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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: 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. 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 palestinians 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
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as he needs medical treatment. down and out for huddersfield town, who are relegated from the premier league after they lose at crystal palace. and in half an hour, helene daoupha rs reports on the resistance french women still face when they speak up about sexual harassment. 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
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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? 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 her deal 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
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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 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.
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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. some want to walk away with no deal. others are resisting. parliament is at a crucial crossroads. well, a little earlier i spoke to alex, and she told me what we should expect to see in the coming week. well, we know that on monday mps will look at this whole range of alternatives to the deal, anything from living without a deal to having another public vote, to some sort of closer relationship, like a customs union. the last time they did this, it was that idea of some sort of customs union, as well as possibly the option of another public vote, that proved the most popular. if mps coalesce around one of those options on monday, it is not impossible that the government weighs it up and
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says, well, we could put to parliament that idea, or the prime minister's brexit plan. some sort of run—off. but it is not cleared. the government is sitting back. there will be conversations between the cabinet, looking at what to do, looking at what parliament does in deciding what comes next. what seems abundantly clear is that the prime minister is not giving up on her brexit plan yet, despite the fight it has now been rejected three times by the parliament. but rejected unless the third temple stop could it be that you put these two ideas to parliament, to the house of commons, and you are just left with which one failed by the smallest margin? at this point, that is something thatis at this point, that is something that is being considered as well as any other option. there is another hurdle, the speaker of the house who says you cannotjust keep bringing it back time and time again, it has got to be different. they are looking at how to do that. we are now in this territory where the government is saying to mps, let's government is saying to mps, let's go for the most palatable option, the least bad option. some of the
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brexiteers in the conservative party were making that case themselves. we are only voting for the withdrawal agreement because we think it is better than the alternatives, but that does not mean we think it is good. it may be the prime minister tries to play on that a bit more. you can go from ideal or you can end up with a really long delay or a very soft brexit. you may not get what you want. in the hope it could bring some warrant. at this point, this is looking difficult because we have had this boat three times and people are pretty firmly set in their positions. 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. earlier, deborah hargreaves, the founder and director of the independent think—tank the high pay centre, explained why the gender pay gap
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continues to be such a problem. last year, of course, was the first time they had to report. they all left it to the last minute last year. there was a bit of an outcry when everyone realised how big a pay gap there was in a lot of organisations. and i do not think things have changed much. in fact, i think, in some cases, they have got worse. so, the people that have reported so far, and that is still a fairly small number, they are showing a fairly large pay gap, that has got worse over the past year. which is quite shocking. how can it have got worse when there is so much scrutiny of it? here at the bbc in particular it has been as well. how can organisations have not got on top of it? well, i think that what happens is you are seeing a lot of job segregation. a lot of women in the lower ranks of organisations, and the men, of course, are at the
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top. they are better paid. so, some organisations have tried to address that by appointing a very senior woman, who then obviously skews the pay gap but does not do much for the people on the lower ranks. what we have got to see more happening is for women to get up the ranks in organisations, to get into more powerful jobs organisations, to get into more powerfuljobs and to start to affect this stop when you look at something like the national health service, for example, britain's biggest employer of women women are predominantly in the lower paid bands. pay band one, which is £17,500 per year, that is 75% of women. whereas, right at the top, they are predominantly men and most of the nhs trusts are run by men. so, we have really got to start trying to encourage women, are not even encouraging women, but actually making it possible for them to come through the ranks. in some cases, i
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think we even need to have legislation to get women into top jobs. it is happening so slowly. why? companies are very resistant to do this. when you look at... there is currently a target forgetting 30% of women on boards by next year. that has not been met by all companies. when you look at the excuses they make, they are quite shocking. they will say things like, well, all the good ones have gone. or, we have got one woman, we do not need any more. i do not think they would understand the technical issues we discuss. you know, terrible excuses that he would not expect to hear in 2019. that is really a very unambitious target. that target of 30% of women on big company boards should be made next year, but i am saying why are we not getting 50% of women. why do we not see 50% of women at all levels throughout the economy and throughout the economy and
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throughout our workforce ? throughout the economy and throughout our workforce? we should be represented. we are half of the workforce , be represented. we are half of the workforce, in fact in some cases, among the younger ages, we are more than have the workforce. and so why are we not represented at the top? and why to be not get our voice heard more clearly? how adequate, though, as a measure, is the gender pay gap? that just though, as a measure, is the gender pay gap? thatjust tells you what the average male errands compared with the average female. it does not tell you the might pay difference between a man and a woman doing the samejob. between a man and a woman doing the same job. absolutely. it is a very crude measure because companies of easily do not want to reveal some of the more detailed information that might show you that gap between men and women doing the same jobs. a lot of this is shrouded in secrecy. let's not forget, it is all about negotiation and what level you come in at. how good a package you negotiate while at work. women tend to assume that they will be paid for their good work. they assume that
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they will be recognised for working well. whereas men tend to make a bit more of a fuss about it and negotiate themselves a good package. so, we have to encourage women to speak up for themselves. let's not forget, it is actually illegal to pay a man and woman separately, sorry, differently for doing the same job. we should make that very clear to companies, that that cannot happen. so, iwould happen. so, i would advocate complete transparency over pay. everything should be public information. we should reveal everything and in sweden, in scandinavian countries, all tax returns are published in full online. everybody can see what everybody else errands. let's get it all out in the open and then we can tell, and that will help women to argue for a better deal.
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palestinian authorities say three people have died, including a 17—year—old boy, 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, isjust outside the israeli village of nahal oz, close to the border with gaza, from where she sent this update. here in nahal oz, 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
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rallies as well as the person killed ahead of them making it three people 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 in nahal oz, 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. and as we were driving to the site, we saw thousands of palestinians making their way towards the site here. that's a tear gas canister
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being thrown back 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 protestors 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, i think, 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. and hamas, it 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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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 reports. it's 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.
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the piper malibu was registered in the us and could not be operated 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. 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. sport and time for a full
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round up from the bbc sport centre. hi, it has been a really important day in the premier league today. huddersfield have been relegated. they lost 2—0 at crystal palace earlier and that, along with wins for southampton and burnley, means they will play in the championship next season. the site have taken just 14 points this season and their demise as thejoint just 14 points this season and their demise as the joint earliest relegation in the history of the premier league. personally, i know that in life there is failure and there is a success , there is failure and there is a success, and it belongs together. the club have to learn out of failure and the things that went wrong this season. we are owner best way to solve it and i think the performance proved it anyway. at the end, you have to go through all the details which happened this season and prepare to come back stronger. elsewhere, everton are up to ninth in the premier league after a 2—0 win at west ham in this evening's
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game. zuma heading them in front at the london stadium. the west ham boss described his team was not performance afterwards as their first of the year. and here are the rest of today's results. manchester city went back to the top of the table. craig levein‘s men arejust craig levein‘s men are just two points and one point behind the dons never stops in merrin came from a point down against the need to move off the bottom. once for and and motherwell. celtic and rangers face
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each other tomorrow. live commentary on bbc radio five live sport from midday. rugby union's champions cup, a thrilling all irish game with lei nster thrilling all irish game with leinster hosting ulster in dublin. a limping rose byrne kicked leinster back into the lead after an initial draw. they hung on to book their pace, place in the semifinals. they won by 21—18. saracens reached the top 12 as well. two tries apiece for liam williams and david strettle. saracens will face munster left who came from behind murrayfield to edge past edinburgh. they went over with ten minutes remaining as the two—time winners squeeze through. rory mcilroy has been beaten to a place in the quarterfinals by tiger woods. it was the first time we had
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played each other in matchplay. wood sketches nerve in the deteriorating conditions in texas. elsewhere, justin rose was beaten by kevin. the american will face the open, who defeated paul casey by 5—4. in tennis, the women's miami open title has been claimed. the 22—year—old broke back and won the first set on a tie—break. barty broke twice to win it 6—3 and with that, she got her hands on the trophy. and some formula i trophy. and some formula 1 news to finish. ferrari have put their disappointing opening race in australia buying them. they have looked at the front i’ow them. they have looked at the front row of the grid for tomorrow's bahrain grand prix. clark became the second youngest driver to claim
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opposition. he beat sebastian vettel by almost three tenths of a second. lewis hamilton will start from third. and that is all the sport for knife i will have more throughout the evening. —— for now. 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 reports. 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
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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. 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,
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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. 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.
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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 is being questioned on suspicion of trespass and obstruction of the railway. thousands of passengers on eurostar services and on southeastern 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
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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 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 bare 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
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of his campaign message will be. the rolling stones have postponed a tour of the united states and canada because sir mickjagger needs medical treatment. the band's publicist said the legendary lead singer would be working very hard to get back on stage and doctors 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. our correspondent chi chi izundu has more. the rolling stones have been on this tour since 2017. they started in hamburg and have been during around europe in the uk for this was supposed to be the big north american leg. mick jagger american leg. mickjagger needs medical treatment, except none of his team nor him have elaborated on exactly what he has been treated for. there is a lot of social media well wishing and there, but he says he is hoping that he will be back on
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stage as soon as he can and his publicist has confirmed that doctors have said he will make you feel recovery. people do not cancel or postpone these things lightly. what will happen to those tour dates? all those people who have bought tickets and were so looking forward to this concert? the promoter says they will reschedule easter dates and nobody does this lightly. it is really hard in the entertainment world. considering how much a tour costs to put on, and how much it makes an artist, effectively, for an insurance company to agree to postpone a tour, it is really hard for that to happen. the fact that this has happened is quite a big deal. is there any idea of when the rescheduling will start? noidea rescheduling will start? no idea whatsoever. but we are hoping we will hear news sent. taking two months off to have medical treatment is quite a big deal. but, as mickjagger and his tea m deal. but, as mickjagger and his team have said, he is totally devastated that he has had to do
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this. he is hoping to be back on stage, shaking those world—famous hips, releasing. 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 ely. cambridgeshire county council wants to fell the trees 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 that it's made such an impression because it's such a dramatic visual metaphor if you like of what we're doing to the natural world. it's been happening across the uk. here recently in surrey on a large
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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 birds from their nesting habitat at this key time of year. the countryside should be alive with birdsong right now. but across our country, we have lost 44 million birds in 50 years. and when nature's in crisis, we really can't afford 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. but developers say the nets protect birds and animals and are deployed in a controlled and responsible matter. 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.
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and therefore, a delay when they can't do tree works between march and august means that their development is put back, it means we can't start on—site. and it means we can't 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's reacted to the negative public response here and ordered the nets to be taken down. whether they protect or threaten wildlife, these will be removed at easter. john maguire, bbc news, ely. a "rogue" fish has been removed from a lake in essex after children reported seeing it eating ducks. the 25 pound catfish was caught by the environment agency at a man—made lake outside the lakeside shopping centre in thurrock. a spokesman said fishing contests would be held at the lake to reduce

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