BRITAIN (Bywire News) - Donald Trump is in town for a NATO summit and has been busily denying any interest in the NHS. He also took an uncharacteristically diplomatic step of distancing himself from the election dog fight insisting he can work with any Prime Minister.
One person he might not be seeing too much of is Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister who once said the only thing which would stop him going to New York would be the very “real risk of meeting Donald Trump,” plans to limit their appearances together. Reports suggest he is worried the Donald’s unpopularity in Britain could cost him the election.
Dominic Raab has been talking to the press, which as predictably as night follows day means the good people in the Tory press office have been running damage control. Speaking on Sky News he seemed to suggest the US might push up drug prices.
When asked if companies would be free to jack up the price, he admitted that the “Americans will make their decisions.”
The opposition is using Donald Trump’s visit again to mention the NHS and tables as much as possible. Jeremy Corbyn has written to the President highlighting their concerns about his involvement in the NHS. We have no confirmation of the exact amount of time it took for the letter to land in the bin.
Corbyn has been on television once again, this time with Philip Schofield in which he was pressed again on the issue of antisemitism. He apologised for the hurt caused and also pointed out that the issue also existed within other parties with both the Conservatives and Lib Dems having to withdraw candidates. “Other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism. Candidates have been withdrawn by the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, and by us, because of it. We just do not accept it in any form whatsoever.”
The party has unveiled their latest celebrity secret weapon in the form of Hugh Grant who was out campaigning for Luciana Berger.
Joe Swinson has also called on the Government to extend protections for farmers post Brexit. She urged the Prime Minister to use any discussions with the US on the side-lines of the NATO summit will include discussions about maintaining food standards. She referred to leaked documents which appeared to show US negotiators arguing for reduced controls over labelling and offering help selling the idea of chlorine doused chicken.
The polls continue to tighten. The latest offering from BMG Research has the lead down to just six points. The Conservatives are two points down on 39% and Labour have bounced up five to 33%.
- CON: 39% (-2)
- LAB: 33% (+5)
- LDEM: 13% (-5)
- GRN: 5% (-)
- BREX: 4% (+1)
A YouGov poll of London Westminster voting intention shows a growing lead for the Labour party. They currently stand on 47%, up eight and 17 ahead of the Conservatives.
In the New Statesman Stephen Bush stated that we are just a normal sized polling error away from a Labour Government.
Remember them? Nigel Farage has been answering listers’ questions on Radio 5Live this morning. Among his highlights was a promise not to head off into the sunset as he briefly did in 2016. Admitting he made a mistake he claimed ‘he won’t be going away’ this time.
(Written by Tom Cropper, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)