Local campaigning ramps up in last weekend before election


Former party leaders went head to head on the Today programme while local campaigning ramps up in the last weekend before the General Election.

Here's what happened on the campaign trail today.

:: Good day

It has been a good day for Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose Instagram profile is gaining positive attention. Mr Rees-Mogg, the Conservative candidate for North East Somerset, has been posting pictures from the campaign trail to his 6,500 followers.

A favourite post with Twitter users shows Rees-Mogg standing outside a tattoo studio with a Labour poster in the window. The caption reads: "We shall have to take our business elsewhere."


:: Bad day

The Tories have been accused of sending mixed messages over their tax plans. Theresa May was at pains to reassure voters in West Yorkshire on Saturday that it is her "firm intention" to reduce taxes for ordinary working families, but failed to explicitly rule out income tax rises.

The party's 2017 manifesto recently dropped David Cameron's 2015 general election pledge not to raise income tax or national insurance contributions.

:: Quote of the day

"Strong and stable now seems like a bit of a joke" - Ed Miliband jousts with Iain Duncan Smith on the Today programme.

:: Tweet of the day

Caroline Lucas poses with the grim reaper, captioning the photograph: "Giving Jeremy Hunt a (non-violent, obvs) punch on the nose at the #SaveourNHS demonstration #Brighton #VoteGreen2017".


:: Picture of the day

First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon boards a helicopter - dubbed the Nicolopter - in Cumbernauld as she prepares for a whirlwind visit to six constituencies in one day.


:: Poll of polls

The Tories have regained the percentage point they lost on Friday, now sitting at 44%. Labour remain on 36%.