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Brexit party leader has withdrawn from all Tory MPs’ seats as Boris Johnson prepares to chair Cobra meeting on floodsNigel Farage urged to stand aside in Tory target seats after climbdownLabour pledge: we would give six years of free study for adultsLib Dem candidate quits over racist and homophobic tweetsSign up to the morning election briefing 8.48am GMT Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Mattha Busby.Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, was on BBC Breakfast earlier. We have already quoted a line from him (see 8.31am), but here are details of what he said.I’ve just gifted the Conservative party nearly two dozen seats and I did it because I believe in leave.Now if they believed in leave what they would do is stand aside in some seats in Labour areas where the Conservative party has not won for 100 years and will never win.What we now need to do is to get Brexit party MPs in Parliament to hold him [Boris Johnson] to account. Because too often over the years, recent years, the Conservatives have made promises and then back-tracked on them. So that’s our plan, we need to win some of those Labour seats.How many times do I have to tell you, I haven’t spoken to him since he was on LBC with me a few weeks ago and he has no influence over my decision at all.My decision is made, number one, to stop a second referendum, to prevent Liberal Democrats winning seats in the South and the South West and number two because Boris Johnson has indicated we’re now going for a free-trade deal, not political linkage.[Johnson] respects you a lot, I can tell you that, he respects you a lot, I don’t know if you know that or not … I wish you two guys could get together, I think it would be a great thing. 8.16am GMT Sunak did not directly respond to the question of whether anyone apart from the prime minister was preventing the report on Russian influence being published.I’m not a member of the National Security Council, I’m not a privy to the contents of the report but what I do know is that the standard process for reports like this is that they have to go through an appropriate period of vetting due to the sensitive information they contain. The report was received towards the end of October and it takes on average several weeks for that process to happen.I don’t think that’s fair. [Have you asked Clinton] whether she thinks its also shameful that the leader of the opposition sided with Russia when they carried out an attack on our soil? Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-11-12 08:48:07

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