this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 3pm. education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after setting out her plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. i would like to be in the same boat with the british. the day will come when the british will re—enter the boat, i hope. bt bows to demands to run a legally separate broadband operation — to cheers from its competitors jack monroe, the food writer, has won her libel case against columnist katy hopkins following a twitter row. i'm simon mccoy. could mps and lords be forced to leave the palace of westminster? parliament's spending watchdog says the quickest and easiest way to carry out essential repairs is to have everyone vacate the building. good afternoon and
welcome to bbc news. the education secretary justine greening has been heckled by angry headteachers after she defended government plans for more grammar schools in england. she was addressing the association of school and college leaders conference in birmingham. she insisted grammar schools helps disadvantaged children close what she described as the attainment gap. but the head teachers general secretary attacked the grammar school plans saying there was no evidence they would raise standards or improve social mobility. she also faced criticism from heads over schools funding, they say lack of money is pushing up class sizes and forcing them to cut gcse subjects. correspondent gillian hargreaves is at the conference for
us. hargreaves is at the conference for us. between now and easter there will be a number of teaching union conferences. first this morning, headteachers here in birmingham. justine greening could have been left in no doubt about how strong their grievances are. peter woodman at the weald school might be a head teacher, but he still likes to work at the chalk face, partly because he enjoys it and partly because it saves money for the shcool. the only reason we can survive is we are carrying forward money from last year, if the government stick to their pledges with the cash flow and budget, we will be making cuts of around £70,000 every year, year on year. peter is one of dozens of heads in southern england who wrote to parents informing them of the impact of cuts. in a poll of more than 1000 members of the union almost three quarters said they had had to make cuts to gcse or vocational courses in the last 12 months. the most common subjects to have been removed
were design and technology, performing arts courses, music and german. many teachers reported bigger class sizes to save money. headteachers gathered in birmingham this morning for the first ofa series of teachers‘ conferences where cuts dominate the conversation. it's the first time education secretary justine greening has laid out the government's case about how schools should operate in these straitened times. the education secretary justine greening has told headteachers that while there is no more money she will do her utmost to help them ease their way through the worst financial pressures in schools for 20 years. it's really annoying to find government constantly saying funding has never been higher. that's true because we've got more students and because of inflation. we've got an 8% cut and we're expected to continue delivering quality. how difficult is it at your school? i think like many schools across the country we are all struggling to make ends meet.
it's absolutely dire, we're having to make cuts to our curriculum and it's untenable, really. the government points out class sizes are at their lowest level for a decade and that £40 billion is being spent on schools in england this year, the highest cash figure ever. this afternoon the new chief inspector of schools for england amanda spielman will make a speech to headteachers in which she says some schools are quite deliberately narrowing the range of subjects they are teaching and moving difficult pupils out of their schools to help them rise up school league tables. i suspect it won't go down well at all with some heads here. the president of the european commission jean—claude juncker has hinted that he thinks the british will one day be persuaded to re—join the european union. he was speaking in a press conference in brussels at the end of a meeting of 27 eu leaders. i don't like brexit
because i would like because i would like to be in the same boat as the british. the day will come when the british will re—enter the boat, i hope. but brexit is not the end of the european union, nor the end of all our developments, nor the end of our continental ambitions. i had the impression when talking privately to colleagues and listening to the debate we have in the room that on the contrary the brexit issue is encouraging the others to continue. unfortunately without the british and i've seen in more or less all our member states that the approval of european
integration is having a larger adherents of the population. so brexit is not the end. i regret it, it's not the end, we continue. let's cross to brussels and our europe correspondent, ben wright. jean—claude juncker saying in his press c0 nfe re nce jean—claude juncker saying in his press conference is that britain has left the boat, as he described it, but hopes it will one day rejoin. suggesting brexit might not be for life after all, though nobody expects that to happen for many, many years, if at all. even though brexit hasn't begun yet, it won't formally happen, the negotiations won't start until theresa may rights to the european council and hands in britain's notice. there is a sense of separation here has already started. business not quite as usual this morning, as 27 eu heads of government gathered without britain. within weeks the uk will start to unpick its decades long relationship with the eu and try to build a new one. everyone here expects the divorce to be difficult.
a crucial player on the eu side will be this man, donald tusk, re—elected yesterday to the job of president of the european council, which represents eu leaders. in a fortnight eu leaders will meet in italy to celebrate 60 years since the treaty of rome was signed, a foundation stone of the european union. but brexit will undoubtedly overshadow the party. theresa may who left the summit last night insists she will trigger the start of brexit by the end of the month. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has been clear about one aspect of the talks to come. the future cost of access to eu markets. it's not reasonable, i don't think, for the uk, having left the eu, to continue to make vast budget payments. i think everybody understands that and that's the reality. and from the other side of the negotiation an idea from a senior mep who is not a negotiator but will represent the
european parliament during brexit. he said there could be some way for european citizens who want it to retain their eu identity. many uk citizens say i want to continue to have my eu citizenship and i think we need to examine what type of special arrangement we can make for these who want to continue their relationship with the european union. how that might work in practice is anyone's guess. we're on the brink of negotiations that have never been attempted before. the risks for both sides are high. four months we've had quite a lot of rhetoric around brexit. the uk will not be seeking to remain in the single market, for instance. very very soon that rhetoric will be tested around the negotiating table. theresa may has insisted she will get a great deal for britain, the theresa may has insisted she will get a great dealfor britain, the eu insists they will get a great deal for them. crucially, one
insists they will get a great deal forthem. crucially, one that insists they will get a great deal for them. crucially, one that acts asa for them. crucially, one that acts as a warning to other countries not to leave the club. i get a sense talking to people over the last 2a hours the eu is very much ready for this, waiting for theresa may's formal letter triggering article 50. within two or three days we may get a leaked draft of how the european commission will approach these issues. we may move to hard tough negotiations about the divorce, which is clearly going to be quite ha rd to which is clearly going to be quite hard to finalise. a food writer has won £24,000 damages in a high court libel action against the controversial newspaper columnist, katie hopkins. jack monroe, a food blogger who also campaigns over poverty issues, claimed tweets from the former apprentice contestant caused "serious harm". david sillito is at the high court. this was a twitter row, it's taken 21 months to sort out, hasn't it?
absolutely, it's one of the things that jack monroe says has been upsetting, how long it has taken to sort out the, because all she wanted was an apology. and £5,000 as recompense. so far, she says, she's heard nothing from katie hopkins, certainly no apology. what this is all about? two tweets two years ago, an argument on twitter about what was some graffiti on the women's war memorial. katie hopkins sent a tweet, incorrectly, misdirected to jack munro, saying she thought she approved of the defamation and graffiti on the war memorial. it was a mistake, one which katie hopkins has never said sorry for. jack munro said, take the tweets down, apologise now. eventually it was deleted. there was a second tweet in
which katie hopkins said, well, she's no different from the other person she had intended to send the tweet too. thejudge person she had intended to send the tweet too. the judge said, yes, person she had intended to send the tweet too. thejudge said, yes, this was again defamatory. £24,000 damages have been awarded to jack munro today —— jack monroe. an extra £107,000 in terms of court costs. for two tweets a very expensive evening for katie hopkins. david sillito at the high court. labour has accused the government of being in ‘disarray‘ after the prime minister said controversial tax rises for self—employed workers would not be put into legislation until the autumn. theresa may said the changes to national insurance, announced in the budget, were necessary and fair. number ten confirmed this morning that the prime minister was "fully committed" to national insurance reform. but our political correspondent, iain watson, says this may not be the final word on the issue. theresa may has been defending the policy but that doesn't mean to say she's closing her ears or shutting her eyes
to the concerns of conservative backbenchers by legislating on this in the autumn, not summer, she is giving herself some time to make adjustments if necessary. by autumn we should have a review into working practices. it's likely to suggest the self—employed get more rights, that people conventionally employed would have paternity pay, paternity leave and so on. certainly the government will try to argue in the autumn certainly to concerned backbenchers that people paying higher national insurance will get value for money, more for the money they pay. some of the conservative rebels, potential rebels i've been speaking to today, want the government to be more radical, to make a clear distinction between those genuinely self—employed, plumbers and hairdressers and so on, and those who spend most of their time working for one company. people working for courier companies. they say perhaps the latter category should pay national insurance in return
for full employment rights. i spoke to neil carmichael chair of the education select committee, cross—party committee, in the house of commons, a conservative mp worried about the effect this will have on his constituents. what he'd like to see is more rights for the self—employed, but also suggesting a period of implementation could be eased as well. if we're expecting people to be sort of active in the economic system as entrepreneurs, taking risks, we've got to demonstrate we are aware of that and are willing to mitigate some of those risks. so that's an important point. the wider question about taxation of course is we've got to increase tax take in order to pay for the things we might want to pay for. education clearly being one of them. and also the risks we might confront leaving the european union. so it's important we have a tax system which works fairly and efficiently in terms of getting the money in. is it a kind of package that says
self—employed people get value for money, they'll get more of the right to employ people that will satisfy people, perhaps you and your constituents, or would you and some colleagues be holding out for a rethink on the implementation of the timescale on the tax rise itself? perhaps a rethink on the implementation is probably the most likely outcome because at the end of the date we're going to have to get some tax. i think we've got to recognise that and be bold enough to stick with the overall direction of travel. but make sure it's more comfortable for those who are basically travelling. interestingly neil carmichael was saying the journey ought to be eased for the people have to make it. labour say the government should do a complete u—turn, simply stop this increase because it breaches their 2015 manifesto promise not to increase national insurance contributions.
interestingly a former shadow treasury spokeswoman and former labour spokeswoman rachel reeves seemed to be suggesting it might be acceptable to labour mps to change those levels of national insurance so long as the self—employed got something in return. it is true that with the flat rate pension that over time people who are self—employed will start to benefit from a pension they didn't previously get. when you look at other benefits like maternity and paternity leave and maternity and paternity pay, like for example sickness and disability benefits, out of work benefits, you don't have the same sort of access if you are self—employed. if the chancellor wants to go further and look at those whole range of benefits, i think that would be something that we could support and get behind. but at the moment we don't have anything like those guarantees, all we know is the self—employed will have to pay higher national insurance without getting those benefits that many of the rest of
us take for granted. here i think is the problem for philip hammond, plenty of suggestions from rachel reeves on what they can do to sweeten the bitter pill of a national insurance rise. but the more concessions he makes the less money will be going into the treasury and certainly some his own mps have been saying to me, really, is the financial gain, a relatively small financial gain, worth an extended period of political pain for the government. you're watching bbc news. the headlines this afternoon... education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after setting out her plans for new grammar schools. european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. columnist katie hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writerjack
monroe over two defamatory tweets. british cycling is responding to a lea ked british cycling is responding to a leaked draft report of an investigation into alleged failings in its culture. 0wen farrell remains a doubt for the six nations match against scotland tomorrow after missing training today. he'll have untilan hour missing training today. he'll have until an hour before kick—off at twickenham to prove his fitness. tiger woods could miss the masters next month after his bad back forces him to pull out of another tournament. he says there is no timetable for his return. bt has agreed to set up a new company to run the uk's national broadband network after being criticised for its own operation. bt 0penreach has been accused of looking after its own customers, at the expense of rivals like sky, talktalk and vodafone. those companies welcomed the news, saying everyone's customers would benefit from the change. here's our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones. it has got a massive and vital task,
rolling out fast broadband across the uk. but its critics say that bt‘s 0penreach hasn't been up to the job delivering poor service and not investing enough. now after a long battle 0fcom has ordered that 0penreach should be separated from bt. the regulator says this is what customers have been demanding. they, like us as a regulator have been concerned that 0penreach has not been performing well enough, that broadband hasn't been good enough. i think they see the greater independence as a great means for 0penreach to operate with the interests of the whole telecoms industry at heart, notjust bt. this deal is meant to make 0penreach a more independent operation, with 32,000 employees working directly for it. there will be an independent board in charge of what goes on and it'll have its own brand.
the bt logo will disappear. bt had been accused of taking profits from 0penreach and spending them on sports rights, a charge it denies. the firm could have been ordered to sell off the division completely and seems content with the deal today. we've listened to the criticisms we've heard from the general public, service providers, politicians and the media. and we've looked to address them. that's what we're doing today with these fundamental reforms. around 90% of uk homes have access to fast broadband. the hope is that the roll—out will accelerate and service will improve. we hope these reforms really are going to lead to a big change by 0penreach, that it'll make them much more focused on delivering for their customers. but also that it will transform this market so we see more competition and see customers having more choice about who they get broadband and phone services from. even rivals like talk talk who had once called for bt to split up have welcomed this more limited move.
but they called for 0fcom to make sure 0penreach delivers on its promises. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. joining me now to discuss this is andy kerr, deputy general secretary of the communication workers union. good afternoon to you. do you know how long this whole transition is going to take? it could take some time. this is the biggest chippie in history, i think. time. this is the biggest chippie in history, ithink. 32,000 people moving across. there is a lot of talking to be done, a lot of discussion. 0bviously talking to be done, a lot of discussion. obviously the main part is the crown guarantee for pensions. we need that in place before my members move across from bt plc to open reach limited. have you been involved in any discussion so far? discussions with 0fcom and bt throughout this whole scenario. we've been pushing both sides to reach an agreement. we're glad that agreement has been reached. have we
had discussions with bt? yes, we've had discussions with bt? yes, we've had early discussions. we're confident we can make arrangements and safeguard our membersjobs, job security. and the terms and conditions. we're confident we can do that. talks with bt and with 0penreach limited. there is no fear of redundancy at this point?|j 0penreach limited. there is no fear of redundancy at this point? i don't see any redundancies, if anything, now, i see more investment going into broadband. more investment into 0penreach, and i seejob creation into broadband. more investment into 0penreach, and i see job creation as a result of this. is there more investment going to go into it? that is the key. 0fcom said it should be a better service, but bt will still be handling the budget, as it were. my be handling the budget, as it were. my understanding is, yeah, ultimately that's right. bt do hold the budget strings. 0nce
ultimately that's right. bt do hold the budget strings. once the money is moved over, the budget has put over two 0penreach, it's up to them how they invest in parts of the business. i think they've got total control of that now. i absolutely see more money going into 0penreach from bt. it'll create morejobs, i believe. it'll give customers a better service. i expect it would be good for uk plc, which is good for us good for uk plc, which is good for us all. itself admitted its reputation had been slightly damaged by this whole 0penreach situation. can you rebuild that? no doubt about that, my members can definitely... my that, my members can definitely... my members don't come out in the morning to do a bad job, they can out to do a good job for the customers. i think working with 0penreach limited and the senior management team, we have no doubt about that, we believe the customer service will improve, we believe the speeds will improve, we do love much more superfast broadband will be
developed through the whole uk. —— we believe. - a tennis coach is on trial, accused of causing child cruelty as he coached his daughters to become tennis stars. in one incident, john de'viana from essex is said to have punched and kicked one of his daughters after a tennis match. he denies the charges. 0ur correspondent, helena lee, is at snaresbrook crown court. this is the second day that the defendant, john de'viana, is giving evidence in his own trial. he is accused of subjecting his two daughters, now 21 and 19, two years of physical and mental abuse. in his desire to get them to become tennis champions. the girls work in fact, went on to become successfuljunior tennis players. however, in court today, john de'viana told the jury it was the girls‘ today, john de‘viana told the jury it was the girls‘ decision to play tennis, that he had neverforced them. he was asked by his defence
team, did you force monaei, the eldest daughter, to play? he replied, no, because that would be counter—productive. he went on to say, you can‘t just counter—productive. he went on to say, you can‘tjust force a child to play a particular sport, especially when that child is progressing at a rapid rate. the court also heard earlier howjohn de‘viana had written abusive notes on the back of match report after the girls had played tennis when it didn‘t reach the standard he wanted them to. and he was asked in the last few moments in court where he used such language. he replied it was the only way i could vent my frustration as a coach. he denies two charges of child cruelty in the case here at snaresbrook crown court continues. it‘s emerged that some detainees held at an immigration removal centre near gatwick airport have been there for as long as two and a half years. prison inspectors found that children had also been detained at brook house, which holds almost 400
adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders. the home office says some people prolong detention by trying to frustrate the removal process. more than 2500 bridges in england are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a new study has found. the report by the rac foundation found that many of the structures have weight restrictions in place, while others have to be closely monitored. it says some have also been put in a managed decline. the cost of clearing the backlog of work on all bridges is estimated to be £3.9bn. councils say they don‘t have the funds to repair them. whether it‘s pub music, summer festivals, or street buskers, the uk is alive — with the sound of live music. but what does it tell us about our musical likes and dislikes? today, the uk is carrying out its first live music census to find out. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon has been taking a look — and a listen — to the music scene in glasgow. buskers on the streets of glasgow,
passionate about their music, drawing interest from passers—by. i love it and i do it every day and it‘s a way i can play with my friends and enjoy life with other people and share with other people. from classical to contemporary, from concert halls to gigs in pubs, music is part of our culture. in our cars, at home, on our phones, we listen to plenty of music. but how does the live scene compare? volunteers in six cities across the country are attempting to find out. we‘re asking them how many events they go to, why they maybe go to an event, what‘s the main reasons behind going to an event. there are plenty of free performances to go to but, even so, british consumers spend more on concert tickets than on physical records, digital downloads and streaming combined. and the organisers of this census
say that even those who think that silence is golden should care about the state of the nation‘s live music. music is a huge driver economically within the creative industries which are, of course, a big export for the uk, where it punches above its weight. there‘s a lot of research to suggest that music is also important for our health and well—being but, for me, music is really important because it‘s part of what makes us human, it‘s a fundamental part of being part of the human species. glasgow has a really active music scene. there are 70 live music events in the 24—hour period this census is taking place, but here and across the uk the live music scene is facing challenges. some iconic locations where famous groups honed their acts have closed down, some never to reopen. some smaller more intimate venues are onlyjust breaking even. surviving as a small venue
is difficult at the moment because property prices are increasing, because of the tight regulations around licensing. this attempt to measure the economic and cultural benefits of live music is, census organisers believe, a world first. whatever they find out, that live music in all its glorious forms bringsjoy to many is already beyond doubt. lorna gordon, bbc news, glasgow. time for a weather update, let‘s find out where tomasz schafernaker is. i‘m here in the weather ‘s studio, let‘s see if the weather is music to your ears. it‘s not great today, overcast, mist and fog around, drizzle in one or two spots. that‘s
how it‘s going to stay most of the afternoon. a layer of grey. some sunshine around. it hasn‘t been so bad for everybody, glimmers of sunshine across the south—west, across east anglia and one or two others. for most of us it has been cloudy and that‘s how it‘ll stay this evening and overnight. 0vernight rain on the way across northern ireland and into western parts of scotland. wherever you are it‘ll be miles, lots of eight sounds nines, ten in london. we have a weather front crossing the uk, yes, rain across the lake district, maybe the far north of wales, but here, scotla nd the far north of wales, but here, scotland and northern ireland looking sunny, the south looking pretty sunny, up to 17, even 18 degrees. come sunday, weatherfronts of the atlantic, looks like we will catch some rain. at least most of us, a bit of rain on sunday. that‘s it. goodbye. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines:
education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after claiming grammar schools help to close the attainment gap between well—off and poorer children. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, has expressed hope that britain could one day be persuaded to re—join the european union, adding that brexit will not be the end of the eu. the telecoms regulator, 0fcom, has reached a deal with bt to turn its broadband division 0penreach, into a separate company. rival broadband providers to bt have welcomed the decision. mail 0nline columnist katie hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writer, jack monroe — after she accused her of sympathising with the vandalisation of a war memorial. politicians are urged to move out of the palace of westminster while the long—awaited multi—billion pound renovation work takes place. the stonework of the grade one listed building is crumbling, and the electric and sewage systems are in desperate need of repair. now we have the sport.
british cycling has admitted their success has come at the cost of athlete care. following an independent investigation into their world class performance programme. a draft copy of the report has been leaked. 0ur reporter david 0rnstein is at the national cycling centre in manchester. british cycling has accepted there have been failings within the organisation. that is right, they have admitted to specific shortcomings and a failure to address early warning signs of problems. you may remember this relates to april of last year, jess varnish made accusations against the performance director shane sutton, accusing him of sexism and discrimination, and others supported her, talking of a culture of fear and bullying. that independent
report was commissioned and we are still awaiting that. as you say, a d raft has still awaiting that. as you say, a draft has been published by the daily mail and that seems to back up most of the claims. most damningly it looks at dave brailsford and describes him as being untouchable. he was the predecessor to shane sutton as the performance director. it also says some elite riders experienced trauma while with british cycling and confirmed that culture of fear. british cycling announced a action planned reforms here at the national cycling centre last week and they said they are getting on with that and there have also been many staff changes so they are trying to look forward and not backwards. dave brailsford used to work in the building behind you and now he is acting sky, what is he had to say today? —— he is at team sky.
there is a controversy over a mystery package delivered to bradley wiggins and team sky has said it was a legal decongestant and provided no evidence to back it up. dave b ra ilsfo rd evidence to back it up. dave brailsford has come under pressure but he has said he won‘t resign. he has said he has confidence in his team. he says he‘s not hiding. he says on a personal level he has been through a lot and it is important to make sure that you can look at yourself and say there has been no wrongdoing. he says he‘s confident of that and he says you have got to put the team first the riders first. dave bra ilsford put the team first the riders first. dave brailsford is going nowhere. british cycling continues to firefight on that duty of care front. 0wen farrell remains a doubt for england‘s six nations game
with scotland tomorrow after missing training at twickenham today. england will make a call on his fitness tomorrow — they have until an hour before kick off to finalise their side. meanwhile wales and ireland launch the penultimate weekend of six nations action. ireland still have a slender chance of taking a third title in four years. but if they lose in cardiff tonight without getting two bonus points england will be able claim the championship with a win over scotland in the calcutta cup tomorrow. they are a very smart rugby side and they have beaten the all blacks recently. they are playing with confidence. i think that having watched them against france, they ground out a victory. and in terms of the physicality of their game, the contact physicality of their game, the co nta ct area physicality of their game, the contact area once again will be a key focus area. they are so used to competing in the last day of the championship, to win or lose, and for them to not be in that position will certainly provide extra motivation for them. we have all the build—up to the
weekend‘s fixtures later. and mclaren have been struggling on the final day of formula one pre—season testing in barcelona. ferrari‘s kimi raikkonen tops the timesheets. you can follow that on the bbc sport website. that‘s all sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. vulnerable migrants, according to a new report. the independent commission for aid impact said there was a risk that britain‘s support was leading to more migrants being detained and denied a right to asylum. here‘s our diplomatic correspondent, james landale. last year some 180,000 migrants and refugees made the perilous crossing from libya to italy. almost 5,000 died in the attempt. hundreds of thousands of others remained trapped in libya. britain‘s aid programme here is modest, about £9 million. but it supports the libyan coast guard and provides humanitarian support for migrants held in detention centres.
but the independent commission on aid impact, which monitors uk aid spending, has concluded that uk aid could be causing unintentional harm. the watchdog says that while saving lives at sea is vital, there is a risk that supporting the coastguard means more migrants and refugees are returned to indiscriminate and indefinite detention. and when they are back in the detention centres, the commission says the refugees there are denied any chance of claiming asylum, something that is not recognised in libya. and they are also vulnerable to extortion and people trafficking by libyan officials. the international development department says it had considered the potential harm of any aid, but insisted it protected migrants‘ human rights and improved their conditions. it added that since may 2015, british vessels had saved
more than 13,000 lives in the mediterranean. in south korea, two people have died in clashes between police and demonstrators who were protesting at the removal from office of the president by the country‘s highest court. park geun—hye was found guilty of corruption and stripped of all her powers. but she‘s refusing to leave the presidential palace, as our correspondent in seoul stephen evans now reports. the moment a president was ousted. the head of south korea‘s highest court says president park committed a grave breach of the law. it was against the constitution and the trust of the people. outside the court pro—park protesters clashed with police. two died, one apparently by falling from the top of the bus he had climbed onto. the central allegation is that the country‘s biggest companies paid money to the president‘s best friend
in return for favours. so top business leaders now face awkward questions which may yet put them behind bars. the police have been out in force because feelings run so high. families are split on the issue. there will be a general election in 60 days. one of the consequences of that may be a move to the left. if the government here moved to the left, there would be a different attitude towards north korea, probably more cooperative. every saturday night for three months, there have been huge demonstrations against president park. but what pushed her from office was a constitutional court finding her guilty of crime in a country which has only been a democracy for 30 years. stephen evans, bbc news, south korea.
a short time ago, steve went out into the streets of seoul to gauge the atmosphere and sent this update. the centre of seoul tonight feels like a victory rally for the protesters who pushed the president from power. but it‘s only half the story. there are also pro—park people who are nursing their wounds, and those wounds won‘t heal easily. president park, ex—president park, rather, is in the presidential palace just beyond this rally. she can hear all of this. she emerges tomorrow as an ordinary citizen and she may well face criminal charges and end up behind bars. this is not the end of the process. while police maintain a zero tolerance approach to migrants in calais — another camp seems to be developing 40 miles away at the town of steenvord on the belgian border.
it has doubled in size in recent months, becoming a magnet for people trying get to england, after the so called jungle camp was dismantled. 120 migrants are now being turned away from calais each day — and the authorities have brought in a ban on food being handed out by charities in some areas. 0ur correspondent peter whittlesea has been to the camps. 0n the edge of the motorway, this wood is home to around 100 migrants. the camp has been closed twice in the last six months. when the police leave, the migrants return. those living here told us to get out. the landowner said the french authorities are failing to act. translation: i can no longer use the wood. i bought land in the countryside for my children to enjoy. the authorities do what they can. the migrants come backjust as quickly.
0ne local charity says since the calaisjungle was closed, the number of migrants in this area has doubled, there are no official hostels, so migrants camp where they can. in the daytime, you see they can sleep, take rest, but at night, they are in the field, in the wood, everywhere. the increased security and the decision of the mayor to ban meals from distribution in certain areas of the city is, according to charities, forcing migrants to camp miles from the channel port but it won‘t solve the problem that more and more migrants are still determined to get to britain. it is not a food ban, it is a ban on distributed food within a certain zone of the city. outside of that zone, we can still distribute food but as the numbers increase, it is going to become a visible problem and what's, you know, what will happen when that critical mass
appears back in calais? how will we feed those people? where will we feed those people? back in britain, the zero tolerance approach to migrants living in calais is being backed by dover‘s mp. the french government needs to make sure thejungle does not reform, that they stop migrants getting into calais before the first tent is pitched, sending them to reception centres far from calais. with the french police union saying 120 migrants are still being arrested each day in calais, charities are calling for a solution to the migrant crisis, rather than moving it deeper into france. it may be more than 60 years since the great smog of london, but air pollution in the capital is again a huge issue. it damages people‘s health and contributes towards thousands
of premature deaths every year. all this week, the bbc has been highlighting the growing problem of air pollution. as part of our ‘so i can breathe‘ series, our correspondent graham satchell has been looking at the changing conditions in britain‘s cities, and how to achieve cleaner air. archive: 'london has been brought to a halt by dense smog, 'which has descended overnight'. the great smog of 1952, dramatised in the netflix series the crown. 'be careful out there, it's a real pea—souper.‘ it was a difficult time. it was scary, it was unpleasant. anne goldsmith was eight in 1952 and remembers it well. we could hardly see in front of us really, and when i got to school, the handkerchief would be absolutely black. 'special filtering masks are the latest weapons...‘ it‘s now thought 12,000 people died in the great smog. the enemy then — coal, used in factories and people‘s homes. what followed the smog was the clean air act of 1956. it introduced smoke—control areas, where only smokeless fuels could be burned. fast—forward 60 years and the enemy now is nitrogen dioxide, from diesel engines. so what‘s being done today? these are the engines that
have been removed out of taxis in birmingham... the local authority here in birmingham has got funding to replace the diesel engines in 65 taxis. we removed 99% of the nox that the taxi was producing. it's a massive reduction. but it‘s a small pilot project. there are hundreds of taxis in birmingham. the government‘s overall plan is to introduce so—called ‘clean air zones‘ in five cities by 2020. i will look at the evidence, and when the evidence comes through as to where the key areas of pollution are, we will take the action that is needed to address the need for clean air in the city. well, i'm afraid the government's been hopeless. critics like client earth say what we need today is a new clean air act, and a scrappage scheme for diesel cars. you have to phase diesel vehicles off our roads. but it would cost a fortune, wouldn‘t it?
well, yeah, it's going to take time to do it, but we've got to protect people's health. that's the main thing. if the water we were drinking was as dirty as the air we're breathing in now, we'd be doing something about it. hello, girls! hello, anne. hello, how are you? good. back in lewisham, in london, anne is meeting nine—year—old eloise, and amy, who‘s six. we called it ‘smog‘, and you couldn‘t see, only this far in front of your eyes. on days when pollution is bad, amy and eloise are kept indoors at playtime, just as anne was in 1952. sometimes, we have to stay inside because the air is bad. 0h, because the air is bad now? more than 60 years on, air pollution is still damaging children‘s health, shortening people‘s lives. graham satchell, bbc news. we have breaking news. we are hearing that the author of the bridges of madison county has started. this is robertjames waller. that book sold more than 12
minute copies and was adapted into a six vessel films starring clint eastwood. —— successful. also known asa eastwood. —— successful. also known as a photographer and musician. we will be looking at his life later on. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc news: education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after setting out her plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. columnist katy hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages to the food writer jack monroe over two over two defamatory tweets. bt has finally agreed to let go of its 0penreach division. that‘s the outfit that runs the infrastructure for the county‘s broadband system.
0penreach will now become an independent company. the change was demanded by the regulator 0fcom. the boss of wetherspoons is one man who isn‘t raising a glass to the budget. tim martin says the rates relief announced for pubs is tiny compared to the increased burden of taxes the company faces. the growth of sales at the company is now the slowest its been for seven years — and mr martin is warning taxes could squeeze profits in the future. volkswagen is due to plead guilty in america to fraud and obstruction of justice. it‘s all to do with its emissions cheating scandal. this will draw a line under the american side of the affair. but remember, on this side of the atlantic, the european commission is overseeing action by 22 member states. if you have a disability — or look after someone who does —
how easy do you find it to get around on transport, or around the shops and so forth? and if you run a business — is providing access a priority for you? now the reason i‘m asking is — because today is disabled access day and one organisation says we still have a long way to go. we did a study, looking at the high street, and there seems to have been little improvement in terms of improvements for disabled people, only temp set of shops had a hearing loop and 23% had no access for wheelchair users —— only 10% of shops. is there another macro economic case for them taking on board economic case for them taking on boa rd access economic case for them taking on board access ability issues? —— is there another macro economic case.
yes, there‘s a spend of 149 being pounds year, this is a big market opportunity for business. but the cynic asked them to take it on board? it can be costly in terms of making prudence. —— board? it can be costly in terms of making prudence. -- but doesn't it cost them to take it on board? you have got to provide information about what people can find at their store so they can find the right stores for them and that is why we have been working on marks and spencer on a leading pilot project. the government has a role to play? they have said a lot recently about being an accessible champion and we would like to see money made available for small businesses who would like to improve access and also better support for disabled people who feel they are facing discrimination and have a case to take. a relative of mine has a
disabled son and lives in america and when she comes over here she is really amazed at how backwards we are when it comes to providing disabled access. is that a factor? we get feedback from people all over the world about access ability and we get feedback from people in the united states that access is better there regarding mobility and impairment. my dad is a wheelchair user and over europe i found shocking examples of a lack of access ability, and the uk is quite goodin access ability, and the uk is quite good in comparison, but i think we have a long way to go. there are exa m ples of have a long way to go. there are examples of good practice but there isa examples of good practice but there is a long way to go. thanks for joining us. in other business news: here‘s some good news for company bosses. staff sickness rates are at an all time low. just over four days were lost to sickness per worker last year — compared to 7.3 days when records
first began — in 1993. minor ailments like coughs and colds accounted for a quarter of all sick days. william hill finally has a new chief executive. the company‘s been without a permanent boss since lastjuly — whenjames henderson stepped down after failing to increase online and international business. the new man in charge is philip bowcock — who‘s been standing in for the last few months. how does the money get divided when you buy or stream a song? well, that‘s being decided by a court in washington. judges will hear from songwriters and publishers about who should get what. and now to the markets. plenty of buoyancy. all of the jobs data for the united states shows that we could be seeing a really strong economy emerging in the united states. that‘s all the business news. downing street says there‘ll be
a parliamentary vote in the "not too distant future" over how to carry out urgent repairs to the palace of westminster. mps have been warned that parts of the building are in such a poor state that there‘s a risk of "catastrophic failure". the latest advice is that it will be cheaper for mps and lords to leave the building entirely while work is carried out. leila nathoo reports. the splendour of the palace of westminster hides a secret — the building is decaying. crumbling stonework, ageing electrics and asbestos — mps are warning major renovations need to be carried out urgently to avoid what they say could be a catastrophic failure. the commons public spending watchdog has been considering three options. keeping mps and peers in the building while work is carried out — this would cost £5.7 billion and take around 32 years. a partial move out — taking 11 years and costing £4.4 billion or moving both houses out the palace entirely to allow six years of intensive repair costing around £3.5 billion. we‘re saying, get on with it. we need to make a decision. we are suggesting to fully decamp
the house and do the work over a six year period and we need that decision made soon so they can work out the detailed planning, costing and schedule, how we‘re going to move out and what we‘re going to do. mps can be housed nearby in what is currently the headquarters of the department of health. while the qeii conference centre down the road could house the house of lords. there have now been three examinations of the options to rescue the palace and another parliamentary committee also wants to have its say but the longer the delay, the more the likely cost to the public purse and the longer the dangers go unchecked. despite the upheaval, doing nothing, the committee says, is not an option. mps and peers will soon have to decide again on whether to leave or remain. sometimes we hear about the perils
of mixing live tv and children. this morning at bbc news we were given a reminder why. my colleague james menendez was interviewing the renowned south korea expert professor robert kelly, on bbc world news. then professor kelly‘s young children burst on to the scene. the question is how do democracies respond? what will it mean for the wider region? i think one of your children has walked in! shifting sands in the region? would relations with the north change? i would be surprised if they do... pardon me. my apologies! what will this mean for the region? my apologies. children cry sorry. erm, south korea's policy
towards the north has been... severely limited for the last year. you have the impression he would like to be sorting the problem out. that is a great story. time for a look at the weather. we are looking at a cloudy picture, murky conditions in the skies, and this was the scene taken by when he of the weather watchers earlier in dorset. —— by one of. a lot of cloud over the country. and we have a few brea ks over the country. and we have a few breaks in the cloud, but as we head into the evening, many will be staying largely dry, if cloudy and mild. the theme continues as wales ta kes mild. the theme continues as wales takes on island in the six nations. quite mild —— ireland. moving
through the evening, and overnight, rain in northern ireland and scotland, much of england and wales staying dry and certainly mild. 8—10 in terms of the temperatures. the start of the weekend, saturday morning, the reappearance of sunshine for the western isles, and for much of scotland we start the day fairly cloudy and with drizzle. the cloud will clear but it will continue to reign over parts of northern england. heading further south, plenty of dry weather on the cards, although still quite cloudy. we move through the day, more in the way of sunshine developing. parts of southern wales, the midlands, east anglia, here we will see a good deal of sunshine and temperatures as high as 16 possibly 18. to the north, sunshine for northern ireland and
scotland, but also reign in northern england and north wales. saturday, sunny in rome, and temperatures in twickenham not very different. moving through saturday evening, and overnight. the weather changes because we will see the rain pepping up because we will see the rain pepping up and moving in from the west. a 5°99y up and moving in from the west. a soggy start to sunday morning. certainly mild and without frost. 0n sunday many will have a spell of rain, but that is working its way east. improvement in the weather. and a return to sunshine and a few showers, rain lingering long list for the likes of east anglia and the south—east and things will feel a bit cooler during sunday. the outlook into the new working work, “ new outlook into the new working work, —— new working week, high—pressure all the way. the temperatures will be yo—yoing, many will have sunshine on saturday. more details on the
website. this is bbc news. i‘m maxine mawhinney. the headline that 4pm. education secretary justine greening has been heckled by headteachers at their annual conference after she defended plans for new grammar schools. the european commission president says he hopes one day britain will rejoin the eu. i would like to be in the same boat with the british. the day will come when the british will re—enter the boat, i hope. food writerjack monroe wins £24,000 libel damages from columnist katy hopkins over defamatory tweets. i‘m simon mccoy. coming up... coming up... bt bows to demands to run a legally separate broadband operation. bt bows to demands to run a legally separate and how do you like your live music?