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tonight at ten — the future of the nhs — in a post—brexit world — dominates the day's election campaigning. labour claims it has proof that the nhs is at risk — in an american trade deal — after britain leaves the eu. we've now got evidence that under borisjohnson the nhs is on the table and will be up for sale. but borisjohnson says the conservative manifesto promises the nhs will not be on the table in post—brexit trade talks. we are absolutely resolved that there will be no sale of the nhs, no privatisation, the nhs is not on the table in any way. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail, with two weeks to polling day. also tonight...
tata steel says it expects to cut 1,000 jobs across the uk, as part of the company's restructuring plans. the writer, broadcaster and critic clive james — one of the most familiar faces on british television for many years — has died at the age of 80. more protests in malta, as an investigation into the murder of a prominentjournalist is putting the government under intense pressure. and both chelsea and liverpool, hoping tonight to book a place in the last 16 of the champions‘ league. and coming up on sportsday, chelsea concede late to draw in valencia in the champions league. they must now wait to book their spot in the last 16.
good evening. we start with one of the key issues in this election campaign — the future of the nhs — and labour's allegation that the health service is at risk — or even ‘for sale‘ to american firms in a trade deal after britain leaves the eu. jeremy corbyn claims he has ‘proof‘ — in the form of a 450—page dossier — based on provisional trade talks between the uk and the usa. the labour leader said the papers were proof that the conservatives would put the future of the nhs at risk. but boris johnson for the conservatives said labour's claims were ‘nonsense‘ — and the nhs would not be part of trade talks with the usa. this report by our political editor laura kuenssberg contains flashing images. a quiet entrance was the last thing he wanted. after a tough 2a hours, the labour leader hoped
as dramatically as he could to change the subject. a51 pages... brandishing what he claimed was new hard evidence that the tories secretly want to sell off the health service. now we know the truth, whenjohnson says, get brexit done, it's a fraud on the british people. this is the reality. years of bogged down negotiations, and our nhs is up for sale. the documents were then handed out by nhs staff, including labour members wearing their scrubs. the papers do show there've been talks between the uk and the us about a future trade deal. they do show the us wants easier access to uk markets in all sorts of areas, including medicine, but they do not prove there has been agreement between the white house and the tories about privatising the nhs. in these piles and piles of documents, do you have evidence
that uk ministers agreed that the health service should be part of trade talks? if you want to know whether ministers were involved in these talks or not, then they sanctioned the talks, they are obviously fully aware of the talks, and they are the ones that were declining to make the documents published and public. the government has said again and again the nhs would never be part of any trade deal, and the talks cover theresa may's time in office, not borisjohnson. but labour is determined to make this an issue, and tetchy about the other issue that has confronted them... it was just an opportune moment to get a dig in about something else... whetherjeremy corbyn ought to say sorry to thejewish community about anti—semitism, having refused to do so last night. 0ur party did make it clear when i was elected leader, and after that, that anti—semitism was unacceptable in any form in our party or our society, and did, indeed, offer its sympathies and apologies to those
that had suffered. a different tone, though, from his closest ally, john mcdonnell. i'm really sorry, the way we handled it initially, because we have learnt lessons from that, and we have also invited people to say, if there are still more lessons to be learned, come and see us, and help us. jeremy corbyn tried today to grab hold of this race for westminster, and, in a sense, that has been much of the essence of this campaign so far. labour broadly behind, trying always to navigate to safer territory for them. the conservatives broadly ahead, but with their own problems, and nervous on the ground. we are under a lot of pressure. he's fighting an election after nine years of a squeeze on public services. although the tories have promised more nurses, in cornwall... do you have a nurses' tree, too? as well as a magic money tree. they wanted to know if there was a nurse tree,
as well as a magic money one. the nhs is in no way on the table, in no aspect whatsoever, and this, as they say, is continually brought up by the labour party as a diversionary tactic. the tories suspended one of their candidates after allegations of anti—muslim language. so... do you apologise for the islamophobia that has taken place in your party? look, of course, and for all the hurt and offence that has been caused, of course we do. but even the subjects of an election are a battle ground, as the votes begin to be cast. let's speak to laura at westminster. those postal votes starting to flood in and with that in mind, what do you think of this debate about the future of the nhs after brexit? this isa future of the nhs after brexit? this is a very strange 21st—century election but one thing is very traditional about it, the labour party is keen to use every single moment they can to get the debate around talking about the health service and public services. traditionally they have been much stronger on that served on the conservatives and the conservatives know after years of a squeeze on
public spending that they do have vulnerabilities in this area. in terms of what the debate has shown today, what these documents jeremy corbyn was brandishing actually say, they do show that america would like to open up access for lots of its different businesses in the uk in the event of a trade deal after we have left the eu, if that happens. but it does not show that there has been any agreement or any kind of secret plot with the uk government and the tory party to make that happen. it does show officials on the american side it said they would like to talk about drug pricing and they did want to understand how pharmaceutical businesses and commissioning here works in the uk but it does not definitively prove the claim that the labour party have been making not just the claim that the labour party have been making notjust today but throughout this campaign, but all that said, it is very clear that as everin that said, it is very clear that as ever in this modern election, the traditional battle over public services is a big part of what the
parties are vying over, not least because they both know public services are a huge important area to people around the country. laura, thanks forjoining us. in glasgow — nicola sturgeon has launched the scottish national party's manifesto — with a promise to ‘escape brexit and put scotland‘s future in scotland's hands‘. the first minister said a second independence referendum next year would be a condition of her party‘s support — in the event of a hung parliament. among the key pledges in the snp manifesto are — the eventual removal of the nuclear deterrent trident — powers over drug policy to be handed to the scottish parliament as well as control over employment law. with more — here‘s our scotland editor sarah smith. nicola sturgeon is not a candidate in this election, but her party could significantly influence the outcome. if she ends up able to make demands, she has plenty — stop brexit, a vote on independence,
and much, much more. vote snp to escape brexit. vote snp to lock borisjohnson‘s tories out of office. vote snp to take power into your own hands. snp mps will never support a tory government, so to have any real influence, they‘d need to do some kind of deal with labour. but labour say they would not allow an independence referendum within the first two years of government. the snp want a vote next year. you want to be allowed to have a second referendum on scottish independence, you‘ve said in the past that that should be in 2020 — is that an absolute red line? yes. he has to agree to that referendum being in 2020? i‘ve made that pretty clear, and if i can explain why that‘s so important, obviously the timescale is important, to give scotland the chance to escape the mess that we will be in if we allow westminster to decide our future and be taken out of europe, possibly on a no—deal basis. but there‘s also a really important
issue of principle at stake here... is it possible to see a deal wherejeremy corbyn concedes the principle that scotland can decide to have when their referendum and then you decide not to do it in 2020? well, that‘s not what i‘m going to do, because i think it is really important for practical reasons that scotland has the ability to escape brexit and the westminster mess. if you did have an independence referendum in 2020, do you think you‘d win it? yes. but you thought you‘d win in 2014. look, of course, that‘s a guess, a gotcha question, i did think we‘d win, we didn‘t win, but i‘m confident that we would win an independence referendum. but i‘m not complacent about that. you say in any deal with jeremy corbyn, you want to scrap trident. what does that mean, does it mean removing it from scotland, getting rid of it completely within the first term of a labour government, orjust promising not to renew it? well, firstly, the first step on that is not to renew trident at the cost of £200 billion that the estimate has been put at, but ultimately, yes, it is about removing it. now, i want that to be
as quickly as possible. 0n the question of timescale, and i want to be very frank and candid about this, i want that to be as quickly as possible. we‘re talking about nuclear weapons here, weapons of mass destruction, and safety is absolutely paramount, and that would obviously be a key consideration. the snp manifesto is full of ideas from public spending to climate change but... for all the pledges that are in here about increased nhs spending or ending austerity, the snp know it doesn‘t matter how many votes they get in scotland, it doesn‘t matter how many seats they win in scotland — they can‘t do any of this unless they hold the balance of power in westminster. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. one of the key seats that the snp is targetting in this election is ayr, carrick and cumnock — in south—west scotland. the conservatives took it from the snp in the last election in 2017. that‘s after coming third in 2015 — behind the snp and labour. but before the snp‘s landslide victory in 2015 — it had been consistently in labour hands. so could the snp be
victorious here again? 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon has been assessing local opinion. this is a seat which has changed hands three times in three general elections — a small swing could see it change again. so, in an area where voters‘ allegiances have switched over the last few years, will the snp‘s big pitch cut through? i used to be loyal to one party, but then... can i ask who? it was labour. things were getting that bad, and i did switch, i switched to snp. if you vote snp, does that mean you‘re pro—independence? 0h... i suppose it is, aye. gus is also a former labour voter. he has switched in a different direction. i'm pro—brexit, i want brexit, i want out, i don't want independence either. do you mind if i ask how you‘re going to vote in this election? the conservatives, i don't like them, but if it's to get the snp out, aye, i'll vote for them. this constituency of ayr, carrick, and cumnock is exactly the kind of seat won by the conservatives
at the last general election, which the snp hope to take back this time around. in fact, they say they are the main challengers in every scottish seat which turned tory blue in 2017. like scotland as a whole, this area voted to remain. the snp‘s message is stop brexit, but is that enough to persuade the ladies at the local curling club? because my son‘s in business, ifeel strongly about the european union. in or out of europe? stay in. ijust hope boris gets it done and that he'll keep nicola sturgeon in check and not give in. this is an area with wealth but with its industrial and mining past, there are also pockets of deprivation. while stopping brexit and pushing for independence may be the most eye—catching manifesto pledges, it‘s other issues which are the priorities for those at this social enterprise cafe in the centre of ayr. we really need to see some change,
especially for people that are at the kind of margins, people who are struggling to feed their families because the social security system doesn‘t work. so, who are you going to vote for? i‘ll be voting for snp. for many in scotland, brexit and independence are the big issues that are dominating this election. the snp will hope that if they win seats like this one, it will strengthen their argument that scotland‘s future should be in scotland‘s hands. lorna gordon, bbc news, ayr. the former conservative deputy prime minister lord heseltine has again urged people to vote liberal democrat — despite, in his words, being a proud conservative. but speaking at a lib dem campaign event, lord heseltine did criticise the party‘s flagship policy of revoking article 50 — the legal mechanism for delivering brexit — he said it was naive. tata steel has announced it expects to cut a thousand
jobs across the uk — as part of the company‘s restructuring plans. about half of the british workforce is based in port talbot in south wales, and our wales correspondent tomos morgan is there. tomos, it‘s been a turbulent few years for tata workers? it was almost four years ago i was standing here and a proposed 1000 jobs were going to be cut in the plant home in port talbot. since then the company has been put up for sale, taken of the market and earlier this year merger fell through. as you mentioned, almost half of their falls were behind me said the bulk of the cuts will be felt in south wales. the company says the cuts will protect the safeguard the future of the company, but unions argue this breach is an agreement made with them that there will be no more compulsory redundancies. the uk government say they are in constant dialogue with they are in constant dialogue with the company and the unions, however
this clearly couldn‘t come at a worse time. for years time it came injanuary worse time. for years time it came in january blues, this worse time. for years time it came injanuary blues, this time it comes less tha n injanuary blues, this time it comes less than a month before christmas. many thanks. the writer, broadcaster and critic clive james has died. he was 80 and had been diagnosed with leukaemia and kidney failure a decade ago. he was known for his sharp humour, erudition and wit — in both his writings and his television programmes. 0ur correspondent david sillito looks back at his life and career. # hello, clive... welcome once again to the bbc‘s first deregulated, lead—free, self—financing, fully—sponsored tv programme. for your protection, the entire show has been pre—boiled for one minute. clive james, the tv critic who became a tv star talking about... tv. if you‘re to see a welsh soap opera, then you must catch the bbc‘s pobol y cwm. the action in pobol y cwm is nonstop.
british broadcasting corps, night training, sunday... but there was so much to him. he was a comic performer, a journalist, essayist, poet and a lyricist. i would classify me as a writer, because everything i do is based on writing, even when i‘m improvising on tv, like now, i‘m writing it in my head just before i say it. if it‘s any good at all! and that‘s what i do. his tv shows jumped between prime—time entertainment... hi, girls! ..and highbrow brain food. born in sydney, his childhood became a bestselling memoir. when sydney was all there was to see, i couldn‘t see it. but now i can. he arrived in britain in the ‘60s and, as a student, joined the cambridge footlights. the giant toad having joined the water—dwelling worms aboard the plastic pants, coffin number three is uncovered. in the ‘80s, we laughed with him at shows that british television would then go on to copy. in our time, fame is everywhere — you can‘t get away from it...
by the end of the ‘90s, his tv career was coming to an end, but the words kept flowing. he rekindled his songwriting partnership with pete atkin. # touch has a memory... and then he was diagnosed with leukaemia. in 2010, and again a year later, he thought he was about to die. he was saved by a new drug. i was in serious medical trouble, and i got saved, and so this is spare time. and it‘s very important to me, because i wasn‘t expecting to have it, and it‘sjust good manners to try and use it well. clive james could write about anything — from commentaries on proust to an appreciation of eddie waring to this, his words on facing the end, hoping that he would live long enough to see the leaves emerge on a newly planted maple tree. filling the double doors to bathe my eyes, a final flood of colours will live on. as my mind dies,
burned by my vision of a world that shone so brightly at the last, and then was gone. the writer and broadcaster clive james — who‘s died at the age of 80. nine out of ten of the managers who run council services for older and disabled people say they fear that the care system in england will not be able to cope over the winter. directors of adult social services are also concerned about their ability to step in if another major provider of care goes out of business. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt has been to meet a woman in her 405, for whom the care system is a lifeline. have you got my water bottle there? thank you. nina is 47 and has multiple sclerosis. she knows all too well the pressures on the care system in england that are reflected in today‘s survey. she‘s onlyjust moved into this
specially adapted flat, where she gets the help she needs. thanks, tracy. but in the summer, she was living in a small room in a nursing home for elderly people. she spent ten months there because there was nowhere else for her to go. it was amazing how quickly i became sort of institutionalised, really, and used to the care. the person that i should be in this bed is an elderly person with alzheimer‘s or dementia, and i should be out in the community, living an independent and much more normal life. now trying to live that more independent life, she‘s using her pension and money from selling her old flat to pay for the care she needs. it will run out within weeks, and nina worries her council won‘t be able to provide her with enough support. ridiculously, i feel guilty for needing that much help, i feel guilty for asking the council for the level of help that i want, because i know
that they haven‘t got the funds. but it is help that you need. it is, it‘s absolutely help that i need. you know, me and everybody else with disabilities and illnesses in need of care, want to live as full a life as possible, and i can‘t do it on my own. demand from an ageing population, staff shortages and financial difficulties for councils lie behind the problems. even with some extra government money, the people running services say their level of concern is unprecedented. i don't think i've seen it this bad, and i think this is a result of continued short—term action, so rolling over of money or little bits of money for winter or here and there, and i think the cumulative effect of that over four or five years has led to this position, where there is almost unanimity now about the worry and concern. those worries are about a care crisis in england, but many of the pressures are felt across the uk, and for nina the need to fix the problems
facing her and many others is now urgent. alison holt, bbc news. the government of malta is under intense pressure tonight — as protests continue following the murder of a prominentjournalist. daphne caruana galizia was killed two years ago by a car bomb. she was investigating corruption on the island. her death shocked maltese society and her family have led the calls for justice, including demands for a public inquiry. three senior figures in malta‘s government stood down yesterday. all have denied wrongdoing, including any involvement in ms galizia‘s death. malta‘s prime minister, joseph muscat, is facing calls to resign tonight. 0ur correspondent damian grammaticas is in malta with the latest. chanting "mafia", they shout. "corruption". the targets of their anger — the politicians inside
malta‘s parliament. why are you here tonight? because not only have they killed a journalist, just for money and power, but they have also brought the country to its knees. that journalist and mother of three sons was daphne caruana galizia. two years ago, three men were arrested for planting the bomb that blew up her car. but who ordered the killing? and have investigations been slow because they‘ve been protected from high up? in the crowds was her niece. it's disgusting that nothing has been done these past two years. we need justice. we need answers. what‘s energized the protests here is the sense that corruption might finally be being tackled in malta. impunity might be coming to an end, as investigators focus on some of the richest and most powerful people on the island. inside the eu, malta has acquired wealth, but what daphne caruana galizia wrote about were the murky
connections of its rich elites. last week, police investigating her murder arrested yorgen fenech, one of malta‘s richest men. this week, the minister who gave him a huge energy contract, knorad mizzi, stood down. and so did keith schembri, the prime minster‘s chief of staff, he‘s being questioned by police. but this evening, prime minister joseph muscat was defiant. malta‘s opposition want him to stand aside so he can‘t interfere in the investigation. he refused, they walked out. and outside the prime minister‘s office, daphne caruana galizia‘s sister told me corruption that malta has enabled is an issue all of europe should worry about. very importantly, for the sake of the security of everybody in europe, investigators in malta, who are trying to follow a dirty money trail, need all the support they can get from external agencies, to make sure they can follow that trail wherever the evidence leads, and make sure that everybody
implicated faces justice. justice, meaning all the crooked and the shady her sister wrote about are pursued, notjust the killers. damian grammaticas, bbc news, malta. the head of vue cinemas, the company which banned the london gang film blue story after a mass fight in birmingham, has told the bbc that the chain will re—start screening the film by the weekend. the company originally imposed the ban because it said there had been 25 "serious incidents" in 16 of its cinemas. the change of policy comes after the film‘s writer and director — rapman — questioned whether there were "hidden reasons" for the ban. 0ur arts editor will gompertz has the story. # let me introduce you to tim, innocent, kind heart...# blue story, a film about a friendship imperilled by postcode was in south london is becoming famous for not being seen. vue cinemas‘ decision to pull it from its screens
has caused a backlash, with its director, rapman, saying he didn‘t believe his movie was responsible for the significant incidents reported by vue. the cinema chain‘s chief executive says it is. this is something that we‘ve never seen before. 16 cinemas were affected, 25 separate documented real incidents, including police and ambulances and knife sightings. then we had birmingham. it started in the actual screen itself, of blue story, and it spilled out into the foyer and then it got really ' kly. rapman is extremely disappointed. he feels he and his film are being unfairly picked on. i feel like they bullied me because i'm a small film. they wouldn't have pulled frozen, they wouldn't have pulled last christmas. like, they've pulled a little independent movie that needs it more than them other movies, like, it's my debut. it's an independent. i had a lot to prove and they kind ofjust swept my legs from underneath me when i was literally running at full speed. we have shown 500 movies a year for the 30 years that i‘ve
been working in the uk. something like this has never happened and that‘s completely agnostic to race, to culture. it‘s the actual movie, what happened, and if there‘s a safety issue, we absolutely would have pulled a scorsese film. we would have pulled a spielberg film, we would have pulled anyone‘s film, but it‘s never happened before. rapman and vue do agree on some things. firstly, they both condemn any violence or aggressive behaviour taking place in or around a cinema and secondly, that this is an important film. so much so, vue have announced tonight that it will start showing it again. over the last three days, speaking with the community, speaking to the producers and directors, we‘re now comfortable that we can guarantee the safety of our staff and customers to put it back on our screens.
and so, as from this weekend, blue story will once again be shown in some but probably not all vue cinemas. an approach that mirrors other major chains, including the 0deon and cine world. will gompertz, bbc news. football — and liverpool and chelsea were in champions‘ league action tonight, hoping to book a place in the competition‘s last 16. but there was frustration for both english sides, as our correspondent joe wilson reports. two shocks at anfield, firstly that napoli‘s dries mertens was onside and then that he scored, but those were the facts. jurgen klopp erupted so often, the liverpool manager was booked before half—time. 65 minutes, and tensions still rising, when lovren leapt and anfield breathed — relief. but 1—1 means liverpool still need something from their final group game. a similar story for chelsea. in valencia, they are still wondering how maxi gomez missed.
not just the chance but the actual ball, completely. yes, that. but opportunities were ceaseless, from the spanish side taking the lead... ..to chelsea equalising 108 seconds later. mateo kovacic, well timed. christian pulisic finished this. var looked at it, var liked it. valencia didn‘t. now the game seemed won for chelsea, but hang on, what was that? well, daniel wass. the 2—2 draw is ok for chelsea, especially because valencia should have won. remember, it started with a miss. it came to an end like this. joe wilson, bbc news. one of the most prominent chefs of the past 30 years — gary rhodes — known for his passion for british cuisine, has died suddenly at the age of 59. his television work included appearances on masterchef, hell‘s kitchen and his own series rhodes around britain.
he was awarded a total of 5 michelin stars during his career, and food critics paid tribute to his achievement in reviving interest in british cuisine. i wanted to cook, i wanted to be a chef. i didn‘t care what anybody else thought of that — that was going to be my career. the real show is the food, so sell it to them, give it to them. have them dribbling, almost, over what you‘re about to cook for them and that‘s where it all started. that was gary rhodes, who has died at the age of 59. the multi—talented writer, stage director and doctor — sirjonathan miller — has died at the age of 85. sirjonathan made his name as part of the satirical 19605 show — beyond the fringe — which also launched the careers of peter cook, dudley moore and alan bennett. he went on to direct operas and plays and presented a series of landmark bbc programmes. 0ur arts correspondent rebecca jones looks back at his life and many achievements.