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michael gove says he won't resign from the cabinet over the prime minister's brexit deal. it follows speculation that the environment secretary and leading brexiteer would be the third cabinet minister to quit. do you have confidence in the prime minister? i do. i think it's absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the british people, we can get a good outcome. theresa may appeared on a radio phone in this morning, to defend her leadership and her brexit plan. i want to be able to say to all parliamentarians, every mp, i believe — truly believe — this is the best deal for britain. i'll bring you all the latest from here in westminster. also in the programme this lunchtime... the number of people missing after the california wildfires more than doubles to 630. guilty of genocide — the historic court verdict against two former leaders of the khmer rouge. a woman who claims she was groped by a leading member of the house of lords, says it's a disgrace
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he isn't being immediately suspended. sold! and a david hockney painting becomes the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold at auction. coming up in the sport on bbc news: a century from captainjoe root has put england in a strong position in the second test against sri lanka. good afternoon, and welcome to the news at one. michael gove insists he has confidence in theresa may as she pursues her brexit deal. the environment secretary was rumoured to be considering resigning from the cabinet, but has decided
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to stay on to help the cabinet to get "the best future for britain". this morning, the prime minister once again defended her brexit withdrawal agreement, answering calls from members of the public in a phone in on lbc radio. it comes amid speculation that a leadership challenge to mrs may is about to be launched by tory backbenchers. our political correspondent leila nathoo reports. will you be resigning today? will you be resigning today7m will you be resigning today? in the event, the answer was no. the environment secretary oche brexiteer in the cabinet and has decided to stay in the post after two of his collea g u es stay in the post after two of his colleagues walked out yesterday. although he declined the job of brexit secretary he has calculated it's better to fight for the brexit he wants from the inside. i'm looking forward to working with all my government colleagues and collea g u es my government colleagues and colleagues in parliament to make sure we get the best future for britain. i think it's absolutely vital we focus on getting the right deal in
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the future and making sure that in the future and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the british people, we can get a good outcome. some good news for the prime minister, under way this morning to a radio phone in to try and sell her brexit deal to the country and mp5. and sell her brexit deal to the country and mps. when this boat comes back every individual member of parliament will decide to vote, whether they are from the dup, labour, all the parties in the house of commons. myjob is to persuade, first and foremost, my conservative benches, those who are working with us, the dup are working with us, in confidence and supply that i want to be able to say to all parliamentarians, every mp, i believe this is the best deal for britain. the prime minister... that the numbers are against terror in parliament. opposition parties and plenty from her own side are determined to see her ditch the brexit deal and there are now prominent backbenchers calling for a change of leader, waiting to see if they have a critical mass to move against her. the policy is totally
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intolerable and we have to test whether the parliamentary party, not only wishes to back the prime minister now she is sticking with this policy, and there's no doubt about it whatsoever, there is no scope for improvement. tripura vote of no—confidence in the prime minister, 50% lead to write to the committee chair, graham brady. he is the only one who will know when the magic number 48 has been reached. theresa may says she will fight the boat and if a majority of mps support her, she can't be challenged again for another year.|j support her, she can't be challenged again for another year. i hope that those mps who are contemplating this dude drawback but i think if those letters were to go in, i think she would win any such vote decisively and she would deserve to do so. so the prime minister stays where she is for now but her critics are still circling and her hold on her party could still soon be swept away. leila nathoo, bbc news, the westminster. let's talk to our assistant political editor norman
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smith who is with me. she intends to see it through. is her fate necessarily going to be she intends to see it through. is herfate necessarily going to be in herfate necessarily going to be in her hands in a month? on one level, for mrs may today has been better than yesterday. there may be a temptation in downing street to think, we are getting through this, we have reached 1:05pm, no resignations, michael gove who was going wobbly last night, this morning expressing confidence in mrs may. liam fox, a key brexit figure in the cabinet, biffing brexit critics saying don't put your own interests before m rs critics saying don't put your own interests before mrs may's critics but events are moving around her and she seems to be at the mercy at what her cabinet and backbenchers decide to do. in terms of the cabinet, if you listen to michael gove, yes, he supports mrs may the dozen voice any supports mrs may the dozen voice any support for her brexit deal. there are signs that he and others in the cabinet, if you like the grey suits,
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are prepared to go to her and say look, prime minister, your deal is not going to get through parliament. you will have to change it. you will have to backtrack on it. at the same time, we know the letters keep going in and we may not have reached the 48 number needed to trigger a contest but the brexiteers say they number 80 so it should be easy for them, if not today than over the weekend, to get those numbers. and in the face of all that, shailesh va ra in the face of all that, shailesh vara is doggedly sit picking on there. she compares herself to geoffrey boycott, playing defensive shots, playing innings after innings but it seems this is a lot less like geoffrey boycott and more like body—line, which is when the english bowler spent less time playing the wicket and more time trying to take out the batsman. thank you, norman. how is the political uncertainty in westminster going down on the other side of the brexit negotiations in brussels? let's talk to our brussels reporter adam fleming. what are they making of what has
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happened in the last 24 hours? the eu is in no mood to intervene in britain because they think they could make the whole situation much worse. they are in no mood to reopen the draft divorce treaty that has been agreed by the negotiating teams for both sides. one of those negotiators, michel barnier, from the european commission, was talking to ambassadors from the other 27 member states in brussels today in a private meeting. we heard a bit about what he had to say. he paid tribute to theresa may but said the eu should not be compromising its principles just because of the political situation in the uk. he said just because you want to get a withdrawal agreement across the line doesn't mean you should engage in any last—minute haggling. i think the message is clear: they do not wa nt to the message is clear: they do not want to read no—go shape the terms of the divorce. —— don't want to renegotiate the terms of the divorce. but there is a separate document that will go alongside the withdrawal agreement, known as the
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political declaration, which will sketch out in broad terms, but maybe with a bit of detail, the shape of the future relationship for decades to come. that will be hammered out over the weekend by the uk and eu negotiators, approved monday as a whole lot will be signed off by eu leaders at a special summit next sunday, a week on sunday. and then, thatis sunday, a week on sunday. and then, that is the process in brussels basically finished. adam, thank you very much. that was adam fleming in brussels. more from here later but for now, back to you in the studio. thank you. one of the reasons why the politics around the withdrawal agreement has become so heated is because time is running out for decisions to be made. it's all about article 50 of the eu's lisbon treaty, which sets out how a country can leave the eu. it was in march last year that theresa may triggered the two year article 50 process, meaning that the uk has to leave by the end of march next year.
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well, our reality check correspondent chris morris is here. so we are supposed to leave exactly two years after triggering article 50 but if there isn't a commons majority for a brexit deal, can be stretched or extended in any way?m theory it can, yes. we know the exact date we are due to leave, 29 to march next year, two years on, as you say. the government says it doesn't want to extend it but if the uk and the other 27 countries agreed unanimously, it could in theory be extended. i don't think the eu is keen on it. maybe if you need a couple of weeks to complete parliamentary ratification, final, but they don't want it to just drag on. another date coming up next year towards the end of may there are going to be european elections. if we we re going to be european elections. if we were still in the article 50 process during those elections, they would have to be elections in the uk as well. that would be an added complication. so a very short
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increase possibly, otherwise i think only of the politics here —— changed dramatically, maybe even another referendum, only then would a long—term extension be considered. what about revoking article 50 altogether? there is a legal case due to be heard later this month that the european court ofjustice, referred by the court of session, the highest court in scotland and seeks to clarify whether article 50 can be revoked, taken off the table altogether. most lawyers think it counts, but the court will rule on that. if it says yes it can, the key question is will it be a bilateral decision, the uk and eu taking it jointly? bulk of the uk do it on its own? if the uk were able to make that decision unilaterally, i have been speaking to one of the petitioners in this case, a supporter of remain and he set out what he thinks a unilateral decision, what that message would send to mp5. actually, power rests entirely
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with your parliament. so, if your parliament decides that remaining in the eu is better for the country than leaving without a deal or leaving with a deal, the prime minister has managed to negotiate. that is an option that is exclusively in your hands. so potentially, very significant. it is interesting, the government has been trying pretty hard to prevent the european court ofjustice hearing this case. if it does go ahead on schedule, we could hear potentially even before christmas, what happens next. chris, thank you very much. now we look at the rest of the day's news so far. the number of people missing after wildfires destroyed the californian town of paradise has now doubled — to more than 630. so far, 63 bodies have been discovered there, but the death toll is expected to rise considerably. after the worst wildfires in california's history, president trump will travel to the state tomorrow to see the damage for himself and meet some of those affected. dan johnson has the
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latest from paradise. the air here is still really thick with smoke. everyone has a mask. and there are still places where the ground is smouldering, more than a week after the fire tore through here, burning pretty much everything to the ground, and this sort of destruction is typical. you can see this right up the main street. shops and businesses like this completely burnt to the ground. and it's not a case of coming in here and making repairs or rebuilding. they're going to have to start again, build from the ground up. but there's a big question, a serious question, about whether that can be done, whether people will even want to come back and live here again, amongst these trees on the hillside, in the forest, where this fire spread so quickly. there are questions about how it started and suspicion that an electrical fault in the power network could have been to blame. there are lots of engineers here, trying to rebuild that power network and make it safe, but those questions will have to wait because the priority is working out exactly how many
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people lost their lives in this fire, and accounting for those who are missing. the number of people who we're still looking for, who are unaccounted for, has increased to 631, and this number increased by 501 people. there are teams going through neighbourhood after neighbourhood, house by house, delicately searching, trying to provide those answers, but every day, the death toll keeps increasing. danjohnson, bbc news, in paradise. a woman who accused a senior peer of groping her says it's a disgrace he isn't being immediately suspended from the house of lords. jasvinder sanghera claims that lord lester, a former liberal democrat front bencher, also offered her a peerage in return for sex. a parliamentary committee recommended his suspension, but that's been blocked by the house of lords. ms sanghera, an author and women's rights campaigner, says it makes her feel likes she's been "abused all over again".
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lord lester strongly denies the claims against him. lucy manning reports. jasvinder sanghera has fought for women's rights, but she didn't expect she'd be fighting so hard for her own — accusing lord lester, a member of the house of lords and human rights lawyer, of harassing her 12 years ago. he sexually harassed me. he bullied me. he exerted his power and influence over me. he said to me, if i was to sleep with him, he would make me a baroness within a year. he... ..physically groped me. a house of lords investigation decided lord lester, who says it's all completely untrue, should be suspended for nearly four years — the longest suspension since the second world war. but his colleagues in the lords blocked that yesterday. if you are accused of serious misconduct, and the issue turns on credibility and you face a serious sanction,
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you are entitled, you have a legal right to cross examine the person making these allegations against you. how did it leave you feeling? angry. ifelt bullied, to be quite honest with you. i felt bullied by them. what happened yesterday in the house of lords was not fair. i did not have the right to respond. these individuals voted on a sanction and these individuals were his peers. a few days after, you wrote in an inscription of a book to lord lester, "with love and admiration". questions have been asked about that. he dictated to me what i should write in that book, so i wrote it. just to get rid of him. lord lester thanked his fellow members of the house of lords who supported him, and says he now looks forward to restoring his reputation. but the lords' authorities say they are deeply disappointed he wasn't suspended and will look at the case again. jasvinder sanghera is now reluctant
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to advise others to come forward when parliament is still able tojudge its own. lucy manning, bbc news. the time is... 1:16pm. our top story this lunchtime. michael gove says he wont resign from the cabinet over the prime the prime minister's brexit deal. it follows speculation that the environment secretary — and leading brexiteer would be the third cabinet minister to quit. and coming up arise sir kenny: the celtic and liverpool legend is knighted. and coming up in sport, tommy fleetwood stays in contention in dubai but he has to win to stay as european number one. two former leaders of the murderous khmer rouge regime in cambodia have been found guilty
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of genocide and crimes against humanity at a un—backed tribunal. in the 19705, the fanatical rule of the khmer rouge is believed to have killed some two million people — a quarter of the entire population. the former leaders — one of whom was pol pot‘s deputy — have both been sentenced to life in prison. our south east asia correspondent jonathan head reports — it contains pictures some viewers may find distressing. few cambodians today remember the terrible years of the khmer rouge yet many queued up to watch this historic verdict. inside the courtroom to elderly men accused of responsibility for some of the most appalling crimes ever committed. one of them known as brother two, second only to the notorious pol pot, and
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the other, ahead of state for the fanatical regime. we find the accused to be guilty... both men had already convicted of crimes against humanity for years ago but this is charges and this is the trial had beenin charges and this is the trial had been in two stages. there was no need for transport and communications. when the khmer rouge seized power in 75, they tried to build a revolutionary society based on communes and limitless brutality. they called it your zero. enemies of the revolution were slaughtered in huge numbers. the presiding judge found the defendants guilty on multiple charges of crimes against humanity and genocide against the ethnic minorities. the verdict that please those who had come to watch the trial. label end their lives in captivity but this complex judicial
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process has been slow and expensive and has only convicted three people. most of those responsible for cambodia's killing fields will never be called to account. jonathan head, bbc news. the telecoms regulator have fined ee and virgin media more than £13 million for overcharging customers who wanted to leave their broadband and phone contracts early. the two companies are accused of breaking consumer protection rules by failing to make clear the charges that customers would have to pay. our technology correspondent rory cellanjones is here. this is all about exit penalties, if you leave your contract early, either because you want to switch to another company or you are moving house, you face these charges, they are not illegal in themselves but you have to be told about them in advance and they are not going to be so advance and they are not going to be so high they deter you from switching. the regulator found so high they deter you from switching. the regulatorfound that was the case for both these companies first. ee in its case,
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400,000 customers were affected ibis, they were overcharged a total of £4.3 million and that resulted in a fine from off, 6—.3 million. in the case of virgin, slightly fewer customers, 82,000, they ended up being overcharged to £20 million in total. they received a bigger fine, £7 million. —— 2.8. ee accepted the ruling and went with it, virgin is appealing, saying it's unfair and they are not except the net but both companies say they have done their absolute best to pay back the people who were overcharged. thank you. scientists from around the world have agreed to change the way the kilogramme is measured. since the 19th century, it's been defined by the weight of a platinum—based cylinder locked in a safe in paris but the weight has changed as the metal has degraded over the years. our science correspondent
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palab ghosh reports. inside this building, south—west of paris, is a small platinum and iridium cylinder weighing exactly one kilogram. in fact, it's the kilogram. since 1889, it's been the object by which all other kilograms in the world are measured. people call it le grand k. copies of it are kept all over the world, including at the national physical laboratory in teddington. this one has a more prosaic name, kilogram i8. it's hard to imagine that the entire system of international weights is based on a single piece of metal like this that was made 129 years ago. in all that time, it's been contaminated by the atmosphere and cleaned several times. so in all likelihood, its weight will have changed ever so slightly since it was first made. we know from comparing the kilogram with all the copies of the kilogram
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around the world at all the national measurement institutes, there are discrepancies between the national standards and the kilogram itself. this is not acceptable from a scientific point of view so, even though it is fit for purpose at the moment, in 100 years the kilogram will definitely have changed. at a meeting in versailles, those in charge of the world's weights and measurements voted to scrap le grand k. the vote was unanimous, yes. applause i'm a little bit sad that the kilogram is being redefined. but, it is important and it is going to work a lot better after, but changing into the new system is a really exciting time. the new system is based on the force generated by an electric current. it will be more accurate and never need to be changed again. but there will be those that miss the little piece of metal that has defined our system of weights for so long. england's cricketers are in a strong position to win the the test series
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against sri lanka. captainjoe root led the way with a century to give his team a commanding lead on day three of the second test in kandy. jo currie reports. after sri lanka's batsmen dominated yesterday today it was the turn of england's batting order to show their mettle. starting the day 46 runs behind the hosts the tourists offered an almost instant setback. jack leach the early victim to sri lanka's spin. but rory burns was made of tougher stuff. alongsidejoe root he reached his half—century in quick time. the partnership wasn't to last though, burns was out shortly afterwards. given. ben stokes looked bemused after he was out for a duck as england found themselves 131—4 by lunch. step forward joe root. the captain calmly brought up a majestic century. to put england in control before he fell lbw for 124. there's still time for ben foakes to make his mark, chalking up his 50 before bad light intervened.
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england will start day four 279 runs ahead, within touching distance of a series win. former liverpool, celtic and scotland footballer kenny dalglish has received a knighthood from the prince of wales in recognition of an outstanding career both on and off the pitch. sir kenny — who won the european cup three times while playing for liverpool and later managed the club through the hillsborough disaster — received the honour at buckingham palace and then spoke to our sports correspondent natalie pirks. liverpool fans have always simply known him as king but they are going to have to get used to a slightly different moniker, i'm pleased to say is kenny dalglish joins us. you get used to that? no, i don't think i'll ever be comfortable with it either. as i say, it's recognition for something that you took for granted, if it's supposed to help
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people, you help people, that's all we've done through the football. through hillsborough. and also through the charity, the families set up and we've been running for 12 yea rs, set up and we've been running for 12 years, so set up and we've been running for 12 years, so it's the same principle andi years, so it's the same principle and i suppose if someone wants to put a plain fact, blamed the back —— pa rents, put a plain fact, blamed the back —— parents, both my parents brought us up parents, both my parents brought us up very well, to say if you can help someone come up very well, to say if you can help someone come if you can do them a than a bad turn your better doing them a good turn. many people have campaigned for so long but this moment, so many people have wanted you to be knighted, is that by tumbling? it is a little bit embarrassing, really. idon't tumbling? it is a little bit embarrassing, really. i don't know. asi embarrassing, really. i don't know. as i say, i never did it for anything other than what you are supposed to do, we never looked for any external accolades or rewards, the reward was seeing people get a smile back on their face and try and
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be helpful to them, as i say, if someone be helpful to them, as i say, if someone in their wisdom wants to do this then you are not going to object to it but it is embarrassing. it is very humbling, at very proud as well. i saw prince trance chatting away to you in there, what was that moment like all of what was he saying? he was looking for a ticket for the match but i haven't got any, sold out! as a moment, did you have a little feeling inside, a little tear, what was it like? no, a few nerves but that was as close as it got. he was very settling, very calming, so, i don't not fight you get nervous, but you get nervous when you are going forward and everybody would be the same. he was very nice. finally, can you use this now to get other things like heysel chores, putting out the beans for example? no! still be the same! in fa ct i example? no! still be the same! in fact i think i need to go home
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saturday and put the bins out before the weekend. sir kenny dalglish! a picture by the british painter, david hockney, has set a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. ‘portrait of an artist — pool with two figures' —fetched $90 million — around £70 million. david sillito reports. portrait of an artist... christies, new york and expectations were high, the painting hockney‘s portrait of an artist, a pool with two figures and the bidding began at $18 million. 24, 26, 28, 30, u2, 35, 38, 40... million. 24, 26, 28, 30, u2, 35, 38, 40. .. within seconds it was at 40 million. to understand why we need to go back to the 70s. the painting was the subject of a famous film about hockney, guest splashed, a landmark moment in his career and his personal life. the figure in the
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painting was hockney is partner the artist peter slazenger, a painting of water and the end of a relationship. this one is actually their personal story because it's about his love and his loss of love and the love he is about to lose. it's also the culmination of this mostly miss series of paintings image after growing up in the gothic room of radford he embraced the sun glamour of los angeles. but quite why they became so sought—after is even to hockney something of a mystery. it's always an interesting thing, how do you paint water, how are you paint something transparent? i like to think it might be the space in the pictures. you don't know why things become memorable. if the boss of formula for them there'd bea the boss of formula for them there'd be a lot more of them. back at the auction and was now reaching its climax. finally bidding for the
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hockney is... sold! applause and with the auction the final price was more than $90 million, four took david hockney two weeks of 18 hour daysin david hockney two weeks of 18 hour days in 1972 has 46 years later, broken all records for a living artist. let's go back to westminster for all the latest with simon mccoy. thank you, i'm joined thank you, i'mjoined by thank you, i'm joined by our chief political correspondent norman smith, i'll get your title right, sorry, quite a week, quite some days, theresa may tossing this out but she's without a brexit secretary. she is going to have to appoint one, she says she'll do want over the next you who once, to be the third brexit secretary after michael gove said i do not really wa nt michael gove said i do not really want the job. i suspect a good few have that ministers probably have
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their own switched off thinking i do not want a particular poison chalice, she needs a new brexit secretary but what she needs more than anything are friends. she needs key figures in the cabinet to come out publicly and back her, she needs people like jeremy hunt, sajid javad, at the moment there'sjust been an ominous silence and on top of that she needs friends on the backbenches, she needs the sleepers and this news is, what one cabinet minister refers to as the blancmange and the backbenches, those who wobble around attending who is in the ascendancy, she needs supporters to start vocally making the case for her deal, otherwise the running is going to be made by the hardline brexiteers and mrs may is in real trouble. at assistant political editor, norman smith, thank you burning much. —— thank you

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