The ‘tens of thousands’ pledge has been ditched, replaced by something more vague.
Social media is under scrutiny as never before, but there are still simple techniques you can use to connect with crucial voters.
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It’s time the Tories stood up proudly as the party of all business, including the small businesses and self-employed that are the beating heart of our economy.
He didn’t dissent from Javid’s call for one. But we can’t find any evidence that he gave a specific commitment.
The most up to date list of those standing in Tory-held seats and in targets.
Fraser Raleigh: We must continue to campaign for the Union – and shun loose talk of trading off Scottish votes for English ones
As we champion the Union, we need to recognise that each nation is having a subtly different conversation with itself about its future.
Richard Short: Corbyn rails against the super-rich, but it’s ordinary workers who would bear the cost of his ideas
A shallow minded and lazy tax and spend policy can only go so far on tax taken from the highest earners.
Vital public services face a recruitment crisis because the cost of living deters applicants. Our report shows how the Tories can address this challenge.
Onwards to Anglia, where the Liberal Democrats and Tories will be fighting hard over a small clutch of possible gains.
A fisherman from the Ajax, and other Leavers, want to know that Johnson will not let them down.
WATCH: Johnson’s first election broadcast. “Let’s get Brexit done – and unleash the potential of this whole country.”
“Vote for us, vote for a compassionate, One Nation Conservative Government that understands the symmetry between a free market economy and great public services.
Daniel Hannan: Castro. Chávez – and now Morales. That these tyrants are Corbyn’s heroes should make us very, very frightened.
His attitude ought to worry us. I mean that literally. All these men believed that the end justified the means.
Luke de Pulford: China isn’t only an oppresssor in Hong Kong. It’s a threat to all of us. Here’s how to respond.
No deals with Huawei, no control of our nuclear industry, no more infiltration in our university research programmes. We need a values-led strategy.
It stretches credulity to just assume that rent-seeking or uncompetitive markets account for all British top wealth.
The current expensive disruptive route, and the neglect of decrepit local transport, are unacceptable.
Together with my weekly focus groups, it will help to explain the dynamics of the campaign and the factors that will determine the outcome.
Rather than abandon the Apprenticeship Levy, the Conservatives should radically reform it.
Peter Golds: The Electoral Commission has rewritten the law to make it difficult to investigate vote fraudsters
It has, without consultation or a change in the law, slammed shut the principal way that investigating corruption of the register may be properly conducted.
We ask you to follow the logic of your leader’s position – and stand down in order both to deliver Brexit and avoid a Corbyn Government.
There has been no agreement between the two parties. And the whole thrust of our campaign is to colonise the centre ground, not retreat from it.
Politicians are so uncomfortable talking seriously about our international role and relationships that instead we constantly engage in proxy battles.
Policy 1) Patel pledges that Tories will bring down immigration
“The Conservatives have committed to cutting net migration if Boris Johnson wins the election. Priti Patel, the home secretary, said that the Tories would “reduce immigration overall” by placing strict limits on the number of low-skilled migrants allowed into Britain after Brexit. It represents a significant shift by Mr Johnson, who axed the Conservative Party’s pledge to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands” in one of his first acts as prime minister. He will introduce an Australian-style points-based system. While the Tories will not recommit to a target for cutting net migration in their manifesto, reducing the number of immigrants is seen as an “inevitable consequence” of the measure.” – The Times
- Labour’s plan could see it treble to 840,000 a year, she warns – Daily Telegraph
- McCluskey’s tough line on free movement sparks Labour backlash – The Guardian
- Britain has the most illegal immigrants in the EU – The Times
- Home Office app for EU citizens ‘easy to hack’ – FT
- Clinton says UK is on ‘the path to Fascism’ – The Times
- Gove is peddling the same old immigration myths – Maya Goodfellow, The Guardian
Policy 2) Johnson goes green
“Boris Johnson has promised to ensure that no one is ever more than 30 miles from an electric car charging point as part of efforts to energise the economy after Brexit. In his first big speech of the campaign Mr Johnson said he would double government research and development spending to £18 billion within five years as part of a “new wave of economic growth”. Specific commitments included making sure everyone in England and Wales was within 30 miles of an electric vehicle charge point by spending £500 million to expand the network. There was also a pledge to increase the amount of electricity generated from offshore wind from 30GW to 40GW by 2030, creating 9,000 jobs.” – The Times
- He promises ‘large-scale’ investments – FT
- Prime Minister faces anger from flood-hit Yorkshire residents – The Times
- Johnson cleans up his act to hail a green future – Quentin Letts, The Times
Hopes of deal to unite Leave vote fading as nominations close today
“The Conservatives have offered an electoral pact to Nigel Farage that would mean the Brexit Party targeting just 40 key seats, The Telegraph can disclose. Boris Johnson was prepared to put up “paper candidates” in the Labour-held constituencies, meaning the Tories would carry out only minimal campaigning in order to give an advantage to Brexit Party rivals. However, the deal was turned down by Mr Farage, who had insisted on the Tories withdrawing their candidates altogether from the seats, because he was worried that the Conservative candidates would still attract votes. Talks finally broke down late on Tuesday but as the deadline for nominations approaches at 4pm on Thursday, Mr Farage remains under intense pressure to make further concessions…” – Daily Telegraph
- I won’t vote Conservative, says Farage – The Times
- He refuses to stand down candidates in Labour seats… – FT
- …and says the Tories ‘don’t want a Brexit majority’ – Daily Mail
- Apprentice star to be Brexit Party candidate – The Sun
- Nigel, please extend your generosity to sixty extra seats – Rod Liddle, The Sun
- Farage is now the main threat to his own legacy – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
Candidates: Griffiths’ wife rejects his support in struggle for Burton candidacy…
“The estranged wife of a disgraced former minister spoke out against him last night as claims emerged that he had tried to flood his local association with new members in an attempt to be re-adopted as its Conservative candidate. Kate Griffiths, who was instead chosen to contest Burton for the party, said she neither wanted nor accepted an endorsement from Andrew Griffiths, whom she is divorcing. Mr Griffiths, who has represented Burton since 2010, resigned as a business minister last year after revelations that he sent thousands of sexual text messages to two constituents. Earlier this week he narrowly missed being chosen again after a tied vote at his local party but vowed to seek the nomination anyway by adding his name to the selection shortlist.” – The Times
- Davies pulls out of Anglesey over fresh criticism – Daily Telegraph
…as Johnson pitches for a ‘new-look’ Conservative Party
“With 40 of its MPs standing down ahead of the election on December 12 — many of them from the governing party’s moderate wing — the Tories are undergoing a generational shift. Boris Johnson, prime minister and party leader, has insisted the Tories must not morph into a sect of predominantly hardline male Brexiters — with selection officials ordered to choose its most diverse contingent of MPs to date… Mark Wallace, executive editor of the website ConservativeHome, which has closely tracked shortlists and profiled the successful contenders, said there was optimism within the party that it will defy stereotypes. “There hasn’t been a unified conspiracy to put lots of Johnsonites or Brexiters on the list, nor has the centre forced these seats to select its favoured people,” said Mr Wallace.” – FT
- Poll suggests Tories doing better with working-class than well-off voters – Daily Telegraph
>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Election Battlegrounds 4) East of England
Policy 1) Patel pledges that Tories will bring down immigration “The Conservatives have committed to cutting net migration if Boris… Read more »
Prime Minister pledges ‘clean energy revolution’… “Boris Johnson will promise a “clean energy revolution” as one of the prizes of… Read more »
Farage now urged to retreat in Labour-held marginals “Senior Tories are now pressing behind the scenes for the Brexit Party… Read more »
Johnson vows action on prosecution of Ulster veterans… “The Conservatives will pledge today to end the “unfair trials” of soldiers… Read more »
The Conservatives enter week two of the election campaign with a double poll lead. Deltapoll finds the Tories ahead by… Read more »