tv Monday in Parliament BBC News July 7, 2020 2:30am-3:01am BST
this is bbc news, the headlines: more details have been published of the powers now given to hong kong police under beijing's new security law. they include the right to search people's homes without a warrant, restrict suspects‘ movements, and force internet service providers to remove information. the british socialite ghislaine maxwell, former girlfriend of the disgraced financier and convicted paedophile jeffrey epstein, has been moved to prison in new york, from new hampshire, where she was arrested. she faces six charges, including recruiting and grooming girls for epstein. she has previously denied any wrongdoing. brazil's president jair bolsonaro is saying he's undergone another test for coronavirus. he told supporters that he had a lung exam which had shown them to be, as he put it, clean. there's been widespread criticism including from the world health organisation, that he was not taking the pandemic seriously enough, especially at the start.
now it's time for a look back at the day in parliament. hello and welcome to monday in parliament. on this program: the government unveils a new sanctions regime forforeign nationals who abuse human rights. we will not look the other way, you cannot set foot in this country and be will seize your blood drenched ill gotten gains if you try. an mp remembers natalie connolly who's death at the hands of her partner prompted change to the domestic abuse laws. i simply want to remember natalie, a brilliant, beautiful, bright mother, sister, daughter, a woman who had a story all of her own. and in the lords there's a damning assessment of the government's
handling of coronavirus. mistakes have been made and that has cost lives in a time where the government admitted that they are world—class, world leading incompetence in running the country. the uk is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organizations behind the most "notorious" human rights abuses of recent years. individuals implicated in the death of russian lawyer sergei magnitsky in 2009 will have their uk assets frozen and banned from entering the country. and saudi arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist jamal khashoggi are also being targeted. the sanctions are the first taken independently by the uk outside the auspices of the un and eu. the foreign secretary dominic raab said the move sent a "stro these sanctions are a forensics tool that allows to target perpetrators without punishing the people of the country, it will enable us to impose travel bans and asset freezes against those involved in serious human rights violations.
this government in this house said it very clear message on behalf of the british people that those with blood on their hands, thugs of despots, henchmen of dictators would not be free to waltz into this country to buy up property on the kings road to do their christmas shopping orfrankly, to siphon their dirty money through british banks or other financial institutions. he said the government was also making the first designations under the new regulations. we are imposing sanctions on individuals involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations in recent years. the first will come for those individuals involved in the torture and murder of the lawyer who disclosed the biggest known tax fraud in russian history. the designations will also include those responsible for the brutal murder of jamal khashoggi. and they will include those
who have the systematic and brutal violence against the rohingya in myanmar. and bare responsibility for the enslavement and murder that takes place in north korea's gulag where hundreds of thousands of prisoners perish. and he had a blunt message. we will not look the other way, you cannot set foot in this country and we will seize your blood drenched ill gotten gains if you try. the new regulations follow the death of sergei magnitsky, a moscow lawyer and auditor who accused russian tax officials of defrauding a foreign investment firm he was advising. the 37—year—old died after being jailed in 2009. dominic raab said he'd been beated and tortured. the foreign secretary paid tribute to sergei magnitsky‘s wife and son. their loss, they can be proud of sergei's courage which inspires to hold up a torch on behalf of all of those who perished and suffered at the hands of those we designate today and to keep
the flame of freedom alive for those brave souls still suffering of those dark corners of the world. there was widespread support across the commons. and for too long, the uk has been a haven for those who use corruption, torture and murder to further their own ends. today, i hope since a strong message that the uk is not their home and that their dirty money is not welcomed here. she also welcomed the action against those involved in the murder ofjamal khosoggi. can i gently say to him in that today is not the day for responding across the dispatch box if it marked the start of a more consistent approach towards saudi arabia and the arms sales from this country that are being used to harm innocent civilians in yemen.
the snp picked up on dominic raab‘s promise that dictators would not be able to launder their "blood money" in the uk. progress on the ground says that we have a lot more to do it and i would prefer the open democracy report saying that many british companies cannot, will not britain has long operated as a hub for financial crime. also, can i congratulate him on what i think will be seen in years to come as a watershed moment on the development of human rights law. i think he is absolutely right to focus on this in early designations today, but i hope that this now free up the time and resource within the foreign office to turn their attentions towards china, and particularly of those in hong kong for whom sanctions of the sort
would be the logical next step. and there was a warm welcome too from one of the mps who's campaigned in recent years for the so called magnitsky laws. corruption nearly always goes hand in fasted glove with human rights abuse. in nearly always the first step is the repression of democracy, the preventing of people from enjoying their freedom of assembly and the freedom of speech, which is why i strongly urge the foreign secretary to look at another clause which would include the repression of democracy in those rights of assembly and freedom of speech. and therefore, look very carefully at whether carrie lam should not be on the list. dominic raab paid tribue to chris bryant's tenacity. the foreign secretary told him these regulations were a "first step". children who see or hear the effects of domestic abuse will be treated
as victims under the law in england and wales after mps agreed to changes in the domestic abuse bill. the commons also backed a government amendment to end the so called "rough sex defence" which a minister said was increasingly used by some men to avoid conviction for serious offenses or to receive a reduced sentence. home should be a place of love and safety. but for 2.4 million people across the country, it is not. we want the abuse to stop and we want victims to live peaceful, safe and happy lives. this is why the government has been bringing forward the domestic abuse bill. but domestic abuse does not just affect adults, it affects the children living in abusive households too. and so, i am pleased to introduce new clause 15 to the bill, which states that children who see or hear or experience domestic abuse are victims. one of the most chilling and anguished developments in recent
times has been the increased use of the so—called rough sex defence. we have been clear that there is no such defence to serious harm which results from rough sex, but there is a perception that such a defence exists and that it is being used by men, mostly men in these types of cases to avoid convictions for serious offences or to receive a reduction in any sentence where they are convicted. the amendment makes clear that defense isn't available. labour welcomed the change and remembered one of the victims, whose killer claimed she died after consensual rough sex. natalie's name has rung out along this chamber, been told in many newspaper. and the bravery of her family will see this law changed. today, i do not want to remember
her for how she died, or to allow a violent man to get to say what her story was. i simply want to remember natalie, a brilliant, beautiful, bright mother, sister, a woman who had a story all of her own about the things that she loved and cared for. jess phillips wanted further changes to the law to assist victims unable to access help because of their immigration status, trapped in abusive relationships because they couldn't obtain benefits. so the police are saying that this is a problem. all of the expert charities bar none are saying that it is a problem. members of parliament to face these issues every day are saying that it is a problem. and in fact the governments own guidance highlights that it is a problem and is in fact
being used by perpetrators, so why don't we seek to fix the problem? in response, the government has announced a pilot scheme to gather evidence. the domestic abuse bill was first announced when theresa may was prime minister. she warned of the impact of the pandemic on victims. a lot of employers believe it is wonderful to work at home, but for those who are the victims of domestic abuse, home is not a safe place. and so i urge employers to give thought when they are looking at encouraging employees to work at home, to give thought to those who need to be safe at the workplace. a senior labour mp wanted the police to have more power to track serial abusers. she said ministers should listen to the families of victims. the daughter of maria said that my mum was failed and the lessons have not been learned and our current system is failing women and children, violent men must be made visible, men with violent histories must be checked and joined up.
but a conservative mp warned that men are victims too. there are those that are seeking to claim that domestic violence is a gendered crime. ie, that it is a crime done by men to women. not only is this insulting to the male victims of domestic violence and ignores gay and lesbian victims of domestic abuse too. philip davies. and the domestic abuse bill now goes to the lords for further scrutiny. you're watching monday in parliament, with me, alicia mccarthy. the head of the nhs test and trace program in england has said it's not surprising people are suspicious and scared of the contacting process. dido harding told the lords‘ science and technology committee that the system would continue to be a human service
and that the much heralded app would assist once it was ready for use, but she wouldn't say when that would be. why don't people trust you, and what can you do about it? because it's very clear it is the lack of public trust. that seems to be essential if this is going to work. i certainly agree with you that building trust is going to be essential. i think that in any new service that is only five weeks old trust is earned rather than automatically granted in any sort of citizen service. and i think if you look at people's experience over the course of the last four months as the whole world has come to grips with this, i don't think it is that surprising that the speed at which things have been evolving and changing means that people are suspicious and scared. what i can say is that in the four and a half weeks since we have been up and running we have a customer feedback survey that's conducted by public
health england were over 30,000 people responded and 87% of them, other cases or contacts who have completed that survey has said they are very satisfied or satisfied with the service. a significantly greater number of people are being infected each day, and diagnosed each day, so can the test entry system effective act containing the epidemic where a significant number are not being diagnosed and the contacts are not being traced? i don't think this is a unique challenge to the english or any of the four nations test entry services, this is a challenge that presents to all of us. there are two things that i think we need to do. the first thing we have already covered which is work really hard to make sure that everybody understands that if they do have the symptoms of a fever or persistent cough, or lost their
taste and smell they must get a test right away. we also need to get better and better at targeted testing of people in a high risk environment. probably should broaden and try to catch more of the people who actually have the virus. given also that testing capacity is not being used to its full extent, it's being underused. how would you broaden it? the biggest thing i want to do to broaden out is to encourage everyone to get a test if they or one of their family members, or their children has had this. my children not that old, i can easily represent days of the high temperature with represent days of the high temperature with a three—year—old at four in the morning where you give them some medicine and they seem to be fine the next morning. you should get a test for that
three—year—old the next day and the whole family should stay home and get the results the following day. you said this was urgent and important. we a cce pt we accept that you are not going to tell us when but we also heard about lord often in the common saying that this was not a priority. is it your view that this is a priority? i viewed this as a human service. so the digital element is important but it is not the call. the core is the scale testing platform, the scale tracing, the integration of experts oi'i tracing, the integration of experts on the ground in local communities with our contact traces and contact tracing teams nationally. action is needed now to tackle inequality and discrimination in england and wales. that was the message from senior race campaigners when they appeared before thejoint committee on human rights made up of mps and peers. they said too many reports and reviews
remained to be implemented and that the prime minister's promise of a new commission to look at racial inequality was unnecessary. there was criticism too of the police following the stopping of athletes bianca williams and ricardo dos santos in london: this stuff around the police committee stop and search, that has not changed very much. you still have young people still being stopped and searched, still being stopped and profiling being used to stop them in their cars. there is one that came up this morning, because you are driving an expensive car, a mercedes, that means where did you get money from to buy that? the sort of questions are still being asked. lady lawrence is the mother of the murdered teenager, stephen lawrence: let's be blunt here. it's been suggested in the last 24 hours by bianca williams herself that what is going on in this sort
of situation you have just described. a situation we saw and i hope profile recent case is racial profiling. definitely. they see anybody driving a high—performance car, bmw mercedes whatever, they associate that with people doing drugs and that is going back generations that is what they were doing. and it continues to be that. nothing much has changed over the yea rs. nothing much has changed over the years. police need to understand that you have young professionals who can afford to buy these cars so why shouldn't they? why should they think they must not buy this because the police might stop me? after 20 years i can't tell you how depressing it is to listen to someone depressing it is to listen to someone of the experience, the bitter experience but also the huge respect and credibility across society, to explain yet again where we got to on stop—and—search which
has now been a perennial issue in relation to race relations in this country for well over 40, 50 years. he said it had been a mistake to get rid of the commission for racial equality. a big charity with, you know, tens, hundreds of people dedicated to this issue and it is why governments get away with not implementing reviews. no oversight, i'io implementing reviews. no oversight, no organisation. another witness said over 19 and the black lives matters protest had created the perfect storm. i heard a minister say in the chamber that covid—i9 was a racist disease. frankly that is preposterous. what this disease is almost cleverly done has highlighted
those areas in our society that are highly racialised. what do i mean by that? i mean that this disease has laid bad —— laid bare and uncovered those particularly vulnerable within zero oui’ those particularly vulnerable within zero our contract and lope, poor housing, the inequality in health stop we do not need another commission that does more fact—finding. this commission that the government has set up needs to bea the government has set up needs to be a commission of action. step one of that action plan, i would argue unequivocally must be a covid—i9 race equality strategy. that is able to deal with the immediacy, life and death, but as we go into an economic downturn, the likes of which we have not seen for 300 years, what is the plan? what is the plan to ensure that this does not have another
devastating impact? the defence secretary has denied the government is planning to slash armed force numbers amid a report of a 20,000 cut facing the army. thousands of personnel have been deployed on covid—i9 related tasks and been on hand at testing sites and helping to build nightingale hospitals. reports on the weekend suggested big cuts we re on the weekend suggested big cuts were on the way in what is known as the integrated security review, looking at foreign policy, defence security and international development. can the secretary of state categorically deny reports that number 10 wishes to slash the size of the army from 74,000 to 55,000 personnel? if he cannot do that will he elyce confirm that he personally opposes any plan to reduce the size of the armed forces? ican reduce the size of the armed forces? i can confirm there is no plan to slash the size of the armed forces and the reports on the sunday times we re and the reports on the sunday times were erroneous and the reports on the sunday times we re erroneous reports and the reports on the sunday times
were erroneous reports and and the reports on the sunday times were erroneous reports and it was made clear to the journalist at the time. what is the case is that the armed forces should always be defined by both the threat we face asa defined by both the threat we face as a nation, the capabilities we have and britain's global ambition and that is why in the integrated review we will deal with those recesses rather than start the debate about numbers. the secretary of state has been making representations to the united states about the importance of not cutting conventional forces in europe full. but can we make such representations if we ourselves have any in tension to do what is reported in the press, namely, to inflict swinging cuts on the army and revisit the argument that we won two years ago about the role that the marines amphibious capabilities. does he accept that although we have 215t century threats to meet, those are additional to and not a substitute for the conventional preparedness
that we need to maintain? my right honourable friend has been in this house long enough to never believe anything he reads in the newspapers, especially around the time of an integrated review. they paid tribute to the military‘s role in helping the uk through the covid crisis. can we use this period to consult widely within the armed forces and with public industry and experts, just as labourdid, on the public industry and experts, just as labour did, on the challenges we face to create a 2ist—century armed forces ? face to create a 2ist—century armed forces? because that is the way to banish any suspicion is integrated review is driven from downing street and not the mod all driven by financial pressures and not the best interest of britain's defence security or leaving place in the world ? security or leaving place in the world? firstly, i can give the right honourable assurance that this is not driven by financial pressure. this is straight than by threat. as
he rightly references, threat is what should define what we do and how we meet it. that is why, as i said last week, we gathered the chiefs together. it was not a financial discussion and it was not a numbers discussion either. it was a numbers discussion either. it was a discussion about how we meet the fret and deliver a future armed forces to match that. the defence secretary ben watts. at the weekend, there was a major easing of lockdown restrictions in england with hairdressers, pubs and restaurants re opening to the public. but some peers haven't got much confidence in the government's handing of the pandemic or in the ability of drinkers to follow the rules on social distancing. in the uk, during the epidemic we have had more than 60,000 deaths, 20,000 of those in care homes leading to endless grief. we have had a failed test, track and isolate programme, ppe failures, no real—time information to allow local councils to deal with cases properly and now today the government is
blaming the public for ignoring its confusing messages on the easing of the lockdown. mistakes have been made and that's costing lives. isn't it time the government admitted that they are world—class, world leading incompetence in leading the country? if i wrote the history of this event i would not write it in the lurid terms of the noble baroness. i can assure her that the government at every stage, and its advisors, takes and considers the best advice and takes what it believes to be the right action at the right time. security is being jeopardised by those who totally flaunt to the max the rule about social distancing. and does he not think the time has come when those who congregate in great numbers, very often imbibing large amounts, are given real deterrent fines? because that way we might achieve common sense throughout.
my lord, it's very much welcome see my noble friend here today. people should behave responsibly, some of the large gatherings the government has been very clear were undesirable and unacceptable. the point i made about social distancing, i repeat, but i would also like to say that over the weekend when there was many dire predictions, the overwhelming majority of people in this country behaved with the common sense, dignity and decency that i always expect from my fellow countrymen and women. lord true. and that's it from me for today, but do join me at the same time tomorrow for another round up of the day here at westminster. but for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye.
hello. well, not much happening with the weather out there at the moment. a lot of dry weather, some clear spells. and, actually, tuesday morning isn't looking too bad at all across most of the uk. however, rain is expected, and once it arrives, it might stick around all through the day. and it will end up being grey, damp and cool at least for some of us — not everywhere. now, at the moment, you can see the gap in the weather across the uk — some clear spells here. but out in the atlantic is this daisy chain of weather fronts. you can see the clouds here, rain—bearing clouds. that is heading in our direction. once it reaches us, it will stick around, this whole sort of conveyor belt of cloud and rain, probably for a good 2—3 days. so, this is what it looks like through the early hours. you can see quiet across much of england, wales, scotland, apart from a few showers there, dry just about to northern ireland, but here is that weather front, that daisy chain of cloud and rain that i've just been talking about. that's going to be reaching ireland very early in the morning and then spread into northern ireland.
belfast is in for some rain certainly by mid—morning. then, basically, it's this central swathe of the uk that will turn grey and wet at times. so northern wales, merseyside, certainly lancashire into the lakes, not particularly pleasant, and that rain will spread into yorkshire too. either side of that, actually, the weather isn't too bad at all. some sunshine there in scotland and in the south of the country as well. but then, that weather front, that sort of conveyor belt is going to sink further southwards. so it's more southern parts of the country that gets the cloud and outbreaks of rain on wednesday — whereas areas to the north, will turn a little bit brighter. so, liverpool, perhaps some sunshine there come wednesday and 18 degrees. now, it's still with us on thursday, the remnants of it. still cloud and some outbreaks of rain across the south, probably from liverpool northwards, the weather is looking better. some sunshine in belfast there on thursday, not a bad day, but cool, 16 degrees,
this is airfrom the north atlantic. all of that warmth is still way to the south where it's heating up across spain, portugal and france. we're in the cool air right now. now, this is the outlook for the next few days. that warmer air from the southern climes willjust be about reaching us, but we'll have to wait, i think, until the weekend.
welcome to bbc news, i'm mike embley. our top stories: hong kong publishes details of its new security law, among them, the right of police to search homes without a warrant. businesses re—open in brazil's biggest city but the country's still gripped by coronavirus, the president's taken a test after showing symptoms. parts of the us report record hospitalisations from covid—19, sparking fears some places could soon run out of beds. jeffrey epsteins ex—girlfriend ghislaine maxwell is moved to a jail in new york — to face charges she recruited girls for him to abuse.