Mass reports of defections from the Conservative Party to UKIP have been reported on social media today following the impending ‘coronation’ of Home Secretary Theresa May to leader of the Conservative Party and soon-to-be Prime Minister. Following the news that Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom was set to withdraw from the Tory leadership race – leaving Ms. May to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister on Wednesday – long-term Tory voters and members are tearing up their membership cards and joining the UK Independence Party (UKIP) seemingly en masse. Life-long Tory voters were cancelling their memberships to join UKIP as early as midday, announcing their moves on Twitter and Facebook, ostensibly in protest at Ms. May’s authoritarian and anti-Brexit views. Some also protested about her term in office as Home Secretary, which has seen the curtailment of civil liberties, the praise of Shariah law, and the failure to abide by a 2010 manifesto pledge to drastically reduce migration into the UK.
The UK Independence Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) have voted on a time limit that effectively blocks leadership candidates who have not been party members for at least five years. Breitbart London can reveal that last night, the NEC voted electronically, to stop members becoming leadership candidates passed with a “firm majority” according to sources at the top of the party. Effectively, the ruling means that candidates like Suzanne Evans, Douglas Carswell, and Arron Banks can not stand as leader. Sources close to the party have told Breitbart London that the vote could potentially be appealed, but perhaps only through Britain’s legal system.
Calls for a General Election in the United Kingdom are gaining popularity as members of the public and journalists alike have rediscovered a Theresa May quote from 2007 in which she claimed the unelected Prime Minister Gordon Brown had no mandate. Writing on the Conservative Home website when Mr. Brown took over as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister from Tony Blair, Ms. May said: “Whenever Gordon Brown chooses to call a general election, we will be ready for him. He has no democratic mandate. He has a reputation tainted by his failures after a decade in office. And he has no new ideas. An early election? Bring it on.”
Theresa May faced calls to hold a snap general election today as she prepared to take the keys to No 10 on Wednesday. The new Prime Minister was propelled to power after her rival Andrea Leadsom sensationally quit the Tory leadership race in yet another day of high political drama t the very top of British politics. The dramatic turn of events saw David Cameron hurried out of Downing Street weeks earlier than expected to make way for the UK’s second female PM. An ‘honoured and humbled’ Mrs May promised a ‘positive vision’ for the Britain which ‘works not just for the privileged few but for every one of us’.
THERESA May is facing calls to trigger a snap general election when she becomes Prime Minister later this week. Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens say Mrs May has “no right to govern” after it was revealed she would be given the keys to No10 by Wednesday. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron claims Mrs May has “no meaningful democratic mandate” while Labour’s Jon Trickett said “it is crucial, given the instability caused by the Brexit vote, that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister”. He went on to brand Mrs May’s election as a “coronation”.
Theresa May claimed that Gordon Brown had no democratic mandate when he took over as prime minister and called for a snap election. She is now facing pressure to do likewise. In a blog for the website ConservativeHome, Mrs May wrote in 2007: “So whenever Gordon Brown chooses to call a general election we will be ready for him. He has no democratic mandate. He has a reputation tainted by his failures after a decade in office. And he has no new ideas. An early election? Bring it on.”
And then there was one. Theresa May will walk into 10 Downing Street on Wednesday evening, unchallenged and unelected – the only player left standing in a ruthless political game after the hopes and careers of David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom came crashing down. While opposition parties clamoured for an early general election, the new Conservative leader, who will take office after David Cameron has taken Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons for the last time, has firmly ruled out bringing forward the day of the next election, set for May 2020.
LABOUR and the Liberal Democrats have joined forces to demand an early General Election as Theresa May is set to become the next Prime Minister. Before Theresa May has even arrived at 10 Downing Street, she has faced calls for an election from the Opposition. Labour said it was “crucial” that the UK has a “democratically elected Prime Minister” at a time of economic and political instability following the vote to leave the European Union. Labour election co-ordinator Jon Trickett said he was putting the whole party on general election footing, on the very day when its own leadership contest was kicked off by a formal challenge to Jeremy Corbyn from Angela Eagle.
Trade union members have lost faith in Jeremy Corbyn and want him to step down as Labour leader before the next election, polling seen by the Mirror reveals. Union chiefs still backing Mr Corbyn – including Unite’s Len McCluskey and Unison’s Dave Prentis – appear out of step with rank-and-file members. The polling shows just 32% of Labour-affiliated union members think he should lead the party at the next election, with 58% saying he should quit before the next election and 45% demanding he goes immediately. Asked how they think he has performed during his 10 months in charge, the figures are even more damning – 63% saying he is doing badly and 76% believing it was unlikely that he would ever be Prime Minister. It came as union chiefs prepare to play a crucial role at Labour’s NEC meeting that will decide if Mr Corbyn is on the ballot for the leadership contest.
Labour’s general secretary is facing protests over plans to hold a crucial meeting of the party’s ruling body at short notice that could exclude Jeremy Corbyn from standing as leader. Union representatives to the National Executive Committee have complained that some delegates may not be able to make the meeting on Tuesday, which will decide if the Labour leader is automatically included in the ballot. A leaked email obtained by the Guardian shows one Unite delegate has demanded that the party’s general secretary, Iain McNicol, should quash rumours that Corbyn could be banned from attending the meeting. She also alleges that a secret ballot could be held when delegates are asked to vote on the leadership contest.
Angela Eagle was dismissed as the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ candidate after she launched her leadership bid to topple Jeremy Corbyn today. Diane Abbott, the shadow health secretary and one of Mr Corbyn’s closest allies, said she was the wrong politician to take Labour forward because she is tarnished with unpopular decisions from previous Labour governments, including the Iraq War, which she voted in favour of. She even suggested Ms Eagle was battling like Darth Vader to keep Mr Corbyn off the ballot paper and said it was a ‘Westminster bubble’ issue. Ms Abbott predicted her attempt to wrestle the leadership from Mr Corbyn would fail because the Labour membership was overwhelmingly behind the current Labour leader.
Labour’s increasing bitter leadership row could end up in the courts, as its National Executive Committee makes a ruling on Jeremy Corbyn’s eligibility to stand in a new contest. The NEC must decide whether the embattled leader should have to secure nominations from 51 fellow MPs and MEPs, or whether he should automatically be included on the ballot paper for the upcoming race. Regardless of the ruling made by the NEC, a legal challenge is possible – as the party’s rulebook is unclear on what Mr Corbyn’s position should be.
Europe’s stricken banking sector needs a £128billion bailout to stave off collapse, the chief economist for the bloc’s biggest lender has warned. David Folkerts-Landau, of Deutsche Bank, believes the industry could be headed for disaster unless urgent action is taken. ‘Europe is extremely sick and must start dealing with its problems extremely quickly, or else there may be an accident,’ he said. ‘I’m no doomsday prophet, I am a realist.’ Mr Folkerts-Landau spoke out as a report by the International Monetary Fund raised fresh fears for the stricken Italian economy. Italy is struggling its way back towards growth after a ‘deep and protracted recession’, IMF experts said. Its economy expanded by 0.8 per cent last year after shrinking in the two previous ones, and is due to grow by 1.1 per cent in 2016.
PATIENTS’ safety is at risk as a shortage of thousands of staff threatens to destabilise the NHS, says a report. The report has highlighted a chronic shortfall of 28,000 nurses, which could derail the NHS’ survival plan. Health Foundation, a think tank, has warned that the lack of medical staff could jeopardise the future of the health service. Importing thousands of foreign nurses from around the globe is only a short-term fix, the report added. It went on to say the employment of these types of workers would not solve an overall failure to plan how many staff the NHS actually needs.
A POTENTIALLY massive earthquake may be building up putting the lives of 140million people at risk. The giant quake is not imminent, according to a new study, but is inevitable as sections of the earth’s crust press against one another. But despite knowing the huge tremor will take place, geophysicists said more research needs to take place to pinpoint when it will actually strike. The area at risk measures some 24,000 square miles and is between Bangladesh and India.