Monday 19 February 2018

Here's what happened on the election trail today

There are only 26 days to go until the General Election.

By Zaina Alibhai

Here are some of the key moments from today’s election campaigning.

Quote of the day


“We have to defeat these pernicious Tories” – Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, urging young people in Llanelli to register to vote and make their voices heard.

Who’s had a good day?


Jeremy Corbyn received praise from the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) after announcing Labour were to keep the triple lock policy, which would raise pensions by at least 2.5% every year.

Theresa May refused to address whether the Conservatives were committed to maintaining the policy.

Who’s had a bad day?


Jeremy Hunt has been accused of ignoring “extensive warning signs” from the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency that may have helped prevent the NHS cyber-attack.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said various concerns had been flagged up in regards to the health service’s outdated computer systems.

Tweet of the day

Political journalists were humoured after receiving e-invitations from Theresa May that were said to be “exclusive” but sent out to multiple recipients.

Picture of the day


Corbyn was presented with a box of delicious cakes while visiting James Paget Hospital in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, during the campaign trail.

What do the polls say?

The poll of polls have remained largely unchanged: the Conservatives sit at 47%, Labour at 29%, Ukip at 6% and the Green Party at 3%. The Lib Dems have dropped one percentage point to 9%.

Election antidote


Eagle-eyed Brits noticed May’s big blue campaign bus looked eerily similar to one seen careering through the country before.

The number plate of the Conservatives’ coach matched that used by the Remain campaign during the EU Referendum, proving it had just been resprayed for the General Election trail.

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