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this is bbc news with the latest headlines: covid passes, working from home, and the wider use of facemasks... england braces for plan b rule changes. the health secretary says the measures are needed to delay the spread of omicron. if it carries on at that rate, you could havei million infections through community transmission by end of the month. the new restrictions provoke a backlash from some tory mps also angry at the allegation number ten staff broke covid rules last december. labour says it's not an isolated incident. there is a number of allegations around parties at the flat at number ten, the parties in numberten, and parties in other departments, and this is devastating news for people that did the right thing, last christmas.
a bbc investigation finds british rubbish is being illegally shipped to romania and dumped. new zealand plans an innovative scheme to stop the younger generation from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime. and, england's cricketers have it all to do, after a long, hard day in the field, on day 2 of the first ashes test. welcome to bbc news. the health secretary sajid javid says new restrictions in england are needed to buy time in order for people to get their boosters and protect against the spread of the omicron variant which he said could "overwhelm" the nhs if left unchecked. but the government faces a mounting backlash to the plans from its own mps — with a substantial tory rebellion expected when the plans come
to a vote in the commons next week. one tory mp suggested it was a diversion from allegations over downing street christmas parties during restrictions last year. plan b restrictions mean that from friday, face masks will be required in more public settings — including theatres and cinemas. from monday, people will be asked to work from home where possible. from wednesday, the nhs covid pass — or a negative lateral flow test — will also be required for visitors to nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any event with more than 10,000 people. there is growing unease on the tory backbenches over the restrictions. former tory chief whip mark harper asked in the commons yesterday: "why should people at home listening to the prime minster and the secretary of state do things... "...that people working in no 10 downing street are not prepared to do?" emma simpson reports.
out on the town — the time of year for some festive fun. but hours earlier, the prime minister wasn't delivering much christmas cheer. while the picture may get better, and i sincerely hope that it will, we know that the remorseless logic of exponential growth could lead to a big rise in hospitalisations and, therefore, sadly, in deaths. and that's why it's now the proportionate and the responsible thing to move to plan b in england, while continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the devolved administrations, so we slow the spread of the virus. so, what does plan b mean? from friday, face coverings will be mandatory for most indoor public venues, including theatres and cinemas, but not pubs or restaurants. from monday, you should work from home, if you can. an nhs covid pass will be needed to get into nightclubs and large venues. a negative lateral flow test
will also be accepted. and daily testing will replace self—isolation for people who come into contact with someone infected. the government says the measures are necessary. we estimated that it spreads, what's called the doubling rate, is between two and a half to three days, which means the number of community infections are doubling in that time. and what that means is that if it carries on at that rate, you could have1 million infections through community transmission, by end of the month. right from the start, despite the fact that people are tired and despite the fact that people are having a hard time and suffering, genuinely suffering, psychologically and economically and with their health, still, by and large, the levels of adherence are very high indeed. we live in scotland, so we've been used to them for a while. - so anything that keeps us safe has got to be good for the country. - i think if you can work from home to protect everyone else, why wouldn't you? i'm a dental student, so i can't really work from home.
for me, it's been quite difficult with covid. learning... studying's been really difficult. one of the things we've discovered through this pandemic... but it's come at the worst possible time many businesses. time for many businesses. some are already asking for more government help. and, yet again, we're back into open—ended restrictions with no end in sight, no financial support and absolutely no clarity on when any of this is going to be over. i urge the government now to put the support packages in place to support business through this really difficult period. the government says its existing £400 billion support package will help businesses get through the winter. emma simpson, bbc news. the metropolitan police says it won't investigate allegations that staff at downing street broke covid restrictions by holding a christmas party, because of a "lack of evidence".
the prime minister's former spokesperson, allegra stratton, resigned after appearing to joke about the party, and there are claims of more gatherings at number ten whilst the uk was in lockdown. iain watson reports. three, two, one... plan b, with its new restrictions in england, is on its way just before christmas. but questions are still persisting over what happened last christmas behind downing street's black door. at a mock press conference, the prime minister's then spokeswoman appeared to be making light of some of the restrictions on social gatherings. this fictional party was a business meeting and it wasn't socially distanced. but yesterday, the laughter had turned to tears, as she apologised and resigned. my remarks seemed to make light of the rules. rules that people were doing everything to obey. that was never my intention. i will regret those remarks for the rest of my days and i offer my profound apologies to all of you at home. will more staff follow suit?
the country's most senior civil servant is now looking into what happened on december the 18th last year, the day that downing street still denies that a party took place. and the prime minister didn't seem to rule out extending that enquiry. people in this building have stayed within the rules. if that turns out not to be the case, and people wish to bring allegations to my attention or to the police or whoever, then, of course, there will be proper sanctions. so, what other events could potentially be examined? the bbc has received reports that some number ten staff attended a gathering with carriejohnson in a downing street flat on november the 13th last year, when england was in lockdown. but this has been denied by her spokeswoman. on the 13th and 27th of november, the bbc has been told there were informal leaving drinks for staff at number ten. and conservative sources have confirmed that four members of the party's head office staff, working in the london mayoral campaign, were disciplined
for taking part in an unauthorised social gathering on december the 14th, last year. and some of borisjohnson's own mps believe public trust has been damaged. the government's credibility, whether it is on paterson or on the christmas parties, has taken a hit. why should people at home, listening to the prime minister and the secretary of state, do things that people working in number ten are not prepared to do? some, though, are more concerned by the pandemic�*s restrictions than reports of parties. just listen to the reaction from the conservative benches when the health secretary announced the introduction of so—called vaccine passwords for large venues. we will be introducing mandatory certification... resign! ..based on vaccines or tests... resign! ..in nightclubs and large events. this will reduce the number of unvaccinated, infectious people in venues, which could limit overall transmission.
labour say they'll still support the government's new measures, but they don't support the man who leads the government. and they want conservative mps to do something about it. conservative mps can - remove the prime minister. we want to remove the prime minister in a general election. _ the point is, at this moment - in the pandemic, they need to decide whether he is really the - right person for the job, given the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in. _ borisjohnson says he is getting on with the job, while his opponents play politics with the pandemic. he said the booster programme is about to really take off. but after a bruising few weeks, his leadership could also do with a shot in the arm. iain watson, bbc news. let's get more from our chief political correspondent, adam fleming, who's at downing street. good morning, adam. not a lockdown, when is it going to be reviewed? or is this just without
an end date at the moment? there will be a review— an end date at the moment? there will be a review on _ an end date at the moment? there will be a review on the _ an end date at the moment? there will be a review on the 5th - an end date at the moment? there will be a review on the 5th of- will be a review on the 5th of january and the measures will lapse under a so—called sunset clause at the end of january. under a so—called sunset clause at the end ofjanuary. as under a so—called sunset clause at the end of january. as we have learned, with covid, the virus doesn't respect deadlines or rings on dates on a calendar. there measures will be put in there to reassure conservative mps, who are sceptical of these measures being introduced in the first place and sceptical about what the measures actually are, particularly this idea of covid certificates. the government is also trying to reassure people who are sceptical about them by saying this would just apply to people who have had their full vaccination, you will also be able to get a covid certificate if you have had a negative test that day and it is a lateral flow test you can do at home. you will be able to get access to nightclubs or large indoor and outdoor events. although will that reassurance prevent quite a large group of conservative mps voting are sceptical of these measures being introduced in the first place and sceptical about what the measures actually are, particularly this idea of covid certificates. the government is also trying to reassure people who are sceptical about them by saying this
would just apply to people who have had their full vaccination, you will also be able to get a covid certificate if you have had a negative test that day and it is a lateral flow test you can do at home. you will be able to get access to nightclubs or large indoor and outdoor events. although will that reassurance prevent quite a large group of conservative mps voting against these measures when they go to parliament, next week? i don't think they will. but the measures will get through, that is inevitable because labour are conservative mps voting against these measures when they go to parliament, next week? i don't think they will. but the measures will get through, that is inevitable because labour are supporting it, the opposition party. we mentioned nightclubs. it sounds like there was a nightclub atmosphere at number ten according to has the prime minister's language changed about whether this was he was working at and what he knew because he was working at number ten on that night of the cheese was. it has changed. initially he said there was no party and no rules were broken but he is qualified that by saying, "i have been assured that there were no parties and no rules were broken". a bit of a linguistic distance and going on. he has now taken it out of his hands and put it simon case party, whatever it was. it has changed. initially he said there was no party and no rules were broken but he is qualifying that by saying, "i have been assured that there were no parties and no rules were broken". a bit of linguistic distancing going on. he has now taken it out of his hands and put it
into the, the cabinet secretary, the most senior civil servant. —— put it in the hands of simon case. he will investigate street staff on two dates in november 2020. today, we discovered that four members of the conservative party had been disciplined after they had a party roundabout christmas last year, for the london candidate on the 18th of december. other questions about other events. for example, there are claims of leaving drinks for downing street staff on two dates in november 2020. today, we discovered that four members of the conservative party had been disciplined after they had a party roundabout christmas last year, for the london candidate for the mayoralty here in this morning from the health secretary, sajid javid, and it was interesting because we were meant to hearfrom him yesterday but he pulled out of his interviews, as he explained, because he was so upset about that video that emerged from downing street of the press conference were downing street staff appeared to be laughing about christmas parties and covid we had this morning from the health secretary, sajid javid, and it was interesting because we were meant to hear from interesting because we were meant to hearfrom him interesting because we were meant to hear from him yesterday but he pulled out of his interviews, as he explained, because he was so upset about that video that emerged from downing street of the press conference were downing street staff
appeared to be laughing about christmas parties and covid restrictions.restrictions to be honest, i was upset by that video, the video that you would have seen, the video your viewers would have seen. i was upset by it and i think a lot of your viewers would have been upset by it. the prime minister was. and i felt that the... the prime minister's team should be given an opportunity to respond and the space and time to respond to that. i'm pleased the prime minister has, by ordering an investigation. the police are not investigating and perhaps the labour party think they could pursue this in future. here is angela rayner, the deputy leader. where the evidence is there, it should be handed over to the met police, because nobody is above the law. it cannot be one rule for everybody else and one rule for the prime minister at downing street. it's incredibly frustrating that it's taken a week for the prime minister to admit that there was a potential breach of the rules. and it looks like it wasn'tjust a one off incident, either. there is a number of allegations around parties at the flat at number ten, the parties in numberten, and parties in other departments, there is a number of allegations around parties at the flat at number ten, the parties in numberten, and parties in other departments, and this is devastating news for people that did
the right thing, last christmas. just go back to the december 18 party, adam. if he has been reassured that this didn't happen, potentially, that brings a lot of party workers, aides into the frame, that if it was proven there was a party, lots of people will be scratching their heads, thinking why has allegra stratton resigned over a party which either didn't exist or she didn't go to.— she didn't go to. there are no claims that — she didn't go to. there are no claims that boris _ she didn't go to. there are no claims that boris johnson - she didn't go to. there are no claims that boris johnson or l she didn't go to. there are no i claims that boris johnson or any claims that borisjohnson or any ministers or any politicians were at that party on the 18th. it sounds like the event was organised by downing street staff for staff. officials and special advisers. presumably it is that kind of person that has reassured borisjohnson about what actually occurred on that evening. the prime minister has said that if it turns out there's people did break the rules, they will be disciplined, just as we have seen conservative party stuff disciplined over that other party that i was referring to, a minute ago. in terms of allegra stratton's resignation, i think the reason she resigned is because of how she appeared in that video. and the tone and the laughter
around a subject that was very serious and saw people with their livelihoods and lives are being threatened at the time. it was the disconnect between the seriousness of what was going on and the jokey nurse of her persona at that point. she was behaving in completely the opposite way, yesterday, when she made her very tearful resignation statement. i don't remember a political figure statement. i don't remember a politicalfigure being statement. i don't remember a political figure being that publicly upsetin political figure being that publicly upset in the middle of a scandal before. however, borisjohnson's critics are using the word "scapegoat" and saying allegra stratton may have resigned for that reason, but the effect of her resignation looks like it might be to try and draw a bit of a line under the whole downing street party story. a story, which she really wasn't responsible for playing any part in. wasn't responsible for playing any art in. �* . wasn't responsible for playing any artin. . , wasn't responsible for playing any art in. �* ., , ., part in. adam, complicated. for the time being. — part in. adam, complicated. for the time being, thank— part in. adam, complicated. for the time being, thank you _ part in. adam, complicated. for the time being, thank you very - part in. adam, complicated. for the time being, thank you very much. i with me now is ann francke, the chief executive of the chartered management institute. about plan b. thank you forjoining
us on bbc news. more working from home, if you can. guidelines. what is your reaction to that?— is your reaction to that? well, actually. _ is your reaction to that? well, actually. the _ is your reaction to that? well, actually, the reality _ is your reaction to that? well, actually, the reality is - is your reaction to that? well, actually, the reality is we - is your reaction to that? well, | actually, the reality is we have been living with covid uncertainty for some time at most businesses have taken matters into their own hands. we know that over 70% of our managers told us they had a plan b backin managers told us they had a plan b back in september. indeed, it involves working from home. people are much better prepared to do that. we have all done this before. we have seen we can do it. businesses have seen we can do it. businesses have had to be agile and adapt to this ever evolving covid world. it is confusing. what does the evidence show? what does employers and employees lose and gain from working from home? it’s employees lose and gain from working from home? �* , . employees lose and gain from working from home? �*, ., .., , employees lose and gain from working from home? �*, ., , ,. from home? it's a complex picture. on balance. — from home? it's a complex picture. on balance. it _ from home? it's a complex picture. on balance, it is _ from home? it's a complex picture. on balance, it is actually _ from home? it's a complex picture. on balance, it is actually a - on balance, it is actually a positive picture, if you remain
agile and take full advantage of some of the flexibilities that hybrid home—working gives you. it does give employees more choice over how they spend their time. it eliminate the dreaded commute. employers are working with their employees to find what is the best balance. because there is no one size fits all. my advice to employers is, back away from edicts for all staff must be in the office, these days or at home those days, because tailored solutions are far better for getting the most out of your employees and boosting productivity in these trying times. it's funny, isn't it? a lot of people, law firms and banks don't say that. i was reminding myself what david solomon, goldman sachs' chief executive said a few months ago, that working from home is an
aberration. james dimon doesn't work for the spontaneous idea generation and for those people who want to hustle. diametrically opposed views about this, haven't we?— hustle. diametrically opposed views about this, haven't we? well, we do. there is irony — about this, haven't we? well, we do. there is irony in _ about this, haven't we? well, we do. there is irony in that _ about this, haven't we? well, we do. there is irony in that the _ about this, haven't we? well, we do. there is irony in that the banks, - there is irony in that the banks, let's take the banks, many of them had record results precisely when their staff were working from home, right? we do have to take some of those pronouncements with a grain of salt. we have seen the more enlightened bosses many from large companies have actually backed off from making pronouncements. they have moved "you are all going back to the office early january" and backed off from making those statements. they are now saying, we are keeping it under review, we are going to work with you and we believe, at a cm i, we know that is the approach that needs to be taken. we do need to be agile and we need to work with our employees and avoid making blanket statements because we just live in tambe in uncertain
times after covid.— just live in tambe in uncertain times after covid. what impact do ou think times after covid. what impact do you think these _ times after covid. what impact do you think these guidelines - times after covid. what impact do you think these guidelines will. times after covid. what impact do i you think these guidelines will have on hospitality industry? == you think these guidelines will have on hospitality industry?— on hospitality industry? -- too uncertain _ on hospitality industry? -- too uncertain times. _ on hospitality industry? -- too uncertain times. it _ on hospitality industry? -- too uncertain times. it would - on hospitality industry? -- too uncertain times. it would be i on hospitality industry? -- too - uncertain times. it would be locked down, as uncertain times. it would be locked down. as we _ uncertain times. it would be locked down, as we understand _ uncertain times. it would be locked down, as we understand it, - uncertain times. it would be locked down, as we understand it, before| down, as we understand it, before christmas, but will it have an impact on those hospitality industries had do you think there should be a return to furlough or help for people who perhaps might be impacted by this? thea;r help for people who perhaps might be impacted by this?— impacted by this? they have been very careful _ impacted by this? they have been very careful not _ impacted by this? they have been very careful not to _ impacted by this? they have been very careful not to require - impacted by this? they have been very careful not to require masks | impacted by this? they have been. very careful not to require masks in hospitality or a it back passes. that differs from many other countries, who require them both —— or covid passes. of course, this might dent confidence. but, again, many companies, many managers, many employers, have already factored this in. so, they have backed off from huge christmas party long ago and they are doing smaller gatherings. and the hospitality industry has acknowledged that in how people are booking. they are acquiring lateral flow tests all showing vaccination status. a lot of
these practices are already taking place. —— or showing vaccination status. of course, there will be an impact. i support targeted measures. if there are sectors that are particularly hard hit, we need the flexibility and agility from government to reach out to those sectors and give them additional support. sectors and give them additional su ort. �* ., ., sectors and give them additional su ort. �* ., sectors and give them additional su--ort. �* ., ,, ., sectors and give them additional su--ort.�* ., ,, ., support. ann, good to speak to you, thank ou support. ann, good to speak to you, thank you very _ support. ann, good to speak to you, thank you very much _ support. ann, good to speak to you, thank you very much indeed. - support. ann, good to speak to you, thank you very much indeed. thankl thank you very much indeed. thank ou. and at 11:30, we'll be answering your questions on the changes to restrictions, plan b, and working from home. do send them in to us on twitter, using the hashtag bbc your questions, or by emailing yourquestions@bbc. co. uk. that's coming up at 11:30am. the uk is sending too much of its unwanted rubbish to romania — that's what the authorities in bucharest say. they're demanding that british officials step up export checks to stop illegal waste from getting through. the uk government says it's pledged to bring in tougher controls. angus crawford reports.
british household waste, a long way from home. tonnes and tonnes of it discovered by customs officers at a port in romania. it's a microwave. environmental police say it's worthless junk which can't be recycled, illegal to export, but cheaper to send here than disposing of it properly in the uk. this is rubbish? this was one of many shipments, and other containers did get through. the authorities believe some of the waste came here, a vast private landfill, now under police investigation. we can't get inside the site, so we're driven round the back. the mounds of rubbish stretch away into the distance. the operators say it's only romanian waste, but the environmental guard insist there's rubbish from across europe, and that includes from the uk. we headed to a meeting
with local campaigners. so, we're being followed and spotted the whole way? but when we get to the village, the head of dump security follows us and calls in the site manager. we want to talk about british waste at the landfill site. impossible. villagers say that's nonsense. i don't know in percent, but they are british waste, there. and all the time, security is watching. so, what's the romanian government doing about british waste? we are shutting the door at all the amount of illegal waste. what more can the british government do to stop these illegal exports? i believe that the british government should have also
increase the checkings at their border, regarding the exports. we are doing whatever we can, in our part. still the shipments come. this time it's old fridges from the uk. look at the dirt and mould. with no safety certificates, say the authorities. there's money to be made from broken electricals. we're on our way to a village that lives off the trade, burning them to extract copper and aluminium. but it's illegal, and they're hostile. we need a police escort. in the fields around, mounds of waste, most of it from romania, but some from abroad. this is what's left over after a bonfire of plastic. we're told every night they set fires here, burning old television sets, cables, computers. there's still quite an unpleasant smell in the air. and we're told some of the things they burn here have been sent all the way from the uk. a dirty business polluting the land.
it's destroying the quality of the water. quality of the soil, as you see. it's destroying the quality of the air and the quality of the life. and still the burning goes on. an environmental crisis made in romania, fuelled in part by waste from abroad. angus crawford, bbc news, romania. new zealand is looking to bring in legislation that will stop young people from ever buying cigarettes, with the aim of making the whole country smoke—free within four years. lucy grey has more. currently an estimated 13% of adults smoke — but that figure rises to 31% among the indigenous maori population. at the moment, you have to be 18 to buy cigarettes in new zealand, but under planned new laws, anyone
under the age of 1a will never be able to buy cigarettes legally. the age limit will then be increased every year until the whole country is smoke free. we want to make sure young people never start smoking. so, we are legislating for a smoke—free generation by making it an offence to sell or supply tobacco products to those aged 1a, when the law comes into effect. the government particularly wants to help maori smokers kick the habit. i reckon it's a good move, really. because, right now, there's a lot of young kids walking around with smokes. how are they getting these smokes? and it's also good for myself, too, so i can save more money. if people still want to smoke, well, they can just grow their own, which they are doing. maybe it's a good idea because, at the end of the day, _ smoking is bad for you - and it's really hard to quit. the new legislation being introduced to parliament next year will also only allow cigarettes with low levels of nicotine and reduce the number of shops selling them. vaping won't be affected. the aim is to get all ages to
stub out the habit by 2025. lucy gray, bbc news. china has warned that australia, britain, and the united states will pay the price for their "mistaken acts", after deciding not to send government delegations to february's winter olympics in beijing. canada has become the latest country to announce that no government representatives will attend the games. gail maclellan reports. first, it was the us, then australia, the uk and now canada joins the list of countries using the beijing winter games to make a point about china and accusations of human rights violations. we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the chinese government. that is why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the beijing olympic paralympic games, this winter. but this isn't a sporting boycott, it's only diplomats who stay away, despite calls from human rights
campaigners, the athletes will still get to go to beijing in february. earlier this week, the us accused china of genocide in its repression of the predominantly muslim uyghur minority in xinjiang province. speaking to the bbc, president biden's climate envoy, john kerry, denied the diplomatic boycott amounted to america trying to lecture china. we're not lecturing. what we're doing is something the united states has always done, which is stand up for human rights. china strongly denies the accusations about human rights abuse. it calls the boycotts a smear campaign and says the officials hadn't even been asked to come in the first place. translation: china has not invited any australian - government officials to attend the winter olympics, and no—one would care about whether they came or not. the australian politicians�* political posturing and hyping for their own political interest will have no impact whatsoever on beijing's successful hosting
of the olympic games. and the international olympic committee would prefer people to focus on athletes, not politics. we have been concerned with the athletes we welcome, that they can participate, that they are supported by their national governments and the rest is politics and their... uh, our political neutrality. the principle is applied. but with china threatening to retaliate and other countries considering whether or not to join the boycott, the ioc may not get its wish for the athletes to take centre stage any time soon. jimmy lai and two other pro—democracy activists have been convicted in hong kong for having taken part in a banned vigil last year. lai, who founded the now—defunct apple daily newspaper, was found guilty of having incited others to join an illegal assembly. all three had pleaded not guilty. lai is already serving a jail sentence for attending other banned gatherings.
you are watching bbc news. what is in store for us?— you are watching bbc news. what is in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead. — in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead, actually. _ in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead, actually. it _ in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead, actually. it will _ in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead, actually. it will be - in store for us? good morning. a bad day ahead, actually. it will be cold i day ahead, actually. it will be cold more or less across the board but lots of sunshine in the forecast today. currently we have a line of showers, which is draped across the uk moving slowly east, fragmenting that are taking the cloud with it. dry and sunshine before the next band of rain swings in from the west. mild in the south—west, 11 degrees, but cold feeling for the rest of us. this evening and overnight at the rain goes into the north sea. this north—westerly breeze, lots of showers. it is wintry at the tops of the mountains and cold enough in parts of scotland and cold enough in parts of scotland and north—east england for some frost here and there. tomorrow morning, we say goodbye to the rain
quickly and lots of dry weather and a fair bit of sunshine. lots of showers coming in on the wind, once again, notjust in the north—west but some across the midlands and towards the south—east. it will be colder tomorrow than it is today. hello this is bbc news, with tim wilcox. the headlines at 9.30: covid passes, working from home, and the wider use of facemasks — england braces for plan b rule changes. the health secretary says the measures are needed to delay the spread of omicron. if it carries on at that rate, you could have a million infections through community transmission by the end of the month. the new restrictions provoke a backlash from some tory mps also angry at the allegation number 10 staff broke covid rules last december. labour says it's not an isolated incident. there is a number of allegations around parties at the flat at number 10, parties in number 10,
parties in other departments and this is devastating news for people that did the right thing last christmas. a bbc investigation finds british rubbish is being illegally shipped to romania and dumped. new zealand plans an innovative scheme to stop the younger generation from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike. not great news for fans of english cricket. ~ , , ., , not great news for fans of english cricket. ~ , ,., , ., ., ., england's cricketers have it all to do, after a long, hard day in the field, on day two, of the first ashes test. an unbeaten century from travis head, plus big scores from david warner and marnus labuschagne put australia firmly in control in brisbane, asjoe wilson reports. what don't you see in brisbane? there is no broad, anderson, not picked. england put the faith in the
bowling of ollie robertson. marcus harris gone, that was one. england needed others. not every australian is quite the same. dismissing david warnerfor 17, is quite the same. dismissing david warnerfor17, that's a big deal. but ben stokes had overstepped that line, no ball, not help. now warner batted with the freedom of a man reprieved, brutal againstjack leach. when robinson produced a perfect delivery, rory burns spurned the catch. oh, dear. marnus labuschagne meanwhile was playing with the calm assurance of a batter who is famous for calm assurance, a meticulous 7a. robinson to warner, look out for ben stokes. a sore knee but his hands were ok and one i was gone for 94. very next ball, cameron green, golden duck. goodness, were england back in the match? not really. travis head smashed the ball everywhere. england's bowler now looked injured, exhausted or
incapable. looked injured, exhausted or incapable-— looked injured, exhausted or incaable. . , . . . incapable. travis head, look at that for a cricket — incapable. travis head, look at that for a cricket shot! _ incapable. travis head, look at that for a cricket shot! their _ for a cricket shot! their preparation _ for a cricket shot! their preparation was - for a cricket shot! their preparation was very i for a cricket shot! their - preparation was very limited but every match is an opportunity and travis head seized his. his first ashes hundred helped australia to a lead of 196, a match—winning position. there are three days left, should australia need them. joe wilson, bbc news. o nto onto the football. chelsea head coach thomas tuchel criticised his side for not doing the basics after an injury time goal ruined their hopes of winning their champions league group. they were 3—2 up and poised to finish top, until ozdoev equalised with this rocket for zenit st petersberg, with virtually the last kick of the game. it means chelsea will now face a group winner in the knock out phase. it's the second game running that chelsea have squandered a lead. manchester united were held to a 1—1 draw by young boys at old trafford. mason greenwood with the goal for ralf rangnick�*s side, who had already qualified as group winners. but there were other highlights for the home fans. the debuts for zidane iqbal,
the first british—born player of south—asian heritage to make a senior appearance for the club, and charlie savage, the son of former wales international robbie. for the first time in 21 years, barcelona have failed to make the knockout stage. they lost 3—0 at group winners bayern munich and drop down, into the europa league play—offs. now, have a look at these pictures taken at chelsea's game, at home tojuventus in the women's champions league last night. they show the chelsea striker sam kerr knocking over a pitch invader — and she was punished with a yellow card. the match ended goalless and chelsea remain top of their group but after the game, chelsea boss emma hayes talked about player security. i don't know why he didn't wait until the end. he could have had a photograph if he really wanted one. but, jokes aside, you know, you have to do think about player safety. i think we have seen it. there is this
sense that the players are more in demand, so i think it should serve as a reminder to us all in our stadiums and our stewards that they have to put player protection first. tonight's europa conference game, between tottenham and rennes has been postponed after a number of positive covid tests at the london club. eight players and five staff have tested positive. spurs have also been advised to close the first team area of their training ground. uefa confirmed the postponement this morning, but that was after rennes strongly criticised spurs accusing them of a lack of fair play. spurs�*s game at brighton in some doubt, that will be reviewed in the coming day or so. they are due to play on sunday. that's all the sport for now. mike, thank you very much indeed. more from mike later on. so borisjohnson is facing criticism from mps, but how do people feel about what's
happened over the last few days? the row over the christmas party in number 10 and all the other allegations as well, plus moving into a plan b at the beginning of next week. face basks, more working from home. —— facemasks are more working from home. graham satchell has been finding out. we've come to watford to see what people here think of downing street, parties and new restrictions. at this cafe, susan is with her sister and granddaughter, born just before christmas. susan couldn't see her granddaughter for weeks and weeks after she was born, couldn't help her daughter. my daughter wasn't very well through pregnancy. and as a grandparent, i couldn't go and help. so we've all suffered. and to hear them laughing and joking about what they've done, supposedly, is very upsetting. there is upset, anger, disbelief that the people making the rules were apparently not following them. i think it's diabolical, really, just because so many people had
to forfeit getting together with their loved ones and theirfamilies and they weren't able to. yeah, it's very hypocritical. but, yeah, so, disappointed and, yeah, angry. brian, who runs the cafe with his wife, really struggled through lockdown but always followed government guidelines. it's been very, very difficult for a lot of business and for people's mental health. so i think if there's people in authority, and in positions where they are dictating legislation, guidance, whichever, and they're not following the rules, then they should be accountable. it's wrong, it's absolutely wrong. this is leo and his wifejo. leo spent three weeks on his own in hospital before he eventually succumbed to covid. i mean, i wasn't allowed to see leo until the last hour before he died. and then i had to self—isolate for two weeks afterwards,
myself and my son at home, pretty much alone, planning the funeral. and, you know, it takes its toll on everyone. but it is absolutely no good that the people at the top aren't doing what they say we should be doing, because they expect us to follow the rules and we should be doing. and, yeah, it does make it sort of, it's frustrating, it's embarrassing for the government and it's sad and upsetting for the families that are affected. back in watford, parents collecting their children from the building blocks nursery and a clear sense of trust ebbing away from the government. they are the bosses. they should be guiding and showing how it's done and they are not showing that. it's not good. they should follow the rules if they are making the rules, yeah. if they can have a party, then everyone else should have a party. but i think it's equal to everyone how it should be. as staff clean the nursery
at the end of the day to make it covid safe, there is a question on the carpet, and an answer. my mum's birthday�*s christmas day and she had to spend it alone. and then it pops out that people are having parties and popping bottles, it's a bit, hang on a minute, my mum spent it alone and you're having cheese sandwiches? so, it's a bit wrong. you are there to set an example to the country. you can't expect the country to follow your lead if you're not maintaining a lead that is set to be followed. but if they can do what they are telling us not to do, why should i follow their rules? and that's the worry. if authority and credibility in government dissipates, will people listen to public health messages? graham satchell, bbc news, watford. with pressure on hospitals growing, later this morning the bbc is launching a special nhs tracker which will help you find out how your local services are coping. the tracker will run throughout winter and will show you the latest data on waits for emergency
treatment where you live. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson explains. hospitals are under pressure like never before. some staff have even said they're working right at the edge of what they can manage. here in newcastle, they say the pressure in a&e is as much as 50% greater than before the pandemic, and they can't see an end to it. usually at the end of winter we would look forward, but nobody knows if this is going to happen this time. right across the nhs there are more patients and they are sicker. because so many who needed treatment didn't get it in previous waves of the pandemic. patients with chronic conditions like dawn, who has crohn's disease, are forced to go to a&e because their specialist clinics are still closed. so many other people have had so much more urgent needs than i have, and i think it's terrible
that people are being, you know, left, basically, to, you know, it's almost like people are having to fend for themselves rather than getting the support they need properly. the potential threat from the new variant isn't helping. documents from government advisers sage say without any restrictions, the peak of the omicron wave could lead to more than 2,000 from the first wave. our staff feel it's been relentless. the pressure has been here for about two years. we don't see it easing. we feel that it is, there has got to be a let up at some point. we have put in measures to help. and everybody is working really hard, but they feel that every time we go one step forward, we seem to go two steps backwards. those who work with hospital trusts in england insist the simple truth is the nhs needs more staff.
i think this is a big challenge. we've got a vacancy rate at the moment of around 10% across the nhs. that is 100,000 staff — doctors, nurses, health care so, that's a good start in terms of thinking about what we need to fill. there are big numbers out there. and that's not even thinking about future demand. so, with pressure on hospitals growing, later this morning the bbc is launching an nhs tracker to show people how services in england, scotland and wales are coping. by entering a postcode, it will allow patients and families to track any ambulance delays, waits on a&e and to get on to wards, vital information about the state of nhs emergency services through this, the most challenging winter they have faced. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. that nhs tracker will go live on the bbc website later this morning.
a bbc investigation has found that care homes are implementing different rules around visits this christmas. some families have told us they're having to fight for limited time slots to see their loved ones, while others have been told they won't be able to visit at all. this is the second year restrictions have been in place during the festive period, as zoe conway reports. well done. i'll get you another rolling pin, jean. the residents of the heathfield care home in warrington might have dementia, but they've not lost their dignity. staff here try to support and encourage them. i can't wait to taste these, can you? the home hasn't had a single case of covid. they want to keep it that way this christmas. christmas day is always special, actually. there is a lovely atmosphere. normally speaking, a number of residents would go out to be with families. this year, we are suggesting that's not going to happen because of the virus, the new strain of the virus. it'll be a very happy, festive time.
the chef will make a superb christmas lunch. you better move that hand, else you going to put a hole in... oh, right! ..in the side...! we don't want a hole in yourjumper, do we?! doreen often doesn't know who peter is. but there's no mistaking herjoy at having her son by her side. peter says the home has been good at consulting families about visits. we've discussed together our thoughts on how things should open up and not be opened up. so we are involved in the process continually. and that gives you great reassurance that we've got some influence. the government's guidelines state they expect and encourage care providers to facilitate visits wherever possible, and to do so in a risk managed way. but several families with relatives at other homes have told us they are not getting enough access at christmas. wendy's mother suffered a catastrophic stroke 14 years ago.
she lost the use of the right—hand side completely and has absolutely no speech at all. but she's mum. she's still mum. she's still very much my mum. she is frustrated that she will only get an hour with her mother on christmas day. we all know covid is going to be with us for some time. we've got to find a way of living with it and not being stuck in this draconian method of looking after your relatives. it doesn't help them mentally, does it? some families said they thought staff shortages were to blame for the lack of visits. one woman, who doesn't want to be named, told me she's not allowed to visit her mother on christmas day. can you understand where the home is coming from though — they're trying to protect the residents? no, i think they're just trying to keep everyone out. she could take her mother home for the day, but she says her mother is too frail to be moved.
ifeel as if i've abandoned her and that she wouldn't think i cared. and that... that's. .. that's the upsetting thing. eileen says her mother's home is offering four families a 30 minute slot on christmas day. she doesn't know yet whether she'll be one of them. my mother trained as a nurse in the second world war. she had been a district nurse all her working life. it's breaking my heart, actually. that's what it's about. the government says that every care home resident should be supported to have an essential caregiver, who can visit the home to offer companionship and who can visit even if there is a covid outbreak in the home. but look at sylvia — beautiful dress. john's wife sylvia is in a home and has dementia. what do you love about her? sense of humour. gentleness.
her love for everybody. he has been trying for months to get essential caregiver status, so he can visit sylvia more often. it gives reassurance there is someone there to hold and touch and cuddle as necessary, which she has lost over the last year—and—a—half. as i have to say, so have i. the government has said that essential care givers are allowed to visit homes, are allowed to have personal contact with their loved ones, and yet it doesn't seem to be happening. i don't know why. i really am quite exasperated, not just for myself, but for thousands upon thousands of other people in exactly the same situation as i am. the challenge for care homes is that, for so many families, christmas is about so much more than the festive rituals. it's about being with their loved ones. zoe conway, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... covid passes, working from home,
and the wider use of facemasks. england braces for plan b rule changes. the new restrictions provoke a backlash from some tory mps also angry at the allegation number 10 staff broke covid rules last december. a bbc investigation finds british rubbish is being illegally shipped to romania and dumped. let's catch up with the latest business news. as christmas approaches, what might the extra expense of the festive season mean for people already facing higher living costs? our business correspondent victoria fritzjoins me. a lovely christmas tree behind you. lovely, good morning.— lovely, good morning. hello, good morninu. lovely, good morning. hello, good morning- the _ lovely, good morning. hello, good morning. the glass _ lovely, good morning. hello, good morning. the glass baubles - lovely, good morning. hello, good morning. the glass baubles are - lovely, good morning. hello, good morning. the glass baubles are at| morning. the glass baubles are at the top to stop little hands and dogs to knocking them off. i apologise for that. i want to talk
about christmas and the cost of christmas today. the bbc has been working with yougov finding out what financial position people are in coming up to christmas because this is another unusual time. another covid christmas, if you like. although, of course, the government is trying to do what it can to allow people to have a slightly more normal christmas than the one we had last year. but some are still in a precarious financial position. some of the data from yougov showed people aged 45 and under admit they are going to be spending more this christmas than they are able to afford. what does that mean, where is the money going to come from? some people will be cutting back on other aspects of their budget and others admit that they will be borrowing more to stop this is a slight problem because we are already seeing from the data coming from july to september showing that the amount of debt people are taking on is rising and is greater than it was at the same period in previous
years. there is a link between this kind of covid debt cycle and mental health issues, as well. with that in mind, we can bring in morgan wilde, the head of policy at citizens advice. good morning to you. what are you seeing in the people that are you seeing in the people that are coming to you, in terms of the financial situation they are in coming up to christmas? we are seeinu coming up to christmas? we are seeing peeple — coming up to christmas? we are seeing people facing _ coming up to christmas? we are i seeing people facing extraordinary pressures on their household budgets _ pressures on their household budgets. we are seeing there as a consequence of the cut to universal credit, _ consequence of the cut to universal credit, seeing incredible increases in energy— credit, seeing incredible increases in energy bills and huge increases in energy bills and huge increases in inflation — in energy bills and huge increases in inflation in general, that's meaning _ in inflation in general, that's meaning lots of people who are coming — meaning lots of people who are coming to— meaning lots of people who are coming to us are struggling to make ends meet — coming to us are struggling to make ends meet. about three quarters of our front_ ends meet. about three quarters of our front line advisers have reported _ our front line advisers have reported seeing an increase in the number— reported seeing an increase in the number of— reported seeing an increase in the number of people struggling to make ends meet in the last three months. so we _ ends meet in the last three months. so we are _ ends meet in the last three months. so we are really worried about their
struggles _ so we are really worried about their struggles that people will be seeing over the _ struggles that people will be seeing over the winter and into the spring. christmases — over the winter and into the spring. christmases a period of time where people do spend more than they would ordinarily in the months and it is something people are not really willing to cut back on if they can avoid it. so what extra pressure is christmas spending going to put up on people this year? we christmas spending going to put up on people this year?— on people this year? we are 'ust seeinu on people this year? we are 'ust seeing thousands i on people this year? we are 'ust seeing thousands ofﬂ on people this year? we are 'ust seeing thousands of people h on people this year? we are just| seeing thousands of people come on people this year? we are just - seeing thousands of people come to us for— seeing thousands of people come to us for support already who are facing — us for support already who are facing pressures this christmas. we published _ facing pressures this christmas. we published research earlier this autumn, — published research earlier this autumn, suggesting there are over 3 million _ autumn, suggesting there are over 3 million families who are also ready facing _ million families who are also ready facing financial crisis this christmas. that means people will be facing _ christmas. that means people will be facing difficult choices between avoiding presents for their family, between _ avoiding presents for their family, between being able to pay rent, being _ between being able to pay rent, being able to pay essential bills and being able to put food on the
table _ and being able to put food on the table. ., .., ., , ., , .,, table. how common is it that people turn to credit — table. how common is it that people turn to credit providers _ table. how common is it that people turn to credit providers at _ table. how common is it that people turn to credit providers at this - turn to credit providers at this time and are using a sort of resurgence in loan sharks and the like? so resurgence in loan sharks and the like? ., , resurgence in loan sharks and the like? , , like? so we do see people using credit providers _ like? so we do see people using credit providers increasingly - like? so we do see people using credit providers increasingly at l credit providers increasingly at christmas. sometimes that isn't a problem — christmas. sometimes that isn't a problem. people can choose to use these _ problem. people can choose to use these products because they have a financial— these products because they have a financial plan of how they are going to pay— financial plan of how they are going to pay it _ financial plan of how they are going to pay it back. but we are seeing increasing — to pay it back. but we are seeing increasing numbers of debt products not quite _ increasing numbers of debt products not quite being emphasised in the i’ili'it not quite being emphasised in the right light. so we know one in ten people _ right light. so we know one in ten people are — right light. so we know one in ten people are planning to use by now and pay— people are planning to use by now and pay later to pay for christmas this year— and pay later to pay for christmas this year but we are seeing an increasing _ this year but we are seeing an increasing number of shoppers using those _ increasing number of shoppers using those products being chased by debt collectors _ those products being chased by debt collectors later down the line. so we are _ collectors later down the line. so we are worried that debt isn't being advertised — we are worried that debt isn't being advertised or channelled to people in the _ advertised or channelled to people in the way— advertised or channelled to people in the way that it should be. yes,
advertised or channelled to people in the way that it should be.- in the way that it should be. yes, i was reading _ in the way that it should be. yes, i was reading just _ in the way that it should be. yes, i was reading just before _ in the way that it should be. yes, i was reading just before we - in the way that it should be. yes, i was reading just before we spoke i was reading just before we spoke about exactly that, about the buying now and pay later. about 70 million of us in this country have views that country in the last year so it is a huge proportion of people. i wonder if you could tell us where people should go for advice if they are worried about christmas and costs are mounting up and how they will pay for everything. are there various places people can go? we would always urge people to reach out to _ would always urge people to reach out to us _ would always urge people to reach out to us at citizens advice. if people — out to us at citizens advice. if people are worried about how they will make — people are worried about how they will make ends meet this christmas or already— will make ends meet this christmas or already facing problem debts then there is— or already facing problem debts then there is all— or already facing problem debts then there is all kinds of things our advisers — there is all kinds of things our advisers can do to support them and provide _ advisers can do to support them and provide advice. what we urge people to do is— provide advice. what we urge people to do is if— provide advice. what we urge people to do is if they are worried, not to bury— to do is if they are worried, not to bury their— to do is if they are worried, not to bury their head in the sand and seek support— bury their head in the sand and seek support now. problems with debt tend to get— support now. problems with debt tend to get worse as they persist. the crucial— to get worse as they persist. the crucial thing is you get support when _ crucial thing is you get support when you — crucial thing is you get support when you need it and face up to some of the _ when you need it and face up to some of the problem is that he might be experiencing. gk,
of the problem is that he might be experiencing-_ experiencing. ok, thank you very much morgan- — experiencing. ok, thank you very much morgan. morgan _ experiencing. ok, thank you very much morgan. morgan wilde - experiencing. ok, thank you very | much morgan. morgan wilde from citizens advice. if you want more advice on some more information on this, there is a good article written by the financial correspond and available on the bbc website. it is entitled don't live a champagne life on a lemonade budget. i will end on that, back to you, tim. yes. end on that, back to you, tim. yes, i think a message _ end on that, back to you, tim. yes, i think a message for _ end on that, back to you, tim. yes, i think a message for us _ end on that, back to you, tim. yes, i think a message for us all. - i think a message for us all. victoria, thank you very much indeed. a new milestone has been reached in the construction of barcelona's famous basilica, la sagrada familia. just in time for christmas, a colossal 12—point star, with a width of more than 7 metres has been illuminated, perched on top of the newly completed tower of the virgin mary. tanya dendrinos reports. an imposing icon of the barcelona skyline. and this the newest piece of the sagrada familia puzzle. the completed tower of the virgin mary adorned with 800 windows.
on its pinnacle, a five and a half tonne 12—point star, illuminated for the first time. below, a sea of onlookers, thankful to witness history. translation: it is like - an opening for everyone, a light of hope for everyone, with no exception. translation: it was very emotional, because it has been under _ construction for such a long time and, little by little, it is coming to fruition. even the eyes of the vatican were on the occasion. translation: peace and good wishes _ and this cordial- franciscan greeting. i join all of you from . rome at this moment. sagrada familia is the masterpiece of architect antoni gaudi. construction began in 1882 and almost 140 years on, it's still going. the aim was to have it complete by 2026, to mark the centenary
of gaudi's death. but it's been further delayed after construction was halted due to the pandemic. when the elusive completion date does eventually roll around, it will be the tallest church in the world, bringing gaudi's vision to life. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with carole. you have a picture of a lot of sunshine, well that last? it well for many of us today. what we have after a chilly star is a fair bit of sunshine. there are some showers in the forecast today, pushing eastward that later on we will also see some rain. for most, looking at sunny spells with the rain coming in through the course of the latter part of the morning and into the afternoon. here it is here, making progress into the isles of scilly and the tip of cornwall. this line of showers is a weak feature and as it drifts eastwards it will tend to fragment. but the main rain moves west to east as we go through the
course of the afternoon and into the evening, eventually clearing tomorrow morning. here is ourfirst line of showers, fragmenting all the time but the cloud around it will put eastwards and then brighten up behind it. a lot of us having a dry day with some sunshine. towards the west, we will have that weather front already producing the rain. wet in eastern scotland this afternoon, cold with some sunshine in aberdeen shy. some of the rain moving across northern ireland giving showers behind. north—east england towards cambridgeshire, the south—east seeing the sunshine and out towards the west, once again, all that rain through north west england, wales and south—west england. the band of rain will continue to drift eastwards through the night. behind it, more of a north—westerly flow blowing and a lot of showers, some of which will be wintry on the tops of the hills in scotland and under clear skies across parts of central and eastern scotland, north—east england, once again you could wake up to a touch of frost fairs they can. a cold start to the day where ever you are.
first thing, we say goodbye to the rain in east anglia and then a lot of dry weather and sunshine. in areas exposed to the brisk north—westerly wind, we will see the showers, especially in the north west and some of those will be wintry on higher ground. the wind will be strong enough to blow them in a north—west england, cheshire, the midlands, parts of wales and southern england but they will be the exception rather than the rule. temperatures down a touch on where we are expecting them today. later, the next weather from waiting in the wings will start to show its hand. on saturday, we start off on a misty and murky note. the cloud building ahead of the weather front coming our way. that will be introducing some rain. this weatherfront is our way. that will be introducing some rain. this weather front is a warm front, so behind it we are pulling in warmer air. the milder air getting in already across western areas and by the end of the afternoon, even though these will be our maximum temperature is around three o'clock, by five o'clock, the temperatures will be starting to rise. on sunday, we hang on to mild
this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. covid passes, working from home, and the wider use of facemasks. england braces for plan b rule changes. the health secretary says the measures are needed to delay the spread of omicron. if it carries on at that rate, you could have1 million infections through community transmission by end of the month. the new restrictions provoke a backlash from some tory mps also angry at the allegation number ten staff broke covid rules last december. labour says it's not an isolated incident. there is a number of allegations around parties at the flat at numberten, the parties in numberten, and parties in other departments, and this is devastating news for people that did the right thing, last christmas.
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