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: the boogie wonderland of bakers hoping to rise to the occasion. choreographers get in on the mix at the first ever national festival of making in blackburn. chelsea are on the brink of winning the premier league title after tottenham lost
at west ham last night. and the travel show heads to the church of the holy sepulchre injerusalem. that's in half an hour here on bbc news. good morning and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has sought to play down talk of a landslide general election victory after the conservatives made major gains at local elections. the tories gained 500 seats and seized control of ii councils, with the gains mostly coming at the expense of labour and ukip. the tory leader said she would fight for every vote on 8thjune to strengthen her hand in brexit talks. labour leaderjeremy corbyn said his party faced a challenge on a "historic scale" to win back power, but insisted he could close the gap on the tories.
meanwhile, the lib dems say they would raise income tax by a penny—in—the—pound to raise £6 billion for nhs and social care. the conservatives did well in the book for six metropolitan mayers. metropolitan mayers. andy street was the victor in a tight contest for mayor in the west midlands area. he says he hopes the government will continue to invest in that region. the good news is in the deal that was struck between the west midlands and central government we did get substantial new money. yes, we can make a good start with the money we have already got. another thing the mayor has got to do is championed 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. labour's campaign coordinator, ian lavery, rejected the idea that mr burnham had snubbed the party's leader. jeremy beadle exactly what was expected of him. because andy was not there at that particular time, i am not sure why, but i have got to dispel this myth that there is a rift between andy burnham and jeremy corbyn because there is not. they are quite good friends and they served in the shadow cabinet right up served in the shadow cabinet right up until the time where he decided to seek nominations for the mayoral contest in the north west. in no way is there any rift between germany
and andy. that is simply not true. that is simply not true. with me is our political correspondent matt cole. now the dust has settle in those elections, what picture does paint for the general election? it has thrown up some interesting results, not least that west midlands area, a crucial battle ground and labour would have hoped to have taken back and it is a blow not to have taken that. we will see party leaders in that. we will see party leaders in that broader regents day —— broader region today try to capitalise. but voter turnout is different than in general elections, but with that caveat, the broad general thrust of the vote suggested the conservatives
are on for doing very well indeed and labour less well. but a small hope for the liberal democrats, their share up significantly from where the opinion polls suggested. different for ukip. 146 seats defended and 146 seats lost. different for ukip. 146 seats defended and 146 seats lostm different for ukip. 146 seats defended and 146 seats lost. it is very interesting the ukip result because i was talking to rob ford who has charted the ukip performance, the ups and downs, over several years. he says there is evidence of the ukip vote has switched to the conservatives, maybe not all of it, but maybe half has gone this time, but the effect might be to reward the tories with extra seats in the general election, but to make the lib dems' task harder in areas like the south—west where they would be hoping to pick up parliamentary seats again. absolutely, the liberal democrats we re absolutely, the liberal democrats were reduced from 66 seats down to
eight in the last election. they picked up one in a by—election to go into this election with nine to defend. they will be hoping that many of those seats that they lost in 2015 were lost to the conservatives. they have appropriate set message versus the hybrid brexit that theresa may is seeking. but the bar has been raised that much higher and it will make it much more difficult if ukip‘s vote has disappeared. we have not heard directly from paul nuttall, the ukip leader, and he blamed their demise on their own success. he seems to think the tories are benefiting from the furrow they have ploughed. what about the risks for the conservatives, that people look at their newspapers this morning and 90, their newspapers this morning and go, oh, well, it is all over. maybe they will think i do not need to bother turning out on the 8th of
june because she has got it in the can, but even some party workers become complacent about their prospects. how big a danger do you think the conservatives think that is? if you listen to the language of the conservatives out and about yesterday they were talking down the fa ct yesterday they were talking down the fact they had one 563 seats. it was bizarre. yesterday we had labourer who had done pretty badly talking up how well they had done and the conservatives saying it is not so good. for a governing party it is the best result in local elections forfour the best result in local elections for four decades the best result in local elections forfour decades and the best result in local elections for four decades and they were saying they could not take anything for granted. that is a danger. many people think it is theirs to lose and you have to make sure therefore that you win it. you cannotjust expect your supporters will turn out, your voters will turn out, and voter apathy is a potential risk for
them because there are plenty of seats that are marginal. no one is certain how much the potential remain vote could come in. most of the areas where there were big elections work in areas where people voted to leave. nothing in london for example. it will be very interesting to see how that unfolds, whether there is a lingering remain vote out which will switch to parties or candidates they feel still reflect their hope of mitigating at least the impact of brexit. fascinating stuff. we will know in 33 days' time. we will know in 33 days' time. the liberal democrats are promising to increase funding for the nhs and social care by £6 billion a year if they win the election by raising income tax rates by a penny in the pound. norman lamb says the policy will allow £6 billion of spending each year and marked a clear distinction between the lib dems and the conservatives. the very clear political choice, and in a sense the conservatives have been clear they
will not make this decision in their response to our announcement. we are saying for the average worker this will be £3 extra a week. it is the cost of less than two fees. we feel, i feel personally, that that is a price worth paying to ensure our loved ones get the care that they need when they need it. i am particularly passionate about insuring people with mental health get a ccess insuring people with mental health get access to care when they need it. we are1 million miles away get access to care when they need it. we are 1 million miles away from achieving genuine equality for people with mental health. there is so much that this country depends on with our nhs and our care system and we are allowing it to decline without the conservatives being willing to make the investment necessary. that is norman lamb, a former health minister himself. that is norman lamb, a former health minister himself. with me is george stoye, senior research economist from the institute for fiscal studies. let's look at this proposal from the
liberal democrats. what in financial terms does that mean? it is £6 billion rise for health and social care, orat billion rise for health and social care, or at least £2 million promised specifically for social care. £4 billion for health would be about 3%, so that is a generous increase compared to recent increases we have seen, but against the historical long—term average it is quite small. in terms of increasing the health service side of it first, does this compensate for the money in real terms that the health service has lost in luke recent years? there was some extra money coming in any way which would have just about meant that spending per head would have been approximately flat over last ten yea rs approximately flat over last ten years and this would increase it a bit more. it is a modest increase on what the existing spending plans
are. in terms of the breakdown between the different parts of the uk, we should be cleared the lib dems are talking about ring fencing this money and guaranteeing this money would be spent on health and social care, but they cannot guarantee it in other parts of the uk apartfrom guarantee it in other parts of the uk apart from england? in england it will go directly into the department of health budget and given to local authorities who are responsible for social care. any increase in money there and the devolved administrations will have the choice of using that money. in terms of what the lib dems are committed to, what the lib dems are committed to, what is the effect on people's tax bills? about half of adults pay income tax in this country, so a one percentage point increase in each rate of income tax would cut on average household incomes by 0.6%. this would be mostly focused on
people in the top 20% of the income distribution. it is progressive because it is linked to pay and income tax. you made a point about 196, income tax. you made a point about 1%, we are talking about a penny in every pound that is raised in income tax. what about the broader debate on tax in this election? we have heard labour say it is prepared to put up taxes on what it calls the rich, and that is people who are about 70,000 plus. we have heard the liberal democrats making this specific pledge saying this would be ring fenced. the conservatives say if you book for anyone other than theresa may, your taxes will go up. can we read into that that the taxes will not go up under the conservatives? i do not know if we can read into that. they have not made a specific pledge and like the last time. sometimes it is sensible not to pledge you will freeze taxes
because it ties your hand later on. it is interesting to see with the lib dem pledge they have put the money towards health and social care. in the long run pressures on health and social care will go up and that will mean tough decisions about how we find that, raising taxes or cut funding somewhere else. in terms of what the government has done, we have had seven years of the conservatives and five years of a conservative and lib dem government. what is the record in terms of cutting taxes and increasing taxes? the tax share is at its highest for many years. many of the cuts that have come through have come through departmental spending, have come through have come through departmentalspending, but have come through have come through departmental spending, but taxes have not fallen. thank you very much. a good bit of expert, detached analysis to help us follow through on this debate. 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. the electoral commission said any media publishing the content of the documents would face criminal charges. documents would face criminal charges. james reynolds is in paris. i suppose that is the most interesting thing about the timing of this leak, it comes just before the rules cut in that restrict debate and it is very hard for the macron campaign to get out there and challenge some of the things people are reading on social media. yes, the timing is fascinating. these e—mails began to circulate on social media sites last night and then at four minutes to midnight, just before the legal cut—off of the
campaign coming to a stop, the macron campaign issued a statement saying they had been hacked. they said it was an attempt to destabilise the democratic election. clearly they will be worried about the impact. they have said the documents themselves contain routine campaign communications mixed with a few doctored documents. whether or not it will have an impact is difficult to tell. french media and other media here operate under electoral restrictions today and tomorrow on the day of voting. they cannot speculate hugely about the effect on the campaign. a lot of french people are simply doing other things. in terms of the period we are now in, this period of no campaign, and yet it must be a period of intense political interest after such a long election campaign and such an unpredictable one as well. yes, it is fascinating for
those of us who come to france having covered other elections. the razzmatazz and the debate carries on right until the person casts the first ballot. here there is this odd 36 hour quiet period before people go to the polls where people are meant to reflect without distraction. the problem this time around is there is a distraction, a distraction of the campaign e—mails having been hacked. whether or not that has an impact is a different question. the electoral committee is meeting to consider this. is there any suggestion they might look at some way of allowing this information to be discussed in more ofan information to be discussed in more of an open way given those restrictions? they have already said and encouraged media outlets not to publish the actual text of any lea ked publish the actual text of any leaked documents. so they have already given their guidance on that. what they will decide after the meeting we do not know, but they
haveissued the meeting we do not know, but they have issued guidance. the headlines on bbc news. jeremy corbyn says his party is facing a challenge on an historic scale if his party is doing back power and insists they can close the gap on the conservatives. the liberal democrats say they will put a penny in the pound on income tax if they win the election to generate billions more for the nhs and social care. french presidential candidate emanuel macron says he is the target ofa emanuel macron says he is the target of a massive hacking attack on the day before people in france go to the polls. sport now and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. hello, how are you? very good. hope you are as well and everyone at
home. hope you are as well and everyone at home. chelsea are on the brink of the premier league title after their closest challengers, tottenham, lost at west ham last night. the hammers frustrated spurs on a raucous night at the london stadium, and 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. there's a quite incredible 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.
he's one of the biggest names in horse—racing, taking home 11 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. our sports news correspondent 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. instead, he's happy for his 4500 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. that's all sport for now.
i'll have more in the next hour. snp leader nicola sturgeon is joining the snp‘s new council group in glasgow this morning. the party has replaced labour as the largest party in the city, although it fell short of winning a majority. the deputy leader of the snp, angus robertson, says the general election in scotland will be a fight between the snp and the conservatives. tory is still a four—letter word in scotland and most people do not want to see a return of the conservatives. that's why we're going to be working very hard the length and breadth of the country to make sure that the snp returns victorious in those seats, because we need to protect scotland at westminster. we see that the tories are running rampant south of the border. there is not a snowball‘s chance in hell of the labour party winning the general election. so if we're wanting the strongest voices to stand up for scottish interests and against the ever more rightward drift of the conservative
party and its europhobia, people are going to have to vote snp in scotland. i am confident that, given it will be that two—horse race, it's the snp that will win. 0ur correspondentjames shaw is in glasgow. what is the sense in the snp about their performance yesterday? were they hoping for something better? they did not win control of councils. they did not win control of any of the 32 councils in scotland, including glasgow, although you have to mark glasgow up asa although you have to mark glasgow up as a victory for the snp because they did overtake labour as the party with most councillors and they stand a chance of forming a coalition in glasgow, booting labour out of power where they have been in
control for many years. but there could be some disappointment in particular when you look at specific results around the country where the conservatives have done really well in surprising places, places with deprivation like shettleston in glasgow or paisley, and in places where there are close contests between the snp and the conservatives and most particularly probably angus robertson's seat in moray. we heard him saying that tory was a four letter word. perhaps a few years ago more people would agree with him, but now maybe fewer. it is gaining strength in particular in his ward. the local authority elections this week meant the conservatives overtook the snp in terms of percentage of the vote, so angus robertson would be right to be worried about his area and the kind
of resources the conservatives might throw into that to take that scalp, the snp‘s leader at westminster, and if they did that they would claim they were making significant progress in scotland. in wales labour lost more than 100 seats. the party leader says she is pleased with the results and that labour's performance was poor.m was labour's performance was poohm was a good day for plaid cymru. we are up 33 seats and we have managed to stem some of the advantages the toys were hoping for in places like denbighshire, pembrokeshire, wrexham, bridgend. we made gains and whilst there was a landslide for the tories in england, we have taken 65% of the available seats in wales and they only took 15% of the available seats. as far as we are concerned in
the next election we are looking to ta ke the next election we are looking to take seats like here in the rhondda and llanelli, blaenau gwent, and as well hold on to the seats we have got. 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, as nick quaraishi reports. 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 120mph 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. traditional craft skills like sewing and painting along with baking have had a bit of a resurgence here in the uk of late. so this weekend, the first ever national festival of making begins, celebrating everything to do with britain's manufacturing, food and creative industries. colin paterson has been to meet some balletic bakers in burnley. two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and go. every day 85,000 muffins and cakes are made at the cherrytree bakery. that requires a lot of repetitive movement. the latest creation to emerge from the factory floor, it's chorley cake meets swan lake.
the workers' actions turned into dance. the idea of making bakers in burnley balletic came from choreographer ruth jones. these machines now make the workers work really fast, so when they do many mini muffin day, they're squeezed up like this and they're working really, really fast, whereas in the olden days they could move a bit slower and they have more space. and this is incorporated into the piece? it's all incorporated into the piece. we wanted to be inspired by all the activity that goes on on this factory floor. the movement is unique. and it was a very
collaborative process. i showed her how to decorate brownies, we take a piping bag and do symbols on the brownie. it was so beautiful to see how our moves at work, what we are doing, became such a beautiful dance. it was beautiful. amazing really. it was great, it was really inspirational. we didn't think we could do thatjust by general movements in a bakery. it was really fun to watch and to learn. and go. two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight... again, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight... the idea that it could be beneficial to the staff was a big part of the reason the bakery allowed a choreographer into the mix. there is actually method to this, that it could improve performance? that's what the choreographer said to us, in terms of being more