this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 11pm: us senators are briefed at the white house about the deepening crisis involving north korea and how president trump plans to handle it. theresa may refuses to guarantee the so—called triple—lock on pension rises at the final session of prime minister's questions before polling day. tax officials have raided newcastle united and west ham football clubs, as part of an investigation into suspected fraud. and coming up on newsnight, we've heard a lot about labour and the conservatives in this election campaign. tonight we'll be out and about with ukip — they are in single digits in the polls. is there life after brexit and losing nigel farage as leader? good evening and welcome to bbc news.
members of the us senate have been at the white house today to be briefed on the deepening crisis involving north korea. the americans have started installing an anti—missile defence system in neighbouring south korea in response to the weapons programmes being developed by pyongyang. china has accused the us of destabilising the region. but the state department said it was still open to negotiations to resolve the crisis. our north america editor jon sopel reports. this isn't 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 tension. it's 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 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 would do what he says, and what he threatens to the united states, that is one level, but when he threatens the united states with the capability of realising that threat, that is a different place. from the capital today, an unprecedented event. the whole senate decamping to the white house, though some seemed little lost on where to go, to be given a classified briefing on the north
korean situation from the president at all his key national security staff. a fleet of two buses taking a republican and democrat senators on their day trip. i think the symbolism of going to the white house, where the commander—in—chief lives, to hear from house, where the commander—in—chief lives, to hearfrom the commander—in—chief and his team about what we need to do or be prepared to do with north koreais a sense of how serious this is. and after the meeting this is the reaction. it was a sobering briefing, it was clear how much thought and planning has been going into preparing military actions have called for —— called for and diplomatic strategy that seems to be well proportioned to the threat. 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. nervousness seems to be the one thing that is shared on both sides of the border, and in the region as a whole. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the prime minister has refused to guarantee the so—called triple—lock on pensions will continue if the conservatives are re—elected at the general election. the triple—lock guarantees that pensions will increase in line with wages, inflation or by 2.5%, whichever is highest. at the final session of prime minister's questions before polling day, theresa may said that pensioner incomes would continue to rise but labour says it would keep the lock in place. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. 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 0pposition‘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 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, ii.
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 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 can't 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. those green benches will not be the same again. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. labour says that if it wins the election it will get rid of the 1% cap on pay increases for nhs staff in england and will end tuition fees for student nurses and midwives. the plan would be partly funded
through an increase to corporation tax, but the details haven't yet been published. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been examining the policy. there have been protests about cuts to funding of student nurses and midwives in england and there have been threats of industrial action by 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 that the nhs is not being properly invested in. and it makes us angry when we see mps getting 10% pay rises when we can't 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 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 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 an awful lot of money. labour opponents argue that the nhs can only thrive with the right policies for 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. labour's pledges for the government at westminster. 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. officers from revenue & customs have raided the offices of west ham united and newcastle united as part of an investigation into suspected tax fraud within professional football. it's understood that newcastle's managing director was among those detained and released without charge. raids also took place at several other locations, as our sports editor dan roan reports. it was the day that the taxman came calling on english football. london's iconic former olympic stadium, the home of west ham united being raided. these are just some of dozens of revenue & customs officials who swooped on the club's officers, this morning. at the same time in newcastle, a member of the public captured a similar thing at saintjames's park, once again documents were seized, the players were left stunned as investigators also played a visit to the club's training ground. in a statement hmrc said:
it had arrested several men for a suspected £5 million income tax and national what has happened today both here in newcastle and at west ham is part of a wider investigation that has seen 180 revenue and customs officials deployed across both the uk and france. this afternoon the premier league leaders chelsea were drawn into the controversy, saying they had been questioned in connection with the raids. hmrc has been taking a closer look at football, issuing an statement of intent. there are a lot of people who believe not disclosed payments is endemic in the game and also waiting for the majesties revenue and customs to deploy quite so many
officers in what is clearly quite a far reaching investigation, i'm not inclined to believe they are doing that on flippant grounds. so i think it's pretty serious. france has provided 20 of foot all intelligent english game and there is no suggestion these players have been involved in any wrongdoing but tonight the french authorities said they were looking into suspected secret payments during transfers between the countries. the afa wants to see the harshest possible penalties and sanctions handed done to anyone in football who engages in illegal or any actions that are against the regulations of the fa or fifa, but for the good of the game and also so that agents know they can practice their trade on a level playing field. tonight, french authorities confirmed they had conducted ten searches, with four people placed in police custody as pa rt people placed in police custody as part ofan people placed in police custody as part of an enquiry involving 32 investigators. just two days ago newcastle united enjoyed the motion
back to the riches of the premier league, rather than looking forward towards a brighter future however today's dramatic events in sure they will face questions about the past. before newsnight, let's have a quick look at some of tomorrow's front pages. the financial times leads with the white house's pledge to cut taxes and ‘unleash‘ the us economy. the i reports on the news that two football clubs have been raided as part of an investigation into allegations of tax fraud. a poll on the front of the metro suggests that theresa may is britain's most popular leader in the last a0 years. the prime minister is pictured on the front page of the telegraph, greeting the president of the european commission in downing street this evening. the paper reports that britain will be tied to europe's human rights laws for another five years. the times leads with a warning from the pharmaceutical industry that the world's biggest drug companies could abandon britain unless the nhs receives an extra £20 billion a year. and the guardian reports that large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning so—called
islamic state and depleting the ranks of the terror group. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight. it takes courage to tell the elderly you're taking away their triple lock pension rises. theresa may didn't seem sure that she had that courage today. will the prime minister gave a clear and unambiguous commitment to maintaining the triple lock? we see, we have seen pensioners benefit as a result of what we've done to the basic state pension. no. her head says the triple lock should go, but politics says otherwise. we'll ask if a party leader with a 20% poll lead needs to promise anything to anyone. also tonight, post brexit, what is the point of ukip? we sentjohn sweeney to invade clackton on sea to find out. you voted for ukip last time?