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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

Princess Anne remembers Duke of Edinburgh

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Princess Anne remembers her late father on what would have been his 100th birthday. She said: "I think there were not many people who understood just how broad his interests were and how supportive he was of an astonishingly wide range of organisations." Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister says Hancock has done ‘terrific job’

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Minister of State for Trade Policy in the Department for International Trade Greg Hands says he thinks Matt Hancock has done a "terrific job" as Health Secretary and hasn't "let anybody down". He adds that his father died from Covid-19 in a care home last April , but that he doesn't blame the government for the decisions they took at this time. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Queen presented with rose

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Her Majesty the Queen is presented with a shrub rose named after her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh on what would have been his 100th birthday by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society which is then planted in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM helps lay roof tiles in Cornwall housing development

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson helped fit roofing tiles during a visit to the West Carclaze Garden Village housing development in St Austell. The visit came ahead of the G7 Summit in Carbis bay. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM optimistic about finding solution for NI Protocol

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is "optimistic" the EU and UK can find a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol problems, describing it as "easily doable". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: G7 big moment after Covid pandemic

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the G7 Summit as an "amazing opportunity and big moment" as it marks the first time leaders have been able to see each other face-to-face since the Covid crisis began. He said there would be a "huge agenda" with the leaders set to discuss a treaty for future pandemics, and shared values between the nations. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Careful eye needs to be kept on Delta virus, NHS chief says

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The NHS Chief Executive says a "careful eye" needs to be kept on the Delta variant as it has led to an increase in Covid infections. However, Sir Simon Stevens added the number of people in hospital was very low. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

EU and UK at crossroads on NI Protocol, vice president says

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Maroš Šefčovič says the EU is at a "crossroads" in its relationship with the UK, due to failed talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The European Commission vice president added the EU would "not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly, and resolutely" to ensure the UK fulfils its obligations. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

No breakthroughs made in NI Protocol talks, Lord Frost says

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Lord Frost says there were not any breakthroughs, nor break downs, during talks with the Partnership Council and Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on the Northern Ireland Protocol. He added solutions need to be found urgently to support the peace process in Northern Ireland, as talks continue, Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer accuses PM of being all over the place on education

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Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of being "all over the place" on education, whilst quizzing him on his new catch-up scheme for schoolchildren. The Labour Party leader added the prime minister only "pretended to be here, and on the side" of kids, Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer calls on PM to renew Middle East peace process

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Sir Keir Starmer has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to advocate a renewed international agreement for a peace process in the Middle East at the G7 Summit later this week. The Labour Party leader asked the state of Palestine be finally recognised, and stop the expansion of illegal settlements. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM leaves Downing St for Parliament

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Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street for Parliament where he will face questions from MPs during Prime Minister's Questions. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Jenrick: Race between the virus and vaccine rollout

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Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has urged people and businesses to be patient, and wait for the government's decision on whether to delay the final unlocking date of June 21. He said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is analysing data, and will make a call on June 14. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Rashford 'proud' of man he is and what he stands for

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England forward Marcus Rashford says he is proud of the person he is and charitable achievements, although adds there are still "so many issues that need to be corrected. Defender Kieran Trippier says his club mate deserves "so much credit" for the work he has done off the football field. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Rashford: Nothing bigger than winning trophies for country

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England forward Marcus Rashford says there is no bigger achievement in football than winning trophies the country. Defender Kieran Trippier adds the team want to win the tournament for its fans and families, and were looking forward to the Euro 2020. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Theresa May urges government to reconsider foreign aid cut

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Former prime minister Theresa May has urged the government to reconsider cutting its foreign aid, and stick to the promise made in the 2019 manifesto to "proudly maintain [the government's] commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on development". She added the impact on the poorest around the world, and the UK's reputation, were other reasons she opposed the cut. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

People fly to amber list countries despite government advice

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People are continuing to fly to amber list countries - such as Greece and Italy - despite government advice to avoid travel to all but green list countries. From Tuesday, Portugal will be dropped from the green list leaving British travellers rushing to get home to avoid having to take two PCR tests and self-isolate for 10 days. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Eustice: Need EU to abide by obligations on NI Protocol

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Environment Secretary George Eustice says the European Union needs to abide by its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol to allow the flow of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Eustice: Huge sympathy for people whose holidays in disarray

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Environment Secretary George Eustice has urged people not to travel to amber or red list countries after hundreds of holidays were thrown into disarray when Portugal was moved from the green list. He said the government has yet to make a decision about the June 21 'Freedom Day', although it will have be made by June 14. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Powis urges vaccine uptake as UK on track to hit target

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NHS Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis has urged people between 25 and 29-years-old to come forward to receive the Covid vaccine. He added the vaccination programme has been the fastest in British history, and will hit its target of offering vaccines to the adult population by July, Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Hancock: Too early to make decision about June 21 reopening

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it is "too early" to make a decision on if the final lockdown restrictions will be lifted on June 21. However, he adds there is not anything in the data to suggest the date needs to be delayed. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Can't see anything in data to stop June 21 reopening

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has seen nothing in scientists' data that will prevent the fourth and final stage of easing Covid restrictions on June 21. He added the government would not hesitate to move countries to amber and red lists in the coming months when necessary. 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 new education scheme is 'biggest in world'

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists the government has launched the "biggest tutoring programme in the world", despite receiving backlash from its £1.4 billion scheme to help children catch up on learning. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: Government put children last throughout pandemic

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Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green says she is disappointed in the government's new £1.4 billion scheme for education, accusing it of "putting children last" throughout the Covid pandemic. She insisted young people should be the "top priority", and should be given the support they need to "realise their dreams and ambitions". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Boris Johnson hosts Jens Stoltenberg at Downing St

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hosted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at 10 Downing Street. They reiterated the importance of working together to tackle the threats of Russia felt by NATO members, while condemning the detention of opposition Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Williamson: Review into school hours as days end too early

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the government is reviewing the school hours to help children with both academic learning and enrichment activities. He added the redistribution of school holidays was not being considered but said he is "always mindful" to consider changes that could benefit students. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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