Thursday 22 February 2018

Here's what happened on the election trail today

All the good, the bad and the ugly that went on in British politics today.

By Jessica Pitocchi

From unanswered questions at a Conservative press conference to Boris putting his foot in it – here are some of the key moments from Wednesday’s General Election campaign.

Quote of the day


“We do work very well together as a team. All this media tittle-tattle is just that, media tittle-tattle” – Chancellor Philip Hammond on his relationship with Theresa May.

Who’s had a good day?


The Liberal Democrats have really got into the head of one voter who decided to get “Lib Dem” shaved into his hair.

Supporter Jack Haines, 18, from Hull, said his new ‘do is the “purest example” of his passion for the party, of which he’s been a member since 2015.

And a bad day?


May refused to confirm that Hammond would keep his job as Chancellor after the election.

Speaking at a joint press conference, the PM didn’t answer the question of whether the pair would stay “next-door neighbours” if the Tories win.

Considering he was stood right next to her at the time, it made for some awkward viewing.

Tweet of the day

Caroline Lucas remarked on the focus on young people in the Lib Dems’ manifesto, which was launched today, and reminded her followers of the issue that has dogged the party since they were partners in the coalition government.

The Green Party co-leader tweeted: “Lib Dems focussing on young people after trebling the cost of university” followed by a thinking-face emoji.

Picture of the day


It wouldn’t be a day on the campaign trail without Jeremy Corbyn posing for a selfie with a member of the public.

The Labour leader was spotted chatting to a neighbour as he left his home in Islington.

What do the polls say?


After gaining one percentage point yesterday, the Conservatives have lost it again and are back at 47% in the poll of polls. No real movement among the other parties at all.

Gaffe of the day


Boris Johnson has been criticised for discussing the export of Scotch whisky in a Sikh temple.

The Foreign Secretary used alcohol as an example of the benefits of a trade deal between the UK and India during a Conservative Party visit. In some Sikh teachings, alcohol is considered prohibited.

A worshipper at the temple told Johnson – whose mother-in-law is a Sikh – that his comments were “absolutely outrageous”.

A spokesman for Johnson said the other 30 attendees at the temple had “warmly welcomed” his remarks.

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