Sunday 20 May 2018

Here's everything that happened on the General Election trail today

One poor man ended up in an ambulance.

By Catherine Wyatt

Argentina got mistaken for Australia and a BBC cameraman ended up in an ambulance when his foot got run over by Jeremy Corbyn’s car – here are some of the key moments from Thursday’s General Election campaign.

Quote of the day.


Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the Press Association: “It doesn’t matter whether it was leaked or not leaked, the Labour manifesto ceased to be relevant in any way, shape or form the moment Jeremy Corbyn and his party held hands with Ukip and Theresa May and voted for the triggering of Article 50.”

Who’s had a good day?


It’s been a good day for foxes – a YouGov poll shows 67% of people questioned are in favour of keeping the ban on fox hunting, including 52% of Conservative Party supporters.

The survey comes after Theresa May said she personally supports fox hunting and renewed a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning the ban.

And a bad day?

It’s been a bad day for the 1970s, as Corbyn’s leaked General Election manifesto was compared to the decade in a derogatory manner on the front pages of The Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

The Labour leader had to pull out of a planned campaign appearance to deal with the fallout.

But later in the day the shadow cabinet and Labour’s National Executive Committee unanimously agreed upon the manifesto, which he said will offer a vision of a Britain in which “nobody is ignored, nobody is forgotten, nobody is left behind”.

Tweet of the day.

Former shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander spoke about the problems he encountered 16 years ago, on the day Labour revealed its 2001 General Election manifesto.

His 17-tweet long thread gave an insight into the politics of the day – our favourite tweet describes the moment John Prescott punched a protester.

Picture of the day.


BBC cameraman Giles Wooltorton sits on the floor after the car carrying Corbyn ran over his foot, with political editor Laura Kuenssberg by his side.

His foot was run over as the Labour leader arrived at the Institute of Engineering in London. Wooltorton was later loaded into an ambulance and treated by paramedics.

What do the polls say?


The Conservatives have gained one percentage point in the Press Association’s poll of polls, currently sitting at 47%. Labour remain at 29%, the Lib Dems at 9% and the Green Party at 3%. Ukip have dropped one percentage point and moved from 7% to 6%.

Gaffe of the day.


Ukip leader Paul Nuttall blundered when he said Corbyn would have surrendered the Falkland Islands to Australia, rather than Argentina, as he launched the party’s fisheries policy in Westminster.

While criticising the Labour leader, Nuttall said: “We all know that he would have surrendered Northern Ireland to the IRA back in the 1980s, we all know that he would have surrendered Gibraltar to the Spanish and indeed the Falklands to Australia.”

After an interjection by Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn, Nuttall corrected himself and said: “To Argentina.”

Obscure election news of the day.

The Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow has announced it will not be fielding candidates in the General Election, but will instead focus on building local support.

It believes the county, which has a population of around 550,000, should have “at least” the same powers as the Scottish Parliament.

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