good morning. welcome to breakfast with rachel burden and ben thompson. our headlines today: scotland yard launches a criminal investigation into the alleged leak of diplomatic emails from the uk ambassador in washington, which led him to resign. braced for tropical storm barry: people in louisiana are told to stay inside as high winds and heavy flooding hit the us state. facebook is reportedly fined a record $5 billion to settle an investigation into data privacy violations. good morning from some of —— a sunny
wimbledon. it's ladies‘ final day at wimbledon. serena williams is chasing records against simona halep. roger federer gets the better of his old rival rafa nadal to set up a final with novak djokovic tomorrow. good morning. it is a fairly settled weather weekend here in the uk. it will not be completely dry — there will be a few sharp showers developing as we go through the day — but equally, there'll be fair amounts of strong july sunshine as well. i will have all the details for you in around 15 minutes. it's saturday, july the 13th. our top story: a criminal investigation has been launched into the alleged leak of diplomatic emails from the uk ambassador in the us, which were critical of president trump's administration. the fallout from the data breach prompted sir kim darroch to resign, and has been a talking point in the conservative leadership race, as our political correspondent nick eardley reports. kim darroch, the uk's man in washington. he'll leave soon, though,
after leaked e—mails criticising president trump caused a huge diplomatic row. last night, the met said it was investigating the leak. assistant commissioner neil basu said: there's a political row, too — borisjohnson was criticised after he refused to say he'd keep sir kim as am ambassador. last night, grilled by andrew neil, he accepted an account of his comments, albeit an incorrect one, had had an impact. here's what he said sir kim told him. he said that what somebody had relayed to him had certainly played and would have been a factor. so what — your lack of support for him was a factor in his resignation? well, i think that unfortunately, what i said on that tv debate was misrepresented to kim. some tories have accused have accused mrjohnson of throwing the ambassador under the bus.
his allies say that's nonsense. the other candidate, jeremy hunt, faced pressure, too. —— later at the hustings for members one tory member was not impressed. but what i was trying to say. oh, answer bloody question! cheering and applause. the other candidate, jeremy hunt, faced pressure, too. he says he might delay brexit again to get a new deal. but for how long? on or around the 31st, it has to be before christmas. i would expect so, yes. expect so, but you cannot say for sure. is there any chance we could still go into 2020 and still be a member of the eu? i don't believe so, no. but you do not rule it out? i don't believe that would be the case. that's not a guarantee, though, and some fear more uncertainty and more delay. nick eardley, bbc news. let's get more on this from our political correspondent pete saull, who's in oui’ london newsroom. pete, what sort of impact could this leak have on the leadership contest?
more headlines, more rows, more accusations of these contenders with not answering the questions but doesn't make any different come the vote of the end ofjuly?” doesn't make any different come the vote of the end ofjuly? i suppose this is my politics is so difficult to predict. something happens that none of us could have seen coming and maybe, just maybe, this sir kim darroch affair may have changed things and it is borisjohnson who appears to be feeling the heat on this, repeated questions from andrew neill on it last night. vandersay also it was not an easy evening for jeremy hunt either, he was unable to say when exactly the country would be leaving the european union. after the grilling from andrew neill, the two handed its hot footed it to cheltenham for the latest conservative membership hustings and as you saw in the report there, borisjohnson was heckled by a very, very frustrated audience member. and what is interesting is that there are perhaps more votes up there yet to be one then perhaps we expected at this late stage in the contest.
there are two more hustings today, in beds and in essex, and we are told as many as half of conservative members are yet to send their poster balance back —— beds. members are yet to send their poster balance back -- beds. -- beds. the american city of new orleans is experiencing strong winds and heavy rains as it prepares for tropical storm barry to make landfall. barry has been gathering speed over the gulf of mexico in recent days and may still reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall. our correspondent sophie long has more. high winds lashing the louisiana coast as tropical storm barry approaches land. as it travelled slowly across the warm waters of the gulf of mexico, families, friends and neighbours filled sandbags in the hope of protecting their homes. a state of emergency was declared days ago, and people were told to stock up on supplies. they may not have another opportunity for several days. people here have seen stronger
storms, but it's the amount of rain — estimates of up to 2a inches — that barry will bring that people are really worried about. i'm on the levy on the south side of the mississippi river. you can see new orleans just over there. now, forecasters are predicting that a storm surge is gonna travel upriver from the gulf of mexico. just to give you a sense of how high water levels already are, people tell me that normally, they can walk amongst these bushes and trees that have been almost completely submerged in water. forecasters say the combination of conditions predicted over the next few days could cause water levels to crest at a historic high, and dangerously close to the top of the levies that protect new orleans from being submerged. the defence and drainage systems have been strengthened since the catastrophic flooding that followed hurricane katrina. that storm of 2005 claimed more than 1,800 lives. but the city's mayor has warned there's no drainage system in the world that can handle the amount of rain they're expecting to fall over the next 48 hours. sophie long, bbc news, new orleans.
alan will have a full weather round—up of what is happening there as it crucially approaches the coast. —— helen. facebook is reportedly facing a $5 billion fine over the misuse of personal data and privacy breaches. it is the largest ever fine levied against a tech company. facebook has been hit by a series of privacy scandals, including one involving the political consultancy, cambridge analytica. ministers are playing down the significance of sending another warship to the gulf. hms duncan willjoin the british tanker that was threatened by iranian gunboats earlier this week. iran has already warned the uk it's playing a "dangerous game". meanwhile, politicians in america have voted to restrict president trump's ability to attack iran after he claimed he didn't need their approval for such an action. financial pressures on private and independent day nurseries is creating a workforce crisis in england, according to a charity.
the national day nurseries association says people are leaving teaching roles to work in retail because they can earn more. it blames the government for under funding free childcare places. the department for education say children from low income families benefit from free childcare, but are monitoring the sector. new national guidelines on sleep could be introduced by the government. a review into how much shut—eye we should be getting is thought to be being included in a draft paper on public health. according to the times, the idea is being looked at by the health secretary, matt hancock. anything less than seven hours is not good for us. we kind of knew that. when using it in and white... we do not get seven hours a summer night. no, we definitely don't! it has been more of a marathon than a sprint, but the conservative leadership race is on the home straight.
finally! last night, the two contenders, boris johnson and jeremy hunt were once again under scrutiny. no tv debate this time — instead, separate half—hour grillings from the bbc‘s andrew neil, who refused to give either of them an easy ride. you talk about article five b. paragraph five b. get the detail right. article 24 paragraph five b. and how would you handle paragraph five c? i would confide entirely in paragraph five b. because that is... how would you get around what is in five c? i would confide entirely in five c? i would confide entirely in five b because... do you know what is in five c? no. is there any chance we can still go into 2020 and still be a member of the eu?|j chance we can still go into 2020 and still be a member of the eu? i don't believe so, no. but you don't rule it out? because i don't... this is why people do not trust you on this.
you will follow the questions i want to ask not the ones you want to answer. people looked at you and that they try to you and it did not work. trying to reason trousers isn't going to be any better. let's hear now what two political journalists thought of these performances. sonia sodha is from the observer and tom harwood writes for the political blog guido fawkes. they're both in westminster. i don't know how much sleep you got last night, maybe you were buzzing after those andrew neill interviews! you wouldn't class yourself as a conservative sonia but you would preferjeremy hunt to win?|j conservative sonia but you would preferjeremy hunt to win? i think he is the lesser of two evils. when you think he was the most wobbly last night? jeremy hunt? i think it was when andrew neill was pressing him fora was when andrew neill was pressing him for a date on which britain would leave the eu. thinkjeremy hunt was right not to give an answer, a firm answer, because of course it does notjust depend on us. i do have to say that i think both of the interviews last night confirmed that both of these men are living in fa ntasyland confirmed that both of these men are living in fantasyland when it comes
to brexit. jeremy hunt because he thinks he will get a renegotiation of the withdrawal deal and if that is what you want to do you cannot give a guaranteed date because the eu has said they will not be reopening that agreement. and then borisjohnson is reopening that agreement. and then boris johnson is in reopening that agreement. and then borisjohnson is in fantasyland because he seems to think an ideal brexit, we could carry on trading without tariffs and i think he got exposed on that by andrew neill yesterday evening. tom, you are shaking your head but there was quite a wobble around the whole five b- quite a wobble around the whole five b — stripe —— five c element of 24. for our listeners waking up at whatever, ii for our listeners waking up at whatever, 11 minutes past seven on a saturday morning, what is it about and why is it significant? 20 45 b isa and why is it significant? 20 45 b is a mechanism by which to countries can continue to trade or can trade on zero tariff terms and five c, all that sets out is the reciprocation is required which borisjohnson has acknowledged and said repeatedly through the course of this campaign i think it was a silly point to trip him up on. he does seem to base his
plans on a bit of a wing and a prayer and there is an overriding sense of optimism which to be fair maybe what voters want to hear right now but he is lacking a bit on concrete detail, isn't he?” now but he is lacking a bit on concrete detail, isn't he? i do not think you have to memorise treaties in orderto be think you have to memorise treaties in order to be on top of the detail. these are things that boris has acknowledged over the course of this campaign and there is a reason why he is soaring ahead in almost all of the poles. he is looking like he will get over 60% of the vote and it is easy to see why when you watch the performance last night. he was the performance last night. he was the only candidate to hit—out against the labour party. the only person to take the fight to jeremy corbyn. that really shows his strong re cord corbyn. that really shows his strong record of winning in the past, in the brexit referendum, twice in london, these wins that were everyone thought were not possibly be achieved and he has turned out and inspired people and got people out to vote and that is what people are looking for in the contest. sonia, that is what will be in the
mind of all of the conservative party members voting in the contest, they want to back a winner and there isa they want to back a winner and there is a sense that borisjohnson is the man to do that although interestingly, not as many people have already voted as we thought would have done by this stage in the contest so it does seem like there are still votes up for grabs. true. this is very much borisjohnson's contest to lose though, as lots of people have said. i think of course there are fewer votes being cast than people may have expected but i think the chances ofjeremy hunt winning this are slim. two things to pick up tom on, though, festival borisjohnson did pick up tom on, though, festival boris johnson did come pick up tom on, though, festival borisjohnson did come out at first and say it is fine, we can crash out with no deal and we will be able to trade without tariffs andrew neill was absolutely right to pick him up on that and the other thing is boris johnson is not surging ahead in the polls that count. fine, he may be doing well with conservative members but actually when you look at polling of voters in general, it is
jeremy hunt who has been pulling ahead and! jeremy hunt who has been pulling ahead and i think that is because voters who are not conservative supporters, people like me, they watch boris johnson's supporters, people like me, they watch borisjohnson's performance in these debates and in these interviews and he comes across as blustering, someone not on top of the detail, a bit of a bully, in fa ct, the detail, a bit of a bully, in fact, the way he conducts themselves in these interviews and debates and i think it isjust in these interviews and debates and i think it is just not appealing to voters in general, swing voters, the people that borisjohnson is going to need to win over if he becomes prime minister and goes against jeremy corbyn. not true, there was a poll this week that show that jeremy hunt would deliver a hung parliament and borisjohnson hunt would deliver a hung parliament and boris johnson would hunt would deliver a hung parliament and borisjohnson would deliver a 50 seat majority. jeremy hunt may be appealing to people who would never, ever conservative in their lives but where it counts borisjohnson is ahead. yeah, at the end of the day both of these candidates will be subject to the will of the eu 27, for a start, and whatever that side determines to negotiate but also the
will of parliament as well so they will of parliament as well so they will be heavily restricted in whatever they set out to achieve. i'm not so sure. borisjohnson has said he would keep almost everything on the table in terms of dealing with parliament, in the same way that remainers in parliament have made an unprecedented move going in to history and precedent in order to get their point across. jeremy hunt has taken some crucial tactics of the table, meaning it will be harder for him to deal with parliament, harder for him to get through this polity agenda so boris has really been miles ahead on this front in terms of keeping crucial tactics on the table. i think some of those crucial tactics that tom is talking about is the provoking of parliament which would be absolutely unprecedented, completely undemocratic. no, it is not true. crosstalk. it would be, you know, it is ironic because actually what people like borisjohnson said during the referendum campaign was leaving the eu is about giving control back to parliament and now he wants to shut parliament down because parliament is not willing to support the catastrophic dropping
out of the eu that we know that borisjohnson would contemplate. john major of the former prime minister, in an interview last week said that if borisjohnson did this, he would take him to court. and it was absolutely the right thing to do. i think the fact that boris johnson faces the kind of opposition from a former conservative prime minister shows you just how crazy his plans are. is this the same john major hooper road parliament to get out of a cash for questions scandal? the hypocrisy is huge. calling a general election is not parading parliament. the hypocrisy on the remainder site is huge. i tell you what. undignified over the past couple of years, especially since the referendum, he is in a heseltine of whoever is trying to deliver brexit he will hit—out against.” tell you what. for now. for now we will have to leave the two of you to sort this out so thank you very much indeed for your time this early on a saturday morning. i suspect that
conversation may continue for a little whoa! —— while. helen's here with a look at this morning's weather. tropical cyclone ann barry is bearing down on parts of louisiana —— tropical cyclone ann. we will see whether that will be upgraded to a hurricane. that is right, isn't it? evenif hurricane. that is right, isn't it? even if it doesn't become a hurricane, this will cause destruction. it already has flooding. this is how barry looks on the satellite pictures. very close to hurricane strength. this is a story about the storm surge and primarily the amount of rainfall this storm is going to bring with it. it is a slow—moving weather system. it comes on top of what has been a very wet spring. the mississippi is well above levels of worry should be at this year already. it will hit to the west of new orleans. closer to morgan city,
we think, later today. new orleans. closer to morgan city, we think, latertoday. but look new orleans. closer to morgan city, we think, later today. but look at the rain. itjust keeps going. not just today and yesterday but tomorrow and then inland it moves over the coming few days. monday, tuesday, heading north, louisiana, mississippi was affected, then arkansas, tennessee, and it is still falling into the catchment of the mississippi as we get towards the middle of the week. so fitting the rains down the river. we could get the storm surge flooding, coming in on these low—lying areas. we know that new orleans is below sea level and other areas in the southern states a very low indeed. it is a rainfall event. it could cause catastrophic flooding. here in the uk it isa catastrophic flooding. here in the uk it is a lot quieter weatherwise. we have high pressure starting to build on. isolated showers this weekend. different areas probably seen the showers. the high pressure doubles in. it has cut off the humidity we had recently. we have a north north—easterly breeze blowing, so it will feel fresher than recent
days, particularly in eastern areas of the country. that'll be a relief samples it will still be warm. son coming out in central areas and lifting me low cloud we've seen further north and west. an improving picture. there are showers around, drizzly showers, they will tend to develop more this afternoon. the odd rumble of thunder possible but an outside chance. it feels warm. for most it is dry was again around. 23-24 the most it is dry was again around. 23—24 the higher. low 20s in the central lowlands of scotland. for wimbledon, things looking quite good. just the outside chance of a shower. again, a slim chance, but it is there. the showers continue through this evening down the spine of the country, drifting into the south and east. gradually diminishing. overnight temperatures tonight, it will feel more co mforta ble. tonight, it will feel more comfortable. lower than they have been. we're the humidity in the cell. sunday doesn't look bad at all. --in cell. sunday doesn't look bad at all. ——in the south. idlib some
brea ks all. ——in the south. idlib some breaks in the sun out. pleasantly warm. a little bit cooler in the north coast. quite breeze through the dover straits. at a decent day. not a bad weekend. back to you two. thank you. it is good to see you. we will keep an eye on all of that including a busy weekend of sport as well. helen will have all the details about what we can expect. let's look at the front pages. the daily telegraph leads on a summer strike planned by heathrow staff, which could disrupt the travel plans for millions of passengers. although heathrow say they have plans in place to deal with it. the paper is one of several to feature roger federer, who will meet djokovic in the men's wimbledon final tomorrow. another epic meeting, it has to be said, at the first wimbledon since 2008.
the look of elation on roger federer‘s face yesterday is featuring on the times. the times has a story about the uk government's plans to introduce official guidelines over how much sleep we should be getting. the paper says that the guidelines are expected to warn that having less than seven hours a night could be bad for most people's health. it is interesting how people will respond to being told how much sleep to have. politics on the front page of the express. the daily express has a warning from borisjohnson that delaying brexit further would be "insane". mrjohnson, who is bidding to become the uk's next prime minister, made the comments during a bbc interview with andrew neil that was broadcast last night. if you want to catch up on all of it you can see it on iplayer. the daily mail says doctors have found "a cure for blindness". one of the participants went blind at the age of nine and has been describing to the paper bea joy at seeing his wife and three daughters
for the first time —— describes his joyi. the paper explains doctors have restored sight by implanting chips into the back of people's skulls. it works by sending video images to the brain. an incredible story. they are saying that the people behind this technology are in talks with the nhs about how, potentially, it can be taken up by doctors here as well. it is 7:22. 100 years ago an neglected estate in essex was transformed into a place where young people could embark on a life of adventure. gilwell park became the spiritual home of scouting worldwide. robert hall has been retracing its history as celebrations get under way to mark its centenary. the opening of our gilwell park training school is, to my mind, the most important step that has occurred in the history of the movement since its inauguration. every time you drive through those
gates and down the drive, there's that spirit of scouting, endeavour, of friendships, of that sense of family and belonging. and it is loved by scouts all over the world. it started with a rundown manor house an overgrown estate, and a group of east london scout volu nteers group of east london scout volunteers here to bring another baden powell dream to reality. she members the story her father victor told her of that visit. they got the train from the east end of london, because it was an eastern group, to chingford station and then they pulled that track card up to here. of course it was almost derelict by that time. they found they couldn't sleep in the house, it wasjust derelict. so they had to find somewhere and that's where they found the pigsty, because it had a roof on it and it was dry. 50,000 young people had flocked to scouting during the first world war. gilwell park's priority was to replace the
leaders park's priority was to replace the lea d e rs lost park's priority was to replace the leaders lost during the conflict. in the years since it opened its doors, gilwell park has trained over 50,000 aduu gilwell park has trained over 50,000 adult volunteers and welcomed tens of thousands of visitors from all around the world. they included members of the 23rd poplar comedy east london scout troop that started that restoration work.” east london scout troop that started that restoration work. i have learned how to pitch a tent. they have learned how to tidy up a tent. they have learned how to cook.” have learned how to tidy up a tent. they have learned how to cook. i am looking forward to more camping trips, because they always bring out new activities. they are like a wild fore st new activities. they are like a wild forest that you can go and explore. there's lots of different activities. our last camping trip was pretty funny. because we didn't wa nt to was pretty funny. because we didn't want to sleep in our tent, we would stick our heads out and look at the stars, which was pretty fun. my dear brother scout, i am 80 is old. what
do you think of that? but i can't say i feel very much older than some of you. the scouting values are still there, rooted in that friendship and endeavour and going the extra mile and helping your community. and i think he have this huge sense of pride. nearly 80 years after robert baden powell's death, the movement he founded is thriving and gilwell is its beating heart. and robert halljoins us now. robert, a really important anniversary this and all those celebrations getting under way today. getting busy behind you. give us today. getting busy behind you. give usa today. getting busy behind you. give us a sense today. getting busy behind you. give us a sense of what is planned for today. the first thing that is planned is the bacon sandwiches, appropriately named chubby ‘s. these are some of nearly 4000 explorer scouts from all around the uk is aged between 14 and 18. they are here for that celebratory party, if you like. the way they are celebrating is with 24 hours of
round—the—clock activities. so all this sort of stuff is going on day and night ride the way through until tomorrow. and if they can get through it they get a certificate. i will chat to a couple of people. can a burst in here? you have done this before and haven't you? what is your name? alice. did you get to the 24? i made it through. how tough is it at our23? i made it through. how tough is it at our 23? you get really tired. you have done it before, you've come down from manchester. you have the journey as well. what is the key to keeping it all going? just to try not to rest. stay active the whole thing or you will crash. ic looking at it is the most amazing atmosphere. as the day goes on. that is one of the best part about it. everyone is buzzing to be here. it doesn't really stop all the way through. all right. thank you very much. they want to dive over here
and talk to carolyn. can get you to join us over here? you are the heritage manager which means you know all the history. scouting is all about looking forwards, but in a way these celebrations are about looking back as well. what links are there between the past and today's scouting which reminds people of how this gilwell thing started ? scouting which reminds people of how this gilwell thing started? the thing that has been consistent through scouting's history is the opportunities and people have to develop skills for life. going back to 100 years ago when gilwell was formed, there are some commonalities, because the association had gone through four years of continuous growth in the first world war but there was a shortage of leaders because of those who had been killed. one of gilwell's primary functions was a training centre to develop leaders to pass on their skills. you are wearing a reminder. this land came from a chap called mclaren who bought it for the scouts. did he bite or donated? he was a scottish scouting volunteer — — by
bite or donated? he was a scottish scouting volunteer ——by it. he made his money in publishing. he saw scouts in the east end of london struggling to deliver their scouting because they had no access to outdoor facilities. so he said he would donate £7,000 to buy a suitable estate. they went out and searched and found gillow parklea markets. you are wearing a radjenovic a reminder of that. —— lord's pulp. all leaders around the world had the opportunity to do their wood badge. that was a reminderof the their wood badge. that was a reminder of the generosity of mclaren. you have a tartan on the back of it. thank you for talking to me. we will hear from those more of these guys in the next couple of hours. they are promised all sorts of interesting activities, including oracle building. for now from gilwell, back to you. thank you. that climbing wall looks amazing. i would be well up for that. energetic at this time of the morning. seeing
those scouts with all their badges on the arm fills me with slide horror. i think of all the badges at home i have and get someone on. —— slight. i'd did discover a game changer recently. fabric glue. there should be a base for parents were sewing on badges. we have talked about a huge weekend of sport this weekend and we have the cricket world cup final tomorrow which england are involved in at lords. if you are heading that way, if you are lucky enough to have a ticket, you may well hear a familiar voice making announcements in the tube station. the unmistakable dulcet tones of the bbc‘s cricket correspondent, jonathan agnew will be telling visitors to mind the gap. let's take a look at him in action. i have been asked to do some strange things in my time as a broadcaster. this probably takes the biscuit. they have been asked to come here, stjohns wood, and do the announcements you hear when a train comes in. don't ask me. i'm always getting lost on the underground as well.
music plays. hello, everyone, aggers here, welcome to stjohns wood, the gateway to lord's. please make the gap between the train on the platform. to avoid clogging everything up, please move away from the station. lord's is 500 yards to your left. now this is very important. to avoid being run out please hold the handrail on the escalator. i'm always getting lost on the underground. please mind the gap and you will find the exit in the middle of the platform. for some reason, stjohns wood is a very witty station, so hold onto your hats. thanks the coming by chip today. have a great day at lord's. that was touch and go. and aggers touch and go. joins us now. that looked like fun. you do get us to do that looked like fun. you do get us todoa that looked like fun. you do get us to do a lot of funny old things and
iam to do a lot of funny old things and i am always literally getting lost on the underground and i am a country boy and going to the oval particularly is always a challenge andi particularly is always a challenge and i spend about five hours trying to get out of bank station once because i don't know, i had to be helped out by a kindly person. to go and do that, it sums everything up. so much excitement about tomorrow, look at me! i am about tojump in the car, go to lord's look at me! i am about tojump in the car, go to lords and go watch you and morgan and the whole buildup, through the start of all of this progress, and four years ago, really, and here we are now in the final and it is fantastic.” really, and here we are now in the final and it is fantastic. i cannot wait for it tomorrow but i love the idea that as soon as the england fans, new zealand fans of course arrive in the area of london, immediately they will know that an sense that this huge cricket event is taking place just because it is your voice there and your voice is synonymous with cricket. after 13 yea rs i
synonymous with cricket. after 13 years i suppose it is bound to be. funnily enough after watching the whole film, i pressed the button the first time and it all went out over the station. and it wasn't supposed to. that is a bit rude from a broadcaster. mistakes happen. also stuff... it will be amazing. when i was doing the walk myself when i was ten with my dad getting off at a tube station and going to see a match in 1971 and it is part of the whole thing, isn't it, arriving and walking up and looking out of the station and seeing lord's to your left, it is part all of the day, the whole experience so yes it is going to be funny and i hope people have a chuckle when they hear the nonsense coming out of stjohn's wood. chuckle when they hear the nonsense coming out of st john's wood.” cannot wait for it, aggers, and we talked a lot about the fact it is free to air but radio has always been free to air so you can follow it there, if you cannot get to a tv. watch and listen at the same time. radio 5 live tomorrow. excellent, thank you so much. you know that i
will be listening! jonathan agnew and the team will be on five live for full and the team will be on five live forfull commentary of and the team will be on five live for full commentary of the cricket world cup final tomorrow afternoon and if you are watching on the telly, turn it down and turn the radio up! rate idea. —— great idea. hello, this is breakfast with rachel burden and ben thompson. good morning. here's a summary of today's main stories from bbc news: a criminal investigation has been launched by the met police into the alleged leak of diplomatic emails from the uk ambassador in the us, which were critical
of president trump's administration. the fallout from the leak prompted the ambassador, sir kim darroch, to resign and has also featured heavily in the conservative leadership race, with borisjohnson facing questions and criticism for failing to back sir kim. the us city of new orleans is experiencing strong winds and heavy rains as it prepares for tropical storm barry to make landfall. barry has been gathering speed over the gulf of mexico in recent days and may still reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall. president trump has declared a state of emergency in louisiana. facebook is reportedly facing a $5 billion fine over the misuse of personal data and privacy breaches. it is the largest ever fine levied against a tech company. facebook has been hit by a series of privacy scandals, including one involving the political consultancy, cambridge analytica. ministers are playing down the significance of sending another warship to the gulf.
hms duncan willjoin the british tanker that was threatened by iranian gunboats earlier this week. iran has already warned the uk it's playing a "dangerous game". meanwhile, politicians in america have voted to restrict president trump's ability to attack iran after he claimed he didn't need their approval for such an action. when we watch wimbledon we are all armchair experts, aren't we? but how confident would you be about scoring a point in a game of tennis? what about if your opponent was serena williams? a reasonable response would probably be "no chance," but a poll by yougov has revealed that one in eight men believe they could win a point from the 23—time grand slam champion. people have taken to twitter to share their response, pointing out that the tennis legend hits serves of more than 120mph. nothing like scoring a point, even
getting the racket to return it. and actually, i do not think we were talking about it because we have been lucky to be in wimbledon but until you see it and see the speed and the strength of which they are hitting the ball, the power of it, i do not think you can appreciate it —— racquet. barely can see and returning it. yes. iwould —— racquet. barely can see and returning it. yes. i would like to see some of those people who think they could do it. a man who was a lwa ys they could do it. a man who was always quick off the mark for us, like is at wimbledon. —— mike. i would not chat —— stand a chance against the great serena. unless she doublefaulted, of course! i can even see the shard over there. behind me, centre court. the amphitheatre for the ladies' final later on today. williams will be going for a record—equalling 24th grand slam title to go level with the great margaret court. she will probably be the favourite although she has tried before to try
to get to this landmark point, but at the moment she says she is injury free and it could make the difference. whilst for halep, she'll be hoping to lift the wimbledon title for the first time. i've done this a million times and i know how to play tennis and the crazy thing is i think i could play even better. you know, i came into this tournament training for ten days because i was so injured this year. but i finally got healthy and i finally found a solution and i got better and it's... it's interesting because now, i'm like "ok, i'm pain—free and i can do this." i feel great on court, i feel the game, i feel the court, finally i started to feel the grass, which is never easy. now i know the feeling of winning a grand slam and i am more relaxed. but in the same time, i am very focused and very motivated to win every match i play. i'm just enjoying. i'm happy on court and the fact that i am in the finals of wimbledon makes it an amazing feeling.
you would have to think it would go three sets and to be very close. roger federer saw off his great rival rafa nadal in the men's semifinals at wimbledon yesterday. just like the final in 2008, the first time i have played since then. he'll play novak djokovic in the final after the defending champion beat roberto bautista agut. andy swiss rounds up the action. time once again for the roger and rafa show. cheering and applause. the anticipation was deafening, and they didn't disappoint. federer edged the first set before nadal stormed to the second. it was magical, mesmeric stuff. from there, though, federer seized control. at 37, his poise seemingly as peerless as ever. but the real drama was yet to come. four times, federer had match point, but dizzyingly, nadal defied him. commentator: goodness! federer‘s wife mirka could barely watch, until this. what a contest!
federer into his 12th final, but only after a quite breathtaking battle. i'm exhausted. it was tough at the end. rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match and, you know, i thought the match was played at a very high level and enjoyed it. he'll now face the defending champion. novak djokovic's opponent, roberto bautista agut, was meant to be on his stag do in ibiza today. and, for the first set, probably wished he still was. that's fantastic! but who needs a beach party when you've got centre court? brilliantly, bautista agut levelled it up, but his hopes of a shock were soon dashed, djokovic roaring into another final. but one title here has already been decided, and it has a british champion. andy lapthorne and his australian partner dylan alcott victorious in the wheelchair doubles. andy swiss, bbc news, wimbledon.
and well done to andy lapthorne, flying the flag for britain. the netball world cup is under way in liverpool with the first set of group games yesterday. commonwealth champions england began their campaign with a win over uganda, beating them 64—32. the next game for the roses is against scotland this afternoon. i'm pleased with our girls, the way they went out, they persisted with their performance, they chugged away at the scoreline and more importantly, the players, that we got an opportunity to get out there on court and still build on that scoreline so for me, overall a good performance. they will be buoyant, though. in their opening match, scotland beat samoa 53—35 — a crucial win for them already, as the top three teams of each group of four will advance to the next stage. northern ireland were thrashed by australia. the defending champions were ruthless in an 88—24 win.
defending champion geraint thomas remains in fifth place overall after stage 7 of the tour de france. dylan groenewegen was first across the line in the tour's longest stage this year of 230km. thomas finished in the peloton and is 49 seconds off the pace. mercedes look like the team to beat at this weekend's british grand prix — good news for lewis hamilton, who is chasing a sixth win at silverstone, but he's got to beat team—mate valtteri bottas first. the finnish driver was narrowly faster than hamilton in second practice. ferrari and red bull weren't too far behind, though. earlier this week, organisers were given the news that silverstone will remain the home of the tournament until 2024. i know they have pleased a lot of drivers. the teams have a lot of bases around oxfordshire and
northamptonshire. for many drivers, this weekend is a homecoming. i met with renault‘s daniel ricciardo, as he made his preparations for his racing highlight of the year. every something like race week to stretch you physically and mentally to ensure your body's engine is finely tuned. good to see you, pal. and australian driver daniel ricciardo had extra fuel in his tank as he arrived at his team's hq this week, now that one of his favourite events of his season is staying at silverstone. it is where an f1 car shines and comes to life and i love it and shines and comes to life and i love itand rain, shines and comes to life and i love it and rain, hail, shines and comes to life and i love itand rain, hail, shine, the fans are there, all weekend, and they love it. daniel will get into the simulator now to show me how it is done. this is a chassis from last yea r‘s done. this is a chassis from last year's car and done. this is a chassis from last yea r‘s car and the done. this is a chassis from last year's car and the drivers do this to develop and test the latest innovators while the younger drivers may do this to test a new truck,
especially in race week. the biggest thing it gave me as a young driver before i got to f1 was feedback. you can do as many changes as you want on the simulator and press a button and ok you have new suspension, on track these changes can take sometimes hours. it takes your breath away just watching. sometimes hours. it takes your breath awayjust watching. this is the only way that mere mortals like myself can get anywhere near one car and try to stay in some sort of control, while going through the ridiculous amount of multi— skilling both mentally and physically in this sport. getting out looks difficult. a little bit of product is. ok, i will try not to crush it. stepping into last yea r‘s will try not to crush it. stepping into last year's chassis. from the formula 1 season. the chair that daniel ricciardo used. and the first thing of course is how low down it is. and the steering wheel is the
one they use on race day with so many buttons, talk about multi— skilling, as well as intense heat.” impressed myself to be honest how much i am able to do it because i do not know how and we are thinking about the next corner and we are going to hundred miles an hour and getting information through the radio from the engineer which is saying change this and we thinking what about this and the temperature and the tires and it is a lot. it was such a challenge for me, suffering with the heat of the car and my lap time was over one minute slower. the chicane! oh! you can feel the vibrations when you go over the bumps. and when i tightened up my pace... i have spun off! that is the grass! oh! one moment's slipped in concentration and look at that! the one thing i would be more sorry about is you never got to full throttle. you did 230 kilometres an hour which is 140? throttle. you did 230 kilometres an hour which is 140 ? but throttle. you did 230 kilometres an hour which is 140? but it feels real, doesn't it? totally! and your
famous trademark celebration if you make the podium is shoey and i do not know if i am worthy of it but i have water and not champagne. did you want to try some. i'm good, thanks. you are breaking the rule of not being on a podium and not having alcohol in there but wow, you are really doing it. it is busy. it is not fresh. i have been on my feet for a few hours. well done. give it up for a few hours. well done. give it upfor for a few hours. well done. give it up for daniel. she is. he has com pletely up for daniel. she is. he has completely ruined it. completely ruin it. i will put the coffee down. so many buttons, i was looking for the indicators and of course they do not have those. either way, do not try that at home with your shoes, children. daniel can do it because he isa children. daniel can do it because he is a potential champion. the other thing we did not see is they spent three orfour other thing we did not see is they spent three or four hours a day, i had a taste of it, in the gym, strengthening their neck muscles,
six days a week. you have to be the ultimate athlete with a formula 1 driver. don't forget, ladies' final at wimbledon live on the bbc. much more wimbledon news from their a little later. helen's here with a look at this morning's weather. good morning to you. good morning to you. good morning to you. good morning to you both. in the uk it is quite quiet. i thought they would give you an update on storm barry. a tropical storm. close to hurricane strength. it doesn't really matter whether it becomes a hurricane a tropical storm. this is all about the rain and the storm surge. areas along the south coast, the gold coast, a very low line. they stirred —— storm surge of one or two metres. the tide will be rising up as well as all the rain for the compass topic spectre to make landfall to the west of new o rlea ns make landfall to the west of new orleans and eddie morgan city. either way a lot of rain through louisiana, mississippi, and over the coming few days, it is such a
slow—moving feature, it will take really heavy rains into tennessee, arkansas, possibly part of texas. it comes arkansas, possibly part of texas. it co m es after arkansas, possibly part of texas. it comes after a very wet spring for parts of the mississippi. already flowing high that it should be. not just coastal storm surge flooding and flash flooding from the rains but significant river flooding to come for days. this keeps topping it up come for days. this keeps topping it up as it moves further north with the way from louisiana and mississippi. it willalso downstream. that is what is happening across the state. it could cause catastrophic flooding. in the uk it is quite a. high—pressure building and for the weekend. isolated showers. the northerly breeze has allowed that moisture, that muggy field to dissipate as well, to disappear. instead we have a breeze. it will feel threatening the north sea coast. we have beautiful sunshine coming out. in the south, we have drizzly rain across the southern uplands in the highlands of scotland. the afternoon will bring more sharp showers. if
you are heading out, do what is skies, there won't be that many around. for most of us it is dry, bright, and one. there could be the odd shower and the slightest chance of one at wimbledon. it should be mostly dry. both for the finals and for tomorrow. that makes it com pletely for tomorrow. that makes it completely dry for tonight. fingers crossed we won't see showers here. the showers will continue through the evening and overnight drifting from northern england into the south—east, tending to ease overnight. it is a fairly co mforta ble overnight. it is a fairly comfortable night for sleeping. we have lost that humidity. we could see mystic, low cloud first thing in the morning. it would be a legacy of cloud. —— misty. it clears and breaks. with the lovely sunshine coming through. two showers in the south of. a brisk breeze. particular east anglia and the south—east. pulling a little on the coast. in the stronger sunshine it feels warm. it doesn't matter what the temperature is. the sun isjust as
strong wherever you are. a quick look ahead, we have the formula one tomorrow, looking fine and dry. just saw some cloud around. very similar prospects for the world cup cricket as well. we saw for wimbledon it will be mostly dry. good for the sporting events. excellent, that is good news. a busy weekend of sport. more news at the top of the other. time now for newswatch with samira ahmed. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. questions raised every question time, has the programme become more of a shouting match than if are impressive be nice debate, and the deja vu for viewers furious about sending newsreaders abroad to read the intros. was it bbc money well spent sending clive to france on tuesday? and world cup semifinal viewers may have attracted the crowds,
in devoting all of this show to examine the state of bbc one's flagship today programme. it will be 40 yea rs flagship today programme. it will be 40 years this september since robin day presented the first edition of the show. in that time controversy has never been far away. arguments have cropped up, notjust around the table, but about the programme itself. now amplified by social media. take fiona bruce's second show in january. in media. take fiona bruce's second show injanuary. in the labour party complained that diane abbott had been interrupted more than other panellists. and that the audience had been wound up against her. we are happy to talk to the government about some sort of movement. on a couple of occasions since then we have had other complaints about the audience stop in february, the make
up audience stop in february, the make up of those attending a recording in motherwell and, in particular, this man, arouse the ire of viewers such as claire mcleod, who wrote this. another programme from scotland in may also raised concerns when the presence of this woman led to the commentatorjerry hassen asking "why is mary scanlon, former conservative msp seen as a punter by the bbc and able to pose as a neutral authority
on tory civil we asked bbc news about the selection of the audience for question time and they told us. the bbc is reviewing the vetting and transparency of members of the public participating in this at the moment, following the conservative leadership debate last month. there have also been questions raised about who's on the question time panel. it is a panel of 5-a-day and
the only live supporter. the programme makers say they try to maintaina programme makers say they try to maintain a balance of political parties, but not according to charles moore, who appeared in april to vale nt charles moore, who appeared in april to valent —— balance of views on brexit. again and again on this programme the balance fails to reflect the wider. .. programme the balance fails to reflect the wider... as we mentioned on the programme at the time a number of viewers agree with him. such as all—in, for whom... —— alan. others feel those supporting brexit predominates and object to the frequency with which nigel farage, in particular, is invited onto the programme. this appearance in may was his 33rd so far, prompting daniel yorked to e—mail. .. bbc news told us in response that...
they added. the arguments around brea ks they added. the arguments around breaks that are much more complex than the choice between leave and remain —— brexit. and that's why counting up our people voted in the 2016 referendum is no longer as releva nt. 2016 referendum is no longer as relevant. that edition of the programme in may is a particularly lively one with nigel farage clashing with the opponent brexit, mp anna soubry. you clearly won't listening. you never do, do you?! applause . cannotjust say... can ijust say you're talking about the toxicity of
the debate on the kind of hot tempers we see here and the kind of stuff we have seen online and outside parliament. talking like this is exactly, surely, what we're talking about. we can be better than that. for some news view was question time too often resembles a bear pit with argumentative guests and rowdy or audiences. eddiejones put it like this. well, we have been trying for some time to discuss all those issues with a representative from question time, either the independent programme maker or the bbc. in february we were told that someone would be made available to come on
newswatch at this series. u nfortu nately, newswatch at this series. unfortunately, their run has finished and they haven't. instead, i'm joined by three viewers of the programme. with me are kate, james, and in edinburgh is alex. thank you to all of you for coming on newswatch. we start with the issue of the shouting is, the tone of the programme. kate, you have been in the question time audience. how did you find it? the actual audience i was and was fine. but they have noticed, and this is pre— fiona bruce, so islay no blame at her door, that the audiences have been getting more and more rowdy in calling out in shutting out ——so islay. there were occasions when david dimbleby injected people from the studio, they were so rough and ready about things. and itjust lowers the tone of the whole thing. it doesn't become a debate, it becomes a shouting match. well, we
did raise concerns about the tone of the show with the bbc and this is what they had to say. question time often generate strong views and opinions from both a panel and audience, that's what they said. alex, what you have to say about the tone of the discussion on question time? i think when people want to ask a question they should have their hands up, but they are not doing that anymore. itjust seems to be if someone has a point to make that they want to shout out and they wa nt to that they want to shout out and they want to be hard. i think we need to get back on top of things on that score. so you think it has degenerated a bit. james, i'd gather you are not that bothered about tone but you are concerned about other things. they agree with the point that alex has just made. i think it is inevitable there is going to be shouting because the country is so divided and people feel so strongly. i think as long as people don't actually come to blows it's a useful safety valve. tell us about other
issues then. you are concerned about who gets onto the panels. yes, the political parties, i understand, nominate many of the guests. and, for example, the conservative mp vicki ford, who was on a couple of weeks ago, i could had predicted exactly what she was going to say. and the same goes for many party political spokespersons, i think you should have a smaller panel but actually the bbc should choose who gets on the panel and they shouldn't just be mps spouting the party line. 0k. just be mps spouting the party line. ok. kate, what do you think about the panel, including issues around bias, maybe? yes, ifeel sometimes, not every week, that there are a lot of these laypeople on the panel, which, fine, if they want to run it that way that the choice —— leave people. if by any chance on the odd week where there are more remain
people you hear the leave person say this isn't fair, this isn't fair, there is only one of me and there are four remainers. whereas if the role reversed the remaining gets on with it. the other thing i really do wish we could get out of this thing of lever, remain, as you say, it is getting very divisive. question time is getting too embroiled in brexit. yes it is important, but so are things like social care, nhs, education, care for the elderly. so there is an issue about how far it dominates. yes. it is to dominating out. alex, what is your view of the panel make up on issues of balance and if it is too much about brexit or too much pro or anti—brexit? obviously brexit is important at the moment but i feel there is too much of the programme die being used by brexit. i think everybody knows that
when the usual suspects come on the panel that we know what their views are, we know what they are going to say, we need to try and find out what else is happening in the country. as far as the panel is concerned, i would lose the celebrity. i think the celebrity is that to promote them self. it sounds like you think the same, james. very much so. they actually pro—brexit. and i do feel there is a pro—remain bias. that partly comes from the fa ct bias. that partly comes from the fact that so many members of the london commentariat, journalists and think tank people get on. can we talk about nigel farage and just because it's one of those issues around panel booking that seems to exercise people on social media. some people think he has been on too much. what do you feel?” some people think he has been on too much. what do you feel? i feel he has been on too much and he stirs things up. because he was actually on the week when i was in the audience. and he