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Four weeks after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the new leader
of the council says it will take a generation for survivors
Elizabeth Campbell promises to use some of the council's
reserves to build new homes, to help those who no
The community is strong. The chasm is between the community, whether
they are rich or poor, it is between them and the state. Whether they've
lost trust in local government or in central government. That is what we
have got to restore. We'll have the latest
from West London. A gay man wins a landmark ruling
at the Supreme Court Thousands of married gay couples
will now have the same pension entitlements
as heterosexual couples. There's been another
fall in unemployment. The overall rate of 4.5%
is the lowest since 1975. Donald Trump defends his son,
who's under pressure after his discussions
with a Russian lawyer. The President says Donald Jr
is being subjected to a witch hunt. And at Wimbledon, Andy Murray has
just walked onto Centre Court in his He's about to play
the American Sam Querrey. And coming up in the
sport on BBC News. As well as Andy Murray
in action today at Wimbledon, Roger Federer takes to Centre Court
later against Milos Raonic. Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One. Exactly four weeks after the fire
at Grenfell Tower which killed at least 80 people, the new leader
of Kensington Chelsea has promised that the council will use some
of its reserves to build homes, to help the families
who have lost theirs. Elizabeth Campbell said people
who survived the fire will take a generation to trust
the council again. MPs are debating the inquiry
into the fire this lunchtime and, tonight, the community in west
London will hold a vigil I have been here in the community
for some weeks now, speaking to people who escape from the tower,
those who lost their loved ones and people in the community who have
been pulling together and giving that much needed help. Emotions here
are still extremely raw as people try to come to terms with what has
happened. There is still a very long way to go after police said this
morning that the recovery operation inside the tower is not going to be
complete until the end of the year. Stepping into Grenfell Tower,
climbing the stairs to what was people's homes. Investigators have
so far recovered 32 bodies out of at least 80 believed to be dead still
missing. It is a meticulous process. Some victims may never be
identified. I feel passionate about getting those people back to their
loved ones. I understand how frustrating it is for people outside
this environment to sit and wait and say, "Why can't I have my family
back? Surely it is easy?" It isn't. The magnitude started become
apparent even before we got there. Inspector Nick Thatcher was in
charge of the first officers on the scene. It is very much a case of,
you six, you ten, 12 or two, whatever numbers they arrived in,
there's a problem there, this is as much as I can tell you, off you go,
if you need help, let me go. My briefings to the officers were not
great but it was moving so fast because again, as people were
arriving, the fire was so aggressive. Most who used to live in
a tower are still waiting for permanent homes. Many are in hotels
and four weeks on, it is taking its toll. It will be with me forever. I
dream about it. Every night it comes back to me. But you can't change it.
It is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. Following a series of
failings by Kensington and Chelsea Council, Elizabeth Campbell takes
her position as leader next week and admits there is a lot of work to be
done. The community is strong. The chasm is between the community,
whether they are rich or poor, it is between them and the state, whether
they've lost trust in local government and they've lost trust in
central government. That is what we've got to restore. But some think
the council is still out of touch with residents here. The public has
not got confidence in the new leadership. She is tainted by her
connection with the previous leader, fairly or unfairly and I'm afraid
what local residents don't want is out of touch leader who does not
understand their concerns and what they are going through. Elsewhere,
tests have been carried out on 200 buildings with similar cladding to
Grenfell Tower. All have failed to shake -- safety checks. Labour has
called for the process to be speeded up, saying the government has been
too slow at letting others know whether their homes are safe. Later
today, there will be a debate in the Commons over the public inquiry into
the disaster and tonight, the community will once again come
together for a vigil, a chance to reflect and show unity following a
tragedy that has torn so many lives apart.
Well, this afternoon, the inquest into nine victims will be opened to
give families some of those much-needed answers but there are
still many questions being asked. Where will people be living and what
is going to happen to the towers? Although we are four weeks on, this
feels like very much the beginning. Thank you. Frankie McCamley, there.
The trauma has had a huge impact on the community,
Our correspondent Graham Satchell has been to meet some of them,
to find out how they're coping in the aftermath of the fire.
In sight of Grenfell Tower, fun and laughter.
This is Kids On The Green, a safe space where children
There's a lot of food and, yeah, just really fun overall.
Then, it got a bit easier after a few weeks.
Then, when this started happening, you just come here, it
Kids On The Green is run by volunteers, teachers, therapists,
Children can play and be supported. Parents can get some respite.
I've got two boys and also an older girl, who is 13.
And a couple of her friends were in the tower, so she's been
really affected by it, as well, and upset.
It is hard to know that some of the neighbours, a teacher,
children that my kids were friends with, are no longer with us
and also, the building being right there, in our
A month after the fire, the impact on some of the children
The last week, some of the symptoms have become kind of more severe.
We find that a lot of kids have been scared to go to bed.
They have been scared to fall asleep.
So we are giving parents a lot of practical support
in resetting their routines and making the children feel safe.
In the art tent, children can paint anything they want.
We have a team of art therapists on site all the time so that
if children are drawing disturbing pictures, that they are supported
It is very sad that so many children witnessed it.
Such widespread sadness and horror, it's...
All the children here have witnessed unimaginable horror.
This is just the beginning of a healing process.
But we know that healing is going to take years.
Graham Satchell, BBC News, West London.
The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favour of a gay man
who argued that he and his husband should have the same pension
rights as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
The case was brought by a former cavalry officer, John Walker,
who challenged the rule which limited access
to pension funds accrued before 2005, when civil
Our legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman reports
Victory after an 11 year legal battle. John Walker worked for the
company in a spec the 23 years, paying into the firm's pension
scheme. Mr Walker and his now husband became civil partners in
2006. That was shortly after the partnerships became legal. But the
company, relying on an exception in domestic law, refused to take
account of his pension contributions before that date. However, the court
ruled EU law trumped that. Mr Walker's husband will be entitled to
a spouse's pension on Mr Walker's death, provided of course that they
remained married. It would be the same with anybody, whether it is a
heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple, someone you love, that
person you want to make sure is looked after as long as they are
alive. I'm older than him, therefore statistically, the chances are that
I will die before him. I wanted to ensure he was looked after. The
effect of today's ruling is massive. It does not just about John Walker
but everyone who is in a civil partnership or same-sex marriage and
that is whether they are paying into an occupational pension scheme with
a private employer or within the public sector. Supporters were
thrilled but there is a possible storm cloud on the horizon. It is
only EU law that allowed him to win today. So obviously, what Mr Walker
wants to know and what we want to know is what is going to happen to
these rights when we leave the European Union. The UK courts will
no longer have the power to apply EU law to British law then. John Walker
is happy that equality at the heart of civil partnerships and same-sex
marriage has finally caught up with pensions and there is a pot at the
end of the rainbow. Clive Coleman, BBC News.
There has been another drop in unemployment.
It fell by 64,000, to 1.49 million, in the three months to May,
according to the latest official figures.
This means the unemployment rate of 4.5% is now
But wage increases continue to fall further behind inflation.
Earnings rose by 2% year-on-year, below the current rate of inflation.
Here is our economics correspondent, Andy Verity.
Teaching English has been a growing industry in the last 12 years,
as the job market keeps generating new vacancies -
many of them filled by people who grew up speaking other
They will join a record workforce of 32 million.
As a proportion of that, unemployment is
But the number of new students is not growing as fast
now and the owner of this Bristol language school fears
why their pay will not beat inflation.
It is the most difficult thing a house to do.
It is the most difficult thing I have to do.
These people have given me loyalty and their hard
work and to tell them I cannot reward that as I would like to
Unemployment is just under 1.49 million.
That is higher than the last figures but not enough to keep up with
prizes. This chart shows you what has happened to earnings over the
last 12 years so we have had pay rises, the yellow line coming up
here, but to take into account inflation, you have to look at the
blue line. That is where we are now, we are up about 3.8% from the trough
but we are down about 3.2% from the peak in March 2000 eight. If you
look at where we are now, we are earning no more in real terms than
we were way back in 2006. We need to keep driving wages forward and
fundamentally, that is about productivity and about the skills
base and underpinning those things is investment. With consumer price
inflation accelerating, and new jobs not really paying that much more, it
is clear that real wages, consumer purchasing power, is going to be
tightening which creates real questions about the longevity of the
consumer led recovery. Economists used to think low unemployment would
lead workers to lose their fear of the dole queue and demand inflation
beating pay rises. But imposed financial crisis Britain, that
theory can seem out of line with the facts. Andy Verity, BBC News.
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator
Michel Barnier has said Britain must recognise the existence of its
Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggested
the EU could "go whistle", for what he described
At a news conference in the last hour, Monsieur Barnier said
he cannot hear any whistling, just the clock ticking.
Let's talk to our Brussels reporter, Adam Fleming.
Michel Barnier showing some frustration with Britain, Adam? Yes,
he was his usual unruffled self, unlike me in the wind in Brussels
this afternoon, but there was a bit of frustration from what he sees as
the fact that the UK site has not been as transparent and open as he
has in terms of what their actual position is on a range of issues, Mr
Barnier pointed out his side has published lots of papers covering
lots of different areas of the Brexit negotiations. He repeated his
criticism of Theresa May's proposal for the rights of EU nationals
living in the UK after Brexit. Mr Barnier said they don't go far
enough and they don't give a role to the European Court of Justice which
is one of Mrs May's redlines. As you mentioned, this big sticking point
emerging now is the idea of the financial settlement. Should the UK
pay a bill for its financial obligations it had as a member of
the EU? Mr Barnier says until David Davis acknowledges the principle
that there is a bill to be paid, there will be a lack of trust
between the two side and they can't have any talks about the future
relationship between the EU and the UK. Thanks, Adam Fleming, there.
The charity Citizens Advice is calling for all energy customers
to be given a rebate of ?285, because it says the companies
which manage the gas and electricity grids and local networks have been
allowed to charge people too much, even though their prices are
controlled by the energy regulator, Ofgem.
Here's our business correspondent, Theo Leggett.
The cost of transporting electricity and gas
makes up a quarter of our energy bills.
These networks are looked after by National Grid, along with a
Because they don't face any competition, the prices they can
charge are vetted by the regulator, Ofgem,
and approved for an eight-year period.
But Citizens Advice estimates that, during the current
period, which we are halfway through, the network companies will
make too much money - ?7.5 billion of excess profits.
So,they want each household to get a rebate of ?285 to
Ofgem have overestimated the cost of investment and borrowing.
For example, interest rates have not been as high as they expected.
They have also allowed the companies to earn money at the rate that
a much riskier company would be able to do and they have
not been tough enough with the companies on sharing the benefits
of any efficiency savings they have made.
Ofgem insists it is protecting the interests of bill payers and it
has warned the network companies that the next
set of price controls, from 2021, will be tougher.
As Ofgem, we are always looking at ways we can
improve value for money for consumers.
As part of that, there is a broad discussion about how we make
We are keen to engage people like Citizens Advice.
One thing I'm determined to make sure is that these
next price controls will be consumer-led.
Therefore, we welcome interactions with people
like Citizens Advice and other consumer bodies.
The network companies themselves reject the
calculations made by Citizens Advice and they point out that they are
planning to invest huge sums in infrastructure over the next few
years to help keep the lights on and our homes warm.
Four weeks after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the new leader
of the council says it will take a generation for survivors
At an expectant Wimbledon, Andy Murray is on court and hoping to
join Johanna Konta in the semifinals.
England are aiming for their fifth consecutive win
They're facing New Zealand in Derby after their win over
President Trump has defended his eldest son,
who is under pressure for meeting a Russian lawyer during last
He tweeted that Donald Jr was transparent, open and innocent
and was being subjected to the greatest witch hunt
Donald Trump Jr played a key role in his father's
Now, his actions are almost threatening to
Fearing further revelations about a meeting last
year at Trump Tower, the President's eldest son chose
to release copies of an e-mail exchange between him and the man
Those e-mails have released some disturbing questions.
In retrospect, I would have done things differently.
This is before they were building it up in the press.
This was opposition research, I wanted to hear it out.
But that was not what the meeting was about.
The e-mails feature an exchange between Donald Trump Jr
and a British publicist named Rob Goldstone.
Goldstone offers to broker a meeting with a Russian lawyer who he says
has damaging information about Hillary Clinton,
"information which would be very useful to your father".
The e-mail continues, "This is obviously very high level
and sensitive information, but is part of Russia
and its government's support for Mr Trump."
Donald Trump Jr replied simply, "If it is what you say, I love it."
Do you tell your father anything about this?
It was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell.
I would not have even remembered it until you start
It was a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.
President Trump has been largely silent on the issue,
saying only that his son was a high-quality person and that
he applauded his transparency, but the apparent eagerness
of Donald Jr to accept a Russian offer of help with his father's
campaign has left lawmakers of both parties deeply concerned.
This is obviously very significant, deeply disturbing, new public
information about direct contacts between the Russian government
and its intermediaries at the very centre of the Trump family,
The fact that Donald Trump's son-in-law was also present
at the meeting at Trump Tower only adds to the concern here.
Now a senior adviser to the President, some say
it is another sign of how keen the Trump campaign
was for information about its Presidential rival.
President Trump travelled to France today, anxious, no doubt,
to escape the impression that his is an administration
It has been a year since the failed coup attempt in Turkey and,
in an exclusive interview with the BBC, President Erdogan has
rejected criticism of Turkey's record on press freedom
He also criticised the EU for being insincere about possible
Turkish membership and said he hoped for a post-Brexit free
A year ago, Turkey almost fell to the tanks.
An attempted coup thwarted as Turks resisted rogue soldiers, responding
He evaded capture and emerged stronger.
150,000 sacked or suspended, accused of links to the plotters.
Turkey again the world's leading jailer of journalists.
But speaking to the BBC's HARDtalk, President Erdogan shook off
criticism and denied that press freedom was under attack.
TRANSLATION: Those people in jail are not titled journalists.
Some of them collaborated with terror organisations,
some of them were jailed for possession of a firearm.
The past year has soured relations with Europe.
Turkey furious at Western criticism of the purge,
Mr Erdogan slamming German and Dutch leaders as "Nazis".
He said Turkey's decades-long dream of EU membership is not absolute.
TRANSLATION: The majority of my people do not want EU anymore,
they don't think its approach to Turkey is sincere.
Despite this, we will continue on being sincere with the EU
Turkey's big economy is a prime trade target
The President said he wanted stronger relations,
two countries at either door of the EU, striking
Pugnacious, delighting his supporters, but to his critics,
it is proof of Turkey's democratic decay.
His country is less anchored to the West,
And for their EU and Nato allies, he is not an easy partner.
And you can see more of that interview on HARDtalk this Friday
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have begun a three-day
It is being seen by the Government as an opportunity to forge
closer ties with Spain, as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
A degree of pomp and ceremony, but some serious business to be done as
well? That is right. But remind ourselves, a state visit is a
personal invitation from the Queen to stay at Buckingham Palace, it is
the ultimate in hospitality. But with serious business being done by
the politicians and officials who accompanied the visitor, and the
positive atmosphere the visit creates. The Queen and Duke of
Edinburgh work that Horse Guards to greet them, possibly the last time
we will see the Duke of Edinburgh at a state visit. That is perhaps the
case, though if Donald Trump and his wife turned up, I am sure his
curiosity may get the better of him. The state visitors were welcomed by
the Queen and the Duke, they expected a guard of honour from the
Irish Guards, and part of the ceremony of these visits, the right
with the Household Cavalry, in a carriage at the Queen and the
Spanish Queen in the first carriage. What is the serious business?
Britain wants to encourage as good a relationship is possible with all
individual European nations. Spain wants to raise that particular
subject of Gibraltar, something the King in the past has called a
colonial anachronism, he may well do that at a speech in Westminster this
afternoon. Britain's Andy Murray has just
begun his match on Centre Court against the American Sam Querry,
the 24th seed. Murray is aiming to secure a place
in the semifinals of the tournament, after Johanna Konta yesterday became
the first British woman to reach It is actually 50 years since
Britain had a man and a woman in the Wimbledon singles semifinals, that
if Andy Murray wins today, the wait will be over. Finally he is not
alone in flying the flag. History was made sweeter by the
presence Joanna Conser had just emulated, the first Briton since
Virginia Wade to reach the women's singles semifinals at Wimbledon and
quite possibly the first to pose for a sulphate with a Chelsea
Pensioners. Last night when I got back I got back to the Royal
Hospital at 8pm and my phone never stopped ringing, texts, I had a
message from my son to say, you have gone viral! Amazing. It was an
occasion I did not want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime. Gratefully, I
pulled it off. From her celebrations to Andy Murray's preparations, a
quarterfinal against Sam Querrey, the six foot six California with a
Hollywood serve. He will find a way to break him down, but he has got to
keep improving his performance, because the matches will only get
tougher. He knows he has got a couple more matches in the tank to
get him back into the final, to hopefully defend his title. For
years it has been known as Henman Hill, and not even the heroics of
Andy Murray will change that, but otherwise Wimbledon has become
synonymous with the Scot. Because he is now a two-time champion, and
today marks his tenth consecutive appearance in the last eight. The
run started against Rafael Nadal in 2008, he suffered a heavy defeat,
the like of which he will hope not to repeat. He knows how to win here,
he has done it twice, so it is not new territory. I am sure he will
feel comfortable with the situation. I am sure he knows he needs to up
his game, because now he will have to play the real top layers. I hope
he is ready for that. The path is well trodden by him, less so Johanna
Konta, but their combined progress is uniting Wimbledon in excitement,
a nation enthralled. Andy Murray leads by a break in the
first set, so it is going to plan. Do we think we will wake up tomorrow
morning to two British players in the semifinals? It looks that way.
Andy Murray has such a great return of serve, and even though he is up
against a big server, who beat Novak Djokovic last year, once he
nullifies the serve, you still have to pick him in any of those baseline
encounters. Johanna Konta plays Venus Williams tomorrow, will she
reached the final? She can achieve that. She is playing some of the
best tennis we have seen her play. The victory against Simona Halep
Boston nominal, and she has beaten Venus Williams three times out of
five, but this is Venus Williams' domain, she has won this title five
times, she is named after the trophy. But I think we might see
Johanna Konta in the final. The sun is out, Andy Murray is on court,
what more could you want? Not anything, really, to be honest!
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has broken away from an ice
The block is about a quarter of the size of Wales,
and is calculated to weigh a trillion tonnes.
An American satellite observed the iceberg while passing over
It is absolutely immense. It is deep winter in the Antarctic, submit to
not have great pictures, but the satellites going over, and they are
getting some ideas of where it has broken, and we see the crack in the
satellite images. You know icebergs stand more above the water than they
do below, actually, the other way around, it is 30 metres above the
surface, 200 metres below. In the top three, four or five in the
satellite era, we think this is, but back in the 1950s the US Navy
spotted one that they set for something like 35,000 square
kilometres, the size of Belgium. Imagine that. But no satellites then
to confirm it. A quick thought about significant? This is the natural
order of things, other places have been warming and melting, we do not
think that in this instance this is that case. It is probably just what
the ice does, it carves icebergs sometimes, and that is what we are
seeing. A wet 24 hours across England and
Wales, the rain pouring down, the largest rainfall totals concentrated
in the south. Over half a month's rein in the space of 24 hours, it
led to large puddles, dangerous driving conditions earlier today
around Greater London. You can see how the weather system drove east
across England and Wales, ringing the heavy rain, but just as quickly
as it has pushed away, we have seen the sunshine come out, the sky in
Scotland looking like this, glorious weather in the Highlands. The
sunshine is becoming increasingly widespread. We have patchy cloud
left over from the weather system across the south of England, but the
cloud will could he be to break up through the afternoon, with spells
of sunshine coming through. Barely a cloud in the sky for the Midlands.
For Northern Ireland, another dry day, more sunshine than yesterday.
Showers yesterday in Scotland, but today it is dry and sunny. There
will be no interruptions to play caused by the weather at Wimbledon.
We keep the sunny spells for the afternoon. It will feel pleasantly
warm. As we go through the night, we have got high pressure in charge,
and with the clear sky, the temperatures will fall away quickly.
It could get cold enough for a touch of ground frost, but the
temperatures in the towns and cities hold-up. High pressure still with us
for Thursday, but this complication from the Atlantic will bring some
rain late in the day for the Northwest. The morning will stay
dry, but we. To see showers developing for the afternoon across
England and Wales. Avoiding east Anglia and the south-east and
eastern Scotland. Some of the showers could be heavy, and we see
the band of rain moving into western Scotland and Northern Ireland. The
rain could be quite heavy in western Scotland. By the time we get to
Friday, it is largely dry, with sunny spells. There could be one or
two isolated showers. A weather front will bring a spell of wet
weather overnight to the north and west of the UK, with freshening
wind, and it will leave a legacy of cloudy skies as we work on into the
weekend, with showers mainly in the north-west, but if the sun comes out
in the south, it could become warm and humid.
A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.
The new leader of the council says it will take a generation for
survivors of the tower fire to trust the council again.
That is all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me,
and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.