General election news LIVE: Party leaders rally after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn’s head-to-head clash



Party leaders are rallying for support on the last weekend before the December 12 general election

Pushing for votes, Labour is promising every bus in England will be electric-powered by 2030, while the Tories are pledging extra cash for grassroots football to bolster the UK and Ireland’s bid for 2030 World Cup, with an an extra £550 million over 10 years for community sports facilities

The Liberal Democrats are promising to bring in “safe standing” areas at top flight football matches, saying it would offer fans more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets.

It comes after Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson clashed on a head-to-head TV debate last night.

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Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has called on the Government to allow a report detailing Russian interference in UK elections to be published.

In the light of claims that UK government documents leaked online could have been subject to Russian interference online, Mr McDonald said it would be “perfectly legitimate” for an inquiry to now be held.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr McDonald said:

If we want to get to the bottom of the extent to which the Russian state interferes in elections, can we please publish the Intelligence and Security Committee report?

Let’s get that out there. That should have been published ages ago.
 


Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said it was “extremely serious” that leaked documents – used by Jeremy Corbyn as “proof” the Conservatives want to include the NHS in future trade deals – could be linked to a Russian disinformation campaign.

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Reddit, a social media platform which a user used to distribute the dossier, said it had banned 61 accounts following an investigation of suspect activity and said the campaign shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian operation dubbed “Secondary Infektion” uncovered by Facebook earlier this year.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Morgan said:

I understand from what was being put on that website, those who seem to know about these things say that it seems to have all the hallmarks of some form of interference.

And if that is the case, that obviously is extremely serious. And actually as Culture Secretary, obviously one of the things that we are looking for and monitoring is any interference in our elections.


Leaked papers which Jeremy Corbyn claimed proved the Tories would use the NHS in trade talks with the US have been linked to a Russian disinformation campaign.

 


Today:

The parties return to the campaign trail on Saturday with Labour promising every bus in England will be electric-powered by 2030, reducing emissions by more than 70 per cent.

The Tories are pledging extra cash for grassroots football to bolster the UK and Ireland’s bid for 2030 World Cup, with an an extra £550 million over 10 years for community sports facilities

And the Liberal Democrats are promising to bring in “safe standing” areas at top flight football matches, saying it would offer fans more choice, a better atmosphere, and cheaper tickets.
 


Chris Curtis, YouGov’s political research manager, said

 

Our snap poll shows that the public remains divided on who won the debate, just as with last month’s head-to-head, with most Labour voters thinking Jeremy Corbyn won, most Conservative voters thinking Boris Johnson won, and very few people changing their minds.

But given the Conservatives went into this debate in the lead, they will hope the lack of a knockout blow means they can maintain this until voting day.


Here’s more on who won the debate.

 


Here is what SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has to say.

 


According to YouGov polling, Mr Johnson won the debate 52 per cent to 48 per cent against Mr Corbyn.


Mr Johnson pledges to “get Brexit done” to get Britain “out of neutral”.


Mr Corbyn’s pitch is to vote for him, “for hope and change”.


The pair are now making closing remarks.


The audience laughs as Mr Johnson is asked what should be done to politicians that lie.

 

Mr Corbyn says that the democratic process would hold politicians to account.


Mr Johnson says getting Brexit done will help alleviate the acrimony in politics.

 

Mr Corbyn says that cohesion in society is key, bringing up Mr Johnson’s previous comments.


Mr Corbyn, asked about anti-Semitism, passionately decries the racism against Jewish people, which many say has flourished under his leadership of the Labour party.


The candidate are now asked what they would do to get hate out of politics – including racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and threats to women.


Mr Johnson claims that shadow home secretary Diane Abbott wants to disband MI5.

 

Mr Corbyn says that there is no plans to cut parts of the security service, and that he plans to invest.


Mr Johnson says that the Conservatives are putting money into prisons.

 

Mr Corbyn says that prisons are overcrowded and resources – like education are rehabilitation – are being cut back.


In response, Mr Corbyn says, that one day most prisoners will come out, and that prisoners should be rehabilitated and assessed before they are released.

 

The Labour leader goes onto praise the work of Jack Merritt, who was killed in Usman Khan’s attack.



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