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tonight at ten: theresa may says she intends to serve a full term as prime minister and is getting on with thejob. speaking after a reshuffle of her cabinet, she brushed aside criticism that she's now a caretaker leader. i said during the election campaign that if elected i would serve a full term, but what i am doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job. but the conservative chancellor she sacked says she's living on borrowed time. theresa may is a dead woman walking, it's just how long she is going to remain on death row. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he's ready "any time" to fight another election, as talks continue between the conservatives and the democratic unionists. also tonight: police release new images of the manchester arena bomber and say they're now sure he made the device alone. president macron looks set to win an overwelming majority for his new party in france's parliamentary elections. and england's footballers win the world cup — at under 20 level.
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good evening. theresa may says she intends to serve a full term as prime minister and is "getting on with thejob." she was speaking this evening after reshuffling her cabinet and said what the public wanted to see was "government providing certainty and stability. " but she's faced more criticism today, with the former chancellor george osborne saying the election result left her too vulnerable and that she was a "dead woman walking". and the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he's ready "any time" to fight another election. here's our political correspondent vicki young. she's putting on a brave face, but theresa may knows she has thrown her party into turmoil.
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the shock of election night is still sinking in. after church this morning, the prime minister rang round colleagues who'd been defeated on thursday. she's in office for now, but for how much longer? i said during the election campaign that, if re—elected, i would intend to serve a full term. but what i am doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job and i think that's what's important, i think that's what the public would expect. they want to see governments providing that certainty and stability. but senior conservatives have demanded changes. it is going to require a different approach. we are going to see, i hope, more collective decision—making in the cabinet. i and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her and i think you will also see that she will want to work much more closely with the parliamentary party. and this was the first sign that mrs may has been forced to reach out. her old enemy, michael gove, who she sacked, returns to the cabinet as environment secretary. and he'll be sitting
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alongside borisjohnson. the two men spectacularly fell out over the tory leadership contest last year. today, the foreign secretary denied he was plotting another challenge for the top job. just a little wave for michael gove, best friends? jeremy corbyn did not win this election. it is absolutely right that she should go ahead, form a government and deliver on the priorities of the people. i am going to be backing her, absolutely everybody i'm talking to is going to be backing her, as well. he has obviously not spoken to this former colleague. theresa may is a dead woman walking. it is just how long she will remain on death row. i think we will know very shortly. in other words, we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her. the labour leader says theresa may's position is vulnerable and he is ready for another general election. we cannot go on with a period of great instability. we have a programme, we have the support and we are ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be,
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because we want to be able to serve the people of this country. controversial policies like grammar schools, social care and pension changes may bite the dust. compromises will need to be found. there is no point in sailing ahead with items that were in the manifesto, which we will not get through parliament. to get anything done, the conservatives need votes from another party. they are trying to do a deal with northern ireland's ten democratic unionists. today, both sides suggested that the principles of an agreement were in place. we had very good discussions yesterday with the conservative party in relation to how we could support them in forming a national government, one that would bring stability to the nation, and those discussions continue. we have made good progress, but the discussions continue. after such a bad political
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miscalculation, most leaders would be forced out, but many tory mps do not have the appetite for a distracting leadership contestjust as brexit talks are about to start. and they certainly don't want to risk a second general election. for now, theresa may's colleagues are rallying behind her, but she is certainly not in charge of her own political destiny. vicki young, bbc news, downing street. well, with negotiations on brexit due to begin in days, where does all the current political upheaval leave the government's strategy? our political correspondent ben wright has been looking at the options. there's some flash photography in his report. almost a year ago, britain voted to leave the eu, but last week's chaotic election result has reopened the argument over how, on what terms, on the priorities, the tactics — just days before divorce talks with the eu are due to start. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has a rethink.
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she's now got to make sure that she understands that the british people have rejected a hard brexit. we are leaving the eu. i don't think there's any change there, but we're not going to be leaving the eu in some irresponsible way that will damage our country and, of course, the future generations. a manifesto to see us through brexit and beyond. theresa may had wanted a strong mandate from voters for this, the tories manifesto, which set out their aims for brexit. it promised to take britain out of the single market and have control over the eu migration to britain. to strike new free—trade deals with the eu and other countries. theresa may also said no brexit deal was better than a bad one, a threat to walk away from talks. every conservative scottish, english and welsh mp was elected on our manifesto, so obviously, we deliver the plans in that manifesto as best we can, including, and especially, on brexit. even though theresa may didn't win
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the election outright, today ministers insisted the government's brexit strategy hadn't changed, but the political reality has. roughly half of tory mps in the house of commons backed remain in last year's referendum, and now, after this electoral humiliation, they may feel emboldened to try and water down theresa may's brexit plan. but the prime minister is trapped, because the other half of her parliamentary party, also livid about this election result, will be furious if there is any compromise. one pro—eu tory grandee was scathing. brexit is the cancer gnawing at the heart of the conservative party, and there's a lot of talk of changing leader. it may well come to that. but it's not about changing just the leader, it's changing the policy. there is no appetite or mandate in parliament for trying to stop brexit. like the tories, labour has committed to leaving the eu. but how is the question. let's be clear.
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we are respecting the decision of the referendum. we are democrats. we are respecting the decision. i think people will interpret membership of the single market as not respecting that referendum. others in labour say it's time to get the whole of parliament behind a brexit strategy. now there should be a sort of cross party commission or group set up to try and take forward those negotiations in a way that is open, thoughtful, consensual, that accepts that not everybody is going to get the deal that they want. all this confusion comes two months after britain formally handed in its notice to leave the eu. brussels is waiting to negotiate. the two—year clock is ticking. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. so as talks with the dup continue, what are voters making of all the uncertainty, especially when it comes to brexit? elaine dunkley has been to birmingham to find out, a city evenly split between remain and leave in last year's eu referendum. birmingham — one of the most divided cities in the uk when it comes to brexit.
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but can people here agree on the best course of action for britain? i want to know what's happening withjobs. how much is it going to cost? i want to know what is going to happen with immigration and migration. first stop, shard end. this area had the highest number of leave voters in last year's eu referendum. what are the big issues for you? to be honest, since brexit was introduced, our business has declined. and since all the confusion, people are holding back the money. our main clients are not spending the money like they did. imports and exports will be harder, unless we get the right deals. that is what may has got to fight for. to be honest, i don't really understand what brexit actually entails. i don't think many people really understand what happens. next stop moseley, where people overwhelmingly voted to remain in the european union. with regards to the dup, they are quite sensible in the sense that they will want hospitals, schools and roads in northern ireland, which they can get as a result
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of the arrangement with the conservatives. and they do want a soft brexit. so, on balance, it is actually a good result. is theresa may the right person to do the negotiation? i think she is weak. i think that the fiasco pretty much since last june, in terms of how she has run the party, hasn't helped her. i think it makes her look small in front of the europeans. i think that might have an issue. in brussels, the eu has its negotiating position ready and is waiting. meanwhile here, the debate about how to keep europe as a friend with benefits continues. elaine dunkley, bbc news. our ireland correspondent chris buckler is at stormont and our deputy political editorjon pienaar is in downing street. chris, the leader of the dup arlene foster, she is in london to meet the prime minister on tuesday. what does
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she want in return for her support? there has been a lot of talk on the dup's there has been a lot of talk on the dup‘s stance on gay marriage and abortion, but i have no down that the dup‘s priority is money not morality. northern ireland gets more per head in terms of public funding, but its economy and public services here need investment so we expect the dup to ask for cash. they will also want a say on brexit negotiations and strengthening the different parts of the uk to bring the union together. what is happening in westminster will have an impact instalment. when negotiations about power sharing are due to morrow, it will be difficult if the dup are propping up the conservatives, to see them as honest brokers for theresa may's government as facilitators and that is why we have had a statement from the irish
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prime minister warning that nothing should be done to jeopardise the good friday agreement. john, theresa may has said she will serve a full term as prime minister. just how safe is she? that ability of today's reshuffle was evidence of her vulnerability. no significant movement and the promotion of a pro—european had to be balanced by bringing michael gove in from the cold. today, the tory mp 's chairman, graham brady, maybe the most discreet the powerful figure at oi'i most discreet the powerful figure at on the backbenches won't have that anything that upsets those mps risks defeat and the most reliably on message minister in the cabinet, michael fallon, warned her she had better listen or risk a mutiny. she
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looked like a prime minister strapped into an ejector seat with a 100 fingers hovering over the button. i do not think we should expect a challenge to theresa may, but there is little or nothing to loyalty a nd but there is little or nothing to loyalty and everything to the party's deepest instincts to self—preservation. tories do not think they could handle a challenge this close to brexit talks and they fear the possibility of a second election. her position looks painful, her parties looked uncomfortable and it can't be ideal for a country expecting something more stable, more stronger so close to brexit. police have released new images of the manchester arena bomber, saying they now fully understand the movements of salman abedi almost hour by hour in the week's leading up to the attack. detectives say he was in and out of the country, and that they understand how he obtained the chemicals
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and equipment used in the bomb. they're also now sure he made the device alone. here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. it was in this white nissan micra bought just two days it was in this white nissan micra boughtjust two days before he left for libya that police believe the manchester ballmer store the parts to make his device. in plastic barrels police found later in the car. salman abedi flew out of the country on april 15 and arrived back in manchester on may 18. he was caught on cctv with a blue suitcase going backwards and forwards to the flats where the white car was parked. detectives believe he was collecting preprepared parked. detectives believe he was collecting preprepa red bomb parked. detectives believe he was collecting preprepared bomb parts from the carfor him to collecting preprepared bomb parts from the car for him to assemble alone at this flat in central manchester. in a statement police investigating the bomber said, we understand how the chemicals and equipment were obtained and where the bomb was assembled. we
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understand where he has been the days before the explosion almost hour by hour. detectives are still searching a landfill site in the hopes of finding the blue suitcase which could contain crucial evidence. police investigating the manchester attack originally talked ofa manchester attack originally talked of a network, 20 people were detained in the uk and a senior officer said some of the arrests we re very officer said some of the arrests were very significant, but today the last of those arrested was released leaving just some minor bedi, who is dead, and his brother who is being held in libya. detectives say they wa nt to held in libya. detectives say they want to talk to the brother who left the country with his older brother on the 15th of april. he is being detained by the libyan ministry of interior ‘s specials deterrent force. all the roads point to libya, it is not a country that we can operate with with any due certainty. investigations will be difficult for
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british police within libya. police say some of the men they arrested and released appear to have bought materials that can be used to make explosives and some were in contact with salman abedi in the last few days, but detectives say at this time they are satisfied with their explanations. in libya, the notorious son of the country's former leader colonel gaddafi is reported to have been released from prison. a militia group controlling the town of zintan in the west of the country says it's freed saif al—islam after six years in jail. he's still wanted for war crimes by the international criminal court. from libya, our middle east correspondent orla guerin reports. saif al—islam. for years, the public face of a hated regime. now, once again, a free man. he was colonel gaddafi's heir apparent, expected to inherit the family dictatorship. that was before his capture during the uprising of 2011. he was detained by rebel fighters as he tried to flee to niger.
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later he appeared minus a few fingers — the result of an air strike, he said. he was sentenced to death by a court in tripoli for brutality during the revolution, and he's still wanted by the international criminal court in the hague on war crimes charges. tripoli's martyrs square, cradle of the revolution, was the picture of calm today, but the release of saif al—islam could deepen old wounds and new divisions in this fractured country. those who gathered here in the square six years ago, celebrating freedom, hoped they had seen the last of the gaddafis. now they have to adjust to the fact that the dictator's son has been freed. many will see this as a betrayal of the revolution, of those who fought and died. but the gaddafi name still carries power here. so much so that none of those
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we spoke to around the square would show their faces on camera. but most accepted his release. not such a surprise, perhaps, when you consider libya's descent into chaos since the fall of gaddafi. this man told us, better the devil you know. i think he is from the young generation, he says, and has a different view. he's not like the old regime. in the past, saif al—islam commanded considerable support, and in parts of the country he still does. his backers will be hoping he returns to the political fray. in france, the new president emmanuel macron is trying to cement his grip on power in the country's parliamentary elections. early indications, after the first round of voting, suggest that mr macron could be on course
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to secure a big majority for his party which was only formed a year ago. our paris correspondent lucy williamson has the latest. five weeks after snatching the presidency from more experienced hands, emmanuel macron is doing the same with the parliament. his party la republique en marche is on track for a landslide. little more than a year after it was formed. the run—off vote next sunday will decide the exact number of seats, but at party hq they are already looking ahead to government. translation: the significance of this result is clear, but we must show humility and determination to beat the big challenges of the next five years. president macron voted at his home in le touquet today, not as a candidate this time, but as the man elected to change france. while the polling station of far right leader marine le pen, fighting for a seat in the country's north—east, was marked by a solitary fan and a selfie.
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her party, once predicted to win up to 80 seats, is now expected to get no more than a handful. translation: front national supporters must turn out en masse next sunday. it's essential that we win seats so we can oppose the catastrophic politics of mr macron, which include destroying worker rights. mr macron‘s party could end up controlling around three quarters of the french parliament, with the centre—right republicans forming the backbone of a shrunken opposition. emmanuel macron is a man in a hurry. he wants to push his reforms as quickly as possible. the problem is the lack of opposition in the next parliament will bring opposition elsewhere, and that opposition might be in the streets, and the french are very good at bringing opposition in the streets. a clear majority would be a big help to the new president in tackling france's intractable labour laws.
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but any majority he does get is likely to need sensitive political handling. the party draws its candidates from the old centre—left and centre—right, with half of them new to politics entirely. next sunday's the vote will begin a new political era, new to voters, president and parliamentarians alike. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. football, and wales have drawn their latest world cup qualifier against serbia. it was aaron ramsey who opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but serbia drew level in the second half, newcastle's alexander mitrovich getting the equaliser. wales have now drawn 5 of their 6 matches as they try to make it through to next summer's tournament in russia. it's been a long time coming, but england have won their first football world cup, at any age group, since 1966. the young lions of the under 20s team lifted the trophy with a 1—0 win over venezuela.
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our sports correspondent andy swiss was watching. commentator: england, world cup winners. yes, you heard him right. it's taken a mere 51 years, but once again, english football is basking in global glory. the so—called young lions turning their promise into the ultimate prize. not that it was easy, though. paul simpson's side began as favourites again venezuelan, and when dominic calvert—lewin lot of them ahead, the trophy seemed theirs for the taking. but after the break, venezuela were handed a lifeline. penalty, that age—old scourge of english football, but not this time. commentator: and it's kept out by woodman. freddie woodman is england's hero. and if england thought it was all over, well, it was now. commentator: and england have won the under 20 world cup. most of these players have little premier league experience, and, as their triumph was shared by england's senior team at theirtraining camp,
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that is now their challenge. fantastic achievement for them. the aim is now that those players come through to the seniors, and a big part of that now is for them to get opportunities with their clubs, because i think they have shown, if at under 20s we are world champions, then there's enough players there to fulfil careers in the game without clubs looking elsewhere. but at last those indelible images of england's only other world cup win have some company. yes, success at senior level is still some leap, but after years of looking to the past, a day to celebrate the future. andy swiss, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. stay with us on bbc one. it's time for the news where you are. this is bbc news. back now to goings on at westminster in the wake of thursday's general election — and specifically theresa may's ministerial reshuffle.
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speaking earlier this evening, the prime minister explained why she'd made the changes. at this time, we need stability and certainty, that is what i've done today, putting together our cabinet that reflects the experience across the conservative party, a cabinet that will get on with government and get on with delivering successful brexit negotiations that start in a week's time. but we also need to do with the social issues in our country. tackling issues around mental health, ensuring technical education for young people, tackling the housing crisis. this is what my cabinet and government will be getting on and doing. prime minister, one question or two. the big news today, obviously, the return of michael gove to your cabinet. are you now in a situation where you are so weakened by the election that you have no choice but to put influential adversaries at the top table, proof, in the words of george osborne, you are a dead woman walking?
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what i've seen is people across the party accepting the invitation to be in my cabinet and i've bought in talent from across the party. i believe that's important. this is a government that is going to be governing for everyone, we want to country that works for everyone, bring talent together to ensure we can get on with the job of delivering a successful brexit but also deal with some of the challenges that people see in their everyday lives like dealing with the need for more housing. ensuring that we have a proper mental health legislation to support people and providing that technical education for young people. i'm pleased that people from across the party have agreed to serve in my cabinet and we're going to be getting on with the job of government. one more thing. it's obviously been a very difficult few days for you, both personally and politically i would imagine. how are you feeling?
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i imagine, rather shell—shocked ? what i am feeling is that actually there is a job to be done and what the public want is to ensure the government is getting on with thatjob. i've appointed cabinet ministers today, i will be ms meeting with them tomorrow. on tuesday i will go to france for meetings with president macron. we need to get on with brexit preparations and also deal with the challenges in people was a very everyday lives. this is the government getting on with work we need to do is to ensure that we are being a government that will govern the everyone, that with across the country. we will see people able to make the most of their lives. this is a government getting on with the job. some of your colleagues have suggested you might be a caretaker prime minister. to be clear for the record,
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do you intend to serve a full term? i said during the election campaign that i would serve a full term. what i'm doing now is getting on with the immediate job. i think that's what is important, what the public expect. they want to see government providing that certainty and stability. at what is a critical time for the country. the brexit negotiations started just a week, we need to get those right and make a success of it. but there are other issues we need to address. we have listened to voters and that is what we will be doing. now for a look at the weather. good evening. blustery across the board and that
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continues as we finish the day and go into the night. still quite breezy. further showers for northern ireland and north and west scotland. compared to what we saw to take us into sunday, a site leak all night but still temperatures in double figures. winds will strengthen a time. we could see winds
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