this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at eleven. brendan cox, the widower of the murdered mp joe cox brendan cox, the widower of the murdered mpjoe cox resigns from two organisations set up in her memory after claims of sexual misconduct in the past. after claims of sexual misconduct in the past. president trump criticises the fbi for missing warning signals about wednesday's school shooting, describing it as unacceptable. 66 people are killed in a passenger plane crash in iran. the airline says there are no sui’vivoi’s. a major review of university funding is to be unveiled by ministers tomorrow as mps claim interest rates on student loans are "unjustifiable". also emma watson donates £1 million to a new fund aimed at making uk workplaces safe for women. ahead of tonight's baftas, the actorjoined 200 female british and irish stars in signing a letter calling for an end to sexual harassment in all industries. we'll have all the latest action from the winter olympics
as skeleton winners, lizzy yarnold and laura deas are presented with their gold and bronze medals. also,looking to the future in south africa, that's in dateline london with carrie gracie in half an hour, here on bbc news. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the husband of murdered mpjo cox has resigned from two charities he set up in her memory, after allegations of sexual harassment were published in the mail on sunday. mr cox denies assaulting a woman at harvard university in 2015, but admits to "inappropriate" behaviour while working for save the children.
our political correspondent susana mendonca reports. the murder ofjo cox in 2016 shocked the nation. the labour mp, who was also a mother of two small children, was murdered by a far right extremist during the eu referendum campaign. after her death, her husband brendan became a prominent campaigner against extremism and went on to help set up two organisations — thejo cox foundation and more in common. now he has resigned from both following allegations in the mail on sunday that he sexually harassed female colleagues while working for the charity save the children. in a statement, he said: a source close to mr cox told the bbc he said he did not accept allegations that he had forced himself on a woman during a trip to harvard university in 2015. in a statement, he said: a source close to mr cox told the bbc thejo cox foundation said that mr cox was admired by staff
there for the integrity, commitment and dedication he had shown to creating a positive legacy forjo. susana mendonca, bbc news. president trump has criticised the fbi for missing warning signals about wednesday's school shooting, describing it as unacceptable. in a tweet, he said the fbi's failure to stop the gunman, nikolas cruz, were because it was spending too much time investigating allegations of russian interference in the presidential election. he said the fbi needed to get back to basics. thousands of people in florida, including survivors of the shooting, have taken part in a rally to demand tighter gun controls in the united states. the event took place outside the court building in the city of fort lauderdale, a short distance from the school where cruz killed 17 people. laura westbrook reports. chanting: no more! outside the federal courthouse in fort lauderdale, this was the message to lawmakers. among the protesters was emma gonzales, who took cover on the floor of her school's
auditorium as a gunman started shooting. she had this to say to donald trump. if the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, i'm gonna happily ask him how much money he received from the national rifle association. cheering and applause. what she's referring to is the millions of dollars the nra has given towards the trump campaign. on a visit to the hospital where the victims of the attack are being treated, the president once again made no mention of guns or gun control. instead, he says the problem is mental illness. just a few kilometres south of where the protest is being held, a gun show is taking place. in the us, there is as many guns in circulation as there are people. the nra is the most powerful lobbying
organisation in the united states. they have successfully resisted every move to tighten gun controls and for their supporters, it is a fundamentalfreedom. when somebody infringes a right for persons in this country to keep and bear arms, then it's an infringement upon our rights as a violation of our civil liberties, now we have a bigger problem. we will be spending our times at funerals! but after yet another school shooting, anger among the younger generation is rising. anger comes to mind for the fact that all this has happened, but i cannot be angry at law enforcement, they did theirjob. i cannot be angry at the school, they did their job. this kid was expelled, he was put through the system, then he came backin put through the system, then he came back in and killed people with a gun. that was out of their power. all we have to do is make sure that
someone all we have to do is make sure that someone like that cannot get a gun. lam in someone like that cannot get a gun. i am in shock. it is like i am dreaming. last night i was discouraged, last night i was discouraged, in fact, students across the country are planning a mass walk—out of schools in april — the anniversary of the columbine high school massacre. they are demanding adults listen to them and tighten gun control. laura westbrook, bbc news. authorities in iran set a passenger plane carrying 66 people has crashed. it went down during a flight from the capital tehran to the southwestern city of yasuj. emergency services say the plane crashed in the zagros mountains, near the town of semirom. the plane is similar to this atr aircraft and was flown by aseman airlines. with me is bbc persian correspondent amir paivar. what do we know what happened? we do
not know the reason of the crash. we know the weather conditions in that area are very bad, but also the plane had a history of technical fault. it was grounded for seven yea rs fault. it was grounded for seven years because of technical problems. commissioned only recently again, but only 20 days ago on the same route it had to come back to the capital again because of a technical problem. so it does have a history of technical problems, this particular plane that crashed today, but also in that area the weather is not great, so it could be either of those two. the airline put out a statement saying there were no survivors, but they have now retracted that. that statement was put out before anyone had reached the area. no one has reached the area still because of weather conditions. they thought there might be some survivors and they thought it was a bit early to put that statement out. you are talking about
the plane. we were showing a picture ofa the plane. we were showing a picture of a plane, it is like the one that was involved, not the actual one involved in this crash. is there an issue with airlines in iran generally, the fact they are ageing and not necessarily well maintained? absolutely. iran, because of international sanctions, for a long time has not been able to purchase new planes until recently when the sanctions were lifted. but still of the 180 planes that iran has contracts the 180 planes that iran has co ntra cts to the 180 planes that iran has contracts to purchase only 11 have been delivered and eight of them are the same type of planes, atis. but because of banking problems, because no international banks work with iran, although iran is prepared to buy and pay for planes, it has not been able to do so. it has an ageing fleet and they are not maintain very well. that is why it is so often
that we hear news like this out of iran. thank you so much for bringing us iran. thank you so much for bringing us up to date. ahead of tonight's baftas almost 200 female actresses have arranged a fund to help and support. emma watson has given £1 million to the cause. the education secretary has said that higher government subsidies could be provided to fund more expensive degree courses such as science and engineering, allowing universities to charge less for humanities courses. damian hinds said the idea would be included in a review of university funding. his comments come as a committee of mps has called for the scrapping of "punitive" interest rates on student loans. simon clemison reports. many of today's students were not born when university tuition fees were first introduced.
but 20 years on, the link between getting a degree and paying towards the cost of it remains, and that has meant big sacrifices for some. and my parents sold their house so i could come to uni — i'm the first one in my family. looking into it, there were lots of, like, different aspects of the debt and how much you're paying back, obviously, in the long run, and it'sjust a really scary prospect. the government still backs the idea that students should contribute towards the cost of their higher education, and that's one of the areas that will be covered by its major review of student finance. it comes as a committee of mps coming today says says current interest rates on loans of up to 6.1% are questionable. with students in england accumulating more than £5,000 in charges while they are still studying. the average debt for graduates totalling more than £50,000. they need to look at grants available to help the poorer students, they need to look at the level of interest that is currently being applied to student loans, and they need to rebuild some public trust and confidence in the fairness
of the system by ironing out some of these real injustices at the heart of the way that the system works. education secretary damian hinds suggests the review will consider extra subsidies for expensive subjects such as science and engineering. it could make it easier for universities to lower the cost of courses offered by the departments. the income threshold for repayment would also be considered, as will as the length of time before the loans are written off. but with the outstanding amount due to hit £160 billion by 2021, labour argues the system is unsustainable. simon clemison, bbc news. joining me now from somerset is nicholas barr, professor of public economics at london school of economics and an architect of the student loan. thank you for being with us. is the student loan system working? we were hearing claims that maybe there is a lack of public confidence in the fairness of the system.
lack of public confidence in the fairness of the systemlj lack of public confidence in the fairness of the system. i can understand the lack of public confidence because there have been so many changes. the system that was introduced in 2006 was well thought through and reforms in 2012 which we re through and reforms in 2012 which were mainly motivated by short—term politics have messed up the system. we have got the right system, but with the wrong gravitas. the interest rate is too high, the threshold is in the wrong place, and the public do not understand that it is not a debt like credit card debt. it isa is not a debt like credit card debt. it is a payroll deduction alongside income tax and national insurance contributions and should be seen as no more scarier than that. the interest rate is being seen by many students in particular as iniquitous. around about 6%, which isa iniquitous. around about 6%, which is a lot more than people are paying for their mortgage. absolutely. that high interest rate was a political fudge during the time of the coalition government. the correct
interest rate on a student loan should be broadly equal to the government's cost of borrowing. stu d e nts government's cost of borrowing. students should have access to loans at the same low interest rate, the risk—free interest rate, that the government can borrow at. it should be much lower than the current 6.1%. do you believe the system is here to stay? many people would like to see it abolished. do you think it is here to stay? it has to be here to stay. as a nation we have to invest in higher education. but we also need to widen participation and there is so much preoccupation with there is so much preoccupation with the 50% of young people who do go to university and this loses sight of the people who ought to go to university but do not, or those where we ought to be spending more on tertiary education and apprenticeships. if you look at the system in the round you have to have a well—designed system of student
loa ns. a well—designed system of student loans. we have got the right idea but we need to adjust the parameters of the system so it works better thanit of the system so it works better than it does at the moment. can i ask you about the broader question of the government's review of higher education and funding and the education secretary talking about there might be more government subsidies provided to fund the more expensive degree courses? what do you think of that? science, engineering and those degree courses being subsidised by the government? does that make sense? it has always been the case. degrees in science and medicine are incredibly expensive because they need all of the kit. whereas social science degrees, like my own subject economics, chalk and talk subjects, you need a lecture and powerpoint projector. it has always been the case they have been subsidised and so they should because otherwise it makes no sense for people to train to become a scientist or a doctor
and that would clearly be barking mad. good to talk to you and thank you very much for your time and opinions. nicholas barr, professor of public economics at the lse. nicholas barr, professor of public economics at the lse. the headlines on bbc news: brendan cox, the husband and widower ofjo cox brendan cox, the husband and widower of jo cox has brendan cox, the husband and widower ofjo cox has resigned from two organisation set up in her memory after allegations of harassment in the past. donald trump has criticised the fbi for failing to act on warnings it received about a teenager who carried out wednesday's school shooting in florida. an iranian passenger plane with 66 people onboard crashes in the centre of the country — it's not yet clear if there are any survivors. those are the headlines and richard has all the latest from the winter 0lympics. to the winter olympics in pyeongchang first of all, where it's been another day to celebrate great britain's skeleton medallists. lizzy yarnold was presented with her gold medal earlier this morning.
lizzy, the defending champion, won the event in thrilling style yesterday. the back—to—back olympic champion was joined by british team mate laura deas on the podium. laura took bronze. the british pair were part of what was britain's most successful ever day in a winter games. british short—track speed skater elise christie is in a race to be fit for tuesday's 1,000 metres. she suffered soft tissue damage from her fall in saturday's1500m short—track skating semifinal. christie was taken to hospital after colliding with china's li jinyu as she tried to finish in the top two and reach the final. as for today's action, britain's women's curling team lost their latest match in controversial fashion. gb lost 8—6 to sweden after a decisive 11th end. gb skip eve muirhead was ajudged not to have let go of her final stone before the line, meaning the shot was void. that gave the swedes an easy final shot to secure an 8—6 victory. it leaves muirhead's rink with a record of won three,
lost three, with switzerland, japan and canada still to play in the round—robin stage. when you see the replay is in the stadium it looks like it was let go before and it is hard to take, but it came down to inches and millimetres. the first time i have ever done it in my life and when it comes to a time like that it is horrible, but it makes it worse when you see it and it does not look like it is. we got the stone tested and it is. we got the stone tested and it is. we got the stone tested and it is fine. there is nothing we can do, we have to move on. there is nothing we can do, we have to move on. the men are in action now against italy. britain currently lie one place outside the qualification spots in fifth — the game in its early stages. james woods just missed out on a medal in the ski slopestyle, finishing fourth after a nail—biting finish. the sheffield skier was in the bronze medal position after two of the three runs.
but he couldn't better that in his final effort and was eventually overtaken meaning he finished in an agonising fourth place. still a great performance. canada have just overtaken great britain. like the skeleton, they get four runs in total in the bobsleigh. like the skeleton, they get four runs in total in the bobsleigh. the controversial video assistant referee system is once again in the spotlight. manchester united beat huddersfield town 2—0 to make it through to the quarter finals. but it was a goal that was ruled out that was the main talking point. juan mata's finish just before half time was chalked off after consultation with the var referee. mata was ruled offside. but there was confusion about how the decision was reached. it all took quite a bit of time as well. united went through thanks to two goals from romelu lukaku.
united will play brighton in the last eight after they beat coventry city. huddersfield boss david wagner says he isn't a fan of the new system. this video system referee from my point of view, maybe i am too traditional, but this kills the emotion of the game in these situations and this is why i don't like it, but i am not the man who makes the decision. i have to manage a team, but i don't like it. i have to manage a team, but i don't like it. southampton made it through to the last eight with a 2—1win at west bromwich albion. this goal from dusan tadic proved to be the winner. it follows an eventful week for west brom, afterfour of their players broke a curfew and reportedly stole a taxi while in spain for warm weather training. cricket now and england have failed to reach the final of the tri—series. england needed to beat new zealand by 20 runs to make wednesday's final against australia. england did win the match after making 194—7 in their 20 overs. eoin morgan top scoring with 80.
but his side needed to restrict new zealand to 174 to get through. the kiwis finished on 192—4, which was enough to see them get through to the final. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. i'll have more in the next hour. a committee of mps has warned that a ha rd a committee of mps has warned that a hard brexit could mean higherfood prices for consumers. they said a failure to get the free trade deal with the eu could be devastating for farmers. here is joe with the eu could be devastating for farmers. here isjoe line. the peas and bucolic splendour of uk farmlands could be dramatically upset if britain fails to get a comprehensive free trade deal post brexit. a key group of mps says consumers might also end up paying more forfood if consumers might also end up paying more for food if the uk consumers might also end up paying more forfood if the uk reverts consumers might also end up paying
more for food if the uk reverts to world trade organisation rules. the environment, food and rural affairs committee of mps says a so—called ha rd committee of mps says a so—called hard brexit would have a devastating effect on rural communities. that is because 60% of uk food exports go to the eu and they could face higher tariffs. the committee also said britain should not die loot its own high food standards in order to sign new, global trade deals such as one with the us. we go into a wto situation where there is tariffs on imported food and that will drive food prices up. for some commodities that will suit farming, but not the consumer if they had to pay more for their food. but the government has sought to soothe those concerns. it has said that leaving the eu gave the uka has said that leaving the eu gave the uk a golden opportunity to secure ambitious free trade deals while supporting our farmers and producers. it said it would not compromise on the uk's high environmental and welfare standards. we cant up with a director of eu
international trade at the national farmers union. thank you for being with us. do you agree with what these mps are saying and warning on prices if there is a hard brexit? yes, we welcome the report and what it does is demonstrate the extent of the impact that the farming sector in the uk might experience from brexit. there are a number of different scenarios, we do not know what brexit we are going to get yet. but there are some clear things the government can do to support farming in the uk and enable us to continue to provide consumers with a safe and affordable supply of food. and that trade deal with the eu is towards the top of that list. what exactly would you as the nfu like to see
from brexit? 0bviously at the moment it looks like we are leaving the single market and the customs union. what safeguards would you like to see for the farming industry? the important thing is that the government finds a way that can maintain tariff free trade with the eu when most of our exports and our imports are with the eu. and also to reduce to as low as possible those nontariff things like border checks and we hear things like a frictionless border, so we can continue to enjoy a high level of free trade that we currently have. but there will be changes. it is not going to be like we were in the eu. yes, there will be changes. some of those changes will provide opportunities. we can over a period of time begin to look to extend markets overseas for british produce
and we can look to increasing the amount of food we supply within the zone shores at the moment, we are only 60% self—sufficient. but we are looking at an evolution rather than a revolution. the idea that we crashed out of the eu in march 2019 or sometime soon after and be trading on the basis of wto tariffs would be really quite damaging for ukfarming. would be really quite damaging for uk farming. as we seek other markets, are you worried about standards? looking for markets in america, australia and new zealand? absolutely. we know that uk consumers really value the production standards of uk farmers. they have high welfare, they look after the countryside that people enjoy so much and throwing the doors open to world trade outside the auspices of a close relationship with the eu would mean that products produced two very different
standards in terms of welfare environments would have much freer access into our markets. what we would essentially be doing is reducing the amount of british produce on shop shelves and increasing the amount of imported produce where we have no control over how that is produced and what the environmental welfare impacts of that produce is. thank you very much for being with us. ijust want i just want to bring you ijust want to bring you a statement from save the children on brendan cox, the widower of the late mpjo cox, the widower of the late mpjo cox, as we have been reporting he has resigned from two of the charitable organisations set up after her death. save the children, that brendan cox used to work for, have said, the safety and well—being of our dedicated staff are the utmost importance to us. colleagues
quite tirelessly to help children thrive. when complaints are made we investigate in accordance with our procedures and this was the case in 2015. mr cox was suspended, a disciplinary process commenced. the process was administered by a london law firm. process was administered by a london lawfirm. mr process was administered by a london law firm. mr cox resigned before it could be completed. we are never complacent and we appreciate that best safeguarding in human resource practice is always evolving. that statement from save the children. we have had a statement from kim ledbetter, jo cox's sister, and that has come into us this morning, saying, on the news of brendan cox's resignation from these two charities: this is another very difficult day for our family. the last 20 months have been a constant roller—coaster with emotions that we are dealing with on a daily basis. my are dealing with on a daily basis.
my priority is always looking after their children and supporting my pa rents their children and supporting my parents who have already been through so much. as a family we will support brendan as he endeavours to do the right thing by admitting m ista kes do the right thing by admitting mistakes he may have made in the past. we respect him for doing so. we all make mistakes. brendan is a wonderful father we all make mistakes. brendan is a wonderfulfather and i we all make mistakes. brendan is a wonderful father and i have we all make mistakes. brendan is a wonderfulfather and i have no doubt about the happiness he brought to my sister. that is a statement from jo cox's sister, kim ledbetter. church buyers will be helping people in rural areas get better access to broadband and wi—fi services. a deal between the government and the church of england aims to make it easier to put masts in church spires. a church spire can often be the highest point of a village and given that the church of england has more than 16,000 buildings of different kinds, government ministers are hoping these will give the perfect infrastructure to help more parts of the uk
get better signal. they say this deal will make it better for vicars and bishops to get this technology installed, and there is cash to be made. the rental is typically between £5,000 and £10,000 which can be equivalent, or more, to a normal income for a church for a year. now, conservationists may not like the idea of a mobile phone mast being bolted onto their local church. however, the government argues in many cases, the technology can be hidden within the spire. they will be rolled out over the next five years and both parties will be hoping this signals better mobile phone coverage and internet for more parts of the uk. james waterhouse, bbc news. let's check out the latest weather prospects. it is not a bad day at their toll. there is sunshine in the east and
cloud in the west. that will bring some outbreaks of rain as we had through the afternoon, but most areas stay dry. plenty of sunshine. even where we have got the cloud, it is fairly them, so brightness coming through in northern england, the midlands and wales. temperatures not too bad, 10—11 in the south. high single figures further north. the rain in northern ireland pushes into the western parts of england, wales and scotland. by the time we get to monday morning it is a cloudy, damp start to the day, but it is frost free. monday looks like the grey, drizzly day. most of the rain will be in eastern scotland and eastern england and further west it should brighten up with glimmers of sunshine in wales and northern ireland and temperatures 13 before things turn much colder through the rest of the week. this is bbc news,
our latest headlines: brendan cox, the widower of the murdered mp, jo cox, resigns from two organisations set up in her memory after claims of sexual misconduct in the past. president trump criticises the fbi for missing warning signals about wednesday's school shooting, describing it as unacceptable. 66 people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed in iran. a review of university funding is to be unveiled by ministers tomorrow, as mps claim interest rates on student loans are "unjustifiable". the winter olympics — team gb's lizzy yarnold is presented with her gold medal after retaining the women's skeleton title in yesterday's action. teammate laura deas, also up on the podium, picked up her bronze medal. now on bbc news — dateline.