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more travel misery for airline passengers — as the holiday giant tui cancels six flights a day for the next month. thousands of travellers will be affected by the change which tui blames on staff shortages at manchester airport. cases are packed, we are all ready to go, and we received a text last night, 7:30pm, saying the holiday had been cancelled. no explanation, and nobody has been in touch. there are concerns of more disruption for airline passengers during thejubilee weekend and the summer. also this this lunchtime. calls for more children in england to be given free school meals — to help tackle the cost of living crisis. everything is shooting up in price.
things that were £1 are now £1.10. it adds to the panic as well and you are just thinking, how am i going to get through this month? _ the average price of petrol reaches a record high amid new sanctions on russian oil. one week after the school shooting in texas, sir andy murray, who survived the dunblane massacre as a child, calls for changes to america's gun laws. surely at some stage you do something different, like, you can't keep approaching the problem, you know, by buying more guns and having more guns in the country. another senior conservative mp — dame andrea leadsome — blames the prime minister for lockdown parties in downing street. and customers from all over the world flock to a chippy in coventry — that's become a social media sensation. and coming up on the bbc news channel. liverpool have demanded an apology from the french sports minister following comments suggesting fans were to blame for problems
at the champions final on saturday. good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. there's more misery for thousands of travellers with the tour operator tui announcing the cancellation of six holiday flights a day from manchester airport until the end ofjune. like other travel companies, it's blaming staff shortages after the pandemic. but the government says the airline industry has had months to prepare for the half—term rush and should have got extra staff in place. there are fears of more disruption over thejubilee weekend and into the summer. gareth barlow reports.
it is set to be one of the busiest travel periods of the year, 2 million people taking to the skies for the bank holiday weekend but the surge in passenger numbers has led to a surge in disruption. in manchester, tui which calls itself the uk's leading travel brand has announced it will cancel six flights announced it will cancel six flights a day from the city airport until the end ofjune. in a statement, the company said this. the main reason for the disruption is said to be staff sorted as in baggage handling. swissport said rising flight numbers were exacerbating resource challenges across the industry and the firm is working hard to recruit more
workers. but for holidaymakers like joanna and herfamily due workers. but for holidaymakers like joanna and her family due to travel from manchester this morning, those extra workers are too little, too late. last night, the cases were packed, we were ready to go. we received a text last night saying the holiday had been cancelled. no explanation. nobody has been in touch. ., . ., , ,, .,~ touch. the chancellor reaches sunak defended the _ touch. the chancellor reaches sunak defended the government _ touch. the chancellor reaches sunak defended the government less - touch. the chancellor reaches sunakl defended the government less magra support for the industry and said ministers were focused on helping ease the current challenges. we have put in place billions of pounds — we have put in place billions of pounds of— we have put in place billions of pounds of support for the travel industry— pounds of support for the travel industry particularly during the pandemic. right now, there are conversations to make sure that disruption — conversations to make sure that disruption can be eased, that is where _ disruption can be eased, that is where the — disruption can be eased, that is where the focus is. the _ where the focus is. the government had been warned many months ago using skilled workers from the aviation industry would cause significant delays when people started going back on holiday. their new airports — started going back on holiday. their new airports did _ started going back on holiday. their new airports did not _ started going back on holiday. tie: " new airports did not have a started going back on holiday. tte: " new airports did not have a staff full security, ground control,
cabin, they knew people would be going on holiday at half—term. despite the headlines and travel headaches, industry representatives say for the majority of passengers it is business and holidays as usual. the vast majority are able to travel, — the vast majority are able to travel, we _ the vast majority are able to travel, we are _ the vast majority are able to travel, we are sending - the vast majority are able to . travel, we are sending millions the vast majority are able to - travel, we are sending millions of peopie _ travel, we are sending millions of peopte abroad, _ travel, we are sending millions of people abroad, every _ travel, we are sending millions of people abroad, every single - travel, we are sending millions ofi people abroad, every single week, so, it— people abroad, every single week, so, it is— people abroad, every single week, so, it is in— people abroad, every single week, so, it is inan— people abroad, every single week, so, it is in an evolving _ people abroad, every single week, so, it is in an evolving state, - so, it is in an evolving state, getting — so, it is in an evolving state, getting better. _ getting better. with _ getting better. with more - getting better. with more of. getting better. i with more of us getting better. - with more of us are set getting better. _ with more of us are set to getting better. — with more of us are set to go away over the bank holiday weekend, holiday—makers and travel operators are still braced for more disappointment and disruption. gary barlow, bbc news. our transport correspondent katy austin is here — how widespread is theirs disruption and how long might it last? we have already seen other airlines make advance cancellations, easyjet and british airways have done that, to build resilience into the system
and avoid the scenario where people are turning up to find their flights cancelled last minute. with tui, this is notjust about a flight but a package holiday cancelled. airports insist they are in a better position than they were. we saw really long queues in places around easter. airlines say the vast majority of flights are running fine. but staff shortages remain a problem across the aviation industry. switching the sector back on after crippling restrictions has not been easy, in the face of massive demand, everyone wants to go on holiday again. pockets of disruption are expected to remain. we have another busy period at the end of this week with thejubilee bank holiday, and the race is on to make sure the system can cope in time for the busiest period, the summer holidays. katy austin, our transport correspondent. there are calls today
to give more children in england free school meals — to help tackle the cost of living crisis. teaching unions say all children from families on universal credit should be eligible forfree meals — as part of an "urgent" expansion of the scheme. the cost of food, fuel and other goods has surged in recent months — pushing inflation to a ao—year high. here's our education correspondent elaine dunkley. more children than ever are coming through the doors. at capacity... we opened 11 minutes ago, we've only got a small room, we are going to be busy. at this free half—term holiday club in stockport there are activities and, crucially, for some children, a meal. so the room is full and there will be kids down the street with take—out boxes of food. so, yes, more than we can handle. we know a lot of the families who come here are living in food poverty. and many of them aren't on free school meals. one of the things we have noticed is our food banks are always run in the morning and some people are asking if they can come at night, because people are working full—time, and still can't make ends meet.
did you want one as well? lucy is a working mum of three and is currently on maternity leave. she doesn't qualify for free school meals because she earns above the eligibility threshold of £7,400 a year after tax not including benefits. everything even from the day we shop, getting bits in, even the cost of baby milk, everything isjust shooting up in price. things that were £1 are now £1.10. when it is half—term holidays, it adds, and it adds to the panic as well. you are thinking, how am i going to get food this month? and it is notjust parents who are feeling the impact of rising prices. tj, harley and ben get £5 a week pocket money. the ice cream man around here is very nice but... pete. and the ice creams, a normal ice cream with like a cone, that used to be 90p. 99p. and then it went to £1.20. every single thing... has gone up about 20p. in england, children who get free school meals during term time
now receive vouchers during the holidays. according to the government an estimated four million children live in relative poverty. however, fewer than two million pupils are eligible for free school meals. in a letter to the government, head teachers are warning that change is urgently needed. with the need to level up in the country, then, there are a whole range of reasons why universal free school meals and ensuring that every child has a hot, nutritious meal every single day of the working week, itjust couldn't be more important, if i am honest with you. the department for education says it has expanded access for free school meals more than any other government in recent decades. here at the hub, rachel is determined not to send anyone away without a meal. but as prices continue to rise, so does the anxiety for working families struggling with the cost of living. and we can speak to elaine now. how big a problem is this
for the government? this is a major issue, one of the biggest concerns head teachers have when i go into schools is around children coming in with insufficient food in lunch boxes or families or parents who can't keep up with the payments for school dinner money. that led to the petition particularly worried about low income families who do not qualify forfree income families who do not qualify for free school meals. in this letter they are calling for all families on universal credit to receive free school meals and they want it to go further and be rolled out across all primary school children in england. in scotland and wales there are plans to do that. in northern ireland the threshold is around £14,000. the government says 1.7 million children receiving free school meals as well as children in primary and reception, yeari and primary and reception, year1 and year 2. they say they have invested £15 billion to help working families
are struggling with the cost of living. the very idea there are children whose parents work, who are going into schools too hungry to learn, play and develop is a deeply emotive one. the government says it is doing what it can in difficult times, the teaching unions say it needs to do much more. elaine dunkley, our education correspondent. sir andy murray has told the bbc that last week's school shooting in texas left him angry and upset. when he was eight years old, murray survived the massacre at his primary school in dunblane, when a gunman killed 16 children and a teacher. murray says there need to be changes to america's gun laws. he's been speaking to hour sports news correspondent laura scott. andy murray was busy preparing for the grass court season when he saw the news of the latest mass shooting in america... on social media, murray described the incident as madness, and one
survivor's account in particular brought back painful memories of the horrific shootings that took place at his own school in dunblane in 1996. unbelievably sad and disappointing and itjust makes you feel angry and incredibly upset for the parents. i heard something on the radio the other day and it was a child from that school. i experienced a similar thing when i was at dunblane and a teacher coming out and waving all of the children under tables and telling them to go and hide. and there was a kid telling exactly the same story about how she survived it. they were saying that they go through these drills as young children, seven, eight—year—old children, and it's like how? how is that normal that children should be having to go through drills in case someone comes into school with a gun? i don't get it. murray feels strongly that the time has come for change.
i think there have been over 200 mass shootings. i don't see how it is. my feeling is, surely, you do something different. the former world number one made light work of his first grass court match yesterday and has set himself lofty goals at wimbledon. there won't be ranking points available punishment for the ban on russian and belarusian players over the war in ukraine. but he says the trophy is what matters. i give every ranking point i have one back to win another grand slam or wimbledon. yes, one back to win another grand slam orwimbledon. yes, i one back to win another grand slam or wimbledon. yes, i understand why rankings are important but a tournament like wimbledon is bigger than that. that is why i think all the players will still show up. as he embarks on another bid at wimbledon glory, it is clear events around the world are never far from
his mind. average petrol prices have reached a new record high amidst the continuing pressure on global energy supplies. it comes as the european union leaders finally agreed a plan to block up to 90% of oil imports from russia — part of a new package of sanctions to punish the kremlin for its invasion of ukraine. for the latest from ukraine, let's cross now to our correspondent james waterhouse in kyiv. it's taken weeks of haggling, but late last night european union leaders finally agreed on a new package of sanctions. the eu will now block more than two—thirds of russian oil exports. though the ban is a compromise: it only affects oil arriving by sea — not by pipeline. that's because hungary which relies heavily on russian energy supplies — had opposed a complete embargo.
it isa it is a sizeable measure but kyiv has described it as too little, too late. bethany bell reports from brussels. eu leaders given the green light to some of the toughest sanctions against russia so far. they have agreed to ban most of the oil they receive from russia. this is very important. thanks to this, council should now be able to finalise a ban on almost 90% of all russian oil imported by the end of the year. two—thirds of russian oil imports arrive in the eu by sea. that will be banned immediately. but there will be a temporary exemption for pipeline oil because of objections by hungary. it says its economy can't cope with the ban. germany and poland have volunteered to wind down their pipeline imports by the end of this year.
that leaves around 10% of pipe line oilfrom russia which will continue to go to hungary, slovakia and the czech republic. the eu is also taking measures against russia's biggest bank, and people accused of war crimes in ukraine. it has taken weeks of complicated negotiations for the eu to reach this compromise deal. earlier sanction packages were agreed quickly but the oil embargo has exposed divisions among european countries. eu leaders say they want to wean themselves off russian gas as well as oil, but that is likely to be far more complicated. the oil embargo will cost russia billions. with oil prices surging, it will hurt europe, too. in ukraine, fierce fighting continues, especially in the donbas region in the east of the country. the eu hopes the new sanctions will cut off a huge source of funds
for russia's war effort there. bethany bell, bbc news, brussels. this war in ukraine has seen thousands of soldiers and citizens captured by both sides. many are used as bargaining chips in prisoner exchanges, and russians have used captured as a measure of trying to crush resistance. one ukrainian soldier has told me his story. metal scaffolding... holding together hlib's broken pelvis. he also broke his jaw and lost vision in one eye. hlib is onlyjust taking his first steps. two months ago he was defending mariupol with the marines, watching for the enemy.
translation: i turned my head and saw a tank aimed at me. - i saw a bright flash, ifelt the building collapsing. he survived, but was captured. no one knew whether he was dead or alive until this video was posted online by his captors. he was taken to a hospital in russian—occupied territory. translation: they held a dagger on my leg, up my throat, - and led to my ear and said, "it would be nice to cut off your ear." they did it to nearly everyone. i couldn't feed myself because myjaw was broken, and i couldn't sit up. some nurses would taunt me by leaving food down in front of me and said, "try and eat that, you lowlife ukrainian." this is hlib's testimony. we haven't been able to independently verify his claims. translation: we were lying there without any painkillers or anything. |
so, only my faith, and the understanding that i had to survive helped me carry on. choir sings. while hlib suffered, his church in poltava prayed. translation: i knew there were only two ways out of mariupol. _ death, or captivity. all that remained was to pray. the war has brought a lot of suffering, a lot of families are waiting for their sons to return. we pray and we suffer. you after 17 days, he was released in a prisoner exchange. translation: the driver approached, patted us. and said, "calm down, guys, you are in ukraine."
then i cried, and tears streamed down my face. i was very happy. . fighting is continuing to rage in the east. the city of severodonetsk is the to find itself surrounded by russian forces. it looks like the gains that russia is hoping to get out there are more than strategic but there is a giant question, given that there have been evacuations in the city of mykolaiv in the south, on the other end of this land corridor occupied by russia, there is a question over whether vladimir putin willjust stop in the donbas region should it fall or whether things will escalate further. as ever, the path to peace is unclear. thank you so much, james waterhouse in kyiv. our top story this lunchtime. the travel giant tui travel ——
cancels six holiday flights a day for the next month mean more misery for the next month mean more misery for passengers. and is the heat back on for borisjohnson? former cabinet minister andrea leadsome has accused him of "unacceptable failings of leadership". coming up on the bbc news channel. they are used to meeting in finals but novak djokovic and rafa nadal have a quarterfinal against each other tonight, with one of the french open contenders falling earlier than usual. members of the welsh parliament, the senedd, paid tribute to the queen ahead of the celebrations to mark her platinum jubilee. the first minister, mark drakeford, says the events will show gratitude for her many years of "selfless service". our wales correspondent hywel griffith looks at what the queen now represents to people in wales. fanfare. ancient rituals, now part of modern welsh history. when the queen opened the sixth session of the senedd, she was once
again giving royal approval. shazad khan had the weight of responsibility of carrying the mace, a symbol of the queen's authority. normally a security guard here, he says her visits bring more than pomp and ceremony. they show what happens here really matters. i can't think of anybody more important than the queen to me, in the whole world, really, in that capacity. she is basically a symbol, i think, personally, of what we all drive to towards, and she is a symbol of hope. when power first was devolved to wales in the 1990s, sovereign support was far from guaranteed. the home office advised against the queen coming to open the first welsh assembly, saying it didn't have the status. but she ignored the advice. this opening today marks a new and significant direction in the way in which wales is governed.
there was no stopping her. she made it quite clear to me that she would come. a once radical republican, lord dafydd elis—thomas was the presiding officer here for 12 years. there was no question that somebody else could come and deputise. she wanted to have exactly the same way of having a royal opening in westminster, in holyrood, the scottish parliament, and of course, here in wales. not everyone believes wales need a monarch. booing in 2006, the welcome wasn't so warm. but the queen's personal popularity has in recent years transcended political divides and different generations. everyone living on the street has got ideas of what they want to do on that street party. i was seeing if i could bring a dish! zainab and roisin have grown up with the senedd at their doorstep. for them, the queen still has an important role to play. she led us through the war,
she has done a lot to her country, and he is important and she is relevant. and she is important and she is relevant. i think for me, looking at her, she is inspirational. she shows people not to give up in life. because she is on the throne for 70, she's been on the throne for 70 years, platinumjubilee, i think that's an amazing achievement for the queen. something being marked around wales this week to recognise a relationship that has developed over the decades. hywel griffith, bbc news. police and prosecutors should immediately stop subjecting rape victims from excessive scrutiny according to a new report. the uk's information commissioner says that victims are being treated as suspects, with prosecutors collecting large amounts of personal information about victims. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. it's known as the digital strip search. many rape complainants have to consent to hand over their phones as part of the criminal investigation.
they are also being asked for a whole range of personal information. we've heard from complainants whose cases didn't get to trial and who have waived their right to anonymity to speak out. they got all of my medical records, which, unfortunately, are quite substantial. my social care records and a complete download of my mobile phone. looking back on it, it is such a violation. it felt as though i was the one that was being investigated, i was the one on trial, i was the one that had committed a crime. there are things in my medical records that are just personal, that you don't want, you know, an investigating officer, potentially even the defence, asking for as well, to be scrutinised. it's now sitting in a police cabinet somewhere, it's not destroyed, it's still out there. this trawl by police and prosecutors should stop immediately, says the uk's information commissioner,
whose job it is to uphold information rights. in some cases school records are being examined. what's the line that can come from a forged letter justifying an absence, given when they were a teenager, to an event that happened last saturday night? we have called our report, "who is under investigation?", because the experience of many survivors of these offences is that they are the ones who are being investigated, not the suspects. the information commissioner is warning police and prosecutors they could be fined if they don't put a brake on the collection of information. they stress they are working to improve the system. the home office says it is launching a consultation exercise but campaigners say more legislation is needed to make the gathering of so much personal information illegal. june kelly, bbc news. the former cabinet minister dame andrea leadsom has become the latest senior conservative to criticise borisjohnson over lockdown parties in downing street. she's accused him of "unacceptable
failings of leadership". our political correspondent alex forsyth is in westminster. how significant is this intervention, do you think? since the publication _ intervention, do you think? since the publication of— intervention, do you think? since the publication of sue _ intervention, do you think? since the publication of sue gray, - intervention, do you think? s “tie: the publication of sue gray, the senior civil servant's report into senior civil serva nt�*s report into the senior civil servant's report into the so—called partygate situation last week, we have heard from a number of mps voicing their criticism of borisjohnson and andrea leadsom has become the latest. it is significant because she is a former cabinet minister, she is a former cabinet minister, she is a former cabinet minister, she is someone who once she dropped out of the conservative leadership race herself backed borisjohnson, she has always been loyal to him. in his letter to her constituents, she said there has been unacceptable failures of leadership. she stopped short of calling for borisjohnson to quit but a number of her colleagues have done that, that number has ticked up to 28. in the last few minutes we have heard from the mp for carlisle james stephenson who confirmed he has submitted a
letter calling for there to be a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. he says the continuing criticism, revelations and questions are debilitating for the government at a time when there are so many important and critical issues to be addressed. what we do not know is how many mps in total have submitted letters calling for a formal vote of no confidence because that is a notoriously confidential process. however, you do get the sense that the number is picking up, and what this speaks to is a level of discontent within the conservative party which isn't going away. number 10 might have wanted to move on from this, but it's becoming increasingly apparent they are finding it hard to do so. . ~ apparent they are finding it hard to do so. ., ,, i. apparent they are finding it hard to do so. . ~' ,, . until recently it was a just a humble chip shop, but now the binley mega chippy in coventry has gone viral on social media, becoming a tiktok sensation. people from as far away as australia are said to be flying in to sample its fish and chips and mushy peas. our correspondent navtej johal has been to see what
all the fuss is about. binley mega chippy! it's the takeaway taking the world by storm. binley mega chippy! in recent days, this unassuming chip shop in a coventry suburb has become a tiktok sensation. we're from gloucester, and we saw a tiktok, and we were like, we have to go. ijust explained to my mum that we are going to some fish and chip shop, like, two hours away, and that i need to be woken up early. we started off from worcester, and we were on our way to - bicester village, for a half term little day out. - and then my teenage son tom suggested that we came herel to the binley mega chippy. it's three hours before it opens. i know, but we are very keen. we wanted to get here before the crowds! - the trend is to take a photo or video of yourself at the chip shop and upload it with the catchy jingle
that everyone seems to love. # binley mega chippy! videos with the hashtag binley mega chippy have been viewed more than 130 million times. # binley mega chippy! staff say the business has seen ten times the customers it usually does. we had a bus—load of 12 people from dundee yesterday. i was chatting to some people from newcastle. what do you make of all this? i don't know, but i'm loving it. i'm just going to go with it. today is the last official day of coventry�*s year as the city of culture. and no—one expected this chip shop to be the place everyone seems to want to visit. navteonhal, bbc news, coventry. time for a look at the weather. looks like it is fish and chips for lunch! we have had some interesting whether watchers picture this morning, this is a funnel cloud, a tornado which doesn't touch the ground, and here,