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this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru murthy. the headlines at midday: jeremy corbyn says under a labour government, there would be another referendum, and as prime minister he would be unbiased, and deliver on the result, whichever way it went. i will adopt, as prime minister if i am at the time, a neutral stance so i can credibly carry out the results of that to bring our communities and country together, rather than continuing an endless debate. and today, labour set out measures to tackle what it calls "tax and wage cheat culture" of multinational companies. jeremy corbyn said he would force companies to pay theirfair share in tax. big companies that operate in britain, infuture, you big companies that operate in britain, in future, you are going to have to pay taxes in all of your operations in this country. you will not be able to offshore your tax
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bill to some lower tax regime. the conservatives are due to pubish their official manifesto. we find out what voters in one of the south—west‘s most deprived constituencies are hoping for. this one policy area that may come under scrutiny is social care. the conservatives have said they plan to invest an additional £1 billion a year, but will this be enough? the health secretary, matt hancock, rejects calls from gps in england to reduce the number of home visits from their contracts, calling it a "complete non—starter". more businesses turn their back on prince andrew. barclays withdraws support from the duke's mentoring scheme pitch at the palace. and coming up on click at 12:30pm, will google‘s entry into gaming mean the end of the console? plus, a british—designed hypercar and an artificial intelligence debate at cambridge.
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jeremy corbyn says he would remain neutral in the event of another brexit referendum, which he promised a labour government would deliver. he was speaking as the leaders of the four main westminster parties faced tough questions from the public in a special episode of the bbc‘s question time. borisjohnson, jo swinson and nicola sturgeon were also challenged on a range of topics including the nhs, the economy and a second scottish independence referendum. our political correspondent helen catt was watching. four leaders, two hours, and a lot of seriously tough questions. forjeremy corbyn there were concerns about business, about his personal handling of anti—jewish racism, and, what's made the headlines, a clear answer on a question that has dogged him throughout the campaign. will you campaign to remain or leave in the eu if elected? why would anyone vote labour without knowing
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the answer to that question? my whole strategy has been to try to bring people together. we will negotiate a credible leave deal with european union... laughter. let me finish, please! i'm trying to answer the gentleman's question. secondly, we will put that alongside remain in a referendum and i will adopt, as prime minister, if i am at the time, a neutral stance so that i can credibly carry out the results of that to bring our communities and country together. mr corbyn was also grilled or scottish independence and said labour would not back a referendum in the first two years it was in government. not what the next leader up wanted to hear. but nicola sturgeon says she thinks he would change his mind of her party ends up having the power to make him prime minister. i lead a minority government in scotland, so i know the compromises that you have to make to govern in that situation. of course he's putting a manifesto forward. but if he's in the position of needing the support of the snp then i think he will choose to do some of the things that
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are in his manifesto and i don't think he'll turn his back on that in order to block the right of the people of scotland to choose their own future. and i ask you to make your own minds up on that. next up, lib dem leader jo swinson, her party's policy is clear — stop brexit. but is it democratic, she was asked. is revoking article 50 confirming to 17.4 million people that you think we're stupid and didn't know what we were voting for? you want to leave. and i don't think that that makes you a bad person. and i want to remain in the eu and i hope you think that doesn't make me a bad person. you can disagree with me, but you lost. i haven't changed my view on whether i think we're better off in the european union. the liberal democrats standing on a manifesto to unilaterally cancel brexit — and the electoral pact — has absolutely cost you my vote. this is the essence of democracy. i am standing here and telling you honestly what i would do if i was elected as prime minister. i would revoke article 50. she was also challenged
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on her party's five years of coalition government with the tories. when borisjohnson took the floor, it was trust that came up. how important is it for someone in your position of power to always tell the truth? i think it's... i think it's absolutely vital. laughter. applause. i think it's absolutely vital and i think that the issue of trust in politics is central to this election and fundamental to the corrosion of trust in politics, at the moment... so why do you think you were being asked that question? ..let's be clear, is the failure politicians to deliver brexit. mrjohnson was also asked to say sorry for his language in newspaper articles he'd written which one audience member had said contributed to racist rhetoric. he didn't — but said he'd never intended to cause hurt or pain. helen catt, bbc news. all four party leaders faced difficult questions from last night's audience, but as our political correspondent tom barton points out, it was the lib dem leader,
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jo swinson, who seemed to face the most scrutiny. absolutely she was given the hardest time. both from leave voters but also people who backed remain. really calling into question her decision to campaign on this platform of stopping brexit altogether without even holding another referendum if the lib dems were to become the next government. now, she did concede that that was an unlikely outcome and in the more likely outcome as a power broker if there is potentially a minority government, she said that they would absolutely be pushing the case still for another referendum, as they have been. there were difficult questions for everybody last night. jeremy corbyn faced a hard time over anti—semitism and over his position on another referendum. he actually made news last night and many of the papers this morning,
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a bit of a scoop for the question time audience, with this premise that he would stay neutral during another referendum campaign if he were to become prime minister after he has negotiated this new deal that he hopes to do with the eu. he wouldn't pick a side during the referendum that followed that. yes, a preplanned position, rather than a surprise announcement. yes, i don't think it was a surprise announcement to him but, you know, something he hadn't said before. his hope there is that he will, as he puts it, be an honest broker, that he would be able to come out of a referendum campaign not in the position that david cameron did in 2016 having campaigned and lost, but instead come out of a referendum campaign and say "i will now implement what you have said because i haven't taken a position." he is no doubt also hoping that he will be able to put this question behind him. he has been asked it time and again during this referendum campaign. he will hope now to be able to tell people that he has answered it. his critics, though,
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will argue that on the biggest position of the day, the only position he has taken they say, is a position that involves him sitting very squarely on the fence. yes, indeed. just briefly, tom, in terms of what boris johnson faced, he was asked about trust again and people laughing, to a degree, at his answer. the conservatives today talking about doubling funding for dementia research, presumably playing to an older audience, the older voters out there who might be more concerned about that right now. how do you think the prime minister came out of it? well, boris johnson's biggest challenge last night, you may or may not believe the opinion polls, if you do, well, they put the conservatives in front, and so he arguably had the most to lose. his biggest challenge was to not trip over, to not cause any big headlines, any damaging headlines. by that measure, i think it is fair to say he succeeded, but i think the biggest winners last night where the audience.
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incredibly strong, tough, sometimes angry questions but very eloquent ones as well and i think it is a demonstration really that at times like this during election campaigns, it is not the pundits who matter, it is not the politicians, it is the people and i think there was a very, very strong demonstration from the audience last night that that is the case. tom barton there. meanwhile, the conservatives have promised to double the funding for dementia research over the next decade. the extra £83 million a year has been described by the party as the ‘largest boost to dementia research ever‘. more than 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the uk, with that number due to rise to more than a million over the next five years. labour have set out measures to tackle what it calls "tax and wage cheat culture" of multinational companies. speaking outside a amazon
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warehouse in sheffield, jeremy corbyn said he would tackle companies who ripped off workers and will force them to pay their fair share in tax. the proposal also include charging offshore companies and trusts an extra 20% on buying property in the uk. i am here today to support the workers of the gmb union that are trying to get membership and organise in amazon, to explain to them that we will end zero—hours contracts to give people security of knowing what their income will be when they are in work. but we are also here to say to companies, big companies that operate in britain, in future, you are going to have to pay taxes on all your operations in this country. you will not be able to offshore your tax bill to some lower tax regime. i think these are just basic issues of social justice. well, the head of amazon uk, doug gurr spoke to me after that visit saying amazon was already operating in a similar way. it was great to have jeremey
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outside one of our sites. as you can see, i am actually in that site right now. as i say, great to hear him and a lot of what he says, we would agree with. of course companies should make their contribution, but i think it is important people get their facts right, because we do. since 2010, here at amazon, we have invested over £18 billions of pounds here. we have created over 29,500 full—timejobs, 2,000 this year alone, and we do pay our taxes here in the uk. we published the numbers a couple of months ago. last year, we made a tax contribution of over £793 million. we are absolutely here and absolutely happy to contribute. to clarify on the jeremy corbyn visit. was that done with your cooperation? otherwise, it would seem somewhat inflammatory. we got a call very late last night and we discovered jeremy was visiting. we are always delighted... but he didn't come inside? i don't believe he came
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into the building, no. he was just outside the building but he would have been welcome to come inside, as indeed anybody is welcome to come inside. we run public tours of the sites. we are incredibly proud of the safe operating environment we offer, the greatjobs we create, the wages we pay, we actually do pay, depending on the area, £9.50 or £10.50 an hour, and we create massive opportunities for people to learn and develop their careers, either directly with us or through programmes we run like career choice where we will pay for people to retrain. or even with apprenticeships, where we have made a commitment to create over 1,000 apprenticeships this year. so, delighted to have anybody visit, as i say. we always say come and see. jeremy corbyn, it would seem, was making the point that he would like more multinationals to behave in a way that is more fair and to errase what he calls the tax and wages cheat culture. how many minimum wagejobs do you have and do you use zero—hours contracts? as i said, we are incredibly proud of the safe great working environment we create. hopefully you can see behind me.
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it is not a victorian warehouse. it is a clean and safe environment. we do not use zero—hours contracts. we pay either £9.50 or £10.50 an hour, that is why we have attracted so many people. we have 29,500 full—time employees here in the uk. 2,000 of them created this year alone. no zero—hours contracts, £9.50 or £10.50 an hour, plus development and training. i totally agree that all employers should look after their workforce and we believe we do. the call for multinationals to pay tax more fairly and honestly on the profits that you make in this country and not to offset them somehow, are you supportive of the moves that labour is announcing? that they are going to clamp down and be much tougher on the multinationals. i think it is always important to get your facts right here.
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we have been here for 20 years. we have invested over £18 billion since 2010. we do pay our taxes here in the uk. last year alone, we made a tax contribution here in the uk of £793 million. the head of amazon uk speaking to me earlier. barclays has become the latest big company to withdraw support from prince andrew's business mentoring scheme. the duke has faced a growing backlash since his interview with the bbc‘s newsnight last weekend. our correspondent, simon jones has been outside buckingham palace. it isa it is a weak since that interview. a convicted six offender. yesterday,
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prince andrew was seen out riding with the queen but the number of people and organisations wanting to disassociate themselves with the prince is now continuing to grow. we have had the royal philharmonic orchestra saying he is no longer their patron and also barclays pulling their support for a scheme called pitch at the palace. that was designed to give a helping hand to businesses starting out in the world of enterprise. if the duke is trying to keep out of the public eye in future, he may still have some more problems ahead because the bbc says it is going to broadcast a special edition of panorama at the start of next month which is going to examine that relationship. it is also going to hearfor that relationship. it is also going to hear for the first time on british television from virginia roberts. she is the woman who said she was forced to have sex with prince andrew. that is an allegation that he has always totally denied.
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in last week's interview, he said he couldn't recall even meeting her. it is likely to cause further consternation here at the palace. the headlines on bbc news... jeremy corbyn says under a labour government, there would be another referendum, and as prime minister he would be unbiased, and deliver on the result, whichever way it went. i will adopt, as prime minister, if i am at the time, a neutral stance so that i can credibly carry out the result of that to bring our communities and country together. and today, labour set out measures to tackle what it calls "tax and wage cheat culture" of multinational companies. jeremy corbyn said he would force companies to pay theirfair share in tax. the health secretary, matt hancock, rejects calls from gps in england to reduce the number of home visits from their contracts, calling it a "complete non—starter". we've already heard big pledges from all of the major
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parties, and this weekend the conservatives are due to pubish their official manifesto. so, what policies would persuade people, in one of the south—west‘s most deprived constituencies, to vote for borisjohnson? jon kay has been finding out... avonmouth, an old port on the bristol channel, in a seat the conservatives hope to win back. on a corner, we find danny. battery flat, as well as his mood. ordinary working people like me just don't want to know. don't want to know the conservatives. danny's the kind of traditional labour voter that boris johnson needs to win over. the tories' manifesto promises on services and the nhs will be aimed at him. completely lost faith in them. but he will take some persuading. seen some new hospitals built, and it's lovely that we've got them but they haven't got enough beds. the a&es aren't big enough. they haven't got enough staff.
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my daughter's a staff nurse at hospital. she keeps getting tickets on her car because there is nowhere for the staff to park. it's just a never—ending round of hollow promises, as it seems to me. facing west, towards america, borisjohnson says this could become a free port after brexit, creating jobs in one of the more deprived areas of south—west england. oh, look! little baby rolls. would you like them? ajob is something emma would welcome. we find her at the food bank. a single mum, she wants policies on schools and welfare, but the most important thing she wants sorted... oh, to be honest, right, brexit. oh, it's doing my head in. it's worse than a child screaming in your ear for about five years. she tells me she might vote green, but will consider the conservative manifesto because of borisjohnson. the conservatives have been in power for nearly a decade now and you're here today using a food bank. some people might be surprised
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to hear somebody in your position saying you quite like borisjohnson. you like what he stands for? it's not even what he stands for. it's him. he will fight for what he believes in. we've got lots of food. as emma heads home with enough for herfamily, we hit the road. there are wealthy parts of bristol north west, and as well as needing labour voters, the conservatives also need to keep their traditional base. the friendly club. most of the members here are tory supporters. i'm quite happy, really. i'm very fortunate that i am happy where we are. i think there should be more funds provided for the elderly, especially those who are in need, living alone. loads of things that have been let to go down under this austerity. but for once, i'm winning! look at this lot! christine, the gin rummy queen.
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whatever the manifesto deals out on social care and tax breaks, she's voting blue forjust one reason. couldn't care less about the tories and their policies. i'm voting to get out of europe. and then, there's hilda. i'm a conservative by heart. i have been for years. but now, i'm living like this. she's wary of tory manifesto pledges. where's the money coming from? it's just a load of fibs, as far as i can see. or bypassing the truth, shall we say. yeah. i'd like to punch him. punch him! well, he's been boxing, hasn't he? so maybe you could have a match. let's have some boxing lessons! jon kay, bbc news. these are all of the candidates standing in bristol north west. and you can find out which candidates are standing in your constituency on the bbc news website.
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the health secretary, matt hancock, has rejected a vote by gps to lobby nhs england to reduce the number of home visits from their contracts, calling it a "complete non—starter". the decision was taken at a conference of family doctors in london yesterday. they say they no longer have the capacity to deliver home visits, although they are against scrapping them completely in cases where patients have complex needs. but the health secretary has ruled out the idea. no one is more enthusiastic than me about using modern technology to get better access to health care. for instance, telly consultations, using skype and modern kit. but sometimes, a gp has to go and see someone and they might be too frail to travel. and that has always been part of the vocation of being a gp, that will continue, so these proposals will not go any further. but what we will do is train, fund and recruit more gps
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so that we can get better access and alleviate some of the pressure that gps face. earlier i spoke to jaimie kaffash, editor of pulse magazine, the magazine for gps. i asked him if gp home visits could disappear in england. the first thing i would say is that if you are a vulnerable patient, an elderly patient, you are still going to be receiving home visits no matter what. even if the bma is successful in lobbying for the government to change the contract, there will still be home visits. what i think we are not going to have anymore is your favourite gp coming out to see you. however, i think the state of general practice at the moment, i think there are very few patients that do have that kind of doctor finlay coming out to see you, the gp that you have known for the last 20 years. i think from a patient point of view, there is not going to be a massive amount of change. what this is is a real cry for help from gps to say that we have got too much on at the moment and there is no way that we can
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give patients the care they need without looking at what they are doing at the moment. a group of orphaned british children, caught up in the war in syria, are said to be in good spirits, after they were brought back to the uk. they're the first to be repatriated from an area in the north east of the country, which was formally controlled by the islamic state group. joining me now is orla minogue from the charity save the children. thank you for coming in. save the children are working in these camps which arejust for women children are working in these camps which are just for women and children, as i understand it, how many more children should be repatriated? we believe that there are as many as 60 british children remaining in these camps in north—eastern syria all of whom need to come home and urgency given the state of affairs in the camp. the conditions are desperate. what has been the blockage to that happening so far? there have been delays on the side of the british government in terms of making the decision to repatriate. having said that, we welcomed the very much a shift in policy and the government's part over the last month to say that they would take steps to repatriate
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orphaned and unaccompanied children asa orphaned and unaccompanied children as a matter of urgency and they would look at other children on a case—by—case basis. the group has now been repatriated demonstrating it is possible and feasible. now is a time to bring home the rest of the children. how difficult are the conditions there? the conditions in the camp are desperate. severe overcrowding, 70,000 people in one of these camps alone. people are living on top of one of one another, flimsy tents, a lot of children's art sick, they have had psychological distress growing up in syria. what about people who say they are worried about these children who have been in the care of radicalised parents who could be teenagers, perhaps some of them might pose a threat if they are brought back here? what we would say to that is that the british government has a duty of care to all
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british children, including these children who have found themselves caught up in a war through no fault of their own. in the camps were save the children are present, the more charity of the children are under the age of 12 and half of them are under the age of five. what about the mothers? some may have been radicalised and would they have to go through a criminal process if brought back here? absolutely. there will be assessments that would take place back here as to what should happen next. whether that is for the women to go through the justice system where that is deemed most appropriate, what would happen to the children in terms of separation from the children. there's decision will be need to be taken here in the uk. people say it is complicated, expensive, why should the government to anything when they chose to do this? the children make no such choice and should be brought home. thank you so much for coming in.
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let's have a look at the weather now. we have got more rain in the forecast today. tomorrow looks like the drier day of the weekend but with some of the rain falling on saturated ground, there is possible flooding. we have got an area of rain working northwards across england and wales pushing into the south east of scotland said there could be flooding. further heavy showers down to the south—east later on. we have already had more than an inch of rain over the south west of england. it is mild and damp today. this evening, the rainfall becomes focused across north—eastern parts of scotland. elsewhere mostly dry. cloudy and try to start of sunday morning. we should gladly duly remove “— morning. we should gladly duly remove —— we should gradually lose the mist and fog. lots of dry weather before the next area of rain
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arrives in the south—west. by sunday evening. goodbye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. jeremy corbyn says that under a labour government they would be another referendum and as prime minister would be unbiased and would deliver on the result whichever way it went. i will adopt, as prime minister, if i am at the time, a neutral stance so that i can credibly carry out the result of that to bring our communities and country together. and today, labour set out measures to tackle what it calls "tax and wage cheat culture" of multinational companies. jeremy corbyn said he would force companies to pay theirfair share in tax. big companies operating in britain will have to pay taxes in our country and not be able to offshore
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those tax bills to over regimes. the conservatives have said that they will invest an additional billion pounds a year in social care. the health secretary, matt hancock, rejects calls from gps in england to reduce the number of home visits from their contracts, calling it a "complete non—starter". more businesses turn their back on prince andrew —— barclays withdraws support from the duke's mentoring scheme "pitch at the palace." sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn. here isjosey moreno arriving at the
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london stadium this morning. totte n ha m london stadium this morning. tottenham play west ham. he has made three changes to the team that played under the previous manager who was sacked this week. he cuts a relaxed figure and says he won't be making huge changes but will be expected to improve the fortunes of a clubfinding expected to improve the fortunes of a club finding itself down in 14th place in the premier league table. new zealand have taken control of the first test against england, asjoe root‘s side toiled in the field on day three. ben stokes will rue his dropped catch of watling, spurning the chance to remove the batsmen on 31. how costly that would prove. things were looking good for england when henry nicholls went in the morning, but that was one of only two wickets to fall today. as watling went on to hold the black caps innings together, unbeaten on 119 as new zealand closed on 394 for 6, a lead of 41 runs. jofra archer struggling for pace on a pitch


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