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that was 25 years ago. that see you. that was 25 years ago. that will be stuck with you no matter what you do. but how do you feel when you see something like that? it is great seen stephen because he will be remembered for the wonderful thing he was. how do you look back on that now? the fact we did well afterwards, we would be depressed if this is bbc news i'm martine croxall. theresa may is backed by cabinet ministers, after a wave of resignations leading brexiteers pledge support for the prime minister. stephen barclay is appointed brexit secretary and amber rudd returns to the cabinet, at work & pensions. but more conservative backbenchers have written no confidence letters today, we'll have the latest. also this evening: the number of people missing after the california wildfires more than doubles to six hundred and thirty -- 630. a david hockney painting becomes the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold at auction. no shortage of
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drama in this week ‘s news coverage, but has there been more speculation than fact? join us at 7:45pm on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. despite the storm of criticism around her brexit divorce proposals, theresa may has won the support of some key ministers after 48 hours in which it looked as if her future as the prime minister was on the line. in today's developments, steven barclay, a health minister who supported the leave campaign, has been promoted to brexit secretary, replacing dominic raab who resigned yesterday. and the former home secretary amber rudd returns to cabinet, as work and pensions secretary. despite speculation that he would quit in protest
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at the prime minister's draft agreement, the leading brexiteer michael gove has thrown his support behind theresa may and remains in his post as the environment secretary. but the prime minister's position remains uncertain, with the number of conservative backbenchers who say they've submitted letters calling for a vote of no confidence in her leadership rising. our political editor laura kuenssberg has the latest. and a warning, this report contains flashing images. imagine, submitting yourself first thing in the morning to this. here in the studio with me, the prime minister. literally taking a call from the public asking you to quit. why do you think you should stay on despite the fact that you have failed to honour this referendum result and if you cannot do that, i asked you to stand down to allow someone from the brexit camp to take the lead.
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i believe that we've got a good deal, we still have some things to sort out but i think we have got a good deal and that is what i will put to parliament. she was more akin to pitcher breaks a compromise, this message needs to be convincing to survive. myjob is to persuade my conservative benches, those who are working with us, the dup are working with us, but i want to be able to say to all parliamentarians, every mp, i believe this is the best deal for britain. will you be resigning, mr gove? he does not think it is a good deal but after wobbling and wavering, look, the minister's red box still in his hand. do you have confidence in the prime minister? i do and i'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in order to make sure that we get the best future for britain. i think it is 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. we know this cabinet minister, penny mordaunt, does not like the agreement
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that much either, but neither is she going anywhere fast. i have not got anything to say, i'm afraid. and the couriers back. amber rudd, yet to remember she gets a ministerial car. along with her newjob at pensions. and you will soon hear more of this man, meet stephen barclay, a big promotion for him to be the new brexit secretary and the prime minister's most loyal lieu tenant fighting to close down the argument. the prime minister can survive and thrive and this is a woman who comes into the office every day, not to look for a media opportunities but for doing her public duty. it is old fashioned decent public service motivating her. and this long—term brexiteer, notjust urging colleagues to back the prime minister, but no longer saying no deal is better than a bad deal, a complete change. you are not elected to do
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what we want, we are elected to do what is in the national interest and ultimately i hope that across parliament we will recognise that a deal is better than no deal, businesses do require certainty. this melee is not for a celebrity but for a leading eurosceptic. there is no need to have a big flap. no need for a big flap, he says. he and his colleagues are only trying to depose the prime minister. he and many brexiteers believe the prime minister has signed up to a relationship that is far too cosy with the eu, so letters are being written to try and force a contest, but they need 48. we have done are honest best to persuade her not to stick to it. she has made plain that she will and therefore the party now faces a stark choice. for you that mean she has to go? if it means defending the destiny of our country, which i believe literally what is now at stake, then reluctantly i am afraid to say, yes, she does. it is impossible to tell right now
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if the tory tussles will end with the prime minister leaving office. no one in westminster knows and it is hard for all of us to fathom. i think it is a complete shambles. we do not know from monday to the next what is happening and it does not they like anyone is in power. she has been stringing us along and then right at the end, it is too late to say anything. i hope they go home for the weekend and they chill out and come back and supporter. theresa may's team will do everything they can to help her cling on. theresa may's team will do everything they can
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to help her cling on. but neither the chief whip or her supporters know if within days they will be fighting a vote fighting a vote to oust or having the huge job of pressing her break the deal through parliament. i have never accepted the argument that the prime minister could come back with whatever she has cobbled together and say it might not be very good, but the alternative is even worse. in the 21st century, looking at the future of our country, we need to do better. downing street now appears to have a new and calmer cabinet, but we do not know yet and they don't either if theresa may can stay on, because many people in her own party do not wish her well. our political editor laura kuenssberg reporting. our political correspondent, iain watson is at westminster. what do these new appointments tell us? what not, first of all, how difficult it was to replace the " b rex it" difficult it was to replace the "brexit" secretary. they needed somebody from outside the cabinet and a leave campaign, stephen barclay, not necessarily most prominent in that leave campaign, so it was important to reassure those in the party, long—standing leave campaign is that the job would not go to campaign is that the job would not gotoa campaign is that the job would not go to a remainder. interestingly, nobody of cabinet rank was willing to move into thejob, michael gove
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was offered it but he did not feel he could fully articulate support as it stands for the prime minister's deal. there is certainly rumours that geoffrey cox, general, may have been considered, had to go outside the cabinet to make that appointment, also, taking a look at some of the junior appointments, stephen hammond, who replaces stephen hammond, who replaces stephen barclay in health, he is someone stephen barclay in health, he is someone who is prepared to rebel against the prime minister on brexit, campaigns to remain during the referendum, essentially, if you like, making sure that he is very much in her column and her camp, by making him a minister, that gets rid of another potential revel in what might be very tight votes with parliament next month, votes on this deal. in addition to that, also getting bolstered by some of the people amber rudd predominantly, some of the people who have been loyal to her over the years and who are willing to back this deal rather than are willing to back this deal rather tha n vote are willing to back this deal rather than vote it down in order to get
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another referendum. some may say the balance has tipped towards remain, in an ministerial posts, getting the 48 letters in, business as usual, making her appointments, kind to bolster her position, and over the weekend, the hope is that rank and file members will ask their mps to give her some space, cool it for the time being, that is not guaranteed, looking equally bad for monday, feeling emboldened and ready to challenge all over again. iain, thank you very much. iain watson, in westminster. and we'll find out how this story,
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and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the broadcaster, john stapleton, and kate proctor, who's a political correspondent at the london evening standard. amidst all the political turmoil, many businesses say they're continuing to plan for a no deal brexit. the european aircraft manufacturer, airbus, has become the latest organisation to say it is working on the basis that britain will leave the eu without an agreement. and nearly three quarters of the uk's pharmaceutical imports come from elsewhere in the eu — this morning theresa may said she is among those who depend on such supplies, because she is diabetic. so how are companies planning to keep medicines coming into the uk if we leave the eu abruptly? our health correspondent catherine burns has been finding out. medication might not seem like the biggest brexit issue but for many patients it is vital, more than a million uk diabetics rely on insulin. this is an issue that actually i feel personally — i am a type i diabetic, i depend on insulin every day. as it happens, my insulin is produced by a company
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in the european union. we barely make any of it — enough for about 2000 patients. more than 99% of the insulin we import comes from factories in the eu like this one in frankfurt. they have already stepped up production ahead of brexit. this company always likes to keep an extra ten weeks‘ supply of medicines in the uk at any given time. but the government has asked drug companies to stockpile an extra six weeks in case of a no—deal brexit. insulins — we have to take more care of insulins than for other products because they have a narrow temperature range, from 2—8 degrees celsius. and we have to strictly keep these temperature conditions between storage and transportation. every day, staff here load more than half a million packs of insulin onto lorries to be sent across the world, and for those going to the uk this is the start of a 650—mile trip, but drug companies say they have been
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preparing for brexit since almost immediately after the referendum and are confident they have done what it takes to keep supplies flowing. it's notjust insulin — almost 80% of the medications that came into the uk last year were from the eu, everything from antibiotics and vaccines to stem cell therapy for burns. it is a two—way street, though — every month we send out 20% more packs of drugs to the eu than we bring in. drug companies are working hard to make sure the trade carries on flowing on in both directions. we have no choice but to plan for the worst and that's why the message we're giving is, we are planning, we are stockpiling, so the patients don't have to worry. at the moment, lorries carrying this insulin and other drugs can leave germany, go straight into france and cross the channel. they don't even need to pause in dover — this is what's known as frictionless trade, but a no—deal brexit could mean an immediate start to customs checks.
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for now, though, what of the contingency supplies? this insulin has come from germany to yorkshire, the start of the stockpile. there are still empty shelves, but with four months left until brexit, the company is confident they will be full by march. it was in bolton that theresa may launched the conservatives‘ last general election campaign. today, the town's only tory mp, chris green, revealed he has submitted a letter of no confidence in the prime minister. judith moritz has been to bolton to find out what people there think of the prime minister and her leadership. the conservative party can come together and under my leadership it will. am i going to see this through? yes, it takes strong and stable leadership in the national interest. brexit means brexit. the sound bites are well—known, the quotes often repeated, but in bolton they have
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their own versions. she said brexit means brexit and now it feels more like fudge. i would not say is strong. in the 700 years since bolton became a market town they have seen plenty of leaders come and go and some here like dave would not be sorry if theresa may went as well. he has voted tory for years but he has run out of patience with the prime minister. i think she was doing all right until she started dancing. bolton lose at football every week and i have to get over it. who would you want? a brexiteer. someone like michael gove, someone who has a little bit of common sense and understands what the people of bolton especially want. there is also banter at the barbers. you have people who have very strong opinions. this man talks politics while he trends and he says he wants mrs may to stay where she is.
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who would you have to take over from her, who would want to with all the hassle that is going on? who's going to do it? do you have sympathy for her? yeah. i do not think anyone else would want to do it. all political colours are on show at the haberdashery but the assistance here are united and they agree that theresa may has to carry on. —— assistants. most politicians want to become prime minister, so she got thrown in at the deep end, but roll with it. get on with it. bolton backed brexit but many here are getting weary of westminster and are losing patience with the politics of who should lead it. judith moritz, bbc news, bolton. theresa may's position remains uncertain, with the number of conservative backbenchers who say they've submitted letters calling for a vote of no confidence in her leadership rising to 22. if 48 letters are sent,
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that would trigger a vote. to discuss how all this works, i'm joined now by sir anthony seldon, political author and vice chancellor of the university of buckingham. thank you very much forjoining us after what has been a fascinating week, i am sure you will agree. tell us week, i am sure you will agree. tell us how the 1922 committee features in this confidence vote. well, the 1922 committee, founded, puzzlingly, in1923... (i)... is the 1922 committee, founded, puzzlingly, in 1923... (i)... is the meeting place where conservative backbenchers gather together at once a week, and they are the voice of conservative mps, since 2010, ministers have attended their weekly meetings that they want to do that. and the head of the committee,
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brady, has the task of collecting letters, and 15% of the total number of conservative mps in the house of commons, which equals 48, if he receives 48 letters, which could be e—mails, by the way, keeps them in a safe, if he gets 48, that automatically triggers a no—confidence vote in the prime minister, theresa may.|j no—confidence vote in the prime minister, theresa may. i have heard the keeps these closely guarded under lock and key, so how do we know when he has received 48? is there a scenario in which he could receive 48 but still decide not quite to trigger the vote? well, we don't know, and ultimately, and it is possible, let's imagine this, that let's imagine he was an ultra—loyalist of theresa may, it is
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not impossible, it is not impossible that he could have 80 letters and he's keeping them to himself, but this is extremely unlikely, in part because he is a man of integrity, as an mp, he has the trust of the party because they do think that he is honest. so he is the only person who will know the exact number. people obviously who are trying to get the numberup to 48, obviously who are trying to get the number up to 48, or say it is higher, they are desperately, probably, trying to get more numbers, because they are vulnerable, if they are known to have stabbed the prime minister in the back, if you like, by putting unilever, they will want to see it carried through to the end. so there isa carried through to the end. so there is a lot of mystery and false facts about exactly how many there are. but if the 48 letters or e—mails are
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received by graham brady, he will, in as faras, received by graham brady, he will, in as far as, you know, trigger the no—confidence vote in the prime minister. i have a lot of questions for you, i minister. i have a lot of questions foryou, iam minister. i have a lot of questions for you, i am going to pepper you with them. how quickly does he have do receive them before they reach their use by date? they don't have a use by date, if somebody has a change of heart, they can get their letter back will stop so, once you sendin letter back will stop so, once you send in the letter, it is live for as long as that prime minister is under threat. if theresa may is super—confident, what is to stop her from sending in a letter about herself into graham brady? laughter well... that is a fascinating question! never been asked before... that is not impossible. and in a
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way, that is whatjohn major, who was prime minister in 1995, that is what he did when he was so fed up by all the talk from backbenchers are in the conservative mps, that they did not want to have him any longer, that he triggered the leadership election himself, in june, that he triggered the leadership election himself, injune, 1995, and he won. it is not... there is a precedent for that but the new rules mean that she cannot do that herself, she has just mean that she cannot do that herself, she hasjust got mean that she cannot do that herself, she has just got to wait passively, and see whether the numbers click up to that magic number, 15%, remember, of the total number, 15%, remember, of the total number of conservative mps, which is 48. i am glad it wasn't a completely daft question! laughter if there is a vote of no confidence, procedurally, what happens in the vote ? procedurally, what happens in the
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vote? all conservative mps, it is not a daft question, by the way, all conservative mps have two then vote, the prime minister as to get 50% to be safe, plus one, that is 158. she needs to get 158, exactly half the number of conservative mps to be safe, although some say they would perhaps wouldn't they, but if they got 100 voted against her, less than the number which was needed, some say that would damage her. and so if she gets less than 158 voting against her, then she is safe, if it is more than 158, there is then a leadership election for the conservative party, and she is unable to stand, this has happened only once before, with iain duncan
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smith. sir anthony, we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us tonight. in you. absolute pleasure. the number of people missing after wildfires destroyed the town of paradise in northern california has risen to more than 600. sixty three bodies have been discovered in the area, but the death toll is expected to rise considerably. at least three other people have died in a separate wildfire in southern california. president trump will travel to the state tomorrow to meet people affected. dan johnson has the latest from the scene. these smouldering ruins still refuse to revealjust how much went when paradise burned. the official number of lives lost has kept slowly climbing. but the sheriff's latest update stunned everyone. 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. that's because they've checked the number of emergency calls made as the fire burned and compared different lists. boards like this have appeared at shelters around town with lists of people who are missing
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and the numbers of loved ones to contact. but this search increasingly being conducted on social media. so facebook pages are filled with stories of family members missing, friends and relatives not heard from from more than a week. like jonathan's brother, maurice, missing along with his wife and daughter. this isn't like maurice to just disappear off the face of the earth and not let anybody know. but we're still trying and will do whatever it takes until he's found, dead or alive. another body's been found. anotherfamily will be getting a call. they will have their answer but so many more are still waiting. danjohnson, bbc news, paradise. i'm nowjoined by
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a paradise resident, jeff hill, who has lost his house in the fire. thank you forjoining us, so sorry to hear what has happened to you and the rest of the town, described the conditions you are dealing with and that you have found now you have gone back home. absolute devastation, there is nothing left, no stores, know nothing... half of the hospital... that's pretty much it. we are trying to restore the infrastructure, trying to get people to back up here, there are people out there who do not know if their house is standing, they don't know... they have been watching the news. everything is on a limb for them. how are you managing to be there, i think you are using special
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equipment and kit to make it safe. yes, i have a respirator, a mask, stuff like that. it is really smoky. i heard someone compare it to the air quality at ground zero when 9/11 happened. i don't know. visibility is real low. what are you doing to try to get some sort of utilities back up and running? the power company have been up here working, they have been working around the clock, trying to get the polls out of the road, first process was to get the roads cleared, because there was thousands of cars parked in the road, just burning, people jumping out and running down the street. all the cars pretty much cleared, at lines are out of the road. i work for the local irrigation district,
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110w for the local irrigation district, now we are trying to restore water to the firefighters so that they can shower, and we can fill their trucks, stuff like that. everybody isjust trying to trucks, stuff like that. everybody is just trying to do what they can, trying to get everything back up and running, so people who can come back, they can start that grieving pi’ocess, back, they can start that grieving process, that rebuilding process. the number of people who have died is going up, hundreds still missing, the search goes on. amongst this incredibly bleak story, tell us about the one bright spot, the discovery you have made. yeah, we we re discovery you have made. yeah, we were going up there expecting the worst, i was up there with my friend, jeff, he said his father did not leave, 76 years old, he said he isjust too old not leave, 76 years old, he said he is just too old to rebuild not leave, 76 years old, he said he isjust too old to rebuild his entire life so he will fight and do what he can. so we walked up, we had heard property had burned, the neighbourhood had burned, so we were
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expecting... you know, the worst. we walked upcoming his was still standing... we were very surprised. off in the distance, the pool, we saw a mule, pacing back and forth, it raises attention when he would not leave. and so we walked closer to it, thinking he was hung up on something, maybe something on a tree. as we got closer, we saw that he was sitting there, waiting on his friend, that was stuck and stranded in the pool. how did you avoid... how did she avoid joining question —— how did she avoid drowning question my she was stuck on the pool covers, suspended around her nelly and —— around her belly and her neck. she was suspended in the deep end of the pool. and that was
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what kept her alive. why donor how long she was there but she was weak. —— i don't know how long she was there. she had given up. she was shivering uncontrollably, in her eyes, you could tell, the sadness... i feel like she had accepted she was going to die in that pool. you got her out, and what happens to her? we we nt her out, and what happens to her? we went to the shallow end of the pool and began taking off this women pool cover and once we got to her, she was suspended by the pool cover, she actually ended up going under once we took it off, by the part she was being suspended by, so we grabbed the pool cover and floated her all the pool cover and floated her all the way to the shallow end where she could stand. and then, after she stood up, i went to grab a chain, that was the only thing i had, wrapped it around her neck, pulled
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herup the wrapped it around her neck, pulled her up the steps. and, you know, she got up, walked up the steps, got out, kind of shook off... came over to us, loved on us for a minute... that was my taking of her saying thank you. and after about a minute of that, turned around, started walking away, as she was walking away, kind of looked back at us, and, you know, one more time. as to reassure us, and, you know, one more time. as to reassure us, her saying, thank you. and, i will be all right. you have two hold onto those bright spots when they happen. we are so grateful to you for talking to us. keep safe. thank you. let's take a look at the weather forecast. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah. it has been another mild day today.
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north—western parts of england and northern scotland we will see the clear spells, but for the rest of the uk, quite a lot of cloud and over the hills there will be mist and fog around. the most places it will be a frost free night, but things will turn cooler from the south—east with drier air moving in on saturday. that cleared the cloud away to the north—west. many of us will see the sunshine by the acronym , will see the sunshine by the acronym, but cloud lingering for northern ireland, north—east england and eastern scotland. temperatures between 9—13 on saturday. sunday promises not a bad day. dry across the country with a good deal of sunshine, one to mist and fog patches in the morning. not as warm as it has been in recent days with top temperatures on sunday between 9-13dc. hello, this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: theresa may is backed
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by cabinet ministers after a wave of resignations. leading brexiteers pledge support for the prime minister. stephen barclay is appointed brexit secretary and amber rudd returns to the cabinet, at work and pensions. the number of people missing after the california wildfires more than doubles to 630. 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 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.‘ lord lester strongly denies the claims against him. lucy manning reports. jasvinder sanghera has fought for women‘s rights,
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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, you are entitled, you have a legal right to cross examine the person making these allegations against you. how did it leave you feeling?
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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 to advise others to come forward when parliament is still able tojudge its own. lucy manning, bbc news. back to our top story now.
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prime minister theresa may has appointed brexiteer and former health minister stephen barclay to the post of brexit secretary, taking overfrom dominic raab, and has brought amber rudd back into her cabinet as work and pensions secretary as she battles to bring stability to the tory party. the uk and the eu presented its draft agrement for britain‘s withdrawal on wednesday — which included controversial provisions for a transition period and ‘backstop‘ while a trade deal is negotiated. in response, brexit secretary dominic raab resigned yesterday morning, followed by esther mcvey and two other ministers. theresa may defended her deal in the house of commons, gave a press conference where she said she would see brexit through, and answered questions from the public on lbc radio this morning. meanwhile, questions remain over how many mps have submitted letters of no confidence in the prime minister, after leading euroscepticjacob rees—mogg announced that he had. but mrs may looks to be clinging on for now,
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leading brexiteer and environment secretary michael gove has said he will not resign. in the past few hours, the prime minister has announced that stephen barclay and amber rudd willjoin the cabinet, as brexit and work and pensions secretary respectively. with me to discuss where this week leaves theresa may‘s premiership and the brexit process arejohn rentoul, chief political commentator at the independent, and asa bennett, brexit editor at the daily telegraph. we are reaching the point where the strain of brexit is starting to terror apart the fabric of westminster. you have the governing party doesn‘t want its leader to be
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prime minister, but doesn‘t have any idea who could do a betterjob. a significant minority of the governing party don‘t like the deal and want to terror to all down, then you have the labour party being utterly irresponsible saying they will vote against it, which would lead to us with no deal. jim callaghan managed to negotiate a bailout with the imf and severe spending cuts with no ministers resigning. no minister seemed to resigning. no minister seemed to resign all over the place. practically every tory mps blood be in cabinet at some stage by the end of this! the tory party are catching up of this! the tory party are catching up with labour! steven barclay being bumped up to the premier league now. his face is familiar to me, i have
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heard him speak. i think we are scrabbling around for pictures! so many people had left theirjobs by the time i came back after my dog walk yesterday, i wish i hadn‘t had gone. it was very significant that michael gove didn‘t go. why didn‘t he? he wants to be a minister. and the fears and no deal. the important thing that has happened is the brexit movement had split into two parts, the pragmatic part led by michael gove who says let‘s get out of the eu and then fix it, then they irreconcilable —— irreconcilables, jacob rees—mogg, boris johnson, irreconcilable —— irreconcilables, jacob rees—mogg, borisjohnson, he says we should just about despite a no deal. which would be very damaging. how trapped is she, theresa may? is the fact that the brexit has split into two helpful
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for her? well she has a plan and she can stick with it, it seems even her cabinet, people who stayed there, michael gove and penny mordant comedy seem to be treating her plan, it is the plan that she cannot speak its name. they are meant to be infusing the nation about this! the dup, you can discount ten votes from them. labourare allover dup, you can discount ten votes from them. labour are all over the dup, you can discount ten votes from them. labourare all overthe place and what they want to do. who will vote for it? there weren‘t many people standing up to speed for the other day. not to start off with. she was on her feet for three hours yesterday and towards the end of that time there were more and more conservatives, people like stephen berkley that you‘d never really heard of. the quiet mainstream
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majority of the conservative party i think does support it, but they are not enthusiastic about it. that is the problem, nobody is. it is the deal that cannot speak its name. it used to be called checkers, but nobody calls about any more. it is the only game in town. will enough labour mps supported? how can you agree to it in cabinet, then the next day resign? the majority did agree to it. dominic krabbe, he found it wasn't his plan, he was sidelined,. it was interesting when you watch the markets, one esther mcvey resign, there was barely a ripple, when dom raab resign, the markets went all over the place. given neither be fine there are a phalanx of tory mps and brexiteers who will say that this will harm the
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united kingdom. they want to get rid of the prime minister there are so against the plan. a mini letters have been written of no—confidence? high many will vote for this deal is the real question. are they likely to get to the 40 year? she must want the 40th letters to go in because if they have a vote next week, it would strengthen her. she wouldn‘t win at very well, but there wouldn‘t win at very well, but there would not be 158, because you need half of all tory mps to vote against and that will not happen. if that happens next week she is strengthened because it can‘t happen again for 12 months. the deal limps on, then. to gaze into your crystal
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ball, what might happen when they come to vote? are we assuming add no—confidence vote has happened? come to vote? are we assuming add no-confidence vote has happened? who knows? that is the tangent in the logic tree. it is like a flow chart, you need to ask yourself lots of questions. although john was saying, she could survive. looking back to margaret thatcher, scores of tory mps voted against terror. she busily bowed out realising she had lost the confidence of the party. she was won‘t to go into a second round, but she was going to lose. as it stands, she was going to lose. as it stands, she is playing the biggest stakes ever brexit chicken. it is so easy to say, i will stand up for true
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brexit, but it would be so damaging to britain to have no deal. the dup are gone, that is ten votes gone, that means you need another ten labour mps to support the deal. they all say they will vote against it now, but when it comes to hear if it isa now, but when it comes to hear if it is a choice between the deal and leave without a deal, you can‘t predict because people are rational, ifear predict because people are rational, i fear that the country will leave without a deal, but what ought to happen is that labour mps in the national interest should vote for her deal. thank you both, that was fun. can you say that about breads are? adjusted! a masterpiece by the 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‘
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fetched ninety million dollars — around seventy million pounds. 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, 32, 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, a bigger splash, a landmark moment in his career and his personal life. the figure in the painting was hockney‘s 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 most famous series of paintings image after growing up in the gothic room of bradford, he embraced the sun—dappled
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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 do 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 there was a 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 hockney is... sold! applause. and with the auction fee, the final price was more than $90 million, what took david hockney two weeks of 18 hour days in 1972 has 46 years later, broken all records for a living artist. now it‘s time for newswatch.
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samira ahmed looks back at a busy week of news coverage. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. no shortage of drama in this week‘s use coverage, but has there been more speculation than fact? actor andrew neil deletes the controversial tweet about a female journalist, has the controversial tweet about a femalejournalist, has the bbc the controversial tweet about a female journalist, has the bbc got a problem with its presenters on social media? problem with its presenters on social media ? first, problem with its presenters on social media? first, i wake up i drama in westminster began with the challenge for journalists. drama in westminster began with the challenge forjournalists. it drama in westminster began with the challenge for journalists. it was clear that something important was about to happen, but no one quite knew what that was. this was high political correspondence chris mason responded on monday


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