Theresa May’s manifesto, Labour and Conservatives snub TV debates and a boozy Boris blunder – Politics roundup

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Boris Johnson in Bristol earlier this week

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‘Mainstream manifesto’ for May

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to deliver a ‘mainstream manifesto’ if elected, focusing on creating a strong economy and striking the right Brexit deal.

Among the manifesto pledges include; raising the national living wage, reducing immigration, increase NHS funding and an extra £4bn funding for schools.

Labour attack Conservatives on winter fuel payment cuts

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said plans to limit the number of pensioners who would receive winter fuel payments as “sick and sneaky”.

McDonnell has claimed that 10 million people would be affected by the proposals and that it would affect the poorest in society.

Corbyn and May snub TV debate

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to take part in any TV debates as long as PM Theresa May sticks to her plan of not taking part in any, in the lead up to the General Election.

Incidentally, the ITV debate turned into a 4-on-1 anti-Brexit discussion as leaders from the Lib Dems, Green Party, Plaid Cymru and SNP attacked UKIP’s Paul Nuttall.

Tories top donation list

The Conservatives have received the largest amount of money through donations in the lead up to next month’s election. According to the electoral commission they have received £4.1m compared to; Labour £2.7m, £180k Lib Dems and £48k UKIP.

Ban on fox hunting to be repealed?

PM Theresa May has told the public that there will be a free vote in the House of Commons regarding a repeal on the 2004 Hunting Act. This has stirred up a lot of anger and resentment among 84% of the country, who according to the League Against Cruel Sports, oppose the blood sport being reinstated.

Boris’ Bristol booze blunder

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was on the campaign trail in a Bristol Sikh temple this week, when he referred to a potential whisky trade deal between the UK and India. In the Sikh faith, many consider alcohol to be prohibited.

The ever-conspicuous Johnson, in full Sikh head-ware, was then berated by a local woman for disrespecting the religion.

#grime4corbyn gains momentum

In the last Politics Roundup Business Leader covered Jeremy Corbyn’s first foray into grime music and how it lead to a lot of online support to not only vote for the Labour leader but to register to vote.

The latest celebrity endorsement through the movement has come in the form of US actor Danny DeVito. He wrote on Twitter, “UK. You’ve got the guy. Register by May 22nd. Vote for Jeremy Corbyn…show us how it’s done! #grime4corbyn”.

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