BORIS JOHNSON has dismantled the denial from the Labour Party it would be willing to form a general election pact with the SNP, arguing Jeremy Corbyn knows it is the only way he will become the next Prime Minister.
Mr Corbyn has indicated a second Scottish independence referendum could take place in the latter stages of a Labour administration if the country’s people want it. But earlier today the opposition party denied doing a formal deal with the SNP – a claim ridiculed by the Prime Minister. Mr Johnson was visiting a Diageo distillery near Elgin as he took his General Election campaign to Scotland.
Reacting to Labour’s denial, he said: “Pull the other one – it’s got bells on.
“It’s perfectly obvious that Jeremy Corbyn is going to rely on the SNP to get him into power and to do that he’s done a shady deal to have a second referendum.”
The Prime Minister also described Mr Corbyn and Ms Sturgeon as “yoke mates of destruction” as he continued to rule out ever allowing another Scottish independence referendum.
When asked if the opposition leaders are a greater threat to the union, Mr Johnson declared: “They’re yoke-mates of destruction.”
Commenting on whether he could give a cast-iron pledge to voters not to agree to another referendum, he said: “Absolutely, there is no case whatever, because people were promised in 2014 – absolutely clearly – that it would be a once-in-a-generation event and I see no reason why we should go back on that pledge.”
Speaking at a rally in Manchester, the Labour leader said: “After December 12 we will be in government and the first thing we will do is try and bring people together over Brexit,” he said.
“Don’t set one family against the other. Bring people together because both those families, both those communities, need a Labour government that will deal with injustice and poverty and inequality in our society because that is what were are about.”
Boris Johnson has said frictionless trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would continue under his proposed Brexit deal.
The agreement involved a system involving the imposition of tariffs on goods entering the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland, which is designed to maintain an open border on the island.
During a visit to the Tayto crisp factory in Co Armagh, the Prime Minister said: “This is a wonderful thing for NI because it allows the whole of the UK to leave while making sure there is not any border at all between Northern Ireland and the south, but also, and this is a very important point to get across, no friction at all west-east or east-west.
“There has been a lot of misunderstanding about the deal and perhaps one of the things that I wish we could have spent a bit more time explaining it because there won’t be any checks on stuff coming from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, we won’t be implementing, we are the Government of the UK, we won’t be implementing any checks, of course not.”
The Prime Minister visited the Tayto crisp factory in Tandragee, where he helped sort potatoes, ate some crisps and boxed up packets to ship out.
Mr Johnson said he was there to tell staff about his “great deal” for Brexit – despite Northern Ireland voting for Remain in the 2016 referendum.
Polling sites are all showing a reasonable win expected for the Conservative Party ahead of the December 12 general election, and one highly regarded site suggests the current lead would result in a landslide for Boris Johnson.
The Electoral Calculus, considered the “leading vote/seat predictors on the internet” by academics, tracks polls from across the nation.
According to the latest data, taken from opinion polls between October 25 and November 4 of 15,917 people, the Tories can expect a 96 seat majority.
Putting the Tories in the lead with 38.2 percent, Labour trails in second with 27.2 percent, translating to 182 seats.
The Lib Dems are in third, with 15.9 percent – 25 seats – and the Brexit Party in fourth with 10.2 percent, but no predicted seats.
Jeremy Corbyn said: “I had a long chat with Tom last week and we had a further conversation on Monday.
“We get along personally very well, we always have, and we chat about lots of things.
“He told me he wanted to step down because he wanted to do different things in his life.
“He’s carrying on as deputy leader until the election is over, he’s carrying on in his DCMS role until then and he’s going to be out campaigning with us throughout this election campaign.
“Tom has made an immense contribution to our party and will in the future.
“He’s done a great deal to try and regulate online gambling and done a great deal to try and bring some of the media under some form of responsible control so that we don’t have excesses in the way in which individuals have sometimes been handled by the popular press.”
The Liberal Democrat leader said during a visit to the south-west that she would not be silenced.
Ms Swinson added she received “a lot of abuse” but that it is not just politicians who are targeted on social media.
She told the PA news agency: “If you speak to any woman in public life, or people of colour, or gay people or people with disabilities, people from those groups – whether they are sports personalities, or TV presenters or journalists – will face more abuse because we still live in a society that doesn’t have equality.
“We shouldn’t shy away from that and not recognise that that is the case. And, of course, it should prompt us to continue to change it.
“One of the ways that we will change it is by having more women, more gay people, more people of colour in positions of power.”
She added: “In a sense it is a bit of a chicken and egg because we need to get more people involved and, you know, of course I get a lot of abuse, but it is not going to stop me.
“I’m not going to be bullied out of standing up for what I believe in.”
The Prime Minister has hit back at the denial from the Labour Party it would be willing to form a pact with the SNP.
Mr Corbyn has indicated a second Scottish independence referendum could take place in the latter stages of a Labour administration if the country’s people want it, but the party today denied any formal deal with the SNP.
Reacting to Labour’s denial, Mr Johnson said: “Pull the other one – it’s got bells on.
“It’s perfectly obvious that Jeremy Corbyn is going to rely on the SNP to get him into power and to do that he’s done a shady deal to have a second referendum.”
Mr Tice will stand in Hartlepool – considered one of the Brexit Party’s most winnable seats after it tool joint control of the local council in September, forming a coalition with three local Conservatives.
The town voted 69.3 percent to leave the EU in June 2016 referendum, but since the constituency’s creation in 1974, it has always been a Labour seat.
Labour candidate for Hartlepool Mike Hill was elected two-years-ago.
Speaking alongside the Brexit Party’s leader of the town’s council, Councillor Shane Moore, Mr Tice said: “I am delighted to be standing here in Hartlepool and can’t wait to use my knowledge and experience, gained over years running successful businesses and this party, to fight for the interests of this city.
“I have worked outside the Westminster bubble and know how to get things done and solve problems. My party and I believe in common sense politics that will bring money and jobs into Hartlepool.
“Critically, I will ensure the proper Brexit that seven out of 10 people in this city voted for, is delivered. The former MP is out of touch, voting for more EU integration and consistently voting to keep the UK in the EU.
“I’m really looking forward to the campaign, meeting as many people as possible, and showing I am fully committed to this town and its future.”
Labour’s equalities spokeswoman Dawn Butler will stand to be the party’s deputy leader following Tom Watson’s decision to resign from the position and as an MP.
Ms Butler told Bloomberg TV: “I’ve thought very carefully about who should replace Tom and, after giving it some thought, I will be throwing my hat in the ring.
“I think I’ve got a track record of countering, holding people to account around race, equality and justice.
“I’ve got a track record of being very supportive to our leader Jeremy Corbyn and ensuring the Labour Party is on the front foot.”
The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have formed a general election pact by agreeing not to stand against each other when contesting dozens of seats.
The deal has been brokered by the Unite to Remain Group, and will provide voters with a single Remain choice in 60 constituencies across England and Wales. The group is confident “at least 44” of the 60 seats are “highly winnable”.
This will see the Lib Dems stand in 43 constituencies, the Greens in 10 and Plaid Cymru in seven.
Heidi Allen, chairwoman of Unite To Remain, said the cross-party arrangement is “unprecedented in modern British political history”.
Ms Allen, who is not standing in the election, told the PA news agency: “I thought when I got into Parliament as an MP that not on everything, but on big issues that would really affect the country’s future Parliament would work together, that the Government would reach out to the opposition.
“And they just haven’t done that at all.
“We’ve had two massive failures of leadership from the Conservative Party and from Labour.”
Speaking to reporters after a visit to the Roseisle Distillery, the Prime Minister said: “We’re the party that’s saying come on, let’s get together as a whole UK, let’s get Brexit done, get this thing over the line and then get on with bringing our great country together and unleashing the potential of the whole UK.”
Mr Johnson also denied suggestions of economic irresponsibility in the Conservative Party’s policies, claiming: “It’s thanks to the prudence of the Conservatives that we are able to make some investments in our infrastructure, in technology, in our public services.”
He added: “The biggest threat we face at the moment is the uncertainty that is still being caused to our political system by the whole Brexit debate.”
MPs will attend Parliament for the first time after the upcoming General Election on Tuesday December 17.
The Queen has issued a proclamation on the advice of the Prime Minister, calling for the new Parliament to commence just five days after the country goes to the polls on December 12.
It comes amid speculation over whether there would be time for a potential Conservative majority government to pass Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the January 31 deadline.
The Green Party NI has announced it will not stand in all four Belfast constituencies to help other pro-Remain parties.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein and the SDLP are both stepping aside in three constituencies to help efforts to unseat DUP candidates.
Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds has tweeted a picture of their adorable rescue dog Dilyn out campaigning for Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond Park & North Kingston constituency.
She said: “Dilyn is ready to go!”
The couple adopted the cute Jack Russell, who was abandoned by puppy farmers, from the charity Friends of Animals Wales earlier this year.
Boris Johnson landed in Teesside after taking to the skies on the Conservative campaign plane.
The Prime Minister drank a cup of tea and met staff at the Tetley Tea factory in Eaglescliffe.
He drank a cup of tea and discussed with staff whether it was best to leave the tea bag in the cup, different types of tea and asked: “What about cream tea?”
On the tea he was drinking, Mr Johnson said: “I need it, the plane was freezing.”
He was later given a tour of the production line and weighed boxes of teabags.
Sajid Javid has said the Tories will increase borrowing to invest in infrastructure as he heralded three rules for a “new economic era”.
Speaking in Manchester, the Chancellor announced plans to borrow “some more” to invest in hospital and railway projects.
Mr Javid warned the election would be close between Labour and the Tories and that the party could not “take anything for granted”.
He announced three fiscal rules to “control borrowing, to control debt, and to control debt interest” – describing them as “new rules for a new economic era”.
Speaking in Liverpool, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “The Tories are always the same. In the 80s it was dole queues and sky-high inflation. Now it’s zero hours contracts, Universal Credit and queues outside food banks.
“And if they win again, if they win again, it’ll just be more of the same. They’re planning to slash inheritance tax and taxes for the richest, despite, I just give the example of an ever-deepening crisis in our care homes and a crumbling public transport system.
“And there will be a hard right Tory Brexit smashing a hole in our public finances.”
He added: “Well whatever they say, there is an alternative, a chance to change things dramatically and permanently for the better.
“Another world is possible, and it’s not just possible, it’s necessary, and under a Labour government, it’s in sight.”
Jeremy Corbyn’s right-hand man added that the General Election is a “once-in-a-generation chance to get back on track, remake this country, transform everyone’s lives for the better”.
The Jewish Chronicle newspaper has published a front page warning to voters not to back Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism in the party.
The paper said the “near total inaction of Mr Corbyn and the rest of the Labour leadership in dealing with anti-Semites in the party has both emboldened them and encouraged others” and accused Mr Corbyn and his allies of having “actively impeded action against the racists”.
It added: “If this man is chosen as our next prime minister, the message will be stark: that our dismay that he could ever be elevated to a prominent role in British politics, and our fears of where that will lead, are irrelevant.”
The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens will not run candidates against each other in 60 seats across England and Wales in a deal brokered by the Unite To Remain group.
Heidi Allen, chairwoman of Unite To Remain and previously MP for South Cambridgeshire, said: “This is a Brexit election, and staying in the European Union is possible – and this is the deciding moment.
“We are putting party politics aside in the interest of our country and have cemented a cross-party arrangement whereby Remain-voting parties in England and Wales are working together to back one Remain candidate.
“With a single Remain candidate in each of these seats we can deliver a greater number of MPs into Parliament. This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into a progressive Remain Alliance.
“The number of seats achieved, and the scope of what we’re seeking to achieve, is unprecedented in modern British political history. Together, we can unite to Remain.”
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said she is “delighted” that an agreement has been reached, adding that it is a “significant moment for all people who want to support remain candidates across the country”.
Adam Price, leader of Plaid Cymru, said: “In these deeply serious times we need grown-up politics that puts our countries before parties.
“The single most important thing in this election is that we return as many pro-Remain MPs back in Parliament as possible.”
Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, said: “The crash-out Brexit the Tories are pushing for would be a disaster for people up and down England and Wales. And for action on climate chaos.”
The chief executive of Sainsbury’s has called on the next government to provide certainty on Brexit.
Mike Coupe said: “The most important thing is we get some certainty around the Brexit scenarios. One way or another that weighs heavily on our customers and our markets.
“I would suggest that the whole Brexit scenario hangs over customers and creates uncertainty, so the quicker we can resolve that situation, the (sooner) economic factors should rebalance themselves.”
The supermarket boss also said holding a General Election in December is likely to have an impact on sales, because polling day tends to be a quiet one for retailers.
He added: “Generally speaking, election day is a fairly dull day for retail sales. I think the last time it happened (in December) was 1923 so we don’t have sales data that goes back that far.
“Almost certainly on the day, regardless of the day, it’s a dull day for trade and the closer we get to Christmas the higher sales are.”
Jeremy Corbyn is less trusted than Boris Johnson, Jo Swinson and Nigel Farage over Brexit, according to a new poll.
The YouGov survey for The Times found that just 18 percent of those polled trusted the Labour leader, while 73 percent said they did not trust him.
Some 37 percent said they trusted the Prime Minister and 55 percent did not.
The Brexit Party leader is trusted by 25 percent of those asked and not trusted by 65 percent.
And 22 percent said they trusted the Lib Dem leader on the issue of Brexit, while 54 percent replied that they did not.
Jeremy Corbyn’s ally Rebecca Long-Bailey hit back at Ian Austin, insisting that voting for the Tories would be the “worst thing” for Labour supporters.
She told Sky News: “I don’t think there’s any secret there have been differences on policy, opinion between Ian and certainly many of the rest of us within the party at the moment.
“Certainly I wouldn’t advocate for him to support Boris Johnson in the next General Election – that would be the worst thing that anybody could do to protect the communities that the Labour Party has always sought to protect.
“It was sad when he went … I certainly wish him well for the future but wouldn’t support in any way what he’s saying today.”
Responding to Ian Austin urging voters to back Boris Johnson over his former leader Jeremy Corbyn in the General Election, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak said: “This is a truly devastating indictment of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
“Ian Austin has been a Labour MP for 14 years so he knows Corbyn better than most.
“He says that a vote for Corbyn’s Labour would put businesses and jobs at risk, that Corbyn’s economic policies would make our country worse and that his ideas on Brexit are a complete fantasy.
“This comes straight after the party’s second most powerful person quit because he could no longer support Corbyn, in another hammer blow to his authority.
“Corbyn’s MPs are saying what we all know – he is unfit to be prime minister.”
In Mr Austin’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think Jeremy Corbyn is completely unfit to lead our country and lead the Labour Party.”
Former Tory and Lib Dem MP Heidi Allen has announced that the Lib Dems, Green Party and Plaid Cymru will stand aside for each other in some seats as part of a Remain alliance.
The Greens will be given a free run in the Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavilion, while the Lib Dems will not be opposed in the constituencies of Richmond Park and Cheltenham
Ms Allen, who is not standing in the General Election, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are facing that real danger of a hard Brexit or a no-deal Brexit under a Boris Johnson government.
“That sense of a common purpose really focused minds. This is ‘country first’ stuff.”
On why Labour was not part of the pact, she said: “Labour are not a Remain party unequivocally. They still want to negotiate a new Brexit deal and potentially facilitate Brexit.”
Nigel Farage has said he would continue to stand at least 600 Brexit Party candidates in the General Election unless Boris Johnson makes changes to his Brexit deal.
The Brexit Party leader told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Boris Johnson needs to make it clear that he will fundamentally change the political declaration in two ways.
“Firstly that he will get rid of an extension that will allow it to go on until at least 2022.
“We need to have the clause in the political declaration removed so we have a hard deadline.
“The second point is that we simply cannot, absolutely cannot, bind ourselves to a trade deal that gives us regulatory alignment that would prevent us from doing trade deals with the rest of the world and would mean we are not making our own laws.”
Mr Farage had previously insisted the Prime Minister had to scrap the Brexit deal.
Ex-Labour MP Ian Austin has called on Labour voters to support Boris Johnson in the upcoming General Election.
The now independent MP, who is not standing in the election, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m not a Tory but I wouldn’t say Boris Johnson is unfit to be our prime minister in the way that I say that about Jeremy Corbyn.”
Asked if he was advocating for the electorate to vote for Boris Johnson over Jeremy Corbyn on December 12, Mr Austin said: “I am.”
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg described the comments as “quite something”.
She tweeted: “Ian has been long time foe of Corbyn’s but before that was Labour to his core, and one of Brown‘a staunchest allies and enforcers, this is quite something.”
Trade Secretary Liz Truss said on Twitter: “Ian Austin, ex Labour MP on @
BBCr4today saying Jeremy Corbyn unfit to be Prime Minister and that people should vote for @ BorisJohnson. People who know Corbyn are very worried about what he would do to our country.”
In his first speech of the General Election campaign, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will promise an “irreversible shift” in wealth in favour of working people.
He will say: “Our aim as a Labour government is to achieve what past Labour governments have aspired to.
“An irreversible shift in the balance of power and wealth in favour of working people.
“That means change, means investment on a scale never seen before in this country, and certainly never seen before in the North and outside of London and the South East.”
However, chancellor Sajid Javid will warn Labour risks a “decade of recovery” under the Tories.
Speaking in Manchester, he will say: “Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are like the anti-vaxxers of economic policy.
“Not only did they reject the treatment needed to heal our economy and get the deficit down by four-fifths, they now want to take every step imaginable to make the country sick and unhealthy again.
“After a decade of recovery, of difficult decisions, we can’t let Labour turn back the clock, let spending get out of control and make hardworking families pay the price.”