THE LATEST polls reveal Labour have narrowed the gap against the Conservatives.
The Tories still have a nine point lead with just ten days to go until the general election...
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ROAD UPGRADES DITCHED TO CUT FARES
This won't be popular with drivers…
Shadow transport sec Andy McDonald suggests major road schemes to improve A303, A1, A14, etc could be scrapped to cut fares for rail commuters
— Jason Groves (@JasonGroves1) December 2, 2019
POLL ALERT – SURVATION FOR GOOD MORNING BRITAIN
Conservative: 42% (+2)
Labour: 33% (+3)
Liberal Democrat: 11% (-4)
The Brexit Party: 3% (-2)
Green: 4% (+1)
Another party (inc Plaid Cymru, SNP): 7% (NC)
Motorists face five years of misery under Labour after the party pledged to axe road upgrades and use road tax revenue to slash rail fares.
Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would scrap a planned £29 billion upgrade Britain’s creaking road network over the next five years.
That crucial money to pay for much-needed investment in Britain’s roads is currently being funded through Vehicle Excise Duty, which raises £6.5 billion a year. The Tories have pledged to invest the road tax cash to help ease traffic and congestion on the country’s motorways and major A roads, as well as a £3.5 billion pot for more local roads.
But the Labour leader said he would instead use the money for his latest election bung of cheaper rail fares.
He promised to reduce rail fares by a third if he wins power – claiming it would save the average commuter £1,000 per year.
CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE
But Brexit will allow the UK to close the loophole and passports will be deemed the only acceptable proof of identity to enter the country, Mr Johnson will say.
Unveiling the plans on Sunday night, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “When people voted to leave in 2016, they were voting to take back control of our borders.
“After Brexit we will introduce an Australian-style points based immigration system and take steps to strengthen our border and improve the security of the UK.
“The consequence of EU law limiting our border capability is brought home to me every day.
“It is a sad fact that drugs and guns reach our streets from Europe, fuelling violence and addiction.
“People traffickers don’t think twice about risking people's lives for profit. And most shockingly of all we know that terrorists have been able to enter the country by exploiting free movement.
“I am committed to doing everything we can to secure the border and protect the UK.”
The five-point plan will also involve the pre-arrival collection of data on goods destined for the UK from the EU — matching the requirements for consignments from outside Europe.
The move is designed to plug a £5billion black hole in HMRC revenues from goods smuggled in to the UK because, at the moment, they do not have to be declared before they arrive at the border.
Also, EU citizens will no longer be able to enter the country using their European ID cards, which are much easier to fake than passports.
ID cards from some countries, notably Italy and Greece, are notoriously easy to fake and are exploited by criminals and terrorists.
While it is tied to EU rules, Britain is obliged to accept the cards as proof of identity.