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the battles over brexit laws begin as mp5 prepare to scrutinise the key piece of legislation that will the way for the uk's departure. they will begin pouring over the detail of the eu withdrawal bill this afternoon — nearly 500 amendments have been put forward. with the potential for a with the potentialfor a rebellion against the government. deeply loyal backbenchers, many ex—ministers, people of real standing and credibility, are so cross about this that they may well vote against their party's whip. we'll be live in westminster. also this lunchtime: theresa may makes her strongest attack to date on russia — accusing it of using technology and fake news to sow discord in the west. the earthquake in iran — the death toll rises to 530 — more than 8,000 are injured. rescuers have given up hope of finding more survivors. another rise in food prices last month, but inflation remains at 3% — a five—year high. what a moment for sir mo.
britain's most decorated athlete receives his knighthood from the queen. where does this rank in terms of your achievements? it's definitely way up there, close to my olympic medals, for sure. and heatbreak and disbelief in italy — for the first time in 60 years, the former champions won't be going to the world cup. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... a blow for wales. centre jonathan davies will miss the autumn internationals and the six nations with a foot injury. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. mps will begin their line by line scrutiny of the central piece of brexit legislation in the next few hours.
hundreds of amendments have been tabled by labour and conservative rebels. the eu withdrawal bill aims to bring all existing eu law into uk law. yesterday, the government announced that parliament would be given a vote on the final deal agreed with brussels, although mps were told that if they voted against the deal the uk would still leave the union. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. pages and pages long. this is the bill that will bring all eu law into uk law, ready for the day of departure, so there is no legal black hole when we leave. but several mps are worried about some of the detail in this bill. secretary david davis. yesterday, the government gave in and try to offer an olive branch to those concerned, promising a new act of parliament on the brexit a deal. parliament on the brexit a deal. parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinise and vote on the
final agreement we strike with the european union. this future act would put the withdrawal agreement between the uk and the eu into law onceit between the uk and the eu into law once it was negotiated, including things like citizen's rights, the financial settlement, and details of any transition period. the government says mps will be able to examine and vote on the deal when both sides to reach agreement. they have said they want to achieve a withdrawal agreement deal by october next year. that would give plenty of time for parliament to vote on and discuss this legislation and make sure that parliament has the final say on both the withdrawal agreement itself and of the implementation period. so, according to ministers, mps will have a crucial say. do you think this is a meaningless vote being offered? not all agree with the government. their critics say ta ke the government. their critics say take the deal or a week without one isn't a choice at all. not only does it not give mps the final say because they are being offered a false choice, but it could come very
late on the 23rd hour, which wouldn't give us time to do anything to stop it or ask the government to think again so it is completely meaningless. the government had helped by putting the final brexiteers into law, promising a vote, it would appease mps with concerns. it doesn't seem to have worked. in fact, now there is opposition to theresa may's plan to set the final brexit date into law, with some of her own mps threatening to vote against her. a lot of people, more than i would have imagined, who are deeply loyal backbenchers, many ex—ministers and people of real credibility, are so ci’oss people of real credibility, are so cross about this that they may well vote against their party's whip. so parliament is set to become something of a brexit battle ground. this is just the start of complex laws that must be passed. each one a test of the government's authority. let's speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. who is in westminster. this will be
a long and drawn—out process. theresa may has promised a final vote on any deal, but it doesn't look as if there will be enough to win over her critics. just before we came on air, a brexit supporting mp came on air, a brexit supporting mp came up to me and said, "let the hand to hand fighting begin." and it seems to be like that. we seem to be heading for a parliamentary extra mashed because if theresa may offers another vote to confirm the deal, her critics view it has a gun to the head because if they do not accept the deal we will leave anyway, but without any deal, which is their nightmare scenario. but huge pressure is now coming on mrs may's tory critics, who are being told, if you help to defeat mrs may over this bill, you will be doing jeremy corbyn‘s work. you may even pave the way for ajeremy
corbyn‘s work. you may even pave the way for a jeremy corbyn government because they defeat over brexit would be tantamount almost to a vote of no—confidence in the government. at the same time, ministers know there are about half a dozen, maybe more, labourmps, there are about half a dozen, maybe more, labour mps, who are willing to support the prime minister over this bill. so difficult days ahead. knife edge votes, late night debates. but privately, quietly, the brexiteers believe mrs may can get through this without significant defeat. norman smith in westminster. thank you. theresa may has made her strongest attack yet on russia, accusing it of using technology to undermine the international order. speaking at the lord mayor's banquet in london last night, the prime minister said state—run russian organisations were planting stories, meddling in elections and using fake news to undermine societies. it is seeking to weaponise information, deploying its state—run media organisations to plant fake stories and photoshopped
images in an attempt to sow discord in the west and undermine our institutions. so i have a very simple message for russia. we know what you are doing and you will not succeed. the prime minister speaking last night. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg is in moscow. and the response from moscow? well, they heard what she was saying, but they heard what she was saying, but they didn't like it. one russian senator dismissed these today as groundless allegations. another said that theresa may had made a fool of herself, so the message from moscow is clear. we don't care what you think, we are doing it. part of the reason the russians do not care about being criticised by the british government is that moscow views theresa may as a weak leader. this is a country which invented the phrase i related to describe margaret thatcher in the 1970s, but putin's russia does not see theresa
may as a iron lady. it views as a wea k may as a iron lady. it views as a weak prime minister and it is that wea kness weak prime minister and it is that weakness which dilutes the strong message was trying to get across in that speech. but there's another reason the russians don't care about being criticised. as bizarre as it may sound, i think they see a benefit in being criticised by countries psych chas —— such as britain because there will be an image created of russia as a besieged fortress to rally the people around the current president vladimir putin, which would get him re—elected in the coming vote. the death toll from sunday's powerful earthquake in iran has risen to 530, with more than 8,000 injured. officials have called off the rescue operation, saying it's unlikely that more survivors will be found. the iranian president hassan rouhani has visited the affected area. richard lister reports. the earthquake shook much of the middle east, but this is where it did most damage. hundreds of people in sarpol—e zahab lost their lives, tens
of thousands lost their homes. many of these buildings were built by the government as cheap housing after the war with iraq in the 1980s. the question some here are asking is why did so many collapse in an area long prone to earthquakes? visiting the town today, iran's president pledged that anyone who'd failed to follow proper building standards would be held accountable but, for now, he's focusing on the survivors. translation: we'll provide tents for those who need them, and give loans and grants to all those whose houses were damaged and are unsafe. we will give money to everyone who needs temporary accommodation. an estimated 70,000 people need emergency shelter. helicopters are bringing them supplies, while many roads are still blocked by landslides. the challenge is to keep these survivors healthy as the winter temperatures continue to fall. this is another challenge for
the authorities — the town's only hospital was so badly damaged it's unusable. more than 1,000 of the injured are being treated at hospitals around the region. they are far from home and many won't have houses to return to. across the border in iraq, hundreds were injured, but only a handful were killed. aid agencies there say they are ready to assist iran if needed. in case of any need from our iranian... brothers, we will definitely provide, across the border, the support they ask for. sarpol—e zahab had to be rebuilt after the war with iraq. now it will have to be rebuilt all over again. richard lister, bbc news. inflation remained unchanged last month at 3% — a five—year high — despite a rise in food prices. earlier this month, the bank
of england raised interest rates for the first time in a decade to try to deal with the threat of higher inflation. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. u pwa rd upward pressure on prices. this bristol—based manufacturer makes high—pressure safety bristol—based manufacturer makes hig h— pressure safety valves bristol—based manufacturer makes high—pressure safety valves used in everything from refrigeration to transport. the raw materials it uses that once passed through bristol's nearby docks have to be bought in foreign currencies, from the euro to the dollar. because of the weaker pound, you need more to buy the same amount of copper to make the valves. we have seen a 37% increase in raw material prices since january of last year. that is a really substantial issue for us. that is about, two thirds of that, is wea kness about, two thirds of that, is weakness of the pound and one third of that is caused by commodity price
changes, increases. the company can't risk passing on those higher costs to its customers, saw its profits being squeezed. meanwhile the workers face higher prices on the supermarket shelves. cost of living goes up, cost of things in shops, food etc. we do seem to stay at a certain level. your paying with the same money than in the past. spending more. 3% inflation might not seem too high, but then you see what is driving it, food and clothing. and low income households spend more of their money on those items, so they are hit harder in this new bout of inflation. the overall rate of inflation was 3.0%, slightly less than expected, but food and soft drinks rose by 4.1%, the fastest rise for four years. however, there are some signs that inflationary pressure is easing with the raw materials at more than 8% in
september, but less than 5% in october. the reason why inflation rose is principally down to the drop in the value after the eu referendum and we do not expect the pound to fall dramatically further, not to the same extent and what that means is that what probably close to the peak inflation as a result of that fall in the value of the pound. head teachers representing more than 5,000 schools across england have sent a joint letter to the chancellor, philip hammond, warning of inadequate funding. they say they are increasingly having to ask parents for donations. the government has already promised to move £1.3 billion of education funding into schools. but head teachers say they need another £1.7 billion of new money. evidence from a ‘so—called' loyalist
supergrass will be used against a man accused of murdering two catholic workmen 23 years ago. gary convie and eamon fox were shot dead as they sat eating lunch in a car at a building site in belfast city centre in may 1994. chris buckler reports. gary haggerty was a leader within the ulster volunteer force, a notorious loyalist paramilitary group, responsible for hundreds of murders during years when conflict and killings were only too common in northern ireland. haggerty was responsible for some of them. earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to more than 200 crimes, among them shootings and kidnappings, conspiracy to murder and directing terrorism. he was given five life sentences for the five murders he admitted. but those jail terms will be significantly reduced because haggerty has agreed to give evidence against a formerfriend, haggerty has agreed to give evidence against a former friend, james smith. the reported suspect will be prosecuted for the following offences. the murder of gary convie,
the murder of eamon fox. gary convie and eamon fox were shot dead simply because of their religion. they were catholic workmen, murdered in 1994 by the uvf, as they had lunch in their car. the case will be what is known as a supergrass trial a case where the word of an offender is key to the prosecution. there were a series of them here in belfast in the 1980s. however, the system collapsed because of concerns about the credibility of the evidence given by the so—called supergrasses. the law was changed a decade ago to begin safeguards for these kind of offenders. the evidence is not sufficient to prosecute killings by more than a dozen other people. our top story this lunchtime...
battles over brexit wars begin as mps prepare to scrutinise the key piece of legislation that will pave the way for the uk's departure. coming up... remembering paddington creator michael bond — the author who delighted generations of children coming up in sport... not bothered by the aussies —joe root says "bring it on" as he is singled out by australia ahead of the first ashes test. arise, sir mo. this morning the olympic champion went to buckingham palace and received his knighthood from the queen. he came to the uk from somalia as a young boy, and went on to become britain's most decorated athlete. this summer sir mo called time on his track career to concentrate on running marathons. he's described the knighthood as a dream come true. 0ur sports correspondent richard conway reports.
he is britain's most successful track athlete, and after a career that has brought four 0lympic golds and six world championship medals, today it was time to add yet another title... sirmohammed farah, for services to athletics. with the queen on hand to confer sir mo's knighthood. it is recognition for a career that has scaled the heights. sir mo is only the second athlete in modern 0lympic history to win both the five and 10,000 metre titles at successive games. this is definitely way up there. close to my 0lympics medals, for sure. to, you know, to come here to britain at the age of eight, not speaking a word of english, and to achieve what i have achieved over the years, and to be knighted, it'sjust, you know, there's no word really to describe. well, a moment like this in a sports star's career, with a visit to the palace and a shiny medal normally indicates the end of their career.
not so in this case. sir mo has plans for his future, albeit with a slightly different focus. she asked if i was retiring and i said no, i am she asked if i was retiring and i said no, iam going into the she asked if i was retiring and i said no, i am going into the roads. she said that as far too long. i said it is. she was like, you have been going for too long as well. something like that. she asked what i would like to do when i stopped running andi i would like to do when i stopped running and i said i would like to help the next generation of kids get involved. a switch to the roads and marathons now awaits, with the prospect he may compete for britain at the tokyo olympics in 2020. and having recently split from his controversial coach alberto salazar, who remains under investigation by us authorities, sir mo is also returning to live in london. it is a city that in 2012 bore witness to his ascent to the peak of world athletics, and that now celebrates a momentous career. richard conway, bbc news, buckingham palace. there's been a big rise in the number of people who've had bailiffs knocking at their door in england and wales,
according to a charity. the money advice trust says bailiffs were brought in by local authorities to collect debts more than two million times in a year — that's a rise of 14% over two years. the charity says it's deeply worrying. 0ur personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. it is upsetting, sometimes frightening. bailiffs have the power to seize certain possessions if you let them into your home, or if they find a way in. you're on my property. i'm not trespassing, i was sent here by the courts. daniel bostock in nottinghamshire filmed bailiffs trying to enforce parking fines he thought were unfair. have a nice day, chaps. i thought, i'm not paying this. i've got principles, i've not caused a hazard, i've not interrupted anybody‘s rights of access, i've not interrupted the flow of commerce, i've not caused a hazard. they usually make two visits, face—to—face visits, the bailiffs. and who are the top users?
not banks or credit card companies, but councils — up 10%. getting bailiffs to enforce council tax debts, that's the biggest one. up 27% giving bailiffs parking fines to deal with, and bailiffs retrieving overpaid housing benefit, that is up 20%. you can imagine a knock on the door from the bailiff, especially if you have small children, is distressing. we hear about sleepless nights. and it's adding to the cost of debts, because the bailiffs' fees are simply added on. we think councils should be trying more progressive ways of collecting debt, as other sectors are doing. it's an easy option for councils to send bailiffs to your door. the fees are £75 for the initial letter, that is added to your debt, then £235 for the visit and £110 for selling your possessions. but councils say elderly care has to be paid for, as well as services for vulnerable children and things like collecting rubbish.
they have a duty, they say, to raise the money they can. simon gompertz, bbc news. motorists should be forced to have their eyes tested every ten years, according to the association of optometrists. they say too many people who've been told their eyesight isn't good enough are still driving. their campaign is being backed by the family of natalie wade, who was killed by a partially sighted driver. ali fortescue reports. if she walked into a room, as the saying goes, she lit it up. she enjoyed every moment and was so looking forward to getting married. 28—year—old natalie wade died on her way to buy a wedding dress. she was hit by a 78—year—old driver with poor eyesight. there's always an empty chair, and christmas, birthdays, the day she would have been married, they are still very painful. the driver who killed natalie was blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other, but he died before being tried for dangerous driving.
but natalie is just one of 70 people who are killed or seriously injured in similar incidents involving bad eyesight last year. the legal standard for eyesight involves being able to read a number plate from 20 metres, but that's something that's only tested when you first take your test. at the moment, everyone needs to fill out a form like this every ten years to renew their driving license and that involves answering a question about their eyesight and if you're over the age of 70, you have to fill out a slightly more comprehensive form every three years, but it's still a question ofjust putting a tick in a box, there's no requirement to take an actual eye test. the mechanism of self reporting isn't always reliable. we know that vision can change gradually over time, so drivers might not be aware of a deterioration to their vision. the association of optometrists don't have a legal requirement to do anything if they're concerned about a patient‘s driving — it's down to the driver. more than one in three of their optometrists surveyed have seen a driver in the last month who continues to drive despite being told their vision
is below the legal standard. nine in ten of them believe the current sight tests are insufficient and they want to see a change in the law. what we're calling for is vision screening to be carried out the department for transport say that all drivers are required by law to make sure their eyesight is good enough to drive. they also say that if a driver experiences any changes to their eyesight or has a condition that could affect their driving they must notify the dvla and speak to an optician. ali fortescue, bbc news. it's time to dig out any old £10 notes, because from march first next year they will cease to be legal tender. the decision follows the introduction of the plastic replacement in september. the paper notes can still be spent ahead of the cut—off date, but after that must be exchanged at a bank. now have a look at this. it's the largest diamond of its kind ever to be sold publicly, and it goes under the hammer in geneva tonight. it was found in angola last year. it has taken ten months to cut it. it's 163 carats, and has no flaws.
and, not surprisingly, its expected to fetch an awful lot of money — around £22 million. italy is in a state of shock. for the first time in 60 years their national team will not be at football's world cup finals. last night they lost a play—off to sweden, who beat them 1—0 over two legs. 0ur sports correspondent 0lly foster reports onjoy for sweden but heartbreak for italy. despair and disbelief — generations of italian players have taken it for granted. every four years they go to the world cup. next summer will be strange. spaghetti without the bolognese. the headlines in italy today described the team's demise as an apocalypse, a disaster. a national shame, the fans last night had already come to that conclusion. translation: what can i say? we were pathetic, we were terrible. italy not qualifying for the world cup is
an embarrassment, an embarrassment. translation: they really played so badly, i've come miles to see this match and they lost against sweden. thanks a bunch! they finished second behind spain in their qualifying group. italy had these two play—off matches against sweden to make it to russia, even after their one—nil defeat in stockholm last week in the first week they were favourites to progress in milan. it was a desperate call this night for the italians. —— a desperate, goalless night. their manager, john pierre adventurer, has two years left on his contract and is not expected to see at the week. translation: i have to apologise for this result, certainly not because of the commitment, the will of the players, but because of the result, that is the main thing, i know it. 0nly brazil have won the world cup more times than italy, the azurri lifted their fourth trophy in 2006, a member of that team, buffon, won his 175th cap last night.
it was his last. he described his 20 years of service as a beautiful journey. sweden's journey continues to their first world cup since the year italy last won it. an historic night for them when they crashed what was supposed to be an italian party. 0lly foster, bbc news. a memorial service has been held at st paul's cathedral this morning for michael bond, the man who created paddington bear. hugh bonneville — who stars in the paddington films — was among the hundreds of guests at the service. michael bond, who wrote more than 200 books, died injune. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito is at st paul's. michael bond first started writing when he was in the army in the 19405. 13 when he was in the army in the 1940s. 13 years after that, one evening, looking for inspiration, he
looked to a shelf and saw a forlorn little bear he had bought one christmas eve. 60 years after that evening, st paul's cathedral has celebrated the life of the creator of paddington bear. dear friends, we dearfriends, we are dear friends, we are gathered here in this cathedral church to give thanks to god for the life and work of michael bond. so let us give thanks for a bear called paddington, who fitted our world is perfectly, because he was different. generations have grown up with michael bond's characters, and today some of his most devoted readers we re some of his most devoted readers were here for the memorial service. amongst the reading is one, of course, from... a bear called paddington, read by his granddaughter, robin. paddington removed his hat and laid it carefully on the table.
michael himself was a gentle, kind, polite, friendly man. not allowed, not boisterous, not like most of us. he was a really decent soul, a lova ble he was a really decent soul, a lovable man in the way that paddington is a lovable, polite bear and raises his hat. it is more than a memorial, it is a celebration of bodies. the values of a friendly, polite young bear from darkest peru. —— it is a celebration of values. would you excuse a moment? and from paddington's latest on—screen adventures, a reading of tributes by another admirer of the little bear, hugh bonneville. i love paddington bear as much today asi i love paddington bear as much today as i did asa i love paddington bear as much today as i did as a child in the 70s. we can all identify with him, we have been a stranger in a strange place trying to fit in, in a new school, a new town, a new country. 0ver
school, a new town, a new country. over and above that, his spirit of adventure, his optimism, resetting the doughty positive when things go wrong, and they always do, i think there is a great characteristic for us there is a great characteristic for us to latch onto. a memorial and a celebration of both the writer and a polite and thoroughly decent little bear from darkest peru. among the tributes today, one caught my eye. it was from a woman who was a student in france and when she first arrived there, she said, not knowing anyone, i found first arrived there, she said, not knowing anyone, ifound myself sitting on the pavement with my suitcase, feeling very sorry for myself. but then thought, paddington managed it, so shall i. sophie. david, thank you. time for a look at the weather. here's phil avery. i know what it is like not to have many fronts, as a weather forecaster of many years standing.
aaah, all together now! generally speaking there is a lot of cloud across the british isles, much of its height, some otherjust about thinking of two bridges the odd bit abuse of rain. you get the odd sense that there will be break this to the eastern side of the pennines, parts of scotla nd eastern side of the pennines, parts of scotland doing well. the only other thing you need to note is the afternoon is not cold, double—figure temperatures rule the roost. not a great deal changes over the evening and into the night. you might pick up and into the night. you might pick up more rain than through the day that it will not ever amount to very much at all, not a cold night either, eight to about 11, 12 of 13. my either, eight to about 11, 12 of 13. my real concern about the night is there could be some holes in that cloud, and as a consequence in dense fog patches. the word patches is the really relevant one. just because you step out first thing, if you are travelling a distance you might move into one of those areas that