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tonight at ten, theresa may defends the government's handling of the nhs, as she prepares a cabinet reshuffle. outlining her plans for the new year, she insists the health service is performing better than before, but admits "nothing is perfect". there is more for us to do. we have planned for the winter pressures this year. we did put some more money in and there has been planning, and hospitals have been dealing with it in different ways. we'll be looking at the debate surrounding nhs funding and what to expect from tomorrow's cabinet reshuffle. also tonight... some of the uk's biggest retailers agree to stop selling acid and corrosive chemicals to curb violent assaults. and gearing up for the golden globes... why black will be the colour on the red carpet this year. and england are heading for defeat in the final ashes test, needing to bat all day in sydney just to get a draw. good evening.
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the prime minister has defended her government's handling of the nhs, as she set out her plans for the coming year, including a cabinet reshuffle due tomorrow. theresa may insists the nhs has never been better prepared for winter pressures, and described thousands of postponed operations as "part of the plan" to cope. tomorrow's reshuffle, prompted by the forced resignation of the first secretary of state damian green, was described by labour as a pr exercise. our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. a new year, perhaps a fresh start after a torrid 2017 in which theresa may lost her majority in the general election, faced a rebellion from some of her own mps, was forced to deal with cabinet resignations and even had to sack her second—in—command,
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damian green. it means she starts the year with a reshuffle. well, no prizes for guessing, andrew, that obviously, damian green's departure before christmas means some changes do have to be made. speaking exclusively to the bbc, the prime minister has made clear that she wants her government to be about more than just brexit, insisting she is in listening mode. one of the clear messages we got was that there are a number of areas in which people were concerned about what we were proposing. so just as we've looked at issues on school funding, on tuition fees, on housing and we're taking forward approaches in relation to that, on this issue of fox—hunting, what i can say is that there won't be a vote during this parliament. that decision to scrap a vote that
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could have seen fox hunting return is part of an attempt to win over new voters and those who have drifted away, just as with plans to plant 50 million more trees and the pa rty‘s renewed plant 50 million more trees and the party's renewed focus on the environment. but the new year has already brought in old problems, under pressure on rising train fares, and claims that this winter crisis is the toughest yet for the nhs. the nhs has actually been better prepared for this winter pressure than it has been before. you mentioned operations being postponed. that was part of the plan. of course, we want to ensure that those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible, but it's about making sure that those who most urgently need care are able to get that treatment when they need it. labour's blamed government cuts for the problems in the nhs this winter and warned the prime minister against promoting the health secretary, jeremy hunt, in this week's reshuffle. she hasn't got a plan to get those people off the trolleys in corridors, those elderly people this freezing january, being treated in ambulances. she's got no plan for them.
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her only plan, apparently, is to promote this health secretary. they should be demoting this health secretary. if she promotes this health secretary tomorrow, it is a betrayal of those 75,000 people in the back of ambulances. the prime minister said today she's not a quitter, and she'll want and need the best possible team around her to get her through what many predict will be a tough year ahead. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. well, theresa may insists the nhs is being properly funded, despite accusations from labour. the nhs confederation, which represents health service employers, has called for a major new study of costs. our health editor hugh pym has more. there's 73 outstanding ambulances right now. it was a striking image from a week of intense pressure on the nhs. leah butler—smith's video of ambulances queueing at a hospital
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with her mother waited, even as she was having a stroke. events like these have fired up a new debate on the nhs and its funding. health spending needs to keep rising to pay for new medicines and meet the sometimes complex needs of a population which is living longer. the percentage of the population aged over 65 in the uk was under 15% in the 19705 and is projected to get close to 25% by 201m. health spending across the uk has grown a lot since the 19505, shown here after adjusting for inflation, and has now reached more than £140 billion per year. average annual government spending on health since the 19505 has gone up around 4% a year in real terms. but under the coalition government from 2010, the average increase in england was onlyjust over 1% a year. under the conservatives in the last couple of years, the average increases have been over 2%, but most in the health world argue that it hasn't been enough to keep up with patient demand.
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now there are calls for urgent new thinking on what the nhs needs and how it should be paid for. the nhs and social care are not sustainable under current government plans, and we have told them that repeatedly. it's time now for a wake—up call not just for the government, but for the whole political class to face up to the fact that over the next ten or years, health and social care will need additional funding. we need some objective evidence to demonstrate what is required over that period and a5 a society, we need to think and reflect on whether we are prepared to put in the funding that will be required. few doubt that the nhs could be more efficient, but in its 70th birthday year, there are growing demands for a cross—party approach to work out how the service can be financed in the decades ahead. hugh pym, bbc news. let's return to eleanor garnier, who's outside number ten for us.
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what are you hearing about the reshuffle tomorrow? this is a long—awaited reshuffle and of course, there5a may will want to be seen to be on the front foot, choosing the people around her, building our own choosing the people around her, building ourown team. choosing the people around her, building our own team. her supporters will suggest that a reshuffle is a sign of a strengthened prime minister. 0ther5, though, might ask, if those in the topjob5 5tay though, might ask, if those in the top jobs stay the same, is this any more than tinkering around the edges? labour more than tinkering around the edge5? labour have called this a desperate pr exercise. when it comes to the winners and losers in this reshuffle, i would be surprised if those in some of the biggestjobs are moved. the chancellor, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the brexit secretary, for example. i think we should expect a more diverse team, though, perhaps an emphasis on bringing in more women and more mp5 from ethnic minorities into the government. i
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think theresa may also might want to balance her cabinet in terms of brexit. the big issue is dominating the government's time and effort. and remember, many people think the toughest decisions are still to come in those brexit negotiations and with them, the opportunity for trouble and testing times for the prime minister. eleanor garnier, thank you. donald trump's former chief strategist, steve bannon, has expressed regret for comments attributed to him in a book depicting the president as being unfit for office. in a statement, he said his remarks were aimed at mr trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, not the president. mr bannon‘s also rowed back on quotes in the book about mr trump's son, donald junior. major retailers have signed up to a voluntary ban on selling corrosive liquids to under—185 in a bid to reduce the number of acid attacks. drain cleaner and paint stripper are among the substances. the government is promising
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new legislation. here's our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani. arthur collins, jailed for 20 years for an appalling nightclub attack. watch this cctv. you can see him throwing acid on his victims, 22 people left with burns, a crime involving a household product that's been growing, year on year. police recorded more than 500 attacks involving corrosive substances in england and wales in the year to last april. 0fficials think the true figure could be twice as high. ministers have launched an action plan, including a review of how cases are prosecuted and first aid training for police. and from today, a voluntary ban by diy chains including supermarkets will also challenge underage customers just like they would if they were buying alcohol. acid attacks are the most horrific
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crimes, and we want to make sure we restrict access, that we support victims, that we police these attacks really effectively. jabad hussain was attacked last year. police officers poured water into his eyes to save his sight. so what does he think of the plan? i'd like to give welcome and thanks to the government for what they're trying to do. but this is not the right way to do that and handle this problem. there's not enough police on the streets to chase them. this is my home city. i shouldn't tolerate that. you shouldn't tolerate that. no one should tolerate that. thousands of independent hardware shops selling household chemicals are also being asked to sign up. but while a shopkeeper can challenge a teenager at the counter, adult criminals will still be able to buy the products on the high street and online. only one in five attacks are carried out by under 185, so four in five adults will still be able to get hold of acid and use them as they have been doing over the last year or two. these voluntary measures can only go so far. ministers ultimately want to create a new offence of carrying over—the—counter chemicals in public without good reason. but so much of this type of crime remains unknown,
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so academics are now looking at what motivates a criminal to turn a household product like drain cleaner into a weapon, one that has lifelong consequences. dominic casciani, bbc news, at the home office in central london. a new round of strikes on the railways in england is due to begin at midnight, just as millions of people are returning to work after the christmas break. our business correspondent joe lynam, is at london's waterloo station. joe. more than 1000 cane services and hundreds of thousands of passengers including some from here at waterloo station, one of britain's busiest stations, will be affected by this strike. in total, five companies are affected, southern, northern, south—western, greater anglia and merseyrail. with the exception of southern, there will be three days of strikes this week starting tonight at midnight the 2a hours and
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then again on wednesday and then again on friday. in terms of mitigation, some of the train companies will be offering a rail replacement bus service, and some rival train companies will be accepting tickets even though they are not directly involved in the dispute, which centres on the role of guards and one person operated trains. as ever, passengers are caught up in the dispute and it is only a few days since rail fares went up substantially at the start of the year. joe lynam, many thanks. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories. there's to be a review into how the parole board makes decisions, after the imminent release was announced of the serial sex offenderjohn worboys. the former london taxi driver was convicted of 20 offences, including rape, but police say they believe he attacked many more women. he's been given parole, after serving a minimum term of eight years. the german chancellor, angela merkel, says she's
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optimistic that her centre right christian democrat party can reach a coalition deal with the centre—left social democrats. five days of talks have begun, three months after mrs merkel failed to win a parliamentary majority. a 60—year—old man has been killed in sweden after picking up an object which exploded in his hand. police say it was probably a hand grenade. the object was found outside an underground station in a suburb of stockholm. the incident is not being linked to terrorism. the bbc‘s china editor carrie gracie has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues doing the same kind of work. in an open letter to licence fee payers, she accused the corporation of having a "secretive and illegal pay structure". the bbc has responded saying a review last year showed "no systemic discrimination against women" among rank and file staff. 0ur media editor amol rajan is here. what does the letter a? carrie
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gracie is a hugely respected international editor who has been at the bbc for over 30 years, and her central allegation is that the bbc discriminate illegally against women by paying many of them less than men doing equivalentjobs. her key point is that she says she doesn't want a pay rise, she wants to be paid the same as men who do an equivalentjob of being an international editor. the bbc say they take this issue seriously, that they have undertaken three internal audits of pay and that they go further than other public organisations on the issue of inequality. but this is a moment of dangerfor the inequality. but this is a moment of danger for the corporation because last summer it was forced to publish the salaries of staff getting over £150,000. now they will be on the front page of tomorrow morning's times. some 200 women have complained internally and there is huge anger among female staff about this. this is notjust about internal staff management, it is
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also about public perceptions of the corporation. there is a danger that if carrie gracie's letter leads to legal action, then bbc news could be generating headlines for all the wrong reasons. many thanks. the film awards season kicks off in three hours' time, with the golden globes in los angeles. they're the first major ceremony since hollywood was hit by the harvey weinstein scandal. stars of film and television will be wearing black on the red carpet, in protest against sexual harassment. james cook reports from los angeles. this year, the red carpet will host a protest, not a party. the downfall of movie mogul, harvey weinstein, exposed decades of sexual abuse and harassment in hollywood, and now scores of stars are wearing black to the golden globes in solidarity. people will be in black, but i don't think it'll be funereal, i think it'll be a celebration of all of us saying it's time to deal with this and not put up with any more. we're wearing black not only
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to represent hollywood, but to stand up for women across all industries and to support them. so much darkness is creating unity and people are standing together. unfortunately, tragic times bring unity. the cleansing has already begun. accused of sexual assault, kevin spacey was cut from this film and replaced with christopher plummer. co—star michelle williams told me she shot her scenes again for free. films, because they're larger than life, they glorify people, and i couldn't bear the thought of being in a movie that glorified somebody who had hurt people. is what is happening in hollywood a permanent, significant change, do you think? everyone is working day and night to create the kind of change that will be permanent. our hope is to hand our daughters a different world. the mood at the golden globes is different this year. some of the world's most famous actresses are going to be accompanied on the red carpet by activists as part of their demand for equality in the entertainment
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industry and the wider world. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. the distinguished journalist peter preston has died. he was 79. one of the towering figures of fleet street, he joined the guardian newspaper in 1963 and became a foreign correspondent, before taking over as editor in 1975. it was a job he held for 20 years. more recently, he was a columnist for the observer. he died at home. with all the sport, here's 0lly foster at the bbc sport centre. the final day of the ashes starts in just over an hour. england have already lost the series and will lose the final test unless they can bat out the day for an improbable draw, and their cause hasn't been helped by the news that the england captain joe root has been taken to hospital. let's get the latest from sydney.
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patrick gearey is there for us. patrick, root is due at the crease in just over an hour. what is the latest? the effect of that batting effort in the soaring temperatures in sydney has taken its toll onjoe temperatures in sydney has taken its toll on joe root. temperatures in sydney has taken its toll onjoe root. he is in hospital with dehydration. it's not clear whether he will be able to resume his innings and come to the crease this morning. he was part of england's last chance of taking anything from this match after their top order subsided. he was there withjonny top order subsided. he was there with jonny bairstow at the end, but it's not clear whether he will be able to go back to the crease and help england somehow get through the rest of the day. whatever happens today, it won't gloss over a very poor series for england. england would have to survive the rest of the day to get a draw. australia need six wickets to win the series 4—0. england have been disappointing from the start. they
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have not completely fallen apart, but they simply haven't competed often enough in enough test matches in this series. if australia can com plete in this series. if australia can complete this victory, questions will be asked about what went wrong for england over here and how english cricket can stop it happening again. patrick gearey at the sydney cricket ground, many thanks. match of the day follows the news. there were only four 3rd round ties in the fa cup but there was plenty of drama...if you want to know what happened, then here come the results. the holders arsenal are out, beaten by nottingham forest. arsene wenger, who made nine changes to his team, has won the fa cup a record seven times and had never lost in the 3rd round before. managerless forest are in mid table in the championship but won 11—2 at the city ground. newport county from league 2 are into the 11th round draw for the first time in almost a0 years. they beat championship side
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leeds united 2—1, thanks to shaun mccoulsky‘s header in the final minute. elsewhere, tottenham beat afc wimbledon, but west ham were held by league one shrewsbury. manchester city women have made it six wins out six in this season's super league. they beat reading 5—2 away, scotland's claire emslie with the pick of their goals at adams park. city are two points clear of chelsea, who beat arsenal today. exeter‘s lead in the rugby union premiership is down to 5 points. the champions were beaten by newcastle. second placed saracens made up ground with a bonus point win at 3rd placed wasps. alex goode scored two of their five tries in the 38—15 win. don't forget, the bbc sport website for more on all those stories, and from 11.30, you'll find text coverage and radio commentary from the final ashes test. the breaking news is thatjoe root,
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the england captain, has been taken to hospital with dehydration. his participation in the final test is now in doubt. 0lly foster, many thanks. that's it. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that will include a first look at tomorrow's front pages. but do stay with us on bbc one, it's now time for the news where you are. have a very good night. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. more than 30 people are missing after a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo ship off the east coast of china. the tanker is on fire and 136,000 barrels of oil are burning and spilling into the sea. the collision happened 160 miles from shanghai, as the tanker was en route to south korea from iran. andy moore reports:
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still burning fiercely many hours after the original collision, and still no confirmed news about the fate of its 32 crew. 30 were iranian and two were from bangladesh. the sanchi is more than 270 metres long and was carrying just under 1 million barrels of oil. if the entire cargo ends up the ocean, that will be in the top ten oil spills worldwide, ever. so it has a huge potential for environmental damage. the pa namanian—registered tanker set off from the persian gulf on its journey to south korea. it sailed through the malacca strait before colliding with a chinese freight ship in the east china sea about 160 nautical miles off the port city of shanghai. major oil spills from tankers are becoming less common. one of the most serious in recent years was the sinking of the prestige off the coast of spain in 2002.
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more than 60,000 tonnes of oil came ashore over a long stretch of coastline. specialist clean—up vessels have been sent to the scene of the tanker fire. chinese authorities have confirmed there is an oil slick, but they cannot confirm at this stage how big it is. andy moore, bbc news. plans to create a new "northern forest" stretching across rural areas from liverpool to hull have been announced by the government. the woodland trust is running the project, which will cost £500 million over 25 years. most of the money will need to be raised by the charity. the government is providing £5.7 million to cover woodland spanning manchester, leeds and bradford. 0ur correspondent roger harrabin has more. the bare hills of the north, one of the most denuded parts of a country that itself has less woodland than almost anywhere in europe. the land stripped over centuries fortimberand farming, scarred by industry,
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overgrazed by sheep farming. at smithils near manchester, things will be different. planting has begun for what will be known as the northern forest. we think the northern forest will be a pathfinder for extending forest and woodland right across the country. we think trees and woods can add value in many different landscapes. we just want to do it here first and do it big. it isn't really a forest. the project will create new woods near towns, and plant river valleys liable to flooding. but money is tight, and many of these hills will look just as bleak in 25 years. what's more, the woodland trust expects some of their cash to come from environmental funds linked to the hs2 rail line. that infuriates environmentalists. the supreme irony is that the government is giving with one hand and taking with the other, and i'm referring to the routing of h52 north of birmingham,
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35 ancient forests. why can't the government give with both hands and stop threatening ancient forests? but here is what some ambitious planting can do. this is the national forest in the midlands, begun in the 19905, now delighting local people. acorns grow. time for a look at the weather. good evening. it's been a cold day but many us saw some sunshine on sunday. with those clear skies, a cold night ahead. this view was taken by one of our weather watchers in argyll and bute. you can see snow over the hills there after a wintry weekend. as we head through monday, it will be a cold and frosty start to the day. there will be sunshine across the northern half of the country. through tonight, you see the blue colours on the map, showing us there's a sharp frost around. during the early hours of monday morning, in the towns and cities,
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it's below freezing in the north, but we could see minus double digits across parts of scotland and northern england. less cold around the far south, as there is more cloud pushing in here and that cloud edges further northwards through the midlands into central wales by lunchtime. northern england, scotland and northern ireland hold on to sparkling winter sunshine through the day. temperatures of 2—6 degrees for most of us after a cold and frosty start to the day. monday night, we continue to see cloud in the south moving further northwards. with light winds, we could see some fairly dense fog patches forming in the early hours of tuesday. temperatures perhaps not quite as cold because we have that fog keeping temperatures from falling too low, but watch out for potential disruption on tuesday morning, down to those dense fog patches. on tuesday, this weather system tries to move in from the west but before it gets there, a lot of dry weather. you can see the mist and fog on tuesday morning. it will lift and clear, but it will be a grey day.
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some drizzle, a cloudier day across scotland and northern england, compared to recent days. 3—7 degrees, the top temperature. rain arrives in the west later in the afternoon, and that weatherfront will continue to edge further eastwards across the country from tuesday night into wednesday. a change in weather type through the middle of the week. through the day on wednesday, that rain will move east to west across many parts of the country, introducing milder air, so temperatures back into double digits in the south, still fairly cool, 4—6 degrees across scotland and northern ireland and there will be some wet weather arriving in most parts. through the week ahead, after that cold start, the rain arrives midweek and things start to feel less cold than they have been. bye for now. hello, this is bbc news with martine croxall.
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we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines. theresa may defends the government's record on the nhs, insisting it was better prepared for the pressures of winter than it had been before, despite hospitals having to postpone tens of thousands of non—urgent operations. we have put extra money in for coping with winter pressures. in the budget in november, we also announced that for the next couple of years, there will be further money going into the national health service. they haven't got a plan to get people off colleagues in corridors. those elderly people this freezing january, being treated in ambulances. the prime minister is to carry out a cabinet reshuffle tomorrow
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