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cult of the focus group. as tom says, if you have principles and you believe in what is right for the country, you should lead and persuade people rather than co nsta ntly persuade people rather than constantly sitting down and refining your messages. and just saying what people want to hear. with the you're watching bbc news at 9am greatest respect to your focus with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines. group, who are fantastic. yes, they labour is pledging to outspend the conservatives are! i don't think anyone could on the nhs in england. accuse the lib dems of refining our it means an extra 26 billion for the nhs or, in cash terms, message when it comes to brexit, as because that's the way borisjohnson likes to present these things, our clear message is to stop it.” an extra £40 billion for the nhs. am not going to use the swearword, b coming up in the programme, to brexit. did you focus group that? we'll be looking at these numbers more closely with health think tank, is not as i am aware. you didn't nuffield trust. david gauke, the former conservative cabinet minster, check if people would be offended? warns a conservative victory could pave the way to sometimes you know that a slogan you a "very hard brexit". adopt is one that is completely going to cut through and will land a conservative majority after the next general election in people's recognition of what you will take us in the direction stand for. what do you think our group might suggest are your party's of a very hard brexit. david is a good friend but i think on this issue he's weaknesses, lucy powell?”
got it precisely wrong. group might suggest are your party's weaknesses, lucy powell? iwas knocking on doors in a marginal seat more service personnel are drafted in to help in parts of northern yesterday, and most people are fed england and the east midlands up yesterday, and most people are fed up of all of us, if i'm honest. it hit by flooding. isa meanwhile, venice has been up of all of us, if i'm honest. it is a bit ofa hit by the highest tide up of all of us, if i'm honest. it is a bit of a plague on all your houses. they feel that we have not in more than 50 years, done what they asked us to do and flooding the streets. they are not sure what we stand for. and coming up in sport, england manager gareth southgate so the challenge for all of us is to says his squad are like a family following the bust—up between raheem sterling get that across make this election and joe gomez this week. about the issues that we think the country are facing and engage people on that. you have is where the a nswer on that. you have is where the answer by using the plague on all your houses answer. ed vaizey, what do you think the focus group might suggest are your party's weaknesses? our weaknesses are our strengths. another answer that you say in a job interview! boris johnson is a good morning and welcome strength, but he is marmite. and we to the bbc news at 9am. have a clear position on brexit, but the two main parties in the general election campaign the risk for the conservative party will today focus on what they regard is that it moves too far from the as their key issues. ce ntre is that it moves too far from the labour will focus on health while centre ground. sol is that it moves too far from the centre ground. so i will be interested to know what your focus the conservatives look to brexit. group thinks. although i think we labour is promising to spend will win the election, i think
an extra £6 billion a year political parties win from the on the nhs in england ce ntre political parties win from the centre ground. and i worry that maybe people think we have attacked than the conservatives if it wins too far to the right. and when you the general election. have a former conservative justice minister on the radio this morning saying not to vote for boris the budget would rise to £155 johnson, that worries you? it wasn't billion pounds by 2023 to 2a, helpful, but we have had a former labour minister saying not to vote compared with the £149 billion for labour as well. things are very announced by the tories last year. much up in the air. it will probably the money, labour says, will bring back bursaries for student nurses, still come down to a straight expand mental health services and the number of gp labour—tory fight. people expect training places. everything to be in flux and thrown up everything to be in flux and thrown up in the air, but i think politics meanwhile arron banks, might be slightly more normal in the long—standing ally terms of the result than people of nigel farage, has urged him expect. we will see. thank you very to withdraw brexit party candidates from conservative target seats, notjust the ones the tories won much. we will be back with you later in 2017. andjoin us much. we will be back with you later and join us live at ten o'clock on the former conservative the bbc news channel, bbc two and justice secretary, david gauke, has warned that a tory online. thank you, victoria. majority in the election would be bad for the country. time now for the morning briefing, mr gauke was kicked out where we bring you up of the party for voting to speed on the stories people against the government last month. are watching, reading and sharing. joe tidyjoins me now. his announcement comes during the run up to the election,
as boris johnson prepares to make a speech this afternoon he'll be looking in detail at how in which he'll vow once digital and social media platforms again to get brexit done. are being used as part of political campaigns. let's speak now to our assistant let's begin with an ad which has political editor, norman smith. been attacking jeremy corbyn. we are good morning, norman. let's begin with the nhs. a real battle between seeing this battle for the search bar. it is over google and which labour, which sees this as its parties are putting what money behind what key words. for example, traditional ground, and the if you search the liberal democrats, conservatives who have branded this one of the people's priorities. both labour comes up and it says that if you vote for the lib dems, you get parties know that the nhs is a key, borisjohnson. we are seeing this across the board. if you search for may be the key issue for many the lib dems, you get a conservative ad which comes up saying the voters. traditionally it has been opposite, vote lib dems and get labour's or message throughout jeremy corbyn. but there are successive elections, and today we get their big bonanza spending pledge, this extra a0 billion pounds interesting things as well with the brexit party. we have already said they bought some ads saying that if in cash terms over the next four yea rs, in cash terms over the next four years, designed with say to rescue you search for boris‘ brexit deal, the nhs after years of underfunding. it comes up with a web page —— designed, they say, to rescue the attacking his brexit deal. and they nhs. this will help recruit 2a,000
have still got this one here. if you nurses, create 5000 gp training search for the conservative party, you get the brexit party. despite the announcement from nigel farage places, on mental health, they are the announcement from nigel farage planning to replace all mental the other day saying we need a clean break brexit, they are not health dormitories, they will refit advertising that one any more, so the ambulance fleet with new crisis maybe they are pulling back on the message that the boris brexit deal and abilities, they are talking is right. but this is interesting. about free prescription charges and it is perhaps one of the most about free prescription charges and aggressive tactics i have seen in a big increase in capital spending, this election so far. if you search 1.5 billion which will form part of for the party on google, you get this website. it is a conservative labour's social transformation fund. money being poured into the nhs, website that they have made specifically for this reason. it is more than boris johnson money being poured into the nhs, more than borisjohnson has promised called the cost of corbyn and if you although he too has markedly click through, you remember this 1.2 increased spending all the promises trillion attack line that the conservative party have been using? spending since he became prime minister, because he knows it has they are saying they have worked out that if you tot up all of the a lwa ys minister, because he knows it has always been a vulnerability for the previous manifesto promises plus all the new announcements from the conservatives. despite this huge cash injection, it does not yet labour party, it will cost that match the level of increase in much. and we know from full fact, spending under tony blair in the the independent fact checking early 2000s when overall spending charity, that this is misleading at best. they describe it as many of
was increased around 6% per year. the current increase is just over a‘xw. the current increase is just over a%. nevertheless, shadow home the figures behind their estimate secretaryjohn ashworth saying it being based on uncertain or flawed was a very significant increase in assumptions. so we know this is a funding. at a%, and it's not the blair—brown problematic figure that the conservative party are using, but years, but it's the second biggest they are determined to keep pushing boost in nhs spending after the blair—brown years. and actually, if you recall, it. and the way they are doing it is when the government announced their funding settlement for the nhs last year, many of the experts came to try and hijack the labour party out and said, this isn't enough google search. just explain how that to transform services. works for our viewers. so they type the level of investment needed in one thing, say if they want to to improve performance after a decade of cutbacks in health find out about labour's policies, services would be but they get an ad attacking labour? investment of around a%. that is what we are introducing. the weather advertising on google works is that you buy up keywords. you can also target in geographic places as well according to age and norman, a week or so ago, we had ian gender. so they might have paid x amount of money to make sure that austin, the former labour mp, urging when someone types in labour party, the auction that takes place with people not to vote forjeremy google advertising works and how corbyn. now we have david gauke, releva nt google advertising works and how relevant the page is and the advert is to the search and how much money until recently the justice secretary, saying that a is to the search and how much money is paid. so presumably quite a bit conservative majority would be bad of money is being paid to make that for the uk. how much pause for
a relevant search results. let's thought is this going to give to voters, do you think?|j talk about some other trends, two thought is this going to give to voters, do you think? i suspect the davids? yes, david gauke, who we impact in terms of the election have been talking about in victoria campaign may be somewhat limited in the sense that david gauke is a derbyshire's preview. he has announced that he will stand as an comparatively lonely voice. most of independent and he has some choice the former tory refuseniks were words about the conservative party. the other david trending is david brent. this is a result of boris booted out of the party by boris johnson have basically walked away johnson's video that he put up last from politics, headed off into the night. i have seen it. the sort of sunset. david gauke is one of the few who has chosen to stand and fight because of his belief that terminology we are hearing is cheesy. others are saying it does borisjohnson is boxed into a no—deal brexit by his refusal to liken borisjohnson to david brent, the fictional character from when countenance any extension to the transition period beyond december hogg in slough. the conservatives 2020, a timetable which david gauke could see this as taking the mick out of borisjohnson, but i have a says it is impossible to meet if borisjohnson is to secure a trade hunch that this could be another example of the conservatives using a tactic where they put something out thatis tactic where they put something out deal. that is an analysis shared by that is may be deliberately designed to get people talking even if not in many hardline deal. that is an analysis shared by many ha rdline exit deal. that is an analysis shared by many hardline exit heres like nigel farage who believe that boris a positive light. and a final word johnson is heading towards a no—deal brexit. it could be a tough fight on the prominence of videos in
because the liberal democrats have already signalled they will not campaigning. yes, we have some stand aside in his constituency. he numbers from cardiff university and is urging tory voters in the their senior lecturer of the school of journalism, selection to lend their votes to the their senior lecturer of the school ofjournalism, media their senior lecturer of the school of journalism, media and their senior lecturer of the school ofjournalism, media and culture. he has totted up the views on facebook and twitter and has found some liberal democrats in an effort to stop borisjohnson securing a interesting things. we talked last majority. a conservative majority week about the fact that labour after the next general election seemed to be winning in the will take us in the direction of a very hard brexit and in all likelihood, twittersphere. . they are doing the at the end of 2020, we will leave best in terms of likes and shares, the implementation period without a deal but when it comes to the videos, it with the european union on wto is the conservatives. the list of terms, in effect, no deal terms. the top ten videos watched on and that, i believe, twitter, six of them are either borisjohnson videos or conservative will be disastrous for the prosperity of this country. videos. and we are seeing that same trend of personality jumping videos. and we are seeing that same trend of personalityjumping party. we are seeing more videos involving borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn doing as the tories, —— as for the tories, better than party videos. on facebook, it's a much more mixed they have kind of shrugged off david picture. number four on the gauke? decision, this was cabinet facebook, it's a much more mixed picture. numberfour on the facebook top ten is a lib dem advert. and minister michael gove. number eight is an snp advert. so it david is a good friend but i think on this issue, isa number eight is an snp advert. so it is a real mixture on facebook and we
he's got it precisely wrong. are seeing more of a dominance of the only way that we can get the two parties across both brexit done and move on with the people's priorities, investment in our nhs, in policing and education, platforms. joe, really interesting to talk to you about the latest is to make sure that we do have a functioning developments on social media. let's majority in government. we want to get parliament working for the british people and that have a look at what you are reading means we need a working majority. and watching on the bbc news app. let's talk about the lib dems, one of their candidates, tim walker, in number one of the most red are those floods in venice. you can get lots canterbury, has stepped aside in favour of a labour remainer counted, more detail and images from the rosie duffield. it's interesting, centre of venice. you can see people the local arrangements, because wading through a depth of water there seems to be some animosity on because of the highest tide in 50 a national level betweenjo swinson yea rs. because of the highest tide in 50 years. this is a fun story that lots and jeremy corbyn. at a local level, of you are watching at number three. it seems that some liberal democrats are deciding to pull back and not a fat cat smuggler. of the russian stand where rival candidates are airline aeroflot. he took his cat seen as very pro stand where rival candidates are seen as very pro remain. tim walker in canterbury has reached that viktor in the cabin with him. viktor decision as the lib dems candidate, was heavier than the weight limit that says you should only have pets he does not want to threaten rosie weighing less than eight kilograms duffield, a labour mp but a and 17 lbs in the cabin. heavier prominent remainer on spin majority.
if he stood, there is a —— on the than that and they have to go into the hold. it is not clear how he did thin majority. if he stood, there is afair thin majority. if he stood, there is a fair chance he could split the this, but he managed to use a cat body double at check—in to pose in remainer vote. the lib dems still wa nts to remainer vote. the lib dems still wants to stand there candidate despite mr walker's decision. and in place of viktor. but he was discovered and his empires have been confiscated as a result. that is it david gauke's constituency, lib dems have said they will stand as well for today's morning briefing. because they have a hard line stance on brexit, they will not back off in constituencies where mps have given any support for a brexit deal. david an opposition senator in bolivia, janine—yey anez, gauke, they argue, has in the past has declared herself interim president following the resignation of evo morales. voted for a brexit deal even though politicians from the former leader's socialist party boycotted the meeting of congress he is now seeking to stop boris in which she took office. the moment many bolivians have been johnson getting a majority. there is an issue bubbling up as to whether waiting for. the new leader after evo morales ‘s resignation and promise to bring peace to the jo swinson is taking to purest an country. the news was greeted with approach to brexit, and whether that huge cheers and congress, but it was hardly a full house. supporters of actually helps borisjohnson by evo morales refusing to take part in splitting the remaining votes in key the session. she was sworn in marginal constituencies. at the swiftly, no time to lose. grassroots, it seems some liberal
democrats are much more willing to back off. thank you very much for translation: it's been 1a years of a regime that has violated that, norman. taking us through the constitutional rights and many developments today. guarantees, a regime that has arrested those for thinking let's get more on labour's nhs different. i have been in opposition spending plans now with our health for 1a years, but i am proud of my correspondent nick triggle. country and the people who shouted good morning, nick. what the that this is neither cuba nor venezuela, this is bolivia and government is offering in terms of the nhs budget is broadly in line bolivia needs to be respected. the interim president now has 90 days in with what the nhs needs to stand which to call elections. that should still so how does that contrast with bring some much—needed stability to this country in crisis. the question what labour is offering? both are looking to increase the nhs budget, is whether evo morales' supporters will agree with the process. on the when we talk about it, this is the front—line budget for services, it streets outside congress, anger. does not include funding for training staff, public health services such as stop smoking, or taking it out on police, evo morales' supporters feel he has been investment in infrastructure or building. last year, the government betrayed. the departure of mr set out a five year plan and said by morales has harassed the nation. on 2023, the nhs budget in england tuesday thousands marched waving the multicoloured symbol of the would be £20 billion higher than last year after inflation is taken indigenous andean communities. they into account. labour are saying it
would be £26 billion higher. that is we re indigenous andean communities. they were angry that the flag had been a difference in terms of annual burned in opposition protests. many increases of about .5% more, labour here say they fear a return to a bolivian past where the poor are forgotten. the opposition has treated us, this woman tells me. i will always love you, wherever you are promising. that brings nhs funding increases in line with what the nhs has traditionally got are. there is a great deal of anger throughout its history to keep pace on the streets of bolivia. this with the pressures of the ageing political crisis won't be easy to solve ahead of new elections. population, new medicines and things like that. said both offers are really in line with keeping what is needed, just the services that we the uk inflation rate currently have to keep pace with the fell to 1.5% in october from 1.7% the previous month. our business correspondent, ageing population rather than doing andrew walkerjoins me now. anything extra ? labour are ageing population rather than doing anything extra? labour are saying, this would pay for more things, but this into context for us. the nurse bursaries, more gps, etc. main factor driving this with changes in the energy price cap traditionally the nhs has got a% on which had the effect of reducing average each year. labour are household energy bills and prices between september and october, promising 3.9%, the government, whereas they had risen in the same period last year. that was the 3.a%. not a massive difference although health bosses say is biggest single factor, but there significant enough to have some we re biggest single factor, but there were also downward contributions
impact in terms of reducing waiting from furniture, household equipment, times and employing more staff. the recreation, services and so forth, nhs since 2010 has had pretty low partly offset by an increase in the prices of clothing and footwear. increases, below 2% on average. thank you very much, nick. 1.5% is below the bank of england's target of 2%. not terribly more military personnel have been drafted in to help in parts of northern england concerning in itself, but the bank and the east midlands hit by flooding. 20 flood warnings remain does view below target inflation as in place in south yorkshire, but they are no longer considered undesirable as above target a threat to life. more than a thousand acres inflation. so that is something the of farmland in lincolnshire has been bank will have to consider as it submerged, after a river decides about interest rates in the burst its banks. coming months. most people in the last week extensive downpours meant several areas were struck by a month's worth of rain market seem to think that interest rates will stay on hold, but if in a single day. in doncaster about 500 there is a move, there is more of an homes have been flooded, and more than a thousand properties expectation that they will be have been evacuated downwards from where they are in areas hit by floods. currently. thank you for putting fishlake, a village near doncaster, was one of the worst hit. that into context. let me remind you tim muffett has spent the morning in the village church. that into context. let me remind you that victoria derbyshire is coming up that victoria derbyshire is coming up in the next couple of minutes with her programme. before that, let's look at the weather. many houses, many businesses are still hugely affected by the donations, you can see here that
have been flooding into st cuthberts it was a chilly start to the day today for many of us, particularly church in fishla ke, have been flooding into st cuthberts church in fishlake, food, blankets, across scotland and northern clothing, cleaning products, the england, where temperatures were community is really coming together. widely below freezing. whilst many peter is the church warden, how hard of us will see a drier day, the next has this been for people living area of cloud and rain is going to locally? good morning, thank you for push in as we get through this having us. it's been extremely hard afternoon. the central and eastern but the worst is still to come england, a mostly dry picture with because people have to come back to variable clouds and sunshine. a home they evacuated from, and see scattering of showers for northern the extraordinary level of damage. i scotland, western parts of scotland spoke to one young couple last and north—west parts of england. but night, two cars wrecked, their whole home completely saturated, the this afternoon, cloud and rain will feed into the south—west of britain floors coming up, they have to start and it could be heavy and again. it's very hard indeed and persistent, particularly for southern wales, following a thatis something wintry has a higher again. it's very hard indeed and that is a grieving process that will ta ke that is a grieving process that will take place over a long period of ground. it tends to pivot as we get time. the people's encouragement through tomorrow night, feeding into this morning, there are seven pumps southern areas and eastern areas. working around the village and water another cold night across scotland, levels are going down. high water temperatures dipping away. tomorrow, will be at about 8:30am, the team we have that band of rain first thing. it will be heavy and then it retired, the river level of 5.3 will gradually work further north. a metres this morning will still be a
relatively safe area. we cannot say the risk is all disappeared, there will always be some risk in the situation but it is under control and people in fishlake have some comfort that they understand what is happening and what's going on. thank you very much. it's good to see so many people have donated items here. grant, you are stranded in your house for three days. —— you were stranded. what was that like? at about 30 pm on friday night we heard about 30 pm on friday night we heard a commotion outside, we can see the water comes flooding through the village so we knew we had to get in the house, get as much stuff as we could upstairs, and we were left u psta i rs could upstairs, and we were left upstairs without electricity for three days and three nights. we managed to wade out and get to the church, the local community have donated food, blankets etc. they have even been doing runs to the chemist to get people medicine and things. since then, we have basically been talking to each other, trying to plan what's next.
the water has dropped. this village hasn't flooded, the houses have never flooded in hasn't flooded, the houses have neverflooded in 100 hasn't flooded, the houses have never flooded in 100 years. hasn't flooded, the houses have neverflooded in 100 years. the outlying fields have like they have anywhere else in the country. so i believe that what they have done is improve the flood defences along the river don at sheffield and all it has done is force the water towards us. has done is force the water towards us. some people here feel angry, do you feel angry? i think somebody needs to be held accountable because these people are professionals, they must have known when they were putting in the flood defences in sheffield that the water would end up sheffield that the water would end up coming down here. because we have got a lower population, maybe they thought that this was a risk worth taking and they sacrificed us to make sure that they didn't get affected. there is a lot of anger towards doncaster council because they have not been able to hear —— get here, they have said they can't
come here because of the risk to life but local charities and communities have come through. the local community have braved it in their own vehicles and helped us wherever they can, it's been great. i gather the power is now back in your house which is great to hear, but rain is forecast and fingers crossed things will work out for you. the amount of donations is extraordinary. there is a challenge in terms of coordinating it and getting it to people who need that support. boris johnson, getting it to people who need that support. borisjohnson, the prime minister, pledged more money for councils to help businesses and individuals who have been affected by this. jeremy corbyn described the of the government as a —— response of the government as a —— response of the government as a —— response of the government as well feel. —— as well woeful. ajury in auckland has been shown cctv of a man, accused of murdering a british backpacker, pushing a suitcase said to contain her body. grace millane died on the night before her 22nd birthday
while travelling in new zealand. the footage showed the suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, buying a suitcase, shovel and cleaning products in the days after ms millane's death. he denies murder. the headlines on bbc news. labour is pledging to outspend the conservatives on the nhs in england. david gauke — the former conservative cabinet minster — warns a conservative victory could pave the way to a "very hard brexit". mr gauke has confirmed he'll be running as an independent in the election. more service personnel are drafted in to help in parts of northern england and the east midlands hit by flooding. coming up in sport england manager gareth southgate says his squad are like a family following the bust—up between raheem sterling and joe gomez this week. also before 10 o'clock, our analysis of how the election campaign is playing out online and on social media including questions about an advert
by the conservatives that attacks labour's spending plans. back now to our top story. labour is focusing its election campaign on the nhs today, promising to beat the conservatives on health service spending in england if it wins power. the tories insist labour's proposal for a shorter working week would eat into the funding due to the need for more staff. here to look behind the numbers is mark dayan from the nuffield trust, the independent health think tank. thank you for coming along. put into context for us the offer is being talked about by labour and the conservatives, and whether those would represent enough money to keep pace with an ageing population, things standing still, effectively, or could they do more than the services currently on offer? labour and the conservatives have both announced a big headline increase for nhs england which is the body
which finds most but not all nhs services in england. labour have pledged 26,000,000,005 years, the conservatives, 20. both of those figures, labour is higher, is roughly what you need to keep up with patients coming through. it should get us back to doing that after a few years when the budget has been too low to manage that but it will not leave us an infinite amount of money to do what we want. where you see differences on capital. that is money for investment in buildings, equipment, things like that. the conservatives have announced a couple of quite specific hospital building initiatives, labour have made a somewhat bigger pledged to raise the investment budget up to the average of wealthy countries which will be something quite new for the nhs, because that has often been held quite low in this country. the conservatives are saying, hang on, labour is talking about a four—day week and if the nhs needs to talk about recruiting more staff, this will eat into the extra money labour will eat into the extra money labour will spend, what are your thoughts on that? i don't know whether the
four—day week applies to the nhs, and it's unclear when it comes in, it talked about being an aspiration for a decade. and labour has said this morning it will not apply to the nhs. yes, there are only so many nurses and doctors, you need certain qualifications in the pool is not big enough at the moment. i think it would cause problems if it was applied to the nhs, i would hope some sort of exemption would be made. labour is talking about its spending plans including money for more bursaries for nurses, training or employing more gps, and i know that in your words, extreme staff shortages are one of the things that you are very concerned about. do you think that the money on offer could really tackle those staff shortages? the money from labour on staffing, what's important is what is done with it. we were encouraged to see some strong initiatives getting this
funding including grants for nursing stu d e nts to funding including grants for nursing students to attract more, and the increase for money for training staff mid—career. the staffing problem on the nhs has reached a level where we see it undermining everything that the service tries to do. there are areas where it needs to be done. more measures about keeping the stuff that we have, making the nhs somewhere they want to work. doing something about the troubling trend in early retirement that we have seen rising recently. if you cannot retain and recruit, even with extra money, can you deal with the sorts of issues that politicians are dealing with, like cutting waiting lists and improving mental health services?” cutting waiting lists and improving mental health services? i think you're absolutely right. this is enough money to keep pace with demand and that should mean you are taking as many people off the waiting list is go on it. some of that pressure on target should go down. but unless we sort out the tens of thousands of nursing vacancies in particular, our hospitals will not be able to
deliver the care that people need. thank you very much for your time this morning. the impeachment inquiry in washington is about to go public. until now, the testimony has been heard behind closed doors. house democrats are looking at whether president trump abused his power by witholding military aid from ukraine, while pressing for an investigation into one of his main rivals for the presidency, joe biden. mr trump calls the inquiry a ‘hoax‘. 0ur washington correspondent, gary 0'donoghue reports. there was no quid pro quo. no quid pro quo. quid pro quo. three short latin words. in essence, you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours. thank you very much, mr president. that's what the president stands accused of, pressuring ukraine's volodymyr zelensky to investigate donald trump's opponents in return for hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and that allegation has persuaded the top house democrat to drop her resistance. i'm announcing the house
of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment enquiry. everything centres a july phone call with president zelensky in which mr trump brought up joe biden and his son hunter, who'd worked with a ukrainian gas company. in a partial transcript, donald trump asks for a favour and then asks about a conspiracy theory surrounding the 2016 election, but goes on to say: i had a perfect phone call. perfect, it was a perfect conversation. it was absolutely perfect. a week before the call, the military aid had been put on hold by the white house. the president insists the two things were not linked and has doubled down on his demand for an investigation, despite there being no substantive evidence against the bidens. people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.
well, i'm not a crook. richard nixon resigned when he knew for sure he was going to be impeached and thrown out after the watergate scandal but this place has only formally impeached two presidents in more than 230 years and neither of them was removed from office. chances are donald trump won't be either. so why are the democrats bothering? those open hearings will be an opportunity for the american people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses but also to learn first—hand about the facts of the president's misconduct. clear a path on the sidewalk. the first witness in public will be the serving ambassador to the ukraine, william taylor. he's already stunned washington by telling congress that military aid was tied to investigating the bidens for domestic political gain and it's evidence like that democrats will hope can damage president trump in the run—up to next year's collection. gary 0'donoghue, bbc news, washington.
tesla's chief executive, elon musk, has said berlin will be the site of its first european factory as the car—maker's expansion plans power ahead. mr musk said the firm would also build an engineering and design centre in the german capital. with me is dominic 0'connell, business journalist on the bbc‘s today programme. what has elon musk been saying about the decision to cite this factory in berlin as opposed to the uk? he did say there was due to brexit uncertainty, hardly a surprise because the established car makers have been talking about the same thing. for a long time it has been rumoured that tesla has been looking for a european factory and it was a lwa ys for a european factory and it was always thought he would put it in germany because it was a centre of engineering excellence for the car
market, and also close to the markets that tesla sells very well in because of engineering —— electric incentives, norway, denmark and sweden. this comes at a very important time for tesla, it is losing a lot of money, always been loss—making but a lot of people have been betting that the shares would go down because of the loss making, they have been wrong. shares have actually gone from $185 people betting against tesla have been caught out. it is still heavily loss—making, a big factory in shanghai is going to open and now a new front in europe. let's talk about hs2 now, the latest developments about the cost. there has been a long—running row about the hsz has been a long—running row about the hs2 cost, borisjohnson looked in —— commissioned an independent review about the costs which have gone from 55 million to 88 billion, the review will not be published until after the election but the deputy chairman of the review has
said that the review is not independent, it relied far too much on information from hs2 and the department for transport itself, there were no real proper review of costs a nd there were no real proper review of costs and if you did do a proper review of costs, it would be 103 billion. so the row over hs2 is showing no sign of going away. we will not know what the government will not know what the government will do until after the election at the earliest. thanks for bringing us up the earliest. thanks for bringing us up to date. england's leading football clubs have been placed in a new league table, designed to assess their environmental impact. the idea behind the ratings is for the high profile business of football to help drive green innovations elsewhere. joe wilson reports: winning depends on the definition of success. this is the manchester city that everyone sees. new research is designed to reveal the green work. city turned an industrial wasteland into their football campus,
with corridors for wildlife, so alongside the sport, there is nature. the soil was washed and cleaned and washed and cleaned again. and what we managed to do is create trees and hedgerows for birds, and bees and bats, and invertebrates, and a whole range of new wildlife that just wasn't here before. match day at arsenal. supporters help to fund a multi—billion pound industry. the fans we spoke to expect their club to set an example environmentally. it is important to everyone, and all concerned and all organisations, to make sure that we have a future here for our children and our grandchildren. they've got such a platform to be able to come across and say, this is what you need to be doing, and it is, it's a good example, isn't it? grass cuttings from arsenal's pitch go to local composters. go lower for the power. we are in the emirates stadium. a huge battery charged from sustainable sources off peak.
it can provide two hours of match day electricity in the stadium. that's equivalent to powering nearly 3000 homes. we absolutely have a responsibility to our younger generation to ensure that we provide a great world for them to be a part. and if we can be leaders in that, then that's a wonderful thing. english football has always commanded attention. now, how does it use its huge wealth and influence? the new green research is really designed to encourage every club. after all, the planet's future is a game everyone wins, or everyone loses. joe wilson, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with carol. good morning. you have been singing today for children in need so i hope you are still in fine voice for the forecast! yes, that was great fun singing on radio two for children in need! to
get onto the weather, a chilly start today, a widespread frost across scotla nd today, a widespread frost across scotland and northern england, but a lot of sunshine around first thing. a peppering of showers on the coast, some could get in from the irish sea towards cheshire, and then through the day we will see the next band of road arrive in the south—west and wales. some of it could be heavy. it will feel cool today with images lower than average. tonight, clearer skies in scotland and northern england, a widespread frost. rain in southern areas, depositing some snow, potentially, on the tops of the hills. it is going to be another cold night. if we pick up this rain tomorrow, it is a good chance we could see it falling in areas where we have had an issue with flooding, we have had an issue with flooding, we will keep a close eye. to the south, showers, to the north, dry and bright with a few showers, wintry on the hills. a keen wind
making it feel colder than the temperatures suggest. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: labour is pledging to outspend the conservatives on the nhs in england, saying the money would cut waiting times and boost mental health services. david gauke — the former conservative cabinet minster — warns a conservative victory could pave the way to a "very hard brexit". mr gauke has confirmed he'll be running as an independent in the election. more service personnel are drafted in to help in parts of northern england and the east midlands hit by flooding. residents in the worst affected areas are expected to be out of their homes for up to three weeks. meanwhile, venice has been hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years, flooding the streets. the mayor says he will declare a state of disaster.
let's bring you more on that. venice has been hit by severe flooding after the highest tide in more than 50 years. st mark's square was under a metre of water on tuesday night. the mayor, luigi brugnaro, said he would declare a state of emergency and pleaded for government assistance. gareth barlow has more: venice, the old city on the lagoon, is now mostly submerged in water. known locally as the "acqua alta", or high water, this is the highest tide in more than half a century. translation: we're here and we're waiting. we've reached another record. we need everyone to lend a hand and we need to be united in the face of this, which is evidently the effect of climate change. the mayor went on to say the tide will leave an indelible wound on the city. some of its most famous landmarks are inundated.
translation: our house is on the ground floor, so every time there's a high tide, it gets wet. for the tourists, it's great, but none of the venetians like it as it brings a lot of problems. the city has been increasingly prone to flooding in recent years. defences are being built. beset by delays, they're not expected to be fully operational for several years. the city's mayor has declared a state of disaster, but while that might increase the support available, it won't stop the floods. gareth barlow, bbc news. some breaking news now. we are hearing that the rate of consumer price index inflation has gone down to1.5% in price index inflation has gone down to 1.5% in october, from 1.7 in september. that comes from the office for national statistics.
so the ons says the rate of consumer price index inflation has gone down from 1.7% to1.5%. price index inflation has gone down from 1.7% to 1.5%. more on that later. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sally. we're going to start with some breaking football news this morning with the announcement that women's super league leaders chelsea have completed the signing of australia striker sam kerr. i'm joined now byjane dougall, and jane, as signings go, this is right up there? this is a massive coup for chelsea, and of course for chelsea's manager emma hayes. every club in europe was after sa m emma hayes. every club in europe was after sam kerr, including the six time champions league winners lyon. but the reason she has gone to
chelsea is because she wants to win the champions league, and so do they, and she will go some way to helping them do that. she is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, nominated for the ballon d'or and fifa's women's player of the year. she has won five consecutive golden boots in america, the american league and the australian league. and she is the all—time top scorer in both leagues of all time, an incredible record. and she holds the record for the most goals in a single season in both leagues. she is australian. she scored five goals during the world cup this summer, helping australia get to the semifinals. sorry, the quarter—finals. on chelsea's website she has said the wsl is the best league in europe, which was why she wa nted league in europe, which was why she wanted tojoin. league in europe, which was why she wanted to join. i feel chelsea league in europe, which was why she wanted tojoin. ifeel chelsea have been building something special and i want to be part of that and lift trophies. that is the real reason chelsea have brought her there. they
feel she will help them do that and many people in women's football feel that she will. she has signed a two and a half year deal and she will join from january. thank you very much. there were no goals between northern ireland and wales women in their women's european championship qualifier ladt night. leah williamson scored in the snow to give england a much—needed 3—2 victory over the czech republic and only their second win in six games since the world cup. these players very rarely, very rarely let me down as a manager. i'm proud of their work over the last 12 months. and now we've just got to do it, we got to knuckle down, we've got to stop talking. we've just got to keep working hard and deliver better performances. let's have a look at some of this morning's back pages and there is still no escaping that bust—up between raheem sterling and joe gomez earlier on this week. the telegraph has a picture of the two players training together at st george's park yesterday. similar theme in the times, which
shows a scratch on gomez‘s face. another image of the two players in the mirror and also a picture of the fines list implemented by chelsea, including a punishment of £20,000 for being late for training. it was a disappointing day for england's bowlers as their warm—up match against a new zealand xi ended in a draw. only jofra archer took more than one wicket. with ben stokes back bowling after injury, it's expected to be a straight pick between chris woakes and sam curran for a starting spot in the first test next week. i would like to think i have a good chance. but there are probably a few other guys who are knocking on the door as well. myself and sam played in the last test match, so being realistic, looking at the squad make up, we realistic, looking at the squad make up, we are realistic, looking at the squad make up, we are probably looking at myself and him. but it is good to have competition. i will be trying
to work hard and try and get in the team. we will see what happens. andy murray feels he has a chance of beating the best players in the world again as he continues his comeback after hip surgery. murray had an eventful october, winning his first tour title in more than two years and then becoming a father for the third time. he says he's excited about his future, but now thinks that winning isn't everything. what i have learned in the last couple of years... i don't really, really care about rankings. i don't really care about rankings. i don't really care about winning tennis competitions. it's nice to do that, but actually, i really enjoy playing tennis. i love it. murray will have been keeping an eye on how a couple of his old rivals were getting on at the atp tour finals in london. and there was a surprise
for novak djokovic last night. was beaten in a pulsating three—set match by austrian dominic thiem. the 26 year old came back from a set down to win and book a place in the semis. coming up today, we'll copntinue our coverage from the atp finals. rafael nadal takes on daniil medvedev at the 02 this afternoon and there is live continuous coverage on bbc 2 everywhere except scotland from 2 o'clock. we'll round up the action from the 02 in sportsday at 6:30 here on bbc news plus have the latest action from the world pa ra—athletics championships. and finally, look away now if you're a yeovil town fan or you know courtney duffus. during yeovil‘s a—1 fa cup defeat to hartlepool last night, poor courtney managed to miss this chance from right on the goalline. to give him the benefit
of the doubt, it might have bobbled! painful to watch, sorry about that. that's all the sport for now. he will be running that over and over again. the bushfires that continue to rage in australia have destroyed properties , and briefly spread to suburbs of sydney. the catastrophic day that was forecast has so far thankfully not materialised, but there are still 7a uncontained fires burning in new south wales. fire chiefs are warning the dangers facing the state and neighbouring queensland are far from over. our correspondent phil mercer is just north of sydney. we know that a helicopter, a waterbombing aircraft, has crashed in the state of queensland. it is reported that the pilot is ok. we understand he has suffered only minor injuries. but it does underscore the dangers of fighting fires.
during the catastrophic fire warnings on tuesday here in new south wales, more than a dozen firefighters were injured, so we know at the moment that there are around 70 fires burning in the state of new south wales. to the north across the border in queensland, there are more than 60. those catastrophic warnings for new south wales were lifted a fairfew hours ago, so conditions compared to tuesday are far more favourable here in new south wales. but the situation to the north in queensland, the fire conditions there are deteriorating. so the bushfire crisis that spans two states here in eastern australia is continuing. victoria derbyshire has a special election programme today , let's find out what's happening in her programme at ten: we are going to try something today that we don't reckon has been tried on live tv before, so bear with us. we are going to conduct a live focus
group on airwith we are going to conduct a live focus group on air with these lovely voters from group on air with these lovely vote rs from across group on air with these lovely voters from across the country, all of whom have yet to decide who they are voting for in this election, apart from one man, who decided on the train down last night. he told us this morning. focus groups are often used by political parties to gauge how people are thinking, what their priorities are and what they make of party leaders. all our voters here have been selected and vetted by these specialist research agency britain can make things. age between 18 and 62, they have voted all kinds of ways in the past and their views on brexit broadly reflect the referendum. and next door in what i am calling our diary room, we have three politicians who are going to be watching the focus group, listening to everything they are saying. we will get their reaction immediately afterwards. i have no idea if they will be crying into their coffee by the time they have listened to our focus group, but good money to tom brake from the lib dems, lucy powell from labour and ed vaizey from the
conservatives. thank you for agreeing to be part of this. is it good that political parties use focus groups? i don't think political parties should use focus groups to work out what their principles are, but having a better understanding of how people are responding to those principles is a legitimate use of focus groups. lucic? we conduct our own focus groups most evenings of the week when we go knocking on doors and talking to voters. i think focus groups are an important way of refining one's message. as tom says, it's not about what your values should be, but maybe how you can get those messages across.” should be, but maybe how you can get those messages across. i load the cult of the focus group. i think it turns politicians into followers rather than leaders —— loads the