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hello and welcome to one hundred days plus. we have two important stories for you — in the uk campaigning in the snap election ends today and the country prepares to vote. and in washington, intelligence officials testify in the senate refusing to say for now if donald trump interfered with the russia investigation. theresa may says the question now is the same as it was at the beginning of the campaign. it's all about the leader. who do you trust to actually have the strong and stable leadership that is going to deliver the best dealfor britain in europe? jeremy corbyn has addressed more than 80 rallies — he says britain faces a clear choice — cuts or no cuts. five more years of tory cuts, longer waiting lists, underfunded schools in many parts of the country and hope under labour. washington serves up the prelude to former fbi director james comey‘s testimony. at a senate committee hearing — the director of national intelligence said he had neverfelt pressured by the president —
but was he asked to intervene in the fbi inquiry. hello, i am katty kay in washington, christian fraser is in london. 12 hours from now pollings stations will open in the uk. it's an election the ruling conservative were expected to win in a landslide over labour. but during the six week campaign the polls have narrowed. we're going to focus first on the front runners. theresa may has her final event in birmingham whilst jeremy corbyn has two events in london before the campaign closes at midnight. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. morning. she called it to win it, but it's not her choice. it's all of ours.
a few hackles at 5:30am, following her trail like the missteps in the last few weeks. jolly photo ops aren't quite her style, and there's not much jolly about this campaign. with security and tighter terror laws on her mind. at eight o'clock in glasgow, jeremy corbyn enjoying his time in the sun. i signed up just for you. with his long—held views on security, cautious about the idea of changing laws on human rights. our human rights act protects our rights. the way you deal with a threat to democracy is not by reducing democracy, it's by dealing with the threat. the day before the election, moving his shadow home secretary aside. where is diane abbott? diane abbott isn't well and she's not campaigning. if that is unusual, much has been about this campaign. theresa may was knocked on social care, a policy that might have caused alarm on many bowling greens, before returning to script.
it's about who people trust to have the strong and stable leadership to get the best deal for britain in europe. and who has the will and, crucially, the plan to deliver an brexit. legions ofjeremy corbyn fans want something else. opponents say his sums don't stack up, but they love labour's manifesto that promises more borrowing and a much bigger state. the first time it's been jeremy corbyn with full on socialism versus the conservatives and it's giving people a great opportunity. theresa may doesn't care about people like us. vote labour, for crying out loud, to help this country get out of the mess we are in, with this tory government. the poor are suffering in this blinking country. our manifesto offers something very, very different. they say well it's going
to cost a lot of money. yes it is, i know that. but we are very clear about this, we have fully costed it. 95% of the population will pay no more in tax, no more in national insurance, no more in vat. cheering. the two main campaigns look so different because the parties are. it's not an election where anyone can say politicians are all the same, they have different visions on brexit, on immigration. different hopes for the economy. labour would tax more and spend more on schools and hospitals. under the tories there would still be cuts to keep trying to balance the books. they have very different takes on the kind of country this is and what they want it to be, and very different leaders who are trying to persuade you to let them take us there. campaigns are not a contest of who covers more miles. mrs and mr may in
the tory plane today. at the start of this journey she seemed unassailable, not any more. we've set out in our manifesto the challenges that we face as a country, and how we as government would deliver on those challenges. how we would ensure we were addressing those challenges. isn't it the case, you didn't have to call this election, and you're asking people to trust you for five years after a campaign where the sense is you've said as little as possible. what i have said to the british people is to be open with them about the challenges this country faces. but also about the opportunities that we have in this country. i think that's absolutely the right thing to do. the tory hope... why do you want this job? the core, not the quality of the campaign will see her home.
my vote will be with mrs may because of her experience. i compare them, one is a lot more qualified, in my opinion, for the job interview on offer tomorrow. i think she's a ruthless candidate who can get the country through brexit, which is what we voted for. you think she's ruthless? i think she can be. we shall see. laughter. elections aren't straightforward popularity contests. it's turnout tomorrow, not tonight, that really matters. elections are decisions on just one day, a choice that changes all our lives for years. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, birmingham. nowjust to remind you there are 650 seats or constituencies around the country. the number required for an absolute majority is 326. in 2015 the conservatives won 331 seats. rob watson has steered us through the campaign these past
weeks, he is in westminster for us tonight. good evening. the final line in that report was that this is a decision that will affect our lifetimes. and this time around it is that profound because of brexit and the direction the parties want to take us in. that is one strange thing about this rather strange election. that the sta kes rather strange election. that the stakes could not possibly be higher. after a ll stakes could not possibly be higher. after all whoever wins the election gets to decide the path in the world of the uk after being a member of the eu for more than a0 years. that affects the place in the world, security arrangements, diplomacy, economics, everything. but yet despite the stakes being so high it is difficult to imagine a campaign that feels less like it is they
become to life. in part because of the tragedies of course of those two attacks but on those key issues, what is britain going to look like after brexit, what is going to happen to the economy, we have heard precious little. it is always about the economy, stupid. why have they not been talking about that?” the economy, stupid. why have they not been talking about that? i guess critics of theresa may would say that has been a mistake within a party that she should have been more forceful in defending the conservative government record. and its record previously with the coalition. she has not done that and i think if somehow she does not pull off the victory she expects, she can expect more grumbling. jeremy corbyn has focused impact on and offered an unashamedly socialist alternative. he has been on the far left fringes of uk politics for a long time and has come out with a 90 austerity
message. below many of his people think the media is hard on them there has not been much examination of this manifesto partly because the media concentrate on who they think is going to win which is theresa may. just to pick up on something about how this fundamentally will affect the path of the world for the uk, my understanding is that the path was decided in the brexit referendum last june path was decided in the brexit referendum lastjune and whoever is elected prime minister it is still going to happen. so it is already determined, and how does this election make a fundamental difference to that? absolutely, the big election was two years ago, or the big vote. now it is a question of how do the politicians in this country make it work. and it is that bad but is uncertain, and the stakes
could not possibly be higher. clearly brexit, yes the uk is going to be leaving the eu, but there are many different ways to do that. you could have that hard brexit where the uk would seek to be the single market and customs union or something which looks more like the uk staying inside the eu. so a big vote two years ago but in a the stuff that is now really important, other details. what will the uk do about immigration policy, about trade with the rest of the world. when it's somehow pivot away from the european union and do more trade with china for example or india. thank you very much. all week we've been looking ahead to the of former fbi directorjames been looking ahead to the of former fbi director james connolly.
been looking ahead to the of former fbi directorjames connolly. his full opening statement has been published a day ahead of that. he said during a phone call on the 30th of march president trump asked him what could be done to lift the cloud of the russia pro. he has also said donald trump told again during a dinner, i need loyalty. laura bicker joins me now. let's go to michael flynn and that meeting in the oval office which has been much written about and whether 01’ been much written about and whether or not james comey wrote been much written about and whether or notjames comey wrote a memo straight afterwards saying there was pressure put on him by donald trump to drop the investigation into michael flynn. who of course was a former national security adviser and had to be fired after his meetings with russian ambassadors was disclosed. let's read some of the text from a meeting. when he leaned
over, he said that when it came to the study 1ath meeting, he wanted to talk about flynn. this is donald trump talking about flynn. he said the president began by saying clinton had not done anything wrong in speaking with the russians but he had to let go because he misled the vice president. he said after a while, the president returned to the topic of mike flynn think is a good quy topic of mike flynn think is a good guy and has been through a lot. he repeated michael flynn had not done anything wrong but had misled the president. then he said i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go. letting the thing go. he is a good guy, i hope you can let this go. the issue seems to be weathered donald trump somehow obstructed justice and put pressure onjames comey to drop investigations and from reading the statement, is james
comey going to say yes there was obstruction of justice? comey going to say yes there was obstruction ofjustice?|j comey going to say yes there was obstruction ofjustice? i think he is going to fudge it a bit. in his memo he writes i understood the president to be requesting bubble drop in investigation of michael flynn in connection with false state m e nts flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the russian ambassador in december. i did not understand him to be talking about the broader investigation into russia. then he goes on to say he kept it close within his fbi team, he did not inform the attorney general. this is a fine line for the former director james comey to plough because if it is seen that he didn't know there was an obstruction ofjustice, and then he failed to disclose that, then he failed to disclose that, then he failed in his duty as fbi director. some some ways what he's saying is it since president trump was implying he should let michael flynn, this investigation into him 90, flynn, this investigation into him go, not the broader investigation. thank you very much. and we are
going to hear that test testimony from james comey tomorrow and it will be all but the question of whether president trump obstructed justice by asking officials not to investigate links with his campaign to russia. today senate officials refused to testify. democrats were pressed the director of national intelligence dan coates on a simple question, had the president asked him to intervene. as i responded to similar questions during my confirmation in a second hearing before the committee, i do not feel it is appropriate for me in the public session in which confidential conversations between the present myself, i do not believe it is appropriate for me to address that ina public appropriate for me to address that in a public session. the director of
national intelligence dan coats. for more i spoke earlier with republican senator john barrasso. the defence chiefs in their testimony this morning i saying two senators they do not want to play effectively whether president trump suggested that they should get the fbi investigation into links with russia dropped. should they not be telling the american public that? the american public want to know, we're going to have the former fbi directorjames comey testifying tomorrow. it is a bipartisan panel asking the questions, republicans and democrats alike want the answer is that the american people want as well. we want to make sure the country is safe and secure and strong and if we cannot get answers we re strong and if we cannot get answers were not going to feel as safe and secure as we would like. are you concerned by the press report that the president tried to influence some of his intelligence chiefs including directorjames comey and
put pressure on them to get investigations dropped? we're going to hear from james comey tomorrow and what is important is the content of what he tells us as well as the context of what he tells us as well as the co ntext a nd of what he tells us as well as the context and the town. for more details are and what he tells us the president told him. that is what the people want to know and i think were not going to rest, certainly this bipartisan select committee is not going to rest until we get all the a nswe rs going to rest until we get all the answers specifically related to russia. yup republicans and democrats alike who have no trust of vladimir putin, we know he is trying to undermine our democracy and not just in the us, we see it in elections in germany, france and england are so you'd not be trusted and we need answers. you have been a staunch supporter of the present but when you look at what is coming out of the white house in the course of the last week, are you concerned about the way this president is managing the white house, managing relations with some of the closest
american allies? there is a lot of work to be done in congress and i think the tweeting detracts from what we're trying to do. in terms of jobs in the economy, overall national security, the types of things we're trying to do with infrastructure and health care. things we're trying to do with infrastructure and health carem is almost impossible for congress to get any of those things done, no bills have been cast on tax or infrastructure jobs and partly because of the chaos coming out of the white house. you have in the past defended the president, would you urge the president now to change the way he is running the country and his relations with congress and his allies? well the president is most successful when focused on the things the american people are focused on, and that is jobs and the economy, the national security. those are the things that are winning combinations that things that people but —— that people are caring about. as long as the focus is on that it is much better for everyone. you're heading onto
wyoming, how concerned are people in that state about the russian investigation? people are focused on getting their own lives under control in terms ofjobs, getting booed on the table, getting the kids off to school and having good jobs. certainly the concerned with russia is real, it is all around the country. we want to make sure our country. we want to make sure our country is safe and strong, we worry about terrorism, we need to focus on those goals moving forward and want to make sure that we can get beyond the distraction is currently on the table. thank you very much. a bizarre state of affairs spelt out by senator mccain who said, i have the washington report in front of me, how the president is supposed to have approached dan coates and asked him to help the fbi back. yet there
is dan coates in front of the highest committee in the senate and he cannot say anything. 0r highest committee in the senate and he cannot say anything. or does not wa nt he cannot say anything. or does not want to. there was a lot of frustration in that committee hearing that these poor intelligence directors had not come to the senate prepared with what they could answer and what they could not and what they were going to answer. 0ne and what they could not and what they were going to answer. one of them was after you have a legal reason for not answering the question of what the president asked you or did not and he said question of what the president asked you or did notand he said i do question of what the president asked you or did not and he said i do not think i do but i do not feel it is the right thing to do. clearly they are frustrated and want answers. and you would hear that. someone like our guest was a staunch supporter of donald trump saying this has to stop. he was asked if he felt pressure and he replied no. but he was not asked the question about whether he had been asked and that isa whether he had been asked and that is a second thing. a separate thing, yes. a month ago president trump fired the director of the fbi — today he announced a replacement. the process took longer
than the white house expected as a stream of candidates were interviewed and then either rejected or pulled themselves out of contention. now mr trump has picked a career prosecutor, someone known in fact to james comey. "i will be nominating christopher a wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new director of the fbi. details to follow." interesting timing. perhaps he released this information ahead of the james comey investigation. many of you will not have heard about him. so what can we tell you about christopher wray? well the yale lawyer was president george w bush's assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005 — while there he worked under james comey at the justice department. he ran the criminal division of the justice department, dealing with fraud scandals that plagued the corporate world. after his service he worked for a big private law firm, specialising in white collar investigations. wray was also a lawyer for chris christie,
the newjersey governor — and trump ally — during the "bridgegate" scandal. we will get to know him better. one thing that will bring up a lot on the programme is the popularity of president trump. and it means that he can govern. but are his approval ratings on the wane? if we take an average from the polling, his popularity rating at the moment is 39%. not great numbers but here's some context that might surprise you — on day 138 of his presidency — his figures are in fact better than the approval ratings bill clinton had at this same stage. 138 days into clinton's adminstration just 37.8 percent of americans approved of the job he was doing. that surprised me because bill clinton was a popular president. at stages through his presidency. what
went wrong at the beginning? bill clinton left office with a 66% approval rating, the envy of most presidents. but at the beginning, it was actually pretty chaotic with personnel upheavals and the kind of things we're hearing bit about at the moment from the donald trump white house. that dragged his ratings down. here's what he did about it, he brought in a grown—up, leon panetta, to be his chief of staff. he shook up the white house and instilled a lot of discipline and instilled a lot of discipline and approval ratings began to go back up again. ijust want to bring this back to where things stand here with some polling figures here in the uk. the poll of polls puts the conservatives in the lead with a2.9%. while labour is five points behind on 37.2%. tim farron's liberal democrats are polling at 8.1%. the polls have been completely up
and down these last few weeks. 0ne poll put the conservatives at one point above labour and another as high as 12 points. looking back at the polling on the popular vote in 2015, the conservatives with seven points ahead, so do you take other side of that, if they were six points ahead do they lose some of the majority, if conversely there over at april 12 points, do they start to pick up seats tomorrow. i do not think you would bet the house on it, it is up in the air. it is going to be fascinating what kind of results we get. no one i do not think really knows. and what matters most is how many seats the conservative party gets and how much chicks that are majority. these polling members may not entirely reflect that. because vulture is of
course divergent in various seats. —— vote share. there are of course other parties involved in the election. this is a parliament, 650 individual elections ruby and nine parties all looking for a stake ruby and nine parties all looking fora stake in ruby and nine parties all looking for a stake in westminster. here's what they had to say in the final push of campaigning. there are challenges ahead, the brexit negotiations, we need to get them right. brexit is the basis of everything. we need to secure our economy for the future, make sure we have more and better paid jobs. you have more and better paid jobs. you have a choice, five more years of tory cuts, longer waiting lists, underfunded schools in many parts of the country, and hope under the labour party. if you want to send a message to theresa may that you are not to be taken for granted, the dementia tax is not to be given the all clear and cuts are not ok, the
liberal democrats are the party to get behind. she has come across as wea k get behind. she has come across as weak and evasive so it is possible but scotland could stop her getting a bigger majority. people are coming onto the idea that theresa may will not give us the brexit want. what we need to do is to have... there's no place for sexist remarks in political leadership. we have a job to do to lead the way and set the tone. we need a strong team of plaid cymru mps to make sure that wales is taken seriously cymru mps to make sure that wales is ta ken seriously and cymru mps to make sure that wales is taken seriously and not the lord in the way it has been since the referendum took place lastjune. the way it has been since the referendum took place last june. we are ata referendum took place last june. we are at a fork in the road and if you do not want to waste money on trident and look at ideas to make the country fit for the 21st century like a shorter working week, more investment in the nhs, then vote for the green party. plenty more to come. you're watching 100 days plus.
i'm sure most of us would agree that the weather has been much better today compared to yesterday. tomorrow more cloud around and some rain as well. and in fact the weather did not last for very long, the fine weather across western areas of the uk. this cloud is rolling in from the atlantic, it has already brought rain to the south—west, wales, northern ireland. eastern areas staying dry for a time this evening before the crowd reaches you. 0verall for to of us this evening and tonight, not necessarily wet, mostly light rain. so call it a damp and mild might promote. the heavier rain at times will fall across wales and the south—west of oil —— as well as north—west england. the heavier rain is across western areas on thursday morning. many southern and eastern
areas cloudy and just a few sprigs of rain. northern scotland waking up to some sunshine and in fact a bright start to the day here although chile. then through the course of the day, although cloud again slow—moving, it willjust be moving sluggishly across the uk. and the crowd, that heavy rain bearing cloud the crowd, that heavy rain bearing clou d m oves the crowd, that heavy rain bearing cloud moves north. so quite a wet at times day in belfast, southern scotland, the north—west as well stop dry in the south and some sunshine coming through. then heading into friday, thursday night into friday, that weather system pulls away, again a gap between these systems. so friday actually not looking too bad. there may be some showers around in the morning but then the afternoon looks bright with light wind of the sodhi end to the working week for most of us not looking bad. we're in for a fine
evening on friday, temperatures in the low 20s in the south, mid—to high teens a little bit further north. then the weather is going to chop and change a bit through the course of the weekend. saturday probably another overcast day, with some rain and sunday a little mixed. so this weekend, a bit unsettled, andi so this weekend, a bit unsettled, and i think we will have at least a bit of brightness. that is it for me. hello and welcome to the election wrap, our guide to all the election news of the day. and the countdown is on, withjust 12 hours until the polling booths open for the 2017 general election. theresa may and jeremy corbyn criss—cross the country in a frantic last push for votes in the battle for number 10. we'll tell you what the other parties have been doing on the campaign trail on the eve of the election. they separate us into two groups, i
wa nt they separate us into two groups, i want you to unify the country. they may be too young to vote, but children from the bbc school report ask what the next prime minister can do to make their lives better. theresa may called this snap election 50 days ago. we'll tell you how things developed in our campaign highlights in just 120 seconds. we'll hear a plea from simon brown, a british soldier who was injured in iraq and saved the lives of six of his colleagues, about the importance of voting tomorrow. it's so important that you use your voice and your opinion. you might not think it matters, but it