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UK voters frustrated with politicians’ ‘desperate’ culture war tactics, survey finds

Poll shows voters are put off by such messages and are prepared to show their displeasure at the ballot box

Voters have been left frustrated with “desperate” culture war tactics deployed by politicians and are prepared to punish those who use them at the ballot box, a survey has found.

Electoral strategies based on culturally charged and divisive issues repulse swing and undecided voters, who see politicians as “playing to the crowd” or “jumping on the bandwagon”, according to research from More in Common commissioned by 38 Degrees.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 15:53:17 GMT
Former Tory MP Mark Menzies quits amid claims he misused party funds

MP for Fylde announces he is resigning from the Conservative party and will not stand at next general election

The former Tory MP Mark Menzies is quitting parliament after allegations that he misused campaign funds.

The MP for Fylde announced that he would not stand at the next election after the allegations were referred to Lancashire police.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 14:55:59 GMT
US poised to impose sanctions on IDF unit accused of violations in West Bank

Israeli leaders vow to oppose expected measures under Leahy law against the Netzah Yehuda battalion

A unit of the Israel Defense Forces is facing US sanctions over its treatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, even as Congress voted for $26bn in new emergency aid to Israel.

According to reports in the Israeli media, US state department officials have confirmed they are preparing to impose sanctions on the IDF’s Netzah Yehuda battalion, which has been accused of serious human rights violations against Palestinians.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 15:13:04 GMT
Coventry City v Manchester United: FA Cup semi-final – live

An email! “A minor point, I know,” says Jason Jawando, “but Coventry beat United in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1987. Alex Fergusson only lost once in the third round, against Leeds in 2010. Ah thanks, you’re quite right – in the third round, United had beaten Manchester City, as they surely won’t if they win today. I’ll make a correction.

Meanwhile, in the relegation six-pointer at Goodison … Everton have got a second against Forest, which should make them safe-ish. It’s good news for Burnley, who, as things stand, are breathing down Forest’s necks, only three points adrift. Daniel Harris is on the case here.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 16:09:50 GMT
Approval of $61bn aid from US shows Ukraine will not be abandoned, says Zelenskiy

Ukrainian president urges Senate to ratify aid package so that it can strengthen frontline with Russia

Ukraine’s president said the vote on Saturday by the US House of Representatives to pass a long-delayed $61bn military aid package demonstrated that his country would not abandoned by the west in its effort to fight the Russian invasion.

Voldoymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview with US television that the vote showed Ukraine would not be “a second Afghanistan”, whose pro-western government collapsed during an American-led pullout in the summer of 2021.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 15:23:52 GMT
Help for disabled people in England and Wales to get jobs is axed amid benefits crackdown

Closure of Work and Health Programme comes hard on heels of Rishi Sunak’s bid to end the UK’s supposed ‘sicknote’ culture

A major scheme to help disabled people into work has been quietly scrapped – just as the prime minister announced a crackdown on disability benefits.

The £100m Work and Health Programme, operating in England and Wales, will end in the autumn, providers have been told, at the same time that Rishi Sunak wants to cut benefits for 420,000 sick and disabled people in an attempt to force them into work – a move that charities say would instead leave people destitute.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 11:00:55 GMT
Thames Water-linked firm paid £14m in dividends despite concerns over group

Kennet Properties sells off Thames Water land, whose owner, Kemble Water, has warned it would not be able to pay a £190m loan

A development company that sells off land no longer needed by Thames Water has paid out a £14m dividend despite warnings that it could become engulfed by the embattled water group’s financial woes.

Accounts filed at Companies House show Kennet Properties paid out a £14.5m dividend during the year to 31 March 2023, despite the difficulties faced by the wider group, which is facing a potential administration.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 16:04:41 GMT
Peter Hain calls for inquiry into MoD’s alleged role in Saudi bribes scandal

Government auditors must look into claims of complicity in corruption on arms deals with UK, says Labour peer

Alleged Ministry of Defence complicity in the “national scandal” of bribery on arms deals in Saudi Arabia must be investigated by government auditors, a senior Labour politician has said.

Peter Hain, the antiapartheid campaigner and peer, said in a letter to the National Audit Office (NAO) that a “timely, targeted” investigation was now necessary after the conclusion of a major criminal trial.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 15:17:47 GMT
People with MND in England and Wales fear losing access to life-extending drug

Exclusive: NHS cost threshold has not been raised by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence since 2004

People with motor neurone disease have spoken of their devastation at a likely loss of access to a life-extending drug due to an NHS cost threshold that has not been raised since 2004.

Tofersen has slowed the progress of the illness in trials but the chances of the drug being recommended for use in England and Wales are said to be slim.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 15:00:02 GMT
‘Do they realise what they’re doing?’ Milan takes on ice-cream sellers in war on ‘wild nightlife’

The Italian city’s attempt to help its sleep-deprived residents is denounced as a step too far

Milan’s leaders have been accused of waging war against ice-cream in their bid to combat “wild nightlife” in the northern Italian city.

Marco Granelli, the deputy mayor for public security, recently announced a proposal banning the sale of takeaway food after midnight in the city’s popular nightlife districts.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 10:00:55 GMT

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