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confusion about the fate of the report on lockdown gatherings at downing street, after the police say key details should be left out. releasing the full report by sue gray into events at number 10 could prejudice the police investigation, say the met. the government says both inquiries will get to the truth, but labour attacked borisjohnson. he has paralysed government so the sooner we get both the full report and the investigation complete, the better. i think what is clear is that, between sue gray's report and the police investigation, everything will be fully covered and that will give parliament and indeed the public all of the information they need about these incidents. we'll be asking why the police have intervened at this stage to stop details of the report being published. also this lunchtime... russia and the us continue a war of words over ukraine, amid a warning about possible cyber
attacks in the uk. social distancing rules are lifted in wales, as limits on numbers in pubs and restaurants are scrapped, and nightclubs can reopen. questions about the timing of a positive covid test novak djokovic used to enter australia to try to defend his australian open title. and coming up on the bbc news channel... rafa nadal�*s through to the australian open final after beating matteo berretini. he has the chance of a 21st grand slam title when he plays daniil medvedev on sunday. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. there's confusion around the publication of the civil servant
sue gray's report into lockdown parties in downing street this morning, after the metropolitan police revealed they've asked her to make "minimal reference" to events which they are investigating. her report had been due to be released this week, with many mps saying they were waiting for its contents before taking a firm position on the prime minister's future. now the met has asked ms gray to leave out key details to avoid prejudicing their investigation, although they say they are not asking for its release to be delayed. let's go to westminster now and to our political correspondent nick eardley. this was supposed to be a pivotal week in westminster. we expected to finally see the report into all the allegations of lockdown breaking parties in whitehall. instead, this afternoon the process is in turmoil, it's not clear when and if we will see that report and if we do, how much detail will be allowed to go into it.
getting answers around here isn't always straight forward. what went on in downing street, were covid rules broken? this woman, a sue gray, had been expected to deliver her report this week but now it is unclear what happens next after the metropolitan police launched its own investigation and told sue gray to limit what she published. in a statement, the force said... what i want to see is a sue gray's report in full and the investigation finished as quickly as possible because we are in this situation where the whole of government is paralysed because the police are now looking at what the prime minister was getting up to in downing street. downing street says they are not involved but the liberal democrat leader as suggested there had been a stitch up, which could damage politics for generations. sue gray
and her team had been speaking with the met to try to figure out what could and could not be put in the public domain that process has now been thrown into chaos. of the cabinet office was caught by surprise by the statement this morning and now it is not totally clear what can be published, and when that might happen. i clear what can be published, and when that might happen.- clear what can be published, and when that might happen. i think the sue gray report _ when that might happen. i think the sue gray report is _ when that might happen. i think the sue gray report is independent, - when that might happen. i think the sue gray report is independent, the i sue gray report is independent, the government are not it which is exactly as it should be, and i'm completely confident that between — and i'm completely confident that between the sue gray investigation and the _ between the sue gray investigation and the police, everything will be covered _ and the police, everything will be covered to. it's important we move on and _ covered to. it's important we move on and draw— covered to. it's important we move on and draw a line under this because _ on and draw a line under this because there are very important things— because there are very important things the — because there are very important things the government is working on. the political pressure continues. boris johnson's the political pressure continues. borisjohnson�*s predecessor as added her voice, saying in a letter that nobody is above the law and she was angry to hear stories about people at number 10 not properly following the rules. the government wants to move on but this row has dominated at westminster for weeks. after this morning's developments, it's not
clear when we will get answers and what it will mean for borisjohnson and his government. nick eardley, bbc news, westminster. i'm joined now by our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. why is their concern about the police investigation being prejudiced by the civil servant's report? prejudiced by the civil servant's re ort? , , prejudiced by the civil servant's reort? , , v prejudiced by the civil servant's reort? , , ., prejudiced by the civil servant's reort? _ ., , report? firstly let's clear up the world prejudice, _ report? firstly let's clear up the world prejudice, people - report? firstly let's clear up the world prejudice, people talk- report? firstly let's clear up the i world prejudice, people talk about the risk of prejudicing a jewellery and how it might make a decision but that's not what we're talking about, there would be nojury in that's not what we're talking about, there would be no jury in these cases because they are effectively on the spot fines, were talking about the risk of prejudicing an investigation. i should say that a lot of lawyers don't agree with the police on this but the concern would be that if there is a definitive account already in the public domain, so a said this is what i think happened at this party, who attended, the police are starting with a bit one hand tied behind their back. the people they are asking about whether they attended the event or what they saw at it, there is already an account out
there is already an account out there and they would rather start with a blank sheet of paper they can then say to somebody, we think you are at this event, were you there? what did you do there? it easier for them to do that and a cleaner way of doing that than if there is already an account out there. so doing that than if there is already an account out there.— an account out there. so they are not asking _ an account out there. so they are not asking for _ an account out there. so they are not asking for the _ an account out there. so they are not asking for the report - an account out there. so they are not asking for the report to - an account out there. so they are not asking for the report to be i not asking for the report to be delayed but they do want to detail is taken out? how do they feel about being criticised in some quarters for asking for that? i being criticised in some quarters for asking for that?— for asking for that? i don't think the feel for asking for that? i don't think they feel under _ for asking for that? i don't think they feel under fire _ for asking for that? i don't think they feel under fire too - for asking for that? i don't think they feel under fire too much i for asking for that? i don't think| they feel under fire too much for asking for it but they are feeling under fire for asking for it so late in the day and theyjust don't recognise that account. nick talked about them being taken by surprise by this i think the shocked by it because they feel that all week they have been explaining what they feel is appropriate to be in the report and what isn't, there has been good dialogue with the cabinet office, i think everybody in the met is a bit shocked they are being told that you have intervened so late in the days when they feel they have been talking about it all week and has been so much contact
between sue gray's team and the met even before this week, they thought that should be aware what would happen if the police started an investigation.— the government has again insisted that it will put up national insurance in april as planned, despite reports that borisjohnson is considering a u—turn. ministers say the extra money raised is needed to help clear a backlog of nhs operations in england and to fund social care. some conservative mps want the rise scrapped. some measures put in place to tackle coronavirus are easing today in wales. there are changes for people wishing to go to nightclubs and restaurants and social distancing rules have also been relaxed. tomos morgan has more. todayis today is the last stage of the road map set out by first minister at mark drakeford in bringing wales back to alert level at zero, so the
main points, social distancing measures have not been scrapped in wales, much to the delight of hospitality and workplaces, and the rule of six has been scrapped along with nightclubs being able to reopen. they were the first, the last two it reopened last year and the first shot and now they can reopen just in time for the six nations in a few weeks here in wales. and of course the work from home rule, which was still a legal requirement, has now been madejust guidance only. a few things remain in place, there's been that masks will still need to be worn in shops and hospitals and public transport and hospitals and public transport and vaccine passes will still be neededin and vaccine passes will still be needed in cinemas and theatres and for large events. mark drakeford has said they have been able to ease the restrictions because the peak of the omicron wave has passed here and the number of cases has been reducing more rapidly than the rest of the uk. the next review into the covid
measures into masks and passes will be on the 10th of february.— be on the 10th of february. thank ou. scientists have warned the government that allowing large numbers of people in lower—income countries to go unvaccinated is "reckless" and could lead to new covid variants. more than 320 experts have written to the prime minister, calling for urgent action. they say more than 3 billion people globally have not had a first dose. tensions over ukraine remain high, with russia's foreign minister this morning saying his country's interests couldn't be ignored, while insisting moscow did not want war. earlier, presidentjoe biden warned there is a "distinct possibility" that russia might invade ukraine next month. it comes as uk businesses and organisations are being urged to boost their their defences in case cyber attacks linked to the conflict over ukraine have an impact here. to explain more, i'm joined by our diplomatic correspondent james landale. the war of words between the two sides continues?
that's right, the russian foreign minister said this morning that russia doesn't want war and if it is “p russia doesn't want war and if it is up to them, but if that continues from the us ambassador said that is the equivalent of man putting a gun on a table and say let's talk pace print —— peace ponder the rhetoric is there but the diplomacy continues as well. president macron of france and spent an hour on the phone to president putin and he will talk to a zelenskiy later we spoke to president biden last night and the german foreign minister spoke to our foreign minister and is talking to her russian counterpart. that is the first point. the second is that the dialogue between the us and the russians over at security continues and this morning the russian foreign minister said the latest proposals had a resilience, grains of rationality on issues of secondary importance. that might be faint praise but it is at least praise.
and a warning this morning about potential cyber attacks here? that's right, the national cyber security centre, part of gchq intelligence gathering medications agency, has issued a warning to british businesses and corporations and institutions, government departments, saying to be ready for cyber attacks, there is a pattern of behaviour, we have seen what is happening in russia and ukraine and it can spill over point of the key point is it might be a stand—off and crisis involving ukraine and russia but this potentially has the capacity to spill over there is escalation, we could be talk about cyber attacks elsewhere, even the possibility russian forces in other european countries. that is the risk that the west is at least preparing for. , ., , that the west is at least preparing for. g . , . ~' i., , that the west is at least preparing for. , ., , g british sign language is on course to becoming a legally recognised language in england, with the government saying it will back a new bill which is being debated in the house of commons this lunchtime.
campaigners, including rose ayling—ellis, the first deaf contestant on strictly come dancing, say they hope the change will see it more widely used and promoted. jonathan blake has this report. for centuries, british sign language has been used by deaf people in the uk as an essential tool to communicate. but while it's recognised as a language, it has no legal status. campaigners, including the strictly winner rose ayling—ellis, are calling for a change in the law to ensure bsl becomes more widely used, improving accessibility for deaf people. if i go to the doctor and there's no interpreter, it means i have to bring a family member with me. but i don't want that, i want privacy. the labour mp rosie cooper, whose parents are both deaf, has proposed new laws, which the government is now backing. deaf people can do anything but you have to help them by removing communication barriers. remove those communication barriers and the world is their oyster. that is what today will begin.
once passed into law, government departments will be required to report their use of bsl, and a panel of bsl users will be set up to advise ministers and officials. it's hoped this will lead to bsl being more widely used in public settings, like this monthly signed service at manchester cathedral, and more interpreters being employed as a result. scotland already has a law promoting the use of bsl. there are campaigns for similar changes in wales and northern ireland. the new law in england is being described as a watershed moment for the deaf community, and the hope is that the estimated quarter of a million people who use bsl in some form every day will be able to play a more prominent role in society. jonathan blake, bbc news. jean mackenzie is at parliament square for us. and there is a rally going on there? because mps right now inside the house of commons are debating this
bill and as you can see, a large number of british sign language users have turned out to become part of this moment and they have an interpreter in the crowd who is assigned the debate as it happens in the chamber so they can follow it. why is this change is so important to the people here? because they state that users of the british sign language are still not getting the same access to services and information as the hearing population and they are still having to rely on bringing their own interpreters to things like medical appointments. for example, last year the government was taken to court for not providing interpreters during those very early coronavirus briefings so by giving this language legal status, briefings so by giving this language legalstatus, it briefings so by giving this language legal status, it would force the government and other public organisations to use this language and to implement it. the government has said it is going to back the bill which means that it is very likely going to happen, even though they arejust a likely going to happen, even though they are just a few more stages for it to get through, people here today
are saying that this is a really important step when it comes to improving the lives of deaf people in the uk. ., ~ i. , . in the uk. thank you very much, jean. it in the uk. thank you very much, jean- it is _ in the uk. thank you very much, jean- it is a _ in the uk. thank you very much, jean. it is a quarter _ in the uk. thank you very much, jean. it is a quarter past - in the uk. thank you very much, jean. it is a quarter past one. i our top story this lunchtime... confusion about the fate of the report on lockdown gatherings at downing street after the police say key details should be left out. and we take a look at the staffing crisis in care in the home and how it is affecting the people whose quality of life depend on it. england's captain had a night hit an unbeaten century to keep her side in the match. england closed on 235—8 on day two in canberra, 102 runs behind australia. four weeks ago, new post—brexit border rules came into force for trade between britain and the eu. many companies, especially smaller ones, say they've
been struggling to cope. the added bureaucracy is also being blamed, in part, for long queues of trucks outside the port of dover. our global trade correspondent, chris morris, has been finding out more. chris morris, has been driving into dover, past queues of lorries stretching for miles. they're being held here to avoid congesting the town. queues are not uncommon in these parts, but they've been particularly bad in recent weeks. drivers are fed up waiting for hours and sometimes days. when we are waiting, it's no money. they blame cancelled ferry crossings and post—brexit bureaucracy. john shirley has run a freight—forwarding company in dover for 25 years, but this is new territory. customs documents now have to be completed in full before thousands of lorries can board ferries heading for europe every day. that's caused all sorts of headaches for people. people don't know the paperwork properly, haven't prepared themselves.
and so that's why there's delays here. i mean, we found a driver here four days — four days! — with a load from germany. won't it get better with time as people get used to a new system? i don't know. i suspect it won't do. and it's notjust exporters. people bringing goods into the country from europe have also been dealing with new bureaucracy since january the 1st. david pavon runs this small deli in bristol. each individual consignment he imports now needs separate customs forms where there used to be none. and later in the year, some of these products will need to be physically inspected when they arrive in the uk. we will need to do more paperwork. we will need to pay more money. we might need to increase the prices, but at the end of the day, that's what we do. it's certainly more difficult, but unless we close the doors and shut the business, we need to do it. so what happens in places like dover
will have a wider impact. many companies are changing the way they do business across the channel in order to cope with new bureaucracy and delays. but others have simply stopped trading between britain and the eu altogether. while global trade in general rebounded pretty well last year from the covid hits of 2020, trade between the uk and the eu did not and it's almost certainly going to stay that way. the government says traders need to get used to new rules and focus on new trade deals on the other side of the world. but two years after britain left the eu, the idea of seamless trade across this narrow stretch of water that ship has already sailed. chris morris, bbc news, dover. doubts have emerged about the timing of a positive covid test novak djokovic used to enter australia to defend his australian open title. the world nen's number one was originally given an exemption from rules which bar unvaccinated people after he produced evidence
of having had covid in december. but the bbc has found a discrepancy on the serial numbers of his test certificates. matt graveling has the details. this was novak djokovic's chance to win his tenth australian open, and with it the most grand slams ever achieved in men's tennis. upon arrival in melbourne onjanuary 5th, and confirming he was unvaccinated, his visa was revoked by the government. the serbian was given an exemption to play, having tested positive for coronavirus in mid—december. in an attempt to overturn the decision, djokovic's legal team presented two covid test certificates to a federal court in australia. the first, shown to be taken on december 16th, shows a positive result. the second, taken six days later, shows a negative result. a german research company questioned why the unique confirmation code
on the earlier test was higher than the later one. the bbc has investigated if codes on tests done in serbia are generated in a chronological order. a total of 56 test certificates were collected, and their unique confirmation codes plotted against the date of each result. in all cases studied, the earlier the result, the lower the unique code for the corresponding test. the only outlier of the codes plotted was novak djokovic's positive test on december 16th. according to the bbc�*s graph, this confirmation code would suggest a test sometime between the 25th and december 28th. one data specialist said, "there is always the possibility for a glitch, but if this was the case, i don't know why the authorities would not say that." to try and explain this discrepancy, the bbc has approached novak djokovic's team, serbia's institute of
public health, and its office of information technology, but has yet to have a response. matt graveling, bbc news. the housing secretary michael gove has asked the financial conduct authority to investigate the insurance industry following complaints of huge rises in premiums for people living in blocks of flats with flammable cladding and other fire safety issues. the bbc has reported on annual increases of several hundred percent, which flat owners say are disproportionate. they accuse insurers of excessive profiteerering. insurers reject that and say the increases reflect increased risk. the fca will report within six months. millions of people across the uk rely on homecare in order to live independently into old age. but a staffing crisis in the sector means that support is being rationed. and, with rates of pay remaining low, the number of vacancies is continuing to rise. jayne mccubbin has been to meet
people on both sides of the crisis — those unable to deliver care and those desperate to receive it. the last 18 months have been such a struggle, it's a constant battle to try and get staff to come and work for us. firefighting every day. we are lying awake at night wondering who is actually going to turn up for work. social care has cried out for years for more funding. when we saw that video of you crying... yeah. that was october. that, yeah. and it's worse now? it's worse now, yeah. suzanne's facebook message was recorded in desperation. her sector unable to compete with better paid jobs in retail is in crisis. a year ago her company had 30 carers like tanya, today only 20. i'm scrolling through the screen now on the database that we use. this is our local council. there are about eight pages of names, but these people
are still waiting for care. suzanne and kerry's vacancies are just some of the 100,000 advertised in the sector every single day. i'm looking up at the recruitment board and we've got one on the board at the moment. right, so new staff. one. new clients, three. and they are pending? yeah. you can't do them yet? we can't take them on, yeah. that breaks my heart because i can't do myjob properly. on the other side of the social care crisis are people like this. my name is susie and i have somehow accidentally become a full—time carer for my grandmother. susie's work day now starts earlier so she can then go to her 93—year—old gran's house to help her start the day. just getting these opened. her gran was assessed as being eligible for support last autumn but she is still waiting. so susie nowjuggles working from her gran's home with being a carer. lunchtime. thank you.
and coping with her own fibromyalgia. for me trying to manage my pain levels and energy levels, as well as trying to do everything that is involved in caring for someone, is really difficult. see you tomorrow, then. bye for now. i don't know how we do this for months and months longer, ijust don't know how we do. hello! the association of directors of adult social services say councils have commissioned 15% more home care in recent months but it still isn't enough to meet rising demand. the department of health and social care told us they are investing half a billion pounds in workforce recruitment, but right now there aren't enough tanyas to go around. you are on about £10 an hour. just over. it is an importantjob. yeah. this job is a vocation. when you see clients that are poorly and things like that you are attached to them. but it's a poorly paid vocation. this sector is fighting for staff and it will get worse as the cost of living rises,
and worse again they expect when vaccines become mandatory in apriljane mccubbin, bbc news. prince andrew has given up his honorary membership at the prestigious home of golf. a spokesperson for the royal and ancient golf club of st andrews confirmed "the duke of york will relinquish his honorary membership. we respect and appreciate his decision." prince andrew had been an honorary member of the club since 1992. the royal patron of the club is the queen. barnard castle in county durham was visted by more people than ever last year. the english heritage site became notorious for a trip made during lockdown by the prime minister's then chief adviser, dominic cummings, which he said was to test his eyesight. the castle attracted 20% more visitors in 2021. the charity says last year was also a bumper year for people exploring many other places in their own areas for the first time.
a man who was pulled over by police has admitted he'd been driving with no licence or insurance for more than 70 years. police stopped the man, who was born in 1938, in nottingham on wednesday evening. he told officers he'd been driving with no licence or insurance since he was 12. in tennis rafael nadal has moved one win away from a record 21st grand slam men's title after reaching the final of the australian open. after a dominant start, he put on an impressive performance to beat italy's matteo berrettini. the 35—year—old spaniard is level on 20 major titles with long—time rivals novak djokovic and roger federer. he'll face world number two daniil medvedev in sunday's final. and in cricket captain heather knight held off australia with an important century to keep england in the ashes on day two of the one—off test in canberra. the visitors closed on 235—8, 102 runs behind.
jo currie was watching. after australia shone with the bat on day one and with this being only a four—day test, katherine brunt delivered, taking her haul for the innings to five before australia declared on 337 before lunch. england needed a big response. lauren winfield hill—pushed boundaries from the very first ball. moments later perhaps more caution should have been used. gone forfour. she was followed by tammy beaumont and nat sciver not far behind. australia were on a roll and england were rocked. a calm head was needed. step up captain heather knight who slowly but steadily brought up her 50. muted celebrations, still plenty of work to do. partners came and partners went. good catch! but as others fell around her knight remained and was eventually rewarded with an ashes century, a true captain's performance and a memorable moment on an otherwise stuttering
day for england. they closed on 235—8, 102 runs behind. a huge day awaits tomorrow. jo currie, bbc news. the uk has lost 38 million birds from its skies over the last 50 years and this weekend we're all being encouraged to join the rspb�*s annual big garden birdwatch and count the birds we see around us. it's the biggest wildlife survey of its kind on the planet, and aimed at fighting the bird population decline. our climate editor justin rowlatt reports. who doesn't like to see and of course hear wild birds? but britain's wild bird populations are under assault. changing farming practices, pollution and climate change are all taking their toll, says the bird protection charity the rspb. we do a piece of work called the state of nature which is a report on all the reasons for this decline. we've lost about 38 million birds
over the last 50 years, that's about a fifth of our breeding bird population here in the uk. and not every species is declining, but overall more species are declining than others, particularly farmland birds. woodland birds aren't doing very well. can you hear that? loads of birds there, and that is what this is all about. this is about us all going into our gardens, looking out of our windows, on our balconies, counting the birds we can see to survey the bird population. really important information about what is happening to the country's birds. and the rspb wants you to help them by taking part in their big garden bird watch. it is the biggest citizens�* survey anywhere in the world and all they are asking is for an hour of your time. it's very easy. indy green is 16, he has been doing this survey since he was 11. wherever you are, no matter where you live, there are always birds around and a huge variation of species as well.
so i thinkjust get involved and just enjoy them and take the time to just sit down and look at your window and see what you can spot. so an hour of your time today or over the weekend and all you have to do is sit and watch the birds. justin rowlatt, bbc news, sherwood forest. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. good afternoon. this week a tale of 2/2. ., ., ., ,., 2/2. on the one hand we have some re 2/2. on the one hand we have some pretty stormy _ 2/2. on the one hand we have some pretty stormy weather _ 2/2. on the one hand we have some pretty stormy weather on _ 2/2. on the one hand we have some pretty stormy weather on the - 2/2. on the one hand we have some pretty stormy weather on the way . 2/2. on the one hand we have somel pretty stormy weather on the way for the north of scotland in particular, but on the other hand we have also got plenty of bright weather on offer. this is the satellite picture right now and you can see clouds across the north atlantic. this is an area of stormy weather that is developing to the west. we have also got high pressured dominating the weather across the uk, so it is a pretty decent afternoon. for most of us it is dry, a little bit on the