HERE is your daily briefing on all the Brexit and 2019 General Election news from the past 12 hours.
Today has seen MP Ian Austin vow to vote for the Tories in the December election, among other news stories.
Ian Austin to 'vote for Tories'
MP Ian Austin quit the Labour Party earlier this year, branding Jeremy Corbyn an 'extremist'
Now Mr Austin has announced he will be voting for the Tories in the December election.
Mr Austin told The Times: “Jeremy Corbyn is an extremist who is completely unfit to run the country, I wouldn’t say Boris Johnson is unfit to run the country.
He added: "Jeremy Corbyn is an extremist. He’s allowed the Labour Party to be poisoned by extremism and racism, he supported terrorism, he can’t be trusted with our defence and he always picks the wrong side.”
Mr Austin said he has become “ashamed” of the party under leader Jeremy Corbyn.
In a furious blast, he claimed party bosses were tougher on the people who expose anti-Semitism than on the racists themselves.
The 53-year-old has long been one of Mr Corbyn's fiercest critics.
Tory election candidate QUITS
A Tory election candidate has announced he's standing down after he said women should "keep their knickers on" to avoid rape.
Nick Conrad, 34, caused outrage when he said women “need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire” during a live debate about footballer Ched Evans.
Mr Johnson slammed the comments as "completely unacceptable" – and Mr Conrad has now said he is standing down.
Boris said: “He has apologised long ago but I can't stress that those comments are completely unacceptable."
Mr Conrad originally made the remarks while a host on BBC Radio Norfolk when discussing ex-Wales star Evans – who was jailed for rape in 2012 but then cleared four years later at a retrial.
Mr Conrad said: "I think women need to be more aware of a man's sexual desire that when you're in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there's a huge amount of energy in the male body.
“There's a huge amount of will and intent, and it's very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm."
He added: "What I'm trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man's given certain signals he'll wish to act upon them and if you don't wish to give out the wrong signals, it's best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him."
A labour hopeful has defended a fellow candidate who said she would celebrate Tony Blair's death – by comparing it to people celebrating Hitler's death in a car crash interview today.
Jane Aitchison, who is standing in Pudsey in Yorkshire where the Tories have a slim majority, made the remarks as she defended fellow election nominee Zarah Sultana.
Earlier this week Ms Sultana was forced to apologise for saying she would celebrate the deaths of the Labour Leader who won three General Elections, Binyamin Netanyahu and George W Bush.
Ms Sultana, 26, who will fight Coventry South, tweeted in 2015 about the idea that people should not celebrate others' deaths.
In a message reported by The Jewish Chronicle she wrote: "Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die".
Cheers to that!
Boris Johnson has promised to slash the cost of American whiskey immediately after Brexit following secret talks with US officials.
The PM said he would remove the EU’s crippling tariffs slapped on American imports after Donald Trump’s trade war with Brussels.
Mr Johnson also suggested he had been given assurances that the US would respond by slashing its 25 per cent import tariff on Scotch whisky.
The punitive tax had threatened thousands of Scottish jobs.
Britain currently has to follow EU tariffs but under Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal the UK would be able to decide its own rates.
Experts said slashing the EU’s current tariff level would save between £3-£5 on a bottle of £30 Bourbon.
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