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or deny reports that during the last test of britain's nuclear deterrent a missile had veered off course. the defence secretary sir michael fallon who faced urgent questions in the commons said he would not comment on operational details. as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports — the test occurred lastjune — just before mps voted to renew britain's independent nuclear defence capability. set condition one 50 for weapons system readiness test. aye aye, sir. pressing the nuclear button. action stations. a process that is practised and practised. the hope, it never happens for real. butjust before the prime minister took charge, a test like this, it seems, did not go according to plan. but theresa may yesterday refused to say if she had known. prime minister, did you know? there are tests that take place all the time, regularly, for our nuclear deterrent. what we were talking about in that debate that took place. ok, it's not an answer,
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i'm not going to get an answer. it matters because the trial appears to have gone wrong just weeks before her new government asked mps to approve billions of pounds to keep the weapons. we are launching this strategy here... having failed to answer yesterday, today on a cabinet visit, the prime minister had to admit she did know. i'm regularly briefed on national security issues, i was briefed on this successful certification of hms vengeance and her crew. we don't comment on the operational details for national security reasons. this spectacular misfire in the late 80s of an american trident missile is rare. the vast majority of tests have been successful. urgent question. and it's not clear what went wrong with this weapons trial. but labour has found a lot wrong with the government's handling of the facts. at the heart of this issue is a worrying lack of transparency, and a prime minister who has chosen to cover up a serious incident rather than coming clean
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with the british public. this house and more importantly the british public deserves better. the details of the demonstration and shakedown operation i am not going to discuss publicly on the floor of this house. we simply want to know, was this test successful or not? should we believe the white house official, who, while we've been sitting here debating, has confirmed to cnn that the missile did auto self—destruct off the coast of florida? once stories get out there that a missile may have failed, isn't it better to be quite frank about it? there are always some things that government wants to keep from mps and the rest of us, but this time theresa may's hope of staying quiet seems to have backfired. the most straightforward questions, like who knew what, can be the trickiest of all.
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the political arguments over whether we need nuclear weapons are controversial enough. a fight over whether they work is a battle ministers would rather not have. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. our defence correspondentjonathan beale is at the ministry of defence. suggestions night that the british public is being kept in the dark, but some people abroad know the details. the fact is, these tests are publicised in advance, in the sense that aviation, shipping our ward to avoid hazard areas and even in the past, russian spy ships have observed them from a distance, so it is strange that the british public find out about this test when they read in the media that something went wrong. michael fallon in the commons committee refused to confirm that something did go wrong, citing national security reasons, you would only confirm that the actual launch, the certification of the submarine,
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was a success. the certification of the submarine, was a success. that said, there are problems with this line, in the past the ministry of defence has publicised these tests when they have been a success, so why not this time? wasa have been a success, so why not this time? was a big is of the crucial commons vote on renewing the trident missile system. the other problem is, in washington we are hearing from unnamed officials that there was a failure in this test. it seems strange that while michael fallon says this is an independent british nuclear deterrent that the government cannot comment, but us officials, it appears, government cannot comment, but us officials, itappears, can. government cannot comment, but us officials, it appears, can. thanks for joining officials, it appears, can. thanks forjoining us. on his first working day as american president, donald trump met business leaders and promised to cut taxes and slash three quarters of regulations. he also warned chief executives that companies which move jobs out of the united states
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will face border taxes. here's our north america editorjon sopel. mark was so nice with the plant. coming back, iwanted to sit next to him. laughter cheery bonhomie from the president as he met business leaders this morning, but don't mistake that for a relaxed demeanour, as he starts his first week in thejob. he has pledges to make good on. a company that wants to fire all its people in the united states and build some factories someplace else and then thinks that that product is thenjust going to flow across the border into the united states, that's not going to happen. they're going to have a border tax to pay, a substantial border tax. he's promising to slash regulations by 75%. the trump administration was going to be an enabler to business. if somebody wants to put up a factory, it's going to be extradited. you have to go through the process, but it will be extradited. we're going to take care of the environment and we're going to take care of safety and all the other things
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we have to take care of, but you're going to get such great service and there will be no country that is faster, better, more fair, and at the same time protecting the people of the country. and there is an eye—catching promise to cut taxes. what we're doing, we're going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies, and that's massively. we've been talking about this for a long time. thank you. the president has also been busy signing a whole pile of executive orders. one, that the united states will have nothing to do with the pacific trade deal, but also his intention to renegotiate the nafta agreement with mexico and canada. a much more complex undertaking. but it's these issues that won him the election and not a bizarre row over how big the crowd was at his inauguration. one other executive order
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particularly eye—catching that was signed today, aid agencies in receipt of us government funds will now no longer be able to offer abortions or advice on abortions in their fieldwork around the world. this has been a politicalfootball going back for many decades with democrats rescinding it and republicans three opposing it, but it is an important indication of where donald trump stands on this issue. and what might be be future social policy for america as well. the inquest into the deaths of 30 british people murdered by an islamist gunman in tunisia two years ago has begun hearing evidence about the victims. the court heard evidence from several eyewitnesses to the shootings and from the family and friends of the first three people to die. daniela relph reports. the shocking details of their death, today the court began to hear about each individual killed. joan and
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janet were amongst the first people to be shot dead —— john. their family was in court as the couple we re family was in court as the couple were described as having died together doing what they enjoyed most, being side—by—side. trudy jones from south wales was also killed on the beach, she was described as someone who put eve ryo ne described as someone who put everyone happiness before her own. the court was shown a map which illustrated the position of the sun lounges and trudy jones illustrated the position of the sun lounges and trudyjones was sunbathing on the front row. john stocker had been alongside her. next him his wife janet. they were the gunmen‘s first victims as he murdered tourist after tourist —— gunman‘s. this shows people fleeing from here in fear when they realised what was happening. the court also saw this 3—d animation of the resort, the blue skies and the sand and the pictures of those murdered. each person shown where they were shot. one eyewitness accounts summed
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up shot. one eyewitness accounts summed up the horror of that day. simon g reaves up the horror of that day. simon greaves described the gunman to the court. the question of tourist safety is a recurrent one here, and today an eyewitness said that the police response during the attack was poor as was security generally around the hotel. today was aboutjust as was security generally around the hotel. today was about just three victims, but there are many more harrowing stories to be told. daniela relph, bbc news. science, technology and infrastructure. that's the focus for the government after they unveiled plans for a new industrial strategy. they hope it will get the economy firing on all cylinders as the uk prepares to leave the eu. theresa may said it would mean a more active role for the government as she outlined her plans. but critics say it doesn't go far enough. our business editor simon jack has more.
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growing an economy for the 21st—century. this biotech firm is trying to increase crop yields, reduce fertiliser use and provide high—paying jobs. most conservative governments have preferred a hands—off approach to business. not this government. what this is about is creating the right conditions for the future economy for the uk. as we leave the european union i'm ambitious for the opportunities available to us, building a truly global britain. but we need to ensure that our economy is working for everyone, working in every part of the country. the government's ten point plan includes investment in research and development in high—growth sectors. £170 million for technical colleges to improve skills. and infrastructure investment targeted to fit regional needs. i think it's absolutely essential and it's been too long in coming. and it's all about coordination, and directed and focused input to meet the needs of the economy of this country. and why wouldn't we be doing it if it's going to bring us the skills
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we need in a coordinated way, with the key industry sectors that have the most potential for growth based on our scientific ability? the government wants businesses of the future, like biotechnology or life science, to grow. but with limited amounts of new money available, the fear is that while some sectors will be cultivated, others may wither, leaving behind the workers in those industries. i don't think we can afford to leave any sector behind in an industrial strategy, particularly given so many millions of workers are employed in areas like retail, food, care, where wages are often too low and investment too scarce. so it has to be a holistic industrial policy for the whole country. archive voiceover after the government stepped in...
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previous attempts to get involved in industrial strategy have met with abject failure. millions were afforded to british leyland for example, to no avail. the strategy that somewhat ironically became known as picking winners. modern industry leaders say this is different. picking winners is much more about picking the company or the final product. what i think you are seeing here is much building based technologies. these are just proposals at this stage but ones the governments hopes will inject new life to a post brexit economy. simonjack, bbc news, nottingham. our top story this evening: ministers still refuse to say if the last trident missile test went wrong — labour say it's a cover—up. and coming up, the new face of sinn fein — michelle o'neill takes over from martin mcguinness. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: johanna konta will face serena williams in the quarter—finals of the australian open. the british number one hasn't dropped a set all tournament.
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it's one of britain's best known new towns — but half a century ago this was milton keynes — a small rural village in buckinghamshire. then, within just a few years the surrounding area was transformed into a modern city scape. and this is the town today as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. our home editor mark easton has been to see how it has aged — and what lessons it might hold for future new towns. # happy birthday to you. happy birthday, milton keynes dons the little los angeles of buckinghamshire. that's what they call to 50 years ago with your shopping malls and grid planned streets. your concrete cows. not so much a new town as streets. your concrete cows. not so much a new town 3s a new streets. your concrete cows. not so much a new town as a new city. more than a quarter of a million people now contributing £10 billion a year
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to the uk, this has been one of the fastest—growing places in the country. the roundabouts make some giddy, the lack of a high street makes others lost. resident peter holding, also 50 today, loves milton keynes dons. there's always something to do in milton keynes dons whether you like shopping, theatre, there's always something to do. ican theatre, there's always something to do. i can be in london in 30 minutes, in the peak district in an hour. as the buildings make wafer boulevards the whole pattern of life will change. milton keynes was built on farmland and villages adequate distance between london, birmingham, oxford and cambridge. protests were bulldozed aside. england then, as now, needed houses. the grid system is based on roads. the grid represents a different community because in each grid square there is a different community and when people first came to milton keynes they tended to talk about their local community and their grid
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square. officials say england need to build the equivalent of two milton keynes every year and the idea of new towns is back in fashion in whitehall. at the milton keynes blueprint, carving a name modern city from ancient farmland, a model copied around the world, that has never been repeated in this country. eco—towns are coming, but where will they be built? in 2007 gordon brown promised ten new eco—towns in england. amid noisy opposition, not one was ever built. and now plans for three new garden towns look likely to anger the guardians of the english countryside once again. likely to anger the guardians of the english countryside once againm likely to anger the guardians of the english countryside once again. if i was living in a chocolate box village and this is what we are talking about, and somebody came to me and said, from now on there is going to be a big building site for about two years and you will end up in the middle of a town, i can't imagine what's going through those
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people's minds. milton keynes promised a new kind of city, but its layout and lifestyle were always at odds with english tradition. for all its success there is still no where else quite like it. wouldn't it be nice if all cities were like milton keynes? an investigation into the death of prisoner dean saunders has found a catalogue of failures contributed to his suicide and he should have been in hospital not prison. the prison ombudsman said staff ignored significant risks when they reduced checks on him. dean saunders killed himself at chelmsford prison in essex a year ago. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has been following the case. dean saunders had no previous history of mental illness but in december 2015 the young dad suddenly became paranoid and delusional, convinced he had to kill himself. the hand with the knife was free, and this time he come down to actually put it in his... to put it in his heart. mark, dean's father, put his life on the line. on the kitchen floor he struggled
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to get the knife from his son. he was stabbed several times. at one point he held the knife in his own stomach. at that time i thought i can't let him have the knife. and i put my hand over the top of his so he could not pull it out. as he pulled it out, i held it in, i could not let him have that knife. dean was charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody at chelmsford prison, initially on constant watch. but then three staff, none of whom were medically trained, none of whom had read his notes, reduced his observations to every half hour. his family pleaded the prison not to do it, but were ignored. i said, "i'm telling you now, if you don't put my son back on constant watch then he will kill himself." "you won't be able to say you didn't know, you hadn't been told, weren't aware, because you know." "and if he kills himself it
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will be your fault." tragically, donna was right. dean killed himself last january. today's report found numerous problems in his care, including a failure to properly appreciate his risk of suicide. dean saunders was one of a record number of prisoners in england and wales who killed themselves in 2016. there is a proliferation of official reports, reviews, inquest findings that all point to the crisis in our prisons, in particular the way in which people with mental ill—health are treated. ministers say they are investing millions to make prisons safer, but for dean's family it's all too late. i can't handle knowing that he died on his own, away from family that was so important to him, and they done nothing at all. nothing. michael buchanan, bbc news, essex. the new sinn fein leader has been announced as michelle o'neill —
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the party's current health minister. o'neill will take over from martin mcguiness who is standing down because of ill health. her appointment comes just weeks before a snap assembly election in march. how ireland correspondence is at stormont. i wonder how much of a break with the past does michelle o'neill represent? she is from a staunchly republican family but she does not have that personal ira past that her predecessor had and that is a significant difference. it is worth remembering what a central figure martin mcguinness played in bridging the gap between unionists and republicans and allowing power—sharing here. of course that power—sharing here. of course that power—sharing government has collapsed in recent weeks and that means the challenges begin almost immediately for michelle o'neill. election posters are already going up. even after votes are cast there will have to be negotiations between sinn fein and the gu p2 tried to get
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power—sharing back up and running again. all indications are that those talks are not going to be easy. all right, chris, thank you very much. government scientists are warning that overcooked potatoes, toast and crisps could increase the risk of developing cancer. the food standards agency says a potentially harmful compound called acrylamide is produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures. however, cancer research charities have questioned the evidence. here's our health correspondent dominic hughes. they are classic comfort foods. a nice slice of toast or a crisp roast potato. but do they really carry a risk of causing cancer? concerns lie with the chemical acrylamide, caused by cooking starchy foods like potatoes, bread, cakes and biscuits. now, a major public health campaign by the food standards agency, building on years of research, says studies in mice suggest acrylamide is linked to cancer.
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the fsa says while the risk in humans is hard tojudge, it makes sense to think about how much we are exposed to. to be precautionary and to enable people to help make decisions for themselves, it would be good reason for them to reduce the amount of acrylamide they're exposed to. so what exactly is the danger posed by acrylamide and how does it compare to other factors that might cause cancer? 4% of all cancers in the uk are thought to be linked to drinking too much alcohol, 5% are associated with being overweight or obese, and an estimated 19% of all cancers are caused by exposure to tobacco smoke. when it comes to acrylamide, the chemical that's produced in burnt toast, well, there is no proven link to cancer in humans, and that has led some experts to suggest there is no real
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danger to public health. i think there is a risk that public health advice like this which can't put a number on either the current harms or the benefits of people changing their behaviour is, could be damaging to people's trust in that public health advice because it is important what we eat. obesity is linked to 18,000 cancers a year in this country. and it would be a shame if people became sceptical about scientific advice about diet. and scepticism, too, from some cafe customers today enjoying their lunch. you'll get frightened of eating because if you eat that, this will happen. and if you eat that, that will happen. but, you know, you can't eat that because of the health risk. and i think it's just going too far. ijust think it's nonsense. a lot of it. they want something better to do. i'm not worried about the risk when it comes to burn food. i've survived this long on it. a prudent precaution or an overreaction? the advice, if you want to take it, is to bin the burnt toast. dominic hughes, bbc news. the comic actor gorden kaye, known to millions as rene artois
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the cafe owner in the bbc sitcom ‘allo ‘allo, has died. he was 75. he appeared in all 82 episodes of the show, which was set in nazi—occupied france. our arts correspondent, david sillito, looks back at his life. for ten years and 82 episodes, gorden kaye was the harassed heart of one of the most popular comedies of the 80s. ‘allo ‘allo. would you believe it possible that the plot has now thickened? cafe owner rene artois had an unfathomably complicated love life and endless problems with fallen madonnas. can nobody resist me? good afternoon. she'll fix you up. this was not the first time tv audiences had met gorden kaye, in coronation street he played bernard butler. i'm going to miss you when you go back, you know? born in huddersfield, he'd
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spent years on stage. writer and producer david croft spotted him. after guest appearances in ayew being served and it ain't half hot mum, he sent him a script. it's set ina mum, he sent him a script. it's set in a french cafe and that's that, and the laughs are leaping off the page almost visibly, and you think this is a caucus. a comedy about the resistance? however, it works. but in 1990 he was seriously injured in an accident. two years later the show was cancelled. but ‘allo ‘allo never ended, all around the world it continued to be seen in 200 countries, there's even a german version. gorden kaye was right, it was a corker. the actor gorden kaye who has died at the age of 75 time for a look at the weather. here's john hammond variety is the spice of life and we've had that recently, haven't we?
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lots of sunshine for some, but for others stuck in the gloom. fog at the castle in dover. fog thickening up the castle in dover. fog thickening up again tonight, freezing fog patches will cause disruption into the morning. you can go online for the morning. you can go online for the latest updates. cloud shifting across to clear some fog, but more fog behind, wales and down into the southern counties as well. this could be the scene first thing. not everybody waking up to fog, but allow extra time for yourjourney. warnings in force from the met office and temperatures well down, slippery surfaces. far west avoiding the fog, not so much across northern england but some patches around. for northern ireland and scotland it will be much milder, well above freezing. bit of a breeze and some rain around especially across western scotland. no great amounts and lot of dry weather, albeit quite cloudy. best sunshine further south
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and east to england and wales wants the fog has shifted. for some places, just like today, it may not shift and it will be particularly chilly. my oldest weather out west, double figures in some places. —— the mildest weather will be out west. more fog around on wednesday morning. probably confined to easternmost part of england. particularly windy out west where there will be more cloud for northern ireland and scotland. rain clouds held at bay. most of us try. hopefully you will see some sunshine. chilly feeling day across the south and east. thursday looks especially cold a bitter south easterly wind. thanks. that's all from the bbc news at six. so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s hello. this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines. theresa may has reaffirmed her ‘absolute faith‘ in the trident nuclear deterrent,
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and has refused to confirm or deny reports, that an unarmed missile veered off course during a test last year. i'm regularly briefed on national security issues. i was briefed on the successful certification of hms vengance and her crew. we don't comment on the operational details for national security reasons. president trump has signed an executive order, formally withdrawing america from the trans—pacific partnership trade deal, which involves dozens of countries. an independent report into the death of dean saunders, a mentally—ill man who took his own life at chelmsford prison last year, has found staff failed to do enough to protect him. and theresa may has unveiled her new industrial strategy for britain after brexit, focusing on skills, science and technology and infrastructure. and the actor gorden kaye best known for his part in the bbc sitcom ‘allo ‘allo!, has died at the age of 75.
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in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. with president trump barely pausing for breathe as he gets going on implementing his new policies, we have a special series that starts tonight — one hundred days is on at 7.
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