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get a hailstorm it east. if you get a hailstorm it could feel close to freezing, but that will be fairly temporary. goodbye for now. a run off between political outsiders. emmanuel macron‘s one—year—old party and marine le pen‘s front national. we'll be looking at what each presidential candidate means for the eu and brexit. also tonight... the fight for scottish votes in uk's general election. jeremy corbyn takes on the might of the snp. only us, or the tories, can form a government. i implore people in scotland to fight for the party of progress, and not the vicious tory party. tributes to the former royal naval officer run down by his own car. manchester police have arrested a man. memories of the good times. the alzheimer's society says dementia ll be the biggest killer
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of the 21st century. when sport is about more than about winning. the men who embodied the marathon spirit. maybe i was a bit overzealous in my support. it was wonderful. it was needed, needed to kind of hit home as well. yes. coming up in the sport on bbc news... 11 months on, can rafa and newcastle return to the premier league? a win against preston tonight in the championship and they'll be back at the first time of asking. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. french voters face a clear choice in the next two weeks. the run—off in the presidential race will be between two political outsiders who have left mainstream parties on the sidelines.
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emmanuel macron‘s en marche party — which is barely a year old — won the most votes. he'll face marine le pen. it's more than 20 years since the front national made it to this stage of the electoral process. a victory for either of them could have profound implications for the eu, and for brexit. here's our paris correspondent lucy williamson. two years ago, he was a new face in politics. in two weeks he could be the new president of france. last night, emmanuel macron arrived for his victory speech with his wife, brigitte. 2a years older than him, she was once his drama teacher. his youth and energy are part of the package. hard to imagine he used to be economy minister and once worked at rothschild investment bank. his style, start up,
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rather than stuffy, even if his policies themselves appeal more to bankers than blue—collar france. his rival has already begun campaigning, targeting voters she calls forgotten france. saying her anti—immigration platform is designed to put them first. herfather, jean marie who stepped down as party leader six years ago, has called the holocaust a detail of the second world war. marine le pen has tried to rid the party of its stigma and present a softer image of herself as a mother, concerned to protect france. we could say that marine le pen is a strict mother figure. she has a motherly attitude towards macron, for instance. he is more like the rebellious child. a teenager would suit him perfectly. we want to believe that he will be great one day. the two programmes are very different. emmanuel macron is promising to cut taxes, invest heavily in industry and literary pro—eu. marine le pen says she will slash
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immigration, protect the 35 hour working week and pull france out of the euro. both the main established parties have now thrown their weight behind emmanuel macron. that puts him in a strong position — there is a long history here of political parties coming together in a run—off to block the le front national from power. will that happen this time? in the town of versailles, more than 30% of voters chose the conservative party candidate, francois fillon, yesterday. some are not yet sure if they will follow their leader and vote for macron in may. i don't think emmanuel macron has a programme of his reforms are not fundamental enough. i do not think he has grasped the economic challenges facing france. both macron and le pen have promised change. deep reforms will probably need
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a parliamentary majority, unlikely for either, a reminder that winning power and wielding power are not always the same thing. joining me is our europe editor, katya adler. whoever wins, they have very different approaches to the eu and to brexit for that matter. completely. look at emanuel macron, the true europhile. when the results of last night's election were announced you could most here the champagne corks popping in brussels. he wants to lead an invigorated europe alongside germany. when it comes to brexit he is likely to be quite hard line. he wants european union about everything else. he met theresa may back in february and he said continued security and defence and economic cooperation after brexit was important. he is unlikely to say no to a favourable trade deal with the uk that one that favours
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actually both sides. marine le pen, actually both sides. marine le pen, a different story. she filled brussels with dread. she wants out of the euro currency and wants to hold a referendum on france's eu membership. politically and economically important to the eu, a could put an end to the whole project. she is in favour of brexit. at the very least will leave brexit talks and talks of a future trade deal hanging in the air. in the uk election, jeremy corbyn has taken the labour campaign to scotland. he has a fight on his hands. the party was virtually wiped out by the snp in scotland in 2015. but speaking to trades unionists mr corbyn said only labour could form an alternative government to the conservatives at westminster. nicola sturgeon said only the snp could make scotland's voice heard. our scotland editor, sarah smith, reports. springtime in the scottish highlands
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came with a heavy fall of snow today. quite a scene to welcome two party leaders to aviemore. jeremy corbyn‘s in scotland is to try to win back voters from the snp. friends, this is a general election, not a referendum. only labour can form a government and offer an alternative that would chance form the lives of people in scotland. the choice facing this country at this election is clear. it is the people versus the powerful? jeremy corbyn says he is fighting for every seat in scotland. the reality is they will have two fight hard to keep the one mp they have in scotland, having lost so many seats at the last general election. do you
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—— no answers on trident, independence or anything else. a scottish trade union conference would once have been solid labour territory. not now. i like jeremy corbyn, his personality. i believe independents will bring a fair society for us, especially with jeremy corbyn as leader. socialist policies were lacking before. now we can win people back and see a real benefit from a labour government again. there will be no deals with nicola surgeon and the snp after the election, mr corbyn said today. —— nicola sturgeon. she said her party is the only effective opposition to a conservative government. the only way to get rid of the tories you said despite with a labour government, wouldn't it?|j said despite with a labour government, wouldn't it? i can the polls as well as anybody can. the travails of the labour party, people who do not see theresa may imposing
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more welfare cuts to damage the economy and do further damage to our society should vote snp. eye—macro nicola sturgeon will use all means possible including this election to try to further hurry for another second independence referendum. the last timejeremy second independence referendum. the last time jeremy corbyn was second independence referendum. the last timejeremy corbyn was in scotland, he said a second election was fine with him. he wants someone to stand up and say, no food that is what me and my conservative team will do. the snp claims it is a two horse race between them and the tories in scotland. the tories agreed was in a campaign dominated by giving over independence, labour often struggle to get their message heard. as we've seen, at the start of the first full week of campaigning, the labour leader is positioning his party as the party to stand up for working people. in the next few weeks each
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of the other parties will have to carve out their own positions as they appeal for votes. we'll get some idea when their manifestos are published but as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports, electoral strategy is about more than just words on a pamphlet. putting his name too long, deeply held principles, or signing labour's chances away. sign away their trade union act? by pjeremy corbyn is not for changing. despite his port for scrapping trident or trade union backing. we will never apologise for the closeness of our relationship with you. one of the very first things it will do when forming our labour government will be to repeal the tory trade union act. jeremy corbyn supporters would be aghast at anything else. the tories believe he
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is out of touch with the majority. content today to make that case, not their own. not even a sign of the prime minister. he has already now said he would not endorse strikes against terrorism. that means the labour party is a security risk to this country. the tories believe that ukip is on the run as well put up that ukip is on the run as well put up since the referendum, their main reason for being is gone. they are arguing fora reason for being is gone. they are arguing for a frexit ban and no more islamic schools. rivals call it islamophobia. —— eight burqa ban. we wa nt we want people to enjoy the full fruits our great society has two offer. the ukip leader is less keen to chat about his own future. chased by reporters for an answer on whether he will stand as an mp. the
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lib dems think there is hope from their opposition to brexit. they believe they can gobble up the votes in parts of the country that voted remain. we have a coalition of chaos. conservatives, labour and ukip. all lined up backing the ha rd est of ukip. all lined up backing the hardest of all wrecks it is, exit from the single market and cutting of ties from our friends and neighbours in europe. even among unusually mild mannered lib dems, there were heckles today over questions about gay rights. like politics in this campaign? maybe not in 2017. it is still a scrabble for all the main parties to get their machines up and running. no one's campaign is running at full pelt. the strategies? those are crystal clear. a 21 year—old man is being questioned by police after a former
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royal navy officer died tackling burglars outside his home in manchester. mike samwell, who was 35, is thought to have been run over by his own car which was stolen in the early hours of yesterday morning. danny savage is in the manchester suburb of chorlton where it happened. danny.,, more than 36 hours after samwell; received fatal injuries. police say they are seeking a few more suspects in connection with what happened here. it is the circumstances of the events which are truly extraordinary. a crime which police say crossed the line. mike samwell; 835—year—old former royal navy officer. they were awoken by intruders. he went to investigate. what happened in the following few
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moments saw mr samwell run over by his own car and killed. the high powered audi s3 was soon found abandoned a few miles away. mike samwell was fatally injured the scene of a murder enquiry, leaving neighbours and friends at a loss. he is such a nice bloke, we all liked him. friendly, always talkative, funny. i really liked him. iam shocked, really shocked. the local sub mariner ‘s association came along today to offer their support. it's the sort of thing i would've done. most people would've tried to stop. it's instinct, especially the forces people. you're trained to react quickly. police initially appealed
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to the criminal fraternity for information, saying this crime had crossed the line. then this morning they announced that a 21—year—old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder. neighbours said they heard mike samwell‘s wife jessica shouting his name and screaming for help after he was run over. she returned to the scene today, escorted by police into her own home, which is now a crime scene, as investigations continue into what happened in this quiet suburban street. danny savage, bbc news, manchester. our top story this evening: france's traditional parties left out in the cold as emmanuel macron and marine le pen progress to the presidential run—off. and still to come: can plans to tackle air pollution treally wait till after the election? coming up in sportsday on bbc news: a doping disqualification hands kelly sotherton a third olympic bronze. tatyana chernova's positive test from the beijing games promotes the former british heptathlete to third. it's estimated that someone
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develops dementia every three minutes in britain. the alzheimers society says it's the biggest health crisis facing our society and more than a million people will have the condition by 2021. today the charity have launched a new campaign to highlight the plight of dementia patients and their carers. there are now almost 700,000 unpaid carers of people with dementia in the uk. and more than 40,000 people under 65 have younger onset dementia. colleen harris went to meet one family in portsmouth whose lives have been devastated by alzheimer's. i just think it takes
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the memory little bit by little bit by little bit. we had a lovely life, great life, great social life, very involved in sport. and we loved it, we loved life. and lived life to the full. rob's memory has been slipping away since the age of 48. and this one? you don't know who that is? that's you that is. 0h, right. ican't remember. a life ravaged by alzheimer's, piece by piece. he'd been a successful businessman, sportsman and father. there are good days and there are bad. confusion, fear and even seizures. the whole world crashed. you know, after the diagnosis, it crashed. every single thing about our life had changed in the moment from that diagnosis. alzheimer's can happen to anybody. anybody at any time. i was not prepared for that. he was such a good, honest, hard—working guy and it went
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from that to literally becoming institutionalised, really. you know, you become a prisoner to the illness. what has it done to you, what have you lost? i know i've got alzheimer's. but what can i do with it? what can i do? ijust can't do anything. you can smile though. yeah, i do smile. i do. and i have a laugh. it's scary, it's scary in one way but not scary for me. most days rob lives in his own world, but like so many carers, kim has to help him with every simple daily task. i think the hardest thing was losing that connection, that teamwork that you had. you lose your everyday conversations. the togetherness.
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you lose all of that. their sonjunior, now a dad himself, lives a few doors away. he says it took a year to accept what was happening to the father he adores. growing up, my dad was my biggest hero. i used to always want to go to the pub with him or go down the park with him, spend all the time with him. i think that's why i found it so hard. i was very, very tearful. very upset. used to get really, really emotional over the silliest things and i know it was because of that, and it was in the back of my head. but yeah, ijust became basically an emotional wreck. but when he's around carter it's like he's gone back to being a natural dad. it's like he doesn't have the alzheimer's for that particular moment. he just picks him up and absolutely knows exactly what to do with him, which for someone with alzheimer's who can't make a cup baby carter is a welcome, happy distraction for the family. kim says he is helping them make new memories, a day at a time. in the morning you get up, take a deep breath
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and get through the day. and if you can laugh in that day then absolutely, you know you've done it. kim davies ending that report by colleen harris. two men have been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with an alleged acid attack at a nightclub in london, over the easter weekend. one of them is arthur collins — the ex—boyfriend of reality tv star fearne mccann. charges against him include grievous bodily harm with intent against 11l people. two of the victims have been partially blinded. tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in england and wales. under the new guidelines, fines for drivers caught doing 51 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone or 101 miles per hour on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income. at present it is 100%.
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the government is going to court to ask for a delay in the publication of its clean air plan. ministers say that the election means they shouldn't unveil a major new policy at this stage. but campaigners and opposition politicians say the government is looking for an excuse to avoid difficult decisions. our science editor david shukman is in central london for us this evening. david, why are environmental campaigners so angry about this? well because streets like this are still so polluted. it was seven yea rs still so polluted. it was seven years ago britain was told it was in breach of european safety limits on pollution, two years ago the supreme court told ministers to get their act together and cleanly air up. last november the high court told ministers their plans were not adequate and did not cover enough of the country and told them to come up
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with the new plan by today. today has come and gone with yet another delay. so what happens now? the government says it is determined to clea nly government says it is determined to cleanly airup and government says it is determined to cleanly air up and will publish their plans after the election and put them into effect as soon as possible and they are spending a great deal of money trying to do things like support electric vehicles which would be cleaner. but the real question is what is in their plan? we have not seen it yet, how will they get the most polluting vehicles of the roads? how will they help local authorities set up clean airzones? a great help local authorities set up clean air zones? a great deal of challenges ahead. now — it's the act of kindness that has defined this year's london marathon — an exhausted runner being helped across the finish line by a fellow competitor. matthew rees sacrificed his own race to half push, half pull david wyeth up the mall to the finish line. dan johnson has been to hear their story. after a test of endurance, it was a moment of kindness that
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summed up the spirit of the marathon, shared by so many. every single part of his body is shutting down on him. how you feeling? today, with sore legs, the manchester it manager and the banker from swansea talked through their last few tough and tired steps. i was just trying to get to the line. my body went and i went to the ground. so, yeah, it was really desperate. his legs were completely jelly but he said he was determined to finish. and i helped him up and then his legs went again and i realised i was going to have to stay with him to make sure he did get to the finish line. when someone's in need you want to help them out. i couldn't let him lie on the ground there. what did you actually say to him? i was shouting in his ear, saying, "come on, you can do this, it's 200 metres, we will finish — i'll stay with you". maybe i was a bit
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overzealous with my support. no, it was wonderful. it was needed! it was needed to kind of hit home. matthew was clear in knowing that if he leaves me there's a chance they will whisk me off and not let me get to the finish. and that's so nice. such a gentleman for doing that. if roles were reversed, would you have done the same thing? oh my goodness. you are the first person to ask me that and that's such a good question. i have not given that any thought. i would love to think i would. i'm sure you would have. yeah, but it was special, what he did. it's a question we could perhaps all consider. these are two competitive runners who have both put in good times, under three hours. what the general public see there is the spirit of the running community and this happens all over the place. itjust happened there were quite a few cameras trained on that. at that point,
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capturing that moment. a new friendship forged, and david's club has offered to pay matt's entry next year, with first class travel and accommodation. recognition of the good samaritan's sacrifice, because it was the wobbly pair of legs that officially crossed the line first. it's the taking part that's more important than winning, right? and they've already shown that. danjohnson, bbc news, london. time for a look at the weather. here's jay wynne. is that snow i see? it is, on the ground in the north—east of scotland, that was taken mid—afternoon. called air sweeping its way south behind this line of cloud which is indeed a cold front. coming across all parts as we go through this evening and overnight and into tomorrow as well, tonight it will be a cold one and further
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wintry showers. most of those will be across northern and eastern areas, a few out west and maybe one or two into the north—west and the midlands but a blue tinge on the map, that is the frost. a cold and frosty start to the day, and early on we will see wintry showers in northern scotland, windy conditions in the north—east, wintry showers early on in northern ireland but for the bulk of england and wales away from the east and west coast a lot of sunshine first thing but is quite windy and quite cold. maybe a few wintry showers across pembrokeshire and then towards the south—west. quite windy through the day for all places and the showers will get going across pretty much all areas, heavy with hill and under mixed in. it will feel colder than that, particularly in eastern areas and if
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you are underneath a hail shower, strong and dusty downdraughts and it will feel temporarily like it is around freezing. frost developing again for the west, chilly start to wednesday, further showers dotted around but temperatures creeping up by thursday. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the french president francois hollande has called on voters to back emmanuel macron in the second round of the presidential election saying support for the far—right puts the country at risk. a 21—year—old man is being questioned by police, following the death of a former royal navy officer outside his home in manchester. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has told trade unionists in scotland about plans to strengthen workers' rights, if he wins
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the general election. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, told the same conference scots would pay a "heavier price," if more conservative mps are elected onjune 8th. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. we'll have the latest from france as the final battle—lines are drawn in the race for the country's presidency. as the us astronaut peggy whitson breaks the record for the most days spent in space by an american. norwegian scientists suggest rare clouds may have inspired one of the most famous works of art ever produced — edvard munch's "the scream". that's all ahead on bbc news. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm hugh ferris. the headlines tonight. one more win will do it
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for rafa and the toon. three points against preston and newcastle will be back in the premier league. kelly sotherton has been awarded a third olympic bronze medal. she's upgraded to third in the beijing games after a positive test by russia's tatyana chernova. selby sails through. the defending champion reaches the world snooker quarter finals. hello again. 11 months ago newcastle were relegated. but the premier league is within their grasp again. three points tonight against preston and they'll return to the top flight at the first time of asking.
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