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jeremy corbyn launches labour's general election manifesto and vows to transform britain with huge investment and big spending. he calls it the most radical and ambitious plan for the country in decades — it'll be funded by big borrowing and big taxes on business and the wealthy. vote for this manifesto of hope. it's time for real change. thank you. cheering among the plans — 100,000 council houses a year until 2025, and nationalising railways, mail, water and energy companies. he rejects claims his plans are not credible and says he'll take on "the bankers, billionaires and the establishment" holding people back. also tonight... the former first minister of scotland, alex salmond, appears in court charged with m sexual offences against ten women —
including one of attempted rape. a number of orphaned british children caught up in the war in syria are to be brought home to the uk, says the foreign secretary. murdered more than 30 years ago — helen mccourt‘s family say they're horrified after her killer is recommended for release, despite refusing to tell them where her body is. # 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 sportsday on bbc news, new tottenham manager jose mourinho said he won't be making the same mistakes as he did at previous clubs. good evening.
jeremy corbyn has launched labour's general election manifesto and vowed to transform the united kingdom 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 — levels not seen since the late ‘705. 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. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg — her report contains flash photography. is it time? time for a much bigger state? time for a government to spend and tax more? time for a leader at its head who
strongly believes the answer is yes? to rapture in some of his ranks, but who presides over a party where there are still even doubts about him. labour's manifesto is a manifesto for hope, a manifesto that is full of popular policies that the political establishment has blocked for a generation. labour is on your side, and there could be scarcely a clearer demonstration of that than the furious reaction of the richest and most powerful. he would write huge cheques paid for with the public purse, using higher taxes on business and the wealthy, spending and changing the rules. our investment blitz will rebuild our schools, our hospitals, care homes and the housing so desperately needed. this will be investment on a scale you have never known before.
we will launch the biggest council house building programme since the 19605 and cap rents. he promised tough new targets for scrapping carbon emissions, extra free care for the elderly, the universal credit benefit system would go along with university fees in england. there was now the familiar chant among the crowd. not for sale! labour would not privatise any more of the health service. but when it comes to the biggest issue in the country right now, only a careful restatement of the position, 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.
let's take this out of the hands of politicians and give the british people the final say. with no final decision on europe, no final decision on eu immigration, and it's notjust the scale of the leadership plan that is controversial, a small group ofjewish protesters were outside. jeremy corbyn undeterred. it is time for real change. thank you. why do you think the whole country wants 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? yes, it is a radical manifesto but, if you travel around this country and you talk to people, radical answers are what is necessary. you've got to have an offer on the table that matches the scale of the problem we face at the moment
in the 21st century. if we can get beyond brexit labour can win this election. do you think he will be moving into number 10? i hope so. i promised my son we could play some fifa there. does your dad play fifa with you? whatever family plans there are for downing st, this election is a huge and serious moment for the labour leader and for all of us. asjeremy corbyn heads off around the country, be in no doubt — his manifesto is not about tinkering round the edges but offering a totally different way of running the country, but there are doubts over whether it is realistic or 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. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, birmingham. labour's multi billion pound plans would mean the biggest increases in spending, tax and borrowing we've seen in peacetime history —
that's according to the leading think tank the institute for fiscal studies. 0ur economics editor faisal islam has been looking at labour's proposals and what impact they could 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 would be significant 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 labour says it can squeeze from business and the rich. firstly, for example, a whopping £24 billion would be raised by reversing corporation tax
— that's the tax on business profits. higher taxes for the top 5% of earners, those on more than £80,000 — including a 50p rate for those earning over £125,000. and this is new — a major change to the taxation of wealth — making capital gains tax rates the same as income tax, so as high as 50p rather than 28p, raising £14 billion. these are massive sums raised from a small number of wealthy people and businesses and raise real questions. labourd's tax and spending plans would take both tax and spending to levels not seen in peacetime, these are very big plans indeed. £80 billion of tax rises they say from companies and the rich. in practice taxes on companies affect all of this anyway but if you want the scale of transformation you have to have a broader set of tax increases than that and affect many poor
people. -- and affect many more people. to the £83 billion extra day to day spending for the public sector, there is also long term spending 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 — roughly the size of nhs england annual spend — hundreds of billions over the parliament. interestingly the other parties are offering some similar ideas, using government spending power to borrow cheaply to invest hundreds of billions in a green future — though labour has pushed this the furthest. it is a decisive shift of britain to a bigger state, taxing big business more. taking spending and taxation to levels in the british economy not seen outside of a crisis, for decades. but as high as that is in uk history — just above german levels — it's actually about the average for europe. sophie...
faisal islam, thank you. jeremy corbyn says labour's plans are radical and are about bringing people together. the party's also promising all workers at least £10 an hour for 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, although 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, 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 from, you know, the lower classes, so 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. some of the many labour wants to win round. cameron, an apprentice, was attracted by uni without the fees. there's always that money part, that's put me away from it, really. so if there were no fees that might change your mind? yeah, 100%. if there was no fees, i would 100% go, and i think that's the same for a lot more people my age. labour's pitch is investment
across the board, but some aren't convinced. how can you say you're going to find all this money when all the other parties down the line, they've done the same thing but they've not found the money, so where does he think he's going to find it from? for many voters, credibility is an issue in this contest, who will deliver what's promised? jeremy corbyn might hope this broad offer on domestic policy has wide appeal, not least to those whose priority isn't brexit. the problem he has is how that goes down with labour supporters who wanted to leave the eu and don't want another referendum. for many fishermen in hastings, fed up with eu quotas, brexit is the biggest thing in this election. this industry might have had labour traditions here but there's a of faith. why have another referendum? is it the best of three? it's a nonsense. you've had a democratic decision made by the people and that should be upheld. if there was 10 million and one voted to come out and 10 million voted to go in,
we should come out, shouldn't we?! that's right. the anger clear at the angling association, disappointment with pledges and promises. all this business about what they're going to do when they get in, they're going to give you free this and free that... i don't believe it, i don't believe anything any more. convincing voters in these key seats could win or lose this election. crucial could be how labour's policy offer compares to brexit frustration. alex forsyth, bbc news, hastings. and laura is here now. labour are planning to spend and borrow huge sums of money. it would be like anything we have seen for decades? it's a really huge change they are arguing for, a big departure for what has been the political norm for the last few decades but they believe that massive price tag is worth it, because they think the country needs massive changes. it would be really, really dramatic, in a way, watching jeremy corbyn and listening to
jeremy corbyn and listening to jeremy corbyn and listening to jeremy corbyn today, kind of felt to me like it's the manifesto that he's a lwa ys me like it's the manifesto that he's always wanted to present. he's been the labour leaderfor always wanted to present. he's been the labour leader for four years and it was kind of an application for the principles he is known for in the principles he is known for in the 2019 setting. the big risk of course for the labour party is whether or not there are enough people in the country who are actually up for the really dramatic scale of change that they are arguing for. the polls, which we should be careful about, the polls at the moment suggest probably not, but the election is three weeks tonight and we saw last time, in 2017, that the manifesto day for the labour party didn't get them to number ten, but it did create a big moment in the campaign that began to change the dynamics. and the amount of money that's been donated to political parties since the start of the campaign. astonishingly, when you look at it as an outsider, the conservatives had £5 million being poured into their coffers in the first week of the election campaign, that's around 25 times the equivalent amounts that were given
to the labour party and to the lib dems. really important to say though that they are all subject to the same spending limits in this campaign, sojust same spending limits in this campaign, so just because different parties have got different amounts pouring in, or not, it doesn't mean that during the campaign they will actually be spending very, very different amounts around the country. but if anything it's another reminder ofjust country. but if anything it's another reminder of just what the contrasts a re another reminder of just what the contrasts are like in this campaign andi contrasts are like in this campaign and i know i've said before, i think i'll say it again in the next few weeks, this time we cannot say they are all the same. our political editor laura thank you. the former first minister of scotland alex salmond has appeared in court charged with 14 sexual offences against 10 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
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 whilst 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 assaults is said to have happened in the same month as the 2014 independence referendum. many of the assaults are alleged 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's 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 is 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. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh.
the government has announced that a number of children, whose british parents were inside the former islamic state territory and who died in syria, are being returned to the uk. the foreign secretary dominic raab said it was the right thing to do and that "innocent children" should never have been subjected to the "horrors of war". reporting restrictions mean that few details about them can be revealed. 0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville reports. these children are looking for a way home, still trapped in syria. but today, british orphans, who aren't shown here, are finally able to escape the misery of syria's camps. they're now safely in the care of uk diplomats and they're doing well. the foreign secretary welcomed their return. this evening, we're in the process of returning back to the uk a number of orphaned british children from the conflict in syria. we look at the cases individually very carefully and in these circumstances,
it's the right thing to do. these children should be safe and sound here in the uk, at home, not caught up in that vicious conflict. the british kids will be home in the next few days, but around 60 others from the uk are still caught up in islamic state's aftermath. this social worker from the camps says they too need to be returned. he said, "we are calling upon the countries, whether western, foreign or arab, to take their undocumented children back, so they have proper care at home and so that those kids know their families, aunts, uncles and relatives. it's very hard here." but this isn'tjust britain's problem and it's wider than detention camps. in prisons, there are more than 150 children. steven from suriname is one of them. we first met him eight months ago when he was captured. i neverjoined them, it's
just my mother brought me to idlib. they took me here, without me wanting to come. steven, like others, dreams of returning home. his father is waiting for him. the british children didn't choose the islamic state. they're now free from its suffering, but for thousands more, the hardship continues. the pain they've already experienced is more than any child should bear. quentin sommerville, bbc news. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has been charged with criminal offences including fraud, bribery and breach of trust. mr netanyahu, who is facing three separate corruption investigations, has denied any wrongdoing. the israeli prime minister has been struggling for political survival after two inconclusive elections, and the announcement by the country's attorney general will further undermine his efforts to remain in power. helen mccourt was killed
in billinge, in merseyside in 1988. her murderer, ian simms, who was jailed for life, has refused to reveal where her body is. helen's mother has campaigned for years to force murderers to disclose where their victims are, but today she found out that simms has been recommended for release before the law can be changed, as our north of england correspondentjudith 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 reveals the location. but today came a decision that he's eligible for release. i was devastated when i heard that theirjudgment was that he was going to be released.
his victim's body's never been found. that's my daughter. that's all i've ever wanted, was to give helen... she never done anybody any harm. marie mccourt has spent years campaigning to deny parole to killers who don't reveal the location of their victims' remains, but she'd just run out of time. helen's law was about to be introduced when parliament was dissolved for the election. helen mcourt went missing just a few hundred yards from home as she walked past this pub where ian simms was then the landlord. he's been refused parole six times over the last 30 years, but now the parole board says he meets the test for release because of the progress he's made and considerable change in his behaviour. traces of blood and one of helen's earrings were found in the boot of simms' car. it was one of the first cases which relied on dna evidence without a body.
this was ian simms in march on day release from prison. the parole decision can be appealed but he could be free by christmas. judith moritz, bbc news, billinge. in washington, the inquiry on whether to impeach president trump has heard that he personally pushed a false theory that ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election. one of the top national security advisers in the us — fiona hill — said the president ignored senior officials who said russia had interfered with the election, and chose instead to believe conspiracy theories. congressmen and women are currently considering whether to impeach mr trump — the first stage in the process of removing him from office. but even if congress find him guilty, two thirds of senators in the upper house would still have to vote to remove him. here's our north america editorjon sopel. this may well be the season one finale of the impeachment hearings, but it was drama packed. david holmes, a diplomat from the ukrainian embassy.
fiona hill, english born, the daughter of a miner from the north—east who's risen to the heights of the national security council and tough and plain speaking as any colliery worker you'll find. she went after republicans who've pushed a conspiracy theory that it was ukraine who interfered in the 2016 election to do down donald trump. based on questions and statements i've heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, ukraine did. this is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the russian security services themselves. david holmes had overheard a call between the eu ambassador and the president, in which donald trump was only interested in hearing whether the ukrainians were going to dish the dirt on his political rivaljoe biden, and his son, hunter, who was the director of a ukrainian gas company. i asked ambassador sondland if it was true that the president did not
give an expletive about ukraine. ambassador sondland agreed the president did not give an expletive about ukraine. i asked why not. ambassador sondland stated that the president only cares about big stuff. i noted there was big stuff going on in ukraine, like a war with russia. ambassador sondland replied that he meant big stuff that benefits the president, like the biden investigation. and fiona hill was devastating about the ambassador who testified yesterday that he was only obeying the president's orders. he was being involved in a domestic political errand, and we were being involved in national security foreign policy, and those two things had just diverged. the white house has issued a furious statement.
as things stand, these are the last witnesses scheduled to appear and a lot of the evidence that they've given has been compelling and deeply damaging to the president's argument, but the mistake would be to think that this is a court of law. it isn't. it's politics and so far, not a single republican has indicated that they are going to vote for the impeachment of donald trump. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. prince andrew has had a further meeting at buckingham place to discuss his future as he steps away from public duties. he was pictured leaving home in windsor this morning on his way to the palace. he's stepping down as patron of the outward bound trust which works with young people, and as chancellor of huddersfield university. meanwhile, pressure is growing on him to help the fbi investigate his former friend, the convicted sex traffickerjeffrey epstein. some of epstein's alleged victims have been pursuing a civil claim for damages against epstein, who killed himself in
prison earlier this year. nick bryant is in new york. and you've been talking to the legal team representing the woman at the centre of the allegations regarding prince andrew — the first time they've spoken since that interview. yes, and they still can't believe that prince andrew sat for that interview. they likened it to dousing himself in petrol and then lighting a match. they have welcomed asa lighting a match. they have welcomed as a positive first step his withdrawal from public duties. as a positive first step his withdrawalfrom public duties. they say a positive second step would be for him to sit down, under oath, and a nswer for him to sit down, under oath, and answer questions from lawyers acting on behalf ofjeffrey epstein's victims. they also want prince andrew to meet with us law enforcement officials, something he has indicated he would be prepared to do. this criminal investigation into jeffrey epstein did to do. this criminal investigation intojeffrey epstein did not end with the death ofjeffrey epstein, an fbi investigation is still going on. it's focused on those who may have grown some of his victims. it's
worth pointing out that it's coming out of the prosecutor's office in lower manhattan that is famed for being the most aggressive in the united states, famed for taking on high profile cases. prince andrew may have hoped that withdrawing from public duties may have drawn a line under this affair, maybe buckingham palace is hoping that as well. but on the side of the atlantic, you get a very different sense. that the criminal investigation, is still in its early phase. nick bryant, thank you. they're giants of the music industry, 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, as colin paterson reports. the amman citadel injordan, where tomorrow coldplay will perform two concerts — one at sunrise, one at sunset — but to no audience. instead, it will be streamed live
for free to fans around the world watching online. coldplay‘s last tour visited five continents and was seen by more than five million people. but this time, they will not be hitting the road in support of their new album everyday life. chris martin says for environmental reasons. we're 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. 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're trying to work out. so i think it's a question of just 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's going to headline 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. stormzy, kylie... 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,
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