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this is bbc news at seven. the headlines: a cabinet reshuffle — but with few new faces. among the changes — damien green becomes first secretary of state while liz truss loses her ministry ofjustice job. meanwhile, open speculation continues among senior conservatives about the prime minister's future: theresa may is a dead woman walking. it's just how long she's going to remain on death row. what's your guess? i think we will know very shortly. i mean, we could get to next week and it all collapses for her. downing street is forced to clarify its position over a deal with the dup. its leader, arlene foster, says nothing is finalised on reaching a deal. those discussions continue. we have made good progress, but the discussions continue. labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says the tories are in chaos and he expects to fight another election soon. we are quite ready and able to put forward a serious programme, which obviously has massive support
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in this country. also in the next hour... a development in the investigation into the manchester concert bombing. police release new images of salman abedi and say they're now sure he acted alone. vote counting begins in the first round of parliamentary elections in france. exit polls show new president macron‘s centrist party winning about 30 % of the votes. good evening and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has carried out her cabinet reshuffle — after being warned by senior colleagues that she needs to change her leadership style after the conservatives lost their commons majority in the general election. but there are few new faces and many senior ministers keep theirjobs. let's just recap the ins and outs:
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damian green is made first secretary of state and cabinet office minister — a promotion to key role for an old may ally. liz truss is demoted. she moves from head of thejustice ministry to chief secretary to the treasury, a non—cabinet post. david lidington becomes lord chancellor and justice secretary. david gauke, who was chief secretary to the treasury, has been promoted to become the new work and pensions secretary. liam fox — one of the cabinet's leading "brexiteers" — retains his position as international trade secretary. jeremy hunt remains as health secretary following the cabinet reshuffle. justine greening has kept herjob as education secretary. and chris grayling also retains his post as transport secretary. they have also heard in the last few minutes that michael gove has been appointed as environment secretary. that is because andrea leadsom, the
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outgoing environment secretary has become the leader of the commons, moving from defra. karen bradley continues as culture secretary. vicky young reports. she is putting on a brave face, but theresa may knows she throws the party into turmoil. this morning she rang round colleagues defeated on thursday and for now she keeps her job, but senior conservatives have demanded change. it is going to require change and i hope we will see more collective decision—making in the cabinet, i and other senior collea g u es in the cabinet, i and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her and colleagues have made that clear to herandi colleagues have made that clear to her and i think we will also see that she will want to work much more closely with the parliamentary party. mrs may has now appointed her cabinet and with her authority badly damaged he is making a few changes. damian green goes to the cabinet office, liz truss moved tojustice
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secretary, and david gore in charge of work and pensions. there is no appetite for a general election among conservatives but the labour leader says he is ready to seize power. we cannot go on with a period of great instability. we have a programme, we have the support, and we are ready to fight a election campaign as soon as maybe, because we want to be able to serve this country. it is notjust the opposition snapping at theresa may posit heels. theresa may is a dead woman walking, it is just how long she will remain on death row. i think we will know very shortly, in other words, we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all cla ps for the middle of next week and it all claps for her. when tory mps starts to return to parliament this week they will face the reality of political life without a majority in the house of commons. compromises will need to be found, controversial policies like grammar schools, social care and pension changes may bite the dust. there is no point in
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sailing ahead with items that were in the manifesto which we won't get through parliament. to get anything done the conservatives need votes from another party. they are trying to deal with the dup from northern ireland, and suggested the principles of the agreement are in place. we had good discussions yesterday with the conservatives in relation to how we can support them in forming a national government. one that will bring stability to the nation, and those discussions continue, we have progressed, but the discussions continue. after such a bad political miss calculation that most leaders would be forced out, but many conservative mps don't have the appetite for a distracting leadership contestjust as brexit talks are about to start. and they certainly don't want to risk a second general direction. for now,
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collea g u es second general direction. for now, colleagues are rallying, but she is not in charge of her own political destiny. within the last hour we have spoken to liam fox who stays as trade secretary. this is what he said. we know that we have a very big job to do. we know there are tremendous opportunities out there for the united kingdom and we are determined to make a success of global britain and i am delighted to be back here for the department for international trade with my wonderful team and getting ready here for what we are going to take forward. in terms of the politics it is now time for the whole of the conservative party to rally behind the prime minister and get a government in the national interest, so government in the national interest, so many opportunities, very exciting, very positive. the main piece of business coming up with the brexit negotiations, will they take place on time? and will be nature of them change? this department here is about what happens after brexit. about what we do in terms of getting british trade agreements but also
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promoting britain abroad and getting investment into the united kingdom, so investment into the united kingdom, soa investment into the united kingdom, so a positive message of the united kingdom and the trades and opportunities we have here, and that is what we will do, we will remain ina very is what we will do, we will remain in a very expanded outward looking positive mood, and get on with it right away. you think brexit negotiations will begin next week? the negotiations have a timetable andl the negotiations have a timetable and i am sure the prime minister and secretary of state for the exiting of the european union will be dealing with them precisely, we have all the opportunities to get for the united kingdom to present themselves out there, notjust united kingdom to present themselves out there, not just focusing on europe but global britain, and the opportunities in a glow blue growing global market for this country to ensure prosperity and security in the longer term. our political correspondence ali prices at downing street. the latest announcement regarding andrea leadsom and michael gove, two prominent brexit
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campaigners. particularly, michael gove! rumours had not abound around him, one of the names that did not p0p him, one of the names that did not p°p up- him, one of the names that did not pop up. he saw something a fall from grace following the referendum, there was that ill—fated leadership campaign that he launched, lasting a few days, in which he was accused of stabbing boris johnson in few days, in which he was accused of stabbing borisjohnson in the back having been his main supporter in the leadership campaign following the leadership campaign following the eu referendum, and then he himself standing as leader, and then fails fairly miserably, theresa may obviously becoming the leader. when she was in the home office had a very public spat with michael gove when he was the education secretary. it was seen that the two of them did not get on, so the fact that he has been not just reappointed not get on, so the fact that he has been notjust reappointed but the minister, not to the cabinet, but a high profile role, in defra, the
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department for environment, food and rural affairs, quite icky department as brexit talks go forward because of course it will involve what happens to farming and fisheries, that sort of thing, so a significant department that he now becomes the head of, and rather a surprise was yes, andrea leadsom also stood in the campaign, briefly against theresa may, but then stood down and theresa may, but then stood down and theresa may, but then stood down and theresa may again was crowned, if you like it as the leader of the conservative party. significant brexiteers today yes signed up in the cabinet in what has otherwise been a relatively quiet reshuffle. a number of cabinet positions remaining the same. you wonder how much room for manoeuvre she really had. this is it, really. there was a suggestion that when she went to the polls and suggested a large majority that she might shuffle out certain key individuals that maybe she did not get on with. there were talks
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about what would happen to liam fox as the secretary of state for international development. —— international trade. also, the secretary of state for international development, pretty bit out. similarly andrea leadsom. there is a suggestion that her power has been hampered by the outcome of this election, and we saw the resignation of her two aides yesterday, those two roundly blamed for what happened in the general election and the general direction that the conservative campaign took. the incentive campaign very much fought on theresa may as a personality, theresa may's team rather than conservatives so those two scalps we re conservatives so those two scalps were taken yesterday, but there is a sense that is to raise very little power in manoeuvring with her own cabinet and there is a sense that she really needed to keep these things the same way to keep the party together, and of course some big key plan that now need to take place not least the brexit talks on due to start in the next week or so.
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in a moment, we'll be speaking to our correspondent in belfast, chris buckler. we were reporting in principle a deal agreed with the dup, but five hours later that was not the case. what's going on? apparently that was simplya mistake. what's going on? apparently that was simply a mistake. we have had these conflict to read statements, downing street saying there was initially an agreement then the dup say not, then downing street saying yes, we got it wrong and released the wrong statement. at this stage it is pretty clear that the dup are clearly prepared to do a deal if the terms are right. they have become a bit frustrated withjust terms are right. they have become a bit frustrated with just how many social issues have been mentioned, like abortion and same—sex marriages, they are socially very conservative. they say some of the common since mentioned —— comments mentioned don't reflect the modern
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party. they also say that in this election campaign they will continue to block the introduction of same—sex marriage in ireland and some tory mps may be unhappy with that. nonetheless in these negotiations these party's focus is going to be on money not morality, i think they will look at their shopping list and ask for cash for northern ireland, a salient brexit, and for assurances of the strengthening of the union between the uk will take place under the theresa may government. a lot of people will be unhappy that the dup wave away those issues of abortion and same—sex marriage in northern ireland, which is not the same as the rest of the uk. in terms of the brexit issue, you can understand the dup wanting to preserve that soft border and yet they campaigned for brexit, didn't they costume at they
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we re very brexit, didn't they costume at they were very heart brexit campaigners, not only here but adverts in the other uk parts as well, adverts in the uk, england, scotland, wales, very determined brexit campaigners. they believe it is strong outside of the eu guy at the uk, but they also believe they have concerns about the border and this is because the only pa rt of border and this is because the only part of the uk to sherry land border with europe, the republic of ireland, and there are major trading links, travelling across the border to see friends come out work, get health care, so any idea of a physical presence like that order is something they are concerned about having that say in brexit negotiations is all—important. one thing to note that is worth mentioning is the fact that we are going into negotiations here at stormont tomorrow to try and get power—sharing back up and running after it collapsed at the start of the year. now, the dup and sinn fein have to agree, to get devolved
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government back at stormont, the dup saying they want that but there are concerns amongst sinn fein that the british government could be seen to dance to the dup tune because they may be in a position where they are propping up a parliament and these concerns go beyond sinn fein, we have a statement today from the irish minister, the taoiseach and kenny, saying he is concerned that with the dup and conservatives together, they could jeopardise the good friday agreement and he expressed open worried about what this could mean. for northern ireland, even if it does mean stability at westminster. thank you, chris. well, with negotiations on brexit due to begin in days, where does all the current political upheaval, leave the government's strategy? our political correspondent ben wright has been looking at the options. there's some flash photography in his report. cheering almost a year ago britain voted to
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leave the eu but last week's chaotic election is out we opened the argument over how and on what terms and the priorities and tactics, just days before the talks are due to start. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has everything. she now had to make sure that she understands that the british people have rejected a heart brexit, we are leaving the eu but the i don't think there is any change there, but we will not be leaving the eu in an irresponsible way to damage our country and cause the future generations cost. theresa may had wa nted generations cost. theresa may had wanted a thumping mandate to take britain out of the single market and customs union, she talks tough to say no deal was better than a bad deal. but she didn't win a majority and story enthusiasts believe the eu plan should stick. every conservative, scottish, conservative, welsh, english, we
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believe they should stick to the mandate they were voted upon. the saturday was described as not having changed. the political relative has. roughly —— the political reality has. after this electoral humiliation they may feel emboldened to try to water down brexit plans for theresa may but the two prime minister is trapped because the other half of her parliamentary party also livid about the election result will be furious if there is any compromise. one pro—eu tory grandee was scathing. brexit is a cancer gnawing at the heart of the conservative party, and there is talk of changing leader, it may well come to that, but it is not about changing just the leader but the policy. there is no appetite or mandate in parliament to try to stop brexit, like the tories labour has committed to leaving the eu. but how is the question? let us be clear, we
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are respecting the decision of the referendum, we are democrats, we are respecting the result. others say it is time to get the whole apartment behind the strategy. there should be a type of cross—party ‘s permission set up to take forward those negotiations in a way that is open, thoughtful, consensual, that except that not everybody will get the deal that not everybody will get the deal that they want. this confusion comes two months after britain formally handed its notice to the eu. brussels is waiting to negotiate, the two—year clock is ticking. well for his thoughts on theresa may's reshuffle, we can speak now to tim stanley, columnist and leader writer for the daily telegraph. he joins us live from sevenoa ks in kent. never a dull moment, tim. it's a lwa ys never a dull moment, tim. it's always dull in sevenoaks! what is notable to you about this reshuffle,
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or micro reshuffle? at first i thought it was just a light dusting but actually there have been a couple of very significant moves. one is the elevation of damian green, feeling as though the prime minister wants someone in cabinet who is a strong political personality, on her side, a strong ally. but of course in the last few minutes and michael gove has been elevated to environment, and that feels important. it isn't an enormous surprise because michael gove did a loss during the campaign to campaignfor gove did a loss during the campaign to campaignfoers gove did a loss during the campaign to campaign for mrs may, and a lot of people said he may well be returning to the cabinet, but to give him an environment which is a key brexit post, does feel as though the pm is trying to reach out, be a little bit more collegial and most importantly mend broken bridges with people who she once argued with. because gove was one of the people who does that. so this is partly about shoring up a position, in this reshuffle, and it is also about
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showing that it is going to be a open, collaborative sort of government. what sort of government direction will that mean? particularly in terms of the nature of brexit. to be honest, right now it is very hard to tell and it is very ha rd to it is very hard to tell and it is very hard to tell from the cabinet. it is not clear that they are shifting from their position being prepared the walk—in to those negations and prepared to leave, lots of people are talking like annecy we just quoted in the last report and michael heseltine about watering down brexit or even as mr heseltine would like, leaving it all together. actually there is a strong feeling that the tories just about one, just about one on a platform on delivering brexit, and labour is also talks about delivering it to. michael gove, borisjohnson as foreign secretary, david brexit believe macro —— david davies, all
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brexiteers. there doesn't seem to have been a huge sit on brexit policy, but we will find out what he says to the 1922 committee tomorrow. it has just dropped in that patrick maclachlan is going to chair the conservative party. your thoughts on that? yellow macro my thoughts on that? yellow macro my thoughts on thatis that? yellow macro my thoughts on that is that feels like a sensible, safe pair of hands. that is how that feels to me right now. but she can't get away from the fact that she led the party or country into an election, having already got a majority and now she has lost it. she is in a precarious position so who does she need to be most wary within her own ranks? she needs to be most wary of borisjohnson. to be honest any prime minister, no matter how large the majority would have to be wary of him, permanently on manoeuvres. he is regarded by lots of people who admire him, myself
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among seven, as potential prime minister in waiting and she had to be wary of him. nonetheless he has gone out of his way in the last few days to commit himself to her continued leadership. this is an important point, right now she is a weakened prime minister but she can hold onto the job for as long as there is no one else prepared to ta ke there is no one else prepared to take it away from her. and everything we have seen in the last few days implies that no one at any point has sat down with the buy minister and said, we want rid of you eventually. no one seems to have actually done that so until there is someone prepared to push her she will remain in that position. she also probably has the support of the dup to govan, that is critical. for me the big test is going to be meeting with the 1920 grooming the "1922 meeting with the 1920 grooming the —— 1922 committee. everything has been about shoring up her position and the upper levels of government, the dup, the five big beasts in cabinet on her side, bringing new
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people in what will happen when she faces the mps themselves? that is going to be fascinating. tim, thank you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are economic adviser for arbuthnot ruth lea, and journalist yasmin alibhai brown. greater manchester police, investigating the terror attack on the arena venue, say they now have ‘deep understanding' of how the killer, salman abedi, planned the mass murder. detectives say he was in and out of the country and they understand how they obtained the chemicals to make they obtained the chemicals to make the bomb. they are sure that he made it on his own. it was in this white nissan micra
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that salman abedi stored his bomb—making materials before leaving for libya. salman abedi flew out of the country on 15th of april and arrive back on the 18th of may. he was then recorded on cctv cameras with a blue suitcase going backwards and forwards to the road in rush home, collecting preprepared bomb parts for the final assembly in central manchester flat. chief superintendent rush jackson said they understand how the chemicals and equipment were obtained, where it the bomb was assembled. we understand where he was in the days before the closing hour by hour. detectives are still searching a landfill site in the hopes of finding the blue suitcase which could contain crucial evidence will stop salman abedi's brother left the country with him on the 15th of
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april. he has been detained in libya by the ministry of the interior‘s special deterrent force. police said it wants to talk to him about the attack. this operation shows the difficulty that police forces have, cooperating with foreign forces. today, the last of them was released, some materials used to make explosives, and some were in contact with salman abedi in the last few days. this time they are satisfied with their explanations. police have released pictures of the fake suicide belts the three attackers were wearing when they struck in the london
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bridge terror attack. a month after electing emmanuel macron as their youngest ever president, the people of france are now voting again, in the first round of parliamentary elections. the president is hoping his new centrist party, can win an outright majority, even though half of the candidates, are new to politics. we can talk now to our paris correspondent hugh schofield. .. this is a relatively newly formed party, hugh. he had to get his skates on to get people in place!m is the most extraordinary story and it looks like he has pulled off this feat not just by it looks like he has pulled off this feat notjust by becoming president, but also then securing the majority he needs in parliament to see through his programme and as you say all this done from a standing start, less tha n all this done from a standing start, less than a year ago with a political party that did not yet
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exist, looking like it will provide the vast bulk of parliamentarians in the vast bulk of parliamentarians in the national assembly which will convene after the second round next week. just to be played this is the first round of voting, and the project as we are talking about are based on exit polls from the first round. there will be a second round then with the two front runners in each of the 577 constituencies, but the calculation is done are pretty much in concordance with all pollsters and media, making the bed that emmanuel macron made has paid off handsomely. what we hear on the airwaves now is that from the opposition and left and right, people are saying hang on, this is too much! if there is no opposition in parliament, we are squeezed to the outsides, a danger to democracy! what it looks like is that he will get to 440 seats in the 577 seat assembly. republicans part of the centre—right, just about saving face with an opposition bloc around about
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100, but the left is completely wiped out, the socialists who have had powerfor wiped out, the socialists who have had power for the last few years down to 30 or 40 mps, and the national front, with marine down to 30 or 40 mps, and the nationalfront, with marine le pen, 40% in the second round of the presidential election, leaving with just two or three or four mps. she will be very angry about that, saying it is a travesty of a democratic society when someone who can represent such a strong force in society is down to such a tiny miserable representation. three men have been arrested after an easyjet flight to sta nsted was diverted because of suspicious behaviour en released by police in germany. passengers were evacuated down emergency slides after the plane, which was flying from slovenia, made an unplanned landing in germany. the pilot was alerted to a suspicious conversation on board, including what police called "terrorist content". a backpack belonging to one of the men was blown up by police but they now believe the wires inside were part of a charging device. one passenger said that despite being in quarantine for several hours, he agrees with the action taken by police. in the current climate, you have
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to take everything seriously. it is hard to say. i would like to think that, if you are up to no good on a plane, you would not be openly discussing your plans. my suspicion is, hopefully, it was nothing sinister, but you have to take everything seriously. the right thing was done, i think. a sixth yacht has got into trouble during a transatlantic race which is hit by a severe storm. the latest rescue involved the canadian coastguard. these pictures, taken earlier, show the luxury ocean liner the queen mary two rescuing another yachtsman, mervyn wheatley, after he issued a mayday. a storm, with 15m high waves and winds of 60 knots, left a number of boats in trouble. i'm for the weather, with matt
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taylor. still a few showers around continuing into the night across the uk. a breezy night, while two further showers in the west of england and wales but they will stay dry in the east. fresher than last night, but temperatures in double figures for most, helped by the fact that that breeze exists, cooler in the train station in the morning. when the, for scotland and northern ireland, 30 or 40 when the, for scotland and northern ireland, 30 or40 mile an when the, for scotland and northern ireland, 30 or 40 mile an hour gusts easing down to the day, showers few in number across northern areas and the further south and east you are you will get away with a dry monday, sunny spells, temperatures highest across eastern parts, 19 or 20 celsius. tuesday, lots more cloud in the north, west of scotland and northern ireland, some spots of light rain, bonus to the north—east of scotland, temperatures at closest to 21. a high of 23.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: michael gove returns to the cabinet as environment secretary as the prime minister reshuffles her cabinet. liz truss has been demoted from justice secretary to chief secretary of the treasury, replaced by david lidington.

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