General Election: party campaign materials in the spotlight
The Tories controversially re-edited a GMB video, Tom Watson quit Labour and the Lib Dems apologised for releasing misleading leaflets.
It has indeed been another long week in the world of politics...
Piers Presses James Cleverly on the Tory party 'Doctored' video of Keir Starmer
The chairman of the Conservative party, James Cleverly, refused to apologise for his party posting a video on social media, despite being accused of 'doctoring' the video, seemingly trying to make senior Labour member, Keir Starmer, appear to struggle to answer questions on Brexit.
Starmer had in fact given a full answer during his interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
Piers described the video as ‘fake news’, saying the Tories had “deliberately re-edited, as a party, the end of exchange to make it look like Keir Starmer didn’t answer. In fact, he answered immediately and fluidly. That is the definition of fake news.”
Cleverly responded by saying: “we edited the video, just like you edit stuff on your programme, just like everybody else, because we needed to shorten the video.”
Tom Watson’s decision to step down as deputy leader of the Labour Party came as a blow to Jeremy Cobryn’s election campaign this week.
Watson will not only quit his role as Corbyn’s deputy, but also step down as an MP after 18 years as the representative for West Bromwich East. In his resignation letter, Watson’s said his decision was a personal, rather than political one.
The move was seen as an indication of his thoughts towards Corbyn’s leadership, although Watson was keen to stress otherwise, saying: “Our many shared interests are less well known than our political differences, but I will continue to devote myself to the things we often talk about: gambling reform, music and arts, stopping press intrusion, obesity and public health and of course horticulture and cycling.”
Lib Dem president Sal Brinton apologises for 'misleading' campaign leaflets
The Liberal Democrats were forced to apologise for distributing ‘misleading’ campaign literature around London this week, which they claim was only a mistake.
The leaflets had implied that the trusted polling company, YouGov, had the party level with the Tories in the election polls.
It turned out the projections came from an agency who are not a recognised member of the British Polling Council. They also had to apologise for quoting The Guardian as saying the Lib Dems are “winning and on the up,” a quote that actually came from Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson.
SNP say they will not form a coalition with any other party
The SNP’s Ian Blackford made it clear his party would not be interested in forming a coalition with any other party, should next month’s election result in a hung Parliament.
Talking to Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway, the SNP House of Commons leader explained why his party would not be comfortable working with the Tories or Labour. He particularly noted the issue surrounding the NHS’s relationship with the Trump administration in the US, something that Boris Johnson’s Tory party is being heavily scrutinised over, despite calming that the NHS is “not for sale”.
When pushed on why he doesn’t believe the Prime Minister, Blackford said, “We don’t trust Boris Johnson,” before accusing Johnson of previously lying.
“When it comes to Boris Johnson I have to say the man has got form. He’s been sacked from two jobs for lying.”