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Ukip surge hammers Labour as well as Tories

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Labour is shedding as much support to Ukip as the Conservatives, new polling suggests.

A new ICM-Guardian survey shows the eurosceptic party on a record high of 18%, rising nine points as all three main parties continue to haemorrhage support.

The Conservatives are down four points on 28%, Labour is down four points on 34% and the Liberal Democrats are also down four points on 11%.

It is the first time in ICM/Guardian history that all three main parties have fallen back in the polls simultaneously. It is also a devastatingly low poll score for the Conservative party.

The YouGov/Sun tracker poll appears to substantiate the findings, with Ukip on 14%, the Conservatives on 31% and Labour on 38%.

The findings will irritate Labour campaigners, who would expect the party to benefit from the Tories’ chaotic internal debate on the EU.

Instead, both parties appear to be victims of Ukip, which is benefitting from the relentless focus on the party in the press.

The continued surge suggests the Tories cannot stem the Ukip threat by appropriating their policy positions.

A focus on the EU and a tough immigration bill in the Queen’s Speech have done nothing to shield the party from the Ukip threat on its right flank.

The Ukip surge is almost certainly not a result of a corresponding rise in British euroscepticism.

ICM research shows support for leaving the EU has actually fallen since David Cameron’s Bloomberg speech promising a referendum.

When the prime minister made the speech the public was split 51%-40% for leaving the EU. That figure now stands at 43%-40%.


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Police Will Be Able To Read Everyone’s Internet Search History Under New Plan

UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country.

Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”

“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.

It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and Internet communication.

Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.

MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

“I’ve said many times before that it is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers and the oversight arrangements that govern them without also considering the threats that we face as a country,” May said.

“They include not just terrorism from overseas and home-grown in the UK, but also industrial, military and state espionage.They include not just organized criminality, but also the proliferation of once physical crimes online, such as child sexual exploitation. And the technological challenges that that brings. In the face of such threats we have a duty to ensure that the agencies whose job it is to keep us safe have the powers they need to do the job,” she added.


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