recent opinion polls have put labour between 15 and 20 points behind the conservatives, but mr corbyn dismissed suggestions the election result was a foregone conclusion. here's our political correspondent chris mason. the next prime minister of the uk, jeremy corbyn. the next prime minister of the uk, jeremy corbyn. do you believe it, do they believe it, does he believe that? opinion polls suggest it is highly unlikelyjeremy that? opinion polls suggest it is highly unlikely jeremy corbyn that? opinion polls suggest it is highly unlikelyjeremy corbyn will be heading for downing street. but he is trying to change people's minds. much of the media and the establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion. they think there are rules in politics which, if you don't follow by doffing your cap to the powerful people, accepting that things cannot really change, then you cannot when. but of course they do not want us to win because when we win it is the people, not the powerful who when.
jeremy corbyn was full of vim, zip and energy. he said the conservatives are morally bankrupt. the system is wrecked. and he would prove people wrong. anyone who stands up to create a better, fairer and more decent society gets vilified. but we are bigger and stronger than have ever been. and more determined than we ever been. his challenge is convincing enough people outside of this run. there is a clear choice between strong and sta ble a clear choice between strong and stable government under theresa may and the conservatives, or a coalition of chaos with jeremy corbyn propped up by the snp and the lib dems. parliament will soon be dissolved. politics will leave this postcode and head to your postcode. if you want to have a say, you have one month to register to vote.
whilst the business of government trundles on for now, deciding who walks through this door as prime minister in june is walks through this door as prime minister injune is in your hands. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has said labour is ‘unelectable' under jeremy corbyn‘s leadership. speaking during first minister's questions, she said voting snp was the only way to protect scotland from the conservatives: because of the unelectability of labour, scotland faces the prospect of an unfettered, out—of—control tory government, and we know the damage that can do to scotland. to our budget, to the vulnerable, to pensions, to our economy. so that's the choice for scotland. vote snp to make sure that scotland's voice is heard, and that scotland has protection against the tories. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon has been following today's
events in holyrood. she said each party was effectively practicing their pitch for the election campaign ahead. rehearsing the argument we will hear again and again, i think, over the next seven weeks. there is a protest outside parliament this afternoon over reforms to child tax credit. that was one of the main issues at the start of first minister's questions today. there were noisy exchanges over that issue. but what you did really get was a sense of the election issues ahead. nicola sturgeon saying again and again that it is her opinion that only the snp can protect scotland from what she described as an increasingly hardline conservative government. the conservatives are the main opposition here at holyrood, their leader ruth davidson, for her part, saying nicola sturgeon's first intervention in this election has been to put mr corbyn in pole position to become prime minister. that, of course, nodding towards comments yesterday from nicola sturgeon that she would be prepared to support a progressive alliance. nicola sturgeon's response today was that polls suggest there was no chance of mr corbyn getting into numberten.
labourfortheir part, and kezia dugdale, their leader, in scotland, claimed it suited the leader for the tories to stay in scotland, claimed it suited the snp for the tories to stay in power because the snp have only cared about, she suggested, the issue of having another referendum. willie rennie, the leader of the liberal democrats, went in hard over the issue of europe and accused the snp of going soft on that issue. nicola sturgeon has been due to set out how their proposals to hold a second independence referendum for the coming weeks, triggered by the issue of europe, it's not clear whether that will now happen now a snap election has been called. let's go back tojeremy corbyn and his first major speech of this pre—election campaign, if you like. he was very much speaking to his core supporters. is his message
about we are going to take on the wealthy, take on the elite, is that likely to resonate in the country at large? he is trying to achieve two things. firstly, shoring up his core support. opinion polls suggest labour are as much as 20 points behind the conservatives. in the kind of region of michael foot was backin kind of region of michael foot was back in 1983 when the party had its worst ever post—war election defeat. enthusing members is an important pa rt enthusing members is an important part ofjeremy corbyn‘s task. invited audience in central london today were largely enthusiastic about the message they heard, taking on the corporate elite, taking on the cosy clubs in charge of the country, as he saw it. the second task is mobilising many new members, those who have joined since the 2015 election, in order to supportjeremy corbyn. there has been a problem over the past few years about weather these people get out of
their armchairs to knock on doors for a general election. he has to do something they're. he also needs to get more definition. some of his performances in the house of commons have been viewed as dry. this was the uncensored jeremy corbyn taking on the target and elite he has a lwa ys on the target and elite he has always denounced. effective way, he could become a left—wing donald trump, somebody who spoke truth and ask questions. some of the people i spoke to immediately after the event who had been invited along, labour party supporters, one was a donor in the past, have said it is great he 110w the past, have said it is great he now wa nts the past, have said it is great he now wants to have a costed manifesto setting out the details, but there
is still a credibility gap and overcome. another was saying was great to take on corporate elites, but was he perhaps casting his net to widely? is it right to put the whole of the city of london in the same paragraph as tax dodgers. similarly, his views about the british press. so there were still some doubt about the tactics he is following. there didn't seem to be much mention of brexit. today, the prime minister was talking about brexit and meeting the head of the european parliament. they are both on their own agendas. jeremy corbyn is saying this is a general election so is saying this is a general election so he wants to focus on issues where people might be more sympathetic to labour, public services for example. the state of the economy and those who might feel insecure at work. he
mentioned brexit, to be fair, but he said labour were setting out our vision for a post—brexit society. you slightly dodged a question about weather labour would never support a second referendum by saying he supported the result of the first one. but labour had its own dividing lines. theresa may would much prefer this to be a brexit election. she is trying to tell us she is still prime minister and getting on with the job, meeting the european parliament president today, she is saying she is engaging in this process, but secondly she would like his message as well. he said that you could have more stability by having this election and it would give the parliament certainty over who the british ministers would be that they would ultimately be negotiating with. ultimately, she would like it to be about brexit. jeremy corbyn would like it to be about anything
other than brexit. you would like the government to be judged other than brexit. you would like the government to bejudged on its record. thank you. theresa may has invited the president of the european commission jean—claude juncker, and his chief brexit negotiator michel barnier to a meeting in london next week. it follows a meeting earlier today with the president of the european parliament, who made clear his priority was the fate of eu citizens in the uk. our diplomatic editorjames landale has been following the visit. he may not be a household name in britain, but he matters, because his parliament matters. in brussels it will have a veto, a vote, on any deal over brexit between the uk and the european council. so he's a character whose voice we will come to know and we will need to listen to in the months ahead. after meeting the prime minister this morning he said something very interesting. since the prime minister called the election, most senior european figures have kept their heads down. the president of the european parliament, however, said that he really welcomed the prime minister's election because of the stability that he thought it would bring to the brexit negotiations.
this is what he said to me. it was a difficult event. i think for the european union it's better to have stability in the united kingdom. to have the next two years the same interlocutor without problem, without internal problems. for us it's much better to have this negotiation with the new government than a government before election, with election campaign. for us, it's much better. the other point the european parliament president made, is in his eyes the importance of securing an early deal on the right of eu citizens living here in the uk as part of any kind of brexit deal. he said both the prime minister and he agreed there was a need for this to be done as soon as possible. he talked of a framework deal in perhaps a matter of months. i have to say, talking to officials here in the uk and in brussels, they say that would be quite optimistic because of the sheer scale of the technical problems
of reaching a deal on this. which migrants are we talking about? over what timescale? what rights are we talking about? rights to live, to work. what benefits? the whole question of citizens rights is very complicated. political agreement early on to try and make some progress. i think it'll be tough to get an early deal on this. you can keep up—to—date with all the latest on the election on the bbc news website. scientists have discovered drugs which may be able to halt the progress of a wide range of degenerative brain diseases, including alzeimer‘s and parkinson's. one of them is already safely given to people with depression. the research has been described as potentially a major step forward. our health correspondent jane dreaper reports. these pills could hold promise for fighting some of the illnesses we fear the most.
scientists now think this drug and another one could reduce the brain shrinkage caused by alzheimer's and other diseases. an effective treatment would give hope tojoy watson. i was diagnosed officially at the age of 55. it was actually my birthday. before then i was experiencing symptoms of being clumsy, and it was all put down to depression and stress. but it was quite a relief when i got the diagnosis. i tried to put on a brave face for the other people i have contact with and my family. it's almost like living a double life, to be honest. one of the drugs is already licensed and used to treat depression. it will take time and trials in many people, before we know whether this can definitely also help prevent the damage to the brain caused by dementia and similar illnesses. but scientists are excited. we aren't going to cure these disorders, but if we stop them in their tracks,
and we change the way they progress, we will radically change the course and the natural history of diseases like alzheimer's disease and other dementias. because people will still be able to hold onto a meaningful quality of life and stay out of institutional care. so far, the research has focused on brain cells in mice, but it is hoped trials in humans will begin soon, because one of the medicines is already on prescription. we can move to testing these in people much faster than we would for other drug discovery processes. although this isn't an overnight process, it's maybe a few years rather than decades before these can be helping people. but some previous drug trials into these brain disorders have ended in disappointment. a lot of hope will be riding on the latest work. the headlines:
jeremy corbyn insists the result of the general election isn't a foregone conclusion and vows to put wealth back in the hands of the people. former ukip mp douglas carswell says he won't stand for re—election in clacton and will back the tories. the president of the european parliament welcomes theresa may's decision to call an election, saying it will provide stability to the brexit negotiations. in sport, andy murray suffers an early exit from the monte—carlo masters. he is beaten by albert ramos—vinolas. dylan hartley will captain the england squad for their tour of argentina this summer. and the potential return for wayne rooney in time for manchester united's attempts to reach the semifinals of the europa league against anderlecht tonight. more on those stories in 15 minutes.
the conservative mpjohn redwood is a long—standing supporter of brexit and is in our westminster newsroom. i was looking at whatjeremy corbyn had done today. he hardly mentioned brexit at all. i think you will need to set a labour's view on brexit, just as we conservatism to set out reviews on a wide range of issues. this a general election. we need a really good relationship with our partners in europe. we are proud on what we have done so far with the economy, but there is more to be done. we want to create more jobs and get better paid jobs. i look forward to setting out our agenda on matt. and the approach of the prime
minister. it is pretty much business as usual. she was meeting the president of the european parliament this morning. you feel steady as she goes is the right way to do this? the main point of our campaign as we have the right prime minister, the right leader, she has been extremely good so far in setting out how she will handle the brexit negotiations and has taken the country on a journey of what brexit should look like and what our generous offer is to thejob. were making is one of the big issues in this campaign. do you think it will be difficult on the doorstep when people ask you what your tactics are over brexit. theresa may has said she wants to keep this to herself for a while. theresa may has said she wants to keep this to herself for a whilelj think the uk is making an extraordinarily generous offer to oui’ extraordinarily generous offer to our partners because we extraordinarily generous offer to oui’ partners because we are extraordinarily generous offer to our partners because we are quite genuine when we say we are leaving
the european union but not leaving europe. we wish to promote more and freer trade with europe. we give them help on defence and intelligence matters. we want people with talent to come here, but we will need to have control of our borders, our money and our laws. it isa borders, our money and our laws. it is a straightforward proposition. it is a straightforward proposition. it is deeply in their interest to say yes to the free trade offer we are making them because they sell are much more than we sell them. and this issue over the television debate. is that something we should be talking about? it's not for me to instruct the media on what you want to talk about. the media often likes talking about the media. the prime minister needs to communicate with as many electors as possible and she will do that in the way she judges is best. i want to be authentic and do the things she feels comfortable
doing. down the line, if there is an increased tory majority, how strengthened world to me is aand be in those negotiations? greatly strengthened because our partners in europe will see there is a government elected with a renewed majority, are bigger majority because they are set out such a clear and sensible line on brexit. greatly strengthened because it will last until 2022 instead of 2020. there is more time if there are any transitional arrangements that need to be put into place. she can deal with the consequential is once we have left in a couple of years' time. and greatly strengthened because it sends a message to the house of lords and others that the country want to get on with brexit, if the vote that way, and they trust the best leader to do that. that would be a bit of a warning to the undemocratic forces who think they
can unpick brexit. i thought it was a pity when douglas carswelljoint ukip. i'm delighted he now recognises it was the conservatives who delivered brexit to the united kingdom and i think it needs to be the conservatives who deliver a good dealfor the the conservatives who deliver a good deal for the people of britain now we know their decision. the green party hopes to take a seat in bristol. they cold for the voting age to be lowered to 16. caroline lucas said the greens would continue to tackle brexit, the environment and affordable housing.“ to tackle brexit, the environment and affordable housing. if you are a young person trying to get your foot on the housing ladder, especially in a place like bristol or brighton, it
isa a place like bristol or brighton, it is a nightmare. we need to have genuinely affordable housing, not just a government that changes the definition of that. the need for the green party has never been greater. if you want to cast a vote that is opposed to an extreme brexit, that is standing up for a real investment in public services and are more equal society and will always put the environment and climate change at the heart of all our policies, the only way to do it nationally is to vote green. on the way to do it in bristol west is to vote for the wonderful molly. let's get more reaction tojeremy corbyn setting out his stall ahead of the election. iamjoined by out his stall ahead of the election. i am joined by the former political adviser to tony blair. you must have listened to jeremy adviser to tony blair. you must have listened tojeremy corbyn‘s speech.
what did you think?” listened tojeremy corbyn‘s speech. what did you think? i think it was the authentic jeremy corbyn. what did you think? i think it was the authenticjeremy corbyn. this is the authenticjeremy corbyn. this is the way he will campaign. the same way he did during the leadership election. that campaign was successful for him. sadly, election. that campaign was successfulfor him. sadly, i election. that campaign was successful for him. sadly, i think this one will be a tough ask. he needs to try to bring previously undecided or tory voters back to the labour fold. and that will be a challenge, to put it mildly. the polls have put between 15 and 20 points behind the conservatives. as of now, it doesn't sound as if the electorate has been listening. the honest answer is, this is the tories's election to lose from the standing. if the public concludes that essentially this was a general election time is purely for party political reasons rather than in the national interest. secondly, the length of the campaign and not having tv debates, removing the
structure of the campaign, means the expectations are all on theresa may in terms of her having to conduct the campaign in a way we are already seeing. the media are complaining about the lack of access they are getting to her. if she says she doesn't want the tv debates but wants to knock on doors, that will be tested. if she is in realityjust talking to halls of supporters, that will be a downside for her. you have a long experience of political tactics within labour. how do you expect this campaign to be different for labour and individual labour mps? you will see across the country a reality, that dividing line between areas that 40 brexit and remain being in essence the traditional labour and conservative voting lines. you will see a degree of anarchy since the tories sought
ahead of the 1997 election regarding europe. you don't want this to be a pi’oxy europe. you don't want this to be a proxy vote on who is going to be the prime minister. you want to vote for your favoured candidate. if you are labour candidate, you should be saying that we know who is likely going to win the election, so make sure you have a strong member of parliament and there is an effective opposition in parliament. that is effectively the best pitch that candidates for labour can make up and down the country. how many of the labour mps are in the difficult position of having voted differently to their constituents regarding europe? there are a number in that
position. on the conservative side, there has been a fantastic degree of discipline in terms of only ken clarke rebelling over the article 50 bill, despite previous positions. labour has a different challenge because it faces the pincer movement of liberal democrats wanting to get back into the game by being the pro—european party. and there are more challenges in traditional labour areas where there was those leave votes. thank you very much. some breaking news coming in from the old bailey. appearance of a four—month—old baby who disguised her death by pretending she died on a bus journey have her death by pretending she died on a busjourney have been her death by pretending she died on a bus journey have been convicted of causing or allowing the death their child. this is roslin baker. she staged the ba by‘s child. this is roslin baker. she staged the baby's death on the bus to cover up the murder. jurors were
told she created a nightmare charente. passengers did all they did to assist when the alarm was raised last september. passengers and paramedics tried to help, rosalind baker sat to one side and tried to ring her sister, then she rang her co—defendant. and father of the child. the infant was found to have 40 rib fractures from being squeezed as she was shaken. a broken wrist from her arm being twisted. and a fractured skull and brain injury, consistent of being thrown againstan injury, consistent of being thrown against an upright surface or the floor. a majority verdict of guilty has just been returned. floor. a majority verdict of guilty hasjust been returned. more floor. a majority verdict of guilty has just been returned. more from oui’ has just been returned. more from our correspondent at the old bailey soon. almost half a million pounds
has been raised to help a 17—year—old racing driver, who had his lower legs amputated after being involved in a crash on sunday. billy monger ran into the back of another car which appeared to have stopped during the formula 4 race at donington park in leicestershire. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. 17 years old, and his life changed forever. billy monger, one of britain's most talented racing drivers, was competing at donington park when he collided with a stationary car at 120 miles an hour. airlifted to hospital at the queen's medical centre in nottingham, his lower legs were removed in surgery. billy monger‘s talent was well—known, even when he was at primary school. at age nine he was featured on blue peter. how fast where you going? 55 mph. his racing team is raising money to help fund his recovery. the total is over half a million pounds,
with lewis hamilton and jenson button amongst supporters. billy has been communicating with his team principal in hospital. he is aware of what's happened. he's obviously a very positive lad. the first thing he started to do was to work out how to use a clutch with his hand. motor racing without legs is possible. david birrell lost his legs after he was injured while serving in afghanistan, and has offered to help billy monger. it put tears in my eyes. i've been a young man who lost his legs, obviously in different circumstances. ijust think about billy, i've been in that position, you try and be strong in front of everybody. in your head, you're still trying to make sense of it. formula 4 is a route to formula 1. drivers were practising today at thruxton. motor racing may be safer, it doesn't mean it's risk—free. what happened to billy monger is a reminder of what can happen to anyone. let's ta ke
let's take a look at the weather with darren bent. 18 degrees in the north—east of scotland. this time tomorrow possibly ten at best. it's getting cold across northern areas of scotland. but today we've got the best of the sunshine in eastern scotla nd best of the sunshine in eastern scotland and north east england. very pleasant afternoon. using some of the sunshine in the extreme south—east, the cloud moving south, giving us one or two showers, though most giving us one or two showers, though m ost pla ces giving us one or two showers, though most places will be dry there could be the odd shower coming through the midlands and drizzly weather heading toward hertfordshire, too. temperatures 13, 14 degrees. already seeing temperatures higher in the sunshine to the north. across northern scotland there is rain, which will push south into scotland overnight. heavy rain in the western highlands, rainfor overnight. heavy rain in the western highlands, rain for northern ireland, maybe towards cumbria, too. it would be dry, quite cloudy, fairly mild. lowest temperature in the south—west, short lived mist and
fog patches. a little sunshine coming through at times. more clout in north—west england. becoming lighter as it moves down. south of it, warm air, sunshine in the south—east. 18, possibly 19 degrees. the cold air coming in behind with sunshine in northern scotland and temperatures will be lower. this is bbc news with simon mccoy and reeta chakra barti. this is bbc news with simon mccoy and reeta chakrabarti. these are our main stories. labour leaderjeremy corbyn says a conservative victory on 8june is not a "foregone conclusion". mr corbyn vows to put the interests of the majority first. we will build a new economy worthy of the 21st—century. and we'll build a country for the many, not the few. former ukip, now independent mp,
douglas carswell says he will not be standing in the uk general election. the clacton mp said he would back the conservative candidate in the election instead. theresa may held talks with the president of the european parliament over brexit. he came to discuss mep redlines. scientists say they are excited about the discovery of drugs which may be able to stop a range of degenerative brain diseases. two drugs have been found that stop brain cells dying and are being safely used in people. it's time for the sport, let's go over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2-1 over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1 silver over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1silverfor over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1 silverfor great over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1 silver for great britain over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1 silverfor great britain in over to hugh ferris. jermaine mason, 2—1 silver for great britain in the highjump at beijing has been killed ina highjump at beijing has been killed in a motorcycle accident injamaica, according to police. she was born in the country but qualified to represent great britain via his father and switched allegiance in
2006. reports in the media claim usain bolt was among several athletes who arrived at the scene not long after it occurred. he was 34. the world number one has been knocked out of the monte carlo masters in just his second match back after a month out with an elbow injury. beaten by spain's albert ramos—vinolas. murray's serve was once again affected against the 15th seed. but he was still on top. and took the first set 6—2. but ramos who'd had his own problem serving showed some nice touches of his own to in the second. the world number 24 coming back to claim the biggest scalp of his career. after dylan hartley missed out on the lions touring party this summer the england captain will lead eddie jones' squad for their tests in argentina. there'll be 15 new caps alongside him. our rugby reporter chrisjones has more from twickenham.
england coach eddie jones england coach eddiejones was relu cta nt to england coach eddiejones was reluctant to talk about lions selection but with 16 in richmond on that trip, jones' squad for the tour of argentina in summer was always going to have a fascinating look to it. there are a startling 50 uncapped players in the 31—man party, including teenagers ben and tom curry,... after his lions disappointment, dylan hartley will again captain england while other big names to miss out on the lions, such as chris robshaw, james haskell, joe launchbury and george ford, are heading to south america. asjones ford, are heading to south america. as jones says, ford, are heading to south america. asjones says, his squad has a striking blend of youth and experience. what i want these young guys to do is not wait for the senior players to ask them to do
things, i want them to come in the squad and push the envelope. these boys, i watched them play, squad and push the envelope. these boys, iwatched them play, only squad and push the envelope. these boys, i watched them play, only had to watch them play once. you can see they got something about them. i wa nt they got something about them. i want them to come in, raise the intensity of training, i want them to be the new energy in the team. the only thing the senior players should have to do is ask them to tone it down. that's the only thing. then find them a steak restaurant at night. jones insists the players who haven't made the squad, the likes of danny cipriani, christine wade, he says the door is still open for them. butjones feels this is the best squad available to him to go to argentina and win the series 2—0. manchester united can secure their place in the semi—finals of the europa league this evening. they play anderlecht at old trafford looking to build on their 1—all draw from the first leg. captain wayne rooney in the green could well return from injury. winning the europa league would guarantee united a place in next season's champions league — even if they finish outside
the premier league's top four. when you are getting to this level, i think the motivation has to be very high. and we must equalise at least anderlecht motivation and anderlecht dream to go. it's a motivational question because i think we showed in brussels that we area think we showed in brussels that we are a stronger team. the second round of the world snooker championship has begun with 2015 winner stuart bingham taking untiring wilson in the first match of the last 16. these are live pictures from the crucible. stuart bingham not looking particularly happy because he's trailing pyron wilson 2—0. neil robertson hoping to go through to the second round. currently 8—3. you can keep up—to—date with that on bbc two. more in the next hour...
the parent of a four—month—old baby have been convicted of causing or allowing the death of her child. dan johnson has been covering the case at the old bailey. a very distressing case it has been. indeed, thejudge made that point distressing case it has been. indeed, the judge made that point to thejury as he indeed, the judge made that point to the jury as he thanked them for their careful deliberations in that case. we may never know exactly what caused the death of that baby, but what we know is that imani, just four months old, suffered some horrendous injuries. fractured skull, fractured wrist, numerous fractured ribs. evidence showed she'd been assaulted at least three times in the week before she was eventually discovered. we know her mother, roslyn baker, got on a bus in east london when baby imani was already dead. as she was on the bus journey she suddenly told other passengers her baby had become ill
and passengers tried to do what they could to save imani's life but she'd already been dead sometime. paramedics could do nothing. the court was told how roslyn baker showed no emotion as the desperate attempt was going on to try and save her daughter ‘s life. she showed no concern surprise when she was told her daughter had passed away. both pa rents, her daughter had passed away. both parents, rosalind baker and jeffrey welcher, have been cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the ba by‘s but found guilty of causing or allowing the baby's death. they've been told they will be sentenced next month. thejudge been told they will be sentenced next month. the judge said been told they will be sentenced next month. thejudge said baby imani's life had been painful, distressing and bewildering. he said the defendants should be in no doubt they will face a substantial custodial sentence because of the seriousness of their neglect. thanks, dan johnson. labour leaderjeremy corbyn has vowed to "overturn the rigged system" by putting power and wealth back in the hands of "the people". in his first major general election speech, he said 8june's poll was not a "foregone conclusion" and labour could defy the "establishment experts".
ina sense, in a sense, the establishment and their followers in the in a sense, the establishment and theirfollowers in the media in a sense, the establishment and their followers in the media are quite right. i don't play by their rules. and if a labour government is elected on the 8th ofjune, we won't play by their rules either. applause cheering they are yesterday's rules set by failed political and corporate elites. we should be consigning to the past. it is these rules which have allowed a cosy cartel to rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations. it's a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors. but things can, and they will, change. joining
me from westminster is the labour mp for blyth valley, ronnie campbell, one of 13 mps who voted against theresa may's motion calling for an early election. thanks forjoining us. you didn't get your way. there will be an election. why were you against her calling one? will be an election. why were you against her calling one ?|j will be an election. why were you against her calling one? i think she's called one out of the blue because she was only a few weeks ago saying she would go to 2020. and get a good deal in europe. all of a sudden she goes to the welsh hills, comes back and wants a general election. if she wanted the general election. if she wanted the general election she could have called it an local elections day in the shires. i think something's gone wrong. i think something's gone wrong. i think dennis skinner got it right, it's these 24 mps up for fraud and election expenses. if she loses 24 mps, if they are prosecuted and found guilty, she will have lost her majority. that is a case being examined by the authorities at the moment. just in terms of where the labour party is now, given an
election has been called. 15—20 points behind in the opinion polls. what sort of mountain has the party got to climb in order to convince the electorate labour should be in power? i remind you if you go back in your history, 1974, who governs britain. edward heath called the miners strike of 74, or call the election. harold wilson was leader, 14 points behind the tories, he won by three seats. history might repeat itself. but... but what is it jeremy corbyn‘s got to do now given the situation now? what is it he's got to do to bridge the gap? just what he's been saying of late, his latest speech. jeremy corbyn is not a punch and judy sort of politician. he is a politician who thinks things through very carefully. he's doing that. he's got a ten point plan. i think
it's absolutely... i stand fully back of it, so do many mps, i think we'll put it to the people and i think people will get wise and start voting labour next election. what about the whole issue of brexit which mr corbyn did touch on in this speech this morning? he was much more focused on what he calls the rigged system. he wanted greater sharing of wealth. the whole issue of brexit was a bit skated over. you may not have seen this, but a spokesman for mr corbyn said a second referendum is not our policy, and it won't be in our manifesto, when asked about the possibility of another eu referendum. what do you think of that? it's interesting, i was a lever, i voted against. i'm waiting to see what deal is going to come out. the tories think they are going to get a good deal, that's fine, we can see, you don't know that until negotiations are
finished. when their negotiations finish, its got to come back to parliament. parliament obviously has to make a decision. parliament might not like that negotiating position whatever the tories come back with. it's all up whatever the tories come back with. it's allup in whatever the tories come back with. it's all up in the air, even i might not like it and vote against it. will we get another referendum? i wouldn't have thought so. i think referendums are on the back burner now after the last one! ronnie campbell, we'll leave it there, thanks for your time. thank you! the us and south korea are taking part in a joint military exercise involving aircraft carriers and fighter jets — an action which pyongyang has called "a provocation". washington says the eleven—day exercises — which take place every year — were planned months ago, but tensions are currently especially high on the korean peninsula. steve evans reports from a us airforce base in south korea. 80 aircraft fly from this base in south korea, and bases injapan. practising air—to—air combat, and bombing targets on the ground. us planes and south korean
planes integrating as one strikeforce is the idea. i don't think it's any different than anywhere else in the world. the training that we do every day is designed to prepare us for any kind of threat that we might encounter, and so if the time were to come, i feel like anyone of us, including myself, are prepared to execute the mission. i am excited to get to work with korean pilots. this is personally my first time getting to work with pilots from another country, and so it has been very enlightening to me to see that they have very similar aircraft, and yet sometimes very different tactics. i think it's a fantastic learning experience. they don't say it's about north korea, but it's the only country on anyone's mind. this exercise is called "max thunder". it involves about 80 aircraft, about 1000 american personnel, and about 500 south korean. there are also bases in japan involved. it happens every single year,
but this year is different. the atmosphere is heightened, because president trump says he's different from past presidents. he'll stop kim jong—un having nuclear weapons, by force if necessary. carl vinson aircraft carrier is now heading to korea. according to us military, it was set to be ten days ago, but headed in a different direction. with the current build—up, north korea said there was a risk of nuclear war. tough words from both sides, but nobody knows what they add up to. just words, or much, much worse? stephen evans, bbc news, south korea. a hoard of gold coins found in a piano has been declared as treasure — by a shrewsbury coroner. the british museum say it's the largest gold sovereign hoard ever found, consisting of 913 gold sovereigns and half sovereigns
dating from 1847 to 1915. sima kotecha takes up the story. the church was found inside this john broadwood on sun ‘s pianojust before christmas. it had been given infour repairs before christmas. it had been given in four repairs and retuning. several bags containing more than 900 coins, the oldest coin is from the mid—19th century. in terms of how much this treasure is worth, we should know more later this afternoon. but experts say it could be up to £250,000 and any reward will be shared between the tuna and the college where this piano was having those repairs. ironic, no notes! in a moment, a summary of the business news this hour. first, the headlines on bbc news. jeremy corbyn insist the result of the general election isn't a foregone conclusion
and vows to put wealth back in the hands of the people. former ukip mp douglas carswell says he won't stand for re—election in clacton and will back the tories. the president of the european parliament welcomes theresa may's decision to call an election, saying it will provide stability to the brexit negotiations. department store chain debenhams says its turnaround strategy could involve the closure of 10 stores and regional distribution centres. the firm is trying to boost sales and improve its online service amid fierce competition on the high street and newer, online rivals. the news comes as the firm announced half—year pre—tax profits down by 6.4% to £88m. marks and spencer has named six stores which will close as part of chief executive steve rowe's plans to improve the business. the company said 380 staff would be affected but they would be guaranteed redeployment at a nearby store. m&s will also open 36 new stores
over the next six months, creating more than 1,400 jobs. talktalk and bt have received the worst customer satisfaction scores in a survey of 12 broadband providers. they were closely followed by sky and ee in the which? survey of nearly 2,000 people. frequent price rises, connections that fail, unreliable speeds and "woeful" customer service were all blamed for the poor rating. celebrities in the us have been warned to clearly identify when they are promoting products on instagram in return for payment. it is the first time the regulator has intervened on the issue which critics call the "wild west of disguised advertising". michelle fleury is at the new york stock exchange. as the regulator suddenly got hot under the collar
about this one? these are rules that have been in place. with the rise of digital media, social media influences from if you like, as they are called. the regulator decided it was time to issue a reminder of these rules in particularfor those who don't know, so this is the first time they have actually written to influence others. basically telling them, these are the rules, if you're posting something that was influenced by money or some free gifts, you need to make that explicit. all of this, as you say, isa explicit. all of this, as you say, is a reflection of the growth of digital advertising.” is a reflection of the growth of digital advertising. i like the word influencer, what is and influencer exactly? jamie, in my mind you are a lwa ys exactly? jamie, in my mind you are always an influencer. when talking about social media it's always an influencer. when talking about social media its people who have the power to move people's
thoughts, ideas. in marketing terms someone who has many, many followers. a fashion bloggerfor exa m ples followers. a fashion bloggerfor examples who says, i like this top, and can have a huge impact on sales on that item. someone who says they like a book and sales bump. that is what the market would refer to as an influencer. some people are making their careers out of this, whether by youtube or snapchat or instagram. the regulator is trying to keep up with that, saying, hang on a second. asa with that, saying, hang on a second. as a result of a push by an advocacy group, who described this as the wild west, they felt the need to send out a reminder, these are the rules when it comes to this kind of marketing. you have to disclose, you can't bury disclosure at the bottom ofa can't bury disclosure at the bottom of a post. if you look on your mobile phone, there is a hashtag buried at the bottom that can be missed by consumers. they say, this
is paid for, if you received an item for free, you need is paid for, if you received an item forfree, you need to make it clear. exa m ples forfree, you need to make it clear. examples given were posts by celebrities such as rhianna and others. thanks so much, sorry about the rather bad sound quality. other business stories we've been following, premier league clubs posted record revenues of £3.6 billion. in the 2015—16 season, but still struggled to make a profit. the 20 top—flight english teams made a pre—tax loss of £110m, after two consecutive seasons in the black, according to figures from deloitte. a payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider mastercard. the rollout follows two successful trials in south africa. the technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. is it foolproof? not completely according to to security experts but they say it's a "sensible" use of biometric technology. the green investment bank set up by the uk government five
years ago, has been sold to australia's macquarie bank, for £2.3bn. that's £1.7bn into the treasury's pocket while mcquarrie takes on £600m in liabilities. the bank was set up to fund renewable and low—carbon projects and has invested about £800m per year so far. the government is appointing independent trustees to ensure it continues to have an environmental mission. a quick look at the markets. pretty quiet day. dax down the touch. it is elections people are thinking about. more analysis from thank you, jamie. researchers believe cycling to work could half the risk of developing
heart disease and cancer. scientist at the university of glasgow said walking reduced the risk of the same conditions by a quarter. jon kay reports. is this the best way to live for longer? laura certainly hopes so. she cycles five miles to work in bristol every morning, then five miles back home again. how do you feel cycling to work helps you? betwixt me up in the morning, gets me geared up for the day. puts me in a good mood, it's a good way to manage stress and things as well. when you live in a city, busy lifestyle, getting on your bike is great, gets rid of the stress and adrenaline that can build. some people say it's very stressful riding a bike, which is one of the reasons they don't do it. if i had to cycle on main roads the whole journey i would find it stressful. luckily i can use the cycle track. scientists from the university of glasgow looked at the health of a quarter of a million commuters over
five years to examine benefits of cycling. they found those using pedal power had a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower threat of cardiovascular disease compared with people driving or using public transport. we need to make it easier for people to cycle, increase cycle lanes, we need to have cycle and city hire schemes, subsidised bike schemes, have showers at work so people don't feel sweaty when they get there. a whole host of things to make it easier for the average person to cycle. if we do that we get more people on bikes and improve public health, just like places like amsterdam and copenhagen have done. cycling groups say if we follow the lead of those european cities we could save money on health ca re cities we could save money on health care because few of us would become seriously ill. though of course cycling can also lead to more accidents and injuries. researchers say walking to work has some benefits, but not as many. they say
for commuters like laura cycling is especially good because it fits into the daily routine. a court in malta has cleared the bbc springwatch presenter chris packham of assault. the broadcaster produced video evidence in court showing him and his team being pushed and shoved filming a documentary about illegal bird trapping on the island of gozo. chris packham is at the airport waiting to fly back, he's on the phone. first of all you must be relieved. relieved, yes, but not surprised. we had good evidence that showed the boot was firmly on the other foot and we were the party abused in this situation. as a consequence, as long as that was going to be presented before the magistrate, we were fairly confident we would be found acquitted on all charges. it highlights what we came here to do, to throw attention on the fact the legislation in place to
protect birds across europe is being abused in malta, and highlight how difficult it is for organisations like birdlife malta and the committee against bird slaughter to work in this environment when they are not supported by police. how did you end up in court? we ended up in court because a policeman decided he didn't want us to be gathering evidence of potential illegality. we believe we found a site where a man was keeping wild birds caged illegally and we were gaining evidence about not trespassing and breaking laws. malta is relatively small and the policeman may well have been known to the hunters and vice versa, he may have been a hunter himself. what we seen in recent times as we head towards a new election in malta, there is less enforcement taking place. it's not in the government interest to alienate the hunting fraternity because they represent a significant pa rt because they represent a significant part of the potential electorate when the election comes around. it's
very frustrating for the police. you are here to highlight potential crimes and police are not interested in investigating these and not interested in prosecuting. we did get a prosecution this week, one man was filmed shooting a protected bird and fined 5000 euros. he's had his licence revoked. there are some su ccesses licence revoked. there are some successes and sometimes it goes the other way. not all police are bad. chris packham, thank you very much. let's ta ke chris packham, thank you very much. let's take a look at what the weather is doing with darren bett. sunshine in edinburgh, we have warm sunshine across eastern scotland, north—east england, birmingham, though, has been cloudy through the day. a hint of sunshine. more to showers to the midlands. the proudest beginner. it's pushing its way further south. there is sunshine across eastern scotland and north east england, where we see temperatures up to 18 degrees. a
little sunshine across kent, still, as we head to the backend of the afternoon. more clout across the south—west, it'll still be there as we head into the evening. one or two showers coming up across the cotswolds into the home counties, maybe into the midlands. these are few and far between, not amounting to much, most places dry. we end the day with sunshine to the east of the pennines, cloudy skies through the evening, across northern ireland and a good part of scotland. we'll do some sunshine in eastern areas. rain across the north will sink south through the evening and overnight. the rain quite heavy across the northern highlands. getting as far south as northern ireland, possibly cumbria. a lot of cloud. quite a mild night, milder than cumbria. a lot of cloud. quite a mild night, milderthan last cumbria. a lot of cloud. quite a mild night, milder than last night for southern areas, lowest temperatures in the south—west. early morning mist and fog patches. they won't last long and will brighten up across much of england and wales. sunshine warming it up at times. more clout in north—west england, damp over the hills. is
weather for moving south. across scotland, northern ireland. we've got warm air, 18, 19. if we get the sunshine in the south—east. cooler than today across the northern half of scotland's despite the sunshine. not much rain by then, a few drizzly damp bits heading to the south—east. the mild air, warm air... looking mid—teens to the south—west. further north and east, though there will be sunshine, it'll be chillier, especially north—east scotland, compared with today as well, could be one or two showers. high pressure in charge through saturday and for the southern half of the uk on sunday. things in scotland will change as we see wet and windy weather. further south into england and wales, closer to the high—pressure, it'll be drier and brighter and warmer. make the most of that, because there is cold air lurking towards the north and as we get this wind strengthening, it'll
push cold air across the whole of the country and bring wintry showers, especially in the north. this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm: the labour leader says he will "stand up for the people" at the coming election — pledging to challenge what he called a "rigged system" favouring the powerful and wealthy. of course, they won't as not to win. when we win, it is the people are not the powerful who win. former ukip mp douglas carswell, says he won't stand for re—election in clacton and will instead support the conservative candidate. a couple are found guilty of causing or allowing the death of their baby girl after pretending she had died on a bus in east london. in the next hour: a potentially significant step forward in the treatment of dementia. scientists discover drugs which could slow down the progression of a range of degenerative brain diseases.