Friday 15 December 2017

Here's everything that happened on the general election trail today

By Jessica Pitocchi

All the good, the bad, and the ugly from the day’s election campaign trail.

As the prime minister sampled some of Cornwall’s finest cuisine, here’s everything else that happened on the day’s election campaign:

Quote of the day

“I think that’s a real Ed Balls moment for Scotland” – Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson on what might happen if the SNP’s Angus Robertson loses his seat in the election.

Tweet of the day

You’d probably expect a cardboard cut-out of Theresa May to be strong and stable for more than one reason – but these disappointed shoppers would argue otherwise.

Who’s had a good day?

George Osborne was all smiles as he started his new job at the Evening Standard today.

He certainly got stuck into his first day, reintroducing the political cartoon which featured a mock-up of Theresa May as Big Ben and using his first editorial to take a swipe at his former colleague, branding her election campaign as “no more than a slogan”.

Who’s had a bad day?

Nick Clegg tried but failed to keep his cool when Piers Morgan brought up tuition fees during an interview on Good Morning Britain.

The two clashed when Morgan mocked Clegg for saying May can’t be trusted, describing the former Lib Dem leader as “the shining bastion of non-cynicism in an otherwise cesspit of cynicism of Westminster”.

After a short pause and some awkward seat-shifting, Clegg muttered “extraordinary man” under his breath before stating: “You’re so pompous.”

Image of the day

May tucked into a classic cone of chips while out and about during a election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall.

But one question remains: were they out of condiments?

What do the polls say?

Things are on the up for Labour with a 5% increase in overall ratings, while the Conservatives live up to their slogan by continuing to sit at a steady 45%.

Gaffe of the day

Labour’s Diane Abbott became a talking point after stumbling over the cost of the party’s plans to introduce 10,000 more police during a radio interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari – making for some very awkward listening.

In her first attempt to come up with the bill, officers would earn just £30 a year while her second attempt left them with an annual salary of £8,000.

But Abbott insisted she knows her figures, explaining to BBC Two’s Daily Politics: “I did seven interviews that morning and that was the seventh and I mis-spoke but I do know my figures.”

Election antidote

Seek some light relief from the day’s politics with this video of a bar in Belfast handing out free beer to marathon runners.

Just what the doctor ordered.

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