Wednesday 17 January 2018

Here's what happened on the election trail today

Party leaders are back on the road.

By Prudence Wade

From birthday cakes to questionable football skills, here’s a round-up of the day’s election coverage.

Who’s had a bad day?

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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon is facing the fall-out from Friday night’s car crash interview when he condemned quotes about the war on terror which he thought were from Jeremy Corbyn, only to find out they were from Boris Johnson.

Mr Fallon was read the quote: “Isn’t it possible that things like the Iraq war did not create the problem of murderous Islamic fundamentalists, though the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people in this country and given them a new pretext?”

He condemned this stance, and when he was told they were the Foreign Secretary’s views, Mr Fallon admitted he “didn’t agree” with Mr Johnson.

Who’s had a good day?

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During a walkabout with the media in Scout Scar in the Lake District, Cumbria, Tim Farron was presented with a birthday card and cake by members of the media.

Saturday marks the Liberal Democrat leader’s 47th birthday.

Picture of the day

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A penalty kick from a child gets past Mr Corbyn during a visit to Hackney Marshes football pitches, where he was highlighting Labour’s manifesto commitment to develop a “flexible football ticket”.

Quote of the day

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Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg took aim at the Prime Minister over the school meals row.

“Theresa May should take her inspiration from Jamie Oliver not Oliver Twist,” he said.

The Lib Dems are highlighting their concerns with a digital poster showing a hungry child asking: “Please Theresa, May I have some more?”

Pet of the day

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Mr Farron’s spaniel Jasper joined him for his birthday walk, and was seen bounding through the fields of the Lake District.

What do the polls say?

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According to Press Association polls, projections have remained the same as they were on Friday, with the two front-runners of the Conservatives on 44% and Labour on 35%.

However, this is 2% down for the Tories and 2% up for Labour from Monday’s polls.

Press Association

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