• Theresa May’s leadership ratings hit new low
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    Theresa May’s leadership ratings hit new low

    A poll today shows Theresa May's approval ratings have sank to an all-time low, as the Conservatives remain dogged by scandals and in-fighting over Brexit

  • Secret Brexit report reveals European alarm at UK ‘chaos and confusion’ during negotiations
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    Secret Brexit report reveals European alarm at UK ‘chaos and confusion’ during negotiations

    The confidential report quotes senior EU figures describing the “chaos in the Conservative government” as the official Brexit date gets closer.

  • Westminster sexual harassment scandal: List of 36 'sex pest' Conservative MPs leaked
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    Westminster sexual harassment scandal: List of 36 'sex pest' Conservative MPs leaked

    A spreadsheet, compiled by Westminster researchers, names Tory MPs — including cabinet ministers.

  • Theresa May's Conservative Party Conference speech interrupted by P45 stunt
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    Theresa May's Conservative Party Conference speech interrupted by P45 stunt

    It was meant to be the moment Theresa May re-established her authority as Prime Minister. Instead, the keynote speech at the Tory party conference that aimed to put to bed talk of Cabinet splits and leadership challenges was hijacked by a protester handing her a P45 – and the PM’s own voice. The speech descended into chaos when Simon Brodkin – who goes by the alter ego Lee Nelson – handed May a note, telling her Boris Johnson had asked him to perform the stunt.

  • The three charts that show why the Tories are failing to appeal to young people
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    The three charts that show why the Tories are failing to appeal to young people

    At this year’s Conservative Party Conference Theresa May has announced a string of policies aimed to tempt the youth vote away from Jeremy Corbyn, including a freeze on student fees and additional help for first-time buyers. Chancellor Philip Hammond opened the conference with a speech promising that Tory policies would make young people better off than their parents.

  • BBC's Laura Kuenssberg to get bodyguard at Tory party conference
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    BBC's Laura Kuenssberg to get bodyguard at Tory party conference

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg to have bodyguard protection at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.

  • Theresa May announces student fees 'U-turn'
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    Theresa May announces student fees 'U-turn'

    Theresa May says Conservative Party will freeze tuition fees she tells the BBC.

  • Labour voters know less about politics than Conservatives
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    Labour voters know less about politics than Conservatives

    People who vote Labour know less about politics on average than their Conservative counterparts, a poll has found. The survey tested participants’ political knowledge by asking them whether eight statements about politics were true or false. Statements included ‘the unemployment rate in the UK is currently less than 5%’; ‘the chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for setting interest rates in the UK’ and ‘the minimum voting age for UK general elections is now 16 years of age’.

  • It's not just young Tories who hate the working class
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    It's not just young Tories who hate the working class

    At first glance, the leaked Whatsapp messages from a group of young Tories joking about “gassing chavs” and experimenting “to see why they are so good at producing”, look like satire. This was at a time when Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard and Catherine Tate’s Lauren Cooper were on our screens - characters that, in 2006, a survey found that 70% of TV industry professionals believed were an accurate reflection of white working class young people. When I was older, my mum told me to read Owen Jones’ Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class.

  • UK could stay in single market PERMANENTLY, says Labour deputy Tom Watson
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    UK could stay in single market PERMANENTLY, says Labour deputy Tom Watson

    Britain could remain in the EU single market permanently Labour’s deputy leader has claimed. Tom Watson’s comments came even though party leader Jeremy Corbyn says Britain must leave it following the Brexit vote last year. Watson was speaking to BBC Newsnight.

  • Tory MPs think Boris Johnson will be their next leader
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    Tory MPs think Boris Johnson will be their next leader

    Theresa May has insisted she will lead the Tories into the next election but Conservative MPs believe Boris Johnson will be the man to eventually take over. The under-fire Foreign Secretary is the man that one third of Tories believe will take over the role as party leader, according to polling company Populus. One fifth think that Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the party next – whether it is is display as leader or as Prime mInister if Mrs May does quit before another election.

  • 'Deluded' Theresa May responds to backlash over claims she'll fight next election
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    'Deluded' Theresa May responds to backlash over claims she'll fight next election

    Theresa May has dismissed criticism of her ‘deluded’ vow to fight the next general election, insisting she ‘isn’t a quitter’. Senior Tories have cast doubt on the PM’s vow to take Britain through Brexit in 2019 and into the next election as leader of the Conservative Party. Former ministers Nicky Morgan and Grant Shapp have said it would be difficult for her to continue following the disastrous election this year which saw her lose the Tory majority.

  • The fight for Chingford: Is Labour on track to unseat IDS?
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    The fight for Chingford: Is Labour on track to unseat IDS?

    During his time running mayoral campaigns for Boris Johnson, Lynton Crosby famously created the “doughnut” strategy. This focused campaigning efforts on the outer boroughs of London where the Tory vote was then strongest. Of the 23 London constituencies that share a border, Labour hold just seven compared to the Tories’ 13.

  • Getting the Conservatives behind cannabis
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    Getting the Conservatives behind cannabis

    The MS Society’s statement on cannabis last week flew under the news radar, but it’s an important development in the drug debate. For the first time, the organisation said the drug should be “legalised for medicinal use for people with MS to relieve their pain and muscle spasms when other treatments haven’t worked”. This would include about 10,000 people in the UK.

  • Theresa May just quietly abandoned another manifesto pledge
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    Theresa May just quietly abandoned another manifesto pledge

    The Conservatives have abandoned one of their key election pledges, after axing plans to provide free school breakfasts for all primary school pupils in England. In the manifesto, the Prime Minister had pledged to replace free school meals for state pupils with a free breakfast provided for ‘every child in every year of primary school’.

  • Theresa May 'shed a little tear' after hearing General Election exit poll result
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    Theresa May 'shed a little tear' after hearing General Election exit poll result

    Theresa May has revealed that she shed a “little tear” when she saw the shock exit poll on election night predicting she was about to lose her majority. The Prime Minister told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett how her husband Philip broke the news and gave her a hug to console her. PM Theresa May tells #5liveDaily‘s @Emmabarnett she shed “a little tear” after hearing exit poll result.

  • The real reason Theresa May didn’t sign DUP deal?
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    The real reason Theresa May didn’t sign DUP deal?

    The Conservatives signed a historic deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Monday – but Theresa May’s signature was notably absent from it. Despite securing her in power for the foreseeable future, the Prime Minister merely watched in the background while the Government chief whip Gavin Williamson signed the document along with his DUP counterpart, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Amid confusion as to why it wasn’t Mrs May who signed the confidence and supply agreement – which was needed after the Tories failed to secure a majority in June’s snap election – there is thought to be a very good reason why the Prime Minister’s signature is missing.

  • Theresa May rejects Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize empty homes for Grenfell victims
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    Theresa May rejects Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize empty homes for Grenfell victims

    Theresa May has shot down Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes to be seized so they can house victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Labour leader doubled down on his idea for empty homes to be taken over by the Government so those left homeless by the tragedy had a place to stay. Mr Corbyn made the proposals last week and yesterday urged the Government to consider requisitioning or using compulsory purchase orders for flats that are deliberately kept vacant, in a process known as land-banking.

  • Five things we have learned from the election
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    Five things we have learned from the election

    The dust might not have completely settled on the election, but there are some early points we can take away from the results:

  • John Major urges Theresa May to pull out of DUP deal over Northern Ireland peace process concerns
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    John Major urges Theresa May to pull out of DUP deal over Northern Ireland peace process concerns

    Sir John Major has warned that Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could threaten the Northern Ireland peace process and cost the Tories a “bucketload of votes”. The former Prime Minister, who began work engaging with the IRA to end the Northern Ireland conflict, said the peace process was still “fragile” and warned that the pact could mean the Government will no longer be seen as impartial.

  • Ahead of crunch talks with Downing Street, what demands are on the DUP's wishlist?
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    Andy Wells

    Ahead of crunch talks with Downing Street, what demands are on the DUP's wishlist?

    Britain could have a Government by the end of the day as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster heads to Downing Street. Theresa May is hoping to thrash out terms of a confidence and supply deal with the DUP so that the Tories can secure a majority to push through their agenda.

  • One of the reasons the Queen's Speech was delayed involves goat skin and is completely bizarre
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    One of the reasons the Queen's Speech was delayed involves goat skin and is completely bizarre

    This year’s Queen’s Speech has reportedly been delayed because of how long it takes to write it out on goat skin. Known for its pomp and pageantry, the Queen’s Speech is the centrepiece of the state opening of Parliament. It had been due to take place on June 19 but the bizarre tradition of writing it out on goat skin amid ongoing hung parliament negotiations has caused a delay of a few days.

  • Corbyn wins more votes than old foe Tony Blair to cap remarkable election comeback
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    David Harding

    Corbyn wins more votes than old foe Tony Blair to cap remarkable election comeback

    Pushed by a high youth turnout, the Labour leader’s 12.8 million votes is also more than Blair managed in 2005. Quite a turnaround for a man some 20 points behind in the polls when the election campaign started and who faced predictions of political Armageddon for himself and his party. MORE: Will Boris Johnson be the next PM?

  • People are terrified that Boris Johnson is going to be the next Prime Minister
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    People are terrified that Boris Johnson is going to be the next Prime Minister

    As the UK wakes up to the news of a hung parliament, odds on Boris Johnson becoming the next Prime Minister are dropping.

  • Who would make the best Prime Minister? Theresa May’s ratings drop as Jeremy Corbyn’s rise
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    Who would make the best Prime Minister? Theresa May’s ratings drop as Jeremy Corbyn’s rise

    While Theresa May still remains ahead of Jeremy Corbyn, she is currently at her lowest rating, while the Labour leader is enjoying his highest. According to polling company YouGov, 43% of people believe Mrs May would make the best PM, compared to 30% who opted for Mr Corbyn. While still behind, the figure for Mr Corbyn is a marked improvement as he was polling lower than ‘don’t know’ when the election was called.