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Attacks on German politicians stir memories of Nazi past – POLITICO

Attacks on German politicians stir memories of Nazi past – POLITICO

[ad_1] Last week, Matthias Ecke, a politician with the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and member of European Parliament, was hanging campaign posters for the upcoming European Union election in the eastern German city of Dresden when he was allegedly approached by a group of four young men and pummeled. Ecke suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket, among other injuries, and was hospitalized. In the same part of Dresden that evening, the group of youths also allegedly attacked a Greens campaigner. One of the attackers punched him twice in the face, and after the victim fell to the ground, the attackers repeatedly kicked him, according to witnesses. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION POLL OF POLLS For more polling data from across Europe visit POLITICO Poll of Polls. This past Tuesday evening in Dresden, local Greens candidate Yvonne Mosler was out with a television crew putting up campaign posters when a man pushed her aside, ripped down the posters, and a young woman spat on her. Additional attacks this week — including one on the former mayor …

Center-left politician attacked in German library amid wave of assaults – POLITICO

Center-left politician attacked in German library amid wave of assaults – POLITICO

[ad_1] “The suspect then walked away. Ms. Giffey briefly went to hospital for outpatient treatment for headache and neck pain,” according to the report. The attack on Giffey is the latest in a series of assaults against politicians in Germany ahead of June’s European Parliament election, prompting calls for better protection. In a series of posts on X, formerly Twitter, Giffey said: “I am concerned and shocked by the increasing ‘fair game culture’ in which people who are politically active and engaged in our country are increasingly exposed to supposedly justified and acceptable attacks.” “There is no justification for these attacks. They are a transgression that we as a society must firmly oppose,” she added. German politicians have condemned the attack, including Berlin Mayor Kai Wegner who said “anyone who attacks politicians is attacking our democracy. We will not accept that. We will oppose all forms of violence, hatred and incitement and protect our democracy.” “We will discuss consequences in the Senate, including harsher penalties for attacks on politicians,” he added. [ad_2] Source link

UK Tories powerless to escape Rishi Sunak’s death march – POLITICO

UK Tories powerless to escape Rishi Sunak’s death march – POLITICO

[ad_1] This sentiment was epitomized by a spokesperson for the Conservative Britain Alliance, a shadowy anti-Sunak movement, which announced at lunchtime the day of local election results: “We’re off to the pub,” suggesting that drowning their sorrows would be more worthwhile than plotting in response to the election rout. Even those urging bold action or displays of passion from the PM seem to know deep down that none will come. A series of potential moments to shift the dial — including some genuine surprises, such as Cameron’s re-entry at the top of government and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt trumpeting an ambition to abolish national insurance payments — have all come and gone without altering the polls.  Sunak’s allies seek to portray his determination to stick doggedly to his plan in the face of noise on the back benches as a virtue.  Harriett Baldwin, Conservative MP and chair of the Treasury select committee, told POLITICO it was time to “stop all this overhyped media speculation, unite behind the prime minister, and continue to deliver.” Harriett Baldwin, Conservative …

England’s metro mayors make a farce of local democracy. They must be scrapped | Simon Jenkins

England’s metro mayors make a farce of local democracy. They must be scrapped | Simon Jenkins

[ad_1] England’s 12 “metro mayors” should be abolished. Metro mayorships are artificial creations whose regional geography rarely reflects any civic identity or pride. Towns and cities should have properly elected mayors, as is common in other democracies. These regional entities were invented by Whitehall in the 2010s, supposedly to order transport and investment. Their boundaries were confused with those of near-meaningless police commissioners. As instruments of local democracy, they are a farce. These individuals – distinct from mayors elected for single cities – have served largely as chairs of “combined authorities”. Thus, until 2023 Liverpool had its own local mayor and a second one for its surrounding region. The West of England metro mayor covers Bristol and Bath, but Bristol had its own mayor until the role was abolished in May of this year. Cambridge shares a mayor with Peterborough. According to the Institute for Government, the average turnout to vote in the 2021 metro mayor elections was only 35%. The results of any votes are invariably attributed to events in Downing Street rather than …

Sadiq Khan bags record third term as London mayor – POLITICO

Sadiq Khan bags record third term as London mayor – POLITICO

[ad_1] Hall was selected ahead of more high-profile Tory candidates including former London Minister Paul Scully. Scully told the BBC Saturday his party had run an “incredibly underwhelming campaign” in the capital, and accused the Conservatives of focusing too heavily on Khan as an individual. During the campaign, Hall took aim at Khan over his controversial expansion of the capital city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, a charge on drivers in high-polluting vehicles that the Tories successfully railed against in a Westminster by-election last year. Hall said she would scrap the expansion on “day one.” Hall’s candidacy also generated controversy after she liked tweets praising the late right-wing politician Enoch Powell and some containing Islamophobic abuse towards Khan, a practicing Muslim. Knife crime in London also made headlines during the campaign, with a deadly sword attack in the London suburb of Hainault dominating the final days of the race. A spokesperson for Khan said Sunday that Londoners had “clearly rejected the overwhelmingly negative and divisive campaign run by the Tories.” Khan, who formerly served as a …

Minister Accuses BBC Of ‘Pathetic’ Take On Tory Mayor’s Victory

Minister Accuses BBC Of ‘Pathetic’ Take On Tory Mayor’s Victory

[ad_1] Minister Andrea Leadsom raged at the BBC while on a BBC programme on Friday, criticising its coverage of a Tory mayor who was just re-elected. The Politics Live drama began when the BBC’s deputy political editor Vicki Young pointed out that Ben Houchen had held onto his position despite a general dip in support for the Conservatives. The show’s host Jo Coburn then noted: “Support for Conservatives in the area in a general election was 21% lower than support recorded for Houchen. “So this win is down to his personal popularity.” Leadsom, sat next to Coburn, quickly cut in: “I think that whole little bit of discussion is absolutely pathetic from the BBC. “He’s won – all you’re saying is he’s had this big swing away from him. No, sorry, I am indignant.” “No one is taking away from Houchen,” Coburn replied. “Yes you are,” the minister hit back. “This is all credit to a mayor who has done an absolutely brilliant job in a key part of the levelling up agenda. “This is …

Rishi Sunak’s moment of maximum danger just arrived – POLITICO

Rishi Sunak’s moment of maximum danger just arrived – POLITICO

[ad_1] The lack of a clear-cut replacement for Sunak is cooling the odds of a revolt, but there’s no shortage of would-be contenders who have been flaunting their wares. There are the critics who resigned from Sunak’s government: Suella Braverman, who quit as Sunak’s home secretary, and Robert Jenrick, who left his job as immigration minister. There are also those biding their time a little more quietly, like another former Home Secretary Priti Patel. And then there are those still serving in Sunak’s Cabinet: Kemi Badenoch, Grant Shapps, James Cleverly and Penny Mordaunt. ‘Think about your colleagues‘ The likelihood of any boost for the Tories following a change in leader also seems slim. Opinium research suggests that out of four contenders polled, Braverman, Badenoch and Cleverly would all fare even worse than Sunak at a general election. Only Mordaunt saw any kind of uptick — and that was a marginal one that still put the Tories on course for a major defeat. Only Penny Mordaunt saw any kind of uptick — and that was a …

Tory Mayors Disguising Party Affiliation To Dodge Defeat

Tory Mayors Disguising Party Affiliation To Dodge Defeat

[ad_1] Tory mayors have distanced themselves from their party and Rishi Sunak in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. Ben Houchen and Andy Street face major fights to hang onto their jobs when voters go to the polls in Tees Valley and the West Midlands. With the Conservatives trailing well behind Labour in the national opinion polls, both men have gone out of their way to avoid admitting they are actually Tories. Street’s website has no Tory branding and is mainly coloured green rather than the traditional Conservative blue. Meanwhile, his 300-word biography contains no mention at all of the party he represents. Andy Street’s website has no Tory bradfing. Houchen’s website does describe him as “the Conservative mayor of Tees Valley”, but during his election campaign he has at times gone out of his way to play down his party affiliation. In a video posted on Facebook, he said: “I’m less interested in national politics, I am the mayor of Tees Valley. My priority is always the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.” And …

Sssh, don’t mention you’re a Tory! Candidates hide their stripes in UK local elections – POLITICO

Sssh, don’t mention you’re a Tory! Candidates hide their stripes in UK local elections – POLITICO

[ad_1] Challenged to express enthusiasm for Sunak, Street recently told the Sunday Times: “He is the prime minister. I am supportive to the party. But he and I have fallen out over a number of issues.” Street’s Labour rival, Richard Parker, has accused him of being a Tory “when it suits him.” A Conservative MP in the West Midlands, granted anonymity like others in this article to speak freely, conceded that while some might see Street’s actions as an exercise in political distancing, “Andy has taught me a lesson, which is don’t ram Conservative posters down people’s throats.” “We should make the effort to explain why you should vote for me. Not just because I’ve got a blue ribbon but because I care about the things that you care about,” the MP added. Clear blue water In hard-fought elections around the country, the temptation to take a leaf out of Street’s book appears strong. Ben Houchen, mayor of Tees Valley since 2017, has dropped the Conservative label from some leaflets and has boasted that he …

The Guardian view on England’s metro mayors: local elections that produce national figures | Editorial

The Guardian view on England’s metro mayors: local elections that produce national figures | Editorial

[ad_1] This Thursday, around 20 million voters in 10 regions in England go to the polls to elect metro mayors, which largely did not exist before 2017. Today these local politicians are national figures. With Labour riding high in the polls, the party could even see a remarkable clean sweep in the 10 contests, potentially winning the first-ever elected mayoralty of York and North Yorkshire in Rishi Sunak’s back yard. Such is their importance that the loss of the Conservative Tees Valley mayor, Ben Houchen, and his West Midlands counterpart, Andy Street, could hasten the end of Mr Sunak’s premiership. Devolution is working. There have been signature policies such as Steve Rotheram’s high-speed broadband plan for Liverpool. Andy Burnham in Manchester has rolled out bus franchising to address the damage done by decades of deregulation. Mr Rotheram, Mr Burnham and West Yorkshire’s Tracy Brabin collectively are a powerful northern voice to counterbalance the south. Research from the More in Common thinktank suggests mayoral races are not a proxy for national politics. The race between the independent candidate Jamie Driscoll and …