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60 Sec Elec Thursday 5th December: Anti-Boris protests, back to school for Labour and Farage is "furious"

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Boris Johnson was greeted by protesters as he arrived in Matlock in Derbyshire today, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spent the day in schools making promises about education. And why have Brexit Party MEPs left the party?

Find out here with today's 60 Sec Elec:

Boris Johnson had an unfriendly welcome as he arrived in Matlock in Derbyshire today.

Protesters held up signs saying "Kick The Tories Out!" and shouted various chants such as “Whose NHS? Our NHS”, and "Hey ho, ho ho, Boris Johnson's got to go".

When asked by ITV's Paul Brand why they were protesting, one man replied: "He is a liar and a cheat, a thief, a philanderer"

"He won’t tell us how many children he’s got, he’ll sell off the NHS, where do you start?"

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Not the reception Mr Johnson was hoping for as he unveiled his "first 100 day in government" plan.

Speaking at a campaign rally, the PM said "all wings" of his party want to "get Brexit done", including every Conservative MP standing at the general election.

The prime minister repeated campaign pledges to improve infrastructure, boost education and deliver 20,000 more police officers if elected.

He told the crowd: "There's about £150bn worth of foreign investment that will come into this country as soon as we get Brexit done."

Boris Johnson gave a speech at a rally in Derbyshire. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn was also in the Midlands today. The Labour leader visited a school in Peterborough and a school in rugby to speak about his plans for the future of education.

Hi party have promised to cap primary school class sizes and recruit 20,000 new teachers, should they win the election in December.

Mr Corbyn said: "We cannot go on with so many children being taught by unqualified teachers, it's not right."

He also said Labour would axe tuition fees "which will help to get students into university" to start pursuing a teaching qualification.

Labour's plan for Education:

  • Cap primary school class sizes to 30
  • Recruit nearly 20,000 more teachers
  • Ensure 25,000 currently unqualified staff are full trained within Labour's first term
  • £7bn fund to refurbish school buildings and safety measures

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And finally, Nigel Farage is said to be "furious" after a number of Brexit Party MEPs have resigned the whip and urged voters to back the Conservatives to "get Brexit done".

East Midland MEP and sister of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, is one of those to have left the party.

The MEPs want Brexit Partyvoters to instead vote for Boris Johnson to block a Labour led government.

While Mr Farage decided last month not to contest the 317 seats won by the Tories at the 2017 election, he still pushed ahead with attempts to win Labour heartlands in the North and Midlands of England- where there was a strong Leave turnout at the referendum.

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Ms Rees-Mogg said: "I find it absolutely unbelievable, but tragic, that the Brexit Party, with so many wonderful people, dedicated to a cause, are now the very party risking Brexit."

“We need a strong Leave-supporting government to deliver the Brexit 17.4 million voted for.

“The Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike.”

Mr Farage, who is not standing at this election, said he was “disappointed” by the decision.

In a statement Farage said that the Brexit Party had already worked to assist the Tories in securing a majority for exiting the EU.

He added: "The only vote on the Leave side that is currently being split is in areas such as Barnsley, the South Wales Valleys, Doncaster and Hartlepool, where there is a risk that the Tories will split our vote.”

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