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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. a leaked recording ofjeremy corbyn reveals that the labour party lost, misland or ignored evidence of anti—semitism in the party. i was concerned that it had either been mislaid, teachers say there's increasing evidence that poverty is damaging the education of children in the uk. demonstrators in sudan say they will not end their protests against the country's military until all their demands are met. there has been a sharp rise in the number of crimes involving dating apps and websites across england and wales. is the tiger roaring back? tiger woods will try to win his first major title for more than a decade as he enters the final round of the masters
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in second place. and the brexit extension and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's pledge to annex parts of the west bank are discussed in dateline london with carie gracie. in half an hour here on bbc news. a leaked recording of the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has been released, in which he suggests the party may have lost, mislaid or ignored evidence of anti—semitism. his comments were secretly taped by one of his fiercest critics — the labour mp, dame margaret hodge, when she met him to discuss the matter. part of the recording has been released by the sunday times. a labour spokesman said
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the recording showed jeremy corbyn‘s desire to rebuild trust with thejewish community. we can listen to part of that recording now... our political correspondent, jessica parker, explained to me more about howjeremy corbyn is trying to tackle the problem of anti—semitism in the labour party. i think people will, potentially, interpret it in a couple of different ways. perhaps some people will look at the words he is saying and say that it is good that he is taking a personal hand in trying
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to tackle this issue, and it shows his personal commitment to doing that. and indeed the labour party, as you were mentioning before, are saying that this shows jeremy corbyn‘s desire to make procedures as robust and efficient as possible and to rebuild trust with thejewish community. however, others might look at it and say, "well, it is one of the starkest and relatively rather recent potential admission that maybe the complaints procedure isn't doing the job that it needs to do." and, interestingly, in a letter to the sunday times today, seven labour mps, including dame margaret hodge, are calling for a fully independent body, as they describe it, to deal with complaints of racism and harassment and bullying. and they say, in their view, the current complaints system is broken. meanwhile, on brexit, jeremy corbyn has been holding talks with theresa may, and their associates have also been holding sort of separate meetings well behind—the—scenes. is there any news of any progress at all on those brexit talks? well, these talks have often been described by both sides as constructive and, from what we understand, they are going to continue
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into the easter recess. obviously, mps have now gone on an easter break. david lidington, who has been heavily involved with these talks, and of course theresa may's de facto deputy, he has been speaking to the observer newspaper today. again, he describes the talks as serious and constructive. he says there is more that unites them than divides the two sides, that they have similarities on things like wanting a close economic relationship with the eu to protect workers‘ rights, and security as well. and they say that talks will continue in the coming days in good faith. but there is still quite a lot of cynicism, i think, around westminster as to whether the issues the two parties can really resolve, one of those being, of course, that the labour party policy is to be in a customs union with the eu, and the conservative government's policy is not to be in a customs union with the eu because they think that would severely limit the uk's ability to do trade deals with other countries. and of course that was seen by many of those who support brexit as one of the great prizes of leaving the european union.
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and we'll be speaking to the labour mp, dame maragret hodge about the recording withjeremy corbyn in the next few minutes. meanwhile, labour's leader in the european parliament has urged the party to back another brexit referendum, or risk haemorrhaging votes in the european elections. richard corbett says labour would lose pro—eu voters to other parties if its manifesto doesn't guarantee a public vote on any brexit deal. labour's present policy is to keep all options on the table — including pressing for a further referendum. teachers say there is increasing evidence that poverty is damaging the education of children in the uk. the national education union says more pupils are struggling because they come to school hungry or without a good night's sleep. sarah walton reports.
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just some of the quotes an online survey of more than 8000 teachers. 91% of them said poverty was a limiting factor in children‘ the ability to learn. ahead of its annual conference in liverpool this week, the national education union says its members are seeing more families struggling financially. and one school in watford says it‘s often left to them to help. we‘ve had situations whereby parents have had maybe an oven stop working or a fridge stop working and they literally can‘t replace it. thankfully, we have quite a good network and find out things like that and then we‘re able to access from various charities, support for them, but it shouldn‘t be like that. the neu also says that the situation is being made worse by the education funding crisis which means schools and colleges can do less to counter the impact of poverty.
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the government says tackling disadvantage will always be a priority, and it‘s investing in free school meals for more than a million of the most disadvantaged children. sarah walton, bbc news. a woman remains in police custody following the death of a 10—year—old boy who was attacked by a dog in cornwall. police were called to the scene at a caravan park in looe yesterday morning. the 28—year—old woman is being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control. the animal involved was described as a bulldog—type breed. the organisers of street protests in sudan have held meetings with senior military figures to demand civilian rule in the country. president bashir, who led sudan for almost 30 years, was ousted by the military three days ago. generals have promised a transition to democratic government within two years, but protesters have rejected the offer. dame rosalind marsden is an associate fellow
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at chatham house and the former british ambassador to sudan. she gave us her assessment of the stand—off in the country. i think we are at a very critical moment now in this political drama that is playing out in sudan. as you said, the forces for freedom and change which are a coalition of opposition parties, professionals, youth movements, are at the moment, have agreed to negotiate or to start talking to this new leader, general burhan, who has taken over as the head of the interim military council. and i think they will be testing him to see whether he is ready to agree to move swiftly to a civilian government which they would then restore freedoms, respect for human rights, and prepare for free and fair elections. they don‘t just want to see a change. bashir has gone after 30 years, that was a major achievement
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for the protest movement. but they don‘t just want to see a new general at the head of the regime, they want the regime and the whole system to go. and based on your knowledge of the country, how optimistic are you? well, i mean, we have seen really the whole population and whole segments of society coming together over the last four months to press for change. i mean, this is really an expression of a combination of anger that has of a culmination of anger that has built up over years which has related to, first of all, the war in darfur and in the mountains and the blue nile where the marginalisation of the population is there where the marginalisation of the populations there was at the root cause of the conflict, and the government has been using brutal counterinsurgency tactics. then there has been pressure from the opposition parties over a number of years for democratic transition because of lack
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of freedoms, and human rights violations. and then on top of that, there has been growing economic hardship. so all of this has come together since december in nationwide peaceful protests, and it really reached its culmination last week when hundreds of thousands of people converged on the army headquarters to try and persuade the army to side with the people, which is what happened in 1964 and 1985 when previous popular uprisings overturned autocratic governments. so after 30 years of president bashir, you weren‘t entirely surprised that, in the end, he was toppled? well, i think it is a huge achievement for the courageous protesters and people power and the force of non—violent civic resistance that it was possible to topple him. because he had spent the last 30 years trying
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to coup—proof his regime to make sure that what happened in previous military governments wasn‘t repeated. so he had politicised all the state institutions including the security forces and taken control of key sectors of the economy. and it looked as if it was going to be incredibly difficult for the opposition and the civil society and activists to prevail. but in the end, president bashir proved unable to deal with the protesters through security measures, he was unable to deal with the mounting economic crisis in the sudan, and the protest movement has made great progress. but bashir has gone, but there is still a way to go before they reach, before they can achieve their demands for a full civilian government. that was the former british
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ambassador to sudan. there‘s been a sharp rise in the number of crimes involving dating apps and websites across england and wales. an investigation by bbc radio five live found that around half the reported offences were sex crimes. the 0nline dating association says its members do all they can to protect users from harm. the programme‘s presenter adrian goldberg explained more about why the number of crimes have increased. we‘ve analysed figures from 22 of the 43 police forces across england and wales who responded to a freedom of information request. they showed that, in 2015, there were 329 offences reported to those forces related to online websites or dating apps. now, that 329 by last year had risen to 528 offences. so an exact doubling across those 22 police force areas. and overall, half of those reported or alleged crimes
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were sexual in nature. i should say as well, i hesitate to use the phrase ‘tip of the iceberg‘, but may i remind you, that is just half of the police forces who responded to our freedom of information request. large police force areas like the metropolitan police in london didn‘t respond. so i think it is reasonable to assume that the real figure of crimes associated with dating websites and apps would be much, much higher. but i suppose we need to put it into context, i mean, do we know how many people use these sort of dating apps? we have been speaking to a number of industry organisations. one has told us that we have something like 10 million people across the uk who are signed up to dating sites and apps. and they point out that only a tiny number of people that use those sites are predatory in any way or are involved in any kind of criminal activity. nevertheless, there are victims‘ groups, victims‘ families saying that the websites could do more. for example, they could introduce criminal records checks to make sure that people who sign up to sites don‘t have a criminal history,
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particularly around issues of sexual violence or domestic abuse. the websites themselves though say that they don‘t have the authority to require that of people who sign up. more now on the leaked recording of the labour leaderjeremy corbyn, in which he suggests the party may have lost, mislaid or ignored evidence of anti—semitism. those comments were recorded by the labour mp, dame margaret hodge. shejoins me now from king‘s lynn. thank you for being with us. can you explain to us first of all why you recorded this meeting? yes, it was an insurance policy, i was having a one—to—one meeting with jeremy corbyn, and actually i didn‘t want him to misrepresent what i said at that meeting later on in public. so i thought it was an insurance policy that i would make a recording. i
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hadn‘t a clue that within days of making that recording i would find, from leaked documents, that he was either lying to me during that conversation we had or officers or officials in his staff were lying to him. andi officials in his staff were lying to him. and i didn‘t realise that it would be used in this way. sojust to be clear, it has emerged now in the sunday times, a copy of this lea ked the sunday times, a copy of this leaked recording, but you didn‘t click it to the paper? 0h, leaked recording, but you didn‘t click it to the paper? oh, no. i gaveit click it to the paper? oh, no. i gave it to the paper but i didn‘t realise when i originally recorded the conversation that the purpose of recording it was as an insurance policy for the future should jeremy corbyn ever choose to misrepresent me. i think what it demonstrates is the extent of the breakdown of trust between people like myself who have been campaigning on anti—semitism, and the leadership of the labour
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party. have we got to that point now? just on this recording, he might say or his people might say that there is a breakdown of trust if you are secretly recording a conversation with him. well, he might well say that, and i would accept there is a breakdown of trust. the reason i had to use it was what then happened was that lea ked was what then happened was that leaked e—mails which i was not responsible demonstrated that what he had said to me in that conversation was either a lie in itself or he was being lied to by his staff, his inner circle who work with him. because what the labour party is saying today is that all of this tape actually shows is that," it shows thatjeremy corbyn has a desire to make procedures as robust and efficient as possible and to rebuild trust with the jewish community." what do you make of that? well, i'm afraid that over the last couple of weeks, we have seen masses of e—mails that have been lea ked masses of e—mails that have been
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leaked from labour party headquarters which demonstrate a whole range of things, i think they demonstrate the extent to which the system has broken down. there is a huge backlog of complaints about anti—semitism that haven‘t even been looked at. i think only around 12, 11 or 12 people have actually been expeued 11 or 12 people have actually been expelled from the hundreds and hundreds of complaints that have gone in. and then what we have discovered last week is that actually there was political interference in the consideration of those complaints which suggested that if you were a friend of corbyn 01’ that if you were a friend of corbyn ora that if you were a friend of corbyn or a supporter of corbyn, you would be dealt with in a different way. and the other thing that is, i think, that has really riled people is that the leader‘s office had suggested that the sunday times was lying. ijust don‘t suggested that the sunday times was lying. i just don‘t think that is true. i think that these are copper bottomed documents and e—mails that
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passed between the leader‘s office and those officials that were tasked with looking at anti—semitism. and i think that is extreme worrying. to move it forward, i think what has happened is it looks as if the system has completely broken down, we ought to now take the whole handling of complaints away from the labour party and have an independent mechanism doing that. the labour party has been challenged by the e hrc on the issue of anti—semitism, i would like to see the evidence that the labour party has put in, in my name, to the e hrc to see whether or not it actually matches my own experience, what i have seen. and i think the third thing is that we we re think the third thing is that we were assured that the labour party was completely in control of the system, they are not, so we need to see up—to—date statistics. and if they say that the sunday times is lying, show us the evidence that proves that. at the moment, none of
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thatis proves that. at the moment, none of that is apparent for any of us. for some people listening to you, they might bea some people listening to you, they might be a bit confused because you are saying that the labour party hasn‘t been dealing with these complaints about anti—semitism properly, but that is exactly what jeremy corbyn has also been saying in this secret recording. he says that he is exposing concerned that evidence of anti—semitism has been, "mislaid or ignored," so he is agreeing with you, isn‘t he? "mislaid or ignored," so he is agreeing with you, isn't he?m "mislaid or ignored," so he is agreeing with you, isn't he? if you look at all of the statements that come out of the labour party in recent days, they have always said that anti—semitism, zero tolerance and anti—semitism, "we are dealing with allegations of anti—semitism robustly, we have a very fair system." i think that, as you quite rightly said, that part of the conversation that i had with him demonstrates another view. if he holds the second view, not the first that has been quoted in his name in
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the press over the last couple of weeks. if he does believe that, then he ought to support the call that i and others have got that we have got to really restore confidence, we need to have an independent system away from the labour party investigating and judging the complaints that were made about anti—semitism within the labour party. jeremy corbyn, all the people around him, would they ever agree to that, to an independent system of investigating complaints of anti—semitism in the party? investigating complaints of anti-semitism in the party? did you ask would they agree? yes. hello? can you still hear me? i was just asking whether the party leadership and jeremy corbyn would ever agree to what you want, an independent investigation? i think they will. i think you have to ask them. i think we have got to such a point now that there is no alternative but to have that independent investigation of
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complaints, otherwise they will not be an opportunity to start rebuilding the trust that we have lost in the system and in the leadership‘s handling of it. lost in the system and in the leadership's handling of it. and briefly, how damaging do you think all of this is the labour party, electorally, whenever there is another general election? how much damage is it going to do? of course it is extremely damaging, and it is the last thing i want. but i am not going to stop calling out anti—semitism that i see in the labour party because it goes entirely to the inner heart and soul of what labour is about. it is a party that i joined of what labour is about. it is a party that ijoined and that was founded to fight racism, promote equality, and foster internationalism. so we have to stay true to those values, and this cancer of anti—semitism that has entered into the left needs to be stamped out rapidly. and let mejust say this, it is not people like me
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calling it out that i damaging the labour party, it is the leadership of the labour party in failing to really have zero tolerance of anti—semitism that are leading to the disrepute into which labour is 110w the disrepute into which labour is now held because of how it is handling and the use of its members on anti—semitism. handling and the use of its members on anti-semitism. we will leave it there. thank you very much for being with us on this sunday morning. the labourmp, dame margaret with us on this sunday morning. the labour mp, dame margaret hodge. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘s holly hamilton. it‘s just over an hour until the final round of the masters gets under way in augusta. 0pen champion francesco molinari will take a two—shot lead over tiger woods and the american tony finau. molinari holed four successive birdies on the second nine to card a 66 and finish on 13 under
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as he looks to win his second major. but the italian admits anything can happen on the last day it is golf so probably the favourite is the golf course out there waiting for us. we are all very close, it is nice to be a little bit ahead, but you mightjust nice to be a little bit ahead, but you might just need nice to be a little bit ahead, but you mightjust need one hole to change, you never know how it is going to go. especially around a course like this one. you can watch the drama unfold. bbc two‘s live coverage will start at 1:55, while additional live coverage from amen corner, holes 15 and 16 and selected featured groups will be available on the bbc sport website, connected tvs and mobile app from 12:30. there‘s also live coverage on radio five live from one o‘clock before it moves to five live sports extra at three. world champion lewis hamilton has won the chinese grand prix. hamilton started from second
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on the grid but soon sped past his mercedes team—mate valtteri bottas and thereafter never looked like relinquishing the lead in formula 1‘s 1,000th grand prix. bottas finished second, while ferrari‘s sebastian vettel was third, but only after the team ordered his team—mate charles leclerc to let him pass. hamilton is six points clear of bottas in the drivers‘ standings. as a result of those ferrari team orders, vettel climbs above team—mate leclerc into fourth. max verstappen remains third. it‘s a huge day in the premier league title race with both liverpool and manchester city in action this afternoon. city travel to crystal palace whilejurgen klopp‘s side host chelsea later in what is being billed as his toughest game in charge. it is not over yet, and we are very positive about it, the boys are
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positive, the training sessions are positive. it is all clear. but still it is so difficult, it is still so difficult. if you want to go through without difficulties, you have no chance. the nice thing about this game is it is not possible to play without mistakes. it is absolutely not possible to play football without mistakes was up so you don‘t have to worry about him, you only have to worry about him, you only have to worry about him, you only have to deal with them. and if something happens, we will make m ista kes something happens, we will make mistakes on sunday, 100%. we have to deal with it and sort it and help each other. and then we can win a football game. it‘s semifinal day of the women‘s fa cup. holders chelsea travel to manchester city later this afternoon in agame you can see on bbc one from 3.30. by then they‘ll know whether they will face reading or west ham in the final. both teams are playing in their first semi—final. i think we are both in the same position, we could both potentially get to ourfirst position, we could both potentially get to our first fa cup final. so from that side, we are going to be experiencing the same pressure. manchester city and chelsea usually
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get to this stage of the competition, so it is something that they will be used to. it‘s the final day of the european gymnastics championships in poland — yesterday though it was all about max whitlock who claimed pommel gold. after a year of silver medals in 2018, the olympic champion once again took to the top spot on the podium with this outstanding routine. to claim his second european pommel gold medal. there was a bronze too for elilie downie in the vault. it‘s her second medal of the championships after silver in the all—around and her tenth career medal at european level. there is coverage of the gymnastics starting on bbc two at 12 before moving to bbc one at 1:55 p m. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. visitors to london‘s kew gardens will get the chance to experience
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a different kind of flower this spring, thanks to a new exhibition by the american artist, dale chihuly. 32 sculptures have been installed around the gardens. 0ur reporter wendy hurrell went to take a look, and to hearfrom the man who designed them. well, i love greenhouses, you know, and how can you not love kew? it‘s just the most extraordinary, with some 300 acres with all these greenhouses. it is notjust under glass that you‘ll find all these reflections of nature. the cherry blossoms are out at kew gardens. poking up out of the grass, not only tulips, but these amazing glass sculptures. this is just one of 32 installations across the gardens that are going to be here until the end of october. it‘s the work of artist dale chihuly, based in seattle. thousands of these pieces of glass have been carefully shipped over here and displayed for us all to see. sapphire star glints in the spring light. summer sun is framed
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by the lake and palm house. icicle tower alone is made of nearly 2,000 individual pieces of hand blown glass. because of the way they‘re packed and put into containers, containers very rarely get jiggled around very much, so there‘s very little breakage. yet that doesn‘t always apply in the studio that dale chihuly‘s wife manages. when the artist is pushing to the very limit what class can do, when the artist is pushing to the very limit what glass can do, are there designs that just don‘t work? absolutely. i‘ve worked on things for months and then decided at the very end that it was a bad idea and had to break everything. that‘s a sad day. that is a sad day. it's a sad day when you have to break things you've made. but these seemingly fragile shards are now nestled amongst the budding plants.
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they're just even more beautiful and stunning in the landscape than we could have ever hoped for. i've got probably have a number of favourites. but i think the niijima floats in the japanese garden, with the cherry blossom out and the colours, with the pagoda in the background. kew gardens is hoping that the success of chihuly exhibitions across the world will be replicated here once again. wendy hurrell, bbc news. in a moment, it will be time for dateline london. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with darren bett. it is looking like temperatures should be on the rise for next week. but it is a chilly day once again today. this is what has been happening over the past few hours. we have some rain and not far away and a few showers coming in off the north sea. we are certainly seeing more cloud developing at the moment. sunshine becoming more limited this afternoon. the rain in the west is not really moving very much, it is mainly affecting the far south—west of scotland. 0ne
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mainly affecting the far south—west of scotland. one or two showers are still coming in off the north sea. a lot of places will be dry. not quite as sunny lot of places will be dry. not quite as sunny and temperatures are going to struggle to around nine or 10 celsius. to this evening, a lot of the client that builds up will then tend to melt away. we keep clear skies for northern ireland, much of scotla nd skies for northern ireland, much of scotland and wales and the south—west of finland. some rain not far away though. there will be frost elsewhere, most likely across northern england and scotland. the frost is more limited because the winds will be picking up. tomorrow will be a much windier day, gail is possibly across northern ireland towards the far south—west of ingrid where we have the rain. we have showers for the north—east of scotland, but a dry slice of weather and some sunshine. and that was the weather, now it is time for dateline london.

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