• Published on 23 May 2017 Sections Politics

    Election paused after Manchester attack

    This was the moment the election was meant to be moving into a higher gear. Many voters, the rubric tells us, don’t pay much attention until the last third of the campaign and the parties’ efforts are geared to that.

  • Published on 23 May 2017 Sections

    A suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections

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

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections Culture

    If the furore over the Tory U-turn on social care costs has been all about the pensioner vote, the battle for the youth vote is no less fervent, especially with the deadline for voter registration ending today.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections Politics

    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…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections Politics

    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”.  

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections Politics

    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…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections World

    Theresa May U-turns on the biggest policy in her manifesto, but tries to pretend it was all part of the plan. Strong and stable or weak and wobbly?

  • Published on 21 May 2017 Sections

    The Conservatives vow no change over their plans for pensioners – but will the cost of care cost votes?

  • Published on 20 May 2017 Sections

    The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to stress his party is committed to renewing Trident nuclear weapons. This came after his shadow foreign secretary suggested that she was sceptical about Trident. The Conservative response: Labour “could not be trusted” to defend the country.

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections

    Oh to play the king, especially one this awful or misunderstood. Sir Ian McKellen, Kevin Spacey and Mark Rylance have all been Richard III. Now Mat Fraser is the latest to join this distinguished list. Not so famous, perhaps, but he does have something the others don’t: a physical disability. It means he can bring…

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections Health, Politics

    It was a few short lines in the Tory manifesto: an end to universal free school lunches for the first three years of primary school. But to TV chef Jamie Oliver those lunches represent a decade of campaigning for healthier kids.

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections

    To a constituency that’s always been a petri dish of political passions. Bradford West was swayed away from George Galloway by Labour’s Naz Shah. Now she’s being challenged by former Respect leader, turned independent, Salma Yaqoob. With two left-wing women fighting it out, a young Tory male, among others, is hoping to benefit. And the…

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections

    Pale but defiant, Julian Assange stepped into the daylight on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London and declared an “important victory”. This was after Sweden dropped its seven-year investigation into sex offence allegations. The Wikileaks founder said his legal battle wasn’t over, warning “the proper war is just commencing”. He’s still holed up…