Farage returns to GB News after jungle appearance
Speculation is mounting over whether Nigel Farage will appear at a Reform UK press conference this morning.
The party is holding an event in central London led by party leader Richard Tice and other “guests”, fueling speculation that Farage will make a surprise appearance.
Mr Farage, who founded Reform, joined recently I'm a celebrity Get me out of here and rumors of his return to the political forefront have been increasing ever since.
At the press conference, Mr Tice will shift his party's focus away from trying to woo Labor voters, having previously sought Tory support.
In statements released overnight, he will claim that Keir Starmer's Labor Party will “bankrupt Britain with a devastating cocktail of cultural and economic poison” if it wins the next general election.
Press conference on the reform starts soon
The Reform press conference starts shortly.
We'll be bringing you the main updates from Richard Tice's talk – you can also watch it live on our YouTube channel:
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:46 am
2 million in London and the South East will be pushed into higher tax scale research
Research by the Liberal Democrats says more than 2 million people in London and the South East of England are set to be pushed into a higher tax bracket.
The two regions will be hit hardest by the government's decision to freeze income tax thresholds – which have been branded “stealth” taxes – rather than increasing them in line with inflation.
Around 1.1 million taxpayers in London and the South East will be pushed into the top rate of income tax of 40pc. by 2027-28, according to research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, first reported by Financial Times.
Just under 1 million people in the two areas will be lured into paying income tax at a lower rate of 20p, the survey found. The analysis did not include numbers for the top 45 percent tax rate.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:50 am
Farage could take role as head of the Reform campaign – report
Nigel Farage could take on a role as head of Reform UK's election campaign if he is to return to the political front line.
He is unlikely to return to replace Richard Tice as party leader, according to her Iwhich said there would be an election if Tice stepped down.
Farage also did not rule out joining the Conservative Party.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:45 am
Government must get back 'round the table' with doctors – Labour
Government ministers should go back “around the table” and negotiate with doctors to secure a pay settlement and prevent strikes, a Labor spokesman said.
Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, accused the government of failing to engage “at all” with public sector workers across the board and introducing “passive-aggressive legislation to make the situation worse”.
Asked by Sky News what Labor would do to end the deadlock, he said his party would not have passed anti-strike laws and would have negotiated more with doctors taking industrial action.
Watch some of the interview here:
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:35 am
Junior doctors launch biggest strike in NHS history
The biggest strike in NHS history “couldn't come at a worse time”, experts said, as they warned that elderly patients could put off seeking medical help because of the walkouts.
Hospital bosses have said the health service is “in the grip of peak winter pressure” as junior doctors in England queue up for six days.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:20 am
ICYMI: Could Rishi Sunak play in a spring election?
With a recession still possible, the prime minister may be tempted by an election in the autumn, he says Sean O'Grady. But could it play into a quicker recovery?
Read Sean's full article here:
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 10:10 am
10 years in prison for people who cheat the government – Labour
Criminals defrauding the government face up to ten years in prison under plans being considered by Labor to crack down on cronyism.
Keir Starmer will give the pledge in a speech on Thursday to mark the start of the election year.
“After the sex scandals, the expenses scandals, the spending scandals, the boyfriend contracts – even in a crisis like the pandemic – people think we're all out for ourselves,” he is expected to say. The guardian mentionted.
“To change Britain, we have to change ourselves – we have to clean up politics. No more VIP fast lanes, no more coworker kickbacks, no more revolving doors between the government and the companies they regulate.
“I will restore standards in public life by a total suppression of friendship.”
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 09:53
ICYMI: Nigel Farage will find ‘very hard to resist' political comeback, ally says
Nigel Farage could soon be back on the political frontline playing a leading role for right-wing Conservative rivals Reform UK, the party leader has said.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 09:43
What time is the Reform Congress?
Reform is giving a press conference this morning.
The event is scheduled to start at 10.30 am. in a hotel in central London, near Victoria station.
Richard Tice, leader of the Reformation, will lead the event with other “guests” appearing.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 09:37
Good morning and welcome By the Independent live political coverage.
Reform UK is holding a press conference in central London this morning as speculation mounts of a possible Nigel Farage appearance.
In remarks released overnight, Reform leader Richard Tice will claim that Keir Starmer's Labor Party will “bankrupt Britain with a devastating cocktail of cultural and economic poison” if it wins the next general election.
We'll have updates on this story and others throughout the day.
Stay tuned for all the latest news from Westminster and beyond.
Matt MathersJanuary 3, 2024 09:35