Sunday 19 January 2020

Here's what happened on the election trail today

Only a week to go until June 8.

By Jessica Pitocchi

With seven days to go until polling day, here’s what happened on the campaign trail today.

Who’s had a good day?


The Liberal Democrats got the backing of the Economist, despite saying the party is “going nowhere” this year.

The magazine said a vote for Tim Farron and his party would be a “down-payment for the future” and expressed its hopes that the Lib Dems would “become one element of a party of the radical centre, essential for a thriving, prosperous Britain”.

Who’s had a bad day?

Nigel Farage found himself dragged into the investigation surrounding Donald Trump’s ties with Russia as it was reported he is a “person of interest” to the FBI.

But the former Ukip leader rubbished the claims, published in a report by the Guardian, describing them as “hysterical” and “extremely doubtful” as he has “no connections” to Russia.

Quote of the day


“You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit” – Theresa May at a campaign in Teesside following her no-show at last night’s TV debate.

Social media post of the day

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David Cameron may have been helping out on the Conservatives’ campaign trail recently but he made sure he took a break today to celebrate his wedding anniversary.

His wife Samantha shared a picture of their feet on Instagram with the caption: “Married for 21 years today!”

Picture of the day


Jeremy Corbyn, May and Farron all got a ghoulish makeover ahead of the launch of a new election themed ride at Thorpe Park called ‘Poll-tergeist’.

Puppet versions of the party leaders, complete with giant manifestos, were at the park in Surrey which is offering young people entry for £20 if they can prove they have registered to vote.

What do the polls say?


Not much may have changed post-debate but it is clear to see how much Labour’s gap behind the Tories has narrowed over the past seven days, from 17% to 9% in the poll of polls.

Gaffe of the day

Emily Thornberry managed to annoy journalists when she told the crowd at a Labour event in Basildon not to boo questions from the press “no matter how stupid.”

Times reporter Francis Elliott was booed for asking if Corbyn will govern with the support of Sinn Fein.

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