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good afternoon. london's mayor is urging theresa may to appoint commissioners to run kensington and chelsea council after its leader resigned over the grenfell tower fire. sadiq khan welcomed the decision by both nicholas paget—brown and his deputy to reign, but said public trust could not and his deputy to quit, but said public trust could not be restored by other members of the council. one local councillor has insisted the council is capable of handling by itself the aftermath of the fire. it was the breakdown of this, the first cabinet meeting at the council since the fire at grenfell to you they're led to the resignation of its leader, nicolas paget—brown. they're led to the resignation of its leader, nicolas paget-brown. as council leader i have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings. pressure had been mounting on the council following intense criticism of the way the disaster had been handled from day one. i completely understand the anger, the frustration of the local community,
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but i of course we weren't immediately quick off the ground, it was an enormous ‘ immediately quick off the ground, it was an enormous “i immediately quick off the ground, it was an enormous — i don't know if everyone realised how complex and how vast this fire was. i challenge any borough in the whole country to have immediately had an action plan they could put into place. the resignation has been welcomed by many, including the mayor of london, sadiq khan who urged the prime minister to get a grip and appoint commissioners to run the borough. he wrote, commissioners who are untainted should take over the running of the council to act in the best interests of residents. but some in this community that already feels like it's been failed by the authorities are sceptical of the appointment process. they cannot just impose their old boy network and theirfriends just impose their old boy network and their friends and family scheme that they seem to operate elsewhere. there needs to be a proper process for the selection of those
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commissioners and that has to be community—led, they can not do that on their own, we are not going to be imposed on at state level again. but despite these calls for commissioners to be brought in, it's not yet clear whether this will actually happen. it's understood the council will elect a new leader next week with the hope of rebuilding trust with those who have had their lives shattered by this tragedy. british airways says it's running almost all of its flights, despite a strike by cabin crew. members of the unite union have begun a 16—day walkout over pay. the government has allowed ba to lease planes and crew from its partner qatar airways during the industrial action. the chinese president, xijinping, has said his country won't tolerate any challenge to its sovereignty over hong kong. he was speaking at a ceremony to swear in the territory's new leader, 20 years after britain handed over control of the territory. away from official events, there were some clashes between pro—democracy and pro—beijing supporters.
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our correspondent stephen mcdonell joins us live. stephen, to what extent do these protests represent the popular view in hong kong? well, i am standing here at the rowdy end point of a march of a pro—democracy protesters, in their tens of thousands they've been coming through the city, despite driving tropical rain to send a message to the visiting president of china that they're worried that the city's unique freedoms are under threat. they're talking about freedom of the press, the independence of courts, freedom to gather. the message from china's president to them has been don't worry, he says hong kong has a bright future under the so—called one—country, two systems model but he has drawn a line and that's this,
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people can't threaten the mainland sovereignty over hong kong. this will be especially worrying to people who have called for independence. it's not clear what that threat really from the president means. but on this 20th anniversary of the handover of this former british colony back to china, most people here are not asking for freedom, they're most people here are not asking for freedom, they‘ re happy most people here are not asking for freedom, they're happy to be part of china but as long as they can have normal freedoms they've come to be used to. world leaders are gathering in strasbourg to commemorate the life of the late german chancellor, helmut kohl. mr kohl — who oversaw germany's reunification — was seen as one of the driving forces behind closer european integration. his coffin, draped in the eu flag, is being taken to the european parliament, and will be buried later. theresa may's approach to brexit has hamstrung negotiations with brussels, according to a former senior government adviser.
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james chapman, formerly chief of staff to the brexit secretary david davis, told the bbc that mr davis, and other cabinet ministers, want the prime minister to loosen some of her positions over brexit. our political correspondent jonathan blake joins me. presumably there will be supporters of mrdavis who see him as a better prospect for the future than theresa may remaining prime minister, is leadership one of the issues surfacing yet again? it could well be in play here, yes, some people are certainly suggesting this is david davis suggesting that his position on brexit might well be different to the prime minister's and maybe he is getting his excuses in early, if things go wrong in negotiations. but this is an interesting insight from a man that many of us may not have heard of but until recently was working alongside the brexit secretary david davis who is of course in charge of negotiating our exit from the european union. as he sees it, his former boss has been put in a very
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difficult position by the prime minister, her red lines as he calls them on certain issues have left him hamstrung in those negotiations. now, specifically he talks about the european court ofjustice. it's the eu's highest court. the eu has said it would still like it to have a role in, for example, safeguarding the rights of eu citizens living in the rights of eu citizens living in the uk, but theresa may has been very clear it should have no jurisdiction here and many people who voted leave might agree with that. there's been no comment from number 10 or david davis department, but if we assume james number 10 or david davis department, but if we assumejames chapman's comments reflect david davis, then perhaps he feels frustrated and his hands are tied to a degree in what isa hands are tied to a degree in what is a complicated process. thank you very much. rugby, and the british and irish lions have beat new zealand's all blacks — levelling the three—match series. owen farrell's penalty in the final moments of the game earned the visitors a 24—21 victory over their hosts. it sets up what will be a thrilling final match next week, as our sports correspondent katie gornall reports, from wellington. weather in rugby can be a great
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leveller and when you're up against the all blacks, it all helps. defeat here and any dreams of the lions making history would be over. for once, the rain was welcomed. for 12 years, new zealand has waited for the return of the to produce the game of their careers in the wind and rain of wellington if they're keep the series alive. we've got belief. we just need to gel together as one team. they were a team of stars. hopefully tonight they will be a star team. because we've got a good team pick and the weather is british, wet, damp. stick it up ourjumper and up the middle. i mean, there's 30,000 people here. i mean, this is a brand that has to live and they are fighting for that brand. up against the most fearsome winning machine in sport, the lions had been set up for a bruising encounter. but it takes more than brute force to knock the all blacks off their stride.
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beauden barrett rarely falters. the conditions made even the basics a challenge but if there was tension, it certainly wasn't in the mind of 0wen farrell who finished this as if he was playing in the park. in such a cauldron, cool heads were needed. this was not what new zealand had in mind. sonny bill williams becoming the first all black to be sent off in any fixture in 50 years. at half—time, fans sensed an opportunity. but a man advantage is no guarantee against the all blacks and hopes seemed swept away. with no more room for error it was time to be bold: any lion will tell you it's better to be the hunter. with their tails up to be the hunter. with their tails up murray seized a chance. with the scores level into the final minutes the lions needed something. a final kick, a final roar, a penalty that keeps the dream alive. this will be a victory that lives long in the memory. the lions have found their teeth. princes william and harry are to attend a private service
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to re—dedicate their mother's grave, on what would have been princess diana's 56th birthday. she is buried at herfamily home, althorp house, in northamptonshire. 0ur royal correspondent, peter hunt reports. september 1997 and the last public moments of a funeral that transfixed a nation and indeed a world. this was diana, princess of wales, being brought home to althorp house, near northampton, where she'd lived as a teenager and where her ancestors had lived for generations. with no cameras present, the princess was buried on an island in the middle of an ornamental lake at the heart of this vast private estate. the precise location of her grave has never been made public. the area is being redesigned in her honour in this significant anniversary year. 20 years ago, diana's ex—husband, prince charles,
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was there with their sons and her brother and sisters. 20 years on, the future king will be missing, as he is in canada with his wife, the duchess of cornwall. with his father absent, prince william will be joined at today's very private ceremony, by his wife, kate, and their children, george and charlotte. they will attend a service for a mother—in—law and a grandmother they never met. for william and harry, who were just children when diana died, this is the start of a difficult time as they remember their mother, a mother who they say smothered them in love. today at her grave they will reflect and say prayers. peter hunt, bbc news. it's been announced that the journalist writer and film critic barry norman has died. throughout his career he was the defining voice of film criticism as best known for
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presenting the bbc‘s film programme for quarter of a century. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 17.25. bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's get more now on aftermath of the grenfell fire, and a statement in the last half hourfrom number 10 on kensington and chelsea council. the mayor of london sadiq khan called on the government to appoint commissioners to run the local authority, in a bid to restore public confidence. but a statement suggests that may not be happening. in it, the communities secretary sajid javid confirmed that the government thought it right for the council leader to step down given the initial response to the tragedy. he goes on to say that the process
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of appointing the next leader of kensington and chelsea council will be "independent from government." the council leader and his deputy resigned yesterday. many residents are still affected by the tragedy. yvette williams from the justice 4 grenfell group has been speaking to be bbc about one former resident of grenell tower who is still being charged rent. i was told by a survivor who is currently being housed in a hotel that she has received her bank card and it is a re—issue and when she went to check a statement at the cashpoint, she noticed her rent had been debited. so what is her reaction to that? she is very traumatised. the other thing that doesn't seem to be in place is any kind of complaints procedure with them to immediately go to, so survivors have been relying on the community to come to with those complaints. 0ne community to come to with those complaints. one of the things that
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the survivors and residents who have been evacuated, raised at a meeting on thursday, was to have 24—hour round—the—clock staff, local authority staff based in the hotel so authority staff based in the hotel so that they could go to that person on the side that they are rather than having to always get out all the time to commission things in. it seems they have got a care package in place. it is not working, it has not been implemented. and there seems to be a minimum standard. these people are traumatised, they should be getting premium care are happening for them. where is the council's risk register as to what might go wrong around the care package? we would like to see that. with me is tony travers — he's a professor at the department of government at the london school of economics and is an expert in local government. also about the relationship between central government and powers of
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individual councils. thank you for being with us. first of all what do you make of the initial suggestion that commissioners could go in to a council when it has a particular problem like this to do with a particular incident rather than the broad sense that it can't get its sums to adopt or its children's services are in crisis, which we have seen? we have had commissioners sent into councils such as rotherham we re sent into councils such as rotherham were in wales into anglesey in the past, but that has normally been because of a systemic problem inside the authority and the government there with the welsh government deciding enough was enough, but on this occasion as you rightly say it isa this occasion as you rightly say it is a question of whether of the council on a particular issue is competent, given there was no suggestion before the grenfell tower disaster that kensington and chelsea wasn't up to scratch, it seemed to bea wasn't up to scratch, it seemed to be a perfectly well run authority frankly. they are notjudging by
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that terribly surprised by sajid javad signalling that he wants the council to remain independent from central government which would imply he has not going to evolve that example or those precedents?” he has not going to evolve that example or those precedents? i think from the government's point of view there is a balance here, because despite the fact that kensington and chelsea appeared to be perfectly well run before this disaster, the truth is the response to it hasn't been brilliant, all sorts of reasons that will doubtless be unravelled by the public enquiry, but in the short term the government probably doesn't wa nt to term the government probably doesn't want to appeared to be taking over, overriding democracy and from central government's point of view, ending up being more directly held account for fortis uplink on a day—to—day basis in north kensington. it is already to some extent in the firing line of residence there because of its role in setting the regulatory standards, this particular government not necessarily, but government central asa necessarily, but government central as a whole, to what extent do you
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think grenfell tower and its aftermath has exposed practical difficulties about for example resources and austerity and about how councils, how much freedom councils actually have to run the affairs of their communities anywhere regardless of whether they are sending commissioners? whether oi’ are sending commissioners? whether or not are sending commissioners? whether oi’ not resources have a are sending commissioners? whether or not resources have a thing to do and with the judge finds that was a resource issue here, there is no question that many urban authorities throughout england in fact, more in england and wales and scotland, have suffered enormous reductions to their spending, because the government has chosen to prioritise other parts of public expenditure and cut local government spending far faster, so and cut local government spending farfaster, so in many city authorities their spending is down 35, 40, 45% in seven years. that must have holed out the underlying capacity of authorities to respond to events of this kind and indeed to undertake building inspections, all of that as i say will have to be reviewed by thejudge, but
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of that as i say will have to be reviewed by the judge, but there of that as i say will have to be reviewed by thejudge, but there is no question but government is not as big or as powerful as it was five or six words seven, eight, nine years ago. always good to talk to you. let's speak to labour's shadow housing secretary, john healey. he's in our sheffield studio. good afternoon to you. are you disappointed by sajid javad's apparent, indication of mistaken, that he once kensington and chelsea to remain independent of central government which would imply he doesn't particularly want to send in the commissioners? i understand that would be a big step but i think ministers have been too slow to act and they have misjudged the what is needed by the grenfell tower fire at each stage, and the case for commissioners now is twofold, one, this is a council that went a wall immediately after the fire and is still failing to put in place on the ground, help and housing that people need. but secondly, public and resident trust simply won't be
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restored by placing the council leader who has stepped down last night —— replaced, with another politician from the same ruling grip. so that is why in these very special circumstances it requires ministers to act in this way. in truth though is it not very hard to see any structure that would restore the faith of confidence any time soon? well, this exposes, the central challenge, notjust for the council, but for the government, central challenge, notjust for the council, but forthe government, in making sure what is promised by way of help and housing for the survivors and their families, and for thejudge as he survivors and their families, and for the judge as he leads the enquiry. it has to command the confidence of those that have been affected by this fire, and it has to give everybody else the conviction that they are going to sort these problems out and that is why
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commissioners going in and are really serious review of the governance failings that are clearly there are more widely in the council is part of what ministers must make sure happens. there is a big dilemma presumably in terms of balancing, trying to get things back to normal in the borough, and having this process of really quite detailed examinations of every decision that was taken at every stage. that is going to carry on and that is going to be ina going to carry on and that is going to be in a sense the background whilst people are trying to put their lives back together. what do you make of the progress that is being made for example towards rehousing residents and the continued concerns expressed by some we heard from the community organiser there about one tenant, as much as i think i'm more likely to be an oversight even so a slightly cruel one, still being charged rent for a flat finger longer have? yes, the group they no have. the first
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priority is support for families who have lost their homes and lost loved ones and frankly the practical help, certainly the rehousing is far too slow and the government made a commitment to rehouse everyone within three weeks, yet more than 300 people are still in hotels almost three weeks on. the second priority is to make sure that the test on other tower blocks around the country to reassure residents ta ke the country to reassure residents take place under proper thorough tests. the process is too slow and too narrow. the third is to not to wait for the results of investigations or enquiries, but there is action government can take now, learning the lessons of two coroner's reports from four years ago and previous tour backfires, so that means a thorough review of all the fire prevention and safety aspects of tower blocks. immediately any remedial work must be done and as part of that government really has to say, we will provide upfront
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funding where it is needed so that money doesn't hold back the essential work that is required to make these buildings safe. thank you very much for being with us than lunchtime. the film critic barry norman has died at the age of 83. the announcement was made by his family ina the announcement was made by his family in a statement a few months ago. he died in his sleep on friday night. norman was best known as the host of film which run for many yea rs. let's host of film which run for many years. let's talk to his literary agent. sad news. had he been in poor health? he had been dealing with lung cancer for the last few years. he had some wonderful times but now was the time to go. what do you make of the impact he had on the appreciation of film in this country, because his career as a film critic, not just
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country, because his career as a film critic, notjust on television although she was for my generation the face of film at the bbc, but also as a writer because long after he stopped presenting he was still writing columns for the radio times, and long before that he had been writing very successfully as a newspaper journalist. writing very successfully as a newspaperjournalist. that is right. they think it was probably the background as a newspaperjournalist and review and the judgment of the bill came together to make such a gifted film critic. he could not only appreciate the story of a film but all the talents that had gone into making the film. i think that is what we all remember from those three decades, the film programme. all the perspectives. he was kind of meticulous about his attention to detail. the thing that always struck me was that he would pick up something quite small and then he could build almost a thesis about the film and what the director was trying to achieve and whether or not
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they managed it from just one detail you might not notice on first view. he was a consummate professional himself, so all these details really counted. i don't think he was trying to catch anybody out. he had a way of reading something, so he really had to pay attention to those details to get the full meaning of something. sort of films did he like, just to enjoy? he did a series some years ago in a newspaper where he talked about a number of films. i can't read what his favourite was. i think he had a very broad taste. longform television that are so popular these days. do you think he felt that film was still holding its own at the beginning of the 21st century and the way it had been, because we're told the people are
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still going to the cinema in large numbers but it is so accessible in so numbers but it is so accessible in so many other mediums now and i wondered whether he was enthusiastic, as enthusiastic about moving with the times in that regard is perhaps some younger generations. i think he knew it was a very broad church and that was our cows, entertainment, a lack of insolence —— excellence sometimes both. box sets, these days, he and his family used to be riveted by them and passed dvds amongst each other. he appreciated those sorts of longform tv dramas. any personal memory you wa nt to tv dramas. any personal memory you want to leave us with? like you i grew up watching him on those film programmes. he shipped my understanding of film. when i came to represent him it was an absolute honour to rip the representing one of the true greats. i hope you had a good decade working with them and it was good to hear your tributes. it is sad when somebody dies but it is
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better to be talking about the celebration of what they did and their achievements so very much —— thank you very much for that to be talking about the film critic barry norman. his literary agent until his death which was announced just this lunchtime. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has held a rally in hastings in what he says is the start of a tour of every marginal constituency in the country. the home secretary and conservative mp amber rudd held the seat of hastings and dry byjust 346 votes in the general election last month. mr gargan told supporters he labour would soon be fighting another general election and he called for an end on the cap on public sector pay and what he said was a 40% cut to local councils. stayed together to win hastings and dry. stand together to wina hastings and dry. stand together to win a general election! stand together to transform our society! stand together to achieve what is possible in this world! and that is
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as sharing and protecting of the world's riches and resources, not the everlasting trip down the road to misery which is the great gap between the richest and poorest. it is wrong, it is moral, it is unnecessary to stop do you know what, we are changing things already. we have changed the nature of public domain. the labour leader jeremy corbyn. the british and irish lions have won the second test against new zealand in wellington to draw level in the series. they beat the all blacks by 24—21 — their first victory over them since 1993. the all blacks played 55 minutes with 14 men after sonny bill williams was given a red card. the deciding match is in auckland next weekend. earlier i spoke to english—born former new zealand internationaljohn gallagher. i asked him whether he had divided loyalties watching the match. i always cheer with the all blacks, after playing 41 times for them,
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winning a world cup, i haven't had much option. you have got 30,000 british and irish lions fans out there, and i think it is brilliant that this series is going to the finale in auckland. i was in south—east london this morning. i had about eight or nine british and irish lions supporters in the room with me. and, you know, they were delighted. two tries to nil, you know, 0k, the all blacks played without sonny bill, down to 14 players with the majority of the game, but the lions were the better side. the weather conditions were atrocious, you know, but two tries to nil, you can't really argue with that. i thought it was brilliant. i was delighted for all the fans who had gone out there. and it is going to be a cracking, cracking game next week. gavin hastings, he was the last british lions captain to win a game down there, and that was in wellington as well in 93 so, you know, auckland is going to be a different challenge altogether. the fact is that the all blacks will be going to the test match now,
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you know, do or die, in the same way the lions went into the test match this morning, so there is going to be a slight shift of focus for the all blacks. obviously the main aim will be to keep 15 players on the field for this week, and for the lions their big focus will be to try and keep that error count down, because they gave away far too many silly penalties which allowed the all blacks at one stage to get a 9—point advantage. now, if you would give to see adele at wembley this would get... the singer has been forced to cancel both shows because she's damaged her vocal chords. # treat her better... in a series of tweets, adele said she was devastated and heartbroken — as the shows were the biggest of her life. but she admitted she'd struggled vocally earlier in the week. on wednesday night she also told fans that this
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tour could be her last. i hope that is just a case of her feeling a bit grotty this weekend. we wish her well and that she will be feeling better soon. that's a lot that the weather with louise. hello. the first weekend ofjuly brings no real surprise to the weather story. a cloudy start from any of us but already you can see how the cloud is breaking up and that will continue to be the story for much of the country into the afternoon the degree to england and wales. decent sunny spells. the cloud will thicken to the north—west. a week weather front will bring some showery at weeks of rain into scotland and northern ireland by the end of the day. 15—19 the hi. 23 likely in the extreme south—east. through the night that weather front steadily swings south and east. we will see some showery outbreaks of rain across the south—east corner first thing tomorrow so that frontal system will still get to clear away.
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and improving picture for england and wales. rather breezy and we will see some sharp showers developing into western scotland. temperatures similar values to today, ice at 16 to 23 celsius. that is it, take care. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 12.30pm: councillors in kensington and chelsea council say they're preparing to elect a new leader, after the current one resigned because of what he described as "perceived failings"


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