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‘I won’t sleep for over 24 hours on election night’

‘I won’t sleep for over 24 hours on election night’

Business
On the day of the election, Jordan Rochester will start work at 06:30 GMT and won't leave his desk until 09:00 on Friday - more than 24 hours later.Mr Rochester is a foreign exchange currency strategist at Nomura. His job is to make sure his clients - big corporations, fund managers and private banks - make money no matter which way the pound swings when the election polls come in.He'll be watching exit polls closely and the results as they come in to give him an idea of what the result will be.The 29-year-old has a good track record. The night before the outcome of the European referendum vote he advised colleagues and clients to stay at their desks, because even though the exit polls showed Remain winning by 52:48 he believed ...
Johnson reveals first 100 days plan with election a week away

Johnson reveals first 100 days plan with election a week away

Business
With just a week to the general election, Boris Johnson is already confidently - if not complacently - talking about his plans for the first 100 days of a majority Tory government.With opinion polls still suggesting a comfortable lead for the Conservatives, the prime minister has announced plans for a Commons vote on Brexit, a Queen's Speech and a post-Brexit budget. Labour has responded by claiming a Tory victory would mean more austerity, privatisation and tax giveaways, while the Liberal Democrats have denounced Mr Johnson's promises as fantasy. ...
General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

Health
Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.The figures show that in October there were six million GP appointments - out of 31 million - for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks. Labour said it was "yet more damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts". The Tories responded by highlighting their plans to deliver 50 million more GP appointments by 2024-25 if elected.The figures, from NHS Digital, do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.The latest data from NHS Digital show that 2.45 million patients waited b...
Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises ‘open mind’ after election rout

Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises ‘open mind’ after election rout

World
Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has said the government will "seriously reflect" after local elections saw massive gains by pro-democracy candidates. Seventeen of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors, according to local media.The election, the first since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began, saw an unprecedented turnout of more than 71%.It is being seen as a stinging rebuke of Ms Lam's leadership and a show of support for the protest movement.Hong Kong's young winners and the scalps they tookHong Kong has seen months of increasingly violent protests since Ms Lam tried to introduce a controversial bill enabling extradition to China. I...
No clear champ as Johnson, Corbyn spar in UK election debate

No clear champ as Johnson, Corbyn spar in UK election debate

World
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be squaring off in the first televised debate of Britain’s election campaignBy DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS Associated PressNovember 19, 2019, 4:09 PM5 min read Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn prepared to square off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of Britain’s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life. The hour-long encounter — the first-ever head-to-head TV debate between a British prime minister and their chief challenger — offers Corbyn a chance to make up ground in opinion polls, which show his Labour Party trailing Johnson's Conservatives ahead of the Dec. 12 election. For Johnson, it’s a chance to shake off a wobbly start that has seen the Conservatives th