this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: on a visit tojordan, the prime minister says she isn't afraid to call out the president when she believes he's made a mistake. i'm very clear that retweeting from britain first was the wrong thing to do. net migration into the uk falls sharply and it's mainly down to fewer people coming from the eu. six brits are reunited with their families after being held in india for more than four years. and on newsnight, whatever happened to the special relationship? we examine the future of diplomacy between britain and the united states after an extraordinary 2a hours of tweets and tiffs. good evening and welcome to bbc news.
theresa may says donald trump was wrong to share tweets from a british far—right organisation. despite them and his subsequent tweet about her effectively telling her to mind her own business, she insists the special relationship continues. but britain's ambassador to the us has visited the white house to raise concerns. the president's spokesperson has brushed off any criticism saying he is only expressing his concern about islamist extremism. more from our correspondent alex forsyth, who's been with the prime minister on her visit to jordan. this was a trip focused on building relationships around the world. but while theresa may was meeting kings and ministers injordan, a major diplomatic row was brewing elsewhere. president trump had been personally rebuked by downing street for sharing far—right videos online. his response to theresa may, on twitter, of course:
madame prime minister. her tour of the middle east suddenly required diplomacy of a different kind. the fact that we work together does not mean we are afraid to say when we think the united states have got it wrong and be very clear with them. i am very clear that retweeting from britain first was the wrong thing to do. he tweeted effectively telling you to stay out of his business. is that acceptable behaviour from a supposed ally? it is an enduring relationship that is there because it is in both our national interests. so, what of the much anticipated state visit by president trump? an invitation of a state visit has been extended and accepted. we've yet to set a date. thank you. in her speech, theresa may had
little choice but to respond to this tweet. it was aimed directly at her. this, another test of her leadership, how she maintains authority yet de—escalates a potential row with a friend. the us president, forging friendships of his own... you have been a great friend and we appreciate it very much... has so far shown little regret. you've taken over?! not for long! he shared videos posted by this woman, jayda fra nsen, the deputy leader of the anti—muslim group britain first. today, at the white house, donald trump's spokeswoman was asked if he'd known who she was at the time. no, i don't believe so, but again, i think he knew what the issues are and that is that we have a real threat of extreme violence and terrorism and not just in this country, but across the globe, particularly in europe and that was the point he was making. but in westminster, plenty disagree with president trump and question theresa may's approach.
she should never have invited him after a few weeks of being elected. every other american president has had to wait a feoryears. they had to settle down and we had to be sure about who it is we are inviting. it's very difficult to see how you can continue to rely on the goodwill of somebody who is fundamentally evil, racist, completely contrary to our own set of values. so, while the prime minister practiced diplomacy in the middle east, relations elsewhere were tested. theresa may once again under scrutiny, notjust at home but around the globe. alex forsyth, bbc news, jordan. net migration in the uk, the difference between the numbers of people arriving and leaving, has fallen sharply in the year after the brexit referendum. that's a drop of around a third compared to the previous year. and most of that drop is due to fewer people coming from the eu. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds looks at why the numbers
are going down. is this the start not of an exodus but of a brexodus? we're now getting some hard numbers. french business consultant cyrille viossat is planning to go. polish mathematician dominika czerniawska has already gone back to warsaw. london still is the best city of the european union, but once it's not in the european union it loses so much appeal that berlin, amsterdam, and for some people warsaw, are far more attractive. investment has dried up. certainly i see my clients... i work in financial services and my clients have started to move jobs, and of course because i'm a consultant to those clients, if the roles are elsewhere then the jobs will be elsewhere. they're among thousands who've spent the months since that night calculating their futures in a post—brexit europe. decisions which are reflected in today's figures. since the vote, 572,000 people have arrived to live in the uk, but 342,000 have left. the difference is that crucial
net migration figure. 230,000 more people living in the uk than a year ago. but following the brexit vote, that figure has fallen sharply by 106,000, the biggest fall since records began. many employers are deeply worried about the loss of potential workers, but not ken beswick, who runs a stationery firm in south wales. this has been a land of milk and honey. the people of great britain have suffered because of it for far too long, and so the drop to a quarter of a million we really welcome, but, after having said that, a quarter of a million extra people is like another city of people being added to the country and straining our resources. so some professional europeans in office jobs are now leaving. there has also been a fall in the number of people coming here looking for work. but a brexodus? well, it's still the case that
107,000 more europeans came to britain in the last year than left. the numbers today are quite dramatic, but you do have to put them in perspective. we're only back to levels of net migration that we saw in 2014, so it's not a massive historical anomaly, and the vast majority of eu citizens in the uk are not going anywhere. they've been here for a long time and emigration does not yet qualify as a brexodus at this point. some businesses, like hotels, depend on foreign workers. francesca came from italy after the brexit vote. as soon as i came here in london, i applied for a job and had the chance to start to work here and i think it's really amazing and not all the cities can give you this opportunity. as for the government, well, it wants to cut net migration by more than half again. tom symonds, bbc news. the care home market in the uk is not sustainable unless more money
is put into it. that's the conclusion of the competition and markets authority which says there is a £1 billion a yearfunding gap. and that care homes are being propped up by charging higher prices for people who fund themselves while local authorities fail to pay enough. would you like some popcorn? would you like a cookie? at the home of comfort in southsea in hampshire, they are settling down for an afternoon of old films. for more than 100 years, they have provided nursing care for older people, but that is no protection from the financial pressures outlined in today's report. gwen board is 90 and moved in a few months ago with the help of her daughters. the girls felt i couldn't cope on my own. and i bowed to the inevitable. she's self—funding, because she had her own home and some savings, but it also means she pays more than someone eligible for council care.
it doesn't seem fair that some people pay more than others for the same care. but, unfortunately, that's the way. that's the rules at the moment. as a charity, they don't have the same overheads as a commercial organisation. it helps them keep their fees down, but their administrator says there is still a big gap between actual costs and what councils pay. we are asking them for £725 week to provide nursing care and we don't get it. we get about £560. so the difference in those figures is quite astonishing, i think. so there is a cross subsidy happening from people paying for their own care, to people who are supposed to be publicly funded. today's competitions and markets authority report says on average a care home place in the uk costs self—funders £44,000 a year. that is about £12,000, or 40%, more than someone paid for by a council.
this year—long study by the competition and markets authority paints a picture of a system under huge financial pressure. and one which is often confusing and unfairfor people who need it at a stressful time in their lives. we think it's urgent, we think the system is not in a great place and we think the pressure is mounting because you have both an increase in demand because of demographic changes, but also we know that labour costs are responsible for a significant proportion of the cost and overall costs are increasing as well. as more people live longer, the cma warns investment in providing support for the future is essential and, without it, care homes will close. the government says it has put extra money into care and will publish a green paper on its funding in the summer. one of the so—called chennai six who was released from an indian prison on monday has spoken of his relief and delight at regaining his freedom after four years. nick dunn, a former soldier, was among six britons acquitted of weapons charges
by an indian court. he said his family would now have the best christmas ever. he's been speaking to our india correspondent sanjoy majumder. taking an innocent man's freedom away is the worst crime i believe that can be committed. former paratrooper nick dunn has just been released from an indian prison, one of six britons arrested four years ago and charged with smuggling weapons. you have got to do a proper investigation. you've got to know that person is guilty. this wasn't like that. it was, "we don't care — you're guilty." he's now traded his cramped, squalid prison cell for a plush hotel room. his sister, lisa, has come out to india to take him back home. and he just can't wait. it's going to be like four christmases that i've missed rolled in one. it's going to be the best christmas my family could ever wish. it's been a long, desperate wait
forjustice inside this chennai prison. nick and his mates were working as security guards on an american anti—piracy ship, seized off the indian coast. the police accused them of illegally carrying the weapons and ammunition board. on monday, an indian court threw out all the charges. i was out training, one of the guys shouted me over. i could hear it in his voice, it was excitement. and he went, "full acquittal". and i... ..stopped in my tracks and it was like someone just slapped me, because it was a shock, you know, and it was an amazing feeling. while they were in prison waiting to learn their fate, the men's families led a massive campaign back home to press for their release, petitioning the government, including the prime minister. they're delighted and the men
overcome with gratitude. knowing there are lovely people out there, lovely, amazing, supportive people, and i'll never be able to thank them as much as what i'm trying to do now. his nightmare finally over, it's now time to go home. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, chennai. now, have you been naughty or nice this year? it's not long till you find out if your christmas wish list has been fulfilled. father christmas has been given a royal push this year. and on a trip to finland, the duke of cambridge delivered prince george's christmas list. the four year old prince circled that he had been ‘nice' this year and hoped to receive a toy police car. the first snow of the winter arrived in yorkshire today,
blanketing the east coast and causing disruption on the roads. 11 schools were closed across north yorkshire as several inches of snow fell along the coast, over the north york moors, closing roads. police are urging drivers to take care on icy roads. this is the moment a cocker spaniel experienced snow for the first time. the dog named truffle had the time of his life when he was filmed by his owner discovering the simple joy of snow. he's even become a bit of an internet sensation, with his own twitter account. in norfolk, instead of sand on the gorleston beach, people along the coast of east anglia were greeted with snow. it was the first covering for about four years. this was scarborough beach, which was covered in show. but it didn't stop one man surfing on ice. now it's time for newsnight. this is a special relationship, the relationship between america
and britain and we are going to keep it that way. the special relationship is important. i'm grateful for the opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the special relationship. the special relationship will be stronger. as part of our relationship... and and this is not another only a special relationship, to me it is essential. that was then — this is now. where now for the special relationship? the fact that we work together does not mean that we're afraid to say when we think the united states have got it wrong and be very clear with them. and i'm very clear that re—tweeting from britain first was the wrong thing to do. after an extraordinary 24 hours of tweets and tiffs, we'll examine the future