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today at five: after the sacking of damian green, some conservative mps demand action against former police officers for the way they handled the case. the former first secretary of state was accused of making misleading statements about pornography found on his office computer nine years ago, now the police handling will be investigated. i share the concerns that have been raised across the political spectrum about comments that were made by a former police officer and i expect that issue to be properly investigated. we'll have the latest on the repercussions from mr green's departure, he was one of theresa may's closest colleagues in government. the other main stories on bbc news at five: lawyers for the british—iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's injail in iran, say she's eligible for early release. we'll be speaking to her husband. police in australia have arrested a man who they say deliberately drove into pedestrians in melbourne, injuring at least 19 people. toys r us has avoided collapse after creditors backed a rescue plan
for the troubled retailer. birmingham. cheering and, birmingham is confirmed as host city of the 2022 commonwealth games. it will be the most expensive sports event in britain since london 2012. it's 5.00pm. our main story is that the forced resignation of damian green, one of theresa may's closest allies in government, has prompted a furious response among a number of conservative mps. they have renewed their condemnation of former police officers who revealed that pornography had been found on damian green's parliamentary computer,
nine years ago, before be became a minister. scotland yard says it has asked the information commissioner to investigate the retired officers and whether data protection laws have been broken. that decision has been welcomed by theresa may, who's on a visit to poland. our political correspondent, ben wright, reports. sacked from the cabinet and out the door. the third senior minister to leave theresa may's team in less than two months. reporter: why did you lie to the the public, mr green? this morning, damian green wasn't keen to talk, but former cabinet colleagues did, accepting mrs may had no choice but to fire, with a heavy heart, her de facto deputy and long time friend. he lied on a particular incident, yes. i think lots of people who understand the context would appreciate why that might have happened, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable. i think what this shows is that in our democracy
we hold cabinet ministers to the very highest standards of conduct. it all stems back to this police raid on mr green's parliamentary office, nine years ago. officers said legal pornography was found on computers. damian green has always denied it was his but, as recently as last month, insisted he'd not been told about it. that wasn't true. he's now admitted the police talked to his lawyers about it in 2008 and the police raised it with him in 2013. in his resignation letter mr green said: "i apologise, my statements were misleading on this point" and it's that breach of the ministerial code that cost him his job. damian green was judged to have broken the ministerial code and he had to pay the price for that, which was the prime minister, quite rightly, not letting a life long friendship with him interfer with calling for the right thing, which was for him to resign. the allegations about pornography were publicly aired by a former assistant commissioner of the met police, bob quick, and a number of tory mps are angry at the way former police officers have behaved. i think they should be investigated for misconduct in public office,
that's a criminal offence. i think what they've done is completely wrong, it undermines trust in the police. how can any of us trust giving information to the police if senior officers leak in this way. the cabinet office investigation also examined claims from this tory activist about inappropriate behaviour by damian green. her account was said to be "plausible", but there was no clear conclusion about what happened. mr green apologised for making her feel uncomfortable, but denied any wrongdoing. his resignation and a consequence for an action sends a very, very clear message to young men and women, who work in and around politics, to feel that if they do come forward there is a chance there will be consequences. damian green's departure is certainly a personal loss for the prime minister. he was a quietly powerful member of the government, an adviser and friend to theresa may, but all tory mps seem to accept that he had to go and the political damage feels limited.
this morning theresa may arrived in poland, having survived a turbulent, difficult political year. but her readiness to dismiss one of her closest allies shows some steel and a determination to carry on. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. the prime minister made that official visit to poland today. she wags official visit to poland today. she wags asked about this issue about the forced resignation of her close colleague damian green. let's listen to what she had to say. more recently of course, as issues have arisen within the uk parliament, i brought together leaders of all the parties to ensure that within parliament people would feel that it was a workplace where they had no cause for concern and would be able to raise any concerns that they did have,
be they of sexual harassment or of other concerns, for example, of bullying. work is being done by the leader of the house of commons and the leader of the house of lords, together with all the parties and with staff representatives, to ensure that we have a proper grievance procedure in the house of commons. your second question was about whether the police had questions to answer? now, there are two issues that that may be addressing. i suspect you may be referring to the question of the attitude of the police in the case of damian green and, as i said in my letter to damian yesterday, i share the concerns that have been raised across the political spectrum about comments that were made by a former police officer and i expect that issue to be properly investigated, to be taken seriously and to be properly looked at. joining me now is our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw. we had the forced resignation last
night. we had the exchange of letters. there were telling sentences in those letters. are we saying the questions that people we re saying the questions that people were asking about mr green's conduct and response, are those questions now resolved? and response, are those questions now resolved ? i and response, are those questions now resolved? i don't think so in terms of the pornography. damian green acknowledged his solicitors we re green acknowledged his solicitors were told pornography was found on his work computer in 2008 and he was personally told in 20134. that raises the question, what did he do in he said he didn't download it or true it. in that case someone else put it on his computer. did he raise that potential security breach with the parliamentary authorities in 2008 or 2013? did he tell david cameron when he was appointed to the government and when he became the policing minister, did he raise it with theresa may, who was then the home secretary. there are important questions there for damian green to answer. the prime minister said that the information commissioner will look at the conle duct of two
retired officers in response to this and of course we have had quite a few angry responses from conservative mps today. if we think about that investigation, what are theissues about that investigation, what are the issues raised there? the issues are about breaching confidentiality. when police officers conduct an investigation they are meant to keep confidential any matter that isn't related to the criminal inquiry com pletely related to the criminal inquiry completely to themselves. they are not meant to disclose it in any shape orform. not meant to disclose it in any shape or form. the not meant to disclose it in any shape orform. the issue is what happens when you leave the police service? you can't be disciplined for misconduct because you have left the police. is there a law that has been broken? the metropolitan police seem to think that the most likely offence comes under the data protection act. there is an inbuilt defence under that of acting in the personal interest. these officers could say what they have done is in the public interest. it will be interesting to see if the information commissioner perseus it, investigates it and if it results in criminal charges. thank you very much. danny shaw our home affairs
correspondent with the latest on the developments in this story today. it's also been announced tonight that the prime minister has decided to draw a line under the allegations of sexual misconduct against mark garnier mp. a statement from number ten said that the cabinet office had conducted an investigation into mr garnier‘s behaviour as a minister and decided that there was no evidence to suggest that he had breached the expected standards of behaviour. 0ur political correspondent, leila nathoo, is at westminster. tell us more? this investigation has been going on almost two months into mark garner. it fold claims made by his then secretary, two separate incidents in 2010 about inappropriate comments to
her and asked her to buy sex toys. he said the two incidents were taken out of context. he said they had been friends at the time. he had apologised at the time. there was a cabinet office investigation begun into his behaviour, as you say, to determine whether he had broken the ministerial code. tonight we have just received the results of that investigation which found that since 2016, since he became a minister, he had not broken the ministerial code. regarding the behaviour going back to 2010, before he was in government, the fact he apologised and had no intention to cause distress was enough for the prime minister to decide to draw a line underneath this issue. you heard theresa may earlier talking about the fact she convened party leaders create some sort of proper grievance procedure for people working in parliament. she will hope that reassures staff here in westminster and the fact that if claims are made against members of the government
that they will be investigated properly. thank you very much. if there is any more we will be back to you right away. in australia, two men have been arrested after a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of pedestrians in a busy street in melbourne. 14 people were injured, several of them critically. police say the driver was a 32—year—old australian citizen of afghan origin with a history of mental health issues and drug use. a second man, who was arrested nearby, was said to be filming the incident and was carrying a bag containing knives. but police say at this stage, in their view, there's no evidence of a terror link. 0ur correspondent, hywel griffith, sent this report. pinned to the ground, a man arrested by the policejust a few meters from the 4x4 vehicle used to mow down pedestrians. around them, paramedics rushed to help the injured pedestrians left lying in the street.
minutes earlier, the city centre was packed with commuters and christmas shoppers. the car drove towards them at speed, leaving some in a critical condition. the police say the driver was a 32—year—old australian of afghan descent with a history of mental health problems. at this time we don't have any evidence or intelligence to indicate a connection with terrorism. having said that, however, we continue to support this investigation with our counter terrorism command to ensure that there isn't that connection and that there is no ongoing threat. eyewitnesses were left in shock. 0ne business owner watched events unfold in front of him. he just ploughed into them without stopping. all you could hear was people hitting the front bumper and the windscreen and people screaming, and the only reason i think he slowed down was because of the sheer volume of people he'd hit.
special security measures to prevent vehicle attacks have been introduced in melbourne after a similar incident in january, but nothing was able to stop the 4x4 bringing chaos to the city once again. we have seen a horrific act, an evil act, an act of cowardice perpetrated against innocent bystanders. we are all caught up in this. we are all deeply sad and deeply wounded. police are still questioning the driver and a second man arrested at the scene. they've stressed they believe this was a one—off incident, but melbourne remains a city on high alert. hywel griffiths, bbc news. the troubled retailer toys r us has avoided administration after the pension protection fund said it will back a restructing plan. a meeting of creditors approved the plan with more than 98% in favour.
the deal could save more than 3,000 jobs in the uk. our business correspondent, simon gompertz, at a toys r us in south london. we have spoken quite a few times in recent days. what is your assessment of the state of the company given what has happened today?m of the state of the company given what has happened today? it seems toys r us has averted the danger of having to call in administrators and then potentially close down all its 105 outlets. what happened today has also vindicated the policy of the pension protection fund. that looks after the pension schemes of stricken companies like, this of playing hardball, stricken companies like, this of playing hard ball, of stricken companies like, this of playing hardball, of insisting of getting extra contribution to try and shore up the pension scheme. two things have happened today. the first is, intense negotiations, toys rus first is, intense negotiations, toys r us has reached a deal with the pension protection fund them will pay more than £9 million over the
next three years to help the pension scheme. they could go forward and put their rescue deal, their plan for the future, to creditors who passedit for the future, to creditors who passed it with a vote of 98% in favour. it's not all good news for the thousands of people who work for toys r us. the rescue plan involves closing down 26 of the stores. this is one of them on the old kent road in south london. that will happen in spring next year and probably 500 to 800 jobs may go at that point. from the customers' point of view, it's business as usual. it's been busy today in advance of christmas. lots of discounts here. toys r us is saying all the normal policies like gift cards and being able to return items they remain valid for the moment. they are saying to customers, it's now safe to shop at toys r us. simon, thank you very much for the update. simon gompertz
there, our business correspondent at that toys r us store in south london. this is bbc news at five, the headlines: theresa may says there must be a proper investigation into former police officers who revealed that pornography was found on damian green's parliamentary computers in 2008. lawyers for the british—iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who's injail in iran, say she's eligible for early release. police in australia have arrested a man who they say deliberately drove into pedestrians in melbourne, injuring at least 19 people. in sport... manchester united and manchester city will face no action (00v) over the tunnel incident after last week's derby. united bossjose mourinho had water and milk thrown at him and city coach mikel arteta suffered a cut head during a post—match altercation. manchester united legend ryan giggs says he's not in the running to take over at bottom of the table swansea. paul clement was sacked yesterday.
the city of birmingham has been praised for its dynamism and diversity after being awarded the 2022 commowealth games — they were the only bidder. more on those stories in the next 15 minutes. breaking news from the un general assembly. an important vote, which took place there. centred on the very controversial decision taken by president trump to announce that, for the united states, jerusalem would become the capital of israel. well, the vote in the general assembly has gone against the united states in effect. i'm looking at the key votes here. 128 countries voting in favour of the un call for the us to withdraw decision to recognise
jerusalem as the israeli capital. this is despite, i have to say, quite a few threats really from the trump administration to cut aid maybe to some countries if they voted in a certain way. turkey, one of the countries i noticed earlier, complaining about bullying behaviour by the trump administration. an interesting vote. it's not binding, asi interesting vote. it's not binding, as i understand it, but it's certainly a very big rap on the knuckles for the trump administration. 128 countries voting in favourfor this call administration. 128 countries voting in favour for this call for the us to withdraw that controversial decision to name jerusalem to withdraw that controversial decision to namejerusalem as the israeli capital. nine voting against and some abstentions. if there is more reaction i will bring it straightaway. it's a significant vote there in the un in the past few minutes. the husband of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british—iranian woman who's injail in iran accused of spying,
says she's been listed by the authorities there as "eligible for early release." richard ratcliffe described this as a "positive sign." mrs zaghari—ratcliffe's family and the british government insist she was on holiday when she was arrested last year and the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, flew to tehran a fortnight ago to push for her release on humanitarian grounds. a potentially significant development today. richard ratcliffe is with me now. thank you for coming in. good to have you with us. thank you, huw. how significant could this be, in your view? hard to know exactly how significant. definitely a positive step. if you go back a few weeks, nazanin was facing two court sayses. she had an an open court. the foreign secretary went to require irran that second court case was closed down. formally on the system she's elible to be released at any point. what her lawyer said to her
excitedly yesterday, he went to prison to tell her. there is paperwork to finalise, it could take a couple of weeks, it might only ta ke a couple of weeks, it might only take a couple of weeks. don't count your chickens... no we are take a couple of weeks. don't count your chickens... we are hoping for a happier christmas. an amazing development really, isn't it, after what you have been through? what happened in the interim. is it due to boris johnson's happened in the interim. is it due to borisjohnson's visit, what happened to bring us to this point? since the foreign secretary visited we had all sort of things happening. we had positive steps. the foreign ministry fold up on the case with the judiciary. the foreign ministry fold up on the case with thejudiciary. the foreign minister met with their chief prosecutor on saturday. then the chief prosecutor's deputy came to the prison to meet nazanin on wednesday as well. the micro level of her treatment shech has been getting extra phone calls to me and the way in which her treatment. it has changed. there has been a backlash.
we have had various hardline media talking about this and who are the brits, who is the foreign secretary? we have had on friday prayers the last friday prayers, the prayer leader a strident criticism of the foreign secretary and of nazanin, called her a "dirty spy who cold out her country." if we had this conversation yesterday i was pretty low. hopefully friday prayers won't bring any more bad news. you are trying to contain your excitement it's been a volatile situation to be m, it's been a volatile situation to be in, to say the least. for her, what does she feel today? volatile is exactly right. it is up—and—down for her. i try to be level headed. sometimes i am, sometimes not so much. her pretty much so, she is it
with aing to see what happens. she was low earlier in the week. the lawyer said she was happy. i will speak to her on saturday. no phone calls today or tomorrow. when will the next step might be? maybe not release, when will be the next step to give a clearer indication of how it's going? it's when rather than if now. but, yeah, what he said was there is paperwork to finish off. who knows how many papers and how much work. having paperwork is very different — much work. having paperwork is very different - to having a court case. for sure. exactly. some thoughts on... there has been controversy about the way the government has handled this. you made your views about this in the past. today, if all goes well, this is the development everyone has been waiting for, what would be your perspective on how things have transpired over the last month or so? wait to see until she's home and look at what the lessons are. my
complaints were that her case is too low a profile. now it's a high—profile one. the foreign office was weary about that. i said i think it would help. i think it's helping. neither of us are rightjust yet. she is behind bars. we will see afterwards. there is probably a need to look at — we have had bad and good teams times. hopefully we are close to the end. has the lawyer explained, not to get into too many technicalities, what is the legal process by which her category has changed? how process by which her category has changed ? how would process by which her category has changed? how would that be justified? he put in an application about six weeks ago saying, she should be elible for early release. there was a second court case. we had one problem that might be solved. that second court case has gone away. that application has been processed and moved forward. he is sitting there saying, i've done my job, it's helped. it looks like it's working out. fair play to him, he could be right. 2018, fingers
crossed, a lovely image there. 2018 might be the year? a new start. very early 2018? i will even take late 2017. great to talk to you, richard. we will keep our fingers crossed. let us hope that is working out as eve ryo ne let us hope that is working out as everyone hopes. the city of birmingham has been confirmed as the host city of the 2022 commonwealth games. glasgow was the last british city to host the games in 2014. that was a great event. birmingham beat liverpool in the bidding process. the games are expected to cost £750 million, the most expensive sports event in britain since the london olympics. 0ur correspondent, phil mackie, reports from birmingham. it hardly came as a surprise but, in the end, birmingham was the only bidder.
but there was genuine joy when the announcement was made. it's my great pleasure to announce that the host of the 2022 commonwealth games will be... birmingham. cheering. the bid focused on the second city's population, which is the youngest in europe. it also looked at its diversity. there are people here who can trace their heritage to all of the commonwealth nations. most of the venues already exist and simply need an upgrade. the benefits to the city are huge. not only is this the opportunity to re—position the city of birmingham nationally and internationally, but the economic benefit, it'll generate over half a billion gross for the city of birmingham and over £1 billion for the uk as a whole. so this is a fantastic opportunity. a wonderful christmas present for the city of birmingham. it's all about the legacy, notjust the stadia and the infrastructure. these teenagers could be participants in 2022. it's great. i thought it would be a great opportunity for me to aim for to get to the 2022 commonwealth games. i'd love to be a part of it with my team england and ijust think it's a great opportunity for me as a person to aim
for something in my hometown. there are already fantastic facilities here in birmingham, like the high—performance centre here at the alexander stadium. but there are also concerns that the amount of money it will cost to stage the games at a time of austerity could leave the wrong kind of legacy. well, opinion is very mixed about it. some people are very excited about the event coming, it's good news for birmingham. others are very concerned about the effect both on council services, which are not at a great standard at the moment, and then they are also concerned about the disruption in the local community and whether we'll end up worse off or better off as a result of it. despite concerns over costs, birmingham desperately fought to win the bid, and today is about celebrations. these are the athletes of the future and today, when i announced that up there, these 11 and 12—year—olds, any of one them could either be a competitor. there will be a few spectators, you know. i doubt if any of them will be officiating, but they could be volunteers
because 16 is the volunteering age in the commonwealth games. so the world is their oyster here, yes — fantastic. the second city often feels overlooked and disparaged, showing itself off in 2022 is now its goal. phil mackie, bbc news, birmingham. with me is tonyjarrett, former 110m hurdler, who won his first ever gold medal at the 1998 commonwealth games in kuala lumpur. i'm alsojoined in birmingham by the olympic gold medallist, mark lewis francis, he of course won both silver and gold at the commonwealth games in delhi in 2010. mark thank you for coming in. thanks for having me. what do you make of it, tony? great news. they will put ona it, tony? great news. they will put on a great show. we have done it in london, did it in glasgow, we will it in manchester. manchester is a good city. i'm thinking, what does it mean for a city like birmingham
to be hosting this? what kind of impact will it have? it will have a great impact. they are great talents in birmingham. this commonwealth game will help young talented athletes and bring jobs to help that city. it will be a great show. mark, what do you make of it? over the moon. gutted i retired too early. i think it's great news for birmingham. the youngsters that are going to be working towards 2022 should start getting excited. i competed in manchester in 2002, it was amazing. that is a good point. i'm thinking, what kind of work needs to be going in right now, given you have a bit of a run up, to get more young people involved in sport. all the talk around london 2012 what legacy there would be for people taking part in sport, at all kinds of levels. what could
birmingham offer, do you think? birmingham, we've got amazing stadiums and amazing facilities in birmingham, we are not using them enough. now we know we will have the commonwealth games in 2022 we will be in schools finding the next best tale nt be in schools finding the next best talent and working with kids financially struggling to get to training so they can fulfil their dream. the legacy will live on for years and years. one of the most important things about these events, given the level of investment going in there, is that it really does have an impact on lots of young people who may not otherwise might get engaged in sport in such a big way. birmingham could offer a massive opportunity for them ? absolutely. like mark said, you get young kids involved. i think in london 2012 a lot of young kids got involved. i coach myself. i see a lot of young kids getting involved. it will be great in birmingham, help the community and help the schools to get the young talents out. mark
is one of the greatest talents that came out of london. definitely he is going to be a role model. some people out there may well say, £750 million, reasonably, that's a lot of money which could be spent elsewhere. what would you say to them? you know, will have one of the biggest sporting events birmingham has seen. in my lifetime of being an athlete i never competed in my hometown. i think you have to invest to get back out. i think the kids will definitely benefit, not just the kids, the adults as well. i think it will do birmingham amazing. it's an up—and—coming city, as we know. buildings are popping up left right and centre. the commonwealth games is the icing on the cake. the difference in platform that the commonwealth games offers as opposed to the olympic games. am what is it thatis to the olympic games. am what is it that is special about the commonwealth games for you? for me it was experience because before my
very first olympic games i went to a commonwealth games it prepared me for the big venues, the different nations underneath the one roof. being mentally turned on to compete at the highest level. i think the commonwealth games is amazing. it will not be easy. will you have countries like jamaica, trinidad, canada. it's going to be a great event for birmingham. same point to you. we saw the announcement today greeted enthusiastically. commonwealth games, the kind of platform that the games provide, how would you describe it? amazing. my first commonwealth games was in new zealand. what i loved, they used to call it the friendly games, countries you wouldn't see in an olympic games or world championships. nice to see them coming out and competing. they don't have the standard to make it on the world stage.
you can't put a finger on it. atmosphere is amazing. birmingham will happen. i was in dele and glasgow, fantastic atmospheres. three quarters of a billion at a time when there is pressure on public services and people might make that point reasonably, what would your answer be to that? mark said, when you are having a great games coming to your city there will be consequences to it. you have to understand what else it's bringing into it. you will bring out talent and jobs. you have to look at it in that sense. understand it's notjust about after 2022 it's onwards. stars will come from birmingham. with those facilities being built. it's a great city. i had good dreams in birmingham. myfist great city. i had good dreams in birmingham. my fist european juniors i won birmingham. my fist european juniors iwon in birmingham. my fist european juniors i won in birmingham. great stadium and great atmosphere. i'm looking forward to it. why did birmingham have the edge over the other
bidders, do you think? yellow i think we put in a good campaign. we wanted it to be in birmingham. ithink campaign. we wanted it to be in birmingham. i think it is about time birmingham. i think it is about time birmingham shows the world what we are about. like tony said, there's a lot of people that are not from birmingham that had great experiences from competing in birmingham, so for me personally, i think it's time to put ourselves on the map as brummies. would point to end on. thank you for coming in. hgppy end on. thank you for coming in. happy christmas to you both. great to have both of them with us. just to have both of them with us. just to talk about a bit of good news for birmingham today. official photographs to mark the engagement of prince harry and meghan markle have been released today by kensington palace. the two pictures were taken by fashion photographer alexi lubomirski earlier this week at frogmore house, windsor. the couple, who'll be spending
christmas with the queen at sandringham, will marry at st george's chapel in windsor castle on the 19th may next year. so those nice images being published by kensington palace today. let's go straight to sarah for the weather. the sun has set now on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. it has been quite mild, and that theme stays with us for the next few days. a lot of drizzly rain from many parts of the country, particularly wales and south—west england. further east, some clearer spells. tomorrow, we keep all that cloud around. the rain in the west gradually eases, but a lot of hill fog and drizzle as well. it will be mild once again, around nine to 12 degrees. saturday, a dry, cloudy day
for many. some more persistent rain sta rts for many. some more persistent rain starts to move into western scotland, and that will be ongoing on christmas eve and christmas day. dry elsewhere and mild too. staying largely mild, cloudy and breezy, but we could have some significant rain and perhaps some localised flooding across parts of scotland. this is bbc news — the headlines. theresa may says there must be a proper investigation into former police officers who revealed that pornography was found on damian green's parliamentary computers in 2008. mrgreen mr green was mrgreen was in mr green was in effect sacked from the government after he admitted making misleading statements on the matter. i share the concerns that have been raised across the political spectrum about comments that were made by a former police officer and i expect that issue to be properly investigated.
the international trade minister mark garnier is to continue in post after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour found he did allegations of inappropriate behaviourfound he did not break allegations of inappropriate behaviour found he did not break the ministerial code. the husband of the british iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, says she has been listed by the authorities of their as being eligible for early release. the united nations general assembly has voted in favour of a resolution effectively calling on the us to withdraw its decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. police in australia are investigating why a man deliberately drove a car into a crowd of pedestrians in melbourne, injuring 19 people, four seriously. now, a round—up of all the sport. the football assocation will take no action over the manchester derby altercation between united and city outside the old trafford dressing rooms. city won the match,
but in the aftermath, jose mourinho was said to take exception to their excessive celebrations. milk and water was thrown at the manchester united maanger. city coach mikel arteta suffered a cut to his head. mourinho subsequently questioned city's behaviour and education. the fa asked both clubs for their observations over the incident and have decided that no punishment is required. burnley‘s james tarkowski is going to get an unwanted break over christmas. he's accepted a charge of violent conduct by the fa and is suspedned for the next three matches. video evidence was used after officials failed to see him elbow brighton's glenn murray off the ball during their goalless draw last weekend. the defender will miss the games against spurs, manchester united and huddersfield but will be back to face liverpool on new year's day. the burnley manager had criticised his player after the game but now sean dyche says some blame should be attached to murray. the reason why we are a bit
surprised is you can clearly see glenn murray grabbed his hand. that hand now has five pins in it and a metal plate, so i would suggest that an action causes a reaction. we put that to the panel, but they decided that to the panel, but they decided that shouldn't be reduced. that opens up what i think has got to be looked at, because that incident cannot be deemed as something we saw, and a three—game ban. that has to be changed because i think that isa to be changed because i think that is a reaction to an action. ryan giggs was one of the favourites to take over at swansea but he's ruled himself out a day after paul clement was sacked. the manchester united legend was assistant at old trafford under louis van gaal and had a brief caretaker role after david moyes' departure. he was considered for the swansea role last year but the job england's cricketers are looking how
to jeevan sells england's cricketers are looking how tojeevan sells up in the matches against australia, the ashes having already gone. it is disappointing that we don't have anything to play for as a team in terms of the ashes. we have lost 3—0. we are 3—0 up already. but with the pride in the team, we will want to make this 3—2. we wa nt team, we will want to make this 3—2. we want to make sure we can play and perform here. the wbo world middleweight champion billyjoe saunders has held a news conference after his superb unanimous points victory over canada's david lemieux on saturday. and the briton, undefeated in 26 bouts, has targeted super fights with gennady golovkin or saul alvarez — or both! - in 2018. if it was about the money now, what i would do is go and defend against some mums over the next year and
pick upa some mums over the next year and pick up a few million. it's not about that. it's about me now, while i'm in my prime, to test myself. i know i can beat some fighters co mforta ble. know i can beat some fighters comfortable. i know my own heart and what i've got inside. if i do bring out what i've got inside, i think it will be very, very special, and it will be very, very special, and it will be very, very special, and it will be the highlight of my life if ican do will be the highlight of my life if i can do that. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport, and we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30. homelessness is not just a complex problem, it can also be a hidden one. a bbc poll has found that one in ten young people across the uk has spent at least a month so—called "sofa surfing" — staying with friends — because they've nowhere else to go. 1,000 people aged between 16 and 25 were questioned for the survey. two—fifths said there had been at least one night where they had nowhere to call home.
ian palmer reports. four years ago, dale was thrown out of home by his mother on christmas day. he was 16 years old. on the day, ijust called a friend and went over there and that's how i ended christmas day and then, from there, it was sofa—surfing for two months, between friends and families' houses, just finding somewhere to stay while i was doing my a—levels. dale's problems began aged seven, when his father left home. he began living with his grandmother, caring for her after a stroke. but, during his gcses, she needed 24—hour assistance, so he moved back in with his mum. after being kicked out, dale says he often didn't know where he was going to spend the night while studying at school. it was very hard trying to balance worklife and personal life, because it's hard to focus on doing your schoolwork and revision during the day when you're worried where you're going to sleep at night. the poll company comres spoke to more than 1,000 people
aged between 16 and 25. the study found just over 9.3% had spent the night on a friend's floor or sofa for up to a month. the most common reasons included parents being unable or unwilling to provide housing, extended family being unable to help, and splitting from a partner. the homeless charity key, based in leyland in lancashire, helps young people who have nowhere to live. its operations director says sofa—surfing is a hidden and growing problem. about 70% of the young people we see in our homeless drop—in have sofa—surfed, and that's often before they come to see us at key, perhaps thinking they can go home, back to their parents' houses, or that maybe it's ok in the long—term to stay with different friends or family. when they run out of options, it's often then they seek help, either from the council or directly from ourselves. charities say the government needs to improve the way it counts the number of people who are homeless. there is a really big gap
between those people who are actually homeless — they have literally nowhere to live, or they are in temporary, very unsuitable accommodation — and the statistics that the government puts together, and it's really important that, if we are to tackle homelessness, the government gets its figures right because, unless it gets its figures right, it won't persuade the treasury to make the resources available to tackle the problem. from next april, the way the government collates information about homelessness will change. it says local authorities will have a legal duty to find out more information on people in a homeless household. dale taylor gentles says, although he never had to sleep rough, he often came close to it. the 20—year—old has found somewhere to live with the help of the charity centrepoint. he is in his second year at university, studying sociology and criminology. ian palmer, bbc news. apple has admitted that some of its older iphone models
are designed to work more slowly as they get older. critics say it's a way to force consumers to buy new phones, but the company says it is to prolong their life because the performance of their batteries diminishes over time. how do we make sense of those two things? joining me is rory cellan—jones, our technology correspondent. give us a bit of background to this. it's been seen almost as an urban myth. everybody talks about it. as my iphone gets older, it slows down, and they are doing it deliberately to make me buy a new one. i thought this was largely conspiracy theory, but apple has come out and said it's true. but what they are doing is they issued a softwa re what they are doing is they issued a software update last year in fact that deliberately slows down the operation of older models, and they say that's because older models have
older batteries, and lithium iron batteries really slow down over the yea rs. batteries really slow down over the years. what can happen, especially in cold weather, is those phones can shut down without any warning. they say that this slowing down of the whole system puts less strain on it, and therefore you don't get that sudden shut off. it smooths things out. so you get a more reliable but a slower service. how long has this been going on? and why have they not admitted it before now? well, this is apple, to the call, if you will pardon the pun. it really wants to control the message. it didn't want this message to come out, so it kept quiet about it untiljust a day or so ago, when a smart technology a nalyst so ago, when a smart technology analyst put a number of phones through tests and prove this was happening, so they had to come out with something. as a company, they
don't seem keen on transparency. they have dedicated fans, but they test their patients to the limits. if somebody wanted to try and alter this, with some bit of technology or something, is that doable? it's probably not wise. the best thing is to get a new battery. but we know that's not easy and reasonably expensive. iphone batteries are built in. they change the way batteries work. thank you for that. it's just turned 5:45pm. an mp's aide has been found not guilty of raping a woman at the houses of parliament by a jury at southwark crown court. 24—year—old samuel armstrong, who worked for the conservative mp craig mckinley, had denied two counts of rape and two of indecent assault. my my whole life has been turned upside down. for a year i have not slept or eaten, and i was innocent. were it
not for the fact that crucial evidence was disclosed to my defence tea m evidence was disclosed to my defence team just eight working days before trial, there could well have been yet another miscarriage ofjustice in this case. thank you very much. the statement outside southern crown court today. more than 60,000 mothers or babies have been harmed by potential lapses in maternity care in england in the past two years. the bbc has learned that more than 250,000 incidents were logged by hospital staff between april 2015 and march 2017 — the equivalent of one mistake for every five births. our health correspondent, adina campbell, has the story. three years ago, wendy and ryan agius lost their daughter, who was stillborn. an nhs investigation found some maternity guidelines were not followed, something which has deeply affected the couple ever since. leaving the hospital with a box of things instead of your baby was just... having to leave her there, going home, having to leave your baby there, just can't comprehend it. it was at this hospital
with a midwifery—led unit where wendy agius was cared for. despite reporting to staff that she had concerns about her baby's movements, she was sent home on two different occasions. but she should have been reviewed by a consultant at another local hospital with a consultant—led midwifery unit. over the last two years, there were nearly 1.3 million births in england. nhs staff are encouraged to use a voluntary reporting scheme if they have concerns about care and, since 2015, more than 275,000 incidents at maternity units have been reported. the problems included: women being told to stay at home. babies being left brain damaged. and potentially avoidable deaths. just over three quarters of the cases reported did not cause any harm to mother or baby.
but more than 60,000 did. something the government says it's hoping to reduce under new plans announced last month. there isjust too much heartache, too many appalling tragedies when these kinds of things happen. we want to be the safest and best maternity system in the world, the vast majority of births are completely safe. but what is going wrong at the moment is, when we have a tragedy, we are not learning from it nearly as effectively as we should. the royal college of midwives says staffing levels must improve. the royal college of midwives is concerned about the levels of midwifery staffing, and they are low. we would like to think of solutions and ways of making sure that we have more midwifes in the future. east sussex healthcare trust says they have apologised to wendy and ryan and admitted some aspects of their service did not meet their usual standards. but that's no comfort to the couple. can't move forward.
we have tried to, but we can't. it's always there every day. memories. it never goes away. to me, it's the first thing i think about when i wake up and the last thing at night. adina campbell, bbc news. a special report there, and there are more details on the bbc website. it's christmas — you deserve a treat. so stand by for a very special guest. he's been tempted out of his studio at radio 1, away from his millions of adoring fans. he is the godfather of grime, and this is the story of the most unlikely bromance of 2017, and it started with a memorable carshare. is this your stuff?
yeah, yeah. here we go. we are live on on bbc radio one and 1extra. it's the 8th, and i can't believe what is happening in the studio right now. two broadcasting institutions, annie and huw, about to do the news. tonight at ten... let's have some more news about brexit. oh, my goodness! how did i go? that was good! brilliant! i've got to say, that was a bit scary, actually... was it? ..because it worked so well. 0h! honestly. i actually leave the show at ten o'clock just to watch the news with you. i know he does. i go into the green room and i'm like, put the news on. put the news on now! i don't care what you're watching. i want news on.
11:15pm. yes, it is the grime—master himself, charlie sloth, rapper, dj, producer, actor and tv presenter, a real—life legend, and he's only a real—life legend, and he's only 30, we'll be talking to charlie in a moment, after this. my head spinning. is this normal? staying on the topic of women. again, sorry, miss kingston. last one. who is the most famous lady you have ever adult—wrestled with? serena williams. what? you and serena? all i want for christmas. is a one night stand with dusty‘s mum. dusty‘s ma! all i want for christmas. is a one night stand with d—d—d—dusty‘s mum. what the hell is going on? i—i—i can explain.
no. i'll do that, cass. hello. you've grown up. what are you doing here? i'm here for you. what more do you want for christmas. ..other than. .. your dad back? eastenders theme tune plays. oh, my gosh! wow! charlie, it's my turn to welcome you, after my tuesday night trip to the lion's den on your radio 1 show. welcome. thank you for having me. it's a pleasure. good to have you in the studio. how am i doing? i'm ignoring that. it's a pastiche. this isa ignoring that. it's a pastiche. this is a serious question. for viewers of mine you are now thinking, 0k, i've talked about grime, if i was to
say to you, what is grime, in a sentence, what would you say? grime is the voice of the youths. the music that youngsters feel really represents them. and wide does it represents them. and wide does it represent them? because it's honest, no holds barred, and because it's very open. anyone can be involved in grime, no matter your race or class. is that to do with the type of music, all the content?” is that to do with the type of music, all the content? ithink it's the content, the message, the way people treat each other. everybody is welcome in the world of grime, andi is welcome in the world of grime, and i feel the youngster and is welcome in the world of grime, and ifeel the youngster and is really they are from in the world, no matter what walk of life they come from, they feel they are part of it. so it is inclusive and welcoming? how did you get involved,
and how did you become a kind of figurehead for this kind of music?|j figurehead for this kind of music?” started dj ink in the youth club when i was 13, and pirate radio by the time i was 14. lying to my pa rents, the time i was 14. lying to my parents, sneaking out, saving my pocket money to pay the subs. ijust couldn't escape my passion for the music, the culture, the lifestyle. and the people involved in it, my peers, it just went from and the people involved in it, my peers, itjust went from one extreme to another. when i was 13, i knew there was no otherjob for me. and look at me now. look at you now. you've said it. we have seen clips of you there. your show has taken on new dimensions and it has grown and grown as has your profile. what are you trying to achieve? beyond your own personal success, what is this about? my main passion has always
been supporting and providing a platform for artists to showcase what they are about. so many of these artists, like stormzy and giggs, they are people i have great relationships with away from music. before i was here, i didn't feel there was any platform that showcased the amount of talent these quys showcased the amount of talent these guys have. as soon as i was able to join the bbc and create that platform, it was like, wow. we are here. a lot of these artists are millionaires now. you know yourself how welcoming it is, because you are pa rt how welcoming it is, because you are part of it now. people don't realise this. i don't like to say this, because i feel you are going to be a bit dismissive, but i kind of feel that i brought grime into the uk. when i said on the news at ten, let's bring grime into the uk, it
happened. it did have a massive impact on the scene. when the big moss man “— impact on the scene. when the big moss man —— boss man of the news is talking about grime, that's it. people want to know about it if huw are talking about it. dizzee rascal, who featured in the opening ceremony of the olympics in 2012, which i was commenting on. i'm not drawing any mad conclusion so, but i was commentating, he was part of it, and he's been massively successful. i think dizzee rascal owes me some thanks as well, don't you think? i'm a believer, man. eversince we started hanging out and going to the pub and stuff, and you started lending me yourjackets, everything
is changed. i am hoping that in the new year, you go from strength to strength, and i hope i can make a return visit to your cosy studio. you are almost welcome.” return visit to your cosy studio. you are almost welcome. i have to say, he has a lot more power than i have. he does his own bit and gets on with it. i have to bay orders. charlie is my role model from now on. that's partly because i den have a team. they are not going to like that! i'm a one-man team. i have to say this. this is very important for all of my welsh friends. nadolig llawen. sarah, over to all of my welsh friends. nadolig llawen. sarah, overto you. how do i follow that? we have rain working its way into northern
ireland, wales, south—western england,. through the day on friday, another grey and cloudy day, with hill fog around hills and toasts to the west. temperatures are still on the west. temperatures are still on the mild side. saturday, some rain across the north west of scotland. that will be more of a player as we head through christmas eve and christmas day. we could see some localised flooding, but elsewhere across the country, a dry day to come. most of us up there in double figures. it stays mild towards christmas. such dumb are quite cloudy and breezy, but some rain in the north. tonight at six — the sacking of the deputy prime minister —
anger among some conservative mps about the role of police officers in the affair. —— former police officers. damian green admits making misleading statements about pornography allegations — but now theresa mayjoins mps concerns and calls for an investigation. i share the concerns that have been raised across the political spectrum about comments that were made by a former police officer and i expect that issue to be properly investigated. we'll be asking where this leaves the pm's authority. also tonight: the plight of yemen's children — it's the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — we have a special report. the british citizenjailed in iran — cautious optimism after