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tonight at ten, first day at the home office for sajid javid, who promises to treat caribbean migrants with dignity and respect. the new home secretary says he'll review immigration policy to make sure it's fair to people of the windrush generation and others who settled legally in the uk. the most urgent task i have is to help those british citizens, you know, that came from the caribbean, in the so—called windrush generation, and make sure that they're all treated with the decency and fairness that they deserve. but labour says the immigration controversy is down to the prime minister, and they say she has many more questions to answer. we'll have the latest. also tonight, asda and sainsbury‘s claim that grocery prices will fall if their planned merger gets official approval. a major new study of one the world's largest glaciers, which could collapse, causing a significant rise in sea levels. we talk to a man who's terminally ill who's appealed to judges to allow him to "die with dignity". i want to end my life with dignity,
cleanly, and in full consciousness. i don't want to linger on for weeks. and an american billionaire explains why he's determined to buy wembley stadium. my message is, if you love english football, you want this to go ahead. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, ca n tottenha m ta ke the points against watford and tighten their grip on the last champions league place? we'll round up all the action. good evening.
sajid javid has spent his first day at the home office, replacing amber rudd, who resigned as home secretary last night over her handling of immigration policy. mrjavid said his most urgent task was to ensure that caribbean migrants, members of the so—called windrush generation, were treated with fairness and decency. mrjavid, whose parents came to britain from pakistan in the 1960s, said he was "personally committed" to helping those who'd been mistreated. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports on the day's events. 8:30, off to work. but where's the office? good morning. half an hour later, at 9am, sajid javid took the call that gave the answer. the new home secretary. will you be able to get a grip on the home office? with orders from number 10 for one of the biggestjobs, with some of the most brutal pressure. but it's a messy takeover for this
former banker turned politician. sorting out the windrush fiasco top of the list. like the caribbean windrush generation, my parents came to this country from the commonwealth in the 1960s. so when i heard that people who were long—standing pillars of the community were being impacted for simply not having the right documents to prove their legal status in the uk, i thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle, or even me. so i want to end by making one thing crystal clear — we will do right by the windrush generation. he's in because she's out — amber rudd's cabinet career sunk by six words. we don't have targets for removals. except they do. targets that the prime minister admitted existed on her watch. shouldn't you be taking personal responsibility — not amber rudd?
this is your "hostile environment". amber rudd was very clear about the reasons why she has resigned. that was because of information that she gave to the house of commons that was not correct. if you look at what we're doing as a government and have been doing over the years as a government, what we're doing is responding to a need that people see for government to deal with illegal immigration. the new home secretary's first day as an mp was only in 2010. it really is like being at school again on the first day. made a minister then promoted to the cabinet by david cameron. but, as business secretary, he faced calls to quit when the indian—owned tata steel company was up for sale. and while in charge of housing, he's been under pressure over the promises made after the grenfell fire. labour warns the appointment will be meaningless
unless there's a change in how the office works. i look forward to the new home secretary showing some interest and some determination to ensure the home office works efficiently and effectively. because at the moment it doesn't. james brokenshire returns from illness to replace sajid javid at the housing department. i'm delighted to have got this new responsibility. for him and mrjavid, with near impossible tasks ahead, a brief moment to enjoy day one. i haven't called my mum yet, and i will do that later, when you give me a moment. he's inheriting big problems. and no home secretary can be sure of avoiding accidents that may come. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the list of challenges facing the new home secretary is a daunting one. mrjavid also has to contend with the incidence of violent crime on the streets and matters of security and counter—terrorism. 0ur deputy political editor,
john pienaar, takes a closer look. more regrets, more promises — this time with a new man in charge. sarah 0'connor arrived from jamaica 51 years ago. she's had to fight to stay, to work, for her benefits. was sajid javid the one to put things right? words are words, but actions speak a lot more than words, and action has got more of a punch than words have. the new home secretary was clear enough. the most urgent task i have is to help those british citizens, you know, that came from the caribbean, in the so—called windrush generation, and make sure that they're all treated with the decency and fairness that they deserve. and finding a fairer way of deciding who is allowed in and who isn't won't be easy. there's nothing wrong with targets per se, but the home office needs to up its game. it needs to ensure that targets are being managed in a fair way and there's
is consistency in decision—making. and there needs to be some quality assurance by senior managers of what their staff are doing. all this at a department with a troubled history. remember this? in the wake of the problems of mass migration that we have been facing, our system is not fit for purpose. and the migration policy challenges keep stacking up. sajid javid may stick to mrs may's pledge to cut annual migration below 100,000, but some ministers say stop counting overseas students in the migrant total. the prime minister won't budge — will sajid javid? the biggest challenge coming is forming a post—brexit migration policy — firm enough to satisfy public demand for tight controls, but still eu—friendly enough to help britain's brexit deal. anything could go wrong — and often does. you go to bed at night thinking everything is reasonably under control, you wake up in the morning hearing yourself being denounced on the today programme for some event which you've never heard of, because it's capable of producing
a scandal in just about every one of its fraught responsibilities. so a tough brief at the best of times. throw in brexit, the need to satisfy the public and parliament on migration, to show more compassion, and handle the next crisis. and crises are the stock in trade of this department. the new home secretary will have a hard time, to borrow one of theresa may's favourite phrases, "just managing". they say that which doesn't kill you or your career makes you stronger. as amber rudd discovered here, rising stars and glittering careers don't always end well. john pienaar, bbc news, at the home office. let's go live to westminster to talk to laura kuenssberg, on the windrush controversy itself, where does this appointment leave the government? well, still under a lot of pressure, and the prime minister herself is
still under a lot of pressure, two clear reasons — this has not been some political fandango where ministers have fallen out with each other over a technicality or some principle, this has been a mess that has caused real heartbreak and anguish to many britons are bands down the country who have been caught up in a mistake that was made bya caught up in a mistake that was made by a government department on theresa may's watch. the second point, as our viewers will be very familiar with, team—mate was the home secretary when these policies we re home secretary when these policies were designed. —— theresa may. as one mp brother acidly commented, it is as if amber rudd fell on theresa may's sword. there is no question that sajid javid seems determined to sort this out, he is an ambitious man who has been at several departments and he's in a hurry to show they are getting a grip of this, but given how long it has run on four, sajid javid and the prime
minister will bejudged on four, sajid javid and the prime minister will be judged and judged fore nsically minister will be judged and judged forensically on whether they can get a grip on this — and a grip on it fast. britain's second and third biggest supermarkets, sainsbury‘s and asda, have confirmed they are to merge. management says the deal would benefit both shareholders and customers. they also promised that no stores would close. the deal, worth £10 billion, needs approval from the competition and markets authority before it can go ahead. our business editor, simonjack, takes a closer look. lower prices for everyday items. that is the promise on offer to customers at both sainsbury‘s and asda as they laid out their plans for one of the biggest retail mergers in decades. the prospective boss of the new giant said its increased buying power would mean a better deal for customers. ultimately, we will pass those benefits back to our customers, in the form of lower prices, and what we are talking about today is that we expect the price of everyday items, not all items, but everyday items, in the round to fall by 10%, and that is what we would aim to do. a combination of the second
and third largest supermarkets will create a retailing powerhouse. currently, the two companies have a total of 2800 stores in the uk, employing a giant workforce of 330,000 people. together, they would account for over 31% knocking long—time leader tesco into second place. sometimes attack is the best form of defence and many see this bold move as a response to a threat to the marketplace from discount stores aldi and lidl, from tesco's move into wholesaling by buying booker and, of course, amazon, which has set its sights on the uk grocery market. the question is will this bigger is better, bigger is safer strategy be enough to convince competition authorities, suppliers and, of course, customers? both brands will continue to trade side by side, although competition authorities may force some sites to be sold, when they dominate certain areas, like here in keighley, where customers are unsure how it will work. i think it is a bit strange,
actually, because they are completely at different ends of the market. ijust wonder which way they are going to go. i'm not quite sure how it is going to work, to be quite honest, especially with them being so close to each other. and in most towns, they do have both, don't they? there is another bold promise. although some may be sold, no stores will be closed or in—storejobs lost. that has left some suppliers fearing that they will bear the brunt of any cost savings. if there are no store closures and no cost—cutting by sainsbury‘s or asda, it is the suppliers who are going to have to pay the difference, and that will mean that suppliers will have to consolidate, suppliers will have to lose jobs, suppliers will have to close factories, and that will leave less choice for consumers in the end. sainsbury‘s share price jumped 16% on the day. in an unguarded moment between interviews, mike coupe was filmed singing a song he later apologised for as unfortunate, and sainsbury‘s said had no wider meaning. on a serious note, this deal is far from done. it will attract intense scrutiny from the competition watchdog,
but its sheer audacity is proof of how much the retail landscape has changed. simon jack, bbc news. in one of the worst days of violence in afghanistan this year, 37 people have died, and many more have been injured, in a series of attacks including twin suicide bombs in the capital, kabul. the first was detonated by a motorcyclist near the headquarters of afg hanistan's intelligence service. the second blast was reportedly by a bomber disguised as a cameraman. the attack appeared to target journalists. these men, all afghans, were among them. the islamic state group says it carried out the attacks. a separate attack in afg hanistan's khost province has claimed the life of a bbc journalist. ahmad shah, who worked for the bbc‘s afghan service, died of gunshot wounds shortly after being attacked. the 29 year—old had been with the bbc for around a year
and was engaged to be married. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, claims that his country has new and conclusive proof that iran has been hiding nuclear weapons activity. mr netanyahu alleged that 55,000 pages of material, stolen from tehran by israeli intelligence agents, showed iran had been deceiving the world since signing the nuclear deal in 2015. iran described the claims as a rehash of old allegations, already dealt with by the international atomic energy agency. the thwaites glacier in antarctica is a glacier the size of britain, and it's melting at an increased rate, causing sea levels to rise. britain and america are sending a hundred scientists to assess the state of the glacier. they say that if it were to collapse entirely, the rise in sea levels would be rapid and could have dramatic consequences globally, as our science editor, david shukman, reports.
antarctica is changing. scientists capture the moment that vast chunks of ice break into the ocean. there's so much ice here, that even ifjust some of it melts, sea levels will rise around the world. so the urgent question is how rapidly the glaciers, the great streams of ice, are moving. satellite pictures already reveal that one of the biggest of them, thwaites, is shedding huge blocks of ice. if the whole lot went, the sea would end up nearly a metre higher. this matters for the millions of people who depend on sea defences to keep them safe, from the thames barrier in london, to walls of mud in bangladesh. the key is predicting how fast the sea will rise. we found definitely a place that really could uncork the genie in terms of sea level rise at a much shorter timescale than has been talked about before. things that would really make it
difficult for coastal planners, cities, countries, to react fast enough. this latest research will focus on the western edge of antarctica, where the massive thwaites glacier, one of the largest on the planet, flows into the ocean. now, scientists already know that warm sea water is working its way under the front of the ice, melting it from underneath. but they don't yet know whether the ice will totally collapse and raise sea levels. so, over the next five years, they will be measuring the ice from the air, checking the glacier‘s thickness by drilling into it from the surface. and also using robot submarines to explore what's happening to the ice underwater. the submarines will be venturing into a hazardous world, but what they find out will help improve the forecasts for the future of the sea level. professor karen hayward is leading one of the teams that will deploy the subs. it's going to be very scary for us. we're going to be very nervous when we send it under the thwaites glacier
for the first time. we'll be crossing our fingers that it comes back safely. but it is thrilling as a scientist to get data from somewhere that nobody has ever measured before. but conditions will be unbelievably tough. the glacier couldn't be more remote. getting scientists there will involve one of the largest operations ever mounted in antarctica. and the teams camping on the glacier will have to endure notorious weather. but if they can help predict the rise of the oceans, they say it's worth it. david shukman, bbc news. a man has died after being swept out to sea in kent, as heavy rain and winds hit parts of the uk. a large—scale rescue operation was launched in ramsgate. two other people were pulled from the water. across england, flood warnings and alerts have been issued by the environment agency, with two areas remaining at immediate risk of flooding in the south east. the government has been defeated in the house of lords
on a central part of its brexit legislation the eu withdrawal bill. peers voted by a big majority to give parliament a vote on how to proceed if there is no final brexit deal after a sometimes acrimonious debate. this new clause is thoroughly and fundamentally misconceived. i am afraid it illustrates the length, the appalling lengths to which the die—hard remainers are prepared to go to achieve their aim and i urge your lordships to reject it. lord howard talks about a constitutional crisis, well what constitution do we have where a government bullies parliament and says, take it or leave it? it is parliament that should be supreme in their best interests of the people and the country. it is parliament, thanks to this amendment, that will have the ability to stop the train crash that is brexit. a flavour of the debate.
0ur political correspondent ben wright is in the house of lords this evening. potentially has significant could this boat they? it was a vigorous debate and there is a vote could have a very big impact on the course that brexit eventually takes because in the autumn, parliament will decide whether or not to reject or accept the final terms of the brexit dealer agreed by the eu and the uk. it will be a massive moment and ministers say the choice will really be rejected or accept it, take it or leave it. today, peers voted to beef up leave it. today, peers voted to beef up the power of parliament in the process , up the power of parliament in the process, boating notjust to give mps the power to reject the deal if they do not like it, but also to instruct ministers to go back to brussels and keep
talking. ministers are livid about this and they see this as a constitutional power grab by the house of lords, completely unacceptable. 0pposition parties argued that this is a case of parliament exerting its proper place in the brexit process and tried to stop the uk crashing out without a deal. mps will decide whether the vote sticks here and we will see pretty soon whether mps are in bold and enough to agree with their peers down the corridor. thank you. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, has warned that the brexit talks are at risk until there's an agreement on the future of the border between the republic of ireland and northern ireland. he was speaking during a visit to ireland, when he rejected criticism from the democratic unionist party that he had taken an aggressive stance. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy has the latest. for businesses north and south of the irish border, brexit brings uncertainty. in future, some goods may become more expensive to import or could be subject to new checks. until an agreement has been reached, it is difficult to plan ahead. we keep trading, but our suppliers in england, they are all anxious
to know how this will pan out, because they are going to potentially lose us, too, as customers. so, nobody knows, we need to find out and find out soon, because this is real and this is happening to real people and real families and real businesses. today, michel barnier came to meet business leaders and the irish prime minister. the eu has rejected the uk's current proposals for avoiding a hard border and says britain must come up with an alternative for a withdrawal agreement to go ahead. we recognise that in order for that to be achieved, the united kingdom's approach to negotiations will need to change in some way. but this isn't about punishing the uk, said mr barnier, in response to criticism from the dup. there is no spirit of revenge. no spirit of punishment. i profoundly regret brexit. for many reasons. and i am never aggressive. the british government believes a free trade deal with the eu
would mean there would be no need for customs checks on the irish border after brexit. but michel barnier‘s preferred fallback, of keeping northern ireland in a customs union while the rest of the uk leaves, continues to provoke unionists. i don't think he does understand the wider unionist culture of northern ireland. he is hearing a very strong message from the republic of ireland's government, he is hearing it from sinn fein, we have tried to get him to understand the unionist position for the people of northern ireland, but he hasn't really responded to that and i am disappointed about that. while on the face of it, the uk and eu appear to remain deadlocked over the border, sources inside the british government have told the bbc, they believe they will get their proposal through. a solution needs to be found byjune, says the eu, to keep the talks on track or the uk could be in danger of crashing out without an agreement and without a transition period to allow businesses to adjust. whether you are coming or going from this part of the world, you barely notice the border, but it is still the biggest obstacle the brexit talks
are yet to overcome. emma vardy, bbc news, on the irish border. a man who's terminally ill has appealed to judges to allow him to ‘die with dignity‘. noel conway's challenge to the law is being heard at the court of appeal tomorrow. mr conway has motor neurone disease he's been speaking to our medical correspondent fergus walsh. yep. 0k. there's an underlying feeling of profound anxiety that i live with, and that is, i don't know how i'm going to die. little by little, noel conway's strength is fading. motor neurone disease means his muscles are wasting away, including those that allow him to breathe, so he needs a ventilator, and he's totally reliant on his wife, carol. i want to end my life with dignity, cleanly, and in full consciousness.
i don't want to linger on for weeks. what is it that you fear will happen to you at the end of your life? i will be completely immobile. it's the still being alive and yet not being able to use one's body that is the greatest fear i have. the central argument before the courts is whether the suicide act, which prohibits assisted dying, is an unjustifiable breach of mr conway's human rights. judges here interpret the law. they can't change it. that's down to parliament. three years ago, mps overwhelmingly rejected proposals to allow assisted dying in england and wales. the high court dismissed mr conway's
case, but the court of appeal says the issues are of such importance the law needs further examination. campaigners opposed to legalising assisted suicide say the current law protects the vulnerable. we are concerned about those who have no voice, those who are demented, mentally ill, elderly, orsick, who would feel pressure to end their lives out of fear of being a burden. the issue noel conway is raising is of profound importance to society, and both sides of the debate believe passionately they are trying to uphold basic human rights. fergus walsh, bbc news. the numbers of migrants crossing from libya to italy is expected to rise in the coming weeks. in the past three days, the libyan coastguard say more
than a thousand migrants mainly from africa have been stopped from travelling across the mediterranean to europe. last year, they brought back nearly 19 thousand people. libyan authorities are calling on europe to help stop the flow of migrants. 0ur correspondent andrew harding sent this report from tripoli. first light off the coast of libya. and an unfamiliarforce is on the hunt for migrants heading north. libya's coastguard, out of action for years, is back with europe's blessing. is yourjob to stop migrants from going to europe? stop and save life at sea. but it is a huge task, a smuggler‘s boat fill of somalis tries to plough on. already this year, thousands of migrants are once again risking the mediterranean. some, relieved to be rescued. i am very happy. why happy? because that time when we were in the sea,
the ocean, it was very risky. risky, but some migrants would rather swim for it than face returning to libya. here, dozens splashed their way to a german ship, hoping it would take them to europe. ashore, libya is a little calmer 110w, seven years after the death of colonel gaddafi. but looks can be deceiving. this is still a fractured, fragile nation and a hard one to help. another patrol boat returns to tripoli, packed with migrants. many will now be sent home, better than rotting in a libyan camp. i tried to go home. you tried to go home? i am sick, very sick. i don't know what to do. i can't do anything. i cannot help myself. i don't know what to say. do you think you may be sent back to somalia now? no, i cannot go back
to my country, you know. why not? there are a lot of troubles in my life. some will call this progress, libya finally trying to control its borders once more. but it is going to be a busy year. well, these somalis are safe for now, but 2018 has not got off to a promising start, the authorities here in tripoli say that they have already rescued more than 3000 people from the mediterranean. that is far more than at the same time last year. it is a huge challenge for libya and for all those still determined to chase a better life. andrew harding, bbc news, tripoli. the man who's made a billion—pound bid to buy wembley stadium, shahid khan, has told the bbc that those who love english football will want the deal to go ahead. there's been a mixed reaction to his proposal with claims it will endanger wembley‘s status as the home of english football.
0ur sports correspondent richard conway has been to chicago to meet mr khan. he's a billionaire businessman with a growing sporting empire. now shahid khan wants wembley stadium to be part of his vision for the future. speaking to me at his penthouse apartment in chicago, the man who already owns fulham football club and the american football team the jacksonville jaguars insists he would be a good long—term custodian for the home of english football. i've been in business since ‘78. i don't have a business that's been sold. i want to do the right thing and, you know, so, i mean, this is an asset, along with the football clubs, you know, that will carry on to my children and go on in the future. a deal for the 11—year—old venue is farfrom certain, though. despite the fa believing that the money could have a transformative effect on grassroots facilities, critics including the former england
captain gary neville insist the governing body should retain control. what is your message to those opponents of this deal? what do you say to them about why it should go ahead? my message is if you love english football, you want this to go ahead. it provides the money, provides the revenue for grassroots football. 0therwise, how is the fa going to be able to do their mission? england expects — with a long—term plan in place to win the world cup, the fa's technical director shares the view on what £500 million of investment could feasibly deliver. grassroots football is incredibly important. the professional teams take their players from grassroots football, that's where they're developed initially. you know, we invite our players in from the professional