tv BBC News at Ten BBC News November 8, 2021 10:00pm-10:30pm GMT
tonight at 10, fiery exchanges in the house of commons as mp5 debate how their own standards of conduct should be enforced. the government attempted to change the system last week after former tory mp owen paterson broke lobbying rules. today, the labour leader accused the prime minister of running scared. he does not even have the decency to come here, either to defend what he did or to apologise for his action. i would like first and foremost to express my regret and that of my ministerial colleagues over the mistake made last week. the former us president barack obama tells the cop 26 summit the world isn't doing anywhere near enough to fight climate change and urges
young people to "stay angry". poland pushes back thousands of migrants trying to cross the border from belarus. a man who was injured and stuck in a cave in the brecon beacons for more than two days has been rescued tonight. and reunited at last — the united states reopens its borders for the first time in 600 days to double vaccinated travellers. and coming up in sport on the bbc news channel, the man to rescue newcastle's season? eddie howe, seen alongside co—owner amanda staveley here, is appointed the club's new head coach. good evening. the prime minister has refused
to apologise over the government's attempt to change the rules governing how mps' standards of conduct should be enforced. the move that caused outrage among opposition parties and many tory mps was prompted by an investigation into lobbying by the former conservative mp 0wen paterson. today, in a heated debate in the house of commons, labour accused the government of "giving a green light to corruption", and accused the prime minister, who wasn't at the debate, of running scared. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. what really lurks underneath? is it always clear to see? for politicians, for parliament, what's right and wrong? a senior tory quit last week after breaking the rules. his party caused outrage when it tried to save him. but is the prime minister ready to reflect or to show regret? to be clear, prime minister, you're not going to apologise for the way you acted last week? look, i think it's very important
that we get this right, and we are going to make every effort to get it right. we are going to hold mps to account. i think also...and mps, as i said last week, should not break the rules. it's been a sombre moment. the tories were accused of trying to rig the rules for one of their own. and the speaker used today to warn it must never happen again. what i don't want is another dark week like last week. i want to make sure the public have faith in parliamentarians and faith in the house of commons. mps are not allowed to talk directly to the government for firms that are paying them wages. 0wen paterson was found to have broken that rule, and that's why this has all blown up. but they are allowed to do work on top of the dayjob of being a constituency mp. even being a government minister is technically a second job. but they must publish anything extra that they earn over £100 in a register, and there is huge variation in the things they do, from shifts in a&e, to offering legal advice, to more commonly
writing articles for the papers. but only a few dozen, out of more than 600 mp5, are earning extra enormous amounts — in the tens of thousands of pounds. but many tories are worried about the perception. the prime minister may not have made time to turn up or wanted to say sorry, but... i would like first and foremost to express my regret and that of my ministerial colleagues over the mistake made last week. leader of the opposition... yet borisjohnson�*s no—show gave the opposition another reason to keep on pushing. instead of clearing up his mess, he's left his side knee—deep in it. instead of leading from the front, he's cowered away. he is not a serious leader, and the joke isn't funny any more. the snp has even complained to the police about claims of cash for honours. i have now asked the metropolitan
police to investigate the activities of the conservative party and the awarding of places in the house of lords. and watch how the prime minister's colleagues blamed for the mess over 0wen paterson squirm. a former tory chief whip called for an apology. politics, mr speaker, is a team game. and if the team captain gets it wrong then i think he should come and apologise to the public and to this house. that's the right thing to do in terms of demonstrating leadership. and it's given new tory mps a taste for rebelling, even if they are full of regret. breaking the whip is not a straightforward thing to do. it churns you up beforehand and it leaves you a little shell—shocked afterwards. perhaps next time it will be easier. laughter. borisjohnson might have got back to london too late for the start of the debate, but he can't pretend the conversation about money
and politics isn't taking place. even after all of that we are not any clearer tonight if mps are going to agree the rules have to be tightened up, and even if they can get to that kind of consensus, how would that even happen? this conversation, even though boris johnson wants to stay out of it, is certainly grisly for the government. the opposition will not give up pressing on this because they sniff the opportunity to embarrass him and for downing street they know this is in part a mess of its own making. plenty of the frustration being thrown their way is coming privately and publicly tonight from those on their own side. studio: laura kuenssberg in westminster, thank you. the former us president barack obama says the "world has to step up now" to tackle climate change, before it's too late. speaking at the cop 26 summit in glasgow, he said wealthy countries need to work with island nations. our science editor david shukman reports. deeper floods. biggerfires.
higher temperatures. climate change is being felt around the world, so the talks in glasgow are not just about the future, they're about coping with a hotter and more hostile planet right now. pushing for an urgent response is the former us president barack obama. getting a rock star reception here and saying it's not too late. our planet has been wounded by our actions. those wounds won't be healed today or tomorrow or the next. but they can be healed. and addressing young activists, he appealed to them to keep up the pressure for change. the most important energy in this movement is coming from young people. applause.
they have more at stake in this fight anybody else. in this fight than anybody else. you are right to be frustrated. folks of my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand to inherit. many young people have suffered cataclysm already. a typhoon in the philippines eight years ago claimed 6000 lives, and one survivor, the daughter of a fisherman, fear is more violent weather to come. i have seen death myself, i've seen my family struggle. i still have so many dreams in this lifetime. i'm just 2a years old. i still want to have my family. i still want to have children. but i don't even know if they will have good future ahead of them. and with emotions running so high, activists here say even mr obama has broken a promise, to get climate aid to
the poorest countries. we don't want to talk to him, what we need is action. he already knows what we want, he already knows what the people want and that is the us$100 billion pledge that he pledged in 2009 in copenhagen. more and more people are enduring the kind of extremes that scientists have long warned about as the planet heats up. so this is a chance to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. and tomorrow we get a really crucial assessment of where we are heading with global warming after all the promises made by global leaders. i suspect on the basis of other estimates in recent days it will say the promises are great but it's delivery that counts and the policy is to make that happen are not yet in place. at the same time, to underline the importance of this whole process, we are going to get some new met office projections of global warming and what they mean for us. studio: david shukman, thank
you. the new head of yorkshire county cricket club has apologised to the former captain azeem rafiq after his experiences of racism at the club. lord patel said the club's investigation into mr rafiq's allegations after which no one was disciplined had been badly handled. our sports editor dan roan reports. headingley has witnessed some of the greatest revivals in the history of english cricket but leading yorkshire out of an unprecedented crisis could surpass them all. and having been installed as the club's new chairman, vowed lessons would be learned. after 158 years, we're ready to change, we're ready to accept the past and we're ready to become a club which people can trust to do the right thing. a report found former player azeem rafiq was a victim of racial harassment and bullying at yorkshire
but the club took no action what happened to you must never happen again. yorkshire are setting up an independent whistle—blowing hotline for other victims of discrimination to come forward and, after criticism over a lack of transparency, have also released the report to those with a legal interest in it. have you had a chance to look through the full report, and if so, what did you think of what you found in it? what i have seen so far does make me feel uncomfortable. that's why it needs seismic change. today in a statement, azeem rafiq said... "i spoke out because i wanted to create change at the club. i brought a legal claim because the club refused to acknowledge the problem and create change. this is a good start, but i want to reiterate my call for the change that must come next, and one that must happen quickly." in the latest allegation to hit
the club, a former yorkshire academy player has told the bbc that when 16 he was subjected to racist language by a member of staff. he came marching into the room and he looked into my eyes and he said that was a typical bleep shot, wasn't it? and he just left. i was left stunned. i didn't know how to react. it was the first time i'd ever been racially insulted directly to my face. in a statement, yorkshire said, "it is essential that those who have experienced racism, discrimination and abuse are able to come forward to share their experiences. we were unaware of this allegation until now but will investigate accordingly." having become engulfed by a crisis that has rocked the cricketing world, yorkshire will be desperately hoping that this marks the first day in the road to recovery. but with more damaging revelations set to come, regaining trust along with sponsors and the right to host international matches here will be no easy task. dan roan, bbc news, headingley.
a ten—year—old boy has died after a dog attack near caerphilly in south wales. gwent police said they were called to the scene at around ii:00pm this afternoon and confirmed that the child had died at the scene. the dog was shot by firearms officers. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk, show there were more than 32,000 new infections recorded in the latest 2a hour period, which means on average there were 34,255 new cases reported per day in the last week. 57 deaths were recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. on average in the last week, 170 —related deaths were recorded each day. numbers are often lower on a monday. and just over 10.3 million people have received their boosterjab. poland has accused belarus of trying to trigger a major incident on the border between the two countries, by encouraging
migrants to try to force their way across. the polish government says there are currently between 3,000 and 4,000 people at the border with thousands more ready to follow them. 12,000 polish troops have been deployed along the razor wire fence of the border. the european union says belarus is seeking revenge for western sanctions. our europe correspondent nick beake has more russia out this morning in western belarus and they were only heading one way, towards the european union. accused of directing this surge of human traffic, president lukashenko's regime, which has welcomed in thousands of migrants from around the world, and is now pointing the way to the border with poland. but at that border, this was the welcoming committee. if the site and might of a polish military helicopter was intended to turn them back, it didn't work. neither did the tear gas. and soon they were trying to prise their way
through to their goal, eu soil. the polish authorities themselves accused of pushing migrants back over the border illegally in recent months, released this video to show what they are dealing with. this crisis has been brewing for months. six weeks ago we found these men who had been trapped in the forest between belarus and poland. the? had been trapped in the forest between belarus and poland. they are -la in: this between belarus and poland. they are playing this lake _ between belarus and poland. they are playing this lake a _ between belarus and poland. they are playing this lake a football, _ playing this lake a football, belarus beat us and push us to poll in poland they catch us, beat us and push us back to belarus. you in poland they catch us, beat us and push us back to belarus.— push us back to belarus. you will face criminal— push us back to belarus. you will face criminal charges! _ push us back to belarus. you will face criminal charges! today's i push us back to belarus. you will. face criminal charges! today's must attem -t to face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross _ face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross into _ face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross into the _ face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross into the eu - face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross into the eu here . face criminal charges! today's must attempt to cross into the eu here is the biggest so far and is more reminiscent of the scenes on the greek— macedonian border during the syrian migrant crisis more than five years ago. president lukashenko, who has enjoyed russia's support, claims all this is the eu's fault. but the european union says he is weapon icing migrants in retaliation for
sanctions, and tonight it is thought more than 3000 stranded on the border as the temperature falls below zero. what has also been plummeting in recent weeks is the relationship between the polish government here in warsaw and the rest of the european union, but tonight the eu has expressed its full solidarity with poland. yet poland is keeping in place the state of emergency in the border area effectively banning aid agencies and journalists. so tonight, sophie, there are lots of human rights groups who are very concerned about the level of force and the tactics that may be used in the name of protecting the eu's borders. studio: nick beake in poland, thank you. millions of people in afghanistan are facing starvation in what's fast becoming the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. that's the warning from the united nations. the head of the world food programme, david beasley, says the country faces being turned into "hell on earth" following drought and the withdrawal of us and allied troops. our world affairs editor
john simpson has travelled to some of the areas most at risk this winter and has sent this report. winter's coming and it looks like being a bad one. the camels are on the move to warmer areas. we are heading west out of kabul through the taliban roadblocks. it's not long before we reach the snow. injalrez district, food aid is being distributed, flour to make bread. everyone here knows that things are likely to get really bad in a few weeks. "there is a real possibility we will be frozen this winter," this man tells me. these people are so poor they can't afford to buy food or fuel for heating. a humanitarian disaster could bring the taliban down, so they are cooperating with the international aid agencies, even if they don't like them. the head of the world food programme visiting kabul doesn't mince his words.
the winter months are coming, we are coming out of a drought, the next six months are going to be catastrophic. it is going to be hell on earth. we reach bamyan, an agricultural centre which has been hit by drought, like many other parts of afghanistan. and of course, there was an infamous taliban crime here. a couple of hundred yards along the cliff from the place where the statues of the buddhas used to stand until the taliban destroyed them, a woman called fatima lives. she's a widow raising her seven friendly, intelligent children on her own. before the taliban took over she got by with occasional food aid and the money she and her eldest boy earned from weeding the fields and herding sheep. but the drought has put an end to all that, and food aid doesn't reach here. within weeks they could all be starving. some women sell their daughters for marriage.
i say, would she? "if it was absolutely necessary to keep everyone alive," she answers, but she'd hate it. listening to all this, it was hard not to think of your own family. imagine if this was your little girl or your little boy, or your grandchild about to starve to death. you would do everything you possibly could. and when there's $400 trillion of wealth on the earth today, shame on us that we let any child die from hunger. fatima's children leave for school. those who are allowed to go. like millions in this country, their lives are under real threat. the next few months will decide. john simpson, bbc news, bamyan. an injured man who was trapped in a cave in the brecon beacons for more than two days has tonight finally been resuced. he fell whilst exploring the extensive underground system on saturday. our wales correspondent hywel
griffith is at the scene. the 37 mile cave complex underneath my feet here is one of the most beautiful but difficult in britain, so when news came on saturday lunchtime that someone had fallen and was trapped, volunteers started travelling from across the uk. late tonight after darkness had fallen came the news that all their hard work had finally paid off. mission accomplished. after more than two days of painstaking, exhausting work, relief all round. together, these volunteers carried the casualty through an underground assault course of boulders, streams and ledges, the longest stretch i carry ever by a british cave rescue team. it carry ever by a british cave rescue team. , ., , , ., ., team. it is absolutely amazing, the c00peration. _ team. it is absolutely amazing, the cooperation, the _ team. it is absolutely amazing, the cooperation, the professionalism, l cooperation, the professionalism, everybody dealt with it, the controller is down to the grunts at the sharp end, it was just amazing.
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hywel griffith, bbc news at the nynnon ddu cave. more than 250 people, mostly women, have applied to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into historical forced adoptions. the inquiry will examine why thousands of pregnant, unmarried women were pressured into giving up their babies in post—war years. duncan kennedy reports. it haunts you. it's like a death, really. this isjoan'5 story. i wanted to keep him. it was cut and dried. there was no way they were going to let me keep him. joan became pregnant in 1961. that's me there. but she wasn't married. and says she was pressured into giving up her baby for adoption by everyone from social workers to matron5. she still remembers the humiliation as she handed over her newborn son.
he was taken into matron's office and then they told me to go back into the nursery and... ..take the bedding out of his cot and get it ready for the next child that was going to come along. and matronjust said, "she's only crying because they are taking her baby away today." and i think that was really cruel, really, really cruel. and it's something i've never got over. and never will. it's a wrench to part from your baby but this mother has decided it would be better off with parents who can give it all its need... it's now believed hundreds of thousands of unmarried women likejoan were forced to give up their babies in the three decades after the second world war. it was 1959 and i was 20 years old.
i lived at home with mum and dad. margaret suter says she was also coerced and still remembers the day she tried to block the door to the social worker who had come to take her baby for adoption. i pushed the door so she couldn't get in and she said, _ "don't be stupid, this . is what has to happen." you know, "he's going to a proper family." i are you saying that you physically tried to stop the door being opened by the social worker? oh, yes. yes. - well, i pushed the door and i said, "oh, no." i and she said, "you knew this had to happen. - come on, don't make so much fuss. it's allover now3'— the bbc has now heard many similar stories and more than 250 witne55e5 have contacted the parliamentary committee on human rights
ahead of its inquiry into forced adoptions. you've never been able to have a reunion with your son in 60 years. has there ever been a day when you haven't thought of your son? no. there never will be. i mean, now, when i think— about anybody taking a baby from me, i think i would kill them first. so why didn't i... why didn't i react more? i feel guilty that i didn't stop it happening. - and ijust feel like saying i to people when i see them with babies, you know, - do you realise how lucky you are, you know, that you've got that baby? and nobody is going to come along and take it from you. _
margaret suter ending that report by duncan kennedy. after 600 days the us has reopened its borders to much of the world's population as long as they are fully vaccinated. british travellers have been among the thousands who've board planes and headed across the atlantic to see family and friends for the first time since the start of the pandemic. from new york, here's nada tawfik. cheering that first embrace, that flood of relief. none of them could have predicted they'd spend such a long time apart. the international arrivals floor of new york's kennedy airport 5prang to life with heart wrenching transatlantic reunion5 as pa55enger5 deplaned the first flights from london heathrow. and ran into the arms of loved ones. it's the best thing ever in the whole world. it's been so emotional and it has for millions of families all over the world but this is the best thing
that's ever happened to me. si5ter5 gill and louise haven't seen each other in two years. thank you so much. what are you guys going to do now? just keep hugging each other! not being able to touch my sister - and them not hugging my children has been the hardest part of it all. so many like the matthews have missed out on precious moments they can never get back. so they've missed the birth of my son, so his three and a half months now, so finally they get to him. and they haven't seen him since he was crawling and now he is a fully working toddler with opinions and so it's going to be really fun for them to spend all this time with him. airlines are hoping for many more scenes like this in the coming weeks. it's a major milestone for separated familie5 and it's a lifeline to the tourism industry right ahead of the winter holiday season. there is a much more, i think, pragmatic framework in place which is becoming more universal to allow travel to exist alongside the pandemic. the ban was symbolically lifted with a dual take—off between virgin atlantic and british airways. even with a watchful eye on covid case
rises in europe, they're optimistic they can avoid any more turbulent family separations. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. that's it. have a very good night. goodbye. hello. some pretty quiet weather across the uk for the next few days. largely light winds and milder air covering up from the west or southwest. temperatures across england and wales in double figures to start the day, i think built into the mid teens coming the afternoon. best of the sunshine to the force of ease. some ran across northern england and wales in the cloud certainly more throughout the day. sunny spots for scotland and northern ireland but some showers to the far north and west. quite a chilly feel. through thursday, we're still looking at largely light winds
and favourably mild wind direction. some rain to the south of the uk but potentially on wednesday, nothing particularly heavy. thursday and friday we are going to have all eyes in the atlantic to watch the slow coming in, except the how deep and wearable sip, we're not quite sure. but at the moment there's potential for some strong winds to in the week.
this is bbc news, the headlines... the united states has reopened its land and air borders to travellers from much of the world, 20 months after a ban was first imposed because of the pandemic. fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed in. poland says thousands of migrants are preparing to cross illegally into the country from belarus. it comes a authorities released released video which appears to show a group of migrants trying to force their way across the border with polish troops using pepper spray to force them back. the former us president, barack obama, has told the cop 20 six summit that the world isn't doing anywhere near enough to fight climate change. he called on people to pressure governments and companies to take stronger action. the british prime minister has been accused of running scared from a parliamentary debate about the rules that govern mp5. it follows the furore over the government's handling of a former minister, found guilty of breaking lobbying rules.