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this is bbc news. the headlines at eleven: theresa may promises ministers will to do all they can to help caribbean migrants treated unfairly by the authorities. the uk government will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems which some of the windrush generation have suffered. the prime minister was speaking at the end of the summit where commonwealth leaders confirm the prince of wales will one day succeed the queen as head of the organisation. after nearly 22 years in charge, arsene wenger will step down as arsenal manager at the end of the season. coming up on newsnight: 50 yea rs 50 years after in a pal‘s rivers of blood speech this candle of the windrush generation exposes inhumanity in the uk's immigration
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policy. as we prepare to leave the eu we discuss what our new immigration rules might we and what they tell us about our country. —— enoch powell. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister says she is prepared to offer compensation to windrush migrants following the government's treatment of them. she told commonwealth leaders at the closing of their summit in london that the government will do "whatever it takes, including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems that some have suffered". 286 people have now contacted the government helpline — so far eight cases have been resolved. adina campbell has been speaking to some of those affected. injamaica, they couldn't find work, discouraged but full of hope, they sailed for britain.
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they were invited over to help rebuild britain after the war. their right to remain was supposed to be legally guaranteed. why have you come to england? to seek a job. how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country? can she tell the house... problems with paperwork have dominated politics all week. this is a day of national shame! theresa may has now confirmed that the government will make compensation payments. the uk government will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems which some of the windrush generation have suffered. if a human being wants to move from one place to another to feed their family... and some of them were here today in south london along with campaigners to show their support. many felt action was long overdue. it's not good enough. sorry, it doesn't make it ok. sorry doesn't bring backjobs. sorry doesn't take away the pain and suffering
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that people have gone through. so, sorry is not enough. those personally affected also shared their stories. i've never left the country. so i'm definitely suffering. but compensation would be really useful, you know, because we've suffered a lot. anxiety and stress, you know, and right now, ijust feel like i've suffered so much. despite numerous apologies by the government and measures in place to tackle this issue, here, there is still a sense of anger and discontent and injustice. and one man still suffering is whitfield francis, who came to the uk from jamaica in the 1950s. unable to prove his legal status and unemployed for the last four years, he can't look after his family. i'm walking with a begging bowl. and i'm begging from my mother because she is a pensioner. and i'm begging from my sisters and begging from friends.
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after a while, as i said, people get bored of it. for the first time, he is now calling a new government helpline for commonwealth citizens, worried about their right to remain in the uk. i've lived here since i was seven. the home office says it's changing its process to speed up these cases. so there we go, that's it. it says your whole name. and it's until 202a. some have had their cases solved. michael braithwaite finally got the news he was hoping for. fantastic, it has given me a sense of freedom. but this is only the beginning. it is thought to tens of thousands of people could still be in limbo. the row over the windrush migrants has overshadowed the meeting of commonwealth leaders in london. at the close of the summit today,
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the leaders confirmed that prince charles will eventually succeed the queen as head of the organisation. prince charles says he is deeply touched and honoured. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. changing the guard at windsor castle. only today, it wasn't just the soldiers. world leaders gathered beneath the battlements to decide who should replace their host as head of the commonwealth when her reign ends — a role that's never been hereditary. last night, the queen treated her guests and herself to a much—needed drink. and gently reminded them she had a son who could take on the job when the time came. but today she stepped back and gave them the run of her castle for their private deliberations. without advisers, or even a table. and they decided the prince of wales would, one day, be their next symbolic leader. a decision by consensus,
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according to one president, but by unanimity, according to the prime minister. his royal highness has been a proud supporter of the commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation's unique diversity. and it is fitting that one day he will continue the work of his mother, her majesty the queen. and in a statement, prince charles said he was deeply touched and honoured by the decision. but this summit wasn't just about agreeing the future leadership of the commonwealth. it was also about agreeing its future role. so amid all the grandeur, the leaders also agreed plans to boost trade and cybersecurity, protect the world's oceans and support the international rules—based order. and zimbabwe's foreign minister was told by borisjohnson that britain would support his country rejoining the commonwealth if it embraces free and fair elections. so, a picture of the commonwealth's future is emerging. the task will be
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to keep it in focus. our deputy political editor john pienaar reflects now on what's not been a good week for the prime minister. this was supposed to be the week that the prime minister, the uk, was to be seen walking tall. instead the country's reputation is seen as having been tarnished. theresa may is having to get out one way or another, out of a deep political hole. it was bad enough having to apologise to members of the windrush generation for their mistreatment, people who are absolutely within their rights to be within this country. it was worse that it was done at the home office, where teresa may was home secretary to six yea rs. teresa may was home secretary to six years. where a strict policy of a tough approach to immigration was described as appalling. the spectacle this week of the prime minister saying sorry to caribbean
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leaders, but the country want as friends, and needs onside when it comes to future trade, that was just the start. there will be compensation we now know, notjust the costs and expenses, but the other issues, like lostjobs, lost income. downing street clearly wants to clearly be seen as making amends, climbing itself out of that hole. returning britain's influence and standing with brexit approaching was a lwa ys standing with brexit approaching was always a challenge, and there will be many more challenges as time draws by. but i think the windrush scandal may just have draws by. but i think the windrush scandal mayjust have made that mission that much harder. after 22 years in charge, arsene wenger is to leave arsenal at the end of the season. under his leadership the club won three league titles, a record seven fa cup victories, and qualified for europe's elite champions league every season, until this one. the 68—year—old frenchman helped transform the game, as the premier league became a global success story. recently though he's faced growing criticism,
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as arsenal struggled to compete with the biggest clubs. our sports editor dan roan reports. he was the game—changer, revolutionising english football both on and off the field, but today — amid growing fan frustration — the game was finally up for arsene wenger. arsenal's players arrived for training this morning unaware they were about to be told his 22—year—long reign would soon come to an end. first of all, i was shocked. you know, i didn't see it coming. i know he had another year left on his contract and i thought that he would do it but, you know, unfortunately, he's not. you know, i'm sad. at yesterday's press conference, he gave little away. my personal situation is not much of a problem
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at the moment, my worry is to transform this season with many disappointments away from home. but ina disappointments away from home. but in a statement, he said: this evening, arsenal's chief executive spoke about the man. we are in a better place today that we could ever have imagined 22 years ago. many asked ‘arsene who?‘ when an unheralded wenger arrived in 1996, but he set about transforming arsenal — with new training methods, savvy signings and a thrilling style of play. what a way to clinch the championship! a remarkable period of success followed. three premier league titles in six years, including two league and cup doubles. and perhaps his greatest achievement — an entire season unbeaten, with a team known as the invincibles. without equal, without doubt, the best team
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in the land is arsenal! he really changed the way you think about things and the way he wanted you to improve, because it's the right thing to do and it will be brilliant for you to do. it was a whole different way of thinking about playing football. they chant: we want wenger out! we want wenger out! but after such success came a long struggle, many fans turning against wenger after no league title for 11! long years. with arsenal overtaken by their biggest rivals, this season the club lies sixth, at risk of missing out on the lucrative champions league yet again. today, outside the stadium wenger helped to build, the fans were divided. a couple of cup wins have glossed over the cracks, but i think it's, er, the right time. i'm very sad that he's going. um, i wonder who we're going to get next. a sign ofjust how far arsenal have fallen is the 33 points that separate them from the newly crowned champions, manchester city.
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their manager, however, today recognising wenger‘s contribution. it is the premier league, thanks for the things that he has done. he arrived, and his vision, a lot of respect for the football. i wish him all the best. so long was his reign, it has become almost impossible to imagine arsenal without wenger, and such longevity and control at a club is highly unlikely to be seen again in english football. the challenge now for arsenal — to get used to life without the man who, for a generation, defined the club and transcended the sport. some breaking news just some breaking newsjust in, north korea's state media says that the country's leader kim jong and has said it has no more need for nuclear oi’ said it has no more need for nuclear or missile tests. —— kimjong—un. he
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has also quoted as saying he will shut down a test site. relations between the two korean countries have soared in recent weeks and there is to be a summit between kim jong—un and president donald trump. that is some breaking news, the north korean state media is saying that the country's leader says there is no more need for nuclear or missile tests. and i am sure there will be more on that in the days ahead. a 28—year—old man wanted in connection with a failed burglary where an intruder was killed has been arrested, police have said. the met police said he was found in arrested in kent on friday. officers said he was being held on suspicion of two counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. there could be dangerous levels of nerve agent in salisbury, after the poisoning of sergei skripal and his daughter last month. ata
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skripal and his daughter last month. at a public meeting last night, as senior government scientists told residents that nine locations had yet to be decontaminated, but insisted that salisbury is safe and residents need take no extra precautions. almost seven weeks on from the salisbury poisoning, the city is still sprinkled with no—go areas — cordoned—off zones, where scientists fear there could still be hotspots of the deadly novichok nerve agent. the nine zones include detective sergeant nick bailey's home, the central police station and sergei skripal‘s house, as well as the pub, restaurant and park where the skripals went after becoming contaminated. and at the nine sites this week, the cordons, instead of being removed, are being strengthened and reinforced, as salisbury prepares for a clean—up that could last months. the man leading the city's recovery told me why it's taking so long. every site will be sampled, cleaned, tested. if there's any trace remaining,
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it will be cleaned again. even to the point of removing soil and in brickwork, if necessary. but the russians have another explanation for the salisbury decontamination. we get the impression that the british government is deliberately pursuing a policy of destroying all possible evidence, clarifying all the remaining materials and making an independent and transparent investigation impossible. when the prime minister came to salisbury five weeks ago — promising to get the city back on its feet — the first place she visited was dingham's cookshop. but today, becca hardingham, who runs the shop, says takings are still down. well, we were hoping it wasjust going to be a few weeks and we'd be able to just go past it and get on with life but, yeah, it's been a struggle.


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