Conservatives pledge a defence spending increase – but Labour’s leaked manifesto dominates.
He argues that half the cars produced in the UK are sold into mainland Europe – and most are sold to other countries and exported abroad.
Friction-less access is also needed for car parts and components going back and forth between the UK and Europe, he says.
He adds that Mrs May cannot fight the election on a single issue – Brexit – and asks what her policies are on security, defence, public services, education, NHS, poverty and inequality.
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Christian Wolmar, a transport specialist and former Labour candidate, says the idea of nationalising the railways is “perfectly sensible”.
“The franchise system is in trouble and most franchises are in the hands of foreign government,” he says, but bringing it into public ownership would “take some time to bring about”.
Richard Wellings from the Institute of Economic Affairs responds that the management of track by Network Rail is “far from a success story” and has been characterised by “endemic mismanagement”.
What we need is “proper privatisation”, according to Dr Wellings.
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Analysis carried out by the World At One finds 25% of Conservative candidates are women, 41% for Labour, around a third for the SNP and just under a third of Lib Dem candidates.
Conservative Maria Miller says her party has made “significant progress because of Theresa May and the work she’s done with the Women2Win campaign”.
The SNP’s Kirsty Blackman stresses the snap election has meant “less time to reach out to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds”.
Lib Dem Daisy Cooper acknowledges there is room for improvement but estimates the party has selected women in the 50 to 60 most winnable seats.
The future of jobs, manufacturing and the car industry must be on the ballot paper for the 8 June general election, former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has said.
He said there were 45,000 people employed by Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, 170,000 employed in the car industry throughout the UK, nearly 800,000 people dependent on jobs in the supply and servicing industry and 2.7m employed in manufacturing.
“They need to have answers before this election about what is to happen to manufacturing in these European negotiations,” he told Labour supporters at Coventry University.
He argued that whether a person voted leave or remain, “it’s in the interest of Britain to negotiate free trade with the EU” so cars, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing products can be sold without taxation as they enter the EU.
He said nobody in Coventry can afford to give the prime minister “a blank cheque” when the jobs of car workers, the future of manufacturing and prospects of young people were at stake during the election.
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has accused Theresa May of asking voters to give her a “carte blanche” to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU.
He said manufacturing, the car industry and jobs will all be at risk “if we are not told what we are voting for on 8 June”.
Speaking at a campaign event in Coventry University, he said:
Mrs May says she wants this single issue election to strengthen her hand with Europe – but we don’t know what her hand is. She’s not telling us what her hand is in these negotiations.”
Mr Brown also said the only way to end pensioner poverty is vote Labour.
If Mrs May is re-elected, the prediction is another 400,000 elderly people will be “pushed into pensioner poverty” by 2022, he said.
The EU’s chief negotiator in the Brexit negotiations Michel Barnier has told Irish politicians that he will do everything he can to avoid a “hard border” between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Addressing a joint session of the Irish parliament this morning, Mr Barnier renewed his pledge to make border negotiations one of the three main priorities in forthcoming talks, alongside the safeguarding of the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and the financial settlement which had to be agreed. Ireland’s interests would be treated as the EU’s interests.
He said that people living in the border area with Northern Ireland, and in Ireland generally, had concerns about the affect Brexit would have on exports to the UK, with 14% of goods and 20% of services going to the UK alone. But there was also the issue of border checks themselves which had to be addressed and the “fear [of a] return to the instability of the past”. Mr Barnier said that nothing “should put peace at risk”.
The PoliticsHome website reports that the Unite union “has agreed to give Labour up to £4.5 million to fight the general election – with the possibility of more cash if required”.
The decision to release the cash from the union’s political fund was taken at a meeting of its executive council on Monday, according to PoliticsHome, and an initial payment of just under £2m has already been donated to Labour
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Lib Dem Tom Brake has defended his party’s plans to allow 50,000 Syrian refugees into the UK over five years.
“We will ensure that it’s properly funded,” said Mr Brake, but sidestepped questions by BBC2’s Daily Politics about how the party will pay for the policy.
The candidate for Carshalton and Wallington said many local authorities were prepared to take in refugees, adding that the borough of Sutton had accepted over 20 people.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said the government’s 20,000 figure for refugees has yet to be met.
But she said it was not fair that countries surrounding Syria, that are often poor, should take the biggest share of the burden so far.
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Michel Barnier tells the Irish parliament he will work to avoid a hard border when the UK leaves the EU.
The former Labour MP has said he will stand against the party’s official candidate in Rochdale.
The former Foreign Secretary Dame Margaret
Beckett has given short shrift to reporters asking her about the leak of Labour’s manifesto.
Arriving for the “Clause Five” committee, which is meeting today to discuss the manifesto, Dame Margaret was asked if she was embarrassed by the leak, or she was responsible for it emerging. She replied tartly: “Oh don’t be silly – I haven’t seen the b****y thing, have I?”
Labour’s shadow chancellor spoke to a reporter earlier on his way to today’s “Clause 5” meeting.
The leaked manifesto would be fully costed by the time it was launched next week and was a modern package, John McDonnell said.
UKIP has given more details of its plans for Britain’s fishing industry.
Speaking in London this morning, Mike Hookem who is a member of the European Parliament, said the party would scrap the EU common fisheries
policy as it applies to the UK in its entirety and enforce a new 200-mile limit around Britain’s shores.
Mr Hookem said that sovereignty needed to be restored immediately to maximise the potential of Britain’s fisheries and that the “net to plate value” of the industry was worth some £6.3 billion to the UK economy.
Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Caroline Lucas has been launching its environment manifesto this morning.
She was critical of the lack of discussion about the environment in the political campaigning so far.
The Bank of England has trimmed its UK growth forecast for 2017, saying that household spending is slowing more quickly than expected.
The Bank trimmed its growth forecast to 1.9% from its previous estimate of 2.0% made in February.
It also held interest rates at 0.25%.
Before last June’s referendum the pound was trading at about $1.47. It is currently trading around $1.29, down 12%.
The Bank also highlighted that its current forecasts were based on the assumption that “the adjustment to the United Kingdom’s new relationship with the European Union is smooth”
A left-wing political alliance co-founded by the late rail union leader Bob
Crow will not field any candidates in the General Election and says it will support
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was the sixth largest party in the general and local elections of 2015, polling nearly 120,000 votes.
The coalition was launched in 2010 by the then General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, and backed by a number of
trade unionists and “independent socialists.”
TUSC chairman Dave Nellist, a former Labour MP, said: “Ever since Jeremy
launched his leadership bid in 2015, TUSC has been determined to support him
against Tory and Blairite attacks and build the anti-austerity struggle that lay
behind his success.”
Mr Nellist said the general election gave “working class people the
opportunity to drive out the Tory government and, on this occasion, put a
socialist in Number 10.”
Policies in Labour’s leaked manifesto would “risk putting the economy into reverse gear”, the CBI’s deputy director-general has said.
If reports of it are accurate “this is a manifesto that is past its sell by date”, Josh Hardie said.
number of these policies risk putting our economy into reverse gear rather than
moving forward to support business in creating an inclusive, innovative economy
that works for people in all corners of the UK,” he said.
“Proposals to damage the UK’s flexible labour market and
competitive markets will threaten jobs and prosperity. We await the final
manifesto with interest.”
The BBC has issued a comment after a cameraman was injured in an incident involving a car carrying Jeremy Corbyn.
An experienced BBC cameraman has been injured while filming at the Labour Party manifesto meeting. He has been taken to hospital for assessment and treatment. At the moment the BBC are focusing on their duty of care, making sure that he is ok.”
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Labour’s defence policy
appears towards the back of the leaked manifesto.
At first glance it looks like the most controversial subject for the
party’s been resolved.
Labour’s committed to renewing the Trident
Nuclear Weapons System, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s well-known opposition.
concerns are reflected in a passage stating any prime minister should be “extremely cautious” about ever using the weapons of “mass destruction” and in setting out how Labour would work towards a world free of nuclear
There’s also another
potential caveat. Labour would carry out an immediate review of all defence
policy if it wins the election. That won’t please everyone in the military.
The armed forces are still trying to fund and implement the 2015
Like the Conservatives, Labour’s committed to spending 2% of the national income, or GDP, on
defence – a Nato target. Though, interestingly, that’s the only
mention of the alliance. More time’s spent talking about working with the
Labour reminds the electorate
that it’s the Conservatives and the Coalition that’s been responsible for the
largest defence cuts in a generation.
It promises to fully fund the armed
forces in the future.
But there’s still no specific pledge to
protect numbers or on equipment.
Instead the party’s focus appears to be on
retention and on improving the lives of service families and veterans with
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It’s not just Labour’s policies that have been exposed by
the leaks of the manifesto – it’s the level of distrust at the very top of the
The draft document, which is now in the public domain, had a very limited
Members of Labour’s National Executive that I have spoken to
hadn’t seen it. Most – though not all – shadow cabinet members were shown only
the sections which related to their policy areas. To prevent leaks…
certainly the leak of a complete version of a draft manifesto before it has
been formally discussed is unprecedented.
Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn say “100 per cent” they did
not leak it – and were shocked around 8pm last night to hear it had leaked.
Sources close to both the party leader and the
Unite leader Len McCluskey are pointing the finger at the party’s deputy
leader, Tom Watson.
They say this is all about 9 June – if an impression
of chaos around Corbyn is created now, and Labour fails to get 30% of
the vote on polling day, it will give his deputy a reason – or an excuse – to call for the leader’s resignation.
Sources close to Watson have categorically denied leaking the
manifesto – they say this would be mad. They don’t want Labour to perform
so badly that it becomes difficult to recover.
BBC cameraman Giles Wooltorton is now on his way to hospital after the car carrying Jeremy Corbyn ran over his foot.
The incident happened as the Labour leader arrived at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, where a party meeting is due to take place as it deals with the fallout from the leak of its draft general election manifesto.
He’s seen here being comforted by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg just before he was loaded into an ambulance.
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Drawing up an election platform is no easy feat, but some Twitter users appear to be outlining mock manifestos in a matter of minutes.
Social media users who support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are drawing up mock Conservative manifestos, while his critics say Labour think money grows on trees.
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Paul Nuttall believes he will “come under no pressure whatsoever” to resign
as leader should UKIP fail to win any seats at the general election.
UKIP MEP Mike Hookem said Mr Nuttall had the “full support” of his fellow
MEPs in Brussels after questions about his future were raised by reporters
during a Westminster policy launch.
Mr Nuttall also initially appeared hesitant when asked if former leader Nigel
Farage will be helping with his campaign to be elected MP for Boston and
Skegness, noting: “I would think so.”
When pressed, he later said: “Yeah, of course, Nigel will come campaigning
with me in Boston.”
Mr Nuttall failed in his by-election bid to become Stoke-on-Trent Central MP in
February, with questions raised about the party’s popularity with voters after
it suffered heavy losses at this month’s local elections.
More from Unite boss Len McCluskey on the leaked Labour manifesto…. He told reporters the
policies are “really really exciting”, adding:
If the British electorate can only look at that rather than the obsession that you people have about the leadership of the Labour Party.”
Asked if Labour voters want the policies in the draft manifesto, he said: “I absolutely do.”
He said they would welcome a higher minimum wage, the abolition of zero-hour contracts and the nationalisation of the railways which described as “the most popular policy out there”.
Mr McCluskey said he would support the manifesto which emerges after agreement at a meeting of senior party and trade union figures in London today.
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UKIP won’t be fielding a candidate in
The town voted for Remain in the referendum so UKIP says it will instead concentrate resources elsewhere in the county.
The party stressed it won’t be endorsing
another candidate in the town, nor has any arrangement been made with other
Cheltenham is a target seat for the Lib Dems,
with former MP Martin Horwood returning from his defeat in 2015 to try to win
back his seat from the Conservatives.