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today at 5pm: japanese car—maker honda confirms it's cutting 3,500 thousand jobs in the uk — as it announces plans to close its swindon plant in 2021. the manufactuer says the decision is not down to brexit. the business secretary says it's a "painful" and "devastating decision. " i'm not going to understate what a bitter blow this is to the 3500 skilled and dedicated workers at honda in swindon, and their families. there's about ten, 12 people just from our little family — all work here. good friends that work here that i know have just got married, had babies, just bought houses. and it isjust like... you know, if you for these people. you know, you feel for these people. we'll have the latest from swindon. the other main stories on bbc news at five: jeremy corbyn says he "regrets" the decision of seven mps who quit labour yesterday — and says he's proud to lead the party. the trial into the murder of six—year—old alesha macphail, who was found dead on the isle of bute last summer, hears that dna found on her body matches that of the teenager accused of her murder.
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the 16—year—old denies the charges. donald trump is sued by 16 american states for invoking emergency powers to build his wall on the mexican border. and, tributes are paid to the "king of the fashion world" karl lagerfeld — who has died at the age of 85. today at 5pm, our top story — the business secretary, greg clark, has told mps that honda's decision to shut its factory in swindon in 2021 — cutting 3,500 jobs, is a "devastating" move.
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speaking in the commons, mr clark said he had to accept honda's assertion that its decision wasn't because of brexit. but he said car manufacturers had made it clear that brexit was "an additional worry at a difficult time," and he warned that a no—deal brexit would be a "hammer blow" to the industry. here's our business correspondentjonty bloom. this factory alone builds one in ten of all the cars produced in the uk. but today, production ground to a halt as 3,500 workers were told the factory will close in just two years' time. honda opened 30 years ago. at the time, its arrival was seen as a massive vote of confidence in the british economy. this morning, honda will open its new car assembly plant in swindon. and its closure will be a massive blow, notjust to the town but to whole generations of families who have come to depend on it. my wife works here, my brother works here,
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my cousin works here. i'm trying to think. there's loads of us. her dad, stepdad, her brother. her mum works in the canteen, her other brother's a chef in here. i don't know, there's about 10, 12 people just from our little family all work here. good friends that work here that i know have just got married, had babies, just bought houses and it's just, like, you feel for these people. i feel for everyone, i really do. even the management that spoke to us inside, like. you can see it in their faces, they are just as shocked as everybody else. this morning the business secretary tried to reassure those honda workers. i have spoken with the trade unions, the council and the chair of the enterprise council. shortly, i will chair a task force to do all we can to ensure the much valued workforce of honda in swindon find new opportunities to make use of their skills and experience. the news is devastating for the 3500
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workers in swindon, their families and the wider community. it's devastating for the businesses in the supply chain and the tens of thousands employed within them and it's a devastating blow to the automotive sector. and the consequences will be felt notjust in swindon but throughout this country and the rest of europe. the distribution network of lorries which feeds the factory employs at least 1,200 people. on top of that, suppliers of exhausts, suspensions, windscreens, cables and the 2 million other components used here every single day will lose a huge part of their business when honda goes. the supplier network of this closure here at honda could be significant, because we will see local companies having to shed workers because they'll be losing their honda orders. and that may pose risks on the stability of the supply
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network for other manufacturing companies in the uk. honda insists the production line at swindon that uses those millions of pounds worth of components a day is not the victim of brexit, although it has recently complained that border delays and tariffs would cost it dear. instead, it says, the sudden global shift to electric cars is behind this decision. this is a move, really, towards electrification. we started to see it in europe, we've started to see it around the world, and it's in response to what our consumers are looking at and also what legislation is driving us towards. we have to start looking very closely at where we focus our investments. and at the moment, that's going to be in the markets where we have large production and large manufacturing, and that's the type of areas like north america, china and japan. the uk is investing heavily in an attempt to become a world leader in new electric cars, so honda's decision is not only a severe shock to the car industry now, but a serious setback to those ambitions.
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well, as we heard, honda is not the only japanese firm pulling investment from the uk. nissan, panasonic and sony have also made significant announcements over the past few months. so isjapan losing faith in the uk? from tokyo — our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes reports. no—one likes delivering bad news and honda's ceo takahiro hachigo is no exception. after a prolonged explanation of the challenges facing honda, he finally got to this crucial line. translation: we will begin consultation with employees in a direction towards discontinuing automobile production at honda uk manufacturing in 2021. in other words, honda's uk plant is shutting down in two years' time. takahiro hachigo's explanation was long and rather vague but essentially it comes down to this.
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honda simply doesn't sell enough cars in europe to justify having a big plant in britain any more. instead, it wants to concentrate its production in places where it does sell a lot of cars. and that means the united states, here injapan, and increasingly in china. but why do it now? well, one reason is the need to invest huge amounts in electric technology. but the other, according to some here, is brexit. the plant is sort of like a canary in a coal mine. yes, it is the weaker entity there, and simply the business environment with the risk of a hard brexit has become too toxic to continue to participate there and they finally made the decision to close it. toyota's plant in derby is also producing far below its capacity, and therefore, is also at risk. but christopher richter thinks even the much bigger plant nissan has in sunderland is vulnerable to a no—deal brexit. now they still have the qashqai
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there, the smaller suv, and they are certainly going to let it run out, the production on this iteration of the model. but i think it would be really hard to imagine that they continue for another iteration if we have the kind of hard brexit, 10% tariff, you know, barriers at the border kind of very toxic for business environment. in the 1980s, honda arrived in britain hoping to conquer the european car market. that did not happen. and now, after 30 years, is going home. jeremy corbyn says he "regrets" the decision of seven mps who quit labour yesterday and insists he is proud to lead the party. the seven backbenchers left to sit as independents — in protest at the labour leader's handing of brexit and anti—semitism. mr corbyn has been warned that he faces the prospect of further resignations, and the bbc understands that two
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conservative mps are also considering their position. let's talk to our political correspondent jonathan blake, who's at westminster for us. what's mr corbyn been saying this afternoon? this wasjeremy this was jeremy corbyn was my first real response to the decision that seven of his mps did yesterday to quit the party who put out a statement briefly after the news of his that he wasn't disappointed. but speaking this afternoon at a business confidence, he says that he regretted their decision. in listening what he had to say, it is worth noting the contrast between this and what the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, said. although he thought the mps were wrong to do what they did, that the party needed to engage in a massive listening exercise. the deputy leader, tom
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watson, said this was a moment of regret and reflection. a bit of a contrast to jeremy corbyn‘s words. i regret that seven mps decided they would no longer remain part of the labour party. i thank them for their work. i hope they recognise they were elected to parliament on a manifesto that was based around investment in the future. it was based around a more equal and fairer society. it was based around socialjustice. and it is that programme, i believe, we will be able to put to the electorate, in the future, that does have enormous support. they were elected to carry out those policies, they decided to go somewheres, and i reget that. because i want our party to be strong. i want our party to be united around the policies that we put forward. those mps who resigned the whip yesterday cited anti—semitism in the party as one of their major concerns — but it's an issue that's arisen again this afternoon, jonathan. yes, the labour mp ruth george for a
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constituent and see in derbyshire has got in some trouble for some comments that you made in facebook today. she was responding to a question that raised concerns about a post on facebook by a member of oui’ a post on facebook by a member of our local constituency labour party which appear to suggest that the seven mps who quit the party yesterday where it really is. she said the post was not doing that, it was recently questioning of where theirfunding was was recently questioning of where their funding was coming from. was recently questioning of where theirfunding was coming from. she said it was right to question out and it was a possibility that it could have come in part from israel. she attracted protected for those remarks. i will be due some of the apology that she issued. she said it was an unreserved and wholehearted apology. she said she had no intention of invoking a conspiracy i was deeply sorry that her ill thought out and poorly worded
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comment did this and she withdrew it completely. a labour party spokesman commented on and saying it was right that she apologised and you whips office will be reminding her of the conduct that is expected of her. as far as that incident goes, it is probably the end of it. but it is a reminder of the issue of anti—semitism around labour. with me isjohn mills, founder ofjml, and one of the labour party's biggest donors. thank you forjoining us. do you think the party is anti—semitic?” think the party is anti—semitic?” think there are pockets of anti—semitism and we need to get rid of them as soon as possible? i think it is easy to exaggerate the extent to which the whole party is affected by anti—semitism. i've been in the labour party for around 60 years and i really haven't come across much of this. as i say, there are pockets of that it which should be done about it about it but it is easy to
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exaggerate it. one of the mps yesterday who decided to leave had been there for half a century. can you imagine any circumstances will you imagine any circumstances will you believe? i have stuck with the labour party through thick and thin. i haven't always agreed with what they did. i didn'tjoin the sdp, i have stuck with the labour party and i have no intention of moving on now. i think if people disagree with the labour party policies and they are within it, they should work to change them, not leave. as yesterday a measure of how deeply the seven mps felt? are you angry things got to this point? i think it has weakened the labour party like these people have left. i think, to some extent, it is unbalanced. the balance between the left and the right in the labour party which i
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think is rather important. i think all political parties work better if they are united and face the future. i think without people leaving and saying they're going to do something different, i do not think it is helpful. are you comfortable with the leadership? i have had my differences with the leadership in my time with the labour party but i am still happy to go on and try and do the things which i think is right to do. i am not an mp, ijust do writing and blogging and go on television. not just that, writing and blogging and go on television. notjust that, you help to find out. you are notjust one of the biggest earner but possibly the biggest earner. —— donors. can you imagine finding a different party? not really, no. when you saw them announcing yesterday, they were out talking about possibly becoming a
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party. can you ever imagine walking away from the labour party that you have supported and been a member of 60 years? i have no intention of doing that. i'd rather is the grant of the labour party and get elected ona of the labour party and get elected on a platform that really works. interesting to note, there are no circumstances in which you might leave ? circumstances in which you might leave? there are circumstances. but iam leave? there are circumstances. but i am still leave? there are circumstances. but iam stilla leave? there are circumstances. but i am still a long, long way from the. times pass in politics, things change. what looks like we'll be forever now, won't be forever in the future. i think they will always be room for lefties and centre policies in the uk, and i want to be part for it. thank you forjoining us.. the headlines on bbc news: honda confirms plans to shut its swindon plant in 2021 — with the loss of 3,500 jobs. jeremy corbyn says he "regrets" the decision by seven mps to quit labour — and that he recognises that he has to "take people with" him.
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and the fashion designer and creative director of chanel, karl lagerfeld, has died at the age of 85. and in sport, juergen klopp says that league success is more important than winning the champions league as liverpool faced by munich in the last 16 tonight. bbc sport understands that chelsea boss is set to remain in charge for their europa league game against malmo on thursday. four losses in their last five games has left his position and out. and a blow for scotland ahead of their six nations match against france. finn russell has been ruled out after not recovering from concussion in time. i will be back with more sport after half past five. a court's heard that the dna found on the body of six—year—old alesha mcphail on the scottish isle of bute, matches the teenager who is accused of her murder. alesha mcphail‘s body was discovered in a wooded area injuly last year.
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the accused, who is 16 and cannot be named, denies abduction, rape and murder. he's been giving evidence in glasgow today. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon has been in court. lorna — remind us of the background of this case? at the start of last year school summer at the start of last year school summer holidays, alesha macphail had travelled to isle of bute to spend time with her family and grandparents. her parents but after she was born and she spent much of her weekends and holidays with her father on the island. butjust a few days into that holiday on the island, then he disappeared. her body was found less than three hours after she had been reported missing, she had been raped and murdered. what was heard in court today? this was a day seven at the tye hill
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in the high court at glasgow. the court heard that the dna found on several parts of alicia's body matched the 16—year—old accused of her rape and murder. this afternoon, the teenager took to the stand at the teenager took to the stand at the first witness of the defence after the prosecution closed its case. he denied all charges against him and has lodged a special defence, claiming that women act, the girlfriend of nine's father, was responsible. the accused said that he and woo ken what he called friends with they would make that —— toni mclachlan. they would meet once or twice a week during the winter. he said he had never been to the house where he was staying. you are charged with the murder of alesha, did you do that? he was asked. now,
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i never met her, i never even though her name until it happened. 0n cross—examination, he admitted lying to police in their initial statement to police in their initial statement to them. would you agree that you area to them. would you agree that you are a confident lawyer he was asked in court? now, i did lie, he said, but not describe myself as a confident liar. he was asked, yes, he said. iain macsporran qc said someone he said. iain macsporran qc said someone brutalised alesha macphail. much me, absolutely not, said the accused. you raped alesha macphail, your dna was all over her, he asked. the accused replied, now. the trial continues at the high court here in glasgow. the rate of employment in the uk has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million people in work between october and december.
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latest figures from the office for national statistics, released this morning, show unemployment fell by 111,000 in the three—month period. that translates to a 4% unemployment rate. and, average weekly earnings increased by 3.4%. the president of the national farmers' union has warned that a no—deal brexit is the "stuff of nightmares'” and said it was "absolutely shocking" farmers still don't know what trade conditions they'll be operating in after the uk leaves the european union. the environment secretary, michael gove, says he's confident there will be a deal. more than 300 bin workers in birmingham are starting the first of a series of strikes in a dispute with the city council. the action is in protest at payments made to some bin workers who didn't take part in industrial action 18 months ago, when thousands of tonnes of rubbish piled up on the streets. a police search is under way in australia for a missing british tourist and his french companion. the alarm was raised when a passer—by found items belonging to 20—year—old
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hugo palmer, who's from east sussex, on shelly beach on the new south wales coast. the legendary fashion designer karl lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. he was the creative director for chanel, and had been unwell for several weeks, missing a number of recent fashion shows. chi chi izundu looks back at the life of one the industry's creative giants. instantly recognisable in a black and white suit, his white hair pulled back into a ponytail, fingerless gloves and dark sunglasses. karl lagerfeld, the german designer, had a seven decade career, created collections simultaneously for the celebrated house of fendi, in addition to his own signature label. but he shall be best known for his association with chanel, which he had been with since 1983. when did you first start taking an interest in fashion? always.
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i was always interested in fashion even before i knew it was called fashion. clothes and what people used to wear always fascinated me. in his first season, he was reported to be working 16 hours a day and was delighted to do it. "i am a caricature of myself and i like that," claimed one quote attributed to him. the news comes at one of the fashion world's busiest periods during london fashion week, with tributes already pouring in. designer henry holland tweeted a quote from lagerfeld, writing, designer donatella versace posted a picture of herself and karl lagerfeld on instagram, writing: "karl, your genius touched the lives of so many, especially gianni and i. we will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration, we were always learning from you." you know, he would say, this is how it is going to be. or, this is how it should be.
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and he always did things with such style. and, well, hejust had a wonderful aura about him. injanuary he missed chanel‘s haute couture show in paris, fuelling speculation about his health. it was the first time he did not attend one of his catwalk shows. designer, photographer, businessman — karl 0tto lagerfeld is regarded as one of the most important fashion visionaries of the 20th and 21st centuries. the fashion designer karl lagerfeld, who's died aged 85. lisa armstrong is the fashion director at the daily telegraph and met karl largerfield many times. lisa is here with me now. tell us about karl lagerfeld as you
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knew him. he had a look. those gloves, who looked like a sort of... i say to him once like you look like a priest. he said, the default. weirdly, he had to him once that he looked like a priest. he said, default. weirdly, he had told me that a fortune—teller had told his mother that she would join the church so she properly banned him from ever going to church! so he was playing with that image. his mother was a huge influence. initially, she was a huge influence. initially, she was terrifying. he really didn't suffer fools but he was so funny and clever and always with the weight. sometimes he would have to wait a day, he was very nocturnal. you get there in the afternoon, and you might see him in the next morning. where would you be in the meantime? whiting, on your laptop. but she
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we re whiting, on your laptop. but she were never irritated when he turned up were never irritated when he turned up because he gave a good interview? it was always with it. he was one of very few people in this terrible apr controlled age now, who didn't really care what he said. he was really care what he said. he was really bright any good observer. he was funny, well read, all self—taught, he left school when he was 1a, i think. self—taught, he left school when he was 1a, ithink. so, he will talk about anything. when was that picture taking. i think about seven yea rs picture taking. i think about seven years ago. you are saying that he could talk to different people, he a lwa ys could talk to different people, he always let that get on with young people which must have kept his creation young. i think he knew that all fashion designers need to speak toa all fashion designers need to speak to a younger audience. the great thing about him was that, although many celebrities for him, he never
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pretended to be hanging out with them, like some designers do. i think lindsay lohan wanted him to adopt her or something. he had tonnes of godchildren, he said most of them were disappointments to him. quite a character. just watching some of his images, the close that he designed, what was special about them? they workmanship on them were incredible. the really amazing thing about him was, although he was a superstar, he buried his ego in often they like the real power at that house was still coco chanel who founded it. she died long ago but all the stuff that she had done, the little back dress, the tweed suit, the chain handbag, he always kept those centre front and reinvented them. i mean, he reinvented for a0 yea rs them. i mean, he reinvented for a0 years and people still want that
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stuff. it is amazing how he brought that down back. it was a dusty and died, well, not dead. he said it was worried only one by praising wives of doctors. that was typical of him. by of doctors. that was typical of him. by the time he was finished, it was won by a lot more people than that. yes, it is probably the most desired brand in the world. what will happen in his absence? chanel have already announced who will take over. she was designers get to dictate who will be there take over from them. it is probably the most prestigious gig in fashion. we will see, watch this space. chanel is so widely copied at all levels of the market, so copied at all levels of the market, so lots of people are invested in the legacy going on. thank you for
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joining us. thank you for coming to talk about somebody so extraordinary that made such an impact on the world that you and we all live in. this now — time to take a look at the weather. some wet and windy weather is pushing in from the west tonight. we see this with a front gradually working its way north and east. it could be heavy for parts of north—west scotland and into cumbria as well. into the next few days, we will decking some milder air from the south and west, it is coming up from north—west africa, the canary islands. so we will see temperatures rising for the next few days. 0vernight, abbots of rain spreading of wiest, heading for a time is enough for scotland, part of cumbria. dry is for the further south and east you go. temperatures are still fairly mild. tomorrow, we
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will see cloudy skies than today. a be suffering for western parts of scotla nd be suffering for western parts of scotland and north—west england as we begin. we will continue to see a box of rain spreading gradual ease for scotland, northern ireland, england and wales. the dry and brighter without any south and east. temperature is above average, highs of a0 degrees. this is bbc news. the headlines. honda confirms it is to close its swindon plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs — blaming global changes to the industry and not brexit. jeremy corbyn says he ‘regrets' the decision of seven mps who quit labour yesterday — and says he's proud to lead the party. the world of fashion pays tribute to the legendary designer karl lagerfeld — who's died in paris at the age of 85. now look at all the sports news.
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champions league action? it's been a long time since liverpool won a league title, they're challenging for silverware on two fronts this season. they play bayern munich in the champions league last 16 tonight but we know that klopp has said in the build up that they would prefer to win the premier league. our sports correspondent katie gornall is at anfield for us ahead of the first leg. a very exciting prospect in store, liverpool welcoming one of the giants of european football, bayern munich, they won this competition five times. there are also going for the seventh successive bundesliga title although they have stuttered a little bit of late. but still a massive challenge tonight from liverpool who are without arguably the most important player in virgil
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van dijk who was suspended for this game. just walking around earlier i get the sense that there are not many nervous around , get the sense that there are not many nervous around, just a great deal of excitement and partly because they are a bit more focused on the premier league and chasing that first title in 21 years. but something jurgen klopp has been speaking about. if we have to decide for all liverpool fans it is the premier league. i think they all expect that we will do our best and thank goodness we do not have to make the decision today. the only thing we can do is give it our all and played very passionate and lively football. that people expect when they come to anfield. something else interesting about this game, just the history betweenjurgen klopp
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about this game, just the history between jurgen klopp and about this game, just the history betweenjurgen klopp and bayern munich, he was overlooked for that job and went instead to pursue dortmund and turn them into a title winning force. they were the last side to divide bren mimics the title seven side to divide bren mimics the title seve n yea rs side to divide bren mimics the title seven years ago. so a side to divide bren mimics the title seven years ago. so a lot of history over the years and we are set for another battle tonight here at anfield. bbc sport understands chelsea boss maurizio sarri is set to be in charge for the europa league game against malmo on thursday. the italian 5 future has come under increasing pressure since a 6—0 thrashing by manchester city nine days ago. matters were made worse by an fa cup home defeat by manchester united last night, where chelsea fans turned on their manager. after thursday's europa league second leg, chelsea will face manchester city again in the league cup final on sunday. england's millie bright has been ruled out of the she believes cup due to injury.
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the chelsea defender has been replaced in the squad by manchester city's gemma bonner for the tournament in the united states later this month. in what is a world cup year. so plenty to play for and world cup spots to pin down. it's the third round of the six nations this weekend. and there's a big blow for scotland, as finn russell has been ruled out of their match against france. he's been central to the way they play, but russell's not recovered sufficiently from the head injury sustained for racing 92 against toulouse at the weekend. scotland beat italy in their first match but lost to ireland last time out and haven't hit the level they will have wanted before it began. meanwhile, france head coach jaques brunel‘s position is under threat, so he's made four changes following two defeats in their opening two matches. handling errors cost them against wales, and here against england at twickenham. england play wales, and do so without maro itoje. despite a faster than expected
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recovery from the knee injury suffered in their win against ireland on the opening weekend, he won't be ready in time to face the only other unbeaten side in this year's championship. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. 16 us states are suing the trump administration over the president's plan to use emergency powers to pay for his border wall with mexico. the lawsuit, filed in a federal court in california, claims the president's move is a violation of the constitution. from los angeles peter bowes reports. another legal showdown over a policy at the heart of donald trump's agenda. the 16 states — including california, new mexico and new york — are arguing that the president doesn't have the authority to use funds already allocated to other projects to build a wall. it follows congress's
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rejection of mr trump's demand for $5.7 billion. he got $1.3 billion for an election promise that he originally said mexico would pay for. but on the wall, they skimped. soidid... i was successful, in that sense, but i want to do it faster. i could do the wall over longer period of time — i didn't need to do this — but i'd rather do it much faster. and i don't have to do it for the election. i've already done a lot of wall. president trump got it right when he said he didn't have to do this. mr president, you shouldn't do this. and i hope that smarter heads prevail in congress, bipartisanly, so that we stop the president from undermining 2a0 years of a democracy that most around the world try to emulate. the states are arguing that it's congress's role to allocate funding and that the president has no right to invoke a state of emergency to get what he wants.
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in colorado, we will be on the side of the rule of law. cheering. and because colorado would be hurt by this illegal action, having funds that are dedicated to be spent here moved elsewhere, we will be joining in action to challenge this. cheering. we will not be silenced! the trump administration already faces multiple lawsuits over his declaration, including one from the american civil liberties union. but they may be in for a tough fight. the president has wide discretion over what constitutes a national emergency. donald trump saw the lawsuits coming. when he announced his decision to override congress, he said he expected to be sued and that the matter would probably end up being decided by the us supreme court. us senator bernie sanders says he will run again for president in 2020,
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making a second attempt to win the democratic party's nomination. the 77—year—old vermont senator became a progressive political star in 2016 although he lost his candidacy bid. when he announced the move on us television he had some harsh words for president donald trump. i think it is unacceptable and un—american, to be frank with you, that we have a president who is a pathological liar, and it gives me no pleasure to say that, but it's true. we have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetime has come close to doing and that is trying to divide us up. let's speak to our washington correspondent gary 0'donoghue. not mincing his words, no n then to tribal politics? it is interesting because a lot of other candidates in
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the field have not gone after donald trump in quite the same way, they have tried to present a more positive view of what they are offering. so he is setting himself up offering. so he is setting himself up as the anti—donald trump candidate in this very explicit way with those strong words. interesting he used the term racist to talk about the president and that i think is part of an attempt to try to reach out a bit more to african—american voters who did not much listen to his message during the primaries last time. one of those primaries in south carolina he gotjust those primaries in south carolina he got just 1a% of the those primaries in south carolina he gotjust1a% of the black those primaries in south carolina he got just 1a% of the black vote those primaries in south carolina he gotjust1a% of the black vote so he has a difficult experience with that section of the electorate. so what are his chances of cutting through with his message, aged 77? he has policies around the minimum wage,
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free college tuition, universal health care government funded, all those were pretty out there last time and this time other candidates have also embraced them so he will struggle to be heard in that sense but his advantage is that he did it before and also he has this huge network of organisers and small donors already set up across the country and that means that he can sustain his candidacy through those primaries longer than perhaps some of the others. and the democratic field is getting quite full? approaching a dozen already, we're still waiting to see whetherjoe biden will enter the ring, iwobi a serious contender if the doors. and you have four senators are ready, already crowded field and it is going to get more so. a lot of those will fall away as time goes by not least because they will run out of money apart from anything else. but you have quite a spectrum of views
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right from very much left of the party like bernie sanders and elizabeth born to the more centrist candidates like the senator from minnesota who is saying i cannot miss you free college tuition, taking a much more centrist approach. thank you very much. police in switzerland say several skiers have been buried under an avalanche near a popular resort in the swiss alps. police said rescue teams were at the scene on the slopes of cras montana, and a local official said up to a dozen people could be under the snow. some pictures on social media appear to show the avalanche occurred on a marked slope. each year in the uk, more than 50,000 people die from sepsis. it happens when the body overreacts to an infection, and can lead to multiple organ failure. now a team at the university of strathclyde is hoping that a new test it's developed could help speed up diagnosis, potentially saving thousands of lives a year.
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tim muffett reports. twice my heart stopped, i had two cardiac arrests in hospital, and i was in an induced coma for eight days. what started as a sore throat nearly ended ryan's life. i went to the doctor and was sent home. i was gradually feeling more unwell and i really couldn't recognise what was happening to me. my whole body ached, really confused. ryan was sent home again by a different gp. the next morning, i collapsed in the house. my wife phoned an ambulance. and the paramedics came out and the first thing they said was it could be sepsis. it was really scary, i couldn't believe somebody could go from having a sore throat to almost dying. a quicker diagnosis could have got ryan on antibiotics faster. he has made a full recovery, but a quarter of sepsis survivors suffer permanent, life—changing after—effects. normally, when we pick up an infection, our immune system tries to fight it, attacking the germs that caused it. with sepsis — and no—one
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fully understands why — it overreacts, attacking notjust the infection but organs and body tissue as well. one hour delay in administering the correct antibiotic can lead to a 10% increased chance of death. blood tests and diagnosis can take hours or days, so this team at the university of strathclyde in glasgow have been working on a way to make it easier and quicker. we have put an array of eight sensors onto a microchip, and these sensors are about the same size as a human hair. this enables us to measure a sepsis marker in the blood at very low concentrations, and very quickly. what impact could this technology have? ultimately, save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. it will be at least three years before this product is available, and medical expertise will still be needed to come up with a diagnosis. but the work is receiving a cautious welcome. sepsis now kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.
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the number of episodes that are recorded of sepsis is increasing. a lot of that is because we are reporting and therefore recording it more frequently. but, of course, we have a growing population, and an ageing population, and sepsis preferentially affects the very young and very old, although not exclusively. sepsis is treatable and survivable but, as ryan knows, a late diagnosis can make things far worse. tim muffett, bbc news. the head of scotland yard has warned if progress continues at the current rate, it'll take a hundred years for the met to be ethnically representative of london. but the commissioner cressida dick told our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw that the met‘s "utterly different" to how it was twenty years ago, when it was branded institutionally racist by the mcpherson report into the aftermath of stephen lawrence's murder in eltham. what i do see is a real desire to speed up in terms of the proportion of our recruits that are from black and minority
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ethnic groups, to make sure we retain them, to make sure we progress them, and the comment that you referred to was on the present rate, the last rate of trajectory, it would take a very long time. that's why we are investing more in it, that is why we are campaigning more strongly on it. that is why we're trying break down stereotypes and barriers that exist in some of our communities or some parts of some of our communities about how people may see their metropolitan police. so obviously i am ambitious to speed that right up and we have set ourselves quite challenging targets for five and ten years from now. the headlines on bbc news. honda confirms plans to shut its plant in swindon in 2021— with the loss of 3,500 jobs. jeremy corbyn says he "regrets" the decision by seven mps to quit labour — and that he recognises that he has to "take people with" him. and the fashion designer and creative director of chanel — karl lagerfeld — has died at the age of 85. an update on the market numbers
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for you — here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the golden eagle is one britain's rarest birds of prey, currently found only in small areas of scotland and northern ireland. but now, thanks to ambitious plans by conservationists, they could soon return to wales, for the first time in 200 years. john maguire reports. with a wingspan of more than two metres the golden eagle is imposing, impressive, and imperious. an apex predator that targets both living and dead prey, feeding on mammals such as rabbits and birds as large as grouse. but persecution in the 19th century saw the population of breeding pairs reduced to the hundreds, and today confined to isolated pockets in remote areas of scotland and northern ireland. now, conservationists want to see them reintroduced to snowdonia.
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we propose to reintroduce the golden eagle back to snowdonia, where it belongs. snowdonia in welsh actually means "home of the eagle." these birds were... went extinct about 200 years ago, but we need to bring them back to balance our ecosystems and also to provide economic opportunities for rural communities. but the proposals are contentious. the national farmers' union here in wales says it has real concerns about introducing this apex predator back into the welsh countryside, which the union says has changed hugely over the last 200 years. it's concerned about the threat especially to newborn baby lambs, and also to the wildlife that exists on farms, including many endangered species. rooney, an 11—year—old male, is often flown by his handler at this farm in the brecon beacons. the farmer here says he would be thrilled to see golden eagles return.
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i would like to see golden eagles back in wales, and i'm sure they would have a clean—up job and would be a good thing for the environment. returning these birds to north wales will require licensing and will have to be strictly controlled to ensure that if this majestic creature comes back then it will not only survive but also thrive. john maguire, bbc news. fashion brands and retailers should be charged a penny for every item of clothing they sell. that's the idea from a group of mps who want to end the throwaway culture, which saw 235 million items of clothing sent to landfill last year in the uk. in a moment i will be speaking to the fashion designer amy powney — but first lets look at a clip from the film amy worked on with bbc earth and their natural history unit — which showcases the impact the fashion industry is having on on our planet. 0ur hungerforfast
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fashion is pushing species to the brink of extinction. destroying habitats that provide us with clean air. and polluting the rivers that give us freshwater. each year over 100 billion items of clothing are produced globally. using thousands of different chemicals. yet three out of five items end up in landfill within 12 months. we all need a healthy planet, not only to survive, but also to inspire the creativity that drives fashion and design. and there is hope. nature's power of regeneration is remarkable. the choice lies with us.
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every time we invest in an item of clothing we can consider every purchase and love our choices. we can buy quality and consume less. we can recycle and repurpose. together we can change our attitude towards fast fashion. sustainable, clean, considered, fashion. amy powney, the creative director of the designer brand mother of pearl which produces a sustainable fashion line, called ‘no frills' — is here with me now. you are driven by sustainability in fashion? absolutely, we already want
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to tell the nation what is going on because i've been in all honesty they do not understand the impact that the textile and fashion industry has on the climate. so a bit like the plastics in the ocean blue planet moment, that is what you're hoping for? exactly, we wa nted you're hoping for? exactly, we wanted to create that inspiration and learning about plastics and reproduce that for the fashion industry. we are seeing some of your clothing now, what is different about them, what is the fashion you wa nt about them, what is the fashion you want us all to be wearing?|j about them, what is the fashion you want us all to be wearing? i think with the fashion industry once the big misunderstandings is the complexity of the supply chain for the cotton comes from the field on a farm and we just took a dive into the industry and i think we are all aware of the sweatshops, but has been well publicised. and we had
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that terrible fire in bangladesh? exactly, that was well publicised but people do not talk about what happened before that. even before it gets to the factory you have social and environmental issues. for insta nce and environmental issues. for instance the use of pesticides in cotton farming and the impact on the environment, the water consumption. the environmental impact of polyester and synthetic garments. so many problems socially and environmentally before we even get to that point and that is not well publicised. and in the dying process as well a lot of chemicals? the dying is the worst part of the chemical in the whole chain and again people do not talk about that. and you mentioned that fire in bangladesh where many people died and that would raise the question of very low paid labour in the fashion industry. so in a way we have
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quickly run through some of these huge problems what can we do about them? that is what we're focused on, with got to look forward and i think that mass consumption is the main problem we face and that is just growing rapidly. so in a way the problems are getting worse and not that with this fast fashion culture accelerating. 100 billion garments produced last year and three of five of them end up in landfill within the first year of purchase. so we need to stop motorists getting worse before they can start to get better. it isa before they can start to get better. it is a double—edged sword, we need to solve some of these problems away through to the consumer and the consumer also needs to be aware to make considered purchases. and do you think that the fashion industry is waking up to this?|j you think that the fashion industry is waking up to this? i think were so is waking up to this? i think were so many people this is new
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information, i have known about this for a long time but for many people working in the industry is brand—new information for so many and they do not understand why it has been undercover. similar to plastics, people did not think about it. and in the uk at least, we have this report by mps talking about putting ip report by mps talking about putting 1p on every item fashion sold is that a good idea? it is a good idea for the end use, recycling and reproducing, it is good for the economy bringing in newjobs. but no one is looking at the beginning part of it, climate change is the big conversation and that is just one pa rt conversation and that is just one part of it. they are saying it is fine to consume as much as we want as long as we put 1p on it. and that is not enough because the environmental impact of the supply chain before the final garment would
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cost a lot more than that. going back to the beginning of the conversation and the thing without blue planet moment, consumers waking up blue planet moment, consumers waking up and saying to supermarkets we do not want to be doing this, get to grips with this and in a way you wa nt grips with this and in a way you want the fashion consumer to wake up. at the moment we have no pressure and i think we need import taxes and at the moment we do not have that so i want to talk to the consumer themselves and hopefully wa ke consumer themselves and hopefully wake them up to put the pressure back on. we will see how that goes and what the response is. thank you so and what the response is. thank you so much for coming to talk to us. time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. temperatures are on the way up as we move through the next few days, where dragging in some mild airfrom the south coming up from africa and
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as we go through the next few days that will spread in and were looking at temperatures widely in the mid—teens. we could see temperatures reaching 17, 18 celsius in the warmer spots by friday. so we have seen some warmer spots by friday. so we have seen some good spells of sunshine today and we have been sent in a letter photographs, this one from norwich. plenty of blue skies around but further west wall cloud around and some outbreaks of rain. and that cloud and rain are courtesy of these weather fronts making their way gradually nurse and east as we move through today and tonight. as we go through today and tonight. as we go through tonight it continues to work its way north and east with further outbreaks of rain. heavy for a time. drier conditions for the south and
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east. temperatures not failing very far, overnight lows around six celsius. moving into tomorrow to weather fronts are bringing celsius. moving into tomorrow to weatherfronts are bringing in celsius. moving into tomorrow to weather fronts are bringing in cloud and outbreaks of rain again. as we start the day on wednesday we seek cloudier skies and further outbreaks of rain. the rain largely in the north. again it would be heavy for a time with the north west of scotland and north west england. it is all working its way east and tending to fizzle out as it does so. cloud for central and southern england and the best of the brightness will be found here. again the temperatures are mild. as we move into thursday a bit more clout with the north and west and we could see some light rain and drizzle through the morning but gradually brightening up through the day with good spells of sunshine. highs ofaround day with good spells of sunshine. highs of around 15 degrees. and this is the pressure chart moving into
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friday, we still are dragging in that mild air. the weather front largely staying to the north and west so further dry weather and perhaps some mist and fog slowly to clear through friday and saturday. again temperatures widely in the mid—teens and even up to 17, 18 celsius. goodbye. staff at honda in swindon are officially told theirjobs are to go when the plant closes in two years. it's a bitter blow for thousands of workers in a town where the car maker's been a fixture for three decades. there are about 10, 12 people just from our little family who all work here. i have good friends who work here, they have just got married, had babies, just bought houses and you feel for these people. we'll be looking at the wider impact of the closure on swindon, and asking what now for the uk car industry. also on the programme.... good morning, mr corbyn, are you
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expecting any more resignations? more resignations? the labour leader says he regrets seven mps quitting the party, but defends his policies. new figures show a record number of people are in work in the uk, and average wages are at their highest
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