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tv   Thursday in Parliament  BBC News  March 24, 2017 2:30am-3:01am GMT

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in london on wednesday has been identified. he was khalid masood, a british—born muslim—convert with a history of violent crime. police say they are questioning eight people arrested in connection with the killings on suspicion of terrorism. the number of people killed during an attack outside the houses of parliament in london on wednesday has risen to four following the death of a 75—year—old man. two other people who died have now been named. one was a local school employee and the other was an american tourist. police say eight people arrested in connection with the killings are being held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. searches involving hundreds of detectives have been carried out in london, birmingham and western wales. no information has been released about connections with the attacker. now it's time for thursday in parliament. hello, and welcome to thursday in parliament, as mps and peers
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declare their defiance after wednesday's terror attack. let this be the message from this house, and this nation today, our values will prevail. the archbishop of canterbury praises those who stepped in to help. there is a victory for what is right and good, over what is evil, despairing and bad. members of the scottish parliament also joined together to send a message of support. and as westminster returns to work, mps debate how to improve social mobility. one study found that children in low income households hear up to 30 million fewer words by the age of three. but first, parliament gathered fewer than 2a hours after the terror attack that left a police officer and two pedestrians dead, and ended with the attacker being shot and killed by armed police.
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at around 2:40pm on wednesday the man drove a car at high speed across westminster bridge before trying to enter parliament. he was shot dead by a protection officer, after he stabbed and killed pc keith palmer. more than a0 people from 12 different countries were initially injured. several remain in hospital. anti—terror police arrested eight people in overnight raids, but believe the attacker was acting alone. mps and staff had been locked down inside parliament's boundaries for several hours, eventually being released late in the evening. when they reassembled on thursday morning, they began with their day with a minute's silence, to remember those killed and injured. order. colleagues, in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday's attack, and of all of the casualties of that attack, we shall now observer a minute's silence. a little later, the commons speaker
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john bercow offered condolences to the victims of the attack. he said, in time parliament would look to see a security lessons needed to be learned, but he added... let the security personnel who protect us, police, security officers, and door keepers, be in no doubt whatsoever as to our profound appreciation of the way in which they discharged their duties yesterday. matched by other staff of the house. that means that this morning, the house has been able to resume its business undeterred. order. statement, the prime minister. mr speaker, yesterday an act of terrorism tried
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to silence our democracy. but today, we meet as normal. as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do. to deliver a simple message. we are not afraid. a terrorist came to the place where people of all nationalities and cultures gather to celebrate what it means to be free. and he took out his rage indiscriminately against innocent men, women and children. mr speaker, this was an attack on free people everywhere. and on behalf of the british people, i would like to thank our friends and allies around the world,
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who have made it clear that they stand with us at this time. she said the victims had included three police officers and people from countries around the world, including france, germany and the united states. she paid tribute to pc keith palmer, who died protecting parliament. pc palmer has devoted his life to the service of his country. he had been a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command for 15 years. and a soldier in the royal artillery before that. he was a husband and a father. killed doing a job he loved. he was every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten. she turned to the british—born attacker, later named as 52—year—old khalid masood. some years ago, he was once investigated by mi5, in relation to concerns about violent extremism. he was a peripheral figure. the case is historic. he was not part of the current intelligence picture. there was no prior intelligence of his intent, or of the plot. intensive investigations continue. theresa may said the threat from islamist terrorism was real,
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but the public should not be cowed by that threat. and she paid tribute to bournemouth east mp tobias ellwood, who tried to say pc keith palmer. mr speaker, yesterday we saw the worst of humanity, but we will remember the best. we will remember the extraordinary efforts to save the life of pc keith palmer, including those by my right honourable friend, the member for bournemouth east. and we will remember the exceptional bravery of our police, security and emergency services. and she said the greatest response lay not in the words of politicians, but in the everyday actions of ordinary people. the streets are as busy as ever. the offices full, the coffee shops and cafes bustling. as i speak, millions will be boarding trains and aeroplanes to travel to london and to see for themselves the greatest city on earth. it is in these actions,
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millions of acts of normality, that we find the best response to terrorism. a response that denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win. that shows we will never give in. a response driven by that same spirit that drove a husband and father to put himself between us and our attacker, and to pay the ultimate price. a response that says to the men and women who propagate this hate and evil, you will not defeat us. mr speaker, let this be the message from this house, and this nation today, our values will prevail. and i commend this statement to the house. mr speaker. i express my condolences to the family and friends of police officer keith palmer, who gave his life yesterday in defence of the public, and of our democracy. the police and security staff lost
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a colleague yesterday, and continued to fulfil their duties, despite their shock and their grief for their fallen colleague, which many expressed to me late last night when i was talking to them. we see the police and security every day, they're our colleagues, they're fellow workers they're friends, they're neighbours, and as the prime minister said, when dangerous and violent incidents take place, we all instinctively run away from them for our own safety. the police and emergency services run towards them. we are grateful for the public service yesterday, today, and every day that they pull on their uniforms to protect us all. no terrorist outrage is representative of any faith, or of any faith community, and we recommit ourselves to strengthening the bonds of tolerance and understanding. and finally, is it not best to follow the advice of brendan cox, the husband of our murdered mp colleaguejo cox, who has said, "in the days to come, i hope we will remember the love
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and bravery of the victims, notjust the hatred and cowardice of the attacker. those who attack us hate our freedom, our peaceful democracy, our love of country, our tolerance, our openness, and our unity. as we work to unravel how this unspeakable attack happened, will he agree with me that we must not, either in our laws or by our actions, curtail these values — indeed we should have more of them. as an act of terror, it has failed. it has failed because we are here, and we are going to go about our business.
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it's failed because despite the trauma they witnessed outside their windows, our staff are here, and they are getting on with their work. it failed because, as the prime minister so rightly said, we are not going to allow this to be used as a pretext for division, hatred and islamophobia. this democracy is strong. and this parliament is robust. this was a horrific crime, but as an act of terror it has failed. we have learned in northern ireland that the way to overcome terrorism is by working together, politically and in every other way, to ensure that our democratic values, the rule of law, human rights are all upheld in every way they can. we must rededicate ourselves to that in the future. this attacker and people like him are not of my religion. nor are they of our community. and we should condemn all of them who pretend to be of particular religion, because they're not of religion. if they were of religion, they wouldn't be carrying out acts like this.
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we have to stay united and show them they can't win on these grounds, and we are here to stay. a conservative mp remembered his friend, pc palmer. i would like to turn forjust a moment to pc keith palmer, who i first met 25 years ago as gunner keith palmer, at headquarters battery 100 regiment, royal artillery. he was a strong, professional public servant. and it was a delight to meet him here again, only a few months after being elected. would my right honourable friend the prime minister, in recognition of the work that he did, and the other police officers and public servants here in the house do, consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formally, with a posthumous recognition? thank you, mr speaker.
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theresa may said it was something that would be considered in due course. while the prime minister was still speaking in the commons, the house of lords held a minute's silence before the leader of the lords, lady evans, led the tributes to those who died in the attack. her voice cracking with emotion, she said the horror of the attack would be felt notjust in this country but across the globe. yesterday was a shocking day, for everyone who works within the palace of westminster. but what shone through has been the support and care that members and staff showed for each other. and i would like to thank all noble lords for their patience and cooperation as events unfolded. my lords, all of us join together to extend our heartfelt sympathy to those who have tragically lost their lives, those who have been injured, and to their families. the thoughts of the whole country will be with them. last night, as we returned home, we were very grateful,
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notjust because of the shocking tragic events of the day, but simply because we could return home, and others would never do so. as the noble lady said, those injured and killed on westminster bridge were both visitors and locals of our great global city. they werejust going about their every day business and enjoying their day. for many, those survivors, life will never be the same. our thoughts from these benches and prayers are also with the families of those who lost their lives yesterday. and our profound sympathies are also with those innocent victims, members of the public, who were on westminster bridge, and who were also subject to this senseless attack. my lords, i would, of course
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like to pay tribute to pc keith palmer, who lost his life yesterday, an extremely brave man. and to all the police and security staff, who do so much every day, to protect all who come to parliament, to work or to visit it. we stand together against those who want to diminish our democratic freedoms. we are an open, tolerant country, and we will never let those who spread terror and fear win. and we will not let them divide us. we on these benches join with everyone else in this house in expressing our deepest sympathy to the family of pc keith palmer, so tragically taken from us as he sought to deter the attacker. we remember too, the friends and families, the families and friends of the members of the public who were killed, and to all those who were injured. including the students from france, whose visit to our city was so devastated by what happened. the archbishop of canterbury
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highlighted how the attacker had received treatment from the very people he had been seeking to kill. where we do what is right, where we behave properly, where that generosity and extraordinary sense of duty that leads people to treat a terrorist is shown, where that bravery of someone like pc keith palmer is demonstrated, that there is a victory for what is right and good, over what is evil, despairing and bad. that was shown yesterday. that is shown notjust in our expression of values, but in our practises which define those values. and that is the mood we must show in the future. the archbishop of canterbury, the most reverend justin welby.
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you're watching thursday in parliament with me, alicia mccarthy. at the start of the day and after the one—minute silence, mps returned to work and questions and on international trade. the secretary of state, dr liam fox, was asked about the world trade organisation's trade facilitation agreement. this was agreed in bali and came into force last month. it is intended to cut red tape and speed up imports and exports around the world. this is a very significant event. once fully implemented the agreement could add £70 billion to the global economy and of this we expect the benefit to the uk of up to £1 billion. we don't want to fall back on wto rules but if we did what would happen to airlines, digital data flows and trading services if we had to do that? there is a difference
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between some of the agreements mentioned which are bilateral agreements and wto tariffs which largely apply to goods. what we hope that we'll get a full and comprehensive agreement with our european union partners across all of these sectors he mentions so that we will see no interruption to business as we have it today. for well over a century the uk has never had security of supply and has relied on imports. what, then, will wto tariffs of up to 40% do for hard—working families already squeezed by tory government policies? the honourable gentleman, perhaps unintentionally, raises an important point which is that where we have genuinely free trade, that benefits consumers, and where we can have, in open global trading environment it is likely to make the incomes of those particularly on low incomes go further and we should welcome an open trading environment which i hope the party opposite does.
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now that the secretary of state has revealed to the sun newspaper his plans for a trade bill in the queen's speech parliament the courtesy of publishing a trade white paper that sets out clearly what markets he wishes to liberalise, what measures he will take in future trade agreements to protect and enhance international labour organisation principles, sustainable development, human rights, environmental protection, intellectual property rights, food standards and future options on state owned enterprises and ability to nationalise particular enterprises. if he develops a full and consultative international trade policy, and dialogue that are backed by a clear and strategic plan. should the government intend to introduce legislation on this issue in the queen's speech then clearly, we would want to have a consultative process so that stakeholders would be able to make their views known. it is important that we do that in a very collegiate way. a former education secretary has
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told mps that some british parents are more interested in taking their children to disneyland than getting them a good education. nicky morgan was speaking in a debate on social mobility opened by labour's lucy powell. in today's context, social mobility is about everyone being able to make economic progress. unconfined by the disadvantages they begin with. with brexit, automation, digitalisation, and huge changes to work, this is going to get harder and get ever more squeezed. she said the gap between rich and poor children was obvious early on. by the age of five, children from disadvantaged backgrounds are already far behind their peers. with a developmental gap as much as 15 months between those from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. one study found that children in low—income households hear up to 30 million fewer words by the age of three than those in their
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better—off peers. a former education secretary pointed to the different emphasis put on education. it always struck me when i was secretary of state. that, around the world, there are young people and their families fighting for education and we have, sometimes, in this country, parents who are fighting to take their kids to disneyland. thatjust tells me that, actually, parents aren't giving education the importance in everybody‘s lives that it should be. and she was critical of the government's plan to allow for the expansion of grammar schools. we don't live in a world where we only need the top 20% or 30% to be highly skilled. we need everyone to have access to a knowledge—rich, excellent, academic curriculum. and a renewed battle over selection does distract from what is neededin our education system to deal with the demands of the 21st—century labour market to give everyone a chance to close social divisions, and to build a consistently strong school system.
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a former deputy prime minister also condemned increased selection. he quoted an article in the times education supplement. in no other sector would this be acceptable. if the minister for health proposed to increase state funding for homoeopathy on the basis that it did wonders for his uncle's irritable bowel, back in the 1970s, and must therefore be right for everyone today, there would be an uproar. this is a precise metaphor for the expansion of grammar schools. it is educational homoeopathy. the minister said the government wanted to harness all expertise. whether it is universities, independent schools, whether it is faith schools, whether it is outstanding comprehensive schools, or whether it is selective schools, to make sure that we have more good school places. that is what we are seeking to do. and there are still problems we have to address. according to the sutton trust, just 53% of high ability children eligible for the pupil premium take triple science gcses. versus 69% of non—free
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school meal children. and 20% of high ability free school meal children are at schools where triple science isn't even offered. those are the issues that we are trying to address, and we are leaving no stone unturned. now, let's return to the terror attacks around westminster on wednesday. the scottish parliament had been halfway through a debate on a motion that, if approved, would have given first minister nicola sturgeon the authority to begin negotiations on a second independence referendum. as the scale of the attack at westminster became clear, msps decided to suspend their debates. it will resume on tuesday next week. in a show of solidarity, msps also held a minute's silence at 9:33am, the same time as the commons. and they used their weekly round of first minister's questions to join in tributes to those killed and injured, and condemn the attacks. we know that, at times like these, it can be all too easy to look for someone to blame.
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it is important, therefore, that we are very clear about this. acts of terrorism are not the responsibility of any one faith or section of our society. the only people to blame for acts of terrorism are the individuals who plan and perpetrate them. let me end by echoing and endorsing the words of the prime minister. terrorists seek to undermine our values and destroy our way of life. they will not succeed. yesterday, a coward killed three innocent people and injured many more, in an attempt to attack the symbol of our country's democracy. his attack on our values failed, as he died while the paramedics demonstrated what a civil society is by trying to save him. and his attack on our freedom will fail again today as we show our resolve by returning to work and getting on with our lives. london is a microcosm of the world. we know from the prime minister's
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statement just one hour ago that those injured yesterday were british, french, romanian, south korean, greek, german, polish and irish. london is an open and multicultural city, home to people of all faiths and from many different and diverse nations. a city that last year elected europe's first muslim mayor. so no matter the religion, nationality or identity of the attacker or those arrested earlier this morning, this cannot and must not turn into a war on any one community. the lasting injury that some people wish to inflict upon us all is to destroy the empathy and solidarity which our society depends upon, so we must all be united in expressing and building that empathy and solidarity, in particular, challenging those who would seek to blame, stigmatise and alienate people on the basis of their religion. for four years i would walk over kennington road and over westminster bridge.
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i would look up to big ben and then down the thames. dodging past the tourists taking pictures of this iconic scene, recognised across the globe. i would descend the steps and into the palace of westminster. nodding at the police officer, who would nod in return. "morning, mr rennie. " it was the personal touch. i don't think i would be able to walk that route again without thinking of the people run over, the woman in the river, the police and the people injured. the three people who died, perhaps some while tourists were taking pictures. the officer who stood to defend democracy, but losing his life in the process. but i do want to be free to walk that route again. getting the balance right between security and freedom is a difficult one.
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does the first minister agree with me that we must act, based on security, expertise, evidence and intelligence, and not fear? nicola sturgeon said she agreed very strongly with what willie rennie had said. and that's it from me, but do join me on friday night at ”pm for a round—up of an extraordinary week here at westminster. for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. hello there. good morning. things looking pretty good over the next few days. the satellite sequence shows that we saw a fair bit of cloud across the south and that tended to melt away, but it's coming back in overnight and there's more cloud across the north as well.
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but in between, large areas with clear skies, which means temperatures will drop. a chilly start to the day for most places but with the clear skies overnight there should be a good deal of sunshine through the day today. temperature—wise this morning, starting off at around six or seven degrees underneath cloudy skies in cardiff and in london. northern england northwards, bottom end of single figures, particularly in more rural spots. i think we'll see a frost developing in parts of scotland and northern ireland. not so in the south—west. more cloud, some outbreaks of rain, six or seven degrees through the morning. a little bit brighter in the western side of wales. the eastern side of wales, through the midlands, east anglia and the south—east, fair bit of cloud in the morning but staying dry, breezy and 6—8. heading further north and west into the sunshine for much of northern england, northern ireland and much of scotland as well. lovely start to the day here. yes it's cold in scotland with some sunshine, but a bit more cloud, bit more of a breeze and some rain brushing into the far north of scotland. that area of rain will move away towards the east so it will be drying up here. probably stays a bit on the cloudy side and that cloud further south
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tends to melt away from the east, so some good spells of sunshine coming through for the afternoon and we'll see 11—13. maybe a bit cooler along the immediate north sea coast. a bit cloudy in the far south and west but even that tends to melt away as you get into the evening. then it's fine and dry through the small hours of saturday morning. temperatures again dropping away, just a hint of blue on the map indicating a touch of frost developing. again it's north wales northwards where we'll see the lowest temperatures, particularly in more rural spots, we'll see a bit of frost developing. a chilly start to saturday. all in all, a decent start to the weekend. high pressure in charge not moving away too far, too quickly, keeping things fine and settled. a bit of a breeze to the north and south of the uk on saturday. but many places having a very pleasant day with some good spells of sunshine. quite warm in aberdeenshire, 14—15. we might even see 16 down towards the south and west. however, around the south—eastern coastline along the immediate coast, temperatures probably in single figures, 8—9 in that breeze. move a little bit further inland and we'll get up to 14, 15 or maybe 16.
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it looks like a pretty decent second part to the weekend. on balance probably a bit more in the way of cloud coming in butjust about everywhere staying fine and dry and those temperatures still quite respectable. maybe a bit more in the way of cloud by monday. all in all the weekend is looking pretty good, fine and settled. sunshine by day will be quite warm, but overnight, quite cold and maybe a touch of frost. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: the westminster attacker is identified. a british muslim—convert with a history of violent crime. a vigilfor the victims in trafalgar square, london's mayor says the attack will not divide the city. those evil and twisted individuals who try to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed. a gesture of solidarity from another
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