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More pressure on Donald Trump - as he's accused of asking the head
of the FBI to drop an inquiry into his former security
James Comey - who he fired last week - is reported to have been asked:
In a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day when we thought
things couldn't get any worse - they have.
I think it is reaching the point where it is of Watergate size
We'll be live in Washington - and asking if this time
President Trump could be in real trouble.
A referendum on any Brexit deal - the Liberal Democrats put Europe
And to woo younger voters - help onto the housing the ladder,
At the heart of our manifesto is an offer to all of the people in our
country, that no other party is making. That we do not just have to
accept what ever do we get back from Brexit negotiations but the British
people, you, should have the final say.
Unemployment falls again - it's now at its lowest level since 1975.
But for the first time in three years - pay
The sexist world of horse-racing - why women looking for a career
After Maria Sharapova is denied wild card entry
to the French Open, the head of the Women's Tennis
Association says they had "no grounds to penalise" her.
Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.
Donald Trump facing questions about his Presidency is nothing new -
but the latest allegations to emerge look different - they look
It's reported that Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to drop an inquiry
into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia.
"I hope you can let this go," he reportedly told Mr Comey
after a White House meeting in February - and that's
according to a memo written by the ex-FBI director
The White House has denied the allegation in a statement.
The President sacked Mr Comey last week -
but now the FBI has been urged by a senior Republican to hand
Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States,
is barely four months into office - yet he is dealing with an almost
The latest - that he tried to influence an FBI enquiry.
In February, one of the President's closest allies was forced to resign,
when it emerged that Mike Flynn, then the National Security Advisor,
misled the administration over his contact with Russian
officials before Mr Trump took office.
Now an explosive accusation from the New York Times -
that the day after Mr Flynn's dismissal, Donald Trump
asked the FBI director, James Comey, to drop
Those were the President's words, according to a note,
which the paper says Mr Comey wrote directly after the meeting.
Despite public shows of support, relations between Donald Trump
and Mr Comey were strained over the FBI investigations
and alleged Russian interference in the US election.
Investigations Mr Comey insisted would continue.
The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission,
is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere
Mr Comey was fired by the President last week, but Washington has been
astounded by the existence of the note he apparently made
A meeting which Vice President Mike Pence was reportedly asked to leave.
In a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day
when we thought things couldn't get any worse - they have.
Only 24 hours ago, President Trump justified sharing sensitive
intelligence information with Russia's Foreign Minister,
a decision which observers say could have compromised American
For some senior lawmakers, Republicans included,
this is all too reminiscent of an earlier and dark era.
I think it is reaching a point where it is of Watergate size and scale,
and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen.
Days after sacking the FBI directir, Donald Trump
issued his own warning to Mr Comey over social media, appearing
to suggest he may have recorded their meetings.
The White House has emphatically denied that Mr Trump asked the FBI
The president still has plenty of support in Congress,
and especially outside of Washington.
But any suggestion he may have obstructed justice could prove
Backing today from the most unlikely source, from Vladimir Putin, saying
that Donald Trump was not being allowed to govern.
Let's go live now to Washington and our correspondent Jane O'Brien.
Those comparisons with Watergate, are they over the top? We have a
long way to go, there has to be an investigation and at the moment what
we have is a memo that has not been made public. Snippets were read by
an unnamed associate of Mr Comey to reporters. Firstly, we need to see
this memory and that is why you have Jason Ched Evans, the chairman of
the very powerful committee of oversight. -- Jason. Saying that
Congress needs to get every single memory and document that could
catalogue what was said between Mr Comey and Donald Trump, into
potential collision with Russia. That needs to happen first. Then you
have a president who is typically immune from prosecution. And, a
Congress that has a Senate and a house that is run by Republicans. So
the notion that you are going to get any imminent impeachment moves in
that situation is a stretch. The bar is extremely high. So yes, it all
looks awful, especially when you put it all together. Senior Republicans
are saying that they too need to know what the president said, but
their main concern at the moment is that this turmoil engulfing the
White House is threatening their political agenda. So most people I
think at this point want to get to the bottom of it, but impeachment?
Obstruction of justice crit at a long way to go before that happens.
Vladimir Putin's involvement, does that help Donald Trump? There is an
element of well, he would say that. Does America really care what
Vladimir Putin says? This is more about Donald Trump and how the
Republicans are going to do with a president who they feel is out of
control. Jane O'Brien, thank you. The Liberal Democrats are putting
another EU referendum at the heart of their general election manifesto
- which has just been launched. The party said it would
"let the people decide" whether Brexit happens,
once negotiations have finished. The party's leader Tim Farron says
the decision to leave the EU could "wreck" the lives
of future generations. Here's our political
correspondent Chris Mason. Tim Farron went back to school this
morning. The lesson? How the Liberal Democrats think the country should
be run. Front and centre was Brexit, and how it should be handled. At the
heart of our manifesto is an offer to all of the people in our country
that no other party is making, which is that we do not have to accept
whatever deal we get back from the Brexit negotiations, but the British
people, you, should have the final say. If you do not like what Theresa
May comes back with, you should have the
right to vote to remain. The Lib Democrats say they would spend more
money on health and education paid for by higher corporation tax and a
penny on income tax. On housing, they want to introduce a range to
own scheme for tenants, and promised to legalise and regulate cannabis.
They claim this could generate ?1 billion per year in tax. It's about
keeping the availability of hard drugs away from cannabis, and
regulating cannabis so the most dangerous strands like skunk are
outside of the regulated system. It is about helping those people who
are of honourable and hitting those people the criminals take advantage
of. -- from rubble. The manifesto launch event is not until this
evening. But the document itself is online. Tim Farron says it is not a
programme for governments, he expects the Conservatives to win the
election and thinks it could be a landslide. He wants to be a strong
voice in opposition. It is telling what is not in the manifesto. The
Lib Dems are not promising to scrap university tuition fees in England.
The very promised that they broke in government. What you need to do is
make promises you can keep. What we've laid out in the manifesto is
fully costed on the base of the government's current figures, even
with us heading out of the EU, is a plan that will boost education and
further education, and schools, by ?7 billion. At the last election,
the Lib Dems face to the ghoulish nightmare of near oblivion. They are
all smiles now but have a huge amount of ground to make up to get
even close to where they used to be. Chris Maize and, BBC News. -- Chris
Mason. Our Assistant Political Editor
Norman Smith is in Westminster. Does putting Brexit at the heart of
the manifesto put it in the centre in a positive way? This could prove
something of a sideshow. Despite the fact it is ram packed with policies.
Many of them very expensive policies, like ending the benefits
freeze, something Jeremy Corbyn shied away from at his manifesto
launch yesterday. They are suggesting ending the public sector
pay cap and the triple guarantee on pensions, ?7 billion for schools and
?7 billion for the NHS. And making TV leader election debates
mandatory, and Southern Rail into temporary public ownership, and
legalising cannabis and taxing it. But the Brexit manifesto issue has
dominated everything else. It made their campaign almost a one issue
campaign. The demand for a referendum on the deal is done by
Theresa May. The trouble is, selling the message has proved a lot harder
than they thought. Down in the heartlands, the south-west, they
voted for Brexit. So they are not very receptive to that message.
In the urban metropolitan Labour seats, they prove more resistant to
switching to the Liberal Democrats, in part one suspects, because Tim
Farron himself hasn't managed to cut through with those kinds of voters.
This might be a manifesto packed full of ideas and promises,
pledges... But the Lib Dems have a long way to go if they are to turn
around their prospects in the election campaign. Norman, thank
you. The head of one of Labour's biggest
union backers has said the party is on course to lose
the general election. Len McCluskey of Unite claimed it
would be a successful campaign He was quoted in an interview
for Politico - but this morning The interview I did with Politico
was a conversational piece, against the backdrop
of if the opinion polls are to be believed, that
I made those comments. Since then, Labour launched
their manifesto and it is fantastic. A manifesto for workers
and ordinary working people. A manifesto that will change
Britain for the good. And the response that we have
had from Unite members That's why I was checking our polls
that we do, constant rolling polls, and the response has been
like something we've So I am now full of optimism -
if I was having that interview today, I would not be
making those comments. Our political correspondent
Alex Forsyth is with the Labour This is important, because Len
McCluskey and Jeremy Corbyn are very close and he is a huge financial
backer through Unite? Yes, and he seems to have had a significant
change of heart in a short space of time. The BBC understands only
yesterday Len McCluskey made those original comments when he
effectively said he did not think Labour could win this election and
we understand he made them after he had seen the party's manifesto. This
morning, he seems to suggest that is not the case, and as you heard
there, he is more optimistic about Labour's prospects. Shadow
Chancellor John McDonnell was here not long ago, giving a speech to
crowds of activists and members of the public in Lincoln. He was asked
on those comments from Len McCluskey and seemed to play them down
somewhat, seizing on then McCluskey's remarks today that he
was more optimistic and while it is difficult for Labour's party, they
are confident they can turn things around. John McDonnell was
referencing policies unveiled in the manifesto yesterday, that they are
convinced they will prove popular with the public. Those policies have
come under attack this morning from the Conservatives who say they are
and costed and will leave a multi-billion pound hole in the
budget. Again, John McDonnell was asked on that point and said it was
nonsense. He went on to challenge Philip Hammond to a television
debate, saying he was happy to pick over those figures any time. Alex,
thank you. More pressure on Donald Trump -
as he's accused of asking the head of the FBI to drop an inquiry
into his former security Oh, look, I don't care
if it only cost 2p! Those curlers could
fetch more than that - as Hilda Ogden's personal effects
head from Coronation Street Andy Murray says he can still do
well at the French Open later this month, despite his poor form
since returning from UK unemployment is down again -
falling to its lowest Latest figures from the Office
for National Statistics show the number of people unemployed fell
by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three months
to March - a rate of 4.6%. But are the figures
as good as they seem? Our Economics correspondent
Andrew Verity reports. You would need to be well into your
40s to remember a time when the unemployment rate was this low. 1.54
million, the number of unemployed people is just 4.6% of working
population that keeps swelling to record numbers. Economists have been
convinced for years that if unemployment got low enough then pay
rises would start to take off. Especially if prices were rising
more quickly. But we keep on getting fresh lows in the unemployment rates
and that keeps on not happening. Donna Speiser lives in Charlton in
south-east London. She earns just enough as a teaching assistant not
to receive benefits. Her pay was frozen for four years and in the
last two years it has gone up by just 1% per year. Half offer wage
goes on rent. I struggle to eat sometimes, we have no social life.
Because no money to go out. And it is a choice of heating and eating.
So one winter it was sitting there with blankets and hot water bottles,
jackets, jumpers and a very Bluenose. And a choice of food. The
economy has exceeded almost all forecasts in generating jobs.
Unemployment dropped by 53,000 over the past three months to the ad of
March, the of -- the average pay rise was 2.1%. And the average
amount that we produced per hour, productivity, has fallen by 1.5%.
Before the financial crisis it was taken for granted that most
employers could afford inflation beating pay rises. As each worker
would produce a bit more each year as companies invested in new
technology and training. But since the crisis those improvements in
productivity have been much lower. It is a bit of a puzzle the fact
that unemployment is not driving wages to the extent we might expect.
But there are a couple of headwinds on the wages that might be driving
some of that. One is fast rising inflation which is eating into pay
packet in the second is productivity, output, that is the
long-term driver of play and that has been stagnant for almost nine
years. The economy has beaten expectations for generating jobs but
it has fallen short of expectations for generating rail pay rises.
Whatever government is in power they will be hard-pressed to change that.
Andy Verity, BBC News. The former American soldier
Chelsea Manning, who passed hundreds of thousands of confidential
diplomatic documents to Wikileaks, has been released
from a military prison in Kansas. The 29 year old was
expected to remain in jail until 2045 -
but President Obama commuted her sentence just before leaving
the White House in January. Rajini Vaidyanathan is outside
the prison in Kansas. Was there much fanfare as she left
this morning? Chelsea Manning left this prison in the early hours of
the morning to very little fanfare. After her release she issued a
statement simply thanking her supporters around the world and
saying that she appreciated their support. Just as a reminder it was
while Chelsea Manning was still living as a man Bradley Manning
Thatcher was convicted of one of the largest leaks in US history. While
she was a low ranking US Army Private she shared some 750,000
classified documents including State Department diplomatic cables which
revealed the private thoughts of US officials and caused huge
embarrassment to the US Government at the time. It was after she was
sentenced that she announced that she wanted
to live life as a woman, Chelsea Manning. While she was in prison she
fought for gender reassignment surgery. Although she was given a
dishonourable discharge from the US Army at the time of her sentencing,
she will actually remain on active duty without pay. That is because
her lawyers have told us she will be appealing her conviction and until
the outcome is now she will remain on the US army books. As for what
she will those close to her said she will not be planning to live life in
the private she plans in fact to make herself a trans
It's a sport worth more than three billion pounds
to the British economy and watched live by six million
But if women choose horse racing as a career,
The first ever survey into gender in racing suggests that they are.
Despite more than ever coming into racing -
it found women are under-represented in the most prominent areas
of the sport, with some examples of 'entrenched
Our Sports correspondent Joe Wilson has this report.
And in this yard in Newmarket, Amy Murphy is the boss.
Paid by owners to train their horses to be winners, she's just 24.
The fact that she's a woman, well, that's rare too.
You have to get the support and sometimes I think probably
as a woman you're having to prove yourself before people
Whereas if you're a man, they might support you from day one.
But, you know, we've had great support and great loyalty
But whether I would have had that from day one had we not had
the results we've had already, I'm not sure.
Based on hundreds of anonymous responses, a new survey found that
women from across the industry report being patronised,
not being taken seriously, or being denied opportunities
Women in senior positions still stand out.
There are some 75 trainers here in Newmarket are known, yet
How else could you make a high-profile name
Well, inevitably, so much of the attention will
Overall just 6% of horses in races are ridden by women.
A new competition shown here just for women jockeys began last week.
But fundamentally, are women trusted to do the job
Well, John Berry is a Newmarket trainer who says he ignores gender.
He knows not everyone feels that way.
The athlete is the horse and all the jobs around,
no one gender is better than doing it than the other.
And I mean that including jockey as well.
When it comes to the daily care of horses, more women
than men are joining racing, working in the stable yards.
Taking it through the career, if you look at who's
on the senior boards, of organisations in racing,
the average 16% and we have several boards in the sport that do not have
So we're seeing a stagnation of career progression.
British racing's governing body, the BHA, recently restructured
its Board of Directors to include more women.
Chief executive Nick Russ said the gender survey is a stark
reminder that horse racing needs to do more.
Meanwhile Amy Murphy does believe that racing's culture is changing.
And if she is leading, there is someone to follow.
Lloyds Bank, which was bailed out by the taxpayer at the height
of the financial crisis, has returned to full
It was confirmed to the Stock Exchange this morning
that the government has sold its last remaining
And, what's more, the bank says taxpayers made
Our personal finance correspondent Simon Gompertz has the details.
The end of an era for British banking.
Some of the biggest names go cap in hand to the government...
A spectacular casualty of the financial crisis in 2008.
We must in an uncertain and unstable world be the rock of stability...
It had its own bad loans, then it took
over Halifax Bank of Scotland or HBOS, which was much worse affected.
Banks were bailed out by the taxpayer.
Now Lloyds is back in the black and out on its own.
The government sold the last shares in
Lloyds Banking Group and it is a moment
of huge pride for all the
colleagues at Lloyds Bank, for customers.
The government pumped in more than ?20 billion, taking a 43%
The proceeds of selling Lloyds shares, plus other pay-outs,
have raised more than that, leaving a return of nearly 900 million.
Complaints stacking up about PPI mis-selling
resulted in billions in
And the original shareholders in Lloyds
From a share price of over ?3, to around 70p today,
And probably looking at a pretty permanent loss of
Lloyds has been pared down, losing hundreds of branches rebranded
Today has turned into something of a Lloyds
But that ignores what has been a long drawn-out disaster.
That a bank that should have been part of the
crisis turned into part of the problem, for nine years.
# We've come a long, long way together...
Lloyds' message is that it's reliable again.
But it will be forever marked by its fall, and the difficult ride
and advocate for trans gender to pay compensation to a former employee
sexually abused by Sheffield City Council has had to pay compensation
to a former employee sexually abused being assaulted by Roger Dodds in
the early 1980s. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February.
The Home Secretary has been criticised for policing cuts
Speaking to the Police Federation, Amber Rudd said that crime has
fallen and said the deficit needs to be reduced.
She attacked senior Labour figures - accusing them
Well the number of candidates standing for UKIP in this
In 2015 the party fielded a candidate in just about every seat -
but this year it's appealing to its supporters in areas
where there's no UKIP candidate to instead vote for the most
In some parts of the country the consequences could be significant -
the BBC's political correspondent in the East, Andrew
North Norfolk is famous for its stunning coastline,
It's not used to being in the front line of an election campaign.
But this year the race could be very close.
At the last election, the Liberal Democrats' Norman Lamb
But this year its local candidate has decided not to stand.
Instead, he is actively campaigning for the Conservatives.
As Norman Lamb is very much a pro-European,
we felt the only way to pursue the aims of Ukip was to pull out
The people that voted Ukip in 2015, I don't think they will
all naturally gravitate to the Conservatives.
I think many of them who have supported Norman
and the Liberal Democrats in the past, we'll be working
The seat of Peterborough is another place where Ukip
With a majority of less than 2000, the Conservatives' Stuart Jackson
But Ukip polled 7500 votes last time.
And now they're standing aside to try to get the pro-Brexit
I guess it will be helpful, because, you know, a lot of those Ukip voters
And I think now people realise there's not much
Ukip used to do well in elections in the east of England.
But in this month's local elections, it lost all its seats.
If they believe in something they should stand.
I think it is a bit cynical, to be honest.
Why would you tell someone to vote for a different team?
Let's say you are part of football, you're Arsenal, you're going to tell
all your Arsenal supporters to now support Manchester.
Labour's candidate in Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, launched her
The party is hoping Ukip voters will go back to them.
People who voted Ukip to leave the European Union,
which has happened, but they also voted Ukip because they were
concerned about housing, affordable housing, public
And those are the things that Labour are now promising to deliver on.
Ukip knows it will struggle to get its own MPs elected this year.
But in deliberately deciding where not to stand, it
could still have a big impact on this election.
And you can see a full list of candidates in
And a full list of candidates in Peterborough here.
She was one of television's best loved characters - Hilda Ogden -
famous for her sharp tongue, her trademark headscarf,
Now some of those iconic items are going under the hammer.
They're being sold at auction by the family of Jean Alexander,
the actress who played her for more than two decades.
The auction is taking place in her hometown of Southport.
Our Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson is there.
Oh, look, I don't care if it only cost 2p!
It is one of the most famous outfits in TV history.
The curlers, the hairnet, and the pinny of Hilda Ogden.
And it's going under the hammer this afternoon.
You can get rid of it, and yourself and all!
Jean Alexander played Coronation Street's much loved
She died last October at the age of 90 and today her nieces
When we came to tidy up her things, sadly after she died,
I came across a parcel in a wardrobe with her handwriting
And when we looked into it further it turned out that this
was the first pinny and headscarf and curlers she had used
in the show that she had taken with her when she started
There has already been online interest from Italy and the US,
but many have turned up to bid in person.
Everybody loved Hilda Ogden, didn't they?
You know, everyone had an aunty or a nan or somebody like that.
And she just reminded you of a typical Northern lady.
I always put my own curlers in myself, so that to me just
But anything, anything that she has touched, that was hers.
We had an estimate on it of 1000 to 2000 to begin with and then
somebody walked in about ten minutes ago and said they thought
One item not for sale today, her famous flying ducks.
They were owned by Coronation Street, but this is an auction
absolutely packed with Hilda history.
Yesterday was interesting as it was the warmest day of the year so far,
with the top temperature of 26 degrees. Also the warmest day in
Scotland at 22 degrees. This morning we had muddy conditions in the
south-east. And we have all this cloud, a dividing line between the
warm and muggy air and something good deal of pressure towards South
and mass -- and West. That fresh air is going to win out over the next
few days, moving that rain out of the way. The rain has been across
much of England and Wales this morning, making it pretty
unpleasant. Much brighter further north. Some lovely sunshine. And 15
or 16 degrees. The far north of England doing quite well and
Cornwall should be drying up but all this rain is really quite heavy
underneath that central sway. And quite chilly underneath that. But
still quite warm and muggy in the south-east. As the rain moves
through this evening it could turn quite heavy with some thunder. But
it is on the way out. And that process continues into the small
hours of the morning. It leaves behind a fair amount of cloud in the
south-east. And else where some places into single figures. So quite
a fresh start first thing and then a lot of sunshine out there. But cloud
amount increasing and some showers developing, some of those could be
heavy. But also some good spells of sunshine. Temperature is coming down
a little bit but still pleasant enough. On Friday we have low
pressure to the north-west and the south-east. Any rain should not last
for too long. Some rain in the far north and west but in between
perhaps the odd shower but a lot of bright weather. Then heading into
the weekend, some spells in sunshine and also some showers which could
again be heavy. And the coming few nights could be a bit chilly.
A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.
More pressure on Donald Trump - as he's accused of asking the head
of the FBI to drop an inquiry into his security chief's
That's all from the BBC News at One - so it's goodbye from me -