Brexit

Mail
Theresa May questioned Jeremy Corbyn’s patriotism yesterday as the two leaders clashed furiously over their strategy for Brexit. In an upbeat assessment of Britain’s prospects outside the EU, the Prime Minister said the UK’s ‘best days lie ahead’ – but she warned that Mr Corbyn would wreck hopes of a good Brexit deal as he ‘doesn’t believe in’ Brexit or Britain. The Labour leader later confirmed his soft approach to Brexit, saying that there were no circumstances in which he would take Britain out of the European Union without a deal. Mr Corbyn has faced repeated questions about his patriotism after previously refusing to sing the national anthem and voicing sympathy for the IRA during the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Sun
JEREMY Corbyn’s Brexit plan could force Britain to stay in the EU beyond 2019, Tories warned last night after the Labour leader said he’d never walk away without a deal. The leftie said no deal with Brussels was the worst possible outcome as he unveiled his three-strong Brexit negotiating team including White Van hater Emily Thornberry. He claimed Theresa May’s pledge to deliver Brexit even if it means leaving without a new free trade agreement would cause a “jobs meltdown”. Mr Corbyn said: “Theresa May says no deal is better than a bad deal. Let’s be clear: ‘No deal’ is in fact a bad deal. “It is the worst of all deals, because it would leave us with World Trade Organisation tariffs and restrictions instead of the access to European markets we need.”

TV debates

Telegraph
The Conservatives have made an official complaint to the BBC about the “biased” audience in Wednesday’s leaders’ debate and warned there must be no repeat when Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn appear on a Question Time special tonight. The Telegraph understands that Fiona Hill, the Tory election campaign communications chief and joint chief of staff to Mrs May, ordered staff to make the complaint as party sources said there was “fury” about the clear left-wing bias in the audience. The BBC confirmed it had also received a number of complaints from viewers about the programme, which featured a debate between six party leaders and Amber Rudd, standing in for Theresa May.

Guardian
Boris Johnson has added his voice to those claiming the studio audience for Wednesday night’s BBC leaders’ debate was biased against the Conservatives, calling it “the most leftwing audience I’ve ever seen”. The foreign secretary’s comments echo those of other Conservatives, whose outcry prompted the Daily Mail to run the story on Thursday’s front page. The Mail quoted Conservatives including Nicholas Soames and Iain Duncan Smith, who said the BBC had “questions to answer”. The BBC’s press team tweeted on Wednesday night to say the audience had been assembled not by its own staff but by Comres, a polling company, which has defended its process.

Mail
The Tories were at war with the BBC over Left-wing bias last night as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn prepared for a crunch debate on Question Time this evening. Conservative central office lodged a complaint with the corporation yesterday over the treatment of Home Secretary Amber Rudd by a TV audience described as ‘the most Left-wing ever’. The Tories are demanding that the BBC review its rules for audience selection for tonight’s Question Time debate in which the Conservative and Labour leaders will both field questions from the public. A senior Tory source described the mood as furious, saying: ‘The BBC have got to sort this out fast – it is just not acceptable to have such an obviously biased audience.’

Independent
The BBC has been accused of “left wing bias” following last night’s election debate between the parties by those on the right and some on social media who claimed to be “middle ground”. Leaders and representatives from seven parties faced a grilling from a Cambridge studio audience, with Prime Minister Theresa May sending Home Secretary Amber Rudd in to bat for her against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the other five politicians. The audience was selected by the polling firm ComRes and the BBC said it was made up of a representative mix of supporters from across the parties and those who have yet to make up their mind, as well as evenly split between those who voted to leave the EU and those who opted to remain.

Polls

Independent
Prime Minister Theresa May’s lead over the opposition Labour Party has almost halved to eight points in the space of a week, an opinion poll from Panelbase showed on Thursday. With a week to go before the general election, the poll showed the Conservatives’ share of the vote had fallen by four percentage points since last week to 44 percent, while Labour’s had increased by three points to 36 percent. Support for the Liberal Democrats was unchanged at 7 percent, according to the poll taken between 26 May and 1 June. That left May with an eight-point advantage compared with 15 points in a poll that closed on 23 May. The poll is the latest to show a narrowing lead for May. A YouGov opinion poll on Wednesday showed the Conservatives’ lead for the 8 June election had fallen to a fresh low of 3 percent.

Independent
Theresa May looks set to fall nine seats short of winning a majority at next week’s parliamentary election, a model from polling company YouGov has estimated, a smaller shortfall than the 16 seat gap shown a day earlier. YouGov’s prediction model showed the Conservatives winning 317 seats, Labour on 253 and other parties winning 80 seats in the 650-seat lower house of par
liament. The pound fell sharply late on Tuesday when the Times reported the first estimate from the model, which unexpectedly showed May was 16 seats short of an outright majority of 326 seats.

Express
A NEW poll claiming the General Election will lead to major Tory losses also shows Theresa May’s party gaining a large majority. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are rounding on the YouGov survey which suggests Theresa May would lose 20 seats, but the figure should not be taken at face value. The poll also found Labour would gain 28 while the Lib Dems would gain one, the SNP would lose four and the Greens and Plaid Cymru would have one each. This would leave the Tories with 310 seats – 16 short of the 326 needed for an overall Commons majority and would produce a hung parliament. However, YouGov has admitted the new seat-specific modelling allows a wide margin for error, with the other end of the spectrum showing the Tories winning 345 seats at next Thursday’s General Election – 15 more than they have now which would hand them more than the majority they need to lead Britain out of the EU.

Fake news

Telegraph
Labour’s election campaign is being boosted by fake social media accounts that pump out positive messages about Jeremy Corbyn thousands of times per day, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. One in eight messages about British politics posted on Twitter are generated by automated accounts known as web robots or “bots”. Individual accounts each post up to 1,000 messages per day attacking Theresa May or promoting Labour. They are set up to look like personal user accounts to trick other users into thinking real people are backing Labour. Automated accounts also back other parties, but to a far smaller degree. They were described last night by Oxford University researchers as “worrying” because of the power of automated accounts to “distort” and influence views. Twitter is predominantly used by young people, who are also more likely to be Labour supporters.

Sun
LABOUR’S election campaign is being boosted by web robots which pump out fake posts backing  Jeremy Corbyn, while slating  Theresa May and the Tories online. Bogus accounts are automatically generating thousands of messages a day across social media which trick voters into thinking real people are supporting Mr Corbyn. They  are set up to look like real users but churn out pro-Labour posts and “like” scores of the party’s tweets every hour. The Daily Telegraph reports  one in eight of the messages about British politics on Twitter is generated by the “bots”. Automated accounts also back other parties, but to a much smaller degree

Hung Parliament

Times
Labour will try to form a minority government and rely on SNP votes to implement its policies in the event of a hung parliament, it said yesterday. Although the party insisted that it would strike “no deals” with the Scottish Nationalists or others, it said that it would challenge them to help Labour or face explaining to their supporters why they were letting the Tories back into government. After weeks of refusing to discuss its stance if there is an inconclusive result next Thursday, Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, committed Labour to a minority government. She spoke as the prospect of a hung parliament grew more feasible, with polls showing the party gaining ground on the Conservatives.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn revealed his plans for a coalition of chaos today as Labour made clear it would put its manifesto to Parliament if it gets to No 10. The Labour leader would challenge rival parties in the Commons to vote for his hard-left manifesto or let the Tories win power. The plot was revealed today by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at a joint event to promote Labour’s Brexit plans. It can only happen if the Tories lose seats at next week’s election and Labour gets the chance to try and form a minority government. But polls from YouGov suggest such a result – inconceivable at the start of the campaign – is now possible.  The Tories seized on the remarks to warn ‘the truth is out’ about ‘chaotic’ plans for minor parties to prop up Mr Corbyn.  

Independent
Labour will not seek any coalition with other parties and will attempt to form a minority government if it comes out of the general election as the largest party in a hung Parliament, Emily Thornberry has said. The admission from the Shadow Foreign Secretary – just one week before the election – comes after a polling company’s model suggested Britain could be heading into hung Parliament territory, with the Conservatives losing their majority and Jeremy Corbyn’s party gaining seats. Her comments amount to a firm rejection of Prime Minister’s repeated claim that a vote for Mr Corbyn’s party in next week’s election would result in a “coalition of chaos” with Labour propped up by MPs from parties like the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party or Greens.

Sky News
Labour has said it will try to implement its programme as a minority government if it is the largest party in a hung parliament after the election. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said the party would not seek to enter into a coalition with other parties, but would present a Queen’s Speech and Budget. This high stakes move would effectively challenge other “progressive” parties to back Jeremy Corbyn’s party or risk a return to Conservative rule. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly claimed that a vote for Mr Corbyn in next week’s General Election would result in a “coalition of chaos” with Labour propped up by MPs from parties like the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party or Greens.

Guardian
Labour has ruled out pacts and coalitions if the party needs to run a minority government after next week’s general election. As the opinion polls show a further narrowing of the Conservatives’ lead over the party, Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, said there would be no negotiations or deals over policy with the Liberal Democrats and the Greens if Labour was the biggest party but without an overall majority. Their interventions were delivered a week before the general election at a rally in Basildon, Essex, and will be seen as a way of combating Conservative claims that a vote for Labour and other parties would lead to a “coalition of chaos”. Asked if he would consider negotiating with other parties if there was a hung parliament, Corbyn said: “We are not doing deals, we are not doing coalitions, we are not doing any of these things. We are fighting to win this election.”

EU

Express
BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker has announced plans to splurge £300 million on a flagship youth project designed to promote a “solidarity state of mind” amongst Europe’s young. The EU Commission chief has personally championed the European Solidarity Corps as a way of arresting the bloc’s alarming slide in popularity and breeding a new generation of europhiles.  But critics have dismissed it as a “brainwashing” scheme and say it is little more than a way of masking sky-high youth unemployment in many Mediterranean states, which are providing the bulk of its participants.  Eurocrats have placed an ambitious target of attracting 100,000 members to the scheme by 2020 and yesterday put aside £300 million of extra funding to help it get off the ground. 

Westmonster
The European Union is plotting to do away with the rebates it pays to member states in a move that shows Brussels would have raided Britain for more money if we’d stayed in the Brussels club. Currently member states make an annual contribution but can get some of that money back. But without the rebate it would have seen Britain’s contribution to the EU’s piggy bank rise from around £13bn to £18bn. It would work out at around £666-per-household – EU must be joking! The UK cash cow is leaving and the EU are already looking at how they can squeeze extra Euros out of everyone. Thank God we’re bailing out now!

Express
BILLIONAIRE George Soros has warned the European Union is now ‘dysfunctial’ and in the midst of an ‘existential crisis’. The billionaire said the priority must be to “save the European Union in order to radically reinvent it”. He added: “The first objective, saving the European Union, has to take precedence because it is in existential danger. But we wouldn’t forget about the second objective either. “The reinvention would have to revive the support that the European Union used to enjoy. We would do it by reviewing the past and explaining what went wrong and how it could be put right.” Mr Soros, speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum said the crisis was being brought about by growing euroscepticism and “hostile powers”.

Westmonster
Power-hungry German EU nationalists are hell-bent on creating a United States of Europe one way or another. First they throw their weight behind an EU army and now they’re lobbying Brussels to withdraw funding from any country that doesn’t conform to the bloc’s unified set of laws. This is just yet another step towards the total erosion of national boundaries and sovereignty on the continent and it’s being spear-headed by Angela Merkel’s government. Can you imagine if Europe was essentially just one big country under German control with the same set of ruthlessly enforced rules and laws throughout? Wait, haven’t we heard that somewhere before? This plan is so insane that even Jean-Claude Juncker is against it. Which says it all!

Express
A TOP eurocrat has insisted that ordinary voters will not have to be consulted on radical plans to deepen integration between EU member states which could ultimately lead to the creation of a superstate. French official Pierre Moscovici told reporters he had “never been keen on referendums” and suggested wide-ranging plans to tie the eurozone states ever closer together could be carried out without holding any.  His remarks came at a press conference unveiling the bloc’s highly anticipated proposals to reform the struggling single currency area, which include ambitious moves such as creating a centralised EU finance ministry. Brussels has lost every single referendum held on European issues over the past 12 years, dating back to 2005 when French and Dutch voters both overwhelmingly rejected the imposition of an EU constitution. 

NHS

Telegraph
Waiting times for a GP appointment are set to surge towards three weeks because of a shortage of family doctors, a new survey warns. Patients are currently waiting an average of around 13 days to see their doctor, with the time having jumped by three days since 2015 alone. Those delays are now predicted to “rocket” further over the next Parliament, as GPs are forced to spend an extra four hours each week seeing patients to keep up with demand according to Pulse magazine. The findings come amid warnings that growing waits for appointments are fuelling the A&E crisis. Without urgent action, waits will quickly soar to “several weeks” the British Medical Association (BMA) warned.. A Tory pledge to add another 5,000 extra GPs by the end of the decade will be unable to keep up with the rise and the profession is already suffering a recruitment crisis.

Mail
Waiting times to see a GP could hit three weeks by 2022, research suggests. Patients currently have to wait an average of 13 days for a routine appointment, according to a survey of GPs – up from ten days in 2015. Experts last night warned waiting times will continue to ‘rocket’ unless general practice receives a major overhaul. If pressure continues to build at the current rate, the average waiting time will reach three weeks in five years. The Government has pledged to hire 5,000 new GPs by 2020 to make up for an exodus of doctors from the NHS, but the research by Pulse magazine suggests waiting times for routine appointments will continue to climb.

Climate change

Times
President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord last night and said he would negotiate a fairer global agreement to “put American workers first”. The move came shortly before the White House lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court to reinstate Mr Trump’s travel ban on majority Muslim countries. Mr Trump rejected advice from allies, including Britain, who had urged him to keep to the 195-nation pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions. He said: “In order to fulfil my solemn duty to America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a new transaction with terms that are fair.”

BBC News
Prime Minister Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her “disappointment” with his decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In a phone call with the US president, Mrs May said the UK remained committed to the deal, according to a Downing Street statement. But Mrs May has been criticised for not signing a joint condemnation from France, Germany, and Italy. Mr Trump said he would try to negotiate a new, “fairer” climate deal. In their statement, France, Germany and Italy warned Mr Trump that the Paris agreement could not be renegotiated.

Independent
Theresa May has expressed regret over Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord in a personal phone call with the US President. Ms May did not put her name to a joint statement released by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Thursday evening but told Mr Trump of her belief the Paris agreement represented “the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations”. A Downing Street spokesman said: “President Trump called the Prime Minister this evening to discuss his decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement. “The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7.

ITV News
Theresa May has told Donald Trump that she is “disappointed” at his decision to 
pull the United States out of the Paris Accord on climate change. In a phone call with the US president shortly after his White House announcement, the Prime Minister stressed that the UK remained committed to the 2015 agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperatures caused by the use of carbon-based fuels by 2C. Mrs May continued that the Paris Agreement provides “the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses”, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

Fox News
Top European leaders pledged Thursday to keep fighting against global warming as President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but they rejected his suggestion that the deal could later be renegotiated. The leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States’ decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed “our strongest commitment” to implement its measures and encouraged “all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change.” While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, “since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics.”

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