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this is bbc news, the headlines: a meeting of kensington and chelsea council about the grenfell tower tragedy is scrapped as journalists enter the room. a retired judge will lead the inquiry into what happened at grenfell tower. he said it may not be as wide—ranging as some residents hope. the ayes to the right, 323. the noes to the left, 309. the noes to the left, 309. mps have voted in favour of the queen's speech by a majority 01:14 votes. jeremy corbyn has sacked three frontbenchers for defying the party whip and voting in favour of labour backbenchers‘ queen's speech amendment. no deal yet in northern ireland. the deadline for setting up a new power—sharing executive has passed. it is now extended until monday. also coming up: bad news for bees. a new study shows pesticides temporarily banned by europe are harmful to both honeybees and wild bees. and at 8:45james naughtie talks
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to the author paula mcgrath about her novel a history of running away. good evening and welcome to bbc news. it's only a few hours since theresa may named the judge who will chair the grenfell tower inquiry and already sir martin moore—bick is facing questions about whether his brief is wide—ranging enough. sir martin promised "a vigorous inquiry" into what caused the fire and how it spread so quickly with such fatal consequences. but many local residents, some of whom met the judge this afternoo, of whom met the judge this afternoon, say they want to know who should be held responsible for the disaster.
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our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. away from the debate about the number of deaths and the risk from cladding, dozens of families are morning. dozens of families are mourning. relatives of tony disson laid him to rest today, close to the tower. relatives of tony disson laid to rest today, close to the tower. and this is the man facing the task of explaining their deaths, facing the cameras for the first time. i had never seen anything like that building, which is now completely gutted so you can see through it in many places. and will cover all the ground
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are reliable and can prevent but already he and they appear he may certainly get to the bottom of what caused the fire to spread so quickly. whether he will get to the bottom of who is responsible for causing the fire in the first place is a different matter, and that is the one concerning residents. we want a wider enquiry, one that will include the issues that were raised before. so basically, the attitudes towards people. we want to make sure that people would be listened to, that our voices will not be ignored. that is the priority. there is a feeling around the tower that he should examine whether warnings about fire safety were ignored because the community had no voice. whether my enquiry is the right way in which to achieve that, i am more doubtful. and i will give that some thought and in due course make a recommendation. but there may be other ways in which that desire for investigation can be satisfied. so you may not be able to give them the wide enquiry they appear to be looking for? maybe not. people are desperate
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for answers here. the prime minister would like an interim report within months. today the judge said that could include details of how the fire started, why it spread so fast and the response. but he said even that could take a up to a year. after all, the remit of the enquiry still has to be decided by the government. the cause of the fire will clearly be a main topic. but the prime minister has also talked about examining the wider issue of tower block safety, and the pressure for a deeper look at political and social causes is unlikely to go away. the chairman, sir martin moore—bick, was born in wales and went to christ church college cambridge before becoming a barrister. 1995 hearing commercial cases, and to the court of appeal in 2005. there he rejected
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a family's legal choice to prevent westminster council from moving them out of london. the supreme court overruled. he was labelled a controversial choice for the grenfell tower enquiry. and he knows that revealing the truth about britain's worst fire in modern history will be a difficult and sensitive task, carried out in the full glare of public attention. it could take him years. earlier kensington and chelsea council adjourned a cabinet meeting to discuss its response to the grenfell tower fire. speaking before that decision the leader of the council, nick paget—brown, told bbc london's political editor, tim donovan, that he didn't want want to be drawn on whether he should stay on as leader. that is not a matter for today, that is not a matterfor today, that is something we will look at in due course. myjob at the moment is to make sure the council has a head
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that can be recognised and i need to be seen to me making sure that there isa be seen to me making sure that there is a proper response to people's lives that have been so devastated by this tragedy is in place. would you accept to be the leader in six months‘ time. you accept to be the leader in six months' time. that is not not a matter i will discuss now. will you be the person leading the council or the conservatives leading the council into the election next year? i understand you want to go down that road, at the moment it would demean the lives that have been lost by getting too much into the political future of either me or anybody else. the leader of kensington council. 0ne anybody else. the leader of kensington council. one of our journalists managed to get into the meeting and she told us how she did it. this was a cabinet meeting that had been called an earlier on today
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when we were looking at whether we could come along we were told the public would be excluded and the press as well. a number of journalists including myself raised concerns about that to the council. we were told we still would not be able to attend but a number of newspapers got a court order from a high courtjudge which meant that the council had to let us in. at that point the meeting had already started. they were only letting in journalists with press passes to a few of us managed to get in. when we got inside the council leader had already begun reading out a statement so we did not catch the beginning of it, but as he carried on he talked about how the reputation of the council had been diminished. he talked about how they would be starting a subcommittee of the cabinet and also a scrutiny committee in the council sometime later this week or next week, in
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order to focus purely on the g re nfell order to focus purely on the grenfell victims. he talked about the contribution that council staff had made, but then at the end of that statement he then started reading a statement, which he had started reading before he knew the journalists would be n, then he started reading out something that said that the meeting was private and the media was not being allowed in because of concerns about security. various members of the audience, who were made up of conservative councillors and labour councillors then at that point started getting annoyed and one of them said, have you not seen the journalists who have just walked into the room? what are they doing here? at this point the council leader basically finished a statement, got up, walked out followed by the cabinet members, leaving those councillors who wanted some answers to basically dispute
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why they had left the room without giving them those answers, so pretty angry scenes in there a few moments ago. our reporter. she managed to get into the meeting. she managed to get into the meeting. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are tim stanley, lead writer for the daily telegraph, and jessica elgot, political correspondent at the guardian. women from northern ireland will no longer have to pay for abortions on the nhs in england. the decision, which was revealed hours before the queen's speech was passed in a crucial vote, is being seen as a sign of the government's vulnerability without a house of commons majority. there had been fears that a number of tory mps would vote with labour on the issue. as our political editor laura kuennsberg reports, today's vote is the first significant parliamentary test for theresa may since the election. what she wants you to see. the prime minister on the red carpets of europe. everyone in a good mood, her german colleague says.
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but at home, hard work. to avoid being humbled by the house of commons, with mps threatening defeat... the chancellor of the exchequer. ministers had to make a last—minute promise that women from northern ireland who go to england for abortions won't have to pay. the government intends to intervene to fund abortions in england for women arriving here from northern ireland. it is welcome the government is now saying it will correct this injustice. however, he will know the devil will be in the detail. ministers had to do that billion pounds deal with the dup to get their numbers, to fury, even on their own side. i can barely put into words my anger at the deal my party has done with the dup. we didn't need to do it. what is grubby about money being put into the infrastructure of northern ireland? money going into the health service of northern ireland?
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money going into education? what is grubby about that? the prime minister returned this afternoon to help pass the vote to approve her government's programme. stripped of its most controversial measures. in the back... are you hanging on, prime minister? and then out the front to face the opposition‘s main complaints. it can be ensure that people have enough to live on. it can't maintain our public services. that is a government that doesn't deserve to remain in office. i do not see how the nations of the uk can cope with the drastic economic hit that will come as a result. as a result of brexit? is there a determination to stand up to the answer is no, no, no. the chancellor seemed to enjoy the case for the defence.
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taking the hard decisions that will set britain on course to seize the prizes and achieve a brighter global future. the ayes to the right, 323. the noes to the left, 309. yet with no overall majority, and less authority, even as ministers win tonight... the ayes have it. they know with every vote, parliament can show its power. 0ur political correspondent eleanor garnier is at westminster. it is all going to be very tight, isn't it? yes, that is what we have learnt today. not only does theresa may nurse and very thin majority that it may nurse and very thin majority thatitis may nurse and very thin majority that it is extremely fragile and that it is extremely fragile and thatis that it is extremely fragile and that is why we saw this amendment today being put down by stella creasy, the labour mp, saying that she wanted those women in northern ireland to be able to come to
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england and have abortions on the nhs. very quickly we saw the government responding and saying, yes, we are hearing you, and we are going to shift our policy on that. in the end stella creasy withdrew her amendment, but just highlighting not only had then theresa may's majority is, but how much muscle backbenchers, on both the labour and conservative sides, how much muscle they will have now on issues where there is cross—party support were theresa may will be worrying about being defeated. what is happening amongst the labour ranks? 0r being defeated. what is happening amongst the labour ranks? or is not well there. the queen's speech might have passed through the commons, but we have seen the divisions in the labour benches as well. that is because three shadow front bench ministers have been sacked tonight for rebelling against the labour leadership and backing an amendment that was put down to restore or
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maintain the uk's membership of the single market after brexit. labour mps had been told to abstain on that vote. jeremy corbyn said he did not wa nt vote. jeremy corbyn said he did not want his mps voting for or against it, but there were 49 mps who backed the amendment and three of them were ministers. they were sacked. a further shadow minister resigned before the vote took place. now jeremy corbyn has four holes on his front bench team to fill in, but the most important thing we learn today was about theresa may and her fragile majority. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: a meeting of kensington and chelsea council about the grenfell tower tragedy is scrapped as journalists as journalists enter the room. a retired appeal courtjudge will lead the public inquiry into the fire — he says it may not be as wide—ranging as some residents hope.
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mps have voted in favour of the queen's speech, by a majority 01:14 votes. sport now and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. good evening. we will start with tennis. johanna konta has underlined her wimbledon credentials with the win over world number one angelique kerber. after recovering from a heavy fall on a match point in the eastbourne semifinal, she was interethnic form in the first set going 3—0 up at one point and she went on to take it 6—3. she was looking comfortable and then there was a nasty fall which meant she was on the turf for a few minutes. she got up and received treatment and saw out the match. she took the second set 6—4 and she reaches the
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semifinals. well... i slipped and hit my head so i have got a sore head now, so we will see. it has been a busy afternoon, notjust for myself but for a lot of players. we played a lot of tennis today and i am looking forward to recovering the best i can and playing tomorrow. good to see her back on her feet and 0k before wimbledon. heather watson is also through. she took the first set 6—1. she managed to come through in the deciding set 6—4. concerns linger over the fitness of the world number one andy murray after his withdrawal from another match in an exhibition match at london's hurlingham club. he was due to play tomorrow but he pulled out saying he had a sore hip. he had already
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withdrawn on tuesday, the same problem forcing him out of that one. he has not trained today. england strikerjermain he has not trained today. england striker jermain defoe he has not trained today. england strikerjermain defoe has joined bournemouth on a three—year deal. a clause in his contract means he could leave for free following their relegation from the premier league. he was on loan with bournemouth in the 2000—2001 season. he scored 15 goals last season and gotan he scored 15 goals last season and got an england recall in march after a four—year absence. police have been unable to trace the driver accused of crashing into the three times tour de france champion chris froome whilst out on a training ride in may. he posted a picture on twitter of his damaged bike and reported the incident to police in france and the police say there has been no significant progress made in the inquiry. warren gatland, the british and irish lines head coach, says he has had to make some tough calls ahead
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of the must win second test against new zealand on saturday. johnny sexton will start at fly half alongside 0wen farrell who has moved to inside centre. then p0 drops to the bench. peter 0mani is replaced as skipper by sam warburton. the bench. peter 0mani is replaced as skipper by sam warburtonlj the bench. peter 0mani is replaced as skipper by sam warburton. i am delighted with the selection for this week. it is the most nervous i have been going into the team selection this week. i did not know what was going to happen. i thought the guys played brilliantly on tuesday. we saw what happened last week and i was very nervous about the selection for this week in which direction they would go in, but i am delighted to be starting in the test series. there is nothing a mother would do for their son. even if you area would do for their son. even if you are a grown man playing in a professional golf tournament, this player had thrown his club into the water after a bit of a tantrum in france. but look, 20 minutes later
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his mother is wading into the water, knee deep in the water, to the amusement of the other players. but she realised it was then broken and she realised it was then broken and she threw it back anyway. that is much to the amusement of everyone watching. i guess that is why it ended up there in the first place because it was broken. a little bit frustrated as she throws what was left of it away. he needs a new pattern. that is all, i will be back with more later. the latest deadline for a deal to be reached for power—sharing to be restored to northern ireland has passed without any agreement. downing street says talks between sinn fein and the democratic unionists will continue until monday. if there's no agreement by then, there could be a return to direct rule from westminster. 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler reports on why it's proving so difficult to reach an agreement. stormont is a symbol and the home
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of government in northern ireland. but since january, there has been no one home. hours, weeks and months have passed without ministers or an assembly. today was deadline day. four o'clock billed as the final chance for a return to power sharing. but the hour passed without fanfare. and most importantly, without a deal. i believe that a resolution can be found. and i am urging the parties to continue focusing all of their efforts on achieving this. for days, the parties have been locked in negotiations inside stormont castle. but it is clear that the democratic unionists haven't forgiven sinn fein for walking out of their coalition government earlier this year. if anybody thinks they are going to collapse stormont, get all of their demands and go back in there, they may think again.
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that is not how we do business. power—sharing at stormont collapsed during a financial row over a botched energy schemes set up while arlene foster was energy minister. sinn fein said they wouldn't go back into government unless arlene foster stepped aside as first minister while a public enquiry took place. and they have been calling for the introduction of same—sex marriage in northern ireland, which the dup has blocked in the past. but a key sticking point is sinn fein's demand for legislation which would give official status to the irish we want these institutions back up and running again but it has to be on the basis of equality and respect. and institutions which command public confidence. the dup secured £1 billion for northern ireland as part of their deal to support the tories at westminster. but with the future
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of devolved government hanging in the balance, nobody is sure if there will be stormont ministers to spend that cash, to the clear frustration of people at this funfair. they need to put their differences aside and move forward for the country as a whole and spend that money wisely on nhs, public services and education. i think it is a bit of a joke. they need to put things aside and look at the bigger picture. even though the deadline has passed, the talks haven't come to a crashing halt. after the weekend, the westminster government will have to make decisions about what to do in northern ireland. chris buckler, bbc news, belfast. well we can speak now to the veteran observer of politics in northern ireland, the journalist & author, david mckittrick. he joins us from our belfast studio. i hope you don't mind the veteran tag, it is meant as a condiment of
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course. what do you think the stumbling block is? arlene foster and the dup say things are not on the table and deep underneath that is an underlying distrust which permeates all of these talks and there has been a lot of mistrust and it is being added to an sinn fein's ace by the fact that arlene foster has done this deal with theresa may. sinn fein never in their history have trusted british government a nyway have trusted british government anyway and they are saying arlene foster has got a big, powerful ally in theresa may and she is not going to be in the business of giving any concessions to sinn fein. on the surface it is about irishness and respect for irish culture, but there isa respect for irish culture, but there is a great deal more than that and play behind it? that is right. sinn
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fein pulled out of the assembly and brought the whole thing down back in january because they kept saying we are not getting respect from arlene foster. really, arlene foster has not, in their rise, improved in any way. she has not become more conciliatory towards them and so the way things stand, what sinn fein are saying is, do we really want to go backin saying is, do we really want to go back in there if this is going to be an even harder line with arlene foster as first minister? with the dup providing this confidence and supply arrangement to theresa may, how does that affect the power dynamics within northern ireland? how does that affect the power dynamics within northern ireland7m has changed things a great deal. first of all, arlene foster did so well in the westminster election. secondly, the arithmetic gave her a great bonus with the hung parliament
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and with the new pact between the tories and arlene foster, sorry, yes, the tories and arlene foster. sinn fein used to be a lot more powerful than they were and they seem to have lost a lot of influence and it is arlene foster who now looks as though she has by far the most leveraged. the deadline is monday, what will concentrate minds if anything? i think the psychology is that sinn fein are not ready to make a deal because they think everything is unfavourable towards them. i imagine that really they will try and spin this out until the autumn in the hope that something else will turn up because they think if they go back into the assembly now, it will be in a position of near impotence. always a treat to speak to you, thank you very much. one of the pope's closest advisors, cardinal george pell,
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has been charged with historical sexual offences against children. at a press conference this morning the cardinal insisted he was innocent and said he looked forward to having his day in court. james reynolds reports from rome. this morning in st peter's square, the cardinals of the catholic church turned out for a celebration led by pope francis. what these men do, how they behave, directly affects the pope's ability to lead. this morning, one of their number was missing. cardinal george pell appeared in a vatican pressroom to respond to the allegations made in australia. i'm innocent of these charges. they are false. the whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me. for more than a0 years, george pell worked as a priest and then an archbishop in his own country. during the 1970s, he worked in his hometown of ballarat. the police have been
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investigating this era. they have now brought charges. cardinal pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences. and there are multiple complainants relating to those charges. this isn't the first time the cardinal has had to answer questions about his actions. in february of last year, george pell testified via video link to an australian royal commission on child abuse. australian victims flew in to watch his testimony. 0ther abuse survivors say the pope himself must now take wider steps. he is very good at sound bites and saying the right things at the right time. but for me, and i know for many other survivors and victims, it's not about sound bites and public relations, it's about action. and on action, the church is still dismally slow and way behind the curve in terms of what they should be doing to deal with the crisis that exists within that institution. pope francis has called george pell dedicated and honest.
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now a court in australia must decide if that is so. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. a man has been arrested in a paris suburb after trying to drive a car into a crowd near paris mosque. the police said no one was injured. french police said the driver claimed he wanted to avenge attacks against islamic state. the proposed merger of sky and rupert murdoch's 2ist century fox is likely to be referred to the competition watchdog. the decision — by the culture secretary karren bradley — is a blow to the media mogul‘s hopes of having the 11 billion pound deal waved through without further scrutiny. mr murdoch already owns 39% of the satellite broadcaster. 0ur media editor amol rajan gave us an idea of how he may have reacted to today's news.
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0n the one hand they will be pleased and relieved that they have been deemed fit and proper by 0fcom to own a broadcasting licence. but there seemed to be these lingering worries about excessive power and control being in the hands of one family. rupert murdoch is not as powerful as he used to be in britain. his newspaper circulation is in decline, he did not get the result he wanted in this election and the rise of powerhouses like amazon and facebook means they face competition in skye. this is now over to the competition and markets authority and they will take months to look at the bid which means by the time being rupert murdoch's fox is stuck in the long grass. the most extensive study to date on the impact of pesticides on bee colonies has been released by scientists. the investigation has concluded that the chemicals — which have been under a temporary
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ban in europe since 2013 — are harmful to both honeybees and wild bees. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle explains. 0ur bees are in trouble. around the world, these vital pollinators are vanishing. now a major new study has revealed the role of pesticides called neonicotinoids. the chemicals were used extensively for oilseed rape until a temporary ban in europe in 2013. neonicotinoids really change the way we use pesticides. instead of spraying fields, seeds are coated with the chemicals and this protects the crops as they grow from insects. but now an experiment on a vast scale spanning 2000 hectares, an area the size of 3000 football pitches, has revealed that neonicotinoids are harming bees. the scientists were given special permission to use the banned chemicals at sites in the uk, hungary and germany.
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0urfindings are cause for serious concern. we have shown for the first time negative effects on neonicotinoids negative effects of neonicotinoids seed dressings on honeybees. we have also shown similar negative effects on wild pollinators like bumblebees and solitary bees. this is important because many crops globally are insect pollinated, and without pollinators, we would struggle to produce some foods. for bumblebees, scientists found that exposure to the chemicals resulted in fewer queens, so fewer new hives. for honeybees, in two out of the three countries, hives were more likely to die off over the winter. these are neonicotinoid— treated seeds. but some farmers say since the ban on their crops have been attacked by pests. in the uk, oilseed rape production has fallen by 20%. it's a useful crop. it can be turned into bio diesel.
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it creates vegetable oil, cold—pressed. it is good for you on salad dressings. we always want to grow oilseed rape but without neonicotinoids technology in difficult years, it will be more challenging. a major manufacturer says they are convinced that pesticides are not bad for bees. the eu will soon decide whether to extend the ban. but with brexit for the uk, any decision may be short lived. the wetter weather today has been across scotland. northern and western areas will see most of the rain overnight. the winds are quite keen as well, the rain turning heavier in west wales and the south—west of england for a time, but becoming lighter and more patchy
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for scotland and northern ireland. quite a warm night after the highs of today. temperatures will not drop much. quite a cloudy start to the day for many. we could have a few sharp showers later. the rain will ease towards england and wales. it will become like apache. western scotla nd will become like apache. western scotland and northern ireland will probably turn lighter and dryer. in the south, we will see a hint of blue sky. it should feel a bit warmer. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: a meeting of kensington and chelsea council about the grenfell tower tragedy is closed afterjournalists gain the legal right to enter the room. a retired appeal courtjudge will lead the public inquiry into the fire — he says it may not be as wide—ranging as some residents hope. the residents and the local people
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want a much broader investigation and i can fully understand why they would want that. whether my inquiry is the right way in which to achieve i am more doubtful. mps have voted in favour of the queen's speech by a majority 01:14 votes. the speech set out the government's legislative programme for the next two years. jeremy corbyn has sacked three frontbenchers for voting in favour of labour backbencher‘s queen's speech amendment. as we've been hearing, the minority conservative government has survived its first major parliamentary test after its queen's speech cleared the house of commons. the ayes to the right, 323. the noes to the left, 309. the ayes have it, the ayes have it. unlock.
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mps voted in favour of the package of legislation with a majority of 1a. it was stripped back after the conservatives lost their majority. the democratic unionist party's 10 mps had agreed to support the measures as part of a deal with the tories. meanwhile, three frontbench labour mps were sacked for defying the party whip during voting. shadow ministers ruth cadbury, andy slaughter and catherine west have been sacked by the leadership for supporting an amendment proposed by backbencher chuka ummuna. it had aimed to change the uk's approach to brexit, but was voted down by mps. shadow transport minister daniel zeichner also resigned for supporting the motion. deputy leader tom watson has said he is "disappointed" with his fellow labour mp chuka umunna for trying to "divide" labour mps. he obviously feels very passionate
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about this, so you have to do what he feels is right. so i felt that given that we had come out of the general election with such an unexpected result, there was a real euphoria. to try and divide labour mpsa euphoria. to try and divide labour mps a week and a half in was a bit disappointing. but we are still buzzing. we will get over it and move on. with me is sebastian payne, political lead writer at the financial times, and ben riley—smith, assistant political editor at the telegraph. the fun and games continue. sebastien, how much stronger position do you think theresa may have at the moment, bearing in mind that she has had a difficult few weeks? a little bit stronger. this is the best week she has had since the election. it still does not mean she is in a secure position, because she is in a secure position, because she got through her first pmqs, which was a test for her support within the party. conservative mps clearly decided to rally around her and prop her up for as long as she wa nts to
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and prop her up for as long as she wants to be there. now she has the queen's speech which has secured her position for the summer, because not much will happen over the next few weeks. now she has got through that, she can begin on her programme for government, but there is not much in it. the queen's speech was just brexit and a few consumer protection measures. we are already seeing evidence of how thin those numbers are for her. yes, it becomes a numbers game for theresa may. she inherited a bigger majority from david cameron, she rolled the dice and failed and is now reliant on the dup to get legislation through. today, we saw something that is indicative of the problems she will have all the way through, which was a labour backbencher proposing an amendment, sayingl a labour backbencher proposing an amendment, saying i think northern irish women should be allowed to have abortions in the english health ca re have abortions in the english health care system and we all pay for it. the government would normally knock away those amendments from the opposition, but some tory mps said they would support it, so the government had to say ok, we will
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ta ke government had to say ok, we will take that and matt on cash. so on day two of amendments, theresa may is already making concessions to the opposition and we will will see this again and again. on monday, we have the great repeal bill. remind us what that is and tell us how smooth it will be. it is actually no longer the great repeal bill, it is just be repeal bill. someone will need to make it work again. this is the first big piece of legislation, which is to take all eu law and put it into british law. it is very complex and this is where the real battle will come in parliament. conservative mps were never going to vote against the queen's speech. that would be risking their own government calling another election and potentially leading tojeremy corbyn becoming prime minister. but the conservative remain supporters like nicky morgan and anna soubry, who really don't agree with the government's position, this is where is they might start working with people in labour to get a cross— party people in labour to get a cross—party consensus. so when that
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arrives we are expecting it on monday, we will see firstly how good the legislation is. is it fit for purpose? and secondly, whether the tory rebels are now going to use this moment to speak out against it and can they do it without destabilising theresa may?“ and can they do it without destabilising theresa may? if there we re destabilising theresa may? if there were to be cross—party support for amendments like that, how would that go down with both leaderships, of the conservatives and labour, after what we have seen today? it is difficult, because brexit cuts across both parties. half of tory mps voted for remain last year, the other half are leave. most speaks welsh. voted for remain, but some voted for leave. —— most labour members voted for remain. some pro—eu mps want to stay as close as possible to the eu. some of them are
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saying we need to stay in the single market and the customs union. so because it splits both ways, it is ha rd because it splits both ways, it is hard to predict. if someone said, let's keep written in the customs union, how many labour mps would back that and how many tory mps would rebel against their party? what does the sackings of these shadow cabinet ministers byjeremy corbyn for voting for chuka umunna today tell you about jeremy corbyn for voting for chuka umunna today tell you aboutjeremy corbyn's position? it chose his authority and confident after a better than expected labour campaign. previously, we have seen a lot of umming and ahhing about whether critical backbenchers should stay onside or not. within minutes of the vote, we were told they had been sacked and a couple stepped down after an accord. but his talent is, how do you get labour into a unified position when most labour mps wanted to stay in the eu last year and a
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third of their voters backed brexit? how do you keep all parts of your party ha p py how do you keep all parts of your party happy when there are these very obvious divisions? the labour manifesto was a well constructed piece of fudge on brexit that tried to have it both ways, saying we will have all the benefits of the single market and the customs union, but we will also control migration. nobody in labourwas able will also control migration. nobody in labour was able to explain how to square that circle. if you go one way, you might protect the economy, but you will not get migration numbers down, which would annoy labour's heartland voters in the north and outside london. if you go in the opposite direction and you cut migration, you will annoy more metropolitan voters. so at some point, you might think maybe they can keep the fight going and have a situation where mps can vote against the leadership. but jeremy situation where mps can vote against the leadership. butjeremy corbyn and john mcdonnell are lifelong
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eurosceptics. they don't like the eu and theirmps, the eurosceptics. they don't like the eu and their mps, the majority of them, feel very differently. that will result in a lot of contortions over the months ahead. i imagine you will get a bit of a break this summer. we will see. thank you both. the white house has confirmed that donald trump will meet the russian president vladimir putin next week on the sidelines of the g20 summit in germany. no agenda has yet been set for what will be their first face—to—face meeting. the american president has been widely criticised today, including from within his own party, for an outspoken attack on twitter against a female journalist. we can get more now from our senior north america reporter anthony zurcher, who joins us now from washington. firstly, on the sidelines of the 620, firstly, on the sidelines of the g20, they are spoilt for choice over what they could discuss. syria will definitely be a topic, and the
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so—called islamic state. sarah huckabee sanders, the deputy press secretary of the white house, was asked whether donald trump and the americans will bring up russian meddling in the us election in 2016. she demerged. she said he wasn't going to foreclose any conversations, but she would not confirm that that public would come up. according to reports, donald trump originally wanted a bilateral meeting and a head to head sit down with all the bells and whistles that go with that. there was pushed back within the administration, saying this was not appropriate and that is why they have settled along this sideline meeting. there will be in the same room. and tell us about this social media insult? donald trump this morning, as he has done in the past, decided to take to twitter and post some inflammatory
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remarks about two hosts of a morning cable news show, and particularly talked about a female host on that show and said they were critical of him and criticised her personally, saying she was crazy and that she and her co—host had decided to come to his resort in florida during new year and to his resort in florida during new yearand said he to his resort in florida during new year and said he would not meet with her because she had just had a face—lift and her face was bleeding. it is not surprising to hear donald trump personally target people who have criticised him on their show. he did it during the campaign. he did asa he did it during the campaign. he did as a businessman and he has done it as president, but he is getting a lot of criticism and notjust from the usual suspects, democrats, lot of criticism and notjust from the usualsuspects, democrats, but also from republicans in congress, who have said that these sorts of tweets are beneath the dignity of the office of the presidency. the trump administration has pushed back, saying he is fighting fire
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with fire and responding to criticisms and he is a fighter and thatis criticisms and he is a fighter and that is what the american voters chose in the recent election. never a dull moment. thank you, anthony. the headlines on bbc news: a meeting of kensington and chelsea council about the grenfell tower tragedy is scrapped as journalists enter the room. a retired appeal courtjudge will lead the public inquiry into the fire — he says it may not be as wide—ranging as some residents hope. mps have voted in favour of the queen's speech, by a majority of 1a votes. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day.


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