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PM pays tribute to former 'fine colleague' Allegra Stratton

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Boris Johnson pays tribute to his former spokesperson Allegra Stratton, who he describes as a "fine colleague". The prime minister also says "there can be no excuse" for the video which emerged showing Stratton and Downing Street aides joking over a Christmas party that was allegedly held during Covid lockdown. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

What are the new Covid restrictions under Plan B?

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Boris Johnson has announced new Covid restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of Omicron. Plan B comes in response to a surge of cases, with 568 currently confirmed. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson announces move to Covid Plan B

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a move to Plan B to tackle the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The measures include working from home, where possible, the implementation of Covid health certificates in nightclubs and mandatory mask wearing in cinemas and theatres. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Daughter of Covid victim reacts to Downing St party video

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Jacqueline Green speaks emotionally about how her mother Beryl died on the same day as an alleged Christmas party was held at Downing Street during Covid lockdown in December 2020. Jacqueline says "it is not enough to apologise now" and calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to "resign". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Allegra Stratton delivers tearful apology after resigning

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The prime minister's former spokesperson Allegra Stratton delivers a tearful apology as she resigns, after she was seen in a video with Downing Street officials, joking over a Christmas party that was allegedly held during Covid lockdown. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Norway considers replacing ‘sparse’ Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

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Trafalgar Square’s iconic Christmas tree has some people a little underwhelmed this year. Oslo council is set to vote on whether to send a new one, after the seasonal spruce was branded “flea-bitten” and “sparse”. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

SNP call for prime minister resignation at PMQs

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The Scottish National Party's House of Commons leader Ian Blackford says Boris Johnson is "losing the trust of the people" and calls for him to resign. The prime minister responds by accusing the SNP and Labour of playing politics, adding "I am going to get on with the job". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: No UK ministers or officials will attend Winter Olympics

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Boris Johnson says there will "effectively be a diplomatic boycott" of the Winter Olympics in Beijing as no UK ministers or officials will be attending, following a plea from former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith at PMQs. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: PM caught red handed over Downing St party video

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Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer accuses the prime minister of being “caught red handed” after video emerged showing Downing Street aides apparently joking about holding a Christmas Party during Covid lockdown in 2020. In his response Boris Johnson says “I have been repeatedly assured that no rules were broken” and also reconfirms there will be an investigation led by the cabinet secretary. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM apologises 'unreservedly' over Downing St party video

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Boris Johnson says he is "furious" and "apologises unreservedly" after the emergence of a video showing government aides seemingly joking about holding at Christmas party in Downing Street during Covid lockdown in 2020. The prime minister denies a party took place but announces an investigation by the cabinet secretary into the issue. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: Britain deserves better over Downing St party

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy says "Britain deserves better" following the emergence of leaked footage showing government aides joking about an alleged Christmas party at 10 Downing Street during last year's Covid lockdown. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Johnson departs Downing Street ahead of PMQs

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Boris Johnson departs Downing Street for Prime Minister’s Questions, amidst the on-going row over a Christmas party held in Downing Street during last year’s Covid lockdown. Report by Chinnianl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Anger after video emerges of aides joking about Xmas party

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Louisa Backway says she is "so angry" after watching a leaked video of government aides joking about a Downing Street party which was reportedly held last year. Louisa lost her father to prostate cancer but took government advice and avoided contact with him over the festive period. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Javid ignores questions on why he cancelled media interviews

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid ignores questions about why he cancelled broadcast interviews as he arrives at 10 Downing Street this morning. It follows the emergence of leaked footage showing Government aides joking about a festive gathering last year. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

NHS matron 'grateful' to deliver first Covid jab a year on

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May Parsons, the NHS matron who gave the first Covid-19 vaccination outside of a clinical trial, says she is "still deeply grateful" to have delivered the first jab to Margaret Keenan at University Hospital Coventry, exactly one year ago. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

First jab recipient Margaret looks back at 'wonderful year'

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A year after becoming the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccine outside clinical trials, Margaret Keenan says she still "can't believe" what happened at the time. The 91-year-old from Coventry says "I'm so happy I got the jab and it's been a wonderful year" and encourages other people to get vaccinated. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Blackford on Downing Street leak: PM must resign

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Ian Blackford, SNP Westminster Leader, comments on the leaked Downing Street video. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Sir Ed Davey reacts to Downing Street leaked video

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Sir Ed Davey, Lib Dem leader, comments on the leaked Downing Street video. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Keir Starmer reacts to Downing Street leaked video

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Sir Keir Starmer, Labour leader, comments on the leaked Downing Street video. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Over 13,000 operations cancelled due to record NHS demand

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More than 13,000 hospital operations were cancelled in October and November. The NHS is struggling to cope with record demand during the Covid pandemic. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer: Afghanistan testimony lays bare govt incompetence

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Labour leader Keir Starmer says "devastating" testimony from a whistleblower on the UK's evacuation of Afghanistan lays bare the "shambolic incompetance" of the government. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer urges PM to 'be honest' about Tory Christmas party

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Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the government to "have the guts to be honest" about the alleged Christmas party held at Downing Street last year. He added whilst the rest of the UK was abiding by Covid restrictions, they know there was a "knees up, booze up party". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

What are the symptoms of Omicron in children?

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Parents are being warned to look for four different symptoms of Omicron in children. Experts say cases of the new Covid variant are mild, but children aged five to 14 now have the highest infection rates in Europe. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

London Trafalgar Square's tree mocked for looking 'sad'

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The new Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square has been heavily mocked by those in London for looking "sparse" and "sad". Oslo Council, who donated the tree to the capital, is set to vote on whether to send over a new tree. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Tough policing is not enough to tackle drug gangs

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Boris Johnson says "tough policing" is not enough to help young people avoid prison sentences for drug offences, but that alternative opportunities such as jobs and apprentices are needed as well. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM insists Covid guidelines were followed at Christmas party

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted Covid guidelines were "followed at all times" during the alleged Christmas party held at Downing Street last year. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM hails Afghanistan evacuation as 'outstanding achievement'

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the UK's efforts to evacuate people out of Afghanistan as "one of the outstanding military achievements of the last 50 years". He admitted some decisions took longer than expected but insisted "astonishing" things were achieved by the Foreign and Home Office. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Raab insists he was engaged with Kabul evacuation on holiday

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Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says he would not have gone on holiday had he known the UK would need to evacuate people from Afghanistan during the summer. But Raab, who was foreign secretary at the time, insists he was "totally engaged" in the operation to help get as many people out of Kabul as possible. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Thornberry calls for Raab to resign over Kabul evacuation

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Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry has called for Dominic Raab to both apologise and resign over his handling of the Afghanistan evacuation in summer. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Doctor warns NHS backlog will worsen

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Dr Adrian Boyle of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine says there will be a worsening of the NHS backlog after a report found more than 13,000 hospital operations were cancelled during October and November due to the Covid pandemic. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Fines, curfews and passport seizing: PM’s new drug plan

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The government has unveiled its ten-year plan to tackle drug crime in England and Wales. The £300 million strategy will overhaul recovery and treatment services and take on the “kingpins” behind supply lines. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Balloon tributes to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

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Balloons have been released in Solihull as a tribute to six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes who was murdered by his stepmother. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Government launch review into Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case

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The government has launched a national review into the killing of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to examine whether any lessons need to be learnt nationwide in order to stop something similar happening again. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Raab hopeful we can enjoy Christmas with families

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Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says he is hopeful people will be able to enjoy Christmas with their families this year following efforts to combat coronavirus with the introduction of new restrictions on people arriving in the UK. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Power companies under review following Storm Arwen

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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has defended the government's handling of the response to Storm Arwen, despite 4,000 homes still being left without power a week later. Mr Kwarteng suggested there may have been issues with local infrastructure not being resilient and that a review has been ordered including enforcement measures to hold companies to account. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Football fans pay tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

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Birmingham City and Millwall football fans have paid tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes during their match at The Den this afternoon. Six minutes into the game, proceedings were halted for an applause to honour the six-year-old who died last year. This week, his father Thomas Hughes was convicted of manslaughter and step-mother Emma Tustin of murder in connection with the death. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Travellers required to take pre-departure tests

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that all travellers arriving in England will be required to take a Covid-19 pre-departure test from 4am on Tuesday. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Omicron cases underestimated

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Professor of Public Health Linda Bauld says the cases of Omicron in the UK are very likely to be underestimated, but further restrictions need to be considered alongside the cumulative harm of the pandemic as well as the latest SAGE advice. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Say Thank You to Small Businesses this Saturday!

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Consumers are being encouraged to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities to mark Small Business Saturday. Director of Small Business Saturday Michelle Ovens says this year is an opportunity for shoppers to say a big thank you to those businesses that have helped their community during the coronavirus pandemic. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Speedcuber hopefuls show off Rubick's Cube skills

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The fastest 'speedcubers' from across the world put their skills to the test as they go head-to-head at the Red Bull Rubik's Cube World Cup final. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Christmas Party row: PM insists No 10 'followed guidance'

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Boris Johnson has insisted that Downing Street staff "followed the guidance at all times", amid accusations that Number 10 hosted a Christmas party last year, despite strict Covid restrictions. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: 'Leave no stone unturned' in Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case

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Boris Johnson has vowed to get to the bottom of how the social services system allowed 6-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to be murdered by his abusive stepmother. The prime minister said: "What we've got to make sure now is that we learn the lessons about that case … we will leave absolutely no stone unturned to find out exactly what went wrong". Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Storm Arwen: Military deployed to County Durham

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Around 100 soldiers have been deployed to County Durham to help residents who have been left without power for a week because of Storm Arwen. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Euro 2020 final: ‘Ticketless thugs’ put many lives at risk

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A damning report by Baroness Casey has revealed the extent of the chaos at the Euro 2020 final. It revealed 2,000 fans stormed Wembley Stadium, while 6,000 more were ready force their way in. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

'Sense of déjà vu' in Arthur Labinjo-Hughes case, says MP

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Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Tim Loughton has condemned the murder of 6-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by his stepmother, saying it brought about a "sense of déjà vu". The Conservative MP called for more joined-up thinking in tackling child abuse, saying: "The fundamental question is, why is the system allowing this sort of horrific abuse still to happen." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Grenfell campaigner urges Mercedes to scrap Kingspan deal

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A campaigner who lost several family members in the Grenfell Tower tragedy has urged Formula One team Mercedes to scrap their partnership with Kingspan - a firm behind some of the Tower's insulation. Nabil Choucair from the Grenfell Tower Trust appealed to the team: "If you respect the dead … I ask you to refrain from all the people that are under investigation … you can't work with them until they're proven innocent." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Vaccinators in Stratford report increase in jab uptake

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Vaccinators in Stratford have said more people are coming forward for their Covid booster jab, as Christmas approaches and the Omicron variant looms. Dr Michael O'Hanlon said: "On the whole we've had a really good turnout so far and we're really looking forward to welcoming more people as the eligibility criteria expands." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Met Police: 'Deep regret' over Euro 2020 violence

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The Metropolitan Police has expressed "deep regret" over the violence caused by "thuggish" ticketless football fans at England's Euro 2020 final in July. Vowing to learn from the incident, Commander Rachel Williams defended officers who went "above and beyond" to tackle the chaos and added: "The sole responsibility for the disorder and sickening acts of violence rests with those ticketless fans; they are a disgrace to the game of football." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: PM 'should be worried' by Bexley swing

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Labour's national campaign co-ordinator has warned that Boris Johnson "should be worried" by the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election result - after the Conservative majority was significantly cut in the stronghold. Shabana Mahmood said: "People are fast concluding that the incompetence of the prime minister, the litany of broken promises … the prime minister's own record was thrown into sharp focus by this result." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM welcomes Sultan of Brunei to Downing Street

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Boris Johnson has welcomed the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, to Number 10 Downing Street, where he said they will be discussing the "intensification of our friendship" with the nation. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn