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the court of appeal rules against a heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership, at present restricted to same—sex couples. charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld want legal recognition of their relationship, without getting married. there is so much in the ruling, together with our supporters incredible support, gives us reason to be positive and keep going. the couple say they hope to take their case to the supreme court. also tonight: plans to reform nhs care could mean hospital services cut or scaled back in the majority of areas in england. a british islamic state fighter who died in a bomb attack in iraq was — the bbc understands — a former detainee at guantanamo bay a former detainee at guantanamo bay. a cash bonanza for the treasury — strong tax receipts leave the government with a healthy surplus in january. and the bite that cost the sutton united reserve goalie hisjob.
and coming up in the sport on bbc news, manchester city's manager prepares to face monaco tonight in the last 16 of the champions‘ league. good evening. a heterosexual couple have lost their court battle to have a civil partnership, rather than be married. civil partnerships give relationships legal recognition, and are currently only available to same—sex couples. rebecca steinfeld and charles keiden claimed that was discriminatory. but today, the court of appeal rejected their arguments, as our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports. emerging from court, charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld, a heterosexual couple fighting for the right to enter a civil partnership.
they lost, but it was close. all three of the judges agreed we're being treated differently because of our sexual orientation and that this impacts our private and family life. all three rejected the argument that we could just get married. all three emphasised that the government cannot maintain the status quo for much longer. in december 2014, charles and rebecca were stopped from registering their notice of intention to form a civil partnership by their local registry office. a civil partnership is defined as a relationship between two people of the same sex. civil partnerships confirm virtually all of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, including the right to be next of kin and access to a partner's estate and pension if they die. cohabitees have none of these rights. the couple had argued the ban on heterosexuals entering civil partnerships was unfair.
all three judges found that the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships was potentially in breach of their human rights and discriminatory. but two of the judges found that the different treatment of same—sex and opposite sex couples was justified by the government's policy on civil partnerships, which is to wait and see how many same—sex couples want to enter into one, rather than to get married. charles and rebecca are not giving up, and have started the process of appealing to the supreme court. we lost because of a technicality. and that technicality was that the other two judges felt that the government should havejust a little more time to make up their mind. but what we conclude is that the government really is on borrowed time, and has to act. ministers have welcomed the court's ruling and say they will carefully consider it. but campaigners are impatient. the government has to wake up and smell the coffee. there is a growing feeling this needs to happen. there is a growing appreciation backed up by the court today
that this is an inequality that cannot go on. although they lost today, rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan may well have changed the direction of travel in the legalisation of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples. clive coleman, bbc news. our home editor mark easton is here. clearly the judges are saying the government have to respond? absolutely, the government has actually been wrestling with this almost from the moment they invented same—sex marriage, which became legal in march 2014. within months they ordered a review which simply told them that the public is deeply divided on the issue. keeping them as they are and extending them to all, or abolishing them completely. the survey showed the public opposed all of those options and because of the lack of concern since, the government decided they would do nothing at all. as clive said, they
would wait and see. they want to see what will happen to civil partnerships, we have some early data. numbers of new civil partnerships have fallen dramatically, we have seen thousands of couples who were in a civil partnership convert that into a same—sex marriage. but not everybody. in the end, there is the conundrum for the government. having invented civil partnerships, you cannot and invent them. today's ruling equally makes it crystal clear that they cannot sit on the fence any longer. mark, many thanks. —— un—invent. hospital services in nearly two—thirds of england could be cut or scaled back — in an attempt to improve efficiency. bbc analysis of local plans across 44 areas found that 28 of them affected hospital care — from full closures — to centralising services on fewer sites. nhs england argues that the plans will allow them to put more resources into care in the community. here's our health editor hugh pym. nhs budgets in england are rising, but patient demand is growing even faster.
now each local area has been told to come up with a plan to cope with that. at this nottingham trust, seen here recently, they want to shift resources out of hospitals, and into the community. is somebody is in a hospital bed, that costs a lot of money per day. if that could be better spent, by giving people the care they need in the community, then we can reinvest that money into those services. but the plan involves cutting 200 hospital beds at two sites, and local campaigners are concerned that patient care will suffer. if we take out 200 beds, have we got the real capacity and professionalism to deal with those in the community? we've seen massive cuts in social care and we need to be sure we can have the full, professional capacity to treat those people. the nhs in england is under extreme pressure, simply trying to deal with daily needs of patients. budgets are over stretched, so trying to carry out an ambitious
transformation programme, which itself requires more investment, is going to be a really big ask. local health and social care leaders in england have drawn up what are known as "sustainability and transformation plans", ftps. there are 44 sdp areas. bbc analysis has found that in 28, cuts to services are proposed. these include plans to downgrade a&e units, schemes to centralise maternity services, and to close some hospitals. with resources being invested elsewhere. hi,| hi, iam hi, i am cathy. hi, iam cathy. i've hi, i am cathy. i've come to see how you are? the plans also involve concentrating specialist care in centres of excellence, for one part of london, cancer experts are being brought together in one hospital. covering a population close to 4 million. having a big team means we've been able to think of new models of giving treatment to patients close to their home. a good example is breast cancer chemotherapy, where we are now testing a model where patients can self administer their drugs in their
own home. in scotland, integration plans involve hubs where gps work alongside social services and pharmacists. welsh local authorities and nhs bodies are required to pool budgets to improve community care. each part of the uk is coming up with its own solutions to the big challenges facing the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news. more than 3000 people are trafficked into the uk every year, according to official statistics, and that number is rising. they come from all over the world, but by far the biggest share are those from albania. in 2015, this relatively small country accounted for over 600 potential victims, about a fifth of the total. of those, the vast majority were female, and most of them were forced into prostitution. the authorities in albania have been criticised for failing to crack down on the problem with just 18 convictions last year. i've been speaking to some of the victims. blessed with natural beauty,
but the centre of a dark trade. albania has over two decades built up a brutal industry, with human beings the commodity. translation: i hate them, and i want them to get the punishment they deserve. this girl, still a teenager, was just 1a when she was sold into a trafficking ring by a man that she thought was her boyfriend. she was forced to sleep with several men a day and tells of a bewildering and terrifying world of abuse, in which she could trust no one. translation: we were terrified, they would beat us up and not let us go out. to be controlled by someone, to be used as i was is totally degrading. she lives here, in a refuge for trafficked women in the south of the country. but these are schoolgirls, and some already have children of their own.
all have escaped their traffickers. she helped to put some of hers behind bars. several convicted traffickers are held here in this high security prison. last year, 18 people were sentenced. some here are serving 20 years or more. the albanian authorities let us talk to one of them. he was sentenced to 15 years for trafficking children to greece, and forcing them to work as prostitutes or beggars. what made him, a married man with his own children, commit such a crime? translation: it was a time where everyone was doing that kind of thing. you used a child in order to earn some money. isn't what you did entirely wrong? translation: it's terrible, what if that were my child? and somebody did that to them? he faced justice, but albania has been criticised for a lack of prosecutions, and there are concerns over police collusion.
some senior figures question whether trafficking is a real problem, but the official line is that there are systems to deal with it. it's not an increasing trend, it is kind of constant but it has to be tackled properly and have all of those factors working together. but albania still tops the list of people trafficked into britain. people duped into promises of a better life, like anna. she is now in a safe house in the uk, duped into leaving home, and then sold into prostitution. she weeps throughout our interview, but insists she wants to tell her story. translation: i was somewhere underground. i had no sense of the world around me. they would not let me see. i entered the building blindfolded. and you were raped every day? translation: yes, every day. many men?
translation: yes, many. and is now supported in this safe house, run by the salvation army. she has a baby which gives her a reason to carry on. her story should trigger alarm in authorities here and across europe. a broken life caused by a brutal crime. that was anna, one of the young women i spoke to, from albania. the bbc understands that a british fighter with self—styled islamic state who died in a suicide bomb attack on iraqi forces in mosul is a former detainee at guantanamo bay. with me is our security correspondent frank gardner. what more do we know about this? he spent two years in detention at guantanamo bay, having been picked up guantanamo bay, having been picked up first guantanamo bay, having been picked upfirst in guantanamo bay, having been picked up first in pakistan in 2001, then transferred to afghanistan and taken them back. his original name, he was born ronald fiddler, he was 50 when
he died, he blew himself up a few days ago, and he was released in 2004. he days ago, and he was released in 200a. he was brought to britain, one newspaper said he was paid £1 million in compensation. ten years later, he crossed from turkey into syria, presenting himself to so—called islamic state saying he did not know much about islam, but wa nted did not know much about islam, but wanted to be a fighter. his wife and family wanted to be a fighter. his wife and fa m ily followed wanted to be a fighter. his wife and family followed him and begged him to change his mind. they feed for their lives to escape from is territory. there's an official recruitment paper by so—called islamic state, which has his islamic name on it, she changed his name to jamal al—harith. he was then given a nickname. rather than staying as a fighter, he volunteered for a server side mission. it is believed a few days ago, in mosul. —— suicide mission. isis released a picture of him smiling, driving to his mission,
before he blows himself up. thank you. our top story this evening. the court of appeal rules against a heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership, without getting married. and still to come. just been kicked off the plane, not going to new york. why was this teacher from wales, travelling with his pupils, removed from a flight to the united states? and coming up in the sport on bbc news, manchester city's manager the pie that forced the satin reserve goalkeeper to resign, it —— as part of an investigation into a breach of rules. a muslim school teacher from south wales says he felt humiliated after being removed from a flight to new york whilst travelling with his students. juhel miah was escorted off a plane in iceland despite having a valid british passport and visa. the incident happened a week afterjudges in the us ruled a temporary halt on president trump's travel ban. frankie mccamley reports.
that's on the coach on the way to the airport. juhel miah, a maths teacher from swansea, was the airport. juhel miah, a maths teacherfrom swansea, was meant to be going to new york on a school trip which had started in iceland. but he was told by officials at reykjavik airport he wasn't allowed to travel to the united states. just been kicked off the plane, not going to new york. the whole experience made me feel like i'm something i'm not. they made me feel like i'm a criminaland i'm not. they made me feel like i'm a criminal and i'm not. not. they made me feel like i'm a criminaland i'm not. the not. they made me feel like i'm a criminal and i'm not. the way people looked at me, as if i was a problem and going to do something to them, that's how i felt. it was humiliating. the 25-year-old was told to wait in a nearby hotel until visiting the us embassy the following day. i had to keep in control. i'm glad i'm a teacher i suppose, otherwise i would have panicked. unable to get help, juhel
came home. it has got the attention of the welsh first minister carwyn jones who said it appeared... "the uk government's travel advice and agreement with the us government have been disregarded and that the incident looked like it was an act of discrimination against a uk passport holder". the local assembly member is also demanding answers. what donald trump has done is creating, in my opinion, a culture of discrimination. what happened to juhelmiah is an of discrimination. what happened to juhel miah is an example of that. it's wrong he should be put in that position. it's not clear why juhel was taken off the plane. us officials have refused to comment. all he wants is an apology and for no one else to go through what he did. the government took in more money than it spent last month, according to the office for national statistics. the first month of the year
traditionally sees a surplus, because of the high level of receipts from income tax. but at £91; billion, the surplus last month was the biggest for 17 years. with me is our economics editor kamal ahmed, this looks a lot better news for the government? well, we're used to talking about government black holes when it misses its borrowing targets. but yes, here seem to be some green shoots. what's happening is the economy is performing a lot better than people expected after the referendum result. when the economy performs better and our wages increase, rather more quickly, people pay more tax, businesses pay more tax and that increases the receipts for the government. it means they are on course to beat their borrowing target that they set for the end of the year, for the end of march. what does that mean for the budget next month. the government has got more money than it may be thought it had. probably not too radical, but it could spend more money on things like business rates, easing those higher bills that have been so crunchy version.
maybe a bit more money for the nhs and social care, easing some of those controversies and problems. treasury officials i spoke to made it very clear, the government still wa nts to it very clear, the government still wants to balance those government pics and it's still borrowing £60 billion a year. the treasury at least is still worried. there could bea least is still worried. there could be a negative brexit affect on the economy. if it's got any spare money it wants to keep it in case it needs to spend it in later years. thank you. police in swindon have begun excavation work at the former home of christopher halliwell, who's serving a life sentence for the murder of two young women. the 53—year—old killed becky godden in 2003 and sian 0'callaghan in 2011. officers are digging at two addresses, the work is expected to take five days. five people have been killed after a light aircraft crashed into a shopping centre in melbourne in australia. four americans were onboard the charter flight. their australian pilot reported a "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after take—off from an airport nearby. no one on the ground is believed
to have been injured. next week northern ireland returns to the polls just nine months after stormont‘s last election. the power—sharing government fell apart after martin mcguinness resigned, amid a complete breakdown of relations between the dup and sinn fein. bitter words have fuelled memories of divisive elections from northern ireland's past. one place the polls can't help of his northern ireland... the real issue before the ulster voters has not been power saving but power—sharing. in northern ireland it sometimes feels like the politics haven't changed much. throughout the years both have often been presented as a battle between irish nationalism and
british unionism. it's clear those old divisions run deep in the bad blood of this current campaign. nowadays in northern ireland we don't have enough respect for orange men to walk down a road... applause this heated election follows the colla pse this heated election follows the collapse of stormont‘s power—sharing government, and there is frustration among voters, following allegations of incompetence and corruption. it's time they got their act together, learn to work together and that power—sharing and all it stood for into practice. ian paisley's hard—line voice softened with age, he eventually lead the democratic unionist party into government with sinn fein. ten years later there a new leader, and irish republicans are once again being portrayed the enemy. if you feed a crocodile belt keep coming back and look for more. arlene foster was. the office of first minister when sinn fein walked out of government, over a financial
scandal surrounding a botched green energy initiative. she was the minister in charge when the scheme was designed inexplicably without cost controls, but she's not asking for forgiveness. she is cost controls, but she's not asking forforgiveness. she is fighting back with what are at times harsh words. that's not fair because i saidi words. that's not fair because i said i want devolution back up and running again so we can have stability for our people. do you regret any of your words in the last month? maybe that's a question you should ask other parties. when you look at the brutality of what happened to be in december and january, when you look at the rhetoric that was directed towards me,| rhetoric that was directed towards me, ithink rhetoric that was directed towards me, i think we should all look at our words. stormont's opposition parties are back out on the road, campaigning again, including the sdlp. but they all know that there is no guarantee of a news power—sharing deal, that means there isa power—sharing deal, that means there is a chance that westminster might have to take over government here at least for a period, through what's known direct rule. we could have
exactly the same result or we could have changed in our politics. the problem is, if we get the same result, we end up with direct rule. once we have direct rule i'm not sure we'll get the assembly back up and running again. with all the cosy appearances now gone at stormont, the cross community alliance party bully people have been given a taste of how better things have become. bully people have been given a taste of how better things have becomelj think there is a danger that as we try to move forward, every time we have an election we get this sectarian, divisive rhetoric and it drags the community back to a place ididn't drags the community back to a place i didn't think we need to be. drags the community back to a place i didn't think we need to hem sometimes fills like all politics is dominated by unionism or nationalism. but there are real issues worrying people including health, education, the economy and brexit. i think the public have moved on and i think us as politicians have a bit of catching up politicians have a bit of catching up to do. i then get depressed often —— i don't get depressed often but
when i listen to one of the last debates, it did get me down. he said -- it had debates, it did get me down. he said —— it had been a difficult ten years for the dup and have been difficult because they don't want to share power. martin mcguinness who made the journey from ira leader to deputy first minister stepped down. michelle o'neal is the new leader and she doesn't have the paramilitary past of her predecessor. but she's been criticised for speaking at an ira commemoration during this campaign. for young fellows that found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. they were also four young men who were involved in an ira attack... will always have a different narrative on the past but that's where we need to get to in society, where we understand that we have a different narrative. it's undeniable that the peace process has changed northern ireland for the
better but pictures political togetherness seem somewhat dated now. it could take months to get an agreement that will allow power—sharing to return at stormont. chris buchler, bbc news, belfast. sutton united's reserve goalkeeper has resigned from the club after being investigated by the fa for potentially breaching betting rules. wayne shaw was caught on camera eating a pie during the club's fa cup tie with arsenal. before the match a bookmaker had offered odds on the goalkeeper doing just that. joe wilson has the story. wayne shaw eating, a pasty, he says. he's big, clearly, sutton united's reserve goalkeeper, improbably. this that would bet. the company that sponsored sultan's shirt had offered odds he would eat a pie. speaking on the bbc at lunchtime, wayne shaw said he didn't infringe fa rules by betting on it himself, just claimed he was pleasing the crowd and was hungry. we are told we aren't allowed to gamble, because it's
full—time football. i in no way put anyone injeopardy full—time football. i in no way put anyone in jeopardy of that. this full—time football. i in no way put anyone injeopardy of that. this is definitely not the case here. this is just definitely not the case here. this isjust a bit definitely not the case here. this is just a bit of fun and ultimately being hungry. park reserve keeper, wayne shaw was part grounds men, pa rt wayne shaw was part grounds men, part volunteer cheerleader at sutton. he became a focal point of their joyous fa cup sutton. he became a focal point of theirjoyous fa cup run. but this afternoon got serious. the uk gambling commission concerned about novelty bets, said integrity and sport is not a joke and we've opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened. the fa equally unamused. .. in the light of all this, sutton asked wayne shaw to resign. he did. the implications of it wide reaching. we didn't realise it has been staged for a bet. i think wayne has made a bad error ofjudgment. the manager reckons 2000 people bet
and one on the pie being eaten. if any of them were on sutton's staff, they are in trouble. the indigestion has begun. joe wilson, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here's matt taylor. we've had a couple of lovely mild days but it's not going to last. it's all change. we are going to ta ke it's all change. we are going to take a ca nter it's all change. we are going to take a canter through the seasons in reverse. we started with a skip through spring on monday, with temperatures reaching 18 degrees. some of you will be trudging through the snow by the end of the week has temperatures take a massive drop. some stormy weather on the way too. through this evening and overnight some lively wind to come. northern scotla nd some lively wind to come. northern scotland in particular. scotland and northern ireland will turn much drier. thoroughly wet in north—west england throughout and staying damp across southern england throughout and staying damp across southern areas. england throughout and staying damp across southern areas. we'll keep temperatures in double figures to ta ke temperatures in double figures to take us into the morning. with
clearer skies further north, is a distinct chill in the air. split the country and tomorrow. lively winds over scotla nd country and tomorrow. lively winds over scotland to begin with, may reaching 80 miles an hour. across wales, the midlands and southern england, a grey day in store. particularly across the hills of central and west wales. rain and drizzle on and off. temperatures into the teens. in the sunshine northern england, scotland and northern ireland. as we head into thursday the stormy weather begins. this is storm doris. an amber warning is out. we could see some damage particularly across parts of england. 70, maybe 80 miles an hour. this could change subtly as we could see the other feature of birthday‘s weather, the snow. as much as ten centimetres. thursday by and large
after a wet start, windy throughout but many will brighten up throughout the day, particularly in southern and western areas. it is going to turn substantially colder. the wind is coming down through the north. that will lead into a frosty night to ta ke that will lead into a frosty night to take us into friday. we'll finish the week on friday with a bit of sunshine around. one or two wintry showers and some sunshine before we see something a bit milder moving back into the wing —— into the weekend. back to february once again. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. a british fighter with so—called islamic state who died in a bomb attack in iraq has been identified as a former detainee at guantanamo bay. ronald fiddler — originally from manchester — took the name of abu—zakariya al—britani after converting to islam.
a heterosexual couple have lost a battle at the appeal court, to be allowed a civil partnership. but charles keidan and rebecca steinfeld say they will continue their campaign to change the law. there is so much in the ruling, together with our supporters incredible support, gives us reason to be positive and keep going. just been kicked off the plane, not going to new york. a muslim teacher from swansea says he still doesn't know