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General election 2024 – live: Reform shakes up race pulling two points behind Tories

Nigel Farage claims people ‘loathe’ the Tories and Labour will win election

Reform UK is shaking up the general election campaign pulling to within two points behind the Tories in a shocking YouGov poll.

The latest survey conducted just before the ITV debate has put Labour leading the race with 40%, the Tories on 19%, Reform UK on 17%, the Liberal Democrats on 10% and the Greens on 7%.

If that wasn’t enough nightmare for Rishi Sunak, he is being investigated by the UK’s official statistics regulator for his claim that Labour will hike household taxes by £2,000.

But Mr Sunak’s frosty attack hasn’t landed well among shadow ministers, who have accused him of lying to voters. Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said lied 12 times during the debate.

Treasury permanent secretary James Bowler wrote to Labour on Monday to dismiss the claim. The figure “includes costs beyond those provided by the civil service and published online by HM Treasury”, he told shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Darren Jones.

But it appears the PM is stubbornly sticking to the accusations and warned voters that Labour would cause a “£2,094 tax hike” if they win.


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Salma Ouaguira6 June 2024 03:00


Chaos as Tory chairman put on a shortlist of one to ensure he gets a seat

A fresh embarrassment has emerged for Rishi Sunak after party chiefs were forced to put his hand picked chairman Richard Holden on a shortlist of one to ensure he had a seat to fight, David Maddox reports.

Mr Holden is on a shortlist of one for the Billericay and Basildon seat in Essex which had a majority of 20,412 in 2019.

The move has caused fury in the local association which, it is understood, had already been in a stand-off with CCHQ because it wanted its own shortlist and not the one imposed by party bosses.

But now the party has used emergency election rules which allow them to impose a single candidate 48 hours before the deadline.

But it is understood that the local association chairman has cancelled the special general meeting to make the selection in protest.


Salma Ouaguira6 June 2024 01:00


Liberal Democrats propose Bill to clean up rivers

The Liberal Democrats have proposed a new Bill to clean up the UK’s rivers, with its Scottish party leader accusing the Government of being “neck-deep in failure”.

The legislation – announced on Wednesday – would update sewage networks, monitor sewage dumps and set targets for reduction and completely ban sewage being released into bathing waters or other protected areas.

Analysis from the party claims sewage was released 21,000 times into bathing waters in 2022.

The Lib Dems have made cleaning up the UK’s rivers a key staple of their election campaign.

Speaking following a visit to the River Almond, near Edinburgh, Scottish party leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “We want a clean water act for Scotland to update the sewage network, proper monitoring to find all the dumping and a complete ban on this filthy practice in protected areas such as bathing waters.

“People are sick of governments neck-deep in failure who just can’t get the basics right. Every Scottish Liberal Democrat you elect will be a local champion focused on cleaning up the sewage scandal.”

Salma Ouaguira5 June 2024 23:00


George Galloway probably thinks I’m a bit woke, says Corbyn

The veteran socialist was asked if he was tempted to join George Galloway’s Workers Party, he said: “I admire George’s work on Gaza and Palestine and his lifetime determination on that.

“But there are issues on social policy and social justice where he and I have a different view, we know that. He probably thinks I am a bit woke.”

George Galloway, speaks to the media outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London after being elected MP for Rochdale (Yui Mok/PA)
George Galloway, speaks to the media outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London after being elected MP for Rochdale (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

Salma Ouaguira5 June 2024 22:30