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with the democratic unionists, to keep the conservatives in power. she told a meeting at westminster that she's got the conservatives into a mess and she was the right person to get them out of it. the prime minister was superb, really statesmanlike and humble in recognising the difficulties but forthright in tackling the problems the country faces. earlier, mrs may convened her new cabinet as ministers acknowledged that the queen's speech, setting out the government's plans, might be delayed. we're in talks with the democratic unionist party to see the deal that we can put together and i am very optimistic that will happen but obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the queen's speech. and, the start of the formal brexit negotiations, due in a week's time, might also be delayed, following a meeting between senior officials in brussels today. also on the programme. in libya, the house where the manchester bomber stayed, just days before the attack, he'd been under surveillance there for a month.
thousands on the streets in russian cities protesting against corruption, but many of the organisers have been arrested. and what was the impact of social media on the election campaign? we'll examine the evidence. coming up in sportday on bbc news: pakistan will face england in the champions trophy semifinals after a thrilling three—wicket win over sri lanka in cardiff. good evening. the prime minister has told conservative mps that she will serve them as party leader for as long as they want her. four days after the election — which resulted in a hung parliament — mrs may told her fellow conservatives that she was the person who'd got them into this mess and she was the one who'd get them out of it.
earlier in the day, downing street confirmed that the queen's speech — setting out the government's legislative plans — could be delayed. it's meant to take place in a week's time. labour said it was further evidence that the government was in chaos, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. the band plays on, in theresa may's backyard. strangely, business as usual at the back gates. at the front tonight, even after her personal disaster of the election, the prime minister seemed relieved enough to chat to the cat. after she had fessed up her mistakes to mp5. theresa may said that she got us into this situation and she's the lady who's going to get us out of it. humble in recognising the difficulties but forthright in tackling the problems the country faces. hello, chief whip, how's things going? can the prime minister stay on, do you think? does she have the confidence of her party? of course she has. but theresa may knows power has shifted from her to the cabinet and her party.
do you have confidence in theresa may's leadership... excuse me, laura, thank you. do you have confidence in the prime minister? do you think she can survive this? do you have confidence in the prime minister after the election? arriving for the first meeting, they weren't all quite ready to give full—throated support. do you have confidence in the prime minister, though? absolutely. having lost the tories' majority, theresa may needs to convince her cabinet colleagues she is still right for the job. they look like they need to convince themselves. we have had some very productive discussions with the dups... the tories hopes of getting anything done lie in a deal with northern irish mps. it's not even clear yet if the queen's speech, the official start of the government and its business, will go ahead as planned next week. i think that the details of the queen's speech, the substance of the queen's speech is what matters. it's been known for some days that we are seeking an agreement with the democratic unionist party. that will provide the stability
and parliamentary votes that will allow us to do the many important things we need to do. some loyal supporters were trying to cheer theresa may up. but the fact that scores of newly elected labour mps are arriving here and old tory mps departing means theresa may is going to have to change, whether she likes it or not. she is a weakened prime minister, with no majority in this place and that means any of the more controversial ideas in her manifesto will bite the dust. it's probably goodbye to more grammar schools, probably an end to the idea of tightening up pensioner benefits. the simple truth — theresa may can't guarantee she'll get her way. i think it would be great if she now gets the government in place, which she's started to do yesterday and starts these negotiations and then she can then herself make any decisions about the future. there are demands too, to shift on her approach to the biggest policy of all —
how we leave the eu? cabinet ministers have told me there has to be a change of tone and there are open calls for a change of priority. there's a lot to discuss, a lot to dissect but we do have to make sure that we invite other people in now. this isn'tjust going to be a tory brexit, this is going to have to involve the whole country. she was putting forward one vision. you and others are now telling her it has to change? a majority conservative government was putting forward a vision. we are no longer a majority conservative government. we are going to have to work with others, that means we are going to have to invite people in and try and take more people with us. i think that can be a positive step. the immediate sense of danger to theresa may seems to be slowing but she's vulnerable, having to answer to colleagues in parliament, having failed to persuade the country. gentle turmoil, while the routines and rhythms of this place stay the same. let's go to westminster and laura is there. this meeting tonight of the
1922 committee surely the first of many 1922 committee surely the first of ma ny tests 1922 committee surely the first of many tests for theresa may?|j 1922 committee surely the first of many tests for theresa may? i think you are absolutely right. i think this meeting tonight, the tories managed to cheer themselves up. theresa may put in a good performance, several mps afterwards said if only she actually pulled that kind of thing off during the campaign, theni that kind of thing off during the campaign, then i think they might actually have won the election. that was the view. i think pleasure at the fact she had risen to the occasion tonight but frustration that's just not what they saw in the campaign. ithink that's just not what they saw in the campaign. i think despite tonight they were a bit more perky, let's be absolutely honest about this, the conservative party is in a bad place right now. just a few days ago, they we re right now. just a few days ago, they were expecting this to be the first day getting back to westminster, theresa may should have been putting together a brand new cabinet. she should have looked like she was all guns blazing, they were expecting she would have swept back to victory. instead, they are still trying to put together their deal with a small group of northern irish
mps, the dup. they have been working with them informally for the last couple of years. so there is no expectation they won't be able to reach a deal, it's likely it will happen tomorrow. but even once they get a deal done the tories and the dup will have a tiny majority of only six. of course that puts paid to any of the big controversial interesting ideas the tory party might have in the next couple of yea rs, might have in the next couple of years, that is a deal that guarantees an element of survival, but genuinely not much else. i think the thing that a lot of tories are finding difficult tonight is they still don't quite understand why it went so badly wrong. remember they we re went so badly wrong. remember they were the biggest party with the most seats and the most votes. but they have ended up feeling like they have been badly defeated. they are rallying around their leader tonight, but out of necessity, rather than desire. thank you. the formal brexit negotiations were due to start next monday but that date is now in doubt following a meeting between senior
eu and british officials in brussels today when they failed to confirm the date. earlier today, the brexit secretary, david davis, insisted talks would still take place and he said the government would stick to its commitment to leave the european single market, despite growing calls from some mps to be more flexible. the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, said it was clear there was no public backing for a so—called hard brexit. our deputy political editor jon pienaar considers the future of brexit. brexit means brexit says theresa may but what does it mean? the two—year countdown continues next week. then, uk and eu negotiators must thrash out a deal if they can. they've got until the end of march 2019. then, britain's out. so what are the challenges of brexit and can ministers find an answer? european imports cross british borders freely now. eu leaders say people must too, if free trade's to go on. so how to keep free movement of goods into britain but not people? the government says it's sticking
to that mission but open to ideas. what we will be doing, of course, as i have actually the last ten months, is listening to all the contributors and say if you've got better ideas, tell me and we'll consider them. lots of work to do. the cabinet has no detailed plan. the chancellor wants to keep business supplied with vital european workers. david davis, the brexit secretary, does too. but wants migration down in the end. trade secretary liam fox is tougher still, wants out of the eu, even if that means no deal. but the parliamentary pressures after the election are huge. this debate's been going round in circles. since the election it's picked up pace. brexiteers want to break free of all eu control. others say compromise on migration, on eu payments for the sake of a deal. whether it's on movement of people, how the rules can be adjusted, budget payments, things like that, i think there needs to be a bit of flexibility because the politician's job
is to make this work for the nation as a whole, not to dispute amongst themselves. 17.4 million people voted for the simple principle that decisions should be made by democratically elected politicians here in westminster that decide our laws, our money and our borders. that's what should be negotiated, starting next monday. labour wants all options kept open. trade and co—operation count for more than keeping migrants out, they say. we need a collaborative approach. we need to get rid of the idea of tick—boxing hard brexit and obsessions with things like the european court and bringing down migration numbers. we need an outcome that works for businesses and for people across the country. nicola sturgeon showed off her scottish nationalist contingent, shrunk to 35 mps but still she says owed a greater hearing on brexit. the approach that the government was taking to hard brexit i think is dead in the water and cannot stand. i am calling today for a process that is opened up to include more voices, all parties and all four nations of the uk and an approach
that has continued membership of the single market at its heart. most of the mps who will be sworn in here this week were elected on a promise to deliver brexit. there are many ideas of how and what's best for britain. if there is a plan it will only emerge slowly through long, hard negotiation and no one can say now what it will look like. opinions may shift here and across the country and some even believe no plan could be agreed before another election. so a deal to exit the european union is not yet within reach, that's assuming it ever is. it will take endless wrangling between now and the two—year deadline for brexit before we find out what it truly means. jon pienaar, bbc news, westminster. our europe editor katya adler joins us from brussels. what's the reaction there to the developments at westminster? well,
brussels is trying really hard not to react to what it sees as a domestic british situation but if you think about it, it's surreal not to act when we are just days away from what should have been the very first political face—to—face brexit negotiations between the eu and the uk. now all of a sudden the uk eru pts uk. now all of a sudden the uk erupts in the sea of what brexit should we have, hard or soft, open 01’ should we have, hard or soft, open or cliff—edge? brussels is putting its hands over its ears trying to borrow the british motto of keeping calm and carrying on. it says until it receives official notification otherwise from the uk it's going to carry on with theresa may's letter of notification she sent back in march saying we are leaving the eu including the single market and the customs union as well. of course the eu wishes that weren't the case. one high level source said to me tonight it is the secret wish of many europeans that britain would change its mind and stay in the eu. but just to underline this there is zero
expectation of that. in fact, the eu's chief negotiator today sent two very detailed brexit negotiating documents to downing street, they we re documents to downing street, they were the start of technical talks here between the two sides, but very much on the level of when shall we meet, how often and so on. we do not know when the political negotiations will start, to sum up, the reaction here is we are ready in brussels, when you uk are ready. thank you. the democratic unionist party is not only negotiating with theresa may — as we've heard — it's also resumed talks on restoring the power—sharing executive in northern ireland. there's been no first minister or deputy first minister since january. but sinn fein says theresa may's government can no longer be seen as an honest broker because it's now dependent on the dup for survival at westminster. our ireland correspondent chris buckler has the latest on those stormont talks. north antrim is a democratic unionist heartland where many voters choose the party at least partly because of their religion.
the dup's opposition to same—sex marriage and abortion has concerned some mps at westminster. but politicians and voters in this corner of the uk can be more conservative than many tories. do you think they need to change those kind of views? no, i would agree with those views, i am sorry. everybody's entitled to their opinion and if that's your opinion, then you should stand for your rights. we have a right to speak out, so we do. the dup used a veto to block the introduction of same—sex marriage in northern ireland. it was just one of a series of disagreements with sinn fein that led to the collapse of stormont. but the potential marriage of convenience between the conservatives and the dup has left republicans questioning if the british government can really be seen as honest brokers in the talks to try to restore power—sharing. we don't believe that any deal between the dup here and the english tories will be
good for the people here. and any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the good friday and the other agreements is one which has to be opposed. watching on as sinn fein spoke, were members of the dup. their westminster ambitions could have an impact on parliament buildings in belfast where their relationship and devolved government collapsed at the start of the year. those issues which are devolved should be dealt with by the devolved administration here in northern ireland. but if others decide they're not coming back into the devolved administration here in northern ireland, then those issues will have to be dealt with at westminster. it is really for sinn fein to decide where they want those powers to lie. the british and irish governments were supposed to be bringing stormont‘s parties together on these talks. now london is having to reassure dublin about their intentions.
yes, the discussions that may be taking place between ourselves and the dup in relation to an agreement in westminster, but that being entirely separate from our intent and desire to see devolution being restored here. but after a very brief statement... thank you very much. sorry, no questions. the northern ireland secretary left rather quickly, perhaps a sign that the conservatives feel a little uncomfortable with their current position. tomorrow, the dup will head to downing street with demands, like money for the economy here. but for this deal to work the two parties will need to have faith in each other. the dup have still to spell out exactly what they want in return for their support, but i suspect a lot of it will be about finances and also influence. they'll want cash for public services, for the economy and a say on things like brexit. i suspect, they'll avoid some of the contentious issues that led to the
colla pse contentious issues that led to the collapse of power sharing here at stormont. nonetheless, theresa may knows she's got to be careful in what she agrees to, otherwise what's good for westminster could end up causing her problems here in northern ireland further down—the—line. chris, thanks very much. business leaders are warning of a dramatic drop in confidence following the general election result. a survey of 700 members of the institute of directors suggests there's concern that the political uncertainty could be very damaging for the uk economy. but the organisation says there's no desire for another election. our business editor, simonjack reports on that business view. coming up fast, brexit negotiations are due to start next monday, but after the election result, the direction of travel is more uncertain than ever and businesses like aston martin are worried. it's almost the worst of all worlds, because you now have a hung parliament, where nothing can be taken as a given. let's understand the direction of travel, let's work between government and industry.
let us understand where we're going to and we can adapt to the situation. that will allow us then to continue the investments that we're already planning. on friday, in the immediate aftermath of the election, business groups gathered here at the department for business for a regular meeting with the secretary of state. the problem is many of them feel that, up to now, their voice goes no further than this building and are hoping that a weakened theresa may will have to listen more to cabinet colleagues and to the voice of business, particularly when it comes to brexit. up to now, i don't think business has managed to get its voice across effectively enough or it simply hasn't been listened to. that's particularly true of smaller businesses. now i think we've got a bit of a window. that might change. that might enable there to be a bit of a rethink about some of these questions about the single market, the customs union, how the regulatory frameworks are going to work. well many, in fact most, businesses
would like to retain preferential access to our largest export market. john elliott, who runs this electrical goods manufacturer in county durham, says we must not lose sight of why people like him voted to leave. i hope common sense prevails. my view over brexit is we've got to leave and become the same as the other people who aren't in the european union, countries like usa, canada, australia and japan and be treated like them and give up ourfree access to the single market and get back control of our economy and immigration. immigration is already starting to fall. there was more evidence of that today. there's been a 96% fall in the number of eu nationals registering to work as a nurse in the uk. the institute of directors polled its members over the weekend, and last week's election has had a clear negative impact on business morale. there has been a sudden drop in business confidence as a direct result of what happened in the election. our members are feeling much less
confident about the prospects for the uk economy and they're concerned about the potential impact on their own businesses as well. it may be that the business voice gets a wider audience in government, but with so much political uncertainty, even that prospect is not doing much to lift the gloom. simon jack, bbc news. security officials in libya have told the bbc that the bomb attack in manchester last month — in which 22 people were killed — was being planned last december. for more than a month before the attack, they say they had the bomber, salman abedi, under surveillance in libya. the officials have also complained about poor security co—operation with britain, which they say must be improved to prevent further attacks. from tripoli, our correspondent orla guerin sent this report. an abandoned house on the outskirts of tripoli linked to mass murder in the uk. this is where the manchester bomber spent a quiet month with his family, leaving days before the attack.
the bbc has been told that throughout his stay, salman abedi was under surveillance here, along with his father and his brother. it's unclear if britain was informed. security officials say his brother hashem has admitted that he and salmanjoined is in 2015 and he bought parts for the bomb. the spokesman for libya's special deterrence force, which is still interrogating hashem and his father told us the attack was being planned since last december. such is the insecurity here, he prefers not to show his face. we have information about salman‘s friends and hashem's here in libya and what did they buy from manchester to make the bomb, and we have some information about their contacts in manchester. so far, manchester police have
not set foot in libya, where power often lies in the shadows. militias vie for influence here, along with three rival governments. the key question for britain is who to deal with here, who to share intelligence with and that issue is increasingly urgent. but even now, after the manchester bombing, libyan officials have told us they have far better security cooperation with the cia than with london. this general works for the un approved government in tripoli. he told us there are difficulties exchanging intelligence with britain. "my message is clear," he says, "this crime has happened, we don't want it to happen again in britain or anywhere else. we want strong cooperation with british security agents as soon as possible to avoid similar attacks."
the bbc understands british officials feel it will take time to build cooperation because of the instability on these shores, but officials here say delays will favour is. orla guerin, bbc news, tripoli. the duchess of cambridge has been meeting victims of the london bridge terror attack, who are recovering at king's college hospital in south—east london. she's also met some of the doctors and nurses who treated those who were hurt in the attack — all of the injured who made it to hospital survived. in moscow, and several other russian cities, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against corruption and against the oppressive policies of president putin. scores of people were arrested in moscow and in st petersburg, and the russian opposition leader, alexei navalny, who organised the protests, was also ta ken into custody. our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg, has the story. one mile from the kremlin,
a public holiday turned into a public battle. russia day is supposed to be a national celebration, but riot police were sent in to clear anti—government protesters from moscow's main street. thousands had come to accuse the russian leadership of corruption. "putin is a thief," they shouted and "one, two, three, putin it's time to leave." families, accidentally caught up in the violence, fled. police detained hundreds of protesters. the police have been telling the crowd that people don't have the right to protest here, that they don't have permission. but the protesters have been saying they don't need permission because russia day is their day too. there were anti—corru ption demonstrations in more than 100 russian towns. as for the man who'd organised
this nationwide protest, opposition leader, alexei navalny, he was detained as he left home. vladimir putin said nothing today about the protests. instead he played tour guide in the kremlin to a group of children. this is how president putin would rather be seen, not as a corrupt leader, but as father of the nation. and certainly not everyone today was in the mood to criticise the government. in moscow, this patriotic festival, on the same street as the protest, was celebrating russian military might. "protests don't make life better," he says. not one revolution has ever brought anything good." up the road, this was no russian revolution, but it was a display of defiance, from those people, many of them young russians, who believe their country needs change. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow.
in france, president macron‘s new centrist party — en marche — looks set to win a landslide victory in this weekend's final round of parliamentary elections. the party is on course to win more than two—thirds of the seats in the national assembly. our paris correspondent, lucy williamson, reports on the diversity of the party's candidates, many of whom represent a new presence in french politics. politics, says cedric villani, is a matter of probability with a bit of game theory thrown in, which goes some way to explaining why a mathematician, specialising in non—linear landau damping, is topping a race for parliament. it's still his boss' poster that gets the kisses. unlike many of the new faces running for the president's party, cedric is already well known as a maths genius with a string of awards and a passion for spiders. i've always been an idealistic in my professional lives, as a researcher, as a teacher, as a director.
i will continue as a member of parliament, trying not to be naive, but always ideal. among the hundreds of new party candidates, there's a former bull fighter, a survivor of the rwandan genocide, a fighter pilot, entrepreneurs and a judge. mr macron‘s bid to bridge the old political left and right has been popular enough to win him the presidency and probably the parliament too. but such a broad church could be vulnerable. there will be quite a few older political figures and they are like wolves in the forest encircling the village and waiting to hear if they can enter, and see if they can already pick up a few lambs, which are getting away from the herd. if predictions for next sunday are correct, emmanuel macron will have remade french politics in the space of six weeks. but behind all the talk
of a new era, is the fact that for three quarters of voters here, he was not the first choice for president, and in the first round of the parliamentary polls, half the electorate stayed away. emmanuel macron has built his movement on a renewal of democracy, grass—roots, representative, open to all. but a sweeping majority in parliament could leave little room for opposition, and without a real debate among politicians, he could end up facing grass—roots democracy in a more familiar, more obstructive role. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. more on the aftermath of the election. throughout this week, we'll be looking at some of the factors which influenced the result. labour's online political advertising was reported to be notably successful in the final days of the campaign, so our media editor, amol rajan, has taken a look at the role played by social media in shaping the outcome of the 2017 election. # the nurses going hungry
# the nurses going hungry # schools in decline... # energetic, cool and full of aerning, like many of the endorsements jeremy corbyn received, this song, downloaded nearly three million times on youtube, was designed to be shared on social media. many of the ads on facebook from labour's official campaign had a positive, colourful message for the whole country. i've been involved in opposing anti—terror... by contrast many tory ads like this one were grey, doom laden and focussed mainly on one thing — corbyn‘s character. a project set up to analyse the impact of political messaging on facebook found in the final days of the campaign, labour's message targeted 46a constituencies compared to just 205 for the tories. if you look at facebook feed, probably nine out of ten posts aren't an ad. it's actually not that common
for people to see ads by any one advertiser. if you have a feed that's full of shared content from the labour party one blue ad amongst that sea of red isn't going to stand out. at the offices of momentum, the grass—roots movement set up to support corbyn‘s mission to reinvent labour, they've used social media to bypass journalists and spread articles from sympathetic websites like the canary. over the course of the general election campaign, one in three facebook users in the uk saw one of momentum's videos. we could create content which was accessible, appealing and spoke to issues which affected people in society that. was affected people in society that. was a big part of the appeal. we had volunteer film makers and a big part of the appeal. we had volunteerfilm makers and editors throughout the uk