5 Things You Need To Know (31/5/17)
Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
1. Latest projection showing a hung parliament
The latest YouGov projection has suggested the Conservatives could lose 20 seats while Labour will gain 30 in next week’s general election. Based on this, Theresa May would fall short of an overall majority by 16 seats, leading to a hung parliament.
2. Corbyn changes mind on debate
Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind and will now take part in tonight’s BBC leaders’ debate, telling Theresa May “Come on Prime Minister, come and have a chat, come and have a debate – I can be ever so polite”
However, Mrs May has reiterated the fact she won’t be appearing. “I’ve been taking Jeremy Corbyn on week in and week out in Prime Minister’s Question Time,” she said.
3. Kabul bomb kills 80
A vehicle bomb has struck the diplomatic area of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The current fatality count is 80 people, while 350 people are injured. The casualties are mostly civilian, and no one has yet claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
4. Trump set to quit climate change deal
President Donald Trump is set to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord, US media are reporting.
Trump has previously said the deal was bad for US business, and tweeted this morning to say “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Despite the climate issue, most attention over the past 24 hours has been on a solitary tweet that Trump sent at midnight, Washington D.C time. He randomly tweeted “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
5. Expat pensioners could cost the NHS
British expat pensioners could cost the NHS one billion pounds if they return to the UK after Brexit, a think tank at Nuffield Health has said.
Currently, the UK gives £500 million a year to EU countries that care for British people who have retired abroad. Around 190,000 expat pensioners currently benefit from this.