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labour vow to transform britain with record investment if they win the election. launching his party's manifesto, jeremy corbyn calls it the most radical and ambitious plan for the country in decades. vote for this manifesto of hope. it's time for real change. thank you. among the plans — 100,000 council houses a year by 2025, and renationalising railways, mail, water and energy. a plan for a planfora a plan for a much bigger state and bigger spending, but does labour's plan really add up? also tonight... the former first minister
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of scotland, alex salmond, appears in court charged with m sexual offences against ten women — including one of attempted rape. murdered more than 30 years ago — helen mccourt‘s family say they're horrified after her killer is recommended for release but still refuses to say where her body is. # oh, i want to know when i can go and why coldplay have announced that they won't be going on tour to promote their latest album. and coming up on bbc news: "i won't make the same mistakes" — we hear from jose mourinho after the former chelsea and manchester united manager is appointed tottenham boss. good evening and welcome to the bbc‘s news at six. jeremy corbyn has unveiled labour's general election manifesto and vowed to transform the united kingdom
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if they win. he unveiled the wide—ranging plans in birmingham, promising what he called a "green transformation of the economy" and a "manifesto for hope". a labour government would nationalise rail, mail, water and energy companies. they would build at least 150,000 new council and social homes every year until 2025. and mr corybn said there'd be a one—off windfall tax on oil companies to pay back the damage done to the climate. there'd be big tax increases on higher earners and companies to pay for the plans. a leading economist says the scale of the proposals is enormous. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg — and a warning her report contains flash photography. is contains flash photography. it time? time for a ml state ? is it time? time for a much bigger state? time for a government to spend and tax more? time for a
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leader who strongly believes the a nswer leader who strongly believes the answer is yes? to rapture and some of his ranks, but who presides over a party where there are still doubts about him. labour's manifesto is a ma nifesto for about him. labour's manifesto is a manifesto for hope, a manifesto that is full of popular policies, but the political establishment has blocked for a generation. labour is on your side. and there could be scarcely a clear demonstration on that than the furious reaction of the richest and most powerful. he would write huge tax paid for with the public purse, using higher taxes on business, spending and changing the rules. our investment will rebuild our schools, hospitals, care homes and housing desperately needed. this will be investment on a scale you have never
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known before. we will launch the biggest council house building programme since the 1960s and cat rents. he promised tough new targets for scrapping carbon emissions, extra free care for the elderly, a universal credit benefit system will go along with university fees in england. there was now the familiar chance among the crowd. labour would not privatise any of the health service. but when it comes to the biggest issue in the country right now, only a careful restatement of the possession, jeremy corbyn will not say whether he would stay or leave, he would ask you on the eu again. we will secure a sensible deal that protects manufacturing and the good friday agreement and then put it to a public vote alongside the option of remaining in the eu.
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let's ta ke the option of remaining in the eu. let's take the sight of the hands of politicians and give the british people the final say. with no final decision on europe, no final decision on europe, no final decision on europe, no final decision on eu immigration, and it's not just the scale decision on eu immigration, and it's notjust the scale of decision on eu immigration, and it's not just the scale of the decision on eu immigration, and it's notjust the scale of the leadership plan that is controversial, a small group of —— protesters outside. jeremy corbyn undeterred. why do you think the whole country once much bigger spending and a much bigger state because this manifesto has put rocket boosters on what you promised in 2017 and it did not convince the country to give you a majority then. it isa country to give you a majority then. it is a radical manifesto but radical answers are what is necessary. you've got to have an
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offer on the table that matches the scale of the problem we face at the moment on the 21st century.“ scale of the problem we face at the moment on the 21st century. if we can get beyond brexit labour can win this election. digger think he will be moving into number 10? this election. digger think he will be moving into number107|j this election. digger think he will be moving into number10? i hope so. whatever family plans there are four downing st this election is a huge and serious moment for the labour leader and all of us. asjeremy corbyn heads around the country has ma nifesto corbyn heads around the country has manifesto is not about tinkering round the edges but about a different way of running the country. there are doubts about whether it is realistic whether the country is ready for him. elections are about bold statements on big platforms but millions of small moments as well. we face an epic decision in a few weeks but it will be taken one by one. jeremy corbyn said labour's plans are radical and are about bringing people together.
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the party's also promising all workers at least £10 an hourfor the so—called ‘real living wage' — with public sector employees getting a 5% pay rise as well. they'll offer free personal care to over—65s in england and in higher education labour says they will abolish tuition fees and bring back maintenance grants. and on the crucial issue of brexit — labour are promising to renegotiate a new deal with the eu and then have another referendum, altough mr corbyn will not say how he would vote. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth has been to hastings — a marginal seat with a small tory majority that voted to leave the eu — to find out what voters make of the plans. there is a battle in hastings. this seaside town was narrowly won by the tories in 2017. now this working fishing port is exactly the kind of seat labour needs for an election victory. 0n the edge of town, staff at this manufacturing business had half an ear on labour's offer today. for some long—term supporters,
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it was persuasive. i believe in good housing for people, i believe in, you know, a good national health service, education. i believe in all the things that everybody else believes in, but i actually believe that labour will do more for normal people. i think he plans to take a lot of that money from the rich, doesn't he? from corporations rather than, you know, the lower classes, and i think that's a good way to go and i think british rail should be nationalised. there are some 60 employees here making high—end electrical switches and sockets. cameron, an apprentice, was attracted by university without the fees. there's always that money part, that's put me away from it, really.
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so if there were no fees that might change your mind? yes, hundred percent. all the parties have said the same thing that they have not found the money so thing that they have not found the money so where does he think he is going to find it from? credibility is an issue in this contest, who will deliver what is promised. jeremy corbyn might hope is broad offer domestic policy has broad appeal. the problem he has is how that goes down with labour supporters who wanted to leave the eu and aren't persuaded by his idea ofa eu and aren't persuaded by his idea of a second referendum. for many fishermen in hastings brexit is the biggest thing in this election. there is a loss of faith. why have another referendum ? is there is a loss of faith. why have another referendum? is it the best of three? it is a nonsense. we have had a democratic decision by the people and it should be upheld. had a democratic decision by the people and it should be upheldm
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there was only a difference of one we should come out. the anger clear, disappointment with pledges and promises. all this business about what they are going to do when they are in, they are going to give less and that, i don't believe anything any more. convincing voters in these key seats could win or lose their selection. crucial could be how labour's policy offer compares to brexit frustration. the head of the leading think tank the institute for fiscal studies says labour's plans would see the biggest increase in spending, tax and borrowing we've seen in peacetime history. pauljohnson says the scale of this is enormous. 0ur economics editor faisal islam has been looking at labour's proposals. what impact could they have on the economy? this is a radical attempt to change britain's business model, involving notjust huge amounts of public spending and investment, but also an attempt to rewire the way the economy works. there will be significant
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sums going to schools and reopening sure start centres — for pre—school children. £16 billion. and more than £18 billion a year also to deal with health care and social care in particular. and £5 billion a year will be spent on an immediate pay rise — and later earning increases — for public sector workers alongside other pledges — £83 billion in spending rises, matched, yes, by £83 billion extra taxes that
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labour says it can squeeze from business and the rich. firstly by reversing corporation tax cuts over the past decade a whopping £24 billion. higher taxes for the top 5% of earners, in practice taxes on companies affect all of us but if you want this transformation you're going to have to have a broader set of tax increases than that and affect many more people. to the £83 billion extra day to day spending for the public sector, there is also long term spending
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on for example creating 100,000 council homes. add that borrowed money to the investment in a green industrial revolution and you get to a large sum of extra spending — about £140 billion a year — hundreds of billions over the parliament. interestingly the other parties are offering some of the same message, use the ability of government to borrow cheaply to invest hundreds of billions in a green future — though labour has pushed this more than twice as far. it is a decisive shift of britain to a big state, taxing big business more, like continental europe. it raises reasonable questions about whether "can we afford this?". labor's answer: "we can't afford not to", and only a very active government can reshape the economy to change the fate of the country, in particular, to meet a climate emergency. it would be a huge change for the country of jeremy corbyn it would be a huge change for the country ofjeremy corbyn ended up a number10. country ofjeremy corbyn ended up a number 10. eye watering numbers that they proudly see as the scale of the change they want to make so it requires enormous amounts of cash that we have not heard potential governments talking about in this
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way to that extent for a long time. inafunny way to that extent for a long time. in a funny way it is kind of a 21st—ce ntu ry in a funny way it is kind of a 21st—century version of the principles thatjeremy corbyn himself has believed in for such a long time. a gamble for him is whether or not in 2019 there are enough people who have the kind of appetite for dramatic change in the country that could actually get him the votes to see him into number 10 and as it stands at the moment it doesn't appear at this time that enough people are truly convinced that his plans are the right one but labour is hoping like last time round the manifesto launch will be the moment when they start to climb. figures out today on the amount of money being donated to political parties. yes, in the first week of the election campaign we learned the conservatives had more than £5 million pouring into the coffers, more than 20 times the other
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donations that went to labour and the liberal democrats, who were around £200,000. the parties have to follow the same spending limits. they cannot all just spend what they wa nt they cannot all just spend what they want so tories, the labour party and the lib dems will not be able to spend more than about £90 million but it is a reminder then bottle contrast there is in politics, not just in finances but in their plans for the country. the former first minister of scotland alex salmond has appeared in court charged with 1a sexual offences against ten women — including one count of attempted rape. the incidents are all alleged to have happened betweenjune 2008 and november 2014 while he was leader of the scottish government. he denies all the charges. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith reports from the high court in edinburgh — a warning her report contains flashing images. walking into court with his sister, alex salmond knew he would have
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to face the press, who were waiting to hear the details of the charges against him. inside, during a short hearing, he entered a plea of not guilty. i am innocent and i will defend my position vigorously. but the only place, the only proper place, to answer criminal charges is in this court, and that's exactly what we intend to do next spring. it is, frankly, astounding, to see a man who held such high office accused of serious sexual offences, allegedly committed while he was first minister of scotland. the charges, which he strenuously denies, all relate to the time during which he was snp leader and first minister. watch your backs! one of the alleged sexual assault is said to have happened in the same month as the 2014 independence referendum. many of the assaults are alleged
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to have taken place here, at the first minister's official residence in edinburgh, including the attempted rape. mr salmond is accused of pushing a woman against a wall, removing her clothing and his own, before pinning her to a bed and attempting to rape her. mr salmond's facing a total of 14 charges, including incidents in 2008 when he is alleged to have kissed a woman on the mouth and touched her buttocks and breast with his hand over her clothing, indecently assaulting a woman in 2010 by seizing her by the wrists, repeatedly pulling her towards him and attempting to kiss her, sexually assaulting a woman in november or december 2013 by removing her shoe, lifting herfoot towards his mouth and attempting to kiss her foot, assaulting the same woman in december 2013 by lying on top of her, struggling with her and pulling up her dress with intent to rape her. the last of the alleged incidents said to have happened just days before he left office as first minister. the trial will take place in march next year, when mr salmond says he will strenuously defend his innocence.
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now there's obviously huge public interest in this case, but there are also very strict court rules about what anyone can say about it in public. so even though we are in the middle of a general election you are very unlikely to hear any politicians commenting on this or trying to make it into an election issue. studio: sarah smith, thank you. helen mccourt was killed more than 30 years ago. her murderer, ian simms, who was jailed for life — has always refused to reveal where her body is. now helen's mother says she's horrified after learning that the parole board has recommended him for release. judith moritz reports. though helen mccourt was killed 31 years ago, her body has never been found. with no grave to visit, her mother marie takes comfort instead from a memorial she's created at home. the only person who knows where helen's remains are is the man who murdered her. ian simms was jailed in 1989, and helen's mother has fought for him to stay in prison until he was reveals the location. but today came the decision
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that he is eligible for release. i was devastated when i heard that the judgment was that he was going to be released. his victim's body has never been found. that's my daughter. that's all i ever wanted, was to give helen... she never did anybody any harm. marie mccourt has spent years campaigning to deny parole to killers who don't disclose their victims' remains. helen's law was on its way to being introduced when parliament was dissolved for the election. the ministry ofjustice says it understands this is an extremely upsetting decision, and that ian simms will be released on licence and subject to strict conditions and faces a return to prison if he doesn't comply. his licence will remain in place for the rest of his life. ian simms was photographed in
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march when he was on day release from prison. he has been refused pa role from prison. he has been refused parole six times before. now you could be freed by christmas. judith moritz, bbc news. a lawyer representing some of the victims of the sex offenderjeffrey epstein says she hopes prince andrew will keep his word after saying he is willing to co—operate with ongoing investigations. the prince has announced that he's stepping back from royal duties for the forseeable future. here's our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell leaving home in windsor this morning, seemingly as normal, prince andrew — bound for buckingham palace and further meetings to reshape the next phase of his life. arriving at the palace to offer her advice and support, his ex—wife the duchess of york. andrew won't now perform public engagements for the foreseeable future, but it is suggested he may still appear at trooping the colour, the annual celebration of his mother's birthday, though whether he will do
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so in the uniform of colonel of the grenadier guards is less clear. similarly, it's suggested he'll still lay a wreath at the cenotaph on remembrance sunday. he is after all a former serving officer in the royal navy. what's much clearer now is that it's the core members of the royal family, those who appeared together on the palace balcony for the diamond jubilee, who represent the future. this episode has seen prince charles exercise his authority alongside the queen. they were the ones who decided that andrew had to step back before damage was done to the monarchy itself. there is an immediate question as to whether andrew will present himself for questioning by the us authorities about his friendship with the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. in his statement last night, andrew said, "of course i am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required." we do think it's a good, positive step that he says he's going to cooperate with law enforcement, but we'd like to see that happen. is he going to, for example,
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fly to the united states and voluntarily meet with our fbi? will he sit for depositions? here, andrew's links with more organisations are being severed. he's stepped down as chancellor of huddersfield university, and as patron of the outward bound trust. he will have much less to do. he's funded by an allowance from the queen's private income. it's not known whether that will now be cut. nicholas witchell, bbc news. one of the most pressing issues for politicians is how to tackle the social care crisis for adults in the uk. labour say if they win the election they'd introduce free personal care for older people in england. the conservatives are promising to put an extra £1 billion a year towards social care for the next five years. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt is with me now. costly plans. will they be enough?” think there is broad agreement between the parties so this is the
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starting point. there is broad agreement that something needs to be done because the care system for older people and disabled people is at breaking point, and when you look at breaking point, and when you look at the statistics that is not surprising. we have growing demand from an ageing population and more working age adults with disabilities, and after years of cuts to council budgets, experts say it would cost an extra £8 billion a year to ta ke it would cost an extra £8 billion a year to take levels of care back to where they were in 2010. the tory plans, as they stand at the moment, are more of an aspiration than a detailed policy. their guiding principle is to prevent people having to sell their homes to pay for more care, but they say they wa nt to for more care, but they say they want to build a cross—party consensus around this. they've also said they will put an extra £1 billion per year into social care for each of the next five years, but this is for both adults and equally overstretched children's services so experts say this just won't be enough to prop up the existing system. when you come to labour they
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have set out a comprehensive plan for a national care service. at the heart of that is this plan for free personal care. it's a policy which on its own will cost an extra £6 billion per year, and that cost will rise over time with increasing demand. it's the sort of system which is already operating in scotland. 20 years ago that was rejected by the then labour government as a plan that was too expensive for england, and there are significant price tags attached to labour's plans. i think the interesting thing about this is whether or not the parties will actually start talking to each other about how to solve this problem. they all see it as a problem. will they talk about it or will it once again turn into a political football? alison holt, thank you. they're giants of the music industry,
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they've sold millions of albums, and performed to packed stadia around the world. but now the british band coldplay have said they won't be going on tour to promote their latest album because of concerns about the environment. here's our entertainment correspondent colin paterson. the amman citadel injordan where tomorrow coldplay will perform two concerts — one at sunrise and one at sunset — to launch their new album, everyday life. but to no audience. instead it will be streamed for free to fans watching around the world online. the tour for coldplay‘s last album visited five continents and grossed more than £400 million in ticket sales. this time, there won't be one — chris martin says for environmental reasons. we are taking time over the next year or two to work out... "how can our tour not only be sustainable, but how it can be actively beneficial?" the hardest thing is the flying side of things.
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but, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single—use plastic, to have it be largely solar powered. is it possible to be a carbon neutral band on tour? i hope so — that's what we are trying to work out. so i think it's a question ofjust accepting that you have to do your best, not to be too overzealous in criticising others because everyone will catch up, i think, if you prove that it's easy to do it the right way. and there's one festival close to home that they won't be playing again in a hurry. glastonbury — you are so part of that festival now, you cropped up a couple of times on the main stage last year. it's been announced paul mccartney is going to headline that next year. any chance of coldplay joining him on the bill? no. why not? i did pop up on stage last year, and i love doing so.
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stormzy. .. and then i saw a tweet afterwards that said, "you can always rely on him to come on in a tracksuit "and ruin everything." so i was like, "you know what?" a, i should work on my trousers. and, b, i shouldn't be online. and, c, maybe just go and watch glastonbury for a year or so. did that hurt you? sometimes these things hurt me, yeah, because i'm human. as for coldplay they have a lot to work out. their last two used 32 trucks. the band with a hit song yelloe, will they be going green? the band with a hit song yellow, will they be going green? colin paterson, bbc news, jordan. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith—lucas. 0ver over the next few days things are changing a bit, some milder air on the way and things turning more u nsettled the way and things turning more unsettled with showers around as
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well. showery rain already across the south—east of england, south wales, and that will be pushing north across much of england and wales through the course of the night. scotland staying largely dry but there will be patchy rain into northern ireland during the early pa rt northern ireland during the early part of friday. most of us frost free for our friday morning. a few showers around almost anywhere through england and wales for the morning, most are tending to peter out then heavier, more persistent when working on again in the south—west of england and wales, following on quite saturated ground. there could be turkey problems. 8-10d, there could be turkey problems. 8—10d, not quite as chilly as recent days. —— there could be a few problems. then moving on from the south—west, this system, through the course of the weekend. fairly wet and windy on saturday particularly for england and wales, scotland and northern ireland getting away with some dry weather through the day. most back into double figures by saturday so certainly a milder feel two things. sunday, initially a bit of rain lingering across the north
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of rain lingering across the north of scotla nd of rain lingering across the north of scotland and that should clear away then quite a lot of dry weather, a bit of sunshine coming through. sunday is probably the better day of the weekend but we have more rain working into the south—west later on in the day. there could be a few more flooding problems but it is certainly turning milder as the weather gets more u nsettled milder as the weather gets more unsettled over the next few days. sarah, thank you. that is it from us. time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines: jeremy corbyn launches labour's election manifesto, calling it the most ambitious plan in decades to transform britain. prince andrew is seen for the first time since stepping back from royal duties over thejeffrey epstein scandal.


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