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Political turmoil in Northern Ireland, it is heading for a snap


election after Martin McGuinness quits. He's gone in protest,


accusing his power-sharing partner, unionist Arlene Foster, of refusing


to resign over an energy scandal. We in Sinn Fein will not


tolerate the arrogance A crisis triggered by the so-called


cash for ash scheme - hundreds of millions


of taxpayers' money wasted. We'll be asking if there is any way


out of the current crisis. It is clear we need


to have an honest discussion with the public about the purpose


of A departments. The Health Secretary says the four


our A target should only be for urgent health problems.


Piecing together Theresa May's vision for Britain -


does a major speech today fill in the gaps about her plans?


Tackling the hidden injustice of mental health and why ministers


say the classroom is a good place to start.


Commuting misery for millions of Londoners -


travel chaos in the capital after Tube staff go


And The Night Manager leads the British charge


Oh, and there was some politics as well.


Coming up in the sport on BBC News, we are in Zurich,


where Leicester's Claudio Ranieri could win manager of the year


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


Northern Ireland is in political crisis tonight after the shock


resignation of Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's Deputy First Minister.


Under the power-sharing agreement, this automatically means that


the First Minister Arlene Foster - of the Democratic Unionist Party -


The resignation comes after Ms Foster rejected Sinn Fein


calls on her to step aside while an investigation


into her handling of a controversial energy saving scheme ran its course.


As our correspondent Chris Page reports, Northern Ireland now faces


Martin McGuinness has been Deputy First Minister for a decade. He is


evidently suffering from ill health but says he's decided to stand down


because of bad relations with Sinn Fein's partners in Government, the


Democratic Unionist Party. I have tendered my resignation, effective


from five o'clock today. So I believe today is the right time to


call a halt to the DUP. This is the culmination of a seemingly


insurmountable rift that is developed between himself and Arlene


Foster. The crisis stems from a green energy scheme which has run


over half ?1 million over budget. Over generous subsidies were paid


and it didn't have payment caps. Mrs Foster was in charge of the project


when it was set up but she's repeatedly refused calls to


temporarily stepped down as First Minister. I'm not stepping aside.


I'm the First Minister, I'm the party leader of the DUP, I have a


job to do, I'm committed to doing it. The announcement could mean the


end of the career of one of the most significant figures in the peace


process. He was a paramilitary who became a political leader. In nearly


1970s, Martin McGuinness was the IRA's second-in-command in


Londonderry. As Sinn fans made electoral gains, his public profile


grow. We don't believe winning elections will bring freedom in


Ireland, at the end of the day will be... In the 1990s the IRA called a


ceasefire. After many years of talks, Martin McGuinness became the


joint head of the devolved government, along with the hardline


unionist leader Ian Paisley. They got on so well they were nicknamed


the Chuckle Brothers. But the partnership between the parties has


been tens. Mr McGuinness's decision to go means the Government at


Stormont is set to fall. Under the power-sharing system, the first and


Deputy First Minister 's work together. When one of them resigned,


the other cannot go on in isolation so in effect the devolved government


has now collapsed. The likely outcome is a fresh election, though


it is possible the Westminster government could bring the parties


together for talks. The leader of Stormont's biggest opposition party


says it's the end of a field administration. Ten years


characterised by disappointments, the bar calls and scandals, I don't


think the electorate need any more proof of the fact the DUP and Sinn


Fein are incapable of governing this country. The uneasy coalition


between the DUP and Sinn Fein has often been unstable. Several times


the downfall of devolution has looked likely. The text in Northern


Ireland has an uncertain future. -- politics in Northern Ireland has an


uncertain future. Our Northern Ireland Political


Editor Mark Devenport Politics in Northern Ireland always


presents a challenge, where would you put this on the scale of one to


ten? It is right up there as ten, a threat to the stability of the


institutions here in the decade since devolution was restored with


the dominant parties being DUP and Sinn Fein. It is an unlikely quarter


this has come from, a green energy scheme, but the row is very deep,


covering a number of other issues, and it is hard to see how they will


resolve their differences on the other side of what looks like being


a very polarising election campaign. All right, Mark, thank you very


much. Being attended to within four hours


of going to an A department has But today Jeremy Hunt,


the Health Secretary, suggested that may not apply


to everyone who turns He's called for an honest discussion


about the purpose of A Hers's our health


correspondent Elaine Dunkley. A departments struggling to cope


is a familiar story at this time of year. The NHS is under unprecedented


pressure. Today the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospitals on the


whole are coping, but warned that high numbers of people using A


unnecessarily was putting four our waiting times in jeopardy. It is


clear we need to have an honest discussion with the public about the


purpose of A departments. There is nowhere outside the UK that permits


to all patients that we will sort out any health need within four


hours. Since the targets were introduced in 2000, there were


nearly 9 million more visits to A departments. NHS England says that


this -- 30% of those attending shouldn't be there. If we are going


to protect our standard, we need to be clear it is to sort out urgent


problems within four hours, but not all health problems however minor.


Whilst the Government warned nonemergency cases from going into


hospital, Labour Place the problem at the door of Number Ten. This


crisis could have been averted. Hospital bosses, council leaders,


patient groups, MPs from across the house urge the Chancellor to give


the NHS and social care extra money in the Autumn Statement. Those


requests fell on deaf ears and we are now seeing the consequences. The


Government says it is committed to maintaining that patients are seen


within the four-hour waiting time but they must be urgent cases.


Theresa May has used her first policy speech of the year to say


she wants to make government a force for good, and use the opportunity


of Brexit to fundamentally change Britain and create,


The Prime Minister also set out a series of measures on mental


health in England as the first part of what she called real reform


Our political editor Laura Kuenssberg has more.


Six months since she walked into the famous street, six months she has


been your Prime Minister but piecing together what Theresa May really


stands for isn't always easy. But today she made clear she believes


for millions live doesn't feel fair and her government can be part of


the answer. When you see others prospering while you are not, while


you try to raise concerns but they fall on deaf ears, when you feel


you're very identity and all that you hold dear is under threat,


resentment grows so our responsibility is great. It is to


show that mainstream centre ground politics can deliver the change


people need. A plain attempt to appeal to middle England. She has


that ambition in common with her predecessor, but David Cameron's


dream of a big society is gone, the new slogan - is it a vision - in its


place. The shared society focuses on the responsibilities we have to one


another. It's a society that respects the bombs we share as a


union of people and nations. The bonds of family, community,


citizenship and strong institutions. And government will step up to


support, and where necessary, enforce the responsibilities we have


to each other as citizens. But although there were promises of more


help for housing in weeks to come, controversial plans for schools, the


only new commitments today were the mental health in England. Made with


passion, but no extra taxpayers' cash. For too long, mental illness


has been something of a hidden injustice in our country, shrouded


by a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a


secondary issue to physical health. Left unaddressed, it destroys lives,


separates people from each other, and deepens the divisions within our


society. But as with all prime ministers, whatever they say on the


steps here or anywhere else quickly rubs up with reality. But Theresa


May has an extra dilemma, as she starts to manage the most obligated


project any leader has faced in decades, there is a risk her


government becomes simply consumed with how we leave the European Union


and her political enemies say her words ring hollow. If only we could


believe she actually meant it. She's been part of the Government now for


the last six years which has cut back on public expenditure, savaged


the NHS, and she's making these speeches with the backdrop of people


literally dying on trolleys while waiting for care in our hospitals so


I think there is a credibility gap here. It's only six months but those


days of summer already seen long ago. Few prime ministers in the end


choose how they are remembered. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News,


Westminster. Well, as we've just heard,


Theresa May has signalled a new approach on tackling mental


health in England. Ministers say three children


in every classroom are likely to be living with a mental health


condition and they have plans As part of a series of reports


looking at mental health for this programme,


our Health Editor Hugh Pym has been taking a closer look


at the Prime Minister's plans. It has been nearly two years since


Steve... Son took his own life after a short and severe episode of


depression. Today visiting his grave he could reflect on a personal


campaign to get politicians to take mental health more seriously. A


coroner ruled that Edward Mullen was let down by the system. I stood next


to my son in this church and made him a promise that I would


investigate his tragic end, and at the same time investigate the whole


mental health sector in this country. Like many people, I didn't


know a great deal about mental health prior to this appalling


tragedy, and when you look at the current state of affairs it is an


indictment on our system. To see the primaries to come forward is very


welcome. One of the key messages from the Prime Minister is that


mental health is a challenge for the whole of society and not just the


NHS, that's why one of the key initiative focuses on schools and


what more they can be doing to spot problems in pupils before they reach


crisis point. Schools like this one in Hertfordshire already employ a


therapist and train sixth formers as mental health mentors looking out


the students who may be struggling. It's about relationships but also


schoolwork... The school has welcomed the announcement, but says


more resources are needed. In order for other schools to do something


similar to us and have in-house therapists, there needs to be


funding, especially if councillors are expected to identify vulnerable


students. The question is what you do with them once you have


identified them. You need to do something with them immediately. The


reality is that mental health trusts in England are under severe


financial pressure. Analysis by the fund think tank said 40% have


budgets cut last year, six were cut three years in a row. It is very


worrying because we have had a number of commitments in the past


around increasing spend on mental health but that doesn't seem to be


translated into extra spending on the ground and it is great having


ministers make commitments to mental health but if it's not translated


into extra spend, to be frank they are worthless. For this family


today, it is an important step on a journey leading towards high-quality


mental healthcare and fewer tragic losses of life, but Steve says his


campaign is far from over and there is still much more work to be done.


Political turmoil in Northern Ireland as it is heading for a snap


election after Deputy first meant the -- Minister Martin McGuinness


quits. And still to come... Hollywood is crawling with outsiders


and foreigners and if we take them all out you will have nothing to


watch but football! Meryl Streep sparks off a war of words with


Donald Trump after her comments at the Golden Globes. Coming up in the


sport, Chris Robshaw will miss the Six Nations. He will have surge on a


shoulder injury which will keep him out of action for about three


months. It's just over a year and half


since a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse,


Tunisia, killing 38 people, It was the worst act of terror


on Britons since the 7/7 attacks. Next week the inquests


into the deaths get underway amid claims that tour operators


misled customers about Panorama's Jane Corbin has been back


to Tunisia and sent this report. The Imperial Hotel is now closed,


the beach deserted. 18 months ago it was packed with


British tourists. When a gunman opened fire,


killing 30 of them. They had come despite a terrorist


attack at the Bardo Museum in the capital, Tunis,


three month earlier. Some say they were


misled about the risks. Nikki and Andy Duffield booked


with tour operator Thomson. I was constantly asking the


question, are we going to be safe? We were told there would be


increased security. But British holiday-makers say


security wasn't increased. Alyson Kane and her husband


also booked to go to We called them on the 23rd


of March after Bardo to make sure it was


still safe to travel. Everything was fine,


it was safe to travel. They were not doing any


refunds or transfers. So if you had tried


to cancel, you wouldn't have The giant travel company Tui,


which owns Thomson, told us it is cooperating to make sure


the deaths are investigated, the facts determined


and the lessons learned, but they said it would be


inappropriate to comment further The so-called Islamic State


recruited the gunman, He was killed at the scene,


but he didn't plan the attack alone. Panorama has discovered


he worked closely with the IS cell that planned


the Bardo Museum attack We have obtained confessions


from suspects involved in both attacks, which show he met


with the Bardo gang He even claimed with one


of the museum gunmen in Libya. The confessions also name


the man who allegedly The suspects say he recruited them,


paid for them to go to Libya for military training and gave


them their orders. If the confessions are accurate,


then he is responsible for the deaths of 60 people


from around the world, including 31 British tourists


at Sousse and Bardo. I told the lawyer representing


many of the families about him. If that is right and the families


see that, they will be shocked to see the face of the man


who caused them such Those who lost loved ones


on the beach and those who survived can only hope the inquests


will answer some of the many And you can Jane's report in full


on tonight's Panorama, Terror on the Beach,


at 8.30pm on BBC One. A brief look at some of the day's


other other news stories. The Government has sold off more


shares in the Lloyds banking group meaning it is no longer the largest


shareholder with only 6%. Ministers spent ?20 billion on a 43%


stake in Lloyds at the height It's says it's already recovered


?18 billion pounds of it's original outlay and intends to sell it's


remaining stake this year as well. French police investigating


the theft of jewels worth millions of pounds from the reality


television star Kim Kardashian Detectives say DNA left by the armed


robbers in Paris in October led them to well-known figures


in the criminal underworld. Millions of Londoners have faced


travel misery today as a strike by London Underground staff shut down


the Tube network. Some took to bicycles,


others walked, but most took to crowded buses in an effort


to get in. "Totally unnecessary"


was Mayor Sadiq Khan's But unions say jobs


and safety are at stake. Daniel Boettcher is


at Piccadilly Circus. This strike is now officially over,


it ended about 20 minutes ago. The station behind me is still closed


and London Underground has said it has been focusing its efforts on its


key daytime services which means there will be continued disruption


this evening. It has been a miserable start to the week before


Tube travellers. -- for Tube travellers.


This is what happens when up to 4 million


With few Underground trains running this


morning, the bus network took much of the strain.


Even with extra services laid on, there were still


long queues and added frustration for passengers.


There are no London Underground connections at Finsbury


At the start of the day around a third of Tube stations were


closed, gates locked, ticket halls empty.


And although almost all lines were running, there was a limited


So busy, all the roads are blocked, the buses have come past


I've tried to get on three buses this morning so far


The way I see it, it kind of is what it is really.


The strike involves two unions, the RMT and the TSSA, and is part of


a continuing row over jobs and staffing levels which the unions


We would much rather have avoided this but we


were left with no other alternative because the offer we have been given


was wholly unacceptable and wholly unsafe.


The London Underground has described this strike as unnecessary


although it says that it accepts that more staff are needed.


While London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he


is taking action to address the unions' concerns.


I know that this strike could have been avoided, I


know this strike is unnecessary and I'm imploring the trade unions to


come back and talk to the management team about resolving this so there


aren't further days of industrial action.


But for some this will be the start of a week of strikes.


Tomorrow 2500 British Airways cabin crew belonging to the Unite union


will start a two-day strike over pay although the airline insists all


passengers will be able to fly to their destinations.


At the same time, commuters in the south-east


will face three more days of strikes on the troubled Southern franchise.


Today's industrial action has not involved Overground services though


some trains were struggling to cope with the extra demand from Tube


Clapham Junction, one of the country's busiest stations,


was evacuated for a short time because of overcrowding.


And many roads have seen extra congestion as


commuters tried to find other ways to get to and from work.


London Underground warns things will not


get back to normal until tomorrow morning.


British talent may have triumphed at this year's Golden Globes


but once again Donald Trump appears to have stolen the headlines.


He's called Meryl Streep "overrated" - that's despite her holding


the record for the most Academy Award nominations, ever.


The actress had accused Mr Trump of "divisive rhetoric" at last


night's awards in California, from where James Cook reports.


Yet again Hollywood has been invaded by British acting royalty.


In film and in television, stars from the UK


are wowing audiences and impressing critics.


And what could be more British than the Queen?


She has been at the centre of the world for the


past 63 years and I think the world could do with a few more women at


There were three awards for the cast of the BBC co-production, The Night


It's star, Tom Hiddleston, told us he couldn't believe it.


I did not expect to win a Golden Globe tonight and I was sat


next to Hugh Laurie when he won and I


And then when it came to my category, I


Another British winner was absent, Olivia Colman is preparing to start


But Hugh Laurie was there to pick up his award from


the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a dig at Donald


I suppose made more amazing by the fact that I will be able to


say that I won this at the last ever Golden Globes.


I don't mean to be gloomy, it's just that it has the


words Hollywood, foreign and press in the title,


Receiving a lifetime achievement award, Meryl Streep also lambasted


Disrespect invites disrespect, violence


When the powerful use their position to bully others,


In the most predictable plot twists, Donald Trump responded


Meryl Streep was one of the most overrated actresses in


Hollywood, he said, calling the three-time


Oscar winner a Hillary flunky who lost big.


On the night, though, it was not politics which


There were a record seven Golden Globes for the


old-fashioned musical La La Land, including acting awards for its


And I think that hope and creativity are


two of the most important things in the world and that is what this


Hollywood can be fun and frivolous but it also prides


itself on tackling serious subjects and many stars here on the red


carpet are predicting a surge in political


year following the most divisive of elections.


James Cook, BBC News, at the Golden Globes


From California to Britain, let's look at the weather.


This is what we had earlier, a low pressure system driving this cold


front South with some pretty wet and blustery weather but behind it a


good scattering of showers coming in on the wind at its strongest in the


north and west of Scotland. That is where it will be wettest as well and


it will be quite chilly, three or 4 degrees in towns and cities and


lower than that in the countryside so a definite chill in the first


thing Tuesday. It should be a bright start for many central and eastern


areas, at least in the morning, some more clout the afternoon as patchy


rain drifts from west to east. In the afternoon, most of us stay in


single figures but in the far south and west, maybe ten or 11 degrees.


In the evening, some wetter weather for a time in East Anglia and the


south-east and more rain in the north-west and that is in


association with a weather front which will bring some rain in


northern and western part and this cold front sweeps south. It will be


a blustery day on Wednesday, strong winds coming in from the north-west,


always fairly chilly. That will bring some showers, mainly in the


north and west and not just rain showers, some snow as well, mainly


over higher ground. It will be told as well in the wind. The further


south and east you go, it should State dry and mild. It will stay


cold in the south in the next few days, parts of Germany and Poland


are becoming less cold but for us on Thursday, the winds are still coming


from the north or north-west, the air coming from Greenland or I stand


so really cold later this week and with that the risk of some snow


showers, northern and eastern and western part or at risk of some snow


and Met Office warnings have already been issued.


There is political turmoil in Northern Ireland which is heading


for a snap election after Martin McGuinness resigned.


That's all from the BBC News at Six so it's goodbye from me


and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.