General Election 2024 newest: Rishi Sunak says Boris Johnson backing ‘will make difference’ as ex-PM drafted in to struggle Reform | EUROtoday

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Grant Shapps says Tories ‘preventing for each single vote’ as he faces questions on marketing campaign

Boris Johnson’s backing “will make a difference” to the ailing Tory marketing campaign, Rishi Sunak has insisted – as his predecessor was drafted in to assist struggle Nigel Farage’s Reform UK.

The prime minister stated it was “great” that Mr Johnson – who’s on vacation in Greece – could be endorsing Tory candidates in a sequence of movies and letters to voters within the coming days, in an intervention Mr Sunak stated was “co-ordinated by the campaign”.

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not the letters would point out Mr Sunak, though he did describe them as “supportive”. Asked if they’d point out the prime minister, he stated their content material “will become clear in due course”.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer refused to rule out adjustments to council tax charges in his plans for presidency, telling LBC he wouldn’t “write the budgets for the next five years”.

And he joked that the intervention from Mr Johnson was a “third or fourth relaunch” of the Conservative election technique, including: “If you can’t even have a strategy that holds for six weeks you really don’t deserve to win.”

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Starmer leaves door open to sustaining beer obligation freeze

Sir Keir Starmer has not dominated out sustaining a freeze on beer duties, after shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves signalled in an interview with the Sun newspaper that Labour was open to such a transfer.

Asked about this, celebration chief Sir Keir instructed broadcasters within the South East: “I think it is important that we support hospitality and the beer duty is part of the package there. I am glad and obviously support what Rachel has already said.

“But it is part of the challenge for small businesses, whether it is hospitality, whether it is retail as we have just been talking about.

“That is why I am really pleased today to be unveiling our plan for supporting small businesses, for supporting high streets, to make sure that more people are out using those small businesses on their high streets.

“It is all part of our manifesto, which is a manifesto for wealth creation, for growth, and making sure that people genuinely feel better off with Labour.”

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 14:20

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Britain’s future at stake, says Sunak

Rishi Sunak stated it was necessary to register to vote within the basic election as a result of Britain’s future was at stake.

Asked why it was necessary to register on the final day of the window to take action, the PM instructed broadcasters: “This election there is a very clear choice.

“The future of our country is at stake, we are living in uncertain times, people need to decide who’s got the clearest plan and the boldest ideas to deliver a more secure future.”

He added that the selection was “crystal clear” with the Conservatives providing “tax cuts at every stage of your life”.

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 14:01

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Sunak says Johnson assist for Tories ‘will make a difference’

Rishi Sunak said Boris Johnson’s assist for the Conservatives “will make a difference” and his interventions had been “co-ordinated by the campaign”.

The PM instructed broadcasters: “It’s great that Boris is supporting the Conservative Party, I very much welcome that. He is endorsing many candidates in videos and letters which have been co-ordinated by the campaign.

“I know that will make a difference and, of course, every week he is making the case in his column and making sure that everyone understands what the Labour government would do to this country and why it’s important that everyone votes Conservative and I’m glad he’s doing that.”

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 13:47

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Boris Johnson pulled into Tory marketing campaign with personalised letters to voters – however should still snub Rishi Sunak

Boris Johnson has been pulled in to assist the crisis-hit Conservative election marketing campaign – however he nonetheless may snub Rishi Sunak.

In latest days he has filmed a sequence of cameo-style movies for particular person Tory candidates who’ve loyally stood by him through the years – together with one who tried to oust Mr Sunak.

Now he has been parachuted into the disastrous Conservative election marketing campaign, because it tries to struggle off the menace from Nigel Farage. Letters exhorting voters to again the Tories, signed by the ex-party chief, are because of land on tens of 1000’s of doorsteps later this week.

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not the letters would point out Mr Sunak, though he did describe them as “supportive”.

Our Whitehall editor Kate Devlin has the unique report:

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 13:30

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Scottish Labour opposes two youngster profit cap – regardless of Starmer not planning to axe it

Scottish Labour is towards the 2 youngster profit cap, Anas Sarwar has stated, regardless of there being no plans to scrap the measure if Labour wins the keys to Downing Street.

Asked at his celebration’s manifesto launch if he was towards the cap – which solely permits households to assert advantages for 2 kids – Mr Sarwar stated: “The short answer is yes.

“We were right to oppose the two child limit, we were right to vote against the two child limit.”

But he added: “The honest reality is after 14 years of Tory economic carnage, we will not be able to do everything we want to do as fast as we want to do.”

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 13:12

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Scottish Labour units out targets if it wins 2026 Holyrood elections

Anas Sarwar has laid out his celebration’s targets if it wins the 2026 Holyrood election, as he warned that change for Scotland was a “two stage process” which can culminate on the election in two years’ time.

Speaking as his celebration launched their manifesto in Edinburgh, Mr Sarwar stated Scottish Labour would enhance policing, reform the planning system, ban second jobs for MSPs and herald a recall mechanism and cut back the poverty-related attainment hole in training.

He would additionally make sure the NHS was safe for “generations to come”, he stated.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar will unveil his party’s manifesto on Tuesday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Scottish Labour chief Anas Sarwar will unveil his celebration’s manifesto on Tuesday (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire)

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 12:59

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General election polls: Are Labour or the Conservatives on observe to win in July?

The Independent’s political information correspondent Alice Hagopian has the newest basic election polling right here:

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 12:43

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Politics Explained | Does tactical voting imply the Tories are even much less prone to win?

“As the first postal ballots are cast, there seems little doubt that, if the polls are correct and remain roughly where they are until polling day, the Labour Party will command a majority in the new House of Commons.

“Such is the prospective scale of the swing from the Conservatives to Labour since the 2019 general election that it seems a foregone conclusion, a factor that may affect turnout and, thus, the size of that majority.

“Yet such is the anti-Conservative mood that there are also strong indications that more of the electorate are prepared to vote tactically at this general election than at any since the New Labour triumphs in 1997 and 2001. It could have a significant impact once again…”

Lauren MacDougall18 June 2024 12:25

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Kwasi Kwarteng warns Tories can pay a worth for ousting Boris

Kwasi Kwarteng has stated the Conservatives can pay a worth on the election for ousting Boris Johnson, who he known as “the most effective Tory campaigner in his generation”.

The former chancellor, who was sacked by Liz Truss because the pair’s mini-budget wrought havoc on monetary markets, stated Tory candidates in marginal seats could lose as a result of Mr Johnson is not main the Conservatives.

He instructed GB News: “I was always a Boris loyalist, people know that about me. I never thought it was a good idea to get rid of him. And a lot of people in marginal seats maybe secretly – and they won’t go public – might wish that Boris Johnson was still leading them. Because frankly, in my view, they’d have a better chance of winning those seats.

“But the party made its decisions, it got rid of Boris and I think we’re going to pay the price for that.”

Archie Mitchell, Political Correspondent18 June 2024 12:06

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Starmer mocks Tories over Boris Johnson relaunch claims

Sir Keir Starmer has mocked claims that the Tories will once more flip to Boris Johnson for assist with their ailing basic election marketing campaign.

Speaking to LBC after the Telegraph reported that 1000’s of voters would obtain signed letters from the ex-prime minister in a brand new marketing campaign drive, Sir Keir joked that the transfer was a “third or fourth relaunch” of the Conservative election technique.

“If you can’t even have a strategy that holds for six weeks you really don’t deserve to win,” the Labour chief stated.

Andy Gregory18 June 2024 11:54

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