this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 2pm: the main parties focus on brexit as the leaders travel britain canvassing support. i'm confident that we can fulfil the promise of brexit together and build a britain that is stronger, ferreira, and even more prosperous thanit ferreira, and even more prosperous than it is today. and in the next half hour, the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, will be in essex where he will warn that theresa may's approach to brexit risks "a jobs meltdown". we'll be bringing you that event live here on bbc news. other developing stories this afternoon... president trump is to announce whether the us will pull out of the paris climate agreement. but he's coming under increasing international pressure to honour the commitment to cut greenhouse gases. tickets for sunday's concert to raise money for the victims of the manchester attack sell out within 20 minutes of going on sale. from now on, no more mr nice guy!
and the actor roy barraclough, best known for his role in coronation street, has died at the age of 81. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. brexit will become the focus of campaigning in the general election this afternoon, as the conservative, liberal democrat and labour leaders all hold events to outline their position on the eu. earlier, theresa may, who was in teeside, said the uk will be more prosperous once it leaves. in the next hour, labour leader jeremy corbyn is expected to warn that mrs may's approach to brexit is "reckless" and could harm jobs. here's our political correspondent leila nathoo on how the parties are pushing their brexit messages. she wants to move on,
to dig herself out of the whole of last night's debate no—show, and on to the safer ground of brexit. a brighter future awaits, she says, but only she can get us there. i want us to work together to fulfil the promise of brexit too. because if we get brexit right, then together we can do great things. we can build a britain beyond brexit, that is stronger, fairer and even more prosperous than it is today. but the liberal democrats think she would be taking britain down the wrong path. they claim the economy has already suffered, and there would be worse to come. i think what people want to know is why on earth the conservatives want to pursue such a hardline, extreme version which will notjust take us out of the eu but also
harm our economy by taking us out of margaret thatcher's single market as well. how do the party's approaches to brexit compare? on trade, theresa may says we will leave the single market and customs union, pursuing new trade deals with the eu and abroad. labour accepts that but would negotiate to retain the benefits of both, while the liberal democrats want to stay as members. the snp want scotland's place in the single market to be protected. on legal matters, the conservatives said they would end the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice. labour would keep eu protections on workers‘ rights and the environments, while the lib dems would hold a referendum on the final brexit deal before it was put in place. after last night‘s debate, labour also want to talk about brexit today.
jeremy corbyn says theresa may‘s approach would risk a jobs meltdown. i‘m very clear that we will negotiate tariff—free trade access to european markets so our manufacturing industryjobs are defended and supported, and we have a growing economy as a result of that. brexit is the backdrop to this election, and we‘ve heard plenty of sound bites and slogans from all the parties about what they would do. but there are still a number of unanswered questions on all sides, like how much — if any — of a divorce bill we would pay, what would be the consequences of not agreeing a deal. britain‘s future outside the eu is beckoning — there‘s just a week left to decide who will be in charge. our political correspondent ben wright is on the conservative party bus. the prime minister was asked some questions earlier, she was asked whether she watched the debate, did she give a straight answer? no, all she said twice was...
inaudible. we pushed the prime minister on many of the other things as well. i asked her what the consequences would be... well, we are not getting clarity to certain questions, something i am used to! apologies for that, he is ona bus, used to! apologies for that, he is on a bus, we will try to return to him when he is in a clearer patch. the lib dems have attacked theresa may‘s predictions for a more prosperous britain after we leave the eu. its brexit spokesperson nick clegg says he is not impressed by the prime minister‘s predictions. both he and the party‘s leader tim farron are campaigning
in south west london today. sima kotecha is in kingston for us. they have been abundantly clear from the outset, they dubbed themselves the outset, they dubbed themselves the anti—brexit party and nick clegg and tim farron turned up at the hospital behind me a little while ago, the first time they have campaigned together since this campaigned together since this campaign begana campaigned together since this campaign began a few weeks ago, and they have gone inside to speak to doctors and nurses who come from the eu, and they are voicing their concerns to these two men. ijust heard a nurse from denmark saying she was not just heard a nurse from denmark saying she was notjust worried about her future but her children‘s‘ future. she said, will they have to go back to denmark? the two men are listening to these concerns and i unfortunately left a few minutes ago and did not hear
their reply but they are there to give advice and, they say, comfort to these people but they have been clear on this message that they want to remain in the eu, offering people another referendum if they are successful on june the another referendum if they are successful onjune the 8th, saying people will get the opportunity to vote on that deal with brussels. but it is interesting, speaking to some of the patients outside the hospital, i asked them, what do you think of nick clegg and tim farron, and it was interesting to hear their views and also hear from some who don‘t actually know who tim farron is. one said, i don‘t understand why nick clegg is here, he is poisonous to the party, and another said, tim farron is just not known, we don‘t know who he is so why would we vote for the party when we don‘t know and recognise the leader? many thanks for that. let‘s return to that bus, our signal is better, then write is still on it! we were talking about theresa may, we heard from you that she was not giving a straight answer as to whether she watched the debate last night but what is the mood in the camp following the debate?
i think they know that the debate story is fading away quite quickly. i don‘t think theresa may will mind for a moment that she was not there, i think perhaps the feeling is it was quite a scrum, they are pleased that amber rudd did what they feel was a good job and they think the story is moving on and they will not ta ke story is moving on and they will not take it from this. but she was speaking in teesside just half an hour or so ago, speaking in teesside just half an houi’ oi’ so ago, you speaking in teesside just half an hour or so ago, you heard what she was saying, wanting to bring this election back to brexit, where it began. they want these last days to began. they want these last days to be focused on the negotiations that. almost immediately after polling day, making the contrast between herself and jeremy corbyn. she also said that with these negotiations to bea said that with these negotiations to be a success, the person in the room had to believing brexit and that was a point she was trying to impress on her
audience today. i was looking back ata audience today. i was looking back at a speech she made before the referendum when she was still home secretary and at that point she did not think leaving the european union would be a good idea, she said it would be a good idea, she said it would harm trade, security and britain‘s standing in the world. now she is making a passionate argument as to why she thinks this needs to happen in the way the conservatives have sketched out, leaving the single market, freeing britain from the european court ofjustice, she said this could be a transformational moment for the uk, she is hoping that message cuts through and calms the message within the camp. they know this election at this stage feels tighter than i think they hoped it would. thank you very much. in the next half hour jeremy corbyn is expected to give labour‘s position on brexit, in a speech in essex. our chief political correspondent vicki young is travelling with him. i suppose it is fair to say that labour has, on the whole, concentrated more on domestic policy and social policy. what can we now expect the labour leader to say about the eu. an interesting departure from what he has been doing before and i think
because theresa may has made brexit such a part per campaign, trying to say she is the only leader who could go into those negotiations and get a good deal, jeremy corbyn has decided to tackle that head on in the next few minutes in this. his argument is that when she said no deal was better than a bad deal, he will say that is not the case, that would be the worst scenario of all, that it would be terrible forjobs. he said previously he wants the benefits of the single market and have come here today with three of his team saying, these are the people who will lead these are the people who will lead the labour negotiations through brexit, if they get into power, so really focusing people‘s minds on all of that. he says it will be a stronger team and is pretty rude about those in the brexit team, he calls them the three brexiteers and say some of them have lied about what was going to happen, referring to the extra money that was promised
by the leave campaign to go into the nhs, so he will be, i think, asked about immigration, an issue that has come up for him before, whether he thinks the numbers of people coming to this country, the net numbers, should be reduced. he says he thinks when freedom of movement finishes it is likely they will go down a bit, but i think under pressure to really build on that. i think what labour are trying to do is bring back some of those labour voters that switched to ukip last time around, try to prevent them switching maybe the tour with this time. they hope that by talking about brexit maybe he can entice some of them back. and we will bring you jeremy corbyn‘s speech live here on the bbc news channel, we expect that in the next half hour. the us president, donald trump, is coming under growing international pressure to honour the paris global climate change deal. he will announce this evening whether the us will withdraw from its commitment to reduce carbon emissions. china‘s premier said this morning that his country will honour the agreement, and urged others to do the same — but donald trump has previously described climate change as a hoax,
and an american job—killer. our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. it‘s coal that‘s driving president trump away from the global climate deal. before his election, he promised jobs for american miners. we‘re going to cancel the paris climate agreement. the president is now scrapping rules to clean up coal—fired power stations, but will that work? his economic adviser, gary coen, says it won‘t. "coal doesn‘t even make that much sense any more," mr coen said recently. the president disagrees. my administration is putting an end to the war on coal. and the glad—handing climate deal signed in paris represents exactly the sort of liberal internationalism his supporters despise. but the likelihood that he‘ll reject that paris deal has been met with worldwide dismay.
at the hay book festival on the welsh border, children are learning how solar power transforms african villages. president trump has scrapped funding for this sort of thing. as he promised, he‘s putting america first. after years of working together to get a consensus, with all the countries finally working together, we‘re now in a situation where the richest economy in the world is abandoning its obligations to the poorest people, and it is those very poor people who are going to suffer. support for the paris climate deal stretches far beyond this tent. if the us pulls out, it will be on a list ofjust three nations not doing their bit for the climate, including tiny nicaragua and war—torn syria. it is obviously a very important decision, as the united states is the biggest economy in the world. but independently of the decision of the american government, it‘s important all other governments stay the course. china, with its massive investment in renewables, is set to take over global
leadership on climate, in partnership with the eu at their summit tomorrow. india says it won‘t back down either. overnight, president trump said he would announce his decision on the paris deal today. but even in the president‘s own backyard, there is defiance on climate change. president trump can‘t command science. he can‘t command weather, he can‘t command a climate. the rest of the world is getting it. i don‘t think we‘re getting it enough. if anything, our response at this point is rather feeble, given the threat that climate change represents. so california will be on the field, doing its role, playing an active role in promoting climate strategies. here at the hay festival, this installation is lit by solar power, clean energy is all around us. and if president trump turns his back on the paris climate agreement, he won‘tjust be enraging other world leaders, he‘ll be potentially undermining america‘s own clean energy jobs for the future. roger harrabin, bbc news.
let‘s go to our correspondent in washington. donald trump tweeted last week, i will let you know what i think last week, i will let you know what ithink in last week, i will let you know what i think in a week, a few days ago he said, i will let you know what i a few days, and now we know it will be 3pm your time. that build—up will suggest he is pulling out? that is the is the signal the white house is sending, from anonymous sources, that he is looking at pulling out of the agreement, as he pledged to do during his campaign, and he is getting stronger voices from his voter base, the coal—mining industry, he pledged to bring jobs back to coal producing areas of the united states and he is under pressure to keep that campaign promise, and also from some republican senators, certain businesses who say the environmental
regulations imposed because of the climate agreement our own arrest, that they are bothering business and there is no way to actually enforce them globally and therefore the us will be at a disadvantage in following them, so he is hearing those voices, but in that build—up to his announcement he said the journalist he is hearing from both sides and we know there are strong lobbies on the other side as well, and, true to form, you like the drama, he likes to keep people guessing, you made the announcement of when he will make the announcement, and even people close to him say he can change his mind up to the last minute, so until we actually hear what he says we don‘t know what the decision will be.
those strong voices on the other side are interesting, his daughter ivanka, her husband, who is a senior white house adviser, secretary of state rex tillerson, james matters, there are those who are telling him, you can‘t do this, it would be a mistake? that is right, within the white house there is a lobby for him staying in the agreement and you have to do what the us leadership and credibility, to a degree, they argued the us needs to keep a seat at the table otherwise its credibility will be damaged and you just don‘t pull out of agreements that you have signed, and there is a strong business lobby as well urging him to stay, and from top corporations, top ceos saying you cannot pull out, for various reasons but also because the whole economy is moving in the direction of renewable energy, they have made decisions about adjusting to the requirements under the climate agreement and now that is going to change, that‘ll be a problem for them not only here in the us but in
terms of their business dealings globally, so there is a strong lobby from that end. they have taken out adverts in the newspapers here. he is hearing from both sides and i think at the moment they are finessing what the announcement will be, probably trying to take into account some of the concerns from both sides, but, again, the main signals coming from the white house is that he will in some form keep his campaign pledge to withdraw. of course, he did once say global warming was a hoax perpetuated by the chinese? he did once say that, though he has qualified that a bit since then, as he have a number of other things, but it is worth pointing out he had some climate change deniers in his administration, not least the head of the environmental protection agency, you have a leading climate change deniers who organised 22 other senators to write a letter to him urging him to pull out of the agreement so he is getting input from that end as well. barbara, for now, thank you very much. with me is alex thier, a former official at the us agency for international development. thank you for coming in this afternoon. we don‘t know what he‘s going to do, let‘s assume he goes ahead with the thread and pulls out
of the agreement, what are the costs to the planet? i think it would be profoundly damaging both politically and economically for the united states and the world if president trump does in fact pull out of the paris agreement. when we look at the costs at home, clearly being part of the new energy economy, leading the world in the technology that it is going to take to change these things, not only forgetting them to deal with the challenges that are going to come from rising sea levels and other things that also affect the united states, those things will be quite costly. equally the united states is not only the largest emitter of co2 in the world, it is also the largest donor supporting other countries to get on a patch of green development... that is fascinating, something lots of people don‘t know. where does it donate to? i was in uganda last
week, they are going through a drought and although it is impossible to say any given drug is a result of climate change, certainly we are seeing profound effect across the world, increasing crowd and other things that make this not an abstract debate but real, tangible consequences for millions of people. uganda is also pa rt millions of people. uganda is also part of the paris accord and they have nationally determined commitments that they made that said, we are going to grow in a way that emits less carbon in the future, and contribute less to climate change. how what they going to do that? countries like the united states have until now supported uganda heavily, and other countries like them, to come up with plans, make it very practical. a country like uganda or south africa recently is making a decision to build a power plant, and they can build a power plant, and they can build a power plant, and they can build a coal power plant or something with renewable energy. what choice will they make? often that difference, which will have profound consequences for decades to
come, comes down to costs, and the united states‘ leadership has been critical in helping countries like uganda, south africa, others around the world to make the right choices that set them and the planet as a whole on a better path. do we know that sort of funding would be at risk if the us were to pull out of the paris agreement?” at risk if the us were to pull out of the paris agreement? i think we see it is very likely, we see in the budget proposal president trump put out a few weeks ago, massive proposed cuts on previous commitments made by the united states, not only to restrict their own emissions but to support others in doing the same. our correspondent earlier talked about what this will mean for the us‘ role as a global leader if president trump were to pull out of paris. what do you think it would mean? agreements like paris don‘t happen by accident. the thing that determines whether something like that comes about and people follow through on the commitments,
it takes leadership, and the united states has been a fundamental driver now for several decades on getting the world to pay attention to climate change, paying for the satellite and other things so we know it is really happening, and bringing agreements like paris to fruition. if the united states pulls out of that, the absence of leadership, the vacuum, will be thought around the world, it will be felt in the united states, in industry, in capitals, and it will be felt by businesses trying to make hard decisions to do the right thing and protect the climate, and i fear that the right thing and protect the climate, and ifear that cascade the right thing and protect the climate, and i fear that cascade of consequences with the us stepping off the leadership stage will be profound for the planet. we will find out this evening, 8pm our time, what president trump‘s decision is. thank you. my pleasure. tickets for this weekend‘s one love manchester concert, organised to raise money for the victims of last week‘s terrorist attack, have sold out in less than 20 minutes. performers including take that, katy perry and justin bieber are due to appear alongside ariana grande, whose show at the manchester arena was targeted by a suicide bomber. our correspondent
frankie mccamley reports. a concert that less than two weeks ago didn‘t exist. but now acts from across the world are making their way to the old trafford cricket ground in manchester to raise money for those affected by last monday‘s bomb attack. preparations are well under way here, getting the stage ready for ariana grande, who is going to bejoined by some of the biggest pop stars in the world. and with around 50,000 people expected here on sunday, it‘s hoped the concert will raise more than £2 million. which is looking likely, after tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale this morning. stars took to social media to say they‘ll be performing, sending their messages of support. while tickets are being reserved for fans who were at last monday‘s concert, susan and her daughter chloe said they won‘t be going. i wouldn‘t go there. i wouldn‘t go back. and i won‘t. i haven‘t registered for the tickets.
because i know i can‘t do it. chloe was saying, "my dad says he will take us, if we get the tickets." but deep down i know she doesn‘t want to go, i know she can‘t do it. if she doesn't come back then i've missed that opportunity to see her again, but it's like, i want to go but i don't want to in case anything happens. despite vina‘s reservations, she says she will attend. i think it‘s definitely very brave of all the artists that are coming. it‘s a great thing to show respect to the ones who unfortunately passed away and also to their families, and even people who were there. i am very scared. i mean, you never know what‘s going to happen. when i was there on monday i was like, well, nothing‘s going to happen, but then it did. while security is being stepped up, with those going asked not to bring bags, it will no doubt be an emotional event following a tragedy that‘s affected so many. frankie mccamley, bbc news, at old trafford. police in florida have released
footage of the golfer tiger woods struggling to walk, after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. the iii—time major champion was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, but was not found to have been drinking. he blamed his state on an "unexpected reaction" to a mix of prescription medicine following back surgery. the actor roy barraclough has died at the age of 81. he was best known for playing the rovers return landlord alec gilroy in coronation street, and for performing alongside les dawson. our arts correspondent david sillito looks back at his life. i‘ll have it seen to. roy barraclough was alec gilroy for more than 30 years, the tightfisted theatrical agent who ended up marrying bet lynch. elizabeth and alexander... and running britain‘s best—known northern pub, the rovers return.
alec was good at looking after the pennies, and a bit short on romance. go on, kiss me. julie goodyear who played his wife said she was devastated, she treasured the laughs they shared. they were, she said, just like a married couple. i can‘t take you anywhere. i nearly had a flush. his other long—running tv role was another on—screen double act in which he played cissie, the slightly more refined friend of les dawson‘s ada. new guinea, newjersey, new york, new zealand, where do you want to go, chuck? new brighton! he left coronation street in the late 90s but continued to act, here in last tango in halifax. if i'm if i‘m being honest, iam if i‘m being honest, i am with ali, disappointed. and only last year as mr granger in a one—off return of are you being served? mr granger, are you free? not at the moment, captain peacock,
but i've just heard there's an under—21s italian football team on the ground floor, so i'm just rearranging my underwear. laughter. but roy barraclough will be remembered best for his many years on coronation street. he brought many laughs, and even alec gilroy had his heartfelt moments. i love you, rita. alec... and i want to marry you. i know i have no right to expect you to feel the same way, especially after what was said tonight. after all, i‘m just elderly man with any good years left in him long since gone. the actor roy barraclough, who‘s died at the age of 81. with temperatures hitting 32 degrees in florida at the moment, you might be tempted to go for a dip to cool down. until, that is, you see this.
a seven—foot long alligator was removed from a family‘s swimming pool. it seems to be going quietly at first, but then reacts with a death roll, normally used to kill prey. sarasota county sheriff‘s department said the unwelcome guest was eventually removed unharmed, and was moved to what they‘ve described as a more ‘appropriate location‘. couldn‘t they just have couldn‘t theyjust have left him? he looks happy enough! the perils of having a summing pool, simon. something we will never know! the labour leaderjeremy corbyn is about to start a speech setting out his policy issues. not far off, by the look of things, so we not far off, by the look of things, so we will return to basildon very shortly. in the meantime, let‘s take a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. there is a change in the weather and away, already reaching western parts of the uk, cooler, fresher, breezy
conditions and that will spread to other parts of the country tomorrow. todayit other parts of the country tomorrow. today it will stick around across the north—west, you can see the cloud, this is rain bearing clouds of outbreaks of rain through the afternoon in belfast, glasgow, only around 60 degrees, whereas across the bulk of england and wales it is a dry day and very warm, temperatures up to 26 in the south—east. the rain continues across the northwest and eventually western parts of the british isles by the time we get to early friday morning, but for the bulk of central and eastern england again as very mild and dry night. tomorrow this cold front will push further towards the east and ahead of it there could be some storms around the south—east and east anglia but for the bulk of the uk tomorrow a fresher day, temperatures back down to the teams, still very warm in the south—east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the main parties focus on brexit as the leaders travel britain canvassing support.
theresa may says she wants a "britain beyond brexit", butjeremy corbyn say this approach risks "a jobs meltdown." president trump is due to announce later today, on whether he will continue to honour the commitment to reduce emissions. tickets for the concert to benefit the victims of the manchester attack sell out within minutes of going on sale. the event at old trafford on sunday will raise money for those affected by the bombing. the chief executive of the company that owns british airways, willie walsh, has finally spoken about last weekend‘s computer failure that disrupted tens of thousands of passengers, admitting it damaged the company. let‘s get the sport with holly hamilton. let‘s start with cricket and the opening match in the champions trophy, where favourites england are taking on bangladesh at the oval. it was expected to be a winning start for eoin morgan‘s side, but they have been on the receiving end of some brilliant batting so far today.
john watson is live at the oval. do you think they will be regretting the decision to go into bat? at one stage it looked as if they may have regretted it. it looked as if bangladesh would be posting a score of 320, which would have been a huge target for england to chase. they had little to shout about in the early stages. sakha was the first wicket to fall. it was not the best start for england. one moment of brilliance, there are few and far between. a superb catch by mark wood off the bowling of liam polworth —— liam plunkett. the real story was the third wicket partnership between tamerlane bar —— carmyllie bar...
iqbal made 128. rahim made 79. that did the damage. when those wickets fell, liam plunkett did well, he took four. bangladesh all—out for 305-6. took four. bangladesh all—out for 305—6. england would be pleased they have managed to restrict bangladesh to that total. england have some real firepower at the top of the order and throughout their entire batting order. eoin morgan will feel confident they can chase down that total. england the holders. they have never won a major 50 over tournament. the pressure is on england to perform. with the scoreboard pressure, it is going to be interesting how this afternoon pans out. thank you. andy murray is on court in the second round of the french open — he‘s facing world number 50 martin klizan. the slovakian took the first set
7-6. the slovakian took the first set 7—6. murray is serving for the second, where it is currently 5—2. the pair have met once before, a match that murray won. he has never won the title at roland garros. britain‘s kyle edmund is up against argentina‘s renzo oleevo this afternoon. it looks like french winger antoine griezmann won‘t be going to manchester united — according to sources close to the club. it had been widely reported that united were making griezmann their top target this summer, and were close to triggering the escape clause in his contract with atletico madrid. but it seems united have turned their attention away from the winger to concentrate on signing a main striker. their first test takes place this weekend, but british & irish lions head coach warren gatland says there‘ll be a battle for the number 10 shirt. the squad begin their tour of new zealand on saturday taking on the provincial barbarians. owen farrell, dan biggar and jonny sexton will compete for the fly half spot — with the irishman starting this weekend. but gatland has said the other two are likely to start in the following two games.
knowing that three of them, they are desperate to all want to play and start in that position. last week, at the end of training i sort of said, can i have a chat to the tens, and down was there and jonny sexton was there. oh and was there. jonny said, don‘t worry about him, he‘s a midfielder. laughter there's already a bit of banter about. i think the players are pretty aware of the competition and their position. that is all your sport for now. we will watch the tennis closely. now, we probably all know we should be paying into a pension these days — the picture has changed dramatically since pensions were introduced for men in this country in the early 1900s. as part of our election coverage, we‘re looking at the bigger picture around the world of work. a report earlier this year suggested that a worker who is under the age of 30 today, might not get a pension until they‘re 70.
as the cost of pensions — and the number of pensioners — continues to rise, what will be the impact of living longer? let‘s cross to edgbaston in birmingham and join our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz. hello. could this be part of the solution? i am out the hagley road retirement village in edgbaston in birmingham. this is housing 300 residents between their 50s and some in their late 90s. the snooker room, i have here to show you. just giving you a look around. there are shops here. a gym. there is a hairdresser. table tennis and other sports. restau ra nt table tennis and other sports. restaurant and bar. when you are talking about the cost of looking after older people, this sort of place could be the future because some wealthy people here and some not so wealthy. i know you are
probably wondering what the rooms alike. let‘s have a quick look around. welcome to one of the one—bedroom flats. there are two bedroom flats as well. this would cost you around £215,000. but of course, a lot of people rent as well. the rent on this living room is £115 a week. it increases to 200 if you include the service charge, which everybody does pay. according to your means, you could pay as little as £30 a week to live here. there is a kitchen and of course a lot of the facilities in this place, snooker, bar, restaurant, jim. some people have a level of need that they can only stay in the flats to be looked after. the age ranges late 50s to be looked after. the age ranges late 505 to 100. be looked after. the age ranges late 50s to 100. other people can advantage. they can go out to work.
and i‘m outside now. you can see some of the several hundred flats behind us. i‘m joined some of the several hundred flats behind us. i‘mjoined by some of the several hundred flats behind us. i‘m joined by david eaton from the international longevity centre and tom mcphail, pensions expert. you know about accommodation for older people. it is such a big issue with the problems in social ca re issue with the problems in social care and bed blocking in hospitals. how cana care and bed blocking in hospitals. how can a place like this help?m isa how can a place like this help?m is a tremendous help to the health and social care sector, and to the housing sector. we know that it has freed up more than 600 family homes. somebody losing here? that has allowed a family to get onto the housing ladder and free their properties throughout. places like this, that are more suitable...
piece of research we did in 2011 found a reduction in foals, reduces time in hospital, reduces bed blocking and then —— nhs costs. time in hospital, reduces bed blocking and then -- nhs costs. do we see that in the election ma nifestos ? we see that in the election manifestos? we have seen a lot in housing and social care but not on retirement packages. just under 50% of people aged 55 or over want to downsize or have downsized. research by ioc uk last year found that if the man carries on increasing, we will see a gap of one than 50,000 retirement properties by 2027. —— 150,000. we would encourage governments to focus on those buyers looking to downsize later in life to help the housing crisis. tom mcphail, where the battle lines in this election? there has been a lot of discussion around the state pension, rand the age at which it gets paid. there is an expectation
that the conservatives would look to increase the state pension age, whereas labour and the snp both said they would free state pension age increases. also critically, on the state pension itself and how it gets increased, the inflation proofing, the triple—lock we have had for the la st the triple—lock we have had for the last few years labour and the liberal democrats said they would preserve the triple lock, so the state pension would increase by 2.5% or inflation and earnings. it would go or inflation and earnings. it would 9° up or inflation and earnings. it would go up faster than the population generally, which it has done for the la st generally, which it has done for the last seven years. the conservatives have said they would drop one element of the triple lock. they would keep earnings and in place but i'io would keep earnings and in place but 110 more would keep earnings and in place but no more 2.5% minimum increases. a bold move. there is a gap between the parties. one thing you don‘t hear much about is young people thinking about their old age and encouraging people to save? very disappointing. one line in the conservative manifesto about savers' policy. liberal democrats did
mention looking at pension reform again. generally, no recognition of the need for a coherent, joint up savings policy to help the younger generations put money aside and say philae future. dave, that is an issue for you as well, isn‘t it? if you are not dealing with young people planning for the future, you have a problem? absolutely. we are seeing dbe schemes to those members down. we are seeing auto enrolment, a good start. people are starting to say for a pensioner who would not otherwise. but the rate at which people are saving is too low. too many younger people are not thinking about retirement. the need for social care is something that happens to older people and old age is something that happens to older people. thank you. i little bit later this afternoon we are going to be taking your questions. do send them into us. we will be able to ask
some of our experts to give their responses to the queries you have about old age pension saving, whether you are old or young. i‘m glad they are not asking you because i‘m not sure your voice is going to hold out! willie walsh, the chief executive of british airways‘ parent company, iag, has defended the airline‘s handling of the computer failure which caused chaos for passengers worldwide. in his first television interview since the bank holiday incident, he praised the way the crisis was handled. we know the cause of the problem. it was not an it failure. it was a problem caused by the failure of electrical power to our it systems. we understand what happened. we are still investigating why it happened. and that investigation will take some time. richard wescott gave us the latest
details. they are sticking with the line that it was a local power surge, it wasn‘t an it problem. why is that interesting? all of the it expert i have spoken to in recent days, people involved in the airlines, some former workers at ba, have said they are sceptical. they are sceptical whether a local power surge could read this kind of havoc. they know there are back—up systems that clearly didn‘t work. we will not know for a while why this happened and they may never make it public. secondly, what was interesting, he defended alex cruz, the boss of british airways, a man who was criticised because he didn‘t do an interview for three days. a man who was criticised because virtually everybody i spoke to was stranded. their number one complaint was, we don‘t know what is going on. nobody is telling us anything. he is being defended by his boss. this happened on saturday. there are still people on holiday now who don‘t have their bags. richard wescott. there‘s grief and also growing anger in kabul, where the death toll
from wednesday‘s suicide bomb attack has reached at least 80. the blast happened close to the heavily protected diplomatic area, and residents are asking if anywhere in the city is now safe. the bbc‘s secunder kermani reports from the attack scene. kabul is no stranger to terrorist attacks. but when you look around at the scale of the damage and destruction left by this explosion, and the scale of the repair work needed, you get a sense this attack was one that was far larger than people are normally used to. over here you can see the crater that was left by the explosion. construction workers have been working throughout the night and day to try to repair it. one told me it was seven to eight metres deep. this area is really the heart of kabul. behind me you can see these walls, which marks the boundary of the fortified green zone. some of the war has been partly destroyed. in the green zone
you get most of the international charities, and it is where most of the international embassies are based. that building is the german embassy. it is thought the attacker may have been trying to gain access into the green zone but couldn‘t get past the security. as a result, it was building of local companies like this mobile phone company that bold —— bore the brunt of the explosion. this area would have been teeming with traffic yesterday morning. that is one of the reasons why there were so is one of the reasons why there were so many civilian casualties, among them a bbc colleague, mohammed emwazi, a driverfor them a bbc colleague, mohammed emwazi, a driver for the them a bbc colleague, mohammed emwazi, a driverfor the afghan service. he is one of 90 people who went on the morning commute never to return home. we can cross now to basildon, where labour leaderjeremy corbyn is giving a speech setting out labour‘s brexit policy, amongst other issues. applause. cheering. thank you. thank you! thank you very
much. first of all, can i say thank you to all of the staff at the leisure centre of helping us out today. applause. and i want to say a big thank you and best good wishes for a fantastic result the byron and katie for the campaigns they are waiting locally. we need labour mps. their determination and their calibre to represent this area in parliament. we need labour mps that understand the lives of people and understand the lives of people and understand the difficulties that so many are going through. biron and katie are those to do it. well done on your
campaigns. applause. and i‘ll be watching closely for the results. and can we also say a woody big special thank you to angela smith for all the work she did when she was the mp for this area, and the work she has done ever since then as our leader in the house of lords, a member of our shadow cabinet, part of the team in the house of lords challenging the government day in, day out, and delivering victories over the government on a number of issues, including working tax credits. angela is a credit to the labour party, the way she studied up for our labour values in the house of lords. thank you. applause. and thank you to all of you for coming here today and being here today. and thank you keyer for what you have just said, today. and thank you keyer for what you havejust said, and to our excellent brexit team here today. look at the intelligence and
competence that is they are amongst those three! it does seem a long time ago now that this election was called by the prime minister three yea rs early, called by the prime minister three years early, supposedly in order to make britain‘s exit from the european union easier for make britain‘s exit from the european union easierfor her to manage. a lot has happened since then. the terrible atrocity in manchester. that has driven home the need to be more effective in the action we take to protect our people both at home and abroad. so we should think carefully on the horrors of manchester and the saddlers those families will live with for the rest of their lives. we will not allow anyone to destroy our right to enjoy themselves, for women to go out and enjoy themselves, and thatis to go out and enjoy themselves, and that is part of the fabric of our society. we‘re not going to be divided by this, we are going to be united by this in the kind of
britain that we, all of us, delivering. applause. and then we have the extraordinary meltdown of the conservative party‘s on manifesto within days of it being launched. having declared war on britain‘s pensioners, it is now all but impossible to find anyone who can find but impossible to find anyone who canfind —— but impossible to find anyone who can find —— tell you what a conservative policy actually is on the crucial issue of social care. or how many million people stand to lose their winter fuel payments. the older generation is being reminded ofa older generation is being reminded of a central truth in british politics. you can‘t trust the tories. you can‘t trust the tories with your pension, with your tax credits, with your personal independent payment is, with your national insurance to be. when you turn and broken promise after another by this conservative leadership has made that absolutely clear. at the same time we have
launched labour‘s on manifesto, setting out is —— setting out our positive, fully costed policies on the funding of the national health service, scrapping university tuition fees, recruiting 10,000 more police officers, raising the living wage to £10, protecting our pensioners‘s incomes, building more than a million new homes. and much more. we are asking the people of this country for their support above all on the basis of that programme of social justice. but all on the basis of that programme of socialjustice. but it is also right that we return to the issue of brexit. negotiations with the european union leaders will start in just 18 days. and the british people have a choice of what priorities, what principles, the british government will take into those talks. and which team they trust to lead the difficult negotiations ahead. i‘m very proud to bejoined
today by labour‘s tima brexit negotiators. kia starmer, barry gardinerand negotiators. kia starmer, barry gardiner and emily thornberry. -- kier starmer. enormous knowledge, collectively a huge amount of experience. who better to negotiate for us than calm, sensible, intelligent, rational individuals than these three here? they are going to do it. they have the experience to get the best. we know the three tories in whose hands theresa may has placed our future. david davis, borisjohnson and liam fox. no, no. idon‘t do david davis, borisjohnson and liam fox. no, no. i don‘t do personal attacks. so let me just say that in labour‘s brexit team there is nobody
who has fibbed to the british people about spending annex of 350 million about spending annex of 350 million a week on the nhs because of brexit. —— an extra 350 million. and nobody who has promised to use brexit to slash workers‘ rights or tax for corporations in continental race to the bottom, are peddled illusions about the difficulties ahead. we in understand that getting the right deal, one that secures our country‘s future for the long term, will be challenging. a matter of serious planning and negotiation, not hectoring and threats. labour is ready, ready to deliver a deal that gives british business and british society the chance to thrive in a post—brexit world. a deal that will allow us to upgrade our economy through public investment in infrastructure and high skilled jobs. a deal that will make britain a centre for science, technology and
research, attracting the brightest and the best from around the country and the best from around the country and the best from around the country and the world through strategic investment. a deal that allows us to transform britain into a country with the strongest rights and protection, and ends exploitation and undercutting in the labour market. a deal that allows us to become a country that values and protects its public services and invest in all of its communities. and a deal that will allow britain to be safe, and outward looking country, strengthening friendships and working with allies to create a better future for our country, continent and our planet. the conservatives want a mandate for their brexit plan, a plan that puts jobs and living standards at risk, and threatens to turn our country into a low—wage, offshore tax haven. changing our economic model, as theresa may so belec —— max o‘dowd killie puts it, leading a race to the bottom in public services and
working conditions. from the party that closed down huge chunks of british industry under margaret thatcher and now pays for tax hand—outs for the richest, with cuts in our vital public services. they haven‘t changed their spots. so far, the rhetoric and threats from the tory government has fostered a toxic climate. labour will start negotiations. we will confirm to the other member states that britain is leaving to —— the european union. that issue is not in doubt. but instead of posturing and pumped animosity a labour government under my leadership will set out a plan for brexit based on the mutual interest of britain and the european union. we will start by giving a clear commitment to every eu national who lives here and works here, to continue to a huge —— and contributes a huge amount to our society, they will be guaranteed
their existing rights and remain in this country. cheering. and it is clear through our discussions with european leaders that it would be the best way to secure reciprocal rights for british nationals living in other parts of the european union. and i have written to colleagues in every single one of the member states asking them to ensure that british nationals living in their countries can remain there with exactly the same rights they enjoy at the present time, so that family life and family union isn‘t broken up by this decision. that is the sensible, decent, human way we should approach this issue. it is shameful the
conservatives haven‘t acted on this already. that 3 million members of our communities have been left in limbo. the conservatives‘ refusal to make the simple commitment decency demands is a stain on this comment bus reputation. labour will be clear from the start, the british economy, business and workforce, need tariff free access to european markets, and to secure that access will be a priority for us. britain certainly can thrive and prosper outside of the eu. our businesses are creative and inventive. but they need access to european markets. they need to be pa rt to european markets. they need to be part of the supply chains. and they need the chance to grow beyond our broad —— borders to protect and create jobs, wealth and broad —— borders to protect and createjobs, wealth and opportunity. the eu member state have an interest in maintaining and developing that trade with this country. so britain
needs a labour government. instead of putting our economy first, the conservatives‘ reckless approach has left us isolated. increasing the chances are britain crashing out of the eu without a deal, which would be the worst possible outcome for this country. britain is leaving the eu. but let‘s be clear. there is no such thing as no deal. if we leave that a positive agreement because we had needlessly alienate everyone, we still have to trade with the eu. we will have to have terms of that trade and very bad ones at that. theresa may says no deal is better than a bad deal. let‘s be clear, no deal is in fact a bad deal. it is the worst of all deals. applause. because it would leave us with world trade organisation tariffs and restrictions instead of the access the european markets we need. that
would mean slapping tariffs on the goods we export, an extra 10% on cars, with the risk that key manufacturers would leave for the european mainland, taking skilled jobs with them. in sector after sector, no deal would prove to be an economic disaster. theresa may‘s approach risks a jobs meltdown. instead, labour will negotiate a tariff free deal with the eu, which will benefit both sides. and we will transform our economy for a post—brexit britain, through a new industrial strategy. that will use powers returned from brussels. we will rewrite the rules of our economy. it serves the interests of the many rather than the few. applause —— applause. our economy has become dangerously unbalanced. skewed towards london
and the financial sector. our once proud industrial communities have had to live through decades of barely managed decline. the activity and investment lagged well behind our nearest competitors. —— productivity. the insecure load —— low—paid work is spreading, leaving the eu were making —— make addressing these issues and wea knesses even addressing these issues and weaknesses even more urgent. that is why the labour government is vital, to ta ke why the labour government is vital, to take a more active role in our economy. working with employers and trade unions to fuel growth and deliver prosperity to every corner of this country. powered by our national investment bank, and national investment bank, and national transformation fund. labour‘s industrial strategy will deliver the investment our economy so desperately needs. and our shadow business secretary, rebecca long bailey, will be setting out more details of how investment will be introduced under the transformation plan. that will be tomorrow morning
in york. soon we will no longer be members of the eu, but agreeing a deal that delivers the benefits of the european single market and customs union will be a priority for a labour government. leaving the eu will mean an end to the free movement of workers between britain and europe. so labour‘s new rules for managing immigration will be fairand for managing immigration will be fair and based on what is best for the economy and of all of our community ‘s. we will start with a package of strong labour working regulation measures which will stop the relentless undercutting of terms and conditions by unscrupulous employers, often through agency recruitment, which has fuelled the most recruitment, which has fuelled the m ost rece nt recruitment, which has fuelled the most recent movements of low paid workers to this country. applause we will crack down on unscrupulous employers, stop overseas only