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you're watching bbc news at nine with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines. with a week to go before the country goes to the polls, the main parties push their big election pleges — the tories on tax, labour on schools and the lib dems on business. half of eurostar trains are cancelled as a huge nationwide strike in france gets underway causing travel chaos across europe. we'll have all the latest here and in paris. a warning of ‘hidden‘ waiting lists as bbc research discovers delays for thousands of mental health patients in england. millions of hsbc customers will face a single charge of almost 40% if they use their arranged overdraft in any of their accounts. anthony joshua tells us
that he holds "no fear" going into his highly anticipated rematch with andy ruinunior. i tell you, i am punching like a horse kicking back right now. my kinetic chain, my rhythm, there's no tension in my body. we say loose and heavy, loose and heavy. good morning, and welcome to the bbc news at 9. with just a week to go until the country goes to the polls, the conservatives have outlined what they'll do in their first 100 days in office. boris johnson has promised a tax—cutting budget in february, as well as protections for some of the pledges already made in the campaign so far. on the health service,
they've promised to ‘enshrine in law‘ the extra £39.9 billion a year they have promised for the nhs up to 2023. on crime, they've promised a law to end the automatic release of serious violent offenders, like the man responsible for the london bridge terror attack. and they've promised to start recruiting the 20,000 police officers, and 50,000 nurses for the nhs they've been talking about in the campaign. labour also made major policy announcements focused on education, pledging to limit class sizes in primary schools to 30, to recruit 20,000 teachers over the next five years, and £7 billion allocated to bring school buildings up to scratch. the lib dems are today focusing business, announcing plans to ‘boost innovation and growth‘ with a £17 billion research and development fund, and plans to spend 3% of gdp on r&d,
‘as soon as possible‘. let's go to westminster now and talk to our assistant political editor norman smith. good morning, good morning, norman. good morning, norman. 0ne good morning, norman. one week good morning, norman. one week to good morning, norman. one week to go good morning, norman. one week to go to get the messages out and push the m essa 9 es to get the messages out and push the messages again and again. let's talk about the conservatives first. talking about cutting taxes but alongside spending pledges, so can they make the sums add up? well, the tax cuts, let's be honest, they are not massive. they are confirming they would hold a brexit budget in february where they would introduce this raise in the national insurance threshold to £9,500 which would give taxpayers £85 per year so it is a taxpayers £85 per year so it is a tax cut, but not a big bonanza, and all of that is wrapped up in this larger message they have today which is in100 larger message they have today which is in 100 days it will be crash, bang, wallop and they will do all sorts of things once they have got
brexit done, so notjust the budget, suggesting they will bring forward a whole load of different pieces of legislation including legislation to curb strikes and end of the vexatious legal cases against vetera ns vexatious legal cases against veterans and also as you mention, the bill to enshrine in law the extra billions they are promising the nhs and they will also kick—start a load of reviews, so they would begin a review into defence and security policy and at long last, the review into social care, so all that is basically sending out the message that once we have brexit done, there is no stopping us and we are in full go mode and an awful lot will happen, and that is designed to reinforce the familiar boris johnson and that is designed to reinforce the familiar borisjohnson message of let's get brexit done and then things can happen. so, let's have a listen to the chancellor, sajid javid, spelling out the message. one
of the key thing is we will get done in the first hundred days is to take our deal that has been agreed, a good deal through parliament, and it will be done by the end ofjanuary. it is the exit arrangements that have been set out and agreed by the eu and the uk. it is a good deal, and once it goes through, we will have left the eu and we will have entered what is called the transition period. during that period, by the end of 2020, we will have agreed and finalised the trade deal. labour began this campaign by saying they wanted to talk about subjects other than brexit, that is what they are doing today, focusing on educations and the lib on business. take us through their big thoughts for the day. it's interesting that labour are still bringing out big policy and spending pledges just a week away from election day and today they are
saying that they would recruit 20,000 new teachers and would cap school places at 30 and set aside 7 billion to improve school buildings and they are also proposing sending —— spending around 600 million to provide an additional 500,000 hostel places as part of their ledge to end rough sleeping in five years, and what is interesting is that one of the sort of criticisms or feedback on the door set —— doorstep is that people are a little bit cautious about the things labour promised because there is so much they are promising and some labourfolk because there is so much they are promising and some labour folk are saying that this is a bit of a confusing message and there doesn't seem to be a simple narrative to say this is what we are about because we are promising all manner of things and interestingly this morning, the shadow education secretary angela rayner acknowledged it could cause scepticism amongst voters. one of the things to say is can you do all the things to say is can you do all the things to say is can you do all the things you are promising, that is the main things, and it's because
they have been told for years they cannot have it, yet my generation got free tuition, we had police on our streets and we had investment in schools. we can do this things. we borrowed after the second world war to build a society we have got today but a lot of people think they can't have that, so they think it's unrealistic, the things we say. so when you have those conversations with them, they actually become more positive. and the liberal democrats will present themselves as the party for business, unveiling proposals for business, unveiling proposals for £17 billion of research funding to encourage businesses to set aside more cash and to do more in terms of research and development, although, iimagine, some research and development, although, i imagine, some of the questions they are likely to face or the leader is likely to face, will follow on from the interview on the andrew neil programme last night in which she apologised for some of the decisions she had taken when a minister in the coalition government and she also waved away some of the criticisms she has faced because
some polls have suggested that actually the more voters see her, the less they like her. this morning, the former tory, now liberal democrat candidate sarah woollaston played down suggestions that somehowjo swinson was not connecting with voters. that somehowjo swinson was not connecting with voterslj that somehowjo swinson was not connecting with voters. i don't acce pt connecting with voters. i don't accept she is unpopular. if you look at the debate yesterday with andrew neil, that interview, and see how well she did do, sol neil, that interview, and see how well she did do, so i don't accept she is unpopular but i do think there has been an issue and some of there has been an issue and some of the terms i hear people using, terms like shrill. people don't use those terms in —— about male politicians andl terms in —— about male politicians and i think that's very unfortunate and i think that's very unfortunate andl and i think that's very unfortunate and i think that's very unfortunate and i think people should be looking again at our manifesto and the ambitious policies we have that are all costed, unlike some of the others. familiar territory i guess for a lot of the policy announcements and pledges today. boris johnson's announcements and pledges today. borisjohnson's message, let's get
brexit done and on the labour side and offer of real change with yet more significant spending announcements. norman, thank you very much. and we are back on our tour of the uk at 11 leading up to the election on this morning we are in croydon, in fact all day, so do join us for that. a major strike's underway in france against president macron's pension reform. it means hundreds of flights have been grounded and only around half of eurostar‘s train services are running, causing knock on disruption for british travellers. well, we can go live to the uk's eurostar hub st pancras where keith doyle has more for us. good morning, keith, tell us in a bit more detail how services both there and more broadly are being affected by the strike in france. yes, those french strikes having a big impact in london. eurostar is
cancelling a number of trains and already this morning to peak—time trains, the 540 and the 755 have been cancelled. the boards inside the departures hall are now saying that the 1024 is also cancelled and ifi that the 1024 is also cancelled and if i could just rattle through the six to come today that have been cancelled, 1131, 1331, 1531, 1701 and 1901. all of those trains cancelled, which is roughly every second train and similar cancellations on the other side with trains coming from paris to london. those cancellations, eurostar today, and there is more tomorrow and they expect the cancellations on roughly half of services to be cancelled up until monday, possibly tuesday but this is a fluid situation and they wa nt to this is a fluid situation and they want to see how things develop in france. transport is really going to be hit across all areas. easyjet, the airline, british airways and air
france and rya nair the airline, british airways and air france and ryanair all the airline, british airways and air france and rya nair all saying the airline, british airways and air france and ryanair all saying that there will be cancellations. air france saying it's cancelling around 30% of its flights. the eurotunnel, that seems to be operating 0k, 30% of its flights. the eurotunnel, that seems to be operating ok, but the warning is that once you get to the warning is that once you get to the other side of the french strikes could have an impact on roads and towns and certainly in the centre of paris. we know there are thousands of extra police on the streets in paris today and there is expected to be large protests and this will have an impact on any tourists or anyone going to the french capital city today. . keith, thank you. let's speak to hugh schofield who's in paris for us. i think we can show you some live images coming in from paris of some protesters already on the streets there in the french capital. remember this is a nationwide strike in protest of the planned pension
reforms being introduced by emmanuel macron. you scofield, we can talk to him now. paris obviously a focus, but it's right across france that these nationwide strikes will be felt. first of all, how much disruption will this cause in paris and further into the continent?‘ lot is the short answer. but one has to factor in the fact that in the last couple of decades working practices have changed and a lot of people will be staying at home to work from home and a lot of people on the street they are using bikes and scooters and a lot of people taking a day off so the traffic around paris hasn't been that bad. the key is whether this lasts into the days ahead and next week if it is still going on we will be talking a different language about how this has really put pressure on emmanuel
macron. for today the trains are at a standstill, virtually no trains at all, so it is a big strike. how much popular support is there for it? this is an interesting question. it's about pension reform, and in general, people say, yes, the system thatis general, people say, yes, the system that is complicated and unfair in france needs reform but what emmanuel macron has done has said he will put everyone on the same basis and there will not be the privileged status that metro workers or railway workers have. although people agree with that in principle, but one, they are worried they might lose out when the reforms come through in their area of work and also this is more important, they are using the strike as a stick with which to beat emmanuel macron. he is a leader who is quite secure, politically speaking, there is no real opposition but he is not what you would call popular in france and a
lot of people see him, rightly or wrongly, as a neoliberal who is introducing rich man's anglo—saxon economics to the country and they don't like that. so they might agree in principle with a lot of what he's doing when it comes to pensions, they are unhappy about the general state of affairs in their working lives and are using the strike as a way of hitting back, and i think that explains today, and possibly in the days ahead, could be very widely followed. few, thank you very much. 70 serving and ex—labour officials have given sworn statements to an official investigation in to labour's handling of anti—semitism allegations. the statements form part of a submission, seen by the bbc, from the jewish labour movement to the equality and human rights commission. the commission announced a formal investigation earlier this year. labour says it was committed to rooting out anti—semitism in the party and the country. james libson, a partner at the mishcon de reya law firm, joins me now.
they are representing the jewish labour movement and he joins they are representing the jewish labour movement and hejoins me in the studio now. thanks for coming along. we have heard jeremy corbyn assert that every case of anti—semitism that has cropped up, every allegation that has cropped up in the party has been fully investigated. what do you say to that? well i investigated. what do you say to that? welll only investigated. what do you say to that? well i only work from the evidence and the submission based on the evidence, as you said, of 70, people who are intimate with the procedures and the labour party and brought right up to november 2019 on the evidence suggests that is not true. the evidence you are talking about, the testimony you talk about, you are saying that is effectively contemporary, it's about cases as recent as last month? it goes for the entire period we have been conducting the submissions on behalf of the jewish labour movement, conducting the submissions on behalf of thejewish labour movement, so from the beginning of this year and
all the way through but it is right up—to—date and the latest evidence suggests that a lot of complaints still have not been looked at and the system is still not working. you claim that there are examples of interference contained in these testimonies, and examples of double standards. what do you mean by that? i don't claim. the submission sets out the evidence for that, for interference and double standards. the evidence of the interference is from the leaders office into the processes they are supposed to investigate the complaints and there is plenty of evidence of that. these are allegations at this stage because ofjudgment are allegations at this stage because of judgment has are allegations at this stage because ofjudgment has to be made on that, doesn't it best to market is not a judgment. the commission will look at it and weigh up the evidence. i mean a judgment in the loosest sense. absolutely. but it's a lot of allegations, and all of the evidence does tend in the same
direction and the people who made the allegations and given the evidence have done so at great personal cost and risk and they have undergone threats, often, and it has impacted their mental health. what happens next in terms of the process ? happens next in terms of the process? when do you expect any resolution to all of this from the commission? the commission is continuing its work during the election. it just continuing its work during the election. itjust cannot make any findings or announce the results, so i expect they will be able to do that in the first quarter of next year. james, thank you for coming to talk to us. a member of an snp group set to investigate a candidate suspended over anti—semitic language has resigned from the party after being challenged herself over alleged anti—semitism. denise findlay was on the conduct committee expected to investigate neale hanvey who was due to contest the kirkcaldy and cowdenbeath seat in next week's election. it was reported she'd tweeted,
calling israel a "nazi state". the snp says her views at entirely at odds with the ethos of the party. the headlines on bbc news. with a week to go before the country goes to the polls — the main parties are pushing their big election pledges — the tories on tax, labour on schools and the lib dems on business. half of eurostar trains are cancelled as a huge nationwide strike in france gets underway causing travel chaos across europe. a warning of ‘hidden' waiting lists as bbc research discovers delays for thousands of mental health patients in england. we'll be finding out all the details on hsbc‘s new plan to charge millions of its customers a significantly higher rate for using their arranged overdraft. the everton boss marco silva says his future is no longer in his hands after they were thumped 5—2 by liverpool in the merseyside derby.
the club's board will meet today to decide if he's to be sacked. the pressure was eased on 0le gunner solskjaer as manchester united beat tottenham 2—1 on jose mourinho's return to old trafford. it's just united's fifth league win this season and scott brown scored in stoppage time to snatch victory against hamilton academical and move celtic two points clear of rangers at the top of the scottish premiership. i'll be back with more on those stories later. millions of hsbc customers are facing significantly higher fees if they use their arranged overdraft. the bank says that from march, it will bring in a single charge of almost 40% across all its accounts, except those held by students. hsbc insists that seven out of ten customers will be no worse off, and it will remove the current £5 daily fee for going into an unarranged overdraft.
business presenter dharshini david joins us. so, just assess this for us, and as ijust mentioned, hsbc saying that more customers will benefit from this than find themselves worse off, but who are the winners and losers as far as you are concerned? a nasty shock opening the letter or e—mail warning you that the interest rate on your overdraft will go up, in some cases from 9.9% up to 39.9% but this comes back to various rules introduced by the fca that said some customers, particularly vulnerable customers, particularly vulnerable customers who are not able to afford fees are being penalised unfairly. they wanted to do away with the fixed fees, the £5 you mentioned which is going away, and also the differentiation between those going into authorised and unauthorised overd rafts into authorised and unauthorised overdrafts because the latter were being penalised quite heavily. instead you will see a rate of
39.9%. hsbc is not the first to do it, nationwide did it back in the summer as it, nationwide did it back in the summer as well, however hsbc does have about 8 million current account customers, so have about 8 million current account customers, so one have about 8 million current account customers, so one in have about 8 million current account customers, so one in seven have about 8 million current account customers, so one in seven of them are held in the uk, are hsbc and many consumer finance experts are warning that perhaps this is just the beginning and we will see more banks and other financial institutions going the same way and 39.9% could be the new norm. it does sound drastic and some people will be worse off but there will be buffer zone so if you go slightly into the red you shouldn't be caught out as the most vulnerable, hsbc say they will be better off, but look at it this way, the regulators did warn there would be winners and losers from the new rules and it certainly seems that the banks are determined not to be the losers here. they made over £2 million from overdraft fees -- £2 over £2 million from overdraft fees —— £2 billion, so it's not something they want to get rid of likely and
they want to get rid of likely and they will look at other ways of making up the shortfall and it seems that the hsbc formula is one that many others are likely to follow.|j was about to ask you that, will other banks follow suit, but let me also ask, how ethical is this being seen also ask, how ethical is this being seen as? 0bviously also ask, how ethical is this being seen as? obviously the bank want to make profits and they don't want to lose any profit but will the regulator have to look at this idea? i'm sure this is something the regulator will scrutinise very closely because they did warn there would be winners and losers and we know there is a relatively small number of people who have a fairly sort of regular issue with going into the red and those are the people who can least afford to actually pay the fees and the fines that might be associated with that and when you look at their case, for example, if you are overdrawn by a couple of hundred pounds for 15 days, in that case you might be
better off than if you are facing a fixed rate per day of £5 with interest as well on top of that, so it really depends on who you are. the banks are saying they've done it ina way the banks are saying they've done it in a way that the most vulnerable will not be worse off and actually better off and will not be pushed into deeper problems, but this is something that when the regulator brought out these plans there are lots of questions about how it would work in practice, so expect everyone to keep a close eye, consumer organisations, the banks, how all of this is working out. the new rules will come into force in the spring and some might say that perhaps hsbc and some might say that perhaps hsbc a nationwide are getting in ahead of time and may be making a bit of extra cash. thank you very much. in a moment the weather but first let's here's victoria derbyshire with what she's got coming up in her programme at ten. today we reveal how more than 1 million diazepam of pills bought illegally online were seized by uk
border force agents last year, and thatis border force agents last year, and that is more than double the figure in 2017. looking at that, that's three times in their and it looks like they could be skin cream. whatever this is, they've tried to disguise it. what would you think these are? that is diazepam. yes. we talk live to a 36—year—old single mum who at the height of her addiction was taking 100 mg a day of diazepam that she had bought illegally. join us live at 10am. health campaigners say that "hidden" waiting lists are causing delays for thousands of mental health patients in england. nine out of ten people referred to the improving access to psychological therapies service are seen within six weeks, but bbc research has discovered that nearly 95,000 people had to wait more than 90 days for a follow—up appointment. welljoining me in the studio is vicky nash, head of policy and campaigns at mind.
you are very welcome. so, on paper, it looks like people are getting on the books and getting their treatment but what do you mean by hidden waiting list? that they are not getting the follow—on treatment? that's right and we have to put it in context. thousands of people have really benefited from the talking therapy services provided but what therapy services provided but what the evidence is showing is that you are getting people in the door and they have to then wait a significantly longer time than they should be in order to get the next step in the treatment and that is problematic because the longer you wait, the worse your condition can become and the longer your recovery can become so it's a false economy in that sense. people are really struggling while waiting for that treatment. and that first appointment is very much an initial assessment and it's not really getting started on the treatment properly. exactly and what we hear from people who are waiting is that they live for those next
appointment. when you are unwell and becoming worse over time they really look forward to the appointment and if it is delayed or postponed it has a detrimental effect on their mental health. tell us more about how good the services when it works, when people get the appointments that they need to get. thousands of people have really benefited from this service and it can be life changing and it enables people to help deal with their mental health problem and get them back on track in their life and work and it is absolutely critical, when it goes right it is transformative. to the point, i have read, that the therapy leads to them no longer being clinically diagnosed with a condition such as depression, anxiety and so on. it's got a really good recovery rate so people can recover from their mental health problem, if they get the right type of therapy and that is also an issue. the government would argue that this service is a victim of its
own success. more people are being referred but it's almost grown the number of referrers —— referrals, it's outstripped the available service, so what is being done to meet the demand? we know more money has been injected into the service and that is good but it also takes time for the money to reach the front line and actually it is about building up the workforce so the big problem we have is that not having enough of the right people in the right place and therefore the services, the managers of the services, the managers of the services are having to make difficult decisions about reducing the number of appointments someone can get or simply offering a group therapy option when it simply isn't appropriate because you need to get the right therapy to meet the right individual needs. so they are limiting their choice. if somebody watching this in that position is in this limbo, if you like, really desperately feeling that they need this therapy but they are on a waiting list, what would you advise them? i think it's a really
difficult situation for them because there are very limited options. some people when they are waiting decide that they have no other option than to pay privately and get an instant treatment. but for many people that is not an option, so they are left languishing with limited support. what we would say is to check and see if there's any other support available. it might not be clinical support but it might be social support but it might be social support and lots of other voluntary organisations that might help ease the burden while you're waiting for a clinical appointment. so to stop somebody getting to a crisis point? yes, and to stay in contact because we wa nt yes, and to stay in contact because we want to make sure people do not get to that crisis point, but this is actually about investing money and we are in the middle of an election, so whoever forms the next government absolutely has to see mental health as a priority and to really inject some money into the services, because we are still way
behind other services in terms of waiting times and levels of treatment. vicky, thank you very much, from the charity mind. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king there will be a distinct change in the weather over the next few days and we will lose the frost and fog and we will lose the frost and fog and we will see more wet and windy conditions and with that, it's turning much milder as well. this morning the rain is going to be quite heavy across scotland and northern ireland and some of the rain edges its way into north wales through northern areas of england but the rain is particularly heavy in the west of scotland. further south and east, still some fog that will lift and clear away and there will lift and clear away and there will be brighter skies in the south—east. gusty winds for all of us south—east. gusty winds for all of us but especially in the northern half of the city, 50 or 60 mile gusts around scotland with heavy rain continuing into the afternoon and maximum temperatures between nine and 13 degrees. tonight, the area of rain will gradually spread
further south and east and it will bea mild further south and east and it will be a mild night with temperatures for many of us rising into the early hours of friday morning and that's the overnight low, between nine and 13 degrees. goodbye. hello, this is bbc news with annita mcveigh. the headlines... with a week to go before the country goes to the polls — the main parties push their big
election pledges — the tories on tax, labour on schools and the lib dems on business. half of eurostar trains are cancelled as a huge nationwide strike in france gets underway causing travel chaos across europe. we'll have all the latest here and in paris. a warning of ‘hidden' waiting lists as bbc research discovers delays for thousands of mental health patients in england. anthony joshua tells us that he holds "no fear" going into his highly anticipated rematch with andy ruinunior. scientists say trials of a new vaccine against typhoid has cut cases of the disease by more than 80%. time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. there s only one week to go are watching, reading and sharing. and we ve been following the online
battle ground closely. there s been fake news, disinformation, doctored videos and millions spent on adverts. 0ur digital election reporterjoe tidy has been taking a look at the campaign has been playing out on social media. whilst the rules of engagement on the physical campaign trail are semi—defined, online it's a free throw and so far, we've pretty much seen throw and so far, we've pretty much seen it all. the election got off to a controversial start with this conservative party video of keir starmer. the video was edited to make it seem as if the labour shadow brexit secretary was tongue—tied but he wasn't, it was branded as a responsible, the conservative party stood by it and watched it go viral. another video causing edifice was this. which almost got the labour party backing momentum group sued by coca—cola. the soft drinks giant issuing a legal error saying you have to take it down which they did. elsewhere in the labour party
movement, jeremy corbyn at least in social media is having a very good campaign. these sorts of tweets put out by his team, very pointed, personal, attacking billionaires and elites, we've also seen lots of off the cuff videos as well which are proving very popular. 0verall, jeremy corbynpos my posts on facebook for example are doing better than all the parties put together, more like skirmishers, reactions than anyone else. we are also seeing some of these style videos with the conservatives. this one by boris johnson, videos with the conservatives. this one by borisjohnson, viewed millions of times. 0verall come across social media, conservatives winning across all the platforms, getting all the likes, shares, noise, but not all the noise is good. during one of the itv
debates, this happened. the conservative party press office rebranded their twitter account to this and posed as an independent fa ct this and posed as an independent fact checking organisation, again, widely criticised but they stood by it. they are not the only party that's been up to tricks. there has been a fierce battle taking place over at the google search bar with parties buying up the keywords of their rivals to try and hijack voters prising. for example, a few weeks ago if you typed in paris brexit deal you would have seen an advert for this website. made for and paid for by the brexit party. the real money in this election is being spent here. facebook and instagram. almost £2 million spent so instagram. almost £2 million spent so far, the lib dems consistently been spending the most and had the most number of active adverts, thousands at any one time, highly targeted adverts for example like these, bar charts, controversial, they had no figures attached, only recently have the labour party caught up and overtaken on spending.
there's also been a fair amount of fa ke there's also been a fair amount of fake news and disinformation in this election, including a strange story aboutjo election, including a strange story about jo swinson election, including a strange story aboutjo swinson murdering squirrels, that seems to have come from a member of the public but observers noticing a different trend in this election. what we've actually seen more than anything is the little parties themselves providing the most disinformation or misinformation. quite extraordinary to us these tactics had been so brazen and they are almost doing the job for anyone outside who might wa nt to job for anyone outside who might want to disrupt the agenda. job for anyone outside who might want to disrupt the agendam job for anyone outside who might want to disrupt the agenda. it will be up to the next government to decide what rules they want in place in the next election but meantime, there another week of this campaign on and off—line! that assessment of the digital election campaign so far. this was billed as the brexit election. but, with a week to go, is that still the main issue for voters? and after so many election leaflets, facebook ads, doorknocking and air time, have the polls been shifting? one man who has been poring over the data is sirjohn curtice, professor of politics
at strathclyde university. thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us with a week to go. 0ur reporters looking at the importance of the digital election. how has that and other factors played into voter intention, what can you tell us about that with seven days to go? frankly, it's a relatively straightforward story as far as this election concerned, the conservative vote up, the labour party built up, as compared with position at the beginning of the campaign, both up by roughly the same amount, five points. the brexit party vote has fallen away quite heavily. down by about seven points to three orfour, heavily. down by about seven points to three or four, the heavily. down by about seven points to three orfour, the liberal democrat vote has also eased away from about 16 points to the beginning of the campaign to 13 points now but the movement, dramatic as it might seem, has not made any difference to the conservative lead over the labour
party, still looking at the conservative party ten points ahead, which is where we were at the beginning of the campaign, the lead widened for a while, but easing back again to where we started, but the second thing to note, the movement quite substantial as it is, has occurred very much within the remain and within the live cams, what i mean is, the conservative party has essentially made progress by squeezing the brexit party vote, its support amongst those who said they voted leave three years ago has gone up voted leave three years ago has gone up from about 55% at the beginning of the campaign, to as much as 70% now. where as the parties vote amongst those who voted remain has stuck at around 18, 19 point mark as it was at the beginning of the campaign. the labour party meanwhile, its progress has come primarily from the liberal democrats amongst remain voters. labour ‘s vote increased by about five or six points during the course of the
election campaign, is now almost a half of remain voters, the lib dems down to less than a quarter. hints of tactical voting there, professor, perhaps? $64,000 question is whether we will get more than this squeezing of the third party vote, as to whether it will actually end up being a tactical bow, that's rather different, the liberal democrats will hope to profit from tactical voting in those places where they can convince voters that they are second and as a result, are better able to challenge the conservative local and certainly, the pulling and pulling and tactical voting is different, difficult, but suggests rather more voters, liberal democrat voters are voting tactically than those voting for the other parties but the truth is, the one big exercise we had so far are trying to turn all the opinion poll data into seats actually suggest the liberal democrats may in net terms not gain very much at all. doubtless they will hope to do rather better than
that. in the introduction, we talked about this being billed as the brexit election. what's your assessment that, has that remained absolutely the dominant factor for voters or our other issues really playing with them? it's certainly clearly a key issue for voters. voters themselves are asked what is the most important issue facing the country, around 50% or so say it is the brexit argument. the one issue that seems to challenge it is the question of health, particularly for labour party voters. but it's those issues certainly that dominate above everything else. but then, when you actually come to look and see what voters say they are going to do, as i've already said, movement in this campaign has been within the remain can come up campaign has been within the remain can come up live camp, very few voters have changed the kind of party they are going to vote for, very few have gone from a remain party to a lead party or vice versa and what is also true nearly 80% of those people who voted remain say they are going to vote for one of
they are going to vote for one of the parties in favour of a second referendum, equallyjust over three quarters of those who voted leave are going to vote for one of the party primarily the conservatives, who are in favour of brexit. so you can see, certainly, it's not dominating everything but certainly brexit is playing a crucial role and it looking at how people are going to vote in a week ‘s time. it looking at how people are going to vote in a week 's time. professor john, thank you. let's look at what you are reading and watching on the bbc news app, most read story at the moment. a22—year—old man being charged with 12 terror offences. suspected connection to right—wing terrorism is alleged. and the rest of the stories on the most read are very much mirroring what we've been talking about today. some politics, the national strike in france. the most watched also to do with the election, and this is a film, four and a half minutes long, grimsby ‘s
food bank users and what they think of the general election so far. how they might want to vote. that's it for today's morning briefing. sport now and time for a full round up from the bbc sport centre. selling agent is waiting for us. —— sally nugent is waiting for us. good morning. let's start with everton — their board will meet today to decide whether or not to sack their manager marco silva. it now looks to be a case of ‘when', not ‘if‘ silva leaves after they were thumped 5—2 by liverpool in the merseyside derby. everton have never been relegated from the premier league, but are now in the bottom three. they've got some horrible games coming up too — their next four games are chelsea, man utd, leicester and arsenal. it was always going to be a difficult game tonight, but the defeat now puts you in the bottom three. does that change anything for you and for your position the club?
i am not the right person to answer to you about the situation, or to ask this situation. and this question for different people, because i am not the right person to talk about it. the pressure has eased on 0le gunner solskjaer as his manchester united side beat spurs 2—1. it's just their fifth league win this season — but it would have felt extra sweet for solskjaer, as it came against the man he replaced at united — jose mourinho. leicester, meanwhile, are flying. they're second as jamie vardy continued his scoring streak in a 2—0 win over watford. that's leicester's seventh consecutive win in the league. the rest of the night's results and reaction are on the bbc sport website and app. there was late drama in scotland as celtic grabbed an injury time winner to beat hamilton. that meant they moved a couple of points ahead of rangers, who threw away a two goal lead to draw 2—2 with aberdeen. the old firm had started the day level on points, with celtic top of the premiership
on goal difference. there was an upset at the uk snooker championship in york last night. yan bingtao, who's just 19—years—old, beat the former world champion neil robertson in theirfourth round match. it wasn't close either, robertson was totally outplayed by the chinese teengager losing by 6 frames to 1. there are loads of lovely tributes to bob willis in the papers this morning following his death at the age of 70. the telegraph dedicates a big chunk of its sports section to the former england bowler who they call the ”headingley hero”. the mirror calls him a giant of cricket and the guardian praises the way that he inspired others. anthonyjoshua says he's punching like a kicking horse ahead of his re—match with andy ruinunior. they fight in saudi arabia on saturday night, withjoshua looking to win
back the heavyweight belts he lost to ruiz in that shock defeat in june. joshua says he's had to re—assess they way he prepares for this fight. i tell you, i am punching like a horse kicking back right now. my kinetic chain, my rhythm, there's no tension in my body. we say loose and heavy, loose and heavy. rhythm and flow. that is what boxing is about. we're going back to the ‘70s. that is what the afro is about. ‘70s fighters. i've just been studying his game. rather than doing weights and stuff like that, i'm just going tojust box, man. let's go live to saudi arabia now and speak to our reporter ade adedoyin, and ade — joshua has been telling everyone that his training regime has been different, and physically — you can see the difference? he's like a different man from the
one we saw in new york back injune. very, very focused for this fight, as you heard in that clip, different kind of intensity about him. he's told us he might well way in under 17 stone. if he does that it will be his lightest weight for five years, he will tell you he is may be focusing on speed to try and negate the threat that andy ruiz focusing on speed to try and negate the threat that andy ruinunior imposes, impact his height and reach advantage, that caused one of the biggest upsets in boxing in 2001, knocking out lennox lewis. training one of the undercut fighters. he says that might work against anthony joshua, he might be trained as the fight goes on, one thing i've taken away from this week, how determined anthonyjoshua is, away from this week, how determined anthony joshua is, almost away from this week, how determined anthonyjoshua is, almost on edge which isn't necessarily a bad thing because maybe that was the missing ingredient when he faced andy ruiz juniorfirst time ingredient when he faced andy ruiz junior first time round, ingredient when he faced andy ruiz juniorfirst time round, maybe didn't have enough fear factor but this time round you can sense he doesn't want to lose this rematch. let's talk about his opponent, andy
ruiz let's talk about his opponent, andy ruinunior, much more focus on him this time round, has that affected him in any way? he's been completely relaxed way, just as he was in the build—up to the first fight, all smiles, i have interviewed him a few times, fired him some questions to get a reaction and he's taking everything in his stride, or requests for interviews this time round. he's got more to lose, he is the heavyweight champion of the world, life changing fixture and he wa nts to world, life changing fixture and he wants to maintain that lifestyle, i thought it was interesting history ‘s press conference, he wore a new york knicks vest, number one on there, a reminder to joshua. york knicks vest, number one on there, a remindertojoshua. a friend of mine texted this morning and says he is quite a nice guy, i think that's a charm offensive, the facade come underneath that is a fiercely determined guy, that's what makes this so intriguing on saturday. what we don't know is whether it's a bad style matchup for joshua orjust a bad night, we will find out in a few days. not long to wait. thank you very much. we will stay with boxing.
staying with boxing, and tyson fury has been being — well — tyson fury on social media. here he is, in his living room, throwing a few punches whilst calling out deontay wilder. the pair foughtjust over a year ago — that ended in a draw, and the pair are expected to have a rematch next year. my my goodness me! he looks as if he is going to hit his head on his own ceiling. it looks a bit incongruous with the baby walker in the background! i hope he doesn't trip over anything, exactly! very bizarre. sally, thank you. you're very welcome. let's look at some more pictures coming to us from france, nationwide strikes taking place. this is leon, the strikes about planned changes to pensions, hundreds of demonstrations expected around france against plans
to create a universal retirement system which could see millions of people having to retire later or facing reduced pay—outs. this is bringing rail services, metro services around france to a standstill. hundreds of flights grounded. about half of french teachers expected to walk out, amongst other sectors of the workforce. as we've been explaining, this is having a knock—on effect here in the uk. elsewhere as well, about half of eurostar services that we would expect to run from st pancras, in and out are affected. flights obviously affected as well. and of course we will keep you up—to—date with what's happening in france and any disruption that strike is causing throughout the day. the chinese telecom giant, huawei, has launched a new legal
challenge in the united states against its ban on buying equipment from the company. the federal communications commission stopped mobile providers in rural areas from using a government fund to buy the technology last month. at a news conference, senior executives from huawei said there was no evidence the company was a threat to us national security. a shooting at a us military base at pearl harbour in hawaii has left three people dead— including the gunman. the killer — believed to be a sailor — opened fire shooting dead two people before killing himself. it's thought the victims are us military contractors. one person has been injured. the headlines on bbc news... with a week to go before the country goes to the polls — the main parties are pushing their big election pledges —
with a week to go before the country goes to the polls — the main parties are pushing their big election pledges — the tories on tax, labour on schools and the lib dems on business. half of eurostar trains are cancelled as a huge nationwide strike in france gets underway causing travel chaos across europe. a warning of ‘hidden' waiting lists as bbc research discovers delays for thousands of mental health patients in england. scientists say a new vaccine against typhoid has cut cases of the disease by more than eighty per cent in trials. typhoid is spread through contaminated food or water, and kills up to 161,000 people around the world every year. the trials involved twenty thousand children in nepal. doctor claas kirchhelle is from the wellcome unit for history of medicine at the university of oxford. people tend to think of typhoid as a disease of the past but this latest outbreak in pakistan might change that. the biggest misconceptions is
that. the biggest misconceptions is that typhoid somehow disappeared from the world in the 50s and 60s but what actually happened is that it disappeared from rich, high income countries, but remained endemic in low income countries. 0ver endemic in low income countries. over the past 50 years, typhoid that has remained in these countries has become increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotics. the new vaccine, the tcb vaccine trialled in the pile is a real game changer in the pile is a real game changer in the way we hope to control it. is being used now i believe against that outbreak in pakistan i was mentioning. yes, the who has been rolling it out for i believe ten days now. the goal is to reach 10 million children by december the 7th. they seem to be on track to reach it. these are top-down interventions, of course, these vaccination programmes and this one is showing remarkable success which is showing remarkable success which is wonderful. but i know you would argue in orderfor people is wonderful. but i know you would argue in order for people to is wonderful. but i know you would argue in orderfor people to really benefit in the long term, there also has to be investment at a ground level in the communities where these
vaccinations are being given, tell us more vaccinations are being given, tell us more about that. yes, for a long time typhoid intervention has often focused too much on individual technological interventions, they are cheap, they show dramatic effects, sometimes in the short term, but what's has been really lacking over the last 40—50 years a systematic investment in the underlying structural drivers of typhoid, namely lacking access to health care systems, lacking access to effective water, sanitation and hygiene systems on the ground. now, the new vaccine is in an incredibly important step and i don't want to downplay it in terms of giving us breathing space in terms of failing antibiotics but it will have to be accompanied by systematic investment in really improving the basic health ca re systems in really improving the basic health care systems and water systems in the countries that are affected. that's a very interesting phrase, you mention, giving us breathing space in the face of failing antibiotics, how many other examples of this to we have around the world,
different diseases, where researchers are facing a race against time to develop new vaccines because others have become resistant to diseases or diseases have become resista nt, to diseases or diseases have become resistant, i should say, to existing antibiotics? how many examples are there others around the world, you think? nearly every bacterial disease at the moment is facing problems with regards to rising bacterial resistance. we've known about antibiotic resistance since the 50s and in a way, this is not really a surprise. every time we use antibiotics we end up selecting for pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics in the long term, so it's a very simple law of evolution, ina it's a very simple law of evolution, in a way. the problem is over the past 50—60 years, we've used antibiotics as quick fixes, to paper over wider inequalities in terms of health care access, notjust in low income countries but also high income countries but also high income countries but also high income countries where some communities which are underserved
tend to receive more antibiotic prescriptions and therefore suffer from higher burdens of antibiotic resista nce from higher burdens of antibiotic resistance so it's notjust a typo, it's many other infections. high income countries like the uk are proving increasingly difficult to treat with antibiotics. very interesting to talk to you, thank you so much for your time today. a row has broken out between germany and russia, just before a summit to discuss the peace process in ukraine. chancellor angela merkel has said her government has expelled two russian diplomats because of moscow's failure to help an investigation into the murder in berlin of a former chechen rebel commander. russia has warned that it will retaliate. bill hayton reports. august this year, and german police are investigating a murder in the tiergarten park in berlin. the victim is a former chechen fighter, zelimkhan khangoshvili, shot in the head by a man on an electric bicycle. the alleged assassin was arrested almost immediately, and now awaits trial in a german prison.
although travelling on a false passport, the german authorities believe him to be russian. the russian embassy is refusing to help, so germany has expelled two diplomats, believed to be intelligence officers, despite the risk of damaging relations with moscow. translation: in the first instance, we took these measures because we did not see that russia was supporting us in clearing up this matter. we are also, of course, in bilateral contact with our allies. the russian government denies any involvement in the killing. a kremlin spokesman called it absolutely groundless speculation, whipped up the german media. chancellor merkel and president putin are due to meet in paris on monday at a summit to push forward the peace process in ukraine. following prisoner exchanges and troop withdrawals, there our hopes for some kind
of agreement to end the conflict. but, as these soldiers know, that depends on goodwill between all sides, and that is in short supply. the victoria derbyshire programme is up the victoria derbyshire programme is up next, but first, let's look at the weather with simon king. you have some gorgeous sunrise images from our viewers? some really good sunrise images so far this week, but some really incredible photographs sentin some really incredible photographs sent in to us from our weather watchers and on social media. i can show you a selection through this morning. the reason it's red and pink, the sun is really low on the horizon. it passes through much more atmosphere. it scatters away at the blue light. we are just left with a longer wavelength, red, blue light. we are just left with a longerwavelength, red, pink and orange. look at them, absolutely
brilliant. combined with some frost as well, they were fantastic, so thank you very much indeed for all of those photos. we got a change in the weather today. wet and windy conditions moving in, and it's turning milder. you can see here from the pressure chart we have this weather system pushing in from the atlantic, the white line is quite close together, strong winds for many of us, but the air coming all the way from the south—west. other conditions, temperatures for many of us conditions, temperatures for many of us up into double figures. but the rain is going to be relentless across the west of scotland today. really quite heavy here. the rain spreading through much of northern ireland, into northern england, wales, perhaps rain in the south—west as well. further south and east staying largely dry and bright, i mentioned the wind, these are the gusts, 50, 60 miles an hour across the north and west of scotla nd across the north and west of scotland in particular. temperature wise, for many of us in double figures, a little chilly in the south—east, where you had the sunshine but as we go through
tonight, the rain continuing to spread south and east. the manager air spreading towards the south as well, in some parts, temperatures rising throughout the night, by tomorrow morning they will be about ten, 11, 12 celsius, much milder started the day compared to recent days. lots of cloud on friday morning, with that, outbreaks of rain, spreading to the south—east, followed on by heavy showers in northern and western areas, those gradually spreading to the south—east as well. if you sunny spells, temperatures from many still in double figures but it will turn chillier across northern parts, 7-9dc chillier across northern parts, 7—9dc here. into the weekend, a ridge of high pressure is starting us ridge of high pressure is starting us off on saturday. then this next area of low pressure moving in during saturday. we will see some rain eventually putting into northern ireland, in scotland, maybe one or two showers in north—western areas of england and wales. generally speaking for many of us on saturday it will be dry and fairly bright, you see the sunshine lasting longest in the south and east,
this it's 10 o'clock. good morning. in our exclusive story today we reveal how more than 1 million diazepam pills brought illegally online were seized by the ukfour —— illegally online were seized by the uk four —— border force last year, more than double the previous year. looking at that, that's got three tubs in there. it looks like they could be skin cream. whatever this is, they've tried to describe it. what would you think these are? that's diazepam. yes. we will talk to this mum in her 30s who at the height of her addiction was taking 250 milligrams per day of diazepam. she had bought them illegally online and from drug dealers in the street. that was risking up to two years in