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9 June 2024, 09:12 | Updated: 9 June 2024, 16:08

Emily Thornberry Announces Labour Candidate For Islington North
Emily Thornberry Announces Labour Candidate For Islington North. Picture: Getty

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Candidates did the morning rounds talking about benefits, the triple lock pledge, and nuclear deterrence.

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Mel Stride spoke to LBC's Lewis Goodall this morning about Tory plans to cut welfare spending.

Emily Thornberry refused to rule out spending cuts as a result of the triple lock pledge.

Carla Denyer has compared the argument for nuclear deterrence to that of those who carry knives.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper visited the East of England for a campaign visit related to crackdown on antisocial behaviour.

The Liberal Democrats pledge to tackle people dying due to ambulance delays. The manifesto pledge features an upfront capital investment of £280 million to expand urgent treatment centres and A&E wards, and an additional £400 million a year to add an extra 1,000 staffed beds in hospitals.

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

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Shadow Health Secretary quizzed by Lewis Goodall on Labour's plans for social care

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey accused of "buffoonery"

A former subpostmaster who lost his livelihood in the Horizon scandal has accused Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey of "buffoonery" for his stunt-laden election campaign. 

Lee Castleton compared Sir Ed's actions to those of former Tory prime minister Boris Johnson, adding trust is "never going to be built" by "paddleboarding in Cumbria". 

Sir Ed has come under fire for not doing more to help wrongly-convicted subpostmasters between 2010 and 2012 when he served as postal affairs minister in the coalition government. 

He has previously apologised for failing to see through the Post Office's "lies" and insisted he is taking voters' concerns seriously during a campaign in which he has visited a theme park and also sped down the Ultimate Slip n Slide near Frome, Somerset. 

More than 700 subpostmasters were prosecuted by the Post Office and handed criminal convictions between 1999 and 2015 as Fujitsu's faulty Horizon IT system made it appear as though money was missing at their branches. 

Mr Castleton, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, was found to have a £25,000 shortfall at his branch in 2004 and was made bankrupt after he lost his legal battle with the Post Office. 

He told the BBC's Sunday Morning With Laura Kuenssberg: "I don't particularly like the buffoonery, I find it very Boris-esque and I don't think there's any need for it. 

"It's really, really, really important that we trust him and trust is never going to be built by swinging around on ropes or paddleboarding in Cumbria. 

 "Trust is about engaging with the people that need that engagement." 

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting hits out at Labour peer

Wes Streeting has hit out at a Labour peer for calling Rosie Duffield "frit or lazy", after she called off local hustings over safety concerns. 

Lord Cashman, a former EastEnders actor and Labour MEP, has apologised after he commented on a social media post about Ms Duffield's move: "Frit. Or lazy". 

It came after Ms Duffield, a Labour General Election candidate who has been a defender of women's rights and female-only spaces, said her attendance at local hustings was "impossible" because of "constant trolling". 

Shadow health secretary Mr Streeting said: "I strongly disagree with Michael (Cashman). That is extremely unfair and I was very concerned Rosie's not able to participate in hustings and is having to change the way she behaves because of abuse. That is wholly intolerable and unacceptable."

Transport Secretary Mark Harper says the Conservatives "are up for the fight"

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has told Lewis Goodall on LBC, that the Conservatives "are up for the fight". 

When asked whether Conservative activists might expect some indication of a tightening of the polls, transport secretary Mark Harper said: "We've got a record number, I think, of voters who have yet to make up their mind. I think something like 44% of voters haven't decided yet who they're going to vote for. 

"So therefore, it's all to play for and it's about making those arguments about lower taxes under us, higher taxes under Labour. That, I think, is the arguments we need to prosecute between now and polling day."

Goodall then asked whether he should be thinking about doing a deal with Nigel Farage and Reform.

Harper said: "Every Conservative before polling day should be focused on one thing and one thing only, which is getting people to vote Conservative. 

"And I would make that appeal to Reform voters. If you want to lower taxes and lower immigration, you're only going to get that if you vote Conservative. If you vote Reform, you're going to get a Labour government with a large majority that would literally do the opposite of the things that you care about."

When asked whether he was worried about a Conservative wipeout, he went on to say: "We need to fight for every vote. We mustn't take the voters for granted. We have got a hard fight on I absolutely accept that. That's why I think every conservative as they are doing around the country, you know, you talked about our activists. I know every single conservative activist and member is out fighting for every vote and the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet are up for that fight and are doing that and will continue doing so until the polls closed on the 4th of July."

Transport Secretary Mark Harper says poll predicting Labour landslide "will concentrate people's minds"

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has told Lewis Goodall on LBC, that a poll predicting a Labour landslide will "concentrate people’s minds on the choice in front of them". 

Responding to an MRP poll that shows a Labour landslide could leave Tories with just 72 seats, he said:"First of all, apart from a very small number of postal voters, nobody has actually cast a vote in this election, and I think it's not sensible to take voters for granted on the basis of polls. 

"And you're right, we are fighting for every single vote, but I think, look, the polls actually do tell us something important, which is if they're right and if Labour get, and if people that have previously voted Conservative vote for Reform or one of the other smaller parties, anyone other than the Conservatives, Labour get a very large majority. 

"They'll have the power to do whatever they like, and we know there's a big black hole in their finances. We know they're thinking about raising more taxes. We've set out a list of taxes that we think they would have to raise if they were to get into power. And they haven't ruled any of them out. And these are taxes on people's homes, Council Tax band increases just like they are currently doing in Wales, where they're in government, and I think those are real concerns for people. So I think actuallythe poll should just concentrate people's minds about the choice in front of them, whether they want a Conservative government that will cut their taxes and leave them with more of their own money over the next parliament or a Labour government that will increase their taxes. And I don't think working people can afford that."

Labour and the Liberal Democrats vow to 'catch cancer on time'

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are trailing their plans to cut cancer waiting times this morning. 

 Mr Streeting, who recently received treatment for kidney cancer, has said party would deliver an extra 40,000 appointments, tests and scans each week at evenings and weekends and double the number of CT and MRI scanners to help "catch cancer on time". 

 "Having gone through treatment for kidney cancer, I know that the earlier cancer is caught, the better chance of survival," he said. 

Meanwhile Liberal Democrats are planning a cash injection of £1 billion for radiotherapy machines, increasing their number by 200 throughout the NHS system.

Rishi Sunak has said that he is guided as PM by his 'Hindu faith' and a sense of duty in an interview this morning

The Prime Minister also fended off criticism from Nigel Farage and said he would remain as an MP if he were elected.

Keir Starmer promises no capital gains tax on sales of homes

Sir Keir Starmer has dismisses claims he's set to hike taxes if Labour come to power following the General Election.

Speaking to reporters on a visit to a hospital in Workshop, the Labour leader said he will not implement capital gains tax on the sale of homes, 

He added that a tax on first houses was "never" a Labour policy and he could "absolutely" guarantee that it would not happen.

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Labour's deputy leader tells LBC she condemns 'intimidation' of Rosie Duffield

Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey says Alan Bates deserves his knighthood

Speaking to Emma Corr in Surrey on Saturday morning, Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey said Alan Bates deserves his knighthood. 

"I think he's taking it not just for himself but on behalf of all sub-postmasters and I think everyone's hearts have gone out to the subpostmasters who've been affected by this appalling scandal, miscarriage of justice, Alan Bates fought the system and he won and that's just really incredible. 

"He's fought it for decades and he was a victim of the lies of the Post Office as were all those subpostmasters, ministers of all political parties and the courts and the judges - and at long last they're being found out."

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