this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at a:00. trade minister penny mordaunt becomes the ninth candidate to join the conservative leadership race — with former health secretaries, sajid javid and jeremy hunt, also declaring in the last 2a hours. in eastern ukraine 15 people have died when an apartment block was shelled in the donetsk region. sri lanka's deepening economic crisis, the president says he'll step down after huge demonstrations.
the us appeals to politicians to act swiftly. the economic situation is not going to change overnight. it is going to be a difficult recovery period. the international community will need to come in and help and that is why the un was warning there is an impending humanitarian emergency. at wimbledon, the men's final goes into a tense third set with defending champion novak djokovic facing nick kyrgios and, temperatures rise around the uk — with some areas hitting 30 degrees today — and scotland records its warmest day of the year so far. the international trade minister, penny mordaunt, has become the ninth candidate to enter the conservative leadership contest. most candidates are focusing on their plans for the economy.
the former health secretary, sajid javid, wants to bring forward the 1p income tax cut to next year. both mrjavid and the former cabinet minister, jeremy hunt, are also pledging to reduce corporation tax from 19% to 15%. here's our political correspondent, david wallace lockhart. and then there were nine. trade minister penny mordaunt the latest to throw her hat in the ring to be the next tory leader. many candidates but one key issue — taxes. former health secretary sajid javid will cut them if he is prime minister, including a tax rise introduced to help the health service when he ran it. if we don't have the tax cuts we will not get the growth, if we do not get growth we will not be able to sustain the public services. that is a much greater risk. in all my time in government, i have never come across a decision, especially the big decisions, that don't involve risk
one way or the other. his rival, jeremy hunt, promises a brexiteer deputy if he gets to number ten and is also pledging tax cuts, focusing on lowering the cost of business. treasury figures show you get about half the cost of corporation tax back because of increased economic activity. if we keep the cycle, keep the fiscal rules we have but increase the length of the cycle to five years, we can afford these tax cuts. transport secretary grant shapps says there will be an emergency budget if party members pick him. i think it is very important in this cost of living squeeze that people get money back into their pockets, and quickly, so i would bring the tax cut slated for next year forward. five new candidates within 2a hours. chancellor nadhim zahawi is also running, and pledging lower taxes, like others. the field is starting to feel a bit crowded in this leadership contest and it is entirely possible that when senior conservative mps meet here at westminster tomorrow
to decide on rules for the contest they decide to introduce a threshold for support from fellow mps that any candidate would need to get even to get into the first round of voting. many candidates and more to come, with foreign secretary liz truss expected to declare a bid in the next 2a hours. david wallace lockhart, bbc news, westminster. joining me now is our political correspondent, jonathan blake. very briefly defence secretary, at the tail end of the theresa may years, and it has been pretty clear that she was unimpressed by his leadership, but somehow presumably she has got to reach out to those people who stuck with borisjohnson, and think, on balance, for them, it was a good thing? she and think, on balance, for them, it was a good thing?— was a good thing? she will have to tread a very _ was a good thing? she will have to tread a very fine _ was a good thing? she will have to tread a very fine line, _ was a good thing? she will have to tread a very fine line, because - was a good thing? she will have to tread a very fine line, because she i tread a very fine line, because she has, as you say, kept at arms length
from borisjohnson despite serving as trade minister. that experience will be key, also will her experience to draw significant support from across the party. we are yet to see her policies, which she... ~ . , ., . she... we have seen her launch video, she... we have seen her launch video. which — she... we have seen her launch video, which means _ she... we have seen her launch video, which means quite - she... we have seen her launch video, which means quite a - she... we have seen her launch i video, which means quite a warm image of britain.— image of britain. yes, stirring landscapes. _ image of britain. yes, stirring landscapes, but _ image of britain. yes, stirring landscapes, but very - image of britain. yes, stirring landscapes, but very little - image of britain. yes, stirring landscapes, but very little ofl image of britain. yes, stirring - landscapes, but very little of her, this is not about personality, it is about substance, it is about her serious person putting themselves forward for the job. serious person putting themselves forward for thejob. she is undoubtedly a key contender. it is undoubtedly a key contender. it is misleadin: undoubtedly a key contender. it is misleading that she is a junior
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conservative backbenches that the number one priority, that most mps want to hear, is what they would do to ease the tax burden, which is most difficult, frankly, for rishi sunak. it is clear, already, that the one dividing line for him and the one dividing line for him and the other candidates... he has talked about difficult decisions rather than offering fairy tales, he says, and that is code for he is not going to rush to cut taxes very quickly. he has seen fit to keep taxes relatively high, as they are at the moment, and not, as he would see, as irresponsible.— see, as irresponsible. thank you very much- _ the director of lthe institute
forfiscalstudies, pauljohnson, has been taking a look at some of the candidate's pledges on tax. tax cuts is always better than tax increases. we have huge problems with the nhs and a&e waiting times, as well as demands for public sector pay increases that at least match inflation. on the other hand, we have very high levels of inflation, and if you are going to cut taxes and if you are going to cut taxes and increase borrowing, probably the time you don't really want to do thatis time you don't really want to do that is when prices are already rising, because that means putting more money into the economy, and therefore more pressure on to inflation. i therefore more pressure on to inflation. . , therefore more pressure on to inflation. ., , ., ~ ., ., inflation. i was talking to a conservative _ inflation. i was talking to a conservative mp _ inflation. i was talking to a conservative mp saying, . inflation. i was talking to a l conservative mp saying, tax inflation. i was talking to a - conservative mp saying, tax cuts is a good thing, because it will get
people spending again, presumably thatis people spending again, presumably that is good for business unless it adds to the inflationary impact? we want adds to the inflationary impact? - want to stimulate the economy but in particular ways. want to stimulate the economy but in particularways. in want to stimulate the economy but in particular ways. in particular we want the supply side to get better. what we are not short of is people spending money, and that is part of the reason why inflation is high, we want to spend money on goods, and the prices of those goods is rising. i'm not sure that a £10 million tax cut is going to have our significant effect on inflation, but what we are not looking out at the moment is an economy where there is too little consumer demand, if you push up consumer demand, if you push up consumer demand, if you push up consumer demand when there are supply—side constraints then you do risk that pushing through into inflation. , ., . , .,
risk that pushing through into inflation. , ., . inflation. these tax cuts are based on forecasts _ inflation. these tax cuts are based on forecasts when _ inflation. these tax cuts are based on forecasts when inflation - inflation. these tax cuts are based on forecasts when inflation was . on forecasts when inflation was running at 4%, it is now on forecasts when inflation was running at 11%, it is now 11% or so, heading towards 11%, but the question is, can they stand, and what impact will it have on public spending? what impact will it have on public sendin: ? ., ., what impact will it have on public sendin? ., ., , what impact will it have on public sendina? ., ., , , spending? part of the problem is the fi . ures spending? part of the problem is the fiuures on spending? part of the problem is the figures on public _ spending? part of the problem is the figures on public finances _ spending? part of the problem is the figures on public finances are - spending? part of the problem is the figures on public finances are based l figures on public finances are based on the spending review that was done last september. that spending review was done when the expectation was that inflation would peak at no more than 11%, so the presumption then was that public sector pay, for example, would rise by three or 11%. i think thatis would rise by three or 11%. i think that is pretty implausible now, can we really increase teachers and nurses' pay, given they have had pay cuts over the last decade? one of the things i think the candidates really ought to be focusing on is,
what is my view about public spending? will i give inflation pay rises to teachers and nurses, and if i'm going to, how am i going to pay for that and what i want to do with public services such as the health service and education, rather than this partial focus on tax, where service and education, rather than this partialfocus on tax, where it is terribly easy to say we want to cut tax, but much harder we want to reform how public services work in a world when they may have less money. at least 15 people are believed to have died after a residential apartment block was destroyed by russian shelling in the donetsk region in eastern ukraine. a rescue operation is underway — the regional state emergency service told the bbc at least 20 people are thought to still be under the rubble in the town
of chasiv yar, including one child. ukrainian officials say russian missile and rocket strikes have caused more widespread damage in towns and cities across the country's eastern and southern regions. our correspondentjoe inwood has the latest. now, at the moment, the russians say they are taking what's known as an operational pause, essentially slowing down their attempted advances, to regroup their forces after punishing assaults of the last few weeks, but that doesn't mean there's been an end to missile strikes and shelling right across ukraine, places like kryvyi rih, zaporizhzhia and mykolaiv have seen strikes over the last 2a hours, and in the town of chasiv yar in the donetsk region there was a strike late yesterday evening, just after nine o'clock. according to the regional governor, a 5—storey building was brought down by a multiple launch rocket system. a number of people have been killed, some pulled out of the wreckage, and it thought around 30 people are still trapped under the rubble. emergency services are said to be on the scene trying to look for survivors, but it seems, whatever
the operational pause the russians are taking on the ground, the difficulties and the trauma for the people of the donbas continues. a bit of breaking news, jonnie peacock has been removed from the video posted by penny mordaunt. the south african president cyril ramaphosa has expressed his condolences after 15 people were shot dead in a bar in soweto injohannesburg. a number of other people are in a critical condition in hospital. four people have also been murdered in a second south african city, in the country's east. our africa correspondent, andrew harding, reports. south african police and forensic experts at the scene of what many here are calling a massacre.
gunmen with automatic weapons charged into a busy bar in this poor neighbourhood last night and opened fire, seemingly at random. two women were injured, the rest of the victims were all young men. was it a robbery gone wrong? for now, the police are simply calling it a cold—blooded attack. there is shock here, but only at the high death toll. i think this really does reflect the dire state in which our country's failures is at. we don't have visible policing in this area and there is no electricity in this area, which fuels the crime rate in the country. another four men died last night in a similar attack in a different town, and last month 21 teenagers died, possibly from gas or poison, in a bar in the port city of east london. this is a violent country at the best of times, but these murders have contributed to a sense of south africa
losing its way, wrestling with sky—high unemployment and deepening inequality. andrew harding, bbc news, in soweto. the headlines on bbc news... trade minister penny mordaunt becomes the ninth candidate to join the conservative leadership race — with former health secretaries, sajid javid and jeremy hunt, also declaring in the last 2a hours. in ukraine 15 people are killed in shelling on an apartment block in the donestk region in eastern ukraine. sri lanka's deepening economic crisis — the us appeals to politicians to act swiftly — as the president says he'll step down after huge demonstrations.
sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's paul. straight to wimbledon. it's the men's singles final between novak djokovic and nick kyrgios. chetan pathak is there for the bbc and chetan, kyrgios drew first blood, but djokovic striking back, what's the latest? djokovic doing what he is doing, you can see where this is going, but credit to nick kyrgios, he made a good start, he has never been in a grand slam final before, he made the early breakthrough against djokovic, with an ace, winning that first set by 6—4, it was a disciplined first set, but that hasn't continued for the remainder of the match, and
novak djokovic is just resetting, reconfiguring as he so often does. he won the second set 6—3, and the third set 6—4. he has, at this point, a 2—1 set lead. there has been plenty of chuntering, and for the main part nick kyrgios has directed that to his own box. he doesn't feel like he's getting support at the right time, it is classic nick kyrgios, any time things aren't going his way, it's not his fault, and he has been directing anger towards his box, and has received a code violation, for swearing. he said of someone in the
crowd, i know exactly who it is, she is the one who looks like she has had 700 drinks. we are in the fourth set, which nick kyrgios has to win to keep his hopes alive, but it as it looks like novak djokovic is heading for another wimbledon title. novak djokovic is so good at winning matches like this, but he has just put that one into the net. when djokovic had a toilet break, nick kyrgios composed himself, but he needs to reconfigure in some ways if he is to reconfigure as well. 21 grand slams for novak djokovic if things continue as they do, she reads nick kyrgios 2—1. —— he leads.
ferrari's charles leclerc has moved up to second in the formula one drivers' championship by winning an incident packed austrian grand prix. it was a bad day for red bull at their home track. sergio perez retired after tangling with george russell on the opening lap. carlos sainz�*s ferrari caught fire, handing lewis hamilton a third consecutive podium finish. leclerc overtook max verstappen's red bull three times on his way to claiming his third win of the season. he's cut the dutchman's championship lead to 37 points. england are looking to avoid a 3—0 series defeat in their t20 match against india. they're looking for big improvements after yesterday's 49 run defeat at edgbaston. they won the toss and elected to bat at trent bridge. openers jos buttler and jason roy both fell early on. but dawid malan has scored a brilliant 77 off only 39 deliveries. england have just completed their 20 overs, and have set a total of 216 for india to chase.
it's the second day of super league's magic weekend in newcastle. warrington wolves currently lead catalans dragons 22—6 at half—time at st james' park. catalans dragons 22—6 in the first match of the day, huddersfield giants moved up to third by beating salford red devils 30—18 withjermaine mcgillvary scoring two tries. huddersfield announced before the game that head coach ian watson had agreed a new contract until 2026. the riders are in the last few miles of stage nine of the tour de france. you can follow live text commentary of the end of the stage on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport
protestors in sri lanka are still occupying the ransacked presidential mansion after seizing it yesterday. they say they won't leave until president gotobaya rajapaksa keeps a promise to resign. he announced he would step down on wednesday, after protesters stormed his residence and set the prime minister's home on fire. the united states has appealed to sri lanka's politicians to act promptly to resolve their country's economic crisis. our south asia editor, anbarasan ethirajan, is in colombo outside the presidential office... a day after some dramatic developments here in the sri lankan capital colombo, hundreds of people, men, women and families are coming here to have a look at the president's office which was stormed by hundreds of protesters. and these protests have been going on for months. it started as protests against the escalating cost of living. and then, people blamed the government of president gotabaya rajapaksa and the ministers for mishandling the economy. now, president rajapaksa has entered
through the speaker of parliament that he's willing to step down, but we haven't heard anything directly from him. the next step for sri lanka is to choose a new prime minister and then president, and that's why politicians are holding meetings throughout the day and tomorrow to see how this political turmoil can be solved, because the country is facing a crisis, huge crisis. it is bankrupt. they have no money, no foreign currency reserves, which means they are struggling to import fuel, food and medicine. and whoever is going to come to power next, they are going to face the challenge because the loan from imf, the emergency bailout package, it will take months before the money can be transferred to sri lanka. so they have to work out a plan, how they are going to get foreign currency reserves so that they can address the immediate needs of the people here.
japan has gone to the polls, just two days after the assassination of the former prime minister, shinzo abe. the governing coalition appears to be on track to increase their majority in the upper house of parliament. current prime minister fumio kishida thanked his supporters and said a bill would be presented to parliament to debate constitutional reform. this is one of the big causes that shinzo abe wanted to implement. earlier i spoke to david caprara, who is a freealance journalist based injapan. i asked him about the impact of shinzo abe's death on the current election. today i made a visit to in front of the train station where shinzo abe was shot, and there was this endless line of mourners offering flowers and their condolences at a shrine that has been set up. a politician who was right beside shinzo abe at the moment he was shot was offering his almost apologies there,
and everybody has been offering the respects, putting politics aside. in terms of the election, the ruling liberal democratic party, which shinzo abe was a part of, they were projected to win this upper house election, but it is the lower house which has the more power injapan. the ldp is predicted to win a majority, as expected, but this is a litmus test for the new prime minister, kishida, i think that is the real function here, i think shinzo abe's passing had some effect on that. his larger legacy, his father, he's also caring for his grandfather, but you mentioned this reform of the pacifist articles of japan's
constitution, this has been in place since the constitution was created, japan has not been able to have a standing army since after the war, and this was the biggest goal that shinzo abe as prime minister, which he wasn't able to accomplish. i think that his ruling party is still pushing to get this passed. heathrow airport has apologised to people for disruption caused by more flights running late at night. punctuality has fallen in recent months as airlines deal with staffing shortages. the situation has caused carriers including british airways and easyjet to cancel 40,000 flights over the summer. willie walsh, is the director general of of the international air transport association. he says it should still be possible to accomodate everyone who wants to travel abroad: many airports around europe are functioning perfectly well. there have been some challenges in the uk as well. documented manchester had problems in the early stages.
heathrow certainly has difficulties at the moment. they're not meeting their basic standards and it's clear that they can't as they go forward. i think it is right, though, that these cancellations are made early because at least that will allow airlines and their customers to adapt to the revised schedules. so i actually expect people to be able to get away. i think there will be some disruption, but i don't think it's on the scale that we've seen to date. and i believe that there are solutions being put in place. much of the country is currently enjoying a heatwave. scotland has recorded its warmest day so far, with aboyne in aberdeenshire recording a temperature of 26.7 celsius. the met office has issued a level three heatwave alert for parts of england. from nine o'clock tomorrow morning until friday, temperatures could get as high as 32 degrees celsius. the temperature is also hotting up
in the north of england — jessica lane is in bradford for us. it will be city of culture in few weeks's time, they'll be wanting to keep everywhere pleasant, is the tarmac melting eight? —— melting yet? it tarmac melting eight? -- melting et? , , ., , ~' yet? it is very warm but i think we should be ok. _ yet? it is very warm but i think we should be ok, not _ yet? it is very warm but i think we should be ok, not quite _ yet? it is very warm but i think we should be ok, not quite melting l yet? it is very warm but i think we i should be ok, not quite melting yet. this is a really popular place to come. we have had lots of families going out on boats in the boating lake, there is also the children's play area, a fantastic gallery and some fountains too. for once, the heatwave has come at the weekend, which means people can get out and enjoy it. significantly, for bradford, it is also the first weekend of eid, so lots of people have been saying they have been delighted to get out and enjoy the festival
with family and friends. everyone is, of course, really mindful of those weather warnings. too warm, we need the trees to protect us. i'm going to get an ice cream. i've been eating icel cream to cool down. what have you been coming down for today? a picninc, the sun! i like it when it is - sunny in the weather, because the weather is really nice. what you need to remember? go in the fountain and go in the swimming pool. i and that is a great idea, isn't it? you can see them all they really enjoying the play area.
luckily, we have lots of trees here, so we can get lots of shade, because as you have been hearing, we should get out and enjoy the weather, but we do need to make sure, particularly with children, older people, and pets, that they can get lots of water, and they can get in the shade when they need to. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren. it has been a hot day today, clear skies around, hardly any breeze, temperatures dipping to 11 or 13 degrees, a bit warmer last —— van last night, will see temperatures picking up in the far north—west bringing some cloud into scotland and northern ireland. lots of sunshine for england and wales, temperatures continuing to climb all the way from southern england and
into yorkshire, it could be over 30 degrees on monday afternoon. it is not quite as warm as that across scotland and northern ireland, nor around the coastal areas with sea breezes. as we move into tuesday, we will find the high pressure bringing the sunshine and warmth pushing away from the weather from coming from the north—west. it introduces cooler and fresher air, and pushes the heat towards east anglia and south—east england. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley — the headlines. trade minister penny mordaunt becomes the ninth candidate to join the conservative leadership race — with former health secretaries, sajid javid and jeremy hunt, also declaring in the last 2a hours. in ukraine — 15 people are killed in shelling on an apartment block in the donestk region in eastern ukraine. sri lanka's deepening economic crisis — the us appeals to politicians to act swiftly —