Monday 18 December 2017

Here's what happened on the election trail today

Including a GIF of the moment Boris Johnson was caught being very sneaky on ITV’s Peston on Sunday.

By Georgia Humphreys

From Jeremy Corbyn trying out musical instruments to Boris Johnson sneaking a look at Robert Peston’s interview notes, here is what happened on the General Election campaign trail on Sunday.

Who’s had a good day?


The latest clutch of opinion polls show the Labour party is making ground on the Conservatives following manifesto releases.

As Corbyn claimed his message was “getting through” to voters, four polls for the Sunday newspapers put Labour between 35% and 33%, up significantly on the scores as low as 26% it was recording early in the campaign.

Who’s had a bad day?


Theresa May has been accused of “extraordinary treachery” by actor Hugh Grant for abandoning a Conservative commitment on press regulation.

The actor, known for films such as Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral, has been a long-time supporter of the anti-media intrusion campaign group Hacked Off.

The second part of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will no longer take place should the Tories return to government.

Grant told ITV’s Peston on Sunday that he felt “unbelievable anger” on behalf of families who said they had been wronged by sections of the British media.

Quote of the day


“We spend way too much time fixated on the areas we disagree with each other and need to create more moments where we come together as a country” – Brendan Cox, widower of Jo Cox, who was murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency.

Party leaders decided to stop campaigning for an hour today to remember the Labour MP.

Picture of the day


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn plays an erhu during a community visit to Pagoda Arts in Liverpool with 17-year-old Charlie Wardle.

GIF of the day

The Twitter account for Peston on Sunday shared a GIF of the humorous moment Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was caught trying to read through Peston’s notes, while the presenter was distracted talking to a panel of guests.

Tweet of the day

After Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green told Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell he didn’t understand capitalism live on BBC1′s The Andrew Marr Show, Jeremy Vine tweeted McDonnell’s response.

Vine wrote: “Ouch on #Marr. Damien Green: ‘You don’t understand capitalism.’ John McDonnell: ‘Well you certainly do because you made a fortune out of it.’”

What do the polls say?


According to Press Association’s poll of polls, projections for the Conservatives have gone down 1% to 46%, while Labour remains on 32%. The rest of the parties remain lagging behind.

Press Association

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