TV debate

Mail
The BBC was last night accused by a prominent Labour  supporter of picking ‘the most Left-wing’ election debate audience ever. Senior Tories reacted furiously after the supposedly ‘balanced’ group jeered criticism of Jeremy Corbyn on the programme. Even BBC presenter Mishal Husain was heckled when she pointed out that he had been unable to set out the cost of his flagship child care policy the previous day. The Labour leader was repeatedly cheered despite a meandering performance in which he was accused of treating taxpayers’ cash like ‘Monopoly money’. George Eaton, political editor of the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine, said: ‘This feels like the most Left-wing audience in any TV debate.’ A senior Conservative  source attacked the BBC saying it was ‘quite astonishing just how badly they picked the audience’. 

Sun
VIEWERS criticised the BBC Election Debate as “biased” as many appeared convinced this evening the audience carried more Labour supporters. People reacted on Twitter claiming the debate filmed in Cambridge this evening was “ridiculously biased”. Social media users immediately complained about the balance of the audience who clapped and cheered points made by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Warren Allsworth wrote: “BBC. This is not good enough. As a middle ground voter even I can see that this audience is so biased to the left it’s laughable.”

Westmonster
Nigel Farage has called for sackings over the overtly biased BBC election audience in last night’s televised leaders’ debate. Westmonster warned weeks ago that having the debate in an area that voted 74% Remain was bound to be massively skewed and unrepresentative. It was apparent to anyone with eyes and ears that the crowd were audibly more supportive of the hard left candidates, booing Amber Rudd and Paul Nuttall, despite polls consistently showing  widespread approval for things like controlling  immigration. Even the left-wing commentariat agreed: Speaking on LBC, Farage said: “There were a very large number of paid up Corbynistas in that audience, they were cheering him and that’s fine, provided you have balance.” He then said that there should be “sackings of senior BBC executives quickly and in the long term”.

ITV News
Theresa May’s decision to miss a major television debate ahead of the General Election came under fire after Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise decision to take part. The Prime Minster said she wanted to speak directly with voters instead of “squabbling” with other party leaders so Home Secretary Amber Rudd was sent out to represent the Conservative party instead, despite her father dying just two days earlier. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron slammed the Prime Minister for “running away” from the BBC debate in Cambridge on Wednesday evening. 
He said: “Good leaders don’t run away from a debate. Theresa May should undoubtedly be here.

Telegraph
Amber Rudd accused Jeremy Corbyn of being good at “defending the terrorists” and of believing in a “magic money tree” as the pair clashed during a fiery election debate. The Home Secretary, taking part in place of Theresa May who opted to boycott the event, criticised Mr Corbyn for opposing anti-terror legislation as she sought to paint the Labour leader as a danger to national security. Ms Rudd also ridiculed Mr Corbyn’s plans for public spending which she said showed there is “no tax you don’t want to rise”.

Sky News
A noisy and ill-tempered TV election debate began and ended with Jeremy Corbyn and the UK’s minor parties condemning Theresa May for failing to turn up. In a seven-way debate, Home Secretary Amber Rudd stood in for the Prime Minister and was attacked over the Government’s record in office in a 90-minute showdown that was at times a shouting match. Several times, BBC presenter Mishal Hussein, who was chairing the debate, struggled to be heard above the squabbling among the politicians taking part. It was the clashes between Mr Corbyn – who only announced hours before the debate that he would take part – and Ms Rudd that were the most heated during the debate, with angry disagreements on the economy, Brexit, immigration and terrorism.

BBC News
Theresa May’s political rivals lined up to criticise her for not taking part in a seven-way general election debate. She was accused of lacking “guts” and of “running away from the debate” during the 90 minute BBC TV event. Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who represented the Conservatives, said “part of being a good leader is having a good, strong team”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did not directly attack Mrs May’s absence as he clashed with Ms Rudd over cuts. The prime minister ruled out appearing on televised debates soon after calling the election.

Mail
Amber Rudd tonight warned Britons they had ‘seen the coalition of chaos in action’ at a furious seven-way debate on live TV. The Home Secretary lashed Labour 
leader Jeremy Corbyn over his refusal to promise lower immigration if he upsets the odds to win next week.And she slammed Mr Corbyn’s ‘chilling’ boast he had opposed anti-terror laws for 30 years.But the Tory minister faced ridicule as she stood in for Theresa May, who swerved the debate by insisting she had better things to do than ‘swap soundbites’ on TV. Mr Corbyn made a last minute decision to turn up and used the unruly bout to try and press the case for his ‘transformation’ of Britain.

Westmonster
Paul Nuttall put the other party leaders in their place with some cold, hard, honest facts about mass migration. The UKIP boss said he wants skilled migrants and a points-based immigration system but did what UKIP do best – said what everybody else is too scared to say. Nuttall said: “Good skilled migrants, yes, come here, but population control is key. We’ll have 80 million population by middle of the century if it carries on unchanged. That means more school building programmes, hospitals, rail networks and houses. “We’ll have to build a house every seven minutes under that system. Reduce immigration and have an Australian-style points-based system.”

Mirror
There are just 8 days left to the 2017 general election – and last night saw the big showdown between Jeremy Corbyn, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and five other senior politicians and party leaders. They clashed with SNP  Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas. Theresa May faced criticism afterwards for allowing Ms Rudd to take part in the broadcast just 48 hours after the death of her dad. The Home Secretary suffered a tough time during the debate. She was jeered at one point after asking the audience to “judge us on our record”.

UKIP
Talking about the BBC Election Debate that took place in Cambridge on Thursday night, UKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle said, “It’s clear that Paul Nuttall showed a resolve, courage and leadership that has been lacking from the rest of the Westminster establishment. “Paul spoke to people in Britain who are living in the real world. Unlike the others he was honest, direct, and confident about the future of Britain. “Despite a blanket of denial from the other speakers, he was prepared to talk about the real threats faced by our society. He was prepared to call out Islamic Extremism for what it is rather than simply restate the platitudes we are so used to. He was realistic about the impact of immigration on jobs and our public services.

EU

Express
EUROCRATS are preparing for the “very likely” scenario that the Brexit talks will collapse within just weeks of starting, it was claimed today. EU officials are reportedly exasperated by the “tough” approach of Theresa May and fear the talks may not even clear the first hurdle. The revelations come after one of Brussels’ own former judges tore into the bloc’s negotiating strategy, calling it “exaggerated” and “dangerous”. According to the German broadcaster n-tv, quoting a high ranking official, eurocrats are increasingly resigned to the fact that there will be no deal over Brexit.  Senior figures in Brussels apparently blame the impasse on Mrs May’s intransigence over their demands on financial contributions and citizens’ rights.

Express
DOZENS of EU initiatives and bodies covering everything from food production to defence could face having their spending slashed after Brexit, a leaked report reveals today. Brussels has gone into overdrive as the realisation dawns that the loss of tens of billions of pounds from one of its largest net contributors will have wide-reaching financial repercussions.  A report, compiled by EU parliament officials and obtained by express.co.uk, shows the extent to which MEPs are now planning for a much more frugal future and details which programmes could face the spending axe. They include everything from the gargantuan Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), used predominantly to keep French farmers in business, through to agencies key to the EU’s migration and defence policies. 

Climate change

Telegraph
Donald Trump is poised to back out of the landmark global deal to tackle climate change agreed in Paris last year in what could prove to be a major blow in curbing dangerous carbon emissions. The Paris Agreement commits almost 200 countries to ensure that the average global temperature doesn’t rise by more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, by cutting down on high-carbon energy and fuels. The UN deal was hailed by former US President Barack Obama as a “turning point” in the fight against climate change which would “open the floodgates for low-carbon innovation at a scale we haven’t seen before”. But President Trump’s latest attack on his predecessor’s political legacy could have far-reaching implications.

ITV News
Donald Trump could be set to withdraw the US from landmark global climate agreement the ‘Paris accord’ – a deal which unites most of the world in a singular focus to reduce carbon emissions. According to a White House official the president is expected to withdraw from the pact and aides are looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit, although no final decision has yet been made. Mr Trump has suggested in a tweet on Wednesday that he will announce his final decision on where the US stands in regard to the Paris Accord in the “next few days”.

Breitbart
Statements by the European Union and China trailed ahead of Paris Climate Deal meetings this week suggest the two powers intend to push ahead with the potentially damaging pact, despite the apparent withdrawal of the U.S. Draft leaders’ statements seen by Politico ahead of the summit, due to take place Thursday and Friday, suggest China and the EU are to deepen cooperation without the U.S., amidst widespread reports that President Donald Trump is to pull his nation out of the 2015 accord. The legally binding 2017 deal signing would enhance the requirements upon global nations, forcing signatories to limit human economic activity, and rich countries to provide “climate finance” to poor nations, paying for their renewable energy projects. This climate finance fund is expected to cost some $100 billion a year.

Immigration

Independent
Labour has reportedly drawn up a draft policy paper to allow unskilled migrants into the UK after Brexit. It proposes bringing back a special visa scheme for people seeking “low-skilled, unskilled and seasonal work” in the UK. The policy paper, seen by the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, also proposes axeing rules which stop foreign spouses coming to the UK if their partner earns less than £18,600 per year.

Breitbart
The Labour Party has drawn up secret plans to facilitate mass, unskilled, and seasonal immigration even after Brexit, as well as throwing open the doors to asylum seekers and their families. The party’s election manifesto makes no mention of either policy, promising only to put in place “fair rules and reasonable management of migration”. But a leaked policy document seen by the Daily Mail reveals the party has ambitions to continue the flow of unskilled migration into Britain even after the country leaves the European Union – despite immigration being second only to the sovereignty issue in the list of people’s reasons to vote for Brexit last year.

Express
JEREMY Corbyn is plotting “uncontrolled” immigration if he wins the election, Theresa May warned today. The Prime Minister’s stark prediction comes after a leaked document revealed a secret Labour plan to open the door to thousands of unskilled foreign workers. The post-Brexit immigration plot would revive visas for migrants and allow them to compete with Britons for unskilled, low-skilled and seasonal jobs. Mr Corbyn today denied the confidential paper was a policy document but refused to rule out implementing the plan if he becomes Prime Minister. Labour’s election manifesto promises new fair rules and reasonable management of migration in the economy’s interests but does not spell out new routes for low-skilled migration.

Westmonster
Leader of Italy’s eurosceptic Northern League party, Matteo Salvini, has hit out at the EU’s policy of towing boats from Libya to Italy. “You can’t any longer speak about immigration but about an invasion organised, funded and planned by Brussels with the complicity of Rome,” he said. Salvini added that he believed the ruling Democratic Party were “an accomplice to this invasion along with the left-wing cooperatives and the pseudo-aid associations,” referring to the belief of many in the country that charities and NGOs are working with people smugglers  to bring more and more people into Europe. He added that he was waiting for the election, which the media are speculating  could be announced any day now, amid a shakeup in the Italian electoral system, so that “Italy can defend its borders again”.

Sun
THERESA May lashed out at Jeremy Corbyn for wanting “uncontrolled migration” after a secret Labour plan emerged.
The PM also warned voters not to give him the chance to heap pressure on public services and drive down wages with a fresh influx. Mrs May said the leaked Labour policy document – which proposed a visa scheme to allow unskilled workers into Britain after Brexit – was proof that uncontrolled migration would continue with Mr Corbyn in No 10. 

UKIP
Labour will ‘Turbocharge Immigration’ by calling in 100’s of thousands unskilled immigrants threatening working class wages and jobs. “The leaked Labour document makes it crystal clear that Labour has no intention of controlling immigration; in fact Labour wants to turbocharge it, encouraging millions of immigrants to come to the UK, especially unskilled ones”, said John Bickley, the UKIP immigration spokesman. “Labour simply doesn’t care about the impact 100’s of thousands of unskilled migrants will have on working class jobs, wages, school places, hospital beds, GP appointments and social cohesion. Labour no longer represents the working class of this country; it’s more interested in farming and nurturing votes from ethnic communities who they believe to be a Labour client state.

NHS

Times
GPs will receive half the money saved when they cut the number of drugs given to elderly patients in care homes under a scheme that has been condemned by doctors’ leaders. Bosses in Oxfordshire want to give GP surgeries a “financial incentive to reduce prescribing costs” by sharing savings from giving fewer medicines to the frail elderly. Patient leaders criticised the plan as a “bribe” and doctors said that it was wrong to focus on cost-cutting rather than patient needs. Many experts believe that vulnerable elderly people often take too many drugs that do little good and may cause side-effects, with an estimated third of the over-75s taking more than four medicines.

Mail
Four in ten health trusts are planning to slash the number of routine operations they fund in an attempt to save money, a think-tank warns today. This would lead to patients facing much longer waits for non-urgent procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgery, or being denied them altogether. The King’s Fund said National Health Service managers were increasingly having to make ‘tough decisions’ on how to spend their money. The think-tank surveyed the financial directors of 48 Clinical Commissioning Groups – local health trusts – on their priorities for 2017/18. Seven said they had already decided to reduce the amount of ‘activity’ – or operations – and 13 said it was ‘under review’. 

Sky News
Patients face rationing of NHS care unless the next Government commits significantly more funding to the service, a leading health think-tank has told Sky News. The King’s Fund says that after the deepest funding squeeze in health service history the NHS is “approaching a crisis” that will see patients suffer. The warning comes as new research reveals 50% of NHS areas will have to delay or cancel spending to meet financial targets, and four in 10 are already planning to reduce the amount of treatment they carry out, including elective procedures such as hip replacements. Meanwhile, health spokesmen for all three main parties have set out their priorities in a Sky News special report on the state of the NHS, the public service that voters consistently say they value above all others.

Times
Patients in almost half the country face longer waits for surgery as NHS bosses seek to save money by refusing treatment just weeks after a “green light” for more rationing. Half of local health chiefs questioned said they were planning to restrict services to cut costs, with surgery and mental health a “prime target”, prompting warnings of patients waiting in pain for treatment. Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, said in March that a target to ensure that 92 per cent of patients had procedures such as hip replacements or cataract removal within 18 weeks would be abandoned for the foreseeable future so that the health service could focus on other priorities.

Polls

Times
The Conservative lead has fallen to a campaign low of three points in the latest YouGov poll for The Times. The poll, conducted over the past two days, puts the Conservatives on 42 per cent, down one point since the end of last week, and the lowest level since early April, before Theresa May called the general election. With a week to go until voting, Labour scored its highest poll result since February 2014: 39 per cent, up three. The Lib Dems were on 7 per cent, down two points and Ukip on 4 per cent. The Tory lead over Labour is the lowest since April last year when Conservative infighting on Europe briefly put Jeremy Corbyn’s party in the lead.

Express
JEREMY Corbyn’s Labour Party could prevent Theresa May’s Conservatives from winning an overall majority at the 2017 general election, a new projection has predicted. Here is the latest news on the general election, with live updates and the most recent UK opinion polls. Theresa May’s bid to increase her Commons majority has been plunged into chaos after a recent poll showed the Labour party have reduced the Conservatives’ lead to just three points with only a week to go until Britain goes to the polls. The YouGov poll for the Times, conducted over past two days (May 30-31), puts the Tories on 42 per cent with the Labour party close behind on 39 per cent. The Tories three point lead is the lowest of the campaign so far, while Labour’s 39 per cent is the party’s highest poll result since February 2014.

Independent
Labour is closing the gap with Tories and now stands just three points from Theresa May’s party, a new YouGov poll shows. The poll, commissioned by 
The Times, found the Conservative lead has slipped dramatically in recent weeks and is now within the margin of error. The figures show the Conservatives on 42 points but Labour are close behind on 39.  Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are struggling to maintain the momentum of their “fightback” as they slip to just 7 per cent vote share. The poll points to a remarkable change in fortunes for the Tories, which had a 24-point lead over Labour when the snap general election was called in April. 

Express
A NEW poll claiming the General Election will lead to major Tory losses also shows Theresa May’s party gaining a large majority. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are rounding on the YouGov survey which suggests Theresa May would lose 20 seats, but the figure should not be taken at face value. The poll also found Labour would gain 28 while the Lib Dems would gain one, the SNP would lose four and the Greens and Plaid Cymru would have one each. This would leave the Tories with 310 seats – 16 short of the 326 needed for an overall Commons majority and would produce a hung parliament.

Air pollution

Independent
Labour has moved well ahead of the Tories in the 25-34 age group with just over a week to go until the general election, according to a new poll. While younger voters between the ages of 18 and 24 have consistently backed the party, it has now taken the lead among those aged between 25 and 34.  The latest poll by ICM/
The Guardian puts Labour on 43 per cent and the Conservatives on 34 among that demographic. Manifesto pledges by Labour which could appeal to the 25-34 age group include the promise not to raise taxes for low and middle income earners while increasing tax for the richest group. For young families – or those who would like to start one – attractive promises include the pledge to extend free child care for two-year-olds and to provide free school lunches for all primary school children.

Guardian
Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove “major flaws” from minister’s plans to tackle the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution. ClientEarth has inflicted two humiliating defeats  on the government over previous plans, which were ruled not to meet legal requirements. Lawyers from ClientEarth had requested improvements to the latest plan from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) but were refused, prompting the new court action. Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), emitted mostly by diesel vehicles, have been above legal limits in almost 90% of urban areas in the UK since 2010. The toxic fumes are estimated to cause 23,500 early deaths a year and the problem was declared a public health emergency by a cross-party committee of MPs in April 2016.

Times
Fifty marginal seats have illegal levels of air pollution, according to analysis that suggests parties’ plans for tackling toxic diesel emissions could influence the election outcome. Some of the seats with the lowest Conservative majorities have high levels of air pollution, including Derby North, Croydon Central and the outer London constituencies of Kingston & Surbiton and Twickenham, research by Greenpeace found. Of the 111 seats won in the last election with a majority of less than 10 per cent, 51 breach legal limits set by the EU for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is mainly produced by diesel engines.

Independent
The Government is to be sued for a third time over its plan to bring air pollution to within legal safety limits by legal activist group ClientEarth, which said there were “major flaws” in its latest attempt. The group said, after examining the Air Quality Plan, it had written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) asking for a number of improvements. They said Defra’s refusal had left them with no option but to return to court. ClientEarth has twice successfully won court orders requiring the Government to produce better plans to tackle air pollution. Ministers had attempted to delay publication of their third attempt at a plan that complied with European Union law until after the election, with their lawyer arguing it would drop a “controversial bomb” on the campaign. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom also cited the pre-election period of purdah in which government officials cannot comment on political issues outside of “emergency” matters, tacitly suggesting she did not regard air pollution as a pressing issue.

Fake news

Order-Order
The 
BBC has taken the inexplicable decision of promoting fake news site Skwawkbox on the News at Ten. Skwawkbox is not simply a left-wing or Corbynista news site. It deliberately peddles knowing untruths with the aim of going viral and misleading its audience – it is the definition of fake news. The BBC gave Skwawkbox’s lone author anonymity – Guido can tell you he is a far-left conspiracy theorist called Steve Walker. What on earth is the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan thinking giving this nutter the platform of the News at Ten?

Aliens

Star
ALIENS could already have landed on Earth thousands of years ago and are waiting for the right moment to attack, experts have shockingly claimed. NASA are combing the far reaches of the galaxy in search of what we believe would be first contact with extraterrestrials. Among the many planets thought to harbour life are Saturn’s moon of Encelladus and a cluster of Earth-like planets on Trappist-1. But a study in the Journal of British Interplanetary Society has claimed that aliens could be living with us now. The space nerds believe that an advanced, digital civilisation could have frozen itself to become more efficient. One of the authors of the paper, Anders Sandberg, wrote: “An advanced civilisation may have explored a big chunk of the universe, done what is doable with existing nature, and now mostly have internal cultural things to do.

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