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It looks like the Tories are surging in the polls says the Telegraph.

This is beginning to look like an election the Conservatives should not lose. The party has gradually squeezed the life out of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. As many as two-thirds of those who voted Leave are now backing Boris Johnson and his Brexit deal. That has given the party a double-digit lead in the polls that, if it transpires in the ballot boxes, should be sufficient to give the Prime Minister a comfortable overall majority.

But the Guardian has a warning.

Beware projections of parliamentary seats from national polls. This weekend’s survey of three marginals suggests that voting movements are likely to vary wildly – even in neighbouring seats which look similar.
In the Cities of London and Westminster, Chuka Umunna could become the first non-Conservative MP for the area since 1874. The former Labour MP, now fighting the seat as a Liberal Democrat, is currently six points behind Nickie Aiken, the Conservative candidate. But Deltapoll’s figures show that tactical voting by Labour party supporters could give Umunna victory.

The Independent seems confident of a Tory victory.

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have shot into a commanding lead in the latest general election  poll for The Independent.
Tories put on four points over the course of a week to hit 41 per cent in the BMG Research survey, 13 points ahead of Labour, down one on 28 per cent.
Liberal Democrats were on 18 per cent (up two), with Greens on 5 per cent (unchanged) and Brexit Party on 3 per cent (down six).

And this is confirmed in the Sun.

THE Tories have opened up a massive 19 point leader over Labour, a new poll has revealed.
The boost for Boris Johnson comes as the Conservatives are set to launch their manifesto on Sunday.
According to the Opinium poll, the Tories are on 47 per cent with Labour on 28 per cent and the Lib Dems lagging behind on 12 per cent.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which agreed not to stand in Tory held seats, has dropped down to just three per cent, the poll published in the Observer shows.

Even the Observer concedes the Tory lead.

The Conservatives have taken a commanding 19-point lead over Labour with less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.
The news comes as Boris Johnson launches the Tory election manifesto on Sunday, a moment seen by many Conservative MPs as the most dangerous of the campaign. It was Theresa May’s botched manifesto in 2017, which included an unpopular social care policy dubbed the “dementia tax”, that played a major part in the collapse in her poll ratings.
The Tory share of the vote now stands at 47%, with Labour on 28% and the Lib Dems falling back to 12%.

But the Times claims some senior Tories could lose their seats.

Seven Brexiteer big beasts in the Tory ranks, including Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, are in danger of losing their seats, according to the largest data analysis of the general election.
Analysis of nearly 270,000 voter interviews, by the modelling firm Datapraxis, has found that the Tories are on course for a comfortable majority but some of the party’s biggest Eurosceptic names could lose out, even in seats that would usually be safe.
The report predicts a potentially “historic, career-ending nightmare” on a par with Michael Portillo’s loss in 1992 for Raab, Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Baker, John Redwood, Philip Davies and Zac Goldsmith.

The Telegraph is more positive of a Conservative victory.

Boris Johnson is on course for a 64-seat majority having successfully “squeezed” the Brexit party, new analysis claims.
The Conservatives are currently polling at 42.8 per cent support, which looks set to deliver the party 357 seats.
The poll of polls by Electoral Calculus found that the election seems to be split down Leave and Remain lines, taking in research from five different surveys from Nov 14 to 19, polling over 7,500 people.

And the Mail says there’s no sign of a Labour resurgence.

With 19 days until polling day, there is still no sign of the Labour surge which started at this point in the 2017 Election and wiped out Theresa May’s majority.
Today’s Mail on Sunday Deltapoll gives Boris Johnson a 13-point lead, with the Tories on 43 per cent and Labour on 30 per cent, at the end of a week in which Jeremy Corbyn has set out his manifesto policies.

iNews reports on thousands of new voters signing up to cast their ballots.

The UK has seen what is believed to be its biggest pre-deadline voting registration surge with more than 300,000 people signing up in one day.
Some 308,000 people in total raced to join the electoral roll on Friday’s unofficial National Voter Registration Day, ahead of the 26 November registration deadline.
On Friday, 206,000 under 34-year-olds signed up to receive a ballot card for the snap election on December 12.
They were accompanied by 53,100 of those aged between 35 and 44, 28,500 of those aged between 45 and 54, and 20,000 over 54-year-olds.

WAB

Did you think the WAB was dead?  iNews has news for you.

Boris Johnson has pledged to put his Brexit deal before the House of Commons before Christmas, if the Conservatives win the snap election.
He described his decision to re-introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) as a gift for voters fed up with the wrangling over Brexit.
Mr Johnson said: ““My early Christmas present to the nation will be to bring the Brexit bill back before the festive break, and get parliament working for the people.

The Times says he’ll bring back the WAB before Christmas.

Boris Johnson will today unveil his blueprint for Britain as he launches the Conservative Party manifesto in the marginal seat of Telford in the heart of the West Midlands — a key battleground in the general election campaign.
Revealing his offer to voters in the strongly pro-Brexit region, Johnson will announce plans to bring back his withdrawal agreement bill before Christmas so as to deliver on his pledge that the UK will leave the EU by the end of January.

Conservative Party manifesto

Meanwhile, the Tories have leaked their manifesto, due out today.  The Telegraph says it’s a plan for the people.

Boris Johnson will today set out the suite of policies designed to take on Jeremy Corbyn and convince voters that he will invest in the “people’s priorities” and help with the cost of living.
The Conservatives’ manifesto will include commitments to tackle some of the issues most often raised with MPs, with £2 billion pledged for the country’s “biggest ever pothole-filling programme” and free hospital car parking for millions of patients, visitors and staff.

The Times reports there are no plans to raise taxes.

Boris Johnson today pledges in the Tory manifesto that his government will not raise the rates of income tax, national insurance or VAT, setting up a dramatic economic showdown with Labour over tax and spending.
In an audacious move, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, told The Sunday Times that Labour will pay a staggering £58bn in compensation to so-called Waspi women if it wins power.
Under Labour’s plans, 3.7m women born between 1950 and 1960 who thought they would retire at 60 but have seen the state pension age rise will be paid £100 for each week of income lost.

The Mail also reports the PM’s promise.

Boris Johnson today unveils a cast-iron pledge not to raise taxes for the lifetime of the next Parliament if he is returned to Downing Street after the Election.
The Tory manifesto, which is being launched by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, will include a ‘triple tax lock’ promise that a Conservative Government will not increase the rates of income tax, national insurance or VAT – in stark contrast to the swingeing tax rises threatened last week by Jeremy Corbyn.

He says this will put more money in people’s pockets, says the Guardian .

Boris Johnson will on Sunday commit a Tory government to not raise income tax, VAT or national insurance for five years as he promises to “put more money back in people’s pockets” after Brexit.
Launching the Conservatives’ general election manifesto, the prime minister will also pledge to protect the value of state pensions, boost spending by £1bn on childcare during school terms and holidays, and cut energy bills by up to £750 a year for those in social housing.

And the Telegraph also reports Tory plans to scrap hospital parking charges.

Boris Johnson is pledging to end NHS hospital car parking charges for millions of patients, relatives and staff as he prepares to unveil an election manifesto designed to take on Jeremy Corbyn on the health service and the cost of living.
Mr Johnson said the Conservatives would set out a programme to “get Brexit done and allow us to move on” and “unleash the potential of the whole country”. On Saturday night, he joked that Britain could be “Corbyn neutral” by 2020 if the Tories won the Dec 12 poll.

Labour Party

The Labour leader has been branded a danger, reports the Mail.

The former head of MI6 has branded Jeremy Corbyn a danger to national security who is unfit to hold the keys to No 10.
In an extraordinary intervention, Sir Richard Dearlove said the Labour leader would pose a ‘present danger to our country’ if he became Prime Minister and is able to access top-secret documents.
Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, the former spy chief makes the devastating assertion that Mr Corbyn’s past political activities mean he should never be allowed access to such sensitive classified information.

The Independent reports the party’s plans to give money to those women who lost out when the pension age was raised.

Labour has pledged to compensate nearly 4 million women who lost out on thousands of pounds when the state pension age was increased.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said the payments – estimated to total £58bn over five years – would settle a “historical debt of honour”.
Individual payouts to women born in the Fifties could be as high as £31,300, with an average of £15,380.

The party’s transgender policy is confusing, says the Times.

Labour has been criticised for placing women at risk with its confused policy on transgender rights.
It tried to please both sides in the gender-identity debate by pledging in its manifesto to reform the Gender Recognition Act to introduce self-declaration for transgender people, while at the same time promising to keep legal exemptions protecting single-sex spaces.

LibDems

Corbyn’s stance on a second referendum has been criticised in the Express.

REMAINER Chuka Umunna lost his cool during a BBC radio interview this morning less than 24-hours after Jo Swinson was torn-apart on the Liberal Democrats plan to scrap Brexit during her appearance on BBC Question Time.
Mr Umunna, who standing in the cities of London and Westminster constituency on December 12, insisted the Liberal Democrat position to revoke Article 50 was not a mistake, despite Ms Swinson facing a tough grilling by furious audience members on the special leaders debate last night.

The Times reports there’s no left or right any more….

What do the residents of Westminster think when they open their doors to Chuka Umunna — all 6ft of him — with a yellow rosette like a sunflower on his lapel? Do they think: “Here is the very embodiment of the centre ground?” Do they think: “This ‘revoke’ alt-remainer is just the mirror image of the Brexit Party?” Or: “Is this the guy who defected from Labour to Change UK to the Liberal Democrats?” Or even: “Why is a GQ model ringing my doorbell?”

… just lots of new taxes, says the Mirror.

The Lib Dems would slap request flyers with new taxes, abandon Britain’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and of course scrap Brexit in their new manifesto.
Axing EU withdrawal would unlock a £50billion “Remain bonus” over five years, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson claimed.
The party has placed curbing climate change at the heart of its campaign.

The Brexit Party

Nigel has plans to rebrand his party, reports the Express.

NIGEL Farage has revealed plans to rebrand the Brexit Party as the Reform Party with an agenda of “draining the swamp” of Westminster politics.
The Brexit Party leader has warned the political establishment that getting Brexit done is just the beginning and that his party’s long term future will be about reforming Britain’s broken political system.
But in the short term, the veteran anti-Brussels campaigner has not ruled out taking on a role as an EU commissioner if asked by Boris Johnson.

Several of the media report Nigel’s comments that the Labour campaign has ‘bombed’.  The Mail says:

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said the Labour election campaign is ‘bombing’, as polls show his new party is stripping Labour of votes in key battlegrounds.
Mr Farage was speaking about Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to remain ‘neutral’ in a mooted second EU referendum as he visited market stallholders in Hartlepool today.
He said the Labour leader’s stance, which he revealed on BBC’s Question Time on Friday, showed a ‘failure of leadership’.

The Mirror says Corbyn has failed as a leader.

Nigel Farage claims the Labour election campaign is “bombing” claiming that Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to remain “neutral” in a second EU referendum showed a “failure of leadership”.
Campaigning in Hartlepool he said:” Brexit is the defining issue of our day and the leader of the Labour Party is going to abstain from that.
As he stopped for a drink at the King John Tavern, Mr Farage said: “I find that astonishing. It’s a failure of leadership. It’s also a reflection that he knows his own parliamentary party are Remainers… so he’s still trying to stay on that fence and it’s not working.

Green Party

The Greens are going to spend, spend, spend, says the Mirror.

The Green Party has unveiled its radical general election manifesto with extra spending of £141.5billion a year.
The massive document pledges £89 a week for every adult, a ‘maximum wage’, a 20mph speed limit, and a Ministry for Peace.
Heroin would be available on prescription under a decriminalised drugs regime and aid spending would soar.
Rent controls would bring costs of private lets down, all new road-building will be halted and misogyny will be a hate crime.

Education

Exam results are good for state schools, reports the Times.

State schools are holding their own when compared with fee-paying rivals charging up to £40,000 a year, according to the first analysis of this summer’s public examination results.
In a Sunday Times table combining the GCSE and A-level results of private and state schools, three state schools performed well enough to make the top 20, up from only one last year, with 23 state schools making a combined top 100, two more than last year. All 23 are grammar schools, which select pupils at the age of 11.

But free speech has been squashed for students at a Roman Catholic school reports the Times.

Catholic students have been told they cannot take part in official societies at Cardiff University after the students’ union adopted a pro-choice policy on abortion.
The university chaplain, the Very Rev Fr Sebastian Jones, said that no Catholic could remain a member of an organisation that upholds “the promotion of, and material support for, the procurement of abortions”.
He added: “For a Catholic to participate in such an organisation would risk them incurring excommunication.”

Armed forces

More cuts in the army are on the cards reports the Times.

Defence chiefs are discussing plans to slash the size of the British Army and lend one of the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carriers to the UK’s allies amid fears they may be forced into further defence cuts.
The Tory manifesto, published today, will ditch an explicit commitment made just two years ago by Theresa May to “maintain the overall size of the armed forces”.
Instead, it will vow to maintain defence spending at more than 2% of GDP and raise it each year at half a percentage point above inflation.

And the RMP is under scrutiny in the Times.

The Royal Military Police (RMP) could be scrapped and replaced by a civilian force following criticism of its failure to properly investigate war crimes by British troops, The Sunday Times has learnt.
The British Army is facing a potential inquiry by the International Criminal Court as a result of revelations by this newspaper and the BBC’s Panorama programme alleging that the murder of children and the torture of civilians had been covered up.

Rail travel

Travelling by train over Christmas will be problematic, says the Telegraph.

Train union leaders have been attacked for preparing a £600,000 war chest to support guards poised to launch the biggest strike in British railway history.
Tens of thousands of commuters are braced for 27 days of Christmas chaos on South Western Railway  after talks with guards union the RMT broke down on Thursday.
Politicians criticised the war chest as “unfair” and brandished the industrial action as an attempt to “destroy Christmas travel plans” and “disrupt businesses during one of their busiest periods of the year”.
The strike is set to run for 27 days starting on Monday, Dec 2 with a one-day break for the General Election and a two-pause on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

But a Tory decision has angered unions, says Sky News.

Furious union bosses have accused the Conservatives of treating workers like “slaves” after the party announced plans to ban all-out rail strikes.
The party wants to introduce a guaranteed minimum service, which would come into force when walkouts happen.
Falling below a set number of trains, which would be agreed in advance by train operators and unions, would make any strike action unlawful.
It is not clear what would happen if either party refuses to agree to such a stipulation.

Air travel

But flying could be easier, says the Telegraph.

British Airways is set to avert Christmas travel chaos after striking a pay deal with pilots, drawing to a close one of the most bitter industrial rows in airline’s 100-year history.
Union Balpa has written to members recommending they back a negotiated settlement that includes a sweetened pay deal and improves working conditions and bonuses.

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