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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister — but he suffers a substantial rebellion among conservative mps in tonight's confidence vote. the vote in favour of confidence in borisjohnson as a leader is 200 and foot and against is 148. therefore, i can announce the polymeric party does have confidence... it means that over 40% of the parliamentary party — declared a lack of confidence in their leader. but mrjohnson is defiant. i think it's a convincing result, a decisive result and what it means
is that as a government we can move on and focus on the stuff i think matters to people. ukraine's president zelensky visits frontline troops in the donbas as the uk announces it will supply long—range missiles to the country. are the world's promises to reduce carbon emissions being kept? we look at the pledges — more than 6 months on from the cop26 summit in glasgow. hello and welcome. britain's prime minister — borisjohnson — has survived a vote of confidence in his leadership of the conservative party. the vote was triggered after over 54 conservative mps wrote letters calling for him to be removed.
under the current rules mrjohnson can't be challenged for another year. but the result may not be decisive enough to restore his authority. in a secret ballot, 211 conservative mps voted to support borisjohnson. 148 cast their ballot against him. our first report tonight is from our political editor chris mason. after months of awkward questions for boris johnson, weeks of mounting speculation, and a day of intense public, sometimes angry argument, the moment, a verdict, the result, with, yes, the potential to remove mrjohnson as prime minister but also shape his future in the job. the vote in favour of having confidence in borisjohnson as leader was 211 votes. and the vote against was 148 votes. and therefore i can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence.
cheering. a mathematical victory for borisjohnson but boy those numbers are awkward for him. more than 40% of his mps labelling him a liability the country would be better off without. but he insisted. i think it's an extremely good, positive, conclusive, decisive result, which enables us to move on, to unite and to focus on delivery. and that is exactly what we are going to do. westminster is now digesting the result. those wanting mrjohnson out beaten tonight, but insisting they are not defeated. i think frankly it's very bad indeed. i was expecting that we might make three figures. i hadn't expected a third, more than a third, of the parliamentary party expressing no confidence in the prime minister. it is severely damaging for him and his reputation. for the opposition parties today,
a chance to stand back and watch their opponents in a mess. this evening the conservative party had a decision to make, to show some backbone or two back borisjohnson. the british public are fed up, fed up, with a prime minister who promises big but never delivers. the day began with sir graham brady announcing that the moment some conservative mps longed for and others desperately hoped to avoid had come. the threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the prime minister has been passed. therefore, a vote of confidence will take place within the rules of the 1922 committee. within moments, the public argument began. cabinet ministers offering their best spin on things. do you accept the bottom line is that a vote of confidence is bad news for any leader? i think i have already said
to some other broadcasters, it's the privilege of any member of parliament to choose to request a new leader. i don't think that's the right choice but i'm not going to condemn people. how can the prime minister possibly recover from this? by winning. and a one vote win is enough. two make cabinet ministers turning out together, what does that say? it suggests you are worried. i think it suggests unity and strength. we are both in the same position of supporting the prime minister. i think it's the right thing for our country and party to draw a line under this tonight and move forward and focus on the core issues affecting all our constituents. i echo what brandon lewisjust said. i urge my conservative colleagues in parliament to unite today. supporters in the foreground, critics wanting to be heard too, as the prime minister's anti corruption champion decided to resign. leadership and integrity are absolutely essential to the ministerial code, they are baked into it. the bottom line is he has broken the ministerial code and that means as a result that it's a resignation
matter for any minister and it also has to be a resignation matter for me as well. and there was another junior resignation later. standing down as the ministerial aide to the foreign secretary. enter next, a potential successor as prime minister. jeremy hunt took on borisjohnson last time and lost. today he tweeted. if you think that sounds blunt, listen to this response from the culture secretary. i am incredibly disappointed that jeremy hunt, who has said throughout, lam not going to challenge the prime ministerwhile there is a war in ukraine, has come out and challenge the prime minister on the day russia sends rockets into kyiv. a party row in public and the result some distance from definitive. the questions about borisjohnson�*s future will not go away. let's go live to westminster and speak to our political correspondent jonathan blake.
the prime minister is safe. the big question right now is for how long? yes. underthe question right now is for how long? yes. under the rules he can't face another challenge to his leadership for 12 months now. but the margin of victory was sufficiently narrow for borisjohnson this evening to mean that his future is far from secure, i think. about 40 mac percent of the conservative mps just not happy with their leader and voting against him in that confidence vote this evening. so he will attempt now, we can assume, to put the focus back onto the governments agenda, we will expect a speech on housing and other announcements in the coming days. but the level of descent is clear to see on the conservative backbenchers. and that figure of 148 voting against the prime minister shows you that this is notjust a small group number one faction, one grouping of conservatives that are
unhappy with boris johnson grouping of conservatives that are unhappy with borisjohnson but grouping of conservatives that are unhappy with boris johnson but there is unhappy with borisjohnson but there is some unhappy with boris johnson but there is some pretty unhappy with borisjohnson but there is some pretty widespread dissent on his backbenchers at the moment. the question is, will there be any other moves by ministers? perhaps some of the cabinet to convince that two borisjohnson at his time is up. i think that is unlikely. for the time being this unhappiness with the prime minister within the conservative party in parliament may well subside. there are a couple of moments to watch for in the not—too—distant moments to watch for in the not—too—dista nt future. moments to watch for in the not—too—distant future. by not—too—dista nt future. by elections, not—too—distant future. by elections, to buy elections at the end of this month. want to break feel the other in tiverton in the west country, which will prove a very important electoral test for borisjohnson and his party. there is also the investigation by the privileges committee in parliament and shoot whether he misled mps knowingly misled mps over the party
gate saga. they may well prove to be important moments to come in terms of any more decisive days for boris johnson and his leadership. but in the immediate aftermath of this vote he is secure in his position for now. , ~ , ~' he is secure in his position for now. , ~ , ~ ., now. yes. the prime minister keen to net back now. yes. the prime minister keen to get back to — now. yes. the prime minister keen to get back to business _ now. yes. the prime minister keen to get back to business as _ now. yes. the prime minister keen to get back to business as usual, - get back to business as usual, getting on with the job in get back to business as usual, getting on with thejob in hand. just a glance at tomorrow's newspapers, particularly here in the uk, the guardian, pm clinging to power after the vote humiliation. the kit telegraph which is traditionally supporting conservatives, hollow victory tears the tories the parts is its headline. very unwelcome reading for the prime minister who he saysjust wants to get on with the job. the prime minister who he says 'ust wants to get on with the jobﬁ wants to get on with the 'ob. that's ri . ht. wants to get on with the 'ob. that's right. saris— wants to get on with the 'ob. that's right. boris johnson's _ wants to get on with the job. that's right. boris johnson's political - right. borisjohnson�*s political opponents and his critics within his own party will be talking in similar terms in the days and weeks to come. keir starmer can now point to cross
the house of commons at the dispatch spots when he faces borisjohnson a prime minister's questions which you will this weekend say, four out of ten of your own mps don't want you to be standing there and leading the party and doing the that you are. that will be uncomfortable for the prime minister, much as he will try to draw a line under this and say perhaps some of his supporters were saying in the run—up to this vote that a victory of one is still a victory and is enough to secure his future. i could tell you that of boris johnson's was future. i could tell you that of borisjohnson�*s was certainly privately saying the victory margin needed to be comfortable enough to contain this rebellion for him to continue without any significant problems as leader. so that's a flavour of what is to come for the prime minister and some problems that will no doubt dog is premiership and his leadership for some time yet. premiership and his leadership for some time yet-— some time yet. yes, absolutely. jonathan blake _ some time yet. yes, absolutely. jonathan blake live _ some time yet. yes, absolutely. jonathan blake live in _ some time yet. yes, absolutely. jonathan blake live in west - jonathan blake live in west
minister. now, british history has shown that it can be hard for prime ministers to recover — even when they win a confidence vote. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young has been looking at borisjohnson�*s leadership and what could lie ahead. he won the conservatives their biggest victory in decades. good morning, everybody. my friends, well, we did it! so why, just two and a half years later, have so many of borisjohnson�*s own mps turned on him? in the early days, breaking the brexit deadlock was the priority and a huge plus point with colleagues. then, an unprecedented pandemic derailed any plans mrjohnson may have had. you must stay at home. some trace his problems back to other choices. sticking by a divisive adviser, dominic cummings, who had alienated conservative mps, clashed with the prime minister's wife and was then accused of breaking covid rules. it's mrjohnson�*s leadership style that concerns others. i think he did a brilliantjob over
brexit, for which the country and the conservative party should always be grateful. but he does not in my view govern in the way that a modern prime minister governs, through the normal processes of the state. it feels a bit more like a mediaeval monarch governing through a court, and you absolutely cannot govern modern britain in that way. some tory mps complain about a lack of direction, from u—turns over free school meals, to an embarrassing climb—down after mrjohnson tried to change parliamentary rules on standards to protect one of his friends. three, two, one. cheering. that led to the loss of an ultra—safe conservative seat. but it's the lawbreaking parties in downing street which have done most damage. a police investigation, a fine for the prime minister and another inquiry looming into whether he lied to parliament. polls suggest the scandal has dented his popularity. booing. some even booed his arrival at st paul's cathedral forjubilee celebrations.
he does have real political abilities, and he does have, i think, an instinct to be able to position himself where new voters who have not voted for the conservative party before can do that. but he's got these huge flaws, which have always been a problem for him in every office that he's held, and i think those things will continue to cause a problem for him. winning confidence votes doesn't always end well. john major was victorious in 1995. it is time to put up or shut up. but lost the general election two years later. theresa may won hers but resigned within six months. a core part of the conservative party don't want borisjohnson as their prime minister and that makes it difficult when you're trying to get policy through, win votes in parliament and campaign around the country in these by—elections and in the run—up to any general election. there are many reasons behind this unhappiness with borisjohnson. for some it's the economy — they want tax cuts. others have been sacked by him or overlooked for promotion.
0thers talk about his character, saying he lacks integrity and leadership skills. but most will be making a very simple judgment — is he still a vote winner for the conservatives? borisjohnson was never going to win over all the critics in his party but he hopes the victory tonight has silenced them for now. vicki young, bbc news. i'm joined now byjill rutter, senior fellow at the institute for government. good evening. let's talk about some of those issues raised in vicki's report. quite fundamentally, a vote of confidence in any leader is not a good sign, doesn't bode well what we seem previously with those of confidence for other tory leaders. no, vote of confidence is basically a sign that a substantial number of people have no confidence in you otherwise it would be a vote. so in normal times you don't expect to see vote if of confidence in leaders. and certainly in this case, or 1%
voting against him. —— 41. where it leaves his players to deliver on some of those premises he keeps telling us about. you want to get on with the job. telling us about. you want to get on with thejob. but telling us about. you want to get on with the job. but with 41% of his own mps voting against them, can he do that? it own mps voting against them, can he do that? , , ., own mps voting against them, can he dothat? , , ., , ,, ., ., do that? it suggested a substantial number of his _ do that? it suggested a substantial number of his mps _ do that? it suggested a substantial number of his mps don't _ do that? it suggested a substantial number of his mps don't think - do that? it suggested a substantial number of his mps don't think he l number of his mps don't think he can. 0ne number of his mps don't think he can. one of the things he'll be wondering about is how many people who are on his payroll in the government actually voted those confidence and secret ballot. he probably doesn't know who they were but he'll be looking a round at some of his colleagues and wondering if he has all their support. we are told there might be a reshuffle. the process of a reshuffle is it can cement loyalty for people who might be wavering. but the big risk is use act people, mostly at the backbenchers you have to do that in a reshuffle and you potentially add
to the number of people who oppose you, that's very difficult. as my colleague was saying, you just play dead. there's always this problem as well that if you are managing vote in parliament you are bringing forth new policies, the two prime ministers very keen to get back to policy. that's what he says he's going to do to move on. everything has to be seen now through the lens not just of party has to be seen now through the lens notjust of party management, governments always have problems even despite its majority of 80 that it's lots quite a lot of votes in parliament but through... will this alienate more people from the prime minister? would shore up his very damage authority? government that governing is becoming a whole lot harder for the governing is becoming a whole lot harderfor the prime governing is becoming a whole lot harder for the prime minister that it was a few days ago. ﬁgs harder for the prime minister that it was a few days ago.— it was a few days ago. as you'd expect. the _ it was a few days ago. as you'd expect, the prime _ it was a few days ago. as you'd expect, the prime minister- it was a few days ago. as you'd i expect, the prime minister calling this a victory, he says it's extremely good, positive, conclusive, decisive results. you can understand why he wants to talk
in those terms. if you think anyone outside of west minister will see it like that or indeed whether anyone will care? they see is in thejob, they want them to just get on with it, do they not? i’m they want them to 'ust get on with it, do they "on_ they want them to 'ust get on with it. do they hott_ it, do they not? i'm not sure the peeple outside _ it, do they not? i'm not sure the people outside would _ it, do they not? i'm not sure the people outside would be. - it, do they not? i'm not sure the people outside would be. quite l it, do they not? i'm not sure the | people outside would be. quite a it, do they not? i'm not sure the - people outside would be. quite a lot of people have been seeing is now all those conservative mps can't distance themselves from the prime minister and the way they might�*ve been able to. we saw for example in the local elections that people were not putting borisjohnson on local election leaflets and things like that. now in a sense the conservative party has endorsed borisjohnson conservative party has endorsed boris johnson they said conservative party has endorsed borisjohnson they said actually, we don't regard these and downing street as sufficient to get rid of him. so anyone out there who thinks that actually, you shouldn't have a prime minister who is prepared to see his staff break the law, break the law himself anyone who thinks that now things actually, this is a
party that endorses that behavior. that's quite problematic for people out there. he put mages say yeah, that was a bit of a west minister bubble. i think it's good to make the west minister bubble much for time to come. they'll be more plotting, the atmosphere will get more febrile and we seem quite vicious attacks attacks within the conservative party, it's very divided. imagine labour putting some of those comments that we saw this morning from a former minister whose wife ran the very successful vaccine programme about the prime minister. just imagine those lines being held back at the prime ministers every time they appear in the dispatch box. ., ~ time they appear in the dispatch box. . ,, , ., time they appear in the dispatch box. . ,, i. ., time they appear in the dispatch box. . ,, ., , , ., box. thank you for being with us on bbc news- — box. thank you for being with us on bbc news. senior _ box. thank you for being with us on bbc news. senior fellow _ box. thank you for being with us on bbc news. senior fellow at - box. thank you for being with us on bbc news. senior fellow at the - bbc news. senior fellow at the institute for government. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: six months after the cop26 summit in glasgow we examine if the world's promises to reduce carbon emissions are being kept.
the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight, british troops have begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd to pack to see the man who, forthem, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved toward horse guards parade for. the start of tropping the colour. the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. - as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll go out there and take him down the hills. what does it feel like to be
the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feels marvellous, really. this is bbc news, the latest headlines... borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister but he suffers a substantial rebellion among conservative mps — in tonight's confidence vote. ukraine's president zelensky visits frontline troops in the donbas — as the uk announces it will supply long—range missiles to the country. the un's climate change chief says efforts to tackle global warming — can help create unity between nations — at a time of conflict. patricia espinosa was speaking as negotiators from almost 200 countries — having been meeting in bonn six months after the cop26 climate summit in glasgow. 0ur climate editorjustin rowlatt has been looking at whether promises
made then are being kept. we've seen more blistering temperatures this year. it hit 51 celsius in pakistan last month, 49.2 degrees for delhi, the highest temperature the indian capital ever recorded. just look at lake mead which provides water to 25 million people in the us and mexico. water levels are at their lowest since the 1930s. countries promise to take action to curb emissions and last years big climate conference in glasgow... but the world has changed since then. is rickets gather in germany there is
recognition but progress has been slow. i recognition but progress has been slow. . ,, . recognition but progress has been slow. . , , . ., recognition but progress has been slow. . ,, ., ., ., recognition but progress has been slow. . , , ., ., ., ., recognition but progress has been slow. . , , . ., . ., ,., slow. i appeal to all of you, especially _ slow. i appeal to all of you, especially in _ slow. i appeal to all of you, especially in this _ slow. i appeal to all of you, especially in this difficult i slow. i appeal to all of you, | especially in this difficult and challenging times, not to lose hope, not to lose focus but to use our united efforts against climate change as the ultimate act of unity between nations. they say these are stopgaps in a time of crisis but it's easy to see why the us climate envoy is worried. the war in ukraine has given a pass momentarily to some coal usage. but i think it would be an enormous mistake for anybody to believe that ukraine is a legitimate excuse for building out massive new infrastructure that is going to be there 20, four years from now, if
that's the choice that we are cooked. so that's the choice that we are cooked. ,., ., ., , cooked. so we need some good news in here it is. despite _ cooked. so we need some good news in here it is. despite all— cooked. so we need some good news in here it is. despite all the _ cooked. so we need some good news in here it is. despite all the conflict - here it is. despite all the conflict and disagreement in the world nations are still meeting here to discuss how to tackle climate change is long as were engaging with the issue we can still make progress. justin rowlatt, bbc news. the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, has said russia would hit new targets in ukraine if the west supplied longer—range missiles to kyiv. it comes as ukrainian officials say their military has repelled seven russian attacks across the donbas region over the past 24 hours with intense fighting continuing in severo—donetsk. 0ur defence correspondent jonathan beale has more details. fighting in the city of severodonetsk has been described as the hottest of the conflict, with relentless russian artillery strikes reducing the area to rubble and ashes. ukraine's president zelensky has
called the situation hell. this weekend, sheltered in a building, he made his first visit to troops there, fighting against huge odds, in an effort to boost morale. translation: you are true heroes of our country, ukraine. _ you are heroes of war. because of you we have and will have our land and our country. ukraine's forces are outnumbered and outgunned. russia's vast arsenal of artillery trying to pummel and break ukrainian resistance. both sides are taking heavy casualties. but for ukraine, more help will soon be on its way. today, britain announced it will be sending this, its most advanced rocket launcher. following the lead of the us, which is supplying ukraine with a similar system. this british army version can fire a dozen rockets in a minute and has
a range of up to 50 miles — further than most of russia's artillery. the flow of western weapons has already angered moscow, though president putin is also trying to play down its significance. translation: we believe - that the delivery of rocket systems by the united states and some other countries is related to making up for the losses of combat hardware. there is nothing new about that, and this actually changes nothing. the question now — will these weapons arrive in time to make a difference? and in such small numbers — the us is sending just four of its rocket launchers to ukraine. the uk, another three. but for ukraine, every little helps. jonathan beale, bbc news. a reminder of our top story tonight. news the british prime minister borisjohnson is one of the vote of confidence in his leadership of the conservative party but suffering a
large tory rebellion. 59% voting in favour of his leadership, 41% voting against. hello. a warmer feel to the weather on wednesday for wales and england, where the past few days have been so cool, cloudy and, for some, very wet. most places will have a dry tuesday. there's a chance of catching a shower, mind you. low pressure's clearing away, further weather systems heading in this week. it'll be wet at times, though not all the time. and this out in the atlantic is tropical storm alex, remnants of which, although passing us to the north, will increase the winds across the uk, especially the further north you are, to end the week. but light winds as tuesday begins, some patchy mist and fog, some showery rain close to the south coast of england, gradually clearing as the morning goes on. some patchy rain in northeast england fizzling out into the afternoon, though we'll keep lots of cloud here. for the rest of england and for wales, warmer sunny spells,
a few showers pop up, mostly in the afternoon — very hit—and—miss. northern ireland staying mainly dry until the evening. cloudier skies towards southern scotland, rather than northern scotland, where, here, we'll see the most of the sunshine, the odd shower in the highlands. 16 degrees in newcastle. it's high teens and low 20s elsewhere. now, as we go on into the evening, you can see the rain moving into southwest england, wales, northern ireland, and then spreading north and east as we go into wednesday morning. some heavy bursts on that, not reaching northern scotland, but overnight temperatures, you see how mild it is for many as wednesday begins. this area of rain becoming slow—moving as it inches further north through scotland on wednesday. elsewhere, there will be some sunny spells around. there'll also be some showers, some heavy and thundery ones, in places, and it will be a windier day across southern areas. it'll be a cooler day at this stage in scotland, after several days of warmth. now, as we go into thursday, a few showers pop up here and there, an approaching weather system from the west will cloud things over across western areas and produce
some patchy rain or showers into the afternoon, and the wind will start to pick up here. that is connected to what's left of tropical storm alex. here it is incorporated within this area of low pressure. you can see the track of it, missing us to the north and northwest. closer to that, though, it will turn very windy for a time. may see some gusts of 40—50 mph across northwestern parts of scotland, for example. and it stays windy into the start of the weekend across many northern areas. this is where we'll see most of the showers, whereas the further south you are, fewer showers and, here, it'll stay mainly dry. bye— bye.
this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister, but he suffers a substantial rebellion among conservative mps in a confidence vote. it means that over 40% of his party declared a lack of confidence in their leader. ukraine's president zelensky visits front line troops in the donbas, as the uk announces it will send multiple—launch rocket systems to the country. russia says it would hit new targets in ukraine if the west supplied longer—range missiles. the un's climate change chief says efforts to tackle global warming can help create unity between nations at a time of conflict. patricia espinosa was speaking six months after the cop26 climate summit in glasgow.
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