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and east anglia, but for most a lovely monday afternoon in store. good afternoon. the prime minister theresa may says she has "absolute faith" in the trident nuclear missile system despite claimed that an unarmed test firing veered off course. it's claimed an unarmed rocket fired from hms vengeance in the atlantic ocean shot off in the direction of the united states last year. but on the bbc‘s andrew marr programme this morning mrs may declined to answer if she's been made aware of the incident before a crucial vote on the future of the trident programme in parliament as daniel boettcher reports. this is what the launch of a trident
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missile looks like. lastjune the royal navy carried out what it cold a routine unarmed test launch from hms vengeance. but according to the sunday times, it went wrong. the paper says the submarine was about 200 miles off the course of florida and was due to fire the missile to the location of the west coast of africa. instead, the paper says, it may have veered off in the wrong direction. that was just weeks before a vote in parliament to renew britain's ageing vanguard submarines. today the prime minister was asked four times if he had known about the alleged incident when she had made a statement on trying to mps last july. the issue we were talking about was a very serious issue, it was about whether or not we should renew trident. whether we should look to the future and have a replacement trident. that is what we were talking about in the house of commons. that is what the house of commons voted for. i believe in defending our country, jeremy corbyn voted against it.
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did you know? tests take place regularly. what we were talking about in that debate that took place. i'm not going to get an a nswer to place. i'm not going to get an answer to this. in the past the mod has released a press release and video successful tests, this time it did not. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has accused the primary step of not telling the public about the alleged misfiring. i think this failure is something that ought to pause everyone for a moment and just think what happened. we understand the prime minister chose not to inform parliament about this and it has come out through the media some months later. it is a pretty catastrophic error when a missile goes in the wrong direction. well the mod says the test launch was a success well the mod says the test launch was a success for the crew and the
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board, it has not denied the report that the missile itself might have veered off course. it does say the capability and effectiveness of the trident missile is unquestionable. the prime minister has also confirmed she'll visit america to meet president trump on friday — the first world leader to meet him since his inauguration. mrs may said britain's special relationship with the us would allow her to speak up to say she disagrees with some of president trumps opinions. here's our political correspondent susanna mendonca. as britain pulls away with ties to the european union, it is looking to build new alliances with a brand—new american president. the special relationship between the uk and the us has been strong for many years. we will have the opportunity to talk about our future trading relationship but also the challenges we all face, issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in syria. comparisons will be drawn to another
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female british prime minister who forged a relationship with a populist us president. ronald reagan and margaret thatcher were united in their free trade games back in the 19805, their free trade games back in the 1980s, and it has been reported that donald trump has already referred to theresa may as his mackie. but no previous us president has been so unpopular with so many. in particular with women who turned out in their hundreds of thousands to protest against him in america yesterday and in cities including london. mrs may would not be drawn on whether she plans to challenge mr trump on the things he has said about women. i think the bigger statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact that i will be there as a female prime minister, the prime minister of the united kingdom, are rightly talking to him about the interests that we share. no longer back of the queue and trade, mrs me's focus on talks with mr trump will be around building a future trade deal with the us after britain leaves the eu.
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he and those around him have spoken about the importance of a trade arrangement with the united kingdom and that that is something they are looking to talk to us about at an early stage. i would expect to be able to talk to him about that alongside other issues i will discuss with them when i am in washington. if mr trump's inauguration speech is anything to go by, he is more focused on protectionism than free trade, insisting he will put america first. critics say the government should be cautious about putting us trade ahead ofan cautious about putting us trade ahead of an eu deal. no trade deal with america the matter how ambitious can replace or match what we are potentially going to lose on out we are potentially going to lose on our own we are potentially going to lose on our own doorstep in europe. as brexit negotiations loom, mrs me knows she needs trade options elsewhere, and this week's meeting with the us president is a first step in that direction. at least 36 people have been killed and many more injured after a train derailed in the indian state of andhra pradesh. many people are still trapped in the wreckage and it's feared the death toll could rise.
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it's not yet clear what caused the train to derail but police are investigating claims the track could have been tampered with. the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has flown into exile — 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. he sparked a political crisis when he refused to accept the outcome of the country's election. jammeh finally agreed to hand over power to the winner after the leaders of neighbouring countries threatened military action. many councils in england are taking far too long to determine patients' needs so they can be discharged from hospital. guidelines say the assessment should be done within six weeks, but a report for the health watchdog healthwatch england has found times can be much longer. smitha mundasad is outside st thomas' hospital in central london. smitha, what more can you tell us. for weeks we have been hearing from accident and emergency is
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experiencing extreme winter pressure from hospitals that say they cannot admit people into hospital cos they cannot discharge people home because they don't have the social care they need at home or cannot get into residential care. no health watch england says there is another part to this problem. it says people are waiting too long to get initial assessments from local councils to cvr eligible for care, for example for adaptations at home if they can no longer walk, or help getting into residential care. their own investigation phone data was patchy. people waited on average between two and 52 days to get that initial assessment, and then maybe months to get the care they need. in one case they find that someone waited two yea rs they find that someone waited two years for initial assessment, and they are saying that things need to change. it is worth saying there is no statutory time, the local omudsman says between four and six weeks is reasonable in the case as
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it looks into. the government says it looks into. the government says it is put in an extra £900 million of additionalfunding it is put in an extra £900 million of additional funding to adult social care in the next two—year zone it will challenge local authorities that do not give care in authorities that do not give care in a timely fashion. the time new cars are allowed on britain's roads before they need an mot could go up from three to four years, under government proposals. the department for transport said safer technology and improved manufacturing means new vehicles stay roadworthy for longer. the change, which could come in from 2018, would bring britain in line with northern ireland and many other european countries. andy murray is out of the australian open, after a shock defeat by a player ranked 50 in the world. the world number one lost his fourth round match to germany's mischa zverev in four sets. with novak djokovic outcome the path for andy murray to win the open had
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become a little clearer, but blocking his path was the imposing figure of esher zverev, with the biggest win of his career, and arguably one of the most disappointing for andy murray. murray knew it was not going to be as smooth as is progress to write for, and although murray levelled the match, he was fast running out of ideas. mischa zverev had one idea, serve and volley, and it was a specialty he was frustrating murray west one set clear again. what was number one knows how to deal with adversity and was not about to concede. it is murray's earliest exit in eight years, the top two seeds both gone. who will win the title now is anything but clear. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at six o'clock. bye for now. you're watching
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the bbc news channel. as we've been hearing, theresa may will become the first foreign leader to meet the new us president in washington — when they hold talks on friday. earlier to i spoke to the former conservative international development secretary, andew mitchell. yes, and it also underlines the fact that the eyes of state in britain have very close interests, many things that we see in the same light. we have a common view. it is very well, president trump
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is deciding to reach out to his principal ally in this way. in terms of trade, which people are saying is top of the agenda because we are all fascinated by brexit and what will happen, but it is hard to expect anything beyond words because we cannot negotiate a trade deal, we can't do that for a couple of years, who knows what things will be like, and mr trump might face hostile congress in two years' time. you cannot sign a trade deal before brexit, that is true, but you can talk about what might be in a deal. you can put ink on paper ahead of that. america is one of the biggest trading nations in the world, we are the fourth or fifth biggest trading nation in the world. the principles which underlie a free—trade agreement like this will ricochet across the rest of the world and have a big impact on other trading deals that are being reached. 0ver recent years we have seen a move away from protectionism towards a free trading system because everyone now accepts that
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a freer trading system enriches the rich and poor alike. when the talks turn to nato, will the prime minister want to make sure this president is behind nato? he did suggest it was obsolete. he reflected a feeling of restlessness in america that they were paying for european security which european nations should do more to help themselves. and on that i think that president trump and theresa may will be in full agreement because we have reached for the 2%, and we believe others should do that. when president trump says he believes all nations should share the burden and not rely on america, what he's saying is perfectly fair and proper. 0n the defence question i need to ask you about this trident missile test. there will be a huge row in the commons, won't there?
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probably, but there are two issues. the first is whether whatever caused the malfunction has been corrected or not, and it looks clear that that has taken place. and the second issue is who should have been told and when. i think the interests of national security would not have been served by the government telling parliament. the government's first duty is to defend the realm. what they had to do was correct this misfunction. i don't think the government should be pilloried in any way for not telling the public, but clearly the public will want to know and parliament will want to know that whatever was wrong has been put right. and mr trump, some of the headlines have suggested this is maggie and ronnie, going back to reagan and thatcher, but this is a very different president, and we have a fairly straight talking woman prime minister, he has a reputation as a misogynist and sexist which is why hundreds of thousands
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of women around the world marched about this. that could have a shadow on the relationship. it won't be like president reagan and prime minister thatcher because history never quite repeats itself. but our prime minister is straight talking. she has made clear to people all around the world that comments he made about women are completely at acceptable. but as she has pointed out, he has apologised for those comments. and it is in everyone's interest around the world that we wipe the slate clean. that it is accepted he is starting again from now in that respect, i would look forward to how britain and america, and america with its pivotal place in terms of security and trade and values, that relationship is set in the right direction, and for that reason it is a very good thing that our prime minister will be first through the door of the white house. more on our top story about the fact that theresa may has refused to say whether she knew about the reported malfunction of trying missile
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earlier this year —— last year before mps voted on the issue of renewal of trident. warheads —— veered off course towards the united states we can speak to patrick grady from the snp — mp for glasgow north. the holding very concerning. we need to know who knew about what and when about the nature of this malfunction, and when mps were asked to make a decision about the £200 billion trident nuclear weapon system billion trident nuclear weapon syste m ba ck billion trident nuclear weapon system back in july without billion trident nuclear weapon system back injuly without being in full possession of the fact.|j system back injuly without being in full possession of the fact. i can put to you that this was a malfunction of a weapon system, and the view from the conservatives is that you cannot expect a prime minister to tell the public everything about defence matters. you cannot expect that. the prime minister stood up in the house of commons and said she was prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that would potentially kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people. if she
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said that the house of commons knowing that there had been some kind of malfunction with the existing nuclear defence system, then that is very concerning to say then that is very concerning to say the least. there are always ways of providing briefings and confidence to the various security committees of the parliament, or indeed to adelaide oval until all the facts could have been known. i don't accept that there should have been covered up, and i think it is important there is full disclosure. people know and respect your views about the upgrade of trident, but you could take the opposite view, which is if there has been any malfunction in the system it shows how important it is to spend a lot of money and get a better system. how important it is to spend a lot of money and get a better systemm is not is my view. 58 out of 59 scottish rivers of parliament voted against the renewal of trident and the scottish parliament has repeatedly voted to oppose the renewal of trident. there is an overwhelming consensus in this part of the world trident should not be renewed. if this is raising
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questions about the safety and security of the existing system, thenit security of the existing system, then it throws into question the whole purpose of having the deterrent in the first place. nicola sturgeon has been very clear about the potential links between brexit and its consequences and perhaps having a second referendum, given what you have just said about the mps in scotland, the msps as well, and the preponderance of your people, do you think that this issue is something which adds more fuel to your argument for eventually some kind of referendum again on independence? what i think we are seeing in this context is increasing divergences of the vision the future of the country. do we want a country prepared to spend hundreds of billions of pounds on a nuclear weapons system that now we're asking very serious questions about its safety a nd very serious questions about its safety and viability or do we want to put that money into the welfare and social protection of our population? those are the serious
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questions that are being highlighted both by this and the other circumstances you mention. and this is something that is likely to come up is something that is likely to come upfor is something that is likely to come up for that miss went —— at westminster and holyrood in the coming weeks. in the coming days i hope. the prime minister and others need to appear urgently at the dispatch box so that we can have full disclosure and establish the circumstances in this case and the impact that has on the future of trident. i have no doubt colleagues in the scottish parliament will want to make the new views known loud and clear as well. but grady, member of parliament for glasgow north. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may will not say whether she knew about a field trident test before mps voted to renew the system. she has confirmed she will be the first world leader to be president trump on the. the white house accuses the american media of
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dishonestly reporting the size of the crowd at friday's inauguration of president trump. sport now, and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre with richard. top seed andy murray is out of the australian open. he lost to germany's mischa zverev in four sets. with last year's winner novak djokovic already out, many saw it as murray's best chance to win his first title in melbourne. 0ur tennis correspondent russell fuller reports from melbourne. this was properly a greater upset them djokovic's defeat. mischa zverev has only move through the rankings relatively recently after a succession of injuries. he has spent most of his time trying to earn a living on the challenger circuit. andy murray is a world map the one
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who did not drop a set in the first three rounds. now once this coming. how did mischa zverev do it? with some old—fashioned terrace, serving and volleying and returning brilliantly and keeping up that very high level until the end, playing some astonishing tennis. and murray's game ultimately started to wilt. murray plans to take some rest of february. it was a frenetic ends to 2016, but has suggested he will play for great britain in the davis cup in canada in ten days' time. dan evans' run is also over, after he lost to 12th seed jo—wilfried tsonga. evans had knocked out world number seven marin cilic and then bernard tomic to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. but the frenchman was too good. despite taking the first set on a tie break, evans lost the next three. tsonga goes through to face us open champion stan wawrinka for a place in the semi—finals. after an excellent tournament, evans will climb from 51st to 45th in the world rankings.
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everybody knows how big his serve and as for handers. it sucked the life out of the match. when i had some chances he got me with that 1— to punch. in the first set you must felt you are in with a great chance. yes and no. i knew i was flagging a bit. i will in need of the first set and just to hold on in the second and just to hold on in the second and maybe get a break. but i didn't break him at all today. just another class player who got the better of me. highlights of melbourne on bbc two. england's cricketers have posted a solid total in the third and final one day international against india in kolkata, on a pitch that is providing some assistance to the indian bowlers, england made 321 for 8 from their 50 overs. jason roy hit his third 50 in a row and whilst none of the batsmen could kick on and make a big score, some late big hitting
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from ben stokes has given their bowlers something to defend. india's innings isjust underway. coverage of course available on 5 live sports extra and the bbc sport website. premier league leaders chelsea could end today as much as nine points clear at the top of the table. they play hull city later, while arsenal could go up to second if they beat burnley. 0ne game already underway today, and champions leicester's awful away form continues. goals from james ward—prowse and jay rodriguez have put southampton 2—0 up against claudio ranieri's side. leicester haven't won away from home this season. 30 minutes to go at st mary's, saints led 2—0. tommy fleetwood has won the abu dhabi tournament, head of dustin
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johnson. on his first full day in office the new president of the united states donald trump saw more than a million and a half people take to the streets in us cities to demonstrate against him. some protests continued late into the night, such as this one in san francisco. but mr trump and his team have focused instead on the media's coverage of his inauguration on friday. despite live footage that showed smaller crowds than in previous years, the white house said there had been record numbers watching the ceremony. and the new white house press secretary sean spicer used his first briefing to accuse the american media of "sowing division". these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong. as you know the president was at the central intelligence agency today and greeted by a raucous crowd of some 400 plus cia employees. there were over a thousand requests to attend, the president will have to come back to greet the rest.
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the employees are ecstatic that he is the new commander—in—chief, and he delivered an important and powerful message. he told them he has their back. and they were grateful for that. they gave him a five—minute standing ovation at the end in a display of their patriotism and enthusiasm for his presidency. i would also note that it is a shame that the cia did not have a director to be with him today when he visited because the democrats are stalling the nomination and playing politics with national security. that is what you guys should be writing and covering, instead of sowing division about tweets and false narratives. the president is committed to unifying our country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. this kind of dishonesty in the media is making it more difficult to bring our nation together. the has been talk in the media about holding donald trump accountable. i am here to tell
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you it goes to ways. we will hold the press accountable. the american people deserve better, and as long as he serves as the messengerfor this incredible movement he will take his message directly to the american people where his focus will always be. that was sean spicer, the new white house director of communications. well, republicans 0verseas uk, say they held london's only inauguration party on friday — and i'm joined now by the group's chair, malise sundstrom. ifind it difficult i find it difficult to believe that on day two of this new presidency, when americans genuinely want to come together and always have done, that we are debating the size of crowds and who turned up or did not turn up at protest rallies and the inauguration. it is an odd time. turn up at protest rallies and the inauguration. it is an odd timem isa inauguration. it is an odd timem is a very odd time. and i agree it is a very odd time. and i agree it is surprising we are here to take time to talk about the size of crowds. there are so many policies
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and cabinet picks to talk about, why is this becoming an issue? and it is a challenge for how it the media coverage is and how trump responds. it isa coverage is and how trump responds. it is a challenge, butjust looking at those pictures, americans are being asked, do you believe what the white house press spokesman says what you can see with your own eyes, and this will not play very well because the facts are against the white house line. i think you have to look at the context. people are doubting the press partly because of the direct attacks against the press but also because of false coverage, and that is true with the dossier. in the us there was the rolling stones and its rape case, that was a false story, so there is a history of improper reporting by the press and what is being selected. for donald trump many americans have an issue with his tweets. there are so much content out there that people are talking about that he is
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providing, and we have to be selective in what we choose to debate on. as a working mum, i only have so much space to talk and consider things, and i wanted to be about the economy, change, immigration. i don't care about size of crowds. but directly manage the challenge. but then sean spicer is supposed to be a grown—up press secretary. to play that game rather than talk about the things that you and other republicans i talked to wa nt to and other republicans i talked to want to talk about is a mistake.|j agree with you on that point. this is not a typical president, he is not a seasoned politician. remember his first debate on and look at his last debate. there is a learning curve here. a lot of it is in presentation, and sometimes in substance, but i have every hope that things are going to improve and that things are going to improve and that we will be able to carry out the agenda we want to carry out. you had an inauguration party. what did you make of the demonstrators. those
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of them were women who came out not just in the united states by london and elsewhere. that was the next day, the day after. having organised the event on friday and watched what happened on saturday, republicans overseas uk tapped into something when it hosted the event on friday, we expected 70 people, over 200 showed up. people space to celebrate, and not necessarily be looked down on or sneered at. i think on saturday, you have to respect that movement. it was huge. you have to respect the organisation of it. clearly they have tapped into something greater than they were. but the movement is willie just more about frustration i think. people we re about frustration i think. people were thinking we would see harmony, i saw kockott funny. what are they coming out for? we know what they are against, but what are they for?
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was at a women's movement and anti—trump movement? what was it? will be channel that into something productive? i don't know. we know that our female productive? i don't know. we know that ourfemale prime productive? i don't know. we know that our female prime minister will meet donald trump with his reputation as a sexist and misogynist. again, on the side of the atlantic we would quite like trade talks, nato, all that stuff, and given what they're talking about, that is the kindest thing you would want, however there will be a cloud over this because of what he, the president, said in the past about women. it will be a meeting which people will look at the sexual politics of. i never would have thought that. i honestly don't see it that way. i think there are too many big priorities in terms of the trade deal, looking at the special relationship. the us clearly really values its relationship with the uk. having named ambassador joining china and israel, these will be top
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priorities for this administration. there is a lot of mutual respect there, we have seen that. again, my focus is on the economic summit. i really wa nt focus is on the economic summit. i really want to see a good future for the us, the uk and their relationship. we await the headlines on friday and saturday. thank you very much. 0n on monday we have a new programme covering donald trump's first acts as president, the brexit effect and much more. now, matt has the weather. some parts of the uk woke up to their coldest conditions in around four years. look other day has shaped up in essex. blue skies overhead, a lovely


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