A hung Parliament remains “a very real possibility”, Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser has warned, as he insisted the Tories and Labour are much closer than polls suggest. Dominic Cummings voiced fears about complacency costing the Conservatives the election after a seat-by-seat analysis showed Mr Johnson on course for a 68-seat majority. Mr Cummings, who ran the successful Vote Leave campaign with Mr Johnson before being brought into Downing Street, said he had “looked very carefully at the numbers” and predicted Jeremy Corbyn could still become prime minister if the Brexit Party picks up votes in marginal seats.
Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings has told Brexit supporters that the general election is “much tighter” than polls might suggest and urged them to persuade their friends to vote Tory. Cummings has worked closely alongside Johnson from the moment he entered No 10, though he has taken a back seat during the election campaign. With little more than a fortnight to go until polling day, he used his blog to send up what he called a “bat signal” to Vote Leave supporters, warning them Brexit is at risk.
The Conservatives are set to win 359 seats according to a new poll, giving Boris Johnson an overall majority of 68. The MRP poll for The Times also puts Labour on 211 seats, a loss of more than 50 MPs. In the last parliament, they started with 262 seats. Its method is seen as authoritative because it predicted a hung parliament was likely in 2017 – and was proved correct. Pollsters questioned 100,000 people over the course of seven days and adapted answers to account for age, gender, voting history and local political circumstances in individual constituencies.
THE result from YouGov’s MRP poll, considered one of the most reliable polls in the UK, has been released. What did the poll reveal? The YouGov’s official MRP poll has been released on Wednesday and is regarded as the most reliable poll in the UK. The poll predicted the 2017 election result despite every other poll suggesting the Conservative Party would secure a big win. According to the MRP polling, conducted by YouGov for The Times, the Tories would win 359 seats out of the 650 seat big Parliament.
BORIS Johnson is on course for a storming 68-seat majority, according to a detailed seat-by-seat survey that correctly forecast the election results in 2017. The YouGov MRP poll for The Times – the only one to predict Theresa May would lose her majority – forecasts Mr Johnson will win 359 seats in a triumphant return to No 10, up 42 on the 2017 result. Jeremy Corbyn‘s Labour Party is poised for disaster and will win 211 seats, down 51 from two years ago, when the country goes to the polls on December 12, according to the Times opinion poll.
Boris Johnson is on course to win the general election with a comfortable majority of 68, according to a highly anticipated new poll. YouGov’s ‘MRP’ poll was the first to accurately predict a hung Parliament in the 2017 election. A seat-by-seat analysis by the company showed the Tories would win 359 seats, Labour 211, the SNP 43 and the Lib Dems 17 if the election were held today. The result suggested that Mr Johnson’s party would make gains at the expense of Labour in some of its heartland seats – many of them Leave-voting – in the Midlands and North.
Boris Johnson is on course for a comfortable majority, according to a polling model that accurately predicted the election outcome two years ago. The Conservatives would win 359 seats, Labour 211, the SNP 43 and the Liberal Democrats 13 if the election were held today, according to a seat-by-seat analysis based on current polling by YouGov for The Times. That result would give Mr Johnson a majority of 68 as he made gains at Labour’s expense.
Boris Johnson is set to secure a majority of 68 in the upcoming general election, a new polling model revealed last night. The YouGov ‘MRP’ analysis released yesterday evening showed Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party could win 359 seats out of 650, up from 317 in the 2017 general election. They would also take 43 per cent of the vote. If the Tories managed to secure that on December 12 it would make it the party’s best performance since 1987.
The Conservatives are on course for their best general election result since 1987 by winning a 68-seat majority, a major poll predicted last night. YouGov predicted that a swathe of Labour seats in the “red wall” of the north and Midlands will fall to the Tories, giving Boris Johnson 359 seats, 42 more than in 2017, with Jeremy Corbyn losing 51 of his 2017 seats to end up with just 211 MPs.
Jeremy Corbyn has released an uncensored version of government documents which he claims shows the NHS is “on the table” in any post-Brexit trade deal with the US. “This is not only a plot against our NHS, it’s a plot against our country,” said the Labour leader. It comes as a record number of people registered to vote on the final day applications were open, with 660,000 signing up in the huge last-minute spike.
BORIS Johnson last night blasted Labour lies as he gave a “cast iron guarantee” that the NHS is not up for sale in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. The Prime Minister branded claims that he is willing to put Britain’s Health Service on the table during negotiations with Donald Trump’s administration as “total nonsense”. He said the slur was a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from Labour’s ongoing anti-semitism crisis.
Jeremy Corbyn today unveiled 451 pages of uncensored documents which he claimed prove US officials put the NHS on the table in Brexit trade talks. In a bombshell press conference, the Labour leader wafted a huge sheaf of leaked papers – saying Boris Johnson “tried to cover it up… but today it’s been exposed.” Mr Corbyn first showed heavily-redacted government documents, obtained by campaigners, relating to months of trade talks between the US and the UK.
Labour has obtained official documents showing that the US is demanding that the NHS will be “on the table” in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader said the uncensored papers gave the lie to Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks, and revealed that the US wanted “total market access” after the UK leaves the EU. “The uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson’s denials in absolute tatters,” he said at a news conference in London.
Jeremy Corbyn caused a stir on Wednesday when he took to the stage in Westminster to announce that Labour had obtained more than 500 pages of government papers detailing the status of trade talks with the US. Officials negotiating with Donald Trump’s administration made detailed notes of the discussions, but the government had previously only released a heavily redacted version. Labour claimed the new documents showed the NHS was on the table during talks on a trade deal with the US, but the Tories insisted this completely untrue and accused Mr Corbyn of peddling “conspiracy theories”.
Labour’s £58 billion state pension compensation plan will disproportionately benefit the better off, analysis shows. A quarter of the 3.7 million women the party plans to compensate for rises in the state pension age are in the top fifth of British households by income, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. These million women had a disposable annual income after housing costs of more than £37,000, according to the report. Only 16 per cent of the women Labour said are owed “a historical debt of honour” were in the bottom 20 per cent of households, with annual income of less than £13,000.
Millions of families on low and middle incomes face a triple tax hit from Jeremy Corbyn. Labour has repeatedly vowed that its £83billion-a-year tax proposals will affect only the rich and big corporations. But the small print of the party’s manifesto reveals that ordinary families, shareholders and small business owners could be hammered. The first blow comes from Labour’s plan to scrap the marriage tax allowance, which is worth £250 a year to more than 1.7million couples.
DESPERATE Jeremy Corbyn was yesterday accused of lying over claims of a secret plot to sell the NHS. At a bizarre press conference the Labour leader brandished a dossier which he said showed damning evidence that the health service is on the table in US trade talks. He claimed minutes of meetings between officials showed plans to hike drug prices and could lead to the privatisation of the NHS.
The Labour Party is to re-shape their general election campaign strategy – particularly in Leave-voting areas – to try to turn around a stubborn Conservative opinion poll lead. Insiders told the BBC that in the first half of the election campaign, a key error was that the Liberal Democrat threat was overestimated, while the willingness of Leave voters to switch from Labour to the Conservatives was underestimated. In the last two weeks of the campaign, this will change.
Jeremy Corbyn was today accused of a ‘desperate’ attempt to deflect from his anti-Semitism crisis by using Theresa May‘s early trade talks with the United States to blast Boris Johnson for planning to sell the NHS to Donald Trump. At a press conference, the Labour leader brandished over 400 pages of unredacted minutes from a series of meetings between UK and US government officials from July 2017 to July 2018. He hailed the spool of International Trade department documents – labelled ‘official sensitive, UK eyes only’ – as proof the Prime Minister had put the health service on the table in a post-Brexit free trade agreement.
THE NHS is mentioned just four times in 451 pages of official documents brandished by Jeremy Corbyn in the row over a future UK-US trade deal. The Labour leader claimed the paperwork was proof that Boris Johnson’s government has been secretly discussing “selling off” the health service in preliminary discussions with US President Donald Trump’s administration. Yet the documents – a series of six summaries of discussion between officials on the UK-US Trade & Investment Working Group – contain no evidence that any aspect of the NHS is on the table in the talks.
LABOUR today exposed secret trade talks between the US and the Tories — now at an “advanced stage” — that would pave the way for the NHS to be opened up to US pharmaceutical firms. At a press conference today Jeremy Corbyn held up 451 pages of uncensored documents from US-British trade talks which show the NHS is up for grabs in a post-Brexit deal under a Conservative government. The Labour leader said that evidence of six rounds of negotiations starting in July 2017 leaves PM Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks “in absolute tatters.”
Jeremy Corbyn plans to ‘cheat’ a second referendum by handing votes to millions of foreign nationals, Boris Johnson‘s most senior adviser said last night. In a dramatic intervention, Dominic Cummings said the General Election was ‘much tighter’ than the polls suggested and warned of a ‘very real possibility of a hung parliament’. If Mr Johnson does not secure a majority, Mr Corbyn would enter No 10 ‘propped up’ by the SNP‘s Nicola Sturgeon and the two leaders would then ‘rig’ a second referendum, he added.
The Liberal Democrats have added the words ‘To stop Brexit‘ to their party’s name on ballot papers. The slogan appears on postal voting forms which are arriving at homes. A form for the Labour-held Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in north-west London shows Lib Dem candidate Matt Sanders has next to his name ‘Liberal Democrats – To stop Brexit’. It is one of many alternative names that the party has registered on the Electoral Commission website.
LIBERAL Democrat leader Jo Swinson’s popularity is collapsing after a disastrous week which has seen a sharp increase in the number of people who see her in an unfavourable light. The latest Ipso/MORI poll suggests one in two Britons now dislike Ms Swinson, with the 39-year-old regarded favourably by just 19 percent – lower than either Tory leader Boris Johnson (33 percent), Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn or Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (both 24 percent).
Nicola Sturgeon has said that any would-be prime minister seeking Scottish National Party support in a hung parliament must be committed to “zero tolerance” of antisemitism, Islamophobia or any other form of racism. The Scottish first minister said that Boris Johnson had a string of racist comments on his record and was “dangerous and unfit for office” and she would never prop him up in a minority administration. But, while saying Jeremy Corbyn had failed to deal properly with the issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party, she made clear that she would not rule out supporting him in return for an early referendum on Scottish independence.
THE SNP’s Ian Blackford’s claim that Scotland has been “subsidising” the rest of the UK for the last 40 years has been branded “complete nonsense” by a Scotland-based businessman. Kevin Hague produced evidence which he said showed in fact, for the vast majority of that period, Scotland had actually been a net beneficiary. Speaking to Sky News yesterday, Mr Blackford, who was the party’s Westminster leader in the last Parliament, and who is seeking re-election as MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber on December 12, said: “The reason we want Scotland to be independent is because we want a wealthier Scotland.
NICOLA Sturgeon handed Jeremy Corbyn a multi-billion-pound ultimatum in return for propping up a Labour government. The SNP leader demanded he cough up an extra £4billion a year for the Scottish NHS by massively ramping up health spending across the UK. She also ordered him to reverse a £1.5billion a year “real terms” cut to the Holyrood parliament’s budget as part of a pledge to “end austerity”.
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Brexit leader Nigel Farage has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to take away a small tax break presently afforded to married couples, telling Breitbart London “the family has been under assault from our political establishment for a very long time” and that it was a subject that deserved more attention. While Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left Labour manifesto launch promised the increase in taxes to pay for the party’s proposed spending rises would be levied purely on the richest in society — what Labour characterises as billionaires but actually includes anyone earning more than the distinctly less-than-a-billion wage of £80,000 a year — he subsequently admitted taxes would also rise for ordinary married couples.
A range of diseases including kidney failure and septicaemia have been linked to air pollution in one of the largest studies into the health effects of breathing toxic particles. US researchers combined a database of 95 million patients with details of the air quality in their neighbourhood on the day before they were admitted to hospital. They found that merely a small, short-term rise in particulate pollution appeared to increase the likelihood of people falling ill.
Around half of school-leavers were accepted on to degree courses this year with A-level grades lower than the advertised entry requirements, new data shows. Students from the poorest backgrounds were more likely to take up places with lower grades than advertised compared to all undergraduates nationally, according to figures published by Ucas. This may be due to “contextualised offers” – in which an institution takes into account a student’s schooling and background when deciding whether to make an offer, and what grades are needed to secure the place, the admission service said.
AROUND half of school leavers were accepted for degree courses this year with A-level grades lower than the advertised entry requirements. Students from the poorest backgrounds were more likely to be among them, figures show. This may be due to “contextualised offers” in which a university or college takes into account an applicant’s schooling and background when deciding whether to make an offer, and what grades are needed
Half of school-leavers were accepted for degree courses this year with A-level grades lower than the advertised standard. Students from the most deprived backgrounds were even more likely to take up places with poorer results than generally demanded. The trend comes amid rising competition between universities to fill places, a drop in the number of eighteen-year-olds in the population and ‘increased consideration’ given to disadvantaged students by admissions tutors.
Britain’s health service is lagging behind that of other high-income countries, research suggests. The study by the London School of Economics and Harvard School of Public Health compared ten countries, examining spending levels, and a range of indicators measuring quality of care. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), said the quality of NHS care appears to be “slipping”, with Britons faring worse than their counterparts abroad. Researchers compared the UK with Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
The NHS is lagging behind the healthcare systems of other developed countries in spending, staff numbers and avoidable deaths, a study has found. A comparison with the healthcare systems of nine other wealthy countries suggested that austerity policies and lower numbers of staff from the EU because of Brexit had taken a toll. It showed, however, that patients were about as satisfied with their healthcare as citizens in other countries, with waiting times that compared favourably.
Prince Charles met Prince Philip at Sandringham yesterday to discuss the continuing fallout from his brother’s disastrous TV interview amid reports he is preparing to take over leadership of the Royals when the Queen turns 95. The Prince of Wales’ key role in ‘retiring’ Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to adopt a modern ‘Prince Regent’ role, which would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch. Her Majesty will turn 95 in 18 months – the same age at which her husband Philip withdrew from his public duties – and there is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to effectively hand over day-to-day control of the monarchy to Charles.