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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. michael gove becomes the eighth tory mp to enter the race for party leadership. you take on boris johnson again three years after they fell out during the last conservative leadership contest. fell out during the last conservative leadership contesti will put my name forward to be prime minister of this country. i believe lam minister of this country. i believe i am ready to unite the party, willing to deliver brexit and lead this great country. final voting in the eu elections in underway in 21 member states — results will be released after polls close at 10 pm tonight. a former inspector at the care quality commission says he raised concerns nearly four years ago about a care home at the centre of abuse allegations. a man and a woman are charged with murder after two children died following an "incident" at a house
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in sheffield on friday. a ringside seat at the wrestling for president trump, on an official visit to japan. and in sport, britain's lewis hamilton has won the monaco grand prix, dedicating his victory to the late niki lauda. and coming up... talking movies heads to cannes for the world's most prestigious film festival. good evening. the environment secretary, michael gove, hasjoined the race to become the next conservative leader and prime minister. it means he'll be challenging borisjohnson. the two men fell out after helping lead the campaign to leave the european union in 2016.
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today, the former brexit secretary, dominic raab, who's also in the running to replace theresa may, insisted the uk must leave the eu in october, with or without a deal, and andrea leadsom, who resigned from cabinet last week, has also confirmed she's standing. eight mps have now confirmed they will stand, with the party hoping to have a new prime minister in place by the end ofjuly. our chief political correspondent, vicki young reports from westminster. stepping forward for another crack at the top job. today, michael govejoined a growing list of hopefuls. 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 that i'm ready to unite the conservative and unionist party, ready to deliver brexit and ready to lead this great country. that means mr gove will clash again with borisjohnson,
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the man he sat alongside as they campaigned for brexit, but who he fell out with in spectacular style when the tory party were looking for a new leader three years ago. for all boris's formidable talents, he was not the right person for that task. that dramatic intervention torpedoed mrjohnson‘s campaign. these days, there are plenty of new pro—brexit faces making their pitch to be prime minister. dominic raab insists he won't delay the uk's eu departure again, promising to leave with or without a deal on october 31st. i will not ask for an extension. of course, if parliament legislates, then we will be in a difficult position. but as the institute for government set out today, it's a very difficult for parliament now to legislate against no—deal, or in favour of a further extension, unless the executive, unless a resolute prime minister is willing to acquiesce on that. and i would not. other candidates agree that no—deal must be an option. 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.
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my role as leader of the commons means i have had a very good insight into what needs to be done. esther mcvey goes even further, ruling out any renegotiation with brussels. we won't be asking for any more extensions. that's part of the corrosive uncertainty that individuals, business and the country don't want. so 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. now, if the eu wanted 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. mps, though, have voted overwhelmingly against a no—deal brexit more than once — something would—be leaders should bear in mind, says the chancellor. a prime minister who ignores parliament cannot expect to survive very long. and he refused to rule out voting down a conservative prime minister who pursued a policy of no—deal. would you vote against your own government on the confidence motion in those circumstances? in 22 years in parliament,
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i have never voted against the conservative whip, unlike many of my colleagues. and i don't want to have to start now contemplating such a course of action. it's just two days since theresa may announced her resignation date. today, she was at church while candidates vied for herjob. all needing a brexit solution that she failed to find. well, a little earlier i spoke to our chief political correspondent, vicki young, who's at westminster and began by asking her, if more conservatives were likely to join the tory leadership race. that's right, i think we are at eight at the last count and people are expecting maybe 16, but under the process which will unfold in the next few weeks, conservative mps have to whittle that number down to two and then that goes to the conservative party members in a ballot, so in the end they get a choice of two, but of course it means that conservative candidates are trying to appeal to their
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grassroots members rather than broader conservative voters are the country as a whole, and inevitably that means we are going to get into a bit ofa that means we are going to get into a bit of a fight about who is the brexitest of them all. many candidates are saying they would renegotiate the deal even though there isn't time to do that and the eu have said no to that, or they would contemplate leaving at the end of october without a deal at all. there are some including philip hammond jose that is completely unrealistic, that although you are trying to appeal to the tory grassroots, ultimately parliament does. they have voted against it before and there is no reason to think they would change their minds and absolutely intriguing to hear the chancellor philip hammond, who we know was on the remain side of the argument, was backing theresa may's deal but has big reservations about no audio. he thinks it would cause tremendous harm to the british economy. not ruling out that he
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would contemplate voting against a conservative prime minister hell—bent on taking the country to a no—deal brexit. hell—bent on taking the country to a no-deal brexit. does that mean you think over the coming weeks we won't hear a great deal about wider conservative thinking in this election? it is inevitable given that brexit hasn't happened and theresa may has spent three years trying to resolve it, it is going to be very difficult with that deadline looming at the end of october. very difficult to move onto other issues, even though some have tried. we heard from hunt the foreign secretary talking about slashing corporation tax to match that of ireland. dominic rab talking about raising the threshold where you pay national insurance to help those on lower incomes but it will be difficult to get beyond that brexit debate, not least because conservative party members feel very strongly about it. a lot of people are saying these candidates need to be honest with the electorate about what it is they can do, and the fact that actually a tory prime minister
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coming in at the end ofjuly and suggesting they would renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, the timing looks incredibly tight given that the european commission goes off the whole of august. they are having a big change and it seems very unlikely even if there was a well in brussels that it could be done by the end of october. voters in 21 european union countries are voting today to select new meps. seven countries — including the uk — have already voted, but the results will only be revealed once 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.
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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, 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 our europe correspondent damian grammaticas sent us this update from brussels. the first thing to look out for is what will happen to this chamber. this is the european parliament election centre but it is also where
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the new 750 meps will come and sit. how well that balance fall? that is the really critical thing, between those big centre parties who have a lwa ys those big centre parties who have always dominated, the conservative centre—right and socialist ce ntre—left. centre—right and socialist centre—left. they have had the huge bulk of seats up until now. will they drop? will be other parties, they drop? will be other parties, the greens and the liberals surge? will they see a rise? we know those parties are feeling good this evening on the back of what they are hearing from countries like germany and ireland and the netherlands. they think they are in for a good night and also crucially what all the ballots mean with the anti—sceptic forces, those far right forces in italy and france and of course for the uk who will be here for possibly only a few weeks. what will be the balance between anti—eu sceptics and the pro—eu centre? will the nte group have enough seats to
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try to complicate matters or will it be riven with divisions as it always has been? quite a lot at stake which will help shape the tone of the body and the policies that will push. and you can follow the results of the european elections with huw edwards and the team, from 10 o'clock tonight on bbc one and the bbc news channel, and all the results will on our website too. a former inspector at the care quality commission says a report into whorlton hall hospital, carried out nearly four years before bbc panorama revealed alleged abuse of patients with learning disabilities and autism, raised concerns about the unit, but was not published. ten care workers have been arrested in a police investigation. our social affairs correspondent alison holt reports. whorlton hall hospital in county durham now stands empty following the allegations in the panorama programme that some staff were bullying and intimidating patients with learning disabilities or autism.
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the current owners, who took over injanuary, have moved all patients elsewhere. the undercover reporter found a disturbing culture in this privately—run, nhs—funded hospital. when i looked at the notification, it raised a number of concerns... in 2015, barry stanley—wilkinson raised an inspection of the hospitalfor the regulator, the care quality commission. he says it raised concerns about the culture then. in nearly a decade of working for the cqc, he wrote scores of inspection reports. he says this was the only one which wasn't published. what was evident was a very poor culture, and that was firmly written within that august 2015 report, and i strongly believe that anybody that can understand organisational culture reading that report would agree that there
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was definitely warning bells there. what was your reaction when you saw the panorama? i was extremely upset. because... this should have been listened to back in 2015. in a statement, the cqc says... they continue... the regulator says a new comprehensive inspection carried out later rated whorlton hall as good overall. the cqc says it's commissioning a review into what they need to learn from what's happened. alison holt, bbc news.
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a man and a woman have been charged with murder after two children died in an incident at a house in the shiregreen area of sheffield on friday. our correspondent phil bodmer is in sheffield. well, police and paramedics were called to a semidetached property some six miles from the city centre of sheffield on friday morning at around 7.30am. neighbours reported seeing intense police activity on the street. six children were taken to hospital, but police later said two teenage boys — aged 13 and 1a — had died. now, a 37—year—old man and a 34—year—old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder. as investigations continue into the circumstances of what happened, people have been continuing to lay flowers and balloons outside the property. now, yesterday afternoon, south yorkshire police said that the four children taken to hospital have subsequently been released. now, today, south yorkshire police said that two people arrested on friday, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have now
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been charged with two counts of murder each. the woman also faces three counts of attempted murder. they will appear before sheffield magistrates' court tomorrow morning. fire safety experts warn many of the 1,700 buildings identified as "at risk" in england are likely to fail new tests into cladding and building materials. it comes almost two years after 72 people died in the grenfell tower fire. bbc 5 live investigates has learnt that hospitals, schools, nursing homes and tower blocks are among buildings which could be under threat. the government said it will monitor the test results this summer to decide if any immediate action needs to be taken. 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
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of a stun gun. the headlines on bbc news. borisjohnson and michael gove — the two figureheads of the official leave campaign — challenge each other for the conservative party leadership. polling in the eu elections ends tonight — 21 member states are voting today. results will be released after polls close at 10 pm. after the bbc reveals evidence of abuse at a care home for people with disabilities, a former inspector says concerns were raised more than three years ago. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's damian. there hamilton held off the challenge of max verstappen to win the grand prix. we came to monaco
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terrified we would have a repeat of last year when daniel ricciardo was going round the track so slowly but went on to win the race. it was similar but actually a lot of jeopardy. max verstappen in the red bill really made a great fight of it with lewis hamilton. unfortunately after a pit stop and an unsafe release, he got a five second penalty and from that point on being trapped behind hamilton it was impossible for max verstappen to get past. he tried and tried again but hamilton did enough to stay out in front and congratulations to him. he said at times he felt very lonely in that race but converted it to a win, jumped into the swimming pool to celebrate and dedicated it to niki lauda. that was definitely the hardest race i think i have had but this, i really was fighting with the spirit of niki he has been such an
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influential person in our team and i know he will be looking out and i know he will be looking out and i know he will take his hat off today. hamilton now holds a 17—point lead over his team—mate valtteri bottas in the championship. sebastian vettel is up to third, ahead of max verstappen in fourth. st mirren maintained their scottish premiership status after beating championship side dundee united in their play off final. the second leg went to penalties after ending one all. dundee united missed all theirs allowing st mirren to stay in the top flight. charlton will be in the championship next season after late drama in the play—off final at wembley. sunderland took the lead after a huge mix—up but lee bowyer‘s side equalised and then won the game with only six seconds of injury time remaining. a 2—1win. roger federer made a winning return to the french open
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with a dominant first—round victory over lorenzo sonego. federer beat the italian in three straight sets in his first match at roland garros in four years. the 20—time grand slam winner will face germany's oscar otte in the second round, who's ranked 1a5th in the world. and the women's draw, svitolina beat venus williams in straight sets. 6-3, 6-3. in venus williams in straight sets. 6—3, 6—3. in athletics,. katarina johnson—thompson has laid down a marker for this year's world athletics championships by setting a world lead and a new personal best in winning the heptathlon at the gotzis hypo—meeting. the competition is considered the biggest combined event outside of the major championships. johnson—thompson extended her overnight lead in the first event of day two, leaping the furthest in the long jump. she then performed strongly in the javelin and 800 metres to finish on 6,813 points.
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super league leaders st helens restored their six—point cushion with a comfortable win over castleford at anfield. saints took quick control with four first—half tries including this one from jonny lomax, man of the match, as they reached double figures in under 20 minutes. they were never really threatened as they won 26—13. wins for leeds and hull kr. some bad news for ireland's rugby union world cup hopes — their back row forward sean o'brien has been ruled out of the tournament. he's set to be sidelined for up to six months recovering from a hip injury. in a statement released by his club leinster earlier today, they said o'brien will have surgery "in the next few weeks". that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website.
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government sources have told bbc news, there have been serious expressions of interest from buyers for british steel, which was placed in compulsory liquidation on wednesday. but reports that the government has set a two week deadline for a sale, have been dismissed. it's understood uk as well as foreign firms, have made enquiries. earlier my colleague shaun ley spoke to our business correspondent, katy austin — who said the only other option apart from somebody buying the company — is for the government to nationalise it. the insolvency of the company means 5,000 jobs are directly put at risk. and 3,000 of those are at scunthorpe, where there's that huge steelworks. otherjobs are also at risk in locations such as teesside and 20,000 others, potentially, in the supply chains. so there is a lot at stake here. british steel is still trading though while urgent effort going on behind the scenes to try and find a buyer. we do understand there has been a serious interest both domestically and from foreign quarters. so perhaps uk firms and some
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international firms might be interested in buying it. the sunday 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 that they do not recognise that timetable. they're saying that two weeks' time doesn't have to be the end at all. meanwhile, there are a lot of people nervously watching and waiting to see if somebody does comes forward. the difficulty is, as we talked about in the course of the week when this story was developing, that steel is in long—term decline, in terms of the uk's share of the market. huge competition from china. i heard simon saying a few days ago that more steel had been produced in china in a year than the whole of britain had produced in its whole lifetime. and the problem of competitiveness is the real difficulty presumably for the industry here. that's right. the uk steel industry faces huge challenges
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and it has done for years. it was only back in 2016 when british steel, which wasn't what it was called then, nearly went under then. it took a private equity firm coming in and buying it for £1 to keep it going. you could argue that the industry is very much struggling anyway. and it will definitely require a buyer to have very deep pockets to keep this business going. british steel is not the only steel producer in the uk, but it is significant. it has been a pillar of the country's industry for decades. but as you say, it is much, much reduced in its size and in the number of people it employs. that doesn't mean it's not important, though. if nothing else, it's symbolically important. nobody wants to see it go under. the only other option, apart from somebody buying the business, would be the government nationalising it. it certainly hasn't said that's on the cards at the moment. on a visit tojapan, donald trump has dismissed concerns over recent missile tests by north
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korea. in a tweet he referred to them as "small weapons". meanwhile as part of the lavish welcome laid on for the us president, he attended the final of a sumo wrestling tournament. here's our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes. it is a little different from the sort of wrestling mr trump is used to seeing back in the united states. sumo is japan's national sport, and it is steeped in tradition. one is that spectators are supposed to sit on cushions on the floor, not on armchairs. but tradition was set aside today, as, for the first time ever, a foreign leader was allowed onto the hallowed earth of the sumo ring and present the champion with a special cup. 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.
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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. it is particularly worried by mr trump's friendship with north korean dictator kim jong—un. earlier this month, north korea testfired a new short—range missile into the sea of japan, flouting un sanctions. today, president trump dismissed the test, tweeting. .. still, tonight, mr trump and his japanese host were all smiles as they were joined for dinner by their wives. tomorrow is really the main event, a very important event in the history ofjapan. that main event is meeting japan's newly—enthroned emperor naruhito. mr trump will be the first world leader to do so, something he appears extremely happy about. rupert wingfield—hayes,
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bbc news, in tokyo. a powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake has hit a remote part of the amazonjungle in peru — the most powerful to hit the country in 12 years. the quake struck in the early hours of sunday morning — collapsing buildings and knocking out power in some areas. tremors were felt hundreds of miles away in the capital lima — where people ran out of their homes in fear. some injuries but no deaths have been reported. a british man has died following a collision between two yachts near cannes. the 29—year—old, who was a crew member on board the minx vessel, is reported to have suffered a heart attack. the incident happened as another yacht, tried to manoeuvre past the minx. police are investigating the incident which happened on the last night of the film festival. 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.
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ramzan karmali reports. the biggest thing is the last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life. hiker amanda eller knows how lucky she is to be alive. she spent over two weeks lost in the forest and the hawaiian island of maui. the yoga instructor thought she was heading back to her car but was instead wandering further and further into the wilderness. it 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. ravine. she waved down a rescue helicopterfunded by donations. one of her friends was on that rescue helicopter. out of the woodwork she comes. i know amanda very well, that is amanda eller! in that split
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second i was like amanda. we have got to land this thing. he is like, don'tjump got to land this thing. he is like, don't jump out! got to land this thing. he is like, don'tjump out! in order to survive she foraged on berries but was also injured with a fractured leg and severe burns from the sun. doctors say she should make a full recovery but amanda says she is most grateful for those who didn't give up on her. i have the most gratitude and respect and appreciation and i can't even put into words for the people who helped me, the people who prayed for me. her mother has called the rescue a miracle. university tuition fees in england could be lowered to £7,500. that's expected to be one of the main recommendations of a review, which will be published later this week. universities say they'll need government funding to compensate for any lost income caused by a drop in fees. the review is also expected to suggest ways in which technical and vocational routes could be made more attractive to students, as our education editor bra nwen jeffreys reports.
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lewis is in his second year at salford uni, studying for a degree after working in construction. he thinks it's worth it, but says others are put off by living costs, as well as tuition fees. i've got a few friends who've got the qualification to come onto a first year of the construction course, but it's the fee that is ultimately stopping them, and how are they going to be able to live? and it is so, so important... students only pay back when earning as graduates, but political concern it feels too expensive is behind this review. universities fear a cut in tuition fee for students won't be replaced by the government. if you want your graduates to go out there, be able to operate the leading technology in the workspace, it's no good giving them training on a computer that's six years old, or a piece of equipment
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that's six years old. you're changing your capital requirements, and the speed of turnover is much quicker now. but this isn't just about degrees. the cost of going to university has been one of the big political debates of recent years. but this review has always been focused on another problem — why is it we spend so much supporting people who study for a degree, and so little on people studying for the technical and vocational qualifications that employers are crying out for? tierney is studying engineering at harlow college, unlike a uni student, she can't get a loan for living costs to continue here — something this review might seek to change, with better support for learning throughout life. extending our loans would be a step in the right direction. i think the right thing is that we have a coherently funded


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