tv BBC News at One BBC News November 13, 2019 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
labour vows to outspend the conservatives on the nhs in england. they say the health service is crying out for a financial rescue plan — promising to invest, to reduce waiting times and improve mental health services. prevention and well—being will be at the heart of our mission to help people live healthier, happier, longer lives. the quality care patients deserve, a rescue fund for oui’ patients deserve, a rescue fund for our nhs. we'll ask whether labour's figures add up. also this lunchtime: as the army arrive in south yorkshire, the prime minister meets people who've lost everything in the floods. i think the shock of seeing your property engulfed by water is huge,
and also the anxiety about what may still be to come. is the drive for electric cars risking damage to the ocean bed? we have exclusive access to a project assessing the impact of deep sea mining. so the machines are being prepared for deep sea mining, but is it the right thing to do? i'll be reporting on the risks of damage to the ocean floor. and tree planting, car—sharing and wildlife corridors, how green is your football club? and coming up on bbc news. sam kerr has joined the women's super league leaders chelsea — the australian is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. labour has unveiled plans to outspend the conservatives on healthcare in england, with a warning that the nhs is "crying out for a financial rescue plan". labour is pledging a real terms increase in funding of £26 billion a year by 2024, about £6 billion more than current government plans. it says it will use the money to cut waiting times and increase investment in mental health treatment, but the conservatives have warned that labour's plan for a shorter working week would send staff costs soaring. our political correspondent jessica parker reports. it is, they feel, their territory. labour will go big on the nhs at this election. £6 billion big to be precise, to be added in time to england's annual health budget. we will give mental health the greatest
priority it has ever had. we will introduce free prescriptions, prevention and well—being will be at the heart of our mission to help people live healthier, happier, longer lives. the quality care patients deserve. a rescue plan for oui’ patients deserve. a rescue plan for our nhs. labour's plans are costly and unworkable, so the conservatives, especially with jeremy corbyn‘s long term aim for a four—day working week. but the tories have had a rebuke of their own. on the right, a young david gauke. he has been a party member for nearly 30 years, and served in theresa may's cabinet. now he is saying this. traditional conservative voters like me should lend their support to the liberal democrats. he lost the party whip in september, and now... you are going to stand as an independent? white? yes, i to stand as an independent? white? yes, lam. to stand as an independent? white? yes, i am. the to stand as an independent? white? yes, lam. the reason being, and this pains me to say it, but a conservative majority after the next general election will take us in the
direction of a veryhard brexit. this intervention from a man who was until recently a serving member of a conservative cabinet surely remarkable in the midst of a general election campaign. except it doesn't quite feel that way. it's the latest example of how politics recently, particularly brexit, has pushed party loyalties to and beyond breaking point. last week, the former labour mp ian austin urged voters to back borisjohnson, claiming jeremy corbyn was unfit to lead the country. visiting flood hit yorkshire today, not everyone was receptive to the prime minister. is there anything in particular you would like us to do? no, thank you! later he will try to reinforce his mantra of getting brexit done is at the country can move on. and reacting to david gauke's, we are fighting for every vote we can get, and we regret we haven't got his support, but we will do our best in the campaign ahead. every
politician will attract their critics and fans. but today, a push on all sides to convey core messages. jessica parker, bbc news. as we've heard, labour is promising to spend more on the nhs in england — do their pledges add up? our reality check correspondent sophie hutchinson is here. there's no doubt that the past decade has been the hardest in financial terms that the nhs has ever faced. the cost to patients has been long waits in a&e, delays for treatments including cancer and struggling mental health services. now labour says it will reverse that. £26 billion in real terms health ca re £26 billion in real terms health care funding boost from 2018 to 19 to 2024. an care funding boost from 2018 to 19 to 202k. an annual average increase of 3.4% in real terms on health spending in the next four years. so
just how generous is that pledge? drilling down into the figures, you just look at nhs front line funding in england. labour is promising an average annual increase of 3.9% over five years. compare that to the last decade — under the coalition there were rises of just 1.1%, and 1.4% under the conservatives — the lowest sustained rates in the history of the health service. labour's pledge of a 3.9% increase is just a whisker away from the 4% that most experts say has always been needed in order to keep up with rising patient demand. it's a relief to move from the very low levels of funding we have had in the last decade to something that is more like a sustainable long—term position, but it is going to take a long time to deal with the backlog of problems that has accumulated, and there is a serious issue in the shortage of key staff in general practice and nursing, and it will ta ke practice and nursing, and it will take a significant amount of time
and effort to put that right. so how does labour compare to the conservatives on the nhs? well the parties aren't so different. labour is planning to spend £6 billlion more than the conservatives by 2023/24. but that's out of a total budget for nhs front line services of £155 billion. so both parties are proposing significant increases which should help to stop the current crisis, but they don't come close to the large 6% rises given to the nhs under new labour. jane, back to you. to sophie, very many thanks for that. let's get the thoughts as well of our assistant political editor norman smith following all the day's campaigning as ever. hejoins me from westminster. the nhs is always a key pa rt westminster. the nhs is always a key part of a campaign. what do you make of what we have been hearing so far today? an awful lot of numbers and figures flying around, which is probably all very well if you are a statistician or a maths teacher, but
if you are another motor, perhaps a bit confusing. i think the court thought labour want to get over is less to do with money and figures and more to do with memory lane, the idea that labour can restore the nhs to what it once used to be, to rebuild it, to rescue it. in other words, it's a pitch to those voters who think, the local hospital isn't as good as it used to be they are having difficulties getting a gp appointment, or last time they visited amd it was snowed under and they had a wait. it is a sense of, things used to be better, and labour are saying, we can get the nhs back to that. they are suggesting returning the nhs to its roots, so they are not talking about internal markets or reforms or contracting out services or a bigger role for the private sector. indeed, they are talking about easing out the private sector and returning the nhs to a state funded service. and yes, there
will be many, many more staff, 24,000 more nurses, many of them british nurses who will be employed because they are reintroducing nurse bursaries, but many also will be eu nurses because they are going to keep freedom of movement for eu nationals working in the nhs. but elections are often decided by the issue, and it is clear the tories wa nt issue, and it is clear the tories want it to be brexit, borisjohnson wa nts want it to be brexit, borisjohnson wants the message and the idea to be, let's get brexit done. labour would dearly like it to be, let's get the nhs back on its feet. norman, thank you very much. norman smith. let's take a look at some of the other stories from the election campaign. labour says that if it wins the election, it won't allow another referendum on scottish independence in theirfirst term. speaking in glasgowjeremy corbyn said a labour government would concentrate completely on investment in scotland. the party had previously suggested it would not block a second referendum.
the green party says that the new government needs to put the climate emergency front and centre and make it the priority for all financial commitments. its co—leader jonathan ba rtley also called for the role of chancellor to be replaced with a carbon chancellor to oversee the treasury and a new department for the green new deal. we have to radically transform the way we look at the economy. every sector of the economy needs to decarbonise. that means transport, that means agriculture, and that means of course energy and housing. and only by prioritising that in a new government are we going to get the action that we need to decarbonise by 2030. the snp leader, nicola sturgeon, has challenged westminster to get its act together on green energy, and stop obsessing about nuclear power. campaigning in edinburgh, she vowed snp mps would pressure the government to take stronger action on climate change. and campaiging at a boxing
club in north london this morning, the liberal democrats have pledged half a billion pounds to tackle knife crime. the party's leaderjo swinson said the fund would provide opportunites to prevent young people being drawn into youth violence and gang—related crime. and there is plenty more on the election — including a special analysis of the battleground seats that will make the difference at this election. from ultra marginals with tiny majorities to the seats with the strongest leave and remain support. you can see that at bbc.co.uk/news and on the bbc news app. now we will of course take a look at the day's other main stories. members of the army have arrived in south yorkshire to help with flood relief as people in some flooded areas have been told they could be out of their homes for weeks. this morning the prime minister has been visiting the flood affected town of stainforth and was asked if the government's response had been too little, too late.
i perfectly understand how people feel, and there's no... you cannot underestimate the anguish that a flood causes. you saw the couple earlier on, everybody i've talked to, the shock of seeing your property engulfed by what is huge, and also the anxiety about what may still be to come. i do thank very much the emergency services and the army for everything they've been doing. obviously we are working very hard, notjust with... we decided last night to send some of the troops here that you see, and they're doing a greatjob in trying to repair the flood bank there. that was the prime minister a little earlier today. robert hall is in stainforth. the prime minister has move on from here across the flooded fields to
the village of fishlake. he has just left there, he has been talking to more residents and to those rallying to help them, as indeed people have been here. the other bit of news is that 200 more troops have been called in to help with the effort. but let's come back to the prime minister's visit here to stainforth. he came to the central club, didn't he, dean? igather he came to the central club, didn't he, dean? i gather he had a bit of a mixed reaction. he did. he spoke to a lot of people, he did get a mixed reaction. for a lot people around mac one and doncaster, it has not been about brownie points going for any of the parties. we have had most of the leaders here, they are point—scoring, and we are not bothered about politics at this point in time. for us it is all about fishla ke and point in time. for us it is all about fishlake and getting the help we need for fishlake right now. more could have been on earlier, it has not been done and we just want to help them, leave us alone, let us get on with it. you are one of three centres, george. ithink get on with it. you are one of three centres, george. i think it is quite extraordinary, the way people have rallied, and especially here perhaps? yes, the whole village has
been rallying around and doing everything they can. that is what we settle this up for saturday morning for the people in fishlake, because they got the brunt of all this one round here. we didn't get much because of the two bridges, but they have had the brunt of it, and we set it allup have had the brunt of it, and we set it all up for them on saturday morning. we just been doing what we can. thank you very much indeed, gentlemen. as you have probably gathered, there is still this remarkable effort going on. three centres here in stainforth, others elsewhere, everything concentrated on those most in need, and the situation likely to continue for some time. robert hall, thank you. a jury has heard that a teenage girl escaped from an alleged serial rapist by jumping naked from a bedroom window. joseph mccann is accused of 37 offences. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw is at the old bailey. the court has been hearing about the escape of this 17—year—old girl who, along with her mother and brother, it is alleged, was held against her
will. she was raped byjoseph mccann in lancashire at the beginning of may this year. what actually happened, according to the cctv footage that was shown to the jury was that she jumped naked from the first—floor bedroom window, landing in the front garden, then clambering over a wall, and then you can see her running, limping as she does so, running away. the jury was told that she fractured her heel during the process , she fractured her heel during the process, and then they were played the 999 call she made when she raised the alarm. she is sobbing, screaming, in the 999 call, hysterical, and says at one point, he's got a knife, he held us hostage. thejury were he's got a knife, he held us hostage. the jury were also shown images of the capture ofjoseph mccann, when eventually he was cornered, there was a stand—off up a tree in a field, and eventually he was arrested. he said nothing and interview, but he did tell a police officer, if you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this
wouldn't have happened. the trial continues this afternoon. danny shaw, thank you. at the old bailey. the time is quarter past one. our top story this lunchtime: labour vows to outspend the conservatives on the nhs in england. and still to come: shout — the new text service — launched to help victims of cyber bullying. coming up on bbc news... andy murray says he's excited about his future and believes he is closer to beating roger federer, rafael nadal and novak djokovic than he was just weeks ago. the first public hearings in the donald trump impeachment inquiry begin in washington this afternoon, with democrats aiming to show that the president used his office to put pressure on a foreign leader for his own domestic political gain. he's accused of seeking help from ukraine to boost his chances of re—election next year.
our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue reports. there was no quid pro quo. no quid pro quo. quid pro quo! three short latin words. in essence, "you scratch my back, i'll scratch yours." thank you very much, mr president. that's what the president stands accused of. pressuring ukraine's volodymyr zelensky to investigate mr trump's opponents in return for hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. and that allegation has persuaded the top house democrat to drop her resistance. i'm announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. everything centres on a july phone call with president zelensky, in which mr trump brought up joe biden and his son, hunter, who'd worked for a ukrainian gas company. in the partial transcript of the call, donald trump asks for a favour. he then asks about a conspiracy
theory surrounding the 2016 election, but goes on to say... i had a perfect phone call... perfect, it was a perfect conversation. it was absolutely perfect! a week before the call, the military aid had been put on hold by the white house. the president insists the two things were not linked, and has doubled down on his demand for an investigation despite there being no substantive evidence against the bidens. people have got to know whether or not their president's a crook. well, i'm not a crook. richard nixon resigned when he knew for sure he was going to be impeached and thrown out after the watergate scandal. but this place has only formally impeached two presidents in more than 230 years, and neither of them was removed from office. chances are, donald trump won't be either. so, why are the democrats bothering?
those open hearings will be an opportunity for the american people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn first—hand about the facts of their president's misconduct. the first witness in public will be the serving ambassador to ukraine, william taylor. he's already stunned washington by telling congress that military aid was tied to investigating the bidens for domestic political gain. and it's evidence like that that democrats will hope can damage president trump in the run—up to next year's election. and garyjoins us now live from washington. and it promises to be quite a moment in these proceedings this afternoon, gary. it really does. these things don't come along often and we will get two key diplomats today who will
set out as the democrats hope the sort of narrative of the pressure they say was applied to ukraine to investigate donald trump's domestic political opponents in return for cash. $391 million worth of cash. we already know that the ambassador to ukraine, the serving ambassador to ukraine, the serving ambassador to ukraine, says there was a quid pro quo, there was a deal but they wouldn't get their assistance unless the ukrainians offered to investigate joe the ukrainians offered to investigatejoe biden the ukrainians offered to investigate joe biden and the ukrainians offered to investigatejoe biden and his son. we will hear that in flesh and blood today from the witnesses, they will be pressed by the republicans. they will say, you didn't talk to the president directly, you didn't know, and that is what the battle will be in the room 50 yards behind where i'm standing now. gary o'donoghue, thank you. and you can watch those donald trump impeachment hearings live on bbc parliament from 3pm. in the push to cut carbon
emissions there's growing demand for electric cars, but that could lead to the opening of new mines on the ocean floor in order to extract the key ingredient for their batteries, cobalt. environmental groups fear mining the deep ocean will cause lasting damage so research is under way into its impact off the coast of spain. our science editor david shukman has had exclusive access. in the waters off malaga, an experiment with a strange—looking machine. lowered underwater to test a new and controversial kind of mining on the ocean floor. a camera on the machine monitors its advance over the sea bed. a soft coral stands in its path. mining would involve excavating rocks down here, and no—one knows the implications. the project is run from the spanish research ship, funded by the eu to find new sources of important metals.
it's a challenging operation, but there's momentum behind an emerging industry. what this project shows is how the technology is advancing in a way that makes deep sea mining seem much more plausible, which confronts us with a very difficult question. is it the right thing to do, given how little we know about the potential impact it could have on life on the ocean floor? operating underwater, mining the sea bed has never been tried before. it would destroy whatever is directly in front of the machines and they'd create clouds of sand and silt, which could smother marine plants and creatures even a long way away. so it's actually sands or sediments from the sea floor being whipped by the tracks and creating big clouds. sabine is one of the researchers studying the effects of the experiment to see what might happen when mining starts for real in the pacific. so normally in the deep pacific,
at four or five kilometres depth, there's hardly any material in the water so the water is crystal clear. but if you then make a massive plume of a cloud of sediments, all the animals that are living there aren't used to it so, yeah, they will probably suffocate. but there's growing pressure for mining to start. rocks like these, billions of them, are the target. because they're amazingly rich in important metals, especially cobalt, which is needed for batteries. the future is electric. so the boom in electric cars means there's growing demand for cobalt, and mining companies think the deep ocean could provide it. if you want to make a fast change, you need cobalt quick, and you need a lot of it. if you want to make a lot of batteries, you need the resources to do that. and there's a lot of it in the ocean? and there's a lot of it in the ocean. so, if mining goes ahead, can the damage be limited? the machine being tested
here in spain is designed to minimise the impact. the starting point is down here. this device slices into the sea bed to lift the rocks that are valuable. the concept is to keep the machine as light as possible so the tracks don't sink too much into the sea bed, and all the sand and silt that will be whipped up, these vents should channel that to stop it spreading too far. scientists are now analyzing the cloud and measuring the distance it travels. a pivotal moment in deciding how we treat the oceans. we're on the brink of a new time that we'll go down to the deep sea and start changing the landscape of the deep sea and the deep sea life. and then we have to consider, is it worth it? do we want to do that in the same way as we did already with land? this is a trial device. the machines that will actually do mining will be
about ten times bigger. dozens of ventures are planning to open mines on the sea bed. this is a glimpse of how they might look. david shukman, bbc news, in the bay of malaga. after 14—year—old molly russell took her own life, her father ian spoke out about her death and lobbied instagram to remove harmful content. since then, he's travelled to the us to learn more about a texting service which aims to help victims of cyber bullying. angus crawford reports. helping young people, improving mental health. ajoint mission for the duke and duchess of cambridge. and ian russell, campaigning to make social media safer after his daughter molly's death. the prince asks, "do you think instagram and other companies are doing enough now?" the event's for a charity called shout. igive up. i've felt miserable for too long now. it connects volunteer counsellors
with people in crisis, all by text across the uk. launched six months ago, it's trained 1,500 volunteers who've had 140,000 conversations with people in crisis. that's six million texts. and this is where it all began. new york. recently, ian russell came to meet the service's founder. here, it's called crisis text line. i'd love to be put out of business. my dream... i'm not a for—profit. crisis text line, shout, we are not for profit. we are ngos, we are here for the public good. my real dream would be for us to go out of business someday because people don't need us any more. unfortunately, right now i'm in a growth business. pain. pain seems to be a growth business in both of our countries. wow, there's a lot of you here today, it's fantastic. for the prince in london, a very personal message. thank you to all of you,
all the volunteers. you're all wonderful and we're very proud of you. thank you. and, for ian, a chance to ask questions. it's shocking how many people are so young and having really hard mental health problems like suicidal feelings. and, you know, people that are, like, about 12. it's just crazy how young it is. have you talked to someone as young as... yeah, yeah, i've had some. those are some of the hardest ones, i think. sometimes there are text messages, "thank you so much for being there and listening because there was no one else to talk to at that point," and that is an incredibly rewarding experience. well, i get nervous before every shift but, to me, that just shows that i'm actually caring about what i'm about to do. it's certainly crossed my mind to think that, had shout existed, instead of turning to the dark places of the internet, molly may well have reached out to shout and, you never know, she may still be with us today. so there's an element of sadness, but you have to say there's
an element of of positivity as well, because that this is here now and it is helping people. harnessing the power of people who want to do good for those who need it most. angus crawford, bbc news. how green is your football club? as concerns grow about the impact we all have on the environment, top football clubs are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. bbc sport has worked with a un—backed project to rank the sustainability of all 20 premier league clubs. joe wilson reports. winning depends on the definition of success. this is the manchester city that everyone sees. the new research is designed to reveal the green work. city turned an industrial wasteland into their football campus with corridors for wildlife.
so, alongside the sport, there is nature. the soil was washed and cleaned, and washed and cleaned again and what we've managed to do is create trees and hedgerows for birds and bees and bats and invertebrates and a whole range of new wildlife that just wasn't here before. matchday at arsenal. supporters help to fund a multi—billion pound industry. the fans we spoke to expect their club to set an example environmentally. it's important to everyone and all concerns and all organisations to make sure that, well, we have a future here for our children and our grandchildren. they've got such a platform to be able to come across and say, you know, this is what you need to be doing. and it is a good example, isn't it? grass cuttings from arsenal's pitch go to local composters go lower for the power. we are in the emirates stadium... a huge battery charged from sustainable sources off peak.
it can provide two hours of matchday electricity at the stadium. that's equivalent to powering nearly 3,000 homes. we actually have a responsibility to our younger generation to ensure that we provide a great world for them to be part of and if we can be leaders in that, then that's a wonderful, wonderful thing. clubs were assessed according to eight green categories. no list is perfect. green credentials are always debatable, but this is at least a start and the report's authors hope for more. we would love at some point in the not—too—distant future to show all 20 premier league clubs active across all of these categories. and to have 20 clubs bejoint first, i mean, that would be incredible. so i think we know that progress is happening because we're already chatting to clubs about initiatives that they'll be announcing this season and early into next. english football has always commanded attention. now, how does it use its huge wealth and influence? the new green research is really designed to encourage every club.