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General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears

General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears

Image copyright PA Speculation that the Conservatives are planning tax rises, if they win the general election, have been played down by party sources. Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Thursday there should be “flexibility to manage the system” of taxation. But Tory party sources have told the BBC it was not a hint at plans […]

General election 2017: No cut to UK aid spending, says May

General election 2017: No cut to UK aid spending, says May

Image copyright PA Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out cuts to the UK foreign aid budget if she wins the general election. She said the government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on aid “will remain” but said it must be spent “in the most effective way”. It follows speculation that she was […]

General election 2017: Corbyn attacks Tories over ‘super-sized’ classes

General election 2017: Corbyn attacks Tories over ‘super-sized’ classes

Image copyright PA Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. The party said 40,000 primary age children were taught in classes of 36 or more in England in 2016, blaming “broken promises” by the government. But the Tories said Labour’s attacks […]

General election 2017: Lib Dem raise £500,000 in 48 hours

General election 2017: Lib Dem raise £500,000 in 48 hours

Image caption The Lib Dems believe their opposition to Brexit gives them a distinctive message The Liberal Democrats claim to have raised more than twice as much as Labour from individual donors since a snap election was called. All parties have made cash appeals to supporters after Theresa May’s surprise decision to hold an election […]

Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election

Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election

Image copyright PA Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election. Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May. The Ministry of Justice said there was now not […]

First prison unit for extremists to open this summer

First prison unit for extremists to open this summer

Image copyright PA Three purpose-built blocks are to open within high-security jails to hold the most dangerous extremist prisoners away from other inmates. The Ministry of Justice said the blocks will have their own facilities and be able to hold up to 28 people in total. The first unit will open this summer at Frankland […]

General election 2017: Corbyn focuses on ‘super-sized’ classes

General election 2017: Corbyn focuses on ‘super-sized’ classes

Image copyright PA Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. Jeremy Corbyn said 40,000 primary age children were taught in classes of 36 or more in England in 2016, blaming “broken promises” by the government. But the Tories said the Labour […]

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I don’t play by the establishment’s rules” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” by putting power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”. In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June’s poll was not a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the […]

General Election 2017: May sticks with net migration pledge

General Election 2017: May sticks with net migration pledge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM visited a manufacturing company in Enfield on the first full day of general election campaigning Theresa May has indicated she will stick with the government’s long-running aim of reducing migration to below 100,000. The target, first set by David Cameron in 2010, has never been met and net […]

General Election 2017: Nigel Farage won’t stand as an MP

General Election 2017: Nigel Farage won’t stand as an MP

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not be standing in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP told the Daily Telegraph he could have had an “easy win” in the former UKIP seat of Clacton but had decided to “fight for Brexit in Europe” instead. Earlier he said he had not yet […]

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