UK Conservatives pledge no tax hike for top earners as vote nears

  • UK Conservatives pledge no tax hike for top earners as vote nears

UK Conservatives pledge no tax hike for top earners as vote nears

That's one of the many reasons why the Scottish results may supply us with our biggest shocks on 8 June.

Appearing after May on the programme, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also faced hostile questioning.

Mr Corbyn was challenged by small businessman Steve Rudd, who said he did not know if he would be able to expand his company and create jobs with the prospect of rises in personal tax and corporation tax if Labour wins power. There were widespread warnings that Britain risked becoming a one-party state and that Labour, a historic left-wing party in Europe, could be wiped out. Instead, the Conservatives are starting to get anxious.

The Jewish vote is of little effect in electoral terms - Jews are a minority of 300,000 people in Great Britain - but it is widely seen as proof of the change that has gripped Labour since Jeremy Corbyn won the party's 2015 leadership election.

This is a huge change from just four weeks ago, when it was near impossible to find a media commentator who doubted the Tories were headed for a landslide victory.

Mulligan's view of the prime minister has darkened as the campaign has progressed and she now regards May as both uncaring and untrustworthy. And secondly, could the polls just be wrong? The intensity of hatred towards Jeremy Corbyn from British establishment was felt with full intensity when a serving general in the army said that if Corbyn were ever elected prime minister, the army should overthrow him.

She called the election three years early, warning that opposition parties threatened to derail her plans to take Britain out of the European Union following a referendum vote last year.

"I could have stayed on doing that job for another couple of years and not called an election".

But things weren't so simple.

Campaigning in West Yorkshire, the Prime Minister reiterated her assurance that the Conservatives remained a "low-tax" party.

The decline in support for the Conservatives coincided with a surprise announcement by May last month that she would make elderly people pay more for their social care, despite concerns that it could undermine support among ageing, wealthy homeowners - a core source of Conservative votes.

Then again, if May had suffered a bruising encounter at nearly 10 p.m. on a Friday night, Tory spinners would tell everyone to pipe down because no-one in the real world cares about a TV question and answer session.

After being asked about anti-Semitism, the Labour leader remarked: "The way Jewish people have suffered is an appalling stain on history". He also failed to alleviate Labour's credibility problem when a voter asked him if Labour's manifesto was an achievable wish list or "a letter to Santa" - expect this clip to do the rounds tomorrow. Some news outlets argued that the controversy had cost May 5 percentage points off her lead.

But when the entire campaign was focused on Theresa May the individual rather than on the Conservative Party, its strengths and its prominent personalities, it became a May event that now may not happen as the campaign team had planned.

There is a catch, however.

May became prime minister without winning an election in July past year following the resignation of David Cameron after Britons went against his advice and voted to leave the EU.

"Our model implies that we don't think they will". Since the manifesto launch, she has perhaps been putting more effort into defence against the Lib Dems than the publicly available polling would seem to justify.

By May 21, in Wales, Labour had gained a 16 point swing in their favour since the election announcement - outpolling the Tories by 43% to 36%.