• 7 Jun 2017

    Theresa May’s final campaign speech

    I am at the last venue for Theresa May’s campaign, just outside Birmingham. Half a dozen cabinet ministers just turned up to act as part of the backdrop for her last on camera address to voters.

  • 7 Jun 2017

    Theresa May aims last campaign message at Ukip voters

    The CCHQ core team last night produced a final campaign message that didn’t so much dog whistle at Ukip voters as blast a fog horn at them.

  • 6 Jun 2017

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May called the election “to crush the opposition”, but has now shown herself to be the “weakest and most evasive leader in living memory”.

  • 6 Jun 2017

    The election has been dominated over these closing days by issues of security in the wake of the London Bridge attack. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is in Birmingham this evening, where he’s due to address a rally within the next few minutes. His speech is being beamed live to similar events around Britain.

  • 4 Jun 2017

    We are joined from Manchester by the former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, from Wakefield by the Conservative peer Baroness Warsi, and in London is Nimco Ali, social activist from the Women’s Equality Party and Alan Mendoza from the Henry Jackson Society.

  • 4 Jun 2017

    Conservative Nadhim Zahawi and Labour’s Neil Coyle discuss the impact of last night’s events.

  • 30 May 2017

    The Scottish National Party seem to have put the brakes on their drive for another referendum on independence, shunting it down their agenda until “the end of the Brexit process”. Launching the party’s manifesto today, Nicola Sturgeon said any attempts by the Conservatives to block Scotland having a choice would be “democratically unsustainable”.

  • 30 May 2017

    The election is debated by an 80-strong audience in Wolverhampton, which is split down the middle between those who are over 60 and those under 30, and balanced in terms of those who support parties of the left and right, as well as those who voted leave and remain in the EU referendum. They are…

  • 30 May 2017

    Waylaid again by a failure to grasp the detail. This time it was the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stumbled his way through an interview, unable to say how much the party’s childcare proposals would cost. Meanwhile, Theresa May was depicting herself as the consummate leader, claiming Mr Corbyn was not prepared or ready to…

  • 29 May 2017

    Theresa May has been defending her record on security at a campaign event in Twickenham today – claiming she had excluded more hate preachers from the country as Home Secretary than ever before. But is the issue proving so important to voters – or are they still making decisions on the bedrock issues like health,…

  • 26 May 2017

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says Jeremy Corbyn is wrong to link British foreign policy to terrorism, and responds to previous comments from Boris Johnson, who once said that while the Iraq War “didn’t create the problem of murderous Islamic fundamentalists, the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people”.  

  • 26 May 2017

    The think-tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, has said both the Conservatives and the Labour Party aren’t being honest about the economic consequences of their manifesto proposals. It didn’t look at the manifestos of the Lib Dems, Ukip and other parties. The IFS warned that the Tories’ pledges to boost NHS spending may well be…

  • 26 May 2017

    The election campaign got back into full swing today, with polls showing that the Conservative lead over Labour is narrowing. This morning, Jeremy Corbyn drew a link between the UKs involvement in foreign wars and terrorism at home – arguing that British foreign policy had to change. The Conservatives accused him of a “totally inappropriate…

  • 22 May 2017

    After today’s U-turn, Theresa May’s ‘Gloriana image’ is a little battered

    It’s hard to think of an occasion when a manifesto commitment has been overturned mid-campaign. In a stark formless landscape of rigid sloganeering, this striking policy stood out even more than it would normally and had a big negative impact on older voters who read their newspapers and listen to bulletins.

  • 18 May 2017

    We interviewed Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and asked him whether it will be the working families they’re trying to win over who’ll be hit hardest by this manifesto?