Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

That was a pretty sombre PMQs, marked by the death of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland and the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka.

Emily Thornberry and David Lidington both condemned the killings, although Thornberry said the unrest in Derry made a fresh case for the Government to solve the Northern Ireland Brexit border problem.

There was some low-level back-and-forth about Brexit talks, with both sides condemning the other for not giving ground in the attempt to find a deal.

A few Conservative MPs warned about the ongoing Brexit delay – while Lidington faced a grilling from both sides of the House on climate change, acknowledging the UK had “more to do” to tackle the problem. And that’s your lot. Continue reading Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

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Tories hit by worst poll result ‘in 16 years’ as supporters flock to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

Tories hit by worst poll result ‘in 16 years’ as supporters flock to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

Matt Foster, PoliticsHome||The Conservatives have slumped to one of their lowest-ever poll results as supporters appeared to be switching their allegiance to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.

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A fresh survey of Westminster voting intention by pollster ComRes put the Tories on just 23% support, a full 10 points behind Labour and just nine points ahead of the week-old Eurosceptic outfit.


The poll – commissioned by the Brexit Express pressure group – is the first Westminster study to include the Brexit Party launched last week by former UKIP leader Mr Farage. In a boost for Jeremy Corbyn, a third (33%) of voters said they intended to back Labour at the next election – while the Brexit Party registered 17% support. Blow for Tories and Labour as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party takes EU elections poll leadWATCH: Tory MP hints that she could vote for Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party in EU election Nigel Farage will lead new Brexit party as founding boss quits over anti-Islam tweets


ComRes chief executive Andrew Hawkins told the Daily Telegraph: “This is the lowest Tory support I can remember in 16 years in this job.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg was unveiled as the Brexit Party's star candidate at the European elections

Annunziata Rees-Mogg was unveiled as the Brexit Party’s star candidate at the European elections

“For months now polls have been showing a build-up of anger and frustration among voters, and while Ukip are now seen as being beyond the pale, the Brexit Party has made a protest vote acceptable again – it is offering voters an opportunity to scratch the itch of Brexit.”

The study shows that only 53% of 2017 Conservative voters say they would vote for the Tories again in the next general election.

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Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party Leading In Latest European Election Poll

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party Leading In Latest European Election Poll

Jeremy Corbyn told to back the second referendum to halt the surge in support for former Ukip leader … By Ned Simons/Huffpost
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has opened up a five-point lead in the polls ahead of next months European elections.

A YouGov poll, commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, puts the Brexit Party on 27%, ahead of Labour on 22% with the Conservatives trailing on 15%.

The survey put the Lib Dems on 9%, the Greens on 10% and Ukip on 7%.

Change UK, the party formed from The Independent Group of ex-Tory and ex-Labour MPs, was trailing on just 6%.

It came as Vince Cable said the pro-Remain parties would have been better “fighting together under the same banner” in the elections on May 23. Continue reading Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party Leading In Latest European Election Poll

Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

oll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph predicts the Conservatives would lose 59 seats if a vote were held today, making Labour the largest party in the Commons. This would not be enough to secure Corbyn a working majority but would put him in prime position to agree a power-sharing deal with other progressive parties such as the SNP, Lib Dems or Change UK. Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called on Theresa May to resign as prime minister next month, saying the timetable for her departure should still stand despite her failure to pass a withdrawal agreement.

“I know that the prime minister has already said she’s going. She said she would go as and when the agreement was ratified, which was looking at around about May, June. I think those dates still stand,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

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“I think that what the PM has to do is aim everything now towards departure before the Euros [elections] which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do, getting the UK out of the European Union one way or the other and then we can have another leadership election and pick a new leader, which is the way it has to be.”

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