Thursday 19 October 2017

Everything you need to know about the campaign trail today

Here are some of the day’s top highlights ahead of the General Election on Thursday.

By Peter Cary

Here’s what happened on the campaign trail today.

Who’s had a good day?

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London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan won the backing of an unlikely friend in Theresa May today, who stated “I think Sadiq is doing an excellent job” in response to the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday night.

May said she had been working closely with the Mayor, who had attended COBRA meetings alongside security officials and members of the Cabinet in the wake of recent attacks.

Khan has also gathered widespread support for his strong condemnation of the attackers and his pledge to ensure London continues to operate as usual in the aftermath of the atrocity.

Who’s had a bad day?

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Theresa May had a tough start to the day, as David Cameron’s former strategy adviser Steve Hilton tweeted to say the Prime Minister “should be resigning not seeking re-election” over “security failures” in light of the Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge terrorist attacks.

When ITV News then raised the comments with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a few hours later, Corbyn said he backed the remarks due to police cuts during May’s tenure as home secretary.

The row was exacerbated further when Culture Secretary Karen Bradley refused to answer a question by Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan over the number of armed police since 2010.

Quote of the day

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“Jeremy Corbyn seems to think that any deal, no matter what the price, no matter what the terms, is better than no deal.

“That’s not leadership – that’s an abdication of leadership.” – Theresa May on Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit.

Picture of the day

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Jeremy Corbyn tries his hand at a spot of brick laying in Consett, County Durham.

Tweet of the day

Steve Hilton’s tweet calling for Mrs May to resign over alleged failures in her security record gathered widespread support, including from the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, and was shared over 5,000 times throughout the day.

What do the polls say?

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The Conservatives remain in the lead at 44% according to the latest polls, but Labour have closed the gap considerably in the past week.

Labour are now at 37%, compared with 30% seven days ago.

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