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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 10: brendan cox has stepped down from two charities set up in memory of his wife, the late mpjo cox, after allegations of sexual assault were made public. i think the right thing to do is to resign, and to look at his behaviour in the past and try and make a change in the future. could the cost of university courses vary, depending on their content? the government prepares to launch a a review of tuition fees in england. ministers reject pleas to issue a medical cannabis licence for a six—year—old boy whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug. the best of film—making talent has been honoured in the bafta awards this evening at the royal albert hall in london. the film three billboards outside ebbing, missouri was the biggest success of the night, taking a total five awards — including best film, best supporting actor and best leading actress. gary oldman won the award for his
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betrayal of winston churchill in the darkest hour and the director won the shape of water. we round up the day's sports news, highlights of the fa cup and from the winter olympics. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the family of the murdered labour mp jo cox, have pledged to support her husband, after he resigned from charity roles following allegations of sexual misconduct. brendan cox denies assaulting a woman in the united states in 2015, but admits to "inappropriate" behaviour while working for save the children. the charity has confirmed that he was suspended from his role there, and says he resigned before a disciplinary
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process was completed. robert hall reports. jo cox, labour mp and mother of two, was murdered in her constituency during the run—up to the 2016 eu referendum, shot and stabbed by a far right extremist. in the months after her death, the public rallied in support of herfamily and in particular, her husband, brendan, who set up two charities, thejo cox foundation and more in common. today he announced his resignation from both of them, following allegations of inappropriate behaviour a year before his wife's murder. the claims are reported in a sunday paper. they're linked to alleged incidents at harvard university in massachusetts, and whilst mr cox was working for save the children. in this case, he's said to have pinned a staff member to a wall while making sexual comments. mr cox says the claims are a massive exaggeration. his statement continues... labour backbencher jess phillips,
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a friend ofjo cox, said her widower was right to stand back from the charities. i'm not defending his actions, i am trying to think about this person who i know, and my friend, who isn't here, and make sure that there is a change in the future. i don't defend any of this behaviour. jo cox's sister, kim leadbeater, stood with brendan cox at the end of the murder trial. today she said it had been another very difficult day for the family but they would support brendan cox and they respected him for admitting past mistakes. no one from save the children was available to speak to us today, but in a statement the charity said staff safety and welfare were priorities and that all complaints were dealt with in accordance with its internal procedures. that was what had happened in 2015,
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when mr cox was suspended and the disciplinary process began. he had resigned before that process was complete. another senior labour figure linked brendan cox's decision to wider changes in attitude. hopefully we are seeing a change now in the climate and the culture, where people are recognising that those in positions of power should not abuse positions of power, those who end up becoming victims of harassment should have support to speak out. tonight, jo cox's family say they are supporting each other and are unwavering in their determination that nothing will cloud her legacy. robert hall, bbc news. the education secretary damian hinds has said there should be more variation in the cost of university courses, with each degree reflecting their value to "society as a whole". he was speaking as the prime minister prepares to outline a wide ranging review into higher education funding in england. labour, who have pledged to scrap
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tuition fees, say another review isn't the solution. here's our education editor bra nwen jeffreys. this is one of two jobs myra kesh is holding down. she's in herfirst year of university. the loan for living costs isn't enough. throughout the process of applying to uni i was thinking this is so unfair, i'm getting a lower maintenance allowance and i'm going to have to work several jobs in order to live. sheffield hallam has lots of students from ordinary families. for alice, that means she worries less about tuition fees and more aboutjust getting by. last year, i budgeted for about £50 a week and that was still too much to live on, so i had to bring that down to about £30 and that is still not enough. every so often i might have to ask my parents for help. if they can just give me £20 for food, for basic food. up to 6.1% interest is charged on student debt. an average £5,800 of interest
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charges before leaving university. in total, it's about £57,000 of borrowing for the poorest students. after 30 years, any unpaid loan is written off. but by 2021, there could be £160 billion of outstanding student debt. it's the poorest students in england who end up borrowing the most. because they can't rely on the bank of mum and dad for living costs. so altering the system isn't simple. if you just lower tuition fees, you help the richest, unless you also put more money into maintenance support. in his first interview, the new education secretary gave little away. only one thing is certain. they expect graduates to help pay for universities. we think it is right that if you benefit from a university degree, you should make
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a contribution and that is what this current system does. what we're doing in the review is looking at how that system works, making sure there are alternatives, more variety. the government wants more short degrees, more part—time study. there's been little appetite for either so far. universities say making studying affordable is the key. you need to reintroduce maintenance grants at a level which genuinely offers students a basic level of subsistence. universities want a secure future. students, a fairer deal. but with economic uncertainty ahead, the government's review has little wriggle room. branwen jeffreys, bbc news, sheffield. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth has been explaining why the government is launching its review into higher education. i think the government has been feeling pressure on this front for some time. that is in part because of that labour pledge made during last year's election to scrap tuition fees entirely for all students in england.
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that was largely credited for labour's popularity with younger voters. the conservatives, i think, are conscious that on this front they need to gain some ground, hence this review of higher education. the real question is, what can they do on this issue of fees, because, as you heard there, they remain committed to the principle that it's those who go to university, who benefit for a degree, who should pay for it, rather than everybody. so they're not going to match labour's offer and scrap fees altogether. the risk is that whatever they do in place, whether that is trying to encourage different fees for different courses or shorter courses, that could be seen as just tinkering around the edges. in fact todayjustin greening, who was the former education secretary, who's only very recently left the government, she said the issue of student finance should not be kicked around like a political football. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are he former conservative adviser,
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giles kenningham and torcuil crichton, political editor at the daily record. more than 60 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in iran. the flight, which took off from the capital, tehran, came down in the zagros mountains, in the south—west of the country, on its way to the city of yasuj. it was operated by aseman airlines. families have been gathering at a mosque close to an airport in tehran to get information about their loved ones. bad weather, including fog and heavy snow, has hampered rescue efforts and the search has been called off for the night. israel's prime minister benjamin neta nyahu has launched a scathing attack on iran, calling it the "greatest threat to our world". he was speaking at the international security conference in munich. mr netanyahu also held up what he said was a piece of an iranian drone shot down over israel. he warned iran not to "test israel's resolve". here's a piece of that iranian drone, or what's left of it after we shot it down. i brought it here so you could see it for yourself.
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mr zarif, do you recognise this? you should — it's yours. you can take back with you a message to the tyrants of tehran — do not test israel's resolve. iran's foreign minister mohammad javad zarif said mr netanyahu's speech was an attempt to undermine the international nuclear deal. i can assure you that if iran's interests are not secured, iran will respond. we'll respond seriously and i believe it would be a response that people will be sorry for taking the erroneous actions they did. we will not be the first ones to violate an agreement for which all of us tried, in spite of netanyahu's attempts, to achieve. we achieved it in spite of him,
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we implemented it in spite of him, and the world will maintain that agreement, in spite of his delusional attempts. kasra naji from bbc persian is in munich and he explained more about the tensions between israel and iran. it's very real, actually. and what we've seen in the last three days in this conference, in this hotel behind me... in fact, a lot of people who did speak, some of the leaders of the countries, top officials, strategists who spoke, they spoke about the real danger of a conflict breaking out in that region, particularly because of the worrying developments in syria. there are people here who believe syria today poses the greatest threat to world peace, in effect, and what has happened eight days ago between iran and israel lends itself to that. a group of american teenagers
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who survived a school shooting in florida earlier this week have announced a national march on washington to demand political action on gun control. they say they're determined that the mass shooting, in which fourteen pupils and three staff members were killed, will be a turning point in the national debate on guns. we can speak to our washington correspondent, david willis. when is this march due to take place? it is interesting. next month is the simple answer to your question. it seemed for a while after the florida shooting last week that the response might be pretty typical. 0utrage, calls forsome sort of action, followed by complete inertia that there are signs that this might be different this time
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around. for example, the columbine massacre, going back nearly two decades, there was a lot of sadness, a lot of outrage but no activism that stemmed from it. now we cpap signs that there might be some sort of activism, that young people are keen to take up this issue. in many cases, these are people who weren't even born when the columbine massacre took place, yet they've grown up massacre took place, yet they've grown up quite used to so—called active shooter drills in their schools. now it seems they are starting to mobilise, to speak out against the national rifle association and to speak out against politicians who take contributions from them. so we have this national, this rally in the capital here next month. we've also got a school walk out which is planned for the 20th of april, the 19th anniversary of the
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columbine massacre and there is also a big rally planned this week in the florida capital, tallahassee. so some are saying this could be a turning point, but of course there isa turning point, but of course there is a long way to go. briefly, president 0bama tried to tackle the issue of gun control and didn't succeed. any sign that the political landscape is any different now? not really, i have do so. donald trump accepted about $30 million from the national rifle association when he ran for president and he has said he has no plans to tinker with the right to bear arms. but i have to say today the ohio governor, john sick, called for the president to ta ke sick, called for the president to take the call lead on this issue with small incremental reforms of the gun—control laws here and there is interesting to note that this week the president is due to sit
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down in the white house for what is called a listening session with some high school students. we will be watching to see what comes out of that, of course. david willey since washington, thank you very much. police in leeds have been called to one of yorkshire's busiest shopping streets after an attempted ram raid took place. as you can see, men in two cars drove onto a pedestrianised street in the centre of leeds and attempted to rob a high end watch shop. the men in balaclavas didn't succeed in gaining entry and escaped before the police arrived. the home office has said it can't issue a medical cannabis licence for a six—year—old epileptic chid, despite calls from a group of mps and his family. alfie dingley, who's from warwickshire, regularly suffers violent seizures. a cannabis based treatment he received in the netherlands improved his condition, but it's illegal in the uk. charlotte gallagher has the story. six—year—old alfie dingley has a rare form of epilepsy and suffers up to 30 violent seizures every day.
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to go through that once would be traumatising, but we're going through it sometimes every 7—10 days, and it'sjust absolutely horrendous. last september, the family moved to the netherlands so alfie could be prescribed medical cannabis oil. his parents say he went 2a days without having a seizure. they've now moved back to the uk, but cannabis oil is illegal in britain, so they want the home secretary amber rudd to give alfie a license to use it. it is thought this drug works with nerve rece pto i’s it is thought this drug works with nerve receptors in the brain to help control the seizures. but the home office has ruled it out. they say... a group of mps want the home secretary to make
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an exception for alfie. if we can find a way for her around the regulations that exist, and we believe that we can, she can issue a license to make sure that alfie can get this medicine. alfie's family have vowed to continue their battle, saying you've got to fight, "for your kids and we want to know that we've done everything we can". charlotte gallagher, bbc news. the family of murdered mpjo cox have pledged to support her widow after he admitted behaving inappropriately to women in 2015. the education secretary says university tuition fees should reflect the economic benefit graduates will have two the country
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ahead of a review of higher education funding in england. sport now, and time for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good evening. there was a shock in today's only fa cup tie. league 0ne's bottom team rochdale came from behind to earn a replay with tottenham. harry kane had given the premier league side a 2—1 lead from the penalty spot in the last two minutes but rochdale conjured a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time at spotland. steve davis was their hero and they will face each other again at wembley for a place in the quarter—finals. it was an amazing game, an amazing event for us. it was a real pleasure. we took the opponents on. we know how good they are, but we tried to take them on. sacrificial behaviour at times from the players, but every one of the players i thought were magnificent. we knew having gone 1—0 up in the first
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half, we almost slipped the bomb, if you like. we knew what was going to come in the second half was that i thought the players, they responded superbly, their heads could have gone down but they didn't after the penalty. i feel as though we got a deserved equaliser. rangers are up to second in the scottish premiership on goal difference after an eight goal thriller at hamilton. accies actually took the lead after only five minutes at new douglas park, but rangers equalised and then went ahead after a josh windass shot was spilled by hamilton keeper gary woods. the home side made it 2—2, but rangers scored two quick—fire goals and then windass scored his third to make it 5—2. hamilton pulled one back in the closing minutes, but the 5—3 win means rangers move above aberdeen. celtic drew 0—0 at home to stjohnstone in the day's other fixture, but have still increased their lead at the top to nine points. british slope—style skier james woods desribed his fourth place finish as "minging" as he narrowly missed out on a bronze medal. britain needed just one more to make it a record five
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at a winter olympics but failed to add to their tally today. at least lizzie yarnold and laura deas received their medals after yesterday's sliding success, but great britains women have lost again in the curling. from pyeongchang, here's our sports correspondent, andy swiss. from a dry ski slope in sheffield to an olympic final. james woods has long made the extraordinary seem effortless, and once again how he rose to the occasion, as he tricked, flipped and leapt his way right into contention. commentator: what's he got for us? cheering. you can hear what the crowd think of that. what a run by james woods! he came here with such high hopes for a medal, will that be enough? well, it seemed it might be. second place for woodsy. .. and with just a few left to go he was still in bronze, before america's nick goepper snatched away his medal. so close. it's a game of perfection, and it's notjust that, you've got to go above and beyond technical difficulty.
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that was insane. controversy meanwhile at the curling. the woman's captain eve muirhead penalised for not releasing her stone in time. muirhead felt she had let go before the line, but curling does not use video technology. the incident handed victory to opponents sweden. meanwhile, it's emerged speed skater elise christie suffered soft tissue damage in her crash yesterday. her boyfriend posted this... with her next event on tuesday, it's a race against time. but for others, there was celebration. lizzy yarnold receiving her skeleton gold medal. her historic success, she told me, was still sinking in. it was a big goal four years ago to try and be the first british winter 0lympian to retain my title. it was scary to say it, but now it's rolling off the tongue a bit more. i'm just so proud that it all came together. and with team—mate laura deas collecting her bronze, a picture—perfect podium for british sport. andy swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang.
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that's all the sport for now. more sport on the bbc news channel throughout the evening. thank you very much. a committee of mps has warned that a hard brexit could mean higherfood prices for consumers. a report by the commons environment, food and rural affairs committee also said failure to get a free—trade deal with the eu could be devastating for farmers. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. the peace and bucolic splendour of uk farmlands could be dramatically upset if britain fails to get a comments of free post brexit. a key group of mps says consumers might also end up paying more forfood if the uk reverts to world trade organisation rules. the environment food and rural affairs committee of mps says
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a so—called hard brexit would have a devastating effect on rural communities. that's because 60% of uk food exports go to the eu, and they could face much higher tariffs. the committee also said that britain should not dilute its own high food standards in order to sign new global trade deals, such as one with the us. if we go into a sort of wto situation where there are tariffs on imported food, that will actually drive food prices up. now, for some commodities, that will actually suit farming, but perhaps not the consumer, if they have to pay more for theirfood. the government has sought to soothe those concerns. it said that leaving the eu gave the uk a golden opportunity to secure ambitious free—trade deals while supporting our farmers and producers. it said it would not compromise on the uk's high environmental or welfare standards. joe lynam, bbc news. the stars have been out for this year's baftas. and there was celebrations all round for three billboards 0utside ebbing, missouri. the dark—comedy drama scooped the best film prize
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as well as a host of other awards. and the film's star, frances mcdormond, won best actress for her performance of a mother seeking justice for her daughter's murder. it was gary 0ldman's portrayal of winston churchill in darkest hour which landed him the bafta for best actor. he said the awards was a "tremendous honour", and used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to his ex—wife lesley manville, who was nominated for best supporting actress. london—born daniel kaluuya scooped the rising star award for his leading role in the thriller get out. accepting the award, the 28—year—old paid tribute to his family and i'd like to thank my mum. my mum is the reason... levels... cheering and applause mum, mum, you're the reason why i started,
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the reason why i'm here and you're the reason why i keep going. do you understand ? thank you for everything, and i'd like to thank this award... this is yours. love, peace, let's get it. we have been racking our brains and we can't remember a time where this same film wins those two categories, a big winner. very unusual. they invented that format so the british film didn't miss out and they had their own category. sky fall has won best british... the main film goes toa best british... the main film goes to a more hollywood film, if you like. unusually today, a film that is about small—time america, produced here by british producers and by an irish director has taken best film. i think it is extremely unusual. i'm slightly surprised
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because i thought it was a film that divided people but it united the ba ftas. divided people but it united the baftas. it divided people but it united the baftas. it is a film that is very divisive and away, deliberately so, controversial, but not controversial enough to put off the bafta voters. 0ne enough to put off the bafta voters. one of the edgiest films they have ever voted as their best picture. we said we were surprised if francis mcdonald hadn't come away with that prize, the same with gary oldman. he did, for winston churchill in darkest hour. he ended up thanking sir winston churchill in his a cce pta nce sir winston churchill in his acceptance speech but the standard he took —— stand he took, this stand against the march of hitler and the speeches he gave in that movie have been so well received by everyone. i hear he has been getting a standing ovation is up and down the land for those speeches. i suppose it really struck a chord this year. there's a freedom there, a unity that those speeches are brought together. let's face it, it's a fantastic
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performance from gary oldman. i a lwa ys performance from gary oldman. i always think doing churchill is a bit of a turn. brian cox had a go, hardy, everyone has theirfavourite churchill and the casting of gary 0ldman when it was announced a few yea rs 0ldman when it was announced a few years ago, people were flabbergasted. how could this guy who has been dracula, the guy in lyon and was a punk in sid vicious, how could he played winston churchill? he prays him with the same spirit he put towards all those, a maverick defiant spirit. i think of all the actors in the last 30 years from that generation that came up from the 80s, he is flying the flag for working—class actors in britain and always has done. i think he isa britain and always has done. i think he is a very inspirational winner. his first bafta. the weather now. the sunshine was more limited today. a lot of cloud spinning in from the
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west, bringing some rain and drizzle. upstream, we do see if you brea ks drizzle. upstream, we do see if you breaks in the cloud. those could emerge across and western parts of the uk tomorrow. a change of fortunes, perhaps. in those breaks in the cloud, we have this milder airand in the cloud, we have this milder air and those temperatures could push up towards 13 degrees or so. a mild night tonight. still one or two brea ks mild night tonight. still one or two breaks towards east anglia, but this cloud is continuing to push slowly eastwards. still some more rain and drizzle. there becomes lighter and more patchy. quite a bit of mist and hill fog in that rain and typical temperatures, 5-7d. no that rain and typical temperatures, 5—7d. no frost by monday morning. instead, two weather fronts getting close to the uk. most of the rain coming on the first one. it is between those two weather fronts we will get the breaks in the cloud and a milderair. a change will get the breaks in the cloud and a milder air. a change of fortunes because eastern scotland and eastern england likely to be dull and rap
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with some rain and drizzle. further west, a little sunshine possible, particularly around coastal areas and perhaps in northern ireland ahead of the next weather front bringing the next band of rain later on. but a mild day. 10—13d, cooler in the east where we have that rain and drizzle. that will still be around overnight tomorrow night. you see the two main areas of rain converging, the cloud breaks later in northern ireland and across western scotland, perhaps north wales in north—west england. turning a little chilly, not too cold because there will be a breeze. milder underneath the cloud as we head into tuesday. probably a chilly wind blowing across the midlands and east anglia. some outbreaks of rain tuesday afternoon, that tends to slowly peter out. in the west, more likely to see some sunshine at times. still some decent temperatures, 10—11d, but colder in eastern england. things will be drying up because high pressure is building in across the uk. it will keep these weather fronts at bay. this is quite a change of type. we haven't seen much high pressure over
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the past few weeks. it does mean after a mild start to the week, it'll gradually turn a little colder, but with the high building on it should become dry in most areas. goodbye.


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