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tonight at ten, ahead of the brexit talks, the deepening tensions between britain and the european commission. following leaked reports of a difficult meeting with jean—claude juncker, theresa may signals that the road ahead could be rather bumpy. at the seaside today, on the campaign trail in the south—west of england, mrs may hits back at claims that her approach to brexit is "delusional". during the conservative party leadership campaign i was described by one of my colleagues as a "bloody difficult woman". i said at the time that the next person to find that out would be jean—claude juncker. we'll have the latest on the questions about theresa may's approach to the brexit process. also tonight. the shadow home secretary, labour's diane abbott, accused of not having mastered the brief on one of the party's key pledges. how much would 10,000 police officers cost? we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry... 10,000 police officers? what are you paying them? no, i mean... a jury at the inquest of a teenager with severe anorexia has found that a lack of support contributed
to her suicide. how leading former athletes could be written out of the record books as part of a new anti—doping strategy. and the story of the surfer rescued after 30 hours adrift in the irish sea. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news. it was an all—madrid champions league semifinal tonight and a familiar face who gave real the lead in the first leg against atletico at the bernabeau. good evening. the deepening tensions between the prime minister and the president of the european commission ahead of the brexit negotiations have been laid bare.
theresa may has warned jean—claude juncker that she will prove to be a "bloody difficult woman" during the brexit talks. it follows reports that mrjuncker had accused her of being "deluded" about the brexit process. mrs may, campaigning in the south—west of england today, told our political editor laura kuenssberg that she always knew the brexit negotiations would be challenging. who wouldn't like a day by the cornish coast? who could be coming to town? i believe it's that nice theresa may. is that correct or not correct? strong and stable theresa. i'm not very keen, in fact, i'm very unkeen. i hope she comes sooner rather than later. i've got a bus to catch. the number 10 suits, police by the fishing boats, gave the game away. thank you, nice to see you, morning, morning. a serene scene compared to brutal briefings from brussels. thank you, nice to see you. during the conservative party leadership campaign, i was described by one of my colleagues as a "bloody difficult woman".
and i said at the time, the next person to find that out would be jean—claude juncker. and did he over the weekend? well, these are going to be tough negotiations as we go ahead. i'm asking the british people to give me a mandate. did jean—claude juncker say to you, brexit cannot be a success? i don't... look, i don't recall the account that has been given of the meeting that took place. i think a lot of this is brussels gossip. it was a dinner in london and you were there. but what it does show... it is not brussels gossip. either he said it to you or he did not. the account, i think that the account i have seen, a lot of that is brussels gossip. but what is important is there is a key question for people when they come to this election. there will be 27 other eu countries on one side of the table and who is going to be there, standing up for the uk? it is either going to be me orjeremy corbyn. you wanted an early deal on eu citizens and brits abroad. they said no. you wanted parallel talks about our divorce deal
and trade at the same time. they said no. that does not inspire confidence, does it? i have always said that there are complexities to this issue and lots of details that will need to be agreed. brexit is not the only issue. back her on brexit or not, for some voters, it is just not enough. food banks, you know. there's massive problems with homelessness, house prices. polite it may be but her first sharp encounter of the campaign. the campaign is solely focusing on brexit. no, it's not. i know it isn't but that is the impression. well, brexit has huge opportunities for us. it can do, if we get the right deal. it doesn't help that borisjohnson says it is about selling haggis to the americans. her team says she loves talking to voters but what did that one think of her? the austerity cuts have been incredibly damaging. and we need a strong economy. i don't believe that brexit is going to take us into a strong economy. i've never felt in my adult life so depressed about the state of this country, i really haven't. neitherdo i. those two are quite angry. they had a lot to say to theresa may.
i know they did but it is too late to discuss that now. we are already going out so why fight that? brexit is the backdrop to this election. the prime minister wants to use the circumstances to build her authority, but whether here or anyone else, but whether here or anywhere else, voters will make it absolutely plain it is not the only thing that will make up their mind. as that voter said to you in that cornish village, this shouldn't all be about brexit. she was desperately worried that it is. we have already started to set out our plan for a stronger britain. this election, i believe, genuinely believe, is the most important election the country has faced my lifetime. we have an historic opportunity. it is an important moment of change for this country. doesn't that sound rather strange from somebody who was home secretary for six years in previous governments? i was very proud to have served in david cameron's cabinet for six years as home secretary, but i'm a different person. i'm my own person, and we are in a different set of circumstances. and i want to look ahead to the long—term challenges
that this country faces. almost exactly a year ago, prime minister, i asked you if you thought you would want to be leader of the country and you laughed it off, saying there wasn't a vacancy. now we all know what has happened since then. many of your mps and ministers believe this could be a transformational election in terms of the tories taking back swathes of the country. you can't laugh at that. you read the polls as well. you must believe it is in your sights. i'm very clear, i have always, throughout my political career, never predicted election results. and i have always said, you know, polls come out that are good and polls come out that are bad but the only one that counts is the one that takes place on the 8th ofjune. if you are elected, will you serve the full term until 2022? laughter. i have no intention of doing anything other than serving the full term until 2022, because this is, as i say, an important time for our country. this so—called bloody difficult woman wants to stay on as your prime minister. persuading all of you? that might be difficult, too.
thank you very much. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, cornwall. and over the coming weeks, we'll be talking to other party leaders during the election campaign. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he backs diane abbott, the shadow home secretary, despite her difficulty explaining labour's plans for policing. labour's policy is to recruit an extra 10,000 officers in england and wales. ms abbott, during a radio interview, offered several versions of the projected cost. she said she had simply "mis—spoken", but the conservatives said it raised new questions about labour's competence, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. there, over the road, you know him, labour's leader, promising to make the streets safer. 10,000 more police on the beat, catching more criminals and paid for by the better—off, using capital gains tax the tories plan to cut. what we are putting forward is a proposal to increase police numbers. the conservatives have cut them
by 20,000 and we are putting 10,000 more police officers out there because it is a question of community policing and community involvement. there are many causes of crime. they have to all be addressed. it is a collective approach. but labour has been hounded by questions. could they afford it? the party suggested the same money could go on schools or welfare. just examples, according to diane abbott, and the money? how much would 10,000 police officers cost? well, if we can recruit the 10,000 police men and women over a four—year period, we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry... 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... about...
about £80 million. i don't understand. what is he or she...? 80 million divided by 10,000 equals 8000. so what are these police officers going to be paid? we will be paying them the average... has this been thought through? of course it has been thought through. first it was thousands, then it was millions. it's not the sort of thing which encourages people to trust you, is it? it's been clarified. it's absolutely clear what the cost of this will be, 300 million. just how strong is your faith and trust in your shadow home secretary, diane abbott? diane is fine and diane has my full support. she clearly does and it is £300 million, not £80 million. diane abbott brushed off the mix—up, or tried to. i do know my figures and as you well know, i did seven interviews that morning and that was the seventh and i mis—spoke but i do know my figures. that settled that, or did it?
trust is a problem for some of the voters in this part of southampton, in one of the tiny handful of seats labour holds in the south—east. i believe that the tories run the country like a business, whereas labour seems to borrow a lot of money and just relies on other people to pay it back later in life. you don't think much of her? what about jeremy corbyn? corbyn isn't really my politician, although at least i've got a bit of respect for the fact that he is more of a labour man than perhaps they have had in the past. so, but... sincere and honest, anyway, he's got convictions. yes, yes, although i don't have a lot of faith in him as a politician. are you willing to give labour a chance this time? i am willing to give labour a chance, as long as they are willing to help the working class people. do you think maybe they are in the business of doing that? i would like to think so. this election is more about leadership, about the character of rivals, since any i can remember since margaret thatcher first won. but policies that touch the lives of millions matter, too,
and law and order is one of those. just now, labour is fighting to regain trust on policies and personalities and the tories need that advantage. police funding has been protected since the last election but before that, it was cut back severely. 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. labour is telling voters no, otherfigures suggest some crimes got worse. leaders like children at election time. jeremy corbyn seems to mean it, but he needs britain to like him enough to make him prime minister. that's a much bigger ask. john pienaar, bbc news, southampton. and you'll find out more on the numbers of police in england and wales and crime figures as part of our reality check online.
go to bbc.co.uk/news. more election news now. 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. in a campaign speech, mr clegg accused theresa may of seeking to "pull the wool" over voters' eyes about the damage brexit was already doing, and urged people to vote for a "real opposition" in the liberal democrats. in scotland, the first minister nicola sturgeon has urged young people to back the snp, claiming that younger generations are being let down by the conservative government. she claimed that by the time they reach their early 30s, the wealth accumulated by young people born in the 19805 will be half that of those born in the 19705. the green party say they will offer voters the chance of a second referendum on brexit, with an option to remain in the eu.
the party's election manifesto will include a pledge for a " ratification referendum", to be held after the eu has agreed the terms of brexit, if the majority of the electorate are unhappy with the final deal. our deputy political editor, john pienaar, is in westminster for us tonight. john, at the end of today, what lessons can we draw on the state of the election campaign, and beyond? labour can count on the votes of a lot of people who say, "let's have better services and make the better off pay for it by paying more taxes". they may also look at diane abbott and say that we all make m ista kes abbott and say that we all make mistakes but we're not all the shadow home secretary at election time i'm guessing diane abbott may wish you could rewind today and play it with a different ending. labour does not have enough trust in the bank to be able to squander it in the way she and her party risked doing today. as for to reason make
we don't really know how she would use a fresh mandate if she got one. we will know more when the tories publish their manifesto in a week or two. right now, theresa may is trying to build trust and turn it into votes so she wins big enough to have the commons behind her when the time comes for unpopular decisions on tax, spending, maybe pensions and an brexit. some people look at that dustup over dinner with jean—claude juncker and may worry that theresa may is fighting herself into a corner. sam cane brexiteers may be hoping that is true but i will only say the negotiations have not started yet. we have not had the walk in but that was the weigh—in, a time for eyeballing and muscle flexing and there will be time for lots more leaking and spinning before this is done. right now and before this is done. right now and before that happens, before the negotiations, britain will have to choose its contender for the confrontation for the negotiations and that is what we will be doing on the 8th ofjune. john pienaar with
his latest thoughts at westminster. let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the day's other stories. an inquest into the death of a teenager with anorexia, who took her own life five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, has found there was no adequate care plan in place. pippa mcmanus, who was 15, died in 2015 after stepping in front of a train near stockport, in greater manchester. our correspondent, judith moritz, was at the inquest. everyone called pippa mcmanus, pip. as a young child she was full of energy, but she became addicted to exercise and losing weight. in hospital, her parents filmed moving her obsessively. anorexia had her in its grip for three years. she had been happy and healthy, she became emaciated, weighing less than four stone. at 15, she ended her life. pip‘s parents were in court today to hear the jury's conclusion of suicide. they found that the family were failed, let down by those
supposed to support them, left to cope alone. we knew that she wasn't mentally better. we knew that she knew how to put the weight on and lose the weight, but mentally we could see... you know, we were scared. she couldn't even lick an ice cream because she'd turn round and say, "i'm not allowed." it was two people in the one head, there was anorexia and then there was pip. when she's in her unit, you've got the support of them, but when you come home, you feel like you're totally on your own. in 2014, pippa was sectioned under the mental health act and taken to the priory hospital, in cheshire, she stayed for more than a year before being allowed to go home. pip wasn't considered a suicide risk, butjust five days after coming home from hospital, she ran out of the house, shouting that she was going to kill herself. she came here, to a nearby station, and took her own life. the jury found that pip‘s family hadn't been given enough information about her being a suicide risk at that point and that agencies
supposed to help her hadn't worked together. there was well documented concern about the fragmented and desperate state of mental health services for children and adolescence both in terms of in—patient, but also community services. pippa was a highly vulnerable girl with an eating disorder and mental health difficulties, and it's unacceptable that those who should have been there to protect her failed to do so. the priory hospital say it is will now consider the jury's findings. pip‘s parents have released the footage of her to raise awareness. they want to open a centre, called pip‘s place, to provide early help for other anorexia suffers. judith moritz, bbc news, stockport. for details of organisations which offer advice and support
with eating disorders, go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline. you will see the details there. a british supporter of so—called islamic state has beenjailed for eight years after admitting five terror offences. the old bailey heard that samata ullah, a 34—year—old it expert from cardiff, hid extremist material on a computer memory stick disguised as cufflinks. he also created an online "library for terrorists" while working from his bedroom. some of the most famous records in athletics could be rewritten following proposals by the governing body of european athletics to address concerns about doping. the plans would mean that any athlete breaking a record before 2005 could lose his or her claim to it. paula radcliffe, who set a new marathon world record n 2003, condemned the plans, saying clean athletes were being penalised. our sports editor, dan roan, reports. it's the pinnacle for every athlete — with a new world record comes
a place in the history books... commentator: and he's done it again, i don't believe it! ..or so we thought. these are just some of the competitors who could now be stripped of that honour. after last year's russian state—sponsored doping scandal, some now want all world records set before 2005 erased because the drug testing back then didn't match today's standards, and the man behind the idea told me the sport had no choice. desperate times, calling for desperate measures. this is a very, very provocative and a revolutionary approach by european athletics, and we want to the regain the trust of the public and ensure they can believe what they're watching. not a pr stunt then, as some have said? no, it's certainly not a pr stunt, it's the evolution of the sport, it's going to address some very dark days in the sport, and you can back to the 19805 and the soviet union era and the east german issue, and this will now put all that chapter to bed and we can have a brighter future for the sport.
european athletics believe records should know only stand if the athlete's samples are stored for retesting and that's only happened since 2005. this may seem a radical proposal, but athletics faces a crisis of confidence. later this summer, the sport's flagship world championships take place here, at the former olympic stadium in london, and the danger is that every time an athlete does something special some will inevitably a5k whether it was achieved clean. so this is an attempt to reboot the sport and restore 5ome much—needed credibility. but some athletes are furious. paula radcliffe, who ri5ks losing her marathon world record, set in 2003, said she was hurt and called the proposals cowardly. fellow brit, colinjackson, held the 110 meters hurdles record for nearly 13 years and still holds the 60 meters indoor record,set in 1994. you can't really erase history and that's what they're trying to do. we're all painted by the same bru5h, exactly, like we're all dope takers, it's not true. and for us to have to suffer the consequences of others is very, very frustrating and annoying.
athletics 5upremo, lord coe, says he likes the idea and the sports governing body will consider ratifying it in august. if passed, records that have stood for decades, such as that of former east german runner, marita koch, will be consigned to history. others, however, will prove a lot more controversial, in one of the biggest shakeups the sport has seen. dan roan, bbc news. tomorrow marks a decade since madeleine mccann disappeared while on holiday in portugal. one of the men questioned by scotland yard has been speaking for the first time. paulo ribeiro, who is no longer a suspect, was questioned in connection with a theory that she was taken during a burglary that went wrong. the three—year—old had been left by her parents in their holiday apartment while they dined at a restaurant nearby. the portugese police have also given their first television interview about the case, as richard bilton of
bbc panorama reports. for ten years, the holiday village of praia da luz has given up no answers. on the 3rd may 2007, madeleine mccann went to bed, in apartment 5a, and was never seen again. it is the policia judiciaria'5 job to find her, i asked for an interview ten years ago, now they've finally said yes. why did you think it was important to talk now? madeleine mccann is a very unique case, unfortunately. we've never had a case like madeleine mccann before and since then, never one. it was portuguese detectives who prompted one of the most shocking moments of the case... reporter: gerry, how do you feel, gerry? ..when madeleine mccann's parents were made suspect5. do you think it was right to make kate and gerry mccann arguidos back then? when we came up with the team to review the case at that point, the mccann5‘ were no suspects to us.
so was it a mistake in 2007? i've repeated and i'm saying again now, the mccann5‘ were no suspects to us. it i5n'tju5t the portugese who were looking for madeleine mccann. for six years, there's been a british investigation and it has looked to the back streets of luz. most of scotland yard's time and money has been spent on the theory that madeleine mccann disappeared as part of a burglary gone wrong. this is one of their suspect5. paulo ribeiro was asked 250 questions by uk detectives, including — did you kill madeleine mccann? what did you think when they asked you about whether you were involved
in madeleine mccann's disappearance? last week scotland yard announced there was no evidence to implicate mr ribeiro or the other suspects questioned. the case against them has been closed. the british have other lines of inquiry and funding until september. the portugese say they have no deadline. you know more about this case than almost anyone else, do you think in your heart it will be solved? if it depended on my heart, the case would have already been solved, but it doesn't depend on my heart, it depends very much on our minds. there is no other case like madeleine mccann. after ten years, the search goes on, but the solution seem5 as far away as ever.
richard bilton, bbc news, luz. the bbc panorama programme, madeleine mccann: ten years on, is on bbc one at 9.00pm tomorrow night. a group of senior politicians have met officials at the broadcasting regulator ofcom to try to block rupert murdoch's bid to take full control of sky. the former labour leader, ed miliband, the liberal democrat former busine55 secretary, sir vince cable, and the former lord chancellor, lord falconer, said mr murdoch's firm, 215t century fox, was "not fit and proper" to take over sky. the company in5i5t5 it's transformed the way it's run. our media editor, amol rajan, is here. we heard the company's case is things have changed. what are their objections? the group of mps that
we pt to objections? the group of mps that wept to see ofcom today said they should be taking a close interest in what is happening with fox news over in new york, in america. fox news owned by rupert murdoch. they say it's got eerie parallels with the phone—hacking scandal which derailed rupert murdoch's last bid for sky. fox news has been beset by controversial over the last year, there have been allegations of sexual and racial ha ra55ment there have been allegations of sexual and racial harassment that led to the departure of three senior people at fox news there is a federal investigation as to whether oi’ federal investigation as to whether or not payment5 federal investigation as to whether or not payments were concealed from i nvesto r5. or not payments were concealed from inve5tors. fox news say the allegations haven't been proven. they say the company has been transformed in the last few years and then say they have acted swiftly and then say they have acted swiftly and decriesively to remove the key individuals. but, ispoke and decriesively to remove the key individuals. but, i spoke to a member of the group that went to see ofcom this morning. they say ofcom we re ofcom this morning. they say ofcom were in listening mode not operating within a vacuum they are aware of
the scandal spreading through manhattan. for rupert murdoch bidding again for sky news the timing of this scandal at fox news couldn't be any worse. amol ragan thank you #1re67. amol ragan, our media editor with the latest on that. —— very much. on thursday, voters around britain will have their say in mayoral and council elections. all 32 of scotland's local authorities will be contested and in glasgow, where labour have dominated the councilfor decades, their dominance is being challenged by the snp, while the conservatives also insi5t they're making advances. our scotland editor, sarah smith, looks ahead to the contest. glasgow's been singing the same song, politically speaking, for decades — reliably, consistently labour. now polls suggest voters are ready to change their tune. people are crossing over from labour to the snp and even to the tories. people in glasgow feel more and more disconnected from and taken for granted by a labour party that really has, kind of, arrogantly treated this city like its own personal political thiefdom for decades now,
and they've had enough. we think they're ready for change. glasgow's grand and opulent city chambers could be about to change hands. if labour do lose control of glasgow city council, it will be a very graphic demonstration of just how far the party's fortunes have fallen in scotland, and it'll also be a hugely 5ymbolic moment. for decades, voting labour felt like it was built into the very dna of this city which labour have governed, almost uninterrupted, since 19115. no—one on these 5ociali5t marches could have imagined it any other way, but this year's local elections are complicated by the question of another independence referendum. people in glasgow, quite frankly, aren't buttoned up the back. what we're focused on is, how can we ensure good quality public services. the tragedy in scotland is we've being preoccupied with the issues
round an independence referendum, when it should be about people's lives. the tories 5eem remarkably confident that they can make gains in glasgow. the5e elections, surely, should be about local issues, but you're putting out leaflets that say — use this election to send a message about an independence referendum, why are you doing that? people are concerned about the threat of another independence referendum. we had one in 2014, we don't want another one and i think we're saying to people, if you want to send a strong message to the snp, vote for conservative councillors and we'll send that strong message, that we don't want another referendum. so a woman stopped me over there... out on the streets, campaigners from every party have to sound confident. we saw a huge membership increa5e after the independence referendum. i think we've had really good policies for a long time and now we've got enough people who can come out with us and be knocking on doors and chatting to people in our local communities. the liberal democrats actually represent what most people in scotland want, and that is to remain in the united kingdom, to remain in the eu and they want their local voices to be heard. people make glasgow, they say.
those people may be about to make a huge change. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. matthew bryce, a surfer who survived for more than 30 hours clinging to his board in the irish sea, has been described as "extremely i5 he was reported missing after he failed to return from surfing at westport beach in argyll. eight rescue teams from these areas were mobilised as part of the search for mr bryce from both scotland and northern ireland. he was eventually spotted by a helicopter after drifting 13 miles from shore. our correspondent, chris buckler, reports. after more than a day drifting in the water, matthew bryce was found by the coastguard, floating miles from land.