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tonight at 10pm, as the prime minister tries to rescue her brexit deal, she faces the growing likelihood of a confidence vote, among conservative mps. mrs may spent the day in eu capitals — trying to get more assurances on her brexit plan — insisting it was all to play for. what has been shown to me from those meetings is there is a shared determination to deal with this issue and address this problem. but the signals from brussels were clear — there was no prospect of reopening the negotiation — on the final deal. the deal we have achieved is the best deal possible. it's the only deal possible. and tonight at westminster, growing expectation of a potential challenge, as more conservative mps submit letters of no confidence in mrs may's leadership. we'll have the latest from westminster, on the prime minister's position. another major story tonight. a big security operation in the french city of strasbourg, at least two people are dead and several injured,
after a shooting incident near a christmas market. this is the scene live, the gunman is said to be still at large, and much of the city is reported to be in lockdown. more migrants, claiming to be from iran, have been rescued from a small boat in the english channel, in the early hours of this morning. wages have risen at their fastest rate in a decade, and new figures also show a record number of people in work. commentator: mo salah in! didn't need anybody else! and in tonight's football liverpool are through to the knock out stages of the champions league. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, pep guardiola calls raheem sterling an incredible person after the forward was subjected to alleged racial abuse at stamford bridge. good evening.
the prime minister has spent the day on a rapid tour of some eu capitals, talking to fellow leaders, in the hope of making her brexit deal more acceptable, to mps at westminster. the president of the european commission said there was no prospect of renegotiating the deal, but mrs may insisted there was a shared determination, to address the concerns. at westminster tonight, there's a growing sense that mrs may will soon face a vote of no confidence among conservative mps. our political editor laura kuenssberg is in westminster. as ever this prime minister's fate is absolutely bound up with brexit and she is having serious struggles making the case for her deal. but it's not clear tonight if either the eu or her party is willing to listen. the prime minister actually stuck in
a car in berlin and stuck by the politics too. stuck with a brexit compromise with the eu that she can't sell at home, stuck trying to get other leaders to give her more space when they've given all they say they've got. theresa may is desperately doing one more round of grip and grin in the hope of getting them to budge. whatever outcome you want, whatever relationship you want with europe in the future there is no deal available that doesn't have a backstop within it. we don't want the backstop to be used and if it is we wa nt the backstop to be used and if it is we want to be certain that it is only temporary and it is those assurances that i will be seeking from fellow leaders over the coming days. and as for genuine budging on that controversial backstop. the prime minister and her eu cou nterpa rts prime minister and her eu counterparts can play as nice as they like, but while they might want to help the eu has made it clear time and again they believe for now at least, they've given all they've
got. there is no room whatsoever for renegotiation. but of course, there is room enough to give further clarification. but few in westminster are talking about any concessions the prime minister might win. instead, there are serious conversations about whether she can keep herjob. several sources, including a cabinet minister, have told us they believe that the threshold of 48 letters required to trigger a contest that could oust her has been reached. the mood has darkened but there is no official confirmation. tonight we just can't be sure. theresa may can only lead us be sure. theresa may can only lead us to failure and therefore with great sadness people need to put their letters of no confidence in to sirgraham their letters of no confidence in to sir graham brady their letters of no confidence in to sirgraham brady and their letters of no confidence in to sir graham brady and we need to change prime minister. there seems to bea change prime minister. there seems to be a certain interest in today's
proceedings. but remember we have been here before, not even a month ago. stop brexit! a group of brexiteers brandishing their letters of no confidence publicly calling for a contest to replace mrs may. their effort then ended in embarrassment. they simply did not have the numbers to trigger a vote. has anything really changed? triggering a leadership election now would look to the country as though we are abdicating our responsibilities rather than fulfilling them. but the prime minister can't escape the glare. there is widespread concern that she has lost many of the political friends that she had. even if you forget about her rivals, the dup, her partners in government, are essentially on strike. we have to wait and see and give her the time that she has asked for but she does need to bring back something that is fundamentally different and notjust tinkered with around the edges. one man knows whether tinkering could force a dramatic change. sir graham
brady will reveal if and when theresa may's time is up. the chair of the tory backbenchers is likely to be here in no 10 tomorrow. but right now he and only he knows what he will have to say. we will talk to law at westminster in a moment but first to brussels to talk to our europe editor katya adler. this round of visits and talks today by the prime minister, has it led to anything? well, basically, what eu leaders have observed ever since we held our eu referendum is political turmoil that is still ongoing in the uk. they see a country split and divided over brexit, and that means that however much theresa may may travel around europe and shake hands with european prime ministers and presidents, they don't really want to make big concessions to her right now, because deep down they believe that whatever they are actually willing to give her may still not be
enough to get the brexit deal through a very divided parliament. tonight we had a tweet from donald tusk, the president of the european council. he described his discussion with theresa may today as long and frank, which isn't exactly the most positive words. he said eu leaders wa nt to positive words. he said eu leaders want to help theresa may but they are not sure how, and that's because they think that the brexit deal, this divorce deal that right now is on the table and was negotiated over i9 on the table and was negotiated over 19 months, is the best compromise deal possible. if the uk wants to leave the eu, if the uk wants to leave the eu, if the uk wants to leave the eu, if the uk wants to leave the european single market and the customs union as well. so, yes, theresa may says she will continue with her european tour. on thursday, there is an emergency brexit summit of eu leaders here in brussels but angela merkel, emmanuel macron, what they think now is that the ball is very firmly in the uk's court over brexit and is not in theirs. katya adler, many thanks.
live to westminster and our political editor laura kuenssberg. you talked about the mood darkening around theresa may. tell us more. you talked about the mood darkening around theresa may. tell us morem the westminster whirlwind that it is these days it pays to be sceptical but what is happening tonight is more than a scurrilous gossip. several sources told the bbc, including a cabinet minister, that they do expect the prime minister is now going to have to face a vote of now going to have to face a vote of no confidence from those in her own party. yes, enough of her mps, it is believed to night, have submitted letters to the chair of the tory backbench committee to trigger a contest, and attempt to force her out. i stress, contest, and attempt to force her out. istress, though, and i contest, and attempt to force her out. i stress, though, and i cannot say this heavily enough, there is no official confirmation of this. no 10 are downplaying it, sir graham brady, the man who only really he knows will not make any comment on this tonight. but it is a marker of the degree of concern, the degree of disagreement, the degree of anxiety and the lack of faith in the prime
minister's leadership that that is the sense here, the very profound sense here, that has changed in the last couple of days. from talking to people about this over a period of more than two years now, my sense is there were many people on the remain side as well as on the brexit side who were always willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. but that goodwill is ebbing away pretty fast. asi goodwill is ebbing away pretty fast. as i say, we can't be exactly sure about the next sequence of events, andi about the next sequence of events, and i can't stress that heavily enough. but westminster is not a happy place tonight, not at all, and we may well be at the stage where theresa may has one last chance to fight for her leadership, one i'm pretty sure she will absolutely take, because if we have learned one thing about the prime minister through all of this turmoil, she is certainly not somebody who gives up without a fight. laura, thanks for the latest. and to katya adler in brussels as well. there is another major story tonight. two people have died and several people have been injured,
in a shooting incident near a christmas market, in the french city of strasbourg. the french interior ministry confirmed a "serious public security incident" there, and urged residents to stay indoors. the shooting is said to have happened close to a christmas market in one of the central squares. our correspondent lucy williamson has the latest. france tonight relived the terror of another attack. in the narrow streets around strasbourg's christmas market, riot police hunted a gunman who opened fire on the crowds here. his gun shots initially mistaken by one witness for fireworks. this footage shows the moment one of the victims was shot among the chaos and panic of christmas revellers. at least two people have reportedly been killed and many more injured. peter fritz witnessed one of the attacks. what i heard shortly after 8pm were two distinct gunshots and
people fleeing the place. i wasn't sure these were actually gunshots andi sure these were actually gunshots and i went around the corner and i found a person with two shots into the head lying on the bridge here. we tried to engage in resuscitation activities. we took him into a restau ra nt activities. we took him into a restaurant which i'm in right now and we tried for 45 minutes to resuscitate him. the gunman is reportedly known to security services and is now on the run. police say he has been injured after an exchange of fire. the french government has told people to stay where they are. lawmakers and staff have been locked into the european parliament just 15 minutes have been locked into the european parliamentjust 15 minutes away from the scene. our situation is exceptional, we cannot leave the building... with the streets so empty, people have been asked to vacate the streets and stay inside. any hotels and restaurants, the doors are locked keeping people inside, and indeedin locked keeping people inside, and indeed in the european parliament
itself. the president of the european commission said tonight that strasbourg is a symbolic city of peace and democracy, values he said that we will always defend. let's go live to paris and lucy is there. you've been monitoring the latest reports, what is going on? this is an ongoing operation as we speak. the area around the shootings is still in lockdown, people are still being kept inside. locked inside restaurants, locked inside hotels. the latest we have is that the gunman is still on the run but there is one unconfirmed report from an there is one unconfirmed report from c there is one unconfirmed report from an agency here that he has been cornered by police and a shoot out is under way. that is an unconfirmed report. obviously details are very sketchy and this is a moving situation and one which opens up very deep wounds here in france. lucy, many thanks again for the update. lucy williamson there. six people claiming to be migrants from iran were rescued from a small boat in the english channel near the kent coast in the early hours of this morning. more than 100 migrants — most of them thought to be
iranian — have crossed the channel in november. the dover—calais route is the world's busiest shipping lane — and the british authorities are warning of the dangers of trying to cross it in small vessels. our correspondent colin campbell has this exclusive report. emerging from the darkness, an inflatable dinghy. it's 2am, we're the middle of the english channel. the dinghy is motoring at full speed from france towards the kent coast. are you ok? 0k...? ok, thank you. we get a thumbs up, however, the boat is dangerously overcrowded, taking on water. the six migrants, cold, scared, desperate but determined to get to the uk. this dinghy in a precarious position, it's vulnerable because it's now entering a shipping lane and there are a number of ships coming towards it. so we're shepherding it almost, i think, at the moment, so it remains in a safe position. we're on board a doverfishing boat. this is the third migrant rescue for skipper
matthew coaker in three months. there was five ships coming down in one lump. and it cut across in front of them and i don't know, if we hadn't have been with him, them ships wouldn't have gone round him. because i'm onlyjust picking him up, so i don't think they would have seen him. as you can see there's no lights on the boat at all. the migrants, who are wrapped in blankets and scarves, speak little english. where are you from? you're iranian? iran, iran. irani... the water at the moment appears to be going into the back of the dinghy, but they're continuing, they're not stopping, they don't want our help. it's a desperate race to try to get to the uk for these people. although they decline our offers of help, they do stop to ask for water, which i lower down to them in a net. thank you. 0k... in the last three months, more than 100 migrants have made this treacherous crossing. a fortnight ago, we exposed how some of the smuggling operations are being
planned from a makeshift migrant camp in dunkirk. we secretly filmed using an undercover researcher. translation: a boat, it will cost you £3,000—£4000. i'm taking three people with me, they're paying cash. we get a boat and off we go. last night, the weather and sea conditions in the channel were good, but in a small boat in the dark, it's still incredibly dangerous. the message is going back to the camps, or to the people on the other side, to the gangs, that it's working, so more are going to come, and i'm certain they will keep coming until there's an absolute tragedy. these migrants were safely rescued by the rnli and the border force, but it is a potentially deadly route that more and more are trying. despite winter, despite the risks, the migrants keep coming. colin campbell, bbc news, dover. our home editor mark easton is with me. we saw the astonishing level of risk
that these people take? it is quite remarkable, these desperate people plucked from denise in the, most of them begin in the middle east, many of them are kurdish middle—class people, quite well—educated, is beginning to show, theirjourney may have seen them travel first to serbia, and from there they go across western europe, ending up on the north french or belgian coast and are dreaming ofjoining the settled kurdish communities here in the uk. and that's of course where the uk. and that's of course where the organised crime groups move in, that final leg of the journey, a birth on a precarious inflatable across the in the middle of winter, which we have been hearing about, and which people will pay thousands of euros for. why do they risk it? i think part of the story is this access, the recent coordinated response of security forces in france and britain, the closure of the camps in dunkirk and kelly, the opportunity to jump on the back of a
lorry has diminished. but smuggling migrants through the ports is still afar migrants through the ports is still a far more important route numerically than denise across. the latest figure these show that 882 clandestinely detection is of migrants found hiding in the most recent figures in a year and those are the ones that were found. and the national crime agency tells me that right now there are 300—400 immigration investigations ongoing, these criminal gangs using sophisticated concealment to smuggle migrants into the uk. and some even offer what they call an end to end service, they will pick you up in your house in iran or afghanistan and they will deliver you to the uk. the price, i've heard people talking in terms of 50,000 euros, with, of course, no guarantees. mark easton, thank you very much. the convicted paedophile russell bishop, who was found guilty yesterday of killing two schoolgirls in 1986, has been sentenced
to life in prison. bishop, who's 52 years old, killed nicola fellows and karen hadaway in brighton. he was cleared of their murders in 1987 but a dna breakthrough led to a new trial. wages rose at their fastest rate in a decade, according to the latest figures from the office for national statistics. new figures also show a record number of people in work. our economics correspondent andy verity has the details. this american—owned engineering company in telford makes precision parts for manufacturers of everything from prosthetic limbs to aircraft. it employs 400, and it's got 40 vacancies. if it's going to expand as quickly as it wants to, it can't skimp on wages. particularly in those areas where we need to have high—skilled people, people who are really skilled in the art and who are master in the class, there you basically pay the upper level of the market rate. for the ones less skilled, you basically get across with market wages. however, the wages have been increasing over the last couple of years ahead of inflation.
with record numbers of people in work, a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour is one reason pay is now rising 1% faster than prices. now, if your glass is half full ahead of christmas, that's great news, the average wage is now here and we can afford to buy more than we have been able to since 2011. if your glass is half empty, though, the average wage bought more than it does now before 2011. we're told that it will take till 2024 for wages to get back to where they were before the financial crash. ordinary families in britain can't afford to wait, we need action from the government now to raise wages and deliver decentjobs. on the latest figures, there were 132,000 fewer eu workers in the uk than there were a year ago, whereas the number of uk nationals in the workforce grew by 448,000. now, some of that is pensioners working into retirement, but there's also been a big drop in the number of people who are economically inactive,
in other words people of working age such as stay—at—home mums and dads and students, who aren't looking for work. as a proportion of the population, that group is now smaller than it's been since records began, and the unemployment rate is just 4.1%. if the prospect of a no deal brexit is going to hitjobs, it hasn't yet shown up in the figures. andy verity, bbc news. scientists are warning that newly—discovered melting in glaciers in east antarctica could cause significant rises in sea levels around the globe. the region around vincennes bay has long been considered stable and unaffected by some of the more dramatic changes occurring elsewhere on the continent. our science editor, david shukman, sent this report from the un climate conference taking place in poland. a great chunk of ice breaks into the ocean.
antarctica holds so much frozen water that if all of it melted, the level of the sea would rise by as much as 70 metres. that's why nasa and other teams are keeping a very close watch. back in 2004, ijoined a research flight over west antarctica, where the glaciers, the great streams of ice, have for years been a big concern. but now, nasa has studied satellite data and discovered there's also melting in east antarctica. this is a much larger mass of ice. the red areas show where the ice is shrinking, blue where it's growing. the glaciers here are showing signs of stirring. we've known for some time that parts of antarctica are losing ice into the ocean, causing sea level rise. nasa has now reported that another eight glaciers in a different part of antarctica are also losing ice. this is an effect of the oceans changing their temperature and taking warm water to the antarctic ice sheet and causing it to melt.
this matters for cities around the world. every extra bit of melting threatens the millions of people who live on coastlines. and that threat is now getting global attention. the future of the polar ice is being discussed here at the united nations climate conference in poland. the point of these talks was to try to prevent the increase in temperatures, to head off the rise of the oceans. and this new research shows why that matters. i think that it goes with the trend that climate change is becoming a more material issue that we have to respond to. we're notjust looking at science into the future. we're thinking about issues that are affecting us now. and we have to be much more live and contemporary and push harder with our decision—making. the ice in antarctica and the arctic might seem very remote, but it has the potential to cause serious damage as the world gets warmer. most countries will point to this
latest research as yet more evidence that climate change is incredibly serious. but a few, noticeably the united states and saudi arabia, have been using this conference to play down the climate science and this is bound to be a source of growing tension over the next couple of days. huw. david shukman, many thanks again. and if you would like to ask david anything about his report tonight, or more broadly about global warming, he will be answering your questions on twitter for the next 30 minutes or so from the un climate panel conference. climate change conference — tweet him at david shukman bbc — or use the #bbcnewsten. manchester city's manager says he believes racism is still a deep—rooted problem in society. he was reacting to the allegations of racial abuse suffered by the city and england player raheem sterling. four chelsea fans have been suspended from attending matches — after an incident involving sterling during saturday's game. pep guardiola said he
was proud of the 24—year—old for was proud of the 24—year—old for speaking out, as our sports editor dan roan reports. he'd been the victim of alleged racism at the weekend, but raheem sterling appeared relaxed as he arrived for training this afternoon. the manchester city star has linked negative media coverage of black players with abuse at matches, and today, the club's manager told me he backed his player. are you proud of him for having had the courage to speak out? he is an incredible person. raheem is an incredible, incredible human being. everybody around this world were exposed, but just for the colour of his skin is, right now, is ridiculous. so that's why everybody has to make the effort to protect that situation. a 60—year—old man from beckenham, colin wing, has said he's one of the fans suspended chelsea after the incident of the fans suspended by chelsea after the incident at stamford bridge.
but he told a national newspaper that while he apologised for swearing at sterling, he denied racist language and used the word manc not black. raheem sterling and the rest of the manchester city squad are now having to focus on preparing for their final champions league group game against hoffenheim tomorrow evening. but by confronting the causes of racism in football, in a way that very few premier league players have done, sterling has sparked a major debate across the game and beyond. racism is in everywhere, people will focus in football, it's notjust in football, u nfortu nately. if it was just in football, will be safe. but racism is in everywhere. i appreciate what chelsea did, if it happened in my club, we should do the same. so, we have to fight strictly for the human rights, for everything to make a better society for the future for everyone. today we are in danger. it's been an uncomfortable few days for football, but with two of the game's biggest names now speaking out, the fight against racism in the sport may have received a timely boost.
dan roan, bbc news. google's worldwide boss, its chief executive sundar pichai, has told a us congressional committee that his organisation steers clear of political bias, and insisted that was a core principle of the business. mr pichai strongly denied claims by president trump's supporters, that google operates an overtly political agenda which suppresses conservative views and promotes a liberal agenda. our media editor amol rajan has the story. a soft—spoken tamil engineer who embodies the ambition of india's diaspora, pichai sundararajan, better known as sundar, is shy by nature. please raise your right hand, do you swear that the testimony...? just like mark zuckerberg, then. but whereas facebook‘s founder, ceo, chairman and majority shareholder has taken a very public beating this year, google's boss has resisted interrogation in washington. the 46—year—old has been in charge of google for three years, and took home around
$200 million in 2016. if you google the word idiot under images, a picture of donald trump comes up. ijust did that. he faced a barrage of questions about alleged anti—conservative bias. google could well elect the next president, with dire implications for our democracy. how do you explain this apparent bias on google's part against conservative points of view? i can assure you, we do it without regards to political ideology, our algorithms have no notion of political sentiment. pichai denied widely reported secret plans to re—enter the chinese market. i am concerned that you are now going back into china... ..congressman, at the outset, right now we have no plans to launch in china, we don't have a search product there. and if i move from here and go... as with zuckerberg's testimony earlier this year,
it felt at times as if the lawmakers and their witness inhabited parallel worlds. does google, through this phone, know that i have moved here and moved over to the left? it's either yes or no? not by default, there may be a google service which you've opted in to use... google's boss was also relatively unscathed on questions of tax and gender equality amongst staff. unlike facebook, google have been canny about structuring their company in a way that dissipates power, responsibility and blame. yet sundar pichai is fast becoming the face of a company that might, just might, have peaked. internaltensions, macro—economic instability and above all, the fierce gaze of lawmakers across the globe, all point to a tougher future. this hearing is adjourned. the format of these interrogations, with just five minutes for each questioner, limits their ability to land heavy blows. google will be relieved tonight, while their enemies will rue a missed opportunity. amol rajan, bbc news. a man has been arrested
by armed police officers at westminster after he ran into the grounds of parliament. the man was tasered after jumping over railings and running towards officers. he's been arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a protected site. police say the incident is not thought to be terror—related and no weapon was recovered. the former england footballer paul gascoigne has appeared in court in county durham and pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault. he was arrested at durham railway station in august, and is due to appear in court again next month. football now and both liverpool and tottenham are through to the knockout stages of the champions league. in a moment we'll hear about tottenham's match at barcelona but first, andy swiss reports from anfield. so, would it be one of those special anfield nights? liverpool knew they had to beat napoli to have any chance of progressing. nervous? well, mo salah didn't seem it,
as after half an hour, he ghosted, glided and gave liverpool the lead. commentator: salah...in! didn't need anybody else! cue anfield euphoria. a 1—0 win would be enough. they knew a napoli goal, though, would change everything. not that one seemed likely, as liverpool dominated in the second half. but they couldn't take their chances. and in injury time, what drama. napoli with a chance to put liverpool out, but their ‘keeper alisson saved them and the champions league hopes. and their champions league hopes. liverpool into the knockout stage on a night of high tension, but ultimately triumph. well, what drama the fans have seen here at anfield. so close to going out, but the premier league leaders are through to the last 16, where they've been joined by tottenham.