Saturday 20 January 2018

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

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

By Jessica Pitocchi

As the UK heads into the final month before polling day, here’s here are some of the key moments from today’s election campaign.

Quote of the day

File photo dated 14/01/15 of Simon Danczuk, as the scandal-hit MP has voiced his disappointment after a Labour panel decided not to lift his suspension from the party.

“I feel the Labour Party has totally lost touch with its social democratic values and, indeed, with reality in 21st-century Britain” – Simon Danczuk on his resignation from the party.

Tweet of the day

While the former Ukip leader was referring to Labour’s proposal to ban junk food adverts appearing on TV before the watershed, the phrase also sounds suspiciously similar to “ban the burka”, which is a recent party pledge under current leader Paul Nuttall.

Who’s had a good day?

Iain Duncan Smith managed to entertain Good Morning Britain viewers when he started rapping Eminem’s Lose Yourself.

He told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that some of the words could be a message to Labour MP Diane Abbott after her on-air gaffe over the cost of her party’s policing policy.

Prompted by Morgan to recite the lines, he said: “It starts halfway down, and he says, ‘he opens his mouth but the words don’t come out, he’s choking now, everybody’s joking now and the clock’s run out.’

“I thought Diane had been checking that one out.”

Who’s had a bad day?

Under-pressure Arsene Wenger was unexpectedly brought into Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign event in Leamington Spa when a sign calling for his resignation appeared behind him.

The Labour leader, an Arsenal supporter, was unsuspectingly photobombed by two young men holding up a ‘Wenger Out’ banner which ended up overshadowing Corbyn’s speech on social media.

But it seems Corbyn’s policy on Wenger may not be a harsh one, with the young supporters claiming he told them “Wenger’s all right, give him a chance”, after he had finished his speech.

Picture of the day

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to the Inveralmond Brewery in Perth.

Nicola Sturgeon sipped a pint on a visit to the Inveralmond Brewery in Perth, and fortunately for her she avoided having her own awkward food photo moment – unlike Theresa May with chips or Ed Miliband with a bacon sandwich.

What do the polls say?

How the parties are faring in the poll of polls with 31 days to go to the general election. See story ELECTION Main. Editable files available from PA Graphics
How the poll of polls has changed. See story ELECTION Main. Editable files available from PA Graphics

The Conservatives sit at 47% in the polls – a fairly comfortable gap of 18% above Labour. But the Prime Minister warned Tory candidates of the risks of being complacent.

“How many times over the past few years have the polls got it wrong? They got the 2015 election wrong. They got the EU referendum wrong. And Jeremy Corbyn was a 200-1 outsider to be Labour leader,” she said.

Gaffe of the day


Paul Nuttall said he is leading the “most influential party of the 20th century” – an era that ended 17 years ago.

He was responding to the claim made by immigration spokesman John Bickley that Ukip is the “most successful party in the world” when he made the apparent slip of the tongue.

Speaking at a policy launch event in Great George Street, London, Nuttall said: “As for the most successful party in the world, I think we have been – in terms of driving the Government into the position it’s been now on Brexit – the most influential party of the 20th century in this country.”

Election antidote

Forget leaves on the line, this morning commuters in Kent were faced with the quandary of llamas on the line.

Southeastern trains were being cautioned between Hildenborough and Sevenoaks due to unexpected sightings of llamas on the tracks.

The news might not come as the best antidote for affected travellers but it provided a lot of entertainment for people on Twitter. User Kelvin Pinnock tweeted: “Nothing to be a-llama-d about I hope” while Gary Miller added: “Alpaca an overnight bag perhaps.”

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