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General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to change course of election

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to change course of election

Image copyright PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will say a Conservative victory on 8 June is not a “foregone conclusion”, in his first big general election campaign speech. Mr Corbyn will vow to change the direction of the election by “putting the interests of the majority first”. He will attack wealthy tax avoiders and insist […]

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Image copyright EPA Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May has refused to say […]

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Media captionNigel Farage will decide “in next few days” whether to stand Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he has not decided yet whether to stand in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP says he has to weigh up “where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit” […]

Manchester Gorton by-election cancellation confirmed

Manchester Gorton by-election cancellation confirmed

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Gerald Kaufman represented the seat for more than 30 years A by-election for the Manchester Gorton constituency is set to be cancelled after the House of Commons backed a June general election. The Cabinet Office said the election for the vacant seat, planned for 4 May, would now take […]

SNP ‘alliance’ rejected by Corbyn

SNP ‘alliance’ rejected by Corbyn

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party. The SNP has said it would be prepared to work with other parties to keep the Tories out of power. But the Labour leader said he did not regard the SNP as progressive. Prime Minister Theresa May has said […]

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is vowing not to “play by the rules” if elected PM and insists the poll is not a foregone conclusion. On the first full day of general election campaigning, the Labour leader will say “powerful people” do not want him to win the snap poll on 8 June. He will […]

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Image copyright EPA Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May has refused to say […]

Jeremy Corbyn rejects "progressive alliance" with SNP

Jeremy Corbyn rejects "progressive alliance" with SNP

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party. The SNP has said it would be prepared to work with other parties to keep the Tories out of power. But the Labour leader said he did not regard the SNP as progressive. Theresa May has said the choice […]

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

Media captionThe moment when the vote is announced for an early general election. Campaigning is under way after the House of Commons backed Theresa May’s call for a general election on 8 June. MPs voted by 522 votes to 13 – with Labour and Lib Dem helping secure the two-thirds majority needed to bring forward […]

Theresa May says no to general election TV debates

Media captionLeaders’ debate – the 2015 highlights Theresa May will not take part in TV debates ahead of the planned general election, she has told the BBC. She told Radio 4’s Today she preferred “to get out and about and meet voters”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of “dodging” a head-to-head showdown and the […]