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this is bbc news. the headlines at apm: theresa may is to become the first foreign leader to meet donald trump, hoping to open the way to a trade deal after brexit. ahead of their meeting, theresa may laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington cemetery, virginia. i'm at the white house where preparations are underway to welcome theresa may, who is expected to arrive in an hour. two men have been sentenced to a total of 12 years for manslaughter, after a runaway tipper—truck killed four people — including a four—year—old girl — in bath. tragically, this incident and subsequent loss of life, serious industry and long—standing effects on the community were foreseeable and totally avoidable. a member ofjeremy corbyn‘s front bench resigns in protest at his decision to force labour mps to vote in favour of triggering brexit. in the next hour, plans to ration hip and knee
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operations in worcestershire. very obese patients and those in only moderate pain will not qualify. surgeons express alram at the money—saving move. tesco‘s share price rises sharply after the supermarket chain says it's buying the food wholesaler, booker. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may is preparing to meet donald trump in the white house in a few hours' time, the first foreign leader to visit since mr trump became president. global security and a trade deal after brexit are likely to be high on the agenda. in a speech to us republicans last night, mrs may said the uk
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and america could not return to "failed" military interventions to try to "remake the world". here's our correspondent, richard lister. she began her day in arlington cemetery, paying her respects to america's war dead. security is at the heart of the meeting but so is trade, it is hope of a future deal driving this visit. in liverpool, cars bound for the united states and construction equipment as well. president trump has promised a building boom and britain wants a part of that. if we get a slice of that we can export the goods he needs. britain has a good trading relationship with the united states.
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one fifth of uk global exports go to the us, and britain sells more than it buys with imports totalling £35 billion. we export more to the us than we do to any other country. but we are only america's fifth biggest market. we need them more than they need us. in his first week as president, donald trump has said repeatedly his strategy will be "buy american, hire american." and although he wants bilateral trade deals they'll come with conditions attached. we want to deal with the ones that treat us well, and if they don't treat us well we terminate or we give them a 30—day notice of termination, and if they want to negotiate we get a better deal. until we leave the eu only brussels can make uk trade deals. the chancellor's there today and he accepted britain's hands are currently tied. we will continue to abide by the rules and regulations and laws of the european union for so long as we are members. so of course we want to strengthen our trade ties with the very many trade partners we have around
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the world, but we are very mindful of our obligations anned the treaty and we will follow them precisely. for now, the key players in europe are wary of what mr trump has to offer. translation: let's speak frankly - there are challenges that the us administration poses to our trade rules. so we of course have to talk to donald trump — he was elected — but we also have to promote our interest and values as europeans. back in liverpool, this golden eagle marks the us consulate established here in 1790. a reminder of long—standing anglo—american trade ties. today, though, it's a french restaurant. that's a reminder the relationship can't be taken for granted. the special relationship is only important from the british point of view. he is going to prioritise american jobs to the exclusion
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of other trading partners. the picture may become a little clearer later today. let's get more on this with our washington correspondent, barbara plett usher. iam i am excited about this. our day as excited over there as we are over here? i don't think it is the same level of excitement. the relationship between britain and the us is followed more carefully in britain than over here. they will welcome theresa may as the first foreign leader to see donald trump, and even the administration has given the message that this was a commitment to the special relationship. he has spoken positively about theresa may. in terms of their strategic significance, there is more at stake
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here for britain. she will want to make sure that she gets off to a good start putting britain's interest forward to the new administration and getting a commitment to keeping that up, while showing other countries they have options when they leave the eu. we are following it more closely than many americans. how long will the leaders have together? how long before the press conference where eve ryo ne before the press conference where everyone will be watching? from what i understand theresa may is expected in aboutan i understand theresa may is expected in about an hour. the guard have been practising to welcome her. they have flags representing each state and their british and american flags as well. the meeting will happen before 1pm. then there will be a news c0 nfe re nce before 1pm. then there will be a news conference and lunch. she will
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have a fair news conference and lunch. she will haveafairamount news conference and lunch. she will have a fair amount of time with donald trump, but how much of that will be serious talk is not clear. she has an agenda that she wants to present and i think he is quite eager to show a successful foreign visit here. we will want to make sure it goes off without a hitch. or a least, his staff will want to. we're talking about two different people, per theresa may was saying the opposites can attract. the new york times said this morning that theresa may does not have it out of account. americans are getting used to communicating with their president by twitter. they are very different, the new york billionaire who likes controversy and likes to shake things up even if he does not know where it they will settle.
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theresa may is reserved and prudent and very caution. —— very cautious. they come from different cultures. but she does want to develop a personal relationship with donald trump and a good working relationship. she hopes that will focus on getting across britain's point of view, notjust on trade but also getting across britain's point of view on the importance of nato, which donald trump thinks is obsolete, the strength of the european union, which the trump has been dismissive about. she will be speaking about the special relationship also saying the things that british people need her to talk about. she does have a tattered account. —— she does have it at
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account. and you can see full coverage of theresa may's visit to washington on the bbc news channel, including her news conference with donald trump expected around six o'clock. this is the place where you will see it. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. the boss of a haulage firm and a mechanic have been sent to prison for the manslaughter of four people who were killed when a tipper truck with faulty brakes went out of control. matthew gordon was jailed for seven and a half years and peter wood for five years and three months. three men and a four—year—old girl died when the truck went out of control in bath two years ago. our correspondent, jon kay, has been following the story for us at bristol crown court. thejudge said there
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the judge said there could be no excuse the judge said there could be no excuse for this state of the truck when it went down a hill out of control, the brakes failed, and four people were head and died instantly. it would've been obvious to anyone that there were problems with that the call, yet it was driven that day, lost control that day, and those for lives were lost. we are waiting for the families of the bereaved to leave court, but earlier today they each gave a very emotional statement, victim impact statements, to thejudge emotional statement, victim impact statements, to the judge to explain how the loss had affected them two yea rs how the loss had affected them two years ago. they spoke about the silence in their homes, been left with boyds their lives, and that was beforejudge with boyds their lives, and that was before judge sentenced the men. they all lost their lives in a matter of seconds. four—year—old mitzi steady, chauffeur steve vaughan and businessman philip allen and robert parker, killed by a 32—ton truck, its brakes had failed while coming down a steep hill into the city of bath. just before christmas, these men were found guilty on four
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counts of manslaughter. on the left, matthew gordon, who ran the grittenham haulage company. on the right, peter wood, a mechanic whose job was to check the lorry. pictures of the vehicle's brakes were shown in court. the jury was told they were badly worn, rusty, and in a poor state of repair. the trial heard the company was a shambles, failing to carry out proper safety checks. today, relatives of those who were killed have told the court how their lives have been affected. the mother of mitzi steady said herfamily is bereft and she finds it a struggle to go on without mitzi's laughter and singing filling their home. mitzi's grandmother, who was also hit by the truck, needed to have both her legs amputated. she described the physical and emotional pain she's been left with, saying life
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has changed completely. the wife of steve vaughan told the court about the moment she went to see her husband's body. she said as she held him she played songs they had only recently played at their wedding. it's just been a horrendous time. at the end of the trial she told me about the void now in her life. we were only married for six months and especially having to spend your first wedding anniversary alone was just so far removed from the one that we had planned. it's just been absolutely horrendous. the widow of phil allen said she had been robbed of her soulmate in an horrific accident that should never have happened. she said those responsible had shown a total disregard for the rules of the road. and robert parker's widow said she had thought of nothing else since the moment he was killed by the runaway truck. she said the wreckless actions of others means her life will never be the same.
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after hearing the impact statements, the men were sentenced. the owner got more than seven years in prison and a mechanic got five years. the judge said to the men that the lorry should not have been on the road, that the brakes were in appallingly bad shape and that these were serious faults that should've been to anyone. they went on to say that the boss was not concerned for the public, not only with yourself. he said that the impact had been devastating for the families who had lost their loved ones. as we heard in that piece there. it is also devastating for the emergency services and people living in the west of bat two years ago, many of whom have told us that they will never forget what they saw and heard
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that afternoon. matthew gordon sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and peter wood to five yea rs in prison and peter wood to five years and three months. they started their prison sentences when they we re their prison sentences when they were convicted as the judge told them that they might as well begin their terms straightaway, but they had to come back to court today to learn their shrewd fate. —— learn their true fate. we also heard from their true fate. we also heard from the crown prosecution service. she gave the statement. on the 9th of february 2015, a lorry went out of control in bath. that lorry was owned by matthew gordon and was inadequately maintained by him and by the mechanic he employed, peter wood. they failed to keep the brakes in good working order and fail to comply with conditions imposed on them by the traffic commissioner when she granted them and operators
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licence. the lorry went down a steep hill and killed a four—year—old girl insta ntly, hill and killed a four—year—old girl instantly, just after she had got offa instantly, just after she had got off a bus with her grandmother. mrs rogers, as well as seeing her granddaughter killed in front of her, also suffered life changing injuries. the lorry then went into a car where there were three men. they we re car where there were three men. they were all killed instantly. another lady was seriously injured. today matthew gordon and peter would have been sentenced, but we need to remember the devastation that their frost negligence cause to innocent lives and their families. as well as the deep impact this has had on the community at large, including the driver of the bus, the emergency services, and all the passers—by who
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attended the scene, many of whom we re attended the scene, many of whom were traumatised. the crown prosecution service worked with the police and then with the barristers who presented the case for us for over 18 months in order to achieve this result. we hope it will bring some sense ofjustice to all of those whose lives have been affected by this herbal collision. that is the statement from the crown prosecution service following the sentences handed down at bristol transport. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may is in washington to meet donald trump to talk about trade and strengthening ties. two men have been sentenced to a total of 12 years for manslaughter after a runaway tipper truck killed four people in bath. a member ofjeremy corbyn‘s shadow cabinet resigns in protest of his decision to force labour members to
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vote for triggering brexit. rafael nadal reaches his first glance slam final in three years. we will face roger federer astor and epic five set semifinal in melbourne. david weir claims he was cold a disgrace to his country by the wheelchair coach after he failed to wind a medal in rio. and a sullivan moves on to the joint lead at the qatar masters. the englishman is tied with nine others on eight under par. those are the sport headlines and i will have more of you just after half past. the shadow secretary for wales, jo stevens, has resigned from labour's shadow cabinet. it comes after party leadership announced it's imposing a three—line whip —— the highest form of party discipline — to force its mps to back a bill triggering the uk's withdrawal from the eu.
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in her resignation letter, the mp for cardiff central says that she is a passionate european and that triggering article 50 and leaving the eu would be a terrible mistake. jo steve ns jo stevens is the first shadow cabinet member to resign following a three line whip forcing the labour members to support the triggering of article 50. this will be a blow for jeremy corbyn. his mps have different views about what to do. jo stevens said in her resignation that she was a passionate european and she was a passionate european and she believed leaving the eu was a terrible mistake. she says she has not seen enough guarantees from theresa may that chagrin article 50 will protect single murky access, employment rights, and so on. she says that she does not want to cause
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difficulties forjeremy corbyn, but this will be difficult for him. we have had resignations from other shadow ministers. the ministerfor early years resigned yesterday and we're heard from others that they are thinking about voting against the bill, which is going to be debated in parliament next week. this does underline how difficult it is forjeremy corbyn to bring his mps in line. i suppose we are looking to see if others will go. we have heard from two labour whips, the very people responsible for enforcing party discipline. labour is in enforcing party discipline. labour isina enforcing party discipline. labour is in a bizarre situation where people who are supposed to be bringing others into line are themselves defying their own orders. we heard from some today, labour
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whips, who are going to be voting against article 50. a bristol mp told us that she intends to do the same. i was clear last year that i would consider the options but having looked around the single european market, full access to that, south korea has access to it, full membership is the best option for my constituents and the businesses they are. theresa may has ruled that out, so i'm going to oppose triggering article 50. where does that leave you as a party whip? i'm thinking about my constituents. i will be meeting people there. will you resign? i'm focusing on representing my constituents. not saying that she will resign. it is not clear what punishments the shadow ministers will face if they
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vote against article 50. will they face sanctions? we have not heard yet. you heard from diane abbott earlier today. she said she understood their concerns but i urge them to think about how it would look if labour mps were seen to ignore the referendum result. this really reflects the wider problem labour faces of trying to appeal to all the different groups of its supporters. its supporters are divided down the middle between remain and leave. jeremy corbyn, a serial rebel himself over the years, under tony blair and gordon brown, he is finding outjust how hard it is to be on the other side. now we will return our focus to events in washington, dc. the prime
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minister is there and is due to meet the new president within the next hour. a trade deal is top of the agenda. we can look at the scene at the white house. our correspondent has told us that the final rehearsals are going on for a grand welcoming for britain's prime minister at the white house. we're watching all our cameras there in washington, dc. she is not due there for another half an hour, but these things can slip. we will keep our eyes on that. we can discuss the visit as a whole. i am joined by a memberfrom the visit as a whole. i am joined by a member from the institute for strategic studies. as we wait for this meeting, for these images to be beamed around the world with only
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one week in the white house in the case of donald trump, what do you think about who will win or lose from this meeting? it is a tricky situation. donald trump is unlike any american president since world war ii and possibly in american history. it is natural, part of the form, though one of his earliest meetings would be with the prime minister of britain. however, he has proven in his first week to be so unpredictable and erratic and bullying it is hard to know what is going to come out of it. you have touched on the timing, the fact that one week and it is the british prime minister who we are about to see the white house. is that driven in any way by donald trump, or is that his advisers saying fundamental ally,
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special relationship, you have to start here. it is traditional to have an early meeting between the united states and britain. there is an idea of his special relationship, this is said more in the uk than the us, but the us pays lip service to it. it is not the britain is not an important ally, it certainly is. but from the uk point of view, there is almost a sense of desperation about this because of britain's very difficult position in brexit. i think it is dangerous territory, because i don't think america offers a substitute for the european union. is that where the issue of trade comes and? is not pragmatism? theresa may and her advisers have to
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start talking about these things. theresa may and her advisers have to start talking about these thingsm is pragmatic. but there are some problems. donald trump is a protectionist, he is the first protectionist, he is the first protectionist that has been in the white house since the second world war. there are suggestions he will make an exception for britain, but we can see. he has a strange concept of international trade. the second problem is car is. the united states and britain have free trade, they have very low tariffs. to get a huge economic benefit, to replace but it is losing from the european union, the united kingdom would have to enter a single market with the united states. that is unlikely to happen. you have alluded to how delicate and tricky this situation is. how strong do you think to lose
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me is going to be able to be on the issues were donald trump has been very bullish, like nato and russia and britain. —— theresa may. i don't think it is easy to hands of this question in terms of the personality and the worldview of presidentjohn. in times of reaffirming the commitment to nato, the importance of nato, there is a larger institutional american commitment, congress is completely committed and very suspicious of washington intentions. so is president ronald reagan new defence secretary —— so is president ronald reagan's —— so is president ronald reagan's —— so is donald trump's press secretary. whether donald trump is going to
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hear this, i do not know. it has been reported that there is already an executive order ready to suspend sanctions on russia and that would bring america's nato allies into a very difficult position and i don't know what the answer would be. perhaps when we get more run that we can talk about it again. thank you. jo steve ns, can talk about it again. thank you. jo stevens, the first member of the shadow cabinet to quit over the forcing of labour mps to back the article 50 built byjeremy corbyn. he hasjust article 50 built byjeremy corbyn. he has just treated a response, jeremy corbyn. he says he would like to thankjo jeremy corbyn. he says he would like to thank jo stevens jeremy corbyn. he says he would like to thankjo stevens for her work and that he understands the difficulties that he understands the difficulties that she and others have when facing article 50. those with large remain
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constituencies are torn. however it is right that the labour party respects the outcome of the referendum and we have said all along that we will not straight the triggering of article 50 and we are asking all mps to vote for the bill in its second reading next week. he wishes that might well for the future. reaction from jeremy corbyn. more coming up in the next half an hour, including keeping an eye on what is happening in washington. but 110w what is happening in washington. but now google find out what is happening with the weather. it is all change for the weekend. it has been cold injuly for so long, but that is slowly changing. it is a slow process we do still have some cold and foggy weather in the north—east of england and eastern parts of scotland, but generally speaking the next couple of days will be milder and largely free from frost, with only a few exceptions. the cold air is sinking back into
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the continent and milder air is coming in, at as is always the case it will be rather messy with cloud and some grey mark. that could be some ices of balls onto frozen surfaces in scotland. —— ice as it falls onto frozen services will the rain will linger further in the east and it will still feel cold because of the cloud into saturday. ? sober sunday bible have more detail in half an hour. —— i will have more details in half an hour. hello, good afternoon — this is bbc news with simon mccoy and jane hill. the headlines at az30pm: theresa may is in washington to arrive shortly at the white house
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to hold talks with president trump, with a quick trade deal after brexit and security issues high on the agenda. ahead of the meeting, the prime minster laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington cemetery in virginia. a haulage boss and a mechanic have been jailed for a total of 12 years following a tipper—truck crash that killed four people, including a four—year—old girl, in bath. a member ofjeremy corbyn‘s shadow cabinet resigns in protest at his decision to force labour mps to vote in favour of triggering brexit. plans to restrict hip and knee replacements in england in order to save money have been described as "alarming" by the royal college of surgeons. britain's biggest supermarket tesco is to buy the leading wholesaler booker, for £3] billion. time to catch up with the sport at the bbc sports centre with lizzie greenwood—hughes. thank you, simon. good afternoon. there's a dream line—up for nostalgic tennis fans in the australian open men's final. rafael nadal will play his old rival roger federer in melbourne on sunday after nadal fought off grigor dmitrov in an epic semi today
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to reach his first grand slam final in nearly three years. drew savage reports. 1a grand slam titles to his name, but nothing since the french open back in 2014. with roger federer waiting in the final, nadal and his many fans were hoping he could turn back the clock. no problems in the first set. nadal winning that 6—3, but the bulgarian was aiming to reach his first ever grand slam final at the age of 25, and he was only getting going. winning a marathon second set. this was turning into a classic. you could hardly separate the two players. nadal showed why he has only lost three semifinals out of 23, edging the first set on a tie—break. the scene was set for the spaniard to triumph, but one problem — dimitrov was not giving up. squaring the match at 2—2, this one was going all the way. it took almost an hour for nadal to make the breakthrough in the decider, and after five hours of top quality tennis, finally a chance to rest. with an opportunity to make history in the final against roger federer,
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he will need it. we had the chance again to be in a final, especially the first of the year. so happy. i think we both worked very hard to be where we are, so worked very hard to be where we are, so this is great, and it is great that again we are in a moment like this and we will have the chance to enjoy again a moment like this. lam going i am going to stay positive and keep my head up high. for sure, rafa deserves all the credit right now since he has been such a fighter, such a competitor. it was an honour for me to play a match like that against him, but it also shows me i am ina against him, but it also shows me i am in a good way and on the right path. there is live coverage of both
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the men's and women's finals on bbc radio five live and later highlights on television. now on football... leicester will hope to halt their slide in domestic form when they travel to derby county in the first of this weekend's fa cup 11th round games tonight. the game is live on bbc1 and bbc radio 5 live. the premier league champions are only five points off the relegation zone, with derby just outside the championship play—off places. i will put out the best team, the best team, because we need to go through the cup. we need to get confidence, because we have lost so many matches in the last days. six—time paralympic champion david weir says he was "gobsmacked" by the way he was treated by the british athletics wheelchair racing coach jenni banks, claiming she said he was a "disgrace to his country" after he failed to win a medal in rio last summer. he's confirmed he'll never race for his country again. after the relay she sort of laid into me and said i was a disgrace to the country — "you've
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let the country down, i know you have done that on purpose and i know," you know... there were loads of things going backwards and forwards between me and her, and ijust felt a little belittled. you know, why would i throw a race to upset her? i am here to win medals for team gb. here's british athletics' response: "we can confirm there was a frank exchange of views between an athlete and the relay coach following the race when the gb men's wheelchair team failed to qualify for the final. we can also confirm that we have met with david weir to receive first—hand his feedback on his experiences in rio, and that we are working to ensure we learn from these experiences ahead of future team events." just time for some golf now...
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there's a record breaking tie for the lead at the qatar masters golf. welshman bradley dredge and england's andy sullivan are two of nine players tied on 8—under—par, a record going into the third round of a tour event. dredge made level par after his second round but sullivan was one of the day's big movers. he was part of the european ryder cup team last year and made four—under—par to give him a share of the lead at eight—under. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. join us then. thank you very much. tesco, the uk's largest retailer, has agreed to buy britain's largest food wholesaler, booker, in a deal worth £3] billion. it would mean tesco gaining a massive share in supplying restaurants, pubs, and convenience stores in the uk. news of the deal sent shares soaring in both companies, as emma simpson reports. tesco already has the lion's share of the uk's grocery business. now it has its sights on serving even more customers. it has struck a deal to buy booker. you may not have heard of it but this wholesaler
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supplies thousands of pubs, restaurants, caterers and corner shops. this market is growing faster than selling groceries in supermarkets, and tesco wants a slice of it. what we do see is... the two company bosses side—by—side for a webcast this morning to explain why this surprise £3] billion deal makes sense. the ability to improve the core offer of both the retail operation, but also the independent and small business operation that charles currently serves, is definitely going to drive growth — better choice, better range, better value, better price. but what will the wider impact be? booker does not own these convenience stores but they own the brands, and they supply the goods to the independent retailers who run them. tesco has 10% of the convenience food market today in our estimates, booker has a similar share, probably bigger of the convenience markets and tesco supplying both will make it a biggerforce in convenience retail.
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that may prompt some concerns, including from the competition authorities who are likely to scrutinise this deal. if approved it is a big bold move by tesco, extending its already formidable reach. 22 minutes to five. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon: the number of urgent operations cancelled across the nhs is now the highest on record. data from nhs england shows more than 4000 urgent operations were cancelled last year. a man in his 70s has been arrested by police investigating historical allegations of abuse related to football. the bbc understands he is michael sean carson, better known as kit. he is a former youth football coach
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with norwich city, peterborough, and cambridge united. restaurants in france have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity. it is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free. the number of overweight or obese people in france is below the eu average but is on the rise. here, the royal college of surgeons says plans to ration knee and hip replacement operations in worcestershire are ‘alarming'. three commissioning groups say very obese patients, and people who are in only moderate pain, will not qualify. they say the plan will save £2 million a year. here's more from our health correspondent robert pigott. at five feet ten inches and weighing a little over 18 stone, gordon wainwright of malvern in worcestershire can no longer expect swift access to the second hip replacement he needs. the pain from his osteoarthritis
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wakes him up at night and his mobility is badly compromised. but new restrictions on surgery mean he would have to lose 10% of his weight before he could qualify for surgery. it's a very sharp pain, very sharp pain. it's not an ache. it's very, very sharp. i turn over in bed, abd it's like... i haven't really been fully fit in terms of being able to walk properly, or go just for a walk, pre—2013. it would dramatically change my life. the first total hip replacement was carried out in an english hospital in 1962. more than 50 years on, this revolutionary procedure is being widely rationed. the clinical commissioning groups in wyre forest, redditch, bromsgrove and south worcestershire will exclude from hip and knee replacement patients who rank as morbidly obese or those whose pain is not sufficiently severe to interfere with their daily life.
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the royal college of surgeons says the restrictions are not clinically justified and will often be a false economy. the patient continues to be in pain, he needs painkillers and physiotherapy, he may be unable to work. and he will be in severe pain for a long period of time. and also by waiting the operation may indeed become more difficult when he eventually gets it. the clinical commissioning group said they were bringing worcestershire into line with what other ccgs do. they said if a patient feels they require this surgery but do not meet the criteria, there is a clear appeal system. several other commissioning groups in england, including in harrogate, the vale of york, shropshire and the south coast of kent are imposing similar restrictions on non—emergency surgery. demand for hip and knee replacements is growing with an ageing population but the money to pay for them is increasingly scarce. a formerjudge and his assistant have been jailed for six years
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for defrauding their own law firm out of more than £600,000. the pair siphoned off the money to pay for a lavish lifestyle. our correspondent dan johnson is at southwark crown court. well, there was some debate about the total amount of money, £600,000 or perhaps as much as £1 million. the evidence was given on the basis that this pair defrauded £640,000, from their own clients at their law firm, selsey solicitors based in sussex. they had homes, second and third homes, holidays to barbados, one costing £20,000. there was a range rover, a log cabin with a hot tub, days out at the cheltenham festival, so they were enjoying this money. initially the court were told this was to prop up the business, keep it afloat. that is how the
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deputy districtjudge and solicitor simon kenny kept his business going, but his assistant emma coates, who was also in and there with him at the time, the court was told she had an instinct for excess and extravagance, which led to her lavish spending. they were told, when there was money she took it for her own needed, she regarded it as her own needed, she regarded it as her own. it is difficult to imagine a more spectacular breach of trust. one theft involved theft from the estate of an elderly woman who had passed away. this was a breach of trust from someone in a senior position because it was money that had been placed with them essentially for safekeeping and they told their colleagues in the law firm they were removing it abroad for safety because of the banking crisis. one sad aspect of the case is that the firm's accounted belatedly realised what was going on and realised he had been duped by the pair. he actually took his own life because of what he belatedly realised he had been part of. the
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judge to give the sentence here, quite a strange situation, one formerjudge in the dock and one giving the sentence, he said this was a very serious giving the sentence, he said this was a very serious case giving the sentence, he said this was a very serious case and that is why they handed down six—year sentences to both simon kenny and emma coates. that was dan johnson at southwark crown court. just to let you know that president trump got busy, before meeting theresa may, he signed an executive action to stop refugees flowing into the united states from all muslim nations. he said he would sign the order, a draft order, and visiting the pentagon, and a draft order by the pentagon, and a draft order by the media shows trump may indefinitely ban all refugees from syria. that is due to be signed at some point today and that is what we are hearing and we are of course keeping an eye on everything going on there at the white house. theresa may is due there within the next 15
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minutes, if things are running to schedule. we are not quite sure whether they are but if so she should be there in the next 15 minutes and this should be a news conference beginning at about six o'clock this evening our time, but we are very o'clock this evening our time, but we are very much keeping an eye on all of that. as soon as she arrives and that news conference begins you will of course be able to see all of that year. —— all of that here. the church of england should not change its teaching on marriage as "the lifelong union of one man and one woman," according to the house of bishops, which forms part of the general synod. it said there's little support for same—sex marriage inside the church, but it urged a ‘fresh tone of support‘ for gay people. here's our religious affairs correspondent martin bashir. for an ancient institution, three years of so—called shared conversations about same—sex relationships were not expected to radically alter church doctrine. today's report from the house
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of bishops lands squarely on the status quo. that marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. the bishop who led the working group says that while the doctrine does not change the church must adapt its tone. it is not against the impact of cultural change. we uphold the authority of scripture, the tradition of the church, in common with the vast and overwhelming majority of churches around the world, but we want to engage the culture of which we are part. that culture has changed radically. but lesbian and gay members of the church have reacted with disappointment, accusing the bishops of doing nothing to acknowledge the goodness or sanctity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered relationships. substantially no change in terms of the doctrine of marriage. a little bit of warmth, little tilts perhaps, in the direction of greater inclusion, but we are a long way from it yet. i think that is pretty much what most people expected. it is a classic anglican fudge. a sideways step, a nudge. a sideways step, a nudge
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in a different patch of the long grass, perhaps. conservative evangelicals have expressed relief that the bishops have upheld the authority of scripture. against cultural change. i want the church to stand with the teaching ofjesus. and my understanding is thatjesus taught very clearly that sex is for marriage and marriage is between a man and woman. i want the church to continue to teach whatjesus taught on that issue. to try to find ways of commending that lovingly to the world around us. this report will be debated at general synod beginning injust two weeks' time full—time. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news: theresa may is in washington to meet president trump — they will have talks about trade, foreign affairs and strengthening ties between the uk and the us. two men have been sentenced to a total of 12 years
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for manslaughter, after a runaway tipper—truck killed four people in bath. a member ofjeremy corbyn‘s shadow cabinet resigns in protest at his decision to force labour mps to vote in favour of triggering brexit. hello. let's have a look at how the markets have ended the trading session. the ftse 100 in positive territory this afternoon. tesco shares rose 9% in morning trade. among the main fallers were drug—maker astra zeneca and budget airline easyjet, after analysts warned about rising competition in the pharmaceutical and aviation sectors. quarterly profits at bt have dived 37% after the firm reported an accounting scandal in its italian division that cost it more than £500 million. it has now confirmed that their head of continental europe will step down over the affair. the number of people declared
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insolvent because of unmanageable debts was 13% higher in 2016 compared with the previous year. over 90,000 people in england and wales found themselves in that situation. but even though the numbers are rising they still remain well below the peak level of insolvencies reached in 2010. tesco, the uk's biggest supermarket, has negotiated a £3.7 billion deal to buy booker group, the uk's biggest food wholesaler. booker supply everything from baked beans to teabags to 700,000 convenience stores, grocers, pubs and restaurants throughout the uk. let's get detailed analysis of those stories from richard marwood of royal london asset management. let's start with that tesco deal — shares up 9% on the news of that deal and also bolstered
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by the announcement that they're going to reinstate dividend. how much has the fall in sterling — and therefore the upward pressure on prices from suppliers — led to this? iam not i am not sure that is the main driver. i think perhaps this is a reaction by tesco to having been under pressure for a number of yea rs. clearly tesco under pressure for a number of years. clearly tesco has been pressurised by the discount stores and many of the supermarkets have struggled accordingly. what this deal does today is mean that essentially more of the food the people in the uk each will come from tesco, through one group or another, so as tesco, through one group or another, so as well is just the food we buy from the supermarkets clearly know a lot of what we eat outside of the home, restaurants and fast food outlets, will also indirectly come from tesco. bt have said profits were down 37% for the final few months of 2016. how are investors feeling about the year ahead for bt? they've got a review of their pension scheme coming up injune but they also have added mobile operator ee to their books. it has been a bruising week for bt
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investors. the news today did not add anything new. all the fireworks happened earlier in bt this week when they announced the accounting problem in italy. as you say there are issues for them on a number of fronts, the relationship with their regulator ofcom, the pension issue and now this italian problem as well. the one thing you mentioned about the takeover of ee, actually that business is going quite well. all their consumer facing businesses are going quite well. the area where they are struggling is actually in their corporate customers and also their corporate customers and also the business they do with the uk government. consumer debt appears to be at worrying levels — with the return of inflation to the economy, do you expect that figure of insolvency to creep up? i think that is a risk, actually. i think the cost of living will rise. with the way the pound has fallen, a lot of prices are going to be going up, and actually it will be the
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prices of a lot of things we do not have a great deal of discretion over whether we buy or not, so the price of food, fuel, petrol, that will be going up, some people will be feeling a little food and if it was a tight balancing act already to balance their cost of living and servicing their debt, it might get more difficult as inflation rises. richard marwood, thank you very much. a quick look at markets before we go — ftse 100 in the green. over in the us shares were down in morning trade. it'll be interesting to see how they react later today when the us president donald trump and the prime minister theresa may meet. that's all from me, there is a round—up of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business. back to you, jane. thank you. the hamadamin family fled iraq in 2015 because they were afraid their profoundly deaf son would be killed by so—called islamic state.
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he's now at a british school, learning sign language. but the family are facing deportation to germany, because they entered the uk illegally. sima kotecha has the story. my... name... six—year—old lawand was born deaf. he had a cochlear implant fitted when he was 18 months old. now, for the first time he's able to communicate how he is feeling. through british sign language. after learning it here at the royal school for the deaf in derby. he's had to go right back from scratch, learning english, to learn to read and to write and then learn sign language as well and he's gone from reading nothing to being of an age four. the family fled iraq after so—called islamic state threatened to kill disabled children. they then spent one year living in a camp in germany before making their way to france and then
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to england on the back of a lorry. translation: my life and my family's lives were in danger so we had no other option but to leave iraq and travel to europe. so when you see your son communicating so fluently now in sign language, how does that make you feel? translation: i'm happy that my child is making progress in his life. whatever i can do i will do it for him, and i feel ecstatic when i see he has progressed so dramatically. i apologise. we are pulling out of that because we will take you straight to the white house as we are reliably informed theresa may is about to arrive for that historic meeting with donald trump. as you can see all of the paraphernalia of the visit is out, the flags on display. there was a slight delay for the journalists getting in because apparently they submitted
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their accreditation forms with the birth dates in british form and the security service in the united states did not get it, but anyway thatis states did not get it, but anyway that is all passed. here she comes. you can see the motorcade with the british prime minister now arriving at the white house. and of course she is the first overseas leader to meet the president since his inauguration. he has been in post formerly only for one week so she is the first to meet him. we were told by the white house earlier this afternoon he would be having telephone phone calls with several european leaders this afternoon but this is the first face—to—face meeting —— he has only been in post formerly for one week. barbara plett—usher, you are there. describe what you see. the carjust drove past, as you saw it, and now the vehicle has stopped in front of the
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west wing. mrs may will be getting out and into the building shortly for that meeting with donald trump. they have an hour before the scheduled to get a news conference and after that they will have a lunch and action in that time he will also be able to show her around his new quarters because he has been doing thats who come to visit and i am sure he will be quite willing to do that to the first foreign leader actually comes to meet him in the white house. they have never met. he was waiting at the door and has invited her in. actually a couple of photographs taken, and they will be whizzing their way around very quickly. people will be analysing every photograph of those two and for a long time yet, want the? yes, every photograph and especially the news c0 nfe re nce every photograph and especially the news conference “— every photograph and especially the news conference —— won't they? people will also be analysing the body language between these two leaders, probably the most different
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two lea d e rs leaders, probably the most different two leaders of america and britain for a long time, trump being such a brush and bold character, coming from new york with his background in real estate and business, being quite ready to stir controversy, shake things up, not too worried about where they fall in the end, and mrs may coming from a very different background of course, the daughter of a small—town vicar, reserved, cautious, very meticulously briefed. so the question is how they will get along. i think both of them will be trying very ha rd to i think both of them will be trying very hard to do so today. it is also in mrtrump's very hard to do so today. it is also in mr trump's interests to show a successful visit by his first foreign visitors i think we will hear a lot of words that are, you know, a lot of rhetoric about the relationship between britain and america being very special still. and they will probably both try to be on their best behaviour, but you know how it is. there is always the unpredictability with mr trump so we will see what he ends up saying at
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the news conference. yes, we will be back to you later, thanks very much, barbara plett—usher. we certainly will. we will leave you with a quick look at the weather. with helen. good afternoon. a day of transition. some frost around at the minute but the coming days look milder. that is because the air is changing its source. at the moment we have that cold continental air and right now pulling in this atlantic air. it is still cool out there at the moment. overnight tonight there could be some snow, for scotland and parts of north—east england. but the roads left damp in particularly northern ireland after the rain could get i see tomorrow. not as cold as it has been put up wintry element particularly in the north and east —— they could get icy tomorrow.
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further east it is still quite grey. the rain taking much of the day to clea n the rain taking much of the day to clean away. there are slight questions about sunday. it looks like another front is pushing questions about sunday. it looks like anotherfront is pushing in questions about sunday. it looks like another front is pushing in off the atlantic. as the day progresses wetter weather for englund and wales but in the north at least some drier and brighter weather. today at 5.00pm: in the last few minutes, theresa may has arrived at the white house to meet president trump. she the first foreign leader leader to meet the new president. they will discuss trade deals and renewing the special relationship. ahead of her oval office meeting, mrs may laid a wreath at the arlington national cemetery war memorial. this is the scene live at the white house, at the white house. the other main stories on bbc news at 5.00pm: two men jailed for a total of 12 years for manslaughter after a tipper—truck killed four people, including a four—year—old girl. tesco's share price rises sharply after the supermarket chain says it is buying the food wholesaler
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booker, including its chains of convenience stores. it will be a vintage affair in melbourne — rafa nadal will face federer in the australian open final.
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