Election 1) Tories give May green light to drop tax lock

tax“Theresa May was given the all clear by senior Conservatives yesterday to abandon a pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance. Promises to continue to support lower-income families, however, will increase fears of a post-election tax raid on the better paid. Philip Hammond has hinted that the 2015 manifesto “tax lock” pledge, not to increase the three main levies, is to be dropped from this year’s prospectus. Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, dismissed Labour’s claims that the Tories were preparing a “tax bombshell” and gave an “absolute guarantee” that “taxes will always be lower under a Conservative government than they would be under a Jeremy Corbyn government”.” – The Times (£)

  • McLoughlin and Hammond clash over tax policy – The Sun

More policy:

  • Troops could be send overseas to protect aid projects – The Sun
  • Industry warns Green against energy price cap – The Times (£)
  • Insurers fear election’s impact on payout reforms – FT
  • Royal-backed charity wants manifesto commitment to tackle mental health crisis – Daily Telegraph


  • This election is a new source of uncertainty for business – Dr Adam Marshall, Times Red Box
  • May will win big, but are the Tories sowing the seeds of decay? – Ian Birrell, The i
  • A Tory landslide will weaken May’s hand in Brussels – Anand Menon, Times Red Box
  • This election is no cynical ploy,  but is esssential to re-establish British democracy – Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph
  • Forget Brexit, can May finally win over the working class? – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian


  • May should drop the state pension ‘triple lock’ – FT



Election 2) Michael Howard: We should not walk away from our legacy on aid

“That is why I committed us, in our 2005 election manifesto, to meeting the United Nations target of 0.7% of GDP. That is why Theresa May is right to commit to keeping this target in the manifesto for this election. It is a 25-year legacy of a promise made and kept by the Conservative Party, while doing all we can to ensure that international rules are followed and the spending is free from the risk of corruption and managed in a way that makes it the most scrutinised spending carried out by the UK government. We should be proud of what this commitment has allowed us to do as a country.” – Times Red Box

  • The pension triple-lock is devoid of logic: scrap it – Raphael Hogarth, The Times (£)
  • The Prime Minister is showing that tackling populism requires listening to voters – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • May must be bold to take control of illegal immigration – Clare Foges, The Times (£)

Election 3) Corbyn ‘blows hole in Labour’s Trident policy’…

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Jeremy Corbyn re-opened Labour’s divisions over Trident yesterday as he refused to back the party’s official policy on Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Amid accusations from the Conservatives that Mr Corbyn would dismantle Britain’s nuclear defences, the Labour leader failed to support Trident renewal, insisting that the policy would be reviewed if the party won power. “We will have a strategic defence review immediately which will include all aspects of defence,” he told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One. “We would then look at the situation at that time.”” – The Times (£)

  • Party reiterates support for Trident as leader muddies the waters – The Guardian
  • Green says Corbyn would fail to protect the country from terrorism – Daily Express
  • Labour leader would suspend air campaign in Syria – The Independent

More Labour:

  • No apology for trades union influence – The Times (£)
  • Apprentice winner considers run against Labour – The Sun
  • Party denies claim it was complacent about anti-Semitism – The Independent
  • Khan to subsidise spartan homes to beat housing crisis – The Guardian


  • Corbyn’s hostility to the nuclear deterrent is an unetable stance for a would-be Prime Minister – The Times (£)
  • Don’t risk stumbling into a red revolution – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Corbyn won’t confirm that Labour would keep Trident

Election 4) …as he’s branded a ‘danger to the Union’

“Jeremy Corbyn presents a “clear and present danger” to the Union, the Tories warned today as the Labour leader and Nicola Sturgeon prepare to speak at the same trade union event in Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives published a dossier highlighting comments by Mr Corbyn and senior Labour figures that they said showed he would do a deal with the SNP to get into Downing Street in return for granting a second independence referendum. Although the Labour leader last week rejected Ms Sturgeon’s suggestion of a “progressive alliance” with his party, the Tories warned he “would sell pro-UK Scots down the river in a heartbeat” if that meant getting into power. In particular, they highlighted Mr Corbyn’s intervention last month that another independence vote would be “absolutely fine” and his failure to even campaign during the 2014 Scottish referendum.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Polls show Scots turning Conservative – The Times (£)
  • Sturgeon rattled as polls show Tories set for success – Daily Express
  • Polls show no rise in support for Scottish independence – The Scotsman



  • Tactical trap lies waiting for the SNP in the election – The Scotsman

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Five Edinburgh Conservative candidates selected

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