Elections 2021 live: SNP eyes new independence referendum; Labour set for shadow cabinet reshuffle

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Latest updates: key developments from the UK’s 2021 devolved and local elections

A social care reform plan will be “heading for the statute books” by the end of the year, a senior government minister has said.

Cabinet office minister Michael Gove, asked whether social care reform would form part of this week’s Queen’s Speech, told Times Radio:

We’re working to make sure that we have an effective social care plan at the moment. That work is going on.

So, by the end of the year you will have a specific social care plan that is heading for the statute books at the very least.

Anti-fascist campaigners have been celebrating a dismal performance by far-right candidates in elections around the UK, from Scotland to council polls in England.

But their disastrous showing was also attributed to what the campaign organisation Hope not Hate described as Boris Johnson’s “hyping of a cultural war” and the attraction of former far-right votes to a populist agenda that included strong anti-immigration messaging.

With his pro-Brexit and right wing populist agenda, which includes strong anti-immigration messaging and deliberate manipulation and hyping of a cultural war, there is currently very little political space for traditional far right parties obsessed with racial nationalism and Islamophobia.

The BNP tapped into political discontent that existed in many white working class communities, and while these voters were strongly opposed to immigration and a multiracial society, they were also uneasy about the BNP’s more extreme views. When offered slightly more moderate versions of the same anti-politics, anti-immigrant and nationalist messages, these voters quickly jumped ship.

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