The Politics Blog: Live Updates

  • Good morning and welcome to the daily politics blog on this, Tuesday May 20th!

    Following Mark Carney's comments on Sky News' Murnaghan Show about the need to cool Britain's housing market, David Cameron has indicated he is willing to "consider" changes suggested by the Bank of England. We've already done a story on that, which you can read here.

    And that's not the only thing the Prime Minister has been saying this morning - and it's not even 10am yet! He's also very pleased at an American jury's decision to convict radical preacher Abu Hamza. So pleased, in fact, that he'll attempt to review the dastardly European Convention on Human Rights after its role in delaying the hook-handed cleric's extradition across the pond.

    All this comes as Mr Cameron warned voters - through the medium of the Daily Mail - not to be "tempted" by UKIP, who he says have "condemned themselves during this campaign
    with a succession of pretty unpleasant remarks".

    The Prime Minister is not the only party leader saying things today though, far from it. Fresh from his speech about the minimum wage yesterday, Labour's Ed Miliband has been accused of underestimating his weekly shopping bill. He suggested, while appearing on ITV's Good Morning Britain, that his family spent between £70 and £80 on groceries every seven days. Except, he was told, the average weekly bill for a family of four is around £100! Mr Miliband accepted he was "relatively comfortably off" but insisted he was still qualified to combat the cost-of-living crisis.

    In other news, GAVI, a public-private global health partnership founded by the Bill and
    Melinda Gates Foundation, is launching a renewed campaign in Brussels today and
    attempting to leap upon the World Cup bandwagon with a report into each
    competing nation's role in global immunisation. It says Britain must maintain its leading role as a supporter of global immunisation projects to win the "world cup" between donors. One can only assume that this imaginary global immunisation world cup does not involve penalty shoot-outs, so at least it's one we actually stand a chance of winning.

    Meanwhile in Scotland, where World Cup analogies are presumably wasted, MSPs will be considering a plea for the Scottish Government to grant asylum to US whistleblower Edward
    Snowden those north of the border vote for independence.

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