5 Things You Need To Know (2/5/17)
Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
1. Labour promise 10,000 extra police
An extra 10,000 police could be put to work on Britain’s streets if Labour win June’s election. The party claims they’ll afford the increase by reversing tax cuts for the richest 5% of the country.
However, the Conservatives have branded the proposal as “nonsensical.”
Meanwhile, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott appeared to get her numbers wrong when discussing the policy, suggesting the cost of 10,000 new officers would be £300,000. That would mean a salary of £30 a year.
2. Brexit Tensions
Last week’s meeting between Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not go well, according to media reports in Germany.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has dismissed the reports as “tittle tattle.”
The report alleged that Mr Juncker said he is “10 times more sceptical than I was before” about Brexit.
3. US Missile Defence System Goes Live
The US is now operational with a missile defence system in South Korea. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence interceptor system (THAAD) is designed to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
The system has been controversial, with China opposing its deployment in the region.
4. Parents buying houses for children
The bank of mum and dad is responsible for 26% of property purchases, figures from Legal & General show.
Family and friends are expected to lend more than £6.5 billion for purchases this year, which is up a billion and a half on last year.
That means parents are now on a par with the UK’s ninth biggest mortgage lender.
5. Tony Blair’s Comeback 20 Years After Becoming PM
Tony Blair has indicated he is returning to a more active role in politics, telling Sky News he wants to be “part of the debate.”
“I think the problem for politics is the centre-ground being squeezed out of politics, in this country particularly, is a really bad thing for British politics,” he said.
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