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Tartan army arrive in London ahead of match against England

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Thousands of Scotland fans have been arriving in London today ahead of their team's Euros match against England on Friday night. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Brandon Lewis discusses late night deal on Irish language

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A power-sharing crisis in Northern Ireland appears to have been averted after a late night deal over Irish language laws paved the way for Stormont leaders to be appointed.The development came after a night of intensive talks involving Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and DUP and Sinn Fein delegations in Belfast. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

'PM is as hopeless as Matt Hancock', says Keir Starmer

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that "the prime minister is as hopeless as Matt Hancock", during a visit to Airbus in north Bristol earlier on Thursday. Mr Starmer's comments came after he was asked by a reporter whether he thought the health secretary was "hopeless". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

'Today our heartbreak turns to anger', says victim's father

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A report from the Manchester Arena Inquiry focusing on security arrangements at the venue has found that lives may have been saved had concerns from members of the public been taken seriously on the night of the Manchester Arena Attack. Paul Hett, the father of victim Martyn Hett, says the family's initial heartbreak that their son was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" has now "turned to anger". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Figen Murray speaks outside court

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Figen Murray, the mother of victim Martyn Hett, has been speaking outside Manchester Magistrates’ Court following a report examining security at Manchester Arena where 22 people were murdered and hundreds were injured in a suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. The report found that lives may have been saved had concerns from members of the public been taken seriously on the night of the attack. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister on travel: 'Govt is thinking about all aspects'

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Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman has responded to reports that double vaccinated people could holiday abroad this summer. It comes after recent reports that the government is considering allowing double vaccinated people to avoid quarantine on their return from amber list countries - but testing will still be required. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour respond to reports of foreign travel considerations

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Chair of the Labour Party Anneliese Dodds has said that "there are issues of fairness" following recent reports which say that the government is considering allowing double vaccinated people to avoid quarantine on their return from amber list countries - but testing will still be required. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Fastest London to Glasgow train journey attempt begins

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An attempt to break the 36-year-old record for the fastest rail journey between London and Glasgow has started. Avanti West Coast's Pendolino train, named Royal Scot, set off from London Euston at 10.36am. The firm said it is embarking on the record bid to highlight "the ease of travelling between the home nations". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM welcomes Crown Prince of Bahrain to Number 10

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, to Number 10 Downing Street in Central London. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM is 'squarely behind' Matt Hancock, says minister

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Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman has said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "squarely behind" Matt Hancock, whilst adding that he has no doubt that "there are more sides to this story than the one that we're being shown". It comes after former adviser Dominic Cummings released images of private messages which appear to show the PM calling the health secretary "hopeless". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Manchester Arena Inquiry: Family members arrive at court

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Family members of victims of the Manchester Arena bombing have arrived at Manchester Magistrates' Court ahead of the publication of the first report from the Inquiry into the attack. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Inquiry Chair arrives at Manchester Magistrates' Court

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Inquiry Chairman, Sir John Saunders, has arrived at Manchester Magistrates' Court ahead of the first report from the Manchester Arena Inquiry which will be published later on Thursday. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Hancock asked if he's going to resign as he leaves his home

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock is asked by reporters if he is going to resign as he leaves his home on Thursday morning. It comes after former adviser Dominic Cummings released images of private messages which appear to show Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling the health secretary "hopeless". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Met Police rejects claims it is corrupt

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick rejects the conclusion of an independent panel into the murder of private detective Daniel Morgan that found that her force is "institutionally corrupt" and that she tried to obstruct their work. She adds that she has no intention of resigning. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: Hancock will be forever known as 'hopeless Hancock'

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Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be "forever known as hopeless Hancock". Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: Hancock will be forever known as ‘hopeless Hancock’

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Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be “forever known as hopeless Hancock”. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Dominic Cummings speaks to reporter

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Prime Minister’s former aide Dominic Cummings is asked about the WhatsApp messages he shared to Twitter in which he appears to call Health Secretary Matt Hancock “hopeless”. He refuses to speak on camera. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Matt Hancock says he isn’t hopeless

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock responds “I don’t think so!” after being asked whether he is “hopeless” by a reporter. The Prime Minister’s former senior aide Dominic Cummings published WhatsApp messages which appear to show Boris Johnson referring to him in this way on Twitter. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Ian Blackford asks PM about Cummings texts

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Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons Ian Blackford asks Prime Minister Boris Johnson whether WhatsApp messages published by his former senior aide Dominic Cummings on Twitter in which he appears to disparage Health Secretary Matt Hancock are “valid” and “genuine”. He does not respond. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer: Cummings was 'absolutely right' about PM

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says the Prime Minister's former senior aide Dominic Cummings "got it absolutely right" that Boris Johnson never wanted a "proper border policy" and that this is why the Delta variant has prevented pubs, clubs, the arts, tourism and travel from resuming without Covid-19 restrictions in the UK. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Starmer 'doesn't know what Delta variant is'

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says that "if the Prime Minister put as much effort into protecting our borders as he does coming up with ridiculous excuses, the country would be reopening next week" at Prime Minister's Questions. He also calls for the government to scrap its red, amber and green travel lists, to which Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds saying that Sir Keir "doesn't even know what the Delta variant is". Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM defends border policy as Delta variant spreads

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that “Captain Hindsight needs to adjust his retrospectoscope” in response to Labour leader’s Keir Starmer’s accusation that keeping Britain’s borders open contributed to the spread of the Delta variant. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson departs Downing Street

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street ahead of his first Prime Minister's Questions since extending his roadmap out of lockdown. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Wales fans support Baku orphanage with match for charity

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Wales' travelling football fans supported more than just their team in Baku, two and a half thousand miles from home. The group first forged the link with the Umid Yeri orphanage when Wales met Azerbaijan in a world cup qualifier in 2002. Now, nearly two decades on, the bond has been strengthened further by the selection of Baku as the host for the side's first two Euro 2020 games. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Liz Truss: We need to make sure care home staff are vaccinat

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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says that "fundamentally, we do need to ensure that care home staff are vaccinated" as reports suggest that the jabs could become mandatory. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Liz Truss says UK won’t ‘lower standards’ on trade

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International Trade Minister Liz Truss says that the UK is not going to “lower import standards”, such as removing a ban on hormone-injected beef, in the wake of the country's new post-Brexit trade deal with Australia. She adds that the government is also negotiating the trans-Pacific partnership and are in talks with the United States. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Ashworth: PM failed at the moment it mattered most

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Jonathan Ashworth has said that Labour will support "with a heavy heart" the extension to the lockdown restrictions. The Shadow Health Secretary added that had it not been for Boris Johnson's "outrageous" border policy the extension would not have been necessary. Mr Ashworth called the delay a "massive blow" to businesses in the UK. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Covid lockdown extended by four weeks until July 19

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the final step out of lockdown is being delayed by four weeks until July 19. The PM added that thousands more people might die if the restrictions are lifted on June 21 as initially planned. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Nightclubs across UK might not survive delay to Freedom Day

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The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), which represents clubs and bars across the country, has said one in four businesses will not survive longer than a month without additional financial support. Lynton Middendorp, the owner of North Shore nightclub in Liverpool, said the entertainment industry has been disproportionately affected, which could have grave consequences for many establishments around the UK. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Raab welcomes Australian PM Scott Morrison in Westminster

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for discussions in Westminster. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM on international law and NI protocol: NATO understands

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Upon arrival at the NATO summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked about his proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol and the lawfulness of it in the context of international law. The PM replied that he believes NATO understands "the vital importance of a country looking after territorial integrity of that country". Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Russia's behaviour is 'disappointing'

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Upon arrival at the NATO summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Russia's recent actions are "disappointing". The PM added that he'd like to try to have "closer relations" with president Putin, but he needs to "change his behaviour" first. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: China is a new 'strategic consideration' for NATO

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has branded China a "gigantic fact in our lives", which calls for a "new strategic consideration for NATO". The PM added that whilst "nobody around the table today wants to descend into a new cold war with China", there are challenges that need working out. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM outlines issues he wants to discuss at NATO summit

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived in Brussels, Belgium for the NATO summit. The PM outlined some of the issues he will be discussing with the other NATO members including the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the relationship with Russia and more. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Powell: PM responsible for spread of Delta variant

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Lucy Powell has said Boris Johnson's decision to delay putting India on the red list has contributed to the spread of the Delta variant around the country. The Shadow Housing Minister added that the government needs to provide clarity and support for businesses that will be impacted if there were to be a delay to 'Freedom Day' following the rise in infections. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Argar: Lobbying rules 'rightfully' reviewed amid Cameron row

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Ed Argar has said the rules of lobbying are "rightfully" reviewed to "protect the integrity of public services and the government". His comments come amid the David Cameron Greensill scandal and the subsequent report by Lord Evans into lobbying guidelines, which could see ministers banned from lobbying for up to five years after leaving office and handed fines for breaking the rules. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Argar: Rise in infections likely to delay 'Freedom Day'

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Ed Argar has said the "significant rise" in Covid-19 Delta variant cases could lead to a delay of the lifting of the lockdown restrictions initially planned for June 21st. The Health Minister added that a potential four-week delay would allow to "close the gap" between those who have had one dose of the vaccine and those who have had two. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Cameron doorstep as Greensill lobbying scandal continues

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Former prime minister David Cameron has been asked if he has any regrets over the Greensill lobbying scandal which led to an emergency review of lobbying guidelines by Lord Evans. The report, which could see ministers banned from lobbying for up to five years after leaving office and handed fines for breaking the rules, is due to be published tomorrow. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM departs for NATO summit in Brussels

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has departed for the NATO summit in Brussels. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Raab says Hospital data key to 21 June lockdown end

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the planned final lifting of restrictions will depend on whether the link between Covid cases and hospitalisations has been 'broken' rather than 'weakened.' The Prime Minister is due to make a statement tomorrow. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

England fans soak up pre match atmosphere at Wembley

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Fans gathered outside Wembley Stadium as England hosted Croatia in their first game of the European Championships. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson outlines G7 climate commitment

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Boris Johnson outlined the G7 leaders' commitment to tackling climate change, saying that they must 'take the lead.' Measures put forward included supporting smaller economies financially so that they may move away from coal. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson say UK is 'indivisible'

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down any suggestion of a rift between him and the EU leaders present at the G7 summit, suggesting subjects other than Brexit had dominated most of the discussions. Earlier in the day, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had described remarks made by French president Macron as 'offensive.' Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson pledges one billion vaccinations

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged one billion doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for world wide distribution on behalf of the G7 governments in an effort to accelerate global vaccination. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Trudeau touches down in Cornwall

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touches down in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders. His arrival is marked by a military parade. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Prince Charles meets CEOs and politicians

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Prince Charles meets CEOs and politicians including US Climate Envoy John Kerry and COP26 President Alok Sharma at St James’s Palace. He tells them that his message for “several decades” has been that solutions to the “existential crisis” of climate change must be found by through collaboration between government and the private sector. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson meets children

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks about environmental issues with children during a visit to a school in Cornwall, where he took part in activities such as planting trees and making moulds from shells. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer says Hancock should answer allegations

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says that Health Secretary Matt Hancock should answer the allegations put to him by Dominic Cummings; in particular his claim that the government threw a "protective ring" around care homes. He adds that the government has received an "unprecedented rebuke" from President Joe Biden for "undermining the peace process" in Northern Ireland over their treatment of the border. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Dominic Cummings doorstep

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Former prime minister's aide Dominic Cummings fails to answer why he hasn't provided MPs with evidence to back up his claims about Health Secretary Matt Hancock when asked by a journalist outside his home. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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