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The NHS contaminated blood scandal more than 30 years ago -
the Government finally orders an inquiry.
More than 2,000 people died and thousands of other victims
were left infected with HIV and hepatitis C.
The inquiry, that I've announced today, will give them those answers,
so they will know why this happened, how it happened.
This was an appalling tragedy and it should never have happened.
Andy Evans was infected when he was five and contracted AIDS at 16.
He's campaigned for an inquiry for years.
At the very minimum, we were let down.
At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot
We'll be asking why victims have had to wait so long for answers.
President Trump's son publishes emails showing he was keen to accept
an apparent Russian offer to help his father's
Orphans of war - victims of so-called Islamic State.
We report on the desperate plight of the Iraqi children
but don't receive any benefits should qualify for sick and holiday
pay according to a Government commissioned report.
British tennis mystery is made. It's been 39 years. -- history is made.
And Johanna Konta becomes the first British woman to reach
the Wimbledon semifinals since Virginia Wade in 1978.
A moment of history that she celebrated on centre court.
Standing in between Johanna Konta and the Wimbledon final,
Venus Williams - a five-time champion, who becomes the oldest
semifinalist at the tournament in 23 years.
"An appalling tragedy that should never have happened."
That's what the Prime Minister called the contaminated blood
scandal of the 1970s and '80s, as the Government announced
It's been called one of the biggest disasters in the history of the NHS.
patients were infected with viruses, such as hepatitis C and HIV,
after being given blood products by the NHS.
Andy has had a life on medication because he was given
At the age of five, he was infected with HIV and hepatitis C.
Since then, all he's wanted is answers.
I'm very worried that there was deliberate acts behind these
infections, as I say, at the very minimum
At the worst, I think, there are people to blame for a lot
It's been called the worst disaster in the history of the NHS.
Patients expected safe treatment - haemophiliacs needing
blood clotting agents and others needing transfusions.
But they were given products tainted with life-threatening viruses.
Much of the inquiry's focus will be on Whitehall and what was happening
Victims and their families have long argued that senior Government
officials were aware of the dangers with contaminated blood products,
but allowed patients to continue receiving them.
After that, they say, there was a cover-up.
A Scottish inquiry by a judge Lord Penrose was dismissed
An earlier inquiry in England was privately funded
Today a Labour MP, whose campaigned on the issue,
told the Commons those affected by the scandal were owed
They deserve to be told what went wrong, why it went wrong
and who is responsible for what happened.
The story of the injustice they have suffered also needs to be set out
The Prime Minister later said their voices would be heard
They have waited too long for these answers.
What we want to do is talk with the families, talk to them
about the shape that this inquiry should take, so we ensure
that it is able to provide the answers and the justice
The former Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, who's alleged
it is a criminal matter with medical records falsified and said
there were failures by successive governments.
All political parties have let down those who've suffered as a result
And all parties must now put differences aside,
work together and give them truth and justice without further
And for this campaigner, who has hepatitis C,
there's only one thing which really matters.
Whether that full truth emerges after this long campaign will depend
on what sort of inquiry is convened and its powers.
And our health editor, Hugh Pym, is with me now.
Why have the victims had to wait so long for this inquiry? Well, Sophie,
the Government line is that it's always had an open mind but in the
last few weeks, new evidence has emerged. Some published in a
newspaper and there's other material held by Andy Burnham, alleging
criminality that he is ready top hand over to police. And there is a
political issue only on Sunday the leaders of the main opposition
parties at Westminster, including the DUP, wrote jient letter calling
for a public inquiry into this scandal. That's highly significant,
given parliamentary arithmetic these days. So with a debate due to start
at twoemsd, called by -- to start at Westminster, called by a Labour MP,
the Government moved. The Scottish Government has welcomed this and
said it would be a UK-wide exercise. Whatever the reasons, whatever the
facts, the victims and their families have welcomed what they see
this, as a landmark move, but they've yet to be convinced it
really will deliver the truth. President Trump's son has
published a chain of e-mails, which show that he was keen
to accept an apparent offer from the Russian
government last year, to help his father's
presidential campaign. Donald Trump Jr is promised
official documents that would incriminate his father's
rival, Hillary Clinton. It led to a meeting in New York
between a Russian lawyer, Mr Trump Jr and two of his
father's key advisors. Our chief correspondent, Gavin
Hewitt, is outside the White House. For nearly six months there has been
a shadow over the Trump administration, with the allegations
that the Trump campaign last year in some way colluded with the Russians.
But today a series of highly-damaging e-mails were
published, suggesting that Russian officials were actively trying to
help the Trump campaign. Congratulations dad, we love you.
Donald Trump Jr was at the heart of his dad's election campaign. Today
he embarked on a high risk strategy. He decided to disclose the e-mails
today between himself and the publicist who arranged the meeting.
The e-mails raised serious and disturbing questions. The four pages
of e-mails reveal exchanges between Trump June rye, Rybarikova junior
and a British pub list, Rob gol Steyn.
- - - to Donald Trump Jr. The e-mail continues:
In reply Mr Donald Trump Jr says: The meeting was set up by a British
publicist, Rob Goldstein. Much was promised but the Russian lawyer
today denied any links with the Kremlin. She was asked, why those at
the meeting thought she was going to deliver any information on Hillary
Clinton. It is possible they were looking for such information, they
wanted the so bad lid. But the reaction from politicians today
shows that these drip, drip revelations are proving damaging to
the Trump administration. It's serious and this is a serious
situation and one that is a long way from over. It doesn't appear that
when they had information that this person might be connected with the
Russian Government or a Russian national, that they didn't
immediately call the FBI This is very problematic. We cannot allow
foreign governments to reach out to anybody's campaign and say - we'd
like to help you. It is a non-starter. What does President
Trump make of it all? Today he says that his son was a high-quality
person and praised his transparency. But the President is also said to be
frustrated that after today the questions are only likely to get
more searching. Tomorrow the President goes back to Europe, to
France, determined to avoid the impression that his is an
administration under siege. The United Nations say as many
as 3,000 civilians remain trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul,
despite government forces declaring Skirmishes continue between Iraqi
troops and so-called Islamic State. Those trapped are mostly
the young or the elderly, who've become separated
from their families. From Mosul, our defence
correspondent, Jonathan Beale, This is an orphan of
the Battle of Mosul - a baby whose parents
have been killed. He's one of the victims
of the fight against the group He was left at this
clinic, malnourished The medics here say there
are many more like him. Yeah, I mean, kids,
without parents, a lot of them. You know, they've either been killed
by Isis or killed by air strikes There is a massive
amount of devastation. That's the only way
I can put it into terms. Iraq's Prime Minister may have
declared victory but there's still pockets of resistance
and streams of civilians trying They often collect the children
of others along the way. Seeba says she was shot at by IS
snipers as she tried to escape. The baby she's now
holding is not hers. She said the mother and father
were both buried under group. There are dozens of women
and children here, waiting to be taken to safety and they're not just
war weary, they are weak And if you listen, the only sound
you can hear is babies crying. At West Mosul's main hospital,
they're just about coping. They're still having
to treat the wounded, as well as the weak -
this man's barely alive And there are more
orphans here, too. This is Galeb who's crying out,
"Where's my father?" He only stops when they manage
to distract him with a game. He is crying, asking
for his father, mother. I can't be his father,
I can't be his mother. Even trying to identify the dead
is proving difficult. Search and rescue teams
are looking out for any forms of identity as they sift
through the debris of war. Iraq will not just have
to rebuild this city, but mend broken lives,
too, Jonathan Beale, All work in the UK's economy should
be fair and decent, according to a Government-commissioned review
of employment practices. It looks particularly
at the so-called gig economy - a growing sector of workers
who currently work flexibly but do not receive employee benefits -
though the review says they should. It also examines the use
of zero-hour contracts and recommends that everyone should
enjoy a baseline of protection. With more, here's our economics
editor, Kamal Ahmed. Whatever work we do, we spend
half our waking hours doing it. Steady or insecure,
full-time or self-employed, high pay or low pay,
the world of work is changing. Appearing alongside Theresa May,
Matthew Taylor said Our national performance
on the quantity of work is strong. But quantity alone is not enough
for a thriving economy We believe now is the time
to complement that commitment in creating jobs with the goal
of creating better jobs. Flexible, work the hours
he wants, few benefits. I just switch on and off
whenever I wanted. And in the middle of my day,
if I want to pop down to the seaside or watch a Spiderman movie,
I can do that. For Felicity, it is a different
story from the world I could never budget because some
weeks I'd get too much work, Some weeks, I wouldn't get enough
work so I just really That, actually, caused me
quite a bit of stress. There are certainly many
new ways of working, The gig economy, that's those
food delivery drivers, those minicab drivers,
there are around 1.3 million people And people with no guaranteed hours
of work, on zero-hours contracts, there are about 905,000
people on those. Then, there is what the report
calls the hidden economy. That is the cash in hand payments
to your window cleaner that avoid The report says that is worth
?6.2 billion a year and should Mr Taylor said in his review,
much of this new world of work is good work,
but for those being Sick and holiday pay benefits,
a right to an enhanced minimum wage because the work does
not guarantee hours. Then there's talk of better
enforcement of the present laws and higher taxes
for those gig firms. Paying National Insurance
for the first time, which many of them avoid
at the moment. The big question -
will any of this ever happen, given the Conservatives lack one
important thing - a majority. You cannot give any guarantees that
you will be able to pass a report like this and the recommendations it
has had through Parliament? I would hope, as I said
in my speech, people will see across the political world,
will see the importance It is about the future
of our economy. There seems little
chance of consensus. Labour said the report
was a huge missed opportunity, particularly when it came to not
banning zero-hours contracts. We have to get rid of
zero-hours contracts. Obviously, we have to get rid
of the gig economy and the bogus self-employment which actually
is a wonderful way for a minority of employers to avoid paying
National Insurance contributions. The world, frankly, does not lack
for government reviews on everything The question now, will this one make
a difference or just be left to gather dust on some
Whitehall shelf? Johanna Konta made history tonight,
after becoming the first British woman in almost 40 years to make it
to the Wimbledon semi-finals. The world number seven beat
the Romanian second seed, She'll now take on Venus Williams
for a place in the final, On Centre Court, a British woman
in a Wimbledon quarterfinal. Never mind the rest of her career,
Johanna Konta's progress here had Where every mood, every
move is scrutinised. Johanna Konta first played
at Wimbledon as a junior, When her Hungarian-born parents
moved to Britain, she followed. Really Konta is not a product
of one nation or a tennis system but a product
of her own intense motivation. Against her here, Simona Halep,
a player ranked higher, capable of matching Konta,
almost nothing between them. Just look at Hawk-Eye,
a fraction off. At crucial moments, Konta
was making more mistakes. Still, adversity is just
an opportunity for resilience, The second set went
to another tie-break. Deep breath, deep
breath, now ex-hail. Into the third, could Konta
break the Halep serve? Match point and the
crowd on the brink. Listen for a scream
and watch the reaction. Halep distracted, while retaining
focus is everything - 40 years since you won,
Virginia, 40 years. Konta says she's
believed she could be a champion Regardless of whether it was
going my way or not, I felt I really struck to my true
self and tried to create as many I knew going into the match
against Simona, that she was really not going to give me
a match for free. Well perseverance was a thing today,
off-court and on it and who sums it up better than Venus Williams,
into another semifinal at 37 History will always hang over
British players here, but the future, the present
is nothing to be scared of. Smile and Centre Court
smiles with you. An aristocrat, who wrote an online
post, offering ?5,000 for the businesswoman
and campaigner, Gina Miller, to be run over, has been found
guilty of two charges Rhodri Colwyn Philipps,
the 4th Viscount St Davids, wrote the message four days
after Gina Miller won a Brexit legal Philipps, who called
his comments "satire", There have been fresh calls
for drastic improvements in the care given to people with learning
disabilities in England. More than 2,500 of them
remain in secure units, that's despite Government promises
that they would close. In one year alone, 50% of all deaths
of people with a learning disability were recorded as avoidable,
compared to 23% for Our social affairs correspondent,
Alison Holt, has the story. The front room of the family home
in Essex, 34-year-old Ian Shaw lies quietly comforted
by having his parents at his side. He has learning disabilities,
autism and epilepsy. He also has terminal cancer,
which his parents say should have I was told there was no
treatment because it had They couldn't treat it
because it would be too much. The family asked us to tell Ian's
story because they believe it shows how the system still fails people
with learning disabilities. As he grew up, Ian's
behaviour became challenging. When in pain, he'd throw things
and bang his head scarring himself. In 2007, he was sent to the first
of three secure units. Because things became out
of control, the secure So once he was there, it felt
like you couldn't get him back out? This weighty family file tells
the story of Ian's life It shows his mum raising numerous
concerns about levels of medication, There are records of Ian
being restrained as well as family letters fighting to get him moved
to a supported home It took nine years, but Ian left
the last secure hospital in 2016. Within months, testicular
cancer was found. The family believes in the secure
unit early signs were first missed Bernadette Adams provided
the family support in meetings Jan has been saying for many months
that Ian was in pain or Ian had infections and she was,
you know, on many occasions, In a statement, the Department
for Health says: It and NHS England
also insist they are making progress in improving care and
closing secure units. But not fast enough
for Sir Steve Bubb, author of two He's written to the Prime Minister
calling for an Independent Commissioner to speak up
for people like Ian. It's scandalous and very sad the use
of physical restraint, overmedication, secclusion
and a serious neglect of health It's all too typical and it has
led me to believe that institutional care is,
at root, abusive and we must The Government says it has no
plans for an Independent Ian's family want his legacy to be
that in future others The head of the bank JP Morgan,
one of the City's biggest employers, has told the BBC that Brexit
could easily mean thousands of his In an exclusive interview,
Jamie Dimon said there was no question that Europe had more cards
at the negotiating table. His words come as the new French
government makes a pitch for bankers to relocate to Paris,
after the UK leaves the EU, as our gusiness editor,
Simon Jack, reports. The Prime Minister of
France today rolled out his own red white and blue carpet
to the UK's finance industry. Here in Paris's financial
district, there is There is a sense the UK's financial
services industry has been wounded by Brexit and Paris has been
the most aggressive capital of those trying to nibble away at London's
dominant position in global finance. France is bending over backwards
to attract an industry its former President once
described as an enemy. Loose employment laws
and new international schools It is a list aimed
squarely at international bankers like Jamie Diamond,
chief executive of JP Morgan, who employed 16,000
people in the UK. He has warned thousands
of those may go before Brexit and today that
could just be the beginning. We're at the negotiating table and
sometimes the other person has more cards. There's no question Europe
has more cards to play here. You once said 4,000 jobs, you say that
may well yet be true? Yes, easily, yeah. Even more? I'm hoping it's
just a few hundred. Again, we hope it's none. But yes, the negotiation
will determine how many. Back in London, giving evidence to the House
of Lords, David Davis said the banks need for quick answers was being
used for leverage by EU negotiators. Enough American banks are saying oh,
we'll go to Paris. Good luck to them. Even Frankfurt, even better
luck to them. They encourage the other side therefore to hold back.
There's no holding back the man of the moment, though. New president
Emmanuel Macron has a gnaw preach that is -- has a gnaw preach that is
resonating with businesses big -- has a new approach that is
resonating with businesses. We know things like Brexit or Donald Trump
are factors into why they're looking to coming and work here. Obviously
there's a huge Macron effect as well, with the new president. I
think for once, we're starting to have a probusiness image. The French
government is hoping that will make banks consider Paris less a tourist
attraction and more like a permanent home. Simon Jack, BBC News, Paris.
Tonight marks a month since the Grenfell Tower fire
in which at least 80 people lost their lives.
Police believe 255 people managed to escape the building that night.
One of them was Antonio Roncolato, who lived in a flat
He's been recounting the events of that night
with our correspondent, Jeremy Cooke.
The memories, though, are sharp, clear, fresh in the mind.
For those who survived, the events of a month ago
Antonio shared a flat in Grenfell Tower with his son,
Christopher, who came home late that night to find the building on fire.
When my son called me around 1.30am, he told, "Pappy, wake up,
get dressed and get out of there because the tower is burning."
The flames came down Christopher's room, on the outside.
Smoke was very thick, very horrible smell,
I said, there's no way I can go out there, no way.
For the fire brigade, Grenfell Tower was an unprecedented challenge.
Antonio knew he was in mortal danger, but he could do nothing
They banged on the door very strongly.
They said, follow me and we'll tell you to do.
They told me to grab on his jacket in the back.
We went through so synchronised with these two firemen,
A lot of water coming down from above.
A lot of debris, a lot of mud, water on the floor, really noisy.
Hundreds did escape the tower that night.
Some even filmed as they made it out, made it to safety.
For Antonio, a breath of sweet, fresh air.
I was out, I say, oh, my God, I said thank you,
I say thank you, right and left, up and down.
Then they escorted me out of the building.
I had to walk a few steps to the ambulance.
Then I could see a glimpse of the tower burning.
Antonio escaped the chaos, still he mourns neighbours
Two in particular, brother and sister, that
And still, so many questions about how all of this could have
happened in our capital city one month ago.
The ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road brought goods
Now China's president is resurrecting the route
with a 7,500 mile railway - costing more than ?1 trillion.
But is it a win for all or a bid for strategic influence?
In a series of special reports this week, our China editor,
Carrie Gracie, is travelling the length of China's
Tonight, she continues her journey starting in Western China.
This is the face of the new Silk Road.
Behind the stage make-up, Buhalima is a Muslim
Her people left behind by China's growth.
Here in Xinjiang, the state fears radical Islam.
And ethnic unrest has kept many away.
TRANSLATION: Tourists I met told me they heard Xinjiang was unsafe,
that they couldn't be sure to get out unharmed if they came here.
Some people did some bad things and it's affected all of us.
China is trying to re-write the script.
At this theatre, a grand narrative of ethnic unity
The wealth gap between West China and the coast, a challenge
This economy is addicted to building but the coast now has as much road
So China's seeking new frontiers at home and abroad.
To solve economic and security problems with one blow.
The Silk Road was once unimaginably remote to most Chinese.
In less than a decade, China's built twice as much rail
as the rest of the world combined and pushed it out to the far west,
towards the fabled Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang,
a magnet for the biggest tourist force in the world.
One government hopes will kick start growth and stabilise the region.
Heading west to troubled Xinjiang, do they fear
There are people looking after our safety everywhere we go.
TRANSLATION: A small group of people are causing
At Xinjiang's Grand Theatre, they're spending $250 million
on a Silk Road centre-piece but the more China invests,
The ancient Silk Road story has moments of danger.
And China's grand new narrative is fraught with peril.
Deliver on the spin of opportunities for all, or forever scan the crowd
And Carrie continues her journey tomorrow in Kazakhstan,
where China is challenging Russia's influence.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two. Tonight, we'll be delving deep
into the Trump e-mails, the disclosure today that one
Watergate prosecutor described as a smoking cannon.
And we've an exclusive investigation into one work place,
where staff have been paid the equivalent of one third
Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.