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this is bbc news, and these are the top stories developing at 11: the conservatives pledge to tackle rising energy costs by promising a price cap if they win the election. jeremy corbyn will say the issue of whether brexit should happen has been "settled," as he formally launches his pa rty‘s general election campaign. alexander blackman — the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan — gives his first television interview. i don't know why exactly i did it, i think a moment of madness is the best description i can give. not exactly the proudest moment of my life. also — south koreans go to the polls to elect a new president. the frontrunner says he wants to improve ties with the north and tackle vested interests, after a corruption scandal brought down the last leader. international ballroom champion
shirley ballas has been named as the new head judge on strictly come dancing, replacing len goodman. good morning, it's tuesday the 9th of may. i'm rachel schofield, welcome to bbc newsroom live. the conservatives have vowed to cap energy prices if they win the general election. under the plans theresa may would give powers to the industry regulator, ofgem, to set a limit for people on standard variable rates. under the new plans, new powers would be given to ofgem to set a limit for people on standard
variable rates. elsewhere — labour leader jeremy corbyn is due to formally launch his party's general election campaign, where he's expected to say that the issue of whether brexit happens has been "settled". the uk's highest electorate — campaigning on the nhs, and the green party is on the isle of wight — the uk's highest electorate — campaigning on the nhs, promising to end what it calls "the privatisation experiment". we'll be live in manchester — ahead of labour's campaign launch shortly — but first more on that energy pledge from the tories — and our political correspondent ben wright. energy prices have been hot politics for some time, and the last election, labour promised a two—year price freeze, now the conservatives wa nt to price freeze, now the conservatives want to intervene in an energy market they say does not work for most people. writing in the sun, the prime minister says prices hit people on the lowest income hardest. switching to another tariff or supplier often brings bills down but
seven out of ten households are on standard variable rates which are usually more expensive than other plans on offer. so, the conservatives would give ofgem the power to impose a price ceiling for customers on the standard rates. the cap would be reset every six months and conservatives said it would reduce gas and electricity bills by around £100 each each year. if the wholesale price of gas goes up in world markets, you would expect that to increase. if the price goes down, as it has done in the past, you would expect the price to go down. that is why it is sensible to put it in the hands, and this is what the competition authority recommended, of the regulator. conservatives said the price cap would allow competition to continue in the market, the lib dems said the policy would damage investment in energy, while labour set a cap would not
stop prices increasing. british gas owner centrica wants the move could lead to higher bills. live to norman smith in manchester. labour's campaign launches taking place there any moment, i believe? rachel, we're waiting forjeremy corbyn at this opening campaign launch speech and this will be jeremy corbyn unvarnished, saying what he believes, giving his views, not presenting himself as some sort of business as usual politician, quite the reverse, we will hear mr corbyn talking about a reckoning for greedy bankers, media barons, unscrupulous bosses, asset strippers, that sort of language, he's going to talk about taking back oui’ he's going to talk about taking back our wealth. this is going to be where alljeremy corbyn. why? because those around him believe he
is their best chance of election victory. that when voters get to see and hear victory. that when voters get to see and heaer victory. that when voters get to see and hear mr corbyn, they like what they see because he is not a put together a politician, he has his own views, not frightened to articulate them and they believe the more voters see and hear authentic jeremy corbyn, the more they will respond to him. and that was one of their criticisms of the media, really, during the local election campaign, they feltjeremy corbyn did not get enough of a general election, mr corbyn is guaranteed to get equal airtime and that, they say, will make a critical difference. and labour intense debate mr corbyn centre stage as their key vote winner. i have to say, there are a lot of labour mps who take the view mr corbyn is not their secret weapon. he is the
millstone around labour's neck and their great fear is that the more people see unvarnished jeremy corbyn, it may actually dent labour support. the other thing we will get from labour today is mr corbyn trying to clarify the party's position on brexit. let's be honest, the party has had a confused response, and trying to reassure its brexit supporting voters that it really is in favour of brexit, not trying to alienate those many labour members who backed remain and it has been a sort of uneasy balancing act. mr corbyn today will say that his party accepts leaving the eu but they want brexit to be a jobs creation exercise. cheering and applause mr corbyn is coming to the stage, i can see
members of the shadow cabinet meeting the, i saw andy burnham earlier. he will also be on stage. today, we're told andy burnham will be on stage. so, we awaitjeremy corbyn. i don't think he's there yet. let's just have a listen... colleagues, friends, brothers and sisters, welcome to event city here in manchester to launch the labour party general election 2017 campaign. what a wonderful city! what a wonderful people!
cheering and applause and i have got to say, i am terribly excited! about the general election! i am terribly excited about the policies whichjeremy corbyn's terribly excited about the policies which jeremy corbyn's labour party are rolling out in 2017! i am proud, i was are rolling out in 2017! i am proud, iwasa are rolling out in 2017! i am proud, i was a coal miner in the coal mines of the north—east, what a fantastic job, great camaraderie, friendship and i'm really privileged to be joint national campaigns coordinator with my good friend andrew and i'm also very proud to be part ofjeremy corbyn's shadow cabinet meeting mac cheering and applause viz, colleagues, and the future of a
very bright and new dawn with the labour party. this election on the 8th ofjune is extremely critical, it is not complex, it is not in any way rocket science, but it's about serving the many and not the few, as you see on some of the... it is aboutjustice, about equality and fairness across out about equality and fairness across our communities, this election is about transforming our society, making people's lives better in this country. applause colleagues, colleagues, we cannot simply continue down the
world trade tory path, where a few at the top take the spoils and the re st of at the top take the spoils and the rest of the country struggles to carve out their way in the world. it's got to change. an election is about the future of the many and not the few. building a more equal society, a fairer society, a better society, a fairer society, a better society for all and we are ashamed at times to see how this country has falle n at times to see how this country has fallen into the state it actually is, where the six richest economy in the world, i will have no lectures from anybody telling us we have not got the finances to look after those at the bottom! cheering and applause” at the bottom! cheering and applause i don't want anybody kidding me about the wealth that this nation, in the last 12
months, the top 1000 richest people in this country increased their wealth by £83 billion, whilst1 million plus people use food banks simply to exist. no lectures on the wealth of this nation. we have seen the national health service brought to its knees with staff undervalued, children left in corridors, or indeed using chairs for beds, we have all seen the horrendous photograph in the daily mirror, where we have this little baby in a critical condition in hospital, lying on to patio chairs put together. colleagues, it's got to change! cheering and applause we have seen out cheering and applause we have seen our schools under attack with the least well off seeing the biggest
cuts and a prime minister pursuing a wasteful and divisive academy and grammar school programme and we will not stand by and allow this to happen. we have seen the world change beyond recognition, with a secure job now the stuff of dreams for many people, with1 million people on o—hours contracts. colleagues, we will ban o—hours contracts! cheering and applause we're seeing a rise in poverty across the board, with child poverty, pensioner poverty, fuel poverty, pensioner poverty, fuel poverty, all soaring, we heard harrowing stories about children, kids, babies, at school, putting their hands up and asking to go to
their hands up and asking to go to the toilet and then visiting the cloakroom to get their sandwiches out of somebody else's packed lunches. we hear the harrowing stories of tips, ourfuture, we hear the harrowing stories of tips, our future, rating we hear the harrowing stories of tips, ourfuture, rating the refrigerators in the schools. instead of being fed properly like this party promises. this cannot be allowed. its 2017! and the labour party will stand up for it no more, colleagues. it doesn't have to be this way. politics is about choices. in this election, it offers our party a golden opportunity, a chance to offer the british people a programme that will improve their lives and make our country a better
place to live. the manifest to his bold, imaginative, it is distinctive, a great labour party manifesto. it seeks to excite young people, to protect schools, to give children a hot and nutritious meal at school, bristol and the education maintenance allowance and university bursaries, for older people, we ensure that the triple lock pensions will be maintained, free bus passes and winter fuel allowance will be maintained, properly funded nhs and social care. and what is really important for the old people is tackling the epidemic of loneliness. these guarantees from jeremy corbyn's labour party. we can do better. given the rise in the living wage to its real level and banning
o—hours wage to its real level and banning 0— hours contracts wage to its real level and banning o—hours contracts and ensuring workers have a voice in the workplace. we can do better for public services and ensure staff currently undervalued, overstretched, not only get a pay rise of the resources to do the job properly. who sought theresa may on the bbc only last week? i was amazed, she was asked, is it fair that nurses have had a 48% pay cuts since 2010? and they're having to use food banks. and she responded by saying the reason i nurses are using food banks is extremely complex. it's not complex. if she doesn't have enough money to feed herself or her family, that must end. applause when you want to change the
political landscape, when we are looking to change politics in the best interests of everyone, when we're up against the might of the establishments, we will do whatever it takes —— who will do whatever it takes to cling on to power, we may get knocked down but we have to get back up again, dust ourselves down and get back into this fight for government. we might be down at times, as i say, dust ourselves down, there's a fight to be had. we have a great political movement. the labour and trade union movement. the labour and trade union movement was born in struggle. we
understand the challenges ahead. never forget the sacrifices our predecessors made to deliver the institutions and freedoms we now enjoy and remember, things can be different. it doesn't have to be this way. no one should be held back and we leave no one behind. colleagues, we have a duty, a moral duty, a political obligation, to communicate and articulate our messages, our policies, in every town, every city, every village, here in the uk. we must speak to people, door to door, here in the uk. we must speak to people, doorto door, in here in the uk. we must speak to people, door to door, in whatever capacity we can. anybody who wants to help can text the number on the screen, supposed to be behind me...
colleagues, i am concluding quite simply, by saying, let's mobilise and wina simply, by saying, let's mobilise and win a future for all, let's organise, let's win the hearts and minds of people and deliver a fairer, equal society for the many and not the few. onwards and upwards! cheering and applause thank you. colleagues, thank you so much. it gives me great pleasure to introduce
the next speaker, julie hesmondhalgh, julie is the actor, activist, best known for corrie and more recently, broadchurch, the floor is yours. thank you. thank you. studio: there is a familiar face for viewers of broadchurch but it is not jeremy corbyn. we will return to the ma nifesto jeremy corbyn. we will return to the manifesto launch withjeremy corbyn when he takes to the stage. and a reminder — you can keep up to date with all the developments throughout the campaign, and live events, on the bbc news website — that's at bbc dot co dot uk slash news — and if you're on the move just follow the election via the bbc news app.
alexander blackman the royal marine who was jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan — has given his first television interview since his release, after an appeal court reduced his sentence. the former sergeant who has been dismissed from the marines ‘with disgrace', has been talking to our correspondent clinton rogers. good. very good. i think for anybody who has not been in or spent time in prison it is hard to explain how it is. just the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. you feel like going outside for five or ten minutes, you can. if you want to stay out for the whole day, you can. it's a really good feeling. mrs blackman, you often have said to me in the past, you wondered if this day would ever come. how do you feel right now? it's really here. we did it. and i did often wonder if it would ever come, but it took a long time to sink in. i didn't quite believe it, but now he's home, it's wonderful.
you have already described her as a wife in a million? yes. i mean, what can you say to someone that sticks by you through something like this and not only that, but spends the last three—and—a—half years fighting to get you out. i need to take you to that point when, i think, you yourself have described it as a moment of madness. you've had plenty of time to reflect on it. what do you think now? i don't think my view has changed. it's still — i don't know why exactly i did it. it's still a moment of madness i think is the best description i can give. yes, it's not exactly the proudest moment of my life when i look back on that. why did you do it? i really couldn't tell you. i don't — i have spent a lot of time thinking about it and i haven't got a definitive answer.
i feel personally, fairly certain that if he a time machine and could go back and do things differently, he absolutely would. but we don't have access to such things and what is done is done and now we have the chance to move on and we're looking forward to doing that. is that a fair assessment for you? yes, i think hindsight is a wonderful thing and given, especially what happened to us in our life, if you could go back, you would change things and perhaps do things different. i have to say, and forgive me for pushing this point, the helmet camera, the video, the audio, implies you knew perfectly well what you were doing. yes, and i think, and that's the trouble what we found with that, it's a five minute section of an incident that took well over an hour and to be fair you can put quite a few different spins on what's said and unless you were actually there, you don't know the full story. there are critics suggesting that
the military hung you out to dry. can i ask you both — is that how you feel about it? it's not really for me to say. again, i don't know all the facts and particulars that had gone and it would be wrong to start apportioning blame to certain people when i don't know those facts. what about you, mrs blackman? no, iagree. there are lots of questions that i personally have that remain unanswered, but that's all they are and as i said before, you know, this is our chance now to move forward and that's what we're going to do. alexander blackman and his wife. straight back to manchester because as you can see, jeremy corbyn has taken to the stage, let's listen in to proceedings... cheering and applause thank you!
thank you! thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you, julie, for that fantastic introduction and for the fantastic welcome to manchester today. it's fantastic with launching our election campaign here in manchester. manchester shows the way in many, many things. one it showed last thursday was by electing andy burnham as the mayor of greater manchester. cheering and applause
andy! thank you. give them a waiver. -- a wave. andy will be a great mayor. but think how much andy will be able to achieve if he is working with a labour government committed to the many, not the few? andy, thanks and congratulations on your election and the people of manchester are lucky to have you as their mayor. well done, andy. we have four weeks, to
ta ke done, andy. we have four weeks, to take our message to the voters, to convince them, britain can be better. it can be transformed, it doesn't have to be like this. we can transform britain into a country that instead of being a run for the rich is one where everyone can lead richer lives. i mean richer in every sense, richer because all of us have potential to fulfil, family to support, interests to pursue, richer when that potential that they are in all of us is not held back. because there is no doubt, this country is being held back. if your children
aren't getting the education they deserve because the class sizes are too high, then your children are being held back. if you are a young couple or anyone trying to get a home and can't make a home because rented house prices are too high, then you are being held back. if you have worked hard on life but you can't pursue your dreams of your retirement, because you are supporting your family well into their adulthood, then you too are being held back. but britain has a rich country, the sixth richest country in the world. we caught a glimpse of that wealth only two days ago when rupert murdoch's sunday times published it rich list. in the last year, britain's1000 richest
people have seen their wealth rise by 14%, people have seen their wealth rise by 1a%, to people have seen their wealth rise by 14%, to £658 people have seen their wealth rise by 1a%, to £658 billion. that is six times the total budget of our national health service. imagine the outcry if public sector workers decided to put in for a 14% pay rise. just imagine. but it's no surprise that the richest have got even richer, after the tens of billions the tories have handed them in tax cuts. that's what we mean when they say the system is rigged for the rich. so, thanks for making that clear, mr murdoch. applause and so, i don't know if
rupert murdoch plans to give us any other help during the election campaign but we are grateful for that information. in fact, i'm that information. infact, i'm more that information. in fact, i'm more likely expect hostility... our challenge to a rigged system is bound to meet hostility. change always involves taking on vested interests. and there is a real danger that the tories scaremongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should, resigned themselves to things the way they are, underestimating just how many more burdens the tories could impose in their mission to break the system for the rich, if it is not halted. the stakes are very high. we know from last week's local elections how big the challenges. we have to
convince a sceptical and undecided they are not sure which way to turn. who can blame them? people are alienated from politics and politicians. our westminster system is broken and our economy is. both are run in the interests of the queue. labour is under attack because we are standing up to the elites, determined to hijack brexit and pay even less tax and take even more of the wealth that we all create. applause labour is under attack because we are standing up to the corporate interests plundering our national
health service. how much more will be privatised if the tories get another five years? we are drawing a line under decades of privatisation, from energy to rail to help to social care. applause that privatisation has made some people very rich indeed, but it has not delivered richer lives for the majority of our people. in the coming days, we'll be setting out our plan to transform britain, with an upgraded economy run for the many, not the few. applause theresa may thinks she can dodge the
tory record by claiming she wants to build a fairer britain, that she ca res build a fairer britain, that she cares about working people. though she thinks people will forget how the tories have treated working people. it was this tory leader who sat alongside david cameron in government for six years. she was with him when they introduced the bedroom tax. what is remotely fair about the bedroom tax? what was there about racking up tuition fees? ortaking there about racking up tuition fees? or taking benefits away from people with disabilities? applause all about closing a wonderful labour
achievement, our sure start centres, around the country? or starving our schools, starving our schools of the cash they need to pay teachers and all those that work in those wonderful teams in our schools? or opening up the national health service to be feasted on by profiteers? just in case there talk of fairness doesn't wash, they have another card to play, that this election is all about brexit and who can play at being the toughest with brussels. labour will not allow the tories to put their party interests ahead of the real national interests, the interest of the people of this country. applause this election isn't about brexit
itself. that issue has been settled. the question now is what sort of brexit we want and what sort of country do we want britain to be after that version mark labour wants after that version mark labour wants a jobs first brexit. i brexit that safeguards the future of britain's vital industries. a brexit that paves the way to a genuinely fairer society, protecting human rights and an upgraded economy. labour's plan to transform britain will mean a big deal to upgrade the economy, new infrastructure to support the industries of the future, and an investment in training and skills to
equip our workforce to compete globally. it also means rebuilding our national health service and social care services with the funding they need. applause it means building 1 million homes to rent and buy. applause and it means tackling the scandal of air pollution, which contributes to 40,000 deaths per year. applause we won't be paying lip service to
people. we will introduce comprehensive programme to strengthen rights at work, make sure newjobs are good jobs. applause and end the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job security. lope and insecurity have spread like an epidemic —— low pay and insecurity. labour will invest in skills and jobs and take action to enforce a floor under employment standards right across the board, so that alljobs are decentjobs, so that alljobs are decentjobs, so that alljobs are decentjobs, so that all workers, the true wealth creators in our society, can play their part in transforming britain and benefit fully from it. applause that's why we are fighting to win
this election, so we can transform britain for the many and not the few. when we wind, the british people win. —— when we win. the people win. —— when we win. the people win. —— when we win. the people win. the nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker, they all win. labour is offering a real choice, the real alternative, to the rigged system holding us back and to the conservatives who are running our country down. the economy is still reaped in favour of the rich and powerful —— still reaped. when labour wins, there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping
our industry, crashing our economy through their grade and ripping off workers and consumers. cheering applause when did the conservatives, david cameron, george osborne, theresa may, borisjohnson, cameron, george osborne, theresa may, boris johnson, ever cameron, george osborne, theresa may, borisjohnson, ever stand cameron, george osborne, theresa may, borisjohnson, everstand up cameron, george osborne, theresa may, borisjohnson, ever stand up to their financial backers and demand our money back? instead, they make others foot the bill. they make our nurses, our carers, oursoldiers, are disabled, our young people trying to get a home of their own, our elderly looking for dignity in retirement, and those working hard to get on — they make them foot the bill. this makes me angry and i know
what makes the people of britain angry as well. cheering so today, i say to tax cheats that rip off bosses and the greedy bankers, enough is enough. in this election, labour is standing for decentjobs, investment for the future, shared wealth creation, security at work, affordable homes for all and are fully funded national health service and schools. training and skills, an end to rip off privatisation, their taxation and afairer,
off privatisation, their taxation and a fairer, more equal country. as we set out our detailed plans for britain, the scale of the change we are offering will become very clear. let's turn our country around, let's come together to transform britain. together, we can win, for the many, not the few. cheering applause so... don't wake up on the 9th of june to see celebrations from the tax cheats, the press barons, the greedy bankers, philip green, the southern rail directors and crooked financiers that take our wealth and have got away with it, because they are the party they own. that is the conservative party that will have
one. we have four weeks to ruin their party. we have four weeks to have a chance to take our wealth back. we have four weeks to show what kind of country we are. we know that the people of this country don't pass by on the other side. that is the principal we will take into government, so that we can unlock every person's potential and eve ryo ne unlock every person's potential and everyone can make their contribution, their best contribution, their best contribution, to our society. we have four weeks to win and transform britain for the many, not the view. —— not the few. we must seize that chance today and every day until
june the 8th. thank you very much. cheering applause so there we are, jeremy corbyn addressing delegates and officially launching the labour party ma nifesto, launching the labour party manifesto, for the many, not the few, as you can see behind him there. and a hearty round of applause as he addressed a range of issues, talked about funding for the nhs and social care, committed to building a million homes to rent and buy. he also touched on issues like air pollution and talked about the need for creating more jobs, equipping people with the right skills and the issue of lope. so there he stands... i thought he was going to start dancing them. and the shadow cabinet there and we are
getting a sense of there may be an opportunity for questions, but i'm not sure that is going to happen. barraque, it looks like that is where things are ending their and we will of course return to norman smith, our chief political correspondent there, who is following events and will have a sense of reaction amongst delegates in manchester there. well, we stay with all things political. with four weeks to go until the general election on june 8th, we're putting your questions to politicians from all the main parties throughout the campaign. and here with me to answer some of your questions is the liberal democrat shadow home secretary lord paddick. thank you very much for coming in to talk to us, we have had a number of questions coming in on e—mail and
twitter and as usual, covering a big range, but let's start where a lot of people are saying this election does start, which is brexit. john has e—mailed in and says if the lib dems win the election, would they withdraw article 50 so we can remain in the eu? we are very clear what we are going to do as far as brexit is concerned. we want to give the people the final decision once we know what the terms of the deal are. we have got theresa may and because inevitably it is going to be theresa may looking at the polls, negotiating with officials in europe, bureaucrats, talking to politicians and stitching up a deal between them and we think that the final decision on whether that is a good deal or not should be given to the people. so it will be a referendum that says either the people accept this deal that has been negotiated or there is the option to stay in the european union if the deal is not good enough. so you are saying you would be prepared
to walk away if people decided that is what they wanted? what we are saying is that people should decide on this. this is something that is going to affect generations to come and not a decision that should be left to politicians, it should be a decision of the people. and the lib dems, as things stand, one of the only main parties to say they would put that back to the people. jennifer has treated half the population want to stay in the eu but the lib dems are polling really badly, so what are the lib dems doing to get their vote? you are making this promise but the suggestion from jennifer is it is not really reaching people, they are not really reaching people, they are not getting that you are there and offering that. we have four weeks of the campaign to get out and convince people what our messages but when you look at the local authority elections that we had last week, we we re elections that we had last week, we were the party that was making significant gains in terms of the proportion of the vote, we had a 7% increase across the country. so the
momentum is building behind that and i was at momentum is building behind that and iwas ata momentum is building behind that and i was at a donors event last night and the enthusiasm from people, who we re and the enthusiasm from people, who were absolutely anti—brexit, the enthusiasm to support the liberal democrats is absolutely electric and so we are going to get those people out onto the street, talking to people on the doorsteps and we are going to make significant inroads because of our stance which is unashamedly positive around the european union. in some parts of the country where traditionally you might expect lib dem voters to turn out, that position it is putting you ina out, that position it is putting you in a tricky space. for example, the south—west, where you might expect to win lib dem votes, there are people who were very much leave voters and graham from warminster has been in touch and says he would consider voting lib dem if only they would acknowledge the brexit result and stop canvassing to reverse the democratic decision of the british people. just get on with promoting your ideals and stop trying to reverse the inevitable, he says.
obviously there is a lot more in what we are going to offer in the ma nifesto what we are going to offer in the manifesto than brexit. but to people who want to leave the european union we are saying it is going to be your decision, we are not going to force new remaining in european union, it is going to be a referendum of all the people and if you decide that the people and if you decide that the deal that is negotiated by theresa may and the bureaucrats in europe is an excellent deal that you really wa nt, europe is an excellent deal that you really want, then you will have the opportunity to vote for that and we will absolutely abide by the decision of the people once they know exactly what they are voting for. let's move on from brexit because other people have raised issues they are keen to hear about. mel has e—mailed to say where does your party stand in relation to the nhs? a nice, big meaty question. we are the only party who are saying we will commit significant resources to the national health service by putting 1p on every rate of income
tax. it is a very fair way of doing it, it means the richest pay the most contribution towards that interim fund, if you like, for funding the national health service and that money will go to specific areas. it is going to go to social care, for example. i don't know if people saw the documentary is on bbc two of where operations were being cancelled because beds were blocked because people couldn't leave hospital. we are going to put money into social care to release beds so that operations can go ahead. we are going to put money into preventative medicine and most of all, we are going to put money into mental health. this is mental health awareness week, norman lamb has been awareness week, norman lamb has been a champion of having parity and esteem between physical health and mental health and so that £6 billion towards the end of this parliament, the next parliament, from that money raised through an increase in income tax... so £6 billion is the maths you have done? and that is an
interim measure. what we need is a com pletely interim measure. what we need is a completely independent cross—party panel looking at what the longer term solution is as more and more people become older, which is a good thing, but it means there will be increasing pressure on the national health service and social care and we need a sustainable tax situation in order to cope with that. how do you see that? it is not going to be a vote winner, presumably, to say we keep putting on 1p and another 1p, that potentially becomes a vote loser. where do you fund the shortfall in the long term? we want a dedicated tax that pays for social ca re a dedicated tax that pays for social care and the national health service so people can see on their payslips how much they are contributing. so eve ryo ne how much they are contributing. so everyone needs to be ready to contribute a little more? how much is needed will be decided by an independent body. we have the office for budget responsibility, we want a bodyis for budget responsibility, we want a body is similar to that that will say this is what the national health
service needs, this is what the care services need, in order to produce a sustainable position and this independent body will decide what level of taxation should be. let's look at some different issues. this e—mail says, with the lib dems remove students from the migration figures? this has been an issue over the last few days and beyond, really, a lot of argy—bargy about whether people coming in from overseas should be included in net migration. the problem with including foreign students in the immigration figures, set against a tory backdrop where they are trying to make it an unattractive place for people to come, is that we are losing the brightest and the best foreign students from coming into the uk because they are included in the uk because they are included in the figures. so we would take them out of the immigration figures because they are any here temporarily. we have only got room for one more unfortunately. i'm trying to think which one we should choose, lots of people getting in touch. let's talk about the fence.
patricia says what are the lib dems ' views patricia says what are the lib dems ‘views on retaining trident? patricia says what are the lib dems ' views on retaining trident? we are absolutely clear on trident. first, we think they should be an independent nuclear deterrent but what we don‘t agree with is a like—for—like replacement of trident. we think that is far too expensive. so we want a proportionate response, one that does not cost the earth, bearing in mind the fact that the nhs and other public services are short of money. but we do need an independent nuclear deterrent. lord pannick, brian paddock, thank you very much indeed, good to have you come in and and so questions from our viewers —— lord paddick, brian paddick. just some breaking news coming into us just some breaking news coming into us from jonathan beale, our defence correspondent. the bbc understands that nato has asked britain to consider sending more troops to
afghanistan. the suggestion is that this request was made within the last few weeks, so we are not sure when it happened but to give it a context, currently there are about 500 british troops in afghanistan, providing security in kabul and training at the officer academy. it comes as the us is considering increasing its military presence in the country and nato secretary—general due to meet theresa may tomorrow at downing street, so that line coming from our defence correspondent, there has been a request to britain from nato that we could consider sending more troops to afghanistan. you are watching bbc news. if you‘ve got young children, you may well already know about the growing slime—making craze sweeping the uk at the moment. youngsters are making it at home with the help of how—to videos on social media. my my daughter keeps doing it! but there are some worries that one ingredient, called borax, could be harmful.
newsround‘s ayshah tull reports. therapeutic... satisfying... messy... moreish... slimy... disturbing... disturbing? oh, right, well, some of you love slime and some of you, not so much. it comes in rainbow, unicorn pink, green and just about any other form you can think of. and it‘s pretty popular here. on some social media sites, there are millions of posts. when you type in "slime" online, loads of how—to videos pop up. i‘ve come along to this class, where they are making slime. this type of slime is called oobleck. and when you pick it up, it seems solid and when you leave it in your hand, it goes into a very liquidy mixture. what‘s so good about slime? the best thing about it if you can play with it for hours and hours and it never seems to stop. you can make it into different things. but some of you have been making it at home and there have been reports that one of the ingredients
is called borax. it‘s a type of chemical used in cleaning products and is found in some household items in a very small doses. but it has caused problems with some children‘s skin. we asked a doctor about it. hi, newsround. you need to keep borax up high where small children cannot reach it. if you have eczema or sensitive skin, wear gloves. that will keep your skin safe. try not to splash any in your eye. it will be a good idea to tell an adult before you start making slime. just to be sure that if there's any problems, somebody knows. if your skin hurts or gets itchy or red, run it under lots of cold water and if that doesn't make it better, speak to an adult and perhaps ring 111 to get some help, otherwise happy slime making! well, are on things frothy and fun,
shirley ballas has been confirmed as the new head judge on strictly come dancing. the latin ballroom dancer will fill the considerable gap left by len goodman, who stepped down from the role in 2016 after 12 yea rs. from the role in 2016 after 12 years. nicknamed the queen of latin, shirley ballas is a former international latin american champion. we will have the weather injusta champion. we will have the weather injust a moment, champion. we will have the weather injusta moment, but champion. we will have the weather injust a moment, but before champion. we will have the weather in just a moment, but before that, let mejust remind in just a moment, but before that, let me just remind you of that breaking news that came in in the last few moments, from our defence correspondentjonathan last few moments, from our defence correspondent jonathan beale, last few moments, from our defence correspondentjonathan beale, saying that the bbc understands that nato has asked britain to consider sending more troops to afghanistan, a request made in the last few weeks. it would add to the current 500 british troops in the country who predominantly provide security and training to afghan officers. the united states are currently considering their military presence in the country, so we know that request has been made and indeed, theresa may is due to meet the nato
secretary—general at downing street tomorrow, so it sounds like that may well come up for discussion. no response from the government but that request having been made is what we have at the moment. worth saying also that we are hoping to return to manchester shortly, because we were hearing in the last hour from the labour leaderjeremy corbyn, who has officially launched the labour party manifesto. we have norman smith there, who will no doubt be gauging reaction to that launch. first, though, we canjoin phil avery who is on the balcony with the weather. it is a bit ligamy to be outside on the balcony so i have come outside macca delete —— it isa have come outside macca delete —— it is a bit chilly outside so i have come inside. not all of us across the british isles are seeing something like that but for my liking, far too much of this, not just cloudy skies but the flags standing out and you consider rather stark contrast across the british isles, some favoured, much of scotland, northern ireland and wales and one or two spots in the south of
england but there is a great swathe still all the way from the north—east of england through the midlands and to the borders of eastern wales and into the south—east where we are keeping a fairamount of south—east where we are keeping a fair amount of cloud. although there are subtle variations on that theme and some of the cloud is on the move. that is not the case across the far northern scotland, cloud and drizzle here and on the satellite picture, you saw much of scotland and northern ireland are dry and sunny. where we are seeing creeping cloud and improving conditions is the north—east of england. i don‘t think it will get down into yorkshire and lincolnshire, central parts and eastern parts of the midlands, i think you are stuck with what you have got there is and as much strength in the wind, so that helps, sort of, but it was so windy down that eastern side yesterday with all the cloud, really miserable. overnight, much of the cloud will pop away, save for that in northern scotland and i suspect that if your skies stay clear through great deal of the night, come the dawn, your temperature
could be down at one, two or three degrees, something of that order, but that does at least convert into a glorious day for the greater part of england and wales and generally speaking, because there will be much more sunshine in some areas that have barely seen any sun was good while, those temperatures are really responding, some pushing towards 19 or 20 degrees. that would be the case across the northern parts of. this was going to be a picture of a rather cracked lawn, rather than somebody surfing, and that is because i wanted to say if you are concerned about the lack of water on your grass, be it feels all lawns, there is the sign of something a little more unsubtle coming into the southern parts of britain late in the day on thursday. it is a bit hit and miss. on friday, we pushed the cloud and rain ever further towards the north across the british isles, things turning a good deal more u nsettled things turning a good deal more unsettled so if you need a dry walk in the next few days, i would get out there and do it now.
this is bbc news, and these are the top stories at midday: jeremy corbyn attacks the conservatives as the party of the "tax cheats, press barons" and "greedy bankers" as he launches labour‘s election campaign. the question now is what sort of brexit do we want and what sort of country do we want britain to be after that. labour wants a jobs first brexit. the conservatives pledge to tackle rising energy costs by promising a price cap if they win the election. people are being overcharged by £1.4 billion a year, that's what the competition authority said, and i think we've got a duty to act. alexander blackman — the former royal marine jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan — says he can‘t explain his actions on the battlefield. a moment of madness is the best description i can give.
not exactly the proudest moment of my life. also — south koreans go to the polls to elect a new president. the frontrunner says he wants to improve ties with the north and tackle vested interests, after a corruption scandal brought down the last leader. international ballroom champion shirley ballas has been named as the new head judge on strictly come dancing, replacing len goodman. good morning, it‘s tuesday the 9th of may. i‘m rachel schofield, welcome to bbc newsroom live. jeremy corbyn says labour in government would stand up to what he called the "elite"
who were determined to hijack brexit and pay even less tax. speaking at the official launch of his party‘s general election campaign, mr corbyn said the economy was rigged and that labour would "draw a line" under privatisation. live to our assistant political editor norman smith in manchester — where labour‘s campaign launch is taking place. thanks, a passionate speech and response to jeremy thanks, a passionate speech and response tojeremy corbyn, a speech in which she didn‘t really set out new policies, perhaps less than we thought we might get on brexit, instead we gotjeremy corbyn unleashed, unvarnished, the real jeremy corbyn. and that is deliberate because his people believe, actually, jeremy corbyn is a big vote winner for labour, believe, actually, jeremy corbyn is a big vote winnerfor labour, that when they hear someone willing to set up policies, not the eyeing identikit politician, people respond to it, they‘d like this sort of authenticjeremy corbyn. so, we had
to use rhetoric you might not normally expect from a labour politician, talking about a reckoning, a reckoning for unscrupulous bosses, asset strippers, greedy bankers, media barons, the sort of language and labour politicians in the past have tended to shy away from for fear of alienating voters. mr corbyn‘s team ta ke alienating voters. mr corbyn‘s team take the opposite view, they think this is not just take the opposite view, they think this is notjust about energising, it is about resonating with voters who respond more broadly to a man willing to tell it as he sees it. joining me is sarah champion, the shadow minister, and that is the approach, but isn‘t there a risk voters find this language about a reckoning for the rich, they find that language rather out of date?|j don't that language rather out of date?” don't think so. come to rotherham, when i go around doorknocking, as i go through the door, there is no carpet, no wallpaper, and these are people working as hard as they can to make a living and they feel
completely forgotten. i've only been an mp forfouryears completely forgotten. i've only been an mp for four years and i have been shocked at the complacency i have seen. shocked at the complacency i have seen. but i have also understood some of the tory policies because they are not engaging with the people i engage with funny database. i thinkjeremy people i engage with funny database. i think jeremy is people i engage with funny database. i thinkjeremy is trying to say to people, there is hope. we can do something about this, we don'tjust have to accept the status quo. and i am proud to stand by that banner. and you will know that many of your collea g u es and you will know that many of your colleagues are fearful that mr corbyn is not the answer to labour‘s electoral difficulties, here‘s the problem. this is not a presidential election, it's about changing the status quo, i don't want to hear politicians something on that turns and giving up catchphrases, i want something different because that means something to me and i think that's whatjeremy means something to me and i think that's what jeremy is trying to do. he isa that's what jeremy is trying to do. he is a kind man, a decent man, a principled man and that is different to what we're used to. we're used to these hollow shell politicians who say what they think will hit the mark. so, it is different but that
does not mean to say it is wrong. but very little on brexit and like it or not, that is central to this election campaign. mr corbyn seems unable to provide clarity or conviction on brexit. i disagree. i think what he was saying is what i have been saying, which is brexit has been decided. we don't want a rehash this. what we want, going forward is the best deal for everybody in this country, and the kind of in a difficult position at the moment because until we get the selection out the way, we just put everything on hold, we can then start fighting for the best deal for everybody, so it's not that brexit is not central, it's that literally at the moment we cannot do much but also there are so many other things, i care about the nhs, i care about families, education, they are also things we need to fight for. thanks very much for your time. we will get a lot more speeches from
jeremy corbyn because their team think while their policies are popular, the real thing which might provide them with an opportunity to d efy provide them with an opportunity to defy the polls, is it somehowjeremy corbyn manages to break through what they regard as the establishment media and communicate directly with voters. then, they think, they have a chance. studio: thanks. meanwhile, the conservatives have promised a cap and our correspondent explains. energy prices have been hot politics for some time, at the last election, labour promised a two—year price freeze, now the conservatives won to intervene in an energy market they say does not work for most people. writing in the sun newspaper, the prime minister says rip—off energy prices hit people on the lowest incomes hardest. switching to another tariff or supplier often brings bills down but seven out of ten households are on standard variable rates, usually
more expensive than other plans on offer. so, the conservatives would give ofgem the power to impose a price ceiling for customers on the standard rates. the cap would be reset every six months and the conservatives say we would use gas and electricity bills by around £100 and electricity bills by around £100 a year. —— reduce bills. and electricity bills by around £100 a year. -- reduce bills. if the wholesale price goes up, if the price of gas goes up in world markets. then of course you would expect that to increase. the price goes down, then you expect the price to go down. that is why it's sensible to it in the hands, and this is what the competition authority recommended for prepayment meters, the regulator. conservatives say the price cap would allow competition to continue in the market but the lib dems say the policy would damage investment in energy while labour set a cap would not stop prices increasing. british gas owner centrica warned the move
could lead to higher bills and reduce competition. we can discuss now what this might mean for consumers. with me is stephen murray from the price comparison website money supermarket. we were hearing labour thought might be a grand plan a couple of years ago. a lot of people are talking about the price cut on a price freeze on whether they are one in the same thing. i think ultimately bothers us talking about is trying to recognise that around about two thirds of uk households are still on standard variable tariffs and it is an effort to try to reduce those bills. the important thing to take in context with this is that as of today, those households on those tariffs can save double or triple that amount by switching. there are 76 tariffs cheaper than this cap would actually bring them down to so there is plenty of condition for multiple suppliers to be able to make saving significantly more than this one and rebound cap suggests. you are saying, that in a way, it‘s not be
necessary. could potentially be harmful? some people say it was cute thing so that ultimately prices would go up? do like that is a danger about. an oft used term is unattended concise is one of those could be the competition in the market would end up with drawing and average prices would ultimately go up. there is evidence of this and other markets in the uk and semi—overseas. other markets in the uk and semi-overseas. intervention cup with prices but what is more important from the consumer point of view is that it from the consumer point of view is thatitis from the consumer point of view is that it is already recognised that too many consumers, to me households don‘t engage them to get the benefits of switching in the energy bills and intervention in this would make people think i don‘t need to do anything any more. they would assume they were getting the best deal. absolutely. it is a danger nobody would engage with the amateur market. even people who have gone on to fix deals, they might drop off think that others protected medjani to do anything. ultimately, we can do because nothing more off the energy bills in the energy bills and become provisional driving prices down. the feeling amongst politicians, but does seem to be,
but they need to take action on this because of the other is the offer to switch whenever you want, people just don‘t do it. so, it seems that it would be simple for them to work on human behaviour but maybe that‘s a hard thing to change? human behaviour may be can be changed more by investing money in time and effort in awareness raising. often, has tried, on occasion, to raise awareness to tv advertising, of switching and that has had a short—term impact. we want to see investment in now to get customers aware of what they can do, to benefit from switching. it‘s quicker now, that has a lot of choice out there. 40 of 50 suppliers now. i‘m talking about a time where it was just the big six and no difference. we recognise there are some vulnerable areas of the committee where they need more support, that‘s where they need more support, that‘s where we need to think about intervention into putting them to be able to access switching, but the vast majority of the population, they can take control and get switching and can make savings significantly more and then we don‘t end up with the unintended
consequences of stagnation. and a final thought, he said it is not about the big six any more, do you think the state of the market is healthy? is there enough choice? it doesn‘t need state intervention? yes, we hear the words of broken energy market i think it is more about broken engagement. there are plenty of suppliers and tariffs and variety, we need customers engaging in that market to make the savings and it will look after itself and competition is already out there. we will see what comes of this policy. thanks. alexander blackman — the royal marine who was jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan — has given his first television interview since his release, after an appeal court reduced his sentence. the former sergeant, who has been dismissed from the marines ‘with disgrace‘, has been talking to our correspondent clinton rogers. good. very good. i think for anybody who has not been in or spent time in prison it is hard to explain how it is. just the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
you feel like going outside for five or ten minutes, you can. if you want to stay out for the whole day, you can. it‘s a really good feeling. mrs blackman, you often have said to me in the past, you wondered if this day would ever come. how do you feel right now? it's really here. we did it. and i did often wonder if it would ever come, but it took a long time to sink in. i didn't quite believe it, but now he's home, it's wonderful. you have already described her as a wife in a million? yes. i mean, what can you say to someone that sticks by you through something like this and not only that, but spends the last three—and—a—half years fighting to get you out. i need to take you to that point when, i think, you yourself have described it as a moment of madness. you‘ve had plenty of time to reflect on it. what do you think now? i don‘t think my view has changed.
it‘s still — i don‘t know why exactly i did it. it‘s still a moment of madness i think is the best description i can give. yes, it‘s not exactly the proudest moment of my life when i look back on that. why did you do it? i really couldn‘t tell you. i don‘t — i have spent a lot of time thinking about it and i haven‘t got a definitive answer. i feel personally, fairly certain that if he a time machine that if he had a time machine and could go back and do things differently, he absolutely would. but we don't have access to such things and what is done is done and now we have the chance to move on and we're looking forward to doing that. is that a fair assessment for you? yes, i think hindsight is a wonderful thing and given, especially what happened to us in our life, if you could go back, you would change things and perhaps do things different. i have to say, and forgive me
for pushing this point, the helmet camera, the video, the audio, implies you knew perfectly well what you were doing. yes, and i think, and that‘s the trouble what we found with that, it‘s a five minute section of an incident that took well over an hour and to be fair you can put quite a few different spins on what‘s said and unless you were actually there, you don‘t know the full story. there are critics suggesting that the military hung you out to dry. can i ask you both — is that how you feel about it? it‘s not really for me to say. again, i don‘t know all the facts and particulars that had gone and it would be wrong to start apportioning blame to certain people when i don‘t know those facts. what about you, mrs blackman? yeah, no, i agree. there are lots of questions that i personally have that remain unanswered, but that's all they are and as i said before, you know, this is our chance now to move forward and that's
what we're going to do. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: the conservatives pledge to tackle rising energy costs by promising a price cap if they win the election. jeremy corbyn says a labour government will give people the chance to take wealth back from tax cheats and rip—off bosses, as he formally launches the party‘s general election campaign in manchester. alexander blackman — the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan — describes what he did as a moment of madness. let‘s get the sport. chris froome has been knocked off his bike while
training in monaco. he was not injured. he wrote... he has reported the incident to local police. chelsea can win the premier league on friday with two games to spare. that‘s after they beat middlesbrough last night. diego costa, marcos alonso and nemanja matic scored the goals in their 3—0 win. if chelsea beat west bromwich albion at the end of the week, they would go ten points clear in the table, tottenham are their only rivals for the title but only have three games left. it was very important to women and to exploit tottenham's defeat, we must be pleased and now, another step, to win the title, it is
important to rest well and prepare for the west brom match. arsene wenger has been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow night‘s match at southampton. he was puched on his future again. he still won‘t reveal his plans but he was quite clear when asked about a reported change in structure at the gunners, with the introductuion of a director of football. director of football, i don‘t know what it means, is that somebody who stands and directs players right and left? i don‘t understand what it means. iam not left? i don‘t understand what it means. i am not prepared to talk about it, i am the manager of arsenal and as long as i am, i will decide what happens. and that‘s it. the fifa secretary—general says that the italian football federation
should face disciplinary action for the way they treated sulley muntari. he walked off in a game playing for pescara in italy‘s serie a after being racially abused by cagliari supporters. he was subsequently banned for one match but that was overturned following worldwide condemnation. what matters is that the disciplinary committee has to act and the sooner the better. i have my personal feelings on anybody that is treated like he has been treated. on the pitch and off. i am not here for my personal matters but to make sure that fifa takes through the committee the appropriate action for any single discriminatory action. south koreans are voting for a new president, to replace the conservative
park geun—hye, who was impeached and arrested over allegations of fraud. the election frontrunner, former human rights lawyer, moonjay—in has indicated he wants closer ties with north korea — risking a clash with donald trump. stephen mcdonell is in seoul for us. ami am i right in thinking polls have not long closed, stephen? that's right. the polls havejust not long closed, stephen? that's right. the polls have just closed not long closed, stephen? that's right. the polls havejust closed in south korea‘s crucial presidential election and even though it is a play tonight, lots of people are pouring into the heart of the capital, seoul, to watch the results ofa coming capital, seoul, to watch the results of a coming on big screens along this promenade in front of the old palace. this is a first past the post system here and although there are plenty of candidates, they‘ll break into two groups, roughly. those who want to keep a tough isolationist position with north korea and those who are pushing for more engagement with the north and
that this would somehow bring them to the negotiating table. as you mention, moon, the frontrunner, is the chief person in favour of that approach. and in terms of the frontrunner, there is a risk, potentially, that although he may be popular, if he were elected, because cause friction elsewhere in the world ? cause friction elsewhere in the world? yes, can you imagine the trump administration‘s reaction, he has been critical of this anti—missile system, designed to protect the city from a missile attack from the north. and yet, some people have been very critical, saying this caretaker government allowed the missile system in between when the president was impeached and the selection. whoever becomes the new president immediately, and moon, the prime
frontrunner, said they should not have brought this system in. he hasn‘t exactly said he will shut it down but this will all be up for negotiation and it could be quite a bit of tension between the us and south korea, if he goes ahead and wins. china, of course, has also been calling for that thaad system to be removed from south korea. it could affect companies here, south korean companies are being punished in china at the moment because, lotte, for example, the big supermarket chains and other companies has been affected. 70% of the electorate has turned out and we won‘t know for another four hours and they have chosen to be the new south korean leader. 0k, stephen, i know you will continue monitoring that for us. an extraordinary televised court
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will last 90 days. british-born richard fielded his american fiancee we re richard fielded his american fiancee were found dead in her apartment in boston on friday. 45 minutes before he died, doctor field texted a friend, saying there was a serious situation where the gunmen in his home. it‘s believed the alleged murderer worked for a security company, a backpack full of jewellery was said to have been found ina jewellery was said to have been found in a hallway outside the apartment. there is no evidence whatsoever at this stage to conclude this defendant had a personal relationship with either. nor is there currently any evidence to explain why he would attack them so viciously in your own home. the couple were reportedly tied up before being killed. an investigation is under way into how the intruder got through supposedly tight security at the luxury apartments. you‘re watching bbc
newsroom live. let‘s return to politics. the lib dem leader tim farron is continuing his general election campaign in somerset. the party hopes to make gains in the south—west after losing every one of their seats to the tories back in 2015. our correspondent is at burnham—on—sea, where mr farren is campaigning. lucky you! yeah, we have some glorious weather this morning. we‘re very grateful for it. tim farron arrived here in the constituency of wells and arrived 20 minutes ago and he is heard to say thank you to the search and rescue teams and if you look closely behind me, he is stepping into a hovercraft with the lib dem candidate, standing here, tessa munt, she was the mp that in 2010, the tories won this seat, sorry, in 2015. they hope to
win this seat back. he is heard to say thank you because he says it is important to him to thank the teams who are doing an arduous job on the ground. it‘s going to be an uphill struggle. this constituency, wells, voted to leave the eu. 54% of constituencies want to exit the eu and he is banned by many here as the anti—brexit party. something he often calls his party too. just talking to people along this promenade today, many are angry with him, they ask why should we vote for a man who still goes on about staying in the eu and still talks about remaining in the single market? so, he‘s going to have an uphill struggle and just to end on one person who said he is a p—r—a—t, before walking off. in terms of the campaign generally, as you say, lib dems making a lot of the fact that
if they want to move away from their sta nce if they want to move away from their stance on brexit, what other policies might be pushed? interestingly, the tory candidate who won in 2015 also voted to remain in the eu. people here have been telling me they are tired of this ongoing discourse around leaving the european union. what is interesting is that one couple sent to me it is about bins for us, cleanliness, and they are local issues, you may argue that those things they hold very dear to their heart and think is important for them in places like this. near the beach, we have a lot of good, overloading in the bins and lots of seagulls, so, they are saying we mustn‘t be dictated by the ma nifestos saying we mustn‘t be dictated by the manifestos of these party, we want to focus on issues really matter to
us. to focus on issues really matter to us. thank you. the nhs is the focus of the green party today, as they continue their campaign on the isle of wight. the co—leader, caroline lucas, has accused the government of putting the nhs through a cruel form of shock therapy. the party has pledged to give the health system a cash injection. what people know right across the country is that we face a health care emergency, we know we have patients waiting on trolleys in corridors, people are waiting months to get operations, we know people are having to stay in hospital unnecessarily, again, for months, simply because there's for them to go. and our nhs has been fragmented and undermined by years of infighting in the market. labour, conservative and liberal democrat have all used their time in government to inflict the pain of privatisation on our precious nhs.
caroline lucas there on the isle of wight. lots of sunshine on the beaches around the coast but how was looking for everybody else? here‘s the weather. thanks. west is best. for the sunshine, she concedes from the satellite picture. all this cloud is pretty stubborn. he will be a slow process. it will be dry except some rain for scotland. brighter weather in northern england. less windy than it has been along the east coast. cloud tends to melt away this evening, clear skies, so it will time chilly. in more rural spots, into single figures. we
could see some frost. clear skies overnight means a good deal of sunshine. temperatures whately in the teens. hello, this is bbc newsroom live. these are the headlines: the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says his party will stand up to what he called the elite, who he said determined to huack elite, who he said determined to hijack brexit and even less tax. the question now is what sort of brexit we want and what sort of country do we want britain to be after that? labour once a jobs first brexit. the conservatives are promising to cap energy tariffs if they win, saying it would save money for millions of households. in other news, alexander blackman, the marine jailed for killing a wounded taliban fighter in afghanistan, says he can‘t explain what he did on the battlefield.
moment of madness i think is the best description i think i can give. it's best description i think i can give. it‘s not exactly the proudest moment of my life. and south koreans have voted by a landslide for a liberal former human rights lawyer to be the country‘s new president, according to an exit poll. ok, let‘s get more on labour‘s general election campaign. jeremy corbyn has attacked the conservatives as the party of the tax cheats, press barons and greedy bankers. speaking at a neighbour‘s election launch, he told party members they had four weeks to take our wealth back, four weeks to show what kind of country we are. he promised that labour in government would unlock every person‘s potential and everyone can make their contribution to our society and transform britain for the many and transform britain for the many and not the few. today, i say to tax
cheats, the rip—off bosses and the greedy bankers, enough is enough. in this election, labour is standing for decentjobs, investment for the future, shared wealth creation, security at work, affordable homes for all and are fully funded national health service and schools. cheering applause training and skills, an end to rip—off privatisation. fair taxation and afairer, rip—off privatisation. fair taxation and a fairer, more equal country. jeremy corbyn speaking a little earlier this morning. meanwhile, the snp's earlier this morning. meanwhile, the snp‘s deputy leader angus robertson has said he will fight tooth and nail to bring jobs back to the struggling oil and gas sector. mr
robertson said the tories had twiddle their thumbs and made clear they would rather oversee what he described as the managed decline of the oil and gas sector than seagate drive over the long term. the snp deputy leader also hit out over the conservative party‘s plan to cap gas and energy prices, describing it as "an election gimmick". the record of the tourism fuel for that has been absolutely lamentable, so this announcement has got nothing to do with dealing with the poorest in society and has got everything to do with trying to win a general election and outflank the labour party, so i think everybody should be hugely cynical about why the tories are doing it, given thatjust a few years ago, energy costs for people is a really big challenge and needs to be taken seriously by all, but to make it into an election gimmick... because nobody trusts the tourism fuel of at it, it is something people should be rightly concerned about and the snp will
continue to campaign for lower fuel prices and stand up for the poorest in society, which is something that the tourists certainly don‘t do. away from politics, woman who alleges she was sexually harassed at fox news has asked the uk media regulators to block 21st century fox‘s planned purchase of skype. ofcom is investigating whether it is in the public interest for the murder company to take full interest of sky. for the threats we face today... over two decades, a mixture of conspiracy, aggression and nationalism has made rupert murdoch‘s fox news channel the most watched cable news network in america. but this huge corporate scandal has shaken fox news to the call. the former bus at the rate boss roger ailes left leisure and anchor bill o‘reilly left last month, but denying extensive sexual harassment allegations. also gone but not facing the same allegations
is the co—president—macro to —— bill shine. for the murdochs, the timing couldn‘t be worse. they are trying to ta ke couldn‘t be worse. they are trying to take full control of british broadcaster sky by an acquisition through 21st century fox. they declined an interview request so i said hello to the boss as he left work in manhattan. are you worried about ofcom at all? no, not worried at all. wendy walsh, seen no, not worried at all. wendy walsh, seen here with lawyer lisa bloom, filed a complaint against o‘reilly by phone. the women flew to los angeles —— from los angeles to london specifically to explain to ofcom why the murdochs are not fit and proper to own sky outright. 21st century fox, the parent company of fox news, says it has taken prompt and decisive action to improve its workplace, overhauling top management and appointing women to several senior positions. a multi—million pound trial has been launched to assessed whether staton is, taken by millions of people
every year to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes may help those with multiple sclerosis —— statins. ms affects the central nervous system and can cause mobility problems. it is thought statins could help slow the progression of the condition. statins — prescribed to six million of us every year to lower cholesterol. but in the coming months, a major new trial will test whether they could help tackle a condition which can wreak devastation on sufferers. multiple sclerosis causes the immune system to attack the lining of the nerves, disrupting messages travelling along nerve fibres. it can mean increasing levels of disability. more than 100,000 people in the uk have ms. half will develop the secondary, progressive stage. there is currently no treatment to slow its progress and this trial, involving more than 1,000 people, is aimed at them. if we can prove it has a long—term impact, long—term results for people with ms, we know its safety record, it‘s extremely cheap, so it could be quickly made
available to everyone that needs it and it won‘t put a big hole in the nhs budget. a previous, smaller study suggested statins did have an impact. this trial will provide much more information. but, at six years long, it will be some time before it‘s known just how effective statins could be. let‘s have a look at some of the other developing stories today. a 35—year—old man is due in court in connection with a dog attack on a two—year—old girl in liverpool on sunday. the toddler suffered injuries to her head and body when several dogs got into the garden where she was playing in toxteth. she‘s in a serious but stable condition in hospital. andrew mcgowan has been accused of being in charge of four dogs that were dangerously out of control. france‘s former socialist prime
minister, manuel valls, says he will support president—elect emmanuel macron‘s political movement in thejune elections for parliament. speaking on french radio, mr valls offered to be a candidate for mr macron‘s republic on the move party. he said the socialist party was dead. mr valls stepped down as prime minister in december, in an unsuccessful bid to become the socialist candidate for president. the sun‘s former editor, kelvin mackenzie, is to leave the paper because of offensive remarks in his column last month about the everton footballer, ross barkley. mr mackenzie was suspended after comparing the player — who is white, but has a nigerian grandfather — to a gorilla. the paper subsequently apologised for the article, published on 14th april, saying it was unaware of mr barkley‘s heritage. the man leading a review of working conditions in the uk says poor
qualityjobs are damaging the economy. matthew taylor, a former policy adviser to tony blair, is considering the issue in response to concern about the growth of insecure jobs and the row over conditions at companies including sports direct. he says it is unacceptable that so many people in work are classed as being below the official poverty line. fa u lty faulty airbags, steering and fuel issues are just faulty airbags, steering and fuel issues arejust some faulty airbags, steering and fuel issues are just some of the problems that led to the highest ever rate of car—related recalls in europe in the first three months of this year. the uk ranked third behind germany and france for the number of recalls, but car manufacturers say less than 50—percent of uk customers take up the necessary repairs. shirley ballas has been confirmed as the new head judge on strictly come dancing. the latin and ballroom dancer will fill the gap left by len goodman, who stepped down from the role in 2016 after 12 years. nicknamed the queen of latin, ballas is a former international latin american champion.
to discuss this, i am joined via webcam by toby earle, tv editor and critic. tell us a little bit more about her. well, as you mentioned there, she has won multiple titles. in fact, she has really cleaned up in terms of the latin dancing, both here and abroad. i think she is the only british... she is the only person to have ever won the british open and world latin american championship with different partners. she has multiple accolades, she is not somebody who has just woolston, if you will, and taken leng has just woolston, if you will, and ta ken leng goodman‘s has just woolston, if you will, and taken leng goodman‘s spot. she is a highly respected dan sanderson i took the atlantic and has also been involved in the us version, because her son is one of the dancers on dancing with the stars and she also
raised derek and julianne hough, who danced in the same programme. so what we have is someone supremely qualified to step into leng goodman‘s twinkie toed shoes. qualified to step into leng goodman's twinkie toed shoes. and they are big shoes to fill and, of course, they have —— there has then speculation about other contenders and there will be people at home with broken hearts who were hoping to see anton do back in that role.” think the show needs a little bit of pizzazz, really, because leng goodman going is such a big departure going —— len goodman. this is not somebody who has done this sort of role for several years, so to have an unknown quantity coming in is sort of the show needs to keep it and interesting and i‘m sure that whoever ends up being paired with anton du beke will be pleased that he has remained as part of the cad res of he has remained as part of the cadres of male dancers. people like seeing anton on the dance floor teamed up with someone who, shall we
say, probably won‘t be making it to the final and him doing his best with what he has been asked to train. i will refrain from making any references to ann widdecombe and judy murray. tovey, thanks very much indeed. the duke of edinburgh hasjoined the queen on a visit to a school near redding to mark its centenary. it is his first appearance since announcing he is stepping down from royal duties. later, the royal couple will watch a parade and the queen will present a new military flag, or colour, to the military college. president trump has dismissed as a charade a claim by a senior lawyer that his administration was vulnerable to russian blackmail. the claim was made by a former acting attorney general, sally yates, during evidence to a committee on capitol hill. she told senators that former national security advisor general michael flynn had lied about his contacts with the russian ambassador. it was the hearing that many, not
just in washington, but across the country had waited months for. sally yates, performing —— former acting attorney general, speaking in public the first time regarding her numerous warnings to the white house about general michael flynn. she testified that she spoke three times with white house counsel, saying general flynn had lied to the vice president about, stations he had with the russian ambassador before donald trump president. general flynn said he did not discuss removing sanctions issued against russia by the obama administration, but that appears to have been untrue and sally yates told the white house it made him and the country vulnerable. this was a problem, because not only did we believe that the russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information. and that created a compromise situation, a situation
where the national security adviser century could be blackmailed by the russians. she said officials asked her whether or not he should be fired. i remember that mr mcgann asked me whether or not general flynn should be fired and i told him that really wasn‘t our call, that was up to them but that we were giving them this information so they could take action. sally yates was herself fired a few days later for refusing to defend president trump‘s travel ban in court. but it took the white house over two weeks from her warnings to force general flynn‘s resignation. the former army lieutenant has become a central figure in allegations of russian interference in the 2016 us election and possible collusion between the trump campaign and moscow. the white house on monday confirmed that president obama also warned donald trump about general flynn shortly after the election, although that advice appears to have been ignored. president obama made it known that
it wasn't exactly a fan of general flynn's, which frankly shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, given the general flynn had worked for president obama, was an outspoken critic of president obama's shortcomings. on twitter, president trump was defensive, writing... thank you both, hearing is adjourned. after three hours, sally yates‘ testimony raised as many questions as answers. among them, why did president trump continue to protect general flynn, despite high—level warnings national security could be at risk? we are going to take you live now to york, because the prime minister theresa may is campaigning there today. as we now put the local elections behind us and focus on what patrick has rightly said is a crucial general election in just 30
days' time. and we must take absolutely nothing for granted. and we are certainly not taking anything for granted when it comes to our team. we've got a great team of candidates here from across the whole of the north of england and my message, i simply say to people in the north of england, this is the team that i need behind me to be in a strong position to get the best possible deal for britain for brexit. this is the team that is going to take our positive message out across communities, across the whole of the north of england. that message about strong and stable leadership in the national interest, about strengthening the uk's position in those brexit negotiations. about building a better future for britain. at the weekend, you may have noticed there we re weekend, you may have noticed there were french presidential elections and the new french president was
elected with a strong mandate that will put him in a strong position in the negotiations. so we need a strong mandate to put us in a strong position in those negotiations and every single vote for my local candidates will strengthen my hand in those brexit negotiations to get the best deal for britain. and the alternative is to risk making jeremy corbyn prime minister. now, just picture him sitting at the negotiating table with the combined might of the european commission and 27 other european countries ranged against him. and the liberal democrats, as patrick said, the liberal democrats, the scottish nationalists and others are lining up nationalists and others are lining up to prop him up and jeremy corbyn led coalition of chaos is a real possibility. we must not let that happen. a vote for any other party
isa happen. a vote for any other party is a vote that puts jeremy corbyn closer to being at that brexit negotiating table. as i say, we must not let that happen and we must win support across the north of england and across the whole of the uk. what we must also do is actually expose the nonsensical policies that jeremy corbyn and labour are putting forward at this election, because they simply do not add up. apart from anything else, labour would wreck the economy and it would render all of their promises totally undeliverable. now, in contrast, we are putting forward credible, deliverable policies in the national interest. policies like capping energy prices to support working families, like protecting workers' pensions from irresponsible bosses, bringing in new mental health laws to end injustice. that is the positive message that you will be taking out on the streets in your
campaigns in the coming weeks. strong and stable leadership in the national interest. but i have a very clear message and instruction for candidates. i said you must take nothing for granted. it is only by working flat out every day between now and the 8th ofjune that you will gain the trust of the british people and earn their support on polling day. and i want you to be out there, no stone unturned i want you to be walking down the streets, knocking on those doors, taking that positive message that we have, showing that we are listening to voters. i've been a member of parliament now for 20 years and i know how important it is to be added there, talking directly to voters, hearing their concerns. and at this crucial election, it's not about who people have voted for in the past, it's about who they want to see
leading the country for the next five years. and we will be taking our positive message out there on the streets. and it is a positive message that if people vote for us, if people ensure that i and my team are there in government for the next five years, i vote for me and my team is about to strengthen our hand in taking britain through the brexit process and beyond. a vote for me and my team is a vote to ensure we get the best deal for britain from europe and a vote for me and my team isa europe and a vote for me and my team is a vote to lock in economic security for the future. so as we look to this crucial election, my message is clear. if we win that support, if we gain people's support, if we gain people's support, then together, we will strive for britain. together, we will fight for britain and together,
we will deliver for britain. thank you. applause thank you very much, i think we will ta ke thank you very much, i think we will take a few questions from the press. is eleanor here from the bbc? did anyone in your cabinet, including greg clark, ever oppose your energy price cap? and if i may, prime minister, could you clarify, are you actually guaranteeing that prices will not go up year on year? what we have done is looked at the
result is that the competition authority, the independent competition authority found, when i looked at the energy market here in the uk. they found that the customers of the six largest suppliers, ina customers of the six largest suppliers, in a year, were paying £1.4 billion more than they would haveif £1.4 billion more than they would have if there was a truly competitive market. ithink have if there was a truly competitive market. i think in those circumstances it is right, as does everybody sitting around the cabinet table, for government to take action to support working families. and what we are talking about is a cap on energy prices that will be set by an independent regulator and that will be a reflection of the market and will ensure that crucially, it will be possible for that cap to move. will be possible for that cap to move. but the independent regulator will set it. but the key thing is that people are clearly paying too much for their energy bills today. too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people, find themselves on tariffs that are above
that they should be paying and that is why we are taking action. is that emily next eu from itv? —— next to you. emily morgan, itv news. when ed miliband announced an effective cap on energy prices, david cameron accused him of wanting to live in a marxist universe. you know living in a marxist universe? no, first of all, we are conservatives, we believe in free markets and competition but we want to see competition but we want to see competition working. as i say, the competition working. as i say, the competition authority has shown that customers of the six largest energy suppliers in a year are paying £1.4 billion more than they would do if there was a truly competitive market. but you are wrong, ed miliband didn't suggest a cap on energy prices. ed miliband suggested a freeze on energy prices that would have frozen them so that people paying above the odds would have continued to pay above the odds, and crucially, the prices could not have
gone down. under our cap, prices will be able to go down. and i think we have ella from heart? jeremy corbyn has said this morning that theissue corbyn has said this morning that the issue of brexit is settled but are you concerned that tim farron and nicola sturgeon could make it a condition of supporting mr corbyn as prime minister of labour minority government that he stops the brexit process ? government that he stops the brexit process? let's just look at what we have got in the political scene today. there is any one party that is absolutely committed to respecting the will of the people and recognising the result and delivering on the result of the referendum last year and that is me and my team, the conservative party. what we have seen from other parties is attempts to disrupt the negotiating process, to undermine the task that lies ahead. we have seen some of them wanting to have second referendums, wanting to open up second referendums, wanting to open
up the old divisions, and what i see when i go round the country is actually from people today, levers and remainers, whatever they voted in the referendum actually saying, we want the government to get on with it and deliver brexit and make a success of it. there is a unity of purpose in the country, there is any one party that recognises that and will deliver for people and it's the conservative party. ithink will deliver for people and it's the conservative party. i think laura is here from the telegraph? laura hughes from the daily telegraph. labour have promised not to raise personal national insurance contributions. can you promised the same and do you have a message for high earners out there who are worried that their tax bills are going to go up if you are elected? first of all, it is not our intention to increase the level of tax but i'm not going to make any tax but i'm not going to make any tax commitments we are not absolutely sure we can keep, but our instinct is to reduce taxes on working families and at the election, you talk about the taxpayers in various bands and what they will be facing, at the election, people will have a very
clear choice. it's between a conservative party that always has been, that is and always will be a low tax party, party that in government has taken 4 million people out of paying tax altogether, has bought in —— brought in a tax cut for over 30 million people as a basic tax rate payer, that is the conservative way of doing things and the other choice is a labour party whose natural instinct is always to raise taxes. the former shadow chancellor has said their policies would lead to dublin national insurance, doubling vat, doubling council tax and income tax and they have a leader who has talked about raising the level of income tax from 20p up to 25p. the conservatives, whose instinct is to reduce the tax for working families and labour who will put it up, that is the choice at the election. dan? hello. we
could talk for hours about funding for the nhs and police, but the press is campaigning for at the moment, along with sister newspapers, warning against the dangers of fake news on social media and the importance of a free press. would the prime minister voice her support for the campaign against fa ke support for the campaign against fake news and the risks posed by it? we all recognise it is important. when people are looking at and reading the news, what we want them to see is accurate reflection of the dues and accurate reporting. i think a lot of people put great store by their local newspapers, with train journalists actually out there faithfully reporting what is happening in their local area and i think we should support that and you say about a free press, it is one of the important pillars of our democracy, that we do have a free press in this country. but also, we see a press that takes responsibility for how it reports news and that's important to us. and
asi news and that's important to us. and as i say, for a lot of people, they do look to their local press because they have a lot of faith and trust in their local papers. studio: theresa may in york, we will have the latest from the campaign trail across the country coming up on the one o‘clock news. we will never catch up with the weather prospects. that afternoon. big contrast across the uk so far today. some of us have started with a lot of sunshine but pretty grey for some. in spite of that cloud, it is dry, virtually everywhere except for the far north of scotland where we have thicker cloud and rain. the cloud will begin to nibble away at the edges but some places will keep it well on into the afternoon. the winds are much lighter than the eastern coast than recently. still a chilly field but if you don‘t have the wind to continue with —— contender, 15 in the sunshine will be very pleasant. this afternoon, we continue to see that cloud moving away and with clear skies and light
winds, temperatures will drop away. single figures for major sounds backwa rdly towns single figures for major sounds backwardly towns and cities, rural spots will be colder than that, a cold start for many with frost on the grass but a lovely sunny day to much of england, scotland and wales and northern ireland. northern scotla nd and northern ireland. northern scotland season thicker cloud but for many, it will be fine and warm. the conservatives are promising to cap energy tariffs if they win the election. they say it would save money for millions of households. the prime minister says the energy market isn‘t working and she wants to put an end to ‘rip—off‘ bills.
too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people find themselves on tariffs that are above that they should be paying and that‘s why we are taking action. jeremy corbyn says there‘ll be a reckoning if labour wins the election. he promises to stand up to what he called the elite who want to hijack brexit. today i say to tax cheats, the rip—off bosses and the greedy bankers, enough is enough. we“ll be live on the campaign trail. also this lunchtime: alexander blackman, the former royal marine who was jailed for killing a taliban fighter in afghanistan, tells the bbc about his regret at his actions.