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you're watching bbc news, i'm ben brown in bradford wherejeremy corbyn has launched his party's election ma nifesto, he has promised that it will be a radical blueprint for britain. the labour leader promises more free childcare, billions for the nhs and to scrap university tuition fees, funded through tax rises for high earners. we're asking the better off and the big corporations to pay a little bit more. this is a programme of hope. the tory programme by contrast is built on one word, fear. i'm simon mccoy, and in the next hour, the cost of living goes up to its highest level for almost four years. inflation now stands at 2.7%, up from 2.3% in march, driven by higher air fares and clothing prices. president trump says he has an "absolute right"
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to share information with russia because he wants them to step up the fight against the islamic state group. greater manchester police say despite the death of the moors murderer, ian brady, they will not close the case of 12—year—old keith bennett. i'm ben brown live in bradford where the labour leader jeremy corbyn has officially launched the pa rty‘s general election manifesto, some of the details of which were leaked last week. this was the real thing, published today, let's run you through the proposals in the manifesto as we have them, includes proposals to renationalise the water companies in england that were privatised by margaret thatcher as well as the ra i lwa ys margaret thatcher as well as the railways and royal mail. there would also be more free childcare for two—year—olds and someone your alts,
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university tuition fees in england would be scrapped. on taxation, it proposes a 45p tax rate on earnings of over £80,000. and a 50p rate for those earning more than £123,000. there will also be a levy on companies which pay staff over £330,000. mr corbyn called the manifesto a "radical and responsible" plan for government. he says that it proves labour will be radical and responsible in government. from bradford, where the manifesto was launched, here's our political correspondent iain watson. jeremy, the country's be'ind ye! they say it's often better to travel hopefully then arrive. labour is still behind in the polls so its 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 the former, not the latter. labour will take our railways back
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into public ownership and put passengers 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 hoped 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 deja vu because much of this manifesto leaked last week.
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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 key companies. all this is costed, as the documents accompanying the manifesto make clear. 0ur revenue—making plans ensure we can embark on this ambitious programme without jeopardising 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 £123,000 will start playing at 50p in the pound if labour is elected. companies that pay employees more than £333,000 per year will also be subject to a new levy.
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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, that he, the party leader, isn't. so unless labour can have a campaign focused on policy rather than personality, they face a huge challenge between now and june 8th. 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 manifesto will give a clear choice for the public between the government and the opposition. iain watson, bbc news, bradford. labour says its spending commitments are fully costed, but do they really add up? the conservatives say the sums do
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not add up. the bbc‘s chris morris has been giving the figures a reality check. is finally been published officially and we have been crunching through the numbers, where does labour say the numbers, where does labour say the money is coming from? it estimates an extra tax take £48.6 billion. higher earners will pay for, four to 5% of the top earners, 1.2 million people, earnings above £80,000 will be taxed at 45%, with a new 50% rate on earnings above 120 3000. labour says this will raise £61; 3000. labour says this will raise £6.4 billion per year. the biggest tax take will come in increase in corporation tax, a tax on profits, a 19%, labour plans to increase that to 26% by 2021. once that is done,
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labour says corporation tax plans will raise an extra £191; labour says corporation tax plans will raise an extra £19.4 billion per year, one important thing, labour acknowledges, companies and individuals change their behaviour when tax rates change, also have to ta ke when tax rates change, also have to take into account the health of the overall economy, raising tax rates doesn't always increase the overall tax take as much as predicted. there are other measures to raise revenue, are other measures to raise revenue, a levy on what labour calls excessive pay, starting with a 2.5% levy pa id by excessive pay, starting with a 2.5% levy paid by employees on pay packages of over £330,000. —— employers. vat on private school fees. £6.5 billion, says the ma nifesto, fees. £6.5 billion, says the manifesto, will be raised through an aggressive programme to crackdown on tax avoidance. medical parties a lwa ys tax avoidance. medical parties always say they will do that and it can be done but is a pretty good and exact science. 0verall labour says it can finance all current spending plans by changes in the since and
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system, 46 billion out, 46 billion in. they suggest a 50 billions in crest oche increase in tax, if it we re crest oche increase in tax, if it were in demented, it would take the tax burden in this country to the highest level it has been in about 70 years, but actually, there is an awful lot of uncertainty about whether you could actually raise that amount of tax, talking about very large increases in taxes on companies, which would likely reduce the amount of investment that they do, soi the amount of investment that they do, so i think the actual amount we could get from these policies, runs into the tens of billions, but does it reached the 50 billion? also big plans for investment spending, although is nationalisation plans you have heard about, water companies, the royal mail and so on, labour will borrow money to pay for future investments, talking about the national transformation fund of £250 billion, but there is no detailed costing of those nationalisation plans in the ma nifesto. nationalisation plans in the
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manifesto. that will be the source of controversy and political debate, but labour does make one bold promise, it says, it is committed to ensuring that the national debt is lower at the end of the next parliament than it is today. here it is, the labour manifesto for the many, not the few, 124 pages, and the conservatives have been reacting to its content. david gauke, the treasury minister.m contains a number of tax proposals which are likely to damage the economy, damage wealth creation, and feed through into fitting wages. the reality is that the people who will pay the price for the pledges we have heard today from the labour party are ordinary working families. they will see their taxes rise, that is the only way the sums can add up under what we have heard today. let's talk then to norman smith.
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radical and ambitious manifesto. what about the way it is costed, thatis what about the way it is costed, that is what people will be asking, can they afford what they are promising? that is the key question, we knew thatjeremy corbyn would put down a whole range of very substantial policy measures, which we re substantial policy measures, which were going to cost a lot of money, the big issue today, whetherjeremy corbyn has managed to convince voters that these policies are credible and affordable and he knows where the money is going to come from. to try to allay those concerns, labour published a separate document, setting out their financial plans, and that details the cost for day—to—day spending pledges, things like the extra money for childcare, reversing some of the benefit caps, ending the public sector pay freeze, scrapping tuition fees, all that is detail, comes to 48 billion, labour has listed a
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whole load of tax increases for the business, the city, and wealthier people to paper that but what they have not done is detail the cost of this very ambitious programme of renationalisation, bringing back into public ownership the water industry, the railways, royal mail, the national grid, not only do we not have a figure for the cost of that, when asked directly, how much more you going to borrow, jeremy corbyn did not answer. we are left with an ambiguity about the scale of borrowing that labour in visit is, and that will impact when people make a judgment about whether this is really credible when we are still waiting to have those figures bottomed out. looking at this historically, one of the most radical labour party manifestos in recent times, the choice for the electric is a pretty wide choice between the conservatives and the labour party. —— the choice for the electorate. probably the most
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radical labour manifesto we have seen radical labour manifesto we have seen for a generation or more, it issues the political consensus we have seen for 30 years, where there was a broad acceptance that we favour the liberal market economy, try to rein back the state and by and large encourage the public sector to pick up the slack. —— eschews. that has been a consensus through, i don't know, margaret thatcher, tony blair, right up to the present day. jeremy corbyn has very deliberate leak turned away from that, what he is talking about is nationalisation, taking back control of local services, to minimise the role of the private sector and the national health service, and a huge step up in business taxes, business regulation, what business will be expected to pay employees, and we are seeing a tilt more towards the continental style economy, away from anglo—saxon liberal market economy, that is a
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major change thatjeremy liberal market economy, that is a major change that jeremy corbyn liberal market economy, that is a major change thatjeremy corbyn is applying. he was asked after the launch, he was asked, when the draft was leaked, and people put some of the proposal to focus groups, and they were popular, nationalising the railways, for instance, but, he was told, the problem is he is not as popular as some of his policies. two credibility issues that he faces, one, the costings credibility, do people believe this can be afforded? the other, his own credibility, two people believe that he can deliver, he isa people believe that he can deliver, he is a leader, a politician who can carry through this transformation and win the confidence of the wider electorate? and, bring about this massive historic degree of change? that macro back too remains a question, when you listen to opinion polls, but what is not in doubt, among his own supporters, he has a passionate group of followers who
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believe in him hugely. that has not translated into the wider electorate yet. norman, thank you. that is it from us in ashford, back to you in the studio. studio: you havejust... when you moved that lady who tried to interrupt you, you're a member that moment, you might want to... i'm just warning you, the press association has reported on that moment of television history! laughter and if you don't know what we are talking about, i suspect some of the newspapers may have it tonight! breaking news, we just breaking news, wejust hearing, following the death of ian brady last night, one of the moors murderers in ashworth hospital last night, an inquest has been opened into his death, and the coroner, the senior coroner, christopher sumner, has said that ian brady's body will not be released until assurance has been given that his ashes will not
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been given that his ashes will not be scattered on saddleworth moor, this is where he and myra hindley buried four of their five victims, on saddleworth moor, a fifth victim, keith bennett, who it is thought is also buried on saddleworth moor, his body was never recovered, and it looks as though the coroner is keen not to add further misery to the families, and he has said that the body will not be released until he has been given assurances that the ashes will not be scattered on saddleworth moor. that had not been an issue, it is suspected that a meeting with ian brady's solicitor yesterday morning, in the hours before he died, may have resulted in his final wishes as to his resting place being discussed, but that has not been confirmed. but we will bring you more on that as soon as we get it. inflation has risen to its highest level for nearly four years. the consumer prices index jumped
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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. our economics correspondent andrew verity has been looking at the figures. voiceover: airfares, clothing 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 there's the price of books, up by 7%. then there's passenger transport by road, up by 10%. of 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 to that. if your memory is long enough, inflation of less than 3% doesn't sound threatening. it might even be welcome. it's in everybody‘s interest to keep inflation to a bare minimum.
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a small amount of inflation is quite healthy. it creates a competitive world we need 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 have 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 really short staffed it is, and it's knackering. then you come home and you have 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 the up is the weaker pound. it takes more pounds to get the dollars, euros, oryen, you need to buy imported goods. that's driven up
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the price of imports. wages are low and slowing, only going up by about 2% per year, yet prices in the shops are rising 2.7% and probably rise by more than 3%. that will reduce 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 that catches fire by triggering higher pay rises, paid for by employers, who then charge higher prices, the so—called wage price spiral. but that hasn't happened for many years and there is little sign of it now. the bank is convinced this renewed inflation above the 2% target is temporary. andy verity, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: jeremy corbyn pledges "to change our country while managing within our means" as he launches labour's general election manifesto in bradford. inflationjumps to its highest level in nearly four years, at 2.7%, pushed up by energy price rises, clothing and air fares. donald trump says he has an "absolute right" to share facts
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with russia, to bolster the fight against the islamic state group. in sport, the title might have been settled but there is an important night in the premier league coming up. in the race for the top four, arsenal need to beat sunderland at home to stay in touch, arsene wenger‘s 53 points from fourth placed manchester city. they could go with third if they beat west brom tonight. british number one johanna konta has breezed into the third round at the italian open, she beat kaza khsta n round at the italian open, she beat kazakhstan opponent in straight sets. and the has completed its inspection of the paris bill, head of september's vote to decide on who should host the 2024 summer olympics, either the french capital los angeles. —— it will be either the french capital or los angeles. the white house finds itself in more controversy today, after a us newspaper reported that
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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. 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.
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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. 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 giving 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. 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
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overseas visit as president, with stops in saudi arabia and israel, a week in 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. 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. theresa may has been on the campaign trail again today, taking questions from members of the public. studio: we will be getting a little bit more of that later on. let's speak
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to our correspondent eleanor garnier who's is travelling with the prime minister on the campaign trail. theresa may was at a primary school speaking with primary school pupils, one of the first free schools in the country, that constituency, really interesting, labour has a huge majority there, almost 22,000, so i think theresa may's visit there was an indication of her and the conservative party's an indication of her and the conservative pa rty‘s ambitions during this general election, then the battle bus travels to stoke—on—trent, where we are now at the screw fix location, and here, theresa may has been meeting workers and taking questions, she was asked about the nhs, she was asked about "brexit", she was asked about low turnouts in general elections as well immigration, that was something she was asked about, and television debates and why she would not go up againstjeremy corbyn, labour leader, in a television debate. one
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quy leader, in a television debate. one guy who works here who wanted to ask theresa may about the rising cost of things like food in supermarkets. the cost of living has gone live, since brexit, i have a family of seven, what will you do to bring down the cost of living? you are right, the cost of living, when we see inflation, fiercely, it has gone up, and that is the impact of what has happened to the currency, partly about that, but things we can do, like on energy prices, because i see too many people paying over the odds for their energy, which is... that is an important key fundamental for you if you have a family and you are looking after your family, doing something on something like that is important, but longer term, something on something like that is important, but longerterm, it is about making sure that we have a strong economy that can support jobs. i would like to see higher paid jobs, more investment jobs. i would like to see higher paidjobs, more investment in jobs. i would like to see higher paid jobs, more investment in this country, so that we can create the environment where people are able to
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see a better future in terms of the cost of living but also get a future for their children. much of the attention on the general election campaign trail has been on labour, which has been unveiling its ma nifesto for which has been unveiling its manifesto for this general election, thatis manifesto for this general election, that is something theresa may was asked about, she said simply that labour's figures do not add up. asked about, she said simply that labour's figures do not add uplj think the people who should be worried about labour's manifesto are the ordinary working families who will find themselves paying the price for the spending commitments thatjeremy price for the spending commitments that jeremy corbyn and the labour party have put forward. the sums are probably been dreamt up by diane abbott, and what we see is that actually, these policies, they are nonsensical economic policies, they would damage the economy, if you damage the economy, businesses go under, fewerjobs, damage the economy, businesses go under, fewer jobs, less damage the economy, businesses go under, fewerjobs, less money to put into the national health service, and other public services. very clear choice at the election, which is, me and my team, with a plan and
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a vision to build a stronger economy for the future, and labour with plans which i believe would wreck the economy. i spoke with some of the economy. i spoke with some of the staff after theresa may had left, two in particular said they would not be voting for theresa may orforjeremy corbyn or would not be voting for theresa may or forjeremy corbyn or any other party, they said they were fed up with politicians, full stop. theresa may did take a range of questions from the media and from people, no major pick—ups as we saw yesterday when theresa may was taken to task in abingdon, when she was out visiting that market town, on rights for disability people, people with disabilities and those with mental health is abilities as well. theresa may has gone on to her next event, i think the theme we are continuing to see from the conservatives and we heard it today when she was asked about brexit, the key theme of
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leadership, placing herself against emma coburn in this general election campaign. plaid cymru has launched its general election manifesto, promising a "strong voice" for wales during brexit. the party wants the welsh government 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. sian lloyd has this report. 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,
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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. 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. scotland's first minister and the leader of the scottish
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national party, nicola sturgeon, has been marking a decade since the party got into power at holyrood. she told voters in south queensferry to stand up for scotland against what she called tory cuts and the possibility of an extreme brexit. in my message today, it is this: we must resolve to keep scotland moving forward. in this selection, it is vital that we elect strong snp mps, who will stand up for scotland and protect scotland's interest at westminster. we know the biggest risk to scotland in the years ahead is an increasingly hardline tory government. intent on more austerity, more cuts, intends not just on "brexit", but the most extreme form of brexit possible, so we need to make sure that after this election, scotland's voice is heard
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loudly and clearly, it is more important than it has ever been before, for scotland's voice to be heard, for mps from scotland to stand up for scotland and protect our interests. the message is clear, tory mps will be rubber—stamped for whatever theresa may wants to do, snp mps will be there to stand up for scotland and protect our interests. the liberal democrats say they are the only party offering children the hope of a better future. during a campaign visit to portsmouth, leader tim farron said the lib dems stand clear and alone as being the only party to the promise that young people would get a chance of owning their own home. sima kotecha is in portsmouth following tim farron on the campaign trail. in the constituency of portsmouth south, this constituency used to belong to the liberal democrats, more than 15 years. in 2015, the tories won the seat, so today, the leader of the liberal
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democrats, tim farron, as you can see just here democrats, tim farron, as you can seejust here behind me, arrived around 1pm, he is still here, he has been speaking with teachers and staff at this school, for children with special educational needs, mary rose school. he has had a confidential meeting with the headteacher here at this school, and remember the party has said that it will invest £7 billion into schools and colleges if it is elected on the eighth. he has also today been talking about entrepreneurship and how he would help proprietors to start up their own companies by giving them £100 a week to help them with their living costs. but the big question is, are his policies cutting through? we have spoken to some people over the last few days who say it is all very well that he is saying this and that, but his messages are not making the same impact as the other parties are. tim farron says that there are still a few weeks to go. sima kotecha.
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we may well be going in the next few minutes to a press briefing at the white house after hr mcmasters said that donald trump hadn't released any confidential information to the russians last week. he is facing the cameras shortly, before then let's get a weather update. temperatures today reached 26 celsius in parts. this is the main rainy zone stretching from the south—west to the wash, and we see scattered outbreaks of rain across the midlands becoming heavier as the night goes on. then we see a few showers city in north—west scotland, but for much of north—west scotland and northern ireland it will be dry and northern ireland it will be dry
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and cooler them recently. tomorrow, some sunshine, pleasantly warm, a few showers developing in northern ireland and later north—west scotland, and this area of rain covering england and wales or much of it will produce quite a bit of wet weather, difficult travelling conditions and perhaps torrential thundery bursts going into the evening. through parts of england in particular, there could be up to 40 millimetres of rain out of this. western fringes could brighten up a bit into the afternoon. once that clears away from thursday, it will be fresher across the uk. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has launched labour's manifesto, pledging a "radical and responsible" plan that will "put the interests of the many first". addressing an audience in bradford, the labour leader promised more free childcare, the abolition of tuition fees,
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investment in infrastructure, and the nationalisation of the water industry and railway systems. whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure struggling to make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. in other news, inflation has risen to its highest level for nearly four years. the consumer prices index jumped last month from 2.3% to 2.7%, driven partly by the fall in the value of sterling. us president donald trump has defended what he calls his "absolute right" to share information with russian officials. he discussed sensitive information on terrorism during a meeting with russia's foreign minister. greater manchester police says the force will never stop searching for the remains of keith bennett, one of the five children killed by the moors murderer ian brady, who died last night at the age of 79. it's time for the sport.
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we go to the bbc sports centre. thank you. the premier league is all about that top fourfinish now. arsenal and manchester city have a game in hand on third placed liverpool, both play this evening. with liverpool not in action until sunday, tonight arsenal and manchester city have the chance to make up ground. arsene wenger‘s side take on sunderland at the emirates, while city host west brom. some teams turn up, some teams are on holiday, so it is very difficult to plan. you just want your team to do well and to focus completely until the last. i think to be professional is doing yourjob until the last second of the season. it is vital, just for the fact that you can look in the mirror and say we did it properly. manchester city manager pep guardiola will end the season trophy—less for the first time in his career.
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he has admitted he would never have got away with that at his previous clu bs. i arrived in barcelona with nothing to defend, and in that club, with six months to the win, you are out, barcelona or bayern munich, there you have to win. they don't give you a second chance. here they give me a second chance, i will try to do it. in my situation and those clubs, i am sacked, the clubs i was at before, i am not here. but here, a second chance, i will try to do it better. clu bs clubs from the women's super league to have been invited to submit applications tojoin to have been invited to submit applications to join the now—defunct notts applications to join the now—defunct n otts cou nty applications to join the now—defunct notts county ladies. they have until the end of the month to demonstrate how they would mean meet additional license criteria. not folded just
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two days before the spring series in april. the decision on the successful bidder will be made next month. french open bosses have shed further light on their decision not to allow romanian davis cup captain ilie nastase to roland garros this year. during a highly controversial april, the 70—year—old made racist comments about serena williams' pregnancy, allegedly inappropriate advances towards his british counterpart anne keothavong, and he's believed to have verbally abused both the davis cup captain as well as playerjohanna konta during a match. he has also been banned from the royal box at wimbledon. organisers of the madrid open were criticised for inviting nastase to last saturday's award ceremony. he will not be welcome in paris this year. a lot of us are sad about him, because i think it is not good publicity for the game. it's not good for himself.
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he was such a great champion and he is a very nice, generous guy, that it's hard to see those kind of pictures. we are a federation, we have a committee. the itf gave its position and the french federation will follow that position. i doubt that we will see him this year at the french. british number one joanna konta is through to the third round of the italian open, after knocking out yulia putintseva of kazakhstan. the number five seed, konta was rarely challenged, and won the first set with some ease 6—3. if that was straightforward, the second set was all but effortless, as she took that 6—0. next up for her is the winner of the second round match between venus williams and the ukranian lesia tsurenko. and due soon at the same venue, aljaz bedene against novak djokovic. fernando alonso said he was satisfied with an "amazing" first day of official practice for the indianapolis 500. the mclaren driver is racing at the event later this month instead of the monaco grand prix. alonso is racing against time
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to learn a different driving discipline and racing on a 2.5—mile super—speedway track. marco andretti, alonso's team—mate, was fastest at first practice before qualifying this weekend. alonso was 19th. that is all your sport fanatic. olly foster, thank you very much. just to show you the scene in washington. we are awaiting a news conference from the national security adviser. this follows the row over president trump who has been defending his right to share information with russia after classified material it is claimed was handed over to the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. a p pa re ntly foreign minister sergey lavrov. apparently this material was passed on by an official who had not —— a
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source who had not given permission for it to be passed to the russians. joining me now from washington is thomas wright, fellow in foreign policy at the brookings institution and author of all measures short of war. president trump, people worry, find it difficult to properly handle classified information. he has been on twitter and said as president he wa nted on twitter and said as president he wanted to share with russia at an openly scheduled white house meeting, which he has the right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. for humanitarian reasons, i wanted to put russia in the picture. that is not what the story reported. he definitely has the right to say anything he wants, because the nation's secrets are essentially his secrets, and if the president says that he automatically declassify something, there is no real question here that what he did was illegal,
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but the question is whether or not it was prudent. according to multiple media reports, first from the washington post, what he did was to reveal highly sensitive codeword information that would essentially allow the russians to infer the sources of the intelligence that came from a close us ally, which is a real red line in the intelligence world, so i think it is an egregious error, and we will see what hr mcmaster says at this news conference, but i think it was one of the most significant mistakes of his presidency so far. and hr mcmaster came out quite quickly to defend the president and said that nothing of difficult security information, if you like, was passed on to the russians. yes, if you read his statement very closely, he was very careful not to deny the specific claims in the washington
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post story. he said that no sources or methods or ongoing military operations that had not previously been disclosed were discussed, but that was not what the story said. the story said that he had revealed codeword information, including the city in which information was acquired, and that that information would have been enough for the russians to deduce further things about the source, and so he was very careful not to deny that element, and then of course today president trump effectively undercut his advisers yesterday and acknowledge that he had in fact done what the washington post said he had done. and this plays into the narrative of the difficult relationship between donald trump, his party and the russians. yes, it is astonishing to think that a week ago he'd fired the
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fbi director to try to put the russian story behind him, but one day later he met with the russians, he revealed this information, two days later he acknowledged that he had fired james comey because of the russia case, and then this week we have had the revelation about that meeting with sergey lavrov, so it has just been an astonishing downward spiral that has really raised additional questions about russia and put huge pressure on the congress now to either appoint a special prosecutor or to have a full investigation, bipartisan investigation, bipartisan investigation, to get to the bottom of this. i don't know of the present is known for his irony, but his last tweet says, i have been asking director comey and others to find the leakers. yes, it is almost beyond parity given what we learned yesterday. he has been trying to change the story to being about the lea ks, change the story to being about the leaks, and! change the story to being about the leaks, and i think one significant thing about this story is that the
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intelligence community did leak it to the press, because i think they are probably alarmed by what is going on, and so i think he is facing forces within his administration that are leaking to the press, and no doubt he finds that very frustrating, but of course the original sin here was the fact that he revealed classified information to sergey lavrov and the russian ambassador, sir date is .we . we will be awaiting that press conference with interest. thank you. let's return to our main story this afternoon. labour has launched its election
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manifesto , pledging to scrap university tuition fees in england, expand universal childcare, and boost the wages of the lowest—earning workers. labour leaderjeremy corbyn spoke to our political editor laura kuennsberg about the announcements. in the case of rail, it is taking over the train operating companies as the franchises expire. we already have transport for london and direct rail services, and now running rail services in the suburbs. we already have merseyrail which is publicly owned, so it would be a continuation of that, and that would mean we have got the benefits of the huge investments that we have all made. that there are four big nationalisations you are proposing, and in this manifesto, there is no guide as to the scale of that change to the economy. there is no cost to put on bringing water back under national control, no guide on electricity, you are not giving people the information you promised. water bills have gone up 40% since privatisation. water dividends to shareholders living in other parts of the world may only have gone up massively, and companies have increased prices and been fined for
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polluting our rivers. so i think it is only right that our water industry should be in public ownership as it is in scotland, and the process of doing that may well bea the process of doing that may well be a bond issue and exchange shares, but we will be taking them into public ownership, and instead of the profits being siphoned off elsewhere, they will be here and invested in good quality water infrastructure, good quality management and hopefully lower bills. my question is, why in this ma nifesto bills. my question is, why in this manifesto is there no scale, no ballpark figure for how much it might cost the public purse, how much would you be prepared to borrow to re—nationalise four major industries. we don't know what the share price would be at the time we do it, we said in the case of rail there is a neutral cost of it, i believe in the case of water the same would apply in exchange for the bond issue. question of energy, we are not proposing nationalisation of any of the big six energy companies.
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let me finish. what we are saying is that the national grid should be publicly owned, because that is a key pa rt publicly owned, because that is a key part of our security and infrastructure, and we will be giving facilities for local authorities and regional energy companies to be established, as indeedin companies to be established, as indeed in nottingham you have robin hood energy, liverpool you have a company, a number of companies around the country, and they are producing often cheaper electricity. and we want to see an investment in energy needs for the future in which about 60% will be from renewables, so we will be investing heavily in renewable energy, and building on what is a very successful wind farms in the thames estuary and the ones that are being built in dog back in the north sieff. on the other side of the equation, you haven't promised to reverse all of the tories welfare cuts. the sum of your
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supporters, will that be disappointed? what i have said on that business. we have set aside £2 billion to deal with the worst effects... we are going straight to washington, because hr mcmaster has taken to the podium. i am happy to answer any questions about that as we go through the schedule, but first of all, secretary rex tillerson will accompany the president for most of the trip, breaking offjust before the trip, breaking offjust before the g7 meeting, on the trip will begin in saudi arabia. after the arrival ceremony in riyadh, the president will have coffee with king solomon, attend a royal banquet and hold bilateral meetings with the king, the crown prince and the deputy crown prince. he will also participate in discussions and then
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join the saudi royal family for a dinner. texted president will hold bilateral meetings with gulf state leaders. in the afternoon he will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 muslim countries, where he will deliver an inspiring it direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and his hopes for a peaceful vision of islam. to dominate across the world. the speech is intended to unite the broader muslim world against common enemies of all civilisation, and to demonstrate america's commitment to out demonstrate america's commitment to our muslim partners. the president will then participate in the inauguration of a new centre intended to fight radicalism and promote moderation. by establishing and operating this centre, al muslim
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friends including saudi arabia are taking a firm stand against extremism and those who use a perverted interpretation of religion to advance their criminal and political agendas. the president also looks forward to participating ina also looks forward to participating in a twitter for with the people, who will be able to live tweet his remarks to people all over the world. the president will then continue on to jerusalem, world. the president will then continue on tojerusalem, where he will lay a wreath. he will then deliver remarks at the israel museum, and celebrate the unique history of israel and the jewish people. while reaffirming america's unsha keable bond with people. while reaffirming america's unshakeable bond with our closest ally in the least. —— the middle east. then he will meet with prime minister netanyahu. that night the prime minister and the first lady willjoin the president and first
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lady willjoin the prime minister and mrs netanyahu. he will urge palestinian leaders the next day to ta ke palestinian leaders the next day to take steps that will help lead to peace. and he will visit the church of the holy sepulcre and say a prayer at the western wall. the next day he will have an audience with the pope in rome at the vatican. he looks forward to celebrating the rich contributions of catholics in america and the world, and to discussing a range of issues and mutual concerns, some of which were summarised last time. before leaving the vatican, he will meet the cardinal's secretary of state and will tour saint peters. later that afternoon, the president will meet with the king and prime minister of belgium, the heads of state and government of the host country to the nato alliance. he will also
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travel to the eu headquarters to meet with the presidents of the european union and the european council. he will then hold a working lunch with the newly elected president of france, who he will meet in person for the first time. that afternoon, he will deliver remarks at the unveiling of nato's memorial to our shared struggle to peace in front of the berlin wall. he will repeat his insistence that for the good of the alliance, all members must share responsibility and share the burden. he will participate in the nato leaders' meeting and dinner before travelling to sicily for the g7. throughout this summit he will meet bilaterally with leaders, including the italian prime minister. in the formal
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meetings he will press america's economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation. on the first night of the summit he will also attend a concert performed by the la sca la fella attend a concert performed by the la scala fella monica orchestra —— philharmonic orchestra. he will speak to american and allied servicemen and women and their families. he will thank them for their sacrifice as the keeper saved, and we kept the highlights on the trip. i ask sean to call on any of you who have questions. uk might yesterday to the stakeout area and you said that the washington post story yesterday afternoon was false. do you stick by that assertion. do you think that every element of that story is false. and do you have
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anything to correct in terms of what you said at the podium yesterday afternoon? i stand by my statement of yesterday. the premise of the article is false, that the president had a conversation was inappropriate or showdance lapse of national security. our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidential at it releasing information to the press that could be used connected with other information available to make american citizens and others more vulnerable. was classified information released? can you tell us information released? can you tell us if prime minister netanyahu will join president trump at the western wall? no israeli leaders willjoin president trump at the western wall.
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he is going mainly in connection with the theme to connect with three of the world's great religions, and to advance, to pay homage at each of these religious sites that he is visiting, but also to highlight the theme that we all have to be united against what really the enemies of all civilised people, and we have to be joined together with an agenda of tolerance and moderation. be joined together with an agenda of tolerance and moderationlj be joined together with an agenda of tolerance and moderation. i want to dig in some details of this reporting on the conversations with the russians. are you denying that he revealed information that was given to the us by an intelligence partner? what we don't do is discuss what is and is not classified. in the context of that discussion, what the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged. but was it received
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from an intelligence partner?|j he is engaged. but was it received from an intelligence partner? i am not going to be the one to confirm that sort of information that could jeopardise our security. do you fear that allies who have these intelligence sharing agreements with the us may stop sharing? not at all. the sharing was appropriate to the conversation, and appropriate with the expectations of our intelligence partners. have you reached out to the foreign partners who might contribute such information to the us and talk to them to reassure them, and what was the reaction?” have not, and i'm not sure what conversations have been held about that. if there was nothing that the president shared that he shouldn't have shared, why did his counter—terrorism officer contact the cia and the nsa?” counter—terrorism officer contact the cia and the nsa? i would say maybe from an over abundance of caution, but i'm not sure. i have
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not talked to mr prosser about why he reached out. but presumably you would understand why there was a reason to recharge? i was in the room, as was the secretary of state, the deputy assistant, the deputy adviser for national security was in the room, and none of us felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate. when was the decision made to share that information with the russians? did the president spontaneously decide to give it over or was there a process or a formal decision made in advance of the meeting? as you know, it is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the american people. that is what he did. as to whether that information had been shared previously, i don't know that. when did he make the decision to share the information? in the context of
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the information? in the context of the conversation, which was appropriate. the president was meeting with the foreign minister about the terrorist threat. he also raised some difficult issues. what we expected in terms of different behaviour from russia in key areas like ukraine and syria. he was emphasising that we have common interests, we have to work together in critical areas, and we have an area of corporation with transnational terrorist organisations, isis in particular, that had already taken down a russian airline and the murdered over 200 people in october 2015, so this was the context of the conversation in which it was wholly appropriate to share what the threat was as a basis for common action and coordination and cooperation. so in the moment, then? in the context of that conversation? i want to follow
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up that conversation? i want to follow up on the part you didn't answer... studio: we will pull away from that, but standing firm thereby the national security adviser hr mcmaster to previous denials that the president of the united states had shared what was confidential information with russia, donald trump himself defending his right to share information with russia following the row over classified material. plenty bought reaction in the five o'clock news, which is coming up next after the weather. today at 5 — labour launches a tax and spend manifesto. jeremy corbyn calls it a "radical and responsible" plan for government to help build a fairer society. whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure,
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struggling to make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. i'll be reporting live from bradford wherejeremy i'll be reporting live from bradford where jeremy corbyn i'll be reporting live from bradford wherejeremy corbyn launched the error yesterday. we'll have full analysis of labour's pledges and promises, and investigate whether they're all fully costed. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. inflation hits 2.7%, its highest level for almost four years. higher air fares, rising energy and clothing costs, are to blame. president trump says he has an ‘absolute right‘ to share information with russia, despite unease over disclosing


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