this is bbc news. the headlines at ham? jeremy corbyn refuses to confirm that labour would renew britain's trident nuclear deterrent, if it wins next month's general election. voting is underway in the first round of the french presidential election — candidates emmanuel macron and marine le pen have cast their votes. the boyfriend of reality tv star ferne mccann is arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a london nightclub. also in the next hour, the weir wolf roars again. britain's david weir wins a record seventh london marathon in the men's wheelchair race. a rare treat for rail fans as the flying scotsman travel alongside three modern trains on the east coast mainline and in dateline in half an hour — two elections are up for discussion... the general election injune and the french presidential poll. good morning and
welcome to bbc news. on the first weekend of the general election campaign, jeremy corbyn has announced that a labour government would introduce another four bank holidays. he says further marking the patron saints days for the four home nations would "recognise the historic diversity of the uk". the proposal has been criticised by labour's opponents, and some business groups. meanwhile, mr corbyn has raised the prospect that a labour government could scrap the uk's trident nuclear submarines. speaking to the bbc this morning he refused to confirm whether maintaining the deterrent would be in the party's general election manifesto. this is still an entirely unresolved question as to what you are going to do. your spokesman has said clearly that keeping trident will be in the labour manifesto. we haven't
completed work on the manifesto yet. as you would expect less than 100 hours into this election campaign. so we could be in for a shock? no, no. we are having that discussion within the party and we will produce our manifesto when they. meanwhile, the conservative manifesto will include proposals to cap energy bills. of ijam, the of jam, the energy ijam, the energy regulator, would impose a ijam, the energy regulator, would imposea cap ijam, the energy regulator, would impose a cap on the deals which are among the most expensive offered by energy firms. somehow they're getting a bad deal, and that does involve changing things the energy markets. to be clear, what we have seen in the sunday times, which is £100 off bills are people on the standard variable tariff, that will definitely be in the manifesto?
there will be about energy policy in the manifesto. obviously there will be more detail ben, but absolutely, i think the people feel that some of the big energy companies have taken advantage of them with the tariffs. ukip says its manifesto will include a pledge to ban the full—face veils worn by some muslim women. the party leader paul nuttall will launch what he calls an "integration agenda", saying items of clothing such as the burka and niqab are a barrier to social harmony and a security risk. speaking on the andrew marr show this morning, ukip leader indicated that the party may not field candidates in seats in the general election where the sitting mp is a long—standing euro—sceptic. ididn't i didn'tjust i didn't just say tory i didn'tjust say tory candidates, that could be people like kate hoey as well. this will not be an order which is coming down from the top of the party. bible speak to batches of the party. bible speak to batches of the coming weeks and we will make decisions. what i don't want to see
happen is good brexiteer is, not fly by night brexiteer is, and that campaigned for years the brexit. i do want to see them lose their seats. with me is our political correspondent, susana mendonca. she has been catching up with all those interviews. let's talk about what the liberal democrats had to say, because tim farron, the party leader, was also on the andrew marr show this morning. driver of the bigger parties, perhaps nervous whether or not they could emerge from a majority in this election. he didn't offer much comfort. the low he said in no circumstances at all would he go into coalition with either labour or the conservatives. the lib dems have had theirfingers burnt after going into coalition with the conservatives. partly because of their u—turn on the tuition fees promised they had had, the pledge they had an manifesto. they ended up being viewed as a party that couldn't be trusted. they
suffered at the polls, we saw the 2015 election where they went from 57 mp5 2015 election where they went from 57 mps to eight. a realfall from grace from them. this time, they can see an opportunity. they know that in terms of labour and the conservatives, conservatives or pro—brexit, labour are used, the lib dems have a very clear message. he made a point when he spoke earlier than people who want there to be a second referendum at the end of the deal, that those people could vote for the lib dems. he is promising not to go into any kind of coalition, partly because he kind of seize the opportunity that actually we don't need to go into coalition because a lot of these people will come to us anyway. no circumstances whatsoever. very clear that in this election, with theresa may and jeremy corbyn, have basicallyjoined hands together to push us over the cliff edge of a hard brexit by triggering article 50 without any conditions, without any desire to fight for our place in the single
market, which is so important for jobs and are coming and people's living standards. they can be no track that we could have with those two parties and their leaders as they currently are. he also said he doesn't want this to be a coronation of theresa may, which is how he sees her pursuing the selection. you wa nted her pursuing the selection. you wanted to be a contest with a clear argument against brexit. the lib dems provide that. this first weekend of the campaign, even though officially it hasn't started, it has already turned out to be quite a busy one. it has been. all the parties really pushing for their core votes. you had ukip are talking about one of their policies was about one of their policies was about banning the burqa. that's going back to a policy from 2010 that they got rid of in the 2015 election. of course they no longer have the issue of the european referendum as there key issue. they are looking for other areas to appeal to their vote. labour are talking about having back holidays, for new bank all days. that is the
biggest appeals to workers who would have more time off. and then the conservatives talking about capping fuel costs. that interestingly enough is being that the labour party talks about are the last general election. here we have it resurfacing under a different party. all the time really trying to get in their early with their offerings to their early with their offerings to the parties. we haven't got all of the parties. we haven't got all of the manifesto is yet, so when you hearjeremy corbyn there talking about the manifesto and the issue around trident, we haven't written ma nifesto around trident, we haven't written manifesto yet, you have to read between the lines. but an issue for the labour party which is a very difficult one, because labour's policy is to renew trident byjeremy corbyn is completely against that. if it doesn't end up in the ma nifesto, if it doesn't end up in the manifesto, people will be looking at that and thinking, labour is heading ina that and thinking, labour is heading in a different direction. thank you. polling stations have opened across france in the first round of the country's presidential election. 11 candidates are running for office, with the race between the top four contenders
considered too close to call ahead of the vote. two candidates from this round will go through to a run—off vote next month. karin giannone is in paris for us. we had a full on game of street football taking place around us, with some local children. it is anything but tents outside this particular polling station. almost 900 and cross of the french capital. we have been talking to a steady strea m we have been talking to a steady stream of voters who have been coming along. they are turning out in defiance of the ongoing state of emergency and the security threat that everyone knows is all around them. people getting on, at least once we have been speaking to. not just the ordinary folk of france, also some of the candidates themselves in the few minutes. one of them, the far right national front leader, marine le pen, in her home district. she has been in the ballot box already today. doubles have been open just over three hours. as also be centre—right
candidates, centre candidates, sorry. he is in —— he has also made his way to the polling station. add a candidates will be doing so in the forthcoming hours. 47 million french people eligible to vote today. the turnout is going to be very important ina turnout is going to be very important in a very tight race. this press reports from james reynolds. no one wants to miss a single seconds after the big moments. these people are running not for a votes but for a football match. on the eve of the election, paris st germain playdate home game. it was a final test of the capital's security before the polls opened. the supporters, french voters, have made it through months of campaigning. the campaign was very long and it was contaminated by all that has happened. for us, the people, we
will never have anything. no banner who is the president, it doesn't matter, it will always be the same for us. the campaign has been necessary. we listen to each party's programme, now time to choose. to the relief of everyone here, the speeches are over. the arguments have been made. for this entire country, it is now decision time. with these protesters in paris, security comes before all else. the afternoon before the vote, the wives of police officers called for more support the security forces. their march follows the killing of a police officer on the champs—elysees on thursday. fear of further attacks means these polling stations will be well guarded. 50,000 police officers have been deployed to protect voters. the people we have been speaking to
so far have been determined to come out. one in particular. she absolutely wanted to show that nothing was going to stop her being first to cast her ballot.|j first to cast her ballot. i wanted to be here, the first one to come to vote. as a woman, the 52% of women voting in paris. i wanted to show that there is no problem of security. we are in paris, it is nice weather, we are in a nice park and it is very quiet and calm. we must come out to vote. it still looks pretty normal, pretty relaxed around as polling station. a small security britons every now and then with the police passing by. let's talk to a journalist here in paris who has covered many elections. this feels completely relaxed around here. how unusual is the selection,
the whole scenario? despite this relaxed sunday morning scene, which is heartening to see, there is a jittery feeling in france at the moment. particularly since the killing of the police man on thursday, an attack claimed by the so—called islamic states. the french are well aware that there could be further attacks. we have more than 50,000 police deployed around france come more than 66,000 polling stations. a huge police presence around the country. although we may not actually see the police at the moment, i think they're being very vigilant and watchful. despite everything, people are expecting the turnout to be pretty good. turnout is generally high in french elections. 70% is considered quite low. 80% is not unusual. that turnout is going to be so particularly important this year. yes, because there are so many
candidates who seem to be fairly close together. it is a very tight race. so turnout will be key in determining the results. the way french people vote, there is a tendency also write a phenomenon on of votes boiling. to go in there, make the effort to turn up but actually do something to your ballot paper by way of protest. that's right, the french call it leaving a blank ballot paper. it is a political gesture. i have spoken to a number of people who say that they will go to the polling station, to fulfil what they see as their civic duty, but in order to show their disgruntlement with politics and politicians in general, unfulfilled promises, high unemployment is, a stagnating economy, they will not actually vote for any particular candidate. is extraordinary because there are 11 candidates. that's right, a huge spread. everything from the far right to the foreign
maths. one candidate who wants to colonise morris, another who wants to give everyone a basic universal income. you would think there would bea income. you would think there would be a range of policies there for people to choose from. despite that, some voters clearly feel that there is nothing on offer that appeals to them. thank you very much. gabriel range of candidates, but as we were hearing, turnout is all—important. 11 candidates, dominated certainly in the final weeks by a particular for all stop that will be reduced to two if there is no overall majority to one person. those two will be backin to one person. those two will be back ina to one person. those two will be back in a second round on the 7th of may. back to you in london. let's ta ke may. back to you in london. let's take unlike pictures. this is one of the candidates, you can see him with the candidates, you can see him with the grey hair in the mill of the picture, just filling out a form in a polling station. he has always, in the many previous occasions he has
run, is regarded as a bit of an outsider, but on this occasion, it is so many candidates are clustered about 20% the last opinion poll rubbish before the pre—election ban on opinion polls commit force at midnight on friday nights. he was polling pretty much in the same sort of territory as the other leading candidates. he has therefore become a possible future president of france. he is one of the candidates who it is thought the moment could get through to the second round. marine le pen, one of the three most prominent candidates so far. we have yet to see the former french president, francois fillon, he was running for what used to be called the popular movement in france. but it is now called the republicans. that was the party that effectively was founded by nicolas sarkozy. it is tradition that goes back to shore the goal on the centre—right. this
isa man the goal on the centre—right. this is a man who were patient —— occasionally appears that his own rallies as a hologram, which is one way of being in several places that one time. that is definitely the man himself at a polling station in france. i will give you some turnout figures which we have just had from the french interior ministry. it has the french interior ministry. it has the bigger at midday which is ten o'clock gmt. it had a turnout at 28th points five —— 28.54%. the last turnout in 2012, the previous election, was 28.29%. at this stage, still only part way through voting, slightly higher turnout so far comparing to the last residential election. we will have full coverage of the results of this first round of the results of this first round of voting in the french presidential election tonight at 6:30pm on bbc news. rance to size. full coverage and also full coverage on our website and via the mobile app. some
news just coming into us here at the bbc news channel. this is about the death of a man outside his home in manchester yesterday. it appears to be the result of an attempted car theft. the police, greater manchester police, said the man was attacked at around 3am on sunday morning. they said he was killed by thieves who stole his car. the man who lived at the property, called michael sandwell, aged 35, and his wife, were awoken by loud bangs and stairs. they went down to see what was happening, shortly after shouting was heard from the rear the property. michael was found at the rear of the property with serious injuries. was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later. his car had been stolen, a blackout the.
—— a black audi. police say he was run over by the vehicle, causing his injuries. that is in the early hours of yesterday morning and greater manchester. the death of 35—year—old michael sandwell after apparently going to intervene to stop someone from stealing his car. he was subsequently run over by the cat and died asa subsequently run over by the cat and died as a result of his injuries. terrible story there. you are watching bbc news. the headlines: jeremy corbyn has refused to confirm that labour would renew britain's nuclear deterrence if it wins jim's general election. voting is under way in the first round of the french presidential election. candidates have already cast their vote. greater manchester police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed by thieves who stole his car. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here s jessica creighton.
great britain are behinds in their tie against romanian afterjoanna conser tie against romanian afterjoanna co nser lost tie against romanian afterjoanna conser lost singles match johanna konta has lost her singles match against simona halep this morning to give romania a 2—1 lead over great britain in their fed cup tie. konta, and her captain anne keothavong were back on court following yesterday's incident, when both women were insulted by the romanian captain ille nestasie. he's been banned from the rest of the match and is under investigation. konta struggled early on and it took the british number one, five games to get on the board and halep won the first set in 27 minutes. konta, ranked two places below her rival at seventh in the world rankings gave signs of a comeback, breaking halep and taking a 3—1 lead in the second but halep responded by taking five games in a row to win the match. great britain will lose the tie if heather watson is beaten by irina—camelia begu before the doubles rubber. david weir has won a record seventh london marathon. live pictures now from romania. it
is for— three. you can watch this match live on the bbc sport website. david weir has won a record seventh london marathon. the six time paralympic champion won his first way back in 2002 and has competed in the event every year since. it came down to a sprint finish between weir and his great rival marcel hug of switzerland but weir was able to come out on top. he moves ahead in the record books above dame tanni grey—thompson who won six london marathon titles. to athletics, where there were familiar scenes lets see how the elite competitors
are getting on. we may have a world record coming up the women ‘s race. the kenyan competitor is leading the competition. she is over a minute ahead of her nearest rival. it would be quite something if she was able to find a world record in this london marathon. we will say with athletics. to athletics, where there were familiar scenes for great britain men's ax100m relay team. they've been disqualified in the final at the world relays. they were on course for a medal going into the fourth and final changeover, but were disqualified for not passing the baton in the required zone. the usa went on to win, justin gatlin powering over the line for the gold medal, ahead of barbados and china. british debutant o—jayee ed—doburun took off too soon and danny talbot couldn't get the baton to him, in what was an experimental team. it's the scottish cup old firm semi final at hampden park at noon today. celtic are still on for the domestic treble — having already wrapped up the league
title and the scottish league cup. but their glasgow rivals rangers stand in their way today, with aberdeen waiting for the winner in the final. the fa cup continues today, arsenal take on manchester city in the semi—final at wembley, at 3 o'clock. with arsenal boss arsene wenger under pressure because of the club's poor run in the premier league — they're seventh in the table — he's well aware of the importance of doing well in this competition. it's a good opportunity to show how much we are ready for a fight. it may be our only opportunity to get a trophy this season. i have said many
times to them, they still don't believe how good they are. it's a lot of stress, a lot of pressure. when you handle that and you are going to win, the next time it will be easier. that will be a great match. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the boyfriend of tv celebrity ferne mccann has been arrested in connection with an alleged acid attack in a nightclub. arthur collins, who's 25, had been sought by police following an incident at the mangle club in hackney last week. keith doyle reports. the emergency services were called to the mangle nightclub in dalston in east london on easter monday, after reports that people had come into contact with a corrosive substance and had suffered burns. a 22—year—old woman and a 24—year—old man were both blinded in one eye.
last night, the metropolitan olice said arthur collins, who is 25 and from hertfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. he is the boyfriend of ferne mccann, who appeared in a reality tv show the only way is essex. he was taken into custody at an address in the town of rushton in northamptonshire, following an operation by armed officers from east midlands and the met‘s specialist crime and operations unit. the metropolitan police said a 21—year—old man has been charged with seven counts of grievous bodily harm in relation to the alleged incident. he has been named as andre phoenix, who will appear before thames magistrates tomorrow. keith doyle, bbc news. police in greater manchester are appealing for witnesses after three people, including a pregnant woman, had bleach thrown in their eyes. the woman was walking with a man when the liquid was thrown at them from a passing car on friday night. shortly afterwards, bleach was thrown at a second man on the same road.
police say the while the victims suffered "severe discomfort" officers believe they suffered no lasting damage. the mobile operator, three, has apologised for technical problems which prevented some of its 9.2 million customers from making calls and sending and receiving texts yesterday. some users took to twitter to complain that their messages had gone to the wrong people. the firm says calls can now be made and it's working to restore a full service. four trains from four different eras — including the world—famous flying scotsman — are giving rail enthusiasts in yorkshire a rare treat this morning as they are travelling side—by—side along the tracks of the east coast mainline in what has been described as a "once in a lifetime event." our correspondent, phil bodmer, is in york for the event you can hear the band in the papers here, who havejust
struck up on platform five at your station. you can see the intercity 125 and the 265 beside it. you can see the steam of the flying scotsman, which is just about to leave york station. the icon of the railways, built in doncaster works in 1923 and plying its trade along the east coast main line from 192a. we are getting covered in soot and steam. rob mcintosh from network rail, you have been instrumental in getting this going. how logistically difficult has it been to arrange this? over the last year, lots of people said it was too difficult to do, but as you can see, it is a must do event, fantastic
event and thanks to all the partners for making it happen. this has howcased yorkshire that its best this morning. yes, it has. you can see from the thousands of people who have turned out, it has been absolutely splendid. i would echo what rob has said. the partners have worked together, it has been a challenge, but they have pulled it off and it has been very popular. talking to the managing director of virgin east coast, he said this can't happen again, but there will be demand. there is huge demand. we will do something like this again very soon, don't worry about it. it may have to be slightly different, but it draws people together. it galvanises communities, it brings together and in five days' time, we have the world's biggest bike race.
thanks for allowing us on the platform today to enjoy the experience. i'll have to go home and wipe the soot off, but it's been a great day in york. you can see by the turnout of people who have come to witness a once—in—a—lifetime event, but let's hope we get to do it again sometime soon. the sun was certainly shining bearer. the going to head over to the weather. a good day in york today. what is lying ahead? from what you have been saying, a warning that it's not going to last. you are right, it's not going to last. the change under way. and turning much
colder. make the most of what we have today. look at this beautiful shot from cornwall. you can see from the satellite picture, really quite a lot of sunshine at the moment is, particularly across england and wales, southern and eastern scotland, parts of northern ireland. i wouldn't completely rule out a light shower this afternoon. with the far north, it will turn very wet and windy. very cold as well. just by degrees celsius in shetland. that's the first sign of the change we have been hinting at. through this evening, it is a cold fronts. it will introduce cold air into the north. wintry showers by the end the night in northern scotland. further south, a touch of frost. tomorrow the cold fronts continues southwards. more of us get into this cold northerly winds. a mixture of rain and sleet but some snow especially but not exclusively over high ground. the weather stays with us high ground. the weather stays with us through the week ahead. wintry showers and frosty night.
hello and welcome to dateline. theresa may, who became britain's prime minister less than a year ago after the country voted to leave the european union, has called a general election — three years earlier than she needed to. in brussels, they said her shock announcement was a twist worthy of hitchcock. the french have experienced quite a few plot twists of their own as the presidential election looms into view. with a crowded field of 11 candidates, a second round is likely. if so, we'll know by the end of sunday which two will go through. with me to discuss britain, france and all the rest, are: alex deane is a conservative commentator, michael goldfarb writes for politico europe, agnes poirier is uk editor