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General Election LIVE: Tories push cut to stamp duty as Labour to set out plan for small businesses

8 June 2024, 10:02 | Updated: 8 June 2024, 14:41

Parties are back on the campaign trail.
Parties are back on the campaign trail. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Parties are back on the campaign trail following a seven-way debate on Friday evening.

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The Tories are set to push for a permanent cut to stamp duty while Labour has vowed to "pull up the shutters" for British entrepreneurs in an election offering to small businesses.

It comes as the fallout over Rishi Sunak's decision to leave D-Day commemorations early continues.

Conservative leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt said during Friday night's debate that Mr Sunak was "completely wrong" to leave France early.

The move was also condemned by Labour's Angela Rayner, Daisy Cooper from the Lib Dems, Stephen Flynn from the Scottish National Party, Nigel Farage from Reform UK, Rhun ap Iorwerth from Plaid Cymru, and Carla Denyer from the Greens.

Voters across the country will go to the polls on July 4.

Follow the latest developments below

Today's Highlights

  • Rishi Sunak 'incredibly angry' over election betting allegations as he vows to 'boot out' anyone guilty of wrongdoing.
  • Labour raises 14 times more donations than Tories in first two weeks of the campaign
  • Johnson says Starmer should ‘revoke’ claim Corbyn would have made better PM
  • Farage stands by comment describing Tate as ‘important voice’ for men
  • Sir Keir Starner is campaigning on the economy in Scotland, while PM Rishi Sunak is in Wales to launch the Welsh Conservative manifesto.
  • Watch in full: LBC's exclusive phone-in interviews with Sir Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak.

Just Stop Oil need to 'feel the full force of the law' says Starmer

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Read more here: Eco mob Just Stop Oil plots summer holiday chaos as group targets airports - labelling private jet stunt a 'prelude'

Farage stands by comment describing Tate as ‘important voice’ for men

 Nigel Farage has stood by his comment describing Andrew Tate as an “important voice” for men as he greeted supporters in Clacton-on-Sea.

Since December 2022, Tate has faced charges in Romania of human trafficking, rape, and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women, which he denies.

Johnson says Starmer should ‘revoke’ claim Corbyn would have made better PM

Boris Johnson has urged Sir Keir Starmer to “revoke” his claim that Jeremy Corbyn would have made a better prime minister than him.

The Labour leader refused to repeat the assertion about his predecessor when asked about it on Friday.

Instead Sir Keir told broadcasters: “The choice at the last election before the electorate was not a good choice.”

Ex-prime minister Mr Johnson wrote that Sir Keir’s original claim was “utterly terrifying”.

He also suggested that such a government may not have provided arms to Ukraine following the Russian invasion, and would have “forfeited” the UK’s leadership role as an ally of Kyiv.

“Unless he revokes his endorsement of a Corbyn premiership, and makes explicit his support for Ukraine, Keir Starmer is simply not fit to be Prime Minister.”

Sir Keir has in recent weeks sought to distance himself from Mr Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn has in turn accused his successor of attempting to rewrite history with his recent comments, and said Sir Keir had displayed “double standards”.

Labour raises 14 times more donations than Tories in first two weeks of the campaign

The Conservatives raised less than £300,000 in the second week of the election as the party’s campaign continued to falter.

In contrast, Labour raised £4.4 million in the second week of the election thanks in part to a £2.5 million donation from former supermarket boss Lord David Sainsbury.

Figures from the Electoral Commission released on Friday show the party raised just £292,500 between June 6 and 12, taking its total donations for the campaign to £889,000.

By comparison the Tories raised £8.7 million during the first two weeks of the 2019 campaign.

Labour’s total donations for the first two weeks of the campaign amounted to £5.3 million.

Reform UK raised £742,000 in the second week of the campaign, largely thanks to a £500,000 donation from Britain Means Business Ltd, a company controlled by party chairman Richard Tice.

It had been initially reported that Reform had received £1.5 million since Nigel Farage declared he would stand as a candidate in Clacton.

But the figures released on Friday show the party had raised £882,000 in major donations during the first two weeks of the campaign – only just below the figure received by the Conservatives.

The Liberal Democrats received £335,000 in the second week of the campaign, taking their total for the election to £789,999 in donations.

Political parties are required to provide weekly reports of donations of more than £11,180, after the Government increased the threshold from £7,500 in January.

Parties still have 30 days after receiving a donation to check that it is from a permissible source and decide whether to accept it.

Read more here: Tories raise less than £300k in second week of election campaign, as over three-quarters of all donations go to Labour

Holly Valance donates £50,000 to Reform UK

Holly Valance has donated £50,000 to Nigel Farage's party, Reform UK.

The former singer and actress, wife of British billionaire property tycoon Nick Candy, made the donation between June 6th and 12th according to newly released data.

According to the Electoral Commission's party donations data, the second week of the UK General Election campaign saw Ms Candy donate the five-figure sum to Farage's party.

Donated under her maiden name of Vukadinovic, the star was one of eight individuals to donate between June 6th and 12th.

The donation brings Reform UK's total for that week to £742,000.

Voter left 'on the fence' after Sunak's visit

The owner of a farm shop Rishi Sunak visited in north-east Wales has said she is "still on the fence" after his visit.

Gail Swan backed the Tories in 2019 because she felt Boris Johnson cared but said there is still a "long way to go" until polling day. She added she felt Mr Sunak also cared after they met.

'Don't let Labour waltz into office', Sunak tells voters

Rishi Sunak has urged voters not to let Labour "waltz into office", as he warned that Labour would "change the rules" to make it harder to vote them out.

The Prime Minister said that once in power, Labour would "change every rule to make sure that they keep it."

Read more: 'Don't let Labour waltz into office', Sunak tells voters, as he says Brits may not 'ever' be able to get them out of power

Starmer rejects chance of independence negotiations

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he would not enter negotiations with the Scottish Government on an independence referendum if the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats at the General Election.

First Minister John Swinney laid out his party’s manifesto this week, saying an SNP majority would increase pressure on the incoming government to give in to his demands for another vote.

When asked if he would accept such a situation, Sir Keir said: "no".

Parents ‘worried about taking children to beach’ because of pollution, says former Undertones singer

People are “utterly outraged” at river and sea pollution, with parents worried about taking their children to the beach this summer, environmental activist Feargal Sharkey has said.

The former Undertones singer, who is now president of Labour’s Environment Campaign, SERA has been touring the UK highlighting his campaign to clean up waterways, and to support Labour candidates in next month’s General Election.

Sharkey said: “Families are now worried about taking their children to the beach this summer.”

He has called for a public inquiry into what he says is a crisis, saying every river in England is polluted.

Scottish First Minister has 'got his priorities wrong' says Sir Keir Starmer

First Minister John Swinney has “got his priorities wrong”, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

He added: “The ambition between the SNP and Labour is stark.

“We say elect Labour MPs in Scotland so they can sit at the heart of an incoming Labour government, bringing about the change that I think so many people in Scotland want.

“What the SNP says is send an MP to send a message, to sit literally on the opposition benches and shout across the aisle.”

Keir Starmer has labelled actions by Just Stop Oil activists 'pathetic'

The Labour leader has condemned the actions of the protesters and called them "self-defeating".

Read more here: Starmer says eco mob 'needs to feel the full force of the law' as he slams 'pathetic' Just Stop Oil

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