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hello this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the conservative party leadership. i will be putting my name forward to the headlines at 2... be prime minister of this country. i believe that i am ready to unite the conservative and unionist party. ready to deliver brexit and ready to lead this great country. borisjohnson and michael gove — who campaigned for brexit together, andrea leadsom and dominic but fell out three years ago raab have also joined in the race hoping to be when both wanted to become prime minister — will again contest the conservative party leadership. i will be putting my name forward to prime minister by the end ofjuly. be prime minister of this country. i believe i am ready to unite the polling in the eu elections ends at 10 pm tonight. party, deliver brexit and lead this 21 member states are voting today. great country. a man and a woman are charged with murder after two children died andrea leadsom and dominic raab following an "incident" at a house are the latest to enter the race to succeed theresa may and become in sheffield on friday. a hiker has been found alive more prime minister by the end ofjuly. than two weeks after she went i will be standing for the missing in a forest on the hawaiian island of maui. leadership of my priority to be the amanda eller was rescued by helicopter from a deep ravine. she says she faced difficult choices next prime minister. "between life and death". i do believe that i am the decisive that i am the decisive
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and compassionate leader who can now on the bbc news channel, we look back at the week in parliament. reunite our great country polling in the eu elections ends at 10 pm tonight. 21 member states are voting today. found alive after being missing for two weeks in a hawaiian forest — the hiker who says she faced difficult choices. it did come down to life and death. i had to choose. i chose life. i wasn't going to take the easy way out. and the week in parliament looks at theresa may's announcement of her resignation. that's in half an hour here on bbc news. 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 —
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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 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. good morning. i can confirm that i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. i believe i am ready to unite the conservative and unionist party. i'm 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 of boris‘ formidable
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talents, he was not the right person for that task. borisjohnson‘s leadership campaign torpedoed in 2016. now, three years later, both men 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 a northern irish backstop, making it clear he would leave without a deal if he couldn't. we weren't resolute enough when we took no deal off the table. i don't want the wto brexit but i think unless you're willing to keep hard 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 are not willing to say that, i think we put ourselves in a weaker position in terms of getting a deal. if you're not willing to work away
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from the 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 negotiation you have to be prepared to leave without a deal. 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 of the commons means that i have had a very good insight into what needs to be done. another would be a 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, businesses and the country don't want. that date is fixed. of course we have to say we need to make sure we're ready to leave on that date. now, if the eu wants to come back to us, the door is open if they want to a better deal. that's fine, we've always wanted a free trade arrangement. the difficulties for those advocating a no deal brexit is that parliament has consistently voted against it. the chancellor, who is staying out of the leadership contest, saying today that forcing a new deal could lead to a very short
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lived premiership. parliament has voted very clearly to oppose a no deal exit. parliament has no locus in it. this is a parliamentary democracy. the prime minister, who ignores parliament cannot expect to survive very long. while those seeking to replace herfight it out, theresa may was at church near chequers this morning. the weight of office lifted from her shoulders, and the responsibility for resolving brexit soon to lie with her successor. with me is the former enviroment minister george eustice who is backing michael gove to be the next conservative leader. you worked with him until you resigned from defra, in part because of your frustration with what was happening with brexit, why your confidence in him? he did not seem to have confidence in himself three yea rs to have confidence in himself three years ago. i have confidence in him because i worked with him for two yea rs. because i worked with him for two years. this time round as our
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leader, we need someone who notjust says they will respect the results, but someone who believes in it. we will only deliver brexit if we unite oui’ will only deliver brexit if we unite our party and try to put our country back together and unite people behind an approach. i think michael gove is the man to do that. he has command of detail, i have seen him inject energy and passion into an agenda when i worked with him. i think he can do that now for the country. i think he is ready to lead. how does he navigate around borisjohnson? lead. how does he navigate around boris johnson? he was lead. how does he navigate around borisjohnson? he was scathing three yea rs borisjohnson? he was scathing three years ago. presumably nothing has changed. he is not going to be able to avoid the boris question, can he? he said nice things about boris last week. i like boris but we have to make a decision of who is the right person to be our leader. i think michael is the right person. to unite our party, sure a command of
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detail to lead us out of the european union. what happened three yea rs european union. what happened three years ago, we have to draw a line under and bring our country back together means forgetting those things. it is easier said than done, isn't it? that is part of the problem is the party faces, what happens three years ago is still affecting peoples attitudes and creating divisions in the party, and until brexit is delivered, it is ha rd to until brexit is delivered, it is hard to see you moving forward. until brexit is delivered, it is hard to see you moving forwardlj happen hard to see you moving forward.” happen to think the divisions now are because people have had a sense of drift over the last two years. both sides have been disillusioned we have not been able to deliver this any coherent way. we need someone this any coherent way. we need someone who has the ability to grab this sorry situation by the scruff of the neck and get it done. the issue has been whether we should proceed with an ordeal brexit. you said when you resigned back in march
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that you review you had to be prepared to leave without an agreement, get out of the eu, and if the withdrawal agreement couldn't be passed, that was tough and you have to move on. dominic raab was suggesting he would look for further negotiation, while willing to walk away. what is your view? what do you think would be michael gove's view? my think would be michael gove's view? my view is you have to be willing to work away, otherwise you will never be taken credibly around the negotiating table. you have to be willing to walk the walk. and i've a lwa ys willing to walk the walk. and i've always dotted up you have to be able to walk away but i am someone who has been very open to gaining a consensus. i have argued personally that we should rejoin the free trade association, in army style brexit. we will only get brexit done if we can carry parliament with us. ——
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norway style. dominic raab was seeing this morning a prime minister wa nt seeing this morning a prime minister want be able to stay prime minister in the current parliament if they wa nted in the current parliament if they wanted no deal because parliament won't vote for it. it is the default option because we have passed the legislation to leave. it is not helpful to have these arbitrate dates. the dates have been an enemy of us. the 31st of october is not an arbitrary date, it is the date we are out. i think we have had a ticking clock against us that hasn't been conducive to the right approach to the negotiations. we have to get it done expeditiously and have someone it done expeditiously and have someone who is confident to unite the party and get it delivered. let me ask you finally then looking ahead, how important is this election for the conservative party to get it right. theresa may was
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anointed without much contest because the other candidates fell away. how important is it you don't make mistakes? it is crucialfor away. how important is it you don't make mistakes? it is crucial for our country, the credibility of our democracy and for the conservative party. unless we get this right, we will end up with a general election having not deliver brexit. i think the brexit party will cause damage, leaving us in tatters and leading to the election of jeremy leaving us in tatters and leading to the election ofjeremy corbyn as prime minister. i think that would be very bad for our country.” prime minister. i think that would be very bad for our country. i am sure you could wishjeremy corbyn a happy 70th birthday.” sure you could wishjeremy corbyn a happy 70th birthday. i can always wish a happy birthday.
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voters in more than twenty eu countries will go to the polls today to select new meps. a number of countries — including the uk — have already voted, but the results can't be revealed until the polls have closed across the eu. here's our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas. the uk was in the first wave of countries to vote in these eu elections, and the uk results, out this evening, will be watched for how far the handling of brexit may have impacted the share of votes won by the conservatives and labour, and how people are divided between pro and anti—brexit parties. across europe, half a dozen more nations — this is latvia — have already voted. today, ballots are being cast in 21 more eu member states. in some countries it is migration that is the top concern. elsewhere, the numbers of young people unemployed. here in northern france it is a contest between president macron‘s pro—eu movement, and the anti—eu nationalists of the former national front, that's being watched. translation: i am going to vote, it is my duty as a citizen,
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but i don't know yet who for. translation: this vote will be an important pointer of the future elections. it will give an idea who might come out on top. the official eu results will be released when polls close this evening. and damian spoke to us a little earlier from brussels — and explained the key things to look out for as the results come in tonight. voting in belgium is compulsory. what is being watched out for? the overall composition of the european parliament. the expectation is the big centre parties, the conservative centre right, the socialist centre left, will be losing the share of the vote. what will happen then to the vote. what will happen then to the liberals, the greens? the may well do quite well. the fire left,
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the far right. that will determine the far right. that will determine the balance of the parliament, but crucially also the horse trading in the next few days for the top eu jobs and the overall balance between pro—and anti—eu forces. that could have a profound affect on the future of the eu. you can follow all of the results of the 2019 european elections with huw edwards and the team from ten o'clock this evening on bbc one and the bbc news channel, and you can find the latest results on the bbc news website. a man and a woman have been charged with murder after two children died in an incident at a house in sheffield on friday. earlier, our correspondent phil bodmer updated us on the story. police and paramedics were called to a semi—detached property six miles north of the city centre on friday morning at around 7.30. neighbours reported seeing numerous police and ambulance activity on the street. six children were taken to hospital. police later said two teenage boys,
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aged 13 and 1a, had died. now, 37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman were arrested on of murder on friday. yesterday afternoon, police announced that the four children, including a seven—month—old baby, had been discharged from hospital. but today, south yorkshire police have announced that the two people arrested on friday have now been charged with two counts of murder each. and the women faces three counts of attempted murder. they will appear before sheffield cosmic magistrates‘ court morning. postmortem examinations were due to be carried out on friday, but so far no results have been made public. a 17—year—old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with the murder ofjodie chesney. jodie, who was 17, was stabbed to death in a park in east london in march. investigators say the fourth person to be arrested has been charged with murder and with possession of a stun gun. government sources say there've been
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expressions of interest in buying british steel, which was placed in compulsory liquidation earlier this week. our business correspondent, katy austin is here. you have been looking into the story. what is the likelihood that a buyer can be found ? story. what is the likelihood that a buyer can be found? who can say at the moment? the official tick hold of british steel after lifeline funding failed. the insolvency of the company means a 5000 jobs are put at risk, 3000 of those at scunthorpe. 0ther put at risk, 3000 of those at scunthorpe. other jobs put at risk, 3000 of those at scunthorpe. 0therjobs are at risk in teesside and 20,000 others, potentially, in the supply chain. there is a lot at stake. british steel is trading while efforts go on behind the scenes to try and find a buyer. there has been some serious interest, domestically and from foreign quarters, uk firms and international firms foreign quarters, uk firms and internationalfirms might foreign quarters, uk firms and international firms might be interested in buying it. the sunday
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telegraph today did report that ministers are only prepared for the government to continue supporting british steel for two more weeks and after that the plug would be pulled. government sources have confirmed to us we government sources have confirmed to us we do not recognise that timetable. they say that two weeks' timetable. they say that two weeks' time does not have to be the end. meanwhile, a lot of people are nervously watching and waiting to see if somebody comes forward. we have talked about it when the story was developing during the week that steele is in long—term decline, in terms of terms of the uk share of the market. competition from china. i heard that all steel produced in china in british lifetime. in right, the uk steel industry faces huge challenges and has done for years. it is only back in 2016 that's right, the uk steel industry faces huge challenges and has done for
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yea rs. huge challenges and has done for years. it is only back in british steel nearly went under then. it took a private equity firm coming in and buying it for buyer to have to keep it going. you could argue the industry is struggling anyway. it will definitely require for a buyer to have very a pillar of the industry for to keep this business going. it is not the only steel producer in the uk, but it is significant. it has been a pillar of the industry see it go under. the only other option would be the government nationalising it. they have not said that is on the cards at the moment. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news... borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — take on each other for
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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 man anti—women have been charged with murder after two children died after an incident at a house in sheffield. donald trump, who's visiting japan, has dismissed concerns about recent missile tests by north korea. in a tweet he refered to the missiles as "small weapons". a lavish welcome was laid on for the president by japan's prime minister, shinzo abe — including attendance for the final of a sumo wrestling tournament. 0ur 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
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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 special treatment, letting him sit on a chair i think it's too much. president trump is getting a lot of firsts during this trip. first to meet the new japanese emperor, 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
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that mr trump is not quite as committed to his asian ally as some of his predecessors, and he could launch a trade war againstjapan, like he has in china. a tweet from mr trump today demonstrated exactly why japan is nervous. in it he describes 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 bother japan, which is well within range. japan is deeply sceptical of mr trump's friendship with the north korean dictator. but the us president still appears to believe it can lead to a historic peace deal. fire safety experts have told bbc radio 5live that the new round of testing 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 more details to my colleague martine croxall.
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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 crop up as part of these inspections? 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
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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. 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 ramzan karmali reports.
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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 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
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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. taking a child swimming is something most parents and carers do without a second thought. but for children who have disabilities or are seriously ill, it can be much more challenging. but now a scheme in aberdeen has found a way to help children enjoy the water whilst keeping vital equipment dry, and there's a bonus — the children can swim with mermaids — or mermen — as nasim asl reports. alanna has a rare lung disease. she is two.
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and today she is off to swim with a mermaid. she needs a constant supply of oxygen, fed is by a tube in her bowel, and is hyper mobile. she gets so excited when i mention the swimming pool. she loves coming to the splash, splash, as she would call it. it's amazing to see, considering a couple of years ago we never thought she would ever get in the water. but with her hypermobility it's amazing to get into the water, because it's exercise for her legs. this is the only chance alanna gets to be safely in the pool. the sessions are free. zara grant trained as a swimming instructor just for this. it was like part of the children's bucket list to swim with the mermaids. so that's one of the reasons i kind of started, just to create magical memories that parents could have forever. it allows the children to come in and have these memories, have a day out at the pool with their family and so they have that normality whilst going through their treatment. the mermaid swim started with eilidh patterson. she had neuroblastoma
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and died in 2017. she was five. it's obviously upsetting for eilidh's family because eilidh has passed. they have this memory now that they can keep forever and she got to fulfil some of her bucket list. the bond between zara and alanna is amazing. and what zara does for us as well, she goes above and beyond to make sure everything is safe for alanna to be in the pool. you love zara, don't you? yeah. where's alanna ? where's alanna's cheeky smile? mum lauren looks after alanna full—time. but caring for her daughter isn't always straightforward. i don't even think about half of the things we do now. but when you think back of a year ago, or two years ago, we struggled. we did struggle. we don't know what her future is going to hold. if she is going to still be on oxygen for the rest of her life,
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or if she is going to be tube fed for the rest of her life. or if she is going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. we don't know. we have kind of learntjust to take each day as it comes. each trip to the pool brings benefits. it helps alanna's movement and her confidence. zara hopes to keep giving these special experiences to families that need them. and she has certainly made a splash with alanna. you can see more stories like that on bbc scotland every weekday evening at nine o'clock or on the bbc iplayer. a bit of rain out there today. it has been pushing its way southwards. if you want rain for the garden in southern england, some sprinkles around but not much. you might have
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had enough of the rain in northern scotland. summer temperatures have not reached into double figures today. in the south—east of england, 22 celsius has been the top figure. the rain in northern scotland pushes southwards into scotland. 0utbreaks of rain in northern ireland. if fresh at night to come. that takes us on fresh at night to come. that takes us on to the bank holiday. thick cloud, outbreaks of rain, turning showery during the day. it could be on the heavy side. for the bulk of england and wales, sunny spells around showers. it will feel cooler. showers are pushing south—east on the north—westerly breeze. southern england stays in the drive. some showers around. it looks like it is warming up quite a lot. we will keep 00:28:53,008 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 an eye on that.
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