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Labour’s Rachel Reeves has challenged Rishi Sunak’s declare that the native election outcomes level to a hung parliament, because the shadow chancellor accused the federal government of gaslighting the general public concerning the financial system.

Arguing that the Tories’ disastrous native election outcomes present the nation has voted for change, Ms Reeves insisted final week’s native elections confirmed the nation had voted for change, and warned that voters will quickly have a selection between 5 extra years of chaos with the Tories or stability with Sir Keir Starmer.

It got here as studies revealed that the Ministry of Defence was focused in a cyberattack on a 3rd celebration payroll system together with the main points of tens of 1000’s of British armed forces and veterans.

Senior Tory Tobias Ellwood alleged that the focusing on of a payroll system “points to China” and could possibly be a part of “strategy to see who might be coerced”. China’s international ministry stated it “firmly opposes and fights all forms of cyberattacks”.

But No 10 refused to accuse a particular state or actor for the cyberattack.


China has ‘fundamentally different values to ours’, says Sunak

China has “fundamentally different values to ours”, Rishi Sunak has stated, amid studies Beijing was behind a cyber assault on a database containing particulars of armed forces personnel.

On a go to to Crystal Palace Football Club’s academy on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Sunak instructed broadcasters that the federal government had set out “a very robust policy towards China”.

Mr Sunak stated: “They are a country with fundamentally different values to ours, they’re acting in a way that is more authoritarian at home, assertive abroad.”

He added: “Recently, I announced a historic increase in our defence spending to two-and-a-half percent of GDP. And I made the point that we are facing an axis of authoritarian states, including Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China, which pose a risk to our values, our interests, and indeed our country.”

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 14:25


Rachel Reeves launched by former Tory MP at City of London speech

Rachel Reeves was launched forward of her speech on the financial system immediately by former Tory MP Nick Boles, who stated the Labour shadow chancellor understood “the central paradox of economic management”.

He stated the paradox was that “it is by demonstrating discipline, responsibility and the sense of the importance of restraint that you earn the right, earn the trust, to be able to make transformative change”.

Mr Boles added: “The business community trusts that [Ms Reeves and Sir Keir Starmer] understand that stability in economic policy will unleash investment, that the ambition that Labour has will be delivered by demonstrating to markets, to investors, but also to individuals, to taxpayers, to consumers, that they are not going to play fast and loose with their money.”

Mr Boles stop the Conservative Party in 2019 over Brexit, and was revealed in February this 12 months to be a casual adviser to Labour’s shadow cupboard on how you can put together for energy.

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 14:16


Labour will struggle election on financial system, says Rachel Reeves

Labour will struggle the following election on the financial system, the shadow chancellor has stated – as she dismissed solutions the UK was heading for a hung parliament.

In a speech within the City of London, Rachel Reeves stated her celebration would use day by day to “expose what the Conservatives have done to our country” and accused the Government of “gaslighting” the general public by claiming Britain had “turned a corner”.

She stated: “Instead of believing the prime minister’s claims that we’ve turned a corner, the questions people will ask ahead of the next election are simple.

“Do you and your family feel better off than you did after 14 years of Conservative government? Do our schools, our hospitals, our police, our transport work better than they did 14 years ago? Frankly, does anything in our country work better than it did when the Conservatives came into office 14 years ago?”

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves accused the Conservatives of gaslighting the general public over the state of the financial system in a speech within the City of London (Labour Party handout)

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 14:03


Rail strikes: Simon Calder explains newest string of walkouts

Train drivers are as soon as once more hanging of their long-running dispute with the federal government. Our journey correspondent Simon Calder has the main points:

Rail strikes: Simon Calder explains newest string of walkouts

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 13:47


Full report: Shapps to replace MPs on hack focusing on defence payroll particulars

Defence secretary Grant Shapps will replace MPs on a cyber assault on a database containing particulars of armed forces personnel amid studies China was behind the hack.

David Hughes has extra on this report:

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 13:29


Chinese embassy hits out at ‘false information’ on Ministry of Defence cyberattack

A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy within the UK stated: “The so-called cyberattacks by China against the UK are completely fabricated and malicious slanders.

“We strongly oppose such accusations. China has always firmly fought all forms of cyberattacks according to law.

“China does not encourage, support or condone cyberattacks. At the same time, we oppose the politicisation of cybersecurity issues and the baseless denigration of other countries without factual evidence.

“China has always upheld the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. China has neither the interest nor the need to meddle in the internal affairs of the UK. We urge the relevant parties in the UK to stop spreading false information, stop fabricating so-called China threat narratives, and stop their anti-China political farce.”

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 13:14


Government reviewing third-party contractor’s operations after cyberattack

The authorities is reviewing the operations of a third-party contractor whose methods have been hacked in a cyber assault on the Ministry of Defence, Downing Street has stated.

Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman stated: “In relation to the specific contractor involved in this incident, a security review of that contractor’s operations is under way and appropriate steps will be taken after that.”

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 12:57


No 10 declines to attribute cyberattack to particular state

Downing Street has declined to attribute the reported cyberattack on the Ministry of Defence to a particular state or actor.

Asked whether or not China was liable for the assault, Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman stated: “The defence secretary is going to give an update to parliament on this this afternoon.

“You will appreciate I’m obviously limited in what I can say until then, other than the Ministry of Defence has already taken immediate action, isolating the network and supporting personnel affected.

“I can’t get into any further speculation around the origination of the attack.”

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 12:41


Muslim group points 18 calls for for Keir Starmer to win again voters misplaced over Gaza

A Muslim marketing campaign group has issued Sir Keir Starmer with 18 calls for with a view to win again assist misplaced attributable to his stance on Israel’s conflict in Gaza.

The Muslim Vote, which goals to organise voters towards MPs who didn’t again a ceasefire within the battle, has known as for the Labour chief to apologise for his early stance on Israel’s marketing campaign towards Hamas.

And it has urged Sir Keir to vow to chop navy ties with Israel and let Muslims pray in faculties and for Labour figures to return “zionist money”.

Our political correspondent Archie Mitchell studies:

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 12:33


Record proportion of voters count on Labour to win subsequent election, polling suggests

Just one in 5 voters count on the Conservative Party to win on the subsequent normal election, new polling by Redfield & Wilton suggests.

That compares with 63 per cent who consider Labour will win – the best proportion ever recorded by the pollster.

The state of affairs marks an utter reversal in summer time 2021, previous to the Partygate scandal, when 55 per cent of voters believed the Tories would win the following election and fewer than 25 per cent thought Labour would.

The two events have been tied on round 40 per cent within the early days of Liz Truss’s premiership, till Tory fortunes plummeted considerably and Labour’s rose correspondingly within the wake of her disastrous mini-Budget.

Andy Gregory7 May 2024 12:21