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General election 2017: Tories vow to end ‘rip-off’ energy bills

General election 2017: Tories vow to end ‘rip-off’ energy bills

Image copyright British Gas Theresa May has vowed to end the “injustice” of rising energy costs by including a cap in the Conservative general election manifesto. The PM said the energy market “is not working”, with vulnerable people worst hit by “rip-off” bills. Industry figures have criticised the plan, first announced last month, saying it […]

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit issue ‘settled’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit issue ‘settled’

Image copyright Reuters Jeremy Corbyn will say the issue of whether Brexit happens has been “settled” as he formally launches his party’s general election campaign. The Labour leader will promise to protect “Britain’s vital industries” after the UK has left the EU. He will tell supporters in Manchester they have “four weeks to transform Britain”. […]

Immigration: Tories to keep ‘tens of thousands’ target

Immigration: Tories to keep ‘tens of thousands’ target

Media captionTheresa May: We still want to cut net migration to ‘tens of thousands’ Theresa May has indicated that the Conservatives will again promise to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” in their election manifesto. Speaking in Harrow, she said migration levels were having an impact on public services and low-paid workers. Asked […]

General election: UKIP want ‘one in, one out’ migration

General election: UKIP want ‘one in, one out’ migration

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UKIP leader said levels of migration were unfair on British workers UKIP say they would cut net migration levels to zero within five years by almost halving immigration into the UK. They want to align the number of people coming to the UK – 596,000 in the year to […]

Party leaders to take part in BBC election programmes

Party leaders to take part in BBC election programmes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leaders of five political parties took part in a televised debate in 2015 The BBC has unveiled details of its election programmes – with Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set to take part in Question Time specials. David Dimbleby will host the programmes in which Mr Corbyn […]

General election: Labour ‘would axe NHS parking charges’

General election: Labour ‘would axe NHS parking charges’

Image copyright PA Image caption The free-parking plan was unveiled during a visit to nursing students in Tory-held Worcester Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would provide free car parking at all NHS hospitals in England to end what he called a “tax on serious illness”. Mr Corbyn said the estimated £162m cost would be paid […]

Greens urge Labour to join anti-Conservative alliance

Greens urge Labour to join anti-Conservative alliance

Media captionThe co-leader of the Green party says the left should come together to defeat Torys Jeremy Corbyn needs to get round a table with the Greens to discuss ways of developing a progressive alliance, its co-leader Caroline Lucas has said. The Green Party of England and Wales is not taking on Labour in Ealing […]

Tories will keep pledge to cut migration to ‘tens of thousands’

Tories will keep pledge to cut migration to ‘tens of thousands’

Image copyright PA The Conservatives will once again promise to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” in their election manifesto, the BBC understands. On Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd refused to say whether the pledge – which was in the 2010 and 2015 Tory manifestos – would be repeated. But the BBC understands […]

General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban

General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban

Image copyright Science Photo Library Adverts for junk food and sweets would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity. The party says the proposal forms part of a future child health bill that will be outlined in its election manifesto. Products high in fat, […]

General election 2017: Labour rules out tax rises for 95% of earners

General election 2017: Labour rules out tax rises for 95% of earners

Image copyright AFP Image caption Only the top 5% of earners will pay more tax, Labour will say Labour is pledging not to raise income tax for those earning less than £80,000 a year as part of a “personal tax guarantee” for 95% of taxpayers. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will vow to protect low and […]