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a final showdown in parliament before theresa may and jeremy corbyn go on the campaign trail. the last premises questions before the election, the tories say leadership isa election, the tories say leadership is a key issue. every vote for him is a key issue. every vote for him isa is a key issue. every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic brexit. every vote for me is a vote to strengthen our hand in negotiating the best deal for britain. services, accusing the tories of backing the rich. they are strong against the weak, and weak against the strong. far... farfrom building a strong economy, schools and our nhs are being cut. we'll be looking closely at labour's promise to raise nhs pay in england. also tonight: fraud in football — west ham and newcastle raided as part of an investigation into player transfer fees. surviving cancer — a blood test that can tell doctors which patients are most likely to see the disease return. us and south korean forces hold
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live—fire drills as tensions with the north continue to rise. how does your garden grow? why climate change could make your job more challenging. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: joey barton says his career is effectively over after the burnley midfielder is banned for 18 months after admitting an fa charge in relation to betting. good evening, and welcome to the bbc news at six. it was the last prime minister's questions before the election, and theresa may and jeremy corbyn used the occasion to set out what they say is the choice for voters. the prime minister argued
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it was about leadership, strong and stable under the tories. but the labour leader concentrated on public services, saying he would stand up for the many, not the few. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg, on a parliamentary session that has set the tone for the election. will this be your last prime minister's questions, prime minister? once more, with feeling. for the last time, this time round at least, theresa may sped off to the commons. while in the leader of the opposition's lair, jeremy corbyn swotted up for what could be their last weekly showdown. questions to the prime minister. not really questions and answers today, more a slanging match of slogans. who will be prime minister of this great country? and he says the choice is clear. and the choice is clear. every vote for him is a vote
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for a chaotic brexit. every vote for me is a vote to strengthen our hand in negotiating the best dealfor britain. just in case you missed it, she mentioned the word strong 38 times. the word stable, 11. not so many answers. but he had his own mantra. they are strong against the weak, and weak against the strong. the election on the 8th ofjune is a choice between... yeah. between a conservative government for the few and a labour government that will stand up for all of our people. anyone would think there's a campaign on. the snp in snap happy mode and attacking the tories for refusing to promise to keep the guarantee where state pensions always go up. the tories now won't even
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guarantee the pensions triple lock and the only reason that they will not guarantee it is because they want to cut pensions. is not the message to pensioners, you cannot trust this prime minister? not an easy day for the lib dems, though, tim farron had to sack one of his candidates today for anti—semitic remarks. yet they have high hopes, not for government, but at least for opposition. the legacy of this parliament is the utter, abject failure of her majesty's official opposition to effectively held her government to account for any of it. is it not time britain had a strong, decent, new opposition? forget campaigns, it felt a bit like the commons leaving do. of course, a few mps have chosen to go. but many more must wait to see if they are asked back or booted out by you. so, take a last look.
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those green benches will not be the same again. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so, labour's claim is that public services are safer with them. today, it's promising more pay for nurses and doctors, and more staff in hospitals. outlining the party's plans, the shadow health secretary said a labour government would scrap the one percent cap on pay rises bursaries and introduce tuition fees for student nurses and midwives. and they would introduce tougher rules on safe staffing levels in the nhs. the money to pay for all this would come, according to labour, from increasing corporation tax, but critics argue that money has already been pledged elsewhere. here's our health editor, hugh pym. there have been protests about cuts to funding of student nurses and midwives in england and there have been threats of industrial action by
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one union over pay. many nurses say they feel overworked and undervalued. years of pay cuts, being stretched too thinly on the shop floor. and there is a real concern the nhs is not being properly invested in. and it makes us angry when we see mps getting 10% pay rises when we cannot even staff wards properly. labour says it wants to address staffing problems in the nhs. a commons committee report says there was a 6% shortfall of all clinical staff in england. that amounts to around 50,000 people. labour says if elected it will restore bursaries for nurse and midwife training which are being cut by the government in england. in scotland, wales and northern ireland, the bursaries have not been dropped, and the party wants to scrap a limit on pay increases for health staff in england. we think it
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is deeply unfair that our staff have had to suffer from a i% pay cap continually under this conservative government. we say we will scrap that cap, give our nhs staff the pay they deserve. labour's plan to lift they deserve. labour's plan to lift the i% pay cap imposed by the government will allow higher wage rises, but it has a price tag — an extra 1% pay rise will cost £500 million a year. the party says it will fund this and the bursaries by reversing government corporation tax cuts. but independent analysts say more detail is needed. it is important to be clear. first come off what other proposals on corporation tax? this is not a bottomless pit of money. second, what are the proposals on pay and other spending on the nhs? that can cost a n other spending on the nhs? that can cost an awful lot of money. labour argue that the nhs can only thrive
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—— the conservatives claim that the nhs can only thrive with a strong economy. we can only have a good health care system by protecting our economy through a good brexit deal, and theresa may is the only person who can deliver that. it is important to stand behind student nurses and midwives, and to make sure we can afford to support them. that is why making sure we have a strong economy, in the single market, that we have enough money to fund those services with is absolutely vital. government in scotland, wales and northern ireland make their own decisions on nhs pay. with the clock ticking on the general election timetable, it may not be long before the nhs returns to the campaign agenda. hugh pym, bbc news. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, is in westminster. plenty of noise in the commons, but did we get a sense of the rival arguments we are likely to hear in
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the coming weeks? we got the slogans. pmqs was brash, noisy, aggressive and very personal. every day, we will see that choice but by the tories, clearly put by theresa may today, basically trying to tell the public, who do you trust — him or me? she does not want this race to be about local mps or about any individual policies. she wants it to bea individual policies. she wants it to be a straightforward choice between her orjeremy corbyn. i think in the next few weeks, it will be a real challenge for the labour party to try to push their ideas, which they believe could be popular, through all that noise. this parliament is wrapping up after only 299 days, but the labour party have got a lot less time than that to try to close the 93p- time than that to try to close the gap. laura, many thanks. and you can find out more about today's election pledges and much more analysis on our website. that's bbc.co.uk/news. west ham and newcastle united offices have been raided by revenue and customs officials as part
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of an investigation into alleged income tax and national insurance fraud in football. it's understood newcastle's managing director has been arrested. financial records, computers and mobile phones were seized in the swoop by up to 180 officials. west ham says it's "cooperating fully" with the inquiry. 0ur sports editor, dan roan, has the story. it was the day the taxman came calling on english football. london's iconic former 0lympic stadium, now the home of west ham united, being raided. these, just some of dozens of revenue and customs officials who swooped on the club's offices this morning. at the same time, he wrecked newcastle united, a member of the public ca ptu red united, a member of the public captured a similar scene at st james's park, once again, documents seized. the players left stunned, meanwhile, as investigators also
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paid a visit to the club's training down. in a statement, hmrc said: it said, this criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud, you are, if you commit tax fraud, you can expect to face the consequences. what has happened today both the newcastle land at west ham is part of a wider investigation that has seen 180 revenue and customs officials deployed across the uk and france, and this afternoon, chelsea were drawn into the controversy, saying they had been questioned in connection with the raids. 0ne they had been questioned in connection with the raids. one of those arrested is thought to be newcastle united's managing director, the charnley, the right—hand man to the club owner, mike ashley. there are a lot of people in the business of football who believe that non—disclosed payment are endemic in the game. for
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her majesty's revenue and customs to deploy quite so many officers in what is quite clearly a far—reaching investigation, i am what is quite clearly a far—reaching investigation, iam not what is quite clearly a far—reaching investigation, i am not inclined to believe that they are doing that on flippant believe that they are doing that on flippa nt grounds, so believe that they are doing that on flippant grounds, so i think it is pretty serious. hmrc had been taking a closer look at football, issuing a signal of intent last year at a parliamentary hearing. we have 43 players, eight agents and 12 football clu b players, eight agents and 12 football club is currently under enquiry around the issue, and it is that question about whether they are getting that right. two days ago, newcastle united enjoyed promotion back to the premier league. today's events, however, mean the mood of celebration has been dampened. rather than looking forward to that bright future, tonight, newcastle united know they face questions about the past. football faces an increasingly difficult relationship with the taxman, whether it is
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indebted clubs, nonpayment, millionaire players and image rights, or cross—border transfers involving players and agents, it is clear that despite the vast wealth the game generates and the power it enjoys, this huge investigation, both in france and here, training and being raided, clubs' documents and being raided, clubs' documents and computers being seized, it shows that the finances of the sport are under the spotlight like rarely before. many thanks, dan. a team of uk scientists have developed a blood test which can detect the return of lung cancer up to a year before it would show up on scans. it means they are able to identify which patients are most likely to see their disease come back. they hope it will allow doctors to treat patients earlier and increase the chances of a cure. 0ur medical correspondent, fergus walsh, reports. stored at —80 celsius, thousands of
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samples from cancer patients here at the crick institute in london. dna analysis has revealed what drives lung cancer to spread. lung cancer is by far the biggest cancer killer of men and women, and this is the most detailed genetic analysis ever made of how it evolves. researchers analysed tumours removed from around 100 patients and found that those with the most unstable chromosomes, the most abnormal dna, were four times more likely to see their lung cancer return. armed with this discovery, they then analysed blood taken from the patients and were able to find tiny amounts of tumour dna circulating in the blood stream. they spotted 13 out of 14 patients whose cancer was going to come back, up to a year before the tumour was detectable on a scan. in future, that should mean earlier drug therapy for patients. we hope that by treating
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the disease when there are very few cells in the body that are beginning to show their signs and mutations in blood, we will be able to increase the chance of curing the patient, and we can now go on to set up clinical trials where we can test that hypothesis. janet maitland lost her husband to lung cancer and was diagnosed with it herself last year. but now, after surgery it herself last year. but now, after surgery and chemotherapy, she is feeling positive. i am extremely optimistic that i feel great, to be honest, because i don'tjust feel better than i did since the diagnosis, ifeel better than i did since the diagnosis, i feel better than better than i did since the diagnosis, ifeel better than i have done for quite a long time. janet is pa rt done for quite a long time. janet is part of the trial and so will have regular blood tests to monitor her health. dna analysis will eventually be the norm for cancer, and this study shows the great potential of genetics to change the way cancer is
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both diagnosed and treated. fergus walsh, bbc news. our top story this evening: theresa may and jeremy corbyn have clashed in the last prime minister's questions before the general election, using the occasion to set out what they say is the choice for vote rs. and coming up... i will be reporting on the future of the british garden. the new report says that climate change will have a huge impact across the country. coming up in sportsday on bbc news — surrey and england all—rounder zafar ansari retires from cricket at the age of 25. he made his test debut only in october for england but says he has other ambitions he wants to fulfil. in a sign of growing anxiety over tensions with north korea, president trump has summoned all 100 members of the us senate to a highly unusual classified briefing to discuss pyongyang's long—range
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missile and nuclear programmes. it comes as america and south korea have been conducting a live—fire military exercise close to the border with the north. from washington, our north america editorjon sopel reports. this is not for real, but it looks terrifyingly like it. a live fire exercise conducted by 2000 us and south korean troops, just miles from the north korean border at a time of extraordinary tensions. it is a show of force, and a show of unity. a military exercise with an unmistakable message to the south's unpredictable northern neighbour — we want peace, but we are ready for all eventualities. in washington this morning, the head of us pacific command put it like this. as president trump and secretary mattis have made clear, all options are on the table. we wa nt
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we want to bring kim jong—un to his senses and not his knees. and he said the us wanted to take the north koreans at their word. i believe that we have to look at north korea as if kimjong—un i believe that we have to look at north korea as if kim jong—un would do what he says, and what he threatens to the united states, that is one blow but when he threatens the united states with the capability of realising that threat, thatis capability of realising that threat, that is a different place. 0vernight, the us moved in a missile defence system called thad, which will be operational in the next few days. something that has not only caused unease in the north but in china too. for the military exercises, a grandstand was built so that south koreans could watch. this woman says that kim jong—un would see in these drills how strong we are, and he will never dare to attack us. but this man comments "i'm certainly more worried than before, kim jong—un is not the type of person to be pushed around". and the north korean leader has also ordered military exercises.
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nervousness seems to be the one thing that is shared on both sides of the border, and in the region as a whole. in the next couple of hours, something exceptional and apparently without precedent will happen. the entire senate will decamp from capitol hill and come here to the white house to be briefed on a classified basis by national security chiefs of the trump administration on the risks posed by north korea. it may be theatrics as donald trump approaches his 100th day in office or could be a drumbeat toward some sort of military intervention. 0r, toward some sort of military intervention. or, of course, it could be a mix of the two. i , thank you. surrey police's firearm's licensing unit has been severely criticised for returning a collection of shotguns to a man who later shot dead his partner and her daughter with one of the weapons. surrey police has apologised for its handling of the case ofjohn lowe, who killed christine
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and lucy lee at his puppy farm in 2014. duncan kennedy reports. this wasjohn lowe moments after he shot dead christine and lucy lee at his puppy farm in surrey. christine, his partner, and her daughter, lucy, were killed with a shot gun. this shot gun. one of several returned to lowe by surrey police after they had earlier seized them. lowe, seen here in custody, was jailed for life. today's official report says surrey police's gun licensing team failed. their training wasn't sufficient, how they were supervised wasn't as we would have expected, and how those crucial decisions, when it comes to returning firearms, did not have the sign off appropriately higher up the organisations. just after lowe's trial stacy banner, christine's daughter and lucy's sister, also told me the police were wrong to return his guns.
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the police should have never given an 82—year—old man seven loaded shotguns back. what was the reason? why didn't they do theirjob? john lowe's puppy farm was once investigated by the bbc. today, surrey police admitted mistakes were made when his guns were returned. do you accept that if those guns hadn't been returned, christine and lucy could still be alive? well clearly he used those shotguns in a double murder, a horrific case, seven months after they were returned. i don't think we can ever be asked to foresee the future, but clearly what should have happened in this case was that a better risk assessment should have been done, and those guns should not have been returned. one member of surrey police was sacked over this case. another retired. but today's report about the shootings here atjohn lowe's farm doesn'tjust call on surrey to make changes. it says there are lessons for all of britain's police forces
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about the way gun licences are issued, and who they are issued to. but for the family of christine and lucy lee, any tighter gun controls have come too late. duncan kennedy, bbc news in surrey. a 150—year—old concert venue in bristol is to be renamed, because of its association with the slave trade. colston hall bears the name of edward colston — a merchant who made much of his fortune from slave trading in the 17th and 18th centuries. the trust running the venue said the name had become "toxic". now, how does your garden grow? it's every green fingered amateur‘s goal — a lush, green, immaculate lawn — but that could soon become a thing of the past in some parts of the country. a study by the royal horticultural society is predicting that climate change will affect what we grow depending on whether we are in the north or south of the uk. 0ur science editor david shukman
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is at rhs wisley tonight. in the last hour we have gone from hot sun to heavy showers, typical april whether! but the big question is what lies in the decades ahead and to try and answer that, the rhs has consulted climate scientists for their assessment and their conclusion is that climate change is already affecting british gardens, and will continue to do so in the future... the spectacular arrival of spring — the key moment in the gardening calendar, and the signs are that it is now happening at earlier in the year as the climate changes. jean combs is one of the few people to track the exact timing of spring. she's been keeping watch on this oak tree in surrey for the past 50 years. she's been honoured for the value of her records of when the tree came into leaf — it is now happening three weeks earlier than it used to. i wait until i see that first green,
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and that is the date. it's just magical, isn't it? i think we all appreciate it, don't we? and that magical moment is shifting, according to a new report that says rising temperatures and the prospect of more extremes in our weather will change our gardens. here at harlow carr in north yorkshire, gardeners have noticed there is a longer growing season, but also more violent rain. my biggest worry is that these major weather events do a huge amount of damage in the garden. the opportunity is the improving weather conditions will allow us to grow more plants and a wider range of plants for people to come and enjoy in the garden. and a major challenge highlighted in the report is increasingly erratic weather. you get several wet, very wet days, and then just one sunny day. then, you are back to the rain again. and that makes things quite difficult? it does. the report suggests that
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here in the north of the uk, conditions are set to become wetter, milder, stormier and with more extremes of weather. what is striking is how there is a very different projection down south... here in essex, the big worry is a lack of water. parts of the south and east of england can be drier than the middle east, and the report says that more arid conditions are likely. already, they are growing plants that have come from the drylands of countries like mexico, so people realise they need to adjust. there is less rain each year, so we just have to adapt and put different plants in to compensate for it, really. i think we notice it with the lawn as well. we are almost cutting the lawn up until christmas, and then starting to cut it about the second week of march now. the british weather will always be full of surprises, but our gardens are revealing distinct patterns of change in different parts of the country.
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so if the predictions are right, they won't look the same in decades ahead. david shukman, bbc news. from climate change to the weather now. . . from climate change to the weather now... here is jay wynne. some gardeners got rain today, april showers in central and eastern england, dramatic skies in london earlier. here you can see the extent of showers, some further west but most were in central and eastern areas. hail, sleet and snow there. fading away, the process will continue. this blue tinge is frost developing. and in the north, cloud and patchy rain moving south. five or6 and patchy rain moving south. five or 6 degrees is typical. blue tones indicate a cold night, minus three degrees and —4 in some prone locations. a cold starts tomorrow, not very windy. bright for many with sunshine, chilly with a few breaks
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here and there, but a cloud to start with some rain. any is mostly light and patchy but if there is a breeze in the northern half of the uk. that will drive that cloud and patches of rain southwards, after a bright start in the south, cloud creeps in. patches of rain later but things should then brighten in scotland in the afternoon, 10 degrees in aberdeen, 13 in glasgow, and similar temperatures in london, a degree or so behind that in cardiff. in the evening, rain continues to move southwards. the odd heavy burst but most of it is light and patchy. a chilly start on the friday, a decent day. we will see spells of sunshine, some cloud, the odd shower and most places i would expect to be fine and dry, double figures around the north sea coast. at the weekend, breezy, a southerly breeze keeping things mild. expect rain. studio: thank
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you. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. theresa may and jeremy corbyn have traded blows about the nhs, security and leadership in the last prime minister's questions before the general election. strong leadership is about standing up for the many and not the few, but when it comes to the prime minister and the conservatives, they only look after the richest and not the rest. the choice is clear, every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic brexit. every vote for me is a vote to strengthen our hand in negotiating the best deal for britain. business and financial records as well as computers and mobiles have been seized at west ham united and newcastle united by customs officers investigating alleged tax fraud. surrey police have been severely criticised for returning guns to a man who later shot dead his partner and her daughter. tensions over north korea — the us military holdsjoint
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exercises with south korea. us senators are preparing for a security briefing on north korea at the white house. british scientists have developed a test for lung cancer up have developed a test for lung cancer up to have developed a test for lung cancerup toa have developed a test for lung cancer up to a year before it would show on scans. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news... as the us military holdsjoint exercises with south korea, we're live in washington in 100 days as tensions increase over north korea. a week since the general election was announced, we'll be looking at which election issues you're talking about online
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