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tonight at six: labour's vision for the economy — a radical reshaping of funding public sector projects. private companies have built hospitals and schools — but the shadow chancellor argues that so—called pfi deals are a rip off. we will bring the existing pfi contracts back in—house. we are bringing them back. applause. we are bringing them back. but labour's plans could cost tens of billions — where will the money come from? also tonight. a new round of brexit talks under way — but the eu's chief negotiator says he's still waiting for firm proposals from britain. stabbed outside his mosque — the surgeon who treated victims of the manchester arena bombing. record sales for aldi in the uk and ireland — a million more customers, so why are profits down? the desperate search and rescue mission to find a walker who fell into an old mineshaft in cornwall. coming up in sports day on bbc
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news, the premier league record—brea ker. midfielder gareth barry is expected to make a 633rd appearance this evening — more than any other player. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has used his keynote party conference speech to announce a radical revision of the way labour would fund la rge—scale building projects. he's pledged that a future labour government would take control of so—called public finance initiatives. it would mark a huge shift in public policy. for 25 years — under both conservatives and labour — private companies have built hundreds of schools and hospitals and then been paid to maintain them.
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mr mcdonnell described the amount of money going to these companies as a scandal. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. j couple of quid for the speech, but how much to take schools, hospitals, prisons, built and run by private firms, back into public control? jeremy corbyn‘s best political friend would be in charge of a labour government cheque—book. today he promised they would look at all pfi contracts and take the bulk back into taxpayers hands. let me give you this commitment, we will put an end to the scandal and reduce the cost to taxpayers. how? we have pledged there will be no new pfi
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deals signed by us in government, but we will go further and i can tell you it is what you have been calling for. we will bring existing pfi contracts back in—house. we are bringing them back. they loved it here. an audience full of union members. there has been complaints for yea rs members. there has been complaints for years about some of the worst deals and companies creaming off profits. we have seen billions wasted in pfi buildings and contracts, money down the tubes. the money we are having to pay in interest of big business, it would mean it can come back into services. for 20 years, tory and labour governments paid private companies. to spread the cost and risk of big building projects. new labour, now old—fashioned, did not want to raise taxes to pay. the reason why we weren't doing the investment was because we were scared to death of
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not doing a proper tax poll. do you know how much the pfi bill will be? injeremy know how much the pfi bill will be? in jeremy corbyn's know how much the pfi bill will be? injeremy corbyn's labour pfi would bea injeremy corbyn's labour pfi would be a thing of the past. how much will it cost? i am going for lunch. you heard the speech. there was no detail in the speech. the party says they would buy out private contracts with government bonds, or borrowing. it is not clear how much they would be willing to do or how many of the existing 700 contracts they would unpicked. the devil is in the detail and we have to find out how much it will cost but i have no doubt that in paying for it, it will be better value for the public purse and taxpayer than letting the contracts run the next 20 years. do you accept to ta ke run the next 20 years. do you accept to take contracts back in—house in the short—term will cost the taxpayer a lot of money? of course
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it will do. we can borrow. there is nothing against borrowing. yet this feels more than anything a point of principle. some were badly formed contracts that have ended up expensive. you will not save money getting out of them because presumably you would have to pay the companies in order to get out of them. these days labour does not agree on everything, but the election has given this party new confidence to act on its conviction, not driven by cost. laura is at the conference in brighton for us now. leaving aside the detail, how big a change does this represent for labour? in theory, it is a big change. chances are, if your child goes to a new school, a relative in hospital with a new wing, it is probably built with pfi contracts and money. the labour party is ready
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to tear this up. it was one of the principles tony blair and gordon brown followed to get lots of cash from the private sector into public building. that said, after some of the worst excesses of the early contracts, the cliches about the £25 charge to change a light bulb, the contracts had been reformed and has been phased out in scotland already. labour cannot tell us how many of the many hundreds of contracts they wa nt to the many hundreds of contracts they want to tearup the many hundreds of contracts they want to tear up and how much money they would be prepared to borrow to do so. there is no question here, this idea is hugely popular and the leadership believes with politics shifting it could be popular in the country. there is no question labour is in buoyant mood and ready to push for government and the state to have a bigger role. thank you. the fourth round of brexit negotiations got under way today. and there is some hope that theresa may's speech in florence last week might
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help to break the deadlock. britain's brexit secretary, david davis, is in brussels again for talks with the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, who said he is still waiting forfirm proposals from britain. the european union is keen and eager to understand better how the uk government will translate the prime minister's speech into negotiating positions. this is essential and would enable us to advance this week, i hope, and make real progress over the coming months. chris morris is in brussels for us this evening. i guess so much is in the tone of these comments. what did you make of it? i think tone is the one thing that has changed in the last days andi
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that has changed in the last days and i think the eu listened carefully to theresa may's speech in florence and liked the tone. from their perspective it was less aggressive than her previous major speech on brexit. i have spoken to eu ministers who were here to talk to michel barnier and they said the tone had improved and they liked it but the problem is they are looking for detail and in that sense it feels like mr barnier and david davis are talking past each other to some extent because mr barnier is saying we like the broad outline of what she is saying but we need more detail. david davis in his remarks said we have given new concrete proposals in the prime minister's speech. there is no excuse for not making further progress. i think the negotiations this week are important ona negotiations this week are important on a technical level and i think eu officials will want to dive into technical details to work out whether the uk position has shifted
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and whether there is enough ground and whether there is enough ground and compromise so the initial issues they want to talk about can be continued but also move on to talk about what the uk wants to talk about, a future trade relationship. a seventh person has been arrested by counter—terror police investigating the parsons green tube bombing. the 20—year—old was arrested in cardiff in the early hours of this morning. he's been taken to a police station in south london. it brings the number of people in custody to four — one of whom was charged on friday with attempted murder. a 16—year—old schoolgirl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the stabbing of a school welfare officer near scunthorpe. the 61—year—old woman is being treated for serious injuries. she was attacked this morning at winterton community academy in north lincolnshire. dan johnson reports. at the start of the school day at this small—town comprehensive, it was shaken by an incident that ended
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with a member of staff seriously injured and a year in ii with a member of staff seriously injured and a year in 11 people under arrest. we reacted immediately and were on scene in minutes. the people had been detained by staff and treatment was being given to the victim. a stabbing involving a knife? that is what we believed. we understand the incident took place in an office away from children. the 61—year—old hurts was a welfare officer and she is in hospital being treated for what are described as serious but not life—threatening injuries. the headteacher was one of the first to see what had happened. when i arrived in the office there we re when i arrived in the office there were a number of staff dealing with the situation and administering firstaid, the situation and administering first aid, restraining the students. this is the opposite of the big inner—city school where you might have problems like this. completely. we are all surprised. the score stayed open but after a text alert many parents to children home. we
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had a message to say there had been a serious incident and everyone was safe. the kids said they were locked in the tutor room so panicked. safe. the kids said they were locked in the tutor room so panickedlj wa nt in the tutor room so panicked.” wa nt to in the tutor room so panicked.” want to get her home now. officers expect to be here most of the week and are still questioning the 16—year—old girl, held on suspicion of attempted murder. the german chancellor angela merkel says she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for the far—right afd in yesterday's election. she begins herfourth term in a weaker position and has to build a new coalition government. to do that she needs to secure at least 50% of the 709 seats in germany's parliament. mrs merkel‘s party has more than a third of the seats. the second biggest party has already ruled itself out of a coalition. so that leaves the smaller parties. but the chancellor has already vetoed a collaboration with the anti—immigration, anti—islam afd. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is in berlin for us. after the drama of election night,
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today we have had the drama of the fallout, the far right alternative for germany that the celebrating its share yesterday falling out with itself today and angela merkel facing up to the fallout herself and the vote she lost. there is flash photography in this report. in the heart of german democracy, the far right is back, with dozens of seats in the bundestag. germany's parliament is a building that consciously preserves the scars of the second world war, a reminder to germans of the destruction the far right visited on europe. they are far from power, angela merkel ensures her position angela merkel endures her position as europe's pre—eminent politician unchallenged for the fourth term as germany's chancellor, but weakened. translation: we had wished for a better result, of course. we are now trying to analyse the votes we lost, especially those
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which went to the afd. we want to win those people back by addressing some of their issues. this is where many will have to be won back, east berlin and across the former east germany. a million voters deserted mrs merkel‘s party for the far right, many because they believe that during the refugee crisis, she lost control over germany's borders. i didn't like angela merkel because there was no stopping the refugee policy. it was all too quick. translation: i think we should give the afd a chance to see if they are really for the state and democracy and for everyone. but at the very first press conference today, splits in the afd were already emerging. frauke petry, one of the afd‘s leaders had just one seat in parliament, and turned on her colleagues. translation: it's been said that the afd has become an anarchic party, that could only be successful in opposition, not to govern.
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but i want to make real politics, so i've decided i will not be part of the afd in the bundestag. and she walked out saying they were becoming too extreme. the party, already arguing with itself in public. it's remaining leaders are sticking to their line, that the influx of a million refugees means germany is losing part of itself. we don't want that, that's why we've won so many votes, they said. and it's notjust the far right, germany as a whole looks to be entering a period that will be more fractious, more divided, diverging angela merkel‘s energies as she tries to cobble together a coalition and tackle the challenges she faces here and across europe. damien grammaticas, bbc news, berlin. our top story this evening: labour sets out its vision for the economy — a radical reshaping of funding public sector projects. and still to come:
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uber says sorry after it is denied the right to operate taxis in london. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: the fa say they're confident "the right procedures are in place" to prevent a repeat of the controversial circumstances leading to the sacking of england women's manager mark sampson. now to the intense competition in britain's supermarket sector. aldi, the discount retailer, has reported record sales in the uk and ireland for last year. aldi has more than 700 stores in britain, and there are plans to open 70 more this year. over a million new customers pushed sales up by 13.5% to £8.7 billion last year. so if sales are doing so well, why are profits down? emma simpson explains. it doesn't sell a wide range of
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products and you will not see many well—known brands along these warehouse idols. but they aim to be cheaper than anyone else. it is the aldi way, one of the most disruptive forces in british retail. we have grown ourselves by over £1 billion ina year, grown ourselves by over £1 billion in a year, attracted i million more customers to our stores. meet the boss who has been instrumental in pulling in more affluent shoppers. in his first broadcast interview he told me why aldi is expanding with the new store every week.” told me why aldi is expanding with the new store every week. i think the new store every week. i think the potential for that growth in future is tremendously exciting and thatis future is tremendously exciting and that is why we continue to invest and where others are scaling back we are most definitely skilling up. and where others are scaling back we are most definitely skilling upm really was no frills when this privately owned business first arrived in the uk. it's come a long way, including selling fresh produce. and now it's improving its stores. for aldi it's all about
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economies of scale and being lean and efficient. take these nappies. the bar codes are everywhere to speed up scanning at the checkout. and the way it is stacked it doesn't change, from the warehouse to the shelf. minimum handling saves time and money, pioneered by the discounters. they have had a seismic effect on the big four in particular and especially now is still the case because inflation has returned to the market and supermarkets now they cannot afford to let their guard down. the discounters effectively have a foot on their throat which mean they cannot pass on price increases easily and blithely as they have in the past. bite at a time when the food costs are on the up, aldi's profits are on the way down. how long can you allow profits to slide? our focus has always been on long—term sustainability and
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whilst profits of drop to three yea rs whilst profits of drop to three years ina whilst profits of drop to three years in a row we have remained a very sta ble years in a row we have remained a very stable and profitable business and whatever happens, would ever challenges arise, we maintain that price gap. this business is still a lot smaller than the big four but it is growing fast. its main office down below is doubling in size to cope with future demand. for now at least aldi has got momentum. a surgeon who treated victims of the manchester arena attacks has been stabbed in a suspected hate crime. nasser kurdy was attacked in greater manchester yesterday. he was taken to hospital, and has since been discharged. police are questioning two men over the attack, as judith moritz reports. i don't know. he had something in his hand. moments after he was stabbed, this is nasser kurdy inside the mosque where he had gone for prayers. mr kurdy was on his way into the building when he became aware of another man across the road. moments later, he was attacked. so i had to run into the hall and i felt threatened.
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today, he is recovering at home, and is very thankful to be alive. i remember a heavy blow to the back of my neck. and that was after i've entered the premises. it was a total shock. i genuinely felt he was going to run after me into the mosque and just carry on what he started. it felt that way. the anger that was coming across was quite clear to me. greater manchester police are treating the attack as a hate crime but have not classified it as terrorist related. they've arrested two men aged 5a and 32. this is an active muslim association. the building used as a mosque for prayer and to hold classes for hundreds of children. whilst leaders here have told me they do now intend to increase security, they also say they want to reassure parents and worshippers
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that they should continue to come here as usual. nasser kurdy has been watching the footage of himself after the attack. an orthopaedic surgeon, he operated on some of those heart in the manchester arena explosion. last night he was treated in hospital by his colleagues and he's very aware that his neck wound could have been a lot worse. there's a lot of vital structures in that area. and some of them can be fatal. there's no two ways about it. some of them can be very disabling. nasser says he won't be deterred from going to mosque, and he has been comforted by the support he has received from people of all faiths. judith moritz, bbc news, altrincham. a medical student at oxford university has been given a io—month suspended prison sentence for stabbing her then boyfriend in a drug and drink—fuelled attack. the case of lavinia woodward, who's 2a, has provoked widespread debate about inequality in the criminaljustice system after the judge earlier said
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a prison sentence would be too severe for such "an extraordinary able young lady". lawyers for a man charged with kidnapping a british model in italy say the entire case could be a "sham" invented as a "publicity stunt". today michal herba, who's 36, appeared before magistrates in westminster to fight extradition. he's alleged to have conspired with his brother lukasz herba, currently in custody in italy, to abduct chloe ayling. the boss of the taxi service uber has apologised for mistakes made by the company — after it was refused a new licence to operate in london. transport for london said it had concerns over the company's conduct. uber is appealing against the decision but admitted it had "got things wrong". simon gompertz is here with me. just exa ctly just exactly what have they apologise for? uber was effectively
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told it was not fit to run a minicab service in london because of its approach to reporting serious criminal offences by drivers and also other things including how drivers were doing a background checks they had to do. those are things to apologise for but also it has to be seen in the context of this chief executive of uber worldwide, dara khosrowshahi has only been brought in in the last few weeks to try to clean up the company ‘s image after a series of embarrassing scandals in the united states. he says, dear londoners, i apologise for the mistakes we have made, wheat, uber, must change, they will do that with humility and work with londoners to make things right. this is a huge change from last week when they were told they would lose their licence and reacted any hostile fashion saying london was opposed to innovation. what happens next? the mayor of london sadiq khan has reacted by saying transport for
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london, the licensing authority should sit down with uber to have talks so uber will be hoping they can alter their procedure is to get their licence back but this court case, when the appeal will also happen because it is only by appealing that uber, they lose the license on saturday, can carry on operating, perhaps for months. a man who fell 30 feet down a disused tin mine in cornwall has paid tribute to the search and rescue team who he says saved his life. 51—year—old andrew williams had been out walking with friends when an opening to the mine gave way, plunging him 30ft down a mineshaft. rescuers spent six hours bringing him to the surface. jon kay is in cornwall for us this evening. yes, i'm an evening like this you can see why people would want to come walking here but for andrew williams it went disastrously wrong yesterday, he ended up falling inside the main shaft inside those quotes there and stuck there for six
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long hours. in a statement from his hospital bed on social media he said he thinks his rucksack brought his ball, ended up on a ledge so he did not plummet all the way to the bottom. he has banked his guardian angel and the crew that got him out. trapped in a disused tin mine, 25 metres underground. rescue teams said it was one of their biggest ever challenges. they struggled for six hours in a deep and narrow shaft. securing ropes, installing pulleys, to try and reach the casualty. and then try to get him out. this afternoon one of the rescue team took me back to the mine entrance. you can see how narrow this bit is. and whilst it opens out a bit more... the man was trapped in a ventilation shaft, deep beyond this point. almost impossible to reach. a lot of mines we would be working in are big, open mines.
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where actually bringing someone back up to the surface is quite simple. here was a lot more difficult. such a narrow space, half of the width we are talking here. so just how narrow are we talking about? we are talking a space kind of like this, narrowing to something this kind of size. at its biggest constriction. racing against time, a combined force of 50 emergency responders. with volunteer search and rescue teams underground trying to get a specialist stretcher to the seriously injured man. all of you volunteers? yeah, we had a shop owner, a primary school teacher, taxi driver, offshore rig worker. eventually the man was brought out and taken to hospital with a suspected broken pelvis. tonight his condition is said to be stable. the man was on a walking holiday with an experienced group of friends but the incident has raised questions about whether the mines
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should be sealed off. this is cornwall history, this is what cornwall is. we are on part of the heritage coast here. poldark is filmed just down the coast here. come and enjoy cornwall history but don't take any risks. these are dangerous places. andrew williams is due to have surgery later this week. he says he hopes to get back to walking very soon. jon kay, bbc news, cornwall. certainly looked lovely there, what about the rest of the country? warm sunshine for some, cloudy and dampfor warm sunshine for some, cloudy and damp for others, let's go to the other side of the story, the cloudy and damp picture some of us had to endure, it was foggy in aberdeenshire, especially the higher up aberdeenshire, especially the higher up you went. we have got a weather
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front which is stalled across the uk producing cloud and damp drizzly weather. western areas have brightened up, cornwall, northern ireland with plenty of blue sky. overnight the cloud wins out, hill fog around, damp and drizzly, clear to low levels, fog around, temperatures not going down too far, 10-15d but it temperatures not going down too far, 10—15d but it means a cloudy misty murky start to the day tomorrow, drizzly and places but bear with it, not a sign of things to come because brightly we brighten up especially into the afternoon there will be sunny spells, might catch a shower north—east scotland, maybe the east midlands, 124 wells in the south—west but the vast majority will stay dry. pleasantly warm in the sunny spells. find tuesday evening, by wednesday morning could be patchy fog across eastern england, the breeze picking up across the uk on wednesday ahead of
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an atlantic weather system and that changes the weather for northern ireland turning wetter on wednesday, outbreaks of rain for wales and england, you will stay dry during the day at least. the rain will push east wednesday night into thursday during thursday that is when to clear away from eastern areas last, elsewhere are fine weather and sunshine, another weather system coming from the west as they go into friday so you get the idea, the weather turning more changeable. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines at 6:30pm. labour has promised to tackle the use of private finance initiatives in which companies provide the upfront costs for large public sector projects and then lease them back with interest. i can tell you today, it's what you've been calling for. we'll bring existing pfi contracts back in—house. applause we're bringing them back. the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier says real progress on the divorce bill is
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essential before a transition period can be discussed. the pentagon says if north korea does not stop provocative actions it will make sure the president is provided with options to deal with pyongyang. it comes as north korea's foreign minister accused president trump of declaring war on his country. a teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a member of staff was stabbed at a school in north lincolnshire. london's mayor sadiq khan has asked tfl to make themselves available for talks with uber after the taxi app's ceo apologised for mistakes it said the company has made. now on bbc news, it's time for sportsday.
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