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to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.


With me are Kevin Schofield, editor of PoliticsHome,


and Camilla Tominey, deputy political editor


Welcome to you both, lots to talk about, as usual! We will start with


the front pages. The Mirror leads with


the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, Craig


Mackinlay, being charged The Tories have said


the allegations are unfounded. The election is also


the main story on the Express, with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon


saying she'd be willing to enter coalition talks with Labour


if the result is inconclusive. The Mail cites research


which suggests statins can dramatically cut the risk


of dying from breast cancer. Theresa May has vowed


to consult businesses at every step


of the Brexit negotiations, in an interview with


the Financial Times. The i leads with the


Conservative candidate for South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay,


being charged with allegedly overspending in


the 2015 general election campaign. The Telegraph shows a picture


of the Prime Minister And the Guardian says Labour


has accused the Tories of using fake-news ads


to attack Jeremy Corbyn. All the stories, in some form or


another, are connected to the election of people standing in it. A


lot of interesting stuff for you both this week, as political


correspondence, the Daily Telegraph is where we will start, Theresa May


on Question Time this evening, and of course Jeremy Corbyn appeared


later, 445 minutes, not facing each other but tough questions at times


from the audience. Brilliant for the Daily Telegraph to get this in their


first addition, and I thought it was a really interesting format, much


more valuable than the debate on Wednesday, because it was them


facing questions, and the public have played a blinder in this


election, as far as I am concerned, on TV and radio, it has always been


a member of the public - as well as good jurors -- good journalism,


don't get me wrong - that have given a good account of themselves. I was


in a taxi for some of Jeremy Corbyn's appearance, but Theresa May


appeared a bit more human and early in the week, addressing questions,


we will have to see what the papers make of it tomorrow. Obviously,


Twitter has its own bias in one direction or another, but really


interesting, a really good format for both of them to face some quite


tough grilling. In particular, for Theresa May, it seemed to be this


issue of, why should we trust you? For Jeremy Corbyn, will you or would


to ever press the nuclear button if it came to it? I think more pressure


on the Prime Minister tonight, she has not had a great campaign, to put


it mildly, whereas Jeremy Corbyn has. She had to pull it out the bag


a little bit tonight, given that polls have narrowed, if they are to


be believed, obviously, and I think she gave a reasonably decent account


of herself, her best performance, I think, of the campaign, although


that is not saying awful much, I guess. But how have things changed


in the course of it! It is remarkable, the received wisdom now,


before the election was called in Westminster, was, if Jeremy Corbyn


is leader of the Labour Party come the next election, he would crumble,


you know, the Tories would hammer him about the IRA, his past dealings


with how mass, what have you. And the opposite has been the case, he


has really thrived, I think in the intense battle of the election


campaign, and I think that is a lot to do with the fact that the polls


have narrowed in the way they have. Yes, to burying extents, it has to


be said. Let's look at the Telegraph, Tory tax pledge to high


earners, the Labour manifesto includes this idea of anyone earning


above ?80,000 would pay more tax. above ?80,000 would pay more tax.


This is seen as a key part of their plan, the Conservatives saying they


will not hammer higher earners, putting clear blue water between


them and labour, who say they will increase taxes on those earning over


?80,000 a year. It is quite significant, because the Prime


Minister has announced that the triple lock, which was in the


manifesto in 2015, that has been ditched, but this is the first time


that they have confirmed that income tax will not go up for higher


earners. But I guess the devil will be in the detail, we do not know


what the figure would be. Labour put that figure at ?80,000, we do not


know how high is high for the Conservatives. It was not long ago


that the alarm was saying, look, I want to have room to manoeuvre if I


needed, to change the tax situation. -- that Philip Hammond was saying.


Yes, particularly with this notion of this, Croke likes of it, and the


idea that the manifesto would have more brushstrokes than being locked


in. Philip Hammond has not been that


visible, has he? He has been the opposite of visible! I think Labour


will say, if you are not going to raise taxes on the higher levels,


will it be on the middle income earners? That could be the Labour


attack. May reaches out to business as Brexit tensions escalate, in the


FT, this was supposed to be the Brexit election, I wonder if there


will be more focus on this week, the suggestion that they confer with


business to find out what is required after we leave the EU. She


raises the possibility of a three-year transitional phase, which


is the first time she has gone that far, looking at 2019 when we leave,


it could be another two or three years before we finally removed


completely from the European Union. This was supposed to be the Brexit


general election, that is how it was framed by the Prime Minister when


she announced the election, and the narrative is kind of run away from


the Conservatives, really, and in the same way that Michael Fallon


talking about taxes is another attempt to bring it back to where


they want the debate to be, because they want it to be about who you


want to go into the Brexit talks, do you wanted to be the Prime Minister


or Jeremy Corbyn? I think the Tories are confident, if that is the debate


for the rest of the campaign, then they will come out on top.


Businesses say they want stability and predictability, and going into


those negotiations, nobody can put them 100% stability. Having said


that, I think the market hasn't jitters at some of these polls


narrowing and the prospect of Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn in charge of


the economy. Equally, sorry to be obsessed with the old Bill Hamid


element of the stories, but buried at the bottom, this notion that Mrs


May has not clearly endorsed Philip Hammond into the future at the


Treasury. Ask if she can guarantee that he will remain Chancellor, she


says, once again, I think Philip Hammond is doing a very good job as


Chancellor, which is what you said in a press conference. And he has


not been seen since! Well, they are all volunteers! Will tread carefully


with the Daily Mirror, this is an active case, the Tory MP charged


over an election expenses, Craig Mackinlay standing in South Thanet.


Without talking about the details of this, because it is active, how much


of a problem could this be, or is it just a distraction for the


Conservatives? Probably just a distraction, and to be fair, the


contempt laws will protect the Conservatives, because there cannot


be much discussion about it until proceedings have been concluded.


Equally, I think the timing is pretty appalling, they have been


wanting this to be the only headline about it for now, to cast it aside


and concentrate on other matters. It has to be said, innocent until


proven guilty, as Mrs May said, they will mount a robust defence, but not


the best timing, and he remains as the candidate in South Thanet,


famously contested by Nigel Farage last time around, so I think it will


be very interesting to be at that count, arguably! I saw one or two


people on Twitter comparing it to James Comey, the FBI director


getting involved in the American election, I don't think it is quite


at that level, but you know, it is something that the Tories could have


done without. Let's look at the Daily Express, Nicola Sturgeon, I


will help Corbyn, a disaster, say the Tories. She has said this


before, she has offered a the SNP up for coalition. The so-called


coalition of chaos that the Tories like 2.2, that notion that they


could thwart Theresa May's plans in a minority government. -- like to


point too. I think this is going to be an anathema to any Brexiteers who


think that any coalition of this think that any coalition of this


type will thwart not only Brexit but bring about a second Scottish


independence referendum. Corbyn said he was relaxed about that idea, so


the Conservatives will go on the attack and say this is basically


spelling the end of the Union and the end of our exit from the EU.


Jeremy Corbyn said no way, would Nicola Sturgeon really want


coalition with Labour? To be fair, she has said that she is not talking


about coalition, not SNP MPs being in a Labour coalition cabinet or


anything like that, but if we are in a hung parliament situation, there


would need to be deals done by the governing party in order to get its


programme through, and in many respects what she's saying makes


perfect sense, they would need to be horse trading, a bit of give and


take. But Manna from heaven as far as the Conservatives are concerned,


this play is really badly on the this play is really badly on the


doorsteps down here, I mean, in 2015, that famous poster of Ed


Miliband sticking out of Alex Salmond's top pocket killed Ed


Miliband as far as his chances, people down here did not like the


idea of the SNP tail wagging the Labour dog, you know, and I would


well. Great time to be a political well. Great time to be a political


journalist, but exhausting! Thank you for staying up late!


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