Election latest: Starmer avoids weighing in on US election - as minister admits 'none of' polls look good for Sunak (2024)

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Poll tracker: Where do the parties stand today?

Our live poll tracker collates the results of opinion surveys carried out by all the main polling organisations - and allows you to see how the political parties are performing in the run-up to the general election.

With under a week to go, the Tories and Labour have taken a drop, while support for Reform UK and the Liberal Democrats is on the rise.

Read more about the trackerhere.


Labour clarifies that tax-free pension withdrawals will remain

During his BBC radio interview, Sir Keir Starmer said the tax-free withdrawal of lump sums from pensions would lapse in two or three years.

Labour have since clarified the leader was talking about something else.

A party spokesperson said: "The ability to withdraw 25% of your pension as tax-free lump sum is a permanent feature of the tax system and Labour are not planning to change this.

"Keir was referring to temporary tax breaks in the system that are due to expire and which the public finances assume will not continue, like increasing the stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers from £300,000 to £425,000."


Starmer will stand aside if he loses election

The final question put to Sir Keir Starmer during his BBC interview is whether he will resign if he loses the election badly.

He simply responds "yes".

Considering his party is 20 points ahead in the polls, it is not immediately clear what a "bad" loss would equate to.


Starmer pushed on access to women's spaces

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is wrapping up his interview with callers on BBC radio.

He clashes with one caller - Jane - about access to women's spaces.

The caller pushes Sir Keir on whether biological men will be allowed access to women's spaces if he becomes prime minister.

The Labour leader is repeatedly cut off by the caller when he references his past work on violence against women and girls.

Jane says that 51% of the population need to be listened to, rather than a small number of biological men.

The Labour leader says he does not want to allow a "toxic" discussion to take place - and people who do not identify as their birth gender are often "traumatised".

He does not commit to saying that biological men will not be allowed access to women's spaces - but says he will protect women.


Starmer declines to call Farage racist

Sir Keir Starmer is asked on the BBC about Nigel Farage - and it is put to him whether the Reform UK leader is racist.

The Labour leader says he doesn't want "call him names".

He does say, however, that comments which have come from Reform UK campaigners are racist, and condemns them.

You can read more about that below:


Labour won't renew tax break on lump sum pension withdrawals, Starmer suggests

Speaking on BBC radio, Sir Keir Starmer is asked about the tax-free lump sums people can take from their pensions.

According to Hargreaves Lansdown, "this applies to the tax-free element of certain lump sums, capped at £268,275 - amounts exceeding this allowance are taxed at your marginal rate".

Sir Keir says: "It runs out in a number of years, and we're not going to renew it."

He then says, however, that Labour would review the plans in two or three years when they come up for renewal.

This, Sir Keir says, is not something he can promise now due to the economic conditions.

Labour later clarified the leader of the party was talking about a different policy.

A spokesperson said: "The ability to withdraw 25% of your pension as tax-free lump sum is a permanent feature of the tax system and Labour are not planning to change this.

"Keir was referring to temporary tax breaks in the system that are due to expire and which the public finances assume will not continue, like increasing the stamp duty threshold for first-time buyers from £300,000 to £425,000."


Starmer will work with 'whoever is president' if he is prime minister

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is speaking on BBC radio to callers.

But the interview begins with questions about the debate in the US overnight - for which Joe Biden has been criticised.

Sir Keir says he has "enough on his plate" with his own election campaign.

But he says he will work with "whoever is president".

The Labour leader praises the "historic" nature of the relationship between the UK and the US.

And he says he doesn't think it would be "helpful" to comment on the contest on the other side of the pond.

Asked about previous comments shadow foreign secretary David Lammy made about Donald Trump - which were extremely critical - Sir Keir distances himself from the remarks.


Election in England 'has been decided' SNP leader claims

SNP leader John Swinney is speaking to broadcasters this morning.

As a member of the Scottish parliament, he is not standing for election this month.

He has implored voters in Scotland to support his party to face up to what he says is an inevitable Labour win.

Exclusive polling for Sky News carried out by YouGov shows Labour is currently on 35% in Scotland, compared to 29% for the SNP - a slight narrowing in the gap (read more here).

Mr Swinney says: "I think the election essentially has been decided in England.

"The Labour Party has a commanding lead over the Conservatives south of the border, and it's a certainty that Keir Starmer is going to become the next prime minister.

"But in Scotland, there's a hotly contested election between the SNP and the Labour Party.

"If they want to make sure that decisions about Scotland are made in Scotland for Scotland, then they've got to vote for the SNP because it's only SNP votes and SNP voices in the House of Commons that will hold the Labour government to account, given that they're going to win hands down in England."


Labour 'would like to unfreeze' tax thresholds but can't afford to

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Darren Jones is out for Labour this morning.

Speaking to Sky News, he is asked about Labour's financial plans - especially with the tax burden at a 70-year-high.

Mr Jones says that, if his party wins, they will "inherit the country as it is - not as we might like it".

The situation on tax thresholds is put to the Labour man.

By keeping the levels at which people go up income tax bands frozen, more and more people end up paying higher taxes as wages naturally increase.

This effect has been dubbed a "stealth tax rise", and has led to greater proportions of people paying higher income tax rates than previously.

Mr Jones says: "We would like to unfreeze them, but of course we have to be able to afford to do so.

"And we've not done that at this point in the election because the money's not available right now to be able to do that.

"And that's why when you point to the Conservative Party's promise to change thresholds for certain voters, it's very clear that that's not a promise that anyone can believe, because the money's not there to pay for that commitment"


PJAS: The last weekend

Sky News' deputy political editor Sam Coates and Politico's Jack Blanchard are here with their guide to the election day ahead.

This is day 39 of the campaign.

Jack and Sam talk about the leaders' final weekend, they discuss how Reform are continuing to be in the headlines, and following the Trump vs Biden debate, they look at the rest of the world, including the upcoming French election.

Email Jack and Sam: jackandsam@sky.uk

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Election latest: Starmer avoids weighing in on US election - as minister admits 'none of' polls look good for Sunak (2024)


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In 2021/2022, Sir Keir Starmer's salary for being a Labour MP was £76,961 and he received as extra £49,193 for being leader of the opposition. He was previously Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013, a role which is known to command a hefty salary.

What party is Rishi Sunak? ›

Rishi Sunak (born 12 May 1980) is a British politician who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2022. The first British Asian prime minister, he previously held two cabinet positions under Boris Johnson, latterly as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2020 to 2022.

How long has Rishi Sunak been prime minister? ›

Appointment as Prime Minister

Sunak was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by King Charles III on 25 October 2022, making him the first British Asian prime minister and the first Hindu to hold the office.

Is Starmer a socialist? ›

A few days into the general election campaign, Keir Starmer surprised some voters by declaring himself a socialist. “I would describe myself as a socialist. I describe myself as a progressive. I'd describe myself as somebody who always puts the country first and party second,” he said.

Why did Keir Starmer get knighted? ›

Sir Keir Starmer — a title he rarely uses himself — was awarded a knighthood in 2014 for his work as head of the CPS and director of Public Prosecutions; a tradition for those in this role. His services for “law and criminal justice” were cited as reasons for the honour.

Has Jeremy Corbyn ever worked? ›

Corbyn worked as an union official of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers. He became a member of a district health authority in the early years of the 1970s. In 1974, he was elected to Haringey Council, representing Harringay as councillor until 1983.

Is Keir Starmer's wife a lawyer? ›

What nationality is Sir Keir Starmer? ›

Is conservative left or right in the UK? ›

It is the current governing party, having won the 2019 general election, and has been the primary governing party in the United Kingdom since 2010. The party sits on the right-wing to centre-right of the political spectrum.

How many languages can Rishi Sunak speak? ›

What nationality is Rishi? ›

Who is likely to be the next prime minister? ›

Keir Starmer is likely to be the U.K.'s next Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer is widely expected to become the UK's next Prime Minister after July's parliamentary election. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to author Tom Baldwin about the politician's remarkable rise.

Who can be PM of Britain? ›

Is Rishi Sunak resign as prime minister? ›

“No, of course not. I'm energised about the vision we're putting forward for the country," he said. "This campaign is not even half way through yet. I'm finding enormous support for the policies that we're putting on the table."

What were the beliefs of the Labour party? ›

Entitled "Labour and the New Social Order", it remained the basic Labour platform until 1950. It proclaimed a socialist party whose principles included a guaranteed minimum standard of living for everyone, nationalisation of industry and heavy taxation of large incomes and of wealth.

What is the ideology of the Workers Party of Britain? ›

Ideology and platform

The party identifies as a socialist, working class party, which aims for "a redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people". It describes itself as "economically radical" and "committed to class politics".

What are the Starmers pledges? ›

Support common ownership of rail, mail, energy and water; end outsourcing out NHS, local government and justice system. Full voting rights for EU nationals. Defend free movement as we leave the EU. An immigration system based on compassion and dignity.

Is Keir Starmer's wife a lady? ›


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