this is bbc news. the headlines at 4: ministers are urged not to bail out troubled construction company carillion, as the bbc understands high level government meetings are to take place this weekend. it cannot possibly just it cannot possiblyjust be allowed the company, because then you're in a position where the private sector is allowed to privatise profits the 922 31:27:4/274 eeqeseeeesesvvs-‘éijﬂ , ”h , ,, ,, , éé’ 922 31:27:4/274 eeqeseeeesesvvs-‘éijﬂ , ”h , ,, ,, , e had with the the african union demands an apology from president trump for derogatory remarks he reportedly made about the continent. warnings of a tooth decay crisis amongst children in england. a record 43,000 operations to remove rotting teeth were carried out last year. also in the next hour: tributes are paid to bella emberg, who has died at the age of 80. the comedy actor who became a household name on the russ abbot show is described as "a huge comedy talent". les dennis said she was a "funny, lovely friend".
england batsmen joe root england batsmenjoe root is fit england batsmen joe root is fit to play and tomorrow's first one—day international against australia in melbourne after recovering from a viral illness. and the dateline london panel focus on the iranian nuclear deal, president trump, and brexit. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the leader of the liberal democrats, sir vince cable, has warned the government not to agree to bailout of the construction company carillion with taxpayers' money. there are fears the firm, which has debts of £1.5 billion, could collapse after creditors failed to agree a possible rescue plan. carillion employs about 20,000 people in the uk
and is one of the government's main contractors. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. this is liverpool's newest hospital under construction. it will be the biggest single—bed hospital in the uk and it's being built by carillion. now there's concern that projects like this could be affected if the company collapses. from prisons to hospitals, to schools and rail, carillion is responsible for some of the uk's largest infrastructure projects. should the government bail out the debt—laden company? i think what needs to happen in this case, the contracts have to be kept going, and supporting the supply chain and the tens of thousands of workers. that can be done by the government taking much of this in—house or re—tendering in other cases. the government can'tjust do a financial bailout. the shareholders and creditors, the big banks, have to take a hit, they can't just off—load all the losses onto the taxpayer. carillion is a major british
company with hundreds of contracts running prisons, maintaining hospitals and mod facilities. with almost 20,000 employees here and tens of thousands more dependent on the company. but it has run up debts of £1.5 billion including almost £1 billion to its banks, whose patience has run out. britain's biggest ever rail infrastructure project, hsz, begins major construction this year, and here at euston station, carillion is supposed to build it. but given its mountain of debts, there is a very real chance the government might step in and have to give those contracts to other companies or simply bail the company out. with all the moral hazard that comes with that. so what would happen to other companies that carillion had passed on some work to? companies like carillion outsource most of their work. many of them are operating 120 day
payment periods. we are concerned as to whether or not they will get paid. iam to whether or not they will get paid. i am also concerned about retentions. carillion will have millions and millions of pounds of retention is held back from these firms. if carillion cannot be saved or restructured, the consultants ey have been put on notice to take over as administrators. it's a precautionary measure which the government and thousands of staff hope will not be needed. the rmt‘s union said in a statement that the government should be giving clear cut assurances to the workers watching the carillion crisis play out on their tv screens this weekend. he continues... dentists have accused the government
of not doing enough to tackle tooth decay in england. new figures indicate there were nearly 43,000 operations to remove children's teeth last year — a 17% increase on four years ago. the british dental association says england now provides a second—class service compared to scotland and wales. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has the story. tooth decay in children is distressing, painful and avoidable. dentists say sugary snacks and drinks are the biggest cause. british children drink more soft drinks than anywhere else in europe. and the number of multiple extractions which have to take place in hospital under a general anaesthetic is continuing to grow. figures compiled by the local government association show there were nearly 43,000 multiple tooth extractions among under—18s in england last year. that's around 170 every day
of the working week. 0verall, there's been an increase of 17% injust four years. dentists say children in england are suffering, and are being offered a second—rate service when compared to scotland and wales. we have seen in scotland and in wales that they have got national programmes to try and prevent this. and they have actually got some reasonably good results out of it. the government has not put any money into a national prevention programme for england, and that's the reason why we are seeing so many children being put under general anaesthetic. the department of health in england says the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks was part of its plan to reduce the number of extractions, and that more than half of all children have seen a dentist in the last year. and, with proper oral hygiene, good brushing and avoiding high sugar snacks and drinks, thousands of children could be saved from experiencing the pain of a rotten tooth. dominic hughes, bbc news.
i'm joined now from our studio in leicester by the shadow health secretary jon ashworth. thank you very much forjoining us, mr ashworth. your reaction to these troubling figures? these are absolutely shocking figures. when you drill into the detail, what you find is that those children born in the poorest communities, and children born in the north of england, tend to be more likely to suffer from tooth decay, more likely to be admitted to hospitalfor a tooth extraction than children born in the richest parts of the country. i think that is absolutely shocking. actually, when you look at the wider context for children's health in this country, you can see that there isa this country, you can see that there is a correlation between poverty and deprivation and ill—health, and that the government's response has been to cut much of the public health
budget, to reduce dentistry budget and, of course, this winter crisis we are suffering in the nhs now, we are also seeing children's intensive ca re are also seeing children's intensive care beds taken up. children's health across the board has been neglected for many years under this government. we did put a bid in for a government minister but they did not have anybody available. they gave us not have anybody available. they gave us a not have anybody available. they gave us a statement and in it said that nhs england has been developing starting well, a campaign targeted at high need communities to help children underfive at high need communities to help children under five cedar dentist earlier and improve their dental health. that would suggest work is being done to target communities where children are particularly at risk of bad teeth? it is piecemeal. it is not a national programme, which we desperately need. the funding that has gone to dentistry under this government has been reducing under the 80 years of the government, as a proportion of overall nhs pen. —— under the 80 yea rs. overall nhs pen. —— under the 80 years. dental care for children is
free, nhs dental care. but investment and industry as a whole is going down. if there is restrictions to access to dentistry, that will affect children as well. it is about the overall coverage of dentistry in a community. also, by cutting the public health programmes, the support that families get from health visitors, district nurses and so on, it means many families are not getting the advice and help that they need, and would have got previously, so that they can give their children the best oral hygiene support. that is the problem. public health budgets have been cut. the proportion going to dentistry overall has been reduced and when you look at the overall picture, we do have the super attacks, which we welcome. it is not on milk shakes, for example, but we need to go much further. we need to deal with junk food advertising on children's tv in the evenings and need to make child health in real priority in this country. we have got some of the
worst child health in this —— statistics, in this country, in europe. so, what would labour do if it were in power? how much further would it go? first of all, we would not be cutting public health budgets, we would be putting more money into it. our ambition is to have the healthiest children in the world in britain. that is quite a big ambitious, but i think we should be. i would big ambitious, but i think we should be. iwould ban big ambitious, but i think we should be. i would ban the advertising of junk food on family viewing, on itv tonight on the family viewing you will see all kinds ofjunk food, sugary food advertised. children are watching that, i would ban it. but i would put more money into short start centres, health visitors and our communities, district nursing, school nursing, so that we can relate targets children and improve their health and well—being. relate targets children and improve their health and well-being. so sorry to butt in. what about more money for a national programme for oral health? the british dental association is saying that this is where england lags behind. that is going to need more money as well.m
is going to need more money, and i agree. we should have a national programme for oral health, absolutely. we in the labour party would be putting an extra £6 billion into the nhs per year, significantly more than it is going to get under the conservatives. we believe that with that extra 6 billion, we would be able to fund the sort of initiatives like ruling out a national programme, rolling out the support at local level from health visiting and investment in the centres that we think we need to get every child of the healthiest start in life. we have got to do something. we are becoming one of the sickest, poorly last, illest countries in europe because they are not investing in children. maybe some of your viewers will say, why is it not up to the parents? the truth is, sick children become sick adults and they become expensive for the nhs to truth, so we have all got an interest in ensuring the health and well—being of children is maximised as much as possible. mr ashworth, people will be listening
to you and some may be saying that all sounds very good, more money for the nhs, more money for this specific issue, where will that money come from? the 6 billion extra. we were clear at the election that the top 5% of society, the very, very wealthiest, we would ask them to be a bit more task to fun —— tax to fund the nhs. we would reverse from the corporation tax. the nhs needs it, it is a winter crisis. children's intensive care beds in some places are at 100%. some hospitals have had to put adults and children's wars because things are so bad in nhs at the moment. the nhs is desperate for funding, desperate for more staff. it is not getting it under this conservative government. a labour government would put the investment in so we have the best quality of ca re in so we have the best quality of care for everybody. that is what people deserve. 0k, mr ashworth, we have to leave it here. thank you very much for
joining us. 0k. the african union has demanded an apology from president trump after he reportedly used a crude term to describe nations on the continent. it was apparently made during an oval office meeting on immigration with members of congress. the union, which represents 55 african countries, expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the trump administration misunderstood africans. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. it has been an extraordinary week, even by donald trump's standards. it ended with a medical, a routine checkup that all presidents undergo and word from mr trump's doctor that the commander in chief is in excellent health. but the past two days have seen the president mired in controversy, as donald trump arrives in florida to spend the weekend at his golf resort, the international community is still fuming over his alleged use of crude language to describe african countries. as the african union we were quite appalled and infuriated, outraged, by the comments.
and for a country like the united states, which is a valued partner for the africans, this is quite a shock. from the united nations in geneva came the stiffest of rebukes. these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the united states. i'm sorry but there's no other word one can use but racist. you cannot dismiss entire countries and continents. the allegation has gone unanswered by the president. he had an opportunity at this ceremony in celebration of martin luther king. but it was awkward. after signing a proclamation in honour of the civil rights leader, mr trump dodged the most uncomfortable of questions. mr president, are you a racist? the president left without responding. he earlier tweeted that he'd used tough language in a meeting with senators but not the derogatory language attributed to him. peter bowes, bbc news. meanwhile, a speech this morning
by the mayor of london, sadiq khan, was disrupted by protesters shouting support for brexit and president trump. mr khan's address to the fabian society in london was suspended for several minutes while the demonstrators were taken out of the building by police. yesterday, mr khan welcomed donald trump's decision to cancel his visit to the uk, saying the president had "got the message" that londoners didn't agree with his policies or actions. the headlines on bbc news: high—level government talks will ta ke high—level government talks will take place this weekend to discuss the company carillion which employs many people in the uk. the african union demands an apology from president trump about derogatory remarks he reportedly made about the continent. dentists are warning of a tooth decay crisis amongst children in england. a record 43,000 operations
to remove rotting teeth were carried out last year. and in sport, the past two premier league champions are facing each other. it is a 0—0 in the second half. all of the day's latest scores on the bbc sport website. joe root is fit to play and tomorrow's first one—day international against australia after recovering from a viral illness. and rugby union's premier league champions are ahead in the champions cup as they try to reach the quarterfinals of the european competition. a lot more coming up for you at around 5:30pm. iran has said the us has crossed a "red line" by imposing sanctions on the head of itsjudiciary and vowed to retaliate. ayatollah sadeq amoli—larijani is among 14 individuals and bodies targeted. iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear
deal with world powers. president trump has warned that he'll re—impose sanctions on iran in less than four months, a move that would undermine the agreement under which tehran curbed its nuclear programme. let's speak to dr christian emery — lecturer in international relations at the university of plymouth. thank you so much forjoining us. how likely are at the iranians to retaliate and what can they do?” think that there will be domestic response, where they essentially tell their citizens that we told you, this reinforces their narrative that the americans cannot be trusted, that whatever we agreed to, the americans will change the deal. fundamentally, they want to destroy the islamic republic. the supporters of the nuclear deal, principally the president, will be attacked as being naive and there will be a lot of i told you sos. but there will be an international response were they
will essentially look pretty closely to see what the eu will do. they will try to hog the eu tightly, they will try to hog the eu tightly, they will try to get some kind of quick show of unity, where the eu say they will stick by the steel. but, again, if they feel that the americans are going to walk away, they have a choice. either they stick with it, ta ke choice. either they stick with it, take the moral ground and hope that the deal can survive with jamie support, or think it is not worth it any more and abandoned the inspections, the limits on their nuclear facilities and potentially move closer to russia and, ultimately, blame whatever turmoil emerges on the americans. what do you see as being the root cause of president trump's antagonism towards the deal? is it fear or distrust of the deal? is it fear or distrust of the iranians? yes. i think it is primarily that the iranians have the temerity of signing a deal with
president 0bama, which the rest of the international community generally thinks was a roaring success. he does not like to have to stand up every 90 days, 120 days and, essentially, validate that deal, and there he wants to show that here's the deal—maker and can add in all sorts of other things that were not in that deal, principally a run's missile programme, its human rights record, and try to add those things into the mix to get a sort of better deal, which is, frankly, unrealistic. so you are saying as much of it if a dislike of president 0bama, it is a dislike of president 0bama, it is a dislike of president 0bama, it is a dislike of his predecessor? let's not... this is notjust a trump issue. there are many voices in the american politics, in the senate, in the media who are very hostile to iran who also do not think this is a
very good deal. there are legitimate concerns for a run's regional policies, its support for assad, it's potentially destabilising activities in iraq, yemen, and its human rights record. there are legitimate concerns that go far beyond what trump believes, but i really believe that he does not like the deal because it is seen as a big success for his predecessor, who he has a pathological dislike for. and is this a deal that can be read negotiated? not on the terms of what trump has asked for. —— renegotiated. he has essentially as for the deal to be made permanent, whilst at the moment it is ten or 15 yea rs whilst at the moment it is ten or 15 years and then iran can essentially build an industrial civilian nuclear programme. he also wants much more vigorous inspections to any military side that he deems fit, of which the
iranians would not agree to. he also wa nts iranians would not agree to. he also wants the eu and congress to legally commit themselves to new sanctions in the event that iran does not make summer, you know, vaguely defined conditions. none of those things are going to happen. —— meet some vaguely defined conditions. he has backed himself into a corner to the extent that he will need to give something, i think, extent that he will need to give something, ithink, the extent that he will need to give something, i think, the most likely thing they will give is perhaps try and geta thing they will give is perhaps try and get a separate accord on the missiles, or at least be seen to be negotiating one, and ramp up pressure on human rights. maybe some sanctions on that. but in terms of the fundamentally getting the eu and russia and china to renegotiate that, i cannot see that happening. 0k, we have to leave it there. christian, from the university of plymouth, thank you so much for being with us. thank you very much. consumers can no longer be charged extra simply because they're paying by card. from today, it'll be unlawful to charge credit or debit customers more than other customers.
it's hoped the ban will benefit shoppers and holiday—makers who buy goods online or in small stores. some retailers have already said they will raise overall prices in response to the change. adina campbell reports. they are the small fees added at the very end of the buying process. in percentage terms it may not be that much, but these card surcharges add up. not any more. under new eu rules, retailers on or offline can no longer charge customers for paying with a credit or debit card. the treasury says these surcharges cost consumers £166 million every year. but some companies such as concert venues can still charge a booking or service fee. no longer will they be penalised just for paying by credit or debit card. now with the end of surcharges you are comparing like for like. the price you see is the price you pay. you don't get a nasty
sting at the end. but some small businesses are concerned the new ban could hit profits. nearly 63% of our sales are by credit card and debit card so it will affect us in the long—term if rates and increased rates do go up. for retailers like this hardware store, today's ban throws up several options. they may decide to suck up the cost of processing a debit or credit card. alternatively, they could simply put up their prices or they may decide to re—brand these fees as a service charge. 0ne business that's already been criticised is the delivery company, just eat, which has said it will impose new charges on customers who pay by card and others may go on to do the same. there are now calls for the new changes to be closely monitored to ensure consumers are not punished for paying by plastic. adina campbell, bbc news. tributes are being paid to the comedian, bella emberg, who's died.
i must ask you to get lost while your head is still attached to your body. down to talk to him like that! what are you going to do about it? where are you going, love? the 80—year—old became a household name on the russ abbot show as blunder woman, the hapless sidekick of cooperman. russ abbot himself has described her as "a woman of immense warmth and generosity", and herformer co—star les dennis has called her "a lovely friend". earlier, i spoke to the actor vicki michelle, best known for her role in ‘allo allo. i worked with her for the first time with les dawson, and i have memories that she had to hit him round the head with a handbag and he said, ok,
go on, go for it, just before we do they take. so that i can, you know, gauge what you are going to do. well, she hit him... had with this handbag. he fell off the seat. but when it came to actually shooting, the actual scene, you could see him flinch. even now, if you look at the sketch, you can see him flinch when she has got to do it! she was fabulous and just such a lovely lady. warm and fun. there was clearly such a difference between her on—screen persona and the real person that she was. yes, exactly. she loved cricket. it was her passion. she knew everything there was to know about cricket and we did a tribute lunge for les dennis recently and she got up and gave him a fabulous speech, and she was our queen in 2016 and russ abbot gave her a great tribute. she was just warm and loved by everybody who knew her. the queen of the head of the
society of professional performer is? yes, she was honoured to do that and was a fabulous queen. she enjoyed every minute of it. she loved the business and i think she had a new series coming out as well. in more recent years, she did a lot of children's programmes as well, playing the baddie in that. so she kept working for a long time. you cannot see this, but we are watching clips of her with ross abbott and other roles as well, and there was a strong element of slapstick and her performance, was there not? yes, there was. there was a big element of slapstick when she hit les! yes, there was. and although she did pantomime a lot with sue hodge, who was in ‘allo ‘allo and i know they played a double act, the ugly sisters, so she did that every year and she loved performing. and she was a great personality. very, very strong and fun to be with. the first ever baby panda
cub born in france — has made his first public appearance. yuan meng, which means "making a dream come true" in chinese, was introduced to his new enclosure alongside his mother at beauval zoo. the five—month—old's parents have been on loan to the zoo from china since 2012. matt taylor has the weather. to go with the grey skies, some of you will have wet weather through today, courtesy of a weather front not keen to move anywhere in a great hurry. it will stay across parts of scotland, western fringes of england and wales tonight but it starts to fizzle out. rain turning lighter and patchy. some drizzle by the morning. still lots of cloud. where we do get breaks, maybe a touch of frost into the morning. rather grey, patchy rain and drizzle across the far west of england and wales, into eastern
parts of scotland. we could see cloud breaks developing either side of that but generally, a cloudy story. windy across scotland and northern ireland later and, by the end of the day, western scotland and northern ireland not just end of the day, western scotland and northern ireland notjust windy but also wetter. a spell of severe gale —force also wetter. a spell of severe gale—force winds will spread its light quickly separates and these words, to be in the south east corner by the time we start monday. what it will do is bring about a change for next week. brighter skies but also much colder weather as well. this is bbc news. our latest headlines:
high—level government talks will ta ke high—level government talks will take place this weekend to discuss the troubled construction company carillion which employs more than 20,000 people in the uk. the african union demands an apology from president trump for reportedly using a vulgar and disparaging term to describe nations on the continent. the union accused the trump administration of misunderstanding africans. a ban on credit and debit surcharges has come into force today. it's hoped it will benefit shoppers and holiday—makers who buy goods online or in small stores. but there are concerns companies could raise their prices in response. dentists are warning of a tooth decay crisis amongst children in england. a record 43,000 operations to remove rotting teeth were carried out last year. tributes are paid to bella emberg, who has died at the age of 80. the comedy actor, who became a household name on the russ abbot show, is described as "a huge comedy talent".
les dennis said she was a "funny, lovely friend". now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london, with jane hill. hello, and a very warm welcome to dateline london. this week we discuss the future of the iranian nuclear deal, as president trump says he'll tolerate it for just a few more months. what impact will that have inside the country? and as two key british cabinet ministers made brexit pleas in germany, was anyone in the eu listening?