Kezia Dugdale: No deals with other parties

Kezia Dugdale  said there would be “no coalitions, no deals and no pacts” with the SNP should there be a hung parliament, STV News reports. When Ms Dugdale was asked by journalists if Labour would enter talks with the SNP she insisted Jeremy Corbyn “doesn’t support this idea of a progressive alliance because he doesn’t accept the SNP are a progressive party.”

She added: “The SNP have said this week already that they are the party to back if you want to end Tory austerity, but they can never be in power in Westminster.” 

“It is the Labour manifesto which puts forward a platform to end austerity across the United Kingdom, and therefore surely the SNP would have to back it.”

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John McDonnell backed free school despite his party opposing them

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell privately backed a free school in his constituency despite his party’s opposition to them, The i reports. The paper reveals Mr McDonnell wrote a letter of support for free school in Harlington and Hayes. 

In the letter he writes: “Local families have expressed their strong support to me for the provision of education within a setting, enshrining the values of the Sikh religion which the school will provide.”

“The project’s focus on providing a high quality teaching and learning environment is also strongly commended and welcomed by my constituents.”
Concluding: “I write therefore, to recommend this project to you.”
John McDonnell has publically slammed the scheme as a “vanity project” and the Labour manifesto pledges not to “waste money on inefficient free schools”. 

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Labour would attempt to form a minority Government 

Emily Thornberry said Labour would attempt to form a minority Government if they were the largest party in a hung parliament, The Independent reports. Answering questions at Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech, the Shadow Foreign Secretary said the party would put a Queen’s Speech before parliament and dare others to vote it down. 

Ms Thornberry told journalists: “We’re fighting to win and we’re fighting to win with a majority and that’s what we’re fighting to do. If we end up In a position we’re In a minority, we will go ahead and we will put forward a queens speech and a budget.”

“And if people want to vote for it then good, and if they don’t want to vote for it they’re going to have to go back and speak to their constituents and explain to them why it is that we have a Tory government instead.”

“If we are the largest party, we go ahead – no deals – with our manifesto and our budget and our queens speech. And that’s the conversation we’ve had, isn’t it? That’s it.”

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Theresa May to free Britain from the “shackles of EU”

Theresa May outlined her vision for a post Brexit Britain today. This is some of what she said: “If we get Brexit right, we can be a confident, self-governing country once again. A country that takes the decisions that matter to Britain here in Britain.”

“Set free from the shackles of EU control, we will be a great, global trading nation once again bringing new jobs and new opportunities for ordinary working families here at home.”

“We can build a Britain beyond Brexit that is stronger, fairer and more prosperous than it is today. A Britain beyond Brexit that is more global and outward-looking. A Britain alive with possibilities, more confident in itself, more united and more secure. A country our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.”

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Jeremy Corbyn would accept a bad Brexit deal

Jeremy Corbyn has hinted he would be prepared to accept a bad Brexit deal should he win the General Election. In a speech today the Labour leader will set out his vision on Britain’s Brexit deal. 

He will say: “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.”

“That would mean slapping tariffs on the goods we export – an extra 10 per cent on cars – with the risk that key manufacturers would leave for the European mainland, taking skilled jobs with them.”

“In sector after sector, ‘no deal’ could prove to be an economic disaster – Theresa May’s approach risks a jobs meltdown across Britain.”

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Corbyn won’t rule out Labour/SNP pact

Jeremy Corbyn refused to rule out a coalition deal with the SNP or the Liberal Democrats. Asked by ITV’s Robert Peston if he would consider such a pact as the electoral arithmetic does not lend itself to a Labour outright majority, he replied: “Support is growing, door knocking is growing, street activity is growing, look at what is happening here in Reading.”

Peston then asked: “If May fails to win an overall majority, would you put together a coalition?”

Corbyn: “We’re fighting to win this election.”

Peston: “Would you try?”

Corbyn: “No deals, no coalitions, we’re fighting to win.”

Peston: “You don’t have to a deal now, It’s what you might do after the election.”

Corbyn: “Well, you’d better ask me on June 9th.”

Theresa May takes her campaign to the North East

The Prime Minister visits the North East today, The Sunderland Echo. Mrs May will stop off in Middlesbrough and West Yorkshire. 

Labour election chief forced to apologise for Prince Harry jibe

Labour’s election chief and former communist Andrew Murray was forced to apologise for gag he had about Prince Harry, The Sun. Speaking at a Stop the War rally in 2013 Mr Murray said: “There’s the war on Afghanistan where we have to campaign to bring all our troops home now.” 

Adding: “I mean I suppose we could offer to leave Prince Harry if that would help?”

When confronted by The Sun Murray apologised for a “flippant remark in poor taste”. 

However, Conservative candidate Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier, condemned the remarks, saying: “Offering a British soldier as a hostage to our enemies is disgraceful. All those that served our country deserve the same respect.”

Adding:  “Andrew Murray has consistently tried to undermine the British Armed Forces and he has no place in a serious national party.”
Security Minister Ben Wallace: “We know Corbyn and his commie friends hates Britain but more worrying is their constant acceptance of terrorism.” Adding: “They view our brave soldiers and police as the enemy.”

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Amber Rudd braves debate despite father dying few days earlier 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd braved tonight’s TV debates despite her father passing away on Monday, The Sun reports. One friend said: “It just shows how tough she is.”

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