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this is bbc news: the headlines at 11:00: in the past hour — boeing says it's suspending the production of its 737 max aircraft which had been the subject of intense scrutiny following two fatal crashes. borisjohnson welcomes his new conservative mps to westminster, and says they must repay the trust of former labour voters who backed them last week. as some of the new intake made their way to westminster, a sense of excitement and trepidation about what lies ahead. it's a bit surreal. here we are, we can get these things done. the last time you remember these sort of
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things it's the first day of big school, isn't it? tonight the prime minister has announced 2 cabinet appointments — simon hart becomes the new welsh secretary, while retiring mp nicky morgan becomes a life peer, retaining her brief as culture secretary. in belfast, new talks get under way to try to restore the devolved government in northern ireland. at the high court, victory for the postmasters who say their lives were ruined by a faulty computer system. more protests in india against a new citizenship law seen to discriminate against the nation's muslim minority. around £50m worth ofjewellery is stolen from the home of formula one heiress tamara ecclestone. a tough draw for english clubs in the champions league — manchester city and liverpool take on madrid rivals real and atletico, while chelsea and spurs face german opposition.
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and at 11:30, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the former director general of the cbi lord digbyjones and the journalist and author rachel shabi — stay with us for that. boeing are suspending the production of its 737 max aircraft which had been the subject of intense scrutiny following two fatal crashes. in a statement, boeing said:
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346 were killed in two crashes within 5 months involving the aircraft — after that, the 737 max was grounded. today, boeing's share price fell 4% amid speculation of the production announcement. members of parliament elected last thursday have been gathering at westminster ahead of the return of parliament tomorrow at the start of a week which will include a queen's speech and the passage of boris johnson's brexit deal. the prime minister addressed his parliamentary colleagues this evening — 109 of them new members — many from areas traditionally held by labour. the prime minister has made a couple of new cabinet appointments today —
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simon hart has been named as welsh secretary, and nicky morgan stays as culture secretary but she'll sit as a cabinet minister in the house of lords. this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg contains some flashing images. cheering the early hours of friday. boris! footage captured by a staffer at tory hq, scarcely believing the win. how many more hospitals? 40! and how many nurses are being recruited? 50,000! an early start today. work to do. the tories now have an mp for every day of the year, plenty from seats that have never before turned blue. this today is the start of our enormous opportunity to do some real good for the residents of the north—east. it's a lot of pressure, it's a bit daunting but we are excited to get in there and get started.
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got goose bumps. the hairs on the back of your neck are standing up as you walk across westminster bridge. it's the first day at big school, isn't it? and here we go. the tories blasted through the election. 109 new conservatives arriving to these hallowed halls. after years when number ten couldn't rely on much. have you got a newjob, sir? i hope not. a huge majority that's ballast for the prime minister and his cabinet to act with comparatively little standing in their way. god bless the prime minister. thank you. you don't need divine guidance to work out that everything will take a back—seat to getting out of the eu at the end of next month. 0nly tweaks to the cabinet tonight. nicky morgan stays at culture, from a new perch in the lords. simon hartjoins the cabinet for the first time, as secretary of state for wales. i'm amazed and delighted, yeah. i really am, actually. should you stand aside for an interim leader? how the tories fare depends partly on who replaces him.
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is it time to go? wonderful to see you all. goodbye. jeremy corbyn has promised to go, but not yet. labour faces notjust the choice of who to pick next... this is a moment for reflection. we're talking to lots of colleagues. the competition doesn't open until early next year. but whether to try genuinely to talk about what went wrong... jeremy corbyn‘s weak and incompetent leadership, the decision to back a second referendum, which really alienated millions in our leave voting seats and the manifesto, which read more like a christmas wishlist. 0r turn on each other. morning! one of the possible contenders for the top job, planning to sue another labour mp for alleging she called leave voters stupid. people can slag me off. so long as it's true, i'll take it on the chin, but they can't make up bleep up about me, but they can't make up bleep up about me, and if they do, i have to take it to the courts. the lib dems are feeling the cost of the election,
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not a huge new tribe, a smaller family snap today. but the tories aren't the only winners. the snp is back in bigger numbers. this is a very different parliament with a very differentjob. until the end of next month, borisjohnson‘s priority, above all else, is to take us out of the european union and stick to his promised departure date. but after that, a major reboot of what happens around here is in the offing. brexit might only be the overture to a very different age. we must repay the trust of the electorate. that's what we are going to do. this is the crowd of new loyal troops behind him. mps from all over the country, not just the traditional tory shires. cock—a—hoop at making it this far. say oven ready! 0ven ready! confident tonight, at least, they have years in hand. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. 0ur political correspondent iain watson is at westminster. hejoins us now he joins us now because there is news of some brexit developments
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this evening. angus up to speed. borisjohnson has this evening. angus up to speed. boris johnson has been this evening. angus up to speed. borisjohnson has been addressing his new intake of mps deceiving and making clear he would like to bring back his brexit registration on friday. it needs a speaker to agree to it but the latest development is what would that legislation look like and it looks like it would be run crucial difference according to government sources and it is that at the moment, the brexit legislation would allow, if trade walks get into trouble, allow the implementation period as the government because it, the transition period, to be extended beyond the end of next year. in other words, you could request longer to try to hammer out a trade deal with the eu. what boris johnson is going to do on friday is actually take that out of the legislation and insert something which would rule out any extension to the transition period beyond basically 12 months from now. in other words, there will only be that
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12- other words, there will only be that 12— month window to get a trade deal according to law. the reasons he is doing that our manifold but one of them is to deal his new mpc is serious about getting brexit done in the second is to quash speculation that with a big majority, he might somehow go soft on exit. he wants to reassure long—standing brexit ears that isn't the case. thirdly, it puts labour mps on the spot. those who say they might back a brexit deal to make it difficult to do so and of course, the government would say this would make it much more difficult for the eu to delay things and concentrate the minds of the negotiators in brussels when we come out of the eu to get a deal done quickly but of course, critics will say if that doesn't happen and there isn't that quick deal, and it would be the quickest deal in history, there is the risk of no deal with world trade organisation rules
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before he struck his deal with the eu in the first place. thank you for that update. boeing are suspending the production of its 737 max aircraft which had been the subject of intense scrutiny following two fatal crashes. samira hussainjoins samira hussain joins us. samira hussainjoins us. why is boeing taking this decision? since march this year, those 737 max planes have not been allowed to fly. boeing has continued to manufacture those planes but they haven't been able to deliver them to customers so they are building these massive planes and they remain on their facilities so now boeing has had to really ask themselves these questions. the planes were not going to be scheduled to fly by the end of this year. boeing wanted to get them certified and up and running but it
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has been made very clear by us regulators that is not going to happen to the company had to make a decision and this was certainly a massive financial decision. it is cost boeing more than $9 billion and it cost continues to rise. and it is worth reminding people what caused this crisis. what caused this crisis isa this crisis. what caused this crisis is a system malfunction with the computer system on these new boeing 737 max planes. since the planes we re 737 max planes. since the planes were grounded back in march, boeing has been trying to put a fix in place to make sure the planes were safe to fly again but this crisis not only had an impact on boeing but certainly had an impact on american regulators and a lot of criticism was levied against them saying the relationship against boeing and regulators was to close and we heard that european regulators had already said they would want to do their own
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investigation on these planes even after american regulators said they couldn't fly. the prime ministermhas insisted that he will govern —— the prime minister has insisted that he will govern for the whole of the united kingdom and that he will earn the trust this of those former labour voters who helped deliver his majority. our special correspondent ed thomas has been to the traditionally labour town of burnley in lancashire — which returned a conservative mp last thursday. burnley. just one of the many northern towns to turn from red to blue, and all facing the same issues. poverty, low wages and the struggle to find a place to call home. take jordan and antony, desperate for someone to fix their lives. both in work, on zero—hour contracts, living in a bedsit. is that your number—one priority, housing, mixed with jobs? employment, housing, yeah. permanent employment. permanent employment, yeah.
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not zero—hour contracts and stuff like that. have you got hope that borisjohnson‘s conservatives can lift you guys out of this poverty? absolutely, yeah. you've got hope? absolutely. there is a growing to—do list, from the roads to the buses, and significantly, across the north of england, improving our railways. what needs to happen to make our trains better? 0n time, and enough carriages. today, a new northern timetable. the predictable cancellations. the trains i used to get when i was a kid, i'm still getting them. they're rattly old things, with dubious bits of water floating on the floor, and rattly windows. heating that's on in the summer and not necessarily on in the winter. it's pathetic, and a joke. the scale of the challenge to level up our transport network is revealed in the numbers. in london, spending per head is over £900, falling across the north
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with just £276 in yorkshire and the humber. some warn real change will take time. 0ur government can do it, but it won't happen in a five year time frame. it has to be part of a long—term, systemic plan that is not london centric. that welcomes the regions into our national wealth. for some, the need is urgent. in parts of burnley, more than four out of ten children are growing up in poverty. this baby bank is helping more and more parents. we've had a lot of families coming to us, very worried that things are going to get worse for them. really? yeah. why, though? they don't have faith, because of everything they have been through over the last few years. after years of austerity, and underinvestment, the story of this town can be heard across the north of england, the midlands and wales,
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and the people, so long on the margins, expect to be listened to. ed thomas, bbc news, burnley. new talks have taken place in northern ireland — to try to restore the devolved government at stormont. it's nearly three years since power sharing collapsed — because of disputes between sinn fein and the democratic unionists. there's renewed pressure on the parties to get back into government with a crisis in the health service, strike action planned and patient waiting lists the worst in the uk. from belfast — here's our ireland correspondent emma va rdy. winter at stormont, parties out in the cold. each morning civil servants arrive to run the country. it's many moons since politicians took decisions here. it's a source of continuous pain. john's one of thousands of patients in northern ireland now waiting years for routine operations. a lack of government has led to the slow decay of services.
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while the parties try to resolve their differences, he faces another year—and—a—half‘s wait for a hip replacement. i mean, to wait that long, and your life's on hold. in the kind of pain you're in. yeah, yeah. it's just on hold. you can't do anything. there's too many people pointing the finger at each other. theyjust need to get on. today, calls for an irish language act. the main issue pretending sinn fein and the democratic unionists from governing together again. as ever, we enter into these negotiations in a spirit of optimism and determination. and now the big test is political will. i have listened very carefully during this election campaign, and right throughout the campaign there was a desire to get stormont back up and running again. therefore, we are here to try and make that happen, i hope all the other parties will too. since the dup lost its influence in westminster, there's new incentive to get back to power—sharing here,
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but deeply held positions on both sides make compromise a difficult task. both parties were punished in the general election for three years of stalemate. if there's no agreement in weeks they will face assembly elections, a path they may want to avoid. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. the headlines on bbc news: boeing suspends production of its 737 max aircraft, which had been the subject of intense scrutiny following two fatal crashes. we must repay the trust of the electorate and that is what we are going to do. borisjohnson welcomes his new conservative mps to westminster, and says they must repay the trust of former labour voters who backed them last week. the prime minister has announced two cabinet appointments — simon hart becomes the new welsh secretary, while retiring mp, nicky morgan, becomes a life peer, retaining her brief as culture secretary.
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hundreds of former sub—postmasters and post mistresses accused of stealing from the post office say they've been vindicated, following a high court ruling that the computer system they had to use was flawed. last week the post office agreed to pay compensation of 58 million pounds to more than 550 workers, many of whom lost their livelihoods or were even sent to prison. 0ur personal finance correspondent simon gompertz was at the hearing in london. releif after 1a years trying to clear their names. seema, on the left, was sent to prison while pregnant, because of shortfalls on her post office's computer in surrey.
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she had to go in prenatal appointments in handcuffs. joe pleaded guilty of false accounting to avoid a charge of theft. my whole family suffered. i could not work. to avoid a charge of theft. my whole family suffered. i could not worklj could not be in the room with my granddaughter because i had a criminal record. that is the kind of thing. that is what you want to clear? yes. it all came down to the computer network called horizon which postmasters said did not work properly. today the judge criticised the it company which developed the system and said he had grave concerns about the veracity of evidence given by its employees. the chairman responded...
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thejudge said the the judge said the horizon thejudge said the horizon it the judge said the horizon it system was not remotely robust and even in a revised version and had a significant number of bugs. that is going to be hugely important for those that have been convicted and who want to overturn those convictions. there are 3a now waiting to have their convictions reviewed and claiming that there treatment has been a miscarriage of justice. water companies in england and wales have been ordered to cut prices by an average of £50 a year by 2025. 0fwat, the water regulator, also says that firms must reduce leaks and cut carbon emissions. our business correspondent, theo leggett, explains what led to today's decision.
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0fwat has a difficultjob to do. on the one hand it has to make sure that water companies are spending and are preparing for the future so, for example, building new reservoirs, setting up flood defences and reducing carbon emissions. at the same time it has to make sure customers get a good deal and are not being overcharged and that the companies make a reasonable rate of return. in the pa rt reasonable rate of return. in the part of the accusation has been that that balance has been wrong and what the companies have been making a lot of profit but have not been offering, in some cases at least, the best service. thames water for example was fined £20 million for not doing enough to address legs. it wa nts not doing enough to address legs. it wants those companies to toughen up. —— leaks. it wants to invest for the future and at the same time cut customers built by an average of £50 a year between 2020 and 2025.
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dozens of cancellations and delays have caused disruption for rail commuters in yorkshire today, on the first working day of new train timetables. at least a0 transpennine express services have been cancelled. at least 19 northern rail services were also cancelled. they blamed staff shortages and technical problems. phil bodmer reports. it is now 18 months since the timetable change because widespread disruption. a review described it as a massive failure. that has to be a proper investigation into what has taken place. this morning, on the latest timetable change, unhappy passengers were complaining of cancellations and delays. 0ne described herjourney... cancellations and delays. 0ne described herjourney. .. desperate. we have got used to trains being cancelled and delayed but this morning we had all of that and the
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train did not stop at some of the intermediary stations. i really felt for people who really wanted to get to work, had a job interview and they could not get that and we had to stand all the way. similar experiences were widely shared on social media. 0ne described problems saying... meanwhile, diane message to say... i saying... meanwhile, diane message to say... lam saying... meanwhile, diane message to say... i am afraid to say they have been around a0 trains cancelled today. we are in the process at the moment of introducing state—of—the—art trains on our network and we have been experiencing teething issues with those trains and we would like to
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apologise to any customer whose journey has been disrupted today as a consequence. northern browsing around one in ten services was counselled but it is unrelated to the time table change. staff shortages and technical issues are partly to blame. we apologise to any passenger affected. we are working ha rd internally passenger affected. we are working hard internally within northern partners to improve punctuality and reliability. train operators are extremely sensitive about accusations of timetable failures. today's problems, caused by the introduction of new fleets, will eventually lead to long—term gain, they say. phil bodmer, bbc news over the last 5a years, michael billington has been casting his eye and his pen over the british theatre scene. he's written nearly 10,000 reviews and, this friday, the curtain comes down on one of the most illustrious critical careers we have ever seen. earlier, i spoke to him, and asked how the theatre scene had changed over
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the last half a century. enormously. i would say the thing is that it enormously. i would say the thing is thatitis enormously. i would say the thing is that it is much more representative of who we are as a nation, into obvious areas. one is gender. i wrote wa nt obvious areas. one is gender. i wrote want why are they not any women dramatists and to date most of the best dramatists are women. that isa the best dramatists are women. that is a huge positive change. i think the other change is in ethnicity, in other words a place by and about black and asian people which are attracting audiences which matched the subject of the place. three sisters, and the national theatre, this week. a fantastic play. another one at the royal court about multiculturalism and one about mixed race marriages. those are the two most positive gains in my lifetime.
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if you were to review the election, what would have gone in your review? 0h, what would have gone in your review? oh, gosh, the thing about dramas it is about to equal forces and you wait on tenterhooks for the outcome but that did not happen in this election. election night, at ten o'clock the drama was finished. 0nce we saw the exit polls when you the result and all we were watching was the final result. no—one was on the edge of their seats so that was disappointing and the leaders debates were disappointing. everyone these days is on a message and leaders are programmed not to make a mistake, not to say something that had not been anticipated and that leads to a sort of sterility. if you we re leads to a sort of sterility. if you were to choose a shakespeare character for the current political leaders, who would you go for? boris johnson i think would be the clown
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in the 12 night but he is also a corrupter of words. jeremy corbyn. .. possibly a senior version of hamlet. a character who cannot take up his mind about the crucial issues and his fatal flaw piles up at the. michael, we will miss you but you are not going to give up completely? noi are not going to give up completely? no i will be writing monthly pieces for the guardian, thanks goodness. now it's time for the weather, with stav. we are starting on a chilly night with further showers across the north of the uk, especially scotland. entry over the higher ground and accumulating snow. towards the end of the week, it is a different story. mulder, wetter and windier with low pressure taking over. “— windier with low pressure taking over. —— milder. this weatherfront across the south—east bringing rain.
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clear skies through much of the central portions of the uk. tuesday morning start told an problematic mist and dense fog patches around particularly in northern ireland, northern england, wales and the midlands. they could be stubborn to clear as well. 0therwise midlands. they could be stubborn to clear as well. otherwise a bit of sunshine, light went but a chilly start. to the north—east of scotland and northern ireland, rain, adapt story. the rain petering out. —— a damp story. this ridge of high pressure bringing in tuesday night into wednesday. wednesday largely fine for most. this area of low pressure will be the game—changer for the end of the week. wednesday start on a chilly night, frost, maybe some fob but plenty of sunshine. when picking up from the south—east, making it feel cold and temperatures into the single digits
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stop get wetter and windier in the south—west. wednesday evening and overnight, it looks windy. blustery night. 0utbreaks overnight, it looks windy. blustery night. outbreaks of rain, gales in the irish sea. that could lead to some disruption. that system moves northwards through thursday with a run of fairly strong south or south—westerly winds with sunshine and blustery showers. the showers will affect southern and western areas. some missed but in shelter spells of showers. —— misty. above seasonal average temperatures. into friday, another area of low pressure likely to move up from the south bringing further windy weather and especially heavy rain which will be problematic for central and southern parts of the country through friday morning and slowly transferring
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towards the northern half of the country for the second part of the day. sunshine following on behind. temperatures in double figures for england and wales, single figures for scotland and northern ireland. blood pressure still with us at the start of the weekend. high—pressure building in behind. it will be wetter for the northern half of the country on saturday. snow on the high ground. sunshine to northern ireland and england and wales before the next system is expected to bring wetter and windier weather. highs of 10- 11 wetter and windier weather. highs of 10— 11 degrees. sunday and into the christmas week, it looks like low pressure will want to be nearby and our winter will be coming off the atla ntic our winter will be coming off the atlantic so temperatures hobbling around the seasonal average. he remained unsettled as well. subtle hints towards the latter part of the christmas week, things would turn settled, cooler and drier but you
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