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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines. 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 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. the result 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, _ i think it's a convincing result, decisive results and what — result, decisive results and what it_ result, decisive results and what it means is as a government we can move on and focus _ government we can move on and focus on _ government we can move on and focus on the stuff i think really— focus on the stuff i think really matters. also in the programme... ukraine's president zelensky visits frontline troops in the donbas. his officials say their troops have repelled a wave of russian attacks, across the eastern region. and high income companies are still too slow and redistributing covid—i9 vaccines come thought. vaccines come a redistributing covid—i9 vaccines come a stark warning from the prime minister. live from the prime minister. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news, it's newday. hello and welcome to the programme. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has survived a confidence vote brought by members of parliament from his own party.
a 148 conservative mps voted against him, 211 said they wanted mrjohnson to stay in office. he's faced months of criticism after it emerged that events had been held at government offices in downing street during coronavirus lockdowns. under the current rules, mrjohnson cannot be challenged in a leadership vote again for a year. our political editor chris mason brings the story of the vote and the result. after months of awkward questions for borisjohnson, 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 boris johnson 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.
that 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 of the 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 i 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 thatjeremy hunt, who has said throughout, i am not going to challenge the prime minister while 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 boris johnson's future will not go away.
there are a number of reasons why many conservative mps decided to vote against the prime minister. history has shown that it can be hard for prime ministers to recover, even when they win a confidence vote. our deputy political editor vicki young looks 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 brilliant job 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. others 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. joining me now isjon tonge, a professor of politics at the university of liverpool. thank you forjoining us here on newsday. 211 votes for boris johnson, 148 against him. it's those numbers that stand out despite the prime minister has survived. �* , ., despite the prime minister has survived. �* .
survived. are you convinced? it wasn't a convincing _ survived. are you convinced? it wasn't a convincing win - survived. are you convinced? it wasn't a convincing win for- wasn't a convincing win for borisjohnson, a win is a win under1 cent and under the ruse that cannot be a leadership challenge for a year, boris johnson is safe with him in the world of real politics this is not a convincing win, it was the worst performance for eddie conservative leader from within his own party. it's the worst performance that boris johnson's producers are present may achieve entries that may did not last long in that office thereafter. so boris johnson is still under an immense amount of pressure. in many ways the vote has solved nothing this evening and boris johnson can he now lead the conservatives into an election when four, ten of his own mps say they do not want him. his position is very precarious but if ever there was a political anthropologist, it is indeed borisjohnson. irate anthropologist, it is indeed boris johnson.— anthropologist, it is indeed boris johnson. anthropologist, it is indeed borisjohnson. ~ . , boris johnson. we have seen in the ast boris johnson. we have seen in the past where _ boris johnson. we have seen in the past where prime _ boris johnson. we have seen in the past where prime ministersj the past where prime ministers have survived a vote of
confidence but had to step down and longer run for the is at a scenario you predict could be a reality for boris johnson?- reality for boris johnson? yes. i think the _ reality for boris johnson? yes. i think the conservative - reality for boris johnson? yes. i think the conservative mps, i i think the conservative mps, those who voted against boris johnson would still be putting pressure upon them to stand out and say look, this situation is untenable. the parliamentary party is really debated in half. as to whether the back you and therefore you cannot carry on as conservative party leader, you need to step aside. but the message coming back loud and clear from but the message coming back loud and clearfrom boris johnson and his friends this evening is low, i have won under the rules of the game, i'm entitled to carry on as leader. you cannot challenge me again for another year and it is now time to forget what is going on in the past and move forward. borisjohnson will try to reshape the political agenda in his direction. you can hold on until a parliamentary recess, he has a chance. the difficulty he has is that issues such as his conduct in 10 downing street, the so—called party gate affair, the psychological way because there is still comments
committee inquiry into whether borisjohnson committee inquiry into whether boris johnson misled committee inquiry into whether borisjohnson misled parliament boris johnson misled parliament in borisjohnson misled parliament in that respect. boris johnson misled parliament in that respect.— in that respect. right. good question. — in that respect. right. good question, the _ in that respect. right. good question, the labour - in that respect. right. good question, the labour leader| question, the labour leader keir starmer said the conservative party was popping up conservative party was popping up mrjohnson in spite of popular opinion, how will he be due in these developments? i think keir starmerare in due in these developments? i think keir starmer are in many ways want bars onto the carry on greater because of boris johnson looks politically wounded, the fact he was booed at thejubilee wounded, the fact he was booed at the jubilee celebrations at the weekend i at thejubilee celebrations at the weekend i think spoke volumes of public opinions shift in borisjohnson. imilli shift in boris johnson. will leave it there. _ shift in boris johnson. will leave it there. thank - shift in borisjohnson. will leave it there. thank you very much for your thoughts. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... what does the public make of boris johnson's what does the public make of borisjohnson's leadership after he survives that vote of confidence?
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 newsday on the bbc. i'm arunoday mukharji in singapore, our headlines... boris in singapore, our headlines... johnson survives as britain's borisjohnson survives as britain's prime boris johnson survives as britain's prime minister borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister but he suffers a substantial rebellion among conservative mps in a confidence vote. lessons learned from the covid—19 pandemic show that the world is largely in the same place as before the outbreak and the tools we have won't be good enough to handle another pandemic. that's according to the former new zealnad prime minister, helen clark, who co—chaired the independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response. the committee was tasked with assessing the global pandemic response, and making recommendations for the next virus outbreak. helen clark is currently in london and shejoins me now. thank london and shejoins me now. you very much for y time
thank you very much for your time here on newsday. it's been over two years of the pandemic, it's been devastating on the health front as well as on the economic front, as per your report how would you rate the global response? the report how would you rate the global response?— global response? the global res - onse global response? the global response obviously - global response? the global response obviously hasn't i global response? the global. response obviously hasn't been brilliant. here we are more than two and a quarter years into the pandemic phase of the disease, it still raging, is still killing people every day around the world. we haven't got a grip on it. our report talked about how to try and arrest the pandemic now and also how to get better plans in place for the future. neither are moving very fast. in your re ort are moving very fast. in your report you — are moving very fast. in your report you talk _ are moving very fast. in your report you talk about - are moving very fast. in your report you talk about the - are moving very fast. in your i report you talk about the need for radical change in global response to the pandemic. in your opinion, what is that radical change that needs to happen? radical change that needs to ha en? , , radical change that needs to ha--en? , , i. happen? firstly, you need dedicated _ happen? firstly, you need dedicated finance - happen? firstly, you need dedicated finance to - happen? firstly, you need dedicated finance to fight | happen? firstly, you need i
dedicated finance to fight the pandemic. we still haven't got that. you need a much better platform than the ones that was created to try to get vaccines and other essential supplies out to developing countries, it's been underfunded and unable to get enough doses of vaccine for example, how to low income countries in africa still you don't have even 15% of the population having received two doses. i think what we are seeing now a drop—off in political resolve around the world to fight the pandemic, people very distracted by very singing other issues with the public is fed up with covid. the prophet did not problem is covid is not over us. we are essentially facing the next pandemic at the same tools we have. we need to get on, get the who the powers it needs to act effectively in the face of the pandemic and also support better funding is also support better funding is a leak global health organisation. it's actually a poorly funded organisation at the present time. you
poorly funded organisation at the present time.— the present time. you are talkin: the present time. you are talking about _ the present time. you are talking about those - the present time. you are talking about those majorj talking about those major wake—up calls that are around us. what would be your advice to global leaders which would not stand in the right direction according to you? i think i'd show them the washington post editorial which talked about monkeypox. let's hope and pray that monkeypox doesn't take off to pandemic levels. but we don't know. what we do know is we still got in adequate tools to deal with it. i would say to leaders of every country, review your covid experience, look at where the gaps workable look at where you need to tidy up your legislation can be a law, your tools, have suppliers on hand and give a push to your negotiators who are looking at the state of the interrelational health regulations, which are good enough. the possible new pandemic and that much—needed finance and a need for better platform than the kovacs one
which was designed on the fly to meet this pandemic. we can do these kinds of things and get a proper global oversight council in place to make sure things happen, were going to be in the same state again.- in the same state again. right. as we wind _ in the same state again. right. as we wind down, _ in the same state again. right. as we wind down, wondering i in the same state again. right. as we wind down, wondering ifj in the same state again. right. | as we wind down, wondering if i can get a quick comment from you on the big story that we are tracking, borisjohnson and as a former prime minister, i'm sure you've been following those updates come again from downing street in the vote of confidence. what would your advice be as a former prime ministerfor someone who advice be as a former prime minister for someone who is facing this kind of rebellion and dissent within his own party? i and dissent within his own -a ? and dissent within his own .a ? ., . and dissent within his own -a ? ., and dissent within his own .a ? ., . ., , party? i never face at his prime minister. - party? i never face at his prime minister. i- party? i never face at his prime minister. i did - party? i never face at his prime minister. i did as i party? i never face at his - prime minister. i did as leader of the opposition and it was pretty tough. i did face down challenges and bounced back from them. but it needs a clear strategy and i guess the ability to convince colleagues that you can do a betterjob than anyone else. 0ften that you can do a betterjob than anyone else. often you will keep standing because
there isn't anyone better equipped to do the job. let's see how it plays out. 0bviously, see how it plays out. obviously, very uncomfortable for all sides at the moment. helen clark, former prime minister of new zealand. thank you. sergei lavrov has repeated the threat if the west supplies to keep. the longer the range of bearer weapons that are that russia would push back the line for which ukrainian forces could threaten the russian federation, as he put it. 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. returning to our top story, boris johnson surviving a confidence vote held by his own conservative mps — we've heard from westminster, but what do voters make of today's developments and of borisjohnson's leadership?
our correspondent alex forsyth has spent the day in newcastle—under—lyme, one of the constituencies, which, at the last election, boris johnson succeeded in converting from labour to conservative. at the weekly quiz, there was one question that wouldn't win points but was on many minds. will borisjohnson keep hisjob? 359 ballots were cast... after the votes counted in westminster, what is the verdict here? he always comes up smelling of roses. are you pleased? no, definitely not. why not? i have voted conservative all my life since i could vote and i would never vote for borisjohnson, from the minute he took over. what you think about the result? i'm not happy, not happy with him. and the same as my sister,
i voted for him... for others, there was less agreement. he has got us through covid. did all that, congratulations to him, but he is not- fit for office. gary had quite a different view from his team—mates. he said he hadn't done anything wrong and it i has been proved he has. he should go. he has done great for the country, all through covid and everything. hopefully, this will put everything to bed now. and they can concentrate on bigger issues in the country at the moment, the cost of living crisis. newcastle—under—lyme was a seat that turned from labour to the conservatives for the first time in decades at the last general election. the tory mp there was one of those who had called on the prime minister to go before tonight's vote. at the local garden centre, earlier today, katie and her mum linda, who was a conservative voter, explained why they, too, had lost faith in boris johnson. what put your off
borisjohnson? "we'll get brexit done" and it has stretched out for how long? partygate, that was very sad. we have lost people we couldn't say goodbye to properly, they were living it up. it wasn't a universal view. jonathan had wanted the prime minister to keep hisjob, saying today was the wrong time for mps to have moved against him but it wasn't a universal view. what he did was wrong at partygate. he has been punished and i think we should move on. at this particular time, with ukraine, i think it is inappropriate... i think they have rushed into it. the prime minister's supporters might have cause to celebrate, or at least breathe a sigh of relief, but perhaps the ultimate question is whether this does blow over for the public or whether any damage might hang around. alex forsyth, bbc news, newcastle—under—lyme. this will be a story we will
continue to track. you can find more on our website. you can find more on our website. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello. a warmer feel to the weather on tuesday 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. we'll have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour, as newsday continues straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk. i'm stephen sackur. much of the world is now transitioning from locking down to living with covid—19, and that means that, in cities like london, cultural life is returning, performers are back on stage, audiences can gather to enjoy them. my guest today is the
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