Monday 19 February 2018

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

It was a good day for Labour supporters at Hebden Bridge.

By Nilima Marshall

From a full house for Jeremy Corbyn in West Yorkshire to Theresa May being trolled on ITV’s Facebook Live event, are some of the key moments from today’s General Election campaign.

Quote of the day

“The best of a bad bunch” – a voter in Abingdon gives Theresa May qualified support.

Who’s had a good day?

Labour supporters at Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire were given a second chance to listen to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech after many of them were unable to get into the town hall building.

After finishing his speech inside, the Labour leader spoke to 2,000 supporters from the balcony.

And a bad day?

A woman with mental health problems confronted Theresa May over Government cuts to disability payments during the walkabout in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Referring to the move where disability allowances were replaced by personal independence payments, Cathy Mohan said: “I’m talking about everybody who has got mental health and who has got learning disabilities, I want them not to have their money taken away from them and being crippled.”

The Prime Minister responded by saying local candidate Nicola Blackwood could “help her specifically”, adding: “What I can do is ensure we are giving more help to people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.”

Tweet of the day

Corbyn tweeted a screen grab of him trolling May in a Facebook Live event hosted by Robert Peston of ITV News, with a question that involved “tax cuts” for “elite friends”.

May responded by saying: “What I think is more important is actually that I and he (Corbyn) take questions directly from the voters.”

Picture of the day


Lib Dems leader Tim Farron found himself surrounded by plastic babies during his campaign visit to Southport College, Southport.

What do the polls say?

The Press Association’s poll of polls has remained largely unchanged. The Conservatives remain at 47%, Lib Dems at 9%, Ukip at 5% and the Green Party at 2%.

The only movers are Labour, who have gained one percentage point and moved from 30% to 31%.

Political solidarity of the day

Labour candidate Emily Owen praised Welsh Conservative councillor Adam Kealey for putting political differences aside and showing support after revealing she been subjected to “disgusting” sexism, including questions about her bra size.

Owen, who is seeking election in Aberconwy, Wales, praised Kealey as “a great example of cross party support on issues like this” on Twitter.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the 22-year-old said she was “shocked” after receiving messages asking what “sexual acts I’m prepared to perform to get votes” and how many votes would be required for her to strip.

Accusation of the day


Ukip, meanwhile, has once again accused May of stealing their stuff.

Speaking at a policy launch in Westminster, the party’s economic spokesman Patrick O’Flynn said: “We could, I think, be forgiven for finding it galling that the ever-pragmatic Tory party has lately donned so many of our clothes and isn’t it interesting, by the way, that Mrs May is being ferried around the country in the very battlebus that was used for the Conservative Remain campaign this time last year?”

Earlier this year, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage tweeted to say May was “now using the phrases and words that I’ve been mocked for using for years”.

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