Q: Was Lord Kerslake right to say, in the event of a hung parliament, your leadership would be on the agenda?
Corbyn says there are no talks with other parties. He is fighting to win it. He is not fighting to form a coalition.
Q: Isn’t it the case that the Americans will always want to put everything on the table?
Corbyn says these documents show that the two sides are starting to exchange treaty text. That suggests an agreement is close, he says.
He says Labour would not accept investor protection provisions.
Gardiner says Labour would not accept ISDS (investor state dispute settlement) provisions, or ICS (investment court system) provisions, a more modern alternative.
He also says Labour would not accept a negative list procedure. This is an arrangement that would mean everything would be open to competition, unless otherwise specified. He says this system does not protect countries from competition in the event of new services coming into existence.
Gardiner says other countries are adopting this approach to trade deals too.
Q: Was yesterday the worst day of our campaign so far?
Corbyn says he loves campaigning. Yesterday was another day when he went out to listen to people. He is horrified by what people tell him about inequality.
Jeremy Corbyn is now taking questions.
Q: [From Sky] Are you saying any trade deal with the US will be impossible without putting the NHS on the table?
Q: [From ITV] Why would any British government do a deal that would make drugs more expensive in the UK? And do you accept President Trump’s claim the NHS will not be on the table?
Barry Gardiner, the shadow trade minister, answers on trade.
He says there are four ways in which a trade deal can impact on the NHS: through the dispute settlement system; through what gets included; through changes to the patent regime; and through changes to the data regime.
Q: [From the BBC] Do you have any evidence that ministers, as opposed to officials, agreed to the NHS being on the table in the talks?
Corbyn says ministers sanctioned these talks, they were aware of the talks, and they declined to publish this information.
Gardiner says George Hollingbery, a trade minister, was involved.
Q: [From Sky] You did not apologise last night over antisemitism in the Labour party. Is that because you think you have not done anything wrong?
Q: [From ITV] You say you are on the side of people. Does that include Jewish people?
Q: [From the BBC] Do you accept the need to apologise to the Jewish community?
Corbyn says antisemitism affects a tiny proportion of the party membership. But one is one too many.
He says he accepts what the chief rabbi said yesterday.
But there are many others in the Jewish community who do support Labour, he says.
He says he is committed to getting rid of the scourge of racism in our society.
He says the government he will lead would be the most anti-racist you have ever seen.
At the news conference copies of the documents are now being handed out to journalists.
Corbyn says new evidence disproves Johnson’s argument that Labour’s claim about threat to NHS an ‘invention’
Corbyn raises some specific points from the UK-US trade talks.
He says page 43 shows how the Americans offered to give the British their lines to use to defend chlorinated chicken.
And he says page 17 shows how the Americans refused to allow a mention of climate change in the deal.
Corbyn reveals dossier of official documents that he says proves NHS ‘up for sale’ in UK-US trade talks
Jeremy Corbyn is speaking now.
He says, although only redacted documents of the talks between UK and US officials were released in response to a freedom of information request, Labour has now obtained 451 pages of documents about what was discussed.
A Channel 4 Dispatches investigation first revealed these talks.
Corbyn brandishes the new documents. He says they leave “Boris Johnson’s denials in absolute tatters”.
He says these papers show that “the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale” in a UK-US trade deal.
There have been six rounds of talks, he says. But he says effectively it is all one negotiation.
At the event Labour has just shown a short film featuring Jeremy Corbyn challenging Boris Johnson in the ITV debate last week over private meetings between UK and US officials about including health in a trade deal.
Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS speech
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price says Boris Johnson should apologise for anti-gay slur
Adam Price, the Plaid Cymru leader, has urged Boris Johnson to apologise for referring to gay men as “bum boys” in newspaper column in the past. Price has been taking part in a BBC phone-in on BBC News and Radio 5 Live, and he was asked who he would rather have a pint with, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn. Price, who is gay, replied:
Not Boris Johnson … It has to be Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn has not called people like me a bum boy … Why can’t people just say the most powerful word, sorry?
Johnson was specifically asked about his use of the term “bum boys” in a newspaper column on Question Time on Friday night. Fiona Bruce put it to him that this was one of several examples of his having used racist or homophobic language. Johnson refused to apologise.
Price said that he thought politicians should be willing to apologise, and he said Jeremy Corbyn should also have apologised in his Andrew Neil interview last night for his handling of the antisemitism issue. Price said:
I think people respond well to politicians holding their hand up and saying I got it wrong.
Johnson used the term “bum boys” in a 1998 column about the resignation of Peter Mandelson.
In his Today interview Robert Jenrick was also asked about this specific complaint about Islamophobia in the Conservative party. A deputy chair of Stourbridge Conservative association resigned in protest at the attitude taken by fellow Tories when interviewing a Muslim who wanted to stand as a council candidate.
In response to a question about this incident, Jenrick said:
Well that’s the first I’ve heard of that allegation, if that’s correct, and it’s extremely serious and deserves to be investigated and action deserves to be taken.