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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: theresa may now under pressure to name the precise date of her departure. she'll meet the leader of backbench conservative mps tomorrow amid calls for a leadership contest within weeks. a former youth football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of indecently assaulting numerous boys over more than 20 years. the indian prime minster narendra modi wins another 5—year term in a landslide victory for his nationalist party and policies. a minister condemns as ‘appalling' the abuse of vulnerable patients, uncovered by the bbc, at a hospital in county durham. and tributes tojudith kerr,
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the author who created one of the best—loved children's books of all time. and at 11:30, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers jack blanchard, editor of politico's london playbook and the evening standard columnist ayesha hazarika. stay with us for that. good evening. theresa may is under pressure to announce a specific date for her departure. the prime minister is preparing to meet the leader of backbench conservative mps tomorrow, amid calls for a precise timetable for her resignation.
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their anger has deepened in recent days, following mrs may's proposed changes to the brexit withdrawal bill. polls have now closed across the uk in the european elections, a contest which was never meant to take place. the results will come on sunday night. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from westminster. so long, theresa may has tried and tried to get her party together, she is tried and tried to get a version of brexit through parliament and as that's preceded so has the disintegration of her government and compromise has been impossible to agree on an conflict in her party appears to have overtaken her. one of her cabinet colleagues told me earlier they expect, knowing her well, she may still try to fight on but several ministers are many sources in westminster now believe it is extremely likely that tomorrow morning, she will finally give the date of her departure. it seems theresa may's time in office is now
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past the point of no return. she may soon have much more time for smalltalk. several of theresa may's colleagues believe she'll announce her date to depart in the morning. is it over, prime minister? others say she can't last past monday. just when, bizarrely, the prime minister's going to the polls to give a verdict on her fractured party, like millions of us. morning. calls to quit growing after one of her colleagues jumped first. i have no doubts that i made the right decision, and, of course, it's for the prime minister to decide what's right for her and for the country. thanks very much. others still in cabinet may soon be concentrating on trying to get the top job themselves. reporter: will you be following in the steps of angela leadsom and resigning to strengthen your position? no. it is a political emergency. by chance on the same day as a strange investigation
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into a suspicious item on whitehall, while behind number 10's gates, theresa may has hunkered down for so long now. loyalists have been in and out of number 10 all day. feline comfort may be the only around. with restive backbenchers who want theresa may out, the home secretary and the foreign secretary both paying a visit to express unhappiness about her brexit plans. publicly, at least... discussions between the foreign secretary and prime minister should remain confidential, and i'm not going to change that this morning. he's saying she should stay, at least to host the american president, who'll be in town in 10 days‘ time. theresa may will be prime minister to welcome him, and rightly so, and we are absolutely at one with the united states. but there's a lot to happen before then — counting the votes from the european elections, millions of ballots that were never meant to be cast,
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evidence of parliament's refusal to accept the prime minister's effort to get us out. that failure the primary reason for her leadership nearly being over. why now, though, when theresa may's been having such a hard time for months? the acceleration in her departure comes from her determination to try again to put her brexit plans to parliament. it's only two days since she outlined her updated offer, but her party won't accept it, her cabinet won't accept it and if there's no hope for that plan in parliament, there's almost no hope for her. there was no sign in the commons of the laws that would take us out of the eu, the bill theresa may hoped so desperately to pass. we'd hoped to hold second reading on friday the seventh ofjune. at the moment, we've not secured agreement to this in the usual channels. of course, we'll update the house when we return from recess. this is yet another broken promise
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by the prime minister on brexit. could the honourable gentleman confirm why the bill is not coming forward for its second reading as promised, and when is it likely to do so? the lights might have gone on, but she's not at home. theresa may's in her constituency tonight, wondering perhaps, as her colleagues and the country does, too, whether her time has at last run out. a short time ago laura gave us more details on what is expected tomorrow. we can't be exactly sure how the next few days will pan out but there is no question there is a real sense tonight that we are in the closing moments of what theresa may has tried to hold out against also long 110w tried to hold out against also long now and it is very likely that if not tomorrow morning, certainly by monday, she will have been forced to give the date at which she will actually stand down and announce the
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timetable for the successor who will ta ke timetable for the successor who will take over from her timetable for the successor who will take overfrom her in number 10. there is a realfocus. 0ne cabinet minister, told me, of trying to get that done as quickly as possible because of the situation in the country, the unresolved issue over brexit, the political turmoil there has been, the divisions in parliament that are hardening by the day. of course, theresa may has defied her critics on so many occasions but there is a sense tonight at the heart of government that they are not really trying to fight this anymore. 0ne senior member of the government who has been extremely loyal to theresa may told me tonight it's a salute lead not a question of if, but when, and if it were to be done, best done quickly and tomorrow morning may well be the moment. a former youth football coach has been found guilty of indecently assulting young trainees at two clubs during a period of abuse spanning three decades. jurors heard how bob higgins was highly respected, while working as a coach at southampton fc and peterborough united between 1971 and 1996. 0ur correspondent
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duncan kennedy reports. bob higgins was a youth coach who guided the lives and nurtured the dreams of generations of young footballers. but he was also a sexual manipulator who abused dozens of boys from the 1970s to the 1990s. he was head of youth development at southampton football club and brought on future england stars like matt le tissier and alan shearer, although there is no suggestion either man was abused by higgins. billy seymour, who went on to play for coventry and millwall, was one of higgins' victims. he travelled with higgins on coaching trips like this one to sweden, believing higgins could make him a football star. he waived his right to anonymity to relate the horrors
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he suffered by higgins. he'd come and sit down on the bed, stroking my hair, and then, he would tell me to move up and he would lay on top of the covers and his hands would be going under the covers, and touching my groin area. but billy seymour never lived to see his tormentor face justice. he died in a car crash injanuary. we coach them in the mornings, we have the cup competition in the afternoon... higgins went on to abuse other boys over a number of years. they included greg llewellyn, who's also waived his right to anonymity. he says higgins abused him during post—training massages and says it has taken years to move on. i had a lot of, lot of anger for a very long time. it's only in fairly recent years that things have come together and i'm able to get on with my life. it took a very long time to enable me to do that. southampton football club tonight said it offered its sympathy and support to any player who'd suffered abuse whilst under the care of the club, and that it was working with the police and the fa
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to uncover the truth. the fa itself said that its own inquiry into the whole football abuse scandal was continuing. have you ever engaged in any behaviour...? after the arrest, higgins was questioned for 15 hours. but he didn't say a word. they were young men who dreamed of being footballers. and he held that key to that goal in his hands and he exploited that as part of his sexual offending. this was higgins in 1986, but at the back of this parade is barry bennell. he was another youth coach jailed last year for 30 years, also for abusing junior players. higgins, who disguised himself on his way to court, will be sentenced later. someone once idolised by boys dreaming of a life in football, but who used his power
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to crush their innocence. duncan kennedy, bbc news. you can watch a special programme on the trial that led to bob higgins's conviction after decades of abuse at 9.30pm tomorrow on the bbc news channel — and also on the bbc iplayer now. the indian prime minister, narendra modi, has won a second 5—year term in a landslide election victory. the contest had seen his hindu bjp party set against a broadly secular opposition. the vote was widely seen as a referendum on mr modi's nationalist policies. in all, some 900 million voters were eligible to take part, making it the largest election the world has ever seen. there were1 million polling stations, with rules that no—one would have to travel more than 2 kilometres to vote. and the polling process lasted a total
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of 39 days. 0ur south asia correspondent rajini vaidya nathan has the latest. narendra modi, india's strongman, has retained his grip on power. back for a second term, the boy who sold tea has grown into one of the world's most powerful men. translation: the people have won. i dedicate this victory humbly to the citizens of this country. i only have one emotion to express — long live mother india. if this was a referendum on his popularity, he's seen off his challengers forfive more years. celebrations here are about more than just this election. mr modi's bjp party secured an historic landslide victory, but it also disrupted a political landscape dominated by the same party, the same family, since independence in 19117.
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humiliated by mr modi and by the nation, the great hope who never delivered. his performance in this election derided as uninspiring, out of touch. political royalty but no match for the former chai runner. while his opponents campaigned, mr modi went on a pilgrimage. in this deeply religious country, he's electrified millions of hindus, but scorched its minorities. india's secular soul, enshrined in its constitution, is at stake. this has been an extremely polarised election. when modi has fought this election on fear, the fear of muslims, the fear of infiltrators, the fear of outsiders, this entire idea of giving back hindus their hindu pride. so, when that comes into question, it is very difficult to lose an election. mr modi rode to power in 2014 promising to serve the poor,
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the weak and the marginalised. many say he's failed to deliver. "he promised jobs and housing in the last five years. "he's not fulfilled that. "what can i expect from him now?" asks shanaz, who sleeps on the streets. unemployment may be the highest in nearly 50 years, but for believers like surendra, he's their only hope. "he'll remove unemployment this time. "the job's been left half—done, but it will happen." narendra modi offers a vision of hope and national pride, of protection against outside threats, but he's reinvigorated a climate of fear and suspicion. will he be able to steer a country now characterised by deep divides towards the bright future he's promised ? rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, delhi. us authorities have announced 17 new charges againstjulian assange.
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they accuse the wikileaks founder of receiving and unlawfully publishing the names of classified sources. mr assange is already fighting extradition proceedings to the united states based on an earlier indictment over hacking. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant explained why these charges are so significant. up up until now, julian assange has been charged with just one indictment of computer hacking so this is a dramatic expansion of the legal case against him did the us justice department charging him with 17 counts under the espionage act significantly they are charging him not as a hacker of information but asa not as a hacker of information but as a publisher of information and that raises what i called here first amendment freedom of speech issues because the tradition in america has been to go after the leakers of classified information, rather than the publishers of classified
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information. so a lot of concern in the news media tonight from organisations such as the new york times, and the washington post who regularly published classified information that this is an attack also on the press difficult also raises questions for the british court. of these new charges justified and do they warranties extradition to america? the headlines on bbc news: under growing pressure the government delays publication of theresa may's revised brexit plans amid a backlash in her own cabinet. a former youth football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of indecently assaulting numerous boys, over more than 20 years. indian prime minister narendra modi secures another 5—year term after winning a landslide general election victory. the government has condemned the abuse of vulnerable patients at a hospital in county durham as ‘appalling'. secret filming for bbc panorama
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showed staff mocking and intimidating people with autism and learning difficulties. the health minister caroline dinenage has apologised on behalf of the health and care system. this report from our social affairs correspondent alison holt contains some distressing detail. whorlton hall hospital in county durham, which looked after nearly a dozen people with learning disabilities and autism, now stands empty. all of its patients moved to new places, after the panorama undercover investigation exposed a culture of bullying, taunting and intimidation. alex, who has profound autism, was a regular target for some staff. she should only be looked after by women, because men frighten her. but when she was upset, the men took over. alex screams. they called it "pushing the man button".
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shocked by what was happening to their daughter, alex's parents, tony and sarah, say others need to be warned. i'm devastated for anyone it's happening to, because a pound to a penny, it's happening to some other people. and it shouldn't be. you must show all those clips. you must show people. you must, you must show people. this comes eight years after panorama exposed abuse at the now closed winterbourne view, another hospital for people with learning disabilities and autism. then, the government promised all such institutions would close. it hasn't happened. today, the health secretary described the abuse seen in last night's programme as awful. i have brought in a new investigation, and, crucially, we're going to make sure that everybody gets their case looked at, and we support them to get them out into the community, wherever that's possible. is thatjust going
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to be another review? no, we're going to go through each case, case—by—case, to help people to get into the right setting. 0ne expert who wrote a plan for moving people out of places like this nearly five years ago says that's not good enough. i think anyone seeing that programme should be very angry and should be angry that the government is not prepared to take the action that they should do. and i'm asking them today to rethink, close those institutions, build the community facilities and, importantly, actually introduce legislation for a charter of rights, to give more protection to people and families. and with more than 100 visits by official agencies to whorlton hall in the past year, many will question how this abuse could have been missed. alison holt, bbc news. 30 years ago, thousands of students occupied tiananmen square in the heart of beijing demanding political reform and defying
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china's communist leaders. after a standoff lasting weeks, the government sent in its troops and tanks. hundreds of people are said to have been killed, although the chinese authorities still deny that anyone lost their life. our world affairs editor john simpson reports on the lasting impact of tiananmen square. china has never come to terms with what happened in this square, 30 years ago. the authorities go to great lengths to avoid any mention of it. tiananmen itself is largely empty at the moment, closed around the time of the anniversary to western journalists, patrolled by plain—clothes policemen. in may and june 1989, the square was occupied for 22 chaotic days by students demonstrating for greater democracy and freedom of expression.
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translation: the students have certain requirements which must be met otherwise they won't leave the square. the hard—liners used this angry exchange to justify calling in the army. today, the student leader lives in exile in taiwan. was he too confrontational? i was polite enough. my position was firm and i have left no other way, no other choice but to do just that. after that the government decide to shoot at the students. we did not anticipate the worst option could be that bad. in the square people ignored the official warnings to go home and prepared for the coming attack.
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we know that there are trucks and perhaps tanks in that direction down there away from the square. we know that there are trucks and probably tanks in that direction also. what we don't know is when they're going to come. but everybody here assumes it's going to be soon. by now, thousands of ordinary people were pouring into the square to support the students. the confrontation began. the driver of the vehicle ran out of luck fast. the soldiers moved in in force, firing indiscriminately. the chinese government always claims no one died in the square. maybe, but in the streets around it hundreds were killed. i myself saw more than a0 people shot dead. the following day, from our hotel balcony overlooking the square, my crew and i watched the man with the shopping bags blocking a column of tanks. in the end he clambers up and tells the tank crew
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what he thinks of them. no one knows who he is or what happened to him. the process of escaping itself was... unless things change the one—time student leader will never go back to china. i am in exile. living in exile is a psychological torture. it's mental torture. the only thing that can support you to live through exile life is that very precious word — hope. but for now there doesn't seem to be much hope. china is far richer than in 1989, but a lot less free. everyone knows what happened then, but it's something nobody wants to talk about. john simpson, bbc news. unions have moved to reassure scunthorpe steelworkers that their wages will continue to be paid and no redundancies are planned in the short term future. british steel, the town's largest private employer,
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was put into liquidation yesterday after talks with the government over an emergency loan broke down. north lincolnshire's economy relies heavily on the giant steelworks, and today local businesses said they're worried their trade will now take a nose dive. sarah corker reports. save our steel! save our steel! 0utside british steel this morning there was a show of support for the sites 4000 workers. just here to show some solidarity because we will all be affected if the steelworks closes. we have seen this happen before but it feels so different. closes. we have seen this happen before but it feels so differentm feels very real. my dad worked here for most of his adult working life, 30 odd years. sol for most of his adult working life, 30 odd years. so i feel a strong connection to the workers. just down the road, around half of the customers at this bakery are steelworkers. people are not spending the money. we are a small
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concern. spending the money. we are a small concern. we cannot afford to lose 40% of our customers are i—stroke. we would be bankrupt. 40% of our customers are i—stroke. we would be bankruptlj 40% of our customers are i—stroke. we would be bankrupt. i honestly thought that they were doing fine. it was just a shock. thought that they were doing fine. it wasjust a shock. for scunthorpe it has been a turbulent 24 hours. u nless it has been a turbulent 24 hours. unless a purchaser can be found for this sprawling site it's future looks bleak. north lincolnshire's economy relies heavily on the steelworks doing well. scunthorpe's high is already struggling to some shops in the town centre have been empty for years and the concern is that when there is trouble down the road at the steelworks, people tighten their belts and did not have as much money to spend. and that will have an impact on business here. this couple opened a business two months ago. if it is a case of layoffs or feed the kids... it is not hard choice. drivers have been
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leaving the site in tears because they don't know how they will feed their families of the worst happens. and for you, your partner works at the site, doesn't he? he does. and thatis the site, doesn't he? he does. and that is a worry. we moved up here 15 months ago for a better quality of life. he is the main breadwinner. so it is terrifying at the moment for us, waiting to know what happened. that there were some reassurances from union leaders today. we know there are buyers out there to go union community has reached out to some potential suitors. what we have been told is that people ‘s wages will continue to be paid for is long as they work and no redundancies are planted the future cannot be guaranteed, however. for tens of thousands of people in scunthorpe it isa thousands of people in scunthorpe it is a waiting game to see if any buyers now come forward. judith kerr, the children's author who created the classic books ‘the tiger who came to tea' and the mog series, has died at the age of 95. fellow writers have been paying tribute to a remarkable woman who fled nazi germany and went
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on to publish dozens of books over a 50—year career. 0ur correspondent david sillito looks back at her life. "excuse me, do you think i could have tea with you...?" the tiger who came to tea. forjudith kerr, it was the beginning of a 50—year career, and it all began when she and her daughter were feeling in need of a bit of excitement. it got really very boring, i mean, you would go for a walk and have tea, and then that was it, really. and we wished somebody would come. and so, i thought, well, why not have a tiger come? and then came forgetful, accident—prone mog. it was, for her friend and fellow children's author lauren child, trademarkjudith kerr. her work is beautiful because there's a lovely stillness to it, it never preaches, never tells you what to think.
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she's an extremely kind person, very thoughtful. but she's funny, really, really funny. but to understand judith kerr's own life story, you need to read when hitler stole pink rabbit. it was based on her own family. her father was a jewish theatre critic and they fled nazi germany in the 1930s. talking to the author michael rosen, that refugee experience was the source of many stories. she was a wonderful, lively, witty, clever woman. she always had a new story and there was always another surprising story, whether it was from her childhood, when the nazis first came, or it was something about how she came to write a book. she was witty and clever and funny and loving and kind. she was a wonderful, wonderful person, i'm very, very sad today. she could make children laugh but she would also tell the truth.
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the final mog book is the story of how the lovable family cat dies. for someone who only began writing when she was 45, she leaves behind dozens of books that have become part of childhood for millions. her life, her success, was, she said, a blessing. she always felt she was one of the lucky ones. escaping hitler in the first place, i'm always conscious of the fact that millions of people would give anything to be in my shoes and just to have a tiny bit of what i've had. i've been ridiculously lucky. the author and illustrator judith kerr, who's died at the age of 95. now it's time for the weather with darren bett.
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thursday saw temperatures of 24 degrees in the south—east of england, warm in the sunshine as we head towards the bank holiday weekend, however, this will be spilling in, all this cloud from the atlantic. as a result we will find temperatures dropping as well. has been kept bay at the moment. is whether fronts are still out in the atlantic. that area of low pressure is taking most of the rain away from northern scotland as we have seen over the past few days although we will see wet weather returning to highland. a lot of cloud getting drawn down. as we see more cloud arriving into england and wales there is a chance of one or two showers as well. most players are still dry. —— most places. further north, temperatures a shade lower than we had on thursday. into the bank holiday weekend there will be some sunshine at times but there will also be rain. mostly crossed north and west of the uk and for all of us by monday i think it will probably be feeling a little cooler. we start with some early showers on
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