BORIS JOHNSON has been warned his Brexit deal would threaten a £1billion boom for UK ports and fishermen, who would be fighting for survival unless the country can take back control of its fisheries from the European Union. Fishing For Leave said in the fishing grounds around the Dogger bank – a large sandbank in the shallow area of the North Sea around 100 kilometres off the east coast of England – fishermen are being destroyed by EU laws. There are a “marauding fleet of Dutch pulse beamers which indiscriminately electrocute all seabed life as they catch the majority of the plaice and sole stocks”, and “industrial Sandeel vessels which have stripped on average around 200,000 tons of this crucial marine food source per year”. Fishing For Leave added the local fleet has “zero access” to the pelagic stocks off the coast “yet we have a fleet of huge EU pelagic vessels who seasonally take the vast majority of the herring stocks in the central North Sea just off the British coast.
Boris Johnson has been accused of “ceding ground to socialists” after he shelved Tory plans to cut corporation tax in the latest of a series of about-turns on tax cuts. The Prime Minister surprised business leaders by announcing the postponement of a planned 2020 cut in the tax businesses pay on their profits from 19 per cent to 17 per cent. He said the £6 billion it would save will be spent on the NHS instead.
Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would keep Sajid Javid in the same job if he won the election in an effort to ease tensions with his chancellor. The prime minister delivered a “categorical assurance” that Mr Javid would remain at the Treasury, describing his former leadership rival as “a great guy”. However, Mr Johnson gave himself room for a sweeping post-election reshuffle if he wins, indicating that he would not answer questions on other “personnel at the top of the Tory party”.
Boris Johnson warned business leaders today that Jeremy Corbyn would send corporation tax rates back rates last seen in 2010 – after scrapping his own plans to cut them further. The Prime Minister claimed a Labour Government would set ‘the highest levels in Europe’ after cancelling a cut of his own to free up £6 billion for the NHS. Mr Johnson tried to take the sting out of the announcement, made today at the CBI’s annual business conference in London, as he set out four proposed tax cuts to help companies.
Boris Johnson has demanded Jeremy Corbyn answer four crucial questions in Tuesday’s first televised head-to-head leaders’ debate. The Prime Minister wrote to the Labour leader as the High Court gave the go ahead for the ITV debate by ruling against the LibDems’ and SNP’s claim that their exclusion from the two-way contest was unlawful. Mr Johnson challenged Mr Corbyn to say if he would vote to leave or remain in a second referendum, back Labour conference policy to extend freedom of movement, reveal how much extra he would pay the EU for market access and guarantee every Labour candidate would back his Brexit policy.
Boris Johnson has abandoned the Tory party’s commitment to a free vote on fox hunting, the Daily Mail understands. The Conservative manifesto will not contain the pledge – made in both the 2017 and 2015 elections – for MPs to be able to vote for the blood sport to be legalised. Senior Tory sources insisted the ban on fox hunting would remain in force if Mr Johnson is returned to Downing Street. The Prime Minister – who has also pledged tougher sentences for animal cruelty and to ban the live export of animals after Brexit – wants to show the party is on the ‘right side’ of the animal rights debate, a source said.
Child murderers will never be released from prison under Conservative plans to ensure longer sentences for those convicted of the most serious crimes. Adults convicted of the “premeditated” murder of a young person under the age of 16 will face a whole-life sentence unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances. The tougher sentencing for child murderers announced today follows the government’s pledge to make offenders convicted of other serious sexual and violent offence serve longer terms before release.
CHILD killers will never be released from prison if the Tories win the general election. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland today declares that the fiends will serve a whole life term without any parole, in a major change to the current law. At the moment, the vast majority of convicted murderers are eventually released no matter how grievous their crime. The move is the latest in a package of measures to toughen up punishment of the most dangerous offenders and keep them in jail for longer.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all migrants will pay for the National Health Service (NHS) on ‘day one’, as the nation’s socialised medicine system faces the longest wait times in fifteen years, and NHS staff are being gagged on social media ahead of the general election. Boris Johnson said this week that under his Brexit plan, the government would mandate that all migrants pay an NHS surcharge of £625 before migrating to the United Kingdom, whether they use the service or not.
Jeremy Corbyn was grilled over his personal role in tackling Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis today. The opposition leader was directly asked about the crisis that has overshadowed his party leadership after he addressed the Confederation of British Industry in London. After a speech in which he attempted to placate business leaders’ fears about his nationalisation plans he took questions from the audience.
Labour has unveiled plans to double the number of police officers tasked with enforcing the fox hunting ban and other wildlife crimes. The party says it will put £4.5m into cracking down on bloodsports like hare coursing, badger baiting and stag hunting. The number of officers in rural crimes units across the country would rise from 88 to 170 under the proposals in the party’s animal welfare manifesto, which is being released on Tuesday.
RADICAL proposals for state control of food prices and crippling hikes in petrol duty are expected to be included in Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-Left general election manifesto, according to party insiders. The Labour leader will unveil his party’s policy programme later this week after the document was agreed by a gathering of senior party figures over the weekend. Unite union leader, one of the Labour power brokers, claimed the manifesto “gives hope to our kids, hope to people who are struggling, hope to workers”.
The Conservatives have claimed that tax raids by Labour and the confiscation of shares in large companies will cost ten million people an average of £11,000 from their retirement savings. The Tories have analysed the impact of two of Jeremy Corbyn’s most controversial policies and claimed that they would cause share prices to fall, hitting the pension pots of people with defined contribution schemes.
Labour will hold a major inquiry into the legacy of British colonialism if it wins the election, it was claimed last night. The party’s manifesto, to be published on Thursday, is expected to promise an investigation into human rights abuses under British rule. Earlier this year, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should consider paying reparations to its former colonies and he has demanded children be taught about the ‘grave injustices’ of the empire.
Furious investors are preparing to fight Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to seize swathes of British businesses, arguing his nationalisation spree would be a “blatant breach of human rights” that could trigger a wave of lawsuits. Shareholders and lawyers believe the proposals could breach international treaties and Brussels rules over state aid, and intend to fight them through the courts in a wave of legal action that could take years to resolve.
Jo Swinson has pledged to axe business rates and replace them with a tax on landowners as she looked to burnish her pro-enterprise credentials ahead of next month’s crunch election. In a speech at the CBI conference in London this afternoon, the Liberal Democrat leader urged company bosses to ditch the two ‘tired’ old parties and swing behind her unashamedly Remain position.
Liberal Democrats have promised to scrap business rates altogether and replace them with a levy on landlords. In a pitch for the business vote in the 12 December general election, Jo Swinson declared that “with the Conservatives in the pocket of Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn stuck in the 1970s” the Lib Dems were now “the natural party of business”. Business rates raise about £30 billion a year for the Treasury – around 5 per cent of total tax revenue – and are increasingly opposed by high street shops.
The Liberal Democrats have joined the bidding war over the NHS by promising to invest an extra £35bn into health and social care over the next five years. The party plans to fund this through its signature policy of adding a penny to the basic rate of income tax, which it says would raise £7bn. This would see NHS England’s budget grow to £142.8bn by 2023-24. The annual budget figure comes between the Tories’ £140.3bn and Labour’s £143.5bn pledges.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says her party would scrap business rates if elected, in order to support small businesses. Business rates are a tax based on rental values of the property that businesses occupy. Business lobby groups often complain that rates have gone up faster than inflation since the current regime was introduced in 1990. Speaking to business leaders in London, Ms Swinson said her government would provide “clear action” to breathe new life into high streets.
Jo Swinson suffered a double blow last night with polling showing that voters like her less as they see her more and the High Court rejecting the Liberal Democrats’ attempt to gain a place in a televised election debate tonight. Polling analysis shows that Ms Swinson, 39, is far better known since becoming party leader in July, but almost all of those to have formed a view of her have formed a negative one.
The Liberal Democrats have vowed to put income tax up by 1p to raise billions to end the GP crisis. The UK has a shortage of around 2,500 GPs, but the figure is projected to rise to 7,000 within five years. The Liberal Democrats will today unveil plans for a penny on tax to invest £35billion in the health service and social care. A total of £7billion a year would be ringfenced – amounting to £35billion over the next five years.
The Brexit Party
Nigel Farage has called for the abolition of the House of Lords today, one of several published Brexit Party pledges. Scrapping HS2, £100 billion for “left behind regions” and zero business rates for High Street retailers also feature. Mr Farage’s pledge to abolish the unelected second chamber comes days after he said he had been offered a peerage before he stood down his candidates for Tory-held seats.
A large majority of Leave voters think the breakup of the United Kingdom is a price worth paying for Brexit, according to a Sky News poll. Leave voters were asked if they thought Scotland becoming independent would be a price worth paying for delivering Brexit – 41% said yes, while only 18% said no. Of the remainder, 17% said they would be happy for Scotland to leave the union regardless of the circumstances and 24% said they didn’t know.
GIBRALTAR has been having its say about the UK general election, the various candidates, and Brexit – with one resident of the Rock delivering a stunning putdown to Jeremy Corbyn, by saying he’d “rather have ten Nigel Farages as Prime Minister”. With the nationwide poll barely a month away, Express.co.uk headed to canvass the views of the British overseas territory – and it’s fair to say they did not hold back, especially on the subject of the Labour leader.
Four boats carrying 39 migrants made it into Britain yesterday, as the total number of arrivals this month soared to 129. The migrants presented themselves as Iranian nationals after they were intercepted attempting to cross the English Channel. Officials were first alerted to a vessel carrying nine people at 4.30am on Sunday morning near Dover. At 6am Border Force officials made a second interception and a vessel carrying five people was also found.
Doctors will have their extra tax bills paid by the NHS to avoid unfilled shifts plunging hospitals into a winter crisis. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is due to order civil servants to press ahead with the plan despite reservations that it could violate purdah rules that forbid contentious announcements in the run up to the election. Hundreds of millions of pounds will be spent guaranteeing that consultants, senior nurses and other clinical staff will not be left out of pocket by tax bills after warnings that senior doctors were refusing to do overtime because they are in effect paying to work.
The NHS will spend tens of millions of pounds picking up doctors’ pensions bills to help avert a staffing catastrophe this winter. Ministers will implement plans today to enable doctors to take on overtime without being clobbered by punitive taxes. At present, consultants, GPs and surgeons are being stung by a 2016 Treasury rule change under which anyone earning more than £110,000 a year faces large tax bills if they put more than £10,000 into their pension pot annually.
Brexit will cost the NHS an additional £60m a year in fees to recruit doctors and nurses from abroad, the Liberal Democrats have claimed. The extra charge was revealed as Jo Swinson’s party unveiled plans to add a penny to income tax to pay for an additional £35bn in NHS spending over the next five years, while protecting the health service by keeping Britain in the EU. Health spokeswoman Luciana Berger said that ending free movement under a Conservative or Labour-led Brexit would hit the NHS hard and exacerbate staff shortages by deterring EU healthcare professionals from working in the UK.
Hospitals are so short of doctors and nurses that patients’ safety and quality of care are under threat, senior NHS leaders have warned in a dramatic intervention in the general election campaign Nine out of 10 hospital bosses in England fear understaffing across the service has become so severe that patients’ health could be damaged. In addition, almost six in 10 (58%) believe this winter will be the toughest yet for the service.
Undergraduates are returning to their former schools for help and advice because of the lack of structure and support on most campuses, head teachers have said. Students have complained of a “disconnect” between schools, where teachers are available and pastoral care is plentiful, and universities where it seems to “all fall apart”. Universities argue that students are adults and the nature of education is independent learning.
The young protesters holed up at Hong Kong Polytechnic University took a collective decision in the afternoon to break out. I followed as a couple of hundred filed through the burnt barricades and out of a narrow side entrance on to a highway. Instantly we were engulfed in tear gas shells fired from at least two directions. Some people tried to run through it; most retreated.
A CHILLING photo from Hong Kong appears to show a giant makeshift gas canister nail bomb to use against cops. The terrifying image comes as politicians warn of bloodshed as pro-democracy protesters continue to accuse China of meddling in Hong Kong’s promised freedoms. The photo was sent to CNN from Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University – the centre of a week-long siege, and scene of the most intense violence in five months of demonstrations.
With a sickening sense of inevitability, the peaceful pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has ended up locked in violent clashes against police after confronting a ruthless dictatorship. The homemade catapults, crude barricades and flaming petrol bombs of students are little match for a well-armed force backed by a superpower. But from the start the passionate young protesters fighting for their future accepted that blood would be spilt and lives might end up being sacrificed for their cause.
About 100 anti-government protesters remain holed up at a Hong Kong university as a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200 who are under 18 years old. Ms Lam said those under 18 would not be immediately arrested but could face charges later. She added the other 400 who have left have been arrested.
A two-day university siege has transfixed Hong Kong, raising fears of a bloody crackdown on hundreds of protesters who remain trapped in a campus surrounded by police. Running battles between police and protesters on Monday featured raging fires, tear gas and flaming vehicles. Some demonstrators managed to escape Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon by climbing over walls, while police arrested dozens of others — sometimes tackling them to the ground or pounding them with batons.
The Duke of York was plunged into a deepening crisis today as a succession of charities and companies threatened to sever their ties with him. As the fallout from the Duke’s “disastrous” BBC Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein showed no sign of abating, the Outward Bound Trust, the prominent youth organisation, convened an emergency board meeting to consider his patronage.
The future of the Duke of York’s main charitable project was in jeopardy last night as sponsors cut their ties amid scrutiny of his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. KPMG, the accountancy giant, said that it was withdrawing its support for Prince Andrew’s entrepreneurship scheme Pitch@Palace because of continued negative publicity over his association with Epstein. The duke has come under strong criticism for his BBC interview with Emily Maitlis in which he defended his friendship with the billionaire and failed to express any sympathy for the young victims who were trafficked and exploited.