jeremy corbyn says the war on terror has not worked and fresh thinking is needed. the philosophy of first clinton has failed. to persist with it, it is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats and security. the liberal democrats say they would legalise the seal of cannabis if they were elected into government. and his first television interview since sacking the head of the fbi, president trump sets out his version of events. the coroner says the boy died asa of events. the coroner says the boy died as a reaction to his school once. if he had been given his injection maybe five minutes before he could have saved his life. high britons are more likely to be
he said donald trump is making the world more dangerous, and he accused theresa may of pandering to an erratic president. our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. this is the labour leader positioning himself as a potential world leader. not a pacifist, he says, instead pledging a robust, independent foreign policy. i would do everything to protect the security and safety of our people and our country. that is our first duty. jeremy corbyn is a long—standing critic of military intervention abroad, the former chairman of the stop the war coalition, a veteran anti—war campaigner. and on nuclear weapons, he's sticking to his tune. i'm often asked if as prime minister, i would order the use of nuclear weapons. it is an extraordinary question. would you order the indiscriminate killing of millions of people? labour is committed to actively pursue disarmament under the nuclear
non—proliferation treaty. and we're committed to no first use of nuclear weapons. taking direct aim at theresa may, the labour leader said there should be no more handholding with mr trump. there is a sharp distinction between a government which is willing to stand up for this country, willing to make sure this country is properly defended, and a labour party led byjeremy corbyn that would simply chuck away our ability to defend ourselves. i think that is crazy. hundreds of thousands marched against the iraq war in 2003. mr corbyn‘s allies believe many former members of labour who have left the party in protest have come back under his leadership. jeremy corbyn has put forward his position on foreign affairs proudly, for his core support. but for labour candidates, this could be a liability.
it is up to you to decide who you want to fly the flag for britain. let's speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. jeremy corbyn has taken a gamble today to put his views on foreign policy, which many labour supporters, many labour mps might find uncomfortable, at the centre of his campaign because his team have taken the view there is no point trying to play down his long—standing opposition to nuclear weapons, to military intervention abroad, to american foreign policy, better to go on the front foot and almost make a virtue of his believes
in the hope that in the aftermath of iraq, syria, libya that may be the much more cautious approach to military intervention might resonate with voters, particularly with younger voters. and on top of that, maybe people respect the fact that he is at least being honest and candid about his views, even though they represent a break with the view of labour leaders really going back to the second world war top and certainly with the views of many in the parliamentary labour party, although one of those, who has been very critical ofjeremy corbyn over issues like syria, the deputy leader tom watson said today, just not publicly criticising jeremy corbyn, but again, trying to signal that the party does still support nato, even though in the draft manifesto, there is no reference to nato in the section on defence. this is what tom
watson said today. you can see from the conservative party campaign, they are keeping their leader in the background, you wouldn't catch the reason may doing an interview like this in the public domain. but they wa nt this in the public domain. but they want to falsely parody the position the labour party takes. there is a commitment to nato in the manifesto and a strong narrative on our support for the armed forces. i think the british people want to see that. i know why they are worried because they are hearing tory politicians attacked our position. but the manifesto will speak for itself. i am a former defence ministerandl itself. i am a former defence minister and i believe itself. i am a former defence ministerand i believe in itself. i am a former defence minister and i believe in those words in the manifesto and i hope i can convince people on the doorstep as well. jeremy corbyn's views on america, nuclear weapons have always been a minority view within the labour party. i suppose the real risk is how it will play with traditional labour supporters, who,
perhaps take considerable pride in oui’ perhaps take considerable pride in our history, our military and our role on the world's stage. and the danger is, and once again it is the story of the election, jeremy corbyn might have energised his supporters but does he risk alienating the much broader electorate? norman, thanks very much indeed. prime minister theresa may is campaigning in the north east of england today, making a direct pitch to disenfranchised labour voters who she says have been "abandoned" by their party. in a speech in berwick, theresa may warned of a "corbyn—led coalition of chaos". my my message to voters is very simple, every vote for my local candidates here in the north—east of england and across the united kingdom, will strengthen my hand in those crucial brexit negotiations. and the
alternative is to risk making jeremy corbyn prime minister. and we see the liberal democrats, the scottish nationalists and others, lining up to put him into downing street. and theyjeremy corbyn led coalition of chaos, is a real possibility. meanwhile, the liberal democrats have confirmed they would legalise the sale of cannabis if they're elected. the party would allow licensed shops to sell the drug to people over the age of 18. people would also be able to grow cannabis at home and smoke at small social clubs. in his first television interview since sacking the head of the fbi, president trump has set out his version of events. calling james comey a "showboat and a grandstander", the president said it was his decision alone to sack him. he also called for the fbi‘s investigation into his campaigns investigation into his campaign's connection with russia to be completed quickly. laura bicker reports
from washington. he's become more famous than me! famous, or infamous? when did donald trump decide to sack the towering figure from the fbi? this presidential handshake not an act of friendship, it seems, but the beginning of the end forjames comey. he's a showboat, he's a grandstander. and it wasn't on the advice from the deputy attorney—general, as the white house had stated. it came directly from the president. i was going to fire comey. my decision. you had made the decision before they came in the room? i was going to fire comey. and another apparent contradiction. the white house had claimed that mr comey had little or no support within the fbi. the rank and file of the fbi had lost confidence in their director. not so, said the acting fbi director, who was sitting in for his sacked boss before the senate intelligence committee. i can tell you that i hold director comey in the absolute highest regard. i have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity. i can tell you also that
director comey enjoyed broad support within the fbi, and still does. at the heart of this row is the alleged collusion between the trump campaign and moscow. the president admits that russia was on his mind when he decided to fire mr comey. regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. knowing there was no good time to do it. and in fact, when i decided tojust do it, i said to myself, you know, this russia thing, with trump and russia, is a made—up story, it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election. donald trump denies any collusion with russia and insists that, despite sacking the head of the fbi, he wants any enquiry done properly and quickly. laura bicker, bbc news, washington.
our correspondent gary o'donoghue is in washington for us. we have just seen a tweet from the president saying james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press. that sounds like a bit of a threat? bit of a threat? an absolute threat. in the week when he has been accused of being nicks only and in the handling of the james comey affair, this is only going to play into the saga. what is the potential disagreement? there is a dinner at the end of january and there are two differing accounts. james comey‘s friends are suggesting the president asked him for a pledge of loyalty at that dinner, which he did not give. the president says calmly asked james comey whether he, the president was being investigated and he got an
assurance from james comey that he was. friends of james assurance from james comey that he was. friends ofjames comey said he would never have given that assurance to anyone, not even the president. that is the case at point. also the white house is getting its story in a massive model this week about why james comey was fired. originally it was down to the deputy attorney general. then it wasn't. originally it was down to hillary clinton's e—mails, then it wasn't. then it was down to james comey not having the confidence from the fbi, then it wasn't. this tweet isa the fbi, then it wasn't. this tweet is a telling one. as an active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand up the podium with perfect accuracy. in other words, don't necessarily believe everything you hear when you switch on the white house briefing. alternative facts and fake news and all kinds of stuff. he has had a go of fa ke all kinds of stuff. he has had a go of fake news again this morning. you
getan of fake news again this morning. you get an idea of the white house under donald trump, being consumed about personnel. but he is preoccupied with people working for him, or getting rid of people working for him, rather than getting things done? yes, that is the way it looks at the moment. it doesn't look like the well oiled machine, a cradle of western democracy ought to look like. it is probably a bit underpowered as we speak. they are still filling vacancies, there are communication problems, it is chaotic. i suspect that is partly to do with the fact they are constantly chasing what the president is doing the whole time. there is no appearance of a daily strategy or weekly strategy in terms of, what these pr people talk about in terms of his calibre, messages, planning the grid, as they call it. none of
that, just mopping up after what have we got this morning? six, seven tweet this morning! it keeps us in business, let's say that. keeps you very busy. you very much, gary. it isa very busy. you very much, gary. it is a journalistjob creation scheme. the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier is visiting the border between northern ireland and the republic this afternoon — he's been discussing the importance of the border to the brexit negotiations. our correspondent chris buckler reports. days when customs checkpoints like this old hut marked the roads between northern ireland and the republic are long gone. and while everyone repeatedly says they don't want them to return, the eu's chief negotiator has made clear that there will have to be some sort of customs controls here. but michel barnier is visiting the irish border today to show that the european union is aware of the many concerns held by those who live both sides of it. a lot of employees working
in the factories in this food park from northern ireland, and similarly, we have some people from the county monaghan area working in northern ireland, so they have to look and see what impact this is going to have on their situation. this business in county monaghan is just miles from this island's border. the uk is one of its most important markets, and they know that, packaged up with all the brexit negotiations, are months of uncertainty about how it could affect their trade. if there is a hard border, we envisage obviously potential extra costs for ourselves, for getting our products to the uk marketplace, and delays at the border, which we simply can't envisage. a hard border wouldn't mean a return to watch towers and barbed wire. this kind of security is no longer needed. and shared by the eu, the uk and ireland is a determination to avoid anything that could threaten peace and years of progress. i think there is a really common
desire, whatever other issues there are in relation to brexit, to make northern ireland a special case and make sure that we do everything we possibly can to protect the good friday agreement, the peace process, and to protect that strong relationship between the republic of ireland and the uk going forward. towns along the irish border may well feel caught in the middle, as brexit talks take place. whatever deal is finally agreed between the uk and the eu could have a real impact on their daily lives. our correspondent nick higham who's is in county monagham for us now. as we were hearing, local people will be pleased to see michel barnier there today, feeling there is an interest in this issue? yes, absolutely, michel barnier has been
in ireland for two days. yesterday he spoke to both houses of the irish parliament and reassured them the issue of the irish border was one of the topmost priority is, the head of his list that need to be tackled in the negotiations over brexit. they will be pleased to hear that. he has come here today to this food state to discuss exactly what it means for local businesses there is a divorce between britain and ireland. there are nine food companies based here, meat processors, ready meal companies. it is hard to over emphasise how closely entwined the economy here, just nine miles from the border with northern ireland is, with the economy in the north. behind me, you can possibly see a milk processing plant. 50% of the milk processing plant. 50% of the milk they handle comes over the border every day. 18,000 trucks a
year of milk. anything that is called a hard border with customs checks, tariffs and different regulations could be disastrous for companies like that. they are anxious here that michel barnier should understand what brexit might mean. they are anxious to hear what he has to say about the options. there has been a lot of talk about trying to avoid a hard border, trying to avoid a hard border, trying to avoid a hard border, trying to introduce smart custom controls and so on. it is not clear whether anyone has worked through how that might work in practice, so he is here to listen, to learn, talk and they will impress on him very, very strongly, how important it is for them not to have a rupture in the free movement of goods and people across the border between ireland and northern ireland. thanks
very much, nick kiam. a coroner has ruled that a 14—year—old boy died as a result of an allergic reaction to his school lunch. she said that if an epi—pen had been used promptly and nasar ahmed had been given adrenaline, he might have survived. nasar was in an exclusion room when he became unwell in november last year. sarah campbell reports. nasar was a good student. he loved maths and science and wanted to be a politician. he also suffered with severe asthma and food allergies. for the last two weeks, his family have heard in detail how he came to die after suffering an extreme allergic reaction to an ingredient in a curry he had for lunch while at school. nasar had told staff he couldn't breathe. they fetched his personal medical box, but it emerged during the inquest his care plan didn't accurately indicate how severe his condition could be. the box contained an adrenaline injection pen, but there were no details as to when or how it should be used, and so even as his condition deteriorated, none of the staff administered it. the coroner concluded...
nasar died four days later in hospital. his family say the school let them and their son down. if they gave him epipen injection that time within five minutes, before the ambulance came, maybe they could have saved his life. bow school issued a statement today, saying... part of the coroner's role is to help prevent future deaths, and so she has written to the school, outlining the concerns which were raised during the inquest, but she is also asking the chief medical officer for england to consider making adrenaline injector pens much more widely available in public spaces, alongside defibrillators. following nasar‘s death, she concluded, the reality is, giving an adrenaline shot is unlikely to cause harm and could be potentially life—saving.
sarah campbell, bbc news, poplar coroner's court. police have voiced concern about the number of weapons being seized in schools in england and wales. kitchen knives, air rifles and an imitation firearm were among some of the two and a half thousand items confiscated in the last two years. cases involved children as young as five. our education correspondent gillian hargreaves reports. some schools have taken to using metal arches to make sure no weapons are brought on to the premises. but figures obtained by the press association show the number of seizures over a two—year period from 2015 had risen by 20%. 2,579 weapons were seized — among them were samurai swords, axes and airguns. 47 children found with weapons were below the age of ten, and one five—year—old was caught with a knife. sometimes the younger children are used to carry for older
children, so they are learning from their siblings, they are learning from their peer groups. so these cases are very worrying, because if you don't catch those young children now, they will go on to continue to be more serious offenders. barry mizen lost his son jimmy eight years ago. he was 16 when he was stabbed to death. his father now visits schools, warning children about the consequences of carrying weapons. we are not there to lecture young people, we are there to say this is what happened to us and this was the unintended consequence of someone's actions. and hopefully, that will have an impact on some people. we get listened to so well, the young people are so empathetic towards us. young people are scared when they go out of their front door. not all, but there are some. although the statistics reveal around 500 knives were seized by teachers, violent crime in schools is very rare. i know that as a headteacher for 15 years, we would, if we had a tip—off about a child bringing something inappropriate in,
which might be a pair of scissors, frankly, that they were going to use with the wrong reason, then we would follow it up. if necessary, we would exclude that child, involve the parents. i think there is greater awareness, and i think today's report adds to that sense of awareness. the department for education said teachers‘ powers had been increased, so they can take action if they suspect a pupil has brought a prohibited item into school. gillian hargreaves, bbc news. we are now more likely to be a victim of cybercrime in this country than any other offence. it's one of the fastest growing areas of criminal activity. so, police forces are now offering detectives specialist training to help them catch cybercriminals — the bbc‘s technology correspondent rory cellan—jones has been given access to one course. in a hotel room a man, who may be part of an international crime gang, is preparing a cyber attack. his hacker‘s lair has all the tools of his trade
but the police are on their way. this is not a traditional forensic operation where you are looking for fingerprints, blood spatters, dna... these police officers are being trained to catch cyber criminals and the hacker in the hotel is today's exercise based on a real case. they're being given the skills to tackle the fastest growing area of crime. some estimates say up to half of all offences are now cyber—related. locate the router, find the router. well, the hacker in room 523 has popped out for a while and the trainee cyber police officers with a search warrant are about to arrive. let's see what evidence they can find. police, stay where you are! anyone here?! they're certainly taking it very seriously. room clear. hang on, i have a usb in the tv. internet enabled, it's not that smarttv so you should be all right unplugging it. the first priority is to make sure all the computers stay powered up, connected to the internet and don't lock up after a certain time, that way they can get access to the data much more easily. what did you discover on the router when you first... two phones. good notes. i am still seeing laptop, one phone. examining the router they've realised there is another device connected to it they've yet to spot. the hunt is on. hidden under a tray, a tablet with more evidence. i have found the tablet.
the techniques they're learning should make hunting the hackers much more efficient than it once was. back in the day on a scene like this, for example, the officers were just simply turning up and literally pulled turning up and literally pull the electric supply out of the back of the computer, bag, tag it and then send it away for forensic investigation which could take months before they got any meaningful information back off that system. it's still on. power still on. the other one is plugged? it's a case of learning skills, practicalskills, that we can utilise, no different to finding a gun at the scene that we can make safe for the public and then attribute to a criminal, we are doing exactly the same with it equipment and computers. it's the future of the policing, although people don't see it as the norm now, i think certainly it will be. data capture, everyone happy? these detectives are among thousands going through this type of training as the police try to keep up... nokia, is that under android? ...with the cyber crime wave that's getting bigger by the day. for some people, it's one of the television highlights of the year: the final
of the eurovision song contest is tomorrow night in kiev — with lucie jones representing the uk. the 26—year—old says she's keeping politics firmly out of her mind, even though this is the first eurovision since the eu referendum. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg weighs up the uk's chances. it's big, it's brash and at times quite bizarre. eurovision, the song contest that gave us abba and now...apes. after a week of rehearsals and qualifiers in kiev, tomorrow, it's the final. the uk's entry is never give up on you, sung by luchones. yeah, i'm nervous, but if i wasn't, i think i'd probably worry about myself. if i wasn't nervous to sing in front of 200 million people, that would be crazy. it's easy to forget that there is a serious side to this annual fest of cacophony and kitsch.
the idea behind the eurovision song contest is a noble one, to use music to break down borders and bring different countries and cultures and communities together. the problem this year, though, is that politics is centre stage. russia's entrant was not allowed into ukraine, the first time a eurovision host nation has barred a singer. ukraine said the artist had violated its border laws by visiting crimea, the ukrainian peninsula annexed by russia. she was back there this week, stoking the controversy. then there is brexit. theresa may thinks that will spoil our eurovision party. in current circumstances, i'm not sure how many votes we will get. but even before brexit, the uk was struggling in eurovision. that must be politics, mustn't it? the songs were bad,
the performances were bad. that's the reason. i mean, nobody votes for us when the songs are bad and the singers are bad. and we had some bad ones, i tell you. so maybe, just maybe, with a good song and a great performance, the uk can achieve eurovision gold. steve rosenberg, bbc news, kiev. cannot wait. we live in hope. will you be watching? i might do. let's get an update on the weather. todayis let's get an update on the weather. today is cloudy, showers in the forecast this afternoon and some of them could be heavy through england and wales, maybe a rumble of thunder and wales, maybe a rumble of thunder and some hail. we do need the rain, it has been dry for the last couple of months. the rain is pushing into
northern ireland and reaching south—west scotland later and cornwall and devon. sunny spells, we could see some thundery downpours. a warm, humid day across the north west of scotland, but cold and grey across the east of scotland. overnight, showers die away quite soon across overnight, showers die away quite soon across england and wales and we will see rain across south—west england and into northern ireland. it will be foggy and chilly across the eastern side of scotland. further south, it will be muggy and warm. the saturday, it looks like one or two showers across the four east —— far south east. plenty of showers across the north and the west and some of these will be heavy with pay and thunder for western scotland. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has warned
that the war on terror has failed. the labour leader said military action as a genuine last resort was necessary in some circumstances, but condemned what he called the "almost routine" british interventions of recent times. the liberal democrats say they'd legalise cannabis if they won the general election. the change would allow anyone aged 18 and over to buy cannabis in licensed shops. a show boat and an grandstander. that's how president trump has described james comey during his first television interview since sacking the former fbi chief. the mother of a teenager who died at school after suffering an allergic reaction says she is deeply saddened to hear that opportunities to save her son's life were missed. a coroner has ruled that nasar ahmed may not have died if he'd had prompt access to an epipen. now the sport. chelsea will be premier league
champions for the second time in three seasons if they win at west brom tonight. they are seven points ahead of spurs, and need just one victory from three games for the sixth league title in their history. david ornstein reports. for chelsea the celebrations have already started. glory is within their grasp. tonight they can secure the trophy with two games to spare, a remarkable achievement for a team who finished tenth last season and for a manager working in english football for the first time. yeah, i think that we are doing a really good job. but i want this job to become great and then fantastic because we have two big opportunity in this season to finish this season the right way. early in the campaign chelsea were in trouble. but after losing at arsenal conte changed
tactics and the results followed. spearheaded by ka nte. they've not looked back. he is only 12 months into a three—year contract but he reportedly earns far less than most of the rival managers he has outperformed and that, allied to his success and the fact his family remain in italy, has cast doubt over his future. chelsea will be desperate to keep him. any player wants to look at a manager and say i am prepared to go over that white line and do everything i have been coached to do, without question. believing in what the manager is saying, my own ability, and also what my teammates are going to do and to create that environment takes special people. three points at west brom would finish thejob. if not, chelsea can do it when they host watford or sunderland. conte stands to become only the fourth manager to win the premier league in his first season in england. following that up by lifting the fa cup to seal a
domestic double would be extra special. birmingham city have confirmed that harry redknapp has signed a one year deal to stay on as manager at the club. redknapp took over from gianfranco zola last month, and helped birmingham avoid relegation from the championship, with two wins from theirfinal two games. the city of birmingham has confirmed this afternoon that it will bid to host the 2022 commonwealth games. the city has brought forward plans from a 2026 bid, after durban pulled out of hosting the event in five years. birmingham and liverpool councils both announced in march they intended to put their names forward to host the games. second practice is over in barcelona ahead of this weekend's spanish grand prix. lewis hamilton was fastest in the first session. the briton was more than a second quicker in barcelona
than the current leader in the drivers‘ standings, sebastian vettel. hamilton's mercedes team mate valtteri bottas was second fastest. but mclaren‘s fernando alonso's session was cut short by an oil leak from his car. he posted on social media that it enabled him to spend the morning playing tennis instead. jonny brownlee says he's hungry to put the hurt of last year's world series behind him. he missed out on the world title in the heat of mexico, in the the last race of the season as brother alistair famously helped him over the line. he's back in action in yokohama tomorrow and if it's hot there, brownlee will be prepared for the expected humidity. i have got to spend more time in the hot and i have got to spend more time in the hotand humid i have got to spend more time in the hot and humid conditions so i have converted my conservatory into a heat chamber. most people sit around in their conservatory on a settee but mines gets up to about 37 degrees and i can sweat away. i have
had a few seconds to try to get used to it. —— sessions. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. let's return to the election. how is labour's message about defence being received in one of their key marginal seats? labour won barrow—in—furness at the last election by fewer than 800 votes, and the trident weapons system, in a town that builds submarines, is a fundamental issue. but is it the only issue? our north west political editor nina warhurst reports. in barrow town centre, a statue stands tall. to the welders, the gaffers, the men and women who made the shipyard great. and now they feel under threat. from an opposition party whose stance on nuclear deal feels ambivalent at best. it's notjust the 8,000 trident jobs at stake. you can talk about shops in the town, the hairdressers in the town, whatever industry or sector you're in in the town. the size of bae to barrow, it affects every part of the community.
i think the tories will prevail. the furnace railway pub sits close to the terraced houses which have been homes to shipyard workers for generations. where party loyalty is being questioned. i've always voted labour, but i'm not going to vote labour this time because theresa may is doing a wonderfuljob. i think she's a good politician. are you surprised that you're voting conservative? iam, yeah. but on the big issues, it's labour that andy and barry turn to and always will. free car parking for patients, obviously, and i think over a period of time, they'll bring in more people to work in the nhs which sadly, at the moment, they're lacking. so you trust labour more when it comes to the nhs? with that, yes, i do indeed. it's in my blood, i guess, i'll always be a labour man, particularly here in barrow. it's a labour town, it's a working man's town. and that's damn well how it should be. now, the labour party can't blamejeremy corbyn for all of its problems in barrow, because they predate his leadership. in 2015, their majority was cut
from more than 5,000 votes to fewer than 800. they know that a tiny swing would tip it. and they're concerned that this leader isn't connecting with voters. and this is where the corbyn factor comes in. can barrow connect with a man described as marmite, even to those closest to him? terry has been a labour party member for more than 50 years. and terry is worried. he's not their sort of person, we don't live in some suburb of london where it's, you go in a cafe and everybody agrees with you and something like that. this is downtown barrow in furness. and we get, we hear what he says but we don't believe it, it's not our cup of tea. do you think that could lose you the seat? yeah, course it could. but could doesn't mean will. four weeks is a long time in politics. breaking news from the world health
organisation concerning ebola in the democratic public of congo, nine suspected cases of ebola there, three people have died, test still ongoing, so only one confirmed case of ebola but three dead and nine suspected cases. this is in a province in the north—east of the congo. the congo sadly no stranger to ebola but it had been cleared of any major outbreak for some time but on the other hand world health organisation saying it is not unusual to see small sporadic outbursts as they call them and they are investigating to see of this might go any further. we will bring you more on that as we get it. jeremy corbyn has said the "war on terror" has not worked. in a speech to the foreign policy think tank, chatham house, in london, the labour leader said
this was the fourth general election in a row during which britain had been at war and "fresh thinking" was needed. mr corbyn insisted he was not a pacifist, but warned against a "bomb first, talk later" approach. with me now is richard reeve from oxford research group, the independent peace and security think—tank. what did you make of whatjeremy corbyn had to say? it was a strong speech, he struck all the right notes, contextualising it around the war on terror and things the jewel report was saying last year. probably sufficient to lead rather than too little too late. in terms of what the leaked manifesto has been saying on defence diplomacy he said he does not look as soft as the papers have been portraying him in the past few days. boris johnson has
said, he is a guy who has campaigned all his life to weaken the uk's defences. is that how many voters see him? many will see him like that because that is how he has been portrayed but there's emphasis is on less tha n portrayed but there's emphasis is on less than involvement in conflict overseas rather than neglected defence of europe or the uk. interesting he talked a lot about recent interventions, iraq, afghanistan and so on, and top about a distance thing in the relationship between london and washington. no more handholding with donald trump, he said, the labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in london, a lot of talk about distancing britain from the united states. that is going to be hard to do in practice because of the institutional in ayrshire in the relationship. whether it is to do with nato or
trident, the thais go very deep but clearly donald trump is not very popular with british voters and jeremy corbyn has been trying to play to that along with his personal feelings in that regard. interesting what are voters perceptions of him, whether people see him as weak on defence, he says i am not a pacifist, i accept that military action under international law is in some circumstances necessary. what do you make of that? stressing he is not a pacifist. he is well known for having been involved in the md campaigns over the years. he has distressed that because of the recovery t has been getting in the media for his personal beliefs. the un multilateralism throughout the speech a manifesto for better or worse, british voters do not always connect with the un but it is a
strong part of his commitment. omitted to 2% gdp spending on defence and renewing trident, which he has been hammered with by the opposition —— commented two. he has been hammered with by the opposition -- commented two. trident one issue where might voters are concerned about exactly what labour stands for. definitely. although he said they would commit to renewing trident he said there would be no first use of nuclear weapons policy which is a big change from current policy. current response thais are used in the us and is explicitly first use of required. to change the doctrine on that would radically change how we deploy nuclear weapons. not committed to continuous deterrents which is how we deployed trident two submarines. those are the most significant changes in
terms of party policy. yes. thank you. the value of finance deals used to buy new cars has soared to a record level, alarming those who have warned the growing trend could spell trouble. britain has been on a car—buying boom as a result of these deals, but the bank of england has raised concerns about the level of consumer borrowing. our personal finance correspondent reports. picking up the dream vehicle, and in eight out of ten cases it's on credit, dealers and lenders have made it easy for people who used to drive an old banger to get new car after new car. it's a fantastic deal, isn't it? what's to lose? sometimes the finance can help you and it's really good deal. this is how it works. you pay a deposit of thousands of pounds then a monthly payment, typically between 100 and 200, covering interest and the amount the car is dropping in value. after three years you give back the keys and sign up for another if you want.
many don't realise they never actually own the car but the financial watchdog, the fca, said last month: and it would investigate. there are two worries about this, one is that people are signing up for deals which they can't afford, the other is that the finance companies are stoking up a debt bubble which will burst if they can't get rid of the cars at a decent price in the secondhand market when people hand them back. we do not share those concerns. at the end of the day, lenders only have a sustainable business model if they can confidently expect to get the money they lend back. that means lending is responsible. but no one's putting the brakes on car credit at the moment. the concern will grow if records keep being overtaken. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc news: jeremy corbyn says he would do
everything necessary to protect the safety and security of the uk if his party wins next month's election. he condemned almost routine military interventions of recent years. the liberal democrats will be the first major party to include the legalisation of cannabis in their election manifesto. ina bid in a bid to stop drugs gangs profiting the save from sales. president trump warns his former fbi directorjames comey not to leak details of their conversations to the media. just because you're a start—up doesn't mean you have to think small. london—based virtual reality firm improbable has raised £389 million in one of the biggest investments in an early stage european technology business.
japan's softbank is backing improbable in a funding round that values the business at more than $1 billion. businesses in all parts of the uk, particularly rural areas, are experiencing full or partial not—spots in their mobile coverage according to the british chambers of commerce. the survey shows that 70% of firms experience mobile non—spots, areas of no mobile coverage by any operator, or partial not—spots, where there is some coverage but not from all networks, in their local area. germany's economy grew strongly in the first three months of this year, driven by investment and consumption. first—quarter gdp growth came in at an expected 0.6%, up from 0.4% in the last three months of 2016. cast your mind back to heady days of the us presidential election when now president trump accused china of being a "currency manipulator" or "unfair trade partner". well, those days are long gone. the us and china have signed
a ten—point trade deal that opens the chinese market to us credit rating agencies and credit card companies. under the deal, china will also lift its ban on us beef imports and accept us shipments of liquefied natural gas. in return, chinese cooked chicken will be allowed into the us market and chinese banks can enter the us market. we arejoined from we are joined from the new york stock exchange by our reporter. this announcement has been a month in the making in terms of talking. yes, certainly the two sides have been talking. we have heard from donald trump extolling the virtues of the chinese president. they broke bread together a few months ago, shared some chocolate cake, and apparently it paved the way for some deals in terms of trade between china and the united states. some of the things you already highlighted that the two
are going to be an agreement about, but another interesting thing. we are seeing that china is allowed to bring poultry into the united states, a move that was pushed against because of some concerns with regard to hygiene with regard to the poultry. in return china has opened... eliminated its ban against usb. that is significant. that ban had been in place for about ten yea rs had been in place for about ten years since the mad cow outbreak in the us but china has lifted that. china has a big market for a american beef manufacturers so this is going to be seen as something very good for some american farmers. could this agreement also be seen as an indication that the trump administration is going to take a less confrontational approach to beijing and was seemingly promised during the election campaign? this
is certainly evidence of that. we have come far away from president trump calling china each currency manipulator to making some deals, engaging with china. they are not talking about some of the big really weighty issues, steel, aluminium, auto parts, and those are some of the thornier issues that this is certainly still a step towards better relations with china. something president trump has said he wanted to do. thank you. the value of finance deals has
soared to a new record for cars. and staying with cars, as the south korean government has ordered carmakers hyundai and kia motors to recall about 240,000 cars, after a tip off from a whistleblower. the ex—hyundai employee raised concerns about defects which affected 12 different car models. it is the first time the country's government has issued a compulsory vehicle recall. the us and china plan to expand their trade in beef and chicken and increase access for financial firms. china will allow us imports of beef no later than 16th july. by the samejuly deadline, the us will issue a proposed rule to allow chinese cooked poultry imports. shares in macy's plunged after the us department store owner said quarterly sales slid 7.5%. macy's lost around 14% of its value. rivals kohls and jc penney were also down sharply amid fears about the health of
the traditional us retail sector. the rise in online shopping has seen us department stores shed more than 32,000 jobs in the past year. that's all the business news. many of... many of britain's historic swimming pools have been closed over the years — but now community groups are helping restore and re—open them for a new generation to enjoy.
this weekend, one of the oldest pools in the uk will welcome swimmers for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century. jayne mccubbin has this report. this is a special moment in the new history of this old pool. how excited are you for this moment? really excited. it has been four years since the public has had access to the pool. it will be a great day and great fun. this week, manchester's victoria baths will be full with the sounds of fun and water once again. another historic pool close to closure is being brought back. the same that happened in leeds. the fear was losing it. hello. come in through this way. council cuts looked like they would threaten the future of this pool. the people were inspired and did not want it to close and become a museum. it was a team effort. we were supported all the way by the public. in newcastle, the community came together when the threat of closure turned into reality. when we heard that the turkish baths were going to close, i cannot tell you the reaction. it has been used by generations before me. i thought that future generations would want to use it. it would be so sad if it closed.
after a £5 million redevelopment by a charity, this place you are going to be coming here for some time. i hope so. i am hoping to get to 100. in newcastle, the community came together when the threat of closure turned into reality. when we heard that the turkish baths were going to close, i cannot tell you the reaction. it has been used by generations before me. i thought that future generations would want to use it. it would be so sad if it closed. this pool and the turkish pad beneath it closed in 2013 but another campaign means they will soon reopen. it is coming up towards its 100th year. it is going to have every chance of getting a second century and that does not happen in this day nato. the pool is magnificent but this is the real gem. when you came down those steps
with the towel you were going down into a place of rest and relaxation, the jewel in the crown of the pool. after a £5 million redevelopment by a charity, this place will reopen next year. britain has lostjust over half of its historic pools. campaigns like these are a race against time. now have a listen to this announcement made to a group of paddle—boarders just off the coast of california. attention, in the water. this is the orange county sheriff's department. be advised, state parks is asking us to make an announcement to let you know you are paddle—boarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. they are advising that you exit the water in a calm manner. that's the orange county sheriffs department warning a group
of paddle—boarders they're swimming next to 15 great white sharks. a police helicopter spotted the sharks near dana point, about an hour away from los angeles. a woman was bitten in the area at the end of april. i like how they saved their exit the area calmly! it is not looking too bad. we could do was more persistent rain to watch the fields and gardens. we have some showers and some of them could be sharp across england and wales with rain returning through western areas. a lot of cloud around. the best of the sunshine across scotland. scotland's warmest day of
the year so far, 21.1 in the north—west highlands. further south from outbreaks of rain, scattered showers and thunderstorms potentially developing across wales and eastern england potentially. the return to rain across the west country and into wales as we head into this evening. some of it could be useful for gardens and persistent. the chance of drier weather moving into the south and east. this band of rain was pushing into southern scotland earlier this morning. a fine end to the day to the north—west of scotland. cold and grey for the east of scotland. it will remain murky through the night. we will have some rain into northern and western wealth and maybe north—west england. further south, drier towards the end of the night, most drier towards the end of the night, m ost pla ces drier towards the end of the night, most places should be dried and warm
and humid. saturday will be quite a —— start for the northern half of the country with outbreaks of rain and still quite chilly. through the afternoon we stuck to see showers developing, some of these could be heavy with hail and plunderfor western scotland. it will feel quite warm. light winds with temperatures reaching 19 or 20. a band of rain on saturday moves north and east roads overnight but it will be short lived. that introduces fresher air. we lose the humidity we have to day and into saturday so it will feel pleasa nt and into saturday so it will feel pleasant in the sunshine and it is looking dry across southern and south—eastern areas. i do not know if you caught that on the pressure chart but there was low pressure moving from the south west which will bring wet and windy weather to the north and west of the uk on monday and could bring some useful rain. the south—east will get some warm airfrom the
rain. the south—east will get some warm air from the continent so we will get plenty of sunshine. top temperatures 25. this is bbc news — the headlines at 3:00: in a foreign policy speech, jeremy corbyn says the war on terror has not worked — and that fresh thinking is needed. the philosophy of bomb first, talk later approach to security has failed. to persist with it as the conservative government has made clear it's determined to do is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats and security. the liberal democrats say they would legalise the sale of cannabis if they're elected into government. president trump warns the sacked fbi director not to leak stories to the press. a coroner rules that 14—year—old nasar ahmed died as a result of an allergic reaction to his school lunch —