British Prime Minister Boris Johnson released his Conservative Party's election manifesto on Sunday (November 24) - promising to "Get Brexit Done" by brining his EU withdrawal deal back to parliament before Christmas.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "My friends, do we want more delay?
Do we want more dither and drift and deadlock and division?
Do we want 2020 to be another year of defeatism and despair?
No, we don't.
We want to move forward because this country has an incredible future." With less than three weeks until Britons head to the polls, the governing Conservatives are trying to draw a distinction with the opposition Labour Party.
It has promised to raise taxes on the rich and businesses to fund an expansion of the state.
Johnson instead is promising £23.5 billion of tax cuts and higher spending - including on lowering business rates for retailers and employing another 50,000 nurses.
The manifesto says the impact on the government's day-to-day finances would be close to zero.
However, taking questions after launching the document, he was grilled on why the British public should believe him.
That's after he reneged on his promise to get Brexit done by the end of October, his Conservative Party was accused of spreading disinformation and he was laughed at by a TV audience when he said truth in politics was important.
Johnson says trust in politics has been eroded because of parliament's failure to implement Brexit.
He's the runaway favorite to win the election, according to polls, though analysts warn that undecided voters could sway the outcome.
In a sign of how divided the nation is, Johnson was welcomed to his manifesto launch in Telford by supporters chanting "Boris", and protesters shouting "Liar, liar, pants on fire".
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed his Iraqi counterpart Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to 10 Downing Street. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Iraqi premier Mustafa Al Kadhimi has met Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10Downing Street. The Iraqi leader was appointed in May after mass anti-government protests that rocked the country and pushed former prime ministerAdel Abdul Mahdi to resign.
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The chairman of Manchester Young Conservatives has slammed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, telling Euronews that the Tory leader has carried out "U-turn after U-turn, incompetent move after incompetent move".View on euronews
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Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg recalled an episode of Peppa Pig as he gave his support for a puddle jumping contest. The World Puddle Jumping Championships are usually held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering but in order to comply with social distancing restrictions this year they are taking place online. Kettering's Conservative MP Philip Hollobone called for a "statement in support" of the event. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner was engulfed in a row as she was accused of calling a Tory MP "scum" during a Covid-19 debate in the House of Commons. Conservative MP Chris Clarkson said the insult was hurled at him after he insinuated that members of the shadow front bench believe the pandemic is a "good crisis" to exploit. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says he has the support of local Conservatives and rejects accusation of partisanship. He says leaders in Manchester were told Tier 3 may not work, and that national lockdown can't be ruled out. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters that it was "very important" to be back negotiating a trade deal and "every day counts" as he arrived in London for talks with his UK counterpart Lord Frost. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Home Office minister Kit Malthouse has talked up the chances of a trade deal with the EU, saying he was “hopeful”, but remained adamant that the UK “can function without a deal" in terms of post-Brexit security arrangements. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has described her landslide electionvictory as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out thecoronavirus and reboot the economy. A day after winning a second term – withher Labour Party now able to govern without a coalition partner – Ms Ardernsaid she expected to form a new government within three weeks and toprioritise work on the virus response.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered the biggest election victory for her center-left Labour Party in half a century on Saturday as voters rewarded her for strong leadership, particularly throughout this year. Edward Baran reports.
Shadow Minister for Schools Wes Streeting says the government's approach to local restrictions is "not working." He added that it is "unacceptable in this century" for children to go hungry as a result of inadequate financial support. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
A humanitarian ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia came into force at midnight on Saturday, only to crumble within a few hours - with both sides accusing the other of violations. David Doyle reports.
A U.N. report due to be published this week details the "strong financial position" of Somali militant group al Shabaab - including how it is moving millions of dollars through the formal banking system and investing in property and businesses. David Doyle reports.
Some of the nation’s landmark red postboxes have been painted black to honourblack Britons past and present, including Sir Lenny Henry and nursing pioneerMary Seacole. Royal Mail said four postboxes – in London, Glasgow, Cardiff andBelfast – have been painted black with gold trim as part of Black HistoryMonth in October.
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Around 695,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of Britishcompanies since March when the coronavirus lockdown began, according toofficial figures. Britain's unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in the three monthsto July. The rising total of jobless Britons has mainly been put down to thecoronavirus pandemic.
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Holidaymakers travel back to the UK from Mykonos to London Heathrow just hoursbefore the Government deadline to have to self-isolate for 14 days comes intoforce. Brits returning from seven Greek Islands will have to quarantine as of4am Wednesday morning.
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As the General Election rolls on and the three main parties launch their manifestos, we take a closer look at the details. We have compared the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat pledges against..
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