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the nhs contaminated blood scandal more than 30 years ago — the government finally orders an inquiry. more than 2,000 people died and thousands of other victims were left infected with hiv and hepatitis c. the inquiry, that i've announced today, will give them those answers, so they will know why this happened, how it happened. this was an appalling tragedy and it should never have happened. andy evans was infected when he was five and contracted aids at 16. he's campaigned for an inquiry for years. at the very minimum, we were let down. at the worst, i think there are people to blame for a lot of the infections that occurred. we'll be asking why victims have had to wait so long for answers. also tonight: president trump's son publishes emails showing he was keen to accept an apparent russian offer to help his father's presidential campaign. orphans of war — victims of so—called islamic state. we report on the desperate plight of the iraqi children in the fight for mosul.
employees who work flexibly but don't receive any benefits should qualify for sick and holiday pay according to a government commissioned report. british tennis mystery is made. it's been 39 years. —— history is made. and johanna konta becomes the first british woman to reach the wimbledon semifinals since virginia wade in 1978. a moment of history that she celebrated on centre court. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: standing in betweenjohanna konta and the wimbledon final, venus williams — a five—time champion, who becomes the oldest semifinalist at the tournament in 23 years. good evening. "an appalling tragedy that should never have happened." that's what the prime minister called the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and ‘80s,
as the government announced an inquiry into the nhs scandal. it's been called one of the biggest disasters in the history of the nhs. at least 2,400 people died and 7,500 patients were infected with viruses, such as hepatitis c and hiv, after being given blood products by the nhs. our health editor hugh pym reports. these are the medications for hiv. andy has had a life on medication because he was given contaminated blood. at the age of five, he was infected with hiv and hepatitis c. at 16, he developed aids. since then, all he's wanted is answers. i'm very worried that there was deliberate acts behind these infections, as i say, at the very minimum we were let down. at the worst, i think, there are people to blame for a lot of the infections that occurred. it's been called the worst disaster in the history of the nhs. patients expected safe treatment —
haemophiliacs needing blood clotting agents and others needing transfusions. but they were given products tainted with life—threatening viruses. much of the inquiry‘s focus will be on whitehall and what was happening here more than 30 years ago. victims and their families have long argued that senior government officials were aware of the dangers with contaminated blood products, but allowed patients to continue receiving them. after that, they say, there was a cover—up. a scottish inquiry by a judge lord penrose was dismissed by victims as a waste of time. they showed what they thought of it. an earlier inquiry in england was privately funded with no official status. today a labour mp, whose campaigned on the issue, told the commons those affected by the scandal were owed a debt ofjustice.
they deserve to be told what went wrong, why it went wrong and who is responsible for what happened. the story of the injustice they have suffered also needs to be set out and told to the wider public. their voices need to be heard. the prime minister later said their voices would be heard in the newly announced inquiry. it's affected so many people. they have waited too long for these answers. what we want to do is talk with the families, talk to them about the shape that this inquiry should take, so we ensure that it is able to provide the answers and the justice that they want and deserve. the former health secretary, andy burnham, who's alleged it is a criminal matter with medical records falsified and said there were failures by successive governments. all political parties have let down those who've suffered as a result of contaminated blood. and all parties must now put differences aside, work together and give them truth and justice without further delay or obstruction. and for this campaigner, who has hepatitis c, there's only one thing which really matters. nobody here is going away. we are staying.
we're going to fight. we want to know the truth. we just want the truth. that is all. that is all! whether that full truth emerges after this long campaign will depend on what sort of inquiry is convened and its powers. and our health editor, hugh pym, is with me now. why have the victims had to wait so long for this inquiry? well, sophie, the government line is that it's a lwa ys the government line is that it's always had an open mind but in the last few weeks, new evidence has emerged. some published in a newspaper and there's other material held by andy burnham, alleging criminality that he is ready top hand over to police. and there is a political issue only on sunday the leaders of the main opposition parties at westminster, including the dup, wrote jient letter calling for a public inquiry into this scandal. that's highly significant, given parliamentary arithmetic these days. so with a debate due to start at twoemsd, called by —— to start at
westminster, called by a labour mp, the government moved. the scottish government has welcomed this and said it would be a uk—wide exercise. whatever the reasons, whatever the fa cts , whatever the reasons, whatever the facts, the victims and their families have welcomed what they see this, as a landmark move, but they've yet to be convinced it really will deliver the truth. president trump's son has published a chain of e—mails, which show that he was keen to accept an apparent offer from the russian government last year, to help his father's presidential campaign. donald trumer is promised official documents that would incriminate his father's rival, hillary clinton. it led to a meeting in new york between a russian lawyer, mr trumer and two of his father's key advisors. 0ur chief correspondent, gavin hewitt, is outside the white house. for nearly six months there has been a shadow over the trump administration, with the allegations that the trump campaign last year in
some way colluded with the russians. but today a series of highly—damaging e—mails were published, suggesting that russian officials were actively trying to help the trump campaign. congratulations dad, we love you. donald trump jr was at congratulations dad, we love you. donald trumer was at the heart of his dad's election campaign. today he embarked on a high risk strategy. he decided to disclose the e—mails today between himself and the publicist who arranged the meeting. the e—mails raised serious and disturbing questions. the four pages of e—mails reveal exchanges between trumpjune rye, rybarikova of e—mails reveal exchanges between trump june rye, rybarikova junior and a british pub list, rob gol steyn.
———to — — — to donald trump — — — to donald trumer. the e—mail continues: in reply mr donald trump in reply mr donald trumer says: the meeting was set up by a british publicist, rob goldstein. much was promised but the russian lawyer today denied any links with the kremlin. she was asked, why those at the meeting thought she was going to deliver any information on hillary clinton. it is possible they were looking for such information, they wa nted looking for such information, they wanted the so bad lid. but the reaction from politicians today shows that these drip, drip revelations are proving damaging to the trump administration. it's serious and this is a serious situation and one that is a long way from over. it doesn't appear that when they had information that this person might be connected with the russian government or a russian
national, that they didn't immediately call the fbi this is very problematic. we cannot allow foreign governments to reach out to anybody‘s campaign and say — we'd like to help you. it is a non—starter. like to help you. it is a non-starter. what does president trump make of it all? today he says that his son was a high—quality person and praised his transparency. but the president is also said to be frustrated that after today the questions are only likely to get more searching. tomorrow the president goes back to europe, to france, determined to avoid the impression that his is an administration under siege. the united nations say as many as 3,000 civilians remain trapped in the iraqi city of mosul, despite government forces declaring victory there over the weekend. skirmishes continue between iraqi troops and so—called islamic state. those trapped are mostly the young or the elderly, who've become separated from theirfamilies. from mosul, our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, sent this report. this is an orphan of the battle of mosul —
a baby whose parents have been killed. he's one of the victims of the fight against the group known as islamic state. he was left at this clinic, malnourished and without even a name. the medics here say there are many more like him. yeah, i mean, kids, without parents, a lot of them. you know, they've either been killed by isis or killed by air strikes or killed by gunfire. there is a massive amount of devastation. that's the only way i can put it into terms. iraq's prime minister may have declared victory but there's still pockets of resistance and streams of civilians trying to make their way to safety. they often collect the children of others along the way. seeba says she was shot at by is snipers as she tried to escape. the baby she's now holding is not hers.
she said the mother and father were both buried under group. —— under rubble. there are dozens of women and children here, waiting to be taken to safety and they're notjust war weary, they are weak through lack of water and food. and if you listen, the only sound you can hear is babies crying. at west mosul‘s main hospital, they're just about coping. they're still having to treat the wounded, as well as the weak — this man's barely alive after being found in the rubble. and there are more orphans here, too. this is galeb who's crying out, "where's my father?" he only stops when they manage to distract him with a game. it's difficult to manage him. he is crying, asking for his father, mother. that is something i can't answer.
i can't be his father, i can't be his mother. what do i do? even trying to identify the dead is proving difficult. search and rescue teams are looking out for any forms of identity as they sift through the debris of war. iraq will notjust have to rebuild this city, but mend broken lives, too, jonathan beale, bbc news, mosul. all work in the uk's economy should be fair and decent, according to a government—commissioned review of employment practices. it looks particularly at the so—called gig economy — a growing sector of workers who currently work flexibly but do not receive employee benefits — though the review says they should. it also examines the use of zero—hour contracts and recommends that everyone should enjoy a baseline of protection. with more, here's our economics editor, kamal ahmed. whatever work we do, we spend
half our waking hours doing it. steady or insecure, full—time or self—employed, high pay or low pay, the world of work is changing. appearing alongside theresa may, matthew taylor said it was time for a reset. our national performance on the quantity of work is strong. but quantity alone is not enough for a thriving economy and for a fair society. we believe now is the time to complement that commitment in creating jobs with the goal of creating better jobs. victor likes his job for uber. flexible, work the hours he wants, few benefits. ijust switch on and off whenever i wanted. and in the middle of my day, if i want to pop down to the seaside or watch a spiderman movie, i can do that. for felicity, it is a different story from the world of zero—hour contracts. i could never budget because some
weeks i'd get too much work, and i'd get really, really tired. some weeks, i wouldn't get enough work so ijust really wasn't earning enough. that, actually, caused me quite a bit of stress. there are certainly many new ways of working, and the inquiry focuses on two. the gig economy, that's those food delivery drivers, those minicab drivers, there are around 1.3 million people in that part of the economy. and people with no guaranteed hours of work, on zero—hours contracts, there are about 905,000 people on those. then, there is what the report calls the hidden economy. that is the cash in hand payments to your window cleaner that avoid tax and official records. the report says that is worth £6.2 billion a year and should be brought to an end. mr taylor said in his review, much of this new world of work is good work, but for those being exploited, some solutions. sick and holiday pay benefits, a right to an enhanced minimum wage
because the work does not guarantee hours. then there's talk of better enforcement of the present laws and higher taxes for those gig firms. paying national insurance for the first time, which many of them avoid at the moment. the big question — will any of this ever happen, given the conservatives lack one important thing — a majority. you cannot give any guarantees that you will be able to pass a report like this and the recommendations it has had through parliament? i would hope, as i said in my speech, people will see across the political world, will see the importance of addressing this as an issue. it isn'tjust a here and now. it is about the future of our economy. there seems little chance of consensus. labour said the report was a huge missed opportunity, particularly when it came to not banning zero—hours contracts. we have to get rid of
zero—hours contracts. obviously, we have to get rid of the gig economy and the bogus self—employment which actually is a wonderful way for a minority of employers to avoid paying national insurance contributions. the world, frankly, does not lack for government reviews on everything from efficiency to social care. the question now, will this one make a difference orjust be left to gather dust on some whitehall shelf? kamal ahmed, bbc news. johanna konta made history tonight, after becoming the first british woman in almost a0 years to make it to the wimbledon semi—finals. the world number seven beat the romanian second seed, simona halep, in a thrilling match. she'll now take on venus williams for a place in the final, asjoe wilson reports. 0n centre court, a british woman in a wimbledon quarterfinal. never mind the rest of her career, johanna konta's progress here had taken her life to a different level. where every mood, every move is scrutinised.
johanna konta first played at wimbledon as a junior, represented australia. when her hungarian—born parents moved to britain, she followed. gained citizenship in 2012. really konta is not a product of one nation or a tennis system but a product of her own intense motivation. against her here, simona halep, a player ranked higher, capable of matching konta, almost nothing between them. just look at hawk—eye, a fraction off. but halep's point and halep's set. at crucial moments, konta was making more mistakes. sad, but true. still, adversity is just an opportunity for resilience, as they say on the hill. the second set went to another tie—break. boom and echo beneath the roof. deep breath, deep breath, now ex—hail. one set all. into the third, could konta break the halep serve?
here we go. 5—4 up. match point and the crowd on the brink. listen for a scream and watch the reaction. scream. halep distracted, while retaining focus is everything — you don't get the moment again. a0 years since you won, virginia, a0 years. konta says she's believed she could be a champion since she was nine years' old. well, she's close after this. regardless of whether it was going my way or not, i felt i really struck to my true self and tried to create as many opportunities as possible. i knew going into the match against simona, that she was really not going to give me a match for free. well perseverance was a thing today, off—court and on it and who sums it up better than venus williams, into another semifinal at 37 and konta's next opponent. history will always hang over british players here, but the future, the present is nothing to be scared of. smile and centre court
smiles with you. jo wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. an aristocrat, who wrote an online post, offering £5,000 for the businesswoman and campaigner, gina miller, to be run over, has been found guilty of two charges of menacing communications. rhodri colwyn philipps, the ath viscount st davids, wrote the message four days after gina miller won a brexit legal challenge against the government. philipps, who called his comments "satire", faces a custodial sentence. there have been fresh calls for drastic improvements in the care given to people with learning disabilities in england. more than 2,500 of them remain in secure units, that's despite government promises that they would close. in one year alone, 50% of all deaths of people with a learning disability were recorded as avoidable, compared to 23% for the general population. 0ur social affairs correspondent, alison holt, has the story.
the front room of the family home in essex, 3a—year—old ian shaw lies quietly comforted by having his parents at his side. but these are difficult times. ian can't speak for himself. he has learning disabilities, autism and epilepsy. he also has terminal cancer, which his parents say should have been spotted sooner. i was told there was no treatment because it had been there a long time. they couldn't treat it because it would be too much. it just wouldn't work. it's gone too far. the family asked us to tell ian's story because they believe it shows how the system still fails people with learning disabilities. as he grew up, ian's behaviour became challenging. when in pain, he'd throw things and bang his head scarring himself. in 2007, he was sent to the first of three secure units. it was meant to be short term.
because things became out of control, the secure units became involved. so once he was there, it felt like you couldn't get him back out? yeah, it was ongoing. it was from one to the other. this weighty family file tells the story of ian's life over the last decade. it shows his mum raising numerous concerns about levels of medication, which she believed were too high. there are records of ian being restrained as well as family letters fighting to get him moved to a supported home in the community. it took nine years, but ian left the last secure hospital in 2016. within months, testicular cancer was found. the family believes in the secure unit early signs were first missed then not investigated thoroughly. ian has been failed. bernadette adams provided the family support in meetings
with the authorities. jan has been saying for many months that ian was in pain or ian had infections and she was, you know, on many occasions, if not all occasions, just ignored. in a statement, the department for health says: it and nhs england also insist they are making progress in improving care and closing secure units. but not fast enough for sir steve bubb, author of two reports examining the problems. he's written to the prime minister calling for an independent commissioner to speak up for people like ian. it's scandalous and very sad the use of physical restraint, overmedication, secclusion and a serious neglect of health and social care needs.
it's all too typical and it has led me to believe that institutional care is, at root, abusive and we must close these institutions. sit up properly then. the government says it has no plans for an independent commissioner at the moment. have you had enough? ian's family want his legacy to be that in future others feel their voices are being heard. alison holt, bbc news, essex. the head of the bankjp morgan, one of the city's biggest employers, has told the bbc that brexit could easily mean thousands of his employees lose theirjobs in london. in an exclusive interview, jamie dimon said there was no question that europe had more cards at the negotiating table. his words come as the new french government makes a pitch for bankers to relocate to paris, after the uk leaves the eu, as our gusiness editor, simonjack, reports. wish you were here. the prime minister of france today rolled out his own red white and blue carpet to the uk's finance industry. do you have a message for london? a message from london?
come to paris! here in paris's financial district, there is a smell of blood in the water. there is a sense the uk's financial services industry has been wounded by brexit and paris has been the most aggressive capital of those trying to nibble away at london's dominant position in globalfinance. france is bending over backwards to attract an industry its former president once described as an enemy. loose employment laws and new international schools were all in the paris brochure. it is a list aimed squarely at international bankers like jamie diamond, chief executive ofjp morgan, who employed 16,000 people in the uk. he has warned thousands of those may go before brexit and today that could just be the beginning. we're at the negotiating table and sometimes the other person has more
cards. there's no question europe has more cards to play here. you once said a,000 jobs, you say that may well yet be true? yes, easily, yeah. even more? i'm hoping it's just a few hundred. again, we hope it's none. but yes, the negotiation will determine how many. back in london, giving evidence to the house of lords, david davis said the banks need for quick answers was being used for leverage by eu negotiators. enough american banks are saying oh, we'll go to paris. good luck to them. even frankfurt, even better luck to them. they encourage the other side therefore to hold back. there's no holding back the man of the moment, though. new president emmanuel macron has a gnaw preach thatis emmanuel macron has a gnaw preach that is —— has a gnaw preach that is resonating with businesses big —— has a new approach that is resonating with businesses. we know things like brexit or donald trump
are things like brexit or donald trump a re factors things like brexit or donald trump are factors into why they're looking to coming and work here. 0bviously there's a huge macron effect as well, with the new president. i think for once, we're starting to have a probusiness image. the french government is hoping that will make banks consider paris less a tourist attraction and more like a permanent home. simonjack, attraction and more like a permanent home. simon jack, bbc attraction and more like a permanent home. simonjack, bbc news, paris. tonight marks a month since the grenfell tower fire in which at least 80 people lost their lives. police believe 255 people managed to escape the building that night. one of them was antonio roncolato, who lived in a flat on the 10th floor. it had been his home for 27 years. he's been recounting the events of that night with our correspondent, jeremy cooke. a month on, the tributes are fading. the memories, though, are sharp, clear, fresh in the mind. i knew i could not get out of there. it was too dangerous. for those who survived, the events of a month ago are the stuff of nightmares.
antonio shared a flat in grenfell tower with his son, christopher, who came home late that night to find the building on fire. when my son called me around 1.30am, he told, "pappy, wake up, get dressed and get out of there because the tower is burning." the flames came down christopher's room, on the outside. i saw the flames really live. smoke was very thick, very horrible smell, obviously, burning, very warm. i said, there's no way i can go out there, no way. somebody has to come and rescue me. they need to ring 999... so many lives were lost that night. so many saved too. for the fire brigade, grenfell tower was an unprecedented challenge. antonio knew he was in mortal danger, but he could do nothing but wait for the firefighters. they banged on the door very strongly. they said, follow me and we'll tell you to do. they told me to grab on his jacket in the back. we went through so synchronised
with these two firemen, unbelievably, very, very fast. a lot of water coming down from above. a lot of debris, a lot of mud, water on the floor, really noisy. hundreds did escape the tower that night. some even filmed as they made it out, made it to safety. for antonio, a breath of sweet, fresh air. i was out, i say, oh, my god, i said thank you, thank you, thank you. i say thank you, right and left, up and down. then they escorted me out of the building. i had to walk a few steps to the ambulance. then i could see a glimpse of the tower burning. antonio escaped the chaos, still he mourns neighbours who didn't make it out. especially the children. two in particular, brother and sister, that are no longer with us. and i say, why? why them and not me? 0ne story of survival. there are many others of tragedy.
and still, so many questions about how all of this could have happened in our capital city one month ago. jeremy cook, bbc news, kensington. the ancient network of trade routes known as the silk road brought goods from china to the west. now china's president is resurrecting the route with a 7,500 mile railway — costing more than £1 trillion. but is it a win for all or a bid for strategic influence? in a series of special reports this week, our china editor, carrie gracie, is travelling the length of china's new rail route to the uk. tonight, she continues herjourney starting in western china. this is the face of the new silk road. behind the stage make—up, buhalima is a muslim from a farming family.
her people left behind by china's growth. here in xinjiang, the state fears radical islam. and ethnic unrest has kept many away. translation: tourists i met told me they heard xinjiang was unsafe, that they couldn't be sure to get out unharmed if they came here. some people did some bad things and it's affected all of us. china is trying to re—write the script. at this theatre, a grand narrative of ethnic unity and opportunities for all. there is a lot of ground to cover. the wealth gap between west china and the coast, a challenge as immense as the terrain.