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
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Last night, clutching 120 motions and with the chanting of thousands of marchers still ringing in their ears, 100 Labour conference delegates entered a room to consider the wording for a motion on the People’s Vote. The “composite motion” that emerged somewhat different: a “public vote” which looked like an afterthought to securing a general election and offering no commitment to a remain option in such a vote. But let’s not be too quick to compost this composite motion. We should not underplay just what an incredible achievement this is. That this resolution has seen the light of day at all is testimony to the incredible efforts of campaigners across the country and the cross-party support that the People’s Vote has attained. A few notable Labour MPs and trade union leaders have been at the forefront of this campaign and support for the People’s Vote among Labour members has now hit dizzying heights, achieving almost 90% support, … [Read more...] about If Labour wants power, it must commit to a people’s vote on Brexit
A legal action to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit has been referred to the European court of justice by the court of session in Edinburgh. The case was brought by a cross-party group of six Scottish MPs, MEPs and MSPs, who want the ECJ to offer a definitive ruling on whether the UK can halt the article 50 process without needing the approval of all other 27 EU member states. Rejecting the argument put forward by lawyers for the UK government, that ministers have repeatedly made it clear they have no intention of stopping the Brexit process, even if there were no deal with the EU, Scotland’s most senior judge, Lord Carloway, said: “It seems neither academic nor premature to ask whether it is legally competent to revoke the notification and thus to remain in the EU.” Carloway, one of three judges to consider the case on appeal after it was initially rejected in June as “academic and hypothetical”, noted that the Commons would be … [Read more...] about Legal action to revoke article 50 referred to European court of justice
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
Darren and Julia Quenault took their first delivery of non-organic cattle feed a few weeks ago. After nine years of organic dairy farming, they decided to convert back to conventional, and give up their organic status, at the end of last year. The reason was simple. “Cattle feed costs were excruciatingly expensive and we just couldn’t absorb them,” says Julia. “We’re saving £1,800 a month. We couldn’t have continued, we would have had to put up prices significantly, and we didn’t feel we could burden consumers with an extra 12% on the price of milk.” The Quenaults are not alone. Even as demand for organic food remains high, the farmers producing it are falling by the wayside. And the results of their transition might cause anyone else considering it to think hard. Since they made the switch almost eight weeks ago, sales of the milk, cheese, cream and ice cream produced by the couple, their 60 Jersey cows and 10 staff (including their … [Read more...] about Why are organic farmers across Britain giving up?