BBC News Daily: 2 May 2017

By Justin Parkinson
BBC News

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  • Labour promises 10,000 more police
  • 'Lucky' surfer survives 32 hours at sea
  • Selby holds on for third world snooker title
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There are 37 days to go until the general election and Labour's promising to put an extra 10,000 police on the beat in England and Wales if it wins. In a speech in Southampton later, leader Jeremy Corbyn will say a decline of 20,000 officers since 2010 is "unacceptable".

Labour claims it can pay for more police by reversing Conservative plans to cut capital gains tax. But policing minister Brandon Lewis describes the plan as "nonsensical", saying Mr Corbyn has "already spent the money for it three other ways" with other commitments.

Analysis: Why the talk of election deals and pacts?

By Peter Barnes, senior elections and political analyst

One reason is Brexit. It's a crucial issue for all of the parties and, significantly, one that cuts across parties but cleanly divides voters into two camps.

Other top stories

  • The row between the US and North Korea over missile testing takes another turn. A day after President Donald Trump said he'd be "honoured" to meet Kim Jong-un under the right circumstances, it's been announced that the US's Thaad missile system is "operational" in South Korea. This will allow the interception of North Korean missiles, the US says, although some people living near the site where Thaad's installed fear it could become a target for attacks.

What the papers say

Brexit dominates the front pages, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that EU officials are plotting to thwart Theresa May's plans for a deal for UK expats in Europe and migrants in the UK. The Daily Express describes the PM's "outrage" over leaks about Brexit talk details. And Metro claims relatives are paying 50p a minute to call patients in some NHS hospitals.

Daily digest

Nuclear power - Urgent action needed on post-Brexit regulation, say MPs

May-Juncker dinner - Row reports dismissed as "Brussels gossip"

Tea decoded - Scientists unlock plant's genetic secrets

'Wonderful woman' - Queen Elizabeth II play becomes a hit in Moscow

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Tuesday lookahead

Today Former Chancellor George Osborne starts work as editor of the London Evening Standard.

12:15 German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

On this day

1952 The world's first jet airliner, BOAC's Comet G-ALYP, takes off on its maiden flight from London to Johannesburg.

1997 Conservative leader John Major resigns as Tony Blair's Labour celebrates a landslide general election victory.

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