15/05/2017 The Election Wrap


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Hello and welcome to The Election Wrap -

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our guide to all the election news of the day.

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And voters have been grilling Theresa May,

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

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

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

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the PM's been giving interviews to regional reporters,

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

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are desperately trying to connect with voters,

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

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

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the campaign is faring in the East of England,

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where the Lib Dems are trying to fight off a determined

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Conservative challenge, And what about Northeast Scotland,

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

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

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

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

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Leanne Wood goes for a spin with Victoria Derbyshire,

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

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

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

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of The Daily Mirror. But before all that,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to leave. Providing an elected. Well tough questions

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

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Facebook Live interview One question came from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As well as heckling the Prime Minister over refusing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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industries for the future and new technologies.

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Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron says he wants to abolish

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the public sector pay cap, which limits pay rises

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

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

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

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded

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

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The SNP government wants Scotland to remain in the EU,

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and in particular the single market.

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

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

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negotiations. That matters because jobs, living standards and

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

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

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

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gives as an opportunity to give these proposals democratic

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legitimacy. -- the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

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

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programme, Katy Balls from the Spectator and Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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make this whole election about domestic issues partly because they

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

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

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

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

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

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from regional media -- including this interview by BBC

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South Today's presenter Was their money from years combined

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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planned to go into those negotiations working for a comp

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

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

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

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leadership and a strong and in those negotiations.

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

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

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

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Our Scotland political correspondent Nick Eardley is in Burghead

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

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

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

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remaining results but it was extraordinarily close here. What

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

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

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

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

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

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locals who catch this stuff are mixed with a large agricultural

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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concerned that the Scottish Nationalists will take as out of

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

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

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hold another divisive independence referendum. We are going to fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of candidates standing Now, although the wind may have been

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

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

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of stage-managed launches of the party manifestos -

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the official pitch to voters. As those carefully considered

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promises make their way to the printers,

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Ellie Price from the BBC's Daily Politics team

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

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unscientific poll on how much attention voters actually pay

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to party manifestos. Welcome to Gateshead and Newcastle

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where there is an air of anticipation because this week the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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influence the way people vote. Probably the most considered comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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down and have they done it thoroughly enough not to leave

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

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

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

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The Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss was in North Walsham,

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Labour has also made the seat a target.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to an easy decision for voters come election day?

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And here is the full list of candidates standing

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

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Jeremy Corbyn has defended the appointment of a former

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Communist Party member, who once expressed "solidarity"

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with North Korea, to his election campaign team.

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The Labour leader said he did not believe Andrew Murray,

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

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

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

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

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

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half of the 650 seats because of the "radically

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

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

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and abolish academies, as part of plans to shake up

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

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tests and put "enjoyment" back into schools.

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To the campaign in Wales now and the Nationalist party

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

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

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

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

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

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I would rather not go into the details of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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politicians actually work? For somebody like her who was not

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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putting so much emphasis on personality. With David Cameron and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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passionate speech. He is extraordinarily consistent for good

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

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

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

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likes potholes and he believes deeply in socialism.

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

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and Jason Beattie, stay tuned for all the news headlines

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