The government said it is introducing voter ID as a legal requirement in order to "protect the integrity of elections", despite there being little evidence of electoral fraud at UK polling stations. Anyone without eligible ID can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, here or by contacting their local council. For example, an Older Person’s Bus Pass is an accepted form of ID, however an equivalent travel card for younger people is not. Meanwhile organisations that promote the welfare of ethnic minority communities in Britain claim that these groups will be disproportionally impacted by voter ID laws. "Everyone eligible to vote will have the opportunity to do so and 98% of electors already have an accepted form of identification.
Play Brightcove videoITV Wales Sports Reporter Matt Southcombe said it had been an "extraordinary day" during Wednesday's Wales at SixThe Six Nations Wales v England game will go ahead on Saturday as Welsh rugby players have agreed not to strike. It means Wales will play against England in what some Welsh fans call the most important game of the Six Nations championship. Acting Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive, Nigel Walker, said he was pleased to confirm the game will go ahead, after "extensive discussions and conversations over the last week". What demands have the Wales players made? A degree of uncertainty and chaos is fairly common in Welsh rugby but the players have reached the end of their tether.1 month ago ITVX
An off-duty police officer has been shot in Omagh, County Tyrone. Ulster Unionist Party MLA Tom Elliott told ITV News that he was told the officer was shot four times by two masked men. "I'm told the police officer is a fairly senior officer and he was seeing young people at a coaching session at the local sports complex," he said. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they received a 999 call at 8.02pm following reports of an incident in the Slievard area of Killyclogher. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris has condemned the shooting of a police officer in Omagh, Co Tyrone.1 month ago ITVX
A man found guilty of murder previously starred in the iconic “Accrington Stanley, who are they?” advert as a child. As he then pours himself a glass of milk, Spaine reacts by saying: "Milk? He said if I drink lots of milk, when I grow up I'm going to be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley." before a young Mr Rice, who has gone to a successful career on screen including roles in Coronation Street and Brassic, responds with "exactly". Mr Spaine was a very promising young footballer, and he appeared in a very famous advertisement on the television - an advert for milk involving Accrington Stanley.1 month ago ITVX
Netflix’s anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front leads the pack with 14 nominations at the Bafta awards on Sunday, where Colin Farrell could win for the first time. All Quiet On The Western Front, directed by German filmmaker Edward Berger and based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, is nominated for top gongs including best film, best director and best film not in the English language. Both films have also received nods for best film, with Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and Todd Field’s Tar rounding off the five-strong list. Its other nominations include outstanding British film, best director, best original screenplay and best supporting actor for Irish stars Gleeson and Barry Keoghan as well as best supporting actress for Irish actress Kerry Condon. Bafta and Oscar-winner Sandy Powell will be awarded a Bafta Fellowship, becoming the first costume designer to receive the body’s highest honour.1 month ago ITVX
Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to push for victory as his country marked the sombre first anniversary of Russia's invasion. This morning he attended a commemorative event in Sofia Square, Kyiv, marking one year since what he described as "the longest day of our lives". In London, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will lead a national minute’s silence at 11am today to mark the anniversary. “For Ukraine to win this war – and to accelerate that day – they must gain a decisive advantage on the battlefield. He said: “As we mark this solemn anniversary and look ahead to the coming months, we must do the same.29 days ago ITVX
Welsh rugby is no stranger to chaos, but has it ever known chaos quite like this? We are four days out from the biggest fixture in the Welsh rugby calendar, Wales v England in Cardiff, and players are on the verge of striking. Wales head coach Warren Gatland said he is "hopeful" a resolution will be reached today (Tuesday 21 February) between the WRU and players in the ongoing dispute over contracts. The game not taking place would cost the Welsh Rugby Union north of £8 million, and that's before any fines from the Six Nations rain down. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (21 February) head coach Warren Gatland said he was "hopeful" a resolution could be reached today.1 month ago ITVX
The UK Government has dismissed pursuing direct rule for Northern Ireland as MPs voted to extend the deadline for holding a new Assembly election. But he insisted a return to direct rule from London is "100%" not on his agenda. His assurances came as MPs approved the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill and sent it to the House of Lords for further scrutiny. For Labour, shadow Northern Ireland secretary Peter Kyle said the vacuum caused by the absence of Stormont is having a "profound" impact on Northern Ireland. As part of the Bill, MPs supported an amendment to ensure opt-out organ donation laws for Northern Ireland can proceed.1 month ago ITVX