General election: Boris Johnson launches Conservative election campaign – as it happened

Rolling protection of the day’s developments within the 2019 common election marketing campaign

  • Corbyn units out 10 targets for Labour authorities
  • Sturgeon says she needs new Scottish independence referendum in 2020
  • Corbyn says billionaires ‘in very sturdy place to pay lot extra in tax’
  • Cairns says he’s resigning however assured he shall be cleared of wrongdoing
  • Inexperienced occasion launch – Abstract and evaluation

11.34pm GMT

That’s all from us this night. Thanks for studying and commenting. Right here’s a abstract of the day’s occasions:

Associated: Tom Watson quits as Labour deputy chief and steps down as MP

10.42pm GMT

The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens have finalised a plan to step apart for one another in 60 seats throughout England and Wales within the common election, Peter Walker and Heather Stewart write.

The alliance is meant to offer a free run to 1 pro-remain occasion in every constituency.

Associated: Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens launch pro-remain electoral pact

We’re delighted that an settlement has been reached. We wish to thank Unite to Stay for making this potential. This can be a vital second for all individuals who need to help stay candidates throughout the nation. We stay up for sharing the element of the seats tomorrow.

10.36pm GMT

Labour’s outgoing deputy chief, Tom Watson, says his determination to step down and give up parliament was a “very private” one.

Watson, who has represented West Bromwich East since 2001 and is one in every of Labour’s most recognisable figures, denied the transfer was the results of issues over the route of the occasion beneath Jeremy Corbyn, with whom he has typically clashed.

I need each Labour supporter campaigning for the Labour group to ensure we will get a Labour authorities elected.

10.11pm GMT

The previous Derby North MP, Chris Williamson, has resigned his membership of the Labour occasion and introduced he’ll stand as an unbiased within the common election. The occasion’s nationwide govt committee dominated earlier in the present day that they’d not endorse him.

After virtually 44 years of loyal service and dedication, it is with a heavy coronary heart that I am resigning from the Labour Occasion.

I will be standing as an unbiased candidate for Derby North to battle for social justice, internationalism and socialist values. pic.twitter.com/rKmxpJrFSP

I’m dismayed that Labour occasion officers have enabled and executed what I imagine to be a witch hunt in opposition to tons of of socialists loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his transformative, socialist, anti-imperialist worldview.

Lots of the victims of this witch hunt have been Jewish socialists, whose anti-Zionism is anathema to the apartheid apologists apparently influencing Labour international and home coverage.

9.22pm GMT

Harvey Proctor, the previous Conservative MP who was falsely accused of being a part of a VIP pedophile ring in Westminster, has mentioned Watson has “finished his constituents an awesome favour” by stepping down.

Proctor, who served within the Commons within the 1970s and 1980s, has now deserted his plans to run in opposition to Watson in subsequent month’s common election. He mentioned:

By standing down, Tom Watson has finished his constituents an awesome favour. The following parliament shall be a more healthy place with out him. He shall be unable to make use of public workplace in future to advertise false accusers for private and political ends.

Though this isn’t the top of it for Tom Watson, I really feel vindicated. I can now affirm I cannot be standing within the West Bromwich East constituency on the common election.

8.50pm GMT

Daniel Janner, the son of Lord Janner – one of many victims of the VIP abuse probe sparked by Carl Beech – mentioned Tom Watson’s place had change into “untenable”. Janner has been a fierce critic of Watson, whom he has beforehand accused of making use of “strain on the police”.

Tom Watson whipped up the post-Savile hysteria which broken falsely accused harmless distinguished figures like my late father Lord Janner. His place had change into untenable. He has stood down as a result of he would have been defeated.

8.49pm GMT

Returning to Labour, right here’s slightly response to the information the occasion’s deputy chief, Tom Watson, is standing down.

From Labour:

Thanks Tom for a lifetime of dedication to the Labour Occasion and simply as importantly thanks for 25 years of friendship https://t.co/VT5VY4tH26

A large loss to the Commons – however I do know Tom has loads extra to offer to politics, public life – and Labour, “the best drive for social change this nation has ever produced” https://t.co/6q3CyuJJ5e

Very unhappy information for the Labour Occasion, for Parliament and the nation. https://t.co/GMBLNqL5CB

Wow, that is large… (conveniently timed to coincide with the PM’s rally) #GeneralElection2019 https://t.co/LzLZONvrBT

8.22pm GMT

In his letter to Watson, the Labour chief, Jeremy Corbyn has mentioned:

Few folks have given as a lot to the Labour motion as you’ve and I do know that many 1000’s of members and commerce unionists that you’ve got impressed and labored with through the years shall be very sorry to see you go.

Thanks @tom_watson to your service to our occasion and your constituents. I do know you’ll proceed to tackle the vested pursuits of the Murdoch empire, large sugar corporations and the playing trade. This isn’t the top of our work collectively. pic.twitter.com/MpYLVklHdr

8.11pm GMT

Johnson has concluded his speech, thanking supporters and telling them: “I’ll see you on the barricades.”

8.07pm GMT

The prime minister repeated the declare that Corbyn has finished a cope with the SNP. We lined the provenance of that right here.

And he mentioned he didn’t know what Corbyn needed to attain in renegotiations with the EU. Writing for the Guardian in September, the Labour chief outlined what he needed to see in his Brexit deal:

Associated: Solely Labour will give the folks a closing say on Brexit | Jeremy Corbyn

Labour’s depart deal would come with a brand new UK-EU customs union, an in depth relationship with the one market, protections of the Good Friday settlement with no exhausting border, securing the everlasting rights of three million EU nationals within the UK and a million UK nationals in Europe, ensures of staff’ rights and environmental protections, and membership of key our bodies to make sure joint cooperation in areas like local weather change, counter-terrorism and medicines.

8.04pm GMT

Johnson has mentioned Corbyn needs “limitless and uncontrolled immigration”.

Labour has expressed help for no such factor. At its convention, the occasion backed a coverage that might shield the present precept of free motion rights loved by EU residents and lengthen them; although it’s not fully clear to what extent. It’s additionally dedicated to closing all immigration detention centres and ending “no recourse to public funds” insurance policies.

Associated: Labour members again proposal to offer all UK residents voting rights

8.02pm GMT

Tom Watson is quitting parliament and stepping down as Labour’s deputy chief, reopening the controversy concerning the occasion’s route beneath Jeremy Corbyn.

Watson, who’s one in every of Labour’s best-known figures, has represented the constituency of West Bromwich East since 2001.

Associated: Tom Watson to give up as Labour deputy chief and stand down as MP

7.58pm GMT

Johnson has additionally attacked the Brexit occasion chief, Nigel Farage:

Boris Johnson means that Nigel Farage is slagging off his deal as a result of he depends on Brexit not taking place – “like candle sellers on the daybreak of the electrical lightbulb”

7.58pm GMT

And Johnson makes additional claims concerning the variety of law enforcement officials he plans to recruit. We lined that right here.

7.56pm GMT

Johnson claims “40 new hospitals [have been] green-lighted” as a part of the Tories’ insurance policies.

This declare is fake. The federal government has introduced six hospital upgrades. Dozens of different hospitals have acquired cash to develop plans for upgrades – however not for the precise upgrades themselves. Full Truth have a superb explainer right here.

7.53pm GMT

Boris Johnson is now up on the stage and he opens with a joke about Andy Avenue’s title.

He claims he “didn’t need an election”, saying he has no selection as a result of parliament is “paralysed” and refuses to complete the Brexit course of.

Associated: Brexit: Boris Johnson abandons invoice in new push for December election

7.49pm GMT

As well as, Patel claims a vote for Labour would imply two extra referendums in 2020: One on Brexit and one on Scottish independence. This echoes Johnson’s declare earlier in the present day that Labour had finished a cope with the SNP (see: 12.55pm).

Actually, Labour is against Scottish independence and has dominated out a referendum on it in 2020, committing as an alternative to a second Brexit referendum. We set out earlier how doubtful the 2 referendums declare is. As well as, Scottish Labour has explicitly dominated out a post-election pact with the SNP.

Tories going large on “coalition of chaos” between Corbyn, SNP, Lib Dems – however will that work with voters this time after they’ve skilled Brexit chaos beneath the Tories for final 3.5 years?

James Cleverly tees up Boris Johnson: “he’s a formidable campaigner, instinctively is aware of what the nation needs.”

7.44pm GMT

Subsequent up is the house secretary, Priti Patel, who claims the Tories have delivered their promise on an enormous NHS infrastructure funding. My colleague, Andy Sparrow, lined that earlier – suffice to say, it’s not all it appears (see 12.52pm).

She additionally claims the occasion is delivering on its pledge to place 20,00zero extra law enforcement officials on the streets.

Associated: Boris Johnson accused of deceptive public over police numbers

7.35pm GMT

The Tory mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Avenue, is up on the stage to introduce the prime minister’s election launch speech.

You’ll be capable to watch that and Boris Johnson’s tackle on the prime of this web page. If the video is just not but showing for you, please refresh the web page.

7.11pm GMT

One protestor – 70-year-old Bridget Parsons of Birmingham Stand As much as Racism – says she was almost pushed over by safety who manhandled her and others away from the doorway to Boris Johnson marketing campaign occasion pic.twitter.com/6PTCFPDqKW

She says she felt “shaken up” however turned up as a result of she felt “very very offended” about Boris Johnson being prime minister

7.07pm GMT

Correspondents in Birmingham are reporting {that a} small group of anti-racism and austerity demonstrators has appeared within the constructing the place Johnson is because of ship his common election marketing campaign launch speech shortly:

Safety pushing anti-Boris Johnson protestors out of marketing campaign launch pic.twitter.com/NbbM83joWZ

They’re from Stand Up To Racism by the appears of their placards. We’re on non-public property so they’re being ushered out by safety

BREAKING: Anti-austerity protestors have managed to get inside metres of Boris Johnson’s rally in West Midlands. At the moment being moved of the premises by safety. pic.twitter.com/Pyj1RU7121

Tories marketing campaign launch focused by protesters who’re at present being escorted away from the venue pic.twitter.com/HLEHnglrsm

Anti racism protestors being eliminated forward of Boris Johnson marketing campaign launch pic.twitter.com/aeIdrwSnfi

Inside 5 minutes of arriving, pro-immigration protesters broke in. Now being herded out. #ge2019 pic.twitter.com/EeGIhEitPo

Professional-immigration protesters getting shoved away from the Boris Johnson rally in Birmingham’s NEC tonight: pic.twitter.com/34GZ6HY0Hl

6.51pm GMT

Tory activists queuing for Boris Johnson’s first stump speech – many wearing these big free ‘Extra jobs’ and ‘Extra funding for faculties’ t-shirts pic.twitter.com/novqYyhYaG

6.21pm GMT

Woman Sylvia Hermon, who was till in the present day Northern Eire’s solely unionist remainer MP, is not going to contest the overall election. She has introduced she is not going to be defending the North Down seat she took in 2001.

Serving as an MP is an amazing privilege and I stay profoundly grateful to all those that positioned their belief and confidence in me within the final 5 common elections.

It has undoubtedly been the best honour of my life to serve the folks of North Down as their member of parliament since 2001 and, so, it’s with huge unhappiness that I’ve determined to not contest the subsequent common election in December.

5.53pm GMT

There’s some new YouGov polling out tonight, displaying the Conservatives down two factors since over the weekend. However a motion of this type is throughout the margin of error, the Tory lead remains to be 11 factors anyway and, as everybody is aware of, in 2017 opinion polls turned out to be a really unreliable information to the ultimate end result. Listed below are the figures anyway.

Newest Westminster voting intention (5-6 Nov)

Con – 36% (-2 since 1-Four Nov)
Lab – 25% (n/c)
Lib Dem – 17% (+1)
Brexit Occasion – 11% (n/c)
Inexperienced – 5% (n/c)
Different – 6% (n/c)https://t.co/eqp8bcl3cM pic.twitter.com/xZj7VYi68J

5.38pm GMT

In an interview with Sky Information Jeremy Corbyn has refused to verify John McDonnell’s declare that, if Labour loses the election, each of them must stand down. McDonnell mentioned this in an interview for GQ with Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin physician. However when requested if McDonnell was proper to say Corbyn would stand down as occasion chief within the occasion of a Labour defeat, Corbyn refused to reply. He advised Sky Information:

John McDonnell bought enticed into areas of dialogue that I’m not ready to get enticed into.

5.30pm GMT

Yesterday my colleagues Aamna Mohdin and Ben Quinn printed a Guardian story about how the Lib Dems have been accused of deceptive voters after quite a few candidates printed leaflets that includes knowledge from an obscure firm, Flavible, that isn’t a member of the British Polling Council to counsel they’re forward of different events in varied constituencies.

Associated: Lib Dems accused of utilizing deceptive knowledge on election materials

As many have seen, marketing campaign materials has been distributed by the Liberal Democrats, tweets have been shared by particular person candidates and native events. Most have appropriately labelled this knowledge. Nevertheless, a number of have both themselves misinterpreted the information or deliberately mislabelled the information for political benefit.

An announcement on the misuse of Flavible knowledge. https://t.co/dcuTAlMU3L

5.14pm GMT

5.09pm GMT

Right here is the most recent Guardian Politics Weekly podcast. Heather Stewart is joined by Katy Balls, Anoosh Chakelian, and Jon Mellon of the British Election Research to debate how everybody’s common election campaigns have gone up to now. Plus, Peter Walker stories from the Brexit occasion’s official launch.

5.04pm GMT

In his Telegraph article this morning Boris Johnson means that Jeremy Corbyn would persecute billionaires in the best way that Stalin purged the kulaks. (See 9.06am.) Later, in his speech outdoors Downing Avenue, Johnson mentioned the Conservatives “don’t sneer” at individuals who arrange companies, however “cheer for them, and do what we will to assist”.

On the Q&A after his speech earlier in the present day Jeremy Corbyn was requested by my colleague Kate Proctor if it was true that he despised billionaires. He didn’t reply initially (they take questions in teams of fours at Labour occasions now), however later, after he had completed taking questions from journalists and when he was taking questions from activists, Corbyn remembered that he had forgotten the query, and he supplied a solution. That is what he mentioned:

My private view on billionaires is that they’ve clearly bought a substantial amount of cash, and subsequently they’re in a really sturdy place to pay much more in tax. And I feel it will be a very good concept in the event that they do.

So our tax plans will have an effect on the richest 5% of our society, we shall be chasing down tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax havens, as a result of on the finish of the day if you’re doing a little, what you imagine to be, very intelligent wheeze which one way or the other or different is avoiding the degrees of taxation that you need to be paying – go additional away, what occurs then? You’ve bought an underfunded college, an underfunded hospital, underfunded public providers as a complete. It’s an ethical obligation to pay your taxes, [so] that the others may get the providers they want.

4.14pm GMT

4.04pm GMT

Scottish Labour’s marketing campaign launch in Glasgow has simply wrapped up, with Richard Leonard telling the viewers that Scotland had the selection whether or not Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn was in Downing Avenue for Christmas, and warning voters that voting SNP was not a brief lower to a Labour authorities.

He categorically dominated out any post-election cope with the SNP, rejecting i Nicola Sturgeon’s ideas that she could be open to a confidence and supply-style association much like that reached between the DUP and the Tories in 2017, with a second independence referendum as her value for help.

3.54pm GMT

In his speech outdoors Downing Avenue Boris Johnson repeated his declare {that a} vote for Labour would quantity to a vote for 2 referendums in 2020. “Think about waking up on Friday 13 December and discovering [Jeremy] Corbyn on the head of his technicolour yawn of a coalition and they’d spend the entire of 2020 having two referendums,” Johnson mentioned.

This has at all times been a doubtful declare as a result of, though Labour is dedicated to holding a Brexit referendum subsequent 12 months, it has mentioned it will not approve a Scottish independence referendum subsequent 12 months – regardless that it will not object to holding one later within the parliament. Additionally it is, in apply, exhausting to think about Scotland holding two referendums throughout the house of just a few months. The final Scottish independence referendum happened virtually two years after it was agreed between London and Edinburgh.

It’s my intention to have a referendum subsequent 12 months.

On this query of will Westminster enable it or not, we’re in the beginning of an election marketing campaign – this is a chance for the folks in Scotland to have their say and make their views recognized.

3.21pm GMT

Ofcom could examine Kay Burley’s “empty chairing” of James Cleverly (see 9.56am), PA Media stories. The media watchdog has acquired quite a few complaints concerning the Sky Information presenter’s actions. Complaints are understood by the information company to narrate to Burley’s claims and the empty chair gesture. A spokeswoman for Ofcom mentioned: “We’re assessing these in opposition to our broadcasting guidelines earlier than deciding whether or not or to not examine.”

2.41pm GMT

Labour’s governing physique has determined that the occasion is not going to endorse Chris Williamson, Stephen Hepburn and Roger Godsiff as candidates within the election, the Press Affiliation stories. The PA story goes on:

The nationwide govt committee (NEC) dominated that the three former Labour MPs wouldn’t be capable to stand as candidates for Jeremy Corbyn’s occasion within the December ballot.

As a substitute, the occasion will choose different candidates to face of their former constituencies.

2.35pm GMT

Jeremy Corbyn has mentioned that, following his resignation from cupboard, Alun Cairns must also stand down as a Tory election candidate. Corbyn advised journalists:

Clearly, legally [Cairns] can stand as a candidate however does he have an ethical proper to face as a candidate?

If he’s stepping down as a minister due to his involvement then I might have thought the very least the Conservative occasion can do is just not put him up as a candidate within the subsequent election.

Cairns intention to remain on as a candidate appears fairly daring given what has emerged …that plan could not final

2.27pm GMT

That is from Nigel Farage, the Brexit occasion chief.

Simply authorised the design for 27 million leaflets to exit within the marketing campaign.

We shall be giving this nation the details on Boris’ EU treaty, Labour’s Brexit betrayal and offering an actual clear break possibility for the voters.

2.14pm GMT

On the BBC’s World at One Stephen Crabb, the previous Conservative Welsh secretary, mentioned that the story about how a former Tory aide in Wales had sabotaged a rape trial had prompted appreciable harm to the occasion in Wales. Crabb mentioned the Tory response mirrored badly on the Welsh occasion. He mentioned:

A lot of us who’re combating very, very tight marginal seats in Wales have felt more and more anxious concerning the story – not simply from a PR standpoint, the story not going away – however the notion that the occasion itself isn’t addressing the difficulty within the appropriate manner.

The character of the story calls for a much better response from the occasion … It shines a lightweight on the occasion in Wales. It’s problematic we don’t have a lady in a senior place in Wales, we’ve by no means had a feminine Welsh conservative member of parliament and I feel that displays poorly on us in 2019.

2.03pm GMT

The Nationwide Union of College students (NUS) has launched its election manifesto, which is constructed round three priorities – an training system that’s “accessible, funded and life-long”, an finish to Brexit and “a wholesome society for the great of everybody”, with inexpensive housing and motion to deal with the local weather disaster.

With the coed vote anticipated to play a major function in quite a few constituencies, the NUS has been working exhausting on campuses to make sure that as many college students as potential are registered to vote, regardless of the awkward end-of-term election date.

Funding is falling, in our training, in our well being, in our companies. Crises are rising; local weather change, social care, and extra. Our society is failing, and college students throughout the UK have advised us, loud and clear, that this isn’t the long run they need.

The views of younger folks have been ignored for too lengthy, so we’re calling on all events to pay attention and decide to the motion wanted to create a future wherein everybody can thrive.

1.15pm GMT

Commenting on Alun Cairns’ resignation, the shadow Brexit secretary, and former director of public prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, mentioned:

[Cairns] is correct to resign however he has bought to face an investigation. This can be a very, very critical challenge. It goes nicely past a ministerial investigation. Resigning was proper to do however it’s not sufficient by itself.

1.13pm GMT

The Inexperienced occasion marketing campaign launch happened in Bristol, the place the native occasion believes it has a superb probability of ousting Labour’s Bristol West incumbent Thangam Debbonaire, within the 79% remain-voting constituency.

Bristol additionally has a excessive scholar inhabitants, an acute inexpensive housing drawback and at the least 10,00zero Extinction Revolt members, in line with native estimates. It has simply change into the primary British metropolis to ban diesel autos from elements of the centre.

This must be the local weather election – local weather change is knocking on our door. Now we have been Labour and Tory eternally and it doesn’t change. You possibly can vote Labour however in the end you get one other Tory authorities.

12.58pm GMT

As Johnson finishes, and heads again into No 10, Sky’s Adam Boulton, who’s presenting Sky Information from Downing Avenue, shouts at him to ask if folks can belief him. However he doesn’t get a reply.

12.56pm GMT

Johnson says: if he comes again with a majority, he’ll get parliament working “for you”.

Parliament would come again in December, so it might get Brexit finished in January.

12.55pm GMT

Johnson says the selection is “include us”, a authorities that believes in a dynamic economic system, or go together with Labour, the one various.

Labour would ban Ofsted.

12.52pm GMT

Johnson says his deal delivers every part he needed from Brexit.

He says if parliament had its manner, the UK wouldn’t even depart on 31 January.

12.49pm GMT

Boris Johnson is talking outdoors No 10.

He says he has simply been to see the Queen, and he or she has agreed to dissolve parliament.

12.46pm GMT

Talking following an election go to to a manufacturing unit in Watford, the Lib Dem chief, Jo Swinson, mentioned:

It’s proper that [Alun Cairns has] resigned. The allegations that have been made are extremely critical and I feel there are actual inquiries to be requested about why it’s taken him so lengthy to return to this conclusion, and why he mentioned the issues he did earlier than. I think about as time goes on we’ll discover out the solutions to a few of these questions.

12.43pm GMT

From ITV’s Paul Model

Alun Cairns is the longest serving cupboard member (in the identical function). The concept that this may simply be a minor blip in Wales downplays the chaos it causes to the Tory marketing campaign there. He was on account of lead the Welsh Conservatives’ marketing campaign. #GE2019

12.43pm GMT

From the broadcaster Michael Crick

4 of the final seven folks to function Secretary of State for Wales have resigned over scandals – Ron Davies, Peter Hain (although he got here again), Stephen Crabb & Alun Cairns

12.41pm GMT

And that is from Liz Saville Roberts, who has been chief of Plaid Cymru at Westminster.

I hope that Alun Cairns’ resignation as secretary of state proves to be some solace to the lady on the centre of this case, who nonetheless has acquired no apology from the Conservative occasion.

Mr Cairns’ conduct proved unquestionably that he’s not match to carry ministerial workplace. You merely can’t be complicit within the tried cover-up of sabotaging a rape trial and hope to get away with it.

12.39pm GMT

The Welsh Conservatives have put out this assertion about Alun Cairns’ resignation from Paul Davies, chief of the Conservative group within the Welsh meeting:

I’m sorry to see Alun resign in the present day because the secretary of state for Wales. Nevertheless, beneath the circumstances this was the fitting determination for him. Alun has rightly said that he’ll cooperate totally with any investigations.

I wish to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our secretary of state the place he introduced an finish to the Severn Bridge tolls which is able to depart an enduring legacy on the Welsh economic system.

12.33pm GMT

That is from Christina Rees, the shadow Welsh secretary, on Alun Cairns’ resignation.

My assertion on the resignation of Alun Cairns as Welsh Secretary. He ought to do the fitting factor and step down as a candidate at this Normal Election. pic.twitter.com/pqHneBwMlW

12.26pm GMT

John Bercow, who stood down as Commons Speaker final week, has been talking on the International Press Affiliation this morning.

He has described Brexit because the “largest mistake” by the UK for the reason that conflict, and mentioned that the Brexit disaster is not going to be resolved any time quickly.

BREAKING. John Bercow arrives at a gathering with the International press in London for his first remarks after his retirement as HOC speaker. I’ll be tweeting every part any more.
@FPALondonpic.twitter.com/0BWYhSVdmH

Bercow predicts that #Brexit “gained’t be resolved any time quickly”@FPALondon

BREAKING. Will #Brexit have an effect on the worldwide place of the UK?

Bercow: “I don’t assume it helps the UK. #Brexit is the largest mistake of this nation after the conflict. I respect PM Johnson however #Brexit doesn’t assist us. It’s higher to be a part of the [EU] energy bloc”@FPALondon

Bercow proclaims {that a} ebook by him shall be out within the first quarter of 2020 [not 2021 as I previously tweeted] @FPALondon

12.18pm GMT

Right here is Alun Cairns’ resignation letter.

12.15pm GMT

Right here is the change of letters between Boris Johnson and Alun Cairns.

Right here is the change of letters between @AlunCairns and @BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/K9LQPJD5nl

12.11pm GMT

These are from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.

Alun Cairns anticipated to resign in subsequent couple of minutes

Cupboard minister quitting simply earlier than PM to make his large assertion launching election marketing campaign

12.00pm GMT

Boris Johnson has posted this video of himself on Twitter discussing why he’s holding an election forward of his assembly with the Queen this morning.

We could have a Normal Election on December 12th. It is now as much as you, the good British public, to make your voice heard.

Do you need to #GetBrexitDone or have two extra referendums subsequent 12 months with Corbyn? pic.twitter.com/orPEc3jwE1

11.58am GMT

How do we all know for sure that the election marketing campaign is beneath manner? As a result of I’m on a battle bus – the Lib Dem bus, which has an enormous image of the occasion chief on the facet and the slogan “Jo Swinson’s Lib Dems”. It’s all fairly presidential.

As an apart, this can be a Chinese language-made electrical bus, one in every of two the occasion has in service. The electrical one, for apparent causes, does the briefer journeys.

11.50am GMT

Q: Do you assume renegotiating a Brexit cope with the EU shall be undermined by 5 of your shadow cupboard saying they’ll vote stay?

Corbyn says his coverage has at all times been to deliver folks collectively. He says individuals who voted depart and individuals who voted stay are prone to face the identical issues, for instance on housing. They’ve the identical pursuits.

11.42am GMT

Corbyn is now taking questions.

Q: You say leaders should enable others to play their half. However aren’t your ballot rankings so unhealthy you’re a part of the issue?

Massive Labour NEC assembly in the present day at which they’ll most likely determine way forward for Roger Godsiff and Chris Williamson as candidates, and possibly Keith Vaz as nicely. In actuality, many MPs are being elected proper now in secret conferences of Labour & Conservative bigwigs,
not by voters on 12 Dec

11.32am GMT

Corbyn is now on his peroration.

I’ve spent a lot of my life travelling across the nation and the world listening to folks.

That’s the way you study concerning the world as folks truly expertise it – their struggles and their hopes, their desires and their frustrations.

11.31am GMT

And Corbyn turns to the controversy about Jacob Rees-Mogg’s feedback about Grenfell Tower.

Truly there may be yet one more factor it’s good to know. They shamefully appear to assume the victims of the Grenfell fireplace died as a result of they didn’t have the frequent sense to save lots of themselves.

I’ll inform you what’s frequent sense:

11.30am GMT

Corbyn refers to yesterday’s Guardian story about what pledges Tory candidates have been allowed to signal.

Associated: Don’t signal pledges on NHS or local weather, Tory HQ tells candidates

And isn’t it telling that Conservative candidates on this election have been advised by Tory HQ that they’re not allowed to pledge to deal with the local weather emergency?

They’re not allowed to pledge to not privatise our NHS.

11.27am GMT

Corbyn says he needs to steer a Labour authorities judged by whether or not it has made a distinction to folks’s lives. And he units out 10 benchmarks for achievement.

Right here’s the way you’ll be capable to decide the success of the subsequent Labour authorities:

Decide us on whether or not in-work poverty nonetheless exists in 5 years’ time.

Decide us on whether or not persons are nonetheless sleeping tough after 5 years of a Labour authorities.

11.22am GMT

Corbyn says being an MP is just not meant to be a glamorous job.

He says his view of management is totally different from the traditional one. That has led to him being criticised within the papers, he says.

You understand my view of management is totally different from the one persons are used to. Sure, I imagine leaders ought to have clear rules that individuals can belief, and the power and dedication to not be pushed off beam.

You must stand for one thing. However leaders should additionally belief others to play their half.

11.18am GMT

Corbyn says actual politics, for him, is just not about shouting abuse in parliament. He doesn’t do private assaults, he says.

He says he’s involved in bringing about actual change.

11.17am GMT

Corbyn says he began campaigning in Telford for a greater society. And he has by no means stopped, he says.

The Labour occasion is united, and decided to win this election, he says.

11.13am GMT

Jeremy Corbyn has simply began delivering a speech in Telford.

There’s a dwell feed on the prime of the web page.

11.00am GMT

The Fb dwell feed from the Inexperienced occasion launch has gone again to the start. However a colleague is on the occasion, and so I shall be posting extra from it quickly.

10.59am GMT

We’re prepared for #GE2019

That is the #ClimateElection! pic.twitter.com/N1arCKbSe3

This image exhibits (left to proper) Sian Berry, Carla Denyer and Amelia Womack.

10.57am GMT

Sian Berry, the occasion’s co-leader, is talking on the launch now. She says this election is about way over Brexit.

This should be the local weather election. The long run gained’t get one other probability.

10.55am GMT

Again on the Inexperienced occasion launch Amelia Womack, the occasion’s deputy chief, has simply completed talking. She mentioned voters ought to settle for no imitations. The Greens have been the one occasion actually critical about tackling the local weather emergency, she argued.

10.53am GMT

In response to the Press Affiliation, Boris Johnson spent simply over 25 minutes with the Queen at Buckingham Palace this morning.

10.51am GMT

10.48am GMT

Carla Denyer, the Inexperienced occasion candidate in Bristol West, is talking on the launch now.

She says unusual folks everywhere in the nation are demanding local weather motion.

Associated: Inexperienced occasion pledges to spend £100bn on tackling local weather disaster

10.45am GMT

The Inexperienced occasion election launch has simply began.

There’s a (relatively shaky) dwell feed on the Inexperienced occasion’s Fb web page.

Our #GE2019 election launch is about to start out! #ClimateElection

Watch dwell on our Fb web page: https://t.co/iE50OeIoZ3 pic.twitter.com/2JPza2H6Q6

10.38am GMT

Boris Johnson’s viewers with the Queen is over. He’s now heading again to No 10.

He is because of give a speech outdoors Downing Avenue at 1pm.

10.28am GMT

Yesterday afternoon, lengthy after Jacob Rees-Mogg had apologised for his remark concerning the Grenfell Tower victims missing the sense to disregard the recommendation to remain put, the Tory MP Andrew Bridgen (a Brexiter, and therefore a pure ally of Rees-Mogg’s) went on the PM programme and partly defended what the cupboard minister had mentioned. Bridgen recommended that Rees-Mogg could certainly have been cleverer than the Grenfell Tower victims.

This morning Bridgen himself has apologised for what he mentioned.

I realise that what I mentioned was incorrect and prompted a substantial amount of misery and offence. It was not my intention to take action, and I don’t need to add in any solution to the ache that this tragic occasion has prompted. I apologise unreservedly.

10.15am GMT

Boris Johnson has tweeted this.

On my solution to see Her Majesty the Queen pic.twitter.com/SRUowknlYI

10.14am GMT

The PM’s viewers with the Queen is little greater than a pointless picture alternative.

Previously prime ministers who needed to carry a common election needed to ask the Queen to dissolve parliament, and so a visit to Buckingham Palace was at all times a part of the election ritual.

10.08am GMT

Boris Johnson has simply left Downing Avenue to drive to Buckingham Palace for an viewers with the Queen.

10.08am GMT

Ed Vaizey, the Conservative former tradition minister, has introduced that he’s standing down. He was one of many 21 Tories who had the whip eliminated in September after rebelling over Brexit, however he was additionally one of many 10 from that group who lately had the whip restored.

In an open letter to the PM, he says that he stays an “enthusiastic supporter” of Johnson and of Johnson’s “one-nation agenda”.

After a lot reflection I’ve determined to not stand on the subsequent election. I’ll marketing campaign exhausting for my successor & stay up for @BorisJohnson and @conservatives successful an awesome majority. Because of all in Wantage & Didcot who supported me over so a few years #vexit pic.twitter.com/irVsn1G2a2

9.56am GMT

Broadcasters are sometimes reluctant to “empty chair” politicians. They fear that it makes them look confrontational and partisan, in breach of their impartiality obligations – regardless that not highlighting a celebration’s refusal to reply legit questions might controversial be seen as conferring some form of benefit.

So it was stunning – and refreshing, in case you approve of those techniques – to see Sky’s Kay Burley pillory the Conservative chairman James Cleverly this morning, in his absence, for ducking out of her TV interview. Do watch it. It’s fairly a second, not least as a result of Burley’s abstract of all of the awkward questions going through the Tories is difficult to fault.

“And but we now have an empty chair”

Fairly devastating rundown of Tory blunders by @KayBurley whereas occasion chairman James Cleverly is 15ft away and refusing to return on air

pic.twitter.com/JIpGmmBBPY

9.39am GMT

Former Scottish secretary David Mundell believes Jacob Rees-Mogg’s feedback concerning the Grenfell victims have been “inappropriate” however insists it’s “completely with out basis” to deduce that they present Conservatives don’t perceive how nearly all of folks within the UK dwell their lives.

Interviewed on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland, Mundell mentioned:

Most Conservative MPs are very nicely grounded, they arrive from an enormous number of backgrounds and the caricature that everyone is like Mr Rees-Mogg is incorrect.

9.32am GMT

The Conservative chairman, James Cleverly, has been doing a spherical of interviews this morning. Listed below are the important thing factors from his interview on the At this time programme.

What we additionally did, and this isn’t distinctive to us, is we did a lighthearted satirical video, clearly so with a comedy soundtrack, highlighting the Labour occasion’s chaotic place on Brexit.

Tory chair @JamesCleverly denies that an edited video of Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer shared on the Conservatives’ social media feed is faux information. He says it was a “lighthearted, satirical video”#r4Today | https://t.co/2gJ35rEiQ3 | @bbcnickrobinson pic.twitter.com/e7ahoOKt05

Finally, the default setting has at all times been no deal. That isn’t what we would like.

The prime minister has demonstrated, as have the EU, that, when you’re centered and each making an attempt to get a superb consequence, it may be finished.

This can be a remark that the candidate themselves recognised was unacceptable. Folks typically tweet in haste and remorse what they’ve finished afterwards.

I feel there are at all times issues that individuals do which they remorse. They are saying silly, generally insensitive issues. We do take very significantly the language we use and generally we recognise that individuals make a mistake and, once they accomplish that, in the event that they recognise what they’ve finished incorrect they usually apologise, I feel that’s considered. I feel that’s a balanced strategy.

9.06am GMT

Nearly each common election in Britain in dwelling reminiscence has began with pundits predicting that the marketing campaign goes to finish up being the nastiest and dirtiest ever. In reality, these claims are most likely typically incorrect, however it’ll be exhausting to faux in any other case in 2019 when Boris Johnson is formally launching the Conservative common election marketing campaign by evaluating Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin. The prime minister has mentioned so in an article (paywall) within the Each day Telegraph, a number of hours earlier than he goes to Buckingham Palace for an viewers with the Queen. (She is a Telegraph reader, however fairly what she makes of this diatribe is anybody’s guess.)

Right here is the important thing quote from Johnson’s article, which the Telegraph has plastered throughout its entrance web page.

The tragedy of the fashionable Labour occasion beneath Jeremy Corbyn is that they detest the revenue motive so viscerally – and would increase taxes so wantonly – that they’d destroy the very foundation of this nation’s prosperity. They faux that their hatred is directed solely at sure billionaires – they usually level their fingers at people with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks. In actuality they’d find yourself placing up taxes on everybody: on pensions, on companies, on inheritance, on houses, on gardens.

The nonsense the super-rich will come out with to keep away from paying a bit extra tax… pic.twitter.com/FlUl29ksvz

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