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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. the conservatives will pledge not to raise income tax, national insurance contributions or vat when they publish their election manifesto this afternoon. labour pledges to compensate nearly four million women who lost out when their state pension age rose from 60 to 66. voters in hong kong turn out in record numbers — to cast their ballots in district council elections. five teenagers have been arrested after a large brawl at a cinema in birmigham last night which saw a number of police officers injured. great britain miss out on reaching the davis cup final — after losing the decisive doubles to spain. and at 11.30am here on bbc news, it's dateline london, where foreign correspondents based in london, give an outsider‘s
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view of events in the uk. borisjohnson is preparing to launch the conservative manifesto in the next few hours, which will pledge not to raise the rate of income tax, national insurance or vat. the prime minister will also say he wants to bring his brexit deal back to the commons before christmas, if the conservatives are returned to power. our political correspondent, nick eardley reports. what would he do with power? this afternoon, borisjohnson will unveil the conservative manifesto. his basic message — deliver brexit and move onto domestic priorities. he will pledge that the bill that will deliver brexit will be brought back to parliament before christmas if he wins the election. that, he says, would allow the country to move on. so what will the conservatives
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do on the home front? they will pledge today not to raise rates of income tax, national insurance, or vat. that'll make it harder for the government to raise money, but the tories are still pledging to spend. mrjohnson has already promised money for the health service, for more police, for education. today there will be costly pensioner family projects, too, like keeping the pension trip a lot and winter fuel payments. as well as more money for childcare, to fix potholes, and for a skills fund. the manifesto will pledge to end car parking charges at hospitals for protected groups — nhs staff on natives, disabled patients, the terminally ill and their families. the conservatives say their plans are fully costed and affordable and they will spend the next three weeks trying to persuade you that they've got the best plan on offer. nick earley, bbc news.
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norman smith is in telford where the conservatives will launch their ma nifesto conservatives will launch their manifesto in three hours‘ time also. good morning to you. i hope you had a good journey up there and what are you expecting to see in this document? have all of the goodies been descriptive already or other keeping some surprises by?” been descriptive already or other keeping some surprises by? i would not expect this to be a big bonanza moment crackling with exciting new initiatives, lots of big spending pledges. low wattage safety first ma nifesto. pledges. low wattage safety first manifesto. why? because they look at the chunky lead they have in the polls and think they don‘t have to ta ke polls and think they don‘t have to take risks, but also remember theresa may‘s last manifesto which blew up in herface theresa may‘s last manifesto which blew up in her face and theresa may‘s last manifesto which blew up in herface and pretty much ruined her campaign. they are desperate to have no repeat performance of that. added to which many of the big announcements are already known, we know the brexit one that will be hammered home ad
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nauseam today. we know about 20,000 more police officers and six new hospitals. the other bits and pieces are undercharged far, cash to fill in potholes for example and money to ensure that nurses working overnight don‘t have to pay for car parking charges. decent policies but not really game changes. what we have this morning instead is a defensive announcement from the tories that they will not put up the key tax rates. vat, national insurance and income tax. the policy was hammered home by the chancellor sajid javid. we are clear that we want to help people with the cost of living wherever we can. well, we are very clear. we want to help people with the cost of living where ever we can. earlier this week, we set out our plans to cut taxes, cut national insurance for 31 million people, helping the lowest pay is. it‘s not going to add up. well, if i answer the question about the tax lock, i will show you exactly how it adds up.
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we are also announcing today this, as you say, the triple tax lock which is our commitment, giving more financial security to hard—working people, that under a conservative majority government the rates of tax and the three biggest taxes, national insurance, income tax and vat, will not rise and they can be absolutely certain of that. the contrast with labour‘s manifesto launch last week i think will be humongous. because labour wanted the ma nifesto to humongous. because labour wanted the manifesto to be a massive moment of potential and a game changer. money was being sprayed around all over the place and we got another huge spending commitments today from labour to help so—called wasp women, women born in 1950s who because of pension changes, loss doubts quite spectacularly. john mcdonald confirmed they were setting aside more than £50 billion aside to compensate them. angela rayner, should shadow chancellor this morning said that no one earning
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over £80,000 will be taxed —— mike no one under £80,000 will be taxed any more. we have said quite clearly that the top 5% will pay a little bit more so anyone watching your show earning less than £80,000 a year will not pay a penny more. we have also said that corporations will have to pay a little bit more. and to put that into context, we are saying that corporation tax would be at 26% and under margaret thatcher, it was at 36%. and in your piece earlier, i think this is really crucial to say, in your piece earlier, you were talking about people being honest with the public — we have been incredibly honest with the public that in order to have a world—class system, public service and those jobs of the future, those at the top will have to pay a little bit more. it isa it is a funny old world. labour are promising to spend lots more money but apparently it is not going to be too painful except for the richest. we have the tories also promising to spend quite a bit of money but saying not to worry because taxes won‘t go up. no wonder that the
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director of the institute for fiscal studies sounded sceptical this morning. there is not an enormous amount there and i think the triple tax lock as they call it not increasing income tax, national insurance or vat could come back to bite them as it did before the 2017 election. they had a similar pledge in 2015 and that stop them with even modest increases in national insurance. if we are going to undo austerity to any extent, and indeed if we are going to cope with the fa ct we if we are going to cope with the fact we are going to need more money for the health service, for pensions, at some point over the next decade, we are going to have to raise taxes or accept that we are going to have much less in the way of public services that we have got used to. neither party is really taking that serious message to the electorate. if you want better public services, you are going to have to pay. in labour's case they are saying that someone else will buy and conservatives are saying that nobody needs to pay. buy and conservatives are saying that nobody needs to paym
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buy and conservatives are saying that nobody needs to pay. it is funny that this election is so so different to the last election or the 2015 election or the 2010 election, certainly, because then, eve ryo ne election, certainly, because then, everyone was talking about how we save money, how do we balance the books? now that whole language has gone out of the window and both sides are to different degrees talking about spending more money and only spennymoor money and no one at all seem to be talking about savings any more. norman, i was interested by some remarks on look east in norwich. this is from the former conservative mp keith simpson who says that not only is there a long list of things boris didn‘t deliver or avoided battle, you a lwa ys deliver or avoided battle, you always got the impression that at this fair sound of gunfire, boris johnson gets the last plane out. he is basically saying that you can a lwa ys is basically saying that you can always rely on boris to get you down. this gets at the criticism that the prime minister had to face
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on friday about credibility and trust. yes, i guess that has dogged all of the party leaders to one extent or another. the issue of trust and how credible their plans are. trust has sort of been boris johnson‘s achilles throughout his whole political career. it picked up mentally during the brexit referendum and the £350 million on the side of the bus and then we had that do or die pledge to leave by 0ctober that do or die pledge to leave by october 31 which of course didn‘t happen. it has been nagging away at him from the selection and i have to say, to some extent, although in a different way, it has been lagging away at labour as well the credibility around money isn‘t credible to make all of these huge spending commitments by labour and assume that somehow this can be paid for simply by the wealthy and a business. the other side of it is that increasingly, it does seem to be in again a 2—party battle with
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the brexit party falling off a cliff and the liberal democrats falling back. you just sense once again, this is turning into a real 2—party election. norman smith in telford, thank you very much. well, meanwhile, the snp say they will push the next uk government to lift financial restrictions on the scottish government‘s spending powers. the party claim it will unlock almost £3 billion pounds over the course of the next parliament, which they plan to use to boost the economy and tackle climate change. in other news, police investigating the deaths of 39 vietnamese nationals in a lorry in essex have charged a man with human trafficking. the victims were found in grays last month. 23—year—old christopher kennedy from darkley in county armagh will appear before chelmsford magistrates‘ court tomorrow. five teenagers have been arrested after a large brawl at a cinema in birmigham yesterday evening which saw a number of police officers injured.
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fights broke out as police attempted to clear around 100 people from the star city leisure complex. two machetes were seized in the incident. 0ne witness described it as one of the "scariest moments" of their life. there has been a record turnout for local council elections in hong kong where police have been deployed to polling stations. the vote is being seen as a test of support for the territory‘s embattled chief executive, carrie lam, after months of pro—democracy protests. 4.1 million people are registered to vote in the territory. 0ur correspondentjonathan head is in hong kong.. if they win a majority in these seats, they get to put a tranche of seats in the body that chooses the chief executive. for the first time, the pan— democratic alliance would have a say over who gets to run hong kong. but the final say always, under
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the current system, is with china. this is the nub of the whole thing. hong kongers has been turning out in such heavy numbers because they desperately want a say and treasure the right to vote, something you don‘t see elsewhere in china. it has been a very impressive turnout today but they know, however strong a signal they send to the government, we think that is likely to happen, the turnout probably suggests a lot of anti—government sentiment is being expressed. the chief executive carrie lam cannot make concessions, do anything unless the government in china tells her she can. so there is an air of frustration in hong kong that they cannot change anything, however much they express their views and that of course raises the prospect that we will see a resumption of protest. 0n the street i am standing on now, this bank here was burnt down in previous protests. the streets are calm today because of course, it is a quiet day for the first time and no protests this weekend. there is no doubt they will resume if this election does not lead to some kind of change from the government.
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i am afraid that if past experience is anything to go by, that is likely to be whatever the result. in the end, beijing can argue that hong kong is not taiwan, it is not a country with a separate government, and china would say that taiwan should be regarded as part of china. hong kong isjust being handed back and that was the agreement. yes, and that is supposed to happen in 28 years‘ time and that is what is concentrating the minds of the younger generation who have led these protest. it is far more real to them than it was to their parents‘ generation. but it is still, under treaty, this unique system of one country, two systems, which the protesters argue is being eroded to fast. it is extraordinary how passionately they are arguing for really quite modest demands. universal suffrage and independent enquiry. the kind of things that you would expect to be normal concessions in government in countries like this. and yet at the end of it all, at the end of those 28 years, hong kong gets handed back.
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and often when you talk to the protectors, ordinary hong kongers, there is a real sense of fatalism. they are trying so hard to get the precious freedoms they have now with the full knowledge that in 28 years time, it all comes to an end with the full knowledge that in 28 years‘ time, it all comes to an end and they‘d become yet another part of china. well a little earlier i spoke to claudia mo — a member of the hong kong legislative council and pro—democracy campaigner. she told me about the significance of today‘s election. utterly amazing today that the turnout and turnover could be quite so high. by midday, we got almost, well, almost a third of the voters have been voting and that is unheard—of. this is completely unprecedented. we are looking forward to a landslide, a clear—cut victory, hopefully, to nail carrie lam to the wall to tell her that she has completely un—susceptible
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to hong kong people and her government have completely mistaken for the last half a year and beijing should have her replaced and removed as soon as possible. she has become such an unpopular, almost evil icon in hong kong. i also spoke to james tien — the former chairman and leader of the pro—beijing liberal party — i asked him what issues where compelling hong kong residents to vote. of course, it is not full democracy but i think it is a step better than right now where the people don‘t get to vote. let‘s say there are two or three who are pro—government or pro—beijing, that the candidate that 4.1 million people can vote. during the debate, i think a lot of people will argue that,
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"hey, what are you going to do for us about hong kong autonomy, with all the things that are going on, not only housing, education and social welfare programmes, but about our relationship with beijing?" i think what we can get through this kind of election, this may be the way to get a higher degree of autonomy. the chief executive seems to only have one boss and that is beijing, so maybe they should have two bosses. 0ne boss in beijing and one boss, the hong kong people. the headlines on bbc news... the conservatives will pledge not to raise income tax, national insurance contributions or vat when they publish their election manifesto this afternoon. labour has pledged to compensate nearly four million women who lost out when their state pension age rose from 60 to 66. voters in hong kong have turned out in large numbers to vote in local elections — seen as a test of support for the territory‘s chief executive, carrie lam.
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sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘sjohn. good morning. england‘s cricketers are in big trouble in the first test in mount manganooee, having fallen well behind on day four. they‘ll need to bat out the final day tomorrow to force a draw, with only seven wickets in hand. bj watling continued his brilliant innings, making 205, alongside mitchell sa ntner who hit a century, as they declared on 615—9 — their highest score against england. santner then took three england wickets for just six runs, leaving them on 55—3 at the close — that‘s 209 runs behind. they‘ll struggle to recover after that impressive display from the kiwi batsmen. it was a terrific partnership that has put new zealand in a fantastically strong position to dominate this game. england now, there are only thoughts of trying to save it. unfortunately they have lost three wickets towards the end of the day,
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so with one day to go, england have it all to do. manchester united will attempt to haul themselves up from tenth in the premier league table this afternoon, when they face sheffield united, who‘re actually two places above them. united would move above their opponents with a win but would remain seven points adrift of the champions league places. it isa it is a clear gap in the league between the top four and i don‘t know how many teams within a range of three orfour know how many teams within a range of three or four points. for us it is about consistency now and getting as many points on the board as we can. we turned a corner we felt, performance —wise. and results —wise, after the last international break. but then again, it is so tight as you say, i‘m just looking forward to this game. we need to have a good performance and results. we want to push them all of the way
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and will not arrogant, we know we have to play well and it worked extremely hard, have a balance of the ball in the game. we are in good nick and we are enjoying life in the premier league and we want this to continue and not take a backwards step and certainly don't want to ta ke step and certainly don't want to take a backward step on sunday afternoon. great britain‘s davis cup captain leon smith said they should be excited about their chances of future success, despite an agonising defeat by spain in the semi—finals. after winning one singles match each in madrid, it came down to the doubles — with rafael nadal and feliciano lopez beating jamie murray and neal skupski in two tie—break sets. so an encouraging display from great britain but a frustrating outcome. we are hurting now. but we have seen an amazing tie here against spain, the strongest being, arguably, in the competition, especially with rafa in it. we have pushed them into a couple points of a final set.
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to reach semi—finals itself is, i think, a brilliant achievement. it was fun to play in the match and disappointing to lose, but overall it was a positive week for us and the team did great. we won a lot of good matches and we have given ourselves a chance to come back next year and play. tyson fury will get his rematch with deontay wilder in february, after wilder beat luis 0rtiz to retain his wbc world heavyweight title for the tenth time in las vegas. heavyweight title for it was a shaky start for the champion, who was out—boxed by 0rtiz for six rounds. but in the seventh, wilder‘s devastating right hand left 0rtiz on the canvas, unable to beat the count. afterwards, he said tyson fury was definitely next, and then he wanted a unification bout with whoever wins the rematch between anthonyjoshua and andy ruinunior. that fight is in saudi arabia
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on december the 7th. britain‘s dave ryding has given himself an excellent chance of winning a world cup slalom race for the first time. he‘s in second place after the first leg of the season‘s opening event, at levvi in finland. he‘s come close in the past, finishing second twice and over a decade in the sport, he‘s improved his ranking each year to now sit in the top ten. britain has never had a winner at an alpine skiing world cup event. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. liberal democrat leader jo swinson has said today that there has "been a squeeze" on her party during the campaign but that she is "not conceding yet". speaking on the bbc‘s andrew marr show, swinson also attacked jeremy corbyn‘s neutral stance on brexit, and said the liberal democrats
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priority was to stop brexit from happening. well, of course the liberal democrats want to stop brexit and we will be campaigning to stop brexit. ok, if that is the case, jeremy corbyn is but he is offering a referendum and borisjohnson very much isn‘t, doesn‘t that mean you are inevitably going to have to lean towards the labour party and help them form a government, vote things through for them, rather than the conservatives? well, first of all, as things stand, as things stand, borisjohnson is on course to get a majority and liberal democrats are the best party to stop it. oh, you think that is what is happening at the moment? if you look at the polls right now, that is what they say. there is, obviously, two and a half weeks to go in this campaign and i am working very hard to change that situation... you are not conceding it yet but you think that he is going to win? of course i am not conceding yet. liberal democrats are campaigning hard right across the country and we are making real inroads, but we need to make sure we win those seats from the conservatives and we are in a position to do that in a way that labour simply is not.
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if he doesn‘t win an overall majority and he comes to you saying, "listen, jo, i never thought... i don‘t want to do this, i am doing this through gritted teeth, jo, but to get my deal through, to get my withdrawal agreement through, i am prepared to offer the liberal democrats a referendum on that deal afterwards," what do you say to him? look, i am not putting borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn into number ten, but if there is a law in parliament... the voters might. if there is a law in parliament that i can vote for that makes sure that the brexit deal is put to the public with the opportunity to remain, i will vote for that. we have always said we will vote for that. 0h, 0k. so if boris johnson tries to do a deal with you whereby he gets his withdrawal agreement through the house of commons, he delivers his promise to quotes, "get brexit done," but in return for that, he gives you a referendum, you say yes? i am not doing a deal, andrew. i am going to vote for the things that i am standing up for, the things that i believe in, and i believe we should stop brexit and it may be that a
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people‘s vote is the best way to do that. we have campaigned for that for more than three years and so, as we have said, over the last year, if we can put a specific brexit deal to the british public with the option to remain, liberal democrats will support having a people‘s vote. we will vote for that legislation. a former head of the uk border force has told the bbc that unless ports and ferry companies start to work with the authorities, he fears more migrants could be killed trying to get to the uk. tony smith‘s warning comes a month after 39 people were found dead in a container in essex. jane—frances kelly reports. it‘s a month on since the discovery of 39 bodies in a sealed refrigerator container in essex. all those that died were vietnamese. they had sailed from the belgian port of zeebrugge on a cargo ferry hoping for a better life in britain. the former head of the uk border force says there needs to be more cooperation between the authorities and private firms such as hauliers and the ferry companies, to stop further deaths. a co—ordinated attempt between ourselves,
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the uk border force, and of course our colleagues in french, belgium, dutch customs. that‘s what‘s required, a collaborative, co—ordinated effort along all of those routes, which will require a good deal of investment, but i fear if we don‘t do it then, i‘m afraid, we will see more tragedies. his warning comes after three separate incidents in less than a week where migrants were found in containers. on thursday afternoon, irish police found 16 people in a sealed container on a ferry from france to ireland. ten were found on the m25 in essex. five days ago, a group of 25 migrants were found in a refrigerator container on a ferry travelling from the netherlands to england. the challenges remain constant. on a daily basis, migrants attempt to get in the back of lorries, drivers have to remain vigilant. people smugglers seem to be the only ones benefiting from the misery. jane—frances kelly, bbc news. doctors say people need to take extra precautions, in order to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug,
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norovirus. public health england says there‘s been a big increase in the number of reported cases, compared to the last five winter seasons. this week, pupils in around 60 schools across the north east of england were sent home with symptoms. a large cache of mummified animals found in an ancient egyptian burial site have been displayed for the first time near the capital, cairo. cats, cobras, birds, and crocodiles were discovered along with hundreds of artefacts. gail maclellan reports. saqqara. for3,000 years, a burial ground, once the necropolis for the ancient city of memphis. egyptologists are excited by this first display of the artefacts found last year. translation: what makes the discovery special is the diversity of the antiquities found, like mummies of animals and sacred birds and sacred cats.
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the cache includes 75 wooden and bronze statues of cats, mummified birds, masks, crocodiles and an enormous beetle many times the normal size. the most lovely discovery out of those hundreds? that scarab. it is the biggest and the hugest scarab all over the world. but what makes the find unique is that archaeologists suspect some of the large cats are actually lion cubs. they were found near the remains of an adult lion discovered in 200a. almost 4,400 years old, this ancient civilisation continues to intrigue. gail maclellan, bbc news. dateline london is coming up. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with louise lear. i have managed to find a claims of
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sunshine, sean. but for most of us it isa sunshine, sean. but for most of us it is a pretty cloudy, grey november day unfortunately. not bad at all here. it was a murky start of the morning with dense fog in norfolk just up the road. quite a lot of cloud here quite clearly and we have had rain that has gradually drifted up had rain that has gradually drifted up into the northern isles and this cloud thickening up the drizzle in the midlands. a great and murky start. conditions are brightening up a little into the afternoon and temperatures peak at nine to 12 degrees. we are expecting rain to arrive through the night tonight and wet and windy weather will pushing through the south—west. it will drift its way steadily towards the north and east. it will be a mailbag across the country but for some, we will start off monday on a wet node. the rain pushes into northern ireland and stretches across wales and pushes through the midlands into the south—east corner. it moves its way steadily forward but the far north of scotland is likely to stay
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predominantly dry and again on the mild side. highs of nine to 13 degrees. here is dateline with carrie. hello and welcome to dateline london. i‘m carrie gracie. this week... delhi is enveloped in toxic smog. is that concentrating minds in government ahead of the madrid climate summit? three weeks to go till the uk votes: has it become the get brexit done election, and if not, then what? and as prince andrew quits public life, is it harder anywhere in the world to be friends with a sex offender? my guests today — indian journalist ashis ray, irish broadcaster brian 0‘connell, greg katz of us news agency associated press, and agnes poirier of french
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news magazine marianne. welcome to you all. four years ago, climate change barely registered as a voter issue in a british election. this time it‘s a priority. the same is true of the battle for the democratic presidential nomination in the us. but does voter anxiety translate into government action? climate scientists say three in four countries have inadequate pledges on cutting emissions. among them is india, whose capital has been choking on smog this month. a week from now, governments get another chance to step up at the madrid climate summit. will they take it? you have just come you havejust come back you have just come back from you havejust come back from india. tell us the mood, is the smog concentrating minds ahead of madrid? the smog has lifted to a certain extent, but it is still very toxic and it was pretty serious just a couple of weeks ago.


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