this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11pm: labour has pledged to end the use of private finance initiatives, to fund public building projects. north korea's foreign minister has accused president trump of declaring war on his country. the white house calls the claims absurd. a 16—year—old girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the stabbing of a school welfare officer in north lincolnshire. tonight we're in berlin were having won the weekend's election, angela merkel faces a tough challenge putting together a ruling coalition. and with the far right alternative for germany party doing so well, what does that mean for the politics of germany and europe as a whole? good evening and welcome to bbc news.
in a significant new commitment, labour says it would bring contracts signed under the private finance initiative into public ownership if it formed the next government. the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell told labour's conference that firms were making huge profits from the deals, been used to projects like hospitals and schools. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. any spare change... a 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 and today he promised they'd look at all pfi contracts and take the bulk back into tax payer's hands.
let me give you this commitment, we'll put an end to this scandal and we'll reduce the cost to the taxpayers. how? well, we've already pledged there will be no new pfi deals signed by us in government. but we'll go further and i can tell you today, it's what you've been calling for. we'll bring existing pfi contracts back in—house. we're bringing them back. applause they loved it here. an audience full of union members. there had been complaints for years about some of the worst deals and companies creaming off profits. we've seen millions of pounds wasted in pfi buildings and contracts. that's money down the tubes. all the money that we're having to pay in interest to big businesses, it will mean that money will come back into services. for 20 years though, tory and labour governments paid private companies...
this is proceeding on time and on cost? on time and on cost. ..to spread the cost and the risk of big building projects. mr corbyn, do we know how much the pfi bill will be? but injeremy corbyn‘s labour, pfi would be a thing of the past. the pfi contract you announced today, do you know how much this is going to cost? i'm going for lunch, you heard the speech, you'll see all the details. there's no detail in the speech. how much is it going to cost, sir? the party says they'd buy out private contacts with government bonds or borrowing. when are we going to get more details, sir? but it's not clear how much they'd be willing to do, or how many of the existing 700 contracts they'd unpick. the devil is always in the detail. we've got to find out how much this will cost. i've got no doubt whatsoever in paying for it, it will still be better value for the public purse, for the taxpayer than letting these contracts run for the next 20 years. but do you accept though to start with, to take these contracts back in—house, that would at least, in the short term, cost the taxpayer a lot of money?
of course it will do. we can borrow. there's nothing against borrowing. yet this feels more than anything, a point of principle. some of them were badly formed contracts which have ended up being rather expensive, but you're not going to save money by getting out of them because presumably, you're going to have to pay the companies with which you've got the legal agreement in order to get out of them. these days labour doesn't agree on everything. but the election has given this party new confidence to act on its conviction, not driven by cost. laura kuenssberg in brighton. 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 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. prime minister may's speech in
france showed a constructive spirit, and today i discussed the state of play the negotiations in the european union two parliament this morning and just now in the general of their councils. —— florence. 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. real progress on the three main issues, citizens, ireland, financial settlement, is essential to move the
discussion on transition as well as the future. in germany, chancellor merkel says she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for the far—right afd in yesterday's election. she starts her fourth term in a weaker position and has to build a new coalition government. our berlin correspondentjenny hill has been to mrs merkel‘s home state in the east of the country to talk to people who voted for the afd. it's not how angela merkel wanted germany to look. in a country so tainted by the past, much was unthinkable, unsayable. not any more. it's their time now. the many faces of afd. teacher, pensioner, labourer, businessman. they used to vote conservative, social democratic, left party, green or like this lady not at all. translation: the old people don't
dare leave the house after 6.00 and when i open the door the first thing i see are headscarfs and i get on a tram and i see groups of young men. and here in the old east support is particularly strong. translation: i was a dissident in east germany and experienced the propaganda methods of a totalitarian state. i now see how the main parties are using those kinds of methods. violent division. painful reminders. afd would ban minorettes, close the german borders. angela merkel, down, but not yet out. many voters haven't forgiven her for opening this country's doors, though not all. opinion polls ahead of the election showed very clearly that she has
a lot of support in the german population. so more than 50% of respondents said if they could vote directly, they would vote for merkel, so that's really interesting to see. she commands respect and that's also seen in the christian democratic party. afd‘s already tasted power here in the splendour of the regional parliament. but this morning, the party is split at local and national level. moderates walking out in disgust. not this new mp. afd‘s first demand, he tells us, an inquiry into angela merkel‘s refugee policy. translation: we have impact through publicity. we can't change laws, because the other parties will boycott us, though they'll often use our ideas later. so yes, we are important, because voters discuss our policies. a problem perhaps for the political power house of europe. opposition to the euro, to further eu integration. afd‘s success indicates that the populism which has swept
through europe in recent years is really taking root in this country. germany is a place where people have tended to identify as european first, german second. but for the very first time, a significant proportion of people here are voting for a party which wants to claw back powers from brussels and regain its national sovereignty. it speaks to supporters of all ages. i support the afd because it's the future of my friends, me of course, my friends, my school mates and so on and it will be a dark future if nothing really happens. fear for the future, nostalgia for a country considered lost. voices which won't be ignored. jenny hill, bbc news. north korea's foreign minister has accused donald trump,
north korea's foreign minister has accused donald trump of declaring war on his country and said pyongyang had the right to shoot down us bombers even if they were outside north korean airspace. in a show of force over the weekend, us lancer bombers flew in international airspace over waters east of north korea. the white house has called the suggestion it's declared war absurd. just when you think the volume can't get any higher it seems to go up another notch. we've already had the kind of backwards and forwards, the playground chance at one another about the relative sanity of each leader. now we've got something very different, this idea the north korean accusing the americans of having made a declaration of war and that would justify shooting down an american bomber even outside north korean airspace, of course the pentagon have to take that seriously and they say that would be com pletely and they say that would be completely unacceptable. you can be sure they will be preparing measures to ta ke
sure they will be preparing measures to take in reality based retaliation. do they try to jam north korean ground radar clearly that would be seen as a act of war. what would happen if a non— korean plane was shot down? no answers to these questions just an intensification of the rhetoric and threats on both sides and no seeing how this is going to calm down. we've had the chinese say what we need is to cool everything down, instead, everything's getting hotter. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news the news this evening. a seventh person has been arrested by police investigating the parsons green tube bombing. the 20—year—old was arrested in cardiff early this morning. he's been taken to a police station in south london. one man has already been charged with attempted murder. the surgeon nasa kurdy, who helped victims of the manchester arena terror attack, has been stabbed in the neck outside a mosque in hale in greater manchester. police are continuing to question two men about the incident. the global 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 ‘must change. a 16—year—old girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed at a secondary school, winterton community academy, in north lincolnshire. police said a kitchen knife was used in the attack. the victim is in hospital but her injuries are not life—threatening. our correspondent dan johnson sent this report. the start of the school day at this small town comprehensive was shaken by an incident that ended with a member of staff seriously injured and a year ii pupil under arrest. we reacted immediately and were on scene in minutes. the pupil had been detained by members of staff and obviously medical treatment was being given to the victim. a stabbing involving a knife, you believe? that's what i believe, yes. we understand this incident took place in an office, away from other children.
the 61—year—old who was hurt, is a welfare officer based here at the school. she's in hospital being treated for what are discribed as serious, but not life—threatening injuries. the school's head teacher was one of the first to see what had happened. when i arrived in the office, there were already a number of members of staff who were dealing with the situation, administering first aid to the member of staff, restraining the students as well. this is the opposite really of a big inner city school, where you might have got this before? yes, completely, we're all surprised. out of the blue. the school stayed open, but, after a text alert, many parents took children home. we just had a message to say there had been a serious incident and they would be in touch, but everyone's was safe. the kids were texting saying they were locked in the tutor room, so again panic, ijust want to get her home now. officers expect to be here most of week. they're still questioning the 16—year—old girl held on suspicion of attempted murder.
dan johnson, bbc news. now it's time for newsnight. 1:03 1 shock in germany as the far right make big gains. now they say they'll defend the country against an invasion of foreigners. angela merkel‘s won, for the fourth time, but now she faces months of coalition negotiations and a bundestag with more than 90 new mps from the afd. how will this nationalist, populist party revolutionise politics both here and across the continent? our principles, our values are not negotiable. and we will not form any kind of government or coalition with this party. here in brighton, what a difference a year makes. remember last september whenjeremy corbyn had just a tenuous hold on his party? today it's clear he's in control,
and has his sights set on a programme of nationalisation and the end of pfi. but what's still far from clear after today is any party policy on life after the eu. you do want to be vague, that is what you are being. you're being honest. ——vague. i'm being honest and practical, and straightforward as i can be in the interests of the country. and vague. we'll discuss with a man who once dreamed of being leader and a woman who's got big plans for the party. good evening from the brandenburg gate in berlin, a place where some of the most tumultuous scenes in 20th century history played out, and where yesterday a dramatic new chapter was written.