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a retired appeal courtjudge is appointed to lead the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire. sir martin moore—bick met residents this morning and promised to get to the truth as quickly as possible. but his appointment has already been criticised by some survivors. also this lunchtime... as the deadline for a deal looms, the northern ireland secretary says restoring power—sharing remains "possible and achievable". a senior member of the vatican, cardinal george pell, is charged with sexual abuse offences in his home country, australia. mps are due to vote on the queen's speech with labour seeking amendments on public spending and brexit. and the cornish village whose chapel is being saved by the emir of dubai. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: sam warburton, jonny sexton and maro itoje all come into the starting 15 for the british and irish lions‘ second test against new zealand. good afternoon and welcome
to the bbc news at one. theresa may has confirmed that a retired high courtjudge, sir martin moore—bick, has been chosen to lead the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire. sir martin this morning promised a "vigorous inquiry that gets to the truth" and said he understood the "desire of local people for justice." the prime minister told mps that she expects he will produce an interim report as early as possible into the tragedy, in which 80 people are now presumed to have died. sir martin moore—bick spent 20 years as a judge and is said to be highly respected, but his appointment has been questioned by some. here's our correspondent richard lister. the family and friends of tony
dissident gathered for his funeral today, a short distance from grenfell tower where he died. with an estimated 80 dead, there will be many more such funerals. looming over them, questions about why they died, who was to blame, how can others be protected. and this is the man now appointed to find the a nswe i’s , man now appointed to find the answers, sir martin moore—bick. a judge for 20 years before he died from the court of appeals, a focused on complex technical cases in the commercial courts. he's promised to consult grenfell survives about how to proceed. in a statement after his appointment, he said: we need and demand to be part of every single decision made in that public inquiry... but those who escaped grenfell tower that might have demanded more input
into shaping this process. they appear not to have been consulted about this appointment.” appear not to have been consulted about this appointment. i understand this has to be fair and impartial but i believe the victims of this, you know the tower victims first, eva cu ees you know the tower victims first, evacuees second and local residents bi rtley evacuees second and local residents birtley should be the ones leading this and deciding what direction this and deciding what direction this inquiry takes and what readmit it has. and a decision by sir martin moore—bick involving westminster city council is also causing g re nfell city council is also causing grenfell survivors concern. he backed the decision to move a single mother of five to social housing 50 miles away. ifi mother of five to social housing 50 miles away. if i was speaking to families, i would miles away. if i was speaking to families, iwould be miles away. if i was speaking to families, i would be saying that on its own to —— tells you nothing. the problem is we don't know what the broader record is. setting up the public inquiry was always going to bea public inquiry was always going to be a delicate process. grenfell survivors are being asked to work with the establishment they feel let them down the decades. the aim is
foran them down the decades. the aim is for an interim report this summer. our legal correspondent clive coleman joins me now. how would you assess this appointment? sirmartin sir martin moore—bick has the classic cb of a highly successful court of appealjudge. his intellect is beyond question and his experience both as a lawyer, mainly in shipping but also his experience asa in shipping but also his experience as a judge in the commercial court, and gives him experience of heavy engineering technical issues, and having to get on top of those nobody doubts his ability to do that. but in addition to that, to chair something as big, where passions are running so high in an inquiry such as this, you need emotional intelligence on the high level of communication skills. we have seen that already this morning. if you ta ke that already this morning. if you take for example the 7/7 inquiry, the chair of that was given plaudits for communicating with the families and continuing to command their confidence. this morning we have
residence, that he wasn't clear about the focus of the inquiry and it should, he said, be more criminally focused. whoever runs the inquiry has to explain there is a criminal investigation that is running alongside it. just a little indication i think of how the chairman of this inquiry has to really think hard about how he communicates the purpose of the inquiry, the way it will be run, and how he continues to command the confidence of the people at the heart of it, the families. let's go over to norman smith in westminster, and how is this appointment and be inquiry itself going down with people in westminster?” inquiry itself going down with people in westminster? i think there isa people in westminster? i think there is a desire on all sides of westminster for this inquiry to succeed. everybody wants it to get a nswe i’s succeed. everybody wants it to get answers and get them quickly, maybe even with an interim report by this summer. even with an interim report by this summer. but i think everyone also
knows it cannot succeed without the backing of the families and the reason for that is the experience of the child abuse inquiry, another very high—profile inquiry, again set up very high—profile inquiry, again set up by very high—profile inquiry, again set up by theresa may but which has been beset by difficulties. we have seen the resignations of three successive chairmen. why? because it lacked the confidence and support of victims groups, and the realfear i guess is of history repeating itself with already some residents saying they weren't consulted about saint martin's appointment, and others saying they want to focus on the criminal aspects of the investigation, also questioning why kensington council had been given a say in the readmit of this inquiry. the residents so far are not saying we won't work with sir martin, but you do get the sense there is only a relatively narrow window of opportunity for sir martin to win
the confidence of those families of this inquiry is to get up and running and to be a success. norman, many thanks. norman smith there. 137 high—rise buildings have now failed safety tests on cladding in 41 local authority areas, according to the latest government figures. four of those tower blocks are in the london borough of camden, where residents from 700 flats have been told to leave because of fire safety concerns. 0ur correspondent tom burridge has been meeting some of the people still living in the chalcots estate, despite being told to leave nearly a week ago. michelle's family are facing a difficult dilemma. they've been told to leave theirflat in north london. because their tower block has suspect cladding and after the fire at grenfell, failed an inspection by the london fire brigade. but camden council has still not found michelle suitable alternative accommodation and so she has reluctantly been sleeping in her flat. i don't want to stay in that flat. i mean, last night, my husband refused to stay in it. i stayed in there with my daughter.
and at two o'clock i woke up having a panic attack because i heard a bang. ithought, i know they're starting works. ijust don't understand it. there are people still here trying to find somewhere to stay. i can't tell you the emotional impact it's having on everyone, including myself. i've never been in this terrible state like this before. panic attacks and everything. it's just so awful. michelle, like others we met, doesn't blame the council. it says it is doing all it can to rehouse the most vulnerable people first in appropriate accommodation as close to here as possible. but sean henry was offered a flat with nothing in it and that simply didn't work for his family. well, at this point i don't have an option. i need to make sure my family is safe. and until i get the appropriate or suitable accommodation, i'm going to stay put. because right now this is the safest place. even though it has been deemed unsafe. this man has a four—year—old
daughter with a serious blood disease and a seven—year—old son with severe autism. the hotel they were in wasn't appropriate for his children. i'm not looking for luxury. looking for somewhere to cook, clean, you know, clean ourselves, basically. wash ourselves. and sleep. and we can cope somehow. so, like others, he spent the day at the local leisure centre. well, it's roughly five hours since we met him earlier, and he's been inside chatting to council officials and it still seems they haven't been able to find him and his family anywhere appropriate to live. later, though, he was told that they had been allocated a flat nearby. this is a relief. i can bring his playstation, his toys. his book shelves. woohoo! so, it's a struggle for a semblance of normal life, when you're suddenly told your home is not safe, amidst a national scandal about how so many buildings in britain have been built. tom burridge, bbc news, in camden.
as politicians in stormont continue talks to restore power—sharing the secretary of state for northern ireland says a deal is still possible. speaking in the last hour james brokenshire said significance progress has been made but several issues remain outstanding. sinn fein said there is still no agreement over nationalist demands for an irish language act. 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler is in stormont. the democratic unionist party have made it clear they are prepared to go back into government, the power —— problem with power—sharing is unique parties who are prepared to share power and sinn fein have said they are not willing to go back into power—sharing with the dup. whilst political negotiations are sometimes treated as fun and games, despite appearances things have got serious. the dup and sinn fein have spent
months clashing, and now the negotiations to try to get power—sharing back up and running are set to come to a shuddering halt and an uncomfortable stalemate. the future of devolved government in ireland now hangs in the balance, to the frustration of many at this funfair in the frustration of many at this fu nfair in belfast. the frustration of many at this funfair in belfast. ijust think they need now to put their differences aside. we have voted for them, we put them in, it is now time for them to do theirjobs. the dup's deal to prop up the conservatives at westminster has brought the promise of £1 billion from northern ireland and much of that money will be used to help an economy that has suffered badly since the days long ago when shipbuilding was a major industry in belfast, but will there be a government to spend the cash?” believe the resolution will be found andi believe the resolution will be found and i am urging the parties to continue focusing all of their
effo rts continue focusing all of their efforts on achieving this. the last few days have seen intensive negotiations take place at stormont castle to try to find a deal that will resolve a whole range of disagreements, but so far the dup are refusing to give in to sinn fein's demands for an irish language act. we want these institutions back up act. we want these institutions back up and running again but it has to be on the basis of equality and respect at their core and institutions that command public confidence sale in our view it is make up your mind time for the dup. neither unionists nor republicans wa nt to neither unionists nor republicans want to be seen as losers in this negotiation, and the demands for legislation to give official status to the irish language have proved particularly divisive. sinn fein wa nts too particularly divisive. sinn fein wants too much. they treat it as a joke, the dup. but there's a danger
no one walks away from these talks with anything and that is very risky for the parties politics here. there isa for the parties politics here. there is a stripped four o'clock deadline foran is a stripped four o'clock deadline for an agreement, if not it could be the case westminster has to step in and take over some of the responsibilities of northern ireland. as it is, the dup arejust coming out to speak to the cameras. we might get a sense of whether the deadline might be met or alternatively running into another deepening crisis. labour will try to get elements of its general election manifesto into the government's programme when mps vote on the queen's speech later today. they'll call on the government to end austerity in public services, and to negotiate a brexit deal that "delivers the exact same benefits" as membership of the single market and the customs union. let's go over to our political correspondent alex forsyth, who's in the palace of westminster for us now. a piece of parchment setting out the government's policy plans. written by ministers, read by the queen at the formal opening of parliament last week. 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. but now there's a hung parliament that consensus will be hard to achieve, notjust on brexit, but other measures, too. the one vote the government is confident of winning, today's, when mps will be asked to approve the queen's speech. i'm confident it will go through. we set out a programme in the national interest, delivering on brexit and other important domestic matters and i think that is important to deliver that said the government can get on governing as the people of britain would expect us to do. the ayes to the right 309. the noes to the left 323. yesterday the government saw off the challenge by labour. they tried to amend the queen's speech, to get more investment in public services and the scrapping of the cap on public sector pay. but whilst some tories hinted at their concerns over austerity...
it's time for us to think again about the impact of the public sector pay cap. none were willing to undermine the prime minister on such a key vote. today, labour will try again with another amendment. we are putting forward fundamentally what was in our manifesto in the election. a brexit that guarantees trade relations with europe. a government that ends the public sector pay cap. and a government that invests in the education future of all of our children from nursery through to university. despite labour's efforts to tease open any divisions within the conservative party over austerity, it's highly likely that theresa may's queen's speech will get through the commons today. tory mps won't risk challenging her authority on this. and she has the support of ten democratic unionist mps with whom she did a deal to get their backing on key votes. but even with that, the prime minister's majority is slim and labour will seek to exploit that
at every opportunity. parliament's likely to see some brutal battles over the next two years. backbenchers will be emboldened, every vote will count in getting anything through, and it won't be plain sailing. today we had some indication of the power backbenchers wheeled, there we re power backbenchers wheeled, there were suggestions some tory mps had sympathy for another labour amendment to the queen's speech, this one calling for free access to abortion services in england for women from northern ireland, where abortion rules are strict. i understand the government is looking at putting together a package of measures so that women across the uk can measures so that women across the uk ca n a ccess measures so that women across the uk can access abortion services, in pa rt can access abortion services, in part it seems to stave off potential rebellion from its own backbenchers. what we are seeing now is that without a majority of her own, theresa may will have to cajole and
make concessions and some compromises in order to get things done. even in these very early days of this new parliament. one of the pope's closest advisors, cardinal george pell, has been charged in his native australia with historical sexual offences against children. at a press conference this morning the cardinal insisted he was innocent of the charges, and said he looked forward to having his day in court. 0ur correspondent james reynolds reports from rome. this morning st peter's square, the cardinals of the catholic church turned out for a celebration led by the pope, but one of their number was missing. cardinal george pell appeared instead in a vatican press room to respond to the charges made the australian police. i'm innocent of these charges. they are false. the whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me. so i'm very grateful to the holy father for giving me this leave to return to australia.
today, victoria police have charged cardinal george... earlier in australia, the police outlined the charges against the 76—year—old cleric. cardinal pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences, and there are multiple complainants relating to those charges. for more than a0 years, george pell worked as a priest, then an archbishop in his own country. in 2014, pope francis called him to work in rome. in february last year the cardinal testified via video link to an australian commission investigating official responses to child abuse. victims flew in to watch his testimony. now the cardinal will have to defend himself in court. the charges leave the church and the pope in an uncomfortable position. after his election, francis created a commission to deal with allegations of sexual abuse by clerics.
now he finds that one of his closest advisers faces charges of his own. the pope will now face questions about his ally. george pell will appear in court in australia next month. james reynolds, bbc news. 0ur our top story this lunchtime. sir martin moore—bick is appointed to lead the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire. he met residents this morning and promised to get to the truth as quickly as possible. and still to come: it's all in the name. how the emir who owns the world's most famous stables helped a cornish village save their church. coming up in sport: can novak djokovic turn around his form this season on grass? he's warming up for next week's wimbledon with a third round match against american donald young at the aegon classic in eastbourne. it's three years since
the self—proclaimed islamic state declared the creation of a caliphate. now, under extreme attack from a us—led international coalition, they are clinging on to their last major strongholds in syria and in iraq. britain has carried out the second largest number of air strikes against is, after america. now, for the first time, raf crews have been talking to the bbc about the challenges they face in avoiding civilian casualties. 0ur defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. the raf prepares for another bombing mission against the group calling itself islamic state. they've been flying these sorties from their base in cyprus round the clock, in what's become another long war. what you're looking at a densely packed urban area with buildings of varying heights throughout. for the first time the raf‘s allowed their crews to talk us through a strike. they want to show the care they take
to protect civilian life. the priority is to make sure our missile hits... dave — not his real name — operates a reaper remotely piloted drone. he shows me video of one targeting an is, or daesh, mortar position, hidden in a house in mosul. can you honestly say to me you can guarantee you won't cause civilian casualties? we will never guarantee that. what we can demonstrate through rigour and the use of these videos is we do absolutely everything within our power. every member of the crew wants to go home with a battle damage assessment that says "no civilian casualties". the raf has been carrying out these bombing missions against is for coming up to three years now. and in that time they've carried out more than 1000 air strikes, dropping more than 3000 bombs and missiles. and yet, they say, they've seen no evidence so far that they've been responsible
for any civilian casualties. what i can say right now is that the evidence that we have doesn't point to any uk involvement. it's human activity and we're not perfect, and even with our best efforts i cannot hand on heart say that wouldn't happen. but there are those who already believe britain's paying a price for this war, with some linking this kind of military intervention to the recent terrorist attacks in the uk. i do struggle a bit to link that to modern foreign policy. we have an opponent who just hates us and everything we stand for and all of our values, and we have to deal with that. we have to defeat them militarily and that's why we're here. and that will be for some time yet. they're fighting a brutal enemy that unlike them isn't worried about killing civilians. jonathan beale, bbc news, raf akrotiri.
the chinese president xi jinping the chinese president xijinping has promised to maintain the one country two systems system ends hong kong. he's in hong kong for the 20th anniversary of the hand—out. a large security operation is under way, as protests are planned throughout the visit. yesterday, democracy activists were arrested after chaining themselves to a monument to symbolise the handover. the culture secretary, karen bradley, says she is "minded" to refer rupert murdoch's 21st century fox bid to take control of sky to the competition commission. ms bradley pointed to concerns about media plurality — but has yet to make her final decision. mr murdoch already owns 39% of sky and opponents believe the deal would give him too much power in the uk media. 0ur entertainment correspondent
david sillito reports. sky, 12 million of us subscribe. it was set up by rupert murdoch but he owns only 39% of the shares. he wants full control. however, his media empire also owns the sun and the times and produces news for many radio stations. should this be a matter for the competition authority? the culture secretary asked the watchdog 0fcom for its assessment of the deal. 0fcom's report is unambiguous. it concludes, "the transaction raises public interest concerns as a result of the risk of increased influence by members of the murdoch family trust over the uk news agenda and the political process. with its unique presence on radio, television and in print and online. we consider that these concerns may justify reference by the secretary of state to the competition and markets authority". 0n the basis of 0fcom's report, i confirm that i am minded to refer to a phase two investigation on the grounds of media plurality. plurality essentially means, does one media owner have too much political power?
opponents of the murdoch empire were today protesting, saying exactly that. but they also fear that other concerns about past misdeeds won't be taken into consideration. we feel rupert murdoch has too much power over our politics. he's a very dangerous man and we need a full investigation of everything to do with the murdochs, before we hand him any more of media. and so a takeover bid that was first proposed seven years ago is still not settled. but for the murdoch family, sky was their creation. it almost bankrupted them in the ‘90s, before they turned it into the success of today. the battle is still very much on to finally make it theirs. david sillito, bbc news. britain's household energy bills — and carbon emissions — have been kept in check by eu rules on energy efficiency, but a new report warns that both could rise unless ministers implement new policies to save power.
the committee on climate change says the uk needs to move quickly towards developing plans to keep emissions down. ministers say they will come forward with a new policy in the autumn. here's our environment analyst, roger harrabin. we have more and more gadgets all the time. tvs are bigger. many homes have multiple screens. 0ur chores are done by machine. yet the average home is paying less for energy than we were before, according to the climate committee. it's because appliances like this are being forced to be ever more energy—efficient by eu regulations. that means they do the same amount of work but for less power. it cuts our bills and it reduces carbon emissions. but for how long? the biggest saving has been thanks to insulation and gas boilers. gas demand is down 23% since 2008, the report says. it is exciting that we have managed to keep bills down as well as getting emissions down.
the reason for that, the reason we are spending £20 a month less on our bills, is because of the tough eu regulations. this government will have to make sure that we replicate those regulations and improve them. greater home insulation is the big challenge ahead. the committee says the government has to find some way of persuading people to invest in making their homes warmer. without that, the uk's target on emissions and affordable energy will be missed. electric vehicles are the other big issue raised in the report. emissions from transport have been going up, when they should have been going down. that's bad for local air pollution as well as for the climate. the government will bring forward its own plans for a low carbon, clean energy future in the autumn. roger harrabin, bbc news. if you need funds, email an emir.
not an idea most people would have, but it's paid off for the people of godolphin cross, near helston in cornwall. the village shares its name with one of the most famous stables in the world — owned by the emir of dubai. people were so desperate for funds for their local church that one contacted sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum for help. here's lisa hampele. godolphin cross, a quiet village in cornwall where the pace of life is gentle and the methodist chapel looks set to stand empty forever. the villagers were giving up hope of finding enough funds to buy it, and convert it to a community centre. but a bright spark thought of the ruler of dubai. sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum. and his link to godolphin cross. their village shares its name with the world —famous godolphin stables in newmarket which he founded. he's rubbed shoulders with the establishment and the powerful.
residents sent him a letter, more in hope than expectation, and were amazed when he offered help. i think it's a wonderful gesture. it's not the only giving that they do. they give to other projects around the world and in the uk, but it was fantastic because as i say we were staring down the barrel. we were in trouble, we were going to lose our last space and it was a wonderful gesture. so the sheik, who has a passion for horses, has become the village's unlikely knight in shining armour. no one will say how much he's given but it is thought to be around £60,000. and godolphin residents say any time he wants to take a break, from his champagne lifestyle, there's a warm welcome awaiting him. if ever he comes down this way, there's a pasty with his name on it, let's just say that. lisa hampele, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's jay wynne. it's been really wet across scotland
so far today. here's a picture from edinburgh, huge puddles. the rain stretches down into parts of wales and the south—west of england as well. it's not all doom and gloom, there is some brighter weather. this is surrey, sunshine breaking through the cloud. this radar picture confirms it's been wet across scotland. the rain is more patchy and northern england, wales and the south—west. the rain is toppling westwards, getting into the western side of northern ireland over the next few hours. notjust side of northern ireland over the next few hours. not just wet, side of northern ireland over the next few hours. notjust wet, also really windy. the wind is quite chilly, not very summery. into the afternoon across the south—west of england there will be some patchy rain around. as temperatures get around 19—20 in the south—east, it