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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the prime minister looks for ways to bring her eu withdrawal this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm. the prime minister looks for ways to bring her eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time. i think what we have to do is to make sure that we deliver on the will of the people at the referendum. we have to keep trying, that is what people voted for. put it at the end ofjanuary and lost by the largest ever majority the government was defeated in parliamentary history, put it back again then again and is now going to apparently try again next week. this is beyond ridiculous. thousands of palestinian take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. mick jagger is forced to postpone the upcoming rolling stones tour of the us and canada as he needs medical treatment. huddersfield town are relegated from the premier league after they lose at crystal palace.
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more on that in sportsday in half an hour. good evening. 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, her deal 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. our political correspondent alex forsyth reports. there is clear frustration in westminster. still on show the day after mps rejected theresa may's brexit plan again. the question now is what happens next?
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as yet members of the government can't give any real clarity. i think what we have to do is to make sure that we deliver on the will of the people at the referendum. we have to keep trying. some still argue the prime minister's brexit deal is the best option. it's obviously very disappointing that the government lost yesterday. i think that has put the country in some difficulty and i feel the best way forward is the prime minister's deal but we will see what the options are. so will she put it back again? well, obviously, the cabinet will have to consider what the next step forward will be. the ayes to the right, 286. the noes to the left, 344. yesterday's rejection of the brexit plan was smaller than the two previous efforts but still substantial. on monday, mps will vote on alternatives to the prime minister's plan. last time, parliament could not agree on any one option but having another public vote or keeping close to the eu in a customs union
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proved most popular. the government's waiting to see if mps can agree in a way forward but isn't clear if that will change its direction. the customs union doesn't actually reflect or respect what was in our own manifesto but we have got to look at what parliament coalesces around next week. but i think the best way to go forward is to be looking at getting that withdrawal agreement approved. but the labour leader campaigning in newport today is holding firm against the prime minister's plan calling for further compromise or an election. the absolute priority at the moment, is to end this chaos that this government has brought us to by their endlessly running down the clock and basically bullying and threatening people. the bullying hasn't worked, the threats hasn't worked. it's time now for the sensible people to take over. let us pray for our parliament. let us pray for union. and let us pray for peace. the church of england arranged prayers for unity today but less than two weeks before the new date on which we are due to leave, division is entrenched.
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some want to walk away with no deal. others are resisting. parliament is at a crucial crossroads. and alex is here with me. just tell us in more detail if you would what we are expecting this coming week. on monday mps will look ata coming week. on monday mps will look at a whole range of alternatives to the prime minister pounds ‘s deal which could be anything from having no deal to having another public boat or have something more like a... the last time they did this there was an idea for some sort of customs union or another public boat which proved most popular. so if mps coalesce around one of those options monday, it is impossible that the government waves up and says we could put a department or the prime minister poss at brexit plan in a runoff. but it is not clear yet. the government is really sitting back and there will be conversations between the cabinet trying to work out what to do, looking at what
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parliament does and then deciding what comes next and what does seem abundant weekly or is that the prime minister is not giving up on her brexit plan yet despite the fact that we have had it rejected three times by the house of commons. but projected west of the third time. could it be that you put these two ideas to the commons and you are just left with which one failed by the smallest margin?|j just left with which one failed by the smallest margin? i think at this point, that is something that is being considered as well as any other option. there is another hurdle for the government to keep over which isjohn hurdle for the government to keep over which is john bercow hurdle for the government to keep over which isjohn bercow who says you cannot bring it back over and over again. so they have to look at how they can do that. but we're not looking at territory where the government is saying to mps "let's go for the most palatable option, the least bad option" and we saw some of the brexiteers in the conservative party were making the case themselves "we are only voting for the prime minister's withdrawal agreement now because we think it is the better alternative but we do not think it is good" and it could be
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the prime minister plays on that more. she could say go for my deal oi’ more. she could say go for my deal or you can end up with a long delay oi’ or you can end up with a long delay ora or you can end up with a long delay or a soft brexit. you hope it will bring more people around but it will be very difficult because we have had this vote three times and people have been set in their positions. talk about dominic greve who is talking... he has been a prominent voice in this debate who has voted remain and has been pushing to give parliament more of a say and has been arguing for another wreck around him. and this is in —— referendum. his association voted that they had no confidence in him which is not binding and he said he will not stand aside. he has claimed that a former ukip member infiltrated the local party and castrated that vote something that you keep has firmly denied but i think what this speaks to know is that the division over practic —— brexit is permeating everywhere. not just in the conservative party but
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in the labour party and every bit of oui’ in the labour party and every bit of our political system. alex, thank you much. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are james rampton, features writer at the independent and the guardian columnist dawn foster. today is the deadline for public sector bodies, with more than 250 employees, to reveal how much of a pay difference there is between male and female workers. but thousands of companies are yet to file their data. joining me via webcam to talk more about this is deborah hargreaves, founder and director of the independent think—tank, the high pay centre — and former chair of the high pay commission. deborah, thank you very much for joining us. why are so many companies, organisations dragging their heels on this? i think they might bea their heels on this? i think they might be a bit embarrassed about their pay gap. last year was the first time they had to report and they all left it to the last—minute
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last year. there was a bit of an outcry when everyone realised how big a pay gap it was in a wad of organisations. and i do not think things have changed much. in fact i think in some cases they've got worse. so people have reported so farand worse. so people have reported so far and that is still a fairly small number but they are showing a fair grade large pay gap and that has got worse over the past year which is quite shocking. —— a fairly large pay quite shocking. —— a fairly large pgy 93p- quite shocking. —— a fairly large pay gap. how could it have got worse as we know there is so much scrutiny over it and in bbc there has been here to? how come organisations have not got more on top of it?|j here to? how come organisations have not got more on top of it? i think what happens is you are seeing job segregation, a lot of women are in the lower ranks of organisations. and the men of course are at the top and they are better paid. some organisations have tried to address that by appointing a very senior woman who then skews the pay gap but actually doesn't do much for the people on the lower ranks. and what
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we have got to see more happening is for women to get up the ranks and organisations, to get into more powerfuljobs and to start to affect this. so when you look at something like the national health service for example, that is britain poss five biggest employer britain. so women are predominantly in the lower pay bands. pay band one which is 17 point £5,000 a year, that is 75% of women. where as bright as the top pay bands are predominantly men and motion of the nhs trust are run by men. so we have got to start encouraging women or not even encourage any women. but actually making it possible for them to come through the ranks and in some cases i think we even need to have legislation to get women into top jobs because it's happening so slowly. why? companies are very
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resista nt to slowly. why? companies are very resistant to do this. so, there is currently a target for getting 30% of women onboard by next year. that hasn't been met by all companies and when you look at the excuses they make, they are quite shocking. so, they will say things like "well, all they will say things like "well, all the good ones have gone" or "we have one woman, we don't need any more" or, i don't think they would understand the issues we discussed. terrible issues you would not expect to hear in 2019. and that is a very unambitious target. that target is 30% of women on big company boards. it should be met here but i say why aren't we getting 50% of women? why don't we see 50% of women at all levels throughout the economy and throughout our workforce? we should be represented, we are half of the workforce. in fact in some of the workforce. in fact in some of the work case —— in some cases in younger ages we are more than half. so why are we not more represented
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at the top and why do we not get our voice heard more clearly? how adequate as a measure is the gender pay gap because thatjust tells you what the average male urns compared with the average female urns. it does not tell you the pay difference between the amount a woman doing the samejobs. between the amount a woman doing the same jobs. —— what between the amount a woman doing the samejobs. —— what a male and between the amount a woman doing the same jobs. —— what a male and female earns. exactly. they hide some of the more detailed that might show you that gap between men and women doing the same jobs. you that gap between men and women doing the samejobs. a lot you that gap between men and women doing the same jobs. a lot of this isa doing the same jobs. a lot of this is a shrouded in secrecy. let's not forget it is all about negotiation and it is about what level you come in atand and it is about what level you come in at and how good a package you negotiate. and women tend to assume that they will be paid for their good work, they assume that they will be recognised for working well. whereas men tend to make a bit more ofa whereas men tend to make a bit more of a fuss about it and they
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negotiate themselves a good package. so, we have to encourage women to speak up for themselves. and let's not forget that it's actually even legal to pay a man and woman separately and, sorry, differently for doing the same job and we should make that clear to companies that shouldn't happen. i would advocate com plete shouldn't happen. i would advocate complete transparency of pay. i think everything should be public information, we should reveal everything. and in sweden, in scandinavian countries, all tax returns are published in full online so returns are published in full online so everyone can see what everyone else earns. let's get it all out in the open and then we can tell and that will help women to argue for better deal. deborah hargreaves from the high pay centre, think you for talking to us. thank you. palestinian authorities say three people have died, including a 17—year—old boy,
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as tens of thousands of palestinians protest on the israel—gaza border. demonstrators threw stones and burned tyres, with israelis returning tear gas and live fire. the face—off comes one year after the start of weekly protests on the frontier. our correspondent, yolande knell, is just outside the israeli village of nahal oz, close to the border with gaza, from where she sent this update. here, if you look across through the field, you can see the gaza boundary fence, and we can still see on the other side large palestinian crowds. according to the israeli military, some 40,000 palestinians turned out at different locations along the fence for this day of protest. despite the relatively large numbers of protesters, we have seen less violence than in previous weeks, although, we are hearing from gaza health officials it was two palestinians killed during the course of the mass rallies as well as the person killed ahead of them making it three people
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killed during the course of the day. israeli troops have been using tear gas to drive people back, and they have had claims from the un, from a un enquiry, that they have used excessive force in the past, using live ammunition. they say they only use live ammunition when palestinians are trying to breach the fence, enter israeli territory, where they could pose a threat to israeli civilians who live, really, as we have seen here, not very far away at all from the place where all of these protests are taking place. on the other side of the border, tom bateman sent this report from gaza. we are at the biggest protest just east of gaza city. we saw thousands of palestinians making their way towards the site here, that's a tear gas canister there is being thrown back
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by one of the protesters. you can see the israeli points on the other side of the perimeter fence, these are sniper positions. we are seeing tear gas fired at the palestinian protesters, some burning tyres. so far, they have not made their way right up to the fence, that is the real point of friction here. what today will be is a test of what has been a fragile calm between hamas, who runs the gaza strip, and israel, in the last few days, after a serious military escalation at the start of the week. as these year—anniversary protests get under way, there has been strong rhetoric from both sides, the israelis have sent 200 snipers into sniper positions around the fence, and three extra brigades to the south of israel to the area surrounding the strip. hamas has asked people to remain peaceful, but it says if there is what it calls israeli aggression, it will respond with equal force.
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tom bateman reporting. the pilot of the plane which crashed into the english channel with footballer emiliano sala on board, wasn't allowed to fly at night. the bbc has been told that david ibbotson was colour—blind and restricted to daytime flights only. both men died when the piper malibu crashed in january. kayley thomas has more. it has been ten weeks since the plane carrying cardiff city's record £15 million signing, emiliano sala, crashed into the sea off guernsey in the channel islands. the man tasked with getting him to his new club in time for training was david ibbotson, a private pilot from north lincolnshire. but he should not have been flying at night because he was not licensed to. the bbc has been told that he was colour—blind and had a restriction on his license stating he could fly in daylight hours only. the ill—fated flight set off from nantes over one hour after sunset. there has been much speculation about the legality of the flight. the piper malibu was registered in the us and could not be operated
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commercially with paying passengers. the air accident investigation branch said that licensing continues to be a focus of its investigations but a full report into the crash is not expected until early next year. kayley thomas, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. the prime minister and her cabinet look for ways to bring may's eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time after it was defeated by 58 votes yesterday. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to declare the pay difference between their male and female workers, but thousands haven't yet done so. thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. a bbc investigation has discovered rogue traders are selling tens of thousands of pounds worth
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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 they can be used as a way to work around paying income tax. 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.
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pay cash? another rogue trader, this time decorating receipts. these guys are essentially committing tax fraud. i showed the footage to a tax expert. it's a crime because what it's doing is enabling people to reduce their tax bill and their vat bill 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
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all companies and individuals pay the right tax at the right time, and will pursue those who fail to do so. ok, 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? no. vat? self—assessment? you're helping people cheat their tax. i don't know. you've got £30,000 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. eurostar passengers have faced delays and disruption today after a 44—year—old man was arrested on the roof of london's st pancras station. the man draped in an england flag
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is being questioned on suspicion of trespass and obstruction of the railway. thousands of passengers on eurostar services and on south—eastern services between london and kent, were affected. lines have now reopened. in the united states, several campaigns to seek the democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential elections have already kicked off. today was the turn of former three—term texas congressman beto o'rourke, who held a rally in el paso today to launch his own bid to become his party's nominee. our correspondent dan johnson is there. this is home turf for beto o'rourke. this is where he grew up and texas is where he narrowly missed out on a senate seat last year. he ran ted cruz much closer than anyone thought. there is a lot of energy and excitement since he announced two weeks ago that he did want to run for president in 2020 and that he would seek the democrat nomination. all though campaign is now under way he has a big rally here today in el paso
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to kick—start his campaign properly and then two more rallies across texas today as well. now immigration is a big issue here because we are right on the mexican border. and this week, customs and border protection have said that the system really is beyond breaking point. and less than a mile from here, there are hundreds of asylum—seekers who are being held in an open compound. they are waiting to be processed by border patrol who say that their facilities are simply overwhelmed and that they have nowhere else for those people to stay, nowhere for them to sleep. so, they have been sleeping out in the open laid on bared earth and beto o'rourke himself went to see that last night. that will be a major campaign issue here i am sure and we will wait to hear exactly what the rest of his campaign message will be. danjohnson. the rolling stones have postponed a tour of the united states and canada because sir mickjagger needs medical treatment. the band's publicist said
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the legendary lead singer would be working very hard to get back on stage and doctor expected him to make a full recovery. the rolling stones had been due to kick off their tour in miami and play 17 dates across north america, ending in canada injuly. let's speak to our correspondent chi chi izundu. you don't cancel a tour like this at short notice. do you know exactly what is going on? no, you do not cancel or postpone a tour weight this. the rolling stones have been on the store since 2017. they started off in hamburg in germany and have been touring around the europe and uk. this was supposed to be the big north american leg. now we know mickjagger needs medical treatment except none of his team nor him has elaborated on exactly what he's been treated for. obviously there is a lot of social media well wishing out there but he says he is hoping he will be back on stage as soon as he can and his publicist has confirmed that doctors have said he will make a full
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recovery. people do not postpone these things likely. what will happen to those tour dates, to all those people who were so looking forward to this concert? the promoter says they will reschedule these tour dates and like i say, no one does this lightly. it is really ha rd one does this lightly. it is really hard in the entertainment world considering how much a tour cost to put on and how much it makes artists effectively. for an insurance company to agree to postpone a tour. it is really hard for that to happen. so the fact that this has happened is quite a big deal. and is there any idea of when the reschedule he will start? no idea whatsoever but we are hoping we will hear news soon because obviously taking two months off to have medical treatment is quite a big deal. but as mick and his team have said, he is totally devastated that he has had to do this. he is hoping to be back on stage shaking goes well famous hips very soon. thank
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you very much. the rolling stones have postponed a tour of the united states 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. it's a cover—up, but is it right? 18 trees have been shrouded by giant nets at this school in cambridgeshire. the council wants to expand the school, something which wouldn't be allowed if birds were nesting. elaine ewart spotted them, tweeted about them, and was amazed by the response. i think it has made such an impression because it is such a dramatic visual metaphor, if you like, of what we're doing to the natural world. it has been happening across the uk,
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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. the problem is that we are excluding those from the nesting habitat at this key time of year. the countryside should be full of lively birdsong right now, but across our country, we have lost 44 million birds in 50 years and when nature is in crisis, we really can't afford to be adding to its pressures with things like these nets. there are concerns that wildlife may become trapped inside the nets, as happened here in north lincolnshire, the developers say the nets protect birds and animals and are deployed in a controlled and responsible manner. trees with nests cannot be chopped down during the spring and summer nesting season, so work can be allowed to continue all year round. legislation protects nesting birds, as it rightly should but developers under a lot of pressure to bring forward sites for development, to start building houses to meet the housing crisis and therefore, delay when they can't do tree works between march and august means that their development is put back,
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it means we can't start on site and it means we can't build houses that 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 ordered the nets to be taken down, whether they protect all they threatened wildlife, these will be removed at easter. john maguire, bbc news, ely. now it's time for a look at the weather. a wind of change boeing as to what we have coming tomorrow. we have had plenty of sunshine, crossing wind and wales. this is how the skies what earlier on today in north
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wales. the warmest place is actually london. the wind of change is blowing and tomorrow the capital is looking at highs of 11 so nine celsius drop in temperature on the way. the drop in temperatures are down to these cold fronts pushing through scotland and ireland bringing coolair through scotland and ireland bringing cool air here and through the night, that area of cloud is quite a weak front which will press southwards. a little bit of rain left on which will push southward into midlands, and perhaps southeast england. it will be a cold night and a widespread frost in scotland with temperatures in the countryside at minus four celsius. and the clocks go forward tonight which means for most of us is one hour less in bed. u nless most of us is one hour less in bed. unless you are a mum because it is mother's sunday so you have the lying card for the rest of the weekend. a cool easterly wind will
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come in sunday. that is high in the capital, it would still be 11. called towards the south west was not the best of sunshine will be across northern england, scotland and northern ireland. while looking ata and northern ireland. while looking at a fairly decent day. a cold front will follow with the eve widespread frost developing and that will go into monday with dry weather for eastern scotland. and when the wind comes in from a southerly direction temperatures left by an odd degree or two. 13 and 14 degrees for england and wales. we will see how brea ks england and wales. we will see how breaks of rain will move in and it is tied in with another cold front. here is that cold front pushing its way eastwards across the british isles. but it is this that will hammer the temperatures as we head into tuesday. we will see showers following across northern and western areas of the uk on tuesday. some of the showers could be wintry, there could be some snow over the
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hills. look at these temperatures, highs across northern areas ofjust six or seven celsius. it will feel quite chilly. to make the most of this nice weather we have this week and because things will change and the weather turning colder over the next few days. that's your latest forecast.


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