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labour loses a number of councils, including glasgow, for the first time in more than 30 years. it was a deeply disappointing night for ukip, which has only taken one seat so far. the liberal democrats had a mixed night — they have failed to make a significant breakthrough. many results are still coming in — we'll have the latest from around the country. also this lunchtime... new government proposals could include a targeted scrappage scheme for older vehicles to try to cut air pollution. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, tells a conference in italy that the english language isn't what it was. slowly but surely, english is losing importance of... laughter and breaking box office records around the world — could this be the most successful
bollywood film of all time? and coming up in the sport on bbc news, england's cricketing summer has started. they're in bristol, playing a one—day international against ireland. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the conservatives have made big gains in the local elections, recording their best results since 2008. many of the votes cast yesterday across england, scotland and wales are still being counted, but labour has fared badly in many areas, including losing control of its former stronghold of glasgow. ukip has seen its vote collapse, only winning a single seat so far. the liberal democrats
have had a mixed result, and haven't found the breakthrough they had been hoping for. just a few moments ago, this is how things looked. it means the conservatives have so far gained 240 seats, labour have lost 177, the liberal democrats of lost 177, the liberal democrats of lost 31 and ukip have lost 68. when it comes to councils... the tories have picked up five councils, labour have lost control of three. eleanor garnier reports. it is the conservatives with the
biggest cheers. tim charles brown was is duly elected as the west of england combined authority mayor. the consummate candidate made history, becoming the regional mayor. in cumbria, the tories replaced labour as the largest party. but senior conservatives are playing down expectations ahead of the general election. the turnout in local elections, though, is much, much lower. it is wrong to predict what's going to happen injune. we still have a general election to campaignforand to still have a general election to campaign for and to win after last night. but encouraging signs. the tories are celebrating in essex, too. this time around, voters turned their backs on ukip. in lincolnshire, where ukip leader paul nuttall will fight for a westminster seat next month, the party was wiped
out. and with such big losses, ukip‘s future is in question. out. and with such big losses, ukip's future is in question. over four years, the amount of times i have heard the phrase, ukip is finished, i have lost count. it is not over until it is over. and despite these pretty poor election results so far, it is not over. it has been a torrid time for labour. the party has lost more than 160 seats. and in glasgow, where labour has been in powerfor more than 30 yea rs, has been in powerfor more than 30 years, it has now lost overall control. these are counties which are tory strongholds, it was going to bea are tory strongholds, it was going to be a tough night for labour anyway. and we have in the middle of anyway. and we have in the middle of a general election campaign. people voting largely on local issues, not necessarily national ones. but what is coming across is that where people predicted we were going to be wiped out, in places like wales, we have done very well. the lib dems
admit so far, it has been a mixed set of results for the. we have held out set of results for the. we have held our ground set of results for the. we have held ourground in the set of results for the. we have held our ground in the face of a massive shift, an enormous shift of ukip photos to the conservatives. given that that has happened, we have done well to stay where we are. the green party says, with the tories dominating, other parties need to collaborate. well, i am worried about how well the conservatives have done, more broadly, for the future of progressive politics. and i think that has to be a wake up call to parties on the left and centre left to think about how we work together under this incredibly undemocratic system. local election results do not translate directly to a general election, but they are a significant barometer. it will affect the tactics of the main parties over the next few weeks. for some, the results today have been too close to call. the tories were denied an overall majority in northumberland after the lib dem
candidate literally drew the longest straw. for now, though, it is back to the counting, and there is still plenty of that to be done. the results have been disappointing for ukip. so far, the party has failed to win any of the seats it contested — losing more than 60 council seats it previously held. the party's leader, paul nuttall, says ukip has become a victim of its own success. leila nathoo reports. the message was clear, but voters haven't bought it. forget making gains — so far, ukip have lost almost every single seat. yes, there isa almost every single seat. yes, there is a degree of disappointment. we we re is a degree of disappointment. we were happy to —— hoping to nick a seat tonight, and that hasn't happened. disappointed, yes, you a lwa ys happened. disappointed, yes, you always are. the results currently in painta always are. the results currently in paint a picture of a party in terminal decline. in lincolnshire, which voted very strongly for brexit
and where paul nuttall is hoping to be elected as an mp, ukip support evaporated. it lost its 13 councillors, with tories taking control. in hampshire, the party failed to cling onto any of its eight seats. the conservatives have become the party of brexit and have swallowed up ukip votes in the process. brexit was ukip's reason for being. its challenge now is to find other ways of staying relevant. ina find other ways of staying relevant. in a statement, ukip's leader, paul nuttall, said... we will continue to control the national agenda and the government agenda. even without a single seat in the house of commons, we are
doing that. negotiating brexit, though, will surely be the most tricky of tasks, a role perhaps for ukip along the way? if in previous time we have not got back our territory and fishing waters, immigration is not under control, we are still paying billions of pounds every year into the european club, then, having raised people's expectations and not having delivered, you could see ukip stronger than ever. there are still more votes to be counted, but if ukip's early results are anything to go by, ukip will have to rebrand to have a chance of bouncing back. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth is in boston, where ukip leader paul nuttall has announced that he will be standing in the upcoming general election. in your assessment, alex, is this really the end of ukip? well, just ta ke really the end of ukip? well, just take a look at this area. this is true ukip heartland, the vast majority of people here voted to
leave the european union, ukip did very well in the 2013 elections, but last night they lost every single seat on lincolnshire county council, most of those to the tories. and that kind of decline has been replicated across the country, with the conservatives seemingly swallowing up ukip support. so, many people are now saying, is this the beginning of the end for ukip? douglas carswell, who was the only mpfor douglas carswell, who was the only mp for the party, has said, it's over. arron banks, a former big financial backer, has said that under the current leadership, ukip cannot be an electoral force. paul nuttall, the party leader, has not given any interviews yet today. but ina given any interviews yet today. but in a statement he said ukip was a victim of its own success but that he remained positive about the future. they're trying to make the argument about having to control immigration and improve social integration, and paul nuttall said he was still excited about the parties prospects, but right now, after such a dismal night, it is ha rd to after such a dismal night, it is hard to see what those prospects are. in scotland, labour has lost overall
control of glasgow city council, having held the city for more than 30 years. many other results aren't expected until later this afternoon. steven godden is in glasgow. yes, is used to be said that here in glasgow, they would weight the labour vote, rather than count it, but those days are gone. we do not know the full picture yet, but we have already had the symbolic moment, labour losing control of the city council, the last bastion of their old power base. traditionally, labour 11 their old power base. traditionally, labour11 in their old power base. traditionally, labour 11 in glasgow. but these are changing times. for decades, they controlled the city chambers. have you lost the majority in the council? no, i think it is you lost the majority in the council? no, ithink it is far you lost the majority in the council? no, i think it is far too early to tell. the confirmation followed. his party had fallen short. all debriefing that has come from the snp is that they were
guaranteed to get a majority in glasgow. we are yet to see if that will materialise. if it doesn't, i think that is a severe blow for the snp. in glasgow and beyond, the snp's aim was to turn votes into power at local level. lanarkshire was identified as an early indicator of success. it was elected as the largest party, but without a majority. the only way people know to stop that conservative arise, whether in these elections or in future elections, is to vote for the snp as emma the labour party has collapsed. in a contest which on the face of it is about who delivers local services, the conservatives will put opposition to a second referendum front and centre. early results show seats gained in surprising places. one of the lessons we are learning today is that parties with mixed messages on
the constitution, and i mean especially the scottish labour party, are doing really badly. and in edinburgh, the liberal democrats saw signs of recovery in a city where their vote collapsed five yea rs where their vote collapsed five years ago. we have had two results in so far, both of them in my constituency in edinburgh, which i woi'i constituency in edinburgh, which i won from the snp last year. and those results could not be better, we have gained a counsellor, and topped the polls in both of those wards coming in. it is really significant for the general election coming forward, because we will be targeting the snp. lots of tactical voting will help us over the line in that election as well. i think it sets of potentially a very strong sets of potentially a very strong set of results for us across scotland. i think we will be hoarding onto some really hard—fought hoarding onto some really ha rd—fought seats from hoarding onto some really hard—fought seats from the last election. relentlessly, the counting continues, with every vote the picture becoming clearer.
conservative gains have come in places like ferguson the park, some of scotland's most deprived areas where they would not expect to do well. we will see if those patterns continue this afternoon. there will be questions about what these results will tell us about the general election to come. in wales, labour is still the largest party, retaining a majority in cardiff. but it has lost control of three councils. sian lloyd is in cardiff. yes, and results for the 22 welsh local authorities still very much coming in. counting is continuing. cardiff had been seen as a key battle ground, labour delighted to retain it. but their performance across wales has been patchy. the start of a new day in cardiff, and the city was waking up to the news that the city's biggest local authority was still under labour
control. attempts by the conservatives, plaid cymru and the liberal democrats to topple labour's hold here, put on ice. for now. i'm really glad that our existing party have got back into cardiff, because i think they are doing a good job. labour have done us no good at all, i don't think. the conservatives should have got in, but there we are, that's how it goes. so we've got to put up with them. labour held onto the big cities of cardiff, swansea and newport, but lost out in some valleys strongholds. worrying times for them in merthyr tydfil. the leader of the council, brendan toomey, went on to lose seat. labour losses here were the independents' gain. but across wales, the party showed resilience. i think it's because of the fantastic leadership of carwyn jones and the welsh assembly government.
i think what we have in wales is a situation where people can see why a welsh government, a welsh labour government, what a labour government in power, can deliver. the conservatives have made gains here, but they're more limited than across the border. wrexham, bridgend, cardiff, we've had gains. if you look at monmouth, we've ta ken overall control. and the vale of glamorgan we have come within a whisker of taking control. this was one of nine welsh local authorities where counting began this morning. the leader of plaid cymru, leanne wood, is the local assembly member. there are seats that we are looking to take, like ynys mon, and here i'm hoping to see some gains as well, which will give us some momentum with which to begin our uk election campaign. shall the welsh liberal democrats have so far failed to make shall failed to make any sort of impression. we were giving the message about local issues. the problem was that in the middle of the campaign changed and became a running for the general election. traditional flavour of wales being freshly prepared for the
day ahead. 0ld habits die hard here. but voters' tastes may be changing. all parties really putting a shine on things, saying they remain optimistic ahead of the general election. labourfor election. labour for these elections under the brand of welsh labour. all to play for over the coming weeks. thank you, sian lloyd in cardiff. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. your assessment of the results so far? how often have we seen politicians after an election saying it is fantastic, it is all going swimmingly? today we had the extraordinary spectacle of senior tories shaking their heads and saying it is very difficult, it will be very tough, with their serious faces, trying not to smile, trying to hose down there and supporters,
blu ntly, to hose down there and supporters, bluntly, from thinking it'll be a landslide general election victory beckoning. but anyway you slice and dice the results, they are a formidable outcome for theresa may. she has devastated ukip, hoovering up she has devastated ukip, hoovering up the former tories who have deserted to nigel farage. she snuffed out threatened lib dem revival in the south—west of the country. in scotland she has seen the tories winning seats in deprived parts of the central and in england vanquishing the labour in vast tranches of formerly marginal middle england. as for labour, bluntly, you had to say it comes down to your ta ke had to say it comes down to your take on the corbyn factor. allies of mr corbyn say if only voters saw more of mr corbyn the party would do better, his critics say mr corbyn is the problem. norman, for now, thank you. it is 18 minutes past one, our top
story... the conservatives are a cause for their best local election performance in more than a decade. breaking box office records around the world, could this be the most successful bollywood film of all time? coming up in the sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, what next for david moyes? relegated from the premier league last week, but he's still hopeful of staying at sunderland next season. a targeted scheme to get older, more polluting vehicles off the roads could be introduced as part of government plans to tackle air pollution. the proposals, published for consultation, say there could also be central funding for redesigning roads and boosting infrastructure for walking, cycling and electric vehicles. richard westcott reports. everyone wants to cut pollution. it is thought 40,000 people a year die early because of it. now the government has published its latest proposal to clean the air
in our towns and cities. they are consulting on a limited scrappage scheme, but mostly it puts the onus on councils to develop their own plans, suggesting things like taking out speed bumps which can make cars more polluting, and retrofitting older vehicles with cleaner engines. charging diesel drivers to enter cities should be a last resort, it says. this is derby, one of the places told it has to clean up its air in the new government plan. the thing is, customers buying cars here today are still confused. just a few years ago, they were told diesels were the clean, green option. the government even cut the tax on them. today they are being told they are part of the problem. you have just bought a diesel. why did you go for diesel and are you worried you will be charged more for them in the future? i went for the economy and the cheaper road tax as well. it didn't really — i didn't really think about what the new government proposals were going to be.
i think we need some common—sense advice that people can actually act on, and have some confidence in the future that they are making the right decision. do you still think you are going to buy diesel today? i think i am, yes, yeah. is a's plan has been beefed up after a judge deemed the old plan inadequate. is the campaign group that took the government to court happy this time? we wanted a national network of cleaner zones under scrappage scheme to help people switch to cleaner forms of transport. it looks like the cleaner macro zones are not strong enough and there is no mention of the scrappage scheme. half the cars we buy are diesels. this is one of the biggest car sellers in britain. it is our biggest seller. i think the british public deserve to know what is happening with taxation laws. we as a public need to know. these are still proposals, the final plan will
be published injuly. the european commission president jean—claude juncker has said the english language is losing importance in europe during comments ahead of a speech he went on to make, in french, on the state of the european union. i'm hesitating between english and french. but i made my choice. i will express myself in french, because... applause. slowly but surely english is losing importance in europe. 0ur europe correspondent damian grammaticus is in brussels. is this all part ofjean—claude junkehs is this all part ofjean—claude junker‘s continuing campaign, extremely unhappy about brexit? he made it as a joke, and he had a
serious point which was that he said he wanted to speak in french to address french people before the french elections this weekend. typically for mrjunker, he started his speech with a joke with a bit of a barbarian, little bit undiplomatic. he is a seasoned old warhorse, you could say, and part of it is sickening latte is unfazed by the leaks from his dinner with woman may, —— with theresa may. it was not, he said, the eu leaving the uk, it was the uk that was going to be leaving the eu, and its change in status would be felt in future. this might have been one of the ways he was pointing to that. he said he would negotiate in full transparency, so expect more running commentary from the eu. the chief executive of the american investment bank goldman sachs has said the city of london will stall when britain leaves the eu. lloyd blankfein also said the bank,
which employs 6,500 people in the uk, might move staff to the continent. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is with me now — and these are pretty strong words? is that a serious threat?|j is that a serious threat? i think it is, ithink is that a serious threat? i think it is, i think it is a serious intervention. i think lots of people in britain have been quite shocked by the in century language from both sides in this brexit debate. i think lloyd blankfein sides in this brexit debate. i think lloyd bla nkfei n wa nts sides in this brexit debate. i think lloyd blankfein wants to make a simple point in his arguments, that the more barriers there are between britain and the eu, whether in trades or in any other industry, the less economic wealth can be created. i kicked off by asking him whether or not britain outside the european union was less attractive for banks like his. a lot of people elect to have their european business concentrated in a single place. and the easiest place, certainly, for the biggest economy in the world to concentrate, would be the uk. partly the culture, the language, the special relationship.
and we are an example of that. if you cannot benefit from access to the eu from the uk, and no one knows what those rules and what those determinations will be, then the risk is that there be some adjustment that will cause some people to have a smaller footprint in the uk. it is the word former... smaller footprint back mean job losses. he says goldman is committed to london and there should be a good deal, as frictionless as possible, between britain and the eu, that is best for both sides. thank you, kamal ahmed. it's notjust election season here, in france it's the last day of a contentious campaign to chose a new president. the two candidates — the centrist and favourite emmanuel macron, and the right wing marine le pen — are out on the campaign trail for the last time today before voters go to the polls on sunday. 0ur correspondent in paris james reynolds has just sent this report. the front runner, emmanuel macron,
began this, the final day of his campaign in the south of france. he is leading in the polls and he asks voters to make their choice. translation: in the first round of the french people choose a candidate. and in the second round they eliminate one. so you have to position yourself between the two. these students protesting in paris aren't happy with either candidate. those old enough to vote feel little reason to pick a side. for many in this election, deciding how to vote is difficult and even agonising. these young protestors will abstain. and many others in the country will vote reluctantly for emmanuel macron in order to stop marine le pen. but the front nationale's candidate presses on regardless. on this final campaign day, she insisted her plans were still on track. translation: i think victory is within reach. and the media pretend not to hear the
social anger in our country. this morning, visiting a cathedral in the north of the country, she found some of this anger. chanting. but on this occasion it was directed against her and her officials. the campaign is now almost done. emmanuel macron and his supporters feel they have the advantage. france's voters will soon tell them whether or not they were right. james reynolds, bbc news, paris. and you can see coverage of the election result on bbc news on sunday. our coverage begins at 6:30pm on the bbc news channel — that's in france decides: the presidential election 2017. it is being billed as the most successful indian film of all time. baahubali 2 is a fantasy epic on a massive scale —
and is breaking box office records not only in india but around the world. it was the third highest grossing film in the us this week, and currently has two spots in the uk top ten — as our south asia correspondent justin rowlatt explains. baahubali 2 is a sensation of billowing hair and bulging muscles. this special effects extravaganza is reckoned to have taken 5 billion rupees in its first week in india — £60 million. and it's cleaning up over here, too, with both hindi and tamil versions making the uk top ten. we have such strong stories, such strong characters in india, but... but we are not replacing them. we are looking up to the west... nothing wrong in enjoying them, but we have such big superheroes within ourselves, and we are taking the superheroes of just batman, superman or spider—man. .. what makes baahubali's success even
more extraordinary is that despite the dance sequences, this isn't a bollywood film, but a tollywood production. it was made in the south indian city of hyderabad in the telugu and tamil languages. it's been a sensation all around the globe, you know? back in india it's become a phenomenon, but the audience around the world has really embraced this film. it's also the indian film industry flexing its muscles and saying "look at what we can do," you know, "on a fraction of the budget of a fast and furious or guardians of the galaxy." the huge scale and ambition of this production is evidence that the indian film industry now has the confidence to compete with hollywood on its home turf — high budget, special effects blockbusters. justin rowlatt, bbc news, delhi.
now, let's return to our main story, the council and mayoral elections in england, scotland and wales. norman smith is watching the results come in from westminster. let's get his closing thoughts. we still have mayoral results and more besides. what might this tell is leading up tojune the 8th? besides. what might this tell is leading up to june the 8th? these are extraordinary results, it is not politics as usual. usually in local elections, voters use them to give the government of the day a good kicking. this has not happened. more than that, we are seven years into tory rule, seven years of austerity and yet mrs may is picking up seats and yet mrs may is picking up seats and votes in parts of the french we wear, frankly, previously, you'd have to be pretty brave to stand a conservative. that tells us this is
more thanjust conservative. that tells us this is more than just the brexit factor. that is a big part of it but not the total explanation. it is more than just the theresa may factor although that, too, might be part of it. it seems to me that mrs may has managed to rebrand and detoxify the tory party ina to rebrand and detoxify the tory party in a way that david cameron and her predecessors were never quite able to do. norman smith, for now, thank you. you can continue to watch those results come in, full coverage of those results, huw edwards will be back from 2pm, coverage on two and bbc news. time for a look at the weather.
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