On the campaign trail today

The manifestos keep coming thick and fast as election day draws nearer. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have all had their moment in the sun over the past week, but attentions will turn north of the border today as the Prime Minister launches the Scottish Tories manifesto.

Ruth Davidson will be making a pitch to Labour voters as her party looks to take seats from the Scottish National Party, while fellow party leaders Nicola Sturgeon and Kezia Dugdale will also be campaigning ahead of June’s poll.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be heading to Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire while shadow chancellor John McDonnell will be speaking in London, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will be campaigning in the North west following last night’s ITV leaders debate in the region, while Ukip leader Paul Nuttall will be making his way south east to campaign in Essex.

What’s in the news?

Conservative manifesto (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Conservative manifesto (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Tory manifesto – for the second day running – is the talk of the town, with column inches taken up with analysis of Theresa May’s blueprint for Britain. The Sun runs with the headline “Blue Labour”, calling it a “bold bid” to win over socialist voters, and inside the paper says the choice between the Conservatives and Labour at the ballot box is a “no-brainer”.

The Daily Mail is equally full of praise, saying the Conservatives have an “honest and moral vision for Britain”, suggesting the 84-page document was filled with “practical pledges” rather than “unrealistic promises”.

Key words from the Conservative party manifesto.
(PA graphic)

It’s not all plain sailing for the Tories, though. The Mirror calls the plans a “bleak manifesto” and suggests 10 million pensioners will lose their winter fuel allowance. The paper’s head of politics Jason Beattie says Mrs May wants to be compared to a “dull, stolid and dependable Volvo”, but doesn’t want you to look under the bonnet to find the “horrors… of a rocky economy, tax rises and the great unknown of Brexit”.

Meanwhile former Labour leader Ed Miliband has been pictured having fun on the campaign trail. Again. After pictures of Ed mowing the lawn of a constituent whizzed around the internet, he has now been pictured in the papers calling numbers in a bingo hall. He’ll be hoping 1 and 0 becomes Jeremy’s, rather than Theresa’s, Den come June 9.

Who’s saying what?

“Let me do a job for you.” – Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is due to give a speech encouraging Labour voters to back her party to oppose the SNP.

“We need strong opposition holding a Tory government to account, keeping them in check and standing up for the values we hold dear: values of social justice, tolerance and community.” – SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

“The Tories’ reckless Brexit gamble has given the nationalists the excuse they have been looking for to try to force another divisive independence referendum.” – James Kelly, Scottish Labour’s General Election campaign manager.

“We have taken you so far. Elect Ukip MPs and give us the tools to see this through.” – Ukip leader Paul Nuttall.

“I’m not Natalie, I’m Leanne.” – Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood reminds Paul Nuttall of her name after the Ukip leader slipped up on the ITV debate.