Friday 21 July 2017

Here's what happened on the election trail today

There’s only 21 days to go until voters take to the polling stations.

By Zaina Alibhai

The Tories released their manifesto while the Greens released a spoof video mocking major party leaders: here is everything that happened on the General Election campaign trail on Thursday.

All three major parties have now unveiled their manifestos – but how do they compare?

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In terms of a simple word count, the Tories are way ahead with approximately 30,500 compared with Labour’s 23,600 and the Lib Dems’ 22,200.

Quote of the day

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“Well, I did” – Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie admitted he’d smoked cannabis as a student as he talked through his party’s plans to legalise the drug on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye.

Who’s had a good day?

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Jeremy Corbyn overtook Theresa May as the most-talked about politician on Twitter. Corbyn’s share of the conversation jumped to 42% – up from 35% last week – to his opponent’s 34%, according to analysis by the Press Association.

His party also beat May’s in Twitter mentions dominating 47% of tweets about the top five political parties, compared to the Conservatives’ 32%.

Who’s had a bad day?

Hundreds of protesters chanting “Tory scum” failed to stop the battle buses from leaving the manifesto launch event in Halifax.

Labour supporters and Unite members were also at the venue holding banners and placards while shouting “Corbyn in, Tories out”.

Tweet of the day

The Green Party mocked May and Corbyn in a spoof video ahead of the ITV Leaders’ Debate.

Picture of the day

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May gives a thumbs up as she arrives to meet staff at a missile manufacturer in Bolton after the big manifesto reveal on the other side of the Pennines.

What do the polls say?

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The Conservatives are currently on 47% and are projected to win 389 seats. Labour are on 31% and are projected to win 176 seats.

Election antidote

The full I-D magazine interview featuring Corbyn and grime star JME in which the unconventional duo met to discuss the engagement of youth in politics has been released.

The pair met over the weekend at a cafe in Corbyn’s Islington constituency, where he has been an MP for over three decades.

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