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Hello and welcome to The Election Wrap -


our guide to all the election news of the day.


And voters have been grilling Theresa May,


I'm talking about everybody, not just me. Everybody who's got


learning disabilities. I want them not to have their money taken away


and leaving them crippled. As well as pounding the streets,


the PM's been giving interviews to regional reporters,


and found time for a bit of new Politicians of every stripe


are desperately trying to connect with voters,


and we'll be asking, what is the best tactic,


for successful communication? We'll take a look at how


the campaign is faring in the East of England,


where the Lib Dems are trying to fight off a determined


Conservative challenge, And what about Northeast Scotland,


where the SNP are working hard to keep a seat they've


held since the 1980s, If you don't read the manifesto, you


don't know what they are going to do. It's quite important to know


what's happening to your country. And Plaid Cymru's leader


Leanne Wood goes for a spin with Victoria Derbyshire,


where she's asked about God... But is revealing a politician's


personal side always a good idea? We'll discuss that and much more


with our two panellists: Katy Balls from the Spectator and Jason Beattie


of The Daily Mirror. But before all that,


let's catch up on the big developments from the campaign


trail, on Monday 15th May. Some have suggested Theresa May


needs to meet more ordinary voters. Well, no problems with that


today when she was out I'm serious, I want you to do


something for us. We've got a lot of plans for people with mental health.


And learning disabilities. I've got mild learning disabilities and I


have carers. People jumped on the bandwagon and have got houses they


shouldn't have got. You've done a marvellous job. Keep it up. We want


to leave. Providing an elected. Well tough questions


followed the Prime Minister, when she took part in a lengthy


Facebook Live interview One question came from


a well known viewer. Perhaps surprisingly, I've got a


question from a Jeremy Corbyn of Islington. He says, as Prime


Minister you have served your elite friends by giving them tax cuts.


Housing is at its lowest since 2010 and the NHS is in crisis. Do you not


think the British people deserve to see you debate live on television.


What I think is more important is that I and he take the question


directly from the voters. I don't think people get much from seeing


politicians have a go at each other. They want to hear directly.


As well as heckling the Prime Minister over refusing


to do the TV debates, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has been


He told nurses about his plans to inject an extra 37 billion pounds


And later on he gave supporters a preview of what may be in Labour's


Tomorrow, our manifesto will be launched in Bradford. Many of you


have had a sneak preview anyway. You may have had some ideas fed to you.


It's the manifesto that will deal with the is use of health and


housing and of education within our society. But it's also a manifesto


that values people. That doesn't want so many of our elderly lacking


the services they need but, above all, living in isolation and


loneliness. So many of our young people wracked with debt because


they went to college all university and unable to work at the level of


their skills because we haven't had the proper investment in sustainable


industries for the future and new technologies.


Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron says he wants to abolish


the public sector pay cap, which limits pay rises


He says nurses could be ?780 a year better off.


And he revealed himself to be a secret Star Wars fan,


telling nurses "We are literally, to quote Princess Leia,


Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded


the Scottish Government has a role in the UK's Brexit negotiations.


The SNP government wants Scotland to remain in the EU,


and in particular the single market.


This election gives me a mandate to demand that Scotland is represented


in the UK negotiating team, that our interests are central to these


negotiations. That matters because jobs, living standards and


investment will be affected by the outcome of Brexit Pisi agents. We've


seen Theresa May dismiss out of hand sensible compromise proposal by the


Scottish Government to protect our place in the single market. This


gives as an opportunity to give these proposals democratic


legitimacy. -- the outcome of Brexit negotiations.


Let's speak my guests who are with me for tonight's


programme, Katy Balls from the Spectator and Jason


Theresa May out on the stump. She did she deal with that person


speaking to her quite heatedly out on the streets. She's been


criticised for not getting out and about and meeting members of the


public. Today she did it for the first time. She met some members of


the public and they were... It was as difficult as you could imagine.


You don't want to be too harsh. You criticise her when she is not out


there and you criticise her for getting and if all today. Some


people were quite supported but she was confronted on the issues she is


most vulnerable on, welfare cuts which have hurt an awful lot of


people. Here was a photo with a genuine grievance, who has had


disability payments cuts because of the introduction of pips. She had


this line that could have come from an opposition manifesto, why does


all the money go to the fact cats -- the fat cat and why not us? Jeremy


Corbyn must be happy about the NHS being in the debate. Labour want to


make this whole election about domestic issues partly because they


are weak on Brexit and can't decide their position. They are hoping to


flesh out what they can do to help ordinary voters day to day. We are


going to talk to you later. As we've been hearing Theresa May


has been in the South of England, talking to voters about her plans


to boost workers' rights. She's also been taking questions


from regional media -- including this interview by BBC


South Today's presenter Was their money from years combined


that was used to pay for day-to-day health care? Was that why we were in


this situation? The NHS has to take care of its cyber security. I


understand that warnings were given that it had to be up-to-date. 150


countries are involved in this and 200,000 victims, according to Europe


poll. We take cyber security very seriously. We setup the new national


cyber Security Centre which has been working with the NHS and with staff


in the NHS to ensure that patient care has been compromised. Let's


talk about Brexit. BMW are building the mini at Cowley around the


corner. They are not committing to building the electric mini until


they know what is going to happen in the future. Companies like BMW will


be looking for the government to produce a good deal for the UK so we


have is free and frictionless trade across borders with DEV. We have


planned to go into those negotiations working for a comp


rents of free trade agreement. We want to make sure that the


automotive sector which is important here and in other parts of the UK is


competitive into the future. To do that, you need strong and stable


leadership and a strong and in those negotiations.


One area where Brexit is very much part of the election debate is Moray


It's a seat that's been held by the SNP since the '80s,


but the Conservatives hope they can win it back in a few weeks time.


Our Scotland political correspondent Nick Eardley is in Burghead


Nick, over to you. I'm standing right on Scotland's north-east


coast. This is the area of Scotland that came closest to voting to leave


the European Union that in June. Every local counting area returned a


remaining results but it was extraordinarily close here. What


role is Brexit playing in the general election debate? This seat


is held by the SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson. The Conservatives


are hoping to revive here and they are talking about this as a main


target seat. I have been trying to look at the battle for Moray and


cooking a dish. This is the home of the famous Colleen skink soup. The


locals who catch this stuff are mixed with a large agricultural


sector, service sector and staff here at the hotel. Ian Watson voted


remain. If anything is happening, we've just got to make sure it's the


best that can be. Angus Robson has been MP here since 2001. One of the


year's most vocal supporters at Westminster. It's going to be me or


a Tory who is going to give a blank cheque to Theresa May which I don't


think is going to be a good idea given how important the single


market is for the economy of Moray. The SNP had a 9000 majority in 2015.


Top Tories think their message to voters is getting through. They are


concerned that the Scottish Nationalists will take as out of


Westminster and go straight back into Europe. The majority of people


who voted remain are concerned that their vote is taken as a proxy to


hold another divisive independence referendum. We are going to fight


the Tory hard Brexit because we believe it will be very damaging to


the economy. Especially as Moray relies on exports in the food and


drink industry. We are the only party that can offer them the other


opportunity to look at how we fit into Europe in the long term and how


Scotland can remain in the UK. Back at the hotel, the verdict on my


attempt at the local dish. I would serve it. The issue here is whether


Moray will turn conservative blue. And here is a full list


of candidates standing Now, although the wind may have been


taken out of Labour's sails after last week's leak,


but this week of the campaign is expected to see a series


of stage-managed launches of the party manifestos -


the official pitch to voters. As those carefully considered


promises make their way to the printers,


Ellie Price from the BBC's Daily Politics team


has been to Newcastle. Where she's conducted a very


unscientific poll on how much attention voters actually pay


to party manifestos. Welcome to Gateshead and Newcastle


where there is an air of anticipation because this week the


party published their manifestos. Do they affect the way you vote? Yes or


no? I was brought up to be a Labour voter. Nearly, Diane Abbott, Jeremy


Corbyn, Thornbury? Really, no. There is nothing they can say in their


manifesto. Tories are going to concentrate on Brexit and strong and


stable leadership. A shallow one-liner that they have come up


with. I don't think we are going to get any more. I couldn't vote for


Jeremy Corbyn if he was last man on earth. Whatever he says in the


manifesto? Exactly. Because he won't carry it out. Will you vote for the


Tories regardless of what is in their manifesto? Yes. I'll scan


through it. I'm not going to read the whole thing. It doesn't matter


what they say. Any of you going to read the party manifestos? What? I


don't know what that is. I'm going to read them to give them an equal


chance. If you don't read the manifesto, you don't know what they


are going to do. And it is quite important to know what's happening


to your country. Corbyn has been a good leader and he will be a good


leader for the future. We know what is in it. We know what is in it!


With the manifesto change the way you vote? Probably not. I'm going to


vote for the best option to get rid of the Tories. It's going to be


tactical. Already decided, thank you. Labour seats in this part of


the world have traditionally been pretty safe. The results today,


pretty marginal. But overall it seems the party manifestos won't


influence the way people vote. Probably the most considered comment


came from a six-year-old girl. Do people actually bother with the


manifestos, even though this is a crucial week when you think about


it? And the six-year-old obviously can't vote. Give her time. A lot of


people have already made their minds up. Certain policies will begin to


cut through especially when they have to go and defend them over the


next few weeks. We saw in a Mirror poll that the Labour draft manifesto


was popular. People like the policies but they don't like the man


leading the party that has those policies. Your paper did the poll.


They say that the manifesto will have costing. It is estimated that


80 billion pounds worth of promises are in there. They are saying it is


fully costed and responsible and reliable but will the sums add up?


There is going to be a team of Tory staffers at HQ tomorrow going


through it line by line. You hope that Labour has done the same amount


of homework. Up to now, they have used tax-raising measures such as


capital gains tax to pay for various objectives. Which of them are nailed


down and have they done it thoroughly enough not to leave


themselves open to attack. That's the important thing tomorrow.


Let's move on to the Election in East Anglia and the Conservative


campaign to win North Norfolk from the Lib Dems stepped up today.


The Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss was in North Walsham,


Labour has also made the seat a target.


North Norfolk is the only Lib Dem seat in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex


and the Conservatives want it. Today, a Tory big fun was drafted


in. The Justice Secretary and South West Norfolk candidate Liz Trust. We


have fought to get things like the AA 11 of grade, to get RAF Marham


secured, to get the a 47 further upgraded. We want the great


Conservative MP here in North Norfolk that can help us fight for a


better deal for the whole county. The numbers are pretty stark. Ukip


Ukip voters from 2015 switch to the Ukip voters from 2015 switch to the


Conservatives, Lib Dem Norman Lamb could be out. He took North Norfolk


from the Conservatives in 2001 but defending a majority of 4500, he's


fighting for his future as an MP. We knew that it was going to be a


target seat and we're ready for them. Norman has a huge track record


that their candidate doesn't have. He's been their representative for


16 years and worked hard for them for that time. What can they put up


against that? North Norfolk was a Labour seat until 1970. Recently


Labour has come third. This time, they say local party members are


their biggest weapon. We have almost 700 members, more than all of the


other parties combined. Unlike the Tories and Lib Dems who are shipping


in volunteers, we have a lot of members locally. It's like going


back to the old days with just three candidates but will that translate


to an easy decision for voters come election day?


And here is the full list of candidates standing


You're watching The Election Wrap in BBC News - some of the other


Jeremy Corbyn has defended the appointment of a former


Communist Party member, who once expressed "solidarity"


with North Korea, to his election campaign team.


The Labour leader said he did not believe Andrew Murray,


seen here in the foreground, was a Stalinist, and stressed


his "special skills" were being used to "temporarily" help the campaign.


Ukip's economy spokesman, Patrick O'Flynn has defended


the party's decision to stand aside in some seats for


Mr O'Flynn said they were fielding candidates in just over


half of the 650 seats because of the "radically


He insisted the party was aiming to win a "cluster"


The Green Party has pledged to scrap what it calls "pointless" SATs,


and abolish academies, as part of plans to shake up


The party says it wants to free teachers and children from national


tests and put "enjoyment" back into schools.


To the campaign in Wales now and the Nationalist party


Plaid Cymru say they wouldn't rule out a coalition with Labour if it


meant stopping the Conservatives in "wreaking havoc in Wales".


The party's leader Leanne Wood has taken a road trip with the BBC's


But as you can imagine she wasn't only asked about the campaign.


But when I was younger and a student, I tried a few things.


I would rather not go into the details of


So, in that sense, you have broken the law in the past. Have you broken


any other laws? Possibly some driving offences. No others that I'm


aware of. Do you believe in God? No. Why? No evidence has come my way


that would convince me that God exists. I'm asking you this because


the leader of the Lib Dems was irritated that nobody else was as


this. Is gay sex a sin? No. In your house, do you have girl jobs and boy


jobs? No. In my house, my partner does most of the house work so they


are all his jobs really. I've put on some music to relieve the stress.


# It's all over the front page, you give me road rage...


# You're driving me crazy, thinking you're maybe... When I told my


daughter I was doing a car interview, my daughter said are you


going to do car karaoke? I said, no way. Victoria is doing that for the


whole of the campaign. We will bring you every episode here on BBC News.


Politics and personality. We saw Leanne Wood trying to show a


different side of who she is. Do these attempts to personalise


politicians actually work? For somebody like her who was not


very well known, it's probably not a bad idea. Although, Cerys Matthews


is properly being sick into a paper bag. It's now incumbent for


politicians to pretend if they have a personality even if they don't in


some cases. It is always a risk. Sometimes you may show a side of


yourself which might not play quite so well with voters. I think it's


inevitable now, part of modern electioneering, they want to see


what you're like, kind of, in real life, so to speak. You sometimes


find in real life they are even more boring than in public life. A lot of


people say it is about issues and policies. But they don't want a


robot running the country sometimes. I think we are turning away from


putting so much emphasis on personality. With David Cameron and


Ed Miliband in 2015, they did too many PR interviews. Too many for Ed


Miliband because it revealed that he had two kitchens. Theresa May did


one on the one show that showed her softer side but people like that she


has no nonsense and that is why she has such a following. Is Jeremy


Corbyn the best that this or is he too chilled sometimes? Sometimes.


But he gave a very chilled interview and moments later gave a very


passionate speech. He is extraordinarily consistent for good


or bad. For 40 years he has had the same beliefs. He is very comfortable


with being Jeremy Corbyn. The danger is when you try to feign a something


that you are not. I don't think that is going to happen with Corbyn. He


likes potholes and he believes deeply in socialism.


That's it for Election Wrap, thank you again Katy Balls


and Jason Beattie, stay tuned for all the news headlines