Jennifer Arcurihas accusedBoris Johnsonof casting her aside like “some fleeting one-night stand” as she “kept [his] secrets” amid the media firestorm over whether he misused public funds in awarding her cyber-firm £ 100, 000.
The US businesswoman told ITV she wished the PM had declared their mysterious personal relationship a conflict of interest at the time to avoid her “humiliation”, in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday evening.
Elsewhere, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said both the Tory and Labor parties’ spending plans will require broad tax rises, warning chancellorSajid Javidis reliant upon a £ 37 bn ”cushion” that has already been wiped out.
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Shadow cabinet minister denies alleged Labor antisemitism and refers to ‘sloppy analysis of capitalism’
Laura Pidcock, a key ally to Jeremy Corbyn, has denied accusations of antisemitism within the Labor Party.
“If anyone thinks I could have that history and support a leader who agrees with antisemitism, that’s deluded,” she told the (Sunday Times.
“Would I say antisemitism does exist in the Labor Party? Course not.
“There are people with a sloppy analysis of capitalism – who believe in the tropes about a new world order and all that nonsense. They must be rooted out.”
Government will publish Russian interference report after the election, security minister says
Opponents have accused the government of sitting on a report on Russian interference in UK politics, which has been cleared by the security services, because it might contain embarrassing revelations about Boris Johnson, Leave campaigns, and the Conservatives.
But security minister Brandon Lewis toldSky Newsthe report could not be published during the so-called “purdah” period which sets rules on government announcements during an election campaign.
“We want to make sure, particularly where national security is involved, we go through that process properly and thoroughly,” he said. “We can’t publish things during the general election … but after the general election that report will be published.”
Last week the government had said the report had not been published because of necessary procedure whereby vetting it would take several weeks.
CNNclaim to have seen testimonies from the inquiry, and reported that one witness described Moscow’s development of a network of agents and allies across the political spectrum as “potentially the most significant threat to the UK’s institutions and its ways of life”, according to a testimony shown to reporters.
The US news network said Russian agents are reportedly targeting House of Commons research roles and gaining citizenship in order to funnel cash into political parties.
The Sunday Timessaid the report concluded Russian interference may have had an impact on the Brexit referendum but the effect was “unquantifiable”.
Voters face choice of no-deal or Final Say referendum, ex-Tory minister says
David Gauke, who resigned as justice minister in response to Boris Johnson becoming PM, has expanded upon fears that his former party retaining power would result in a no-deal Brexit.
“I don ‘ t see what the escape route is if there is a Conservative majority, “he toldThe Observer.“Will we [leave the EU] at the end of January 2020? Yes.
“Will the prime minister seek an extension to the implementation period before 1 July next year? No.
“Will a comprehensive free trade agreement be completed and ratified before (December) ? No. “
Mr Gauke, a reluctant second referendum convert who is campaigning as an independent, says that as calls for a soft Brexit have been extinguished, the choice now lies between no-deal or Remain.
Tory and Labor spending pledges will need tax rises, Institute for Fiscal Studies warns
Taxes will have to rise to meet Conservative spending pledges made on the campaign trail , independent experts warn, while Labor’s proposed taxes on high earners will not go far enough.
Sajid Javid, the chancellor, is relying on a £ 37 bn “cushion” – which has already been wiped out – to justify a string of high-cost promises to woo voters,Rob Merrickreports.
Corbyn refuses to praise Nato but veers away from Macron’s controversial ‘brain death’ assessment
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to praise Nato, saying he did not agree with claims that it was the most “the most successful military alliance in history”.
Asked what his message to Nato members would be ahead of a summit in London in early December, the Labor leader said: “I hope they’re able to bring about peace in Syria and Turkey, I hope they’re able to put pressure on the Turkish government on its treatment of Kurdish people in northern Syria and I hope that they will have a developing and serious relationship with Russia in which they question Russia’s human rights record and behaviors but they also build a relationship in order to reduce the tensions that exist on the borders of Nato and Russia. “
Asked whether he agreed with Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defense staff, that Nato was “the most successful military alliance in history”, he said: “I’m not sure I’d define it as that. I’d define it as a product of an attempt to bring people together during and after the Second World War. “
He also refused to agree withpresident Macron’s assessmentthat the alliance was suffering “brain death”, telling Andrew Marr: “They’re both quite strong statements, if I may say so, neither are completely right . ”
Jennifer Arcuri says Boris Johnson has ‘cast me aside like some fleeting one-night stand’ despite her having ‘kept his secrets’
In an advance clip ofITV‘s Jennifer Arcuri interview, she describes herself as “a true confidante of [the PM]”, “hearbroken” and, ultimately, “collateral damage”.
Here’sBen KentishWith more details on the soon-to-be broadcast interview, in which she describes how the prime minister cast her aside as scrutiny over their four-year relationship reached boiling point in recent months.
Both parties refuse to set “arbitrary target” on immigration, while Corbyn remains ambiguous on freedom of movement
Dominic Raab and Jonathan Ashworth have both said they will not give an “arbitrary” immigration target this morning.
As pointed out by Andrew Marr, this makes it very difficult to judge the efficacy of their policies further down the line.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn refuses to be drawn into discussing Labor’s plans for freedom of movement. Speculation that the party may not unconditionally back free movement has left many party members dismayed.
“A lot of European Union nationals have made their homes in this country and made a massive contribution to our society,” Mr Corbyn said. “A lot of British people live in different parts of the European Union.
“And many of those families have been through unbelievable levels of stress, so they absolutely must have the right to remain and be able to bring their families here. “
Mr Corbyn added that there are” huge economic demands “in the UK with the need for nurses and doctors.
“We cannot exist in isolation, therefore there has to be migration into Britain in order to maintain our economy and our services. And that will be reflected in the policy which you will see on Thursday. “
Jeremy Corbyn refuses four times to say whether or not he wants Britain to leave the EU
Asked by theBBC‘s Andrew Marr for his personal view on whether Brexit should go ahead, he said: “I want a close decision with the EU in the future and we will put that decision to the British people and I will abide by that decision.”
He added: “My strategy has been to try and bring people together on both sides of the argument, because actually there’s a great deal that unites them about the inequalities and injustices in this country. “
The Labor leader reiterated his party’s commitment to another referendum.
Raab leaves door open to no-deal Brexit
Amid fears from Remainers and moderate Brexiteers that Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement could well result in a no-deal Brexit further down the line, Dominic Raab has told Andrew Marr it is “not remotely likely” that the UK will leave without a deal.
Asked “could we leave without a deal? “, the foreign secretary said:” I think it’s, no, it’s not what we’re, I don’t think it’s remotely likely. “
But he refused to rule it out when pressed on whether the UK would leave without a deal if it fails to secure its objectives on fishing, Mr Raab replied: “I’m not going to be able to break down in advance the hypothetical negotiating scenarios.
“The guarantee I can give is we’re going to be an independent coastal state, we’ll have full control over it and we’ll do what’s in the best interests of fishermen and women up and down the country. “
One third will vote tactically to keep out the candidate they dislike most, poll finds
It’s not just the Brexit Party and the “Remain alliance” playing tactics – it appears an unprecedented portion of the electorate are looking to do the same.
Almost a third of voters are planning to cast their ballot tactically in the general election to keep out a candidate or party they dislike, according to a poll.
Here’s our political editorAndrew Woodcockwith the details:
Immigration takes center stage in debate
As rumors emerge of a split in the Labor Party over immigration, with influential union leader Len McLuskey retaining his longstanding affection for controlled immigration, and shadow ministers urging Jeremy Corbyn to back freedom of movement, Jonathan Ashworth does little to allay fears that Labor are capitulating to the Tories on the issue.
Mr Ashworth, the shadow health and social care secretary, refused to tellSky Newswhether the party wanted immigration to go up or down, but did say the NHS should be allowed to recruit internationally.
But the Tories’ plans came under fire also, with the Confederation British Industry’s director general Carolyn Fairbairn describing their plans to only allow the “brightest and best” into the country as “a worry”.
She said: If you want to build 200, 000 houses a year, yuou don’t just need the architects and designers, you need the carpenters, electricians, the laborers. We need people to come and help us rebuild our economy. ”
Ms Fairbairn also took aim at Labor, saying the party’s proposed high-cost plans could” crack the foundations of our economy “.
She warned the party needed to ensure it was a friend to business, with many businesses” sitting thinking ‘are we next’ “, in the wake of a pledge to nationalize BT.
Green Party co-leader: ‘We have to transform this country’
Sian Berry has claimed the Green Party will “have a big influence” on the next government, rebuffingSky News’Sophie Ridge’s allegations that the party’s plans could be written off as “typical opposition politics”.
Ms Berry spoke of the need to ” transform this country “, as she set out plans for the introduction of a Green New Deal, Universal Basic Income by 2025, and a “real” living wage of £ 12 An hour.
She denied being worried about propping up the Lib Dems in the general election, with whom the party disagrees on issues like austerity, saying: “This is what grown-up politics is about”.
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