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tonight at 6: we're in bradford where labour has launched its election manifesto — promising policies for the many, not the few. jeremy corbyn unveils what he calls, a "radical and responsible" plan for government, to help build a fairer society. whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure, struggling to make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. the proposals include nationalising the railways and scrapping tuition fees — labour plans nearly £50 billion of taxes on business and the highest earners. i've been talking to people here in bradford about the manifesto and finding out whether it affects their voting intentions. i feel it's very very important that the state does have a bigger part in what's going on. we really really need radical change right now. i've always voted labour but now, with jeremy corbyn, i won't. i'm going to tory.
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also on tonight's programme. after the death of the moors murderer, ian brady — police say they won't close the case of keith bennett, whose body was never found. the squeeze on the cost of living — inflation hits 2.7% — outstripping rises in average pay. ruined by rubbish, the british island in the south pacific which has more plastic waste than anywhere else in the world. and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news, an important night in the premier league as arsenal try to stay in touch with the top four. good evening from bradford — where the labour leader
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jeremy corbyn has launched what he's calling a "radical and responsible" manifesto, promising to govern "for the many, not the few". among his key policies are nationalising the railways, water companies and the royal mail. scrapping tuition fees and reversing some benefit cuts. and spending £37 billion on the health service in england. the pledges would be paid for — in part — by £48 billion of tax rises on business and on the highest earners. we'll be looking at those figures in detail and speaking to voters here in bradford but, first here's our political editor laura kuenssberg on labour's plan for government. here it is. labour's proposed contract with you. this would be his cabinet. this is jeremy
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contract with you. this would be his cabinet. this isjeremy corbyn‘s deal. a massive moment for the man who two years ago was a total outsider. i'm delighted to introduce the labour leader of the party and the labour leader of the party and the next prime minister, jeremy corbyn. a plan he believes the country needs. whatever your age and the situation, people are under pressure, struggling to make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. listing plenty of crowd pleaser is, here. labour will scrap tuition fees, lifting the debt... applause labour is guaranteeing the triple lock to protect pensioners incomes. and labour will take our railways
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back into public ownership and put passengers first. more childcare, more cash for the nhs, paid for by the richest 5% and taxes on business. with nearly £50 billion of extra spending. paid for by nearly £50 billion of tax. we are asking the better off and the big corporations to pay a little bit more. and of course to stop dodging their tax obligations in the first place. this is a programme of hope. the tory campaign by contrast is built on one word, fear. for good or for ill, you think it is time to pay for ill, you think it is time to pay for your ideas to tax more and spend more and to borrow more. do you know
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what, every other country in the world says, why does britain invest so little and pay itself so little while it allows touch grotesque levels of inequality to get worse, let's turn it around and do it the other way. do you think the public are going to go to something as radical as this? those earning over £80,000, paying a bit more to pay for the national health service and our education, i think they will be positive and supportive. great manifesto. that manifesto is full of popular policies and i'm fighting ha rd popular policies and i'm fighting hard for a labour victory and a government led by jeremy hard for a labour victory and a government led byjeremy corbyn. hard for a labour victory and a government led by jeremy corbyn. do you feel he is up to the job? jeremy corbyn has had to fight to keep his job, but broadly this is a manifesto built in his image. this is his radical offered to you. you ma nifesto radical offered to you. you manifesto is the biggest hypothetical expansion of the state
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in many years, but how exactly what his ideas work? why in this ma nifesto his ideas work? why in this manifesto is there no scale and no ballpark figure for how much it might cost the public purse and how you are prepared to borrow and renationalise four major industries? you don't know what the share price is at the time we do it, the same in the case of rail, there is a neutral cost and i believe in the same for water and the bond issue. you have an promised to reverse all the tory welfare cuts, and for some of your supporters, that might be quite disappointing? —— you haven't promised. what i have said on the welfare cuts and the cat issue, we have set aside £2 billion to deal with the worst effects of the benefit cap which will help a lot. you are not reversing the whole thing? you will see a lot of changes, but bear in mind we have had two weeks in order to prepare all of these policy issues because of the speed with which the election
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has been called, but i accept the challenge and i think we have put forward a very credible manifesto in a short space of time and we deserve some credit for that, actually. a short space of time and we deserve some credit for that, actuallym will be up to the voters.|j some credit for that, actuallym will be up to the voters. i look forward to their decision. there has never been a question that he can pull shot —— aykroyd, but he has three weeks now to be heard across the board. policies are notjust to can shout the loudest —— there has never been a question that he can pull a crowd. there are some big commitments as we heard. from extra funding for education and health to paying for more police officers and lifting the cap on public sector pay. so, where's the money coming from? 0ur economics editor, kamal ahmed has been taking a closer look at the costs of labour's plans. it's labour's big offer to the voter, an extra £25.3 billion for education, enough to build a thousand schools.
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£7.7 billion for the nhs, that's quite a few hospitals. and a £4 billion pay rise for the public sector. add in other commitments on policing and the minimum wage, and the grand total of new spending is £48.6 billion. the question labour was asked today, how is it going to pay for its promises. most of it will come from new business taxes. corporation tax will be increased from 20% to 26%. labour says that will raise nearly £20 billion. there will be a new levy on firms that pay employees over £330,000 and labour says that will raise £i.3 billion. and there are the personal taxes. those earning above £80,000 will pay a tax rate of 45p in the pound. if you earn above that amount, the loss will be around £400, and for those
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earning £123,000 the will be around £1100, and for those earning £123,000 the rate rises to 50p, that could lead some with a loss of up to £23,000. some are sceptical about whether such large amounts will ever be raised. in the end raising tax does bring in more money and if you put in all of their tax plans together that would raise quite a significant amount of money, but not as much as they are hoping, because corporate ‘s and companies will change their behaviour and individuals will change their behaviour and the scale of the changes are so weak they will be some money for certain coming in. labour has also said it wants to borrow, £25 billion a year more than the present government. that money will add to the national debt will be spent on high—speed railways and broadband and gas and electric facilities. all that injection of new money boosts the new economy? with interest rates so low that is a
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real opportunity to borrow at record low rates and that means you can back and the bank of england is not able to stimulate the economy and so investment of this kind, to build the road and infrastructure, is really welcome. it is a very different prospectus, more tax and spend, and balance the books. labour says it would like to nationalise royal mail, the water companies and national rail, and the costs are attached. if nothing else, the choice on the 8th ofjune is now a clear one. labour's history in bradford goes back more than a century. today all three of the city's constituencies are labour. i've spent the day here talking to people about the manifesto. tucked into the foothills of the pennines, bradford has travelled from victorian splendour to more challenging times. unemployment is higher
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than the national average. bradford west has a large immigrant community and it has one of the highest proportion of young voters in england and wales. this woman is 25. just give me an idea of what kind of policy affects you. i feel it's very very important that the state does have a bigger part in what's going on. we really really need radical change right now. the nhs is crumbling and the rail prices have been hiked up again and again. you sound like you are just parroting things that you've heard. the nhs is crumbling and our railways aren't working. how do you know that? again, i've seen it. what is there not to see? i asked about labour's plans for nationalisation and expanding public ownership. there are many developed countries, many wealthy countries, around the world, that have elements of nationalisation that take into what they consider the important sphere, control of those important services. and the man who has to sell these policies to the voters? what is it aboutjeremy corbyn
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that attracts you? his honesty. he speaks on the same level as joe bloggs. hang on a minute. you are calling him a kind ofjoe bloggs, but don't we want something more in our leaders? he comes across as a normal human being. rather than a robot. sojeremy corbyn has just been spelling out the policies that labour is going to be putting to the people but what i'm picking up is that it's about more than that. at this dealership in bradford east, angela morris was having some work done on her car. i've always voted labour but now, withjeremy corbyn, i won't. i'm going to tory. i like theresa may. he doesn't look like a prime ministerfor one thing, does he? you know, i couldn't imagine him going into number ten. is it fair tojudge a man on what he looks like and say that you can't see him in number ten? i don't suppose it is, really.
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dougal keith has seen the business grow from a wooden shed to one that now employs more than 200 people. ultimately what is important to me are my customers and my staff, and what they need more than anything else is a stable economy. they've just announced today that they're going to buy all the water companies. that's millions and millions of pounds. you can't take it out of the till until you've put it in. so i just don't think they have a credible economic policy. some of the view is there of what people in bradford think about the ma nifesto. people in bradford think about the manifesto. and what it means for them. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg is with me. it is clear that voters are going to face a real choice. it is chalk and cheese in plenty of places, the biggest gap we have seen between the two parties for some time. today we have seen that is because ofjeremy
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corbyn's 21st—century version of old labour, more tax and more spending and more state control, nationalisation in four areas of industry, bold changes that he would like to introduce. his calculation is that the frustrations of britain in 2017 mean that in his view the electorate is ready, right and ready for something that is very different. he said to to me, look at the crowd to turn out to hear me speak, but there are two things with that, crowds that go to hear someone and necessarily representative of the whole voting general public. —— aren't necessarily. ed miliband moved a few inches to the left taking a couple of dainty steps and he lost by doing that. jeremy corbyn is taking one big strides to the left, so it is certainly a challenge for him. thanks forjoining us. and you can find more information on labour's manifesto and other
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election issues at the bbc website bbc.co.uk/news. that is all from bradford. now let's get the rest of the day's news with reeta. greater manchester police say the death of the moors murderer, ian brady, won't stop them looking for the remains of keith bennett, who was the only one of his five child victims never found. brady, and his partner myra hindley, abducted the 12—year—old in 1964 and refused to say where he was buried. judith moritz reports. his name will always be notorious, his face the image of evil, his crimes amongst the worst of the 20th century — ian brady, the moors murderer. he took children and tortured them and brought their bodies up to the hills above manchester. 0n the desolate moors, the police spent years searching for their remains.
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brady's accomplice was his girlfriend, myra hindley, she died 15 years ago. brady's death closes a chapter of criminal history. five children died at their hands. the youngest, lesley ann downey, was just ten years old. her family are still grieving. i remember, when i sat on the stairs in hattersley, and my mum had to go to identify lesley. she come through the door and... she just nodded you know, it still gets me now. at their trial, the pair were met with publicjeers. sentenced to life, brady was at first taken to prison but, in 1985, he was transferred to ashworth, a high—security hospital. from there, he wrote letters. in one, he claimed to feel remorse, but he never showed any sympathy to the family of 12—year—old keith bennett, whose
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remains were never located. it consumed the life of his mother, winniejohnson, who spoke to me before she died. i want it coming to an end and i want keith found. i've asked him before. when i found out that i'd got cancer and i said, "i want to know where keith is before anything happens to me." winnie often went to the moors and never gave up hope that her son would be found. the police say that virtually every week someone gets in touch touch purporting to be able to lead them to keith, but they're not actively searching the moors at the moment. they say though that they'll never close the case and ian brady's death doesn't change that. yesterday, knowing his death was imminent, brady called his solicitor to see him. they spent two hours together. i don't think there was anything he really knew or had any information that would assist in the location of keith bennett's body. did brady say anything which would give the families of the victims any comfort? no. today, a coroner said that brady's ashes must not be scattered across these moors, bad enough that he's
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taken his saddleworth secret to the grave — controlling and cruel to the last. judith moritz, bbc news. there's been more evidence today of the squeeze on living standards. official figures show that last month inflation — that's the rise in prices — hit its highest level in nearly four years. 0ur economics correspondent, andy verity, is here. we should be prayered for a nasty surprise? be prepared. the price of fish up8 surprise? be prepared. the price of fish up 8 periods. if you want to buy a book, up 7% the bus that takes you to the shops, transport, passenger transport by road up 10%. prices are going down, toys and games. petrol took a dip. the average price rise, if you look at that, the cbi measure, up by 2.7%. that hes a the highest it's been for three—and—a—half years. the inflation won't do you much harm if your pay is keeping up. if your pay
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rise is higher than 2.7%. for most people, that's definitely not the case. if you look at the latest count for how much pay rises are going up, 2.2%. that is data from february. we will get an update tomorrow. we have been here before. we had a squeeze on living standards where real incomes were falling between 2011—2014. since then that squeeze has loosened. 0ur pay has gone up by more than prices, now it's tightening again. pay isn't keeping up. if pay was going up by more than inflation, the bank of england would be worried and might wa nt to england would be worried and might want to raise interest rates. as it is, it has no worries about that. confident that this inflation is temporary. 0k. andy, many thanks. lloyds banking group is returning to private hands nearly nine years
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after it received a government bailout during the financial crisis. the uk ggovernment has now sold its remaining stake in the group, ending one of the largest bailouts of the crisis. the reprivatisation of lloyds is expected to be announced tomorrow. president trump has defended discussing material related to terrorism during a meeting with the russian foreign minister. he was responding to newspaper reports that he shared classified information with russia during last week's meeting with sergei lavrov at the white house. mr trump said on twitter that it was his "absolute right" to share information with russia as he wanted it to "step up its fight against is." a second world war bomb, discovered in birmingham, has been safely detonated. disposal experts say it contained almost 140 kilograms of high explosives. a 500 metre cordon was set up by police, who also closed the m6 motorway in both directions while the explosion took place. in wales, the nationalist party, plaid cymru, has launched its manifesto, promising to give the country a "strong voice" during brexit. the document pledges to "protect" wales from what it calls a "tidal wave" of attacks from the tories.
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policies include scrapping business rates and a publicly owned bank. 0ur wales correspondent, sian lloyd, reports. penygraig in the rhondda valley, it's bleen a labour stronghold at westminster for more than 100 years. it's represented in the welsh assembly by plaid cymru and the party has the parliamentary seat within its sights. no coincidence then that its leader, leanne wood, chose to launch her party's general election manifesto here. voters tastes will need to change if plaid is to make a breakthrough, one of the party's key pledges is to defend wales post—brexit. how are you going to appeal to voters, in places like this, who voted to leave the eu when you are seen as somebody who wanted to remain in the eu? we've accepted the results. we've carried on accepting it since the day that it was announced. we've put forward today a post—brexit plan for wales, a positive plan, to try to take advantage of opportunities that might arise as we leave the european union. plaid's telling voters it rather
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than labour will best defend welsh interests against what it calls cruel and wreckless conservatives. probably be for plaid cymru, to be honest with you. yeah. so that goes - that's more an anti—labour vote than a pro—plaid cymru vote. labour has let us down, year after year after year. plaid cymru, 0k, they're a party of wales, but i don't think they can fulfil anything, so the only other party to vote for is conservative. if it's to alter the welsh political landscape, plaid cymru will need to change the voting habits of generations. sian lloyd, bbc news, penygraig. it's nicknamed plastic island, and you can see why — 38 million items were washed up on these beaches on henderson island. it's an uninhabited remote british territory in the south pacific and has been found to have the highest density of plastic rubbish
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anywhere in the world. there's a growing mass of waste in the pacific and the study authors say the island illustrates the scale of sea pollution. here's victoria gill. 3,000 miles from the mainland, a remote paradise that's become a rubbish dump. its beaches are now more densely polluted with plastic than anywhere else on earth. henderson island is home only to south pacific seabirds and marine wildlife and, with no human inhabitants, this should be a pristine haven. but an international team of researchers, who visited and studied the island, calculated that 17 tonnes of our litter, washed or dumped into rivers and oceans, have floated here over decades. dr alex bond saw the devastation up close. we looked across the beaches in a variety of different plots and counted the pieces of plastic
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on the surface and down to about ten centimetres and from that we were able to extrapolate the area of the beaches, that's how we came up with our estimate of about 38 million pieces on the island. it's really shocking because, as you step along the beach, the plastic is absolutely everywhere, no place is without it. researchers say most of the plastic waste they could identify appeared to come from china, japan and chile. most plastic floats and it can take centuries to degrade, so when it reaches the ocean it stays at the surface and is carried on the currents. henderson island sits just next to a vast circular system of ocean currents called the south pacific gyre and that's depositing plastics from thousands of miles away onto its beaches. this is just a snapshot of the millions of tonnes of rubbish in our oceans, but the researchers hope it might persuade us to end a toxic addiction to plastic. victoria gill, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here's nick miller. if yesterday the rain had us talking, today it's about the warmth
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and nice weather from talking, today it's about the warmth and nice weatherfrom north—east scotla nd and nice weatherfrom north—east scotland into east anglia and south—east england and warmth as well. the uk reported its highest temperature of the year so far. 26 celsius, 22, scotland's highest temperature of the year so far. there has been rain in parts of england and wales. there will be again over night. the cloud making for a mild again over night. the cloud making fora mild and again over night. the cloud making for a mild and muggy night. it's feeling fresher in scotland and northern ireland, under clear skies a chillier night here. watch out for the northern lights, they make may make an appearance. scotland and northern ireland will have pleasant sunny spells, showers for north—west scotland, doughing in northern ireland. you will see a large swathe of wet weather ebth affecting many parts of england and wales leading toa parts of england and wales leading to a wet day. western fringes of england and wales may brighten up later in the day. it will be cool with that rain, 10—13 degrees, pleasa nt with that rain, 10—13 degrees, pleasant in the sunny spells. in scotla nd pleasant in the sunny spells. in scotland and northern ireland, warm and humid again, in east anglia and
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south—east england. where those few places stay dry it will turn wetter going into the evening rush—hour. the potential here for torrential thundery bursts. by the time it's said and done there are parts of southern, central and eastern england getting 20—40 millimetres of rain. it will be difficult for travelling. it will clear away, thursday sunny spells across the board. scattered showers will develop. it will feel pleasant when the sun makes an appearance, cooler when the showers move through. if you catch a shower it could be heavy. for the weekend a mixture of sunshine and showers. warm when you get sunshine, temperatures come down with a shower comes through after mild and warm nights, those nights will be chillier. that's it for now. reeta. thank you, nick. a reminder of our main story. jeremy corbyn has
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launched the labour manifesto promising changes for the many not the few. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, hello, this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the top stories. it's coming up myrie. the top stories. it's coming up to 6:30pm. jeremy corbyn has launched the labour party manifesto calling it a radical and responsible plan for government to help build a fairer society, billed as a programme of hope it promises billions for schools, the nhs and free childcare. our proposal is a government for the many, not the few. 0ur proposals are of hope for the many all over this country. the prime minister has been campaigning in stoke—on—trent where she promised during a question and a nswer she promised during a question and answer session in a hardware
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distribution centre that the living wage would continue to rise under her government. plaid cymru unveiled its manifesto today promising to give wales a strong voice during brexit. in other news inflation has risen to its highest level for nearly four yea rs. its highest level for nearly four years. the consumer prices index jumped last month from 2.3% up to 2.7%job, driven jumped last month from 2.3% up to 2.7% job, driven partly jumped last month from 2.3% up to 2.7%job, driven partly by the falling value of sterling. greater manchester police say they will never stop searching for the remains of keith bennett, one of five children killed by the moors murderer ian brady who died last night at the age of 79. donald trump has defended what he calls his absolute right to share information with russian officials. the president shared details concerning the islamic state group during a meeting with russia's prime minister last week. ina in a moment it is time for sports tebar first we can look at what else is coming upon bbc news. at 7pm we
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catch up with the team on 100 days plus and it's a busy day for politicians and journalists in washington following news of president trump's sharing of intelligence with russia. after that at 7:30pm we bring you are a new programme, the election wrap, giving your daily guide to general election campaigning from bbc news teams around the uk. at 10:30pm we have the papers with baroness ros altmann and a journalist. time for sportsday now. hello, i'm 0lly foster, these are our sportsday headlines tonight. two games to go, two places in the champions league left, it's a big night for arsenal and manchester city. almost the perfect game from johanna konta in rome.
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