this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. former us vice president, mike pence, says he had no right to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, and that donald trump was wrong to claim otherwise. president trump is wrong. i had no right to overturn the election, the presidency belongs to the american people and the american people alone. another former british minister, nick gibb, calls for borisjohnson to resign as prime minister. emergency workers in morocco say they're hopeful of reaching a five—year—old boy who's spent four days trapped in a well. british ministers are strengthening a bill that will force social media companies
to take down reported content more quickly. in austria everyone over 18 must now get a covid vaccination — or face the possibility of a heavy fine. and the queen reads cards from well wishers ahead of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. donald trump's former vice president, mike pence, says he couldn't have overturned the result of the 2020 us presidential election, and that mr trump was wrong to think he could have done so. the former president, who has falsely claimed the election was stolen from him, recently insisted again that
mr pence could have blocked certification of the results. our north america correspondent, david willis reports. mike david willis reports. pence was renowned for his almost mike pence was renowned for his almost filial sense of loyalty to donald trump, never publicly disagreeing with him and staunchly defending even the former president's most controversial actions. but there was one area in which the two men have not seen eye to eye. donald trump maintains the former vice president could have used his authority to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election as they were being presented to congress. and following renewed assertions to that effect from mr trump in recent days, mike pence has now decided to speak out. president trump said i had the right to overturn the election. but president trump is wrong. i had no
right to overturn the election, the presidency belongs to the american people and the american people alone. ., . , , ., , alone. the former vice president was one of a number— alone. the former vice president was one of a number of— alone. the former vice president was one of a number of lawmakers - alone. the former vice president was one of a number of lawmakers who l one of a number of lawmakers who were rushed to safety after a mob of donald trump supporters smash their way into the us capitol as the election results were being certified on january the 6th election results were being certified onjanuary the 6th last year. some in the crowd called for mike pence to be hanged. senior republicans continue to regard the insurrection as a peaceful rally. shortly before mike pence spoke, the party's governing body voted to censor to lawmakers looking into the events of that fateful day. liz cheney, the daughter of another former us vice president, dick cheney and adam kinsey and ja, both voted along with eight other republican lawmakers to impeach donald trump for inciting the
insurrection. in a tweet, liz cheney said afterward she didn't recognise those in her own party, who she said had abandoned the constitution in order to embrace donald trump. history will be theirjudge, she wrote. all this comes as mike pence appears to be laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run of his own in 202a. that could put him in direct competition with his former boss, who has also been teasing a comeback. much of the republican party remains loyal to donald trump and a former republican suggested that if he were to be re—elected, he would consider pardoning those who carried out the attack on the us capital. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. a former government minister has joined calls for borisjohnson to resign over the claims of downing street lockdown parties — and submitted a letter of no confidence.
nick gibb, who was schools minister until last year, accused the prime minister of "flagra ntly disregarding the rules". mrjohnson has written to all of his mps, pledging to improve the way downing street operates. our political correspondent damian grammaticus reports. borisjohnson left downing street for the weekend last night and escaped to the countryside, perhaps, but there's no escaping his difficulties. nick gibb, a former schools minister, the latest mp to submit a letter of no confidence. in today's telegraph, which once carried mrjohnson's columns, he says... adding... others disagree. there's a number of mps and ministers who are the same names we of course there are problems. the prime minister himself has
suggested that there are problems. he has apologised graciously for them. but i think there is a big mistake going on here. there's an assumption that he's the office manager of the number 10 downing street. he's not. he's not responsible either for paying the electricity bill or for making sure that all the social distancing rules are observed all the time 21w, even when he's not there. yesterday, it was another tory mp, aaron bell, who submitted a letter. earlier in the week in parliament, he'd said he'd followed the lockdown rules at his grandmother's funeral. does the prime minister think i'm a fool? no, mrspeaker. mrjohnson has now written to all his mps trying to shore up support, saying the resignations of his top aides show he's making changes. but some of his mps think it's the beginning of the end for the prime minister. it certainly looks like that at the moment. i think that you have to say that i know a number of colleagues who are very concerned. some will wait for the due process,
some will be doing as i am doing, which is making our decisions over this weekend. but i think it's it looks very difficult for the prime ministerfrom here. and another who's lost confidence in him says cabinet ministers should tell the prime minister it's time to go. i think it's now's the time for the cabinet to show that leadership. i think the writing's been on the wall for the prime minister for quite some time in very large letters. i think the cabinet needs to spell it out, this can't continue. the longer this runs on, it's damaging further the credibility of the prime minister, it's damaging the government, it's damaging our country. as yet, though, there's no coordinated campaign to remove him. there are too few letters to trigger a leadership challenge, and borisjohnson still hopes he can reshape his team and ride things out. david dramatics, bbc news, westminster. let's get more on this with our political correspondent, helen catt.
the prime minister has been node for mr teflon for his ability to withstand criticism and controversy, but how far does this building pressure make that difficult? we will find pressure make that difficult? - will find out whether he can withstand it in the coming weeks. what is interesting about this is, as you head in that report, at the moment it doesn't feel like one coordinated push from one particular group within the conservative party. it seems like lots of individuals coming to this conclusion for varying reasons. the things they are bearing a man, some are concerned about the original allegations about the downing street parties, the way their constituents have reacted. some, the way borisjohnson handled it, thejoke he made aboutjimmy savile. some have said, can he fix it, they think he can. also this saga has gone on so long it is starting to distract from the business of government. we need to
draw a line under it and this is the way of doing it. all sorts of other things, there are political calculations to be made, the timing for those who do want him out. actually, you have got to call this vote at the right time to make sure you win it. then there is the emotional impact, it is a big deal for an mp to write and say i have no confidence in my party leader. having said that, there are mps who are backing borisjohnson. nadine dorries, this is what she had to say. there are a number of mps, ex ministers— there are a number of mps, ex ministers and a small number of mps, many— ministers and a small number of mps, many in_ ministers and a small number of mps, many in safe _ ministers and a small number of mps, many in safe seats who are the same names_ many in safe seats who are the same names we _ many in safe seats who are the same names we continue to see cropping up. names we continue to see cropping up some _ names we continue to see cropping up some of— names we continue to see cropping up. some of those names have been exercised _ up. some of those names have been exercised in — up. some of those names have been exercised in trying to get david cameron— exercised in trying to get david cameron out, theresa may out and they are _ cameron out, theresa may out and they are trying to get boris johnson out.
they are trying to get boris johnson out no— they are trying to get boris johnson out. no prime minister will please any of— out. no prime minister will please any of those. that can be said of some of the names, yes. but if you look at some of the names who have come forward in the 2a hours or so. aaron bell, back borisjohnson in the 2019 election. nick gibb served under theresa may and david cameron as a minister. he is not your usual rabble—rouser. i think the names coming forward might be of concern. and the fact it does seem to be people from not one particular faction in the party, but right across at the moment. seeing how that develops in the coming weeks and whether that builds into the pressure that goes to a confidence vote. �* , ,., , pressure that goes to a confidence vote. �* , ~' , vote. absolutely, we will keep across developments, - vote. absolutely, we will keep across developments, thank i vote. absolutely, we will keep i across developments, thank you. emergency workers in morocco are hopeful they'll soon reach a five year old boy who's spent four days trapped in a well. the child, fell more than 30 metres into the shaft, while his father was repairing it. the shaft is narrow — so rescuers are digging a parallel
hole to reach the boy — as simonjones reports. it isa it is a race against time. rayan has spent a fourth night below ground. rescue workers say they won't stop until they get him out. worried locals can only look on and hope. translation: we locals can only look on and hope. translation:— locals can only look on and hope. translation: we are praying for ra an to translation: we are praying for rayan to be _ translation: we are praying for rayan to be alive. _ translation: we are praying for rayan to be alive. may _ translation: we are praying for rayan to be alive. may his - translation: we are praying for rayan to be alive. may his family| rayan to be alive. may his family have patience and honestly, our hearts are breaking. i have patience and honestly, our hearts are breaking.— have patience and honestly, our hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of _ hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this _ hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this 0k. _ hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this 0k. it _ hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this 0k. it is - hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this 0k. it is like - hearts are breaking. i hope he will come out of this 0k. it is like one | come out of this 0k. it is like one of our— come out of this 0k. it is like one of our own— come out of this 0k. it is like one of our own children has fallen. we are praying — of our own children has fallen. we are praying for his safety. he is one of— are praying for his safety. he is one of our— are praying for his safety. he is one of our children. this are praying for his safety. he is one of our children.— one of our children. this is the o enin: one of our children. this is the opening of— one of our children. this is the opening of the _ one of our children. this is the opening of the well— one of our children. this is the opening of the well rayan - one of our children. this is the opening of the well rayan fell| one of our children. this is the - opening of the well rayan fell down. it is too narrow for the rescue was to get to him, so they have had to come up with a different plan. a large hole is being dug parallel to the well to try to reach the boy.
there are only a few metres to go. but that brings with it its own dangers, the possibility of a landslide. the gathered crowd are desperate for progress and a happy outcome. rayan's father says he has not slept a wink. his mother says she is trying to remain positive. this is a complex and delicate operation. oxygen and water has been sent down the well, a helicopter is on standby to get the boy to hospital. but rayan remains trapped while the most challenging part of the rescue is still ahead. simon jones, bbc news. ministers are toughening up laws that will force social media companies to find and block harmful content before it's reported by users — or face potentially huge fines. additions to the online safety bill mean using sites like twitter and facebook to make threats, stalk or coercively control people will become a criminal offence. angus crawford has more on this. the online world can seem
like a lawless space. this bill, a first attempt to regulate it, expected before parliament very soon. tech companies already face fines of up to 10% of global turnover if they don't take down child abuse material and terrorism content. but now that will also include drug and arms dealing, encouraging suicide, fraud and revenge porn. the government says it'll be able to bring the full weight of the law against people using the internet as a weapon to ruin other people's lives. users will also face a new criminal offences for sending threatening messages. like england's footballers who faced a barrage of racist abuse after the euros. deliberately posting harmful material like hoax covid treatments
may also become an offence. but what about extra protections for children? what we need is a statutory code that protects children wherever they are online, and we need privacy preserving age assurance. so we make sure that we know who the kids are and we treat them accordingly. we've just got to bring an end to treating kids like adults. otherwise, the opportunity that the digital world affords is not going to be delivered to them. a complex bill, a difficult balance protecting users while allowing freedom of speech. angus crawford, bbc news. the comedianjimmy carr is facing criticism for a joke he made about europe's traveller communities being murdered during the holocaust. he made the joke in a comedy special released on netflix. travellers groups, mps and the �*holocaust memorial day trust�* are among those to express their disgust. historians estimate that up to half a million roma and sinti people were killed by the nazis.
the headlines on bbc news: former us vice president, mike pence, says he had no right to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, and that donald trump was wrong to claim otherwise. anotherformer british minister, nick gibb, calls for borisjohnson to resign as prime minister. emergency workers in morocco say they're hopeful of reaching a five year old boy who's spent four days trapped in a well. from today most adults in austria must be vaccinated against covid—19. the measure applies to everyone over 18 except pregnant women, people who've had covid in the past six months, and those who are medically exempt. we can go live to vienna and speak to bethany bell.
what and speak to bethany bell. has been the reaction t change? what has been the reaction to this change? it what has been the reaction to this chance? , . what has been the reaction to this chance? _, ., ,., ., change? it is a controversial law. around 70% _ change? it is a controversial law. around 70% or _ change? it is a controversial law. around 70% or so _ change? it is a controversial law. around 70% or so of _ change? it is a controversial law. around 70% or so of austrians i change? it is a controversial law. | around 70% or so of austrians are fully vaccinated. but there is a sizeable minority of adults who do not wish to get vaccinated. there are also those who question whether are also those who question whether a vaccine mandate is the most effective way of dealing with the pandemic. austria's government says it has brought in this law which is stricter than any other eu country because it wants to avoid future lockdowns and it says the vaccination is the best way of getting life back to normal. one of austria's opposition parties, at the far right freedom party, says the law is unconstitutional and has vowed to fight in court. it is a big question here, is it going to do what the government wants it to do,
which is to increase vaccination, or is it going to make people more resistant to this thing? i have been speaking to many people here, there have been demonstrations against this law, including some of the demonstrators themselves who are vaccinated. they say they should not be a mandate. other people who say very strongly i should decide what goes into my body. but the government says this is a necessary step in fighting the pandemic. what step in fighting the pandemic. what is the consequent _ step in fighting the pandemic. what is the consequent for _ step in fighting the pandemic. what is the consequent for people who don't? if there are fines, is it a case of playing on going fine a one off? if there is a strength of feeling against mandatory vaccinations, will some peoplejust choose the alternative? the government _ choose the alternative? the government says _ choose the alternative? tue: government says people choose the alternative? tte: government says people will choose the alternative? tt9 government says people will face fines of between 600 euros and up to 3600 euros. it should be said that
this law is coming into effect in phases. nobody will be checked until mid—march at the earliest. then it will be police checking vaccination status of people as part of their regulation controls and then more thorough checks will come later. some austrians have questioned whether this could be strictly enforced. one austrian government minister said there is a sunset clause on this law, it will expire injanuary clause on this law, it will expire in january 202a. clause on this law, it will expire injanuary 202a. some have suggested that if the pandemic eases up, it may not be necessary to enforce this as strictly as all that. questions about this law, the government really trying to urge people to get vaccinated, but as i say, there is a sizeable minority who say that this is the wrong way to handle it. thank ou for is the wrong way to handle it. thank you for bringing _ is the wrong way to handle it. thank you for bringing us _ is the wrong way to handle it. thank you for bringing us the _ is the wrong way to handle it. thank
you for bringing us the details. - more now uk politics as pressure mounts on borisjohnson. anne mcelvoy is executive editor with the economist. is borisjohnson is boris johnson more is borisjohnson more of a hindrance than help to the conservative party? the conservative party have always been on this crisis, whether what kind of person they would get a strategy that would represent for keeping the compact of the red wool seats that borisjohnson won a couple of years ago, and the rest. a pretty fractious conservative party across the country. the fact that so many key aides are leaving, i think the resignation of his policy chief is particularly significant. and the drip, drip of mps shows the momentum
is in the direction of considering him more of a hindrance than a help. with these resignations, i suppose it is almost at what stage do we get to a point of no return? obviously there are many of his defenders and supporters who say there are always rabble—rousers and he is, as he has been there before, mr teflon. are we getting close to a stage where there is no coming back from this? the latest former _ is no coming back from this? tt9 latest former minister to come out against him, nick gibb, strongly allied with theresa may. the idea that nick gibb is a rabble—rouser it would cause a bit of a giggle on the tory benches. he is very serious and very dry and has served under three prime ministers. we are starting to see people who do not seek the limelight, they are not trying to get to the top of the news bulletins for what they do. they say this is the hypocrisy around the party and it is too much and trust has been destroyed. the answer to your
question, 50 mps to get to a no—confidence voice, we can find out. we are a long way from that on the numbers, it is around 1a mps speaking out publicly. but once we get the met report and the pictures of those alleged parties and social gatherings, are probably going to give this a second wind. seeing it as opposed to reading a few words saying this party happened on the state, particularly for the prime minister is there. i think it is going to be very difficult for him, as well as the fact that sometimes he handles it pretty well, he had a robust pmqs and his lieutenants, nadine dorries out there seeming very uncomfortable. it is the fact his allies are uncomfortable is now damaging him. is it
his allies are uncomfortable is now damaging him-— damaging him. is it surprising minera mairs, _ damaging him. is it surprising minera mairs, the _ damaging him. is it surprising minera mairs, the point - damaging him. is it surprising minera mairs, the point at - damaging him. is it surprising i minera mairs, the point at which damaging him. is it surprising - minera mairs, the point at which she felt she could no longer defend the prime minister, she has been a long—time defender of him, the point at which she decided enough is enough was the comment aboutjimmy savile and sir keir starmer, rather than the previous controversy around his handling of the downing street parties? his handling of the downing street arties? , , , , : parties? yes, she is very much her own person. _ parties? yes, she is very much her own person. her— parties? yes, she is very much her own person, her enemies - parties? yes, she is very much her own person, her enemies would i parties? yes, she is very much herl own person, her enemies would say that her politics is paradoxical, in a sense she is not a controversial person but she doesn't always think the same way as others do around her in the downing street machine. she has felt anger towards boris johnson because of his racist language in the past, herself from a pakistani background. she has said, people don't care too much about this, it isjust a stick
don't care too much about this, it is just a stick to beat boris. so for her to come out with the comments blaming keir starmerfor comments blaming keir starmer for not comments blaming keir starmerfor not prosecutingjimmy comments blaming keir starmerfor not prosecuting jimmy savile, she was angry with that because it was so off piste and it was something he felt he needed to say in the moment because he needed an attack. also he refuse, as far as we know, with her personally to apologise for it. that is where you get down to the rubber meets the road on this, you have people who have worked so closely with boris johnson for people who have worked so closely with borisjohnson for many people who have worked so closely with boris johnson for many years, with borisjohnson for many years, and her case, she could get with boris johnson for many years, and her case, she could get hold of him day or night, she felt she didn't get a satisfactory conversation with him. the fact is, he is getting more cut off from those closest to him. he has a dissolving camp around him. it does a lot more damage than noisy people who hated it because of brexit jumping up and down and anotherfive of those coming out, doesn't make the difference. but as a support,
she was a political support and practically, will be a big loss to him. :, ~ practically, will be a big loss to him. :, ,, , :, practically, will be a big loss to him. :, ,, y:, :, practically, will be a big loss to him. :, :, , :, practically, will be a big loss to him. :, ~' i:, :, , :, ,:, him. thank you for sharing your thoughts- _ news from the winter olympics, norway's theresejohaug has won the first gold medal of the beijing games. she stormed ahead of the competition in the women's skiathlon cross—country skiing. johaug, the clear favourite, finished the course in 41min 13 seconds. it's the first of what's expected to be many cross—country skiing medals for norway at these olympics. the queen will become the first british monarch to celebrate a 70—year reign on the throne tomorrow. she'll mark the milestone at sandringham, where herfather king george vi, died suddenly on february the 6th, 1952.new pictures of her majesty reading cards from well—wishers have been released by buckingham palace. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has more. no british monarch has achieved such a milestone before — 70 years of service.
she can look back at three previousjubilees — the silver, gold and diamond. and tomorrow, privately at sandringham, the queen will recall the date, february 6th 1952, when herfather, george vi, died unexpectedly and she became queen. at the time, she was just 25 years of age. in the years since, across decade after decade of change, from the years after the second world war to the present day, within britain and on the wider international stage, she's been a constant presence. a head of state who's earned wide respect. guided always by duty, but coupled with a sense of humility. she takes her role enormously seriously, she takes her duties seriously. she doesn't really take herself very seriously. she doesn't take... she laughs in private, as she has an absolutely superb sense of humour. so, humour, a lightness of touch.
ten years ago for the diamond jubilee, there were appearances around the country. this time, it's likely to be rather different. the principal focus will be thejubilee weekend at the start ofjune. that will be the main opportunity for people to express their gratitude for her 70 years of service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. here in the uk, schools are beginning to return to normal after years of the covid disruption. that means more mixing, more extra—curricular activities, more fun. our education editor branwen jeffreys has been to a primary school in county durham to see how pupils, parents and teachers are adapting. they are free to play together because this school no longer separates class bubbles. all part of a plan to put back the fun. we have got music lessons going back on and singing and trying to get out
to visit other schools and football tournaments, and all of those things that haven't been going for a long time now. we have to make sure that they are settled, they are ready to learn, and thatjoy is back, and once we have got our routines in place, the academic learning will come. so what is this beautiful rainbow? because this is what covid meant to them. this is me injail, because i felt trapped in lockdown. what are you saying about covid with your flies around with your flaming trash can? it is trash. at times, they were scared or angry. everyone would have been really scared in case they got it. missing their family and friends. and this is my little . sister, and she doesn't know what's going on. 2020 was a hot mess. a hot mess. but this school has a full—time mental health expert. i think lots of us have felt trapped in the last two years with covid at times. she is trained by the charity place2be to help children focus on the positives, building their coping skills.
that is fabulous, thank you. they don't remember pre—masks. she told me, last term, her team of counsellors saw almost 100 children, as many as they usually see in a whole year. rebuilding that sense ofjoy and rebuilding that sense of wanting to look forward to things. so that is the work they are doing now, and parents can help. sit down and say, how are you feeling today? is there anything you need today? what might make you smile today? try and encourage them to try new things, be brave, remember what makes your child happy. focus on your child as unique. what do you know makes your child smile? what makes them laugh, what makes them excited, and what makes them feel secure?
started going back swimming, which is, the kids are over the moon. one of the mums, patricia, told me her children are beginning to move beyond covid. they have been a lot happier and excited about going to school, whereas they were not too bothered before, because they were excited to go back in and mix with their friends. forest school is all about trying new things, taking a few small risks. covid has been such a part of their lives, and it has left many children anxious, not least because they have missed out on so many ordinary activities, which is why this school is trying to rebuild their sense of adventure, but also put back some of the joy into their childhood. as families in peterlee try to move beyond the mental stress of covid, the school hopes children will emerge more resilient and hopeful.
now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello. mixed weather fortunes coming our way today. the south—east staying dry and after a sunny start, the weather will turn cloudier here. we have rain affecting north—western areas with strong winds gusting to 55 miles an hour in western scotland. that will take the edge off the temperatures, but it will be mild for most of us, eight to 10 degrees. colder this afternoon in scotland and feeling chilly here given the strength of those custody westerly winds. overnight showers turn to snow in scotland. over the hills, we could see some significant accumulations, ten to 15 centimetres, but even lower down you might see a few centimetres of snow as we head into sunday. all the while, wet and windy weather affecting england and wales. the pulse of rain worked its way eastwards during sunday and sunday the weather brightens up with a mix of sunshine and showers are most of