Farage claimed the election is “likely” to result in a hung parliament and his MPs would be kingmakers. The senior ToryJacob Rees-Mogghas pleaded with Mr Farage to “retire from the field … it would be a great shame if he carries on fighting”.
It comes as Labor denies reports there was “allotment plot” which sawJeremy Corbynand his allies agreed to make the opposition a Remain party – before the plan was foiled by Corbyn’s adviser Seumas Milne.
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Exclusion of SNP from TV debates branded “outrageous” by Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon has waded into the row over televised debates, describing the lack of proposed SNP representation as “outrageous”
Liberal Democrats expressed their fury afterITVNewsannounced their intention to air a debate between the current government and the opposition, with recently joined party member Chuka Umunna writing inThe Independentthat “the decision sends a terrible message when it comes to equality”.
Harman drops out of race to become new Speaker
Harriet Harman has dropped out the race to become the House of Commons’ new Speaker.
The longest continuously serving female MP, Ms Harman had stated her election would show that Westminster was no longer the Old Boys’ Club it had been upon her arrival in 1982.
However, according to the SNP’s Joanna Cherry our parliament has considerable distance still to
The Commons has seen 156 male Speakers in 600 years. One has been a woman.
Hoyle increases vote share in second round but falls short of number needed to secure Speaker’s chair
Frontrunner to become the Commons’ new Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, has increased his share of the votes during the second ballot, but has still fallen short of securing the 50 per cent needed to assume the role.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle – 244 ( 33)
Dame Eleanor Laing – (( 9)) Chris Bryant – 120 ( 22)
Harriet Harman – 59 (- 13)
Dame Rosie Winterton – 30 – 16)
Dame Rosie Winterton will not progress to the third round of votes.
Juncker says Tony Blair’s attitude towards EU paved way for Brexit
Tony Blair’s approach to European integration during his tenure as prime minister helped pave the way for Brexit , *** Claude-Juncker has said.
The outgoing European Commission president claims Mr Blair wanted “nothing to do with the EU” as a political project.
Jon Stonebrings you more details below:
Yougov poll puts Labor in pole position in Wales
The first opinion poll carried out in Wales so far this election campaign shows increased support for Labor compared with a month ago.
Between 1-4 November, Yougov found voters’ intentions to be:
LAB: 29% ( 4)
CON: 28% (-1)
BXP: 15% ( 1)
LDM: 12% (-4)
PLC: 12% (=)
GRN: 3% (-1)
Despite the apparent boost, this could spell trouble for Labor.
In 2017, the party won 49 per cent of the Welsh vote, with the Tories sitting at 34 per cent.
Sky News invites Jo Swinson to take part in televised leaders’ debate
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has been invited to join Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in a leaders’ debate televised by Sky News.
The broadcaster had originally proposed a debate involving only the Tory and Labor leaders, but said it was now extending the invite to Swinson.
It comes after the Lib Dem leader threatened to take legal action over her exclusion from ITV’s proposed debate.
Sky (said) that “as there are now multiple proposals for double-headed debates”, it “believes it is sensible to suggest an alternative approach that will allow the public to properly scrutinise a wider range of views”.
Farage plans to target Labor voters
Nigel Farage has vowed to target the five million Labor voters who voted to leave the EU in the referendum.
The Brexit Party leader has dismissed accusations he would split the Leave vote by running against the Tories, saying Boris Johnson’s deal was “not Brexit”.
He also claimed that under his leadership Ukip had done “far more harm” to the Labor Party than to the Conservatives.
The Brexit Party would now be focusing, he said, on those Leave-voting Labor constituencies who were represented by pro-Remain MPs.
“Those five million are the most vulnerable group of voters to the Brexit Party in this country, “he told an event in Westminster as he unveiled his party’s candidates for the general election.
He added: “I will be out in those Labor constituencies. I’ll be in the East Midlands, I’ll be in South Wales. I’ll be in the North East. I want the country to know the sheer extent of Labor betrayal. “
Video: Ken Clarke announces results of first Speaker ballot
Hoyle the frontrunner after first round of votes
Lindsay Hoyle has emerged as the clear frontrunner following the first round of votes in the election of the next Commons speaker.
This is not too surprising: the Labor MP has been deputy speaker since 2010 and is a popular figure in Westminster.
He received 211 votes – more than 37% of all ballots cast and 98 more than second-placed Tory Eleanor Laing.
Johnson and Corbyn ‘sexist or scared or possibly both’, says Lib Dem leader
Jo Swinson has said Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will look “like they are sexist or they are scared or possibly both “if they refuse to debate her.
The Lib Dem leader pointed out that her predecessor Nick Clegg had taken part in televised debates with Gordon Brown and David Cameron ahead of the 2010 election.
She added: “Nine years on, as I say, when we’re on similar poll ratings, I should be in those debates with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.
“And frankly, if they are refusing to debate me, then it looks like they are sexist or they are scared or possibly both. ”
Swinson said the Lib Dems were taking advice on “all of the possible avenues ” and “do not rule any out ” if ITV proceed with televised debates without her.
She said her party has had meetings with ITV and will be” following up with letters and legal action “.
Hillier and Leigh eliminated as Speaker vote proceeds to second round
None of the candidates received the 50% of the vote required to win the contest outright, so voting will now proceed to a second ballot.
Labor MP Meg Millier won the fewest votes, so is eliminated from the next round, as is Brexiteer Tory Edward Leigh, who received less than 5% of votes.
Results of first vote on next Commons Speaker
Chris Bryant – 98
Harriet Harman – 72
Meg Hillier – 10
Lindsay Hoyle – 211
El eanor Laing – 113
Edward Leigh – 12
Rosie Winterton – 46
Lib Dems ‘will pursue legal avenues’ over leaders TV debate
Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, has vowed to take take legal action if ITV does not change the format of its televised leaders’ debate to include her.
Speaking outside Parliament, Swinson said: “As Liberal Democrats we will take any action required to make sure that voice of Remain is
“We are taking legal advice and we will pursue legal avenues if ITV do not change their format.
“Because it is so important that millions of Remainers can make sure their voice is represented, that it is a fair debate between the different options on offer, and that for the girls and young women across our country they see that women can be political leaders and prime ministers too. “
UK terror threat level downgraded
Britain’s terrorism threat level has been downgraded from “severe” to substantial, the home secretary has announced.
But the risk of an attack is still “likely”, Prit Patel said.
“Despite the change in the threat level, terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security, “she added in a written ministerial statement to parliament.
The decision was made independently by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, which conducts a formal review of the threat level every six months.
MPs vote on new Commons speaker
The first ballot to elect a Commons speaker has just closed, with a result expected at about 4. 15 pm.
If any candidate scores more than 50 per cent of the vote, then that will be that: they will have won and will replace John Bercow in the chair. If not, then any candidates who received less than 5 per cent of the vote are eliminated and we’ll move onto the second ballot with those remaining.
The process could take several votes in all.
What does the Sinn Fein-SDLP electoral pact mean?
Republican and pro-remain parties in Northern Ireland announced an electoral pact of sorts on Monday morning that will probably end up costing the DUP seats.
Jon Stone has taken a look at the significance of the move:
Publication of report into Russian meddling unlikely before general election
A controversial report into alleged Russian interference in the UK democratic process is unlikely to be published before the election, it has emerged.
Dominic Grieve, the chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), has called on No 10 to clear its report for release before Parliament is dissolved on Wednesday.
However, the PM’s official spokesman indicated the necessary **** clearance process has yet to be completed.
“There are processes reports such as this have to go through before publication. The committee is well-informed of these, ”the spokesman said.
The ISC oversees the work of the agencies – MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – and in the course of its work has access to highly sensitive intelligence material.
Its reports are submitted to the Government before publication to ensure no sensitive information is inadvertently made public.
Grieve, a former attorney general who now sits as an independent after losing the Tory whip, has said the process was normally completed within 10 working days.
However, this was disputed by government sources who said that it usually took six weeks.
Grieve has expressed concern that the report – which is reported to have looked into whether Russian interference affected t he result of the 2016 EU referendum – contained information “germane” to voters in the forthcoming election.
‘I’ll be director not an actor,’ says Speaker candidate
The last three candidates have set out their stall to follow John Bercow in the Speaker’s chair. Meg Hillier says he wants to be “a director rather than an actor” and vows to tackle bullying in parliament.
The bookies’ favorite Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said he wants to do all he can “to make people feel safe”.
And Harriet Harman says he will “fearless in standing up for the right of the House”.
Seven candidates make their pitch for Speaker
Our correspondent Lizzy Buchan is following the pitches made by the seven candidates to replace John Bercow.
Dame Rosie Winterton is up first in the Commons, promising she would be a “unifying speaker”. A mobile phone rings only for Dame Rosie to say “Order!” – to much laughter.
She is followed by Chris Bryant, who says he will be “an umpire not a player ”, Followed by Sir Edward Leigh who wants to be a“ servant ”of the House. Dame Eleanor Laing says the House of Commons “is full of good people”.
Farage accuses Rees-Mogg of ‘conceited arrogance’
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says the “clock is ticking” and its only 10 days until nominations close – the deadline he offered to the Conservatives to take him up on an electoral pact (or “Leave alliance” as he calls it).
“Jacob Rees-Mogg, who I like personally, has said this morning the Brexit Party should stand aside and leave it to the Conservatives.
“What kind of conceited arrogance is this? … I say this you and I will say it as I tour the country – there will be no Brexit without the Brexit Party. Of that I’m certain. ”
Farage sounds very put out by the idea his party will harm the Tories. “They say we will split the vote. But we won’t split the vote… They all said the Ukip vote would lead to Corbyn and SNP being in coalition, and what did we do? We did far more harm to the Labor party than we did to the Conservative party. ”
He votes to go out campaigning in Labor constituencies from tomorrow.