Labour ramps up its election campaign today by pledging to let every adult in the country study for free for up to six years throughout their lives. Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner will unveil the £3bn offer this morning in a speech in Blackpool. With 30 days left to the election, Labour's leader will then head up to Scotland - while Boris Johnson is largely shielded from the media. Instead the Chancellor Sajid Javid is expected to campaign in the south west. But expect him to face questions over fresh Tory "fake news" claims that taxpayers would have to fork out £2,400 extra each year under a Corbyn government. Both main parties are still reeling from Nigel Farage's shock decision to pull candidates out of all 317 Tory held seats. Labour said it showed Farage - who was offered a peerage 48 hours earlier but said he'd turn it down - was in bed with the Tories. The Brexit Party have a rally at 11am - while the Lib Dems have a rally at 6pm in Cardiff. … [Read more...] about General election LIVE: Tories in ‘fake news’ row over Labour spending claims
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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?
Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, has been admitted to hospital in Atlanta for a procedure to relieve brain pressure.The pressure comes from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement.The procedure is scheduled to take place at the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday morning local time."President Carter is resting comfortably, and his wife, Rosalynn, is with him," the statement said. Mr Carter is the country's oldest living leader. The Democrat was the 39th president, serving one term from 1977 to 1981. He was defeated in his re-election bid by Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter: Born again statesman Watch: Four decades since Carter visited Tyneside Carter: 'I'm prepared for anything that comes' Since leaving the White House, he has remained active, carrying out humanitarian work with his Carter Center in recent years.In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. In May, Mr Carter underwent surgery for a broken hip after falling at his … [Read more...] about Jimmy Carter in hospital for brain procedure
US Vice-President Mike Pence's trip to Israel has been postponed, amid Palestinian protests against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But why does the move remain popular with evangelical Christians in the US?The Reverend Johnnie Moore, a 34-year-old evangelical Christian, is closer than most to President Trump.During the election campaign, he was co-chair of Mr Trump's evangelical advisory board.He has met the president and his team "several times" - most recently last month - and speaks to the White House regularly.In July, he even posted this picture of the president at prayer. Skip Twitter post by @JohnnieM Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP . pic.twitter.com/JrDOSJyFeN— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @JohnnieM So he seems a good person to ask. When Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, did American evangelicals support him for Biblical reasons, as … [Read more...] about Why do US evangelicals support Trump’s Jerusalem policy?
Nigel Farage has branded Conservative calls for the Brexit party to stand down in Labour marginals as “almost comical”, saying his party needs to get MPs into parliament to hold Boris Johnson’s feet to the fire. The Brexit party leader said he still intended to stand candidates in about 300 seats held by Labour and pro-remain parties, having agreed to help the prime minister by withdrawing candidates in 317 seats won by the Tories in 2017. However, he left the door open to holding back in other areas if Johnson made a further concession, such as standing down Conservatives in seats where they had no hope of winning. “It’s almost comical. I’ve gifted the Conservative party nearly two dozen seats and I did it because I believe in leave. If they believed in leave, they would stand aside in Labour areas where the Conservative party hasn’t won in 100 years and will never win,” he told BBC Breakfast. Farage claimed he made the decision not to … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage snubs Tory calls to stand down in Labour marginals