16/05/2017 Newsnight


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Labour's manifesto promises a fairer more prosperous society for the many


for the many not just the few, with tax, borrow


How's it playing with the core vote?


And I'm very proud to present our manifesto


I believe in the Labour Party, what they stand for,


but I just don't think he's got enough people behind him,


he's not strong enough to lead the party, really.


I've waited all my life to hear a manifest like that. It looks after


people. Is it grim up North for Labour,


or will the heartlands hold? The Shadow Cabinet's Richard Burgen


joins us from Leeds. We can't have someone


in the Oval Office who doesn't understand the meaning of the word


"confidential" or "classified". Did Donald Trump compromise a key


intelligence source, by giving the Russian Foreign Minister secret


intelligence about Islamic State? Is this one too far even


for the Donald or is he another Teflon President that


nothing sticks to. And we go to Durham


to examine the new divide - educated Remainers versus


working class Brexiteers. I don't think our values are under


threat, as much as we just need to articulate them better,


and perhaps in a less When I was doing a bricklaying


apprenticeship, I couldn't get it, because at first all the Polish came


over, and they took people's jobs. Finally, we have the


finished article. Jeremy Corbyn launched


the party's election manifesto in Bradford,


describing it as It certainly promised the earth,


with a programme of tax, spend... Tax hikes of almost ?50 billion


a year to pay for scrapping tuition fees, raising the minimum wage


to ?10 an hour, and adding ?6 billion a year to education


and ?7 billion to health and social care, and borrowing of ?250 billion


over ten years for infrastructure, There was a definite high moral


tone to the manifesto, with it's pledge of a levy


on excessive pay - ?300,000 was the figure


Jeremy Corbyn plumped for. So who was the Labour


leader addressing? The Corbyn faithful,


or did he think the idea of the big state and tax rises


would have wide appeal? Our political Editor Nick Watt


was at the launch. We have liftoff! Manifesto launch


days can often turn into rather sedate affairs. Today had the


feeling of a rolling personal rally, as Jeremy Corbyn took the Labour


manifesto on the road. And, we will build over a million new homes... A


few hours earlier the Shadow Cabinet had gathered in Bradford for this


morning's launch. Team Corbyn thought that Banda had been stolen


when a draft of the document was leaked last week. But supporters


whooped with delight when Jeremy Corbyn pledged to nationalise the


railway in stages and scrap university tuition fees.


Our proposal is the government for the many, not a few. Our proposals


are of hope for the many all over this country, and I'm very proud to


present our manifesto for the many, not the few. Thank you very much!


CHEERING One loyal trade unionist was


delighted. I think it's fantastic. I've waited


all my life to hear a manifesto like that. It does really look after


people, working people. The only thing I get upset about when people


talk about ordinary people, I don't think there's an ordinary person in


the world, but people have needs, people have been suffering and this


is to reach out to them. Jeremy Corbyn cited Harold Wilson in his


speech. Harold, as he called him, unseated at Oriol more than 50 years


ago after freshening a message that appeared to in bold in the modern


world. Today critics said the manifesto had a bit of a retro feel


about it, but supporters of Jeremy Corbyn say he is absolutely in touch


with today's world. I think he comes over as a very natural speaker and


as a very genuine person. At last, someone we can believe in rather


than just another of these plastic politicians. Something special about


him. Blair and Brown? Never, no, that's when I went off Labour.


Jeremy's the man for me. If his message is unfiltered you would be


confident he would win the British people over? You listen to a man in


choosing, yes, I don't agree with all of that, of course you don't,


but what he says is fundamentally for the interests of working people.


For the vast majority of this country, not the handful of


neoliberals down in London. Jeremy Corbyn received a rapturous


reception when he spoke to his fan base at Huddersfield's Beaumont


Park. We know he has plenty of support in the Labour Party because


he has won the party leadership two years in a row. The challenge for


him is to reach out to the wider electorate across the country.


What do you think of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and his


leadership? I think it's well-intentioned but I think it's


probably unelectable. And if they were elected, I wouldn't want to be


in the country after they'd been elected.


I just don't think he's really strong enough, he's not strong


enough, I have to say. I mean, I believe in the Labour Party. What


they stand for, but I just don't think he's got enough people behind


him, he's not strong enough to lead the party. He's not. No, not


somebody I would follow. What do you think of Jeremy Corbyn?


I think he gets a hard time in the press, but ultimately I think he's a


change that would be good for the country. I think he's an honest and


straight up leader. Do you see him as a potentially strong Prime


Minister? I do. I think what you see with him is what you get.


A ghost of one of Jeremy Corbyn's he arose hung over the day's events.


Michael foot was cheered round the country 1983 but went down to a


heavy defeat. Is there a danger he's getting these rapturous receptions


as Michael foot did and it turned out he was preaching to the


converted? Who knows, to be quite honest. We will know on the 9th of


June, but what I would say to people is read the manifesto. If you like


what it says, if there are bits in it that there's a you and your life


and make your life better, vote. Shadow ministers are mostly sanguine


about Labour's prospects. But there was palpable anger among


Jeremy Corbyn's supporters, who believe that the man that calls


himself Monsieur Zen is not getting a fair hearing and being unfairly


maligned. But does this manifesto stack


up as a policy offer? Our Policy Editor


Chris Cook is here. What did you make of it? I think


it's really important that when we think about manifesto speedo think


them as very literal accounts of what a future government is going to


do. Because frankly the world is too complicated. And you set yourself up


for terrible disappointment. I think one of the things I've been trying


to look at today is to think about what exactly is reasonable to expect


of a political party to put down. Otherwise we are at risk of drifting


into a conversation about our politics, which is does this tiny


sum of money add up to this tiny sum of money and losing the bigger


picture. What are the questions we should be asking of labour? This


manifesto is a draft for a better future for our country. It's a


blueprint of what Britain could be. Today, labour launched their vision


for what Britain could be like. Their blueprint for the country as


much as we expected from the leaked last week. It is a radical


prospectus, certainly, but how should you assess their plans?


When you read party manifestos I suggest applying two tests to what


you see. The first question is ideology, what does this party stand


for? A good manifesto should explain which groups and sector party wants


to prioritise. The quick second question is about capability, has


this party done its homework question specifically when it comes


into government and has to deal with the uncertainties and unknown and


that ministers face, do they have the capacity and knowledge to cope?


To answer the first question, Labour's direction is very clear.


Labour will end the cuts in the National Health Service. Labour will


scrap tuition fees. Labour will take our railways back into public


ownership and put passengers first! After today's manifesto launch we


had a clear idea of what the Jeremy Corbyn government would do, quite


big rises in tax, ?50 billion in total, income tax for high earners


and corporation tax and that money to be spent improving public


services from the NHS to schools. We don't know what the Conservatives


will do, they launch their manifesto on Thursday forced you can be sure


they will be doing this so there's a big choice on the 8th of June. They


would do more, running train services directly, buying up water


companies but some of their priorities are surprised analysts.


Within their spending plans, a big increase in spending on schools and


child care and infrastructure spending and fair settlement for the


NHS not a generous most of the benefit cuts would be left in place.


The second question is tougher. Has Labour done its homework so it's


ready to run Whitehall? A snap election has made preparing much


harder. I think it is particularly hard at this time because prepared


to normal times they have had to do this at very short notice. They


haven't had the usual luxury of setting up working groups, talking


to think tanks and drawing in outside experts to draw up ideas. It


is a front bench short of government experience, so they can't really


draw on that. If you conserve that -- compare it to the Conservatives,


they are in office, they are sitting there and have been working out


policy ideas, have been able to draw on civil service support about ideas


they were going to implement in government and they can translate a


lot of those into their manifesto. Take this example. One of Labour's


top education items is a ?5 billion extension of preschool childcare


which is simple enough. But it also plans total reform of the childcare


system, and they've simply given us no detail at all about what that


means. The biggest concern, though, is fiscal. Labour wants to raise


taxes by ?49 billion a year, but they also say only the top 5% of


earners will be asked to contribute more in tax to help fund our public


services. A lot of people want precisely that sort of thing from


Labour, but there are risks. The proposals would raise a lot in tax,


tens of billions of pounds, but might still fall well short of what


they need. The tax rise is focused on a small group of high income


people and increasing corporation tax. If they do fall short, will


they borrow more, cut back on the spending plans or go for other tax


rises? Labour is pledging a radical blueprint, but that makes it more


important to sound reassuring. A snap election makes that much harder


for Labour to achieve. Joining us now from Leeds


is Labour's Richard Burgon, a member of Jeremy


Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet. Good evening. Good evening. First of


all, what proportion of GDP will the total tax take the by the end of the


parliament based on the manifesto today? What I would say first of all


is your colleague Chris was right in saying we should be talking about


the bigger picture. This document I have here, that you referred to in


your package, sets out exactly the total cost, ?48.6 billion, and


exactly how we will raise it. We want to talk about some specifics. I


wonder if you know what proportion of GDP the total tax take will be,


based on the manifesto today. What proportion will that be? I think


what we need to talk about here... If you'll let me finish I'm asking


you a question. I understand your technique. It seems to me we are


being put on trial for daring to suggest higher public spending. Put


on trial for daring to set out with greater transparency than any other


party has put forward before, about how much we're going to spend and


how we will spend it. You I presume ever read the document and it is all


in there. We have a choice with this interview. We can do the rather


tedious thing of going through each number... Hang on, hang on. All we


can talk about the bigger picture. We can talk about... Let me reassure


you, we are going to go through some of the specific policies in a


minute. I just wonder if you have any idea what proportion of GDP the


total tax take will be at the end of this Parliament? Just to tell you,


in case you don't know, it's going to be 36%. Do you know relatively


how high that is for many other government since the war? The key is


this, we've made a pledge on tax you viewers were very interested in. 95%


of people, everyone gets paid less than ?80,000, won't pay a single


penny more in taxation, because Labour is the party of low tax for


the many. The Conservatives sadly in the last seven years have proved


themselves to be the party of low attacks only for the privileged few.


Let's look at that. Just tell you that hasn't been such a high tax


take as a proportion of GDP since 1949. That is pretty eye-catching.


Another eye-catching announcement today in the manifesto, you're going


to introduce an excessive pay a levy on salaries above 330,000, another


one at half a million. Excessive, is that a moral judgment? I think the


levels of inequality in this society are very great. The average earnings


in the constituency I represent our ?18,000. I think it is right that


Labour is saying there will be no secret tax rises or sneaky tax


ruses. 95% of people want pay -- won't pay an extra penny of tax. The


Conservatives promised there would be no national insurance increase.


It is only Labour stopping them doing that through the back door


that stopped them doing it on slide. Basically what excessive means is


unnecessary, too high... Basically you believe that people earning over


330,000, be they entrepreneurs or computer wizards, BBC CEOs are


essentially earning too much? You think they are earning too much?


Why can't we talk about the many, not the few? People who earn over


?100,000, that's about 0.3% of society. That expand this


conversation and talk about the 95%. Let's move onto one of your other


major announcements today. That is on the scrapping tuition fees.


People can be sceptical when it comes to people saying there will be


no tuition fees. Because of the Lib Dems. You say you will scrap them.


When would a Labour government scrapped them? Would a student


starting this September not pay tuition fees? You saw how


enthusiastically this policy was received. But they wanted to be


delivered. If it was delivered by a Labour government, would it be


immediate, incremental, would student at university now in second


year not pay? When would you be introducing this policy? We will


reveal the further details about the plan in due course. What is true is


that it has been widely welcomed. The difference between Jeremy Corbyn


and people like Nick Clegg, if anybody remembers him, Jeremy Corbyn


as a politician who has always kept his promises. You just said that we


will know more detail in a few weeks. We will know the detail of


tuition fees at how they will be scrapped in three weeks? We will be


making further announcements about the detail. It seems to me that we


are being put on trial for agreeing to more... You are announcing


policy... We've announced a great list of policies today. Of which


this is one, a key one, something you are spending a lot on. We make


no apologies for spending a lot on it because it is fully costed at


that. Students and people who want to be students from being held back.


Too many families are being held back in this country and our


manifesto will change that. It is about fairness, you have been


categorical about that. Would you suggest that if you are announcing


in three weeks' time, that you cannot abolish tuition fees for,


say, to years of a Labour government, if you get in, would you


suggest students delay going to university until the policy is in


place? This is obviously a trap. At the end of the day I hope you would


join students across the country, and people thinking about being


students, welcoming this policy as a massive step forward. It is a


massive step forward. So is reversing the scrapping of the


student nurse bursaries, bringing back the education maintenance


allowance. What this is about is stopping people's aspirations from


being held back. People feel they are being priced out of going to


university. A Labour government will end that. The difference to even


Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour team, and the Lib Dems, who you mentioned


earlier, is that the Labour team as Jeremy Corbyn have a track record of


keeping their word. You are introducing sweeping changes in


childcare. Free school meals. There will be the tuition fees. These are


free benefits for the very people you say earn ?330,000 and access.


They will benefit from that. That is a terrible inconsistency, isn't it?


We all benefit from that. We benefit from people going to university,


their education helps to stimulate the economy. If you are treated in


hospital you are treated by somebody who has gone to university, whether


it be a doctor, a nurse, if you go and see a lawyer you are being


assessed by somebody who has been to university. Our policy of free


school meals, some people have criticised it for its universalism.


I am proud of the universalism. On that question of universalism and


whether that will benefit you, Len McCluskey, he said if the party


holds 200 seats that will mean this has been a successful campaign. Is


he one of the so-called moderate doom mongers? Here's a great general


secretary. I'm delighted he was re-elected recently. All I am


focused on, and all the Labour team is focused on, is getting out these


policies, policies for the many, not the few... Would it be with 200


seats? The polls have narrowed. I think they will continue to narrow


when people see the policies of our manifesto. We want with this general


election. There is three weeks to go. Three weeks is a long time in


politics. We are up for the fight. We are forwarding the selection in


order to completely transform things. So things are run in the


interest of the many not the few, so we end the system rigged against


vulnerable families. Thanks very much.


The White House has tonight refused to comment on reports


that the highly classified information that President Trump


today finally admitted to sharing with the Russian foreign Minister


and the Russian Ambassador had come from Israeli Intelligence.


After first denying he had shared anything and sending his


National Security Advisor General HR McMaster, out deny any wrongdoing,


today President Trump said he had an absolute right to do what he did,


and sent General McMaster out yet again.


I stand by my statement I made yesterday.


What I'm really saying is that the premise of that article


is false, but in any way the president had a conversation


that was inappropriate, or that resulted in any kind


And so I think the real issue, and I think what I would like to see


really debated more, is that national security has been


put at risk by those violating confidentiality.


The New York Times reported that Trump asked the then FBI director,


James Comey, to end his investigation into Michael Flynn for


alleged connections with Russia. He sacked James Comey a week ago. The


White House denied this report. But the stream of charges and


accusations against the Trump White House seems to be endless.


But where does this latest row leave his relationship


with a Republican Party that has, thus far, shown steady loyalty


Joining me now is Jacob Weisberg of Slate media group,


and Debra Saunders who is the White House Correspondent


Good evening to both of you. Thank you for coming in. On the scale of


calamity, Jacob, how does this rack including the New York Times story


tonight? -- how does this rank. These are pretty much the worse


things that have happened the Trump. I think they are clearly impeachable


offences. If you had a Congress willing to think about impeachment,


and at some time you will, this is obstruction of justice. The primary


article of impeachment against Nixon was the same. The president seems


intent on providing all of the evidence needed to support it


himself. Debra, the whole question of whether Trump actually knew what


he was doing is still far from clear. Is it a case of calamity


after calamity and Congress being unwilling to do anything about it,


or will be the latest two, as Jacob seems to say, tipped over the edge?


-- tip it over the edge? He did not know the source of the information


he apparently inadvertently revealed to the Russians. As you know, -- I'm


not sure there isn't an illegality. It is tough for Trump. First, it is


the Russians again. He seems to be smitten by Vladimir Putin and some


of the other Russians. He campaigned, saying he was against


Clinton, she lets classified information fall into the hands of


others because she had them in a home server. Now it turns out he has


slipped something to the Russians. I must say, you are asking what is the


number come up to ten, we have been eight through ten for the last week.


We have been over 84 with this president. He thrives on chaos. --


we have been over eight already with this president. I think he has the


stamina to stick things out. He seems ready to cut whatever comes


his way. That is what he has been doing. -- he seems ready to gut.


Nobody has made a comment whether it was Israeli intelligence being


discussed yet. Is he just going to limp on? I'm not sure if it is worse


or better if he compromises the intelligence inadvertently, or did


it, as he was trying to say yesterday, with purpose in mind.


When you think about what is at stake, the penetration of a


terrorist organisation, like Isis, by an allied security service, there


isn't much more important to protect than the ability to keep that kind


of information flowing, to protect from terrorists, and future


terrorist attacks. This is information that journalists are


very good at protecting. In fact, the news organisations that cover


this story, including the Washington Post, were very careful about


restraining themselves from revealing the information that Trump


apparently revealed to the Russians. You cannot plead ignorance, or


inadvertence, or callousness here. It is an odd loophole that he


doesn't need a security clearance. But it is clear that Trump will not


qualify for one. On the whole question of the New York Times


tonight, whether or not he asked James Comey not investigate Michael


Flynn, if that could be proved what would be the consequence of that,


Debra? I don't know if it can be proved. We know James Comey, as soon


as he finished dinner, wrote a memo and the Trump did it. I think it is


a bit of a he said she said. Unless, of course, the president we did


there may be tapes. Then we would know. I do not think that would be a


good thing for Trump because it makes you feel like you are in the


days of Watergate when you see that out there. You raise Watergate.


Watergate was a long, drawn-out business. Do you think the


Republicans don't have the appetite for that, they are going to stick to


their man? I would have said that a week ago. That is what has been


going on. A lot of Trump supporters feel the media are against him. That


the Democrats are against him. That everybody is rooting for him to fail


and it makes them want to stand by him more. Here is what happened


which went wrong with James Comey last week. The president had a right


to fire James Comey, but... He sent out his surrogates. Sean Spicer,


Sarah Huckabee Sardis, and gave us this story about how Trump ended up


talking to the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General,


they brought forward the memos, the sport of the president of fire James


Comey. Then what does he do come he tells NBC News that he was going to


do it all along because of the Russians. If you are Republican and


you want to take his story, and tell it to the world, you know you can be


undercut by him the next day on NBC news. Thank you both very much


indeed. In this election, how do we know


what really matters to people? The old certainties are gone,


tribal loyalties shattered - People are less likely to vote


blindly for the party of their parents, and factors


such as age, geography, and education are emerging


as the new dividing lines. Over the next three weeks,


Katie Razzall is going to be looking at some of these divisions in 21st


Britain's voting For her first report she travelled


from Durham to Tyneside, to examine where the faultlines lie


in terms of education. An island of Remain in a region that


voted overwhelmingly Out. Nearly a fifth of Durham's


inhabitants have a degree, which statistics suggest also means


they're more liberal and outward With left and right now


less obviously a marker of how someone might vote,


university appears a prime ceding So here we are, we're


entering the premises Jack Gilmour is the Society's


proud Treasurer. Founded in 1842, all


those years ago... Amongst the student fraternity,


Jack's in a minority group. This place has produced many


notable MPs, including Edward Leigh and Crispin Blunt,


and here we have the main He's a Conservative


supporter and a Leave voter. The other three here


are Labour Remainers. Voting remain and voting leave,


again, it's about how I want society to be multicultural,


I want everyone to be equal. What do you think it is,


if anything, about university education, that makes it such


a marker for how Well, I think certainly people


who are more university educated, of course, tended to vote Remain


more in the referendum. I think what's really sad


at the moment, the 48% who voted Remain have kind of been cut out


of public discourse entirely. We're pursuing a hard Brexit,


we're leaving the single market, The 48%, which is a very large


portion of this country, are being labelled enemies


of the people in the press and effectively being cut


out of the discussion. The people that go to university,


they're interacting in more multicultural societies,


and if you go to university, you're more likely to get


a job in a city as well, which is then more


likely to be Remain. I think that your views can


so easily be swayed, My views changed when I came


to university, somewhat, on topics I was a believer when I started


in my first year, but I was exposed to different thoughts and I became


an atheist afterwards, for example. I think background,


where you're born and how you're raised and so on,


determines, I think, My parents were working class people


who became middle-class, I mean their sort of story of,


for want of a better term, rags to riches, I think,


is an inspirational one and I think that's why


I have a conservative mindset. Education apparently


fuels voting habits. In the French election,


areas whose inhabitants have less education were much less likely


to vote for Macron than Both Brexit and Donald Trump's


victory were also driven by people with fewer educational


qualifications. Why is education having this effect,


and is it patronising even to look Almost as if this is a problem to be


fixed, instead of simply Everyone's right to have


a different opinion? Newsnight headed up the coast,


back to a place that was celebrating when we visited the day


after the Brexit vote. Haven't been to sea for 15


days, or 18 days, that's John Ellis has worked at North


Shields fish quay for 60 years. I can read a little bit


and write a little bit, Without educational qualifications,


John made a good living doing a valued job in


a respected industry. And a kid to your age now,


a 15-year-old who left school... Would they have the same prospects


as you had back then? What the case was down here,


if you worked hard, And when you think about


the Prime Minister now, Theresa May? I think she's all right


for the country, and The other fella's good


as well, the Labour man. But he's got no oomph


about him, you know? In heartland Labour Tyneside, many


at the fish dock migrated to Ukip. This election not all


those votes are assured. The quay master left school at 16


to be apprenticed; his children When I was young I had choices,


you could go down the yards, the coal mines, the steel yards,


but there's nothing I'm just now thinking I won't vote,


because there's no one to vote for. You couldn't bring yourself


to vote Conservative? They wrecked the northern England


the last time they had I mean, I've got two


kids now at university. One went into, he's just


working at call centres Now at university, because he went


into construction but there wasn't the there isn't the work


in the north any more. Unless Theresa May can come up to me


and put a deal on the table and say, this is what we going to do,


this is what we've got for the fishermen, then my vote


will be going to Ukip, to put through the job that that


they've already started. Jackie Weatherstone


left school at 15. He voted Ukip recently, but back


in the day it was a different story. I had to be in the Labour Party


to get a job, to get to sea, It'd be Conservative,


because Ukip's finished, isn't it? This election, 53% of those


YouGov asked who have no qualifications plan to vote Tory,


17% Ukip, 18% Labour and 5% Lib Dem. The Tory vote share seems


to decrease for every extra Of those with degrees,


Tory vote share was down to 36%, Ukip just 4%, while Labour


was on 28% and the Lib Dems 19%. # Twinkle, twinkle, little star,


How I wonder what you are...# The mood music across the Tyne


in South Shields is In a place where 62% voted out,


and nearly 30% have no At The Word cultural space,


the council offers free music sessions for parents and babies,


but when it comes to how these people might vote,


is it education or employment He left school at 16,


did NVQs and an apprenticeship in bricklaying, recently he's voted


Ukip. When I was doing a bricklaying


apprenticeship, I couldn't get it because at first all the Polish came


over and they took over people's So you couldn't get a job


after the apprenticeship? No, I got ruled out of it,


what was put down on paper, there were too many cheap labourers


available and they didn't want to pay for my wage


compared to theirs. It didn't make us angry, it's just


obvious business sense, isn't it? Why pay for one person on this,


when you can get two So when Theresa May says they're


to bring immigration way down, Now, for this election,


do you think you'd vote Ukip again? Kate Foster, on the left,


went to university but didn't From a mining family, she is staunch


Labour and voted Remain. And what you feel as


a Remainer in this sea Especially, we've got Nissan


at Sunderland and I can't understand why a city that depends on industry


and outside help... I want to live in a country that's


open, open to people that need help, aren't afraid to have friends


from all walks of life. I don't see that that's going to be


how it's going to be any more. I do think it's under


threat, I really do. The referendum gave a voice to those


who haven't benefited from our In Durham our students were taking


a break from exam revision. Amongst the gang,


another Conservative, this time she's a Remainer,


and a Liberal Democrat supporter. I don't think our values are under


threat as much as we just need to articulate them better,


and perhaps in a less I think the liberal establishment


has been a bit smug in their messaging and just assuming


everyone is on their side. What we need to do is articulate


liberal values and just make the point that they're actually


British values. I think we struggle


within the Brexit rhetoric, Remainders, we lost,


and we have to accept that, which is fine, but the way that


we're going now, I'm really frightened of a hard Brexit,


because that's where the rhetoric I think is leading,


especially as the Tory party want to increase their majority,


which I want happened too, what are we doing that


at the expense of taking in some A university education doesn't give


everybody liberal values. Nor is everyone without a degree


conservative, but education is a significant predictor of voting


behaviour, and with a likely realignment going on on the right,


in many areas of Britain it will play a big role in deciding


who wins this election. Well, while there's still room


in politics for old-fashioned door-knocking and leaflets,


the parties are increasingly fighting a sophisticated


cyber-campaign, which targets people The fact this kind of messaging


is so easily focused at specific groups of voters, means it can be


difficult to see exactly what the parties are


sending and to whom. We're keen to get to the bottom


of this, so we've teamed up with our colleagues from BBC


Trending - and we need your help. Mukul Devichand is the editor of BBC


Trending and joins me now. What's going on? As you say, it's


about what we know and what we don't know. What we know is at least ?1


million will be spent on Facebook advertising during the election. It


was 1.3 million in 2015. We know it is a really micro-targeted kind of


advertising that can look at what your likes and dislikes are, through


your friends are, where you are, your age and gender and target


messages towards you and parties will be doing that. This was thought


to be a game changer in the referendum. One estimate was up to a


billion messages sent by the parties. What we don't know is what


all those messages say. Some of them are not publicly visible, apart from


the people that get them. What you want people to do about it?


Newsnight and Trending will be teaming up to try and analyse what


to send us. We want you to take a snap of a message you get in your


timeline that feels political, send it to us, send us a bit of


information about yourself if you don't mind, your age and location


and except. How to send is on screen. We will try and analyse that


and build up a national picture of the types of messaging that the


parties are using and come back to the show and on the BBC Trending


blog to report that. Thank you. Now the last of our Viewsnights,


pitching ideas for the parties Tonight, it's Times


journalist Raphael Hogarth. That's all we have time for tonight.


Good night. A cooler night ahead for Scotland


and Northern Ireland after the mild and humid night on


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