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this is bbc news and these are the top stories developing at 11.003m. the new cabinet meets after some setbacks to the prime minister's reshuffle. theresa may will finalise the moves today with a shake—up ofjunior roles. international trade minister mark garnier is leaving government, a source says his departure is not related to recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour. the journalist toby young resigns as a member of the new universities regulator and apologises for past controversial comments on social media. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident and emergency departments reached record levels at the end of last year. north korea agrees to take part in next month's winter olympics in the south, in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. after that year of political
stalemate where civil servants, not elected politicians, have been running departments and will be asking whether it is possible to restore the power—sharing assembly. and gary oldman is up for best actor in this year's baftas for his portrayal as winston churchill in darkest hour. our good morning. it isjanuary our good morning. it is january the 9th. welcome to bbc newsroom live. theresa may has held herfirst meeting with her new cabinet this morning as she prepares to finalise her ministerial reshuffle. this morning, more ministers are understood to have said they're leaving government including international trade
minister mark garnier. government sources say his departure isn't related to recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour. meanwhile, the journalist toby young has resigned from his role with the new higher education regulator — the office for students. he'd faced a growing campaign against his appointment by the government because of his history of derogatory comments about women, gay people and the disabled. but cross over life to norman smith who is at westminster for us. norman, the headlines in the papers today, night of the blunt knives, botched grease a full. not the headlines theresa may were hoping for. tea m for. team theresa may will be hoping they
too will go better than day one. we are getting a sense of what day two is going to involve. the departure ofa is going to involve. the departure of a lot of older, white men. the demise of those who may be regarded as male, pale and stale. we have seen for ministers leaving government. they are mark garnier leaving international trade, philip don, leaving hisjob as leaving international trade, philip don, leaving his job as a leaving international trade, philip don, leaving hisjob as a health minister and john hayes leaving his post as transport minister. what do they have in common? you don't have to be einstein to work out out, they are all men, white and in their 50s. the expectation is that give theresa may the elbow space to bring in some newer, younger, female tory mps. some from ethnic minorities as well to present a more diverse image and to present a more diverse image and to freshen up the government. this after day one of the reshuffle when
hopes theresa may would be able to assert her authority had the buffers afterjustine greening and jeremy hunt refused to budge. this morning, both of them outjogging. justine greening defending her decision to walk rather than move to dwp. you didn't take it up with dwp. can you explain, don't you think you are destabilising the government? and off she went into the distance. jeremy hunt, who was also jogging, he was returning after a run and he was pressed as to whether he had destabilised theresa may. how did you manage to cling onto yourjob? good morning. did you threaten to resign? at the minister?
not very communicative this morning. theresa may has been hit by another i’ow theresa may has been hit by another row involving the decision by toby young not to stick to his appointment at the office for stu d e nts appointment at the office for students following previous remarks that he has made about women and people with disabilities on twitter and various articles that proved a huge amount of concern and anger, not just amongst opposition huge amount of concern and anger, notjust amongst opposition mps but also among some fairly senior conservatives. articles in which toby young had, for example, made the case for progressive eugenics, genetic selection to improve the faq of working—class families. he had been critical about the provision of wheelchair ramps in schools and made numerous comments about women's breasts and there was a sense, i think, that was incompatible with the position he was due to take up.
he appears to have recognised that in the statement this morning. he said he feared his appointment would now be a distraction. but he said the image presented of him was a caricature and friends who knew him knew that wasn't the real him. he did issue an unreserved apology. the comment he said he had made as a journalistic provocateur. the tory chairman of the education select committee who has been a critic of toby young's appointment, he was highly critical in the commons yesterday when the government was sticking by the appointment, this morning welcomed his decision to stand down. these things don't help but if you imagine government is like a ship going from one destination, it is always buffeted by storms and this is one of those storms. i think he has done the right thing in stepping down. it had to happen. he just
crossed too many boundaries. he had caused offence to so many people. the first meeting of the new cabinet is gathering as we speak. probably just finishing off and ministers leaving after their first cabinet meeting. greg clarke, the business secretary, who many thought was going to be shifted, hanging on in there in the post afterjeremy hunt said he did not want to move over to business. he was going to hang on as health secretary. he convinced theresa may to give him the social ca re theresa may to give him the social care belief as well. the difficulty for mrs may is to try and get a better sense of grip on the reshuffle and later in the morning i expect we will see come as they say, a good deal of new and young mps being promoted. the headache for mrs may is the toby young sager has
political ramifications because just at the weekend mrs may was standing by to by at the weekend mrs may was standing by toby young when she was interviewed on the andrew marr programme. she said she thought his comments were regrettable but he didn't repeat them and he would be 0k. didn't repeat them and he would be ok. more is coming out of downing street now. i think that is the defence secretary coming out. claire perry, one of the new female business ministers who will be attending cabinet but is not actually a cabinet member. she is one of the new additions, female admissions, two new females who will be attending cabinet. there are no more female full—time members of the cabinet. the gender balance in the cabinet. the gender balance in the cabinet itself has not changed, nor are there any more non—white faces. but what he will see today as we go through the mid—level ministerial
appointments, i think you will see a significant attempt to try and increase the diversity that mrs may has. that is karen bradley, she was moved over from culture to has. that is karen bradley, she was moved overfrom culture to northern ireland after james moved overfrom culture to northern ireland afterjames brokenshire had to quit because of health grounds. he is going to have an operation on his right lung for a lesion. karen bradley facing a daunting task because she will have to try and get the stormont assembly open and running. it has been in the deep freeze for the better part of the year. the role is of increased significance because of the brexit factor and the need to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and ireland and the question marks around alignment and keeping the dup on board. an interesting first cabinet meeting i should think, although not a massive change in the faces around the table. briefly,
before the reshuffle people were saying this is a reshuffle in search ofa saying this is a reshuffle in search of a narrative. in the end it looks like the narrative is, theresa may is quite weak. we had people like jeremy hunt pants and justine greening just saying, jeremy hunt pants and justine greeningjust saying, no. the narrative is nothing has changed. there was a sense at the end of the year after mrs may secured that breakthrough in the brexit negotiations, moving onto trade talks, getting that brexit is built through the commons, that was a sense she had managed to re—establish some of her authority. she had weathered the storms over damian green and michael fallon, priti patel, the budget had gone 0k. the new year provided her with the opportunity to go on the front foot. the reshuffle could be a moment when she could grasp hold of the cabinet. remarkably little has changed. you get the sense that is just
underscored the fact she remains a fragile prime minister in a relatively vulnerable position. she has two walk carefully. she has little scope to pursue a non—brexit agenda. norman, for the moment, thank you very much. i would assistance political editor. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year with just 78% of patients being seen within the four hour target period. this was well below the scottish government's 95% target, and the lowest since the weekly figures began in february 2015. 4.5% of patients, just over 1100 in
all spent more than eight hours in a scottish a&e department in that final week of 2017. let's get the latest on that now from our scotland correspondence. eight hours has a long time. these are the worst figures since the records on this began. worst figures of not hitting waiting time targets is these records began in february 2015. it is a snapshot of just in february 2015. it is a snapshot ofjust one week, the festive period. it is not entirely unexpected. we've been getting warnings the number of people scoffing suffering from flu has doubled compared to the same period last year. —— people in scotland. we have seen a small increase in the number of attendances if you look at the compatible last year. there is a
large increase in the number is not seen within those for our targets. this year, in that period over the festive christmas, new year break, 5686 were not dealt with within the four hour target. 1156 not seen within eight hours, that ken pays to 85 in the same period last year. that compares to 85 on the same period last year. put the figures but unprecedented demand, the scottish health secretary and first minister have both apologised for these figures. but the opposition parties here in scotla nd but the opposition parties here in scotland are saying these figures and nothing short of a disgrace.
thank you very much indeed. bad weather is hampering efforts to contain a fire and an oil spill more than 60 hours after two ships collided in the east china sea. chinese officials say an iranian—owned oil tanker is still on fire after the accident that happened about 160 miles off the coast of shanghai. the tanker has 136,000 tonnes of condensate, which is an ultra—light version of crude oil. 0ur correspondent in shanghai is robin brant. concerns of a real environmental disaster here. yes, there are. that search and rescue effort, we are almost 72 hours into this, the search and rescue is turning to become a search and recovery operation. they found one body yesterday but 30 members remain missing. that environmental concern, the focus increasingly shifting to that now. sanchi was
carrying tonnes of an ultra—refined from ultrafine form of oil. highly toxic, highly explosive but colourless. but we have had some good news, they say they have detected or their experts at the scene of the collision have detected no big spill. taking into consideration the weather it is windy out there and waves of the four metres high, a huge fire still burning on board the vessel, they have been a simulation with all the factors and they think nothing more than 1% of the condensate is remaining on the sea surface. thank you very much indeed. the headlines on bbc newsroom live. the new cabinet meets after some setbacks in the prime minister's
reshuffle. theresa may will finalise her team today. toby young resigns as a member of the new universities regulate and apologises for controversial comments on social media. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's a&e department has reached record levels at the end of last year. in sport, trevor bayliss will step down as england coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 ashes. the australian said he made a decision over a year ago but is was only making its public now. it wasn't as a result of the 4—0 ashes defeat in australia. it is to go until the start of the winter it is to go until the start of the winter olympics in the next hour we will find out how many medals british athletes will be expected to bring home. brighton will meet middlesbrough in the fourth round of the fa cup after their 2—0 win against crystal
palace. —— 2—1. i will be back with more on those stories in 15 minutes. it's one year since sinn fein's martin mcguinness resigned as northern ireland's deputy first minister, bringing down the power sharing executive at stormont. 12 months later, there has been no progress in attempts to restore power sharing and the new northern ireland secretary karen bradley faces an immediate challenge in trying to reinstate the devolved government. let's go to my colleague, anita mcveigh who is at stormont for us this morning. good morning. the question here is whether it is going to be possible to get members of the power—sharing executive back into the building behind me especially given the bad blood it is fair to say, that exists between the dup and sinn fein. where
the former secretary of state james brokenshire i released his resignation letter he said northern ireland was well into overtime to try to get this executive opened running. if further intervention into the day—to—day affairs of northern ireland wasn't going to be needed. a return to direct throw. the new secretary of state has got a challenging job ahead and a full in tray. more on that in just a moment but first he is a reminder of how we got at this point with northern ireland's political editor. hospitals across the uk are struggling to cope with the pressures of winter but patients in northern ireland face of the longest waits for emergency treatment. meanwhile, without government ministers a blueprint for reorganising the health service can't be put into practice. there is no doubt the nhs is challenged but what makes northern ireland different and what nurses say is
different and what nurses say is different is they feel they have been let down by the leadership and the system. secondly, by the fact thatis the system. secondly, by the fact that is the political leadership in the country. the stalemate at stormont goes back a year to when sinn fein's martin mcguinness quit as deputy first minister. that triggered the colla pse minister. that triggered the collapse of the power—sharing government at stormont. relations between sinn fein and their democratic unionist coalition partners soured over the dup's handling of a scandal concerning renewable heating scheme. the row widened with unionists resisting sinn fein's demand for better legal protection for the irish language. this characterisation of we should have given something to sinn fein to keep them appeased is not the way i do business. if you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back looking for more. after martin mcguinness is's
death madge arlene foster shook hands with his successor but the two leaders haven't proved able to ove rco m e leaders haven't proved able to overcome their differences. the dup now hold the balance of power on the green benches at westminster but back at stormont, the blue benches of the northern ireland assembly remain empty with soulful servers running the administration on a day—to—day basis. running the administration on a day-to-day basis. there is an imperative to get back to business but we don't know what shape that will take as neither sinn fein or the dup will soften their positions. the secretary of state has made no further moves towards imposing direct rule. the politicians who are meant to meet here have continued to get paid. recently an official report recommended that those salaries should be caught by a third. what impact that might have on this assembly that never sets remains farfrom certain. that is how they got at this point.
what about now? with me to discuss all of that i am joined by a columnist from the irish news and the political editor at the newsletter. there's talk about mood and the mood amongst politicians at the moment. do you think the positions are more interest than they were a year ago six months ago? almost certainly. you would imagine after a year off tensions could cool. we have had to elections here which were polarising. we've seen the political landscape turn into a 2—party state. we have the dup and sinn fein who are sworn enemies at this stage. we have the inclusion of the conflicts of the deal between the conflicts of the deal between the dup of the tory government which has made these current talks extremely difficult. james brokenshire i was criticised for not being an honest broker. how can he
hold an independent position given his deal with the dup? the new secretary of state will face similar criticism. what about the public mood? we criticism. what about the public mood ? we have criticism. what about the public mood? we have mlas not at work in the assembly but earning their salary come at the public frustrated? they voted in numbers that puts the dup and sinn fein into these dominant positions. that is an element of dishonesty on the part of some of the electorate in this. there's a lot of anger at the fact politicians are paid for almost a year, full salaries, expenses, millions of pounds going into partick offers or mlas bank accounts and yet not doing the job. they spent 46 minutes in the chamber. at the same time the public are voted in largerand larger the same time the public are voted in larger and larger numbers for the dup and sinn fein. they have a clear mandate not to compromise in these
talks. there is no sense from the supporters of the dup or sinn fein they want their side to compromise. they want the other side to compromise, but they don't want their site a compromise. the people are never loved stormont in there. they sought as incompetent and out of touch. far too big, unwieldy and expensive. they never loved it enough to make the difficult compromises that are required. karen bradley, some would argue it is going to take political alchemy to move things forward. is she going to suffer from the same problems as james brokenshire? she is a member of the party that is in a deal with the dup so it is hard for her to present herself as independent. james brokenshire i was hands—off, he came here looking as if he didn't really wa nt he came here looking as if he didn't really want to be here. she is going to have to come in and be much more
decisive. she will have to be harder with both parties. the talk now is she should have an independent chairperson to decide over these talks. you briefly, a line on the context of brexit and the roles of the irish government in all of this. there has been a significant breakdown in the tone between the british and irish governments. we have seen come over the last ten years, unprecedented good relationship between london and dublin. brexit has strained that. the breakdown in northern ireland has strained that. the more fundamental issue is not the leadership even if the parties in the northern ireland or the dup deal, the fundamental issue is that people see more happy with the status quo trundling on in this kind of state with the civil servants
running it. one of the big questions is, that piece of elastic that is the decision—making process, at what point will westminster impose direct rule on northern ireland? how much longer can that piece of elastic be stretched? karen longer can that piece of elastic be stretched ? karen bradley longer can that piece of elastic be stretched? karen bradley will have a chance to see she can come up with something james brokenshire i did manage to do. more from this instalment very soon but now it is back to you. north korea will send a team to the winter olympics. south korea's ministry is considering a plan to lift sanctions to allow north korean officials to visit during the 0lympics. we have been hearing from our correspondents who spoke to us
from the south korean capital. talks got underway at ten o'clock this morning. the south korean delegation left seoul this morning. the north korean delegationjust walked across the military demarcation line. these talks are taking place in a truce village, and a number of meetings between the governments have taken place there over the years. this is the first time they have met for more than two yea rs time they have met for more than two years and so far, it seems to be going well. we have had confirmed that pyongyang will send a delegation to the winter olympics that will get underway next one. they were sent a pretty full delegation, a tae kwon do demonstration team, a cheerleading team. there will be competitors in the ice—skating and they are sending high—level officials. that has been confirmed them back to the top of the agenda at these talks, that is the agenda at these talks, that is the first thing they were going to discuss, sending a delegation to the
peon chang games. the south korean president has said he hopes this can bea president has said he hopes this can be a festival of peace, this can change the direction of relations on the korean peninsula which has seen the korean peninsula which has seen the highest tensions for decades. they hope this will create some breathing space in which more talks can continue. they broke follows, the north korean delegation went back over the line for lunch and talks got underway again this afternoon. broadening the areas of discussion and we know they are talking about humanitarian issues like the union families who have been divided since the korean war. i was speaking to one man who hasn't seen his sisterfor 70 was speaking to one man who hasn't seen his sister for 70 years. that is an emotive issue here in korea. it is help the south has proposed the unions will take place over the lunar new year which coincides with the winter olympics. they are set to discuss military issues as well. things like re—establishing the kimi indication lines. we had one
re—established last week that they we re re—established last week that they were at their peak 33 different lines connecting north and south korea. they will want to re—establish military communication lines that they can discuss minor altercation that sometimes take place in the demilitarised zone. let's go back to westminster with the latest on the toby young affair who has now resigned as part of the new university's regulator. norman, he got a vote of confidence by the prime minister at the weekend. now he has decided to go anyway. the timing could hardly be worse for mrs may following yesterday's reshuffle when there were questions about the prime minister's authority. labour are giving mrs may's decision to stand by toby and raises questions about her political judgment. i am joined
raises questions about her political judgment. iamjoined by raises questions about her political judgment. i am joined by labour's women and equality is mr, dawn butler. why do you say that? at the end of the day she failed to make the position. “ women —— women and equality minister, dawn butler. there are a number of questions and issues which have been raised around the process, a round toby and's suitability and merits of his appointment. it also brings into question power were borisjohnson might hold over the prime minister. what about the argument these are historic articles, tweets and that people often say things which they later regret? of course, there are certain standards that have to be upheld. you see historic, we are talking about a grown man in his late 405
who had been sending the5e who had been sending these obnoxious, arrogant, inappropriate, offensive, homophobic, misogynistic, tweets and articles. it isn't enough ofa tweets and articles. it isn't enough of a nurse —— tweets and articles. it isn't enough of a nurse “ excuse to tweets and articles. it isn't enough of a nurse —— excuse to say it is hex dodig. 13 months of a nurse —— excuse to say it is hex dodig.13 months ago, somebody put on his desk a sexual harassment document and underlying paragraphs in that document, just over a year ago. there is a lot to be said about this process. there's a lot to be said about the prime minister bosman judgment in this. a dose that negate his work on free schools, social mobility, should that be put to one side? having diversity of thought is important but promoting somebody with these views stand on the question somebody's judgment. i'm pleased views stand on the question somebody'sjudgment. i'm pleased to the free schools are doing well. the bell 800 the free schools are doing well. the 800 free schools in the uk, said there are many people who can be
suitable for thisjob there are many people who can be suitable for this job fixing over 800 brief killing michael schools. we re were overlooked, i wonder how appropriate they were for the position. the government had to defend toby young's appointment yesterday. jo johnson defend toby young's appointment yesterday. jojohnson defended defend toby young's appointment yesterday. jo johnson defended him before mps, i believe he has gone into downing street and who knows? may be part of this reshuffle, we shall have to wait and see. i'm sure you will tell us when it happens. that's look ahead to the weather. as we saw there, lots of clouds, we re as we saw there, lots of clouds, were misty and murky conditions. that is the thing for many across the uk. this is coma in norfolk, lots of cloud there. patchy drizzle around as well. —— cromer in norfolk. the memory the midlands and easton park. saying cloudy and to
the afternoon, and later on, rain spreading into south—west england, pembrokeshire and northern ireland. that pushes north and east overnight tonight, it will break up as it does so, misty and murky night once again really. temperatures staying above freezing, 2—6dc. 0n really. temperatures staying above freezing, 2—6dc. on wednesday, the rain clears slowly to the north—east and it won't clear across scotland all day. there will be snow on the diagram. elsewhere, drier and brighter weather developing into the wednesday afternoon. temperatures 7-10 wednesday afternoon. temperatures 7—10 or 11 celsius. goodbye. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. theresa may has held herfirst meeting with her new cabinet, after yesterday's reshuffle didn't go to plan. the prime minister will finalise the moves today with a shake—up ofjunior roles.
international trade minister mark garnier has lost hisjob — weeks after being cleared over allegations of inappropriate behaviour. the journalist toby young resigns as a member of the new universities regulator and apologises for controversial comments on social media. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident—and—emergency departments reached record levels at the end of last year. 78% of patients were seen within the target time in the final week of the year. north korea agrees to take part in next month's winter olympics in the south — in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. the south korean delegation also proposed more contact between the two countries. the welsh government is considering banning parents
from smacking their children. it's begun a 12 week consultation over plans to scrap the current legal defence of reasonable punishment. let's get the latest sport. england cricket coach, trevor bayliss, is going to step down — but not until the end of next year's ashes — when his contract expires. the australian says he made the decision over a year ago to call it a day and that it would be time, by the end of 2019, for a fresh approach. the former england captain graham gooch said it would not be wise to get rid of him before then. i've already told andrew strauss, probably 12 months ago, that september 2019 i'm contracted to, and that would see me out. i've never been anywhere more than four or five years. whether you're going well or not, i've always felt that around about that four—year mark is time to change. a new voice and a different approach, slightly different approach from someone, just reinvigorates things. today marks a month
to go until the start of the winter olympics in pyeongchang and in the next half an hour we'll find out how many medals british athletes will be expected to bring home. great britain returned with a record haul from sochi four years ago. uk sport will reveal their medal target today — which will have a large impact on subsequent funding for these sports. their chair, dame katherine grainger says she's expecting the best games ever as far as the winter olympics & paralympics are concerned. we have seen huge changes and improvements over the last 15 years, a massive investment from the national lottery and from the government, so it enables the team to become more professional, to have more athletes involved, to employ coaches, physiotherapists, all the experts who work in conjunction, and especially the winter games obviously travel a lot more than the summer games, because they need to find more snow and ice than we have in britain. it requires a big investment to get
success on that level. brighton will play middlesbrough in the fourth round of the fa cup, after beating crystal palace 2—1 last night. glenn murray scored the winnerfor brigton, three minutes from time. some suggestions of a handball. this remember was the first time in english football that the video assistant referee system was used. 0fficials didn't feel it was needed for that goal from murray.... brighton are through. british number one johanna konta returned from a hip injury at the sydney international overnight — but she was beaten in her opening match. konta had to retire in brisbane last week but showed little sign of the issue against agnieska radwanska. the defending champion was beaten in straight sets. next up for konta is the australian 0pen that starts on monday. konta says she feels good ahead of the australian open. more for you in the australian open. more for you in the next hour. more now on our main story — the ongoing cabinet reshuffle. a number of ministers are leaving the government as part of the continuing reshuffle,
including the international trade minister, mark garnier. he was cleared last year of misconduct charges. downing street has said theresa may will use today's changes among junior ministers to promote new talent. with me is joeyjones, a former adviser to theresa may. thanks forjoining us. the newspaper headlines surrounding this reshuffle aberdeen bound from theresa may's point of view, —— are pretty bad. not the narrative she is looking for. they are horrible headlines and will make uncomfortable reading in downing street. the issue was really that you use the word narrative, that you use the word narrative, thatis that you use the word narrative, that is the key. the two twin narratives that were set up before the reshuffle started were allowed to build a head of steam, one was theresa may asserting authority over the party and government and that she would revitalising the
government by bringing in more women, more diverse backgrounds. against either yardstick, the cabinet reshuffle has not measured up. there were people in the cabinet not willing to make moves that she wa nted not willing to make moves that she wanted them to make. justin greening's resignation is a headache from her point of view, could be damaging and could cause trouble if she chooses to for the prime minister. against the idea of really injecting new blood. the cabinet picture doesn't look different, fa ctly. picture doesn't look different, factly. she ends up looking week doesn't she? people saying no, jeremy hunt and justin greening. with a small majority, she is weak. that is just the way of the lay of the land at the moment, working with the land at the moment, working with the dup and the rest of it. that is a statement of the obvious really, theissue a statement of the obvious really, the issue was somehow, a narrative has allowed to build up that she was going to project herself is
something different. i don't think that was realistic frankly, and it should have been stamped on. iain duncan smith has talked about this, that downing street should have managed media expectations carefully. i don't know how some of this has played out, and don't know who it was, from my experience a lot of people said they speak for as was then the home secretary, now be by minister. whoever you went to the sunday times said that three senior cabinet ministers, justin greening, greg clark and andrea leadsom word deadwood, that's a crazy thing to do a couple of days before a reshuffle because they become angry and they can go into a meeting with the prime minister was no inclination to play ball and that they have to use. dixon and less they have to do. the journalist toby young has resigned from the new university regulator and theresa may on sunday giving a qualified vote of confidence but now
he stepped down because of his controversial statements in the past. this will pass most voters by frankly, they won't necessarily know who toby young was and how stepped back. theresa may pinned her colours to the mast at the weekend, the pressure built, it might happen unnoticed to people but yesterday at the dispatch box, jo johnson, unnoticed to people but yesterday at the dispatch box, jojohnson, who was instrumental in appointing him, was instrumental in appointing him, was getting difficult questions from either side, his own side as well. it's a headache for the prime minister and unnecessary from her point of view. thank you for coming in. former adviserfor point of view. thank you for coming in. former adviser for theresa may. north korea is sending a delegation to the south. sole suggested the two teams marched together at the ceremony. it is also considering
lifting sanctions still a north korean officials to visit during the 0lympics. —— to allow north korean officials. we're joined now by john nilsson—wright, who is senior research fellow for the asia programme at independent foreign affairs think tank chatham house. thanks forjoining us. does this look like a new ill of detente between north korea and south korea? —— new era. it's an important opening, they have made the offer to participate in the olympics because they are playing for time for trying to drive a wedge between seoul and washington. for south koreans, this is an opportunity to remove the cloud of fear and uncertainty of the games, having north korea joining is a reassuring sign that those games will proceed smoothly. whether that means that we will see a new flourishing of improved ties between the countries is i think, an open question. the big question here is
the nuclear capabilities. south korea will have no illusions of the importance of addressing that question. it comes against the backdrop of this voracious rhetoric between north korea and washington. donald trump the other day saying the nuclear button is bigger than kim jong—un's. how do you read that rhetoric as opposed to this kind of constructive dialogue? we've had confusing signals from the americans. we had that inflammatory treat, that juvenile americans. we had that inflammatory treat, thatjuvenile observations by trump. but president trump has said i claimed responsibility for getting these two sides together. the americans, despite their mixed messages, will probably be cautiously receptive to the idea of these talks. but at the same time, they will want to see real progress in dealing with the nuclear issue. the south korean president will be
relieved not only that he can guarantee you not only a safe 0lympics but american signing up to the idea of suspending joint military exercises between south korea and the united states until after the game. that is, i think, testimony to president moon's diplomatic ability. it doesn't remove the question of how we get to ultimately north korean is talking to the americans. thanks forjoining us. senior research fellow at chatham house. the nominations for the baftas have been with the shape of water leading nomination. joanna lumley will replace stephen fry as host. here to discuss nominations is the film criticjason solomons. discuss nominations is the film critic jason solomons. who discuss nominations is the film criticjason solomons. who else?! the shape of water. it's a good
haul, 12 nomination. can they convert them into winds however? it in the fantasy category as he said, and the last time thes was hugo, the martin scorsese film, which will empty—handed. it will be out on the 16th and the awards on the 18th. it's a strange film at sally hawkins asa it's a strange film at sally hawkins as a nude woman having a relationship might love at first sight with a strange sea creature that's been brought in and treated as an alien by a facility in the us. there she is with 0ctavia spencer who was nominated in this supporting actress category. it's directed by gillian modell: who won four pans labyrinth ten years ago —— guillermo del toro. it's a chance to seize the
mainstream. it's a strange and whimsicalfilm which mainstream. it's a strange and whimsical film which evolved into interspecies affairs and dancing. i wonder how people feel about it, it's up against some very strong competition from elsewhere. it's up against some very strong competition from elsewherelj it's up against some very strong competition from elsewhere. i think we can heara competition from elsewhere. i think we can hear a little piece of the film, let's have a look. my feet are killing me. he just ate them up. no thank yous, no yum—yums. as silent as a grave. you describe that as a strange little film, not exactly selling it. let's go to gary oldman nominated for best actor as winston churchill in darkest hour. amazing prosthetics that he went through apparently for
four hours to get ready. no one could see him as gary oldman, he would turn up as winston churchill. is the darkest hour has nine nominations, here is gary oldman when winston churchill finds that he's going to be by minister and is telling his family. and before our forces are wiped out completely, now is the time to negotiate in order to obtain the best conditions possible. hitler will not insist on outrageous terms. he will know his own weaknesses. he will be reasonable. when will the lesson be learned?! how many more dictators must be wooed, appeased, before we learn? is looks like a terrific performance. gary oldman was a punk,
now he is by minister an extraordinary journey! now he is by minister an extraordinaryjourney! let's now he is by minister an extraordinary journey! let's talk about three billboards, another very powerful film. lots of nomination. it was the big winner at the golden globes, winning four. it is an indie film used to see at sundance and now these films taking the mainstream at baftas. a foul—mouthed, expletive field, brilliant expose of small—town tinderbox politics in america led by brilliant francis mcdormand avenging the rape and murder of their daughter. the police not doing anything about it. there has best supporting actor nominations and this is my tip for certainly best actress for francis mcdormand. hey there, mildred. you didn't happen to pay a visit to the dentist today, did you? no.
oh, so it wasn't you who drilled a little hole in one of big fat jeffrey's big fat thumb nails, no? of course not. huh? i said, of course not. you drilled a hole in the dentist. i thought it was kind of funny myself, but he wants to press charges so we'll have to bring you in i'm afraid. asi as i mentioned, joanna lumley will be hosting the baftas not stephen fry. it's a long time since we had a female host, mariella frostrup was the last one. great to have her doing it, she will be intelligent, fabulous of course. she's a political animal as well, she is a smart and tasteful presenter. whether she have the have to to attract the americans i don't know, that doesn't matter as much any more. her britishness will carry the day. it smart bafta to install a
female touch because female empowerment is the tenor of this awards season and bafta have got this right by having a female host. i look forward to seeing what she does with it. great to have you with us, thank you for running through all the runners and riders for this year. and you can see a full list of nominations for the 2018 bafta film awards at the bbc news website. in a moment, the latest business news. first of all, i had lines. the new cabinet meets after some setbacks to the prime minister's reshuffle. theresa may will finalise her team today with junior ministerial appointments. the journalist toby young resigns as a member of the new universities regulator and apologises for controversial comments on social media. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's a&e
departments reached record levels at the end of last year. the top business stories. yorkshire based house—builder persimmon says revenues were up 9% last year to £3.4 billion. it also said the average selling price increased by 3% to over £213,000. the company cashed in on the government's help—to—buy scheme gave its chief executive £50 million worth of shares on new year's eve — in the first payment of what has been described as an "obscene" bonus. morrisons has reported better—than—expected christmas sales. the uk's fourth largest supermarket says sales were up 2.8% more in the ten weeks to january compared to the year before. christmas trading was particularly strong with sales up 3.7% in the crucial six weeks before the festive season. but overall, christmas could be tough for retailers. shoppers cut back on almost everything other than food in the last three months of 2017, leading to the biggest fall in non—grocery spending since 2009. the british retail consortium
says rising inflation — as a result of the weak pound after the brexit vote meant more consumers were feeling the squeeze. more on that news that house—builder persimmon reported a strong uptick in sales and prices. but it comes as chief executive jeff fairburn collects a bonus of more than £100 million. he's got the 50 million in shares and this set to get more. it's the result of a pay deal put in place five years ago. the final total depends on how persimmon shares perform. butjeff fairburn can take the first instalment in february when the company publishes its full year results. joining me now is rachael maskell, labour mp for york central. that is where persimmon is based. i wa nt that is where persimmon is based. i want nasty about this bonus for the chief executive,
—— want ask you about this bonus, it's been as obscene. on an industrial scale, somebody taking a bonus of that size, we are talking about over £100 million. in a city which killing ago where we celebrate the success of the company can we have a housing crisis, homelessness in york has risen by 15 cents 2010. persimmons itself as seen its profits, along with the other eight big developers, grow by 200% but we've only seen house—building grow by 33% over the same time. what we are seeing at the moment is we help to buy scheme, government investment going into the housing centres, and help dubai has increased. the obscene
—— we have seen share prices increase, being ta ken —— we have seen share prices increase, being taken as personal profits as opposed to investing them back into the house when we desperately need. help dubai designed to help first—time buyers. many say that is because we are not seeing it, how can they help more? it's not just going seeing it, how can they help more? it's notjust going to first—time buyers of another scandal of the scheme, so labour has said we will help genuine first—time buyers their first home. persimmon sit on about 100,000 plots, we have to see those plots brought into use and houses are built there. people do it in desperate need and there was land banking continuing by persimmon, forcing it up for everybody else. sorry time is tight but thank you
for your thoughts on persimmon. the consumer electronics show in las vegas is a glitzy, flashy affair. the world's biggest tech companies showcase their proudest achievements... but not all go to plan. just take a look at this allow me to introduce cloi. hello cloi. good morning, dave. i hope you're well. what can i do for you today? chloe, what's my schedule? you need to go to the gym at 10am today. powerup, powerup. smart learner has set the washer to the sportswear setting. chloe, am i ready on my washer cycle?
even robots have bad days! cloi, what's for dinner tonight? 0k, cloi is not going to talk to me. cloi doesn't like me, evidently. surely the moral of the story is do not ask a female robot watches for dinner. persimmon shares down, morrisons up better than expected christmas sales boosting its shares. more later. and the motto is don't work with children, animals or robots. the latest on the reshuffle, we had
dominic raab is housing minister and alok sharma moves from housing to employment minister as the prime minister completes the junior reshuffle. we have at the cabinet reshuffle, that is the scene live in downing street. according to today's newspapers, the reshuffle was a damp squib. daily telegraph calling it the night of the blunt knives. that's the latest, dominic raab is minister of state for housing, alok sharma is employment minister. they look at the weather now. it's rather misty and murky with lots of cloud around the uk. patchy drizzle out there. this is the scene in basingstoke. that fog lingering on. a disappointing and chilly day for many of us, that cloud across the uk, but this cloud out towards
the uk, but this cloud out towards the west, that frontal cloud, as it suggests, it brings in rain. this weather front across the west will continue this afternoon. elsewhere, the cloudy skies stay, mist an drizzle as well. let's take a look at 5pm, the rain pushes towards cornwall and west devon, a strengthening wind here as well. an unpleasant end to the day, lots of cloud across england and wales, sam hill fog but some brighter skies in north—west wales and north—west england. some brightness in england, the north west of scotland will have sunshine. but the rain moving into the west of northern ireland. for scotla nd the west of northern ireland. for scotland at this stage, there is temperatures dropping close to freezing. temperatures, began though, as the cloud and rain continues to move north and east, the rain will break up, but a misty and murky night for many of us, those temperatures staying primarily
above freezing, 3—5d. into wednesday, this area of rain will be slow—moving, for scotland it may not clear a ll slow—moving, for scotland it may not clear all day. there will be snow across the higher ground. there will be sunshine developing as the rain clears through, and with temperatures up to 7—10d, not quite as cold tomorrow afternoon. the wednesday, the pressure when trouble has, it moves to france. this ridge of high pressure their white lines are spaced out, winds and two thursday morning could bring a risk of fog. a bit of frost in there as well. the fog should clear up, and clear as well. there should be brighter skies in northern and eastern areas on thursday but on the whole, it will be a drier day and a cloudy day. friday is similar, a bit of fog, some rain in the western
pa rt of fog, some rain in the western part and temperatures just down a little bit. goodbye. this is bbc news and these are the top stories developing at midday. the new cabinet meets after some setbacks to the prime minister's reshuffle. more ministerial appointments are being made now. the journalist toby young resigns as a member of the new universities regulator and apologises for controversial comments on social media. north korea agrees to take part in next month's winter olympics in the south in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland”s accident—and—emergency departments reached record levels at the end of last year. also, one year on from the collapse of the power sharing government at stormont.
iam i am anita mcveigh here at stormont where after that year of political stalemate where civil servants not elected politicians have been running departments, i will be asking if it is possible to get it working again. when will the nation be learned? and gary oldman is among the nominations for this year's bafta awards for his portrayal of winston churchill in darkest hour. good afternoon. welcome to bbc newsroom live. theresa may has held herfirst meeting with her new cabinet as she prepares to finalise her ministerial reshuffle. the prime minister faced setbacks to her plans yesterday
leading labour to dismiss them as a "lacklustre pr exercise". this morning another minister announced he was the international trade minister mark carney has lost his job although government sources say his departure isn't related to recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour. let's get the very latest. we can cross to our assistant political editor, norman smith. what is the latest? a busy morning then yesterday. we have had a steady stream of middle ranking ministers coming into number 10. the formerjustice minister has been moved over to housing, alex sharma who was at housing has been
moved to employment. still in there isjoejohnson, moved to employment. still in there is joe johnson, the universities minister who had the awkward moments are having to defend toby young who we now know has fallen on his sword. also in that is greg hands, the international trade minister. the second feature of today has been the departure of a number of men of a certain vintage, shall we say. blokes who are in their 50s, who have been around the block, quite a few of them have now left government. among those departing, john hayes, he has left from transport. philip dunn has left have, mark garnier has left international trade. they has been a call of those who might be deemed mail, stale and rather pale. theresa may can bring in younger, newer mps to freshen up the government. this
after day one of the reshuffle which turned out to be much ado about nothing. where did change didn't seem to be terrifically good for mrs may with justin greening and seem to be terrifically good for mrs may withjustin greening and jeremy hunt saying, no thanks, we're going nowhere. 0f hunt saying, no thanks, we're going nowhere. of them were jogging this morning. justin greening was pressed over whether she had done the right thing and this is what she said. you didn't take the job at the dwp. idid you didn't take the job at the dwp. i did that i thought the right thing to do was. and you destabilising the government is doing that? and off she goes. jeremy hunt another keen early morning jogger, was asked whether he has damaged mrs may. how did you manage to cling onto yourjob? morning. warning. paddy undermined the prime minister? —— have paddy undermined the prime minister? — — have you.
not very communicative. perhaps it was all that running. all this on the day that toby young announced that he would not be taking up his post with the office for students following a huge uproar over some of the comments and remarks and articles and tweets he has made in recent yea rs articles and tweets he has made in recent years about people with disabilities, women, prompted a lot of disquiet notjust among opposition mps but also amongst many conservative mps today. the new party chairman has been out and about. he was putting the best gloss on yesterday's reshuffle. tempted as it is to get into speculation about what may not happen, i am focusing on what the prime minister outlined this weekend. it is about driving that domestic agenda, making sure we recognise and deal with some of the challenges we face in our country,
providing the homeless people need. jeremy hunt has the immense amount of experience, he is doing an important piece of work in bringing health and social care act together to make sure we're able deliver coherent package for people in the health sector. if you look at the outlines there today, the health secretary has warmly welcome this change. where are we? it looks like it could be a tale of two reshuffle. yesterday, we had many school reshuffle and today we could be getting a much more significant shake—up of the middle ranks of government. the hope in team mate is this will send out a message to the elected the young, diverse mps. the problem is many people won't notice because when it comes to reshuffle is what people tend to seek them if
they see anything is what happens to they see anything is what happens to the big names. most of the big names didn't move toll. if they are aware of the reshuffle it'll only be at the margins and they are probably not going to take that much notice of what appears to be likely to become a much more significant reshuffle today amongst the middle ra nks reshuffle today amongst the middle ra n ks of reshuffle today amongst the middle ranks of conservative ministers. many thanks indeed. north korea has agreed to send a large delegation to the winter olympics in the south next month after the two sides held their first meeting in more than two years. seoul has suggested the two teams march together at the opening ceremony. south korea's foreign ministry also said it's considering a plan to temporarily lift sanctions to allow north korean officials to visit during the olympics. earlier our correspondent sophie long spoke to us from seoul. the headline is, so far, so good.
talks got underway at ten o'clock this morning. the south korean delegation left seoul this morning. the north korean delegationjust walked across the military demarcation line. these talks are taking place in a truce village, and a number of meetings between the governments have taken place there over the years. this is the first time they have met for more than two years and so far, it seems to be going well. we have had confirmed that pyongyang will send a delegation to the winter olympics that will get underway next month. they will send a pretty full delegation, a tae kwon do demonstration team, a cheerleading team. there will be competitors in the ice—skating and they are sending high—level officials. that has been confirmed. that wsa top of the agenda at these talks, that is the first thing
they were going to discuss, sending a delegation to the pyongyang games. the south korean president has said he hopes this can be a festival of peace, this can change the direction of relations on the korean peninsula which has seen the highest tensions for decades. they hope this will create some breathing space in which more talks can continue. they broke for lunch, the north korean delegation went back over the line for lunch and talks got underway again this afternoon. broadening the areas of discussion and we know they are talking about humanitarian issues like the union of families who have been divided since the korean war. i was speaking to one man who hasn't seen his sister for 70 years. that is an emotive issue here in korea. it is thoguht the south has proposed reunions will take place over the lunar new year which coincides with the winter olympics. they are set to discuss military issues as well. things like re—establishing the commindication lines. we had one re—established last week but when they were at their peak there
were 33 different lines connecting north and south korea. they will want to re—establish military communication lines so that they can discuss minor altercations that sometimes take place in the demilitarised zone. sophie long in south korea. just confirm, we have had from the writers news agency saying that is a joint statement that north and south korea have agreed to hold military talks. that is after the formal dialogue we have had for the first time in two years and also deciding to send high—ranking delegation to the winter olympics. agreeing to hold military talks in order to defuse tensions. emergency services in south africa say at least 200 people have been injured in a train crash just outside johannesburg. it's not clear what caused the crash, but local media say a moving train crashed into the back of a stationary one.
last week, 19 people died in free state after a train collided with a lorry at a level crossing. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident and emergency units reached record highs in the last week of 2017, new figures have revealed today. the stats for the week ending 31 december show that just 78% of patients across scotland were seen within the four hour target time. this is well below the scottish government's target for 95% of patients to wait no longer than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer from a&e. 4.5% of patients, 1,156 in total spent more than eight hours in a scottish a&e department in that final week of 2017. well, earlier i asked the bbc‘s scotland correspondent lorna gordon
what these figures meant. the worst figures of not hitting waiting time targets of these records began in february 2015. it isa records began in february 2015. it is a snapshot ofjust one week, the festive period, it is not entirely unexpected. we have been getting warnings that the number of people in scotland suffering from flu has doubled compared to the same period last year. it is worth drilling down to those figures you touched on in your introduction. what we have seen isa your introduction. what we have seen is a small increase in the number of attendances. if you look at the compilable, the closest comparable period last year, there is a large increase in the number not seen within those for our targets. this year come in the period over the festive break, 5686 were not dealt with in the four hour target. 1156
not seen within eight hours. that co m pa res to not seen within eight hours. that compares to 85 in the same period last year. compares to 85 in the same period last yea r. 272 compares to 85 in the same period last year. 272 had to wait over 12 hours in cars of the match, that co m pa res to hours in cars of the match, that compares to three patients who had to wait over 12 hours in the compilable period. put the figures but unprecedented demand. the scottish health secretary and first minister have both apologised for these figures but the opposition parties here in scotland are saying these figures are nothing short of a disgrace. five men and a woman have been charged with being members of national action. the suspects were arrested last week after an intelligence led operation involving
police forces from across the country. national action became the first british far right group to be banned after home secretary amber rudd said it was promoting violence and acts of terrorism. bad weather is hampering efforts to contain a fire and an oil spill more than 60 hours after two ships collided in the east china sea. chinese officials say the iranians owned oil tanker is still on fire after the accident which happened about 160 miles off the coast of shanghai. the sanchi tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of oil. i've had the latest from our correspondent who is in shanghai. that search and rescue effort, to be honest, we're 72 hours into this. the search and rescue is turning to become a search and recovery operation. they found one body yesterday, but 30 men remain missing. that environmental concern,
the focus increasingly shifting to that now. sanchi was carrying a million barrel of condensates, this is in the thick crude oil we talk about but an ultra—refined form of oil. highly toxic and explosive but colourless and odourless in some insta nces. colourless and odourless in some instances. there is some good news from china in the last half an hour. ina from china in the last half an hour. in a brief statement, they say they have detected no big spill. when they have taken into consideration they have taken into consideration the weather, it is windy, waves up to four metres high, a huge fire is burning aboard the vessel, they say they have been a simulation and they think nothing more than 1% of the condensate is remaining on the sea surface. the headlines on bbc newsroom live. the prime minister height is finalising her reshuffle.
north korea agrees to take part in exmouth's winter olympics in south korea after the first talks between the two sides for over two years. the number of people waiting for more than four hours in scotland's has a solo creative dance department reach record levels at the end of last year. —— a&e department. all the sport news now with sarah mulkerrins. the target range for the olympic tea m the target range for the olympic team has been set of between four and ten medals. the current record is for. the gb paralympic team has been set a target of seven medals, thatis been set a target of seven medals, that is a range of between six and ten. in sochi they won six and for
all sports theirfunding ten. in sochi they won six and for all sports their funding in the next cycle is linked to their performance at this games. the last game we won for olympic medals and six paralympic medals. we have been investing in more sport since that point. more athletes with medal potential and so it is looking really good for peon chang. we are a lwa ys really good for peon chang. we are always ambitious to do better. england cricket coach, trevor bayliss, is going to step down but not until the end of next year's ashes when his contract expires. the australian says he made the decision over a year ago to call it a day and that it would be time, by the end of 2019, for a fresh approach. the former england captain, graham gooch, said it would not be wise to get rid of him before then. i have always seen any of merrill ts, i have always seen any of merrill ‘s, it isn't about you want to win right now. it is about leaving
coaching positions with a team in a better place than when you started. the next guy comes along and brings it to another level, hopefully, the tea m it to another level, hopefully, the team playing a small role. he has made six appearances for spurs this season having failed to establish himself as a regular in his 18 month at the club. burnley boss hopes to have him available for this weekend's premier league match. that is all these boards for now. i'll have mile in the next hour. —— more. parents in wales could be banned from smacking their children under new plans. the welsh government is consulting on the changes and people will be given 12 weeks to make their views known. scotland is in the process of introducing a similar ban. dan johnson reports. if it goes ahead, wales would become the second part of the uk to effectively ban smacking, by removing the defence
of reasonable punishment. after a decision to change the law in scotland last year, the government in wales believes it is now long overdue, and that many more parents now will say that the approach to positive parenting, not using physical punishment, is what they do as a matter of course. but i think it'll make that the absolute norm, right across society, to show that physical punishment of children is not only not necessary, but shouldn't be allowed. so there will be a 12—week consultation for people across wales to have their say. no, i don't think it's appropriate to smack children, because i don't think it's productive, really. i don't think that stops them from behaving a certain way. a little tap like that on the hand i don't think is terrible. but no, not — not, you know, a big whack. if you're teaching them not to be violent, or hit people, you shouldn't it them, i guess — hypocritical. a move to ban smacking already has the support of the children's commissioner
in wales, and charities like the nspcc. the 16—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after shop worker died from his injuries. police say the 49—year—old victim was attacked on saturday night outside a shop in mill hill. three you to buy cigarette papers we re three you to buy cigarette papers were refused service. h&m has apologised after an image of a black child modelling a foodie appeared on its website with the slogan, coolest monkey in the jungle. the adverts sparked a backlash on social media. h&m has removed it off their website. the canadian rapper said he
won't work with the retailer again. it's one year since sinn fein's martin mcguinness resigned as northern ireland's deputy first minister, bringing down the power sharing executive at stormont. 12 months later, there has been little progress in attempts to restore power sharing — and the new northern ireland secretary karen bradley faces an immediate challenge in trying to reinstate the devolved government. annita mcveigh is at stormont for us this morning. thank you very much. hello from stormont. in the past year, civil servant had been keeping things ticking over here at stormont while those elected politicians, the mlas, apart from around 46 minutes of activity, here at stormont in the last year have been absent while
drawing a full salary. whether they continue to get paid in full is one of the decisions the new secretary of the decisions the new secretary of state will have to make. the previous secretary of state james brokenshire a set a series of deadlines for progress to be made and the threat was that if progress was not made there could be a return to direct rule from westminster. but with every deadline, the threat of a return to direct rule had less power. it has to be said not every politician in northern ireland would be unhappy with that prospect. more on that in a moment but first he had isa on that in a moment but first he had is a reminder of how we have got to this point with northern ireland's political editor. hospitals across the uk are struggling to cope with the pressures of winter but patients in northern ireland face one of the longest waits for emergency treatment. meanwhile, without government ministers a blueprint for
reorganising the health service can't be put into practice. there is no doubt the nhs is challenged but what makes northern ireland different and what nurses say is different, is they feel they have been let down by the leadership and the system. secondly, by the fact there is no political leadership in the country. the stalemate at stormont goes back a year to when sinn fein's martin mcguinness quit as deputy first minister. that triggered the collapse of the power—sharing government at stormont. relations between sinn fein and their democratic unionist coalition partners soured over the dup's handling of a scandal concerning renewable heating scheme. the row widened with unionists resisting sinn fein's demand for better legal protection for the irish language. this characterisation of we should have given something to sinn fein to keep them appeased is not the way i do business.
if you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back looking for more. after martin mcguinness's death, arlene foster shook hands with his successor but the two leaders haven't proved able to overcome their differences. the dup now hold the balance of power on the green benches at westminster but back at stormont, the blue benches of the northern ireland assembly remain empty with civil servants running the administration on a day—to—day basis. there is an imperative to get back to business but we don't know what shape that will take as neither sinn fein or the dup will soften their positions. the secretary of state has made no further moves towards imposing direct rule. the politicians who are meant to meet here have continued to get paid. recently an official report recommended that those salaries should be cut by a third.
what impact that might have on this assembly that never sits remains farfrom certain. alive and correspondence is with me now. how much more stretched is there in this elastic process that is the effort to avoid a return to the electoral will stop it was interesting, in james brokenshire the electoral will stop it was interesting, injames brokenshire a possible resignation letter yesterday he said we were already in overtime as fathers that went. the government have been very keen throughout this deadlock we have seen to avoid the term direct rule. they have been speaking about the need for greater intervention by westminster in the affairs of northern ireland. we have seen a budget passed at westminster, legislation for cover —— authorities
to raise rates bills. let's talk about impact. what is the difference when civil servers are running things instead of elected politicians? tell the audience about the report. the reporters on the last major issues the executive had to deal with before it fell a year ago. it is a major report into health care which said there had to be the reform programme. it said if the health service was not a reformed the amount of money needed to run the nhs would amount to 90% of stormont‘s budget in ten years' time. the department of health have been working on that, in absence of a health minister means they have cut sign. that is one of example. the line of politicians seem to be hardening rather than suggesting compromise at this point.
it is and is becoming any more emollient. you have sinn fein saying they would be no return to the status quo, they don't want to return to the dup would go back to government but it is sinn fein who are keeping it away. there is no restoration. many challenges for the new secretary of state, karen bradley, as she takes up this role. as to whether they could be a return to direct rule from westminster, it would take a major crisis away from the immediate political questions to expose the fact of a lack of elected politicians here at stormont and that could precipitate a return to that could precipitate a return to that the electoral. that is it from me for the moment. right now, back to you. most get you the latest about the
reshuffle here. joejohnson, most get you the latest about the reshuffle here. joe johnson, who most get you the latest about the reshuffle here. joejohnson, who was the universities minister, is becoming minister of state at the department of transport. joe johnson, defending toby young, who was appointed to the new universities regulator but has now stood down after all those controversial suites and comments, this isjoe controversial suites and comments, this is joe johnson now leaving downing street. he has been moved from universities minister to transport minister. let's get the thoughts of our assistant political editor, norman smith. is this related to the toby young row? i wouldn't think so. who knows? mr johnson has had a difficult brief at universities with the row over tuition fees so it has been quite a difficult time there. in terms of
how that fits in to the reshuffle day two, we seem to be saying three things going on. we have seen a cull of older male ministers, we are seeing a reshuffling of the deckchairs of some middle ranking ministers and we have seen a steady strea m ministers and we have seen a steady stream of women going in to number 10. on the former, we have seenjohn hayes, philip then, mark carney, all minister of gave certain vintage either resigning stepping down. in terms of the reshuffling of the deckchairs, the housing minister has gone to employment, thejustice minister has gone to housing, joe johnson has gone to transport and greg hands stays at trade. in terms of the women, still inside our harriers baldwin, defence minister carolyn bennett and margotjames harriers baldwin, defence minister carolyn bennett and margot james who isa
carolyn bennett and margot james who is a business minister. the the bottom tier of the ministerial ladder. i am assuming mrs me is hoping to push them up a promotion for some of the female ministers. that fits with what we have been briefed about the two of the reshuffle, the hope of team mrs may, it will be a moment where they can promote younger mps to change the complexion of this government. thank you very much indeed. we also suing the government is publishing an updated code of for ministers covering inappropriate baleen, harassing behaviour and the requirement to report meetings overseas. this has all been just announced by downing street. it is presumably linked to priti patel who had to resign from the cabinet after
an meetings with israeli official. so the government publishing an updated code of conduct for ministers covering inappropriate, bullying and harassing behaviour and to like my suit, the weather is looking great today. cloud working its way northwards over the last 24 hours in the sky currently look like this, just great, mist and fog over the hills, drizzle falling out of the cloud as well. but holes in the cloud as well. but holes in the cloud across cumbria and also western scotland said there will be a few bits of sunshine today, the vast majority though keeping the grey and cloudy conditions. temperature wise it is chilly in
northern and eastern areas concerning wilder later today. that ta kes concerning wilder later today. that takes us through the evening and overnight, the band of rain pushes eastwards, most of the rain probably not too heavy, heavy for a time across western scotland and overnight because between three and six celsius. it works eastwards that one convocation is we are likely to see an area of low pressure somewhere along the front which will put the breaks on the front. it means, across eastern england and scotland, the rain may linger through the afternoon was further west, at the rain will clear and we get sunshine, not feeling too bad across the south—west with highs of 10 degrees. this is bbc newsroom live , our latest headlines. theresa may has held herfirst meeting with her new cabinet, after some difficulties with yesterday's reshuffle. the prime minister is now finalising the moves with a shake—up ofjunior roles. in the last few moments, jojohnson has been appointed as minister of state at the department for transport.
he will also be minister for london. one of the new appointments is alok sharma, who is now the employment minister. dominic raab is the new ministerfor housing. the journalist toby young has resigned from the new universities north korea has agreed to take part in next month's winter olympics in the south — in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. the south korean delegation also proposed more contact between the two countries. the number of people waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident—and—emergency departments reached record levels in the final week of last year. figures showjust 78 % of patients were seen within the target time. the former journalist toby young has resigned from the board of a new university regulator, following days of growing criticism over controversial comments he'd made in the past. mr young apologised for some of his remarks in his resignation letter saying they were "either ill judged orjust plain wrong." labour's dawn butler says the row
about mr young casts doubt on the judgment of prime minister theresa may — who backed him staying in the post. she spoke to my colleague norman smith earlier. she failed to dismiss him from the position. there are a number of questions and issues which have been raised around the process, a round toby young's suitability and merits of his appointment. it also brings into question power that borisjohnson might hold over the prime minister. what about the argument these are historic articles, tweets and that people often say things which they later regret? of course, there are certain standards that have to be upheld. you say historic, we are talking
about a grown man in his late 405 who had been sending these obnoxious, arrogant, inappropriate, offensive, homophobic, misogynistic, tweets and articles. it isn't enough of an excuse to say it is historic. 13 months ago, somebody put on his desk a sexual harassment document and underlined paragraphs in that document, just over a year ago. there is a lot to be said about this process. there's a lot to be said about the prime minister's judgment in this. does that negate the work toby young has done on free schools, social mobility, should that be put to one side? no, having diversity of thought is important but promoting somebody with these views stands into question somebody's judgment.
i'm pleased to the free schools are doing well. but there are 800 free schools in the uk, so there are many people who can be suitable for thisjob who are the people that were overlooked, i wonder how appropriate they were for the position. the nominations for this year's british academy film awards have been announced. the fantasy romance "the shape of water" leads the field, with 12 nominations. it's also been announced that joanna lumley will host the awards ceremony, replacing stephen fry, who's stepping down from the role. i've been taking a look at this year's nominations with the film critic, jason solomons. i wonder if they can convert them into winds however? it in the fantasy category as he said, and the last time thes was hugo,
the martin scorsese film, which walked away empty—handed. i fear that could happen to shape of water. it will be out on the 16th and the awards on the 18th. it's a strange film at sally hawkins as a mute woman having a relationship might love at first sight with a strange sea creature that's been brought in and treated as an alien by a facility in the us. there she is with 0ctavia spencer who was nominated in this supporting actress category. it's directed by mexican guillermo del toro who won four pans for pan's labyrinth. it's a chance to seize the mainstream. it's a strange and whimsical film which evolved into interspecies affairs and dancing. i wonder how people feel about it, it's up against some very strong competition from elsewhere. that's shape of water, i think we can hear a little piece of the
film, let's have a look. my feet are killing me. i made rooster pigs in a blanket before leaving, he just ate them up. no thank yous, no yum—yums. as silent as a grave. you describe that as a strange little film, not exactly selling it. let's go to gary oldman nominated for best actor as winston churchill in darkest hour. amazing prosthetics that he went through apparently for four hours to get ready. no one could see him as gary oldman, he would turn up as winston churchill. darkest hour has nine nominations, here is gary oldman when winston churchill finds that he's going to be by minister and is telling his family.
straight to the commons. an urgent question on unfair pay in the bbc. accusations of unfair pay off resignation of carrie gracie. like most members of this house, i support the bbc and like most of the licence payer fund, iwould support the bbc and like most of the licence payer fund, i would go so faras to licence payer fund, i would go so far as to say as i love it. now in this digital age more than ever, if the bbc did not exist, we would need to invent it. as the treasured national institution for the bbc not only uphold but be a beacon for the values that we hold dear, that includes fair pay and equal pay for jobs. this by introducing equal pay
in charter, this government after the leadership of my two predecessors has roughly improved bbc transparency and shone a light on genderand bbc transparency and shone a light on gender and pay issues on the bbc. this new transparency includes requiring the bbc annually to publish the salary details of all bbc staff paid more than £150,000. is publishing these details until i resulted in needed public scrutiny at pay at the bbc. the overall gender pay gap up the bbc is 9%. the figures also showed two thirds of those earning £150,000 were men, and reveal a lack of staff from the am each backgrounds among top earners -- bame each backgrounds among top earners —— bame background. somewhat uncomfortable with the results, john humphrys acknowledged he would not necessarily be able to explain his salary of £600,000. this isn't just
a matter of levelling women's pay up, it'sa a matter of levelling women's pay up, it's a matter of paea quality. working for the bbc is public service and a great privilege. get some men at the bbc are paid far more than other equivalent public servants. the bbc have begun to act on the welcome mat. but more action, much more action is needed —— and i welcome that. especially when bbc phone editors can earn more than her majesty 's ambassadors. i welcome the eh rc looking into the carrie gracie issue, they are the body for equal pay and is is for them not the government to investigate and take further action if necessary. 0f course, the bbc is operationally and editorially independent of government and rightly so. the director—general has commendably committed to sorting this issue out by2020 committed to sorting this issue out by 2020 and we will hold him to
that. i understand their report on on—air presenter salaries will be published in the next few weeks. but we expect the bbc to observe pay restraint and deliver value of money for licence fee payers. the bbc must act because the brilliant women working at all levels of the bbc deserve better. thank you, mr speaker. congratulations to the honourable gentleman on his new role as secretary of state and i'm glad to have him on his feet so soon after his appointment. the resignation of carrie gracie over the pay gap and the bbc has saddened us all, i welcome what he said, he may be interested and i got an u nfortu nate may be interested and i got an unfortunate comment from the bbc earlier said on—air colleagues who have been seen to campaign on the issue of equal pay have to question whether or not they would be regarded as a partial by audiences and covering the story. does the
secretary of state agree with me that instead of that, the bbc as a public institutions should be getting its own house in order rather than attacking its own people? i pay tribute to carrie gracie, she will be a huge loss and she has shown bravery and determination. her letter makes for staggering and shocking reading. salaries disclosures were being forced to make six years ago revealed an forced to make six years ago revealed a n acce pta bly forced to make six years ago revealed an acceptably high paying for presenters and managers but indefensible pay gap between men and women doing equal work. in the past four years she said, the bbc has had for international editors at humanity women. —— two men and two women. lastjuly, i learned that in the previous financial year, the men and at least 50% more than the two women. mr speaker, how many talented women need to resign and be lost before
the bbc and other organisations will ta ke the bbc and other organisations will take action? and he said he would challenge them but what tangible action will be seized and his government and the bbc? it is 100 yea rs government and the bbc? it is 100 years since women got the vote, we've come a long way, but why does it feel like so many of the establishment are stuck in the past? mr speaker, establishment are stuck in the past? mrspeaker, i establishment are stuck in the past? mr speaker, i share her outrageous what we've discovered. and we only discovered it because of the transparency regulations from this house led by my predecessors. she has specifically about the editorial guidelines, they are a matter that the bbc. somebody with a strong view might separate that view from the impartial delivery of news that i would ask whether they observe that in every case as well as cases just about the bbc? congratulations to the secretary of state on his appointment. the committee decided
this morning we will invite the director—general of the bbc to account for the actions of the bbc on gender pay since the publication of salaries last summer. it's important to see what progress they've made and what progress needs to be made. 30 agree with me that this whole thing underlines why we we re this whole thing underlines why we were right to insist on the full disclosure of top paid notjust for executive on—screen talent as well? i strongly agree with the chair of the select committee, i welcome his committee scrutiny of this. i would say this. the bbc resisted the transparency measures and now we are starting to see why. happy new year to you, mr speaker, and may start by offering my congratulations the outgoing secretary of state on her new role. and to the new secretary of state. who unlike carrie gracie, has not turned and £40,000 pay rise this week. he treated yesterday
about how humbly he was. something i know he has become well—known for recent yea rs. know he has become well—known for recent years. but i know for how much this commotion will be important to his fragile self—esteem. now mr speaker, we still live in a society where confident men who believe in their own self—worth tend to rise to the top or stay in their positions despite failure after failure. while talented women are more reasonably undervalued orforced talented women are more reasonably undervalued or forced out. talented women are more reasonably undervalued orforced out. but enough about the prime minister ‘s reshuffle. carrie gracie's resignation as the bbc‘s china editor highlights the issue of unequal pay in the bbc. in broadcasting and in society more generally. something we all have a role to play in stamping out. lord
hall said last year he is determined to close the gender pay gap at the bbc. but this story shows there is still a very long way to go. carrie gracie says in a public letter that she told her bosses when she took thejob of china she told her bosses when she took the job of china editor, she told her bosses when she took thejob of china editor, she expected pay inequality with her male peers. and that she believed she had secured it. does the secretary of state believes that the corporation is, as carrie gracie is saying, in breach of equality legislation? and how can employees of other less transparent media companies know whether their employers are complying with equality law? the bbc is accountable to the public and we know more about the pay gap there than we do at other organisation. is the secretary of state confident that female staff at other broadcasters and media companies are paid as highly as their male colleagues? and will he called an end to encourage them to
be as transparent as the bbc? —— call them in. and what will they do to ensure these are notjust ways to criticise our national broadcaster as other media organisations might whisper to the wake to highlight pay and inequality across the board. —— other organisations might wish. the people in the story are the top of their profession and earning significant sums. but we need to be at least as concerned about pay for bbc employees and contractors on the lowest pa id, bbc employees and contractors on the lowest paid, some of whom are in as little as £16,000 a year. what is the secretary of state doing to ensure low paid workers are not forgotten and will he ensure those paid by low paid production companies and bbc studios are not exempt from pay transparency. and does he agree finally, that when it comes to unequal pay, we all have to say time is up. well, i am grateful
to the right honourable gentleman. it is good to be shadowed once more by him, he is quite a shadow. i'm sure we will all enjoy his stand—up in the exchanges ahead. 0n sure we will all enjoy his stand—up in the exchanges ahead. on this subject, there is a very strong degree of cross—party unanimity and i welcome his support for the measures we have taken to bring more transparency. while bringing transparency. while bringing transparency measures to the bbc, we also brought wider transparency measures on the gender pay gap to all large organisations and the think that goes to answer many of the questions he has about other organisation. but other public organisations have strong duties and i will take the point he made on that very seriously. when it comes to the investigation of individual cases, and of the policing of the
equalities act 2010, that is a job for the eh rc. equalities act 2010, that is a job forthe eh rc. we equalities act 2010, that is a job for the eh rc. we welcome they are taking action on this case now and they must take action were that they see. maria miller. this country have some of the best laws... that is the new culture secretary taking an urgent question about pay and equality at the bbc after carrie gracie's resignation as china editor saying that he will be watching the bbc closely, the bbc must act, women at the bbc deserve better. he said it was wrong that foreign editors at the bbc news were earning more than international ambassadors. it was said that it had been right, he said, to insist on paid transparency at the bbc, the bbc resisted that transparency, as to what it paid its seniorjournalists and now we are
starting to see why, said matt hancock the culture secretary. more on that throughout the afternoon. let me bring you more on the government recessional —— reshuffle as well. we have a response to criticism of the prime minister reshuffle coming from downing street who said it is about getting the right team in place, the prime ministers as spokesman said theresa may has the right team in place, also asked about the position of jeremy hunt the health secretary, the spokesman said he was a long—standing ha rd—working health secretary who was doing a good job, will continue to do so and about the departure ofjustin greening, she "displayed a commitment for social mobility and improving opportunities for children across the country." that is the prime minister ‘s official spokesman. all
australia has been celebrating its first gay marriages. the law was changed in december to allow them to take place — but the waiting period meant it was 30 days before the first legally—sanctioned gay unions could happen. 0ur correspondent in sydney, hywel griffith, reports... in a race to be the first to say "i do", craig and luke exchanged their vows just after midnight. both are athletes hoping to compete in this year's commonwealth games but they already feel the australian public is right behind them. my instagram direct messages have blown up with people i've never met, i don't know, who are just sending love and congratulations, so it's really touching and it's really heartfelt. it another way to show your love and appreciation and acknowledge your partner in front of the people that have been in your life. last year's landmark public vote in support of legalising same—sex
to be my lawfully weddeewifﬁ but for most couples, like kylie and lisa, this was the first opportunity to become legally wed. they want to do it for their daughter isla. i think it sends a really important message to her, we want her to grow up knowing that we have people with open hearts and open minds in this country. we want her to know her peers at school, their parents might now accept us as the family unit we are. not everyone accepts the new definition of marriage. more than a third of voters opposed the change in law and some faith groups claim it will lead to changes in how gender and sex education are taught in schools. but for the couples who have waited years to be considered equal in the eyes of the law, little can detract from their big day finally arriving.
eight people have been arrested following a series of raids investigating human trafficking and sexual abuse. around 150 officers took part injoint operation in stockton—on tees and in sheffield. immigration teams were also involved. it was after a young woman told police she had been trafficked around the country and subjected to serious sexual offences. does donald trump know the words to the us national anthem? # 0h, say can you see by the dawn's early light his critics say he appears to have forgotten the lyrics to the star—spangled banner. his supporters say they are proud to see him stand. # whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight the united states flag code offers
no advice on whether citizens are obliged to sing along, but it is encouraged from school onwards. in a moment the news at one. first the weather. yesterday we were spoiled for sunshine but in the south it was cold and cloudy. that has an working northwards across northern england and northern ireland and into scotland. most of us in the same boat now, grey overcast skies, mist and hill fog around, the cloud is thick with outbreaks of drizzle. but across western scotland in cumbria, there are holes in the gloves are some of us enjoying sunshine but that's the exception to the rule.
little changing in the afternoon but in the evening, we have the band of rain working in of the atlantic. so we get some wet weather moving into northern ireland with heavy rain here for a time. it pushes eastwards over tonight over scotland, eastern england and wales, most not too heavy and your overnight amateurs 3-6d heavy and your overnight amateurs 3—6din heavy and your overnight amateurs 3—6d in the towns and cities. —— overnight amateurs. tomorrow, a competition in the forecast that if this weather front see low—pressure and if that happens it would put the brea ks and if that happens it would put the breaks on the front to stop the rain some clearing away from eastern areas. there was uncertainty about whether you rain could linger but maybe across parts of north east england, should be across the east coast, the rain on this chart is not farfrom coast, the rain on this chart is not far from the coastline. bear in mind he could rain linger in the afternoon. sometimes i coming through the afternoon, sunny skies and northern ireland by trimming later in the day across areas of scotla nd later in the day across areas of scotland as well. wednesday evening
sta rts scotland as well. wednesday evening starts off, rain clearing away leaving dry conditions, clearing skies and light winds. the combination could leave dents practice of mist and fog, aside from that it will be cold, frost in the countryside and ic services on thursday. the mist and fog lingering for a time but aside from that, high pressure in charge, a dry day with sunshine, it never gets that warm though, 4—6d for most of us. on friday, a lot of low cloud around for england in particular, further west we have an atlantic front trying to bring in winds, it will bring milder conditions into the west. theresa may's ministerial reshuffle continues, as she tries to recharge her government. the new cabinet, said downing street, was the right team to tackle the challenges the country faces. labour called the changes lacklustre. the journalist, toby young, resigns as a member of the new universities watchdog,
over controversial comments on social media. we'll have the latest on all the comings and goings at westminster. also this lunchtime... north korea agrees to take part in next month's winter olympics in south korea, in the first talks between the two sides for over two years. patients waiting more than four hours in scotland's accident—and—emergency departments reach record levels. when will the lesson be learnt? and gary oldman is among the nominations for this year's