Politicians have "ducked" the big issues in health and social care during the election, a leading NHS boss says.At the start of the campaign, NHS Providers chief Chris Hopson urged parties not to make "empty promises" or create "unrealistic expectations".There have since been manifesto pledges of millions more in NHS funding and extra staff from both main parties.But Mr Hopson says they have not offered "credible answers" to the NHS's biggest challenges.The NHS has been a major issue during the campaign, with some polls suggesting voters place it of higher importance to them than Brexit.All three parties are promising above-inflation increases to the budget for frontline care. The pledges only apply to England as health and care issues are devolved. There have also been promises to increase staffing. Labour has pledged to boost nurse numbers by 24,000, while the Conservatives have promised 50,000 nurses, factoring in the retention of current staff.The Liberal Democrats have promised to … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: NHS boss – Parties ‘ducked’ big issues
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Good morning. We’re here, the final stretch of the campaign. The country will go to the polls on Thursday, but before that happens, the parties are giving their pitches one final push. We also have the best of non-election news from around the country and the world. What’s going on? The Labour party will be focusing on the benefit of its policies to the bank balances of voters, promising the public that a Labour government would put “money in your pocket”. Amid concerns that Labour has overpromised with a blizzard of announcements during the six-week campaign, Corbyn will focus on the NHS and voters’ finances in the final crucial days of campaigning. Boris Johnson did an interview with Sophy Ridge on Sky News yesterday, which John Crace described as a “20-minute audio-visual barrage of near constant mansplaining and manspreading”. However, the Tories have been much quieter than the opposition ahead of the vote – as John Harris points … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: parties deliver final pitches in last stretch of campaign
Boris Johnson stepped up his campaign to smash Labour's 'red wall' of Leave-voting heartlands as he visited Grimsby today. The PM chatted happily with workers at a fish market in the key target seat after delivering a stark warning that Jeremy Corbyn has 'betrayed' Brexit supporters. Mr Johnson laughed off boos and cheers as he posed with some of the produce, and for selfies. The visit came as the premier embarks on a blitz of Labour's northern heartlands, just three days before the crucial election showdown. Another poll today suggests the Tories still have a significant advantage, with Survation research for ITV's GMB putting the party 14 points ahead of Labour. But experts have warned that the result is still on a knife edge, and victory for Mr Johnson will depend on him winning over voters who have not backed the Tories for generations. On his tour today, Mr Johnson will criticise the Labour Party for sneering at their values and ignoring their core … [Read more...] about For cod and country! PM woos voters at Grimsby fishmarket as he tries to smash Labour’s ‘red wall’ of Leave-voting heartlands with warning Jeremy Corbyn has ‘betrayed’ them on Brexit – with just three days left until election
In the front seat of his car, John Wilson passes me a dossier of scientific research reports and diagrams. At his feet are carefully curated ring binders of correspondence with city council officials, and albums with six years’ worth of photographs documenting brown patches of earth and scorched grass around trees, beside kerbs and along playground fences. In the back of Wilson’s Toyota Yaris is colleague Lydia Koelmans and dog Kim, and we’re parked on a side street of Spital Tongues, a residential area north-west of Newcastle city centre popular with students and families. We’ve met to view examples of the damage done by glyphosate, the world’s most widely produced herbicide. Glyphosate is used liberally in the streets and parks of many towns and cities to control grass and weeds, but was classified last month by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as “probably carcinogenic to … [Read more...] about Glyphosate is a ‘probably carcinogenic’ herbicide. Why do cities still use it?
French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste. The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the divide between giant food firms and people who are struggling to eat. As MPs united in a rare cross-party consensus, the centre-right deputy Yves Jégo told parliament: “There’s an absolute urgency – charities are desperate for food. The most moving part of this law is that it opens us up to others who are suffering.” Supermarkets will be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Those with a footprint of 4,305 sq ft (400 sq m) or more will have to sign contracts with charities by July next year or face penalties including fines of up to €75,000 (£53,000) or two years in jail. “It’s … [Read more...] about France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities