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good afternoon. the prime minister is understood to be considering asking mps to vote for a fourth time on the withdrawal agreement she negotiated to leave the european union. yesterday it was defeated by 58 votes. on monday, the house of commons will test whether there's support for alternative brexit plans in a second round of what are called indicative or advisory votes. here's our political correspondent matt cole. despite scores of leave supporters
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raucous outside, it was not third time lucky for theresa may with another rejection of her brexit deal. the eyes to the right, 286, the noise to the left, 344. but with the noise to the left, 344. but with the skill of the defeat smaller than on the previous two occasions, downing street officials are taking the view that at least the numbers are going the right way, and the government has not given up. the deal which delivers on the referendum in a way which works for the economy is the best way forward, but we recognise some colleagues have concerns about that that we need to work through. parliament ultimately has to vote for something. and indeed mps will vote on monday on a range of possible alternative brexit plans with the hope majority support can be fined for one of them. propositions could include
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a no—deal brexit, another referendum, customs arrangement tying britain closely to brussels, or even an amended version of theresa may's deal. it is about gathering momentum around particular ideas, sojust to gathering momentum around particular ideas, so just to say that the dup may come on board with a customs union idea, and it is about telling people into a way forward. but even if mps define the plan to rally round, the government is not promising to back it and could even seek to have a run—off against the now thrice rejected withdrawal agreement, but if the prime minister loses again, what next? may be a general election, may be something else. if theresa may felt she could not implement what parliament had identified as a way of leaving the eu, we would have to think hard about a cross—party coalition group of people. the eu council has called an emergency summit for the tenth of next month, two days before the new brexit day, the 12th of april, but will the government have to offer that she could —— that could secure a further delay to resolve the deadlock will britain be leaving without the deal just deadlock will britain be leaving
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without the dealjust hours later?. without the dealjust hours later? there are just so many questions about what might happen here next week and the answers will determine the fate of the prime minister, the government, and the country for many years to come, but what those answers might be is just not clear. matt cole, bbc news, westminster. today is the last day for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to disclose how much of a pay difference there is between male and female workers. despite the deadline, thousands are yet to file. sangita myska has been looking at the numbers. who are the worst offenders? the story is not about unequal pay. this is not a story about men and women being paid differently for the same work, this is about the gender pay gap 5° same work, this is about the gender pay gap so hang with me, i will explain what that is. if you were to line up all the men and women in a public body or in a private company, in order of salary, you pull out the man, then you politely women, and you compare the two. that is the
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gender pay gap. why do we care about today? because the public sector employs 5 million people, that has w011 employs 5 million people, that has won six of the workforce. who are the worst offenders? it is universities. the national average pay gap is 9.1%, when it comes to universities it is 13.7%. significantly higher. it is possible to explain a bit of that difference with the fact that women are much more likely to be working part time and there are fewer of us in senior roles, but what is really telling is when you dig deeper, and you look at the gender pay gap when it comes to bonuses, single payments to individuals. in that case, two of the worst offenders, liverpool and newcastle, the gender pay gap was well over 80%. what about the rest of the public sector? if you work in central government, you're a civil servant, not good news if you're a woman. 23%
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there. a lot better in local government, 3.7%, but this is not the end of the story, by the middle of next week private sector companies will be reporting their gender pay gaps, too. we will be able to see the whole picture. thank you very much. a look at some of the day's other stories: the bbc has learnt that the pilot flying the plane carrying cardiff city striker emiliano sala when it crashed into the english channel was not qualified to fly at night. david ibbotson is thought to have been colour blind. the civil aviation authority has declined to comment. eurostar services from london's st pancras station have resumed after major disruption caused by a protestor caused trains to be suspended. the man, aged 44, made it onto the roof, waving the flag of st george. he's since been arrested. palestinian protesters have gathered on the boundary between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began there. the un says at least 189 palestinians and one israeli soldier have been killed between march
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and december last year. demonstrators are demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes in what is now israel. israel defence forces say they only open fire to stop palestinians crossing into israeli territory. a bbc investigation has discovered rogue traders are selling tens of thousands of pounds‘ worth of receipts and invoices in a black market trade to cheat uk taxes. the dealers, who advertise online, sell authentic documents to enable others to fraudulently claim back vat and reduce the amount of income tax they pay. colin campbell has the story. he wants to sell me £10,000 worth of construction material receipts for £800, and boasts that they can be used to work around paying income tax.
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an illicit black—market trade, i contacted dealers posing as a self—employed builder, seeking to use the receipts to evade tax and fraudulently claim back vat. with a ring binderfull of construction material receipts, this polish builder wanted £2,500 for £30,000 worth of receipts. pay cash? another rogue trader, this time decorating receipts. can i use them for tax as well? these guys are essentially committing tax fraud. i showed the footage to a tax expert. it's a crime, because what it's
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doing is enabling people to reduce their tax bill and their vat illegally, because they haven't actually incurred the expense that they're going to claim for. i found more than a dozen dealers advertising the receipts on uk based polish classified ad sites. hmrc says it's committed to ensuring all companies and individuals pay the right tax at the right time, and will pursue those who fail to do so. 0k, great. all the dealers we spoke to had a ready supply of receipts. i'm actually a journalist from the bbc. but none wanted to discuss their illicit trade. what you're doing is criminal. it's fraudulent. you're helping people cheat the tax system, aren't you? vat? self—assessment? you're helping people cheat their tax. you've got £30,000
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worth of receipts here. a previously hidden crime, now a brazen illicit trade that's hard to combat. another form of tax evasion, cheating the country of much—needed revenue. colin campbell, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. manchester city are heading back to the top of the premier league while pushing fulham closer to relegation. the premier league's early kick—off has been very one sided, and city took an early lead through bernardo silva. it is 2-0 it is 2—0 close to half—time. it is 2-0 close to half-time. sergio aguero with the second. it could have been more. it's ferrari dominating again in final practice for the bahrain grand prix. after their opening race disappointment in australia, they're been making up for that, so far in the middle east, with sebastien vettel and charles leclerc setting the pace in the final session before this afternoon's qualifying. some of you watching may currently be in training for the london marathon injust under a months time.
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among the elite runners on the day will be great britain's callum hawkins who'll be running his first marathon since he collapsed in exhaustion at the commonwealth games almost a year ago. he's been training at altitude in america and our 0lympic sports reporter david mcdaid has been to meet him. in the snow—covered hills of arizona, callum hawkins is clocking up arizona, callum hawkins is clocking up the miles. it is a very different scene from a year up the miles. it is a very different scene from a year ago up the miles. it is a very different scene from a year ago and the sweltering heat of australia's gold coast. this is a guy in real distress, callum hawkins, lying by the side of the road, and i hope they can get some help to him quickly. little more than a mile from becoming commonwealth champion, the scot succumbed to the extreme conditions. it was like going into a car that had been sitting in the heat all day, just hit me. the last thing i remember is putting every ounce of effort to try and get back on my feet are not being able to. ounce of effort to try and get back on my feet are not being able tom was as if i was really drunk. when you started to reflect, what did you
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think about that whole experience?” was gutted. it felt like i missed one of the best opportunities that i would ever get to get a medal at a major championships. hawkins has not taken on another marathon since an address on the gold coast but he hopes that by training here at 7000 feet above sea level, he will be able to give a good account of himself when he makes his comeback in london. how is the body and how are you running? i run a p8 and a session the other day at altitude is a session the other day at altitudes are pretty good. 2000 metres above sea level, you do feel a lot better. will you look at the london marathon is your combine? how will you feel on the start line? i will prove to myself it is still there on the gold coast myself it is still there on the gold coa st ha 5 myself it is still there on the gold coast has not done any damage. i do not want to be known as the boy that fell over on a bridge, i want to be known as the guy that wins the medals and runs the quick times. london a chance to reset and make new memories and perhaps banish some
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old ones, too. there is more running on the bbc sport website, including the latest from denmark and the world cross—country championships. not quite a marathon but in mud and water, making it more interesting. that is all for now. a quick sprint to the end of the bulletin. we hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. it's 12:12. the rolling stones have just tweeted they are postponing their us tour. mick jagger needs medical treatment. he tweeted, "i'm so sorry to all our fans in america and
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canada with tickets. i really hate letting you down like this. i'm devastated for having to postpone the tour but i will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as i can. once again, huge apologies to everyone." mickjagger has to undergo medical treatment and therefore the rolling stones‘ tour of the us and canada has been postponed. the prominent remain campaigner dominic grieve has received a vote of no confidence from his local conservative association in buckinghamshire. members in beaconsfield voted by 182 to 131 against the former attorney general, who supports a second public vote on brexit. we'll speak to one of the local activists who orchestrated the vote in a moment, but first, here's a few clips of mr grieve in recent weeks, outlining his position on the brexit process. members of parliament cannot simply
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be asked to forfeit theirjudgment and their judgment has be asked to forfeit theirjudgment and theirjudgment has been pretty clear that the deal is flawed. it seems reasonable for mps like myself to suggest this deal, indeed any deal, must go back to the public. i have never felt public. i have neverfelt more public. i have never felt more ashamed to be a member of the conservative party ought to be asked to lend her support. joining us now from his home in beaconsfield isjohn strafford, the chairman of the campaign for conservative democracy. he was one of the architects of last night's vote of confidence in mr grieve. you have long since argued that conservative mps should have more control. you got your way. what we did in beaconsfield last night was
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to re—establish the principle that constituency associations and their membership determine who their candidate should be at the next general election and to that extent we have already had that because we got this vote of no confidence passed last night. the reason why it is so important is because it's the only bit of democracy that is still left within the conservative party and if we take it away, the party is finished. are you still a conservative party member? you were for many years. i have been a member for many years. i have been a member for sa years and at the moment i am suspended from membership. that suspension was imposed on me on thursday, presumably to prevent me from speaking at the meeting last night. still, the meeting did go your way. this is a really interesting argument and i suppose brexit has brought it out into the
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open, this tension that can exist between members of parliament and the people originally select them. 0n the other hand, dominic grieve may have been selected by the association but was selected by the people of beaconsfield and they were by no means in favour of brexit so is he not entitled to some latitude in terms of arguing his case? he stood on a manifesto in 2017, supporting that the united kingdom would leave the european union. he voted for article 50 which actually gave a date of march 29 to leave the european union he has betrayed the people of beaconsfield and the nation by continuously opposing and obstructing that decision from being implemented. it is perhaps you are witnessing the greatest betrayal of democracy in the history of the united kingdom. democracy is how you
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determine a process by which you determine a process by which you determine the will of the people. the will of the people was determined in the referendum in 2016 and to have it betrayed now is totally wrong. people are very upset about it. let mejust totally wrong. people are very upset about it. let me just play to you what brandon lewis, the chairman of the conservative party had to say when i asked him about this vote of no confidence in dominic grieve when he came in earlier. at the moment there is no conservative member of parliament subject to that the selection process. we had a broad church. we are best when we had a broad church with people with a wide range of views across the party, that's part of our strength and i wa nt that's part of our strength and i want us to stay that way. what do you make of that? i'm afraid to say, and this is a majorfactor in you make of that? i'm afraid to say, and this is a major factor in the democracy of the united kingdom, i present situation, the conservatives have centralised the selection of
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candidates in the 1988. prior to that, the constituency association selected candidates. afterwards it was centrally controlled so you now have a situation where an oligarchy and centre office determine who the cabinet is going to be who then become the members of parliament who then become the members of the government and if you take away the right of constituency associations to get rid of their mps, that oligarchy is controlling everything. it has ramifications throughout our united kingdom democracy and i haven't fought to bring democracy back to the united kingdom to see it taken over back to the united kingdom to see it ta ken over by back to the united kingdom to see it taken over by a soviet style leadership at central office. to be fairto you, leadership at central office. to be fair to you, you have been consistent in making these arguments over many, many years. i remember when william hague was the prime minister —— when william hague was the party leader. but a0 years ago
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there was a labour mp called reg prentice in london who fell out with his local party in london and he argued his position was undermined because activists wanted to constrain his ability to make the case and make the arguments. in the end, he left labour and joined the conservative party because he felt it was more tolerant. is there a danger that this campaign you will repeat the mistake that labour made in the early 80s when it tried to mandate its members of parliament and prevented them from exercising theirjudgment? no, i believe in representative democracy, i believe the member of parliament goes to parliament and exercises his own judgment but there is one ramification to that and that is when it comes to determining the way in which we are governed and when determining the way in which we are governed, then it is the sovereignty of the people that matters in this
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whole issue of europe is about the sovereignty of the people determining how they are governed and how democracy works in the united kingdom and once you start straying away from that and allow mps to determine their own system of election, i'm afraid you are down that terrible path towards dictatorship. thanks very much for being with us. pope francis has arrived in morocco for brief visit to promote inter—faith dialogue in the country. after meeting king mohammed, he'll go on to visit a school for imams near the capital rabat. morocco has a tiny roman catholic community and the vatican says the trip follows on from the pope's historic visit to the united arab emirates last month to promote freedom of belief. bbc arabic‘s mouna bo is in morocco and says the country's small christian communtiy are excited to see the pontif return to the country. this is the cathedral in the
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moroccan capital ra bat. this is the cathedral in the moroccan capital rabat. it has been redecorated recently in anticipation of the pope's visit. there is a tiny christian community in morocco of over 30,000 people. they are very excited about the visit. the first bya excited about the visit. the first by a pope in 3a years. the pontiff was invited by king mohammed the sixth, commander of the faithful, the highest religious authority here in morocco. it is significant that is part of this visit, pope francis will come to this institute which teaches hundreds of imams a tolerant form of islam, as backed by the king. improving relations with other religions has been a priority for the pope. he is also keen to meet migrants ata the pope. he is also keen to meet migrants at a centre around about a catholic humanitarian organisation in rabat. migrants form a large part
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of the christian community here. they will be here to welcome him alongside thousands of moroccans who view this visit as historic. spoiler alert, if you missed the first ever all female final of masterchef last night and you want to catch up on the final later, then look away now. after competing against 5a other determined contestants and through seven gruelling weeks of culinary challenges, the mastechef winner 2019... irini. ..irini was crowned last night. well, a little earlier, i spoke to irini and started by asking her what she was trying
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to achieve with her cretan—inspired menu. it wasn't for the benefit of thejudges, really, interestingly, the food i cooked was a lot for my benefit because i wanted to reconnect to my roots, but also for the benefit of the viewers, ultimately, of the programme because my sense in the a0 years i've lived here, that people have an idea of greek food that is a little bit outdated and i had the chance through masterchef to actually allow the playfulness and my character to come out so it was a little bit of a play for me to take traditional produce and present it in a contemporary way so yes, i grew up with that dish, my mother and grandmother cooked it but totally differently and i thought, surely i can do it in a way that we can identify more
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today and i can show to the british audience, the people who love greek food, try something different next time, seek out this amazing food that is being produced now. and you cooked the rosemary lamb in that puree, cracked wheat cooked and soured milk. the combinations are the really striking thing, it's the extra touches you added to quite traditional greek dishes. did you surprise yourself a bit? i did, i excited myself. i've been on a high since i was accepted then i started trying to cook different things and i was saying to my husband, john, if they don't take me, if i don't make it to london, i will be a much better cook and a much happier person because i'm enjoying what i'm doing.
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in the process, i started writing about it and that took me back to my childhood and memories and the whole thing was an amazing journey. it was such a personal thing. the food was just the medium, but it was irini coming out every time and how lucky am i that the judges saw it and loved it? they certainly did, i was looking at what they said, the real sense of passion that you brought to it. gregg wallace said your little touches of greek ingredients are nothing short of inspired. it's love and passion, it's from the heart every time she cooks. john torode said she has a magic in her fingertips and a fire in her belly! what's the favourite dish for your family at home? john by now must be desperate for a straight omelette!
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because he has tried every dish under the sun and when i was practising that apple dish, which i had a minor disaster on the show with, john was so fed up eating cooked apples so there isn't a standard dish because i like to experiment a lot. i'm a bit naughty and cheeky with even the food so i don't like to do straight... don't ask me to boil you an egg or make an omelette, give me a five—page recipe! i loved raymond blanc, when i saw 25 pages, i thought, i loved raymond blanc, when i saw 25 pages, ithought, yes! irini, one last thought for you, you said this has been an amazing journey, you hope it's not over yet, i guess. what would you like to do next? now that you have been inspired by the experience of masterchef, where would you hope this will take you ? already i have a fantastic sense from last night of
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the overwhelming response that i need to do more with greek food and i don'tjust mean cook it, imean research it more, perhaps televise the people who produce it, the people who cook it, the people who grow things, there's such a wide range of stuff that the dream for me is to showcase more. more than 175,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a ban on the practice of covering trees and hedges with nets to prevent birds from nesting in them. nets are often used by developers to keep birds away during construction projects, but conservationists argue that it's a threat to wildlife. john maguire has been looking into this. its a cover—up, but is it right? 18 trees have been shrouded by giant nets at this school in ely. cambridge county council wants to fell the trees to expand the school,
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something that wouldn't be allowed if birds were nesting. elaine ewert spotted them, tweeted and was amazed by the response. it has made such an impression because it is such a dramatic visual metaphor of what we are doing to the natural world. dramatic visual metaphor of what we are doing to the natural worldm has been happening across the uk here recently in surrey on a large scale and in warwickshire where hedgerows have been covered. the royal society for the protection of birds wants them banned. we are excluding birds from nesting habitats at this key side of year. the countryside should be at birdsong right now but across our country we have lost aa million birds in 50 years and when nature is in crisis, we really can't afford to be adding to those pressures things like these nets. there are concerns that wildlife may be trapped inside the nets like here in north lincolnshire but developers say the nets protect birds and animals and are deployed in a controlled and
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responsible manner. trees with nests can't be chopped down during the spring and summer nesting season, so nets allow building work to continue all year round. legislation protects nesting birds as it rightly should but developers are under a lot of pressure to bring forward sites for development to start building houses to meet the housing crisis, therefore a delay when they can't do three works between march and august means that they are seeing development put back, it means we can development put back, it means we ca n start development put back, it means we can start on site and build the houses that we need. a parliamentary petition calling for a ban has reached more than 175,000 names, well above the number required to trigger a commons debate. back in cambridgeshire, the council has reacted to the negative public response here and order the nets to be taken down. whether they protect 01’ be taken down. whether they protect or they threaten wildlife, these will be removed at easter.
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just before we go, these pictures show a lucky escape for six baby elephants who got stuck in the mud at a nature reserve in thailand. they'd been there for days until park rangers managed to dig them out. a bit ofa a bit of a struggle. if you ever climbed out of mud, you'll know exactly what they are going through! but they say a mud bath is good for the skin. a team stayed overnight to keep a watchful eye. eventually all the exhausted animals managed to make their escape to the cheers of their rescuers. time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. i'm not happy that we are losing an hour of sleep tonight! it is a
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