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tonight at ten — jaguar land rover is to cut thousands ofjobs in the uk, as part of a major drive to cut costs. the company blames the slowdown in sales in china, doubts about the future of diesel, and the uncertainty over brexit. i totally respect the democratic votes of the uk population, and so we have to cope with it. but it's also quite clear that we support no to no deal. there are 4,500 jobs at risk, but there's concern too among those companies that supply jaguar. if they're going to cut down the work, we're going to lose work, so the future doesn't look that good at the moment for any of us. and ford has said today it will review all of its european operations to try to boost profits. we'll have the latest. also tonight... the japanese prime minister comes to downing street, where he delivers a warning against a no—deal brexit. translation: we truly hope that a no—deal brexit will be avoided,
and in fact, that is the wish of the whole world. it was the worst christmas in a decade on britain's high streets, confirmed by the latest retail sales figures. president trump visits the us border with mexico, hoping to boost support for a building a wall as a partial government shutdown enters its 20th day. and the duchess of sussex is named patron of the national theatre and three other charities, championing education, women's employment and animal welfare. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, andy murray faces a tough start to his australian open campaign. he's been drawn 22nd seed roberto bautista agut. good evening.
the uk's biggest car maker — jaguar land rover — has confirmed it's cutting 4,500 jobs from its global workforce, most of them in the uk. that's on top of the 1,500 lost last year. it's blamed the cuts on a drop in demand for diesel cars, slower sales in china, and continued uncertainty over brexit. the job losses represent more than 10% of their overall uk workforce. and during the day, ford said it would review all of its european operations, to try to boost profits. our business editor simon jack reports from the west midlands. shift change atjaguar land rover on a day of big change for the company, with over 10% of the workforce facing redundancy. what's the mood like inside? it's not the best. i mean, i've been working here for the past four years, and for the last 12 months it hasn't been the best, and we're not too sure about the future here.
why do you think it's happened? because of the uncertainty around brexit and the diesel, that sort of thing. while this plant in solihull may escape the worst of today's cuts, it's lost hundreds over the last 12 months, many of them customers of christine's cafe. it's like a family business, dad works there, granddad, sons. morale is definitely drastically low for everybody. they're all living on a knife edge, they don't know what the next day's going to bring. meanwhile here atjlr's coventry headquarters, where many of the job losses are expected to come, the chief executive explained why he was making so many redundancies. at the very moment, the automotive industry but also jaguar land rover are facing unprecedented disruption in the geopolitical area, but quite clearly in the regulatory area, and in addition, simultaneously, huge challenges resulting out of the new technologies
for smarter mobility. we have to work to create a higher productivity, higher efficiency, to be more competitive. now, listen to this... that is the sound of the best part of a decade of engineering success. diesel powered, made in the uk, sells like hot cakes in china, but all those things are changing. it is the sound of the past. this will likely be electric in the future. for the first time in 20 years, sales of cars in china declined last year, and this car will be made in slovakia. today's big job losses are on top of cuts made last year. in solihull, 1000 agency workers were laid off. at halewood in merseyside, 180 agency staff cut, while in castle bromwich1000 employees were put on a three—day week, albeit on full pay. meanwhile, jaguar has been increasing headcount elsewhere in the world.
4000 workers have been hired in china since 2014, and most recently it opened a brand—new plant in slovakia with plans to hire 3000 workers. the company is moving away from traditional engines and said it would base its electric motor and battery design here in the uk. the investment announced today in electric motors and batteries in the midlands is the first sign of them transforming their company in the uk towards electric car production. i expect them to make jaguar an all electric competitor to tesla in the future, for example. that's the direction of travel. as if to prove the point that the car world is at a major junction, ford announced it would be consulting its european workforce on a major restructuring which could result in thousands ofjob losses — how many in the uk is unknown. jlr's strengths in china and diesel are currently its weaknesses. reinventing itself in a hurry will be a tricky and expensive manoeuvre. simon jack, bbc news.
jaguar land rover is a major employer in the west midlands. many local businesses and communities rely on it, so what impact could the job losses have on them? 0ur correspondent sima kotecha has been finding out. manufacturing is what they do in the midlands — its economy depends on the sector. here in warwickshire, they make 40,000 metal components forjlr every month. and job losses there are causing nervousness here, because of potential effects to the supply chain. if they're cutting down on important jobs like the design functions and things like that — where his future in business going? are they continuing to build new models? will they be built locally? will they be built in other areas of the world? but it could have a major effect throughout the whole of the industry. and it's disappointing that it's focused here in the west midlands. jlr is often described as the powerhouse of the west midlands. it's a region that has a rich manufacturing heritage,
with companies such asjlr forming the heart of communities. but today's news is bound to create uncertainty among the young, who were planning for their futures here. some students choose to go to coventry university because of its close ties tojlr. when you see on the news thatjobs are going and places are laying people off, it's always worrying if it's the industry you're looking at going into. but saying that, the market changes quite quickly. there's sort of a lot of technology in development. so what is happening now might not be happening in two years' time. so worried, but optimistic that the future? yes. the announcement ofjlr's new assembly centre near birmingham, along with further production at its wolverhampton plant, provides some hope for workers. but that's little consolation for those affected by today's cuts. sima kotecha, bbc news, coventry. let's speak to our business editor,
simon jack, who's outside the jaguar land rover headquarters in coventry. we have heard a lot about the brexit uncertainty today, putting your view was that the biggest element here, 01’ was that the biggest element here, or not? i don't think it is. this is not primarily a brexit story. this isa not primarily a brexit story. this is a story of a company that has found itself in the wrong place at a time of huge technological and market upheaval, trying to transform themselves will stop having said that they are trying to do it against a backdrop which is very uncertain and the chief executive of jaguar land rover has been one of the most vocal in talking about the risks posed by the uncertainty and tens of thousands ofjob losses he says could come with no deal brexit. jaguar land rover is trying to transform itself. if you wanted to end up as an electric first brand competing against the likes of tesla, you wouldn't want to start where jaguar land rover are starting. it's a very long journey
and when i pressed the chief executive today, he couldn't promised i wouldn't be morejob losses in the future along the journey. —— he couldn't promised there would be morejob journey. —— he couldn't promised there would be more job losses journey. —— he couldn't promised there would be morejob losses in there would be morejob losses in the future along the journey. simon jack, in coventry. the "wish of the whole world" is that britain should avoid a no—deal brexit. that was the view expressed by the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe, in downing street today, after talks with theresa may. during the day mrs may sought the support of some labour mps and trade union leaders for the deal she's negotiated, and which will be put to the vote in the commons next tuesday. but the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said today his priority was to secure a general election, to deal with the parliamentary stalemate on brexit. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has the story. drums and brass in the air. is the faint sound of compromise echoing there too? for the prime minister going through the ceremonials with the japanese leader — she needs help desperately, from any quarter she can get. i believe it's in the national interest because it's a good deal,
and therefore i hope it will get wide support across the whole of parliament. right on cue — the whole world wants to avoid a no—deal brexit, he said. the tory teamwork‘s gone badly wrong. right now, the prime minister stands to lose the vote on her brexit deal because dozens on her own side say it's not good enough. telling the captain she's got the tactics all wrong. learning how to work as a team... but number ten is maybe belatedly talking to more than just foreign leaders. the prime minister chatting to labour mps and trade union leaders, promising extra protections for workers and the environment after brexit. the impression i got was that people coming with other positive agendas would be listened to. if there is huge progress on these other issues, you know, there could be a tipping point where we say, well, actually, we've got everything that we want, our red lines are all met. if that's the case, the deal
is an acceptable deal. so we come back here? 0k. but where will he go next? as a whole, labour won't be shifted by these talks of tweaks, and jeremy corbyn doesn't want to talk yet about making the deal work. he's pushing for a general election so he could take charge and pursue his own version. if the government cannot pass its most important legislation, then there must be a general election at the earliest opportunity. a government that cannot get its business through the house of commons is no government at all. just as labour can't force that on its own, none of the government's compromises so far will shift that many of the posteriors on the green benches in there. but with the threat of no—deal ringing in their years, a sprinkling of switchers is emerging. i will, with a heavy heart on tuesday, vote for this deal, because we are now in the dying stages and no—deal is unconscionable. but i beg colleagues
to ask their front benches to work together across the house in pursuit of something we can all be proud of. right now, mps are on track to kibosh the prime minister's agreement with a heavy defeat. despite talk of small compromises here and there that might peel off a few rebels, but even on tuesday, on the big night, other tweaks could be put forward that would be voted on first. and if parliament agrees them, they could yet change what's on the table a little — or even a lot. things are fluid. it's possible downing street may yet find a way out. but with only five days to go, number ten doesn't have more than a flicker of hope. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. many british retailers had their worst christmas for a decade, according to the british retail consortium. marks and spencer and debenhams today both reported falls in sales over the festive period. but there was better news for some, as our business correspondent emma simpson reports. christmas — it now feels
like a long time ago. so what did we spend our money on? clothes. skincare products. aftershave. food and mince pies! but that wasn't enough for some retailers. it was dismal for debenhams, with sales down 6%, prompting fresh fears about its future. today its chairman resigned after being voted off the board. marks & spencer had poor festive trading too, with a 2% drop in sales. at b&m, the discount goods retailer, sales also fell over the quarter. but there were some winners. at tesco, sales were up more than 1%. and it was a similar story atjohn lewis. they too enjoyed a bit of growth. but trading's challenging and profits are under pressure. it warned today that it might have to suspend its staff bonus for the first time in more than 60 years. because of the steps we've taken, we've got a strong financial position. we can afford to pay a bonus. the question is, is
it prudent to do so? and of course, that's a judgment about what's coming and the uncertainty in the market. so why has christmas been so tough? well, all that discounting, for a start. i've actually got some good bargains this year because everything was in the sale before christmas. that's not good for profit margins, and online is another challenge. it's so easy, especially if the weather's bad outside. people just aren't buying in shops like they used to, they're increasingly browsing and buying online instead. that's after scouring around for the cheapest price. and there's caution around spending too much. i was a bit careful. obviously, there's not a lot of money going round, is there? and there's plenty of other things to spend our money on. it isn'tjust one retailer versus another, it's the experience economy, it's all of the choice the consumer has to spend with a limited amount of money on where they find the best value for them and their families.
for retail, christmas wasn't as bad as some had feared but there's little to celebrate either, capping a difficult year, and 2019 could be even tougher. emma simpson, bbc news. president trump has visited the state of texas to push the case for his controversial plan to build a wall along the us—mexico border. he blamed democrats — who are refusing to authorise the billions of dollars needed for the wall — for the ongoing government shutdown in washington, saying they were pursuing an "open border policy". 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant reports. crowd chants: build the wall, build the wall! the fight over the wall has exposed the angriest fault line in us politics — immigration. chanting: no border wall, no border wall. and a barrier intended to separate america from mexico... go back to your homes. ..is deeply dividing the united states itself. make me leave.
for supporters of donald trump awaiting his arrival at this border town in texas, it's become a do or die issue. he ran on it, he campaigned on it, he won on it, so what's the big deal? why is there surprise? we need it, we need it now, we need it done, yes, sir. for opponents of the president, it's become a battle for the soul of america. this is a made—up crisis that the president has made. the crisis is — he is the crisis, he is the crisis to our country, to our democracy. he thinks he's a king. "make america great again" read the cap of a president in political war mode, but he created another storm by claiming untruthfully that he'd never promised that mexico would make a one—off payment to fund the wall. when i say mexico is going to pay for the wall, that's what i said, mexico is going to pay. i didn't say they're going to write me a cheque for 20 billion or 10 billion, no one is going to write a cheque. i said they're going
to pay for the wall. for the trump administration, these images of immigrant families trying to cross into america offer graphic proof of a national security crisis. but more than a third of the border has fencing already along its more vulnerable sections. migrant crossings have actually been declining for nearly 30 years. for donald trump, the wall has always been a political device as well as a physical barrier. it was a promise that helped win him the white house. it's become the defining issue of his presidency. and it's also a battle about the idea of america — what sort of country should this be? which is why both sides have so far refused to back down. visiting the border, donald trump threatened again to declare a national emergency — a move that could fund the wall by sidestepping congress, but one that would be challenged in court. this government shutdown could soon become a constitutional showdown. tomorrow is when many of those
800,000 federal workers affected by this shutdown would ordinarily get their paychecks, so financial pain for them. saturday, this could become the longest government shutdown in us political history. the thought that those two things would have concentrated political minds, but there are no plans right 110w minds, but there are no plans right now for a meeting between donald trump and a democratic congressional leadership. so as we all head back to washington, the overriding question tonight — will be president declare a national emergency? nick, thanks for the latest in texas. nick bryant, our north america correspondent. here, the government is to announce more changes to universal credit, the new welfare benefit which has attracted widespread criticism. in a speech tomorrow, the work and pensions secretary amber rudd is expected to say the roll—out of universal credit will be slowed down, some claimants will be paid more frequently, and rent payments direct to private landlords will be allowed. the family of a 14—year—old boy who was murdered in east london
says he was not linked to any gang activity. speaking for the first time since jayden moodie was stabbed to death on tuesday evening, they said if there were people on the streets capable of killing a 14—year—old child, then no one was safe. this report from adina campbell has some flashing images. jayden moodie had plans to start training at a boxing academy later this month. but the 14—year—old's life was cut short on tuesday evening. on this road in east london, a car deliberately knocked him off his moped. he was then stabbed repeatedly, in what police say was a targeted atack by three men. tonight, the teenager's family spoke publicly for the first time. jayden was a loving, caring, bright young lad who had so many hopes and dreams. he had a keen interest in all kinds of bikes and loved learning how to fix them.
and i would like to stress that jayden recently moved from nottingham to london, and had absolutely no affiliation with gangs. focus needs to be on the fact that he has been brutally murdered, in cold blood, and deserves a fair chance at justice. police have now recovered the car that they believe was involved in his murder, which could provide vital forensic evidence. it has been 48 hours since the teenager was killed on this road in east london. police are yet to make any arrests, and they are continuing to do house to house inquiries. adina campbell, bbc news in leyton, east london. in the democratic republic of congo, one of africa's poorest and most unstable nations, the opposition leader felix tshisekedi has been declared the surprise winner of the presidential election. but political rivals immediately denounced the result as "fraudulent" and a "coup".
it's dented hopes that the country might celebrate its first ever democratic transition of power since gaining independence in 1960. the democratic republic of congo is immensely rich in natural resources, but has seen decades of conflict, corruption and authoritarian rule. 0ur africa editor fergal keane is in the capital kinshasa. this was supposed to be an election about ending a long history of autocratic rule and corruption, but tonight it is mired in a bitter and destabilising dispute over the real winner, with claims that victory has been handed to a man who was more a cce pta ble been handed to a man who was more acceptable to the incumbent, presidentjoseph kabila, who has dominated politics here for 18 yea rs. dominated politics here for 18 years. the story of the day is the story of a country divided. these are the winner's people, convinced he triumphed fairly. nothing you could say will persuade them otherwise. we are really happy
about the result. it's something we have been fighting for for so long, 36 years. but we avoid shedding blood, so we went peacefully and we have the power. felix tshisekedi is not a notably effective political figure and was seen as the opposition candidate least objectionable to president kabila. here at the tshisekedi headquarters, there is a mood of celebration, people singing, showering themselves with talcum powder, with water. but it's vital to remember that this mood is not universal. it's not shared across the country, or indeed this city. tshisekedi tshilombo, felix... this was the moment the winner was declared at three in the morning. the fact that congo got this far at all is due to civil society and church pressure on president kabila. he'd clung to office two years past his allowed term.
but when the winner, felix tshisekedi, appeared a short time later, he praised president kabila as a partner, something that will infuriate those who suffered under his rule. by noon, the most influential non—state group in the country was ready to give its verdict, and the catholic church wasn't congratulating the winner. translation: the results published by the electoral commission do not correspond with the tally from our observers. the cheering of activists echoed the other side of this narrative. around 40% of congolese are catholic, and the church is a powerful force. in effect, the bishops have said that they don't believe these results are valid. but what options are open now to the church, to civil society and the defeated opposition?
tonight, i met the man who claims he is the real winner. martin fayulu told me he's preparing a legal challenge, and significantly, refused to call on his supporters to refrain from public protest in the current volatile climate. my duty is to tell the congolese and to tell the electoral commission to give the truth, not to do anything which can bring violence. the presidency may be stripped away from him, but many believejoseph kabila will remain the real power here. the risk is that congo will have the appearance of democracy, but too little of its true substance. so what to expect in the days to come? there will be that legal challenge, but also possibly pressure from regional powers like south africa and from the african union, who saw in this moment the
possibility of genuine change. and bearin possibility of genuine change. and bear in mind what congo has suffered, 4.5 million people displaced by conflict in this country. an ebola epidemic in the east of the country. alongside the history of repression, corruption and autocratic rule, once you bear in mind also that there has been a long tradition here of political deal—making, of compromise, people making sometimes quite unpalatable deals in order to get the country out of a political crisis. so in the days ahead, rule nothing out in congo. fergal keane, our africa editor there, with the latest in kinshasa. the funeral of the former leader of the liberal democrats, lord ashdown, has been held in his home village in somerset. paddy ashdown died last month at the age of 77 from cancer. a private service was attended by his family and friends today
and also screened for hundreds of local residents. a man who drove his car down a crowded alley and on to a nightclub dance floor has been jailed for 28 years. mohammed abdul injured people at blake's in gravesend, after being thrown out by bouncers for being too drunk. he was convicted of two counts of attempted murder. his trial was told it was "sheer luck" that no—one had been killed. the singer lady gaga has apologised for working with the r&b musician r kelly, and promised to remove their duet from streaming services. her announcement comes after the broadcast of a new documentary about kelly which detailed allegations of sexual and physical abuse against women and underage girls, spanning several decades. he denies all the allegations. the bbc‘s ben zand has been investigating. both r kelly and i have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so very untrue things written about us, so in very untrue things written about us, soina very untrue things written about us, so in a way, this was a bond between us. so in a way, this was a bond between us. that was 2013. today, lady gaga is distancing herself from one of the most successful men in r&b
history. this comes after numerous allegations about r kelly, about his treatment of young females following a documentary series by lifetime in the us. how does your experience tally up? and two earlier documentaries made by myself bbc three. i didn't realise that he had a problem and i couldn't fix it. what was the problem? that he liked young girls. this was one of his ex—girlfriend, lisa van allen, and a shocking story about one of the most influential singers of the last 20 yea rs. influential singers of the last 20 years. are you suggesting he is a paedophile? yes, i am. definitely. i mean, i have had sex with him with a 14—year—old. i didn't know she was 14—year—old. i didn't know she was 14 at the time. in the early 2000s, r kelly was taken to court on child pornography charges following a
grainy video that purportedly showed him having sex with a 14—year—old girl. but following a lengthy trial, he was acquitted. the room is never left him, and stories of him mistreating women have been gathering pace over the last year. when you say abusive, how?m depends on the day. maybe i would go without eating. for a couple of days as punishment. also being slapped and beaten, kicked. r kelly denies all the allegations, and a video a few nights ago shows him apparently unfazed. bleep. but two police departments in the us have announced they are investigating the artist. and the mute r kelly campaign on social media is trying to stop fans buying and playing his music. for a long time, the entertainment industry stayed quiet. now, with some of the biggest names in music
coming out to condemn him, could this spell the end of one of r&b's most controversial characters? ben zand, bbc news. the duchess of sussex has been named as the patron of the national theatre and of three other charities, all causes that reflect her personal interests. it's an important milestone for the american—born former actress as she takes the first steps in public life as a member of the royal family. our correspondent sarah campbell has the details. whatever you feel more comfortable in, but i did love the pop of that coat. cameras 01’ no cameras, this charity says the duchess of sussex always gets stuck in. it's a simple idea. smart works provides outfits and interview coaching to help women back into work. meghan's been here several times over the past year and is now their patron. we're delighted to have her involved. what we're all about at smart works is women helping other women be the best they can be, and that's something that i think she connects with and certainly that we feel is really exciting. millions watched her transformation
from tv actress to royal duchess, but away from the cameras, she was quietly working out which organisations she would be willing to put her name to. having meghan as patron is the equivalent of winning the lottery. what these organisations need is support and profile, and that's exactly what meghan can offer. she takes over from the queen as patron of the association of commonwealth universities. she's spoken previously about her belief in higher education for all. while progress has been made in many areas across the commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults. here she is, aged 18, in a school production. two decades later, she's now the royal patron of the national theatre.