Armed police are to be deployed to patrol polling stations Thursday, and exclusion zones to prevent voter intimidation are to be established in some areas when Britain votes to select their next government. Firearms officers are to be deployed to polling stations in Essex and Cleveland Thursday, as local forces deploy security assets to defend citizens while they exert their democratic right in the wake of a number of terror attacks. In Tower Hamlets in East London, “almost all” polling stations will have uniformed officers and exclusion zones to protect voters. George Osborne’s Evening Standard reports the Bethnal Green & Bow and Poplar & Limehouse seats in Tower Hamlets need to have their democratic processes protected because of routine voter intimidation.
The wave of vandalism apparently directed from far-left Corbyn supporters against Conservative candidates is unprecedented at this election. Tory after Tory has exposed how their local campaign has been targeted by anti-democratic activists defacing campaign posters and often daubing pro-Labour, pro-Corbyn slogans. Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative candidate for Morley and Outwood, has seen her posters defaced and stolen. Conor Burns, candidate for Bournemouth East, has pointed out how he has been subject to attacks for the first time; Sefton Central candidate Jade Marsden targeted. The far-left have long-targeted UKIP boards, with no one seeming much bothered about the law-breaking of these thugs. Will the Tories do more to try and stop this kind of stuff now it is hitting them? A conviction or two for these nasty vandals wouldn’t go amiss.
Theresa May will be dragged down by a “Black Wednesday-style” crisis within months of her expected election triumph, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has predicted. In a close-of-campaign interview, Mr Farron warned the Prime Minister’s joy would be shortlived – because Brexit would overwhelm her, just as a disastrous European policy swamped John Major’s premiership. In late 1992, public opinion turned sharply against a Conservative Prime Minister, five months after his own election victory, when sterling crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). Later, the Treasury estimated that the unsuccessful fight to keep the pound in the ERM had cost taxpayers £3.4bn – wrecking the Tories’ reputation for economic competence.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to do “something special” and pull off a shock Labour victory. In an eve of election appeal, he says only by voting Labour will people be able to rescue the country from five more years of Tory austerity. And at the close of a campaign punctuated by two terrorist atrocities, he tackles head on claims he is soft on security. “We can do something very special on Thursday,” says Mr Corbyn looking remarkably fresh-faced following what must have been a gruelling campaign. “We can have a future of hope for the many not the few.
PAUL NUTTALL today urged Ukip supporters to vote tactically and back the Tories if they have no candidate from their preferred party. The Ukip leader appeared to admit that his party has little chance of success on Thursday as he pledged partial support for Theresa May. He blasted Jeremy Corbyn, saying it would be “reckless” to make the Labour leader Prime Minister because of his record on terror. Ukip is widely expected to win zero seats in this week’s election, with its vote collapsing as Brexit backers switch their support to the Conservatives.
JEAN Claude Juncker wants Jeremy Corbyn to win the election because he believes the “weak” Labour leader will undo Brexit, voters have been warned. Concerns have been raised about the political interference of the President of the European Commission since the start of the election after his office was accused of briefing against Theresa May. It is understood that senior figures in the Commission believe that Mr Corbyn would be a “prisoner” of Remainers if he wins the election. To be Prime Minister he would need the support of the SNP and Lib Dems both of whom are opposed to Leaving the EU and want last year’s historic result reversed.
Nick Clegg has become the first senior British politician to back plans for Britons to keep EU citizenship after Brexit if they wish – calling the idea “very attractive”. The next British government should work with Brussels to allow people to retain “a more meaningful connection with the European Union”, the former Liberal Democrat leader said. The call came as Mr Clegg said Theresa May – if she wins the election – will be to blame if the Brexit negotiations collapse soon after they start in less than two weeks’ time. He said the Prime Minister was guilty of a “spectacular failure of leadership” by failing to prepare the British public for the inevitable, enormously painful compromises to come.
NICK Clegg has declared Brexit is “self-destructive” and insisted the process of leaving the European Union can still be reversed. The former Liberal Democrat leader, said in a speech today he had no intention of “giving up” the fight to keep Britain in the single market and restated his commitment to holding a second referendum once a deal with the European Union had been agreed. The one-time Deputy Prime Minister, 50, said: “While Britain may stand on the brink of a self-destructive Brexit, we can stop it happening. There is a way to change course.
Nicola Sturgeon has said that Theresa May is a “very difficult person to establish rapport with” and someone whose character is such that will she will struggle in Brexit negotiations. The first minister of Scotland, who is also leader of the Scottish National party, said she did not know the prime minister well enough to know “whether I like her or not” but claimed that in professional dealings May compared unfavourably with her predecessor as Conservative leader. “Now OK, we’re miles apart politically but then so too were David Cameron and I, but we still managed to find a way of working that respected each other’s positions. We found a way of being civil,” she said. Sturgeon said she believed the public were now witnessing the types of frustrations she had felt in recent meetings with May, in which she found the prime minister very difficult to engage with.
THERESA MAY has said she does not believe the UK will have to pay a Brexit bill in a wide-ranging interview about her life and general election proposals. The Prime Minister was talking to ITV’s Julie Etchingham in a pre-recorded interview carried out in two parts, just before the London terror attack this weekend. A primary school friend revealed during a mock general election at school in Wheatley near Oxford Mrs May came second, but this did not deter her and she went on to win a place at Oxford University. Another friend, Patricia Frankland, revealed Mrs May burst into her room following a concert singing an aria. Professor Charles Goodhart, said Mrs May was one of his best assistants he ever had at the Bank of England, where she worked after university.
Rockstar and global charity leader Bob Geldof has backed the Liberal Democrats in the upcoming election. The keen remainer said he was voting for Tim Farron’s party for the first time describing Brexit as the most important issue in the general election. Last year Sir Bob traded insults with Nigel Farage while the pair took part in a strange nautical battle over the referendum. Mr Farage led a flotilla of fishing boats up the Thames to urge Parliament take back control of British waters. But his Brexit armada was greeted by a rival Remain fleet carrying Mr Geldof. On board with Geldof was Rachel Johnson, sister of the Brexit campaign leader, Boris Johnson. Geldof harangued Farage, shouting through the PA system: “Nigel, you are a fraud.”
BRUSSELS today openly hijacked the Olympic Games to push its own political agenda as officials announced controversial proposals to fly the EU flag on the medals podium at Paris 2024. EU Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said athletes will “win as Europeans” whilst the French sports minister Laura Flessel, recently appointed by europhile president Emmanuel Macron, rebranded them as the “European Games”. The naked politicisation of what is supposed to be a purely sporting contest will alarm many onlookers and continues a worrying trend which has seen the Olympics become synonymous with a left-wing agenda. Officials from Paris descended on the EU parliament in Brussels today to launch their vision of a European Olympics, which is being pushed vigorously by Mr Macron.
THE SORRY state of Brussels’ beleaguered migration policies is laid bare in shocking statistics which show that Eastern European member states have taken in just 1,600 asylum seekers between them. In total countries signed up to the EU’s flagship migrant quota system, which does not include Britain, have relocated a miserly 20,283 people in the space of two years. The figure is well short of the bloc’s target that 160,000 genuine refugees should be distributed and settled across the bloc by September this year and demonstrates the immense political opposition to the programme. In truth the situation would be much worse had not the bloc’s two biggest states, France and Germany, agreed to take in 9,000 people – half the total number relocated.
PAUL Nuttall has called for “moral relativism and political correctness” to be “ushered off the stage” in favour of a new muscular approach to tackling the threat of Islamist terrorism in Britain. In a passionate eve of election appeal, the Ukip leader said that Islamist extremists who are shown to be “a clear and present danger” to the British people should be stripped of their citizenships and banned from reentering the country. He also demanded for “mosques that preach Wahhabism or are extreme forms of Islam and poison the minds of young people within the community” to be “shut down”. He added: “Moreover I also believe that the funding of mosques by Saudi Arabia and indeed Qatar should be cut immediately.” He also said the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy should be “redoubled”.
Theresa May has said she will change human rights laws if they “get in the way” of tackling terror suspects. The PM said she would make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and “restrict the freedom and movements” of those that presented a threat. Labour said ministers must stand up for “democratic values” while the Lib Dems said the plan would not improve safety. Security has dominated the final days of the general election campaign ahead of Thursday’s poll. Rival parties have been criticising the Tories over police cuts following the terror attacks in London and Manchester.
Theresa May today vowed to tear up human rights laws if they ‘stop us’ from fighting terrorism as she vowed a fresh crackdown on extremism. The PM also pledged to impose tougher restrictions on would-be jihadis who are known to pose a threat but cannot be prosecuted. Her plans include doubling maximum detention periods to 28 days, while she also wants universities to do more to flush out potential terrorists. In a speech in Slough on the eve of the last full day of election campaigning, Mrs May promised to get even tougher with terrorists. She had earlier admitted there are questions to answer over how the security services handled London bridge killer Khuram Butt – amid anger that at least one of them ‘slipped through the net’.
Theresa May will start work on toughening anti-terrorism measures on Friday if she is re-elected, she said last night, and promised she will not let human rights laws stand in her way. The Prime Minister will make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and will extend existing laws that restrict the freedom of British suspects. Mrs May has been stung by criticism of her record on counter-terrorism following Saturday’s attack on London, the third terrorist outrage in the space of three months. She has faced a barrage of questions about why the three Islamist terrorists who killed seven at the weekend were free to do it despite two of them of them being on the radar of the police or MI5. She has also been taken to task over a 20,000 reduction in police numbers under her watch.
Theresa May has said she is prepared to throw out human rights laws if they restrict new tougher legislation to tackle terrorism. The Prime Minister said she will make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects back “to their own countries” and would “restrict the freedom and movements of terrorist suspects” if re-elected on 8 June. Addressing supporters in Slough just 36 hours before the polls open, she vowed to change the laws if they impeded efforts to fight the increasingly “complex” terror threat. “As we see the threat changing, evolving, becoming a more complex threat, we need to make sure that our police and security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need,” Ms May said.
Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the polls open. The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and how to increase controls on extremists where it is thought they present a threat but there is not enough evidence to prosecute them. The last-ditch intervention comes after days of pressure on May over the policing cuts and questions over intelligence failures, following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster.
THERESA May last night threatened to rip up human rights laws to ensure that terrorism suspects can be deported or have their freedom curbed. In a dramatic stepping up of the response to the bloody attacks in London and Manchester, the Prime Minister insisted she was ready to withdraw Britain from parts of the European Convention on Human Rights. Her announcement of a drastic increase in the powers of police and courts to crack down on terror suspects came less than 36 hours before the polls open in the General Election. “We should make it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries,” she told a rally of Tory supporters in Slough, Berkshire.
Theresa May wants to be able to deport anyone she likes, and if the law gets in her way, she says she’ll change it. Meanwhile, both Boris Johnson and Andrew Mitchell have suffered excruciating broadcasting blunders. And Jeremy Corbyn has been planning the first things he’d do if he moves into Downing Street on Friday. And Sadiq Khan has finally had a little pop at his transatlantic trolling tormentor, Donald Trump. Here’s what we learned on the election campaign trail today.
Jeremy Corbyn was monitored by undercover officers for two decades amid fears that he was attempting to undermine democracy, the Telegraph can disclose. A former special branch officer, who does not wish to be named, said that the Labour leader was monitored because he was “deemed to be a subversive”. The Special Branch definition someone who is subversive “consists of activities intended to undermine or overthrown Parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means.” Mr Corbyn would have come under the “undermine” category as if there was evidence anyone was about to overthrow democracy they would have been arrested. Diane Abbott also had a file open on her during the period in the same “subversive” category, the source confirmed.
JEREMY Corbyn was watched by undercover officers for 20 years over fears he wanted to undermine democracy, it has been claimed. A Special Branch officer, who does not wish to be named, claims the Labour leader was labelled a “subversive”. The Special Branch defines someone who is a subversive as wanting to “overthrow parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means.” Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was also deemed “subversive” during the same period, a source told the Daily Telegraph. They said Mr Corbyn was monitored because of his alleged sympathies with the IRA.
LOOK at the faces of the three most senior Labour figures who could be in power on Friday. Now read the quotations alongside them. These are the true feelings of Jeremy Corbyn, his shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. This is what they really think when the pressure is off. When they are not trying to dupe you into voting for them. When they are not posing as tough-guys on security, reading out the slick script fed to them by sinister aides hell-bent on installing the first Marxist government in Downing Street. These people will not keep us safe. They loathe our country. They believe we are oppressors — that when it comes to terror, Britain has it coming.
A member of UKIP’s youth wing has been labelled “far right” by his school and reported to the Government’s PREVENT de-radicalisation programme, which is designed to stop “young people from being drawn into terrorism”. Michael Higginson, a 15-year-old year 10 student at Vision Studio School in Mansfield, also claims teachers openly back the Labour Party and said the website for his local UKIP branch is blocked on the school’s Internet service. He told Breitbart London the school’s “safeguarding officer” told him he could have committed “a hate crime” and that they “needed to find out if [he was] an extremist” before he was subsequently interviewed by two police officers. The student (pictured with former UKIP leadership candidate John Rees-Evans) said he is “vocal” in his support for UKIP in citizenship lessons and has tweeted approvingly about right-wing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
Senior NHS managers are discussing secret cost-cutting plans to be announced after the General Election – measures that one chief executive described as the most extreme and difficult to hit the health service they had ever seen. Extended waiting times, ward and service closures, and the withdrawal of public funding for some treatments are among the proposals in a new national savings drive designed to cap NHS spending, a leak has revealed. Health bosses have been told to “think the unthinkable” when devising measures to save money in their regions, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ). The “truly shocking” scale of the proposed cuts and closures represent a “death knell” for the values of the NHS, said Louise Irvine, the GP hoping to unseat Jeremy Hunt on Thursday.
Leukaemia sufferers have been given hope of a potential cure after a breakthrough gene editing technique put 90 per cent of patients in a trial into “deep remission”. Patients with the most common adult form of the disease, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), underwent blood transfusions once their own cells were re-engineered to attack cancer cells. Six months after starting the three-day one-off treatment, doctors found no evidence of the disease in the bone marrow of all but one of the nine participants. Cancer research campaigners have hailed the results, which are relevant to up to 3,600 patients in the UK, as “very promising”.
Two kinds of incurable blood cancer have been eradicated in more than two out of three patients by a therapy that turns the body’s defences against tumours. Over the past five years scientists have become good at taking out patients’ immune cells and tweaking them into a genetically modified drug that can hunt down cancer. In 2015 a pioneering form of the therapy saved the life of Layla Richards, a one-year-old girl with aggressive leukaemia, at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.