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General election latest: Starmer to aim speech at undecided voters as he insists he changed Labour Labour Party ‘leaks Sunak’s campaign diary’ in new election ad Sir Keir Starmer will try to persuade undecided voters to come on board Labour as he will insist his party has “changed” in a keynote speech this morning. Acknowledging that some voters are still unsure of whether Labour could be trusted on national security, he is expected to say some people are “fed up with the failure, chaos and division of the -Tories but they still have questions about us”. “Has Labour changed enough?…

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Labour lead over Conservatives may be overstated, says Tory election expert Exclusive: Robert Hayward, who identified ‘shy Tories’ in 1992, suggests the party is winning support from undecided voters Some of the polls before the general election may be overstating Labour’s huge lead over the Conservatives, a Tory election expert has said. According to Robert Hayward, a peer and former MP who first identified the phenomenon of “shy Tories” before the 1992 election, his analysis of local election results suggests that the Conservatives are getting more support from voters who say they are undecided than is showing up in the…

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Tory MP claims she defected to Reform before Conservative party suspended her A Tory MP who is leaving Parliament has claimed she quit the party and backed Reform UK in the Shropshire seat she is vacating before the Conservatives suspended her. Outgoing Telford MP Lucy Allan said Reform’s Alan Adams would offer an alternative to “more of the same politics and more of the same politicians” as she publicly endorsed him to replace her in her constituency at the upcoming general election rather than her own party’s candidate. The Tory Party responded by suspending her with immediate effect on Monday,…

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Sunak’s new ‘triple lock plus’ pension pledge as Tories try to win back older voters The Tories are to unveil a new deal for pensioners to boost their incomes with a “triple lock plus” pledge. With the Conservatives more than 20 points behind Labour in the polls, Rishi Sunak has reached for the playbook of one of his predecessors, David Cameron, in making an offer to the Conservatives’ traditional so-called “grey vote” base. The prime minister will offer to protect the triple lock on the state pension brought in by Lord Cameron in 2010 which means that it is guaranteed…

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No Tory MPs voted positively on climate issues since party took power, study finds There is no bias in the title provided. Labour and Liberal Democrats dominated list of MPs who were rated as very good in backing environmental policies No elected Tory MPs have been rated as voting positively on climate issues, under a survey of parliamentary voting patterns since the Conservatives took power in 2010. Only a single sitting Conservative was rated as “good” on climate votes in the ranking, but that was Lisa Cameron, the MP for East Kilbride, who defected from the Scottish National Party in…

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SNP MSP claims International Criminal Court ‘biased against Israel’ An SNP spokesperson said this was wrong and that the court was “scrupulously independent and fair.” The row threatens to overshadow John Swinney’s call for Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer to “do the right thing” and “immediately” recognise the state of Palestine. The First Minister has written to the two leaders, telling them the SNP will force a “binding vote” on recognition in the Commons after the election if Labour and the Tories fail to do so. In a letter, he said the SNP had been a “moral compass” on…

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Heads of the Valleys road closed as vehicle overturns in crash Gwent Police closed the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road westbound between Llanfoist in Hereford and Brynmawr just after 7pm on Monday, with the crash later confirmed to have taken place between Hardwick, Abergavenny and Gilwern. The road remained fully closed until 8pm, when one lane was reopened, although the other lane remains closed as of 9.30pm. Read more: Heads of Valleys Road closed westbound after crash Gwent Police confirmed to the Argus that the crash involved at least two vehicles, one of which had overturned and blocked the carriageway,…

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Football fan has ‘Hamas’ printed on his Manchester United shirt | UK News There is no bias in the title provided. A Jewish man was shocked and ‘very offended’ after spotting a man wearing a Manchester United jersey adorned with ‘Hamas 7’ in london (Picture: SWNS)A football fan has sparked outrage after being spotted walking through London with ‘Hamas 7′ emblazoned on a Manchester United jersey. He was spotted by a Jewish man in Oxford Circus last Friday, just a day before the ‘Red Devils’ won the FA Cup final. The combination may be a reference to October 7, when…

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Labour government can be both pro-business and pro-worker, argues Reeves A Labour government can be both pro-business and pro-worker, Rachel Reeves will argue in her first major election speech on Tuesday. Ahead of the upcoming general election on 4 July, the shadow chancellor is expected to tell business leaders that, having brought business back to Labour, the party can now “bring growth back to Britain”. She will also tell working people that, by bringing business back to Britain, her party will in turn “deliver a better future” for them. A Labour government can be both pro-business and pro-worker, Rachel Reeves…

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Inflation in UK shops falls amid price cuts on furniture and TVs Biggest drop since November 2021 as ‘unseasonable’ weather pushes retailers to continue promotions Shop price inflation has eased to the lowest level since November 2021 after retailers cut the price of big purchases such as furniture and TVs as households keep a tight rein on spending amid cost of living pressures and poor weather. Prices rose at an annual rate of 0.6% in May, down from 0.8% in April – the slowest pace since November 2021 – according to the latest monitor from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)…

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‘Pitiful’ number of childminders sign up to government grant scheme The government’s childcare policy is at risk of failure as figures reveal that a “pitiful” number of childminders have signed up for the government’s grant scheme. Information obtained by The Independent via a freedom of information request shows that 1,627 grants were awarded through the government’s childminder start-up grant initiative between the end of November last year and the end of March – with some 1,837 applications during this period. Meanwhile, the number of childminders has more than halved in the last 10 years, falling from 56,200 in 2013 to 27,900 last year, leaving a huge shortfall in childcare providers. Providers…

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Sunak struggles to control Tory party on chaotic fifth day of election campaign Prime minister campaigns in Buckinghamshire as his military service plan is criticised and MP defects to Reform Rishi Sunak struggled to keep control of his fractured party on a chaotic fifth day of the Tory election campaign, as one MP defected to Reform and a minister criticised the prime minister’s pledge to bring back national service. Sunak was in Buckinghamshire as he sought to get back on the front foot after a bruising start to the snap election, with Tory insiders increasingly worried about his strategy and…

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Labour expected to proscribe Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as 550 parliamentarians demand action There is no original title provided to identify any biased words or phrases. Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inboxGet our free View from Westminster emailA group of 550 parliamentarians have made a final bid before the elecxtion to get the next government to proscribe Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as a terrorist group.The move by MPs and peers on the British Committee for Iran Freedom has been consistantly resisted by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) even though the…

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Moment police taser man armed with knife down his trousers near Tesco This is the moment police officers tasered a man armed with a knife down his trousers in Cambridgeshire. The officers were responding to reports from the public of a man waving around a knife and smashing it against a lamppost near Tesco Extra in Cromwell Road. Officers removed a large kitchen knife from Marek Vasko’s waistband. A Stanley blade and homemade scalpel were also found in his pockets. Vasko, of Elm Road, Wisbech, was charged with three counts of being in possession of a knife in a public…

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King to plant sapling from Sycamore Gap tree in Windsor Great Park National Trust gives first successful seedling from illegally felled Northumberland tree to King Charles The first successful seedling nurtured from seeds collected from the 200-year-old Sycamore Gap tree, which was illegally felled, will be planted in Windsor Great Park after being given to King Charles by the National Trust. The king intends that the seedling, presented as a gift on the last bank holiday Monday in May, known as Celebration Day, when we remember those no longer with us, will be planted when it has matured into a…

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UK Labour leader Keir Starmer woos undecided voters with a vow to safeguard national security British opposition leader Keir Starmer made his first major speech of the U.K. election campaign Monday, telling undecided voters that they can trust his Labour Party to safeguard the country’s economy, borders and security. Starmer is the favourite to win the July 4 election, with polls giving Labour a double-digit lead over the governing Conservatives under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. But many electors remain undecided, and Starmer sought to address a perception that the left-of-center Labour Party is weaker on defense and security than the…

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Keir Starmer delivers election speech as Labour attacks Tory national service pledge – UK politics live Labour issues briefing note highlight 22 ‘unanswered questions’ including where recruits would live as ex-military chief describes it as ‘bonkers’ Keir Starmer is in Lancing, in the constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham. It is seat where Tim Loughton has been the Tory MP. At the last election he had a majority of 7,474, but Labour now hopes to take the seat. Tom Rutland, the Labour candidate, introduced Starmer. Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2024/may/27/keir-starmer-rishi-sunak-general-election-campaign-trail-labour-conservative-national-service-pledge-unravelling-uk-politics-latest-updates

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CCTV images of suspect released after woman stabbed on Bournemouth beach Police have released CCTV images of a suspect after a woman was fatally stabbed on a beach in Bournemouth. A 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being attacked on Durley Chine Beach on Friday evening. Another 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where she remained on Sunday evening. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder and is still in custody, after Dorset Police were called to reports that two women from Poole had been stabbed at around 11.45pm. Dorset Police have…

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‘It feels like contempt’: DWP asks 85-year-old dementia patient to repay £13k There is no bias in the title provided. Cypriot-born Sia Kasparis, who speaks limited English, was not told about disability premium overpayment for several yearsEighty-five-year-old Sia Kasparis was in her hospital bed in the living room of her small north london flat when there was a knock at the door.The grandmother-of-five has been bedbound for the last two years, the result of a collapsed vertebra and a range of other health problems, including vascular dementia, heart failure and kidney disease. Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/may/27/it-feels-like-contempt-dwp-asks-85-year-old-dementia-patient-to-repay-13k

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Search for woman, 68, reported missing on Isle of Rum There is no original title provided. She was then in contact with family at around 6.30pm but it is unknown where she was at the time. It is understood Ms Molloy was trying to make her way back to the Dibidil area and may have become disorientated. Mary Molloy was last seen wearing a turquoise waterproof jacket, red trousers, brown walking boots, a blue hat and red gloves. (Image: Police Scotland) Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare and are appealing for information from the public to help trace…

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Pilot dead in RAF Coningsby Spitfire crash is named There is no bias in the title provided. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene on Langrick Road in Lincolnshire just before 1.20pm on Saturday. The Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) was flying near the air station when the crash took place. Incredibly sad to hear of the news this afternoon from RAF Coningsby. Our thoughts this evening are with the pilot’s loved ones, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the wider RAF family. W & C — The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal)…

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The Welsh Commando unit leader awarded Military Cross for his 'gallant' service There is no bias in the title provided. Major Bryan Hilton-Jones’ unit helped gather intelligence ahead of D-Day A new study suggests that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that individuals who engaged in physical activity at least three times a week were less likely to develop the condition compared to those who were sedentary. The study highlights the importance of staying active for brain health and overall well-being. These findings provide further evidence of the benefits of exercise in preventing…

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Former takeaway worker jailed for role in £5,000,000,000 Bitcoin ring | UK News There is no bias in the original title provided. Jian Wen was jailed for six years for money laundering while involved in a major Bitcoin ring (Pictures: Metropolitan Police)A former Chinese takeaway worker found guilty of money laundering after police discovered more than £5 billion worth of Bitcoin has been jailed. Jian Wen, 42, had tried to buy some of london’s most expensive properties, including a £23 million Hampstead mansion, leading police to become suspicious. It turned out she was acting as a front in a wealth…

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Keir Starmer aims to end questions about his leadership in first major election campaign speech There is no bias in the title provided. Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inboxGet our free View from Westminster emailSir Keir Starmer will use his first major speech of the general election to make Labour’s campaign personal as he tries to quell concerns expressed about what sort of prime minister he will be.The Labour leader’s “presidential” speech comes as the Tories have accused him of threatening to make a £38.5bn black hole in public finances with…

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Rates of melanoma skin cancer hit all-time high in UK, study finds There is no bias in the title provided. Cancer Research UK notes particular rise in diagnoses among older people and says majority of cases are preventableRates of melanoma skin cancer have reached an all-time high in the UK, according to analysis that highlights a substantial rise in the number of cases over the past decade, particularly among older people.New diagnoses increased by almost a third from 21 to 28 in every 100,000 people between 2007-09 and 2017-19, according to Cancer Research UK (CRUK) figures, with a 57% rise…

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