Thursday 22 February 2018

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

There’s only 29 days to go until the big day.

By Zaina Alibhai

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron wasn’t afraid to get a little dirty in a gardening class, Labour’s Angela Rayner appeared to stumble in an LBC interview and first-time voters have been offered a free pint: here’s everything that happened on the General Election trail.

Quote of the day


“I can picture a time when every one of the six members of the household has taken the bins out. It is undoubtedly a joint effort. A very autonomous kind of commune we are in many ways” – Farron on the role of his family in response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments “there’s boy jobs and girl jobs”.

Who’s had a good day?


The Conservatives received the good news that no criminal charges would be brought in relation to their spending on the 2015 General Election campaign.

Despite the fact the spending returns submitted by some of the party’s candidates and officials may very well have been inaccurate, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to prove they were intentionally dishonest.

Who’s had a bad day?


Labour has given the biggest hint of plans to reform the education policy, but shadow education secretary Angela Rayner seemed to struggle when questioned about how many children the party’s proposed policy would help.

Rayner was asked four times by LBC presenter Nick Ferrari, and though failing to come up with the figures, responded “a significant number”.

This left Ferrari to pull up a number himself, which Rayner later claimed was inaccurate.

Tweet of the day?

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie did his bit for the community and ironed his way through a pile of laundry at Ironing Bored in Dingwall.

Picture of the day


Farron got stuck into a gardening class with pupils on a visit to Lewannick Primary School in Cornwall.

Who would have guessed he had green fingers?

What do the polls say?


With 29 days to go until the election, the daily poll of polls has seen the Conservatives drop 1% to 46%, while Ukip has gained 1% at 7%. Labour, Lib Dems and Greens remain at the same position.

Election antidote

A campaign has been launched encouraging Britons to register to vote in the General Election in exchange for a free pint.

Twenty-four pubs across the country are supporting the initiative offering a tempting incentive to head to the polling stations on June 8.

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