this is bbc news with the latest headlines... people travelling abroad are facing disruption at airports, stations and on the roads — as the half—term getaway begins. more conservative mps publicly declare they have no confidence in the prime minister — after sue gray's report into lockdown parties in downing street liverpool and real madrid fans descend on paris — to support their teams in the final of european club football's most prestigious prize. at the stadium, five hours until
kick off for what could be one of the great champions league finals. people are facing huge disruption to their travel plans as the half—term break gets under way. dozens of flights have been cancelled, and there have been long delays at ports and on the roads, and for cross—channel services. and there are warnings that the disruption is likely to continue for more than a week.let�*s take you through the latest developments. easyjet is cancelling more than 200 flights over the next 10 days from gatwick airport — insisting it needs to in order "to provide reliable services over this busy period". there have been long queues at london's st pancras station for eurostar services across the channel as families head to disneyland paris
and football fans try to get to the french capital ahead of the champions league final. and people are being urged to check the latest advice before travelling to the port of dover where there are huge tailbacks as hundreds of lorries queue to get through — tourists however, are being given priority. earlier our reporter simonjones gave us the latest — from a warm and sunny dover. it is not so lovely if you're sitting in your car in this heat and let me show you the latest situation. you can see just some of the cars and vans waiting to get across the channel. among them, a few anxious liverpool supporters, trying to get to paris for the champions league final tonight. they are anxiously looking at their watches as the hours tick by. on top of this, a lot of tourist traffic, because it is the start of the half term break and a lot of families keen to get away now that travel restrictions have largely been lifted.
add into the equation, p&0 ferries is only running two out of its four ferries, that is after 800 of its workers were sacked this year and we now have increased checks after brexit and it is all been described as a bit of a perfect storm, but it is notjust dover that is suffering, we have seen long queues at st pancras station as people also try to get the eurostar, it is completely sold out. also problems at the airports as well. we know that easyjet have cancelled 200 or so flights over the next ten days from gatwick airport, some other flights have also been cancelled and that will add to the disruption as well. the advice we often give in situations like this, check before you travel and i think that applies more than ever today. simon, in terms of how the weekend is likely to pan out, what are they saying at the port? the weekend is at peak,
but there will be another pick next weekend as people try to get back either for thejubilee celebrations orjust to start the working week and the school term again. i think the warning is that this is going to be a tricky few days and the peak is expected to be today, with the football fans added into the equation, but tomorrow will be very busy in dover as well as people set off on their holidays and then we will have people travelling over the platinumjubilee bank holiday and as ever we are being warned to expect delays and people are being told when they turn up at dover, make sure you have plenty of food and drink and what you are not seeing here are the lorry drivers caught up in all of this, because on the outskirts of dover, on the a20, there were around 750 lorries queueing to get across the channel and they are parked up on the roads outside of dover, so that the town does not become clogged up.
we have had the coastguard going around, giving out food and drink to some of the lorry drivers who have been stuck for hours. we know that tourist traffic is being given priority the moment and the authorities in kent hope the freight will clear over the next day or so because traditionally lorries do not tend to travel on a sunday, but for lorry drivers today, they are facing a pretty long wait in some pretty hot conditions. simonjones in dover, thank you very much. tui has also cancelled flights. rob gore spent 1a hours at manchester airport yesterday only to be ushered off the plane which was supposed to take him and his family to dalaman in turkey for his sister—in—law�*s wedding. he joins us live now from manchester. ican imagine i can imagine you're pretty hacked off today. flat i can imagine you're pretty hacked offtoda. ,, , ., off today. not surprisingly. not also for us. _ off today. not surprisingly. not also for us, for _ off today. not surprisingly. not also for us, for the _ off today. not surprisingly. not also for us, for the children, i off today. not surprisingly. not. also for us, for the children, every otherfamily on the also for us, for the children, every
other family on the flight. our treatment has been nothing short of disgusting bite to eat, no communication or information. talk us throu~h communication or information. talk us through what _ communication or information. talk us through what happened, because you got to the gate, did all the paperwork, you have been checked through a newer on the plane. yes. through a newer on the plane. yes, we were on — through a newer on the plane. yes, we were on the _ through a newer on the plane. yes, we were on the plane, _ through a newer on the plane. yes, we were on the plane, the - through a newer on the plane. yes we were on the plane, the only communication was from the pilot himself, he was a credit, he was the only one who told us any information, any truth, first it was a catering truck, then the staff and pilot ran out of hours and we had to be disembarked and get our cases and then we were shipped off to the hyatt regency in manchester, the staff here have been amazing and thank you to them, but it was an absolute farce from tui, no representatives available until right at the very end, so it has been disgusting treatment. you are still no clearer, _ been disgusting treatment. you are still no clearer, you _ been disgusting treatment. you are still no clearer, you have _ been disgusting treatment. you are still no clearer, you have what - been disgusting treatment. you are still no clearer, you have what the i still no clearer, you have what the pilot told you and you have no reason to doubt what you have been
told, but effectively he was saying, we have run out of flying hours and presumably this is just another factor of being short—staffed after the pandemic, they have not got people waiting to pop in and fill in when people run out of flying hours. that is what it seems and the rest of the holiday—makers here, there is no staff available, whether it is short—staffed because of covid where they got rid of them because of the pandemic, there is nothing in place to deal with the situation. it has been absolutely awful. presumably, ou will aet been absolutely awful. presumably, you will get a _ been absolutely awful. presumably, you will get a refund _ been absolutely awful. presumably, you will get a refund or— been absolutely awful. presumably, you will get a refund or you - been absolutely awful. presumably, you will get a refund or you will - you will get a refund or you will get compensation of some kind, but you cannot really compensate and no refund will make up for a missed family wedding. absolutely not. my heart goes out to our children, it is theirfirst heart goes out to our children, it is their first holiday in three years, especially after the pandemic, through some medical
treatment i had been receiving as well, they have been heartbroken and when the news was announced on the plane, the kidsjust burst when the news was announced on the plane, the kids just burst into tears, notjust ours, but other children on there and i feel for them. from the point of view of tui, you want to know why they advertised a flight that would not actually take off or why they did not have the contingency in place to get you to your destination some other way? absolutely. we visited a tui shop in manchester this morning, they were very helpful in a way that they could not help us, but they were so understanding, but to them our flight had departed and there was nothing they could do. they gave us numbers to call, but at the minute it is absolute radio silence. you have been _ it is absolute radio silence. you have been in — it is absolute radio silence. you have been in the _ it is absolute radio silence. you have been in the hotel, are you going to make a weekend of it in manchester or looking at what you might do next week or are you giving up might do next week or are you giving up and going home and hoping the weather is decent to be able to do stuff with the kids at home? we were in the hotel last _ stuff with the kids at home? we were in the hotel last night _ stuff with the kids at home? we were in the hotel last night and _ stuff with the kids at home? we were in the hotel last night and we - stuff with the kids at home? we were in the hotel last night and we are - in the hotel last night and we are here tonight and we are hoping to
fly out tomorrow morning, but nothing is in concrete. as i say, the hyatt regency in manchester, the staff and management have been amazing, they had been welcoming to every family from our flight and i believe there are other tui flights in the same hotel as well. it is ureatl in the same hotel as well. it is greatly to _ in the same hotel as well. it is greatly to your _ in the same hotel as well. it is greatly to your credit - in the same hotel as well. it is greatly to your credit you were so generous to other people when you're not feeling generous about the way you have been treated. i hope the kids are feeling brighter today. your family will understand, there is no way they can make up for missing an event but i hope you can take off tomorrow. thank you for talking to us. tui comment"we would like to apologise for the inconvenience to customers who have experienced flight delays or a flight cancellation."delays have been caused due to a combination of factors and we are doing everything we can to keep customers updated, and will provide refreshments and, where appropriate, provide hotel accommodation. where we have made the difficult decision to cancel a small number of flights, customers will receive a full refund within 14 days and we will contact them directly to help them try
and find another holiday. we would like to thank our customers for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused." a majorfire has taken hold in torquay marina. these dramatic pictures taken from a drone over the reveal billowing smoke from an 85 foot yacht — as fire—fighters get the blaze under control. in fact, the yacht is in the marina. it is not one of the biggest yachts but it is still pretty large, a 75 foot vessel. they are obviously concerned about the safety of anyone else in the other vessels close by. i would have thought by now they would have had the opportunity to evacuate, those pictures are dramatic and we saw some ground—level pictures taken from the beachin ground—level pictures taken from the beach in the last hour, those included, gave you an idea of how much the smoke was pumping back
towards the town. remember, the seafront in torquay, these are the pictures i am referring to, sent in to us, they were put on social media, these give you an idea frankly, how for some, the smoke was blotting out the sunlight. torquay seafront is packed on a lovely day like this afternoon and you can see that smoke is pumping away and it will be accurate, and at the very least it will make the air smell and taste unpleasant in your throat and it will definitely spoil the flavour of your ice cream and fish and chips and i imagine a lot of people keeping away from the seafront. emergency services will have done their best to evacuate the marina and i am sure people will evacuate. the advice has been to keep away from the marina while they get the fire under control. all the emergency services are on standby. no word of injuries or casualties. we will bring you more from torquay as soon as we get it. it is a very
unpleasant start to the half term weekend, not least for who ever�*s vote that is. more conservative mps have publicly confirmed that they have sent in letters of no confidence in the prime minister — following sue gray's critical report of parties and gatherings at downing street during covid lockdowns. one of them — anne marie morris, the mp for newton abbott in devon — has onlyjust had the tory whip restored to her after losing it injanuary. our political correspondent charlotte rose told me more. the reason that she had the whip removed and just to explain what that means, it is a form of discipline for mps if they do not do what they are being told to do, to have the whip removed means you are effectively no longer a member of the party and she had that taken away in january the party and she had that taken away injanuary because effectively she supported labour in a vote they had calling for a cut to vat on energy bills. the web was taken from her, that meant she was not able to
submit a letter of no confidence in borisjohnson because she no longer technically counted as a tory mp and she has nowjust been readmitted and she has nowjust been readmitted and she counts again and she now says she counts again and she now says she has been readmitted and resubmitted her letter. that takes us up to eight mps that we know about who have submitted letters since the sue gray report was published. taste since the sue gray report was published-— since the sue gray report was ublished. ~ ., ., ~ ., published. we no other mp said a few months a . o published. we no other mp said a few months ago that _ published. we no other mp said a few months ago that they _ published. we no other mp said a few months ago that they had _ published. we no other mp said a few months ago that they had submitted l months ago that they had submitted letters, but the reality is that we do not actually know how many of the letters stayed submitted, how many other letters may have been submitted and dare i even suggest the idea, whether there might be mps who said they submitted a letter but have not actually done it because they are currying favour with the public, we do not know. what they are currying favour with the public, we do not know.- public, we do not know. what a nical public, we do not know. what a cynical position, _ public, we do not know. what a cynical position, but _ public, we do not know. what a cynical position, but you - public, we do not know. what a cynical position, but you are - public, we do not know. what a i cynical position, but you are right, what we need to be clear about is just because we are finding out about some of them now, it does not mean these letters are new and two
people who have in recent days said that they put in a letter have actually said, it went in a few months ago. we are not necessarily getting any closer to the 5a letters that would trigger a leadership battle. taste that would trigger a leadership battle. ~ . ., that would trigger a leadership battle. ~ , ,~ battle. we could be very close, we do not battle. we could be very close, we do rrot know- _ battle. we could be very close, we do not know. one _ battle. we could be very close, we do not know. one thing _ battle. we could be very close, we do not know. one thing that - battle. we could be very close, we do not know. one thing that is - battle. we could be very close, we l do not know. one thing that is worth notin: , do not know. one thing that is worth noting. even — do not know. one thing that is worth noting, even though _ do not know. one thing that is worth noting, even though we _ do not know. one thing that is worth noting, even though we did - do not know. one thing that is worth noting, even though we did not - do not know. one thing that is worth| noting, even though we did not know about these and they might not be new, we have clearly reached a point with the publication of the sue gray report, enough mps are feeling angry enough about borisjohnson and his leadership and the government and how it is performing, that they are now willing to say that they put in letters even if they did it before and not told us. the former us president, donald trump, and other leading republicans have dismissed calls for gun reform, days after nineteen children and two teachers were killed by a teenager with an assault rifle in texas. speaking at the national rifle association gun lobby convention in houston, mr trump said the massacre in uvalde was a reason to arm — not disarm.
this report from our correspondent, sanchia berg. just days ago, children cowered in their classroom here in uvalde as an armed man came in and started shooting. by the time police stormed in, 19 children and two teachers had been killed. as families grieve and try to understand what happened, some politicians are weighing in. in houston, 300 miles away, former president donald trump condemned the shooting and said the answer was to arm teachers. surely we all agree our schools should not be the softest target, our schools should be the single hardest target in our country. applause. and that's why, as part of a comprehensive school safety plan, it's time to finally allow highly trained teachers to safely and discreetly concealed carry. let them concealed carry.
he was speaking at the annual meeting of the national rifle association. 0utside, protesters gathered, some in t—shirts spattered with red, calling for tighter gun control. i don't have a problem with anybody owning a gun, but i do believe that assault rifles were never meant for civilians. back in uvalde, officials have now acknowledged police made grave mistakes. 0fficers wrongly thought the gunman had barricaded himself in. they took time to organise an operation. while children in other classrooms escaped, those under attack were calling emergency services, whispering into their phones. the revelations have angered the state's governor. the information that i was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate. i am absolutely livid about that. ruben heard shots and found out later his great granddaughter had been killed.
where was the police that were supposed to be there to protect them kids? where was he? at first they said he was there, he confronted the shooter. and now they are retracting, and saying they are not. i've been watching tv all day, and i watch it at night, until 12 o'clock, wondering why, why, why? that's all i can tell you. 0n the national stage, the shootings amplified the gun—control debate. but for the families here, the prevailing emotions are shock and grief. sanchia berg, bbc news. sport and a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. are you half relieved not to be in paris, i am guessing that would have been bad enough? i am
paris, i am guessing that would have been bad enough?— paris, i am guessing that would have been bad enough? i am on standby for the liverpool— been bad enough? i am on standby for the liverpool parade _ been bad enough? i am on standby for the liverpool parade tomorrow - been bad enough? i am on standby for the liverpool parade tomorrow which l the liverpool parade tomorrow which would be fun, but how many trophies are they going to be showing. that is the big question. good afternoon. liverpool fans have been arriving in paris in their tens of thousands, ahead of tonight's champions league final against real madrid. after the disappointment of missing out on the premier league title, they have the chance to win a seventh european cup and end the season with a treble having already won the fa cup and league cup. 0lly foster is at the stade de france for us — kick—off is still a few hours away, what is the mode like in the city. it has been fantastic for the last 48 hours that we have been here, there was tens of thousands of fans from both sides, but expect paris to be a lot more red than white perhaps, up to 60,000 liverpool fans, the official allocation is 20,000 for each side, it is a
capacity, 75,000, uefa distribute about 23,000 two member associations, sponsors and partners, 12,000 on general sale around the world. it is all those global liverpool fans and real madrid, we have met many of them in the bistros and boulevards of paris, they have made their way here for what should be, we hope, a very special champions league final. 19 european trophies between them, real madrid at leading the way on 13, but what a magnificent season it has been for liverpool. not the quadruple, but wouldn't a cup treble be something incredible as well? it wouldn't a cup treble be something incredible as well?— real madrid have the better record against liverpool in recent seasons, including beating them in the final four years ago — klopp calls them the favourites tonight — does that feel right? i think he is trying to play
liverpool as the underdogs, the bookmakers do not, they think that liverpool have got the wind in their sales, yes they were pushed all the way, they have gone the distance in every competition, they onlyjust were pipped to the league title last weekend. real madrid have been able to rotate for the last four weeks after they wrapped up their title in double quick time and carlo ancelotti, their most successful champions league manager, in terms of getting to finals, this will be his fate, he will be looking to make it for mac victories, he won it with real madrid in 2014, it is so close to call and there amazing comebacks for real madrid in the knockout stages, down and out against psg, then they got a master class, down and out against chelsea in the quarterfinals, they got through to the semi—finals and that astonishing manchester city micro semifinal with the two late goals. carlo ancelotti
says it is not luck, it isjust says it is not luck, it is just the real madrid way, but this is a very lucky stadium for spanish sides, because it was in 2000 that real madrid won here against valencia to get the european cup, barcelona beat arsenal here in 2006, it has a bit of a spanish flavour in champions league finals here, the two that have been stage, but this one could be very special and i am not going either way with it, really. i am be very special and i am not going either way with it, really.- either way with it, really. i am not sure liverpool _ either way with it, really. i am not sure liverpool fans _ either way with it, really. i am not sure liverpool fans want _ either way with it, really. i am not sure liverpool fans want to - either way with it, really. i am not sure liverpool fans want to hear i sure liverpool fans want to hear that final statistic, but we will leave it there. thank you. a fascinating night ahead. chelsea have confirmed that a final and definitive agreement has been reached to sell the club to a consortium led by american businessman todd boehly, with the deal expected to be completed on monday. the premier league and uk government's approved the £4.25 billion takeover. chelsea were put up for sale in march before owner roman abramovich was sanctioned over his links to russian president vladimir putin. the club have been operating under a special government licence which expires on the 31st of may.
the challenge cup final between wigan warriors and huddersfield giants hasjust got under way at the tottenham hotspur stadium. the match is 15 minutes old and the latest score. this is going out on bbc one at the moment. huddersfield giants last won the trophy in 1953 and they are 10—0 up. you cannot quite see it on the screen, sorry, 2—0 up, wigan warriors lifted the trophy 19 times in their history and you can watch live coverage of that on bbc one. in the french open, men's second seed daniil medvedev is through to the fourth round. he hasn't yet dropped a set. and the top seed in the women's draw iga swiatek is also through to the last 16. world number one swiatek won 6—3 7—5 against montenegro's danka kovinic.
that extends the polish player's unbeaten run to 31 matches. in the national league play—off semifinal, it's been a thrilling game between wrexham and grimsby at the racecourse ground. after the match finished 4—4 in normal time, it looked to be heading for a penalty shoot out before this 118th—minute header from captain luke waterfall won it for grimsby. that puts them into the final at the london stadium to face either solihull moors or chesterfield. that's all the sport for now. at least you know your journey between manchester and liverpool will be a lot better than journey from dover to paris.
russian forces are continuing to make gains in eastern ukraine. troops, together with moscow—backed militia units, are reported to have taken another key city in the donbas region. russia's forces say they have taken full control of lyman, close to severodonetsk, the easternmost place under ukraine control which is facing a sustained attack. from kyiv, joe inwood sent this report. the scars of war etched into the fields around lyman. this city has been the scene of fierce fighting for weeks. now, the russians say they have taken it. if true, that leaves the route open to slavyansk, a key objective for president putin in his war. translation: if the occupiers think that lyman and severodonetsk will be theirs, they are wrong.
donbas will be ukrainian. but this is the firepower they are up against. russian multiple launch rocket systems have been devastating in this war. ukraine's leaders say they need them, too. it's understood to be under active consideration by their allies, who say that despite their overwhelming firepower, russia is not having an easy time. they are facing and continue to face a stiff ukrainian resistance, which is why i won't go so far as to say it's too late to provide the ukrainians with any system or capability that they might need. but with each day that passes and each russian gain, the tide of this war seems to be turning against the ukrainians. they know that help is coming. the question is, will it be too late? joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv. let's get the latest on the monkeypox outbreak now. latin america has reported its first case. the world health organization says it expects the number of infections to continue to rise.
argentina's health ministry says the confirmed case is a man who recently travelled to spain. about 200 monkeypox infections have now been detected in countries outside africa, where the disease is usually found. wendy urquhart reports. the latest laboratory to confirm a case of monkeypox outside of africa. reportedly a 40—year—old man who recently returned from spain to argentina where residents reacted to the news. translation: where is this going? for example this pandemic, is it going to end or not? i think this is going to continue and they will come one after the other, all the time, unless we become more conscientious. i hope that it is not something that involves to be more and more complicated for our everyday life. of the 200 cases recorded recently, around half in the uk where the health security agency says monkeypox patients should avoid any contact
with their pets for 21 days. virologists fear that the virus could get into domestic animals and ping—pong between them and humans. cases are also mounting in spain, one of over 20 countries where the disease has spread. but the message from the world health organization is that this can be controlled. we are afraid that there will be spreading in community, but currently this is hard to assess as a risk, we think that if we put in place the right measures now, we probably can contain this easily. the who said a mass vaccination programme was not required. smallpox jabs could be given to close contacts of those affected. wendy urquhart, bbc news. i want to bring you breaking news,
this has come out of berlin and it is important news about an 80 minute conversation between the president of france emmanuel macron, the chancellor of germany olaf scholz and the russian president vladimir putin in which, we are told, during the course of this conversation, emmanuel macron and olaf scholz asked vladimir putin to hold direct, serious negotiations with ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky. they urged him to have these negotiations and find a diplomatic solution to the conflict. you may say, well, haven't they said that before, but they have not set it directly to him and the fact that we have been told about this, you do not put forward a proposal unless you hope there is some kind of room for something and it suggest that channels are moving behind the scenes, they may not be moving very fast, they may be very cautious, butjust to give you a bit more from that, that two of them called on the russian president to show an improvement in the
humanitarian situation for the civilian population and it went on to say that they took a positive note of the russian president's commitment to treat russian fighters in accordance with the geneva conventions and to ensure access to the international committee of the red cross. they are be nice to him and they want something in return, but they would not necessarily be making public this approach unless they thought there was a move for a bit of pressure, a bit of public, but a private, bit of charm, bit of intimidation, bit of pressure, this is a joint initiative and there has always been this argument that emmanuel macron was trying to cosy up emmanuel macron was trying to cosy up to vladimir putin and he was rebuffed and olaf scholz had a cold encounter with vladimir putin, clearly no love lost there, but they are trying to gather a diplomatic initiative, an important initiative, whether it leads to something, we do not know, but we also know that president zelensky has said that peace will only come through negotiation in his view as well, but it cannot be a negotiation at the price of ukrainian territory and thatis price of ukrainian territory and that is ultimately, given the
fighting in the donbas region and in the east, the real stumbling block. olaf scholz and emmanuel macron had an 80 minute conversation jointly with president putin, let us say what the kremlin has to say when it gets its version and read out of that event. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. cloud tended to build up through the day but showers like these were fairly typical but across southern and western wales and southwest england, it's a different story. large amounts of sunshine pretty much all day, it was a beautiful day in parts of devon. overnight tonight, we will keep variable cloud feeding in on these northerly winds, thick enough to bring a few showers to the north and east of scotland, one or two into northeast england, otherwise it's dry but with clear spells and cool air is going to be a chilly night, temperatures at six and seven across the northern half of the uk. a cold start. many will