Conservative Party

In what is claimed to be an exclusive report, the Telegraph says that every Tory candidate will back Boris’ deal.

Boris Johnson today reveals that every Conservative parliamentary candidate has personally pledged to vote his Brexit deal through the House of Commons if he wins a majority.
In his first newspaper interview of the election campaign, the Prime Minister told The Telegraph that the promises would allow voters to be “100 per cent sure” that a Tory government would “unblock” Parliament.
The highly unusual decision is designed to help convince Leave voters that the Tories will deliver Brexit if they return to government.

The Sun has picked up the story.

BORIS Johnson says all Tory candidates have vowed to vote for his Brexit deal if he wins a majority in the General Election.
The PM said the pledge means voters can be “100 per cent” certain a Conservative government will “unblock” Parliament and deliver Brexit.
Last month, Mr Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill was approved in principle at its first hurdle when MPs voted 329 to 299 for it.
But the blow came when they rejected the hasty timetable by 322 to 308.
It effectively put paid to his promise – “no ifs, no buts” – to take the UK out of the EU by October 31.

The party’s policies are emerging.  The Independent reports on taxes.

Taxes will have to rise to meet Conservative spending pledges made on the campaign trail, independent experts warn, in a stinging criticism of both big parties’ plans.
Sajid Javid, the chancellor, is relying on a £37bn “cushion” – which has already been wiped out – to justify a string of high-cost promises to woo voters, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says.
Billions have been announced to replace lost police officers, end the benefits freeze, boost defence, extend childcare and rebuild technical education, in recent weeks.

Sky News reports on the immigration pledges.

The Conservatives have pledged to cut immigration “overall”, with the “vast majority” of migrants to be required to have a job offer to come to the UK – regardless of where they are from.
High-skilled scientists and those who want to start a business will be among a small number of exceptions.
Access to benefits will be equalised between EU nationals and those from elsewhere, meaning a typical wait of five years for non-UK citizens, and benefits will no longer be sent abroad to support children outside the UK.
Ministers have already made clear they are finally abandoning the party’s long-standing commitment to get net migration down below 100,000 a year – a target they have never met.

And Breitbart reports that Boris has said he is pro-immigration.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has once again promoted himself as a “pro-immigration politician” and refused to commit to reducing it below its current near-record highs.
“I’m a pro-immigration politician,” the Tory leader declared on the BBC on Friday morning, shaking two clenched fists and adding: “I think immigration can be a wonderful thing.”
Johnson did concede that the current rates “have been very high”, and suggested his administration would be able to “take back control of our borders” in January, at least with respect to Free Movement from the European Union, when he “gets Brexit done”.

The polls

The state of the parties depends on which paper you read.  The Times says the Tories have a big lead.

The Tories have today opened up a 17-point lead over Labour — their biggest lead since May 2017, a month before the last election — as Boris Johnson unveiled a sweeping crackdown on immigration.
The prime minister said immigrants arriving in Britain would contribute on “day one” to the NHS under plans to be revealed in the Conservative manifesto this week. They will also pay a surcharge of £625 on arrival to cover the cost of care, whether or not they use the health service.

The Independent says Labour is catching up.

Labour has cut the Conservatives’ lead to just eight points in the second week of the general election campaign, according to a poll for The Independent.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party has gained ground and is now on 29 per cent, with the Tories on 37 per cent, the BMG survey found.
Other polls in recent days have given the Conservatives a lead of between 10 and 15 points but the BMG survey suggests this has been cut significantly after a week that was widely seen as positive for Labour.

The Mail says the Tories are pulling away.

Boris Johnson has extended his lead over Jeremy Corbyn as he strengthens the Tories’ grip on working-class voters.
This week’s Deltapoll survey for The Mail on Sunday gives the Conservatives a 15-point lead, up from 12 points last week, with the governing party on 45 per cent and Labour on 30.
Tory strategists will be encouraged by the slump in Liberal Democrat support – down five to 11 per cent – given the attempts by its leader Jo Swinson to form a pro-Remain tactical voting pact against the Conservatives.

Labour Party

Labour will be offering free dental appointment, reports the Telegraph.

Labour is due to announce free dental check ups for all adults in England in a move expected to cost up to £450 million per year.
Jeremy Corbyn is set to waive charges for routine check ups if Labour wins power, in the first step towards returning to a dental service free at the point of use.
The proposals are expected to include scrapping payments for band one treatments, which currently cost £22.70, as well as introducing free checks for oral cancer. Band one treatments include examinations, a scale and polish and X-rays.
The British Dental Association (BDA) estimated that the policy would cost between £400 and £450 million annually.

But the policy to restrict free movement has gone by the board says the Times

Labour has shelved its party conference promise to maintain and extend freedom of movement, instead saying it will renegotiate migration policy with the EU if Britain votes to leave in a second referendum.
The position was finalised at yesterday’s crunch “Clause V” summit, where Jeremy Corbyn, senior Labour officials and union representatives met for six hours to debate and sign off the party’s manifesto.
Immigration was one of the most contentious topics ahead of the meeting, pitting Corbyn allies who want to increase migration against pro-Brexit union barons who have long argued that freedom of movement must end.

And there’ll be compensation for victims of the blood scandal reports the Times.

Labour yesterday agreed to a manifesto commitment to compensate the victims of the contaminated blood scandal.
The revelation comes days after the campaign group working on behalf of the victims — who are dying at a rate of about one every four days — wrote to every party leader urging them to compensate the victims as a matter of urgency.
The group does not want payments to wait until the public inquiry investigating the tragedy is concluded.

Private pensions could be hit, says the Express.

MILLIONS of private pensions will be put at risk by Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to nationalise utilities. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey raised fears the nationalisation plans would risk “impoverishing” people who worked hard all their lives and saved for their retirement.
The senior Cabinet member’s warning came as she unveiled a raft of measures to make the immigration system fairer and end the export of benefits, saving taxpayers at least £800million a year.

And a Labour government will get rid of deportations reports the Independent.

Diane Abbott has vowed to eradicate the culture of deportations haunting the Home Office and overhaul the department if Labour wins the general election.
In an interview with The Independent, the shadow home secretary said it would be her priority to implement a “fair and just” immigration system, so scandals such as Windrush could never happen again.
Ms Abbott categorically ruled out the imposition of any numerical migration targets but admitted Labour’s position on free movement will remain unclear until the party’s election manifesto is signed off on Saturday.
Setting out her vision for the Home Office, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP since 1987 said it would not be about rebranding the department but overhauling the “fundamentals”.


Were senior Brexit Party candidates offered bribes to stand down?  The Times reports:

Britain’s top prosecutor is pressing for a full police inquiry into claims that senior Tories offered peerages and other jobs to persuade members of the Brexit Party to stand down at the general election.
Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, is taking a personal interest in an investigation begun by a special unit at Scotland Yard last week.
The Metropolitan police confirmed yesterday that they were investigating two complaints alleging that senior Tories made inappropriate offers to get Nigel Farage’s party to back down.

Sky News suggests denials are untruthful.

Senior Tory figures are “being economical with the truth” by denying they offered election candidates jobs in exchange for not standing, a Brexit Party MEP has told Sky News.
Ben Habib claimed “it has been going on without a shadow of a doubt” in an interview with Sophy Ridge On Saturday.
He said Ann Widdecombe had been “offered some sort of negotiating position with the Tory Party – from Number 10”, but denied receiving any approaches himself.
Mr Habib also said remaining in the EU was better than Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s divorce deal that would leave Northern “bereft”, but added that “may or may not be” the Brexit Party’s position.

And if they are true, it could be classed as corruption says ITV News.

Claims the Tories offered peerages to senior Brexit Party figures could amount to “political corruption of the highest order”, the Labour Party chairman has warned, as Scotland Yard assesses allegations of electoral fraud.
Ian Lavery said the claims that the Conservatives offered Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and his colleagues seats in the House of Lords in return for standing aside in the General Election are an “absolute outrage”.
He said said if the allegations were true it “could be political corruption of the highest order”.


The LibDem leader has a problem, reports the Times.

Jo Swinson was accused of digging herself into a hole at the start of the election campaign by defending a Liberal Democrat leaflet that overstated her party’s polling.
She was soon drawn into a second “fake news” row, after Lib Dem leaflets quoted The Guardian as saying her party was “winning and on the up”. The words were hers, not the newspaper’s. Now a fact-checking charity has warned that such literature could undermine voters’ trust.

And the Express calls the party cheats.

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have been blasted for “cheating the electorate” by listing their party’s description with the Electoral Commission as “to stop Brexit”.
The fiercely pro Remain party has insisted they will revoke Article 50 if they with December 12 election. Leader Jo Swinson said: “The Liberal Democrats have been very clear – we want to remain in the European Union. “We are an internationalist party and so a Liberal Democrat majority government would revoke Article 50 on day one.
“We could stop Brexit and get on with building a brighter future, which would be more money for our NHS, in particular our mental health services, more money to give children the best start in life in our schools and helping more parents with the unaffordable costs of childcare, as well as tackling the climate emergency so that we can protect this beautiful and wonderful planet that we have and hand it on to the next generation, and not polluted and damaged.

Huffington Post claims the party would remove powers from the Home Office.

The Liberal Democrats would strip the Home Office of its immigration powers following years of criticism over the so-called “hostile environment” and the Windrush scandal.
The party criticised the “broken” immigration system which has “toxified the culture” on immigration and “stigmatised” migrants.
It would give powers over immigration policy, work and student visa, and asylum decisions to the departments for business, education and international development if it entered government.

New party

And the Guardian reports plans for yet another new party.

Advanced plans for another centrist political party to be launched after Brexit were developed by MPs earlier this year, it has emerged.
Dozens of figures from inside and outside Westminster were involved in the project, designed to go public once a second Brexit referendum was no longer possible.
Nick Boles, the former Conservative minister who quit the party over Brexit in April, said he had been “constantly” in talks about a possible new party and had at one point been confident it would happen. An earlier failed attempt to launch a new party, Brexit delays and the tantalising prospect of a second referendum had stopped it.
“It’s almost all I’ve been doing,” Boles said. “I can’t mention names, but it involved some very seriously good people, both MPs and not MPs, but people of great ability, experience and commitment.

Green Party

Youngsters could earn more under the Greens’ plans, reports the Mirror.

The Green Party have pledged a £12-an-hour minimum wage for anyone over 16 by 2022.
The eyebrow-raising election pledge outstrips the wildest dreams of the Tories or even Labour in a bid to ensure all youngsters earn the living wage.
It comes days after the Greens also pledged a universal basic income of £89 a week for all adults by 2025.


The Times reports that an EU boss is interfering in the election.

The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has accused Donald Tusk of interfering in the general election campaign and siding with Labour.
In an article for The Sunday Times website, Barclay takes the outgoing president of the European Council to task after he warned in a speech last week that Britain would be a “second-rate player” after leaving the European Union.
Barclay claims the “interference in our domestic election campaign shows where the EU elites’ real sympathies lie: with a Corbyn government which would renegotiate a deal and then campaign against it in another referendum, propped up by the SNP or the Liberal Democrats who would simply revoke article 50 without even letting the British people have a say.”

The Sun reports that migrants from the Continent will need a job before they’re admitted to the UK.

EU migrants will need a job offer before they can come to Britain under a post-Brexit crackdown.
They will also be banned from claiming benefits for five years — slashing up to £800million a year off the bloated welfare bill.econds
Boris Johnson has decided EU citizens will be subject to the same rules as the rest of the world when free movement ends in January 2021.
It will mean serious criminals from other European countries can be refused entry into Britain and those who break the law while here can be deported.

Supreme Court

Following several controversial rulings by the Supreme Court, the Express reports a call for it to be scrapped.

A GROUP of top lawyers have called on Boris Johnson to abolish the Supreme Court if he wins the election.
They argue it “has gone well beyond its proper constitutional and judicial role of interpreting and applying existing laws” and say it should be replaced with a “final appeal court” to stop judges exceeding their powers. The Prime Minister admitted to the Sunday Express last month that he is considering making changes to the Supreme Court after it overturned the prorogation of Parliament in September.


Bad stories concerning murder and torture by soldiers have appeared in the Times.

Evidence implicating British soldiers in the murder of children and the torture of civilians was covered up by military commanders, according to leaked documents that had been kept secret by the government.
Military detectives unearthed disturbing allegations that senior commanders had tried to hide war crimes by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, a year-long investigation by The Sunday Times and the BBC Panorama programme has established.
Evidence had been found of murders by an SAS soldier and deaths in custody, beatings, torture and degrading sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.

The Mail also has the story

The UK government and armed forces have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
An investigation has spoken to 11 British detectives who said that they have found evidence of war crimes as insiders say soldiers should have been prosecuted for the killings.
The allegations – which the The Ministry of Defence deny – came to light after an investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times.

The Times goes into detail on the cover-up.

The damning evidence of inhumane treatment meted out to innocent civilians by British soldiers lies in two thick files kept under lock and key behind the barbed-wire security fences of the Trenchard Lines military base overlooking Salisbury Plain.
The dossiers were painstakingly put together following years of investigation by detectives from the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) as part of one of the biggest war crimes inquiries in UK history.
The Ihat investigation would later be cast as an “unmitigated failure” by members of parliament.


Those poor people who have been flooded out in the north of the country are facing more rain, says the Star.

Further flooding misery is set to hit the nation in the run-up to Christmas.
The Met Office has told emergency services and councils to prepare for more rain than normal over the coming months.
It follows one of the wettest autumns in 250 years. And more rain is on the way in the next week.
Autumn is already the wettest on record in South Yorkshire, where half a year’s rain has fallen in 47 days.
Flooding described as “biblical” has devastated areas across the county and neighbouring Derbyshire.
Homes could still be swamped by Christmas.

ITV News specifies other areas at risk.

Large parts of the country remain mired in floods as experts warn the chaos could continue until Tuesday.
The rivers Severn and Avon have burst their banks leaving properties waterlogged in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, while residents in the Midlands and Yorkshire are still battling to clear their homes.
But despite some areas enduring their “wettest ever autumns”, much-needed relief from heavy rainfall has been forecast for flood-hit areas in the coming days.

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