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tonight at ten — a sweeping government reshuffle — as borisjohnson sets the tone for the years ahead. gavin williamson is sacked as education secretary — widely criticised for his handling of school exams in england. dominic raab is removed from the foreign office — he becomes deputy prime minister and justice secretary. and liz truss becomes only the second woman in british history to take charge of the foreign office. the office. prime minister has put together a the prime minister has put together a strong and united team which is going to deliverfor the uk. we are determined to deliver on the people's priorities. a new pecking order, and a new phase
as borisjohnson refreshes his team. more from laura in a short while about the political direction laid down by today's changes. also tonight... shamim begu who left the uk tojoin the islamic state now offers to help the islamic state now offers to help the uk's fight against terrorism. a report from one of afghanistan's biggest cities — on how taliban rule is having a profound effect on everyday life. and 14 goals in a thrilling night of champions league football. good evening. borisjohnson has reshuffled his government — making far more radical changes than many had expected — and set the government's direction — with a view to the next election. he's fired his education,
justice and housing secretaries — and demoted others — as he reshapes his senior team. dominic raab is no longer foreign secretary — he's justice secretary and deputy prime minister — with liz truss becoming only the second woman in history to hold the post of foreign secretary. gavin williamson — widely criticised for his handling of schools examinations — has been sacked as education secretary and leaves the government. mr williamson has been replaced by the former vaccines minister nadhim zahawi. we'll have details of all the main changes — while labour says the reshuffle does nothing to change government policy on the main problems facing the uk — including poverty and inequality. our political editor laura kuenssberg has been watching the day's events. nerves all round. who is out and who is in, prime minister? . reshuffles matter, who the boss wants in, and who the boss wants out. who the boss wants in, prime minister's questions came first.
we now come to prime minister's questions. eager to congratulate a sporting victor. i know the whole house will want to join me in congratulating emma raducanu. but today's real query, who would be a winner and who would lose one of their front row seats? to start, where would he end up. which way? the black belt brexiteer foreign secretary who was in charge from his grecian holiday during the fall of kabul. dominic raab, down but not out. after lengthy conversations, perhaps a dollop of confrontation... have you still got a job, sir? the former lawyer takes charge of the courts and prisons at the justice department. it is not clear if number ten had bargained on giving him the bauble of deputy prime minister, too, but he emerged with that, a title that has not been held since 2015. are you expecting a promotion? his replacement, liz truss, much loved by tory members, moving up into herfifthjob
at the cabinet table. the prime minister has put together a strong and united team which is going to deliverfor the uk. we are determined to deliver the people's priorities and help you level up the country. —— help level up. but time waits for no minister. for a quartet of the cabinet, the clock ran down on their time in office. robert was an unlucky name today, robertjenrick from housing and robert buckland from justice both out, but spared the shame of a sacking in downing street, their own statements on social media sufficed. along with the predicted departure of the now former education secretary, gavin williamson. i sort of have to do quite a few tests. who many would claim failed rather a lot of those tests, in charge of confusion over exam grades and millions of school pupils during the pandemic. taking his place, nadim zahawi, with a huge thumbs up from downing street after overseeing the vaccine programme.
promotion for him to the education department. nadeem nadine tories has been promoted to look after culture and sport. other fellow travellers are at the top table, as well. this other fellow travellers are at the top table, as well.— top table, as well. this is a fantastic — top table, as well. this is a fantastic challenge - top table, as well. this is a fantastic challenge the - top table, as well. this is a l fantastic challenge the prime minister has set me and i look forward to it very much. a grinning michael gove, with a job technically less senior, now in charge of housing, councils and the union. but downing street wants this to be a day for the doers. the top ranked around here, who number ten hopes can get things done. a day of many moves, a day when political fortunes rise and fall.
there are still appointments coming through tonight and there will be through tonight and there will be through much of tomorrow as the middle and junior ranks of the government to get filled up. in terms of the personnel, clearly there are a lot of winners and losers tonight, and this hasn'tjust been a reshuffle of tweaking around the edges, but nor has borisjohnson chucked out the kitchen sink. the chancellor is still there, so is the home secretary and the health secretary, and it is also not a reshuffle that suddenly gives the impression that downing street has seized a brand—new philosophy or brand—new ideology. for many of boris johnson's backers brand—new ideology. for many of borisjohnson�*s backers in number ten they say it's a good thing, he's pragmatic he wants people in there who can crack on, help him keep the long list of promises he has made to the public. but for some of his detractors in the tory party, they might look at this list of names that come out today and will continue into tomorrow, and think, well, what's the grading principle here? what are the two priority is
the prime minister really has? —— guiding principle here. numberten believes they have put together a refreshed team. the traumas of brexit and those early times of borisjohnson in office are in the rear—view mirror. the emergency of the pandemic is, everyone hopes, fading. it's perhaps the beginning of a third part as prime minister for borisjohnson and perhaps edging towards the halfway of what he sees as his time in office and having an eye on the next election. as with all of these things, days of promotion and demotion and often political commotion, whatever ministers say, whatever downing street says, it is a lot easier to say than actually do. thanks very much. there has been a sharp rise in the cost of living. the soaring costs of transport and eating out in august — helped push inflation to its highest level in nearly a decade. it rose from 2 per cent injuly to 3.2 per cent last month. our economics editor
faisal islam has more details. not since 2012 has the rate of price increases reached this level, and the month—to—month increase is unprecedented. yet, for the traders at this manchester market, it comes as no surprise at all. it's no wonder it's a hike in inflation, the import costs and the cost of bringing containers through is massive. petrol has jumped, diesel prices. so it's costing hundreds of pounds extra a week to transport the goods, and the public are the people that will suffer. it's the fact that food costs in restaurants and pubs are much higher now than last august — when that chancellor's "eat out to help out" scheme halved some meal prices — that pushed today's inflation number above 3%. on top of that, now pub landlords say prices will go up further, reflecting the need to pay staff more. they need to have a decent living wage, which is what we as a business have started to do. and of course that is going to have a knock—on effect on how profitable our business is. and whereas we are happy to take
a slice of the pie, our slice, and give it away and share it with our staff, at some point some of that pie is going to have to come from the customer as well. beyond restaurant meals, prices rose at the petrol pump, up 17.7% on the year. second—hand car prices are up 18.3% as demand for cars surges. and furniture prices, affected by blockages to global supply chains, up 8%. cooking oil prices are up 5.4%, meaning overall food prices are now rising, after falling for most of the pandemic. well, there clearly are many one—off factors coming from the lifting of lockdown. the turn in food prices up, the coming rise in energy prices next month, and the increase in taxation, means that the squeeze on living standards in households is very real indeed. that is one of the reasons why the assumption here at the bank of england that the inflation rise is going to be temporary, well, that is being tested.
that rise in cooking oil prices puts it at a 30—year high and, alongside surges in cardboard and plastic prices, will feed through to ordinary consumers, says this distributor. clearly we can't keep absorbing them for ever. so i anticipate that there will be some price increases before christmas, but it will really hit after christmas. yeah, so that's when it's going to really take effect on oui’ customers, anyway. but i do know of some competitors that have increased prices right across the board already. if forecasts are right, this hike in prices will be reversed next year. but the squeeze on the cost of living this winter is very real. faisal islam, bbc news. as the reshuffle was going on — the house of commons was debating proposals to scrap the £20 a week increase to universal credit — introduced last march — to help during the pandemic. ministers say the increase was always going to temporary — but labour says it should stay. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports.
£20 a week is a fortune for those on low income, like caroline rice. a childminderfrom county fermanagh, says there is little left for her to cut from her weekly outgoings. i'm just living from one payment to the next payment. if my washing machine breaks down, i have nothing to repair it. if my car breaks down, i have nothing to repair it. potentially i could run out of oil and i don't have a surplus. i have no savings. the mother of one says she cannot earn more — the law limits how many children she can care for — and she cannot make the parents she works with pay for hours they don't need. the reality is that it is a lifeline for so many people and there is quite a high proportion of us who are working people, you know, and it keeps me going. it keeps my child fed. i would like to see the government live, you know, the life that we live.
to strengthen the safety net, said the chancellor, an extra £20 a week was added to universal credit in march 2020. it costs £6 billion a year. the number of people on universal credit almost doubled during the pandemic, peaking atjust under 6 million. despite the economy improving, the latest statistics show that nearly 5.9 million people are still on the benefit. in the commons today, the government's decision to cut what they always said was a temporary increase led to some pointed exchanges. a single—parent, could be a constituent, working on the minimum wage, already working full—time, would need to work over nine hours a week on top of their full—time job just to get the money back that prime minister is taking away from them. under this government, - for the first time in decades, wages are rising, mr speaker. wages across the board are rising.
and they are 4.1% up on wherel they were before the pandemic. today's parliamentary debate changed few minds. the government abstained. so next month, nearly 6 million people will see their incomes fall by £20 a week, just as energy prices are set to rise. michael buchanan, bbc news. the uk's latest coronavirus figures show there were 30,597 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average ofjust under 32,000 new cases per day in the last week. there were 8,340 people in hospital yesterday. 201 deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period — people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test — and so the average number of deaths per day in the last week is now 139. 89.2% of people aged 16 or over have had theirfirstjab, and 81.3% are now double vaccinated.
shamima begum, who left the uk as a teenager tojoin the islamic state group in syria, has begged to be allowed to return to the uk, insisting she could help in the fight against terror. the 22—year—old, who has been living in a syrian refugee camp for the past two years since her british citizenship was revoked, claimed she had been groomed to flee to syria as an impressionable child. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has the story. this was shamima begum in february 2019, as she emerged from the collapse of the islamic state group's brutal rule in syria. she told bbc news that weekend that she could see justification for the manchester arena bombing, as retaliation for the deaths of children in is territory. this is shamima begum in her latest bbc interview, her hair uncovered and asking for forgiveness for joining islamic state.
isis ruined people's lives. isis ruined my life, my family's life, and i will have to live with that. i mean, when you think back to being part of a group that did commit genocide, that did murder, that did carry out attacks around the world, how does that feel? it makes me sick to my stomach, really. it makes me... it makes me hate myself. shamima begum had left home in east london, aged 15, with two school friends. they travelled through turkey to syria and married islamic state fighters. at the time, is were beheading hostages and throwing gay men from high buildings. she was stripped of her uk citizenship because of intelligence about what she'd done during her time with is. the decision to take away shamima begum's british citizenship was made by sajid javid when he was in charge here at the home office. today, he said of the intelligence
that he saw at the time, "if you knew what i knew, you would've made exactly the same decision." shamima! shamima begum is still in a camp in kurdish—held territory. her three young children by an is fighter all died of malnutrition and disease as islamic state's so—called caliphate collapsed. now she is offering to help prevent other girls being groomed by extremists, despite herself being regarded as a threat to national security. i could advise people who are in counterterrorism the tactics that groups like isis use to persuade people to come here and ways to speak to people who may be potentially radicalised and ways to speak to them to persuade them not to go and to not be radical. presenting the image of a modern british woman, she wants to win her citizenship back, but the current home secretary is still vigorously opposing that in the courts. daniel sandford, bbc news,
at the home office. britain, the united states and australia have launched a new defence and security partnership this evening to build a fleet of nuclear—powered submarines for the australian navy. the leaders made a joint address in the past few minutes to announce the agreement. our defence correspondent jonathan beale is here. what have they been saying? british officials say this _ what have they been saying? british officials say this is _ what have they been saying? british officials say this is a _ what have they been saying? british officials say this is a very _ officials say this is a very significant agreement, reinforced by the fact you have the three leaders of these countries making the announcement simultaneously. it is about essentially, for starters, building a fleet of nuclear powered submarines for the australian navy. we are not sure how that work will be shared but clearly the british government hopes that british defence firms will benefit from that, they have expertise in that area. it will have ramifications for two specific countries, firstly france, a nato ally which had signed
a deal with australia to build them a deal with australia to build them a fleet of diesel electric submarines and that a deal now seems dead so their nose will be out of joint. but more importantly perhaps, china. the government here says it is not a response to any one country but about the security, stability of the region and the fact is we know it's no secret that both australia, the uk and also the united states are very worried about china's military build—up in the region and thatis military build—up in the region and that is one reason why, for example at the moment, you have a royal navy aircraft carrier in the pacific, hms queen elizabeth with the task group there. i think the key here is how china responds and you can be pretty sure they will not welcome this. many thanks, jonathan beale, our defence correspondent. it is exactly a month since the taliban swept to power in afghanistan and declared the country an islamic emirate. as the international community grapples with the scale of the change,
how are things changing in afghanistan under taliban rule? our correspondent secunder kermani and camera journalist malik mudassir sent report from one of afghanistan's largest cities, mazar—i—sharif. crossing into the islamic emirate, a cargo train from uzbekistan. this is now passport control. the taliban even have their own stamps. an hour's drive away, the city of mazar—i—sharif. on the surface, life appears to be continuing as normal, though many are suffering, with a shortage of cash in banks. this was the blue mosque, the city's cultural heart, shortly before the taliban takeover last month. now the group have allocated separate visiting times for men and women. some are still coming, but there seem significantly fewer than before.
my host here is a leading local taliban figure. your critics would say you are killing off the cultural life in this country. and why do you need to change the culture? what's wrong about the culture that was already here? everyone was muslim... we literallyjust came out of the blue mosque and saw a crowd gathered in the city centre. we made our way to the middle of it and there are four dead bodies laid out here. one of them has a note on top of it saying,
"these men were kidnappers — anyone who wants to do the same, this is going to be their punishment." all around me, there is a huge crowd of people trying to push their way forward to have a look at the site. a group of young children were rescued by the taliban from the kidnappers. many praise the group for tackling violent crime that had plagued major cities. but many others here don't feel safe. private universities like this one have reopened. female and male students are separated by a curtain, as per new taliban rules. but with money tight in the future unclear, only a handful are turning up. how does it feel, studying but not knowing whether you will be
able to work or not in the future? the last time the taliban were in power, they imposed even more restrictions. but however they may have evolved since then, afghan cities have changed much more. the taliban control the country, but still need to win hearts and minds. secunder kermani, bbc news, mazar—i—sharif. the us olympic gymnast simon biles has accused the fbi of "turning a blind eye" to the sexual abuse that she and other athletes suffered at the hands of their team doctor. she was among a number of people testifying before a senate committee examining the agency's investigation into larry nassar, who is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting girls. to be clear, i blame larry nassar and i also blame...
..an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. that was simone biles giving evidence to that senate committee. the voters of russia go to the polls this week to elect a new parliament. the vote will take place over three days. that's more than enough time, according to the critics, for the results to be rigged infavour of vladimir putin's supporters. the russian authorities insist the election will be free and fair. but it's has been preceded by an unprecedented crackdown on dissent, and many kremlin critics have been prevented from running, as our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg reports. the veterans choir of novosibirsk is gearing up for a special performance. they will be entertaining voters at polling stations. elections in russia are quite a show.
not everyone is invited. sergei boiko isn't. the novosibirsk city councillor and youtube host wanted to run for parliament, but because of his links to jailed opposition leader alexei navalny, under a new law, sergei is barred from elections for five years. is there any real opposition on the ballot? no. for example, i could not participate, my friends could not participate. any people linked with alexei navalny could not participate so it's not an election. on paper at least, voters will have a choice. but critics say all the parties on the ballot have been vetted by the kremlin — approved opponents, stage—managed democracy. as for the kremlin�*s fiercest rivals, they are being kept at a distance.
dmitry gudkov is an opposition politician who has fled to bulgaria. his problems in russia began when he said he was going to stand for parliament. police detained him. then he received a message — if he didn't leave the country, he would be sent to jail. to what extent has democracy been destroyed in russia? 100%. everything is destroyed. no more democracy in the country. it's a dictatorship. a light version. but in russia, ask officials about democracy and about who can and can't run in elections, and they will paint a very different picture. translation: our restrictions are in the interests _ of society and the state. democracy isn't absolute freedom — it's about order and procedure. -
our elections are absolutely- democratic, even more democratic than in other countries. the right to elect and be elected is the basis of democracy. but these elections suggest that in russia, democracy is in retreat. steve rosenberg, bbc news, novosibirsk. it was a thrilling night in the opening champions league fixtures for manchester city and liverpool. they both won, with 1a goals between the two matches. natalie pirks reports. the liverpool faithful are finally back for european nights at anfield, absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder. ac milan have had an absence of their own, seven years out of the champions league until now but it looked like it was going to beat a baptism of fire with an early own goal. it could have got
worse but mo salah missed a chance to double the liverpool lead. and it was a let off that let milan back in the game. was a let off that let milan back in the name. ., �* , . was a let off that let milan back in the name. ., ~ , . ., ., the game. into ante rebic and that ou have the game. into ante rebic and that you have equalised! _ the game. into ante rebic and that you have equalised! with _ the game. into ante rebic and that you have equalised! with jurgen i you have equalised! with jurgen klo - you have equalised! with jurgen klopp scratching _ you have equalised! with jurgen klopp scratching his _ you have equalised! with jurgen klopp scratching his head, - you have equalised! with jurgenl klopp scratching his head, livable dominance gave way to downright sloppiness. half—time pep talk was needed and it clearly worked put at first salah and then, hello, jordan henderson, to complete another memorable comeback against milan. 3-2, the memorable comeback against milan. 3—2, the final score. manchester city came so close to landing the trophy its owners covered most seasons and nate and got them off to a dream start against rb leipzig. —— nathan ake pond at the game caught fire and at 3—2 jack grealish showed just why city is paid a record fee for him. a hat—trick for leipzig's christopher nkunku made it 11—3 but late goals forjoao cancelo and gabrieljesus made it 6—3 city and a
cap night in the champions league. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello. autumn is now gently, slowly but surely, creeping in across the northern hemisphere. autumn is now gently making its presence felt across the uk. the days are getting a little bit shorter, but we are seeing some decent sunshine this week, and there's some warmth in it still at this point in september. and that should make quite short work of our first autumn visitor, shall we say — increasing amounts of early morning mist and fog. there will be some, certainly i think first thing thursday, across northern england, parts of the midlands, wales, down into the west country. some early showers for the northeast of scotland, but come the afternoon, fairly widespread sunshine. more cloud, though, later in the day, getting into northern ireland and some rain. and that rain will be persistent and heavy at times for northern ireland through friday, as our weather front stalls
to the west of the uk. it will bring some rain eventually to western scotland and down towards the southwest and for wales, as well. so, just the mid—teens where we've got the cloud and rain, still in the low—20s further east. it looks like the rain will become more widespread across england and wales through the weekend, perhaps somewhat drier for scotland and northern ireland.
this is bbc news. four us gymnasts, including simone biles, have been testifying before a senate committee hearing. they were giving evidence over the fbi's failures in its sex abuse investigation of their former team doctor, larry nassar. the united states, britain and australia have announced a landmark security pact. part of the agreement sees australia scrapping a multi—billion dollar submarine deal with france, and building a fleet of nuclear—powered vessels. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has sacked several senior government ministers in a major reshuffle of his cabinet. dominic raab lost his post as foreign secretary, and been replaced by liz truss, who was the trade secretary. shamima begum, who left the uk as a teenager tojoin the islamic state group in syria, has begged to be allowed to return to the uk, insisting she could help