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The Prime Minister heads to the United States to become
the first world leader to meet the new President.
Theresa May will first address Republican congressmen and say
Britain and America have the chance to lead the world together again.
But Donald Trump's latest comments on supporting torture,
in his first interview as President, are likely to complicate the visit.
Would I feel strongly about water boarding?
As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire.
We will be live in Philadelphia for the latest.
Strong consumer spending helped the UK's economy to grow faster
than expected at the end of last year.
A record number of prisoners committed suicide in jails
A DNA breakthrough - police finally solve the mystery
of a body found on Saddleworth Moor a year ago.
And British astonaut Tim Peake on his plans to return to space,
as the Soyez capsule which carried him there and back
Coming up in the sport on BBC News: Roger Federer reaches his first
grand slam final in two years with victory over Swiss
compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open.
Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.
Theresa May is expected to become the first world leader to meet
America's new President this evening when she addresses Republican
Tomorrow, she will travel to the White House for formal talks.
The Prime Minister is expected to tell her audience
tonight that a "sovereign, global" Britain wants to enhance
But some politicians here have reacted to the meeting
with misgivings, after Mr Trump said he supported the use
Here's our political correspondent, Carole Walker.
Theresa May says her meeting with President Trump will be an
opportunity to renew the special relationship, to discuss a future
trade deal and the importance of strengthening defence and security
cooperation. But how will she respond to the new President's
latest remarks? Some of his advisers do not agree with him but Donald
Trump says he would consider methods such as waterboarding to tackle
international terrorism. When they are chopping off the heads of people
because they happen to be a Christian in the Middle East, when
Isis is doing things nobody has heard of since medieval times, but I
feel strongly about waterboarding? As far as I am concerned, we have to
fight fire with fire. I want to do everything in the bounds of what we
can do legally but do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.
The Foreign Secretary says the Government's stance is clear. The
Prime Minister did answer that question in the House of Commons
yesterday and she was very clear that our principled position and our
objection to torture remains unchanged. The Prime Minister has
said she will not be afraid to stand up to the American President on
issues where they disagree. Yesterday, a senior Tory and the
raised his concerns. President Trump has repeatedly said that he will
bring back torture as an instrument of policy. When she sees him on
Friday, will the Prime Minister make clear that in no circumstances will
she permit Britain to be dragged into facilitating that torture, as
we were after September 11? I can assure my honourable friend that we
have a very clear position on torture, we do not sanction torture,
we do not get involved with that and that will continue to be our
President. As the Prime Minister continues to negotiate Britain's the
from the EU, she has spoken about the importance of loping -- of new
global ties, the EU is our biggest trading market, with more than ?500
billion annually but Theresa May knows the progress of a future US
trade deal would send an important signal. It is very important for
Britain and the United States we have better trade agreements, they
could be even better with the right kind of deal and it is good that we
work together on the main issues around the world. And the British
Government has been very clear in its stance. The Prime Minister will
speak in glowing terms about the importance of the special
relationship when she addresses senior Republicans later. She will
say the US and UK working together to defeat evil have fulfilled the
promise of freedom, liberty and the rights of man, but is under pressure
to confront the American President over remarks which many believe fly
in the face of those ideals. Theresa May knows that establishing a strong
personal rapport will be hugely important. Downing Street said there
may be frank exchanges, but it is clear that renewing the special
relationship will be the priority. Theresa May will address congressmen
later today and President Trump is expected to attend, a big moment for
expected to attend, a big moment for the Prime Minister.
What sort of reception is the Prime Minister likely to get?
I think she will get a warm reception, the chemistry when she
meets Donald Trump tomorrow will be fascinating, you could not really
imagine two different characters in terms of their personal style. The
torture issue is difficult because she will be under a lot of pressure
to raise that. But what she needs to do when she comes here is the
persuade Congress to Republicans when she speaks to them behind me
and the President himself that Britain can negotiate a good
bilateral trade deal once it is out of the European Union. The
difficulty for her is that Donald Trump is in favour of bilateral
trade deals, he really likes them, he hates multilateral deals, but he
likes bilateral deals because he believes America can always get the
upper hand, the better deal. They can effectively get the best out of
those bilateral deals because it is the more powerful country. She will
have to come away from Washington tomorrow with something to show,
some positive words to give some sense of enthusiasm and some bite to
her and her government's view that Britain can exist properly in trade
terms outside the EU. Thank you. Our assistant political editor,
Norman Smith, is in Westminster. Her meeting with President Trump
is certainly going to Well, this was always a meeting
which some people in Westminster were queasy about given the views of
Mr Trump on various issues, but his comments about torture have made it
a lot more problematic. Because this morning, there has been quite a
backlash following his remarks, not just from Labour politicians, senior
Conservatives also unhappy about his remarks on using waterboarding,
saying that is morally indefensible, legally unacceptable. But there are
also security implications because the secured -- the concern is
British spies cannot take advantage of American intelligence because we
do not know if it is screened from using torture. So for Theresa May,
her people will wonder how to manage this, we want the best possible
relations and yet we know Mrs May has said she is quite prepared to be
frank with Mr Dashwood Mr Trump. We will find out in the next couple of
hours exactly how Frank Mrs May is prepared to be.
And an important milestone reached in Parliament
Yes, we have here the Brexit bill to begin the process of taking us out
of the EU. A pared down, stripped down, fast-track bill to be pushed
through the Commons, starting next Tuesday, done and dusted by the
following Wednesday. A number of Labour MPs have said this is not
acceptable, it is an attempt to muzzle MPs and gag parliaments, not
enough time. One of the key developments this lunchtime is
Jeremy Corbyn is to order his MPs to back this bill. A lot of anger among
some Labour MPs over this, with suggestions it could prompt more
resignations from Jeremy Corbyn's team, including from the Shadow
Cabinet, so there is the potential that this bill could lead to another
Jeremy Corbyn leadership crisis. From Westminster, thank you.
Those comments were in the new President's first major interview
Speaking to the American broadcaster ABC, he said protecting the US
Our world affairs correspondent, Paul Adams, reports.
Donald Trump is getting used to his new home, following his
hallowed and not so hallowed footsteps.
Five days after his inauguration, does the 45th
I want to make this a great success for the
American people and for the people that put me in this position, so I
So I can be the most presidential person
ever, other than possibly the great Abe Lincoln, all right?
But I can be the most presidential person, but I
may not be able to do the job nearly as well if I do that.
National security has loomed large in this first week.
President Trump promising once again to suspend
the flow of refugees from several Arab countries.
You're looking at people that come in, in many cases,
They're coming in under false pretences, I don't want that.
I'm going to be the President of a safe
You think this is going to cause a little more
Donald Trump says American interests will always come first.
Listen to what he says he would have done in Iraq.
Well, we should have kept the oil when we got out.
And you know, it's very interesting, had
we taken the oil, you wouldn't have Isis.
Because they fuelled themselves with the oil, that's
So you believe we can go in and take the
These are some of the pictures that were taken.
Last weekend, the White House was furious at the suggestion that
Donald Trump's inauguration had not attracted record crowds.
When you look at this tremendous sea of love, I call
it a sea of love, it's really something special.
That all these people travelled here from all parts
of the country, maybe the world, but all parts
Many of these people were the forgotten men and
But more importantly, they're going to love
Mr Trump says it was only massive voter fraud that
prevented him from winning the popular vote in November.
Most experts say there is simply no evidence.
You've got people who are registered who are dead, who are
illegals, who are in two states, and I will say this.
Of those votes cast, none of them come
Donald Trump has been the most powerful man
A week of decisions and recriminations, able to
start for his legions of fans, an unnerving guns
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, says the UK's economy
is robust and resilient, but he's warned there may
be uncertainty ahead, as Britain adjusts to
His comments come as official figures show that the economy defied
the expectations of some economists and grew by 0.6% in the final
three months of last year and by 2.0% over 2016.
Our economics editor, Kamal Ahmed, is at the Microsoft
headquarters in Reading, where the Chancellor has been
Yes, famously and rather sarcastically, it was Napoleon that
called Britain a nation of shopkeepers. And frankly, Philip
Hammond is probably pretty glad that we are a nation of consumers. It has
been the services sector of the UK economy, 80% of the UK economy, that
has really lifted those growth figures. Retail, restaurants and
travel agents have all been contributing to those growth
figures. As you say, there were lots of gloomy forecasts about what would
happen to the economy if we voted to leave the European Union, which of
course we did. I kicked off by asking the Chancellor here in
Reading whether this was a pain cancelled or delayed.
Of course, we recognise that as we go into this period of negotiation
with the European Union and as we absorb the impacts of the
depreciation of Stirling last year, there will be more uncertainty ahead
during the course of this year. But the fact the economy is so robust
and resilient going in should give us great cause for optimism about
Britain's future. Of course, Brexit and our
negotiations for leaving the European Union are at least one of
the big unknowns the UK economy, the Chancellor told me there were some
concerns about business investment being delayed because of worries
about that uncertainty. But I asked him whether that period of
uncertainty was now seeming a little shorter than it had initially.
I sense that the period in which our European partners were wanting to
chastise us has passed, has moved on, and actually what people are
looking to do now is look for a practical solution that works for
us, that works for the European Union and that will make all our
people more prosperous in the future.
I think now of course Philip Hammond will be looking towards his next big
event and that is the budget in March. But growth figures for 2016
mean that the Government will have a bit more money to play with because
the Government and its receipts will have increased from taxes, does not
mean we are out of the woods, the Bank of England saying growth for
next year will be lower than forecast for this year, but for the
moment, the UK economy is certainly continuing with that strong, robust
growth that we have seen today. Thank you.
The number of prisoners who committed suicide in jails
in England and Wales last year has reached record levels.
The Ministry of Justice says there were 119 suicides -
the highest number since records began in 1978.
Our home affairs correspondent, Tom Symonds, reports.
Last year, the BBC was given rare access to one Britain's
It didn't take long for our team to come across the mental health
problems driving today's rise in prisoners killing
Another inmate had smashed up his cell, painted its walls.
He said his conditions had been diagnosed,
He said his conditions had been diagnosed, but not well treated.
I am asking for help, but the service seems to be so slow.
From this picture of life behind bars to the figures
354 deaths were recorded in 2015-16, up more
119 were self-inflicted, another record.
And there were more than 25,000 assaults, yet again a record.
The Government's focus has been on restoring
numbers of prison officers, which had previously been cut.
We are investing an extra ?100 million, 2,500 extra prison
officers across the estate, so that we are able
to have a caseload of one prison officer for every six prisoners
enabling us to give support and challenge to help them
turn their lives around, but also making sure
that they are kept safe while they are in prison.
It's a very serious situation and I've acknowledged that.
If she's going to be serious about saving lives and making
prisons safer, and making prisons work better to serve
putting in more staff is only one thing.
She has in the end to reduce the number of people in them.
Prisons are overflowing, they're rat infested,
cockroach infested, and they're festering with crime.
Getting tough with prisoners is easy politics for the Government.
Increasing officer numbers is achievable, yet brings
But cutting the number of people in prison, well,
The Prime Minister heads to the United States to become
the first world leader to meet the new president.
The last of the Dambusters - a petition to honour George Johnson
Coming up in sport at 1:30pm: Will England captain Eoin Morgan be
made to rue putting India into bat in Kanpur?
We'll have the latest from the first Twenty20 international,
as England look to take the early advantage.
He spent 186 days in space on board the International Space Station -
and the British astronaut Tim Peake says he's going back for more.
The 44-year-old says he's excited about returning,
and looking forward to seeing the spectacular view
He's been talking about his plans at London's Science Museum,
where the Soyuz spacecraft that launched him into orbit
and returned him to Earth went on public display today.
Our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh is there.
So here it is, the space capsule that took Tim Peake into space. And
as you said, it's now on permanent display here at the Science Museum.
Early today, Tim and his capsule were reunited for the first time
since he returned to Earth. It's been to the Space Station
and back, and now the final leg The capsule that sent
Tim Peake into orbit The Soyuz has landed -
at the Science Museum in London. It's like unwrapping a Christmas
present for the staff here, revealing a singed, scorched piece
of Britain's scientific history. He was inside when he first
experienced the wonders of space. And he was looking through this
very window when he saw what it was like to re-enter
the Earth's atmosphere. And now he's been told he'll be
given another mission to the Space Station,
in a few years' time. It's great news for myself
and my colleagues that we're going to get the opportunity
for a second mission back It's wonderful news for the future
of European space travel. The Science Museum want the display
to be an inspiration Well, just knowing
it's been in space. You can actually really
smell the capsule. It's smaller than
I expected as well. Tim came back to Earth
in his capsule last year. It is now a celebration of Britain's
recent history of sending The return to Earth is the most
exciting ride of all time in space. You feel the G build-up and you can
see the outside surface bubbling away as you come
through the atmosphere. The parachutes open up
and you bump down on the ground. Many of the children
here want to follow in Tim and Helen's footsteps,
but not all of them. Everyone here is really excited,
especially at the news that Tim is going to get another mission to the
space station. We don't know exactly when, but it will be some time,
probably, between 1919 -- between 2019, and 2024, so not long to wait
before we can relive all that excitement of last year, all over
again. The number of cars being built in
the UK has reached a 17-year high - because of continued economic
recovery in Europe. The Society of Motor Manufacturers
and Traders says more than 1.7 million vehicles were made
last year - but they warned that investment in the industry
is falling due to uncertainty about Our industry correspondent
John Moylan reports. It's a British brand that's in
demand the world. This is the new Discovery, the latest model from
Midlands -based Jaguar Land Rover. Last year, more than 540,000 cars
rolled off JLR's production lines, making it Britain's biggest
car-maker. We had a fantastic December. Sales in January remains
strong as well. In fact even in markets like China, we have the best
sales month in our history in December. In 2016 UK plants produced
more than 1.7 million cars, a 17 year high. And we exported record
numbers. 1.35 million, more than half of that went to the EU. But
investment fell to ?1.6 billion, down around one third on the
previous year. That's falling investment would appear to be the
clearest sign yet that -- the clearest sign yet that Brexit is
having an impact and that the uncertainties surrounding our future
trading arrangements has caused some investment to be put on hold.
Anecdotally we are getting comments from an array of our members that
effectively left -- they are sitting on their hands, waiting to see what
the future will hold and waiting for the greater certainty about future
relationships with Europe. Despite the vote to leave the EU last year
Nissan said it would build two new models here, after receiving support
and assurances from the government. Aston Martin and McLaren also
announced major investment funds. But Brexit means the UK now has to
negotiate a new trade deal with the EU and some fear the prolonged
negotiations could prove highly damaging. So we want to see
preferably as much access to the single market. If that is not
maintained, then there is the question about investment in the UK
in the car industry and how many plants will remain here in the long
term. The industry wants tariff free trade with the EU to keep our car
exports growing. Production is set to hit an all-time high by the end
of the decade. The big unknown is what will happen after that. John
Moylan, BBC News. The mystery of a body found a year
ago on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester has
finally been solved. Police made numerous public appeals
for information after he was found lying on the hillside with no
identification or phone. Now a DNA match has
uncovered his identity. Judith Moritz is at Dovestone
reservoir, on the moors. Yes, it was at this beauty spot on
the edge of Saddleworth Moor, at around 12 o'clock, the middle of the
day, on the 15th of December in 2015, passing cyclist discovered the
body of a man. Now at first it was thought that he had had a heart
attack, had been out walking and suffered a heart attack or something
similar, but then the police, who were called by the Mountain rescue
here, came and said that their belief was that he had deliberately
chosen come here to die. The problem for the police was they had no idea
who he -- who the man was. On his body when they found him there were
no documents, no wallet, no mobile phone, nothing like that. The pieces
of the jigsaw have taken more than a year to establish who he was. What
they did find on the man's body were tickets. That took them to Ealing
Broadway station in London. He was captured there on CCTV. They were
able, through looking at that footage, to create an e-fit drawing
of the man and to follow lots of different lines of enquiry. Both in
the UK and also over in Pakistan, because the other thing found with
the man's body was a small pot of strychnine poisoning, which was
traced to Pakistan, along with a medical implants in the man's lead.
It's taken more than a year and they've been combing flight records,
but the police today have said through the coroner's court that the
man was David Lytton, 67 years old, from London. They discovered he flew
to the UK two days before he died from Lahore in Pakistan and they've
been able to make a DNA match with one of his relatives. There will be
a full inquest heard in due course, when more information will emerge.
We are told that Mr Lipton's family have been told about all of this and
are being comforted -- David Lytton's family have been told and
are being comforted. Poverty is blighting the lives
of nearly one in five children in the UK -
and those from the most deprived backgrounds are experiencing much
worse health compared That's according to the Royal
College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which says the UK
is lagging behind most western European countries on measures such
as infant mortality rates, Our health correspondent
Dominic Hughes reports. Hi, I'm Sophie, and I'm
an emotional wreck. Anxiety, depression
and the need to be listened to. These are the themes of a short play
on mental health performed by students in Liverpool,
and echoed in today's report on the health of young
people and children. It paints a picture of the UK
struggling to match other countries and even fallen behind. Evidence has
been developing that all is not well with our children's health. It's the
first time we've pulled together a proper picture across all four
countries and the news is not good. Some of the issues that raise
concerns over the state of child health include just 34% of babies
breast-fed to six months, less than half the rate in Norway.
40% of children in England's most deprived areas
And half of adult mental health problems start before the age of 14.
For the drama group in Liverpool, mental health issues are a priority.
Mental health is not seen physically but it doesn't mean it's not there.
Our production will mainly be to get rid of that stigma about mental
health and just educate our audience a bit more about mental health.
It challenges all four governments of the UK to consider
the impact their policies will have on children.
They've responded by restating commitments
The last surviving member of the famous Dambusters raid -
George Johnson - was in his early 20s when he and the rest
of Bomber Command Squadron 617 embarked on the perilous mission
Last year he was passed over for a knighthood,
after being nominated for his charity work
Today, his friend Carol Vorderman is going to Parliament -
along with Gulf War veteran John Nichol - in a campaign to get
The mile long march from Bomber Command memorial to Downing Street,
with the hope of finally honouring a hero. George Johnson, known as
Johnny, seen here on the far left. One of the 133 men who flew over
Germany to bomb downs. More than a third of them never going home.
People to say to me, were you frightened? I said well, I think
anybody who saw that for the first time must have been at least a bit
apprehensive. If not, they were either devoid of emotion or
strangers to the truth. But Johnny has never been recognised for the
party played on the 16th of May, 1943. Despite being nominated, he
didn't appear on the new Year's honours list. I hadn't realised he
had been nominated, but then realised he'd been snubbed in the
New years Honours list, it was an insult not only to him but also to
those he fought with and those who adore him, and I'm one of them. And
she's not alone. Hundreds of thousands, up and down the country,
agree. And so today, Carol Vorderman, along with RAF veteran
John Nichol, took their message to the Prime Minister. I'm not saying
Johnny is more worthy than a fashion designer or a celebrity or a sports
man or a TV personality, but it's those people are worthy of awards,
then Johnny is worth one, 100 fold. In just three weeks, over 200,000
people have signed the petition. But whether Johnny Johnson, our last
surviving dambuster, appears on the Queen's list next time remains to be
seen. Vienna Landing, BBC News. The weather now with Sarah Keith-Lucas.
We have some contrast across the UK, you can see the beautiful blue skies
in Scotland. The satellite image shows there's a lot of cloud around
the rest of the UK. This picture comes from Dorset, where a fairly
different scene is there. There's a lot of grey cloud, some drizzly
outbreaks of rain. We've even had some snow grains around across parts
of the country. Where you have the cloud it's feeling pretty chilly.
Add on the wind-chill as well. There should be some sunshine be appearing
along the south coast, as we had through the afternoon. This is 3pm,
also some brightness across more western parts of Wales. For the East
of Wales, through the Midlands, North East England, it's feeling
cold out there. Scotland should see most of the sunshine. Temperatures
just above freezing for many others, but feeling below zero when you want
on the effect of the wind-chill. This evening and overnight, dry for
most parts. A sharp frost. A cold night ahead from any of us. We'll
see more cloud filtering in from the south, bringing some bright spots of
rain or even some snow. There's the risk tomorrow morning we could have
some icy stretches, particularly towards the south-east. A cold start
a Friday morning. Through the day we have a front trying to move in from
the West, but it's bumping into high-pressure, in charge across
continental parts of Europe. Through the day of high pressure keeps
things mostly dry. It will turn milder and cloudier from the south
and the West, with a few spots of rain. Temperatures seven or 8
degrees, typically around two towards the north-east. On Saturday
the area of rain pushes away towards the east. We are back into sunshine
and showers, blustery feel, but we should just about push into double
figures. A change in the story as things turned that bit milder. Onto
the second half of the weekend, we see a front towards the south
bringing some wet and windy weather. Some uncertainty about how far north
that front gets during the course of Sunday. It looks like we should have
the clearest conditions across northern areas, 5-6 here, further
south milder as we had through the course of the weekend. There's a
change on the cards, certainly over the next couple of days we'll start
to lose the chilly feel. While the period of weather. Tonight, watch
out for another cold and frosty night
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