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Dire poll for Farage reveals more than half of public thinks he would be a bad PM


Grant Shapps says Tories ‘fighting for every single vote’ as he faces questions on campaign

More than half of the UK public thinks Reform UK leader Nigel Farage would make a bad or terrible prime minister, according to a new poll.

A YouGov survey found 55 per cent of Britons thought Mr Farage would make a bad (12 per cent) or terrible prime minister (43 per cent) a day after he unveiled his party’s manifesto.

Only 27 per cent thought he would make a great (nine per cent) or good (18 per cent) leader, with 65 per cent saying they did not believe Mr Farage would become prime minister in the next ten years.

It comes as the Reform UK leader said he was pursuing legal action against the vetting company hired by Reform UK after it failed to run background checks on its candidates in time for the general election.

Vetting.com denied claims by Mr Farage of a “stitch up” over chair Colin Bloom’s past links to the Tory party, saying it simply did not have time to scrutinise all 609 of Reform’s candidates before the snap summer poll.

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Labour wants a new Brexit deal – here’s why business shouldn’t get its hopes up

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 04:00

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Independent readers say addressing Brexit should be a priority for the next government

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 02:00

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General Election 2024: How do I vote on July 4 and when is the deadline to register?

The UK will take to the polls on July 4 after prime minister Rishi Sunak called a snap general election at the end of May.

Speaking outside of Downing Street, the prime minister announced that King Charles had granted his request to dissolve Parliament and promised to “fight for every vote” in the run up to polling day.

The following weeks have seen fervent campaigning from all parties, as they vie for votes up and down the country. The Labour and Conservative ‘battlebuses’ are travelling far and wide to visit as many areas as possible, attempting to woo voters, and avoid gaffes along the way.

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 01:00

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Nigel Farage pledges to run for PM in 2029 as Reform manifesto slated by economists

Nigel Farage has parked his tank firmly on Rishi Sunak’s lawn with a manifesto designed to win over disgruntled Tory supporters and an extraordinary prediction he will be prime minister after the 2029 election.

Launching Reform UK’s so-called “contract with the people”, the arch-Brexiteer appealed directly to right-wing voters with policies including a freeze on non-essential immigration, scrapping net zero targets and pulling Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

His controversial pledges came as one prospective candidate was forced to stand down over historical comments urging people to vote BNP, while another described Adolf Hitler as “brilliant”.

Alexander Butler19 June 2024 00:01

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What is tactical voting and where has it been encouraged in the 2024 general election?

Britain will head to the polls on July 4 after prime minister Rishi Sunak called a snap general election at the end of May.

June has seen intense vote-garnering efforts from all political parties as leaders chat, debate, and even paddle across the country to win over as many as possible. All parties have now revealed their election manifestos, laying out their vision for the country.

Current polling would suggest things are not looking good for the Conservatives, with most trackers firmly putting Labour an average 20 points ahead of the governing party.

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 23:30

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More than half of voters want Jeremy Corbyn back in the Labour Party, new poll reveals

More than half of all voters believe that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should be allowed back into the party if he is re-elected as an MP in his constituency of Islington North.

Exclusive polling for The Independent by Techne shows that while 56 per cent of all voters say he should be readmitted, the number is much higher among Labour voters, with eight in 10 saying that Mr Corbyn should be allowed to rejoin the Labour Party.

Mr Corbyn was banished from the Labour Party in May this year, after announcing he would stand as an independent candidate for the general election on 4 July.

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 21:51

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Hunt’s re-election campaign bankrolled by hedge fund manager who ‘profited from falling pound’ under Liz Truss

Jeremy Hunt‘s re-election campaign is being bankrolled in part by a hedge fund manager who hosted a champagne reception on the day of Liz Truss‘s disastrous mini-budget.

Andrew Law, a financier worth £750 million, also helped to fund Ms Truss’s leadership campaign, before she lasted just 49 days as prime minister.

And he is reported to have likely profited as “Trussonomics“ crashed the value of the pound.

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 20:30

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Nigel Farage and Lee Anderson set to win seats in new Ipsos MRP poll

Nigel Farage is set to win in his constituency of Clacton, Essex, according to fresh predictions from pollster Ipsos.

The projections show Mr Farage at 52 per cent, far ahead of the next candidate, Labour’s Jovan Owusu-Nepaul at 24 per cent.

The model is the first research of its kind to be carried out entirely after Mr Farage announced that he would return to Reform UK as party leader, and run for candidate. Tory defector Lee Anderson is also estimated to hold his seat in Ashfield.

The model also projects that Jeremy Corbyn may lose his seat in Islington North after 41 years of being an MP. Labour is estimated at 54 per cent of the vote in the constituency, with candidate Praful Nargund, while Mr Corbyn may be at just 13 per cent.

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 20:00

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Labour set to win 450 seats, poll finds

Labour is on course to win more than 450 seats and the biggest majority of any post-war government, according to a poll of almost 20,000 people.

The poll by Ipsos, published on Tuesday, estimated Labour would win 43% of the vote and secure 453 seats, giving it a majority of 256 and reducing the Conservatives to just 115 seats.

That would be the Tories’ worst result ever, exceeding the previous record of 156 seats in 1906, and mean senior figures such as Grant Shapps, Penny Mordaunt, Gillian Keegan, Johnny Mercer and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg losing their seats.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt faces a close battle in his Surrey constituency of Godalming and Ash, while the poll has cabinet ministers James Cleverly and Kemi Badenoch clinging on.

That result could be even worse for the Conservatives, with Ipsos estimating a lower range of just 99 seats for the party that won a commanding 80-seat majority five years ago.

Labour is on course to win more than 450 seats, according to a new poll
Labour is on course to win more than 450 seats, according to a new poll (PA Wire)

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 19:25

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More than half of UK think Farage would be bad prime minister, poll finds

More than half of the UK public thinks Reform UK leader Nigel Farage would make a bad or terrible prime minister, according to a new poll.

A YouGov survey found 55 per cent of Britons thought Mr Farage would make a bad (12 per cent) or terrible prime minister (43 per cent) a day after he unveiled his party’s manifesto.

Only 27 per cent thought he would make a great (nine per cent) or good (18 per cent) leader, with 65 per cent saying they did not believe Mr Farage would become prime minister in the next ten years.

More than half of the UK public thinks Reform UK leader Nigel Farage would make a bad or terrible prime minister
More than half of the UK public thinks Reform UK leader Nigel Farage would make a bad or terrible prime minister (PA Wire)

Alexander Butler18 June 2024 18:58



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