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tonight at six — a queen's speech with a difference — several key pledges from the tory manifesto are missing. no crown, no gown — some of the pomp and ceremony was missing too. the queen read out what's left of the government's programme. it's dominated by brexit. my ministers are committed to working with parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the european union. theresa may had hoped to dominate this parliament — but it'sjeremy corbyn who's smiling now. a threadbare legislative programme from government that's lost its majority and, apparently, run out of ideas altogether. the test for all of us is whether we choose to reflect divisions or help the country overcome them. with humility and resolve this government will seek to do the latter. and she's still not got a deal with northern ireland's dup. also tonight —
a funeral for the first victim to be named in the grenfell tower disaster — a syrian refugee looking for a better life. quality time with the kids — but memories of the baby they lost — a new report on poor maternity care. mercury rising — it's the hottestjune day for over a0 years — but watch out for the storms to come. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news, we'll round up all the news from the second day of royal ascot, and a prompt arrival by the queen after the state opening of parliament. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. this may be a queen's speech
that will be remembered for what's missing rather than what's being proposed. gone are the prime minister's ambitions for big changes at home. instead the legislative programme read out by the queen was dominated by brexit. so let's look at what's in the queen's speech. there are are eight brexit bills in total. other bills include one to tackle domestic violence and abuse. and another to give the go ahead to the second leg of the hs2. so what about those key manifesto pledges that have been left out? there's no mention of new grammar schools — one of theresa may's signature proposals. those controversial plans on social care — dubbed the "dementia tax" by critics — that's now out to consultation. and the plan to means test winter fuel allowances — that's gone. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg on the queen's speech and what it means for mrs may's premiership. nothing normal this time. a sense of
occasion but a political year like no other. despite the grandeur, beef eaters still have to get the bus and for now, she still has the prime ministerialjaguar. for now, she still has the prime ministerialjaguar. your first and last queen's speech, prime minister? the music and the marching still happened. yet, with the election held in a hurry, no time for the queen's causes to practice. so the royal bentley had to do. the queen arriving for the 64th time. her son, not her husband alongside her. get your skates on. first race is to 30 pm! after all, with royal as got on,
this was not the only business of the day. the queen was here to lay out the plan for this government. the political situation even more awkward than the small talk between these two. my government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the european union. my ministers are committed to working with parliament, the devolved administrations, business and others to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the european union. grexit the priority but promised the government will work more closely with rivals as well as supporters. bill will be introduced to repeal the european communities act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses. this will become plummeted by legislation to ensure that the united kingdom makes the success that the united kingdom makes the success of breads it. but grammar
schools, gone. plans to change pension benefits gone. the government's social care idea gone. controversial manifesto ideas have simply disappeared. this wasn'tjust westminster‘s big day out, for the prime minister a vague full —— vital occasion to reassert her authority. knowing that the power balance around here was transformed, so was she. our country is divided, red versus blue, young versus old, lee versus blue, young versus old, lee versus remain. the test for all of oui’s versus remain. the test for all of ours is whether we choose to reflect divisions or help the country ove i’co [ti e divisions or help the country overcome them. with humility and resolve, this government will seek to do the latter. we will do what is in the national interest and we will work with anyone in any party that is prepared to do the same. but an
energised labour will use any trick instead to make political capital. people chose hope over fear and they sense an unequivocal message, mr speaker, that posterity must be brought to an end. —— posterity. —— austerity. we are government in waiting with a policy programme that infused and engaged millions of people in this election. in the weeks ahead, with no tory majority, every vote, every mp, every party will count. she hasn't been able to put forward her headline pledges from her manifesto. if she can't put forward a queen speech based on her ma nifesto forward a queen speech based on her manifesto how will she negotiate brexit? no attempt to tackle under
funding for schools, hospitals or police. the prime minister lacks vision on where she wants to take the country. a speech emptied of many of the prime minister's ambitions that went away with a majority. what remains is the biggest task, getting brexit through parliament. before that can begin, the prime minister must pass a more profound test, showing that she has enough clout to govern at all. the government needs cool heads in this hot summer. police say 200 people turned up to a planned protest outside parliament. but in, or out, resista nce outside parliament. but in, or out, resistance to the weakened prime minister could come from all directions. in the debate on the queen's speech which began this afternoon theresa may said the government would try to build a wide consensus as bills on brexit go through parliament. but is that consensus possible?
here's our deputy political editor jon pienaar with his assessment. it was a brief visit, very brief, but long enough for the queen to leave behind a new course for her country — laws and borders made and managed by britain alone. the setting never seems to change, but laws passed and stored here for decades and built to follow the rules of the eu club must go. now a government weakened by the election is reaching out to other parties, and across the country, before scrapping the law that took britain in — and planning a future outside. i think it will be tough, but on the other hand, i think there's a consensus across parties that we are leaving the european union, and there will be discussion about exactly what that means, and so what we have to discuss is how we can achieve consensus on the actual rules that engage, and there is a lot of legislation to get through. a clutch of eight bills make up the legal framework for brexit. the repeal bill ends
the authority of eu law, so parliament can replace it. a fisheries bill takes back control of the industry and home waters, and an agriculture bill does the same for farming. there'd be talks with the devolved administrations about who controls what. the international sanctions bill allows britain to impose trade sanctions to tackle money—laundering and terrorist financing outside the eu. the nuclear safeguards bill would make sure the uk meets international agreements and safeguards on nuclear material. and more contentious — a trade bill and a customs bill would help establish a new system of trade deals and customs duties. but trade policy after brexit splits mps and parties, who disagree about whether and when to quit the customs union, which means no duties between eu members but bans states from making their own deals outside. it's working pretty damn good just now, why on earth do we want to tinker with this? this is why we have said very clearly, as part of the brexit deal, we must remain within the customs
union and within the european single market. well, that's all nonsense, because it's not an either or. we want a good trade deal with the european union, but the jewel in the crown is for us to then also have trade deals with the united states and many of our major trading partners, which would massively increase our trade, increase jobs, increase investment. finally, there's an immigration bill, but how do ministers broker any agreement between those who want to go on welcoming migrant workers, which companies say they need, and the government target to cut net migration to the uk to less than 100,000 a year? it's important to stick to it, because it's what people voted for in the referendum in 2016, and politicians are the servants, not the masters of the people. we ought to do what our electorates tell us to do. it'sjust not truthful, you know that you can't make it, theresa may knows that she can't make it, yet they keep promising it. what we have to do is look after the economy, that is what we have to do. when the economy goes south, people lose theirjobs, and if we need people to help keep our economy going, then we'll bring them into the country.
the brexit negotiations looked tough before the election. now the government lacks strength in the commons and the authority that goes with it, the talks look tougher still. any final deal could struggle to get approval in parliament — a tough one for the uk could fail altogether. it's an historic moment for britain. as for what lies beyond, just now that anyone's guess. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. it's only a little over a month ago that theresa may outlined her vision for the next parliament. well, as we've seen many of her policies have been dropped or watered down — including new grammar schools — and the reform of social care. so what happens to those ideas? the government's promise of consultation on how we improve care for people who are older and disabled comes with no details. but the language is of building widespread support and of a public debate on how we pay for social care. there's no direct mention of a cap on the highest care costs, the issue that proved so toxic for the tories when it was left out
of their manifesto launch. we're told, though, that will happen. but at a time when the social—care system is under such pressure, the big question is how quickly can consultation be turned to action, because there is fear that too much talk is one way of kicking a difficult issue into the long grass. it was in education that theresa may hoped to put her personal stamp on politics. she promised the first new grammar schools in england for a generation — selecting some children through tests to go to highly academic schools. always controversial, even with some tory mps, it's now firmly in the political dustbin. she doesn't have the authority to push it through. also ditched, the plans to take away free school lunches from england's youngest primary schoolchildren. now, that was meant to free up more than £600 million, so somehow, somewhere, some money is going to have to be found for schools,
because rising bills mean they've got less money per pupil to spend in real terms. and the government still wants to press ahead with plans to share out money differently across england with a new fund. in the wake of the london bridge terror attack mrs may said she would strengthen laws on terrorism. today there was a pledge to establish a new commission for countering extremism. 0ur security correspondent gordon corera is with us now — what is the thinking behind this commission? there is no plan for new legislation at the moment. two proposals, one to review existing laws including sentences and a new commission to counter extremist ideology, including far right ideology, including far right ideology and also online and in the
physical world. the fact that it is not new legislation reflects two things, one, in this long—term challenge, it's not easy to legislate and define extremism and then criminalise it. in the short term, you don't get the sense that police and security services want new powers and new laws but it is more about the resources to deal with the current terrorist threat. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, is in westminster. what a difference a fuel —— weeks make. evidence that your vote absolutely does matter. without an out and out majority theresa may has had to ditch a lot of ambitions and she has had to promise to change her ways. she has two promised to work with other parties and will listen to people more. that goesjust as
much to backbenchers in their own party as it does to be position and they will be watching very carefully to see whether she is going to change a method of working as well as her manifesto. all this without a deal with the dup. without a majority she is going to need the help of other political parties to get anything done. she's been hoping for and talking about and planning for and talking about and planning for and talking about and planning for a deal with ten northern irish mps from the dup. i understand that there is broad agreement over a deal and it is in the incentive for both sides to get something done. for the dup, big opportunity to have more influence. for number ten, dup, big opportunity to have more influence. for numberten, chance dup, big opportunity to have more influence. for number ten, chance to get to relative stay —— safety. but there are still stumbling blocks and still no deal. every day it goes on, it makes the prospect of it actually happening a bid for shaky.
there's much more insight and analysis on the our website including a bill—by—bill summary of the queen's speech. that's at bbc.co.uk/news. the time is 16 minutes past six, our top story this evening: a pared back queen's speech with several key pledges from the tory manifesto left out, and ceremony was missing too. and still to come, cooling down on the hottest june day for a0 years. the temperature reached 34.5 celsius at heathrow. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, in less than two hours, we'll know which lions will face the all blacks in the first test in new zealand. rumours abound of a captain's call—up for peter 0'mahony. this afternoon the first funeral for one of those killed in the grenfell tower fire has taken place. mohammad alhajali was a 23—year—old syrian refugee.
in a statement, his family said he loved london and loved the people he met in the city. meanwhile, in parliament, theresa may apologised forfailures by national and local government in responding to the tragedy. elaine dunkley reports. they came to say farewell. allah hu akbar. mohammad alhajali's family arrived from war—torn syria... allah hu akbar. ..to bury their son in a country where he came to seek refuge. asalaam aleichem... he was a loving and caring person, always showing support and solidarity with his friends and family stuck back in syria. he never forgot to tell us how much he loved us. forgot to tell us how much he loved us. his very last words to us were
how much he missed us. he lived on the 14th floor of the tower with his brother 0mar. as fire crews tried to evacuate the building, they became separated, his brother spoke to us days after his death. separated, his brother spoke to us days after his deathlj separated, his brother spoke to us days after his death. i called them and said, where are you? he said, i am in the flat. i said, and said, where are you? he said, i am in the flat. isaid, why and said, where are you? he said, i am in the flat. i said, why didn't you come outside, i thought you were with us outside? he said, why you left me? mohammad alhajali was studying civil engineering with the hope of one day returning to syria to help rebuild his country, a dream which, like so many others, ended on that horrific night in grenfell tower. mohammad was living in a war is on, and it is terrible, leaving the brutality of assad and isis, and he came here to seek safety, he thought he was safe, we thought he was safe, and he ended up in a very tragic event, so it will take us a
very long time to go through this. today this apology from the prime minister. people were left without belongings, without rooms over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do and where they could sit help. that was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most. as prime minister, i apologise for that failure. as mourners walked with mohammad to its final resting place, families of the grand old victims say they will not rest, and there will be no peace until there is justice. there will be no peace until there isjustice. —— there will be no peace until there is justice. —— the grenfell victims. today the first inquests for those killed in the fire have been opened and adjourned. 0ur correspondent lucy manning was there. lucy, what have we heard? well, the deaths of five victims we re well, the deaths of five victims were explained and recorded. the
coroner looked particularly emotional when she said, sadly, this is going to be the first of very many inquests. she said to the bereaved families that identification was proving extremely difficult, and she said to them, i cannot imagine your agony. we heard of omar cannot imagine your agony. we heard of 0marand his cannot imagine your agony. we heard of omar and his wife emma in their 30s, also about anthony disson, a retired lorry driver, 52—year—old dj kalufi, who also died from smoke inhalation. and, lucy, we heard today how some of the survivors will be rehoused? well, one bit, yes, of positive news. 68 flats have been purchased in what is described as a luxury development nearby in kensington. some of the flats go for £i.5 kensington. some of the flats go for £1.5 million in this new project. these flats for the survivors will be in these flats for the survivors will beina these flats for the survivors will be in a social housing bit of the
project, but it is showing that they recognise now that help is needed soon, and that recognition is seen, particularly with the prime minister's apology today, i spoke to people outside here on the streets, and they said, yes, but it is too late. but what it is, the apology, that the state failed the people, it is vindication for everything that eve ryo ne is vindication for everything that everyone here has been saying over the last week. lucy, thank you very much. now to a new report on babies who are stillborn or suffer brain damage. doctors say three—quarters of them could have had a different outcome if they'd received better care. 727 babies studied the royal college of 0bstreticians and gynaecologists looked at more than 700 cases in 2015. the uk has the second worst infant mortality rate in western europe. the only country with a higher rate is malta. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. we are not comparing her to maddy,
but we will always wonder, we never saw her with open eyes. these pa rents saw her with open eyes. these parents never met her older sister, katie went to was bowled for a planned induction. when she got there, the labour ward was full, and she was put in a side room. they checked and said i was about two centimetres but they had to wait for a bed to become available, and no bed became available until we found out that madison passed away. tab at the hospital would not break katie's waters in the side room, saying there was a risk of infection. for three days, they promised to find her a bed but didn't. at one point, she was not monitored for 15 hours. by she was not monitored for 15 hours. by the time a midwife did check, madison was dead. she should now be four years old. she has got a niece about the same age as muddy as well.
—— maddy. it is tough for her seeing little mia going to school, has cool uniform. we can see madison doing the same thing. the trust has apologised and said practices have changed, but madisonjackson is one of nine avoidable baby deaths at the trust over the period. the health secretary has ordered a review of here, but other hospitals providing poor care. hundreds of babies could be protected from harm, says the report, if services are improved. be protected from harm, says the report, if services are improvedm is not a single factor that is going to alter a poor outcome, it is an accumulation of factors, and we have to look at the whole picture, you know, in a holistic way, in order to improve care, and that is what we are determined to do. a baby's death leaves a n are determined to do. a baby's death leaves an indelible mark. until the nhs fundamentally improves, too many families will experience that burning sense of injustice. michael
buchanan, bbc news, powys. the prince of wales has visited the scene of monday's terror attack outside finsbury park mosque in north london. prince charles relayed a message from the queen, who said she was shocked by the attack and sent her thoughts and prayers. police are still questioning a man who's being held in connection with the incident, in which a van was driven at worshipers. as we heard earlier, the duke of edinburgh wasn't with the queen for the state opening of parliament. buckingham palace announced that he'd been admitted to hospital last night to treat an infection. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell is at the king edward vii hospital in west london. what do we know about his condition, nick? george, the very firm impression from buckingham palace is that this is not a serious situation, not a situation which need give rise to concern. the duke was admitted last night from windsor. remember, yesterday he had
spent a very hot afternoon with the queen at the first day of royal ascot, he had been with the queen on saturday at trooping the colour, and other very hot day. according to the palace, he was admitted as a precautionary measure to treat an infection, which they say is linked toa infection, which they say is linked to a pre—existing condition. now, that reminds us of the summer of 2012, when he was twice admitted to hospitalfor a bladder infection. how long will he remain in hospital? that is not clear, but it may not be terribly long. we don't know at this stage. he is disappointed that he was not with the queen at the state 0pening or royal ascot this afternoon, and i think the fact that the queen went head with the normal programme, the carriage procession and so one, was a very clear indication that this is not, as i say, a situation which need give rise to undue concern. nick, thank you very much. well, it's official, today was the hottestjune day for 40 years. so hot, in fact, that they relaxed the strict dress code at royal ascot. a temperature of 34.4 celsius was recorded at heathrow,
easily beating the previous high of 33.8 in 1976. here's duncan kennedy. midsummer, and meditation at the spiritual home of britain's solstice. 13,000 gathered at stonehenge. berkshire was just one of the places to reach 30 degrees today. what do you make of these temperatures? very hot! from birmingham to berkshire, the heat has sapped energy but not ideas for keeping cool — at least according to one pensioner. you just take a few more clothes off, don't you? it gets embarrassing eventually. the met office confirmed that today was the hottestjune day since 1976. in fact, it hit 34.4 degrees. but not everywhere has been sunny today. thunderclap. this was newcastle. there was also rain in scotland. in southern areas, keeping cool, not dry, has been the priority,
on this, the longest day. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in berkshire. what about those storms? chris fawkes has the details. yes, it will go with a bang eventually, the hottestjune day for 40 yea rs, eventually, the hottestjune day for 40 years, and it was also the hottest day of the year so far in wales, temperatures up to 31 degrees just a few moments ago. after such a hot day, temperatures will be slow to fall away, 26 degrees at ten o'clock this evening, another uncomfortable one for getting some sleep overnight. but change is on the way, hot air with us at the moment, but over the top of that comes cooler atlantic air, and that will create the perfect conditions for seeing some pretty big thunderstorms through the next 24 hours. not everyone is going to get
a storm, i will say that first of all, but there could be a few that bring torrential rain, gusty winds, may be large hail as well. at the moment, thunderstorms working across scotland, and through the night a risk of further storms across wales, northern england, and into tomorrow the main risk area starts to move southwards, across the midlands and eastern counties of england. the storms could be lively over the next 24 hours, but because there is a lot of chaos in the atmosphere, still uncertainty about where the worst of them will be. either way, through them will be. either way, through the afternoon, pressure conditions in many areas, but still quite warm across easternmost counties of england, 26 in london. as you head into friday, quite and settled, a band of rain moving into north—western areas of the uk, turning more showery as the day goes by, but a brisk south—westerly wind bringing pressure conditions, temperatures closer to average, and that means pressure conditions by day, more comparable for sleeping.
the heatwave comes to an end, george, but for some of us maybe with a bit of a bang. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. you're watching bbc news, the top stories at 6:30pm. in the queen's speech the government has set out a range of measures it hopes to bring in law over the next two years with brexit at the top of the agenda. my ministers are committed to with