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UK Conservatives Set to Lose Seats in General Election

04 June 2017

The Telegraph said it asked Fallon if high earners could be sure their taxes would not go up under a new Conservative government, to which he replied: "Yes".

"The only way they can be sure their taxes won't rise is to vote Conservative", he said.

According to the poll, the Conservatives are on track to be 18 seats short of the overall majority of 326, thus increasing the possibility of a hung parliament.

When Theresa May announced a snap election in April, she was widely expected to register a landslide victory over its rival, the Labour Party, in the upcoming national elections.

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Finance minister Philip Hammond has said that promise makes it harder for him to bring down Britain's budget deficit.

- Top Tory Sir Michael Fallon has said the next Conservative government WON'T raise income taxes. Jeremy Corbyn was seen to have performed well in a series of television debates.May has stuck to her strategy of trying to focus attention on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying that he is unfit to helm Britain's Brexit negotiations when they begin in earnest later this month.

After hosting a roundtable with pensioners in Lincoln, the Labour leader told reporters: "I think there's complete chaos going on at the top of the Government".

Theresa May remains voters' preferred choice for prime minister although her personal rating is down six points on 50%.

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If she fails to handsomely beat the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority will be undermined both inside the Conservative Party and at talks with 27 other European Union leaders.

In her session, May was asked why she was not able to provide details of the maximum amount of money people would have to spend on social care, which was only promised after days of backlash against the policy.

With less than a week to polling day, Opinium in The Observer has the Tory advantage down to just six points whereas ComRes for the Independent and Sunday Mirror shows the Conservatives holding firm with a 12 point lead. That marked a break from the Conservative pledge under former Prime Minister David Cameron in a 2015 election campaign not to raise income tax, national insurance contributions or VAT. It was then forced into a U-turn after Conservative lawmakers, wary of alienating small businesspeople, protested that it broke the 2015 pledge.

The Labour leader said he would "invest properly" in the armed forces, promising more ships for the Royal Navy and aircraft for the RAF.

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For Labour, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Sir Michael's comments showed the Tories were the party for "the few, not the many".