this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: the grenfell tower inquiry has heard that the man who lived in the flat where the fire started, is terrified of giving evidence, and lives in fear of reprisals. it was accidental and he hears it was accidental and he bears no responsibility directly or indirectly for the fire. it spread, or the dreadful consequences that followed. the editor of the daily mail, paul dacre after 26 years at the helm, is to step down. under pressure over brexit. cabinet divisions as the government prepares to set out its plans to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. the boss of tsb admits that more than a thousand customers lost money due to fraud, after the bank's computer meltdown in april. 100 firefighters put out the blaze in knightsbridge, with no reports of injuries. the world's most advanced fighter jets arrive at their new home
in norfolk, to replace the raf‘s aging tornados. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire has heard from the man who lived in the 4th floor flat where the fire started in june last year. behailu kebede had lived in the tower block for 25 years. his lawyer told the inquiry that mr kebede did the right thing from start to finish after the fire broke out, calling 999 and alerting his neighbours as soon as he saw smoke. the hearing was also told that mr kebede had been made a scapegoat by parts of the media and had been left terrified by threats of reprisals.
our correspondent tom symonds reports. it's nearly a year now. the tower is slowly being covered up. but there is an unwavering determination to remember those who called it home, with these words appearing today. one of those residents was behailu kebede. his kitchen was where the fire started. firebug grade —— firebug grade. this is him making the first 999 call. his lawyer said he fled barefoot, phone in hand, using it to film the first flames. but press reports, including this prominent article in the london review of books, reported that he had packed suitcase first. elsewhere, it was suggested that his fridge had exploded because it was faulty. garbage, said his barrister. he had been scapegoated. he is a good man. he did nothing wrong. on the contrary, he did the right thing from start to finish.
now he wants privacy for himself and his family. kensington and chelsea council has also been blamed and invaded by protesters. we wantjustice! for commissioning the fatal refurbishment of grenfell tower. today we heard the council's early defence. without seeking to prejudge the evidence, i venture to suggest that you will find that there was nothing unique about the royal borough of kensington and chelsea which meant that the fire was destined to take place within its boundaries rather than somewhere else. but the refurbishment was overseen by the independent tenant management organisation, which looked after council housing in the borough. so while tmo is a specialist in the management of social housing stock, it is not a specialist design or construction company and had no in—house expertise in these areas.
so it contacted out to a string of companies, including these four. victims‘ lawyers say this is developing into a carousel of blame passed between all the bodies and companies involved. barrister michael mansfield wanted the inquiry to take a short cut to draft immediate recommendations to improve safety for social housing tenants. this man lived on floor 15. right now, people are at risk in towers. they are at risk even in houses. it's not about grenfell tower any more, it's about the uk. the families of those lost at grenfell and the survivors have been placed at the heart of this process, but they face a long wait for this inquiry‘s considered answers to their many questions. in the last hour, it's been
announced that paul dacre, editor of the daily mail newspaper for the last 26 years, is to step down from the role by his 70th birthday in november. instead he'll become chairman and editor—in chief of the parent company associated newspapers. we can get him on the phone now. thank you forjoining us. after more than a quarter of a century this is big news. i think it is huge, certainly he has been one of the giants of fleet street. i think it is extraordinary, you always imagined he would go on forever but
obviously not. he decided to put his feet up or as much as he can. but what was interesting about him was that he followed in the footsteps of another legendary editor who was david english. he kept the daily mail very much in the kind of david english mould which was a paper that really did appeal to middle england and it was quite a clever kind of trick that it was always appealing to the reader. also cater to their prejudices which is one of the reasons why i began to dislike the daily mailfor that reasons why i began to dislike the daily mail for that reason. he is a controversial editor and we can only think of his stance with certain headlines about traders and so on and so forth concerning brexit. controversial and not site —— in that sense but in other cases.
tremendous victory for him in the daily mail. i think what you actually summarise there is the daily mail. it is in yourface actually summarise there is the daily mail. it is in your face and thatis daily mail. it is in your face and that is the kind of idea. it was certainly something that david english had started when it looked at the paper and something that they continue with. would his prejudices, would these feelings coming out on the front pages and editorial paper, was essentially the daily mail in the last 26 years, wasn't all about him? i think it was he had absolute control over the paper. he was a hands on editor and very much in the david english role. somebody like david english role. somebody like david english role. somebody like david english could actually do everyjob on the newspaper from being a reporter right up to being editors. and he had some of that talent. not quite as much as david
english perhaps but some of that. and so, his rise was pretty neat uric -- and so, his rise was pretty neat uric —— rise was pretty neat uric. we were friends and opponents during that period it. but then you could actually see he took over the daily mail bureau in new york and you could see that he was obviously a very ambitious and b had the ability to go quite a long way. is going to become chairman and editor in chief of associated newspapers, the parent company does that mean that whoever ta kes company does that mean that whoever takes over as they do day editor of the daily mail will have them towering over them? that would be the interesting question, won't it? it would be not in character of someone it would be not in character of someone like paul to be able to keep his hands out of it. he would have hated interference himself. hugely.
absolutely. what it should have is total editorial independence and it does not work when you have someone looking over your shoulder and be sensible about it and would not look over the new editor's shoulder but that might be. good to hear from you, nigel nelson there with his reflections. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:1i0pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the political commentator, jane merrick, and the editor of politicshome, kevin schofield. stay with us for that. the brexit secretary david davis has issued a stark warning to the eu not to punish the uk over brexit. he said that if britain was harmed, europe would be harmed too. it comes as the prime minister faces a showdown with some senior ministers, over the government's proposals for a new customs relationship with the eu after brexit. the row is over the official ‘back up' plan on how to avoid a hard border
between northern ireland and ireland. the government's latest proposals will be published tomorrow. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. where is the plan? a question that has been asked often enough around here. there is no sign of the government's next brexit blueprint, promised by the end of the month. forget detail, though, there was one plain message to the eu today from the man in charge of the process. the commission's position seems to be shooting itself in the foot just to prove the gun works. so those who think or say that the uk must be seen to be damaged by brexit should think again, because the truth is, if you harm britain, you harm all of europe. a public telling off for the european union, but there is trouble in private too. number ten will tomorrow publish the temporary customs arrangement, a fix in case other solutions can't be found to the long—running problem, but there are big reservations in other parts
of government about that whole proposal. as ever, the government was having a hard time agreeing with itself before persuading the rest of the eu. have you personally signed off all the details of the backstop proposal we expect to be published tomorrow, and if it comes out without your explicit approval, can you stay in yourjob? that's a question, i think, for the prime minister, to be honest, the second one! the detail, the detail of this is being discussed at the moment. it's been through one cabinet committee, it is going to another one, and it would be improper of me to pre—empt the negotiation. # rule britannia... he is not the only one who is grumpy, though. the document has no specific time limit for close ties to the eu. one source says it is like hotel california, we check out of the european union, but we never leave. what would be troubling for me
and others who supported the leave campaign is the idea of being locked into some single market—type arrangement for an indefinite period. yet they are queueing up to tell theresa may what to do. the prime minister must lead, she must sort out the divisions in the cabinet, the british people are fed up with this. remain tory rebels at the downing street gates... we're very supportive of the prime minister. how can the prime minister pacify them all? i trust i will be able to convert her too! are you bungling brexit, prime minister? week after week, brexit brings pressure at prime minister's questions. when it comes to brexit, this government has delivered more delays and cancellations than northern rail! the british people voted to leave the european union. it is this government that is delivering on the vote of the british people! and of course, none of the shenanigans go unnoticed
in the european union. mrjuncker, have there been any new proposals from the uk on brexit this week? discussing it, yes, not in the same way. soon david davis and then the prime minister will be back in brussels, will the government still be finger—pointing or playing nice as friends? let's get to westminster now and pur political correspondent alex forsyth. this brexit blueprint, is it going to be published tomorrow? know, there are two different elements to this. the first is the white paper, the brexit blue print. we are not expecting that tomorrow but what we are expecting is details of the so—called back option. that relates toa so—called back option. that relates to a specific area which is if the government and the eu cannot agree on new customs arrangement which stops there being a board and are on
the border of ireland and this way taken the border of ireland and this way ta ken instead the border of ireland and this way taken instead and it looks like the customs arrangements we have. the argument around that is david davis is saying that that should be very specifically time—limited because otherwise that amounts to staying in the eu and definitely in number ten is very clear they do not think you'll ever come into play because they think they will get a deal and they think they will get a deal and they say it will be time limited but they say it will be time limited but they cannot put a date on it because they cannot put a date on it because they do not know how long that will be. that is causing the ruckus between the brexit secretary and the prime minister theresa may and number ten. the fudge would be in order to keep everyone happy, some kind of backstop but with a time limit. that is what they will offer and it is a time—limited backstop option to get adequate customs arrangements in place and technical sorted out and whether that is technology or something else entirely, but the problem is david davis and brexiteer xuan something more specific than that and at the
moment there is a little bit of a standoff around it and the danger of course in all of this is that this message that is sent from the uk government at the moment as they cannot agree on themselves at the brexit plans and this all comes before they start the negotiations on this kind of detail with brussels. the idea that they can work out the technology that might mean that you don't have a hard border with northern ireland, the possibility of that technology can be found but it is not guaranteed. what happens if work out the technology and this backstop deal runs out with the time limit given by number ten? that is why number ten are not putting a date on it and say that we cannot do that because we need to keep functioning in terms of for checklists —— frictionless trade. that is why they are saying it cannot be a date but that is why it has suddenly become really important because we know there are
difficulties and government about finalizing the details of any alternative whether that be technological or otherwise and cannot agree on a final model on what it all should look like. it seems like that backstop is increasingly important despite the fa ct increasingly important despite the fact that downing street are still saying they are confident they are getting a deal and also need to make sure that if this backstop does come into play then everyone needs to be happy about it and that is why this backstop option is becoming an important part of the overall customs debate. there is the possibility it will come into play. but as i say this is early stages in the negotiations and can agree on this but the cabinet here and even start to talk about this to cabinet leaders and this is the backstop before getting onto the trade arrangements and other negotiations. is his position untenable in his mind potentially, if there is no time limit given by the government? we understand you feels really
strongly about that, and that because in his view he thinks without having that it weakens the negotiating position because if they are affecting the mike effectively saying we cannot reach the deal on customs, this will continue as things are, he thinks it will not push the eu to agree to a trade deal. that is where his real concern about this comes, the concept of staying in the eu and definitely. we do not know if there will be compromise and we do not know what the outcome may be. but people close to david davis are indicating that at this stage we will not see any immediate move from him tonight but that's not to say that things will not shift in the future. this is a difficult time and difficult relationship between key figures in the brexit negotiations. thank you. and after 8:30pm, we'll hear from a recruitment agency that says it's struggling to recruit fruit pickers from the eu to work on uk farms because of brexit. a huge fire has broken out at a luxury hotel in central london
just a week after major renovations had been completed. almost 100 firefighters tackled the flames at the mandarin oriental hotel in knightsbridge which has just undergone the most extensive restoration in its "5—year history. the huge plumes of smoke could be seen from miles around. the cause of the fire is not yet known. the headlines on bbc news: the top stories this evening. the grenfell tower inquiry has heard that the man who lived in the flat where the fire started, is terrified of giving evidence, and lives in fear of reprisals. paul dacre, editor of the daily mail for 26 years, will step down later this year, to become chairman of associated newspapers. cabinet divisions as the government prepares to set out its plans to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. and for a full round up,
from the bbc sport centre, here's steven wyeth. good evening. england manager gareth southgate says it would be "idealistic" for players racially abused at the world cup to walk off the pitch, but doesn't think that will happen. southgate's spoken in support of danny rose amid his concerns about discrimination. the spurs defender has told his family not to travel to the world cup, saying he has "no faith" in football authorities to deal with the issue of racism. rose previously suffered abuse whilst playing for the under—21s in serbia six years ago. i actually had asked him for benefit of other players, his experiences in serbia to share some of the things that have gone on and what was very clear was that he felt let down by authorities. and that he was not the only one that had experienced that.
which was sad to hear. he is part of oui’ which was sad to hear. he is part of our team which was sad to hear. he is part of ourteam and part which was sad to hear. he is part of our team and part of ourfamily for the next few months and we intend to support our players as well as we possibly can. southgate also revealed that liverpool defender trent alexander arnold will make his england debut in the world cup warm up against costa rica at elland road tomorrow. jack butland will start in goal, with southgate saying the number one spot still isn't 100% decided. however, jordan pickford is expected to be first choice in russia. izzy christiansen and jordan nobbs have withdrawn from england's squad for friday's world cup qualifier in russia. manchester city forward christiansen has a thigh injury, while arsenal midfielder nobbs has a foot problem. lucy staniforth and lauren bruton have been called up as replacements. maria sharapova's run at the french open has come to an unceremonious end. she was thrashed by wimbledon
champion garbine muguruza, who'll play simona halep in the last four. sharapova was due to face serena williams in the last 16 before the american's withdrawal. muguruza, champion at roland garros in 2016, swept the russia away, winning the first set 6—2 before an even more comprehensive second set 6—i, condemming sharapova to her worst grand slam defeat in over six years. coming into this part of the year was, losing a few first round matches, matches i wanted to be winning of course but to have the victories that i have had and the results that i have had in moving a step in the right direction but today was certainly not one of those steps. rafa nadal, ten times a winner of the french open, will resume his quarterfinal fightback tomorrow. nadal dropped the first set
to the 11th seed diego schwartzman. a rain delay gave nadal the opportunity to recover from a break down the second, and he led 5—3 when the weather returned to force an early finish in paris. in cricket, and australia captain tim paine admits they need to rebuild their reputation ahead of the one day series against england. paine leads the team due to the one year suspension of former captain steve smith, who was involved in the now infamous ball tampering scandal. australia will play five one day internationals and one twenty20 match, and paine beleives their overall behaviour has to improve. it is no doubt our reputation as a cricket nation took a battering from south africa and that was really difficult for the players to come to terms with what had happened and what we had done. but certainly coming to england now, having a new view faces and new coach in getting
back into cricket is a good opportunity for us to move on. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten. —— at10:30pm. there have been fresh volcanic eruptions in guatemala, prompting a new wave of evacuations of those living on it's slopes. nearly 200 people are now believed to be missing, after the fuego volcano erupted on sunday, killing at least 75 people. attempts to recover bodies are being hampered by thick layers of ash. will grant sent us this report from the village of el rodeo at the foot of the fuego volcano. it isa it is a scene they know all too well in this part of guatemala. fuego volcano spewing smoke and ash and desperate families running for their lives. just days after the massive volcanic corruption destroyed entire villages, the volcano began to smoke
again in the emergency services decided to evacuate. following the huge lava flows, the ground beneath them is still dangerously hot and precarious to search for survivors. in the end they ordered everyone but essential personnel off the mountain. the tiny community high on the mountain slope will never be the same. some lost their homes, other there entire families. buried beneath the ash our lives and livelihoods. few who return to this village will find they have been spared the grief. this man lost his wife and her family and now has nowhere to turn. translation: no one told us anything. noland came by to say evacuate nothing, people got out wherever they could. those who could get outdated and those who couldn't,
well, god rest him. emergency services are working around the clock and some wittily until they drop but they are struggling to kopra. it has left a trail of destruction that will take months to ove i’co m e destruction that will take months to overcome and what is already one of the poorest countries in the americas. with each passing hour the likelihood of success of finding survivors is slimmer. families waiting for news further down the mountainside, the prospects are looking grim. dr elizabeth bocaletti works with the charity save the children and shejoins me from guatemala. thank you for being with us. another corruption. are more potentially forecast? yes, the corruptions are happening and there is uncertainty
situations out here. because we were thinking that it was a calm but yesterday the activity started again and one of our team was close to the area and we had been asked to evaluate the —— evacuate the place and everyone had to evacuation because of the corruption. the latest irruption because of the corruption. the latest irru ption has because of the corruption. the latest irruption has been everyone had to pull out and obviously stalling the recovery effort which is getting grimmer by the day. today the thing that is complicating it is that raining has started and as we are speaking you can hear the rain around here in the city and the same situation down in the area with all the shelters located and it complicates. we have not received an announcement today but the situation
is still complicated. the weather is not helping either. are you getting enough support on the ground for the recovery effort, do you think? at this time the government organisations have been organised in rescue teams and i think the valuation of the survival has been continually, and of course as the time passed, the opportunities to have somebody else is found is decreasing but now we are dealing with the shelters. in the shelters they are still bringing a lot of people and and there isn't more people and and there isn't more people coming to be shelters and as the save the children priority is that children and there are children located in the shelters but the children are found and they are put in the shelters. we need to find out the children and how to take care of
and organise care at the shelter. obviously this is a terrible situation for everyone. the most vulnerable children in particular. are you finding examples of children who have been separated from their families and children ending up in this shelters who do not know where their relatives are? yes. just today we went to assess the shelters, our staff with the mac came with such news that really makes you cry because when you see children asking for their mum or their parents and they are lost, we still have the hope that their parents are located in some other places though communication is another need we have to deal with but still the children are meeting right now and feeling alone. that is very hard to see. thank you forjoining us.
the future of the discount retailer poundworld is in the balance, after the main contender to buy the chain pulled out of talks. alteri investors was understood to be negotiating with poundworld's owner, tpg. like many retailers, poundworld which employs more than 5,000 people, has been hit by falling consumer confidence, rising overheads, the weaker pound and the growth of online shopping. police at britain's borders will be given new powers to stop suspected spies before they enter the country, under proposals put forward by the government. officers will be able to target hostile state activity at the border in the same way they intercept suspected terrorists. the new bill is a direct response to the salisbury nerve agent attack. britain's s first 4 f—35 "stealth" jets have landed at raf marham in norfolk this evening, where they will be based. four of the hundred million pound jets made the journey from the united today.
a further five are due to make the trip across the atlantic by the beginning of august. time for a look at the weather with phil avery. once againa once again a pretty decent day for many parts of the british isles and the satellite imagery tells the tale. quite a bit of clouds eastern side but even here in one or two places there was sunshine getting through eventually. for their self quite a bit of clouds close to the channel islands and sharp showers running through the channel area but elsewhere these guys. they pretty clear overnight. the temperatures to her pull away in the countryside and well down into single figures and perhaps a bit balmy air and parts of western england and wales and northern ireland. that is how you start the new day on thursday, marked by a greater chance of seeing some hefty showers and maybe a rumble of sunder. less in the way of
clouds to the eastern side and temperature is responding in highs on the day around 22 or 23 degrees. advice. —— good by. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: the grenfell tower inquiry has heard how the man who lived in the flat where the fire began has been left terrified about possible reprisals. the editor of the daily mail for the last 26 years, paul dacre, is to step down later this year. theresa may is under pressure over brexit — cabinet divisions as the government prepares to set out its plans to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. in a moment, emirates airline has unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft that features virtual windows instead of real ones. let's get more now
on the announcement that paul dacre is to step down as editor of the daily mail. mr dacre, who has been editor of the paper for 26 years, will stand down before his 70th birthday in november. on the line is tim shipman, political editor of the sunday times, who was formally the deputy political editor of the daily mail. thanks forjoining us. what was he like to work under? formidable but inspiring. i think if you look at the reaction tonight, a lot of people are standing here with good wishes but people who look in journalism to regard him as the most significant... i think that's pretty incontrovertible. he's put a paper that's put the fear of god into politicians. and to his own passions and interests, he has done a lot of good things in british society, kept
a lot of people out of prison. done things that are counterintuitive and interesting at the mail. he had a reputation for... most of the great things he did were outside of that, too important to get involved in. you look at the case of gary mckinnon. these were not obvious daily mail campaigns but paul dacre has a sort of touched on field for the british public tarnishes and he has shown a time again. boards had for the public aren't any politicians are. and that's the key. he somehow encapsulated the thoughts, the belief system, and also frankly somewhat argue the prejudices of middle england. also frankly somewhat argue the prejudices of middle englandlj also frankly somewhat argue the prejudices of middle england. i can get a greater feel for that probably than any other journalist get a greater feel for that probably than any otherjournalist irking at the same time as himself. that's working at the same time. what he did by having that kind of
understanding where people were, would give a boost to media industry thatis would give a boost to media industry that is on the wane for some time. the shape a lot, frankly, of what broadcast journalism followed the shape a lot, frankly, of what broadcastjournalism followed up the day after and put issues on the agenda the politicians cannot ignore. and some people say, he was a guy who was not elected and he did not have huge power but i think a lot of people in this country would be grateful that we have a robust media that keeps the first, second and third estate on their toes. and paul dacre do that more than anybody else. some would argue across the line, some of the brexit headlines in recent months. some suggest, point to a man whose influence was way beyond hisjob point to a man whose influence was way beyond his job title.|j point to a man whose influence was way beyond his job title. i mean you can certainly make that case. if you
ta ke can certainly make that case. if you take that view, you don't have a free press. the glories of the british press is they are able to keep those people who are elected on their toes and there is not a prime minister over the last 30 years who has not been looking over their shoulder, wondering what paul dacre thought. a lot of them did not like that very much. a lot in the public do not like that situation either but i would argue it's one that has meant we've been better that we might have been otherwise. into all those critics of him and of his paper, the stephen lawrence investigation can go down as something that he can take enormous credit for. there's no question about that. it changed british society. it is without question the single cup disco any newspaperman has made in the last half—century. he was putting his own freedom and the financial odysseys pepper dash of his newspaper on the line. history has peaked in a way that was
the right call. tim, many thanks for that tim. tim shipman. recruitment agencies are warning they're struggling to secure the number eu workers needed by british farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables. 99% of seasonal workers on uk farms come from eastern europe, but the association of labour providers says over half of recruitment companies couldn't find the labour even in the "quiet" first months of this year. well, joining us now is from her home in selling near canterbury is estera amesz. she's the co—director of ag recruitment and management, an agency that is affected by the shortage of willing eu workers. banks very much indeed for being with us. it's good to see you. why are you having trouble getting people to come and pick up for? we're just struggling to attract them. they're off to germany and spain, basically since the brexit
vote. we had a currency depreciation and suddenly, they can earn the same amount in germany or spain or other countries near. so they are not looking at the uk is the first destination any more. so it's not the suggestion that brexit has made the suggestion that brexit has made the uk unwelcome in some quarters, for migrant workers. simply the fact that these workers can get a better deal because of the depreciation of the falling pound dominican get a better deal elsewhere. the falling pound dominican get a better deal elsewherelj the falling pound dominican get a better deal elsewhere. i think there is also an element of uncertainty but that's mainly because the media in romania, bulgaria have presented it that way. i think we do not predict we have made that stoney —— have not made them feel unwelcome but are many and bulgaria have not helped the situation. to local media in this countries have suggested if you come over to the uk, you're not
going to get a warm on. that is right. his fruit rotting in the fields because you cannot get workers to pick it up? last year, the national farmers union workers to pick it up? last year, the nationalfarmers union has reported a i7% shortfall. and we are struggling the way we are struggling at the moment, we're probably looking at 30% this year, and i think we're going to have some growers that are going to have for unpicked on the field, which is a horrible thought. but the brexiteers argument has always been that these arejobs that argument has always been that these are jobs that brits could do to pay decent wages. do you have brits coming up to pick food on your farms? unfortunately, we do not. every time we try, they only stay for a couple of days and theyjust give it up. they got options. if we are struggling to find romanians and bulgarians to come and do those jobs, how in the world the brits are
going to do it, i don't know. they've got options. is there anything that the government could do was make i don't know, guarantee the idea that workers who come here will be treated well or whatever? is there anything the government can do? definitely. i think it's there anything the government can do? definitely. ithink it's a there anything the government can do? definitely. i think it's a bit ofa do? definitely. i think it's a bit of a cry for help at the moment because of the 2013, industries or did a lot of labourfrom eight seasonal occupational workers a scheme which went really, really well. if i allowed the growers to basically recruit —— and allow the growers between recruit outside eu borders. it was well regulated, so basically the worker would get a visa, a work permit was they were not able to travel around and work for whoever they want. they had worked for that employer for this amount of months or days, and before
the expiry of their visa, they had to go back to their country and i think looking at... i cannot tell you the exact percentages but immigration was not an issue in that sense because it was regulated and they could not go and work anywhere else, and so the growers had the certainty those guys would come and stay for six months because another issue we've got is that the workers are coming and they're staying for two, three weeks and they are saying, "actually, it's not for me" and going back. that girl needs a commitment of three months or four months or whoever long —— however long the crops are growing. that scheme was actually amazing. something along lines of that would be extremely, extremely helpful and and would actually help the situation. if you start with very small numbers and then gradually joke, just don't. romanians and bulgarians from europe is not enough
to fill the needs of seasonal work. we leave it there. estera amesz, good luck. thank you forjoining us. emirates airlines has unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft that features virtual windows. instead of being able to see directly outside, passengers view images projected in from outside the aircraft using fibre—optic cameras. the airlines president sir tim clark believes windowless planes are the future. we have convinced demonstrated... the quality of the imagery is better than with the natural light. what can we do? can the modern—day, later generation of aircraft being windowless given technology? in my view, there is actually no reason why not? imagine, a fuchsia lodge
with no windows but when you get inside, there are no windows. —— a fuselage. you devote a lot of weight into the fuselage to cope with the window line. that all goes. the aircraft could fly faster. well, simon calderjoins us. wi ndowless windowless planes, sounds weird. windowless planes, sounds weirdm was designed as a... you feel as though you're in, have windows to look out of. there we had the president of emirates saying, why do we not just take president of emirates saying, why do we notjust take this one stage further? apart from the big weight saving think we are discussing to also save an awful lot in terms of the construction of the aircraft
because if your place on the top locating window stuff with aluminium 01’ locating window stuff with aluminium or carbon fibre, it's a lot cheaper. the airlines say they will pass on the savings for you. right. is that really the case, do you think was? you might find one airline does... to bea you might find one airline does... to be a case in which they can sell their tickets cheaper. —— there might bea their tickets cheaper. —— there might be a case in which they can. that of course, all depends on whether they can get the safety certification, because it's really crucial if you... at the moment, all the windows are open with the blinds open, particularly in landing of that entirely important. if there is an emergency, you need to be and look out the window. that is something that needs to be overcome.
the european aviation safety industry says that is not sound insurmountable. so many planes are made with windows. are they going to bea made with windows. are they going to be a able to adapt those planes or all of those going to be scrapped if this change comes up? it would be a long—term thing. i think we might all kind of get used to it. i fear i've got used to it already. i did the nonstop flight to australia in march. i happened to be the only signifying which is a window seat with no window. so annoying, isn't it, when you get that? if you look at the boeing 747, it had very few windows in the bubble at the top so people are kind of getting used to the idea of windowless. if you are a nervous flyer, if you feel claustrophobic and it might be the last thing that you need. so the market will sort things out, but its safety could be enhanced because if
you're not cut any windows and you have an accident of its possible you may have greater structural integrity of the aircraft. the whole point of the dream liner was a due was going to have bigger windows. you can have a whole panorama! which would be amazing! had a camera at the front, one looking down and you felt you were sort of flying the plane. it would be terrific if you had all—around vision of the skies and the places were flying over. had all—around vision of the skies and the places were flying overlj began by saying this is a bit weird. maybe it is not. simon, many thanks. you're watching bbc news. our top stories tonight. the grenfell tower inquiry has heard that the man who lived in the flat where the fire started, is terrified of giving evidence, and lives in fear of reprisals. paul dacre — editor of the daily mail — will step down later this year after 26 years in the job. deep cabinet divisions have surfaced
over brexit as the government prepares to set out its plans to avoid a hard border with ireland. a final update on the market numbers for you. the ftse is up at third. good is in europe and across the water, a very good day on the markets. president trump and kim jong—un are preparing to meet in singapore next week. chinese influence has played a role in getting the two sides together. china has long been north korea's strongest ally, but in recent months has imposed its toughest sanctions ever on its unruly neighbour, helping to propel kimjong—un to the negotiating table. our china correspondent john sudworth reports now on the state of play in the chinese—korean alliance. four times a week, passengers at this beijing station crowd
onto an overnight service bound for pyongyang. the train is an embodiment of china's ties to north korea, geographically, politically and economically. "i'm going on holiday," this chinese woman tells me. do you worry that it has nuclear weapons? "i don't think it will be a problem. the situation is good," she tells me. "anyway, isn't that a sensitive question?", she adds. it's a friendship sealed in blood. china's intervention on the north side in the korean war cost the lives of at least 180,000 chinese soldiers. more than six decades on, there is still a shared worldview. chinese people may, on occasion, feel unnerved by the nuclear
brinksmanship on their border, but there is sympathy, too. north korea's logic is, after all, china's logic. atomic weapons as a security guarantee against a us rival. as this man prepares for his summit with the us leader in a matter ofjust weeks, he has held two with the chinese president. both men, analysts suggest, sensing opportunity to get away from sanctions and back to business. regardless of how much nuclear process is made during the summit, china has a more important long—term strategic goal, which is to help north korea grow its economy and transform itself from an isolated pariah state into a more normal and more open country in the long run. in another sign of the deep cultural ties, china has its own sizeable ethnic korean population. they speak — and sing —
in korean and have little time for donald trump. "trump's methods are wrong," this man says. "if you want to help north korea, you should help it, not suppress it." china is watching its close neighbour's moment in the sun with interest, and perhaps some hope. but it knows well that on the korean peninsula, glimmers of hope can quickly disappear. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. a 100—year—old woman whose neck was broken in a street robbery has died. zofija kaczan's distinctive handbag was stolen in the attack last week in normanton in derby. police confirm that the pensioner died in the early hours of this morning after suffering multiple injuries. derbyshire police say the investigation is focused around an abandoned beige seat leon car. a 39—year—old man arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.
the funeral of the world cup winner ray wilson has been held in huddersfield, where he made his name as a footballer at the start of his career. one of the heroes of the famous 1966 victory, he's been described as england's greatest left back. he died after a battle with dementia at the age of 83. six former members that ‘66 world cup winning squad were at his service today. paul ogden reports. it was like a who's who of england great. so bobby charlton arrived with the ddt that were hallmarks of his career. —— dignity. still full of charm. norman hunters, and never far away from his old footballing friends and foes, and jeff hearst, hat—trick hero... they all came to
yorkshire to say a last goodbye to wreh—wilson in an unsung hero in england world cup winning defence. his own kind will never allow him to be forgotten. one of the best left backs in the world. i got to know ray better as we get older, because there was a lot of rivalry. with a rapport, once you get older, you mature a little bit. we used to sit up mature a little bit. we used to sit up and have a few beverages.” mature a little bit. we used to sit up and have a few beverages. i loved him. he was great! i could not ask for better veteran defenders, they we re lovely. for better veteran defenders, they were lovely. aged 83, in a year when england will again mount a challenge for a world cup. it would be nice if the current generation came anywhere near the personal and sporting legacy wilson is left behind. lady rhondda was a leading
welsh suffragette lady rhondda was a leading welsh suffragette imprisoned after blowing up a post box in her home town of newport. but her story has been largely forgotten. now to mark the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, the welsh national opera is paying tribute to lady rhondda — in a new work being premiered tomorrow. sian lloyd reports. # she was a newport suffragette, she led that plucky crew...# celebrating the life of lady rhondda. opera singing. the largely forgotten story of this welsh suffragette and pioneering businesswoman is being brought to life in music hall style by an all—female cast and crew. so many adventurous things, so many wonderful, unbelievable, incredible things that you could hardly even make up, seem to have happened to her in her life, and it was absolutely perfect materialfor an opera.
her life was remarkable in many respects. she survived the sinking of the lusitania when it was torpedoed by a german submarine during the first world war. and when herfather, viscount rhondda, died, she inherited his title. she campaigned throughout her life and women to be allowed to sit in the house of lords. pictured at rallies with emily pankhurst, pictured at rallies with emmeline pankhurst, the leader of the british suffragette movement, her own fame spread when she attempted to blow up a post box in her hometown of newport. # a tiny postal fire, you'll see that we mean business, # herbert henry asquith esquire...# something like that. i just haven't heard of her at all before which i feel totally ashamed of now, and it isjust a wonderful opportunity to bring her to the forefront of this 100 years of suffrage. lady rhondda became a leader in a male—dominated world of business, and wrote an influentialjournal of the time. she wanted to rip up the rule book for women.
alongside the new production, welsh national opera is holding a conference to discuss the current challenges being faced for equality in the classical music world. on every aspect of this industry, we need more women. we are not equally represented yet, but we're going to be, because this wonderful ball that she got rolling, lady rhondda, it has gathered speed like nobody‘s business. the opera rhondda rips it up premieres in newport tomorrow night. sian lloyd, bbc news. now that virtually everyone has a mobile phone, what should we do with all those traditional old red phone boxes? well, in the town of kingsbridge in devon, they think they've found a solution. the tiny space has been turned into the world's smallest nightclub, as john henderson explains. £2 coin, put it in the slot, lift
the handset. a funky number the telephone box remix for dancing, com plete telephone box remix for dancing, complete with litter ball, flashing lights and even a smoke machine. compact with cool. they're going to come in here, but a pound in here, listen to their favourite dance tracks and all of the money goes to a local charity. activities and events for people with needs in the community here. great charity. it's been a while since people queued to use the kiosk that stood in kingsbridge for 60 years. in the last decade to pay phone usage has fallen by 90% but bt with communities adopt the kiosk. this is the 5000. it's already a smash hit. wonderful ideas. many libraries, many pubs that are there to sell a
print out of, or grocery shops. but this is by far one of the most unique. fantastic. absolutely funkiest, yeah. great fun. every pound spent on a box looking will help a charity in the town and there's unlikely to be any ad...m you turn your head around to the regular you'll see above you a big sign. i strongly suspect a very determined vandal would have to have agoat determined vandal would have to have a go at this phone box. and no panic on the dance floor. no panic. it may be the world's smallest dance floor, but this could be the answer if and when the music calls. john henderson... before we go to the weather.
a frenchman has won a million euros twice in the same lottery. the chances are estimated to be about 16 trillion to one. unbelievable. is the weather going to be unbelievable? fill every heavy weather for us. there is to be unbelievable? fill every heavy weatherfor us. there is a to be unbelievable? fill every heavy weather for us. there is a way about the way that was delivered... would have been lucky across the british isles although i am beginning to your mutterings. you a lot of clod across parts of yorkshire and lincolnshire. he had some rain in the channel islands within the last hour, and here the thing. we may well find some more showers just creeping into the southern counties in the wee small hours. many of you
will stay dry. single figures for some but central and western parts will stay in double figures. what news of thursday? i think a bigger chance than we've had of late, and that's not saying much, but a few showers and some of them may stay sharp across southern counties of england. elsewhere is kind of steady as you go. temperatures responding isa as you go. temperatures responding is a consequence. as you go. temperatures responding is a consequence. see you later. hello, i'm karin giannone, this is outside source. whole villages covered in ash. rescuers have now reached the worst—hit areas after guatemala's volcanic eruption, with seventy five people now confirmed dead. the ukrainian secret service is investigating what it says is a russian ‘hitlist‘, supposedly targets for assassination. argentina responds to protests and cancels a world cup warmup game with israel — jerusalem says they're bowing to "supporters of terror". (pres) and we'll be looking