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tonight at ten: theresa may asks the eu for strong condemnation of russia's role in the salisbury nerve agent attack. european leaders agreed it's highly likely russia was responsible for the attack in salisbury. the prime minister has warned russia poses a real and present danger. it's clear that the russian threat does not respect borders and indeed the incident in salisbury was part of a pattern of russian aggression against europe and its near neighbours. here, the police officer exposed to the nerve agent is released from hospital, saying his life will never be the same again. with doctors warning the other victims of the attack may never fully recover, we'll be asking whether theresa may has managed to get the european support she's been seeking. also tonight. a looming trade war, as president trump announces plans to impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods from china. don't want to waste too much batteries. living in relative poverty — we spend time with three families struggling to make ends meet.
out with the old passport after brexit — but the new one is likely to be made not here, but in france. and we catch up with the family who are trying to go ten days without any single—use plastic. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, england need a miracle to salvage the first test in new zealand when play resumes later after a batting horror show on day one. good evening. theresa may went to brussels today, seeking a commitment to a strong joint message to russia over the
salisbury nerve agent attack and this evening the 28 eu leaders said they agreed it was highly likely that russia was responsible for the attack and that there was no other plausible explanation. russia continues to deny any involvement. its ambassador to london today said there was no evidence linking it to there was no evidence linking it to the poisoning. laura kuenssberg reports now from brussels. tiny details can cause diplomatic rows. tempers flare. no one wants to budge an inch. but the prime minister wants to shift the whole european union to her way of thinking, that after the salisbury poisoning against russia it's time to act. it's clear that the russian threat does not respect borders and indeed the incident in salisbury was part of a pattern of russian aggression against europe and its near neighbours from the western balkans to the middle east. persuasion is also about personal contact, of course. i'm grateful for the solidarity and support they've shown the united kingdom. thank you.
she wants a firm finger of blame pointed at russia and other countries to crank up their attitude to putin. perhaps following the uk in kicking out suspected spies. support, yes. estonia fully condemns the attack — and stands with our friend and good ally, the united kingdom. and stands with our friend and good the strongest political sign we can give is unity, unity and unity. maybe not yet. in fact the greek leader had a phone conversation with the kremlin earlier. we had to express our solidarity to the uk, to the british people, but at the same time we need to investigate. yet france and germany have tonight said again only russia could be responsible for what happened in salisbury, but support for theresa may is not quite the same as following britain's precise example. do you agree with the british
government's conclusion that russia should be considered a strategic enemy? fair to say an awkward silence. we'll discuss the salisbury attack during our working dinner and we'll come back to the question. how firm will they be tomorrow? russia itself slapped back again at the uk today. the uk had a record, a bad record, of violating international law and misleading the international community. for labour, treating russia like a strategic enemy won't help, but over the dinner the prime minister has made that case. but once this bunfight in brussels is not about brexit but theresa may is trying to achieve something else, trying to
get 27 other countries to take a firmer line on russia. quite a feat at any firmer line on russia. quite a feat atany time firmer line on russia. quite a feat at any time but when many people here in brussels see britain as an awkward neighbour that is quite some diplomatic endeavour. can the prime minister persuade all of them to agree russia is an enemy? not easy when these days britain doesn't a lwa ys when these days britain doesn't always feel among friends. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brussels. as those discussions were taking place in brussels, here, officials in salisbury announced that detective sergeant nick bailey, who fell ill after being exposed to the nerve agent, has now been discharged from hospital. but the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter are both heavily sedated and unable to communicate in any meaningful way. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. for more than two weeks, detective sergeant nick bailey has have been having what his boss called significant and daunting medical treatment. he had become contaminated while responding to the salisbury nerve agent attack, but now, he's well enough to leave hospital. i'm pleased to say that sergeant nick bailey's condition has
now improved and he was discharged from salisbury district hospital this afternoon. i personally want to wish nick and his family well and i know that the staff right across the hospital will want me to share their very best wishes. i'm sure you'll understand that for reasons of patient confidentiality, i'm not able to go into any further detail regarding nick's condition or his treatment. nick bailey's wife said it had been the most traumatic event of their life together. his chief constable read a statement on his behalf. people ask how i'm feeling. there are really no words to explain how i feel right now. surreal is the word that keeps cropping up — and it really has been completely surreal. i have been so very overwhelmed by the support, cards and messages i have received. everyone has been so incredible. at the same time a judge released the most detailed description yet of the health of yulia and sergei
skripal. he said both are heavily sedated, neither can communicate, and it's not known to what extent either will recover. no friend or relative has been in touch with the hospital to ask about their welfare. at a private hearing at the court of protection, mrjustice williams ruled that as the skripals are unable to give consent and no relatives can be contacted to give consent for them, fresh blood samples can be taken from them with his permission. these will be given to international experts from the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons, to independently verify what the substance was that made them so ill. british experts believe the substance was a russian designed novichok nerve agent, and we learned today that the fourth person affected by it — who's been treated as an outpatient — is also a police officer. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the court of protection. following the poisoning,
theresa may has been hoping for strong support from the eu — our europe editor katya adler is in brussels. we heard some hesitation from europe about russia in laura kuenssberg's report. do you think theresa may has eventually got what she wanted? eu leaders have been holding a heated debate over dinner about russia and as you said, we've heard from the european council president. he's tweeted from the dinner to say that leaders are agreed with the uk that russia is most likely behind the poisoning in salisbury. this is important for the prime minister, not just important for the prime minister, notjust in terms of security, but because this is herfirst notjust in terms of security, but because this is her first test after 12 months of often bad—tempered discussions and negotiations over brexit to see if she can still rally european support. she came here looking for a robust response over
russia and she will get it in words. but when it comes to dean sits a bit more congregated. she met with the eu's most influential leaders of france and germany at the fringes of the summit, but they'd already pledged their support. other eu leaders are looking for what they describe as a smoking gun, more proof against russia before they ta ke proof against russia before they take further action but this has less to do with their attitude towards the uk and brexit and more the fact eu countries often disagreeable foreign policy. one thing is clear. all eu leaders here wa nt to thing is clear. all eu leaders here want to keep close security relations with the uk after brexit. they look to the white house, they see an unpredictable president trump. they want to keep europe safer to defend itself better and they want the uk's help in that. thank you, katya adler. branding china an economic enemy, donald trump today announced plans to impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of chinese imports. president trump said the move was necessary to end the biggest trade deficit in history. but global markets shuddered at the prospect of a trade war between the world's two largest economies. our north america editor
jon sopel has more. a gritty tv ad in praise of the president's american jobs first policy. mr president, thanks to you, equipment manufactured right here in illinois is growing strong. and now there are more good— paying manufacturing jobs. but it carries a kick. but tariffs on steel would change all that. hurting us equipment manufacturers. and making it harder to compete with foreign companies. nevertheless, today, donald trump opened up a new front, this time exclusively targeting china, with $60 million worth of tariffs. -- $60 " $60 billion —— $60 billion worth -- $60 billion worth of —— $60 billion worth of tourists. —— tariffs. anyway you look at it, it is the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world — it's out of control. but with tit comes tat. translation: we resolutely oppose this type of unilateral and protectionist action by the us. translation: we resolutely oppose this type of unilateral and protectionist action by the us. china will not sit idly by while legitimate rights and interests are hurt.
we must take all necessary measures to firmly defend our rights and interests. china is already preparing its highly—targeted revenge, taking aim at us agricultural products, bringing squeals of protests from us farmers. we depend on free trade policies to maintain our export markets. mr president, protect free trade and keep our agriculture economy strong. one important concession from the president is on those steel and aluminium tariffs, due to take effect on friday. the eu and a number of other "friendly" countries have been given a stay of execution. it seems if you're starting a trade war with china, you want as many allies as you can muster. just like in a real war, so it is in a trade war — firing the opening salvo is the easy bit. knowing where the conflict is going to end up, much more problematic. so, no wonder, then, when the world's most powerful economy is taking on the second—biggest economy, the rest of the globe gets anxious. and though these people are smiling
and clapping at the closing bell on wall street, don't be fooled. investors have suffered a severe case of the shivers. the market closing over 700 points down on the day. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. beijing forcefully denounced the tariffs, saying it will defend its own legitimate interests with all necessary measures. john sudworth is in beijing. john — fighting talk from the chinese. well, us presidents have long had concerns about chinese trade practices. the theft of intellectual property, the forced transfer of us technology to chinese companies, but they have until now at least concluded that the costs are far outweighed by the benefits, which include of course access to this
booming market of 1.3 billion people. it's fighting talk from the chinese. the message appears to be that we don't want a trade war, but we will fight one if you bring it to us. we will fight one if you bring it to us. what might they do? well, one area of potential retaliation singled out by the foreign ministry is american soy beans and an interesting target because that would hit farmers in iowa, a us state that firmly backs donald trump for president. there are serious concerns here today that we are sliding towards a trade war. one paper here had this to say. china is far more resilient than the us to pain. john sudworth, thank you. a government promise to rehouse survivors left homeless by the grenfell tower fire within 12 months is unlikely to be kept. communities secretary sajid javid described the delays — and the role of kensington and chelsea council — as "totally u na cce pta ble". he told mps that of the 209 families that need new homes, 62 have so far been moved into permanent accommodation.
-- 204 —— 20a families. it's been a turbulent week for facebook. overnight its founder, mark zuckerberg, finally apologised, after data from an estimated 50 million subscribers was used by the british company cambridge analytica. and today, chief operating officer sheryl sandberg also came out defending the social media company, saying they let too many people down. our media editor amol rajan is here. facebook is under a lot of pressure. it certainly is and some important developments in the last 2a hours, even this evening. mark zuckerberg has been asked personally to testify in front of american lawmakers and may have to do that. secondly, you mentioned sorel but sandberg, it's not a question of if facebook gets more regulation but when, she said. it seems to be the relationship between silicon valley and washington looks set to change and i think that's one reason why there is
pressure on facebook‘s share price. facebook is funded by advertising and mozilla, the brand behind the fi refox and mozilla, the brand behind the firefox internet browser, has become the first brand that has said it will pause advertising. i spoken to two powerful man in british advertising and he said his clients are applying pressure to facebook and another said he hopes a lot of his clientsjoin mozilla and another said he hopes a lot of his clients join mozilla and pause. facebook is funded by advertising so it could be in trouble. what's next for cambridge analytica? it's essentially a kind of modern ad agency which to some extent traded on this charm of its boss. he's been suspended by the company, he's been recorded this evening —— recalled to the culture select committee was evening, where they've accused him of being less than fully frank, it's fairto of being less than fully frank, it's fair to say, although he denies those allegations and tomorrow, the information commissioner finds out whether she can go into cambridge analytica's offices and work out
what effect they had on british democracy. there's not much to cheer for facebook at the moment but at least they‘ re for facebook at the moment but at least they're not cambridge analytica. amel rajan, thank you. a memorial service has been held today, in memory of the five people killed in the westminster terror attack a year ago today. the attacker khalid masood, who also died, drove into pedestrians on westminster bridge, before stabbing pc keith palmer outside the houses of parliament. vicki young looks back at the day. a year ago today, on this estate, and on westminster bridge, we were visited by what i regard as evil... senior politicians and faith leaders led tributes today to the five victims of the attack. westminster fell silent in their honour and remembered the shocking events of a year ago. the fear, as khalid masood ploughed his car into
pedestrians on the bridge. the panic, as people fled to safety. pc keith palmer was fatally stabbed as he stood on duty protecting parliament. one of his colleagues recalls the moment it happened. mass confusion, really. eventually one of my friends came over and said, i was saying, "who is it, who is it? who's the officer on the floor?" they said, "it's your friend keith." and, er... well, terrible. a conservative minister had been among those desperately trying to save the officer's life. you rack your brains as to what more you could have done, and if you'd have done things differently. so, there's all sorts of things that you torment your mind, but you can't, you have to understand that everybody i think did their utmost on that day, and it's very, very sad. romanian tourist andrea cristea also died in the attack.
her family are still struggling to cope with their loss. there are moments when we take the phone to call her, or to write on the messenger. we spend the whole time together. and now, all of this doesn't make any sense. in her tribute, the prime minister said this was a day to remember those who were lost, but also to defy those who sought to silence our democracy one year ago. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. the number of children living in relative poverty in the uk has risen by 100,000 in a year. figures out today show 4.1 million children now live in relative poverty. that's families earning less that £16,380 a year — or 60% of the median uk income. more than two thirds of those
children are in working families. research seen by the bbc found single parent households were twice as likely to visit foodbanks compared to the general population. the government says levels of absolute poverty have fallen and that the best route out of poverty is through employment. our special correspondent ed thomas has spent time with three families in oldham. this is the story of children like tyler. big teddy. just a big teddy. and kids like rocky. lam seven. i am casey and i am five... lam four... iam eight... wejoined families in oldham to hear of their daily struggle. tyler is five... who's tyler? me. and lives with his mum. don't want to waste too much batteries. what are you doing? i don't like losing the pennies because my mum needs them
to buy important stuff, like bread, milk and... well, just other important stuff. lara works 20 hours a week, a single parent on minimum wage. if i told him that we have to watch the pennies, i don't have to tell him that there's nothing there. with wages and benefits, some months she has £1140. some months she has £1,140. after rent, bills and debts, she's left with around £13 a day. he got very ill at one point because i couldn't afford the heating. we couldn't afford the bus to school. his shoes were getting knackered, his pants were too small for him. you're not actually in here. in three, two, one... across town is sophie's party. her dad mark is a single parent. after 27 years in work, he gave up hisjob is to look
he gave up his job to look after his four kids. happy birthday dear sophie...! you can't really let them see what is going through your mind. having the heating on, food in their stomachs. he says the £20,000 a year benefits cap means he's lost £340 a month. i got probably within a week or two of losing the house. i ended up having to take out a credit card which i actually can't afford to pay back, but it was the only way i could keep the house over me. the government says if mark works 16 hours a week, he'd be exempt from the benefits cap. he says he wants a job but can't afford childcare. he just tries to get money but if he runs out of money he can't get anything for us. we're seeing more and more families coming through the doors. those in need come here, oldham food bank. we've had people that have told us that they're almost suicidal,
theyjust want out. last year they gave out 7,000 emergency food supplies — nearly 2,500 were for children. children like amelia. right now, her family is in financial crisis, and she's asking questions. "why are we sat in ourquilts, mummy?" "mummy, it's cold, can i put the heating on?" no, we can't because there's no heating to put on. and i can't take her dancing, which is her hobby. you know, she loves it. amelia's dad corey works full—time on minimum wage. they rely on benefits, but the numbers aren't adding up. i'm going to be skint again once i've paid everything out. amelia and alfie's auntie bought this food, so they can eat. i've got £28 to buy food, gas and electric for me kids. like many in oldham, their benefits have been moved to universal credit.
the way it's calculated for them means some months, corey's wage is counted twice. the result — no benefits, no money. i can't imagine how my partner is feeling when he's going to work day in day out, or when they're opening the fridge and it's empty and there's nothing there for them to get. that was traumatising me, as a mum. last month, danielle couldn't afford sanitary towels. what did you have to do? tissue. and practically wash myself maybe three or four times a day so i felt clean. in one part of oldham, six out of ten children are growing up in poverty. so, what next for kids like rocky? all right, my feet are back... his mum fears they'll be left behind. they're getting forgot, then they wonder why they've got no hopes and aspirations.
this has gone on for so long, and nobody listens. families talked of relentless pressure. you're fighting to stay sane, you're fighting to...keep the kids. i adore him and i love him but you just think, i can't do it, i can't be a mother, i can't just provide the simple day—to—day things — gas, food, getting a bus... electric. the government says it's making the welfare system fair, it's helping working families, and absolute poverty is falling. ed thomas, bbc news, oldham. the prime minister called it an expression of our independence and sovereignty. but the new blue british passport that will be issued after brexit could be made in france, according to the british firm that lost the contract. the government says the process was carried out in a fair and open way. danny savage reports.
an icon of british identity. post—brexit, the current style burgundy passport is going to be replaced with a new version of the old style. but the current uk manufacturer says they're going to be made in france — and they object. i think it's disappointing for my workforce, who i'll now have to go and talk to later today or in the coming days, and explain to them why theresa may and amber rudd don't believe that the british passport should be manufactured by them. just down the road in durham is the passport office. there wasn't much appetite here today for french—made british passports. well, i think it should be made up here. ijust don't get it. if we're leaving the eu, why take it abroad? it's prestige. a british passport should be printed in made in england. and they shouldn't be made elsewhere in europe? i don't think so, no. regardless of cost? regardless of cost. the british government should step in and try and make sure... i think it's, the name of the company, de la
rue or something...? they should maybe get the contract. but again they may have to look at the price. the government says the deal could save the taxpayer up to £120 million, and they're playing by the rules. great uk companies compete on a world stage, and we often win business around the world, and will continue to do so, both before and after we leave the european union. and they say any personal details on the new—look passports will only be added here, not abroad. danny savage, bbc news, durham. england's cricketers suffered humiliation on the opening day of the first test against new zealand in auckland. captainjoe root was bowled for a duck, as the tourists slipped to 27 for nine before being dismissed forjust 58 runs. new zealand go into the second day with a lead of 117. gareth bale has become the all—time leading goal—scorer for wales, after his hat—trick helped the team to a 6—0 defeat of china. the real madrid star took his total goals for his country to 29. as natalie pirks reports,
it was ryan giggs' first game in charge of the national team. commentator: bale... is he on—side? he is on—side! gareth bale is a record—breaker! as hat—tricks go it was a special one., gareth bale, once the world's most expensive player, now his country's most prolific one. it's amazing, i think, on my daughter's birthday today, so it's great individually to get the record, but as i say always, the most important thing is the team plays well, and obviously under a new manager, it's important to get off to a good start. for ryan giggs, the 6—0 win was the biggest victory for any wales manager on their debut. bale's first international hat—trick meant he eclipsed the record of ian rush, who had scored 28 times for his country. rush has done it! breaking someone like ian rush's record, one of the greatest goal—scorers that's ever lived, breaking his record — fantastic achievement. reports suggest his career at real madrid could come
to an end this summer, but he'll have no shortage of suitors. form is temporary... gareth bale! but for wales, bale's class is permanent. natalie pirks, bbc news. this week we're investigating the impact of plastic on the environment. we've set one family from bristol a challenge to see if they can live without single—use plastic for ten days. jon kay has been finding out how they've been getting on. no online supermarket delivery for this family this week. they are refilling their tubs with serial. we're trying to save the planet. but it can be messy and they have
had to drive five miles to find this shop. it is time, convenience and cost, because it is not a cheap way of shopping. they are recording a video diary. £10, no plastic insight. dad has found a farm where he can refill glass bottles with milk. you like that, don't you? the girls can't believe how different the fridge looks. there's no plastic. and the milk‘s inside of a glass. upstairs, bamboo toothbrushes... and a bara shampoo. feels all right, smells 0k. toothbrushes... and a bara shampoo. feels all right, smells ok. so far, so good. i've got a stinking cold... but it is getting tougher.|j so good. i've got a stinking cold... but it is getting tougher. i have just been up to the chemist and everything is packaged in plastic. surely they've got the money that
they could just supply one thing which isjust in some kind of cardboard casing rather than in plastic. fresh food is going off soon abridge means more shopping trips for the pair and they both work full—time. trips for the pair and they both work full-time. i want it be a really positive thing, i want to be able to say to everybody that it is doable, because it is so worthwhile to do. but financially it might not just be something that we can do as a family. they have made some one—off purchases like a yoghurt maker to cut down on throwaway pots. cani maker to cut down on throwaway pots. can i get you to put it into the top aware for me... at their basic food bill is being stretched. our shopping budget is normally £60 a week andl shopping budget is normally £60 a week and i think we have spent easily £100. they are proud of how they have done, like using lemons instead of plastic bottles of cleaning fluid. day ten