UK basic election stay: Second Reform candidate Georgie David defects to Tories as postal vote delay sparks pressing probe | EUROtoday

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Parties have begun a 48-hour blitz in constituencies throughout the nation as they make their remaining appeals to voters forward of polling day.

Rishi Sunak started Tuesday visiting companies in Oxfordshire, insisting predictions of a heavy Tory defeat weren’t going to cease him from persevering with his combat to stay in No 10.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer is campaigning throughout the Midlands. The Labour chief argued an enormous majority for Labour predicted by many polls could be “better for the country”, after the prime minister repeatedly warned voters in opposition to giving the get together a “supermajority” in current days.

Reform UK’s has been struck by but extra accusations of racism and misogyny, as a second candidate introduced she is defecting to the Tories.

Georgie David, who was because of stand for the get together in West Ham and Beckton, claimed the “vast majority” of Reform candidates are “racist, misogynistic and bigoted”.

With solely two days to go till polling day, an investigation has additionally been launched into experiences of delays within the supply of hundreds of postal ballots.

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Politics Explained | Is there actual purpose to worry a Labour ‘supermajority’?

As election day approaches and the Tories look set for a defeat of historic proportions, Sean O’Grady busts some myths about what Labour would possibly do within the occasion of a landslide.

He writes: “Wisely or not, the Conservatives have tacitly concedednot just defeat but an appalling humiliation on polling day, and are now begging for mercy. Somewhat unconvincingly.

The home secretary, James Cleverly, agrees and says that Labour would ‘distort’ the constitution.” But not all such fears are totally justified.

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Royal Mail blames ‘stakeholders’ for delays in postal votes

After experiences emerged that postal votes haven’t but been delivered to properties, the Post Office minister launched an investigation “urgently” trying into it.

But Royal Mail officers have now mentioned they “remain confident” that poll papers had been acquired on time and delivered earlier than polling day.

Instead, it has prompt that “stakeholders” concerned in “printing and administering” the postal votes could possibly be accountable for the delay.

Royal Mail mentioned: “Where specific concerns have been raised, we have investigated, and confirmed ballot packs are being delivered as soon as they arrive in our network.

“We would welcome a review into the timetable for future elections with all stakeholders to ensure that the system for printing and administering postal votes before they are handed to Royal Mail works as smoothly as possible.”

Salma Ouaguira2 July 2024 11:32

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Join immediately’s Q&A with Labour candidate Stella Creasy

The Independent is giving readers the prospect to talk instantly with candidates from a few of the main political events in a particular basic election sequence of Ask Me Anything occasions.

The Q&A immediately begins at 12pm and is with Labour candidate Stella Creasy.

If you’ve got a query about Labour’s manifesto, pledges or insurance policies submit it now.

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Starmer hits again at Tories’ assault spending Friday evenings with household

Sir Keir Starmer has mentioned Tory assaults on his need to spend Friday evenings along with his household had been an indication of “increasing desperation bordering on hysterical”.

Speaking at Hucknall Town FC’s floor in Nottingham, the Labour chief mentioned: “Look, this is just increasingly desperate stuff.

“I actually can hardly believe that 48 hours before an election, the Conservative Party has got nothing possible positive to say as they go into it.

“I’ve been arguing throughout this campaign, you’ll have heard me many times saying they haven’t changed. They’re just the same. Nothing’s going to change. But they’re proving it.

“Because they’re not saying ‘look, if you vote Tory, vote Conservative on Thursday, these things will happen’. They’re just in this negative desperate loop.

“I just think it’s increasing desperation bordering on hysterical now.”

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Salma Ouaguira2 July 2024 11:28

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Sunak warns voters have ‘48 hours to put the brakes’ on Labour

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Watch: Sunak reveals ‘worst moment’ of his time as prime minister as Tories face election wipeout

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In full: Backlash as Tories assault Starmer for saying he desires to spend time along with his household after 6pm on Fridays

Salma Ouaguira2 July 2024 11:17

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Antisemitism tsar condemns ‘dangerous’ Tory assault on Starmer’s Friday household time

The Government’s antisemitism adviser has condemned “dangerous” assaults on Sir Keir Starmer over his need to maintain Friday nights free from work.

The Labour chief, whose spouse is Jewish, has come below hearth from senior Tories after saying he wished to keep away from work after 6pm on a Friday to spend time along with his household – though he acknowledged that might not at all times be potential.

The Tories mentioned that might make him a “part-time” prime minister whereas Cabinet ministers mocked him, suggesting he would refuse to go to work if there was a world disaster on a Friday night.

Friday evening Shabbat dinners are necessary within the Jewish religion and Sir Keir has talked about ensuring his youngsters are conscious of their heritage.

Lord Mann, a Labour peer who was appointed as antisemitism adviser by Theresa May, mentioned: “The attack on Keir Starmer for asserting his right to family time on a Friday night, as he has done for many, many years, is so dangerous.”

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Sunak warns tax on companies and households in danger if not re-elected

Rishi Sunak has claimed tax cuts for companies and households might be put in danger if he’s not Prime Minister.

Asked how he would restore financial development, Mr Sunak informed an occasion at a enterprise in Banbury: “Tax cuts, because I believe if we have a lower tax economy, that is a higher growth economy.”

Mr Sunak highlighted slicing taxes for companies that are investing and increasing, citing the total expensing coverage.

He added tax cuts for individuals are additionally necessary, noting: “When people are working hard, if we can cut their taxes and they’ve got more money of their own, they’re going to spend it, and they’re going to spend it on things you supply, and that’s how we can also grow our economy.

“So, tax cuts for businesses that are investing and doing the right thing, and tax cuts for every family at every stage of their life so they can spend more of their money on the things they want – that ultimately also helps.

“So, those two things are really important and again there’s a choice for you in this election. If I’m not standing here next week, you won’t get those tax cuts. And not only that, (Labour deputy leader) Angela Rayner is going to introduce French-style union laws into this country.”

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Starmer reveals the very first thing he would do as prime minister

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has revealed the very first thing he would do as prime minister.

He informed a marketing campaign occasion in Nottinghamshire: “The very first thing I do is change the mindset of politics, and the mindset needs to be politics of service.

“We’ve had 14 years of self-entitlement under the Tories, 14 years of seeing ‘partygate’, the breaking of the rules that everybody else was following, the PPE contracts in Covid, the gambling that we’ve seen in this campaign.

“Politics needs to be returned to service and that is the first thing we have to do on day one.

“We’ve got our first steps – we will start our work on the waiting lists, on the police we need, on the teachers we need, on the border security we desperately need, but returning politics to service where we can – as we’ve campaigned – say it is always country first, party second.”

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