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the prime minister hits back as labour accuses the government of being callous and incompetent over its treatment of windrush migrants. theresa may apologises again after many who came here as children from commonwealth countries are mistakenly threatened with deportation. people in the windrush generation who came here from commonwealth countries have built a life here, they have made a massive contribution to the country. these people are british, they are part of us. one man who arrived here from jamaica in the 1950s tells us of the stress he's been under. i don't think people have realised the mental pressure it puts you under, to have this on you. you feel like a criminal. also on the programme tonight. inflation falls to its lowest level for a year amid expectations that interest rates will rise next month. the police raid on sir cliff richard's home — the bbcjournalist who broke the story tells the high court he acted in a fair
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and professional way. set afire but part of it is missing. they said there is a hole and someone went out. a passenger dies after being almost sucked out of a plane when one of its engines exploded mid—air. and on a hottest day of the year so far people are making the most of this glorious sunshine. coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news. joey barton is still banned from football but he will be back in the game injune, he is taking over fleetwood town. he is taking over at fleetwood town. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at 6. the prime minister has hit back after labour accused the government of being "callous and incompetent"
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in its treatment of the so—called windrush generation. in the commons this lunchtime theresa may again apologised to those wrongly threatened with deportation. during an exchange with the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, she said she wouldn't take lessons from a leader who, in her words, "allows anti—semitism to run rife in his party". our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. that was a long time ago. yeah, it was. that veranda, i used to slide down there. jamaica, country of his birth, britain, country of his home. mick broderick came to london as a toddler with his mother and sister in the late 1950s, but decades later, he says he was threatened with deportation and even lost hisjob. one a minute, i'm going back to a country, when i was a little boy, i know nothing about. as far as i know this is my home. all because under tightened immigration rules he couldn't prove he had the legal right to live here.
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i don't think people have realised the mental pressure it puts you under to have this on you. you feel like a criminal. it's awful, it really is awful. i've always worked and looked after my family, that's what a man does. not like this. especially when you think there's no one there and i couldn't afford a lawyer. are you to blame for the windrush fiasco prime minister? she was at the home office figures when the laws became stricter. the prime minister apologises once more, the windrush generation should never have been caught up in the changes. these people are british, they are pa rt these people are british, they are part of us. and i want to be absolutely clear. i want to be absolutely clear. i want to be absolutely clear. i want to be absolutely clear that we have no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain here.
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but what happened to records that could have avoided at least part of the problem? in 2010 the home office destroyed landing cards for a generation of commonwealth citizens. and so have told people, we cannot find you in our system. did the prime minister, the then home secretary, sign off that decision? prime minister? no, the decision to destroy the landing cards was taken in 2009 under a labour government. the decision was taken by officials not ministers yet the anxiety of those affected goes beyond paperwork. the windrush generation can to our country after the war to rebuild our nation that had been so devastated by war. isn't the truth, isn't the truth mr speaker that under herthe isn't the truth mr speaker that under her the home office became heartless and helpless? was that theresa may? good morning.
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this home secretary has to do with an accidental mass, the overall crackdown under the former home secretary was entirely deliberate. we wa nt secretary was entirely deliberate. we want to ensure only legal migrants have access to the labour market, free health services, housing, bank accounts and driving licences. this is notjust about making the uk are more hostile place for illegal immigrants, it is also about fairness. the intense push by the government had eyebrow raising tactics. but ministers believed the home office had hefty public support. if you haven't got the right paperwork basically you are a bad guy and have a culture of disbelief and the absolute and commitments is 2010 has been to cut immigration and drive as many as they can out of the country. it is not cultural assumption that has driven many of the problems we seen around the windrush generation. consequences that were not intended but not random either. anxiety for thousands of people for whom britain
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was and is a place called home. this problem has been building here at the home office for quite some time but i am told it is only really in the last couple of weeks that the pattern has really become obvious to those who work at the senior level here in this government department. this mass was not created in the egg on purpose but it is a by—product of effo rts on purpose but it is a by—product of efforts to tighten the immigration rules again and again over a period of many years. rightly or wrongly those decisions were taken by ministers and the home office and they believed at the time they had significant public support. laura kuenssberg, thank you. inflation has fallen to its lowest level for a year. the consumer prices index stood at 2.5% in march, down from 2.7% the previous month. meanwhile wages continue to rise. so could the squeeze on uk households' budgets be coming to an end? our consumer affairs correspondent nina warhurst has been to preston to find out. how long have you been coming to steve then, john?
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a barber since 1970. must be about 20, 30 years. wow. yeah. is he any good yet? no, he's still learning! steve has seen out his share of storms. he had noticed prices creeping up, but business stayed buoyant. it's been fairly steady, definitely. so it doesn't even compare to how bad things were ten years ago? no, nothing like. it was playing spot the customer at one time. was it? yes. but now, you've just a steady flow. but across the road two years of growing costs have been tough on the meat business. now the market's had a face—lift and things are looking up. the last ten weeks, we've done well. we've noticed that people who are in here, they've got smiles on their faces. you know, people look a bit more confident. it seems pretty vibrant. there's new boys opening up left right and centre, cafes, take aways. so you're feeling quite optimistic about the future? very optimistic.
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otherwise at my age where am i going to spend all this money? and that optimism could be growing. cut—price womenswear has helped inflation come down further than expected and that has implications for the bank of england, who are likely to raise interest rates next month in order to help slow down inflation. but seeing as that's now happening anyway it might be that we only see one small rate rise this year. combined with small wage increases it's good news. if these trends continue, the squeeze should be easing. if we have been very mindful about what we've got to spend, as we start to feel a little bit better off, we may be more excited about that and willing to spend it more on things that make us happy. if this trend continues are we likely to become a little bit more frivolous, carefree with our cash? we could be, yeah, we could. but not yet. in the travel trade at least, holiday—makers are still playing it safe. i would say over the past couple of years
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there's more all—inclusive holidays being booked, especially by families. because they know exactly how much the holiday is going to cost them and they don't need to allow for spending money. so it's important to them to feel in control of the spend? yes, they want to know how much the holiday‘s going to cost them, and they don't want any unexpected expenses whilst they are away. it is too soon to say with certainty how the coming months will play out but for most, while things might not be getting lots easier, they don't look set to be getting harder. nina warhurst, bbc news, preston. students in england, wales and northern ireland are facing a hike in the cost of their loans — with interest rates rising to 6.3% from september. the government said very few people would be affected by the change, which is due to a higher rate of inflation since last year. but the national union of students said the loan system continued to be a bad dealfor students, their families, and the taxpayer. the bbcjournalist who broke the story about a police investigation into sir cliff richard has told the high court that he acted in a "professional and fair" way. danjohnson said he was sorry that sir cliff had been
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"through such a difficult time". the bbc says its report on south yorkshire police's sexual assault inquiry was of public interest. sir cliff was not arrested or charged. our special correspondent lucy manning was in court. sir cliff richard finally heard from the bbcjournalist who broke the exclusive story that the singer was being investigated and his flat searched by police in 2014. yes, this lunchtime the searches are still going on. police officers from south yorkshire police have been in this gated, private estate for more than two hours now... dan johnson reported from outside the singer's home. in the witness box it was put to him that he didn't care a fig for sir cliff richard, that he was desperate not to lose an exclusive story. mrjohnson was asked by sir cliff richard's barrister if he accepted his story had caused the singer massive damage and distress. "i accept he was upset and distressed," he said.
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the barrister then asked, would you apologise to sir cliff? mrjohnson replied, i'm sorry he went through such a difficult time. he was then asked, sir cliff is in court, would you apologise to him? the judge then stepped in to end this line of questioning. he later added, i accept the distress he feels, i don't accept it was caused by me uniquely. obviously south yorkshire police were part of that, and my colleagues at the bbc who were part of the story as well. i don't believe i was at fault. i just reported the facts of the story. mrjohnson denied the bbc‘s use of a helicopter to take pictures of the police searching sir cliff richard's flat was intrusive. i thought it was useful to tell people what was going on. but he was pressed by the singer's barrister about why there hadn't be more discussions about sir cliff richard's privacy. the barrister asked him about an e—mail he wrote referring to the singer as a celebrity paedo. mrjohnson said it was just
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shorthand to a close colleague and he had always been professional and fair when reporting this story. sir cliff richard listened closely in court to the man who had broadcast details about him to the world. the singer is claiming very substantial damages from the bbc for invading his privacy but the bbc insists the story was accurate and in the public interest. lucy manning, bbc news. the father of the terminally ill toddler alfie evans has met pope francis and begged him to save his son. tom evans has flown to rome to ask the pope to intervene in the legal battle over switching off life support for the 23—month—old. it comes after alfie's family lost the latest appeal for his treatment to continue at alder hey children's hospital in liverpool. a hairdresser who said he was "riddled" with hiv and convicted of trying to infect 10 men has beenjailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years. daryll rowe, who's 27, infected five men with whom he'd had unprotected sex. he also sabotaged the condoms
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of anotherfive in brighton and northumberland. president trump has confirmed that the head of the cia, mike pompeo, travelled to north korea last week to hold secret talks with the country's leader, kim jong—un. the meeting has raised hopes of a breakthrough over north korea's nuclear programme. meanwhile, south korea says it's considering how to change a decades—old armistice with the north into a peace treaty. laura bicker‘s report from seoul contains some flash photography. south korea never feels like a country still at war. instead, the young claim the streets after work and ignore any threat from their neighbour to the north. now after 65 years, this generation may have a chance at peace. but they can't do it without the help of the president of the united states. i llike how trump ‘s doing
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with these peace treaties. i think rather than donald trump 's doing it was kim jong—un post change of attitude that led to this. at a press conference with the prime ministerjapanese prime ministers shinzo abe donald trump doctor hint at the diplomatic bombshell that was to come. we've also started talking to north korea directly. we have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels. it turns out those talks were carried out by cia director mike pompeo, who met kimjong—un in north korea. all confirmed in a presidential tweet. the meeting went very smoothly, he said, and a good relationship was formed. details of the summit are being worked out now, denuclearisation will be a great thing to the world but also for north korea. so did kimjong—un tell mike pompeo he was ready to give up his
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nuclear weapons, some doubt it. it's not clear to everyone that what he wants is simply denuclearisation of north korea or denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, which will require that the us also give up its alliance with south korea and the nuclear umbrella that comes with that. officials in seoul are making it clear that no peace treaty would be on the table unless kim jong—un agreed to give up his nuclear weapons. and that is something many believe he will never be willing to do. however a peace treaty is something that his father and his grandfather never achieved. it might prove quite tempting to the young leader. the leaders of the two koreas will come face—to—face with the heavily fortified border next week. but the power to forge any lasting agreement lies with the us. the hopes of many on this peninsula are in president chun's pounds. are in president chun's hands. —— the hopes of many on this peninsula are in president trump's hands. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul.
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our top story this evening. the prime minister hits back as labour accuses the government of being callous and incompetent over its treatment of windrush migrants. and still to come... temperatures soar across parts of the uk on the hottest day of the year so far. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, who are they? they are accrington stanley! and they are on the rise again. promotion to league 1. an airline passenger has been killed in america after she was almost sucked out of a plane at 32,000 feet when one of its engines exploded. the southwest airlines boeing 737 was flying between new york and texas. the blast shattered the window she was sitting next to. nick bryant has the story. imagine the relief of the passengers on board after this southwest airlines boeing 737 landed safely on the ground. they had heard the engine explode at 32,000 feet. they had seen a window smashed open by the debris.
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they had watched as a fellow passenger was partially sucked out of the cabin after the rapid depressurisation. one of the 149 people on board, marty martinez captured the high altitude drama. first there was an explosion and then almost immediately the oxygen masks came down. and then probably within a matter of ten seconds, the engine then hit a window and busted it wide open. it felt like it was freefalling and of course everyone was freaking out. everyone was crying. at the controls, captain tammiejo shults, a highly experienced former top gun navy pilot. she radioed for help, showing extraordinary calm. ok, could you have the medical meet us there on the runway as well? we've got injured passengers. injured passengers, 0k. and is your aeroplane physically on fire? no, it's not on fire. but part of it's missing. they said there's a hole and someone went out. i'm sorry, you said there was a hole and somebody went out?
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airport, there is a hole in the side of the aircraft. passengers managed to pull the woman sucked out of the window back into the cabin, but she died from her injuries. she has now been identified as jennifer riordan, a bank executive from new mexico. a 42—year—old mother—of—two who had been on a business trip to new york. investigators are looking into what is the first fatal us airline accident in almost a decade. the early signs point to metalfatigue, causing a fan blade to break off. even before this incident, european authorities have called for non—urgent inspections of these american and french made engines that are a workhorse of the global aviation industry. us authorities are now likely to follow suit. this could been a catastrophic accident and the pilot who landed this stricken aircraft is being hailed as a heroine. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. a team of international weapons inspectors have
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delayed their visit to the site of a suspected chemical attack in syria, after a united nations security team on the ground were targeted by gunfire. it's now unclear when the fact—finding mission to douma will begin. the alleged attack led to us, french and british air strikes on saturday. the syrian government denies it used chemical weapons. the former us first lady, barbara bush, has died at the age of 92. she was first lady from 1989 to 1993 and a wife and mother to two us presidents, george h w bush and george w bush. she was also a prominent literacy campaigner establishing a foundation to help parents and children from disadvantaged communities to read and write. the government has lost a key vote in the house of lords this evening over brexit. a cross party group of peers is pressing for the uk to remain in a "customs union" after it's left the european union. our deputy political editor john pienaar is at westminster for us this evening. john... how much of a setback is this?
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brexit has become a trial of strength, a test of the government, the brexiteers, and their opponents. in the house of lords, a short while ago, the government came off worse when peers voted for britain to explore continuing to be a member of the european customs union. that would mean no customs checks. it would mean no customs checks. it would mean no customs checks. it would mean no customs duties. but it would mean no customs duties. but it would also mean following eu rules and it would stop britain from exploring and striking its own trade deals around the world. so there will be another obstacle. they will have a hard time overturning this defeat. that's not because it would force them to change policy. inside government they were saying having to explore membership of a customs union is so vague it would probably practically mean very little. but there are more struggle still to come. about the terms of brexit,
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about the terms of a final deal upon leaving the european union and the government doesn't want to give any ground if it can avoid it to their proponents here at westminster. you may have thought the battle of brexit had gone quiet, but there are plenty of battles still to come. and the shape of brexit and the authority of the government and the prime minister rest on the outcome. thanks very much. it was only a few weeks ago that large parts of the country were covered in snow as the beast from the east swept in. but today britain has been basking in the hottest day of the year so far — with the temperatures expected to remain high well into the weekend. london marathon runners are being warned sunday could be the warmest race day for more than 20 years. sima kotecha is in birmingham. as with weather stories in the uk, there was seldom a happy ending, but there was seldom a happy ending, but there set to continue for many of us across the country for a few days yet. the top temperature recorded here in birmingham today was 22
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degrees. however, do not put away your umbrellas just yet, rain degrees. however, do not put away your umbrellasjust yet, rain is forecast for some of us over the weekend. finally, spring has properly sprung. in parts of the country, temperatures reached up to 25 degrees today. london, norwich, lincoln and birmingham have all been on the receiving end of glorious weather. really good, i booked the day off work, so i'm just out enjoying it with my friends. went to a concert last night, so just relaxing, it feels really luxurious, actually. relaxed, happy and excited for the summer. this morning when i woke up and the sun was shining, ijust knew that i actually did want to get out of bed and have, like, a really nice day. so yeah, really happy. and on the beach injersey, they made the most of it. absolutely superb. we have been waiting for this for a long time. it has been a never—ending winter. it is lovely, just really nice to have the sun out and no clouds. nice to bring the kids down to the beach and hopefully it continues for the rest of the summer. the change in weather is down
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to a change in wind direction. warm air is being pushed northwards from the mediterranean and central europe, lifting temperatures for many of us. and for the next few days, even more spells of sunshine are to come. however in western parts of scotland, some showers are possible. the plans for tonight, some family time in the outdoors. as long as the sun lasts. sima kotecha, bbc news, in birmingham. time for a look at the weather... here's matt taylor. you didn't think you could get away from this. that was me in the sahara. what wasn't, five marathons? six, 100 and 50 miles across the sahara. crazy. and hot.
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i cannot believe you are doing the london marathon, as well. if you are joining sophie, it'll be a flatter starting line than that, the london marathon, be prepared, lots of liquids, and some green on sunday. cloud amounts are set to build. we could see temperatures up to 23 degrees in the afternoon. there is a small chance of a refreshing shower if you are one of the stragglers in the afternoon late on, but it will be dry for most of the day. as for tomorrow, the hottest day for the —— hottest day of the week for most. lots of sunshine developing across the country. it starts with cloud and western scotland and northern ireland. that pushes away with some showers. if you are an early commuter, on the fresh side, but as $0011 commuter, on the fresh side, but as soon is the son gets up above the horizon there will be that warmth building. the cloud and western scotland, showers breaking up, and in northern ireland, into sunny spells for the rest of the day. a
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chance of misty low cloud for wales and england. when that comes temperatures will drop, so cooler for you than it was today. 27 or 28 towards the south—east corner of england. that real heat will start to be curved off back into the near continent this weekend as is the atla ntic continent this weekend as is the atlantic pushes in its wind. still will be a lovely day for many on friday. lighter winds across the south. a greater chance of mist and fog patches throughout the day. some showers over the highlands and islands of scotland. but foremost a dry day, a bit more cloud around compared with thursday, but this still very pleasant, high teens and low 20s across some parts of central and eastern england. high pressure to begin with this weekend. as it pushes into the east, the eddie stabilises, meaning there is a greater chance of some showers developing. saturday, by and large across the uk, sunny, pleasant,
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light winds. into sunday, a greater chance of some showers developing. some of those could be on the heavy and london b—side. the exact positions of those will firm up over the next few days. but for the next few days, spring is at last with us. —— heavy and thundery side. a reminder of our main story... the prime minister hits back as labour accuses the government of being callous and incompetent over its treatment of windrush migrants. 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. you're watching bbc news. the top stories. theresa may has clashed with jeremy corbyn stories. theresa may has clashed withjeremy corbyn over the row concerning thousands of so—called windlass generation. she said she was sorry for the anxiety caused by threats of deportation and denied she ordered the destruction of thousands of landing cards. did the
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prime minister, the then home secretary, sign off that decision. no, the decision to destroy the land of cards was taken in 2009 under a labour government. the year-long squeeze on wages showing signs of coming to an end. official figures show the gap between inflation and wages narrowed between december and february. the cliff richard continues his court case over allegations that the bbc invaded his privacy. the journalist who allegations that the bbc invaded his privacy. thejournalist who reported on the raid on his home said that the coverage was professional and fair. passengers died after being almost sucked out of a plane when one engine exploded midair. the airline was travelling from new york to dallas. tributes have been paid to dallas. tributes have been paid to the former first lady barbara bush, she was 82 and had been unwell for some time. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look
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at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. at seven, is the us becoming friends with north korea. on beyond 100 days, christian fraser talks to the retired us general wes clark about the improved diplomatic relations. also on beyond 100 days, as the commonwealth heads of government meet in london. the president of the royal commonwealth society discusses its relevance. and join me for the paper review later this evening at 10.30. i'll be joined by polly mackenzie, the director of the think—tank, demos and steve hawkes, the deputy political editor at the sun. that's all ahead on bbc news. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. hello, i'm olly foster these are our sportsday headlines tonight. joey barton is still banned from football but he'll be back in the game injune as head coach of fleetwood town. and...who are they? it's accrington stanley
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and they on the rise again they will be a league one side next season. carl frampton is on the up again. we catch up with the fighter as he preapres for his next step towards reagining the world title. and also coming up find out who was on the phone to the chelsea manager. until tonight we have the possibility to respond.
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