tv BBC News at Ten BBC News May 2, 2018 10:00pm-10:30pm BST
tonight at ten: hundreds of women in england may have died prematurely because of failures in the nhs screening programme. the nhs failed to screen almost half a million women for breast cancer — up to 270 may have had their lives cut short. tragically, there are likely to be some people in this group who would have been alive today if the failure had not happened. we speak to some of those women who missed their screenings and went on to develop cancer. you'd like to think that if the government says every three years for mammograms, if you'd have one within that period, they would have picked something up. we'll be looking at the reasons for the failures and why they took so long to emerge. also tonight: sir, would a customs partnership make trade deals impossible? ministers force theresa may to think again about her preferred option for customs arrangements with the eu after brexit. cambridge analytica — the british company linked to the facebook data scandal — is closing down. tsb, whose customers still have
problems with online banking, say the boss will not get his £2 million bonus. who does the buck stop with? it stops with me. and i will be live here at rome's olympic stadium, where liverpool have made it through to the champions league final after a thrilling 7—6 aggregate win. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, team sky cyclist chris froome says he does expect to be cleared of doping, despite criticism over his inclusion in this years giro d'italia. good evening. the lives of as many as 270 women in england
may have been cut short because they were not sent an invitation to their final routine screening for breast cancer. that was the revelation by the health secretaryjeremy hunt, who told mps that a computer error dating back to 2009 meant that nearly half a million women had not been given an appointment. he announced an independent review, apologising for what he called "administrative incompetence", as our health editor hugh pym reports. patricia thinks she is probably a victim of the major errors with breast cancer screening which emerged today. she was due a routine mammogram in 2013 at the age of 70, but never got the invitation. two years later, she developed breast cancer. i look back now and think, you know, everything that happened since could possibly have been avoided or lessened. the whole journey i went on, the traumatic journey of all of the treatment, could... may even never have had to have happened.
today, the government admitted there had been a serious failure in nhs screening, caused in part by it problems with sometimes tragic consequences. there may be between 135 and 270 women who had their lives shortened as a result. i'm advised that it is unlikely to be more than this range and may be considerably less. however, tragically, there are likely to be some people in this group who would have been alive today if the failure had not happened. mr hunt apologised for what he called "administrative incompetence". the fact is that, for many years, oversight of our screening programme has not been good enough. labour said a number of questions needed to be answered. eight years is a long time for an error of this magnitude to go undetected. did the department receive any warnings in that time? is there any record of how many women raised concerns that they had not received appropriate screening?
were there any opportunities to change this mistake which were missed? women between the age of 50 and 70 are invited every three years to come for a routine breast screening, involving a mammogram on an x—ray machine like this, but what's emerged is that some of them in their late 60s never got the invitation to come for the final screening. about two million women a year take up the offering of screening. up the offer of screening. it is thought about 450,000 were affected by the failure. some have since died from a range of causes. 309,000 are still alive. in 2009, the national screening programme up to the age of 70 was launched in england. in 2016, there was an it upgrade. potential problems became clear in january this year. public health england was informed. i feel extremely sad for the women affected by this colossal administrative disaster, really. it is hugely significant.
we have to be concerned about, you know, generally about confidence in the screening service now but we need to know how has this happened? members of this breast cancer support group this evening said they were shocked. ijust think it's really sad and ijust wondered what happened, you know? at what point was it picked up and why didn't people pick it up earlier? i thought if you were on the system, you know, you would just get called back regularly every three years. to find out that some people hadn't been was quite shocking. women under 72 who were affected will receive a letter offering a new screening. those aged above that will be offered the chance to discuss whether a screening would benefit them. hugh pym is here. surely there are really important questions raised here about accountability in the first instance and trust in the service. there is
question over public confidence in screening for breast cancer and other cancers may be in some way affected. i think the government has taken a hit over this. public health england, responsible for screening, is very much in the spotlight but it was only created in 2013 and sources tell me that when they came to upgrade the it in 2016, it was found to be lacking going back several yea rs. to be lacking going back several years. i think there are big questions about the way help is run in england at the government reforms in 2013, who is responsible for what? who should have had oversight? the independent review announced by jeremy hunt will try to get to the bottom of that. for scotland and wales and northern ireland, there are screening wales and northern ireland, there are screening programmes wales and northern ireland, there are screening programmes for 50—70 —year—old women, similar to england but in scotland, the it is different, so there is not thought to bea different, so there is not thought to be a problem. for wales, there is a similar it issue, they don't think there is a problem but a similar it issue, they don't think there is a pro at m but ’; f; f — —— ~ 7 our
not to contact their gp in the first instance, but to contact the dedicated national helpline. the number is 0800169 2692 that is the number the department of help save should be called in the first instance, or you can look on the nhs choices website for more information. the prime minister has asked for "revised proposals" after meeting with senior ministers to discuss britain's trading relationship with the european union after brexit. theresa may discussed her preferred "customs pa rtnership" plan with cabinet colleagues this afternoon, but downing street says that more work needs to be done on the options. our political editor laura kuenssberg has more details. it never rains but it pours. especially in this famous street.
reporter: sir, would a customs partnership make trade deals impossible? the prime minister was stuck between senior ministers. they talked for hours about how customs should work after brexit. the truth is, they simply couldn't agree. what they are clashing about matters. how should we sort out customs after we leave the eu? well, one of the prime minister's ideas is the so—called "customs partnership", where britain would collect tariffs on behalf of the whole continent when goods arrive here from the rest of the world. but many of her colleagues think that's fanciful — and unworkable too — and are trying to get rid of that plan. brexiteer backbenchers put their objections in black and white. a hefty document passed to the bbc and sent to number ten, described to me as a threat they'd collapse the government if the idea remains. it would be extraordinary if the prime minister were to undermine her own policy by following this scheme which sounded superficially
attractive initially, but now the details have been looked out and the consequences examined, at and the consequences examined, appears to be a bad scheme. but other elements in the tory party protest. they want to preserve closer ties with the eu and keep the partnership principle. we shouldn't be closing down options. and if i have a criticism of some of my conservative colleagues it is that they seem to be resolute and obsessed in closing down options. but the two sides at home pushing the pm arejoined by the realities of the two sides on the irish border. the irish government and the eu keep warning that unless there are better solutions to the customs conundrum, the whole brexit deal could stall. we want to see real and meaningful progress byjune if we're going to meet that december deadline, and there's a real risk that we won't meet the december... or the october deadline, rather, if we don't see real and meaningful progress injune.
this afternoon's crunch meeting was, in the end, more like chewing the ideas over. questions to the prime minister! but listen very carefully to the prime minister early on. does she sound stuck on just one idea? we're committed to delivering on our commitment of no hard border between northern ireland and ireland, and ensuring we have as frictionless trade as possible with the european union. there's a number of ways that can be delivered. she said there are many ways, and there may have to be, because the cabinet could not agree this afternoon. i'm told a succession of ministers, a narrow majority, spoke against the prime minister's partnership idea. that's denied by number ten, but theresa may asked for revised proposals for more work to be done on the existing plans, an admission that nearly two years after the eu referendum the government doesn't have a customs plan with full backing of the cabinet, let alone the rest of the eu. this is complicated, but it's taking time.
a long time. and no decisions yet. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the british company at the centre of the facebook privacy scandal, cambridge analytica is to file for insolvency in the uk and the us. the firm — which has denied using data improperly obtained from facebook to make targeted political adverts — said its business was "no longer viable", as our media editor amol rajan reports. it sold itself as the pioneer of a new kind of digital marketing, able to give companies and political campaigns unprecedented control over their message. but tonight, cambridge analytica bowed to the inevitable. the company, which denies any wrongdoing, received the data of some 87 million facebook users via an app developer. it was the harvesting of that data which
ultimately caused its undoing. but there has been additional boasting by the company and undercover for channel 4 news, its most senior figures said they could decisively influence elections. in recent months, scrutiny of the company's practices has been remorseless. the offices were raided by the information commissioner. people see the work we did in a negative light... cso the work we did in a negative light... ceo alexander nix stepped down after a grilling by the parliamentary committee. the chairman said it is not the end of the matter. we have to make sure it is not an attempt to run and hide, that these companies are trying to avoid being vigorously investigated for the allegations made against them about the way they have used data and the legality of their practices. those investigations have do continue. in a statement, cambridge analytica said the scandal had driven away virtually all customers and suppliers, leaving the
company no longer viable and now entering administration. fallout from the controversy is global and ongoing. the founder and ceo of facebook mark zuckerberg apologised in washington last month for his company's in washington last month for his compa ny‘s failure to in washington last month for his company's failure to control the british firm. we didn't take a broad enougha british firm. we didn't take a broad enough a few of our responsibility and that was a big mistake, and it was my mistake and i'm sorry. many a nalysts was my mistake and i'm sorry. many analysts believe this scandal will have a lasting impact. this whole affair has changed people's perceptions of social media. we have drifted into the way we use these tools without a clear understanding of how the data is used and how we are targeted by advertisers, so this has helped bring good front of mind and made us more mindful about what we share. the company says it will honour its obligations to stab but regulators on both side of the atla ntic regulators on both side of the atlantic still think it has questions to answer —— obligations to stab. and is this really the end of cambridge analytica? i suspect not. there is
an irony about this company that boasted about being masters of manipulation and modern messaging should go under was being under siege from the media. it is a modern ad agency with a very slick front man and extremely rich backers but it did have an outsized influence on the zeitgeist for two reasons. first, it was clearly involved in a number of elections, including that of president trump, a tight election, and the second is that the harvesting of these 87 million users' data was the moment in modern history when millions of people wised up to the fact that their personal data is the most valuable commodity in the world. to answer your question, don't be surprised if elements this company spring up under a different guise and label, because the fact is the brand cambridge analytica might be toxic but the man for the data and the techniques they used to become briefly very notorious hasn't gone away and is in fact growing by the day. thank you very much. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. the ministry of defence has, for the first time, said a civilian has died as a result
of british military action against the islamic state group in syria and iraq. in a statement, the defence secretary gavin williamson said the fatality was "deeply regrettable". a court has started hearing evidence in the trial of a woman accused of throwing acid at herformer partner. berlinah wallace is charged with murdering mark van dongen by leaving him with such catastrophic injuries that he asked for assistance in ending his life. she denies all the charges. house of fraser has announced plans to close a number of stores, as its new owners look to turn around its fortunes. the department store — which employs over 6,000 staff — did not say how many of its 59 shops are earmarked for closure. the government has been urged to take action after a new report warned that dozens of towns and cities in the uk and around the world have unsafe levels of air pollution. the steel town of port talbot in south wales is listed as the most polluted area in the uk while scu nthorpe, salford and swansea are among a0 places exceeding limits considered safe by the world health organisation.
tsb has confirmed that its chief executive paul pester will not take bonuses totalling £2 million because of the computer problems which have affected millions of customers. many have had trouble using the bank's online services following an it unpgrade ten days ago. tsb executives giving evidence to a parliamentary committee have again apologised for the problems, as our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. it's the bank that wasn't available. all because of a systems upgrade. customers shut out of their accounts, complaining they couldn't get help. and when they could log in, about wrong information — one shocked to be £1 million in the red. my name is paul pester and i'm the ceo of tsb bank. the chief executive apologised to mps but said most people could now use their online accounts. the percentage that are logging in successfully are 95%. now, of course, 5% of customers
are not logging in. that is often the case for any bank. but he was told he was trying to defend a bank that was broken. what we are hearing this afternoon is the most staggering example of a chief executive who seems unwilling to realise the scale of the problem that is being faced. and it didn't impress lee, a tsb business customer who runs a delivery company in essex. he's had to pay 16 staff out of his personal account. it makes me feel frustrated. and it makes me feel really, really angry. and if he was in front of me, i would shake him and try and wake him up out of his daydream. because the guy is in cloud nine with regards to what his clients are going through. he doesn't fully understand what we are going through. i feel that our situation should be put on him. with that level of unhappiness, mps wanted to know if
the bosses would resign. are you going to lose either chairman or chief executive? erm, no. so, they are staying, but paul pester does appear to be losing £2 million of bonus. is mr pester going to get his bonus? let me answer, then. and i was going to offer paul the opportunity to say, which he has, that he will not be taking his bonus for this integration. how are we doing for volume next week? but forgoing a bonus isn't enough to satisfy lee from essex, who just wants a bank account which works. he's switching his furniture delivery business to another bank which has promised a fully functioning account in 48 hours. simon gompertz, bbc news. the opposition leader in armenia, the former soviet republic neighbouring turkey, has declared a one—day pause to weeks of anti—government protests to give him time to discuss his bid to become prime minister.
supporters of nikol pashinyan brought the capital city to a standstill today, blocking roads, government buildings and railway lines after he called for a general strike. our correspondent steve rosenberg reports from the armenian capital yerevan. it was the day armenians made their voices heard louder than ever. the day people power appeared to be changing a country. tens of thousands of protesters had packed into republic square in the centre of yerevan. they'd come here to accuse the ruling party of corruption, of trying to cling to power, and to demand a new prime minister. the man they want for the job is nikol pashinya, once a journalist, now an opposition mp. he's been leading the protests that have been sweeping armenia and he's become something of a political superstar. revolution have won,
and people's victory should be recognised. there can't be power or government that doesn't support their opinion and doesn't support the people. he is our new prime minister. he believes us that we are together, we are strong, and he can take our nation to winning in the world. we believe in him. earlier, people power had brought armenia to a standstill. nikol pashinya had called on supporters to block roads and railways. a day of civil disobedience that felt more like a national holiday. they are calling it here the revolution of love and tolerance. on the road from yerevan airport into town we hit a roadblock at every intersection. we managed to get through,
along with some of the protesters. tonight, nikol pashinya ordered a pause in the protests after reports he may have won the backing of the ruling party to become prime minister. but he called on supporters to remain vigilant. the idea that power resides with the people and that those in power are beholden to the people, that idea is inspiring huge crowds across armenia. and these protesters say they will continue to take to the streets until they see real political change. and if change happens, the biggest challenge for any new leader of armenia will be living up to the expectations of the people. steve rosenberg, bbc news, yerevan. downing street has said that allegations of bullying
made against the speaker of the commonsjohn bercow, are concerning, and should be properly investigated. mr bercow is facing criticism after his former private secretary claimed he'd been bullied and physically intimidated. the speaker's office has denied the allegations. liverpool are through to the champions league final. they lost the the second leg of their semifinal against roma by four goals to two but they did just enough to win the tie overall. thousands of liverpool fans who travelled to rome for tonight's game arrived at the stadium by shuttle buses after they were warned not to walk there. the game was being tightly policed after a liverpool fan was left in a critical condition last week when he was attacked at anfield when the first leg was played. our sports editor dan roan reports from rome. they'd come here seeking success, but also safety. liverpool fans heeding the advice of their club today and travelling to rome's olympic stadium on specially organised buses. walking deemed too dangerous after the violence that marred last week's
first leg. fans are subject to rigorous checks amid a massive security operation. if you follow the instructions from the club, it's fine. we've had a police escort, it's been well organised. talking to the roma fans out here now, no problems at all. this is what awaited them inside, the cauldron of the olympic stadium rivalling anfield for intensity. roma needing a classic comeback, liverpool to finish thejob. 5—2 up from the first leg, the visitors knew an away goal could prove decisive, and sadio mane quickly delivered it. roma conceding here for the first time in europe this season. that may have left them needing four, but the response was immediate. james milner with an own goal he knew little about. liverpool's attacking threat has got them this far, however, and wijnaldum then exploited more poor defending. the lead now surely unassailable. edin dzeko's equaliser gave roma a glimmer of hope. the hosts laying siege to their opponents' goal as liverpool road—macro their luck.
—— rode their luck. but despite two late goals from radja nainggolan, a remarkable 7—6 aggregate win was finally secured. this is how much it meant to manager jurgen klopp and his players to have reached a first champions league finalfor 11 years. the club defined by european glory now has another chance to add to their illustrious history. well, they have done it again. liverpool's special relationship with this competition continues. champions league semifinals are meant to be cagey affairs, not when it comes tojurgen klopp's liverpool team. their all—out attacking brand of play is football at its most exciting, exhilarating and, at times exhausting. this was their biggest game for more than a decade but they now have the opportunity to claim a sixth european crown. the mitre cristiano ronaldo ‘s madrid, a team
who have dominated this competition in recent seasons, lie in wait in kiev. but such has been liverpool's glorious campaign, it would be no surprise if they win again. the liverpool fans are being kept in the stadium behind me as a caution, but they are in fine voice as they celebrate another famous triumph. studio: dan roan, thank you. dan roan, with the latest from rome. chris froome, the four—time winner of the tour de france, has told the bbc he's confident he'll clear his name. the team sky rider has faced calls to withdraw from racing while he's investigated following a drug test last september. as he prepares for his first major event of 2018, he's been speaking to our sports correspondent andy swiss. i couldn't have asked for much better weather, really. sunny skies, perhaps, but under a cloud. this was meant to be chris froome's race for greatness, a chance to add the tour of italy to his wins last year in france and in spain. but there he was found to have double the allowed amount of an asthma drug in his system. he is still being investigated.
and if it goes against him, he could lose any victory here. but, despite that, he told me his doubters will be proved wrong. to those people, i would just say, just hang on in there. because we're in the middle of a process now, a process which allows for me to demonstrate that i've done nothing wrong. so your conscience is 100% clear? yes, absolutely. absolutely. i haven't lost any sleep in that regard. the start here injerusalem will be the first of three stages in israel and the organisers had hoped the focus would be on froome's quest for a famous win. instead, though, his very presence here has left the sport facing more controversy. team sky have had plenty of that this year. they and their boss sir dave brailsford strongly criticised by a parliamentary select committee. speaking publicly for the first time since then, brailsford said he had considered his position, but decided to stay. i think it's something that you ask yourself all the time. things come and go and things change
and the situation and context change, but i'm here. and i'm here because i am still in a position where i can support these guys to be the best that they can be. for the boss and his star pupil, though, the hard work here is onlyjust beginning. a battle against their rivals, but also for their reputation. andy serkis, bbc news, jerusalem. tomorrow across england, millions of voters will go to the polls in this year's local elections. it is the first test of voters' opinions in england since last year's general election. our deputy political editor john pienaar looks at what's at stake and what to look out for when the results come in. nearly 4,400 seats are up for grabs across 150 unitary authorities, metropolitan and district councils england—wide and six mayoral elections. it's the first such test since last year's general election. all council seats are being fought in london and some cities including manchester, leeds and newcastle. elsewhere, a third of seats are up
for grabs, so most of the action is taking place in towns, cities and urban areas, where labour tends to be the strongest party. labour's defending the highest number of seats, over 2,200, and hopes to do well in london, where the party gained seats at the last election and perhaps they will be helped by the strength of support in london for remaining in the eu. but can labour show it's making progress across the country? labour's leader seemed keen to manage expectations. i don't know what the result is going to be, i'm making no predictions about it. i hope we do well. obviously, i hope we hold the seats we've got and hope we gain a lot more as well, particularly in conservative—held boroughs. i tell you, people are very angry. the conservatives are defending about 1,350 seats and they will be hoping to pick up votes in areas supportive of brexit. the party will hope it's been helped in the fact that ukip has shrunk in terms of poll ratings and number of candidates, but the conservatives expect a tough fight.
eight years into government, they are always going to be a difficult set of elections for us but we are out there working for every single vote in every part of the country, good conservative candidates and counsellors working hard to show people what we can do. the liberal democrats will be out to show they're stronger on the ground than their poor showing in the national polls, or at the last general election. i think there will be quite a lot of encouragement tomorrow and i think what we'll see over the next few years is a steady but very significant recovery, in which we occupy the centre ground we used to have. as for the greens, they may face a strong challenge from labour in particular, but hope to gain in sheffield, where there's been a row about felling thousands of trees in public spaces. you know, when people see the greens can get elected, they vote green and we are seeing an increase in greens right across the country. we've already got several hundred councillors, i'm anticipating that will go up.
in london, barnett could well fall to labour and there'll be a lot of attention on tory flagship councils wandsworth and westminster. if the tories lose one or both of those, they will be celebrating at labour headquarters. outside the capital, swindon is a tory council that could give an early indication of which way the wind is blowing. swindon is also one of five places where people will need to bring id to be able to vote as part of a pilot scheme. you could say no two votes are cast for exactly the same reasons, but that won't stop the party searching the results for reasons to be cheerful or clues to what went wrong. and if you want to know any more about these elections, you can go to our website at bbc.co.uk/news. john pienaar. and if you want to see the results of those local elections you can join me for election 2018, a special election night programme