TV debate

Independent
A planned leaders’ debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn has been cancelled after the prime minister refused to take part. The Channel 4 debate, which was scheduled for Sunday, would have been the second direct clash between Mr Johnson and the Labour leader after a contest on ITV this week. But despite agreement from Labour, a producer announced on Thursday evening that the programme had been cancelled just days before it was supposed to air.

Conservative Party

Telegraph
Boris Johnson will force foreign buyers to pay extra for homes in England and use the money to tackle homelessness. At the moment, non-residents pay the same stamp duty rate as people living in the UK. Johnson has announced that they will be subject to a 3 percent surcharge if the Conservatives win a majority. This means foreign-based buyers would have to pay up to 18 per cent in stamp duty. The Conservatives have estimated the policy would apply to up to 70,000 sales a year and raise up to £120 million a year, and this money will be directed at programmes to help tackle rough sleeping.

Independent
Overseas buyers of homes in England will pay higher taxes if Boris Johnson wins the general election, as he attempts to fight off accusations that he leads the party of the rich. The Conservatives would introduce a 3 per cent stamp-duty surcharge for non-UK residents – whether the buyer is an individual or a company – with the resulting £120m used to tackle the rough-sleeping crisis.

Times
The Conservatives have been accused of a retreat on social care as they revealed plans that campaigners said could turn into “an excuse for more dither and delay”. Concrete policies on the issue have been excluded from the Conservative manifesto, which will include only a broad pledge to fix the system and a guarantee to find a solution that means no one will have to sell their homes to pay for care.

Independent
The Conservatives have come under fire for kicking social care policy into the long grass over after it emerged a long-awaited overhaul of vital care has been left out of the party’s manifesto. Scarred by the disastrous “dementia tax” policy which derailed Theresa May’s 2017 campaign, Matt Hancock announced £1bn a year to fund the sector over the next five years but delayed making any firm decisions until cross-party consensus could be found in parliament.

Labour Party

Sun
LABOUR suffered a day of chaos yesterday with a manifesto launch that threatened tax raids on business and failed to address key issues — including Brexit. Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for a windfall tax on oil ­companies were blasted as an “obituary” for the industry and likely to put thousands of jobs at risk. And he continued to sit on the fence over our departure from the European Union — refusing to say if Labour would back Leave or Remain in a second referendum.

Express
BREXIT voters have hit back at Labour’s Dawn Butler after she told them there was “something wrong with you” if they did not have a strong aversion for the UK’s departure from the EU. The key ally of Jeremy Corbyn made the controversial comments at a ‘Love Socialism’ meeting alongside shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry. As Ms Butler stands and tells guests that she does not believe people who like Brexit are normal, Ms Thornberry can be seen chuckling in a video posted on social media.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn’s claim he can raise an eye-watering £83billion in tax to fund ‘colossal’ state spending without hurting ordinary workers was ridiculed by the respected IFS think-tank today. The Labour leader has been accused of plotting to take a ‘sledgehammer to the UK economy’ after unveiling an extraordinary hard-Left manifesto, vowing to tear up the ‘political establishment’.  The bonanza on day-to-day spending – the running costs of services and benefits – includes a bewildering array of bribes for voters, from free broadband to abolishing tuition fees, with big rises in benefits and pay bumps for the public sector.

Independent
Labour has backed the new HS2 rail line and said it will extend the project to Scotland, under plans detailed in the party’s manifesto. Under the policy the journey from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow would be cut to two and a half hours hours – down from four today – likely eliminating the need for vast numbers of domestic flights and slashing CO2 emissions.

Mirror
The Labour Party has said it would give all non-UK citizens living in UK the right to vote at general elections if it forms the next government. Currently only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens are allowed to vote in general elections. Other foreign nationals living in Britain can vote only in local elections and European elections. But Labour’s plan would enfranchise millions of people who work and pay taxes in the UK.

BBC News
Labour has launched its general election manifesto, promising to “transform” the UK and to renationalise rail, mail, water and energy. Leader Jeremy Corbyn also vowed “a green transformation” of the economy, aiming to get the UK “on track” for a net-zero carbon system by the 2030s. The 105 page manifesto includes a windfall tax on oil firms and scrapping rises in the state pension age.

Sun
LABOUR last night vowed to keep free movement for EU citizens and to allow tens of thousands more immigrants from the rest of the world into Britain. Leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to tear up rules which mean new arrivals must be earning at least £18,600 if they want their families to join them. His party also said it would not put any limit on the number of people moving to Britain.

Telegraph
Jeremy Corbyn was accused of masking the true cost of his manifesto as economists said an £83 billion tax blitz on the middle class and business will not cover the “biggest spending increase in peacetime history”. The Labour leader committed to more than £800 billion of extra spending over the next five years, but failed to put a price on other policies that will eventually cost an estimated £500 billion more. Economists told him to “stop pretending” he could pay for it all just by taxing the rich and said he should admit to ordinary working families that the cost “will need to be widely shared”, meaning tax rises for all.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn today promised to launch a formal inquiry into the impact of ‘Britain’s colonial legacy’ if the UK elects a Labour government on December 12.  Mr Corbyn unveiled Labour’s general election manifesto at an event in Birmingham this morning.  His blueprint for the UK includes a proposal to ‘conduct an audit’ examining the lasting impact of the British Empire.  The probe would aim to assess the UK’s ‘contribution to the dynamics of violence and insecurity’ in areas previously under British control.

Times
Jeremy Corbyn has presented the most expensive manifesto in British political history, with plans to expand the state to its largest size since the Second World War. The Labour leader announced plans yesterday for an £83 billion spree, with huge increases to Whitehall budgets across the board and a 5 per cent pay rise for all 5.4 million public sector workers. Labour’s “colossal” tax-and-spend plans would be funded by increases to business levies that one independent expert said would give Britain the “most punitive corporate tax system in the world”.

Express
JEREMY CORBYN’S plan to scrap university tuition fees has been brutally destroyed by Express.co,uk readers, who have raged they will not have their taxes hiked to pay for the multi-billion pound proposal, and accused the Labour Party of buying student votes for the general election. The Labour Party unveiled its manifesto on Thursday of the crunch election on December 12 and during the launch, attended by hundreds of students, Jeremy Corbyn repeated the party’s pledge to scrap university tuition fees.

Morning Star
LABOUR’S Real Change manifesto is offering a once-in-a-generation chance to transform Britain with a radical, green programme that puts power in the hands of the people. As Labour’s critics sneer that Jeremy Corbyn’s radical policies would take Britain back to the 1970s, this manifesto actually shows that Labour will ensure we’ll still be around in the 2070s. After years of the Tories trashing our public services, NHS, environment, and allowing the billionaires to rule the roost, this manifesto puts power back in the hands of the people.

Express
JEREMY CORBYN yesterday threatened a crippling tax raid on households and business to fund a spending spree costing more than £80billion a year if Labour seizes power at the general election. In a chilling warning to Middle Britain, the hard-Left Labour leader unveiled an election manifesto pledging an immediate 5% pay hike across the public sector and a windfall tax on oil companies that could send fuel prices soaring.

Mail
More than 135,000 pupils could be forced into the state sector by Labour plans to impose VAT on private school fees, analysis suggests. Labour confirmed it would saddle fee-paying parents with punitive taxes – and suggests private schools could be abolished.  The party admitted 30,000 pupils could be affected by the move – but an independent analysis concluded the real figure could be more than 20 per cent of pupils into the state sector – which amounts to about 135,000.

Times
Private schools will be forced to pay VAT under a Labour  government in a move that head teachers warned could result in 100,000 children turning up at state schools looking for places. The manifesto stated that the party would “close the tax loopholes enjoyed by elite private schools”, suggesting that the business rate exemption would be scrapped and that VAT would be levied for the first time.

Mail
A Labour government would reduce the number of short prison sentences handed out and instead place an emphasis on rehabilitating criminals in the community, Jeremy Corbyn announced today.  The Labour leader’s 2019 general election manifesto contains a pledge to introduce a presumption against jailing criminals for six months or less for certain crimes.

LibDems

Telegraph
This has been the most important week of the election campaign. Yes, the manifesto launches mattered, as did the ITV leadership debate, but something else happened, which has the potential to swing the result in scores of seats. The Lib Dems have stopped trying to win. Jo Swinson and her party have quietly shelved their lofty ambition of seizing control of Number 10.

ITV News
A Liberal Democrat government would commit to building 300,000 new homes a year. A third of the homes planned by the Lib Dems would be social rented homes, with a £10 billion capital infrastructure investment to support this. In the year to June 2019, a total of 173,660 house builds were completed, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Breitbart
The Liberal Democrats have branded the vote to leave the EU, one of the largest expressions of democratic will in British political history, a “national humiliation”. The Lib Dems vowed in their manifesto published on Wednesday that they “will stop Brexit”, “revoke Article 50”, and force the country to “stay in the European Union” if they gain enough seats in the House of Commons to form a government. “In other circumstances, we will continue to fight for a people’s vote [second referendum] with the option to stay in the EU, and in that vote, we would passionately campaign to keep the UK in the EU,” the manifesto pledged.

The Brexit Party

Independent
An anti-Brexit campaign group has bought the website “thebrexitparty.com” and is offering to sell it to Nigel Farage for over a million pounds. Led By Donkeys said the entire fee, which will increase by £50,000 each day, would be donated to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. The move comes after Brexit Party lawyers contacted Led By Donkeys asking them to remove their logo from the site. The party said the campaign group is refusing to transfer the domain name, which is similar to their official site “thebrexitparty.org”.

Telegraph
One of the least trusted terms in the English language is “manifesto”. In a word association test, many people equate it with “lie”. This is because politics has become so cynical in recent years. Parties make promises in their manifestos which they think voters want to hear, yet have no intention of keeping them. For these reasons, The Brexit Party is instead launching a contract with the British people. We trust that this word speaks for itself.

Guardian
Nigel Farage has faced renewed criticism for discussing tropes and conspiracy theories associated with the far right and antisemitism after it emerged he said migration would “imperil the future of our civilisation” and called Goldman Sachs “the enemy”. In an interview earlier this year with a tiny UK evangelical Christian TV channel, Revelation TV, the Brexit party leader alleged that banks and multinational corporations were trying to create a dictatorial world government.

Mail
Nigel Farage could help keep Boris Johnson in power amid signs today that his Brexit Party is succeeding in sucking votes away from Labour in Leave-supporting areas. Mr Farage stood down candidates contesting Tory-held constituencies but continues to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the December 12 general election. And there are signs that it is working, with Labour’s Melanie Onn facing losing her Great Grimsby seat on the North Sea to the Conservatives, despite a 2,565 majority.

EU

Express
Lord Tebbit has predicted the EU will cave on certain demands in order to find a mutually beneficial relationship with Britain following the conclusion of Brexit. The former Chairman of the Conservative Party said he was confident due to his own experience of working with the EU. He argued once Brexit was done the EU would become “perfectly sensible” and look to find a solution that benefited both sides, he said in an interview with Express.co.uk.

iNews
Sir Keir Starmer has warned that Britain “won’t go back to normal” after Brexit or after a vote to remain in the EU. The shadow Brexit secretary said the country will remain divided regardless of the decision made after his party’s proposed second referendum. The claim came on the same day his party released its General Election manifesto with a promise to negotiate a new deal with the EU and hold a second referendum on the issue within six months.

Independent
The EU is “open to” Labour’s Brexit policy of renegotiating the Brexit agreement to include a customs union and single market membership, Leo Varadkar has said. Asked about the Labour manifesto the Irish leader told public broadcaster RTE that the bloc would be “very happy” with sitting down with “whoever is prime minister” and that the opposition’s policy would not be a problem.

Express
THE European Union would sit down with Jeremy Corbyn to renegotiate a soft Brexit if the Labour Party delivers a shock general election victory, Leo Varadkar has said. The Irish premier signalled the bloc’s leaders would be “very happy” to discuss a customs union and single market alignment with the winner of next month’s snap ballot. Brussels is currently preparing to negotiate a much looser future relationship with Britain, which Boris Johnson has proposed as part of his new withdrawal agreement.

Breitbart
France faces yet another record-breaking year for asylum applications after Senator François-Noël Buffet claimed that there had been a 12 per cent increase in asylum applications since 2018. The previous year saw 123,000 asylum applications, a record year the surpassed the previous highest in 2017.

Post

Telegraph
The boss of Royal Mail has blamed strike action for delaying its transformation plan, warning fraught industrial relations could push it to a loss in the UK. Shares plunged more than 14pc to 198.4p after the FTSE 250 company also signalled that weak economic growth and a decline in the number of letters being sent could weigh on its domestic business. The company reported higher sales and profits for the six months to September, but warned that poor industrial relations were  slowing its ability to change, and admitted its turnaround scheme was behind schedule.

Road travel

Mail
Half of Britain’s 41million drivers think the nation’s crumbling roads are getting worse. Forty-nine per cent of motorists said the condition of their local roads – those other than motorways and A-roads – had deteriorated in the last year, according to the RAC. The majority blamed potholes and other surface issues. Just 11 per cent said conditions had improved, and 40 per cent said there was no real change.

Rail travel

Times
Millions of commuters face chaos for almost all of December after the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said it would go ahead with the longest strike in the history of Britain’s railways. Workers on the South Western Railway will strike on 27 out of 31 days next month after talks collapsed. After accounting for the Christmas and Boxing Day shutdown, it means that a full service will only run on two days — December 1 and December 12, the day of the general election.

Andrew

Times
A petition has been launched to strip Prince Andrew of the title Earl of Inverness as he quits his Huddersfield University chancellor role after the Queen sacked him from Royal duties. The Duke of York has held the title Earl of Inverness it since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986. But locals say it’s ‘inappropriate’ following revelations about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Sun
SMILING Prince Andrew travelled to ­Buckingham Palace yesterday to tell his most loyal aide she was being sacked. Private Secretary Amanda Thirsk was fired by the Queen over the TV interview which ended the Duke’s frontline royal career. Her Majesty is also expected to order the Duke of York and all his staff out of their Buckingham Palace offices. Pressure from horrified family members has even forced Andrew, 59, to cancel a planned trip to Bahrain via private jet this weekend.

Norovirus

Sun
AN OUTBREAK of norovirus has hit 60 schools with some forced to close their doors, it’s reported. Health officials were called in after hundreds of children were off sick across the North East of England this week. Local authorities are working with Public Health England’s health protection team due to the high number of absences of both staff and pupils. Three schools in County Durham have had to shut for a deep clean to prevent the spread of infection, reports Chronicle Live.

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