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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11pm: penny mordaunt becomes the new secretary for international development, replacing priti patel, who resigned yesterday over undeclared meetings with israeli officials. the appointment is the second cabinet reshuffle in a week. it comes as the government prepares for the next round of brexit talks in brussels. the first minister of wales, carwynjones, defends his handling of misconduct allegations against carl sargeant, who is thought to have taken his own life. and coming up on newsnight: the former prime minister gordon brown tells us he thinks britain may face a crisis point next summer as the uk edges closer to brexit. scotla nd the uk edges closer to brexit. scotland is unstable and he says all of the rows with tony blair were about policy and not ambition. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. for the second time in a week, theresa may has been forced into a mini—reshuffle of her cabinet. penny mourdaunt has been appointed as the new international development secretary replacing priti patel. she resigned last night, admitting she had not been transparent enough about high level meetings with israeli politicians while on holiday. like her predecessor, penny mourdaunt backed the leave campaign in the eu referendum. it's my first day here and i'm
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delighted to be here. i've already met some of the staff and they're doing a terrificjob building a more safe, more secure and more prosperous world for us all, and i want to continue doing that, but also to give the british public confidence and pride in what we're doing. you might recognise her from a rather unlikely she raniolparliamenl
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25+ sag-ad!” segnsixzzrl 57... le“... the woman she replaced. in terms of brexit, whilst i hope everyone is united behind the prime minister's approach, nevertheless it's also helpful to have another person who was an enthusiastic campaigner for brexit during the referendum. whitehall, a move that theresa may hopes will keep the political peace,
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at least for now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. as you heard all of this comes as the latest stage of the brexit negotiations are about to get under way. our europe editor katya adler has more from brussels. here in brussels all of those events unfolding at westminster are being watched with incredulity. every twist and turn considered relevant to brexit. the big eu worry is that a weak government can't make it and bold moves at the moment david davis walks into these doors, here at the european commission tomorrow for the sixth round of negotiations, he will be told in no uncertain terms that he needs to make a big, old and quick move on money. of course there are other divorce issues that still need to be ironed out, not least the irish border, at at the moment it is
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money that is the big brexit stumbling block. theresa may has had to be eu that the eu will on a financial commitments made while an eu member, but that's not enough for the eu right now. they want written promises. they want specific promises. they want specific promises. and they've told me they wa nted promises. and they've told me they wanted within the next two weeks or they are threatening to hold back on they are threatening to hold back on the talks the uk wants and that's about a future trade deal and a transition deal. of course the government is not going to want to be seen to give into eu bullying, what we are hearing rumours denied that it made the preparing a concession on the money issue and the logic there would be that in the end of future trade deal with the eu and a smoother transition deal would be worth a lot more than a so—called exit ill. —— bill. the first minister of wales, carwynjones, has defended his handling of allegations made against a colleague who's believed to have taken his own life earlier this week. carl sargeant was removed from his welsh cabinetjob and suspended by the labour party but his family say he was never
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given details of the allegations against him and was unable to defend himself. mrjones said he had acted correctly and by the book, as our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. carl sargeant, a former welsh government minister, who was sacked from his job and suspended from the labour party on friday, amid harassment claims. anything to say about carl sargeant, first minister? carwynjones, the man who took that decision, left his home this morning not giving anything away. en route to the senedd to face fellow labour assembly members for the first time since the death of their colleague. facing criticism about how he handled the investigation from mr sergeant‘s family and from within his own party, there were questions over carwyn jones‘ position. he'd promised a statement, but this wasn't a time for him to resign. we were all very shocked by what happened last week. there is great hurt, anger and bewilderment.
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carl was my friend. in all the years that i knew him i never had a cross word with him. but he defended his conduct in the way he responded to the allegations against carl sargeant. there is a legal process to go through. i'm obviously acting within that, but i welcome the scrutiny of my actions in the future, and it's appropriate for that to be done independently. carl sargeant‘s body was found at his home on deeside on tuesday. today, a family friend gave an insight into what mr sergeant and his family had been going through. messages were put out to the media and interviews were given where he didn't know they were about to happen. or the additional details would be placed into the public domain. it broke him. during that press conference held
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here, carwynjones made it clear that he is staying on. but questions remain tonight from those who are shaken to the core by these tragic circumstances. it's not clear yet when they may be answered. sian lloyd, bbc news, cardiff. the mp charlie elphicke, who was suspended from the parliamentary conservative party last week following allegations of improper conduct, has said the process being followed by the party is fundamentally wrong. mr elphicke, who's denied any wrongdoing, said he had not been told about the allegations in detail and said he first heard the news from the media. the conservative party said the case had been referred to the police. thousands of children and teenagers have been flagged up to the government's anti—terror programme in the past year according to the first official figures. the prevent programme aims to reduce
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the threat to the uk by stopping people being drawn into terrorism. in total, more than 7,000 were referred and a quarter of them were under the age of 15. sima kotecha reports. five terror attacks in britain just this year alone, preventing any further attacks is a top priority for the government. that's why it has something called channel, a programme designed to stop people from being drawn into violent or extremist behaviour. salman, not his real name, was radicalised in prison. by the time he was released, just months ago, he was ready to go to syria to become a suicide bomber. his words have been voiced by an actor to protect his identity. i was told that i would get all my sins washed away. the only way to do it is to become a martyr and everything will be forgiven. and you will go to heaven. to me, it was the easy way out. just to kill myself and blow somebody up. if you believe in something,
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you will do anything. he's now changed his views, but he's the kind of person the government wants to help. today's figures show that over the last year, out of the nearly 8,000 people referred to the government's counterterrorism strategy, more than 300 went on to receive specialist support, including therapy and mentoring. four out of five were judged to have had their vulnerability to terrorism reduced, but one in six withdrew from the voluntary process, despite concerns about their ideology. a lot of youngsters are being radicalised as well. due to their vulnerability to drugs. thousands of children have been referred to the programme, and that's likely to be down to more pressure on teachers and doctors to identify vulnerable individuals. a charity partly funded by the home office reaches out to men outside mosques. we're hoping to attract people to come here and talk to us about vulnerabilities they might have. and that might be radicalisation, it might be homelessness, it might be in terms of drug dependency. and that's something that we're trying to reach out to them, so they can get help.
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channel hasn't been without its critics. there are some who argue that it targets particular communities and creates suspicion around them. there are also questions about how effective it really is, and how those who are put through the programme are later monitored. participation‘s also voluntary, raising serious concerns about what happens to those who refuse help. one of the big challenges is for people who already have really violent extreme views, but who might not be committing crime, how do we engage them? it's highly unlikely that someone in that state of mind is going to willingly engage with government programmes, it is stopping hundreds of people from actually resorting to violence, and has diverted them away, and it is showing that the wider community, teachers and professionals, are engaging in the policy and we are managing to help keep the country safe. the uk's threat level remains severe, which means
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the effectiveness of the government's strategy is crucial. sima kotecha, bbc news. sussex police, who are investigating the deaths of 12 residents of a private care home, have arrested a woman on suspicion of neglect and fraud. officers are looking into the treatment of dozens of residents at homes run by sussex health care. our social affairs correspondent alison holt gave us the background to this story. this is part of an ongoing investigation, which the police first got involved in back in may. it is into denying care homes run by sussex healthcare. this company provides support for older people, some with dementia, and also for young adults with severe physical and learning disabilities. at homes may be —— men in the halsham area of west sussex. the investigation is focusing on allegations of lack of ca re focusing on allegations of lack of care and safeguarding of 43
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residents, since april, 2015. i2 care and safeguarding of 43 residents, since april, 2015. 12 of those residents have since died. sussex healthcare have said today that they continue to co—operate fully with the police and the county council to support this ongoing investigation. the father of a man who died after his ex girlfriend allegedly threw acid over him has wept in court as he described the injuries his son suffered. cornelius van dongen said his son mark felt he had no reason to live after being paralysed from the neck down and blinded in one eye. the 29—year—old later took his own life at a euthanasia clinic in belgium. berlinah wallace denies murder and claims she thought the liquid she threw at him at their home in bristol was water. the trial continues. iranian state tv has said borisjohnson‘s recent remarks confirm a british—iranian dual national was spying in the country. the foreign secretary had been criticised for saying that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who has beenjailed in iran, had been training journalists there.
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mrs zaghari—ratcliffe was detained at tehran airport in april 2016. she says her trip was so her three year old daughter could meet her grandparents. twitter‘s method for verifying the identity of its users has been suspended following complaints it was giving validation to neo—nazis on the platform. typically, celebrities and prominent people have a small blue tick added to their user names, so that other users can see that their account is genuine. the social media network has recently made changes to address abuse and harassment issues on the platform. now on bbc news it's time for newsnight, with kirsty wark. a new international development secretary with the same brexit views as the old one. a brexiteer foreign secretary safe despite careless, dangerous talk that might have doubled a british woman's prison sentence in iran. is theresa may's grip on government seen too much through a brexit lens?
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we'll hear the view of britain from paris and ask the former deputy chairman of the tory party where they go from here. it was one of the most toxic relationships ever in politics. but in an interview to mark his memoirs, gordon brown insists their rows were all about policy and had nothing to do with personal ambition. i agreed that i would take control of economic policy, and he said he would step down in the second term. it's as simple as that, and that of course didn't happen. tilting at donald trump. as the president keeps his promise to blow away environmental restraint, the us states which are fighting back. the outcome of this contest will determine what the world's going to look like over the next 10, 20 and 30 years. and the set awaits russia today's new television star, the former first minister of scotland, alex salmond.
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