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60 Sec Elec Tuesday 10th December: "Dire" banter in the Labour party and interesting campaign videos

The Labour Shadow Health Minister has been caught out saying that the situation for the party is seats such as Ashfield is "dire" because of a "combination of Corbyn and Brexit". Meanwhile the Greens promise to scrap student debt and the main parties have released some interesting campaign videos...

Get your minute of politics with today's 60 Sec Elec below:

Labour's Shadow Health Minister Jonathan Ashworth has been caught out after recordings of him criticising Jeremy Corbyn have emerged.

In a phone conversation with a Conservative friend Ashworth is heard saying how the situation for Labour in seats such as Ashfield is "dire" due to a "combination of Corbyn and Brexit".

Mr Ashworth said he'd been made to look "stupid" and a "plonker" by his friend, who sent the recording of their conversation to the Tory attack blog Guido Fawkes.

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The Labour minister later dismissed the comments, saying he was "just winding up an old mate... I was pulling his leg."

He insisted that Labour were going to win the election saying "the reason they're going to win this election is because on Thursday the question is, do you want five more years of the Tories, running down our NHS?"

Meanwhile, the deputy leader of the Green Party, Amelia Womack, has vowed to scrap the debt of students who were hit by £9,000 tuition fees.

The party outlined plans to cancel the outstanding loans of all students who started university in England since the tuition fees were raised to £9,000 per year in 2012.

Speaking in London, Womack said education was a "public good" and the promise had "no strings attached."

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And finally, the pop-culture campaign videos that you need to see.

First, the Tories released a video spoof of the classic Christmas film, Love Actually.

Referencing a famous moment from the 2003 Rom Com, the “Vote Conservative Actually” video shows the PM silently showing a woman a series of Brexit-themed messages after pretending to be a group of carol singers.

Reenacting the scene with Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley, Johnson silently holds up varies placards, whilst pretending he is a carol singer.

They read: “With any luck, by next year we’ll have Brexit done (if Parliament doesn’t block it again).” and “Your vote has never been more important, the other guy could win, so you have a choice to make between a working majority or another gridlocked hung parliament.”

While another sign says: “Enough, let’s get this done.”

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However, the Love Actually spoof idea might not be as original as it seems. The Conservative copy comes almost a month after the Labour candidate for Tooting, Rosena Allin-Khan, posted her own campaign video “Election Actually”:

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Allin-Khan responded to Mr Johnson's video on Twitter: “I won’t be retweeting it – but Boris Johnson has copied my #ElectionActually video. Tanks. On. The. Lawn.”

In Mr Corbyn’s latest campaign video, the Labour leader sat by a fireplace and read out critical tweets about him and his campaign.

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Mr Corbyn replied: “What is a commie hat? I wear a cap! It’s a bit like when I was told I was riding a Maoist bicycle. It’s a bicycle!”

After addressing Labour manifesto promises on broadband and tuition fees, he read out a tweet about being found sexy.

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