this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may signals handbags at brussels, as tensions with the eu are laid bare, while out on the campaign trail in cornwall. during the conservative party leadership campaign, i was described by one of my colleagues as a bloody difficult woman. i said at the time that the next person to find that out would be jean claude juncker. jeremy corbyn has defended his shadow home secretary, who came unstuck in a radio interview over the cost of the party's plans for more police in england and wales. how much would 10,000 police officers cost? we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry... 10,000 police officers? what are you paying them? no, i mean... a failure to support the family of the anorexic teenager pippa mcmanus, after leaving hospital, has been found to be a factor in her taking her own life. and newsnight, should we be worried
about the government's deficit? the political parties may not be giving much away, but no need for confusion. we will be doing our best to explain the state of the votes —— and on newsnight. and on good evening and welcome to bbc news. the deepening tensions between the prime minister and the president of the european commission ahead of the brexit negotiations have been laid bare. theresa may has warned jean—claude juncker that she will prove to be a bloody difficult woman during the brexit talks. it follows reports that mrjuncker had accused her of being deluded about the brexit process. mrs may, campaigning in the south—west of england today, told our political editor laura kuenssberg that she always knew the brexit talks would be challenging. who wouldn't like a day by the cornish coast?
who could be coming to town? i believe it's that nice theresa may. is that correct or not correct? strong and stable theresa. i'm not very keen, in fact, i'm very unkeen. i hope she comes sooner rather than later. i've got a bus to catch. the number ten suits, police by the fishing boats, gave the game away. thank you, nice to see you, morning, morning. a serene scene compared to brutal briefings from brussels. thank you, nice to see you. during the conservative party leadership campaign, i was described by one of my colleagues as a "bloody difficult woman". and i said at the time, the next person to find that out would be jean—claude juncker. and did he, over the weekend? well, these are going to be tough negotiations as we go ahead. i'm asking the british people to give me a mandate. did jean—claude juncker say to you, brexit cannot be a success? i don't... look, i don't recall the account that has been given of the meeting that took place.
i think a lot of this is brussels gossip. it was a dinner in london and you were there. but what it does show... it is not brussels gossip. either he said it to you or he did not. the account, i think that the account i have seen, a lot of that is brussels gossip. but what is important is that there is a key question for people when they come to this election. there will be 27 other eu countries on one side of the table, and who is going to be there standing up for the uk? it is either going to be me orjeremy corbyn. you wanted an early deal on eu citizens and brits abroad. they said no. you wanted parallel talks about our divorce deal and trade at the same time. they said no. that does not inspire confidence, does it? i have always said that there are complexities to this issue and lots of details that will need to be agreed. brexit is not the only issue. back her on brexit or not, for some voters, it is just not enough. food banks, you know. there's massive problems with homelessness, house prices. polite it may be, but her first sharp encounter of the campaign.
the campaign is solely focusing on brexit. no, it's not. i know it isn't but that is the impression. well, brexit has huge opportunities for us. it can do, if we get the right deal. it doesn't help that borisjohnson says it is about selling haggis to the americans. her team says she loves talking to voters, but what did that one think of her? the austerity cuts have been incredibly damaging. and we need a strong economy. i don't believe that brexit is going to take us into a strong economy. i've never felt in my adult life so depressed about the state of this country, i really haven't. neitherdo i. those two are quite angry. they had a lot to say to theresa may. i know they did, but it is too late to discuss that now. we are already going out, so why fight that? brexit is the backdrop to this election. the prime minister wants to use the circumstances to build her authority, but whether here or anywhere else, voters will make it absolutely plain it is not the only thing that will make up their mind. as that voter said to you in that
cornish village, this shouldn't all be about brexit. she was desperately worried that it is. we have already started to set out our plan for a stronger britain. this election, i believe, genuinely believe, is the most important election the country has faced my lifetime. we have an historic opportunity. it is an important moment of change for this country. doesn't that sound rather strange from somebody who was home secretary for six years in previous governments? i was very proud to have served in david cameron's cabinet for six years as home secretary, but i'm a different person. i'm my own person, and we are in a different set of circumstances. and i want to look ahead to the long—term challenges that this country faces. almost exactly a year ago, prime minister, i asked you if you thought you would want to be leader of the country and you laughed it off, saying there wasn't a vacancy. now we all know what has happened since then. many of your mps and ministers believe this could be a transformational election in terms of the tories taking back swathes of the country. you can't laugh at that. you read the polls as well.
you must believe it is in your sights? i'm very clear, i have always, throughout my political career, never predicted election results. and i have always said, you know, polls come out that are good and polls come out that are bad but the only one that counts is the one that takes place on the eighth ofjune. if you are elected, will you serve the full term until 2022? laughter. i have no intention of doing anything other than serving the full term until 2022, because this is, as i say, an important time for our country. this so—called bloody difficult woman wants to stay on as your prime minister. persuading all of you? that might be difficult, too. thank you very much. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, cornwall. and over the coming weeks we'll be talking to other party leaders during the election campaign. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he backs diane abbot, the shadow home secretary, despite her difficulty explaining labour's plans for policing. labour's policy is to recruit an extra ten thousand officers in england and wales.
ms abbot, during a radio interview, offered several versions of the projected cost. she said she had simply mis—spoken, but the conservatives said it raised new questions about labour's competence, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. there, over the road, you know him. labour's leader, promising to make the streets safer. 10,000 more police on the beat, catching more criminals and paid for by the better—off, using capital gains tax the tories plan to cut. what we are putting forward is a proposal to increase police numbers. the conservatives have cut them by 20,000 and we are putting 10,000 more police officers out there, because it is a question of community policing and community involvement. there are many causes of crime. they have to all be addressed. it is a collective approach. but labour has been hounded by questions. could they afford it? the party suggested the same money could go on schools or welfare. just examples, according
to diane abbott, and the money? how much would 10,000 police officers cost? well, if we can recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four—year period, we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? sorry... 10,000 police officers? what are you paying them? no, i mean... sorry. how much will they cost? they will cost... they will. .. it will cost... about... about £80 million. i don't understand. what is he or she...? 80 million divided by 10,000 equals 8000. so what are these police officers going to be paid? we will be paying them the average... has this been thought through? of course it has been
thought through. first it was thousands, then it was millions. it's not the sort of thing which encourages people to trust you, is it? it's been clarified. it's absolutely clear what the cost of this will be, £300 million. just how strong is your faith and trust in your shadow home secretary, diane abbott? diane is fine and diane has my full support. she clearly does and it is £300 million, not £80 million. diane abbott brushed off the mix—up, or tried to. i do know my figures and as you well know, i did seven interviews that morning and that was the seventh and i mis—spoke, but i do know my figures. that settled that, or did it? trust is a problem for some of the voters in this part of southampton, in one of the tiny handful of seats labour holds in the south—east. i believe that the tories run the country like a business, whereas labour seems to borrow a lot of money and just relies on other people to pay it back later in life.
you don't think much of her? what about jeremy corbyn? corbyn isn't really my politician, although at least i've got a bit of respect for the fact that he is more of a labour man than perhaps they have had in the past. so, but... sincere and honest, anyway, he's got convictions. yes, yes, although i don't have a lot of faith in him as a politician. are you willing to give labour a chance this time? i am willing to give labour a chance, as long as they are willing to help the working class people. do you think maybe they are in the business of doing that? i would like to think so. this election is more about leadership, about the character of rivals, since any i can remember since margaret thatcher first won. but policies that touch the lives of millions matter, too, and law and order is one of those. just now, labour is fighting to regain trust on policies and personalities and the tories need that advantage. police funding has been protected since the last election but before that, it was cut back severely. we have reduced the number of policemen on the street from 2010, but because the police have been spending that money wisely and because we have worked
with them on reform, there's been a reduction in crime of nearly a third since 2010. we believe you can protect funding and also reduce crime. labour is telling voters no, otherfigures suggest some crimes got worse. leaders like children at election time. jeremy corbyn seems to mean it, but he needs britain to like him enough to make him prime minister. that's a much bigger ask. john pienaar, bbc news, southampton. the former deputy prime minister and liberal democrat leader, nick clegg, has said that ordinary people will pay the price of a hard brexit and warned people not to allow the conservatives to rule unopposed. in a campaign speech, mr clegg accused theresa may of seeking to pull the wool over voters‘ eyes about the damage brexit was already doing, and urged people to vote for a real oppositon in the liberal democrats. in scotland, the first minister nicola sturgeon has urged young
people to back the snp, claiming that younger generations are being let down by the conservative government. she claimed that by the time they reach their early 30s, the wealth accumulated by young people born in the 1980s will be half that of those born in the 1970s. the green party say they will offer voters the chance of a second referendum on brexit with an option to remain in the eu. the party's election manifesto will include a pledge for a ‘ratification referendum' to be held after the eu has agreed the terms of brexit if the majority of the electorate are unhappy with the final deal. an inquest into the death of a teenager with anorexia who took her own life five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, has found there was no adequate care plan in place. pippa mcmanus, who was 15, died in 2015 after stepping in front of a train near stockport in greater manchester. 0ur correspondentjudith moritz was at the inquest. everyone called pippa mcmanus, pip.
as a young child she was full of energy, but she became addicted to exercise and losing weight. in hospital, her parents filmed moving her obsessively. anorexia had her in its grip for three years. she had been happy and healthy, she became emaciated, weighing less than four stone. at 15, she ended her life. pip‘s parents were in court today to hear the jury's conclusion of suicide. they found that the family were failed, let down by those supposed to support them, left to cope alone. we knew that she wasn't mentally better. we knew that she knew how to put the weight on and lose the weight, but mentally we could see... you know, we were scared. she couldn't even lick an ice cream because she'd turn round and say, "i'm not allowed." it was two people in the one head, there was anorexia and then there was pip.
when she's in her unit, you've got the support of them, but when you come home, you feel like you're totally on your own. in 2014, pippa was sectioned under the mental health act and taken to the priory hospital, in cheshire, she stayed for more than a year before being allowed to go home. pip wasn't considered a suicide risk, butjust five days after coming home from hospital, she ran out of the house, shouting that she was going to kill herself. she came here, to a nearby station, and took her own life. the jury found that pip‘s family hadn't been given enough information about her being a suicide risk at that point and that agencies supposed to help her hadn't worked together. there was well documented concern about the fragmented and desperate state of mental health services for children and adolescence both in terms of in—patient, but also community services. pippa was a highly vulnerable girl with an eating disorder and mental
health difficulties, and it's unacceptable that those who should have been there to protect her failed to do so. the priory hospital say it is will now consider the jury's findings. pip‘s parents have released the footage of her to raise awareness. they want to open a centre, called pip‘s place, to provide early help for other anorexia suffers. judith moritz, bbc news, stockport. for details of organisations which offer advice and support with eating disorders, go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline. that's a summary of the news, newsday is coming up at midnight, now on bbc news it's time for newsnight with evan davies.