hello. this is bbc news with shaun ley. we'll be joined by viewers on bbc one shortly for the lunchtime news, but first: one of the front—runners in the race to become the next prime minister, michael gove, has admitted taking cocaine on several occasions, 20 years ago. in an interview with the daily mail, mr gove said he deeply regretted his actions and insisted it shouldn't rule him out of the contest to succeed theresa may, which begins next week. our political reporter peter saull explained why mr gove may have decided to talk about his past. his message really in that interview is, judge me on my record in parliament and not what i may or may not have done before that. michael gove is clearly one
of the front runners in this conservative leadership contest which gets under way this week, with the first round of voting taking place on thursday. he may feel that this is about clearing the decks, so to speak. putting it out there, past misdemeanours, and i suppose he will still rely on the support of a lot of his colleagues within the conservative party. he does have quite a lot of support within parliament. the question mark really for him is whether, if he makes it to the final two, the conservative membership at large take a more dim view of his activities in the past, because the clue is in the name. they are conservative members, aren't they? they are indeed, and i suppose the other impact of this is that we now have a range of candidates who in their youth, some in the last ten or 15 years, some further back, have acknowledged that they've used illegal drugs. now, as he wasjustice secretary subsequently, in part of his cabinet career, and that raises questions about the ability of somebody
to legislate in those sorts of areas, presumably, and the credibility of their argument. this is quite a serious issue. we have people like the metropolitan police commissioner cressida dick saying that middle—class drug users should take greater responsibility for the violence that happens down the supply line. this is something looked at in the county lines investigations. and the countries where cocaine comes from. but michael gove is not alone in this. rory stewart, the international development secretary, has admitted, apologised for taking opium at a wedding he was out in iran 15 years ago. jeremy hunt took cannabis in a form when he was backpacking in india. and in the past, borisjohnson has had to answer questions about claims that he took cocaine. he was on have i got news
for you and said, yes, i was given it but it went up my nose and i sneezed, and it may have been icing sugar rather than cocaine i was given. but definitely these past misdemeanours of some of these candidates could become quite a big feature of this conservative leadership contest, given how wide a field it is. the different contenders will want to throw mud at their competitors. pete saull, our political editor there. the head of the international monetary fund has warned that the world's financial system could be significantly disrupted by giant technology firms. christine lagarde said the financial system's payment and settlement arrangements risk being controlled by a handful of tech companies with products based on big data and artificial intelligence. ms lagarde was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting injapan of 620 finance ministers. tech firms, very large ones, that will eventually be disruptive in the financial landscape,
good afternoon. one of the candidates for the leadership of the conservative party, michael gove, says he "deeply regrets" taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. he told the daily mail that he had taken the drug at several social events while working as a journalist. he said it was a mistake but he didn't believe it should disqualify him from becoming prime minister. pete saull reports. michael gove, like ten of his colleagues, has put himself out there. i can confirm that i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. but he is now facing up to his past, admitting taking cocaine more than two decades ago. in his confession to the daily mail today, he says:
one of the other would—be leaders has some sympathy. i think michael set out he made a mistake, it was a long time ago, people willjudge it as it is but i believe in a second chance society more generally, so i am sure it is ultimately for mps and colleagues and members to decide but i do not see it barring him from this race in any way. michael gove is not alone. other candidates have admitted taking drugs themselves. the international development secretary, rory stewart, apologised for smoking opium at a wedding in iran 15 years ago. the jetsetting foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has also learnt his lesson, telling the times he had drunk a cannabis—infused drink while backpacking in india. have you snorted cocaine? and then there is borisjohnson. he has faced questions in the past about claims he took cocaine while he was a student. you have tried to snort cocaine? unsuccessfully, a long time ago. three years later, he said it was simply untrue he had taken cocaine.
equally freshfaced, this is michael gove in the late 1990s. little did he know that 20 years hence he would be a candidate for prime minister. fast forward to now, and with plenty of support among mps, he is considered a frontrunner, but if he makes it to the final two, will the tory membership, conservative by name and often conservative by nature, find it hard to forgive his past misdemeanours? the queen's official birthday has been marked by the annual trooping the colour ceremony. the duchess of sussex joined the parade in an open—top carriage, her first public appearance since the birth of her son four weeks ago. sarah campbell reports. it is one of the biggest events on the royal calendar, and always want to attract crowds to the mall. this year, many were hoping for a glimpse of the duchess of sussex and they
we re of the duchess of sussex and they were not disappointed, sitting alongside her husband, prince harry, with her sister—in—law, prince catherine, the duchess of cambridge and the duchess of cornwall, this was her first public appearance since the birth of her baby archie, on the 6th of may. the queen celebrated her 93rd birthday in april, trooping the colour has marked the moniker‘s official birthday for more than 200 years. after one week, honouring the sacrifices made by the military on the beaches of normandy, today, more than 1000 members of the armed forces honoured the queen, their commander—in—chief. it was a proud moment for all those taking part, watched on by invited guests, including the prime minister, theresa may. —— after a week. after the ceremony, back to buckingham palace, and what is perhaps the world's most famous balcony, the crowd surging forward to get the best view. not in attendance as expected was prince philip, who turns 98 on monday, making his first
balcony appearance was prince william's youngest son, making sure, along with his siblings, this is one for the royalfamily along with his siblings, this is one for the royal family photo album. donald trump says the us and mexico have reached a deal on illegal migration. the us president had threatened to impose tariffs on all mexican imports from the start of next week unless action was taken to stem the flow of people crossing the border illegally. here's our washington correspondent, chris buckler. the problems at this border have been the source of deep divisions between the us and mexico. the surge of migrants trying to cross into the united states here led president trump to threaten ta riffs on the huge amount of trade that also comes across from the mexican side. with just days to go, the tariffs have been avoided, much to mexico's relief. translation: an agreement has been reached between the governments of mexico and the united states,
with which, as you surely already know, tariffs will not be implemented on monday. on twitter, president trump said the tariffs were indefinitely suspended. and that mexico in turn had agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of migration through mexico to america's southern border. in the last week the mexican government has made a point of showing it is doing more to try to deter groups from making their way from central america. it has promised to deploy thousands of members of its national guard to mexico's southern border with guatemala as part of a crackdown on smuggling and human trafficking. but it will concern those fleeing countries in an attempt to claim asylum. there had been three days of talks at the white house while donald trump was in europe, but the agreement was not signed off until he returned to washington. the president has long promised his supporters that he would address concerns about illegal immigration. he will see this as a significant step forward, and by saying that he is
indefinitely suspending tariffs, president trump may be warning that he is prepared to threaten them again if he does not see the number of migrants fall. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london. melania geymonat and her partner chris were passengers on a night bus when a group began harassing them and asking them to kiss. four other males aged between 15 and 18 are being questioned on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm. the actor olivia colman and tv adventurer bear grylls are among the famous names recognised in the queen's birthday honours list. theyjoin hundreds of members of the public who receive awards for the contribution to their community. lizo mzimba's report contains some flash photography.
academy award winner olivia colman says she's thrilled to have been made a commander of the order of the british empire for services to drama. now is the winter of our discontent... simon russell beale has received a knighthood for his acting work. # take an eye for an eye... in the world of music, performer and actor alfie boe becomes an obe for services to music and charity. while the grammy— and brit—nominated performer m.i.a becomes an mbe. but of course, the majority of the honours have gone to people who aren't in the public eye for work in their communities across the country. people like nimco ali, who's been made an obe for her work campaigning against female genital mutilation. i spoke out because i was hurt that 20 years after i had been subjected to fgm, girls in the uk were still at risk. and now we have a decade between now and 2030 to make sure we save the most vulnerable girls on the planet.
fifteen foster carers have been made mbes, including gordon and brenda potter. they've looked after hundreds of children. something we've enjoyed doing for so long has actually won us this award. i would hate never to have done it. i am very proud of the award, but i'm glad i have done it. and liverpool street cleaner tommy mcardle receives a british empire medalfor services to the community. he is just one of hundreds being recognised for the work that they do that benefits so many others. lizo mzimba, bbc news. warmest congratulations to all those who appear on the honours list. with all the sport now, here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. england's cricketers have made a great start to their world cup match against bangladesh in cardiff.
eoin morgan's side was put into bat and jason roy has been in outstanding form again. joe wilson was ok in the end. joe root was the next to go. roy and bairstow put on 128 for the first wicket, before bairstow was caughtjust after making his half century. jason roy then made his first century of the tournament. but managed to clatter into the umpire at the same time. joel wilson was okay in the end though. joe root was the next to go. he only managed to make 21 before he played onto his own stumps. and a short time ago, after 6 straight sixes in an over, roy was caught for 153. so england heading for a commanding first innings total, the hosts france got the women's world cup off to a spectacular start last night, with a 4—0 victory over south korea. we have three more games today and a meeting between england and scotland to look forward to tomorrow and the england manager
admits he is brutally honest with his players. there has always been this real nice approach to the women's game, and i am of the opinion that if you win, you get praised, if you do a bad pass, you will get criticised. we have worked hard with these girls, we have been really harsh on them in terms of the standards that we want to see them do on the pitch. —— nicey—nice. the way that they behave off the pitch. and they are hard on themselves. now we are getting to themselves. now we are getting to the level, if we don't deliver in this world cup, we have to accept the criticism that goes with it. neville will be putting the squad through their paces later on in nice. scotland have already been training today, ahead of what will be their first ever world cup game. and its congratulations to their manager, shelley kerr, who's been made an mbe
in the queen's honours list for her services to football. and there's coverage of today's matches across the bbc. germany against china kicks off at 2, live on bbc one, with the later games both on the red button and online. there's more on the bbc sport website, including the latest from the french open, with novak djokovic and dominic thiem into a fith set in their semifinal. but that's all from me for now. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next bulletin on bbc one is at 6.30. bye for now. you're watching the bbc news channel with shaun ley. it's now 17 minutes past one. as we've been hearing, famous names and members of the public have been honoured in this year's queen's birthday honours list. one of them is sir simon woolley, the co founder and director
for operation black vote. he's been knighted for services to race equality. i spoke to him earlier and asked him for his reaction. it is truly an honour, i am deeply honoured. but it is a surprise, people get awards often for the kind of work you do precisely because it is not particularly well paid glamorous, it is dull but necessary work, and it's a way of showing that values it. it is. you don't do it for the honours, but you do it because you think it needs to be done. i want to inspire a new generation to get involved in politics, to change our world, to challenge the institutions to be more inclusive and representative, and that is it. and then when the letter comes through the door. i showed my son, and his jaw dropped, and he looked at me and said, "dad, you are with the big boys now!" so it is an honour, but i do hope i can do much more with the role that i have.
remind people what operation black vote was set up to achieve. it is a bit different than just trying to persuade young black and ethnic minority people to vote? it is using the democratic process isa it is using the democratic process is a tool to tackle deep—seated inequality. you were reporting on this on bbc london 20 years ago, and now we are working with political leaders and significant work with the prime minister, theresa may, convincing her to establish the race disparity unit has been a game—changer, setting up the framework, to lay bare the uncomfortable truths, and then have a lever, a driver, to change it. so her idea was to bring together all the statistics so that people can't dismiss this stuff and say, it's kind of apocryphal, there aren't any real differences, but the differences can be measured and therefore tackled. how important is it that this work continues? because theresa may will have left
office in seven weeks. often these things lose momentum when the person you associate with them is gone. you are right, it is about leadership and someone driving it. she empowered me to go to ministers and say, explain the disparities or change, and it was normally change, so you needed that power from the top. whoever goes into number 10 downing street from whatever political party, i hope they recognise this as a framework, as a lever, and of course you worked with us for over 20 years covering the stories. it benefits everybody, not just minority communities, but the whole of society, when you unleash talent and it can fulfil its potential. when finn the police dog was stabbed and seriously hurt while chasing a suspect, the attack could only be treated as criminal damage. is if the dog was an object rather
than a living creature. now, after a campaign, a new law comes into force today, giving more protection to service animals, and longer, more serious sentences for those who harm them. more than a hundred service animals are thought to have been wounded since 2012. pc dave wardell was finn's handler and has been campaigning to get the new law introduced. i spoke to him earlier, with finn by his side, and asked him why he felt so strongly about this. today is incredible. yesterday was my birthday, and what an incredible birthday present. it's fantastic. we couldn't have done this on our own. the pop stick in getting behind these incredible animals who do amazing work. finn is a shining example of that. he has been really good, he set up to be introduced to you at home, now he is going to relax. he is an old dog commanded old hero, because he saved your life. yes, i wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for finn.
we were chasing a robbery suspect through the streets. we caught up with him just as he was about to disappear over a fence. finn pulled him back down, and it was like any other arrest, we had hundreds of arrests at that point, and i was about to tell him what he needed to do for finn to let him go, and at that point he thrust forward towards finn and i had no idea what he was doing until he relaxed his thrust, and the largest knife i've ever seen on the street was coming out of finn's chest. my heart stopped, the world stopped. finn did not stop, he carried on holding on to him. he put himself in the way of the next thrust which was coming towards me. and undoubtedly save my life. i wouldn't be talking to you today if it wasn't for finn. and even after that he still didn't let go until back—up arrived. he helped me disarm him. i carried him to the van and we went off to the vet. how serious were his injuries? he was stabbed through the lung.
she had four holes in his lung. he had to have open chest surgery. the knife missed his heart by about a centimetre. the pictures from surgery are incredible. you can actually see his heart, that is how close it was. they had to remove two sections of lung, relatively small sections of lung. and sewed him all back together. he returned to work 11 weeks and one day later, and on his very firstjob back he got a car thief that had run away from a stolen car. it was an incredible journey. it must‘ve been strange for the car thief, because the journey we have been through was very emotional, and i burst into tears as i was arresting him! not often as a police officer cries as he is arresting you. he's got an incredible story. but all these animals have incredible stories. we should talk about what the law change means. i said in the introduction it means it would be treated similar to an attack on a person. yes, not quite.
the animal welfare act is an incredible piece of legislation. but service animals didn't fit in it, because there are loopholes that mean it wasn't suitable for them. so prosecutors were left in a tricky position. quite often they would end up charging for criminal damage, which again is a great piece of legislation, but not for these guys. it's great if i smash a window, but not... and defendants would often claim they were acting in self—defence, because the animal had attacked them. yes, absolutely. that's another reason that the animal welfare act didn't work either. but when you look at canada, new zealand, australia, most of america, they have specific laws to protect service animals. and if we are going to use these animals, and we should because they are incredible, there is no piece of machinery that can do they do. it is right that we protect them. and that is what finn's law will do. and we are asking the government to increase the maximum sentences from six months to five years,
and if we can do that it will be incredible. and a significant change, that will apply the board. yes, all animal welfare cases. we are calling it finn's law, part two. we're almost out of time on the programme, but, bless you, finn. i'm sorry we are making you jump through these hoops, but the viewers really want to see you. no disrespect to dave! he's about to say good morning! he is retired now. he is a family pet. he has had an incredible retirement. you've been on britain's got talent. it was a fantastic experience for us. it enabled us to share his story and talk about service animals with millions of people. we all know about police dogs and we know the military have dogs. but how big a role that they play?
everybody gets the dog team out for the local jamboree or whatever, but they are working dogs and dogs that are on the front line. yes, if you think about finn, during his career he had about 300 of his own arrests. and we're not talking about low—level stuff, some serious offences. and most of those are arrests that wouldn't have come about any other way. no scenes of crime. helicopter couldn't find them, that of thing. when we were working with police horses at football matches, they are incredible. the horses and dogs together are fantastic and can achieve things that the humans just can't. and technology is not replacing these animals? i can imagine a chief constable saying, i need to save a bit of money here... i need to cut officers, dogs
are lovely to have, but maybe... dogs have suffered. we have lost half the strength due to cuts in this country. donald trump went to a company in america that are trying to develop stuff to do some of the sniffer work, and he asked the ceo of that company what the best piece of equipment was, and he said, this? and he said, would you recommend that? and he said, no, i would recommend a dog. they are incredible. thank you so much, pc dave, and of course finn. there we go. dave wardell and finn came into the studio a little earlier, and were made quite a fuss of! it's 70 years since 1984, by george orwell, was published and the world is still fascinated by his famous dystopia. dorian lynskey, author of the ministry of truth, takes us on a journey through the classic novel's many layers. "war is peace, freedom is slavery,
ignorance is strength. " it's the most famous dystopian novel, but it's also a thriller and a love story and at times a horror story. as orwell knew, he didn't have the imagination of a great novelist. he was not very good at sort of conjuring things up. the texture of airstrip one was inspired by london after the war, when it was still blitz—damaged. the texture of the ministry of truth was based on his time working for the bbc. the destabilising of the idea of truth came to him when he thought of the spanish civil war and saw the news reports in many of the papers, particularly the stalinist papers just bore no resemblance to what he'd seen. ingsoc was basically a satirical exaggeration of totalitarianism,
the thing is that the world learned about hitler's germany and stalin's russia. so it is oppressive on multiple levels. the thought police, they obviously arrest people for things they haven't even done yet. you have surveillance through the two—way telescreen, and then you have the most pernicious form of all, which is doublethink, which basically teaches people to believe two contradictory things, and to have lost faith in objective truth. there is so much in the book that different aspects of it come to the surface at different periods in history, so when it came out and throughout the 1950s, it was seen as a study of totalitarianism. in the late ‘70s and in the ‘80s, people became far more interested in technology, which is not actually a huge part of the book, but they became fascinated that it was a warning against computer data bases and close circuit tv cameras. and what's happened recently,
people are going to it for what it says about truth and flagrant lies and the nature of exerting power by distorting reality. and for a book to have these sort of multiple meanings that it seems irrelevant at very different times in history for different reasons is remarkable, and perhaps not something that he would have expected. fascinating story, that. worth a look at the book are not just the tv and radio versions. time for a look at the weather. here's alina jenkins. it was definitely brightening up in london this lunchtime after a pretty miserable start. what is the prospect for the rest of the country? we have mixed fortunes, sunshine in places and also some heavy, thundery showers and a more general spell of rain.