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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight: theresa may looks set to be backed by the democratic unionist party in a minority government as an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement is reached. the prime minister's top aides — nick timothy and fiona hill — have resigned after the conservatives failed to win an overall majority in the general election. in the last hour, the former tory mp, gavin barwell, has been appointed to replace them as theresa may's new downing street chief of staff. they went following what the bbc understands were demands from some senior tories that mrs may would face a leadership challenge if the two had remained by her side. the other headlines... police reveal that the london bridge terror attackers tried to hire a seven and a half tonne lorry, but their credit cards were declined. petrol bombs and blow torches were found in the van they did use. police say they had pink ceramic knives tied to their wrists. a mid—atlantic yacht rescue involving the queen mary 2 cruise liner, after a "once
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in a lifetime" summer storm. and a scintillating finish to the world cup qualifier between england and scotland at hampden park saw the match end in a 2—2 draw. good evening and welcome to bbc news. news agencies are tonight reporting that downing street has agreed an outline deal with northern ireland's democratic unionist party which will allow them to put together a minority government. theresa may needs the support of their ten mps because she didn't win enough seats during the election to command a majority in the commons. reports say the dup would support the government on a "confidence and supply" basis. meanwhile, theresa may has appointed a new chief of staff, following the resignation of her two most senior advisers in the wake
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of thursday's general election, in which the conservatives lost their overall parliamentary majority. he's gavin barwell, a former conservative government minister who lost his seat as an mp in the election. mrs may said: "i'm delighted that gavin barwell accepted the role as my chief of staff. he has been a first class minister and is widely respected. i look forward to working with him." the resignations of nick timothy and fiona hill followed what the bbc understands was a warning from conservative mps that mrs may would face a leadership challenge, if she didn't sack them. more on gavin barwell‘s appointment in a moment, but first our political correspondent alex forsyth. they were at the heart of power, the prime minister's closest advisers for years. but nick timothy and fiona hill were accused of having too much control over policy and tactics, costing theresa may her majority and costing them theirjobs. they're brilliant street fighters and terrible political leaders, because what you need at the heart of government is a few grey—haired
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people who have been around the block a bit and say "don't do that, you will make mistakes". mistakes acknowledged by nick timothy today. he said britain was divided: today, as the consequences of the campaign sunk in, reflection and recrimination, some tory mps saying theresa may had to heed calls to change. there were plenty of voices in the conservative party that reminded her you cannot run the government like you run the home office and there have been plenty of calls to make sure that the circle around her was wider and more inclusive, to prevent anyone believing that the two principal advisers had undue influence. the prime minister is under pressure from all sides. with no majority, her plans for things like grammar schools
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and social care will be hard to get through parliament. and the queen's speech, her programme for government, is just over a week away. in order to lead a minority government, she will have to balance competing demands on almost every front, considering notjust the position of the dup on some issues, but that of her own mps too. in scotland, there are now 13 of them, their backing essential to the prime minister, the party leader here already suggesting a revised approach to brexit. what's clear is that the conservative party, having failed to win a majority, now needs to work with others, which means we can look again at what it is we hope to achieve as we leave the eu and i want to be involved in those discussions. the prime minister may be back in number 10, but in a position far from what she'd hoped. she has lost her two most trusted aides, she has lost her majority in the house of commons, and thejob of leading has become that much harder.
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as we've been hearing, mrs may needs the support of northern ireland's democratic unionist party to give her a working majority in parliament, but what will the dup demand in return for their loyalty, and how could any deal affect the politics of northern ireland? here's john campbell. political views here are firmly held and slow to change. on saturday mornings for the last five years, unionist protesters have gathered at belfast city hall, opposing a council policy to reduce the numbers of days on which it flies the union flag — a decision may feel undermines their british identity. they welcome the dup's new influence. from a loyalist point of view, i think northern ireland is in the best position we have ever been in. we could not have wished for anything better than a hung parliament. what should they be asking for? first, they should be asking to stop the witchhunt against british army. just across the street,
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what do people think the dup should prioritise? the national health and the hospital is one of the most important ones. schools and welfare. i am pleased they are going into government with them. a functioning executive for government in northern ireland. money is great, but it does not answer all the questions. the dup is a party with religious roots, and that continues to influence its social policy. it opposes extending gay marriage and abortion rights to northern ireland, but issues like these are unlikely to feature in talks with the conservatives. i think the dup's demands will be overwhelmingly financial. they have a road map they set out in 2015, when they thought they would be in this position. there is little in that about social policy. those financial demands are likely to include more money for infrastructure investment. the party will not support
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further austerity measures, like the means testing on winter fuel allowance. on brexit, the dup does not appear to share theresa may's view that walking away with no deal is a viable option. joining me now is our political correspondent, gary o'donoghue. what is happening with the dup?‘ lot of confusion at the moment. we understood from some reports that the outline of an agreement had been reached on the principle of some sort of arrangement between the government and the dup, something called confidence and supply, which is not a full coalition, but it does allow the government to rely on the dup on key votes in parliament and getting through things like the budget. however, downing street knows nothing about this. or at least, the bitter downing street we
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talked to doesn't know anything about it at this stage. the other advisers we have been speaking to seemed to be in the dark as well. so we are waiting for confirmation. i think that is what will happen. it is the most likely outcome. it is the thing theresa may needs, a working majority, albeit a wafer thin one, in the house of commons. but at the moment, we have no confirmation that anything has happened and we certainly don't know the details, meaning what the dup have extracted in return for their support. we know there is likely to bea support. we know there is likely to be a shopping list of things that they will want including money for northern ireland, for their farmers post—brexit. they will want reassu ra nces post—brexit. they will want reassurances on the nature of the border. they are keen that there is not a solid, hard border between north and south. and they have a slightly different view, as you were hearing, about the kind of trading relationship etc that britain ought
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to have with the eu after brexit to theresa may. so there is a lot to discuss. the confidence and supply arrangement basicallyjust guarantees the government's existence. it doesn't go beyond that. after that, each bit of legislation, you have to argue back and forth with the people who are keeping you in place, the dup. and each time, with each piece of legislation, they are in a position to make demands for concessions and changes, and the government will have to listen if it wants to get those through. i have been told on social media that such an arrangement has been in place in the ireland since last year, but we are not used to having it here, and there are other ways of organising? we are not used to hang parliament is here, that's why. we did have one in 2010, of course, which led to the coalition between the conservatives
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and liberal democrats. they had similar things and liberal democrats. they had similarthings in and liberal democrats. they had similar things in the 1970s, when labour was governing with minority governments of various kinds, but we have not been used since then to any kind of instability. governments have won majorities big or small, and they have governed with those. even up to 1997, whenjohn major's majority basically disappeared, there were not any formal arrangements to keep his government in power. so it is newish territory. there are ten dup mps. this is like all their christmases rolled into one. this is a chance for them to exert the kind of influence on a british government that they have not had for donkeys years, and not just on issues relating to northern ireland, but on other issues where they feel northern ireland has an
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interest. so i think they will want to extra ct interest. so i think they will want to extract as much as possible from this. they will not want to push it too far, because the government could end up walking away. but they will want to maximise their leverage, and why wouldn't they? sinn fein, the other party in northern ireland, has views on it too as well with regard to the good friday agreement. for the moment, gary, thank you. with us is lucy fisher from the times. lots going on today. the other big development is the departure of those two advisers to theresa may, nick timothy and fiona hill. how much pressure has she been put under to see them go?l hill. how much pressure has she been put under to see them go? a huge deal of pressure. that was the price that was extracted from her by the cabinet ministers who agreed today on. borisjohnson, cabinet ministers who agreed today on. boris johnson, michael cabinet ministers who agreed today on. borisjohnson, michael fallon, philip hammond and david davis and
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amber rudd have agreed to stay in post. there has been a lot of unhappiness about the way her chiefs of staff have behaved notjust during the campaign, but for the past ten months. a very aggressive style, acting as gatekeepers, which you would expect any incumbent at number ten to have. but their particular brand of street fighting has not gone down well, so she was forced to get rid of them, which will have come as a big blow to her because she relied on them both for personal reassurance as well as advice. they have been with her since before she was prime minister. throughout her time in the home office, she relied on them. it will be difficult to see how she goes forward now without those firm relationships. so what was it more recently that some conservative mps felt was inappropriate about the way they behaved? felt was inappropriate about the way they behaved ? they felt was inappropriate about the way they behaved? they had some involvement in putting the manifesto
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together. of course. nick timothy was said to be the author of the social care policy which theresa may had to u—turn on days after she announced it. there are a number of things. the lack of bit rolling, but it worked. the fact that this had been cooked up by nick timothy and theresa may. she hadn't consulted the cabinet. she had not helped those people understand why they we re those people understand why they were doing this. they were forced to go out and bat for it on the airwaves three days later. then they we re airwaves three days later. then they were forced to explain why it had been reversed. today he has suggested it was not his pet project but had been in the pipelines for a long time in whitehall, but people thought that was a key moment at which the prime minister unravelled. this line of strong and stable leadership was undermined by that u—turn and a lot of people were pointing the finger at him. now she has a new chief of staff in gavin ba rwell, has a new chief of staff in gavin barwell, who lost his seat. it is a
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strange time. gavin barwell would have remained mp if not for the prime minister calling this unnecessary election, this gamble that failed. so in a way, it is odd. he certainly doesn't owe her a bit of loyalty given that he has lost his seat. gavin barwell is a nice man. conservative contacts seem to have good words to say about him. after the more hostile, macho style of nick and fiona, that will be welcome. diplomacy and charm will be needed now that the prime minister is so we can. secondly, he's very much a party man. he worked for conservative central office and now conservative central office and now conservative headquarters, at the heart of the party for 70 years. so we are seeing a shift of power away from downing street and back to the party in london. and he has served asa party in london. and he has served as a minister? he was a loyal foot soldier in theresa may's government for the past ten months. before
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that, he was housing minister. he can probably expect some ribbing. he was the author of a book called how to wina was the author of a book called how to win a marginal. given that he had one of the most marginal seats, croydon central, and the fact that he lost it, people will be poking fun at him and asking, if he couldn't save his own seat, how on earth will he save a week and wobbly prime minister? there are bound to bea prime minister? there are bound to be a few people who will take that open goal. thank you, lucy. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are jack blanchard, political editor of the mirror and caroline wheeler. it's been revealed that the ringleader of the london terror attack had tried to hire a seven and a half tonne lorry instead of a van to run down members of the public. police say the number of injured would have been much higher. eight people died in the knife
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and van attack a week ago. here's our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford. on the edges of borough market, they were repairing the damage today, replacing the doors that had been shot off by armed police in the desperate hunt to find the killers. the police are gone, but the market where five victims were stabbed to death remains sealed off. a scene of horror and heroism. we have stories of people who came out armed with chairs, other items, were throwing bottles and anything they could get their hands on with a view to try to prevent the attackers coming into pubs and bars but more importantly, to scare them off to stop other people being attacked. the weapons the attackers used were 12—inch pink ceramic knives of the ernesto brand, possibly bought at lidl. they were found tied onto the men's hands with leather straps after they'd been shot by police. minutes earlier, they had killed three other people on london bridge before crashing their b&q van.
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in the van, police found 13 petrol bombs made with lighter fluid and cloth cut from tracksuit bottoms and two blowtorches. detectives believe behind this green door in east ham was the men's safe house. in a top floor bedsit rented by rachid redouane two months ago, detectives discovered items that had been used to make their petrol bombs and fake suicide vests. and an english—language copy of the koran left open at a page referencing martyrdom. the ringleader of the gang, khuram butt, had tried to hire a 7.5 tonne truck that morning which would have made the attack worse, but fortunately, his payment did not go through. he was also being investigated by counterterrorism detectives for fraud and was still on police bail, although the case was about to be dropped. at the present time, i do not regard what i have seen as an intelligence failure.
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but everybody would expect us to look at what has happened and to ensure we learn whatever we can from what has happened and secondly, that we continue to improve and improve and that is what we have always done in this country in the face of a changing terrorist threat. the men killed three of their victims as they drove across london bridge and stabbed five more to death in borough market. it was the third attack on britain in ten and a half weeks. people are being urged to visit london's bars and restaurants today in a show of "unity and resilience" a week after the attacks. our correspondent, sarah campbell has been in southwark, near london bridge. this is the anchor pub and as you can see, it's packed this afternoon. you might be able to make at london bridge in the background. borough market is just a few minutes walk from here where this afternoon, residents who had had to leave
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during the police investigation were being allowed back in. it is very close to the events of last week, but the people i have been speaking to say that although it is on their minds, it won't stop them coming back to the capital. that is the sentiment being promoted across the city this evening. donations are set to pour into the uk solidarity fund which was set up by the british red cross in the wake of the manchester and westminster attacks. so at pubs like this, people will be asked to donate the price of a drink. at restau ra nts, donate the price of a drink. at restaurants, they are donating the cost of a meal. uber will donate £1 perfare and cost of a meal. uber will donate £1 per fare and there are loads of collection that tube stations and theatres. all that money will go to theatres. all that money will go to the victims and families of victims caught up in the attacks. the sentiment from here is that whatever happened last saturday will not stop people enjoying themselves. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may looks set to be backed by the democratic unionist party in a minority government as an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement is reportedly reached. mrs may has appointed gavin barwell
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as her new chief of staff after two of her closest aides, nick timothy and fiona hill, resigned. she was told to sack the pair or face a leadership challenge. police said the london bridge terror attackers had petrol bombs and blowtorches in the van they used. detectives have also discovered the safe house where they prepared for the attack. time for a check on the sport. the world cup qualifier between scotland and england at hampden park ended as a 2—2 draw. a match that had been largely forgettable for 70 minutes then burst into life in the closing stages. england led, then scotland scored twice to go ahead, before england captain harry kane snatched an equaliser in injury time. england are still top of group f. scotland stay fourth. with the world cup finals under way
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ina with the world cup finals under way in a little over 12 months, some england fans were already planning their trip to russia. the scottish ones are hoping their forward—thinking isn't always did. with some rivalries, though, all that context can take a back seat. scotla nd that context can take a back seat. scotland versus england is normally one to stir the emotions. sadly, the first half did little to do that. in this battle of britain between red and blue, the majority of the chances fell to the team in red, gaining a lead was more of a headache. so gareth southgate santon alex oxlade—chamberlain and the game swung deservedly in england's favour. scotland had barely threatened when leigh griffiths lined upa threatened when leigh griffiths lined up a late free kick. emotions we re lined up a late free kick. emotions were stirring now, all right. no second invitation needed, which is exactly what england gave him with a minute remaining, a scarcely believable result on the cards, with one scarcely believable twist still to come. skipper harry kane with a
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captain's goal, a first for england for every year, want to bring scotla nd for every year, want to bring scotland to its knees. a precious three points slip away. reaching next yea r‘s world three points slip away. reaching next year's world cup? don't put your shirt on it. northern ireland's hopes of making the finals next year were boosted with a last gasp 1—0 victory in azerbaijan. stuart dallas scored the winner in injury—time. it's a result that strengthens northern ireland's position in second place in group c. england's cricketers have knocked australia out of the icc champions trophy tournament. england were well ahead of their target when rain stopped play, and their victory was later confirmed by the duckworth lewis method. england restricted australia to 277 in their innings, thanks in part to this stunning piece of fielding from jason roy. if his foot touched the boundary while the ball was in his hand here, it would've been a six but he managed tojuggle it up in the air to take the wicket of glenn maxwell. england started poorly and slumped to 35 for three, but eoin morgan and ben stokes launched a fightback, putting on 159
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for the fourth wicket. stokes was unbeaten on 102 when the rain ended play.. so bangladeshjoin england from this group in the semi finals. gregor townsend has enjoyed success in first match as scotland coach. they beat italy 34—13. playing in singapore, they ran in four tries in 11 minutes — two either side of half time. tim visser finished off finn russell's clever kick. ross ford — who had scored just one try in 107 previous internationals, then added two tries in quick succession. damien hoyland completed the scoring. scotland will play australia next saturday. it's a busy day of rugby union internationals. england are in sanjuan to face argentina in theirfirst test of the series. that match kicked off about 15 minutes ago. argentina have taken an early lead with a converted try. and ireland are in newjersey to take on the united states. that match begins at ten tonight. roland garros was treated
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to a memorable final of the women's french open this afternoon with the unseeded 20 year—old latvian jelena ostapenko beating simona halep. ostapenko, who had never won a tour title before today, lost the first set, but produced a remarkable display to come back and win the championship in three sets. she is the first unseeded woman to win at roland garros since 1933. lewis hamilton has equalled ayrton senna's total of 65 pole positions ahead of the canadian grand prix. and the briton did it in style, clocking the quickest qualifying lap ever seen in montreal. he was a third of a second clear of championship leader sebastian vettel. after the qualifying session, senna's family with one of senna's race helmets to mark the achievement. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the former top gear presenter richard hammond has been
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airlifted to hospital afterfracturing his knee following a serious crash in switzerland. the a7—year—old, who sustained brain injuries in a crash in 2006, was driving an electric car whilst filming the grand tour season 2 when the accident happened. fellow presenterjeremy clarkson tweeted that: "it was the biggest crash i've ever seen and the most frightening, but incredibly, and thankfully, richard seems to be mostly ok". a rescue operation has taken place in the mid—atlantic after a fleet of yachts that set out from the uk was hit by what's described as a "once in a lifetime" storm. the sailors, competing in a transatlantic race, encountered 15—metre waves and 60—knot winds. crew on three yachts issued mayday calls last night and another two needed help from the coastguard. the cruise liner, the queen mary 2, was also involved in the rescue effort. earlier, the director of the race, john lewis, gave this update on the situation. we have a competitor, mervyn
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wheatley, who has done the atlantic three times. he hasjust wheatley, who has done the atlantic three times. he has just recently been rescued. his boat was severely damaged. he was rescued by the queen mary, who was diverted to the position. he is now on his way to halifax. we have another boat from hungary which was sunk. we don't know the full reasons for that. they have been rescued. we have a yacht from holland called happy. they were dismasted. and they have been rescued. and we have a further two retiring. so over the 36 hours, five boats were seriously affected. three boats were seriously affected. three boats sunk and two boats retired. but everybody is well, safe and presently recovered. adam west, the us actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit tv series batman, has died aged 88. his portrayal of the masked
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superhero — and his alter ego bruce wayne — won him a cult following. west died peacefully in los angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said. let's look at the weather now. let's look at the weather nowm let's look at the weather now. it is a day of sunshine and showers for some of you tomorrow, particularly to the north and west of the uk. to the south and east, cloudier than today. the weather front has been producing rain across the midlands this evening. that works towards east anglia and the south—east later. not much rain left by dawn. clearer skies in its wake. a few showers in scotland. the breeze keeps the temperatures up overnight. patchy rain and drizzle for the early risers, turning brighter through the day. after a bright start north and west, showers become more abundant, particularly for
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scotla nd more abundant, particularly for scotland and northern ireland. fewer showers for england, the midlands and the south—west. temperatures down a bit for some of you, and down again on monday. on monday, there is still a breeze across the country. but many of you will have a dry day, just a few showers, particularly through northern england, scotland and potentially first thing in northern ireland, but northern ireland will largely have a dry day. this is bbc news. the headlines: we have just had confirmation from downing street to the bbc that theresa may will be backed by the democratic unionist party in a minority government as an outline agreement on confidence and supply has been reached. earlier, the prime minister's two chief advisers nick timothy and fiona hill resigned. the bbc understands theresa may had been
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warned that unless they left, she would face a leadership challenge. they have been replaced by former conservative mp gavin barwell, theresa may's new downing street chief of staff after losing his croydon central seat in the general election. the metropolitan police have revealed that the london bridge attackers tried to hire a seven and attackers tried to hire a seven and a half tonne lorry to carry out last saturday's attack, but the payment was declined. now, emily maitlis presents a special newsnight programme from westminster. can may govan? discussing the after—shocks from thursday's election. it was broadcast earlier this evening, before the news of the dup outline agreement was announced. politics has never looked a more lonelyjob. tonight, as her top aides quit, the pm seems more isolated than ever. her top aides quit and the pm's future hangs in the balance. ferociously loyal and always in step, fiona hill and nick timothy
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were forced to resign. does this save theresa may? and forjust how long? what's protecting theresa may right now is not the loyalty, the respect or even the fear of her party. it's the fact that they can't see anyone obvious with whom to replace her. nor can they see an obvious process to find that person that doesn't risk plunging the party and the government into potentially fatal instability. there were frustrations in the party. it was about whether or not all of us felt included in her project. is europe laughing at us, or as confused as we are? mark urban speaks to angela merkel‘s right—hand man. we should not waste time. we should go into the details as soon as possible. and do we have to define a new direction for britain now? who are the left—behinds, and what are they asking for?


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