The Liberal Democrats have taken their battle to force ITV to include Jo Swinson in its leaders' debate to the High Court. The party has launched a bid for a judicial review of the decision, claiming the broadcaster has excluded Remain supporting voices. The debate will feature a head-to-head between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. Mr Swinson had said earlier in the week that her party would take legal action if ITV did not include her in the debate, scheduled for 19 November. Outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said: "The TV debates offer the only chance for people to see how leaders compare to each other directly, in a neutral, equal and balanced format. For many people this is the moment they decide how they will vote. Brexit debate represented at the top table of the Leaders’ debates. Liberal Democrats , on behalf of all those who want our democracy to remain fair and balanced, are legally challenging ITV … [Read more...] about Liberal Democrats take bid to force ITV to include Jo Swinson in election debates to High Court
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As another General Election looms, the battle for No10 will fundamentally be fought and won online. In a special series, we will investigate the tactics and dark arts being used by all of the parties to shape the outcome. Today's Part 6 looks at the Lib Dem strategy to persuade Remainers to rally behind Jo Swinson The European Election in May symbolised a momentous shift in British politics. While the newly-founded Brexit Party won 32pc of the vote, the Liberal Democrats emerged as the largest Remain supporting party, sending 16 MEPs to Europe. Now, emboldened by its new leader Jo Swinson, the party is ramping up its digital campaign in a bid to harness the Remain vote in December. Its social media campaigns have so far have been slick and targeted - but will they prove effective? Professional and credible While Boris Johnson ultimately emerged victorious from the Conservative Party leadership contest, many believed that it was Rory … [Read more...] about The digital tactics used by the Liberal Democrats to sway voters
Congressional Republicans said on Monday that weeks of closed-door impeachment testimony have not established that President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his political rivals for his own benefit or that he has committed an impeachable offense. As the Democratic-led investigation heads into a critical new public phase this week, Republican staff of the House of Representatives Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees released an 18-page memo to update party lawmakers on evidence gathered to date. 'The body of evidence to date does not support the Democrat allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations into the president's political rivals for his political benefit in the 2020 election,' said the memo, which was reviewed by Reuters. Republicans in Congress will argue that President Trump did not do anything that rises to the level of an impeachable offense. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seen left. House Minority … [Read more...] about GOP plans to defend Trump by saying Democrats didn’t prove ‘impeachable offense’ and that Ukraine was biased toward Hillary Clinton
Nigel Farage claimed he had killed off a second referendum The leader of the Brexit party declared his party would not stand candidates in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in 2017. The exact impact is still a matter of debate, but it is almost certainly the most significant electoral boost the Tories have had in the campaign so far. In a speech in Hartlepool (full text here), Farage claimed his decision meant a “leave alliance” was now in operation: I have got no great love for the Conservative party at all. But I can see right now that by giving Boris half a chance, by keeping him honest and holding him to account by getting people in, and by stopping the fanatics in the Liberal Democrats who’d sign us up to everything, wouldn’t they, the United States of Europe, European army, you name it, I mean they even want to revoke the result of the referendum. No, I think our action … prevents a second referendum from happening and that to me I think right … [Read more...] about Andrew Sparrow’s election briefing: The best news Boris Johnson has had so far?
To the outside world it has become as known as Africa's First World War with its foreign armies and invasions, and ceaseless killing and dying that seems to achieve nothing. The battleground is the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where to some of those who have fought it is a matter of the very survival of nations, while to others it is the prospect of immense wealth that drives them. But what are the true roots of this conflict, and what keeps it alive? Little more than a decade ago, the long-suffering citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo could not have imagined their situation could get much worse. Their brief flirtation with hope and rebirth after independence from Belgium in 1960 soon gave way to decades of decline under the derelict rule of Mobutu Sese Seko. He renamed the sprawling central African state Zaire, cloaked himself in leopard skins and African nationalism, and set about filling his bank accounts while most of those he ruled saw their country crumble … [Read more...] about The roots of war in eastern Congo