Thursday 23 November 2017

Here's what happened on today's General Election campaign trail

Someone got their numbers wrong… but this time it wasn’t Diane Abbott.

By Catherine Wyatt

From the former chancellor making his views clear via a newspaper splash to the shadow chancellor getting his numbers muddled up – here are some of the key moments from Tuesday’s General Election campaign.

Quote of the day

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“You could say that 1983 was the longest suicide note in history, this time there’s no point – they’re already dead.” – Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron on the Labour Party’s manifesto launch.

Good day?

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It’s been a good day for students, as Jeremy Corbyn said he would scrap university tuition fees as prime minister.

The Labour leader set out his plans at the party’s manifesto launch in Bradford.

Bad day?

But it’s a bad day for those who earn more than £80,000 a year. They have been told they face a tax rise under a Labour government.

Picture of the day

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Theresa May crosses an obligatory campaign trail visit off the bingo card – a primary school.

In this picture the Prime Minister meets eight-year-old Akaal Singh, a pupil at Nishkam Primary School in Birmingham.

What do the polls say?

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The Conservatives have gained one percentage point in the Press Association’s poll of polls and moved from 47% to 48%. The other parties remain consistent – Labour is on 31%, the Lib Dems 9%, Ukip 5% and the Green Party 2%.

Tweet of the day

Former Tory chancellor and new editor of the London Evening Standard George Osborne makes his opinion of the Labour manifesto clear.

He tweeted the front page of the day’s edition, with the headline: “Comrade Corbyn flies the red flag.”

Gaffe of the day

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Shadow chancellor John McDonnell came under fire as he appeared unsure of the size of Britain’s deficit during a radio interview.

Quizzed by BBC presenter Nick Robinson on the figure, Mr McDonnell paused before saying “£68 to £70 billion” instead of the correct figure of around £52 billion.

During the pause, the radio presenter thought he heard the rustle of paper and asked if someone had passed Mr McDonnell a note, which he denied.

Foreign election news of the day

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French president Emmanuel Macron has delayed announcing his cabinet until Wednesday, while authorities check the tax records and backgrounds of potential ministers.

The new government is expected to be half women, with a balance of left-wing and right-wing ministers, new faces and more experienced political heavyweights.

Press Association

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