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england's footballers are through to the semifinals of the euro 2020 after a 4—0 victory over ukraine, the first time in 25 years they have got this far in the competition. they were now play denmark while italy will take on spain in the other semi—final. officials in florida are bringing forward plans to demolish the remains of a building that collapsed just over a week ago killing at least 2a people. it feared an approaching storm could destabilise what remains of the structure. 121 people are still missing. protests against the brazilian government because handling of the coronavirus traces have been spreading to cities right across the country. tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating to demand a boost to the vaccination programme.
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now on bbc news, the week in parliament. hello again and welcome to the week in parliament, the week borisjohnson lost a cabinet minister for breaking his own rules. isn't it the case, mr speaker, that while the british people are doing everything asked of them, it's one rule for them and another rule for everybody else? sorry, matt who? i read the story in common with you and everybody else on friday. we had a new health secretary in place by saturday. from the westminster bubble to the school bubble, pressure grows for a change to the covid rules. isn't it time we stopped this. self—isolation madness and get all pupils back in the _ classroom, where they belong?
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and is ita bird, is ita plane or something more sinister? the recent report doesn't require us to accept the reality of alien visitation, but it does require us to take ufos seriously. but first, the political fallout from matt hancock's resignation as health secretary. he left the government 2a hours after downing street said the prime minister had accepted his apology for breaking social distancing guidelines and considered the matter closed. as you may have heard, cctv cameras captured matt hancock kissing his adviser in his private ministerial office. now, don't worry — we're not going to show the video, but his resignation offered open goalfor the labour leader, sir keir starmer. why didn't the prime minister sack the former health secretary on friday morning? mrspeaker, we had... i read the story in common with you and everybody else on friday. we had a new health secretary in place by saturday.
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keir starmer said it mattered because millions of people had followed the rules matt hancock had drawn up. on may the 5th, the day before that video was filmed, ollie bibby, a 27—year—old man from essex, died of leukaemia. he'd spent seven weeks in hospital where, due to covid restrictions, he was "barely able" to see his family. when he was in hospital, he begged to see his family. but, following the rules, only one member of his family was allowed to see him. his mum said, "i'm livid. we did everything we were told to do, and the man who made the rules didn't. " how can that be right? so, i ask the prime minister again, how could he possibly think this matter was closed on friday morning? hear, hear! mr speaker, we all share the grief and the pain of ollie and his family and millions of people up and down
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the country who have endured the privations that this country has been through in order to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. and that is why we had a change of health secretary the day after the story appeared, mr speaker. and that is why, actually, what we are doing as a government, instead of focusing on stuff going on within the westminster bubble, we are focusing on rolling out that vaccine, those vaccines at a rate that will make sure that people like ollie and his family do not have to suffer in the future. mr speaker, i can hardly think that the prime minister thinks it's appropriate in response to a question about ollie to suggest that this is, in his words, the "westminster bubble". the westminster bubble, in answer to that question, prime minister — before prime minister's questions this morning, i spoke to ollie�*s mum about the awful circumstances that she and her family have been through. she told me, prime minister, that every day, she watched the press conferences — every day they were on — and she hung on to every word
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the government minister said so that she would know what her family could and couldn't do. and then, they followed the rules. this is not the westminster bubble. she told me that for her and herfamily, this case isn't closed, and she speaks for millions of people. i ask the prime minister withdraw that when he gets up, withdraw that when he gets up. it's the wrong response to ollie�*s case. mr speaker, let me be absolutely clear with the right honourable gentleman, and i think the whole house and the whole country can see that we have a new health secretary in place and have had one since the day after the stories appeared. and that was entirely right, and that was the right response to the situation. of course he's right in what he says about the sacrifice made by families up and down the land. but the best response, in my view, to their grief and their pain and the sufferings that they have endured, is to get on with
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a new health secretary, which is what we have, and with all the energy and application that we have to roll out those vaccines and allow the people of this country to work forwards towards freedom day, which i devoutly hope will come onjuly the 19th. keir starmer thought there was a pattern here with the prime minister defending ministers and advisers who broke the rules. every time, it's the same old story. isn't it the case, mr speaker, that while the british people are doing everything asked of them, it's one rule for them and another rule for everybody else? hear, hear! mr speaker, this government... there was a new health secretary the following day, mr speaker, and the whole country can see that. and we are getting on with our agenda of vaccinating the population of this country through the energy and application of the new secretary of state for health and the department of health.
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the prime minister. matt hancock's replacement as health secretary got down to work swiftly, visiting a hospital and studying the covid data before updating mps. i'd like to congratulate sajid . javid on his new appointment. and in so doing, can i call secretary sajid javid - to make his statement? sajid javid. in that statement, sajid javid struck a slightly different tone from his predecessor. there was more talk about the return of freedoms and warm words for matt hancock, too. ..who had worked hard throughout all these testing times. he has achieved a great amount in the work he did, and i know that he will have more to offer in public life, and i wish him the very best. as befits someone on his sixth cabinetjob, he was very careful to avoid saying whether all restrictions
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would be lifted at "step four" of the road map later this month. whilst we decided not to bring forward step four, we see no reason to go beyond the 19th ofjuly. because, in truth, no date we choose comes with zero risks for covid. we know we cannot simply eliminate it. we have to learn to live with it. we also know that people and businesses need certainty, so we want every step to be irreversible. now, i want to see an end to restrictions. our constituents want to see an end to restrictions. but i hope his confidence today aboutjuly 19th does not prove somewhat premature or even, dare i say it, hubristic. like his predecessor, sajid javid came under pressure from tory mps to lift lockdown restrictions. can my right honourable friend confirm that 19thjuly- will mark the end of the road map out of lockdown? -
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and that terminus means the end of the line, - not an end to change? and that it is his intention| that all restrictions will be lifted on that date? it is absolutely our intention to step forward, commence on the 19th ofjuly and remove restrictions and start returning to normal. she's asked me specifically about all restrictions or which restrictions. that is certainly our intention to remove restrictions, but we will, as we follow the data in the coming days, we will set out more in due course. there was also cross—party concern over rules that see children told to stay away from school when someone in their "bubble" tests positive for covid. and later in the week, the education secretary confirmed the rules for schools in england will change. what i want to see is these restrictions, including bubbles, removed as quickly as possible, along with wider restrictions in society. i do not think it is acceptable that children should face greater restrictions over and above those of wider
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society, especially since they have given up so much to keep older generations safe over the last 18 months. further steps will be taken to reduce the number of children who have to self—isolate, including looking at the outcomes of the daily contact testing trial, as we consider a new model for keeping children in schools and colleges. we constantly assess all available data and we expect to be able toconfirm plans to lift restrictions and bubbles as part of step four. step four is due to happen onjuly the 19th, the week many schools in england break up for summer. it's nine weeks until the new academic year begins, but we have no idea what the secretary of state plans to keep them in class. school leaders dread another last—minute announcement. they need time to put plans in place, and their staff also desperately need a break over the summer.
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the secretary of state has briefed that the bubbles policy will be replaced with daily testing from september. will testing take place in schools, and if so, what support will they receive to do it? time and again, labour's called for mitigations to keep children learning, including ventilation and nightingale classrooms. why has this not happened? the number of children missing school is rising every single - day, and families are l at their wits' end whilst the government is once again far too slow to react. - so, will the government act now and establish a rapid task- force with public health - directors and school leaders with a mandate to keep schools open safely? i last week, 375,000 pupils were off school through self—isolation, and there has been a 40% increase in antidepressants being prescribed to under—17—year—olds. given that children are extremely unlikely to suffer serious ill health as a result of catching covid and given the damage being done to their education and their mental health, isn't it time we stopped this self—isolation madness and get all pupils back in the classroom,
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where they belong? the prime minister has rejected calls to extend the deadline for eu citizens to apply to live and work in the uk under the settlement scheme introduced after brexit. more than five point six million eu citizens applied but opposition parties said many who missed last wednesday's deadline risked losing access to public services like the nhs. as the deadline approached, the snp's westminster leader said there was a backlog of hundreds of thousand of cases. mr speaker, overnight, thousands of our friends and neighbours could become illegal immigrants. they are living in fears for theirjobs, theirfamilies and their livelihoods, all because this prime minister won't keep his word. we know all too well the experience of this government's home office — dawn raids, vulnerable people deported, a hostile environment
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for the windrush generation. scotland's message to eu citizens is, "you're welcome here. "we want you to stay. this is your home." but this uk government is causing eu citizens untold stress. we've had huge numbers of people applying, and, of course, if there are people still who have to apply... there's been several extensions of the deadline. it's five years now since the brexit referendum. we've funded 72 organisations to help vulnerable eu citizens to understand what their rights are, to make the applications. anybody applying within the deadline will of course have their case dealt with, and i urge them to get on with it. now, the first minister of wales has published what he says are "practical proposals" for reforming the way the united kingdom is governed. labour's mark drakeford told the senedd that the proposals which include giving
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the welsh government powers over policing and criminal justice set out a formula for a union that was in great peril. sadly, the present uk government fails every day to help make the case for a union of solidarity between the peoples of this multinational state and the benefits it can all bring to us. the argument for the union constantly has to be made, and debated and discussed. the vaccination programme, the investment of {8.2 billion, two wales government acts tha thave come forward, all these are positive developments of the constitutional debate but we don't accept there is a need for criminaljustice and policing to be devolved, and indeed when the silt commission looked at this they said they come in with a £100 million price tag. plaid cymru put the case for independence. no one should pretend that taking ultimate control- of our own destiny will be a walk in the park. from day one. most serious changes come with serious challenges. - but if you, as first minister, - are serious about strengthening wales' hand, you have -
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to embrace all options too, blinkers off — even if, - as we know, your instinct is to try to preserve the union. - the first minister said independence had been rejected at the recent senedd elections. that was the point at which it was discussed, and we saw the verdict of welsh people. that is why i think this is not the moment to go on thinking that we should spend the next five years talking about a proposition that won't be in front of the welsh people. mark drakeford. now for a story that some have suggested could have been written byjohn le carre. a defence minister has apologised after secret military documents were found "in a soggy heap" behind a bus stop in kent. the papers included information on hms defender�*s recent
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mission in the black sea when more than 20 russian aircraft and two coastguard ships shadowed the warship as it sailed near crimea. the minister, jeremy quin said the loss of the documents appeared to be "a mistake" and an inquiry was under way. a number of ministry of defense classified documents work lost by a senior official early last week. upon realising the loss of documents, the individual self reported on tuesday the 22nd ofjune. the documents lost included a paper that was secret uk �*eyes only'. the documents were found by a member of public at a bus stop in kent. the member of the public then handed in the papers to the bbc. the ministry of defence has launched a full investigation. the papers have now been
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recovered from the bbc and are being assessed as i speak to check that all documents missing have been recovered and what mitigation actions might be necessary. sensitive mod documents found strewn behind a bus stop in kent last tuesday morning is certainly embarrassing for ministers, but it is deeply worrying for those concerned with our national security. our frontline forces on hms defender, mr speaker, were totally professional in dealing with aggressive russian actions in the black sea last week. but they must be asking "what about our backup at the mod?" when top—secret documents about their mission, ahead of their mission, found their way to the back of this bus stop in kent. there was certainly something of a le carre in the discovery. of these documents behind a bus stop in the garden of england, i and i don't think we can help but notice the general- context, too. these documents were discovered in the same week as a more - serious security breach, i that of a confidential cctv, images from whitehall ministry, which leave many of us - uncertain and distrustful of.
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the motives of those involved. this was a mistake, it appears. i don't want to prejudge the investigation, but it appears it's a mistake made by an individual and it's important that one gets on top of that mistake and what can be learned and how we can help ensure that such mistakes do not happen again. this isn't the first time there's been a security breach at the ministry of defence. in fact, it's the third time in six months. and the minister said in his remarks that there are policies and procedures in place to secure documents leaving secure settings, but clearly there are policies and procedures that are inadequate or not working. recent incidents suggest that the mod does some difficulty in safeguarding the nation secrets. - aside from the loss _ of documents, there would also been a deliberate act i in removing pink paper from a secure area. can the minister please confirm |that when the culprit is provenl to be negligent, that he or she is invited to walk the plank? .
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the minister said he understood the concern over the issue. i think it's important that we have the investigation, and we will find out exactly who is at fault here. that also includes an examination of our policies and procedures to make certain that they are fit for purpose. jeremy quin. let's take a look at some other news in brief now. tory opponents of the government's cut to overseas aid made their views clear during a commons debate with boris johnson's predecessor again among critics of the policy. our right honourable friend, the prime minister, is rightly very keen to encourage girls�* education around the world. it's been a theme of conservative governments n for some considerable time. we have taken it up in g7 meetings, we've encouraged others around the world to take that theme up. and of course, a girl who is educated is less likely to be lured into modern slavery. however, if you cut the programmes from dealing with modern slavery, that girl may not be able to get into education because you may... the slave drivers, the gangs, the criminal gangs, may have got to her first.
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labour have called on the health minister, lord bethell, to resign over his use of personal email addresses for government business. lord bethell�*s also been under pressure for sponsoring a parliamentary pass for gina coladangelo, matt hancock's adviser. he told peers he hadn't broken the rules. i am absolutely rigorous to ensure that government business is conducted through the correct formal channels. my lords, contracts are negotiated by officials, not by ministers. submissions from officials are handled through departmental digital boxes, and that is right. official decisions are communicated through secure governmental infrastructure. my lords, i have read the ministerial code, i've signed the ministerial code and i will seek to uphold it in everything that i do. the guidelines are clear — it is not wrong for ministers to have a personal e—mail address. mps have demanded the government acts urgently
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to make it compulsory for vets to scan pets�* microchips before they treat animals or put them down. government proposals are due in the autumn and hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions to tighten up the rules. it's impossible to overstate the importance of the urgent action required on this matter. the pandemic has seen a surge in pet ownership with over 3 million pets aquired since the start of the first lockdown, most of them cats and dogs. sadly, this rise in demand has tragically been accompanied by an unprecedented rise in pet theft, too. if we add this to the picture that 99% of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, and yet only one in five stolen pets are ever returned to their families, we soon see the immense distress the current gaps distinct and worrying lack of microchip and scanning is causing to families.
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the uk parliament choir in happier times. there's growing opposition to covid restrictions from singers in amateur choirs opposition that found its voice in the house of lords. to limit our inside choir to six people when last night at wembley, 40,000 people were singing. the night before, my lords, they covered the roof at wimbledon, and people were cheering to the rafters! that, my lords, is apparently allowed, when indoor choirs, where they can exercise proper social distancing, is not. my lords, this is nonsense. the government should reverse this immediately. well, i am sure the noble lord is aware that the events to which he refers are part of the events research programme, where particular public health measures are taken for those attending. the evidence is clear that, sadly, singing does increase the risk of transmission and hence we have the guidance that we have been given.
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now, is there anybody out there? the us government has said it has no explanation for dozens of unidentified flying objects seen by military pilots. a report from the pengagon did not rule out the possibility that the objects were extra terrestrial. here, with the ministry of defense having closed its ufo desk, peers demanded reassurance. my lords, for decades, people who have been concerned with ufos have been dismissed as fantasists. but now the us the director of national intelligence, who oversees 17 intelligence agencies, has published a report saying the data on ufos is inconclusive. the report offers several possible explanations and does not rule out that these could be military aircraft with very advanced capabilities or even extraterrestrial phenomena. the mod deals with actual threats substantiated
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by evidence and the government continues to take any potential threat to the uk seriously, the integrated view of the defence white command paper published in march set out the mod's assessment of threats we face and how we will meet them. my lords, unidentified does not mean suspicious. - and does my noble friend the minister recognise . that the us report referred to says there is no clear i indication that there is any nonterrestrial explanationl for the 144 sightings that it specifies? - and the idea that in an era of mobile phone cameras, | drones and frequent travel, i there could possibly be alien spaceships whizzing about - undetected in our atmosphere on a regular basis is not, i think, very plausible? i it is much more likely- that these blurred images have boring explanations, alas. does my noble friend agree?
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i think the important point in which i wish to reassure your lordships is that the uk air defence community detect and monitor all flying air systems 24 hours a day to provide and identify air picture as part of the uk's national security posture and our commitment to the integrity of nato airspace. now, that is supported by typhoon aircraft raf lossiemouth and raf conningsby, they're held at high readiness, ready to intercept any threat to uk airspace. the recent report from the united states task force dedicated to investigating ufos has neither confirmed nor rejected the idea is that such sightings could indicate alien visits to earth. i believe that cardiff bay is the alleged location of the torchwood institute, set up to deal with incidents of extraterrestrials. indeed, the antojones shrine forms part of the tourist trail at mermaid quay. so, seven decades after unidentified aerial phenomena first appeared on the radar, defence ministries around the world ought to know what they are.
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the recent report doesn't require us to accept the reality of alien visitation, but it does require us to take ufos seriously. therefore, how seriously does her majesty's government now take ufos in the light of this report? i refer the noble lady to my previous answer, to which the short response is very seriously. lady goldie, putting a few noble minds at rest. the truth may be out there but, as the minister said, so are the raf. well, that's it for this week in parliament. thank you for watching. i do hope you canjoin me on monday evening at 11 o'clock on bbc parliament for the latest from the commons and the lords. until then, from me, david cornock, bye for now. hello again. the weekend's weather
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was always going to be dominated by showers, showers coming from big clouds like these that were spotted over the skylines of staffordshire, and the heavens opening not a million miles away. in moseley in birmingham, you can see surface water building up on the roads here. and then we have this line of storms that moved across the midlands and on into lincolnshire. moved across waddington, which is just south of lincoln itself, and it brought a real deluge. we had 25mm of rain in the space ofjust one hour. that is nearly half a month's worth of rain in the space of one hour, and i'm sure that would have caused one or two issues here. now, at the moment we've got some areas of rain pushing northwards across scotland, some heavy showers slowly easing in northern ireland. there are one or two showers elsewhere, some fairly big ones working across northern england for the next hour or two. but later in the night we're going to see another area of rain moving up across southern areas of england and rain pushing into southern wales as well. now, this widespread area of rain will then move into parts of wales, the midlands and east anglia before then breaking out into showers later on in the day. but it's another day where those showers are going to be widespread, some of them torrential as well. could bring around 30mm of rain in the space ofjust
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one hour, so again there is a risk of seeing some localised flooding in the heaviest of those downpours, and there will be some dry weather between those showers as well. on into monday and tuesday, we've got the next area of low pressure that's going to be swinging across the uk, so the weather certainly not settling down in any sense. monday sees rain pushing northwards across scotland. sunshine and a few showers elsewhere, but generally a slightly drier kind of day for most of you. but then we've got this rain that's going to be moving into the south—west, accompanied by some strengthening winds through monday afternoon. monday night time and on into tuesday our area of low pressure pushes in, bringing the rain and pushing it northwards. gales developing around the coast initially in the south—west and then along the english channel coasts in the south—east by tuesday. showers follow our main band of rain through and it'll start to feel just a little fresher. temperatures around 17 to 19 degrees celsius. from there, later in the week
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those showers will gradually become a little bit less widespread. the weather slowly gets a little bit more settled, but before we get there, sunday will see plenty of heavy downpours.
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good morning. welcome to breakfast with rogerjohnson and nina warhurst. our headlines today: a brilliant night for england as they thrash ukraine in rome and move into the semifinals of the euros. it's semifinals of the euros. been a long year for every and it's been a long year for everybody and i'm chuffed that the two performances we have put on have brought so much enjoyment and happiness to people. cheering. a saturday night to celebrate for fans with england now one game away from theirfirst major final since 1966. i can't believe it, we played absolutely brilliant, amazing. also this morning,
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the health secretary sajid javid says there's a strong argument that removing coronavirus restrictions

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