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jeremy corbyn launches a tax and spend labour manifesto, calling it a radical and responsible plan for government. mr corbyn proposed renationalising key industries, expanding free childcare and raising taxes on high earners. whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure, struggling to make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. we'll be live at the launch in bradford — and we'll be asking whether the party's tax and spending commitments add up. also this lunchtime... a row brews over president trump giving classified information to russia's foreign minister. he says he had an absolute right to do so. inflation hits 2.7% — its highest level for almost four years — driven by a rise in airfares, clothing and energy prices. you do night shifts and you do really short—staffed shifts and it's knackering, and then you come home and you struggle to put food on the table. the moors murderer ian brady,
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has died after spending more than 50 years in custody for killing five children. police say an outstanding case will not be closed. ruined by rubbish — the british island in the south pacific which has more plastic waste than anywhere else in the world. and coming up in sport on bbc news, no trophies for pep guardiola but the race to secure a champions league spot hots up tonight as city take on west brom and arsenal host sunderland. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has officially launched the pa rty‘s general election manifesto, some of the details of which were leaked last week. it includes plans to renationalise
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the water companies, as well as the railways and the royal mail. there would be more free childcare for 2—year—olds and some 1—year—olds. and university tuition fees in england would be scrapped. 0n taxation, it proposes a 45p tax rate on earnings of over £80,000, and 50p from £123,000, and a levy on companies which pay staff over £330,000. mr corbyn called the manifesto a "radical and responsible" plan for government. from bradford, where the manifesto was launched, here's our political correspondent iain watson. jeremy, the country is behind you! they say it's often better to travel hopefully then arrive. labour is still behind in the polls so it's leading politicians are crossing their fingers that the official launch of a detailed manifesto will turn things around. the labour leader says his manifesto is radical and responsible. the emphasis was on
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the former, not the latter. labour will take our railways back into public ownership and put passengers first. we will take back control of oui’ first. we will take back control of our country's water by bringing them into regional public ownership. and we will take a public stake in the energy sector to keep fuel prices down and ensure a balanced and green energy policy for the future. jeremy corbyn chose to launch his manifesto at the university of bradford. it's hope that young people will be registering to vote and be more radical than their parents. his commitment to abolish tuition fees in england will be used as a rallying cry. labour will scrap tuition fees, lifting the debt... cheering and that will lift the debt cloud from hundreds of thousands of young people. you might have a sense of
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deja vu because much of this ma nifesto lea ked deja vu because much of this manifesto leaked last week. but how they will pay for it, didn't. jeremy corbyn set out the labour approach to tax and spending, but did not provide estimates as to the cost of renationalising keko ‘s. provide estimates as to the cost of renationalising keko 's. all this is costed as the documents accompanying the manifesto make clear. the revenue making plans ensure we can embark on this ambitious programme without jeopardising embark on this ambitious programme withoutjeopardising our national finances. we are asking the better off and the big corporations to pay a little bit more. this is a programme of hope. the tory campaign, by contrast, is built on one word, fear. what are the key tax changes? people will start paying tax at 45% when they earn more than £80,000 per year, not £150,000 at present. and those earning more than
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£123,000 will start playing at 50p in the pound is labour is elected. companies that pay employees more than £333,000 per year will also be subject to a new levy. labour is insisting that the proposals, even on higher nationalisation and taxes for the better off, are popular with the wider public. the problem is, quite frankly, is that he, the party leader, isn't. so unless labour can have a leader, isn't. so unless labour can havea campaign leader, isn't. so unless labour can have a campaign focused on policy rather than personality, it's a huge challenge between now and june eight. for the many, not the few. thank you very much. he's off on the campaign trail. whether radical or responsible or a bit of both, his ma nifesto responsible or a bit of both, his manifesto will give a clear choice for the public between the government and the opposition. iain watson, bbc news, bradford. well, our assistant political editor norman smith is in bradford. corbyn calls the manifesto radical and responsible — is it?
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i think it is generally radical. the likes of which we haven't really seen likes of which we haven't really seen from a labour party for many yea rs. seen from a labour party for many years. mr corbyn talking about not just halting austerity but reversing it. expanding some benefits such as personal independence payments. he's also talking about a significant bolstering for the public sector with billions being poured into the health service, education, childcare, housing. he is also talking about a marked expansion in the role of the state, renationalising key industries and telling local authorities to bring back services into their control. pushing the private sector in the nhs. he is talking about reshaping the way our liberal, pro—business market economy works, with business facing more obligations in terms of the conditions they offer employees, and the taxes they pay, turning
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britain into an economy more like those on continental europe. the key question i'm not sure mr corbyn will have allayed concern about, is how will this be paid for and how much more borrowing does he envisage? because there were no answers when it came to paying for this hugely ambitious programme of renationalisation, buying back the railways, energy companies, water companies, the royal mail. when mr corbyn was asked directly, how much more will you borrow, we didn't get an answer. yes, it's a radical ma nifesto. an answer. yes, it's a radical manifesto. yes, there will be significant increase in public spending and there will be higher taxes on the rich. but yes, there will probably be more borrowing and an awful lot more borrowing. norman smith there. we will be looking at those figures more closely and some of the other stories coming out of the general election later in the programme. inflation has risen to its highest level for nearly four years.
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the consumer prices index jumped last month from 2.3% to 2.7% — driven partly by the fall in the value of sterling, as well as a rise in airfares, electricity prices and clothing. 0ur economics correspondent andrew verity has been looking at the figures. airfares, closing air fares, closing and airfares, closing and electricity, just a few of the reasons the cost of living is now rising faster than it has in three years. prices in the year to april rose more quickly than most economists thought they would. please don't ask what that has to do with the price of fish, it's up by 8%. and then the price of books, up by 7%. and then there's passenger transport by road, up by 10%. 0f course, other prices are falling, but the average price rise is now 2.7% and there is no doubt prices are rising faster than wages. a businessman, a young nurse on maternity leave, and a retired miner all have their own ways of adjusting
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to that. if your memory is long enough, inflation of less than 3% doesn't sound threatening. it might even be welcomed. it's in everybody‘s interest to keep inflation to a bare minimum. a small amount of inflation is healthy. it creates a competitive world we need to live in. we as a company employing people, ithink to live in. we as a company employing people, i think in uk manufacturing we have to get smarter at what we do and get more out of what we got. for those whose costs are growing anyway, the renewed squeeze on living standards is doubly difficult. you have to be able to afford to live. you do 12 and a half hour shifts. you do night shifts and you do really short—staffed shifts and it's knackering, and then you come home and you struggle to put food on the table. price rises seem to take place every single week. if it's not the rising price of a brand, it's also the fact you get less for your money now. one of the big reasons inflation is on
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the up is the weaker pound, taking more pounds to get the dollars or euros you need to get imported goods. that is driven up the price of imports. wages are low and slowing, only going up by about 2% per year, but prices in the shops are rising 2.7% and probably more than 3%, reducing the amounts of goods and services consumers can buy and bear down on economic growth. what the bank of england wants to avoid is inflation catches fire by triggering higher pay rises, triggered by and employers who therefore charge higher prices, the so—called spiral. that hasn't happened in many years and there is no sign of it now. the bank insist the new inflation above 2% target is temporarily. andy verity, bbc news. the white house finds itself in more controversy today, after a us newspaper reported that president trump disclosed highly classified information to the russian foreign minister at a meeting last week. the intelligence, about the so—called islamic state group, came from an ally of the us who had not given permission for it to be shared with russia.
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in the last hour, president trump has defended his actions on twitter, saying he had an "absolute right" to share with russia facts pertaining to terrorism. wyre davies reports. donald trump's reported links and contacts with russia have dogged the first 100 days of his presidency. the latest allegations that mr trump revealed highly classified intelligence information to the russian foreign minister during the oval office meeting last week. according to the washington post, while discussing threats from so—called islamic state, the president inexplicably told the russians details about from where the americans got certain information. one report said the president was almost boasting. the information related to the use of laptops on board aircraft but, said the report, us intelligence agencies had to be alerted to the fact the president may have compromised sources in his meeting with the russians. and that set alarm bells ringing in washington. it's disturbing.
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let's find out what the details are, whether it actually happened or not. we've just had an initial report, so it's very difficult to comment until we get all the facts here. taking to social media this morning, mr trump said he was merely sharing facts with the russians in their mutual fight against so—called islamic state and terrorism. senior aides, who were at the russia meeting, also defended the president's words and actions. at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. donald trump often shoots from the hip, ignoring diplomatic norms — an approach popular with his supporters but nonetheless embarrassing given his stance on intelligence matters during the election campaign. we can't have someone in the oval office who doesn't understand the meaning of the word, "confidential", or "classified". it's a big week for mr trump.
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turkey's president erdogan is already in town for talks at the white house, talks which might prove to be delicate given recent tensions between washington and ankara. then mr trump sets off on his first overseas visit as president, with stops in saudi arabia and israel, a week in which donald trump's diplomatic skills may be put to the test. wyre davies, bbc news. let's speak to our correspondent in washington, jane 0'brien. president trump is unabashed. how's that likely to go down? people are deeply troubled. he has done nothing illegal. classified information by definition is material information the president wa nts to material information the president wants to protect. but this is being seen very wants to protect. but this is being seen very much wants to protect. but this is being seen very much as an wants to protect. but this is being seen very much as an issue of governance, and a massive breach of
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trust with the intelligence community, not just here trust with the intelligence community, notjust here in the us but around the world. there are real questions in washington over how badly damaged those sensitive relationships are. and as was said in the report, he is meeting with president erdogan today, and has his first foreign trip coming up. this could overshadow those very important meetings. it also goes to the credibility of the white house itself. this meeting where this information was allegedly disclosed comes the day after president trump sacked the fbi directorjames comey, the man responsible for the investigation into his ties with russia and possible collusion by his campaign during the election. so the issue of credibility has been undermined yet again. people are just worried about what to believe. 0fficials just worried about what to believe. officials in the white house are scrambling to give one version of events, and then the president himself coming up with another. jane
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0'brien, many thanks. our top story this lunchtime... jeremy corbyn launches a tax and spend labour manifesto, calling it a "radical and responsible" plan for government. it includes renationalising key industries and raising taxes on high earners. coming up... open sesame — the unveiling of a new powerful microscope that can study everything from cancer cells to ancient artefacts. coming up in sport at half past, british number one johanna konta has secured a place in the third round of the italian 0pen. she swept aside yulia putintseva of kazakhstan in straight sets 6—3, 6—0. greater manchester police have said they will never close the moors murders case after the death of ian brady. he was 79 and had been receiving palliative care at ashworth hospital, a high security psychiatric unit in merseyside. brady and his partner myra hindley tortured and murdered five
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children in the 1960s, burying their bodies on saddleworth moor in the pennines. hindley died in prison in 2002. public outrage at the crimes was compounded by the couple's refusal to co—operate with detectives or relatives — as our correspondent, judith moritz, reports. his name will always be notorious, his face the image of evil. ian brady, the moors murderer. his crimes are among the most reviled of the 20th century. he took children and tortured them, murdering and dumping their bodies on the moors above manchester. police searched for their remains. 0ne above manchester. police searched for their remains. one child was never found. brady's accomplice was his girlfriend myra hindley. she died 15 years ago. brady's death charge... closes a chapter of criminal history. the pair murdered five children, lesley ann downey,
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just ten years old. i would not say he was a person. he is not, a monster. he is a monster. he is not human, not human. no. ijust... like all the family, just despise him. at their trial, the pair were met with public jeers, sentenced at their trial, the pair were met with publicjeers, sentenced to life, brady was at first taken to prison but in 1985 was transferred to ashworth, a high security hospital. from there he wrote letters which gave some idea of his state of mind. people always say ian brady showed no remorse for the crimes and the pain he subjected the families to, i had an insight into the way his mind was working in one letter in particular in which he said that in his case, remorse was, in his words, painfully deep. but brady never showed any remorse to the family of 12—year—old keith
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bennett, whose remains were never located. it consumed the life of his mother, winniejohnson, located. it consumed the life of his mother, winnie johnson, who located. it consumed the life of his mother, winniejohnson, who spoke to me before she died. iam going me before she died. i am going through hell, i have had over a0 yea rs of i am going through hell, i have had over a0 years of it. i want it coming to an end, i want to keith found. i have asked him before, when i found out i found. i have asked him before, when ifound out i had got cancer and i saidi ifound out i had got cancer and i said i want to know where keith is before anything gets me. winnie often before anything gets me. winnie ofte n we nt before anything gets me. winnie often went to the moors and never gave up hope that her son would be found. this morning police said a week hardly goes by where we don't receive some information which purports to leaders to keith but u nfortu nately purports to leaders to keith but unfortunately only purports to leaders to keith but u nfortu nately only two purports to leaders to keith but unfortunately only two people knew where keith is. whilst we are not actively searching saddleworth moors, greater manchester police will never close this case. brady's death does not change that. after more than 30 years at ashworth it seems brady knew his death was imminentand it seems brady knew his death was imminent and asked to speak to his
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solicitor, but did not leave instructions on how to find keith bennett's body. ata bennett's body. at a court hearing in 2013, brady fought for the right to die in prison. now he has gone to his grave he has taken the secret of saddleworth moor with him. the mystery of keith bennett 's his last cruelty. —— of keith bennett 's mains, his last cruelty. well, our correspondent danny savage is on saddleworth moor. police say they will not close the keith bennett phase, where does go from here? —— the keith bennett face. his family have campaigned for yea rs face. his family have campaigned for years and his brother is often on these moors, searching and passing on information to the police. i think we have too believed that keith bennett's body is never likely to be found. look at this vast expanse of moors behind me. it is featureless in places. even if brady had an idea or an approximation of roughly where he had left the body
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of keith and passed on that information, it might not actually be enough. it is very difficult to find anything here because there is so find anything here because there is so little detail. i think the nearest we will get to any memorial are the flowers and pictures that have been left at the scene. many thanks, danny. scientists from across the middle east — including iranians, israelis and palestinians — will come together today injordan for the opening of a new international research centre. the sesame project is a particle accelerator that acts as an extremely powerful microscope. it can study everything from cancer cells to ancient artefacts. the laboratory is designed to encourage collaboration between countries in the region, whether or not they have diplomatic relations. 0ur science editor david shukman is there. i'm injordan at a new research centre called sesame and around me is a machine called a synchrotron that acts as an incredibly powerful microscope. there are some 60 of these around the world and they are used to study everything from pharmaceuticals to plants to ancient remains.
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this is the first to be built here in the middle east. what's the big deal, you might think. well, listen to some of the countries involved in this project. there'sjordan, of course, egypt, turkey, cyprus, iran and, amazingly, israel as well. one of the people who has been steering this project to fruition is the british physicist chris llewellyn—smith. he isa he is a british physicist. how amazed are you, given the sort of countries involved, given how hostile they can be to each other, that here you are today, the thing is starting to work? the scientists involved in sesame overlook the politics. they work together as scientists, producing a facility they want to use. if it's a time of particular tension in the region, of course, they can feel a bit uncomfortable but nothing serious has happened. did you ever wake up in the morning, hear the news of some new conflict in the middle east, a new source of tension and think, surely, the various partners will have to walk away now? not really, because i understood,
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meeting them, that they want this to happen, at least at the level of the scientists. the real problem has been finding the money. the countries in this region have science budgets that you can hardly see with a microscope, most of them. there have been many times in the history of this project where a rational person would have said, let's give it up, but it seemed so important to keep going and here we are today. we're launching the project, albeit with minimal supporting infrastructure, but it's going to work, it's producing science. it's a very great moment. do you have to pinch yourselves, now and again, that actually, you pulled it off? i suppose so, but that would sound a little bit arrogant. congratulations. chris llewellyn—smith there, thanks very much indeed. so the real test comes now when teams of iranian, israeli, palestinian, turkish scientists, all come here to use the facility, and it's meant to run for many years. david shukman.
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it's nicknamed plastic island and you can see why — 38 million items were washed up on these beaches on henderson island. it's an uninhabited remote british territory in the south pacific and has been found to have the highest density of plastic rubbish anywhere in the world. hywel griffith reports. a desert island that's become the final resting place for the world's waste. henderson island is uninhabited. years can pass without any visitors. but its beaches have become strewn with the everyday items people throw away. a research tea m items people throw away. a research team sifted through the sands to find more than 17 tonnes of plastic had been deposited here. decades of debris carried by the oceans. the top offenders on the beach were, by and large, everyday consumer
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items that most people don't really hesitate when they use them to think about what it really means and where they might end up, things like plastic toothbrushes, plastic cigarette lighters, even babies' dummies. the australian research team travelled to the island to spend three months survey in its beaches. henderson is one of the british pitcairn islands that lie more than 3000 miles off the coast of south america. distance doesn't protect it from a global problem. while large waste items make the issue visible, it is feared the impact of small micro plastic particles in our ocea ns micro plastic particles in our oceans may be even worse. 0n henderson island, the wildlife has had to adapt, making plastic tubs and bottle tops their home. and with thousands of new items washing up every day, this world heritage site is set to remain the planet's dumping ground. back now to our main story, the upcoming general election.
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plaid cymru has launched its manifesto, promising to provide a strong voice for wales during brexit negotiations. the party wants the welsh assembly to have a say on any future uk trade deal — and says it won't rest until every single penny of lost eu funding is replaced. 0ur wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. penygraig in the rhondda valley. it's been a labour stronghold at westminster for more than 100 years. plaid cymru's leader, leanne wood, represents it in the welsh assembly and the party has the parliamentary seat within its sights. so, no coincidence that leanne wood chose to launch her party's general election manifesto here. it includes a promise to give wales a strong voice during brexit. the party wants all future trade deals to be signed off by the national assembly for wales. there's a lot of talk in the manifesto about defending, about protecting wales, its interests, its communities. protecting wales from brexit. but wales voted to leave the eu. we've accepted that wales voted to leave the eu. we accepted that on the day of the referendum.
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what we've put forward in our action plan today is for a positive post—brexit plan for wales. there are things that need defending but we also need to develop our economy and develop our country. plaid cymru is seeking to persuade welsh voters that it, rather than labour, can protect wales from what it calls a cruel and reckless tory party. i can see the conservatives winning with a landslide. corbyn isn't the man i thought he was. definitely consider voting plaid cymru. i have been here 18 years. i have seen no change. but, if plaid cymru is to alter the political landscape here, it will need to change the voting habits of generations. well, labour says its spending commitments are fully costed, but do they really add up? the bbc‘s chris morris has been
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giving the figures a reality check. the manifesto was finally published officially a little over two hours ago and we have been crunching through the numbers. but where does labour say the money is coming from? well, it estimates an extra tax take of £a8.6 billion. let's break that down a little, income tax first. higher earners will pay more, and we're talking about roughly the top 5% of earners — we reckon that's about 1.2 million people. earnings above £80,000 will be taxed at a5%. with a new 50% rate on earnings above £123,000. labour says this will raise £6.a billion per year. but the biggest increase in tax take, according to labour's plans, will come from an increase in corporation tax.
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that is a tax on business profits. it's currently 19% and labour plans to increase that rate to 26% by 2021. 0nce that's done, labour says its corporation tax plans will raise £19.a billion per year. labour itself acknowledges that companies and individuals change their behaviour when tax rates change, and you also have to take account of the overall health of the economy. raising tax rates doesn't always increase the overall tax take as much as predicted. there are other measures to raise revenue. vat on private school fees, for example, and a levy on what labour calls excessive pay, starting with a 2.5% levy paid by employers on pay packages over £330,000. the manifesto also says £6.5 billion will be raised from an aggressive programme to crack down on tax avoidance. political parties always say they'll do that, and it can be done, but it's a pretty inexact science. overall, though, labour says it can finance all its current spending plans through changes in the tax system. £a8.6 billion out, £a8.6 billion in. they are suggesting a £50 billion increase in tax, which,
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if it were to be implemented, by the way, would take the tax burden of this country to the highest level it has been in about 70 years. but, actually, i think there's an awful lot of uncertainty about whether you can actually raise that amount of tax. they're talking about very, very large increases in taxes on companies, which would likely reduce the amount of investment they do. so, i think the actual amount you can get from this policy certainly runs into the tens of billions, but probably doesn't reach the 50 billion that labourare claiming. so that's tax... but there are also big plans for investment spending. all those nationalisation plans you've heard about — the railways, the royal mail and so on. labour says it will borrow money to pay for future investment. it's talking about a national transformation fund of £250 billion — but there is no detailed costing of nationalisation plans in the manifesto. that will be the source of controversy and political debate. but labour does make one bold promise.
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it says it is committed to ensuring that the national debt is lower at the end of the next parliament than it is today. thank you. back now to our assistant political editor norman smith, from the launch of the labour manifesto in bradford. norman, do we have a clearer idea of how the election is shaping up now? i think today in a funny sort of way the manifesto was not really about policies, what it was really about was credibility, do people believe thatjeremy corbyn was credibility, do people believe that jeremy corbyn can was credibility, do people believe thatjeremy corbyn can deliver and pay for this huge range of spending commitments? because in policy terms, what is to object to? if you wa nt terms, what is to object to? if you want watch lk, corbyn is offering it, if you want your benefits restored, corbyn is offering it, if you want tuition fees scrapped,


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