Details of ‘pork pie plot’ among Tories first elected in 2019 emerge as PM prepares to drop work from home guidance and Covid passports
Fifty-four is the number required to trigger a vote, and while it is unclear how close the plotters are to reaching that figure, such discussions among so many MPs represents a worry for Mr Johnson.
Seven letters are known to have gone in already, but the process is designed to be secret and more may have been received by chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.
The NRG was launched by Tory MPs representing constituencies in Wales, northern regions and the Scottish borders – largely the parts of the country the current Government had promised to support when it was elected.
It has been calling for the Government to set out a specific northern economic recovery plan to help these regions in the wake of economically-damaging lockdowns.
A new Opinium survey puts Labour on 41 per cent and the Conservatives on 37 per cent, providing a significant boost to Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.
The poll suggests the Tories are suffering because some 22 per cent of 2019 Conservative voters now say they are undecided about who to vote for.
It is hard to underestimate how close this country came to throwing away the 2016 referendum result. As deadline after deadline was missed, those who lost the referendum received more and more concessions. From European Court of Justice oversight to commitments to remain chained to the EU’s failed economic model – a virtual colony trapped within the Brussels regulatory orbit. On this side of the Channel, Brexiteers were confronted daily by the scheming of a thoroughly rotten Parliament abetted by a partisan speaker and activist legal establishment.
It is from this context that we must view today.
A letter to Boris Johnson from the Northern Research Group – a newly-launched alliance of Tory MPs led by ex-Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry – outlines the group’s demands, which include a tailored economic recovery plan for the north.
Mr Berry says that the virus could widen the North-South divide and ’send the North into reverse‘. His group is now calling for Mr Johnson to ‚level-up the North‘ – something the PM claimed he would do following sweeping Conservative gains in the region in the General Election.
The MPs reminded Johnson of his promises to “level up” disadvantaged parts of the country, which helped persuade voters in former industrial heartlands last December to back his Tories instead of the opposition Labour Party many had supported for decades.
Dieser Zusammenbruch im Norden war wohl das außergewöhnlichste Einzelergebnis der Wahl. Im Nordosten, Nordwesten, Yorkshire und Humber gingen 26 Sitze von Labour an die Tories über, viele davon in den Bergbauregionen. Neun der verlorenen Sitze hatte Labour seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg ohne Unterbrechung inne. Die Partei verlor außerdem den Sitz für Bolsover, den der über 80-jährige Dennis Skinner 49 Jahre lang innehatte.
Die Stimmengewinne der Tories waren dort am größten, wo beim Referendum 2016 die meisten Wähler für den Brexit gestimmt hatten. Sie reichten von zwei Prozent in Gebieten mit weniger als 45 Prozent pro-Brexit-Stimmen bis zu acht Prozent in Gebieten, in denen über 60 Prozent für den Brexit gewesen waren.
Very recently it was common to hear people ask, with a genuine puzzlement, what had happened to the prospect of a mildly centrist, progressive, pro-European political force. The December 2019 election has shattered that possibility, perhaps for ever. The Blairites in the Labour Party are a tiny, uninfluential rump. Their vocal media cheerleaders are an anachronism. The Europhile progressives who quit their parties have been everywhere rejected, not least because of Britain’s brutal first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberal Democrats have been decapitated.
But beyond the current lack of individual leaders, there is a yawning gap of vision.
The Tories under Boris Johnson are now more popular with the working classes than the middle classes, according to a new poll.
The bill is expected to pass through Parliament in time to meet Boris Johnson’s promise for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.
The arrogance and detachment of Corbyn’s middle class fan club was a factor in every seat that Labour lost. And they were so away with the fairies that in a Bassetlaw they predicted a 1200 Labour majority on the eve of the election.
It is 95 years since Bassetlaw last elected a Conservative…
“And I can imagine people’s pencil’s hovering over the ballot paper and wavering before coming down for us and the Conservatives, and I know that people may have been breaking the voting habits of generations to vote for us.
“And I want the people of the North East to know that we in the Conservative Party and I will repay your trust – and everything that we do, everything that I do as your Prime Minister, will be devoted to repaying that trust.
Ein Kommentar zu den Parlamentswahlen in Großbritannien und dem dort anstehenden Rauswurf der „Europäischen Union“ („Brexit“).
In the largest Tory majority since 1987, the results of the 2019 General Election saw the Conservatives win 365 seats, Labour 203, the SNP 48, Liberal Democrats 11 and the DUP eight. Sinn Fein have seven MPs, Plaid Cymru four, the SDLP have two; and the Green Party and Alliance Party one each.
„We will work around the clock to repay your trust and to deliver on your priorities with a Parliament that works for you and then I want to speak also to those who did not vote for us or for me and who wanted and perhaps still want to remain in the EU.
„I want you to know that we in this one nation Conservative government will never ignore your good and positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe.
So now we know. Now we know what happens when you declare war on democracy. Now we know the consequences of demeaning the largest democratic vote in a nation’s history. Now we know what becomes of a political class that sneers at voters, silences their democratic voice, and libels them as racist, xenophobic know-nothings who cannot be trusted with stewardship of the nation. You get punished. You get rebelled against. You get replaced.
You turned it into a culture war. Some of us are still not playing in it.
Die Scottish National Party gewinnt bei der Wahl in Schottland deutlich. Das befeuert die Diskussion rund um ein neues Unabhängigkeitsreferendum.
STANDARD: Auf dem Kontinent herrscht ja bisweilen das Narrativ vor, dass die Mehrheit der Briten eigentlich gerne in der EU bleiben möchte.
Goes: Spätestens jetzt wissen wir, dass dieses Narrativ tot ist. Eigentlich war die Wahl am Donnerstag das Ende eines Prozesses, der beim Referendum 2016 begonnen hat.
tagesschau.de: Wie erklären Sie sich diesen enormen Sieg für Johnson?
Anthony Glees: Wenn man die Stimmen der Parteien, die für ein Verbleiben in der europäischen Union waren, zusammenzählt, kommt man auf 52 Prozent. 48 Prozent waren für die Brexit-Befürworter.
Others who know him tell me he’ll move to the United States in the new year to work for Fox News and on the 2020 campaign to re-elect the man he would coyly refer to in his speeches as „his American friend“ – Donald Trump.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lost her East Dunbartonshire seat after 12 years of being the serving MP.
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Every former Conservative and Labour MP who quit the parties in protest over issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism has failed to be re-elected.
Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected in Islington North. But after leading his party to a second election loss, the Labour leader also announced that he would stand down before the next campaign.
TRIUMPHANT Boris Johnson has met the Queen at Buckingham Palace after his historic election win.
The Prime Minister declared that his party has „smashed the roadblock“ and „ended the gridlock“ as he hailed the biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s.
Boris Johnson kann triumphieren. Sein Kalkül ist auf ganzer Linie aufgegangen. Er hat es geschafft, die nötigen Stimmen beim EU-Referendum zusammenzubekommen, er hat drei Jahre lang Theresa May von der Seitenlinie missbilligend beobachtet und ihr Stöcke zwischen die Beine geworfen, dann die Macht an sich gerissen, der EU mit seinem Deal einen Scheinsieg abgerungen und das Parlament in Neuwahlen gezwungen.
Exit polls, first results and the biggest winners and losers after Britain votes in the ‘most important poll in a generation’
The Conservatives have taken a string of former Labour strongholds, with the party forecast to win the general election with a comfortable majority.
Both Labour and Conservatives say vote offers stark choice between the two parties. Follow the latest developments live
It’s tense for us Brexiteers, isn’t it? We know that if the Tories don’t secure a Commons majority today then our country probably won’t end up leaving the EU at all.
Almost certainly, an alliance of pro-Remain parties would put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. They would keep him there just long enough for Remain to win a low-turnout second referendum.
– Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm, when an exit poll will give the first indication of the results
– Boris Johnson voted in Westminster at around 8am and Jeremy Corbyn in Islington expected at 9.30am
– Results in key seats are expected from 2am tomorrow and the next PM should be known by 6am Friday
Polling stations in 650 constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland open at 07:00 GMT.
After the polls close at 22:00 GMT, counting will begin straight away. Most results are due to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning.
The letter, organised by Ian Austin’s Mainstream campaign, accuses the party of “antisemitism and extremism”, whilst being “weak on national security”. It concludes “Jeremy Corbyn: not fit to be Prime Minister.” Just one day to go…
Boris Johnson today said the election battle “could not be tighter” as the three main party leaders staged a frantic dash around marginal seats on an ill-tempered and fractious final day of campaigning.
Were the election held tomorrow, YouGov forecasts that the Conservatives would win 339 seats with Labour on 231, the Lib Dems on 15 and the SNP on 41. The previous MRP poll had Labour losing 44 seats to the Conservatives – this has now been reduced to 29.
The father of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims has accused Boris Johnson of using his son’s death as „an opportunity to score some points in the election“.
A victory for Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday would see the UK led by a „Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting, anti-Semitism condoning appeaser of the Kremlin,“ Boris Johnson has declared.
Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.
The first drama of the night comes with the announcement of the exit poll just seconds after polling stations close. The news will be jointly announced by the BBC, Sky and ITV. The three channels will join Channel 4 in holding all night long election programmes, beginning at 9.55pm and running throughout Friday.
Boris Johnson sits on 46 per cent of the vote in the latest Opinium poll, ahead of Labour at 31 and the Lib Dems on 13.
First and most obviously, it will decide whether one of the world’s most famous and powerful states is still independent, or whether it has in reality become a subordinate component of a larger sovereign entity — a question still in doubt. Our independence is not primarily a matter of the details of European laws and regulations, however voluminous; or of the creation of a common citizenship with 27 other states; or even of the intended future development of EU control in still wider areas of government. It is primarily a matter of psychology. Britain voted in 2016 by a clear majority to be an independent state.
Boris Johnson won a narrow victory in a snap poll following the final TV leaders debate but Jeremy Corbyn was seen by viewers as more trustworthy.
Fifthly, the Brexit party are still a force and simply haven’t been squeezed as Ukip were in 2017 (at 1.5 per cent). BXP poll at four per cent. Actually this means that Nigel Farage’s party are floating at eight per cent in the seats that they are standing in. There’s a potential last-minute squeeze available to the Tories there.
Sixthly, the Liberal Democrat percentage has collapsed from the mid twenties but it remains at 13-15 per cent.
It’s going to be a tense few days for the UK’s political class. With barely any time left till the election and Johnson’s poll lead holding firm, he will be counting the minutes till Trump’s back in the air and heading home. Corbyn and the rest will be praying that the temptation to say something controversial is too great for the President — don’t be surprised if they bait him. And Nigel Farage will probably be sitting around waiting for his brief audience with Trump, reminding everyone — including Johnson — that he has the President’s ear.
Candidates from the country’s seven major political parties appeared on ITV to debate the biggest issues in the general election campaign.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch it live then you can catch up on all the action above – and see Robert Peston’s live analysis and reaction from the media centre with party spinners.
via @YouGov, 28 – 29 Nov
Chgs. w/ 26 Nov
The Labour Party gained on the ruling Conservatives in four of five polls with two weeks until the U.K. election, with one of them signaling a possible hung parliament.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn agreed in a phone call on Friday evening that the democratic process must not be disrupted by the incident, which took place on London Bridge.
Zwei Wochen vor der Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien liegt die Konservative Partei von Premierminister Boris Johnson deutlich in Führung. Die Tories können sich sogar Hoffnung machen, zukünftig wieder alleine zu regieren.
The Tories are on course to win about 30 seats in Labour’s English heartlands on December 12 thanks to a dramatic swing against Mr Corbyn’s party since the 2017 election, according to a Daily Mail poll.
It means the Conservatives are poised to triumph in working-class seats they have rarely – if ever – held, such as Bishop Auckland, Great Grimsby, Rother Valley, Stoke-on-Trent North, Workington and Bassetlaw. All are in areas which voted to leave the EU.
James Forsyth writes in this issue’s cover article that the Remain side’s inability to unite may well cost them this election and, if Boris Johnson wins, put the last nail in the coffin for Remain. On the podcast, Alastair Campbell also explains why the People’s Vote campaign seems to have imploded in recent weeks.
– Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn went head to head in a potentially decisive ITV election debate tonight
– The PM used the crucial debate to hammer home his message about the importance of ‚getting Brexit done‘
– The Opposition leader pressed Mr Johnson on the NHS post-Brexit and vowed to splurge on public services
– The pair clashed brutally over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and a Scottish independence referendum
In a bid to secure support from industry ahead of polling day on December 12, the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will each make a speech on stage at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Annual Conference at the InterContinental London – The O2.
Chgs. w/ 08 Nov
New polling out tonight.
The national minimum wage is set to be increased in a new move to give the low-paid a post-Brexit boost, chancellor Sajid Javid has revealed.
In yet another signal that a snap election is looming, Javid told the Conservative party conference that he planned to hike the current rate of £8.21 an hour to £10.50 an hour within five years.
Crucially, the increase would also apply to over-21s and not just over-25s,
In a less familiar but no less noisy competition, both main parties are trying to persuade voters that they are committed to raising living standards by promising a significant rise to the minimum wage. We could well see a transformative assault on low pay in the UK.
As recently as 2015, the hourly national minimum wage was just £6.50. Today, for over-25s, it is £8.21.
In contrast the Conservatives have less of a lead among the better off with 29 per cent of wealthier voters planning to vote Labour, compared to 38 per cent backing the Tories and just three per cent for the Brexit Party.
Few general elections can properly be described as historic. Fewer still mark a watershed in the way we are governed – perhaps one a century. In 1831, the victory of the Whigs under Earl Grey ensured that the old constitution would be reformed and a slow movement towards popular government began. The election of 1910, won by the Liberals, marked a victory of “the People” over “the Peers” and heralded full democracy.
– Nigel Farage made dramatic announcement as he unveiled the Brexit Party’s general election strategy today
– The MEP said he would not fight current Conservative seats in order to avoid splitting the Eurosceptic vote
– But Mr Farage warned that the Brexit Party’s candidates will still do battle for Labour-held constituencies
– Mr Farage has been under massive pressure from his own allies to give Tories a clear run in their target areas
– A number of Brexit Party candidates have already stood aside to avoid handing victory to Jeremy Corbyn
Talks have been under way between the unashamedly pro-EU Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens maximise their chances in key constituencies in the December 12 election.
The pact would see two of the three parties stand aside to favour the one with the best chance of victory – replicating the success in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
– Johnson’s new manifesto will focus on achieving Brexit ‚immediately‘ with his ‚fantastic‘ deal
– According to the outgoing Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan, a no-deal Brexit is now ‚effectively off the table‘
– Prime Minister promised tax cuts and to lift threshold at which people start paying National Insurance
– Johnson earlier rejected the offer of a pact with Farage and urged all Leave voters to back the Tories
– Decision to reject alliance offer puts the Tories and Brexit Party on course for a showdown at the ballot box
Speaking to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, the prime minister said his party was in the best position to deliver Brexit and insisted that a vote elsewhere ran „the risk of putting Jeremy Corbyn“ in No.10.
Mr Johnson was speaking after the US President had waded into the election, suggesting that Mr Farage and the prime minister join forces and that the Johnson Brexit deal was flawed.
The Brexit Party is ready for the general election. As the European election made clear, we have hundreds of high quality candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds who are united in their desire to secure a proper break from Brussels and who share a lack of trust in the political class.
We will use the substantial funds which our donors and supporters have helped us raise to fight every seat. If we are the only party willing to stand up for a proper Brexit, so be it.
via @IpsosMORI, 25 – 28 Oct
A source close to Mr Farage said: “A Leave alliance would win a big majority.”
In a cryptic message, the Brexit Party told all candidates on Wednesday: “Important. Please all go DARK on social media.
“DO NOT respond to any questions about where we (are) standing, what the strategy or plan is from now on. Things will be made clear . . . very soon.”
Tory MPs have begged the Brexit Party to stand aside in their seats amid fears it could split the vote, the party’s chairman has claimed.
Richard Tice said he had received ‘numerous’ pleas from Tory MPs.
Why, for the fourth time in almost as many years, is the country being invited to go out and vote again? Because, to put it bluntly, the MPs we elected back in 2017 refuse to enact the result of the EU referendum.
The Brexit Party hopes to wipe out Labour’s heartlands in the north east of England and Wales as it prepares to campaign for a ‚clean break Brexit‘ – but has left the door open to a pact with the Tories.
Senior sources in the Brexit Party said the mood in Labour’s pro-Leave seats was “absolutely febrile” and that they would be ripe for the taking due to Jeremy Corbyn’s vague policy on Europe.
Das britische Parlament hat einer Neuwahl am 12. Dezember zugestimmt.
Voters will go to the polls on 12 December after MPs finally backed Boris Johnson’s bid to hold a pre-Christmas election.