POLLING expert John Curtice has made a shock election prediction which will have a huge impact on the Labour Party.
Mr Curtice claimed that this Parliament will see a rise in seats for parties other than the Tories and Labour. His warning to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn came as House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told Remain MPs to prepare to be hit hard at the ballot box on December 12. Speaking to Nick Ferrari in an interview on LBC this morning, Mr Rees-Mogg urged Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to “retire” from politics. The arch Brexiteer said Mr Farage should step aside as he had completed “his life’s work”.
He also said the former UKIP leader risked “throwing away” Brexit if he pushed ahead with his plan to stand 600 candidates in the election.
Chairman of the European Research Group, Steve Baker, said Mr Farage’s actions could be the cause of a hung Parliament because the pro-Brexit vote would be split.
Mr Farage announced his plan after the prime minister rejected his offer of an electoral pact.
On Sunday he said it was not his intention to stand as a candidate in the snap election
Speaking on Sky News’s Ridge on Sunday, Mr Johnson apologised to the public after failing to hold up his “do or die” pledge.
Last week US President Donald Trump said if Mr Johnson and if his friends Mr Johnson and Mr Farage formed an alliance, they could become an “unstoppable force”.
During an interview on LBC radio, Mr Trump said: “When you are the president of the United States you have great relationships with many of the leaders, including Boris, he’s a fantastic man, and I think he’s the exact right guy for the times.
“And I know that you and him will end up doing something that could be terrific if you and he get together as, you know, an unstoppable force.”
Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter: “Tonight I have written to Jeremy Corbyn to ask him if he has made up his mind on Brexit.
“The British people deserve to know what they are voting for on December 12th.”
Boris Johnson has challenged Jeremy Corbyn to “come clean” about where he stands on Brexit as he accused the Labour leader of wanting to “go back to square one”.
In a letter to Mr Corbyn, the Prime Minister said voters deserve to have a “clear picture” of what each potential leader will do when it comes to leaving the European Union.
Mr Johnson said Mr Corbyn has “sought to avoid explaining” what his plan is and has instead “spent considerable time and energy seeking to undermine the negotiations”.
The letter, sent to Mr Corbyn on Monday night, includes five questions which Mr Johnson says he and the voting public await answers to, and comes ahead of a speech from Mr Corbyn on Tuesday in which he is expected to set out his Brexit plan.
The PM wrote: “Your current position seems to be that you want to go back to square one.
“You want to throw out the great new deal we have reached with our European friends, and instead negotiate a whole new treaty from scratch.
“Even assuming the EU agrees to go back to the very beginning, this will take months and possibly years to do – under your proposals, 2020 will be lost to more dither and delay over Brexit.
“Voters also have the right to know: what would your supposed Brexit ‘deal’ actually take back control of?”
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP and deputy speaker, has been elected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, winning 325 votes.
The 62-year-old said: “I will be neutral. I will be transparent.”
He added: “This House will change but it will change for the better.”
His closest rival Chris Bryant had lost out, scooping 213 votes.
Sinn Fein has agreed not to stand candidates in three of Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies to help other anti-Brexit candidates win in the general election.
Party leader Mary Lou McDonald said: “You can call this a pact. You can call it what you wish. The reality is that we’re asking people to come out and to vote for those pro-remain candidates.”
The Irish nationalist party will not put up candidate in South Belfast, East Belfast and North Down in the hope of a seeing the DUP beaten by Remainers.
The pact comes after the moderate nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) announced earlier today that it would stand aside in North Belfast, East Belfast and North Down.
Boris Johnson is on course for a Parliamentary majority which will give him the leeway he needs to get his Brexit deal through the House of Commons, a pollster has predicted.
Chris Hopkins, head of politics at ComRes, made his remarks after the publication of its latest Voting Intention poll, suggesting Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party currently enjoys an eight-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
Mr Hopkins said the Tories are better managing to retain the Leave voter than the opposition party is holding on to the Remain vote.
He claimed that negative perceptions of Mr Corbyn appear to be hampering his party’s chances – with significantly more people saying they would like to have Christmas dinner with Mr Johnson.
The survey, during which ComRes interviewed 2,032 British adults between October 30 and 31, puts Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats on 17 percent, and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party on 10 percent.
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Jo Swinson is set for a fierce face-off with Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson in a live TV debate on Sky News after being snubbed by ITV.
The pro-European party’s first female leader, who took over from Sir Vince Cable this year, had hit out at ITV for excluding her from their debate.
The Lib Dems have threatened to take legal action against the broadcaster.
Sky News has proposed the debate take place on Thursday November 28.
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Poll shows Tories’ lead over Labour is shrinking
The Tories have a seven percentage-point lead over the Labour Party ahead of the December 12 election, according to an ICM poll published by Reuters on Monday.
ICM’s first poll of the election campaign put the Conservative Party on 38 percent and Jeremy Corbyn’s group on 31 percent.
The pro-European Union Liberal Democrats had the support of 15 percent of those surveyed, while the Brexit Party was on 9 percent.
The poll of 2,047 people, carried out online between November 1 and 4, shows a narrower gap than recent surveys from other
pollsters, which have put the Conservatives between 8 and 17 percentage points ahead of Labour.
ICM said the survey showed the two main parties losing a similar proportion of voters over Brexit.
It said 11 percent of those who voted Conservative at the last election in 2017 were now planning to vote for the Brexit Party, while 12 percent of those who backed Labour in 2017 intended to vote for Jo Swinson’s group.
More than two-thirds of those who voted Remain in the Brexit referendum in 2016 and for the Conservatives in 2017 intended to stick with Mr Johnson’s Conservatives, ICM said.
Alesha Westwood, who is standing in the election for the Brexit Party in Thirsk and Malton, said she deserted the Labour Party over Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle the antisemitism crisis.
The Leeds native also said senior Labour officials’ rhetoric had forced her to withdraw her support for the opposition party.
Ms Westwood said: “I was an active member of the Labour Party but withdrew my support following the derogatory rhetoric of senior Labour leaders towards the electorate and members who voted to leave the EU, and the antisemitism which sadly pervades all levels of the Labour Party.”
Ex-Labour supporter blasts Jeremy Corbyn
Surfeit Duhre is standing as a Brexit Party candidate in Doncaster Central.
Mr Duhre is a former member of the Labour Party and the pro-Corbyn group Momentum.
In a statement he said: “I came to realise that since the referendum of 2016 the Labour Party had totally lost its way and was now the party for the few and not the many.”
The businessman said he decided to join Mr Farage’s group and stand in the election because he foresees the “extraordinary opportunities presented by a clean Brexit for our country to achieve its full potential in new and imaginative ways”.
Dr Kulvinder Manik of Bradford, the son of Indian and Kenyan immigrants, is standing as a candidate for Nigel Farage’s group in Bradford South.
The 46-year-old has worked as an NHS doctor for 22 years and is a trained barrister.
He is a passionate campaigner for the rights of minorities in the UK.
Dr Manik said: “I voted Remain in the 2016 referendum having sought the counsel of my child – for it was their future at stake.
“In late 2018 my by then 16-year-old despondently said that not respecting the Leave result was undemocratic.
“I realised our children’s future democracy was at stake. I left the Labour Party and joined the Brexit Party.”
The 600 Brexit Party candidates will be unveiled today with the message: “We are ready to fight a general election!”
He also stated that he has gone ahead with competing for 600 or more seats.
He added: “I have to take the attitude that I’ve tried like crazy to put together a Leave alliance and all I get is abuse.”
Mr Farage attacks the “arrogance” of the Tories during his speech.
He also insisted that the threat of the party is still underestimated.
Mr Farage takes to the stage and attacks MPs for forgetting the vote of the 2016 referendum.
The Brexit Party leader also added that “five million voters of Labour voters, voted for Brexit and have now been betrayed”.
Mr Tice praised the fact that the “zombie Parliament” will soon be over.
He also insisted that his party was the only one that could guarantee a “clean break”.
He was speaking as the Brexit Party announced the 600 candidates running for Parliament.
Speaking at the launch of his party’s election campaign, Adam Price criticised the pair over the way they have handled Brexit.
In a brutal speech, he said: “A political culture that is more toxic than at any time in our history, a poisoned chalice of a choice between two divided parties led by one leader who is resolutely dishonest on Brexit and another who is sadly proven, honestly, clueless. And both of them, as we’ve seen in recent days, advised by public schoolboys who seem to see politics as some kind of pathological game.”
Despite Mr Farage’s criticism for the deal, Tory MEP, Daniel Hannan defended the withdrawal agreement and said it was a a big improvement on Theresa May’s offer.
Tweeting to his followers, Mr Hannan stated: “Trump can’t have read Boris’s withdrawal deal. Neither can Farage.
“Where Theresa May’s deal would indeed have hindered our ability to strike trade deals, Boris’s gives us total freedom.”
Amid a series of attacks from both the Tories and Brexit Party, Mr Farage has hit out once again at Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the Brexit Party leader attacked the Prime Minister for not getting the UK out of the EU.
Mr Farage said: “What Brexit voters want is they want Brexit done.
“It’s why Boris’ slogan is good but unfortunately what he is offering them isn’t the case.
“I am even told that in the Conservative manifesto to be issued on Wednesday they will even take out leaving with a no deal clean break if necessary so you’ve actually got Boris now in a weaker position on the EU than Theresa May was two years ago.”
Speaking in an interview with ITV news, the Labour MP claimed that not only would the Labour Party negotiate a better deal but that a no-deal Brexit would be bad for the NHS.
He said: “The deal we will negotiate will be a far better than the one Boris Johnson has come up with for the NHS.”
He added the best thing for the NHS would “be to stay in the EU”.
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Despite recently apologising to the public for missing the Brexit deadline, Mr Johnson has once again insisted that he wants to “get Brexit done”.
In a tweet on his official Twitter page, Mr Johnson reiterated his famous pledge while also aiming an attack on Jeremy Corbyn.
He said: “Jeremy Corbyn wants to have another EU Referendum and debate Brexit for years.
“I want us to #GetBrexitDone so that we can get on with delivering on Britain’s priorities: safer streets, better hospitals and improved schools. #VoteConservative”
The outgoing European Commission President has attacked the Prime Minister while also claiming Mr Johnson told “so many lies” during the EU referendum.
In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Mr Juncker said: “If you stick to that narrative for over 40 years, it should not come as a surprise when people remember it during the referendum.”
Speaking to Channel 4 News, John Curtice has revealed that the Lib Dems and Brexit Party will perform better at this election than in the past.
Although he admitted that his prediction was beginning to look “slightly difficult”, Mr Curtice believes there will be “more MPs from parties other than Conservatives and Labour that we’ve had in a previous Parliament”.
The Tory MP also aimed a brutal attack at Jo Swinson and the Lib Dems.
In a scathing attack, Mr Rees-Mogg insisted that voting for the Lib Dems is effectively a “wasted vote”.
During an interview on LBC, Mr Rees-Mogg insisted that there is a great need for a general election.
He admitted that although there was a slight “risk” by calling a general election, the best way to restore Parliament’s standing is to do what the “British people want”.
He added: “The best way to restore Parliament’s standing with the Brtish people is to get a Parliament that will carry out what the British want.
“And who will do it properly and enthusiastically rather than begrudgingly and trying to trip the process at every step.
“This has been a Remainer Parliament.”
The EU’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, has posted tweet attacking Nigel Farage.
Following Mr Farage’s announcement that he will not stand in the next election, Mr Verhofstadt commented on the Brexit Party’s leader’s “ironic” statement.
In the tweet, he said: “Quite ironical that European affairs are more important to Nigel Farage than the politics of Great Britain.
“A pity, his departure would have been an enormous saving of European taxpayer’s money.”
The Tory MP insisted that Mr Farage had “completed his life’s work” during an interview with Nick Ferrari on LBC.
He said: “Nigel Farage should be very proud of his career.
“It would be a great shame if he were to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
“It can be very difficult to retire but that’s what he should do.”
Following his attack of Mr Johnson’s deal, the Brexit Party leader insisted that his party could still have a huge influence on the upcoming election.
Likening his party’s effect to that of the DUP in the 2017 vote, Mr Farage hit out at the Conservative Brexiteers for agreeing to Mr Johnson’s deal.
After the rejection of a potential electoral pact between the Tories and the Brexit Party, Mr Farage insisted that his party will have a huge impact in the election.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Farage said: “It is likely, it is likely that we are going to have a hung parliament next time around so actually if the Brexit Party get a reasonable amount of people in there they could exert a great influence.
“Mrs May was kept in power by 10 DUP MPs.”
Following his admission that he will not stand in the upcoming election, Mr Farage attacked the Prime Minster’s Brexit deal.
He labelled the agreement as a “gigantic con” while also insisting that the UK’s independence will never be confirmed if the deal is ratified.
He added: “It doesn’t work at any level.
“It is a gigantic con. We should not sell out.
“It’s a Remainer’s Brexit. It’s virtually worse than staying where we are, and if we go through this route we will finish up rejoining.”
The European Research Group (ERG) chairman has warned that Nigel Farage could be remembered as the man “who threw away Brexit” if he continues with his plans to put forward 600 election candidates today.
Mr Farage has tried and failed to convince Mr Johnson to agree to an electoral pact. He wants the prime minister to scrap his deal and in return he would agree not to stand candidates against Tories in the snap election.
With that in mind, Mr Farage has pressed on with his intention to field a large number of potential MPs, something the ERG head warned could create a “weak and indecisive” hung Parliament.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Baker also criticised Mr Farage for attacking the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.
Mr Baker said he deal would pave the way for “a path to a great future”.