this is bbc news. the headlines at midday: jeremy corbyn refuses to confirm that labour would renew britain's trident nuclear deterrent, if it wins next month's general election. voting is underway in the first round of the french presidential election — candidates emmanuel macron and marine le pen have cast their votes. greater manchester police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed by thieves who stole his car in chorlton. the boyfriend of reality tv star ferne mccann is arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a london nightclub. also in the next hour — kenya's mary keitany runs the second fastest women's marathon of all time in london. records broken in the women's race. the male athletes should cross this line ina the male athletes should cross this line in a couple of minutes. tens of thousands of other runners so as course gci’oss thousands of other runners so as course across london. and the click team visit paris
as france goes to the polls — that's at 12:30pm here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. on the first weekend of the general election campaign, jeremy corbyn has announced that a labour government would introduce another four bank holidays. he says marking the patron saints days for the four home nations would "recognise the historic diversity of the uk". meanwhile, mr corbyn has raised the prospect that a labour government could scrap the uk's trident nuclear submarines. speaking to the bbc this morning he refused to confirm whether maintaining the deterrent would be in the party's general election manifesto.
it is still an entirely unresolved question as to what you are going to do. your spokesman has said clearly that keeping trident will be in the labour manifesto. we haven't completed work on the manifesto yet. as you would expect less than 100 hours into this election campaign. so we could be in for a shock? no, no. we are having that discussion within the party and we will produce our manifesto in may. meanwhile, the conservative manifesto will include proposals to cap energy bills. the party says it will take action to limit the gas and electricity bills of about twenty million people on standard variable tariffs if they're returned to office. under the proposal, the energy regulator, ofgem, would impose a cap on the deals which are among the most expensive offered by energy firms. somehow they're getting a bad deal, and that does involve changing things in the energy markets. to be clear, what we have seen in the
sunday times, which is £100 off bills for people on the standard variable tariff, that will definitely be in the manifesto? there will be lots about energy policy in the manifesto. obviously there will be more detail then, but absolutely, i think the people feel that some of the big energy companies have taken advantage of them with the tariffs. ukip says its manifesto will include a pledge to ban the full—face veils worn by some muslim women. the party leader paul nuttall will launch what he calls an "integration agenda", saying items of clothing such as the burka and niqab are a barrier to social harmony and a security risk. speaking on the andrew marr show this morning, ukip leader indicated that the party may not field candidates in seats in the general election where the sitting mp is a long—standing euro—sceptic. i didn't just say tory candidates, it could be people like kate hoey as well. this will not be an order which is coming down from the top of the party.
i will speak to branches over the coming weeks and we will make decisions. what i don't want to see happen is good brexiteers, not fly by night brexiteers, that campaigned for years for brexit, i don't want to see them lose their seats to remainers. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent, susana mendonca, and i asked her about the liberal democrat leader, tim farron, saying that there are "no circumstances whatsoever" under which his party would enter into coalition with labour or the conservatives the lib dems have had theirfingers burnt after going into coalition with the conservatives. partly because of their u—turn on the tuition fees promise they had had, the pledge
they had in their manifesto. they ended up being viewed as a party that couldn't be trusted. they suffered at the polls, we saw the 2015 election where they went from 57 mps to eight. a realfall from grace from them. this time, they can see an opportunity. they know that in terms of labour and the conservatives, conservatives are pro—brexit, labour a confused message, the lib dems have a very clear message. he made a point when he spoke earlier than people who want there to be a second referendum at the end of the deal, that those people could vote for the lib dems. he is promising not to go into any kind of coalition, partly because he kind of seize the opportunity that actually we don't need to go into coalition because a lot of these people will come to us anyway. no circumstances whatsoever. very clear that in this election, with theresa may and jeremy corbyn, who have basicallyjoined hands together to push us over the
cliff edge of a hard brexit by triggering article 50 without any conditions, without any desire to fight for our place in the single market, which is so important for jobs and our economy and people's living standards. there can be no truck that we could have with those two parties and their leaders as they currently are. he also said he doesn't want this to be a coronation of theresa may, which is how he sees her pursuing this election. he wants it to be a contest with a clear argument against brexit. the lib dems provide that. this first weekend of the campaign, even though officially it hasn't started, it has already turned out to be quite a busy one. it has been. all the parties really pushing for their core votes. you had ukip talking about one of their policies was about banning the burqa. that's going back to a policy from 2010 that they got rid of in the 2015 election. of course they no longer have the issue of the european referendum as there key issue. they are looking for other areas to appeal to their vote. labour are talking about having bank holidays,
four new bank all days. and then the conservatives talking about capping fuel costs. that interestingly enough is being that the labour party talks about are the last general election. here we have it resurfacing under a different party. all of them really trying to get in their early with their offerings to the parties. we haven't got all of the manifesto is yet, so when you hearjeremy corbyn there talking about the manifesto and the issue around trident, we haven't written our manifesto yet, you have to read between the lines. that's an issue for the labour party which is a very difficult one, because labour's policy is to renew trident byjeremy corbyn is completely against that. if it doesn't end up in the manifesto, people will be looking at that and thinking, labour is heading in a different direction. and record number of runners have
been taking to the streets. a kenyan long—distance runner, best known for winning the 2016 amsterdam marathon in record time, has won the elite men's's race. he was twice winner of the prize have marathon. let's hear from our correspondent who is live at the finish line for us now. you must have sprinted to get their!m was a very quick train ride from the start line in south—east london. and just outside buckingham palace. here is the winner of the men's race, just finished in the last couple of minutes. daniel from tanya. it was a bit of a close end. he was some distance out but then the second—place ethiopian was looking like he might catch upjust on home straight. enough of a gap for daniel to hold on and to wind the men's
race in a timejust to hold on and to wind the men's race in a time just over two hours and six minutes. that's not improving on the record that was here last year. what about the women's race? the women's race was w011 women's race? the women's race was won by another kenyan, mary. she put a time in two hours 17 minutes, which is a record in the women's only events. there is a mixed record which follow radclyffe hall's will stop she still retains that, but for the women's only events we have a new records this morning in the women's race. that was completed in the last half hour or so. the men's race has just finished. the last half hour or so. the men's race hasjust finished. you may be able to see the impact that running these 26 miles, at that kind of speed, has on these guys. they're obviously going to recover now and try to celebrate but also an attempt
to recover as well. could we just grabbed a quick word for bbc news? how was the race today? that was my best time. in the beginning, it was really fast. we maintained the pace. you have seen what has happened in the finish. it was very tough. our conditions? iron they were very good. but anything can happen. that was it. how do you feel?|j good. but anything can happen. that was it. how do you feel? i am feeling 0k. was it. how do you feel? i am feeling ok. i wanted to, when the race. we will let you go off and celebrate. graduations. early years,
the winner of the men's race. he crossed the finish line. there are tens of thousands of other people still out around the 26 mile course running their own race, trying to beat their own little target. eddie thatis beat their own little target. eddie that is just in terms of fundraising rather than a secular time. many positive stories of people who were motivated to take on this challenge for so many different the first interview there with the winner of this year's marathon. how can he be so eloquent after such an exhausting amount of exercise? i would literally be speechless, but then i struggle sometimes after coming up the stairs. congratulations to all those taking pa rt congratulations to all those taking part in the london marathon. always great pictures to see, the enthusiasm, the passion. and the fun. although i don't know anyone running in one of those. siovas one
of those animal suits that a lot of the competitors like to display. all proceeds this year to the charity thatis proceeds this year to the charity that is supported by the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry. the charity that is trying to encourage a greater debates about mental health issues, particularly among young people. more from the marathon during the course of the day. 0nly bring you some breaking news that has just come in the last few minutes. this is out of geneva. 0ur correspondent is reporting that an 0sce monitor, a monitorfrom the 0rganisation an 0sce monitor, a monitorfrom the organisation for security and co—operation in europe, which is an organisation of lots of countries that basically share common values and try to support each other in things like elections, one of their monitors who was operating in ukraine has died. he was apparently killed when an 0sce patrol drove onto a mine. this has been a source of increasing problem in ukraine
since the hostilities there. the bosom —— since the hostilities supposedly came to an end. a lot of the munitions had already been employed. the russian foreign minister chairs the office of the osce of minister chairs the office of the 0sce of the moment. his country has the presidency or chairmanship of the presidency or chairmanship of the osce. it was him who tweeted that this had happened. we will get more details, i'm sure, in the next couple of hours about the circumstances. it appears not to have been specifically targeted but nonetheless a terrible outcome. an osce nonetheless a terrible outcome. an 0sce monitor has died in ukraine, a p pa re ntly 0sce monitor has died in ukraine, apparently the patrol he was in drove onto a mine. polling stations have opened across france in the first round of the country's presidential election. 11 candidates are running for office, with the race between the top four contenders considered too close to call ahead of the vote. two candidates from this round will go through to a run—off vote next month. karin giannone is in paris for us. notjust the ordinary folk of france,
also some of the candidates themselves in the few minutes. one of them, the far right national front leader, marine le pen, in her home district. she has been in the ballot box already today. doubles have been openjust over three hours. as also be centre—right candidates, centre candidates, sorry. he has also made his way to the polling station. other candidates will be doing so in the forthcoming hours. 47 million french people eligible to vote today. the turnout is going to be very important in a very tight race. this first report from james reynolds. no—one wants to miss a single second of the big moment. these people are running, not for a vote, but for a football match. 0n the eve of the election, paris st—germain played a home game. it was a final test of the capital's security before the polls opened. these supporters, french voters, have made it through months of campaigning. translation: the campaign was very long, and it was contaminated by all that's happened. translation: for us, the people down there,
we will never have anything. so, no matter who's the president, it doesn't matter, it will always be the same for us. translation: the campaign's been necessary. we listened to each party's programme. now it's time to choose. to the relief of everyone here, the speeches are over, the arguments have been made, and for this entire country, it is now decision time. for these protesters in paris, security comes before all else. the afternoon before the vote, the wives of police officers called for more support for the security forces. their march follows the killing of a police officer on the champs—elysees on thursday. fear of further attacks means that these, france's polling stations, will be well guarded. 50,000 police officers have been deployed to protect voters. in bordeaux, election officials
make their final, manual checks. the candidates themselves are now silent, and 47 million french voters get their turn to speak. james reynolds, bbc news, paris. she absolutely wanted to show that nothing was going to stop her being first to cast her ballot. i wanted to be here, the first one to come to vote. as a woman, the 52% of women voting in paris. i wanted to show that there is no problem of security. there is no problem of we are in paris, it is nice weather, we are in a nice park and it is very quiet and calm. we must come out to vote. it still looks pretty normal, pretty relaxed around this polling station. a small security presence every now and then with the police passing by. let's talk to a journalist here in paris who has covered many elections.
this feels completely relaxed around here. how unusual is this election, the whole scenario? despite this relaxed sunday morning scene, which is heartening to see, there is a jittery feeling in france at the moment. particularly since the killing of the policeman on thursday, an attack claimed by the so—called islamic state. the french are well aware that there could be further attacks. we have more than 50,000 police deployed around france through more than 66,000 polling stations. a huge police presence around the country. although we may not actually see the police at the moment, i think they're being very vigilant and watchful. despite everything, people are expecting the turnout to be pretty good. turnout is generally high in french elections. 70% is considered quite low. 80% is not unusual. that turnout is going to be so particularly important this year. yes, because there are so many candidates who seem to be fairly close together.
it is a very tight race. so turnout will be key in determining the result. the way french people vote, there is a to go in there, make the effort to turn up but actually do something to your ballot paper by way of protest. that's right, the french call it leaving a blank ballot paper. it is a political gesture. i have spoken to a number of people who say that they will go to the polling station, to fulfil what they see as their civic duty, but in order to show their disgruntlement with politics and politicians in general, unfulfilled promises, high unemployment, a stagnating economy, they will not actually vote for any particular candidate. it's extraordinary because there are 11 candidates. that's right, a huge spread. everything from the far
right to the far left. one candidate who wants to colonise mars, another who wants to give everyone a basic universal income. you would think there would be a range of policies there for people to choose from. despite that, some voters clearly feel that there is nothing on offer that appeals to them. thank you very much. a real range of candidates, but as we were hearing, turnout is all—important. 11 candidates, dominated certainly in the final weeks by a particular four, that will be reduced to two if there is no overall majority to one person. those two will be back in a second round on the 7th of may. back to you in london. and there'll be live coverage of the results of the first round of voting in the french presidential election. that's tonight at 6:30pm, in france decides here on bbc news. and there's full coverage on our website, and via the mobile app. sport now...and for a full
round up, from the bbc sport centre, here sjessica. iam i am still catching my breath. good afternoon. great britain are behind in their fed cup tie against romania, afterjohanna konta lost her singles match against simona halep. konta, and her captain anne keothavong were back on court following yesterday's unsavoury scenes, where both women were insulted by the romanian captain ille nestasie. he's been banned from the rest of the competition and is under investigation. in the match, konta struggled early on, and it took the british number one, five games to get on the board. halep won the first
set in 27 minutes. konta, ranked two places below her rival at seventh in the world rankings, gave signs of a comeback, breaking halep and taking a 3—1 lead in the second but halep responded by taking five games in a row to win the match. great britain will lose the tie if heather watson is beaten by irina—camelia begu before the doubles rubber. but watson didn't start well — she was broken in the third game. and here's what's happening right now. 11—3 to begu now. begu serving you can watch this live on the bbc sport website. mary keitany has broken the world marathon record for a women's only race — previously held by paula radcliffe. keitany won it in 2 hours and 17 minutes. the kenyan has three new york marathon victories to her name, and she beat ethiopian
track great tirunesh dibaba by almost a minute. great britain'sjo pavey dropped out of the race at around 16 miles, so she won't take part in the world championships in london this summer. david weir has won a record seventh london marathon. the six time paralympic champion won his first way back in 2002 and has competed in the event every year since. it came down to a sprint finish between weir and his great rival marcel huug of switzerland but weir was able to come out on top. he moves ahead in the record books above dame tanni grey—thompson who won six london marathon titles. the women's wheelchair race was won by switzerland's manuela schar
in a course record time of one hour, 39 minutes and 57 seconds. it's the scottish cup old firm semi final at hampden park at midday — celtic against rangers... celtic are still on for the domestic treble — having already wrapped up the league title and the scottish league cup. and they'll be boosted by having their captain scott brown cleared to play, after appealing against a recent red card. aberdeen awaits the winner in the final. the fa cup also continues today, arsenal take on manchester city in the semi—final at wembley, at 3 o'clock. with arsenal boss arsene wenger under pressure because of the club's poor run in the premier league — they're seventh in the table — he's well aware of the importance of doing well in this competition. was i expecting the semifinal is to go to the final. i played 11 semifinals in the fa cup. it is a
special experience. the match is a good opportunity to show how much we are ready for a fight and want to go to the final. it is our baby, and the opportunity —— it is maybe i say many times to them and they still don't believe how good they are. it'sa still don't believe how good they are. it's a lot of stress, a lot of pressure. when you handle that and you were going to win, next time it will be easier. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour a man's died after being run over by thieves who stole his car in manchester. 35—year—old michael samwell and his wife were woken by a large bang outside their house in chorlton, and he went out to investigate. greater manchester police have begun a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses.
the boyfriend of tv celebrity ferne mccann has been arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a nightclub. arthur collins, who's 25, had been sought by police following an incident at the mangle club in hackney last week four trains from four different eras — including the world—famous flying scotsman — are giving rail enthusiasts in yorkshire a rare treat this morning as they are travelling side—by—side along the tracks of the east coast mainline in what has been described as a "once in a lifetime event." our correspondent, phil bodmer, is in york for the event which is also celebrating the "past and future" of the railway. what a sight! you can hear the band
in the papers here, who havejust struck up on platform five at your station. you can see the intercity 125 and the 265 beside it. you can see the steam of the flying scotsman, which is just about to leave york station. the icon of the railways, built in doncaster works in 1923 and plying its trade along the east coast main line from 192a. we are getting covered in soot and steam. rob mcintosh from network rail, you have been instrumental in getting this going. how logistically difficult has it been to arrange this? difficult to do, but as you can see, it is a must do event, fantastic event and thanks to all the partners for making it happen. this has showcased
yorkshire at its best this morning. yes, it has. you can see from the thousands of people who have turned out, it has been absolutely splendid. i would echo what rob has said. the partners have worked together, it has been a challenge, but they have pulled it off and it has been very popular. talking to the managing director of virgin east coast, he said this can't happen again, but there will be demand. there is huge demand. we will do something like this again very soon, don't worry about it. it may have to be slightly different, but it draws people together. it's a sense of yorkshire pride. it galvanises communities, it brings together and in five days' time, we have the world's biggest bike race. you will see millions of people turnover that again, we do big events in yorkshire and redo them really well.
thanks for allowing us on the platform today to enjoy the experience. i'll have to go home and wipe the soot off, but it's been a great day in york. you can see by the turnout of people who have come to witness a once—in—a—lifetime event, but let's hope we get to do it again sometime soon. what a lovely morning he had there. it could be a case of making the most of today. most of us getting to see some relatively pleasant springlike weather today. make the most of it because the week ahead brings a big change. much colder weather, wintry showers, frosty night. what a shock. the rest of today, across england and wales, sunny spells with a small chance of showers. northern ireland and scotland, outbreaks of rain and heavy rain northern scotland. is
strengthening here as well. through this evening at night, a band of what weather sinking south across scotland. hyne that, and cold northerly winds. wintry showers beginning to develop. old enough for a frosty. more cloud southwards. not as cold as we go through tonight into tomorrow morning. tomorrow our weather fronts continues to sink south. behind it brighter skies but some wintry showers, rain, sleet, hail, even some snow. temperatures in aberdeen only three degrees. that cold air sinks southwards to all parts for the middle of the week with sunny spells and some wintry showers. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn refuses to confirm that labour would renew britain's trident nuclear deterrent, if it winsjune's general election. voting is under way in the first round of the french presidential election — candidate francois fillon has cast his vote. a murder investigation has been launched after man was killed by thieves who stole his car