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Hello and welcome to The Election Wrap, your essential


guide to the day's campaigning across the UK.


Roll-up, roll-up for a Brexit referendum sequel.


An upbeat vibe as the Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto


in the last hour, saying it's logical to have a second vote


But critics say hang on, that's a do over.


What a difference a day makes for Labour.


Yesterday Len McCluskey of Unite said Labour were dead ducks


But today he says no, Labour will be soaring eagles on June 8th.


We will clear everything up, fear not. After June if you are


re-elected, we used to be next-door neighbours?


Philip Hammond and Theresa May had some awkward moments


at a press conference today, but the pair have dismissed rumours


How do you deal with a problem like Boris? He has not been seen too much


on the campaign trail. But he has been out and about in Bristol. A


campaign asset or a ticking time bomb? What about you?


And we speak to the human and animal residents of Dumfries and Galloway


to find out whether Scottish independence would be a deciding


We will be getting the pet theories of our panel,


Stephen Bush from the New Statesman, and the Sun on Sunday's


Let's catch up on the latest developments from the campaign trail


The Liberal Democrats have launched their party


Leader Tim Farron called on voters to support his party and ensure


they get a choice about Britain's future relationship with Europe.


I believe that our children will have a brighter future


That they will be safer and better off.


That our economy will be stronger and our country will have more


But just because I believe that doesn't mean I think people


One of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies, the Unite leader Len McCluskey,


says he is now full of optimism about Labour's general election


hopes despite saying in an interview he could not see the party winning.


It was against the backdrop of if the opinion polls are to be believed


that I made those comments. Of course since then Labour have


launched their manifesto, it is a fantastic manifesto.


Theresa May has brushed aside questions about whether


the Chancellor Philip Hammond will keep his job if


The Green Party of England and Wales is promising free sanitary products


And the Pirate Party launches its manifesto with a photo


It describes itself as a civil liberties party and has fielded ten


candidates and will be campaigning for copyright reform, opposing


surveillance and fighting for a free and open Internet.


We are trying to retain a lot of rights, especially human rights,


that those before us have enjoyed and it is more a protectionist star,


but we would like to see human rights expanded in general.


The Scottish Labour Party has suspended all nine members


of the Labour group in Aberdeen for breaching party rules.


It comes after Labour joined forces with the Conservatives


and independents to form a coalition to run the City Council.


This isn't about positions or gold medals around


the necks of councillors, this is about the job Labour


councillors are elected to do to protect public services,


to invest in and defend public services.


The deal coming from Aberdeen didn't pass that test,


that is why it was rejected by the democratic body


of the Labour Party and that is why that must be respected and why


we have moved to suspend these councillors.


Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron wants to give power back


That's what he said at the launch of the party's


It's really obvious when you think about it.


Someone is going to have the final say over the Brexit deal.


It could be the politicians or it could be the people.


You should have the final say on whether Theresa May's Brexit deal


is right for you and your family in a referendum.


And if you don't like that deal, you should have the choice to remain


With me are our guests David Wooding and Stephen Bush


and in a moment we'll talk to them about the manifesto in a bit


more detail, but first the Liberal Democrats have promised


to help young people get on the housing ladder


The BBC's Chris Morris has been giving the figures a Reality Check.


The biggest revenue raising proposal is to add 1p to income


They estimate it will raise ?6.3 billion per year,


money they would spend exclusively on the NHS, care services


Then they want to reverse cuts in corporation tax,


not by nearly as much as Labour proposed yesterday, but back up


to 20% raising, they say, ?3.6 billion annually.


There is also an eye-catching proposal to legalise


The Lib Dems say this will raise another 1 billion per year.


Overall this is a manifesto that will cost the country more.


By 2020 the Liberal Democrats would spend 14.1 billion more


in new day-to-day spending than they would raise in taxes.


That would mean a small rise in the budget deficit


But if you strip out the money going into longer-term investments


in things like hospitals and roads, they say they would


And they want to launch a package of infrastructure


investment worth ?100 billion, including plans to build


But the big thing in this manifesto, it's something that


sets the Lib Dems apart from the Conservatives and Labour,


is they want to hold another referendum on Brexit.


This time the vote wouldn't just be in or out, it would be


about whether to accept the terms of the deal on offer from the EU


at the end of the Brexit negotiations in 2019.


They will also put the option of staying in the EU


Over the course of the next parliament the biggest factor


in determining the health of the British economy


and spending will be the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.


The Lib Dems say they oppose a hard Brexit.


There will be a vote on Parliament on the proposed deal,


but in this manifesto Liberal Democrats argue


it is the British people who should have the final say.


Some are suggesting the Liberal Democrats have as much chance of


winning the next election as Liverpool have of winning the


Champions League. But there are some eye-catching pledges in this


manifesto, not least the possibility that the British public would have


the opportunity for a final say on Brexit. Actually, to turn away from


Brexit, if the final deal is not good enough. The only unique selling


point of the Lib Dems is they are going to be the campaign for the


die-hard remainders. They are the only party who will offer you an in


and out referendum marked two. The problem with that is that the Lib


Dems are extremely unlikely to get into power and deliver that and


people have to weigh that up against what is being dubbed by the


Conservatives as a coalition of chaos between the SNP and the Labour


Party. But also I think more than half the people would vote to leave


the EU now if they were given a second referendum. A lot of those


who voted to remain did so because of project fear and now they have


seen the sky has not fallen in and they would probably vote to leave


anyway. I am not sure how well being the remain party in this general


election will work. Stephen, they got into a lot of hot water over the


decision to back tuition fees after pledging not to in their 2010


manifesto. Now they are going after younger voters, helping young people


get on the housing ladder, they want to legalise cannabis. They want to


push a few things that will attract younger people, but is it going to


work? Is the toxicity of the whole tuition fee issue one that is too


much? That is the big question. We thought from the Richmond


by-election and the Whitney by-election that people had forgiven


them for the things they did not like about the comic coalition, but


now we are looking at the local elections and the polls and it seems


people are not perhaps ready to give the Lib Dems a second go. But we are


not too sure and it is difficult to say one way or another.


Now the Unite leader Len McCluskey insists he is "now full of optimism"


about Labour's general election hopes despite saying in an interview


The union boss had told Politico a Labour victory would be


"extraordinary" and suggested winning just 200 seats would be


The interview I did with Politico was a conversational piece


and it was against the backdrop of if the opinion polls are to be


Of course since then Labour have launched their manifesto,


it is a fantastic manifesto, a manifesto for workers,


ordinary working people, a manifesto that will change Britain


for the good and the response that we have had from Unite members


That is why I was checking our polls that we did, constant rolling polls,


and the response has been like something we have


If I was having an interview today, I wouldn't be making those comments.


Now one of the most interesting places to watch on General Election


night could be Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.


It's also one of the most unusual constituencies,


taking in rural villages and the very diverse areas around


The seat has changed hands several times over the past ten years


flip-flopping between Labour and the Conservatives.


There can be few constituencies more diverse than this one.


On the outskirts of Dewsbury town centre is the largely Muslim


I just tend to think they probably do more for the working class.


I am thinking of voting for Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn.


I would just kind of like that whoever is interested in a family


But even those who do not feel passionately about the politics


certainly feel passionately about the issues.


Education is one thing I am concerned about,


It is the local issues that are important, the fact the health


service is changing, the fact we are losing a hospital,


the fact we may lose a library in the area,


the fact they are wanting to build on what is


But yet you want to stick with a Conservative government?


I am not quite sure what the difference would be


I also feel very strongly about the north - south divide.


I think there needs to be much more realisation that we exist up here.


Of course although many of these women might be voting Conservative,


the village they live in does have plenty of Labour supporters.


It seems this constituency really could go either way.


Here is the full list of candidates standing in that constituency.


Let's take the pulse of the Labour Party. Len McCluskey, yesterday he


said they would be rubbish in the election, 200 seats would be seen as


a victory, that is losing more than 30. Today he says they could win.


What is going on? It is the usual Len McCluskey dance. Don't forget


that Trade Union Bill Eden is our elected politicians who need to


balance their own voting interests. He came very close to being defeated


by a candidate who did not have much time for Jeremy Corbyn so is trying


to have his cake and eat it. He is saying things are not good, hinting


by saying 200 seats, if Jeremy can't get that he might be out. Today he


is giving something to his left by saying the manifesto is great. Len


is a politician, he is acting like any politician would. Dave, that is


a hostage to fortune? It is a bit of managing


expectations. They always go below what they think it might be so that


when they get more it looks good. If he does under 200 seats, it is even


worse for them. Stephen, do you believe that the clear plan now,


barring a wipe-out, is for Jeremy Corbyn to stay on? Yes, the


leadership... No question about it? There is no doubt in my mind. Some


believe they can turn it around and go on to win, but you do not give up


the keys to the castle willingly is they're lying. But people are


underestimating Lent when he thinks that Labour will get 200. I would be


very worried if I was in the leader's office and I was seeing Len


McCluskey say, you have got to get 200 to be a success. I do not


believe for a moment Len McCluskey believes they are on course to get


200 seats, so I think Jeremy Corbyn will find it harder to stay leader.


So the unions are the power brokers. If Len McCluskey says, sorry,


Jeremy, that is it? Do not forget that Len McCluskey is from the same


hard left wing of the party as Jeremy Corbyn and he has been even


described as his puppet master. He is a big backer and so if he loses


Len McCluskey, then the sound will be shifting from underneath his


feet. OK, let's move on. Meanwhile, on the eve of the launch


of the Conservative party manifesto, the chancellor Philip Hammond has


sought to play down reports of a rift with Theresa May


and her team of advisers. He dismissd it as "media


tittle tattle". Look, we work very closely together.


The Prime Minister and I have known each other for many years. We work


closely together, she has got an extremely strong team around town


and I work very closely with her team and some of them are people I


have known for many years. We do work very well together as a team.


There is all this media to do that and it is just that, media tittle


tattle. Sharp analysis. Noted all tattle on the election wrap.


Noted all tattle on the election wrap.


Now we've not really seen or heard much from the Foreign Secretary this


week but there's been criticism of Boris Johnson after


an uncomfortable election campaign stop in Bristol.


He was taken to task for talking about boosting sales of alcohol


Members of the community were also unhappy with other aspects


But Mr Johnson has since apologised for the unfortunate incident.


I think if I remember correctly, she said she had some personal


experience of alcohol abuse within her family. I said I was sorry to


hear about that will stop that was the issue.


This is not the first time that Boris Johnson has done or said


something that has caused controversy or embarrassment.


Let's remind ourselves of some of his greatest hits...and misses.


Here's the then Mayor of London hanging around


near the Olympic Park in East London.


Don't think he made the team though - not sure of his


Another team he won't be making is the British Lions -


here is on a trade visit to Japan - talk about picking on someone


And credited with winning the Brexit vote by many,


here he is milking it at an cattle auctioneers in Lancashire.


David, are they hiding Boris? Well, this campaign has been completely


dominated by Theresa May. They are hiding the party! Yes, but Boris is


high risk, but he is also box office. You put Boris out there and


he attracts a crowd. He is probably the biggest crowd puller of any of


the Cabinet. Getting him out there, they like him. Even traditional


Labour voters like him. They are prepared to forgive him for the


gaffes. But he is a risk. Some are suggesting he is a risk. The flip


side for Labour is that they are all too happy to talk about the party


and not about Jeremy Corbyn. If you have got a popular leader, you put


them out front, if not you talk about your brand. Boris is a bit of


an appendix. An appendage. No, an appendix. He should be cut out?


David Cameron could not reach out to the country and Theresa May is


hugely popular, which means what is the point Boris Johnson in an


election campaign when you have got a Conservative leader who a great


number of people seem to like great deal. How are Philip Hammond and


Theresa May getting on? The suggestion is it is not very good. I


have been involved in this tittle tattle over the last few years. You


have to stop it. It is no secret they do not really see eye to eye.


He lives next door and he does not get into the half past eight Downing


St meetings which George Osborne used to go into when David Cameron


was Prime Minister. He says he is happy with that and he has got a


direct line to the Prime Minister. But there has been some friction


over things he has said about the economy, he wants more wriggle room


in the economy, and there have been arguments over taxation policy. This


little slip, you talk about Boris making a gaffe, but Philip Hammond


made a gaffe by saying sometimes he is reduced to swearing when he is


dealing with him and tittle tattle was the case when Len McCluskey was


hosing down his own outspoken gaffe. Is it because they do not see eye to


eye philosophically about the way to Reza make this taking the party,


perhaps a little bit more interventionist, a bigger role of


the state, cutting back on private enterprise? That kind of classic


Tory thing, or is it also to do with Brexit, that Philip Hammond is not


pushing in any way for any kind of hard Brexit. And Theresa May say


that is the way forward? It is both. The role of the Treasury and the


government is in many ways the weakest it has been under Theresa


May and it is partly about that institutional friction as well.


Eddie Price is continuing her tour of the UK with lots of balls,


speaking to voters about what really matters to them. She asked people in


the SNP held constituency of De Vries and Galloway if the issue of


Scottish independence is a crucial issue for them in the forthcoming


general election, with some interesting results. Dashed


Dumfries. I am proud to be Scottish. I am very proud to be British and I


am very proud to be European and you can't have all of them. What about


you? School, educating, NHS, things like that. Not independence? No. I


am a staunch campaigner for the union and I will be voting


Conservative to remain as part of that. Why yes? I am voting


independence and I have always voted yes. The election, if it included a


yes or no vote for independence, I would vote that way. It is not about


independence for me. What is it about? Who would be best running


this country. I have believed in independence all my life, so I will


not vote for anyone else except SNP. I do not want independence, I do not


think anyone in Scotland should either.


Dumfries and Galloway, make some noise. Thank you very much. Would


you like one? Oh! Nicola Sturgeon is just hell-bent on independence. You


want to bow to make sure she cannot have that? Yes. What is the most


important issue in this election? It would be Brexit. Scottish


independence is not a burning issue? Definitely not. What is? Helping the


working class. I think this must be the first in our history, I verified


dead heat in the mood box. Thank you, Dumfries and Galloway and thank


you Robbie Burns. Ellie and her balls. There are


several other different kinds of chocolate bars that you can get from


all kinds of confectioners. A little bit of a health warning. Anyway...


This is a crucial issue for the Scottish Nationalists because the


whole idea of a second independence referendum, if that plays against


them, they are in trouble. Yes and the Conservatives are unusually


making big gains in the polls in Scotland and there are suggestions


they could win five or more seats up there. If that happens, that will


give more strength to Theresa May's hands to say you will not have


another referendum on independence. But like the Lib Dems were remain is


a big selling point for them, just most people voted to leave, so how


good a unique selling point is it in the same weight for the SNP,


independence. Most people just voted independence. Most people just voted


is playing to just half of the is playing to just half of the


Scotland, rather than looking at the looking at the record of the SNP


Scotland, rather than looking at the slightly higher issues some would


argue of the referendum and the role of Westminster in Scottish politics?


I think why they won in 2011. They are quite


good at running Scotland. But they have been NPower for a decade. Think


about how Labour looked when Tony Blair had been in power. We kind of


expect the SNP to be a bit mouldy. They are doing quite well for a


government that has been in that long. But it is still not as good as


they would ideally like. It looks like a straight fight between the


Conservatives. It is difficult for them. We will leave it there. It is


good to see you. I am sure we will be seeing you over the next three


weeks. We will be back with more from the campaign trail tomorrow at


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