A grand jury in the United States has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for stealing information on 500,000 voters and hacking Democratic Party computers during the 2016 US presidential election, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the charges drawn up by special counsel Robert Mueller, the lead investigator in an ongoing probe into possible collusion between the US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government. Read more: US intelligence report: Putin 'ordered' targeted involvement in US election The spies allegedly gained access to the voters' information after hacking a state election board. They are also accused of stealing emails from Democratic Party computers, including devices belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign team, and then releasing them online months before the November 7 election. A Kremlin official has denied the accusations, … [Read more...] about 12 Russian spies charged for hacking 2016 US presidential election
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At the end of a long, dismal and vacuous Conservative election campaign, it’s hard to pick out many standout scenes amid the monotony of Boris Johnson’s Get Brexit Done sloganeering. Which is why there was something cathartic about the moment that Lee Anderson, Tory parliamentary candidate for Ashfield, donned a black cagoule, stared into a mobile phone camera, and – with a zeal too seldom witnessed in contemporary politics – introduced himself to the wider world with a denunciation of “nuisance tenants”. “These people, who have to live somewhere, let’s have them in a tent in the middle of a field,” he grimaced. “Six o’clock every morning, let’s have them up.” Hood raised, face red, wind howling around him: Anderson looked every inch like the sadistic PE teacher of your nightmares – which, to be fair, feels like the right look for anyone advocating for the establishment of forced labour camps. … [Read more...] about The real faultline in this election: landlords v tenants
The country will go to the polls today to elect a new Parliament, in the fourth national vote in five years. The polls before the election showed the Conservative Party in the lead, but with a host of electoral pacts and local issues at play, the election is still seen to be unpredictable. Much will depend on how certain marginal seats will swing in the general election, with the Conservatives targeting Brexit constituencies in the North and Midlands, the Lib Dems looking to take Remain seats in the south of England and London, and the SNP likely to re-claim much of Scotland. Meanwhile, the Labour Party are on the defensive in many seats - facing a Tory threat in their Leave seats and a Lib... … [Read more...] about The key marginal seats that could decide tonight’s election outcome
There are some 12 constituencies across the country which have correctly predicted the outcome of every single election over the past four decades, according to analysis from The Telegraph. With today being one of the most significant general elections in the post-war era, many will be keeping a careful eye on so-called bellwether seats - the seats which always vote in the same way as the country. Due to the proclivities of the First Past the Post system, only around a quarter of seats are marginal, with a majority of 10 per cent or less separating the winning MP from the person in second place. These bellwether seats - which currently have Conservative majorities of 0.7 to 24.4 per cent - represent... … [Read more...] about Will these 12 bellwether seats call the 2019 election result?
Voters were stuck in the biggest queues seen at polling stations for years today as millions took part in Britain's most important election for a generation with their decision expected to make-or-break Brexit. Thousands snaked around the block outside schools, village halls, churches, pubs and other community buildings in the wet and cold to exercise their democratic right at the UK's 50,000 polling stations from 7am. The largest queues were seen in London's marginal seats where many were late for work and described the busiest election day they had seen for decades in a vote being treated by many as a second EU referendum. Hundreds waited for up to 45 minutes to vote in Battersea, Bow, Brixton, Clapham, Wandsworth and Woolwich in the capital as well as in Greater Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn battle to become the next Prime Minister. Experts have said the crowds suggest that the turnout … [Read more...] about ‘Biggest queue I’ve EVER seen at my polling station’: Turnout looks huge as thousands are ALREADY lining up to vote in Britain’s most crucial election in a generation – as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn give final call to arms