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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at "pm: the education secretaryjustine greening has left the government, amid the biggest reshuffle since theresa may became prime minister. she's turned down a job at the department for work and pensions. formerjunior minister in that department, esther mcvey, walks into thatjob instead. also tonight: a couple who met on a muslim dating site have been found guilty of planning a terror attack in the uk. the bbc‘s china editor carrie gracie has quit her role in a dispute about equal pay, accusing the corporation of breaking the law. life is a daily struggle for education. and on newsnight, after a well—received speech at the golden globes, america is abuzz with talk that oprah will run for president in
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2020. it will be an interesting election to see winfrey versus trump. could it happen? could she win? good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister has been carrying out a reshuffle of her cabinet, with a few new faces, but the big beasts mostly staying in post. the education secretary justine greening has quit after refusing to move to the department for work and pensions. a previous junior minister in the department, esther mcvey, has stepped into the role instead. the immigration minister brandon lewis has been named as the new conservative party chairman, while jeremy hunt continues as health secretary but has been given an expanded role, including social care. our political editor laura kuenssberg's report contains flashing images. are you confident of staying in government? two—and—a—half hours
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to say "i quit." the then education secretary justine greening rushed into number ten after 5pm. the prime minister told her she wanted to move her to look after welfare. did you turn down a move? but after fraught discussions between the two, miss greening said, instead, i'm off, dashing into the night after more than six years in the cabinet. justine greening told the bbc: one of her frustrations to have a move forced on her when others who seemed likely to be shifted did not. are you in line for a newjob? the health secretaryjeremy hunt followed by the business secretary greg clark arrived at number ten, but both stayed until well after dark, emerging
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with virtually the same jobs. the health secretary was, i understand, told he was to move to business, but won the argument to stay. promotions for others did go according to plan. are you pleased with your promotion, minister? delighted, thank you. the new culture secretary matt hancock skipping out of number ten, replacing karen bradley, who's off to the northern ireland office. are you happy with the promotion? damian hinds fills the gap at education. when the cabinet meets tomorrow, there will be some new faces at the table. but this was what theresa may really wanted you to see. will this broaden the party's appeal? new faces to reboot the tory machine after its bungled election campaign. honoured. honoured, and looking forward to getting on with the job. a new chair and bigger team appointed by number ten to take charge at tory ho.
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proud that i've been asked to lead a great party. great team, grate volunteers and professionals. we've a fantastic team. really, really looking forward to this. thank you. do you think you can deliver the things the prime minister hopes for? absolutely. such a positive move. absolutely. we're ready for it. there are always challenges, but we're up to it. you may not recognise tory ho, you may never have seen some of the new faces, but this reshuffle's about rebooting this party as well as what's happening in government. so no huge new group of passengers for the shiny ministerial cars. whoa. the biggest names in government stay the same. are you expecting to stay in post, mrjohnson? the foreign secretary, the chancellor, the brexit secretary, and the home secretary all keep theirjobs. with one downing street resident most certainly determined not to budge. a couple who met on an internet
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dating website have been convicted of planning a devastating christmas terror attack a year ago inspired by the islamic state group. munir mohammed, an asylum seeker from sudan who was living in derby, had stored up bomb—making components with the help of his girlfriend, a pharmacist. the court heard the pair were also researching how to make the deadly poison, ricin. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. this is a story which stretches to the streets of sudan. the couple, now convicted, both had roots here, but they linked up thousands of miles away in the uk. munir mohammed entered britain illegally and then sought asylum. a couple of years later, although married, he went on a muslim dating site,, and found his partner in crime. he was attracted to rowaida el—hassan because she was a pharmacist. he needed her scientific know—how
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to mount a terror attack. they were both wedded to an extremist ideology. they began sharing is execution videos. together, the couple plotted a terror outrage in the uk in the run—up to christmas 2016. munir mohammed would carry it out. he was living in a bedsit in derby. described as a bedroom jihadi, here, over the internet, he took instructions from a man believed to be an is commander, and told him, "i'm ready". munir mohammed had been picked up on cctv in asda. he was shopping for everyday items containing chemicals he needed for his bomb, all the time being guided over the phone by his girlfriend using her pharmacy experience. in his bedsit, officers found bomb—making components and instructions in how to use mobile phone detonators and the poison ricin. his is commander had posted an instruction on facebook which read, "place poison in food
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like fruit and vegetables in markets or inject poison in drinks and foods that are prohibited in islam". at that time, munir mohammed was working here at kerry foods in burton—on—trent. he was in the kitchens, making sauces for ready meals that are sold in tesco and morrison's. using fake id with someone else's name, he got the job through the gi recruitment company. munir mohammed was planning a bomb attack. there was no evidence he ever had any poison. but detectives say that because of his interest in ricin and his support for is, he did pose a threat to this factory. he certainly was a risk. had that food company known, had we known of his interest in ricin, and his link to that food company, we would have ta ken steps to protect the public and to prevent him from continuing that employment there.
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kerry foods, a global brand, told us: the gi recruitment company which gave mohammed thejob here said... they had no idea the man they recruited was also a recruit to is. this couple was stopped by the police and security service mi5. they will be sentenced next month. the bbcjournalist carrie gracie has stepped down from her role as china editor because, she says, she doesn't want to collude in a failing pay structure, which discriminates against women. in an open letter addressed to license fee payers, ms gracie accuses the corporation of breaking the law on equal pay and failing to live up to its values of trust, honesty and accountability. the bbc has responded saying fair pay is vital and an independent audit of rank and file staff found "no systemic discrimination against women".
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our media editor amol rajan has more. the chinese once called chairman mao "the great helmsman. " carrie gracis is one of the most respected international editors of her generation. for more than 30 years, she has broadcast about other people. but this time she is the centre of the story. ms gracie resigned from her position as china editor because she is paid less than men who are also international editors. morning. morning, carrie. this morning she presented the today programme on radio 4. it's been very moving, actually. the news of her resignation leaked out online last night. six months after the bbc was forced to reveal the salaries of some highly paid on—air staff, ms gracie has been infuriated by the response to her grievance. she was offered a pay rise of £45,000 but declined it, saying equality is what she wants. she wouldn't be drawn on whether she wanted male colleagues to take a pay cut. when i started the china job,
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i said i will only do this job if i'm paid equally. injuly 2017, i discovered the enormous gap that the two men who were international editors were earning 50% more, at least, than the two women who were international editors. the bbc has completed two of the three pay audits it announced last year and found no evidence of discrimination. the final one will report in a matter of weeks. the corporation declined to put anyone up for an interview but, in a statement, they said... the bbc talks about a gender pay gap. what i'm talking about is not the gender pay gap, where sometimes men and women are in different roles, which explains the differences in pay. what i'm talking about is pay discrimination, which is when men are paid more for doing the same job, or a job of equal value. that is illegal.
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there is tremendous anger among many female staff at all levels of this corporation. senior figures at the bbc say they take this issue very, very seriously, but many employees have found the process of fighting for equal pay completely unbearable. the salience of this story, however, arises from its implications beyond this place, because it's happening in a climate in which many women across several industries they have suffered injustice and inequality for far too long. where pay is shrouded in secrecy or in some complicated structure, it's inevitable that it's going to be bound up with biases or other types of decisions being made, which can't be properly analysed or justified. pay transparency is absolutely key, because it will set out clearly why an employer is choosing to pay certain types of people certain amounts of money. equal pay for equal work is a legal requirement.
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but who decides what equal work is? ultimately, it's usually the employer. this is what makes tackling gender pay issues so difficult, because, obviously, we will want people to be treated equally and given equal opportunities in the workplace, but employers also need to have the capacity to offer people flexible payments, so bonuses and that kind of thing, to reward and incentivise people to do well in their job and work hard. the bbc‘s public ownership and obligations means it has to set unique standards and face unique scrutiny. with 200 formal complaints and the possibility of legal action, this story will run and run. vauxhall is cutting another 250 jobs at its ellesmere port car plant in cheshire. the firm is now owned by france's psa group. the company announced the loss of 400 jobs in october. it says costs at ellesmere plant are higher than at other plants. six people have been charged with being members of the banned far
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right group national action. the five men and one woman were arrested last week after raids in cambridge, banbury, wolverhampton, stockport and leicester. all six have been charged under the terrorism act. they'll appear at westminster magistrates‘ court tomorrow. a 17—year—old boy has pleaded guilty to a string of acid attacks on six moped riders in order to steal their bikes. derryckjohn, from croydon in south london, appeared at a north london court and admitted targeting the riders lastjuly. he'll be sentenced in march. now it's time for newsnight with evan davis. which theresa may was to be? a bold one clearing out the cabinet with a bold reshuffle? already cautious
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theresa may, gently tiding the edges? probably in the end it was meant to be a cautious reshuffle, but it turned out to not be the one theresa may wanted. we ask what it means for the primers and the future of the government. also tonight... injuly, 2017, of the government. also tonight... in july, 2017, i of the government. also tonight... injuly, 2017, i discovered the enormous gap that be two men, the international editors, were earning 50% more at least, then the two female editors. we ask how come it is unresolved, is it really that ha rd to is unresolved, is it really that hard to crack? three months after the murder of this investigative journalist in malta, we are back on the island to ask the prime minister what impact her death had on him? she was the critic of many people. i may have been the top of that list. this does not look good on me. i am a realist on this. ladies and
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gentlemen, the first lady president of the united states. could this really happen? we hear why america is abuzz with talk that oprah winfrey might run for president. hello. a lot of government reshuffles to go smoothly. today's was no exception. on its own, that would not make for a vintage episode. theresa may had built this up episode. theresa may had built this up as episode. theresa may had built this upasa episode. theresa may had built this up as a major refresh and an assertion of renewed authority. it did not live up to expectation. partly because she could not make will be changes that she wanted. let us will be changes that she wanted. let us have a quick look at some of the comings and goings and the big star of the reshuffle is david livingstone.


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