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# this is bbc news. # the headlines at 8pm: labour's laurgeed what it calls a radical election manifesto, fit for the 21st century and a plan to help build a fairer society. whatever your age or situation, people are under pressure, struggling make ends meet. our ma nifesto struggling make ends meet. our manifesto is for you. plaid cymru has laurchled its manifesto promising to give wales a strong voice during brexit. inflation hits 2.7 %, its highest level for almost four years. higher air fares, rising energy and clothing costs are to blame. after the death of the moors murderer, ian brady, police say they won't close the case in the search for the remains of keith bennett, one of the five children he murdered. president trump says he has an absolute right to share information with russia, despite unease over disclosing classified information. and why does this tiny island in the south pacific have more plastic rubbish washing up
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on its shore than anywhere else in the world? good evening. there is some breaking news from the metropolitan police. they say that they're urgently trying to trace a six—year—old girl, who was in a car when it was taken without the owner's consent. now it happened around 6. 30pm. the girl's father met with an unknown man in leyton high road with a view to selling his car. the manjumped into the vehicle and drove away. the seller's daughter was on the back seat, in the back seat when it was taken. shoos been named. she is six
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yea rs taken. shoos been named. she is six years old. she is a romanian girl. this is a picture of her now. she's romanian with long plaited her and blue eyes. the car she was in is a brown vw pass passat, registration number ng brown vw pass passat, registration number mg 11 bmz. it was last seen heading towards the chad well heath area. the police say the man who took the vehicle is described as asian, aged in his 30s with short, dark hairand a asian, aged in his 30s with short, dark hair and a dark beard. he was wearing a dark jacket dark hair and a dark beard. he was wearing a darkjacket with white fur lining on the hood and green trainers. now detectives from waltham forest police are leading the investigation and they say anyone who has any details as to the whereabouts of the girl or the car they should get in touch with the police and call 999 immediately. so police and call 999 immediately. so police in the metro poll tan area of
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london are saying they are urgently trying to trace a six—year—old girl, who was in the back of a car, driven away by an unknown man and the police have issued a photograph of the girland any police have issued a photograph of the girl and any more on this, we will bring it to you when we get it. labour leaderjeremy corbyn has officially launched the pa rty‘s general election manifesto, describing it as a blueprint for what britain could be. much of the detail of the manifesto was leaked last week, but we now know that it includes proposals to renationalise the water companies, as well as the railways and the royal mail. there would be more free childcare for two—year—olds and some one—year—olds. and university tuition fees in england would be scrapped. 0n taxation, it proposes a 45p tax rate on earnings of over £80,000. and a 50p rate for those earning more than £123,000. there will also be a levy on companies which pay staff over £330,000. mr corbyn called the manifesto a radical and responsible plan for government.
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here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. here it is. labour's proposed 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 leader of the labour 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. 0ur manifesto is for you. listing plenty of crowd pleasers, here. labour will scrap tuition fees, lifting the debt... applause.
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and labour will take our railways back into public ownership "see and put passengers first. "see 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.
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the tory campaign by contrast is built on one word, fear. for good orfor ill, you think it is time to pay for your ideas to tax more and spend more and to borrow more. do you know 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 for 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 hard for a labour victory and a government led byjeremy corbyn.
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do you really feel he is up to the job now? jeremy corbyn has had to fight to keep his job, but broadly this is a manifesto built in his image. this is his radical offer to you. the manifesto is the biggest hypothetical expansion of the state in many years, but how exactly would his ideas work? why in this manifesto is there no scale, no ballpark figure for how much it might cost the public purse and how much you are prepared to borrow to 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 haven't promised to reverse all the tory welfare cuts, and for some of your supporters, that might be quite disappointing? what i have said on the welfare cuts and the cap issue, we have set aside £2 billion to deal with the worst effects
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of the benefit cap which will help a lot. you are not reversing the whole thing? you will see a lot of changes on it, 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 has been called, but i accept the challenge and i think we have produced a very credible manifesto in a short space of time and we deserve some credit for that, actually. it will be up to the voters. indeed. i look forward to their decision. there has never been a question that he can pull a crowd. rapture down the road in huddersfield. butjeremy corbyn has three weeks now to be heard across the country. policies are not just who can shout the loudest. there are some big spending commitments in labour's manifesto — 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?
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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. £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 £1.3 billion. and there are the personal taxes.
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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 earning £123,000 the rate rises to 50p, that could leave 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 corporates and companies will change their behaviour and individuals will change their behaviour. but the scale of the changes are so big there 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.
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that money will add to the national debt and will be spent on high—speed railways and broadband and gas and electric facilities. will that injection of new money boosts the new economy? with interest rates so low there is a real opportunity to borrow at record low rates and that means you can pay it back and the bank of england is not able to stimulate the economy as it would like. and so investment of this kind, to build the roads and infrastructure, is really welcome. it is a very different prospectus, more tax and spend, less balance the books. labour says it would like to renationalise royal mail, the water companies and national rail. the costs are attached. if nothing else, the choice on the 8th ofjune is now a clear one. kamal ahmed, bbc news. more from the election campaign in a moment. first more on that story of police urgent lay peeling for help
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in tracing —— urgently appealing for help in tracing a six—year—old girl. this has broke anyone the last few minutes. she wallings in a car —— was ina minutes. she wallings in a car —— was in a car which was stolen in east london. can you describe the circumstances surrounding this whole event. yes, it seems that the girl's father was trying to sell this car and had arranged to meet a man on the leyton high road, in north—east london. at p 6. 30pm, the leyton high road, in north—east london. at p 6.30pm, he got out of the car and at which point, the man he was about to meetjumped into the carand he was about to meetjumped into the car and drove off. probably unknown to him at that time, there was this six—year—old girl beatrice on the back seat. i guess the concern is that it's now more than an hour—and—a—half since that happened and she has not been found. so police have issued a description of her. she is a girl with long black hair, blue eyes. she was wearing a binge flowery top and grey leggings. —— pink. binge flowery top and grey leggings.
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-- pink. crucially so that the public can get involved and if they see this vehicle, what does it look like? the police say the vehicle is avw like? the police say the vehicle is a vw passat. it's brown. the registration is ngii bmz. it was last seen heading east from this spot on leyton high road in north—east london. there's been no recorded sightings of that car or crucially beatrice in that time. they've issued a description of the suspect. he's described as asian, a man in his 30s, with short, dark hairand a dark man in his 30s, with short, dark hair and a dark beard. he's said to have been wearing a darkjacket with a white fur lining on the hood and green trainers. the police say if anybody has seen him, the car or most importantly, seen beatrice, they should call 999. many thanks. there's a photograph there of the little girl in the back of that car that police are appealing for witnesses to. back to the election.
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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. 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? you are seen as somebody who wanted to remain in the eu.
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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 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. what will the papers have in them
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tomorrow? we will find out tonight in the papers: the headlines on bbc news: police are urgently trying to trace a six—year—old girl who was in a car, when it was stolen in greater london. jeremy corbyn has pledged to change the country for the better, as he launches labour's general election ma nifesto launches labour's general election manifesto in bradford. inflation has jumped to its highest level for nearly four years at 2. 7%, pushed up nearly four years at 2. 7%, pushed up by nearly four years at 2. 7%, pushed up by energy price rises, higher clothing costs and air fares. now time for a bit of sport. a full round up from the bbc sport centre. 0lly has the details. good evening, clive. i'm sure you're aware, it's a pretty important night in the premier league. the race for the top four and champions league
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football next season. arsenal and manchester city are both playing. arsenal can't afford to slip up at home to relegated sunderland. they've had a goal disallowed already. giroud reflecting the ball in with his hand. not sure how he thought he would get away with that. the gunners are fifth, three points outside the top four. this is their penultimate game of the season. they've been playing half an hour and it is goalless. mnts are fourth at the moment, but a win against west brom would see them jump above liverpool into third. they've been playing 15 minutes. a free kick saved, was it going in? might have hit the post. that's goalless as well. 0ver well. over the next 2a hours we find out which teams will play in the championship play—off final. 0ne semifinal will be settled tonight.
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it's 1-1 semifinal will be settled tonight. it's1—1 on aggregate between reading and fulham. they kicked off half an hour ago. goalless at the moment. kermorgant came close for reading. sheffield wednesday play huddersfield tomorrow evening with that tie balanced goalless on aggregate. maria sharapova has not been given a wildcard to play at the french open later this month. she has relied on tournament wild cards since her return from a doping ban last movement she had asked for one at roland garros later this month, where she w011 garros later this month, where she won two grand slam titles. but organisers felt it would send out the wrong message to give her a place in the draw. i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for herfans, i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans, they i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for herfans, they might be i'm very sorry for maria, very sorry for her fans, they might be very disappointed. she might be sow zpoipt d. —— might be very
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disappointed. it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of a game played without any dope on the results. the men's and women's tours are in rome. british number one johanna konta men's and women's tours are in rome. british number onejohanna konta is into the third round of the italian 0pen. she's seeded fifth. she won the first set 6—3. she stepped up the first set 6—3. she stepped up the gears in the second, 6—0. next up the gears in the second, 6—0. next up is the winner of tomorrow's match between venus williams and the ukrainian tsurenko. the men's tournament is the rome masters. aljaz bedene has been knocked out by novak djokovic, although he did push the serb to a tie—break. broke in the serb to a tie—break. broke in the first game of the first set.
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bedene lost that tie—break, faded in the second. 0nly won a couple of games in that one. djokovic is a four—time winner in rome and he's through to the third round. after crashing on the previous stage of the giro d‘ italia geraint thomas made a remarkable come bass to finish second in today's time trial. the team sky rider was strong over the lumpy terrain in the wine growing region. he's up to 11th in the overall standings. the olympic silver medallist was 49 seconds quicker, stormed to the top of the general classification. he now leads the race by over two minutes. quick update on the football, no goals at all in either of those matches, clive. president trump confirmed on twitter
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he had shared information about an islamic state terror threat. senior republicans and democrats have voiced concerns that the material was shared with moscow. did he or didn't he? in the latest troubles to hit the trump white house, allegations that the president revealed highly classified intelligence information to the russian foreign minister, sergey lavrov, during their 0val russian foreign minister, sergey lavrov, during their oval office meeting last week. according to the washington post, while discussing threats from so—called islamic state the president inexplicably told the russian abouts detailed intelligence material that came from a us ally and was considered too sensitive to share with other friendly countries. 0ne record said the president was almost boasting. the information related to the use of laptops on
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board aircraft. but said the report, us intelligence agencies were later alerted to the fact the president may have compromised sources in his meeting with the russians. and that set alarm bells ringing in washington. it's disturbing. let's find out what the details are, whether it actually happened or not. we just have an initial report. so it's very difficult to comment until we get all the facts here. taking to social media, mr trump confirmed he had indeed shared facts with the russians in the fight against so—called islamic state. saying it was his absolute right to do so. do those words appear to contradict earlier denials from senior aides about what happened at the russia meeting. at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operation that's were not already publicly known. donald trump often shoots from the hip, ignoring diplomatic norms, an approach popular with
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supporters, nonetheless embarrassing, given his stance on intelligence matters during the election campaign. we can't have someone election campaign. we can't have someone in the oval office who doesn't understand the meaning of the word confidential or classified. it's a big week for donald trump. the turkish president is in town for talks, which might be delicate given recent tensions. then mr trump sets off on his first overseas visit as president with potentially tricky stops in saudi arabia and israel. as one senior republican senator put it — they could do with fewer distractions and a little less drama from the white house. david rennie is the washington bureau chief for the economist. thank you forjoining us. am there many, and i'm thinking of the republican party, who believe donald
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trump may not know what confidential and classified means? well, there's and classified means? well, there's a real difference between the things that republican members of congress, particularly senators will say in public. they're particularly senators will say in public. they‘ re loyal still. particularly senators will say in public. they're loyal still. they say this is no big deal, look at the seenory figures in the white house —— seniorfigures seenory figures in the white house —— senior figures in seenory figures in the white house —— seniorfigures in the seenory figures in the white house —— senior figures in the white house who have pushed back in press reports. when you ask them in private what they think of donald trump, it is remarkable the things that they say. they describe him as almost like a child, a child with attention deficit disorder, as one senator said to me. he struggles to stay on task. this is a strange business of defending him on the basis that perhaps he doesn't really understand how sensitive this stuff is, that he barely reads his briefing materials and he kind of just plundered into this. one wonders about those people around him in the oval office, because it's clear, we've seen this before, an incident will happen, so the firing of the head of the fbi for instance.
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his sour gats will come out and explain what happened with that sacking. but then he comes out and gives a completely different account. so the sour gats are they acting on their —— surrogates, are they acting on their own? how does this work? you're right, there has been a strange pattern that the press, particularly newspapers that donald trump and his suit porters think of as —— supporters think of as hostile, they call them fake news. they come out with a big scoop saying donald trump has done something disastrous. the initial reaction of aides is to deny everything in a flame thrower attack on the press. then quite often, within 2a hours, donald trump then either tweets or is interviewed by some american tv network and goes actually i did do, it but it doesn't matter, or it was my right to do it, ori matter, or it was my right to do it, or i was smart to do. it it's a pattern, bad enough if it's his press secretary but what really
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shakes washington about this latest incident is that there are a few grown ups incident is that there are a few grown ups in the national security team, particularly his advisor, you saw in that clip, he's a serious quy: saw in that clip, he's a serious guy, the fact that he's so close to the national security team gives a lot of people comfort that there's a grown up lot of people comfort that there's a grown up in charge. there is an uneasy sense that now he's the latest person to put his credibility on the line and he's ended up looking diminished and a bit more like just another partisan shield for a damaged president. while lots of people are ringing their hands —— wringing their hands, the bottom line is this: i assume this would be donald trump's reasoning, he has absolutely the right to declassify information and give information to whom ever he wants, the buck stops with him. he is the chief, the commander in chief. he had the right to get rid of michael flynn and james comey. he hasn't done anything that breaks the law or breaks,
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contravenes the constitution. what he has done is contravene convention. that's a different thing; his supporters would say that. that's right. you're right that. that's right. you're right that legally he is allowed to declassify information. you could say he had a mandate for this, to smash up washington and tear it down. that's why you go into trump country, people are happy to see all this. they think he's stirring things up as he promised. where it gets trickier is with allies. so countries like britain, good allies. every time donald trump makes a mistake like this, it gets harder, it raises the costs for countries that traditionally want to be close to america to do business with this president as though he was just any other president. so this is a classic case of this intelligence lea k classic case of this intelligence leak today. this wasn't american intelligence that was shared, the latest reports say it was israeli
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intelligence. you can see this when he visits nato on this foreign trick. he's demanding nato members spend more on defence. actually, there are governments, like the german government, who think that's probably true. the fact that donald trump asks for it in an aggressive and personal way, raises the costs for his allies of doing business with him. crucially, senior republicans in the party, in the house and senate, yes they're grumbling behind—the—scenes and saying different things in public, backing him, but overall, he still has their support because they have an agenda, a legislative agenda that they want to push through and they need him for that. two things, exactly that. he has an agenda, they wa nt to exactly that. he has an agenda, they want to cut taxes, deregulate business. they want to abolish the 0bamacare business. they want to abolish the 0bamaca re health law. business. they want to abolish the 0bamacare health law. there's a fact that a lot of them have voters back home who still love donald trump. they are scared of his voters. they're worried that he could lead them to disastrous defeat in 2020.
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they're worried about what he's going to do next. they're very frustrated that they feel every time the republicans have a good day, he then steps in it and does something else chaotic. for the moment, the incentives are to stand by him, however quaysily. —— queasily. thanks very much. much more coming up, stay with us. now time for a look at the weather. hello, after some sunshine to end the day in scotland and northern ireland, under clear skies we have a cooler night to come. some spots close to freezing. most will be dry. a few showers in the western isles and the far north—west of scotland. for england and wales, plenty of cloud. there will be outbreaks of rain around. under that cloud cover, temperatures will be holding up. another mild and muggy night to come. into tomorrow, some pleasant sunny spells for scotland and northern ireland. we keep showers in north—west scotland and some will develop, hit—and—miss in northern ireland. western most fringes of england and wales will stay mainly
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dry, brightening up later in the afternoon. can you see the rain elsewhere, affecting other parts of england and wales. where we could notch up about 20 to a0 mm, by the time we're said and done across some parts of central and eastern england. very warm and humid again in the south—east of england. those areas that stay dry until the evening, look like they could turn very wet, with the potential for thundery bursts of rain before it clears. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: police in london are urgently trying to find a six—year—old girl who was in herfather‘s car when it was stolen. the car was last seen in the chadwell heath area. the vehicle was taken from leighton
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high road and was last seen heading for the chadwell heath area. detectives are appealing for any information. jeremy corbyn has launched the labour 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. 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 years. the consumer prices index jumped last month from 2.3% to 2.7%, driven partly by the fall in the value of sterling. greater manchester police say they'll never stop searching for the remains of keith bennett, one of the 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‘
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to share information with russian officials. the president shared details concerning the islamic state group during a meeting with russia's foreign minister last week. let's get some more analysis now on jeremy corbyn's programme to create what he's called a fairer society. his party's election manifesto promises to raise nearly £50 billion in taxes to fund the nhs, social care, the extension of free child care and the abolition of university tuition fees in england. the water industry, the railways and the royal mail would be re—nationalised. but do the sums add up? chris morris has our reality check. where does labour say the money is coming from? it estimates an extra tax take £a8.6 billion. let's break
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that down. income tax allowance. earners will pay more. we reckon it is about1.2 earners will pay more. we reckon it is about 1.2 million people. earnings above £80,000 will be taxed at a5%, with a 50% rate on earnings above 120 3000. labour says this will raise £6.a billion per year. the biggest increase in packs take according to labour's plans will come from a increase in corporation tax, a tax on business profits. labour plans to increase the rate to 26% by 2021. once that's done, labour says its corporation tax plans will raise an extra £19.a billion per year. one really important thing, though, that labour itself acknowledges is that companies and individuals change their behaviour when tax rates change. you also have to take into account the health of the overall economy. raising tax rates doesn't a lwa ys
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economy. raising tax rates doesn't always increase the overall tax take as much as predicted. there are other ways to increase revenue, for example a levy on what it calls excessive pay, a 2.5% levy paid by employers on pay packages over £330,000, also vat on private school fees. £6.5 billion will be raised from an aggressive programme to crackdown on tax avoidance. political parties always say they will do that, and it can be done, but it is a pretty inexact science. 0verall, but it is a pretty inexact science. overall, though, labour says it can finance all of its current spending plans through changes in the tax system. does it add up? it is suggesting a £50 billion increase in tax, it would take the tax burden of this country to highest level it has beenin this country to highest level it has been in about 70 years. but actually i think there is an awful lot of uncertainty about whether you could actually raise that amount of tax. they are talking about very, very
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large increases in taxes on companies, which would likely reduce the amount of investment that they do. so i think the actual amount you could get from these policies certainly runs into the tens of billions but probably doesn't reach the £50 billion that labour are claiming. so, that's tax. but there is also big plans for investment spending, all of the nationalisation plans you have heard about, like water companies and the royal mail. labour says it will borrow money to pay for future investment, labour says it will borrow money to pay forfuture investment, it labour says it will borrow money to pay for future investment, it is talking about a national transformation fund of £250 billion. but there is no details costing of those nationalisation plans in the ma nifesto. those nationalisation plans in the manifesto. that will be the source of controversy and political debate. but labour does make one bold promise. it says it is committed to ensuring that the national debt is low at the end of the next parliament than it is today. —— is lower. chris morris with our latest reality check. we've been focussing today on the two parties who have launched their manifestos —
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labour and plaid cymru. but the other parties have also been out campaigning too. theresa may was in stoke on—trent, where she said the conservatives were the best choice to deal with the economy and the brexit negotiations. what we need to do is to make sure that we get that brexit deal right. there will be some uncertainty for business and people over the next couple of years as we are doing that negotiation. but what we need to do is make sure that we get that negotiation right to get the best possible deal, because our future and what the cost of living in the future is depends on as being able to do that to have a real good economy. and scotland's first minister and snp leader, nicola sturgeon, told voters to stand up for scotland against what she called tory cuts and the possibility of an extreme brexit. we know the biggest risk to scotland in the years ahead is an increasingly hardline tory government, intent on more austerity, more cuts. and intent notjust on brexit, but the most extreme form of brexit possible. so we need to make sure that after this election,
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scotland's voice is heard loudly and clearly. it is more important than it has ever been before for scotland's voice to be heard. for mps from scotland to stand up for scotland and protect our interests. the liberal democrat leader tim farron took his campaign to the south west today, visiting a school in portsmouth. the party launched its business proposals, promising budding entrepreneurs an £100—a—week allowance to help with living costs during the first six months. inflation has risen to its highest level for nearly four years. the consumer prices index jumped last month from 2.3% to 2.7%, driven partly by the fall in the value of sterling, as well as a rise in airfares, electricity prices and clothing. 0ur economics correspondent, andy verity, has more. airfares, clothing and electricity.
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just a few of the reasons the cost of living is now rising faster than it has in three years. prices in the year to april rose more quickly than most economists thought they would. please don't ask what that has to do with the price of fish, it's up by 8%. and then there's the price of books, up by 7%. then there's passenger transport by road, up by 10%. of course, other prices are falling, but the average price rise is now 2.7%, and there is no doubt prices are rising faster than wages. a businessman, a young nurse on maternity leave, and a retired miner all have their own ways of adjusting to that. if your memory is long enough, inflation of less than 3% doesn't sound threatening. it might even be welcome. it's in everybody‘s interest to keep inflation to a bare minimum. a small amount of inflation is quite healthy. it creates a competitive world we need to live in. we, as a company employing people, i think in uk manufacturing we have
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to get smarter at what we do, so we get more out of what we have got. for those whose costs are growing anyway, the renewed squeeze on living standards is doubly difficult. you have to be able to afford to live. you do 12.5—hour shifts. you do night shifts and really short—staffed it is, and it's knackering. then you come home and you have to put food on the table. price rises seem to take place every single week. if it's not the rising price of a brand, it's also the fact you get less for your money now. one of the big reasons inflation is on the up is the weaker pound. it takes more pounds to get the dollars, euros, or yen you need to buy imported goods. that's driven up the price of imports. wages are low and slowing, only going up by about 2% per year, yet prices in the shops are rising 2.7% and probably rise by more than 3%. that will reduce the amount of goods
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and services consumers can buy, and bear down on economic growth. what the bank of england wants to avoid is inflation that catches fire by triggering higher pay rises, paid for by employers, who then charge higher prices, the so—called wage price spiral. but that hasn't happened for many years, and there is little sign of it now. the bank is convinced this renewed inflation above the 2% target is temporary. andy verity, bbc news. 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 196a, 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,
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and brought their bodies high up to the hills above manchester. 0n the desolate moors, the police spent years searching for their remains. 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... shejust 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
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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 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.
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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 taken his saddleworth secret to the grave — controlling and cruel to the last. judith moritz, bbc news. lloyds banking group is returning to private hands, nearly nine years after it received a tazpayer bailout during the financial crisis. the uk government has just sold its remaining stake in the group, ending one of the largest bailouts of the crisis. the reprivatisation of lloyds is expected to be officially announced tomorrow. a second world war bomb discovered
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in birmingham has been safely detonated. the blast was caught on this west midlands police drone. it contained 1a0 kilograms of high explosives. police closed the m6 motorway in both directions while they carried out the explosion. police are spending a second day at a block of garages in essex in their search for the body of daniellejones, a 15—year—old girl who disappeared in 2001. officers have been excavating areas of the garage complex in stifford clays in thurrock. marc ashdown reports. this is ground—penetrating radar. if anything is detected under the concrete, the digging begins. specialist search teams have been here now for two days, an unassuming set of garages which could hold the key to finding danielle jones. police were tipped off earlier this year that there was suspicious activity here in 2001, around the time danielle vanished. questions have been raised as to why these garages weren't searched as part of the original investigation back in 2001. this was one of hundreds of leads and tip—offs detectives received. at the time, it was one of the most expensive police operations ever mounted. danielle jones disappeared on her way to school.
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her uncle, stuart campbell, was found guilty of abducting and murdering her. he was sentenced to life in prison, but has never given any clue as to what happened to her. i'd implore stuart campbell, or anybody else that knows anything around danielle jones's disappearance, her murder, and where her body is, to come forward and speak to us. her parents and the rest of the family have suffered unimaginably over the last 16 years. they deserve to know where their daughter is and be reunited with her. over the years, this investigation has generated 8000 lines of inquiry, with 1000 separate searches carried out. the information about these garages is described as very credible, and could finally solve the mystery which has haunted danielle's family for 16 years. marc ashdown, bbc news, grays in essex. the headlines on bbc news:. police are urgently trying
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to trace a six—year—old girl who was in a car when it was stolen. jeremy corbyn has pledged to change the country for the better, as he launches labour's general election manifesto in bradford. inflation hasjumped to its highest level in nearly four years, at 2.7%, pushed up by energy price rises, higher clothing costs and air fares. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. the ftse is up almost one point. the dax is pretty much on change, down 0.2%. not long before the final closing bell on the dow and nasdaq. they are ok. let's get a bit more on the news of the young girl who was in a car when it was stolen in east london atjust after six 30p today. on the line is peter kirkham, a former police detective chief inspector —— 6:30pm
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today. it is a bit of a cliche, but it is critical, the first few hours after this kind of incident, in order to try and trace this missing girls to purely very much so. getting as much as you can in the early stages is absolutely crucial. they will be desperately looking for the vehicle as the primary line of inquiry. cctv and other means of trying to track that vehicle, and also appealing for information from the public. anybody listening to this in that sort of vague area of north—east london, please keep your eyes out. you may be walking past it or it may be driving past a house, call the police if you see it. i'm sure everyone is call the police if you see it. i'm sure everyone is clinging to the hope that this car when it was stolen, the thief had no idea that this little girl was in the back. yes, we have had number of cases like this over the years, where a
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car has been taken and a child has beenin car has been taken and a child has been in the back—seat, and it has been in the back—seat, and it has been plain that they've not realised that until they have taken the child. usually been younger children. but the longer this goes on without any sort of sighting, the more concerned they will be that it is more than that. they will be worried that when they find they've got a child in the vehicle they will panic or the child will panic and something will happen. 0r panic or the child will panic and something will happen. or that there is more to it than meets the eye, they will be looking from other potential angles as well—stocked there are various things you can bring in, such as cctv and number plate recognition. you have a rough idea of which direction this car was heading in where —— when it left the scene. heading in where —— when it left the scene. it becomes more difficult the longer time goes on, because the further away it can be. therefore the search area sort of expands
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exponentially. and a couple of hours, if it's kept driving, it could be a long way from north—east london. critical that anyone with any information gets in touch. very much so. we have the details of the vehicle. people should dial 999 if they see it, or if they see a child wondering, because that is one possibility, the child might leave the vehicle or be removed from the vehicle and just basically abandoned outside or whatever. by looking out for a six—year—old girl. there is a good picture of her. if you see her, call the police, diro my 99, make sure you keep an eye on her until the police turn up —— dial 999. thank you forjoining us, peter, thank you. we've heard a lot about manifestos, pledges and promises ahead ofjune's snap election, but for many businesses, the campaign means hours of extra work. jayne mccubbin went to see some rosette manufacturers who are working frantically to meet demand. it was announced at about 11:15am,
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something like that. ijust sat it was announced at about 11:15am, something like that. i just sat and thought, oh, my god! how much work have we got to do?! one of the biggest rows that manufacturers in the country, lots of experience, but no experience of a snap general election. pressure, pressure, and omg election. pressure, pressure, and 0mg more, more, more. is that order going today? no! big boss david wallace is a bit excited by the whole thing. you have got a bit of a push on? we certainly have! i can't believe it! where has this come from? the believe it! where has this come from ? the busiest believe it! where has this come from? the busiest time of our traditional season, the politicians decide to throw this one into the mix. we don't know what day of the week it is at the moment. their traditional season ties into all of those wonderful british traditions. whether it is a rose that to a dawn
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—— whether it is a rose that adorn a prize cow or a best in show dog, rosettes have always been a feature of the campaign trail. but the running time is a little short in time, withjust a running time is a little short in time, with just a few weeks' notice, they are likely to produce 50,000 political rosettes. they are used to at least three months notice. so basically no holidays? no, we are not allowed to be sick! we will have to bring the intravenous drips and everything in with us! back to work, you lot! a retired engineer, seonjair, climbs the old man of coniston in the lake district every day, notjust to keep his body active, but also his mind. seon is coping with the symptoms of alzheimer's disease, and hopes staying active will keep it at bay for longer. john maguirejoined him on one of his daily climbs. come rain or shine —
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and days don't come much wetter than this — you'll find sionjair on his beloved lakeland fells. four years ago, he was diagnosed with alzheimer's. but walking these mountains every single day helps him manage his condition. it's keeping my brain ticking overfor a start, because it's getting oxygen around the brain cells of the left, if you like, and that's enabling me to feel psychologically a lot better and it's also helping me to feel as though i have still got something that i can do and cope with on a day—to—day basis. and so long as i can keep doing this — coming out to the moutains and enjoying the countryside, and the physical activity as well — then i'm not worried about the diagnosis of alzheimer's so much. drying out in the pub, he's well aware that dementia is changing him, sometimes affecting his personality. but as well as the mountains,
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he has wendy for support. it's much harder if you're at home, because your mood tends to drop quite dramatically, to the point where if he can't motivate himself to do the exercises, he will really maybe just go to bed or fall asleep. it's a marked change, so the more he goes up the mountains and keeps walking, the better. he doesn't think or plan too far ahead, taking life just one day at a time, but he's determined to prove to himself and to others that such a devastating diagnosis does not mean his life is over — far from it. john maguire, bbc news, the lake district. 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
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found to have the highest density of plastic rubbish 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 on the surface and down to about ten centimetres,
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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 plastic 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. nick miller has the details. lousy
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all nick miller has the details. lousy a ll lovely, nick miller has the details. lousy all lovely, i don't think there is a lot of in between in the verdict of today's weather. here is a bit of lovely, wispy cloud, the view from chatham in kent. but there was a lot of cloud north of chatham through this zone, we have seen some rain both of that. lossiemouth in murray, scotland's highest temperature of the year so far. close to chatham is gravesend in kent, uk tire temperature of the year so far. still got some rain from cornwall to the wash at the moment, but it is expanding as the night goes on, beneath the cloud it is muggy once again but it is already cooler and fresher into scotland and northern ireland under clear skies, some spots ended up close to freezing. the scottish glens going into the morning. with plenty of sunshine to start the day. a few showers in north—west scotland, some in
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northern ireland, a lot of rain in many parts of england and wales, not just in the start of the date but in the afternoon as well. useful rain for the gardens, not so good if you are travelling through it. apm, north—west scotland have some showers, hit and miss in northern ireland. southern scotland may be dried, we got to see some sunshine yesterday, warm and muggy, again it is very pleasant. the somewhat by out for many parts of england and wales. the further west you are it made us brighten up later in the day. underneath this wet zone, it is quite cool, very warm and humid in parts of east anglia and the south—east, staying dry in the evening, but there could be torrential thundery bursts before the rain gradually clears away. but onceit the rain gradually clears away. but once it is clear the way we will be trotting up the rain. parts of southern, central and eastern england could be 25 and a0 millimetres of rain. it has gone by thursday. 0n millimetres of rain. it has gone by thursday. on thursday there is a good deal of sunshine around. some clouds developing. the threat of a shower breaking out in scotland and northern ireland. just a few
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isolated once the england and wales. if you catch one, it could be heavy and thundery. you can see the swirl of the wind flow, low—pressure sitting over ireland. what we find there is that close to low pressure we have another day of sunshine. if anything, the downpours are a bit more widespread. low pressure still with us through the weekend. showers to be had, pleasant in the sunshine, cool in the shower, fairly chilly nights as well. look at the website for the very latest. hello, i'm ros atkins with 0utside source. the us national security adviser has defended donald trump's handling of classified material. what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged. just hours after president trump had tweeted that it was his right to share this information with russia, he may think so, but the story has
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detonated across washington. mr trump has been hosting president erdogan of turkey. the opposition labour party has released its ma nifesto, labour party has released its manifesto, promising one of
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