The Conservatives’ lead over Labour has narrowed to five points, according to latest polling from YouGov. The poll – the first since Monday’s terror attack in Manchester – shows that the Tories now lead Labour by 43% to 38%, compared to a previous poll that had the two parties at 44% and 35%.
Ukip has previously attracted criticism for wanting to ban the burka, and now they’ve come up with a surprising reason to back the controversial policy. Ukip is attempting to claw back some support after a drop in poll ratings, and resumed their election campaigning today after the Manchester terror attack. The manifesto states: ”Clothing that hides identity, puts up barriers to communication, limits employment opportunities, hides evidence of domestic abuse, and prevents intake of essential vitamin D from sunlight is not liberating.
Theresa May has been branded ‘weak and wobbly’ after she performed another embarrassing U-turn today. The Prime Minister revamped her controversial social care policy on Monday, just five days after announcing it in the Conservative Party manifesto. Is Theresa May about to announce U-turn on social care?
A Sunday Times/YouGov survey found that 76 per cent of those who voted to stay in the European Union say they are ‘absolutely certain’ to vote on June 8. By contrast, 69 per cent of those who voted Leave say they will definitely to cast a vote. According to the poll, 49 per cent of Leave voters will opt for the Conservatives in the election, while 42 per cent of Remain voters will back Labour.
Plans for social care reform will now include a cap on total contributions, the prime minister said after criticism of the policy mounted.
Labour has continued to close the gap on the Conservatives amid controversy surrounding the announcement of Theresa May’s social care reform plans that resulted in an embarrassing U-turn. Jeremy Corbyn said his party’s message is “getting through” to voters after the Tory lead was cut to single figures for the first time since a snap election was called on April 18. According to a Survation poll, the Conservatives have fallen five points to a nine-point lead, while Labour have enjoyed a five-point boost.
More than 714,000 younger voters have registered since the snap election was called by Theresa May in April after a huge campaign spread across social media. The deadline for registration is 23.59 GMT this evening and Jeremy Corbyn is hoping the youth vote will at least boost his chances of a higher vote share, if not an election win.
More than two million people have applied to register to vote since Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would be calling a snap election, according to official figures. According to data from the Electoral Commission, 2,014,787 applications have been made digitally, with 83,322 made using a written form, since April 18. More than 150,000 people applied to register on the day the snap election was called – April 18.
It’s known that most newspapers do not support Labour, but the full extant of Fleet Street’s hostility during the General Election has been laid bare in new research. Research by Loughborough University shows that only two newspapers out of 10 – the Guardian and the Mirror – featured more positive coverage than negative of Jeremy Corbyn’s party. Most though featured negative coverage of Labour.
UKIP’s Paul Nuttall has struggled with facts in the recent past, and now he is struggling with names. Nuttall is under fire for twice getting the name wrong of Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood during a live televised debate on Thursday evening as part of the General Election campaign.
The Conservatives are still sitting pretty with 45% in the poll, undertaken for The Times – enough to secure another five years for Mrs May. However, Labour have gone up 1% and now sit at 32% – their highest level in the campaign so far.
The Tories are launching their manifesto today and wealthy pensioners are among those set to lose out if Theresa May stays on as Prime Minister. Following on from the Labour and Lib Dem manifestos unveiled this week, the Conservatives have announced major plans to scrap various benefits, a move that could anger parents and elderly voters. Wealthy pensioners are set to lose up to £300 in winter fuel payments.
The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party and the Scottish National Party are all fighting for votes, but which of their leaders are you most like?
Thorpe Park is attempting to get young people to register to vote by promising them cheap tickets into the resort. The scheme comes after data from Ipsos Mori shows that over half of all 18-24-year-olds failed to use their vote in the 2015 election.
Theresa May is arrogant, Jeremy Corbyn is weak and Tim Farron is weird – according to the British public. Populus asked voters to pick from a list of positive and negative words to describe the leaders of the four main political parties – the Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP.
With polling suggesting a Tory landslide and a thrashing for Labour, there are rumours that a new political party could emerge from the rubble. Up to 100 Labour MPs are said to be quitting if Jeremy Corbyn clings on as leader after the predicted election defeat, although they are predicted to remain members of the party. According to Vince Cable, the one time Business Secretary and Liberal Democrat grandee who is standing once again as an MP for Twickenham, this is a very real possibility.
Jeremy Corbyn revealed the Labour manifesto today, outlining the party's key pledges as politicians lock heads in the run-up to the General Election.
Theresa May has been accused of studiously avoiding coming into contact with any actual members of the public as she fights to win the 2017 General Election. The Prime Minister’s meticulously stage-managed campaign has seen her fill events with pre-selected Conservative members rather than voters, speak in workplaces after all the workers had gone home, and list a rally in Scotland as a child’s birthday party. As she walked around Abingdon market Cathy Mohan, who lives in Oxfordshire, confronted Mrs May over her party’s cuts to disability benefits.
Jeremy Corbyn has hijacked Theresa May’s first ever Facebook Live video. Mrs May was talking to ITV presenter Robert Peston in an interview being streamed on Facebook Live when Mr Corbyn posted his query.
Former Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable got his sums all wrong during an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. The ex-Cabinet minister attempted to explain his party’s policy on public sector pay to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on Monday morning, but it didn’t go to plan. The excruciating discussion had echoes of Labour’s Diane Abbott’s own fumbling for figures during a radio interview on LBC at the beginning of this month.
The Tories are sweeping up huge swathes of Leave AND Remain voters as the Brexit split shapes into three separate categories. While the Lib Dems have focused hard on those who still want Britain in the European Union, it appears the strategy might not be the right one to bolster their chances of more seats.
Jeremy Corbyn faces fresh criticism today after he appointed a former Communist Party member to lead his General Election campaign. Andrew Murray, chief of staff for Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, was a member of the far-left organisation as recently as December. One party source told the Huffington Post: “Corbyn’s Labour has gone full Trump.
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “reshape” Britain’s relationship with the US should he win power in the General Election – adding that there would be “no hand holding” with Donald Trump. In a speech outlining his stance on foreign policy, the Labour leader accused the government of “pandering to an erratic administration”. Describing a refugee crisis of “epic proportions” and a global situation that is getting “more dangerous”, Corbyn said the US President was making matters worse.