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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 8pm: after 39 people died in the back of a refrigerated lorry, a man pleads guilty to conspiring to assist illegal immigration. levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reach another record high and there's no sign of a slowdown. a cinema chain has pulled a film about gangs after a mass brawl outside one screening and dozens of incidents at others. three unique collections of priceless jewels are stolen in an overnight raid from a museum in germany. and on tonight's electioncast, we have a cornucopia of manifestos to comb through, sojoin me, chris mason and laura kuenssberg in half an hour.
very good evening and welcome to bbc news. a man from northern ireland has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration, after the bodies of 39 vietnamese people, including children, were discovered in the back of a lorry he was driving in essex. 25—year—old maurice robinson from county armagh is still facing 39 charges of manslaughter. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been at the old bailey. of the three people currently being held after the shocking discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry on a quiet road in an essex industrial estate, mo robinson's case is the most advanced.
the young lorry driver was the first person to be arrested — and today, here at the old bailey, he admitted being part of the conspiracy to smuggle people into britain. the discovery last month of 39 dead people from vietnam in the back of a lorry in essex led to a huge international investigation into a suspected people smuggling gang. this morning, mo robinson, the 25—year—old lorry driver from northern ireland, arrested at the time, appeared by video link at the old bailey and pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration. he's also accused of counts of manslaughter but at this stage, he's not been asked to say whether he pleads guilty or not guilty to those charges, or a charge of people trafficking or one of money—laundering. eight of the 39 people found dead in the lorry were female, ten were teenagers.
two of them were boys ofjust 15. they all leave behind grieving families in vietnam. sealed inside an unaccompanied lorry trailer, they'd crossed the english channel from zeebrugge on this cargo ferry, the clementine, and arrived at the port of purfleet on the river thames, just east of london. the trailer had been dropped off at zeebrugge some 12 hours earlier by this lorry cab. eamon harrison, also from northern ireland, is accused of being the driver on the belgian side, and is fighting extradition from dublin. and with the wider investigation into the lorry deaths still continuing, a third man from northern ireland, 23—year—old christopher kennedy, appeared in court in chelmsford today, also charged with people trafficking and assisting illegal immigration. daniel sandford, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:1i0pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers.
our guests joining us tonight are sonia sodha from the observer and the telegraph's anna mikhailova. levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another record high. since 1990, there's been an increase of 43% in the warming effect that these gases have on the planet. and most worrying of all, there's no sign the increase in greenhouse gases is slowing down. our chief environment correspondent justin rowlatt is here. it sounds really bad. it is bad. it's worse than you say because not only are they not slumming down, they are actually accelerating. we sought next elevation of the concentration of the greenhouse gases this year. and obviously come thatis gases this year. and obviously come that is very bad news for the climate. we have a graph you're the choose the longer term trends, starting in the 1800s, the beginning of the industrial revolution. you will see from the graph, if we go
back to the original graph... i will tell you what it shows. it shows in preindustrial times, we had levels of about 280 molecules per million of about 280 molecules per million of carbon dioxide. that increased very gradually into the 19th century, when it really began to ta ke century, when it really began to take off. if you think about it, industrialization of the modern world, mass aviation, that kind of stuff, you see really sharp interest in c02 stuff, you see really sharp interest in co2 emissions. and basically, we are seeing today is a continuation of that process. and what this shows us of that process. and what this shows us is the total number now, from 280 at the beginning of the industrial revolution, to for hundred 7.8 ppm of carbon dioxide. —— dozens of countries made commitments to reduce these greenhouse gases. wire this tickling on? there are a couple of
things. there is a lack. you introduce measures to drive emissions down, it takes a while for those two come into effect. and also, it takes a while for those atmospheric processes to take part in the system. the other thing is, the ambitions of countries still do not match what we are in need to be in terms of reducing your missions, which is where the world needs to go to. at the moment, people talk about of the ambition is not there and certainly be plans to reduce carbon day oxide is not there. if this exhilarating trend continues, what will the uk look like —— acceleration trend? we are going to see an increase in weather events that climate scientists associate with increasing climate change. and that means kind of a streams of temperature, droughts in the summer, great, bigger storms,
temperature, droughts in the summer, great, biggerstorms, bigger temperature, droughts in the summer, great, bigger storms, bigger volumes of water being carried in the atmosphere. you see a heavy weather effects on the kind of things that have driven the flooding we have seenin have driven the flooding we have seen in the last few weeks. because sea levels will be rising. of course, i should sea levels will be rising. of course, ishould mention, as sea levels will be rising. of course, i should mention, as the world warms, which is seen increase in the sea—level rise. we are seeing these processes happen already. we would accept them —— expect them to rise. on the plus side, we should point out there is another big un climate commission meeting in madrid. and the admission there is to ratchet up the ambitions of the countries around the world. almost every country will be attending, and the idea would be to drive up ambition and maybe make deeper cuts in carbon emissions more quickly. but the figures that we are looking at today suggest that, despite the effo rts at today suggest that, despite the efforts of far, that is not
happening, so we have to bear that in mind when we are thing about the short—term —— thinking about the short—term. short—term —— thinking about the short-term. justin rowlatt, think you very much. the vue cinema chain has said it withdrew the film about gangs, blue story, because of 25 incidents and notjust in response to the violence in birmingham on saturday. seven police officers were hurt and six teenagers were arrested. showcase had stopped screenings but resumed them after security was enhanced. odeon are considering whether to pull the film, too, but for now have introduced extra security at their screenings. our arts editor will gompertz has the details. these were the scenes at star city in birmingham on saturday night. the popular multiplex was locked down, as groups of young people came armed to fight, not relax in front of a movie. where are you from? from deptford... ghetto boy, yeah?
one of those showing was the urban drama blue story. if anyone asks, yeah? i've been here the whole time. vue, the cinema owner, believes the film was the root cause of the disturbance, and has therefore stopped showing it. rememberthat! in a statement, the cinema chain said, "the decision to withdraw blue story in its entirety was made on saturday evening, on the grounds of safety alone. is that where your brother don't like me, then, because i live in this area? the film, about schoolboy friendship ruined by postcode gang war, has been dropped by vue and showcase cinemas, a move that leaves a blue story actor dismayed. i feel like there are other films that have come out in the past
which have had a high level of violence and which incidents have happened around the time films were premiered, and they've not been pulled. so it makes me question, why has blue story been treated differently to the other films that have come out? i'll call you! vue have just sent a release out saying they've had over 20 different incidents. that may be the case, but incidents with young people, i don't see how... again, blue story is related to that. i don't see how there was any link, i don't see how there is any connection to it. and standing in leicester square, in london, which kind of shows graphically the split between the big cinema chains. over there is the odeon, the biggest of the bunch, which is still showing blue story. over there is cineworld, the second big biggest, which is not only showing blue story, but is actively promoting it. and over there is the third biggest, vue, which has pulled blue story from all of its screens. so, how do young cinemagoers feel about blue story been withdrawn? some cinemas are showing it, so what's wrong with every cinema showing it? if people choose, at the end of the day, how they want to act, according to what they see, you can't blame a movie for that. everyone's saying it's promoting violence and gangs, but it's really not. it's all about love.
that's what rapman, the director, says about his debut film, which he also describes as a modern parable. all the violence at the weekend, he said, "..is truly unfortunate. a small group of people can ruin things for everyone." will gompertz, bbc news. and since will compiled that report, film—maker rapman has said on twitter that showcase have put the film back on their schedules. with election day just over a fortnight away, let's take a brief look at some of today's election news. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has fleshed out his party's offer to private tenants. there'll be controls on rent rises in england, as well as protections against unfair evictions and a new property mot. but landlords say it would lead to a serious rental housing crisis. the former prime minister tony blair says that the current state of british politics is "utterly dysfunctional" with both main
parties "peddling fantasies". mr blair says he would vote for labour, but that a majority government for either labour or the conservatives would pose a risk. the cross—community alliance party in northern ireland has launched its general election manifesto. the party's leader naomi long says she will put brexit at the centre of its campaign — calling for a fresh eu referendum with the option to remain in the eu. like the majority of people in northern ireland, we recognise the huge benefits of the eu membership that it has brought to northern ireland. and we also believe that our future lies at the heart of the eu, working together with other european nations to tackle the major challenges which lie ahead. the leader of the scottish national party, nicola sturgeon, has been speaking to andrew neil on the daily politics programme on bbc two. mr neil began by asking the first minister of scotland if she would backjeremy corbyn or borisjohnson. i don't want a borisjohnson government.
ajeremy corbyn—led government wouldn't be my first preference. i would rather scotland didn't have to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. but there's no other way, really. well, look. if there's a hung parliament and the snp hold the balance of power, you're absolutely right. we have to choose — and i'm telling you which way we would look. and i've made very clear i want to stop brexit but i also want scotland's future to be in scotland's hands, which is why i would expect jeremy corbyn and a minority labour government to respect the right of the people of scotland to choose their own future because... and i do want to see an option for the whole uk to escape brexit. but, of course, if there is another eu referendum, which the snp would support if the proposition is put forward, there is no guarantee that fixes the problem for scotland because we could end up with exactly the same result as we had in 2016 — scotland voting to remain... sure. ..i'm sure that bit would happen, and perhaps the whole of the uk voting again to leave. but as things stand, a corbyn government promising a second brexit referendum is your best hope? i hope that any government that is elected — and you're right,
that is more likely to be if it's a minority labour government — would give the whole of uk the opportunity to escape brexit. but fundamental to this for me is that any party that is looking to the snp for support has to be prepared to respect the right of the people of scotland to choose their own future. and that means respecting the right if the scottish parliament so chooses to have an independence referendum. but if you really want to stop brexit, if that's your priority, you're in no position to demand conditions, are you? well, look, i lead a minority government. any party that wants to be in minority government has to win support from other parties. and if the snp is the party that holds that balance of power, then of course it stands to reason that i would want to make sure that certain policies and priorities were prioritised. i've set out the position around scotland's future, but also ending austerity, getting rid of the misery of universal credit, more powers to the scottish parliament, pending independence. these are all priorities that we would pursue.
but if you don't get any of that, you say, "all right, we won't support you for a second referendum?" look, we will always support a second referendum. we're talking here about... exactly, so you don't have bargaining power. you have to go along with it. no, that's not true, because... i'm probably the most experienced politician in the uk when it comes to the conduct of minority government because i lead one. now, i would actually flip the question on its head, to some extent, and ask if people are prepared to believe thatjeremy corbyn — against what the opinion polls might be saying right now — finds himself on the 13th of december in a position to form a government, that he's going to walk away from all of these other things he wants to do because he's not prepared to concede the right of scotland to choose our own future. and you can see the full interview with nicola sturgeon on bbc iplayer. the deadline to register to vote in the election is tomorrow. the electoral commission's report from last year estimated that up
to 9.4 million people who are eligible are not signed up to vote. 34% of 18—19 year olds are not on the electoral register. that compares to 6% of people over the age of 65. the electoral commission also estimates that one in four black and ethnic minority voters are not currently correctly on the register. applications have fluctuated over the last few weeks. last friday saw more than 300,000 people complete the application — the vast majority online. the headlines on bbc news: after 39 people died in the back of a refrigerated lorry, a man pleads guilty to conspiring to assist illegal immigration. levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reach another record high and there's no sign of a slowdown. a cinema chain has pulled a film about gangs after a mass brawl outside one screening and dozens
of incidents at others. hong kong's leader has said she'll listen to public opinion after a landslide victory by pro—democracy candidates — who won almost 90% of seats in local elections. the result is being seen as an outright rejection of carrie lam's leadership, of china's authority and a huge show of support for the anti—beijing protests that have been going on for months. rupert wingfield—hayes has the latest from hong kong. this is not the sort of media attention usually given to the winners of a local council election. but last night's victory for hong kong's democrats was no ordinary win. it was an unprecedented landslide. these newly minted young politicians won 85% of all the seats contested.
today, they gathered to tell hong kong's government they will not be ignored. government parties, they have no more excuses for saying that rioters don't have popular support. now we see that they have popular support. hong kong people have learned a lesson, that they understand that without democracy, any freedom... any freedom we have is very fragile. it can be gone in one day, by a tyranny. the message here today is that the hong kong opposition is now the most powerful political group in hong kong. it is no longer a protest movement. it now has a proper democratic mandate, and that means that the chief executive can no longer ignore the demands. time for the hong kong government to act may be short. in central hong kong today, prominent pro—beijing politician regina ip had to be escorted
from her office by riot police, withjeering, hostile crowds. out on a street corner this evening, paul was thanking his supporters. he's one of a handful of pro—government councillors who survive the election. but he says it has been a nightmare for the pro—government camp. everything is wrong. i think we have to start with government policy, government strategy, the composition of all kinds of things, the cabinet and what have you. i think this is a very loud voice of the people that they aren't happy with what they've been going through, the last six months. but anyone looking for a hopeful sign from beijing today got nothing. a foreign ministry spokesman again insisting that hong kong is china's internal affair, and everyone else should mind their own business. applause but without some acknowledgement of what happened here on sunday, the celebrations could soon turn back into violence on the streets. rupert wingfield—hayes,
bbc news, in hong kong. sport — and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh. good evening to you. good evening, rebecca. we start with some breaking news. the world anti doping agency will recommend that russia be banned from all sports for four years. the wada committee that has been investigating russia's violation of doping rules have concluded the country should be punished for an alleged manipulaton of a database of test results. if the wada board agrees with the recommendations, then clean russian athletes could be forced to compete in neutral uniforms at next year's tokyo olympics — as they did in rio — but the sanctions could affect other sports too. here are the main recommendations made by the wada committee. a four year ban from all sports signed up to the wada code — which includes football. that covers the olympic games.
russia will not be able to host any major events in that four year period, which could have a significant effect on euro 2020, when st petersubrg is due to host four games. and they won't be allowed to bid for any either... and that means there'd be a knock on effect for a period longer than the four years itself. wada's executive committee will make a decision on the punishment on december the 9th. england's jofra archer says he was racially abused on the final day of their test defeat to new zealand in mount manganui. the insult — from what archer's described as ‘one guy‘ — is being investigated. this was jofra archer's first overseas test for england. it ended with him being racially abused. as he attempted to bat his side to safety against new zealand, archer made it to 30 and then heard something as he left the field.
afterwards, he said on twitter... it's not the first time archer has been the subject of alleged abuse. during the ashes in september, an england fan at old trafford said he heard a group singing a racist song about the barbados—born fast bowler. today, new zealand cricket responded and said... they will also... england's cricketers will travel there with plenty to ponder after a crushing defeat at the bay oval — needing to bat through the day to save themselves, it proved beyond them. the wickets tumbled, some were given away cheaply, others snatched in style. neil wagner exposing their brittle batching, as england were bowled out with more than 21 overs to spare.
batching, as england were bowled out with more than 21 overs to sparem was frustrating. and especially when we thought we had chances to really push the game on. the period in their innings as well where we got for down, five down, and you thought, we have an opportunity to make good inroads. just did not quite manage to do that. again, you have to give credit to a site that is played very well and made the most of what is a very good wicket. england's captain was speaking before the news of the racial abuse. now they will face new zealand in the second test, hoping to get changed both on and off the pitch. there is one game in the premier league this evening. and it involves steve bruce taking his current team to his former one.
aston villa are playing newcastle at villa park, with the home side hoping to pull a litle further away from the relegation zone. that's all the sport for now. the spoty nominees announced today. we will have a little profile at half past ten p:m., when we will have sportsday. hugh, thanks so much. students at almost half of all uk universities are facing disruption to their classes — as lecturers and support staff started an 8—day strike over pensions, pay, and working conditions. this latest action follows strikes in february and march last year — meaning some students are being affected for the second time. universities say they'll do all the can to minimise the effect on students. our education correspondent lisa hampele reports. across the country, around 1 billion students are being affected by the strike. union members say they have
reached breaking point. now they are striking over pay, workload, equality and job security as well as pensions. it is thought that over 43,000 members at the university and college union are on strike today. the union is angry that members are now having to pay 9.6% in pension contributions, up from 8%. it wants universities to pay the full increase instead. employees say that they are paying an extra £250 million to the scheme each year. the pension is essentially different pay, they are giving us less money and expecting us to do more work. they are making really hard to give quality education and do the quality of research that we want to do to contribute to society. for some students, this is the second time they have been affected by industrial action. universities say they are doing as much as they can to mitigate the impact on students. last time round, thousands signed petitions asking for compensation, but few were successful.
many students support the strike, but they are worried. it happened in my undergrad. i had no dissertation for six weeks, but i think affected my final marks considerably. for it to be happening again, just really annoying. it is really important to support lecturers and teachers, their demand for better working conditions is better for better learning conditions for us. there are different ways of going around it, and having it affect our exam week, i just don't think that is fair. eight weeks of strikes are planned, with union members working to contract too, refusing to cover for absent colleagues but universities think a resolution can be found. i believe that people continue to talk, and i do believe that we have got a lot of shared interest around things that we can
do in order to get some agreement around pensions. the union is warning of a second wave of strikes in the new year if no deal is reached. priceless jewels have been stolen from one of europe's oldest museums in the german city of dresden. three complete collections of jewellery, including diamonds, rubys and emeralds belonging to 18th century royalty, were taken. two men broke in through a window overnight. david sillito reports. dresden castle, the home of one of the world's greatest displays of royal opulence. the room of wonders — created to dazzle, to overwhelm people. it was the collection of augustus the strong, a man of extravagant appetites. it was rumoured he'd fathered 300 children. the green vault is one of the greatest collections of aristocratic treasure in the world. however, a significant part of it has been stolen. police arrived this morning to find a collection of diamonds, rubies and emeralds —
described as part of the state treasury of 18th—century saxony — had gone. translation: the culprits evidently got in through a window. they cut through the bars and then smashed the glass before they went straight to one glass cabinet, which they destroyed. they then left the building and disappeared. so how did they do it? one clue is this burnt—out electrical box. street lights failed. the museum alarm was silent. however, police say a camera did manage to capture images of two thieves as they broke in. the museum says 100 jewel—encrusted items were taken. the value? the museum isn't giving a figure but says this is about more than just money. this collection is, they say, a nation's cultural heritage. david sillito, bbc news. in a moment, it's electioncast with adam fleming, chris mason and laura kuenssberg. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. hello there. cloudy, murky, wet at
times, pre—much sums up november. and there's more wet weather in the forecast particular for england and wales. but also eventually to southern scotland as well. localised flooding could still be an issue. for the next few hours, some operates of showers, drifting their way steadily northwards and that's going to be replaced by another area of low pressure moving into the southwest which will bring a spell of wet and windy weather. mild start to tuesday morning, yes, but we could see gusts of winds in excess of 40-50 could see gusts of winds in excess of 40—50 mph quite widely. we will see another spell of wet weather pushing into the southeast as well. it stays pretty unsettled, it stays windy but it stays mild. highs of 9-14. as windy but it stays mild. highs of 9411. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday come and there is more wet weather to come, i'm afraid, but something a little quieter from thursday onwards.
it's adam at westminster. it's chris at westminster. and laura at westminster. it's nice to be altogether. yeah. and we're going to celebrate this momentous moment by looking back at some of the manifestos that have been published that we haven't covered in previous episodes, for various logistical reasons. very good. 0h! i made it sound so boring! oh, well, never mind. right. we are going to be poring over the competing, compelling visions for the nation. is that better? yeah, let us make it more fun.
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