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Tory leadership voting delayed over ballot hacking warning – volg regstreeks

Tory leadership voting delayed over ballot hacking warning - volg regstreeks
Party members will now receive postal ballots on 11 Augustus

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Voting in the Konserwatiewe Party leadership race will be delayed by more than a week after GCHQ warned that hackers could meddle with members’ ballots.

Die National Cyber Security Centre – the listening post of GCHQ and one of the government’s three intelligence organisations alongside MI5 en MI6 – said there are vulnerabilities in the voting system, Die Telegraaf berig.

Its general warning did not make specific mention of hostile countries such as China, Iran or Russia – the latter of which the US accused of interfering in its 2020 presidential contest.

But the change of plan means postal ballots will arrive at the addresses of about 160,000 Tory members as late as 11 Augustus, after they were previously meant to be sent out from Monday.

This means that members will have less than a month to return their votes by Friday 2 September, for counting before Boris Johnson’s successor – foreign secretary Liz Truss or former chancellor Rishi Sunak – will be announced on Monday 5 September.


Truss gains lead over Sunak in party members support, YouGov poll shows

A YouGov poll puts Liz Truss well ahead of Mr Sunak in support from party members, with her lead increasing to 34 punte.

It shows 60 per cent of the party members polled between July 29 en Augustus 2 say they intend to vote for the foreign secretary, vanaf 49 per cent since the period July 20 aan 21 when the rivals first made the cut for the final two.

Support for Mr Sunak, the former chancellor, has dropped from 31 persent tot 26 per cent according to YouGov, while the rest of the 1,043 Conservative party members polled say they are undecided or will not vote.

In a further blow to Mr Sunak, YouGov data also showed 83 per cent of those who currently say they intend to vote for Ms Truss also say they have made up their mind.

Net 17 per cent say they might change their mind while 29 per cent of Mr Sunak’s supporters say they could still vote differently.

But the Sunak campaign will be hoping the additional time to make their case before the first votes are cast will fall in their favour.


Labour is making ‘very solid progress’ under Starmer

Labour’s national campaign coordinator has said the party is making “very solid progress” under Sir Keir Starmer.

Shabana Mahmood MP told Sky News that the Labour leader has achieved in two years what Neil Kinnock did in eight by making the Labour Party “electorally competitive again”.


Arbeid: Lisa Nandy’s picket line visit ‘very different’ from Sam Terry’s actions

Labour’s national campaign coordinator, Shabana Mahmood MP says Lisa Nandy’s picket line visit was very different from what Sam Tarry MP did because he broke “collective responsibility”.

The shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy was pictured in Wigan, where she is the local MP, by the North West regional secretary of the Communication Workers Union (DHW) Carl Webb.

Last week shadow minister Sam Tarry was fired hours after he appeared on a picket line.


YouGov poll shows 60 per cent of Tory party voters intend to vote for Liz Truss

A YouGov poll show 60 per cent of Conservative party members polled between 29 July and 2 August show that they intend to vote for foreign secretary Liz Truss as the new prime minister.

In an additional poll, 40 per cent of the voters said they would prefer Boris Johnson over both Ms Truss and Rishi Sunak.


Labour MP unfairly sacked senior adviser who called him ‘first class idiot’, tribunal finds

A Arbeid MP unfairly dismissed his aide and ex-girlfriend after she felt “marginalised and isolated” in the months leading up to her losing her job, a tribunal has found.

Elaina Cohen accused Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood of sacking her after she raised concerns with him under whistleblowing regulations about a fellow staffer who she claimed was a “criminal abuser”.

Mr Mahmood maintained Ms Cohen was instead fired for breaking protocols of parliamentary office and sending him “derogatory” and “offensive” emails, one of which described him as a “first class idiot”, which was forwarded to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

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Truss to face GB News audience for live questions

Liz Truss has agreed to face questions from a GB News audience as she continues her campaign for the Tory leadership.

The foreign secretary has agreed to take questions live from an audience in Leigh, Groter Manchester, a so-called red wall seat.

The People’s Forum With Liz Truss will be broadcast live on GB News at 5pm on 10 August and is due to last an hour.

The channel said it has also invited Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss’s rival for the Tory leadership, to take part in a similar event on a separate night.

Me Truss gesê: “I am looking forward to talking to GB News viewers and our members in the heart of our red wall and taking their questions.

“As prime minister, I will work tirelessly to deliver for those who voted for us across the red wall, including those who put their trust in us for the first time in 2019.”

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Johnson going on Summer vacation five weeks before leaving office

Prime minister Boris Johnson is to begin a summer holiday today, weeks before his tenure in office comes to an end.

Though Downing Street has not shared details on where Mr Johnson would be spending his vacation, the prime minister’s official spokesperson said that he will remain in charge of the country and be receiving required updates.

Mr Johnson will not have long left in office upon his return, with Tory leadership contenders Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak currently vying to replace him in No 10 aan 6 September.

Asked who will be in charge while Mr Johnson is away, het die premier se amptelike woordvoerder gesê: “It will be the standard pattern.

“The prime minister will be updated as requiredthe deputy prime minister and, as ever with a cabinet government, other ministers will be on hand to support as needed.”

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Truss takes U-turns on public sector pay cut in just 12-hours

Konserwatief leadership contender Liz Truss has dumped plans to cut the pay of public sector workers outside London and the south east after a massive backlash against the policy from Tory MPs.

Critics within her own party accused the foreign secretary of planning to make millions of nurses, police officers and teachers poorer.

Conservative Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, who is backing Ms Truss’s opponent Rishi Sunak, said he was “actually speechless” at her pitch to party members choosing the next prime minister.

The proposal was a “ticking time bomb” that risked costing the party the next general election, hy het gesê.

Matt Hancock, the former health secretary, also referred to Theresa May’s general election campaign when the former prime minister infamously u-turned on her proposals for social care – dubbed the “dementia tax”.

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MLAs to gather in latest attempt to elect stormont speaker

MLAs will gather at Stormont in the latest attempt to restore the devolved powersharing institutions in Northern Ireland.

Egter, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s Democratic Unionist Party will again block the election of an Assembly speaker, meaning no further business can be done.

The SDLP, which has brought the recall motion, said the plenary session would serve as a challenge to the DUP to get back to work.

The Stormont institutions have been in flux since February when the DUP withdrew its first minister from the devolved executive, calling for the UK Government to act on the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol.

The party has remained firm, resisting a number of attempts to resuscitate the powersharing institutions until it sees progress from the Westminster Government in removing trading barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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Slater ‘terrified’ by Tory leadership frontrunners’ approach to economy

Scottish Green Party co-leader Lorna Slater said she was “terrified” by the Conservative leadership candidates’ approach to the economy.

It comes after Liz Truss performed a U-turn following an announcement that she would cut public sector pay by £8.8 billion outside of London on Tuesday.

Following criticism from fellow Conservatives, including Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchenwho is backing Rishi Sunak and said he had been left “actually speechless” by Ms Truss’s proposal and suggested it would have cost the party the next general election if it was implemented.

Ms Truss abandoned the policy, claiming it had been “misrepresented”.

Ms Slater said both Mr Sunak and Ms Truss had “disrespected” the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine on Tuesday evening, sy het gese: “I’m honestly terrified by the Tory leadership candidates’ approach to the economy and to the cost-of-living crisis.

Their cruel cuts. Their cruel deportations, and their disrespect of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people are making an excellent case for independence and how Scotland would be better as an independent European country.

Lorna Slater

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