Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has inched forward, seeing its advantage over Labour widen as the parties brace for election week, the latest polls have shown. The Tories have made a two-point gain from 39 to 41 per cent between December 4 and December 6, according to polling data from BMG research. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party fell by one point to 32 per cent, narrowing the gap between the two leading parties just days before the December 12 general election. The Liberal Democrats made a small gains, edging up one point to 14 per cent. The Brexit Party also crept up one point and sit alongside the Green Party on four per cent.
Three days to go and this election race is Boris Johnson’s to lose. His task in the final days of campaigning is to consolidate the voter base he’s managed to build with his “Get Brexit Done” message. Jeremy Corbyn has to try to close the stubborn gap between the two parties by trying to convince voters that this election is about the bread and butter issues too – living standards, wages, the NHS. We have had five weeks of intense campaigning and yet nothing much has really changed in the Conservative-Labour run-off.
CHANNEL 4 has come under fire once again by the Tories after the television network revealed its line up of left-wing guests which are set to appear on its alleged “alternative” election night programme. The “alternative” broadcast will feature a variety of self-confessed left-wingers and Remainers which include Katherine Ryan, “Blairite” Matt Forde and former X-Factor contestant turned presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, who has previously described Brexit as a “s**t show”.
EU migrants have been able to “treat the UK as if it’s part of their own country” for too long, Boris Johnson said yesterday as he reprised the core message of Vote Leave’s 2016 EU referendum campaign. The prime minister guaranteed that migration would fall under his plan for an Australian-style points-based system after Britain left the European Union. The focus on migration, in stronger language, in the last days of the election campaign is intended to appeal to undecided Eurosceptic voters in Labour marginals.
BORIS Johnson has attacked Jeremy Corbyn for his “betrayal” of Brexit as he begins a 72-hour election blitz in Labour strongholds. The PM will declare there are “just three days” left to save Brexit from “sneering” Jeremy Cobyn amid Tory fears that tactical voting could force him from No10. Boris will accuse Mr Corbyn of “sticking two fingers up to the public” ahead of Thursday’s General Election. “Parliament has bent every rule and broken every convention as it has delayed, diluted and denied Brexit,” he will say.
Boris Johnson will on Monday begin his final push for Labour votes by urging those in Leave-supporting constituencies to reject Jeremy Corbyn’s “great betrayal” of Brexit. The Prime Minister will visit every region of England and Wales to tell voters that their instruction to leave the EU will be reversed by Islington-based Labour politicians “who sneer at your values and ignore your votes”. Labour, meanwhile, will try to steer the argument on to the economy by announcing they would begin renationalising rail, mail and utilities within the first 100 days of a Corbyn administration, despite independent economists saying the policy would mean the poor subsidising the wealthy.
Boris Johnson will spend the final 72 hours of the election campaign on a tour of marginal seats in Labour’s heartlands as he returns to the core messages of the Vote Leave campaign on migration and Brexit. The prime minister will visit a succession of target seats in the “red wall” of constituencies that have historically voted Labour but are now crucial to the Conservative Party’s hopes of winning the election. Mr Johnson will warn voters that they face a “great betrayal” under Jeremy Corbyn as he says that Labour MPs won their seats on a “false prospectus” of securing Brexit but subsequently “stuck two fingers up to the public”.
Boris Johnson will today embark on a blitz of Labour’s northern heartlands and accuse Jeremy Corbyn of a ‘Great Betrayal’ of Brexit voters. The Prime Minister will criticise the Labour Party for sneering at their values and ignoring their votes as he tours Leave-supporting seats in the North East. He will accuse Mr Corbyn of sticking ‘two fingers up to the public’ as campaigning ramps up ahead of Thursday’s General Election. Over the next 72 hours, Mr Johnson will visit every region of England and Wales, including West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire, East Anglia, North Wales and the South West.
Boris Johnson will march into Labour’s heartlands on Monday, amid growing confidence that a repeat of the “roar” that helped deliver Brexit will carry him to a general election victory this week. The prime minister will target Labour voters, including in Sunderland, which shocked the nation when 61 per cent of voters backed Leave in 2016, in one of the first results declared. The decision to campaign in traditional Labour areas, including Grimsby, comes on the back of an exclusive poll for The Independent suggesting a Tory victory remains the likely outcome.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was nervous about his narrowing lead in opinion polls ahead of Thursday’s election but pledged to deliver a “transformative” Brexit that will allow lower immigration. The Dec. 12 election will decide the fate of Brexit and the world’s fifth-largest economy with a stark choice between Johnson’s pro-market Conservatives and the socialist-led opposition Labour Party. “Brexit is the most radical and profound change to the management of this country,” Johnson told Sky.
For decades Labour has dominated in the northeast of England and support for the Tories was unthinkable in many communities. Now, because of Brexit, things are not quite so clear. Home to several marginal seats and a high proportion of Leave voters the area has been singled out by the Labour Party as a frontline battleground in the final push towards Thursday’s election. Following directions from London, Labour campaigners in the region have been intensifying efforts to secure loyal voters and try to pull back those teetering towards the Conservatives.
JOHN McDonnell has admitted that Labour’s tax plans will cost lower-paid couples £250. The shadow chancellor said married couples would be better off under Labour – despite many losing their £250 annual marriage allowance. He said Labour had been opposed to the Tory marriage incentive since its inception and had proposed scrapping the tax break – which only applies to couples where one person earns less than £12,500 in personal allowance – in their 2017 manifesto.
Labour progress in the election campaign has “stalled” and the party is running out of time to prevent Boris Johnson winning a Commons majority, a poll for The Independent has found. It shows the Conservatives are nine points ahead on 41 per cent, with election day looming on Thursday, with no sign that Jeremy Corbyn is winning over sufficient number of voters to pull off a shock. Labour had been successfully squeezing the Remain vote, at the cost of the Liberal Democrats – narrowing the Tory lead to six points a week ago – but the poll by BMG Research reveals no further progress.
Jeremy Corbyn will promise Britain’s jaded voters that a Labour government would put “money in your pocket”, as his party makes a last-ditch push to deprive Boris Johnson of a majority at Thursday’s general election. Amid concerns that Labour has overpromised with a blizzard of announcements during the six-week campaign, Corbyn will focus on the NHS and voters’ finances in the final crucial days of campaigning. At a series of stops in Wales on Sunday, the Labour leader highlighted policies including increasing the national living wage to £10 an hour, expanding free childcare, cutting household bills and providing free personal care for the over-65s.
Labour will on Monday set out radical plans to put workers on the boards of nationalised industries. John McDonnell will unveil plans to begin the process of nationalising water and energy companies within the first 100 days of a Labour government. The Shadow Chancellor will outline how each nationalised company will be governed by a board containing four elected worker representatives. The boards will also consist of elected politicians, four ‘citizen representatives’ and just three non-executive directors chosen by the company itself.
Labour will start nationalising water and energy companies within 100 days of taking office, John McDonnell will announce as the election campaign enters its final 72 hours. The shadow chancellor is expected to use a speech in London on Monday to announce the move, which will include “governing boards” made up of workers, politicians and customers. These boards will have to broadcast their decisions live on social media, he will say. Three days ahead of polling day, Mr McDonnell will also tell voters his first budget, to be held within weeks of Labour winning, will end austerity as its number one priority.
John McDonnell will promise to deliver a Budget to “end austerity”, in a speech setting out Labour’s priorities for its first 100 days in government. The shadow chancellor will also vow to get “money moving out of Whitehall and the City” if Labour win the election. And he will detail plans for “democratic control” of newly nationalised water and energy firms. The Conservatives are also pledging to increase public spending, but not on the same scale. They have criticised Labour’s spending plans as “reckless”, claiming they would lead to an economic crisis within months of the party taking office.
A former Labour member has described how two total strangers took just five minutes to decide that Jews are “subhuman” and should be “forced to eat bacon” when they met at party conference. Colin Appleby, 52, said two delegates who did not know each other sat across from him at breakfast and discussed the problem of Jews “complaining too much” and “having too much power” at the Liverpool conference in 2018. Mr Appleby, who is Jewish and resigned his membership and position as LGBT Officer in the Cities of London and Westminster Labour Party in in October 2018, said he was “shocked” to hear that two strangers could express anti-Semitism so openly.
The shadow chancellor has expressed his concern that the row over antisemitism in Labour may have an effect on the election result, adding that the party had “done everything we can possibly do” to tackle the problem. In a BBC One interview on Sunday morning, John McDonnell apologised to the Jewish community for “the suffering we’ve inflicted on them”. He added: “I say to them, we’re doing everything possible and we are going to learn more lessons and we want to be the shining example of anti-racism that the Labour party should be.”
Leaks suggest Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is not dealing with complaints of endemic antisemitism as it claims, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center puts the party at the top of its antisemitism list. While the British opposition party has claimed it is dealing with a deluge of complaints of antisemitism among its activists, leaked audio and files obtained by the Sunday Times suggest it is taking months, sometimes years to process cases — where it deals with them at all — with many people receiving only derisory sanctions or none at all.
Activist Mariatu Conteh was accused of telling a councillor at a party meeting that he was ‘licking the bum of Jews for money’. The nurse, from Peckham, south London, also shared a post with a fabricated quote from Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu which read: ‘Our Jewish agenda is to employ the tools of chaos magic – to use deception, lies, craft and magic – to obtain the conquest of the gentile world and establish our Jewish new world order.’ Labour took four months to process her case and in the end merely issued her with a formal warning – a sanction that has no ramifications.
Anti-Semitism in Labour will get worse as Jews are blamed for any general election defeat, a prominent former Labour MP has warned. Dame Louise Ellman, a Jewish MP who resigned from Labour in October, cited comments on Sunday by shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who suggested the party’s electoral chances had been damaged by the row over anti-semitism. “We are now preparing for a situation where the Jews are the scapegoat,” Ms Ellman said at the launch of Forced Out, a film on anti-Semitism in Labour. “I think that [Mr McDonnell’s comments] is part of the next stage.
POLLING guru Sir John Curtice has revealed what he describes as “the perhaps biggest surprise of the election campaign” – and it’s good news for Jeremy Corbyn and bad news for the Lib Dems. Sir John Curtice has predicted a surprise element of the latest general election polls. The polling guru revealed the Liberal Democrats ‘stop Brexit’ election pledge has led to the party’s downfall. According to Sir John, who is a professor of politics at Strathclyde University, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson would have hoped her party’s clear message would help secure support for Remain voters. However, the plan seems to have backfired – and it’s good news for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Banning non-essential non-recyclable single-use plastic within three years is among plans set out by the Liberal Democrats to tackle the climate emergency. The party said it would spend £100billion on the plans, which also include generating 80 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2030; ensuring all new cars sold are electric by 2030, and planting 60 million trees a year to increase UK forest cover. Launching its plans, the political party’s climate emergency spokesman Wera Hobhouse said: “The climate emergency is real. It’s upon us and we need to take radical action now.
Boris Johnson has admitted there will be some customs checks for goods after Brexit if they are destined for the Republic of Ireland. Speaking on Sunday, the prime minister also contradicted claims made by official government papers and his Brexit secretary, and continued to insist there will no checks between goods flowing between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. It comes after Jeremy Corbyn brandished leaked government papers on Friday showing a Treasury analysis of the prime minister’s proposed Brexit deal. The Labour leader said it offered “cold, hard evidence” the prime minister was misleading the public.
Boris Johnson has claimed a leaked Treasury document about checks on the Northern Ireland border is “wrong”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn obtained the document, claiming it proves there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit. Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Johnson said: “[This deal] allows the whole of the UK to come out of the EU including Northern Ireland and the only checks that there would be, would be if something was coming from GB via Northern Ireland and was going on to the Republic, then there might be checks at the border into Northern Ireland.”
Boris Johnson has restated his insistence there would no checks for goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, saying the Government documents shared by Labour were “wrong.” Mr Corbyn said on Friday that his party had obtained a confidential government report which he claimed was proof that there would be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit. But, in an interview on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Mr Johnson said the checks would not be on goods travelling into Britain from the six counties.
Northern Ireland customs arrangements may thwart Boris Johnson’s plan to leave the EU by December 2020, according to a document said to be leaked from civil servants in the Department for Exiting the EU. In the document, seen by the Financial Times, staff raised concerns about the readiness of the new customs arrangement, calling the protocol to keep part of the EU customs code in Northern Ireland, a “major” obstacle to Brexit delivery. The FT reported that the document was sent to senior Whitehall officials last week and said that implementing the Northern Ireland protocol before next December was a “strategic, political and operational challenge”.
An NHS leader has berated both main parties for misleading voters with election promises that are not enough to improve the health service. Boris Johnson would need to double his planned cash injection to truly transform the NHS and make up for a “lost decade” of funding squeezes, says Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, the hospitals’ membership group. Neither Mr Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn has offered “credible answers” to the problems facing the health service, Mr Hopson complains.
Politicians have “ducked” the big issues in health and social care during the election, a leading NHS boss says. At the start of the campaign, NHS Providers chief Chris Hopson urged parties not to make “empty promises” or create “unrealistic expectations”. There have since been manifesto pledges of millions more in NHS funding and extra staff from both main parties. But Mr Hopson says they have not offered “credible answers” to the NHS’s biggest challenges. The NHS has been a major issue during the campaign, with some polls suggesting voters place it of higher importance to them than Brexit.
Significant progress has been made in extending the lives of people with cancer and scientists should focus on helping them rather than solely on finding a cure, experts have said. Researchers said the hunt for a cure risked overshadowing advances that meant cancer was for many becoming a manageable long-term disease. The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) called for more focus on drugs that prevent cancer from evolving within a patient, giving those with advanced forms of the disease a “much longer and better life”.
Cancer should increasingly be seen as a manageable condition like diabetes rather than thought a death sentence, experts said last night. The Institute of Cancer Research says huge progress that allows patients to live longer is being overshadowed by a focus on the ‘Holy Grail’ of finding a cure. Survival time from cancer has roughly doubled in a decade, and the average patient now lives more than ten years after diagnosis.