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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 set to declare Plan B curbs will be axed next week

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.

The star, who gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising, was hospitalised after Tuesday's accident in the Alps.

Charlotte Buesden, 28, was killed after her Nissan Qashqai collided with the front of a HGV on a busy road in Kemsley, Kent on August 23.

It marks the first week that the ONS has recorded a fall in infections in England since Omicron first took off in late November and the trend now matches the Government's daily stats.

Blackpool forward Beryly 'Bez' Lubala (pictured), 24, is accused of grabbing the 18-year-old by the hair, telling her to stop making noise and 'be a good girl' before the alleged rape on September 13, 2019.

Six Russian landing ships sail past Britain sparking speculation they are bound for

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.

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Paolo Messeri was sacked from The Royal Hospital For Neuro-disability in London but has now won his claim for unfair dismissal after the tribunal ruled there was insufficient evidence against him.

Two-month-old Malik Olayia was found unconscious and not breathing at a flat in Harlow, Essex. Ellodie Goncalves, 31, and Muritala Olaiya-Imam, 36, were charged with murder.

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Mother, 24, 'recorded audio of boyfriend beating son months before they killed him', court

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.

Christian Wakeford defection sparks major internal Labour row as hard Left opposes his

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

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.

The Duke of Cambridge was leaving the Foundling Museum in London today when a journalist from Sky News asked him: 'Your Royal Highness, could I just ask, do you support Prince Andrew?'

Ministers urged Britons to take the rapid tests regularly in a bid to quell the spread of Omicron, but Government plans to 'ramp down' the free tests will see only key workers able to access them.

Researchers from King's College London and the Australian National University found heparin - which costs around £33 per dose - improves oxygen levels by 70 per cent in virus patients.

Lancashire bridge collapse: Man killed and several injured were beaters in pheasant shoot 

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, 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.

Cheeryn Allette worked at the Scarsdale Grange Nursing Home (pictured) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire - for 13 years until she was sacked in January 2021 for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid.

All frontline workers must have had two doses of the vaccine by April 1, meaning the first must have been administered by February 3.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate fell to 4.1 per cent between September and November. That left unemployment just a fraction above the 4 per cent seen before Covid hit.

Fury as cycle-friendly road scheme designed to make Edinburgh safer... leads to RISE in

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.

A survey by York's daily newspaper The Press found that 88 per cent of its readers want to see the prince's Duke of York honours taken away from him as the prospect of a court showdown looms.

Those visiting the Duke of York's official Twitter page @thedukeofyork today were greeted with a message saying 'this account doesn't exist - try searching for another' just hours after it was still live.

Suspected burglar Craig Wiltshire, 43, died after he was tackled to the ground and pinned to the road by carer Nathan Smith during a 'citizen's arrest' in Bristol on November 20, 2019, a court was told.

Twitter pokes fun at Matt Hancock's icy dip in Hyde Park lake

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.'

How Soviet soldier was sheltered by brave Jersey family during Nazi occupation of Channel

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.

Dr Nicholas John Chapman, from Somerset, is charged with attempting to cause a woman aged 16 or over to engage in sexual activity without her consent. He denies the allegation.

Vo Van Hong, 45, was convicted for leading a people-trafficking operation more than two years after a truck full of 39 dead Vietnamese migrants was found in Essex in October 2019.

Nationalists in Gwynedd Council's cabinet in north-west Wales voted to shut its buildings and wind down its services on March 1 to give up to 5,000 people the day off to toast the patron saint.

Drivers are caught red-handed holding mobiles and other devices at the wheel

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'.

The rate of Consumer Price Index inflation increased to 5.4 per cent in December from 5.1 per cent in November, the Office for National Statistics said today.

Michael Jackson, 41, was accused of hitting Rosie Bell 'four to five times' and stamping on her thigh and foot during a furious breakup row at his Cotswold stables on January 24, 2020.

A joint campaign involving British and Spanish officials was launched in Madrid today, where a gallery of men wanted for crimes including murder and dealing in guns and drugs was unveiled.

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.

Within the total, around 60 UK investors hold ISA pots of more than £3 million and about 80 pots were valued at £2 million-plus, new data has revealed.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Helen Procter (pictured), 40, wants to raise awareness of Clare's Law, after her ex-boyfriend Daniel Burton was jailed seven years for a brutal attack on her last April.

Betty Cottle suffered decades of the veteran circus impresario's sexual infidelities, relentless womanising and cocaine addiction before splitting with him in 2001.

The Pork Pie hit squad trying to topple Boris Johnson

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.

The 18-year-old vanished, from Bracknell, Berkshire, after leaving Atik nightclub in nearby Windsor at around 2am on Sunday morning. A 21-year-old man has been charged with stalking.

EXCLUSIVE: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital discharged Doris Lord (pictured with her late husband), 96, to the facility in Manchester rather than Victoria Lord-Fox's place in nearby Newport.

Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was shot dead after taking hostages at a Texas synagogue, had told his family he was travelling to the US to find himself a Mexican bride.

One dead and four seriously hurt in Lancashire bridge collapse

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.

Christopher Boon was jailed for life and is serving a minimum of 29 years after he admitted murdering wife Laura Mortimer and her 11-year-old daughter Ella at their Gloucester home in 2018

A new study from UK and German experts found commonly used lateral flow devices only find 64 per cent of Covid cases in children casting doubt on the ability of testing to curb Covid in schools.

'This pandemic is nowhere near over,' chief of the UN health body Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from WHO's headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday.

'Fraggle Rock was one of the most DANGEROUS jobs I ever had', says lighthouse keeper Simon

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 eruption: Food and water shortage looms after supplies contaminated

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.

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