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this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 11:00pm: labour says 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 we've now got evidence that, under boris johnson, the nhs 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. the snp launches its election manifesto, saying it is time to put scotland's future in scotland's
hands, and calls for a second independence referendum next year. tata steel says it expects to cut 1,000 jobs across the uk as part of the compa ny‘s restructuring plans. a warning from councils that social care services won't be able to meet demand through the winter from those who need it most. vue cinemas will restart showing the london gang film blue story after banning the screenings due to a mass brawl in birmingham 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. and at 11:30pm, we will be taking another in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, torcuil crichton and sam lister. stay with us for that.
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 have 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're obviously fully aware of the talks, and they're the ones that were declining to make the documents published and public. the government 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've 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 is fighting an election after nine years of a squeeze on public services, and 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 i 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. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster for us tonight. the nhs, we know, is of concern to voters. what do you make of what happened today? well, look, labour are happened today? well, look, labour a re clearly happened today? well, look, labour are clearly trying to bolster their argument that if you end up with a tory majority, the nhs could well end up on the table in a trade deal. now, what these papers don't do is provide a smoking gun, something that shows that the conservatives have entertained the idea of either privatising the nhs as part of a
trade deal or agreeing to change the way that we calculate how we pay for drugs from the united states. but labour think that the very fact that the us side have brought it up can help them in that argument that the nhs isn't totally safe in a trade deal with america. i nhs isn't totally safe in a trade dealwith america. i mean, i've nhs isn't totally safe in a trade deal with america. i mean, i've got to say, the conservatives will absolutely hammer the message that they are not going to do that. it's written in their manifesto. but labour are hoping that this document they've published today creates a bit of doubt. and nick, we are nearly two weeks away from election day itself. there is a big poll out tonight, but we have to be incredibly cautious with all of these forecasts, don't we? don't we just. this is one from yougov, it is a big one, it is more than 1000 people, it is one that people are paying attention to, because it predicted a hung parliament last time. that is of course what happened. but with all the usual caveats, with massive amounts of
salt applied, it is suggesting that the conservatives could end up with a majority of 68. that would involve the tories winning a number of labour seats, labour losing seats, the snp picking some up in scotland, the snp picking some up in scotland, the lib dems staying where they are just now at the 13 mark — i beg your pardon, where they were in 2017 with that 13 mark. look, it isjust one pole, and we have to be very careful about reading too much into it. but, asi about reading too much into it. but, as i say, that paul does suggest that the conservatives are in a good place just now. nicola sturgeon has launched the scottish national party's manifesto in glasgow with a pledge to escape brexit and put scotland's future in scotland's hands. she says a second independence referendum next year will be a condition of her party's support if there is a hung parliament after the election. among the key pledges in the manifesto are the eventual removal of the nuclear deterrent
trident, powers over drug policy to be handed to the scottish parliament, and control over employment law to be handed over too. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith has more. 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? look, 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... but is it possible to see a deal wherejeremy corbyn concedes the principle that scotland can decide to have when their referendum, and you then decide not to do it in 2020? well, that's not what i'm going to do, because i think it's 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, i 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 targeting 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. but 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 three 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 scottish independence may be the most eye—catching manifesto pledges, it is 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 — the 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, 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 peope to , 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. the headlines on bbc news: labour says it has proof that the nhs is at risk in an american trade deal after britain leaves the eu. the snp launches its election manifesto — saying it's time to put scotland's future in scotland's hands and calls for a second independence referendum next year. vue cinemas will restart showing the london gang film ‘blue story‘ after banning the screenings due to a mass brawl in birmingham. tata steel has announced it expects to cut 1,000 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. 0ur wales correspondent tomos morgan has more. it was almost four years ago i was standing here and it was announced a thousand jobs were going to be cut
here in port albert. since then the company has been put up for sale and taken of the market. a merger with german steel giant this and krupp fell through. almost half of tata steel's workforce works here. they say the cuts will safeguard the future of the company, but unions argue this bridge is an agreement made with them that there would be no more compulsory redundancies. the uk government say they are in co nsta nt uk government say they are in constant dialogue with the company and the unions. however, this clearly couldn't come at a worse time, four years ago came during january blues, this time it comes a month before christmas. 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 yet 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 40s 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 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 restart 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 wars 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. and then we had birmingham. it started in the actual screen itself, of blue story, and it spilt 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 of just 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. 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 five 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. a sad day on many fronts today. 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 1960s 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. he was one of the world‘s great opera directors. when you give him the soup, you do it like that and go, "hello!" here‘s jonathan miller directing don pasquale. a man of many parts, he was a broadcaster,
writer, sculptor and intellectual and he could have been a neurologist... ..were it not for beyond the fringe. sorry to drag you away from the fun, old boy. that's ok, sir. the war‘s not going very well, you know. oh, my god! he was a newly qualified doctor when he joined the groundbreaking satirical revue, which also starred alan bennett, peter cook and dudley moore. the show‘s success was huge and miller‘s medical career never recovered. goodbye, sir. or is it au revoir? no, perkins. laughter. if you prick us, do we not bleed? he went on to direct plays, including laurence olivier in the merchant of venice. a bit more clarity... strident, sometimes rude — he became a big beast of english theatre. itjust needs to be a little more clarified. he was brilliant, he was mercurial! he could bite, as well. you know, he said to a group of actors, he said, "you know, it's not yourjob to be anybody.
it's yourjob to make an audience think that you're somebody." and somebody said, "what if i don't agree with you, jonathan?" and he said, "change your profession." ooh. blood vessels, heart... he presented a medical series on television and said his training as a doctor helped his work with actors. i‘d been taught to look for the small details, by means of which the doctor infers what might be wrong. little tiny details of how people carry themselves, how they talk — these negligible details, which you are trained to keep your eye open for, were absolutely all that the theatre was about. if you‘re here singing, i think you need to be a little bit more facing in that direction. his versatility meant he was called a jack of all trades, but he was a skilful director governed by a simple philosophy... ..to remind the audience of what it was to be alive. the writer, broadcaster and director sirjonathan miller, who has died at the age of 85.
a very sad day. we have lost so many people. now it‘s time for the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. we‘ve got some big changes in our weather patterns taking place over the next few days as we was a moment. thursday‘s weather, dominated by this area of low pressure is again going to be bringing outbreaks of rain. it is the boy into europe throughout the day to allow colder, northerly winds to arrive across the northern half of the country. and with that we will see a change to dry weather conditions. now, thursday is a wet start to the day in a number of places and fairly heavy bursts of rain still around for northern ireland, north england and north wales and flipping southwards throughout the day. southern england, quite cloudy, the odd patch of rain possible but it is here we will see some of the high—temperature is, and or 11
degrees. whereas further north is the sunshine comes out in scotland and northern england, the temperatures will drop the other day. six degrees in edinburgh in the afternoon. and a sharp frost will develop as we going to thursday night underneath increasingly clear skies. —3 in edinburgh, colder than that in the countryside. friday could have an odd patch of cloud bringing some rain, but the vast majority of the uk it is a dry day with long spells of sunshine. that said, there will still be a few showers across northern scotland and a few of these will sneak down to effect some of these dingoes of england as well. it‘s going to feel cold. temperatures 4— eight celsius. now, heading into the weekend, for most of us high pressure will continue to bring fine and sunny conditions, cold, mind you. in the south we have this troublesome area of low pressure. there is some
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