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today at 5pm, the prime minister sets a date in the new year for mp5 to vote on her brexit deal. theresa may travelled to the commons to address mps, warning them to put the country's interests ahead of party politics. we intend to return to the meaningful vote debate in the week commencing the 7th of january, the 7th of january, and hold the vote the following week. when we have the vote, members will need to reflect carefully on what is in the best interests of our country. in reaction, labour'sjeremy corbyn accused mrs may of leading the most shambolic government in recent british history. there can be no logical reason for this delay, except that in taking shambolic government to a new level, the prime minister and no longer has the backing of her cabinet. we'll have the latest from westminster and talking to the health secretary matt hancock. the other main stories on bbc news at 5: a man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting stabbing
to death his estranged wife and her mother in solihull in what police describe as a planned attack. this was a brutal murder of two defenceless ladies, by a man who had spent the day hunting them down. online retailers share the pain of the high street — fashion website asos warns of weak profits and its share price plummets. no room at the inn for the homeless of hull a hotel cancels their christmas booking. and, after half a century, tolls on the severn bridges are abolished so that drivers can cross from england into wales free of charge. the prime minister has told mps that the meaningful vote on her brexit deal will happen in the third week of january.
in a statement in the commons, theresa may said parliament will resume its debate on the deal in the week of january seventh, with a vote to take place sometime in the week of january 14th. she ruled out the case for another referendum, saying it would "break faith with the british people" and do "irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics." the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said mrs may had ‘led the country into a national crisis‘ and she no longer had cabinet backing. let's cross now to the central lobby of the houses of parliament and speak to our chief political correspondent vicki young who's been listening to events in the commons. 7 ? yes, another torrid time. ? yes, anothertorrid time. i'm sure she's getting used to it, but it is just striking how little support there is her deal. the one thing thatis
there is her deal. the one thing that is helping theresa may at the moment is that her opponents are divided about what they would like to happen. this was her reporting back from that eu summit last week where she had gone to get reassu ra nces where she had gone to get reassurances about the very difficult issue of the to stop their being border checks between northern ireland and ireland if there is no trade deal in place. now, those reassu ra nces we re trade deal in place. now, those reassurances were not particularly forthcoming. she tried to make the best of it, saying that eu was making it very clear that if it came to it, it would be a temporary arrangement, but they didn't truly wa nted arrangement, but they didn't truly wanted either. lots of mps, including the dup and those on her inside want much stronger assurances than that, legally binding words to show that the uk could not be trapped in it forever, because they just feel that that's would be too close to the eu, and they want a clea n b rea k close to the eu, and they want a clean break from the close to the eu, and they want a clean breakfrom the eu close to the eu, and they want a clean break from the eu after brexit. after dramatically pulling that vote last week, today, the prime minister has said that she would be coming forward with her
deal in the new year. it is now only just over 14 weeks until the uk leave the eu. now onlyjust 14 weeks until the uk leaves the eu and i know that many members of this house are concerned that we need to take a decision sooi'i. shouting my right honourable friend, the leader of the house will set out business on thursday in the usual way. but i can confirm today that we intend to return to the meaningful vote debate in the week commencing the 7th of january, and hold the vote the following week. mr speaker, when we have the vote, when we have the vote, members will need to reflect carefully on what is in the best interests of our country. now, that brought uproar from the labour benches who feel that a lot of this has happened not because of the national interest of the country, but because of the problem is that the conservative party have
had over the years with the issue of europe. where labour on all of this? jeremy corbyn has been under pressure to bring a vote of confidence almac no—confidence in the government. he has been clear that he would not do that unless there was a good chance of winning it, but just before there was a good chance of winning it, butjust before that statement, labour in treating you said that they consider bringing forward a vote of confidence in theresa may herself if she did not come forward with a date, and then she promptly got up and gave one, said jeremy corbyn did not go there. but he did say that he felt that the government, and theresa may's tactic here was to try and intimidate mps into accepting her deal. and u na cce pta ble into accepting her deal. and unacceptable deal is on the table. no amendment has been secured, renegotiations have been rebuffed, and not even a mere assurances have been offered. and the prime minister's shoddy deal no longer even has the backing of the cabinet.
the prime minister ran away from putting her deal before parliament, because even her own cabinet has doubts, as she herself admits that parliament would back it. so we are left edging ever closer to the 29th of march deadline, without a deal, and without even an agreed plan in cabinet to get a deal. the prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two u na cce pta ble parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes. her deal, or i'io unacceptable outcomes. her deal, or no deal. now, many mps felt the same, they felt that they are going to be left at the last minute, with a choice between theresa may's deal and no deal, they said that they are stepping up plans with it, but as things stand, mps will go off for the christmas break and be faced with that meaningful vote in the week of the 15th of january.
health secretary matt hancockjoins me. we have got a date now. the 15th of january. the charges, this is running down the clock, forcing a choice between high deal or no deal. why not have the boat now? the prime minister is seeking further assurances with the eu, but crucially, we have got a deal in front of us that is in the natural interest, and can both of those on the brexiteer side, those who voted leave, because they are leaving the european union, as part of the deal, and leaving it with full control of oui’ and leaving it with full control of our laws, and and leaving it with full control of ourlaws, and our and leaving it with full control of our laws, and our borders, not bring huge sums to brussels. but that deal is not good to change. they cut the
paragraph out that they might offer more assurances. they are not good offer more assurances. they included some other language, but i agree, they did not include everything that you to reassure parliament, but crucially, the joys in you to reassure parliament, but crucially, thejoys in front you to reassure parliament, but crucially, the joys in front of us is to be exact and vote for this deal, which is in the national interest, and delivers on brexit, was also keeping a close economic relationship with europe, which is very important, audrey go back and have a second referendum or have no deal? but the point is about timing. why not vote on that deal that you support right now, because we are running out of time? because the prime minister wants to seek further assurances in order to try to deliver more of what parliament has been asking for. you know, the debate in parliament was pretty clear that parliament wasn't going to support the deal as brought. the prime minister made some progress last week, but clearly not as much
as in the earlier draft. but she seeks further assurances, and then we can have the vote. does all of the cabinet support this strategy around this deal and the timing for the boat on this deal? yes. -- for the boat on this deal? yes. -- for the vote. the cabinets of what's getting the deal through parliament, because the cabinet has agreed that while individual members might not agree that the whole thing is perfect, this deal is in the national interest, good for britain, beverley economic side, and because it delivers on the democratic vote. i think the prime minister was incredibly strong about the prospect ofa incredibly strong about the prospect of a second referendum. i have argued for months that a second referendum would be a bad idea because the political consequences of saying to people, you had a vote, and now we are going to ask you to
vote again. but you know, there are other options too. the norway plus option. why can't parliament vote on those alternatives whilst there is still a little bit of time left? the norway plus option is not as good as the deal, because it does not leave us with delivering the proximity of the economic relationship. well that is your opinion, but why can't parliament but on that? parliament will vote on the meaningful vote which is the deal. what's the panellist was to do is make sure that deal has as many assurances as possible before people can vote on it. clearly this deal is the best way to deliver brexit. you know full well that at the moment the arithmetic in parliament is not supportive of her deal, and is not likely to be injanuary, frankie, so then, if that's deal fails likely to be injanuary, frankie, so then, if that's dealfails in parliament, can mps then vote on alternatives? you make a presumption there that in the time between now
and the boat, there would be assurances, we can't win this argument with colleagues, that given the big downsides of the second referendum, big downsides of no deal, that this is the best deal on the table. first of all, we will try to win the argument, secondly, the prime minister is seeking further assurances from the eu, and that is how i hope that we can persuade parliament that this is the best way to deliver brexit. but what about without those assurances? if you can't get pa rliament‘s without those assurances? if you can't get parliament's support, then can't get parliament's support, then can parliament vote on alternative strategies? well parliament has within its means to vote on allsorts of things. that is a constitutional. but that is not what i am interested in. iam interested in getting but that is not what i am interested in. i am interested in getting this deal across the line. it is clearly the best one in the national
interest. the idea that you need to get a coalition of an m —— of mps to try and agree, otherwise we are going to fall into a new deal brexit, aren't we? that that is exactly right, and that is why think this deal is the best way to deliver on brexit, exactly as you said, and the alternative of no deal is extremely difficult, we are ramping up extremely difficult, we are ramping up no deal plans. i have been working on them. and in the last week, we got to full no deal planning, and the cabinet tomorrow was discussing no deal planning. it is not the act, want, but it is my judi dench or that the areas that i am responsible for are as prepared as possible —— it is my duty to ensure that the arafat responsible for are prepared the no deal. the
other alternative of a second referendum would be extremely damaging to our democracy. 0k, matt hancock, freddie very much for being here on bbc news. let's return to our chief political correspondent vicki young who's at the h0uses of parliament. matt hancock they're saying how damaging a second referendum would be for democracy. i enjoyed by a cabinet minister who is pushing for a second referendum. would it solve anything. how can the will of the people be overturning the will of the people be ruining democracy? we ta ke the people be ruining democracy? we take decisions asking people what they want, and that is what quizzes
this is not working. the prime minister has brought forward a deal thatis minister has brought forward a deal that is not allowing communities to have a say on it. communities are saying to their mps that they don't like this deal, they think it is neither in knockout, and they think it should be rejected. we as mps are not getting a chance to actually express these views in parliament. that is damaging to democracy. and what we can't have, is a government pulling proposals, and effectively wasting a month before we even begin a debate on this after the new year. as of thursday, there are just 100 days to go, before britain leaves the european union, and currently, we have no deal, no vote, no plan b. this is unacceptable, and deeply concerning the businesses and people around the country. we as
parliamentarians are saying that we need to have our say on the half of the public. it is clear that many labour mps feel that the tactic of the prime minister is to run the clock down, come back and say, it is my deal, or a clock down, come back and say, it is my deal, ora no clock down, come back and say, it is my deal, or a no deal scenario, over the cliff. i think many are concerned that if it has to be a no deal, then so be it, and i think that will be very concerning the millions of people around our country. frankly, running down the clock to get to a point where you say, if we don't have my deal, then iam say, if we don't have my deal, then i am bitter clash as out, the prime minister saying that, i think that would also be first of all massively irresponsible forjobs would also be first of all massively irresponsible for jobs and would also be first of all massively irresponsible forjobs and the economy, but also, it is no way for britain to take a decision of this magnitude, that will affect so many people of so many years. i think it is just not right. it is clear that parliament should have a say, and
haveit parliament should have a say, and have it now, before christmas, so that the prime minister can then herself reflect over the christmas period is about what the next that britain should be. she clearly think she is good to get some more assurances from the eu, but the issue of the backstop, to make sure it is written down in a more legally binding way to make sure that the uk is not trapped in it that ever. surely she should try and do that first. she is selectively listening, i'm afraid. the reality is that most concerned about the deal, have concerns well beyond the northern irish back, it is the fact that we are trapped having to follow eu rules, whilst we are not around the table, it is about northern ireland, it is about a whole aspect of the deal that we are concerned about, but what we cannot do is simply run the clock down to what a nodal brexit would be very damaging to the
economy. “— would be very damaging to the economy. —— no—deal brexit. at this pretty late stage, ramping up those preparations were no—deal brexit, putting in what areas such as the nhs, to have that as a fallback position, because what lots of brexiteers would say, is that legally, that is the situation we end up in as the end of march, if there is no deal. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister tells mps they will get a vote on her brexit deal in the new year, and urges them to put the country first. a man has beenjailed for life after admitting the ‘brutal‘ murders of his estranged wife and her mother in solihull earlier this year. concerns for nline fashion retailers. asos warns of weak profits as its share price plummets. and in sport, manchester united will
face paris st germain in the last 16 of the champions league. liverpool play bayern munich, tottenham take on dortmund, and manchester is it you will play shelter. —— magistracy to blow play —— manchester city will play schalke. and ahead of his fights this weekend, dillian whyte says whatever way it goes, he is unlikely to get a world title shot against anthonyjoshua. and i will be back with more on this story is after half past five. a 21—year—old man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting stabbing to death his estranged wife and her mother last summer. raneem oudeh had repeatedly called the police to say janbaz tarin who she'd married under islamic law was threatening her. she was calling them again when tarin attacked both her and her mother, khaola saleem, with a knife.
an investigation has begun into how west midlands police handled the case. sima kotecha has been looking at the background to the case. thank you very much, sir. he had been on the run of days, but here is the moment when the killer of two was caught. police used pepper spray to control him. it was late august, and 21—year—old janbaz tarin was wanted for the murder of his wife, 22—year—old raneem oudeh, and her mother, khaola saleem, who was 49. in the early hours of a monday morning, the women were found stabbed to death outside their home in solihull. we are a small family here in the uk, but we meant a lot to each other. to lose them is like we have lost the happiest thing ever. and it's like being in heaven with them.
but now they have brought us down to earth. this cctv footage shows the night of the killings. raneem oudeh walking into a shisha bar in birmingham, janbaz tarin following behind, and then an altercation between them. with khaola saleem, her mother, intervening. raneem oudeh had also made a number of 999 calls earlier in the evening, including from the shisha bar, but officers they were unable to say track her down. the murders happened a little while later, when the women got home. police say raneem oudeh was on the phone to them, when she was attacked. we were trying to get them, but what we then know is that tragically, whilst in contact with us, the offence took place, and this was a brutal murder of two defenceless ladies, by a man who had spent the day hunting them down. the court had granted an orderjust weeks before, forbidding janbaz tarin from going anywhere near his wife. a forensic postmortem examination concluded the two women
had died from multiple stab wounds. i think prison is not enough. life to life. it's their lives that have been taken away. two beautiful personalities, two beautiful persons, in our lives, in our whole family lives, it'sjust darkness. i mean, whatjustice can there be? janbaz tarin worked as a cashier at his father's convenience store in birmingham. the relatives of raneem oudeh and khaola saleem say were precious, warm and deeply loving, whose lives were cut short in the most brutal way. a bbc investigation has revealed new evidence
in the case of sheku bayoh, who died in police custody in 2015 after being restrained by at least six officers. cctv footage and documents obtained by the bbc‘s disclosure programme has raised fresh question about the events leading up to his death, and about the accounts given by some of the officers involved. police scotland said they could not comment while the case remained open. mark daly has this exclusive report. in kirkcaldy, a young man is disorientated and is one drink the streets. he is 31—year—old sheku bayoh. within five minutes of this, he will be met by police and straight on the ground by six officers. he will then lose consciousness and died. there was no need for sheku to have died that week. he had so many plans that he wa nted week. he had so many plans that he wanted to do with his children. all of that has been taken away, just like that. we just want to know how
our brother died, that's all. sheku bayoh had taken drugs, dramatically altering his behaviour. he had been seen with a knife, which he discarded before police arrived. now cctv and documents obtained by the bbc disclosure programme showed how quickly the officers resorted to using force. within the first 30 seconds, all of the officers had used their irritant sprays or batons, although he had not attacked them. i emptied mindful cs spray on him. igot them. i emptied mindful cs spray on him. i got my bat and out. what strikes me from the evidence of the officers, is that they approach the scene with the intention of using force. to get out of the cars with irritant sprays and batons, that to
me does not seem assured. 0nce irritant sprays and batons, that to me does not seem assured. once you back things up to a certain degree, it is very difficult, to backtrack. some of the officers involved in restraining sheku bayoh said he had carried out and unprovoked attack including taking and stamping on a female officer, who thought she was doing to be murdered. the cctv does show that he knocked her to the ground, but as he kicked and stamped on her? it looks to me, that the officer has gone down, and pretty straightaway, sheku bayoh is taken to the ground, by others. i can see no evidence at all of two stamping attacks to the officer on the attacks, let alone, two very violent ones described in the papers. there seems to be a significant script and seat between what i can see on the footage, and what i have read in the papers. in october, sheku bayoh's
family learned that there were no plans to prosecute the officers involved. the family can ask for a review. the police scotland federation said they cannot comment until after the review is undertaken. i think race becomes very important here. the tirku received black death, we see —— particular where we see black deaths, we see attempts to... the family are now calling for a full public enquiry. no dignity was given to him, because he was a black man. you think it is down to racism? to him, because he was a black man. you think it is down to racism7m is. it is. if he was a white man, i think things could have been handled differently. and you can see more of that investifgation
on bbc one scotland, tonight at 8.30. the online fashion retailer asos has warned of lower profits this financial year after "unprecedented" discounting hit its trading in november. despite sales growth of 14 % from september to november, it had seen "a significant deterioration" in profits last month. economic uncertainty plus weaker consumer confidence had led to "the weakest growth in online clothing sales in recent years". 0ur economics editor simonjack gave me his analysis of what this warning means for the wider retail sector. yes, we have been used to horror stories from the high street. we had mike ashley saying that november had been the worst in living memory for the high street. we had the clothing retailer, bonmarche, which is predominantly bricks and mortar, saying its share price halved. i think the significance as you say, is today, asos, darling of internet retail, internet only retailer, very popular, it has had a huge run—up recent years, today it saw its share price fall by 42%.
that is hundreds of millions of pounds knocked off. two things there: although their sales are still growing, they say to keep those sales up, they have to engage in unprecedented discounting. it started around black friday, they are saying, they have never seen discounting like it. they are expecting it to continue for the next few weeks. there is a lot of evidence anecdotally, that what was once a boon for retailers, this idea of black friday, has actually become a bit of a curse, and that shoppers have almost been trained to be like, unless you're getting 40 or 50% off, just not interested. so that is what people are having to go up against. i think there is also a question mark over consumer confidence. there are some grisly warnings about the economy next year, brexit related, i think that is feeding through to the housing market. the housing market has been weak, and that affect consumer confidence. we may be in a situation where i shall be due two weeks' time where i am saying, people left it so late, there has been a massive late rush, but at the moment, it looks
like this dreadful year from for retailers, so far is not ending well. tomorrow we're expecting an announcement about the government's plan for waste management in england. if you've got any questions about recycling — whether it's what happens to waste, what can and can't be recycled, or tips on how to recycle your waste most efficiently you can get in touch via the ways on the screen. we'll be putting those questions to the experts at 1130 tomorrow morning here on the bbc news channel. with the forecast. no start of the week. it will not say that way. we see many clouds on the way, bringing some wet and windy weather tomorrow. even tonight, the way, bringing some wet and windy weathertomorrow. even tonight, if you purchase of rain across scotland and northern well. called across
eastern areas, wind picking up in the west, widespread skills, and heavy rain across ireland, far west of scotland, and into cornwall. single figures, further east, temperatures holding double figures... after a wet start across northern ireland, tomorrow, there could be a spell of rain and gusty winds attached to that rain. some of east anglia and the south—east might stay dry during daylight hours, temperatures into double figures, but that will be tempered by the strength of the wind. as we go through into the evening, that's rain spread across east anger and the south—east. showers take us through wednesday and thursday, most prevalent across southern and western areas, some heavy. i will have more just before six. see you then. this is bbc news. the headlines. theresa may tells mps they will get to vote on her brexit plan in the middle ofjanuary, saying she still hopes to win more reassurances from the eu on the terms of the deal. a man who stabbed to death his
estranged wife and her mother in solihull in august is jailed for at least 32 years after pleading guilty to murder. shares in several leading fashion chains fall in value, after the online retailer asos issues a profits warning. now the sport, sarah mulkerns. good evening. a tough 24 hours for manchester united bossjose mourinho who hasn't got any easier with his side drawing paris saint—germain in the last 16 of the champions league. this following their poor performance in the 3—1 loss to liverpool at anfield. united, who are three—time european champions, have never met psg in a competitive game and the ligue 1 champions were the top scorers in the group stage and have the likes of brazil's neymar and france's kylian mbappe to call on.
and, for the other sides, it's very much a case of england against germany. manchester city should be pretty happy with their draw, they're up against schalke who are a lowly 13th in the bundesliga so city should be pretty confident. tottenham have a tougher task up against the bundesliga leaders borussia dortmund. they have england internationaljaydon sancho. dortmund. they have england international jaydon sancho. the most mouthwatering clash is liverpool against bayern munich, both five—time european champions. not having a great season in the bundesliga, bayern, but so much experience when it comes to the champions league, that should be something very special indeed. here's the draw in full. the first legs will take place over two weeks in february, with the return fixtures over two weeks in march. group winners will be away from home in the first legs.
for more details go the bbc sport website. meanwhile, celtic have been drawn to face spanish side valencia in the last 32 of the europa league. valencia finished third in their champions league group, behind juventus and manchester united. arsenal will play bate borisov of belarus, while 2013 champions chelsea take on swedish side malmo. the full list of fixtures is on the bbc sport website. ireland will be without forward iain henderson when they begin their six nations title defence in february. henderson, who scored twice for ulster in their champions cup win over scarlets on friday, is expected to miss the next 10—12 weeks after having surgery on his thumb today. there was plenty of spice and confrontation in the second test between australia and india, with both captains, tim paine and virat kohli, clashing in perth. the two squared up to each other with paine overheard saying
to kohli's team mate murali vijay "i know he's your captain but you can't seriously like him as a bloke." australia's conduct is in the spotlight with this the first home test series since the ball tampering scandal. australia need five more wickets to level the series. another heavyweight match—up in the boxing ring this weekend. dillian whyte takes on derek chisora at the 02 in london. victory could earn whyte a shot at a world title fight against anthonyjoshua, but he says he's expecting to be overlooked. it isa it is a fight i want but but i don't think they wanted because the word on the grapevine is they are talking about fighting mullane in america in madison square garden so let's see what happens. i hope they want to
fight me but then i don't want them to not be up for doing it. there is of course a big game in the championship tonight. the east midlands derby with derby county in with a chance of going third if they beat nottingham forrest at home. and the fa cup second round replay between southport and tranmere rovers. you can follow both matches with live text and get more on all the stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. thank you. after two weeks of negotiations, delegates from nearly 200 countries at the un climate conference in poland have reached an agreement on how to implement the landmark 2015 paris climate deal, which comes into force in 2020. so, what was achieved and where does this leave us? well, most significant is a new set of rules for how countries cut the gases warming the planet but the deal is voluntary so we will have to see what individual governments actually do. there was some progress on finance for developing countries to help
them go green and prepare for the impact of climate change but environmentalists say the deal lacks ambition and clarity. and, on promises to cut carbon emissions in the future, scientists say there is not enough urgency to deal with climate problem. the leading climate economist, lord nicholas stern, chair of the grantham research institute at the lse, has just returned from the conference, and we can speak to him now from west sussex. thank you for being with us. there we re thank you for being with us. there were cheers, there was applause at the end of that conference in poland as this deal was agreed but how significant do you think it really was? it was important. it was a step forward because as you say you have to go back to paris and the agreement there to hold the temperature increase average over
150 or so years ago to know more than 2 degrees. in fact, well below 2 degrees. at the same time, they set out targets for 2030 as to what their emissions would be, country by country, voluntarily, as you said. if you add it up, they are not consistent with holding well below 2 degrees, actually, they look more like three degrees. so, they recognise that and they agreed that, five years from then, meaning 2020, they would raise their ambitions so that they were close to consistency or should find consistency with a temperature target. this was a major step to the route to 2020 and it said if we put in what we are going to do, this is how we will measure it, this is how we will check it. the next stage in the discussion will be, must be, how we race that ambition because it is far to low at the moment. you said voluntary. the
problem is some countries are dragging theirfeet, problem is some countries are dragging their feet, frankly, problem is some countries are dragging theirfeet, frankly, and not doing enough. well, they set out targets in 2010 42020 and, on the whole, the major blocks i think we'll get close to those targets. so, voluntary is actually the only thing you can do. there is no policeman from mars that can come and force people to do things. 0n the whole, when people set out their targets, they take them seriously, and one reason is that this switch to the low carbon or zero carbon economy is an extremely attractive story, including cities where you can move and breathes and be much more productive, much more efficient and clean ways of producing and consuming. so, it is something that is enormously attractive and worth doing even if you've never heard of climate. we had almost 200 countries there, as i say. there was not real unity, was there, because countries
like the usa, russia, saudi arabia and kuwait were preventing the conference fully embracing the findings of that recent un report on climate change which issued the pretty alarming warning about what the future holds for this planet. yes, it did. that report, 1.5 degrees was to look at the difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees and see how difficult that increase, that difference, could be. and their report was that it actually is rather significant, you kill off all the coral that 2 degrees, much more intense weather events, extreme weather events like hurricanes and floods. so the difference between 1.5 and two is very big. we are headed at the moment under the intended emissions target for something like three degrees or more, which would be absolutely devastating. so, it is important that report is recognised. they found a form of words. they
welcomed its timely completion and they encourage countries to use that report in looking at their emissions and their targets. so, report in looking at their emissions and theirtargets. so, i report in looking at their emissions and their targets. so, i think that one was voted but those four countries were not particularly helpful. if the bottom line, ifi can sum it up, the world is doing something about climate change and global warming but not enough or not nearly enough? not nearly enough! the world economy doubles in about two decades, 25 years, and we have to cut emissions in that time, even for well below 2 degrees rather than 1.5, we have to cut emissions by at least a third, perhaps moving a bit more than that. so, you can see if you double your economy and you've got to cut overall emissions by a third or more, that is a real challenge to do things differently so they have to up their game, up it strongly but the good news is that isa strongly but the good news is that is a much more attractive way to
produce, consume, grow, fight poverty and so on. that we can see much more clearly now than we could 5-10 much more clearly now than we could 5—10 years ago because technology has moved so rapidly. good to talk to you, thank you for being with us, lord nicholas stern. the government is promising better protection for workers in the so—called gig economy people like delivery drivers who are hired informally. under new plans they'll be told their rights from their first day, including eligibility for paid leave and sick leave. but labour and the unions say the proposed reforms don't go far enough. here's our economics correspondent andy verity. it's been billed by the government as the biggest boost to rights in the workplace in a generation. the result of an official review after an outcry over workers in zero—hours contracts or gig economyjobs, who can't know how much money is coming in from one week to the next and often don't get benefits like paid holiday or maternity leave. so, what exactly is changing? people who for example are not on a fixed contract,
in terms of number of hours, will have the right to request that and their employers will have to give proper consideration to that. as well as that right to request guaranteed hours, the government's legislating to close a loophole to ensure agency workers aren't paid less than full—time staff, and employees will get a statement of rights when they start work, setting out their right to benefits like maternity pay. while employers welcomed the reforms, the government's disappointed many by refusing to go further, for example by scrapping zero—hours contracts. i've been on a few myself over the years and i think they're very negative. i think employees don't have the stability they need, especially in this time, when nothing's secure. a little bit of security in yourjob is, i think, very important. if anything goes wrong and you do get sick, there's nothing you can do about it. you're completely stuck. these big companies can afford to pay people a proper wage
and afford to pay holiday pay and sick pay. i mean, i think it's fair. unions say the right to ask for guaranteed hours isn't enough, if employers who have designed their business around flexible working can simply refuse. the unions have spent seven years campaigning for the closing of the loopholes around agency working, so government taking action on that is welcome. but taken as a package, this set of reforms just isn't good enough, it's too little, too late. we should have seen a ban on zero—hours contracts and government taking positive action to support unions to go out and organise im the gig economy. we've seen none of that and this is a damp squib set of proposals. the government has notably avoided a key recommendation of its own review, that gig economy workers who work for one company should be classed as dependent contractors and given greater protection. if insecurity is the price of flexible working, some workers will go on paying it. andy verity, bbc news. a former executive at hs2 has said he believes the company misled mps
about how much it would cost to purchase land along the route of the new high speed rail line. doug thornton told the bbc‘s panorama programme that the estimate was hundreds of millions of pounds too low. hs2 has denied misleading mps. justin rowlatt reports. hsz's hs2's promise is linking the great cities of the north with birmingham and london. the £56 billion project involves the largest land purchase programme since the second world war. doug fulton was head of hs2's land and property department. he said the estimate mps had of how much land would cost was hundreds of millions of pounds lower than more detailed predictions. i've never seen anything like it, i was absolutely appalled, absolutely
appalled that... numbers could be advanced in such a loose and slapdash fashion. there was a gap of almost 100% in terms of the numbers are raw numbers of properties the organisation hadn't budgeted for. hsz organisation hadn't budgeted for. hs2 rejects claims that mps were misled. it said it consistently followed the correct process. misled. it said it consistently followed the correct processm misled. it said it consistently followed the correct process. it is perfectly normal that, in a scheme is vast and complex as hsz, perfectly normal that, in a scheme is vast and complex as h52, and, overtime, we is vast and complex as h52, and, over time, we have is vast and complex as h52, and, overtime, we have a is vast and complex as h52, and, over time, we have a greater understanding of the route, how many land parcels and land areas it affects and what the full effect of that acquisition programme needs to be. the spending watchdog, the national audit office, investigated the land and property programme earlier this year and found estimated cost is it increased significantly but concluded that hs2 was not required to provide its updated estimates to mps. hs2 says it manages to agree a price with most of the people who will have to make way for the railway but a small
minority incest the company is trying to get their properties on the cheap. ron is one of them. his elizabethan home is threatened with demolition. if i want to buy something that i can't afford, i don't buy it. and i'm not getting like—for—like, i'm getting a silly offer that i could buy something in a street or whatever have you. work has already started on the new high—speed station in birmingham. big, ambitious infrastructure projects always rings some disruption but the costs and benefits of hs2 are already quite finely balanced. mps have yet to approve the full project. and you can watchjustin's full report in panorama hs2: going off the rails? tonight at 7.30 on bbc one. the headlines on bbc news. the prime minister tells mps they will get a vote on her brexit deal in the new year, and urges them to put the country first.
a man has beenjailed for life after admitting the brutal murders of his estranged wife and her mother in solihull earlier this year. concerns for online fashion retailers. asos warns of weak profits as its share price plummets. an update on the market numbers for you, here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. a group of homeless people in hull had been looking forward to a short respite at christmas — a stay at a hotel in the city, paid for by a charity. but now the royal hotel in hull, which had accepted the booking for 14 twin rooms, has suddenly cancelled it without any explanation. andy moore reports. in its advertising, britannia hotels welcomes guests to the royal hotel
in hull but these particular guest is, it seems, were not welcome. last year, the raise the roof homeless charity successfully organised a similar event at another hotel. it said there were no complaints but the venue didn't have enough space this year. so, last week, the charity board 14 twin rooms at the royal hotel at a cost of more than £1000. they were clear it was the homeless people and were given a discount. 0n homeless people and were given a discount. on saturday on facebook, the charity said it was angry and gutted to find that booking had been cancelled. they haven't given us any reason for cancelling. we have asked for a reason but they've said they haven't got one. it's got to be discrimination because the rooms are still for sale and nobody else's rooms have been cancelled. still for sale and nobody else's rooms have been cancelledm still for sale and nobody else's rooms have been cancelled. it meant quite a lot to me, know what i mean? last year, everything went 0k. quite a lot to me, know what i mean? last year, everything went ok. but, this year, i don't know what is
going on with them. britannia hotels hasissued going on with them. britannia hotels has issued a statement explaining why it cancelled the booking at the royal hotel. the company says it said that rooms had been trashed, fire started and property stolen last year but the hotel says it is willing to take the booking with conditions attached. the local mp is doing what she can to resolve the issue. i've already started writing the letter to the hotel, it will be sent out today. i'll be asking them reasonably to reconsider. this is christmas, these people are homeless and they're asking for somewhere to stay for the night. surely, at christmas time, this is the time we should be reaching out to homeless people and offering them a place to stay. online, there has been a surge of donations for the homeless charity. it has now more than exceeded its target. 0ther charity. it has now more than exceeded its target. other companies are coming forward to offer accommodation. there is hope even at this late stage that christmas can be rescued for the homeless of hull. meghan markle's father has appealed
to the queen to help reunite him with his daughter. thomas markle says he's been texting his daughter, the duchess of sussex, every day, but hasn't spoken to her since she married prince harry in may. in an interview with itv‘s good morning britain, mr. markle said he hoped an intervention from the queen would be effective. i would appreciate anything she can do, and think she would want... to resolve the family problems. all families, royal or otherwise, are the same, and they should all be together, certainly around the holidays. i am hopeful that, soon, something will be resolved, and we'll be talking. this can't continue forever. and... people are saying i should be quiet about this and not to speak, that they will speak to me. that hasn't happened. i don't plan to...
be silent for the rest of my life. i love my daughter very much. and... she has to know that, and i would really appreciate it if she could just call me, reach out somehow to me, just send me a text. just say you're there and you're hearing me. i'm here. i'm certainly hoping everything goes well and that they produce a beautiful baby and i'll get to see the little meghan or little harry. that would be very nice. and i look forward to that happening. i think she'll make a great mum, and i think... maybe things will soften a little bit and we'll connect again. for more than 50 years you've had to pay to drive across the severn estuary from england to south wales. but now the toll fee on the severn crossing bridges has been abolished,
so from today the journey is free. it's hoped that scrapping the toll will benefit commuters, businesses and the welsh economy. 0ur wales correspondent tomos morgan reports from there now. the first morning rush—hour to have ever crossed the severn bridges free of charge. for 52 years, vehicles have had to pay to cross westbound into wales, but not anymore. it's a change that may benefit commuters by up to £1,500 a year. yet the move has had a mixed response from the first influx of drivers over the river today. good idea. we live near bristol and always avoided it, much of the time, but now, straight over the bridge. it's great. well, i think maybe they could use the money by keeping it up, use it for other services and whatnot, rather than getting rid of it completely. i think it's only one way we were paying, isn't it? for me personally, i did not have to pay to cross personally. so i obviously come through work so for my perspective, it is beneficial to the business. scrapping the severn toll has been
welcomed by businesses who claim the fee was a barrier to trade. at one stage, prices were as high as £20 per lorry, almost £7 a car, a financial implication for any trading between england and wales. it's predicted the shift will boost the welsh economy by £100 million but in doing so, 100 toll collectors and administrative staff have been made redundant. ask most people who cross the severn estuary regularly whether scrapping the toll is a good thing and you'll get a positive response. but predictions show that this change will lead to a rise in traffic on what is already a very congested motorway stretch. if you think, with every new economic opportunity, it becomes a challenge and this is a challenge now for both governments, the uk government and the welsh government, to work even closer together to resolve those issues. governments in westminster and wales don't agree on many things these days, but both ends of the m4 supported abolishing the tolls.
where things get a little more tricky for those in cardiff bay is how they intend to cope with the expected rise in traffic. when actor steve coogan decided to tackle the role of comedy star stan laurel in the new movie stan and 0llie, he knew where to find inspiration. just before filming began he headed to ulverston, the town where stan was born, to visit its laurel and hardy museum. this weekend he was back there for an early preview of the film. peter marshall went along to meet him. ulverston loves laurel and hardy. stan was born here in 1890. it has a museum to honour the comedy duo. that is where steve coogan told me he'd brought his american co—star john c reilly to prepare for their roles. we tried on their clothes and handled the things that they had handled.
we tried to make some sort of spiritual connection with them. tried and take some of that into our work on the film. we felt like we had their blessing before we went off to shoot. mrstan mr stan laurel mrstan laureland mr stan laurel and oliver hardy! steve coogan says he feels an affinity with stalin. an affinity with stan. i feel i empathise with him because he is somebody who wrote and crafted comedy, which is something that i have done for the last 30 years. the film is not all laughs. there is tension between the pair as they are golden hollywood era fades. lucky to spend their life with a man who hides behind his typewriter. you
betrayed me. most people start the film laughing but leave with a tear in their eye, because people do connect with it emotionally. it is about two men in the autumn of their lives who learn to love and respect each other. we're setting up on our own. the sons of the desert were very proprietorial on stan and moral. —— sta n proprietorial on stan and moral. —— stan and ollie. in fact, i've got a lapel badge given to me by them and we've got honorary memberships. so they approved of it and they are a tough nut to crack but they gave the film their blessing. after a private screening for the lucky few, the reviews are out. they've done the boys proud. i'd like to think they are up there and they are happy with what has just occurred. are up there and they are happy with what hasjust occurred. it isjust wonderful. it is going to introduce it toa wonderful. it is going to introduce it to a new generation, hopefully get millions of fans across the world, it'll be incredible. you totally believed it that that was
the pairof them totally believed it that that was the pair of them so, yeah, well done. it opens into lamaze on january the 11th. —— it opens in sin ares. time for a look at the weather. here is matt taylor! it has all change to light into tomorrow, get ready for some wet and windy weather through the day tomorrow. it is all linked into areas of low pressure. the cloud swirling around in the atlantic which has been creeping towards us through the day, taking a lot of the sunshine away and producing a few splashes of rain across england and wales and scotland. the real but weather comes in later in the night across ireland into western scotland and eventually cornwall and the eyes silly. strengthening winds, too. strengthening gales through the night. temperatures up, 11—10. but a
brief frost in eastern areas before temperatures left later. morning rush—hour, broad areas of rain affecting the west. notice this ribbon, this is a spell of intense rain moving through the second half of the rush—hour through south wales. some gusty winds as well as rain. that'll push from northern ireland into western parts of scotland, too, so western areas see the wettest weather and briefly becoming pretty intense for a while. that'll work its way across other parts of scotland, through wales into western england through the morning. some parts of eastern england might stay dry, particularly east anglia. northern ireland brightens up through the morning and into the afternoon, north—west england and wales, too. across the board, winds close to go force, 50-60 board, winds close to go force, 50—60 mile an hour gusts possible which could lead to travel disruption. it'll take off make the
feel of a milder day with temperatures foremost in double figures. into the evening, it is the midlands and eastern england which will see the heaviest rain in the evening rush hour, then that is through the night into wednesday, leading to some fresher conditions to start wednesday morning, a touch of frost, maybe, across northern and eastern areas but it is here best favoured for staying dry and sunny for much of the day with some showers possible but it is through southern and western parts the showers are more likely some of them foundry, some hail as well. still a blustery day, not quite as windy as it was on tuesday but with temperatures down with most of you backin temperatures down with most of you back in single figures. this area of low pressure pushes away from and tonight with a greater chance of frost thursday morning with a few showers around. the next weather system works its way in. thursday, still sunshine and showers, friday, bright, frosty start with rain spreading across england and wales. the six o'clock news is next. it's a date — the prime
minister says mps can vote is the best on offer. no, this is not everyone's perfect deal, it is a compromise. but if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good, then we risk leaving the eu with no deal. this, mr speaker, is a constitutional crisis and the prime minister is the architect of it. she is leading the most shambolic and chaotic government in modern british history. in the last few minutesjeremy