Postal union accused of plan for ‘politically calculated’ strike
Could the general election be wrecked by postal workers? Unions are today accused of making a “politically calculated” threat to ruin the public vote by refusing to deliver millions of postal ballots as part of a dispute over pay and bonuses. Returning officers warned that people planning to vote by post should consider opting for a proxy vote instead. Andrea Leadsom, the Business Secretary, suggested the Communication Workers’ Union had deliberately timed the action to boost Labour’s chances at the ballot box. As Bill Gardner reports, studies suggest that elderly people are more likely to request a postal vote. Nearly half of Tory voters are aged 65 or over. It comes after Nigel Farage set out his plans for Brexit Party candidates to fight every seat in the country. But Christopher Hope reveals that more than 20 of his would-be MPs have already quit. Camilla Tominey asks: is Mr Farage a victim of his own propaganda? And Matt looks at the public’s view of the Brexit Party in today’s cartoon.
Meanwhile, Liz Truss will today say that female entrepreneurs will be among those with “the most to lose” from a Jeremy Corbyn government because nationalisation would kill off opportunities. The Minister for Women and Equalities will warn Labour would force a return to “the dark ages”. She will address more than 500 influential UK business leaders at The Telegraph‘s Women Mean Business Live event. With other talks from Samantha Cameron, Victoria Derbyshire and Allison Pearson, follow today’s event live.
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