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this is bbc news — the headlines at four. theresa may says she's "resilient" and won't hide from a challenge, amid tory infighting — the former deputy prime minister lord heseltine says there's growing pressure on her leadership. what does theresa may do by taking control of it herself? the split won't go away, the party won't unite, it simply puts her further into difficulties. as the snp's annual conference gets underway in glasgow, nicola sturgeon says she will commit to exploring all options to secure eu citizens‘ status in scotland. tens of thousands of people show their support for the spanish government, with demonstrations against independence for catalonia. after leaving a trail of devastation across central america, hurricane nate moves inland in the south east of the united states. also in the next hour — the royal foundation announces
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a £2 million grant to help find digital solutions to to mental health problems. it's the largest investment ever made by the charitable trust of the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry. and we are in cannes the interview shimmins star chefs and we are in cannes the interview shimmins starchefs —— and we are in cannes the interview shimmins star chefs —— michelin star chef angela hartnett. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the former prime minister sir john major has weighed into the debate over theresa may's future calling those conservatives who're seeking to undermine the prime minister "self—absorbed and disloyal".
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mrs may has admitted her difficult speech at the party conference last week had been "uncomfortable" for her but says she's "resilient" and determined to carry on in thejob. here's our political correspondent susana mendonca. and there is some flash photography in her report. if i win, i shall continue as prime minister... fending off the plotters was a full—time job for sirjohn major. when he was prime minister, he faced a leadership election and won. more than two decades on, he's now coming to the defence of theresa may against those plotting to take her down. writing in a sunday newspaper, sirjohn said, "the country has had enough of these self absorbed and frankly disloyal behaviour seen among some in the conservative party", and he urged party members involved to "focus their minds instead on the needs of the british people, rather than on their own personal ambition". the deficit is back to precrisis levels. theresa may's speech to her party conference was beset with problems. it sounds as if my voice isn't on track.
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now the prime minister has admitted that that speech was uncomfortable, but insisted she was resilient and determined to keep going, and senior colleagues have joined calls for the plotters who want her out to pipe down. it's all about delivering for the country. it's not and should never be about private ambition. are you fully behind the prime minister? long viewed as being in the running as a potential successor, the foreign secretary borisjohnson has joined the chorus of cheerleaders for the prime minister, after weeks of accusations that he was attempting to undermine her. he's come out this week to say that he's fully behind every dot, comma and t and words of the florence speech. do you believe him? well, i want to see the prime minister hold him to that. the steam appears to have gone out of a plot by former party chairman grant shapps to unseat theresa may, but now some are calling for a reshuffle. she needs to stamp her foot down. that's a reshuffle, is it? i think one of the ways to do that is to have a reshuffle, also to bring in some of the brilliant talent, as well, that we had post—2010.
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downing street says talk of a reshuffle is just speculation, but after what's been a gruelling week, the prime minister may be hoping for some time for quiet contemplation over what to do next. susana mendonca, bbc news. the former conservative deputy prime minister lord heseltine has told us the current situation for the prime minister is unsustainable — and that we could see a general election much sooner than anticipated. i think there is a deep division in the conservative party that has been there for some time, but it has now erupted in public gaze and the brexit agenda is going to dominate the next couple of years, with all, in my view, the deteriorating news that it will produce. what does the prime minister do? you have only got to read today's newspapers or yesterday's to realise the present situation is unsustainable. she can either, so to speak, retract and abandon brexit,
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but the party will not let her do that, so there is only one alternative, to go forward and attack. that seems to me inevitable. it would mean a reshuffle. high—profile, very dangerous, because you create more enemies by a reshuffle. she will find it extremely difficult to divert the media and the gossip away from brexit. but there are things that she could do. and the housing agenda is one. our failing schools is another. she should get on with the devolution agenda to embrace the enthusiasm of the whole country and notjust parts of it. she should address the skills shortages. but they have to be done with determination and with a leadership which is very difficult at the moment for her to produce. she clearly wants... it is the most unenviable position.
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she clearly wants to get the policy issues front and centre again, rather than the discussion of her leadership. but as you say, the media is reporting it because that is coming from within the conservative party. do you agree with sirjohn major who said today that those seeking to question theresa may's leadership are disloyal and self absorbed? well, i served asjohn‘s deputy for some years. they were there then and it was exactly the same. one has to face up to this, that in democracies, there are people with strong views and there is a certain integrity in pursuing those views. there are great historic examples of people who have fought the conventional wisdom. but they are there. i do not know any way in which they can be silenced. and i do not know...
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is she the right person to lead the party at the moment, in your opinion? she is not going to lead the party into the next election and i believe it is much sooner than people are anticipating, i think. two years is about the timescale. but what she could do is to open up the debate about who the leadership should pass to and of course, as i say, that is a reshuffle and it is a very dangerous policy, but i do not know what choice she has got. there does need to be a focus on the younger generation, the great gap in the tories in the younger voters, it is very serious. i think there is a certain boredom about the rather stereotyped arguments over brexit that are continuing. but let us not escape the simple fact, brexit is the overarching issue of our time and it is hugely damaging to the unity of the conservative party. let us explore the point
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you were making about a reshuffle. you say it brings with it its own dangers. but would that be an opportunity for theresa may to sack borisjohnson? do you think that is what she should do, despite his call yesterday for mps to circle the wagons around her? boris is very flexible in his approaches to these matters. the serious thing is that quite rightly, in my view, theresa may put three brexiteers in charge of the negotiations. they would never have forgiven her if she had done anything else. all of the gossip is quite clear, she wants to move boris who has had very unfortunate effects as a foreign secretary overseas, she has taken away david davis' principal civil servant to put him in number 10 because she wants to do it herself, and liam fox, frankly, is obscure. it has been a disaster, putting the brexiteers in charge. but the fact of the matter is,
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the insecurity the europeans now see in the domestic situation here makes it hardly worth their time to take the negotiations seriously. so what does theresa may do by taking control of it herself? the split will not go away, the party will not unite, the country won't unite. it simply puts her further and deeper into the difficulties. and hashish and a——do a —— do you think she should sack borisjohnson? a —— do you think she should sack boris johnson? i think she should have a reshuffle. and it often creates more enemies than friends. those promoted are pleased. those sacked are very displeased. and a significant number of people who think they should be promoted and we re think they should be promoted and were not, they also displeased. reshuffles a re
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were not, they also displeased. reshuffles are not the panacea which it is easily thought they would be. so, keep him close, but don't keep him in his current position, if and to interpret you correctly? look, if you put borisjohnson on the backbenches he will take to the hustings. he will be all over the country and all over the media. he will put over his brexit view of policy, which would be extremely divisive. he is now arguing for a heart brexit. the only way that you can avoid leaving him as foreign secretary with all of the difficulties that is created is to give him ajob difficulties that is created is to give him a job which is essentially domestic. you give anyjob to boris and he will still be boris. finally and he will still be boris. finally and briefly, those backing theresa may at the moment, do you think that is in some part born out of pragmatism, realising that the difficulties and distractions of a
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leadership contest at this time would be detrimental to brexit negotiations? i think there is an element of personal sympathy for the personal tragedy of the party conference. we all agonised. i think amber rudd was remarkable in the speed with which she spotted what needed to be done to help the prime minister. but i think the fundamental reason why there is support for the prime minister is they can't make up their minds. either about the issues or the personality they would like to put in her place. that's the argument for the reshuffle. it could broaden the choice. the deputy first minister of scotland, john swinney has opened the snp conference in glasgow saying his party is the only progressive political option for scottish voters. brexit and the rights of eu citizens living and working in scotland is expected to loom large on the agenda throughout the three day event in glasgow. speaking earlier, mr swinney outlined his party's achievements. a conference always brings scrutiny.
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this one is no different. back in 2008 we were polling about 38%. not bad. at this point in our second government we had hit a0%. getting better. but now, ten years into government, what is our most recent poll number? it is 42%. applause in fact, our leader over our nearest rival is a stonking i7%. five times what it was in 2008 and double what
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it was in 2012. —— our lead over our nearest rival. we stay close to the people. we listen to them. and we act in the national interest of scotland. applause in amongst all of this polling scottish labour has descended into infantile name—calling and the tories have fluttered with a public coup against theresa may. labour and tory are not so much locked in a battle for the future of this nature but a battle for who can break twitter first. laughter the antics of borisjohnson, theresa may's p a5, the antics of borisjohnson, theresa may's p as, the leadership contest of the conservatives, things have gone from the ridiculous to the bizarre. there is chaos on the left and right. through all the snp
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government stands firm, a beacon of progressive, effective government delivering for all of the people of scotland. well the scottish first minister and leader of the snp, nicola sturgeon was on the andrew marr programme this morning. she said that independence is still a target, especially in light of brexit. many people in scotland desperately want to see scotland become independent and others will never be convinced and some think dust must settle on brexit. people are a little bit scunnered by big decisions. we had two general elections and the referendum. brexit is likely to be monumental over the whole of the uk. i have a mandate to give people in scotland a choice on the issue. i listen to what people say in terms of the timing of that but let me stress that desire for decisions that shape our future being in our own hands, not the dysfunctional government in westminster, is stronger than ever. joining me now from glasgow is our
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scotland correspondent, james shaw. do you think it's more important looking at what nicola sturgeon and john swinney have been saying, for the snp to try to position itself right now as this progressive party? cutting through, as john right now as this progressive party? cutting through, asjohn swinney would have it, the chaos to the left and the rights, rather than being the party that is trying to forge through to bring independence to scotland. that's a point which is well made. it looks as though a second independence referendum could bea second independence referendum could be a long way away. even, according to people in the snp. nicola sturgeon said she would think about
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it again next year but some leading figures in the party say it shouldn't be considered until after the next elections in 2021. —— even according to people in the snp. but how does the snp reenergise its members? well, it talks about domestic policies. it compares itself to the other parties. for the last ten years in looks at its record in scotland which may be patchy, possible to attack it, education has been a question where the snp have come underfire. but they focus on domestic issues. they will talk about providing bursaries for teachers to enable them to change mid—career into what they call stem subjects, engineering, that sort of thing. and they also talk about increasing tax to provide more funding for public services. thanks very much. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may insists she is
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determined to continue as prime minister despite moves by conservative rebels to force her to resign. scotland's deputy first minister john swinney has opened the snp conference, saying the party will build on its policies for scotland including houses and public services. tens of thousands of people show their support for the spanish government with demonstrations against independents for catalonia. —— independence. sport now — and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. a busy afternoon? yes, we will start with events from earlier. lewis hamilton opened up a potential championship leading race. he started from pole position. he leads the championship by 59 points with just four races to go.
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sebastian vettel‘s ferrari broke down and he had to retire on the fifth lap. scotla nd fifth lap. scotland manager gordon strachan has told his players to embrace the excitement of the nation ahead of their crucial world cup qualifier against slovenia which kicks off during the hour. positive's defeat yesterday means scotland will secure a play—off spot as one of the eight best runners—up if they can win. the victory over slovakia was their said ina row victory over slovakia was their said in a row and their third consecutive clea n in a row and their third consecutive clean sheet. much of that has been down to craig gordon who says missing out on euro 2008. him on later. —— was their third in a row and their third consecutive clean sheets. i thought there might be many more opportunities to come at that stage, but there hasn't been. —— missing out on euro 2008 will spur him on. it is something which
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might not come again. for me personally it is a big moment to try and grasp. hopefully we can all play as if it is our last opportunity, go out there and try and grab it. a big moment. no pressure on england, they secured their place in russia on thursday. gareth southgate will take the opportunity to put in fringe players. tono's harry winks makes his debut, so does harry maguire of leicester city. it is a total of seven changes to the side that beat slovenia. jack butland replaces joe hart in that beat slovenia. jack butland replacesjoe hart in goal, as well. we are after the same shirt, but we wa nt to we are after the same shirt, but we want to push each other and make sure our want to push each other and make sure oui’ performance want to push each other and make sure our performance is high. because that means success for us as a nation. there is great rivalry but also great friendship. we supported joe hart excellently the other night. he went on to make some great saves and put in a good performance for us, which is what we want. i'm sure it would have gone the opposite
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way had somebody else been in the goal. northern ireland are expecting to field their best side tonight, despite six players being one booking away from suspension. jonny eva ns, booking away from suspension. jonny evans, cory evans, 0liver norwood, and josh magennis are all on one caution going into the final group c match in oslo. northern ireland could be assured of a play—off place before the game gets under way if other results go their way. we've been good in the double to date. we have come into this game knowing there is a huge amount at sta ke. knowing there is a huge amount at stake. we've never thought anything other than that. you can tell the players are looking forward to the game. but they have to make sure they try and win the game, as well. caroline garcia has overtakenjana konta in the race for the last place in the end of season wta finals. garcia beat halep to win the china open. it is her second title in tee
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weeks. joanna konta is taking some time off with an injury. she will wa nt to time off with an injury. she will want to claim back her place in the file gnarly —— in the finale in singapore. the dow thrashed kyrgios. he won nine games in a row. —— rafael nadal thrashed kyrgios. he lost won this title back in 2005. i will keep you up—to—date with all of those matches, those big world cup qualifiers to come, later. thank you very much. tens of thousands of people are showing their support for the spanish government with demonstrations against independence for catalonia. the pro—unity rally is taking place on the streets of barcelona — the heart of the independence movement. the spanish prime minister has said he will not allow the region to declare independence under any circumstances. gavin lee has sent this report from barcelona. these are the so—called silent
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majority, now in full voice, taking to the streets of barcelona, uniting under the spanish flag. many here refused to vote in catalonia's band independence referendum. the result was 90% in favour of independence but more than half of the voting population stayed away from the polling stations. they are here calling for unity. the people who are here are saying once and forever we wa nt are here are saying once and forever we want to be free to speak. we want to be here to say catalonia is spain. we want to show people that not everyone in catalonia wants independence. as you can see, there are a lot of people that want spain and catalonia to be together.m are a lot of people that want spain and catalonia to be together. it has been a week of demonstrations of
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pro—independence, those calling for dialogue, but the spanish government is claiming this is the biggest by far. it's a huge. the streets have been blocked. coaches coming from other parts of spain cannot get here. but those supporting independents have said please stay indoors, do not add to these numbers, then we will see the real support on both sides. the spanish prime minister spoke. translation: i have the absolute -- have all of my reassurance that this will turn into something. spain will continue to be spain. it will continue to be spain. it will continue being spain for a very long time. —— have all of my reassurance that this will not turn into something. hundreds of police officers have been drafted to the region. but they've all been forced to leave catalan hotels, staying in military bases instead. as well as the divide the streets there are the cata la n
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the divide the streets there are the catalan government is also divided on its next steps. according to a government source, if there are no negotiations by tuesday when the cata la n negotiations by tuesday when the catalan president addresses parliament, unilateral independence may be declared two days after that. gavin lee, bbc news, barcelona. hurricane nate has hit the united states, bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to communities along the southern coast. since making landfall, it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. but weather officials warn the threat of dangerous storm surges remain. after claiming at least thirty lives in central america, it became the fourth major storm to make landfall in the us this year. anisa kadri reports. as it approached, hurricane nate promised strong winds and torrential rain. it hit the gulf coast of the united states, causing flooding in parts of mississippi, alabama, florida and louisiana, where people have been ordered to evacuate. although it is weakening, the impact is still being felt.
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we are still seen wind gusts between 70 and 80 mph. we have water coming up on most of our roadways. about two miles inland. so we've got about seven to ten feet of storm surge. so our first responders are kind of overwhelmed right now. the force of nature has already devastated central america, killing at least 25 people. in nicaragua, honduras and costa rica, where hundreds of thousands of people are reported to be without running water. and scenes like these have become all too familiar in the past few months. after back—to—back hurricanes irma and maria, people in the caribbean have been left without homes, power or clean water. visiting the islands to see the damage, the united nations secretary—general had a stark message. it is clear, warmer climate means more hurricane and more devastating hurricanes and we need to do everything to stop this. we need to make sure that the paris agreement on climate
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change is implemented, and more, as the paris is not enough, thate nhanced commitments are made by all countries around the world, in order to make sure that we are able to dominate this very dramatic evolution. people in new orleans, who remember the devastation of hurricane katrina 12 years ago, did what they could to prepare themselves for the impact of nate. but early indications are that they have been spared the worst. some americans are seeing nate as a near miss, as it is been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but there are still warnings of life—threatening storm surge flooding. the duke of cambridge and prince harry have been very open about their own experiences with mental health, and set up their charity heads together to encourage people to speak out. now they've announced the next phase of their mission — a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation's mental health through technology.
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our royal correspondent sarah campbell has finding out more. weight in the run—up to the london marathon, the younger royals' focus was almost exclusively centred on heads together — the campaign they founded, and which aims to improve the nation's mental health. in april, thousands took up the challenge to run the 26 miles and, in doing so, help to raise awareness of an issue that affects millions of people. this has been an unapologetically personal mission, with the princes opening up in a way they hadn't previously. do you think we've made enough of an impact, or a stepping stone into the schools area at a younger age? i think we are making good progress. so, has it worked? in a high—tech suite in imperial college london, prince william was shown survey data which indicates their campaign has encouraged more people, and particularly men,
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to talk about mental health issues. and evidence from the partner charities which make up heads together suggests a significant impact. the mental health charity, mind, had its busiest ever day with 58% more calls the day after the marathon. place2be, which focusses on childrens' mental health, has seen a 148% increase in their downloads to schools. and young minds saw a 15% increase in calls to their parents helpline around the time of the marathon. phase one of the heads together campaign was about starting the conversation on mental health. now it is moving on to phase two, which is about practical solutions to keep the conversation going. starting with a £2 million grant from the royal foundation to fund digital ways to help people cope with mental health issues. digital allows us to open up the timescale that people can access stuff, so a lot of people struggle late at night with their mental health, and it's very difficult for traditional services to stay open.
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could a digital intervention start working in that space, so there's always someone you can talk to? as well as digital projects, heads together will focus on mental health in schools, workplaces, and the military, with this issue remaining at the very top of the agenda of the royals. thank you all very much. pleasure. sarah campbell, bbc news. the number of women having surgery to prevent breast cancer could be reduced by a third — according to the scientists behind a new gene test being developed in manchester. the scientists hope that, if proved successful it could be rolled out across the nhs. our health correspondent jenny walrond reports. it's sometimes known as the angelina jolie gene. the actress had surgery to remove her breast tissue and ovaries after learning she had a brca gene mutation. one in 400 of us have it. women who test positive for the brca mutations are told their risk of breast cancer is up to 87%,
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but the risk could, in reality, be much lower. scientists have developed a test that looks at 18 genetic variants that can affect the likelihood of having breast cancer. using these common variant tests and putting them all together in a package means that we can get far better, far more accurate ideas about the risks women are likely to have in their lifetime. this research could make a huge difference to the choices made by women with a family history of breast cancer. scientists here believe it could cut the number of patients having risk—reducing surgery by a third. the more that we learn about the genetic components behind these increased risks of developing breast cancer in women who have got a family history of the disease, the better they can make choices

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