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this is bbc news. i'm samantha simmonds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister, but over 40% of his own mps oppose him in a confidence vote. the opposition urge him to stand down, but he remains 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 that i think really matters. the british public are fed up — fed up with a prime minister who promises big, but never delivers. mexico's president boycotts the summit of the americas after the us excludes cuba, venezuela and nicaragua
for being undemocratic. moscow is accused of deliberately sparking a globalfood crisis through its war in ukraine. russia's un envoy storms out of the security council in protest. and the man taking drastic action to save ancient plane trees near the eiffel tower in france. hello and welcome. borisjohnson has survived a vote of confidence in his leadership of the conservative party, although more than 40% of tory mps voted against him. he described the result as "decisive" and his supporters have urged their colleagues to allow the government to push ahead with the running of the country. but one of mrjohnson�*s critics said it was a "very bad result" and he would be surprised if he was still in downing street by the end of the autumn.
here is the story of the vote and the results. after months of awkward question for borisjohnson, weeks of mounting speculation and a day of intense public, sometimes angry, arguments, 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... gasping ..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're going to do. westminster is now digesting the result. those wanting mrjohnson out beaten tonight but insisting they're 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 to back borisjohnson. the british public are fed up — fed up with a prime minister who promises big, but never delivers. the day began with an
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 expect that the bottom line of this vote of confidence is bad news for any leader? i think that i've 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 cabinet ministers turning out together, what does that say? it suggests to me that you're worried. i would say it suggests unity
and strength, actually. we're both in the same position of supporting the prime minister and think it's the right thing for our country and our party to draw a line under this tonight and move forward and get back to focusing on the core issues that effect all of our constituents. yes, i echo what brandon'sjust said. i really 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 central to the ministerial code, they are baked into it, they run through it like a stick of rock, and what i'm afraid is that means he's broken the ministerial code and that means as a result, it's a resignation matterfor any minister and it also has to be a resignation matter for me as well. and there was another junior resignation later. john lamont stood down as a ministerial aid to the foreign secretary. enter next a potential successor as prime minister. jeremy hunt took on borisjohnson last time and lost. today, he tweeted:
and if you think that sounds blunt, listen to this response to it from the culture secretary. i'm incredibly disappointed thatjeremy hunt, who's said throughout, "i'm not going to challenge the prime minister "while there's a war in ukraine," has come out and challenged the prime minister on the day russia sends rockets into kyiv. a party rowing in public, a result some distance from definitive. the questions about boris johnson's future won't go away. chris mason, bbc news at westminster. so, where does that leave the prime minister? history has shown that it can be hard for prime ministers to recover, even when they do win a confidence vote. our deputy political editor vicki young looks at 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 2.5 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'd 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 climbdown 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. 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've 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 has held, and i think those things will continue to cause
a problem for him. when 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 if 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 judgement — 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, westminster.
the mexican president, manuel lopez obrador, has pulled out of this week's summit of the americas in protest against a decision by the us not to invite countries they consider undemocratic, namely cuba, venezuela and nicaragua. emily brown reports. marching for a new life. migrants leaving mexico in hope of the united states. translation: of the united states. tuna/mom- of the united states. translation: ., translation: god willing we are as-uirin to translation: god willing we are aspiring to that. _ translation: god willing we are aspiring to that. look _ translation: god willing we are aspiring to that. look at - translation: god willing we are aspiring to that. look at the - aspiring to that. look at the march, look at the people. many children come here, many people really need to get out of here. immigration is high on the agenda at the summit of the americas which is being hosted by the us in california. president biden puzzlement plan for latin america took a major hit after the mexican president robert snubbed the event in protest of the exclusion of three phar lap countries. the white house said it wasn't
inviting cuba, nicaragua and venezuela to the summit, calling them undemocratic because of reservations around human rights situations. the president's— human rights situations. tue: president's principal human rights situations. tte: president's principal position is that we do not believe that dictators should be invited, which is the reason that the president has decided not to attend. we look forward to hosting foreign secretary as the mexican representative. the summit of _ the mexican representative. the summit of the _ the mexican representative. the summit of the americas was meant to be a showcase of cooperation, but it is now likely to be a display of division. emily brown, bbc news. our north america correspondent david willis joins us now. david, welcome to you. the mexican president refusing to 90, mexican president refusing to go, but he is sending his foreign minister. how will that impact on the summit, do you think? , , ., impact on the summit, do you think? , ,., , .,, think? this is a considerable blow to the _ think? this is a considerable blow to the biden _ blow to the biden administration which has been putting or trying to put this event together for several months now. the absence of the
mexican president is all the more significant, bearing in mind that one of the crucial topics on the agenda for the summit is immigration, and how to deal with the influx of migrants at the united states southern border. the white house as you heard there's trying to put a spin on this saying that he is due to meet in person withjoe biden at the white house next month, also making the point that several key leaders from the region including those from argentina and brazil will be in attendance along with 21 other heads of government and ten us cabinet members, but this is a snob, a blow to the biden administration, which as you arejust hearing, is administration, which as you are just hearing, is seeking very much to rekindle its lengths to this region. what is it say about — lengths to this region. what is it say about the _ lengths to this region. what is it say about the power - lengths to this region. what isj it say about the power balance in the americas now? that it say about the power balance in the americas now?- it say about the power balance in the americas now? that is an
interesting _ in the americas now? that is an interesting point _ in the americas now? that is an interesting point because - in the americas now? that is an interesting point because there | interesting point because there are a lot of people who make the point that the biden administration may actually have bowed in making this decision to the highly influential cuban—american community in miami, which doesn't like the communist government in power in cuba and does have considerable heft when it comes to voting, and there is an election year, midterms in november. but you know what? back in 1994, the inaugural summit place in miami, the summit of the americas, bill clinton on that particular occasion have the lofty goal of some sort of free trade area, the entire conscious minus cuba, and how far has american influence diminished since then over the course of less than 30 years? are largely of course because the growing influence of china, which has moved in there with a lot of money and part of it's
belt and road of a structured initiative pouring money into the region, though initiative pouring money into the region, thouthye ——joe biden when he comes in on wednesday going to have some intangible things to offer, samantha, ratherthan intangible things to offer, samantha, rather than just lectures about democracy and human rights.— lectures about democracy and human rights. david, for now, thank yon — stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the man who's taken drastic action to save ancient plane trees near the eiffel tower in france. 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 packed to see the man
who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved towards horse guards parade - for the start of- trooping the colour. gunshots the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. - as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick �*em 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: boris johnson survives as britain's prime minister. but over 40% of his own mps oppose him in a confidence vote. opposition parties have urged him to stand down. mexico's president boycotts the summit of the americas after the us excludes cuba, venezuela and nicaragua for being undemocratic.
russia's un ambassador has walked out of a security council meeting after the president of the european council, charles michel, blamed the russian invasion of ukraine for causing a globalfood crisis. mr michel told the meeting in new york that russia was using food supplies as a stealth missile against the developing world, forcing people into poverty. the dramatic consequences of russia's war are spilling over across the globe and this is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty and destabilising entire regions. and russia is solely responsible for the food crisis, russia alone. despite the kremlin's campaign of lies and disinformation. and it is russian tanks, russian bombs and mines that are preventing ukraine from planting and harvesting. the kremlin is also targeting grain storages and stealing
grain in ukraine while shifting the blame on others. this is cowardly, this is propaganda, pure and simple propaganda. the russian envoy, vassily nebenzia, has accused mr michel of spreading lies. 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 severodonetsk. our 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 — 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. let's get some of the day's other news. a senior american diplomat has said there would be a strong and forceful response from the united states, south korea and the world if north korea conducts a nuclear test. the deputy secretary of state, wendy sherman, was speaking following a meeting with her south korean counterpart in seoul. there's growing speculation that pyongyang is preparing
to carry out its first nuclear test since 2017. south africa's justice ministry is in discussions with the united arab emirates following the arrest of two members of the gupta family who are wanted for alleged corruption during jacob zuma's presidency. an extradition treaty between the two countries took effect last year. atul and rajesh gupta moved to the gulf from south africa several years ago. they've denied any wrong doing. the dominican republic's environment minister, orlandojorge mera, has been shot dead in his office. police have arrested a man who's believed to be a childhood friend of mr mera. eyewitnesses said they heard at least seven shots. mr mera was the son of former president salvadorjorge blanco, who was in office from 2002 to 2006. health officials in the canadian city of montreal are offering monkey pox vaccinations to people who are at high risk of catching the disease. those receiving the vaccinations include people who have been in contact with confirmed cases
in the last 14 days. around 30 countries where monkey pox is not endemic have reported outbreaks with more than 900 confirmed or suspected cases, mainly in europe. a former leader of the far—right proud boys group has been charged in the us with seditious conspiracy for his alleged role in the storming last year of congress. enrique tarrio and four other men are accused of plotting the attack. let's catch up with all the latest sports news. hello. gareth southgate is preparing his england side as they go head to head with germany in the nations league in munich later on tuesday. the england manager believes his team must aspire to reach the levels their opponents have consistently shown at major tournaments. we have to respect what they have been as a country, what they are as a country in terms,
that mentality of what we are trying to create, we have to keep getting to the later stages of competitions, and games like tomorrow brilliant for us, that's exactly the sort of test we need. australia are gearing up for their crucial world cup qualification play—off against united arab emirates at the al rayen stadium in the uae on tuesday. for graham arnold's men, it's the first of two steps towards a place at a fifth—straight world cup. for the uae, it's a chance to get one match closer to a first world cup appearance since their debut in 1990. whoever wins tuesday's showdown will take on peru in a final play—off at the same venue onjune 14. australia is pretty much used to doing hard way, it's the fifth time we have to go through play—offs, it's an experience we are used to. obviously, with analysed and looked at the uae, we know what their strengths and weaknesses
are. we would go out expecting to expose their weaknesses. phil mickelson is set to compete in the opening event of the saudi—backed liv golf invitational series this week. the six—time major winner hasn't played since controversial comments about the breakaway series and the pga tour were published in february. the 51—year—old will now play in the tournament at centurion club just outside london which begins on thursday. other golfers confirmed for the event are the former world number one dustin johnson, sergio garcia, lee westwood, ian poulter and louis oosthuizen. new zealand all—rounder colin de grandhomme has been ruled out of the remainder of the test series against england through injury. the zimba bwean—born kiwi suffered a tear in his right heel while bowling on day 3 of the first test at lords and was unable to bowl on the final day of his side's five—wicket defeat. he's now looking at 10 to 12 weeks away from the game. michael bracewell has been named as his replacement.
it's stage 3 of the criterium du dauphine on tuesday. a 169—kilometre, hilly stage from saint paulien to chastreix sancey in south central france. alexis vuillermoz will be wearing the leader's yellow jersey after taking stage 2. the frenchman's breakaway group on monday just managed to stay clear of the chasing peloton. olivier le gac kicked the sprint into life at the end of the stage from saint—peray to brives—charensac, but vuillermoz edged past his compatriot to claim his first win in over three years with anders skaarseth back in second. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me and the rest of the team, that's your sports news for now. plans to develop the area around the eiffel tower in paris before the 2024 olympic games have been scrapped, thanks to the actions of a protester who went on hunger strike to save some ancient plane trees. wendy urquhart reports. the plan was to pedestrianise the area around the eiffel tower and introduce new paths,
cycle routes, a ticket office, toilets, souvenir shops and food stalls. but when parisians found out that it would mean chopping down 42 trees and threatened the roots of a plane tree planted by napoleon in 1814, they launched a petition. it was signed by more than 140,000 people, but thomas brail, who founded the national group for the surveillance of trees, decided to take the protest one step further. he is now camped up a 208—year—old plane tree, near the eiffel tower. initially, the authorities tried to bargain with the protesters by offering to chop down fewer trees or decide the fate of each tree individually. but brail argued that they provide shelter for birds, bats and insects and should be protected at all costs. on saturday, he went on hunger strike to drive home his objection to the government's plans and it worked. the plan has been scrapped but brail is not budging until he has an ironclad guarantee that the trees will be protected. wendy urquhart, bbc news.
you can reach me on twitter — i'm @samanthatvnews. see you soon. 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 north—east 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 south—west 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'll 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 north—west. closer to that, though, it will turn very windy for a time. may see some gusts of 40—50mph across north—western 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 with the latest business headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson wins a vote of confidence, but a large section of his elected mps want him out. we take a look at how the business community has reacted to the result. travel chaos continues across europe with thousands of holidaymakers left stranded as airlines cancel more flights. another day, another twist in the twitter takeover: elon musk threatens to pull out of the deal unless he's given more details about the company's user base. and making waves for a greenerfuture: the european commission discusses a plan for international ocean governance, which they hope will benefit future generations.