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this is bbc news, i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 4.00: the race to become the new conservative leader and prime minister is under way — matt hancock is the latest to enter the contest. delivering brexit is absolutely mission—critical and it must be done and done as soon as possible and it has to be done in this parliament. a british climber dies on mount everest. robin haynes fisher is the tenth person to die on the mountain this season. president trump is injapan for the start of a historic four—day state visit. universities in england are told not to "scaremonger" over finances as a review is expected to call for them to reduce their tuition fees by nearly £2,000 per year.
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and a victim of rape gives a moving and distressing account of how she was affected. that's in the victoria derbyshire programme review, in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon. the race is on to find the next prime minister after theresa may resigned yesterday. mrs may said she will stand down onjune 7th but continue while the leadership contest takes place. five conservatives have already announced they will stand but others may also put their names forward. party bosses expect a new leader to be chosen by the end ofjuly. but will a new prime minister be able to end the deadlock over brexit? 0ur political correspondent tom barton takes a look. to serve the country i love.
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as she prepares to walk away from the top job, the focus now is on who might be the next person to step through the door of number 10 as prime minister. he wants the job. so does he. and her. and him. him too. we need a leaderfor the future, not just for now. of course we've got to deliver brexit, and i will, but we need to win the argument for free enterprise and a free society and do all the other things we need to do to make this country a great place to live. anybody who pretends there's some magic solution to brexit is misleading the public. if there had been a magic solution, it would have been done already. the reason there isn't a magic solution is it's not about the detailed lines in this deal, it's about the way in which people communicate and negotiate. i've worked in iraq, i've worked in afghanistan,
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i was a professional diplomat, i negotiate. the field is expected to get bigger. good morning. are you running? although environment secretary michael gove hasn't yet said whether he'll be running. one person who has definitely ruled herself out is amber rudd. a senior cabinet minister and former remain campaigner, she says she is not the right person for the job, right now. i've just decided that it's not for me, i think the party, the members and probably the country want somebody who is more enthusiastic about brexit than i am. theresa may isn't leaving number 10 just yet. she'll stand down as tory leader on june the 7th. three days later, the leadership contest will formally kick off. it's expected to take several weeks and she'll hand over the keys to downing street at the end ofjuly. the biggest question for the person who eventually moves in, how can they unite parliament and the country around a vision for brexit when the current
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occupant of number 10 has failed so dramatically? tom barton, bbc news. officials say a british man died on saturday on mount everest, bringing to 10 the total death toll this season on the world's largest peak. robin haynes fisher reportedly fell ill while descending from the summit. an irish man also died on everest yesterday. there have been reports of overcrowding and climbers have been queuing near the summit. jenny kumah has the story. taken just two days ago, this photo shows the queues of people ascending everest, in what's been one of its most deadly weeks. ten people have died in recent days, climbing the world's tallest peak. among them, 44—year—old british man,
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robin haynes fisher and 56—year—old kevin hynes, from ireland. record numbers are making the ascent, trying to take advantage of a window in the weather conditions. 381 permits have been issued, costing around £9,000 each. but there had been calls for the number of permits to be limited and criticism of the trek operators. the ice wall is a very treacherous part of the mountain, low down it is the first thing you get to coming from base camp. you know, what are they even doing there, who has taken them, who's said to them, it's ok? this week's death toll is higher than the whole for the whole of last year and calls for improved safety are rising. jenny kumah, bbc news. the mountaineer and mountain guide, alan hinkes, the only briton to have climbed all 14 of the world's mountains over 8000 metres has been giving me his reaction. yes, it is an amazing picture.
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i have seen pictures like that before, a couple of years ago there was a lot of people doing it so i wouldn't say it's getting easier. but mountain guides and the local sherpas are fixing the routes. so it does make everest — i hesitate to say it makes it easier because we've had ten people die. you know, you are still risking your life going up everest and partly, if you are stuck in that queue, it's not good for you. you could be hanging around for several hours which means you might get frostbite or you might just die in the death zone. yeah, i think on the face of it, it looks like it's becoming a bit more of a free for all but there is no suggestion that any of the people in that queue don't know what they are doing. do we just need a reminder then of the dangers and the hazards and perhaps a review of how many
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and how people climb mount everest? probably, to a certain extent but that's down to nepal on the south side and china on the northside. the permit from the poll for example, finishes on the 31st of so everybody‘s trying to get it done before the 31st of may. i'd like to think if i was there i'd go, i'm not going to go up while there's 200 people in the queue, i'll go up later on. but if you don't do it by the 31st of may, it's illegal to do it on the ist ofjune. so perhaps they could extend the permit a bit, that might help. but sadly, the more people that do it, dare i say it, i don't wish to sound flippant, the more that are going to die. but i don't think there will be a queue of 200 people there today. it was just that one good day. let's put it into perspective, if you go to snowden this weekend there could be a queue there of several thousand. good grief. do you think the number of deaths that we've had this season is significant, should we be reading into it? is it normal for that many people to lose their lives? well it's pretty tragic and my heart does go out, particularly to the brits and the irish that have been killed. you know, there but for the grace of god, dare i say, with me.
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i did it 20 years ago, it was a little bit quieter. i think people do need, as i said before, realise it's dangerous, is everest. if you go with one of these companies that you pay money to, make sure you go with a reputable one, there are some great ones in britain you can use. but yeah, it is the death summit on everest and humans can literally only survive for a massive five hours. there is no chance of a helicopter getting to you if you are stuck in the queue, the highest helicopter can go is about 6500 metres, there is no rescue teams. so really you've got to be prepared to look after yourself, so it is worth getting a lot of experience before you attempt everest and sadly, a lot of people don't. they think guides and local sherpas can look after them. when it comes down to it, you have got to be resilient and experienced in yourself really. let's return to the race to become leader of the conservative party and prime minister.
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we have five names to study and see what their prospects are. joining me now is the conservative mp and treasurer of the backbenchers 1922 committee sir geoffrey clifton—brown. you are not going to say he would like as leader of the conservative party but what qualities are you looking for and how would you like this process to work? given the referendum, the people of the country referendum, the people of the cou ntry voted referendum, the people of the country voted to leave the eu and the party had a manifesto to leave the party had a manifesto to leave the eu and i am a brexiteer, i will be looking for a brexiteer candidate. i think the most damage that will be done to the country and to the party is by not eventually leaving the eu after all that we've been through. would you like to put a name to that? know, because i'm pa rt a name to that? know, because i'm part of the 1922 scrutiny. a name to that? know, because i'm part of the 1922 scrutinylj a name to that? know, because i'm part of the 1922 scrutiny. i know. i am hoping it is a true brexiteer candidate. i think we can work it
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out. the worry is, theresa may now joins quite a list of conservative leaders and prime ministers who have fallen victim to europe. if you look back over the years, the concern is, will her successor be a victim of europe, we need some stability in this country? over the last 50 years the favourite in a conservative party leadership race, only once the favourite has one in the last 50 yea rs favourite has one in the last 50 years and that was michael howard, he was crowned without opposition. i think the race is pretty open at the moment and we willjust have to wait and see who wins it. who performs well. is europe a conservative problem or is it a parliamentary problem? i think it is a parliamentary problem. the labour party is completely split over the issue. it has been a conservative problem over the years, but both main parties at the moment are very
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split over the issue, which is what is causing instability in parliament and the difficulty of getting any sort of a deal through. so your question is, will a new leader of the conservative party be able to do any better? the answer to that is, yes i think they will. for two reasons, because a new leader will have gone through a democratic election process, both in parliament and the membership of the country, so they will have a democratic legitimate reason to say to my colleagues, we have got to find a compromise we can get through parliament. and if the european elections go the way that is predicted, all around europe, populist parties will be elected, who will be much more likely i think to be concerned about their own countries and less worried about the brussels bureaucracy. i think they will want to sort this cancer out, as they see it, once and for all. i think they will negotiate a sensible
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compromise to whoever is the new leader of the party. here is the problem, i present a lot of phone in radio shows for the bbc and when people call in, this is what often happens. parliamentarians who respect the democratic process you have just talked about, where the membership of the party vote in a new leader. the people at home are thinking, whether they voted for it or not, brexit hasn't happened and now i have a prime minister i haven't voted for. do you think we are heading to a snap general election as well and more instability and more voting? this is why we have resulted in the 22 and i think the board will look at this very carefully, to see if we can expedite the process as quickly as possible so we can get a new prime minister in place within the next two, three months. then that person will have as much time as possible before the 31st of october to try and come up with a sensible
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compromise, that could get to parliament. if we get up to the line of electing a new prime minister, relatively soon before the 31st of 0ctober, then i think that new person has a much greater problem. 0k, person has a much greater problem. ok, it's fascinating political drama, thank you for your time. ok, it's fascinating political drama, thank you for your timem has been great to join you. an investigation is underway as a man and a woman are questioned on suspicion of murdering two boys aged 13 and 1a in an incident at a house in sheffield. police were called to the property on friday and six youngsters were taken to hospital. the four other children, aged between seven months and 11 years, are not seriously injured. president trump and the first lady melania have arrived injapan this morning for the start of a four—day state visit. mr trump will be the first foreign leader to meetjapan's new emperor and he's also presenting a trophy at a sumo wrestling tournament. 0ur correspondent in japan hywel griffith looks ahead to his visit. this is a trip really tailor—made
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for president trump. we'll see him tomorrow playing golf. we know that's one of his favourite pastimes. later on, a trip to sumo wrestling. we know he was quite a fan of wrestling back in the states. a different type, but he will be there with a front row seat at an important competition here in tokyo. and all those pictures of him will be projecting a sort of close friendship with the prime minister of japan, shinzo abe. the two men have been close, meeting and speaking over the phone a0 times, we are told, since president trump came to power. and their relationship really is key for both men's future success, both have elections on the horizon so they need to show as two world leaders, they work together closely. also on the menu over the next few days will be nailing down the details of a bilateral trade deal betweenjapan and the us. the us wasn't keen to be part of a big multilateral deal, the trans—pacific partnership that donald trump rubbished. he wanted something one on one
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and so over the last few months and years, we have seen two men working closely. their teams in the background hammering out the details. there are concerns around the japanese economy as to what donald trump might want to do over the steel industry here. there are also concerns over the future of the automotive industry, companies like toyota have a big presence in the us. donald trump, however, wants to champion american car—makers. so in the back rooms may be the conversations at meal times, those maybe they will discuss as one of the vitally important engagement, donald trump will become the first international leader to meet the new emperor, emperor naruhito. this is a new imperial reign. therefore i think that will play to his status and sense of importance as a global leader who's been the first person invited to come here to meet the new emperor. one of mr trump's first engagements injapan was to speak at a meeting ofjapanese business
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leaders in tokyo. the relationship with japan and the united states, i can say for a fact has never been stronger, it's never been more powerful, never been closer. this is a very exciting time for commerce between the two countries, that we both love. the united states and japan are two of the largest economies in the world. you're right there, you are doing fantastically well. i was looking very closely on the ride over at some of the numbers being produced injapan and you are doing great. today we are cooperating closely across many industries, including defence, technology, digital economy and energy. also, infrastructure, science and so much more. as you know, the united states and japan are hard at work negotiating a bilateral trade agreement, which will benefit both of our countries. i would say that japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years. but that's ok, maybe that's why
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you like us so much. but we'll get it a little bit more fair i think, i think we'll do that. the headlines on bbc news: another two cabinet ministers, matt hancock and rory stewart, enter the race to become the new conservative leader and prime minister. a british climber dies on mount everest. robin haynes fisher is the tenth person to die on the mountain this season. president trump arrives injapan for the start of a historic four—day state visit. in sport, hearts take the lead at hampden park where celtic are trying to win the scottish cup final for an historic treble trouble. ryan edwards scored early for hart to hart1—0 up with edwards scored early for hart to hart 1—0 up with 58 minutes on the clock. end of next month's women's
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world cup, england beat denmark 2—0 ina world cup, england beat denmark 2—0 in a friendly. jill scott with the second goal in walsall after nikkita parris scored the opener. it is close in southampton with england against australia. they are 100 for three after 21 overs. steve smith silenced the booze with a century at southampton. taking it to the limit, lewis hamilton said he had to dig deeper than ever before to win the poll position for tomorrow's monaco grand prix. valtteri bottas qualified second ahead of max verstappen. i will have a full round—up at 5:30pm so join me then. a boat carrying eight migrants on board has been intercepted off the dover coast by border force agents, bringing the total number of people who have arrived to the uk in small boats this month to 1110. this is the highest number of people
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brough ashore by the authorities since december last year when sajid javid declared a major incident. 0ur correspondent simon jones is here, we reported on a similar incident last week, this seems to be a regular incident? border force was alerted and there was another boat carrying migrants heading towards the coast of kent. they sent out one of their specialist vessels and that picked up this small boat. eight people on board, seven of those said they were from iran, one from afghanistan. they were brought back to shore with their boat and handed over to immigration officials for questioning after being given the 0k with their health. yesterday there was about with 18 people on board. the weather is playing a factor in this. this brings the number who
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have been picked up and brought to kent so far this month to 1110. have been picked up and brought to kent so far this month to 140. there is always an argument over who is responsible, is it the french side of the uk site? what are the authority saying, are they coping with it, capturing everybody who is trying to get across? if you recall events of last december when this was being seen by people as a crisis, sajid javid the home secretary, cut short a holiday and came back and said he was taking personal charge of the situation and he brought back a couple of cutters from the mediterranean. if you have cutters in the channel that could encourage people to make the perilous crossing because they think they will be found, picked up and brought to the uk. in terms of who's responsibility it is, halfway from france, if the french find them, they should be taken back to france. if they are in uk waters, they are brought back here. people are saying, such as the mp in dover,
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anyone in the channel should be safely escorted back to france because that would be more of a deterrent. the reality is, a lot of people on these votes are getting into uk waters and they know they are not farfrom into uk waters and they know they are not far from the kent coast and dialling 999 themselves because they wa nt to dialling 999 themselves because they want to be found and then they know if they are picked up in uk waters, they are brought back to the uk and can potentially claim asylum in this country. simon, many thanks for that. universities in england should not "scaremonger" over their finances ahead of a possible reduction in tuition fees — that's according to the education secretary, damian hinds. the minister also said the government is looking closely at the quality of degrees and graduate earnings. there have been warnings that lowering tuition fees to £7,500 per year could put some institutions at risk of going bust. sarah walton reports. universities say they're worried about money. a report due out next week is expected to call for a cut in tuition fees. but the education secretary, damian hinds, says claims
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universities across england are struggling financially is scaremongering. the augar review was commissioned by theresa may to find ways of making university education better value for money. it's expected to suggest ideas like lowering maximum tuition fees from more than £9,000 to £7,500 a year, limiting student numbers, and offering incentives for shorter, cheaper, two—year degree courses. damian hinds has spoken in the past, revealing that while most sectors have had to tighten their belts since the financial crash, universities have seen their income from fees go up. he also pointed to an increase in the number of international students who pay more for tuition. but there have been reports of universities being on the brink of bankruptcy. and one institution has been revealed as having needed a bailout from the office of students. universities uk says any drop in fees should be replaced with funding from the government
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to avoid harm to students, the economy, and communities that benefit from universities. sarah walton, bbc news. sir philip green's retail empire arcadia will close twice as many stores as it announced earlier this week. arcadia, with brands including topshop, burton and dorothy perkins, initially announced 23 stores would close as part of a plan to rescue the struggling business. now it has emerged that a further 25 stores will shut, under separate insolvency proceedings. a 48 year—old man, charged with the murdering his elderly parents at their west london flat, has appeared in court. sergey koudriavtsev handed himself in to police in surrey before the bodies of a 69—year—old man and a 68—year—old woman were found inside a flat in kensington on monday. rules that allow homeowners in england to build larger extensions without planning permission are being made permanent.
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the decision means people can make additions to terraced and semi—detached homes of up to six metres and up to eight metres on detached properties. ministers say families will now avoid time—consuming red tape, but the local government association has warned that councils won't be able consider the impact of such extensions on neighbouring residents. it's day 2 of radio 1's big weekend in middlesbrough. around 64,000 fans are expected at stewart park over the weekend. last night miley cyrus unexpectedly joined mark ronson on stage to perform their hit "nothing breaks like a heart". stormzy and mumford and sons have already been entertaining the crowds today. butjess glynne has announced she won't be singing tonight as she has a sore throat.
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radio 1 newsbeat reporter nesta mcgregor is at stewart park for us. you will promise to add me, right? welcome to stewart park in middlesbrough for day two of radio 1's big weekend and even when mumford and sons and stormzy are on stage, there's still time to update your instagram feed. radio 1's specifically chose middlesbrough because it aims to get to areas that perhaps don't have large music festivals. certainly when the big acts come to the uk, they might miss out. two people also trying to put the local area on the map are laura and zoe. so, tell me exactly enjoy tees valley, what do you do? enjoyteesvalley. com is basically a website that showcases everything that tees valley has to offer. the tees valley is an amazing place for music, entertainment, just a great day out with your family basically and we want to show everybody in the tees valley that you don't have to go out of the area to have great fun. there's lots and lots of nice things
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for you to do right here. zoe, what it like having an event like radio 1's big weekend in your local area? it's amazing, i was saying the northeast is a really friendly place anyway but the tees valley to have this and have people coming in from outside as well and appreciate what the tees valley has to offer, isjust phenomenal. so it's really great for us all to come together here. is it all work, can you get to enjoy anything? i'm getting to enjoy it, zoe isn't i'm afraid. it's still fun though, just being here. it's amazing, it's just amazing for the region and the tees valley. for everybody to see what we can do basically, we can do a good day and a good night. no worries, thank you ladies and try not to work too hard. miley cyrus is headlining tonight, i hope you finished work by then. i saw her sound check yesterday, her performance was absolutely brilliant. you are in for an absolute treat as the us singer headline day two of radio one's big weekend. crew had to evacuate a cargo ship after it began tilting
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in the river mersey. the container vessel began listing at gladstone dock in liverpool in the early hours of yesterday morning. the maritime and coastguard agency said the ship was back on an even keel, and all crew were safe. let's introduce you now to a puppy named ‘shuck‘ who has become the newest recruit at a thatcher‘s firm in norfolk. hejoins his owner richard, on roofing jobs across east anglia, without showing any fear of heights. they've only been together for a few weeks, but have become inseparable.
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we have an atlantic weather system heading our way and through the night and into sunday morning we have further outbreaks of rain in scotland, the rain comes back into northern ireland reaching towards western parts of england and wales by the end of the night. clear spells toward central and eastern england, it will be a mild night. as we look at the picture for tomorrow, some rain in scotland, let's start for many others here but italy is from northern ireland with outbreaks of showery rain heading further south and not much rain further south. we will keep some outbreaks of rain in northern scotland, whereas elsewhere it will be drier, brighter with sunny spells. it will feel cooler and fresher behind this area of cloud and showery rain. a noticeable westerly breeze, bringing the temperatures down a few degrees. still a few spots towards the south—east, creeping into the low 20s.
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hello, this is bbc news, with chris rogers. the headlines... another two cabinet ministers — matt hancock and rory stewart — enter the race to become the new conservative leader and prime minister. a british climber dies on mount everest. robin haynes fisher is the tenth person to die on the mountain this season. president trump arrives injapan for the start of a historic four—day state visit. here, universities in england are told not to ‘scaremonger‘ over finances, as a review is expected to call for them to reduce their tuition fees by nearly £2,000 per year. and now on bbc news, victoria derbyshire takes a look back at some of the highlights from her programme this week.
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hello and welcome to our programme. for the next half an hour, we'll bring you some of the exclusive and original journalism we've broadcast over the last week. on tuesday, we heard first—hand the shocking, brutal impact that rape can have on an individual. sarah — which is not her real name — is the 23—year—old graduate raped by the former worcestershire county cricketer alex hepburn. last month, he was sentenced to five years in prison and will be on the sex offenders' register for life. in the interview you're about to hear, sarah — speaking in herfirst broadcast interview — describes the shocking, dramatic and debilitating effect it had on her. i would like you to tell our audience about the impact on both your body and your mind, as the days turned into weeks, turned into months, because you were raped. erm...

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