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Tories still favourites but hung parliament a real possibility, polling suggests

Tories still favourites but hung parliament a real possibility, polling suggests

What a difference two percentage points makes. YouGov’s second and much-hyped constituency-by-constituency poll puts the Conservatives unchanged on 43% and Labour on 34%, up two points on its previous effort a fortnight before. The result is that...

Guardian, Wednesday, 00:38
 
Huw Edwards on his new BBC election role: I'm not complacent

Huw Edwards on his new BBC election role: I'm not complacent

Huw Edwards has said “the stakes are very high” for the BBC and its general election coverage on Thursday, admitting he feels “a combination of excitement and nerves” as he prepares to succeed David Dimbleby as its main anchor. Amid Conservative...

Guardian, Wednesday, 00:38
 
Final scramble for votes in 'most important election in a generation'

Final scramble for votes in 'most important election in a generation'

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are to embark on a final frantic 24 hours of campaigning as both teams insist the election remains closely fought and that polls giving the Conservatives a lead could be wrong. Both Labour and the Conservatives have...

Guardian, Tuesday, 22:39
 

Scotland leaders' debate: Nicola Sturgeon defends 2020 independence vote plans

Nicola Sturgeon was forced to defend her plans to hold a second vote on Scottish independence in 2020 as the country's political leaders clashed ahead of Thursday's general election. The First Minister and SNP leader insisted the choice must be...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 21:59
 
Tactical voting across the UK: a region-by-region guide

Tactical voting across the UK: a region-by-region guide

Tactical voting could yet have an impact in an election where a four-point dip for the Conservatives, who currently lead by 10 in rolling poll averages, could result in a hung parliament. The best starting point for the curious is votesmart2019.com,...

Guardian, Tuesday, 19:41
 

Boris Johnson right-wing? Some of his policies are straight out of moderate Labour playbook – Murdo Fraser

Tactical voting about the Union and the prospect of a second independence referendum will decide the general election in Scotland, not the personalities of Boris Johnson and co, writes Murdo Fraser. Political commentators regularly tell us that we are...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 19:22
 

Labour health secretary humiliated after claiming his party will lose general election

Labour’s shadow health secretary was forced into a humiliating apology after he was caught on tape giving a withering assessment of Jeremy Corbyn and claiming his party would lose tomorrow’s election. Jonathan Ashworth said the situation facing Labour...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 19:22
 
Candidates polling third urged to step aside in key marginals

Candidates polling third urged to step aside in key marginals

A tactical voting campaign has made a last-ditch appeal for Labour and Lib Dem candidates polling third in a series of marginal seats to step aside so as to improve the chances of the other party defeating the Conservatives. Vote for a Final Say,...

Guardian, Tuesday, 19:08
 
Corbyn bats away Ashworth recording about him as 'banter'

Corbyn bats away Ashworth recording about him as 'banter'

Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed a recording of one of his most senior colleagues saying Labour would not win the election and suggesting the civil service would have to “safeguard security” if he became prime minister as “banter”. Jonathan Ashworth, the...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:55
 
UK government refuses to fund slavery memorial endorsed by Johnson in 2008

UK government refuses to fund slavery memorial endorsed by Johnson in 2008

A charity attempting to have a memorial built to the victims of the transatlantic slave trade in London has accused the government of discrimination after it refused public funding for the project. In 2008, Boris Johnson endorsed the proposal for a...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:55
 
London Bridge victim's father accuses Johnson of capitalising on death

London Bridge victim's father accuses Johnson of capitalising on death

The father of Jack Merritt, who was murdered in the London Bridge terrorist attack last month, has directly criticised the prime minister for treating his son’s death as a political “opportunity”. As Boris Johnson sought on Tuesday to get his general...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:34
 

'Empathy bypass': Jo Swinson attacks PM in tactical voting call

Jo Swinson has accused Boris Johnson of showing “an empathy bypass” in his attitude to other people, as the Liberal Democrats made a final push to persuade traditional Labour supporters to vote tactically and deny the Conservatives a majority....

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:34
 

Wife of man jailed in Iran calls for special UK envoy for hostages

The UK government needs to raise the profile of British-Iranian dual nationals held in Tehran’s jails by following the US example and appointing a special envoy for hostages, the wife of one of those held by Iran has said. In a letter to the UK...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:34
 
'Anyone but Corbyn': Jewish voters turn away from Labour

'Anyone but Corbyn': Jewish voters turn away from Labour

In the Three Bakers kosher cafe in Bury South, lunchtime customers agreed they had one thing in common with regard to the election: ABC – Anyone But Corbyn. “You’ll get the same answer from everyone in here,” said Sara, a customer in her early 30s who...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:34
 
Thousands of patients die waiting for beds in hospitals – study

Thousands of patients die waiting for beds in hospitals – study

Almost 5,500 patients have died over the past three years because they have spent so long on a trolley in an A&E unit waiting for a bed in overcrowded hospitals, a study by leading NHS doctors has found. Their conclusion that long delays finding...

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:34
 


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