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tonight at ten: jeremy corbyn lays the foundations of labour's election campaign with strong criticism of the wealthy elite. at the formal campaign launch in trafford, he warns that a labour government would change a system that was rigged for the rich. when labour wins, there'll be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers. but later in the day, mr corbyn was accused of throwing labour's brexit policy into confusion. reporter: if you are prime minister we will leave, whatever happens? i don't know any more than you do exactly what is going to happen in the future on this. we'll have more from the interview where mr corbyn refuses to say also tonight. energy companies don't like the new conservative plan to cap domestic bills and theresa may denies she's just copied an old labour policy. too many ordinary working families, too many vulnerable people find
themselves on tariffs that are above that that they should be paying. a british man is jailed by a court in turkey. he's found guilty of being a member of so—called islamic state. a young girl has died in an accident on a ride at a theme park in staffordshire. and, a visit to venice to see the work of a british artist who waited decades for global recognition. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: would juventus complete the job against monaco after they took a 2—0 lead into the second leg of their champions league semifinal in turin? good evening. jeremy corbyn has laid
the foundations of labour's election campaign with a relentless attack on greedy bankers, tax cheats, and employers who rip off their workers. at the party's formal campaign launch in trafford, mr corbyn presented labour as the anti—establishment choice, but mr corbyn was also accused of throwing labour's brexit policy into confusion by repeatedly refusing to confirm that britain would leave the european union if labour won the election. mr corbyn was speaking to our political editor laura kuenssberg, who reports now on the day's events. jeremy corbyn! a showbiz introduction. labour's had more drama in 18 months than some parties do in a decade. but he is on the main stage now. so are you ready for his lines? the economy is still rigged in favour of the rich and powerful. when labour wins, there'll be a reckoning for those who've thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers.
cheering and applause. a dramatic call in front of his shiny new battle bus, but since he's been in charge, labour has gone backwards. we have four weeks to ruin their party. to have a chance to take our wealth back. we must seize that chance today and every day untiljune the 8th. he's brought multitudes of new members, but what about the mainstream 7 you said, rather dramatically, there would be a reckoning if you become prime minister. now, a reckoning doesn't sound like a few people at the very top paying a little bit more, it sounds like something rather more radical. what it is... much higher taxes for business? what it is, it's a reckoning in our society that very big business should pay more in tax. corporation tax should not be lowered, as the conservatives propose to give away more than £60 billion in tax cuts over the next four years.
so how much more would you put on... well, you'll have to wait for the manifesto for the details on that. i thought you might say that. you were expecting that answer, i know! when you use language like promising "a reckoning" and talking about people "taking back their wealth", to some voters, to some of our viewers, that sounds like the politics of envy. not at all, not at all. what i'm saying is that we all benefit when we all do better. we are a very rich country, but unfortunately the riches are not very fairly spread around the place and the levels of inequality are getting worse. we need to understand the anger that many people feel in this country. six million earning less than the living wage, a million on zero—hours contracts. many on short—term jobs and short—term working, in communities that have seen precious little investment for 30 years. their anger is palpable and real. and, are you angry? yes, i do get angry about poverty. i get angry about injustice. i get angry about inequality.
why do you believe that you can now win a general election from the left because the evidence so far, under your leadership, is that the kind of things that you've been saying, which go down like a storm in a room like this, but the evidence is, in the wider electorate, that the labour party has been going backwards. all the evidence is — ask people the question on wages. ask people the question on housing. ask people the question on education. on social care. ask them all those questions, all of which are framed in our policies, and you find people saying — yeah, i agree with that. that's what he wants to take on the road, with big promises to come. voters in salford's sunshine were curious. i don't think he is necessarily the individual, but certainly where he's coming from, i think, really resonates with so many people up here and other parts of the country. there's that many people in the labour party who hate him — i wouldn't say hate him — but don't get on with him, i don't think he's got much of a chance. but it's been hard for labour to settle on a position
on leaving the eu. the leader wants to draw a line. 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. his aides are adamant — settled means settled — a labour government would leave. but when i asked him several times, the answer was not quite so clear. does that mean, if you're prime minister, come hell or high water, whatever the deal on the table, we will be leaving the european union? look, there was a clear vote at the referendum a year ago, but there is now the negotiations, which have already begun. but that's not quite my question, my question is — if you're prime minister, we will leave come hell or high water, whatever is on the table at the end of the negotiations? we win the election, we'll get a good deal with europe. can you categorically say that we would definitely leave?
because if you won't, there is a chink of a possibility that things could change and we might end up looking differently at our options. the danger is, of the approach the conservatives are taking in their megaphone diplomacy with europe, our view is you have to talk to them, negotiate with them and recognise there's actually quite a lot of common interest, particularly in the manufacturing industry. that is the process we're following. but for all the leaders in this merry dance, every word, every move, does matter. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, trafford. the energy industry is unhappy with theresa may's new policy of proposing a cap on domestic fuel bills if the conservatives win the election. one of the big suppliers, e.0n, said it was concerned the idea was being proposed for political reasons. mrs may said it was part of her efforts to support working families and she denied that she was simply copying an old labour policy which david cameron had described once as marxist.
our deputy political editor jon pienaar reports. election pledges don't get closer to home, today's big offer — a promise from theresa may to cap your fuel bills, the standard tariff paid by millions if they're judged too high. energy firms don't like it. labour say it was their idea. applause. but this tory campaign is about her — her team, her way. policies like capping energy prices to support working families. some tories, some ministers had doubted this meddling in the market, but she's the boss and one report had said the big six energy firms charged eli; billion over the odds in a year. 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 later, to factory workers in leeds, she admitted she was running against classic tory thinking. sometimes people say to me that doing something like that doesn't sound very conservative, but actually my response to that is, when it comes to looking at supporting working people, what matters is not an ideology,
what matters is doing what you believe to be right. but remember him, and this? if we win that election, in 2015, the next labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017. applause. ed miliband promised a price freeze and labour was also willing to let prices fall. the reaction today has been anything but the same. approval from tory leaning papers, compared to outrage when labour promised almost the same thing. if they were going to copy my idea, theresa may should have done a much betterjob of it than she's done because, looking at the detail and the fine print, they're not guaranteeing that there won't be a rise in prices, as we did, they're saying somebody else has got to make that judgment. so she certainly can't be promising money off bills or even actually that prices won't carry on going up. well, it's good politics because it sounds great,
but it's rubbish policy because it'll actually lead to less investment and higher prices. so it'll harm and damage the very people, those on low incomes, that it's supposed to be helping. some ministers may have had their doubts, but as one cabinet member put it to me, theresa may's ideology is not to have one. she's out to show people, who feel they're getting a raw deal, that she's on their side. so sometimes she sounds right—wing, on migration, on brexit, but on some pieces of policy, like this latest piece of intervention, she leans to the centre. theresa may's after votes from every political direction. forget the polls, no—one‘s voted. she's campaigning as if the result‘s on a knife—edge and she's fighting to win and win big. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. as we said, some of the biggest names in the energy industry have criticised the plans to cap prices arguing the move would stifle competition and hurt customers. our business editor simon jack is here to look at what effect a price cap could have. the stubborn problem is people
could pay less if they shopped around but for some reason they don't and they end up paying far too much. two thirds of people, 17 million households are still on the standard tariff, that's usually the most expensive. people like the broughtons. adam and margaret from eccles near manchester have been with the same supplier for 30 years so why haven't they switched? it's just impossible to compare like with like because the tariffs are all so confusing deliberately so, you know, so people can't make an informed choice. after about two hours ploughing through, ijust gave up and thought better the devil i know, get a bill, go and pay it at the bank. i know i have paid it. now competition authorities reckon the non—switchers are collectively being overcharged £1.11 billion. the tories think a cap could save them up to £100 per household, per year.
something consumer protection groups broadly welcomed today. the energy market's clearly not working. too many people are stuck on standard variable tariffs paying up to £300 a year more than they need to for their energy. one of the things we've been calling for is a price cap to protect the most vulnerable, those on low income who can least afford to pay too much for their energy. perhaps unsurprisingly, the energy industry doesn't think a price cap is the answer. the market is actually changing in quite a dynamic fashion and i think it's really important that we don't damage that and we keep competition there, we bring in some of these fantastic new entrants in the market who are bringing out innovation and challenging the big players, that's got to be right. but many households do shop around, 8.5 million of them, and there are concerns the switchers could lose out as cheaper deals are withdrawn. and there so some evidence that is already happening. remember, the competition watchdog probed this market for two years and decided a cap was not a good idea. this is also unusual territory
for tories but when it comes it appealing to 17 million energy customers, if the cap fits, politically at least, theresa may has decided she will wear it. you can find information on the party's energy policies along with detailed analysis. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, is here. let's talk about that labour launch today and your interview with jeremy corbyn, what did you make of the approach he set out? here is labour's hope, we saw it absolutely today, their aim is to make this campaign about his ideas, not his image. you heard in that interview him almost pleading in a way to say when i talk to voters, when i ask about social care, when i ask them about social care, when i ask them about housing, and explain my ideas, they think yeah, i agree with that. i think that is the approach they're
going to try to take. they know they need to get their policies across because of all the controversy there is about his personality. tomorrow they're focussing on education. some viewers might remember back in his leadership campaign in august 2015 he promised a national education service, something that he said could be on the same scale as the nhs. there will be more information and promises on that tomorrow. they've already made a big promise about free school meals for every child in england. i understand tomorrow they'll also promise to scrap fees for adults who go on to further education. people who go back to college and retrain. 0f course that's the kind of policy that could have lots of appeal on the doorstep. i think in the course of the next few weeks there won't be a shortage of big sounding ideas from the labour party, but i think they will be challenged again and again about how they work. of course how they will be paid for, although they'll be trying at every step to say everything is being costed. but
here is also an unusual thing, sometimes in an election campaign the problem that an opposition leader faces the problem that an opposition leaderfaces is the problem that an opposition leader faces is that people haven't really heard of them, they're a blank sheet, they don't know what to make of them, it's about punching through to the public consciousness at all. but when you talk to people inside the labour party, in a funny way the problem with jeremy inside the labour party, in a funny way the problem withjeremy corbyn is the opposite. they fear somehow people have already made their minds up people have already made their minds up aboutjeremy corbyn because of the controversial things he said in the controversial things he said in the time since he has been in charge. thank you. later in the programme, find out what happened when the mays' appeared together on the one show. it was the prime minister's first joint television interview with husband philip, we'll have a report. a court in turkey has convicted a british man of terrorism offences. aine davies, who's 33, was suspected of belonging
to a kidnap gang that beheaded western hostages. he was found guilty of being a member of the islamic state group and was jailed for seven—and—a—half years. the bbc understands that he was one of four british men, including the fighter known asjihadijohn, who guarded prisoners. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, reports now from turkey. aine davis posing with a fighter in syria. today, he became the first of the suspected beatles — the infamous islamic state gang from britain — to be sent to prison. at this turkish courthouse, three judges found him guilty of being a member of is and sentenced him to seven—and—a—half years in jail. as he was led from court, flanked by prison guards, i asked for his reaction — he just swore at me. he's the second alleged member of the gang to be taken out of action. his friend, mohammed emwazi, jihadijohn, was killed in a drone strike two years ago after beheading two british hostages and three americans. aine davis was captured 18
months ago at this luxury seaside villa complex, a0 miles outside istanbul. he had risked secretly crossing the borderfrom is—controlled parts of syria and travelling hundreds of miles to meet up with fellow is supporters here, but the turkish intelligence services were watching, they moved in, and at last one of the suspected so—called beatles, had been captured in this, the most unlikely of locations. the well—known spanish newspaper journalist, javier espinosa, was one of the hostages held and tortured by the british men in 2014. he was released before the beheadings began, but today was hugely relieved that aine davis was finally, safely behind bars. i think he should face justice, whatever it is, it doesn't matter if it's in england or turkey or whatever, he should be injailforever. aine davis is suspected to be one
of the four branded the beatles, because of their english accents, by the captives they held and beheaded. the most infamous was the killer, mohammed emwazi, orjihadi john. the others have been named by the us state department as alexanda kotey and el shafee elsheikh, both alive and still in syria. javier espinosa remembers how one of the men, nicknamed george, always talked about how much he despised the west. he used to say, "i hate you." i mean, it was a very common phrase that he used. "we hate you. you don't know how i hate you." that hatred developed when all four men were radicalised in west london. davis, a small time drug dealer, was once jailed for having an illegal gun, now he's serving seven—and—a—half years in a turkish prison for being a member of islamic state. daniel sandford, bbc news, istanbul. a man arrested close to the houses of parliament last month has been charged with terror offences.
khalid mohammed 0mar ali, who's 27 and from north london, is accused of preparing acts of terrorism. he's also been charged with two counts of possessing explosives related to activity in afghanistan back in 2012. scores of convictions, including rapes and murders, could be called into question after allegations that thousands of blood samples may have been manipulated. the national police chief's council says that forensic experts are identifying any cases which may require retesting. an 11—year—old girl, thought to be from leicester, has died after an incident at the drayton manor theme park in the west midlands. it's thought she was on a school visit and fell into the water from one of the rides. 0ur correspondent, phil mackie, reports from the scene. it was just after 2.20pm this afternoon, the air ambulance arrived to treat a seriously injured girl. staff and paramedics tried to save her, but she was pronounced dead after being airlifted to hospital. the 11—year—old was
on the splash canyon ride when she fell into the water. just closed the area very quickly. the air ambulance came within a couple of minutes and then there's police, fire engines. they closed the whole section of the park off after about 2.15pm, 2.20pm. the park describes the ride as wild, unpredictable and thrilling. small boats carry up to six passengers, including children, who must be at least three feet tall, on a journey that mimics fast—flowing rapids. the same family has owned drayton manor since it became a theme back in 1950. for 67 years, it's had an excellent safety record. this was its first ever serious accident. the grandson of the founder and the son of the current boss was visibly upset as he read a short statement. it is with great sadness that we have to report a young girl's passed away at birmingham children's hospital following an incident on one of our rides this afternoon. we're all truly shocked and devastated and our thoughts, excuse me, are with herfamily
and friends at this tremendously difficult time. thank you. this is the first fatality at a british theme park in more than a decade. staffordshire police are keeping the health and safety executive informed about their investigations. drayton manor says the park will be closed tomorrow a mark of respect to the girl's family. phil mackie, bbc news, staffordshire. the cps will announce tomorrow whether any conservative campaigners are to be prosecuted for breaching election spending rules in 2015. we canjoin our election spending rules in 2015. we can join our home election spending rules in 2015. we canjoin our home affairs correspondent at westminster. tom, what are you hearing there? the cps, the crown prosecution service, has been working its way through a pile of files. the results of a dozen or so of files. the results of a dozen or so police investigations into these allegations of problems and
irregularities in election expenses from the 2015 general election. the allegation is that the conservative party bussed supporters to constituencies around the country, put them up in hotels while they campaigned for candidates in those constituencies. the allegation is that the cost of that was not put on the bill for the local campaign, but for the national campaign. if it had been on the local bill, it would have taken the spending allowed in those constituencies over the permitted level. that's the claim. it's an offence to do that intentionally. tomorrow, we understand the crown prosecution service will decide whether there is enough evidence to prosecute and whether it's in the public interest for the crown prosecution service to press charges. there are two tests before the prosecution can go—ahead. either way, it's going to be quite a moment because we are just a day from thursday which is the date at which candidates can either come forward or drop out of the general election campaign. so the
conservative party, if there are prosecutions, will have some big and complex decisions to make. huw. tom, again, thank you very much for the update there at westminster. tom symonds, our home affairs correspondent. there's been a sharp rise in the number of migrants making the dangerous journey by sea from libya to europe, as we reported yesterday. the numbers attempting the crossing are already 50% higher than last year and attitudes to this influx in europe also seem to have been hardening. my colleague, reeta chakrabarti, was with some of the migrants being brought ashore in italy to face an uncertain future. a new day and perhaps a new life. after days on the deck of this rescue ship, it's the first glimpse of europe for people who left the shores of libya unsure they'd survive to see this. trying to cross continents in these dinghies felt like their only hope, said several. like this young nigerian man, who said he'd been working in libya as a welder until his foot was blown off by an explosive.
he preferred not to give his name. everybody don't have a choice, nobody have a choice. even me i think this water, i'm going to cross, if i am dead, it's gotten away. he said he couldn't return home because of boko haram. now, first off the ship, he's helped to safety. 0n shore, there's chocolate and panettone for breakfast and, as people are checked and processed, a warm welcome italian style. where are you from? gambia! many look dazed. the contrast with what they've come from is stark. this is the end of the long sea journey. the injured came out first, then women and children and now the rest. but they're arriving in a europe where attitudes are hardening against them, the future for many is uncertain. all humanity is present on these treacherous crossings and the rescuers make no distinction between the persecuted and the poor. but europe does, existing fears
about migration and the fact that over 43,000 people have arrived this way this year, mean the reception they can expect will be very mixed. for those who have arrived, anotherjourney has started. they may have reached their longed for goal, but admission here in europe and acceptance might still elude them. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news, in calabria, southern italy. the liberal candidate in south korea's presidential election has claimed victory. moon jae—in favours greater dialogue with north korea in a change to current south korean policy. the early election was called after a corruption scandal led to the impeachment of the former president. official results there have yet to be released. the health and safety executive is to prosecute a mental health trust in connection with the death of a teenager in oxford.
connor sparrowhawk, who was 18, drowned in a bath at a residential unit run by southern health in 2013. tonight, the trust has apologised again to his family. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, uncovered the story. he was affectionately known as laughing boy, but connor sparrowhawk‘s love of life was cut short by nhs failures. while a patient at this southern health unit in 2013, the 18—year—old, who had learning disabilities, drowned in a bath following an epileptic seizure. now we've learned the health and safety executive are to take the unusual step of prosecuting the trust for failings that led to his death. connor's mother, sara ryan, told me she welcomed the news, but it's a hollow victory for the family's campaign for justice. we've just been put through the mill. we have been treated appallingly and he should never have died, and ijust miss him so. connor's death can was initially put
down to natural causes by southern health, but in 2015 an inquestjury disagreed and found neglect by the trust had contributed to his death. this prosecution could now see them heavily fined. safety expert, mike holder, used to work for southern health, but he actually urged the health and safety executive to prosecute his former employers. i just felt that connor himself should not have been left in a bath unattended. that doesn't mean you can have somebody there in the room all of the time, but certainly should have been under observation. it was totally foreseeable that somebody with his condition could drown in a bath and he should never have been left unattended. all of us are incredibly sorry... following connor's drowning a wider review of deaths found major failures at the trust which prompted the chief executive, katrina percy, to resign. in a statement today, southern health told us...
connor's death could have been prevented, but they said significant changes had taken places since 2013 and the organisation continues to do everything it can to improve the quality and safety of services. none of it brings connor back? no, i know. he's left an unimaginable hole in our lives, really. i mean, he was enormously loved, incredibly interesting, beautiful boy. he had so much to contribute that was never acknowledged. michael buchanan, bbc news, 0xford. chris froome, three—time winner of the tour de france, says he was deliberately knocked off his bike by a car while training in southern france. the 31—year—old posted a photograph on social media of his damaged bike, but said he wasn't hurt. team sky say that they have reported the matter to the police. the venice biennale has been called the olympic games of the art world, an international event in which 86 countries compete to win the award for the best exhibition.
representing britain this year is phyllida barlow, a sculptor who had to wait until her mid—60s for proper recognition. she gave our arts editor, will gompertz, a tour of her latest work, which is made of recycled materials, including concrete and wood. 0k, phyllida, let's have a look at the show, and starting in room one of the british pavilion. yes. and these huge structures you've put in here. to me these are about size. they're about the dimension of the space. yes. they're about using the dimension of the space. i like the adventure of being able to make the sculpture do what i can't do, which is to climb up into unusable parts of the space. so this piece is much more colourful, in this room, vthat
are made out of sheets of wood. it feels slightly threatening, the way it's sort of leaning over towards us, as if it might fall and crush us. yes. i'm trying to use a lot of drama in this show. i think maybe i want the drama to almost overwhelm the, in a way, the quite ordered spaces that make up the british pavilion. i don't want to appear in anyway rude or dismissive, but if i was to describe this, this seems to be your mostjunk—like work. yes. it looks like... well, it is, yes. this work has a history, in the sense that all these elements here are abandoned components of a work that was going to go outside, but it became too difficult to use them and it was just left as a great stack in the studio, and i started to really like it as that. is beauty important in art? yes, it is, but i think...
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