One of the best expressions of sheer frustration that’s stuck with me over the years came from the comedian Tony Hancock, who in moments of extreme disquiet repeated the words oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Now the mere mention of the dreaded referendum and those words are what spring to mind. Oh dear indeed.
Ed Miliband says his own experience of losing the 2015 general election shows the polls can be wrong and that there is a serious risk of Britain voting to leave the EU. Speaking to the Guardian, he warned against complacency and said that it was essential to get young people to turn out in force if the remain camp was to win the vote.
Tony Blair has said it would be a “very dangerous experiment” if Jeremy Corbyn or a populist politician like him were to form a government.
Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has offered to promote a possible debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
Jeremy Corbyn has asked Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, to carry out a review of Labour’s internal structures as part of a package of measures aimed at putting the party on a war footing in case of an early general election.
Police are looking into a number of incidents at a boisterous rally addressed by Boris Johnson where a teenager in a gorilla suit was alleged to have been elbowed in the ribs and punched in the face.
Boris Johnson has urged the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to visit Britain and see the impact of Brussels on families and businesses, as he brushed off a series of increasingly pointed personal attacks.
The Scottish government would hold a fresh independence referendum – and win it – within two years, if Scotland was at risk of being “dragged” out of the European Union after June’s referendum, Alex Salmond has said.
MPs investigating controversial business practices at Sports Direct have told its founder, Mike Ashley, they will not visit the company’s headquarters before next month’s select committee hearing and made it clear they still expect him to show up at Westminster.
Theresa May insisted that controlling immigration and withdrawing from the jurisdiction of the European court of justice would be her priorities during EU exit negotiations, the strongest indication yet that she will lean towards a hard Brexit.
A deal on shadow cabinet elections will not be settled before November and Jeremy Corbyn insists that allies who filled major posts in July will not be moved whatever compromise is struck, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Jon Lansman, the co-founder of Momentum, has warned against any challenge to Tom Watson as deputy leader and called for an end to personal animosity between figures from Labour and the unions.