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tonight at 10: the home secretary has revoked the british citizenship of the teenager shamima begum, who ran away to join the islamic state group. she's currently in a refugee camp in syria, but says she wants forgiveness, and had hoped to return to the uk. there could be litigation in this country, to determine her nationality, but that would take quite a long time to go through the necessary tribunal and courts. her family say they're considering all legal avenues to challenge the government's decision. also tonight... honda confirms it's shutting it's huge car plant in swindon, with the loss of thousands ofjobs. there's about ten, 12 people, just from our little family, all work here. good friends that work here i know that have just got married, had babies, just bought houses and it's just, like, you feel for these people.
jeremy corbyn, says he regrets the decision of seven mps to quit labour, over it's handling of anti—semitism, and brexit. i recognise that leading the party means you've got to take people with you, and i'm determined to do that. influential and revered. karl lagerfeld, a giant of the fashion world, has died. he was 85. commentator: here's firmino, a chance for liverpool. pulled back, steered wide. joel matip was running in. and liverpool draw a blank, in their champions league first leg tie, at home to bayern munich. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: in the night's other champions league tie, lyon go close as they host barcelona in the first leg of their last 16 match.
good evening. shamima begum, the teenager who left britain at the age of 15 to join the islamic state group, has been stripped of her british citizenship by the home office. now aged 19, she's in a refugee camp in syria. a statement from her family said they were "very disappointed" at the news, and they would consider all legal avenues to challenge the decision. the home office hasn't commented. daniel sandford has more details. shamima begum escape from fierce fighting this month as the islamic state group she went to join as a teenager slowly loses its last piece of territory in syria. but returning to the uk became much harder today, as the government move to take away her british nationality. a letter sent to her mother by the home office said...
if apparently you show little remorse, if you join a death cult that has killed british citizens, beheaded british citizens, maimed thousands of people, there is no return from this. she caused outrage yesterday by equating the children killed in the manchester bomb two years ago with people being bombed by coalition forces in is held areas of syria. it's a two—way thing. forces in is held areas of syria. it's a two-way thing. at the weekend, shamima begum gave birth to a baby boy who she was carrying under her clothes when the bbc interviewed her but that doesn't seem to have affected the home office decision. it seems a bit of a knee jerk office decision. it seems a bit of a kneejerk reaction. office decision. it seems a bit of a knee jerk reaction. the family are very, very surprised at that. essentially, she has never been to
bangladesh. there is a lot saying in media that she was born there, she's never been there, only been in britain. it seems to be a bizarre decision and i'm not entirely sure how that will stand up legally. in order to deprive someone of their british citizenship, the home office needs to be satisfied to do so is conducive to the public good and they have conducted themselves in a manner that is seriously prejudicial to the interests of the united kingdom. he must also be sure they are able to become a national of another country. it now transpires that the mother of ms begum appears to bea that the mother of ms begum appears to be a bangladesh national. by bangladesh law, that would mean that ms begum is a bangladesh national stop that mean she doesn't have only british nationality. therefore, if her british nationality is removed, she is not stateless. tonight, the home office said it wouldn't comment on individual cases but that any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all
available evidence and are taken lightly. daniel stanford, bbc news, at the home office. our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville is in north eastern syria tonight, and spoke to shamima begum yesterday. when i spoke to shamima begum yesterday, she was still intent on returning to the united kingdom. she managed to make it all the way here to syria without a uk passport. she used her sister's passport to get from britain, travel to turkey and then crossed into syria, joining the islamic state group. the british government has stripped is supporters and fighters here in syria of their citizenship but they can only do that to them if they have rights to another citizenship. while shamima begum has been here she has had a baby boy, he is three days old and his name is jarrah. his citizenship is probably ok because he received his, he was born a few days before his mother lost hers.
but this whole issue of what to do with these is women and other is supporters isn't going to go away. we know that in the last week alone, 12 british women have arrived at displacement camps here in northern syria. so for the british government, this headache of what to do doesn't end with shamima begum. our home affairs correspondent is with me now. the family say they will pursue as many legal avenues as they can to reverse this decision, it could take a long time? it's inevitable this will be tied up in the courts for months if not years. the special appeals commission will be the first port of call for the family and their lawyers, trying to overturn this decision by the home secretary to deprive her of her british citizenship. the home office has lost cases they are about bangladeshi citizens in the past so it's not guaranteed they could win that. we could see a series of appeals beyond that. i think it will
be interesting to see which way the courts go in this case. it's certainly not cut and dried. the home office has done this before, of course. it has done it with much more serious cases, for those thought to be part of the so—called beatles gang. that it looks like they are not trying to come back to they are not trying to come back to the uk. but in her case, she is. certainly there is no chance now, what her lawyers were hoping is the home office would help them with papers to get her out. that clearly is not going to be the case. i think we are in for a long legal battle and she will be staying in a refugee camp in northern syria. daniel, thank you. the japanese car maker honda has confirmed it's moving production back to japan and shutting its swindon plant, with the loss of 3,500 jobs. the company says global changes in the car industry, including a shift to electric vehicles, is to blame. but the business secretary, greg clark has told the bbc
that it's "incredibly frustrating", and "devastating" for swindon, that honda's made its decision despite the uk being a leader in battery technology. here's our business editor, simonjack. a dark moment for uk manufacturing. swindon is the first plant honda has closed anywhere in the world in its 71—year history. a hammer blow for thousands of swindon workers. my wife works here, my brother works here, my cousin works here. i'm trying to think now, there's loads of us. her dad, her stepdad... her brother, her mum works in the canteen, her other brother's the chef here. there's about ten, 12 people, just from our little family, all work here. good friends that work here i know that 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. and even the management that spoke to us inside, you can see it in their faces, they're just as shocked as everybody else. so, after 35 years of manufacturing in the uk, through thick and thin, why pull the plug now? this is actually being driven
by some very big and really unprecedented changes in what we're seeing in our motor vehicle industry. 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. unfortunately, that means we have to start looking very closely at where we focus our investments. this vision of the future of the car industry may be arriving more quickly than many expected, but it's a future the government said it was prepared for. "electric vehicles only". that is notjust a new road sign, it's a new mantra in global car manufacturing. but the uk government has spent hundreds of millions of pounds in trying to make the uk a leader of electric car technology, so how does today's decision reflect on one of its flagship industrial policies? it is particularly frustrating that as we have made the right call, in positioning ourselves at the forefront of the industries of the future, that honda,
in this case, have for the reasons they had set out, decided to consolidate injapan. it's also a significant moment in a relationship ushered in by margaret thatcher, who sold the uk as a stable business friendly outpost in the eu forjapanese companies to locate. brexit has changed that. the predictability is a very important element. that's why uncertainty has caused a lot of second thoughts about continuing business in the uk. brexit should not damage the stable, predictable economic environment that all of us enjoy today. honda's not alone. nissan, along with a host of otherjapanese companies, have moved investment out of the uk. brexit just gives them a chance to have a really good tidy, basically! and i'm afraid that tidying up won't be to the uk's benefit. brexit uncertainty may not have pushed honda to the exit, but it has sharpened questions as to whetherjapan needs the uk
the way it once did. simon jack, bbc news. as well as the 3,500 jobs that will be lost, thousands of other people in the supply chain making parts, or in businesses relying on honda, will also be affected. with a look at the wider impact of the closure, sian lloyd, has sent us this report from swindon. on the face of it — business as usual at this spitfire cafe, a short walk from the honda plant. car workers are regulars here and familiar faces to its owner, leslie allcorn, who shared their shock at the news it's to close. we do business lunches that we send out or people come and collect. honda have had their trade union meetings here. we've got a good working relationship with honda, so it's very sad that the downturn in the car industry has forced their hand. among those digesting the news, this customer, who'd helped build the plant more than 30 years ago.
it's absolutely huge, it's massive. what's going to happen to this plant, right, when they move out in 2021? what's going to happen to all the workers? because a lot of them are young workers, men and women, and they've all got mortgages, families. a crushing blow for those working directly at the plant, but there's concern too, about how this decision will be felt more widely. there are fears tonight that 500 jobs could be affected here. this factory is just a couple of miles away from honda. it makes car seats and supplies the japanese plant. its car park is empty today. we've been told that workers have been sent home. the impact of the decision made by honda already being felt here. putting their best foot forward at the weeklyjive class... you don't need to go far to find people in swindon who have a view about honda.
it's brought lots of new people into the town, and, you know, it's been a company that people have been very proud to work for. i don't think it looks good for investment in swindon, unfortunately. so really serious thoughts tonight, yet you're out dancing and life going on in this community? absolutely. it needs to, it needs to. and there is an upbeat message tonight. the local council leader told us that opportunities at high—tech businesses could help this town keep pace in these changing times. sian lloyd, bbc news, swindon. our business editor, simon jack is here. the big question everyone is asking is where does all this leave the uk automotive industry? if we take honda's rationale at their word and say these are major structural changes going on, there simply isn't the scale here for them to invest in
the scale here for them to invest in the electrical revolution here, then that obviously poses questions about toyota and nissan. if they are right, then maybe those companies will go the same way. the second question is, there is a different dynamic between the eu and japan, a new trade relationship from seven yea rs new trade relationship from seven years from now, japan will be able to import cars into the eu with zero tariffs. is there still the rationale to have manufacturing in the same way there has been over the last 30 years? on the brexit question, they say it has nothing to do with it. some sources will tell you they made a lot of fuss about we need the biggest building in the world to stockpile parts. we need friction free trade, we need to be ina friction free trade, we need to be in a customs union, if it didn't matter at all, they made an awful lot of fuss about it in the last couple of months. thirdly, our company is moving way ahead of consumers? they are all looking to make these electric cars. some will say companies are moving faster than consumers. who will buy all these when the infrastructure on the
streets, the charging pointsjust isn't there yet? simon, thank you. simonjack. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says he "regrets" the decision of seven mps to resign from the party, but has defended his policies, saying they have "enormous support". speaking publicly on the defections for the first time, he said he "recognises leading the party means taking people with you" and he's determined to do that. the seven mps who yesterday quit labour are unhappy with the party's handling of anti—semitism allegations and brexit. here's our deputy political editor, john pienaar. good morning, mr corbyn, are you expecting any more resignations today... ? good morning. seven mps lost, now what? good morning! more unhappy mps could soon quit — jeremy corbyn‘s thoughts? good morning to you all! and goodbye to you all! he wasn't keen to talk about yesterday's group resignation, but later, at a business conference in london, what about the mps who'd quit, calling him wrong on brexit, the security threat, tolerance of anti—semitism ?
what do you say to those mps who are now saying they're considering following them out of the party, and the larger number who say that those complaints are justified ? i regret that seven mps decided they would no longer remain part of the labour party. i thank them for their work, i want our party to be strong, i want our party to be united around the policies that we put forward. and i recognise that leading the party means you've got to take people with you and i'm determined to do that. not quite an olive branch to unhappy labourmps, but his closest senior ally went further. i think we need a mammoth, massive listening exercise, and address some of those criticisms that have been made. so, i think there's a real... i think we're finding a way forward. it's too late to stop the seven who have quit already, but more may follow them, maybe not many, but enough to make the new independent group a painful reminder of how labour loyalties have splintered. more tension tonight — this labour mp ruth george
apologised on facebook for suggesting the independent group may have been funded by israel. "no conspiracy theory intended," she wrote. "i'm deeply sorry, i withdraw it completely." can jeremy corbyn contain the labour split? well, there are colleagues here who are clearly very unhappy, some who would consider leaving. and we need to prevent a split becoming a chasm, and that's going to require robust action on a number of issues, on anti—semitism, expelling the anti—semites, taking robust action, on europe, decisively coming out for that public vote our conference demanded, and thirdly making sure we are a broad church as a party. and the voters? they're split, too, in the sheffield seat where their mp angela smith has gone independent. should she face a by—election? let her sit it out, interesting to see what happens if they do form a centrist party in the future, it could be a gap in the market. i think she should be allowed to see her time out. if you're independent it means you've left that party so you go back for election again. brexit is placing an enormous strain on british politics at a time
when trust in politicians, the role of the two big parties and the authority of the leaders, are all in doubt. and the authority of their leaders, are all in doubt. the talk here is that some conservative mps may also soon break with their party, too. the struggle for a brexit deal has reached a critical phase, and it will get much rougher before calm is ever restored. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. and in last few minutes, the mp for enfield north, joan ryan, has announced that after four decades, she's leaving the labour party. in a statement, she said she'd "made the terribly difficult decision to resign" and vowed to continue to represent her constituents and speak up for them as a member of the independent group of mps. he's been credited with reinventing the once stuffy house of chanel, and was a giant in the rarefied world, of fashion haute couture. the designer karl lagerfeld
has died at the age of 85. he was one of the industry's most prolific figures, producing several collections a year, not just for chanel, but fendi and his own label. our correspondent lucy wiliamson is in paris for us tonight. lucy... thereafter was already appearing outside the chanel workshop and the death of karl lagerfeld for many marks the end of an era across the fashion world. in a world that worships brands, karl lagerfeld enjoyed the status of a god. a workaholic with a sharp tongue and a brilliant eye for what would sell, he rescued the iconic fashion house chanel from its conservative tweed image, as well as turning out lines for fendi and his own label. his trademark dark glasses and white ponytail, in contrast to his lavish fashion shows and elaborate sets,
including one year of full—scale including one year a full—scale beach reconstructed inside a paris gallery. ijust do what my inner voices tell me. i'm thejoan of arc of design. at london fashion week today, the tributes came pouring in. before we start the show, let's take a moment to remember the brilliant karl lagerfeld. you know, he would say that this is how it is going to be or this is how it should be. and he always did things with such style, and well, and he just had a wonderful aura about him. karl otto lagerfeld was born in germany, but moved to paris where he studied fashion alongside fellow student. where he studied fashion alongside fellow student yves st laurent.
for decades, they remained rivals in work, but where st laurent reinvented the classics, lagerfeld focused on modern wearable designs. under his watch, chanel, once described as a label for rich grannies, became a hit international brand. he valued traditional craftsmanship but not the snootiness around fashion, teaming up with high street chain h&m in 2004 in a bid to make his designs more accessible. he's a loss to the fashion world for many many things, for his elegance and intelligence, his wit, and his amazing way of showing things and making chanel different all the time. but in the end, there's always another designer who's going to pop up, but not one, i think, who's exactly like him. the man remembered as an icon and a genius left behind his own kind of tribute. "i am like a caricature of myself," he was once reported as saying, "and i like that." the fashion designer karl lagerfeld, who's died, at the age of 85.
latest figures show record numbers of people are in work in the uk, and job vacancies are at their highest level ever. the office for national statistics says average earnings rose by nearly 3.5% between october and december, and there's been a drop in workers from many eastern european countries. here's our economics correspondent andy verity. firms like this buckinghamshire maker of bifold doors and windows are under growing pressure to raise pay. it's expanded its sales fourfold in the last five years, and it's counted on eu labour to do that. nearly 70% in this room are from eastern europe. but now that trend has gone into reverse, it's having to pay more, especially for its most skilled staff. when we look at the market value of these people, whereas three or four years ago the market value might have been 30,000, it's like a5,000 now. and we're not prepared to, after we've invested in people, after they know our product, five years' experience with the company, we're not prepared to lose these people. so we've had to consider making extremely large pay rises just to keep pace with the economy round here.
over 2018, the average wage rose by 3.4% — the biggest pay rise for a decade. and the number of uk nationals withjobs rose by 372,000. that's in contrast to workers from the eight countries that joined the eu in 2004, from poland to the baltic states, where numbers are now down 184,000 from the peak. the workers at this firm have no plans to leave, but they think they know why others are leaving. the situation changed massively over the past ten years, actually. so, there's morejob opportunity, the economy is stronger back home, the unemployment is low. the positions are better paid these days. so it's sort of better, the countries are in better positions. i think they're a little bit scared as to what's going to be happening with no deal and how that's causing all the rising up the prices of the products and stuff like that. many people from the so—called eu eight countries thatjoined the eu in 2004 now have settled lives
here — families, homes. but for those who are weighing up staying or leaving, the equation has changed. there's no longer such a gap between living standards here and living standards in poland or the czech republic. to keep inflation—beating pay rises going, companies need to make more money per worker an hour to boost productivity. at the end of 2018, say the official figures, productivity fell. andy verity, bbc news, buckinghamshire. the trial of the man in charge of policing on the day of the hillsborough disaster in 1989 has heard he was "basically a spectator" during the match. david duckenfield is accused of manslaughter through gross negligence, after 96 liverpool fans died during a crush at sheffield wednesday's ground. mr duckenfield denies the charges. our correspondent judith moritz has more. the crowd waiting to get
into hillsborough in april 1989 was the biggest one police officer says he'd ever seen. with around half an hour to go before kick—off, he said large groups were still coming towards the stadium. sergeant michael goddard was the police radio operator at the fa cup semifinal between liverpool and nottingham forest. he was based inside the police control box in the corner of the ground, which was next to the terraces where the liverpool fans were standing. chief superintendent david duckenfield was also inside the control box. he was only given the role of match commander three weeks beforehand. today, it was said that he faced an impossible learning curve. michael goddard said that david duckenfield was basically a spectator inside the police control box. he said it was traditional to have a chief superintendent there at such a big event, but the more experienced ground controller, superintendent bernard murray, would have been running the operation on the day. with the terraces already becoming
full, the jury heard the police were focused on the crush outside and didn't foresee any danger that would follow from opening an exit gate to the ground. sergeant goddard said... "i as an individual, and i as part of a team, let mr duckenfield down." he added... "we should have done better." 96 liverpool fans died as a result of the crush on the terraces. david duckenfield denies gross negligence manslaughter. the trial continues. judith moritz, bbc news, preston. the metropolitan police has admitted it could take 100 years for the force to fully reflect the ethnic make—up of the people it serves. currently 14% of met officers, are from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, but make up 40% of london's population. the force says it wants to recruit hundreds more, but some argue a lack of trust in the police could make that difficult. the catholic church has been hit by allegations of sexual abuse in india,
after a nun in the country accused a bishop of raping her multiple times. he's been arrested and released on bail, and denies the claims. there have been concerns raised about the vatican's overall handling of numerous sex abuse allegations, and pope francis is due to host a conference this week, focusing on how the church tackles the issue. the bbc s yogita limaye reports, from the southern indian state of kerala. a religious minority in india — close—knit, devout. it's a community that's now facing troubling questions about abuse and silence. in september last year, five nuns in the southern state of kerala started an unprecedented protest. they were demanding justice for a fellow nun who had accused a bishop of raping her 13 times. under indian laws, the complainant can't be identified,
and so these nuns have been speaking on her behalf. they say she sent letters to top church officials, but not one replied. translation: it's the church authorities that have brought us out onto the streets. if they had given us one word of reassurance, we would never have come out in public. even now, they've closed their eyes. and it's notjust top indian priests they reached out to. this letter was given to the vatican's ambassador in the country more than a year ago. another one was sent months later. the nuns say both went unanswered. the ambassador is also yet to respond to the bbc on what was done once the vatican became aware of the case. the accused is this man, bishop franco mulakkal. he was arrested and released on bail. when he returned to his church, he was given a grand welcome.
he declined to be interviewed, but sent this statement to the bbc. "the matter is coming up shortly in court, let the court decide the truth of the matter." this comes at a time when the catholic church is battling allegations of abuse in many other parts of the world, too. so much so that the vatican has called for a conference on the issue. but here in india, which millions of catholics call home, the church is yet to acknowledge or address the problem. that's despite a number of cases being reported from different parts of india. i remember very clearly how it started... i met one woman who only recently came out with her story. she says she was repeatedly abused by a member of a catholic institution as a child. at the age of five, when i had just started school, i was taken to this religious place for extra lessons, and that is when the abuse started. it went on for seven years. it was definitely more than once at least a week.
it has affected me in, like, so many ways. erm... the institution in question has started an inquiry. but she says her attempts to reach out to higher authorities ahead of the conference have gone unanswered. a global spotlight is on the catholic church and how it deals with sexual abuse. here in india, it's yet to start the conversation. yogita limaye, bbc news, in kerala. it's been a night of frustration for liverpool, as the first leg of their champions league last—16 match against bayern munich ended in a goalless draw. katie gornall is at anfield for us tonight. katie. yes, not the blockbuster that many predicted but it is finely poised going into the second leg. last year liverpool made it all the way to the