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a fire on with ship b or there is a fire on ship a. 50 he would have with ship b or there is a fire on ship a. so he would have grappled with complex engineering issues that will be at the heart of the grand felling quarry. so he is qualified from that point of view. he is someone from that point of view. he is someone the barrister said is unfailingly courteous. he is a modest man and an efficient worker. he is held in high regard by lawyers who appear in front of him and also by thejudges who who appear in front of him and also by the judges who are his peers. and yet concerns have been raised about his appointment. they have. in one paper this morning, he was described as controversial. these concerns fasan on one decision he made in 2014. this was a judgment he gave in the court of appeal. it concerned a woman who westminster city council had... she was a homeless single woman with five children who was u nwell woman with five children who was unwell and because of the benefit cap, she was unable to meet her rent. so westminster city council wa nted rent. so westminster city council wanted to hauser 50 miles away in bletchley, near milton keynes in
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buckinghamshire. she disputed the legality of that decision. it eventually got to the court of appeal and sir martin moore—bick gave the leading judgment. he had to review the decision—making process by westminster city council had gone to and determine whether it was lawful. he did that and decided it was lawful. the case then went to the supreme court and he was unanimously overruled. it has to be borne in mind that he was looking at the process. in a judicial review, you are looking at the decision—making process. so it is perhaps a little unfair to point in his direction and say he may have a particular set of views about vulnerable families. but it is a case that has upset some. on who is the ideal type of person to lead a public inquiry? i can tell you what you need in terms of qualities. you need what he certainly has. his intellect is beyond question. you need a big brain. this is going to bea need a big brain. this is going to
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be a huge inquiry. there will be a vast amount of documentary evidence. there will be expert evidence to deal with and the testimony of witnesses. you need someone who can marshal that and has the intellect to understand the technological issues that will be a hard days. but of equal importance is emotional intelligence and high—level communication skills. then had alec, the coroner in the 7/7 bombing inquest, got a lot of plaudits of the sensitive way in which she listened to the families and handled their concerns. there will be a loss of trauma at the heart of this. so thatis of trauma at the heart of this. so that is important. you also need someone that is important. you also need someone who can really crack the whip, someone who will set down and punish than the drive the of lawyers to meet the timetable. someone who will make sure the family at the heart of this are looked after and get proper legal representation. here's the link between the government that holds the purse
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strings and that legal representation. so you need someone who can do all of that and can ultimately deliver reports that are penetrating and that meet expectations. that was our legal correspondent clive coleman, speaking to us a while ago. kensington and chelsea council have adjourned a meeting where the official response to the grenfell tower fire was meant to have been discussed. our reporter is at kensington town hall. journalists initially were not meant to be there, but you manage to get in, susana. tell us how. villa this was a cabinet meeting that had been called. earlier today, we were told the public would be excluded and the press would be excluded. a number of journalists including myself raised concerns about that to the council. we were told we would still not be able to attend, but then a number of newspapers got a court order from a high courtjudge that meant that
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then, the council had to let us in. at that point, the meeting had already started and we were waiting outside and they were only letting in journalists with press passes. outside and they were only letting injournalists with press passes. so a few of us managed to get in. when we got inside, the council leader had already begun reading out the statement. so we didn't catch the beginning of it. but as he carried on, he talked about how the reputation of the council had been diminished. he talked about how they would be starting a subcommittee of the cabinet and also a scrutiny committee in the council later this week or next week, in order to focus purely on the grenfell victims. and he talked about the contribution that council staff had made. but at the end of that statement, he started reading... he started reading the statement before he realised thatjournalists were going to be allowed in. so he started
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talking about how the meeting was being held in private and that journalists were not being allowed in because of concerns about security. various members of the audience, made up of conservative and labour councillors, then started getting pretty annoyed. one of them stepped up and said, have you not seen stepped up and said, have you not seen the journalists who have just walked into the room? at this point, the council leader finished his statement, got up, walked out, followed by the cabinet members, leaving those councillors who had wa nted leaving those councillors who had wanted some answers to dispute why they have left the room without giving them those answers. so pretty angry scenes a few moments ago. and all very short lived. those councillors left behind, what was their assessment of what had happened? i spoke to a number of labour councillors who have been calling for councillor patrick
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brown, the leader of the council, to a nswer brown, the leader of the council, to answer the concerns of residents directly over the past couple of weeks. they were saying this was astonishing and that they had not seen astonishing and that they had not seen anything like that before. so this is another example of the council dealing with things badly. one of them was calling for the resignation of the council. but i also spoke to a conservative councillor who was saying to me that the way this had been dealt with had been very poor and that the council needs to step up and address the concerns of people here. as well as the journalists standing outside, there were a few members of the public, one lady who had been walking by and realised something was going on, and she wanted to get in. she was not allowed in. those of us in. she was not allowed in. those of us who were eventually allowed in we re us who were eventually allowed in were only allowed in because we had press passes on us. were only allowed in because we had press passes on us. so a handful of journalists got in. but councillor paget—brown read that statement,
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finished it and did not even deviate from what he had written before saying it was a private meeting when it clearly wasn't. then he left the room. there will no doubt be more to discuss after that. susana mendonca, at kensington town hall. belfast‘s court of appeal has ruled it is not up to the courts to decide on abortion law in northern ireland, but up to the stormont assembly. in 2015, the high court ruled the law in northern ireland breached the european convention on human rights. and in westminster, mps have backed a call for women from northern ireland to get abortions in england forfree — currently, they have to pay. in 2013, sarah ewart travelled to england for a termination after doctors said her unborn child had no chance of survival outside the womb. such a diagnosis, known as fatal foetal abnormality, is not grounds for a legal abortion in northern ireland. she's been giving her reaction. well, it's unfortunate that women find themselves in this position of carrying a pregnancy where there is a foetal abnormality.
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but it's a good thing that we will now get it in the hospitals across the water instead of a clinic. but at the same time, if it is ok for us to go over there and have it on the nhs, then it should be ok for us to have it here in our own hospitals. how much of a difference would it have made to you and to your family circumstances if someone, if the nhs had paid for the procedure that you had? to start with, i would have been at home with my own family and friends supporting me and the medics who knew me and had been with me through the journey. also, it would have been a huge financial saving as well. when we headed over to england, we would have paid £1,750. we were told we were lucky that we were coming from northern ireland and getting this at a discounted rate and had to pay £1,350. so it would have made a huge difference. how difficult is it for someone like you to hear people talking
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about it in financial terms and putting a price on it? is that difficult for you to swallow? it's extremely difficult. this is a medical procedure that needs to be done in hospital. i'm lucky that i have friends and family around me that were able to support me to go away. not everybody has that option. just a quick line of use to bring you now. reuters are quoting police in france, saying that a man has been arrested after trying to ram a car intoa been arrested after trying to ram a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in france. no one has been injured. that is the only information we have. we will bring you the details as soon as we get them. we haven't even got the location at the moment. it has just dropped. if you need funds, email an emir.
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not an idea most people would have, but it's paid off for the people of godolphin cross near helston in cornwall. the village shares its name with one of the most famous stables in the world — owned by the emir of dubai. people were so desperate forfunds for their local church that one contacted sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum for help. here's lisa hampele. godolphin cross, a quiet village in cornwall where the pace of life is gentle and the methodist chapel looked set to stand empty for ever. the villagers were giving up hope of finding enough funds to buy it and convert it to a community centre. but a bright spark thought of the ruler of dubai, sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum. and his link to godolphin cross. their village shares its name with the world —famous godolphin stables in newmarket which he founded. he's rubbed shoulders with the establishment and the powerful. residents sent him a letter,
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more in hope than expectation, and were amazed when he offered help. i think it's a wonderful gesture. it's not the only giving that they do. they give to other projects around the world and in the uk, but it was fantastic because, as i say, we were staring down the barrel. we were in trouble, we were going to lose our last space and it was a wonderful gesture. so the sheikh who has a passion for horses has become the village's unlikely knight in shining armour. no one will say how much he's given, but it is thought to be around £60,000. and godolphin residents say any time he wants to take a break from his lavish lifestyle, there's a warm welcome awaiting him. if ever he comes down this way, there's a pasty with his name on it, let's just say that. lisa hampele, bbc news. here is the weather. today, the wettest weather has been in the south—east of scotland.
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we've had a couple of inches of rain and it's not a particularly summer looking scene here at st andrews in fife. that was sent by one of our weather watchers. you can see the extent of the rain earlier across scotland, trying to push into northern ireland. patchy rain elsewhere and a lot of cloud too. we will hang onto cloudy skies for most of the night. further rain across notjust scotland and northern ireland, but wales and the south—west. that rain could be heavy for a while, with rain further east too. as a result, temperatures no lower than 13 or 14, not dropping much from the highs we had today. as we head into the rush hour on thursday, we have rain in devon and cornwall, perhaps in west wales. not quite as wet by the morning. in the midlands, cloudy skies and maybe the odd shower, but a hint of sunshine across east anglia and the south—east of england. a bit misty and murky over the hills as you head further north, where we have this patchy rain. it is mostly light.
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it will not be the continuous, heavier rain that some places had earlier, but not a very pleasant start. add to that this northerly wind. that will be blowing down the chilly air. where we keep the rain, temperatures will be very slow to rise. it should dry off across northern ireland and western parts of scotland. the rain is beginning to push into england and wales. it should be a bit warmer across the midlands towards the south—east, where you get sunshine. ahead of that weather front, which takes the patchy rain southeastwards across the uk, for the weekend, everything is coming from the atlantic. the weather fronts should be weaker. there will not be as much rain and with a bit of sunshine around, it should feel a bit warmer. but it's all relative, of course. it's been quite chilly under the rain recently. some early rain in the south—east corner of england will clear away and we will see rain through the day, eventually heading over the irish sea. for most of england and wales, a nice day. it should be dry, the winds will be lighter and it will feel warmer.
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we'll get a bit of rain overnight. again, that should be gone and we'll get a few showers towards the north—west on sunday. otherwise, dry and bright. this is bbc news, the headlines: a meeting of kensington and chelsea council about the grenfell tower tragedy is scrapped as journalists enter the room. a retired judge will lead the inquiry into what happened at grenfell tower. he said it may not be as wide—ranging as some residents hope. the ayes to the right, 323. the noes to the left, 309. the noes to the left, 309. mps have voted in favour
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of the queen's speech by a majority of 14 votes. jeremy corbyn has sacked three frontbenchers for defying the party whip and voting in favour of labour backbenchers' queen's speech amendment. no deal yet in northern ireland. the deadline for setting up a new power—sharing executive has passed. it is now extended until monday. also coming up: bad news for bees.


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