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Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours waiting in A


And figures leaked to the BBC suggest January's figures


Which would make it the worst performing month for 13 years.


We'll ask our Health Editor what the figures mean for patients.


Anger at the Government's decision to close a scheme which allows


unaccompanied child refugees into the UK.


Don't block Brexit - the warning to the House of Lords


after the Government's Bill gets strong backing in the Commons.


The new law which critics say DOESN'T protect tenants


The Australian man who survived spending hours struggling


to keep his nose above water after his excavator


And coming up in the sport on BBC News: Flanker Jack Clifford


will make just his second start for England in their Six Nations


Jack Nowell also comes in on the wing.


Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.


Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident


and emergency units in England in December - that's according


to the OFFICIAL figures - and according to data leaked


to the BBC - January is set to be even worse.


These figures suggest record numbers of people waited longer than 12


hours for a hospital bed once seen in A, making January the worst


performing month for A departments in the past 13 years.


says the vast majority of patients were seen and treated quickly,


and busy periods in hospitals were supported by an extra


Our Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.


For months now, accident and emergency departments across England


Last week, the BBC was given exclusive access to the Royal


Blackburn Hospital, where the pressure


It's just like banging your head against a brick wall.


I feel as though I'm going to collapse if I don't get to lie down.


Queueing for five hours in a corridor.


It's not what you expect from a country like ours, is it?


More patients and a shortage of beds mean longer waits,


and official figures from NHS England, published this morning,


show that December was the worst month on record for waiting


The pressure this winter is greater than it's ever been.


It has been a steep climb this year but the thing that has changed


the most has been not the 2% or 3% increase in demand,


but it's the 40% increase in the delays in moving patients,


helping them get back home and into the community.


Now new, provisional data for January, leaked to the BBC,


suggests that picture has got even worse.


This data appears to show that, last month, just 82%


of patients were transferred, admitted or discharged within four


hours, the worst performance since the target of 95%


780 patients waited for more than 12 hours for a bed


after being admitted to hospital - again, the worst figures on record.


And more than 60,000 patients faced a wait of between four and 12 hours,


The NHS in Scotland is coping better, but performances in Wales


and Northern Ireland is even worse than in England, symptoms


of the pressures building right across the health


We don't have the resources to match it but, even worse than that,


many of these figures reflect patients who are not coming


in with something relatively minor but needing sorting out and then


It reflects the experience of people coming in needing


Every patient stacked on a trolley in a corridor,


not getting to the ward they need to be in, not getting


the treatment they need is, for any of us, an individual


NHS sources acknowledge the system is facing unprecedented demand.


These latest figures suggest there is little sign of a respite.


Our Health Editor Hugh Pym is with me now.


These figures are for England, our reporter suggested there was more


pressure across the UK. That's right, the number of patients


treated outside the four hour limit was aged 2%, the worst figures and


in Scotland and was higher, 96.2%, Wales, lower, Northern Ireland just


below 70%, the same pressures everywhere although different parts


of the UK reacting in slightly different ways. Let me quote yet


another statistic. Almost 500,000 emergency admissions to hospitals in


England in December, another record high, that is what NHS England is


pointing to, the sheer volume of patients coming in is higher than


anything seen before and they think staff are working very hard and


coping incredibly well in the circumstances. Yet for patients


there's more waiting longer than four hours on trolleys after a


decision has been made to admit them to hospital but to find them a bed.


That's what we've been hearing this week on BBC News, some really


difficult stories and hospitals about what is happening to patients,


what they are going through and have frustrated the staff are. And these


are just the December figures, as the leaked to the BBC suggests, the


provisional generally figures are even worse and of course winter


still isn't true. Hugh, thank you very much.


We'll be looking at the state of health services in the UK


all this week for the BBC's NHS Health Check.


You can follow the coverage online too, at bbc.co.uk/health.


The Home Secretary has defended a decision which means that a key


route into the UK for children caught up in Europe's migrant


crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals.


The government says it will stop receiving children via the so-called


Lord Dubs, who aimed to help thousand of children get to the UK,


A legal challenge to the decision will go ahead tomorrow.


They may not make as many headlines but these children of Europe's


migrant crisis have not gone away. Refugees are still on the move,


still searching for a new home, and around 90,000 of them are youngsters


with no family. Under pressure from the UK to do more, David Cameron


promised to bring some of them here. Campaigners hoped 3000 would benefit


but the government has announced the scheme will end, having re-homed


350. That has angered some people including MPs. They are heading back


to Calais, back to Dunkirk, back to the mud, the danger, back into the


arms of the people traffickers and smugglers, the exploitation, abuse,


prostitution rings and back into the modern slavery that this parliament


and this government has pledged to end.


We have a different approach to wear those most vulnerable are. We


believe that they are in the region, that is why we have pledged to


accept 3000 children from the region and we are committed to delivering


on that. Well, I'm a refugee. I came to England at the age of six. Lord


Dubs, the Labour peer who designed the programme. Having been rescued


from Nazi Germany he knows what it means to be a refugee. And very


disappointed. I was in Greece a month ago, desperate conditions in


the refugee camps, a lot of children, some unaccompanied,


bitterly cold and miserable. We owe it to them. The first young refugees


arrived last October, 200 have been re-homed so far, another 150 will


come before the end of next month. News that more will not follow has


been described as a betrayal of vulnerable children like these and


of British trolleys. The Home Secretary said there was a risk of


encouraging people traffickers, she has restated the government 's


commitment to other schemes, bringing thousands of refugees to


the UK directly from camps in the Middle East. Dan Johnson, BBC News.


We can speak to our political editor, Norman Smith, how much anger


is there about this? Genuine anger, it's such an emotive issue. That


said, I don't detect any sign of a government rethink. Home Secretary


must seemed to be revelling in her defiance and bullish approach,


chiding crickets for adopting a high-handed approach and a high


moral tone. She said Britain could be proud of its records -- chiding


critics. She said we had fulfilled our obligations. As the details, she


argued that most local authorities didn't have the blazers to take in


refugees, the French authorities were not enthusiastic about the


scheme and if we kept on with it that would simply encourage people


traffickers to bring more children into Europe. All of which said, I


think many MPs are generally scratching their heads as to why the


government has decided to wrap up this scheme. It has only been


running six months, and these schemes take time to bed down, for


local authorities to get the appropriate procedures in place.


It's also only taken in what, 350 children, much less than many had


expected. There's also a feel about the sort of image, the sort of


message it sends out about Britain, particularly in a post-Brexit world


when we want to show that we are opening, welcoming, confident and


tolerant. Is it a done deal? Perhaps not. Much will depend on how the


public and the media react and there will also be a legal challenge so


this might not be quite over yet. Norman, thank you.


Downing Street has played down suggestions that the House of Lords


could be abolished if it doesn't back legislation triggering


A Government source had warned it would face "an overwhelming public


call to be abolished" if it tried to oppose the bill -


Our political correspondent Carole Walker reports.


The ayes to the right, 494. The noes to the left, 122. A resounding


victory for the government as MPs voted overwhelmingly for it to begin


the formal Brexit negotiations. Scottish National MPs struck a


defiant note, singing the EU anthem, Old To Joy. But the bill now passes


unscathed to the House of Lords. Downing Street has played down an


earlier suggestion there could be calls for the abolition of the House


of Lords of peers try to frustrate the legislation. Yet they face some


tough warnings. The message of the British people was clear, and


ambiguous, they want to leave the EU and they want us to get on with it.


If the House of Lords, who are not elected, try to subvert or distort


the outcome of that referendum, I think that will put them in


constitutionally a very difficult place. But ministers accept that the


Lords do have a role to play and opposition peers have said they will


try to make changes to the bill. We've always been clear we will not


block, but we will not be intimidated into not debating, and


looking at it in the normal way as we do every other bill. Last night's


vote exposed the deep divisions in the Labour Party. More than 50


Labour MPs defied the instructions of their leader and voted against


the bill. Jeremy Corbyn now has to replace four Shadow Cabinet


ministers who have resigned and decide what, if any, action to take


against more than a dozen junior shadow ministers who also rebelled.


The Labour leader dismissed suggestions that the issue had


caused another crisis for his leadership. Yes, a difference of


opinion from MPs who represents strongly Remain constituencies and


felt they should represent their constituents, I understand that, yet


it was a national referendum, rational decision, national result.


Theresa May has been meeting the Italian Prime Minister. She is


hoping to get the approval of Parliament to begin formal EU exit


negotiations with EU leaders by the end of March. Then the tough talking


will really begin. Carole Walker, BBC News, Westminster.


The US Senate has backed one of President Trump's most


controversial cabinet nominees, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.


More than thirty years ago, Mr Sessions was denied


a post as a federal judge when he was accused of racism,


He will now take charge of the justice department,


and more than 100 thousand employees, including


Our correspondent Richard Lister sent this report.


Democrats, civil liberties groups and those representing


African-Americans reacted with outrage when President Trump


nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to take charge


Senator Sessions has always denied allegations of racism from his time


as the senior lawyer in the state of Alabama.


But, during his judicial confirmation hearing in 1986,


he described the National Association for the Advancement


He also admitted describing landmark legislation ensuring that black


He's since said it was necessary and he supports it.


Democrats also criticised his long-established


backing of Mr Trump, saying the government's chief legal


officer needed to be an independent voice.


After the vote, he reached out to them.


I appreciate the full debate that we've had.


I want to thank those who, after it all, found sufficient


confidence in me to cast their vote to confirm me


as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.


In a blistering Twitter attack, Senator Elizabeth Warren said:


"If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt


"to bring his racism, sexism and bigotry into the Justice


"Department, he'll hear from all of us.


"And you'd better believe every senator who voted to put


"Jeff Sessions's radical hatred into the Justice Department


Another of President Trump's nominees made some outspoken


Judge Neil Gorsuch, the President's pick for the Supreme Court,


was apparently unhappy with Mr Trump's criticism of


the judge who suspended his travel ban, expressing his displeasure


He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened


by the demoralising comments made by President Trump


That may win Judge Gorsuch some Democratic support, as they prepare


But that, too, will be a tough battle, as Democrats do all they can


We know Donald Trump is angry about this, how else but through Twitter?


Yes, indeed, Simon. This is a potential embarrassment for Mr Trump


to be criticised by his own nominee. Mr Trump does not take well to


embarrassment, it seems. His strategy appears to be to blame the


messenger, the messenger in this case the Democratic senator Richard


Blumenthal who made comments from Neil Gorsuch public, saying that he


made Donald Trump's criticism of another judge demoralising and


disheartening. In the past few minutes Donald Trump has treated


that Richard Blumenthal, never fought in Vietnam when he said peers


that he had, major light, now Miss represents what Neil Gorsuch told


him? There are two claims, the judge's record, he did not serve in


Vietnam but on some occasions he did give the impression that he had,


something for which he apologised. The bigger question is whether he


misrepresented what Neil Gorsuch said, and Neil Gorsuch's team came


out very quickly and said that yes, those comments were accurate.


President Trump must know that but clearly wants to avoid that battle,


easier to blame a Democrat. In any event he had an important victory


last night, the confirmation of Jeff Sessions after a very divisive


battle on the Senate floor. Jeff Sessions is someone who was a


very early supporter of Donald Trump, locking step with him in


terms of many of his policies and he will now be sworn in as Attorney


General later today. Thank you,. All that as the new director


of the CIA - Mike Pompeo - arrives in Turkey for his first


foreign trip since taking office. Let's speak to our correspondent


Mark Lowen, who's in Istanbul. Top of the agenda is the fight


against Islamic State. Turkey is hugely against the involvement of


the Kurdish militia in Syria, because it sees that militia of


links to its own Kurdish militants in Turkey, the PKK, whom Turkey and


the West classify as a terrorist organisation. Turkey wants


assurances from the US that they might lessen their support from the


Kurdish militia in Syria. They will discuss the so-called safe zones in


Syria, cleared of armed groups perhaps for refugees to go back to.


Turkey has called for that and Donald Trump has voiced support for


it in recent days, although Russia is lukewarm. There's also the


Turkish parrot who's been living in the US for 18 years and whom Turkey


claims orchestrated the failed coup last year, although he denies


involvement. Turkey wants its extradition as soon as possible,


though they will have to go through a judicial process. This is a bridge


building exercise with the new Trump White House, after relations with


Barack Obama soured considerably. It will be helped by some similarities


between presidents Erdogan and Trump, both are populist leaders,


both are not particularly known for their thick skins and both have a


dubious relationship with press freedom, although its more extreme


here in Turkey, the world's biggest jailer of journalists. This is a


very -- visits which will be of substance but also symbolism, as


Turkey attempts a reset with the new Trump White House. Mark Lowen, thank


you. Figures for December show A


departments in England had their worst-performing month


on record - and January And coming up: Try time -


Tom Vardell runs in his 90th, leaving just one more score needed


for the Premiership record. Coming up in sport at 1:30pm:


The chairman of British Cycling, Bob Howden, has stepped down,


as the organisation braces itself for the results of a report


into whether there was a culture of bullying in its


performance programme. MPs and housing lawyers say


private tenants in England are still being unfairly evicted


because a new law on so-called The law was introduced in 2015


to stop people who've complained about rogue landlords -


or their properties - being wrongly forced


out of their homes. Radio One's Newsbeat reporter


Dan Whitworth has more. Damp, mould, faulty electrics,


and broken windows and boilers that They're all classed


as category one hazards. In other words, they're so bad


they pose a risk to people's health. And they're things Amjid Chowdri


from Leeds City Council's Rogue Landlords Unit


is all too familiar with. That's damp that's been


leaking from outside You might expect tenants


to complain about problems That's partly because they


fear being forced out of their home as a result -


a practice known Something which is


supposed to be illegal. This is rented out, private rented


accommodation, people living here? People paying to rent here, making


complaints, nothing happening, and then they could be under threat


of a revenge eviction That's the reason why they're not


coming forward to the council And that's exactly


what happened to Helen. She was living with her mum,


sister and baby daughter in a rented home with lots


of problems, including damp. After months of complaining we got


a firm of solicitors that deals with properties in these


states of disrepair. They checked the property,


they agreed it was damp So they wrote out to our landlord


and instructed that work needed Within a week of him receiving that,


we received a section 21 eviction Because of what happened


to people like Helen, a new law was introduced in October


2015 to try to stop retaliatory or so-called revenge evictions,


but we've seen exclusive figures gathered in a Freedom of Information


request from hundreds of councils right across England that show more


than half haven't More than a quarter don't even


record figures and fewer than one We're talking about here landlords


who are trying to avoid carrying out their responsibilities


as a landlord, to keep their properties in


a good state of repair. If they are asked a simple question


like, "Will you do a repair for me," they threaten someone


with an eviction to shut them up. Now, they're the landlords


we have to get at. They're going to be in the worst


properties, sometimes with people living in the worst conditions,


so that's the biggest The government says revenge


evictions are rare and that because of the new law it's given


local councils all the powers Thankfully for Helen,


she was able to find a new home. I don't have to contact him


unless something does pop up. Four men, who were part of a gang


that sexually exploited teenage girls in Rochdale,


are facing deportation to Pakistan. The men, who are British nationals


of Pakistani origin, were jailed for between six


and 22 years. Immigration judges have rejected


appeals against plans to strip them MPs will put pressure on the FA


today - as they consider a no-confidence motion


on the organisation's The Commons Culture,


Media and Sport Select Committee will examine whether the FA can


"comply fully with its duties". Let's speak to our sports


correspondent Richard Conway. Is in Westminster. What are the


consequences if they find against the FA posture Mark this debate


today is largely symbolic, but it's a sign of the pressure that MPs are


putting under the Football Association to change their ways.


This debate about FA governance has been going on for nearly 50 years


now. There's been very little change in the interim. MPs want to see the


FA change its board of directors and its FA Council, which is effectively


football's parliament. It wants to be more representative of the people


who play, watch and administer the sport in 2017. If they fail to


reform it, if they fail to live up to new standards which were set by


Sport England and the government late last year, then they could be


at risk of losing ?30 million of public funding over the next four


years. In addition to that, guarantees if they ever wanted to


stage a World Cup or European Championship, could be at risk. So


there is tangible things up with force the FA. The FA leadership


wants change to take place. It wants to modernise. But it must convince


those councillors and board members but it's in the interest of the


governing body to do so. Greg Clarke asked Greg Clarke says he will


resign if he doesn't get the necessary support in the coming


months. This debate is a sign of that growing pressure but the FA is


determined in the coming few weeks it will show that it can change and


show the government it has a plan to modernise the organisation. Richard


Shares in Twitter Richard Conway, thank you.


quarterly revenue growth since going public.


The company continues to grapple with competition from newer services


Our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is with me.


Were the figure is expected to be better than that? Yes, Twitter has


been going through a hard time for quite a while because it's not


growing much and investors have been worried about that. But there was


the thought with all the buzz around the US presidential election from


all the rows taking place on Twitter, and the key fact that the


most famous tweeter in the world, Donald Trump, was bringing a lot of


focus on the service, there was an appealing, a theory that that would


bring users flooding in and key to Twitter's future, more advertisers


to give the service a secure future. That's not happening. There's very


little sign and these figures of an acceleration in growth and


advertisers seem to be staying clear. They may be very interested


in what hearing what Donald Trump is going to say, but they are not


spending money on advertising on the service. Thank you.


An Australian man has survived after spending hours struggling


to keep his nose above water, after his digger toppled into a dam.


Daniel Miller had been using the excavator at his remote


farm north of Sydney, when the rim gave way,


and he was pinned down by the three-tonne machine.


He said he adopted a yoga pose - and spent the whole time thinking


about his wife and two young children - until a neighbour


There's no way, I'm not letting my daughter...


I was thinking about how they're going to find me,


That wasn't going to happen - well, not without a fight.


So then I went to a very almost robotic state of, just count to 60.


Think about 60 seconds, think about 60 seconds.


As Wales and England prepare to go head-to head


in the Six Nations on Saturday, one player who's not playing


on the biggest stage could be about to break the Premiership's


Bristol winger Tom Varndell needs just one more try to pass


Mark Cueto's record of 90 Premiership tries, and could do


it when his side face Harlequins tomorrow night,


There aren't many who can keep up with Tom Varndell.


One of the fastest rugby players around, you usually have to wait


With Leicester, Wasps and Bristol, he's turned pace into points -


so many that one more try would take him to the


Obviously scoring tries is what I love to do,


Especially being the wing on the end of most of the moves.


Any player wants to leave their mark on the game.


If I can do that with my try scoring that would be fantastic.


Varndell has played 12 seasons at English rugby's highest level.


In that time he's appeared in 176 Premiership games


and run in 90 tries, a figure that puts him


level with Mark Cueto, that master try scorer


A man who knows the miles which go into every finish.


His biggest asset is his speed, he's lightning quick.


He was always one of the fastest guys in the Prem.


From an athletic point of view there isn't anyone better out


there than him and that's credit to him.


I think he's creeping into his 30s now, so to still keep


in the shape that he's in, he's doing really well.


There is a difference between the two men.


Cueto played 55 times for his country.


Varndell just four, despite a flying start.


COMMENTATOR: A dream debut for Tom Varndell at 20.


England represents a Varndell rarity - a chance missed.


I would have loved to have more opportunity.


I'd love to give more of a shot, I think.


What I like about the England set up at the moment is they are giving


They are sticking with them, developing them, allowing them


to build into the international game and play to their strengths.


England definitely focus on what players can do now,


If you play wing there's no time for looking back.


As he prepares to go full throttle into his next shot at the record


against Harlequins on Friday, Varndell has signed


A career played out in fast forward is set to carry on running.


Patrick Gearey, BBC News, in Bristol.


Do we need to dress warmly to go to Wales? You are right, we need to


dress warmly. Let me show you a wonderful picture from Wales. This


is this morning, isn't it beautiful? Perfectly still, fantastic


reflection. The frost means enjoying some sunshine. That's not the case


for all parts of the UK. This is more like the picture across the UK


at the moment. This is the rain coming down. Look at the extent of


the cloud on the satellite picture. The difference today, is that


yesterday in West Wales was 11. Today, the cold air has arrived on


the western side of the UK and it's currently 4-5d. A few showers close


to the Cornwall coast, but they are more likely to be on the eastern


side of the UK. There was a little bit of sleepiness on Mike Harwood


screen as I came in this morning. It's a bit wintry out there. Wash


there was sleepiness on my car windscreen. Northern Ireland is much


cloudy this afternoon compared with yesterday. Very little change in


overnight, there is a greater chance of wintry showers falling at lower


levels and pushing west. With temperatures around freezing,


there's an ice worry on untreated roads and pavements come the morning


rush on Friday. Friday, spot the difference really. It's the west the


best for sunshine, Easter gain rather grey with some showers and


it's cold enough for them to fall as sleet or snow. Potentially at lower


levels as the day goes on. We are importing cold air all the time,


just 2-4dC. I can't offer anything higher than that, unfortunately, for


the foreseeable future. We keep the easterly winds through tomorrow


night and Saturday. A slight difference tomorrow night. The


weather system might push something more organised in the way of sleet


and snow further west. Don't be surprised to see a light covering of


snow on Saturday morning. If you are heading westwards, it should be dry


for the match in Cardiff and it will be cold, especially because of the


strengthening easterly wind. That will been with us particularly for


England and Wales on Saturday. Scotland and Northern Ireland faring


better. You haven't the wind. Similar on Sunday, a lot of cloud


throughout the weekend. Temperatures perhaps marginally higher, 5-6, but


it's going to feel cold because of the wind, really. There's a subtle


difference later Sunday into Monday. Is of easterly, we are picking up a


slight south-easterly, so there's a bit of Mediterranean influence. It


will not be warm. It will be just slightly less cold. But the centre


of a high pressure in Scotland, with no winds, there will be severe


frosts as we head into next week as well. So frosty by night, cold by


day, a lot of cloud and some wintry showers. When there are warnings


issued they will be on the website. But cold, in a word.


A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.


Figures for December show A departments in England


had their worst-performing month on record - and January


That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me -


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