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Don’t sign pledges on NHS or climate, Tory HQ tells candidates | Politics

theguardian.com

Exclusive: leaked briefing note advises candidates not to sign up to non-approved pledges – but supporting shooting is allowed. Conservative candidates in the general election will be told not to sign up to specific pledges on protecting the NHS from privatisation and trade deals or tackling climate change, according to a leaked internal document from party headquarters. The 11-page briefing note explains the party’s position on nine key areas and “strongly advises” prospective Tory MPs “against signing up to any pledges” unless they have been agreed from the centre. However, supporting shooting is allowed “as an important part of rural life”, the document says. Although the briefing sets ou...

Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected new Commons Speaker - BBC News

bbc.co.uk

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Sir Lindsay Hoyle was dragged to the chair after his election after four rounds of voting. Labour MP and deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected by MPs as the new Commons Speaker, after John Bercow stepped down. After winning the final round of voting against Chris Bryant, Sir Lindsay was dragged to the chair by MPs, where he pledged to be a "neutral" Speaker. He also paid tribute to his daughter, Natalie, who died in 2017, saying she would "always be missed". The Speaker keeps order in Commons debates and calls MPs to speak. Speakers must be politically impartial, which means Sir Lindsay will be required to resign from the...

General election 2019: Lib Dems pledge 'Remain bonus' for public services

bbc.co.uk

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jo Swinson: "Change is absolutely possible" The general election could be "a moment for seismic change", when "a new and different politics" emerges, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has said. In a speech at the party's campaign launch, she said she could do "a better job" than either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister. In response, the Conservatives said a vote for the Lib Dems "risks putting" Mr Corbyn into Downing Street. The UK will go to the polls on 12 December. Elsewhere in the election campaign: Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech accusing the PM of trying to "hijack Brexit to sell out our NHS" and pledging to "get Brexit sor...