Election: Jeremy Corbyn is 'not fit to lead Labour' says Ian Austin
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Mr Johnson will create a points-based immigration system similar to that of Australia in order to tackle skill shortages facing the NHS. The proposal was mentioned by Ukip during the 2016 referendum under Nigel Farage’s leadership. Under the proposal, Ukip had pledged to fill skill gaps with the points-based system and time-limited work permits. Ahead of the unveiling of the proposal, however, Mr Johnson was hit with another resignation as Nick Conrad stood down last night. The resignation follows as Alun Cairns also announced this resignation as Wales Secretary this week.
Labour too has had a raft of early electoral problems to deal with as now-former Deputy Leader, Tom Watson left the party after 35 years in politics this week.
In an eventful day for the Labour Party, Ian Austin hit out his own party and event stated to “traditional” Labour voters to put their faith in Boris Johnson rather than Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Austin said: ” There's only two people who are going to be prime minister on 13 December, Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson.
“And I think Jeremy Corbyn is completely unfit to lead our country. Completely unfit to lead the Labour party."
Mr Austin’s fears were also supported by former MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock.
Mr Woodcock stated that supporters had to “face-up” to the tough choice of who to select as the next Prime Minister.
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Election 2019 LIVE: Jeremy Corbyn faces decimation in north (Image: GETTY)
7.12pm update: Brexit Party stands by Luftwaffe-inspired heavy metal band candidate
The Brexit Party stands behind one of its candidates embroiled in a row over his membership of a Luftwaffe-inspired heavy metal band.
Dr Graham Cushway, an army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is also a heavy metal guitarist for Stuka Squadron, a band billing themselves as “the greatest metal act consisting entirely of undead pilots of the Luftwaffe the world has ever seen”.
Dr Cushway has drawn criticism for his membership of the band since he was announced as the Brexit Party’s election candidate in Brighton Kemptown.
Stuka Squadron perform in black leather coats and military-style hats, with their bands ethos billed as “vampire warriors who have fought through the ages on innumerable battlefields”.
But though its outfits were inspired by German Luftwaffe pilots, the band has denied having any political message.
A Brexit Party spokesman expressed regret that Dr Cushway was being criticised for being in Stuka Squadron.
They said: “He’s fought in two wars and he’s quite a successful metal guitarist.
“To suggest that he is in any way associated with that which people are trying to associate him with is just silly.”
6.20pm update: Corbyn's 'crazy' personal care plan will cost YOU £6BN
Jeremy Corbyn's plan to spend billions of pounds of your money on free personal care for over-65s in England has been destroyed by critics, who raged it will saddle young families with huge debt, accusing Labour of another gung-ho spending splurge just to win over older voters in the general election.
At the Labour Party conference in September, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell vowed to introduce free personal care, providing help with daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, bathing and washing, and preparing meals in their homes and residential care.
Labour also promised it would "address the funding gap in social care", support local authorities to directly provide, rather than outsource, care, as well as ensuring older people receive support from trained staff.
Jeremy Corbyn has said: "Under the Tories, our social care sector is in a scandalous state, with one million people not getting the care they need.
"Labour will right this wrong and introduce personal care free at the point of use, extending state-funded care to hundreds of thousands more people."
But Labour admitted its plan would require an extra £6billion in 2020/21, and an eye-watering £8billion by 2030/31 – all funded through taxation.
5.30pm update: Farage will not win a single seat but could boost Tory majority, academic claims
The Brexit Party will not win a single seta in the election, but could boost Boris Johnson's majority, it has been claimed.
Nigel Farage is at risk of "damaging his legacy" by taking part in the election, professor Matthew Goodwin says.
Mr Farage has rubbished this claim, adding his party will win the Labour leave seats before the December 12 ballot.
4.55pm update: Lib Dem candidate sparks outrage over Brexit ski holiday complaint
A Lib Dem election candidate has become embroiled in an extraordinary row on social media after complaining the January 31 Brexit extension could ruin her ski holiday.
Beatrice Bass, who is fighting the Hove and Portslade seat for Jo Swinson's party, was roundly condemned for her comments but appeared unrepentant.
She tweeted: "Hang on, this extension of the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020 will better not ruin my ski season. December and January are for winter sports not campaigning. Not to mention that World Economic Forum is in January as well. I am not amused."
Twitter user Alfie Thomlinson replied: "Lucky for some eh!? Not sure many Brexit voting Northerners can relate."
4.10pm update: Tories demand Remain Alliance is investigated by watchdog
The Tory Party are demanding an investigation into the so-called Remain Alliance between the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Wales’ Plaid Cymru after they combined forces to in a pact to scoop 60 seats.
Tory Chair James Cleverly has written to the Electoral Commission urging a probe into their actions claiming they are breaking the rules.
The group – called Unite to Remain – say the Tories are "’throwing mud" by demanding they are investigated.
3.55pm update: Veteran MP Hodge refuses to back Corbyn as PM
Veteran Labour candidate Dame Margaret Hodge has publicly refused to back Jeremy Corbyn in No10.
She declined to say whether she would prefer Mr Corbyn or Boris Johnson as prime minister.
3pm update: SNP insist they have 'cast-iron' mandate for second Independence Referendum
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted the SNP has a “cast-iron” mandate to hold another independence vote.
She also warned Boris Johnson he has “no right to block the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland”.
2.08pm update: New poll shows Labour facing northern nightmare
A YouGov poll has shown Labour support decimating the north-east of England – a heartland for the party.
The survey, which asked 11,590 people across the country and 523 people in the north-eastern region, shows
Those polled were asked who they were likely to vote for on December 12.
The stand-out figure was in the north east where Labour took 55 percent of the vote in 2017. The YouGov poll for … showed that figure has dropped to just 32 percent of the vote, while the Tories have dropped from 34 percent to 26 percent.
The Lib Dems have risen from five percent to 15 percent, while the Brexit Party has the biggest rise, from four percent (Ukip’s result in 2017) to 19 percent. The Greens have also risen from one per cent to seven per cent.
1.52pm update: Lib Dems clash with BBC over debate
Lib Dem MP, Lucianna Berger has criticised the BBC for excluding Jo Swinson from their upcoming debate.
The broadcaster announced today that there will be a debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in the lead up to the election but have not included the leaders of the other parties.
Commenting on the decision, Ms Berger said: “Why on earth @BBCNews are you denying the public the opportunity to hear from @joswinson/ providing an exclusive platform to 2 Leaders who want Brexit?
“The @libdems are polling close to @uklabour and we are the strongest party of Remain. This is just plain wrong.”
1.03pm update: “NHS is not for sale” says Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister has once again reiterated that the NHS will not be for sale following Brexit.
Mr Johnson added: “The NHS is not for sale.
“This is pure Loch Ness monster, Bermuda Triangle stuff.”
General Election LIVE: Boris Johnson rubbishes NHS claims (Image: GETTY)
12.46pm update: BBC confirms live debate
The BBC will host a head-to-head debate between the two leaders of the main political parties in the run-up to the general election.
Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson will face off in Southampton on December 6.
There will also be a seven-way podium debate in Cardiff on November 29.
12.25pm update: Nigel Farage continues attack on Prime Minister’s Brexit deal
Mr Farage continued his claims that the deal is “not Brexit but is rather a “short-term fix”.
In a speech today, he also insisted that the UK should leave in 2020 with or without a deal but that any deal should not be based on any political regulations with the EU.
12pm update: Express poll – ‘Are you going to tactically vote in the general election?’
Campaigning has officially kicked off this week, as the latest polls predict Boris Johnson's party looks set to hold on to power.
Political experts are warning tactical voting could play a major part in the December 12 election.
Nicola Sturgeon asked by Peston if she wants Corbyn alliance
11.21am update: “Golden era for Scotland”
Ms Sturgeon urged the public to vote for the SNP “to deprive Boris Johnson the majority he craves.”
She concluded that it was time to escape the clutches of Westminster.
11.11am update: Nicola Sturgeon hits out at Tories
The SNP has launched her campaign this morning and has criticised the Government for riding “rough shot” over Scotland’s future.
She added that “Boris Johnson’s deal does not get Brexit done”.
The country’s First Minister warned that Mr Johnson will take the UK out of the EU without a no deal as she pledged that a vote for her party would be in the best interests of the people of Scotland.
Ms Sturgeon also hit out at Mr Corbyn while also adding that the Lib Dems are not a “party for Remain but another party of Westminster”.
Election 2019 LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon (Image: Sky News)
10.45am update: Dame Margaret Hodge on Jeremy Corbyn
Veteran Labour, Dame Margaret Hodge has refused to state whether she wants Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister.
Dame Hodge had been urged by some Labour members to vote for Boris Johnson in order to stop Mr Corbyn from coming to power.
Asked on the matter, she said: “I want a Labour government.
"I think any government is more than any one individual, and I think that was as true of the past as it is of the present.”
10am update: Ian Blackford questioned over support for Scottish Independence
In an interview with BBC Breakfast presenter, Charlie Stayt, Mr Blackford claimed that neither Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn could stand in the “face of the votes of the Scottish people”.
Quickly, the BBC presenter stated that they could to which the SNP MP said that “I would simply say that we won the election in 2016, we then won the election to Westminster in 2017, we won the European election.”
He also added: “Whether it's Jeremy Corbyn, whether it's Boris Johnson, in the end they are going to have to accept reality.
“It will be the people of Scotland that will determine their future, and we can't be bullied by a Prime Minister that will seek to stand in the face of democracy and the right of the people of Scotland to choose their future."
9.49am update: Labour candidate steps down amid allegations anti-Semitism comments
Labour candidate for Clacton, Gideon Bull has announced that he is stepping down after making alleged anti-Semitic comments to a colleague at Haringey Council.
In a statement, Mr Bull announced that “now is not the best time for me to stand as a candidate” while also denying the allegation.
Election: Ian Blackford grilled by Stayt on Scottish independence
9.31am update: Labour membership increases
Labour’s party membership has increased since the general election was called according to PoliticsHome.
The number had dropped to 475,000 but has now risen to more than 480,000 wth officials confident it will break through half a million.
A Labour source said: “Since the election was called, our mass membership has risen to the challenge.
“We've been campaigning across the country and the small donations are coming in fast. Come rain, wind or shine, our members are ready to transform our country.”
9.03am update: Nicola Sturgeon pledges to protect NHS
Nicola Sturgeon will launch the SNP’s campaign today with a pledge to protect the NHS from a “Tory-Trump” trade.
Under the SNP, Scotland’s First Minister will announce UK-wide legislation to prevent the health services from being turned private.
Ms Sturgeon will say: “The SNP will bring forward a bill that would protect the NHS across the whole of the UK from ever being harmed by a Tory-Trump trade deal.
"All parties say they oppose including the NHS in trade deals – so I challenge every party to today to commit to backing this bill and stopping the Tories trading our NHS for trade deals with Donald Trump."
8.31am update: Labour to announce maternity leave plans
Labour has promised to give mothers maternity pay for a full year after the birth of their first child.
Dawn Butler, who announced that she would stand to become Deputy Leader of the party said that she wanted to see a "change in how women are treated at work".
General election LIVE: Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)
7.59am update: Jeremy Corbyn’s workers plan ridiculed
Andrea Leadsom has hit out Mr Corbyn’s plans to reform workers’ rights.
Ms Leadsom insisted that the Labour leader’s idea for workers to set their own hours would hurt companies nationwide.
Ms Leadsom said: "A vote for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour is a vote to put businesses and jobs at risk.
“Their reckless plans would cripple businesses across the country, leaving hard-working people to pay the price."
7.30am update: Prime Minister unveils “NHS visa”
Boris Johnson will announce the points-based immigration system as he looks to keep the vote from traditional Tory supporters.
Under the proposal, the cost of a visa for health professionals will be halved from £928 to £464.
Speaking on the plan, Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: “These measures are part of our plan for an Australian-style, points-based immigration system that allows us to control numbers while remaining open to vital professions like nurses.
“That means the best of both worlds – attracting talent from around the world so our NHS continues to provide brilliant service while ensuring that it isn’t put under strain by opening Britain’s borders to the entire world.”
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