this is bbc news. the headlines at 20:00: 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. four children, who were "rescued" from a house in sheffield yesterday, have been released from hospital. two boys, aged 13 and 1a, died in the incident. exit polls in the republic of ireland suggest voters have overwhelmingly backed reforms to the country's divorce laws.
from the improbable to the almost impossible, to the implausible! and in sport... victory over hearts lands celtic the treble for the third season in a row. and coming up at half past 8: ‘paths to peace‘ — the first of two special programmes on the efforts to rebuild the lives of communities devastated by war. good evening. the race is on to find the next prime minister after theresa may's resignation yesterday. mrs may has said she will stand down onjune 7th, but she'll stay on while the leadership contest takes place.
five conservatives have already announced they will stand, but others may add their names to the list. a new leader's expected to be chosen by the end ofjuly, as our political correspondent, chris mason, reports. look into the camera if you want to be prime minister. the contest is on. this man is keen... and so is he. we need a leaderfor the future, not just for now. matt hancock playing on his relative youth. he's a0. he reckons he could clear the way to do what theresa may failed to do — persuade the current crop of mps to back brexit. the majority in the house of commons wants to leave europe. there have been disagreements on how. and some of my contenders may say that if they don't get their preferred option, whether it be no deal or something else, then they'll have a general election. and i put it to you that that would be a disaster for the country and it would risk corbyn by christmas. both mr hancock and fellow cabinet
minister rory stewart voted remain — though they'll tell anyone who'll listen that brexit must — and, crucially, can - be delivered. but... 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. and i worked in iraq, i worked in afghanistan. i was a professional diplomat, i negotiated. good morning, mr gove. if distinctive jogging styles are enough to get you thejob, michael gove — who voted for brexit in the referendum — would be a shoo—in. he's yet to say he's definitely in the running. i think it's time for a bagel. so, how will this contest work? theresa may isn't leaving downing street just yet. she'll stand down as conservative leader a week on friday. the following week, the race
to replace her will formally begin. but mrs may will stay on as prime minister until towards the end ofjuly, when her successor is chosen. the former foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is currently seen as the favourite. this former conservative leader hasn't said yet who he will vote for, but appears tempted by mrjohnson. i do take umbrage at people going around saying, you know, there's all sorts of stuff and there are problems with boris. you know, there are plenty of leaders down the past... if you can name me one leader who hasn't got a past, who hasn't done things that are sometimes wrong or whatever, you'd never have had people like churchill or attlee or anyone else, for that matter, that's ever been elected. so, here we go. the topic is clear. and so is the prize. ifault i fault line ifault line is opening up over the issue of the no—deal brexit and
whether a future prime minister would contemplate that. boris johnson has said he would and rory stewart said he would not serve in a johnson cabinet, he thinks are no—deal would be a terrible outcome. iain duncan smith suggested mr stua rt‘s iain duncan smith suggested mr stuart's comment was stupid. it is a reminder of the divisions within the party and how brexit will be the only topic in this two—month contest. that was chris mason. let's get more on this. let's get more on this now, and i'm joined by sebastian payne, the whitehall correspondent at the financial times. and also, i'm joined by the journalist anne mcelvoy. thank you for speaking to us, both of you. first, i would like to start with you, anne, what you make of the contest so far, the tone, the pictures? i think it's very obvious that this contest is really at the moment all about boris johnson's leadership, or attempts to become leader. and all of the others are basically trying to trim their
campaigns around what they think boris johnson's campaigns around what they think borisjohnson‘s leadership campaigns around what they think boris johnson's leadership campaign is going to look like, not least matt hancock and rory stewart. coming out as the younger modernisers. but already, differences between them. would they serve in the event of no—deal or not? and what you make of that, sebastien, how do you reach the environment so far? i agree with what anne said, borisjohnson is the clear frontrunner in this contest. he has got so much of the media appetite so far. boris always manages to do that. but those comments he made yesterday, just hours after theresa may announced she was going to resign, saying that we will leave the eu deal or no deal oi'i we will leave the eu deal or no deal on october the 31st have really set the tone for how this debate is going to be seen. and i think there isa danger going to be seen. and i think there is a danger in a way it becomes a eurosceptic arms race, with lots of mps trying to out brexit each other
because they are not trying to appeal to the country, they are only trying to appeal to a, committed conservative mps in parliament, but crucially, be, those 100,000 members of the conservative party and we know from various surveys that they wa nt know from various surveys that they want a hard brexit. according to the conservative home website, 75% of conservative home website, 75% of conservative party members would be happy with the no—deal. so what barry said yesterday might have alarmed the likes of rory but it will play very well with the very people he needs to win over —— boris. i am interested to get your views on the timing of people announcing their declarations. boris has very much come out as the favourite, in front, has very much come out as the favourite, infront, is has very much come out as the favourite, in front, is it dangerous to have that much focus on you so early on in the unofficial race? yes, you are right, history would suggest that frontrunners have a tough time, they are often torn down. going back to the david
cameron contest, michael heseltine before he was deified as the arch remainer had a tough time and never got through against margaret thatcher or beyond. but this is different. the reason this is taking place, and we have all seen those pictures of the media today and yesterday, theresa may leaving in tea rs yesterday, theresa may leaving in tears because she failed to deliver a brexit that she promised that she could deliver. so this is all about who can do that. of course, many people don't think it should happen at all and have other plans, but they are not going to be driving this race. and what we have seen from boris, it is interesting people keep saying that he has talked about no deal and sebastien is right, he has. but read the rest of the sentence, something some journalists don't do enough these days. he says, if you want to get a deal, the only way to get a better deal is by being
prepared to take a no—deal. and that, i think, prepared to take a no—deal. and that, ithink, tells prepared to take a no—deal. and that, i think, tells you he is riding two horses and i am sure people like matt hancock, very shrewd and probably not going to win, but that generation around 40, and clearly a remainer as well, but he is making noises it has to be delivered, brexit, but they have to bea delivered, brexit, but they have to be a party that is modern and can face this country the way it is and which can beatjeremy corbyn. so i think boiling things down too much to very basic ingredients, i think we will see more new ones in the next few weeks. sebastien, we have not heard from dominic raab and his name is mentioned by many people. we may find out in the andrew marr programme tomorrow, we shall wait and see. but they are very much the brexiteer camp. what of those that started off in remain and have slowly accepted brexit. matt
hancock, jeremy hunt and rory stewart. rory stewart already alluding to the dishonesty of boris, that team at the moment, will they be able to convince mps and most importantly the membership? well, i think this contest is split into two very clear camps. you have the candidates coming from the cabinet, so candidates coming from the cabinet, so that is people like jeremy hunt the foreign secretary, rory stewart international development secretary, michael gove the environment secretary, and then you have the candidates coming from the brexit side of the argument. that is boris johnson the former foreign secretary, dominic raab the former brexit secretary, steve baker, a very prominent eurosceptic conservative mp. those two camps will produce two candidates which will produce two candidates which will go through to the conservative party's grassroots membership. to go back to what anne said earlier, yes, this contest is all about brexit, but it will also be about the
crucial question of who can defeat jeremy corbyn, but also who can defeat nigel farage's brexit party? because the emergence of that in the past five weeks has completely sweet conservative mps because we expect, we know what the results might be in the next couple of days, but the issue is if october 31st runs candidates at the next general election on 656, he will lose that election on 656, he will lose that election and open the door to jeremy corbyn —— nigel farage. so the picture you will hear from boris is, lam the picture you will hear from boris is, i am the only one that can defeat jeremy corbyn and he can do a deal or sale in nigel farage.|j jeremy corbyn and he can do a deal or sale in nigel farage. i would just like to finish with you, anne. the next stage of this is that, who is backing who? will people be showing their hands quite early? because everybody is saying this is going to get dirty. there will be deals that will need to be done. deals will need to be done, suddenly
because of the number of people and in the race. you can already see when matt hancock came out, he had a very prepared peach —— pitch and has taken a lot of advice. i thought, thank goodness someone has got round to that. rory stewart, by already ruling out that he would not serve under boris because of the no—deal issue, i do you fly is a candidate or you will be gone quite quickly. i guess a lot of these... i will be interested in what michael gove says. my information is still not happy with boris and despite the fa ct happy with boris and despite the fact they are both brexiteers, there are fact they are both brexiteers, there a re clear fact they are both brexiteers, there are clear differences. they did fall out the last time round and i would guess michael gove would perhaps be happier with someone like jeremy hunt or if one of them decides to ta ke hunt or if one of them decides to take it forward, the other goes along, batman and robin style. i think a lot of twosomes will come out of this and one thing we will look for is, who does amber rudd
back? as an arch remainer and one of the few women in the race of any salience, where does a remainer give their support to a permanent brexiteer who they can work with? this party can only go forward together if this party can be healed. theresa may could not do it, who can? thank you both very much indeed. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages. at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. the guests joining me tonight are the broadcasterjohn stapleton, and the political reporter kate proctor, from the london evening standard. a british man has died on mount everest, bringing the death toll to ten this season, on the world's highest peak. robin haynes fisher reportedly fell ill while descending from the summit. there have been reports of overcrowding and climbers have been queuing near the peak.
an irish man also died on the mountain yesterday, located in the himalayas. andy moore has the story. did you see where you were going, robin? i'm going to the top. but i'm going via the ice storm! yeah, it should be a trip to remember. robin haynes fisher was filmed by his partner at everest base camp just a few weeks ago. and this was him four years ago on the summit of mont blanc. he had also climbed aconcagua, the highest mountain in south america. he got into trouble on everest on the way down, according to the man who organised the expedition. we've just got to get down now! just at the 150 metre... that's about 8,700 metres... he just fell down. and then our sherpa tried to wake him up. but he couldn't. and he tried to give him more oxygen and water. but he didn't respond.
these extraordinary pictures were taken just a few days ago, as dozens of mountaineers queued to get up and down the final knife—edge ridge to the summit of everest. 0ne experienced mountaineer who was stuck in that trafficjam says the authorities need to do more to regulate numbers. we can make the duration of the summit much longer. by setting up the six lines well in advance, so that people can have at least six or seven weather windows, rather than just two or three, and where everybody would like to go at that same time. the family of mr haynes fisher have paid tribute to him, saying he was an aspirational adventurer, who lived life to the full. andy moore, bbc news. well, earlier, ispoke to rebecca stephens, who became the first woman to climb everest nearly 25 years ago. the crowding, it's difficult to imagine on that summit ridge, which is very narrow,
how you can have people moving in two directions. and, you know, it must be that they pass each other but, i tell you, it is extremely narrow and i wpould have thought dangerous just in that manoeuvre. but the worrying thing is sort of twofold really. 0ne, as slow as you are climbing everest, you do want to be able to keep moving if you possibly can. you know, just standing still because there are people in front of you means that you can get cold incredibly fast, and that in itself is a problem. but then the other thing, if you make a decision and want to move down and you physically can't do that because of people, that does create a very dangerous situation. talk us through some of the emotions that you go through as a climber. because the physical strain on the body must be incredible. yes, i think that's right, but i think... i've always thought the biggest fear really is that of summit fever and i'd probably say that i was inflicted with that myself where,
is strong that you can these any sense of rationality and failed to turn around when you should. you know, the magnetism is so great that you want to keep going. and you know, i'm pretty sure i was in that emotional bubble, but we were fortunate enough that we had plenty of time, so i wasn't really pushed to the question whether i would have kept going longer than i should have done. but it remains a dangerous place. it always will be. it's extreme altitudes, there's not very much oxygen in the air and, you know, we're not meant to be there. most of us can only get there with bottled oxygen and you don't take more than you need because it's too heavy to carry. so, if you run out of that and you find yourself on a very, very high mountain, you know, with temperatures plummeting at nightfall and your body's not strong enough to resist the cold, then the chances of survival are very, very small indeed. yeah, i was just going to ask you, in terms of training and from a climber‘s perspective, what is the worst—case scenario and how do you prepare yourself for that? well, i think you could probably think of a few, but the most common one is that,
is the top sort of 3,000 feet or 1,000 metres of the mountain. they now call it the death zone, which might sound very dramatic, but it is true that people die there simply because they're too high. the other dangerous area on the southern side is of course the icefall that's just been made reference to, where it's a very unstable area of ice, where the icefall sections of it can collapse at any time. and statistically, if i can be mathematical to talk about that, didn't used to be regarded as so dangerous, just rather frightening to travel through, but that's been proven wrong in recent years, when a number of people have been killed in the icefall. do you think that today's climbers are adequately experienced to take on everest, or do they underestimate the dangers? i think it's very easy to do so and i think i was probably guilty of doing that myself as well. the problem really is this, going to somewhere like the icefall is extremely frightening and you're
very aware of that. high on the mountain, that sort of adrenal fight—or—flight reaction isn't necessarily triggered because the slopes don't look particularly steep, it doesn't look particularly dangerous. you can't see the lack of oxygen in the air. and also, you're not really functioning 100% because of the lack of oxygen. so, it's easy to make bad decisions at extreme altitude, for sure. that was the first woman to climb everest 25 years ago. the time is approaching 20 pm. 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. four children — who were "rescued" from a house in sheffield yesterday — have been released from hospital. two boys, aged 13 and 14, died in the incident. sport and for a full round—up,
from the bbc sport centre... iam i am interested in formula 1 but a lot of football news as well. i will get to the formula 1 as quickly as i can! first, i have to tell you about neil lennon. he has been offered the celtic manager's job permanently after steering his side to an historic "treble treble". celtic came from behind to beat hearts 2—1 to win the scottish cup. it's the third season running they've won all three domestic trophies. here's chris mclaughlin. the 134th scottish cup final. for celtic, though, three was the magic number. their prize — a treble for the third year in a row. for the men in maroon, a single single would do just fine. the first half was pretty much like the mid—may glasgow weather — all a little bit dull. hearts sat in to soak up what celtic had to offer and despite this edouard chance, the champions offered up very little.
but shortly after the break, the goal of the game was crying out for. this could be a big moment. it could be a very, very big moment! first blood to the underdogs. but their lead didn't last long. celtic pushed, hearts tripped, penalty given. edouard's leveller providing relief for those in green and white. it all got a little bit stodgy again until ten minutes before the end. with history in their sights, edouard once again made hampden roar. a victory, so there was enough for neil lennon to be offered the celticjob on a permanent basis. it wasn't their best performance. these supporters won't care about that, but celtic have made world football history. the treble treble is theirs. chris mclaughlin, bbc news, hampden park. england's women won their penultimate warm—up match before the summer's world cup in france —
beating denmark 2—0 in walsall. nikita parris got the england break through just before half—time, but it was a far from flawless performance from phil neville's side. jill scott added some gloss to the scoreline, but they were outplayed for long periods by denmark. england play a friendly against new zealand next week, before their world cup campaign starts on june 9th. we did take them camping on wednesday night and a public got one or two hours sleep, we took them on obstacle courses, we actually expected that today. the pitch wasn't great. but ijust wanted them to do the basics well, pass the ball to do the basics well, pass the ball to each other. so a bit sloppy at times? a bit sloppy slow, i was bored watching it in the first half. to win the game, we have to dig through the elements. my players we re through the elements. my players were shattered, we work them hard, and there are still massive improvements to go. leinster reading
glasgow 14—10 in the final stages at celtic park. very much a famous occasion for glasgow in front of a predominately home crowd and they made a dream start with this early try, but leinster pegged them back almost immediately through the opportunism of gary ewing rose to score and since then, the boot of ireland'sjonny score and since then, the boot of ireland's jonny sexton score and since then, the boot of ireland'sjonny sexton has edged lei nster into ireland'sjonny sexton has edged leinster into a stronger position. they are eight points ahead come up with about ten minutes to go. england have lost their world cup warm—up match against australia by 12 runs. in a tight game at the hampshire bowl in southampton. it was the first game australias steve smith and david warner had played in england since their bans for ball—tampering. smith top scored with 116, as australia set england a target of 298. despite a good knock from james vince, england lost their last four wickets forjust 35 runs, falling short in the final over. england start their world cup
against south africa on thursday. somerset beat defending champions hampshire by six wickets to claim the one—day cup at lord's, chasing down a target of 245 to win a 50—over final for the first time since 2001. choosing to bat, hampshire were restricted to 244—8 from their 50 overs. jamie 0verton with three of somerset‘s wickets. and somerset never looked troubled in their chase. james hildreth hitting an unbeaten 69 as somerset reached their target with six wickets in hand. lewis hamilton says he had to dig deeper than ever before to claim pole for the monaco grand prix. the world champion dominated thursday practice, but found things harder in qualifying. he pulled everything together for his final lap, breaking the track record to take pole from his mercedes team mate valtteri bottas by eight hundredths of a second. max verstappen will start
from third, with the ferraris of sebastian vettel and charles leclerc fourth and fifteenth. a glasgow try at celtic park, 1518 score, trailing leinster in that proi4 score, trailing leinster in that pr014 final. the latest on the bbc website. that's all the sport for now. thanks, steve. exit polls in ireland suggest voters have overwhelmingly backed reforms to liberalise the republic's divorce laws. with12 of the 31 constituencies counted so far, the yes vote stands at 81%. 0ur dublin correspondent, shane harrison, reports. even before the ballot boxers were opened, or the indications from opinion polls and an rte exit poll ware that voters would, by a huge margin, agreed to liberalise the
country's divorce laws. divorce was only legalised in 1985 and then by the slimmest of margins. less than 196. the slimmest of margins. less than i%. at the the slimmest of margins. less than 1%. at the moment, a person has to be separated, four of the last five yea rs, to be separated, four of the last five years, to apply to get a divorce. but voters have now agreed to remove timeframes from the constitution and to allow parliament to decide the issue. the fina gael led government issue. the fina gael led government is proposing at two years is long enough. there was no organised campaign against the liberalising measure, which follows recent referendum results to introduce both abortion and same—sex marriage. in the local elections, there was evidence of a big increase in support for the greens, which is being seen as evidence of public concern about climate change. the party is still behind fianna fail, fine gael and sinn fein. joining us now from belfast is our news correspondent louise cullen.
not all the votes counted yet, we are working through those, but what is the significance of this vote?“ you consider that divorce only became legal in the republic of ireland is just over 20 years ago, and that referendum in 1985 past with a tiny margin, just 15.3%. here we are 23,24 with a tiny margin, just 15.3%. here we are 23, 24 years later, and now we are 23, 24 years later, and now we are 23, 24 years later, and now we are looking at the figures you have just quoted, we are looking at the figures you havejust quoted, more we are looking at the figures you have just quoted, more than 80%. supporting these changes to the timeframe required for couples to have lived apart. it is a massive amount of change and social upheaval really. the voters were asked to vote not just on really. the voters were asked to vote notjust on the timeframe, but it was a single question, but two changes, a change to the timeframe for divorce and changes to the rules recognising foreign divorce is to make that more consistent in the constitution. and to make life easierfor people in constitution. and to make life easier for people in this situation. the republic has gone through quite
a number of socially liberalising votes. why do you think that is? well, it seems to have been really a period of very rapid transition from a country that was largely dominated by the catholic church to a country which is very much listening those ties and making an emphatic statement about the loosening of those ties by changing those laws on various social issues. there are few, if any, various social issues. there are few, ifany, developed various social issues. there are few, if any, developed nations, various social issues. there are few, ifany, developed nations, i would argue that have made these changes at such a pace. but this is a nation that is emerging from, as i say, domination by the church and tonight, we will expect a result from this latest referendum. the only question will be byjust how much of imagine it will passed. thank you very much. around 300 people are taking part in a peace walk from belfast to londonderry, in memory of the murdered journalist lyra mckee, was shot dead by dissident republicans during rioting
in derry last month. the walkers began theirjourney outside st anne's cathedral, where ms mckee's funeral was held. the march is due to finish on monday. four children — rescued from a house in sheffield — have now been released from hospital. two teenage boys died following an incident at the address in the shiregreen area yesterday. a man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. corinne wheatley has more. well, there's still a police presence here in this part of sheffield today. two officers remain standing guard outside the property where these six children were found yesterday. all day, people have been stopping by with bunches of flowers, cards, balloons, messages of condolence, as the local community tries to come to terms with what's happened here. now, we know the emergency services were called at about half past seven yesterday morning to reports of a concern for safety. six children were taken to hospital and it was confirmed yesterday
that the two eldest — boys aged 13 and 14 — had died. we now know that the four other children, including a seven—month—old baby, have been released from hospital. none of the children involved in yesterday's incident can be identified for legal reasons. now, two people were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday, a 37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman, and police have said they're not looking for anybody else in connection with the deaths. all day, we've seen pcsos on patrol in this area, trying to provide a bit of reassurance to local people. but south yorkshire police have stressed that there is no wider risk to the local community. (police are appealing for witnesses after a mugger held a knife to a young child's throat — and then robbed his grandmother. the incident happened in normanby, middlesbrough between 5pm and 6pm. the victim, in her 40s, was taking her 19—month—old grandson for a walk. the suspect is described as aged 20—25 years old,