Closed Election: Liberal Democrats launch manifesto with pledge to scrap Brexit — as it happened

General Election 2019

Jo Swinson says country’s ‘real problems’ have been neglected due to Brexit deadlock and promises to create £50bn ‘Remain bonus’; Tories vow to raise starting point for National Insurance payments to £12,000; NHS overtakes Brexit as key election issue.

Welcome back to more analysis and reaction

Morning all. Thank you for joining us again after last night’s televised duel between the two main party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. We are expecting more analysis and reaction from the debate and parties’ positions. Viewers were divided right down the middle as to who gave the stronger performance with Mr Johnson, with his relentless focus on Brexit, just pipping his rival to it. It was pretty even though with a survey showing 51 per cent thought Mr Johnson had been better and 49 per cent favouring Mr Corbyn.

In the papers

Last night’s debate has finally managed to dislodge Prince Andrew from most of the UK front pages.

Several of this morning’s newspapers focus on Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to directly answer whether he would campaign for Leave or Remain in a second Brexit referendum. Boris Johnson asked the Labour leader multiple times, in some of the more memorable exchanges of the evening.

The Daily Mail picked up on the audience’s willingness to mock both contenders to be prime minister and said it is “laughable” that Mr Corbyn did not answer the question nine times. The Express also said Mr Corbyn dodged the claim nine times.

The Guardian said the debate helped the leaders stake their claims: Mr Johnson on Brexit and Mr Corbyn on the NHS. The Times had it as neck and neck.

FT analysis: Johnson survives TV debate with a few cuts and bruises

Here is how our political editor George Parker saw it:

Boris Johnson warmed up for his televised bout with Jeremy Corbyn with a visit to a boxing ring — obligatory for party leaders in this election — and emerged from the Salford arena on Tuesday night with the political equivalent of a few light bruises and slight cuts.

Mr Corbyn was a solid opponent, better at this form of political combat than his detractors might expect, but at this stage of the election campaign the Labour leader needed a knockout blow or at least a victory on points. Neither happened.

The contest was closely fought and ugly at times. Tom Brake, a Liberal Democrat MP, claimed: “Jo Swinson was the biggest winner and she wasn’t here.”

More from George here.

Many viewers felt frustrated with debate, says poll

Viewers were split over which leader performed better in last night’s debate, with Boris Johnson seen as more prime ministerial and likeable, while Jeremy Corbyn as more in touch and trustworthy, a YouGov poll shows.

However “frustrating” was the word that most people used when describing the face-off. The poll asked viewers to pick three words to summon up the debate and 58 per cent went with the word “frustrating”.

The poll, which surveyed 1,646 viewers immediately after the debate, shows a close split, with 51 per cent of viewers saying that Mr Johnson performed better, once “don’t know” responses were removed, while 49 per cent backed Mr Corbyn.

Most viewers think both leaders performed well, with two thirds (67 per cent) saying so of Mr Corbyn and almost six in 10 saying likewise of Mr Johnson (59 per cent), YouGov said.

In terms of characteristics the two participants displayed during the debate, Mr Corbyn beat Mr Johnson among viewers on “in touch trust with ordinary people” (by 59 per cent to 25 per cent) and “trustworthy” (by 45 per cent to 40 per cent).

Mr Johnson came across as more “prime ministerial”, with 54 per cent thinking that of him compared with 29 per cent for Mr Corbyn and “likeable” (54 per cent to 37 per cent).

Raab defends ‘FactCheckUK’ Tory Twitter rebrand

The Conservatives’ decision to rebrand their Twitter account as “FactCheckUK” was a defence mechanism against “nonsense thrown” at the party, according to foreign secretary Dominic Raab.

“One of the things we learnt from the last election is to have a really good instant rebuttal of the nonsense,” Mr Raab said on BBC Breakfast. “We want to make it clear that we are holding Labour to account.”

The Twitter page pumped out a stream of anti-Labour content and the party has now changed it back to its usual format. Tory party chairman James Cleverly said on Sky News last night it was “absolutely clear” that the account was an official party feed.

Full Fact, a fact-checking charity, and Twitter criticised it as misleading, but Mr Raab disagreed.

Who said Fullfact is the final arbiter of what the public get to see? They have no God given right set in law.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran reported the rebrand to Twitter as misleading and told Sky News that it was “utterly outrageous”, “mendacious” and “something out of [Russian leader Vladimir] Putin’s playbook”.

Labour is ‘clear’ on Brexit, says shadow minister

Dawn Butler, shadow women and equalities minister, defended her party’s Brexit policy despite Jeremy Corbyn being asked nine times for his position in last night’s debate.

“We will ensure there is another referendum and in that referendum, people will have a choice,” Ms Butler said on Sky News. “That choice will be between a credible leave deal and remain.”

She described the line of questioning as “Conservative party spin”, despite there being audible laughter in the crowd when Mr Corbyn was asked to clarify his Brexit policy.

Prime Minster Boris Johnson repeatedly asked which side Mr Corbyn would campaign for in a second referendum: leave or remain?

Mr Corbyn would not give a direct answer. He said he would implement the result of the second referendum that a Labour government would hold.

How FT readers saw the debate

There was an active debate in the comments section of our live coverage last night. Here are some of the thoughts from FT readers.

Boris won it on the night. Corbyn is too hamstrung by a second-rate Brexit policy and general lack of sound leadership skills to claw his way back into this race through telly debates.

Johnson did well in the first 15 minutes. After that, he was boring and repetitive. I think that Corbyn slightly had the edge, he showed some courage and made proposals.

Watching these two at such a shallow debate is painful and makes me feel desperate that one of them will win. The first past the post system must change urgently to minimise this ridiculous level of polarisation.

Did you watch the debate? Let us know your thoughts below the line…

Lib Dems: A Remain voice was missing

The Liberal Democrats, who lost a last-ditch High Court challenge to participate last night, said the debate lacked a voice backing remaining in the EU.

Layla Moran told the BBC: “We saw two tired old parties talking about how they were going to carry through Brexit and I think the Remain voice was missing.”

Sky News has invited Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to a three-way debate next week, but it is unlikely to go ahead as the two major parties have not confirmed their attendance.

Sky News’s editor at large Adam Boulton said in a tweet last night: Alas I don’t think it is happening. Our offer still open to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to debate with Jo Swinson.”

Marginalised party leaders attack Johnson and Corbyn

Televised one-to-one interviews with the leaders of smaller parties followed last night’s ITV debate between the leaders of the two main parties.

Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrats’ leader, described the Tory and Labour leaders as “tired” and “old” on the ITV follow-up programme.

We need something fresh and something different, and a better choice. And I’m standing here as the leader of the Liberal Democrats offering that better choice.

The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party lost a legal challenge to take part in the main debate. Ms Swinson doubled down on her party’s stance that the “voice of Remain” was not properly represented because both Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn “believe in Brexit”. She reiterated that Lib Dem MPs would not back a government led by either man.

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, said the debate made clear that neither man should be able to determine Scotland’s future. On a video link in studio, she accused Mr Corbyn of being indecisive and said Mr Johnson was determined to take Scotland out of the EU against their will.

Only a vote for the SNP in this election can help Scotland escape from Brexit – and secure our right to choose a better future as an independent country.

Siân Berry, Green party co-leader, also criticised the earlier debate. She felt there was a deficit of discussion on the climate emergency. The party released their “Green New Deal” on Tuesday, promising net zero carbon emissions by 2030 if in power.

Nigel Farage, Brexit party leader, remarked that people should have a right to call a referendum where 15-20 per cent of the electorate sign a petition. He is not standing for parliament and has withdrawn candidates in all the 317 seats the Tories won in 2017.

Election regulator urges transparency in campaigns

The Electoral Commission, the independent body that regulates British elections, has criticised the Tory rebrand of their Twitter account as “FactCheckUK”.

Voters are entitled to transparency and integrity from campaigners in the lead-up to an election, so they have the information they need to decide for themselves how to vote.

The commission does not have a role in regulating election campaign content and can only deliver transparency through political finance rules.

FT Big Read: The brutal reckoning that awaits the UK

When and if Britain leaves the EU, an array of difficult questions about a future trade deal will spring up.

Jim Brunsden, Sam Fleming and Alan Beattie in Brussels have written a long read about what is in store. Here is an excerpt:

As far as Boris Johnson is concerned, the hard part is already over.

Britain’s prime minister told the CBI on Monday that victory in the December 12 general election will allow him to “get Brexit done” and then swiftly broker an agreement with the EU on the two sides’ future relationship.

As politicians spar over who is best placed to lead Britain out of its Brexit quagmire, top officials in Brussels believe the UK population faces a brutal reckoning for which it is ill-prepared. EU officials have been preparing for negotiations with the UK on the post-Brexit relationship for more than two years, and behind the scenes many member states are urging them to take a very hard line indeed.

“What is going to come is going to be much more challenging and demanding than what we have seen up to now,” says one senior EU diplomat. “I would not wish negotiating a trade deal with the EU on anybody. It’s the worst thing that can happen to you, especially if your administration doesn’t have any experience negotiating trade issues.”

You can read the full piece here.

The viewing figures are in

More than 6m people watched last night’s clash between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson on ITV.

An average of 6.7m people watched the broadcast, with a peak of 7.3m, the broadcaster announced. The election debate will have benefited from a prime-time slot, and being broadcast just before one of ITV’s most popular programmes, I’m A Celebrity.

The 32.3 per cent audience share was the highest for any political debate since the very first back in 2010.

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Constituency focus: The DUP’s battle in Belfast North

Belfast North is shaping up to be a key battleground for Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party, with old rivals putting aside their differences in an attempt to unseat the party’s Westminster leader.

Nigel Dodds faces the challenge of an anti-Brexit pact between the two main nationalist parties, Sinn Féin and the Social Democratic and Labour party. The SDLP has chosen to stand aside to give Sinn Féin’s John Finucane a clear run at unseating Mr Dodds.

This rare nationalist pact — based on a common aim of opposing Brexit — highlights how tactical voting over the UK’s planned departure from the EU could enable Sinn Féin to triumph in Belfast North next month, writes Arthur Beesley, the FT’s Ireland correspondent.

The last time the two parties did something similar was during the IRA hunger strikes at the height of Northern Ireland’s sectarian conflict in the early 1980s.

Critics of the pro-Brexit DUP — which could face strong challenges from nationalist and centrist parties in three of its seats at the election — claim the unionist group has repeatedly found itself on the wrong side of the Brexit argument.

Mr Dodds had a 2,081 majority over Sinn Féin at the 2017 election when the DUP won 10 seats in Northern Ireland, making it the largest party from the region in the House of Commons.

Sinn Féin believes it can muster enough votes to seize Belfast North from Mr Dodds by corralling core supporters and wooing Remain backers who would not normally vote for the party.

For more on this, read Arthur’s full analysis here

Coming up: the Lib Dem manifesto

The Liberal Democrats were excluded from last night’s debate, but will take centre stage when they launch their manifesto this afternoon.

Support has slipped over the past few weeks as the party has been squeezed by Labour. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson will be hoping her policy offering and position on Brexit can translate into a boost in the polls.

We will have details of the manifesto here from 1pm.

Prime minister campaigns in Tony Blair’s old seat

Political editor George Parker with this update from the campaign trail:

Boris Johnson campaigned today in Sedgefield, former seat of Tony Blair, as he took the Conservative search for votes into Labour’s north-east heartlands.

Mr Johnson visited Ebac, a company making Britain’s only home-produced washing machines, where he attached a ‘Made in Britain’ sticker to one appliance.

Ebac exports £9m worth of products each year to the EU and will be affected by Mr Johnson’s plan to pull Britain out of the single market and customs union.

Lunchtime round-up: FTSE 100 heads for worst day of November

European equities dropped to their lowest levels in more than two weeks, while London’s benchmark index slid more than 1 per cent to head for its worst day of the month.

The composite Stoxx Europe 600 declined for a third straight session with a fall of 0.6 per cent. In London, the FTSE 100 slipped more than 1 per cent, leaving it on track for its worst day of the month.

Concern over US-China relations intensified after the US Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would force the Trump administration to re-examine annually Hong Kong’s special status.

Phil has done a markets briefing here.

Lib Dems release manifesto with vow to scrap Brexit

The Liberal Democrats have vowed to scrap Brexit and to generate a £50bn “Remain Bonus” for public finances, with a party manifesto aimed at winning over Remain voters in next month’s election, writes Laura Hughes.

Jo Swinson, the party’s leader, said the economy will expand 1.9 per cent in 2024-25 if her party comes to power and halts the UK’s departure from the EU under the terms agreed by Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson.

The Lib Dem blueprint for government, released on Wednesday, sets out plans to tackle climate change with a pledge to generate a third of the UK’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The manifesto outlines a proposal to increase free childcare and recruit 20,000 more teachers.

Speaking ahead of the manifesto’s official launch on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Swinson, said it was “a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country, and that starts with stopping Brexit”.

Laura Hughes‘ full story is ready for you to read.

Swinson optimistic as Lib Dems publish manifesto details

More from Laura Hughes:

Jo Swinson insisted the Liberal Democrats were “within a small swing of winning hundreds of seats” in December’s general election, as the party released its finalised campaign pledges into the public domain.

However, recent polling suggests the party is already being squeezed by Labour and is unlikely to increase its parliamentary representation of 19 seats to more than 40.

The party’s manifesto launch also comes as YouGov polling data found Ms Swinson has become less popular with voters as her visibility on the campaign trail has increased. Since she was elected party leader in July, her favourability rating is up only 3 points to 24 per cent, while her unfavourable rating has risen 19 points to 48 per cent.

Speaking ahead of the manifesto’s official launch later this afternoon, Ms Swinson, said it was “a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country, and that starts with stopping Brexit”.

Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest in our mental health services, give free childcare to working parents, put 20,000 more teachers into classrooms and take ambitious action to tackle the climate emergency.

NHS overtakes Brexit as most important issue for voters

Brexit has given up its crown as the most pertinent issue for voters when they cast their ballots next month, a survey reveals.

In a boost for the Labour party, Brexit has been replaced in the top spot by the National Health Service, the latest Ipsos MORI poll shows.

The proportion of British adults who say the health service will be foremost in their mind when they vote on December 12 jumped six percentage points over the past week to 60 per cent, compared with 56 per cent for Brexit.

The shift will be seen as a boon for the main opposition party, which has put the NHS at the heart of its campaign, while the Conservatives have sought to keep the campaign narrative focused on Brexit — and “getting it done”.

Further down in the pecking order, crime and caring for older and disabled people were vying for third place at 32 per cent apiece.

Labour’s nationalisation plans spook broadband entrepreneurs

Richard Tang was on holiday in Patagonia when news reached him of the Labour party’s plan to nationalise BT’s Openreach and make broadband a free service, writes Nic Fildes. The founder of Zen Internet, one of the country’s biggest independent telecoms companies, was caught off-guard — and so were his workers.

He feared his 24-year old business would not be able to compete with a government-owned giant giving away his main product for free. In Rochdale, Zen’s northern industrial hometown, staff grew anxious they would lose their jobs.

“We had to tell them, don’t panic — even if it does happen, we’ll survive,” Mr Tang said.

As similar scenes have played across the UK telecoms sector, read our correspondent’s look into potential effects of Labour’s nationalisation plans.

Poll of polls: Tories extend lead to 42 per cent

The FT’s poll of polls shows Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have widened their lead over the opposition Labour party, while the Liberal Democrats have also fallen further behind:

Johnson pledges tax cut on campaign trail

Boris Johnson promised a tax cut for millions of workers during a visit to Teesside, reports George Parker in Middlesbrough.

Mr Johnson said the Conservatives would raise the starting point for National Insurance payments to £12,000, from the current level of £8,632.

“We will be cutting National Insurance up to £12,000,” the prime minister said on the election campaign trail.

During the Conservative leadership campaign over the summer, Mr Johnson raised the possibility of increasing the earnings level at which employees start paying National Insurance contributions.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies, a think-tank, has estimated that raising the earnings threshold to £12,500 a year would cost around £10bn if it applied only to contributions by employees and self-employed workers.

Tory officials declined to confirm that the policy would be included in the party manifesto, to be published on Sunday.

Mr Johnson was questioned about Tory tax policy at Wilton Engineering in Middlesbrough.

Claire Cartlidge, a member of the public, asked the prime minister: “You said low tax; do you mean low tax for people like you or low tax for people like us?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I mean low tax for working people. If you look at what we are doing and what I said in the last few days, we are going to be cutting National Insurance up to £12,000.”

And we are going to make sure we cut business rates for small businesses, we are cutting tax for working people.

Business lobby welcomes Lib Dem pledge to scrap rates

The Liberal Democrats’ commitment to do away with the “unfair” current system of business rates has been warmly received by corporate Britain, as the party rolls out its manifesto today.

The British Chambers of Commerce said the current set up “hits firms hard before they turn over a single pound” and is “pushing many firms close to the edge, stalling investment and holding back growth”.

The current business rates system is based on “rateable values”, which are calculated every five years according to shop rental values, and a multiplier that rises annually with consumer price index inflation. The levy is paid by tenants, rather than landlords.

The Lib Dems, who are launching their manifesto today, want to replace this with a “commercial landowner levy” that would remove buildings and utilities from calculations, and only tax the land value of a commercial site. 

Reacting to the proposals, Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the BCC, said:

Any moves to reduce the burden would be welcome and should be shaped by businesses to deliver a fundamental reduction in their costs.

She urged all other political parties to commit to a “fundamental review” of business rates as they stand.

Calls grow for next parliament to devolve greater powers to regions

Chris Tighe, the FT’s north east England correspondent, reports:

The next cohort of MPs must form a “devolution parliament” to tackle the UK’s unique centralisation and shift power away from “the capital in the corner” according to a north of England think tank.

Arguing its case for the incoming administration to change the way power is distributed in England, IPPR North says its analysis of new government data shows that – despite the last government’s avowed commitment to devolution – spending was increasingly centralised.

Over the last five years, the Manchester- and Newcastle-based group says, local government spending in England has been cut by £9.5bn. Both political and economic power, it contends, are disproportionately hoarded in London, with the capital and the south east treated as the country’s economic engine and “golden goose”.

The result of the 2016 EU referendum showed the level of dissatisfaction with traditional politics, it argues; Brexit for many people was an outcry against Westminster’s way of doing politics, as well as discontent with the EU.

With Brexit set to dominate the next parliament, there is a real risk, says the think tank, that measures to address regional inequalities will be deprioritised – making it more necessary than ever to devolve real power, starting with the North.

Lib Dems suspend candidate following antisemitism allegations

The Liberal Democrats have been forced to suspend a candidate standing in Birmingham after a report found he had a history of posting antisemitic material on social media.

The suspension follows an investigation by Buzzfeed News, which found Waheed Rafiq, the party’s candidate for Birmingham Hodge Hill, had made racist comments on both Facebook and Twitter going back a number of years.

A Lib Dem spokesperson confirmed Mr Rafiq had been suspended from the party.

While the Lib Dems were not likely to be competitive in the seat, having achieved less than 2 per cent of the vote there in 2017, coming a distant fourth, the development takes the shine somewhat off the party’s manifesto launch today.

It also leaves Jo Swinson’s party open to accusations of hypocrisy, given how keen it has been to highlight the Labour party’s failings in tackling antisemitism in its ranks.

Markets round-up: Equities slip on US-China tensions

European stocks fell to their lowest levels in more than two weeks, knocked by renewed concerns over US-China relations.

The US Senate has passed a bill that would force the Trump administration to annually re-examine Hong Kong’s special status, infuriating Beijing as protests continue to roil the Asian financial centre.

This added to already-heightened tensions after Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods if he is unable to strike a trade deal with Beijing, and further damped the mood among traders.

The composite Europe Stoxx 600 fell 0.4 per cent to its lowest since the beginning of the month. In London, markets closed down 0.8 per cent, accompanied by slips of 0.5 per cent and 0.3 per cent in Frankfurt and Paris, respectively.

Wall Street followed suit, with the S&P 500 shedding 0.2 per cent in early trade.

UK government bonds were broadly unchanged, meanwhile, as was sterling.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year gilt was steady at 0.727 per cent. The pound was unmoved against the dollar at $1.2917.

Lib Dems official manifesto launch underway

The Liberal Democrats’ official manifesto launch has begun at a rally-style event in Camden in north London.

Two of the party’s parliamentary candidates – Daisy Cooper and Matt Sanders – have taken the stage to warm the crowd up for party leader Jo Swinson, urging voters to “Stop Brexit and build a brighter future.”

Swinson: ‘We have wasted the last three-and-a-half years’

The Liberal Democrat leader has taken the stage to fanfare at the Liberal Democrats official manifesto launch to make her pitch to the public.

In a speech highly critical of both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson — unsurprisingly — focused heavily on Brexit.

Ms Swinson argued that real issues had been ignored at the expense of the extended debate over leaving the European Union.

Instead of addressing these very real problems, from in-work poverty and inequality, funding for our schools, the mental health crisis and the climate emergency, we have wasted the last three and a half years talking about Brexit, on pursuing a path that we know will make all of these problems worse.

Swinson: ‘The future of our country is at stake’

Addressing the party membership, Jo Swinson was keen to underline the crucial nature of this election for the direction of the country and sought to paint the Liberal Democrats as a viable alternative to Labour and the Conservatives.

The Lib Dem leader told the assembled crowd the outcome of the December 12 vote was far from decided as she urged voters to consider her party as a genuine contender.

Don’t let anyone tell you that it doesn’t get better than Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn, that we are destined to stand alone in the world, that we must face the biggest challenges on our own, that Brexit is inevitable. None of that is a given.

Following a wide-ranging speech, in which she touched on the highlights of the Lib Dem manifesto, released earlier this afternoon, Ms Swinson insisted “the future of our country is at stake” in this election.

But Brexit remained the focus. Ms Swinson said hers was the “only party that can win a significant amount of seats from the Conservatives and deprive them of a majority”.

If you want to stop Boris Johnson and stop Brexit, vote Liberal Democrat.

Challenges of a December poll: Are there enough hours in the day?

Chris Tighe, the FT’s north east England correspondent, reports:

A December general election is bound to be a chilly experience for doorstep canvassers – but what about the dearth of daylight?

It is not only the number of days until the December 12 election which are remorselessly shortening; so too are the hours of daylight in which enthusiastic canvassers can knock on doors without frightening the voters they want to woo.

By election day, Inverness, for example, will have little more than six-and-a-half hours of daylight, while southerly parts of the UK will still have only eight hours.

This, however, is not troubling experienced canvasser Steve Turner, constituency manager for the Conservatives’ Simon Clarke in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, because, he says, working hours have changed.

Although Mr Turner and his team are stopping by dusk, a recent doorstep canvass brought them a teacher, a dinner lady, a postman and three shift workers. And there is just enough time to catch working mums dashing back from the school run. “The idea of working nine to five has gone,” he suggests.

In spring and summer elections, teatime canvassing is traditional. But even when it’s light, Mr Turner knows where to draw the line. “Once the soaps have started there’s no point doorknocking.”

What happened today?

The Liberal Democrats took centre stage on the campaign trail today, as they launched their election manifesto with a pledge to scrap Brexit and deliver a £50bn ‘Remain bonus’.

Speaking this evening, Jo Swinson said the UK’s “real problems” had been neglected over the past three-and-a-half years as Westminster was left entangled in the endless Brexit debate.

But Boris Johnson managed to steal some of the Lib Dems’ thunder as he promised a tax cut of hundreds of pounds for millions of workers during a campaign visit to Teesside, in which he said the Conservatives would raise the threshold for National Insurance payments to £12,000.

Elsewhere, the Tories were put on the back foot over a dubious decision to rebrand their Twitter account as “FactCheckUK” last night — a name change which critics pointed out implied it was a neutral arbiter of the truth. It has since been changed back, but foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the move was a defence mechanism against “nonsense thrown” at the party.

Another day down

That’s all for today. As ever, thank you for reading and for commenting.

We will be back in action with more rolling election coverage first thing tomorrow.

See you then.