tv The Election Wrap BBC News June 7, 2017 7:30pm-8:01pm BST
last push for votes in the battle for number 10. we'll tell you what the other parties have been doing on the campaign trail on the eve of the election. they separate us into two groups, i wa nt they separate us into two groups, i want you to unify the country. they may be too young to vote, but children from the bbc school report ask what the next prime minister can do to make their lives better. theresa may called this snap election 50 days ago. we'll tell you how things developed in our campaign highlights in just 120 seconds. we'll hear a plea from simon brown, a british soldier who was injured in iraq and saved the lives of six of his colleagues, about the importance of voting tomorrow. it's so important that you use your voice and your opinion. you might not think it matters, but it truly does. and at the very least, honour
the sacrifices made to ensure that you will always have a vote. and our election gurus in the studio this evening, for this last election wrap of the campaign, are caroline crampton, the assistant editor at the new statesman, and tim shipman, who's political editor at the sunday times. let's bring you up to date with the latest developments from the last day on the campaign trail. the leaders treated the british public to a re—run of their best hits today, trotting out plenty of old favourites from their political phrasebooks. after seven weeks of campaigning, theresa may told voters she still needs help with her brexit hand to become the strongest leader of them all. every vote for me is a vote to strengthen my brexit hand. and a vote for a fairer and more prosperous britain for us all.
jeremy corbyn set his sights closer to his london home, visiting watford, harrow and islington to emphasise that his manifesto is ‘for the many‘. i'm proud of this document, for the many, not the few. i'm very proud of the input into it. and it is a manifesto that can transform our politics and change our attitudes in this society. it was ‘back to the future‘ for tim farron in his speech to supporters in bath ahead of a rally in oxford. i've my back to you, because we are facing forward and facing a massive day. notjust in bath, but across the west country and an opportunity to change the direction of the country. and nicola sturgeon criticised theresa may‘s ‘strong
and stable‘ message, but fell back on her own catchphrase when she insisted her candidates could be strong for scotland. do not wake up on friday morning and find that scottish votes have boosted theresa may‘s majority and thrown her a lifeline. let us wake up thrown her a lifeline. let us wake up on friday morning having re—elected strong snp voices who will stand up for scotland. well, those were the party leaders with their latest messages, but let‘s have a look at the last dash that started early this morning. ridiculously early o‘clock and the prime minister was taking the phrase meat and greet quite literally by visiting smithfield market in london. tomorrow‘s the big one. tomorrow's the big one. obviously not courting the vegan vote. but listen carefully and you can hear a handful of butchers booing. how are you?
liberal democrat leader, tim farron, was in solihull to continue his cooking tour of britain. nobody got food poisoning. he whipped up sausages and sauerkraut as warning against what he calls a hard tory breakfast. i mean brexit. in glasgow, the labour leader held the first of six rallies today. behind the scenes shadow police minister lynne brown took over from the shadow home secretary, diane abbot, who is still ill. actually, jeremy‘s been sounding a bit croaky. they claim my voice was bad. how outrageous, my voice is fine! mid morning and theresa may was at a bowling club in southampton. fresh from the revelation that she ran through wheat fields as a child, we learned another personal gem about the prime minister. her tea order. cup of tea no, milk. morning all. something strongerfor tim farron.
by this point he was in a pub in st alban‘s to talk about business rates. paul nuttall took you ukip‘s message to great yarmouth. they do love a market these politicians. paul nuttall was one party leader trying to get a message out. we are not a single issue party, we stand for putting more into the nhs, slashing the foreign aid budget, investing in our defence and our boys and girls in the armed forces and of course reducing immigration which would be good for community cohesion and the economy. we are feel we are at a fork in the road f you don't want to waste money on trident and look at ideas to make the country fit for the 215t century
and want more investment in the nhs, then vote for the green party. we face a numberof then vote for the green party. we face a number of threats from a tory government with an increased mandate. threats to people in our communities, threats to our nhs and threats to the process of leaving the eu to jobs threats to the process of leaving the eu tojobs and livelihoods. it is only by having a strong team of plaid cymru mps that we can make su wail's voice is taken seriously. well, to have a look at the last day of campaigning in more detail i‘m joined by caroline crampton, the assistant editor of the new statesman and tim shipman, political editor of the sunday times. does this last day matter, the final push to get the message over? does this last day matter, the final push to get the message over7m does this last day matter, the final push to get the message over? it is important for narrative purposes bgs you want to give your story the crescendo before voting day. i‘m not
sure it matters so much to voters. people have already decide or they will decide in the ballot box in the last 2a hours. i don‘t think anything will change their minds. last 2a hours. i don‘t think anything will change their mindsm has been such a strange election. from the moment theresa may called it, with almost nobody expecting that, a surprise? yes the whole thing has been bizarre. a month ago, this was probably the most boring general election i have covered. and i'iow general election i have covered. and now i'm thinking it is one of the most interesting and we have seen two parties taking control of the landscape and the small parties have faded and you're the two visions taking each other on and it is a proper clash of ideologies and of personalities. how do you see the personalities. how do you see the personalities having fared? personalities. how do you see the personalities having fared ?|j personalities. how do you see the personalities having fared? i think it has been very revealing for both. both leaders who haven‘t led into an election before and although we do have a parliamentary system there is
a discussion about increasingly presidential we are becoming, your voting for local candidates, but you feel like you‘re voting for the national outcome and we have had greater scrutiny on theresa may and jeremy corbyn and i thinkjeremy corbyn‘s come out the better. he loves the local detail of campaigning and meeting people. i think theresa may that is not her for tay and it comes across. is that how you see it? yes, theresa may became prime minister without even going through a proper tory leadership contest and elections reveal the individuals. the americans complain they have this agonising two year process to pick a president. but by the end of it, you know everything there is to know about that person. this has been a revealing process for theresa may. she didn't even make a virtue of it by saying this guy is a great campaignerlet him be by saying this guy is a great campaigner let him be a protester, i'm the serious prime minister. even that she has not been able to frame and shown she is not comfortable in
the spotlight and can't wait to get back into no 10 as she hopes. is that how she sold herselfers somebody who gets on with the job. that is how she was selling ourself to start with and how she is today. it has been cliche day on the campaign trail. they want people going into the ballot box thinking through theresa may's virtues. but they have seen a woman who has changed her mind about a couple of things and has looked uncomfortable with some questioning. she called it presumably hoping for a landslide. if she doesn‘t get one, how disappointed will she be and how disappointed with the conservative party be? when the expectations are set high, there is only one way. you feel like you have lost. before we
know the result people are arguing over what victory looks like and the day after traichl call —— theresa may called the election, we were talking of a 100 strong majority. we are not in that ball game. the polls and what we are hearing... to be fair was that just journalists talking? i think the conservative party themselves had expectations in that realm as well. i think the tory mps that realm as well. i think the tory mps did. i think that realm as well. i think the tory mps did. i think the one good thing for theresa may is they have had that knocked out of them now. when they started the campaign, if you believed people who work for theresa may, she went in hope, thinking it was worth calling the general election to get a majority of 50 or 60. now most tory mps would be satisfied with that. i'm struggling to find many that think they will have a majority of much less than that. they're relatively confident, but what has changed appears to be the chance for theresa may and the
tories to ruck up the score in a way we haven't seen since tony blair's victories 20—odd years ago. but a majority of 50 would be the best tory performance for a generation since 1987. tory performance for a generation since1987. so they will take that. not long to wait until we find out. thank you. the election has been dominated in recent days by security issues in the aftermath of the terror attacks in london and manchester. today‘s final day of campaigning has seen party leaders return to their core messages — for the conservatives — brexit and the economy andfor labour — the nhs and schools. christian fraser has been looking at each of the main parties manifesto commitments in three key areas — the economy, health and housing. have you made up your mind or do you need a bit of help? let‘s have a fast and furious guide to some of the policies the parties are setting out. we‘ll start with the economy. it‘s always the economy, stupid. maybe not so much this time, though. the conservatives say they‘ll balance the budget by 2025.
they are ruling out any increases to vat but they will stick with current plans to raise personal tax allowances, those they have set out and cuts to corporation tax. labour say they‘ll inject £250 billion into the economy over the next ten years. there‘ll be no increase in personal national insurance but there will be a top rate of 50p and higher income taxes for those who earn over £80,000. if there is a hung parliament, the snp will play a bigger role, of course, they would support any plans to balance the uk budget over the next five to seven years. again their pledge is to protect the low—paid but there would be that top rate of 50p. and the liberal democrats, again, pledges to balance the budget. this is really the marquee policy for the liberal democrats. everybody would spend an extra penny in the pound in income tax for a world class nhs service and they would inject an extra £100 billion into infrastructure, house building, broadband, schools, etc. let‘s look at a devolved issue, health care.
we will start with ukip. they would give the nhs an extra £9 billion every year for the next five to seven years. more training for nurses. this one was there in 2015, cracking down on foreign nationals who are not eligible to use the nhs. labour would commit more than £30 billion in extra funding over the next parliament. this is really a key one, they would guarantee access to nhs treatment within 18 weeks. and the tories say they would increase spending by £8 billion over the course of the next parliament. up to 2022-23. and the liberal democrats, we have seen that one, but this one is maybe important, ensuring mental health care is similar to the standards in physical health care. quite a big one that on the doorstep. let‘s look at housing, another devolved issue. rent controls, a big issue for younger voters. the green party making commitments on that. the conservatives say they would build fixed—term council
houses that could be sold after 15 years under the right—to—buy scheme. labour say they will, again, control rent rises and they are promising to build at least 100,000 council houses a year and the liberal democrats, 300,000 new homes every year. can‘t get through all of them, but please do have a look at the website. all the manifestos are there, from all the parties — bbc.co.uk/news. they may not be old enough to vote tomorrow — but many teenagers across the uk will be directly affected by the general election result. bbc school report have asked some of them what the next prime minister can do to make their lives better. dear prime minister, make wi—fi free. myself and other young people wa nt free. myself and other young people want to go to university, reduce
tuition fees. i want a free day week so, i don't have to dread monday. tuition fees. i want a free day week so, i don't have to dread mondaylj would so, i don't have to dread monday.” would like to make fees cheaper for people like me. make rights between men and women equal.” people like me. make rights between men and women equal. i want you to lower the voting aiming so we have a fair chance of deciding the future. now young voters they can‘t vote, but many can and jeremy corbyn has been targeting them with tuition fees. it is a major planks ofjeremy corbyn‘s idea of how he would win an election. first non—voters, people
who stay at home and young voters, which historically don‘t turn up. who stay at home and young voters, which historically don't turn up. or doesn‘t even register. which historically don't turn up. or doesn't even register. the older you get, the more likely you are to vote and it has been the older you are the more likely you are to vote conservative. so hence the strategy. iremain conservative. so hence the strategy. i remain sceptical, but if he turns out many young people he will have changed the landscape of british politics. is that enough to win him an election? if it happened on the scale some people in the labour party hope, it might be enough to re move party hope, it might be enough to remove the conservative majority and if you look at opinion polls, some of the companies are predicting high turn out among young people, up to 08%. traditionally they vote in the low 405 and in a good election up to the low 505. that would seem to be ambitious. but he splurged £11
billion on the tuition pledge and some think it was an attempt to target those people in the university towns and cities at the expense of the working class, the traditional labour voters, they wanted commitments on benefits. we did some work at the weekend and a lot of young people who are registering appear to be doing so in seats that labour already holds. the problem for jeremy corbyn seats that labour already holds. the problem forjeremy corbyn is he may get more votes than ed miliband, but may not get more seats. looking ahead, if corbyn does reasonably well, loses, but does well, is he then safe? it seems so. there doesn‘t seem, what i pick up is that there isn‘t much appetite for a second coup as the phrase was last year. but it comes back to what victory look like. if we have either an equal or a better vote share than what ed miliband achieved, but fewer
seats, that is possible, if as it looks like, jeremy corbyn is piling up looks like, jeremy corbyn is piling u p votes looks like, jeremy corbyn is piling up votes in places where labour already hold seats or seats that would have gone to them any way, he is not making inroads in difficult areas, then it is a kind of semantic argument. he can argue, i‘m a popular leader and i turned out so many people and those in the labour party who are critical of him and they can say we have fewer seats and they can say we have fewer seats and the conservatives have more. that is the conservatives have more. that is the opposite of what you want to achieve. it is going to be a summer of labour wrangling, but i think jeremy corbyn will stay where he is. iagree, jeremy corbyn will stay where he is. i agree, his position looks like it will be enhanced. he has a huge amount of support from the membership and may have more votes than ed miliband from the party at large. from the country at large. tony benn hailed eight million votes for socialism. there might be ten or
11 this time and they can point to the opinion polls and say a lot of this stuff is popular. for the moment, we will thank you. we are going to look back. it‘s been 50 days since theresa may called a snap general election. here is a round—up of the 2017 general election campaign in just 120 seconds. the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th ofjune. not another one! you can only have strong public services when you have the strong and stable leadership that delivers a strong economy. strong leadership is about standing up for the many, not the few. so how much will it cost?
i will give you the figure in a moment. you don‘t know it? they will. .. it will cost... nothing has changed. becoming an independent country. debates where the politicians are squabbling among themselves doesn‘t do anything. where do you think theresa may is tonight? i think the first rule of leadership is to show up. i believe leaders should walk the walk. we must come together. absolutely shocked and horrified at what happened.
fight fire with fire. we need to ensure that our police and our security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need. the police and security services must get the resources they need. with me is caroline crampton of the new statesman and tim shipman from the sunday times. let‘s give theresa may and jeremy corbyn marks out of ten for their campaigns. why don‘t me? tim. corbyn marks out of ten for their campaigns. why don't me? tim.” corbyn marks out of ten for their campaigns. why don't me? tim. i will give jeremy corbyn 7. he has outperformed expectations that were very low. he had a couple of wobbles. the interview with the woman's hour was one a low and had die yacht abbot not —— diane abbot not performed worse it may have been
the worst of campaign. but he has givena the worst of campaign. but he has given a good account of himself and wh he believes. theresa may i would give 4. she has held her own, got back to the messages she wanted, but ultimately whether she wins or not, a lot of people in the conservative party think she is a diminished figure. is that how you see it? yes, i would go further and givejeremy corbyn 9 out of 10, given he went into the campaign on 1 or minus something. he has made tremendous... what about tim farron? he has had a terrible campaign. i would put him on 2. really dreadful. in what sense? i think you know he was hampered at the start with all the stuff about his personal opinions on social issue, gay marriage and this stuff and he didn‘t shut that down quickly and allowed it to drag on
and taint the liberal democrats‘ message and it became about his personality. after that, nothing else seemed to compete. they haven‘t cut through as tim said, we are operating a two—party system it feels like. tim farron, is his leadership of the liberal democrats under threat? depending on the results, but if it doesn‘t go brilliantly? i think so we will have three succession battles in all three succession battles in all three of the main parties. perhaps all four if you include ukip, if there still a ukip. all four if you include ukip, if there stilla ukip. i all four if you include ukip, if there still a ukip. i could give farron 2 or 3. his campaign has been more disastrous than theresa may's, because it is rendering his party irrelevant. he made a misjudgment in assuming the vast number of remain vote rs assuming the vast number of remain voters would rush to the liberal democrats, because they wanted to re—open the question around brexit. it looks like most of remain voters
would like to move on. even if they don't, there is nothing compelling about the liberal democrats with tim farron. we may end up with vince cable again. it was supposed to be the brexit election, but it has not been exclusively? no, theresa may's made her best attempts to make it so. because she feels that is her point of authority and strength. but i think astonishing as it may feel not even a year on, we have moved on, most people accepted our exit from the eu as a reality and now its just a question of who does it best and how do we negotiate and on what terms do we leave. and in a word, your prediction? tory majority of about 60. i've put in a prediction of 66. you must have been talking to each other. 60 and 66. it would
surprise me if it was lower. it wasn't surprise me if it was nearer 100. you're keeping your options open. thank you. well, that‘s it from the election wrap. but before we go, we wanted to leave you with the thoughts of simon brown. simon was shot while serving in iraq in 2006. he saved the lives of six of his colleagues and has these thoughts for you ahead of polling day tomorrow. hi there, my name is simon brown and i am a former soldier in the british army. i was fortunate to survive the incident on the battlefield. i woke up in birmingham after 18 days in a coma. to the knowledge that i‘d lost my left eye and my right i had very little hope of retaining any sight.
although i survived my injuries, i have colleagues that didn‘t. and it changed my perspective on life. i suddenly realised i was a survivor, not a victim. and it made me think about the things i have kept and not the things i have lost. i think that some values that i carry forward with me now. i‘ve served in places around the world where the people living there have no say. i have seen how powerless they feel. i really feel that the biggest freedom that we have is to have a voice and an opinion. that our leaders have to listen to. it is so important that you use your voice and your opinion. you might not think it matters, but it truly does. and at the very least honour the sacrifices made to ensure that you will always have a vote. i‘m sure most of us would agree the
weather‘s been much better today compared to yesterday. tomorrow, more cloud around and i think there will be some rain around too and in fa ct will be some rain around too and in fact the weather didn‘t last for very long, the fine weather in the west, this cloud is rolling in off the atlantic. it has been bringing some rain to the south—west, to wales and northern ireland and eastern areas before that cloud reaches you. for most of us tonight not necessarily wet, it will be mostly light rain. so let‘s call it a damp and mild night. 13 or14 mostly light rain. so let‘s call it a damp and mild night. 13 or 14 in the south. the heavier rain will fall in wales and the south west and north—west england. this is what it looks like in the morning. the heavy
rain in the western areas. many southern and eastern areas here cloudy and just a few spits and spots of rain and northern scotland waking up to sunshine and a childy and bright start. —— chilly and bright start. through the course of the day, that cloud is slow—moving and moving across the uk slowly. the heavy rain bearing cloud will move north and i think a wet at times day in belfast, southern scotland, the north—west and the south will be dry with some sunshine. as we head into friday, thursday night into friday that weather system pulls away and again there is a gap between weather systems, so this here is friday‘s weather. so friday actually doesn‘t look too bad. maybe some showers around in the morning, but in the afternoon it is bright with light
winds, so the end to the working week is not looking bad. i think we are infora week is not looking bad. i think we are in for a fine evening on friday. temperatures in the low 20s in the south. the high teens in the north. the weather will change through the weekend. saturday probably another over cast day. with some rain. and sunday a little mixed. so to sum prize, the weekend is unsettled with at least a bit of both. this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. a last—minute dash for party leaders in the final day of campaigning before millions of voters head to the polls. theresa may urged voters to back her on brexit in herfinal rally of the campaign. who do you trust to have a strong and stable leadership to deliver the best dealfor britain in europe? brexit matters, it is the basis for everything else. we've got a choice. five more years of tory cuts, longer waiting lists, underfunded schools in many parts of our country and hope under labour. and in other news:
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