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Tories pledge ‘unprecedented’ support for fossil fuels after £400K bung from oil bosses

You can bet Britain will be burning fossil fuels longer than necessary because the Tories are handed bungs from oil bosses.  To hell with pollution.

Yet the Tories go wild that Labour is funded by unions which consist of everyday workers wanting a fair deal.

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8 nasty surprises buried in the small print of the Tory election manifesto

Buried in the 84-page document, you’ll find a number of nasty surprises on the way from the Tories that you might not have spotted.

Here’s what you’ll find if you check the small print.

1. You’re going to need ID to vote


In a bid to combat in-person voter fraud the Tories are going to change the law so you have to take ID with you when you vote.

The problem is, there’s little evidence that in-person voter fraud actually happens.

Of 51.5 million votes cast in elections in 2015, there were 481 cases of alleged electoral fraud.

Of these, the vast majority were not voting offences. More than half were campaigning offences – such as complaints about candidates making false statements about opponents, expenses offences or issues to do with campaign posters or flyers.

Just 123 alleged cases related to voter fraud, with 26 cases of impersonating another voter, 27 cases of improper postal voting and 25 cases of ‘undue influence’ over a voter.

Of these 123, all but 22 were dismissed – mostly because it was clear no offence had been committed or due to lack of evidence.

Of the remaining 22 cases, six resulted in police cautions.

It’s a solution that doesn’t have a problem.

On the other hand, 3.5 million voters don’t have photo ID – and they tend to be women, people from ethnic minorities and young people.

2. The Vote Leave bus pledge is officially not happening


Before the referendum, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove toured the country in a big red bus, emblazoned on which was the claim: “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead”

Theresa May has other ideas.

Buried in the manifesto is a reference to a “Shared Prosperity Fund” which will “redistribute money coming back as we leave the EU to the four nations.”

So no, the NHS won’t be getting £350 million a week extra under the Tories.

3. They’ve left the door open to more welfare cuts


Note “..we will continue to strive for full employment.” shrugging their shoulders over those they’ve pushed to death (ref the statements from three separate coroners).  If they get into power you can expect more Tory voters complaining when they fall ill.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

A subtle change in language in Theresa May’s manifesto, launched this morning, opens the door for more cuts to benefits for the sick, disabled and working poor.

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb said in March 2016: “We have no further plans to make welfare savings”

And his replacement, Damian Green, said in February: “We are not going to have any new welfare cuts in this Parliament apart from those that have already been legislated for.”

But here’s what it says in today’s manifesto – buried on page 54

“We have no plans for further radical welfare reform in this parliament and will continue the roll-out of Universal Credit, to ensure that it always pays to be in work.”

See the difference?

4. Remember all those civil service jobs David Cameron moved to London? They’re moving out again


5. The Commitment to halve the disability employment gap has been scrapped


The 2015 manifesto promised to cut the difference in employment figures between disabled and non-disabled people in half.

That’s been replaced by a commitment to getting a million more disabled people into employment, which the Social Market Foundation say is “weaker”.

6. There might be a hard border with Northern Ireland after all


Theresa May has previously insisted there would be “no return to the hard borders of the past” between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit .

But today’s document says they’re aiming for “as frictionless a border as possible.”

7. The Immigration health surcharge is going to TRIPLE


Migrant workers who use the NHS are currently charged £200. That’s going up to £600.

International students still get a discount, but their charges are tripling too, from £150 to £450.

8. They’re going to ‘modernise’ the voting system by making it less fair


The Tories love the First Past the Post (FPTP) system. It’s outdated, unfair and benefits them massively in elections.

So they’ve decided to ‘modernise’ the voting system by replacing the current Single Transferable Vote (STV) system used in mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections with FPTP.

Because voters can cast a ‘second choice’ vote in STV, it ensures vastly fewer votes are wasted. It also remove some of the advantages big parties get from FPTP. Which is why the Tories don’t like it.

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Tory Sajid Javid grants fracking rights after receiving funds from pro-fracking interests

Tory MP Sajid Javid received funds from a pro-fracking company before permitting fracking in Lancashire, overriding their council.


With thanks to Prides Purge – the source of this article

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Peter Cruddas gives Tory party £50K after chat with Theresa May

Cruddas back as Tory donor four years after cash-for-access sting

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Theresa May’s lies catch up with her

When Theresa May took office in July, she declared an assault on inequality and an end to privilege in politics. Now she’s flogging lunch with herself at her party conference for £3,150. We can assume the price does not reflect the food.

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Honours for PM’s chums to end

No other prime minister will hand out resignation honours after Cameron debacle, head of sleaze watchdog Lord Bew says.


No future prime minister will publish a resignation list of honours after the “public outcry” over David Cameron’s controversial choices, Theresa May’s ethical standards adviser has said.

Lord Bew, who chairs the Committee on Standards in Public Life, told the Telegraph that the idea of prime ministers handing out honours to friends when they leave office is “over”.

He also appeared hit out at some people who enter the House of Lords but fail to contribute, insisting that a peerage must be a “job” and not an “honour”.

The criticism comes as Mrs May attempts to draw a line under the row by insisting she wants a more accountable honours system than the one pursued under her predecessor.

It is understood the Prime Minister wants to launch a drive to regain trust in politics after Mr Cameron’s tenure to help create a “democracy that works for everyone”.

Lords reform is also back on the agenda after attempts by the Coalition at a fundamental change to Britain’s second chamber failed to gain cross-party support.

The changes come after a week dominated by damaging headlines over Mr Cameron’s decision to hand out gongs to 48 former colleagues and allies, as well as naming 13 new Tory peers. 

George Osborne, the former chancellor, Craig Oliver, Mr Cameron’s chief spin doctor, and Isabel Spearman, Samantha Cameron’s stylist, were all given honours.

New analysis by academics shows that Mr Cameron created lifetime peerages at a quicker rate than any prime minister in history, including Tony Blair.

Mr Cameron became the first prime minister to announce a resignation honours list for a generation, using a mechanism that both Mr Blair and Gordon Brown rejected.

Speaking to this newspaper in a personal capacity, Lord Bew said that after the backlash to the leaked announcements would put off future prime ministers of repeating the move.

“There are distinguished public servants on this list, but even so I think this has to be the last one given the public outcry,” Lord Bew said.

“The last two prime minister’s before David Cameron haven’t done it. I would be amazed if Theresa May does one.

“I just think it’s over now. If there was another list, it would provoke another heated row.”

He added: “A peerage is a job, it is not an honour. When I joined the Lords I was told we were on route to becoming that. We haven’t progressed as quickly along that path as I hoped.”

Despite backing reform of the House of Lords, Mr Cameron nominated 245 peers during his time in office, working out at an average of 39 a year.

According to University College London’s Constitution Unit, that rate is higher than any previous prime minister since lifetime peerages were created in 1958.

Mr Blair created 38 peers a year while Labour’s Harold Wilson appointed 38. Mr Brown pushed through just 12 peers a year.

Prof Meg Russell, director of the Constitution Unit, said: “David Cameron really lost any sense of self-control when it came to appointing peers.

“The only solution is regulation to create a limit on how many can be appointed each year. This is not a party political point. I said it under Tony Blair.

“Without regulation prime ministers find the patronage power too tempting. This is the only way to limit the size of the House of Lords.”

Mrs May’s plans to reform the Lords are not yet know but there is widespread concern among peers about the growing size of the chamber.

The Lords is the second largest unelected legislative assembly after China’s National People’s Congress.

George Osborne

David Cameron’s close friend, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State. Made Companion of Honour

Ed Llewellyn, Chief of Staff

Mr Llewellyn was at Mr Cameron’s side since he entered 10 Downing Street in May 2010, effectively as his gate keeper. He is said to covet an overseas ambassador role. Awarded: Peerage

Gabby Bertin, Director of External Affairs

Ms Bertin has been with Mr Cameron since before he became party leader. She originally worked as his spokesman before taking a more background job. Awarded: Peerage

Camilla Cavendish, Head of Policy Unit

A former trustee of Policy Exchange, the think-tank which did so much to develop thinking by Tory modernisers, Ms Cavendish was formerly a Times journalist. Awarded: Peerage

Laura Trott, Head of Strategic Communications

A former special adviser to Francis Maude, when he was Cabinet Office minister, Ms Trott was brought into Number 10 to advise on policies to benefit women. Awarded: MBE

Oliver Letwin, former Cabinet Office minister

MP for West Dorset and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2014 to 2016 Awarded: Knighthood

Craig Oliver, Director of Communications

Mr Oliver, a former BBC executive, joined Mr Cameron as his £140,000-a-year head of communications in February 2011 after the resignation of Andy Coulson. Awarded: Knighthood

Gavin Williamson MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary

His stature has grown immeasurably as a key buffer between Tory MPs and Mr Cameron. He was at Mr Cameron’s side on the night of the EU referendum. Awarded: CBE

Liz Sugg, Head of Operations

Ms Sugg, made CBE in the dissolution honours last August, was a mainstay for Mr Cameron, often no more than a few feet from the former-PM on his visits around the UK and overseas. Awarded: Peerage

Dan Korski, digital adviser

Mr Korski played a key role in Mr Cameron’s lengthy EU renegotiations. He was criticised for complaining to the British Chambers of Commerce hours before its then-director general John Longworth was suspended earlier this year for making pro-Brexit comments. Awarded: CBE

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Ian Taylor requests removal from honours list

Ian Taylor, chief executive of Vitol Oil, had given hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations to the Tories. Vitol was among the 2,200 companies found guilty in the US of providing illicit payments to government officials under the UN oil-for-food programme and has had scrapes with HM Revenue and Customs over a employee benefit scheme for senior staff it set up but later dismantled. Cameron wanted to give Taylor a KNIGHTHOOD but Taylor wishes to distance himself from the list.