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How many seats for a majority? Boris Johnson wins election landslide

Boris Johnson is set to win a landslide Tory majority of 86 in the House of Commons, according to an exit poll for the general election. The poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori for the BBC, ITV and Sky News, suggested the Conservatives would win 368 seats, with Labour on 191 and the SNP on 55. If the forecast […]

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Election: Tactical voting could still put the brakes on populism

The climate crisis ought to be the most important issue when we go to the polls, and we have led our daily coverage on that subject many times, as we pledged to do when the election was called. The NHS has rightly been given intense focus too, and questions of trust, and of the credibility […]

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Tory candidate blames ‘staged outrage’ after his foodbank comments spark fury

A Tory candidate had blamed “staged outrage” after his claims about foodbanks sparked fury at an election hustings. Brendan Clarke-Smith faced shouts of “shame on you!” last week when he attacked “prejudiced” ideas about foodbanks and tried to deflect blame from Tory welfare cuts. He added food banks were being used a “top up” and […]

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‘You’re a Tory in disguise’: Audience member attacks Swinson over austerity in Channel 4 election debate

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 Liberal Democrats 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 […]

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Boris Johnson is about to destroy our democracy just to get back at me

One of the many ironies of this general election is that Boris Johnson is actually seeking a democratic mandate to devalue our democracy. I wish this were some kind of sick joke, but it is there on page 48 of his manifesto, in black and white. “After Brexit we also need to look at the […]

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Labour pledges £58bn to compensate women hit by pension age rise

Labour has pledged to compensate nearly 4 million women who lost out on thousands of pounds when the state pension age was increased. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said the payments – estimated to total £58bn over five years – would settle a “historical debt of honour”. Individual payouts to women born in the Fifties could […]

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