Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Brexit was hot on the agenda as Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson locked horns with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on TV tonight - but everything from Prince Andrew to 'nastiness' in politics grabbed headlines. The Labour leader dismissed the Prime Minister's pledge to "get Brexit done" by the end of January as "nonsense" while Mr Johnson suggested his rival was "not fit to lead our country". Both leaders were asked if the Monarchy, and then Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, were "fit for purpose" - and their differing, responses were telling. Meanwhile Corbyn accused the Government of entering into secret talks with the US to open up the NHS to American pharmaceutical companies in a future trade deal. The pair were asked to shake hands and end the 'nastiness' entering UK politics. And the Conservative Party faced criticism after one of its official Twitter accounts was … [Read more...] about General election debate RECAP: Corbyn’s NHS vow as audience laughs at PM’s ‘truth’ claims
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Desperate Boris Johnson is scrabbling round for a plan after MPs pledged to resist his pleas for a general election . The Prime Minister begged Labour to table a vote of no confidence in his own Government and also asked smaller parties to help him out. Downing Street aides even suggested Tory MPs would be told to vote against their own leader to force an early ballot. In angry scenes in the Commons, the shameless PM batted away concerns from female MPs over his use of violent language. It came as Parliament returned 24 hours after the Supreme Court’s bombshell ruling that its suspension was unlawful. The PM faced calls to “resign” with MPs branding him a “liar” and shouting out “you should be in jail!” He goaded them to boot him from office and trigger an election, lashing out at everyone but himself over the historic court defeat. The shameless Tory showed no remorse, gave no apology and instead tried to blame the “paralysed … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson scrabbling round for plan as MPs pledge to resist general election
With a general election talked about for months, political parties are likely to have been planning to go to the polls for the best part of this year.Who is providing the cash to fund their campaigns? Sky News takes a look:CONSERVATIVESThe art gallery chiefIsraeli-born Ehud Sheleg, the Conservative Party treasurer, has given more than £1m to the Tories already this year. Advertisement The art management businessman, also known as Udi, was given a knighthood in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list.He is a director of the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair, which specialises in modern and contemporary art. More from General Election 2019 General election leaders' debate: Johnson and Corbyn were uncomfortable to watch General election: Johnson and Corbyn challenged on spending promises in TV debate General election: Snap poll picks winner of leaders' TV debate Can the Greens achieve their radical goals on housing? General election: Tory … [Read more...] about General election: Who funds our political parties?
The secret of winning leaders’ debates was taught to David Cameron before the very first one, in the spring of 2010. They weren’t debates at all, he was told by two leading (and doubtless expensive) media operatives who’d helped get Barack Obama elected. “You don’t want to engage with your opponents’ arguments, you just want to put your own point across,” Cameron recalls in his recent memoir. “Just get your ‘zinger’ – a one-liner destined for the headlines on the news programmes after the show – ready beforehand and deploy it as soon as you can.” That is the best explanation of Boris Johnson’s performance in last night’s debate. The Tory leader had but one message, one solitary stark sentence, for the public. He had a Brexit deal, and he was going to do it. The other side offered only “dither and delay”. To make that point he would talk over presenter Julie Etchingham, slide all over … [Read more...] about Corbyn needs to rouse his fighting spirit to win this election
The prospect of the television election debates elicits from me two incompatible responses. On the one hand, I believe strongly that the Greens should be invited. If it’s on the basis of having a seat in the house, then they have the same right as Ukip. If it’s on the grounds of polling, they have a stronger claim than the Liberal Democrats. If it’s on the basis of who Ofcom thinks is a good chap, then Ofcom needs to have a word with itself. I have mild views on how much of a psephological impact the debates have in the first place (some), and whether it constitutes a democratic deficit not to have them (no). On the other hand, I know how these debates will unfold, if indeed they do: much like a mud wrestle, without the energy, or any prospect of a winner. This election has already turned “debate” into a series of “dids!” and “didn’ts!”. “You caused the crash.” “Didn’t.” “Did.” … [Read more...] about Anxious Britain will find no succour in a TV election debate