tv The Papers BBC News June 14, 2017 10:45pm-11:01pm BST
in this area and these in people in this area and those in authority. thank you. mark easton at groenefeld tower this evening. that's all for tonight. continuing coverage on the bbc news channel with any developments. here, on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello, and a moment, we will look at how the morning papers are reporting that the fire last night at grenfell tower. first, tim farron has resigned as leader of the liberal democrats. mr farron took over as leader from nick clegg injuly 2015, following the party's disastrous election result. it now has 12 seats. mr farron said he said he was "torn between living as a faithful christian and serving as a political leader". from the very first day of my leadership two years ago i have faced questions about my christian faith. i have tried to answer with
grace and patience sometimes my a nswe i’s grace and patience sometimes my answers could have been wiser. at the start of this election, i found myself under scrutiny. asked about matters to do with my faith. i felt guilty that the focus was distracting attention from a campaign, obscuring our message. journalists have every right to ask whatever they see fit, the consequences of the focus on my faith is that i have found myself torn between living as a faithful christian and serving as a political leader. a better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to christ while leading a political party in the current environment. to be a political leader, especially the progressive liberal in 2017 and live asa progressive liberal in 2017 and live as a committed christian has felt impossible for me. i am a liberal to
my fingertips. and that liberalism means that i am passionate about defending the rights and liberties of people who believe very different things to me. there are christians in politics who take the view that they should impose the talents of their faith they should impose the talents of theirfaith on they should impose the talents of their faith on society but i have not taken that approach because i fundamentally disagree with it. it is not liberal, and it is counter—productive when it comes to advancing the gospel. even so, i seem to have been the subject of suspicion because of what i believe and to my faith is in. in which case we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society. and that is why i have chosen to step down as leader of the liberal democrats. the resignation statement of tim farron from being leader of the liberal democrats. now, i look at the papers. hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the writer and broadcaster mihir bose and the former pensions minister, baroness altmann. we start with the only story on tomorrow's pages. the telegraph carries a haunting photograph of the grenfell tower fire. the express reports people throwing their children out of windows to save them from the blaze. the i describes the tragedy as avoidable, saying that residents had repeatedly raised concerns about fire safety. the metro warns that dozens of people are feared dead. the guardian focuses on the warnings from residents who it says were ignored. the times reports the blaze spread in a mere 15 minutes. and the mirror carries a photograph of the
burning building with a single word, death trap. so, let's begin, this is a deeply deeply distressing story and it is rightly on the front of all of the papers. shall we start with the times with this horribly violent image, disaster in 15 minutes. what does it concentrate on? you have also got that inset picture of one of the residents waving help from the window. this is such a tragedy, you cannot help but feel for the victims, their families, theirfriends, feel for the victims, their families, their friends, to feel for the victims, their families, theirfriends, to have been involved in this must have been just absolutely horrendous. children being thrown from the buildings and one of them was caught, one was thrown from the ninth or tenth floor, others jumped, we thrown from the ninth or tenth floor, othersjumped, we do not know whether they survived, it is something that you see in a movie. the towering inferno or whatever.
but this has happened in london. and they were told to stay put. they we re they were told to stay put. they were told to stay within an hour they would be rescued, though given they would be rescued, though given the wrong advice. whether it could have been avoided, the safety measures but the actual advice to stay stay put and someone defied that advice and saved himself and his family. the stay put policy it was called. stay put and dive. they we re was called. stay put and dive. they were told it was designed to have rigorous fire safety standards and you would believe that. that is the advice given and you think they know what they are talking about. and we tend to obey rules. and the fire doors was poster last 30 minutes to give them time to arrive. it simply wasn't correct advice. the guardian
again the story dominates its front page with that... and the guardian has a page with that... and the guardian hasa fair page with that... and the guardian has a fair bit on the warnings that we re has a fair bit on the warnings that were given not just has a fair bit on the warnings that were given notjust about has a fair bit on the warnings that were given not just about staying put but warnings going back several years and there was an action group that said last november about this catastrophic event will highlight the incompetence of the landlord. these warnings were ignored. and serious questions need to be raised about what sort of management was there and who ignore these warnings. they raised the points that we would probably immediately think of, there was no sprinkler system, where was the building white fire alarm, there was only one fire escape for the whole floor trying to come in residents trying to go out which is why they had to stay put policy so
firemen could get in but then also a p pa re ntly firemen could get in but then also apparently there were some gas pipes in the escape, in emergency exit. and they're worried about that too. and they're worried about that too. and they're worried about that too. and the fire regulations have not been reviewed for 11 years. what this raises questions is what are the fire safety in the buildings, god forbid anything should happen but we need to ask those questions immediately. this fire spread so quickly, let's not forget, 15 minutes, that is not a lot of time. the government says a major review will happen looking at other buildings. the telegraph, making the point as he said disaster waiting to happen. and the cladding. it says cladding was putting for energy efficiency reasons and the cladding acted like a chimney, there is a gap between the cladding and the walls
and that allowed the smoke and fire to spread upwards. and away the cladding was done. it should have protected but it was a conduit for the fire to spread so quickly. for a fighter damage in 15 minutes, something must‘ve happened which quite dreadful. and the london fire brigade warned after a fire in a block in hammersmith last august about the cladding and there was a fire ina about the cladding and there was a fire in a skyscraper in dubai said the fire brigade was all ready concerned about this and all one can say is the government has now said it will urgently review the safety. this is the sort of story that comes out from countries where things are not managed properly, where there is proper control, not a country like oui’s proper control, not a country like ours where we take safety very seriously. controlled regulation should be looked at. and there are regulations, one thing is fire
safety regulations only apply to the common parts not individual flats coi'i common parts not individual flats con they do need to look at that but this is a bigger issue and lessons have to be learnt. i'm sure whoever was involved in the cladding had no idea that there would be a fire risk otherwise it would not have happened. no one would do that if they thought it was. we do not know, it maybe it is not the cladding, maybe something to do with gas pipes, we just don't know. but if residents were warning we need to know what was done and whether they we re know what was done and whether they were ignored and said these residents are always going to raise questions needn't bother about it. and they were assured it met the fire safety standards. a quick word, one more story that otherwise would be on the lead story on the front pages in the financial times, tim farron quits as the lib dems.|j pages in the financial times, tim farron quits as the lib dems. i was quite surprised. especially the reason he gave, i think his
assistant lord patrick had resigned citing the issue of tim farron's christian faith and the implications for his belief in gay marriage and tim farron has taken what i think you can only describe it as a principled position and said if my faith is getting in a way of me being a political leader then i will choose my face but it is really sad andi choose my face but it is really sad and i would not normally think that we are the kind of country that would not be tolerant of somebody's faith. you cannot be the leader of a political party, that is what he is saying. it is unbelievable. it was an issue in the early stages of the election campaign and he could not get over that. otherwise the lib dems would have done better because they were the representatives of the remainders. we'll be back together at 11:30pm to discuss at greater length. that is it for the papers.
we are back at 11:30pm. see them. —— see you then. by by the weekend temperatures across southern parts of the uk could beat the 27 celsius we saw at heathrow airport today, we will never get those dizzy hearts —— dizzy heights of spain and france but thrust something fresh on the way was the fresh air is behind this cold front which is now pushing into the west of ireland producing some brain and blustery conditions across northern ireland in the night and into parts of western scotland, west wales nothing more than patchy light rain and drizzle. most will have a dry night and and drizzle. most will have a dry nightand a and drizzle. most will have a dry night and a muggy night across the board, temptress of the many sticking in the teens summon the southeast the high teens. temperatures rise quite quickly for
the commute. the zone of cloud moves eastwards with little rain in the afternoon but while sunshine comes out as it departs, there will be a drop in temperature so afresh a day by and large with a stronger breeze across wales the south—west but after morning rain, lots of sunshine around. the sunshine returns into east anglia and the south—east later and after temperatures peaking at 24, and after temperatures peaking at 2a, they will drop back to 21 celsius. by four o'clock showers return to northern england after a dry and sunny start. northern ireland and scotland, clusters of showers in the afternoon, sunshine and between and temperatures around what they should be for this time of year. the showers continuing into the evening but it will be a fresher night through thursday into friday, temperatures holding into double figures. friday, sunshine around but
clouding over from the west, patchy rain and drizzle in northern ireland spreading across western scotland where it may become persistent but not desperately heavy. some spots further east but with breaks in the cloud temperatures into the high teens and low 20s. temperatures further south more sunshine, similar to those of thursday. high pressure builds from the south, the heat increases again across england and wales, 28 celsius possible, 22 to the east of scotland and on sunday things could get hotter still, we could see a first 30 degrees day of the year so far. this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 11: at least 12 people have died in a huge fire which engulfed a tower block in west london, and the number of fatalities is expected to rise. up to 600 people may have been in the flats when the blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning. they need to ring 999! there's a