• 1 Jun 2017

    As the polls narrow further, Theresa May seems to have changed tack. After her no-show at last night’s TV debate she is going “back” to Brexit as the big issue of the campaign. She’s told voters that they should support her to “fulfil the promise of Brexit” – and its “enormous” opportunities. Jeremy Corbyn, who…

  • 31 May 2017

    With a week to go, what does the general election campaign tell us about the state of Britain?

  • 31 May 2017

    The constituency of Shipley in West Yorkshire could be something of a bellwether for the election. A Conservative seat for 30 years, Labour then held it from 1997 to 2005, when it switched back to the Tories.

  • 31 May 2017

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind and is now taking part in tonight’s televised debate. The Prime Minister won’t be turning up, saying she’s taking questions “up and round the country” instead.

  • 31 May 2017

    Brexit Secretary David Davis dismisses claims that the Prime Minister is too scared to attend a live TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders

  • 30 May 2017

    Comfortable in old age, or struggling, impoverished youth – millennials can only look on with envious eyes at their grandparents’ generation: homeowners, savings, pensions in the bank. There’s certainly an economic age gap. But is there a political one too, and are young people so turned off by the election that many are planning not…

  • 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…

  • 26 May 2017

    More overlaps between May and Corbyn on foreign policy than rhetoric suggests?

    Sources close to Mrs May have long said she thought David Cameron had a buccaneering approach to military involvement and was uncomfortable with some of his judgement calls in foreign affairs.

  • 22 May 2017

    The Labour and Momentum activist, Beth Foster-Ogg, and the Conservative councillor, Oliver Cooper, on the youth vote.

  • 22 May 2017

    Promising to scrap tuition fees, work towards a universal basic income and renationalise the railways, the Green Party in England and Wales has launched its manifesto ahead of the General Election. But Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has now adopted some of the Greens’ long-standing policies. So what chance do they have of adding to their…

  • 22 May 2017

    Lord Stewart Wood, who was a senior adviser to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband, says Theresa May’s social care policy has “unravelled”, with it “unprecedented to have a U-turn of such magnitude in a campaign”.  

  • 22 May 2017

    It didn’t take long. With poll numbers slipping just four days after their controversial manifesto pledge to make elderly people pay for their social care at home, Theresa May has abandoned the policy, saying the Tories would now consider a cap on costs. Labour said her government was mired in “chaos and confusion”, while the…

  • 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.

  • 19 May 2017

    Now to a seat which hasn’t voted Conservative in its 125 year history, but where the Tories think they’re now in with a chance, thanks to the kind of shifting party loyalties and tactical voting we’re seeing across the country. Bishops Auckland has been solid Labour since the First World War, apart from one brief…