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tonight at ten — borisjohnson faces more claims — that he misled the house of commons about the drinks party in downing street. visiting a hospital today — the prime minister was asked if it was true that he'd been warned the gathering was against the rules. nobody told me that what we were doing was, as you say, against the rules, that the event in question was something that we were going to do something that wasn't a work event. but his former adviser dominic cummings says he did warn the prime minister — and he will be giving evidence to the official inquiry. during the day — mrjohnson said he �*humbly apologised' to people for �*misjudgements�* that were made. also tonight — "cautious optimism" in government that the current covid measures in england can be
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"substantially reduced" next week. in ireland — hundreds line the streets for the funeral of 23—year—old teacher ashling murphy — as police reveal a man has been arrested. and — the biggest gaming deal in history is taking shape — as the maker of call of duty and candy crush — is set to be bought for £50 billion. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel — manchester city may be well ahead in the premier league title race but chelsea can move second with a win over brighton. good evening. faced with persistent claims that he's misled the house of commons — the prime minister has �*categorically denied' that he was warned about a drinks party — in the downing street garden — during the first lockdown. he insisted nobody had told him the gathering
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was against the rules — but his former adviser — dominic cummings — says he did warn mrjohnson — and he's accused the prime minister of misleading mps. at westminster, there is more evidence of discontent among conservative mps — as everyone awaits the official report by sue gray — a senior civil servant — looking into the drinks parties during lockdown. our deputy political editor vicki young has the latest. prime ministers are surrounded by people offering advice. shall i lie down on this one? no! but in the end they have to use their own judgement. borisjohnson has admitted joining colleagues for drinks in the garden when the country was locked down. something he now regrets. i carry full responsibility for what took place. but, nobody told me, i'm absolutely categorical, nobody said to me, "this is an event that is against the rules." what about staff partying into the early hours the night before prince philip's funeral?
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was having to apologise to the queen about those parties the night before she put her husband of over 70 years, she laid him to rest, was that a moment of shame for you? i deeply and bitterly regret that that happened, and i can only renew my apologies both to her majesty and to the country, for misjudgements that were made, and for which i take full responsibility. mrjohnson was not there on that occasion but questions remain about the drinks he did attend. he insists he thought it was a work event. but dominic cummings, his former top adviser who has turned against him since leaving thejob, says he warned him it was a party and he needed to "grip this madhouse". mr cummings will now speak to the inquiry. not for the first time there are conflicting accounts of what went on here in downing street during the pandemic.
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the senior official sue gray is investigating and will look for written evidence. but for now the prime minister's approach is to apologise at every opportunity, admit misjudgements, and hope that people believe him. for now, support amongst senior ministers is holding up. the prime minister is getting us out of the pandemic faster than any other country. man's a hero. "he's a hero," according to the man in charge of party discipline. we will split the difference. answering questions on all this for the first time was the chancellor, the man many mps think could succeed mrjohnson. do you believe the prime minister? of course i do. you believe he is telling the truth? of course i do. the prime minister set out his understanding of this matter in parliament last week and i would refer you to his words. as you know, sue gray is conducting an inquiry into this matter and ifully support the prime minister's request for patience while that inquiry concludes. but others are going public with their concerns. junior health minister maria caulfield is the
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latest to post online, saying she was very angry. it is clear, she says, that there was a culture inside number 10 where even if rules were not technically broken, the spirit of the rules were, and this is completely unacceptable. this evening the prime minister was spotted returning to the commons. just six conservative mps have publicly expressed no confidence in him. that certainly does not tell the whole story. vicki young, thank you. live to westminster and our political correspondent jonathan blake. jonathan, you have been taking soundings there. how would you describe the feeling among conservative mps tonight? fine conservative mps tonight? one backbencher, _ conservative mps tonight? one backbencher, senior _ conservative mps tonight? (he: backbencher, senior conservative backbencher, senior conservative backbencher, summed it up to me tonight as morose. in that interview the prime minister today looked crestfallen, downcast and beaten even and tory mps watching that might wonder was it a moment of humility or humiliation for the prime minister? he said again wait for the report to establish the facts and some mps agree but many
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don't want to wait. and among particularly the newer intake of conservative mps tonight there is a confidence that enough have, or will soon, submit a letter of no confidence in the prime minister to trigger a contest. one told us tonight, i think we've done it, it's difficult to tell. for all the difficulty of the prime minister faces, though, there is no consensus on when, if he should be replaced, and by who. ministers are offering, albeit qualified support, with one telling the bbc in an interview today the inquiries should be allowed to run its course and after that we can decide upon what next steps to take. tomorrow could be a decisive day for boris johnson. whatever happens he will face mps in the house of commons at prime minister's questions needing to say something to shore up some support that he desperately needs. jonathan, many thanks — that he desperately needs. jonathan, many thanks again _ that he desperately needs. jonathan, many thanks again for _ that he desperately needs. jonathan, many thanks again for the _ that he desperately needs. jonathan, many thanks again for the latest - many thanks again for the latest thoughts at westminster. jonathan blake. the health secretary sajid javid says he�*s �*cautiously optimistic�* that the current covid
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measures in england can be �*substantially reduced�* next week. he says it�*s likely that the uk has reached the peak of the omicron wave of infections. in scotland — restrictions are to be eased from next monday — with nightclubs reopening, large indoor events resuming and social distancing rules dropped. our health correspondent dominic hughes reports. follow round into lane one here. in blackburn, a part of the country still seeing very high covid infection rates the push on vaccinations continues. some families have come for a first or second dose. but todayjeff and tracy are getting their boosters. we planned it to come down and it'sjust been smooth. brilliant, super. i work with young children who i ultimately carry everything, so i want to make sure that i'm - protecting those children as well. so it's a sacrifice i you've got to make. just get on and do it. - get it over with, move on. blackburn has some of
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the lowest vaccination rates in the country. only around 60% of adults have received their first received their third boosterjab, so they put in place drive—through centres like this one just to make it as easy and as accessible as possible to try and bring those vaccination rates up. covid restrictions in scotland will be relaxed from monday. while people will still be asked to work from home, night clubs can reopen, large indoor events can resume and social distancing rules will be dropped. england is also likely to see a reduction in covid regulations. these restrictions should not stay in place a day longer than they are absolutely necessary. due to these pharmaceutical defences and a likelihood that we have already reached the peak of the case numbers and hospitalisations, i�*m cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce measures next week. but in regions like the north of england, it feels like the pandemic is still in
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full swing, and health experts are cautious when it comes to thinking about the beginning of the end of the pandemic. it may be wiser to think about this is the end of the beginning of a long road that we have ahead in recovering. because it�*s going to be with us for a long time? i think it�*s the truth that covid is not going to disappear. we are not going to completely eliminate covid from our communities. it�*s more of how we support our communities and how we protect our economy whilst learning to live with covid. nationally, hospital admissions are flat or falling, and cases are plummeting. it does feel like things are moving in the right direction. but that uk—wide picture can mask what is happening in particular areas of the country. so in regions like the north—west of england, leaders say it�*s important to get the right message across. people will hear pandemic is over. yes, of course, we can be glad that we are moving in a better direction. but there will still be a need for sensible measures. we are not yet finished with covid but we are, perhaps, moving towards a world where the virus becomes less
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of an immediate threat. managing that transition will be the next challenge. dominic hughes, bbc news, blackburn. the latest government figures show that new infections keep falling — there were 94,432 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — on average just over 96,000 new cases were reported per day in the last week. the number in hospital remains steady — 19,500 people yesterday. there�*s been a big jump in daily deaths recorded — a38 in the latest 24—hour period. but tuesdays often see a spike in the numbers. on average in the past week — 272 deaths were announced every day. on vaccinations, over 36.5 million people have had a booster jab, which means, 63.6% of people aged 12 and over have now had three vaccine doses.
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in ireland, police investigating the death of ashling murphy have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. the 23—year—old teacher was killed last wednesday whilejogging by a canal in tullamore in county offaly. the president and prime minister of ireland were among hundreds of mourners at her funeral today, from where our correspondent emma vardy sent this report. sadness has engulfed this town over the killing of ashling murphy. today they stood together in despair and grief, struggling to understand. pupils from ashling murphy�*s primary school class formed a guard of honour as their teacher�*s coffin passed by. # i have called you each by name. # come and follow me,
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i will bring you home...# musicians and her team—mates paid tribute, she was a talented violinist, and she played the gaelic sport of camogie. ashling shared her passion, gifts and talents with others, so generously. we pray for her friends, colleagues and students. she continues in irish the circumstances of her death have led to an outpouring of sympathy around the world. she was attacked and killed in broad daylight whilst out jogging on this canal path. this afternoon irish police arrested a man on suspicion of murder. among those who came to offer their sympathy to the family of ashling murphy, ireland�*s prime minister, the taoiseach, micheal martin, whose government are intending to publish a new strategy on gender—based violence. the crime has asked questions of ourselves and of our society. it has questioned our attitudes and particularly our attitudes towards women.
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mourners in tullamore have been joined by thousands around the world who�*ve held vigils in recent days. but her loss will be felt most deeply here. this is a community still in shock, that has come together to grieve today. but, more widely, ashling�*s death has led to calls for this to be a watershed moment in ending violence against women. ashling�*s sister described her today as the light of their lives, cut short by a brutal act. emma vardy, bbc news, tullamore. a man from blackburn, who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas, was known to the security service mi5. malik faisal akram, who was shot dead by police at the scene, was no longer thought to be a risk when he travelled to the us late last month. our security correspondent frank gardner is here.
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you have been looking into this in more detail, when people ask you, could this have been prevented, what do you say? could this have been prevented, what do ou sa ? . , could this have been prevented, what do ousa? . ,., do you say? that is a question which have got to — do you say? that is a question which have got to be _ do you say? that is a question which have got to be put _ do you say? that is a question which have got to be put to mi5 _ do you say? that is a question which have got to be put to mi5 who do - do you say? that is a question which| have got to be put to mi5 who do not normally speak publicly, but this attack, branded anti—semitic by liz truss and byjoe biden, as a terrorist attack, it came out of nowhere, at least it appeared too, but this was somebody who did have a criminal record in this country, and he was investigated in late 2020 for a period of four weeks, by mi5, but they decided he was somebody they did not need to actively follow so he was transferred to another fire which numbers over 40,000 individuals, subjects of interest —— another file. individuals, subjects of interest —— anotherfile. and then he individuals, subjects of interest —— another file. and then he travelled to the states, and this prompts the second question, how was it someone with a criminal record who had been
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investigated by mi5 was able to fly to the united states, not declaring his criminal past, get into the us, spent a couple of weeks getting down to texas and acquiring a gun? it is frankly a miracle that nobody else was hurt in this frank gardner, many thanks. the biggest gaming deal in history is taking shape, as the technology giant microsoft says it plans to buy activision blizzard, the company which makes blockbuster video games such as call of duty and candy crush. the deal is worth £50 billion and reflects the soaring success of the gaming industry during lockdown. the bbc�*s gaming reporter steffan powell has more details. call of duty, a multiplayer war game, one of the biggest and most profitable entertainment franchises in the world. made by us company activision blizzard, the studio which has 400 million
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people playing every month in 190 countries. and that kind of young fan base is one of the reasons why microsoft now itself a veteran technology firm, have swooped, paying over £50 billion for the company. the largest acquisition in gaming history. but why? more and more companies are looking at ways to either break into or expand their gaming strategies. even netflix is doing the same thing. where they have launched a gaming footprint specifically around mobile games. activision blizzard has been at the centre of a storm after employees walked out in protest after numerous sexual harassment discrimination claims and an allegedly toxic environment. the company ceo apologised and took a pay cut. but what does it mean for gamers?
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at the moment microsoft�*s xbox consoles are lagging behind the sony playstation in terms of sales. by buying call of duty and the company behind it, microsoft are fighting back by winning more and more exclusive rights. the question many players want to know now is, will they restrict their rival�*s access to these major titles? like many of the games themselves, tech companies are fighting their own battles. but for content. and gaming is fast becoming the most lucrative market in entertainment. stefan powell, bbc news. the white house says the situation between russia and ukraine is extremely dangerous and that russia could "at any point launch an attack." russia has deployed around 100,000 troops at the border but denies it�*s planning to invade. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. russian forces training
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near the border with ukraine, just some of thousands deployed there since the autumn, raising fears in the west that russia is planning an invasion. fears that are dismissed by moscow. but exacerbated by this — the arrival of russian forces this week in belarus, north of ukraine for what moscow says are joint military exercises to repel external aggressors. but nato�*s secretary general said the risk of conflict was real. the main task now is to prevent a military attack on ukraine, and that�*s exactly why we send a very clear message to russia that if they once again decide to use force against ukraine it will come with a high cost for russia. britain is sending short range anti—tank weapons to bolster ukraine�*s defences with, downing street said, about 100 british troops to help with the training. russia�*s estimated to have about 100,000 troops on the border with ukraine.
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most to the north and the east, with fears they could try to link up with crimea that russia annexed in 2014. but with russian troops now in belarus there are fears they could also target the capital, kyiv, from the north. but what�*s the west prepared to do to deter russia? would it abandon this new gas pipeline from russia to germany that could leave energy prices soaring across europe? well, today germany�*s foreign minister was in moscow and said her country was ready to pay a high economic price, and there could be consequences for the pipeline. russia�*s foreign minister said that would be counter—productive and rejected what he called speculation about russian aggression. translation: we are not threatening anyone - but hear threats directed at us. we cannot accept demands related to military operations on our own territory. but the white house said the situation was extremely dangerous. we�*re now at a stage that russia
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could at any point launch an attack on ukraine. i would say that�*s more stark than we have been. for now, the us is still looking for a diplomatic solution, with the country�*s secretary of state holding talks with his russian counterpart in geneva later this week. meanwhile, the russian training continues. today, ukraine�*s defence minister told the bbc any conflict would be a disaster for europe with a lot of refugees and a lot of blood. james landale, bbc news. another month where the jobs figures show a record number of vacancies the number ofjob vacancies in the uk has risen to a record high of more than 1.2 million — between october and december. the new figures from the office for national statistics are the first to exclude the impact of the government�*s furlough scheme which ended in september. but the figures also show that average pay rises are failing to keep up with the increase in the cost of living. our economics editor faisal islam has more. another month where the jobs figures show a record number of vacancies
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as the economy recovers from covid and unemployment falls to levels at the start of the pandemic. but on the streets of the likes of eastbourne, the flipside of that, bins uncollected as strikes among drivers and collectors spread from other towns. you should be respected and well paid and have decent facilities. at a picket at the depot, the drivers have turned down a rise of 7% offered by the local council—owned waste company, demanding a rise of 20%. 7% of a low hourly rate is a low percentage which is why we are saying, "forget that, let�*s get to £13.50," that is the market rate, and pay what they are worth. you say the market rate and you say that is because of a shortage of hgv drivers elsewhere in the commercial sector? yes, it�*s as simple as that. eastbourne is well known for its retired residents and today�*s figure showed a new post pandemic factor shrinking the british workforce. the britishjobs market has
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performed well, defying the expectations of the depths of the pandemic, especially since the end of the furlough scheme in the autumn. unemployment has remained low but there is now a separate crisis, a shortage of workers caused not just by a lack of european labour, but also the fact that many older workers have not gone back to work since the pandemic. at the eastbourne allotments, gill, a dietician, is one of hundreds of thousands of workers across the country who have permanently left the workforce earlier than expected over the past two years. don�*t get me wrong, i like myjob and i consider myself lucky to work, but i�*ve moved to a different phase of my life, earlier than expected. we will stand with you and we�*re going to win it. this afternoon the refuse collectors who had been on strike pronounced victory, an 11% pay rise agreed by the council, and the union predicts that these demands will spread elsewhere. what we've seen in the last couple
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of years is that labour has become a seller's market with over a million vacancies in the country and we see huge areas like social care, hgv drivers, gas fitters. there are shortages and employers need to understand it. it is simply not acceptable that people are expected to see a cut in their living while performing an essential service. today�*s figures show across the economy that pay is increasing less than prices and wage hikes are limited to sectors with shortages. where that goes is the big unknown of the recovery. faisal islam, bbc news, eastbourne. the number of children growing up in "very deep poverty" is a cause for great concern — according to a report by thejoseph rowntree foundation. it says around 1.8 million children in the uk live in households where the income is not enough to cover the basics. the government said it had taken decisive steps to support families, including the warm home discount and the household support fund. our social affairs correspondent emma glasbey has been to meet one mother in west yorkshire.
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i�*ve got two children of my own, they�*re nine and 11. and i�*ve also taken on my niece who is 14. i�*ve got a very busy household with a very little budget. rebecca and herfamily live in west yorkshire. it�*s been a difficult winter and it can be hard affording the energy bills and paying for food. her son is 11. sometimes we struggle quite a bit. it can be, it can get really bad, to the point where we can't afford bread and milk. but we've only gone that far maybe once or twice. sometimes we can�*t even afford to go swimming so it�*s quite embarrassing to speak about it but i�*m quite happy to tell you how it is, because it shouldn�*t be happening, not in this day and age. until recently, rebecca had a job but she was struggling to pay for childcare whilst she worked, and the council tax. she receives universal credit.
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the lounge is the only room with a carpet in their flat. it�*s paid for weekly. so, this room here, obviously, the biggest one we�*ve got is shared by two girls, the girls�* room. as you can see, we have no carpets in any of the bedrooms, so again, it�*s a financial issue that we seem to be having. obviously, no carpets, no flooring, the windows haven�*t been great so it�*s like a vicious circle to try and keep some of the heat in. there is no gas in the flat and the electricity is paid for on a meter. it�*s costing around £10 a day. it�*s very degrading, i think, because you should be able to keep your children warm, you should be able to provide them with a warm home and a loving home. obviously, my children get plenty of love but perhaps not enough, you know, of the other things that other children may get and it�*s almost like, why should they have
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to live so different? for rebecca, she just wants to be able to manage the bills, but for now, things are still hard for the family. how difficult is it sometimes when there are things you want and you can�*t have? well, my mum's taught us that we can't always get what we want but we've got what we need. what is it that you need? roof over your head, warmth, happiness and love. and you get lots of happiness and love, don�*t you? yeah, lots. that report from our social affairs correspondent emma glasbey. tennis news, and britain�*s emma raducanu has made a winning start at her first australian open by beating the former us open champion sloane stephens in three sets. it turned out to be a bumper day for british players in melbourne, with andy murray, dan evans and heather watson also through to the next round. our sports correspondent joe wilson was watching. just after 10pm in the melbourne evening, step forward the us open champion.
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could emma raducanu relocate that level of play? well, look — the power, speed and touch all on show. first set, 6—0. so good. her opponent was sloane stephens who once won the us open herself. far too good to be overwhelmed. yes, well done. how would raducanu respond? a brilliant way to finish. she won the third set 6—1. the bigger the occasion, the better her performance. already, incredibly, it�*s what we�*ve come to expect from her. and it�*s still what we see from andy murray. he was on court against a familiar opponent who is never predictable. nicoloz basilashvili can hit the ball anywhere. in the first set, he was at his worst. in the second, the georgian found his best form. intense tennis. murray�*s pivotal points often came from his opponent�*s forced errors. the longest game of the match. the biggest game of the match!
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yes, but in the fourth set, basilashvili, seeded 21, was perfect in the tie—break. murray driven to frustration. what would he have left? well, loads, actually. in the fifth set murray took back control. match point, yet another rigorous rally, and another victory. the quality, the desire... on the very court where three years ago, we thought, he thought, he�*d retired. truly, this is bonus time. joe wilson, bbc news. that�*s it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello. plenty of dry weather in the forecast for the rest of this week, although many of us will see a little bit of rain through the first part of wednesday as frontal systems push southwards across the uk. cloud and patchy rain sinking
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southwards across england and wales, brighter skies following on behind with some sunshine. some showers around, wintry, especially over high ground, even to quite low levels in northern scotland. and across shetland, there will be snow all the way down to sea level, i suspect. afternoon temperatures between one and 10 degrees. it will be windy. that will just accentuate that chilly feel. as we head through wednesday night, one or two showers continuing, especially for eastern and western coasts. many places dry with some lengthy clear spells. the winds will fall a little lighter and temperatures will drop away, down to freezing or below in quite a few spots, so a widespread frost to start thursday morning. the weather is looking dry for many as we head towards the end of the week. still a few showers around and a little bit chilly, particularly down towards the south, where any fog lingers.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the us secretary of state, antony blinken, will meet his russian counterpart in geneva on friday for face—to—face talks on ukraine. it comes as america warns russian could invade ukraine at any moment. borisjohnson has denied he was warned about a party at downing street that broke lockdown rules. the civil servant leading the inquiry will now speak to mrjohnson�*s former adviser dominic cummings, who made the claim. us telecoms giants at&t and verizon have agreed to delay the roll—out of new 5g mobile networks across the country — after warnings it could cause chaos in the aviation industry, leading to thousands of delays and cancellations. and microsoft is set to buy the company that makes call of duty and candy crush for more than $70 billion. the takeover of activision blizzard is the biggest deal ever by the technology giant.

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