Green issues have been debated in the election like never before, so what does it mean for the Welsh environment?It is an area that is largely devolved to Cardiff Bay so the promises made in a UK general election would not usually be as relevant here.But this time it is different because of two massive challenges facing the next government in Westminster - climate change and Brexit.Where do the parties say about emissions?Starting with emissions, the greenhouse gases that are driving global warming.The Welsh Government recently announced it would set a new, legally binding target for a 95% cut in emissions by 2050.It followed advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change, who said that would be an appropriate contribution to the UK as a whole reaching a 100% target - known as "net zero" - by the same year.BBCSome are still taking it a bit more seriously than others but at least they're all thinking about itIt said Wales "could not credibly reach net zero by 2050" because it … [Read more...] about General election 2019: What does a ‘climate election’ mean for Wales?
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Not yet made up your mind how to vote on Thursday? You're not alone. Three days before the election, many voters are struggling to find a party that offers what they want. This is a snapshot of the undecided voters of 2019. The BBC has commissioned an opinion research consultancy, Britain Thinks, to put together a sample of voters - representative in age, location, gender, race, class and voting history. Some common themes emerge: the NHS, Brexit, a lack of trust in politicians and money.We asked our participants to fill in a survey about themselves, their voting history - and what's stopping them from making up their minds. The answers below have been edited for clarity. Then it's over to our correspondents to tell us what the answers reveal about the voters in 2019 - and why so many of them are dissatisfied with the choice on offer. The NHS For many of our participants, such as Rob, Kate, Rachel and Leanne (left to right, below) the NHS and its future are among their top concerns. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Why is it so hard to know who to vote for?
John McDonnell will promise to deliver a Budget to "end austerity", in a speech setting out Labour's priorities for its first 100 days in government. The shadow chancellor will also vow to get "money moving out of Whitehall and the City" if Labour win the election.And he will detail plans for "democratic control" of newly nationalised water and energy firms.The Conservatives are also pledging to increase public spending, but not on the same scale.They have criticised Labour's spending plans as "reckless", claiming they would lead to an economic crisis within months of the party taking office. PM targets Labour-Leave seats in final push Labour vows to 'transform' UK at manifesto launch Labour's economic plan in 10 points Conservative leader Boris Johnson is set to visit four Labour-held seats which voted for Brexit in the North-East of England on Monday, with three days to go until polling day.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will, meanwhile, tour Labour target seats in the south of … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Labour vows Budget ‘to end austerity’ in first 100 days
A villager who died during the second phase of polling in Jharkhand succumbed to wounds he sustained in a knife attack, and not in police firing as thought earlier, officials said in Sunday, citing findings in his post-mortem report.Zilani Ansari was killed and two others received bullet injuries in Gumla district on Saturday after the police opened fire to control a mob pelting stones at security forces near a booth. The election commission has announced re-polling at the same booth in Sisai assembly segment on December 9.“Zilani did not die of bullet injuries...We have received the post-mortem report, which reveals that the cause of death was injuries inflicted by a sharp weapon...no bullet was found in his body,” said ML Meena, additional director general of police (operation). “The postmortem was done by a board of doctors in presence of a magistrate. The entire process was video-graphed,” he said.Meanwhile, two security personnel were wounded in an IED … [Read more...] about Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2019| ‘Man killed on polling day had stab wounds’: Police
Boris Johnson will visit four Brexit-voting Labour-held seats across Humber and north-east England later, with three days to go before polling day.In a speech in Sunderland - 61% of which voted to Leave - the PM is expected to tell voters: "The Labour party has let you down."He will attack Parliament, saying it has "delayed" and "denied" Brexit.Mr Johnson will also travel to south-west England, where he will warn against voting for the pro-EU Lib Dems.Voters go to the polls on Thursday.Meanwhile, Labour will deliver a budget to "end austerity", John McDonnell will promise in a speech setting out the party's priorities for its first 100 days in government. Election manifestos: Who should I vote for? A really simple guide to the UK general election The 13 key policies in the Conservative manifesto Where does Labour stand on Brexit? The shadow chancellor will also set out how he would get "money moving out of Whitehall and the City".The Liberal Democrats are, meanwhile, pledging to table … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Boris Johnson targets Labour Leave seats in final push