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tonight at ten — the second cabinet reshuffle in the space of a week, this time to appoint a new secretary for international development. penny mordaunt is promoted to the cabinet. she's a strong supporter of brexit — and has been tipped for promotion for some time. i'm looking forward to working with the team here to continue building a safer, more secure, more prosperous world for us all, and really giving the british public pride in what we do. she replaces priti patel, who resigned last night after admitting a series of unauthorised meetings with senior israelis. and the appointment of another prominent brexit campaigner maintains the balance in cabinet between leavers and remainers. we'll have more details, as the latest brexit negotiations get under way in brussels. also tonight. following the death of the welsh labour politician carl sargeant, the first minister defends his own handling of the allegations made against his colleague. i probably did all that i could to make sure that everything was being done by the book. i had no alternative but to take the action that i did and i hope that people will understand that.
on his last day in beijing, president trump is full of praise for the chinese president, but walks away with no major concessions. kevin spacey will be edited out of a new hollywood film, following more allegations of sexual assault. and in belfast tonight, switzerland beat northern ireland in the first leg of their world cup play—off. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, we'll have the action from the womens‘ ashes test in sydney, where england have work to do going into day two. good evening.
for the second time in the space of a week theresa may has been forced into a limited cabinet reshuffle, after priti patel penny mordaunt has taken over as international development secretary, replacing priti patel, who resigned last night after a series of unauthorised meetings with israeli officials. her appointment maintains the rather delicate balance in cabinet between leavers and remainers, as the latest brexit negotiations get under way in brussels. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. one for sorrow, two for joy. one brexiteer cabinet minister departs through the back door. another about to arrive. even the driver of the shiny ministerial car was expecting penny mordaunt as the favourite, but neither he or we knew for sure, until the gates opened up. so a little bit before half past two, the carefully choreographed arrival of the newest recruit to theresa may's cabinet. a promotion for penny mordaunt,
another brexiteer around the cabinet table. her appointment was not a surprise. her wikipedia page was changed before the official announcement. but unusually she arrives at her new department with experience. congratulations. thank you so much. notjust as a junior minister in government, but having years ago been an aid worker in eastern europe. it's my first day here and i'm delighted to be here. i've already met some of the staff and they're doing a terrificjob building a more safe, more secure and more prosperous world for us all, and i want to continue doing that, but also to give the british public confidence and pride in what we're doing. you might recognise her from a rather unlikely tv diving competition. she was also a magician‘s assistant in a former life. but as well as working for charities and being a navy reservist, she ran for parliament for the first time in 2005, elected in 2010. what do we want?
she backs andrea leadsom, not theresa may, for prime minister. but crucially, campaigned to leave the eu, on the stump alongside the woman she replaced. in terms of brexit, whilst i hope everyone is united behind the prime minister's approach, nevertheless it's also helpful to have another person who was an enthusiastic campaigner for brexit during the referendum. how damaging is this for the government? with the brexit secretary heading to brussels for the sixth round of the troubled talks, number ten's decision preserves the almost 50—50 balance at the top table between those who backed remain and those who backed brexit. welcomed by all sorts at her new department further up whitehall, a move that theresa may hopes will keep the political peace, at least for now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. as we mentioned, the latest
stage of the brexit negotiations is under way. our europe editor katya adler is in brussels. some thoughts on the prospects of peace talks, not least in the light of what has been going on in british politics in the past few days? that's right and here in brussels all those events unfolding at westminster are being watched with incredulity. every twist and turn considered here to be relevant to brexit. the big eu worry is that a wea k brexit. the big eu worry is that a weak government can't make big and bold moves and the moment that david davis walked into the stores, here at the european commission tomorrow for the sixth round of brexit negotiations, he'll be told in no uncertain terms that he needs to make a uncertain terms that he needs to makea big, uncertain terms that he needs to make a big, bold and quick move on money. of course there are other divorce issues that still need to be ironed out, not least the irish border, but at the moment it's money thatis border, but at the moment it's money that is the big brexit stumbling block. theresa may has said to the
eu that the uk will honour financial commitments made while an eu member, but that's not enough for the eu right now. they want written promises. they want specific promises. they want specific promises. and they've told me they wa nted promises. and they've told me they wanted within the next two weeks, or they are threatening to hold back on they are threatening to hold back on the talks uk so once and that's about a future trade deal and transition deal. now of course the government is not going to want to be seen to give in to eu bullying, but we are hearing rumours tonight that it may be preparing a concession on the money issue, and the logic there would be that in the end of future trade deal with the eu and a smooth transition deal would be worth a lot more than a so—called exit bill. catcher adler, thank you, with the latest in brussels. —— katya adler. the first minister of wales, carwynjones, has defended his handling of allegations made against a colleague who's believed to have taken his own life earlier this week. carl sargeant was removed from his welsh cabinetjob and suspended by the labour party, but his family say he was never given details of the allegations against him and was unable
to defend himself. mrjones said he's acted correctly and by the book, as our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. carl sargeant, a former welsh government minister, who was sacked from his job and suspended from the labour party on friday, amid harassment claims. anything to say about carl sargeant, first minister? carwynjones, the man who took that decision, left his home this morning not giving anything away. en route to the senedd to face fellow labour assembly members for the first time since the death of their colleague. facing criticism about how he handled the investigation from mr sergeant‘s family and from within his own party, there were questions over carwyn jones' position. he'd promised a statement, but this wasn't a time for him to resign. we were all very shocked by what happened last week. there is great hurt, anger and bewilderment. carl was my friend. in all the years that i knew him
i never had a cross word with him. but he defended his conduct in the way he responded to the allegations against carl sargeant. there is a legal process to go through. i'm obviously acting within that, but i welcome the scrutiny of my actions in the future, and it's appropriate for that to be done independently. carl sargeant‘s body was found at his home on deeside on tuesday. today, a family friend gave an insight into what mr sergeant and his family had been going through. messages were put out to the media and interviews were given where he didn't know they were about to happen. or the additional details would be placed into the public domain. it broke him. during that press conference, held here, carwynjones made it
clear that he is staying on. but questions remain tonight from those who are shaken to the core by these tragic circumstances. it's not clear yet when they may be answered. sian lloyd, bbc news, cardiff. the mp charlie elphicke, who was suspended from the parliamentary conservative party last week following allegations of improper conduct, has said the process being followed by the party is fundamentally wrong. mr elphicke — who's denied any wrongdoing — said he had not been told about the allegations in detail and said he first heard the news from the media. the conservative party said the case had been referred to the police. on the last day of his state visit to china, president trump has been full of praise for president xi jinping. mr trump, who's been highly critical of china in the past, said the big trade imbalance between the two countries was largely down to previous us presidents — and wasn't china's fault. our china editor carrie gracie reports from beijing.
the real estate billionaire and the career communist. making an odd couple. but both see themselves as men of destiny. with a mission to make their nation great again. president trump once raged that china was a jobs thief. but in beijing he was all smiles and gratitude. president xi, now a very special man who makes his people proud. i just want to thank you for the very warm welcome. my feeling toward you is an incredibly warm one. they did eventually talk about the hard things. the north korean nuclear crisis, and a massive us trade deficit in china's favour. but donald trump blamed that on previous american presidents. not on his host. i don't blame china. laughter.
who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? i give china great credit. and america's deal—maker in chief got some big sales in return. china needs to keep stable access to us markets. translation: the common interests of our two countries are far greater than the differences. with constructive attitudes, we can look for common ground. this is not a real news conference. there were no questions from the media. neither on north korea, nor on whether the business deals are worth celebrating. in the absence of a major move to open chinese markets. instead, a us president is starring in a show put on by his host to give the impression of openness, while maintaining an iron grip on the message. an american steakhouse in beijing.
but the steak is not american. because despite a trump deal earlier this year, it's still hard to import fresh meat. translation: i'd really like to use american beef, because we are a us brand, the taste would be more authentic. but chefs don't control the menu for china's markets. many are closed, and critics say what's needed is not fancy deals, but bringing down the barriers. if we don't address them now, i'm afraid that they're going to get worse and the gap is going to get wider, and the friction between china and the us in the trade area is going to get larger. i feel that this is a missed opportunity. charm and disarm. but when the toasts are over, the trade deficit will still be big and north korea is still a crisis. president xi hopes this personal bond will
convince americans that china's rise does not mean us decline. carrie gracie, bbc news, beijing. let's go live to beijing tonight and carrie gracie is there. in your view what has president trump actually achieved on this visit? this has been a us state visit to china unlike any other, from the host lavish welcome and from the guests, and if you say thank you. for china it couldn't have gone better. there was no unpleasa ntness it couldn't have gone better. there was no unpleasantness on twitter and what's more, unlike berating china forunfair what's more, unlike berating china for unfair trade practices, which is what usually happens when us presidents come here, donald trump actually convert you to china for outplaying the us —— actually congratulate it. he did not press
publicly for human rights or democracy. so what did he get in exchange for his us seal of approval on an increasingly assertive chinese strongman? he got some big trade deals. now the thing about those however is that they are, many of them, non—binding and have no fixed times frame, so as he moves from china to vietnam in the next few hours the chinese president, waving off, can feel satisfied he made no concrete promise on north korea or on trade or on anything else. carrie gracie, many thanks for the latest in beijing on that state visit by president trump. more than 2000 children under the age of 15 have been identified under the government's counter—terrorism programme, according to the latest figures. in all, in the 12 months to april last year, more than 7500 people were identified as being at risk of extremism, as our correspondent sima kotecha explains. five terror attacks in britainjust
this year alone, preventing any further attacks is a top priority for the government. that's why it has something called channel, a programme designed to stop people from being drawn into violent or extremist behaviour. salman — not his real name— was radicalised in prison. by the time he was released, just months ago, he was ready to go to syria to become a suicide bomber. his words have been voiced by an actor to protect his identity. i was told that i would get all my sins washed away. the only way to do it is to become a martyr and everything will be forgiven. and you will go to heaven. to me, it was the easy way out. just to kill myself and blow somebody up. if you believe in something, you will do anything. he's now changed his views, but he's the kind of person the government wants to help. today's figures show that over the last year, out of the nearly 8000 people referred to the government's counterterrorism strategy, more than 300 went on to receive
specialist support, including therapy and mentoring. four out of five were judged to have had their vulnerability to terrorism reduced, but one in six withdrew from the voluntary process, despite concerns about their ideology. a lot of youngsters are being radicalised as well. due to their vulnerability to drugs. thousands of children have been referred to the programme, and that's likely to be down to more pressure on teachers and doctors to identify vulnerable individuals. a charity partly funded by the home office reaches out to men outside mosques. we're hoping to attract people to come here and talk to us about vulnerabilities they might have. and that might be radicalisation, it might be homelessness, it might be in terms of drug dependency. and that's something that we're trying to reach out to them, so they can get help. channel hasn't been without its critics. there are some who argue that it targets particular communities and creates suspicion around them. there are also questions about how effective it really is, and how those who are put
through the programme are later monitored. participation‘s also voluntary, raising serious concerns about what happens to those who refuse help. one of the big challenges is for people who already have really violent extreme views, but who might not be committing crime, how do we engage them? it's highly unlikely that someone in that state of mind is going to willingly engage with government programmes, because it goes against exactly what their ideologies may be. ministers are adamant it's working. it is stopping hundreds of people from actually resorting to violence, and has diverted them away, and it is showing that the wider community, teachers and professionals, are engaging in the policy and we are managing to help keep the country safe. the uk's threat level remains severe, which means the effectiveness of the government's strategy is crucial. sima kotecha, bbc news. sussex police, who are investigating the deaths of 12 residents of a private care home, have arrested a woman on suspicion
of neglect and fraud. officers are looking into the treatment of dozens of residents at homes run by sussex health care. our social affairs correspondent alison holt is here. well, sussex police put out a brief statement today saying that they had arrested a woman who lives in west sussex, that she's in custody and is being questioned about fraud and neglect. this is part of an ongoing investigation which the police first got involved in back in may. and it is into nine care homes run by sussex health care. this company provides support for older people, some with dementia, and also for younger adults with severe physical and learning disabilities. at home is mainly in the horsham area of west sussex. the investigation is focusing on allegations of a lack of ca re focusing on allegations of a lack of care and safeguarding of 43 residents since april 2000 15. i2
care and safeguarding of 43 residents since april 2000 15. 12 of those residents have since died. sussex health care have said today that they continue to cooperate fully with the police and the county council to support this ongoing investigation. many thanks again, alison holt, social affairs correspondent. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. the father of a man who died after his former girlfriend allegedly threw acid over him has wept in court as he described the injuries his son suffered. cornelius van dongen‘s son mark was left paralysed from the neck down and blinded in one eye. the 29—year—old later took his own life at a euthanasia clinic in belgium. berlinah wallace denies murder and claims she thought the liquid she threw at him at their home in bristol was water. the trial continues. the availability of social housing in england has fallen to an all—time low, according to new figures. in the year to april, just 5380 houses or flats were built by housing associations or councils. half of the boroughs in london had no increase in social housing. six years ago the number of new homes for social rent was more than 39,000.
the former labour prime minister gordon brown has told the bbc that voters might be persuaded to turn away from brexit if they realise that the so—called red lines on immigration and control of borders can't be delivered. i think what's going to happen is we're going to come to a crisis point next summer and i can't tell you exactly how it's going to work itself out, but this is what's going to happen. by next summer the public will have made up their mind that the four red lines that the government had actually set in place are not going to be achieved. they're going to be crossed. former labour prime minister gordon brown. former labour prime minister gordon brown. the arguments about the uk's housing crisis are often focused on a perceived lack of space to build new houses and the preservation of green belt land. but new analysis from the bbc suggests there's much more space than people might imagine. just six percent of the land area of the uk is built on, and less that one % of that constitutes housing.
using the most detailed satellite and surface mapping data of the uk, the bbc has produced a land—use map for every local authority. our home editor mark easton has been analysing the findings. the concrete jungle. roads, buildings, stone and tarmac with barely a blade of grass. in geographyjargon, this is called continuous urban fabric, where more than 80% of the ground is covered by artificial surfaces. so how much of the uk do you think is classified as continuous urban fabric? have a guess. the answer is on the other side of this card. i'll reveal all in a minute. using high—definition satellite images and detailed local maps, the land use of every corner of the uk is revealed. the city of london, for example, is 98% continuous urban fabric, and perhaps that comes as no surprise. nearly all the land around here is covered in roads and buildings, but this is actually
quite unusual in the uk, and i think people might be surprised just how little of the land in the country is actually covered with buildings and roads. so the official answer to the question, how much of the uk is continuous urban fabric is... 0.i%. looking at the whole of the country, more than half is farmland. most of it pastures. forests, woodland and natural landscape account for a third of all the land. urban green space, parks and gardens make up two and a half percent, with the area actually built on, roads, buildings, ports and airports accounting for just 5.9%. take a council like bradford in west yorkshire. your mental picture is probably of a bustling urban centre. but the aerial mapping reveals that continuous urban fabric accounts for just 0.3% of the local authority. overall, just a quarter of the land surface is artificial. indeed, 10% is this. i'm standing in a peat bog. surprisingly, perhaps,
about 10% of the uk landscape is covered ground like this. in fact, there is almost twice as much peat bog in the uk as the land that we've built on. it's a cinderella landscape and it's made up of meters and metres of this stuff, which is peat. and what's amazing is this surrounds the towns and cities of northern england. the top area for peat bog is the outer hebrides, where it covers 61% of the land. number i for pastures is armagh city in northern ireland, covering 85% of the local authority. the area with the highest proportion of natural grasslands is blaenau gwent, in industrial south wales. so how much space is given over to buildings? offices, factories and homes? we've been crunching the numbers and our best estimate for the whole uk is that 1.4% of the country is covered in buildings. that equates to about 2% for england, just less than i% for wales, and less than half of i% for scotland and northern ireland.
so how much of the uk is covered by housing? well, put it this way, 99% of the uk is not covered in housing. a tiny proportion of the uk is the concrete jungle of our imagination. indeed, the entire area covered by buildings is smaller than the land revealed when the tide goes out. most of us, it seems, have a very confused idea of what our country actually looks like. mark easton, bbc news. if you want to find out how green your local area is, you can use the bbc land use calculator at bbc.co.uk/news. in zimbabwe there's heightened tension over who will succeed robert mugabe as president, after one of the leading contenders was sacked and forced to flee the country.
former vice—president emmerson mnangagwa was until this week seen as a favourite to take overfrom mr mugabe, who is 93. but now mr mugabe's wife grace is expected to be appointed vice—president, and could eventually succeed her husband. from harare, our correspondent shingai nyoka reports. zimbabwe's president, robert mugabe, one of africa's last strongmen. his wife, grace, looks on with pride, as harare's international airport undergoes a name change. the ruling zanu—pf party in government say that this was long overdue, and that there are several more plans to immortalise the long—time leader. from next year there will be a public holiday, a robert mugabe day, to commemorate his birthday. and after that, a i billion us dollar science university is also planned. married for 20 years and a0 years hisjunior, his wife, grace, could cement those plans
if she succeeds him. i think what is happening now is really natural attrition, regeneration of the party. we are way ahead even of the opposition. in the past we've been criticised as a party. for being fossilised in the past. now we are living. but she's not popular with everyone. at last weekend's rally, she was booed by then vice president emmerson mnangagwa's supporters. do it, i don't care! president mugabe sacked him this week. he was a long—time ally and the heir apparent. it's opened the way up for mrs mugabe. the woman who started her career in the presidential typing pool is now just steps from becoming the female vice president, her latest speeches revealing her ambition. translation: people need to know i am capable, so
give me thatjob and see. the party holds a special congress to appoint a vice president in a few weeks. grace mugabe looks certain to take that role, and perhaps eventually become zimba bwe's first female president. but as history has shown, nothing is guaranteed. shingai nyoka, bbc news, harare. the actor kevin spacey is to be edited out of a hollywood film — just weeks before it's due to be released. the unprecedented move follows new allegations — of sexual assault and harassment — against the mr spacey. his scenes will be re—shot — using another actor — as our correspondent in los angeles james cook reports. kevin spacey as you've never seen him before, and probably won't again. how much would you pay to release your grandson if not $70 million? nothing. now christopher plummer will take over the role of the oil tycoon john paul getty,
hoping to rescue a film in crisis. for the crew and some of the cast, it will be an intense few weeks. although spacey is often on—screen alone, some stars will reportedly have to reprise certain scenes. one of the actors in the film, valentina violo, told us it must have been a complex decision. i think that everything's going a little bit crazy right now. so probably if they took this decision it is good for the movie. but perhaps there was no real choice. the allegations against kevin spacey now span more than 30 years and include men, women and children. the double oscar winner has not responded to many other claims, but he has admitted he needs to address his behaviour. hollywood loves a comeback, but perhaps not this. i can't imagine anybody in hollywood working with him again. i mean, he's, he's damaged goods. there's just a taint there.
and ifeel like by replacing him in this film, by shelving his other film, hollywood is... they did not only throw him out the door, they nailed the door shut. and put a bar on the door and said, you're not coming back. morals matter, but in this business, cash commands. the firms behind the film are determined to protect their investment, even if that means this british director trying something radical. sony clearly has confidence that ridley scott can pull this off. the director is held in exceptional regard in hollywood, with a reputation for speed and efficiency. even for him, though, this will be a challenge. and with kevin spacey gone, the publicity will hardly hurt. this troubled film may yet have a happy ending. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. football — and northern ireland have been in action tonight — in a vital world cup play—off. they faced switzerland in belfast — in the first of two matches. at stake — a place in next year's finals in russia. our sports correspondentjoe wilson
is outside windsor park. there is a second leg to come at basel at the weekend. under the floodlights behind me northern ireland were defeated after a refereeing decision. their manager described it as per wheel during an staggering. you may well decide he was right. inside belfast‘s modernised stadium, doors are decorated with the past. the great patjennings was in goal when northern ireland were world cup regulars. 1982, that will never fade. 1986 was the last time northern ireland qualified. now, the shiny new era, northern ireland on the brink of the world cup again. stuart dallas yelled forward by belfast towards switzerland, stopped