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the headlines at 7pm: after weeks of criticism and a stormy council meeting last night the leader of kensington and chelsea council and chelsea council steps down. as council leader, i have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings. residents celebrated his resignation, describing it as a step in the right direction. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, calls on theresa may to broaden the scope of the inquiry into the disaster, in which at least 80 people died. the families of the young men who drowned off camber sands last summer express their anger about safety on the beach. even back home there's lifeguards everywhere. there was no warning, there is no signs. i cannot believe this is happening in the uk. nurseries in england say councils are failing to provide enough money to fund free childcare for three and four—year—olds. and why thousands of british students are heading to eastern europe.
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bbc research suggests there's been an increase in the numbers of students going to bulgaria and romania after failing to get a place in british universities. and good news for cricket fans. live cricket is returning to bbc television for the first time in 21 years, from 2020. the leader of kensington and chelsea council, the borough where the grenfell tower fire happened, has resigned. nicholas paget—brown said he had to accept responsibility for his role in response to the fire and in particularfor the decision to ban the public and press from a council meeting last night. the bbc has also obtained documents that show that cheaper,
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less fire resistant cladding was chosen for the tower block. 80 people are believed to have died in the fire and there is no suggestion a deliberate decision was made to cut fire safety. kensington and chelsea council says safety would not have been compromised in order to manage budgets. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds has more. were you pressured by number 10 to resign? the pressure simply got too great. the leader of the council, criticised for failing to cope with the crisis in his backyard, couldn't hold on. last week, his council offices were invaded. last night he couldn't even hold a council meeting. it was the last straw. in particular my decision to accept legal advice, that i should not compromise the public enquiry by having an open discussion in public yesterday, has itself become a political story. it cannot be right that this should have become the focus of attention, when so many are dead
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or still unaccounted for. his housing chief has also gone. investigations by the bbc and the times newspaper into decisions made when the council refurbished grenfell tower added to the pressure. the big change, the addition of aluminium cladding to improve the look of the building. we've been investigating that refurbishment and whether it played a part in the tragedy. this development in north london includes cladding made, not from aluminium, but zinc. documents passed to the bbc reveal that the zinc panels were originally proposed for grenfell. the architect's designs show this clearly, residents were told there would be zinc. but there was pressure from the council to reduce costs. by 2015 they would give amendments to the original tender and order aluminium panel, which is cheaper. the saving more than £293,000.
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did the change make a difference to fire safety? this panel is similar to the ones eventually used. it's an aluminium sandwich with a plastic filling which isn't fire resistant. the original zinc panels were marketed as capable of being able to resist fire. both panels have the same safety rating under european testing. 0n current evidence, it's not clear the change would have made a difference. however, even the fact there was pressure to cut costs has infuriated those affected by the fire. those affected and the wider community are utterly sick of this lack of value ascribed to human beings who pay their council tax, who pay these people's wages. meanwhile, cladding from 149 tower blocks has now failed government tests. the process has been criticised as pointless because only the cladding is being tested and not
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insulation, which also burns. pointless 7 no, says the testing body. it is critical to do the screening tests, just to see whether there is a risk or not, to see whether the buildings have this flammable cladding or not. many of them do and the question now is what can we do about it, and are there other risks or materials we need to consider? there is an immediate crisis to deal with, an ongoing police investigation, a public enquiry, again today described as too narrow. grenfell tower casts a long shadow. in the last hour, the mayor of london sadiq khan has welcomed the resignation of the kensington council leader. 0ur correspondent is outside
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kensington town hall for us. this is no surprise, the announcement that the council leader here has stepped down. soon after that his deputy also announced that he would be stepping down. i have been speaking to people in the area, residents of grenfell tower and other people, who feel extremely let down by the council and blame them for the fire. i spoke to some of those soon after the resignation announcement and some say they are
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happy and welcoming and what they wa nt happy and welcoming and what they want is a new team to take control of the situation. 0ther want is a new team to take control of the situation. other people say this could be a pr stunt and worried things may not change. i am joined by the labour councillor robert atkinson. you have been instrumental in campaigning this resignation. what is your reaction? relief. now the council leadership has gone with any luck we can get down to the real task which is to provide the services and support the residents of north kensington so desperately needin of north kensington so desperately need in which they have not been getting a cause of the vacuum of political leadership and that's council. some people are concerned this could be a pr stunt, it is the same people working in the building. do you think this can be sorted? some of the biba have been working very ha rd some of the biba have been working very hard and there have been some results. family and children's services for example have stepped up to the plate and provided decent
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services in a very difficult situation. i have not at any point attacked the local government office rs attacked the local government officers who have worked very hard ina officers who have worked very hard in a difficult situation but they can only go so far without political direction. it is a true question, let'sjudge by results direction. it is a true question, let's judge by results and direction. it is a true question, let'sjudge by results and see if they are capable of rising above it and if they are not we need decisive action and as i was calling for early the government should consider sending in commissioners to run the council. the government has never hesitated to send in commissioners to other failing london boroughs and this is by far worse than anything else that has happened in feeling boroughs. we have had a number of resignations. some people calling for all leaders to resign. would you do that if it came to that? the cabinet definitely needs to resign
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because of you saw what happened la st because of you saw what happened last night the leader of the council tried to brazen it out and then he abandoned the meeting and he was surrounded by his cabinet, not one of whom dissented, they sat there like nodding dogs going along with what he wanted to do. for those grounds alone the cabinet also definitely needs to go. we need a clean sweep. if the conservative group could pull itself together possibly they could be given a chance but looking at how they reacted last night i do not think they can and may be commissioners is they can and may be commissioners is the way to go. a lot of people are affected and i have been speaking to them. do you think this is finally going to give them a chance to get some kind of justice? going to give them a chance to get some kind ofjustice? that is our task. you have got labour councillors in the north of the buddha who have been working day and night and been out in the community and been trying to improve the situation and that is why labour
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councillors turned up to that meeting last night because we wanted to make a contribution and to ask questions and bring forward or suggestions. that is why we reacted with outrage when they tried to turn it into a pr stunt. thank you robert atkinson, labour councillor. welcoming this announcement that the leader of kensington and chelsea borough council nicholas paget—brown has resigned but also his deputy. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, is in westminster now. look at the political ramifications of some of these latest developments. starting with the statement by the mayor of london sadiq khan adding more pressure to theresa mayto step in and change the way things are run, even temporarily, at kensington council. yes. putting more pressure on the
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prime minister. the prime minister could have offered a lifeline to nicholas paget—brown quite easily, easily. downing street and the communities secretary have been typical of the way that the meeting was conducted last night and the press we re was conducted last night and the press were later because of a decision by the high court and the meeting was abandoned. this is a turnaround because the kensington and chelsea leader on the 20th of the month less than a week after the fire said he had supported continue but that seems to have evaporated. sadiq khan is going further saying it is not good enough to lose the leader of the council and previously the chief executive but now political control should be taken out of the hands of the conservative group entirely and commissioners should be sent in, independent figures should be sent in to run the council. he is effectively saying this should happen until next year,
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until the scheduled elections take place, in order to give the public inquiry time to look at the evidence and perhaps apportion blame for the immediate events and people could vote back for replacement councillors in the light of the new information. other pressure from jeremy corbyn in part about the scope that the inquiry into the fire should have. yes. he has written this letter to the prime minister. we do not have a downing street response yet. keeping pressure on the prime minister by saying that effectively she made a promise to residents they would be involved in setting the terms of reference of the inquiry butjeremy corbyn is worried thejudge is going the inquiry butjeremy corbyn is worried the judge is going to set the terms to narrowly looking at the circumstances around the fire itself. he wants to see a much broader inquiry following perhaps some of the initial investigations. ido some of the initial investigations. i do not think downing street are opposed to doing it in that way but jeremy corbyn is saying we must get
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an interim report on the fire itself by september. he has been very prescriptive and his timescale. he is calling on downing street to do a range of other things in the meantime, not to wait for the inquiry to review and update buildings regulations. he wants to see an immigration amnesty for anyone caught up in the fire. downing street have said they will not do checks, he wants them to go one step further. in his view the residents would be disappointed of the terms of reference are too narrow. he is trying to put himself on the side of the residents and put pressure on theresa may to create the impression she is not fully on top of the situation. thank you. residents have been giving their reaction to the resignation. relieved, please. pleased, in this terrible time it is the best nose. it is ridiculous he thought he could
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hang on. it is great. it is good news because there needs to be big changes made in the council and this is at least a start. we cheered. changes made in the council and this is at least a start. we cheeredm is at least a start. we cheeredm isa step is at least a start. we cheeredm is a step in the right direction. there are many steps to all that this is a step in the right direction. a couple of residents from kensington and chelsea. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in the papers at 10:1i5pm. the guestsjoining us tonight are david wooding, political editor of the sun on sunday, and katie martin from the financial times. a coroner has concluded that it's not possible to establish whether seven men who drowned off camber sands in east sussex last summer might have survived if lifeguards had been on the beach. five friends died in one incident just a month after two other men drowned in the same area. duncan kennedy reports from hastings where the inquests have been taking place. camber sands is normally a place
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where happy memories are created. kobi saththiya nathan, his brother ken, nitharsan ravi, inthushan sriska ntharasa and gurushanth srithavarajah — they did not make any effort to find the rest of the boys. they were in the rest of the boys. they were in the water for six hours. the rest of the boys. they were in the waterfor six hours. they the rest of the boys. they were in the water for six hours. they did not make any effort to find those boys. my brother was in there for
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six hours. the family say the council had been wrong to suggest people from ethnic minorities could not swim at ampersands and say they we re not swim at ampersands and say they were deeply hurt by that. my son did not come back. that is why we are fighting. to change something, not for us, because my son is gone, he does not come back, he will never come back. the father of the two brothers said families had to hear their children blamed for their own deaths. this was the moment last summer deaths. this was the moment last summer it became clear the men had drowned. the council said it had not pretend lifeguards before as the rnli had urged them to in part
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because they did not have the money. the council was asked why it had never apologised to the families. the council has made it clear they send their condolences to the families. it is a tragic event. we do not wish to see that happen again on any of our beaches. the coroner has taken away a lot of information and will be raising it at a national level. a month earlier, two men also drowned. for the family of all the men who died in one appalling sequence men who died in one appalling sequence of tragedies there is anguish and bewilderment that this could happen in such a benign relaxed and familiar setting. after weeks of criticism and a stormy council meeting last night the leader of kensington and chelsea
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council has stepped down. the coroner says it is not possible to determine whether the men who died on camber sands would have survived if there had been lifeguards on the beach. two tv presenters attacked on twitter by president donald trump have accused him of lying and suggested the white house tried to blackmail them. meeka brezinski and joe scarborough, the hosts of msnbc morning joe, said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of mr trump. joe scarborough spoke about the subject on the show. we got a call that the national enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys and it was donald is friends with the guy who
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ru ns donald is friends with the guy who runs the national enquirer. they said if you call the president and you apologise for your coverage then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story. our correspondent is in washington. this interrupted yesterday when president trump for no specific reason suddenly launched a twitter attack or in meeka in particular. he said sure was bleeding from areas in face—lift. that did not go over very well even with republicans who said it was beneath the dignity of the office of the president for him to in gauge and such vitriol. the
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presenters went on here and made the allegations you have just heard, that this is an ongoing problem that they have had with the president. they have known him for many years. their relationship has changed over the years. they have become more critical, culminating in the allegation thatjoe critical, culminating in the allegation that joe scarborough critical, culminating in the allegation thatjoe scarborough made that the white house, senior white house officials called him, several times, to say apologise to the president and he will have a story thatis president and he will have a story that is about to appear in a scurrilous tabloid magazine about your relationship with your co—host, he will have it spiked, and joe scarborough said no. president trump said that was not true and joe scarborough said please have the story spiked and donald trump said no. who do you believe? it is not for me to say i suppose. i suppose this will die down and they will be
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nothing more said. if you look at the pattern of these types of spats thenit the pattern of these types of spats then it probably will. it is not the first time that donald trump has engaged in these very high—profile spats on twitter. he uses a lot of vitriol. he is very insulting. he attacks people personally. people expressed outrage and then the world moves on. because his twitter behaviour seems to be, doesn't seem to be held accountable. there is a more serious allegation here that he potentially or the white house abused its power ifjoe scarborough‘s allegations are true and that they basically threatened a television reporter and presenter that details about his personal life would be exposed if he did not torn down the criticism. that is a serious allegation. cd is allegations are made all the time
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and nothing seems to happen. the bigger problem for congress and the republican party is that while donald trump engages in this type of behaviour he is distracting them from their serious work of trying to get health care reform through. that is on the skids yet again. donald trump is not helping with the legislative agenda. no doubt we will speak again about this or another spat. the main programme to treat sex offenders in england and wales for the last quarter of a century until very recently didn't reduce reoffending and if anything made it worse, according to a new study published today. our home affairs correspondent was asked if this has been a colossal waste of time and money. to give you an idea of the scale, some 2500 prisoners in england and wales went through this core sex offender treatment programme between 2002 and 2012.
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researchers found that those who had been through the course were more likely to reoffend than those who hadn't done the course. those who hadn't done the course, 8% of them reoffended, those who had, 10% of them reoffended. researchers think this might have been because they were discussing their offending in group sessions and somehow by discussing their crimes, it made them seem more normal and possibly more likely to reoffend. this study has been sitting on ministers' desks for several months and quietly they've been changing the sex offender treatment courses in the background, so that they now no longer involve the discussing of offending in group sessions. it looks as if they've changed the training and the courses prisoners do before making public the fact that what they've been doing for 25 years hasn't worked and may have made things worse. the parents of io—month—old charlie gard have been told they will be able to spend more time with their terminally ill baby. chris gard and connie yates had been expecting their son's life support to be turned off today after losing
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a high profile legal battle. but great 0rmond street hospital has since disclosed they are looking at plans for the baby's care to enable the family to spend longer together. we are saving a smaller percentage of our income than at any time since records began in 1963, according to the office for national statistics. in the first three months of the year, people saved i.7% of their disposable income, down from 3.3% in the previous quarter. economists say savings are down because prices are rising, and there's also been an increase in tax payments. hundreds of people have attended the funeral of one of the victims of the manchester arena bombing. coronation street stars joined mourners in stockport at the funeral of martyn hett, who was a huge fan of the soap. judith moritz reports. martyn hett loved to make an entrance. at 29, he'd planned his own funeral, with two white horses
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and a splash of showbusiness. his family took a moment for private grief, before a very public celebration for the extrovert blogger. we have received messages from all around the world from people who followed martyn, just waiting for his next hilarious post. martyn loved being in the limelight, and the centre of attention. he will be loving every minute of this fantastic celebration of his life. hello, and welcome to the ten o'clock news, with me, martyn hett. i absolutely adore coronation street... martyn's family played this film, including a tribute to his love of corrie, and his favourite character. some of the cast were there to celebrate their superfan, and watch celebrity tributes. i love you, and i'm so happy that we got a chance to meet.
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and i know that you're shining down on us from heaven. me and my group of friends and everyone at radio one were always commenting on how funny, how sharp and how hilarious martyn was with his social media. the service was beamed to the crowd outside. the impact of the manchester attack still felt here. martyn was really the complete opposite of the person and what happened on that awful day. he just swallowed it all up, all that hate and anger, and his star is shining bright for us all to see. martyn's mum said she wanted him to make a diva exit, and so he did. applauded by his family, his friends, his audience. judith moritz, bbc news, stockport. mourners lined the streets of merseyside to pay their final respects to 15—year—old
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megan hurley, who also died in the manchester arena attack. her family asked for privacy at today's service, where the bells of st nicholas church in halewood rang 22 times for the victims of the bombing. people were encouraged to wear megan's favourite colour, orange, in her memory. july isjust july is just round the corner but this was the last day ofjune and cloudy for many of us but some sunshine has boosted the temperatures. not as much rain around today. there will be some patchy rain overnight pushing southwards. code breaking further north particularly the north—west and into northern ireland. the cloud should break up. early rain clearing
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to the south—east. sunny spells developing in many parts of the country. western scotland and northern ireland turning to quote with a little rain or drizzle. 20 degrees in eastern scotland. 2a or 25 in the south—east of england. rain to come overnight which will linger in the morning across east anglia and the south—east. showery bursts of rain in the north—west and warm in the sunshine. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: the conservative leader of kensington and chelsea council, nicholas paget—brown, has announced he'll resign, following the grenfell tower tragedy. it comes after criticism of the council's response to the disaster — in which at least 80 people are known to have died. as council leader, i have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings. in particular, my decision to take
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legal advice that i should not compromise the public enquiry by having an open discussion in public yesterday, has itself become a political story. local residents have celebrated the resignation, describing it as a step in the right direction. the council's deputy leader, rock feilding—mellen — responsible for housing — is also standing down. jeremy corbyn has written to theresa may with a call to broaden the public inquiry into the disaster, after the judge appointed to lead the inquiry warned it may be too narrow in its scope to satisfy all the survivors. it's emerged that the cladding fitted to grenfell tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, saving nearly £300,000. documents seen by the bbc show that zinc cladding — originally proposed — was replaced with an aluminium type. a coroner has concluded that the deaths of seven young men who drowned in two separate incidents off camber sands last summer, were all due to misadventure. even back at home there are
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lifeguards everywhere. there were no warnings or signs. i can't believe this is happening in the uk. the funeral has taken place of martyn hett — a coronation street superfan — who was killed in the in the last few minutes kensington and chelsea borough council leader nicholas paget—brown has said he is stepping down following criticism of the council's response to the grenfell tower disaster. let's hear again what he had to say. the grenfell tower fire has been the worst tragedy that london has possibly seen since the second world war. nobody will ever forget what they saw that day, and the horror that sued for the people trapped inside. many questions about the
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cause of the fire, and why it's spread so quickly, will need to be a nswered spread so quickly, will need to be answered by the public enquiry. there are clearly national issues to address around regulation. the scale of this tragedy was always going to mean that one borough alone would never have sufficient resources to respond to all the needs of the survivors and those made homeless on its own. we have been very lucky to have the support of other london boroughs, the emergency services and the consumers —— community associations based in north kensington, and i am very grateful to all of them. this council has also been criticised for failing to a nswer also been criticised for failing to answer all the questions that people have, that is properly a matterfor the public enquiry. as council leader i have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings. in particular, my decision to a cce pt failings. in particular, my decision to accept legal advice that i should
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not compromise the public enquiry by having an open discussion in public yesterday, has itself become a political story. and it cannot be right that this should have become the focus of attention when so many are dead or still unaccounted for. i have therefore decided to step down as leader of the council, as soon as as leader of the council, as soon as a successor is in place. they will appoint a new deputy leader and cabinet. as i said yesterday, this isa cabinet. as i said yesterday, this is a huge human tragedy for so many families. the task for my successor is to ensure that the strengths which also characterised this place, and north kensington in particular, are seen and north kensington in particular, are seen to play their part in bringing the community together and ensuring that this borough, the most wonderful place, can start to move forward from this tragedy. thank you very much and i shan't be answering questions. nicholas paget brown who will resign
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from kensington council. with me is a representative of the residents council. what is your reaction to their decisions to stand down at this point? i suspected that something like this was going to happen but i just something like this was going to happen but ijust see it as yet another cynical move. if they really felt genuine remorse they would have resigned as councillors and triggered by elections in their respective wards. what to say to the argument that they should stay and oversee what is being sorted out?” think that given there is an ongoing investigation and the enquiry is about to start, i think it is a mistake for them to remain in place because there could be a clear
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conflict of interest. the deputy leader was responsible for overseeing housing. i don't think he should have internal documents to call upon when the residents cannot even call upon services from the council that they desperately require. the mayor of london has called on theresa may to appoint independent commissioners to come in and appoint the council for quite some time. how helpful would that be? i think that would serve theresa may's interests more than it would serve local residents now. how? the executive of the council, that is basically the council staff themselves, they go by the policies that are set by the cabinet. i would not consider them as culpable as say the cabinet, who are giving them direction. whilst i can see the logic behind their being independent
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people coming in, i do think that that will just waste valuable time at the moment in coordinating a relief effort. personally, i think more of theirfront—line relief effort. personally, i think more of their front—line staff should be promoted to roles which are responsible for overseeing things, and they should also involve more local groups who have been on the ground since minute one. that ties into the other part of what sadiq khan says where he says not only should there be a change in leadership but leadership style, and a very different approach in how counselling gauges with the people it serves? absolutely. i would not say how the counselling gauges. i would say how the council of the royal borough of kensington and chelsea has engaged. the response in camden has been a complete opposite. there are councillors have been out on the ground, meeting people from day one, when they evacuated residents. but there was criticism of that. people had it sprang upon
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them last week, on a friday night, when it was late in the day and some people were asked to leave in the middle of the night. they were not happy with that. their response was not perfect, but slight incompetence is better than the wall of indifference that residents in kensington and chelsea have faced up to now. i think in future i will just call them kensington and chelsea, i don't think they deserve the title of royal borough any further. these documents that the bbc have seen, where it shows the decision was taken to use cheaper, less fire resistant cladding on the block, thereby saving hundreds of thousands of pounds, there is no suggestion that it decision was made deliberately to cut fire safety but it was cheaper? but the decision was hubristic. they knew the other material was far safer but they thought it was a risk worth taking. iam not
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thought it was a risk worth taking. i am not —— i'm certain they would not take the risk in their own homes or other council buildings. as soon as this retired appeal courtjudge was appointed, there was concern that he was the most suitable person to chair the enquiry, and nowjeremy corbyn has said he wants to see the scope widened. what kind of scope to think it needs? i totally agree. i met sir martin yesterday morning in what i think was the first meeting he held with residents, and we raised various concerns about the scope of the enquiry and also his background, and whether he was someone background, and whether he was someone and was competent to handle an investigation of the magnitude and scope that he was hoping for. he played down our concerns in the meetings, so i was already somewhat sceptical. and then after meeting several residents groups, he said he did not think he would be able to do anything that would satisfy us because of the terms of reference which supposedly had not been agreed
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yet. and there has been a statement from ten downing st in the last few minutes saying the primus will respond tojeremy corbyn's left in due course. he is calling for an interim report by september. theresa may has been clear that survivors and victims families action be consulted on the terms of reference and will have their voices heard. you are laughing at that one?” and will have their voices heard. you are laughing at that one? i am laughing because the letter we issued to theresa may, she did not even bother to reply before sir martin was appointed. her reply was given by the daily telegraph and was then distributed that way. she did not even have the grace to reply to our letter directly. she can talk but frankly, nothing she says at the moment, carries any weight or respect with any residents in the area. we have been told that it was area. we have been told that it was a couple of hundred thousand pounds that was shaved off the bill at that time. theresa may seems quite willing to pay 1.5 billion to stay
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in her home in downing street. perhaps if we move the estate in northern ireland, we would get the attention that is deserved. this is the money that has been promised to northern ireland as a result of the agreement she has come to with the dup? yes. what should be added to the terms of reference, at the moment it is how the fire started, white spread so quickly and why it should not happen again. free stick to those terms it willjust become a debate about cladding. whilst the 100% failure rate of every block which has been tested, is extremely horrifying and concerning, particularly for the residents who live in those blocks, there are wider issues of concern here. people in the local area, the grenfell action group that i was involved with, and other residents in the area, with, and other residents in the area , were with, and other residents in the area, were complaining about the proposed regeneration and rebuilding in ourarea since proposed regeneration and rebuilding in our area since 2011, 2012. it
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seems any council which issues the consultation will issue what they believe should happen. then they open it to the public, supposedly for our input. then at the end of it, the conclusions they reach are affecting what they proposed in the first place. i think that sort of thing needs to change. and that needs to be part of an enquiry? yes, it does. it absolutely does. it is about resident engagement. we warned that this would happen and we were accused of scaremongering. we did not want cladding on the tower block. none of the residents wanted cladding and yet the main concerns seem cladding and yet the main concerns seem to be to beautify the building, rather than make any substantial changes to its structure. in terms of the enquiry then, some of what the residents appear to want sir martin to cover, would surely be covered by a criminal investigation and necessarily to insure that is of
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prejudice the enquiry needs to keep away from that? we had an enquiry into the london riots at the same time that people were rounded up and locked up for rioting. there have been lots of enquiries which have run parallel to criminal investigations in the past, and as long as it is appropriate handle and there is the political will to assure it is appropriate lee handles, they seem to run quite competently. i don't see what the difference is here. you would not be worried about potential criminal action being prejudiced? the hillsborough enquiries lead to criminal charges being brought against various people. the police investigations did not lead anywhere. frankly, iwould rather there be as much process and attention on this matter as possible and then we could work out the details afterwards. i do not see why
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one should prejudice the other. joe delaney from the residents action group, thank you. ireland could face direct rule from westminster. the democratic unionist party said sinn fein was —— sinn fein said it was operating on a 95% budget. we are operating a 95% budget. we are operating a 95% budget which is essentially a 5% cut across all departments in northern ireland, far greater austerity then was either imposed on the public. whilst we understand that the irish language is hugely important sinn fein, health, education, infrastructure, environment, agriculture, all of these issues are incredibly important to us. sinn
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fein have accused dup representatives of having their head cut in the stand. if the dup are genuinely concerned about the operation of this institution, about the budgets and services available to health and education and the other range of services, they need to take their head out of the sand, recognise the deal in these issues which caused a collapse. these issues could be resolved today if there is a political will for the dup to accept that reality, and get back to us and with the other partners hopefully in the executive, to looking after the interests of the other people we represent. conor murphy of sinn fein. nurseries in england say local councils are failing to provide enough money to fund the additional free childcare for 3 and 4—year—olds promised by the government. from september, children will be eligible for 30 hours of free nursery education if both parents are in work. but the national day nurseries association say most nurseries can't afford to provide the extra hours.
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0ur education correspondent, gillian hargreaves, reports. you know the routine, dropping the kids off before you go to work. the co nsta nt kids off before you go to work. the constantjuggling for parents. which is why the government's offer of 30 hours of free childcare for three and four—year—olds in england looked so and four—year—olds in england looked so good. but this nursery says it can't afford to provide more free hours, because the money they get from the government won't cover their bills. every nursery is totally different, so the shortfall is huge. the government says it is spending £1 billion on this. that is enough money to make it work. the government say it's free childcare, it's only free if we are prepared to foot the bill and pay for it. unfortunately, that would mean lowering standards which are not prepared to do. when the national day nurseries
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association asked 128 local authorities in england how much they will pay nurseries for subsidised from september, they found there would be an increase of just 40p. they found there would be an increase ofjust 40p. seven councils are offering less. just over two months to go before free childcare is extended in england, it now looks like the government is in direct conflict with day nurseries. there's a risk that parents might find they've been promised something that they won't be able to take advantage of. people come to this nursery because they want to come to this nursery. if they can't get the funding through the nursery, it's going to be very frustrating. my concern is that fabulous nurseries like this may struggle. it's a shame the government are not able to support those nurseries that need the extra money.
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the government has invested extra cash and says there's plenty to go around but nurseries say the investment is less than the price of a second class stamp. if neither backs down, it's mums and dads who will be caught in the stand—off. thousands of british students are heading to eastern europe to train to be doctors and dentists after failing to get places in british universities. research done by bbc news suggests there's been an increase in the numbers of students going to places like bulgaria and romania. that's partly because of the limited places at medical schools here. there are 8,200 places available each year in the uk to study medicine, but there are about 20,000 applicants. and this at a time when we're facing a shortage of doctors. our health editor, hugh pym, reports from varna in bulgaria. they're so keen to study medicine, they've come a long way from home to do it.
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these british students are at the university of varna in bulgaria, because it was difficult getting places in the uk. cavity, not the chest wound. one of them is zara, a mature student who is a mother of four. she's frustrated she was turned down by a british medical school despite having the right grades. they were thinking it's going to be like, i'm going to leave in the middle or something like that. so actually i was very disappointed. and very upset. so i thought, like, there's no need to waste my time here in the uk, and try to convince them or impress them with my grades or with my qualification. it's better to look outside. they do need to learn bulgarian to talk to patients. but the course is taught in english. what do you think is this... this man from west london explains that competition for places at british medical schools is intense. there are limited places.
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so to pursue his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon, he had to go elsewhere. we have ph.d students and master's students who are applying for the same places as you are applying to. and it's very competitive. and we have a lot of people get rejected, a lot of good candidates get rejected. there are 250 british medical and dental students in varna, a fast increasing number. it's a resort town on the black sea. living costs are cheaper, and tuition fees lower than in england. but i asked the university vice—rector how she could be sure british students were up to doing medicine if they haven't got the grades to study at home. those who are brought to the university are highly motivated young british people who are very much willing to study medicine. and we pass them through our system for medicine. they need to sit for entry exams in biology and chemistry. there's nothing new about british students wanting
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to study around europe. what we've discovered is that there has been a noticeable increase in the numbers going to medical schools in romania, poland, hungary, the czech republic and croatia, as well as here in bulgaria. they're being promoted around the uk at events like this. an agent charging a fee helps with the application process, and says those without a grades at a—level can still get in. some universities might be actually a bit more, a little flexible, and might go for something lower like a c or something like that. but, these people they need to go through some exams. but you could get a place, could you, with bs and cs? you could, yes, that's true. doctors qualifying at an eu medical school are automatically eligible to work in the uk. but the regulator the general medical council says things might change after brexit, with extra tests imposed. at a time when doctors are badly needed, these students say they'll do whatever it takes to work in the nhs.
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hugh pym, bbc news, varna, bulgaria. live cricket is returning to bbc television for the first time in 21 years. from 2020, the new four—year deal includes men's and women's international and domestic t20 matches. well, we can speak to ebony rainford—brent, who was the first black woman to play for the england's women's team and is now a summariser on bbc test match special. she joins us from st neot‘s in cambridgeshire. ebony, for me growing up, richie benaud and other players where the sound of summer in our house, what we re sound of summer in our house, what were your memories of terrestrial tv and cricket coverage? in the early days there was a bit of a void where no one was into cricket and i fell in love with it when i was 16 and i saw some cricket on tv. i think
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without that, because i did not have that here support of people being into the game, growing up in a very inner city area which did not really appreciate cricket, being able to see and related to what i was playing at school and in some other environments, i think that is what helped me fall in love. this is like a game changer for our sport. helped me fall in love. this is like a game changerfor our sport. we need this. cricket has been dying so i think it will be massive to be able to excite and inspire young people growing up now. it is available on tv if you are prepared to pay for it, so how important is the terrestrial element of it? to pay for it, so how important is the terrestrial element of mm to pay for it, so how important is the terrestrial element of it? it is massive. not just the the terrestrial element of it? it is massive. notjust the terrestrial but digital clips. with the world changing and people watching on their phone, you need the access. not everyone can pay will stop stop it is important and i think the digital as well willjust bring more
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young people, the next generation excited and in touch with the game. and not just the excited and in touch with the game. and notjust the men's game, the winning's game is getting a look in. how good is it? at the moment we are in the middle of a winning's world cup and it is getting exposure. young girls are realising the excitement. i have just young girls are realising the excitement. i havejust been involved with a game. parents are able to offer their daughter role models. the way the game has grown, it is becoming much more accessible, much wider and i think this is the key step that needs to happen. 20 yea rs has key step that needs to happen. 20 years has been too long for me. the purists will say it has to be test matches, this is t20, a very different kind of the sport?|j matches, this is t20, a very different kind of the sport? i can understand what the purist are saying and test matches is still the pinnacle, it is for me. but i do think you will engage people with the long format. tests are great but
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they take a long time. to have five days worth of tv coverage, in this days worth of tv coverage, in this day era when people have also got busy lives is a challenge. the t20 format is crash bang wallop, lots of entertainment and stories to tell. i think of it goes well on the first day then the test cricket is a conversation for the next broadcast rights deal. and it might be you involved as a commentator?” rights deal. and it might be you involved as a commentator? i hope so! i have loved being involved over the last five years or so. i never thought after i finished playing, i never thought i would be able to share the message of the sport i have loved and given so much to me. ifiam have loved and given so much to me. if i am involved, anyone who is listening, make sure my name is on the sheet, i would love to be involved. i'm sure they will be in touch, you're in his ears and is palpable. ebony, thank you. ebony rainford—brent, thank you for joining us.
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fewer people are taking their own life on the railways — and that's thought to be because of a ground—breaking partnership between the charity samaritans, and network rail. one in six railway staff and transport police have now been trained on what to do if they see someone who looks vulnerable. 0ur transport correspondent, richard westcott, reports. every year, more than 200 people take their own life on the railways. people of all ages, from all backgrounds. the initial shock after 0scar died... you're just numb and then in the weeks and months after you get hit with a tsunami of grief. carmel‘s son 0scar was just 16 when he took his life in 2015. he was smart, fun, popular at school. there was no clue as to how he was really feeling. you feel like your heart has been turned into glass, shattered. you're so vulnerable yourself and at that point you could take your own life.
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carmel‘s now starting a charity in 0scar‘s name, going into schools, encouraging children to speak out about their feelings. what we do know is that many people who are suicidal, one of the things they are feeling... you can learn how to help prevent suicide. in recent years, nearly 15,000 rail staff and transport police have been on this ground—breaking samaritans course, showing them what to do if someone looks vulnerable. andy admits he was cynical before the lesson, but he soon relied on it to help a man in real trouble. so i sat down, i spoke to him, asked him if i could help, asked him if he wanted to talk. he said to me he was a coward and that he wanted to die. so i asked him if he would come and sit in the van and let me talk to him. at the time it was the only safe place i could think to get him. he says one thing in particular came back to him.
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i can remember the instructor actually saying, don't say, "i know how you feel". that's always stuck in my mind because it's the type of thing i probably would have said, so that's in your mind, not to say it. rail staff stepped in to talk to a vulnerable person an average of four times a day last year and the number of rail suicides is now going down. if it was you that was stood there, in that vulnerable position, how would you feel if someone didn't come up and talk to you and you were allowed to go and take your own life? you know, it's horrific, isn't it? you would want someone... you would want to be able to thank someone one day. richard westcott reporting. time for a look at the weather. hello there. july isjust
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hello there. july is just around the corner but this was the last day of june. a cloudy day for many of us. not as much rain around today. there will be some patchy rain and drizzle overnight push on its way southwards overnight push on its way southwards over england and wales. most of it arriving in eastern england. cloud breaking in scotland and northern ireland. the cloud should tend to break up, any early rain still clears the south—east. sunny spells developing in many parts of the country. in western scotland and northern ireland, it is tending to cloud over. we should see some rain and drizzle from time to time. 20 degrees in eastern scotland. as high as 2a or 25 in the south of england. some rain to come overnight. it will dawdle for a while in east anglia and the south—east. some showery bursts of rain in the north—west and some sunshine. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall.
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the headlines at 8pm — after weeks of criticism and a stormy council meeting last night the leader of kensington and chelsea council finally steps down. as council leader, i have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings. residents celebrated his resignation, describing it as a step in the right direction. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, calls on theresa may to broaden the scope of the inquiry into the disaster, in which at least 80 people died. the families of the young men who drowned off camber sands last summer express their anger about safety on the beach. even back home there's lifeguards everywhere. there was no warning, there's no signs. i cannot believe this is happening in the uk. nurseries in england say councils are failing to provide enough money
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