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this is bbc news the headlines at 8. there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer — with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow — the uk's busiest airport. the conservative mp, chris pincher, who is under investigation for allegedly groping two men says he's seeking "professional medical support" and hopes to return to his duties as an mp "as soon as possible". hundreds of people have gathered in east london at a vigil — dedicated to zara aleena — who was killed as she walked home from a night out. two more britons captured by russian forces in ukraine have have been charged with being mercenaries — according to russian state media. more than a million people have gathered on the streets on london for pride — as the lgbt plus community marks 50
years since the first march. and it's a day of drama at wimbledon as the women's world number one iga swiatek is knocked out — along with two more british hopefuls. good evening. there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer with more flights expected to be cancelled in the coming days — including at heathrow, britain's busiest airport. airlines look set to change their schedules as the busy school holiday period begins — british airways said it would help provide "certainty" to customers. our business reporter noor nanji has more. after big queues at airports this summer, warnings of more
disruption, with a new wave of flight cancellations expected to be announced next week. we are now right in the midst of the peak summer travel season but we're still experiencing the problems of lack of manpower, not only for airlines but across airports, ground handlers and even, in some cases, border control staff, so the mix of high volumes and lack of people is causing tremendous dislocation at many airports. the government is allowing an amnesty on airport slot rules, which they say is part of their plan to tackle disruption ahead of the summer season. it means airlines are able to cancel flights without being penalised for not using their slot, but they must finalise their schedules by this friday. british airways services from heathrow are likely to bear the brunt of any cancellations. but ba said the relaxed rules would help them provide certainty to customers by making it easier to consolidate some quieter flights. ba is already facing the threat of summer strikes from cabin and ground crews over a pay dispute.
today, there are already strikes by ryanair and easyjet cabin crew in spain, and some passengers have been stranded across europe. so what should you do if you're caught up in all of this? crucially, i know what my rights are if anything is cancelled and that is to get a replacement flight on the same day if there's anything available that will take me there at the airline's expense, and then furthermore hotel accommodation if need be and compensation if it's the airline's fault, which, if it's technical issues or staff shortage, it generally is. but for one passenger who's stuck in geneva after having his flight to bristol cancelled for three days in a row, it's tough. i don't have any available funds to pay for anything. _ easyjet have said they'll. refund me any expenses, but i can't pay for anything at the minute. _ after two years of covid rules, the travel industry and passengers
were hoping for a return to normality, but for now those fears of delays and cancellations are not going away. noor nanji, bbc news. paul charles is a travel industry consultant with the pc agency. he says this year's passengers will face a disappointing summer over the next eight weeks. i'm afraid this is going to be a summer of stress after two years where many of us have been unable to travel due to covid lockdowns, notjust in the uk but in many parts of the world. what you're going to see over the next few days are thousands of flight cancellations by british airways and others because they have a window in which they can effectively hand back the slots that they use for taking off and landing at airports like heathrow. and with this window, it means there's no penalty for them. they also want to give consumers more than 1a days' notice of any
cancellation because, if they give more than two weeks' notice, it means they won't have to pay compensation to those of us who find flights cancelled. so the next few days are going to be very, very tricky indeed. the planes are, of course, available, but there aren't enough people around who can get the baggage onto or off a plane or help with security processing. every part of the airport infrastructure is a pinch point at the moment, and that's why airports like heathrow and gatwick are asking airlines to cap the number of flights they're flying each day. so on top of the government's slot rule being changed in this window until friday for airlines to hand back their slots, plus the airport's asking for caps, then you're seeing a lot of flights cancelled over the next few days. it's going to be a very stressful period for all of us who've got flights booked. the last thing you want is that email coming through from the airline cancelling the flight. of course, it's worth bearing mind, over 90% of flights will still be operating as normal. but for those of us on the other 5—10% that are cancelled over
the next eight weeks, it's going to be a pretty grim time. the former conservative deputy chief whip, chris pincher — who stepped down when sexual misconduct claims were made against him — has said he's now seeking professional medical support. he was suspended from the tory party following allegations he groped two men at a private members club in london on wednesday. mr pincher said he hoped to return to his duties as mp for tamworth in staffordshire as quickly as possible. our political correspondent helen catt has more. in chris pincher�*s constituency of tamworth in staffordshire this morning, it was all quiet. mr pincher himself has not spoken publicly since he resigned as the deputy chief whip on thursday night after being accused of groping two men at the private carlton club in london. he said in his resignation letter that he had "drunk far too much" and embarrassed himself. he remains the mp for tamworth. some constituents told us they were unhappy at his behaviour. very disappointed in him because we've always voted tory and we always will. and i love boris. and it's a shame he has to take
the flak for all of it. it's not right, is it? it's wrong. he's there to look after the people in tamworth, and he does things like this. he is meant to be representing the town and that is not - representation that you really want. i think it's disgraceful and it is now time he left. a formal complaint has now been made to parliament's independent complaints and grievance scheme, which investigates allegations of sexual misconduct. the prime minister and the chief whip agreed to suspend mr pincher from sitting as a conservative while an investigation is carried out. there's been criticism from opposition parties and some conservative mps about the length of time it took to come around to a decision that many had felt was pretty inevitable. labour said it showed the prime minister had had to be dragged kicking and screaming to suspending chris pincher, who has been one of his key allies. number 10 insisted that it had acted swiftly as soon as a formal complaint had been made. it's the parliamentary watchdog who will examine the facts of the allegations, but it has raised lots more
political questions for number 10. helen catt, bbc news, westminster. a little earlier i spoke to our political correspondent, damian grammaticas he told me that more allegations are emerging and that the story is not likely to be going away any time soon. the sunday papers are now saying they have new allegations, these are just allegations, made about chris pinter and his behaviour. the mail on sunday and the sunday times in particular including things like the mail says they have spoken to someone who claims that a decade ago when they were 2a says they were subject to unwanted advances from chris pincher. another claimed that a tory staffer tried to prevent lecherous advances to a young man at a tory conference and chris pincher threatened to report that staffer to her boss. another claimed that boris
johnson was made aware of two months ago about claims that chris pincher had made unwanted advances to a tory mp and when rebuffed had gone to that tory mp�*s wife with allegations of a sexual nature about the mp. all of a sexual nature about the mp. all of these are now being reported by the sunday papers. hesse of these are now being reported by the sunday papers.— the sunday papers. have we learnt an hinu the sunday papers. have we learnt anything more _ the sunday papers. have we learnt anything more from _ the sunday papers. have we learnt anything more from chris - the sunday papers. have we learnt anything more from chris pincher. anything more from chris pincher himself? i anything more from chris pincher himself? ., _, ., himself? i tried to contact him and i ut himself? i tried to contact him and i put these — himself? i tried to contact him and i put these to _ himself? i tried to contact him and i put these to him. _ himself? i tried to contact him and i put these to him. he _ himself? i tried to contact him and i put these to him. he hasn't - himself? i tried to contact him andj i put these to him. he hasn't come back to me on that but we know he has told the newspaper is that he denies all of these allegations. we did hear a little bit earlierfrom him in a statement in which he said that he wasn't thinking of resigning as an mp, he was seeking professional medical help and wanted to return to his constituency mp role as soon as possible and would help with the parliamentary inquiry thatis help with the parliamentary inquiry that is now under way. is help with the parliamentary inquiry that is now under way.— that is now under way. is the pm likel to that is now under way. is the pm likely to face _ that is now under way. is the pm likely to face more _ that is now under way. is the pm likely to face more questions - that is now under way. is the pm i likely to face more questions about how he has dealt with all of this?
absolutely. very much so, i think. that last allegation i was talking about that boris johnson was that last allegation i was talking about that borisjohnson was made aware of two months ago put his role back into the spotlight. also, mr johnson's role in appointing chris pincher to be the deputy chief whip. that's the position in charge of both sort of getting mps in line to vote with the party and also in charge of mps' welfare. it's a powerful and important role, particularly for people wanting to raise questions themselves if they have questions about treatment or things they have experienced or seen. questions about what mr johnson knew when he appointed chris pincher earlier this year. dominic cummings, the former adviser who has fallen out with mrjohnson, he has been tweeting today claiming that mr johnson had repeatedly referred to chris pincher as pincher by name pincher by nature long before appointing him. downing street
yesterday said borisjohnson appointing him. downing street yesterday said boris johnson wasn't aware of any specific allegations which would prevent him giving him that role back in february. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are the broadcaster and pyschotherapist lucy beresford and joe twyman, director of the polling organisation deltapoll. two more britons captured by russian forces in ukraine have been charged with being mercenaries, according to russian state media. dylan healy, a chef who was volunteering as an aid worker, had been captured at a checkpoint in april. 0n the same day, russia released a video of andrew hill in military uniform, saying he had surrendered. it comes after two other british men, shaun pinner and aiden aslin, were sentenced to death last month. joe inwood reports. andrew hill travelled to ukraine to help fight the russian invasion. dylan healy went there to help evacuate civilians. both men now face being
tried as mercenaries in an unrecognised separatist court. they would not be the first to appear there. last month, aiden aslin, shaun pinner and a moroccan man, brahim saadoun, were all sentenced to death by the so—called donetsk people's republic. according to dominik byrne, who is working on their cases, it is no coincidence most of them are british. this really shows that the russians are putting more and more pressure on the british government than other governments and using the british prisoners as more of a political tool and negotiation tool more than others. and we believe that's the case because the british government have really seemed to rattle the russians within ukraine. rattled or not, on the battlefields of the east, russia is very much on the advance. they are said to be taking ground in lysychansk, the last part of the luhansk region held by the ukrainians. russia is moving to encircle the city. if they do, they will cut off some of ukraine's most experienced soldiers.
but it's notjust the eastern donbas region that has felt the effects of russia's invasion. the last fortnight has seen attacks right across ukraine — here in the capital, kyiv, at a shopping centre in the town of kremenyuk and, most recently, in the resort of serhiyivka. —— kremenchuk. 21 people are now known to have died when three russian missiles struck the popular holiday destination. roman tried to help. everyone who was inside at that moment, they all died. my neighbour was a very good person. it's a great pity. she simply died in my arms. it's really scary. i don't know how to put it into words. the attack on serhiyivka came just a few hours after russia was driven from the strategically important snake island under massive ukrainian bombardment. russia claimed it left as a gesture of goodwill but last night returned to bomb the equipment it had been forced to leave behind. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv.
hundreds of people took part earlier today in a silent vigilfor zara aleena, who was murdered in east london while walking home. the 35—year—old was minutes from her front door when she was attacked in ilford last week. 29 year old jordan mcsweeney has been charged with her murder. ayshea buks has been in ilford for us throughout the day. it has been an extraordinary day here, obviously very emotional for the family but they wanted to invite people here to gants hill in east london, and in their words, to walk zara home. hundreds of people joined them in doing that. they walked through the streets of gants hill to the point where we are now, and as you can see, there are women and men and also very young children. i spoke to one woman who said she wanted to bring herfour sons because she wanted them to be educated and to remember that it is not acceptable to ignore the issue of violence against women and girls, and also to show respect for women. there are also here local politicians and national
leaders who have come to show their respects. the family has said that zara was a brave and fearless and independent young woman. she was 35 years old, she had just secured a job at the royal courts ofjustice and was an aspiring lawyer. one of her friends told me she would have been fully in favour of what has happened here today, that people are walking of what has —— that people are walking to demonstrate their demand for change and for solutions of this very, very pertinent and important issue, in their words. yesterday, jordan mcsweeney, 29—year—old from dagenham in east london appeared in court. he is charged with zara's murder, burglary, and attempted rape. the family have said they do not want zara's life not to be defined by her death.
and you can see that here that with the solidarity of so many other women's groups, million women rise, end violence against women, for example, they have said they want zara to be remembered as the brave and independent woman that she was. the headlines on bbc news... there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer, with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow — the uk's busiest airport. the conservative mp, chris pincher, who is under investigation for allegedly groping two men says he's seeking "professional medical support" and hopes to return to his duties as an mp "as soon as possible". hundreds of people have gathered in east london at a vigil dedicated to zara aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out. sport, let's get a full roundup, from the bbc sport centre.
plenty of tennis news and upsets, is that right? i can tell you that iga swiatek is out. let's start with a big upset at wimbledon as the world number one iga swiatek is out, beaten by france's alize cornet in straight sets. also out in the women's draw are american teenager coco gauff and former two time champion petra kvitova. and there was no better news for the brits in action, as our sports correspondent joe wilson now reports. caught two lies on the perimeter of wimbledon, farfrom centrestage. wimbledon, far from centrestage. down wimbledon, farfrom centrestage. down there is where the tournament plays katie boulter in this round with surprisingly small energy. she admitted she felt drained. at the top of the screen her opponent was inspired. harmony tan. she had previously knocked out serena williams, you may remember. after just 51 minutes this match finished with a double fault, all rather
dispiriting, unless you were supporting harmony. she was great. no british player matches fred perry. 0ne no british player matches fred perry. one man here shares his birthplace, third best playerfrom stockport, liam broady has described himself as, and he excelled himself to reach round three but now faced australia's alex de minaur. speed, power, precision, a serious combination. liam broady was trying like a head against a brick wall. two sets down. come on. if you kept up two sets down. come on. if you kept up the rallies and the standards alex de minaur might have faulted. that was the break back. it became his third set. but respect and by both men. the action is still continuing. rafael nadal is currently 2—0 on centre court and it is a feisty
affair between nick kyrgios on court number one, he leads by 2—1. you can follow it on the bbc sport website. we are going to go to south africa and took rugby union now. wales were beaten with the last kick of an extraordinary summer international in pretoria, denying them a first win over the springboks in their homeland. 32—29, it finished. earlier, england coach eddiejones described their 30—28 defeat to australia as painful, while ireland were soundly beaten in new zealand. patrick gearey rounds up the action. nearly n early a50 0 nearly a500 feet above sea level up against a team top of the world, wales could have been forgiven a little vertigo. in pretoria the air is thin and oxygen scarcer but gas is thin and oxygen scarcer but gas is no problem for lewis p samet. he flew around south africa. twice in the first half the wing took flight. they led by 15 at the break, wales.
south africa returned to what they are good at, master bulldozers, smashing themselves back into this. in the closing minutes they crept ahead with wales down to 12 men. somehow this wasn't over. the well summoned enough manpower to release dowie lake. a welsh victory was one kick away. it was that close. it gets more painful. south africa were given a chance. damien valencia won an unbelievable test. earlier we witnessed a lively night in perth. no sooner had the sparks settled there in england'sjohnny hill pulled the hair of darcy swain. if that was the if, that was the but, he was sent off and australia would need to play most of the match a man down. yet it was england's defence which seemed on demand. the wallabies were brought level. the aussies know when an englishman is worried. whatever the circumstances they head towards weakness. eddie
jones was now staring at a fourth defeat in a row. there is a world cup next year. by which time henry aaron del won't yet be 21. on his international debut he gave his team something to cling to. —— henry aaron dell —— henry arundel. new zealand haven't lost at eden park in 28 years. the way ireland started that record seemed in peril. keith earls' try was a highlight, new zealand blitzed them, scoring four tries in 17 minutes. ireland have two more test to try and come back. patrick geary, bbc news. scotland have just got under way in their summer international in argentina about ten minutes gone, argentina leading that 3—0. it was an incredible day at edgbaston, where rain again interruped the rearranged fifth test between england and india. stuart broad bowled the most expensive over in test history,
india's stand—in captain jasprit bumrah hitting him for 35 runs, as they made a16 all out. and india went on to take five england wickets including the big one of former captain joe root. they'll resume tomorrow on 8a—5, 332 runs behind. carlos sainz will be on pole position for the first time in his career for tomorrow's british grand prix at silverstone. the ferrari driver edged out championship leader max verstappen, with lewis hamilton in fifth. there's only been one winner through the entire season of the women's w series. britain's jamie chadwick continued her domination with a fourth win out of four races this season. it's her sixth victory in a row across the last two campaigns, this one incredibly by a winning margin of more than 19 seconds. britain's abbi pulling also made the podium, finishing third, but it's chadwick who is well clear in the overall standings, and who the restjust can't catch.
cristiano ronaldo has asked to leave manchester united if the club receive an appropriate offerfor him. ronaldo only returned to old trafford a year ago and went on to be the club's top scorer but it's understood he wants to play at the highest level still. united missed out on champion's league qualification, which would have left the 37—year—old portugal forward facing europe league football next season. —— europa league. that's all the sport for now. the government is reportedly drawing up plans to offer 50—year mortgages that can be passed between generations, allowing more people to build up equity rather than pay rent. it's part of a wider plan to boost home ownership. the scheme would give people the opportunity to pass their home and any outstanding debt on to their relatives. i'm nowjoined by tayo 0guntonade, a property expert and mortgage broker.
good to have you here. our economics editor was tweeting earlier saying, do these ideas just rotate around on some sort of cosmic policy carousel. exactly the same idea was floated for the same reasons ten and 15 years ago. do you think this will appeal to many people? i years ago. do you think this will appeal to many people?- years ago. do you think this will appeal to many people? appealto many people? i thinki completely _ appealto many people? i thinki completely agree _ appealto many people? i thinki completely agree with _ appealto many people? i thinki completely agree with that - completely agree with that statement. there is a lot of ideas that revolve around housing that come up, create a big hype, and then just disappear into thin air. it doesn't help anyone. where this one is concerned, it will attract some attention. simply because if you lend over 15 years, it means people can borrow more and effectively what that will appear to do is bridge this gap between wages and house prices. —— over 50 years. people will feel like they can get closer to their goal. the passing debt down generations can have a serious negative impact and i don't think it
is realistic either. i negative impact and i don't think it is realistic either.— is realistic either. i guess if this was a really _ is realistic either. i guess if this was a really brilliant _ is realistic either. i guess if this was a really brilliant idea - is realistic either. i guess if this was a really brilliant idea it - is realistic either. i guess if this l was a really brilliant idea it would have taken ten years ago, wouldn't it? ~ , ,., , have taken ten years ago, wouldn't it? ~ , ,., y , have taken ten years ago, wouldn't it? ~ , y , ~ have taken ten years ago, wouldn't it? absolutely. lenders like to lend responsibly- _ it? absolutely. lenders like to lend responsibly- if— it? absolutely. lenders like to lend responsibly. if a _ it? absolutely. lenders like to lend responsibly. if a self-employed - responsibly. if a self—employed person wants to take out a mortgage they need to show two years of accounts. with this 50 year mortgage an adult can take a mortgage today for 50 years and the lender will be willing to give them that mortgage even though they will be passing it down to their children, children who may not have a job at the current period of lending. that's a stumbling point they've not thought about and it makes me feel it won't be realistic. about and it makes me feel it won't be realistie— be realistic. children who perhaps haven't been _ be realistic. children who perhaps haven't been born _ be realistic. children who perhaps haven't been born yet. _ be realistic. children who perhaps haven't been born yet. how- be realistic. children who perhaps haven't been born yet. how do . be realistic. children who perhaps i haven't been born yet. how do those people know their future children would actually want to take this on? absolutely. 0ne would actually want to take this on? absolutely. one of the great stories in property in the uk is historically you take out a mortgage, pay down your debt, your
house may have doubled by the time you've paid that debt and you've got a nice retirement pot, and you pass equity or do your children. what this idea is doing is encouraging passing debt to your children, debt your children might not want. that is a fundamental stumbling point. i is a fundamental stumbling point. i guess it underlines a really important point that because of the demand there is for property, a limited number of properties, that is pushing up property prices. you mentioned the huge gap between wages and mortgages and i guess a lot of people would say the government should be looking at ways to build more properties to make property more properties to make property more affordable rather than taking on huge debt longer mortgages. i on huge debt longer mortgages. i couldn't agree more. there is a shortage of supply. the demand for property in the uk grossly outweighs supply and it has done for a number of years. for a supply and it has done for a number of years. fora number of supply and it has done for a number of years. for a number of years we've been setting targets for the amount of houses we want to build
and every single year we have fallen short of this target. we need to tackle that first, we need to build more houses to match supply. that's the main thing we need to focus on. thank you very much for your thoughts on this story this evening. hundreds of thousands of people are marching through london today, for the city's first pride parade since 2019, because of the pandemic. it's also the 50th anniversary of london's first pride event, which was back in 1972. 0ur lgbt and identity correspondent lauren moss reports. it's loud, it's proud and it's back... ..where it all began. the pride march has taken to the streets once again, with thousands of people walking under the rainbow flag. generations came together, including 17—year—old erin and her mum, vicky, who have travelled from leicestershire. i came out this year to my mum as bi.
i've always wanted to come to one of these festivals. when i discovered we'd be down here anyway for the guns n roses concert yesterday, i asked if we could go, and my mum was so for it. i'm so proud of erin, i really am. to see everybody today, it's the most amazing experience. and for others, it'a a homecoming. jamieson came to his first pride a6 years ago. it's wonderful now to see - the progression of what it was, and what we have become. it's thought around 30,000 people took part in the parade today, passing some of the route the original march took in 1972. it's one of the most colourful celebrations in the country. but pride is still a protest at its heart. we're celebrating the progress made over the last 50 years but also continue to campaign. the party will go on into the night. pride celebrations will continue around the uk for the next several weeks. lauren moss, bbc news.
now it's time for a look at the weather with ben. hello. it's been another day of sunny spells and shower clouds delivering some drenching downpours. through the evening, some rain to clearfrom the evening, some rain to clearfrom the south—east of england. we will see further showers overnight around some western coastal fringes, especially for northern ireland, parts of north—west england and northern and western parts of scotland when the breeze will be strengthening. temperatures between nine and 12 degrees. tomorrow is more sunshine and showers but not as many showers as we've seen over the last couple of days. a few drifting across scotland where it'll be breezy. heavy showers for central and eastern parts of england. perhaps the odd flash of lightning and rumble of thunder. northern ireland shouldn't have too many showers, neithershould ireland shouldn't have too many showers, neither should whales, ireland shouldn't have too many showers, neithershould whales, nor the south—west of england. temperatures around 16 to 22 in most places. looking further ahead, turning dryerfor most, particularly
in the south where it'll warm up. temperatures could approach 20. always a little cooler and with a bit of rain at times in the north. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... there are warnings of further disruption for air travellers this summer, with more flights set to be cancelled in the coming weeks at heathrow — the uk's busiest airport. the conservative mp, chris pincher, who is under investigation for allegedly groping two men says he's seeking "professional medical support" and hopes to return to his duties as an mp "as soon as possible". hundreds of people have gathered in east london at a vigil dedicated to zara aleena, who was killed as she walked home from a night out. two more britons captured by russian forces in ukraine have have been charged with being mercenaries, according to russian state media. more than a million people have gathered on the streets on london for pride, as the lgbt plus community marks 50 years since the first march.
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