The media are concentrating on the General Election polls today. The Telegraph, a normally pro-Conservative paper, claims Labour is attracting female support.

Jeremy Corbyn is closer to winning the election than at any time during the campaign thanks to a surge in support from women, a poll for the Sunday Telegraph indicates.
Labour is now just 6 points behind the Tories with less than a fortnight to go – the smallest gap recorded by pollsters ORB International since the vote was called.
The Tories are on 44 per cent of the vote with Labour on 38. The Liberal Democrats are on 7 while Ukip has collapsed to just 4.
It marks a dramatic tightening of the election race, with the Tories enjoying a 15-point lead over Labour at the beginning of the month.
Driving Labour’s comeback appears to be women voters, who have grown increasingly positive about Mr Corbyn’s party in recent weeks.
Just 31 per cent of women planned to vote Labour in mid-May but that figure has jumped to 40 per cent this week – just a single point behind the Tories. 

The Mirror claims it’s the Labour boss who is leading the race.

Jeremy Corbyn is now closing in on Theresa May in the race for No 10.
Our exclusive ComRes poll today shows Labour has reduced the Tory lead from 18 to 12 points in two weeks.
And with 11 days to go before Britain heads to the polls that puts Mr Corbyn within striking distance of becoming PM.
The polls have narrowed dramatically recently – a YouGov poll this week placed the gap between Labour and the Conservatives at just five points.
Mrs May’s Dementia Tax on the elderly and her U-turn over how to pay for it has boomeranged.
Only a fifth of voters in our poll say she is most likely to protect elderly people dependent on social care while Mr Corbyn score 43 per cent.

The Guardian claims Mr Corbyn was celebrating his birthday.

It wasn’t the most lavish of birthdays for Jeremy Corbyn on Friday. Preparing for a morning speech on security was followed by preparations for a 30-minute grilling by the BBC’s most feared interviewer, Andrew Neil. It was only in the evening that he had some downtime for a typically understated celebration of his 68th birthday, at home with his family.
Yet even by the time he was consulting his speech notes over breakfast, the Labour leader had already been given a gift – a YouGov poll that appeared to not only confirm the trend that the polls were closing, but that put Labour only five points behind a Conservative party that had at one point surged into a 24-point lead.
The reactions within Labour varied hugely, from joy and vindication among Corbyn’s supporters to deep scepticism among the bulk of party veterans.
Labour’s surge to 38% in the poll, its best performance under Corbyn’s leadership, came after weeks of electioneering that had seen the party’s share of the vote slowly grow. It coincided with an astonishing narrowing in the respective approval ratings of Corbyn and Theresa May. There was a 52-point gap with YouGov at the start of the campaign; at one point last week, it was four points.

The Sun claims the Tories will win big.

THE TORIES are on course to win a hugely increased majority because voters massively prefer Theresa May to Jeremy Corbyn, a new poll finds.
The exclusive survey shows the Conservatives leading Labour by eight points – suggesting they will win a majority of around 60.
That would be a large gain on the party’s previous majority of just ten, but fall short of predictions that Mrs May could win a historic landslide.
The poll – carried out for The Sun after the Manchester bombing – comes as the Tories appear to have slipped back following the row over their election manifesto.
But Mrs May will take comfort from the finding that 59 per cent of voters would like to see her stay as PM, with just 37 per cent preferring Mr Corbyn.

The Tories are maintaining their lead, says the Independent.

Theresa May retains a 12-point lead in a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent – a finding that will steady Conservative nerves after a YouGov poll on Friday showed the lead narrowing to just five points.
Despite growing support for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, notably over social care, the Conservatives are on 46 per cent and Labour on 34 per cent. Labour is up four points from the last ComRes poll two weeks ago, and the Conservatives down two, but the figures suggest Ms May is still heading for a majority of about 110.
The poll was taken between Wednesday and Friday this week, a day later than the YouGov poll, but mostly before the resumption of election campaigning on Friday. The Liberal Democrats have been squeezed down two to 8 per cent – the same share of the vote as in the 2015 election – with only half of those who voted for them last time saying they will do so again. Ukip is unchanged on 5 per cent and the Greens down one to 2 per cent. 

And the Express report the Conservatives lead has reduced.

A NEW poll of voters shows the Tory lead shrank by three points as the June 8 general election approaches.
The Opinium research put Theresa May’s party 10 points ahead on 45 per cent, with Labour on 35 per cent, Liberal Democrats on seven per cent and Ukip on five per cent.
But the Tory advantage was cut by three points compared with a similar poll the previous week, with Conservatives shedding one point and Jeremy Corbyn’s party gaining two, while Lib Dems were up one and Ukip unchanged.
Although the result is less dramatic than Friday’s YouGov survey, which found the gap had narrowed to just five points, it tallies with several polls that show Labour gaining on the Tories after having begun the election race up to 25 points adrift. 

Terror threat

Although still worrying, the country’s terror threat has been cut a notch, says the Mail.

Theresa May has reduced Britain’s threat level from critical to severe and announced the end of Operation Temperer which saw armed troops flood the streets of Britain.
Her announcement means an attack is considered highly likely rather than imminent.
Troops will be gradually withdrawn from the streets from midnight on Monday, having been drafted in to bolster police numbers, the Prime Minister said.
Speaking after a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, she said the decision had been taken after ‘a significant amount of police activity’ over the last 24 hours.

BBC News also carries the story.

The UK terrorism threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
The change indicates an attack is highly likely, not imminently expected.
Soldiers deployed to support the police will be stood down on Monday night, at the close of the bank holiday weekend.
Earlier on Saturday, police evacuated an area of Moss Side in the city, in a search linked to Monday’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena which killed 22 people and left scores injured.
The evacuation was described by Greater Manchester Police as a precautionary measure to “ensure everyone’s safety”.

The Labour leader has been criticised following a speech, says the Mirror.

Jeremy Corbyn came under fire from the Conservatives this week after a landmark speech about the war on terror.
The Labour leader said said we “must be brave enough” to admit the war on terror has failed  in the wake of the Manchester suicide bombing.
He said: “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.”
The full force of the Tory government was dispatched to attack Corbyn afterwards.

Westmonster reveals that there are many more terrorists in the UK than previously thought.

The alarming scale of Islamic extremism within the UK has been laid bare with security services revealing that around 23,000 known jihadists are now in Britain.
There is now an army of extremists, with 3,000 jihadis on an active watchlist plus another 20,000 who have been investigated before and are believed to represent some risk.
The Westminster killer and recent Manchester bomber did not feature amongst the top 3,000 being actively investigated, for instance.
Anyone can see that the scale of this terror threat is huge and likely to only get bigger. The security services are being stretched to breaking point and need to be backed with the resources, whilst those for whom there is evidence of extremism should be locked up or deported before any more innocent people are murdered on the streets of Britain.

Sky News concentrates on both major parties’ plans for fighting the terror threat.

How to keep Britain safe is the focus for both Labour and the Conservatives today, as both parties push their plans for security in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
Theresa May has fleshed out her proposals for a new Commission for Countering Extremism to advise the government on how to “stamp out” extremism, inspired by the Commission for Racial Equality which was established in 1976.
It will be a statutory body with “proper teeth and a clear remit” and a legal responsibility to carry out its work in challenging extremism, especially non-violent forms, and promote “pluralistic British values” including women’s rights.


The chaos at Heathrow and Gatwick is reported in the Telegraph.

British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick following a massive global IT failure.
Every departure scheduled on Saturday was cancelled and the airline asked passengers not to come to the airports.
On Saturday night the operator said it intended to run a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick on Sunday and the “majority of services” from Heathrow.
It comes as hotels surrounding the airports charged extortionate prices to stranded holiday makers with some charging between £1,000 to £2,5000 a room for the night.
The chaos happened just after 11am on Saturday when the company’s unreliable new IT system crashed worldwide for the sixth time in a year.

The Sun also has the story.

A GLOBAL computer crash grounded British Airways flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports — sparking chaos for 200,000 holidaymakers.
The airline’s check-in and operational systems crashed, with passengers trying to travel on Bank Holiday weekend left stranded – with disruptions expected to carry on until tomorrow.
But British Airlines has now said it is aiming to operate a near normal schedule at Gatwick and the majority of services from Heathrow on Sunday.
Travellers tonight reported to the Sun Online that they have been able to check-in on Sunday flights, with it a flicker of hope for those left stranded.

But ITV News claims things are getting back to normal.

British Airways has said it plans to operate a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick and the “majority of services” from Heathrow on Sunday, following a global IT meltdown that affected hundreds of thousands of passengers.
Air industry experts have been less optimistic, warning it could take days for services to fully return to normal and clear the backlog of passengers.
The IT crash has disrupted the Bank Holiday weekend and caused chaotic scenes in Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday.
Some passengers complained they had been left in the dark by the airline.
Stranded passenger Eddy Leviten told ITV News said: “There was nobody in Terminal Three to give you any information at all. There were no announcements on the tannoy.
“I found out everything via Twitter – it’s a catastrophic failure of systems.”


The Times reports the Tories are to re-launch their manifesto this week.

The Tories will relaunch their faltering general election effort this week after their manifesto mess and the Manchester terror attack pushed the campaign off course.
Sir Lynton Crosby, the Tory strategist, has ordered a return to the party’s core message: only Theresa May can be trusted to negotiate Brexit. The prime minister will hammer home that point when she and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn face separate grillings by the former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman tomorrow evening in the campaign’s first televised showdown. A senior Tory said: “All that came before the attack is ancient history; it’s like the campaign is starting all over again.”

But the Mail claims some ministers are being blackmailed.

The Prime Minister’s all-powerful chiefs of staff were last night at the centre of extraordinary claims of a ‘blackmail’ plot by members of Theresa May’s Cabinet.
Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who form Mrs May’s ‘Praetorian Guard’ in Downing Street, were warned that notes were being kept by Ministers of their private exchanges – with the implicit threat that they will be leaked if they are sacked.
Mr Timothy, 37, and Ms Hill, 43, who have been at Mrs May’s side since her time as Home Secretary, have a reputation for being ferociously protective of the Prime Minister, leading to bitter rows with Ministers or officials who cross her.
Earlier this month, Chancellor Philip Hammond failed to deny claims that he had expletive-filled arguments with Mr Timothy over the Government’s economic policy, while Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been slapped down for exceeding his brief over the Government’s policy on Syria. 


The Labour party has been looking at security, reports the Independent.

Labour would recruit 1,000 more security personnel across intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ as part of a range of measures to prevent terrorism, Jeremy Corbyn has announced.
The promise is in keeping with other aspects of Labour’s manifesto, including a pledge to create 10,000 new police officers, more firefighters and border guards, and stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives, who have reduced police numbers by an estimated 20,000 since taking office in 2010, in budget cuts totalling £2.3bn.
The party would also increase resources for schools, colleges and local councils to identify radicalisation in their communities, and move to protect those at risk from it.

And the Times drags up the Labour leader’s links with the IRA.

Jeremy Corbyn was instrumental in getting thousands of pounds of public money paid to the UK representative of SinnFein/IRA.
The disclosure came as the Tories stepped up pressure last night over Corbyn’s links to the terrorist group.
Files found by The Sunday Times in the London Metropolitan Archives show that Corbyn lobbied the Greater London Council (GLC) in the 1980s to fund a new group called the Irish in Islington Project.
In a letter written on House of Commons headed paper and dated August 26, 1983, Corbyn said: “The work of the Irish in Islington Project is both necessary and desirable, and I urge that their application for two project workers should be met.”

The Mail claims Mr Corbyn has blamed the Tories for the bomb attack.

Sporting a black tie and with his top button uncharacteristically fastened, Jeremy Corbyn condemned this week’s ‘appalling, atrocious’ Manchester bomb attack, declaring: ‘There can be nothing worse than losing a child in a situation like this.’
He also sought to link the tragedy to Tory policy — saying yesterday that ‘cuts’ to police budgets and the ‘wars our government has fought or supported in other countries’ were to blame.
Ignore these crocodile tears. For this is a man who, for years, has been one of Westminster’s foremost apologists for terrorism, having supported a panoply of organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, along with Marxist guerrillas in Latin America.
At least 13 times since 9/11, he has tried to stop the implementation of laws designed to prevent terror attacks.

Energy prices

The Mail reports on the price of gas and electricity.

Energy prices will be thrown back into the political spotlight this week when more than 100,000 households across the UK face a sudden hike in bills of up to £430 a year as their fixed rate deals come to an end.
More than a dozen key fixed price deals from seven leading suppliers are set to end on Wednesday. Customers who fail to switch to other deals in time face being moved on to expensive standard variable tariffs.
At the same time the Institute of Directors has called for customers to be given itemised energy bills listing all Government taxes and levies and the energy companies’ profit from each customer.
Energy industry sources believe such bills would reveal that profits per household are not excessive.

Nuclear threat

The North Korean leader is again in the spotlight, says the Sun.

HAWAII is drawing up plans to protect its population from a North Korean nuclear strike and its radiated aftermath.
Officials have produced a doomsday survival blueprint which reveals how seriously they are taking threats from tyrant Kim Jong-un about striking the US.
The nuclear contingency plans are described as “formidable and critical to the survival of our 1.4 million residents and visitors in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation”.
This includes “reviewing existing procedures for mass casualty and fatality management” and reviewing nuclear fallout shelters, sirens and other warning systems.
The doomsday plans come amid fears North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles are on the verge of being able to reach American owned Hawaii.

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