Friday 18 August 2017

Here's what happened on the election trail today

There’s just 25 days left to go until the General Election.

By Zaina Alibhai

Here are some of the key moments from today’s election campaign.

Quote of the day

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“Bring it on” – Alex Salmond, SNP General Election candidate for Gordon, sends a message to the Conservatives over efforts to unseat him.

Who’s had a good day?

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The Liberal Democrats received the unexpected but presumably welcomed backing from One Directioner Harry Styles.

The singer revealed he would be voting for “whoever is against Brexit” in the General Election, a stance the Lib Dems have firmly assigned themselves to.

Keen to capitalise on their potential new recruit, Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney issued a pun-filled statement saying: “Labour and the Tories are both heading in one direction.”

Who’s had a bad day?

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was forced to defend her government’s education record on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

She was responding to the latest Scottish survey of literacy and numeracy (SSLN) which showed fewer than half of Scotland’s 13 and 14-year-olds are able to write well.

Some viewers thought she didn’t seem as confident discussing domestic policy as she usually does when discussing the familiar topic of independence.

Tweet of the day

A picture tweeted by Jeremy Corbyn of him with his arm round rapper JME prompted calls for the pair to release an album together and to print the snap onto a T-shirt.

Picture of the day

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie bakes some bread during a visit to Loch Leven Larder in Kinross and looks very happy about it.

What do the polls say?

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Labour are up by one percentage point to 30%, while Greens have dropped one to 2%. There’s been no change for the Conservatives, Lib Dems or Ukip.

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