squeeze the icing over the brownie. you have to do it and count. you are a dancer. there we go, i have learned a dance moves. the dancers are here four times over the weekend. before we went into the report i was attacked by the award—winning shed. i have survived! very good. and some good headwear. i loved the hat and the hair net. the headlines are next. hello, this is breakfast, with charlie stayt and sally nugent. party leaders are expected to be out in force after the local election results as campaigning again turns to the general election. theresa may says she's not taking anything for granted, whilejeremy corbyn says labour are facing an historic challenge to win back power.
good morning, it's saturday the 6th of may. the campaign of the french presidential candidate emmanuel macron says it's suffered a massive hacking attack before france goes to the polls. the teenage british racing driver who lost both legs in a formula 4 crash says he'll get back behind the wheel. i definitely want to take the positives out of this and make sure i use it in positives out of this and make sure iuse itina positives out of this and make sure i use it in a positive way for the rest of my life now. i have still got a few years left in me for sure. i have still got a few years left in me for sure. in sport chelsea are on the brink of the premier league title as their closest challengers, tottenham, are beaten by west ham at the london stadium.
we are live in blackburn at the first ever festival of making. we are live in blackburn at the first ever festival of making. david baldacci, the bestselling crime novel writer will be here and we have the weather as well. actually start for scotland and northern ireland, but there will be plenty of sunshine. more cloud for england and wales and showery rain into the extreme south—west. good morning. first our main story. after a day of tory triumph in the local elections the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has admitted he faces an historic challenge ahead of next month's vote. campaigning for the general election on the 8th ofjune will resume today with the prime minister saying she's not taking anything for granted despite her party gaining more than 560 seats. our political correspondent tom symonds has more. it was a curtain raiser for the general election to come, and as the parties begin the national race in earnest,
each have their own impressions of what the local election results mean. the conservatives took i! more county councils. they won a tight victory in the west midlands mayoral election, and even eight seats on glasgow city council, far from traditional territory. but the tories know they can't regard the election as in the bag. i'm not taking anything for granted. i will be going out for the remaining weeks of this general election campaign to earn the support of the british people. last night, jeremy corbyn celebrated labour's best results, its mayoral victories in greater manchester and liverpool, well aware that nine councils and 382 seats had been ripped from the party's grasp. the labour leader says he's facing an historic challenge. of course i'm disappointed. we have to get our supporters out to vote injune, we have to get our message across. the snp lost some votes in scotland, where the voting system makes it harder to control councils overnight.
a bad result? not according to nicola sturgeon. the snp vote has held up, our share of seats have held up and we'll be the largest party in more councils, perhaps a majority of councils, although that's not absolutely clear yet, so there's no way anyone can spin this result as anything other than a clear and very emphatic win for the snp. the lib dems face a long, hard road although their performance at the last general election will make any improvement this time round look good. and ukip is fighting for survival. the role of brexit guard dog is being stolen by the conservatives, leaving the party out in the cold. 33 days to go. tom symonds, bbc news, westminster. let's get some reaction now from our correspondents in london, and in glasgow. our political correspondent matt cole is in our london newsroom. for a variety of reasons pretty much
all of the political parties are saying, that has happened, let's move on. indeed, very strange yesterday, you had the conservatives trying to talk down their successes despite winning over 300 seeds and labour tried to talk up their results. all expectation management. the conservatives are not wanting to look too confident, too overexcited about the implications for the local election results for the general election. labour are saying things are not as bad as they looked and they point to the winds in the mayoral elections, trying to brush off the narrow defeat of the conservatives in the west midlands. it is all to play for. we should be careful in saying local elections should not be taken as an indication of the general election. people vote
on different things. in local elections the turnout tends to be lower as well and one cannot extrapolate too much, but conservatives are very confident. the lib dems with their vote increasing our optimistic as well. it is ukip, having lost all the seats they were defending, who might be the most concern. who might be the most concern. 0ur scotland correspondent james shaw is in glasgow this morning. the tories are playing down any jubilate, but that is not the case of the snp who are very pleased with the results from yesterday and they showed it. they talked up their result, it is fair to say that. they we re result, it is fair to say that. they were certainly be outright winners with 431 were certainly be outright winners with a3! councillors, compared to 276 for the tories and 262 for labour. but there are challenges ahead. that really did become quite obvious as the results came through yesterday. a lot of tory gains in
many parts of scotland. unexpected, surprising parts of scotland, places where there is quite serious deprivation, not conservative heartlands at all. a couple of contests to pick up on. one is east renfrewshire to the south of glasgow we re renfrewshire to the south of glasgow were at the moment the snp have an mp at westminster, that in the results yesterday it looked as if the tories were ahead in that and that suggests it is a serious challenge for the snp. perhaps even more so challenge for the snp. perhaps even more so in the north east of scotland. in moray it could be a potential issue by the snp and for angus robertson, the leader of the snp at westminster. in these elections the tories pulled ahead and you can bet there will be a very fierce fight in those two seats, a head—to—head fight between the tories and the snp, and probably about ten others around scotland
where the conservatives will be trying to prove that what they describe as maximum support for the snp, that that has happened in the past and they would claim that support for the snp is now on a downward trajectory. but all that is to be seen and proved or not in the coming general election. the campaign team of the french presidentialfrontrunner emmanuel macron say they've been the victim of a massive hacking attack after thousands of documents were released online. they say genuine e—mails were mixed up with fake ones ahead of voters going to the polls tomorrow where mr macron will face his far—right opponent, marine le pen. 0ur europe correspondent james reynolds is in paris for us. explain what has happened. late last night the macron campaign released a
statement saying they had been hacked. they say unnamed hackers had stolen routine campaign documents, some of them relating to campaign finances, and those documents had been posted on various social media websites last night. the campaign has not said who is responsible, but they say it is an attempt at democratic destabilisation and they made a link to what happened with hillary clinton's campaign in the united states last year. the united states is investigating whether or not russian backed forces were involved in that. the information from the macron campaign is that possibly foreign agents have something to do with this. whether oi’ something to do with this. whether or not it will affect the campaign is another issue. a texas police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in dallas has been charged with murder. roy 0liver was responding to a call—out about underage drinking at a house party when he fired his rifle into a car, killing 15—year—old jordan edwards. initially the police claimed the teenagers had reversed aggressively in their direction, but later admitted they were
actually driving away. three men are due in court this morning charged with the murder of a business man from dorset. guy hedger was attacked in his home in ashley early last sunday. 41—year—old jason baccus and 44—year—old scott keeping from bournemouth will appear before poole magistrates court, alongside ao—year—old kevin downton from dorset. a teenage racing driver who lost both his legs in an horrific crash has said he's lost for words after receiving support from around the world. billy monger was racing in the formula 4 championship at donington park last month when he collided with a stationary car. but despite his injuries, he's vowed to race again, his story has touched motorsport fans around the world and billy monger, or billy whizz as he's known, can't quite believe global his story has touched motorsport fans around the world and billy monger, or billy whizz as he's known, can't quite believe global superstars have wished him well.
that's amazing. to turn over and read the signatures from many world champions, lewis hamilton, niki lauda, that really touched my heart. tragedy struck less than three weeks ago. billy was racing in the formula 4 championship at donington park when he was involved in a i20mph collision with a stationary car. he was flown to the queen's medical centre in nottingham where it was decided he would have to have both legs amputated. now on his birthday, billy has thanked staff who helped him through the ordeal. without them i wouldn't be here today so a massive thanks to every single one of the staff that have helped me. £800,000 has been raised for billy and his payback will be to race again. i definitely wanna take the positives out of this and make sure i use it in a positive way for the rest of my life now. still got a few years left in me for sure. billy has celebrated turning 18 with his first
legal pint. today there'll be more cheer as this brave teenager returns to the family home in surrey. nick quaraishi, bbc news. schools in england are to be given more powers to sack inadequate parent governors under new guidelines being issued by the department for education. head teachers have long campaigned for the change saying the "destructive actions" of rogue governors can stop schools from running smoothly. the new rules will come into effect in september. 0ld five pound notes, the paper ones, are no longer legal tender in the uk except for in northern ireland. the new polymer fivers have been in circulation since last september. some banks and building societies say customers can still deposit the old notes into bank accounts for now, giving people more time to hand them in. it's thought around 150 million old notes are still in circulation. so, check. but they do say they will remain
legal tender at the back of england. you cannot use them in the shops or your local bank. you can take them to the bank and get a new one in return. you can take them to the bank and get a new one in return. he gave up hisjob in charge ofjohn lewis to join the running to become the west midlands first "metro mayor". this week that gamble paid off when andy street emerged victorious as the new conservative leader in the region. so what next? he's in our birmingham newsroom this morning. good morning to you. i suppose it is a simple question, what is the plan? 0ver a simple question, what is the plan? over the last six months we put in a plan before voters in the west midlands about practical matters here, including more transport and big issue at this region has a vibrant economy for the future and i have to get on and implement that plan. straightaway you mention things that cost a lot of money, infrastructure is what you are referring to. you are talking about roads and building houses. have you
got that money and is one of your firstjob is going to be a visit to theresa may to say i need more? the good news is in the deal that was struck between the west midlands and central government to set up the mayoral community we did get substantial new money and we can make a good start with the money we have got, but the mayor has two champion this region and say this region is a brilliant case for central government continuing to invest in the west midlands. yes, i will be talking to the prime minister about that. you are new to politics and maybe you are aware of phrases that sound alarm bells off. we can make a good start might be one of those. that sounds like you do not know where it is going to go. are you suggesting on finances you need a lot more money? what we have committed to in our manifesto we have already got the funds through the deal being struck. but one thing the deal being struck. but one thing the mayor has got to do is make the
investment case. i used the word investment case. i used the word investment very deliberately. it is a good decision on behalf of the central exchequer to support us in the west midlands because we will return that investment by growing oui’ return that investment by growing our economy. it is in no way a begging bowl. we can do a brilliant job in the west midlands going forward. looking at the problems faced in the area you are in charge of, the employment rate is 65% below the english average and the homeless rate is almost twice the national average. are you pledging to change those? will that be demonstrable?” wa nt to those? will that be demonstrable?” want to be judged those? will that be demonstrable?” want to bejudged on those? will that be demonstrable?” want to be judged on the things i promised. in our planet we were very clear, and this is a businesslike approach, you say what you are going to do and we have made targets of what we will achieve in the next few yea rs what we will achieve in the next few years and in the next three years i will bejudged on years and in the next three years i will be judged on that. years and in the next three years i will bejudged on that. we have been specific about the number of houses we will build. we have talked about
thoseissues we will build. we have talked about those issues and i want a very early results to the rough sleeping. will you put a number on that? how do you quantify that? many things we have already quantified, the housing numbers for example. we want the highest rate of growth in wages here as has already begun to happen. this region is already performing well economic aid. we have pulled out new measures to say what we want to achieve over the next few years, but in social issues we want to turn back the direction in travel, particularly the issue in rough sleeping. you use a phrase, a new urban conservative agenda, given how tight your win was, and it was very tight, the voting was very tight in your area, are you going to be a bold, upfront conservative, or will you set that to one side and just start doing the job? the answer is both. of start doing the job? the answer is both. of course i am going to get on
and do the job. both. of course i am going to get on and do thejob. i stood on a conservative platform and was proud to do that, but it is a particular type of conservative platform. it says we will deliver economic success , says we will deliver economic success, but we will also address the social issues and we will reach out to every community across the west midlands. although the result was tight, we would not have one if i had not managed to reach every community across the whole area of the west midlands. thank you very much for your time. good morning, what have you got for the weekend weather? i have got good news and bad is. this was cumbria and hour ago with blue sky and lots of sunshine. but ta ke blue sky and lots of sunshine. but take a look down the road at where you are in salford in manchester, with cloudy and grey skies and that is the dividing line across the country. you can see where the blue
sky and the sunshine is at the moment. in the south—west there is rain around as well at the moment and some of it is heavy and persistent across the isles of scilly and in cornwall. it will sit there for much of the day. also across into the channel isles. there are three segments in the country today. a bit of a breeze coming in off the north sea that will drag in afairamount of off the north sea that will drag in a fair amount of cloud. the cloud should start to thin and break as we go into the afternoon. but further north that is where you will get the best sunshine. temperatures up to 19 degrees. always a bit more cloud spelling in off the north sea. there is that cloud in the north of england. if it breaks up, we will get some sunshine and the temperature is quite strong and the
sunshine is quite strong so the temperatures will peak at around i7-i9d. but that is temperatures will peak at around i7—i9d. but that is not the case in the south west and showery outbreaks of rain will move away into the near continent. 0vernight a bit patchy missed forming and the wind is strengthening again and coming in from a more northerly direction. in the northern isles we will see a fairamount of the northern isles we will see a fair amount of cloud, but west is best tomorrow. more sunshine in wales and cornwall. in the east it stays cold and disappointing. highs of 14-18d. stays cold and disappointing. highs of 14—18d. the dry weather stays with us in the early part of the week. possibly more heavier and persistent spells of rain are likely towards the end of the week. the phrase legend is bandied around a lot.
but we are now talking about a man who is that, you can call him a legend. he's one of the biggest names in horse—racing, taking home i! champion jockey titles during nearly half a century in the saddle. now 81, lester piggott has been reflecting on his extraordinary career ahead of the 2,000 guineas at newmarket, a race he won exactly 60 years ago. richard conway reports. as legends of horse racing these two are used to photo finishes. frankie dettori may be a household name, but, back in the ‘80s, lester piggott was amongst those who mentored the then unknown italian when he first came to britain. a while ago, anyway, but we had some good times. but a great teacher, i would imagine? yes, yes. he comes from the best. you've got to listen to everything he says. he doesn't say very much very often, but when he says something, i listen. that reference stems from piggott‘s insatiable appetite to win. commentator: already winner of the 2000 guineas, with lester piggott on his back, he is calm and confident. it's now 60 years since he triumphed for the first time in one
of the sport's biggest races, the 2000 guineas, in a season that also saw him claim the derby on a horse called crepello. a beautiful horse. one of the best i ever rode. in all, 28 more victories in horse racing's classics were to follow. later today, a new 2000 guineas winner will be crowned. but, for lester piggott, having won this race five times, newmarket remains a place of special memories. frankie dettori also knows what it takes to win the 2000 guineas, partnering galileo gold to victory last year. but with piggott serving a year in prison in 1987 for tax evasion, and then stripped of his 0be, his friend believes greater recognition is long overdue. you have to go back and look at the archives and the books and everything that has been written about him, and the records. then itjust puts him way beyond everybody else. he deserves a knighthood.
he has been through thick and thin. he should be recognised for the sport. honours don't seem to trouble the man nicknamed the long fellow, though. a lot of people think that. i don't... i never think about it, no. it doesn't bother you? no. instead, he's happy for his a500 winners to do the talking, including this victory in the 2000 guineas in 1968 on sir ivor, a horse he considers the greatest he ever rode. i am the passenger. you are the passenger! you seem quite humble in that you give the success to the horse. yes, you can't go without the horse. but where would all those horses and british racing be without lester piggott?
richard conway, bbc news, newmarket. and he looks remarkable. he looks really well when you consider the amount he has had to put his body through to be a champion jockey. good to see him. you're watching breakfast from bbc news. time now for a look at the newspapers. broadcaster rob mcloughlin is here to tell us what's caught his eye. good morning. where are you kicking ass off? let's start with the times and there is always a moment when god enters the general election. when previously the church of england intervened in the 2015th election, they were criticised because they were told it was a criticism of the conservative party. this is a 1200 word letter which is
going to 16,000 parishes tomorrow in whichjustin going to 16,000 parishes tomorrow in which justin welby, going to 16,000 parishes tomorrow in whichjustin welby, the archbishop of canterbury, and the archbishop of york, john sentamu, are basically calling on christians and the church of england to think very carefully about how they vote. there are some sensitive words in their which suggests the qualities people should look at are not particular to one party. they are calling on britain to remain outward looking and generous towards refugees. there is a strong endorsement of the nhs and the importance of it. but there is a line in there that reflects the fact about genuine concerns about what they call the migration flow, which is code for immigration discussions and arguments. they are being very sensitive but there are messages in there. they strongly endorse the commitment of national income towards foreign aid of 0.7%. it is a
very interesting intervention at a sensitive time. it is controversial to do. how will it play? whatever you do, it always ends up being controversial because someone will ta ke controversial because someone will take one element of it and criticised it. in the past the church of england has been seen as being very critical of margaret thatcher and the former archbishop of liverpool brought out a report after the toxteth riots. it is a lwa ys after the toxteth riots. it is always a sensitive time, but the church of england like any other organisation has a right to make its opinions clear if it wishes to do so during a general election. this story is about universities. what is going on? it is in the sun newspaper and it talks about the fact that a lot of universities when they are trying to attract students make claims about things such as how good
their canteen is, how good the social life of the university is. it seems like a funny story, but it is a serious piece of work by a doctor at oxford brookes university who is making the point that because stu d e nts making the point that because students are being seen as consumers and they pay up to £9,000 for a cause, the problem is that those stu d e nts cause, the problem is that those students who focus on the consumer element are actually often the poorest academic performers within universities. she is making the point that this is something that universities should be taking more seriously. but the fact students are themselves taking on these huge debts for their own benefit, some would say, but it is their money and they are becoming more choosy about everything that is involved with their education. it is interesting, their education. it is interesting, the university i was at my son went to many years later and his attitude towards that if i payjewish and
fees. my attitude is very influential on the way his generation sees it because they see it is transactional. they look at it as value for money. but the point made in this research is that clearly it is something universities have got to watch because those attractive for the wrong reasons do not perform as well. give us a last line on this song. carly simon is now 71 herself and her famous song. her best—known song. warren beatty was asked if it was about him and he did not answer the question specifically. he said, how do i know? there is a missing verse to the song and it will be revealed in the song and it will be revealed in the bbc for documentary and the missing verse sounds like it refers toa missing verse sounds like it refers to a married man. it is the man who
was the author of the henry root letters a nd was the author of the henry root letters and he is now dead. the line in the song, the missing verse, refers to the fact that whoever that person is is hiding something from their wives. it suggests it may not have been somebody who she was linked with. it was not warren beatty after all? if you go into this and you have interviewed her... we have had carly simon on the sofa and one of the questions we asked was who is it? she quite rightly said she is never going to say. she gave one of those answers which you we re gave one of those answers which you were none the wiser too. she will not answer the question herself. were none the wiser too. she will not answer the question herselfm the article it makes the point that just because this missing verse refers to the married man, whoever he is, it does not mean the rest of the song could not be about warren beatty. it could be about more than one man. thank you very much indeed. thank you very much indeed.
this is breakfast. we're on bbc one until ten o'clock this morning, when matt tebbutt takes over in the saturday kitchen. matt, what's on the menu for us? good morning, how are you? are you well? all good. what have you got? 0ur guest today is the fabulous david emanuel. you are not here to top fashion, you are here to top food. what is your idea of heaven? heaven has to be lamb and greek lamb in particular. what about hell? that is easy, kale. i hate it. one of the best dressed chefs in the business is here, a former g0 model. best dressed chefs in the business is here, a former gq model. one of the top 50. get it right. what are you cooking? some asian style all glazed in barbecue sauce and slowly braised for four hours. and what are
you cooking? i am cooking halibut with baked potato broth and dumplings and a selection of spring vegetables. we have also got ollie smith who is here with some wine. all that at ten. we will be joining you then. we are at the festival of making. have a look at this. when chorley cake meets swan lake! we'll find out how these dancing bakers are part of a huge festival celebrating britain's manufacturing industry. stay with us, headlines coming—up. hello, this is breakfast with charlie stayt and sally nugent. coming up before ten, louise will have your full weekend weather forecast. but first, a summary of this morning's main news. theresa may is not taking anything for granted after triumph in the
local elections. the conservatives gained just over 560 council seats, making it their best result in nearly a decade. the labour leader jeremy corbyn has admitted he faces an historic challenge in next months general election after losing almost 400 councillors. the campaign team of the french presidentialfrontrunner emmanuel macron says they've been the victim of a massive hacking attack, after thousands of documents were released online. they say genuine emails were mixed up with fake ones ahead of voters going to the polls tomorrow, where mr macron will face his far—right opponent, marine le pen. three men are due in court this morning, charged with the murder of a businessman from dorset. guy hedger was attacked in his home in ashley early last sunday. 41—year—old jason baccus and 44—year—old scott keeping from bournemouth will appear before poole magistrates' court, alongside ao—year—old kevin downton from dorset. a teenage racing driver who lost both his legs in an horrific crash has said he's lost for words after receiving support from around the world.
billy monger, who turned 18 yesterday, was racing in the formula four championship last month when he collided with a stationary car. he's received support from former formula 1 world champions lewis hamilton and jenson button and motor racing fans have raised over £800,000 for him. schools in england are to be given more powers to sack inadequate parent governors, under new guidelines being issued by the department for education. head teachers have campaigned for the change, saying the "destructive actions" of rogue governors can stop schools from running smoothly. the new rules will come into effect in september. 0ld £5 notes — the paper ones — are no longer legal tender in the uk, except for in northern ireland. the new polymer fivers have been in circulation since last september. some banks and building societies say customers can still deposit the old notes into bank accounts for now, giving people more time to hand them in. it's thought around 150 million old notes are still in circulation. those are the main stories. mike has
no money at all, we have already checked! maybe a couple of pence. i like the feel of the new fighters. iam not feel of the new fighters. i am not used to them yet —— new £5 notes. the old ones were a bit scruffy. ‘s you have to make it clear it is not over yet, the title race, but spurs result last night, beans by the time they kick a ball in earnest again chelsea may be champions because they have two games, middlesbrough and west brom and if they win, it will be all over. chelsea are on the brink of the premier league title after their closest challengers, tottenham, lost at west ham last night. this is the moment that could have ended spurs' title interests. manuel lanzini scored the only
goal in the second half. the result means chelsea can go seven points clear, if they beat middlesbrough on monday. it's not over. it's true it will be difficult. but it was a game that if you want to put pressure on your opponent, you must... you should win. it was not the case now and now it's to wait, but thinking that it would be difficult to catch chelsea. with chelsea playing monday and liverpool, arsenal and manchester united in action tomorrow, today is more about the fight to stay in the premier league. hull city, who are two points clear of the drop zone, could give their survival hopes a big boost, with victory over already relegated sunderland. swansea city occupy the final relegation spot and welcome everton, while starting it all off, manchester city, who are chasing a champions league spot, could move to third, with victory over crystal palace. in the scottish premiership, celtic wrapped the title up weeks ago.
still plenty at stake though at the bottom. bottom side inverness caledonian thistle welcome fellow strugglers hamilton in the lunchtime game. celtic could stretch their lead to an incredible 30 points with victory at home to st johnstone. england hosted ireland in international cricket for the first time yesterday and were comfortable winners in the first one—day international in bristol. leg spinner adil rashid took five wickets, as ireland were bowled out forjust 126. england reached the target with 30 overs to spare, thanks to alex hales' 55, and an unbeaten 49 from joe root. they'll meet again at lord's tomorrow, with england captain eoin morgan expecting a stronger opposition. absolutely it's a big occasion. you know, playing the second opening game of the international summer at the home of cricket, they'll probably want to make the most of it, but likewise we will as well. we enjoy playing there and, you know, it's anotherfixture
that we want to come out with a result from. in rugby league's super league, salford red devils have moved up to second thanks to a 31—16 win at wigan warriors. elsewhere, warrington came from 14—nil down to beat st helens 40—18, including two second—half tries from ryan atkins. the win moves the wolves above saints and catalans, into 7th. there's a quite huge final day, of the regular rugby union, premiership season in store — three teams can still finish first. leaders wasps face third placed saracens . exeter chiefs need to beat gloucester and can leicester hang on to a play—off spot at bath's expense? tigers are at worcester. bath at sale. and northampton and harlequins face each other for the final automatic european champions cup spot. the pro 12 regular season also comes to a close.
leinster or munster will finish top ahead of the play—offs. scarlets and 0spreys should join them. it will be the final game for gregor townsend at glasgow as they face edinburgh. in rugby, team work is everything. yet, despite their best efforts, the british and irish lions haven't won a series in new zealand since 1971. this year's squad of english, irish, welsh and scottish players gather on mass for the first time on monday, and some of the team have bonding in the malvern hills. i went along to join them. in a field of sheep, three lions going offroad. right, straighten up now. with one of them blindfolded. laughter keep coming forward. you're good there, left hand down. unable to see where he's going, it's england's billy vunipola. keep coming.
being guided by leigh halfpenny of wales just in front of the bonnet. and being thrown around in the back, ijoined england's kicking king, 0wen farrell. i'm tipping here. it does feel like it. it does feel a lot worse when you're in here than it does when you're watching on the outside. 0ne slip by billy here and leigh could get hurt. it's all about building up trust and friendship between players that are normally rivals. from wales and england, now united as lions team—mates. i've never met leigh before and it's nice to meet him. he's a very humble guy and i've heard they're all like that from wales, so... leigh, talk to me, mate. yeah, left more, left more. it is pretty scary facing billy on the field. he takes some brining down but it's great to meet billy today and he's a great guy. this bonding will be crucial in new zealand and halfpenny's
ability to guide his team—mates on the pitch earned him man of the series on the last lions tour to australia, and it got billy through the posts here. good work. teamwork like that in new zealand... well done, leigh. teamwork like that in new zealand and you'll be fine. i think he got his left and rights mixed up to be honest. laughter that's what it's all about, having that friendship and that bond, that if we can get the things off the field right i think the things on the field will take care of themselves. this was also about testing the players' accuracy and control, and a break from the pressures of a busy end to the season with the lions tour just three weeks away. i've not done any off—road driving really. it's something to take the mind off it. you come back and you feel quite refreshed i guess, running into the back end of the season with all these games coming up, it's perfect. it's different nations coming together. it's exciting and something that's pretty unique. the road to the opening lions test
is long and treacherous, and history tells us some of the lions players could be injured by the time the opening first whistle goes in earnest. but at least this means they're better prepared for anything, including, apparently, in these parts the rather vicious pheasant brian. that's the pheasant you don't want to mess with. he'll actually chase you and he's not scared of anything at all. brian has attacked before, so leigh and the rest were thankful they were in the safety of their cars. i think all brian was saying was, get off my land. i love the fact leigh halfpenny, a tough rugby player, is being told not to get out of the car because of a pheasant. it is unusual situation for 18 to have to be bonding so quickly. interesting to see the dynamics
between billy and leigh halfpenny. they have faced each other on the pitch before and he said he is intimidated by bidding. now they have to as team—mates. thanks. this week's local and mayoral elections saw the tories take seats across the country, as ukip all but disappeared from view and labour lost out in england, wales and scotland. so what, if anything, does this tell us about how the upcoming general election will play out? let's speak to mike finn, an historian and a politics expert at the university of warwick who's here this morning. good morning. if we give you an opening gambit. many of the parties are saying this morning that everything is on, the local elections did what they did but now it is general election time. what is your big thought? 0rdinarily you would have sympathy with that view. local elections are not like the general election with turnout low
and people voting for different reasons but this time it is not fair to say everything is on. this is more of a bellwether to the general election and perhaps it might have been. looking at the cat might labour situation, it is difficult to see an outcome where labour can overhaul this. the turnout in fact increases in the general election with people who are strong, for example brexit voters in the referendum, people for the conservatives means it could get greater than it is already. when the election was announced people called it the brexit election and there was talk about the issues that matter to people but it appears brexit is guiding the voting. this is one of the things about it. the labour party leadership knows it has a different position on brexit and it is only recently keir starmer has outlined that position, so they have tried to make it about traditional
labour issues, such as public services. but insofar that is cutting through, it is only cutting through in the frame brexit. brexit is seen as something that frames public services. clearly it is not cutting through enough for labour and it is difficult to see how they can refrain that debate. theresa may has been successful in making this about leadership. if it is about brexit it would favour a party that has a clear line on brexit. just under half the nation wanted to remain. the lib dems are on that patch. it is their intent. but they have not seen the results they would hope for. they are talking about possibly reaching the 20 mp mark.” think that is possible. 20 mp ‘s for the lib dems is possible. they might be competitive in seats like cambridge. however, ithink
be competitive in seats like cambridge. however, i think the lib dems face a classic problem with their position on remain, which appeals to people, 48% of people voted remain last year. but that is geographically distributed and to win seats, it needs to be concentrated. a lot of people who voted remain last year have probably moved away from that position in light of the political discourse and how it has changed. people talk about ukip and the snp. as the election gets closer might there be an anyone but tory thought and it becomes more of a clarion call?” think it will be. you have had figures within and without the main parties making those claims. but i think that will be something that will have to happen without cooperation of party leaderships which means it might not have that impact. no prospect of a coalition? not with the present labour
leadership, no. maybe a last thought. some have said it could turn ugly, not least because the contrast of characters between theresa may and jeremy corbyn. contrast of characters between theresa may and jeremy corbynm already has turned ugly to an extent. the way mr corbyn has been characterised in the media has been vicious. i do not see any reason why lynton crosby, driving the conservative campaign, will not continue and it will be personal and will be evidence to show it is working. we saw the tories being careful yesterday not to look too jubilant. because expectations management is key and if they are to boost the turnout and potentially get a bigger margin at the general election, they need not to get complacent, and for voters not to get complacent. good morning, louise. if you had a window in your studio, this is
probably what you would see in salford and manchester, cloudy and grey skies. but up the road, the la ke grey skies. but up the road, the lake district, beautiful. this is the dividing line. cloud to the south of the lake district, but to the north, blue skies and sunshine like the last few days. scotland, north—west england gets the lion's share. in the south, rain in the isles of scilly and into cornwall and across the channel islands. maybe some showers nudging into parts of devon but it looks like it will be predominantly cloudy here. between the two, cloud thick enough for the odd spot of drizzle. hopefully as the day improves, we should see brightness coming through and if it happens, temperatures will respond so not all doom and gloom if you have cloud at the moment. favoured spots for sunshine are
parts of the highlands, into northern ireland and north—west england. a breeze coming in from the north sea and some more cloud. if the cloud breaks up. favoured spots close to the isle of wight and south—east, temperatures at around 18, 19. we keep the rain in the far south—west so a messy story today. that system drifts off to france through the night. then we keep the cloud stop clearer skies to the north. a breeze will start to pick up north. a breeze will start to pick up which will help to shift it. in the northern isles, we keep the cloud coming in from the north sea but further west, decent breaks in the cloud and sunshine. temperatures will respond. away from the east coast, feeling pleasantly warm. it will stay dry in the earlier half of
the week. but it looks as though the east coast is likely to warm up from wednesday. do you know what we are getting better at? making things. making things. making things. making things like pies. we have been on air almost four hours and i am ready for a pie. it is the festival of making in blackburn. colin paterson is there. with a lot of chefs. you have not heard of this because it is the first—ever national festival of making. in blackburn and surrounding area, 25% of people are involved in making, twice the national average. a man from the area very involved in making, is nigel, you will know him from masterchef. why is this area so
in love with making?” from masterchef. why is this area so in love with making? i think it is the industrial heritage in lancashire and blackburn in particular. and we have a lot of creative people and i probably include myself. it is a creative area and! include myself. it is a creative area and i think the festival is absolutely lighting up the place. we have artists, chefs, everything going on in blackburn. we are in a p°p‘up going on in blackburn. we are in a pop—up kitchen where you will do demonstrations and we have an audience. give us a shout. cheering from 10 10am on the bbc food website you will do demonstrations. we are doing is saussure —— sa rsa pa rilla we are doing is saussure —— sarsa parilla and rhubarb we are doing is saussure —— sarsaparilla and rhubarb omelette. 0n blackburn market, everybody drinks source —— sarsaparilla. we
will make sarsa parilla drinks source —— sarsaparilla. we will make sarsaparilla and rhubarb omelette souffle, halfway between an omelette souffle, halfway between an omelette and a baked cake. omelette souffle, halfway between an omelette and a baked cakem omelette souffle, halfway between an omelette and a baked cake. if the camera ‘s pull—back, you can see it looks gorgeous here. you pull—back and it is just looks gorgeous here. you pull—back and it isjust a bit of looks gorgeous here. you pull—back and it is just a bit of plywood. looks gorgeous here. you pull—back and it isjust a bit of plywoodm looks great from the front, but behind—the—scenes, it is a different story! i was attacked by a shed earlier, ifell over and story! i was attacked by a shed earlier, i fell over and it story! i was attacked by a shed earlier, ifell over and it almost took me out. you have been designing the ideal blackburn menu. the town is the menu. we have street food, hotpot dim sum with the chinese heritage of the area. we have two pastries, a buttered pie flavoured with curry, and cheese and onion pie, done into a pasty. blackburn is
famous for cheese and onion pie. you can buy broken biscuits on blackburn market. we have made a desert with broken biscuits. i am preparing my rhubarb now. these are the people who helped develop the menu. what made you go for those items? they are very blackburn inspired. we have them in bite sized sizes and you can buy them on our stall today. what did you want to get on the menu that summed up blackburn? probably be cheese and onion pie, which is most famous for blackburn. thank you very much. you have to step back, health or safety. adam thomas, you have come down to learn how to make. to learn how to cook will stop at home all i do is beans on toast. i am in good hands with nigel. i have never
tasted rhubarb before. never? no. come this way. let's get adam thomas's first tasted rhubarb. as a kid growing up we dipped to rhubarb into sugar and just ate it. would you like to try? before we let you go we have been talking about the dancing bakers from burnley. you have not seen them yet. they will perform now to take us out. they will perform twice today and twice tomorrow. thanks to adam and nigel. we will leave you with the dancing ba kers we will leave you with the dancing bakers from burnley. i sense he was not going for the
rhubarb in any big way. and looking slightly bemused on the sofa is the author david baldacci. you never know what you are going to find.” am learning a lot of new things along the way. you thought you were coming to talk about your book and you are watching people eating rhubarb. and dancing bakers, can you incorporate that into one of your novels? i never say never. your latest book is another chance to meet your fantastic detective character amos decker. tell us about him. he was an american football player who suffered an injury that changed his brain so now he has perfect recall. it it changed his personality and he is socially inept and awkward. a woman at the book signing said she loves a must decker and she wants to give him a hug and make him better. a brilliant
detective. you can put him into situations and his reaction is not predictable. i have to up my game when i write about him because i don't know what he will do from page to page. authors always get asked, is there an amos decker out their? bits and pieces of him. i was interested in the brain and no people with this syndrome who are brilliant but socially awkward. i felt the frustration so i thought having a character with those elements would be fascinating. he is like a big guy, he ticked everybody off, he is socially awkward, but people love this guy. how do you make sure people love him? you make him vulnerable, human, make it known he is socially awkward and make them realise he is not the person he used to be so you feel sympathy, because he is trying to do better and he can't. crime often now is more about
forensics. there is a fascination with forensics but your character is a nod almost to an old school approach to policing. forensics have approach to policing. forensics have a part to play. he is with the fbi. but there are elements of old school police work in the way he operates. he isa police work in the way he operates. he is a dogged old school detective. like columbo. he misses nothing. he recalls frame by frame, to see if there is an incongruity. something somebody said, something that does not match up and suddenly a solution occurs to him. he is a quirky guy. he is almost the easiest character i have to write. my wife says, he is weird, you are weird. how does it come to you? the unpredictability is
a challenge as a writer. if you do not change how you do things over your career as a writer you wither on the vine. amos made me expand my creativity. i sit down with fear and trepidation when i sit down to write about him. do you read a lot? i am a voracious reader, i read all the time. do you read similar things to those that you write? a lot of times i read lots of mysteries, thrillers, i read lots of mysteries, thrillers, i read biographies, literary fiction. i am i read biographies, literary fiction. iam reading i read biographies, literary fiction. i am reading a gentleman from moscow right now. it is a great book. next week i might read a biography. books are my world. an interesting political situation in this country and a fascinating political situation in america. there is a rumour you might be inspired by politics for your next
book. i am only bound by plausibility and after november, i can write about anything! you have famous political vans. i know george bush senior and junior. and bill clinton. i met him at a book store, he was doing shopping.” clinton. i met him at a book store, he was doing shopping. i was doing an event and barack 0bama was there. he called me famous. he and he is the most famous person in the world! he asked what i recommend it to read. everything i learned, i learned in kindergarten. david
baldacci's new book is called the the fix. you have read it and loved it. yes. we will be back tomorrow from 6am. enjoy your weekend. goodbye. this is bbc news, the headlines: jeremy corbyn says labour faces an historic challenge to win back power in the general election. theresa may says she's not taking anything for granted. a penny on income tax to generate billions more for the nhs and social care, a pledge from the liberal democrats. french presidential candidate emmanuel macron says he's the target of a massive hacking attack the day before france goes to the polls. determined to get back behind the wheel, the teenage british racing driver who lost both legs in a formula 4 crash. i definitely want to take the positives out of this and make sure i use it in a positive way for the rest of my life now. i have still got a few years left in me for sure. also in the next hour: