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you're watching bbc news at nine with me, annita mcveigh. with me, rachel schofield. the headlines... a 27—year—old man who cannot be named for legal reasons has been found guilty of the murder of british backpacker grace millane in new zealand. herfather spoke outside the city's high court. grace was taken away from us in the most brutal fashion a year ago, and our lives and family have been ripped apart. the brexit party are set to unveil their policies for the election at a launch event later this morning. meanwhile, in wales, plaid cymru's leader is calling for a "greenjobs revolution". wales will be the cradle of the green industrial revolution, just as we were for the original one 200 years ago. we've got massive untapped potential. and later in the programme, we'll be speaking to robert cuffe about the election polls we see
on social media and do they add up to anything? a new study in the lancet shows teenagers are failing to meet physical activity recommendations, putting their future health at risk. and we'll be speaking to the vivienne, the newly—crowned winner of ru paul's drag race uk, live in the studio. good morning — and welcome to the bbc news at nine. the man accused of killing british backpacker grace millane has been found guilty of murder. grace millane was killed in auckland last december. the defendant, who can't be identified under new zealand law, had pleaded not guilty. in an emotional statement outside the court, grace's father,
david millane, welcomed the verdict but expressed his sorrow that his daughter had been taken in such a brutal fashion. the verdict of murder today... ..will be welcomed by every member of the millane family and friends of grace. it will not reduce the pain and suffering that we've had to endure over the past year. i can't see it. grace was taken away from us in the most brutal fashion a year ago, and our lives and family have been ripped apart. this will be with us for the rest of our lives. grace was a beautiful, talented, loving daughter. grace was our sunshine, and she will be missed for ever. our correspondent shaimaa khalil has
the background to the case. rachel, this has been one of the most extraordinary cases and extraordinary moments inside that courtroom today. you saw there the grief and sorrow from david miller m, grief and sorrow from david miller in, grace's father, and that was the raw emotion that you felt inside that courtroom, the most tense of moments as thejury that courtroom, the most tense of moments as the jury came in before they announced, grace‘s mother took a gasp of breath as she heard the guilty verdict and then both parents broke down crying. this is a case that has shocked and gripped new zealand, and for three weeks, the court and the jury heard what happened to grace that night. this is grace millane the night before her 22nd birthday, the last time she was seen alive. her father described her as "gregarious and outgoing".
"what you saw," he said, "is what you got." today, a jury found this man guilty of her murder. for legal reasons, we still cannot reveal his identity. over the past three weeks, thejury heard how grace met the man through a dating app. cctv showed the pair out drinking, and at some point grace messaged a friend, saying she was having a good time. but within hours, she was strangled in his apartment. defence lawyers argued it was an accident, a consensual sex act gone wrong. but the jury simply didn't believe it. this is the killer, telling police why he didn't call an ambulance to help grace. i dialled 111. erm... but i didn't hit the button. erm... because i... i was scared at how bad it looked. why do you think it looked bad? well, there's a...a dead person in my room. the jurors heard that after the murder, the killer
searched online for how to dispose of a corpse. he also watched extreme pornography. they were shown hours of cctv of the man after the murder, including him going on a date with another woman while grace's body was still in his room. this is him later, moving the body in a suitcase. he then buried it in a shallow grave in bushland outside auckland. grace's murder shocked this nation. at the time, the country's prime minister could not hide her emotions. on behalf of new zealand, i want to apologise to grace's family. your daughter should have been safe here and she wasn't and i'm sorry for that. a year ago, grace millane came to new zealand on a backpacking holiday. today's verdict may give some closure to the family of a young woman who'll never come home.
and rachel, after that verdict was announced, that guilty verdict convicting the 27—year—old man of murder, he was then addressed by the judge again, thejudge murder, he was then addressed by the judge again, the judge and the court insisting that we cannot name him, so insisting that we cannot name him, so his anonymity still stands. but he was addressed by the judge, saying, you are now convicted of murder, and there will be a date set for his sentencing. and we saw in your report there, the impact this had more widely in new zealand, even to the level of the prime minister commenting on it, with this guilty verdict, how has that been covered there in new zealand? look, this is all anybody is talking about here, rachel. when we arrived here, that's what people were asking us about, they were telling us that they were following this case day in and day out, following the details that were
coming out about grace's death and they were really waiting for that verdict. remember, this is a country which prides itself on how safe it is and on being a destination for backpackers, but really, the outpouring of apologies, of love and support, mothers taking their daughters to pay respects in that area where grace's body was found, and this was reflected in the speech of mrmillane and this was reflected in the speech of mr millane today, he thanked the people of new zealand, he said, we felt the support, we felt the love, but now, we have to go back home to the uk and we have to pick up the pieces of our lives, without our beloved daughter, he said. shaimaa khalil, thank you very much. there isa khalil, thank you very much. there is a special, extended, victoria derbyshire programme this morning, and victoria has the details now. good morning, we are here at norwich castle to find out what voters want from our politicians at this general election. we have got dozens and
dozens election. we have got dozens and d oze ns of election. we have got dozens and dozens of people here from all walks of life, they have got a range of views on politics, we have got nhs workers, carers, businesspeople, mums and dads, you name it. they will be telling us about their issues and there will be some politicians here as well. join us at 9.30 on bbc two and bbc and online. it's another day on the campaign trail as parties unveil their policies and manifestos. the brexit party, plaid cyrmu and the conservatives will all promote key pledges today, so lets have a look at a few of them in a bit more detail. the brexit party will unveil its policies for the general election at a launch event today. the leader of the brexit party, nigel farage, says he will not publish a manifesto, but make what he calls a "contract with the british people". policies to be announced include...
a cap on migration of 50,000 a year. and he says they will continue to campaignfor and he says they will continue to campaign for what he will call a clea n b rea k campaign for what he will call a clean break from all institutions after brexit. another party unveiling its policies today was plaid cymru, and the leader, adam price, will call for a greenjobs revolution in wales when he launches the general election manifesto later. as well as that, £20 billion pledged to create green jobs in wales. plaid cymru will pledge huge investment in rail and bus travel in wales. they will also say there should be another eu referendum, so voters get given a final say on brexit. and the conservatives unveil another election pledge today, the parties they want foreigners buying properties in england to be forced to pay 3% more in stamp duty than uk residents, if the conservatives win the general election. the party claims it will help people get on
the housing ladder by taking the heat out of the property market. let's get a roundup of all that is coming up today with jess let's get a roundup of all that is coming up today withjess parker, at westminster. yes, as you say, the brexit party, launching not a ma nifesto brexit party, launching not a manifesto today, but a contract with the people. my understanding is that that document will be relatively short, when it comes to actual ma nifestos, short, when it comes to actual manifestos, not a programme for government as such but outlining some of the policies that you were just talking about there. why are they not doing a manifesto? welcome nigel farage has been explaining this morning. i think a contract with the people makes more sense, i think people understand it. the point i am making is that trust, faith and confidence in our entire democratic system has never been lower than it is right now. and i think we see brexit, as the brexit party, is the beginning of a real, fundamental change, not the end.
party, is the beginning of a real, fundamental change, not the endlj think nigel farage will perhaps be trying to reboot his campaign as well, because they have seen a bit ofa dip well, because they have seen a bit of a dip in the polls, not long ago they also announced that they would only be standing in 275 seats, withdrawing candidates from seats which have been held by the conservatives. meanwhile, you mentioned plaid cymru, they're launching their manifesto today, a greenjobs launching their manifesto today, a green jobs revolution, another launching their manifesto today, a greenjobs revolution, another bit of evidence i think that climate change on the environment is creeping up the political agenda amongst a lot of the parties. plaid cymru have four seats in the previous parliament, and no doubt they will be looking to push for more. meanwhile, labour's manifesto is still be undigested, the radical plan outlined byjeremy corbyn yesterday. 0ne plan outlined byjeremy corbyn yesterday. one thing which people have been looking at are the tax and spending plans. labour say they can raise an awful lot of money by putting corporation tax back up to its previous levels, and by taxing just the top 5% of earners. the institute for fiscal studies has
raised doubts about that, saying that actually a broader set of tax rises may be needed to fund the extent of labour's big spending plans. the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell has been giving his reaction to that this morning. i don't think they've taken into account the whole range of the policies that we've been developing, that are set out in the manifesto. they're arguing, for example, that if we increase corporation tax, if we withdraw the corporation tax cuts that the tories have given the big corporations, somehow, that will result in lower wages or increased prices. well, there's no evidence to suggest that whatsoever, just as there's no evidence to suggest, if you give them tax cuts, that they'll invest. so, labour, continuing to say that it isa so, labour, continuing to say that it is a fully costed manifesto plan, a very radical plan, outlined yesterday, including renationalisation, massive changes to social care, huge investment in public services. the conservatives,
unsurprisingly, criticising labour's plans, suggesting that they are not remotely affordable, that people will have to pay more taxes, but of course, people will point out that the conservatives themselves are also looking at, for example, more borrowing to fund their own investment plans. rishi sunak, chief secretary to the treasury, has been giving his reaction this morning. the crucial difference between us and the labour party is, debt, as a percentage of gdp, will be lower at the end of the parliament under a conservative government. that is simply not the case. and as you rightly said, we look at this manifesto yesterday, independent economic experts, very respected, have used words like extraordinary, vast, great, to describe the scale of spending commitments here. and they've also said that labour cannot pretend, their word, that these can be funded simply by companies and rich people. they've said everyone will pay the price in higher taxes. so, ithink so, i think you see the broad outline of the arguments to come between the conservatives and the
labour party on tax and spending. the labour party will say their ma nifesto, the labour party will say their manifesto, as it was in 2017, is fully costed. yes, it is a radical plan, but they will say that is what the country needs. the conservative party will argue that while they themselves are looking at more borrowing, their plans are more responsible fiscal, and i think that will be the broad outline of those arguments to come over the coming weeks, as we approach 12 december. jess, thank you very much. throughout the election, we want to hear from you and answer your burning questions. today we'll focus on health. at 12.30 this afternoon, the bbc‘s health editor hugh pym will on the bbc news channel answering a range of your questions on health. so, if you have something you want to know, please do get in touch on twitter, using the hashtag #bbcyourquestions or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. and do remember to leave your name and where you're from. the headlines on bbc news... a 27—year—old man who cannot be
named for legal reasons has been found guilty of the murder of british backpacker grace millane in new zealand. ms millane's body was found buried in bushland outside of auckland. the brexit party are set to unveil their policies for the elections at a launch event later this morning. in wales, plaid cymru's leader is calling for a £20 billion greenjobs revolution, saying the country has untapped potential. with campaigning in full swing, the bbc hosts its first debate tonight. fiona bruce will be in sheffield for a bbc question time leaders special, with the leader of the labour party, jeremy corbyn, first minister of scotland and leader of the scottish national party nicola sturgeon msp, leader of the liberal democratsjo swinson and prime minister and leader of the conservative party borisjohnson facing topical questions from an audience. that's on bbc one at seven o'clock.
0ne debate we can look forward to tonight will be on the question of who did best. the debate from the spin room will continue online with people throwing their choice set of polls to support their favourite, and the parties or pundits will pick their set of polling to suggest how well they're doing. well, here to sort the polls from the piffle is the bbc‘s statistician robert cuffe. robert, some of the so—called polls we'll see on social media get lots of people but still don't add up to much, right? well, no, because it is not about how many people you get, it is about who you get. twitter users are very young and urban, and if they all follow the shame person, they share common interests, so it is like a bubble within a bubble, and it is not really representative at all. that is why pollsters put a big effort into trying to get samples of people that are roughly, you know,
female, male, leave, remain... because you can get a really good feel for the feeling of the nation with a small sample of people, as long as it is representative. and when we hear of polls mentioned, it is often by politicians themselves, and no doubt in the debate tonight we will have them referring to their own choice of polls, polls suggesting this or that, what about that? so, i would suggesting this or that, what about that? so, iwould be suggesting this or that, what about that? so, i would be very wary of somebody, you know, putting their argument on a single pole. if we bring up the labour polls, for example, also we're seeing some of the typical twitter polls, these are the typical twitter polls, these are the ones we don't go near, we don't trust them at all. they are self selecting? yeah, but if we move onto some of the more formal opinion polls, where they are trying to get a representative sample, i would still say we need to be wary. let's ta ke still say we need to be wary. let's take a look at labours polling over the last 6—8 months. you can see
here that you have seen a trend for labour, they moved down during the european elections, moving back up again during the election now. within anyone week, there is a big range. there can be a range of up to ten points. because they're different pollsters asking different people, slightly different questions. but if we look at the poll tracker, bringing through the line that we make, which is kind of a running average of the polls... the poll of polls! exactly. you would see a line coming through this cloud which shows you what the trend is doing, but it doesn't distract you with this bouncing up and down. soi you with this bouncing up and down. so i would say, beware of the single polls. and you get great pictures, you see, so, the central line for labour, you can see the lib dems are almost a mirror—image, they are having a good day, you're having a bad day. and we've got that range at the far end, which is showing you,
this is the trend line, but reminding you, there is a range. if we move on to look at the conservatives and the brexit party, you can see. . . conservatives and the brexit party, you can see... you get almost exactly the same pattern, and almost if you tilt your head to the side, you can see them almost reflecting each other. is it two faces or is it a candlestick? is it one of those special diagrams to see how psychotic you are?! it shows you that in this case they're largely fighting for very similar votes. so, the polls do tell you something, but coming back to your question, the individual polls which people pull out to support their arguments, steer clear. oko, we need to do that face when we see them! in terms of that trajectory, what about what they are showing now? well, that is what we have up at the top. you
would pay most attention to the long—term trends, but what we see up the moment at the top is that the conservatives clearly overall are in the lead, and have been building and building over the last few months, largely at the expense of the brexit party. the brexit party are on roughly seven points at the moment, not doing so hot, particularly since the pollsters started to change the questions to take account of the fa ct questions to take account of the fact that the brexit party is stood down in many constituencies, so they are no longer asking everybody what party to vote for. because you may not have that choice. exactly. so their vote share is really coming down. labour and the liberal democrats, we were talking about, we see that there is that gap, labour are building and building roughly in parallel with the conservatives but still a way behind. fascinating stuff, we will watch with healthy scepticism this evening. one of the biggest challenges facing the nhs is mental health.
all parties are under pressure to improve things if they win the election. here in norwich the trust that delivers mental health services, the norfolk and suffolk nhs foundation trust, is in special measures. graham satchell has been to meet one mum whose son took his own life days after being discharged by the trust. he's the first thing i think about before i go to bed, he's the first thing i think about every time i wake up in the morning. ijust can't understand how i've ended up in this situation. it was the end of my world and my world has never been the same since. pippa's son, henry, took his own life in 2016. he wasjust 21. an inquest into his death found a series of failings in his care. henry died just days after being incorrectly discharged from a mental health unit. he had everything ahead of him,
a whole future to look forward to and because of the wrong decisions the mental health service made, his death could have been prevented. norfolk and suffolk nhs foundation trust has apologised to henry's family and admitted their care was below standard. mental health services here have been officially rated inadequate. the trust is currently on special measures. in special measures. talking and listening, which is so important to all of this... at this barber's in norfolk, hairdressers like jason have been given training to help men talk about their problems. theyjust want a little bit of help in a difficult period and you can put them onto the 12th man website, push them in the right direction, if anything else. this project is run by the charity the 12th man. they are working in hairdressers, tattoo parlours, pubs, it's part of a growing effort to normalise mental illness, to remove the stigma. all men need to talk about mental health so that what might be a mild mental health condition doesn't become something more severe. we can't leave it up to somebody else to fix it.
we all have to fix this. at this election, all political parties have committed to improve mental health treatment. but are the services there if problems do escalate? terry 0'shea who has been campaigning in norfolk for the last six years says services have got worse. the resources don't match the rhetoric of the politicians. so, we have one in five doctors and nurses' posts have disappeared, but we still have funerals, we still have people burying their loved ones, we still have people crying out for support who don't get the support that they need. the nhs trust here says it's working to improve quality and standards, but as pippa knows to her cost, demand for services is high, access to treatment can be hard and suicide rates are up. something needs to change, it needs to change as soon as possible to save more lives, and save another family going through what my family has had
to endure and continue to endure. here's a spoiler alert for those of you who haven't watched the final of rupaul‘s drag race uk. in a few moments' time, we will be joined by britains's first winner of the programme. with millions of views on bbc iplayer, what started as an american phenomenom has gone british! it's generated a massive buzz, got the nation talking and given us all a welcome breakfrom brexit. the winner, the vivienne, beat out nine of the uk's best queens to snatch that crown. if you haven't seen the show, here's what it's all about. my top three queens... divina de campo. .. i believe the word is pull yourself together, lass! because i am going to be crowned the uk's first drag race superstar. the vivienne. this journey has just been absolutely out of this world. i am gunning for that... baga chipz... i am the first uk drug race superstar.
the lady's not for turning! in the words of gabrielle, dreams do come true! here to spill the tea on all things drag race uk we'rejoined by the winnerjames lee williams aka the vivienne! you haven't brought the crown with you, i'm disappointed! or the drug, it is too early for this. i'm sure it is too early for this. i'm sure it takes hours for you to look as amazing as you guys manage. but congratulations, it's been a huge hit, having made that transition from the stage to the uk, how does it feel to not only to be the winner, but also to be the first? it's just crazy, we've watched the us version for 12 years now, with all star season is as well, and seeing it come over here, i don't think anyone including the bbc news how big it was going to be, and just to watch it explode and see the uk embrace it has been beautiful to watch. do you think the uk has
brought its own brand of drug? i was reading that michelle visage, one of thejudges, said it was a bit more rough and ready, a bit more authentic, perhaps? yeah, ithink rough and ready, a bit more authentic, perhaps? yeah, i think we are as british people a bit more rough and ready, it was really raw, there was a lot of heart to it and i think it got back to a real talent competition rather than a reality show. i think everyone showed what they do so well and british people, comedy, it goes hand—in—hand. they do so well and british people, comedy, it goes hand-in-hand. for people who haven't seen it, it's not just about they look, you've got to bring a whole skill set to be a successful d rag bring a whole skill set to be a successful drag artist? definitely, i would say that i am a good mix of old school and new school, i will be a mix of both, having a cigarette and a dumper truck outside after the show! in terms of what happens now for the drug community in the uk, what impact will this have had, do you think? it is going to be huge, i think it has shown the general public that drag queens, we are not just games in dresses wanting to be
women, we are actually entertainers, it is an art form and it takes a hell of a long time to hone your craft. the main thing i do it for is to entertain people. and yet behind it all, from many of you, there was quite a strong and personal message of journeys you had quite a strong and personal message ofjourneys you had to make, you mentioned the community, the lgbtq community, you've talked about addiction issues, it did have quite an impactfor addiction issues, it did have quite an impact for you? definitely, and i really wa nted an impact for you? definitely, and i really wanted to use the platform not to have a sob story or anything like that but i think the conversation came up so naturally and it is a huge issue in the world but especially in the lgbtq community, people find nightclubs at a younger age i think in the gay community, i certainly did, and i fell into the wrong, not the wrong circles, but the wrong habits, and thank god, through drag and meeting my partner david, we got out of it, and now... next time i am going to
make sure you bring the crown with you. but it is great to meet you, thank you very much for coming into speak to us. i'm afraid that is all we have got time for, we are going to get a look at the weather now. it has been rather chilly over the last few days, but over the next few days, it is going to turn a bit milder about their is some rain in the forecast. some heavy rain this morning across southern areas of england, including thundery downpours, spreading northwards, but later on, there will be some more persistent and heavy rain moving into wales and the south—west of england and the south midlands. maximum temperatures will be getting up maximum temperatures will be getting up to about 8—10d. there will be some brighter skies in north—west england and southern scotland this afternoon. but this rain will spread up afternoon. but this rain will spread up into northern ireland, and then further showery rain will spread in across many parts as we go into the early hours of saturday morning.
hello, it's friday, it's 9:30am, i'm victoria derbyshire. welcome to norwich! three weeks today we'll all know the outcome of the 2019 general election. today we're here with an audience of voters and politicians to talk about truth, the nhs, social care, crime, the climate, and brexit. i'm sam, i'm a mum of three from norwich and i feel i have i'm sam, i'm a mum of three from norwich and ifeel i have been i'm sam, i'm a mum of three from norwich and i feel i have been lied to by politicians in this election. i'm nicole, a politics student at the university of east anglia. i am deeply concerned that politicians are not talking to young people.|j am catherine, a senior lecturer in