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areas we start with sunshine in many areas but some shower clouds will brew up. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: sir kim darroch resigns as uk this will be the focus for some of ambassador to the us amidst the row over leaked e—mails the heaviest ones on friday further critical of west showers fewer in number. president trump's administration. fingers are pointed at tory temperatures down on what we have leadership hopeful boris johnson, seen today and tomorrow but it will who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus feel pleasant in the sunshine. for not publicly backing him meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says hastening start on saturday but he would take legal action to stop cloud up and it's down the spine of the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament england we are likely to see showers through the day. he was showers and to deliver a no—deal brexit. warwick university apologises for how it handled an investigation more sunshine around on sunday. into a facebook group chat, where male students made rape threats against female peers. hello, you're watching afternoon live. i'm simon mccoy. today at 2: sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us, amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. anger as fingers are the us women's football team has pointed at tory leadership returned home triumphant hopeful borisjohnson, who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus after winning the world cup in france. america defended their title and claimed a record fourth for not publicly backing him. women's world cup with a 2—0 win over netherlands in the final. whoever leaked his details has done the team got back to the us
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on monday, and a victory parade is about to take place in new york. a great disservice to our civil our north america reporter servants. the most senior official at the foreign office says he's nada tawfikjoins me now. outraged at the leaking of the documents which led to sir kim's decision. welcome to broadway in new york, known as the canyon of heroes, where the leaker the lea ker is the leaker is guilty of the worst it is lined in red, white and blue, reach of trust in our service in my with eagerfans career. former prime minister it is lined in red, white and blue, with eager fans brandishing it is lined in red, white and blue, sirjohn major says with eagerfans brandishing their american flags, dressed in us he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. women's soccer team's jerseys, eager warwick university apologises for how it handled an investigation to welcome their champions home. any into a facebook group chat, where male students made rape moment now we will see the us threats against female peers. coming up on afternoon live women's soccer team coming down on floats, holding up the trophy after all the sport with azi farni. their second consecutive win at the world cup and they will be coming good afternoon. it is a star—studded down, and! world cup and they will be coming down, and i have been speaking to so day in the men's singles at wimbledon. the top three are all in many people, some are on high school quarterfinal action. i will have the soccer teams, they skipped their practice to come out to be part of this historic moment, others are latest. bringing their sons and daughters, thanks, and ben has the weather.
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all speaking about how much of an inspiration this women's team has been. and what's interesting is that yes, storms are coming for some of we have seen so many signs holding us. yes, storms are coming for some of us. we will see some sunshine but up we have seen so many signs holding up that key demand from the us there will be some heavy downpours women's soccer team for equal pay. and thunderstorms on the way. we will be talking all things so celebrations but also a call to thunderstorms just before half past. stand with these women in their fight for equal pay. thanks, ben. also coming up, celebrations fit for world champions, we are talking about the one country crowds line the streets of new york to pay tribute to the world cup where women's football has already winning usa women's football team. taken off where women's football has already ta ken off but where women's football has already taken off but what has this done to further entrench it within the sporting ideology of america? hello, everyone. this is afternoon live. well, it is really interesting because i spoke to one mother who grew up playing soccer when there wasn't a full women's team yet, it after days under the spotlight, britain's ambassador to washington sir kim darroch has resigned, following the leak wasn't a full women's team yet, it was still taking off. now she has a of his confidential emails in which he described the trump daughter and a son who wears the administration as inept and dysfunctional. president trump then jersey of the women's players and denounced sir kim as stupid, wacky and a pompous fool and said she says it is so inspiring that her the white house would daughter has these role models, who not deal with him. show they are competitive, they can dominate on the field and be just as sir kim says it was impossible for him to carry on. skilled as the male players, but she
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there's growing anger also mentioned she hopes there is a day when there is no difference in after he reportedly came pgy- day when there is no difference in pay. she said it is really disrespectful to these women that to the decision when he watched they are not getting the conditions the tory leadership debate on tv equal to men, the same pay, so this last night and saw that borisjohnson was not publicly backing him. isa one senior conservative mp has equal to men, the same pay, so this is a moment ofjubilation, ofjoy accused boris johnson of throwing sir kim under the bus. for these women to come out and theresa may told the commons it's celebrate with their daughters, a matter of great regret that he's resigning. our world affairs correspondent, fathers with their daughters, but certainly this does feel like i naomi gromley, reports. moment where they feel more change can come. sir kim darroch, just last month, we will be back to you later. thank during donald trump's state visit. he was one of the key you very much. aides to facilitate the presidential stay in london. but a series of leaked memos sport now on afternoon live in which he branded the president with azi farni, and the men's top "inept and insecure" put paid three are all in action to that close relationship at wimbledon today. and resulted in the most extraordinary attack novak djokovic, rafael nadal and from the president on twitter. roger federer are all in action today. the men's top three in the mr drummond had called the uk ambassador "wacky", "a very stupid world playing for a place in the guy" and a "pompous fool". semifinals. defending champion yesterday, sir kim was visibly djokovic is on court now against frozen out of a reception at the white house which he was due to attend. goffin, and we can cross over to the and so, today he said all england club, and it is looking he felt he should go.
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theresa may had already made it co mforta ble all england club, and it is looking comfortable for djokovic so far? clear she supported him continuing in his role, but, in the end, she accepted it was the diplomat yes, but we should not be surprised with novak djokovic over on centre court at the moment. you were himself who wanted to go. talking about the big three being in the quarterfinals once again and perhaps we should not be surprised at the longevity of those three, who continue to dominate the men's game. on centre court, novak djokovic is two sets to the good against david theresa may had already made it goffin. goffin actually beat novak clear she supported him djokovic at the last time they continuing in his role, but, in the end, she accepted played. but on grass, the defending it was the diplomat himself who wanted to go. champion ina i have told him that it is a matter played. but on grass, the defending champion in a very different proposition. he took the first set of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his 6-4, the position as ambassador. the whole cabinet rightly proposition. he took the first set gave its full support 6—4, the second 6—0, dismantling to sir kim on tuesday. david goffin in that second set. 1—0 jeremy corbyn. ahead in the third. novak djokovic thank you, mr speaker. looking likely to book his place in i too regret the resignation another wimbledon semifinal. on of sir kim darroch.
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i think the comments made about him are beyond unfair and wrong. i think he has given honourable court number one, pella is playing and good service and should be thanked for it and i think the whole bautista agut. it is worth pointing house should join together in deeply out that bautista agut is the only one in the quarterfinals who hasn't regretting the feeling he has obviously got that he must resign at this moment. yet dropped a set in these championships, and as things stand, he is on course not to do so once again. 7—5 in the first set and he critics of borisjohnson, the favourite to be the next prime minister, will say he didn't has a break in the second. he will help sir kim by refusing last night be serving when play resumes in the to back him staying in washington middle of that second set. but as until the end of his ambassadorship even though he is a former foreign secretary. this episode will trigger soul—searching in the civil service things stand, bautista agut looking about loyalty to respected officials like he will go on to face novak in an age of leaks and wider djokovic in the semifinals. what is rancour over briton‘s position on the world stage. coming up later? well, the other two naomi grimley, bbc news. of those big names, roger federer will be next on centre court against nishikori, a player with brilliant shotmaking ability, but the pedigree of roger federer, chasing a ninth wimbledon title, you would not bet speaking at the foreign affairs select committee this lunchtime, against him booking his place in sir simon macdonald, head of the diplomatic service, what would be a 13th wimbledon gave his reaction to the leak of sir
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semifinal, and after the conclusion kim darroch's diplomatic telegram. of bautista agut against pella, we will see a rafael nadal in action again, who faces sam querrey. nadal do you know of any other occasion on which the head of state of a has been brilliant so far this year friendly government has refused to in the tournament. you would think he would set up that meeting with cooperate with any of her majesty roger federer in the semifinals. and yes e nvoys 7 cooperate with any of her majesty we will be seeing andy murray yes envoys? none. you have never alongside serena williams later. heard of this happening before?” have been in the foreign office they are clearly enjoying themselves. they won yesterday. they funnily 37 years and this is the first time in my service. —— for face a much tougher encounter nearly. right, that is quite against the number one seeds so we will see just how they will fare something. sometimes, unfriendly states, perhaps, might have been against the top seeds. it will be some match and you can expect some more difficult, crowd when they play. they are out on court number two a little bit later on. they have been enjoying themselves so far, let's see if that will rub off on a win later. thank
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?thisis ? this is not the first time a you very much. british ambassador has left post or india have recovered from a shocking resign because of actions taken by start to their innings in the the host government but usually, cricket world cup semifinal against new zealand. after yesterday's they are governments with whom we rayne, new zealand completing their have problematic relations, rather than friendly relations. and even innings with 239—8, a very reachable then, have there been many occasions target, but india made a terrible start of their choice —— chase, in your experience whereby there has beena in your experience whereby there has losing their first three wickets for been a refusal to work with the... a just five runs, and they kept losing complete refusal to work?” those wickets. they are 92—6. they been a refusal to work with the... a complete refusal to work? i know of have steadied the ship for india. none. and conservative leadership candidate borisjohnson came out in support for sir kim. they have now reached 203—6. they i have just heard that sir kim darroch resigned and i regret that need 37 runs to win from 18 balls. because i think he was a superb diplomat and i worked with him for many years and i think that whoever football, and steve bruce is one of the names being considered for the lea ked many years and i think that whoever leaked his details really has done a va ca nt the names being considered for the vacant position at newcastle united. great disservice to our civil rafa benitez left when his contract expired at the end of last month.
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bruce only took charge of sheffield service. wednesday at the beginning of the sir simon fraser is a former year but is now in the frame to permanent secretary to the foreign and commonwealth office. manage his hometown club. he is currently on a pre—season tour of portugal and told the local whilst borisjohnson whilst boris johnson and newspaper in sheffield, i am here, i whilst borisjohnson and others are quite rightly looking at the leaker am going home tomorrow and looking is the source of the problem, there forward to walking the dog. not are some saying that sir kim darroch giving anything away. was watching television last night, the leader debate and saw that boris lastly, silverstone is expected to johnson did not publicly backing and announce later today that it has thatis signed a deal to keep the british johnson did not publicly backing and that is when he made his decision. did he have any choice question mark grand prix. the race had been in i don't know if that is why he made his decision but it would have been doubt since silverstone exercised a break clause in it contract because desirable for boris johnson his decision but it would have been desirable for borisjohnson will to bea of the cost of staging the races but desirable for borisjohnson will to be a bit more supportive. in the end, it is not borisjohnson who a new contract is believed to have caused this, it is the person who been agreed in the past few days. lea ked caused this, it is the person who leaked these diagrams and president and that is all the but for now. trump with his overreaction. i think in the end, sir kim has decided he the vice chancellor did not have a choice and his of warwick university has apologised for the handling of an investigation into a facebook group chat where male undergraduates made rape position was untenable and he has threats against female students. behaved in a dignified manner, in the university has released the results of an independent report into its conduct, trying to help sort out a situation which described a "legacy of mistrust" generated by the case. which is not of his making. how
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the vice—chancellor great a situation as this, really? of warwick university stuart croft has spoken to the bbc. it isa great a situation as this, really? it is a very serious situation because the consequences for the relationship with the united states, which were already sort of difficult we all felt as a community that we under the current president, are had some real problems. the case as clearly very significant and this is the last thing you want in a it erupted demonstrated the challenges of the online world are relationship between two very close allies, so it is very serious and great and profound and we all felt there is a mess to be cleared up. uncomfortable about the way our this is what president trump wanted, process had operated so we thought he has got rid of the uk ambassador what was really important was to get somebody to look at that process to to the usa, is he now running part really understand where that really of our pop foreign policy?” now it does what it needs to do and to the usa, is he now running part of our pop foreign policy? i don't life it is what he wanted. he's not the report says we need to make quite a lot of changes. i am really running our foreign policy. life it is what he wanted. he's not running ourforeign policy. this is symptom as cover a wider issue in sorry to the victims, they have oui’ symptom as cover a wider issue in our country at the moment possibly suffered greatly in this process, and we must do better in the future, asa our country at the moment possibly absolutely, but doing better in the as a consequence of the divisions of as a consequence of the divisions of a brexit, the loss of trust and future is making sure we have a much consequent out —— which is something that we would —— should be very better process, and we have worried about. expand on that a bit. specialist trained investigators, thatis specialist trained investigators, that is a crucial piece going forward , that is a crucial piece going forward, so we don't have the sorts of challenges we have had over the if government is going to operate, people need to be able to operate course of the last six to 12 months.
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and perform their roles and have and we need to think very carefully confidence in the system and their advice is good to be respected, about how we are engaging with the victims in that process as well. we their confidence is going to be respected, and if that breaks down, we re victims in that process as well. we were not good enough on that and i it is very difficult to run a was not good enough. this was my diplomatic service already to run a personal mistake in that period at the beginning of this year. i should government or to have any policy forming process. we have seen in the have been quicker, i should have past recently in the case of the reached out, i should have engaged. you have announced changes in the decision over huawei that future through this review but do information is leaking and in my you not accept that it is too late experience in the foreign office, for these women now? so, i really those leaks experience in the foreign office, those lea ks more experience in the foreign office, those leaks more frequently came from little sources than from official sources. the question you wa nt to for these women now? so, i really want to start again in answering a lwa ys that question by saying we did get official sources. the question you always ask is who benefits from this? that is the question you have it wrong. and i do apologise. and we to ask. the investigation will go forward and they will try to identify what has been leaked onto are trying really hard through an would have hadn't —— access to that independent review and also some information and by technical means work about values, which we need to and interviewing people, see if they discuss as well, to build something can identify the person and one very different for the future. we thing is, who had a motive? just need to take learning from this, i watching the select committee a short time ago, obviously, there is need to take learning from this, i need to take learning from this, i need to apologise, they will be a legal case, but we also need to a lot of anger out there about this? learn and make changes for the future. those things that were there is a lot of anger on all sides. there is a lot of anger written are profoundly, deeply
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amongst my former colleagues and i shocking and one of the reasons it amongst my former colleagues and i am sure they will feel that sir kim has been really badly treated and it was so shocking across campus is isa has been really badly treated and it because it was such a transgression is a really sad end, if it is the against what we stand for, so we end of his career, but it is the end need to be more explicit, we need to of his posting, a distinguished diplomat who has been a good public have training for incoming students, we need to stand up and be heard to servant, to be treated this way. say how you interact as a member of they will be concerned about what it means for their own position in this community with other members of future. there is anger. they should the community, that is what we want to build going forward. be broader anger because of the way this is damaging, as we havejust joining me now from warwick is katie tarrant who is editor discussed, the important interests of the country. in terms of who in chief of the boar, replaces him, there are many the university's newspaper. questions, the first one of which, does that apology go far enough?m who should make that decision, should it be theresa may, it is has been a long time coming. they do within her right to do so, or should sound like genuine words and i think everybody wait a bit question mark the most appropriate thing would be everything in the review that has to wait now until we have had the come out, 23 pages in the review, as change of leadership. there is a process for these appointments. the long as everything india is head of the foreign office will make addressed, the warwick community will start to feel like that is a a recommendation to the foreign secretary and the foreign secretary will make a recommendation to the genuine apology. i believe it is too prime minister and my very strong late for those women to feel a sense
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advice would be, don't rush it, and at that —— observe the process and of satisfaction but if changes are make sure you get somebody who is made going forward, i think that is really qualified and appropriate to a profound apology. too late do thejob. really qualified and appropriate to do the job. if there was one understated, doesn't it? one of the ambassadorial position that perhaps backed that position it is women was forced to sit an exam next washington. it is accompanied to one of the student who is accused position. and whoever who is in of doing this to her. absolutely. i downing street may have different motivations for who they appoint there. they have in the past been business people and others all think from this review, a lot of the political appointments... we have of things they said really, really upset them, not being communicated course at the moment ed llewellyn in with properly, this complete lack of paris. iam not course at the moment ed llewellyn in paris. i am not sure it necessarily transparency from the university, has to be a dramatic —— career the independent reviewer has brought this to the attention of the diplomat, but let's have a deal university and has not understated the amount of changes they need to process for the appointment,, it make with regard to it. i spoke to we re make with regard to it. i spoke to were not there women who originally made the complaint this morning and would be undesirable if it was one she is not feeling over the moon person a as decision and it was not because all of these changes still supported by the system. need to be made but she does have person a as decision and it was not supported by the systemm person a as decision and it was not supported by the system. if you lose hope and a sense of relief that the the access to the principle, in this university finally stepped forward case, the president of the united and apologised for what happened. states, it is gone, you have lost six of the men were given campus everything, haven't you? it is very
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bands ranging from six months to important and that is why he made the decision he made. he came to the live, however two were reduced to view he was no longer any position one year after they appealed to the to do thejob. of view he was no longer any position to do the job. of course you have to university. is that a process that have the confidence of the host, will change? i think it comes from daniel have to have the confidence and support of your own government. —— and you have to have. sir kim misinformation on a lot of grounds. took response of for that and acted the investigating officers being ina very took response of for that and acted in a very grown—up way.” better trained, the appeals process, took response of for that and acted better trained, the appeals process, better communication between the in a very grown-up way. i am just hearing the labour spokesman has discipline really bored and the been saying, if borisjohnson's were appeals process —— disciplinary —— words with a decisive factor, thatis —— words with a decisive factor, board. it needs to improve. that that is what we are hearing, he is effectively behaving and —— as caused a lot of outrage, quite president trump boss fiesta patsy for eight radio. —— a trade deal.” rightly. that was going to be my final question and i'm sure it will be mentioned in the newspaper, can this happen again? this can't happen don't know if his words were the again because the toll it takes on final reason for the resignation. there is no reason to assume that is students. after this group chat case the case. they were one factor among many. it is a complicated position, happened, i spoke to victims of sexual violence and they did not which is why i am saying, let's feel they could trust their university. a lot of students have
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observe which is why i am saying, let's o bse rve process which is why i am saying, let's observe process and make sure we not been able to feel like that over make the right next choice and we the past year and i think that needs can move forward to clear up this to change. thank damage. let's talk very quickly, you very much. personally, we are talking about someone who has given their life to serving this country, who this afternoon is to be feeling angry, more now on one of our main stories. the former prime minister sirjohn bitter? he is a professional person major has said he would go and he will recognise that stuff to court to stop parliament being suspended over brexit. happens but of course, he will be sirjohn says proroguing the house of commons would drag the queen very sad because he has given his into a constitutional crisis. whole career, he has been a borisjohnson, the front runner distinguished diplomat, he was in the tory leadership campaign, has refused to rule out suspending national security adviser, and now parliament to ensure the uk leaves thisjob in washington. you will be the eu by october 31st. very sad and he might be angry but i hope he will take heart in the fact that people respect what he has let's speak now to done. always good to see you and maddy thimontjack, senior researcher at the institute thank you for coming in. for government think tank. suspending is a more understandable word but what is the process they seem to be afraid of? basically, perrot king happens at the end of any parliamentary session, so it normally happens every year, where
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it looks as though president trump you suspend parliament, you stop it has veto power over who should be the uk ambassador in washington and from sitting, and normally we call it back within a week, two weeks, i think the crucial thing was not you have a new state opening, a new his ridiculing of sir kim darroch on queen speech, and you start the next his ridiculing of sir kim darroch on session, but what mps are concerned his second twitter tie red about is that if the new prime yesterday, it was the black bowling minister thinks they are going to do of sir kim darroch on that first all they can to stop and no—deal thai raid on monday evening. his brexit and the new prime minister wa nts to ta ke brexit and the new prime minister wants to take the uk out of the eu first twitter response to the without a deal, what he will do is leaking of those secret cables and suspend parliament but not call them he made it very clear that his back as you would normally expect, and sit back and wait until the administration would no longer be doing business with sir kim darroch. article 50 deadline runs out on the sist that came into almost immediate article 50 deadline runs out on the 31st of october and the uk then leaves the eu. the last time this effect. that evening, he was dis— was done, wasn't there a civil war? invited from a dinner held in honour of the any of qatar. he was just yes, this is not something that normally happens at all and the time you are referring to was back in the invited from the dinner. the 17th century when parliament didn't following day, he was a postal sit from 1629 to 1640 and the civil company liam fox, the international war broke out shortly afterwards, so this is not at all and normal time secretary —— he was supposed to and many people think it would be extremely undemocratic to suspend,
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accompany. to avoid them from expressing a view secretary —— he was supposed to accom pa ny. access secretary —— he was supposed to thatis to avoid them from expressing a view that is opposing to the prime accompany. access denied makes an ambassador‘sjob accompany. access denied makes an minister, and that is extremely ambassador‘s job impossible. sir concerning at this stage. so looking accompany. access denied makes an ambassador‘sjob impossible. sir kim put that in his letter. that was the at ways of stopping this, john major word he used. having been has a plan, dominic grieve has a plan, what do they involve? john blackballed by the trump administration, he knew he could not perform his ambassadorial duties. major says if we did get to this point, so rather than stopping it from happening in the first place, and that is the reason he has he is threatening to take a case to expressed in his letter of ignorance court to say that it is illegal to do this. and there are some —— resignation. constitutional lawyers who would expressed in his letter of ignorance -- resignation. big names over here. think he probably has a good case but over there, do americans know much about this and in the white for that. what dominic grieve is trying to do is get to a position house, do they really care? so much for the state visit, some will say. where parliament is required to sit yes, that does not seem to have because of obligations that have generated the reservoir of goodwill been put on the government through that perhaps the british had hoped. law. at the moment, what is happening in the house of commons has it been a big story, frankly, and house of lords is a piece of legislation which allows the civil no. it has been surprising to be serva nts legislation which allows the civil servants in northern ireland to carry out functions in the absence perfectly honest how little traction of the government there. currently, this has got up until now in the the government is needing to pass a press. i think sir kim darroch's new piece of legislation to continue those powers until october. what he
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resignation will elevated that over the last couple of days, it has not been the headline news it has been was trying to do is pay certain back at home. it was really telling obligations on the government in yesterday that when donald trump was october so that parliament would need to be sitting. there is one confronted by the title of white person who is a view we don't know house correspondence allowed into about this, that the queen. what those oval office sprays, as we call role would she have if sirjohn them, not one question was asked major says we walk into some sort of constitutional crisis. at the moment about those leaked e—mails, not one it is difficult to say. the queen question was asked about sir kim ta kes darroch. instead, they were focusing it is difficult to say. the queen takes the advice of the prime minister and the prime minister would recommend you were that on domestic scandal here involving a quy on domestic scandal here involving a guy called jeffrey epstein, a parliament should be suspended, and one—time friend of the president at that stage we really are into a accused of sex trafficking. that has lot of unknowns. the question that been the big story here. and it has might come up is, do you have the led to the suggestion that perhaps confidence of parliament, and that donald trump was trying to distract could be an option for mps keen to attention by carrying out this very public feud over twitter but that stop this, to table a no—confidence vote in the prime minister before it gets to that point, but at the did not seem to have the desired effect, if that was the motivation moment it isjust gets to that point, but at the moment it is just speculation and we just don't know. but it is a risk. behind his tweets because the american media have been focusing on we have been speculating on this for jeffrey epstein over the last 48—hour is. but it will be a big three years now. thank you. story today. we were talking about
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now if you're feeling unwell and haven't got that yesterday. in terms of a time to see a doctor, how about asking alexa? from this week, people will be able replacement, we all know that to get medical advice from amazon's certainly donald trump has already voice assisted technology. they can ask questions such as ‘how expressed a desire that the next do i treat a migrane?‘ ambassador, nigel farage, would be and ‘what are the symptoms of flu?‘ and alexa will then automatically very good, but is there anyway that search the nhs choices website for answers. he might express a view, knowing but critics have condemned that he does not have the control the new service as a ‘data protection disaster that he does not have the control that we don't think he has? that was waiting to happen. our health correspondent, one of the extraordinary tweets of the transition, that period between nick triggle, reports. alexa, what are the the transition, that period between the election of a president and when symptoms of chickenpox? they take the oath of office and it according to the nhs website, chickenpox starts with red spots. happened very late night. i remember the popularity of voice assisted it physically. —— i remember it technology is growing and now the nhs is looking to harness its benefits. from this week people using their amazon alexa device vividly. donald trump said he would to search for health information, or to ask medical questions, like to see nigel farage as the next we'll get that information drawn uk ambassador. i have to say, sir directly from the nhs choices website. kim darroch saw the funny side of but will this be enough to convince people not to go that, he was very self—deprecating about that whole sort of little spat to their gps or pharmacists? i have an alexa and she rarely hears early on and he is a self —— me right so i probably wouldn't,
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self—deprecating guy, not the pump i probably would just google is for that donald trump portrayed on my phone. him as. he has this right sense of i think if it's for something humourand him as. he has this right sense of less life—threatening, humour and jokes that whenever he goes around the united states, he is like the common cold and things mistaken forjeremy clarkson. on the like that, i would listen to it, but if i'm risking my life question of whether nigel farage i wouldn't be happy, would be the... there is a precedent i'd probably go and see my gp. i probably wouldn't feel confident at all because even just in washington, the callaghan government did it with sir peterj. googling my symptoms through my phone i don't trust it at all. andy mcmillan government i think did the department of health it with lord harlech. there is a and social care in england accepts there will be limits to what it will be used for but believes it could be helpful, precedent for political especially for people who may appointments. but there are strong struggle to access the internet because within whitehall today to in the traditional way, make it a career civil servant. such as older people or those who are blind. people already ask alexa medical questions, that happens in millions of homes across this country you're watching afternoon live. and i want when people ask those these are our headlines: questions for them to get the very best advice. here is your flash briefing. sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us — doctors agree there is potential in using voice assisted amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president technology in this way, trump's administration. but they have concerns.
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fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson — the beauty when you see a health who's accused of throwing care professional is they are not sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him just listening to the words that you say, they are looking meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action — at you as a whole person. they have your background to hand, to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament the medical notes, and they can to deliver a no—deal brexit. evaluate so many other elements. the top three in the world are in and of course you've got the years action today at wimbledon. i will of clinical training behind us which helps us as well. and this could be just the start. have all the details. a half—century the government is also in talks with other companies about setting up similar arrangements. nick triggle, bbc news. has helped india recoverfrom a shocking start to their innings against new zealand in the cricket world cup semifinals. let's talk about what and ahead of the british grand prix gets on our nerves. on sunday, silverstone have let's talk about customers. it is announced they have signed a deal to keep the race at the circuit for the next five years. that wretched music. it is always the same music. sometimes you get to choose it. we have heard today from
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the former prime minister sirjohn major has said he would go the institute of customer service about what is working and what is to court to stop parliament not working and what they are saying being suspended over brexit. sirjohn says proroguing the house of commons would drag the queen is, overall, customer satisfaction into a constitutional crisis. in the uk is falling and has been borisjohnson, the front runner in the tory leadership campaign, has refused to rule out suspending forfour in the uk is falling and has been for four years, in the uk is falling and has been parliament to ensure the uk leaves forfour years, although in the uk is falling and has been for four years, although we are told things are getting better, being the eu by october 31st. our political correspondent, able to ask questions on twitter and everything, and the number of companies failing to keep promises, nick eardley, reports. according to their customers, has trebled over the past two years. it is at its highest ever rate, they report, 17.2%. what do you mean, keep a promise? doing what they are supposed to do. i am a bit confused by it myself. but they are not focusing just on negatives, they are also giving us some positives, companies doing well, and top of that is usually controversial, their league table is the bank, leaving the idea of sending mps first direct. and john lewis, the home. experts are conservatives and many in the country. this form of —— one that is often out there with the former prime minister says it would cause a constellation crisis, top ones. they did not name any bad
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involving the queen. if her first ones in particular but they did single out certain industries. gas? minister ask for the permission, it is almost inconceivable that the water? you are right there. customer queen will do anything other than grant it. she is advised by her first minister, she will advise... service does cost money but the she is in the midst of a point that the institute for customer service is trying to make constitutional chronic controversy that scrimping on it is a false that no serious politician should economy. put the queen in the middle. i think this is completely and utterly research from the institute does show that those organisations with against parliamentary tradition and higher levels of customer against parliamentary tradition and against the way in which our government should work. he is satisfaction have higher levels of productivity and last year in the uk threatening to take legal action to stop it happening. the queens the cost of poor customer service amounted to nearly £122 billion. so decision cannot be challenged in law but the prime minister's advice to getting this right it really matters the queen can i believe be for the uk economy, for organisations and also for you and i challenged in law. i would seek as customers. so there is a really judicial review to prevent clear economic benefit from parliament being bypassed. brexit supporters don't want to send delivering consistently great mps home to force through no deal, customer experience.” delivering consistently great customer experience. i have this many say just won't get to that piece of paper that says the economy is growing but might also be stage. but by keeping it on the table, boris johnson risks shrinking. today we got an estimate stage. but by keeping it on the table, borisjohnson risks a remarkable political row over the
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for growth in may as reported by the road in the supreme court. just imagine the prospect of a former office for national statistics. it tory prime minister taking the was 0.3%, which is normal, but that current prime minister to court over his key policy. it shows just how is bouncing back after shrinking in deep splits in the conservative party run. some say suspending april by 0.4%. that might sound parliament has to remain an option. good, growth following shrinkage, the uk must stick to its promises but the bigger picture tells a and deliver brexit in october but different story. let's focus on what the ons actually had to say. the others are horrified by the idea and reason they say we saw growth in may many of mrjohnson's own supporters are keen to play down. we need to again, despite all the malays over the brexit impasse, is that car deliver on the result of the factories, many of which have plan referendum because we are a democracy and we follow the results to shut down, shortly after the of votes and then we need to move forward in a way that can bring the planned brexit deadline, they went party and the country together. and through with those plans even though ina way party and the country together. and in a way that —— what sirjohn has brexit didn't actually happen. they did shut down and production bounced said today is just another example backin did shut down and production bounced back in may when things got up to of how desperately we need this country to start to come together full fettle again. and the monthly again. whatever happens, in the next figures don't really tell the bigger few months, they will be an almighty picture. the bigger picture is told in quarters and in one month's time brexit battle here, parliament from now, we are going to get the remains divided, politicians are figure for april, may and june, the
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strolling to find a compromise but if the new prime minister locked second quarter, and a lot of them out, it could prove the most economists say the figure will have controversial move yet. to be very strong fortune if we are to be very strong fortune if we are to avoid a contraction in the second a scathing report says quarter of the year. if we do that, the government's has a ‘ramshackle, dad's army‘ approach to climate change. it will be the first time since the the committee on climate change, which advises the government, says it is shocked ministers recession following financial are failing to cut crisis. we will talk to you in a emissions fast enough. it warns that action to prepare homes and businesses for a hotter world is "less ambitious" month. now it is time for the than it was a decade ago, as our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. we can now speak to the chief executive weather forecast. of the committee on climate change, chris stark. hopefully i have some weather maps pretty strong wording, especially when we had just announced targets at this time around. good afternoon. we have got some sunshine out there that are beyond most others. when we had just announced targets that are beyond most othersm when we had just announced targets that are beyond most others. it is an important moment to give a strong in places but also through the rest of this afternoon a scattering of message to government. we see a government that is on the one hand heavy, thundery downpours, very willing to set this enormously especially across northern ireland, important and ambitious target to also the north—east of scotland. where they do crop up, they could reduce emissions to net zero by the middle of the century and on the other hand, has not put in plan the give a lot of rain in a short space of time so that could cause some localised travel issues. fans of plans to meet the coming changes to thundery rain will push eastwards
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the climate that we already know are through the night. down towards the far south of england. it is likely coming down the pipe. dad's army, to stay predominantly dry. thursday explain that one? we looked at how morning, early outbreaks of rain. well—organised the planning is for climate change and what we found is some spells of sunshine but into the that of the risks that the afternoon a scattering of showers government themselves have identified for the coming climate and thunderstorms. this time, most change in the uk 21 of them have no likely across eastern parts of scotland, down into eastern parts of plan at all and when we look at the england. i know that warm and humid challenge of reducing emissions to day, temperatures between 20 and 25 impact of course on the overall problem of climate change, last degrees, but it will turn fresher as we head towards the weekend. year, we gave the government modifies recommendations on what to do about cutting emissions and this year we find that they have only done one of them. the government understands the problem of the climate crisis but they have not yet put plans in place and they need to get better organised. is there a particular priority? is transport something you want to change? there are priorities in every single sector and i think the priority in the transport sector is a really clear one. we have to stop using
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fossil feels on our roads and we know that there are alternatives to that, we know we can stop using vehicles altogether if we have better provision of public transport, but also we can look forward to a transition to cleaner electric vehicles in the future and the government's date for the switchover for an internal petrol combustion engine is 2040 and that is far too late. we need to see that brought forward as quick as possible. you will find these priorities in every single sector of the uk economy and what we are seeing today is the ambition needs to be raised overall, throughout government, to tackle that. the uk legislates for next year by 2050 that this is a global problem. legislates for next year by 2050 that this is a global problemm legislates for next year by 2050 that this is a global problem. it is a global problem but i think in the uk we can demonstrate we have an a nswer to uk we can demonstrate we have an answer to that global problem and it is worth bearing in mind that next year the end of next year, the uk hello, you're watching government has said women were said afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at three: it would not to —— like to host the sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us next big global summit and that is amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president
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very important because we know that trump's administration. 200 or more global leaders will come to the uk and tell as how the world anger, as fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson, or plan to meet its commitments who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not under this paris agreement that was made in 2015 to tackle climate publicly backing him. change. such an important moment, whoever leaked his diptels has really done a grave disservice to but i think unless the government our civil servants. has done more than but simply a new target in place and demonstrated that there are proper plans to reach that there are proper plans to reach that target then our credit ability as host of that summit next year his disregard for sir kim darroch really is at stake. it is an and his refusal to back him, in my international issue where the uk can have an enormous impact but we must view, was pretty contemptible but do more to demonstrate that we have also not in the interest of the country he is trying to lead. the capacity to lead. when i think the most senior official of dad's army, i think of don't at the foreign office says he's outraged at the leaking panic, you are saying the opposite? of the documents which led there is an element of don't panic. to today's decision. the leaker is guilty of the i don't want to panic. the plans we worst breach of trust in our service need to put in place to tackle in my career. climate change are the kind of long—term plans that you don't meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says a lwa ys long—term plans that you don't always put in place when you are he would take legal action to stop panicking. but we should certainly the new prime minister worry about the changes that are trying to suspend parliament happening to our climate and we know they will accelerate if we don't do to deliver a no—deal brexit.
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more about reducing emissions there warwick university apologises isa for how it handled an investigation more about reducing emissions there is a real need for the whole of into a facebook group chat, government to make a proper plan for where male students made rape threats against female peers. that. thank you so much for your coming up on afternoon live time this afternoon. we are looking all the sport — azi farni. at the weather forecast next. storms are coming for some of us. yes, not in the have lost to new zealand by all of us. for the northern half of the uk, there could be some quite 18 runs in the cricket world cup. —— intense thunderstorms on the way. i thought this was a good option to india have lost to new zealand. talk about how thunderstorms happen. you will have noticed over the last couple of days, it has been getting warm and quite humid out there. i am and ben has all the weather. sure you have noticed that. it is all of us feeling some warmth and like being at school, this! when we humidity and summer thunderstorms and downpours for some. i will be get one phantom indian summer, thunderstorms are often a part of that. the warm and humid air at the talking all about thunderstorms and how they happen just before surface when it has to rise, talking all about thunderstorms and how they happenjust before half past. thanks, ben. something will tend to cause it to also coming up — celebrations fit for world champions. rise, it might be cold air coming this is the scene live in new york where crowds are waiting to pay tribute to the world—cup winning usa in. it might be that one part of the
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ground is more heated than other parts of the ground. either way, you women's football team. get this warm, moist air rising through the atmosphere and it calls hello, everyone. this is afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. on the water vapour condenses. after days under the spotlight, britain's ambassador to washington, sir kim darroch, inside this cloud, you have upward has resigned, following the leak motion but also downward motion. it of his confidential emails is quite turbulent in there and you in which he described the trump administration as inept and dysfunctional. get ice crystals knocking against president trump then denounced sir kim as stupid, each other and that can because the whacky and a pompous fool and said the white house cloud to become charged and when would not deal with him. sir kim says it was impossible that discharges, that is when you for him to carry on. get your flash of lightning and the there's growing anger after he reportedly came to the decision when he watched energy from the lighting that gives you the rumble of thunder. that is the tory leadership debate on tv last night, and saw that borisjohnson was not impressive! you have put some work publicly backing him. into that. yes, a whole team of one senior conservative mp has accused boris johnson of throwing designers and producers. do pass on sir kim "under the bus." theresa may told the commons it's a matter of great regret our gratitude. that was actually me! that he's resigning. our world affairs correspondent naomi gromley reports. ijust our gratitude. that was actually me! i just thought you were up there drinking coffee. we do that as well. sir kim darroch, just last month, during donald trump's state visit. he was one of the key aides to facilitate the presidential stay in london.
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there are some met office warnings in place. that is not a good sign. but a series of leaked memos that is me clicking madly. i am in which he branded the president "inept and insecure" put paid to that close relationship expecting the next thing to appear. and resulted in the most extraordinary attack from the president on twitter. we have overloaded the system with a fa ncy we have overloaded the system with a fancy graphics. thunderstorms today across northern ireland, met office yellow warnings. and tomorrow, there yesterday, sir kim was visibly isa yellow warnings. and tomorrow, there is a met office yellow warning frozen out of a reception across eastern scotland and at the white house which he was north—east england. those areas are due to attend. and so, today he said he felt he should go. most at risk for some heavy thundery downpours over than a couple of days. i am downpours over than a couple of days. iam not downpours over than a couple of days. i am not going to be able to show you any graphics. do i draw a map of the uk and we can bless it? in halfan map of the uk and we can bless it? in half an hour, we will have some proper graphics. for the rest of this afternoon, many places will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine. across england and, some theresa may had already made it outbreaks of showery rain and clear she supported him intense thunderstorms likely to
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continuing in his role, break out as we get onto the late but, in the end, she accepted it was the diplomat afternoon the evening. we could have himself who wanted to go. i have told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it afternoon the evening. we could have a lot of rain in a short space of necessary to leave his time. through tonight, we will see position as ambassador. some heavy rain working eastwards. the whole cabinet rightly gave its full support the further south you are, it should to sir kim on tuesday. be largely dry. again one or two jeremy corbyn. thank you, mr speaker. showers and thunderstorms breaking i too regret the resignation out across parts of eastern and of sir kim darroch. north—eastern scotland. could be the i think the comments made about him are beyond unfair and wrong. large shower at wimbledon, nothing too heavy. pretty warm, temperatures i think he has given honourable and good service and should be in the low to middle 20s. as we head thanked for it and i think the whole towards the weekend, it looks as if house should join together in deeply the shower activity will tend to die regretting the feeling he has obviously got that he must resign at this moment. down. we will start to get a fresher feel to the weather as well as we move through friday and on into the was this the moment his fate was weekend. quite a lot going on over the next few days. there is the risk sealed. borisjohnson refused to
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of some heavy thundery downpours. back him. friends of the ambassador stating to the forecast and i will said it was a crucial factor in be back with more and some weather 00:32:07,530 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 maps, hopefully in half an hour. back him. friends of the ambassador said it was a crucialfactor in his decision to quit. today boris johnson paid tribute to the departing diplomat. ijust departing diplomat. i just heard departing diplomat. ijust heard kim darroch resigned andi ijust heard kim darroch resigned and i want to say i regret that because i think he was a superb, is a superb diplomat and i worked with him for many years. i think whoever lea ked him for many years. i think whoever leaked his diptels has done a great disservice to our civil servants, to people who give impartial advice to ministers. to some, sir kim darroch was a man who could no longer do hisjob to some, sir kim darroch was a man who could no longer do his job after incurring the wrath of president trump but to others this is a story ofa trump but to others this is a story of a public servant hung out to dry by politicians are vying for power. our political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster now. difficult to see if things have got better or a lot worse.
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i think that is a fair assessment, there is an almighty row brewing over whether or not borisjohnson's comments last night in the debates made sir kim darroch's resignation more or less likely. some ofjeremy hunt's supporters are furious and they think mrjohnson has shown a lack of leadership and he has failed to stick up for our man in washington. we can hearfrom one of them, the foreign office minister siralan duncan, who them, the foreign office minister sir alan duncan, who has been a critic of borisjohnson. borisjohnson, a former foreign secretary, and he hopes to be a future prime minister, has basically thrown our top diplomat under the bus. there are lots of people here in the commons who are very angry and feel he has lost so much respect for having done what he has done. his disregard for sir kim darroch and his refusal to back him was, in
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my view, pretty contemptible but also not in the interests of the country he is trying to lead. tea m country he is trying to lead. team boris johnson say that's country he is trying to lead. team borisjohnson say that's not the case and their man just did not wa nt to the case and their man just did not want to drag the civil service into politics but it does feel like there isa politics but it does feel like there is a row at westminster over this and it's escalating, rather than going away. some people apoplectic it's got to this point for the simple reason this is not supposed to happen in diplomacy, we are not supposed to be in a situation where pressure or interference from the host government has an impact on who our ambassador abroad is. this afternoon mps have also been hearing from the head of the diplomatic service, simon mcdonald, who has been talking about how the situation, where an ally, the us's has been in a position where it's put so much pressure on and made a diplomat‘s job untenable.
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nothing like this has ever happened before. there must be consequences. what they are in detail i can't tell you this afternoon. this is, as everybody is agreeing, unprecedented. but we will find a way through because we must. they say they will find a way through it but the bigger headache is who will replace him. that decision could be made in the next few days because to get rid of sir kim darroch and put someone else in there has to be a replacement chosen. that suggests it is likely to bea chosen. that suggests it is likely to be a decision made by theresa may. somebody who did stand up and say, we need to stick up for the civil service here. she insisted over the last couple of days she still had full confidence in the sir kim darroch and spoke to him this morning and said she did not want him to go. such was the pressure he felt he thought he could not do his job anymore. it will be fascinating to see who wants to those shoes
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because they will be really aware of the fact president trump can be sometimes undiplomatic on social media, perhaps, some would suggest, even a bit thin—skinned when it comes to criticism. the one thing everybody here does agree on is that civil servants and ambassadors abroad need to be able to offer advice like the advice sir kim darroch was offering in those leaked e—mails. basically, be honest and say to the prime minister of the foreign secretary, to the recordings, this is what i really think is going on in the united states or whatever. —— to their colleagues. there will be lots of pressure on the new ambassador but the feeling in westminster will still be they need to keep doing a similar job still be they need to keep doing a similarjob and just have to hope these e—mails do not leak out again in the future. nick, thank you very much.
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our political correspondent in washington, nick bryant says some believe the resignation makes it appear the us president has control of uk diplomacy. it looks like he has a veto power over who should be the ambassador in washington. the key thing was not the ridiculing of sir kim darroch in his second twitter tie raids but it was the black bowling of sir kim darroch —— black bowling. he made it very clear his administration would no longer be doing business with sir kim darroch. that's came into almost immediate effect, that evening he was this invited from a dinner held in honour of the emirate of qatar. donald trump was at that dinner, kim darroch was this invited. the following day he was supposed to accompany liam fox in a meeting at the white house, sir kim darroch himself decided not to attend
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because he knew it would put a van a difficult position. access denied makes thejob difficult position. access denied makes the job of an ambassador impossible. sir kim darroch put that in his letter, that was the word to use. having been blackballed by the donald trump administration he knew he could not perform his duties and that's the reason he expressed why he felt he had to step down. they can use over here, over there, do americans know much about this and in the white house do they really ca re ? and in the white house do they really care? so much for the state visit, some will say. that doesn't seem to have generated the reservoir of goodwill that perhaps the british had hoped. has it been a big story? frankly, no. it has been surprising, to be honest, how little traction and this has got until now in the press. sir kim
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darroch's resignation will elevate it but in the past few days it has not been the headline news it has been back home. it was telling yesterday when donald trump was confronted by the white house correspondence allowed into it does white house —— oval office meetings, not one question was asked about those leaked e—mails, not one question about sir kim darroch. instead they focused on domestic scandal involving jeffrey epstein, one—time friend of the president, who has been accused of sex trafficking. that's been the big story here. it's led to the suggestion perhaps donald trump was trying to distract attention by carrying out this very public feud over twitter. but that did not seem to have the desired effect, if that was the motivation because the american media have focused on jeffrey epstein over the past 48
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hours. but it will be a big story today, doubtless. sirjohn major says he would seek a judicial review if borisjohnson tries to prorogue parliament to deliver a no deal brexit. the former prime minister, who's backing mr hunt, said it would be "utterly a nd totally u na cce pta ble" to deny mps their say. what it means, that a prime minister, prime ministerjohnson presumably, because he cannot persuade parliament to agree with his policy, will close down parliament so that he can bypass it until his policy comes into operation. if that were to happen, i think there would be a queue of people who would seekjudicial review. the queen's decision cannot be challenged in law, but the prime minister's advice to the queen can, i believe, be challenged in law. and i for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed. a scathing report says the government has a "ramshackle, dad's army" approach to climate change. the committee on climate change, which advises the government, says it is shocked ministers are failing to cut emissions fast enough.
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it warns that action to prepare homes and businesses for a hotter world is "less ambitious" than it was a decade ago. we are in the summer period and, as i have been saying throughout the whole of last month as well, we need to drink more fluids. heat can kill elderly people. in this exercise class, they work hard to keep cool. i find it difficult to drink a lot of water but i do know how very important it is, because it can have devastating effects if you get dehydrated. actually, i go in the garden a lot and the windows are all open and we have ice—cream. the world has already overheated by one degree, and it will get hotter. this care home is already adapting. staff have been on extra alert to be more vigilant with offering fluids and hydrating foods, particularly fluids little and often. so, these people are fine but the report says policies are needed to protect the whole population, as the climate hots up. care homes are a particular problem because of the uk's increasingly elderly population. but many hospitals are overheating too.
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even modern flats are sometimes being built with ventilation that is completely inadequate for the sort of temperatures we are likely to expect. climate heating will affect property as well as people. the docks at immingham in humberside are vulnerable to the inevitable rise in sea level. the committee says ministers must get a grip. this really is not good enough. there is an emergency to reduce the hazard, to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. but actually we are seeing the climate change. even if we are on the 1.5 degrees path, the climate is going to go on changing, we are going to see more severe weather. the 2018 summer is going to be, by 2050, a normal summer. the report says only the power sector is on track to meet its targets for cutting the emissions that are fuelling global heating. transport emissions have barely dropped. there are too few charging points for electric cars, the committee says. people need to get out of their cars and onto public transport,
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walking and cycling. then there is flying. ministers are increasing aviation, but the world's most popular environmentalist says air passengers do not pay the cost they impose on the climate. if you cost that, you would see the tickets are extraordinarily cheap. dealing with these problems means we have got to change our lifestyle. the government insists it wants to lead on climate change and will produce new policies. the committee says it wants deeds, not words. roger harrabin, bbc news. angela terry is from climate alliance, a network of groups across europe which is committed to the protection of the world's climate. good afternoon. what does this say about where we are on tackling climate change? there were two report today, one set in terms of tackling it we are not doing nearly enough and that's in our transport sector in particular, both road vehicles and aviation. but
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also in how we heat our homes and the agriculture sector. across the board saying businesses, government and transport have to do so much more to get our carbon emissions down and stop burning fossil fuels. the other report? the other report was how as a country we are adapting to the changes that are already here and are going to increase year on year. what that said was we have barely begun. it scored zero 433 sectors, 33 key sectors —— zero for 33 key sectors. they said that there isa 33 key sectors. they said that there is a less than six people working on this across the country in the civil service. sea levels are arriving —— are rising every year. given the amount of people's health at risk and the financial cost to our
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country it's amazing we spent such little amount of resources, time and effort to adapting to the extreme weather events we are going to be seeing lots more of, but also the general warmth and rising sea levels. yet when we are told the uk is at the forefront of the global low carbon transition, first major economy to set a zero emissions target, hosting the landmark climate conference, where has the message gone wrong here? at the moment, the responsibility for climate change rests with one minister, it is not ingrained within all the civil service, it is not pa rt all the civil service, it is not part of treasury actions so basically they can still be subsidising fossil fuels. in the past we've still subsidised fossil fuels overseas as well as part of uk export finance. the incentives to stop things like overheating impact
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our nhs. they are in different departments so there's not been a holistic look at what we need to do and how to get the public involved and how to get the public involved and that's what the organisation i work for is there to do, promote the climate actions we can take to stop greenhouse gas emissions and also adapt our homes and protect people from both the extreme weather events but also the rising temperatures. are we expecting far too much from government and it should be down to organisations like yours. sir david attenborough can achieve more in one day than any government can achieve in years, perhaps. is that where the future is? the government is so important because they said the laws and control the purse strings. this report says really strongly there needs to be urgent matter, it is so big and covers are so many different aspects of our society, it has to be coordinated from central government because allowing it for a voluntary,
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we are a social enterprise, small organisations like mine to do this is virtually impossible. it has to come from the government and they have to stop jeopardising the good work that has happened. for example, building regulations, planning policies, they are currently putting up policies, they are currently putting up vat on solar power, banned onshore wind farms, so many regressive policies in place. the plan to expand regional and national airports. we are one step forward, two steps back right now because we don't havejoined two steps back right now because we don't have joined up thinking two steps back right now because we don't havejoined up thinking in government. angela terry, a very good to speak to you. thank you for your time. you're watching afternoon live, these are our headlines: sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us — amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson — who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him. meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action — to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament
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to deliver a no—deal brexit. now, if you're feeling unwell and haven't got time to see a doctor, how about asking alexa? from this week, people will be able to get medical advice from amazon's voice—assisted technology. they can ask questions such as "how do i treat a migrane?" and "what are the symptoms of flu?" and alexa will then automatically search the nhs choices website for answers. but critics have condemned the new service as a "data protection disaster waiting to happen." alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox? according to the nhs website, chickenpox starts with red spots. the popularity of voice assisted technology is growing and now the nhs is looking to harness its benefits. from this week people using their amazon alexa device to search for health information, or to ask medical questions, will get that information drawn directly from the nhs choices website. but will this be enough to convince people not to go to their gps or pharmacists?
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i have an alexa and she rarely hears me right so i probably wouldn't, i probably would just google it on my phone. i think if it's for something less life—threatening, like the common cold and things like that, i would listen to it, but if i'm risking my life i wouldn't be happy, i'd probably go and see my gp. i probably wouldn't feel confident at all because even just googling my symptoms through my phone i don't trust it at all. the department of health and social care in england accepts there will be limits to what it will be used for but believes it could be helpful, especially for people who may struggle to access the internet in the traditional way, such as older people or those who are blind. people already ask alexa medical questions, that happens in millions of homes across this country and i want when people ask those questions for them to get the very best advice. here is your flash briefing.
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doctors agree there is potential in using voice assisted technology in this way, but they have concerns. the beauty when you see a health care professional is they are not just listening to the words that you say, they are looking at you as a whole person. they have your background to hand, the medical notes, and they can evaluate so many other elements. and of course you've got the years of clinical training behind us which helps us as well. and this could be just the start. the government is also in talks with other companies about setting up similar arrangements. nick triggle, bbc news. ivana bartoletti is head of privacy and data protection at gemserv. thank you for coming in. on the whole, as a secretary of state was saying most people are doing this already, currently? people giggle their information or ask alexa loads of different things —— google. in relation to what assessment has
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been done in relation to how personal data is treated. we have seen over the past few years in relation to amazon sometimes the privacy practices have been quite poon privacy practices have been quite poor. we have read about conversations being sent to the wrong person or something we've even seen at connected devices including alexa can become a way of monitoring or following somebody and that has an impact in a household. effectively amazon would have access to your medical records because you've asked alexa anything you pat wrong with you. the point is what privacy considerations have been established. we know it you try and read amazon privacy policy, it is thousands of words. it's very difficult to navigate through it. the problem is, and i'm sure at the nhs have been through this because they are a very serious organisation andi they are a very serious organisation and i am in favour of digitisation in the nhs, but the public have the right to know a proper assessment
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has been put in place because, ultimately, we are talking about trust. we are talking about accessed to what should be offered in an nhs service. gps are the gatekeepers to the nhs so we are talking about what happens with nhs direct, for example. the issueis with nhs direct, for example. the issue is when you talk to alexa you deposit the very sensitive information, probably the most intimate information about us. it's one thing asking about a migraine, it might be slightly different if you have concerns about other stuff. cani other stuff. can i make another point in relation to this, the concern over this is who has access to the conversations? let's say i am a 16—year—old girl andi let's say i am a 16—year—old girl and i asked alexa information about the pillow or let's say i am somebody who has a very personal and sensitive information i ask two alexa but what if we have an abusive
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partner or abusive father and listen to the conversation? these are all considerations that must be made. the public need to be reassured when the nhs is making amazon at such a big part of the nhs digital infrastructure, then all these considerations have been taken into account. there is also another point which i think it's very important. there is a lot of talk about ethical technology at the moment because lots of people have great concerns about the way our data is treated. there is a point here, do you know that women, for example, they are —— that women, for example, they are —— that are victims of domestic abuse, and there are so many, sadly, in this country, sometimes the only way for them to ask for support is when they go to their gp because gps are trained and can spot when there is a problem. if we are putting a gateway to access to gps, what will happen to access to gps, what will happen to these women?
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to be fair, it's not a gateway at the moment, it's a choice, you can still always go to your gp but this might be more convenient. the argument of choice works until a certain point. some people are not ina certain point. some people are not in a position to make a choice, some people are not in a position to have alexa. i would like the public to feel reassured, i'm sure the nhs adding fantasticjob but i would like them to openly say this is the assessment we've made, these are the risks and this is how we want to mitigate them and have a conversation. when you make such a big company like amazon such a key pa rt big company like amazon such a key part of digital infrastructure of the nhs, it has to be had with extreme care and notjust by an organisation, but with patients. thank you very much. the us women's football team has returned home triumphant after winning the world cup in france. america defended their title and claimed a record fourth women's world cup with a 2—0 win over netherlands in the final. the team got back to the us on monday, and a victory parade
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is about to take place in new york. our north america reporter nada tawfikjoins me now. how is it going? it is an absolute party here in new york. there were thousands of people gathered here in new york financial district, it was closed off when the women's soccer team came down broadway, the canyon of heroes, as it is known. people cheered when they saw megan rapinoe, alex morgan and the other stars. they had their signature swagger, dancing, sipping champagne. now they have made their way to city hall, where they are being given the symbolic keys to the city. the overwhelming celebration for this team, we've also seen so many fans calling for equal pay for these tremendous athletes, even new york's governor said, let's be
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honest, if they women should be paid based on their ability and their talent, they should be paid more than the men. so much support here for the women, their victory and they are called to be treated with respect and equality. you made me shout at you but i'm going to ask you what has this done in terms of women's football, in america it's been less of a problem than elsewhere because it's been taken seriously for an awful long time already. absolutely. here on the local level, in high schools, elementary schools, there is a really high rate of participation among young girls getting into soccer or football, participation among young girls getting into soccer orfootball, i spoke to one mother who played soccer when she was younger and she said they could barely get enough girls to have their own team. now she says it's amazing to watch as a young girls dominates and have these
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role models on the us women's soccer tea m role models on the us women's soccer team to look up to and show young girls, if they are confident and work hard, they can be just dominant as the men. even the city organisers here said compared to four years ago when the team was first honoured with a parade after their 2015 world cup win, there's been so much more interest because now these women are seen as icons. the have beenjust as vocal off the field as on the field about the issues they are passionate about. no one has been as vocal as you have been for the last two minutes. thank you very much. now let's have a look at the weather. it isa it is a bit quieter here than it was in new york. some thunder and lightning in the forecast,
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particularly across the northern half of the uk, and all things being equal, it might be a good opportunity to have a look at why storms happen. it has turned very warm and humid over the last couple of days and if that warm air starts rising, a few reasons why it can. it can be that same called a works in high in the atmosphere, it can be that you have a mountain that heats up that you have a mountain that heats up more than the ground around it, and that sends the air rising. as that warm air rises up through the atmosphere, it cools, the water vapour atmosphere, it cools, the water vapour condenses atmosphere, it cools, the water vapour condenses out into water droplets and ice crystals, it forms a cumulonimbus cloud, there are ice c rysta ls a cumulonimbus cloud, there are ice crystals and water droplets banging against each other, the cloud develops an electrical charge, and when it discharges, that's when we get lightning, and it is that release of energy that makes the noise we hear some seconds later as
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thunder. and some of us are going to see a bit of this? yes, and there is a warning, a yellow warning, the lowest level of warning, across eastern scotland and northern ireland later today, particularly as we go into the early evening. some hit and miss thunderstorms. a lot of rain in a short space of time, they could be some localised flooding, some travel issues. not everyone will have one. you are not entirely sure? it isa you are not entirely sure? it is a bit hit and miss. the reason is, we talk about a rising, the air is, we talk about a rising, the air is not going to rise everywhere, they will be places where it falls again and when you get descending air, the atmosphere is squashed down and you are not going to get a thunderstorm, so it is hard to predict where the rising air will be and where the falling air will be. you were on your tiptoes doing that.
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i like thunderstorms though. they are the most divisive weather, i think. it is stunning, however tired you might be. but if they get too close, you get a little bit scared. do you? i hide under the duvet. do you? that's very sweet. shall we find out what is happening with the weather. yes. at the moment, if you are in the south of england, nothing too threatening, but across northern scotland, i showed you a picture from shetland this time yesterday, blue skies. today, grey skies and drizzle over head. this is the satellite picture earlier on. they showers across eastern england have mostly cleared away now. it is from this rain we are likely to spawn some intense thunderstorms later
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this afternoon. warm and humid weather continues. by five o'clock, the temperature is likely to be hovering between 18 and 25 degrees. if you are commuting around six or seven crop in northern ireland, we could see some slow moving, big puddles, surface water and spray on the roads, and then this band of heavy and at times possibly thundery rain will sneak eastwards across most parts of the uk tonight. the far south perhaps avoiding the wet weather. not much rain across southern parts of england. another warm and humid night. not many white lines, not many isobars on this chart. nothing much to push the weather around. we start off with quite a lot of cloud. some early showery rain in the east, which should clear. then we see some spells of sunshine. then these blobs of blue and green appearing. that is
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where we could see some of those slow moving, intense thunderstorms. i know they're pretty warm day. i would not completely rule out a shower at wimbledon tomorrow. temperatures up to 24 or 25 degrees. on friday, a subtle change. we switch that went around to a north—westerly is and that will cut off that feat of warm and humid air. temperatures are still doing pretty nicely. again, a mixture of sunshine and showers. but as we head into the weekend, this area of high pressure builds increasingly strongly across the british isles and that will tend to suppress those showers and sender storms, so there will be one or two showers don't... storms, so there will be one or two showers don't. .. down storms, so there will be one or two showers don't... down towards the south of england and south wales, 24 or 25 degrees and a decent day on sunday. 102 showers around. temperatures in the mid 20s. —— one
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or two showers around. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. anger as fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson, who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him
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whoever leaked his e—mails has really done a great disservice to our civil servants. meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. let's go back to our main story — the resignation of the uk ambassador to washington, sir kim darroch. our political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster now now with more reaction. siralan duncan, ajunior sir alan duncan, a junior minister in the foreign office has said boris johnson essentially through sir kim darroch under the bus. lets get reaction from sir michael fallon. do you think boris johnson reaction from sir michael fallon. do you think borisjohnson was supportive enough last night? this isa supportive enough last night? this is a rather shabby attempt to
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politicise this. the person responsible for sir kim darroch's resignation is the person who leaked this and boris has been very clear, thatis this and boris has been very clear, that is the main issue here, we need to identify who leaked all these private cables, and to make sure they are caught and punished. but borisjohnson could they are caught and punished. but boris johnson could be they are caught and punished. but borisjohnson could be prime minister a fortnight today. would he have done things differently had he beenin have done things differently had he been in number ten? boris johnson supports all our diplomats around the world. he did that when he was foreign secretary and he does that today, but these cables were published on sunday, sir kim darroch's position was already untenable when they were published. it was very difficult then, by monday he was being cut out of key meetings, and then you had the president's tweet attacking him directly and personally, and attacking our own prime minister, and by that point, long before the debate last night, sir kim darroch's position would have become impossible. what sort of person it
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should replace sir kim darroch as ambassador? should it be someone fully behind brexit? the government is behind brexit. that is what theresa may has been struggling to pull off and that is what both the candidates for the leadership are determined to do, and borisjohnson is more determined than anybody to get this done by the 31st of october, and develop with the united states a proper trade agreement that can match the already close security relationship that we have with them. i'm really struck notjust relationship that we have with them. i'm really struck not just with relationship that we have with them. i'm really struck notjust with this argument over sir kim darroch but in general that debate last night was fiery at points, there were some really personal attacks from both borisjohnson really personal attacks from both boris johnson and jeremy hunt. really personal attacks from both borisjohnson and jeremy hunt. i am struggling to see how the conservative party gets back around a table and gets on with things. there are deep splits. you have to men competing for the leadership, both have experience of high office, both have experience of high office, both have experience of high office,
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both have served as foreign secretary. jeremy hunt ran the health service, borisjohnson, for eight years, the mayor of london, they are both qualified for the task, but you see a very clear difference in approach as to getting the job done, getting brexit finished by the 31st of october, and then, for goodness' sake, moving this country beyond it. john major this country beyond it. john major this morning suggesting your man's idea of suspending parliament potentially to get brexit through by the end of october, he could launch a legal action to stop it.” the end of october, he could launch a legal action to stop it. i am surprised. i don't think getting the courts involved with our politics is the answer. westminster has to sort this out and that is not what i expect to happen in the autumn. to have a new government at the end of this month with a new prime minister who will bring a fresh approach to these negotiations and get a new agreement that parliament will support. we don't need the courts interfering. some in boris johnson's camp have been suggesting john major has lost his mind. i am not going to
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get into personal comment onjohn major but we don't need to drag the courts into this. this is something parliament needs to resolve. we need a new agreement from brussels that parliament can support and to get that we need a fresh approach and that we need a fresh approach and thatis that we need a fresh approach and that is why i am supporting boris johnson. there you have it. a shabby attempt to politicise the debate over sir kim darroch's resignation, michael fallon thinks. it is really interesting, in the last couple of hours, we have been hearing from more and more people supporting jeremy hunt. we are due to hear from more of them this afternoon. it is not clear to me this debate is going anywhere. thank you very much. sport now on afternoon live with azi farni. azi, we've been headlining events at wimbledon all week but there's been a dramatic finish to the first cricket world cup semifinal today. what's been going on?
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yes, new zealand are into the cricket world cup final after a dramatic wind over india in the last hour at old trafford. after yesterday's rain, new zealand completed their innings this morning, setting india are very reachable target of 240 two wind. or so you would have thought. india got off to the worst possible start, losing their first three wickets for just five runs. they were soon four down. this brilliant catch. what a time for one of the best catches of the tournament so far. india managed to regroup. they put on 116 for the seventh wicket. it looked like they might have been heading for the wind until this moment in the game. ms dhoni run out after a direct hit from martin guptill. there was an anxious wait for the fourth official but he was just... look at that.
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centimetres in it. and that was the match. new zealand taking the victory in the final over. new zealand will meet either england or australia in send as final at lord's. the second semifinal is at edgbaston tomorrow. that was quite a throw. let's move on to wimbledon. defending champion and world number one novak djokovic is the first man through to the men's singles semifinals after a straightforward wind over david goffin. djokovic when the first two sets, the second set 6—0, and he a lwa ys sets, the second set 6—0, and he always looked likely to ease through to the last four. the serbian then won the third set 6—2 to advance to the semifinals for the ninth time at wimbledon.
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i had ihada i had a tough match in the third round. other than that, i had a tough match in the third round. otherthan that, i have i had a tough match in the third round. other than that, i have won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament and i think my two best matches were the fourth round and quarterfinal today so fourth round and quarterfinal today so exactly what i wanted, what i needed, and hopefully! so exactly what i wanted, what i needed, and hopefully i can go in the right direction in the semifinal as well. playing for the chance to meet djokovic in the semifinal, out on court one, bautista agut is 2—1 a head over pella of argentina, but pella has just taken the third set. that is the first set bautista agut has lost all tournament so far. and let's go over to court number two. these are live pictures of andy murray and serena williams, who have just when the second set against the
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top seeds in the mixed doubles. those two are doubles specialists. they took the first set with a single break against the two former singles champions. this gain is really, really close. murray and williams taking it to a decider. finally, silverstone has announced that it has signed a deal to keep the british grand prix until 2024. the race had been in doubt since silverstone exercised a break clause in its contract because of the cost of staging it, but a new contract to keep the race at the venue was agreed yesterday. formula 1 chairman described the race at silverstone as an integral part of the future of the sport. and that is all the sport for now. thank you very much. i have been watching twitter to see if there is any reaction to sir kim
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darroch's resignation from the united states. nothing from the president as yet but this from one of his allies. so that is the first official response from the united states to sir kim darroch's resignation, but as far as the president is concerned, he is up and about because he has tweeted a few things, but nothing in relation to this. it was on twitter that president trump launched his very aggressive tweets about sir kim darroch and that has led to the decision eventually today by the former uk ambassador to the united states to resign.
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the international trade secretary liam fox was with the ambassador last night. he says mr darroch was utterly professional. i was with sir kim darroch last night in washington in a very difficult period he was showing his customary professionalism that we have come to expect in his 42 years in service of our country. i think this case raises a number of very difficult issues. the first is that somebody has, for whatever malicious reasons, sought to either damage the uk- us reasons, sought to either damage the uk— us relationship or indeed sir kim darroch personally. i don't know what their motivations would be at this stage but it is very important that we find out who carried out this particular damaging act. it is important that our ambassadors are able to write frankly to politicians. if they have to do so worrying about how it might look in a newspaper, it will represent a
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fundamental change in how our diplomatic system operates and i'm afraid the world has looked at this episode and they will have seen that in this case, there has been what i would describe as an unprofessional, unethical and unpatriotic lapse in the usual standards we have come to expect in this country. we need the ethical standards to be maintained if we are to maintain the prosser —— proper processes in democratic governments and i hope that those who are responsible will take a long, hard look at themselves and see what damage they may have turned to their country and to a very fine public servant, sir kim darroch. that is the latest from liam fox. jeremy corbyn has tweeted about this. he says borisjohnson's refusal to support sir kim darroch last night shows he won't stand up to donald trump or stand up for britain.
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so this resignation of the former ambassador to the united states, the story is picking up momentum and are very much part of the political argument here. the business news in a moment. first, a lookat the headlines on afternoon live sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us — amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson — who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. here's your business headlines on afternoon live. the economy returned to growth in may, expanding by 0.3%, after shrinking by 0.4% april. the office for national statistics said most of the growth came from carfactories where production was boosted after some took a break around the original brexit deadline
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at the end of march. economists are warning there could be more bumps in the road before the brexit impasse is resolved. the world's most important central banker has warned of growing risks to the global economy. jerome powell, who is chairman of the us federal reserve, said that "uncertainties" have increased in recent months. investors believe he could be preparing to cut the cost of borrowing soon. although the us economy is growing, powell said that business owners and farmers are become worried about trade tensions between the us and its partners. sirjames dyson, the man who founded the famous maker of fans and vacuum cleaners, has bought what is thought to be singapore's biggest and most expensive penthouse apartment. the prominent brexit campaigner has been criticised for moving his company headquarters there, but he says it had nothing to do with brexit. now, superdry, profits are drying
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up. yes, losses mounting, really. £80 million lost in the past year, £65 million the previous year. you could say that superdry needs a hero. its founder, julian dunkerton, thinks that he is the man and, to be fair, he is a bit of a retail superhero. launching superdry back in 2004 with a big shop in london, it grew exponentially and now there are 500 shops in 46 different countries. so it is a british success story. although a lot of people think it is japanese. success story. although a lot of people think it isjapanese.” suppose things started going wrong in 2012 and when you consider who they brought in to steady the ship, he won sutherland, 2014, better known as the boss of the co—operative group, and they really
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clashed. julian dunkerton became the chairman, they fundamentally disagreed over strategy. julian dunkerton it last year but then convinced investors of this year to let him come back into steady the ship, as he called it. the rest of them jumped ship and now he has got a plan. what is the solution? and doing a lot of what he cold today the previous management team's misguided strategy. they are talking about launching a child renswear range that superdry is aimed at teenagers. he is also trying to make superdry feel more premium again by doing away with a lot of the discounting that the last management tea m discounting that the last management team brought into place. a lot of the discounting, a lot of retailers like this to weather the storm of the retail scene, because if you are wondering about their prospects for turnaround, he has set himself a three year timeline, the retail
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scene has changed fundamentally, people are buying fewer clothes in general, and if you listen to another part of the strategy, he is talking about renegotiating rents with landlords. i think we will be seeing some store closures as a result. minicab drivers, there has been a huge change in this industry. they are in court. in london they are in court. they are not happy that transport for london is making them pay the congestion charge as well. previously they were exempt, along with a black cab drivers, but the industry has changed fundamentally with the likes of hueber, and they need to do something to tackle air pollution, but the minicab drivers say it is unfair because they say most of them are from ethnic minorities, whereas most black cab drivers are white. let's talk now to their union leader, who joins drivers are white. let's talk now to their union leader, whojoins us now. i want to talk first of all about the race aspect of this case.
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undoubtedly, this will have a disproportionate impact on drivers from ethnic communities, but are you suggesting this is somehow racist? well, we are suggesting, no, not overtly racist, we are suggesting this is about indirect discrimination, but there is a problem of institutional racism at transport for london. if we look at other things, the licence fee is 20% higher for minicab drivers than black cab drivers, we see that enforcement stops are more likely to be stop as a minicab driver than you would be as a black cab driver, even though our compliance rates are consistently higher. so we would suggest there is a problem of institutional racism at transport for london, although this decision amounts to indirect discrimination. it is something they will reject, obviously, but they point is that minicab numbers have grown a lot,
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and something has got to be done to bring the numbers down because minicab numbers aren't restricted in quite the same way as black cab drivers' numbers are. we would agree. there are far too many minicab drivers in london and it is far too difficult to make a living because you are over supplying this network. what transport for london has failed to do is put the stimulus in the right place. many drivers will now spend hundreds of pounds a yearin will now spend hundreds of pounds a year in congestion fees and licence fees. the disparity with uber is great. since the congestion charge exemption was removed in april, we have seen an increase of 2% of vehicles registered to transport up london. that is what is driving the
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numbers, not the drivers, so it is not fair to put this burden on drivers when you are tackling a problem that involves the operators. thank you. transport for london robustly defending its position against this legal action. thank you. let's have a look at the weather. good afternoon. many of us getting to see some blue sky and sunshine today but that is not the whole story as you can see from the satellite and radar picture. there is some extra cloud for some and outbreaks of showery rain. some outbreaks of showery rain. some outbreaks across eastern parts of england and on and off rain across ireland and scotland. across the northern half of the uk, we are
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likely to develop some hit and miss, slow—moving thunderstorms, but down towards the south, temperatures in the middle 20s. pretty humid out there as well. as we go through the evening, northern ireland, the potential for some severe slow—moving thunderstorms which could dump a lot of rain in a short space of time. and these various claims of wet weather, the odd flash of lightning, will slide eastwards across of lightning, will slide eastwards a cross m ost of lightning, will slide eastwards across most parts of the uk overnight. the far south of england and south wales are staying predominantly dry. it will be muggy with some patchy mist and low cloud folsom hills and coats in the west. low pressure in charge on thursday. it doesn't look like we will see much of the morning rain in eastern areas clearing away. then a fair amount of dry weather and sunshine. were no two showers. and through the afternoon, across the eastern side of scotland, maybe east anglia, we will see a scattering of showers and
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thunderstorms, which could be very slow moving due to the light winds. i can't completely rule out a shower at wimbledon tomorrow. it should be predominantly dry with some spells of sunshine. 24 or 25 degrees. friday is a day of sunshine and showers. further west, friday is a day of sunshine and showers. furtherwest, particularly the south—west, not as many showers and a fresher field by this stage. the wind coming down from the north—west. as we head into the weekend, high pressure looks like muscling in, building strongly across the british isles. that will suppress the shower activity. still some on saturday but not especially heavy. many places will avoid the showers and stay completely dry. so must any spells. temperatures around 16 to 24 degrees. and on sunday, most 16 to 24 degrees. and on sunday, m ost pla ces 16 to 24 degrees. and on sunday, most places dry. they will be some sunny spells.
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hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at four: sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president
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anger as fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson, who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him. whoever leaked his diptels has really done a grave disservice to our civil servants. his disregard for sir kim darroch and his refusal to back him was, in my view, pretty contemptible, but also not in the interests of the country he is trying to lead. the most senior official at the foreign office says he's outraged at the leaking of the documents which led to sir kim's decision. the leaker is guilty of the worst breach of trust in our service in my career. meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. warwick university apologises for how it handled an investigation into a facebook group chat, where male students made rape
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threats against female peers. coming up on afternoon live all the sport. there has been a huge shock in the first semifinal of the cricket world cup, new zealand has beaten favourites india by 18 runs after a dramatic match at old trafford. new zealand will now face either england or australia in the final. i will have all the details that have passed. —— half—past. thanks, azi. sunshine for some, lots of humidity and for some there will be thunderstorms on the way. also coming up... alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox. according to the nhs website... as the nhs links up with amazon
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to offer health advice we'll be putting alexa to the test here in the studio. hello, everyone. this is afternoon live. after days under the spotlight, britain's ambassador to washington sir kim darroch has resigned following the leak of his confidential emails in which he described the trump administration as inept and dysfunctional. president trump then denounced sir kim as stupid, wacky and a pompous fool, and said the white house would not deal with him. sir kim says it was impossible for him to carry on. there's growing anger after he reportedly came to the decision when he watched the tory leadership debate on tv last night and saw that borisjohnson was not publicly backing him. one senior conservative mp has accused boris johnson of throwing sir kim "under the bus." theresa may told the commons
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it's a matter of great regret that he's resigning. our world affairs correspondent naomi grimley reports. sir kim darroch, just last month, during donald trump's state visit. he was one of the key aides to facilitate the presidential stay in london. but a series of leaked memos in which he branded the president "inept and insecure" put paid to that close relationship and resulted in the most extraordinary attack from the president on twitter. mr trump had called the uk ambassador "wacky", "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool". yesterday, sir kim was visibly frozen out of a reception at the white house which he was due to attend. and so, today he said he felt he should go.
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theresa may had already made it clear she supported him continuing in his role, but, in the end, she accepted it was the diplomat himself who wanted to go. i have told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position as ambassador. the whole cabinet rightly gave its full support to sir kim on tuesday. jeremy corbyn. thank you, mr speaker. i too regret the resignation of sir kim darroch. i think the comments made about him are beyond unfair and wrong. i think he has given honourable and good service and should be thanked for it and i think the whole house should join together in deeply regretting the feeling he has obviously got that he must resign at this moment.
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but was this the moment sir kim's fate was sealed? boris johnson last night refused to back him, even though his ambassadorship was in its final six months. friends of the ambassador said it was a crucial factor in his decision to quit. today mrjohnson paid tribute to the departing diplomat. ijust heard kim darroch resigned and i want to say i regret that because i think he was a superb, is a superb diplomat and i worked with him for many years. i think whoever leaked his diptels has done a great disservice to our civil servants, to people who give impartial advice to ministers. to some, sir kim was a man who could no longer do hisjob after incurring the wrath of president trump, but to others this is a story of a public servant hung out to dry by politicians vying for power. naomi grimley, bbc news.
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our political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster now. and there are two pieces of reaction from here, one political and one diplomatic. we heard from the head of the departing service, says simon mcdonald, who spoke about the potential ramifications of this row and what it means for our ambassadors abroad. let's have a listen. nothing like this has ever happened before. there must be consequences. what they are in detail i can't tell you this afternoon. this is, as everybody is agreeing, unprecedented. but we will find a way through because we must. there is a politicalfallout there is a political fallout as well. let's speak to the chair of the committee, who is with me now.
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what was your takeaway from sir simon mcdonald? do you think this is an issue that is easily solved? ido an issue that is easily solved? i do not and it was clear from the very first moment when i asked sir simon, in his long diplomatic experience, anything like this had ever happens and he gave a simple answer, no. what can now be done to repair relations with the us? is that the priority? i don't think this is about relations with the us. our relationship is very important to both sides, the military relationship, having served in compact alongside the 82nd airborne. and the intelligence relationship is very close. as well as a trading relationship and so on. the real problem from this is that other embassies around the world may feel that what they write can be used against them and if other heads of
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states and governments feel they can effectively blank british embassy officials because the british government will not back them or support them, then that puts the uk ina very support them, then that puts the uk in a very vulnerable position. theresa may are dead back sir kim darroch, somebody who did not last night and that debates —— theresa may ndid back sir kim darroch. has borisjohnson not backing him had an impact? idid not impact? i did not watch the debate, i've seen far too many debates for the leadership in the past few weeks but i think it's important if you send people abroad, whether civilians or military, if you do not have confidence in them you recall them and change them and if you do you back them and support them. sol think an ambassador who has done the right thing and given as unvarnished reporting from the country he has been sent to should be supported. you tweeted earlier leaders should
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leads in these sorts of situations, if borisjohnson leads in these sorts of situations, if boris johnson is leads in these sorts of situations, if borisjohnson is by minister, can he lead? i'm sure he can and we need to see whether he will. the same is true of jeremy. jeremy has demonstrated strongly recently he's willing to stand up for britain and i don't know if you saw his response to president trump's first treat what he highlighted politely but firmly in the uk government will choose its own employees, not other foreign countries. i think both candidates can do it and i urge both of them to do so. that was a pointjeremy hunt made forcibly last night, he was behind kim darroch in all circumstances and he would support him. borisjohnson did not do that and it was quite clear he was reluctant to give him his full backing and say he would stay in the role, is that something the british diplomatic service just has to put up with or is it something that needs to change? idid not something that needs to change? i did not see the debate yesterday
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but i know when boris was foreign secretary he was very supportive of the foreign envoys and i'm sure he would be as by minister. i'm afraid i can't comment more on the debate. we have seen over the past 24 hours the debates about potentially suspending this place to get a no—deal brexit through if it comes to it, boris johnson no—deal brexit through if it comes to it, borisjohnson living that on the table, sirjohn major saying today he might even take boris johnson to court if he tries to do that, what is your view? is there any way that can be the answer? no. if you can't convince the representatives of the people your idea is good you must question whether it is. we run a parliamentary democracy because we do not believe there is an unchanging will of the people, it regular elections with a different mandate, with people representing different communities across these islands, who bring different points of view and that's how we achieve
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the settlement that allows everybody to live together rather than to be in permanent competition. so, i think prologue in parliament would bea think prologue in parliament would be a silly idea. thank you forjoining us. there is a row brewing here over the sir kim darroch resignation. as we heard from michael fallon, he has been absolutely scathing of those on jeremy hunt's team who said boris johnson's refusal to back sir kim was a factor in his resignation. we heard from friends of kim darroch that he did watch the debate last night and he did not feel he could go on after seeing, he did not have borisjohnson full go on after seeing, he did not have boris johnson full support. i suspect that row still has some way to play. well, that was westminster, now to washington where we have our north america reporter anthony zurcher.
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are they making anything but there? i see donald trump has yet to tweet on this particular issue but then you assume this is what he wanted. it seems exactly what he wanted. i suspect he will add this comment at some point. usually when he prevails like this and goes on one of his twitter insults breeze and the other side backs down he likes to spike the football, as it were, and celebrate. as far as the coverage and attention to this, there have been moments where it's broken through the noise in america, the original tweets and ended as ignition is getting a fair amount of coverage but the reality is it's viewed in the context ofjust another one of donald trump's social media spats. he lobbed insults at members of his own party, political opponents, celebrities and this is just the latest in a long line. while people in washington, dc and the state department are having to deal with the fallout from this and
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concerns about how it might affect the relationship between the two countries, the nation at large will now largely move on. it's difficult to look at it as a spat from the site of the ocean because we are talking about the british government was unprecedented of —— british government's representatives in washington that appears to be bullying, on the face of it. it is definitely a very serious issue about not only ambassadors providing candid analysis to the home office but where do they go from here, if the president decides he wants to put on any one representative in a country and essentially shame them into leaving, that sets a risky president. that is how donald trump operates, he does not even fire people in his own administration, hejust not even fire people in his own administration, he just makes not even fire people in his own administration, hejust makes it so uncomfortable for them that they
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resign. we've seen it time and time again here, where donald trump loses favour with certain people around him and he comes out and attacks them and creates a situation where them and creates a situation where the other party steps down. are we looking at misdirection, where this will focus attention on something other than what people wa nt to something other than what people want to talk about and right over there at the moment there is a growing scandal touching the president. yeah, the jeffrey president. yeah, thejeffrey epstein scandal, which is the man who was a friend of donald trump for decades, he says he broke off ties a while ago, he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and donald trump was my own labour secretary was the one who originally let him off on a much lesser deal about a decade ago. there are questions about how that will affect the administration and how they will stand by deliver labour secretary. i
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don't think you can draw any specific lines from one to the other. it is a practice of this president to throw so much information out there and have so many things going on at once that it's difficult for the media and the public to focus on any one thing and by the time they start to focus, there are ten other controversies self—created or not, that distract and they have to move on. thank you very much for that. on the story, we are hearing theresa may's spokeswoman said there been initial conversations with the police in relation to the investigation into the leak of sir kim darroch's e—mails. there were calls for the police to investigate in the commons and widespread anger, with some calls for him are responsible to be put in prison. we will have much more on that later on. in the past few moments, the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has told the bbc‘s media editor
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amol rajan he is shocked and angry about sir kim darroch's resignation. he was speaking at a global conference on press freedom in london. i think this is a black day for british diplomacy. sir kim darroch is an outstanding diplomat, served his country with distinction and it should not have come to this, he should not have come to this, he should not have been forced out of hisjob and should not have been forced out of his job and i should not have been forced out of hisjob and i am shocked and very angry it's happened. but i'm also absolutely clear the british foreign office, which has got the third biggest diplomatic network in the world after america and china, has been through tough times and we will recover but leadership is about standing by your man and i want about 13,000 employees, our diplomats in every corner of the planets, to know as foreign secretary i will back them if they do theirjob, which is to tell me their unvarnished opinions about what's happening in their countries where they are working. sirjohn major says he would seek a judicial review if borisjohnson
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tries to prorogue parliament to deliver a no deal brexit. the former prime minister, who's backing mr hunt, said it would be "utterly a nd totally u na cce pta ble" to deny mps their say. if that were to happen, i think there would be a queue of people who would seekjudicial review. the queen's decision cannot be challenged in law, but the prime minister's advice to the queen can, i believe, be challenged in law. and i for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed. at wimbledon, andy murray and serena williams, they have just lost to bruno suarez and nicole. this is the latest from court number two. andy murray's dream of winning the
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doubles with serena williams has been thwarted. we will have much more in the sport a little later. the vice chancellor of warwick university has apologised for the handling of an investigation into a facebook group chat where male undergraduates made rape threats against female students. the university has released the results of an independent report into its conduct, which described a "legacy of mistrust" generated by the case. i think the apology it has been a long time coming. they sound like genuine words from stuart croft. and i think, everything genuine words from stuart croft. and ithink, everything in genuine words from stuart croft. and i think, everything in the review, 22 pages in the review, as long as everything in there is a dress to what community will start to feel like that is a genuine apology. —— everything is addressed. i believe it's everything is addressed. i believe its public too late for those women to feel a sense of satisfaction but if changes are made going forward i think that's a very sound apology.
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too late understated, one of the women subsequently was forced to sit an exam next to one of the men who had been doing this to her. absolutely. the amount of suffering these women have undergone cannot be understated. but i think from this review a lot of the things that they said really upset him, not been communicated with properly, complete lack of transparency from the university, the independent reviewer brought this to the attention of the university and not understated the changes they need to make. so i think, i spoke to one of the women who originally made the complaint, she's not feeling over the moon because all of the changes still need to be made but she does have hope and a sense of relief the university have finally stepped forward and apologised. six of the men were given campus bands, however two of those were reduced to just one year after they appealed. is that the process that
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will change? a think -- i think will change? a think -— i think it will change? a think —— i think it comes from misinformation on a lot of grounds. the investigation officer being better trained, the appeals process, better trained, the appeals process, better communication between disciplinary board and the appeals process. i think that was knots a problem with the process itself, but it now needs to improve. so that kind of thing does not happen again because that caused a lot of outrage, quite rightly. that was going to be my final question and i'm sure it will be mentioned in the newspaper, can this happen again? this cannot happen again. because the amount, the toll it takes on students, after this group chat case happen, i spoke to victims of sexual violence and they did not feel like they could trust university. i think that must change.
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now, if you're feeling unwell and haven't got time to see a doctor, how about asking alexa? from this week, people will be able to get medical advice from amazon's voice—assisted technology. they can ask questions such as "how do i treat a migrane?" and "what are the symptoms of flu?" and alexa will then automatically search the nhs choices website for answers. but critics have condemned the new service as a "data protection disaster waiting to happen." ur health correspondent, nick triggle, reports. alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox? according to the nhs website, chickenpox starts with red spots. the popularity of voice assisted technology is growing and now the nhs is looking to harness its benefits. from this week people using their amazon alexa device to search for health information, or to ask medical questions, will get that information drawn directly from the nhs choices website. but will this be enough to convince people not to go to their gps or pharmacists?
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i have an alexa and she rarely hears me right so i probably wouldn't, i probably would just google on my phone. i think if it's for something less life—threatening, like the common cold and things like that, i would listen to it, but if i'm risking my life i wouldn't be happy, i'd probably go and see my gp. i probably wouldn't feel confident at all because even just googling my symptoms through my phone i don't trust it at all. the department of health and social care in england accepts there will be limits to what it will be used for but believes it could be helpful, especially for people who may struggle to access the internet in the traditional way, such as older people or those who are blind. people already ask alexa medical questions, that happens in millions of homes across this country and i want when people ask those questions for them to get the very best advice. here is your flash briefing. doctors agree there is potential
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in using voice assisted technology in this way, but they have concerns. the beauty when you see a health care professional is they are not just listening to the words that you say, they are looking at you as a whole person. they have your background to hand, the medical notes, and they can evaluate so many other elements. and of course you've got the years of clinical training behind us which helps us as well. and this could be just the start. the government is also in talks with other companies about setting up similar arrangements. nick triggle, bbc news. well, let's give this a go then, shall we? we've got our reporter catherine burns here. alexa, tell us about your partnership with the nhs. sorry, i am partnership with the nhs. sorry, lam not partnership with the nhs. sorry, i am not sure about that. brilliant start. shall i tell you? alexa, what can i do for a migraine? according to the nhs website...
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so she got that right, she refers us to the nhs website. until now, if you ask alexa for health advice the answer could come from any number of websites, now it should only come from the nhs. the idea is to make it more reliable and also give us more control over our health care and help people who would struggle to get online, for example, the elderly blind people. the health secretary making the point people already use the internet, this is just point people already use the internet, this isjust an extension of that sort of thing. exactly. it's getting a slightly muted welcome from some. the royal couege muted welcome from some. the royal college of gps say they can see the potential in this, especially for minor ailments but it does not replace a trained medical professional and they say more research needs to be done to make sure the answer is as safe and reliable. i thought you and i should do that research now. do you want to ask a question? i think ask a question? ithink i'm ask a question? i think i'm pregnant.
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i don't know that one. what should i do if i'm pregnant? according to the mayo clinic... you can see she referred us to it not the nhs which was not what she is meant to do. and obviously you're not pregnant, simon. neitheram i, by the way! and looking further down the list andi and looking further down the list and i hope we don't get there. lots of it is the wording so if you said, alexa, ithink lots of it is the wording so if you said, alexa, i think i lots of it is the wording so if you said, alexa, ithink i have lots of it is the wording so if you said, alexa, i think i have the flu. alexa, i think i've got the flu.” don't know that one. if you said alexa, what is the treatment for the flu? according to the nhs website copy up to get better more quickly... you can see sometimes it makes
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sense. alexa, i'm having trouble breathing. i don't know that one. that's not what she said earlier, and that she said, no, in difficulties is not breathing. that means nothing to me. this isn't putting my mind at rest over this. presumably, the data base putting my mind at rest over this. presumably, the database will increase and the answers will get better. i've just better. i'vejust got off better. i've just got off the phone to department of health ask exactly this and they said it's about information, rather than diagnosing or treating patients. more importantly, the algorithm is still learning. this is day one. hopefully as it does more research it will get better. whether you like it or not, lots of people don't, they don't wa nt lots of people don't, they don't want or cannot afford or don't like the idea of a alexa. technology experts predict by 2020 half of the searches will be done with a voice assistive technology. it is the future, at the minute.
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alexa, i've a headache. sorry, i don't know that. the other point raised is people who may be our suffering abuse at home may be our suffering abuse at home may treat an injury and the moment they go to the gp is when the gp picks other things up. this is obviously a very basic way for the simplest of things. there was an example earlier about a girl asks about the pill and then her dad hears the voice recording, that's not respecting her privacy. then the bigger issue about what data is being recorded, is it kept confidential. amazon say customers are in control and can review or delete recordings and all information will be kept confidential by privacy campaigners do not like it. can, for example, a father come back home and ask alexa to repeat think she's been asked?
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alexa, repeat our last conversation. she's not playing right now. there isa she's not playing right now. there is a way to do that. i'm not sure how, i've never asked mind to do that but is possible. i think the concern is about the cost. civil liberty groups say the public money spent on this should be spent on the front line of the nhs instead. they are calling it a breathtaking waste and say it is a data protection disaster waiting to happen. dogs, animals, children and is alexas that we will not work with on air. thank you very much. the us women's football team has returned home triumphant after winning the world cup in france. america defended their title and claimed a record fourth women's world cup with a 2—0 win over netherlands in the final. the team got back to the us on monday, and a victory parade is about to take place in new york.
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our north america reporter nada tawfikjoins me now. it was quite something, was it? it was quite something, was it? it really was. new york was just buzzing with excitement, energy, there were thousands of fans lined up there were thousands of fans lined up here on broadway, known at this area as the canyon of heroes as the women's soccer team came down on floats, escorted by marching bands, motorcycles, and they really had a great time. they were sipping champagne, waving to the crowds and dancing on the float. below you had mothers, fathers, young girls and boys all looking up to them as role models, as an inspiration. what was really interesting about this parade was the fact so many people along the routes held up signs demanding people pay for these tremendous —— demanding equal pay for these tremendous athletes. they know how passionate these women are in their
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fight for equal pay and the fans absolutely support them and believe they deserve it. after this they went down to city hall where they got the symbolic keys to the city. then again we heard from new york's governor saying if pay is about talent and performance, these women deserve to be paid more than the men. the overwhelming support for this team. and is that it now? do they go on a tour of the country, presumably they've got to get back in training? it's going to be an extremely busy day for them because from new york they fly to los angeles later today where they are going to be attending the sports ceremony awards honouring the sports ceremony awards honouring the best in athletic achievement. alex morgan is nominated as one of the best female athletes. and then we will see, they of course have to
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then compete in the us national league, they have lots of training and work to do but before that the big question is will the end up going and accepting that invite to congress, will they be invited to the white house and will they take up the white house and will they take up that invite? so far, they've seem like that's not something they are up like that's not something they are upfor like that's not something they are up for what the invitation has not come yet. thank you very much for that. now it's time for a look at the weather. good afternoon. most of us have seen a little bit of sunshine so far today but there is some extra cloud and showery rain across northern ireland and scotland. this evening, we could see some intense thunderstorms breaking out across scotland. it could cause a bit of travel disruption with a lot of rain ina travel disruption with a lot of rain in a short space of time. the rain
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pushing eastwards through the night. staying largely dry down towards the south. quite misty and murky in some western areas. tomorrow, so morning showers in the east. a fair amount of dry weather. one or two showers bowing up of dry weather. one or two showers popping up and some thundery ones across eastern scotland, down into north—east england. temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees. it will turn cooler and fresher as we head towards the weekend and the shower activity will tend to decrease. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. anger as fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful borisjohnson, who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him. whoever leaked his cables has really
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done a great disservice to our civil servants. meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. warwick university apologises for how it handled an investigation into a facebook group chat, where male students made rape threats against female peers. and coming up... schools in wales are being urged to have uniforms which are more affordable, accessible and gender neutral. that's in news nationwide in a few minutes time. sport now on afternoon live with azi farni. azi, we've been headlining events at wimbledon all week but there's been a dramatic finish to the first cricket world cup semifinal today. what happened ? new zealand are into the world cup final after what was a dramatic win over india at old trafford. after
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yesterday's rain, the kiwis resumed this morning to set india a very reachable target of 242 win, or so you would have thought. the indians got off to the worst possible start, losing their first three wickets for just five runs. they then failed to 24-4 just five runs. they then failed to 24—4 and just five runs. they then failed to 24-4 and 96-2, just five runs. they then failed to 24—4 and 96—2, before ms dhoni dragged the two time winner is back into contention, but with 37 runs needed from the last 18 balls, ms dhoni was run out by martin guptill, to realistically end india's chances. they were eventually all out for 221, losing byjust 18 runs. it always feels disappointing when you have played such a good cricket and then 45 minutes of bad cricket. it is difficult to accept, it is difficult to come to terms with, but new zealand deserved it because they put more pressure on us and they
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we re put more pressure on us and they were sharper when it came to the crunch moments. soa crunch moments. so a huge shock at old trafford as new zealand go through. england and australia might be happy with that result. they play the second semifinal at edgbaston tomorrow, looking to face new zealand in sunday's final at lord's. let's go to wimbledon. the blockbuster partnership of andy murray and serena williams in the mixed doubles has come to an end. they have been beaten by the number one seeds. let's cross straight over to the all england club now to join john watson. there he is. they were a crowd puller. it is a shame for the fans at wimbledon that they run has come to an end. absolutely. it isa has come to an end. absolutely. it is a real disappointment. we are all feeling a little glum because that
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dream partnership is now over. serena williams and andy murray beaten by the top seeds. they are doubled specialists. they took it to three sets out on court number two in front of a huge crowd out there and played some brilliant tennis, as they have done throughout this tournament, but it was a step too far against the tournament, but it was a step too faragainst the number tournament, but it was a step too far against the number one seeds and that means the only remaining british hope rests on the shoulders ofa british hope rests on the shoulders of a 23—year—old british player is still in the mix doubles. this is a match point. that book their place in the next round. in the men's singles, novak djokovic be david goffin in straight sets. and that means he is into the semifinals once again. this was one of the best rallies of their match, which goffin
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one. that was a highlight. it means that he will play bautista agut in the semifinals because he beat pella of argentina. bautista agut, the furthest he has ever been at the grand slam. neitherof furthest he has ever been at the grand slam. neither of these had been through to a semifinal. pella had thought about quitting tennis at one stage but has had a brilliant competition this year. on centre court at the moment, will we see a possible upset? live pictures at the moment of the crowd watching roger federer against nishikori. moment of the crowd watching roger federeragainst nishikori. roger federeragainst nishikori. roger federer is a set down. 6—4. but he is now 2—0 ahead in the second. roger federer hoping to book his place into a wimbledon semifinal once again. if he wins another grand slam at wimbledon, that would be an amazing story.
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thank you very much. and silverstone has announced that it has signed a deal to keep the british grand prix until 2024. the race had been in doubt since silverstone exercised a break clause in its contract because of the cost of staging it but a new contract to keep their race at the venue was agreed yesterday. the f1 chairman described the race at silverstone as an integral part of the future of the sport. now on afternoon live, let's go nationwide and see what's happening around the country in our daily visit to the bbc newsrooms around the uk. let's go to nick servini, who is in cardiff, to tell us about new guidlines for gender neutral school uniforms in wales. and emma glasbey is in leeds to tell us the amxzing story of a young girl born with a rare heart condition who is now a happy and healthy 11—year—old.
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let's talk about school uniforms. people always complain about the cost of uniforms so presumably anything that brings that down is popular? i think that's right, simon, and the welsh government will probably consider this as something ofa probably consider this as something of a crowd pleaser because at the very least they can portray themselves as being on the side of ha rd themselves as being on the side of hard pressed families are trying to make ends meet. i should say, when we have done this topic a number of times over the past year, because there has been a number of staging blocks with various periods of consultation, it always generates a big response. it is something people clearly feel strongly about. we should say that there are already guidelines in place forjays of governors and head teachers about what they should and should not do with uniforms. the difference is that welsh government are essentially making them statutory, so they are giving the guidelines
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teeth, and if a parent feels the school is not playing ball properly, they can lodge a formal complaint. the devil is in the detail. the kind of things we are talking about is, for example, a school to not be specific in the kinds of things that it wants from uniform. so to stipulate more about basic items and colours rather than styles. and the whole idea is to increase the potential source of retail outlets where people can get uniforms from and keep the price down. we know in the past, an issue has been about affordability. when there are very small numbers of outlets where you can small numbers of outlets where you ca n a ccess small numbers of outlets where you can access to the uniform from, and central to that is the use of a logo in the uniform and how many items of clothing required the particular school logo. and a connected theme to this, and something that has got a lot of headlines in this, is the
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question of gender neutrality. the education secretary in wales, kirsty williams, has said she believes this binary choice of trousers for boys and skirts for girls, those days are over and that uniforms should be as gender neutral as possible in the future. schools governing body, when deciding on day school uniform and appearance policy, will have to take this guidance into consideration in terms of affordability, making sure that items are good value for money, easily accessible, also looking at getting rid of lists of items that are specified for girls and boys, and also addressing some of the issues they sometimes see arriving out of extreme weather conditions. what do schools make of this?” out of extreme weather conditions. what do schools make of this? i have spoken to one head teacher who broadly welcomed this. there is an issue about timings, saying there is not much time to introduce it. the welsh government says they have had
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plenty of time to deal with this. on the question of affordability, for many of those parents of pupils on free school meals, they do get gra nts to free school meals, they do get grants to help out, to try to deal with the affordability question, schools say they are heading in that direction but what we are seeing now with these guidelines is that they won't be that much of an element of choice when it comes to this, they really will have to follow it, so it will all be about the interpretation and how this is enforced when it comes into play in septemberfor the start of the next school year. thank you. more at 6:30pm where you are. next, this amazing little girl. yes, i started filming with her at the start of 2009. she was just a baby back then and she was born with a rare form of congenital heart disease. when she was only seven days old, she underwent open heart
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surgery. she underwent open heart surgery. she underwent open heart surgery again when she was just three months old and at this point doctors did not think she would live for another week. her devastated parents were told that her only hope was a heart transplant. we began filming herand her was a heart transplant. we began filming her and her parents at the hospital in newcastle and at this point she was at the top of the uk's transplant list. but she was deteriorating and time it seemed to be running out. then, injuly 2009, her parents received a call from the hospital to say that a heart had been found. but one of the many heartbreaking parts of this story is that she needed a heart from another baby or young child. on the 10th of july 2009, ten years ago today, she underwent a long and very complex heart transplant operation at the freeman hospital in newcastle. look
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north have been following her over the years, following her story, and it is remarkable and a privilege tonight to be reporting on their tenth anniversary of that life—saving operation. we have been back to film with her and her parents. we feel like we are living some sort of surreal life sometimes because all the odds were against her and she has come through so well. you couldn't set her apart from any other 11th year old. she is doing really well. i don't think you can ever look back at that time without a tear in your eye but also a tinge of happiness about having those memories, but the main thing we are feeling at the moment is that immense pride in who she has become. it is good to have a good new story. she looks like a picture of health now. she is, although she will need to be on medication for the rest of her life. but when ice started
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filming with her when she was a desperately ill baby, when i started filming with her parents, they never daydreamed that she would be able to start school or that they would even be able to take a holiday with her. she is now preparing to start high school, she is 11 years old, she loves dancing, she loves gymnastics, and herfamily loves dancing, she loves gymnastics, and her family have given us unprecedented access to the family, they have allowed us to film, because they are so passionate about getting the message across about the importance of organ donation. we will be talking more about that at 6:30pm. it is difficult not to get involved in a story like that. really good to see you. thank you both.
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and if you would like to see more on any of those stories, you can access them on the bbc iplayer. we go nationwide every weekday afternoon at 4:30pm. we are in the summer period and we need to drink more fluid. heat can kill elderly people. in this exercise class, they work hard to keep cool. i find it difficult to drink a lot of water but i do know how very important it is, because it can have devastating effects if you get dehydrated. actually, i go in the garden a lot and the windows are all open and we have ice—cream.
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the world has already overheated by one degree, and it will get hotter. this care home is already adapting. staff have been on extra alert to be more vigilant with offering fluids and hydrating foods, particularly fluids little and often. so, these people are fine but the report says policies are needed to protect the whole population, as the climate hots up. care homes are a particular problem because of the uk's increasingly elderly population. but many hospitals are overheating too. even modern flats are sometimes being built with ventilation that is completely inadequate for the sort of temperatures we are likely to expect. climate heating will affect property as well as people. the docks at immingham in humberside are vulnerable to the inevitable rise in sea level. the committee says ministers must get a grip. this really is not good enough. there is an emergency to reduce the hazard, to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. but actually we are seeing the climate change. even if we are on the 1.5 degrees path, the climate
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is going to go on changing, we are going to see more severe weather. the 2018 summer is going to be, by 2050, a normal summer. the report says only the power sector is on track to meet its targets for cutting the emissions that are fuelling global heating. global transport emissions have barely dropped. there are too few charging points for electric cars, the committee says. people need to get out of their cars and onto public transport, walking and cycling. then there is flying. ministers are increasing aviation, but the world's most popular environmentalist says air passengers do not pay the cost they impose on the climate. if you cost that, you would see the tickets are extraordinarily cheap. dealing with these problems means we have got to change our lifestyle. the government insists it wants to lead on climate change and will produce new policies. the committee says it wants deeds, not words. roger harrabin, bbc news.
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the business news in a moment. first, a look at the headlines on afternoon live. sir kim darroch resigns as uk ambassador to the us amidst the row over leaked emails critical of president trump's administration. fingers are pointed at tory leadership hopeful boris johnson, who's accused of throwing sir kim under the bus for not publicly backing him. meanwhile, former prime minister sirjohn major says he would take legal action to stop the new prime minister trying to suspend parliament to deliver a no—deal brexit. here's your business headlines on afternoon live. the economy returned to growth in may, expanding by 0.3%, after shrinking by 0.4% april. the office for national statistics said most of the growth came from carfactories where production was boosted after some took a break around the original brexit deadline at the end of march. but economists are warning there could be more bumps
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in the road before the brexit impasse is resolved. the world's most important central banker has warned of growing risks to the global economy. jerome powell, who is chairman of the us federal reserve, said that "uncertainties" have increased in recent months. investors believe he could be preparing to cut the cost of borrowing soon. although the us economy is growing, powell said that business owners and farmers are become worried about trade tensions between the us and its partners. the founder of superdry says he is trying to "steady the ship" after the fashion retailer reported an £85m annual loss. julian dunkerton returned to the firm in april, having quit last year in a dispute with its previous management over what he called their "misguided" strategy. where have the markets ended up today? and the pound, just as people are preparing to go on holiday, it
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rocks. yes, falling to levels not seenin rocks. yes, falling to levels not seen in two years. it has recovered slightly from where it was yesterday. and it is because of bad news every way for the pound, as one trader put it. growing concern. it is running through some investors' mind is it could mean for a trade deal. but also the diplomatic spat with china over the protest, the democracy protests in hong kong. so it has all added up to this fall in the pound. bad news if you are going on your holidays. your pound is buying fewer dollars or euros, or if you are buying anything from abroad. it is good news if you are a uk exporter, because that means the stuff you are selling overseas is
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going to become cheaper, and it hasn't moved much today by those economic growth figures, but investors are looking pretty closely to what economists are saying about that growth number in may. it could just be a flash in the pan. put that in some sort of context. over the past year, the pound has generally been hovering around $1.3. cast your mind back to before the brexit referendum, back then, it was around $1.52. and not long before that, $1.66. back then, going on holiday to the united states was a lot cheaper. one or two other places as well. this joining us now is laura cooper, head of fx solutions and strategy for rbc wealth management. first of all, what do you think is uppermost in the minds of investors
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right now when it comes to the pound? certainly we have seen the pound? certainly we have seen the pound come under significant pressure and i think this week investors have had a lot to digest on the political front. the key driver likely over the past few days isjust that we driver likely over the past few days is just that we are seeing this rising risk of a no deal exit, potentially in october, continued to weigh on investor sentiment around that, because we have seen the conservative potential leaders come out supporting, wanting to keep the no deal as an option, as a negotiating tactic, and that is being reflected in the currency. so this is governed by how much investors are willing to buy sterling, but for those people going on holidays, what advice can you give to them about when to actually go to their foreign exchange and buy some? when we look out to the summer months, it is quite an unusual time because the currency is being driven less by economic fundamentals and typical drivers like interest rates
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and is being more driven byjustice heightened brexit uncertainty and thatis heightened brexit uncertainty and that is depressing for the pound. looking out, it is hard to see what could actually spur a recovery in the currency. at this stage, i would say it is more likely to be the case that the pound could come under some further pressure, just because we continue to see a lack of clarity around brexit, the potential for a rise in general election in the uk, and so markets tend to not like this uncertainty. at this stage, it is really down from here. and it is a bit like asking for next week's lottery numbers. across the atlantic, the us federal reserve chairperson has said about uncertainties in the world economy and that has been seen as a likely signal of him reducing the cost of borrowing in the united states and that could reduce the value of the dollar. would that play out or how would that play out here? certainly,
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we are seeing the us federal reserve now signalling that a rate cut is most likely to occur in july. certainly markets were expecting that but that has been cemented at this stage. from a dollar perspective, if they come through with cats, that could see some pressure on the dollar against some currencies, but certainly against sterling, it really does continue to just be a brexit story at this stage. it is hard to see a significant improvement in the pound against the dollar because it is being drivenjust against the dollar because it is being driven just by against the dollar because it is being drivenjust by the political uncertainty. if we do see the us cutting interest rates, does that act as a trigger for other big economies? even ourselves? to cut back on rates? we have seen a major advanced economies shift to more of that cautionary tone, signalling that cautionary tone, signalling that they are likely to ease monetary policy. the bank of england was actually the one that stood out more recently, saying that it still
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has that mild tightening bias that it could raise interest rates if we saw some clarity on brexit, but more re ce ntly we saw some clarity on brexit, but more recently we have seen comments from mark carney come out and say there are downside risks to the uk economy and so it is more likely to be the case that we could actually see the bank of england join that chorus of bankers and potentially lean towards a rate cut in the future. thank you very much. that is it from me. thank you. and that is it from us. now it is time for the weather. many of us getting to see some blue sky and sunshine today but that is not the whole story. as you can see from the satellite and radar picture, there is some extra cloud for some and some outbreaks of showery rain. also some on and off
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rain through northern ireland and scotland. as we go through the afternoon, across the northern half of the uk we are likely to develop some hit and miss slow moving thunderstorms but down towards the south, temperature holding up in the middle 20s. pretty humid as well. as we go through the evening, northern ireland and scotland, the potential for some severe slow—moving thunderstorms which could dump a lot of rain in a short space of time. that is worth bearing in mind if you are travelling. the rain will slide eastwards over night. the far south of england and south wales probably staying predominantly dry. 12 to 16 degrees with patchy mist and low cloud. low pressure in charge on thursday. the wind pretty light so nothing to push the weather around, but it does look like we will see much of the morning rain in eastern areas clearing away. a fair amount of dry weather and spells of sunshine. and then through the
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afternoon, across the eastern side of scotland, down into north—east england, down to east anglia, a scattering of showers and thunderstorms which could be very slow moving due to the light winds. i can't completely rule out a shower at wimbledon tomorrow. on balance, it should be predominantly dry with spells of sunshine. on friday, it is a day of sunshine and showers. the showers are most plentiful across eastern areas, where they could be heavy, possibly thundery. across the west, not as many showers and a fresher field with the wind coming down from the north—west. as we head into the weekend, high pressure looks like muscling in, building its way increasingly strongly across the british isles. that will suppress the shower activity. still some on saturday but not especially heavy. many places will stay completely dry. large slabs of cloud in the sky. since any spells. temperatures between 16 and 24 degrees. and on sunday, one or two showers, most
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places dry, some sunny spells. today at five — britain's ambassador to washington resigns after a tirade of insults from president trump. sir kim darroch says the row over his leaked emails —
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which criticised the trump white house — made it impossible for him to carry on. this morning, i have spoken to sir kim darroch. i've told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position as ambassador in washington. there are claims he decided to step down after borisjohnson refused to publicly back him during the conservative leadership debate last night. whoever leaked his diptels has really done a grave disservice to our civil servants. we'll have the latest from washington
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