Election 2019 LIVE: Protesters storm Tory Party election launch ahead of Boris speech

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PRO-IMMIGRATION protesters have stormed the Conservative Party’s campaign launch event chanting “Boris Johnson hear our say, refugees are here to stay!”

The group carried posters adorned with a photo of the prime minister and the words “No to racism, no to Boris Johnson”.  They shouted “Boris Johnson hear our say, austerity no way!” as security guards rushed to the lobby of Birmingham’s NEC centre to expel them.  The prime minister is expected to arrive at the venue shortly where he will give a speech later in the evening. 

Earlier, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage spoke of his strong desire to sway Mr Johnson on his decision to pursue Brexit with his revised deal.  

Mr Farage pointed to past examples of how Mr Johnson had changed course and said he was hopeful he could persuade him to reconsider his deal and instead back a “clean” exit from the EU. 

Mr Farage said: “There is one good thing about Boris in this situation, he changes his mind all the time. 

“Twice he voted against Theresa May’s deal saying it would be a suicide vest around the neck of British democracy and on the third occasion he voted for it. 

“He is very good at moving around with the wind. 

“If we in the Brexit Party can get that wind strong that says ‘we voted to Leave the EU and nothing less is good enough’ he will change and we will get there.”

Tom Watson has insisted his decision to step down as a Labour MP and deputy leader is to do with his personal life and not the in-fighitng in the party. 

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Former Labour MP, Chris Williamson, has announced his intention to stand as an independent in the general election after being barred as a Labour candidate.

Mr Williamson faced outrage in February after saying that Labour had been “too apologetic” over allegations of anti-Semitism.

Earlier today the Labour Party announced they would not allow Mr Williamson to stand on behalf of the party.

Making a statement on his intention to stand as an independent, Mr Williamson vowed to “fight a vigorous campaign” in the Derby North constituency.

In his letter to Labour’s general-secretary Jennie Formby announcing his resignation from the party, he claimed he had been the victim of a “witch hunt”.

He said: “I am dismayed that Labour Party officials have enabled and executed what I believe to be a witch hunt against hundreds of socialists loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his transformative socialist, anti-imperialist worldview.

“Many of the victims of this witch hunt have been Jewish socialists, whose anti-Zionism is anathema to the apartheid apologists apparently influencing Labour foreign and domestic policy.”

He went on to claim the “witch hunt” serves the interests of far-right activists “including members of Britain First and the Jewish Defence League”.

The prime minister said if he wins a majority in the election he will get Parliament to work for the people of Britain. 

He said: “On day one of the new Parliament in December we will start getting our new deal through so we get Brexit done in January and put the uncertainty behind us. Let’s make 2020 about the people of this country and not about its politicians.” 

Turning to the audience, Mr Johnson said: “Does anybody know what he wants to achieve? We don’t know, we don’t know what question he would like to put to the electorate in this referendum.

“We don’t even know what his own position is. 

“Is he for Leave or for Remain? In or out? Do you know? I don’t know. 

“I don’t think he knows, himself!” 

He went on to compare Labour’s Brexit position to the Bermuda Triangle. 

Mr Johnson: “He is so consumed with a juvenile dislike of America that he actually sides with the mullahs of Tehran rather than Washington and when Russia ordered the poisoning of innocent civilians in Salisbury he sided with Vladimir Putin. 

“And there’s a key difference that we all face at this election and that is, above all, come with us and we will get Brexit done. 

“Whereas this guy wants nothing more than dither and delay.”

Mr Johsnon said his Cabinet members were “more trusted” on their respective areas than their shadow cabinet counterparts. 

He said the British public trusted the Tories because the party has a good track record on handling public money. 

He said: “We’ve got nine years of uninterrupted growth, the economy now about 20 percent bigger than it was when we took over in 2010 and record employment in this country.” 

He went on to say: “People can see that we understand how to pay for that whole society and how we can ensure that society has the wealth to pay for fantastic public services and infrastructure.” 

He added: “The Labour Party always runs out of other people’s money.” 

Mr Johnson said delivering Brexit with his deal will allow the UK to take back control of its money, borders, laws. 

He said: “From free ports to free trade deals, from banning the cruel live shipment of animals to cutting VAT on tampons.

“We can do things differently in the UK.” 

The prime minister said he is proud of many things his administration has achieved since he entered No 10 in July but his Brexit deal is top of the list. 

He said: “The deal they said was impossible, the deal they said we couldn’t do, and it’s a great deal. 

“I’ve heard some people in the last few days trying to attack our deal.” 

He said the critics remind him of “candle sellers at the dawn of the age of the electric lightbulb”.

He added: “They have a terrible sense that they are about to lose their market because this deal, this deal delivers everything that I campaigned for Brexit.”

Speaking at the Conservatives’ election campaign launch in Birmingham, Boris Johnson admitted he “didn’t want an election” to be held duirng the busy Christmas period and empathised with voters who felt the same. 

But he said a public vote was needed to break the parliamentary deadlock. 

Mr Watson has handed in his resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, saying although he will not stand as a candidate in the election he will continue to campaign for Labour.

Mr Watson had clashed with the Labour leader over a number of issues, most notably the party’s antisemitism crisis and the group’s stance on Brexit.

Mr Watson tweeted a copy of his letter, saying: “After 35 years in full-time politics, I’ve decided to step down and will be campaigning to overcome the Tory-fuelled public health crisis. I’m as committed to Labour as ever. I will spend this election fighting for brilliant Labour candidates and a better future for our country.”

Nicola Horlick, the Lib Dems’ candidate in Chelsea and Fulham has been ridiculed on social media after her campaign leaflet was posted to people living in Battersea. 

One disgruntled resident tweeted a picture of the letter with the message: “When the margins to stop Brexit are so tight, you can not afford error like sending Nicola Horlick’s (Chelsea & Fulham)  residents’ letters to people in Battersea. 

“This could cost you critical votes! 

“Please send out the letters with the correct candidate for Battersea!”

The tweet exposing the mishap came after Jo Swinson’s group were accused of circulating “misleading and irresponsible” leaflets. 

One flyer delivered to homes in London attributed success in a by-election to the Guardian. 

But the comment was in fact made by Mr Swinson herself and carried in the newspaper. 

The leaflet shows the statement “Lib Dems winning and on the up after by-election victory” attributed to the Guardian. 

Nigel Farage will visit Pontypool ad Newport in southern Wales on Friday for election events, the Brexit Party has announced. 

The latest YouGov/Sky News poll comes after a series of potentially damaging events for the Tories. 

On Tuesday Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg was blasted by Grenfell survivors for saying it was “common sense” for residents to leave the burning tower block after the fire service told them to stay put. 

He later issued an apology over his words. 

The poll was conducted as allegations over Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns surfaced. 

Mr Cairns was accused of having prior knowledge of his former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. 

He resignation today dealt a significant blow to the Tory party as it kicked off its campaign.

A planned door-knocking session in Crewe with Mr Corbyn was cancelled at the last minute, as he was running behind schedule and due at his next campaign event, party officials have said.

A new poll has put the Tories’ lead over Labour down by two percentage points as the parties’ election campaigns heat up. 

The YouGov/Sky News survey put the Conservative Party on 36 percent, Labour on 25 percent, the Lib Dems on 17 percent and the Brexit Party on 11 percent. 

A total of 1,667 British adults took part in the poll between November 4 and 5. 

While Jo Swinson’s group gained one percentage point since a November 1-4 poll, the biggest change was for the Tories who were down two points since the same period. 

The SNP were put on four percent while Plaid Cymru were on one percent. 

Mr Corbyn said free schools and academies would be brought “under the orbit” of local authorities under a Labour government.

He promised a new national education service, every child to get 30 hours of free nursery school irrespective of parental income, money to fund arts in school and end testing at key stage one and two to reduce “stress levels” on teachers and pupils.

He said the “right thing to do” is to raise corporation tax to end the university fees system for students and spiralling student debt.

He added: “Our polices have actually been very well thought out in lots of ways and I can’t wait for us to win the election in order to start putting all of them into operation.

“A society that doesn’t pass by on the other side. A society that invests in its young people and cares for its old people.”

Nigel Farage took to Twitter to say that he has approved millions of campaign leaflets set to flood across the country as he seeks to mop up the Leave vote. 

He said only his party could offer voters a “clean” break from Brussels as he blasted Mr Johnsons’ deal and Mr Corbyn’s “betrayal”.

He tweeted: “Just approved the design for 27 million leaflets to go out in the campaign.

“We will be giving this country the facts on Boris’ EU treaty, Labour’s Brexit betrayal and providing a real clean break option for the voters.”

Boris Johnson has warned against making 2020 the “year of two referendums”, after Nicola Sturgeon predicted a second vote on Scottish independence if the SNP wins the election in Scotland. 

And with Labour pledging to hold another Brexit referendum if Jeremy Corbyn is elected into Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “Let’s make 2020 the year of investment and growth, not the year of two referendums.”

Jo Swinson insisted she her prediction that the Lib Dems could win “hundreds” of seats on December 12 was realistic, as she campaigned through north London, Watford and Surrey in her party’s bus.

She said: “I am happy to take on both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, neither of whom is fit to be prime minister, whatever.”

Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on the upcoming general election resulting in a hung parliament to 10/11.

A Tory majority is 11/10 and a Labour majority is 14/1.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Despite the polls saying a Tory majority is on the cards, money is pouring in for a hung parliament, leaving us with little option but to cut the odds accordingly.”

In a speech outside Downing Street, Boris Johnson said “we have no choice” but to have an early election to deliver Brexit as he officially launched his campaign.

He said: “I want you to know of course it that I don’t want an early election and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we’ve got to the stage where we have no choice because our parliament is paralysed, it’s been stuck in a rut for three and a half years.

“And I’m afraid our MPs are just refusing, time and again to deliver Brexit and honour the mandate of the people.

“I can tell you, I’ve got to the stage where I’ve been wanting to chew my own tie in frustration because, in a sense, we’re so nearly there.

“We’ve got a deal, oven ready, by which we can leave the EU in just a few weeks.”

Mr Johnson also insisted his agreement “delivers everything that I wanted when I campaigned for Brexit”.

He added: “We can not only take back control of our money, yes we’ll be able to spend hundreds of millions every week on our priorities such as the NHS, take back control of our borders with an Australian-style points-based system so that we can attract the workers from scientists to agriculture workers that our economy actually needs.”

He warned the only way to avoid the “nightmare” of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 is to vote for a “moderate and compassionate One Nation Conservative government”.

He said: “And we will make this country the greatest place to live, to raise a family, to start a business, to send your kids to school.

“A country where we lead the world in cutting Co2, in tackling climate change, in clean, green technology, where we stand up for our values around the world.

“A country where everybody has the opportunity to make most of their lives and where we work as a government to give them that opportunity, from the moment they are born. And that is our mission.”

EU chief Guy Verhofstadt made a dig over Brexit as the Lib Dems unveiled their election campaign bus.

He tweeted: “Finally, a British bus without lies on it.”

The Eurocrat was referring to the official Vote Leave campaign’s controversial bus which toured the country in the run up to the 2016 referendum. 

The bus was adorned with the statement: “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead.” 

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has resigned after being accused of “brazenly lying” about his knowledge of an allegation that a Tory candidate had sabotaged a rape trial.

Speaking in Workington, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: “If you are a Leave voter, you cannot vote Labour in this election because it’s clear they will betray your vote.”

Mr Farage also insisted Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was 95 percent “Mrs May’s bad, old treaty”.

He added: “I like Boris personally but I’m sorry to say what he is presenting just is not Brexit, it is as simple as that.”

In a speech in Telford, the Labour leader said: “In this election Labour is putting forward the most radical and far-reaching plan for real change in our lifetimes.

“But I know we’ve got to work very hard to win people’s trust because, for all the excitement here, many people in our country have grown weary of politics, they’ve lost faith that politics can change anything that actually affects their lives.”

Mr Corbyn added that he became an MP because real politics is about “bringing people together to stand up for their community”.

He said: “I never thought MPs are special individuals with unique wisdom. It’s not supposed to be a glamorous job.

“It’s a platform for your community, not for yourself and that’s how I see it.”

Concluding his speech, the socialist added: “I want to lead a government that’s on your side.

“That puts power and wealth into the hands of the people – a government that works for you.”

Boris Johnson has left Buckingham Palace after spending just over 25 minutes with the Queen to inform her of the General Election.

Before getting into the car he said goodbye to the monarch’s Equerry Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah and was waved off by Her Majesty’s private secretary Edward Young.

Ed Vaizey, who was kicked out of the Conservatives Party for rebelling over a no-deal Brexit before having the whip restored, has announced he will not stand in the election. 

He tweeted: “After much reflection I have decided not to stand at the next election. I will campaign hard for my successor & look forward to @BorisJohnson and @conservatives winning a great majority. Thanks to all in Wantage & Didcot who supported me over so many years #vexit.”

In a letter to Boris Johnson, Mr Vaizey said the decision “has been one of the hardest I have ever taken”.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “Labour NEC meeting this morning has tricky agenda I hear too – discussing Chris Williamson who some are lobbying to let stand, Keith Vaz who a member of NEC tells me isn’t going without a fight – nerves too about Salma Yaqoob and Emma Lewell Buck.

“Like in all parties, things can get very very tense over selections in these early days of any campaign – leaderships often tend to skew candidates to reflect their priorities rather than party traditions.”

Nicola Sturgeon has said the demand for a second referendum on Scottish independence will become “irresistible” if the SNP “wins” on December 12. 

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is my intention to have a referendum next year.

“On this question of will Westminster allow it or not, we are the start of an election campaign – this is an opportunity for the people in Scotland to have their say and make their views known.

“If the SNP win this election, I think that demand becomes irresistible. This idea that for self-interest reasons Westminster politicians can stand in the way of people in Scotland choosing their own future, we already see that start to crumble.”

The Green Party is set to call on voters to make December 12 a “climate election”.

The party will launch its campaign in Bristol West this morning.

Co-eader Sian Berry will tell supporters: “Some things are even bigger than Brexit. This must be the climate election”.

Boris Johnson has compared Jeremy Corbyn to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Prime Minister said that the Tories would “cheer, not sneer” entrepreneurs if they stay in office after the general election. 

Mr Johnson said the Labour leader has taken a stance that demonises billionaires with a “relish and a vindictiveness” not seen since Stalin’s attitude to landowners following the Russian revolution.

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