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Election briefs: Labour vow to slash third off rail fares by January

Labour vow to slash third off rail fares by January

REGULATED rail fares in England will be slashed by a third if Labour wins the General Election, the party has pledged. Jeremy Corbyn plans to cut prices from this January if he wins, and Labour estimates its policy would save average commuters more than £1,000 a year. The £1.5billion-a-year cost would come from Vehicle Excise Duty. Children aged 16 and under will receive free rail travel under the plan. The move comes days after train companies announced fares will rise by an average of 2.7 per cent next year. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said Labour’s vow would ‘wreck our economy and cost people their livelihoods’.

Raab unruffled despite poll showing his seat is in peril

DOMINIC RAAB has said he is ‘not really’ worried about losing his seat at the General Election, despite a poll suggesting a tactical voting switch could see him ousted. The foreign secretary enjoys a 23,298 majority in Esher and Walton in Surrey, but the Deltapoll survey shows he now only holds a five point lead over Liberal Democrat Monica Harding. Asked if he was worried about being ‘the next [Michael] Portillo at this election’, Mr Raab told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘Not really but… the truth is with a seat like mine you never take anything for granted.’

Sturgeon: Questions to be asked about terror attack

NICOLA STURGEON paid tribute to those who tackled terrorist Usman Khan on London Bridge but said questions would need to be asked about how it had occurred. The Scottish first minister told Metro: ‘We saw acts of quite exceptional individual bravery; when you’re confronted with the worst of humanity you are also seeing the absolute best of it and the emergency services always fill me with admiration.’ She added: ‘I think given some of the information that has emerged there’s clearly going to be issues to be discussed and confronted.’