Ex-Cabinet minister David Davis said Mr Johnson had failed to take responsibility for the breaches of lockdown in Downing Street, and he had enough of taking the flak for him. 'In the name of God, go!' he said. A visibly shaken Mr Johnson insisted he was not going to resign, urging people to 'wait for the outcome' of the inquiry by senior civil servant Sue Gray. But it was another hammer blow as Westminster reels from Christian Wakeford's announcement that he was leaving for Labour. The Bury South MP - who has a wafer-thin 402 majority in the Red Wall seat - had already announced he had put in a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson. And he was on the Opposition benches wearing a Union Jack face mask. In a parting shot letter to the premier, Mr Wakeford branded his leadership 'disgraceful' and said he believed Labour would do more to tackle the cost of living crisis. Sir Keir goaded Mr Johnson in the Commons that any more defectors were 'welcome', saying the Tories had shown they were 'incapable' of governing the country.
Boris Johnson is set to declare TODAY that Plan B Covid passes and WFH orders will be scrapped next WEDNESDAY - as he fights for his political life over Partygate scandal
Boris Johnson today said he is lifting Plan B Covid curbs in England as he stepped up the fight for his political life with another 'Operation Red Meat' announcement. The Prime Minister said that 'from now' the Government's work from home guidance will no longer apply. Meanwhile, Covid passes and compulsory face masks will be axed from next Thursday after the regulations underpinning Plan B expire. The changes will be explained by Health Secretary Sajid Javid at a Downing Street press conference this afternoon. Mr Johnson told MPs at lunchtime the Government will still 'suggest' to people to wear face coverings in certain 'enclosed or crowded places' but 'we will trust the judgement of the British people'. Face masks will no longer be required in school classrooms in England from tomorrow. The PM also said that there will 'soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether' as he said the change will be made by March 24 at the latest.
Six Russian landing ships sail past Britain sparking speculation they are bound for impending 'full-scale invasion' of Ukraine as Kiev warns Putin has 'nearly completed' troop build-up
Russia's Baltic Fleet vessels the Korolev, Minsk (left) and Kaliningrad were today sailing south past the UK followed by Northern Fleet warships Olenegorsky Gornyak, Pyotr Morgunov, (bottom right) and Georgii Pobedonosets which passed the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark on Monday. The ships, which can each carry up to 25 armoured personnel carriers, were deployed three days ago but it remains unclear if they are heading for Ukraine. (top right) The region has been on a knife-edge since the end of last year when Moscow moved as many as 100,000 troops, as well as tanks and missiles, close to the border. Ukrainian Defense Ministry's latest intelligence assessment yesterday warned Russia had massed more than 127,000 troops along the border, together with a sea and component that marked a 'full strength' force. The assessment, seen by CNN , described the situation as 'difficult' and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin was 'trying to split and weaken the European Union and NATO' while also 'limiting the capabilities of the United States... to ensure security on the European continent'. The stark warning comes after two rounds of last ditch talks between the West and Russia failed to de-escalate the conflict which has threatened to bubble over since late last year.
Mother, 24, 'inadvertently recorded harrowing audio of her boyfriend beating her son, two, as she tried to catch him out for cheating on her - months before they killed the little boy', court hears
Kyrell Matthews (left) died with a litany of internal injuries including 41 rib fractures and a cut to his liver as prosecutors say he was subject to serious abuse before he died at a London flat in October 2019. His mother Phylesia Shirley and her then-boyfriend Kemar Brown (pictured, right, by court sketch artists) are on trial for his murder at the Old Bailey. Prosecutors, today, played the jury harrowing audio recordings which they say were taken when Brown was beating the toddler and offered a glimpse into the alleged abuse taking place at the flat in Thornton Heath in the months before Kyrell died. The trial continues.
Could Christian Wakeford's shock defection HELP the PM?: Red Wall sleaze critic with wafer-thin majority who lashed out at Boris Johnson over Partygate and called Owen Paterson a c*** before joining Keir Starmer's Labour
The 37-year-old has been a vocal critic of the Prime Minister over Partygate and made headlines during the Owen Paterson lobbying saga with a foul-mouthed rant at the former minister. Amid the chaos over the PM's attempts to spare Paterson from censure for lobbying for firms paying him a six-figure sum he approached the then North Shropshire MP and called him a 'c***'. It came after the Government instructed MPs to vote to change parliamentary sleaze rules to help out the former Northern Ireland Secretary, who later quit as an MP. His decision to cross the floor to Labour today was the strongest manifestation of disgust at weeks and weeks of sleaze. But critics will point to the size of Mr Wakeford's majority as well. He took the seat in 2019 - one of the Red Wall victories which propelled Boris Johnson to his massive election win.
Harrow bus lane that is only 39ft LONG earns council £442,000 in fines in just under two years - as grandfather, 77, who successfully overturned his own ticket calls for it to be removed
Recent figures showed 7,854 drivers were caught driving on the small section of Northolt Road at the junction with Alexandra Avenue, in South Harrow, between April 2019 and the end of 2021. The figures were obtained by Geoffrey Ben-Nathan (left), 77, a driver who submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to Harrow Council after he managed to overturn his own fine on that stretch of the road. In total, the council, who said the bus stop is in place 'in accordance with the law', generated £442,363.36 in the 21-month period.
Pictured: The rickety bridge that killed worker on £900-a-head pheasant shoot and injured 10 others when it collapsed to send them plunging into river
A man killed and several others injured (left) in Roeburndale (top right) when their trailer plunged into a river after a bridge collapsed had been involved in a £900-a-head pheasant shoot. The victims are understood to have been mainly 'beaters' who had been tasked with flushing out the birds so they can be shot. Eleven of them had been on the back of a trailer returning back to the farm after the shoot had finished yesterday afternoon. The trailer, pulled by a Polaris Ranger vehicle (lower right), fell into the river when the bridge suddenly gave way underneath it. A farm worker who knew some of those involved said: ' They had been out pheasant shooting yesterday afternoon and were heading back to the farm.
Sandbanks will be ruined by 'Magaluf-style' luxury flats and 150-seat restaurant 'monstrosity' planned for Millionaire's Row in Poole Harbour, residents warn
The controversial development in Poole Harbour, Dorset, would consist of 15 luxury apartments over three floors with a restaurant and office space on the ground floor and parking for residents only at basement level. Plans for the site in a quieter part of the Millionaires' Row have sparked dozens of objections from well-heeled residents, including celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer. Mrs Sawyer's luxury waterside home, which she shares with husband Nick, will be just yards away from the complex. The couple called the new building a 'monstrosity' and a 'grossly oversized development' that is more in-keeping with the Spanish party capital Magaluf. Others expressed concerns the 'huge' restaurant will lead to increased noise and 'catastrophic and dangerous' scenes, with customers jamming up the roads on the exclusive peninsula while looking for a parking space. Another concern is that at four-storeys, the complex would dwarf residential housing around it and encourage other developers to build just as high. Members of BCP Council are due to vote on the planning application tomorrow. Pictured top and bottom left: The area where the new flats may be built. Bottom right: Boys playing football in front of the skyline of Magaluf in Mallorca.
So much for health and safety! Fury as cycle-friendly road scheme designed to make Edinburgh streets safer... leads to an INCREASE in accidents
Data shows there had been no collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists or drivers on Lanark Road and Longstone Road in the city in 2019 or 2020. But since the scheme was implemented in 2021 residents have witnessed at least five collisions, according to campaigners. Professor Derryck Reid, chair of South West Edinburgh in Motion (SWEM) said data on road-safety website CrashMap showed the increase in accidents. Local councillors said something was 'amiss' with the flagship scheme - which aims to make roads safer but has resulted in residents feeling less safe.
'Only a matter of time before Matt Hancock is on Only Fans!' Twitter pokes fun at former Health Secretary's icy dip in Hyde Park lake - as Serpentine swimming club hits out at him for breaking 'members only' rules
Social media users have been making light of the former Health Secretary after he sampled the icy cool waters of central London's Serpentine lake at 7.45am yesterday. Some appear to be swooning over the politician, calling him 'heart-throb Hancock' and joking it was 'only a matter of time' before he started a page on OnlyFans - where adult performers charge money for their 18+ content. Others compared a picture of Hancock, 43, emerging from the London waters to a scene from a James Bond film, placing the picture beside one of actor Daniel Craig in a shirtless beach scene for Casino Royale. But Hancock's al-fresco lengths appeared to rile local swimmers by contravening the rules, with the Serpentine Swimming Club yesterday tweeting a link to pictures of Mr Hancock's swim, adding: 'Serpentine swimming is strictly for members only, and no guests permitted.'
'Britain's Anne Frank': The brave family who risked their lives to hide escaped Soviet soldier in Nazi-occupied Jersey - as relatives try discover his fate after he was sent back to Ukraine after WWII
Phyliss Emily Le Breton and her husband John (left) kept 'Tom' hidden away behind trap doors after he fled his German captors. Tom - real name Bokejon Akram (right) - was a Ukrainian soldier and school teacher taken as a prisoner of war by the Third Reich. They took him to the occupied Channel Island of Jersey as a slave but he escaped and was taken in by Mr and Mrs Le Breton. They risked their lives by hiding him their house (inset top and bottom) where he had trap door escape routes. He told their five young kids fairy stories and even kept a diary - just like the teenage Anne Frank in Amsterdam. The family called him 'Tom' and taught him English - partly by reading the Bible with him. He survived with them for three years and was repatriated to the Ukraine in 1945 by the British.
Drivers are caught red-handed holding mobiles and other devices behind the wheel, just like Frank Lampard - months before law is tightened
Dozens of motorists have been caught red-handed using their mobiles while driving on the A338 in Bournemouth, Dorset just months before the law on using a phone at the wheel is tightened. The drivers were clearly seen taking phone calls, reading messages, shuffling songs and even playing with iPads on a busy A-road. While the current law makes it illegal to text or make phone calls while driving, it doesn't stop motorists from touching a hand-held device. It comes days after former Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard (centre bottom) had his case of using a phone while driving dropped because it could not be proved it was turned on at the time. The 43-year-old had been seen in his £250,000 Mercedes G wagon holding a coffee and his mobile but escaped prosecution because the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was 'insufficient evidence'.
Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn is arrested AGAIN as he tries to close down Guy's and St Thomas' Covid vaccine clinic and vows to strike again
Piers Corbyn (left) has been arrested after trying to shut down the coronavirus vaccination clinic at Guy's Hospital in south east London. The 74-year-old conspiracy theorist (right) and another man - known only under the name David - were detained by police at the scene. It came after the Met Police received reports a group of nine people had started protesting outside. Footage of the protest, posted online by Corbyn and his supporters, show the police attempting to move them on, warning they would be arrested if they stayed. Stunned staff delivering the jabs can be seen as they refused to leave. One anti-vaxxer who was not arrested can be heard declaring the hospital was a 'murder scene' and describing the lifesaving shots as 'murder weapons'. Eventually Corbyn can be seen being led out of the hospital in handcuffs and being put in a police van before being taken to Walworth Police Station.
Meet the Pork Pie Plotters: Carrie's 'Red Wall poster girl' ex-reality TV star friend, the ultra-ambitious 'Melton Mowbray' mother and the foul-mouthed MP who defected to Labour and once called a minister a 'c***' in the Commons
The group, branded 'Boris' Babies' when they entered Parliament in 2019, are now being called 'f***ing nobodies' by Mr Johnson's allies. Senior party sources have pointed the finger at Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison and fellow Tory Alicia Kearns as ringleaders. As many as 20 recently-elected MPs are believed to have gathered at 1pm in the office of one of their number, Alicia Kearns (right), which swiftly became known as the 'Pork Pie Putsch' because she represents Melton Mowbray. Whips suspect three other relatively new backbenchers - Ms Davison from Bishop Auckland, Gary Sambrook (inset left), a freemason and MP for Birmingham Northfield and Chris Loder, a former train guard (inset right) from West Dorset - of being among the ringleaders. They are now being called the 'grey wolves' by some allies of the Prime Minister because 'they were not socialised in Parliament during the pandemic', according to Sky News. One Cabinet source was furious at the lack of loyalty, telling The Times: 'They were only elected because of him. Most of them are a load of f****** nobodies. It's nuts.' Downing Street is understood to be particularly annoyed about Miss Davison. Carrie Johnson, along with Dilyn, the PM's dog, and Rishi Sunak had campaigned for her in 2019 (left). And in a sign that all is not well, Nimco Ali, Carrie's best friend tweeted today: 'Honestly can't believe the audacity of @DehennaDavison. Girl get a grip'. Christian Wakeford, the first Tory to represent Bury South in more than 20 years, became the seventh MP known to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee. Last year he admitted he approached Owen Paterson and called him a 'c***' after the government instructed MPs to vote to change parliamentary sleaze rules. Today he defected to Labour.
One dead, four seriously hurt in Lancashire bridge collapse: Off-road vehicle and trailer carrying 11 people plunge into river after road gives way under them
Police were called around 4.25pm to the Moor Lane area of Roeburndale following a report of a serious accident on a farm. It was reported a Polaris Ranger vehicle pulling a trailer had fallen into a river when a bridge collapsed. Eleven people were in the ranger vehicle and trailer at the time of the incident. One man suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Do they serve spirits? Pub owners say bar is HAUNTED after items move on their own, moving shadows are spotted and staff are too scared to go into the cellar
Sisters Richelle Stocks (right) and Ashleigh Naisbitt have been forced to call out police to the Black and Grey pub in Morpeth, Northumberland over a series of 'strange' supernatural incidents. Spooky CCTV footage from the bar shows objects moving on their own and dark shapes appearing out of nowhere. One clip shows a pen appearing to spin unaided on a Richelle's hand (left) and a broom moving on its own. The pair, who took on the pub in August last year, said soon after they heard loud banging downstairs and fearful their pub was being burgled rang the police - who rushed over only to find the building empty.
'Fraggle Rock was one of the most DANGEROUS jobs I ever had': Lighthouse keeper from classic Jim Henson puppet show recalls 'taking his life in his hands' every time he was on set - as Apple TV+ announces reboot of programme
Along with the Doozers, the Gorgs and the Silly Creatures of Outer Space, the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock last appeared on TV screens in 1987. But now, as the show dreamt up by Muppets creator Jim Henson (top right) is set to return to screens, one of its stars has revealed how the children's TV show kept him on his toes. Simon O'Brien (left), who portrayed BJ the lighthouse keeper in the final season of the much-loved show, told the BBC on Wednesday that the role was 'one of the most dangerous jobs' he has ever had. He said 'massive holes' were created in the floor of the show's set so puppeteers could control the character's dog, Sprocket. It meant that 'every time you went on stage you took your life in your hands', the star said, before adding that there was the 'odd bruised and broken limb' making the show. The first episode of the new iteration of Henson's creation, called Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, is being released on Apple TV+ on Friday (the original and new trailers shown bottom right).
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Tonga faces food and water shortage with supplies contaminated by salt water and ash from exploding volcano as it's revealed tsunami warning system FAILED in wake of the blast
Water that tens of thousands of Tongans rely on has been contaminated by salt water and ash with a shortage imminent, the Red Cross has warned, with a food crisis also looming after 'all agriculture' on the islands was destroyed. New Zealand and Australian aid flights are due to start landing at Tonga's main airport starting Thursday as work to clear the runway of ash nears completion, with naval vessels due to bring water supplies by Friday. But complicating efforts are Tonga's insistence that any aid deliveries have to be 'contactless' due to the risk of Covid being brought to the region, which has so-far avoided getting caught up in the pandemic. Elsewhere, it was revealed that a tsunami warning system failed in the wake of Saturday's eruption (inset), after an undersea internet cable was severed and cut all communication between the islands and with the outside world. Tongan communities abroad have posted images from families on Facebook, giving a glimpse of the devastation (top and bottom), with homes reduced to rubble, fallen trees, cracked roads and sidewalks and everything coated in grey ash.