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Agenda for the day

Here are some of the campaign events in the diary for today.

11. (am:) Jeremy Corbyn launches Labor’s race and faith manifesto with Dawn Butler, the shadow minister for women and equalities, at an event in Tottenham in London.

12 pm:Nigel Farage, theBrexitparty leader, speaks at an event in Barnsley.

3pm:Sajid Javid, the chancellor , gives a speech in Manchester.

7pm:Corbyn is interviewed by Andrew Neil on BBC One.

Boris Johnsonand Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, are also doing campaign events, but the timings have not been confirmed yet.

DUP does not rule out backing minority Labor government if Corbyn were replaced as leader

Andrew Sparrow

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Mattha Busby.

Inan interview with Sky Newslast nightLord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service who has been advising the Labor party, suggested that, if Labor needed SNP and Lib Dem support to form a minority government, Jeremy Corbyn’s role as party leader could be part of the negotiation. Labor sources are disputing this, but Kerslake said:

[Labour] would then need to have conversations with those [minority] parties to really establish on what basis they would give that support.

We don’t yet know in truth how that would play out, although the Liberal Democrats have said they could not support a Jeremy-Corbyn-ledLaborgovernment and the SNP have said they would want a second referendum.

All of that, no doubt, would form part of the conversation that Labor would be having informally with those two parties.

In his Today interview this morningSir Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP chief whip, also hinted that the DUP could rethink its opposition to Labor if Corbyn were to be replaced as leader. The DUP had a confidence and supply arrangement with Theresa May. But now it finds itself isolated becauseBoris Johnsonis proposing a Brexit deal that would in effect create a customs border down the Irish Sea, which is unacceptable to unionists. Asked who the DUP wanted to win the election, Donaldson replied:

Well, that’s a matter for the electorate, but clearly we’ve stated we believe a Corbyn-led Labor government would be disastrous for the UK.

When it was put to him that his use of the phrase “Corbyn-led Labor government” implied the DUP might take a different view of a Labor government led by someone else, and when he was asked if the DUP could “do business” with such a government, Donaldson replied:

Of course, it would depend what their platform was. We would have to look at that very carefully.

Asked if the DUP could support Labor’s’s plan for a second referendum featuring two options, remain and a leave option, Donaldson did not rule this out. “Well, we’d need to see what the deal was, of course,” he replied.

I’m not going to commit myself to something at this stage that is entirely hypothetical. But clearly there isn’t a single major party in Northern Ireland that supports the prime minister’sBrexitdeal and that’s a major problem for us because, if this deal is imposed, I believe it will create further instability, and we certainly don’t need that.

Political parties tend to react very badly to other parties telling them who they should have as leader, and it is hard to imagine Labor ditching Corbyn just to win parliamentary support from the Lib Dems or the DUP . But there is some sort of precedent for gestures of this kind. After the 2010 general election Gordon Brown announced that he would quit before the end of the year in the hope that this might make the Lib Dems more willing to form a pact with Labor. (Of course, it didn’t.)


Labor’s (Jess Phillips) has appeared to advise the party’s leadership on how to respond to the chief rabbiEphraim Mervis‘intervention.

Jess Phillips Esq.,(@ jessphillips)

The only response to the chief Rabbi that is moral is, “I’m sorry and I’ll do whatever I possibly can to win back your community’s trust.” So that’s what I will say.

(November) , 2019

Michael Govehas said he feels a “certain sense of sadness” about Michael Heseltine’s views on the Conservative party.

However, he said he “respectfully disagreed” with the peer on Europe and described him as a “longtime advocate” of further integration with the EU. Gove then said Heseltine was wrong to advise people to vote Liberal Democrat.

I think that the most important thing at this general election is the choice between the two alternative prime ministers –Boris Johnsonand Jeremy Corbyn – and I think that Boris would undoubtedly ensure that we got Brexit done and avoid the dangers of two referendums, whereas Jeremy Corbyn, as we know by the words of the chief rabbi today, poses a threat to more than just our economy.

On the chance of securing a trade deal, the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster said:

First of all, we’ve heard this scepticism before. It’s the sort of default position of many commentators. It’s also the case that we have a political declaration which accompanies the withdrawal agreement that sets out the broad structure of the agreement that we’d want, and it’s pretty clear the sort of agreement that would work in the EU’s interests and the UK’s interests.

It would be a free trade agreement with friendly co-operation – co-operation on security,

Pressed on whether services would have access to the EU freely, Gove said:

Well, at the moment we do not have a single market in services even within the European Union.

Asked whether services would be better or worse than at present, he added:

It would depend on the individual sector. But I think what we are likely to get, and I think this is certainly what Europe wants as well, is a no tariffs, no quotas, no quantitative restrictions as part of that free trade agreement.


The DUP parliamentary candidateJeffrey Donaldsonhas warned that the ToryBrexitdeal would “destabilize Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the UK” and be “Disadvantageous” to the Northern Ireland economy.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, he added:

Clearly there isn’t a single major party in Northern Ireland that supports the prime minister’s Brexit deal , and that’s a major problem for us because if this deal is imposed, I believe it will create further instability and we certainly don’t need that.We believe the prime minister needs to look again at this idea of ​​creating a border in the Irish Sea.

He reiterated that a Corbyn-led Labor government would be “disastrous” for the UK and said the party would look “very carefully” at joining forces with a (Labor) government that its current leader was not involved in.

On the Brexit deal proposed by the Tories, Donaldson said: ‘It will create further instability’
On the Brexit deal proposed by the Tories, Donaldson said: ‘It will create further instability.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney / PA


Heseltine says UK faces ‘another year of uncertainty’ under Johnson’s Brexit plan

Conservative party grandeeMichael Heseltinehas urged voters to back the Liberal Democrats to stop (Brexit) being delivered byBoris Johnson.

Speaking last night alongside former Tory MPs David Gauke, Dominic Grieve and Anne Milton in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Heseltine was reported to have said:

I’m telling them to vote for what they believe and what the Conservative party has stood for all my life and certainly all of theirs – and to put country first. And what I think that means in practical terms is they either vote for the defrocked Conservative candidates, of which we have three excellent examples here, or they vote Lib Dem.

On BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning, the former deputy prime minster asserted thatJeremy Corbynhad no chance of becoming prime minister and that “traditional reds under the beds” scares came about in every election.

The 86 -year-old former deputy prime minster said a more pressing question was whether Corbyn would be leader of theLaborparty by Christmas, though he appeared to urge people against voting for the Tories.

Anyone who might form a temporary coalition will insist that it’s notJeremy Corbyn. The real issue is what is at stake. It is the prosperity and world influence of this country. Our relationships with our neighbors in Europe. This is tran scendently the overarching issue at stake in this election and I cannot vote or support people who are going to make this country poorer and less influential.

The peer has long supported a second referendum, due to the lies made during the 2016 vote by influential Brexit supporters.

He recognizes that the Liberal Democrats – with their ”Stop Brexit” pledge – are not going to win the election, although he is voting for the party, and warned of the consequences of Johnson winning a majority.

It’s complete nonsense to suggest that [Brexit] can be done by Christmas. All you can do by Christmas is to pass legislation to enter into negotiations. It’s preposterous. We are in for another year of uncertainty and a possibility of a no-deal exit at the end of it. That’s the reality of what we’re facing if Mr Johnson gets an overall majority.

Michael Heseltine.
Michael Heseltine. Photograph: Yui Mok / PA


Visible action must accompany stands against antisemitism, says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury,Justin Welby,has said nobody can afford to be “complacent ”About antisemitism, reiterating that political parties must avoid worsening a“ perception of fear ”and calling on them to offer reassurances.

Archbishop of Canterbury(@ JustinWelby)

That the Chief Rabbi should be compelled to make such an unprecedented statement at this time ought to alert us to the deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British

(November) , 2019


The cross-bench peer RabbiJulia Neubergerhas said the UK could become a less comfortable place for Jews to live ifJeremy Corbyncame to power.

She said she agreed with the chief rabbi,Ephraim Mirvis,that the Jewish community is gripped by anxiety ahead of the general election due to an “unwillingness” of theLaborleadership to tackle a creeping “insidious antisemitic tone”.

“People in the Jewish community have seen that unwillingness and asked what is going on, why are they not gripping it?” She asked.

The interviewer cited recent polls suggesting 87% of Jews believe Corbyn is antisemitic and almost half would consider emigrating from the UK if he became prime minister, to which Neuberger replied:

I think the anxiety is that if in oppositionJeremy Corbynand his top team do not tackle the antisemitism which has for instance been shown against Labor MPs. If they’re not willing to tackle that, apologise for it and sympathise then something is going very wrong. A political party where some of its MPs leave because of antisemitic taunting, and still cannot deal with it, makes people feel very uncomfortable.The other part of it is what you see on social media, people who claim to be Corbyn supporters saying the most appalling things about Jews.

The author said that although UK remains a good place to live as a Jew, that is shifting and if Labor under Corbyn comes to power then “this comfortable place to live may become less comfortable”.

People will look for ways of moving or having a place somewhere else, or whatever they can possibly do to mitigate what feels oppressive, uncomfortable, dangerous.

Asked why non-Jews potentially more concerned with austerity and benefit cuts should care enough to not vote Labor, Neuberger said: “If a section of the population is feeling uncomfortable because of racism, that is serious. ”

Baroness Julia Neuberger: ‘If a section of the population is feeling uncomfortable because of racism, that is serious.’
Baroness Julia Neuberger: ‘If a section of the population is feeling uncomfortable because of racism, that is serious.’ Photograph: Sophia Evans / The Observer

Updated (at 4.) am EST

The former (Labor) ************** (MPs) *********************************************************************************************************************** Luciana Berger andIan Austinhave spoken out in support of the condemnation ofJeremy Corbynfrom the UK’s chief rabbi of the UK.

Luciana Berger(@ lucianaberger)

Unprecedented and devastating intervention from the Chief Rabbi.

During the the last meeting I had with@ jeremycorbynat the end of 2017 I told him about the many public and private Facebook groups that were littered with antisemitic posts (

) (November) , 2019

Ian Austin(@ IanAustin 1965)

It is unprecedented for the Chief Rabbi to have to do this.
It is heartbreaking to see a party so many of us joined to fight racism and which had such a proud record of fighting for equality reduced to this.
Utterly shameful.
A complete disgrace.
Corbyn & co should be so ashamed.

(November) , 2019


Former envoy to EU decries the government ‘diplomatic amateurism’

Meanwhile, Britain’s former envoy to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers hasissued a scathing verdict of the government “diplomatic amateurism”, saying Boris Johnson is sowing the seeds of “the biggest crisis of Brexit to date ”.

In a lecture in Glasgow, Rogers said Johnson was repeating Theresa May’s “strategy errors” and would soon find himself “unwisely” boxed in by his campaign promises.


Labor accused of ‘poison sanctioned from the top’ by chief rabbi

Ephraim Mirvis, writing in the Times, says Jews are anxious about the prospect of a Corbyn-led Labour government.
Ephraim Mirvis, writing in the Times, says Jews are anxious about the prospect of a Corbyn-led Labor government. Photograph: Jonathan Brady / PA

chief rabbi has accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing a “poison sanctioned from the top” to take root inLabor, saying Jews are justifiably anxious about the prospect of the party forming the next government.

Ephraim Mirvis, the spiritual leader of the UK’s 62 orthodox synagogues, made the rare political intervention on the day that theLabor party is planning to unveil its race and faith manifestoin Tottenham this morning. Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Dawn Butler will attend.

Writing for the Times, Mirvis said it was not his place to tell people how to vote but argued that the way in which the (Labor) leadership had dealt with anti-Jewish racism was “incompatible with the British values ​​of which we are so proud – of dignity and respect for all people” and that in this election the “soul of the nation” was at stake.

Labor has always strongly denied denied any suggestion that Corbyn has failed to get to grips with allegations of antisemitism in Labor, pointing to his record as an anti-racist campaigner and moves to overhaul the party’s complaints process .

The rabbi wrote: “The party leadership have never understood that their failure is not just one of procedure, which can be remedied with additional staff or new processes. It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of culture. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labor party. ”


Kate Lyons

Good morning politics early birds, welcome to our rolling coverage of the day’s news and today, we’re talking about money.

The huge gap in the spending promises of the two major parties is the main topic of debate today, after it emerged that Labor was committing 28 times as much in public spending as theConservatives.

Jeremy Corbyn defendedhis multibillion pound general electionspending pledgeon public services, saying that even with the increased spending of £ 83 bn a year that he has promised, the UK would still spend less on public services than France or Germany.Zoe Williams writesthat Labor has outlined its promises, now its job is to make those promises seem real.

Meanwhile, theResolution Foundation thinktank has released analysisshowing that child poverty is at risk of rising to a record 60 – year high under a Conservative government because its manifesto retains the coalition’s benefit cuts. The analysis says the number of British children living in relative poverty would increase from 6% in 2017 – 18 to 34 .5% in 2023 – 24 under a Boris Johnson-led government. Though it adds that Labor’s £ 9bn of extra spending on social security would mean 550, 00 0 fewerChildren in povertybut would not lead to current poverty rates falling.

I’ll be with you for the first hour of the live blog before I send it in the direction of my esteemed colleagues. You can get in touch with me onTwitteror via email ([email protected]).


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