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I'm Martine Croxall.
The headlines at 10:
Brendan Cox has stepped down
from two charities set up
in memory of his wife,
the late MP Jo Cox,
after allegations of sexual assault
were made public.
I think the right thing to do
is to resign, and to look
at his behaviour in the past and try
and make a change in the future.
Could the cost of university courses
vary, depending on their content?
The Government prepares
to launch a a review
of tuition fees in England.
Ministers reject pleas to issue
a medical cannabis licence
for a six-year-old boy whose rare
form of epilepsy improves
after taking the drug.
The best of film-making
talent has been honoured
in the BAFTA awards this evening
at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The film Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest
success of the night,
taking a total five awards -
including Best Film,
Best Supporting Actor
and Best Leading Actress.
Gary Oldman won the award for his
betrayal of Winston Churchill in the
Darkest Hour and the director won
The Shape Of Water. We round up the
day's sports news, highlights of the
FA Cup and from the Winter Olympics.
Good evening and
welcome to BBC News.
The family of the murdered Labour MP
Jo Cox, have pledged
to support her husband,
after he resigned from charity roles
of sexual misconduct.
Brendan Cox denies assaulting a
woman in the United States in 2015,
but admits to "inappropriate"
behaviour while working
for Save the Children.
The charity has confirmed
that he was suspended
from his role there,
and says he resigned
before a disciplinary
process was completed.
Robert Hall reports.
Jo Cox, Labour MP and mother of two,
was murdered in her constituency
during the run-up to the 2016 EU
referendum, shot and stabbed
by a far right extremist.
In the months after her death,
the public rallied in support
of her family and in particular,
her husband, Brendan,
who set up two charities,
the Jo Cox Foundation
and More in Common.
Today he announced his
resignation from both of them,
of inappropriate behaviour a year
before his wife's murder.
The claims are reported
in a Sunday paper.
They're linked to alleged incidents
at Harvard University
in Massachusetts, and whilst Mr Cox
was working for Save the Children.
In this case, he's said to have
pinned a staff member to a wall
while making sexual comments.
Mr Cox says the claims
are a massive exaggeration.
His statement continues...
Labour backbencher Jess Phillips,
a friend of Jo Cox, said her widower
was right to stand back
from the charities.
I'm not defending his actions,
I am trying to think
about this person who I know,
and my friend, who isn't here,
and make sure that there
is a change in the future.
I don't defend any
of this behaviour.
Jo Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater,
stood with Brendan Cox at the end
of the murder trial.
Today she said it had been another
very difficult day for the family
but they would support Brendan Cox
and they respected him
for admitting past mistakes.
No one from Save the Children
was available to speak to us today,
but in a statement the charity said
staff safety and welfare
were priorities and that
all complaints were dealt
with in accordance with its
That was what had happened in 2015,
when Mr Cox was suspended
and the disciplinary process began.
He had resigned before that
process was complete.
Another senior Labour figure linked
Brendan Cox's decision to wider
changes in attitude.
Hopefully we are seeing a change now
in the climate and the culture,
where people are recognising
that those in positions of power
should not abuse positions of power,
those who end up becoming victims
of harassment should have
support to speak out.
Tonight, Jo Cox's family say
they are supporting each
other and are unwavering
in their determination that nothing
will cloud her legacy.
Robert Hall, BBC News.
The Education Secretary Damian Hinds
has said there should be more
variation in the cost of university
courses, with each degree
reflecting their value
to "society as a whole".
He was speaking as the Prime
Minister prepares to outline a wide
ranging review into higher education
funding in England.
Labour, who have pledged to scrap
tuition fees, say another
review isn't the solution.
Here's our education
editor Branwen Jeffreys.
This is one of two jobs
Myra Kesh is holding down.
She's in her first
year of university.
The loan for living
costs isn't enough.
Throughout the process of applying
to uni I was thinking this
is so unfair, I'm getting a lower
maintenance allowance and I'm
going to have to work several
jobs in order to live.
Sheffield Hallam has lots
of students from ordinary families.
For Alice, that means she worries
less about tuition fees and more
about just getting by.
Last year, I budgeted for about £50
a week and that was still too much
to live on, so I had to bring that
down to about £30 and that
is still not enough.
Every so often I might have
to ask my parents for help.
If they can just give me £20
for food, for basic food.
Up to 6.1% interest
is charged on student debt.
An average £5,800 of interest
charges before leaving university.
In total, it's about £57,000 of
borrowing for the poorest students.
After 30 years, any unpaid
loan is written off.
But by 2021, there could be £160
billion of outstanding student debt.
It's the poorest students in England
who end up borrowing the most.
Because they can't rely on the Bank
of Mum and Dad for living costs.
So altering the system isn't simple.
If you just lower tuition fees,
you help the richest,
unless you also put more money
into maintenance support.
In his first interview,
the new Education Secretary
gave little away.
Only one thing is certain.
They expect graduates to help
pay for universities.
We think it is right that
if you benefit from a university
degree, you should make
a contribution and that is what this
current system does.
What we're doing in the review
is looking at how that
system works, making sure there
are alternatives, more variety.
The Government wants more short
degrees, more part-time study.
There's been little
appetite for either so far.
Universities say making studying
affordable is the key.
You need to reintroduce maintenance
grants at a level which genuinely
offers students a basic
level of subsistence.
Universities want a secure future.
Students, a fairer deal.
But with economic uncertainty ahead,
the Government's review has
little wriggle room.
BBC News, Sheffield.
Our Political Correspondent
Alex Forsyth has been
explaining why the Government
is launching its review
into higher education.
I think the Government has been
feeling pressure on this
front for some time.
That is in part because of that
Labour pledge made during last
year's election to scrap tuition
fees entirely for all
students in England.
That was largely credited
for Labour's popularity
with younger voters.
The Conservatives, I think,
are conscious that on this front
they need to gain some ground,
hence this review
of higher education.
The real question is,
what can they do on this
issue of fees, because,
as you heard there, they remain
committed to the principle that it's
those who go to university,
who benefit for a degree,
who should pay for it,
rather than everybody.
So they're not going
to match Labour's offer
and scrap fees altogether.
The risk is that whatever they do
in place, whether that is trying
to encourage different fees
for different courses or shorter
courses, that could be seen as just
tinkering around the edges.
In fact today Justin Greening,
who was the former
who's only very recently
left the Government,
she said the issue of student
finance should not be kicked around
like a political football.
And we'll find out how this story -
and many others - are covered
in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30
and 11:30pm this evening
evening in The Papers.
Our guests joining me
tonight are he former
Giles Kenningham and Torcuil
Crichton, Political Editor
at The Daily Record.
More than 60 people are feared
dead after a passenger
plane crashed in Iran.
The flight, which took off
from the capital, Tehran,
came down in the Zagros mountains,
in the south-west of the country,
on its way to the city of Yasuj.
It was operated by Aseman Airlines.
Families have been gathering
at a mosque close to an airport
in Tehran to get information
about their loved ones.
Bad weather, including fog and heavy
snow, has hampered rescue efforts
and the search has been called off
for the night.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has launched
a scathing attack on Iran,
calling it the "greatest
threat to our world".
He was speaking at the international
security conference in Munich.
Mr Netanyahu also held up
what he said was a piece
of an Iranian drone shot down over
He warned Iran not to "test
Here's a piece of that Iranian
drone, or what's left of it after we
shot it down.
I brought it here so you could
see it for yourself.
Mr Zarif, do you recognise this?
You should - it's yours.
You can take back with
you a message to the
tyrants of Tehran -
do not test Israel's resolve.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif said Mr Netanyahu's
speech was an attempt to undermine
the international nuclear deal.
I can assure you that
if Iran's interests are not
secured, Iran will respond.
We'll respond seriously
and I believe it would be a response
that people will be sorry for taking
the erroneous actions they did.
We will not be the first ones
to violate an agreement
for which all of us tried,
in spite of Netanyahu's
attempts, to achieve.
We achieved it in spite of him,
we implemented it in spite of him,
and the world will maintain that
agreement, in spite of his
Kasra Naji from BBC Persian
is in Munich and he explained more
about the tensions between Israel
It's very real, actually.
And what we've seen in the last
three days in this conference,
in this hotel behind me...
In fact, a lot of people who did
speak, some of the leaders
of the countries, top officials,
strategists who spoke,
they spoke about the real danger
of a conflict breaking out in that
because of the worrying
developments in Syria.
There are people here who believe
Syria today poses the greatest
threat to world peace,
in effect, and what has happened
eight days ago between Iran
and Israel lends itself to that.
A group of American teenagers
who survived a school shooting
in Florida earlier this week have
announced a national march
on Washington to demand political
action on gun control.
They say they're determined
that the mass shooting,
in which fourteen pupils and three
staff members were killed,
will be a turning point
in the national debate on guns.
We can speak to our Washington
Correspondent, David Willis.
When is this March due to take
It is interesting. Next month
is the simple answer to your
question. It seemed for a while
after the Florida shooting last week
that the response might be pretty
typical. Outrage, calls for some
sort of action, followed by complete
inertia that there are signs that
this might be different this time
around. For example, the Columbine
massacre, going back nearly two
decades, there was a lot of sadness,
a lot of outrage but no activism
that stemmed from it. Now we CPAP
signs that there might be some sort
of activism, that young people are
keen to take up this issue. In many
cases, these are people who weren't
even born when the Columbine
massacre took place, yet they've
grown up quite used to so-called
active shooter drills in their
schools. Now it seems they are
starting to mobilise, to speak out
against the National Rifle
Association and to speak out against
politicians who take contributions
from them. So we have this national,
this rally in the capital here next
month. We've also got a school walk
out which is planned for the 20th of
April, the 19th anniversary of the
Columbine massacre and there is also
a big rally planned this week in the
Florida capital, Tallahassee. So
some are saying this could be a
turning point, but of course there
is a long way to go.
President Obama tried to tackle the
issue of gun control and didn't
succeed. Any sign that the political
landscape is any different now?
really, I have do so. Donald Trump
accepted about $30 million from the
National Rifle Association when he
ran for president and he has said he
has no plans to tinker with the
right to bear arms. But I have to
say today the Ohio Governor, John
sick, called for the president to
take the call lead on this issue
with small incremental reforms of
the gun-control laws here and there
is interesting to note that this
week the president is due to sit
down in the White House for what is
called a listening session with some
high school students. We will be
watching to see what comes out of
that, of course.
David Willey since
Washington, thank you very much.
Police in Leeds have been called
to one of Yorkshire's busiest
shopping streets after an attempted
ram raid took place.
As you can see, men in two cars
drove onto a pedestrianised street
in the centre of Leeds and attempted
to rob a high end watch shop.
The men in balaclavas didn't succeed
in gaining entry and escaped before
the police arrived.
The Home Office has said it can't
issue a medical cannabis licence
for a six-year-old epileptic chid,
despite calls from a group
of MPs and his family.
Alfie Dingley, who's
from Warwickshire, regularly
suffers violent seizures.
A cannabis based treatment
he received in the Netherlands
improved his condition,
but it's illegal in the UK.
Charlotte Gallagher has the story.
Six-year-old Alfie Dingley has
a rare form of epilepsy and suffers
up to 30 violent seizures every day.
To go through that once
would be traumatising,
but we're going through it sometimes
every 7-10 days, and it's just
Last September, the family moved
to the Netherlands so Alfie could be
prescribed medical cannabis oil.
His parents say he went 24 days
without having a seizure.
They've now moved back to the UK,
but cannabis oil is illegal
in Britain, so they want
the Home Secretary Amber Rudd
to give Alfie a license to use it.
It is thought this drug works with
nerve receptors in the brain to help
control the seizures.
But the Home Office
has ruled it out.
A group of MPs want
the Home Secretary to make
an exception for Alfie.
If we can find a way for her around
the regulations that exist,
and we believe that we can,
she can issue a license to make sure
that Alfie can get this medicine.
Alfie's family have vowed
to continue their battle,
saying you've got to fight,
"for your kids and we want to know
that we've done everything we can".
Charlotte Gallagher, BBC News.
The family of murdered MP Jo Cox
have pledged to support her widow
after he admitted behaving
inappropriately to women in 2015.
The Education Secretary says
university tuition fees should
reflect the economic benefit
graduates will have two the country
ahead of a review of higher
education funding in England.
Sport now, and time for a full
round up, from the BBC Sport Centre.
There was a shock in
today's only FA cup tie.
League One's bottom team Rochdale
came from behind to earn
a replay with Tottenham.
Harry Kane had given
the Premier League side a 2-1 lead
from the penalty spot in the last
two minutes but Rochdale conjured
a dramatic equaliser deep
into injury time at Spotland.
Steve Davis was their hero
and they will face each other again
at Wembley for a place
in the quarter-finals.
It was an amazing game, an amazing
event for us. It was a real
pleasure. We took the opponents on.
We know how good they are, but we
tried to take them on. Sacrificial
behaviour at times from the players,
but every one of the players I
thought were magnificent. We knew
having gone 1-0 up in the first
half, we almost slipped the bomb, if
you like. We knew what was going to
come in the second half was that I
thought the players, they responded
superbly, their heads could have
gone down but they didn't after the
penalty. I feel as though we got a
Rangers are up to second
in the Scottish Premiership on goal
difference after an eight goal
thriller at Hamilton.
Accies actually took the lead
after only five minutes
at New Douglas Park, but Rangers
equalised and then went ahead
after a Josh Windass shot
was spilled by Hamilton keeper
The home side made it 2-2,
but Rangers scored two
quick-fire goals and then Windass
scored his third to make it 5-2.
Hamilton pulled one back
in the closing minutes, but the 5-3
win means Rangers move
Celtic drew 0-0 at home
to St Johnstone in the day's
other fixture, but have
still increased their lead
at the top to nine points.
British slope-style skier
James Woods desribed his fourth
place finish as "minging"
as he narrowly missed
out on a bronze medal.
Britain needed just one more
to make it a record five
at a Winter Olympics but failed
to add to their tally today.
At least Lizzie Yarnold
and Laura Deas received their medals
after yesterday's sliding success,
but Great Britains women have lost
again in the curling.
From Pyeongchang, here's our sports
correspondent, Andy Swiss.
From a dry ski slope in Sheffield
to an Olympic final.
James Woods has long made
the extraordinary seem effortless,
and once again how he rose
to the occasion, as he tricked,
flipped and leapt his way
right into contention.
What's he got for us?
You can hear what the
crowd think of that.
What a run by James Woods!
He came here with such
high hopes for a medal,
will that be enough?
Well, it seemed it might be.
Second place for Woodsy...
And with just a few left to go
he was still in bronze,
before America's Nick Goepper
snatched away his medal.
It's a game of perfection,
and it's not just that,
you've got to go above
and beyond technical difficulty.
That was insane.
at the curling.
The woman's captain
Eve Muirhead penalised for not
releasing her stone in time.
Muirhead felt she had
let go before the line,
but curling does not
use video technology.
The incident handed victory
to opponents Sweden.
Meanwhile, it's emerged speed skater
Elise Christie suffered soft tissue
damage in her crash yesterday.
Her boyfriend posted this...
With her next event on Tuesday,
it's a race against time.
But for others,
there was celebration.
Lizzy Yarnold receiving her
skeleton gold medal.
Her historic success, she told me,
was still sinking in.
It was a big goal four years ago
to try and be the first
British Winter Olympian
to retain my title.
It was scary to say it,
but now it's rolling off
the tongue a bit more.
I'm just so proud that it
all came together.
And with team-mate Laura Deas
collecting her bronze,
a picture-perfect podium
for British sport.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
That's all the sport for now.
More sport on the BBC News Channel
throughout the evening.
Thank you very much.
A committee of MPs has warned that
a hard Brexit could mean higher food
prices for consumers.
A report by the Commons Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs Committee
also said failure to get
a free-trade deal with the EU
could be devastating for farmers.
Our business correspondent
Joe Lynam reports.
The peace and bucolic splendour
of UK farmlands could be
dramatically upset if Britain fails
to get a comments
of free post Brexit.
A key group of MPs says consumers
might also end up paying more
for food if the UK reverts
to World Trade Organisation rules.
The Environment Food and Rural
Affairs committee of MPs says
a so-called hard Brexit
would have a devastating effect
on rural communities.
That's because 60% of UK food
exports go to the EU,
and they could face
much higher tariffs.
The committee also said that Britain
should not dilute its own high food
standards in order to sign
new global trade deals,
such as one with the US.
If we go into a sort of WTO
situation where there
are tariffs on imported food,
that will actually
drive food prices up.
Now, for some commodities,
that will actually suit farming,
but perhaps not the consumer,
if they have to pay
more for their food.
The Government has sought
to soothe those concerns.
It said that leaving the EU gave
the UK a golden opportunity
to secure ambitious free-trade deals
while supporting our
farmers and producers.
It said it would not compromise
on the UK's high environmental
or welfare standards.
Joe Lynam, BBC News.
The stars have been out
for this year's BAFTAS.
And there was celebrations
all round for Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The dark-comedy drama
scooped the Best Film prize
as well as a host of other awards.
And the film's star,
Frances McDormond, won best Actress
for her performance of a mother
seeking justice for her
It was Gary Oldman's portrayal
of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour
which landed him the BAFTA for Best
He said the awards was a "tremendous
honour", and used his acceptance
speech to pay tribute to his ex-wife
Lesley Manville, who was nominated
for best supporting actress.
London-born Daniel Kaluuya scooped
the Rising Star Award
for his leading role in the thriller
Accepting the award,
the 28-year-old paid
tribute to his family
And I'd like to thank my mum.
My mum is the reason...
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
you're the reason why I started,
the reason why I'm here and you're
the reason why
I keep going.
Do you understand?
Thank you for everything,
and I'd like to
thank this award...
This is yours.
Love, peace, let's get it.
We have been racking our brains and
we can't remember a time where this
same film wins those two categories,
a big winner.
Very unusual. They
invented that format so the British
film didn't miss out and they had
their own category. Sky fall has won
best British... The main film goes
to a more Hollywood film, if you
like. Unusually today, a film that
is about small-time America,
produced here by British producers
and by an Irish director has taken
best film. I think it is extremely
unusual. I'm slightly surprised
because I thought it was a film that
divided people but it united the
BAFTAs. It is a film that is very
divisive and away, deliberately so,
controversial, but not controversial
enough to put off the BAFTA voters.
One of the edgiest films they have
ever voted as their best picture.
said we were surprised if Francis
McDonald hadn't come away with that
prize, the same with Gary Oldman.
did, for Winston Churchill in
Darkest Hour. He ended up thanking
Sir Winston Churchill in his
acceptance speech but the standard
he took -- stand he took, this stand
against the march of Hitler and the
speeches he gave in that movie have
been so well received by everyone. I
hear he has been getting a standing
ovation is up and down the land for
those speeches. I suppose it really
struck a chord this year. There's a
freedom there, a unity that those
speeches are brought together. Let's
face it, it's a fantastic
performance from Gary Oldman. I
always think doing Churchill is a
bit of a turn. Brian Cox had a go,
Hardy, everyone has their favourite
Churchill and the casting of Gary
Oldman when it was announced a few
years ago, people were
flabbergasted. How could this guy
who has been Dracula, the guy in
Lyon and was a punk in Sid vicious,
how could he played Winston
Churchill? He prays him with the
same spirit he put towards all
those, a maverick defiant spirit. I
think of all the actors in the last
30 years from that generation that
came up from the 80s, he is flying
the flag for working-class actors in
Britain and always has done. I think
he is a very inspirational winner.
His first BAFTA.
The weather now.
The weather now.
The sunshine was more limited today.
A lot of cloud spinning in from the
west, bringing some rain and
drizzle. Upstream, we do see if you
breaks in the cloud. Those could
emerge across and western parts of
the UK tomorrow. A change of
fortunes, perhaps. In those breaks
in the cloud, we have this milder
air and those temperatures could
push up towards 13 degrees or so. A
mild night tonight. Still one or two
breaks towards East Anglia, but this
cloud is continuing to push slowly
eastwards. Still some more rain and
drizzle. There becomes lighter and
Quite a bit of mist and hill fog in
that rain and typical temperatures,
5-7d. No frost by Monday morning.
Instead, two weather fronts getting
close to the UK. Most of the rain
coming on the first one. It is
between those two weather fronts we
will get the breaks in the cloud and
a milder air. A change of fortunes
because eastern Scotland and eastern
England likely to be dull and rap
with some rain and drizzle. Further
west, a little sunshine possible,
particularly around coastal areas
and perhaps in Northern Ireland
ahead of the next weather front
bringing the next band of rain later
on. But a mild day. 10-13d, cooler
in the east where we have that rain
and drizzle. That will still be
around overnight tomorrow night. You
see the two main areas of rain
converging, the cloud breaks later
in Northern Ireland and across
western Scotland, perhaps North
Wales in north-west England. Turning
a little chilly, not too cold
because there will be a breeze.
Milder underneath the cloud as we
head into Tuesday. Probably a chilly
wind blowing across the Midlands and
East Anglia. Some outbreaks of rain
Tuesday afternoon, that tends to
slowly Peter out. In the West, more
likely to see some sunshine at
times. Still some decent
temperatures, 10-11d, but colder in
eastern England. Things will be
drying up because high pressure is
building in across the UK. It will
keep these weather fronts at bay.
This is quite a change of type. We
haven't seen much high pressure over
the past few weeks. It does mean
after a mild start to the week,
it'll gradually turn a little
colder, but with the high building
on it should become dry in most