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.
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 political editor Laura Kuenssberg to have bodyguard protection at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
As the UK wakes up to the news of a hung parliament, odds on Boris Johnson becoming the next Prime Minister are dropping.
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.
Yes, the polls are going haywire. At the same time as YouGov and Survation put the race back to the 2015 result of a 5-7 point Tory win (disastrous for Theresa May, as Iwrote a few weeks ago), ICM, ComRes and Panelbase have the Tories cruising to the 100-or- so seat majority that would make this election a success for the prime minister. Now YouGov, based on a complex multi-level regression model using constituency-level polling data, predicts a hung parliament – despite the fact that their own poll of 50 marginal Labour-held seats taken in early May would have seen the Tories win every single one of them on a uniform swing.
Amber Rudd appeared on last night’s General Election debate just 48 hours after her elderly father died. The Home Secretary took to the stage to represent the Conservatives in place of Theresa May – who had refused to appear – despite the death of her father, Tony Rudd, on Monday. Mr Rudd, a retired stockbroker and WW2 pilot, was 93 and had planned to watch his daughter on the BBC debate on Wednesday evening.
A new poll released today has shown that Labour is continuing to close the gap with the Tories as the General Election looms closer. The poll by Survation for ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) puts Labour on 37%, up three points on a week ago and six points behind the Tories, whose position remains unchanged on 43%. The Liberal Democrats on 8% and Ukip on 4% are both unchanged while the SNP are down one on 2% and the Greens are also down one on 1%.