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threatened with deportation. it involves thousands of people who came to britain between the 19405 and the 19705 with no official documents. ministers now say they're owed an apology. frankly, some of the way that they have been treated has been wrong, has been appalling, and i am sorry. this is a day of national shame! and it has come about because of a hostile environment policy that was begun under her prime minister! and we talk to some of those affected by changes introduced when theresa may was home secretary. i just thought they were mixing me up. anyway, unfortunately, they weren't mixing me up, it was me they were after, and it was me that they were locking up. we'll have the latest on the official response, which includes setting up a new taskforce to help those affected. also tonight — after the weekend air strikes against syria, theresa may defends her decision not to consult parliament in advance. and the house of commons is still in session tonight, debating the air strikes launched by the us, france and britain following the chemical
attack in syria. the itv presenter ant mcpartlin has been fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to drink—driving. we report on the scientific breakthrough that could help solve the plastic pollution crisis around the world. researchers have come up with a new way to deal with plastic waste, making an enzyme that eats it. and the girl on the swing — 73 years after the liberation of belsen, we meet the concentration—camp survivor who's retraced herjourney. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, with manchester city lifting the title, at the other end of the table tonight, relegation—threatened stoke faced west ham in a fight for survival. good evening.
the government has admitted that terrible mistakes were made in the treatment of commonwealth migrants who have been threatened with deportation from the uk. the home secretary, amber rudd, has announced new measures to help members of the so—called windrush generation, who came to britain as child migrants between the late 19405 and the 19705. many say they've been threatened with deportation or refused access to healthcare, despite having lived and worked here for decades. our community affairs correspondent adina campbell reports. # london is the place for me...# they were invited by the government to rebuild post—war britain 70 years ago and marked the beginning of commonwealth immigration. but now the children of the windrush generation have been detained and nearly deported for not having paperwork to prove their right to remain in the uk. children like painter
and decorator anthony brian, who came to britain from jamaica when he was eight years old. last year, he was held in a detention centre twice for nearly three weeks. it was a shock. because i have always thought i was legal, i was briti5h, i have been here from i was eight. i didn't give it another thought. i just thought they were mixing me up. u nfortu nately, it was me they were after, and me they were locking up. those who arrived before 1973 were legally entitled to remain in the uk, but the home office did not keep records, and changes to immigration rules introduced six years ago — when theresa may was the home secretary — have led to some of this group finding it difficult to prove their legal right to stay. after weeks of intensifying pressure to intervene, today the government apologised. i do not want any of
the commonwealth citizens who are here legally to be impacted in the way that they have, and frankly some of the way that they have been treated has been wrong, has been appalling, and i am sorry. but there were heated words from all sides. can she tell the house how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country? can she tell the house how many have been denied health under the national health service, how many have been denied pensions, and how many have lost theirjob? this is a day of national shame! her response to this problem now is far too pa55ive, just a task force that relies on the windrush generation raising their problems with her — that's not good enough. both sides of the house need to accept the need for a proper debate about immigration, an open and honest debate, and if we did that, we might come to the proper conclusion that it is notjust the windrush generation, but it's generations
over centuries. tomorrow, the prime minister, theresa may, will hold a meeting with commonwealth leaders to discuss the issue. i would like to see them treating ourjamaican citizens like they are somebody and not nobody. that's all. i'm not asking for much. cos we deserve it, we've worked, and we've built up this country, and we would like to see them build us up as well. you know, it works both ways. anthony brian is still waiting for legal paperwork to confirm his right to stay in the uk. adina campbell, bbc news. 0ur deputy political editor, john pienaar, is at the home office. the government is being accused of a screeching u—turn, i5 the government is being accused of a screeching u—turn, is that your view? yes, and anyway you look at it, the government me55ed
view? yes, and anyway you look at it, the government messed up badly, and criticism finally concentrated mind5 and criticism finally concentrated minds in government, even the most junior minister could see the government had got itself into a very bad place when it is taking a hit from jeremy corbyn on one side and from a right—wing conservative like jacob rees—mogg on the other, when the liberal left guardian newspaper is attacking in pretty much the same terms as the right—leaning ma55ive circulation sun new5paper, but the realisation came late in the day, a last—minute agreement to meet caribbean leaders, when there is a commonwealth summit i5 when there is a commonwealth summit is taking place in london, that looked flat—footed, and today amber rudd inseam 100% certain that no—one had been deported wrong way. what was most remarkable wa5 had been deported wrong way. what was most remarkable was the sight and sound of the home secretary distancing herself from her own department in the way that she did. it hadn't ju5t department in the way that she did. it hadn't just be department in the way that she did. it hadn'tjust be hailed wrongly, it had behaved appallingly. critic5 are blaming what they call the hostile environment, tracing it back to the
time when theresa may was home secretary, and amber rudd may have strengthened their arm by attacking that culture in the way that she did, in the department 5he that culture in the way that she did, in the department she inherited from the prime minister. the home 0ffice from the prime minister. the home office is now working on a tough target of bringing down net migration, now they will have to do that, too busy that have target, while also influencing immigration rules as they relate to individuals and families, many of them in this country and families, many of them in this cou ntry 5ettled and families, many of them in this country settled for many years, doing it with a lot more 5en5itivity and compassion. john pienaar, many thank5, our deputy political editor at the home office. the prime minister has defended her decision to authorise military action against syria, in5isting it was needed to prevent more human suffering. mp5 have spent several hours debating the missile strike5, which were approved without consultation with parliament. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, questioned the legality of the action and accused the prime minister of acting at the whim of president trump, as our political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports. calm, as the morning shift in westminster begins,
yet no political peace, either home or away. the prime minister and her entourage have to explain why she pushed the button on air strikes thousands of miles away. a big day for the labour leader's side too, claiming the government's action might have broken the law. statement, the prime minister. but time and again, the prime minister insisted the bombing in syria was legal — and the right thing to do for britain. let me be absolutely clear, we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so. it is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in syria and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used. she defended her decision not to ask mp5 first,
saying a wider principle is at stake. we cannot go back to a world where the use of chemical weapons becomes normalised. the way we protect our national interest is to stand up for the global rules and standards that keep us safe. that is what we have done and what we will continue to do. but assurances these strikes were legal were not enough for the labour leader, adamant parliament must always have a say, suspicious about the prime minister's motive. this statement serves as a reminder that the prime minister is accountable to this parliament, not to the whims of the us president. we clearly need a war powers act in this country to transform a now broken convention into a legal obligation. it is deeply unlikely right now that labour's preferred option, of using the un, has any chance.
but among those who might have backed the action, there are still nerves about not being asked first. it takes a real prime minister to actually face up to the grave responsibility. once president trump had announced to the world what he was proposing, a widespread debate was taking place everywhere, including many mps in the media, but no debate in parliament. does the prime minister intend to order fresh strikes, or is it, in the words of president trump, a "one—off operation" and "mission accomplished"? there is no military solution to the crisis. the solution must be political. i regret that there wasn't a parliamentary vote on this issue, but i wish to tell the prime minister and the house, that she would have had my vote, had i been asked to give it. songs of protest outside, while hours of talking inside,
but no sign yet on a vote that will determine whether the prime minister was right or wrong. a5 asi as i speak, mp5 are still speaking about syria in parliament behind me, and they will do more of that tomorrow, when labour has got permission to lead a debate on the role of parliament in future conflicts. but is there any sign of aon whether these militaries trikes and syria were right or wrong. —— a vote on. no, but has theresa may been damaged by bypassing parliament? it has been a bumpy day, but it doesn't really seem so, and the criticisms, and there were plenty of them, were all once that the government would have been able to predict before she took the decision. but has she somehow, in
the last 72 hours, scrapped the convention where parliament gets a say before military action is taken by the united kingdom? it's very ha rd to by the united kingdom? it's very hard to imagine that, if there were to be significant military action that didn't have a limited focus and a limited time frame, that parliament would not get a say, or that any future prime minister would somehow be able to ignore the will of mp5. theresa may, if she wants to ta ke of mp5. theresa may, if she wants to take similar strikes again, might find she is and more pressure go back and ask next time — if there is one. russia's foreign minister has told the bbc that relations between moscow and the west are worse than during the cold war. sergei lavrov said the us, uk and france should have waited for an independent investigation into the chemical—weapons attack in syria before launching missile strikes. but independent inspectors say they've not yet been allowed access to the location of the attack in douma, prompting allegations that russia is obstructing the inquiry, as our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. the missiles launched by american,
british and french forces at the weekend were aimed at syria's suspected chemical—weapons facilities. and this is just some of the destruction but russia's foreign minister said the attacks on his syrian allies had also left relations between russia and the west worse than the cold war. in a bbc interview, sergei lavrov accused the western allies of having a phobia about russia, which he described as "genocide by sanction". we lose, basically, the last remnants of trust to our western friends, who prefer to operate on the basis of very weird logic. they punish first in douma, in syria, and then they wait for the inspectors of 0pcw to visit the place and to inspect. but as journalists were allowed
into douma to film life returning after months of fighting, it emerged the inspectors from the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons had not been allowed in — for what russian and syrian officials said were security issues. at the 0pcw headquarters in the hague, western diplomats accuse russia of deliberately blocking the inspectors and even tampering with the evidence — something russian officials denied, promising the inspectors would be allowed in on wednesday. we are obviously keen to make sure that the inspectors have every means that they can to carry out theirjob, and carry out the investigation as soon as possible. we see no reason why they should not be able to get to douma. eu foreign ministers backed the missile strikes, threatened further sanctions on syria, but called yet again for a political solution. we're seeing more people dying, and it is true that the solution to the conflict seems to be even more far away than ever in the past
more than seven years of conflict. this afternoon, britain and the us kept up the pressure on russia, publishing new information about what they described as a malicious cyber attack on the west. now, security official said this russian campaign predated the salisbury and syria chemical attacks, but they said they were on high alert for possible retaliation. but for now, supporters president assad in damascus are celebrating the capture of the eastern ghouta suburb — a victory in which chemical weapons seem to have played a part. james landale, bbc news. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet is in the syrian capital, damascus. let us talk about these inspectors, is there any report that you can pick up about them making progress towards douma ?
pick up about them making progress towards douma? i think that would ever the issue in the tangled conflict in syria, there are always these two competing narratives and in this case we have western diplomats accusing russia of blocking the work of the chemical inspectors and not allowing them to go to douma which isjust inspectors and not allowing them to go to douma which is just a short drive from where i am. here in damascus, syrian officials say that all that is happening is they need to prepare including security preparations. what did the inspectors say? nothing to the public. not a word. i was stuck in a lift with some of them and they were so lift with some of them and they were so terrified they would not even tell me their names. that is because they know how sensitive their mission is, how the world is waiting for their verdict. they will not tell us who carried out the attack, if indeed an attack took place, but what they can establish after they took samples is what kind of chemicals were used, if they were
used and that should help put to rest at least some of the arguments, maybe. what we have heard from the russians today is that the inspectors will go to douma on wednesday. many thanks for the latest. the itv presenter ant mcpartlin has been fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after admitting a charge of drink—driving. his car struck two other cars at a roundabout in west london last month while he was twice the legal alcohol limit, as our entertainment correspondent inzo mzimba reports. move back! the intense media interest in the case, a reflection of ant mcpartlin‘s status as one of tv‘s biggest stars. in line with recent changes to sentencing guidelines, he was fined two thirds of his £130,000 weekly income, having to pay £86,000, after admitting being more than twice the drink—drive limit. the court was told that the mini ant mcpartlin was driving collided with two different cars in quick succession just over a month ago.
in statements read out in court, one of the drivers said that mr mcpartlin's car came around the corner like a rocket. the driver of the other car hit said that he and his wife could have been killed as a result of mr mcpartlin's reckless driving. i am truly sorry for what happened. higher standards are expected of me, i expect them off meself. i would like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash and i am just thankful nobody was seriously hurt. guys, can you come off the door for me, please? after today's hearing, it is believed he has gone back into treatment. when his return to live tv might happen is currently a lot more uncertain. lizo mzimba, bbc news, wimbledon magistrates' court. the work and pensions secretary esther mcvey, giving evidence to a parliamentary committee in scotland, has been criticised for defending the so—called rape clause in the new universal credit benefits system. appearing at holyrood, esther mcvey said the clause potentially offered "double support" for rape victims, by offering
money and a chance to talk. the measure requires women to prove conception through non—consensual sex to qualify for tax credits for a third child. president trump has hit back at the former fbi directorjames comey, accusing him of committing ‘many crimes' during his time as head of the bureau. mr comey, in an interview to promote his published memoirs, has said mr trump was "morally unfit" to be president. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has the story. donald trump this morning left a washington that has been hit by flash floods and torrential rain. and last night the former fbi director had a bucketload of his own that he was seeking to pour over the president's head. the interview. james comey has a book to sell and, it would seem, scores to settle, after the way he was unceremoniously fired.
i don't think he is medically unfit to be president, i think he is morally unfit to be president. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, general mike flynn. a key episode concerns michael flynn, the president's first national security adviser. he was under criminal investigation for lying about his contacts with the russians. at a one—to—one meeting, the fbi director alleges the president asked him to drop the case. was president trump obstructing justice? possibly. there is certainly some evidence of obstruction ofjustice. the white house did not wait for the interview to air before taking careful aim at the former fbi boss. james comey continues to spread false information. the guy is known to be a liar and a leaker, and so there is not a lot
about james comey that we would find to be very surprising. undermining james comey‘s credibility is deliberate strategy. if there are ever impeachment proceedings brought against donald trump for obstruction ofjustice, then the former fbi director will be a key witness, so, shred his reputation now, and maybe his word will count for less later on. butjames comey is only one source of the president's current legal headaches. in a courtroom in new york, the president's personal lawyer was appearing, after the fbi raided his officers last week, seizing bank accounts and files. michael cohen was a mr fixit for the president. one of those he paid off, to the tune of $130,000, was the former porn star stormy daniels. her arrival in court had film crews falling over themselves. literally. woah! she was paid that money in return for her silence, after she allegedly had a brief affair with donald trump, an allegation that he denies.
it is hard to know which is the more dangerous to the president, james comey and the special counsel investigation, or the porn star payoff, and the fallout from that. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. sir cliff richard has returned to court, for the third day of his legal battle against the bbc, over its coverage of a police raid on one of his homes, in 2014. the singer claims that footage of the raid, carried out following an allegation of sexual assault, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy. he is suing the bbc in the high court for "substa ntial damages", but the bbc disputes his claims. sir cliff richard was never arrested or charged, as our special correspondent lucy manning reports. sir cliff richard has already received damages, £400,000, but from south yorkshire police, not the bbc. the force wants the bbc to pay a share of this. south yorkshire police have confirmed that they are searching
a property in berkshire owned by sir cliff richard... the dispute. how much information about the search of cliff richard's flat police gave the bbc. yes, this lunchtime, the search is still going on... reporter dan johnson was told the time and date of the search by south yorkshire, but they deny giving more information about the investigation and claim they were forced into cooperating with the bbc. today i can confirm that south yorkshire police have gained entry into a property in the sunningdale area of berkshire. matthew fenwick who is now retired from south yorkshire police made this statement to the bbc on the day of the raid. here in the middle, he told the court today, reporter danjohnson already knew many details about the investigation in a meeting they had one month before the search. mr fenwick was asked if he felt danjohnson had forced him into a deal with the bbc. mr fenwick told the court, i didn't want him to publish the story, but he told me he could and he would, so we came to an arrangement
where he wouldn't publish it then, but we would give him the details about the search. he was asked, did he force you into it? yes, he replied, really, yes. under cross—examination, it was put to him that he had not made notes at that meeting at police headquarters and had wrote the details in his notebook much later. he claimed he wrote up the notes two days later and denied south yorkshire wanted publicity for the raid. we all love you. sir cliff richard is suing for invasion of privacy, which the bbc denies, claiming the story was in the public interest. he was never arrested or charged and believes the bbc should pay for damaging his reputation. lucy manning, bbc news. scientists have engineered an enzyme, which can digest a key type of plastic, used to make drinks bottles and other products. the discovery could offer a new way of recycling millions
of tonnes of plastic. what's known as p—e—t was patented over 7 decades ago, and researchers now say their enzyme can break it down, as our science editor david shukman explains. plastic waste is filling the oceans. products used just once will last for decades or even centuries. i filmed this scene in turkey a few years ago. but there are ways of using plastic again. this plant in dagenham helps turn old plastic milk bottles into new ones. and now this lab at portsmouth university has gone much further. discovering how an enzyme can actually eat away the fabric of plastic itself. what is really special about this enzyme, it digests something man—made and most enzymes digest things like, maybe, grass stains or things like that, on clothing, but this material has only existed for the last 50 years, so to have an enzyme evolve that actually eats this man—made material, it is really stunning. what this research offers is a totally new way of dealing
with plastic that goes into bottles like this. the enzyme has been discovered to have the ability to break down the plastic into its two key ingredients and that would make recycling far easier. magnified 3000 times and speeded up over several days, these images captured the enzyme digesting the plastic. and the scientists have taken its original structure and modified it to work even faster. biochemistry student harry austin and his colleagues have been cutting up samples of plastic bottles and then adding the enzyme to see its effect. they are delighted with the results. very exciting for us in the labs here. it is fantastic. and with our collaborators in america and brazil as well, fantastic move. sojubilant. we can actually see what it is capable of doing, in terms of the breaking down of the plastic itself. it is amazing.
so will this help tackle plastic waste? tonight, for the one show, surfers against sewage collected all this from british beaches. the recycling industry likes the new enzyme but says it is not enough. it does only focus on one type of plastic. there are many different types of plastic that are used in our packaging and in our products. retailers are working hard to try and reduce the numbers of different types of plastic that they use, but there is a long way to go. it took some very clever science to make plastic as long—lasting as it is. now, there is a new scientific effort to find ways of dismantling it and the latest research is just the start. david shukman, bbc news, in portsmouth. british troops entered the nazi concentration camp at bergen belsen in germany, 73 years ago this week, saving the lives of thousands of people. one of them was hetty verolme. in 1945, she was interviewed by the bbc, just days after the liberation.
she's recently returned to belsen, and spoken again to the bbc, to reflect on her experiences, as our correspondent jeremy cooke reports. for hetty verolme, this is a walk back in time — back to a place of darkness and a place of death. we were jews, that's why we were brought here. hetty has come back to belsen. archive: beyond the barrier, the smell of death and decay, of corruption and filth. hetty was here when british troops marched through the gates exactly 73 years ago. 52,000 people died here. if you gave up hope that you wouldn't live, that the future was gone, you would be dead in two days. hetty was 13 years old when she and her two brothers were deported from holland to belsen along with their parents. as the camp was finally liberated, she found the strength
to tell her story to the bbc. so, hetty, this is extraordinary, listen to this. hetty verolme... the tape is still in the archive — hetty‘s own voice from a lifetime ago. she's speaking in german of suffering and despair, of how her father narrowly escaped death. his heart was pounding, and he couldn't breathe. they were strangling him with his own scarf. 0ne second more and it would have been finished. hetty still remembers it all, the lives lost. but for her, this is a story of survival, and here she is in the newsreel footage of a liberated belsen. that's me.
that's you right there? yes, and my brother max. that's amazing, look at your smile, hetty. if you could say something now to that girl, what would you like her to know? if my parents were dead. you'd want her to know that her parents, your parents... my parents were still alive. and miraculously they were alive. hetty‘s family were among those who survived the holocaust. for her, there was a new life in australia, motherhood, a successful business. but for so many other children of belsen, the story ended here, and it's here that they‘ re remembered still. young people, they don't know what the holocaust is.