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tonight at ten... borisjohnson still has legitimate questions to answer about lockdown gatherings according to his own ethics adviser. despite a fine for breaking lockdown rules, the prime minister says he is not breached the ministerial code, but the official ethics adviser lord geidt in his annual report said the prime minister must explain how his conduct had not breached the code, so we will have the latest on that, and news that durham police have sent questionnaires to the labour leader and the deputy leader about the lockdown meeting in that city. also tonight... the growing shortage of gps in some part of england with some regions faring much worse than
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it's going to be emotional. both scotland and ukraine prepare for a huge game in the hunt for a world cup place. good evening. borisjohnson has boris johnson has been borisjohnson has been told by his own ethics adviser that he still has legitimate questions to answer about his conduct during lockdown. lord geidt has suggested the prime minister's fine for breaking lockdown rules may have broken the ministerial code. the prime minister was given a fixed penalty notice in relation to a birthday party at downing street injune 2020 at a time when indoor socialising was banned. durham police said tonight they have sent questionnaires to the labour leader and the deputy leader of
labour about a meeting during lockdown in that city. our political correspondent damian grammaticas has the latest. june 2020 — borisjohnson�*s birthday party. it's the event he was found to have broken the law over and fined for. today, his adviser on standards said that means there is a question about whether mrjohnson also broke the ministerial code. in his report, lord geidt says... lord geidt is borisjohnson�*s second adviser on ethics. the first resigned when his advice wasn't followed. today, lord geidt said, to avoid exactly that situation, he had not offered mrjohnson advice over the partygate affair. in his reply, mrjohnson absolving himself of breaking the code he must follow...
mrjohnson, writing to lord geidt, said he had apologised in parliament and believes, in doing so, he showed leadership and accountability. butjohn stevenson, the tory mp for carlisle, today became the latest conservative to submit a letter of no confidence in mrjohnson. it's thought 28 have now been sent. 5a are needed to trigger a vote. there has been an investigation by the met police. the prime minister has been to the house of commons. he's apologised, humbly apologised. he's accepted the lessons that need to be learned from sue gray's report. he's implemented most of the recommendations and he has not misled the house of commons. but for boris johnson, partygate is not over. many tory mps are still mulling their response, the number of no confidence letters still climbing.
lord geidt lays out his frustration and he said he told advisers in downing street that the prime minister should set out why he did not think it was breaking the ministerial code and today what we see is downing street believing they had written their response to that but lord geidt also saying he had not given advice to the prime minister because he didn't want to feel he should resign and he did not want to place the ministerial code in a place of ridicule. labour wrote this evening say in the whole instance, they see borisjohnson acting asjudge and jury in his own case and giving himself a free pass, they say. in case and giving himself a free pass, the sa . ., case and giving himself a free pass, the sa . . , ., they say. in that separate development _ they say. in that separate development that - they say. in that separate development that we - they say. in that separate - development that we mention, to they say. in that separate _ development that we mention, to do with the labour leader and deputy leader, and durham police, what has happened? the leader, and durham police, what has ha--ened? .,. leader, and durham police, what has ha ened? ., ., , , ., happened? the labour leadership are cau~ht u- in happened? the labour leadership are caught up in their _ happened? the labour leadership are caught up in their own _ happened? the labour leadership are caught up in their own affair, - happened? the labour leadership are caught up in their own affair, with - caught up in their own affair, with durham police now saying that labour have been sent questionnaires relating to that one event where keir starmer was pictured with a beer, and the labour party have said
all along this was a work event and no rules were broken but now labour, the police investigation is now pushing forward there, as well. thanks forjoining us. access to family doctors is fast becoming one of the biggest problems for the nhs according to patients' groups, while some areas of england are having to cope with much lower numbers of gps per head than other areas. new analysis by the nuffield trust for the bbc has found that demand for gp services continues to rise at a time when more doctors are switching to part—time working. the areas with the highest number of patients per gp are shown on this map with darker colours and the areas with lowest levels are shown in lighter colours. wirral on merseyside is one of the best—served areas in england, with the lowest number of patients for every gp, while
at the other end of the scale we have portsmouth where there are many more patients for every family doctor. the government target was to increase the number of gps by 6,000 by the year 2024 but last month the number of qualified gps actually fell. the government says it's doing its best to "grow the workforce." 0ur health editor, hugh pym, has been to devon, one of england's best—served areas for gps, and to hull where the story is rather different. thank you. oh, you're welcome, you're welcome. it was just a bit of moral support, wasn't it, really? this is gp care as we don't often see it. when you used to ring, i just felt i wasn't abandoned. 0h, bless you, bless you. lorna supports her elderly patients as best she can, but devon has some of the longest waits for planned operations in england. so lovely to see you, since your surgery! joyce had to wait nearly three years for her hip
replacement, and she was put on antidepressants and morphine. i couldn't speak to anybody without crying. yeah, it was really tough, wasn't it? it was a tough time, yeah. yeah. sorry! you got through it. as a gp, you feel a little bit helpless in a way, because all you can do is keep checking in, but you know the thing that they really need to get better is the surgery that they're waiting for. for lorna, watching her patients slowly deteriorate is difficult. i've seen you before about this tremor. social ca re's under pressure. she tries to help the elderly who want to stay independent. very disabling at the moment. tom, who is now 90, has to do all the cooking. bye, pauline. i'll see myself out, all right? how do you manage to fit in home visits with all the other
patients you need to see? yeah, it can be a challenge. there aren't enough hours in the day. i think they need to clone us. devon has one of the better patient—to—gp ratios, but there's still a heavy workload. we're all managing it in different ways. a lot of us are working part—time. a lot are retiring early. from devon to hull, it's a different story. patient continuity is harder to achieve. the number of gps relative to the population in hull is one of the lowest in england. i don't think that's anything to worry about... here they see as many patients as they can. that still leaves a lot of phone calls for matthew and the other gps. i've had four cases come in in the last four minutes. the list is still building. hi, there, it's dr fortnum again at the surgery... an area like hull has higher levels of socioeconomic need. you have this sort of perfect storm where we've got the most need but yet seem to have the least capacity to deal with it,
so it creates inequity and it actually perpetuates it. but we're here to try and change that. for lorna and matthew, devon and hull, local challenges may be different, but they and all gps face a rising workload and a struggle to meet the needs of their patients. hugh pym, bbc news. the prospect of serious travel disruption over thejubilee bank holiday is increasingly likely. the holiday giant tui is cancelling more flights until the end ofjune affecting more than 30,000 holiday makers. other airlines have also cancelled flights, as around 2 million people prepare to fly over the next few days. the aviation industry cut thousands ofjobs during the pandemic and staff shortages are now a huge problem as travel has picked up again. 0ur transport correspondent katy austin has the latest. the chandramani family from greater manchester couldn't
wait for their first proper overseas holiday together — a five—star trip to turkey leaving tomorrow. but last night, tui texted them to say it was cancelled. absolutely devastated. i was heartbroken for myself, butjust heartbroken how i was going to explain to the girls that the holiday they've spoken nothing else for for 12 months was cancelled. the water park, that's all they've spoken about. "i can't wait to wake up and go on the water park and on slides." and it's just all taken away from them. the tour operator says advanced cancellations are aimed at providing stability amid disruption to its operation at manchester airport, which has been blamed on staff shortages at check—in and baggage reclaim. swissport, which handles tui's ground operations at manchester, said it was sorry for its part in delays and disruption. this guy's a legend. 0ne passenger took this video yesterday of a pilot out on the tarmac helping to deal with bags. passenger numbers have taken off
as travel restrictions have eased, but after shedding thousands ofjobs during the pandemic, businesses have struggled to hire new staff and get them through security clearance quickly enough. an aviation recruiter told me many people had left for other sectors and there isn't the same pool of european workers post—brexit. baggage handling is a particular pinch point. every company based in and around an airport is currently recruiting. candidates can pick and choose which vacancies they want to show an interest in, which interviews they want to attend, and employers, unfortunately, are in the situation where they are continuously having to build their talent pools in order to get the minimum numbers required each month to fill their high—volume vacancies. british airways and easyjet have also removed hundreds of flights from their schedules in advance, and there have been some last—minute cancellations. prospect, the union representing staff in air—traffic control and engineering, warned things could get worse before they get better.
airports insist the situation has improved in areas like security, while airlines say they're doing their best to cope with demand that's sometimes reaching 2019 levels. it's important to stress the problems we've been seeing over the last few days, you know, they're not universal, the majority of flights are leaving on time, and it's often a number of things happening, be it pressures at security, sometimes with airlines, sometimes with air—traffic control we've seen, and it's something that's notjust affecting the uk, we've seen issues in dublin, amsterdam and other places. thejubilee bank holiday means another busy few days lie ahead. international travel�*s return has encountered some turbulence so far. the race is on to smooth things out in time for the summer peak. to avoid more family having their plans in disarray. katy austin, bbc news. average petrol prices have reached a new record high as pressure on global energy supplies shows no sign of easing.
european union leaders have now 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 the invasion of ukraine. our business editor simonjack has this report. on this forecourt in essex, drivers are getting used to bad news. there was more today, as petrol prices hit a new record. i'm probably doing 50 quid easy a week. it's only five miles a day. it's ridiculous. just try not to use it as much. be selling it soon. when i first got it a couple of years ago, it was costing me 35 to fill up, and now it's 60, so it has gone up a lot. so many different things in my business it's - affecting, so, yeah, - it's difficult, really difficult. for the first time ever, petrol hit £1.73 a litre. diesel, at £1.82, is hovering near its own recent record. that means the price of filling an average petrol tank is nearly £100 — a milestone that diesel hit yesterday. behind these prices, another surge in the value of crude oil, but that's not the whole picture.
as you can see, oil has been more expensive before, so why are we seeing new petrol and diesel records now, and how high could they go? well, oil is traded in dollars, and the pound has weakened this year. plus, russia also exports refined diesel and petrol, which is also being shunned, meaning prices are headed higher still. unfortunately, the price of petrol is on a collision course with 1.80 in the coming days, and it could be as high as 185. and i think it's very likely that diesel will reach 1.90 a litre. the latest surge in oil prices came after european union leaders agreed last night to cut 90% of all oil imports from russia by the end of the year to stop fuelling the russian war machine. these sanctions are biting hard and are really destroying — and that's the goal — the financial basis of putin leading this war and hitting hard the russian economy.
and the thing about oil, petrol, diesel, is it finds its way into the cost ofjust about everything else. it is very pervasive. so first you have the direct - effects, which is how much it costs you to fill up your car, _ but then there are indirect effects |as well, because of course it costs more to deliver food to the shops, it costs more to manufacture goods, it costs more to travel, _ so those are all kind - of second—round effects. and then it gets into expectations as well, so if you feel that - prices are higher today, _ you might spend more money now, pushing up demand, perhaps ask for a pay rise as well, _ and that might sustain inflation for longer. i further price records seem inevitable, further evidence here at home of the massive shifts happening in the world economy. simon jack, bbc news. the international criminal court has described ukraine as a crime scene and said that it was carrying out its largest—ever investigation there, with plans to open an office in the capital kyiv. since the war began nearly 100 days ago, hundreds of civilians and soldiers have been captured
by russian forces. 0ur correspondent james waterhouse has been hearing some of their stories of survival. 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, - then 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. but some nurses would taunt me by leaving food down in front of me and say, "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. after 17 days, he was released in a prisoner exchange. this war has seen the russians take people, citizens, as they try to do two things —
use them as currency in prisoner exchanges, and that's worked in some cases, but they've also tried to crush resistance. for 46 days of captivity, dimitro refused to pledge allegiance to russia, despite being born in moscow. he was a government worker in the kherson region when the invaders moved in. translation: the worst time was at the end. - i was in solitary confinement and heard people being beaten up stairs every day. handcuffed to the radiator. my family was so worried. dimitro was also freed after ukraine negotiated his release. translation: i'm not a military man but i will do everything i can - for my country to win this war and return our territories. translation: i want to go back| and continue fighting for ukraine, to help bring us victory over
russia _ james waterhouse, bbc news, in poltava. scotland's finance secretary kate forbes has set out plans to address a projected shortfall of several billion pounds in the scottish government's budget. her proposals protect health and welfare spending, but other departments face spending cuts. 0ur scotland editor james cook is in glasgow. james, what has been said here? well, kate forbes began her statement to the scottish parliament by sketching a bleak picture of the scottish economic situation and talked of the impact of the the pandemic, of brexit of soaring inflation and what she called tory austerity and the war in ukraine, all contributing she said to a cost—of—living crisis. this is not a
budget, but she set out spending plans forfour years and budget, but she set out spending plans for four years and said she would prioritise the national health service and announced some dramatic increases in welfare payments, as some of the social security benefits come under the control of the scottish government, being moved from westminster. there is a down side, there is a squeeze on almost all over spending in scotland and that will affect for example local government, the police, prisons, universities. now, miss forbes said part of problem for her is there wasn't enough money coming to scotland from the treasury and the scottish government needs more levers to control its ability, such as the ability to borrow. the conservatives said that was nonsense and the situation was one of her own making and that snp incompetence was the problem. labour said there should have been more detail and
both opposition parties complained about the allocation of £20 for a potential independence referendum next year. potential independence referendum next ear. . ~ potential independence referendum next ear. ., ~ the first funerals for the 19 children and two adults killed in a school shooting in uvalde, texas, took place today — one week on from the shooting. 0ur correspondent will grant has been speaking to one of the families who lost a child. there is grief and then there is the grief of losing a child. come on, ok. further still the grief of losing a child in these most awful of circumstances. she was just loved. alithia ramirez was one of the 19 children killed by a gunman inside her classroom as an ordinary school day at uvalde descended into horror. a week on, her parents, jess and ryan, are still struggling to comprehend their loss. i haven't able to like
eat or drink and it's just affecting me really bad. she was my best friend and she looked a lot like me. i would always tell her like, she is my twin and she would always smile. and it'sjust been really hard on me. how can you move on from that? how can you get over that moment? this is a parent's nightmare. this is the worst of the worst. a talented artist, alithia's bedroom is full of her awards, especially for drawing. compounding her parents' grief is their anger over how the police let the gunman spend more than an hour in the school before they shot him. i don't understand how... ..you know police officers, they swear to protect and they're outside the room and just
hearing gunshots, kids screaming. you know, go in there, save those kids. on sunday, president biden came to uvalde to pay his respects and meet the victims' families. ryan told him alithia was an artist and mr biden asked if he could have one of her pictures to hang in the white house. he did say that whenever we hang it up, we are going to send you a picture where it's hanging and you're free to see it any time. there's something special that she put her heart into it and it's there hanging in the white house. after the darkest week in its history, uvalde must now bury its victims. a community heartbroken over the senseless murder of alithia, 18 of her class mates and her two teachers. will grant, bbc news, uvalde.
bradford is to take over from coventry as the uk's city of culture from 2025. it beat the competition from finalists county durham, southampton and wrexham county borough. coventry has already benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment in the light of its award. 0ur correspondent danny savage is in bradford tonight. yeah, this is a city that was hopeful before tonight's announcement and that optimism was well—placed. it already has a good arts and culture scene, but 2025 will take that to a new level. in bradford this evening, they got the news they wanted to hear. the uk city of culture 2025 is bradford! this west yorkshire conurbation is to be the uk's city of culture in 2025.
i have been here all my life, so this is one of the biggest most positive things that has happened for this city. bradford is not here to define its identity, its identity is - already solid, it's just here - to show the world just how awesome it is and that's what's coming. bradford is a city ofjoy... bradford campaigned hard for the honour. a promotional video captured the diversity of the arts and culture scene. and they got the gig. when i say 20, you say 25! 20! 25! it is our place and it is our time, we are bradford city till we die! it's amazing, young people they're seeing what they're like, because they're having opportunities to experience it and ijust think that it has been such a long time coming and it is so important for our development as individuals and as a city. host cities hold the culture title for a calendar year. bradford now has two and a half years to get everything ready. danny savage, bbc news, bradford.
in a record 70 years on the throne, the queen has dealt with no fewer than 1a prime ministers — starting with winston churchill, right through to margaret thatcher, tony blair and now borisjohnson. one of the mainstays of the royal and political calendars is the weekly audience between monarch and prime minister, just one aspect of the queen's work on affairs of state, as our deputy political editor vicki young reports. the queen and her prime ministers. this was a reunion organised in the 1990s. head of state and head of government appear side by side for dozens of public events, but the relationship is forged behind closed doors — weekly meetings at the palace... nice to see you again. lovely to see you again. ..that we only get a glimpse of. the queen's views are kept private, political neutrality carefully adhered to, her words written by her prime ministers.
i pray that the blessing of almighty god may rest upon your counsels. her first was winston churchill. he was protective of this new young sovereign who had so much to learn. archive: now, upon the shoulders of sir anthony falls _ the role of the queen's first minister. - after churchill came anthony eden, whose decision to send troops to suez in 1956 brought national humiliation. in 1964, harold wilson became the queen's first labour prime minister. she does our homework, i hadn't done mine. i hadn't read a particular cabinet committee, which i didn't chair, and i was leaving for the weekend. she knew i hadn't done my homework, she was very nice about it. the queen's constitutional right is to be kept informed of government policy — she offers encouragement and advice. every prime minister, - i would guess, from talking with other prime ministers. and from my own experience, has the greatest _ friendliness from the queen. on rare occasions, the queen has very subtly aired her views, like this speech where mr callaghan�*s government
was considering devolution. i cannot forget that i was crowned queen of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. good evening, your majesty. you've had a very long day... when margaret thatcher became britain's first female prime minister, there were reports that the queen privately disapproved of the government's social agenda. but the iron lady played down suggestions of a serious rift. even if she did say it, all right, she may have felt something, but there was never any difficulty in saying anything to me. any difficulty at all. every year, there's a royal invitation to balmoral — matters of state discussed over a cup of tea. in the years that i came - to know her as prime minister, prime ministers had private meetings with the queen each week, _ she invariably looks forward. tony blair certainly appreciated the queen's advice after his landslide victory for labour. even though i was the politician and she was the monarch,
i found her notjust useful, but sometimes deeply insightful. it's very good to welcome you here... when you have to explain what you're trying to achieve, it's a very good form of therapy. imagine doing that to the world's greatest public servant who's seen it all and heard it all. there's really no better way of getting your head straight about what you're trying to do. 1a prime ministers — 1a very different politicians with their own visions, worries and agendas. for seven decades, the queen has worked with all of them, a monarch at the heart of a democratic constitution — advising, encouraging and warning, providing continuity as each new political tide swept in. vicki young, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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