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Britain's most decorated
Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins
and Team Sky are accused
of crossing an ethical line
in their use of drugs.
A report by MPs said Sir Bradley
and the team hadn't broken rules
but had used medical treatments
to enhance performance.
What we've looked at in this report
is whether there needs to be much
tighter rules around the types
of medication that can be used.
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky
strongly reject the allegations.
Also this lunchtime:
Theresa May promises to crack down
on developers who buy up land
but are slow to build new homes.
The first humanitarian aid convoy
for weeks gets into the beseiged
Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
Millions of people are told
to limit their water use as thawing
temperatures cause burst pipes.
And Gary Oldman has a message
for his mum after his portrayal
of Winston Churchill wins him
the Oscar for Best Actor.
I say to my mother, thank
you for your love and support.
Put the kettle on.
I'm bringing Oscar home.
And coming up in the sport: The FA
Chief Executive apologises
for using the star of David
and the Swastika as examples
when asked why they are charging
Pep Guardiola for wearing
a yellow ribbon.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
The champion cyclist
Sir Bradley Wiggins and his former
employers at Team Sky have been
criticised for "crossing
an ethical line" by MPs
in a report on doping in sport.
The Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport Committee says
Sir Bradley used drugs not just
for medical purposes
but to enhance performance.
Sir Bradly became the first
British rider to win
the Tour de France in 2012.
Both he and Team Sky say they
"strongly refute" the allegations,
as Richard Conway now reports.
He is a sporting icon, the Tour de
France winner and Britain's most
decorated Olympian, but a damning
report has accused Sir Bradley
Wiggins of unethical behaviour over
his use of drugs that MPs say were
taken to boost performance and not
just for medical need.
These do not
constitute a breach of the doping
rules as such, but do those rules
need to be changed if there are very
powerful drugs that have performance
enhancing properties that can be
used by athletes in competition?
Should those rules be changed? It is
ultimately a test that the team has
set for themselves.
The report says
team sky crust and ethical line set
out by its founder Sir David
Brailsford by using the
anti-inflammatory drug to prepare at
Bradley for the 2012 Tour de France
which he went on to win. There are
now growing calls for Sir David
Brailsford to take responsibility
for what MPs have labelled failures.
He and Bradley Wiggins have not come
up with the complete story that
makes sense which is truthful, so we
need some real honesty otherwise
their reputations will be in tatters
and I am not sure they can ever come
back from the mire they are in at
In response to the
report, Sir Bradley Wiggins refuted
the claim saying, I find it so sad
that accusation can be made where
people can be accused of things they
have never done which I then
regarded as facts. Team sky strongly
refute the claims as well and say,
we take our responsibility to the
sport seriously. We are committed to
creating an environment at team sky
where riders can perform to the best
of their ability and do it clean.
The details in this report came
about after MPs heard evidence at
Westminster, but the shock waves
have spread far and wide into the
world of cycling and into athletics.
MPs claim Lord Coe, the president of
athletics world governing body
provided misleading answers over
when he first knew
about corruption and doping
allegations with Russian athletes.
Lord Coe told the committee he was
not aware of specific claims before
they were made in a German TV
documentary, but the report said it
stretch credibility to believe he
was not aware at least in general
terms. In response the IAAF said, it
takes the fight against doping very
seriously and over the last 14
months the organisation has
introduced a set of wide-ranging
There is nobody I know who
would want a guilty athlete to get
away with it, none of us. What we do
want is that same reassurance that
those governing bodies who are there
to protect those athletes and those
competing athletes get it right.
Elite sport has always been judged
by the most slender margins. Its
ethical margins are just as small.
Richard Conway, BBC News.
Richard Conway, BBC News.
Our correspondent, David Ornstein,
is at the Manchester Velodrome.
Another difficult day for cycling
and for some of its biggest names.
That is right. After years of being
dragged through the mud and admired
by doping controversies, cycling
thought it had got through the worst
of it and cleaned up its act,
largely led by Great Britain and
team sky. It seemed that brighter
horizons were in front of them.
However, they are back where they
were many years ago through the
Lance Armstrong crisis and if you
think Great Britain, Britain's most
successful Olympic sport, cycling,
and Sir Bradley Wiggins, the most
decorated Olympian, and team sky
were set up on the premise of being
whiter than white with a zero
tolerance approach to doping and
ethics and here they are facing
serious questions. Sir Bradley
Wiggins, one of the biggest names in
British sport, Sir David Brailsford,
the architect behind team sky, and
so many great memories for the team
at this place behind me, also known
as the metal factory. Where do they
go from here and what more further
repercussions could come the way of
cycling as a whole? We are thinking
about further investigations,
further allegations potentially,
possibly the criminalisation of
doping in the UK, like in some other
countries. There have been calls for
that today. Possibly the banning of
the substances mentioned in the
report. Britain's most current
successful cyclist on the road,
Chris Froome, is facing allegations
himself. He returned an adverse
analytical finding just recently. It
seems we have not heard the end of
The Prime Minister has
announced a shake-up
of planning rules in England,
saying young people without family
wealth "were right to be angry"
at not being able to buy a home.
Theresa May said construction firms
which have been slow to build
new homes could be refused planning
permission in the future.
Ministers have also warned councils
that they will face sanctions
if they underestimate
future housing needs.
Our political correspondent,
Jonathan Blake, reports.
Building your way out of the housing
crisis. Theresa May on a visit to a
development in East London this
morning to see new homes being built
but too many young people are in her
words, rightly angry that they
cannot afford. She had a message to
the company is building in doubles
back new homes, step up and speed
We are going to make it much
harder for unscrupulous developers
to dodge the obligation to build
homes people can afford. The
government will make sure land is
available for homes and make sure
our young people have the skills
needed to build them. In return, I
expect developers to do their duty
for Britain and build the homes of
our country needs.
developers are too slow to build on
land they bought, so local councils
should be able to take into account
their record. The rewrite of
planning rules was also promised
with ministers now consulting on
changes to guidance for local
authorities. The government's
opponents say it is nowhere near
People will take some
persuading that Theresa May and the
Tories will get tough on developers.
They have spent the last few years
making planning rules weaker and
they have created loopholes which
lock in high profits for developer
else. The test now is action, not
the words we have heard this
The housing shortage is a
problem for all parts of the UK. The
Scottish government has pledged to
build 50,000 affordable homes by
2021 and the Welsh government has
launched two new schemes to help
people buy their homes. The
government admits there is a crisis
and is keen to show that is an
action. But there is little new
intraday's announcement, and with
people opposed to more radical
solutions like building on the green
belt, the options are limited. The
dream of home ownership Theresa May
spoke about remains a dream for
spoke about remains
a dream for many.
Our Assistant Political Editor
Norman Smith is in Westminster.
Will these plans make
a difference for young people
struggling to buy a home?
I don't think anyone believes a
consultation on rewriting the
planning rules is of itself going to
solve our housing crisis which is
becoming something of a national
scandal. Ministers today pointed out
the ratio between the cost of a
house and average salaries is now
worse in Britain than anywhere else
in the developed world. There is a
certain familiarity to a lot of what
we heard today. I have lost count of
the number of prime ministers who
pledged to tackle the housing
crisis, talking about stripping down
the planning rules, turning up the
heat on local councils, putting the
screws on developers and again today
we have had the same familiar
response. Local councils saying do
not blame us, we approve nine out of
applications, give us the money to
build and we will do it. Developers
are saying when we buy land we don't
want to sit on it, we would like to
develop, but you have attached so
many conditions on infrastructure
that is the reason for the delay.
The criticism you hear more and more
at Westminster is such is the scale,
do we need more radical action, such
as building on the green belt,
hugely controversial. Or possibly
allowing councils to borrow to build
council houses like they did in the
60s and 70s, or putting in
government money. Theresa May's view
is much more cautious. She does not
think that there is a silver bullet,
she thinks you need a much more
incremental approach, which means
change will be gradual and take
80 previous unknown cases of
aid workers harming people or
putting them at risk has now
evolved. Seven charities reported
cases that occurred in the last
financial year. The new figures were
released at a meeting of charity
leaders and ministers in London
which is discussing ways to protect
people in need.
people in need.
An aid convoy of almost 50 lorries
has entered the Syrian rebel
enclave of eastern Ghouta,
carrying humanitarian supplies
to tens of thousands
of people who've been trapped
as government forces advance.
It will be the first to reach
the area since mid-February,
despite a recent UN-backed ceasefire
and short daily truces
ordered by Russia.
Let's speak now to our correspondent
Martin Patience who's in Beirut
in neighbouring Lebanon.
How big breakthrough is this for the
It is a huge
breakthrough following intense
international pressure and a two
hour hold-up at a checkpoint. That
convoy was finally allowed to enter
the Eastern Ghouta. There are 46
trucks in all, but according to the
UN three of those trucks were empty
and the reason for that according to
the UN was that the Syrian
authorities had removed most of the
medical supplies from the charts,
including trauma pats. The reason
that apparently happened was because
the Syrian government does not want
the rebels to receive treatment. But
in total more than 25,000 people,
most of them civilians, will receive
some assistance today.
Do you think
that today's move means the
temporary daily ceasefires are
starting to work?
convoy was supposed to move into
eastern Ghouta during that five hour
pause in the fighting, but according
to a BBC correspondent on the ground
the Syrian government carried out
several air strikes during that
period. There was also heavy
artillery fire. What we have seen in
the past couple of days is Syrian
government troops advancing rapidly
into eastern Ghouta and now reports
are suggesting that the Syrian
government controls a quarter of
what is the last major rebel
stronghold close to the capital.
While some assistance has gone into
eastern Ghouta, the fighting is far
Our top story this lunchtime.
The champion cyclist,
Sir Bradley Wiggins,
and Team Sky deny allegations by MPs
that they used drugs
to enhance performance,
rather than for medical needs.
And still to come, the RAF fly
in emergency supplies to communities
in Cumbria still cut off
by the snow.
Thousands of homes across the UK
are without water, because of burst
pipes caused by last
week's freezing temperatures.
Supplies have been affected
in the South of England,
Wales, the Midlands,
Yorkshire and Scotland,
with bottled water being
handed out in some areas.
Several water companies
are advising customers
against all but essential use.
Emma Simpson reports.
It's the fallout from the big
freeze. Burst pipes. And there's
lots of them.
What is the damaged
caused by him?
Burst water main.
This was cheddar in the south-west.
This region has had an unprecedented
number of burst mains. And here is
another one. There have been big
problems in parts of Wales as well.
One resident in Carmarthenshire told
us he's been without water since
Quite a difficult night.
Not being able to wash properly,
have a shave or wash the dishes.
Keep the kitchen clean. So I've been
collecting rainwater from the
This mamma has got hold of
supplies. She's in south London, and
lost her water last night. Her
daughter's school needed to close as
You don't expect it to happen
What has been the most
tricky thing so far?
The toilet, not
being able to flush the toilet, and
washing your hands, I have a
two-year-old, so nappies and things
There have been a host of
problems across many parts of London
since the weekend. Thousands are
still without water today. Thames
Water resorted to handing out
emergency supplies this morning, and
demand was high.
I've got five kids,
and literally without water since
6am yesterday morning. It's
Washing the bottles is
difficult. There's a lot of stuff
covered in baby to that I can't wash
at the moment.
7:30am, they said the
water was fixed. Nothing is six.
Engineers are out trying to fix the
Since the thaw over the
weekend, although we expected leaks
reported, the reaction has been
incredible. We have seen an
incredible increase. About 500
million extra litres of water has
been pumped into the system to cope
with the extra demand.
companies are urging people to use
as little water as possible until
things get back to normal. The
question is when.
Days after the big freeze,
many of us are basking
in the relatively mild weather.
But spare a thought for several
communities in Cumbria -
where some areas are unreachable
by road because of huge snow drifts.
Now, the RAF has been called
in to deliver emergency supplies.
Food, coal and heating
appliances are being delivered
by helicopter to people,
some of whom have been cut-off
for at least five days.
Dan Johnson is in Carlisle.
That is the helicopter that is
delivering those emergency supplies
to these remote villages. This is
Carlisle airport, where there's very
little snow. It's hard to believe
conditions are that bad, but this
has become a temporary airbase, with
that helicopter being loaded up with
supplies of food, baby milk, logs,
heating equipment, and that being
flown out across the Pennines to
some of these remote communities.
These are very small hamlets, high
in the hills, that have been cut for
days now. The County Council says it
is trying to get through the roads
there with snowploughs and gritters,
but it has failed so far. It says it
will take a further two days to get
through by load, -- by road, which
is why the decision was taken to
call in the military. Marines who
are just back from Arctic training
have been out on that helicopter
this morning, and they will be back
this afternoon dropping more
supplies to these communities who
have been cut off high in the
Pennines. It's difficult to work.
They don't know exactly what the
conditions will be like when they
arrive, and the snowdrifts are very
high. It has been so thick that the
snowploughs and the gritters haven't
been able to get through yet.
Hopefully they will have been able
to deliver some relief to those
communities, where apparently people
have been soaring up furniture and
burning it to keep warm. The thaw
may now be widespread, but there is
still an impact is being felt from
last week's storm.
Dan, many thanks.
Industry figures show new car sales
fell again in February.
The Society for Motor Manufacturers
and Traders recorded a drop
of 2.8% compared to the same
period a year ago.
The body said it was due
to a continuing slump in the sale
of diesel vehicles.
Gas and electricity companies
are to be banned from charging
customers for energy they used more
than 12 months previously.
The energy regulator, Ofgem,
says the restriction on billing
people retrospectively will cut down
on shock bills - in extreme cases
they have exceeded £10,000.
Our Personal Finance Correspondent
Simon Gompertz is here.
Simon, how have they been able to
send such huge bills?
You might have
been paying by direct debit,
assuming you've been paying the
right amount, perfectly open to them
reading the meter, but they've been
undercharging you because they've
been underestimating your usage.
This might have been going on for
some time. So you can see why these
huge bills... The average is around
£1200, but some are as high as
£10,000. For some people it is a
massive shock and can drive them
into serious debt. What is going to
happen is you will not be able to
send out bills like that as a
supplier if you are willing for
electricity or gas that was more
than a year ago. Some people are
going to be in the position where,
over the next few months, until May
when this comes in, they might get
back bills, but after that time,
they are going to be banned. For
smaller businesses, they will be
banned from November. They have been
getting some of these big bills as
well, but that will have to stop.
Ofgem's estimate is that around
10,000 people in one year have
complained about this, but there
will of course be many more who
didn't go down to citizens advice or
places like that to register their
complaint. It will make a big
difference, I think.
Italy's general election has
delivered a hung parliament,
and big gains for
The populist Five
Star Movement will be
the largest single party.
But a right-wing coalition,
including Forza Italia
led by the former Prime Minister
and an anti-immigrant party -
the League - are expected to form
the biggest bloc.
Gavin Lee reports from Rome.
in Italy, but it's
the anti-establishment parties
that are celebrating.
Luigi Di Maio is the
man of the moment.
His Five Star Movement less
than a decade old is now the biggest
party in the country.
It is promising political
revolution, wary of the EU,
and has drawn huge support
from younger voters
tired of the old order.
When coalition talks get under way,
they will feature a familiar face,
who once promised radical change -
ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
His support base is weaker now,
but he stands in a centre-right
alliance with the league party,
and could still be
a possible kingmaker.
Most of the Italian press
is predicting "Cambia Tutto"
all change, and the election result
brings about the possibility
of an entirely populist coalition
between the Five Star Movement
and the League party,
which has had a huge rise
in support and campaigns under
a Donald Trump-inspired
slogan, "Italy first".
Its manifesto also pledges to deport
600,000 migrants who've arrived
here in the past few years.
Millions of Italians
have asked us to retake
control of this country,
to free it from uncertainty,
and insecurity, after the laws
created by Brussels,
migrant arrivals, bank
failures, so I see it
as a vote for the future.
I think that the possibility
of a coalition between
the Five Star Movement
and the league is quite
there, but I'm not sure
they will want to go solo.
I don't think that the
Northern League especially,
the League and Mr Salvini,
is going to try to do this
without understanding understanding
that he wants to project himself
as the leader of the right,
so he also needs the rest
of the right to come with him
into this possible coalition.
It's the current government
that is walking away
wounded from this election,
in third place.
The ex-Prime Minister,
Matteo Renzi, and the centre-left
alliance promised stability,
but that ideal has been rejected.
People have clearly voted
for change, a change that
could worry other European leaders,
dealing with Brexit.
Gavin Lee, BBC News, Rome.
One of the most significant
for a generation has got under
way in China.
The National People's Congress
is considering a proposal that
would keep President Xi Jinping
in post indefinitely.
Delegates are expected to vote
on removing the two-term limit
for the presidency later this week.
In Beijing, our China correspondent
Robin Brant reports.
Marching music and a clapping crowd.
This is the annual parliament
gathering in a country where one
party controls everything and almost
no one gets to vote.
This year, though,
a big change is brewing
because President Xi Jinping wants
to stay on and on.
No one inside the hall
was talking about his plan
to abolish term limits.
These are heavily choreographed
events, but outside,
nothing short of joy.
That view is hardly surprising.
They are loyal deputies.
They'll vote on the
change at the weekend.
Some may disagree in private
but it's almost certain they will
fall overwhelmingly into line.
This annual event is set to last
just over two weeks this year.
A little longer than usual.
So far, there's been mentions of tax
reforms, the internet,
the military, but it's unlikely
we are going to hear
about the big, big issue -
the change that could see Xi Jinping
serving for, well,
as long as he wants.
Before that, though,
there's other important
business to be done.
Day one kicked off with China's
economy, key to world growth.
6.5% growth is the same
as last year.
A bigger boost in military spending
was unveiled as well,
announced to a crowd that represents
all of this vast nation.
But people like Hu Jia is not
welcome in Xi Jinping's China.
A long-time human rights activist,
he's been sent away from his Beijing
home with government minders
while the politicians meet.
Detaining or removing people
like him has become increasingly
common under this president.
The prospect of an indefinite reign
for Xi Jinping fills him with dread.
Robin Brant, BBC News, Beijing.
Gary Oldman has led a night
of British successes at the Oscars,
winning the Best Actor award
for his portrayal of
Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
There was also a win
for The Silent Child,
the film starring six-year-old
Maisie Sly from
Swindon, who is deaf.
After months of revelations
about harassment in Hollywood,
the ceremony was a chance for stars
to appeal for inclusion,
with the winner of Best Actress,
Frances McDormand, persuading every
female nominee to stand with her.
James Cook was watching.
After a year of darkness, a splash
of colour returned to Hollywood.
The black threads of protest were
gone, although the determination
to call 'Time's Up' on abuse
and to create a more
inclusive industry remained.
If I may be so honoured to have
all the female nominees in every
category stand with me
in this room tonight...
Best Actress winner
Frances McDormand had
a message for the moguls.
Look around, ladies and gentlemen,
because we all have stories to tell
and projects we need financed.
And the winner is Gary
Oldman, Darkest Hour.
For his transformation
into Winston Churchill,
the British actor saw V for Victory
and he thanked his
I say to my mother, thank
you for your love and support.
Put the kettle on, I'm
bringing Oscar home!
There were four more British wins,
including one for The Silent Child,
a short film about a deaf little
girl from Wiltshire.
I made a promise to our
six-year-old lead actress that
I'd sign this speech.
My hands are shaking
a little bit so I apologise.
Allison Janney won Best
Supporting Actress for playing
the meanest of mothers in
I did it all by myself!
She went on to thank a long list
of people, and a parrot.
A Fantastic Woman!
For the first time,
the foreign-language award went
to Chile for a film starring
a transgender actress playing
a transgender character.
Jordan Peele, Get Out.
This was the first time
a black writer had won
Best Original Screenplay.
I stopped writing this
movie about 20 times
because I thought it was impossible.
It thought it wasn't going to work.
I thought no one would ever
make with this movie,
but I kept coming back to it
because I knew if someone let me
make this movie that people
would hear it and people
would see it.
James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name.
This writer made history too.
At 89, he's the oldest
ever Oscar winner.
But politics and protests
were never far away.
Three of Harvey Weinstein's accusers
lined up to deliver this message.
The changes we are witnessing
are being driven by the powerful
sound of new voices,
of different voices,
of our voices joining together
in a mighty chorus that is finally
saying "Time's Up".
And the Oscar goes to...
Last year, this famous duo
announced the wrong winner.
No such problem this time.
The Shape of Water.
Although the director
wanted to make sure!
The greatest thing our art does
and our industry does is to erase
the lines in the sand.
We should continue doing that
when the world tells us
to make them deeper.
So inclusion was the theme,
change really is coming
to Hollywood was the message.
James Cook, BBC News, Los Angeles.
Time for a look at the weather...
Here's Matt Taylor.
Change is already here for some
weather-wise. Across parts of
Scotland, you can see that he's no
clear up continues. A fairly manual
process, especially with snow still
falling for some. Across other parts
of the country, the thaw is more
natural. We are not completely done
with snow and frost, as I will show
you. Back to Saturday, the blue
colours are where we saw
temperatures below freezing. Now it
is confined to the hills in northern
areas, with most places seeing
positive temperatures, and across
England and Wales, it probably does
feel like spring with a bit of
sunshine. Low pressure is with us to
start the week, the same area will
be around all week long. One such
rainy band pushing into southern
counties today. Rain will extend
through the afternoon and the
evening rush hour across Wales, the
Midlands and parts of southern
England. As the rain pushes its way
northwards, the tops of the Pennines
could see a bit of snow. Away from
that, some clear skies here and
there. Still the chance of some
breaks in the cloud, especially in
the south. We could see a bit of
frost, light winds and some fog
tomorrow morning. A murky start just
about anywhere. Some snow on the
hills in Scotland tomorrow. Any
showers in Northern Ireland clear
away. Drive for much of England and
Wales after the great start. One or
two showers, especially in Wales and
towards the south-west. Feeling
quite mild in many places. Low
pressure with us for the rest of the
week. Through Tuesday and into the
Wednesday, the cold air confined to
the far north of Scotland. Some snow
in the Highlands and Islands in
particular. Patchy frost on
Wednesday morning, and some showers
across south-west England and Wales.
Some sleet could be mixed in on the
tops of the hills. Some sunshine
mixed in as well. Temperatures
around normal for the time of year.
Frost day in places and a foggy
start for Thursday. Just a small
chance of heavy rain pushing through
the English Channel and some snow
return to the Highlands later.
A reminder of our main
story this lunchtime...
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky
have denied allegations by MPs
that they used drugs to enhance
than for medical needs.
That's all from the BBC News at One,
so it's goodbye from me -
and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
news teams where you are.