Election latest: Pub registered as political party; Farage to launch Reform manifesto in Wales (2024)

Key points
  • 'Beyond cringe': Mixed reactions to Braverman's TikTok campaign clip
  • Publican standing for parliament after registering bar as political party
  • Farage to launch Reform manifesto in Wales
  • NHS funding will go up under Labour 'if conditions allow'
  • Tories 'facing electoral extinction' as two polls show support cratering
  • Adam Boulton:Starmer may echo Blair by getting into No 10 but heavy burden awaits
  • Live reporting by Brad Young
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'Waiting in various states of freezing cold': Behind the scenes of covering the election campaign

Covering a general election campaign as a journalist can largely be summed up in two words - battle bus.

Not too dissimilar to the coaches that rockstars use for their tours, battle buses are the vehicles each political party uses to transport their leaders, candidates, and advisers around the country during the election campaign.

Sky's political correspondents have each been following a different party - often joining them on the buses.

Here we take you behind the scenes on the campaign trail this week for the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats.


'Make it a summer to remember': Starmer and Sunak issue messages to England team

Sir Keir Starmer has urged England to "make it a summer to remember" ahead of their Euro 2024 opener against Serbia, while Rishi Sunak told the squad "we're all behind you".

Thousands of Three Lions fans have descended on Gelsenkirchen, in western Germany, as they hope to witness Gareth Southgate's men's team make a winning start in Group C.

Sir Keir said: "There is no feeling like the build up to the first England game of an international tournament: the pubs filling up, the flags waving, the nerves and excitement building.

"As fans up and down the country get ready for kick off, I want to wish Gareth and the team all the best on behalf of the Labour Party.

"We will be with you for every twist, turn and VAR decision. England is behind you. Make it a summer to remember."

Sir Keir is expected to watch Sunday evening's game in a pub with friends.

Prime Minister Mr Sunak tweeted: "Come on England! We're all behind you. Make us proud."

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage posted an image doctored to show him with his arm around Southgate on X with the caption: "Good luck tonight @England!"


Behaviour like milkshake attack 'unacceptable', says Jo Cox's sister

The sister of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox says intimidation of politicians is "completely unacceptable".

Asked about Nigel Farage being attacked with a milkshake and Rosie Duffield avoiding hustings over fears, Kim Leadbeater tells Ali Fortescue: "I think Jo, along with myself and many others, would find some of that behaviour totally and utterly unacceptable.

"Wherever you are on the political spectrum, whatever your views are, there's no excuse for that abuse, intimidation and threatening behaviour."

Ms Cox would have stood "firmly against that sort of behaviour", she says.

Politics should be about bringing people together and finding common ground as well as debating the issues, she adds.


Jo Cox's sister speaks of sadness at abuse and threats toward potential candidates

Next speaking on the Politics Hub is Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, on the eighth anniversary of her death.

Ms Leadbeater, who is standing for Labour, says the election campaign has not been "too bad" but there has been "inappropriate behaviour".

"I'm also quite sad that we've had people who have very openly said they are not standing in this general election because of the threats and the intimidation and the abuse that people in public life face."


Reform has set out to destroy Conservative Party, says Fox

Reform's clear objective is "to destroy the Conservative Party" regardless of the implications, says former tory cabinet minister Sir Liam Fox.

"Nigel Farage is not a friend of the Conservative Part, Reform is not an ally of the Conservative Party".

Asked about Conservative voters turning to Reform, he says: "I can understand their frustrations, but they have to understand that the price for what they think is a protest vote would be a Labour government that would do the very things, for example in the referendum, that they voted against. It is completely illogical."


Senior tory quizzed over party's NHS record

Conservative politician Sir Liam Fox is first to face questions asked bypolitical correspondentAli Fortescueon the Politics Hub.

Asked whether he thinks his party has a good record on the NHS, he says: "Yes I do. We have been in charge of the NHS for longer than any other party since its inception."

He says it will "take time" for the effects of the pandemic and strikes to "settle down".

Analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank suggested both Labour and Tory pledges on the NHS would leave the health service with lower annual funding increases – at 1.1% and 0.9% respectively – than during the austerity era.


Watch Politics Hub show now

The Politics Hub is now underway, hosted by political correspondentAli Fortescue.

Coming up this evening:

  • Sir Liam Fox, former Conservative cabinet minister
  • Kim Leadbeater, Labour candidate and sister of Jo Cox

And joining Sky News on the panel is:

  • John McTernan, former advisor to Tony Blair
  • Mercy Muroki, former adviser to Conservative minister Kemi Badenoch

Watch live on Sky News, in the stream at the top of this page, and follow live updates here in the Politics Hub.


Farage to launch Reform manifesto in Wales

Nigel Farage will unveil Reform UK's manifesto in Wales tomorrow.

Speaking ahead of the launch, he took the opportunity to attack Labour, saying Wales demonstrated "what happens to a country when Labour is in charge".

"Meanwhile, the Tories have been the official opposition almost solidly since 2016 and have achieved zilch," he said.

Reform's policies will be set out by Mr Farage in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, at 1pm.

The party is fighting the election on immigration, with policies already announced including an "employer immigration tax" on companies who choose to employ overseas workers instead of British citizens.

Reform UK has vowed to freeze lawful immigration with the exception of healthcare and leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

It has promised there would be no tax on earnings under £20,000 a year and that it would abolish the government's net-zero targets.


Publican standing for parliament after registering bar as political party

A 47-year-old pub manager has registered his establishment as a political party.

The Mitre will appear on thousands of ballot papers in Richmond Park in an advertising arranged by Chris French.

The publican, who is standing as an MP, doesn't have a manifesto, but he says would like 5% of the vote to get his £500 deposit back.

"About 12 months ago, I stumbled across that if I actually registered to run in the election, I would actually get the free advertising on 77,000 ballot papers."

He continued: "I'll be voting for myself so at least then I definitely get one vote.

"Now whether Gillian, my partner, votes for me, I'm not too sure. If I only get one vote, it might be quite a frosty evening."

Asked what political pledges he could make, Mr French suggested closing down all other pubs in Richmond or hiking their beer duty to 50p while cutting The Mitre's to 1p.

If elected, he would celebrate with an alcohol-free shandy, he added, as he stopped drinking alcohol three years ago.

And asked whether he was encouraging people to vote for him, he said: "I'd rather them come down and start spending some money in the pub than vote for me to be honest."

The full list of candidates running in Richmond Park are:

  • Laura Coryton, Labour
  • Sara Gezdari, Conservative
  • Chris French, The Mitre
  • Richard Harrison, Social Democratic Party
  • Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrats
  • Chas Warlow, Green Party
  • Michael Hearn, Reform UK


Our weeknight politics showPolitics Hubwill be live on Sky News from 7pm with ourpolitical correspondentAli Fortescuehosting this evening.

The fast-paced programme dissects the inner workings of Westminster, with interviews, insights, and analysis - bringing you, the audience, into the corridors of power.

Joining Ali tonight:

  • Sir Liam Fox, former Conservative cabinet minister
  • Kim Leadbeater, Labour candidate and sister of Jo Cox

And on the panel are:

  • John McTernan, former advisor to Tony Blair
  • Mercy Muroki, former adviser to Conservative minister Kemi Badenoch

Watch live on Sky News, in the stream at the top of this page, and follow live updates here in the Politics Hub.

WatchPolitics Hubfrom 7pm every night during the election campaign on Sky channel 501, Virgin channel 602, Freeview channel 233, on theSky News websiteandappor onYouTube.

Election latest: Pub registered as political party; Farage to launch Reform manifesto in Wales (2024)


Who is the leader of the Reform Party? ›

Reform leader Nigel Farage says joining the Conservative party is not 'on his agenda', but adds, 'I can't rule out being dead within five years'

What does Reform UK want to do? ›

Reform also wants to scrap Net Zero targets - aimed at tackling the climate crisis by minimising planet-warming gas emissions by 2050 - and instead turn to fossil fuels, with a promise to "unlock" the UK's remaining oil and gas reserves. The pledges also include leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

Who funds the Reform Party? ›

In 2019, £6.4m was donated to the party by Christopher Harborne. and £200,000 by Jeremy Hosking, a former donor to the Conservative Party. 2023 donations included £200,000 from Terence Mordaunt's company First Corporate Consultants Ltd, £15,000 from Jeremy Hosking, and £10,000 from Crispin Odey.

Is Reform UK right-wing? ›

Reform UK is a right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom (UK) made up of politicians who support Brexit. Created in November 2018 as the Brexit Party it changed its name to Reform UK in January 2021.

Who is the leader of the Conservative Party in the UK? ›

Leader of the Conservative Party (UK)
Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party
Incumbent Rishi Sunak since 24 October 2022
TypeParty leader
StatusChief executive officer
Inaugural holderRobert Peel (de facto) Bonar Law (de jure)
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Who made up majority of the reform movement? ›

Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Baptists were among the most prominent in the reform movements. Often advocates called for conventions to draft resolutions to present to government officials and followed up with letter writing campaigns.

Who led the reform movement in England? ›

The Protestant Reformation was initiated by the German monk Martin Luther. By the early 1520s, Luther's views were known and disputed in England. The main plank of Luther's theology was justification by faith alone rather than by good works.

What is the point of reform? ›

Because reform is not the end in itself, but the means to creating a better life and better public services for people up and down the country.

What does Nigel Farage want? ›

Among other things, Farage's party also pledges to … Leave the World Health Organization Abolish inheritance tax for estates worth less than £2 million … Launch a public inquiry into Covid “vaccine harms” …

What party is Farage? ›

Nigel Paul Farage (/ˈfærɑːʒ/; born 3 April 1964) is a British politician and broadcaster who has served as Leader of Reform UK (formerly the Brexit Party) since June 2024, having previously been its leader from 2019 to 2021.

What is the new name for the political party? ›

Forward was officially formed as a political action committee (PAC) on October 5, 2021. The PAC intends to seek recognition from the Federal Election Commission as a political party to achieve its stated goal of providing an alternative to the two major U.S. political parties.

Do Reform UK have any MPs? ›

Ashfield. Lee Anderson, Reform's only current MP, is predicted to win his Ashfield constituency. In 2019, he won the seat for the Conservatives for the first time since 1977. The Tory defector has been buoyed by Mr Farage's return like no other, and they campaigned side-by-side in Kirkby last week.

What does the Reform UK party believe in? ›

Only Reform will stand up for British culture, identity and values. We will freeze immigration and stop the boats. Restore law and order. Repair our broken public services.

What is the name of the right-wing party in the UK? ›

Conservative Party (UK)
Conservative and Unionist Party
Membership (2022)172,437
IdeologyConservatism (British) Economic liberalism British unionism
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
International affiliationInternational Democracy Union
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Is Reform party in Scotland? ›

Reform UK Scotland is the Scottish wing of the UK-wide Reform UK. It is a Eurosceptic and right-wing populist party. The party gained its first elected representative in January 2021, when sitting independent MSP Michelle Ballantyne joined the party and became leader of the party in Scotland.

Who led the Reform Party? ›

The Reform Party of the United States of America (RPUSA), generally known as the Reform Party USA or the Reform Party, is a centrist political party in the United States, founded in 1995 by Ross Perot.

Who was the leader of this reform movement? ›

Reformation, the religious revolution that took place in the Western church in the 16th century. Its greatest leaders undoubtedly were Martin Luther and John Calvin.

Who runs reform? ›

Richard James Sunley Tice (/ˈtaɪs/; born 13 September 1964) is an English businessman and politician who has been chairman of Reform UK since 2024, previously serving in the role from 2019 to 2021. Since 2023 he had also been Reform UK's Energy and Foreign Policy spokesman.

What is the main focus of the Reform Party? ›

The Reform Party will build and enforce policies and programs that best guarantee the security of our national borders, the safety of our citizens from foreign and domestic threats, and the security of America's economic interests.

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