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tonight at ten — english cricket is "institutionally" racist, according to the former yorkshire player azeem rafiq. he told a parliamentary committee at westminster that he'd suffered constant racism during his time at the club. pretty early on, me and other people from an asian background, it was comments such as, "you lot sit over there near the toilets." he said the treatment he'd suffered at yorkshire was inhuman and the problems he's faced were widespread in domestic cricket. we'll have more on mr rafiq's evidence and the questions facing the game's authorities. also tonight... as labour unveils its plans to ban mps�* second jobs, borisjohnson rushes in with plans of his own. the liverpool terror suspect was a failed asylum seeker who'd been refused
permission to stay in the uk seven years ago. water cannon and tear gas used by polish security forces against the migrants trying to cross from belarus. and in tonight's world cup qualifier: wales delight in a draw with belgium — they'll now be seeded in next year's play—offs. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel: england's stand—in captain leah williamson ruled out with a hamstring injury, as the lionesses look ahead to their upcoming world cup qualifiers. good evening. english cricket is "institutionally" racist according to the former yorkshire player azeem rafiq, who's told a parliamentary committee at westminster that he suffered constant racism during his time at the club.
in testimony that was often emotional, he said he'd lost his career because of racism, but by speaking out he hoped there would be �*massive change�* in the years to come. a report by yorkshire county cricket club confirmed that he'd suffered harassment as a player, but no—one subsequently faced disciplinary action. mr rafiq alleges the issues at yorkshire are widespread in domestic cricket. this report by our sports editor dan roan includes some offensive language. how are you feeling, azeem? all right. his allegations have already plunged yorkshire cricket into crisis. today, azeem rafiq brought them to westminster, laying bare the ordeal he says he and other asian players were subjected to at his former club, including a racist term aimed at his pakistani heritage. there were comments such as, "you lot sit over there, near the toilets." "elephant washers." the word expletivel was used constantly. there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution
from the leaders and no—one ever stamped it out. i felt isolated, humiliated at times. struggling to contain his emotions, rafiq went on to describe his experience at headingley after his son was stillborn in 2017. through that time, the treatment that i received from some of the club officials was inhuman. they weren't really bothered about the fact that i was at training one day and i get a phone call to say there's no heartbeat... rafiq claimed former team—mate gary ballance used the name "kevin" as a derogatory term to refer to any player of colour and that this was an open secret in the england dressing room. and that another england star, alex hales, called his dog kevin because he was black. "a disgusting joke," rafiq called it. and what of yorkshire's england captain, joe root, who last week said he couldn't recall any racist behaviour at the club? he's never engaged in racist language. ido... i found it hurtful.
rooty was involved, before he started playing for england, he was involved in a lot of the socialising nights out where i'm being called a expletive. but, again, itjust shows, and he might not remember it, but itjust shows how normal it was in that environment, in that institution. rafiq was also asked about former england captain michael vaughan, who strongly denied the whistle—blower�*s claims, since corroborated by two other cricketers, that he made a racist remark to a group of asian players. he said this yesterday, actually, that his reputation is being "trashed unfairly." what's your reaction to that? i think it's important, on michael, that we don't make it all about michael. the simple... look, it was a long time ago, michael might not remember it, as i said about earlier, because it doesn't mean anything to him. rafiq, a practising muslim, also describing, in harrowing detail, an incident that occurred away from headingley early on in his career.
my first instance of drinking, i actually got pinned down at my local cricket club and red wine got poured down my throat. how old were you? 15~ _ 15 and a muslim? 15 years old. the racial harassment rafiq suffered at headingley has sparked a growing number of further allegations in cricket, at yorkshire and beyond. do you think it's institutional in cricket more widely? - yes, i do. there's a real problem here, notjust yorkshire, throughout the country. and i'm going to be the one that's going to speak about this. former yorkshire chairman, roger hutton, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, conceded he feared the club was indeed institutionally racist, before cricket's governing body, the ecb, admitted their attempts to improve diversity in the game had some way to go. what we have struggled with is... ..is getting our first class game to wake up to the same extent, and that is the point, we are at that stage now where i think we are,
if not already in an emergency, then we are approaching one. the ecb have been criticised for not doing more to support rafiq and the man who runs the game had this message for the whistle—blower. we know we've let you down and we're going to fix this and we're going to fix it quickly and we're going to fix it fast, because the survival of our sport depends on it. but for the man at the centre of one of cricket's gravest ever scandals, the damage has already been done. iwould imagine, as a parent, hearing me speaking out, why i would ever want my kids to go anywhere near the game? and i don't, i don't want my son to go anywhere near cricket. do i believe i lost my career to racism? yes, i do. hopefully in five years' time we're going to see a big change and i can look back at it, that i did something that is far bigger than any runs i got or any wickets i got, but it's horrible. it hurts. azeem rafiq giving evidence earlier.
dan, powerful testimony, where next? this was always expected to be a painful day for english cricket but in truth, few could have predicted just how chastening and how devastating it would prove for the authorities of the game and many will now hope this acts as a wake—up call for them. azeem rafiq describing himself as a voice for the voiceless and he painted a picture of a dressing room at yorkshire which tolerated overt racism, somewhere where it became so normal it was barely noticed and he suggested he was let down notjust by his team—mates and his employer at yorkshire but also by certain members of his community and the players union, the pca, and the ecb. at times he struggled to contain his emotions and at one point he had to pause and stop giving evidence before he composed himself again, and he said the treatment he suffered have left him feeling
suicidal. despite how painful it was, many will hope that this can be a seminal moment for cricket and that at yorkshire there can be reforms and no leadership has vowed to regain trust ? no leadership. the ecb has promised a full investigation, and they have vowed to tackle underrepresentation in the sport and there is a hope, i think, that the allegations from azeem rafiq can inspire other whistle—blowers to step forward and we are already seeing this. but there is no doubt that recovering from what we saw it here today will prove no easy task for the sport, a sport which prides itself on values, fairness and decency, which is what the spirit of cricket is all about, but the fee is it has been betrayed by this episode. ? the fear is. thanks forjoining us. as the house of commons prepares to vote on the right of mps
to hold second jobs, borisjohnson has set out his own plans which would stop mps from working as paid consultants. he made the surprise annoucement just as labour was releasing details of its own plans to ban mps' outside employment. it follows weeks of political pressure, following the row over the former conservative mp owen paterson, who was found to have broken lobbying rules. our political correspondent chris mason reports. when are you finally - going to sort out this mess? isn't it all your fault? it's nearly a fortnight since the rows about parliamentary standards broke out here, entirely because the government wanted to change the rules just as one of their own mps faced suspension. with questions about sleaze still swirling and some opinion polls suggesting it's hurt the conservatives, labour sensed an opportunity today... we need a government that governs in the public interest, where standards count for something, where truth means something and where honesty is at the heart
of everything that it does. sir keir told us he wanted a ban on all second jobs, apart from what he called "public service roles", such as doctors, nurses or army reservists. but little did he realise that, as he spoke to us, timed to the second, the prime minister was on twitter, publishing a letter to the commons speaker, in which borisjohnson said... "and," he added... it was left to labour's deputy leader to let her boss know what had happened. apparently the prime minister'sjust written to the speaker, saying that mps should be banned from acting as strategists, advisers or consultants, as per with our motion. so you're already cleaning
things up a little bit! sir keir blindsided. but later, he claimed victory. up the road in downing street, borisjohnson was meeting his greek opposite number, and a minister was sent out to make his case. the primary role of a member of parliament must be to serve their constituents and to serve parliament, and that's why the prime minister's calling for the code of conduct to be tightened, so that that is made very clear to members of parliament moving forward. there is still fury here, including among senior conservatives, that the government tried to bend the rules to bail out a friend — this man, the former minister owen paterson, who had lobbied ministers on behalf of companies paying him. take a listen to this from someone you'll recognise... the attempt by right honourable and honourable members of this house, aided and abetted by the government, under cover of reform of the process, effectively to clear his name was misplaced, ill—judged and just plain wrong.
tonight, an attempt from the man who replaced her, borisjohnson, to patch things up — new conservative mps invited into number 10 for a drink. there has been something of a generational divide amongst conservatives, lots of the new mps alive to the risks of the headlines about sleaze but the old guard more keen to defend owen paterson and others worried about the loss of lucrative second jobs. separately tonight ed davey the liberal democrat leader has resigned a couple of consultancies he has and tomorrow they will debate all of this in parliament, where labour and the conservatives will try to outdo each other on tightening up these rules but in the end they will have to come up with a consensus to clean up to come up with a consensus to clean up this place. to come up with a consensus to clean up this place-— to come up with a consensus to clean hp this place-— up this place. thanks for “oining us. the terror suspect who was killed when a homemade device blew up in the back of a taxi in liverpool on sunday
was a failed asylum seeker who'd been refused permission to stay in the country. 32—year—old emad al swealmeen had his asylum claim rejected seven years ago after he arrived in the uk from the middle east. it's not clear whether the home office sought to remove him, and tonight, they declined to comment. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. at the women's hospital, while staff look after patients inside, outside, the police are continuing their work gathering any potential evidence. and liverpool is learning more about emad al swealmeen, who launched the attack on the city which had become his home. his final act here was captured on cctv. taxi driver david perry, so lucky to escape. counterterror police are examining whether the main charge on the device failed to explode, and this is why there was not further damage and more casualties. emad al swealmeen had converted
from islam to christianity. an asylum seeker, he wanted to stay in the uk, but he was refused permission and wasn't allowed an appeal. he had been helped by a local charity. we support thousands of people each year. and so when somebody you've helped does something like that, it's really hard to try and deal with it, to try and understand why it's happened. and i think that's what we all have to do at the moment. we have to try and understand. we don't have a full picture. a property in rutland avenue in sefton park, recently rented by emad al swealmeen, has yielded important evidence according to police. they know more about the components which made up the device — how they were obtained and how it was assembled. was the homemade explosive tatp used? it's been the basis for a number of attacks, including the manchester arena bombing. since then, there have been even
tighter restrictions on the sale of chemicals used to make tatp. suddenly, when we're coming back from work, the roads had been seized, and we can tell there's a blast. we could not stay here. we could not stay here, we were very shocked. today, the chief constable of merseyside came to see residents whose street has also been part of the police investigation. this incident�*s had a huge impact right across liverpool, merseyside and indeed the nation. but we wanted to come down and speak to the residents today, explain why they're going to see extra, extra uniformed presence. so just to provide reassurance to our communities. so the consequences of this attack may be in plain sight, but what people here and beyond want to know is what was the motivation behind it? june kelly, bbc news, liverpool. the number ofjob vacancies in the uk reached a record high in october, as employers continue to struggle to find new workers. figures from the office
for national statistics also show that contrary to predictions, the number of people unemployed didn't rise significantly following the end of the furlough scheme in september. the number of people on company payrolls rose by 160,000 between september and october. in total, 29.3 million were employed. but there were more than a million vacancies with the hospitality sector hit particularly hard, as our business editor simonjack reports. too many cooks can spoil the broth. not enough can hurt a business. this family—owned hotel in sutton coldfield is 20 staff short, and that means turning business away. we've got a huge demand, our telephones are so busy. the problem is, wejust don't have the staff to fulfil that demand, so we are having to close areas. we're probably losing thousands of pounds a week in turnover that we can't... we just haven't got
the staff to do it. in this market, its employees calling the shots, as average wages are rising faster than the current rate of inflation. this commercial laundry in east london has had to offer more family friendly hours and higher wages, but it's still struggled to replace workers from eastern europe. headcount has shrunk from 140 to 80, and so has the business. we can only operate at a certain level with the amount of staff we currently have. in my opinion, this is how we're going to be for a long, long time, years. because, simply, without the labour force, we can't ramp up our business. so, ratherthan trying to ramp up and failing, we're better off reducing the size of the business and being more secure in this format. clearly, a shortage of staff is better than a shortage ofjobs, which many feared might happen when the furlough scheme ran out at the end of september. today's job figures are the first| we've had since furlough ended and what they show is that - unemployment has consistently and continuously fallen for nine | months in a row now and record
numbers of people are in work, | including, i can announce today, 100,000 young people who have started jobs through _ our kick—start scheme. it's a great time to be looking for a job. there are now a record 1.2 million vacancies out there, but the same labour shortages which are pushing up wages are also, as we've seen, holding back the economy and, for the bank of england, higher wages means higher inflation, which means the case for higher interest rates may be hard to resist. just how fast and how far the bank raises borrowing costs will depend on what kind of inflation we see. if we start to see that workers are getting very high pay rises and, therefore, costs are increasing further, and so companies are raising their prices again, that's the type of inflation that will be disruptive, in which the bank of england might really have to slow things down, raise interest rates more sharply, and that's the type of inflation that does prove problematic. higher energy and fuel prices are expected to push inflation up to 5% next year. average wages are rising less than that, so many
will actually feel poorer. the bank of england is hoping that cost of living squeeze is shortlived. simon jack, bbc news. the brexit minister lord frost is in belfast tonight, speaking to politicians and business leaders, as speculation grows that the government is preparing to suspend the northern ireland protocol — that's the part of the brexit deal that avoids the re—emergence of a hard border — between northern ireland and the republic. borisjohnson has said such a move would be �*perfectly legitimate' but critics warn he is being reckless with the peace settlement agreed over 20 years ago. our economics editor faisal islam is in belfast tonight. any word on how these meetings have gone? any word on how these meetings have one? , , any word on how these meetings have none? , , ., , ., any word on how these meetings have ione? , , ., , ., ., any word on how these meetings have none? , , ., ._ ., , gone? greggs it was done two years auo, gone? greggs it was done two years a . o, the gone? greggs it was done two years ago. the trade _ gone? greggs it was done two years ago, the trade deal _ gone? greggs it was done two years ago, the trade deal was _ gone? greggs it was done two years ago, the trade deal was done - gone? greggs it was done two years ago, the trade deal was done at - gone? greggs it was done two years ago, the trade deal was done at the | ago, the trade deal was done at the of last year. —— brexit was done.
the government is considering in part on doing the northern ireland part on doing the northern ireland part of that brexit agreement. what is known as the protocol. by using the article 16 mechanism within the treaty that was agreed. lord forced visiting both business leaders and political leaders, and his argument on the economic is about the diversion of trade. —— lauder frost. there is very little data about what has happened between great britain and then, but there is data from the republic of ireland showing trade both ways over the irish sea is down pretty sharply over the past eight months. whereas trade within the island of ireland between the republic and northern ireland is up pretty sharply. indeed some of the company payroll numbers have gone up most sharply across the uk in northern ireland. so there is a big judgment to be made for the government that involves political stability in northern ireland, but also economic relations for the
whole of the uk with the european union, some fears that this could go into a trade war. and diplomatic relations with the us. aha, into a trade war. and diplomatic relations with the us. a 'udgment to be made within h relations with the us. a 'udgment to be made within days — relations with the us. a 'udgment to be made within days or— relations with the us. a judgment to be made within days orjust - relations with the us. a judgment to be made within days orjust a - relations with the us. a judgment to be made within days orjust a few. be made within days orjust a few weeks. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk show there were 37,2113 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means on average there were 39,133 new cases reported per day in the last week. 214 deaths were recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. on average in the past week, 148 related deaths were recorded every day. let's take a look at some of today's other news. gas prices in europe have risen sharply after german regulators suspended the approval process for the controversial nord stream two pipeline from russia. germany says certification
of the project will only be considered once its operator has formed a company under german law. manchester city footballer benjamin mendy has been charged with two more counts of rape. the 27—year—old now faces six allegations of rape as well as a single count of sexual assault. he's been in custody since his arrest in august after a number of bail applications were made but refused byjudges. all of the alleged offences occurred between october 2020 and august 2021. the bbc understands that the premier league chairman gary hoffman is to step down after a number of clubs complained about the takeover of newcastle united by a saudi arabian—based consortium. mr hoffman has taken much of the responsibility for allowing the deal, which has been criticised on human rights grounds, and because some rivals fear the club's new wealth will distort the league. a retired police officer, john murray, has won his civil case to hold a former aide of libya's colonel gaddafi jointly
liable for the killing of pc yvonne fletcher. she was shot during a demonstration outside the libyan embassy in london in 1984. mr murray promised his colleague as she lay dying that he'd getjustice for her. the high court found although he didn't fire the gun, saleh ibrahim mabrouk was part of a plan to shoot at anti—gaddafi demonstrators. there have been clashes between police and migrants on the border between belarus and poland, with polish security forces using water cannon and tear gas to drive the migrants back. poland has accused belarus of trying to force migrants across the border, in order to destabilise the eu. our correspondent steve rosenberg reports. first, they'd asked to be let in. now, they were demanding. in belarus, the migrants have run out of patience.
these are polish water cannon being employed, and that is because, around midday, migrants on the belarusian side of the border started throwing stones and rocks and branches. and all chaos has broken out. the polish forces have responded with water but also with gas — it's quite difficult to breathe. we don't have life here! four nights and five nights, and don't sleeping. my... for two hours, the border crossing was like a battleground. the european union says belarus is using migrants as weapons to destabilise europe. the belarusian soldiers stood and watched. they did nothing to stop the migrants who were
storming the border. "why not?", i asked this officer. his reply, "no comment". and while water cannon fought off the attack on the eu's border, the young and the vulnerable took shelter. belarus may have engineered this crisis, but that doesn't change the fact that its people who are suffering. this man is an actorfrom kurdistan, whose brother sold his house so they could afford their tickets and visas to belarus. where do you go now? i don't know. to iraq, to europe, to the camp, to minsk... we don't know where we're going. we are like a ball, like a ball in the stadium. belarus and poland, they kick us. when the violence was over, some of the migrants packed up and moved on.
they'd come to belarus to try to get into the european union. now its destination unknown. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. football, and wales have secured a home game in next year's play—offs to reach the world cup finals in qatar. they drew 1—1 against belgium in cardiff, and hywel griffith was watching. on the long and testing road to qatar, the opportunity to make things a bit more straightforward. a win or draw would ease their path into the play—offs. standing in their way, the worlds number one team. belgium arrived without some of the biggest stars. wales lined up without their galactico, gareth bale. his team—mates started
confidently but couldn't resist when 12 minutes in the ball fell to kevin de bruyne. unbowed, wales fought back. danieljames relentless, eventually finding kieffer moore. if they were playing for a draw, it didn't show. james the provider again but roberts couldn't finish. next, neco williams driving at belgium. nearly. it stayed 1—1. toe—to—toe with the best in the world, wales barely put a foot wrong. world, wales barely put a foot wron._ ., .,, . world, wales barely put a foot wron, ., . , world, wales barely put a foot wron. ., . , �*, ., wrong. fantastic result, it's what we all wanted. _ wrong. fantastic result, it's what we all wanted. absolutely - wrong. fantastic result, it's what i we all wanted. absolutely fantastic, adrenaline through _ we all wanted. absolutely fantastic, adrenaline through the _ we all wanted. absolutely fantastic, adrenaline through the roof, - adrenaline through the roof, wonderful. all the way to the world cup, wonderful. wonderful. all the way to the world cup. wonderful-— wonderful. all the way to the world cup, wonderful. wales won't find out their next opponent _ cup, wonderful. wales won't find out their next opponent until— cup, wonderful. wales won't find out their next opponent until next - cup, wonderful. wales won't find out their next opponent until next week, j their next opponent until next week, but the red wall behind them, it
feels like a big step towards their first world cup since 1958. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello. it's going to be a little bit colder early on wednesday morning, compared to the last few nights. clear skies through the night across much of the country. and if you look at the winds, they're slightly north of west — so that's where the air�*s coming from and, with the clearing skies, those temperatures will have fallen to around five celsius in newcastle, norwich, and single figures pretty much across the board. but it will be a bright, if not sunny day across many areas, especially out towards the east, central areas, southern parts of the country, too. but not necessarily in northern ireland or western scotland — here, in fact, showers are expected through the day. and those temperatures, 10—12, maybe 13 celsius in cornwall and devon.
this is bbc news, the headlines... polish authorities have fired tear gas and water canon at migrants massed on the border with belarus. thousands of people are stranded on the poland—belarus border in makeshift camps in freezing temperatures. the former yorkshire cricketer at the centre of the racism scandal has given compelling evidence to uk lawmakers. azeem rafiq said english cricket is "institutionally racist". he also said officials ignored his complaints. it has emerged that the suspected terrorist who died when a homemade bomb went off in a taxi outside a hospital in liverpool on sunday had previously been denied permission to stay in the uk. and russia has confirmed it destroyed one of its satellites in a missile test, but rejected us accusations that it had endangered the international space station. us officials called moscow's actions dangerous and irresponsible.