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General election news – live: Tory manifesto aims to save ailing campaign with 2p national insurance cut

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June 11, 2024

The Conservatives will aim to revive their ailing general election campaign with a manifesto launch set promising giveaways including another 2p cut in national insurance.

Rishi Sunak is expected to tell voters the Tories believe in “sound money” and “are the party of Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Lawson” – the latter renowned for cutting taxes during his time as chancellor in the Thatcher government.

The manifesto is set to contain a string of giveaways amounting to almost £20bn in tax cuts and spending, including the national insurance cut, child benefit expansion and an income tax cut for pensioners.

It comes after the prime minister doubled down on his disputed claim that a Labour government would result in household taxes going up by £2,000.

During an election interview with BBC’s Panorama programme broadcast on Monday evening, Mr Sunak stood by the figure when it was put to him as “misleading”.

Table of Contents

Key Points

  • Sunak doubles down on disputed £2,000 tax claim

  • PM in Panorama grilling after D-Day row

  • Sunak: I didn’t consider resigning

  • Labour: Tory manifesto most expensive panic attack in history

  • Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

‘I come from an NHS family’

Monday 10 June 2024 20:57 , Matt Mathers

Sunak denies that Tory prime ministers don’t care about the NHS because they and their families can go private and “skip the queue”.

Mr Sunak said: “I come from an NHS family, so my dad was a GP. My mum was a pharmacist. I was surrounded…”

When it was put to him that he uses private health care, Mr Sunak added: “Yes, I have done in the past, but I also use the NHS and rely on the NHS, as do my kids, but at the end of the day, I was raised in an NHS family, surrounded by people who dedicated their lives to the NHS, talking at home about what more they could do to look after their patients and that’s how I think about the NHS today, which is why, as I said, we’re backing it with record funding and more doctors and nurses.

“Now, as you can see, we are bringing the waiting lists down after what has been a difficult period.”

Watch: Rishi Sunak and presenter clash over ‘misleading’ Labour tax claim

Monday 10 June 2024 20:52 , Matt Mathers

Sunak appears to blame Covid for NHS waiting lists going up since 2010

Monday 10 June 2024 20:51 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak said it would take time to “recover from the pandemic” when it was put to him that NHS waiting lists have been going up for the past 14 years.

Nick Robinson said NHS waiting lists had gone up since 2010, “long before Covid, long before strikes”.

Sunak replied: “The NHS has undeniably been under pressure for a while. That was exacerbated by what happened in the pandemic. I think most reasonable people can see that but this election is about the future.

“It’s where do we go from here and, as I said, we’re investing record sums in the NHS, recruiting and training more doctors and nurses, doing things innovatively, for example expanding the range of services that people can go and see their pharmacist for.

“I’m the son of a pharmacist and a GP, so it’s something I grew up with, and what we are doing is saying if you’ve got a sore throat or an ear infection now, you don’t need to get the GP appointment for you or your kids.

“You can go straight to your pharmacist and get the medicines that you need. That’s an example of making care faster for people and it will make a difference. Now of course it will take time to recover from the pandemic, but we are now on the right trick.”

Sunak: I’ve not made as much progress as I wanted on cutting NHS waiting lists

Monday 10 June 2024 20:43 , Matt Mathers

Sunak concedes that he has not made as much progress in cutting NHS waiting lists as he wanted to when he became prime minister.

When asked if waiting lists had gone up or down, he said: “I’ve been very clear. We have not made as much progress on NHS waiting lists as I would have liked, and they have risen”.

A vote for Reform is a vote to put Starmer in No 10, Sunak says

Monday 10 June 2024 20:37 , Matt Mathers

When pressed further, Sunak again refuses to engage in personality comparisons between himself and Farage.

He repeats the line that a vote for any party other than the Conservatives is a vote to put Starmer in No 10.

He said: “I would make the same point about anyone’s party, is ultimately a vote that makes it more likely that Keir Starmer is in power and you said to me, ‘Well are you a Conservative enough?’

“Well, here’s what we’re offering. Lower taxes, protected pensions, increase in defence spending, a more sensible approach to net zero and a clear plan to both stop the boats and bring down the levels of migration.

“That is what I’m talking to the country about. That’s the choice…”

Are you quinoa salad, prime minister?

Monday 10 June 2024 20:32 , Matt Mathers

Nick Robinson suggests to Sunak that people think he is a “quinoa salad” while Farage is a roast dinner with “all the trimmings”.

The PM avoids directly answering the question and instead says “I think the policies are what matter”.

“So let’s – I know we’re going to get into it, but you’re asking me about personalities,” he adds.

Sunak doubles down on disputed £2,000 tax claim

Monday 10 June 2024 20:24 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak has doubled down on the disputed claim that a Labour government would result in household taxes going up by £2,000.

He said: “We will have a manifesto tomorrow that builds on all the things that you’ve just gone through, that we’ve already announced in this campaign, that, yes, does continue to cut people’s taxes, because I believe in a country where people’s hard work is rewarded.

“And there’s a clear choice in contrast at this election, our party, the Conservatives, are promising, and will deliver tax cuts, building on the tax cuts that we have already started to deliver, and have ruled out tax rises, that’s not what the Labour Party are doing.

“They are being open that some taxes are going to go up, but what they’re not telling everyone is that there is a £2,000 tax bill waiting for working families across our country if they are elected.”

Has Ed Davey finally caught the heart of the nation by pledging to raise taxes for social care?

Monday 10 June 2024 20:20 , Matt Mathers

Having grabbed the electorate’s attention with goofy campaign photo ops, the Liberal Democrat leader is now doing voters a service by putting the ‘Cinderella’ issue of social care on the agenda, says Andrew Grice.

Read Andrew’s piece in full here:

Has Ed Davey caught the heart of the nation with his pledge for social care?

Is Farage more Conservative than Sunak?

Monday 10 June 2024 20:19 , Matt Mathers

Sunak declines to comment when it is put to him that many Conservatives think Farage is more Tory than he is.

The PM says the election will be a choice between himself and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer – a line that he has used repeatedly during the campaign.

“So the choice for everybody, there’s only going to be one of two people who’s prime minister, Keir Starmer or myself.

“A vote for anyone who’s not a Conservative candidate is just making it more likely that Keir Starmer is that person.

“So if you ask someone, you say, you know, what makes a Conservative, if you someone who wants lower taxes, if you want your pension protected, if you want migration reduced, if you want a sensible approach to net zero that prioritises our security and reducing people’s bills, that’s what I will offer you in this election.”

Farage’s comments not good for our country or politics – Sunak

Monday 10 June 2024 20:16 , Matt Mathers

Nigel Farage’s comments that Rishi Sunak doesn’t understand “our culture” were “not good” for “our country or politics”, the prime minister said.

Nick Robinson put it to him that the Reform Party leader had been “playing with fire” when making the remarks.

Mr Sunak said: “Well Nigel Farage can answer what he exactly meant by those comments.

“I’m not going to get involved in that because I don’t think it’s good for our country or good for our politics.

“Now obviously I disagree with him and when it comes, specifically, to our Armed Forces, again people can judge me by my actions.”

I understand basic duties of a PM, Sunak insists

Monday 10 June 2024 20:11 , Matt Mathers

Mr Sunak insists that he understands the basic duty of a prime minister when it is put to him that many people think he should have been there.

“Well that’s why I’ve apologised unreservedly for the mistake and I hope people can find it in their hearts to forgive me,” he said.

“My duty is also to make sure that this is a country which looks after our veterans, which is why I’m proud that there is a veterans minister sitting around the cabinet table.”

 (via REUTERS)

(via REUTERS)

D:Day – The last thing I wanted to do was offend anyone

Monday 10 June 2024 20:08 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak has said the “the last thing” he wanted to do was cause anyone “hurt or offence” by leaving the D-Day commemoration early.

Nick Robinson asked the PM how he felt when he looked at a photo of the event that showed other world leaders gathered on Omaha Beach.

Mr Sunak said: “Well, the last thing that I wanted to do was cause anyone any hurt or offence or upset.

“Which is why I apologised unreservedly for the mistake that I made and I can only ask that I hope people can find it within their hearts to forgive me.

“ And also look at my actions as prime minister to increase investment in our Armed Forces, to support our Armed Forces, but also to ensure that veterans have a minister sitting around the cabinet table with unprecedented support to make this the best country in the world to be a veteran as a demonstration of how deeply I care about this community and what they’ve done for our country.”

 (BBC via Getty Images)

(BBC via Getty Images)

Sunak: I want to build on ‘progress’ I’ve made

Monday 10 June 2024 20:03 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak said he wanted to build on the “progress” he has made since becoming prime minister.

Nick Robinson suggested that it has felt like “it’s not stopped raining since the day” Mr Sunak called the election.

Sunak said: “Well, what I’d say is I’ve been out and about every day since this election campaign started, talking to people about the choice, as you said, at this election because it’s an important moment for our country.

“We’ve been through a tough few years and I do believe at this point we have turned a corner and now is the chance for us to build on the progress that we’ve made and I want to deliver a more secure future for everyone in our country and I believe I’m the right person to do that because we’ve got a plan, that is clearly working, on the economy, although of course there’s more to go, and I’m prepared to take the bold action that’s necessary to do that and that’s what I’m energised to talk to people about.”

 (via REUTERS)

(via REUTERS)

Ed Davey says Lib Dems would fight for UK to rejoin EU single market and eventually overturn Brexit

Monday 10 June 2024 21:27 , Matt Mathers

Sir Ed Davey has promised to push for Britain to rejoin the European single market and eventually the EU.

The Liberal Democrat leader said fixing the UK’s broken relationship with Europe will drive down prices in shops and widen opportunities for young people to work throughout the bloc.

Full report:

Ed Davey says Lib Dems would fight for UK to rejoin EU and one day overturn Brexit

Sunak interview to start shortly

Monday 10 June 2024 19:57 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak will soon be grilled in a BBC interview ahead of his party’s manifesto launch tomorrow.

The prime minister will face questions from the BBC’s Nick Robinson in a Panorama general election special.

We’ll bring you text updates throughout the interview – stay tuned for all the latest developments.

 (BBC via Getty Images)

(BBC via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

Monday 10 June 2024 19:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

Sunak confirms plans for tax cuts in manifesto

Monday 10 June 2024 19:26 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak confirmed the Tory Party’s manifesto will include plans for tax cuts, Kate Devlin reports.

In an interview with the BBC airing at 8pm, the prime minister said: “We’re going to keep cutting people’s taxes. You’ll see that in our manifesto tomorrow.”

“Saddling young people with higher taxes” would make it harder for them to save for a deposit to buy a house, he said, adding he wanted people to “keep more of their money”.

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Monday 10 June 2024 19:20 , Salma Ouaguira

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Watch: Key takeaways from Liberal Democrats general election manifesto launch

Monday 10 June 2024 19:18 , Matt Mathers

Key takeaways from Liberal Democrats general election manifesto launch

Sunak admits it’s become harder to buy a house under Tories

Monday 10 June 2024 19:16 , Matt Mathers

Rishi Sunak acknowledged it has become harder for people to own their first home under the Conservatives.

Speaking to the BBC as part of its Panorama interviews with Nick Robinson, Mr Sunak said: “It has got harder and I want to make sure that it’s easier and what we will do is not just build homes in the right places and do that in a way that is sensitive to local communities, but make sure that we support young people in to great jobs so they can save for that deposit.

“I’m going to go back to tax, because it is important…”

Robinson intervened to say most young people are not worried about the deposit or stamp duty, adding they cannot afford to leave their parents’ home.

The prime minister replied: “No actually when I speak to people it is the deposit that is the biggest challenge because many people earn enough to cover a mortgage payment, but the struggle is saving up for a deposit.

“That has always over the last few years been the number one challenge.”

 (PA)

(PA)

Labour claims private school tax raid will not drive up class sizes

Monday 10 June 2024 19:00 , Salma Ouaguira

Row over Labour claims private school tax raid will not drive up class sizes

Reform candidate says UK should have ‘taken Hitler up on his offer of neutrality’ instead of fighting Nazis

Monday 10 June 2024 18:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Reform candidate says UK should have ‘taken Hitler’s neutrality offer’

Harder for people to buy first home under Tories, Sunak admits

Monday 10 June 2024 18:38 , Tom Barnes

Rishi Sunak acknowledged it has become harder for people to own their first home under the Conservatives.

Speaking to the BBC as part of its Panorama interviews with Nick Robinson, Mr Sunak said: “It has got harder and I want to make sure that it’s easier and what we will do is not just build homes in the right places and do that in a way that is sensitive to local communities, but make sure that we support young people in to great jobs so they can save for that deposit.

“I’m going to go back to tax, because it is important…”

Robinson intervened to say most young people are not worried about the deposit or stamp duty, adding they cannot afford to leave their parents’ home.

The Prime Minister replied: “No actually when I speak to people it is the deposit that is the biggest challenge because many people earn enough to cover a mortgage payment, but the struggle is saving up for a deposit.

“That has always over the last few years been the number one challenge.”

Kwasi Kwarteng says Liz Truss should’ return to lead Tories

Monday 10 June 2024 18:20 , Salma Ouaguira

The former chancellor was asked about the possibility of Liz Truss returning to lead the Conservative Party post election.

Mr Kwarteng said the former prime minister shouldn’t come back to lead the Tory party and is now time “for other people”.

He said: “I don’t think she should. I think she’s had her chance and I think it’s time for other people. I mean, that’s one of the reasons I’m standing down. I think it’s time for others to reinvent, if that’s what needs to happen, the Conservative Party.

“I think it’s time for a new generation, people we haven’t even heard of, will emerge and be the leaders of the future.”

 (PA)

(PA)

Who funds Reform UK?

Monday 10 June 2024 18:00 , Salma Ouaguira

The party is ultimately owned by Nigel Farage, but according to electoral reports, Reform UK has been mainly funded by Richard Tice. The former leader has contributed about 80% of the party’s declared loans and donations since 2021.

Mr Tice’s private company, Tisun Investments, has splashed up to £50,000 in loans. According to the Electoral Commission about £1.4m of outstanding loans are due to Tisun.

He has also contributed around £150,000 through private company Britain Means Business.

The party’s biggest donor last year was Terence Mordaunt with £200,000, who used to be a Tory donor  and former chair of the climate change sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Other donors include a previous Boris Johnson donor Christopher Harborne, according to The Guardian.

Reform UK says UK should have taken Hitler’s offer of neutrality

Monday 10 June 2024 17:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Reform UK’s spokesperson has told the BBC that it is “probably true” that the UK should have stayed neutral during the Second World War.

It comes as Reform canididate Ian Gribbin claimed the country would be “far better” if it had “taken Hitler up on his offer of neutrality” instead of fighting the Nazis.

A Reform spokesman said the comments were not “endorsements” but “written with an eye to inconvenient perspectives and truths”.

They said: “Through offence archaeology the BBC has found that Mr Gribbin has made a series of comments about a number of subjects. They were written with an eye to inconvenient perspectives and truths. That doesn’t make them endorsements, just arguing points in long distance debates.

“His historical perspective of what the UK could have done in the 30s was shared by the vast majority of the British establishment including the BBC of its day, and is probably true. Again no endorsement, just pointing out conveniently forgotten truths.

“As for the feminism point, his tongue is so firmly in his cheek one should be able to spot it from 100 yards.”

Labour vows not to ‘bring back austerity’

Monday 10 June 2024 17:20 , Salma Ouaguira

Jonathan Ashworth has said the Labour party will not bring back austerity.

The shadow paymaster general said: “The days of austerity are not returning with a Labour government.

“As you know, we are never going to play fast and loose with the public finances.”

He added: “We know we’re going to have to make tough choices, we’re under no illusions about that.

“That is because we are inheriting an economic mess the public finances have been wrecked under the Conservatives, as you know, and that will be our inheritance should we be fortunate enough to form a government.”

Sunak: I didn’t consider resigning

Monday 10 June 2024 17:11 , Matt Mathers

Embattled Rishi Sunak said he won’t “stop fighting” for every vote at the general election as he poured cold water on suggestions that he considered resigning over the backlash at his decision to leave a D-Day commemoration event early.

The prime minister denied reports that he was planning to quit just weeks into the campaign after he was widely criticised for leaving the event in France last week and later conducting a TV interview at home.

In his first interview since the row erupted, a defiant minister told broadcasters: “I’m not going to stop fighting for people’s votes. I’m energised about the vision we’re putting forward for the country,” he said.

“This campaign is not even half way through yet. I’m finding enormous support for the policies that we’re putting on the table.”

 (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

(Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Monday 10 June 2024 17:00 , Salma Ouaguira

Opinion | Farage is a conman with too many people falling for his silver tongue

Monday 10 June 2024 16:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Farage won’t be our next prime minister, but British politics will always find room for men like him.

The controversial Reform UK leader has made a career off his everyman persona and populist rhetoric, writes Sean O’Grady.

“He is, to many of us, a fascistic demagogue; but not every wannabe authoritarian leader gets very far,” argues O’Grady, “and it still takes skill, as well as luck and some judgement, to get as far as he has for as long as he has.

“After all, he first emerged as leader of Ukip in 2006 and has been part of the national scene, from Brussels to I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, ever since. Whether we like it nor not, he is a force in British politics.”

Read the full article.

Kwarteng teases deal with Reform UK

Monday 10 June 2024 16:20 , Salma Ouaguira

Kwasi Kwarteng has outlined the conditions which could see a deal with reform post-election.

The former Liz Truss ally said: “We’ll only be able to judge it once we’ve seen the results of the election and also the polls themselves on reform say different things. I mean, some people have them on 10%, others, I think YouGov has it on, have them on 17%, which is a huge difference.

“Now, if they do get anywhere near 17%, the argument to do some sort of deal with them, to welcome them, to kind of coordinate with them becomes much stronger than if they only get 8 or 9%. So the numbers will dictate a lot of the argument.”

Reform candidate says UK should have ‘taken Hitler up on his offer of neutrality’ instead of fighting Nazis

Monday 10 June 2024 15:54 , Salma Ouaguira

Reform candidate says UK should have ‘taken Hitler’s neutrality offer’

Labour not ruling out borrowing to fund manifesto promises

Monday 10 June 2024 15:44 , Salma Ouaguira

With Labour set to unveil their manifesto on Thursday, Jonathan Ashworth has refused to rule out borrowing to pay for the pledges.

The shadow paymaster general said: “Let me absolutely clear about our plans. We will always put sound public finances first.

“We have seen what happened with the Conservatives when they played fast and loose with the public finances. It means working people across the country are now paying more on their mortgage.

“Every single commitment that we put forward on our manifesto will be fully funded and fully costed and you will know where every penny piece of the investment is coming from.”

Labour: Tory manifesto ‘most expensive panic attack in history’

Monday 10 June 2024 15:24 , Salma Ouaguira

Jonathan Ashworth has claimed the Conservative manifesto will be the “most expensive panic attack in history” after is unveiled on tomorrow.

The shadow paymaster general added: “Tomorrow you will see a document littered with unfunded commitment after unfunded commitment, a desperate wish list, the most expensive panic attack in history.

“From a weak, desperate prime minister who, in the chaotic scattergun of announcements which he has made in his campaign to date, has not even bothered to make his sums add up.”

He added: “The Tory sums do not add up. The money is simply not there.”

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(Getty Images)

Labour: PM lost £1m an hour to benefit fraud

Monday 10 June 2024 15:20 , Salma Ouaguira

The Labour party has claimed that the prime minister has lost £1million to benefit every hour since October 2022.

Shadow paymaster general Jonathan Ashworth said: “They claim they will tackle benefit fraud. Let me take you through the numbers on benefit fraud.

“Overpayments due to fraud and error have risen from £4.5 billion in 2019/20 to £9.7 billion in the latest figures.

“Rishi Sunak has lost a million pounds to benefit fraud and error every hour he’s been Prime Minister.

“So not only is the money not there, the DWP are actively losing money to fraud.”

Should the UK rejoin the EU single market?

Monday 10 June 2024 15:14 , Salma Ouaguira

It’s been more than four years since the UK officially left the European Union, but that doesn’t mean the conversation about Brexit and its impact is over.

Unveiling his general election manifesto, Sir Ed Davey said repairing the UK’s damaged relationship with Europe will lower shop prices and create more job opportunities for young people across Europe.

He emphasised that the Liberal Democrats are a “pro-European party” and that Britain “needs to be back at the heart of Europe.”

Now we want to know what you think. Do you think the UK should rejoin the European single market?

Should Brexit, as Sir Ed is suggesting, be reversed? And does the Lib Dem’s freshly unveiled manifesto give you food for thought as polling day looms?

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Ed Davey vows to fight for UK to rejoin EU single market and eventually overturn Brexit

Monday 10 June 2024 15:10 , Salma Ouaguira

Ed Davey vows to fight for UK to rejoin EU single market and one day overturn Brexit

Farage: If this wasn’t an election, Sunak would have resigned

Monday 10 June 2024 15:10 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage has said he’d be surprised if the Prime Minister does quit before the general election amid D-Day furore.

But the Reform UK leader claimed if it wasn’t because of the campaign “he would have resigned already”.

Pictured: Sir Ed Davey rides rollercoaster after manifesto launch

Monday 10 June 2024 15:01 , Salma Ouaguira

Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey during a visit to Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, whilst on the General Election campaign trail (Lucy North/PA Wire)

Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey during a visit to Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, whilst on the General Election campaign trail (Lucy North/PA Wire)

 (Lucy North/PA Wire)

(Lucy North/PA Wire)

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(Lucy North/PA Wire)

Starmer faces calls to ‘be clear’ on climate as new poll warns half of voters unsure of Labour’s plans

Monday 10 June 2024 14:58 , Salma Ouaguira

Keir Starmer is facing calls to be clearer on climate change as a new poll warns half of voters are unsure of Labour’s plans, Kate Devlin reports.

The Survation figures also show that less than a third, 30 per cent, believe they know what the party would do in government.

Greenpeace, which commissioned the poll, has launched a new campaign ‘Keir be Clear’ ahead of Labour’s general election manifesto launch on Thursday.

The environmental group, which caused controversy last year when they draped 200 square metres of oil-black fabric over Rishi Sunak’s £2m manor house in Yorkshire, says Labour has the opportunity to win over voters who are hungry for change on the climate.

Labour watered down its environmental investment plans earlier this year when it ditched plans to invest £28 billion a year.

As a result, the party has radically scaled down plans to insulate millions of homes, saying the Conservatives were to blame for “crashing the economy”.

The party is now set to spend £23.7bn over the course of the next five-year parliament, on top of the £10bn a year it says the government has already committed.

You can read The Independent full story here

Kwasi Kwarteng: ‘Tories face an existential crisis’

Monday 10 June 2024 14:55 , Salma Ouaguira

Former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has told Times Radiothat the Conservatives face an “existential crisis” after Nigel Farage’s return to lead Reform.

Speaking with Andrew Neil, he said: “Farage coming out with what he said last week in terms of standing for a seat, that has accelerated their support and that’s what’s turned this into an existential crisis for the Conservatives.

“I think people were anticipating a defeat along the lines of 97, 160, 170 seats but the MRP polling that we’re seeing now is far worse than 160 seats and the reason for that, I would suggest, is partly largely due to the increase in the reform voting intention.

“I’ve been a candidate in five general elections. This one would have been my sixth and this is by far the toughest election we’ve had since 97, by far and it’s unprecedented really to win from a deficit of an average of 20% down in the polls. So realistically, I think it’s likely, not a certainty. I’m not saying it’s prejudged but I’m saying it’s likely that we may be facing a period of opposition.”

 (PA Wire)

(PA Wire)

Farage tells Suella Braverman to join Reform after Tory election defeat

Monday 10 June 2024 14:45 , Salma Ouaguira

Farage tells Suella Braverman to join Reform after Tory election defeat

Farage says he would endorse DUP candidates

Monday 10 June 2024 14:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage said he would be personally endorsing two DUP candidates in the General Election despite Reform UK’s alliance with their rival Northern Ireland party the TUV (Traditional Unionist Voice).

Mr Farage told the PA news agency: “As far as the Northern Ireland thing is concerned, I want to make it clear that whilst there have been negotiations going on in previous times, I will personally be endorsing Ian Paisley and Sammy Wilson.”

Pressed about this in light of his party’s alliance with the TUV, Mr Farage said: “Well, new leadership brings change.

“I wish the TUV well, but I’m gonna stand up to support Sammy Wilson and Ian Paisley as people I fought with all through the Brexit years.”

Mr Wilson is the DUP’s candidate for East Antrim in the election, while Mr Paisley is the party’s candidate in North Antrim.

Reform’s pact with the TUV was announced by the party’s then-leader Richard Tice in March this year.

Revealed: voters mostly unfazed by Starmer’s Diane Abbott row

Monday 10 June 2024 14:20 , Salma Ouaguira

Revealed: voters mostly unfazed by Starmer’s Diane Abbott row

Farage: ‘Lib Dem pledge to reverse Brexit doomed to fail’

Monday 10 June 2024 14:10 , Salma Ouaguira

The Lib Dems leader Sir Ed Davey has said he would like to see the UK “at the heart of the EU” but it would be a long-term process.

Reacting to the claims, Nigel Farage said there is “no way” Sir Keir Starmer would agree to the plan in case of a post-election deal.

Mr Farage said: “You can see their logic. You rejoin the single market, you then say to people ‘ah, but they are making rules over which we have no say, therefore we have to rejoin’.

“This is an attempt to get us to rejoin, it isn’t going to happen. There is no way that Starmer would even dare attempt to overturn the constitutional settlement but we are going to be tied even more closely than we are now to EU rules for the next five years.”

Nigel Farage speaking from a Reform UK press conference in central London (PA Wire)

Nigel Farage speaking from a Reform UK press conference in central London (PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

Monday 10 June 2024 14:00 , Salma Ouaguira

Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

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Monday 10 June 2024 13:50 , Salma Ouaguira

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Farage: Reform will give Tory MPs chance to defect after election

Monday 10 June 2024 13:40 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage has said he would give the chance to defect to Reform to Tory MPs after July 4.

Speaking from London, the Reform leader said: “If you think that the last four years has seen the Conservatives engage in a very public civil war, I would suggest to you that after the election that they are going to lose heavily, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

“I can’t even imagine the level of recrimination that the level is going to descend into.

“Therefore the answer is quite straightforward. Once we have established the electoral beachhead for Reform in the House of Commons then of course I will say to Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick we would love to have you in our party, we look forward to it very much indeed.”

Four Tories back Laurence Fox’s Reclaim general election pledges

Monday 10 June 2024 13:30 , Salma Ouaguira

Four Tories back Laurence Fox’s Reclaim general election pledges

Reform pledges to increase income tax threshold to £20,000

Monday 10 June 2024 13:20 , Salma Ouaguira

Richard Tice said the party would raise the threshold at which people start paying income tax to £20,000.

Reform UK also vowed to lift the VAT threshold for small businesses from £90,000 to £150,000.

Mr Tice has said the promise would be funded by overhauling the Bank of England and change the way interest base rates are handled.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Nigel Farage said: “We need to face up to one or two realities. We are skint. And it is getting worse.

“And at some point in time we may even have trouble issuing gilts, issuing government bonds unless the market sees that we have got some solutions.

“And that is why the only way out is growth and I think what Richard has just set out, in particular putting up the tax threshold to £20,000 would be a very, very big step in the right direction.”

 (PA)

(PA)

Exclusive: Life inside Essex’s ‘prison-like’ asylum seeker site Wethersfield

Monday 10 June 2024 13:17 , Salma Ouaguira

Residents at the Wethersfield asylum site in Essex speak to Holly Bancroft about the mental health crisis unfolding inside.

Life inside asylum seeker site Wethersfield: ‘no one cared about me’

Lib Dems vow to legalise US-style weed shops

Monday 10 June 2024 13:05 , Salma Ouaguira

The Liberal Democrats have vowed to bring US-style weed shops to “combat the harms caused by drugs”.

The manifesto read: “Protecting young people, tackling the criminal gangs and taking ‘skunk’ off the streets by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis. Sales will be restricted to over-18s only, from licensed retailers with strict limits on potency and THC content.”

Many states in the US have a state-regulated weed shops for recreational and medical use.

Starmer doesn’t rule out raising capital gains tax

Monday 10 June 2024 12:55 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Keir Starmer has refused to rule out raising capital gains tax amid questions of governmentspending funding.

Asked about this duringIg his campaign trail today, he said: “I know what the experts and commentators are saying, and what underpins what they’re saying is that you can’t carry on like this without a plan for growth.

“It is always tempting for a government to go to tax and spend, but I’m not going to pull those levers. We don’t intend to pull those levers. We want to go to the lever marked growth.”

 (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Farage says Black Lives Matter movement is ‘dangerous Marxist ideology’

Monday 10 June 2024 12:49 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage is asked about patriotism within his own party and Lee Anderson’s decision to  boycott the English team during the 2021 European Championship.

The former Tory MP boycotted England’s games in the European Championship over players’ decision to take the knee including Jude Bellingham.

He says: “We understood that black lives matter is not what it seemed. It is a very dangerous Marxist ideology. I wasn’t pleased to see the English team take the knee.”

Mr Farage also said that any team should refrain from showing political messages during games and claimed: “I don’t doubt Lee Anderson patriotism for one moment.”

Nigel Farage says ‘manifesto’ will be unveiled next week

Monday 10 June 2024 12:40 , Salma Ouaguira

The Reform UK has been quizzed by the press over the party’s economic policies labelled as “trustonomics on steroids”.

In responds, Mr Farage says he has just given a sneak peek into its economic plan and a more details will be announced next week.

But he says: “We won’t call it manifesto because in most peoples’ minds manifesto that equals lie.”

Farage dismisses Braverman’s invite to join the Tories

Monday 10 June 2024 12:38 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage has ruled out the possibility of him joining the Tory party after Ms Braverman claimed he should be welcomed.

He said: “I like Suella Braverman but that comment means nothing.”

He added that “right-wing” people like her are a very small minority within the party, which is shifting towards the “centre” in within the political spectrum

 (James Manning/PA Wire)

(James Manning/PA Wire)

Tory peer: Tory campaign is so bad I’m pleading with activists not to quit

Monday 10 June 2024 12:34 , Salma Ouaguira

Sayeeda Warsi has slammed the Tory campaign and said the D-Day row has singled him out Rishi Sunak from his Cabinet members.

Writing on the I newspaper, she said: “The D-Day commemorations presented an opportunity for the Prime Minister to appear prime ministerial. To be seen to be leading the country rather than just a party.

“Morale is low, many local Conservative associations feel put out at the last-minute imposition of candidates this week as the deadline for nominations closed. A last-minute dash to find safe-ish seats for CCHQ staff, No 10 staffers and special advisers has left a vacuum of trusted and experienced campaigners at the centre.

“Many young activists who have done the hard yards for years and have waited patiently on candidates lists to be selected are not even being shortlisted.

“Some have, through gritted teeth, defended the indefensible, including the Rwanda scheme, and feel they have been used and tossed aside. I have spoken to three young activists in the last 48 hours and urged them not to resign. Female candidates have felt particularly overlooked.”

Farage: Reform has momentum

Monday 10 June 2024 12:26 , Salma Ouaguira

The Reform UK leader has told the audience his party is gaining momentum.

Nigel Farage said: “My word of the day is momentum. We have got momentum. I have absolutely no doubt about it. Whether it is walking through streets in Essex yesterday or even walking through the streets of central London today.

“Millions of people yesterday, whether at their family breakfasts or wherever else they went on their Sundays, were having a conversation about Reform.”

Leader of Reform UK Nigel Farage at an announcement of the party's economic policy during a press conference at Church House in London (James Manning/PA Wire)

Leader of Reform UK Nigel Farage at an announcement of the party’s economic policy during a press conference at Church House in London (James Manning/PA Wire)

Nigel Farage says UK is ‘skint’

Monday 10 June 2024 12:21 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage has said the UK is “skint” over national debt and the future government must take steps to bring the cost down.

The Reform leader says: “We need to face up to one or two realities. We are skint. And it is getting worse. And at some point in time we may even have trouble issuing gilts, issuing government bonds unless the market sees that we have got some solutions.

“And that is why the only way out is growth and I think what Richard has just set out, in particular putting up the tax threshold to £20,000 would be a very, very big step in the right direction.”

Reform announce changes to interest base rates if elected

Monday 10 June 2024 12:15 , Salma Ouaguira

Mr Tice also wants to change the way the Bank od England arranges basic interest rates.

The Reform Uk chairman singles out the interest paid on the £800bn of debt held by the BoE.

The interest payments on this debt have hiked since the base rates rose after the Bank started its process to reduce inflation to 2%.

Reform UK says the money would be used for a “great British tax cut”.

 (James Manning/PA Wire)

(James Manning/PA Wire)

Tice vows to rise income tax threshold to £20,000

Monday 10 June 2024 12:11 , Salma Ouaguira

Reform UK’s chairman Richard Tice has said the party would increase the threshold of income tax to £20,000.

He claims the change would benefit the average person by about £1,500 a year.

Reform UK set to make ‘economic policy announcement’

Monday 10 June 2024 12:02 , Salma Ouaguira

Nigel Farage is set to appear alongside Richard Tice to make a “groundbreaking” economic policy announcement.

Mr Tice is speaking from Westminster about taxes and says the focus should be on “reducing taxes because the truth is that British households, all of us, we are literally suffocating under the levels of high taxation that have increased under this Tory government over the last 14 years”.

Monday 10 June 2024 11:55 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey announces his next campaign stunt

Monday 10 June 2024 11:50 , Salma Ouaguira

The Lib Dem leader has announced he will jump into a rollercoaster during the general election campaign trail.

He ends his speech by saying: “The election is a rollercoaster, so I’m going to go on a rollercoaster.”

‘How will you cost policies;

Monday 10 June 2024 11:48 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey is asked by Times Radio how will the party fund some of their policies.

The Lib Dem leader says that his party would fund policies “wisely and save money in the long-term if they win.

He is then pressed on whether the policies are ambitious, to which he says it is ambitious but his team has been “cautious”.

Ed Davey then challenges any of the other parties if they’ve taken his party’s “cautious approach on costings”.

Sir Ed Davey vows to ‘smash down the blue wall’

Monday 10 June 2024 11:42 , Salma Ouaguira

The Lib Dem leader is convinced his party will snatch Tory seats at the general election and “smash the blue wall”.

He says: “We are going to smash the blue down” and “we are coming back in the West county and parts of Scotland. We are the only ones who can beat the Conservatives in so many seats.”

Lib Dems pledge to make misogyny a hate crime

Monday 10 June 2024 11:38 , Salma Ouaguira

Under rights and equality, the Lib Dems plan misogyny a hate crime by giving police and prosecutors resources and training “to prevent and prosecute all hate crimes while supporting survivors.”

They also want to scrap the Conservatives’ “draconian anti-protest laws” by restoring pre-existing protections and halt the use of live facial recognition surveillance by the police and private companies.

You can read the Lib Dem full manifesto here

 (Lucy North/PA Wire)

(Lucy North/PA Wire)

Lib Dems vow to reform capital gains tax

Monday 10 June 2024 11:33 , Salma Ouaguira

The Lib Dems have vowed to reform capital gains tax to “close loopholes exploited by the super wealthy”.

They would also raise the digital services tax on big social media firms and tech giants from 2% to 6%.

Sir Ed Davey wants the UK ‘at the heart of Europe’

Monday 10 June 2024 11:29 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey has said rejoining the EU would be a long-term process because the Tories have “damaged” EU-UK relations.

Asked about the Lib Dem’s intention to rejoin the European Union, Ed Davey claims it would be a “step-by-step process” starting with a new Trade Deal.

He says: “We have made clear time again that we are an pro-EU party…We need to be back at the heart of Europe but that’s not going to be easy.”

Davey accuses Tories’ Brexit of having poisoned EU allies and undermined their trust. The Lib Dem leader adds: “It is going to take time, regrettable, because the Conservatives have done so much damage.

“It’s clear you going have to have a step-by-step” and the priority “is to get a new trade deal to help our economy and reduce prices in the shops.”

 (AFP via Getty Images)

(AFP via Getty Images)

What is the Liberal Democrats manifesto?

Monday 10 June 2024 11:22 , Salma Ouaguira

A 114 pages-long document under the slogan ‘fair deal’ sets out the policies the party plans to push if elected.

Branded the “manifesto to save the NHS”, this is what it promises:

  • Ending first past the votes and replacing it with fair representation.

  • Cap on donations on political parties.

  • Poeple will have right to see a GP within seven days or 24 hours if urgent.

  • Free access to personal care, dentists and pharmacists.

  • Improves cancer treatment within two months.

  • Mental hubs for young people and mental health professional in schools.

  • New higher minimum wage for care workers and establishing a new Royal College for Care Workers.

  • Plan to stop sewage from being dumped into waters.

  • “Fixing” the “broken relationship” with Europe.

Davey says he started as a carer as a child

Monday 10 June 2024 11:17 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey has said he has been a carer for most of his live.

At the campaign launch, he says his father died when he was four and his mother is a cancer survivor whom he took care of when he was 15 before she died.

‘This is a manifesto to save the NHS,’ says Ed Davey

Monday 10 June 2024 11:14 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey has accused the Tories of “chaos and neglect” over the health service says the Lib Dems “are putting a bold and ambitious plan” to fix it.

He adds: “This is a manifesto to save the NHS. Give everyone the chance to see a GP and recruit doctors needed to make it happen and recruit dentists and pharmacists too.”

The Lib Dem leader pledges to provide free personal care and raising minimum wages of care workers by setting a new Royal Colleague of Royal workers.

‘I have become a meme on social media’

Monday 10 June 2024 11:07 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey is now speaking from London. He has referenced his multiple campaign stunts during his speech.

Laughing, he says: “For people who say my next stop should be wrestling a crocodile, please stop give my campaign team more ideas.”

 (PA Wire)

(PA Wire)

Lib Dems launch their manifesto

Monday 10 June 2024 11:04 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Ed Davey is presenting the party’s manifesto from central London.

The Lib Dem leader is famous for his campaign stunts and now he has new policies under his sleeve.

The party has previously unveiled a £9bn pledge to boost the NHS and fix “the crisis in health and social care” by recruiting more GPs.

Opinion | Farage is a conman with too many people falling for his silver tongue

Monday 10 June 2024 11:00 , Salma Ouaguira

Farage won’t be our next prime minister, but British politics will always find room for men like him.

The controversial Reform UK leader has made a career off his everyman persona and populist rhetoric, writes Sean O’Grady.

“He is, to many of us, a fascistic demagogue; but not every wannabe authoritarian leader gets very far,” argues O’Grady, “and it still takes skill, as well as luck and some judgement, to get as far as he has for as long as he has.

“After all, he first emerged as leader of Ukip in 2006 and has been part of the national scene, from Brussels to I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, ever since. Whether we like it nor not, he is a force in British politics.”

Read the full article.

Sunak: I won’t quit before polling day

Monday 10 June 2024 10:55 , Salma Ouaguira

Rishi Sunak has promised he will not sop “fighting for the future of our country” before polling day.

The prime minister faced multiple questions during the campaign trail in West Sussex about spiralling rumours that he could quit before finishing the campaign race.

He said: “People are gonna say what they’re gonna say. I am very confident in the actions that we’re putting forward for the British people.

“I’m confident they will deliver a more secure future for people. There are lots of people who want to write me off, write this off, say this campaign or the election is a foregone conclusion.

“They’ve been saying that, by the way, ever since I’ve got this job, right? Not since this election campaign.”

Rishi Sunak chats with members of the media at a garden centre in Crawley, south of London (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak chats with members of the media at a garden centre in Crawley, south of London (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Starmer calls out Thornberry over class sizes

Monday 10 June 2024 10:50 , Salma Ouaguira

Sir Keir Starmer has called out Emily Thornberry after she suggested Labour’s plans to impose VAT on private school fees would lead to larger class sizes in the state sector.

Asked if the shadow attorney general was wrong, the Labour leadersaid: “Yes. We’ve had the analysis by the IFS [Institute for Fiscal Studies] on this which says that there will be a negligible impact, so we’re very confident about that.”

Pictured: Starmer during a visit to a nursery in Warwickshire

Monday 10 June 2024 10:46 , Salma Ouaguira

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson during a visit to Nursery Hill Primary School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson during a visit to Nursery Hill Primary School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

 (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

 (REUTERS)

(REUTERS)

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer talks to the media, as he visits a nursery during a Labour general election campaign event, in Nuneato (REUTERS)

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer talks to the media, as he visits a nursery during a Labour general election campaign event, in Nuneato (REUTERS)

Sunak ‘not interested in Reform

Monday 10 June 2024 10:43 , Salma Ouaguira

Rishi Sunak has said he is “not interested” in Reform UK and is instead focused on dividing lines with Labour.

Speaking during a campaign visit to West Sussex, the Prime Minister said: “Look, I’m not really interested in Reform, quite frankly. I’m interested in delivering for the British people with the agenda that I’m setting out.

“The big difference here is between us and the Labour Party – that’s the choice at this election. Only Keir Starmer or I are going to be prime minister on July 5, so everyone should just think about that.”

He also said: “A vote for anyone who is not a Conservative candidate is just a vote to put Keir Starmer in power, and that’s the simple reality of it.”

Shadow schools minister unable to say how many pupils in private schools

Monday 10 June 2024 10:32 , Salma Ouaguira

Labour shadow schools minister Catherine McKinnell can’t say how many pupils are currently enrolled in UK private schools.

Ms McKinnell was quizzed on the arty pledge to raise VAT on private schools during an LBC interview with Nick Ferrari.

The presenter pushed her to give a number but Ms McKinnell replied: “I don’t have that exact figure to hand right now.”

Minister condemns Rishi Sunak for leaving D-Day celebrations early

Monday 10 June 2024 10:30 , Salma Ouaguira

A Tory minister has said he was “surprised and disappointed” by Rishi Sunak’s decision to snub commemorations for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Archie Mitchell reports.

Becoming the latest member of the PM’s top team to condemn him over the gaffe, policing minister Chris Philp said Mr Sunak “made a mistake”.

It followed criticism from transport secretary Mark Harper, who said the prime minister had made a mistake and apologised for it. That came after House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt, a Navy reservist, who branded MR Sunak’s snub “completely wrong”.

The Sunak loyalist said: “I’m sure he regrets deeply not having attended that event, which is why obviously he rightly apologised. It was a mistake, but he’s recognised that.

“He’s apologised, and I think we’ll see him bouncing around the campaign trail this week. And I’m sure he’ll be talking to journalists.”

Minister condemns Rishi Sunak for leaving D-Day celebrations early

Chris Philp: Feeling less safe on streets ‘partly because of social media’

Monday 10 June 2024 10:09 , Salma Ouaguira

Chris Philp has said people can feel less safe on the streets because social media amplifies the impact of crime.

The policing minister told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: “There is a perception, a feeling that you mentioned, and even though crime has demonstrably gone down according to the crime survey, sometimes people don’t feel so safe.

“That is partly because of social media, so an incident, a knife crime incident, gets sort of magnified across social media in a way that wasn’t the case even five years ago, certainly 10 years ago.

“There are particular places like London under Sadiq Khan where there is a… particular knife crime problem, but overall crime has gone down.”

Mapped: Tactical voting poses threat to half of projected Tory election wins

Monday 10 June 2024 09:58 , Salma Ouaguira

Mapped: Tactical voting poses threat to half of projected Tory election wins

Douglas Ross to quit as Scottish Tory leader

Monday 10 June 2024 09:56 , Salma Ouaguira

Douglas Ross has announced he will resign as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives after the general election.

It comes after allegations he stabbed close friend David Duguid in the back after he was barred from standing while he recovered from spine surgery in hospital.

In a statement he said: “I have served as MP, MSP and Leader for over three years now and believed I could continue to do so if re-elected to Westminster, but on reflection, that is not feasible.

“I am committed to fighting and winning the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East constituency.  Should I be given the honour to represent the people and communities of this new seat, they should know being their MP would receive my complete focus and attention.

“I will therefore stand down as Leader following the election on July 4th, once a successor is elected. Should I win the seat, I will also stand down as an MSP to make way for another Scottish Conservative representative in Holyrood.

“My party has a chance to beat the SNP in key seats up and down Scotland, including in Aberdeenshire North and Moray East. We must now come together and fully focus on doing exactly that.”

 (PA Wire)

(PA Wire)

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