hello, this is breakfast, with katherine downes and ben thompson. income tax, mental health and pensions — the political parties make major policy pledges ahead of the general election. labour says it won't raise income tax for 95 per cent of people, while theresa may is promising to tear up what she says is outdated mental health legislation. good morning, it's sunday the 7th of may. also ahead. choosing their new president — the polls have opened in france as voters choose between marine le pen and emmanuel macron. 82 of the kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls have been freed more than three years after they were captured by islamist militants. the polish warship responsible for protecting the isle of wight in the second world war — and how it's still being remembered today.
in sport...swansea's premier league future is in their own hands, as they win and the teams around them slip up. and louise has the weather. good morning. it's another quiet day of weather — mostly dry and yet again, west is best in terms of the sunshine and the warmth. more details from me later on. good morning. first, our main story. with just over a month to go until the general election, the political parties are making key pledges today. labour says if it wins, it will not raise income tax for those earning less than £80,000 a year. the conservatives are planning to reform mental health services, while the liberal democrats are vowing to protect pensions. 0ur political correspondent ellie price, can tell us more. ellie, the parties are making big promises today? absolutely. labour will be pleased
with what they see as their pitch to low and middle income earners, that it's on the front pages today. they've essentially saying they will not raise the standard rate of vat, nor will be put up national insurance contributions, nor will they raise income tax for those earning up to £80,000. they reckon about 95% of taxpayers will benefit from this pledge, though they say the top earners will be politely asked to pay a little bit more. we haven't heard any details of how much more. if that sounds familiar, that's because the tories made a similar promise on taxes in the last general election. they haven't done so general election. they haven't done so yet this time around. the conservatives have criticised labour forcing their sums don't add up. we have heard from the lib dems this morning, who are suggesting they would scrap winter fuel allowance
for higher earning pensioners, that's more than £45,000 a year, but they would guarantee the triple lock on pensions, which is where the rise either by national earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever it is highest. the big pledges from the parties this morning. we still haven't had the manifestos, but getting some idea of what might be in them. let's get more on the conservative announcement about plans to replace mental health legislation in england and wales with a new law. our health editor hugh pym reports. injanuary, theresa may made a speech outlining plans to transform attitudes to mental health, with extra support for schools and employers. now, in what is billed as the conservatives‘ first major domestic policy announcement of this campaign, the prime minister has unveiled plans for new legislation if returned to downing street. she says she wants to scrap the mental health act, which is more than 30 years old. she says it's brought discrimination and injustice, with concerns that individuals
are being held unnecessarily in hospitals and police cells, with black people significantly more likely to be detained in secure mental health wards. the party has also pledged to increase by 10,000 the number of staff working in mental health in england, currently around 200,000. but labour said the number of mental health nurses had fallen by 6,000 since 2010, and it was unclear where the funding was coming from. the liberal democrats said the promise of thousands of additional staff was based on thin air, and reforms to the mental health act had been proposed two years ago, but delayed by the conservatives. hugh pym, bbc news. polls in france have opened for the final round of the country's presidential election. voters are choosing between marine le pen and frontrunner, emmanuel macron,
as richard slee reports. today's vote is being seen as the most important in france for decades. the two candidates have very opposite views of europe and the future of france in the wider world. the national front‘s marine le pen would close the borders and quit the euro currency. emmanuel macron wants closer european cooperation and an open economy. he is a former economy minister who last year quit the current socialist government to concentrate on his new independent political movement. his campaign was the last—minute victim of a hacking attack, which saw an online leak of thousands of email and documents. the french election watchdog has advised the media not to publish details from the documents, warning it could lead to criminal charges. it admits some of the documents are probably fake. polls are open today, but some french nationals living abroad were able to cast their vote from yesterday, including around 100,000 people who live in the uk. the winner is expected to be announced later tonight. 80 of the nigerian schoolgirls
who were kidnapped in the town of chibok in 2014 have been freed. 276 girls were abducted three years ago by the islamist militant group boko haram, causing an international outcry. joining us now from lagos is the bbc‘s stephanie hegarty. what we know so far is that yesterday afternoon, 82 of these girls were released into army custody. they were taken from a very remote custody. they were taken from a very re m ote area custody. they were taken from a very remote area by military convoy to an area close to the cameroon border. today, they are said to be being airlifted to a major city, from where they will go to the capital and meet the president. we don't know the condition yet of these girls, we don't know if they are
healthy or how many need medical attention, but this is the second time that a group of chibok girls has been released. last year in 0ctober, has been released. last year in october, 21 were released and many did need to see doctors quite urgently. we also don't know whether any of the girls may be coming back with babies. that is an assumption that many of these girls will have become boko haram wives. we have yet to get clarification on that. we do know the negotiation process has been ongoing for a while, and the presidency yesterday thanked the international red cross and other agencies for their help in the release. the number of people ripped off by holiday booking scams rose by almost a fifth last year, new figures have revealed. actionfraud, the uk's fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, says there were almost 6,000 reported cases in 2016, with each victim losing an average of £1,200. around 50,000 people will be
evacuated from the german city of hannover later so experts can remove five unexploded wartime bombs. are being deployed to help with the operation which affects around a tenth of the city's population. more billionaires are based in the uk than ever before, according to the annual sunday times rich list published today. the hinduja brothers, who made their money from banking and manufacturing, top the table and are said to be worth more than £16 billion asjoe lynam reports. sri and and gopi hinduja have been associated with the labour party since the mid—1990s, and acquired british passports in 1997.
their investments in oil, it, energy and the media have made them worth £16.2 billion, according to the sunday times rich list, up by a quarter in a single year. not far behind on £16 billion is the ukrainian music mogul len blavatnik. he owns warner music as well as stakes in a number of other companies. at number nine, the duke of westminster, worth £9.5 billion, is the highest—ranking british born person on the list. he owns property in large parts of central london. there are a record 134 billionaires in this year's top 1000 on the list, with a cumulative wealth of £658 billion. in order to get on the list, you need to be worth at least £110 million. although there are no women in the top 20 who became billionaires in their own right, the sunday times says this year's list is more diverse than ever. it says that many have benefited over the past yearfrom booming stock markets in europe and north america. joe lynam, bbc news. airline tickets that never arrive, fake holiday websites
and fraudulent time shares, these are some of the things that have caused heart ache and financial loss to thousands in the past year. the number of holiday—makers ripped off by booking scams is on the rise according to actionfraud, the uk's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. up 19% on the previous year. causing a total loss of over seven million pounds at an average of 1,200 pounds per victim. the deputy head of action fraud joins us from our london newsroom and here in the studio is a recent victim of holiday holiday fraud, stephanie gager. stephanie, thank you so much recovery into sharing story. you
wa nted recovery into sharing story. you wanted to travel abroad, you went on a holiday website, you booked a ticket but suddenly alarm bells started to ring. yes, i was a bit apprehensive at first to pay the money, and they asked me to put down a deposit. i put the deposit down, i paid intoa a deposit. i put the deposit down, i paid into a bank account. and then i agreed, just because i was a bit cautious, i agreed that i would pay the remaining balance in a fortnight. then i had a call, and they said to me, no, you need to pay immediately, because it was a very good price, and they said to me you need to be immediately to keep it at that price. and when you finally did get the paperwork, it looked legitimate, it had the right locals and flight information, but when you got to the airport, that flight was not there. yes, the airport said to
mei not there. yes, the airport said to me i was not booked on the flight. of course, i was devastated. he spoke to the staff at the airport, and they told you it happens a lot. yes, they said it happens a lot. it's worth paying more and making sure you make the flight. that is stephanie's story. steve, we have heard this happens a lot. what are the most common types of holiday fraud you see? as described, it is people turning up at airports and realising they have been scammed and they are not flying anywhere. likewise, tourists going to holiday apartments, searching for the address, to discover that not only does the address not exist, the apartment is nonexistent. and it is apartment is nonexistent. and it is a massive disappointment. it's not just the financial aspects of this. you have not got a holiday, you are
not flying anywhere, or your accommodation is not there and you have to make alternative arrangements. why do you think the figures are not so much over this last year? i believe it's the internet. everything is booked within the internet environment, and although people are taking care, the fraudsters are able to spoof websites a lot more professionally and even genuine. stephanie, you knew you were doing, you looked at it all, and you were nervous, but you were doing other things, you are busy and you have a lot on, say you didn't think too much about it. but you were still taking in, and that is what is so remarkable about these frauds, they do look very genuine. yes, like you said, i had many things going on, and ijust wanted to commit to this trip. i did push it back and say it cannot be happening. at the point where there
was good to make the payment for the second is deposit, then i should have stopped. what were the alarm bells for you? was it that you had to pit their own and that you had to pay cash into a bank account? yes, the initial payment was cash and then when they called, they said they needed payment now, not a fortnight, because their boss was putting pressure on them. and i wouldn't be able to get it at that price. the price factor also came into it as well for me. with the benefit of hindsight, you wouldn't do it that way again. what would you do it that way again. what would you do now? i heard good advice from action fraud, which was to use your visa card. also, you can check the regulatory bodies, the actual company to see if they are part of that. anyone advice for people watching this morning, steve, on how to avoid falling into this scam? do
your research. don't take everything oi'i your research. don't take everything on face value that you see on a website. don't accept that, even if thatis website. don't accept that, even if that is a local saying they're a memberofa that is a local saying they're a member of a trade body, don't accept that, do your research and use that credit card to pay for it, because you do have additional protection. thank you forjoining us with all that advice for people booking online. stephanie, banks are sharing your story. i know it's not easy to admit he made a mistake, but it won't happen again. here's louise with a look at this morning's weather. sunny by some, not for all. look at the weather in whitley bay. butjust the weather in whitley bay. butjust the other side of the pennines, a beautiful morning in manchester.
stunning photographs sent in there. most of the sunnier spells will be in the west. perhaps the highest values into northern ireland. a breeze coming in off the north sea bringing in more client. they may be gales in the north malls today, which will make it chillier. the further west you go, the best of the sunshine you will get. but because the winds are changing direction, it may not be quite as warm in the western half of scotland as it has beenin western half of scotland as it has been in recent days. warmest further south, into northern ireland, we will see high teens. cloud into east anglia, so ten or 11 at the most. but that further west with a bit of shelter and the sunshine strong at this time of year, the temperatures
will respond. it will feel quite pleasant. through the night, with clear skies, temperatures will fall away like a stone. in scotland, parts of northern england, maybe as far south as wales, we could see some light frost. but that is where the best of the sunshine will be. it's almost a repeat performance of the story. lots of sunshine a further west you are and a cool breeze bringing in that cloud, so temperatures are sitting at around nine or 11 degrees. the extreme south—west seeing the best of the warmth on monday. no significant change in the story tuesday into wednesday. we still have that ridge of high pressure, still the winds coming in from a north easterly direction. a lot of dry weather in the story, east coast will remain quite cloudy, but it looks as though thatis
quite cloudy, but it looks as though that is the potential for significant rain by the gardens and the farmers later on. around 50,000 people in the german city of hanover are now evacuating their homes so five unexploded wartime bombs can be removed from a building site. it follows a similar incident last christmas, when the german city of augsburg was evacuated after a 1.8 tonne bomb was unearthed. but given the scale of the fighting during the second world war it's no surprise such weapons are still being found. joining us now from our london studio is simon cooke, a former bomb disposal officer. how common is it the bombs to drop and not explode? the typical figure this 10%, whether they were german
bombs falling on land and other allied bombs falling on germany. we keep fighting unexploded bombs washed up on beaches and other places. there was one that threaten to cancel a book trace back in september. how many are still out there? it's hard to estimate. there is an abandoned bombs register focused on london, where there are approximately 250 bombs which haven't quite gone missing, but they knew where they fell and they are still buried to this day. there could be double that number which are buried are not known about. when people start off on a building site leading the land, do theyjust take and if they find an unexploded bomb, then its emergency situation, or do we have an idea where some of these bombs might be? that does happen sometimes, they are unexpectedly excavated. but more commonly, there is some sort of desk study taken in advance to work out whether there
are likely to be any bombs on the building site. if that is a likelihood, often a survey is taking an advanced to try and find them an excellent beat them and see if the survey anomalies are real bombs. the reason were talking about is that 50,000 people are about to be evacuated in hanover in germany because of these five bombs that need dealing with. how unusual is an evacuation on that scale? we've not seenin evacuation on that scale? we've not seen in london. now, we haven't, and it is really unusual, especially the number of people being evacuated. i think that's driven by the fact that five bombs have been found in close proximity of one another. that in itself is unusual. the other thing, in london, the evacuations did take place over off often on a much smaller scale, because we put up the date of works or make sure the bomb remained bedded and that reduces the number of people who need to be
evacuated. how do you go about it? how do you make sure that a second world war bomb is safe and are the few experts wrote a deal with them than their word in the past? no, the same number of people are available. generally speaking, the most sensitive part of the bomb is the fuse components, so in simple terms, the fuse is immunised and made safe and then the main high explosive contents and then the main high explosive co nte nts ca n and then the main high explosive contents can be removed and the bomb is effectively rendered safe. thank you for telling us about that and we will be watching that evacuation in hanover with great interest. you're watching breakfast from bbc news, it's time now for a look at the newspapers. politics lecturer victoria honeyman is here to tell us what's caught her eye. we'll speak to her in a minute. right now. just explain this for us,
because it sounds like a pretty dramatic story. it really is. it's not even new in the generalities. the story has been taking around for awhile, about contaminated blood being given to sufferers from. this particular story relates to a place where children's medical problems cause them to suffer with trying to go to school. many of these people received treatments with blood that was contaminated. this particular college, the people who went to school there, so many of them have 110w school there, so many of them have now died that the individual who's been interviewed in this article, it's got to the point where he just
stopped asking what has happened to his former colleagues at school. this comes off the back of the public apology that david cameron gave in the house of commons. andy burnham used his last speech there to talk about this scandal. has been no large—scale lawsuit regarding this and it's looking very difficult for these people, who have suffered, not just for these people, who have suffered, notjust in terms of whether they will live or die, but many have suffered for decades with very debilitating illnesses. and many of them are dead anyway. if you want more than that, there is a bbc panorama on bbc one at nine o'clock. they have much more than that horrific story. in the times, state schools merged charge on poetry be agreed. a list of 100 poems and classical music pieces, suggesting what children
should be exposed to and what a classic education should involve. yes, the chief inspector of schools has launched an investigation. the idea behind it seems to be that children coming out of state schools are simply not learning a rounded amount of information in relation to the children coming out of private schools. therefore, they are talking about exposing them to more poetry, classical music, 100 books they should read, for example. the underlying message seems to be, our stu d e nts underlying message seems to be, our students receiving a rounded education? i think that's a question many of us wonder. are our children being educated to pass exams or are they being educated to live their lives and utilise their skills and have the knowledge they need to become well rounded individuals when they leave school or university?‘ lot of emphasis on engaging children and teaching them things they are interested in, winners perhaps
poetry and classical music are not necessarily areas children would engage in. it can take time to get into the language of shakespeare, but if you love it, then you will a lwa ys but if you love it, then you will always love it. i think it's important that pupils are exposed to this, so they can make their own decisions about whether or not they wa nt to decisions about whether or not they want to go and see shakespeare or not. prince philip making headlines, stepping back from his royal duties. in their place where they worship him as god, there is very sad. they hope he will one day return to the island and if he does, there will be no sickness and now drought. yes, he isa no sickness and now drought. yes, he is a descendant of a mountain gods who went overseas to look for a rich and powerful bride. he visited the island in 1974, it was part of the new hebrides. they actually worship him asa
new hebrides. they actually worship him as a god. it seems to be to do with the fact that his portrait was hanging on one of the government buildings and at some point, this has become that he is a deity. they are very perturbed he's not going to be visiting them to improve the state of their island and help with their crops. such a nice story. prince philip is important, because a ncestors prince philip is important, because ancestors taught as part of our customers in england. i wonder if mountbatten does mean mountain gods? we'll have to look into that. this is a nice little story. tom daley gets hitched with his r. tom daley quoted from romeo and juliet before getting married at castle yesterday. his husband is a screenwriter. i like the fact there was shakespeare before the nuptials, the fact that the water burgundy
suit. yes, women complain that the media possesses about what they wear, but this makes the bike that tom wore a burgundy velvet suit and that his husband was wearing navy. crucial details. and suggesting that they partied into the night. i hope so. they partied into the night. i hope so. just 50 friends and relatives gathered, so a nice small wedding for tom daley. can we squeeze this end, i love those. you want to bring your dog in. i've been pushing for years, but they're not having any of it. this is the new must— have that work, bringing your dog into the office. this is twofold. one of the things is that doggy day there is very expensive. but it's also that they improve the atmosphere in officers, reduce the stress read. i have a border collie, and i'm not sure that bringing heroin to run
around the lecture theatre would improve things. it would liven things up. it would be lovely, with deadlines on, just stroke any year now and then, it would be lovely. not allowed on the furniture. i know, but we don't have to clean up, so it's fine. victoria, thanks for sharing the papers with us. we'll be back with the headlines in just a few minutes. hello, this is breakfast with ben thompson and katherine downes. coming up before nine louise will have the weather. but first, a summary of this morning's main news. labour is pledging not to raise income tax for those earning less than £80,000 if it wins the general election. the party says it will not increase vat or employee national insurance rates.
but says the top 5% of earners will pay more to fund public services. the conservatives, who have also ruled out a rise in vat, say there is a £45 billion black hole in labour's tax proposals. labour denies that. meanwhile, the prime minister says that if her party is re—elected, the conservatives will replace current mental health legislation in england and wales, with a new law tackling discrimination and the unnecessary detention of vulnerable people. the party is also promising 10,000 more staff working in nhs mental health treatment by 2020. labour says the tories appear to be offering no extra funding to back the plans. polls in france have opened for the final decisive round of the country's presidential election. voters are choosing between marine le pen and frontrunner, emmanuel macron. it's being described as the most important election in france for decades. the outgoing president francois hollande says he will
respond to the apparent hacking of mr macron's campaign team. french nationals who live in the uk will be able to cast their votes at a special polling station today. our reporter is that one in west london. earlier we saw the queues outside, it looks like it's getting busier and busier. yes, it's busy, polls opened half an hour ago. 100,000 french people are registered to vote in the uk and hundreds of them have come to this french school in london. many of them queueing from just after 6am this morning. they are going into one entrance here. there is another queue around another entrance from the front. there's no postal voting in the french system so that's why voters have to come in person orfind a proxy. when they get inside, they go into the polling station, they will
pick up the names of the two candidates and put one of those names ina candidates and put one of those names in a small brown envelope and put that into the ballot box. we saw the french ambassador casting her vote this morning. the polls close at 7pm, they close at the same time across the rest of france. there will be an exit poll so we should get a good idea of how the candidates have done. the votes will be counted in a couple of hours so by the end of the day we should know who will be the next president of france. thank you. the nigerian presidency has confirmed that 82 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by islamist militants in 2014 have been freed. they were among more than 270 girls seized from a boarding school in the town of chibok in a night time attack. more than 100 girls are still missing. the italian coastguard says about 6000 migrants trying to reach europe have been rescued from the mediterranean in the past 48 hours. officials said they'd co—ordinated around 40 separate emergency missions. many of the migrants were trying to cross from libya in rubber dinghies and other makeshift vessels. the number of people ripped off
by holiday booking scams rose by almost a fifth last year, new figures have revealed. actionfraud, the uk's fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, says there were almost 6,000 reported cases in 2016, with each victim losing an average of £1200. around 50,000 people will be evacuated from the german city of hannover later so experts can remove five unexploded wartime bombs. the bombs were found during work at a building site. some 2,500 firefighters, rescuers, and police officers are being deployed to help with the operation which effects around a tenth of the city's population. it's that day in the papers where we will have a bit ofjealousy when we flicked open the sunday times rich list. to see if we are on the list! laughter more billionaires are based
in the uk than ever before, according to the sunday times rich list which is published today. the hinduja brother, who made their money from banking and manufacturing, top the list and are said to be worth more than £16 billion pounds. only one person in the top ten was born in the uk. lots of sportsmen on the list. lewis hamilton at the top, andy murray is up hamilton at the top, andy murray is up there. zlatan ibrahimovic is there as well. no swansea players on there as well. no swansea players on there yet! not yet. what will next season bring? their battle to stay in the premier league is starting to ta ke in the premier league is starting to take shape. they are in pole position. they beat everton1—0. so swansea's premier league future looks a little more secure after those defeats for hull city and crystal palace. their destiny now lies in their own hands. if they win their two remaining matches, they'll stay up. nick parrott reports. it was a rare sight neither set of supporters were expecting to see. hull city defeated at home for the first time since marco silva took over injanuary. already relegated sunderland are celebrating their first
victory in 11 matches. billyjones and jermaine defoe struck in the second half to make premier league tigers an endangered species. what is important is today's result. we don't need to change anything, we need to work harder during the next week to prepare for the next game. it is not a good moment but the moment had to come. the threat to hull's existence in the top—flight with swansea, secure a win over everton at home for the first time in their history. the 13th goal of the season will not be remembered for the finish but it was enough to see the swans fly over hull and out of the relegation zone. if they stay there, the effort of the spaniard will be remembered for years. when you do not get that second goal you are always wondering if you will be punished for it. 0ne off the post, a couple of great saves, a header that was deflected, there are a fair few chances but we got there in the end and when the final whistle went
to was a great feeling. crystal palace are not safe yet after losing 5—0 to manchester city. with two games to play against fellow strugglers hull and manchester united, theirfuture is farfrom certain. five different names on the scoresheet showed a solid all—round performance that has been lacking of late for pep guardiola's men as they moved up to third and closer to champions league qualification. nick parrott, bbc news. here are the rest of yesterday's results, champions leicester city guaranteed their premier league survival with a 3—0 win over watford. sam vokes scored a late equaliser for burnley as they edged towards safety with a 2—2 draw against west brom. and bournemouth and stoke both know they'll be in the premier league next season after they drew by the same scoreline. today is all about the chase for european football. it's fifth versus sixth as arsenal host manchester united in the late kick—off. before that liverpool take on southampton,
asjurgen klopp's side chase a place in next season's champions league. there is absolutely no club in the top spot who can waste points right now. that's how it is. not chelsea, not tottenham, not liverpool, city, or united, arsenal, no club has the opportunity to rest. we all have to fight with all we have and that makes the league so exciting. in scotland inverness caledonian thistle are still fighting to stay in the premiership the bottom club are nowjust four points adrift of safety after a 2—1 win against relegation rivals hamilton. brad mckay scored their first on ten minutes. they doubled their lead with a penalty and hamilton could only manage a late consolation goal. elsewhere there were wins for dundee, ross county and champions celtic. and congratulations to portsmouth who have been crowned league 2 champions. they thumped cheltenham 6—1 at fratton park to seal the title
and jump from third place as both sides above them, doncaster and plymouth, dropped points. doncaster were beaten by hartlepool united. but because of results elsewhere the north east side were relegated ending their 96—year stay in the football league. wasps have finished top of rugby union's premiership for the first time in 20 years. victory against saracens secured first place in the regular season, just ahead of exeter. saracens finished third overall, while leicester got the last of the four play—off spots. tim hague has the details. eight months, 126 matches, and the search was still on to find first place in the english premiership, as well as a home tie in the play—offs. wasps and an understrength saracens had a chance of both, fitting that they played each other then. even more fitting that christian wade scored for wasps, his 17th try of the season, equalling the league record. it helped the home side dominate the second half. their only lion, elliot daly, will hope to feast against the all blacks next month.
he got in some practice here, before his team—mate thomas young, son of the coach dai, rounded off the win with his hat—trick. 35—15 the score, wasps top, saracens third. in between them are exeter, they beat gloucester to secure second for the second successive season, while the fourth and final play—off spot went the way of leicester. 23 points from departing fly—half freddie burns got them over the line at worcester, but the celebrations can't last long. it's the play—offs next, and the search for england's top team continues. tim hague, bbc news. meanwhile, northampton and harlequins were battling for the final guaranteed spot in next season's champions cup. and although northampton ran out narrow 22—20 winners, it wasn't enough to overtake quins in the table. leicester's victory over worcester gave them the final playoff semi final spot. they'll travel to wasps in a couple of weeks. bath miss out in fifth.
if gloucester win the challenge cup on friday, they'll take the champions cup play—off spot ahead of northampton. bristol were already relegated. in the pro12, munsterfinished the season top of the table to secure themselves a home semifinal. they pipped leinster on the final day, who lost to ulster in belfast 17—13. roger wilson, ulster‘s most capped player who retired after the game, scored their first try with andrew trimble adding another in the second half. glasgow warriors couldn't give their departing coach gregor townsend a winning send off. he's off to take charge of the scottish national team, but ended his spell with the warriors in defeat as they lost 29—18 to edinburgh. scrum half ben youngs has withdrawn from the british and irish lions tour to new zealand he's staying in england to be with his family after his brother's wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. scotland's greg laidlaw will replace him. in theirfinal warm—up match before
the rugby league world cup in october england beat samoa 30 points to ten in sydney. wayne bennett's side had travelled half way round the world in the middle of the super league season for this game but they ran in five tries including this from josh hodgson to seal a comfortable win. britain's number1yohanna konta has lost in the first round of the madrid 0pen. she was beaten in three sets by the germany's world number 30 laura siegemund. konta lost five games in a row to lose the deciding set. the match finished at 2.17am local time. there could be a first female winner of the badminton horse trials in ten years as germany's ingrid klimke leads going into the final day of competition today. after the cross country event she has point four of an advantage over the reigning badminton and olympic champion michaeljung. the gloucestershire event finishes with the final showjumping phase. and finally, motogp riders are often some of the toughest
sportspeople around, racing with broken bones and all sorts of injuries. turns out they have an achilles' heel. it's wasps! cal crutchlow qualified third for today's spanish grand prix but on his cool down lap, something gets into his leathers and he doesn't like it one bit. he even pulls over and tries to get the insect out. crutchlow said he'd been stung about five or six times. pain.! did you notice as well for a while he seemed to be scratching with both hands and riding his bike without any hands! we've been wondering how it got in. it's quite an important point! it could get in through his helmet but how did it get into his leathers? it's like
when they appear in your car and you're like, how did that get in here?! thank you very much, richard. we'll be keeping across the sport this afternoon. it's mike tucker's last badminton commentating. do you know your greenfinch from your goldfinch? or your blackbird from your blackcap? no? well you're not alone. research commissioned by the bbc and rspb has found that many of us struggle to identify even the most common of british birds and the songs they sing. here to show us what to look out for is ornithologist, and keen bird watcher, jamie dunning. the dawn chorus at its best at this time of year, why is it that we can hear the birds singing in the morning? there are two schools of thought about why birds sing. it is to defend their territory and to attract a partner. it's usually best thing in the morning because insects
aren't moving much, there's not a lot else to do. they are just filling time! what's the purpose? the purpose is to assert your territory against other birds. i think at that time in the morning, because there's not a lot of food about, that's when birds coming into territories that aren't their own are at their peak. this was one suggestion. what was your reaction to the news that few of us can recognise birds by their song? you look at a picture of a robin, the people know what they look like but they can't tell what it is if they canjust hear they can't tell what it is if they can just hear it they can't tell what it is if they canjust hear it singing. lots of people saying that a quarter of adults thought that "penne" was a species of bird rather than a pasta and some people thought that a red kite was a baddie from batman! you must be quite disappointed by those
findings. yes. the other bit of that research was that three quarters of british parents wanted to do more with their children and yet we spend less tha n with their children and yet we spend less than three hours outside as a family per week. that was more disappointing than not being able to identify a mullard. we should be spending more time outside and then we'd be better connected with nature? i think it comes to you. i think being disenfranchised with being outside. what defines them and how can you differentiate between them? is it what they sing, how they sing it, the speed, the pitch? it's a combination of all of those things. you can't really teach it, the more outside you are, you pick it up. you become familiar with the ones around you and then the ones you aren't familiar with you
recognise something different. it's part of your soundscape. what about this declining interest in birds? do you think that perhaps suggests there is a decline in birds themselves, they aren't such a part of our lives any more? and our songbirds struggling? some are struggling and some are doing very well. goldfinch are doing well at the moment. something like half of people can tell the difference between a greenfinch and a goldfinch. the bigger issue is people being outside and enjoying being outside than identifying birds. we have a bird table in our garden and when the birds come down we identify them. or a tree, lots of people don't have a tree or a bush ina people don't have a tree or a bush in a garden. is this a city versus country thing? you can still hear the dawn chorus even in the centre of the city. you can. birds in urban areas sing louder. there may not be
as many of them but they compete with the city noise and cars. they upped their game. they upped their game. thank you so much for coming you're watching breakfast from bbc news. the main stories this morning. the conservatives, labour and the liberal democrats all make key policy pledges ahead of the general election. french voters go to the polls today in the final round of the country's presidential election. this is where we say goodbye to ben who's off to read the news on the andrew marr programme. here's louise with a look at this morning's weather. louise hunt it's a bit of a mixed bag. warm in some parts of the country but cooler elsewhere? yes, it's certainly not bird—watching weather along the east coast. it's bleak looking in whitley bay. by contrast to the west of the
pennines, not a cloud in the sky for many. a beautiful photograph from rochdale earlier on this morning. in fa ct if rochdale earlier on this morning. in fact if we take a look at the satellite picture you can see the north and west is seeing the best of the sunshine this morning. that nagging breeze driving in plenty of cloud of the north sea. gusting to gale force from a northerly direction across the northern isles. it's going to feel cold but further west it's a completely different story. it will be a lovely day. because the wind direction is northerly it maybe not quite as warm as it has been across western scotland. temperatures perhaps at around 16—18 through the course of the day today. we could see 21 somewhere in northern ireland. if that happens it will be the law warmest day of the year so far. 1819 not out of the question for the rest of england and wales. in the sonnet is beautiful but on the exposed east
coast it will still feel pretty disappointing —— 18—19 not out of question. clear skies and warmth by day at this time of year still means clear skies chilly nights to come. in rural parts in sheltered western areas it's going to be cold. gardeners take note, a frost, a light frost is still possible anywhere north of wales. it's going to bea anywhere north of wales. it's going to be a chilly start again with temperatures hovering around freezing first thing but lovely spells of sunshine coming through. the northerly wind dragging in some cloud, this time across north east england, 10—11d at the best. sheltered western areas away from the breeze may see the highest values through the day on monday of 16 degrees. not much change, tuesday and wednesday. high pressure still the driving force. there is a potential that this could move towards us by thursday or friday. the early half of the week staying
dry with some sunshine but we could see some rain towards the end of the working week. the warmest day of the yearin working week. the warmest day of the year in northern ireland and then plunging down to freezing overnight? 21 by day, —1 by night. plunging down to freezing overnight? 21 by day, -1 by night. is that unusual? it's because of the source ofaircoming down unusual? it's because of the source of air coming down from the north. it's not unusual and it always plays a bit of havoc with those gardeners that are desperate to put in some lovely spring plants. unfortunately they may not be very happy tomorrow morning. enjoy the sunshine, don't put your plants out yet. 75 years ago, during the height of the second world war, the isle of wight came under a ferocious aerial attack by the german luftwaffe. 70 people lost their lives in the air raid. but the destruction would have been much worse had it not been for the actions of the crew of a polish warship. this weekend their heroism is being remembered as kasha madeira reports. archive: polish destroyers, co—operating with the british navy,
are visited by the polish president... the blyskawica, one of two grom destroyers built in cowes, was the pride of poland. during a refit, back on the island, the crew could not have foreseen the role they would play in defending cowes against that devastating air raid. ..you are not only serving the cuase of poland but the cause of mankind. josef wlodarczak is the last surviving crew member. he recalls how all on board had a critical role to play. translation: when it comes to the isle of wight, our guns were blazing. i was down in the engine rooms ensuring the motors were running so the gunner could keep firing. whilejosef was in the engine room, tom guy was next to the ship, on dry land. it was dangerous. the guns were so red hot, and i could prove it, i could actually see them, they was red hot, they was. they put water on them all the time.
that decision to fire was controversial. while in dry dock, the blyskawica should not have had any live ammunition on board, yet her captain, wojciech francki, was convinced an attack was imminent, after seeing german reconnaissance flights. june week's father saw the same planes. he was looking out of his bedroom window, and these german reconnaissance planes were so low, he could actually see the swastikas on them — they were really, really low. he said to my mother, we are going to get it soon. the isle of wight was used to coming under attack. the luftwaffe used the light reflected off the medina as a guide to fly further north to attack cities on the mainland but that night the attack was unprecedented because they were aiming directly cowes itself. captain francki was denied permission from the admiralty to arm the blyskawica and in doing so he risked court—martial. playing at his commemorations,
his granddaughter said he took the initiative. when the bombing started, he sent smoke screens out. which actually they did afterwards praised him for his initiative in that. it was quite an unheard of thing to do, to disguised the ship, to kind of create a fog. his action and that of the blyskawica's crew saved countless lives. today, a modern polish navy destroyer is anchored off the coast of isle of wight, not to defend but to honour the blyskawica's memory. an extraordinary story of bravery. the 1000 richest people in the uk "kept calm and carried on making billions" following last summer's brexit vote according to the annual sunday times rich list. it's found that their combined wealth went up by 14% over the last year to a record £658 billion.
the report was compiled by robert watts, who joins us now. thank you for coming in again. what a massive boom in income in the richest people in britain, what has caused this? it's extraordinary. we thought we'd see a slowdown in the run—up to brexit and the uncertainty afterwards. it is as if these wealth creators carried on doing what they do. they didn't panic, they kept on. three things i flagged up word that the stock market has done very well since, and a lot of these people, their wealth is tied up in shares and public companies. a weaker pound has helped exporters. people like sirjames dyson whose wealth has gone up and passed £7 billion this year. markets around the world are buying his products and getting them cheaper so they are buying more of them. thirdly, the key factor is we are seeing people from all walks of life in the richard list. all types
of industry benefiting. that means it's better for our economy, it's more balanced, and it means we aren't limited to certain key sectors. you say it's a more diverse list, we've got many more women on there as well. yes, a record number of women. like denise coates, who in 2000, she came from a family of betting shop owners. she realised what the internet could do for her family business, it could turn it not just into family business, it could turn it notjust into a chain of betting shops around stoke—on—trent but into a world business. just 17 years later she has a family fortune worth £5 billion. not bad. it's been a good yearfor some of £5 billion. not bad. it's been a good year for some of the world's leading british sportsmen, we've got lewis hamilton, andy murray, wayne rooney as well. british sportsmen doing particularly well. if you pick up doing particularly well. if you pick up the richard list this morning you'll see those two sportsmen in
there today. you'll also see the sports list that has our top ten. early half of them are footballers which is quite interesting. big fortu nes which is quite interesting. big fortunes being made from golf, motor racing, basketball. also we are seeing it's not just racing, basketball. also we are seeing it's notjust that side of entertainment, big fortunes being made from music. adele enters the main rest for the first time with the fortune of £125 million. —— enters the main list for the first time. 122 gigs where she typically pulls in more than £1 million at the box office. she's a classic example, people from humble backgrounds who work very hard, are lucky and often do admit they've been very lucky and creative. and they are resilient, often their businesses don't take off initially at the start but they
later on find themselves with a personal wealth of more than £110 million. the richest musician, sir paul mccartney, £780 million. what caught my eye is that british musicians doing very well, british sportsmen doing well but very few british people in the top ten, there's just one and that's the duke of westminster. he's the british representative. he could claim to be britain's most eligible bachelor i suppose. he's got a girlfriend. he is 26 and he is —— he has a family wealth of £5.9 billion. london in particular but britain has become a great boleyn ground to the world's super—rich. they like our country and the wealth management services of the city, they like the culture, the private schools, the properties. it's not to say we aren't producing our own home—grown talent. there is
page after page of it today but we are also attracting super—rich people too. thank you for talking to us. that's it from us this morning. dan and louise will be back tomorrow and they'll be joined by the american comedian reginald d hunter. have a lovely day. this is bbc news. i'm nicholas 0wen. the headlines at nine. no increase in income tax, national insurance or vat — labour's pledge to 95% of workers who pay it, if it wins the election. the conservatives promise more mental health staffing in the nhs — and ensure fewer people are detained against their will. the liberal democrats commit to keeping the "triple lock" on pensions — but those on higher incomes would lose the winter fuel payment. the people of france are choosing between emmanuel macron and marine le pen to be their next president. finally freed — the 82 nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by islamist militants three years ago. also in the next hour... more billionaires are based in the uk than ever before.