this is bbc news. the headlines at apm: confusion over the figures — labour launches a key policing policy, but the shadow home secretary trips up over the detail — of how much thousands of new officers would cost. if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four year period we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry. for 10,000 believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry. for10,000 police officers. what are you paying them? sorry. how much will they cost? we've corrected the figure and it will be clear now, today and in the manifesto. i'm not embarrassed in the slightest. theresa may campaigns in cornwall as senior conservatives dismiss reports of tension with eu negotiators ahead of brexit talks. an inquestjury finds a teenager suffering from anorexia committed suicide partly because herfamily was not properly supported to look after her, when she was released from hospital. pip spent her last three years
fighting against anorexia, malnutrition, depression and self—harm. we believe the failings in our daughter's care from beginning to end resulted in her death. i'mjane death. i'm jane hill. angela merkel has been holding talks with president vladimir putin in the black sea resort of sochi. mrs merkel also urged mr putin to protect gay rights in chechnya. lucky to be alive — the surfer rescued from the irish sea after drifting for more than 30 hours clinging to his board. he was described by the aircraft crew as being very cold, suffering from hypothermia and been out overnight and all of that following
day in the water. he was in surprisingly good condition. and paula radcliffe says she feels "hurt" by proposals which could see top athletes losing their world records. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has defended his shadow home secretary after she appeared confused over the cost of the party's plans to put an extra 10,000 police officers on the streets. mr corbyn insisted he wasn't embarrassed in the slightest by diane abbott's difficulties with the numbers for what is one of his flagship election policies. the gaffe has overshadowed the launch of labour's policing policy for england and wales. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo reports.
anti—social behaviour... 0n the beat this morning in southamptonjeremy corbyn promising money for 10,000 more police officers in england and wales. labour wants to put police on the streets embedded in local communities. do we continue cutting police numbers or do we put police back on the streets? do we support pcsos or continue to see them reduced? the party says it would reverse cuts to capital gains tax to fund the policy, but in an interview this morning the shadow home secretary, diane abbott, struggled to explain how much it would cost. we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry. for 10,000 police officers, what are you paying them? no, i mean... sorry. how much will they cost? they will cost... they will — it will cost... um... about... about £80 million. despite the awkward stumble,
jeremy corbyn defended his close colleague. we've corrected the figure and it will be absolutely clear now, today and in the manifesto. i'm not embarrassed in the slightest. but diane abbott's number trouble had already been pounced on. she later tried to play down her morning performance. i do know my figures. and as you will know, i did seven interviews that morning and that was the seventh that i misspoke. but i do know my figures. the conservatives in coalition cut funding for police forces and the number of officers is down almost 20,000 since 2010. budgets were then protected in 2015 in real terms, though not all forces felt the reprieve. at the same time, crime has generally fallen although violent offences are thought to be up. the truth is we have reduced the number of policemen on the street from 2010. but because the police have been spending that money wisely, and because we have worked with them on reform, there's been a reduction in crime of nearly a third since 2010. we believe you can protect funding
and also reduce crime. this is not the first time that a politician has floundered when grilled about the detail of a proposal and it certainly won't be the last. but labour has been putting policy at the centre of its election campaign so far, and after seven years out of power the party needs to convince voters of its credibility to get back into government. downing street is making clear theresa may remains confident of getting a successful deal over brexit, despite apparent disagreement with brussels. senior officials in the european commission have told the bbc that the government seems to be on a "different wavelength" ahead of negotiations over the uk's departure. the prime minister is campaigning in the south west of england this afternoon and reiterated her assertions that only the conservatives could secure a good brexit deal. we've already acted as a government
to provide some certainty for people, forfarmers for to provide some certainty for people, for farmers for example to provide some certainty for people, forfarmers for example in terms of common agricultural payments through the period 2020. we've already done the same in relation to certain structural funds and indeed, said that if people have funding that is signed up to before we leave the eu, if it matches, if it is good value for money and if it matches our strategic priorities then we will guarantee that money. beyond that, we have an opportunity to ensure that what we're doing is providing support for those parts of the country that need it, but doing so the country that need it, but doing so in the best possible way, but it's not just about the so in the best possible way, but it's notjust about the issue of funding, it's about our modern industrial strategy. it's about ensuring that we are promoting and encouraging the growth of the economy across the whole of the united kingdom including cornwall. that was theresa may speaking earlier on. the snp say the government needs to enter brexit negotiations showing an attitude of goodwill. the party's foreign affairs
spokesman, and former first minister, alex salmond, told us he isn't impressed by theresa may's tactics so far. it was an indication from the very detailed briefing that we have seen in the german newspapers repeated here that actually the talks on brexit are threatening to broke down even before they start which indicates that the prime minister has start this campaign where she is refusing to answer questions on a totally false prospectusment you can't say you have you're the person to be this charge of negotiations when it seems that the negotiations are crippled even before they begin. that was alex salmond. the former deputy prime minister and liberal democrat leader, nick clegg, has said that "ordinary people" will pay the price of a "hard brexit" and warned people not to allow the conservatives to rule unopposed. speaking at a campaign speech in london, clegg also warned that the impact of the uk leaving the single market would hit the public finances. this has serious consequences for
the nhs, for social care, and for schools at a time when vital public services are desperately in need of additionalfunding, the conservatives are pouring billions into the brexit black hole insteadment money that could have been used to cut waiting times in a&e, keep beds open and pay for vital medicines. money that could have been used to ease the intense pressure on local care services for our ageing population. money that could have been used to stop the shameful cuts to our schools. for the liberal democrats, nick clegg. and you can find out more about today's election pledges and the latest on the campaign on our website. that's bb.co.uk/news that's bbc.co.uk/news the german chancellor angela merkel
has begun talks with president putin in the black sea resort of sochi this afternoon. it s the first time the two have met since 2015, and the conflicts in both syria and ukraine were on the table. ties between russia and germany have worsened since russia's 2014 annexation of crimea in ukraine with germany being a driving force behind the eu sanctions imposed in response. at a joint news conference a short time ago, president putin condemned the use of chemical weapons used in syria last month, in which at least seventy people were killed. he said that the attack should be thoroughly investigated before any conclusions can be made. the solution for the syrian conflict can be only peaceful. thorough and comprehensive investigation of the 11th april incident needs to be under taken. we
denounce all the use of chemical weapons, but as i said, the culprits can be identified only as a result of thorough and objective investigation. 0ur talks are always frank, open and business—like. 0ver the post—war decades, russia and germany have gone through a long and difficult path of mutual reprerb marred. we should not lose the gains for the sake of peace and co—operation in europe. meanwhile, angela merkel has been discussing the on—going situation in ukraine, saying that russia needed to commit to the minsk peace agreement before any sanctions could be lifted. translation: i think the central point where we have very little success where we keep reminding
ourselves of the zero point of the minsk agreement which was that we need a ceasefire. we have now started working in parallel politically, but the ceasefire is of central importance and the exchange of captive people and i can say for the german federal government and for our foreign minister that we will not shy away from any effort, evenif will not shy away from any effort, even if it is very hard to continue in this format, but we will continue to contribute. mrs merkel also urged vladimir putin to help protect the rights of gay people in chechnya where activists say police have arrested and tortured dozens of people in an anti—gay crackdown. 0ur correspondent in moscow is steve
rosenberg. he was listening to the news co nfe re nce rosenberg. he was listening to the news conference and he said there we re news conference and he said there were notable differences of opinion between the two. so there were no surprises in sochi and by that i mean no breakthrough in russian german relations have beenin in russian german relations have been ina in russian german relations have been in a deep freeze for the last three years or so. there were clearly differences of opinion between merkel and putin over ukraine. vladimir putin said that the governments in kiev it had come to power through a coup k chancellor merkel said the ukrainian authorities had come to power democratically. there was differences of opinion over western interference. angela merkel had spoken of disinformation and gave an example of a negative news story. she said if there was more of that germany would take measures and look into it. president putin said that russia did not interfere in the
internal affairs of other countries. chancellor merkel criticised the treatment of the gay community in chechnya, she said russians had the right to protest and vladimir putin ina right to protest and vladimir putin in a reference to recent anti—government protests said that the russian police were more verved than police in the west. so clearly, a string of differences and no meeting of minds, i think, today in sochi between the german chancellor and the russian president. steve rosenberg reporting from moscow. a jury at the inquest of a teenage anorexia sufferer who took her own life have found lack of family support was a contributing factor. pippa mcmanus, who was 15, died after being hit by a train near stockport. she'd been released from hospital five days earlier. the inquestjury found there was no adequate care package in place. pippa's parents read out a statement reacting to the verdict. pip spent
her last three years fighting against anorexia, malnutrition, depression and self—harm. we believe the failings in our daughter's care from beginning to end resulted in her death. anorexia has the highest mortality rate attributed to any psychiatric illness with as many as 40% of deaths due to suicide. too many of our children are dying from this terrible illness. effective treatment is needed more quickly and if this had been available to our beautiful daughter, maybe she would still be alive today. maybe we would not have needed this inquest. we do not have needed this inquest. we do not want pip's life and suffering to have been in vain. whenever she was able, she tried to help others with similar conditions. we are planning to continue her good work through
the pip foundation in aid of the anorexia and bulimia charity. we wa nt to anorexia and bulimia charity. we want to create a dedicated early intervention centre called pip's place. through this pip will never be forgotten. her memory will live on. that was marie mcmanus. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has defended his shadow home secretary after she got the figures wrong for labour's pledge to fund 10,000 extra police officers for england and wales. theresa may has been campaigning in cornwall as senior conservatives dismiss reports of tension with the european commission about how the brexit talks will proceed. and as we were just hearing, an inquest jury and as we were just hearing, an inquestjury found and as we were just hearing, an inquest jury found that a and as we were just hearing, an inquestjury found that a teenager suffering from anorexia took her own
life partly because her family wasn't properly supported to look after her when she was released from hospital. in sport, paula radcliffe and other british world record holders are collateral damage according to the athletics taskforce. they have apologised, but say it is about the bigger picture. real madrid take on atletico in the semifinal of the champions league tonight. the hold he is are without gareth bale. britain's paralympic champion, suzy rodgers announces her retirement from swimming saying she wants to leave at the top. i'll be back with more on those stories at a.30pm. i will see you then. the family of a man who was shot dead in his home by intruders in the early hours of sunday morning have paid tribute to him saying they are devastated. dorset police are searching for at least two people following the death of guy hedger, a marketing executive. they said it was a targeted attack.
the men, who wore balaclavas, stole jewellery including designer watches before fleeing the house near ringwood. duncan kennedy reports. the centre of the police operation remains the house where guy hedger was shot. detectives say he was killed on sunday morning after at least two intruders entered his home. it's believed that a number of designer watches were taken during the raid. mr hedger was 61 and a director of an education trust. in a statement today his family said: "guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him. we are devastated that guy's life has been cut short in this way. guy will be sorely missed but he will live in our hearts forever". those tributes have been shared by mr hedger‘s work colleagues who say he helped transform
the lives of thousands of children through his educational work. police say that his partner, who is believed to have witnessed the shooting, has been left deeply affected by what happened and is now a key witness in their investigation. this is an area of dorset where home prices run into the millions. and the shooting is still leaving many here unsettled. well, it's obviously very distressing. we live in an area where you never think anything like this is going to happen. so, it's distressing from that point of view but the police have also been very good. they've got a large presence in the area so we feel very safe. well, we're pleased that obviously, you know, there's so much of the police involvement around us and supporting us all. it's a really quiet area and nobody normally expects anything, everyone has high security around here. so you wouldn't expect anything to happen around here. police say they think the raid was planned in advance and are working to find out why
guy hedger‘s home was targeted with such tragic consequences. a surfer who survived for more than 30 hours clinging to his board in the irish sea has been described as "lucky" by the belfast coastguard who saved him. twenty two year old matthew bryce was reported missing when he failed to return from a trip off the argyll coast on sunday. he was eventually spotted by a helicopter 13 miles off shore. our correspondent chris buckler has been giving us the latest from the antrim coast. he went surfing at a beach near campbeltown. before lunch time he went into the water. he went out in windy conditions. he wasn't found until the next day. when he was discovered it was miles out to sea
beyond rathlin island, somewhere between northern ireland and scotland. that was after a major rescue operation involving coastguard teams and lifeboat teams, they found him after a coastguard helicopter spotted him from the air. after more than a day drifting in the water, matthew bryce was found by the coastguard, floating miles from land. he was still by the surfboard he left the argyll coast on on sunday morning, but when he was rescued on the monday evening he was closer to northern ireland than scotland. the waters around the uk at this time of year are near enough at their coldest. if you go in the water this time of year, just on the beach, how long you would want to spend on it, then if you think about 32 hours in these conditions then it would extremely debilitating. search and rescue teams from both sides of the irish sea worked together in an effort to find
matthew bryce who is from glasgow but is now being treated in hospital in belfast. the waves in the water make both the scottish and northern irish coasts a popular destination for surfers. the coastguard say matthew was lucky but he was also prepared, wearing a wet suit that may well have saved his life. he was also able to stay close to his surfboard. when he was plucked from the sea, he was hypothermic but conscious, rescued just as evening was approaching. and in the coastguard's own words, "extremely lucky to have been found." after so long in the water, he is being treated at ulster hospital where he said to be exhausted. he has asked for privacy but he has released a statement. he said, "i'm so grateful that i'm receiving treatment in hospital and i can't thank those enough who rescued and cared for me"
and describes them all as heroes. a man from cardiff who used james bond—style cufflinks which had hidden usb memory sticks in them containing extremist data has been jailed for eight years. 34—year—old samata ullah pleaded guilty to five offences including membership of so—called islamic state. the police said ullah had created a one stop shop for terrorists from his bedroom and stored information useful to terrorists data in his cufflinks. a viscount has pleaded not guilty to sending a racially aggravated message to the businesswoman and brexit campaigner gina miller. rhodri philipps, the fourth viscount st davids is accused of writing a threatening message on facebook just days after gina miller won a landmark high court challenge against the government over article 50 last year. 0ur legal affairs correspondent, clive coleman, gave us the latest from westminster magistrates‘ court.
the man who appeared in the dock was asked by the court clerk if his name was mr rhodri st david's. he said his name was lord rhodri st david's. three charges were put to him. it was put to him that he had sent m essa 9 es was put to him that he had sent messages in the form of facebook postings that were both menacing in character and also rationally aggravated. the first of the message it was alleged was referred to gina millarand it was alleged was referred to gina millar and sentjust days after she won her initial ruling in the high court. she had challenged the government saying the government didn't have the right lawfully to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty without going to parliament for a vote in parliament because parliament was sovereign. that case went to the supreme court where she won it. the other two charges
related again to facebook postings, bau they were made earlier in september of last year and concerned other individuals. the three charges we re other individuals. the three charges were put and lord st david's pleaded not guilty. a date for a trial was fixed. it will take place on 10th july this year. and he was released from court on conditional bail. two conditions, one is that he doesn't contact gina millar, and the other that he doesn't publish on any social media platform whatsoever until the trial date of 10thjuly. lending by family and friends to help fund property purchases will exceed £6.5 billion this year, 30 per cent more than last year, according to new research. legal and general, which compiled the figures, said the so—called
bank of mum and dad was now equivalent to the ninth biggest mortgage lender in the uk. sally francis is a senior writer with money—saving expert. she's been telling us why this is the case. it's expensive and if parents can help out, it is not really surprising that they are helping out. mortgages are difficult to get. to get a deposit, even if it is 10%, we are talking about a lot of money particularly in the south, that where property prices are high. the mortgage rates might not have, there are some really quite good deals out there, but you need so big a deposit now. crikey, it makes you reflect when we made our first stes and we saved and saved, but we just about managed to get a deposit. now, if you're in your 20s, i don't know how young people are meant to do it and that's how they are doing it, when mum and dad can help. are there risks for the young person buying or the parents? i think it depends how the parents? i think it depends how the parents? i think it depends how the parents can do it. if they have got the cash and it is available and
they are not having to remortgage or ta ke they are not having to remortgage or take money out of their house and get themselves into debt to do that for their child, why not? one of the things you have to consider is if, this is not a very nice topic, if something were to happen to the pa rents something were to happen to the parents within seven years of them giving quite a substantial gift to their child, it would form part of their child, it would form part of their estate and therefore, be subject to potentially subject to inheritance tax. there is that consideration. it is not anyone wa nts to consideration. it is not anyone wants to think about, but it could bea wants to think about, but it could be a complication further down the line. if that money is tied up in the prort, i suppose worst case scenario, the person who bought the flat or whatever could have a bill to pay. i suppose is that saying, whatever you do, if parents or grandparents get involved in this way, take legal advice? well, i think, i mean, if you are a savvy person, you might not feel the need to do it, but you need to make sure whether it is through advice that you are aware of the risk of doing it. if you're borrowing money to
give to your child, you have got those debt risks and those risks you're taking on there, it is about making sure that you are well—informed before you do it of everything that could happen by giving that money to your child. there is lots of interesting stats out today in relation to this survey and in terms of first—time buyers. when you look at the average age of a first time buyer, despite what property prices are doing so out of control, it hasn't changed much, but the big difference is a massive increase in the number of young people who are, they are having to buy with someone else. so individuals can't afford to buy, so it's couples or brother and sister buying together, so again, we have got quite a shift in the property market and the implications of that? yeah. i think, market and the implications of that? yeah. ithink, the market and the implications of that? yeah. i think, the bank of mum and dad or whether it is buying with a friend or brother or sister, these are options as to how people are getting on the property ladder. the first time buyer age isn't changing, but the way people are doing it are because financially, to do it by
yourself is incredibly difficult. so people are looking at these other options to get themselves on the property ladder which is something that a lot of people are aspiring to do. sally francis speaking to jane earlier on. dramatic footage has emerged of a baby being pulled out of a car trapped by floodwaters in texas. the pick—up truck with a father, his baby son and toddler daughter inside overturned in water near myrtle springs east of dallas, following tornadoes in the area. fellow motorists performed cpr on the children at the scene, who were taken to hospital and are said to be doing well. now the weather. nick miller has those for us. warmth in the west today. 17 celsius to 20 celsius. we have seen the odd shower pop up over the past hour or so. a few of those drifting further west. very hit and miss. most of us
will avoid those. keep cloud across southern parts of uk overnight. patchy rain reaching east anglia. a colder night for the north. tomorrow, we keep a lot of cloud into east anglia, and south—east england advancing across england and wales. maybe the odd spot of rain. there will be a few showers around. northern counties of northern england and northern ireland and scotla nd england and northern ireland and scotland again seeing the lion's share of the sunshine and the highest temperatures as a result. wherever you are, there will be a chilly feel with the breeze off the sea. similarly so on thursday. a lot of cloud for england and wales with one or two showers. but for much of northern england and scotland and northern ireland, you will continue to have sunny spells. more details in halfan to have sunny spells. more details in half an hour. hello.
this is bbc news. the headlines: shadow home secretary diane abbott insists she can be trusted on her figures after she says she "misspoke" during a radio interview on labour's plan to recruit an extra 10,000 police officers in england and wales. ido i do know my figures and as you know, i did seven interviews that morning. that was the seventh. i misspoke, but i do know my figures. downing street is making clear that theresa may remains confident of getting a successful deal over brexit, despite reports of disagreements between theresa may and eu presidentjean—claude juncker at a downing street dinner. an inquestjury finds a teenager suffering from anorexia took her own life,
partly because her family wasn't properly supported to look after her when she was released from hospital. german chancellor angela merkel urges president putin to help protect gay rights in chechnya as she visits russia for the first time in two years. main talking points between the leaders also included the conflicts in ukraine and syria. a surfer who was winched to safety after drifting for 30 hours on his board in the irish sea has hailed his rescuers as heroes. matthew bryce was found conscious by the belfast coastguard and is being treated in hospital for hypothermia. time to catch up with the sport. paula radcliffe has reacted angrily to new plans that could see some of athletics‘ most famous world records rewritten, including her own for the marathon set in 2003.
the proposals from european athletics are an attempt to address concerns over doping. andy swiss reports. the crowd are anticipating something special once again from jonathan edwards of great britain. august 1995, and forjonathan edwards, a lea p 1995, and forjonathan edwards, a leap into history. commentator: it's a tough act to follow, but he's done it again!m remains the triple jump world record to this day, but for how much longer? under a new proposal all world records set before 2005 will be erased, including paula radcliffe's marathon mark from 2003, because the drug testing back then didn't match today's standards. the plan aims to restore faith in athletics, but those set to lose their records despite doing nothing wrong are unimpressed. very disappointed, obviously. this is a
broad, sweeping solution which they arejust broad, sweeping solution which they are just trying to push broad, sweeping solution which they arejust trying to push in broad, sweeping solution which they are just trying to push in which yet again sees clean athletes suffering for the actions of cheats. european athletics believes records should now only stand if the athletes‘ samples are stored for retesting, and that has only happened since 2005. some records have stood since the 1980s, such as florence griffith joyner‘s and marita cox. they never failed a drugs tests, but no one has ever come close to them. and after the recent russian doping scandal, some believe it is time to rewrite the history books. i feel a great amount of sympathy for clean athletes like paula radcliffe and jonathan edwards. athletics' governing body the iaaf will consider the idea in august. there had, lord coe, said he likes it, but it will prove hugely contentious. well famous old world records like sir roger bannister‘s four—minute mile still be recognised? it seems
the sport‘s which his jury could soon be history itself. —— the sport‘s rich history could soon be history itself. colinjackson‘s indoor 60m hurdles world best set in germany in 1994 would be scrapped under the new plans and jackson thinks the repercussions for him personally will go deep. i personally think that the whole of my career is under threat with a statement like this that they have put out. many of my top performances we re put out. many of my top performances were done at major championships where i won gold medals. i broke the world record over the 110 meter hurdles at the world championships in stuttgart and i won the world champion title as well. if they take that time, for example, away from me, surely they have to take the medal as well, because you can‘t have the metal without the performance. everything needs to be eradicated. itjust seems ludicrous as an idea. after meeting in two of the last three champions league finals, real madrid play neighbours atletico in the semi—finals, with the first leg at the bernabeu tonight. cristiano ronaldo and his real team mates will be without gareth bale,
who misses out with a calf problem, but atleti have their own injury problems too. real won both of those previous finals, including last year‘s on penalties. paralympic champion susie rodgers has announced her retirement from swimming after a six—year international career. the 33—year—old won gold in the s7 50 metres butterfly in rio, four years on from taking three bronze medals at the london paralympics. she also won two bronzes in rio and says she wants to leave at the top after what she‘s described as a "journey of learning, challenges and ultimately immense happiness." that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. more now on our top story — and the shadow home secretary diane abbott has come under pressure this morning after she stumbled several times during an interview and appeared unable to say how much labour‘s plans for 10,000 new officers for the police force
in england and wales would cost. diane abbott appeared on bbc two‘s daily politics programme a few hours ago and defended her comments. here‘s her response as she listened back to that radio interview. how much would 10,000 police officers cost? well, if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four—year period, we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry... what are you paying them? sorry... how much will they cost? they will cost... it will cost... um... about... about £80 million. "about" £80 million?
diane abbott, that is hugely embarrassing. it‘s not just misspeaking, to quote you a bit earlier. you just don‘t know your figures and you‘re not on top of your brief. if i didn‘t know my figures, why was i able to do six other interviews and give the figures correctly? you need to ask why the conservative party is so anxious to move the debate away from the 20,000 police officers we have lost since 2010. but going back to the interview, never mind that you did six or seven interviews, this is now an election campaign. frontbenchers and government ministers are expected to do reams of interviews. this was a major policy announcement for you. in your own words, you want to make this a cornerstone of your manifesto. you didn‘t know the figures. i did know my figures. why didn‘t you say them, then? because i misspoke, as you heard. if i didn‘t know my figures,
i wouldn‘t have been able to repeat them correctly. when did you correct them? i listened to one of those interviews, and you didn‘t mention them at all. you said it would be in the manifesto. i did six other interviews. but you didn‘t mention the figures in those. and they are basic figures. £300,000, which as nick ferrari said, would have meant £30 per police officer. that is embarrassing. you were then struggling to correct that figure. did you not know them at all and you were guessing when you were asked about it on air, or what is your explanation? i knew the figures, because i repeated them many times. i haven‘t heard you repeat them. well, i can repeat them now. i am concerned that you don‘t want to talk about policing, and you want to go over and over a nick ferrari interview. but that was your fault. you want to talk about the issue and we were all prepared to talk
about the issue of policing and the claims that you are making that the police forces have been underfunded and you want to recruit more officers. but by going on air in a major interview where you just completely fluffed the figures, whether you knew them and chose not to say them or you couldn‘t remember them, actually doesn‘t do your cause any good. the public will understand that you‘re not willing to talk about the real issues, and the real issues are that we have lost 20,000 police officers since 2010 and we are seeing a rise in violent crime. you want to be home secretary. how do you think an interview like that, we couldn‘t find the figures in the press release earlier, by the way, so i dispute you claiming that you did know those figures. and if you didn‘t know those figures, how can you claim to want to be home secretary, in charge of the police forces of england and wales? do you think you have instilled confidence in the police forces or the voters?
people that listened to any of the interviews i gave this morning, with the exception of the lbc interview, will know that i do know the figures. as we‘ve been hearing in the sports bulletin a little earlier, some of the most famous athletics records could be rewritten, following proposals put forward by the governing body of european athletics to address concerns over doping. critics say it would mean clean athletes being penalised. joining me now is jamie baulch, a former world, 0lympic, european and commonwealth medallist. this is because they didn‘t have the sort of doping tests that are now applied, so records should not stand. what do you think of that? well, it‘s just stand. what do you think of that? well, it‘sjust ridiculous. the amount of people who cheat in sport
and the amount of people who are clea n and the amount of people who are clean in sport, there are a lot more clea n clean in sport, there are a lot more clean athletes than those who have cheated. and the likes ofjonathan edwards, myself, colinjackson, to namejust a edwards, myself, colinjackson, to name just a couple of people, it would be a real shame for those records to be tarnished and taken away because of misuse in the past. do you feel that somehow, you are being belittled by this, or do you feel, that is what i did and i am proud of it and that is the end of it? i think it's disgusting. proud of it and that is the end of it? ithink it's disgusting. it is proud of it and that is the end of it? i think it's disgusting. it is a bit of a joke. say they scrapped all the records and in a few years‘ time, you get somebody who has been taking drugs when the records have been scrapped. we will be in this same place. we can‘t get rid of paula radcliffe‘s world record, it‘s one of the best there has ever been. jonathan edwards, we can‘t get rid of the records which still stand to this day. i have the british indoor record. by scrapping that, that will
not make a difference. there will still be people cheating next year and the year after. justin gatlin, the 100 metre runner, is a case in point, having been banned twice. it is foolish. we were talking to steve cram earlier. he thinks there needs to be continuing reforms in the wet athletics is policed. would you agree with that? villa yeah, definitely. the strategy is to catch the drugs cheats or have something better in place to stop people taking drugs in the first place. we can‘t look at the past and strip it. we can‘t forget the past. we have got to celebrate the past, not think about, let‘s hope it all goes away. it will never go away until we sort out a solution to stop people taking drugs in the first place. have you gotan drugs in the first place. have you got an idea how that could be done? it is questioned and now, isn‘t it?
it is questioned and now, isn‘t it? it is questioned and now, isn‘t it? it isa it is questioned and now, isn‘t it? it is a lot better than it was in the 70s and 80s. if you look at some of the 200 and 400 metre records from the east germans, there was blatant drugs misuse back in the day, it has got better. but now you have people likejustin gatlin, who has been caught twice in the last few years and he is still competing. people like that should be banned from sport for life and they should have a penalty that if you get caught, you get banned for life. that would stop people do it in the first place. thank you. the former chancellor george osborne has begun his newjob as editor of the london evening standard. he stepped down as an mp last month. mr osborne — who has little professional experience injournalism — has promised that under his editorship the paper will inform and entertain. 0ur media editor amol rajan reports.
george 0sborne‘s new working hours mean he will probably wake up at 5am each day, but this morning, he looked eager to get his feet under the table. it is very exciting to be starting in the newjob and it is a really important time in our country where people are going to want the straight facts, the informed analysis, so they can make the really big decisions about this country‘s future. the evening standard is going to provide that and it‘s going to entertain along the way. now i‘ve got to get in there. we‘ve got a paper to get off stone. keen to show familiarity with newspaper jargon, 0sborne will have been relieved that at least his pass worked. but outside the standard‘s offices in kensington, central london, were a few uninvited guests. london‘s cab drivers say the former chancellor was too close to uber, the private hire firm, allegations that he denies. when george osborne turned up for work this morning, he would have had the same priorities as any new newspaper editor — get to know staff, talk about his editorial vision — but it‘s clear that his time as editor is going to be dogged
by some controversy. staff are relieved he is stepping down as an mp, but there is still concern about his work for blackrock and it is clear that london‘s cab drivers intend to disrupt his editorship. the £650,000 a year that george osborne earns for four days a month at blackrock, the world‘s biggest asset manager, leaves him exposed to accusations of a conflict of interest. with limited resources and a business model under pressure, george osborne will need to turn the standard‘s finances around. for a former chancellor who practised austerity and is no stranger to controversy, this newjob has eerie echoes of his last one. amol rajan, bbc news. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first, the headlines on bbc news: jeremy corbyn defends his shadow home secretary after she got the figures wrong for labour‘s pledge to fund 10,000 extra police officers for england and wales. theresa may campaigns in cornwall as senior conservatives dismiss reports of tension with the european commission about how brexit talks will proceed.
an inquestjury finds a teenager suffering from anorexia took her own life partly because her family was not properly supported to look after her when she was released from hospital. a fairly positive day on the markets — most european and asian markets on the up — investors back from the long weekend with a healthy appetite — now looking towards the us federal reserve meeting and the release of us jobs data later in the week. but here in the uk, we are kicking off with the oil giant bp — profits back in the black and making money again after two yea rs of heavy losses. profit for the first quarter of the year came in at $1.4 billion, a healthy improvement
on the $485 million loss it made in the same quarter last year. we‘re also looking at pmi figures — based on surveys which are sent to managers of about 400 companies gathering information on things like orders and sales. any figure over 50 is seen as an indication of growth or expansion in the sector. for april, itjumped to 57.3, well above forecasts for 54 and higher than 54.2 in march. we‘ll be finding out why in a moment. and do you order your groceries online for delivery? well, shares in the online grocery service 0cado jumped today after reports that the company could tie up with marks and spencer when the high street giant launches its online food service. let‘s start there with our guest — head of currency strategy at cibc world markets, jeremy stretch. let‘s talk about online grocery
delivery. it has been growing rapidly in the last few years. most supermarkets offer it. why have marks & spencer not offered it until now, and what could it mean to 0cado if they manage to secure this contract? marks and spencer would argue that their profits have been going sufficiently on the food side as they were without the inclusion ofan as they were without the inclusion of an online offering. so that has allowed them to pursue that strategy. now they are considering what it entails going forward, and is this an area which will potentially leave them behind compared to competitors if they don‘t offer something similar? compared to competitors if they don't offer something similar? and what could it mean for 0cado to get this contract? well, if they were to sign upfora this contract? well, if they were to sign up for a large retailer like m&s, it would have an important boost to the bottom line. so
investors have reacted to that accordingly, suggesting that if the company were to tie up a blue chip companies such as mms, this would be revenue positive. let's talk about bp, back in profit. 0il revenue positive. let's talk about bp, back in profit. oil prices are up bp, back in profit. oil prices are up 35% on last year. is that what lies behind putting bp back into profit, or is there something else in play? of course, the rise in prices has been the primary consideration behind the improvement, but it goes beyond that. we have seen a bp increase in production, which is up 5%. we have also seen them producing a bill for capital expenditure. those components are the reasons behind the substantial uptick in the earnings compared to last year. let‘s talk about pmi figures, much better than expected. what is driving the growth in the uk
manufacturing sector? and with wages in the uk being squashed by inflation, do you think that growth can be sustained or is itjust a blip? as far as the manufacturing sector is concerned, it is a function in the change of valuation against sterling in the wake of the brexit vote last year. exporters are in something of a sweet spot. they have a much more competitive currency, and yet we haven‘t left the single market yet and we haven‘t got trade restrictions, so that is boosting manufacturing. the question for earnings will be more relevant when we get the comparative data for services. those numbers come out on thursday. there, there may be more ofa thursday. there, there may be more of a concern that the squeeze on wages will be reflected in service sector sentiment. do you think we are beginning to see a rebalance within the uk economy? we had those gdp figures out last week which showed a decline in europe, a slowing in growth in services and this increase in the many factoring sector. could we see the uk economy shifting from its heavy reliance on
the service sector and manufacturing taking a bigger slice of the pie? we have been talking about rebalancing the economy away from that reliance on services for at least 20 years and invariably, we have seen sporadic movements in that direction but nothing more than that. i think we will see an increase in the component of manufacturing in growth over the course of 2017 and 2018, but ultimately, an application of a move away from services in terms of growth is probably a bit of a pipe dream. in reality, the service sector growth trajectory will be somewhat slower than the official forecasts from the bank of england, the obr forecasts from the bank of england, the 0br and the imf. consumers will struggle to maintain the growth teacher directory. —— the growth trajectory. thank you. in the
states, apple is set to announce quarterly results at the end of trade today. markets have high expectations. the share price has been rising for the past two days. we will get the results when the american market close in a few hours‘ time. tomorrow in the uk, we have full year results due out from sainsbury‘s. that‘s all from me, there is a roundup of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business. in its heyday in the 1980s, the brent field in the north sea produced more than half a million barrels of oil a day — enough to provide energy for around half the homes in the uk. but production was stopped there 6 years ago and now the platform is being dismantled. and it‘s quite a task because it‘s not only britain‘s oldest, but it‘s also its biggest oil platform. environmental groups are concerned about how much of it will be left behind, asjohn maguire reports. a decade in the planning,
butjust seconds in the execution, as the top side, as it is known, is lifted off brent delta and onto the world‘s largest construction ship. the pioneering spirit was designed and built exactly for mammoth tasks such as this. 380 metres long and 124 metres wide across two hulls, it is the size of an 0lympics worth of sports pitches and double—decker buses. these platforms were not designed to be lifted from the underside, so we have had to spend at least two seasons preparing the platforms to be lifted. about 200 tonnes of steel welded to the underside and under deck of the platforms to enable this lift to take place. it is difficult to imagine the scale of this project, but consider this — that crane is one of the largest harbour cranes in the world. it can liftjust over 200 tonnes. what has taken place over the last
couple of days out in the north sea, 300 miles north of here, is a lift of around 24,000 tonnes, more than 100 times the weight that that massive crane is capable of lifting. the brent oilfield, more than 100 miles north—east of the shetlands, has been producing oil since the 1970s. during its peak, half a million barrels a day. now the oilfield is coming to the end of its economic life and these monoliths are being decommissioned. it is a process that will be worth at least £40 billion in the years ahead, but it is not without challenges. shell, which operates the oilfield, says it learnt lessons from the furore surrounding the scrapping of the brent spar storage facility in the 1990s. but there are concerns that delta‘s three concrete legs will remain in place.
campaigners accuse shell of putting profit before the environment. to fully comply with the international law, shell has to prove that leaving the legs of this enormous oil rig behind won‘t cause environmental damage. and to date, they simply have not done that. shell says it welcomes the comments and will work with all interested parties. the topside is now on its way to hartlepool, where a salvage company awaits. and the coming years will see hundreds more platforms being decommissioned. the first of these giants from the once so vital brent oilfield is now being brought ashore to end its life. john maguire, bbc news, hartlepool. time for a look at the weather. there is a chilly breeze blowing across the north sea at the moment. you will be feeling that along the east trust of scotland and england. further west, there is warmth in the
sunshine, as we have noticed in wales. and it is warm in western scotla nd wales. and it is warm in western scotland today. but just 10 wales. and it is warm in western scotland today. butjust 10 celsius around the humber today. this evening, there are showers around parts of yorkshire and the midlands and drifting a bit further west. very few and far between. then they die away. a bit of patchy rain in south—east england for some of us late in the night. lira skies to the north. some of us will see a touch of frost, especially across parts of the glens of scotland tomorrow morning. wednesday begins with fine weather in scotland and northern ireland. there may be fog patches in northern scotland and a bit of low cloud in the central belt that will clear for some cloud in the central belt that will clearfor some sunshine. cloud in the central belt that will clear for some sunshine. blue sky across northern england and much of wales. more cloud for parts of the
midlands, south east england into east anglia and for some of us, a bit of patchy rain to start the day. it is never amounted to much, but dole and damp for some of us. chilly in the breeze as well. this cloud pushes west through england and wales, meaning by the end of the afternoon, just northern counties of northern england will be affected. still chilly with that breeze along north sea coasts. tomorrow evening, againafew north sea coasts. tomorrow evening, again a few showers around from the thicker cloud across southern parts of the uk. and it is a similar picture going into thursday, the odd shower here dotted about with the cloud, but sunny spells for northern england, northern ireland and scotland. and yet again, the arrows indicate whether breeze is coming m, indicate whether breeze is coming in, adding a chill from the sea. there is no difference on friday. southern parts of the uk may brighten up a bit. barely any wet weather to talk about. it has been a
very dry april. for the weekend, high pressure develops to the north of us. we keep this flow of air from the north sea, keep it cool for eastern coastal parts. elsewhere, someone in the sunshine, especially in the west, and it is looking dry for the weekend. theresa may says no one should accept that striking the right deal with the eu will be anything but tough. —— should expect. with the eu will be anything but tough. -- should expect. during the leadership campaign i was described by many colleagues as a bloody difficult woman, i said, the next person to find that out will be jean—claude juncker. person to find that out will be jean-claude juncker. today at five, theresa may says she‘ll live up to her reputation as "that bloody difficult woman" during talks negotiations over brexit. we‘ll have the latest, in a one on one interview with the prime minister. the other main stories on bbc news at five. labour‘s policing policy