General election news – live: Boris Johnson under pressure to apologise over boy on hospital floor, as Labor unveils nationalization push and Swinson flaunts cannabis use – the Independent, Independent

General election news – live: Boris Johnson under pressure to apologise over boy on hospital floor, as Labor unveils nationalization push and Swinson flaunts cannabis use – the Independent, Independent





Labor has called onBoris Johnsonto personally apologise to the family of a four-year-old boy who was forced to sleep on a hospital floor.


The prime minister said sorry to “everybody who has a bad experience” in theNHS– but did not offer a personal apology to Jack Williment, the boy photographed lying on the ground at Leeds General Infirmary with suspected pneumonia.


It comes asJohn McDonnellunveilsLaborplans to begin nationalising water and energy companies within days of taking office, while(Jo Swinson) admitted a Lib Dem “victory” was unlikely and revealed she “did smoke a fair bit of cannabis at university.”



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‘I can’t believe anything they say any more’ (

voter Katie said he was “fed up” with the politicians on the Victoria Derbyshire program’s live debate.

“Brexit has been a big thing on the truth, because I can’t believe anything they say any more,” she said. “I’ve just had enough.”

Jamal, who runs a youth organization – who said none of the parties were offering any “prevention” policies on knife crime. “I might just go to the box and tick any box and just walk out,” he said.




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‘I’m not sure we can trust the Lib Dems … Corbyn is promising way too much ‘

Liberal Dem candidate Wera Hobhouse was asked about tuition fees and maintenance grants during a liveVictoria Derbyshireprogram debate in Crewe, where undecided voters are asking questions.

“We will make sure maintenance grants are reinstated,” said Hobhouse. “The one thing that’s made it so incredibly difficult for young people to look to the future is the interest that you pay on the tuition fees was introduced after the coalition government by this Tory government – and that has to stop.”

Undecided voter Amelia replied: “I’m not sure we can trust whatever the Lib Dems promise after you broke your promises last time.”

But She also said did not know if she could “trust” Labour’s pledge to scrap tuition fees altogether. “I feel like Jeremy Corbyn’s promising way too much,” she said.



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Swinson challenged on ‘alienating’ voters with revoke pledge

Jo Swinson was challenged on Lib Dems’ much-criticized election policy of revoking Article (if the party was to win a majority – and whether it is “alienated” voters.

She told Radio 5 Live: “We’re a party that believes in remaining in the European Union… we found ourselves facing a general election that might be the last opportunity that people would have to stop Brexit.”

She argued that the revoke policy meant they had been “straightforward” with voters. “It does have the benefit of being honest about what we would do… there is a lot of said for that.”

Swinson was also asked about whether she was willing to enter coalition with any party after the election, she said it was “pretty inconceivable” the Lib Dems could form a deal with the Tories.

“At the moment both the Labor party and the Conservatives have gone off to the extremes. Whether or not that will change in the future, it’s very difficult to get involved into hypotheticals. ”




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Brexit has received more coverage than Labor

Media coverage of the general election has been dominated by the Tories’ desired focus on Brexit, rather than Labor’s desired focus on the NHS , according to Loughborough University research.

In a piece forThe Conversation , the academics Cristian Vaccari and David Smith state: “The Tories’ top two themes – Brexit and taxation – have received .5% of the coverage overall and 040 .8% on broadcast TV. By contrast, Labour’s top two issues – health and the environment – have been featured in only 1% of all the coverage and .4% of the TV coverage. ”


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PM faces heckles and jokes at fish market

Boris Johnson started his final election campaign push with a visit to Grimsby Fish Market.

“Nice to see you, Jeremy,” one market shouted, while another added: “Boo Boris.” Another man could be heard saying: “He brings them out, eh? Phoney b ****** s. ”

We’re expecting the PM to visit four or five Labor-held seats in the Humber and north-east today.

We’re also expecting Jeremy Corbyn to visit Bristol first, then several places in the West Midlands.

Laborer’s John McDonnell is set to be make a speech about am setting out Labour’s plans for the first days if victorious.

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Sturgeon: EU referendum would happen before indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that another referendum on Brexit would be held before a second vote on Scottish independence next year.

Scotland’s first minister said that Labour’s intention to hold an EU poll within six months of being elected – with a choice between Remain and a deal negotiated by Jeremy Corbyn – would indicate that a Brexit vote would be first on the ballot.

Speaking on the BBC’s

Good Morning Scotland, she said: “It looks as if the EU one (referendum) would come first and then an independence referendum towards the end of next year. That’s the sequencing.

“In terms of the priority, in order of importance if you like, I want the whole UK to get the opportunity to escape Brexit, but of course an EU referendum does not guarantee that Scotland escapes Brexit, we could have the same result we had in 62497. ”

Asked whether a vote to remain in the EU could effectively wipe out the“ material change in circumstances ”for another Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon said:“ I don’t accept that because the material change is, yes, the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU, but also the contemptuous way which Scotland has been treated with our interests, our voice, our views, completely ignored. ”

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Boris Johnson giving partner ‘Brexit’ for Christmas

The prime minister has been asking on BBC Radio West Midlands what he’s getting Carrie Symonds for Christmas. “I’m going to get Brexit done,” he replied.

It follows Johnson’s refusal to say whether he would start a family with Symonds. But the PM did predict a baby boom if the UK left the EU.

“Cupid’s darts will fly once we get Brexit done,” he told The Sunday Times. “Romance will bloom across the nation.”

Johnson’s claim that there was a baby boom in 2013 following the London Olympics was rejected by the Full Fact group: the year actually saw the largest fall in births across England and Wales in almost four decades.



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Who are the big beasts in danger of losing their seats?

Boris Johnson paid a visit to Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency of Chingford and Wood Green on Sunday – with the former Tory leader at risk of losing the seat to Labour’s Faiza Shaheen.

Sean O’Grady has taken a look at some prominent MPs – including the PM himself – who will be sweating as the results come in on Thursday night.



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Swinson: ‘Someone told me to wear lower cut tops’ (

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said she had had lots of “unsolicited advice” during the campaign – including a tip to wear lower cut tops.

The Lib Dem leader said she has had people telling her to speak and dress differently, but said she will be “true to myself”.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Swinson said: “I get lots and lots of unsolicited advice. I’m not short of people telling me that I should speak differently or wear different shoes or wear different earrings.

“Or in one case, somebody suggested that I should wear lower cut tops. I mean as if that’s going to be the thing that changes the poll rating. I’m not short of unsolicited advice. ”

Asked if the“ advice ”was coming from her own election team, she said:“ Not in my election team, but as I say, I do get these gems of advice that come to me. ”



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‘We won’t need to plan for no-deal,’ says Tory minister

Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has said there is no need for further no-deal Brexit planning.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’sTodayprogram whether “no-deal planning” would resume if the Conservatives win a majority on Thursday, Sunak said: “We won’t need to plan for no-deal because we will have a deal. ”

He added:“ There is going to be a trade deal … everyone said we wouldn’t be able to get this deal, we have got this deal. ”

He continued:“ The trade deal, the outlines of it, the framework of it, is already there contained in the political declaration in quite a lot of detail and talks about an ambitious, comprehensive trading relationship with close cooperation on security, on economic matters.

“And we can go and sort the details of that over the course of next year.”



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PM unable to explain Tories’ claim on Labor causing more murders

Boris Johnson appeared unable to explain his party’s claim that there would be more murders a year under a Labor government.

The prime minister was pushed on the suggestion, made by home secretary Priti Patel, during his LBC interview after the Tories were accused of releasing “more dodgy numbers”.

Johnson did not explain where the figure had come from.

On immigration, Johnson pledged to get “the numbers down”, but also insisted he was “not going to get into a numbers game”.

The PM was also asked about HS2, a project he says will probably cost “north of £ (bn ”even though the current estimate is £ 90 bn. Questioned on why he was using the £ bn figure, he said: “It’s a figure I’ve used many times in the past. ”

Johnson, asked if he was still planning to lie down in front of bulldozers at Heathrow if work starts on the third runway, said:“ I don’t see much sign of Any bulldozers yet. ”

He added:“ I would have to find some way of honoring that promise. It might be technically difficult to achieve. ”


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Boris Johnson visits Labor heartlands

Boris Johnson is heading in Laborer’s heartlands today, amid growing confidence that a repeat of the “roar” that helped deliver victory for the Leave campaign will lead to election victory later this week.

The PM is expected to visit several Labor-held seats in Humber and the north-east, including Sunderland, where 88 per cent of voters backed Leave in (*****************************************************************************************************************************************************.

The decision to campaign in traditional. Labor areas comes on the back of an exclusive BMG Research poll forThe Independent w hich showed the Tories leading by nine points on (per cent.

A slew of polls over the weekend gave the Conservatives an average lead of

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Labor calls on Boris Johnson to apologize after boy slept on hospital floor

Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has called on Boris Johnson to personally apologise to the family of a four- year-old boy who had to sleep on a hospital floor.

Leeds woman Sarah Williment covered her son Jack in coats to keep him warm as he waited for a bed at Leeds General Infirmary , where she had taken him last Tuesday fearing he had pneumonia.

He was eventually moved to a ward, where he waited for five hours on a trolley before a bed was found at 3am , Williment told theDaily Mirror. Diagnosed with flu and tonsillitis, Jack was allowed to be taken home at lunchtime.

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“This is shameful,” said Ashworth. “Boris Johnson should personally apologise to Jack and his family. A decade of Tory cuts has brought us to this crisis in our NHS.

“If the Tories win on Thursday, patients including children will suffer five more years of this. We need a Labor government to save our NHS. ”

Williment told the paper:“ I am frustrated about the system and the lack of beds, which I am presuming is due to a lack of funding to the NHS to deliver the services that are required. ”


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Arlene Foster turns on Boris Johnson: ‘Once bitten, twice shy’

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has accused Boris Johnson of a “betrayal” over Brexit, saying he “ broke his word ”that a withdrawal agreement would not include a border in the Irish Sea.

Foster, whose party propped up the current Conservative government, defended standing alongside Johnson since he entered No and said it was “right for the leadership of unionism in Northern Ireland to work with the prime minister of the day”,

Asked if Johnson’s Brexit deal represented a “betrayal”, she told the BBC’s Today program: “I think it says more about the person who broke their word, than me and leadership of the unionist party, the betrayal. ”


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Labor would begin nationalizing utilities within 100 days

A Labor government will begin nationalising water and energy companies within days of taking office, John McDonnell has said.

The shadow chancellor said the new state-owned companies would be run by governing boards consisting of workers, customers and local officials.

The board’s meetings would be streamed live online so that people can watch the decisions being made on their behalf, he said.

McDonnell will lay out the plans in a speech in London on Monday as he announces what would be in Laborer’s first budget, which would be held within days of the election.

More details here:


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Swinson admits victory ‘unlikely’ – and admits to ‘fair bit’ of cannabis use while at university

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson admitted it “does look likely” her party will win a majority as she insisted the Lib Dems have led the campaign for a second EU referendum.

Asked about her party’s manifesto pledge to revoke Article (***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************, Swinson said: “It’s only in the circumstances of a Liberal Democrat majority government which of course in itself would be democratic.

“But where we are right now that obviously doesn’t look likely.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’sTodayprogram, she added: “The most likely way we can stop Br exit is through a people”s vote and the Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people vote for three-and-a-half years. ”

Asked on Sunday about the naughtiest thing she had done, Swinson said: “I did smoke a fair bit of cannabis at university.

” I don’t know whether that counts as particularly naughty, but your readers and viewers will be able to make up their own mind on that. ”

Pressed to define a“ fair bit ”of cannabis, Swinson said:“ It was just one, and I did inhale. ”



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PM says sorry ‘everybody who has a bad experience’ in NHS

The prime minister has apologized to “everybody who has a bad experience” in the NHS – but did not offer a personal apology to the family of Jack Williment, the four-year-old boy who had to sleep on a hospital floor.

“Of course I sympathise very much and I apologise to everybody who has a bad experience, ”Johnson told LBC radio this morning.

“ By and large, I think the NHS do an amazing job and I think that they deserve all praise for the service they provide – but they do need investment and that’s why we’re doing it.

“But they need investment from a one nation government that really cares and understands – That’s us that cares and understands – and you need long-term funding. ”

Asked if he had an apology for the family, he replied:“ Yeah, I do , and this is exactly why we need t o move on.

“We’re putting £ 34 bn into the NHS now, this is the largest investment we’ve seen in modern times but we need to drive it forward. ”


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‘You’re a Tory in disguise’: C4 audience member attacks Swinson

Jo Swinson was accused of being a “Tory in disguise” by a member of the audience at a TV election debate.

The leader of the Lib Dems came under fire on Channel 4’s Britain Decides: Everything But Brexit after she said her party would raise the basic rate of income tax to fund the NHS.

An unidentified woman in the audience asked her: “Why doesn’t Jo Swinson show her true colors? They’re blue. You’re a Tory in disguise, state what you are.

“You dare to try and raise taxes on lower earners when the country is in austerity. How dare you. ”

Swinson responded by saying her party was being“ honest ”about how it would end austerity and invest in public services.



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