The Institute for Fiscal Studies says neither the Conservatives nor Labour are being honest with voters about their spending plans in the run-up to the election. The independent research group has examined both parties’ manifestos and says their economic plans are not credible.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 News has hosted the first ever television debate based solely on how to tackle climate change. The leaders of Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens discussed renewable energy, public transport and legal targets to reach net zero emissions. But Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, leaders of the Conservative Party and Brexit Party, both turned down an invitation to participate and were replaced with ice sculptures. The Conservative Party has made a formal complaint to the media regulator, Ofcom, because Channel Four said it would not allow any other Tory apart from Boris Johnson to take part in the debate.
Also, new figures show the number of vacancies for NHS nurses in England increased to around 43 and a half thousand by the end of September, almost a thousand more than the same time last year. Hospital managers say workforce shortages are one of the biggest problems they have to deal with.
Part of the BBC News at Ten’s coverage of the 2019 General Election presented by Sophie Raworth with contributions from the BBC’s economics editor Faisal Islam, science editor David Shukman and health editor Hugh Pym.
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