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General election 2017: Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge

Labour says it would bring forward its pledge to scrap tuition fees to include students starting university in England this autumn if it wins the election. The party also says students part-way through their courses would not have to pay for the remaining years. Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would “lift this cloud of debt and make education free for all”. The Tories said more students than ever from disadvantaged backgrounds were getting into university. Labour announced it would abolish university tuition fees – which are due to rise to £9,250 ...

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Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge

The Conservatives would “aim” to meet their manifesto pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, a cabinet minister has said. Sir Michael Fallon said the policy was not yet costed as the government did not know when it would be achieved. The Tories have also promised to overhaul social care funding in a manifesto Theresa May said would “deliver for mainstream Britain”. But Labour said it was an “all-out attack on pensioner incomes“. The pledge to reduce migration to below 100,000 – which was in the 2010 ...

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FBI chief sacking: White House denies Comey loyalty pledge

Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House has denied reports that President Donald Trump asked fired FBI Director James Comey to pledge loyalty to him. Press secretary Sean Spicer rejected US media reports that the president sounded out Mr Comey at a private White House dinner in January. According to the newspaper, the now-former FBI director said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty. Mr Trump has faced a backlash for dismissing Mr Comey on Tuesday. The FBI probe and parallel congressional investigations into alleged ...

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General election 2017: Labour and Lib Dems pledge school cash

Labour and the Lib Dems are both making multibillion pound funding pledges to tackle school cash shortages in England. Labour says it would raise corporation tax to spend £4.8bn on keeping up with rising costs, and £335m so no schools lost out from a funding reorganisation. The Lib Dems are promising £7bn to protect per-pupil funding levels. The Conservatives said school spending had reached record levels and attacked the two parties’ spending plans. Headteachers have been warning about job losses caused by cash shortages, with the National Audit Office estimating ...

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Tories will keep pledge to cut migration to 'tens of thousands'

The Conservatives will once again promise to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” in their election manifesto, the BBC understands. On Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd refused to say whether the pledge – which was in the 2010 and 2015 Tory manifestos – would be repeated. But the BBC understands it will definitely be in the 2017 manifesto. The target, set by David Cameron in 2010, has never been met and recent figures put net migration at 273,000. The Conservative manifesto, setting out the party’s policies if it ...

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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be scrapped and replaced with new laws governing treatment, under Conservative plans for England and Wales. The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against people with mental health problems, the party has pledged. The party is also promising 10,000 more staff working in NHS mental health treatment by 2020. Labour said the Tories appeared to be offering no extra funding. The Conservatives say the plans are motivated by the concern that “vulnerable people are being subject to detention, including in police ...

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General election 2017: Lib Dems pledge winter fuel cuts to protect pensions

Wealthier retired people would lose their annual winter fuel payment under Liberal Democrat proposals to protect the “triple lock” on state pensions The election manifesto vow would see those on incomes in the 40% tax bracket lose the allowance – worth up to £300. But the Lib Dems said an extra £772 a year would be paid in pensions by 2021. Labour has also pledged to retain the guarantee which sees the state pension rise in line with wages, inflation or by 2.5% – whichever is highest. Prime Minister Theresa ...

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Lib Dems pledge 1p income tax rise to fund NHS

A Liberal Democrat government would raise income tax to help fund the NHS and social care, the party has pledged. It said a penny-in-the-pound rise on all income tax bands and on dividends would raise around £6bn a year. The Tories said 30 million people would be hit by the tax rises. Labour said its NHS plans would be in its manifesto. The Lib Dem pledge is complicated by devolution, such as Scotland having its own tax-raising powers. The NHS is facing one of its toughest-ever financial challenges as it ...

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General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban

A pledge to ban the full-face veils worn by some Muslim women is expected to be included in the UK Independence Party’s general election manifesto. Party leader Paul Nuttall will launch what he calls an “integration agenda” on Monday. He will say wearing the burka and niqab in public is a barrier to social harmony, as well as a security risk. He will also propose outlawing Sharia law – the religious rules that form part of Islamic tradition. The party’s manifesto is expected to suggest that anyone with evidence of ...

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Trump 1, free trade 0: G20 drops pledge to fight protectionism

Trump vs. Merkel The world’s biggest economies have dropped a long-standing public endorsement of free trade at their first meeting with the Trump administration. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the G-20 group of leading economies, including the U.S., China, Mexico, Germany and India, held two days of tough talking in the German town of Baden-Baden. The formal statement issued after the meeting contained only a bland reference to “working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies.” Conspicuous by its absence was the phrase “we will resist ...

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