Boris Johnson will set out a range of measures to strengthen border security today, despite being accused of trying to exploit the London Bridge attack. The father of victim Jack Merritt pleaded: “Don’t use my son’s death.”
With just 10 days to go until the polls open, Labour has cut the Tory poll lead in a series of new surveys. Jeremy Corbyn will announce plans to slash regulated rail fares in England by a third if he wins the general election.
It comes as Facebook pulls the Tory campaign ads featuring clips of BBC presenters, and Nigel Farage is facing criticism for dismissing Donald Trump’s boast about “grabbing” women “by the p***y” as the kind of thing “said on a night out after a drink”.
Labour cuts Tory poll lead in series of surveys
The weekend’s BMG Research poll for The Independent – showing a five point bounce for Labour and the Conservatives down two points – will have caused the tightening of quite a few sphincter muscles at CCHQ.
It has been followed up by Labour cutting into the Tory lead in surveys by YouGov, Opinium and Survation.
PM accused of ‘distasteful’ politicisation of London Bridge attack
Boris Johnson will continue to make security and sentencing election issues following the London Bridge attack election issue this week.
Having blamed a “leftie” Labour government for the system of automatic early release, the Tories are today making a series of “get tough” security pledges: including making it more difficult for people with criminal convictions to enter the UK from EU countries.
The party hopes the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) would provide an enhanced ability to screen arrivals against watchlists and block those deemed to be a threat from entering the UK.
Johnson’s own 16-tweet thread attempting to spin complex legal history behind the London Bridge attacker’s release – addressing the Tory-led government’s scrapping of indeterminate sentences in 2012 – was condemned by anonymous legal writer the Secret Barrister as “weapons grade s***housery”.
The father of victim Jack Merritt, meanwhile, has responded to this morning’s Daily Mail and Daily Express front pages, which featured a promised government “blitz” on jihadists.
David Merritt tweeted: “Don’t use my son’s death … to promote your vile propaganda.”
Labour’s Richard Burgon accused the PM of going “straight from a tragedy to reheating pre-packaged political lines smearing the Labour party” over the London Bridge attack.
Jo Swinson said it was “pretty distasteful” for Johnson to try to make it an election issue.
Labour to cut regulated rail fares by one third
Up to three-quarters off train fares and free travel for under-16s – that is Labour’s promise to rail passengers if elected.
An across-the-board 33 per cent cut in regulated fares would take effect from January 2020, replacing the planned 2.7 per cent increase announced by train operators.
In addition, a crucial change in pricing for rush-hour tickets would see some fares fall by as much as 76 per cent.
Brighton-London peak tickets would fall by £20 to £7.50, and to zero for under-16s
Tory election ad pulled from Facebook
Facebook has taken down a Tory party election advert which used edited BBC news footage about Brexit.
The social media giant said the promotional material – which was seen at least 350,000 times – breached its policies on intellectual property rights.
It followed a complaint from the BBC that the snippets had been used out of context and “could damage perceptions of our impartiality”.
Social media giant says video promotion infringed BBC’s intellectual property
The Brexit Party leader has received backlash after dismissing the president’s 2005 boast about “grabbing” women “by the p***y” during the ITV election debate on Sunday evening.
“Men says dreadful things sometimes. If all of us were caught out with what we said on a night out after a drink, none of us would be here,” Farage said.
Jo Swinson countered: “Is that what you do on a night out after a drink?”
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the general election campaign, with only 10 days until we go to the polls.