Britons now think it is ‘safe’ to vote Labour again, says Peter Mandelson

Lord Mandelson said that British politics was approaching a sea change which takes place every 30 years, when voters decide that the governing party has had its chance. He quoted James Callaghan, the former Labour prime minister, who said in 1979 that there were “times perhaps once every 30 years where there is a sea … Read more

Immigration must fall even as Britain pushes for growth, Liz Truss told

Ms Truss’s immigration review will consider whether changes need to be made to the shortage occupations list, which will allow key sectors to recruit more overseas staff. It could also endorse a loosening of the requirement to speak English in some sectors to enable more foreign workers into the country. Downing Street sources said the … Read more

Keir Starmer accused of lacking the ‘fight’ to reverse Tory tax plans

Sir Keir also faces a backlash from MPs on the Labour Left at this year’s party conference, which began on Sunday in Liverpool. Richard Burgon, who sat in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, said: “We must never take any voters for granted. When people are standing up to the policies of this government, we must stand … Read more

Union boss threatens to bring Britain ‘to its knees’ and lead ‘millions’ on strike

A union boss has threatened to bring Britain to its knees this autumn by leading “millions” of workers on strike, as a split over pay disputes threatened to engulf Labour’s party conference. Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said a coordinated mass walkout could cause “chaos” and succeed … Read more

Armed Forces to grow thanks to £52bn spending boost

Mr Wallace continued: “Without the change, we were heading to below 2 per cent. But on current forecast, that’s roughly a defence budget of £100 billion in 2029-30. We’re currently on £48 billion. So that’s the difference. In eight years, that’s a huge amount. “What we have to work through is how we get there. … Read more

Britain faces future with ‘white, privileged male’ as head of state, says Labour pressure group

Britain faces a “future with a white privileged male” as head of state for the next century, a Labour pressure group said on Saturday night. Labour for a Republic proceeded with a fringe event on the eve of the annual party conference in Liverpool, defying calls for them to cancel it after the death of … Read more

Liz Truss plans to cut taxes further in the new year

Those familiar with discussions say the Treasury believes lifting the lifetime allowance on pension pots could encourage doctors, police officers and highly paid nurses to remain in work. Under the current system, savers are forced into paying 55 per cent tax on pension pots valued at more than £1 million, prompting many to retire instead in … Read more

Tories to rebel against Liz Truss if pound falls below the dollar

“This Budget will live or die not on what the electorate think, not on what Opposition politicians think, not even what Conservative politicians think,” they said. “It is the global markets’ response to what looks like very risky behaviour from our Government.” They added: “The Bank of England is being backed into a corner. “If … Read more

Fight crime and forget ‘diversity and inclusion’ schemes, Suella Braverman tells police

“It is absolutely vital that trust is restored, and to address this we must have visible and responsive policing,” she wrote. “It must deliver the public’s priorities, and it must treat victims with the respect they deserve. “The public have a right to expect that the police get the basics right: driving down anti-social behaviour … Read more

Kwasi Kwarteng announces tax cuts worth £45bn

Simon Clarke, the Levelling Up Secretary, is on the morning media round for the Government as he sets the scene ahead of Kwasi Kwarteng’s “mini-Budget”.  Mr Clarke was told during an interview on Sky News that the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank had described Liz Truss’s strategy for achieving economic growth as “a gamble … Read more