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this is bbc news, i'm lu kwesa burack. the headlines at 11pm: labour pledges to invest hundreds of billions of pounds in infrastructure like schools, hospitals and transport. social transformation fund will begin the urgent task of repairing oui’ begin the urgent task of repairing our socialfabric begin the urgent task of repairing our social fabric that has been torn apart by the tories. the conservatives accuse labour of spraying money around like confetti, but they've promised to spend billions more, too, improving public services. there will be new hospitals, schools, railways, better broadband, new connections and opportunities for every pa rt new connections and opportunities for every part of our great nation. two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering jodie chesney in a park
in east london. two others have been cleared. flooding across parts of northern england — in sheffield, hundreds of people were stranded for hours in yorkshire's largest shopping centre. and at 11:30pm we'll be taking another look at the papers with the broadcaster henry bonsu and the assistant comment editor at the telegraph, madeline grant. good evening and welcome to bbc news. labour and the conservatives have both been setting out their plans for the economy today. labour is promising a huge boost in spending, and what's it's calling an "irreversible shift" of power and wealth away from london. the tories are also vowing to spend billions. it's now clear that whoever wins the election will spend and borrow
far more than we've seen for a long time. labour says it will invest an extra £55 billion a year on infrastructure like housing and schools as well as environmental projects. now, that's roughly double what the conservatives are offering — an extra £20—25 billion a year. our economics editor faisal islam looks at the competing pledges and what they could mean for the country. the north—west of england, the cradle of the industrial revolution. and today on either end of the east lancs road, the chancellor sajid javid in manchester and the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell in liverpool, launching a fiscal revolution, a fundamental change to policy on borrowing and investment, and not sounding too different. it means investment on a scale never seen before in this country. it means billions of pounds more to spend on the infrastructure revolution that this country needs. just down the road from here...
john mcdonnell, in his hometown, announcing that a labour government will not try to bring the national debt down as a rule, and instead will increase borrowing to fund hundreds of billions in investments to solve what he calls the social and climate change emergencies. isn't it interesting? after all the years since i've been arguing since i've been shadow chancellor, four years, i have been arguing that we need to invest, and the tories have attacked me, abused me as though i were some revolutionary. now they're falling into line, but on a scale that doesn't meet the challenges we face. because they want to keep the debt down? well, because they're not willing to recognise that governments have to borrow to invest. labour wants to make investments in infrastructure such as the mersey tidal energy scheme not far from here, and they argue that the value of the asset should be taken into account, not just the debt required to fund it. that's called a net worth target and has not been tried
in a major economy before. such is the deluge of spending here that there are doubts that it could even be actually spent. labour's message is a little like saying on a national scale that a homeowner shouldn't worry about the value of a mortgage in isolation. the value of a house and investing in it matters as well, and that frees up hundreds of billions of borrowing to spend on investment. the conservatives criticise the extent, but the basic idea of changing the rules to take advantage of currently low borrowing rates for governments, that is rather similar. in his case, tens of billions more in borrowing in order to allow an increase in annual investment by half, unlike labour, who want to double it. mrjavid does promise the total of the uk's historic borrowing would be kept in check, but scrapped the formal rule demanding that it falls. excessive debt would risk everything that british people have worked so hard to achieve over
the past decade of recovery. the question at this election is, who do you trust to protect that? these plans are independent of what happens with brexit, but over at the bank of england, a weak economic outlook, is starting to point to an interest rate cut. brexit uncertainties are dominating. weighing particularly hard on business investment which unusually during an expansion has contracted in five of the past six quarters and is currently estimated to be just not 0.5% higher than at the time of the referendum. other opposition parties such as the lib dems and snp said that cancelling brexit would be the best way to boost the economy. whoever wins next month, we appear to be on a journey to more investment and more borrowing, too. quite the change from the previous three elections. faisal islam, bbc news.
the former labour mp and minister ian austin has said that jeremy corbyn is "completely unfit" to be prime minister and has urged people to vote for borisjohnson instead. it comes after labour's deputy leader tom watson announced he was stepping down as an mp — but for personal reasons. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. the buses look the same, but it's notjust the season that makes this a very weird election, as one senior mp put it. inside both the big parties, there are serious doubts about the leaders. jeremy corbyn‘s track record of handling, or not handling fast enough, racism againstjews is under attack again. anti—semitism is a poison and an evil in our society. i have spent my whole life fighting against racism. i will die an anti—racist. but two of his former mps simply don't believe that. not fit to hold high office. there's no love lost between these
two and the labour leadership. but for years, they were both deeply loyal lieutenants of the party. listen to them now, urging you to choose not a labour prime minister, but a conservative. if you're not going to do what's right on a fundamental question like racism, what are you going to do it on? i wouldn't say boris johnson is unfit to be our prime minister in the way that i say that about jeremy corbyn. the country has a big choice to make, and i thinkjeremy corbyn is completely unfit to lead it. and another who worried about anti—semitism is off too. tom watson, the deputy leader, survived an attempt to oust him a couple of months ago, but he's standing down, he says for personal reasons. not all of mr corbyn‘s supporters in liverpool are sorry to say goodbye. i think good riddance. why do you say that? because this election comes
down to a brutal choice, and that needs a socialist government. if you're not a socialist, you know, then shut the door on the way out. i do think that the party now is united more than ever and as labour supporters, we need to mobilise. every party has its massive divisions. as he heads off round the country, jeremy corbyn of course wants to look ahead to the next few weeks, but the labour leader cannot completely escape the ghost of his past problems. these early days haven't been an easy ride for borisjohnson either. concerns about candidates, resignations and departures. i vowed not to drink. and in scotland, where the prime minister broke his campaign booze ban, the party might struggle to keep their 13 seats. we're the party that's saying, come on, let's get together as the whole uk. let's get brexit done, get this thing over the line and then get on with bringing our great country together
and unleashing the potential of the whole uk. the tories' rivals in scotland, though, are only too happy to have him on the trail. i'm so confident that borisjohnson will not go down very well with scottish voters in this election that my words to him as he leaves scotland this afternoon may be, "haste ye back!" but convincing victories come to parties that can reach beyond their own tribe. this time, no politician can see clearly round the corner. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, darwen. meanwhile the liberal democrats, the greens and plaid cymru — three parties who all want to stay in the eu — have agreed not to stand against each other next month in dozens of seats across england and wales — to try to give the strongest candidate the best chance of winning. alex forsyth reports from winchester, which is currently held by the conservatives and where the greens have now stepped aside in favour of the liberal democrats. the country is poised to make a crucial choice, but in some seats, it
will be a limited one. winchester is one place some anti—brexit parties have agreed not to stand against each other. it's a really good idea. it's the only way we've got a chance of staying in the eu. i think anyone trying to hijack for or against brexit is wrong. in this current tory seat, it means the green party won't put up a candidate but the lib dems will, the idea — to avoid splitting the pro—eu vote. the lib dem leader, whose party could benefit most, argues brexit is key in this election. it speaks volumes about how high the stakes are, how important this is, that these parties, ourselves, the liberal democrats, with the green party and plaid cymru, have been able to put aside those narrow party interests to work together in the national interest. there are 60 constituencies where agreements have been reached between the lib dems, plaid cymru and the green party. ii in wales, the rest in england,
targeting remain areas like here in winchester. but without labour involved, the effect could be limited. it's hard to know how much difference this might make. it could only have an impact in perhaps a small handful of seats. but this, more than most, is an unpredictable election, and even a handful of seats could be crucial. in this eco hub in the city centre, local businesswomen harriet and laura have their reservations. there's a lot of logic behind their unifying together, but brexit will be over, however it is over, and then we need to move on as a country. and without all the voices being heard, we're doing ourselves a disservice. both wanted to remain in the eu, but have concerns about efforts to stop brexit. the country voted to leave, so i do wonder if we should be following what that decision was.
i would prefer that they all put themselves up, they said what they wanted to do and then, you know, we were given the opportunity to vote for those parties. whether this limits choice orfocuses minds, the brexit lines are now clearly drawn. alex forsyth, bbc news, winchester. and a full list of all the candidates standing in winchester will be on the bbc website after nominations close next week. let's take a look at some of today's other election news: the conservative candidate in the norfolk constituency of broadland — nick conrad — has stood down — following comments he made about rape on a radio show five years ago. mr conrad, a former bbc local radio presenter, apologised at the time but said tonight that renewed publicity about the comment was becoming a distraction. a labour candidate in aberdeenshire has quit after a row over anti—semitism.
kate ramsden stood down in the gordon constituency after the jewish chronicle highlighted a blog post in which they said she compared israel to an abused child that becomes an abusive adult. the liberal democrats have set out plans to tackle climate change and fuel poverty, promising to invest £15 billion in better insulation for homes. the party says it would save the average household £550 a yea r. they also want to double solar and wind power by 2030. throughout the election campaign, we'll be looking at all the key issues in detail, and asking what questions you would like answered. send your election question to #bbcyourquestions or email@example.com.
in other news, two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering 17—year—old jodie chesney who was stabbed in a park in east london, in march. svenson ong—a—kwie, who's i9, and a 17—year—old boy, who can't be named will be sentenced later this month. our colleagues at bbc london have been with jodie‘s family throughout the trial, seeing firsthand the emotional devastation it's caused. with a special report, here's katharine carpenter. six months into thejourney six months into the journey to get justice forjodie begins. what is happening today, the first day of the trial of my murdered daughter, so the trial of my murdered daughter, so that's what's happening today, yeah. it's hard to put 17 years work ina yeah. it's hard to put 17 years work in a nutshell. jodie was really funny and she always thought of other people, you know volunteering
work, she loved little kids, she loved animals and there really wasn't — i know that parents say this about their children, but there really wasn't a bad bone in her body, not one. soon i'd make sure you are ok before herself. she was just lovely. the last time i saw jodie was the morning of my birthday, the morning of her death, actually. she popped her head downstairs and said happy birthday, dad. gave her a kiss and went to work. later, when peter went out celebrating with his brothers, jodie anne hoskin friends went to the park. —— jodie anne hoskin friends went to the park. ——jodie and anne hoskin friends went to the park. —— jodie and friends. anne hoskin friends went to the park. -- jodie and friends. she put her make up on before she came out and we talked about her lipstick and the new boots she had god. maybe 9:30pml the new boots she had god. maybe 9:30pm i got a phone call, my brother got a phone call to say police are coming in a van to pick you up becausejodie's been
attacked. one minute we were all laughing and joking and then it was just screams. and, uh, i heard it on the radio, the police rerouting back to home, not to hospital because there's no point. and then the policewoman told us in the van, sorry... sorry. um, told us in the van thatjodie sorry... sorry. um, told us in the van that jodie had sorry... sorry. um, told us in the van thatjodie had died. sorry... sorry. um, told us in the van that jodie had died. so this will be the first time we've come face—to—face with the suspects and, ijust don't face—to—face with the suspects and, i just don't know. the trial has gone on the way of four people accused of murdering girl scout jodie chesney. i used to see her every day because i was around here every day because i was around here every day. i'm here for the family,
obviously. i want to be here for peter only lucy and all the rest of the family. it's very hard, i miss her so much. a few days in on the court case taken its toll on peter. it was just killing me. court case taken its toll on peter. it wasjust killing me. i court case taken its toll on peter. it was just killing me. i spoke to someone it was just killing me. i spoke to someone and they asked why i was putting myself through this. why was i killing myself like this? i didn't go back and i have not been back since. jodie was described to the jury since. jodie was described to the jury isa since. jodie was described to the jury is a talented popular young woman whojudged jury is a talented popular young woman who judged no—one jury is a talented popular young woman whojudged no—one and loved everyone. we are halfway through the trial now. i need to go on monday. one of the defendants is on the stand and i want to see him square. it does not look good for them. 20 teenagers have been fatally stabbed
in london this year. so while jodie's killers are in the. , peter and his other daughter, lucy, have been setting up a charity in her name. the knife crime problem, i don't know where to begin. when you read about it you think it sucks. but when it is close to your heart and something like this happens and you learn more about it and you wonder why people are doing this to the charity work was on hold today. after a trial lasting eight weeks, peter was told the jury had read a verdict to teenagers have been found guilty of the murder. to people in the park have sentenced to murder andi the park have sentenced to murder and i am over the moon about it. the park have sentenced to murder and i am over the moon about itm hurts. it doesn't hurt. that moment is always in my head and it is always replaying. sometimes you wonder what could i have done or could we have done anything differently or could we have maybe stayed a little less and it might not have happened ? stayed a little less and it might not have happened? it kills us all a
little bit to and we all lose a piece of ourselves that night when we lost her. as soon as i wake up the first thing i think about is jodie, obviously. in the last thing i think about when i go to bed each day is different. some days i can't get out of bed because i am too sad. it is much the worst thing that has ever happened to me. it is horrible and has destroyed me and my family. i'm trying to claw back as much of the person that i was before she was jodie chesney‘s father ending that report. there've been heavy downpours across large parts of northern england today with flooded roads and cancelled train services. the don river in sheffield has breached its flood defences in parts of the city, including meadowhall and nursery street and some areas in between. hundreds of people were stranded
for hours in the meadowhall shopping centre in sheffield and urged not to leave by police. our reporter tom ingle was there tonight. this should have been one of the busiest nights of the year for them when the christmas light switch on. thousands of people inside the centre but at 5.30 the decision was made to pull the event because of the constant steady rain we have had all day and seriously affected local road networks and local rail networks to people were trapped —— we re networks to people were trapped —— were not trapped but it was difficult for them to get out to nearby roads that people are some stay for a while. most people have left the centre but there could still be some insight, some young children may be who came for the event and are waiting to be collected by pa rents. event and are waiting to be collected by parents. some staff members told us they could not get to the staff car park because it was flooded to the river is close to the centre on the other side. i have had unconfirmed reports that the river has topped the flood defences that we re has topped the flood defences that were built in 2070 dig severe
disruption on roads in sheffield, severe destruction —— disruption on the rail links as well. earlier i spoke to primary school teacher, mark bebbington, who lives in sheffield city centre, right next to the river. it was much worse in 2007 but it is looking pretty bad. i have friends who live further up the river and they are on the ground next to it, and the river is coming into their property. do they have plans? they just posted that they have a bottle of wine and they will see what happens to their is not a lot you can do. as you said it is very fast flowing. were you prepared for this? was the city centre prepared for what we are seeing on screen right now or were you caught unawares? we we re now or were you caught unawares? we were not expecting as long as this. and apparently the weather is just
stuck over the city and dropping after bucket. —— bucket after bucket. friends of friends were picking up their kids because they knew sheffield was in a bad way but other areas are starting bad as well to areas with a lot of books that have both their banks. you have said that this is not the first time you have seen the effect of heavy rain like this. you spoke about 2070 dig what is the environment agency done for flood defence? next to where i live they put, they stepped it down and they put a bank up, to try and prevent it. it's like a drain off instead of a flood barrier. they
dredged the rivers and again, that was 12 years ago. can still be a lot of silt on the river now and whether that affects anything i don't know. it is not a good situation. a police officer has been charged wtih the murder of the former footballer dalian atkinson who died after being tasered. the ex—aston villa striker was restrained by officers at his father's house in telford, in 2016. a second officer also from west mercia police force has been charged with assault, causing actual bodily harm. both appeared in court today, as our correspondent sian lloyd reports. dalian atkinson's talents brought him some memorable goals. this strike clinched him goal of the season in 1993. his career spanned 15 years, including four seasons with aston villa in the 1990s. but three years ago, police were called to his father's home, near telford.
a taser was discharged and dalian atkinson was restrained. he died shortly afterwards, following a cardiac arrest. what happened there was investigated by the police watchdog. following that independent inquiry, two west mercia police officers, whose identities are being protected, appeared in court today. both charged this morning — one with the murder of dalian atkinson, and the other, a woman police officer, is accused of assault, causing actual bodily harm. the barrister for the two police officers argued that they should remain anonymous because they could face a risk to their lives if their identities became known. the judge said that it was virtually wholly unprecedented for a defendant not to be named, but he did grant an interim order and will consider the matter in full on wednesday. dalian atkinson's family said they welcomed the decision to put the officers' conduct before a jury, but said they regretted that it was now more than three years since his death. sian lloyd, bbc news,
birmingham crown court. a number of regional newspapers have all banded together to promote what they call a manifesto for the north. the manchester evening news says that the north has been neglected for far too long and that an election has to change that. the huddersfield examiner — says that government cuts have led to local services losing £183 million and that a general election must stop the neglect of the north. and the hull daily mail — says it's time to "power up the north" and with investment needed everywhere from energy to transport and education to trade. our correspondent robert hall, has been gauging the response from voters in leeds. there is so much focus on specifically london and the south and there is so much that the north
has to offer. plenty of businesses are moving up to the north. do you think the north of england can pull together? i believe so, yes. ifeel like whether our small differences, people will get behind something as a collective, really. ifeela little like we have heard this before, perhaps. perhapsl little like we have heard this before, perhaps. perhaps i am a little jaded. in terms of politics. and how they can help. i think the central thing is infrastructure. developing infrastructure in the north, helping people move around, just things like getting to work and making it easier and more affordable and more green. i don't know if there are any small businesses like myself, we need to get on the high
street and get well position i don't know if there are any affordable places. there is a massive demand and need for the high streets and the councils, the owners, the wealthy owners of all these buildings, and many of them are derelict. to really come together and create these spaces. you've only got to travel from the south to the north and people had the power on the grid to drive the first industrial revolution in an environment that is so much poorer than the south in terms of so much brownfield sites, poorer infrastructure taking a long time to get around. time now for the weather. after thursday's rain there is no doubt that some parts of the uk could really do with a bit of time to dry out full some places will be looking for a dry forecast for the week ahead. this is the long—range
forecast and there is more rain to come and i will bring you the details over the next three minutes. in the meantime, here is the swell of cloud and the area of low pressure the brought the rain on thursday. this cloud here became particularly slow—moving —— moving and important port for many hours across parts of northern england and the midlands. the other warnings from the met office expiring as we go into friday morning. you can see those still some showery rain drifting across eastern england but generally speaking friday is quieter, dry and bright with sunshine. still feeling chilly with a top temperature six degrees in glasgow, 11 cardiff and in plymouth. as we go through friday night some showers plaguing east anglia in the south—east for a time but essentially we see a window of clear sky moving group. could be some freezing fog patches as temperatures dip away. a widespread false detriment frost into saturday morning. these are the minimum temperatures. out west, things turn little milder by the end of the night because he comes out next
change, a frontal system that will bring outbreaks of rain, yes, more rain although it should not hang around for quite as long as the wet weather we have seen over the last 24 weather we have seen over the last 2a hours. this is the forecast for saturday, the rain pushing in from the west that there is an added complication, it bumps into cold air so because the high ground of wales, above 300 metres we could see some snow and could cause problems on the roads. there are roads at that level already and we may see something wintry getting into the midlands, depending on the shape this weather system depending on the shape this weather syste m ta kes depending on the shape this weather system takes as it starts to put away southwards. some rain until snow through saturday night, clearing the way into sunday. sunday has another one of those quieter days with spells of sunshine, temperature —wise, single digits for most of us. six, nine, 10 degrees in the far north—west. as we move out of sunday and monday, he comes another system pushing in from the west, this one is moving so no—one place should see too much in the way of rain but i think all of us can
expect some wet weather on monday. still the potential for wintering is mixed in over hills in the north and some showers pushing in from the north—west later in the day. those temperatures again in the range of — 10 degrees. on tuesday, hard to be precise at this range but looks like we will see a mixed of sunny spells and showers, showers most frequent towards the north—west. signs of a dry interlude down towards the south and the temperature is still between six and 10 degrees. if you are looking for a prolonged spell of dry weather you probably do not want to see a childlike use. the jetstream still as we had through the middle and the latter part of next week is racing across the atlantic ringing further areas of low pressure in our direction. it looks like the area of low pressure, initially will mostly affect northern and western areas and that is where we are likely to have the wettest of the weather. high pressure will always be quite close by. that means they should be some dry interlude and when we get the dry interlude by night, the nights are likely to get
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