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good afternoon. the environment secretary michael gove has entered the race to become the next conservative leader and prime minister. it means he'll once again be challenging boris johnson — the two men were the most prominent conservatives leading the leave campaign in 2016. the former brexit secretary, dominic raab has become the latest candidate to insist the uk must
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leave the eu in october, with or without a deal. andrea leadsom, who resigned from cabinet last week, has also confirmed she's standing. our political correspondent, tom barton, has this report. stepping out of his house and into the leadership race. hi, good morning. i can confirm i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. i believe i'm ready to unite the conservative and unionist party, ready to deliver brexit and ready to lead this great country. so, both of the big names of the leave campaign now in the tory leadership campaign. a tantalising prospect, not least because they have history. remember this? for all boris‘s formidable talents, he was not the right person for that task. borisjohnson‘s leadership campaign torpedoed in 2016. three years later, both men
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are in the race again, joined in a crowded field by six other candidates. among them, former brexit secretary dominic raab, saying today, he would try to renegotiate the northern irish backstop by making it clear he would leave without a deal if he couldn't. we weren't resolute enough and we took no deal off the table. so i don't want a wto brexit. but i think unless you are willing to keep our promises as politicians, and i think we are going to see what happens if you don't in the european election results later, if we don't, and we are not willing to say that, i think we are putting ourselves in a much weaker position in terms of getting a deal. because if you're not willing to walk away from negotiation, it doesn't focus the mind of the other side. also committed to keeping no deal on the table, andrea leadsom. of course, in order to succeed in a negotiation, you have to be prepared to leave without a deal. but i have a three—point plan for brexit, for how we get out of the european union. i'm very optimistic about it. my role as leader the commons means
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that i have had a very good insight into what needs to be done. another would—be leader, going further, saying she wouldn't even ask the eu to reopen negotiations. we won't be asking for any more extensions. that's part of the corrosive uncertainty that individuals and businesses in the country don't want. that date is fixed. so of course we have to say we need to make sure that we are ready to leave on that date. if the eu wants to come back to us, the door is open, if they want to have a better deal. that's fine. we've always wanted a free trade agreement. the difficulty for those advocating a no—deal brexit is that parliament has consistently voted against it. the chancellor, who stayed out of the leadership contest, saying today that forcing a no deal could lead to a very short lived premise. parliament has voted very clearly to oppose a no deal exit. this is a parliamentary democracy. a prime minister who ignores parliament
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cannot expect to survive very long. while those seeking to replace her fight it out, theresa may was at a church near chequers this morning. the weight of office, lifting from her shoulders and responsibility for resolving brexit soon to lie with her successor. tom barton, bbc news. voting is taking place across europe on the last day of elections for the european parliament. more than 400 million are eligible to vote and results will be announced after the polls close at ten o'clock this evening. our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, joins us from brussels. and damian, people here in the uk will learn how the various parties have performed in an election that wasn't meant to take place if brexit had done to plan? yes, that's right. those uk meps who will be selected will take up their seats at the beginning ofjuly and
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may only be in them for a matter of weeks, with the uk due to be out of the eu by the end of october. but they could still be influential. the rest of the eu, most countries are voting today. this is belgium. voting here is compulsory. the first thing is going to be the overall composition of the european parliament. the expectation is that the big centre parties, the conservative centre—right, socialist ce ntre—left, conservative centre—right, socialist centre—left, will be losing a share of the vote. what will happen to the liberals, the greens? they may do quite well. the far left, the far right, that will determine the balance of the parliament, the sorts of policies the eu may push in the future. the horse trading for the top eu jobs will take place in the next few days. the top thing will be the overall balance between pro—and anti—eu forces. that could have a profound effect on the future of the year. thank you very much. damian
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grammaticas in brussels. and you can follow all of the results of the european elections with huw edwards and the team from 10 o'clock this evening on bbc one and the bbc news channel, and you'll find all the results on the bbc news website. government sources say there have been expressions of interest in buying british steel, which was placed in compulsory liquidation earlier this week, but they have dismissed reports that it has set a two—week deadline for a buyer to be found. the company is still trading while an urgent search for a buyer continues. it's understood serious interest has been declared from both here in the uk and abroad. a man and a woman have been charged with murder after two children died in an incident at a house in sheffield on friday. our correspondent phil bodmer has been following the story and joins us now. phil, what more can you tell us? as you say, police and paramedics we re as you say, police and paramedics were called to a semi detached property six miles north of the city centre on friday morning at around 7:30am. neighbours reported seeing
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police and ambulance activity on the street. six children were taken to hospital. police later said two teenage boys aged 13 and 1a had died. a37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder on friday. yesterday afternoon police announced that the four children had been discharged, including a baby. today, south yorkshire police have announced the two people arrested on friday have now been charged with two counts of murder each, and the woman faces three counts of attempted murder. they will appear before sheffield magistrates‘ court tomorrow morning. postmortem examinations were due to be carried out on friday but so far no results have been made public. thank you. donald trump has dismissed concerns about recent north korean missile tests during a visit to japan. in a tweet he refered to the missiles as "small weapons". meanwhile, as part of the lavish welcome laid on for the us president by
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japan‘s prime minister, shinzo abe, mr trump attended the final of a prestigious our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, sent this report. it is a little different from the sort of wrestling mr trump is used to seeing back in the states. japan‘s national sport is steeped in tradition. one is that spectators are not supposed to sit on chairs. but tradition was set aside today as first prime minister shinzo abe came up to award a cup to the grand champion. and then, for the first time ever, a foreign leader was allowed onto the hallowed earth to present an even bigger cup. inside, there was huge excitement about the famous guest. outside, a little less so. translation: i wish he would respect our culture. he is our guest, but he is acting more like a king. they are giving him
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special treatment, letting him sit on a chair. i think it is too much. president trump is getting a lot of firsts during this trip, the first to meet the new japanese emperor, the first to sit on a chair during a sumo tournament, and to present a special prize to the grand champion. it is, of course, not without reason. japan is nervous that mr trump is not quite as committed to his asian ally as some of his predecessors and that he could launch a trade war against japan like he has against china. a tweet from mr trump today demonstrates exactly why japan is nervous. in it, he described recent north korean missile tests as "small weapons which disturbed some people but not me." this is what those small weapons look like. they may not bother mr trump, but they certainly do botherjapan, which is well within range. japan is deeply sceptical of mr trump‘s friendship with north korean dictator kimjong—un, but the us president still appears to believe it can lead to an historic peace deal.
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rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. you can see more on all of today‘s stories on the bbc news channel. goodbye for now. hello. you‘re watching the bbc news channel with martine croxall. let‘s return to our main story — that more contenders have formerly declared their intention to run for the leadership of the conservative party with the issue of a no—deal brexit emerging as the main fault line between the candidates. the environment secretary, michael gove, the former brexit secretary, dominic raab and the former commons leader, andrea leadsom, have all confirmed they are running. i‘ve been speaking to the international trade secretary liam fox about whether he was preparing
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to stand in the conservative leadership contest. if we get any more candidates, it will be a shorter list to say those who are not. ken clarke said that, there has to be one conservative mp that is not going to throw his hat into the ring. why would you be tempted, or wouldn‘t you be? as i said, it‘s very unlikely. any case, i am away all of this week. we have a lot of trade and investment in north africa, so i am off to there to do the job. that is what all candidates have to remember, especially those that hold cabinet positions, that they still have theirjobs to do. who would you support, what kind of candidate, if you want to tell me a name? there are a number of issues. brexit will be central to all of this, but it can‘t be the only issue. it‘s not a referendum on brexit. there is a world beyond europe, they will be a time beyond brexit. whoever is leader will take us into the next election and it is not a one issue election. i want to know what the candidates think about wealth creation, i want to know what they think about social policy,
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what they think about crime policy. surely for your membership of the party, thousands of people that have joined because they want the opportunity to select the leader, for many of them they will see this as an opportunity to send a message about how theresa may has approached brexit? it‘s notjust a message, it cannot be that. it will be, you might not want it to be. we have to remember this leader will take us into a general election. general elections are not single issues. people are much more visceral about these things. if your perception is that this government has not delivered brexit as it should have done, we have to have this extension to october 31st, that is your priority, that is how you‘re going to vote, you are going to pick somebody that is going to get the country out of the eu by the end of october. the current prime minister wanted to do that, it was parliament that blocked that. if we want to leave, parliament has agree to what we want to do.
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i think theresa villiers made a very valid point in your previous interview. is it possible for a new leader to get a better deal around the backstop, and to remove what is one of the central blockages in parliament? can that be done? there are a number of complications in this. we have to have someone to talk to. they will not be a commission in place for some months following the european elections. that puts a lot of pressure on that timetable as we get to october. who would you want to work with, who would you be prepared to serve with? i‘m prepared to serve with anyone. that doesn‘t sound very principled. because we are a party that is a broad church. the conservative party remains an internal coalition, and we have avoided external coalitions. the public will expect us not to be a single issue party either. they expect us to deal with the things that matter to them, housing, education for children and care of the elderly.
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these are all issues we need to think alongside the importance of brexit. for me, brexit is a key issue. i campaigned to leave, i always wanted to leave the european union. but in a leadership election, it goes beyond the single issue. how would you feel about a general election, if that might be a way of shaking up the parliamentary arithmetic, that might get a deal over the line, which you can‘t do the numbers at the moment? that depends. it‘s still possible, i think there is a consensus on parliament to leave with a deal. if we can‘t leave with a deal, it is only one of three options. it has always been the case that there are only three things that could happen. we leave the european union with a deal, we leave the european union without a deal, or we don‘t leave the european union. now, the third of those is so completely unacceptable that i think it would tear the political system apart, which leaves you with leave with a deal or without a deal.
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but what we must do is leave. the international trade secretary liam fox. let‘s get more now on reports that there have been serious expressions of interest for british steel. the company was placed into compulsory liquidation on wednesday, directly threatening 5000 jobs and another 20000 in the supply chain. our business correspondent, katy austin is here. the receiver took control of british steel after talks failed to secure lifeline funding. that does put 5000 jobs directly at risk, 3000 of those are at the steelworks in scunthorpe. there are also more jobs at risk in places including teesside. also, 20,000 otherjobs potentially affected in the supply chain. so british steel does continue to trade for now. meanwhile, there are urgent effo rts for now. meanwhile, there are urgent efforts to find a buyer for the business to prevent it collapsing completely. we understand there are serious interest in buying the business, and that comes from both
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domestic waters and from foreign quarters as well. firms potentially here and internationally might be interested. the sunday telegraph today has been reporting that actually ministers here in the uk are only prepared for the government to support british steel for two more weeks, unless the interest that has been reported turns into something more concrete, somebody does actually buy the business. however, sources close to the government have said to us they don‘t recognise the timetable. on to mark a week‘s time does not necessarily have to be the end. obviously the jobs you mention, people are going to be very worried this weekend whether they are going to have a job to turn up to and to mark a week‘s time does not necessarily have to be the end. obviously the jobs you mention, people are going to be very worried this weekend whether they are going to have a job to turn up to any is a huge number of jobs affected, basically. places like scunthorpe really rely on that industry to feed
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their economy. if you go to scunthorpe their economy. if you go to scu nthorpe and ask their economy. if you go to scunthorpe and ask people there, everybody knows people that work there. the town depends on it, the local area depends on it. it has been a pillar of british industry for decades in various shapes and forms. it‘s fair to say nobody wants british steel to go under. but its future absolutely depends on a buyer being prepared to come and step in. it's being prepared to come and step in. it‘s not a cheap business to run. a buyer with pretty deep pockets coming in and saving it is the only way, really, to secure its future. u nless way, really, to secure its future. unless the government back to nationalise it, which it has not said so far it is prepared to do. the headlines on bbc news... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for the conservative party leadership. andrea leadsom and dominic raab have also joined in the race hoping to be prime minister by the end ofjuly. a 17—year—old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with the murder ofjodie chesney, in a london park in march. the teenager has also been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, a stun gun.
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sport and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here‘s holly hamilton. good afternoon. we‘re only a matter of hours into the french open and we‘ve already had a shock exit. wimbledon champion angelique kerber has gone out in the first round. the fifth seed was beaten in straight sets by world number 81 anastasia potapova. the three—time grand slam champion had been struggling with injury in the lead up to roland garros but afterwards said the pain from an ankle injury was "not my excuse". no such problems for garbine muguruza though — the spaniard, who won the french open title back in 2016, beat usa‘s taylor townsend two sets to one in her opening match. we‘ll keep you across all today‘s play including roger federer‘s opening match and there‘s details on the bbc sport website as well. crucial day in football with playoffs in scotland and england where charlton face sunderland at wembley in a few hours time with the chance to secure a place in the championship. both sunderland managerjack ross
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and charlton boss lee bowyer know there‘s a weight of expectation on their shoulders but have been trying not to transmit that to their players. quite calm and focused, i don‘t know whether it is because we have been at wembley already this season. even this week, i‘ve not sensed anything different about them. they are in a good place, but not any extra excitement, just really focused on trying to win the game this weekend. it's probably going to be one of the best times in my career, for sure. i walked out and played for england and this will definitely be up there, just out here as a kid, literally playing on the astroturf pitch there, and then forking out at a unique set of players, that are going to give me everything, with a sell—out crowd of probably 30 38,000, whatever we've got, it's
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going to be a real moment. neil lennon says celtic‘s priority will always be winning the scottish premiership but says he can‘t rule out the prospect of winnng another treble next season. he was offered the role of permanent manager after winning the scottish cup yesterday — their ninth domestic trophy in a row. he says it‘s an honour to return to celtic park. it is a privilege to manage celtic, it is a huge club with great history. it‘s been important in my life were 19 or 20 years now. to be back at the helm is a wonderfulfeeling, and one that i accept with great humility and understanding. and ambition. you know, obviously i am ambitious, and i want more success as possible for the club. legendary celtic striker harry hood has died at the age of 7a. the club has paid tribute, describing him as a celtic great. he made 310 appearances for the hoops between 1969 and ‘76, scoring 123 goals. he‘ll be remembered for scoring a hat—trick in an old firm game against rangers in 1973.
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coventry city say they have a groundshare venue and agreement in place for next season in case they are forced out of the ricoh arena. coventry owners sisu and rugby union club wasps — who own the stadium — are in talks over city staying at the ground, which is coventry‘s preferred option. but an ongoing legal case is causing problems with those negotiations, meaning the club‘s use of the stadium next season remains unclear. england‘s bronte law remains in the running for her first career lpga title at the pure silk championship in virginia. she shares the lead with japan‘s nasa hataoka heading into sunday‘s final round. at one point it looked like she‘d be returning to the clubhouse a shot behind but managed to birdie the 18th — her sixth in a round that also included two bogeys. that‘s all the sport for now. the monaco grand prix gets underway in just under an hour‘s time — head to the bbc sport website for all the build
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up to today‘s race — where lewis hamilton‘s in pole. that‘s bbc.co.uk/sport. that‘s all from the bbc sports centre. bye from me. the sunday times says it has found evidence that the snapchat app has become what it calls a "haven" for sexual predators who target young people. the newspaper has uncovered thousands of reported cases involving the photo—messaging app since 2014. john mcmanus reports. snapchat has helped to revolutionise mobile communication. it is a simple idea — photos and videos sent between users are deleted once they have been viewed, very quickly. that tends to induce a carefree attitude, which means if you feel like sending your mate an embarrassing picture of them or you, well, the image will quickly disappear once it has been seen. that makes the app popular with teenagers. but the sunday times says there is a dark side to the craze for sending what are known as "snaps".
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it says data it obtained under freedom of information requests shows that police officers are handling about three child sexual exploitation cases every day, in which snapchat has played some kind of role, although it doesn‘t specify exactly what. users of the app can message each other, which means potential abusers can chat to and groom victims. and the automatic deletion of images makes it difficult to trace evidence of wrongdoing. the nspcc says is also easy for abusers to screenshot an image and save it to other platforms. there are 14.5 million snapchat users in the uk, and those who want to join must be aged at least 13. the company says... john mcmanus, bbc news. fire safety experts have told bbc radio 5live that the new round of testing
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of building materials following the fire at grenfell tower, is almost certain to see some majorfailures. and that could have a massive impact on hundreds of buildings including tower blocks, schools, hospitals and care homes. adrian goldberg, from 5 live investigates, has been giving me more details. grenfell, a tragedy which took 72 lives was clad with something called acm. this was cladding which, at the time, was legal, but which expert evidence at the grenfell enquiry suggested contributed to the spread of the fire around grenfell tower. the government has identified that there are still hundreds of buildings that are clad with acm around the country but they have made £600 million available in total for local councils and private landlords to remove that acm cladding in the fullness of time. what other forms are causing concerns, because it could be that other things will pop up as part of these inspections?
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that‘s right. because the acm cladding for grenfell was considered to be acceptable at the time, the government decided to commission an investigation into otherforms of cladding and building materials to see if they now posed a safety threat and a private company commissioned by the government has identified as many as 1700 buildings around the country which need further testing because they may represent a fire risk. one of the kinds of cladding, called apl, is common, not to all of those buildings, but too many of them. i‘ve spoken to one expert today who says that in the worst kind of circumstances, this kind of cladding could potentially be more dangerous than the cladding on grenfell tower. what is the government saying? the government has provided £600 million to remove the kind of cladding that was used at grenfell. they are waiting for the tests on the 1700 buildings to come through later this summer. and they say they are working with private landlords and with local councils to remove all kinds of dangerous cladding.
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a woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. amanda eller was rescued by helicopterfrom a deep ravine — she‘d been hiking in the area when she became lost and then injured. ramzan karmali reports. the last 17 days of my life had been the toughest of my life. hiker amanda eller knows how lucky she is to be alive. she spent over two weeks lost in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. the yoga instructor thought she was walking back to her car but was walking further and further into the wilderness. it came down to life and death, and i had to choose, and i chose life. i wasn‘t going to take the easy way out, even though that meant more suffering for myself. amanda was rescued from a deep ravine. she waved down a rescue helicopter funded by donations. one of her friends was
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on that rescue helicopter. out of the woodwork she comes out, arms swinging. i was like, there she is! i know her very well so i said, that is amanda eller! i thought, how is she dressed, she is not wearing shoes, we have to land this thing! chris was like, "don'tjump out of the helicopter!" in order to survive she foraged on berries, but she was injured with a fractured leg and severe burns from the sun. doctors say she should make a full recovery. she is most grateful for those who didn‘t give up on her. i have the most gratitude and respect and appreciation, i can‘t even put it into words, for the people who helped me, who have prayed for me. her mother, julia, has called the rescue a miracle. now there‘s a call from scientists — have you seen any spittlebugs? would you even know what they look like? the insects get their name from the frothy spittle they leave on plants in springtime. volunteers are being asked to report sightings of them,
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because it‘s thought they could spread a deadly tree disease called xylella. it‘s feared the disease could soon arrive in the uk and scientists want to be prepared, as helen briggs has been finding out. spittlebugs are easy to spot if you know what you‘re looking for. oh, here we go, here‘s one. hidden in bubbles of froth on the stems of plants. where my pencil is pointing — there we are. we might be able to persuade the little juvenile spittlebug to come out. and there it is. if xylella arrived in the uk, spittlebugs could spread the disease by feeding on the sap of infected plants. now, scientists want help recording sightings of spittle and fully grown spittlebugs, which are champion jumpers, able to leap more than 100 times their own body length. so we need to learn as much as we possibly can about what kinds of plants they feed on, what habitats occupy, and where they are in the country, so that ultimately if the worst possible happens and the disease does arrive in britain,
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we‘ll be able to make some really good predictions about how it‘s likely to spread, and how quickly. xylella arrived in europe six years ago, devastating olive groves in italy and spreading to other countries in the eu. it's important to remember that xylella isn't yet in the uk, but if it did arrive, there's a huge amount of plants that could affect. and it's notjust in our gardens, with the rosemary, lavender, but the wider environment, as well, things we particular care about, so tree species like oak trees, sycamore trees, things that are really key in our landscape. we want to protect those, as well as within our gardens. scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers up and down the country to help map spittle and spittlebugs in gardens, meadows and woodlands. is it that weather over the bank
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holiday weekend to go looking for them? nick miller might be able to tell us. i look around the studio, i suspect they are the least of my worries. we will be dodging some downpours as the rest of the weekend goes on. some have had some rain, some of us would like a lot of rain on the gardens. the further south you are, not a lot of rain, but the further south you are, the weakening areas moving south. some sunshine to come this afternoon once any shower is clear. really quite wet and cool in northern scotland. some of the rain here overnight will sink a little further south, back in two parts of northern ireland. quite breezy out there. feeling fresher, as it will be tonight, compared to last night. and then the all—important bank holiday. this area for cloud through scotland, parts northern england and northern ireland, it will turn more showery after outbreaks of rain. showers developing elsewhere, catch a show and it could be on the heavy side. not too many toward southern england and east anglia. if you are filtering south—east was during the
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