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for south thanet is charged with overspending in the 2015 general election campaign. craig mackinlay is standing again for the seat onjune 8th — political opponents are questioning why: once again, it is bad judgment from theresa may. why on earth would you allow someone to go ahead as a general election candidate when this cloud was clearly hanging over him? the conservative party says the allegations against mr mackinlay and two other party workers are unfounded. and craig mackinlay is innocent until proven guilty and he remains oui’ until proven guilty and he remains our candidate. we will bring you the latest on this developing story. also this lunchtime... international condemnation of president trump's decision to withdraw the us from the paris climate agreement. jeremy corbyn launches a stinging attack on theresa may for failing to join european leaders in their condemnation of america's move. once again, subservience to donald trump. it's a dereliction of both her duty to this country
and our duty to our planet. police investigating the manchester bombing find a car they say may be "significant" to the inquiry into last week's attack. you actually heard it? and prince william visits manchester to talk to those who helped the victims on the night of the attack. coming up in the sport on bbc news, england all—rounder chris woa kes will miss the rest of cricket's champions trophy after picking up a side strain in yesterday's win over bangladesh. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the conservative candidate for south thanet in kent, craig mackinlay, has been charged with offences relating to his election
expenses in the run—up to the last general election. the crown prosecution service said mr mackinlay, who's standing again onjune 8th, and two other tory party workers will faces charges under the representation of the people act. here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. craig mackinlay. it was one of the big conservative wins in the last general election, stopping nigel farage in south thanet. their candidate, craig mackinlay, won by just under 3000 votes after talking during the campaign of all the support he had had from big ben politicians. we have brought many powerful members of the government tea m powerful members of the government team down here to show that i am pa rt team down here to show that i am part of a strong team. but today, craig mackinlay, who is standing for re—election, was charged with making a false declaration of the money he spent on his campaign. also charged
was his agent, nathan grey, and marion little, a conservative party headquarters campaign specialist accused of aiding and abetting the other two. this was the moment nigel farage found out about the charges are he was out campaigning this morning. you're joking? 0h, are he was out campaigning this morning. you're joking? oh, my good lord. right, that is big news. craig mackinlay has just been charged. once again, it is bad judgment from theresa may. why on earth would you allow someone to go ahead as a general election candidate when this cloud was clearly hanging over him? there will be questions. it was not the big name politicians that all passed through south thanet two yea rs passed through south thanet two years ago that have led to this case. it was the thousands of pounds spent on hotels for party activists, disclosed by channel 4 news. these we re disclosed by channel 4 news. these were picked up by the national party and put on their expenses return. but police have been investigating whether in fact, they should have been entered on craig mackinlay‘s
local campaign expenses. that investigation has now led to him being charged. the conservative party continues to believe that these allegations are unfounded. craig mackinlay is innocent until proven guilty and he remains our candidate. craig mackinlay has said he will continue to fight for re—election. standing in this general election while accused of declaring false expenses in the last. daniel sandford, bbc news. and daniel's with me. what happens with the case now? the first court appearance for craig mackinlay and his agent and marion little, the senior party activist who was given an obe in the honours after that general election, are all due to appear in court onjuly the 4th. that will be at westminster magistrates‘ court in central london. at that point, a decision will have to be made over whether this case is tried at the magistrates‘ court, which it can be, oi’ magistrates‘ court, which it can be, or whether it should be sent to crown court for trial byjury. that
will partly be a decision for the magistrates, but also a partly a decision for the mckinley himself, whether he chooses to be dealt with summarily by magistrates all goes to face trial byjury. the maximum penalty for the charges these people face is up to a year in prison. but it can also be dealt with by fine. daniel, thanks. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has launched a strong attack on theresa may over her decision not to sign a letter from european leaders protesting at president trump‘s decision to pull out of the paris climate accord. mr corbyn said it showed mrs may‘s "silence and subservience" towards the president. but downing street said she‘d expressed her "disappointment," and a source said other major countries had refused to sign. meanwhile, in brussels, the eu and china have beenjoining forces to send a message to the world that they stood by the paris agreement. from brussels, our correspondent damian grammaticas has sent this report. in the fight against global warming,
and just hours after donald trump retreated, enter new leaders, the eu and china. apart from the us, these are the world‘s other two economic heavyweights, prompted by president trump to act in concert. what we are seeing here, with thisjoint reaction to donald trump‘s statement, is striking notjust for the swiftness, but also for the message it sends at a time when the us under president trump is withdrawing from global leadership on climate change. instantly, the eu and china are stepping in to take up that mantle. it‘s a striking global change that could herald a decline in us influence. so at this special summit in brussels, the eu and china are making ajoint summit in brussels, the eu and china are making a joint declaration. they will not abandon the paris agreement — the opposite, they are committed to it. when president trump announced his decision last night, he said paris was a bad deal for the us. but this deal—maker won‘t be
able to renegotiate, said eu countries, who have issued their own coordinated condemnation, a single statement signed by germany, france and italy. angela merkel today called the us decision regrettable, but she was holding back her real feelings. translation: the decision can and will not stop all of us are protecting our decision to protect planet earth. quite the opposite. we in germany, europe and the world are more determined than ever to pull oui’ more determined than ever to pull our strength to face one of the challenges for humankind. theresa may did not sign the joint letter with europe‘s other g7 members. that prompted this scathing attack from jeremy corbyn today. given the chance to present a united front with our international partners, she has instead opted for silence and once again subservience to donald trump. it‘s a dereliction of both her duty to this country and our
duty to our planet. downing street says the prime minister did not act together with other european nations because she spoke directly to president trump last night to tell him she supports the paris deal. president trump last night to tell him she supports the paris deallj have made the uk‘s position on the paris agreement clear. we remain committed to the paris agreement. it is an important international agreement on climate change. i made the uk‘s position clear to president trump last week at the g7 meeting, as did the other g7 leaders, and i made the uk‘s position clear to president trump last night. canada andjapan president trump last night. canada and japan have not signed that letter, neither has the uk. but we all have the same view that we remain committed to the paris agreement. in brussels, the eu and china have been prompted to take a stand because they share the belief that fighting climate change makes both environmental and economic sense and, the eu says, put it on the right side of history. damian grammaticas, bbc news, brussels. president trump said the paris agreement "punished" the us and cost american jobs,
and he has the backing of many republicans and the us coal industry. but some of america‘s largest corporations havejoined eu countries and china in condemning the president‘s move. our environment analyst roger harrabin looks now at the widespread opposition to president trump‘s decision. it is an interconnected planet. in the slums of bangladesh, water levels are rising as the world warms. partly thanks to carbon emissions from america. the reaction of poor nations to president trump is no surprise. he has effectively made the us a rogue state. the us will be entirely on its own. the rest of the world has already said that we will carry on on our own without the us. condemnation stretches far beyond bangladesh. there has been a worldwide chorus of anger. wherever we live, wherever we are, we all share the same responsibility. make our planet great again. it is inspiring to see china,
india, brazil taking their commitment seriously on this. donald trump needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms for this reckless and frankly economically illiterate decision. our message to you, mr president, is that as a public servant, especially as your first and most important responsibility is to protect the people. but in america‘s coal states, there‘s strong support for the president‘s championing of fossil fuels. he made a promise. this is a man who gets up every day to keep the promises he made to the american people. and by withdrawing today from the paris climate accord, the president has demonstrated his commitment notjust to keep his word, but to put american workers, american consumers, american energy and the american people first. but renewables like solar and wind are now outcompeting coal on price and creating three times morejobs. so the president may have caused
an international row without saving manyjobs in coal. and imagine the next gathering of these guys, the g7 world leaders. president trump shamed them into paying more to defend our borders. now he is saying america won‘t pay to defend our planet. that meeting should be interesting. roger harrabin, bbc news. our correspondent jane o‘brien is in washington for us. he‘s a president who‘s controversial in everything he does. is this his most divisive move yet? it has certainly inflamed passions on both sites. you have the base, who are delighted. they thought it was a lousy deal. they debate the existence of climate change. for them, this was the right move. but it has inflamed anger on the part of the liberals, on the left—leaning pa rt the liberals, on the left—leaning part of the country, who are
absolutely furious, so much so that we are now seeing three states, california, washington and new york, the governors of those three states have formed their own alliance to fight climate change, saying that even as the administration leaves the paris agreement, they will gang together and uphold its principles. and we are seeing this kind of sentiment across the country. it‘s important because states and local governments are actually responsible for imposing their own regulations independent of anything the administration does. so they have real power in this. another interesting division we are also seeing emerge even more strongly is the division within the white house. we know that the secretary of state rex tillerson supported staying in the paris agreement. ivanka trump, the paris agreement. ivanka trump, the president‘sdaughter and her husband, jared kushner, also supported it. they were nowhere to be seen in the rose garden when donald trump made his announcement yesterday. jane, many thanks. with me is our science editor david shukman. what will the us decision mean
practically for the paris accord? under the rules, america has to stay infor under the rules, america has to stay in for the best part of four years. it can‘t leave for that length of time. in practical terms, it can‘t leave for that length of time. in practicalterms, president trump has said he. immediately any payments that america was due to make under the agreement. so there is probably at least $2 billion promised by president obama that now will not be paid towards poorer countries try to cope with the effects of climate change. beyond that, there are some key meetings of the agreement coming up in the autumn. so will america send a delegation to those? particularly if donald trump wants to raise the idea of renegotiation, will he send a tea m of renegotiation, will he send a team to do that or will there be an empty chair where the americans used to sit? and beyond the paris deal, what will it mean for efforts to tackle climate change more generally? it is enormously significant that this morning, we have had the eu and china standing firm about the paris agreement and declaring their support for it.
other countries have done the same since the news broke. the risk is that one or two, maybe russia or saudi arabia, might look at the american example unsafe they be we will leave or stay in but do nothing about it. beyond that, roger mentioned the fall in the price of renewable energy. there is now a logic for many people in moving to wind and solar, with or without the paris agreement. so that trend will continue. and key to this is the role of big business. a number of business leaders have come out in support of the paris agreement and have been critical of the move last night. their involvement will help deliver a low carbon future. david, thank you. and let‘s speak to our assistant political editor norman smith — jeremy corbyn was scathing about theresa may in her response to president trump‘s move. how much pressure is she and the? mrs may is
under pressure perhaps notjust because of the environmental arguments, but because this row really cuts to two of the core issues in this election, namely leadership and brexit. leadership, because mrs may‘s critics say at a time when so many other worldly goods including our closest allies in europe are prepared to publicly confront donald trump over his decision to an effective either rest of the world and go it alone, mrs may has publicly remained silent. they point to other instances where mrs may has been reluctant to publicly criticise the president, such as after his introduction of that ban on muslim refugees into the united states. downing street said in private, mrs may was clear with the president last night when she spoke to him on the phone. she underlined her complete support for the paris accords and opposition to his decision. they say the only reason she didn‘t sign this letter was because it was drawn up before she had a chance to talk to the president. this is also about
brexit, because the claim of critics is that mrs may has deliberately prioritised relations with donald trump above those with our closest allies in europe, preparing for the post—brexit world. their fear is that other eu countries, seeing this, will be even less likely to cut us a decent deal. they note mrs merkel‘s remarked at the weekend, saying that europe could no longer rely on britain and america. norman, thanks. our top story this lunchtime: six days before the election the conservative candidate for south thanet is charged with overspending in the 2015 general election campaign. coming up, cardiff says it will be the real winner this weekend as it hosts the champions league final. coming up in sport at 1.30, tomorrow‘s champions league final at cardiff‘s principality stadium will be as safe as possible forfans according to the uefa president, aleksander ceferin. leading surgeons say the number
of patients waiting more than six months for treatment in england has nearly tripled over four years. the royal college of surgeons has analysed data since march 2013 — a time when targets were being met. our health editor hugh pym has more. the target for waiting times for routine surgery and treatment in england is 18 weeks. the head of nhs england, simon stephens, recently said that performance would be allowed to slip because of other urgent health service priorities. but the royal college of surgeons argue this will mean increasing numbers of patients enduring long delays. the college, using nhs england data, says around 126,000 people had waited more than 26 weeks for non—urgent treatment in march, up 180% on march 2013, a time when targets were being hit. the biggest increases were for dermatology,
ear, nose and throat and urology patients. patients are waiting pain. they are anxious about when they are going to have operations done and in some cases delaying the surgery may actually interfere with the outcome of their surgical procedure. hospitals have been running at close to full capacity with demand for emergency treatment rising, so that leaves fewer beds for non—urgent procedures and operations and those patients have to wait longer. we are seeing a tremendous pressure on access on those beds because emergency admissions are are rising so sharply and because at the same time you have a finite budget to afford to pay for the surgical treatments. lynn, from cornwall, who is 65, had to wait nine months for herfirst hip replacement and then had another long wait for the second. she says it was a painful ordeal. in the end it only happened because i pushed and pushed and rang the secretary and made a fuss.
by which time i could hardly walk, really. the second one, it was supposed to be done within three months and it actually took six and a half months. again, i had to keep ringing the secretary and pushing for it. labour said it would increase nhs funding and restore the 18—week treatment target, the conservatives said there had been a sharp drop in the numbers waiting more than a year for treatment, and only their plans to grow the economy would support the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news. police investigating the attack at the manchester arena are continuing to track the movements of salman abedi between the 18th and 22nd of may. in the last few hours they‘ve located a car in south manchester they believe may be significant to the investigation. meanwhile two of the bomber‘s cousins have told the bbc they had no idea abedi was planning his murderous attack. the two cousins were arrested and questioned for a week, but have since been released without charge.
finally, police have released new cctv images, showing the killer shortly before he launched his bomb attack. this report from manchester, and our home affairs correspondent june kelly. a potentially significant development in this investigation say the police. they focus on a nissan micra found in rusholme. people have been moved out of the area including an accommodation block part of manchester royal infirmary. a visit to the hospital by prince william has gone ahead. new images have been released as salman abedi moved around the city he was preparing to attack. he was backin he was preparing to attack. he was back in manchester four days before he committed mass murder. he has been captured on cctv with the blue suitcase police are still searching for. two cousins have been released after being questioned a week. they younger brother is still being held. it is not easy being connected to 22
lost innocent lives. the fact that the person that did it is related to us the person that did it is related to us by blood is something will stay with me the rest of my life will stop looking at the relationship with him, it was a close relationship will stop for him to betray the family. in that way, involving 22 innocent people traumatised by it, to be honest. involving 22 innocent people traumatised by it, to be honestm is shocking. the barbershop was one of the number of addresses searched. salman abedi was here in february for a haircut. the brothers say they had not seen him since that time. early this week a bomb squad was at a house in the area now owned. they say salman abedi came to the house in the days before the attack. a lot of arrests have been made and more are anticipated. there is a long way to go. when it comes to warnings
about abedi, police say they can find no record of calls to the anti—terrorist hotline. prince william has been meeting officers from greater manchester police who were among the first to respond to the may 22nd attack at the arena. he spoke to an off—duty constable who was at the arena waiting for his daughter when the bomber struck. arriving at greater manchester police headquarters. the force at the centre of the investigation into the centre of the investigation into the terror attack. prince william beating officers who were some of the first on the scene to hear about the first on the scene to hear about the incredible work they carried out. in 11 of us got into a carrier that seated nine to get as many officers down there. even on the way
down, driving down stockport road, we had a feeling it would be a hoax and we would turn around and go back. as more and more calls came m, back. as more and more calls came in, you realised it is what it is. next stop, manchester cathedral, talking to people from the community who went above and beyond to help those injured. his royal highness attending a service and signing the book of condolence to show his support to those affected. and here, crowds are gathering as his royal highness is meeting ten children seriously wounded in the attack and who are still being treated will stop who are still being treated will sto p m ete rs who are still being treated will stop meters away, parts of the hospital have been evacuated as the investigation continues and a police search is going on nearby. it is just one week after the queen‘s
visit, beating others affected by the attack. another royal boost to a place dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy that killed dozens and injured many more. back now to the election campaign. many key policy areas, such as health and education, are devolved in wales, which means they are dealt with by the welsh assembly rather than by westminster. so what are the big issues which may affect how people in wales vote in the general election? on a sunny day, newport in pembrokeshire could be described as one of the most picturesque places in the country. it is a rural county where 23% of the population are over 65 years old. given that so many key issues, such as health and education, are devolved, which issues are most important to the people in this seaside town in this general election? i think getting a good deal with brexit definitely. in terms of local issues, i don‘t think they are really
covered by the general election. the policies, ithink, at the end of the day, i think the leader is important. i think you've got to think of someone who will be strong enough to get us through different times, but the policies stand strongest for me, i think, yeah. pembrokeshire is an agricultural heartland and a sector, like several others in wales, that benefits from european funding. political parties have said they would replace the shortfall when we leave, but there are worries about what could happen if the money is not replaced. it would be very damaging to the red meat sector, to the beef and sheep sector. because without the... the statistics show that without that support payment, they would be losing a lot of money and you would see them disappear. here at gwent urban centre, what is most important and what will win the vote come june 8th? it is the leaders that are going to change people‘s votes, i think. definitely.
my biggest concern is wales gets the money that we would have been paying the eu and to help people in britain because in newport we did well from the eu. business rates are another devolved issue. however decisions on and financing large—scale projects are not. so which infrastructure would benefit the economy in newport in south—east wales the most? certainly the electrification, given it would run straight through newport, is a key enabler. that means that newport is brought closer to london and markets in the south—east of england, which are crucial and lucrative for welsh businesses. so will the choice be based on brexit, the leadership battle, or will something else sway the vote in newport on polling day? tomas morgan, bbc news, newport. this evening, as part of the election coverage, theresa may and jeremy corbyn will both take part in a bbc question time special. here‘s our chief political correspondent vicki young with more details.
this is where theresa may and jeremy corbyn will be standing as they face questions from 150 voters. the last—minute preparations are under way making sure the important microphones work. in the past, this format has proved tricky. last time, david cameron face difficult questions on welfare cuts and ed miliband struggled to answer whether labour had spent too much. this format is different to where you have seven party leaders arguing and shouting over each other. here the politicians have to deal with people‘sexperiences and it can be harder to fob them. sound bites will not do. many thanks. that question time special is tonight and kicks off at 8.30pm on bbc one and on the news channel. thousands of football fans will be in cardiff this weekend for the final of this season‘s uefa champions league.
italian side juventus will play real madrid. organisers say they expect an audience of 100s of millions to watch the match on tv. our correspondent richard conway is in cardiff. cardiff is the home of champions this week. last night leon were crowned winners for the fourth time in the women‘s showcase final but only after a nervy penalty shoot out. —— lyon. on saturday the men‘s final sea juventus and real madrid going head—to—head to lift the top prize in european football. for gareth bale of the druid a homecoming to savour. —— of real madrid. he is facing up to the prospect of not starting this match, given his recent return from injury. i have been working hard on fitness. iam not i have been working hard on fitness. i am not match fit. whether the manager thinks that might be a
problem, it may be so, and if i have to be on the bench and come off the bench to make an impact that is what i will have to do. the final will be played amidst tight security after the manchester attack that killed 22 concert goers. the roof will be closed as a precaution and organisers remind fans to arrive early and not to bring bags. the wafer president is confident everything is being done to ensure a safe environment. the problem is that the stadiums are secured and safe. there are many people in the street. we have to be cautious about it. we have to be connected to the police, local police, intelligence agencies, and we are doing that. he‘s our teams with fan bases that stretch beyond national borders. it seems the world is looking to wales this weekend. it is going to be hard
for real madrid but i hope they win and to have a good experience.” think both will score but juventus will get it in the end. opportunities to host the champions league final do not come around often and cardiff is determined to make every moment count on its own big day. time for a look at the weather. here‘s tomasz shaffernaker. mostly good news this weekend. a lot of fine weather around if you do not mind a shower or two. this is a useful picture from scotland. a wetter picture from manchester. there is rain around today with a weather front crossing the uk. this is the weekend summary. sunshine and showers. this is the satellite picture. this is low—pressure