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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
7:30pm. Goodbye. Time for the latest weather update.
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