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Theresa May says she has 'absolute faith' in Britain's nuclear
deterrent, despite claims of a test firing going wrong.
A Trident missile, like this, apparently veered off course last
June, just weeks before a crucial vote on the defence system, by MPs.
The Prime Minster will hold talks with Donald Trump
at the White House this week, the first foreign leader
Andy Murray crashes out of the Australian Open,
Choose life, choose Facebook, Twente, Instagram, and hope that
someone, somewhere cares. It helped define the 1990s,
now Trainspotting returns Theresa May says she has 'absolute
faith' in the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent system,
despite claims an unarmed missile veered off course during
a test last summer. today, the Prime Minister declined
to say whether she knew of the incident, before a crucial
vote on the future of Trident, Our Defence Correspondent
Jonathan Beale reports. This is what the launch of a Trident
missile looks like. Last June, the Royal Navy carried out what it calls
a routine on armed test launch from HMS Vengeance. But it now appears
something went wrong. HMS Cowan vengeance was about 200 miles off
the Florida coast. It was going to fire the missile around 500 miles
across the Atlantic but a malfunction occurred during its
flight. Yet just weeks later, Theresa May was asking MPs to vote
on spending ?40 billion to renew the weapons system. Mr Speaker, we have
waited long enough, it is time to get on with building the next
generation of our nuclear deterrent. Today she was asked four times if
she knew then if they had been a problem. The issue we were talking
about in the House of Commons was a very serious issue, whether or not
we should renew Trident, whether we should look to the future and have a
replacement Trident. That is what we are talking about in the House of
Commons, that's what the House of Commons voted for. I believe in
defending our country, Jeremy Corbyn voted against it. Prime Minister,
did you know? There are tests that take place all the time regularly
for our nuclear deterrence. What we were talking about in that debate
that took place... Not going to get an answer to this. We understand the
Prime Minister chose not to inform Parliament about this, and it has
come out through the media some months later. It is a pretty
catastrophic error when a missile goes on the wrong direction. While
the Ministry of Defence has publicised past successful test
launches of the Trident missile, in this instance is they say they will
give no further details of the incident in June because of national
security reasons. In a statement, they would only say that HMS
Vengeance and her crew were successfully tested and verified,
but significantly officials do not deny that there was a problem with
the missile or that it might have veered off course. The former head
of the Navy says ministers should have come clean. The missiles have
been fired now since 1990 regularly, and they work overtime. This clearly
was a problem, that's why you have tests, to jacket. If there were some
minor problem I don't think it would have made any difference at all, but
by not publicising it, it immediately makes you think are they
hiding something, is there something wrong? It was a stupid thing to do.
The government still says it has absolute confidence in Britain's
nuclear weapons system. But this incident does raise questions about
its reliability. The Prime Minister has also
confirmed today that she'll visit Washington for talks
with President Trump on Friday, the first world leader to meet him
since his inauguration. Mrs May said she would build
on the special relationship between Britain and America,
but would challenge any opinions Here's our Political
Correspondent Iain Watson. On the surface, the special
relationship appears almost intimate. Britain's Prime Minister
will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president. At that
relationship with Donald Trump may have to become extra special after
Brexit, as Britain searches for new global trade deals. The special
relationship between the UK and the US has been strong for many years.
We will have opportunity to talk about our future trading
relationship but also some of the world challenges that we all face.
He and people around him are also spoken about the importance of a
trade arrangement with the United Kingdom, and that that is something
they are looking to talk to us about at an early stage. It all sounds
positive, but the two leaders will have to square this circle. I want
this to be a truly global Britain. America first! America first! The
President's critics say that his emphasis on protecting American
drops might make things difficult with the UK -- jobs. Recent figures
show that we sell more to America than we buy. We saw them ?88 billion
worth of goods and services and brought in just ?52 billion worth of
imports. The reverse is true with the EU, we buy more goods from them
the missile of ours. But you can see our business with EU partners is
worth far more than our trade with the United States. No trade
agreement with America, however ambitious, can replace or match what
we are potentially going to lose on our own doorstep in Europe. It is
well known here in Downing Street that the team around Theresa May
were not necessarily Donald Trump's biggest fans when he was a
candidate, but as soon as he was elected, the officials were
dispatched to the States to try to mend bridges quicker than
construction workers on overtime. But now the Prime Minister insisted
that she still isn't afraid to raise really difficult issues with the new
leader of the free world. Yesterday, millions of women across the world
and thousands here in London marched against a president they see as
disrespect for. Theresa May was a little coy of what she would say
face-to-face with Donald Trump, but she argued her own presence in
Washington made something of a statement in itself. I think the
bigger statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact
that I will be there as a female Prime Minister, Prime Minister of
the United Kingdom, talking to him directly about the interest that we
share. In the 80s, Mrs Thatcher and Ronald Reagan had a close and candid
relationship, while Donald Trump reportedly calls Theresa May his
Maggie, it is likely to take a lot of diplomacy and good grace to form
a similar partnership. Let's speak to our Deputy Political
Editor, John Pienaar, John, Theresa May, she will have
preferred the headlines to be about her meeting Donald Trump later this
week, rather than this controversy over Trident. Yes, she would. This
story on Trident isn't just awkward, it's embarrassing. Ministers can
argue there is no realistic chance of the Navy launching a nuclear
strike against Moscow, or for that matter Disneyland, by accident. They
can point out that MPs, most of them, support the nuclear deterrent,
that is true, but the way that MPs were kept in the dark head of such a
crucial vote on Trident, it would be hard for the opposition tomorrow to
make the government look and feel uncomfortable, and even looked
rather evasive when they would rather be talking about the coming
American trip. As far as that trip is concerned, we don't know how the
Trump presidency will play out but we do know something of his
character and style, and given that it is hard to see Theresa May
exercising the same sort of influence over Donald Trump that
Margaret Thatcher did over Ronald Reagan back in the 1980s. Some will
worry in the party that the party could be a barrister, the government
could be a barrister by this relationship. But then
predictability, that was a fixture of politics, and now that seems a
long time ago. Thank you for that, John.
The White House has vowed to fight the news media "tooth and nail,"
over what officials see as unfair attacks on President Trump.
The new President has taken issue with estimates
of the size of the crowd at his inauguration on Friday.
He claims at least a million people attended; aerial photographs appear
As our North America Editor Jon Sopel reports,
The weightiest issues on the planet were discussed at Donald Trump's
inaugural address, but what the president is in a white rage about
suggestions that the crowds for him were not as big as they were for
Barack Obama eight years ago, even though the evidence is
incontrovertible, as these two photos, each taken 45 minutes before
the all migration started, make plain. -- the inauguration started.
Last night, journalists were summoned to the most extraordinary
White House briefing to be told they were lying. This was the largest
audience to ever witness and inauguration, period. This kind of
dishonesty in the media, there has been a lot of talk in the media
about the response bulleted the whole Donald Trump accountable, and
I'm here to tell you that it goes to waste. We are going to the press
accountable as well. No questions were allowed. Earlier in the day
from Donald Trump, on a visit to CIA headquarters, a similar attack,
though this time the target different. As you know, I have a
running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human
beings on earth. They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the
intelligence community. But, hang on a minute, how do you reconcile the
suggestion that it is all got up by the journalists when he treated this
11 days ago? He accused the intelligence services of leaking
material against him, and suggested their behaviour made it seem as
though we were living in Nazi Germany. And today, key lieutenants
were intensifying their attacks. There is an obsession by the media
to delegitimise this president, and we are not going to sit around and
let it happen. Our press secretary gave alternative acts to that.
Alternative facts are not facts, they are. Is. Part of this can be
put down the Donald Trump's and session with the size of his crowd,
but there is deliberate strategy here too. It seems the White House
wants to undermine the conventional media so that Donald Trump is able
to present his own version of reality through Twitter and Facebook
without any mediation, and said to the public, who do you believe, me
or the establishment media? And while this battle plays itself out,
the satirists are making hay. This is their take on what Vladimir Putin
makes of it all. I am glad to see so many people showed up to your
inauguration. Oh, wait, that's the women's March. Here is the
inauguration. Jon Sopel, BBC News, Washington.
The authorities in Israel have approved the construction of more
than 500 homes for settlers in occupied East Jerusalem.
The decision was delayed until Donald Trump took
power in Washington, with the new President promising
He's due to speak to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
At least 39 people have been killed, and many more injured,
after a train derailed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Police are investigating claims the track may
It's thought a number of people remain trapped in the wreckage.
Here, many councils in England are taking too long to determine
patients's need, a consumer group which monitors health services says
several local authorities take far longer than the recommended six
weeks. Smitha Mundasad is at St Thomas'
Hosiptal for us this evening. In recent weeks we have heard of
Accident Emergency departments buckling under when the pressure,
with hospitals unable to admit patients because sometimes on their
wards are people who could have gone home, if only they had got the
social care they needed. Now, health watch England says there is another
side to this problem. It says that local councils are taking too long
to assess whether people are eligible for extra support at home.
Its own investigation found the data is patchy, but people on average
weighted between two and 52 days, and in one case, someone waited two
years. They say that isn't good enough. Now, the local government
ombudsman says that actually between four and six weeks is reasonable,
but that's not mandatory, and the local government Association says it
needs more money. The Department of Health says it has put in 900
million extra pounds over the next two years for adult social care, and
will challenge local authorities if they don't do their job in a timely
fashion. Thank you for that. With all the sport,
here's Hugh Woozencroft Andy Murray is out of
the Australian Open. The number one seed was beaten
by the world number 50 - Germany's Mischa Zverev
in the fourth round in Melbourne, Andy Murray's leaves Melbourne,
having missed an opportunity. With Novak Djokovic outcome of the draw
had opened up for him. His path had been blocked by an unexpected
obstacle. He played extremely well, especially at the end of the match.
He came up with some great stuff. He deserved to win. Tough one to lose.
Mischa Zverev is not even the best player in his family. His younger
brother, Alex, is said to be the one to watch and saw this coming. After
losing the first set against a player ranked almost 50 places below
him, Murray tried to repair the damage will stop he levelled the
match but the German was proving an awkward opponent. His game plan was
to serve and volley, an old-fashioned approach. Here, it was
brilliantly effective. Eventually Murray ran out of ideas and games.
Five times he has been a runner-up in Melbourne but this year's open
has been anything but predictable. One British player who has defied
expectations is Dan Evans. Playing in the fourth round of grand slam
for the first time, he made a promising start against Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, but the 12th seed's heavy hitting took a toll, and Evans was
eventually overpowered in four sets. He may have lost here, but Evans has
won something important in Australia: respect.
In the Premier League, ten-man Arsenal needed an injury
time penalty to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
The visitors drew level with 93 minutes on the clock,
A frustrated Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands for his reaction.
time, his team were awarded their own spot-kick.
And Alexis Sanchez stayed calm to secure all three
In the early kick-off, Southampton beat Champions,
Leicester, 3-0, and the match between Chelsea and Hull
No Premiership football this weekend in Scotland
Scott Sinclair helped Celtic reach the fifth round with a 3-0
Earlier, Hearts were held to a draw by Championship side Raith Rovers.
Britain's Dave Ryding has finished in second place
in the World Cup slalom race in Kitzbuhl in Austria.
He was quickest after the first run but eventually beaten into second
place by home favourite Marcel Heerscher.
No Brit has won an Alpine World Cup Ski Race in the 50
The last on the podium was Konrad Bartelski, back in 1981.
That is all the sport for now. Back to you.
Now to a film that defined a generation.
'Trainspotting,' made stars of the original cast
including Ewan McGregor, and now, more than 20 years on,
they're back, and Colin Paterson is at the world premiere,
It is a sequel that has been talked about for more than 15 years, but
T2: Trainspotting is finally here. There is the director, Danny Boyle.
The cast have been working on the orange carpets here, Robert Carlyle,
Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Ewan McGregor, who told me earlier
today that until the first day of filming last summer, before of them
had not been in the same room for more than 20 years. -- the four of
them had not been in the same room. Choose life, choose a job, choose a
career... Trainspotting was the defining film of mid-90s cool
Britannia than stop the movie poster was on students's walls, the
soundtrack in their CD players. It dealt with addiction, headedness and
friendship, and more than 20 years later, the gang is back together. So
what you are looking at is that. We met the director Danny Boyle where
it all began. We implied they rushed straight from Princes Street where
they wheel being chased by store detectives, onto this road and then
rent and gets hit by a car. So what have you been up to the 20 years?
Since Trainspotting, Danny Boyle has dominated the Oscars with slum dog
millionaire and trampled the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, so why now
for a sequel to the film which made his name? Since we made the first
movie, people constantly come up to me and talk about the characters
like they know them, and that made us think that we had, not an
obligation, but kind of a duty to turn to it again. Trainspotting was
about the cutting edge. Here are more than 20 years later. How do you
make sure this is not the film equivalent of dad dancing? The truth
is, you can't. Part of the responsible to what you are doing is
embracing the fact that we were making a sequel to a story that
people knew intimately, and how we would go into grown up with that
story, really. What really captured the zeitgeist in the original was
the famous choose live speech. Choose leisurewear and matching
luggage. And it is back in an updated version. Choose Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, and hope someone, somewhere cares. Delivered
once again by Ewan McGregor returning in the role of Renton.
After Trainspotting came out, we were like the Oasis of the movie
industry in Britain. We represented Britpop movies, like. It was
amazing. There was always a part of me that yearns for that again, I
suppose. The four guys, it's fair to say, they have lived a bit, how do
you think they have aged? There was was a moment in every shooting day,
like the 20 years later moment, where you suddenly for 20 years had
gone by since you were last playing this guy. So far reviews have mainly
been positive, but it will be audiences who choose if it tarnishes
their memories of the original.