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The Chancellor makes a U-turn on his Budget plan to raise national


Today the PM was picking up the pieces.


We will bring forward further proposals but we will not bring


forward increases to Nics later in this Parliament.


The climbdown follows a backlash from Tory and opposition MPs alike.


And we have a Budget that falls most heavily on those


Isn't it welcome that the Prime Minister today has


admitted she is returning with her screeching, embarrassing


We'll be asking how the Chancellor will make up


Relief after Royal Marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction


for killing a wounded Taleban fighter is reduced to manslaughter.


Killed while on a beach holiday in India.


Police are treating Danielle McLaughlin's death as murder.


Millions in Somalia - and across the region -


British charities launch an emergency appeal.


The woman who argued she deserved more from her mother's will.


Coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News:


Another good day for the bookmakers at Cheltenham Festival


as the outsider, Special Tiara, wins the Queen Mother


Good evening and welcome to the BBC's News at Six.


The Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced into a U-Turn over last


week's budget plan to increase National Insurance contributions


It follows a backlash both inside and outside parliament.


Several Tory backbenchers had joined in the criticism,


leaving Mr Hammond AND Theresa May under fire for breaking


Today Labour called it a humiliating climbdown.


Here's our Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.


If number 11 is your front door, changing your mind about what is in


the box is a very big deal. Shifting only a week after your Kodak moment.


Embarrassing indeed. New Treasury colleagues, seven days later,


keeping quiet. Does this represent a U-turn by the Government? Was the


Chancellor wrong? Worse still when it is your boss who makes the


announcement at the biggest political event of the week.


Questions to the Prime Minister. The trend towards greater


self-employment does create a structural issue in the tax base. We


will bring forward further proposals but we will not bring forward


increases to Nics later in this Parliament. Tax hikes 40 million


self-employed people suddenly completely off. We have just heard


the Prime Minister is about to drop the national insurance hike


announced only a week ago. It seems to me like a government in a bit of


chaos here. The PM and her next-door neighbour hardly looked too


concerned. A budget that unravels in seven days. The idea would have


broken a Tory manifesto promise. They were then lambasted for a total


change of heart. Though she agree that government should stick to its


manifesto promises and, if so, she cannot object to the First Minister


sticking to hers? Is that why they want to abolish bring budgets


because they just keep whipping them up? Number 11 and Number 10 only


made the decision at eight o'clock this morning, choosing humiliation


today. How humiliating is the tax U-turn for the Chancellor? Ask the


Chancellor. Over a row that could have lasted for months. The man


himself charged with managing the nation's counts had to explain how


his careful spread cheap calculations they'll be political


test. This government sets great store in the faith and trust of the


British people, especially while we negotiate our exit from the European


Union. Making this change today we are listening to our colleagues and


demonstrating our determination to fulfil both the letter and the


spirit of our manifested tax commitment. Number 11 had defended


the idea. Number 10 had as well. The atmosphere soured over the weekend.


Sources suggested on Monday a group of senior MPs told Theresa May the


idea would not wash. Today, in a move, one former minister branded as


extraordinary, suddenly, the man was gone. We made it very clear it was


not something we would support. The campaign against it and vote against


it. They listened to us. It showed in some ways he was a strong


Chancellor if he admitted he made a mistake and did a U-turn. I am


delighted. The ground was not that well prepared and the mathematics


did not add up. What we have is a delay and I suspect some hard


thinking about what the best way back to his political home.


Chancellors have to be trusted. Reputations round here are hard and


easy to lose. Well, the scrapping of the rise


in national insurance contributions leaves a big hole


in the Chancellor's Budget plans Mr Hammond has already


pledged to increase So, where does today's U-turn leave


the public finances? Here's our Economics


Editor Kamal Ahmed. It was a tax rise and a gift


to the headline writers. The Chancellor knew he had


a problem when he sat down to breakfast the day after


the Budget, faced with an avalanche He was trying to tackle this


issue, the new world of work and the growth in the number


of self-employed who are taxed less Many supported the increase


in national insurance contributions but expressed their


disappointing that today politics This is a disappointing


move that the increase in class 4 national


insurance won't be going ahead because that increase closed some of


the discrepancies between employees and the self-employed


in our tax system. It largely hit the better orf


self-employed with the lowest earning self-employed


not losing at all. This was Philip Hammond's rather


neat Budget plan a week ago. He made three big


spending commitments. More money on social


care, ?2.4 billion. And more money for business rate


relief and education. It's claimed those costs would be


balanced by two big tax rises. A ?2.6 billion tax rise


on dividends from shares people own as an investment and


the controversial one, a ?2 billion increase in National Insurance


contributions from That has now been scrapped,


leaving Mr Hammond with a The big promise


at the last election. This Government would not


raise direct taxes, so The problem summed


up in a Tweet this afternoon by the Government's own


employment adviser, Matthew Taylor. It was never sensible to put


in a manifesto pledge that you would not increase rates of national


insurance or income tax or VAT. Those are the three biggest


taxes we have by far. To tie your hands for five years


for those three big taxes never looked like a


sensible thing to do. He is not the first and he would be


the last Chancellor to see a budget unravel over


failures to see political elephant Mr Hammond has said he will fill


the ?2 billion black hole caused by today's U-turn at the next


budget in the autumn. It is, for the moment,


completely unclear how. Our Political Editor Laura


Kuenssberg is in Downing Street. How damaging is this, not just the


Chancellor but the Prime Minister? It does not exactly smack of


confidence in government or peace and harmony in Downing Street, does


it? One of the difficult thing for Theresa May and Philip Hammond is


inside the Conservative Party there is no agreement over whether this


was a good thing to do to drop the plan. One senior Tory told me it


would have been madness in the first place to introduce this idea. On the


other side one senior MPs said they were livid the Government had


dropped this because it creates an impression they can be pushed around


by relatively small groups of people who are objecting. I think in the


hole, when it comes to policy the Government puts out there, and


frankly it looks like it will not fly, they have two choices. Do they


let it drag on for months and months, causing political damage day


after day, or do they whip off the plaster, get the pain out of the way


quickly? Here in Downing Street that is what they have decided to do. No


question about it, particularly for a Chancellor, his job above all else


is to be trusted to be a safe pair of hands. This has not been a good


day at the office and it will not be forgotten very fast.


A former Royal Marine who shot dead an injured Taliban fighter


in Afghanistan has won his appeal against a conviction for murder.


Sergeant Alexander Blackman had it quashed by five judges in London,


who replaced it with manslaughter on the grounds of


His wife, Claire Blackman, who's led a campaign


against the murder verdict, said she was delighted.


Here's our Defence Correspondent, Jonathan Beale.


Claire Blackman's led this long, but never lonely fight to have her


Today, she arrived at court hoping for good news.


In 2013, the military court found Alexander Blackman,


better known as Marine A, guilty of murdering a Taliban


insurgent in Afghanistan, but today, the Appeal Court concluded


There was a tear in her eye when she heard that news.


Outside court, she and her supporters savoured the moment.


We are delighted with the judge's decision to substitute manslaughter


This is a crucial decision and one that much better reflects


the circumstances that my husband found himself in during that


The incident in Helmand in 2011 was all filmed on a helmet camera.


This, the moment the Royal Marine patrol called in a helicopter


to target two Taliban insurgents, one of whom was wounded.


We are not allowed to show what happens next as the patrol reaches


him. Obviously, this doesn't


go anywhere fellas. But three leading psychiatrists told


the court that the tough tour had taken its toll


on Blackman's mental health. What had happened


to him during the time he was in Afghanistan, on that


particular tour, is his ability to think rationally and to exercise


rational judgment had slowly The Appeal Court concluded that


Alexander Blackman had been suffering from an adjustment order


when he killed that insurgent. But speaking for the first time,


those who served alongside him in Afghanistan say there


were other pressures too. It wasn't evidence heard


in court but among those Marines with Blackman,


on that patrol, there's plenty of sympathy and little regret


about what happened. I think it's just another day


in Afghanistan and that's the way it goes out there and none of us got


hurt so it was a successful day, Clare Blackman will


still have to wait to be No longer a murderer but he's


still guilty of manslaughter. The court has to decide on that


sentence, but the man known as Marine A could soon be


freed from prison. You can see more on that tonight


in a special Panorama, in which some of the men who served


with Sergeant Blackman speak It's called Marine A -


The Inside Story - and it's on at 10:50pm


here on BBC One. Twelve police forces have sent files


to the Crown Prosecution Service As part of their investigations into


allegations of overspending during the last


The CPS will now decide whether charges should be brought.


On Saturday police questioned


for South Thanet, Craig MacKinlay, over allegations that local campaign


It's also emerged that Colchester MP Will Quince was interviewed


by police back in January, but was told he would face


A man's been arrested after an Irish woman was found dead near a beach


in the popular Indian tourist area of Goa.


Danielle McLaughlin, who was in her twenties,


was from County Donegal. She had been a student in Liverpool and had


a British passport. Police are treating her death


as suspected murder. Our correspondent Yogita Limaye


is in Canacona in Goa. What are the police saying about


this awful killing? It is in this field behind me that her body was


found yesterday morning, police say she had injuries on her face and


head. They were initially able to identify her with the help of other


foreign nationals living in the area as well as information from social


media platforms. A couple of hundred meters to my right is the main


highway which connects north and south Goa and there are lots of


beaches and restaurants around that Goa is so well-known for. But this


is quite an isolated spot. I have been speaking to an officer involved


with the investigation and he has told me they believe they have got


the main culprit, that they have compelling evidence including CCTV


footage, a two wheeled vehicle with blood stains on it and some clothes


with blood on them. Thank you. The Chancellor Philip Hammond has


made a U-turn on his budget plan to raise national insurance


contributions for many And still to come: We've


all heard about Michelangelo. But what about the friend


who helped him? A new exhibition at


the National Gallery. Coming up in Sportsday in the next


15 minutes on on BBC News: Can Manchester City reach


the quarter finals of They're in Monaco defending


a 5-3 first leg lead Some of the country's major


charities have launched an emergency appeal to help an estimated


16 million people facing Four countries - South Sudan,


Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - face an acute shortage of food,


water and medicines. Today, the Foreign Secretary Boris


Johnson visited Somalia where a national disaster


has been declared. You may find some of the images


in this report from our Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding


distressing. The vast, bone dry


plains of Somalia. It's hardly rained


here for three years. The results today are grim,


predictable and getting worse. Many are already dying before


they can reach help. With 3 million people on the verge


of starvation here, the sense But this is a hard place to help,


a famously dangerous country. The capital, Mogadishu,


remains volatile with several attacks here this week blamed


on Islamist militants. Today the British Foreign Secretary


flew in, in part to talk The safer Somalia gets after all,


the easier it becomes to help. But the immediate threat of famine


now overshadows everything here. Talking hard cash at the command


centre for the International aid effort, the British government has


already given ?110 million. One of the things we are trying


to do is because we've put 110 in, we're trying to get other countries


to come in with us. And to those thinking


about digging into their pockets for the appeal back in Britain,


would their money be well spent? It would be very well


spent in my view. You have probably 6.2 million people


who are at risk of famine. These guys are trying to reach out


to about 3 million people of the most urgent cases and you've


got cholera now on the rise, kids dying of cholera in this country,


the incidences rising. There are very simple ways


of addressing these problems. It's six years since


Somalia's last famine. In those days the country was even


more dangerous and aid agencies As alarming as things are right now


in Somalia it is clear that lessons have been learned from the last


famine, when so much aid was either stolen or blocked from


reaching those in need. Plenty can and no doubt will go


wrong here but right now, from those in charge,


there is more confidence than panic. And so millions here in Somalia


and across the wider Now to a Supreme Court decision


that clarifies our right to leave our money to whoever


we want - even if it means Melita Jackson left the bulk


of her ?480,000 legacy Her estranged daughter, Heather


Ilott, argued that was unfair. But as our legal correspondent


Clive Coleman reports - the highest court in the land


as taken a different view. For generations, families have been


falling out over wills. When Heather Ilott's


mother died in 2004, she made it crystal clear


that she did not want her She disapproved of her choice


of husband and even insisted any claim Heather might make


after her death be Animals can't tell anyone


about the cruelty they suffer... Melita Jackson left almost


all of her half a million pound fortune to three animal charities


which she had no connection to. In 2007 Heather Ilott challenged


the will and was awarded ?50,000, on the basis that her mother had not


made reasonable provision But in 2015 the Court of Appeal


raised that to ?160,000. This Court unanimously


allows the appeal. Today the Supreme Court restored


the original ?50,000 sum. In a really powerful judgment,


seven justices here at the highest court in the land have reaffirmed


a fundamental principle of English law, that anyone, you or I,


can leave our money to whoever we want, even if that


means our children getting Money from wills makes up around 50%


of the animal charities income. The Supreme Court acknowledged that


charities do an enormous amount of good work and a lot


of that is funded by the generosity of people like Melita Jackson


choosing to leave them money So that key point, her right


to choose, I want to leave my money to that charity and I don't have


to explain why that was, Today's ruling was


welcomed by Don Day. His wife Pat suffered


from dementia before her death. Following a family rift he has


decided to leave his estate to the Alzheimer's Society


and not his daughter. We've had experience


of Alzheimer's and it's dreadful And we decided that we thought that


what little we had would make a little bit of difference


to the research that In this battle of wills,


a daughter has lost out Charity may have been


the winner, but it certainly Other parents at odds


with their children will take note. He was one of the greatest


figures of the Renaissance. A sculptor, painter,


architect and poet - amongst other masterpieces


Michelangelo painted the ceiling An exhibition which opened today


at London's National Gallery sheds new light on his creative


partnership with the less Our Arts Editor, Will Gompertz


tells their intriguing story. As sculptors go,


Michelangelo was pretty good. Michelangelo is the peak


of skill and virtuosity. As you can see from


this marble carving. It shows the virgin and child


with St John the Baptist on the left and if you look at the foot


of Christ down here, that's about to emerge


from the stone and Michelangelo wrote so poetically


about the figure having to be The only snag was,


while Michelangelo was busy decorating the Sistine Chapel's


ceiling, an ambitious young artist called Raphael had arrived in Rome


and started to compete with him for commissions from


the powerful Pope Julius II. Rafael prospered while


Michelangelo toiled. Until he met an artist ten


years his junior called Sebastiano. He comes to Rome at that


moment when Michelangelo Sebastiano becomes friends


with Michelangelo and they begin this very fruitful collaboration


of which this is the first example. Michelangelo would make preparatory


drawings such as this male torso which Sebastiano then


rendered in paint. Without, it would appear,


doing much to turn man into Madonna. The colour, the interest


in the landscape, which Michelangelo was never interested in landscape,


whereas of course, Sebastiano has a real poetic feeling for this


nocturnal landscape with some ruins The stakes are raised


by Cardinal Julio Der Medici He'd commissioned two enormous


biblical altar pieces, the Transfiguration from Raphael


and from Sebastiano, This picture was at the centre


of the extraordinary rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo


with Sebastiano actually painting on behalf one


could say of Michelangelo. So in a way it's a sort


of proxy battle between Could Sebastiano have done this


without Michelangelo? Michelangelo is fundamental


for Sebastiano's development. This sort of heroic, titanic


character of the representations, these over life-sized figures


who are full of dynamic energy. These come absolutely out


of the mind of Michelangelo. Their remarkable creative


collaboration continued even But eventually ended in acrimony,


with Michelangelo accusing the now You need sunglasses for some of


these pictures today, lots of blue sky in Wales and England and 19


Celsius at Kew Gardens in London, the highest the UK has seen this


year. And 17 the highest in Wales. Not like that everywhere, the South


coast of Wales misty and murky, Northern Scotland seeing some


outbreaks of rain and will again overnight. Some of that reaching two


parts of Northern Ireland. Some of this low cloud, Mr and Mark


advancing into other parts of England and Wales as the night goes


on. Clear spells central and eastern England. High-pressure, some places


warm, getting squeezed southward, this weather front coming through


tomorrow which means Scotland and Northern Ireland with the spell of


brain turning heavier before it clears into the afternoon and sunny


spells return. When to be on the hills in Scotland as the rain feeds


into parts of Northern England, Wales, Western England. The far


south-east mainly dry until after dark, more clout than today. Sunny


spells in Eastern England but not as warm as today. The cold front clears


south on Thursday night, then the change and appeal of the weather by


Friday morning, rural temperatures with a touch of frost across


Northern Britain, icy patches in Scotland, it could well be that


Northern Scotland has the best bet on Friday as we see rain spreading


from north-west to south-east across the UK and is cooler. That cooler,


Wendy, wetter weather will stay with us through the weekend.


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