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tonight at 10pm: theresa may ends a difficult week by winning the support of some of the cabinet's leading brexit—backers. michael gove, widely expected to resign because of mrs may's brexit plans, is staying on as environment secretary. do you have confidence in the prime minister, mr gove? i absolutely do. i think it's absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the british people we can get a good outcome. the prime minister is still facing a possible vote of no confidence, but the cabinet's newest member warns colleagues against. this is not a time for changing our leader. this is a time for pulling together. making sure we remember who we are here to serve and to help and that is the whole of the country. we'll have the latest on a possible leadership challenge, and on today's cabinet appointments. also tonight... levels of poverty in some british towns and cities are a disgrace, according to a united nations survey. in the us, rescue workers are intensifying their search after california's deadliest wildfire.
the number of people missing is now over 600. that's enough. and, the white house reporter who clashed with president trump is to get his press pass returned, by order of a judge. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: can wales come from behind to beat denmark and secure promotion to the top tier of football's nations league? good evening. at the end of a very challenging week for the prime minister, when her future was openly questioned by colleagues, mrs may has moved to fill the gaps created by this week's resignations following the publication
of her brexit plans. steve barclay, a junior health minister who supported the leave campaign, has been promoted to brexit secretary, replacing dominic raab. and former home secretary amber rudd makes a return to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary. and, despite speculation that he would resign in protest at the draft withdrawal agreement, michael gove has declared his confidence in mrs may's leadership, and stays on as environment secretary. but the prime minister's position is still far from secure, with a growing number of conservative backbenchers calling for a vote of no confidence. this report by our political editor, laura kuenssberg, contains some flashing images. imagine, submitting yourself first thing in the morning to this... and here in the studio with me, the prime minister. ..literally taking a call from the public asking you to quit. why do you think you should stay on as pm when you have failed, despite your no doubt honourable intentions, to honour the referendum results?
and if you cannot do that, i respectfully ask you to do the right thing in the national interest and stand down to allow someone from the brexit camp to take the lead. i believe that we've got a good deal from europe. we've still got some things to sort out with them, but i believe we've got a good deal from the european union, and that's what i'll put to parliament. she was more keen to pitch her brexit compromise. this message needs to be convincing to survive. myjob is to persuade, you know, first and foremost, my conservative benches, those who are working with us — the dup are working with us, obviously, in confidence and supply. but i want to say, to be able to say to all parliamentarians, every mp — i believe, truly believe, that this is the best deal for britain. will you be resigning today, mr gove? good morning. he doesn't think it's much of a good deal. but, after wobbling and wavering, look... the minister's red box, still in his hand. do you have confidence in the prime minister today? i absolutely do. i'm also looking forward to continuing to work with all my government colleagues and all my colleagues from parliament in order to make sure that we get the best future for britain.
i think it's absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future, and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the british people we can get a good outcome. thank you very much. we know this cabinet minister, penny mordaunt, doesn't like the agreement that much either. but neither is she going anywhere fast. i've not got anything to say, i'm afraid, to you this morning. and, look who's back. amber rudd, the former home secretary. yet to remember she gets a ministerial car along with her newjob. and maybe part of her task — to defend the pm and her deal like this. this is not a time for changing our leader. this is a time for pulling together, for making sure that we remember who we are here to serve, who we are here to help — that's the whole of the country. and i worry sometimes that my colleagues are too concerned about the westminster bubble rather than keeping their eye on what our job is — to serve people. and you'll soon hear more of this man. meet steve barclay. a big promotion for him to the new brexit secretary. and this long—time
cabinet brexiteer. notjust urging colleagues to back the pm, but no longer saying no deal is better than a bad deal — a complete change. we are not elected to do what we want. we are elected to do what's in the national interest. and, ultimately, i hope that across parliament we will recognise that a deal is better than no deal. businesses do require certainty. this melee isn't for a celebrity, but for a leading eurosceptic. there's absolutely no need to have a big flap. "no need for a big flap", he says. he and his colleagues are only trying to depose the prime minister! it is time to put the letters in and to have the vote and test the will of the conservative party to continue. he and many brexiteers believe the prime minister has signed up to a relationship that's just far too cosy with the eu. so, letters are being written to try to force a contest. but they need 48.
we've done our honest best to persuade her not to stick to it. she's made plain that she will. and therefore the party, i'm afraid, now faces a stark choice. and for you, that choice is she has to go? er, if it means defending the destiny of our country, which i believe is literally what is now at stake, then, reluctantly, i'm afraid to say yes, she does. it's impossible to tell right now if the tory tussles will end in the prime minister leaving office. no one in westminster knows. it's hard for all of us to fathom. i think it's a complete shambles. you don't know from one day to the next what's happening. it doesn't feel as if there's anybody in power. what she's been saying for months and just stringing us along until, boom, right at the end, it's too late to say anything, take this or leave it. i hope they go home for the weekend and they chill out and come back and support her. theresa may's team will do everything they can to help her cling on. but neither the chief whip nor anyone knows if in days they'll be fighting a vote to oust her,
or only having the hugejob of pushing her brexit deal through parliament. i've never accepted the argument that the prime minister can come back with whatever she's cobbled together and say, "well, it may not be very good, but the alternative is even worse". in the 21st century, looking at the future of our country, we've got to be able to do better than that. tonight, downing street appears at least to have a new, and calmer, cabinet. but we do not know yet, and they don't either, if theresa may can stay on. because many people in her own party do not wish her well. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. many of the prime minister's critics within her own party insist that the draft withdrawal agreement should be renegotiated, and that the eu should be encouraged to return to the table. but the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said today that the eu had a duty to protect its own rules and arrangements. live to brussels, and our europe editor, katya adler.
the prime minister's critics want the eu to bend in a certain direction but is that likely? this is something we have seen so often through the brexit process, a stark, your link disconnect between the plans and opinions of some leading mps and effusive eu leaders. they wa nt mps and effusive eu leaders. they want a brexit deal, they want to avoid that chaotic, costly no deal scenario but not at any price. there is absolutely no appetite here to start re—negotiating this deal again. we heard from angela merkel who said that there is a text already on the table and it has been agreed by both sides. don't forget, the cabinet signed up to this on wednesday. michel barnier said that we shouldn't now enter into some kind of bargaining process, the eu should not give up on its principles like protecting the irish border. do i send any degree of wiggle room? it
seems the eu is intent on standing firm until that vote in the house of commons. if this text does not pass, i'm being told there is the possibility for some tweaking of the text but no more than that. if it we re text but no more than that. if it were to come to a general election oi’ were to come to a general election or eight second referendum, then the eu likely would agree to put the uk's leaving process on ice and why? pure self interest. firstly to avoid that no deal scenario and secondly for the eu in the hope that the uk might change its mind and stay in their club. many thanks again, katya. laura kuenssberg is in downing street. what is your sense of the immediate threat to decry minister in terms of this vote of no—confidence? threat to decry minister in terms of this vote of no-confidence? it is still there and hanging in the air, there is a rather eerie calm here tonight but this has been 2a hours of things coming down a little bit rather than everything coming
crashing down. we will not know about how many letters have gone in, whether they have reached the magic number of 48 required to trigger a contest, perhaps until monday. the among people who want to see the prime minister stay on is that all those strong words and threats might be falling short of actually triggering something that could see herfrom triggering something that could see her from office but triggering something that could see herfrom office but right triggering something that could see her from office but right now it is simply impossible to tell, even though i have to states there is a sense the immediate danger has faded somewhat. —— i had to say will stop and looking ahead to the vote that is meant to take place in parliament, what is doesn't allow that will stack up? that is the big blockbuster and white there is so much unease among those who quit the cabinet and those who stayed on because if you look at all the disquiet there has been only in the couple of days since this draft deal emerged, it is almost impossible to find fans outside downing street, people who think this is the kind of compromise the country should settle
for. i know there was a group of five cabinet ministers, that the leader of the house of commons, andrea leadsom, trying to coordinate to go back to the prime minister and states that we have to get a particular change to this deal not just because it is what they believe to be the right thing but because they believe it might be the only way that this can get through parliament. as katya suggested, the idea that we could renegotiate the whole thing, that for theresa may should want to reopen this deal, in a sense it seems that is for the birds. but without any changes, it may well just not birds. but without any changes, it may welljust not be possible to get this through the house of commons and that, of course, would be a huge, huge problem for theresa may. and it is really difficult to see how that could happen without there being some very, very dramatic change with the obvious possibility of her being forced to leave office. laura, many thanks. laura kuenssberg in westminster. the chief constable of northern ireland has rejected claims that threats to security at the border with the republic
are being exaggerated. concerns have been raised that any new checkpoints could be targeted by pa ramilitaries, and that political uncertainty could generate tensions amongst republicans or loyalists. 0ur ireland correspondent, chris page, begins his exclusive report on patrol with an officer based in the south of county armagh. six zero, six zero. two boys made off in a van across the border, windscreen smashed. they have got proof they've taken drugs. 0n the uk's only land frontier, police are on the front line. 0fficers routinely patrol in a convoy of four armoured cars. they are conscious of the risk of being rammed or trapped on narrow roads by cross—border criminals. crime gangs and individuals use the border as a way of evading capture by police. we have good cooperation with our colleagues in the south but we cannot cross the border because we're carrying firearms. so, if you are involved in a pursuit and the car goes across the border
somewhere like this... that's it. that's us stopped. and then would the police force in the irish republic pick up the pursuit? yes, they would pick it up. even in recent years, paramilitaries have targeted police with murderous intent. you can see the hedge line and the hedge line is the border. they planted a landmine here and they used the border conveniently to get away. the police service of northern ireland says its task is set to become even more demanding. it is recruiting around 100 extra officers to prepare for brexit and is likely to ask the government to fund more. the chief constable is hoping for a brexit deal but thinks that would not solve all the issues. even a deal scenario, you know, we would need to try to work out and protect the likely responses to it. there are people in the brexit debate who will say that the threat of violence at the border, or the threat to stability in northern ireland is being exaggerated. what are your thoughts on that? those that say that we or others
are overplaying the border of brexit in policing terms, they are simply wrong. history tells us that these issues around identity and people's position, as irish citizens all british citizens or both, all of that plays out at times into increasing tension. and the man in charge of the police in the irish republic says any increase in organised crime like smuggling would benefit dissident republicans who are opposed to the peace process. one of the principal issues might be about driving funding for terrorist groups. but also then they will wish to use any difference in the border arrangement as a rallying call to their campaigns. in spite of the continuing threat, the border beat‘s changed remarkably since the frontier looked like this. no one is expecting military watchtowers to return but police who built up relationships with previously hostile communities hope the gains of relative
peace will be protected. i'm not a politician, i'm a police officer. but small decisions that are made can have massive implications for me working along the border. without seeing this, you perhaps don't realise what it's really like. chris page, bbc news, in county armagh. a private company which provides homecare services for more than 13,000 elderly and disabled people says it will transfer all of its contracts to other care providers. allied healthcare's ability to deliver care services was thrown into sharp doubt by regulators last week, who warned about its financial viability. the company says it is working with local authorities to minimise disruption. levels of poverty in some of britain's towns and cities are a disgrace, according to a united nations survey. a un envoy concluded that government policies have inflicted unnecessary misery and suffering on millions, including many people in work, despite the uk being the world's fifth richest economy. and the united nations warns it
will get worse after brexit, as our social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, reports. i am watching poverty cripple my mother. i lost my house, and it's a lonely world out here. to go to school, go to college and spend all your money on university... it doesn't work like that anymore. often ignored, but for the past ten days, the poor have been listened to. why are so many people crumbling under their burden and losing their fight? here injaywick in essex, england's poorest area, the united nations came to hear what it's like to have little. if i was to die now, no one would miss me. i'm useless, i can't provide for my family. i'm just going to end it. the meeting was one of nine held across the uk by the un's special investigator on extreme poverty. his conclusion — the government is in denial about the problem. what i saw is a lot of misery. a lot of people who feel that the system is failing them.
that the system is really there just to punish them. philip alston said he found staggering levels of child poverty, and a harsh welfare regime that tells the poor... that people who need benefits should be reminded constantly that they are lucky to get anything, that nothing will be made easy. he called for immediate changes to universal credit, the main welfare reform, and deplored the disproportionate effect on women of benefit changes. if you had got a group of misogynists in a room and said, "guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?" they wouldn't have come up with too many other ideas than what's already in place. as you'd expect, ministers have hit back, saying they completely disagree with the un's analysis. they say that household incomes have never been higher, there are 1 million fewer people living in absolute poverty
than in 2010, and that they're committed to providing the right support to those in need. the un's criticisms won't quickly improve the lot of the poor, in jaywick or elsewhere, but they may focus more minds on the daily struggles of millions of britons. michael buchanan, bbc news. the number of people missing after wildfires destroyed the californian town of paradise has risen to more than 600. so far, 63 bodies have been discovered there, but the death toll is expected to rise considerably. at least three other people have died in a separate wildfire in southern california. president trump will travel to the state tomorrow to meet those affected. 0ur correspondent dan johnson has the latest. these smouldering ruins still refuse to revealjust how many lives were lost when paradise burned. the official number killed has kept slowly climbing. but the latest update brought a stunning new figure. the number of people
who we are still looking for, who are unaccounted for, has increased to 631. and this number increased by 501 people. that's because they've checked the number of emergency calls made from people's homes when the fire was at its most intense. boards like this have appeared at shelters around town, with lists of people who are missing and the numbers of loved ones to contact. but this search is increasingly being conducted on social media. so, facebook pages are filled with stories of family members missing, friends and relatives not heard from for more than a week. like jonathan's brother, maurice — missing, along with his wife and daughter. this isn't like maurice to just disappear off the face of the earth and not let anybody know. but we're still trying, and we'll do whatever it takes until he's found.
dead or alive. here, another body's been found. another family will get a call. they will have their answer. but so many more are still waiting. danjohnson, bbc news, in paradise. a woman who accused a senior peer of sexually assaulting her says it's a disgrace he isn't being suspended from the house of lords. jasvinder sanghera alleges that lord lester, a former liberal democrat frontbencher, also offered her a peerage in return for sex. a parliamentary committee recommended his suspension, but that's been blocked by the house of lords. ms sanghera says it's like "being abused all over again". lord lester strongly denies the claims, as our special correspondent, lucy manning, reports. jasvinder sanghera has fought for women's rights. but she didn't expect she'd be fighting so hard for her own — accusing lord lester, a member of the house of lords and human rights lawyer, of harassing her 12 years ago. he sexually harassed me.
he bullied me. he exerted his power and influence over me. he said to me, if i was to sleep with him, he would make me a baroness within a year. he... ..physically groped me. a house of lords investigation decided lord lester, who says it's all completely untrue, should be suspended for nearly four years — the longest suspension since the second world war. but his colleagues in the lords blocked that yesterday. if you are accused of serious misconduct, and the issue turns on credibility and you face a serious sanction, you are entitled, you have a legal right to cross—examine the person making these allegations against you. how did it leave you feeling? angry. ifelt bullied, to be quite honest with you. i felt bullied by them.
what happened yesterday in the house of lords was not fair. i did not have the right to respond. these individuals voted on a sanction, and these individuals were his peers. a few days after, you wrote in an inscription of a book to lord lester, "with love and admiration". questions have been asked about that. he dictated to me what i should write in that book, so i wrote it. just to get rid of him. lord lester thanked his fellow members of the house of lords who supported him, and says he now looks forward to restoring his reputation. but the lords' authorities say they are deeply disappointed he wasn't suspended and will look at the case again. jasvinder sanghera is now reluctant to advise others to come forward when parliament is still able tojudge its own. lucy manning, bbc news. wales's footballers have missed out on promotion to the nations league's top tier after a 2—1 defeat at home to denmark. an injury—time goalfrom gareth bale
failed to revive wales's chances at cardiff city stadium after denmark took the lead shortly before half—time. it means wales finished second in their group. the cnn journalist who clashed with president trump at a news conference and subsequently had his media pass removed is to get it back. ajudge in washington, dc, has ordered the white house to return the pass tojim acosta, who said the decision was good news for freedom of speech and the independence of the media. the incident has highlighted the tense and hostile relations between the president and journalists, as our north america editor, jon sopel, reports. they are hundreds of miles away, though. they‘ re hundreds and hundreds of miles away. that's not an invasion. honestly, i think you should let me run the country. you run cnn. it started as a bad—tempered exchange between an angry president and a provocative cnn correspondent. that's enough. put down the mic. the temperature rising when the white house justified removing acosta's hard pass,
saying he'd laid hands on an intern. you are a rude, terrible person. you shouldn't be working for cnn. and released an edited video that had been put out by a right—wing conspiracy theory—rich website. though when this was ridiculed, the white house changed tack, and said it was because he hadn't given back the microphone. this spat grew when the president threatened to take away the credentials of otherjournalists he thought were rude. cnn took legal action, and significantly, all the other broadcasters herejoined in — including fox news, normally a cheerleaderfor the president. this was now about press freedom. and today in court, it was acosta 1—0 trump. we're extremely pleased with the ruling today. that is a great day for the first amendment and journalism. we're very excited to have mr acosta be able to go back and get his hard pass and report the news about the white house. i want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and i want to thank the judge for the decision he made today.
and, let's go back to work! today, jim acosta was able to return to the white house. in this topsy—turvy world, the man who's meant to report the news seemed to be enjoying being the news. thanks, guys. thanks. decorum, you have to practice decorum. while the president, who's never shied away from a fight, bemoaned the lack of decorum in white house news conferences. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. newsnight is on bbc two. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are, before we join this year's children in need once again. have a good night. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm hugh woozencroft
wales miss out on a spot in the top tier of the nations league after defeat by denmark in cardiff. claudio ranieri is back in the premier league with fulham. he says they'll never give up in their bid for survivial. and sweet like kandy... joe root puts england on top in the second test but is it his best century ever? he thinks it might be! hello and welcome to sportsday. wales manager ryan giggs expressed his pride in his players, despite their 2—1 defeat by denmark in cardiff this evening. his side had been hoping to reach the top tier of the nations league but narrowly missed out in an eventful match,
watched by patrick gearey. land of my fathers sung by one of the favourite sons, garrett returned to wales bring a notch as excellence but confidence and energy that really should've given the lead against denmark, james will feel bad enough about the mess, wait till he realises he was behind him, it could bea realises he was behind him, it could be a cruel ruthless game later and a half, chester missed something else the running of your benson, it was costa, when they get ahead they tend to stay there, the welsh struggling to stay there, the welsh struggling to find where, trying to get the spot from the stands but once again depends developed a terrible draft, smashed denmark a clear. everyone including the director and danish defence was still taking that in when it was in 2—1 to the replay to review the role, by then it was impossibly short, denmark... wales
still have gelling to do. elsewhere the netherlands deservedly beat france 2—0 to end the world champions'15—game unbeaten run and relegate germany. georginio wijnaldum and memphis depay on the scoresheet. a dutch draw in germany on monday would see them win the group. elsewhere, gibraltar‘s euro 2020 dream is almost certainly over after a 6—2 hammering by armenia. now, claudio ranieri is two days into his newjob as fulham manager. he's an immediate replacement for the sacked slavisa jokanovic, with his remit simply to keep fulham in the premier league. but even for someone who achieved a miracle title win with leicester, ranieri faces a huge task. fulham are bottom of the table with after 12 games. joe wilson reports from craven cottage. here we are in the middle of november, it feels that there is a ray of sunshine over english football again. uncle claudio ranieri is back.
we all remember what he did and some of what he said at leicester. when they win, i pay for everybody a pizza. we are in the champions league! his first media conference here at berlin, different club, new challenge, but the same manager. i'm sure philfans will now think, well, is possible? you are not a normal manager, you whether manager's miracle. no, we have to work hard. we have to work hard, that was a bonus. a fairy tale. forget. but people like fairy tales. yes, but i think now it is important, don't think about the miracle, it is important to think there will be battles and then it is important
to be ready together. i repeat together. i checked today, you are 67 years old — how old do you feel? young! i met today steve mcclaren, and i said, how do you feel? he said, where do you get your energy? i said, from my players. and they take energy from you. yes, it is a good cable between me and the players, and the fans, of course. claudio ranieri did reflect today on the terrible events at leicester city and we saw him at the king power stadium paying his own tribute.