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Taking on the elites - Jeremy Corbyn spells


The Labour leader said big business would pay more tax,


It's the Establishment versus the people.


It's our historic duty to make sure the people prevail.


This election is about ensuring that we have strong and stable


leadership in this country in the national interest.


So, as the battle lines become clearer, we'll get


Revving up - why the world's leading financial organisation


is forecasting greater global economic growth.


Hopes of a step forward in tackling dementia.


Researchers are looking at new ways to use existing drugs.


The teenage racing driver who's lost both legs after a crash.


Formula 1 stars help to raise more than ?500,000.


Here, there was the gold very neatly wrapped in its case.


He was tuning up an old piano and discovered a treasure trove.


Coming up in Sportsday later in the hour on BBC News...


Andy Murray bows out early at the Monte Carlo Masters


after a 3-set defeat in the third round.


Good evening, and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


In his first major speech of the election campaign,


the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has styled himself as the


anti-Establishment candidate, taking on what he called a system


He told supporters that a Labour government elected on the 8th


of June would not play by the old rules, doffing


With Theresa May promising strong leadership, our


Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg looks at their different messages


No one's going to say they're all the same.


And not the admirers of the Labour leader,


who queued round the block to hear him.


We need something different, not more of the same.


This is about who should be leading the country and should


be our Prime Minister, because he's offering


The left waited a long time for a leader like Jeremy Corbyn.


But will the rest of the country rush towards him?


The Labour Party that is standing up for working people


It's the Establishment versus the people.


It's our historic duty to make sure the people prevail.


In practice, that means hikes to the minimum wage,


bigger benefits for carers, higher taxes for some


of the biggest businesses, who he said, proudly,


If I were Southern Rail, or if I were Philip Green,


I'd be worried about a Labour government, I really would.


If I were Mike Ashley, or the CEO of a tax avoiding


multinational corporation, I'd want to see a Tory


Because those are the people who are monopolising the wealth that


should be shared by each and every one of us


APPLAUSE But it means more borrowing, and spending too.


Ideas that at the last election didn't do Labour many favours.


What is it that you hope to show to voters in the next seven weeks


beyond this room that they haven't seen in the last two years


And social justice. And we're going to get that message out across the


whole country. And I'm very confident of that. This invited


audience of loyalists lapped to their feet. This was a classic


Jeremy Corbyn speech, the kind of speech that won him the Labour


leadership election. He spelt out in sky-high letters how he would pitch


this campaign. The people versus the powerful. He is obviously a man of


principle and integrity, we know that for a fact. Can he stepped up


to the plate at the next level? While Mikey has got 50 days to do


that. I'm really impressed, Jeremy has always said the right thing, he


has just never had the opportunity. He is a decent man, maybe decent


people do not get elected will stop but he has also got an allotment, he


makes his own jam, did you know that? I did know that. Welbeck you


go! Beyond the crowd in seats like gluten, will his campaign cut


through -- in seats like gluten. He is a modern socialist, give him the


chance and he will make changes. I don't think he is a coherent leader,


I voted Labour in the past but I would not vote for him. The Prime


Minister claims he is not up to the job. She was on a low-key visit in


marginal Enfield. This election is about ensuring that we have strong


and stable leadership in this country in the national interest.


It's about strengthening our negotiating hand for Brexit and


sticking to our plan for a stronger Britain, developing a more secure


future for ordinary working people in this country. Jeremy Corbyn's a


happy campaigner, comfortable with his fans. But he needs millions


more, a brutal election beckons. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News,


Westminster. So Jeremy Corbyn may have


characterised the election as a battle between the people


and the elites, but what are the issues that voters


are actually concerned about? Our Deputy Political Editor,


John Pienaar, has been Pick a place, almost any place. A


street, in market, and you will see why this election is happening now.


Ask around here in Norwich, famous for its churches, but important now


for its many voters who may, just make a switch their loyalties on


polling day. Theresa May wants a big mandate. Whoever wins will need one.


Theresa May likes grammar schools and thinks that is the way to help


the kids get on. What do you think? I think potentially it is a good


idea. But I think it could favour children whose parents could give


them more advantage. To help with entrance exams. Plots so fair after


all? Potentially not. Do you think our hospitals need a lot more money?


Every time there is an election or anything, the only way to do things


is to promise to get the votes, and none of the promises other country


normally. Jeremy Corbyn and Labour want to seek better off people,


better paid people, paying more in tax, whether it is ?70,000 per year


people or whatever it is, do you think it is a good idea or a bad


idea by silly about idea. You will then do what we did in the 1970s,


and drive all of the high taxpayers abroad. We're already looking at the


risk of big companies going over to Europe, that would accelerate that.


I think our level of taxes enough. When you started in 50% or 60% tax,


people will leave. We may end up having to pay a lot more for social


care for the elderly. How do you think that will go down? Well, I


live on a large council estate and people there will be very angry if


they have to pay a lot for care, they really would. They would...


They would go ballistic. Perhaps we need to invite, I don't know, some


of them backed us all to tout for us. So the next government will face


one hard sell after another, on reform, on spending, austerity will


not end overnight and the economy could well slow down before it picks


up again. Forget the polls for a moment, nobody has voted yet. But


when we do, we will hand the next PM a tougher task than any other leader


has faced in modern times in peacetime. The customer may not


always be right, but try telling the customer that. Britain's next Prime


Minister won't just want to win, she or he will need a big one, and not


just for Brexit. John Pienaar, BBC News, zero. -- Dowrich.


Let's get more on our top story then with our Political Editor,


Laura Kuenssberg, who is in Westminster.


As you suggested in your report, Jeremy Corbyn was using the language


that won him the Labour leadership, but this is now a general election.


It is, and it is very different. From the moment he became the Labour


leader about has not been, can journey Corbyn but fire in the


bellies of those on the left, it is can he read out to voters of all


varieties -- can he reach out. His progress along that road has been


bumpy to say the least. But we saw today in a kind of vintage Corbyn


performance, he is going to be thumping the same top. He's not


changing for anyone, his message loud and proud is that in his view


the Tories are the party for the wealthy few and he wants to look


after everybody else. He starts this election as the real underdog. His


team believe they will narrow the gap between the two parties, may be


quite sharply. But with only seven weeks to go this is a short campaign


that has caught everybody by surprise. Time is against them. One


of Jeremy Corbyn's biggest union backers is involved in his own


election fight, and there has been a development today. What has been


happening? Len McCluskey is the boss of the biggest union, United. He is


one of Jeremy Corbyn's most influential backers. Most people


believe that if Len McCluskey was not behind him, Jeremy Corbyn would


not be in his job. A man called Gerard Quinn has been trying to


announce him from the leadership, but today out of the blue he


suspended from his job at the union, Unite. Baby can really work out


exactly what has gone on. It matters -- nobody can work out. The role of


the Unite boss is keyed to the state of the Labour Party in this


election, and in terms of what happens next. The result is


officially not expected until next week, but they may well emerge


tomorrow. Thank you, Laura. The deadline for parties


in Northern Ireland to try and form a government has been extended


to the end of June beyond Several parties at Stormont have


said talks were unsustainable as they'd be campaigning


against each other. Launching the Greens' election


campaign in Bristol, co-leader Caroline Lucas


said her party would stand up for equality and a bigger


role for the state. She appealed to young


people to vote Green, and she said were betrayed over


tuition fees, a lack of affordable housing


and inaction on climate change. The parents who disguised the death


of their baby by pretending she had died on a London bus have been


convicted of causing or allowing her death,


but cleared of her murder. The Old Bailey was told that


four-month-old Imani suffered multiple injuries,


including fractured ribs and a broken wrist, before her death


in September last year. Richard Lister's report contains


distressing details. Rosalind Baker and Jeffrey Wiltshire


- the parents of four-month-old Imani, whose violent death


they tried to cover up. On September 28th last year,


Baker was spotted on CCTV in a shop near her home in East London


carrying Imani in a sling. Imani's face is obscured


by a piece of cloth. Minutes later, we see


Wiltshire pushing their They kiss, and as the doors close,


Wiltshire gives her a thumbs up. But both parents know


Imani is already dead. It's not until half an hour later


that Baker calls out for help, This woman immediately checks


on Imani and alerts other passengers, one of whom rushes


to tell the driver what's going on. Baker is still on the phone,


but she doesn't call 999. What has happened was by the baby is


losing her life. The jury was told that when medical


teams finally examined Imani, they found she'd been dead for some


time, and had a string 40 rib fractures, a broken wrist,


and a fractured skull - Baker and Wiltshire were acquitted


of murder, but found guilty of causing or allowing


Imani's death. And Judge Nicholas Hilliard


said they were facing Richard Lister, BBC News,


at the Old Bailey. Nine years after the global


financial crisis, the head of the world's leading financial


organisation, the International Monetary Fund, has given an upbeat


assessment of the world economy. Christine Lagarde said that strong


growth was returning to America and Europe,


Britain's two largest Our Economics Editor, Kamal Ahmed,


reports from America. Meet Matt Levatich -


the man who runs, and rides, The all-American company that


exports around the world. If things are going well


for businesses like this, then that is a signal


that the global economy is set fair. I asked Mr Levatich if the economy


is indeed looking up. When people feel more confident,


then they're willing to make, if you will, financial risks


of investing in something, improving your home,


buying a motorcycle. When they feel really uncertain,


they pull back and they wait. And so the election and so forth has


helped people feel more optimism. Running more smoothly


at Harley, and for the US. The official IMF forecasts have


certainly made for better reading, although they have


been wrong before. And for the head of the world's


leading financial organisation, We are forecasting


growth in 2017 at 3.5%. And that's a significant


update from 2016. But we need to make sure that this


momentum is sustained. When you come to a company


like Harley-Davidson, you are immediately struck,


not just by the size of the factory, Yes, some of that is down


to the presidential election. But a lot of it is down to the


return of global economic growth. A return so marked, some


are arguing, that ten years after the financial crisis,


the global economy has It is not just the makers


of big American bikes that For Britain, the bounce-back


for our two the exported markets - the US and the rest of the EU -


is likely to mean higher exports. Harley-Davidson will be hoping these


new positive forecasts are right. Our top story this evening:


Jeremy Corbyn spells out his pitch for the election,


saying big business would pay more tax -


and he promised a ?10 minimum wage. And still to come: The mystery


of an old piano and the 900 gold coins hidden in it -


who put them there? Coming up in Sportsday in the next


15 minutes on BBC News... There's a place in the Europa League


semifinal at stake We'll have the latest


from Old Trafford ahead Critics call them the crack cocaine


of the High Street and are asking for fixed odds betting terminals


to be more heavily regulated. The Government is carrying out


a review of the machines, which allow customers to place


bets of ?100 a time. It will publish its findings after


looking at hundreds of responses. The Association of British


Bookmakers, which represents betting shops, denies they have any link


to problem gambling. I have put like 200 quid in,


I've been up to nine grand and back down to nothing within the space


of like six hours. Because I just keep going and going


and going, I don't stop. Sarah Grant is struggling


to stop gambling. She's just moved into a flat after


two years in a homeless hostel. Sarah lost everything,


including her job, You keep putting money in,


and then once it comes to a certain amount of money,


then you start thinking, well, actually let's


just put some more in. I have to win now because I've


put all this money in. It's bound to drop,


it's going to do it, These are the type of machines Sarah


used, fixed odds betting terminals found in bookmakers on high streets


up and down the country. They are the subject


of a Government review. With a maximum stake of ?100,


they offer the chance of a ?500 Critics say the high stakes


and speed of play makes them These machines have been


called the crack cocaine of the high street,


what's your response to that? I think you have to


look at the evidence. These machines have been


available for 15 years. During that time, the levels


of problem gambling in the UK If these machines were specifically


linked to problem gambling, you would have seen the rise


in the levels, and you haven't. Figures from the regulator,


the Gambling Commission, show a slight increase in the number


of people classified as problem The Government believes the total


number could be as many as 600,000. This secret filming shows how some


players have reacted to the scale of their losses,


taking their anger The industry says players


are protected by messages that warn them about how long


they have been playing. Critics say they don't


go far enough. You can put money in these machines


and you can stay there all day and you can lose thousands


and thousands and thousands of pounds because you become


addicted to that machine. So I think that's why we have to do


whatever we can to take legitimacy Sarah is receiving therapy


for her addiction, but wanted to share her experience of fixed


odds betting terminals. Those who represent betting shops


say it's the most regulated The Government review is a chance


for all voices to be heard. Jenson Button has helped to raise


more than half a million pounds to help a 17-year-old racing driver


who had his lower legs amputated Rising star of Formula Four,


Billy Monger, hit a stationary car during the race at Donington Park


in Leicestershire on Sunday. Our Sports Correspondent


Joe Wilson reports. 17 years old and life changed


forever. Billy Monger was competing at Donington Park when he collided


with a stationary car at around 120 mph.


He was airlifted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham,


He's actually had the lower leg, just below his


knee on his right leg, removed, and then his left leg really


where that has been removed.


It's obviously devastating for us all but the main thing is to keep a


brave face on for Billy. Billy Monger's talent was well known even


when he was at primary school. At the age of nine he was featured on


Blue Peter. You were phenomenal. Right now, Billy's


team is raising money The total is over half


1 million pounds, with One man is offering to help


Billy Monger race again. David Birrell lost his lower legs


in an explosion while He now drives for a


racing team using his It was hard, but now


it's second nature. To get Billy standing next


to me one day with his race gear on in a picture waiting


to get in his car would be for me probably the highest


motivation in my life. Formula Four drivers dream


of the big time, practising Billy Monger's accident


is a reminder of what will also always be part of


their sport, the risk. Scientists have found


a way of halting dementia The drugs used are already given


to patients for other conditions As our medical correspondent


Fergus Walsh reports, the next step is to begin


trials on humans. This research mouse has a


degenerative brain disease which is destroying its coordination. Look


how it drags its rear legs. The second mouse has the same condition


but has been treated with a drug that has kept it healthy. The lead


scientist says patient trials could begin in the year with the aim of


halting Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in humans. Halting is an


incredibly important goal here because I do dementia clinics and if


I can hold disease when people come to see me, then you could maintain a


meaningful quality of life, independence and freedom from


institutionalisation, which would be an extraordinary achievement. So we


are not talking about a cure for dementia, but drugs that might slow


Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. These neurodegenerative conditions


involve the loss of healthy neurons in the brain. That starts with the


build-up of faulty proteins which triggers a natural defence response,


this makes the cells starved and eventually die. The drugs prevent


the defence mechanism kicking in, and so halt brain cell death. These


medical research laboratories in Leicester have found two drugs which


work in mice and they are safe in humans. One of the drugs is already


used as an antidepressant, but joy Watson is not getting her hopes up


because so many other Alzheimer's trials have failed. She was


diagnosed on her 55th birthday and now even a simple tasks like reading


can be a problem. You want to believe that it's going to be, you


know, a fantastic thing that it is reported to be but I don't allow


myself to get that enthusiastic any more. I would rather wait until more


substantial evidence is there for the taking really. This is the


antidepressant which halted neurodegenerative disease in mice,


but what works in rodents may not in humans. The patient trial results


will be eagerly awaited. Fergus Walsh, BBC News.


It wasn't buried in the ground or marked on a map but the largest


hoard of gold coins ever found has now been declared treasure


after it was discovered hidden inside an old piano.


The sovereigns are thought to be worth up to a quarter


of a million pounds, as our Midlands Correspondent


A piano which was donated to a college in Shropshire,


but just before Christmas, this man discovered hundreds


of coins in dusty hand-stitched packages underneath its keyboard.


I'd been called in to tune and repair this piano,


so I took out a couple of the keys and up in the top here,


and hey presto, there were some


So I quickly got my penknife and quickly undid one of the ends.


Experts say it's the largest gold sovereign hoard


It consists of more than 900 coins, most of which were made


Out of all these coins, this one is the oldest.


This one, however, was made in 1915 and that suggests the coins


We know there's 930 gold coins there, and that's more than six


kilos' worth of gold, that's worth a lot of money.


Back in the day when it was hid, in 1915, you could have bought


a four-bed town house with that, which is the equivalent


An inquest ruled it was unclear who the treasure really belonged to.


Now any reward will go to the college and the tuner.


I was actually dancing up and down so I do have emotions sometimes!


Let's get the weather now. A lovely jovial spirit, unfortunately they


haven't had the sunshine we have had. This is St Andrews, 19 Celsius,


no surprise we have had the best temperature is there. We have had a


lot of cloud elsewhere though and that's how it's been. That's how it


will be for many during the day tomorrow. You can see the extent of


the cloud overnight, with some showers in there. We do have another


weather front approaching in the north and that's with its wind will


become the main feature of the weather in the next 36 hours. The


head of that, chilly but mostly frost free. There could be some fog


south of the for tomorrow morning, but a different complexion to the


weather for the east of Scotland tomorrow morning. It will be windy,


damp, patchy rain coming into the north of England and Northern


Ireland through the day. I mentioned the fog, which will clear, then it


will be dry and cloudy with bright and sunny spells developing from


time to time. Where they do develop, 16 degrees, which is average for the


time of year. To the north of the weather front, introducing colder


air. Ten or 11 degrees at best tomorrow. Then that chilly air


gradually moved southwards as we go towards Saturday morning. The


showers are turning wintry on the hills of Scotland. Some bright it


breaks developing to the south and west and we could see 14, but it


will be a cold feeling day. In the Midlands feeling warmer with


sunshine and light winds. Feeling warm in the sunshine and light


winds, but distinctly unsettled for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland


and northern England later in the day and it gets cold next week.


And that's it, now