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General election 2017: May says Tories would not raise VAT

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May says a Conservative government will not raise VAT if she wins the general election. But the PM declined to back a 2015 Tory pledge that income tax, National Insurance and VAT would not be increased. Mrs May said she would not be making “specific proposals” on taxes unless she is “absolutely sure” they can be delivered. She added that her intention was to cut taxes for working families. Asked whether she would be repeating ex-PM David Cameron’s “five-year tax lock”, covering ...

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General Election 2017: May urges Scots to 'strengthen Union'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has urged Scots to vote for her to “strengthen the Union”, the economy and her hand in Brexit talks. The call came as she was making her first campaign visit to Scotland ahead of June’s snap general election. In London, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn talked to young people, while the Lib Dem’s Tim Farron said he wanted to become the leader of the UK opposition. In Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP “will not let the Tories drag Scotland backwards”. The UK ...

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General election 2017: Labour leader a 'mugwump', says Johnson

Boris Johnson has used his first intervention in the election campaign to mount the Conservatives’ most personal attack yet on Jeremy Corbyn. Writing in The Sun, the foreign secretary accused the Labour leader of being a threat to the UK and described him as a “mutton-headed old mugwump”. He accused Mr Corbyn of being reluctant to use lethal force, opposing nuclear weapons and campaigning against Nato. Labour said Mr Johnson was “delusional” and Brexit will hurt the UK’s standing. The Labour leader has insisted he supports Britain’s armed forces. Election ...

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PMQs: May and Corbyn set out election 'choices'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over the “choice” facing voters in the final PMQs before the general election. The PM claimed a win for Labour would mean a “chaotic Brexit” but Mr Corbyn said the Tories were “strong against the weak and weak against the strong”. Mrs May also declined to confirm the so-called triple lock on the state pensions would be kept in place. The SNP’s Angus Robertson, who raised the issue, said the PM’s answers showed she planned to “ditch” ...

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General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

NHS staff will get higher pay and there will be no tuition fees for student nurses and midwives under a Labour government, the party is promising. Labour said the policies would help address staffing shortages in England that had become a “threat to patients”. The promises mark the first of what are expected to be a series of policy announcements on the NHS by Labour. But the Conservatives said Labour’s nonsensical economic policies would put the health service at risk. “A strong NHS needs a strong economy. Only Theresa May ...

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Election: Theresa May urges voters to 'strengthen my hand'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Every single vote will count in the June general election, the prime minister has told party workers on a campaign visit to Wales. Theresa May visited Bridgend as an opinion poll suggested the Tories were set to make gains in Labour heartlands. The PM said she was “not complacent” adding polls had been wrong before, while Labour called the visit a stunt. Backing the Tories would “strengthen my hand” in Brexit negotiations and be a vote for a “stronger Wales”, she added. Mrs ...

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France election: Candidates honour shot officer Jugelé

The two candidates for the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, are attending a ceremony in Paris in honour of the policeman shot dead on the Champs Elysées last week. It is the first time the top two candidates in Sunday’s first round of voting have appeared together publicly. Xavier Jugelé, 37, was killed by convicted criminal Karim Cheurfi. Current President François Hollande called for unity in the “long and difficult fight against terrorism”. “Once again France has lost one of it’s bravest sons. Once again the Republic ...

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General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

Labour say they would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power. While accepting the UK was leaving, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Labour would press for a different deal prioritising jobs and work rights. It would also seek an early deal on transitional arrangements to smooth the way for the UK’s departure in 2019. The Conservatives said only they had a clear plan for exiting the EU. Ahead of a campaign visit to Wales on Tuesday. ...

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French election: Macron backed by mainstream parties to shut out Le Pen

France’s beaten mainstream parties have lined up behind Emmanuel Macron to try to stave off a victory for the far-right’s Marine Le Pen in the final round of the presidential election. The Republicans’ François Fillon and Socialist Benoît Hamon urged supporters to vote for Mr Macron on 7 May. President François Hollande has also said he will vote for Mr Macron. Ms Le Pen quickly turned her fire on her rival, calling him a “weakling” for his anti-terrorism policies. The victory of the two candidates in Sunday’s first round meant ...

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General election 2017: 'No apology' for Labour's union ties

Labour will “never, ever apologise” for the closeness of its ties with the trade unions, Jeremy Corbyn will say. The party’s leader is due to address the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore on Monday. Labour has only one MP in Scotland, having lost 40 seats to the SNP at the last general election. One recent poll put the party 20 percentage points behind the Conservatives in Scotland, and further behind the SNP. Mr Corbyn will say: “Labour will never, ever apologise for the closeness of our relationship with the ...

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