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today at five — john worboys — the so—called "black cab rapist" — has been jailed for life at the old bailey. he'll serve a minimum term of six years — for attacking four more victims. the court heard he remains "dangerous as ever". one of the most prolific sex offenders in the uk has been sentenced for more crimes against women but police believe that he may have attacked more than 100 passengers. we'll have the latest from the old bailey. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. boris johnson meets his cabinet for the first time since the election — he says he's determined to lead a people's government. the voters of this country have changed this government and our party for the better. and we must repay their trust now by working
flat out to change our country for the better. and members of parliament return to the commons — the new speaker is formally elected, and new mps are sworn in. half a million hotpoint and indesit washing machines in uk homes are to be recalled, over fears they can be a fire risk. tv presenter caroline flack stands down as host of love island after being charged with assault. also on the programme — how pop star ellie golding came to the aid of a driver being shunted sideways by a lorry. it's 5 o'clock — our main story.
john worboys, the so—called black cab rapist, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of six years for attacking four more victims. worboys, who now goes by the name ofjohn radford, had already been jailed indefinitely in 2009 for attacks on twelve women after they got into his black cab in london. the court was told he remains as ‘dangerous' as ever. sarah corker is at the old bailey and joins us live. john worboys is a serial sex offender who preyed on young women. he would make up stories that he had won money on the lottery or the horses and with an offer his passenger's drinks to celebrate, jinx that he had spiked. today he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of six years. six yea rs before a minimum term of six years. six years before he's even eligible to go years before he's even eligible to 9° up years before he's even eligible to go upfor years before he's even eligible to go up for parole. thejudge years before he's even eligible to go up for parole. the judge said you area go up for parole. the judge said you are a continuing risk, you are
currently dangerous, i do not know when ever cease to be a risk and only admitted further offences when confronted with evidence. you may never be released. the 62—year—old was in the dock to date wine glasses, a blue shirt, he gave no reaction when the sentence read out. he is known as the black cab rapist who drugged his victims and then attacked them. he picked up his victims in his taxi. he offered them drinks laced with sedatives so that he could sexually assault and rape them. in 2009, he was jailed for attacking 12 women and then, earlier this year, worboys admitted to drugging for more women between 2000 and 2008 in london. the 62—year—old was ordered by the judge to come to the old bailey today from wakefield prison for sentencing. and more potential victims have come forward. becky believes worboys
drugged her in bournemouth. she has waived her right to anonymity. he was pretty premeditated from the get go. and i was a woman on my own. very quickly, he produces a story about how it has been a quiet night, he went to the casino, won the money from the casino and then produces a bottle of champagne and he is feeling really bad because he has got to drive the cab so he cannot celebrate his winnings. and he is highly manipulative and relentless. i am not particularly interested in talking to him or impressed, but he goes on and on and on to the point when it becomes easier to just accept a drink to shut him up. after his first trial a decade ago, worboys was told that he would only be released when he was no longer deemed a danger to the public. but last year, there was public outrage when the parole board recommended him for early release.
that decision was overturned after an appeal at the high court by some of his victims. in becky's case, the cps decided not to prosecute. it does not make you feel safe in the world when the justice system does not protect you and it does not feel like it does what it is supposed to do. he would be out walking around, and let's not forget that he is a famous case, there are lots of not knowing people who have been released under the same unsound system — it should not be up to the victims to make people say. becky's case was not pursued. the crown prosecution service said there was not enough evidence to prosecute, but she wanted to highlight the number of potential victims that there are and police said that they believe the defendant may have attacked more than 100 women. we heard in court today evidence from a psychiatrist who said that the defendant had been fa ntasising about offending since 1986.
there was a report, from a probation officer who said that worboys was as potentially dangerous today as he was when he was sentenced a decade ago. the judge commended the bravery, dignity and courage of victims for coming forward. mps have returned to parliament for the first time since last week's general election. of the 650 members of parliament, 140 are new — and this time more women and ethnic minority have been elected to the commons than ever before. before electing the commons speaker, the mps were summoned to the house of lords by the parliamentary official known as black rod. the labour mp for chorley, sir lindsay hoyle, was unanimously re—elected as commons speaker. sir lindsay replaced john bercow as speaker in november, serving two days in the post before the general election was called. as is traditional,
he was ceremonially dragged into the speaker's chair. sir lindsay said it would be an honour to serve in the role and added that his office ‘is open to all‘. earlier, borisjohnson held his first cabinet meeting since his election victory — and promised to pass a law ruling out any extension to the brexit process beyond the end of next year. the uk is scheduled to leave the eu onjanuary 31st, and enter a transition period which is due to conclude next december, but that can be extended for up to two years if talks aren't complete. critics say that ruling out an extention increases the chance of leaving the eu without a trade deal. and a warning that this report from our political correspondent helen catt contains flashing images. will there be a vote this friday, mr rees mogg? announcements will be made in due course. if mps do vote on the brexit bill this friday it will include a significant change. you ain't seen nothing yet, folks.
we will have to work even harder because people have a high level of expectation and we must deliver for them. borisjohnson will include a clause in his withdrawal agreement bill to try to try to limit trade negotiations with the eu to less than a year. we will have conversations with the european union about our new relationship which will be based on free trade and friendly cooperation, and the political declaration that the eu have signed up to commits them to finishing those conversations by the end of 2020. under the existing agreement the uk formally leaves the eu on the 31st of january 2020. until the end of december that year it will be in a transition period where uk rules match eu ones. but currently both sides could agree to extend that for another two years if they thought they were unlikely to reach a new trade deal in time. it is that option that borisjohnson intends to rule out in law. critics say that could lead to a no—deal brexit. i understand that the government
of course wants to put a deadline on this, they want to put pressure to get a deal done, but this is pressure that would be hugely damaging on our own manufacturing capacity in this country and ultimately would cost us jobs. last night boris johnson met his new mps at a reception in parliament. their numbers mean his withdrawal agreement bill will almost certainly pass, but his majority could also offer a way back. johnson is introducing this bill to give himself this firm deadline, but he has a big majority, he could easily introduce a later bill saying, actually, we could extend it now. but it is largely domestic, domestic virtue signalling, signalling that he will commit to what he put on the manifesto to get this deal done by the end of the year. brexit has so far been a tale of missed deadlines. the date for actually leaving the eu delayed twice already this year. that is now pretty set for next month. borisjohnson's move is symbolically important, designed to demonstrate to voters and negotiators that he is determined
not to see that sort of drift again when it comes to reaching new trade arrangements with the eu. helen catt, bbc news, westminster. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in the houses of parliament for us. is this proposed law to preclude an extension, is it about symbolism? given he has a majority of 80 and he can do pretty much what he wants in parliament, there is no need for him to put into law something he doesn't wa nt to to put into law something he doesn't want to do, somehow stop himself doing it. it is about sending a message to the eu, first of all, but also a domestic audience to say, those danes of deadlines continually being missed and changing, extensions, that's not going to happen this time round. he is trying to, i suppose say to people, this is a definite deadline, we have got to work together to get this trade deal
done. remember the transition period we go into, it was going to be a lot longer if we had left at the time we had supposed to now he is left with 12 months to try and get some kind of trade deal done. the speculation here, some of the opposition party is saying is he going to end up with a deal where the uk is much more closely aligned, at least for a time being, because that would be easier to do. or will he want to go through with diverging, because he wants to break away from the rules and regulations from the european union. but that is more complex and there aren't many people who think you can do that kind of deal in such a short amount of time. that is why he has decided to do this. it is the case with the majority of 80, he could go back on that if he needed to later in the year? vicki, first day back in the year? vicki, first day back in the commons, what was the mood and the tone? having talked about nothing changing for a long time,
everything has changed. the general election result, meaning more conservative mps in the house of commons chamber, they were buoyant and cheering boris johnson. commons chamber, they were buoyant and cheering borisjohnson. they also did cheerjeremy corbyn when he walked in. but not much support from his own side because there are a lot of downbeat labour mps waiting to have a meeting here. trying to get jeremy corbyn to take responsibility for the defeat. things have changed and one minister said everyone will have to get used to a majority government. it is not something we have been used to. even under david cameron and the liberal democrats, even though it lasted for five yea rs, even though it lasted for five years, it wasn't always straightforward. this is the first timea straightforward. this is the first time a conservative party has had this power, boris johnson time a conservative party has had this power, borisjohnson able to pretty much do what he likes, that hasn't happened since the days of margaret thatcher. vicki young, many thanks.
in brussels, officials have said the government's brexit timetable is ‘rigid'with the executive vice president of the european commission voicing concern that the period of negotiating a trade agreement is likely to be ‘very limited.‘ our europe correspondent damian grammaticas has more. what has happened today on the european side is that michel barnier has briefed the senior figures at the european commission. the president of the commission, ursula von der leyen, who said it would be extremely challenging to get a full agreement done on all of the future relationship between the uk and the eu in the space of 12 months. he briefed them in strasbourg, where they are meeting. since that meeting broke up, we have heard from one of the vice presidents of the european commission and what he said was, it would be very limited and very problematic, the time period for negotiating a free trade agreement, if it is only next year. he did say
we will need to see exactly what can be achieved, so the eu is not saying it is impossible, just that it is extremely pressurised. that is because there is an easy way to achieve a deal in that space of time, which is the uk once continued free trade, no tariffs, no other restrictions and goods back and forth. the way to do that is, the eu will say there are conditions which must be accepted. if the uk were to sign up to the straightaway, things could move fairly fast. but those conditions are quite owner is, quite tough for the uk. essentially it is, what the eu calls, a level playing field and that means the uk signing up field and that means the uk signing up to field and that means the uk signing uptoa field and that means the uk signing up to a green to not undercut eu economies, eu markets, eu producers, by lowering standards in the uk. for example, things like environmental standards, social standards, welfare protections for workers. the uk
could say, have cheaper pay for workers, have more polluting industries and therefore undercut the eu. the eu says no, you have to sign up to our conditions if you wa nt sign up to our conditions if you want full, free access. as soon as an argument happens around things, thatis an argument happens around things, that is when it will be harder to achieve a deal in the time frame. then we would reach a situation where there would be many, many trade—offs that would be needed between industries, producers and sectors on the eu side and the uk site, whether it is fishing, farming, services and banking. whether it is eu exporters, they will all want to have their say. it will all want to have their say. it will be difficult to achieve a deal in the time. michel barnier has said challenging, he believes it would be. the eu though, is not signalling it is impossible, but saying it will have to wait and see what the uk is prepared to sign up to. you can see more about the brexit and the election which follows our
political editor over the last few months. the laura kuenssberg inside story. the headlines on bbc news... john worboys — the so—called black cab rapist — has been jailed for life at the old bailey — with a minimum term of six years — for attacking four more victims. the government is to add a new clause to the brexit bill , to make it illegal for parliament to extend the process of leaving the european union beyond the end of 2020. half a million hotpoint and indesit washing machines are to be recalled — because their door locking system could be a fire risk and in sport, two clubs could have new managers this month. ac milan are the latest you can to menu antiracism campaign in italy's topley. poster showing monkeys with
painted faces. could liverpool finish with six trophies this season? they begin their club world cup campaign tomorrow, leaving the under 23 to face tomorrow, leaving the under 23 to fa ce asto n tomorrow, leaving the under 23 to face aston villa in the league cup quarterfinal. i will be back with more at 6.30. half a million washing machines in the uk made by whirlpool are to be recalled — plunging the manufacturer into a fresh saga about dangerous appliances. the machines — which are branded as hotpoint or indesit — were sold for more than five years, but their door locking system can overheat creating the risk of fire. whirlpool has advised consumers to unplug their washing machines and not use them. earlier the vice president of whirlpool, jeff noel, told the bbc how many dangerous incidents there had been with their machines. we are aware of 79 incidents that
have taken place in which there has been minimal property damage and no serious injuries. but that's not good enough for us, and that's one of the reasons that i'm here today and that we are announcing a full product recall with a like—for—like replacement or repair, because we need to make sure that our customers are safe. with me now is adam french — senior consumer rights editor at consumer watchdog which. tell us more about this fault, it sounds alarming, the risk of a fire? it is alarming news for a lot of people up and down the country. these are popular brands of washing machine. if you own a hot .0 and indesit washing machine, my advice is to check if your model is affected as soon as possible. if it is, stop using it. well pull's
official advice has been quite confusing, i feel. —— official advice has been quite confusing, ifeel. —— whirlpool. you have been asked to stop using it com pletely have been asked to stop using it completely and only use the machine at 20 degrees. but setting isn't particularly effective and the limited use of a washing machine for a hell of a lot of people, a christmas especially, is particularly concerning. it is important you are checking to see if you have an affected model. what happens after people have done that, switched off their machine? we have seenin switched off their machine? we have seen in the past, whirlpool failed spectacularly to make a product recall work effectively. in the past, there was a tumble dryer recall and that was model that included hotpoint, indesit, and the problem there, we had directly from people who waited almost a year to have their machine repaired or replaced. that is unacceptable. we don't want to see a situation like that repeating itself injanuary
when this recall gets going good and proper. what would your advice to consumers be? you have to follow the official advice from whirlpool, at least over the christmas period. if you do have to pay a little bit extra to go to a launderette, keep hold of any receipts, try and claim those back from the company. but the call here is on whirlpool. they need to step up to the mark and make sure people are offered a refund on top ofa repairora people are offered a refund on top of a repair or a replacement. there isa of a repair or a replacement. there is a challenge people not trusting these brands any more. it is another big recall from this company. we need to see people being responded for these washing machines. need to see people being responded for these washing machinesm need to see people being responded for these washing machines. it is quite a mess for whirlpool because they have the whole saga with the dryers, now the washing machines? yes, we have seen trust in that brand damaged. we have been extremely concerned by the behaviour of whirlpool in the past, and how it deals with a product recalls and safety issues around its products.
on our website now, we do warm people we have those concerns with the brand warning on whirlpool in particular. this is another example of them caring more about the pr around an issue than making sure that customers are safe. adam french, thank you very much indeed. boeing is to halt production of the 737 max airliner — which has been grounded for several months. the plane was still being built, despite the model having been banned from flying following two crashes, in indonesia and ethiopia, which killed more than 300 people. companies supplying boeing across the world are expected to be affected by the decision. the london fire brigade has been ‘wasteful‘ and slow to implement the changes needed after the grenfell tower fire, according to a report by inspectors. they found incident commanders didn't receive enough training, and the service was not particularly well run. london fire brigade acknowledged aspects of its performance were not good enough.
our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. it's a tough, physicaljob, even when there are no flames and fire fighters are just demonstrating typical procedures. today's report makes no criticism of those on the front line but it says the london fire brigade is not well—run, its slow to learn lessons and has a long way to go in improving its efficiency. there's one particular concern — not enough training, especially for incident commanders, and training which is not pass or fail. so what happens if officers don't perform well? nothing. nothing? no, they're just back on the system. what do you think of that? we've said it is one of the most worrying causes of concern. it's why we've said... we've graded the training that london fire brigade delivers as inadequate, it's got to be sorted out. but it's more than two years since the fire and a year since the then london fire commissioner downplayed concerns about training
at the grenfell inquiry. i wouldn't expect us to be developing training or response to something that simply shouldn't happen. meaning a fire fuelled by cladding like grenfell. but that sort of comment and today's report are the reasons she has resigned. the new commissioner says that additional training is being introduced. some affected by the fire aren't keen to criticise front line firefighters, but nabil choucair lost six members of his family. he's furious at what the inspectors have found. it's very upsetting and disgraceful because the fact of people's lives are at stake and it's very important that we get it right and still, two years on, and a half, and they still haven't got it right. it's unacceptable. what happened here will be a turning point for the london brigade, but the inspectors have also released reports today on 1a other english fire services. their conclusions? half are doing well and the other half really could do better.
tom symonds, bbc news, at grenfell tower. a review of the decline in the number of rape prosecutions and convictions across england and wales says the criminaljustice system is so under—resourced it's "close to breaking point". according to figures from the crown prosecution service there were a record 58,000 allegations of rape in the year to march. but fewer than 2,000 of those cases led to successful prosecutions. the crown prosecution service inspectorate says a "damning" number of cases are lost during "under—resourced" police investigations. but it's rejected claims that prosecutors are unfairly selective about cases they charge. claire waxman is london s first victims commissioner — and works with the government, police and cps to ensure that victim's voices are heard, and improve their experience of the criminaljustice system.
thank you for being with us. is it a question of resources, is that the key problem? yes, one issue is around resources. we know the criminal justice system around resources. we know the criminaljustice system is very much a breaking point and the report says we are in agreement with that. it needs sustainable funding so it is a critical issue that needs to be addressing. but the report focused on the police response and not sending through enough cases for charging decisions, but the cps to play a role in that as well so it is important what the report has asked for today and i published a big report in the summer for the cps and the police to identify why things are not working, so we need that inspection to happen. why do you think they are not working? 58,000 allegations, complaints of rape and 2000 of those, it is a very small
proportion? there is a number of interrelated factors that are driving this. obviously resources is an issue and the round funding, but also the lack ofjoined up working between the police and cps. they should be doing early, investigative advice on these cases and work together. cases are coming into the police and are sitting there. they are stuck, not going anywhere and the cps need to be working with the police on that. the police will say they get early action plans from the cps that are too hard to achieve, thatis cps that are too hard to achieve, that is why the cases are sitting there. the report picks up around there. the report picks up around theissues there. the report picks up around the issues of digital personal material and disclosure, which is having a massive impact in the delay in the system and why these cases are not progressing as they should. what are the main things you would like to see changed? we have to see
a complete overhaul in the way in which we are investigating and prosecuting these cases. a joint inspection, absolutely. we need investment into the system, but also push the police and the cps to understand the impact of trauma, what comes out in this report are things that affect the charging decision, is often the victims‘ inconsistent accounts and that is often because of trauma and why things don‘t come across consistently. that needs to be tackled. the police and cps have adopted that recommendation. we need to see victims and survivors of rape getting access to legal independent advice and support as well. the process is very difficult to navigate. they have to disclose so much personal material and whether their right to privacy are being upheld in the process. there are a number of implications that i made in my london rape review. is it a case of understanding from the
police and prosecutors that is part of the problem as well as resources and bureaucracy and so on? absolutely. there is this culture we need to tackle with the police and cps. they are too quick to look at cases and think, we know there‘s cases and think, we know there‘s cases haven‘t progressed previously so there is no point in me putting them forward this time. that is very much in the mindset of the police and the cps in their charging decisions as well. we would like to see this report scrutinise independently. a third of the inspectors who did this report are previous lawyers. we need to have somebody come in and review the charging decision processes. thank you very much indeed, london‘s first victims commissioner. let‘s take a look at some of today‘s other stories: a teenager who stabbed a lawyer to death with a screwdriver in newcastle has been sentenced to a minimum jail term of 15 years. ewan ireland was 17 when he attacked 52—year—old peter duncan
at the entrance to the eldon square shopping centre last august. police described the attack as shocking and unprovoked. pakistan‘s former military ruler, general pervez musharraf, has been sentenced to death by a special court in islamabad. the general seized power in a coup in 1999, but was forced to step down in 2008 after nationwide protests. he is currently in self imposed exile in dubai but has previously denied any wrongdoing. the sentence is unlikely to be carried out, but is unprecedented. the next archbishop of york has spoken of his hopes that britain can move on from the divisions caused by brexit. the bishop of chelmsford, stephen cottrell, will take up the role when drjohn sentamu retires injune next year. and still to come on the programme — i‘ll be hearing from a vice president of the european parliament on how borisjohnson‘s latest brexit proposal is being seen by the eu. now it‘s time for a look
at the weather with stav danaos. good evening. we have had damp weather in the south—east and that is clearing away overnight. a few showers scattered across parts of scotla nd showers scattered across parts of scotland as well, but it will turn dryer through the overnight period, lighter winds and clear skies. dense mist and fog patches developing in the midlands and into northern england and across some of the south as well. that can cause some issues. a cold night for most, but the far south—west not as cold because it will be turning wet and windy. cold frost and sunshine around an offer could be problematic with ice, watch out for that but it will lift into low cloud and drift northwards. it turns wetter and windy across the west and also milder, double—figure value starting to creep in. on thursday and friday we end the week on an unsettled note with low pressure and it will be wet, particularly on thursday but very
mild, there‘s temperatures in double figures for most. this is bbc news. the headlines. john worboys — the so—called ‘black cab rapist‘ — has been jailed for life at the old bailey with a minimum term of six years, for attacking four more victims. boris johnson meets his cabinet for the first time since the election — he says he‘s determined to lead a people‘s government. members of parliament return to the commons — mps are sworn in — and the new commons speaker is formally elected. half a million hotpoint and indesit washing machines are to be recalled — because their door locking system could be a fire risk. tv presenter caroline flack stands down as host of love island after being charged with assault. jane has the sport this evening.
arsenal are in talks with theirformer captain mikel arteta — who‘s been pep guardiola‘s assistant at manchester city for the past three years. this is the second time he‘s come into the frame after being interviewed following arsene wenger s departure last year. but narrowly lost out in the latter stages to the more experienced unai emery. arteta made 150 appearances for arsenal between 20—11 and 20—16. club bosses have been spotted outside arteta‘s house, but guardiola insists he‘s still a manchester city coach, for now. he is part of our group, and our staff, and he‘s still here. so, when we have any news, new news, i will know it, you will know it, and we will know what happens. for now, he is here. tomorrow, he will travel with us. he trained today, we prepared training session for the game, and that‘s it. everton meanwhile are keen on bringing their number one target, carlo anchelotti to the club.
he was sacked by napoli last week, but had great success at chelsea where he won the premier league and the fa cup in 2010. there are reports that the 60—year—old was in rome yesterday where he formally received an approach from everton. liverpool play aston villa in the quarterfinals of the league cup tonight, but their entire first team squad are out in doha for the club world cup. these are the latest pictures we have in from liverpool training in qatar. they play the mexican side, monterray tomorrow, which is live on bbc two, so their youth team will instead play the carabao cup game. a good opportunity for those players though. but this marks the start of a very busy run of fixtures for the european champions. managerjurgen klopp says he is focussed on winning in qatar, despite the fixture congestion that the tournament has caused. yes, i am excited about it now, because we are here. that is the only reason we are here, we are here to win the tournament. we will see if we can do it or not, but it‘s not about that, it is about always
making the best of it. so in a premier league season like this, if you talk to me about the schedule and i say this is not cool, that is my opinion. but in this specific moment, preparing the next game, it is 100%. and that is what it‘s like here, 100%. there‘s been widespread criticism surrounding serie a‘s new "no to racism" campaign, after they used images of monkeys in their posters. well, ac milan are the latest to voice their concerns. these are the images. milan say they ‘strongly disagree‘ with the posters and weren‘t consulted about them. anti—discrimination group fare say the campaign was like a ‘sickjoke‘, but the artist behind it has defended his work. everyone just thought it was inappropriate. it is great when a
lea k inappropriate. it is great when a leak or governing body wants to do more to tackle racism but it is clear that it is clearly inappropriate. and counter—productive and it undermines any positive intent that they may have had with the campaign and we really hope they will reconsider replacing the graphics and using something else because apes and monkeys have no place in any kind of anti—racist campaign whatever your reasons may be. click it and being with women have won the first of 3t20 matches against pakistan. england reached 154—4 on their 20 overs. pakistan and the plight were all out for 125. that‘s all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. let‘s return to politics — and the prime minister has held his first cabinet meeting since his election victory —
and promised to pass a law ruling out any extension to the brexit process beyond the end of next year. critics are saying that ruling out an extention increases the chance of leaving the eu without a trade deal. so how has borisjohnson‘s latest brexit plans gone down in the eu? let‘s go to strasbourg now and talk to katarina barley, vice president of the european parliament. thank you for being with us. what is your reaction to this plan by boris johnson and the government to put in law that there cannot be any extension to trade talks beyond the end of the year? well i do not see the point first of all in this law because he has the majority and heat would have to ask for an extension so if he does not want an extension just do not ask for it, why do you need a law to bind yourself. that sounds more like a pr action to me
than anything else. but it puts more pressure of course into the process. it is probably intended to put more pressure on the european union but i think that that could backfire. do you think that they could be a trade deal negotiated by the end of 2020, how hard is that going to be in your opinion? extremely hard, with canada for example it took six years to negotiate a trade agreement. but of course there has been a lot of negotiation so there is something to build on. on the other hand it will depend on if we keep it simple, if we have a lot of areas where we have a level playing field then of course if we concentrate on the few issues where there really needs to be new legislation and new arrangements, then we could maybe make it. what a
lot of conservatives are saying is that the eu always says that things cannot be done, they always say this isa cannot be done, they always say this is a problem, for example they said they could not reopen negotiations on the withdrawal agreement and then they did. the uk government keeps promising things to their people that they will not be able to keep. if you want to deliver everything that the uk government is promising at the moment you will not be able to do that in one year. you can do things simple with a year or 11 months, that you can do but you cannot elaborate complicated trade agreements, is simply impossible. so the other alternatives still is the ha rd the other alternatives still is the hard brexit and if borisjohnson wa nts hard brexit and if borisjohnson wants that i think he should just say so. do you accept that boris johnson, that his election victory
which was pretty overwhelming, that that renews his mandate as he says to get brexit done? absolutely and we wa nt to get brexit done? absolutely and we want to get brexit done, believe me, no one in brussels or strasbourg is keen on negotiating any more with the uk. as much as people in the uk are fed up people and the rest of europe are fed up with this. but it is still a matter of cherry picking and that still will not happen. we‘ve seen it with the withdrawal agreement, that is painfulfor we‘ve seen it with the withdrawal agreement, that is painful for both sides, a trade agreement will be difficult. we can make it but we need goodwill from both sides. thank you very much. an extreme heatwave is forecast for australia this week, as firefighters continue to battle dozens of ferocious wildfires on both sides of the country. officials in new south wales said the situation is unprecedented, and that the fires could reach a major power station
which generates about ten per cent of the state‘s electricity. phil mercer reports from sydney. blanketed in a bushfire haze is the mount piper power station. it came under a sustained attack by embers from an out—of—control mega fire near sydney. the facility generates 10% of the electricity in new south wales. conservationists warn that, should stockpiles of coal ignite, toxic fumes would aggravate air pollution across the region. nearby in the blue mountains national park, crews battled other severe blazes. it‘s hand to hand combat that‘s repeated in many other places. there‘s more than 100 fires burning throughout the state. any one of them could cause us problems over the ensuing days, so whilst we are concerned about this, we also need to keep in mind that there‘s a lot of communities still very close to fire. as the fires rage, so does
the political debate about the impact of global warming. a group of former senior emergency officials has accused the australian government of not taking the threat of climate change seriously. here in new south wales, the fires are totally unprecedented. more country has been burned, more homes lost, three times more homes lost than our worst previous fire season in history, and the fires are still burning. we have a heatwave coming, who knows what that will do? in western australia, a schoolboy reported missing in a bushfire north of perth was able to escape the flames by driving a pick—up truck on his own to safety after his father and brother had gone to fight the blaze. lucas sturrock, who is 12, also managed to rescue the family‘s dog. this crisis is showing the best and worst of australia. the heroism and dedication of firefighters stand in stark contrast to the actions of arsonists,
who are thought to be responsible for many of the nation‘s bushfires. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. as politicians gather for a summit to discuss how help the world‘s 25 million refugees, the bbc has been told of an increasing number of children self—harming and attempting suicide, in the greek refugee camp on lesbos. there‘s been a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving there in recent months and almost 18,000 people are living in one camp which is designed for 2,000. psychologists say they‘re overwhelmed with the number of young people needing urgent help. our global health correspondent tulip mazumdar has been to the camp — just to warn you, you may find her report upsetting. this is no place for a child, and yet moria camp is home
to more than 7,000 of them. the vast majority of these children have fled war—torn countries and arrived here in europe — a place supposedly of humanity, safety and security. ok, let‘s go together. at the nearby children‘s clinic, a mental health emergency is unfolding. a 17—year—old boy slashed himself across his chest and arms overnight. his friend has brought him in. butjust ask him if we can talk to him. this is a sadly common scene here. he‘s not well. he does to... he talks about wanting to... to do this again. more than 150 children have been referred to msf psychologists in the last two months alone. that‘s double the number from the summer. two of those children attempted suicide —
the youngest was just 13 years old. normally a child, when they experience something traumatic, has to have the time and the space to recover. moria does not allow the children to recover. in a child in the preschooler age, you can see children banging their head against a wall, for instance, pulling their hairs off, and in the age between 12 and 17, we see children start to cut themself. strongly start to talk about the desire of dying. a father in desperate search of help for his family, his daughter zaynab has autism and epilepsy. it took them two months to get here from afghanistan. they met us at a makeshift community centre at the camp.
he described how they all almost died when they were flung into the sea as they crossed from turkey. their bag with their money and zaynab‘s medication was lost. translation: the children were just screaming. they had so much fear. and the darkness, we always remember the darkness. both children, he tells me, are utterly traumatised. translation: at night zaynab screams. she does not sleep, she hardly eats. we were refused permission to film inside the main, government—run part of the camp. but the overspill into the neighbouring olive grove now holds around half of the almost 18,000 population of moria. some families are getting stuck here for months awaiting news on their asylum claims. the greek government recently announced plans to move 20,000
people off this island and neighbouring island by early 2020, but movement on that has been extremely slow. and people, particularly women and children, keep arriving on these islands every week. children are resilient. my name is mustafa! here in a tented shack used as a community centre, staff are trying to help them remember simply how to be children... my name is nagis! ..but there is only so much these young minds can take. tulip mazumdar, bbc news, moria camp, lesbos. and we‘ve just received this statement from the greek government: "we have accelerated procedures for granting asylum. the situation in moria and other hot spots on eastern aegean islands is not a greek problem or a problem greece has created, it constitutes the epitome of eu‘s failure to cope with a problem which is here to stay. unless the migration problem is seen in its totality and with a sense of responsibility, solidarity and proportionate
burden sharing, no solution will be adequate." the headlines on bbc news... john worboys — the so—called "black cab rapist" — has been jailed for life at the old bailey with a minimum term of six years, for attacking four more victims. boris johnson meets his cabinet for the first time since the election — he says he‘s determined to lead a people‘s government. half a million hotpoint and indesit washing machines are to be recalled — because their door locking system could be a fire risk. an update on the market numbers for you — here‘s how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. iran‘s threat to british shipping in the gulf hasn‘t gone away, the head of the royal navy has told the bbc. in his first interview since becoming first sea lord, admiral tony radakin said the uk will continue to work as part
of a us—led coalition providing maritime security in the gulf — rather than join a rival operation being set up by france. six months ago iran seized a british tanker. it‘s now been released but british warships continue to patrol the strait of hormuz near iran‘s coast. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. the royal navy has beefed up its presence in the gulf. the destroyer hms defender is the latest arrival to patrol near the narrow strait of hormuz. and it‘s packing a punch. notjust its own weapons but with a team of royal marines also on board. tensions with iran are still high. it was just six months ago that iran‘s revolutionary guards seized the british—flagged tanker stena impero. it has now been released,
along with its crew. it is a smiling team, the success... but the new head of the royal navy, here to gauge the situation for himself and giving his first interview, wants to make sure it doesn‘t happen again. the threat hasn‘t gone away. we have a destroyer here now as well as a frigate. we have to react to when a nation is as aggressive as iran was. so, to me, that was an outrageous act that happened on the high seas and therefore that is why we have responded in the way that we have. untiljust a few weeks ago, this destroyer was still escorting merchant ships through the narrow strait of hormuz. tensions with iran have now eased, but they could easily flare up again, which is why the royal navy has two warships out here in the gulf. the uk‘s not alone. it‘s joined an american coalition to ensure the free flow of trade.
for now, it‘s been run from this tent in the us navy headquarters in bahrain. britain had initially wanted a european response out of fear of being dragged into a more confrontational policy on iran. france is now setting up a european task force, but the uk has already tied its flag to this us—led mission. the crisis in the gulf has placed extra pressures on the navy, with finite resources in a volatile world. and with new threats emerging, there will only be more demands on britain‘s armed forces. we have to embrace some new capabilities, like space and cyber. that might mean that we have to adjust the current size and shape of uk armed forces to enable that new investment, or it might mean we need to invest more but we need to make sure that we continue to be aligned with the national ambition. the clear signal from the head of the navy to the new government is for an honest debate about the future of defence. jonathan beale, bbc news, the gulf.
jeremy corbyn is set to address labour mps shortly following the party‘s worst general election performance since 1935. some mps and defeated candidates have angrily pointed the finger of blame at mr corbyn, who has said he will stand down following a "process of reflection". our political correspondent iain watson is in central lobby for us. what are we expecting him to say and what kind of reception is he likely to get? i do not think the reception will be reflective i think, i think it will be robust. i was speaking to one long—standing critic ofjeremy corbyn and he said he would sit back in the meeting because there are so many people who are normally loyal who want to be critical and that jeremy corbyn would have to hear their voices. i think what annoyed
some labour mps who managed to avoid the defeat on thursday was that over the defeat on thursday was that over the weekend jeremy corbyn claimed that the labour party had won the argument even though it had its low seat tally since 1935. and one of those mps said today that given the thunderous roar of conservative mps in the chamber of the house of commons did not sound to me like we‘d bond the argument. so expect that kind reaction to be put forward tojeremy that kind reaction to be put forward to jeremy corbyn that kind reaction to be put forward tojeremy corbyn but that kind reaction to be put forward to jeremy corbyn but although that kind reaction to be put forward tojeremy corbyn but although there has been a lot of argument already over what loss the election, was at brexit, the move to the left, they will also be criticism of the organisation of the campaign put forward as well. some people thought that resources had not gone to the right places so i think that politically and organisationally jeremy corbyn is going to come under attack and they may also be calls for the staff around him to go because people feel very sore that some of their colleagues now have to ta ke some of their colleagues now have to take redundancy and some staff members who had worked for mps lost
their seats also had to take redundancy. so all of these points will be put to him tonight. obviously some mps were asking the question immediately after the election why is he even still there as leader so it may be that some people will press him for an early resignation but the general sense for me is that given that it is expected that the new leader will be in place by the end of march before crucial council elections next year the focus of many mps tonight will be on the leadership campaign to come and which of the candidates they are likely to be backing. i think that is where the focus will be but not until people telljeremy corbyn exactly what they think in about five minutes from now. love island host — caroline flack has stood down
from the show after being charged with assault by beating. police were called to the 40—year—old‘s home in islington, london, last week, where she lives with her partner, tennis player lewis burton. she was bailed and will appear before magistrates on monday. singer ellie goulding was among a number of people who came to the rescue of a driver whose vehicle was being pushed sideways by a royal mail lorry down one of london‘s busiest roads. lizo mzimba reports. the astonishing footage has been viewed by millions on social media. hey! what‘s wrong?! the sight of a car being pushed sideways down a busy west london road by a royal mail lorry. other drivers try to get the attention of the vehicle. eventually they succeed, its driver expressing astonishment, insisting he did not see it or know that the car was there. i honestly didn‘t see! you didn't see?! ididn‘t see! the incident was witnessed by pop
star ellie goulding, who went over to check that the driver of the car being pushed was ok. reports have identified him as a man who worked with a popular motoring youtube channel. ellie goulding spoke to radio 1 this morning. we drove up right next to it to be like, mate, you have a car on you, and then we stopped and we did not know what state the guy was in. luckily he was completely fine. thank goodness. yeah, but we had no idea, we could just see the side of the car and we got out and he was really shaken, he messaged me last night to say he is ok. 0k. but it was just mad. a spokesperson for royal mail said, "we are very concerned about this incident, we sincerely hope nobody was hurt and are investigating as a matter of urgency." police said they had attended the scene, spoken to those involved and no arrests had been made. lizo mzimba, bbc news. d—day veteran john jenkins has
died at the age of 100. as a sergeant in the royal pioneer corp he landed on sword beach 75 years ago. he starred in this year‘s d—day commemorations in portsmouth, where he received a standing ovation from world leaders. in a moment, george alagiah will be here with more of today‘s stories on the bbc news at six — first it‘s time for a look good evening. it was a fine date for much the country with some sunshine today but pretty damp weather across the south—east thanks to this weather front. the low pressure brought further showers across scotla nd brought further showers across scotland which are now using. —— easing. once again we will see some
dense fog patches forming and also the risk of ice so some dangerous conditions by the end of the night for most of us. for the south—west not quite as cold as we have a change taking place bringing very different weather to end the week. wet and windy weather to the south and west through the day and elsewhere a cold start with mist and fog, dense in places. generallyjoy across the north and east but also quite chilly as opposed to the south—west where it is turning milder. on wednesday night wet and windy weather across the country, some gales across sea coasts. the cold air is pushed north as that mild air moves in. a very different picture for thursday, quite a blustery day. sunshine and showers, the best of the sunshine across more
sheltered northern areas. further south some heavy downpours in places. and temperatures ten, 13 degrees for most, really quite mild. through thursday night it stays blustery and white, rain moving north. very wet across some southern and south—eastern areas. and they could be some localised flooding. on friday sunshine and showers, most of the showers across the south and west. the wind slightly lighter in the north and something a little bit cooler. so ending the week on a much more settled moat, mild with rain. into the weekend it looks like it stays very unsettled, the wind not quite as strong on thursday and friday. further showers particularly in the south and west. that is how
tonight at six... the black cab rapistjohn worboys gets two life sentences. it comes after four more women came forward last year. the court heard he‘s as dangerous as ever. john worboys is an incredibly manipulative and dangerous individual and obviously whilst we welcome the life sentence today, the real concern is he could be out after only a few years. also on tonight‘s programme... the first sitting of the new parliament. prime minister... borisjohnson says there‘ll be a new law to finish brexit talks by the end of next year. this parliament is not going to waste the time of the nation in deadlock and division and delay. a new report from shelter on the tens of thousands who will spend this christmas homeless or on the streets.