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Minister denies Rishi Sunak will quit before general election after D-Day blunder

The Conservatives will aim to revive their ailing general election campaign with a manifesto launch set promising giveaways including another 2p cut in national insurance.

Rishi Sunak is expected to tell voters the Tories believe in “sound money” and “are the party of Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Lawson” – the latter renowned for cutting taxes during his time as chancellor in the Thatcher government.

The manifesto is set to contain a string of giveaways amounting to almost £20bn in tax cuts and spending, including the national insurance cut, child benefit expansion and an income tax cut for pensioners.

It comes after the prime minister doubled down on his disputed claim that a Labour government would result in household taxes going up by £2,000.

During an election interview with BBC’s Panorama programme broadcast on Monday evening, Mr Sunak stood by the figure when it was put to him as “misleading”.

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Brits blame Brexit more than Covid for public services decline, study reveals

Despite Vladimir Putin’s war and the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, eight years after the vote, Brexit is among the most-cited reasons for declining public services, according to new research.

Three in four Brits believe services are worse since the last general election in 2019, research by Ipsos found.

Matt Mathers11 June 2024 06:00

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Join The Independent’s free General Election WhatsApp group for the latest UK politics news sent to your phone

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Matt Mathers11 June 2024 05:00

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Watch: Angela Rayner says council tax row was ‘deliberate smear’

Angela Rayner says council tax row was ‘deliberate smear’

Labour’s deputy leader has spoken about her “frustrating” investigation into her living affairs. Angela Rayner spoke to The News Agents podcast as her Labour party gears up for the 2024 general election. She told Lewis Goodall, “It was frustrating, there’s been a number of times where I felt that whether it was misogyny or this, which I felt was difficult on a personal level.” Greater Manchester Police announced no action will be taken into claims that Rayner owed council tax on a previous property. Listen to the full interview on The News Agents podcast this evening on Global Player.

Matt Mathers11 June 2024 04:00

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Reform candidate says UK should have ‘taken Hitler up on his offer of neutrality’ instead of fighting Nazis

Ian Gribbin, who is standing in Bexhill and Battle, also wrote online that women were the “sponging gender” and should be “deprived of health care”.

Matt Mathers11 June 2024 03:00

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ICYMI: Rishi Sunak insists he will fight rest of election campaign despite D-Day backlash

Rishi Sunak has been forced to deny that he will quit before polling day as he seeks to reinvigorate his stalled election campaign with a manifesto focused on tax cuts.

The Tory leader said he would carry on “until the last day” as he tried to draw a line under last week’s D-Day row.

Matt Mathers11 June 2024 02:00

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Four Tories back Laurence Fox’s Reclaim general election pledges

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Why one of Britain’s wealthiest villages has netted a £300k taxpayer-funded levelling-up grant

It’s a charming village at the foot of the Surrey Hills featuring a quaint high street with many independent cafes and shops.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and a short journey from Guildford railway station with links into London, Cranleigh is unsurprisingly a sought-after location to live for commuters working in the capital.

Matt Mathers11 June 2024 00:01

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Should the UK rejoin the EU single market? Join The Independent Debate

Now we want to know what you think. Do you think the UK should rejoin the European single market?

Should Brexit, as Sir Ed is suggesting, be reversed? And does the Lib Dem’s freshly unveiled manifesto give you food for thought as polling day looms?

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Matt Mathers10 June 2024 23:00

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‘I come from an NHS family’

Sunak denies that Tory prime ministers don’t care about the NHS because they and their families can go private and “skip the queue”.

Mr Sunak said: “I come from an NHS family, so my dad was a GP. My mum was a pharmacist. I was surrounded…”

When it was put to him that he uses private health care, Mr Sunak added: “Yes, I have done in the past, but I also use the NHS and rely on the NHS, as do my kids, but at the end of the day, I was raised in an NHS family, surrounded by people who dedicated their lives to the NHS, talking at home about what more they could do to look after their patients and that’s how I think about the NHS today, which is why, as I said, we’re backing it with record funding and more doctors and nurses.

“Now, as you can see, we are bringing the waiting lists down after what has been a difficult period.”

Matt Mathers10 June 2024 20:57

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Watch: Rishi Sunak and presenter clash over ‘misleading’ Labour tax claim

Rishi Sunak and presenter clash over ‘misleading’ Labour tax calculations

Matt Mathers10 June 2024 20:52

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