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UMPIRE: Let, first service. That looked like it was about six inches


over the net. That's what she explained about in the first point


of the tie-breaker I think. APPLAUSE


That was a point that Halep desperately wanted.


Contaminated blood - the worst treatment scandal


in the history of the NHS - the government orders an inquiry.


More than 2000 people died after being given blood products


in the 70s and 80s contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C.


They deserve to be told what went wrong, why it went wrong


and who is responsible for what happened.


Andy Evans, who was infected when he was five and


diagnosed with AIDS at 16 - he's campaigned for this for years.


At the very minimum we were let down.


At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot of the


We'll be asking why it's taken so long to bring about this inquiry


President Trump's son releases e-mails appearing to show


he was offered information on Hillary Clinton as part


of Russia's support for Trump's election campaign.


Making work fair and decent - short-term contracts should qualify


for sick and holiday pay says a government commissioned report.


The UN says almost 3000 civilians remain trapped


in the Iraqi city of Mosul, despite claims of victory over


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


An appalling tragedy that should never have happened -


that's what the Prime Minister called the contaminated blood


The government today announced an inquiry into the worst treatment


At least 2,400 people died and 7,500 patients were infected with viruses


such as hepatitis C and HIV, after being given blood


It's been called the worst disaster in the history of the NHS.


Patients trusted the service to deliver safe treatments,


including haemophiliacs needing blood clotting treatments,


but they were given products tainted with life-threatening viruses.


I take one of those in the morning and one of these, both


Andy has had a life on medication because he was given


he was infected with HIV and hepatitis C.


Since then, all he is wanted is answers.


I'm very worried there was deliberate acts


At the very minimum, we were let down.


At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot


Much of the enquiry is focused on Whitehall and what was happening


Victims and their families have long argued that senior government


officials were aware of the dangers with contaminated blood


products and allow patients to continue receiving them.


And after that, they say, there was a cover-up.


A Scottish enquiry by Judge Lord Penrose,


was dismissed by victims as a waste of time and they showed


An earlier enquiry in England was privately funded


Today, a Labour MP who's campaigned on the issue told the Commons those


affected by the scandal were owed a debt of justice.


They deserve to be told what went wrong.


Why it went wrong and who is responsible for what happened.


The story of the injustice they have suffered also needs to be set out


And a minister citing allegations that medical records were tampered


In light of these concerns, and a report of new evidence


and allegations of potential criminality, we think


it is important to understand the extent of what is claimed


The former Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, who alleged


there was a criminal cover-up cover says victims were failed


All political parties have let down those who've suffered as a result


And all parties must now put differences aside,


work together and give them truth and justice without any further


And for this campaign, who has hepatitis C,


there's only one thing which really matters.


Nobody here is going away, we are staying, we're going to fight


Whether that full truth emerges after this long campaign,


will depend on what sort of enquiry is convened and its powers.


And our Health Editor Huw Pym is with me now.


This is decades later. Why has this inquiry been announced now and what


can it achieve? Government sources have made clear that the evidence


has emerged in the last week, including some published in the


newspaper, and Andy Brennan was about to publish stumbles about is


their stated reason. But there is a political aspect. Only on Sunday,


the opposition parties at Westminster or signed a letter


calling for just the sort of inquiry, and today, there was a


debate scheduled in the House of Commons called by a Labour MP to


debate the issue, and there was a possibility that the opposition


parties might have voted on it. And of course, we have new Parliamentary


arithmetic stops just before the debate began, Downing Street sources


indicated the Government was minded to set up this inquiry. It will come


as a surprise to the Scottish Government, it will be a UK wide


exercise, they say they have had no warning and needed about it.


Whatever the reasons, whatever the timing, victims and their families


are saying they are pleased with it is happening, but would be content


must it really does get to the truth. Thank you.


President Trump's eldest son has published a chain of e-mails


about his meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who's been


Donald Trump Junior is told that the Russian government wants


to offer official documents that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton


and be "very useful" to his father's presidential campaign


The information was said to be part of Russia and its government's


support for Donald Trump. Our Chief Correspondent Gavin Hewitt


is in Washington for us tonight. Tell us more, Govan. For months,


there has been a shadow hanging over the Trump administration over


whether there has been a collision between the trouble election


campaign and the Russians. Today, the story got a lot more serious.


Last year, last June, there was a meeting between Trump's Sun, Donald


Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer. Today, we got to read the e-mails


leading up to that meeting. And it is worth quoting. The offer was to


provide the Trump campaign with some official documents that would


incriminate Hillary Clinton, which would be very useful to your father.


That is Donald Trump. And it goes on, this is obviously very high


level and sensitive information that is part of Russia and its


government's support for Mr Trump. And then there is an insight into


what Donald Trump Jr felt about this offer to dish dirt on Hillary


Clinton. He said, if it is what you say, I love it. How damaging is it,


Gavin? Well, of course, it is damaging. And particularly that


Donald Trump Junior was prepared to go to this meeting having received


these e-mails beforehand. It also establishes the Russian interest in


influencing the American election. But I think there are questions as


to the credibility of this impresario, what were the levels of


his contacts in Moscow, and of course, the open question as to what


Donald Trump himself knew. But after today, if you read these texts, I


think they are devastating and what they will do is deep in this


investigation into what is really now a very serious matter for the


trumpet ministration. Thank you. Workers on short term contracts


in the UK should qualify for sick pay and holiday pay


and their employers should make Those are some of the


recommendations in a major report, commissioned by the government


which is calling for changes to the running


of the so-called "gig economy". Theresa May has welcomed the report,


saying it makes a major contribution to the debate


about work practices in Britain. But she says she doesn't


want to stop the clock. Here's our economics


editor Kamal Ahmed. It was the Prime Minister he made


the point, the vast majority of us spend more than half are waking


hours doing one thing, work. Whether steady or insecure, full-time or


self-employed, single job or multiple, the world of work has


changed. Appearing alongside Theresa May, Matthew Taylor said it was time


for a reset. He said that the country has been very good at


creating work, employment levels are at Iraq, but it was time to focus on


quality. Quantity alone is not enough for a thriving economy and a


fair society. So we believe that now is the time to complement that


commitment to creating jobs with the goal of creating better jobs. This


man likes his job for Labour. Flexible, no guaranteed hours, and


few benefits. -- his job for Uber. I love to chat, interesting people,


and the money, racial with my time is decent. For this woman, a very


different story from the world of zeros contracts. It's really


insecure. The problem I found was sometimes there was a lot of work, I


would work too much and get really, really tired. So what is this new


world of work with like? One big point is that the majority of us,


63%, actually in full-time work. About a quarter of us, 26% are in


part-time work, and 15% are self-employed. There are certainly


many new ways of working and the inquiry focuses on two. The gig


economy, that is delivery drivers, minicab drivers, 1.3 million people


in that part of the economy. And people with no guaranteed hours of


work, and zeros contracts, there are about 905,000 people on those. Then


there is what the report calls the hidden economy. That is those cash


on hand payments to your window cleaner that avoids tax and official


record. The report says that is worth ?6.2 billion a year and should


be brought to an end. Mr Taylor says in his review that much of this new


world of work is good work, but for those being exploited, some


solutions. Sick and holiday pay benefits. A right to an enhanced


minimum wage. Because the work does not guarantee hours. And there is


talk of better enforcement of the present laws and higher taxes for


those gig firms, paying national insurance for the first time, which


many of them avoid at the moment. The big question, will any of this


ever happened? Given the Conservatives like one important


thing, a majority. You can't, Franco, give any guarantees that you


will be able to pass a report and the recommendations it has made to


Parliament. I would have, as I said in my speech, that people will see


across the political world, will see the importance of addressing this as


an issue. This is not just a sort of here and now. It is up about the


future of our economy. There seems little chance of consensus. Labour


said the report was a huge missed opportunity, particularly when it


came to not banning zeros contracts. We have to get rid of zeros


contracts. Of these, we have to get rid of the gig economy and bogus


self-employment which actually is a wonderful way for a minority of


employers to evade paying national insurance contributions. Member this


guy? Sir Philip Green, who published a Government report on efficiency.


Or him, Sir Andrew Dom, a full review of social care. Reports


published with a fanfare of publicity that then gather dust on a


Whitehall shell. The few with Mr Taylor is that his report could


suffer a similar fate. A 24-year-old British man has


been killed fighting against the so-called


Islamic State in Syria. He's said to have died five days ago


during the campaign to capture He's the fourth British man to be


killed while fighting The United Nations say as many


as 3,000 civilians remain trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul,


despite government forces declaring Skirmishes continue between Iraqi


troops and so-called Islamic State. Those trapped are mostly young


or elderly and are thought to have become separated


from their families. From Mosul, our Defence


Correspondent Jonathan This is an orphan of the battle for


muscle. A baby whose parents are missing. He was just left at this


clinic, malnourished and without even a name. They have called him


Mourinho, after the doctor kept him alive. The Iraqi army says there are


many more like him. This is not new for us. We actually receive a lot of


orphans. I don't know what is going on out there but I think I Isis,


after the wives lose their husband, they run away empty-handed and leave


their babies behind. Be a rock per minister may have declared victory


but there are still pockets of resistance and streams of civilians


trying to make their way to safety. -- the Iraqi Prime Minister declared


victory. They often collect others along the way. There are dozens of


women and children here waiting to be taken to safety, and they are not


just war weary, they are weak through lack of water and food. And


if you listen, the only sound you can hear is babies crying. At west


Mosul's main hospital, they are just about coping full stop there are


still having to treat the wounded as well as the week. This man is barely


alive after being found in the rubble. And there are more often


here too. This child is crying out, where is my father? He only stops


when they managed to distract him with a game. It is difficult to


manage him come he is crying, asking for his father, mother. This is


something that I can't... I can't be as Father, I can't be his mother.


What do I do? Even trying to identify the dead is proving


difficult. Search and rescue teams are looking out for any forms of


identity as they sift through the debris of war. Iraq will not just


have to rebuild the city, but mend broken lives too.


Too many people with learning disabilities in England are not


getting good enough healthcare or being found


the homes they need to keep them in the community.


That's according to an influential charity leader who was so moved by


the plight of one man that he wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an


independent commissioner who can speak for people with learning


difficulties. More than 2500 remain in secure units, despite running


promises that they would close. In one year alone, 50% of all deaths of


people with a learning disability were recorded as avoidable,


converted 23% for the general population. Our correspondence has


been to meet Ian Shaw and his family, his distressing case has


prompted the letter. In the front room of the family home


in Essex, 34-year-old Ian Shaw lies quietly,


comforted by having his Ian can't speak for himself,


he has learning disabilities, He also has terminal cancer,


which his parents believe should I was told there was no treatment,


because it had been there a long time and they couldn't treat it


because it would be too much. It just wouldn't work,


it had gone too far. The family asked us to tell Ian's


story because they believe it shows how the system still fails people


with learning disabilities. As he grew up, Ian's


behaviour became challenging. When in pain, he'd throw things


and bang his head, scarring himself. In 2007, he was sent to the first


of three secure units. The problem being with epilepsy


the secure units were Because things became out


of control, the secure So once he was there it felt


like you couldn't get him back out? This weighty family file tells


the story of Ian's life It shows his mum raising numerous


concerns about levels of medication There are records of Ian


being restrained, as well as family letters fighting to get him moved


to a supported home It took nine years, but Ian left


the last secure hospital in 2016. Within months, testicular


cancer was found. The family believes in the secure


unit early signs were first missed, Bernadette Adams provided the family


with support in meetings Jan has been saying for many,


many months that Ian was in pain or Ian had infections and she was,


you know, on many occasions, In a statement, the


Department of Health says. "For too long people with learning


disabilities have not been treated equally by the health service


and we're determined It, and NHS England,


also insist they are making progress in improving care


and closing secure units. But not fast enough


for Sir Stephen Bubb, author of two reports


examining the problems. He's written to the Prime Minister


calling for an independent commissioner to speak up


for people like Ian. It's scandalous and very sad the use


of physical restraint, overmedication, seclusion


and a serious neglect of health It's all too typical and it has


led me to believe that institutional care is at root abusive and we must


close these institutions The Government says it has no


plans for an independent But Ian's family want his legacy


to be that in future others A man has appeared in court over an


acid attack on a woman and her cousin on 21st in London last month.


The 24-year-old is accused of throwing acid at Resham Kham and her


cousin. A man who wrote Facebook messages calling for businesswoman


and campaigner Gina Miller to be run over has been convicted of sending


menacing communications. Viscount St Davids wrote the messages for days


after Gina Miller won her legal challenge against the Government. He


claims the comments were satire but faces a custodial sentence. Tell us


more about what happened in court? Well, remember, it was just four


days after the businesswoman Joon O'Muilleoir had won her historic


victory, forcing the Government -- Gina Miller had won a victory


forcing the Government to vote on Article 50. Viscount St Davids, who


also holds the title Lord Hungerford among others, posted on Facebook the


words, ?5,000, for the first person to... Excuse me, may phone is...


Composed essentially said, ?5,000 for the first person to accidentally


run over Gina Miller. He referred to her as an effing boat jumper, and


said that if this is what happens with immigrants, they should be sent


back to their stinking jungles. In another post, you referred to an


immigrant and again offered money, ?2000, for a man who turned down the


offer of a cancel house to be carved into pieces. In court, the Viscount


argued that this is all a joke, it was satire, it was political debate.


He said the phrase effing boat jumper was in fact a statement of


fact and he really tried to brush the whole thing off as something


rather light-hearted. That didn't impress the Chief Magistrate, who


found him guilty of the offence of sending menacing communications that


were racially aggravated and said he should expect a custodial sentence


on Thursday. Battling torrential rain there in central London, thank


you. Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, Johanna


Konta is athletic become the first British woman in use to make the


Wimbledon semifinal. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is due to the men's


order finals. On Centre Court, a British woman


anyone that quarterfinal. Never mind the rest of Korea, Johanna Konta's


progress here had taken her life to a different level. Where every move,


every move description eyes. She first played at Wimbledon as a


junior, Robson to Australia. When her Hungary and Bonn parents moved


to Britain, she gained citizenship. She's not the product of one nation,


but of intense tennis. When I first met her, she think she had six


layers on on artificial core, it easier than, I thought it was great.


I said to her father, this is the top 5% in the world material.


Wimbledon noticed this year a lighter mood. Konta brought baked


treats to practice. She seemed to be in a good mood. But that can change


very quickly. Simona Halep had her eye on becoming world number one as


well as winning Wimbledon. But on centre court, roof closed, Konta


found her range. Into a tie-break, and the standard ever higher. What


would separate the players? Well, almost nothing. Look at. But Halep's


point, and since, Halep's set. Well, first it is just an opportunity for


resilience, as they say on the hill. In the second set, Konta kept


running and kept her composure. But there was no closure and so another


tie-break, 6-5, deep breath, deep breath. Now, exhale. One set all and


on it went. Yes, into the third set, can tell you that Johanna Konta is


just managing to hold serve in her first serve in this game. So it is


at 1-1. Waiting on the semifinals, the superb Venus Williams, through


to another semifinal. Novak Djokovic did get his fourth-round match


eventually, straight sets, but he was annoyed afterwards that


Wimbledon didn't schedule has much to finish last night. This evening,


forget the rain, we're going to finish under the roof on Centre


Court. And just to repeat, Halep versus Konta is into the third set,


1-1. It literally couldn't be tighter.


We don't need to ask what the weather is like in London.


The rain has set in for the rest of the day. And it is not just across


the Wimbledon area. We have seen rain pouring down across south


Wales, where this picture is from. And as the raider picture shows, the


rain has been pushing its way eastwards steadily through the


afternoon, some really bright colours on the pictures showing


where there's heavy breasts are heading, particularly inches at


least England. But it has not been raining everywhere. -- heavy bursts.


It isn't nice in north-west Scotland, with just some showers in


the distance. Tight, the rain band having reached parts of Yorkshire,


it is going to sink its way southwards through the night, but


will become stranded across south-east England, heavy bursts


around by Don. The north-west, the weather becomes a bit drier. Quite a


chilly night into parts of Scotland, temperatures down into single


figures. Tomorrow, the rain band will clear away pretty smartly and


then we see this area of high pressure building in across the


British Isles and that means the early morning rain clears away from


south-east England quite quickly through Wednesday morning and then


sunshine will, and we will see a lot more sunshine and we have seen


today. Better Fairweather bubbling up, temperatures higher than


average. So, at Wimbledon tomorrow, what a different story. Sunny spells


across the board, with light winds, it will feel pleasant in that


sunshine as well. On Thursday, more of the same, really. Is chilly start


in rural parts, through the day, if you're isolated showers possible,


but it is the north-west of Scotland were the greatest risk of showers.


Temperatures again breaching a high of about 23.


Our main story, the Government orders an inquiry into the


contaminated blood scandal. More than 2000 people died after being


given the products in the 1970s and 80s. That is all from the BBC News


at six. I will be back at ten with the latest over on BBC One but from


all of us here, goodbye.