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Theresa May's ministerial reshuffle
continues, as she tries
to recharge her government.
The new Cabinet, said
Downing Street, was the right team
to tackle the challenges
the country faces.
Labour called the
The journalist, Toby Young,
resigns as a member
of the new universities watchdog,
comments on social media.
We'll have the latest
on all the comings and
goings at Westminster.
Also this lunchtime...
North Korea agrees to take
part in next month's
Winter Olympics in South Korea,
in the first talks between the two
sides for over two years.
Patients waiting more
than four hours in Scotland's
reach record levels.
When will the lesson be learnt?
And Gary Oldman is among
the nominations for this year's
Bafta Awards for his portrayal
of Winston Churchill.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News...
Great Britain are aiming
for their most successful
Winter Olympics in history after UK
Sport set a target of at least five
medals from next month's
Games in Pyeongchang.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
Theresa May has held her first
meeting with her new Cabinet,
as she finalises her ministerial
This morning, the International
Trade Minister, Mark Garnier,
who was cleared of misconduct claims
last year, announced
he had lost his job.
Separately, the journalist,
Toby Young, resigned as a member
of the new universities watchdog,
the Office for Students,
after criticism of derogatory
comments he'd made in the past
about about women, gay people
and disabled people.
Our political correspondent,
Alex Forsyth, reports.
The new-look top team,
gathered at the Cabinet table
for the first time today.
Theresa May's reshuffle
was meant to be something
of a reset for the Government,
but it was far from
a dramatic transformation.
Plenty of old faces showed up
in Downing Street this morning,
including the Health Secretary
who kept his job after persuading
the Prime Minister not to move him.
Are you more powerful
than the Prime Minister, Mr Hunt?
There were a few new faces too.
There will be two more
women around the table,
but not in senior roles.
And one will be notably missing.
Justine Greening quit
as Education Secretary.
I did what I thought
the right thing to do was.
She refused a move to another
department and left
the Government instead.
Even so, claims the reshuffle had
gone wrong were rejected.
I think it is very clear
the Prime Minister is
refreshing the Cabinet.
Every reshuffle means
there is always going to be change,
movements around the Cabinet,
leaving the Cabinet.
It's always sad to see
colleagues go, but as I say,
the nice problem we have
in the Conservative Party is having
such a wide pool of talent.
This morning, the moves continued
among middle-ranking ministers,
designed to prove the Tory Party's
diversity, to embrace
a new generation of MPs
and better reflect society.
It was hoped this reshuffle
would rejuvenate the Tory Party,
renew its appeal to voters and allow
Theresa May to assert her
authority after the troubles
of the past 12 months.
But with some ministers refusing
to move where she wanted
and some critics claiming
the shake-up wasn't radical enough,
it didn't quite go to plan.
And that wasn't the only reason this
political New Year got off
to a bit of a bumpy start.
This morning, Toby Young
resigned from the board
of a new university regulator.
Well-known in the field
of education, with some
he had only just been appointed
but faced a backlash for offensive
comments he had made in the past.
Another unwelcome distraction
for a government wanting to show
it can run smoothly.
These things do not help,
but if you imagine government
is a bit like a ship going from one
destination, always buffeted
by storms from day-to-day and this
is one of those storms.
But I think he has done the right
thing in stepping down.
It had to happen because he had just
crossed too many boundaries.
Here it was hoped the Prime
Minister's new team would help cut
-- get the New Year off
to a fresh start but it
seems like she can't get
shake off scrutiny of her
judgment and authority.
Alex Forsyth, BBC News, Westminster.
Our assistant political editor,
Norman Smith, is in Downing Street.
Is today's reshuffle
going any better for
the Prime Minister than yesterday's?
I think what we are seeing is a sort
of trail of two reshuffles.
Yesterday was Much Ado About
Nothing. Today we are seeing a much
more extensive shake-up of the
middle ranks of government as
Theresa May tries to present a more
dynamic, diverse, younger, fresher
image of the Tory party. We have
seen a cull of older ministers, they
have been got rid of. Younger male
ministers have been reshuffled
around, must do better, but we have
also seen a steady stream of young
female ministers and MPs going into
Downing Street, a whole load of them
inside at the moment, and I would
expect them to be promoted. The
problem for Mrs May is, will anyone
notice? The answer is, probably not.
All anyone takes from a reshuffle,
is anything, is what happens to the
big beasts. Yesterday no movement of
the main players. It is a bit like
when your club's second, third 11
get a notable victory on a Wednesday
evening, but what you really want to
know is what is happening with the
first-team and yesterday's shake-up
of the first team proved to be a bit
of a nonevent.
Norman, thank you.
North Korea has offered to send
a team to the Winter Olympics
in South Korea, after the two
countries held their first talks
for more than two years.
South Korea has also proposed more
contact between the two countries,
including talks over the North's
nuclear programme, in what appears
to be a significant move to lower
tension in the region.
Richard Galpin reports.
In the demilitarised zone between
North and South Korea, that
atmosphere traditionally suspicious
and hostile. But today something
very different is afoot. A senior
delegation of North Korean officials
heading to the South Korean side for
their first formal talks in two
years. The apparently warm greetings
here are radical departures from the
recent talk of war breaking out
because of the North's rapid
development of nuclear weapons. The
leader of the North Korean
delegation said he had come in the
hope that talks would be held in a
sincere and faithful atmosphere. The
Korean people, he said, had high
expectations. It is the Winter
Olympics opening next month here in
South Korea which have provided the
opportunity to reduce tensions in
the region. And today North Korea
has confirmed the talks that it will
send a team to the Games. There is
also a suggestion its athletes could
enter the opening ceremony together
with their South Korean
counterparts. In a further step to
improve relations on the divided
peninsula, the South Korean Foreign
Ministry has said sanctions on North
Korea could be lifted temporarily to
ensure the North Korean team can
come to the Winter Olympics. Until
now, South Korea and the US have
been piling the pressure on
Pyongyang with intense joint
military exercises like this, a
clear threat to the North Korean
regime. And that may be why now the
North is keen to talk. Although
these meetings could easily go
wrong, so far, that atmosphere seems
quite positive, with some believing
they could ultimately lead to
negotiations between North Korea and
the US. Richard Galpin, BBC News.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes is in
the South Korean capital, Seoul.
Could it really lead to talks about
North Korea's nuclear programme?
It is possible. That has happened in
the past. There have been on
numerous occasions over the last 20
years when those sorts of talks have
begun and it has fallen apart. There
is optimism and hope here today in
large part because it has been such
a frightening previous year here
where it has, as Richard said, it
has at times felt like we have been
teetering very close to the edge of
the war. There is relief they are
talking and relief at the very
optimistic and friendly attitude, a
real turnaround, the atmosphere at
the talks was extremely friendly.
However, whether we can get from
here to talking about the
denuclearisation of the Korean
peninsular is a completely different
question and a very long road and I
have to say there are people in the
South Korean capital I have talked
to who said ultimately North Korean
nuclear weapons can be up on the
table, at the negotiation, North
Korea does want peace with the South
and the US, but there is a great
deal of scepticism here as well.
There is a feeling Kim Jong-un has
looked into the abyss of conflict
with the US and stepped back and is
looking for a way to de-escalate, a
ladder to climb down, using the
Winter Olympics as a cover to do
Rupert, thank you.
The prosecution is opening its case
against the former football
coach, Barry Bennell,
who, it claims, carried out
systematic and persistent
sexual abuse against boys.
The former Crewe Alexandra coach,
now known as Richard Jones,
is charged with 55 offences
which are alleged to have happened
between 1979 and 1991.
Our sports editor, Dan Roan,
is at Liverpool Crown Court.
What happened in court?
effectively the opening day of the
trial and in his opening remarks,
the prosecution barrister, Nick
Johnson QC, told the jury Mr Richard
Jones, previously known as Barry
Purnell, appearing at Liverpool
Crown Court by video link because of
ill-health, pleaded guilty to seven
charges, contesting 48 others, he
had engaged in what he called the
course of conduct over many years
involving the systematic and
persistent sexual abuse of boys. He
tended to repeat the way he behaved.
Unfettered access pretty much as a
football coach previously to large
numbers of young lads, he said, who
dreamt of a life in professional
football. He said he was a skilled
and professional coach but had a
much darker side, a predatory and
determined paedophile, his
particular predeliction being boys.
He went on, it among other
locations, it had occurred at the
grounds of Crewe Alexandra football
club where he had worked as a coach.
The jury was told they would need to
decide as Jones had has it you were
listening to a group of men making
up stories, or as the prosecution
insists details of serious sexual
offending against vulnerable boys.
The trial is expected to last for
the next eight weeks.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested
on suspicion of murder,
and two others are being sought
by police, after a shop worker
was attacked in an argument
about cigarette papers.
The three teenage boys were refused
cigarette papers when they couldn't
prove their age at a shop
in Mill Hill, in North London.
One of the boys hit 49-year-old shop
worker Vijay Patel and he later
died from his injuries.
Eight people have been arrested
during a series of raids
investigating human trafficking
and sexual abuse.
Around 150 officers took
part in joint operations
in Stockton-on Tees
and in Sheffield this morning.
were also involved.
It was after a young woman told
police she had been trafficked
around the country and subjected
to serious sexual offences.
Proposals to ban parents and carers
in Wales from smacking
their children have been published.
Ministers say smacking is no longer
acceptable and want to follow
Scotland in outlawing the physical
punishment of children.
But campaigners against
a change fear it could
criminalise ordinary parents.
Sian Lloyd has the details.
It's the turn of the people of Wales
to say where they stand on smacking.
The Government here
wants to see it banned.
Its plans would see the defence
of reasonable punishment
removed from the offences
of assault and battery.
Similar proposals have already been
announced in Scotland.
The Welsh Government says it wants
to bring in the move as part
of a wider package of measures
to support young people.
Many more parents now will say
the approach to positive parenting,
not using physical punishment,
is what they do as
a matter of course.
But I think that will make
that the norm across society to show
that physical punishment of children
is not only not necessary
but shouldn't be allowed.
There will now be a 12-week
consultation, allowing the Welsh
public to contribute to the debate.
No, I don't think it's
appropriate to smack children,
because I don't think
it is productive, really.
I don't think that stops them
from behaving a certain way.
A little tap like that
on the hand I don't think
is terrible, but, no, not,
you know, a big whack.
If you are teaching them not to be
violent or hit people,
you shouldn't hit them.
The Welsh Government's plans
are already being supported
by the Children's Commissioner
for Wales and some children's
charities, including the NSPCC.
But others are critical,
claiming most parents know
where to draw the line
between chastisement and abuse,
and that their judgment
should be trusted.
Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Cardiff Bay.
The number of people waiting more
than four hours in Scotland's
accident and emergency departments
reached record levels
in the last week of 2017.
The latest weekly figures show that
just 78% of patients across Scotland
were seen within the target time -
well below the Government's 95%
target and the lowest since figures
began nearly three years ago.
Our Scotland correspondent,
Lorna Gordon, is in Glasgow.
How unexpected are these figures?
We knew the number of people
suffering from flu has doubled
compared to the same period last
year, but what the figures released
this morning show is there is a real
increase in waiting times for some
of those people who have been
attending A&E with just over a fifth
of those attending A&E in Scotland
not admitted discharged or
transferred within four hours, which
is the Government target. Now,
health board here in Scotland have
been taking measures to try and cope
with the challenge, we are seeing
some GPs opening on Saturdays in
some area, others are increasing
shifts, other airsia cancelled
non-urgent surgery. The Health
Secretary here has apologised, so
too as the First Minister, she says
NHS Scotland is facing exceptional
pressures but insisted that the
Health Service is coping, opposition
parties here are being very critical
of these figure, and the
Conservatives say they are nothing
short of a disgrace.
Thank you Lorna.
Our top story this lunchtime.
Theresa May's ministerial
as she refreshes her government.
Downing Street says the right team
is in place to tackle
the country's challenges.
And coming up - going for gold.
Great Britain's athletes aim
for a record medal haul
at the Winter Olympics.
Coming up in sport...
Trevor Bayliss will step down
as England cricket coach
when his contract expires at the end
of the 2019 Ashes.
A taste of the future will be
on major display from today,
with the biggest event in the tech
calendar starting in Las Vegas.
The Consumer Electronics
Show is a collection
of the latest developments -
including smartphones, driverless
cars and artificial intelligence.
This year, the event is expected
to draw more than 170,000 people.
Our technology correspondent,
reports from Las Vegas.
In a robotics lab at
the University of Las Vegas,
I have come to meet Sofia,
who looks pretty human
and is just learning to walk.
Hey Sofia, can we shake hands?
Oh, really good to meet you.
You're quite warm actually.
How sophisticated do
you think you are as a robot?
I want people to perceive
me at the robot I am.
However, I wouldn't want to trick
people into thinking I'm human.
I just want to communicate
with humans in the best possible
ways, which includes
looking like one.
Sofia, who has had advanced
notice of my questions,
has few practical uses right now,
but her creators, an American firm
employing Chinese scientists,
believe she represents a big step
on the road to artificial
Our aspiration is to bring
the machines to life,
to create living intelligent
systems, and there you'll see
the greatest revolution
in artificial intelligence.
We are aspiring towards this.
Do we know for sure
that it can be done?
We think it can.
And among the thousands
of new gadgets on show
in Las Vegas this week,
is a constant theme.
There is a seeing suitcase that can
follow its owner around the airport.
This friendly robot wanders
round your home, filming short
bursts of video to send
to your phone.
And Vincent, developed in Cambridge,
is a drawing programme that learns
to turn simple sketches
into works of art.
We all own a million things
already, a lot of different
AI represents a whole new wave
of ways to make those products
a lot more interesting.
What that means for the consumer
electronics industry is a whole
new wave of products that they can
sell to us.
They're a lot more useful
and helpful, or so the belief goes.
And here is the most
obvious example of AI -
the race to transform cities
with driverless cars.
This autonomous cab from Uber's
rival Lift still has someone who can
take over the wheel,
but within a couple of years this
company believes we will hop
into a cab which will take us
across town all on its own.
BBC News, Las Vegas.
The first same-sex weddings have
taken place in Australia,
after the law was changed
of last year.
after the law was changed last year.
A waiting period has meant it was 30
days before the first
marriages could happen.
Hywel Griffiths reports from Sydney.
In a race to be the first to say
"I do", Craig and Luke
exchanged their vows
just after midnight.
Both are athletes hoping to compete
in this year's Commonwealth Games,
but they already feel the Australian
public is right behind them.
My Instagram direct messages have
blown up, with people who,
like, I've never met,
I don't know, who are just sending
love and congratulations,
so it's really touching.
It's really heartfelt.
It's another way to show your love
and your appreciation
and to acknowledge your partner
in front of the people that
have been in your life.
Last year's landmark public vote
in support of legalising same-sex
marriage followed years
of divisive debate.
When the new law was approved
in December, it triggered a 30
day wait for couples
to give official notice.
...to be my lawfully wedded wife.
A few were given special waivers
to marry before today.
But for most couples,
like Kylie and Lisa,
this was the first opportunity
to become legally wed.
They wanted to do it
for their daughter Isla.
I think it sends a really
important message to her.
We want her to grow up knowing
we have people with open hearts
and open minds in this country.
We want her to know that her peers
at school, their parents might now
accept us as the family unit we are.
Not everyone accepts
the new definition of marriage.
More than a third of voters
oppose the change in law,
and some faith groups claim it
will lead to changes in how
gender and sex education
are taught in schools.
But for the couples who have waited
years to be considered equal
day finally arriving.
Hwyel Griffiths, BBC News, Sydney.
From today, UK manufacturers
are banned from adding
microbeads to toiletries,
such as body scrubs and toothpastes.
The move is aimed at protecting
the sea from pollution,
as the microbeads can be swallowed
by fish and other marine life.
A ban on selling products containing
the tiny pieces of plastic comes
into force later this year.
As Karen Bradley takes over
as Northern Ireland Secretary,
she faces an immediate challenge
to try to reinstate
the devolved government.
It's a year since Sinn Fein's
Martin McGuinness resigned
as Deputy First Minister,
bringing down the power sharing
executive at Stormont.
The Sinn Fein politician
died two months later,
and there's been no progress
in attempts to restore
Here's our Northern Ireland
political editor Mark Devenport.
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Hospitals across the UK
are struggling to cope
with the pressures of winter,
but patients in Northern Ireland
face some of the longest waits
for emergency treatment.
Meanwhile, without government
ministers, a blueprint
for reorganising the local
Health Service can't
be put into practise.
There's no doubt that the NHS
across the UK is challenged,
but I think what makes
Northern Ireland different
and what nurses say is different
is that they feel they have been let
down by the leadership
in the system, and secondly
by the fact there is no political
leadership in the country.
The stalemate at Stormont
goes back a year, to
when Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness
quit as Deputy First Minister.
That triggered the collapse
of the power-sharing
Government at Stormont.
Relations between Sinn Fein
and their Democratic Unionist
coalition partners soured over
the DUP's handling of
a scandal concerning
a renewable heating scheme.
But the row soon widened,
with unionists resisting Sinn Fein's
demand for better legal protection
for the Irish language.
This characterisation of we should
have given something to Sinn Fein,
to keep them appeased is not the way
I do business.
If you feed a crocodile
they will keep coming back
and looking for more.
After Martin McGuinness's death
in March, Arlene Foster shook
hands with his successor,
Michelle O'Neill, but the two
leaders haven't proved able
to overcome their difference.
The Democratic Unionists now hold
the balance of power on the green
benches at Westminster,
but back at Stormont the blue
benches of the Northern Ireland
Assembly remain empty,
with civil servants
running the administration
on a day-to-day basis.
There is a real imperative
to get back to business,
but we don't know what shape or form
that will take, as neither Sinn Fein
nor the DUP see any sign
of softening their positions,
and the Secretary of State has
made no further moves
towards impositioning direct rule.
During Stormont's year
in the doldrums, the politicians
who are meant to meet here have
continued to get paid.
Recently, an official report
recommended that those salaries
should be cut by a third.
However, what impact that might have
on this assembly that never sits
remains far from certain.
Mark Devenport, BBC News, Stormont.
England's head cricket coach
Trevor Bayliss says he plans to step
down after the 2019 Ashes Series.
The 55-year-old, who was appointed
in 2015, told the England
and Wales Cricket Board
about his decision a year ago.
He's just seen his side beaten 4-0
in the Ashes Series in Australia.
Great Britain is aiming for its most
successful Winter Olympics to date,
after UK Sport set a target
of at least five medals from
February's Games in South Korea.
The current record is a four-medal
haul, set by the team in 1924,
and at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Our sports correspondent
Joe Wilson reports.
Korean cultural centre e Central
London, for everything the winter
games means to the host nation it
means more than ever to British
sport. An audience gathered to hear
the targets. Lizzy Arnold's goad we
one of four won in 2014, five at
least are expected this time. Can we
really be winning more medals, at
more sports with more investment?th
has to stop somewhere?
It a good
question. Every time it seems to be
this will be the best ever this
time. You think, is it possible to
keep going? The great thing with the
winter Olympics an Paralympics it is
a games that is developing in Great
Britain, we have had some really
impressive results over the past few
Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,
it is an area we can grow.
skater could win two medals on her
own as for the winner -- winter
Paralympics the medal target is at
least seven. There is more to be
played for. You make connections
where you see them what we do see is
the profound sense people get, that
it is high class sport but with a
hiring purpose, it tells you
something about your self and what
is possible. I hope will challenge
perceptions of disability in
The UK's investment in Pyeongchang's
winner sport is 32 million of
lottery money. As ever that is only
fun if it pays off.
Joe Wilson, BBC News, Central
The nominations for this year's
British Academy Film Awards
have been announced.
The fantasy romance "The Shape
of Water" leads the field,
with 12 nominations.
It's also been announced that
Joanna Lumley will host
the awards ceremony,
replacing Stephen Fry,
who's stepping down from the role.
Here's our entertainment
correspondent, Lizo Mzimba.
The Shape of Water, a tender science
fiction fantasy with Britain's Sally
Hawkins playing a mute cleaner who
falls in love with a water creature.
A Best Actress nomination for
Hawkin, one of 12 for the movie,
including best film.
You have wanted this your entire
Just behind two
films have nine nomination, wartime
drama Darkest Hour where Gary Oldman
and Kristin Scott Thomas are
recognised for Best Actor and Best
Why did you put
up the billboards.
And dark drama
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri, like The Shape of Water,
its strongly female led with Frances
mechanic door nand nominated for
Best Actress, this is a year where
unusually, two of the three most
nominated films feature strong women
at the centre, with the men only
supporting roles and this year
female led doesn't just apply to
many of the nominated movie, the
awards ceremony will be presented by
a woman, for the first time in over
15 years. Another significant piece
of film industry symbolism for
We are levelling up very very
quickly to the same level. We have
still got to fight, stand up, but
brave, be bold, be resolute, and
say, we are going to make things
even. We will make them equal from
now on. That is good. That is
The theme of to an extent
focussing on women is continued with
Bafta announcing that it will soon
be publishing a set of cross
industry workplace guidelines,
following the sexual harassment
revelations of the past few months.
Think we have a very powerful role
to play, we are a small
organisation, but with a powerful
global presence, so it is incredibly
important that we are not only part
of the change, but we are driving
those changes through too.
This is also the week when Oscar
voters are decided their nomination,
it is likely much attention will be
paid this year more than ever, as to
whether they will be championing
female led stories and female
Now, life on the road can be
challenging for a reporter...
I am at one of the -- ow!
I am at one of the -- ow!
Spare a thought for BBC
Look East's Alex Dunlop,
who found himself mobbed by lemurs
while on assignment.
He was at Banham Zoo
in Norfolk to cover the annual
stock take of animals.
the clip's gone viral.
Here is west.
Here is west. Weather-wise we have
seen a very big snow storm just hit
the Alps over the last couple of
days, now it has brought enormous
falls of snow, cutting off some ski
resorts entirely. 13 thousand people
are stranded? Zer mat at the moment.
Power supplies have been affect and
the avalanche risk is very high.
This is how much snow we have seen
over the last 48-hour, 160
centimetre, that is about there on
me. It would be my head poking out
from that snow fall! Here in the UK,
after a sunny day yesterday in the
northern half of the UK, the weather
has changed. The sheet of cloud is
pushed northward and for the vast
imagine I the the skies look
something like this. Grey. Misty and
foggy, we have drizzle round as
Will. There are a few hole, Cumbria
is sitting in a hole and western
Scotland. You will see a bit of
sunshine here. Little overall change
in the weather, little prospects for
most of us seeing much sunshine at
all. Cold in the North East, sill
that wind blowing. But, we are going
to see a change in the weather this
evening. This Atlantic weather front
is coming our way. It will push in
as we go through the first part of
the evening with the rain heavy,
before spreading on to Scotland. The
rain perhaps not so heavy in England
and Wales but it will be a damp kind
of night. Temperature-wise, we are
looking at lows between 3 and 6
Celsius. Tomorrow, this weather
front will continue to push
eastwards, however, one complication
is we are likely to see an area of
low pressure on the front, that will
put the brakes on the weather front.
It will move and stall somewhere
across the eastern side, so there
could be rain round, even into the
afternoon, further west, we will see
some sunshine and lit start to feel
milder in the south, with
temperatures for some into double
figure, looking on into Wednesday
night, things could turn murky as
rain clear, we will be left with
some clear skies. Mist and fog could
become an issue. There will be
pockets of frost round so it could
be slippy first thing. A quiet end
to the week, but Thursday, yes, some
patches could linger. Aside that we
could see sunshine. A cool day.
Temperatures between four and six
and Friday the end of the week,
again a lot of dry weather but a lot
of cloud as well, particularly in
England, further west the breeze
picks up, bringing in milder air, we
will see rain working in late on in
the day. That is the latest weather.
A reminder of our main
story this lunchtime.
Theresa May's ministerial
as she refreshes her government.
Downing Street says the right team
is in place to tackle
the country's challenges.
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