this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm... in an exclusive interview with the bbc — conservative mp neil parish says he is resigning, after admitting he watched pornography in the house of commons. in the end, i could see that the furore and damage i was causing my family and my constituency in association was not worth carrying on. police officers searching for 33—year old katie kenyon who went missing a week ago have found the body of a woman. in ukraine, officials say the eastern region of donbas is coming under heavy russian attack — borisjohnson tells president zelensky he is "more committed than ever" to ensuring vladimir putin fails.
good evening and welcome to bbc news. the conservative mp, neil parish, has told the bbc he is resigning his seat, after admitting he watched pornography, twice, in the house of commons. mr parish, the memberfor tiverton and honiton in devon, has apologised and says it was not his intention to intimidate anyone. two female colleagues claimed they had seen him looking at adult content on his phone, while sitting near them. mr parish says he'd been looking at tractors online, and went onto another website with a similar name. our political correspondent, ben wright, reports. he had wanted to plough on, hoping a parliamentary investigation might yet save his career, but today, neil parish realised he couldn't,
admitting to watching pornography twice while in the house of commons. in the end, i can see that the furore and the damage i was causing my family and...my constituency and association, it just wasn't worth carrying on. a conservative mp since 2010, mr parish was suspended from the parliamentary party yesterday, after being named as the mp at the centre of the allegations. two female tory mps witnessed the behaviour, today the former farmer explained what happened. funnily enough, it was tractors i was looking at and so i did get into another website which had a similar name and i watched it for a bit, which i shouldn't have done. but my crime, biggest crime, is that on another occasion, i went in a second time. mr parish said he deliberately looked at the material again while waiting to go into a commons voting lobby. and the one thing i wasn't doing, and which i will take
to my grave as being true, is i was not making sure people could see it. in fact, i was trying to do quite the opposite and i was wrong, what i was doing, but this idea that i was watching it in an intimidating women, i have 12 years in parliament and probably have one of the best reputations ever, or did have. neil parish wasn't a well—known mp, until now, but will be remembered for behaviour which caused shock and outrage across parliament and a very candid resignation interview. i will have to live with this for the rest of my life. and i made a huge, terrible mistake. and i'm here to tell the world. for parliament's reputation, it's been another rotten week, reviving claims of sexism and misogyny. the allegations were first made the meeting of tory mps on tuesday. opposition parties said it was shocking the debacle dragged on for several days. conservative mps have been angry too.
neil himself, once it had the whip suspended moved very swiftly to resign and undoubtedly that was the right thing for him to do. the thing that disappointed me was that we didn't see the conservative whips act more swiftly when this complaint was first brought to their attention. the normally rock—solid tory seat of tiverton and honiton in devon will now have the drama of a by—election, after scandal abruptly engulfed its outgoing mp. ben wright, bbc news. tim montgomerie, the former socialjustice adviser to borisjohnson and founder of conservative home gave his reaction to neil parish's interview. i think it is and i agree with what has just been said unfortunately it should have all happened a little bit more quickly. at the start of this week when this story broke, i could not actually quite believe that it was true. the idea that a member of parliament would actually watch pornography in the house of commons chamber. it seemed extraordinary to me,
and i was not quite sure whether the allegation was credible. unfortunately, it has proven that it was credible and mr parish has done the right thing in resigning. but it's a very sad end to obviously his political career. by all accounts, he was an assiduous local mp, a very effective chairman of the agricultural select committee, but unfortunately now he is only really going to be remembered for this very sad, somewhat sordid episode. i think the conservative party could and should have acted a bit more quickly. this is only going to be the latest by—election caused by a tory mp having to resign over an ethicalfailure. so it's not good for the conservative party, and i think the conservative party probably does need to work harder when these stories arise, and too many of them seem to be arising just at the moment, to work harder
to get ahead of them, to look like it is taking at moral lead rather than following public outrage, public opinion, and downing street is a lot better than it was, i think the operation around borisjohnson is more effective than it was a few months ago, but still perhaps too slow to anticipate public mood and lead morally rather than follow morally. the bbc�*s south west political editor, martyn oates carried out that exclusive interview with neil parish — he's been telling us a bit more about the details that have emerged. yesterday he was trying to place this as an apology to his wife, he didn't actually told her before he went out to a constituency surgery and then the news broke. he did offer that apology today,.
—— he did offer that apology to female colleagues today. i also asked him about this issue of culture because of course he gave an interview to gb news earlier in the week. he was invited to talk about something else and doubtless very uncomfortable for him, the topic then shifted to this issue and he said "i don't think it is a huge culture of this." i put it to him thatjust going by his own conduct, people might well feel that actually there is a culture of contempt and arrogance if someone feels they can stand in the house of commons and watch pornography. that was martin notes there. —— that was martin oates there. our political correspondent, ben wright says a lot has changed since yesterday. last night it was clear that he thought that he could hang on and that the investigatory process might, in the end, clear him, but there is certainly criticism today, and you heard it from caroline nokes, a prominent conservative mp, that in her view the conservative whips did not act fast enough.
this was all raised at a meeting of tory mps on tuesday. people were shocked and appalled at the time. it took another three days, i think, for the name to come out. there had been huge speculation in westminster about who this might be. and then today, saturday, mr parish realises he could not possibly carry on, so it has been dragging on now forfour days. the opposition and some tory mps certainly think this could have all been done faster. i think the conservative party will be relieved, though, that this isn't festering anymore through into next week as we head towards, of course, very important local elections on thursday. yeah. i suppose the question is does that draw a line under it, because coming up next, because of what's happened is we have a by—election in a seat that was considered safe for the tories, but comparisons are being made with what happened in north shropshire, so it's not a done deal, is it? true, another rock—solid seat, owen patterson was the mp, left parliament because of a saga around lobbying and there had been
a huge uproar in parliament about how the government had handled that, and the liberal democrats were the party to really capitalise on that in the shock result that we saw there when they overturned a massive tory majority. and last time round, mr parrish's majority in devon was almost 25,000, so you would assume that it would be very hard for labour, who are in second place, the lib dems, who werejust behind last time, to overturn that, but by—elections are notoriously incredibly unpredictable and the circumstances of this, i think, give it a sort of spice and an unpredictability that both the opposition parties will be looking at, trying to work out what the best strategy is. so when you hear the likes of angela rayner saying that borisjohnson�*s government, the conservatives, are a national embarrassment, is that going to damage what takes place at local elections? it's really hard to know. you know, partygate
may play at the polls. you have seen the conservatives desperately trying to put some focus on keir starmer drinking beer in durham a year ago. durham police, i must say, did not want to investigate that, but clearly both parties are trying to make political capital out of lockdown—breaking parties. this week we have all been talking about sleaze and sexism and misogyny at westminster. we have heard senior mps come forward with shocking stories about a culture they say has to change. now, how this plays at the ballot box, we don't know, and, truthfully, it will be hard to gauge. local elections are often about very local issues. but, clearly, the national picture will play a part but, as i said, i think the conservatives will be glad in a way that this story is over and that mr parrish has thrown the towel in. a body has been found by police searching for a woman who went missing more than a week ago. 33—year old mother of two,
katie kenyon, was last seen getting into a ford transit van in burnley on the 22nd of april. our news reporter, jo makel, has been giving us the the latest developments from police in the forest of bowland where the body was found. they discovered a body last night. they have said they are not in a position to formally identify that body, but they have said that they do believe it is katie. as you said, she was last seen just over a week ago getting into a ford transit van in burnley, and it was a reported sighting of that van that led police to focus their search on the forest of bowland, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty in lancashire. and this beautiful park, which is used for cyclists and walks, which is the forest of gisburn, that is now a crime scene. and as you can see behind me, there is still a lot of police activity here. we've had about a dozen vehicles here. there's been forensic officers and also specialist search teams who have been making very detailed
searches of the area for any further evidence. the police, of course, are supporting katie's family. they have been informed, they are working with them. and also they said there is a postmortem examination still to be carried out to establish the cause of death. earlier in the week, a 50—year—old man, andrew burfield from burnley, he was arrested and charged with katie kenyon�*s murder. he has already appeared at crown court in preston and will also appear again in court later on in the year. russia and ukraine have confirmed, it's the first such release that, the deputy commander of the ukraine's battalion said the group including women and children
had been transferred to a suitable place and he hoped that they would be taken where they needed to go. ukraine's army has released pictures showing what it says are strikes on russian reinforcements to the area around the city of izyum, a key battleground in the kharkiv region. however, the uk and united states say the russian advance in the east is days behind schedule. today, president emmanuel macron has said france will increase birdsong in mykolaiv. spring has arrived, but there's little sign of a new beginning. we're in the south of the city at the moment with the bomb disposal unit. they're following up on reports that they've had of multiple rockets have landed, and then checking to see if they can make the area safe. through a suburban front yard into what remains of valery�*s sitting room. a rocket hit his home two days ago. translation: there was a strong explosion and when a rocket - fell here, there was a massive shock wave. books, my things, everything is damaged. the unit move from home to home, removing a rocket from a front room
and a section of an unexploded bomb from the driveway. the city is less than 20 miles from the front line and has been heavily shelled since the beginning of the war. this children's hospital was hit a little over three weeks ago. translation: at the moment, j we've got used to the situation, and it is scary. you don't know what comes tomorrow, what comes within an hour, what may happen to your relatives, to your patients. in the premature babies' ward, care continues. the windows have been blocked and the unit have relocated into the centre of the building. translation: we can't - evacuate children who need artificial ventilation. we can't close the department, because there are other children who may need our help. dotted around the city, people queue to refill their bottles at tankers or at natural springs. mykolaiv has been without running water since the supply was cut off after russian shelling more than two weeks ago. now, even the fire brigade have to find new ways to refill. here, it's our bathroom. no water too.
grandmother tatiana has decided to stay in the city despite the constant shelling and lack of water. it's not easy, but what we can do? i was trying to join the army, but they say that "you are a little bit too old. and another problem, you are nearly blind". i said, "maybe i'm nearly blind, but i can smell a russian tank, ok?" if it will be necessary, if russians will come here, of course i will fight. after months of living on the edge of the battle, mykolaiv has found a way to continue. but the constant threat from russia sits just over the horizon. caroline davies, bbc news, mykolaiv. our correspondent, caroline davies, is near to the port of odesa, and has been giving us the latest. of course, from mykolaiv, which is 20 miles away from the front line, we're about two hours away here in odesa, just down the coast. mykolaiv is, of course, an incredibly important city because if the russians do take
mykolaiv, the next one along, the next port city is odesa, an incredibly important international port here in ukraine. now, odesa has not had quite as much target, as much action as somewhere like mykolaiv, which is being shelled on a nearly daily basis but, of course, there has still been missile strikes, and this afternoon we had another missile strike here in odesa. this time this was on the airport and we heard earlier from the authorities here, from the press centre of the southern defence forces, who said that the runway at the airport had been hit and that meant it was impossible to use it at the moment. we don't have any further details about that. of course, commercial aircraft have not been travelling into ukraine since 24th february, so this is not something tha's going to be affecting passengers but, of course, the fact that an airport has been hit is always of concern. we were here earlier today and we heard a very loud bang that reverberated across the city from the south—west of the city. in fact, it was so loud that we saw dogs running away from the direction of the noise,
clearly enough to disturb them. but in terms of what might happen here in odesa, the key concern has recently been the east of the country and that has been where a lot of the fighting has intensified, but that doesn't mean ukraine has taken its eye off the southern coast. there has been continued concern that russia could attempt to take the southern coast, take this area of the black sea, and that would, of coursem be a major issue which means that the defences here are still strong, that has still ben something ukraine has focused its forces on and keeping a close eye on something like these missile hits do strike. borisjohnson has told president zelensky — he is more committed than ever — to reinforcing ukraine and ensuring putin fails. mrjohnson confirmed that the uk
will continue to provide additional military aid, to enable ukrainians to defend themselves. the leaders are also said to have discussed progress of the un—led effort to evacuate mariupol. it's time to bring you up—to—date on the headlines here on bbc news. in an exclusive interview with the bbc — conservative mp neil parish says he is resigning, after admitting he watched pornography in the house of commons. police searching for 33—year old katie kenyon who went missing a week ago have found the body of a woman. ukrainian authorities say the eastern region of donbas is coming under heavy russian attack 7 borisjohnson tells president zelensky he is �*more committed than ever�* to ensuring vladimir putin fails. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. thank you. good evening. let's start in the premier league and manchester city are back
at the top of the table after a 4—0 win over leeds united at elland road. rodri opened the scoring for city before nathan ake settled things for his side showing the scoring insticts of a striker to smash home ruben dias' knockdown. then gabrieljesus made it six goals in four premier league games. fernandinho added a fourth. well, earlier liverpool had taken top spot temporarily after a 1—0 victory over newcastle. the only goal of the game came in the first half, scored by naby keita. liverpool had plenty of chances to add a second but couldn't add to their lead. elsewhere, norwich city have been relegated back to the championship after their 2—0 defeat to aston villa and other results. it's a record sixth relegation from the premier league for the canaries. we will try all began to try and come back up first. that's what we have to do, but it's a very difficult league to stay in. i spent
125 million here at villa to keep us up. in ourfirst season in the premier league. that's how tough this league is. you know, but you cannot, we had a terrible start, obviously two points after the game, it's difficult. but i cannot question the attitude of the players at least. today, they performed really well. burnley�*s remarkable late run in the bid to avoid relegation continues. they came from a goal down at watford to beat them 2—1, with two goals in three minutes. elsewhere, brighton beat wolves at molineux by 3—0. a late winner from wilfired zaha gave crystal palace a late 2—1 win over southampton. the old firm meet again tomorrow in the scottish premiership. today third—placed hearts drew 0—0 with ross county. elsewhere, wins for aberdeen, dundee united, livingston and st mirren. in spain, real madrid won the league with a thumping 4—0 win against espanyol. they've sealed the title with almost a month of the season remaining. their triumph capped a remarkable milestone for carlo ancelotti
with the italian becoming the first manager to capture titles in each of europe's top five leagues — england, spain, germany, italy and france. needing just one point to guarantee the title, madrid clinched their 35th league crown in style. england's women have won the six nations grand slam, beating france in bayonne by 2a points to 12. england had a substantial lead at half time thanks to two tries from sarah bern and one from abbie ward. in the second half, england could only add to their lead from the boot of emily scarrett, but despite a late french try, the red roses held firm for the win and the grand slam. that's their fourth consecutive six nations title. it means so much. obviously we have been fortunate enough to have a couple of these now, but they mean so much every single time we get to do it. obviously there were certain
players not in our squad today that have helped so much in this campaign and the six nations that we would've loved to have been here and to have contributed so much, so this is very personal to our squad. elsewhere wales lost to italy ten points to eight, while ireland against scotland kicked off at eight o'clock, scotland lead by five points to three. judd trump is the first man into the final of the world snooker championship, after an epic semi against mark williams. williams had come back from 9—2 down to lead 16—15 at one stage, but trump took the last two frames to win17—16. welljudd trump will play the winner of the other semi final between ronnie oh sullivan and john higgins. let's take you to the crucible now for the latest, play resumed this evening with o'sullivan 15 frames to nine up. the rocket is a frame away, leaving 6-11. the rocket is a frame away, leaving 6—11. higgins won the last frame to make this last a little bit longer, perhaps. just one frame and he will
be in the final and facejudd trump, the first of 17 goes through. you can keep watching that over on bbc two, but that is all your support for now. back to you, the class. — — lu kwesa. —— and during her visits near the polish border, the actors spoke to volunteers and posed for pictures with some of those who fled the fighting elsewhere in the country. there was a very big special smile for this little girl. there she is. the passport office says it's facing unprecedented demand, from millions of people, who had put off renewing or applying for the documents during the pandemic. changes in the rules since brexit, also means some passports are not valid because they're too close to the expiry date. our business reporter,
esyllt carr, has more. this was the last time alexandra and herfamily saw her sister, three years ago. they have spent £4,000 to fly to her wedding in the states next week. but despite paying to have all their passport applications checked 11 weeks ago, alexandra had to send in an extra birth certificate and is still waiting on two passports, including her four—month—old son's. i've got my bridesmaids dress. the tailor has just told me today that my dress is ready to collect. i'm frustrated. i can't let my children get excited, i don't want to get excited myself. i don't want to stress my sister out, who obviously wants to be excited for her wedding, wants to be excited to see us. i'm just trying to keep the worst—case scenario in the back of our minds, because i'm just waiting for a call from the passport office constantly. the home office is advising that passport applications are taking up
to ten weeks to process, but they say it can take longer if any information is incomplete. since the uk left the eu, a uk passport has to be less than ten years old to enter an eu country, as well as some others like norway and switzerland, so you have to check the issue date as well as the expiry. and now, most places in europe require you to have at least three months left on your passport beyond your trip. at the passport office in london, we met people trying to get the right documents. i hadn't heard anything about this. they should have had advertisers up... wendy's passport doesn't expire until next year, but she has only just found out that new rules following brexit means she can't use it for her holiday next month because it was issued more than ten years ago. so it's out of date. so i've applied for getting a new one, but it's taken me four days to get through to the appointments, because all the appointments have gone. a spokesperson for the passport office said that 5 million people
had delayed applying for their travel documents during the pandemic, and to cope with the demand, they had taken on 500 extra members of staff in the last year. they say that in march they processed a record number of applications. but in the commons earlier this week, a home office minister acknowledged that parts of the system were under strain. we recognise difficulties in contacting the passport office will cause concern for those wanting assurances about their applications. in response, the provider of the passport advice line, teleperformance, have been urgently tasked to add additional staff, as their current performance is unacceptable. passengers aren't the only ones feeling frustrated. for an industry that has been shut down, practically decimated for two years, this passport chaos is just so frustrating — completely unnecessary. the industry really
needs this to be sorted. it needs to be sorted quickly. and very frustrating for my travel agent members, but also consumers who get caught up in this — with thousands of people preparing to travel abroad for the first time since the pandemic, the advice for anyone booking a trip is to check their documents sooner rather than later. esyllt carr, bbc news. drunk drivers who kill people, could now face life sentences — after the "police crime and sentencing bill" — was passed by parliament this week. it comes just weeks after a van driver was jailed for less than ten years, for causing the deaths of two young siblings — jayden—lee and gracie—ann lucas — while he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. his sentence will now be reviewed. tomos morgan has been speaking to the children's grieving family. we've done everything together, always. our life was the kids. grandad jason lucas has always
had his daughter rhiannon lucas and four—year—old gracie—ann three—year—old jayden—lee living with him in tredegar, south wales. but on the 5th of february, their lives were torn apart. on the way home after a birthday party with her partner, mum rhiannon and the two toddlers were on the m4 motorway when gracie—ann and needed the toilet. after pulling over onto the hard shoulder, a van suddenly crashed into the back of them. both children died as a result of their injuries. i woke up there in the accident - going into the ambulance and i asked the man where did my children go? they were talking to me and ijust cut it off, ijust couldn't remember nothing else. the doctors told me and the father, joe, and they wanted to carry on and i said no, i want to go and tell my daughter that my granddaughters were dead. i had to tell her. it shouldn't happen.
it transpired that the driver, 41—year—old martin newman, was twice over the drink—drive limit and had taken cocaine. cctv footage shows his van swerving across the motorway. it is estimated he was travelling at around 70 miles per hour, braking just two seconds before the impact. newman pled guilty on the 8th of april at cardiff crown court and was sentenced to nine years and four months. judge daniel williams described the sentencing power of the court in the case as inadequate, adding that many may call for the maximum sentence to be re—examined. that is not a matter for any court, but parliament. we just want justice. if he had a hundred years, it still would not be justice. we want the law to change so it does not happen to nobody else. in a statement, a ministry ofjustice spokesperson said... on tuesday evening, the lucas family
heard that the driver martin newman's sentence was to be examined by the unduly lenient sentence scheme, but for grandad jason and mother rhiannon, nothing can replace the loss of their precious children. bbc news, tredegar. after the weather, jenna fischer will be analysing volodymyr zelenskyy�*s politicaljourney. first here is the weather. good evening. we have had two extremes today. sunshine for many parts of the uk to heavy rain in the north—west. that rain will be spreading into other parts of the country during the course of the night, particularly these western areas. a very mild night tonight, with typical temperatures between seven and ten. tomorrow, an overcast day for many of us with outbreaks of rain around the irish sea, wales into south—west