovered. danny, thank you very much. much more coming up from 4pm. we will have more from washington. see if we can find out a bit more about what the trump administration is planning in relation to national security. we are expecting more from washington today. let's catch up with the weather prospects. hi, jane. hello there, simon. mixed fortunes across there, simon. mixed fortunes across the country today. as is often the case at this time of year, we have mixed cloud cover. foggy in some areas, in fact manquillo in some areas. after the beautiful sunshine we enjoyed yesterday, this has lifted into fog and low cloud today. it is still pretty grotty and it will be grotty for the rush—hour. lots of sunshine further north, but
in scotland and northern ireland, cloud, with subtle changes brought bya cloud, with subtle changes brought by a strengthening breeze through the night. the fog will lift done on to the hills, so we will still have some fog around, but in the north and the west we should largely avoid frost because we have more breeze here. in the south, it doesn't look as cold, but it will be out in the countryside. it will be a little bit slippery because the cloud and increase it could bring a bit of snow, nothing significant, but enough to make it ribery if you are out and about overnight and in the morning. again, take care and untreated roads and pavements. it could be slippy and grey and feeling colder as well. further north and west, you can see breaks in the cloud. temperature is not at 13 in the morning. around two or three in
scotland. but maintaining above freezing for the most part. it is a cold feeling day and that is because of the wind direction. it is coming from belgium and france, a stronger wind, with temperatures above freezing but grey and feeling lower temperature wise than the kilometre reading because we have got that breeze. not so many frog problems. that breeze coming up from the south of south east, something slightly less cold on friday, heralding the arrival of something a little bit milder with some patchy rain coming into the south and west as the day progresses. for most of us, another cloudy day, just not quite as cold. some subtle changes from day to day, sun—dried and settled weather, but clearly we are starting to see the process of things turning more and settled, i should say. a little bit more sunshine coming through on sunday but only a gradual warming for most of us and not tomorrow.
this is bbc news. the headlines at 4pm: theresa may says her brexit plans will be outlined in a formal document to parliament, following pressure from some of her own mps. i can confirm to the house that our plan will be set out in a white paper published in this house. president trump renews his pledge to build a wall on the mexican border as he prepares to make a series of announcements on national security. concern over the sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets. northumbria university is fined four hundred thousand pounds after two students nearly died taking part in an experiment examining the impact of caffeine on exercise. i'mjane hill, and in the next hour, giving companies a dressing down over what to wear at work. high heels, make—up and revealing clothes,