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frost this haven't seen much of a frost this week. some sunshine will follow suit. more on the website, including the warnings. goodbye. phil shiner is found guilty of dishonesty. he paid thousands to get a witness to change his evidence. he's made soldiers' lives a misery over the last few years. i think the decent thing now would be for him to apologise, properly. iraq war veterans say it was demoralising to be accused of torture and murder. it's certainly been very difficult. it's been a lot of stress on my family, and i've had to go through a number of investigations, tribunals, cross—examinations, which of course are all very stressful events. we'll be asking where this leaves other investigations into claims of abuse in iraq. also tonight: the brexit effect that's yet to happen — shoppers drive the economy on as the
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bank of england upgrades its economic forecast again. meanwhile, the government publishes its plan for brexit. new rules on immigration are a key measure. the former head of a christian holiday camp is accused of abusing boys. the church admits it failed terribly. light at the end of the tunnel — a deal with drivers in the southern rail dispute, but one union is still holding out. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: after 21 years, frank lampard has announced his retirement from football. he won three premier league titles and four fa cups with chelsea. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. numerous cases involving claims of
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abuse by british soldiers have been called into question after the lawyer behind them was struck off today. phil shiner made his name as a human rights lawyer, bringing claims of murder and torture against iraq war veterans. today, he's been struck off by a tribunal which found he'd acted dishonestly. it heard how mr shiner had spent thousands of pounds to find clients and encourage a witness to change his evidence at an inquiry. the defence secretary, michael fallon, said he should apologise to the soldiers whose lives he made a misery. here's our defence correspondent, jonathan beale. once an award—winning human rights lawyer, tonight, phil shiner‘s reputation lies in tatters. he made his name at the expense of the british army and the taxpayer, accusing soldiers of widespread abuse during the iraq war.” accusing soldiers of widespread abuse during the iraq war. i don't know whether people were killed but i think something went wrong. we need to find out who was responsible and who in command knew what was going on. they were kept naked, they we re
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going on. they were kept naked, they were sexually humiliated. today a tribunal upheld i2 were sexually humiliated. today a tribunal upheld 12 charges of misconduct against him including five charges of acting dishonestly. he was ordered to pay £250,000 and has been struck off, so he will never work as a lawyer again. the tribunal also heard china paid an iraqi agent more than £i.5 million to knock on doors trawling for business. —— shiner paid an iraqi agent. this was the aftermath of the incident that proved his undoing, a battle in iraq in 200a. incident that proved his undoing, a battle in iraq in 2004. it culminated with soldiers in hand—to—hand combat, fixing bayonets and fighting through heavily defended positions. acts of bravery we re defended positions. acts of bravery were soon followed by allegations that they murdered, mutilated and tortured iraqis. a five—year enquiry costing £30 million found those claims were based on lies and without foundation. the process of
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going through the last ten years has put a great deal of stress on my family, particularly, who have had a difficult time understanding why the process was being applied as it was, and my soldiers and families. what do you want from phil shiner?” would ask him to apologise to the soldiers and families that have been put through the pain and the stresses and strains of the last decade. wood there is proof of mistreatment by british soldiers. decade. wood there is proof of mistreatment by british soldiersm was phil shiner who highlighted the case of an iraqi hotel worker battered to death in british custody. but it was just one of hundreds of allegations that he made. british army standards are some of the best in the world. it has caused a great deal of misery and i'm pleased now to seejustice being done. the prime minister has promised to end what she calls an industry of vexatious claims against british troops. though dozens of
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allegations of historic abuse are still being investigated. but, for phil shiner, this is the end of his career, a man who once sought the limelight, but who has now gone to ground. i'm joined by our diplomatic correspondence, caroline hawley. i wonder what effect this might have an outstanding cases against british soldiers? good question because, in all, phil shiner brought more than 2000 claims of abuse against british soldiers, some of which have already been dismissed, but it was the volume of claims and the fact that phil shiner had asked the international criminal court to investigate that led to a major investigation called the iraq historic allegations team, looking into these claims. we have had a statement this afternoon from that investigation, and it says that the evidence presented at the solicitors disciplinary tribunal against phil shiner cast serious doubt on the reliability of some of the remaining
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allegations and they are now trying to work out which of the allegations brought by phil shiner‘s firm should now be investigated. but don't think that the end phil shiner‘s career means that we have necessarily heard the end of abuse in iraq, because among that mass of claims, i've been told that there are some that are serious and deemed to be credible. thank you. the bank of england has had to revise its economic forecast again. it now says the uk's economy will grow by 2% this year and will continue to grow for a further two years. that's a contrast to previous predictions of a slowdown after the eu referendum vote. but, as our economics editor kamal ahmed reports, there are warnings about rising inflation. this report contains flashing images. we are still spending. employment is rising. the bank of england cut interest rates... borrowing has become cheaper. today,
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the governor nodded to the new president and his plans to boost the us economy, all reasons for this significant upgrade of britain's growth forecast. the governor admitted that consumers had shrugged off any brexit gloom. consumers have not been affected by any of the associated uncertainty around brexit. and that is to a large degree understandable. the labour market is holding up, wages are growing at roughly the same rate, modesty, but roughly the same as the past, and in part because of our actions, credit is available and it is cheap. these growth upgrades are some of the fastest the bank has ever published. last november it said growth for 27 team would at 1.496. said growth for 27 team would at i.4%. that figure has been raised for 2%. the 2018, it originally said growth would be i.5%. that has also been increased, more modestly, to
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1.6%. mixed in with the good news, some caution. for this food firm in kent, inflation is on the up, driven by the fall in the value of sterling. the price of goods that nimisha raja buys have increased by 2596. for the moment we are able to absorb the prices, we are not passing it on to the retailer so that doesn't go to the consumer. when we have to pass on price, i don't know whether that will reach the consumer, it depends on the retailer. as the pressures build, might the bank have to reach for that cooling button, and interest rate rise? is there more of a risk of interest rate rise and there is of interest rate rise and there is ofa of interest rate rise and there is of a further interest rate cut? if we see a situation where there is a faster growth than wages, than we anticipated, or that spending doesn't decelerate later in the year, one could anticipate there would be an adjustment of interest
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rates, an increase. that is not a signal. at the bank of england, the governor struck a pretty upbeat mood today, but there are still warning lights flashing in this inflation report. the amount we are saving has fallen to historic lows, and that could be a problem if the economy does take a turn for the worse. the bank is still nervous. yes, there is better news but, as the governor said, we have onlyjust started our journey to brexit. on growth, it's been a roller—coaster ride for the bank, a sharp change in direction to positive. consumer debts are high and savings are low. that positive news will need to keep flowing if the uk is to keep prospering. kamal ahmed, bbc news. the government has published its official policy document setting out its plans for brexit. the white paper lays out i2 guiding principles, including migration control and withdrawal from the single market. labour said the document had been produced too late for any meaningful scrutiny.
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our chief political correspondent, vicki young, reports. the ambitious, be positive about britain's future outside the european union, that is the message from ministers, who say they are aiming fora from ministers, who say they are aiming for a strong new partnership with the eu. secretary david davis. the man charged with achieving that told the commons the referendum was not a vote to turn our back on europe. it was a vote of confidence in the uk's ability to succeed in the world, an expression of optimism at our best days are still to come. whatever the outcome of the negotiations, we seek a more open, outward looking, confident and their i’ow outward looking, confident and their row uk that works for everyone. the government has published brexit plans. priorities include putting parliament in control of our laws, making immigration decisions in the uk with a new system that will be
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phased in over time, continuing security cooperation with the eu and establishing the freest possible trading relationship with eu countries. theresa may as already announced the uk will leave the single market but today's document says she will seek a special arrangement for key industries like car manufacturing and financial services. mps are demanding that parliament is regularly consulted when negotiations get underway. there is no point having a vote when he has already signed it off with the eu, treating parliament as some sort of afterthought. mps are demanding a say on the deal that theresa may does with the eu. they wa nt theresa may does with the eu. they want the power to order her back to brussels if they think it's not good enough but, before labour can focus on that fight, they are going to have to get over if you problems of their own. is brexit splitting labour? the labour leader ordered his mps not block the brexit process last night, but dozens disobeyed,
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some resigning from his shadow cabinet. jeremy corbyn couldn't even rely on one of his closest allies, diane abbott. she was taken ill shortly after this debate and just before the crucial vote and had to go home, but some colleagues don't believe her. it is extraordinary that diane abbott sneaks off, saying that diane abbott sneaks off, saying that she is ill. you know, people who are well enough at 5pm to be in parliament are well enough to be there for the vote at 7pm and i think we know what's going on. she bottled the vote. tonight, malta is preparing to host a summit of all 28 eu leaders. theresa may as set out her intentions. she will leave early so everybody else can discuss their brexit tactics. a deal has been agreed between southern rail and the train drivers union aslef, bringing to an end part of the dispute which has caused months of disruption to one of the main commuter routes into london, but it leaves an result a separate disagreement between southern and
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different union representing conductors. it is the bitter dispute causing disruption that caused lanes blight the shrugged and changed lives, forcing some look for newjobs, costing businesses billions, and at times paralysing one of the country's busiest lines, but tonight ‘s southern rail has struck a deal with its drivers. passengers couldn't be happier. they have come toa couldn't be happier. they have come to a deal in the last hour or so. i was wondering if you... to a deal in the last hour or so. i was wondering if you. .. no, to a deal in the last hour or so. i was wondering if you... no, i to a deal in the last hour or so. i was wondering if you. .. no, i hadn't heard that a thank you, that is terrific. pleased to hear it, it's been very disruptive and ruined my journeys. it's been hell for12 months and impacted on a lot of things and people but, yes, it's good that they have arrived at a deal is a shame it took so long. the row was over who does this, the safety critical job
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row was over who does this, the safety criticaljob of shutting train doors. southern once drivers, not on board conductors doing it. the unions claimed that was not safe and threatened jobs. neither side will give details, but both seem happy with the deal but there has been give and take on both sides but the big win is for the passengers. they have suffered enough and we wa nt to they have suffered enough and we want to make sure we get back to escort a service as we can as soon escort a service as we can as soon as possible. after the last year and where we have been, we welcome that we have come to a consensus, that we have something to offer our membership that we believe will help deliver a safer railway. the union will now put the grim at its members but says they are confident it will agree. —— put the agreement. it took two weeks of intense negotiating here but southern rail seems to have reached a deal with its drivers and both sides say they are happy. but aslef was not the only union involved so it doesn't end here. the rmt is not pa rt it doesn't end here. the rmt is not part of this deal. it represents conductors and could still announce
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more strikes, knocking out a third of services each time. so the pain isn't quite overfor of services each time. so the pain isn't quite over for southern's long—suffering passengers. the inquests into the deaths of 30 british tourists killed in the tunisian beach terror attack of 2015 have been hearing about the last moments of a 24—year—old woman from lincolnshire. carly lovett ran into the hotel in sousse with her fiance after hearing the sound of shooting. but the gunman followed her into the building. from court, sarah campbell reports. in all, 38 people lost their lives. the final moments of all 30 britons killed that day have now been told to the inquest and tributes paid to the individuals behind the photographs. 24—yea r—old carly lovett was a fashion photographer, who had recently become engaged to her childhood sweetheart, liam. this would be their first holiday on their own. two—days after they arrived, they were caught up in the attack carried out by seifeddine rezgui. as the gunman approached
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from the beach, this animation, shown to the court, shows the route carly and liam took to try and escape through a back area normally used by admin staff, but the gunman followed and carly was shot. as liam tried desperately to save his fiancee,let gunman moved on. the gunman moved on. cheryl, seen here on the right of the picture, was by the pool with her husband, john. she described the panic as gunfire sounded, the pushing and shoving as people ran. they found themselves in the front of the hotel, she saw the gunman and realised john was no longer running behind her, but was on the floor. i screamed, "john, iscreamed, "john, although i screamed, "john, although his eyes we re i screamed, "john, although his eyes were open, there was nothing there." a few yards away, behind a car, was chris dyer and his wife. "i saw the shooter coming to where we, where he was in my sight, looking towards us. chris was killed." she was shot, but
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is recovering well despite life—changing injuries. through these inquests the full horror unfolded of an attack that lasted less tha n unfolded of an attack that lasted less than an hour but destroyed family and lives. and at the centre a gunman who showed little emotion, even smiling, as he walked around the hotel and its grounds. stuart cullen, the final british victim, the gunman approached him and his wife, he was injured by an exsploeszive device. mrs cullen, on the right, listened and her statement was read. her pleas not to shoot were ignored by the gunman. she survived but told the inquest her life and happiness died the day her life and happiness died the day her husband did. our top story this evening. the lawyer who made his name accusing iraq war veterans of abuse is struck off for dishonesty. still to come:
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one possible solution to the shortage of affordable housing in the english countryside. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: there are two days to go until the start of the six nations, and the home nations' teams have all been announced. we'll be hearing from their head coaches. the church of england has admitted it failed "terribly" after claims of historical physical abuse against a former colleague of the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, weren't reported to the police. it's alleged john smyth beat teenage boys during summer camps he ran in the 19705. police have appealed for possible victims to come forward. our religious affairs correspondent, martin bashir, reports. john smyth qc, now working in south africa, is at the centre of allegations involving the abuse of young boys during the 19705 at a
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series of summer camps in dorset. people matter to us very much. the camps, which take place every summer, involved boys from the top private schools in the country. they would engage in activities during the day and then he talks about the christian faith during the evening. according to allegations, made by channel 4 news, john smyth began the abuse by grooming boys at camp, then inviting them to his home in winchester, where they would be stripped naked and subjected to beatings. the trust, which oversaw the camps, was made aware of the allegations in 1982, but failed to inform the police. one of smyth's leadership team says it was the victims themselves who did not want to report the abuse. we discussed telling the police. i wasn't part of that discussion. but the young men themselves
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didn't want to have their names mentioned. they had suffered enough at the hands ofjohn smyth without wanting the indignity of describing everything in court. at the time, the church of england had no safeguarding policy in place. the archbishop of canterbury, who also worked alongside john smyth, says he knew nothing of the abuse until 2013. i was 19, 20—years—old, i was a junior leader in a camp. these were the senior leaders, i was not part of the inner circle. late this afternoon, one of mr smyth's daughters gave the bbc an interview in which she says that her father should be held to account for his actions. i will always love my father, however, if these allegations are true, i do think he will have to face justice and that will be painful
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for everyone involved. i believe strongly in justice and i would want that for someone who had done that to my child. we approached mr smyth at his home in cape town, south africa. he refused to answer our questions. we spoke to a man, who would not go on camera, but says thatjohn smyth asked intimate questions and then subjected him to beatings. his story confirms other accounts given to broadcasters and newspapers. accounts that will be investigated by hampshire police. martin bashir, bbc news. scotland's budget has been voted through today and it means that higher—rate tax payers in scotland will pay up to £400 more than their counterparts elsewhere in the uk. the change follows a deal struck between the snp — which does not have a majority — and the green party. our scotland editor, sarah smith, is in edinburgh for us. over to you, sarah. the snp faced the prospect today of not being able to get their budget passed. it's the
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first budget since the scottish parliament took control of setting income taxes. they had to do a last—minute deal with the scottish greens which will see higher rate taxpayers in scotland, anyone earning over £43,000 a year, paying £400 a more in income tax than someone on £400 a more in income tax than someone on the £400 a more in income tax than someone on the same £400 a more in income tax than someone on the same salary, living south of the border would pay. the scottish conservatives say this makes scotland the highest taxed pa rt makes scotland the highest taxed part of the united kingdom. the snp say the tax changes, which amount to about £7.70 a week are less than the cost of a i think isle prescription charge in england. they point out that scottish taxpayers get free prescriptions as well as free union tersety tuition fees and personal ca re tersety tuition fees and personal care for the elderly. they say it add up to a good deal. sarah, thank you. britain's housing crisis is well documented and in the countryside there are warnings that whole villages are at risk because of a lack of affordable homes. now, a scheme in shropshire is trying to change that. the first of its kind in england,
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it offers local people the opportunity to build a single house on green belt land but, as sophie long reports, there are conditions. i was brought up here and i always wanted to live back here, and realised the only way for us to afford to do it was to build our own house. it's taken a long, long time. yeah. there's been a few times when you just think — oh, just give up. this is all going to be a patio area. kylie and chris wanted their young boys to enjoy the same rural upbringing that they had. the shropshire single plot exemption scheme was the only way they could afford to do that, but it's been tough. to do it, you have to fulfil strict criteria. it was hard because the locals all wanted us as well. yeah. we had a lot of local support. everybody in the parish signed something saying — we want you. we need young families to keep our schools and our doctor surgeries and everything going and the powers above them, we couldn't do it. they eventually got permission, then they had to get funding.
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it's taken them six years to get to this stage, two of them living in a cold caravan. chris told me about a year. i said, 12 to 18—months. he didn't say 18—months! laughter what's happened to the caravan now? we've torched it. it's taken blood, sweat and tears and rocked their relationship, but they have their home, they're living their rural dream. but there's a catch. this is all area of outstanding natural beauty. councillor cecilia motley is one of the driving forces behind the scheme, she tells me kylie and chris will never be able to sell their home at full market value. that is actually one of the strengths of the scheme, you have to sell it at 60% roughly of market rate. so that, therefore, is a bit of a disincentive and it will attend therefore that either people will be willing to pass them on to other families in housing need, who also have local connections, or, if they do sell them,
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they have to accept the fact they're not going to get the full price for them. more than 350 families have done it in shropshire. it means the council here is slowly building up its supply of affordable housing, at no cost to the taxpayer, and they‘ re keeping their villages alive. now other local authorities are looking to do the same thing. sophie long, bbc news, south shropshire. as we've been reporting president donald trump is not afraid of picking fights, well, today his latest target is known other than
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arnold schwarzenegger. the one time terminator replaced donald trump on celebrity apprentice show. the us president said ratings had dived since the hollywood star took over. when i ran for president, i had to leave the show. that's when i knew for sure i was doing it, and they hired a big, big movie star, arnold schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. the ratings went right down the tubes. it's been a total disaster. but arnold schwarzenegger was quick to respond to the us president, on his twitter page, and suggested a job swap. donald, i've a great idea, why don't we switch jobs — you take over tv, because you're such an expert in ratings, and i take over yourjob, and then people can finally sleep comfortably, again. umm! touche! time for a look at the weather. here's helen willets. the west of wales, south—west england has had a battering with those winds. a few hours to come on this low pressure. it will head towards the southern uk. it will
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affect northern france as well. severe gales potentially, continuing to whip up the irish sea. a lovely picture from our weather watcher there in belfast. contrast with, well, further east, the north sea, calmer looking pressure. it has been a windy day throughout the uk it's windierup a windy day throughout the uk it's windier up the western side of the country. further showers over night and with the wind it should be largely frost—free, chilly to the countryside. not a bad start to our friday. got some rain to clear in the north, decent spells of sunshine coming through. already a change is at foot. there will be another bout of gales or severe gales coming in. temperatures just a tad down on those of today. let us talk about the storm that we have been talking about, if you like. it looks as if it's going to affect northern france, the channel islands and parts of the southern half of the uk. snow over the hills because of the persistence of the snow achl stormy end to the day and in the evening the strong winds will
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tra nsfer evening the strong winds will transfer into the east of england and northwards. 50mph to 60mph, enough to bring down branches and cause minor disruption. a lot of rain, clearing on saturday. there could be a wetter day in the south and east. sunday, northwards into the east of scotland. saturday and sunday there is a lot of dry weather elsewhere. it will be picking your day. not as warm as it has been this week. we will keep you posted on the progress of those low pressures. there are warnings on the website. thank you a reminder of our main story. a lawyer who brought dozens of cases involving claims of murder and torture against british soldiers after the iraq war has been struck off for dishonesty. that is all from the bbc news at six. it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we can now join the bbc‘s news teams where you are. pap hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: cases brought by the human
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rights lawyer phil shiner, against british soldiers, will be reviewed by the government, after he was struck off for dishonesty. a deal to end the dispute over driver—only trains the decent thing for him to do now would be to apologise properly. a deal to end the dispute over driver—only trains on southern rail has been reached, but with just one of the two unions involved. the driver's union aslef may now call off future industrial action, but no deal‘s been reached with the rmt union, which represents conductors.
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