this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm. this is bbc news. the headlines at "pm. the grenfell tower inquiry has heard the man who lived in the flat where the fire started is terrified of giving evidence and lives in fear of giving evidence and lives in fear of reprisals. the editor of the daily mail after 26 years at the home is to step down. cabinet divisions run deep as the government prepares to set this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: the editor of the daily mail, paul dacre, after 26 years
at the helm, is to step down. good evening and welcome to bbc news. good evening. the grenfell tower inquiry has been told that police were so concerned about the safety of the man who lived in the flat where the fire started that they considered putting him in a witness protection programme. behailu kebede, who'd lived at grenfell tower for 25 years, was too frightened to give evidence at the public inquiry into last year's blaze. but his lawyer said he bore no responsibility for the fire and had done nothing wrong. here's our home affairs
correspondent tom symonds. it's nearly a year now. the tower is slowly being covered up. but there is an unwavering determination to remember those who called it home, with these words appearing today. one of those residents was behailu kebede. his kitchen was where the fire started. this is him making the first 999 call. his lawyer said he fled barefoot, phone in hand, using it to film the first flames. but press reports, including this prominent article in the london review of books, reported that he had packed a suitcase first. elsewhere, it was suggested his fridge had exploded because it was faulty. garbage, said his barrister. he had been scapegoated. he is a good man. he did nothing wrong. 0n the contrary, he did the right thing from start to finish. kensington and chelsea council
has also been blamed and invaded by protesters... we want justice! ..for commissioning the fatal refurbishment of grenfell tower. today we heard the council's early defence. you will find that there was nothing unique about the royal borough of kensington and chelsea which meant that the fire was destined to take place within its boundaries rather than somewhere else. but the refurbishment was overseen by the independent tenant management organisation, which looked after council housing in the borough. so while tmo is a specialist in the management of social housing stock, it is not a specialist design or construction company and had no in—house expertise in these areas. so it contracted out to a string of companies, including these four.
but victims‘ lawyers say this is developing into a carousel of blame. they are angry that both the public sector bodies and private contractors have given little public detail so far about what happened. the state palpably failed in its primary duty to protect its citizens. and as for the corporates, silence speaks a thousand words. barrister michael mansfield wanted the inquiry to take a shortcut, to draft immediate recommendations to improve safety for social housing tenants. the editor of the daily mail, paul dacre, has announced he is stepping down after more than 25 years in charge — ending one of the most influential and at times controversial reigns in britishjournalism. he will leave his day—to—day editorial responsibilities in november when he'll become chairman and editor—in—chief of associated newspapers.
0ur media editor amol rajan, who broke the story, has this report. for 26 years, paul dacre has been one of the most powerful people in britain. as editor of the daily mail he channelled and shaped the views of millions of britons, particularly the middle classes beyond london. he was a news hacks to his core who often boasted of being a better subeditor than writer in his 20s he reported from washington, a formative experience, and edited the london evening standard by 1991. rupert medic wanted him to edit the times, but after two mccready is at the cut standard he became editor of the daily mail. he championed justice for stephen lawrence and greater controls on immigration. tributes were paid by the owner of the daily mail today, pointing to his campaigns, investigations and crusades. i will remember him as a great campaigning editor in touch with his readers, somebody who understood middle england and was passionate about bringing to his readers what he thought they needed to know. curiously, for someone so determined to help the powerful to account, he refused to do interviews, giving the occasional lecture
on speaking to his editorial column. and when he took up causes, allies and enemies could read all about it. he fought vigorously against the recommendations of the leveson inquiry for alternative press regulation. his unforgiving attacks on political enemies were famed, and in brexit he found a cause he first took up when margaret thatcher was in power. you have to hand it to him in terms of longevity in the industry and his commercial success. but i think he has been an utterly malign force in british media culture, i have always felt that paul dacre is the worst of british values posing as the best. i think there has been a poisoning in our culture, of which he is a very big part. dacre, who even today often leads the office at 10pm, is stepping back to take a new role at the parent company. it is unclear when his successor will be announced.
the brexit secretary, david davis, has issued a stark warning to the eu not to punish the uk over brexit. he said that if britain was harmed, europe would be harmed too. the government is preparing to publish its proposals for the official ‘backstop plan' on how to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and ireland if no deal is reached in the negotiations to leave the eu. but it's already causing divisions among senior ministers. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. where is the plan? a question that has been asked often enough around here. there is no sign of the government's next brexit blueprint that promised by the end of the month. forget detail, though, there was one plain message to the eu today from the man in charge of the process. the commission's position seems to be shooting itself in the foot just to prove that the gun works. so those who say or think that the uk must be seen to be damaged by brexit should think again, because the truth is, if you harm britain, you harm all of europe.
a public telling off for the european union, but there is trouble in private, too. number ten will tomorrow publish the temporary customs arrangement, a fix in case other solutions can't be found to the long—running problem, but there are big reservations in other parts of government about that whole proposal. as ever, the government's having a hard time agreeing with itself before persuading the rest of the eu. have you personally signed off all the details of the government's backstop proposal we expect to be published tomorrow, and if it comes out without your explicit approval, can you stay in yourjob? that's a question, i think, for the prime minister, to be honest, on the second one! the detail... the detail of this is being discussed at the moment. it's been through one cabinet committee, it is going to another
one, and it would be improper of me to pre—empt the negotiation. # rule britannia... he is not the only one who is grumpy, though. the document has no specific time limit for close ties to the eu. one source told me it is like hotel california — we check out of the european union, but we never leave. what would be troubling for me and others who supported the leave campaign is the idea of being locked into some single market—type arrangement for an indefinite period. yet they are queueing up to tell theresa may what to do. the prime minister must lead, she must sort out the divisions in her cabinet, the british people are fed up with this. remain tory rebels at the downing street gates... we're very supportive of the prime minister. how can the prime minister pacify them all? i trust i shall be able to convert her, too! are you bungling brexit, prime minister? week after week, brexit brings pressure at prime minister's questions. when it comes to brexit,
this government has delivered more delays and cancellations than northern rail! the british people voted to leave the european union, and it is this government that is delivering on the vote of the british people! and, of course, none of the shenanigans go unnoticed in the european union. presidentjuncker, have there been any new proposals from the uk on brexit this week? discussing it, yes, not in the same way. soon david davis and then the prime minister will be back in brussels — will the government still be finger—pointing, or playing nice as friends? the boss of tsb has admitted that fraudsters targeted thousands of people's bank accounts in the aftermath of an it meltdown in april. paul pester told mps that the bank had been "overwhelmed" by what he called an "unprecedented attack by organised crime" after a botched systems upgrade. it resulted in money being taken illegally out of 1,300 accounts.
simon gompertz reports. the sorry saga of the systems upgrade which left tsb on its knees started six weeks ago, yet customers like photographer paul clark say they're still suffering. the effect has been enormous, a huge amount of mental stress, night and day. not only was paul shut out of his account, it was then raided by fraudsters, exploiting the confusion, who took more than £10,000. then three days hanging on the phone, getting tsb to pay the money back. i have no confidence in their ability either to answer phones or to get my account back into a secure position, so i've had to make the very difficult choice to move to another bank. in charge, amidst customers leaving and the fraud attacks, paul pester, the chief executive. the volume of attacks went to approximately 70 times, seven—zero times, the normal level of attacks we would see...
he told mps he had set up a fraud line for customers after tsb was overwhelmed by an unprecedented attack of organised crime. we're not willing to have customers sit there and see their savings being taken from their bank, see their life savings in some instances being taken from them. we have to resolve this. a new page has now been opened by the regulator andrew bailey, who has launched a major investigation and said there had been 10,000 fraud alerts at tsb. they're in a hole, and they've got to get themselves out of that hole, so that's not the issue for me. i mean, the obvious issue is how on earth did you get in here, and how are you protecting the interests of customers? the fca's investigation into tsb will look at why the board approved the ill—fated upgrade, why it was so chaotic afterwards, and why there was no plan b. and the fca has a big stick — it can impose unlimited fines on banks, it can fine individuals
and ban them from working in the business. the investigation could take more than a year, so it'll be a while before the full story is told of what went wrong at what mps today called the totally shambolic bank. simon gompertz, bbc news. the first of britain's new f—35 lightning stealth jets have landed at raf marham in norfolk this evening, where they will be based. four of the jets — each costing £100 million — made the journey from the united states today. five more are expected by the beginning of august. the defence secretary called them the most advanced jets in british history and said they were set to keep the country safe from the "gravest of dangers". that's a summary of the news. a stand—off in the cabinet as the brexit secretary lets resignation speculation run wild. friends say david davis is relishing his role as a political terrorist.
germany's longest standing mp, former finance minister and current president of the bundestag tells me his fears for the future of the eu. today in this way, the management of migration is one of the biggest global problems for the western world. like him or loathe him, paul dacre has been one of the most influential editors of a british newspaper, but what will be his legacy? we'll speak to lord adonis and peter 0borne. and stephen smith moves into his new pad — a micro—flat of tiny proportions.