Labour supported police cuts


Labour would have supported a 10 per cent cut to police budgets, according to a BBCNews report. In the 2015 Autum Statement it was rumoured the Government would seek to cut police budgets by 20 per cent. Labour opposed this. However, the then Chancellor George Osborne revealed Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary at the time, had made it known he would have supported a cut of 10 per cent.

But Mr Osborne decided not to cut police budgets at all, saying: “I am today announcing that there will be no cuts in the police budget at all, there will be real terms protection for police funding.”

Adding: Mr Speaker, the police protect us and we are going to protect the police.”

Police spending was protected in line with inflation which would see a real terms increase of £900 million by 2019/20. 

There was also an additional 30 per cent increase to the Counter Terrorism budget. 

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Campaigning suspended 

Today’s polls 


Today’s polls see the Tory lead over Labour at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 12 points. Top line figures: 

Opinium: 

Conservatives: 43%
Labour: 37%
Liberal Democrats: 6%
UKIP: 4%
Greens: 2%

ComRes: 

Conservatives: 47% 
Labour: 35% 
Liberal Democrats: 8% 
UKIP: 4% 
Greens: 1% 

Survation: 

Conservatives: 40%
Labour: 39%
Liberal Democrats: 8%
UKIP: 5%
Others: 9%

ORB: 

Conservatives: 45% 
Labour: 36%
Liberal Democrats: 8%
UKIP: 4%
Others: 7%

ICM: 

Conservatives: 45%
Labour: 34%
Liberal Democrats: 9%
UKIP: 5%
SNP: 4%
Greens: 3%

YouGov: 

Conservatives: 42%
Labour: 38%
Liberal Democrats: 9%
UKIP: 4%

Banksy risks breaking Election law


Graffitist known as Banksy risks breaking Election law by offering free print to anti-Tory voters, ITV News reports. If offer is seen as a bribe it could see the street artist falling foul of election law. 

In a post, he writes: “Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from polling day showing you voted against the Conservative incumbent and this complimentary gift will be mailed to you.”

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Jacob Rees-Mogg’s witty Instagram post 


Conservative candidate and all round good egg shared an amusing snap with his Instagram fans featuring him and his son outside a Labour supporting tattoo parlour. Standing glum-faced next to a Labour sign stuck in the window Mr Rees-Mogg quipped: “We shall have to take our business elsewhere.” 

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Former Labour British-Indians leader slams Corbyn 


A former leader of Labour’s British-Indians slammed Jeremy Corbyn for alienating voters, The Sun reports. Mr Ladwa said: “Corbyn is completely out of sync with Indians.” Adding: “By and large the Indian community has been supportive of Labour for decades, but it has now shifted away.”

“Mr Corbyn is no longer fighting for their aspirations because his politics of the hard left doesn’t speak to them. Labour must be seen to support aspiration and businesses.”

“There are no ifs or buts, and no sugar coating the schism that now exists between Labour’s traditional voters and policies that Corbyn champions.”

British Indians make up for around 2.6 per cent of the population. 

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