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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 7pm. conservative party members are warned not to vote more than once in the leadership election, after a bbc investigation found some had received multiple ballot papers. murderers who refuse to say where they've buried their victims could be more easily denied parole — under a proposed new law. about 20 people are injured, two seriously, after a powerful gas explosion rocked a florida shopping centre. a powerful earthquake has hit southern california for the second time in a matter of days. it's the strongest in the region for 25 years. the duke and duchess of sussex's son, archie, has been baptised during a service at windsor castle. hundreds of thousands of people
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have been on the streets of the capitalfor the pride parade. commentator: kirby! 2-1! and despite a dramatic fightback, england's one goal wasn't enough against sweden for a women's world cup third—place playoff. there's full details in sports day in half—an—hour, here on bbc news. the conservative party says it will expel anyone who casts more than one vote in the contest to choose the next leader and the country's prime minister. a bbc investigation has found that some members have received two ballot papers in the post.
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around 160,000 people are eligible to vote in the leadership election which will see either borisjohnson orjeremy hunt take over from theresa may. manveen rana reports. as the leadership rivals arrived in nottingham today to face the party faithful, it emerged errors had led to some members being issued with two ballot papers. but for the contenders, it was business as usual. get it right, and we will deliver brexit, unite our party, unleash the incredible potential of our country. we need to get brexit done, we need to get it over the line by october the 315t. voting has already begun, and one party insider said at least a thousand people might have received an extra vote. some were registered in several local associations. others were women who received separate ballot papers in their maiden name and their married name. i'm pretty certain the chairman
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of the conservative party has already been asked to look carefully at how they sift, so, obviously there is an issue here, i accept that. but rather than get bogged down in the process, the truth is that even in a general election, people are registered in different areas. the process has been flawed. i've seen separate ballot papers being delivered to the same person at the same address. but neither the conservative party nor the independent body they've hired to scrutinise this election were able to tell us how many ballot papers were sent out in error. but they are adamant that it hasn't damaged the legitimacy of the vote. it's made very clear on the ballot paper that you're only allowed to vote once. and i expect conservative members to follow that. you rightly point out that if people have joined two associations, they may get two ballot papers. i get two ballot papers in elections because i'm on two different sets of electoral registers. it doesn't mean that i vote twice — i don't. electoral law doesn't apply.
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if people are caught voting twice, they face expulsion from the party rather than a criminal conviction. the conservative party's own internal rules will decide if the vote for the next prime minister is a fair and legitimate vote. and for the members, like those in nottingham, they have until july the 22nd to decide. manveen rana, bbc news. boris johnson and jeremy hunt are facing conservative members in cardiff this evening in the party's latest leadership hustings. 0ur wales correspondent tomos morgan is there. a busy day for both candidates. tell us a busy day for both candidates. tell us what the atmosphere is like in cardiff? jeremy hunt has begun his speech indoors before the members. as you can see behind me the borisjohnson supporters are eagerly awaiting his
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arrival. this is the 11th of 16 hustings taking place over the uk until 21st, 22nd ofjuly, and no doubt devolution will be discussed tonight, whether or not more power should be devolved to the welsh assembly. more than likely the majority of supporters here would be against that according to the polls. 0ther against that according to the polls. other topics which make up would include infrastructure and the economy, i understand borisjohnson gave a speech earlier in one part of cardiff where he said if the tidal lagoon in swansea was brought up again, if he were prime minister, he would back that. the nuclear power plant on anglesey will be raised, the government and the firm coming to an agreement to build a plant there. and the ford bridgend plant is due to come to an end. and the
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relief road, a huge topic of conversation around newport, air—traffic hotspot, affecting businesses around south wales. and electrifying the railway further than cardiff, it was meant to be from london to swansea. will that be discussed? plenty of topics in front of members. any minute now boris johnson will be welcomed here into cardiff with open arms. we have heard from jeremy hunt through the day. interesting that he is saying he would accept boris johnson in his cabinet. any reaction from mrjohnson himself? no, not as of yet. borisjohnson has been very busy today since the earlier hustings in nottingham. he was around cardiff in the middle of
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the afternoon and has just been down to barry meeting supporters there, pushing his agenda across the country. just checking, no, he hasn't arrived just yet. that is one of the topics whether each word back each other in a cabinet further down the line. i think they have both said they would if it came to that. but today in cardiff what the members here want to hear is something about the infrastructure, and one of the other things brought up and one of the other things brought up by and one of the other things brought up by some members was a discussion on welsh policy in the welsh government, that individual very critical of welsh government run by labour. he mentioned there has been a lack of discussion from tory party members in westminster about the situation in wales and they would like more of that brought up in conversation in westminster and more to be done to bring both governments together. we will leave it there, thank you.
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we will leave it there, thank you. we will leave it there, thank you. we will cross life now to wimbledon. andy murray and serena williams as you can see just warming andy murray and serena williams as you can seejust warming up, a formidable pairing. they are playing in the mixed doubles. let us listen they are just warming up. commentator: i am looking forward to this. andy murray and serena williams, announcing a few days ago they would pairupforthe mixed announcing a few days ago they would pair up for the mixed doubles. it will be interesting how they perform. we will be watching this match over the next few hours here on bbc news. you can see a tweet from judy murray. popcorn and champagne!
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the former head of british intelligence has told the bbc that the uk is going through a "political nervous breakdown". sirjohn sawers has said he's deeply concerned about the calibre of politicians in the uk as the country prepares to leave the european union, criticising both the conservative party and labour. murderers who refuse to reveal the location of their victims' bodies could spend longer behind bars, under legal changes being set out by the government. what's become known as helen's law, which will apply in england and wales, follows a campaign by the mother of helen mccourt. helen was killed 31 years ago but her body has never been found. ben ando has more. for 31 years, marie mccourt has been fighting for helen's law, named after her daughter who was just 22 when she was abducted and murdered in 1988. her killer — pub landlord ian simms.
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he has never revealed the whereabouts of helen's body. to have this law means that other families will not have to hopefully go through the pain and grief for as long as i have. i believe these killers now have to face up to what they have done because, to take a life is horrendous. but then, to take the lives of the family of that loved one and not let them nowhere their loved one's but it is, there is no torture worse than that. marie led a campaign demanding that murderers who refuse to disclose the whereabouts of a victim's remains spend longer behind bars. in 2016, mps voted in favour of helen's law, but it didn't receive government backing until now. with thejustice secretary david gauke proposing that it be introduced as soon as is practicable. the parole board can already use withholding information as a reason
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not to release a prisoner, because it suggests they are still an ongoing risk to the public. but it's optional. helen's law changes that, and makes factoring it in a legal requirement. even now, marie lights candles every week at her home in merseyside. although she still does not know where her daughter's remains are, the creation of helen's law may provide some comfort, especially if it means other families won't have to face both the pain of loss and the agony of not knowing. ben ando, bbc news. police are investigating an explosion at a shopping mall in florida in which several people are reported to have been injured. the explosion happened a short while ago in plantation, west of fort lauderdale. the blast sent large pieces of debris across the street. officials say the street has now been closed to traffic. the fire department have described it as a gas explosion. emergency crews in southern california are tackling a number
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of fires and gas leaks after the state was hit with its biggest earthquake in more than 20 years. the epicentre of the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.1, was near the city of ridgecrest about 150 miles north east of los angeles. angus crawford's report contains some flashing images. oh, my god. fear and shock. two quakes in two days. this one with the magnitude of 7.1, the strongest for 20 years. evacuate! nerves stretched to the limit. go, go, go! panic is infectious. 8:21am here on the air, we are experiencing... and very public. i think we need to get under the desk. 0k, we're going to go to break. we'll be right back. wow. in hollywood, tourists weren't sure what to make of it. everything's moving, and the chandelier was shaking, and the kids were saying,
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it's an earthquake. we saw that the rest of the people in our neighbouring rooms were looking at each other. we were all kind of scared, just freaking out about it. landslides blocked some roads. motorists using their bare hands to clear the debris. broken gas pipes caused fires, though no serious injuries were reported. and here's why. the epicentre, remote ridgecrest near death valley. but there's more to come. this was a very large earthquake. and we also know there's going to be a series of aftershocks as a result of the main quake. so, we want to prepare ourselves in being able to have those resources in place as the days go on here. for now, california counts the cost of this quake and waits for the next. angus crawford, bbc news. speaking at a press conference within the last hour, the local police chief said it was incredible
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no—one had died in the quake. it is hard for the world to know what we have been through because, by the grace of god, we have had no casualties, and we have only had minor injuries, which is amazing considering these two big earthquakes we have experienced. also, our structures have remained upright. some have sustained some major damage but they are still standing, so, that has been amazing. live to los angeles — and our correspondent peter bowes. listening to the police chief, it sounds as if people in that area we re very sounds as if people in that area were very lucky indeed. yes, this is a earthquake country, it is living up to its name, but this is a story of dodging the bullet. as we heard, it is amazing
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that no one was seriously hurt. all the buildings are still standing. there is some considerable structural damage and assessment of thatis structural damage and assessment of that is going on. but the fact no one has been seriously hurt in a 7.1 magnitude quake is quite extraordinary. i am 150 miles away andi extraordinary. i am 150 miles away and i felt it in extraordinary. i am 150 miles away and ifelt it in los extraordinary. i am 150 miles away and i felt it in los angeles. pictures were falling in my house, you can imagine what it was like closer to the epicentre. it was felt as far afield as nevada, palm springs, and in hollywood and beverly hills. the people of that community are extremely lucky today, it could have been far worse. when you look at the after effects, trying to get things back on track again, how do they come across it to you, we get on with it, we are used to it? do they feel they were prepared enough? ina sense,
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prepared enough? in a sense, people in california i never prepared enough. this often, when we have events like this, it serves as a reminder of what might be to come. there is potentially worse to come. we have heard there will be many after—shocks, a 4% chance of an even bigger quake than 7.1 in the coming days. they will suddenly feel there is after—shocks for months and years. in the back of minds, always the fact a big one could strike at any time, most likely on the san andreas fault, a com pletely likely on the san andreas fault, a completely different fault to the one for this quake. if that happens, when that happens, because it is well overdue, major cities could see widespread damage and potentially many deaths. joining me now from los angeles is robert de groot of the us geological survey.
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your assessment of this particular quake? this was an event that we see ever so often, the largest event we have had in southern california since 1999. these sorts of earthquakes happen in california, they are routine for us, we know they are in oui’ routine for us, we know they are in our future so we were ready. you know they are in your future, how do you warn the public when it is coming, and also, for example, a warning of a tsunami or potential damage from a particular event? i think from the preceding report that the work we have been doing since 2008 with the great california shake—out is a testimony that people are knowing what to do to protect themselves, to hold on. that is a really important thing. people are also taking advice to strengthen
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their homes. we are also working on an earthquake early warning system on the west coast which will be another tool for us to give people a way to be ready for the next earthquake. how do you know if an earthquake is coming? you say it is an early warning system. the early warning system works on the idea earthquakes are detected very quickly once they reach the surface of the earth. that information is moved in a fraction ofa information is moved in a fraction of a second to a processing centre where a decision is made to issue an alert to provide people with seconds to tens of seconds a warning before protecting yourself. more importantly on the west coast we are actually doing automated actions, slowing down trains, opening fire house stores automatically without human intervention. i would like to know your forecast of the probability of what we have been hearing described as the big
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one. there has been a probability of 496 one. there has been a probability of 4% that could follow even after this 7.2 magnitude quake. what is the forecast for one of those hitting the region? the big one and we usually talk about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that can happen on the san andreas fault in california, that particular earthquake happens on an average every 150 yea rs. earthquake happens on an average every 150 years. it hasn't happened in this part of the state for over 300 years. it can happen today, tomorrow, it is going to happen. the best thing we can do is be ready. with this early warning system in place, that will provide us a little more protection against once it happens we can do something before the shaking arrives at our location. thank you very much indeed. thank you. the headlines on bbc news.
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conservative party members are warned not to vote more than once in the leadership election, after a bbc investigation found some had received multiple ballot papers. about 20 people are injured — two seriously — after a powerful gas explosion rocked a florida shopping centre. the duke and duchess of sussex's son has been christened at windsor castle. there's been criticism for excluding the public and keeping secret the identity of archie's godparents. let us stay with that story. the son of the duke and duchess of sussex has been christened — by the archbishop of canterbury in a private ceremony. archie harrison mountbatten—windsor was baptised in front of close family and friends in the private chapel at windsor castle. two photographs from the day taken by fashion photographer chris allerton were released
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on the couple's official instagram account. the post — which also shared details about archie's christening gown — said the couple were "happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public". let's get more on this now from liz brewer who's former editor of the tatler‘s social diary and an avid royal watcher. shejoins me from clovelly in devon. thank you for speaking to us at bbc news. a fantastic day for family but all this controversy about the public wanting to be a part of it, what do you make of that? extraordinary. christening or baptism is a very private affair, it isafamily baptism is a very private affair, it is a family affair. i know everyone is a family affair. i know everyone is saying it is the royal family, we have a right. they have a right to decide what they want to do. the fa ct decide what they want to do. the fact they have kept it very private,
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they have released two lovely photographs, it is almost enough. a lot of other royal christenings are reported, you see the family coming out to meet the public and walking through the grounds. do you think the family made the wrong decision here because it has attracted more attention. it has attracted a lot of attention but whatever they do will attract attention at the moment. the fact they have decided to keep the names of the godparents very private and secret is again their decision and maybe it is because they were trying to avoid people criticising whoever it was they were going to have as godparents. she comes from a different world, from a celebrity world, and it is something we are having a problem, us something we are having a problem, us brits, in accepting, but we need to. we are so used to members of the
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royalfamily, even to. we are so used to members of the royal family, even people to. we are so used to members of the royalfamily, even people from to. we are so used to members of the royal family, even people from the uk coming into our royalfamily, so, now we have someone from outside, from america, we should actually be uploading it. the emphasis on having a go at her is unnecessary. in fact, i don't know if you look back to when kate got married, and that ghastly description, they kept going on about her being a commoner. look at her now. she is more she has become almost more royal than the royals and has adapted beautifully. megan needs to be given a chance. moving forwards, there will be a lot of attention on archie. how would you say the couple should protect him, and yet allow the public to have access, to see him, to have a pa rt have access, to see him, to have a part of him? it is very difficult. little by little it will become easier. but right now, i think they are wanting
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to try and keep him out of the limelight. it is not as if he is third orfourth or limelight. it is not as if he is third or fourth or fifth limelight. it is not as if he is third orfourth orfifth in line limelight. it is not as if he is third or fourth or fifth in line to the throne. they want to try right now, maybe there may —— the way they need to go on, to have as normal a life as possible. and harry is very influential there and insisting on that because of what he went through himself. we will leave it there for now, thank you very much. westminster bridge has been temporarily closed after it was hit by a pleasure boat. these pictures posted on social media show the top of the city cruisers boat after it hit the underside of the bridge. police said there were no reported injuries following the collision which occured just downstream from the houses of parliament. the uk's biggest pride event has been taking place central london
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celebrating 50 years since the start of the modern lgbt+ rights movement. hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of central london with the organisers predicting that this year's london pride might be the biggest ever. 0ur correspondent ben hunte sent us this update from amongst the crowds. the country's flagship pride event is in full swing. pride in london has taken to the streets, over 1.5 million people are expected to be standing on either side of the road watching the parade go by. over 30,000 people marching. many of them in new groups that have not marched before. we have spoken today to a romany gypsy group who are marching for the first time, and they are very excited to be here representing themselves and their community. of course, these streets are completely filled with people covered in rainbows, they have glitter across their faces and they are very excited to be here for what is thought to be the country's biggest
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pride event of all time. but it isn'tjust the pride march happening, there is also a main stage in trafalgar square where you can see some huge headline names. some activists today have said this is all too commercial, all too corporate, they are saying actually as a result of the homophobic and transphobic attacks we have seen within the uk over the past few weeks and months, that events like this and celebrations like this should be less of a party and more of a protest. the mayor of london sadiq khan was there as well and told us why it is so important. the great thing about pride in london is we get to celebrate our diversity but it is also a good chance for those of us who aren't from the lgbtq+ community to be allies and proud allies. it is really important we celebrate the diversity of our city and i want today to be the biggest pride ever, and it will be. work to protect a lake district beauty spot from flooding is finally complete after more than three years. glenridding was badly hit during storm desmond in 2015
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flooding twice in a matter of days. since then, work's been ongoing to repair damage and protect the community. £1.2 million has been spent on the flood management system. now, it's finally finished, there's relief but also frustration as megan paterson reports. it is a landscape which inspired wordsworth and countless others since. glenridding on the shores of ullswater is a lake districtjewel. the tranquillity of today a stark contrast to the chaos of december 2015. obviously very scary, especially for the poor souls who live on this stretch of the village. and the feeling of helplessness, as well, especially at the start, because we were cut off for two days. so, when the rain comes in off those fells, those steep fells, it comes down with some force, and it washes notjust water down, but all of these rocks as you can see here. so, to see it now, and we've got this great new green space, its superb.
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however, it doesn't take a lot of rainfall to get this to rise. for much of the last three years, this pretty village has been a building site. tonnes of silt and gravel to shift, walls to build higher, drainage to improve. prevention the main focus. the main problem was gravel coming down the system and blocking the channel. what we do have now is we've improved the gauging systems, the way we monitor the river levels. we've also installed a camera down by the bridge, so that from our incident room we can monitor how the river is behaving, making sure the bridge is clear of debris, so we can keep water moving through the system, rather than coming out of its banks, and then into people's properties. the community came together in the aftermath to mop up and clean out. alan has had a business here for 37 years. like many, he's been left frustrated by the speed of the work. devastating. to see your business
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and your livelihood sail off down the road in the water. the period of time it took to do, i cannot believe it took three years. three years, why has it taken three years to do this? the challenge of working in a river environment, there is always an opportunity to try and make things faster, we wanted to make sure that the scheme that we left the community in was as good as it could possibly be and blended in with the community in the longer term. as the climate changes, so too will the landscape. this community, like many others, hopeful it can manage those changes and limit the devastating impact of future flooding. megan patterson, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. we can cross the newsroom to helen willetts. it has been cloudier for england and where is but we managed 25 ahead of this weather front which is advancing bringing some rain. there
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isa advancing bringing some rain. there is a lot of cloud with it. behind it as the skies are clear, a fresher night. in the south, lingering cloud, that weather front difficult to clear away with the odd shower. misty weather across cornwall and pembrokeshire but it should clear. a few showers across the peak district. showers over scotland. there will be a lot more sunshine across england and way of tomorrow, light winds, and with the sunshine returning tomorrow, it will feel very warm again. temperatures back down to what they should be for this time of yearfrom down to what they should be for this time of year from the low teens to the 20s.

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