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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 6pm: michael gove — one of the front runners for the conservative leadership — says he deeply regrets his cocaine use more than 20 years ago, but it should not affect his bid to be prime minister. us president donald trump lifts the threat of tariffs on imports from mexico, after its government promises to curb illegal immigration. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london on a bus. the queen isjoined by members of the royal family for the annual trooping the colour parade, to mark her majesty's official birthday. the actor olivia colman is among the famous names recognised in the queen's birthday honours list.
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in sport, germany have beaten china 1—0 in the fifa women's world cup. meanwhile, england's cricketers have achieved their highest ever world cup total with another 300 plus score — this time against bangladesh in cardiff. good evening. 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. peter saull reports. michael gove, like ten of his colleagues, has put himself out there. i confirm that i will be putting my name forward
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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... he adds... one of the other would—be leaders has some sympathy. i think michael set out that he made a mistake. it was a long time ago, people willjudge it as it is, but i do believe in a second—chance society generally and it's up for mps and colleagues, members, to decide, but i don't see it barring him from this race. and 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
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has also learnt his lesson, telling the times he drank a cannabis—infused drink while backpacking in india. have you snorted cocaine? and then there's borisjohnson, who has faced questions in the past about claims he took cocaine while he was a student. i tried to, but unsuccessfully, a long time ago. three years later, he said it was simply untrue he had taken cocaine. equally fresh—faced, 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? peter saull. and peter explained to me why mr gove may have decided to
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talk about his past. this has become, already, a feature of the conservative leadership contest. the international development secretary, rory stewart, talking about a wedding he was at in iran 15 years ago, being passed an opium pipe. he said he felt he had to smoke it out of politeness. others making similar admissions of prior use of drugs. dominic raab saying he smoked cannabis when he was at university. you saw the clip of borisjohnson as well when he was presenting have i got news back in 2005. this is a question that politicians are often asked, how did they behave when they were younger? perhaps in former life as politicians. and i think the kind of message you can take from michael gove today is, look, judge me on my record as a politician in parliament, because, remember, politicians do have past lives. they were people before politicians. in terms of how he is handling it, how is it being received?
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i think the key question is how it goes down among the tory faithful out there in the country. michael gove is a very popular figure within the conservative party in westminster. he is considered one of the favourites to get through to the final two. those rounds of voting whittling down to the final two will begin on thursday. he's got a lot of support within the parliamentary party, he ticks quite a lot of boxes for his colleagues. he has a wealth of experience in the cabinet. he's also a brexiteer, which is a key criteria for a lot of people. but, you know, the clue is in the name as far as the conservative membership goes. they are conservative and largely older in demographics. they may take a dimmer view, i suppose, than some of his conservative colleagues in westminster to some of his past misdemeanours. so does mr gove‘s revelation come as a surprise? earlier, i spoke to ian hamilton, a senior lecturer in addiction and mental health. when we think about the number
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of people who use drugs in this country every year, it would be astonishing if members of the cabinet and other politicians aren't using drugs. they like to remind us, don't they, they're just one of us? if they are just one of us, they would just be doing the same as everybody else and actually using drugs. being "one of us", taking the drugs, that is a criminal act, isn't it? from what we are hearing now, everyone is being forgiving, brushing aside. what is the real story here? it's interesting, isn't it? it's not clear to me why he's decided to make the statement now. and, unfortunately, he fits a bit of a pattern with people confessing, particularly mps, in that it's almost full of regret and remorse, when we know the vast majority
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of people take drugs because they have a good time. the majority of them do, so it would be great or refreshing if michael gove and other mps and said, "look, i really enjoyed the experience but i've grown out of it," or "it's something that i wouldn't want to do now"? a lot of people are talking about this being a middle—class drugs scourge. and then people will point out that if you were a young black man and you'd been convicted of drug use, you would be in prison. yeah, so there's an obvious disconnect, or difference, between what happens to people like michael gove when they confess to drug use and, as you point out, to people in certain groups. notjust young black men, but also working—class men and women across the board. we know that the sanctions, the consequences of drug use are often far worse than the consequent of drugs themselves.
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so what i want to know is, will michael gove be able to travel to america again? america's very strict on a history of drug use, so it will be interesting whether he's able to go back and interview donald trump and even get into the united states. because if he was a normal member of the public, he would not be allowed. you obviously have experience in addiction and mental health. how do you, or how would you like the story to be taken forward? but the reality of drug use and those caught in the hell of addiction, it's very different, isn't it? it is. the vast amount of people use cocaine without a problem, but there isa cocaine without a problem, but there is a goodbye and concerned about —— a groupi is a goodbye and concerned about —— a group i am concerned about who may develop problems. wouldn't it be great if michael gove, having made this admission, really acknowledged that he's like everybody else, looked again at policy and drug policy, which desperately needs reevaluation and almost a start again?
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we are in the worst possible position where we have this kind of collective political denial of drug use, and really harsh penalties for people who need help. so what i'm really concerned about is, the way that often people who develop problems don'tjust have the problems with the drugs but also with the way that they are stigmatized — and that, i think, gets in the way of them seeking treatment. and we have seen absolutely savage cuts to drug treatments in this country over the last few years. so, at a time when we know people need treatment, there's fewer places available. i think michael gove could do something really positive about this and say he's willing to be courageous enough to look again at drug policy and funding for drugs. that was ian hamilton speaking to me earlier. the us president donald trump says the us and mexico have reached
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a deal on illegal migration. mr trump 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. will grant reports. pourous, jungled, and nearly impossible to police. every day, people move back and forth across the suchiate river, mexico's natural border with central america, on inflatable rafts. many cross for work, commerce, even school. but for us—bound migrants, it's a crucial step on their arduous journey north. for now, punitive tariffs have been avoided. yet few in mexico think the shaky peace on immigration will last. president lopez obrador has urged donald trump towards more dialogue, insisting that mexico has clamped down hard on illegal immigration in recent months. still, so far, it's made little difference. president trump continues to paint this as basically an unmanned gateway into the united states.
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once inside mexico, the tough part begins. mexico says it's prepared to increase the deterrent by sending thousands more troops to its southern border. this week, some 500 migrants were detained, joining the more than 80,000 deported since december — a huge jump on the previous year. meanwhile, local immigration agencies are clearly overwhelmed and underfunded, as they struggle to provide basic services or help with asylum claims. translation: the first time, we dealt with around 20,000 migrants. we just didn't have the resources. the mayor of the town had to dip into her own pocket to help out. typically, most migrants are from central america, though some have reached tapachula from half a world away — democratic republic of congo, central african republic, cameroon. they're all fleeing one thing in common — violence. there's war in cameroon. that is my reason that, i suppose, made me to leave cameroon. so i am trying to go to us
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because there's a lot of human rights in us. the group showed us disturbing images of their trip through the darien gap, one of the most hostile environments in the americas. some of their travel companions never made it, they said. for mexico, this is a major issue. the mexican government, i feel, has been doing everything it can in the circumstances, and what we need is american cooperation, not unilateral threats. mexico can ill afford an economic conflict with the us, its largest trading partner. a recession would surely increase immigration north, exacerbating the problem. yet mexicans fear mr trump, who's recently cut aid to central america, isn't interested in the causes of immigration, only in seeing it stamped out.
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well, that was will grant in that report and i spoke to him earlier. he said that today's outcome would have been welcome for both mexico and the white house. certainly mr trump is going to be pleased he is getting this reaction from mexico — thousands of national guard on the border, a commitment to tackling the human trafficking organisations that operate in this country, and obviously certain things on remaining in mexico while your asylum claim is going through in the united states. that was particular key for the trump administration. but i think mexico can afford to be quite pleased too. let's face it — they've avoided the tariffs, which was, i think, their main objective. just remind us, what was at risk for president obrador and mexico? just how crippling could these tariffs have been? they'd have been awful. i mean, let's remember that
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it's somewhere in the region of $350 billion worth of trade heading north a year. so, if you imagine a 5% tariff on all of that, that's going to be extremely painful for producers and manufacturers in this country. whether or not that's avocados and tequila or car parts, fridges, cars themselves. and the irony was, of course, that a lot of the components of those items were made in the us, come south, assembled in mexico, and then go back north. so it would have hurt american consumers and american businesses as well, and that might have actually been the point that swung president trump to not impose these tariffs. this could be a very short—lived hiatus for mexico. how large a task is it going to be for them to adhere to these conditions? i think the fear in mexico is that donald trump has not done something which is link trade and immigration, and in the past,
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that wasn't really the way that things were done. you treated each thing separately in terms of your bilateral relationship with your closest neighbour, your neighbour and one of your main allies. mr trump has essentially said, "well, look, if you don't do what i want you to do on immigration, i'm going to hurt you in trade." so i think mexico's particularly keen to break that relationship again and get things back onto a footing where you say, "look, let's work together on immigration, and trade is a separate question." so, yeah, i think things are at a sort of shaky agreement for now. and we'll see how things progress. they've committed to speaking again, i think, in 90 days' time, and we'll see where things are than. that was will grant in mexico. the time hasjust gone past that was will grant in mexico. the time has just gone past 6:15pm. the headlines on bbc news: michael gove — one of the front runners for the conservative leadership — says his past cocaine use more than 20 years ago should not be held against him in his bid to become
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prime minister. us president donald trump lifts the threat of tariffs on imports from mexico after its government promises to curb illegal immigration. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london. 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 one to attract crowds to the mall. this year, many were hoping for a glimpse of the duchess of sussex and they were not disappointed. sitting alongside her husband, prince harry, with her sister—in—law, catherine, the duchess of cambridge and the duchess of cornwall, this was her first public appearance since the birth of baby archie on the 6th of may. the queen celebrated her 93rd birthday in april. trooping the colour has marked
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the monarch's official birthday for more than 200 years. after a week honouring the sacrifices made by the military on the beaches of normandy, today, more than 1,000 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 the ceremony, it was 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 louis, prince william's youngest son — making sure, along with his siblings, this is one for the royal family photo album. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested
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over a homophobic attack against two lesbians in london. melania gimoanat 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. a woman who was bitten by a dog in preston last friday has died. 55—year—old sharonjennings was walking her own dog in the brookfield area of preston when she was attacked by another dog. she was taken to hospital on monday and died last night. police are making enquiries to trace the dog involved and its owner. health officials are investigating the deaths of three hospital patients in manchester and liverpool, following an outbreak of listeria — which has been linked to pre—packed sandwiches. three other people are seriously ill. production at the factory where the sandwiches were made has been stopped. public health england says the risk to the public is low. we hope there will be no more cases. one of the problems with this particular infection
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is the long incubation period. it can be three or four weeks. so, in terms of the numbers, we're just watching. firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the former jordanhill college building in glasgow. the fire broke outjust before 4pm and plumes of smoke can be seen across the city. the campus used to be part of strathclyde university, but it's currently being developed into a multi—million pound luxury housing development. 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 is 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
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a knighthood for his acting work. 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 has been made an obe for her work campaigning against female genital mutilation. i spoke out because i was hurt that 20 years after i was subjected to fgm, girls in the uk were still at risk. and now we've got a decade — between now and 2030— to really ensure we save the most vulnerable girls on the planet. 15 foster carers have been made mbes, including gordon and brenda potter.
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they've looked after hundreds of children. something we have 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's just one of the hundreds being recognised for the work they do that benefits so many others. earlier, i spoke to broadcaster and tv historian dan snow. he's become an mbe in the queens' birthday honours list. i don't deserve to be at this table, to be honest, but it's a huge honour. it's certainly an honour to be surrounded by all these remarkable people. dan, we saw history in action and the importance of it this last dan, we saw history in action and the importance of it this past week at the d—day celebrations. why does history matter? history matters a lot, as you can see. history is everything that's ever happened on planet earth. history is the reason
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we are conversing in english, why the bbc exists, the reason britain is currently going through brexit, but also the reason britain is a prosperous and fairly stable society. we could be plunged into civil war, as, sadly, too many parts of the world are, but we are not. because of our history, our unique story. if you want to understand the present, if you want to understand the words we're using, the clothes we're wearing, the beliefs systems we have, you need to understand what's gone before. as a result, in the world being quite turbulent at the moment, history matters quite a lot. i'd like to get onto your view of how today's history is going to be regarded, but first off, it wasn't always history, was it? it started off in software. why the slight blip and then why turning back to history? i see, my first job! that's true! when you're a student, you got to work wherever you can. so i was uploading data into a software company, and i was pretty bad at that.
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basically, the story of my life is i am fairly bad at most things and i have been absolutely lucky enough to pursue one thing i'm all right at, and i love telling stories of history. but i actually... i love technology as well. i started this podcast now, britain's biggest history podcast, started my tv channel, so i am sort of trying to combine history with new ways of engaging as well. how do you go about choosing to tell the story that you're focusing on? that can't be easy, because essentially, you have to bring history to life. yeah. that's right. i don't find it that hard, really, because i find the stories so extraordinary. i mean, look at d—day. particularly with modern history, where you've still got eyewitnesses with us. those men and women who were involved in the invasion of normandy, those men who charged up the beach, they make it... sorry, my daughter was running around. ican see! she's very excited. we'd like to see her as well.
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she's as bad as her dad and hergrandpa. hello there. what do you think of your dad getting this award? i'm very proud of daddy, and i think he really deserves it. absolutely. and what would you like to see daddy tell, the next story? what would you like daddy to tell? what history do you like? you like the vikings. yeah. what else? boudicca? boudicca. fantastic. how old is she, and she knows all those generations in history? i'm seven. how many times have you been to hms victory? about a thousand. that sounds like your childhood there, dan! generational trauma. it's all getting a bit out of control now. i've got my son... hello there! hello!
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i think there are going to be celebrations in your house today. just very quickly, dan. today's living history, how do you think it's going to be told? it's too soon to say. i think today, we are probably underestimating the impact of technological change and global warming. i think those will be the big stories. i don't think it'll be theresa may, i don't think it'll be donald trump, i don't think it will be politics... i don't think it will be brexit. i think, in 100 years' time, they will be wondering why we knew so much about global temperatures rising, the emission of carbon in the atmosphere, why we weren't doing more about it. and also why are we not talking more about al, the ethics around the biochemical revolution? so i think it's some of those things we're not paying enough attention to at the moment that historians will be fascinated with. the real award, i think those two his kids. in a moment, we'll bejoined by viewers on bbc one for the early evening news summary with clive myrie. but first, it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins.
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hello, it's a fairly mixed picture this afternoon. some heavy, thundery showers, longer spells of rain — all tied in with this area of low pressure, which was with us yesterday, continuing to work its way north and eastwards. notice how the isobars are still quite close together, so that's bringing some gusty winds — strong enough in places to bring branches, even trees, down. this was pennal in gwynedd earlier today. by contrast, we are also seeing some spells of sunshine — lots of it here in porth in cornwall earlier. but where we've got the sunshine, showers never too far away and still some strong and gusty winds ending the afternoon. those gusts reaching 40—115 mph across east anglia and south east england. where we've got the sunshine, temperatures up to 17—18 celsius. where we have the persistent rain, more like 12—13 celsius. persistent rain across northern england and southern and eastern scotland will soon pull away eastwards this evening. overnight, we keep a few showers going, chiefly across western scotland and northern ireland. elsewhere, some clear spells with lighter winds meaning some patchy mist and fog.
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and a fairly cool night. most of us will struggle to stay in the double figures, some rural areas could get as low as 2—3 celsius. tomorrow is much more straightforward with a day of sunny spells and showers. the showers initially across more western parts of the uk, still heavy, maybe thundery if you catch one. as the day wears on, they will filter their way a bit further eastwards. some will manage to stay mainly dry and the winds lighter tomorrow — so where we get the sunshine, there should be more of it and it should feel a bit warmer tomorrow, perhaps 18—19 celsius for east anglia and southeast england, and for most in the mid—, if not high, teens. so as we go into monday, we turn our eyes to france — we have frontal systems here. they'll be pushing their way north and westwards. so initially on monday morning, the potential for quite persistent rain across east anglia and southeast england. that will soon transfer its way north and westwards through the day across much of england and wales — really only the far north of england, which could escape mainly dry, although there's
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still some showers here. a fair few showers across scotland and northern ireland. another cool feeling day with temperatures underneath the rain not much higher than 111—15 celsius. stays unsettled through tuesday and wednesday, showers around, longer spells of rain, still feeling cool.
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