May’s social care poll drop 1) Her lead falls to its lowest with YouGov this year…

“The YouGov survey for The Sunday Times — the first by the pollster since the Conservative manifesto was published on Thursday — puts the Tories down to 44%, with Labour up to 35%. It is the smallest advantage for May this year and suggests that the publication of the general election manifesto has slashed her lead in half since last weekend. Labour’s standing is at its highest since the last general election, suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn’s unashamed socialist pitch is connecting with a growing number of voters.” – Sunday Times (£)

May social care poll drop 2) …And Survation shows a similar decline

“A Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday showed the Conservative lead over Labour has fallen to 12 per cent, a five point drop in a week….According to the poll, the Conservatives are now on 46 per cent, Labour on 34 and the Lib Dems on eight. Just seven days ago, the average Tory poll lead was 17. The Survation poll indicates 47 per cent oppose Mrs May’s social care funding plans, with 28 per cent in favour. Significantly, 28 per cent say the proposals have made them less likely to vote Tory, with eight per cent more likely to do so.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Tory care plan could hit couples – Sunday Times (£)
  • Conservative Southend council leader attacks it – The Independent
  • We must find a way of pooling the risk – Sunday Telegraph Editorial
  • BBC may means-test free TV licences – Sunday Times (£)
  • Poll shows Labour still leads overall with the working class… – The Independent
  • …but “Tory support surges in the north-east” – Sunday Telegraph
  • May and Davidson come together to pitch for Labour votes in Scotland – Sunday Telegraph
  • Patel claims aid waste keeps her awake at night, says that she thumped her desk in rage – Sun on Sunday
  • She is the right choice to mind the aid budget – Sun on Sunday Editorial
  • “Red Tories are not confined to ResPublica and No 10. Chris White, the MP for Warwick and Leamington, chaired a dinner last year for fellow travelling MPs such as Tom Tugendhat, Philip Lee, George Freeman and John Hayes.” – Sunday Times (£)
  • May’s plan to end free school lunches “to hit 900,000 struggling families” – Observer
  • Rudd uses “terror app” to fight extremism – Sunday Times (£)
  • Webb warns over death benefit tax bills – Mail on Sunday
  • The Tories should not be too worried about a poll wobble at this stage – Sunday Times Editorial (£)

Prime Minister interview: She says that the EU must meet its own Brexit Bill

“Mrs May said: “There is much debate about what the UK’s obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.” Pushed on what areas Britain may be “owed a proportion” of when it leaves, Mrs May added: “There’s the investment bank, there’s the investment fund, there are various areas. This will be, as you know, an important part of the negotiations.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Interview: May denies that she’s abandoning Thatcherism – Sunday Telegraph
  • Interview: “Stanley from Cookham” – and Prime Minister’s other dream dinner party guest – Sunday Telegraph
  • May says that public figures who act wrongly will be stripped of their honours – Sun on Sunday
  • Davis interview: he warns that Britain will walk away if Brussels demands £100 billion – Sunday Times (£)
  • Interview in full – Sunday Times (£)
  • Green interview: he calls on pro-EU voters to back May – Observer
  • Interview in full – The Observer

John Rentoul: The Prime Minister’s social care manifesto pledge has damaged her campaign for a landslide

“What is baffling is why this proposal was in the manifesto at all. The means-testing of winter fuel payments was eye-catching enough. It marked a break from a policy that David Cameron had been bounced into, and it allows £2bn a year to be freed to pay for better social care. There was no need for the manifesto to spell out detailed changes that would produce winners and losers. You do not need a degree in psychology to know the fury of potential losers easily outweighs the gratitude of potential winners.  Nor do you need to be a genius to see that the plan hits the middle group of pensioners – poor pensioners aren’t affected and nor are the rich, if they have more than £23,250 in savings.” – The Independent

  • May 1) She needs to address business concerns about her manifesto – Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times (£)
  • May 2) She doesn’t mind losing Tory votes in the south if she can pile up former Labour votes in the north – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times (£)
  • May 3) She will use regulation rather than taxes to pursue her plans – John Curtice, Sun on Sunday
  • May 4) She has killed off Thatcherism – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
  • May 5) Now we socialists have her as a leader – Tom Harris, Mail on Sunday
  • May 6)  She is alarming traditional Conservatives like me – Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday
  • What kind of Roundhead is she? – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
  • She needs ideology – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • She must not forget her Party’s fiscal roots – Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph
  • Only May can win for Wales – Andrew RT Davies, Sunday Times (£)
  • The Conservatives are ready to win seats in Scotland – Sunday Express Editorial
  • We should stay in Single Market (Part 94) – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph

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Corbyn sees his chance – and makes his bid for older peoples’ votes

‘’For pensioners they offer a triple whammy of misery, ending the triple lock which protects pensioner incomes, means-testing the winter fuel allowance and slapping a ‘dementia tax’ on those who need social care by making them pay for it with their homes. Some claim that cutting support for the elderly is necessary to give more help to the young. But young people are being offered no hope by the Tories either – loaded up with tuition fee debts and next to no chance of a home of their own.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Griffith v Thornberry chaos over the renewal of Trident – Sunday Express
  • Hammond says that one in five families would be hit by Corbyn’s inheritance tax pledge – Sunday Express
  • Corbyn aide tells candidates: don’t mention him on the doorstep – Sunday Times (£)
  • Labour leader’s manifesto raises business fears – Sunday Telegraph
  • Falklands veterans slam Corbyn – Sun on Sunday
  • Labour leader’s ten-year association with Holocaust-denying group – Sunday Telegraph
  • Abbott declared support for IRA – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn takes advice from Sanders’s team – Sunday Express
  • Prentis urges Labour unity – Observer
  • Blair travels to Hull to meet big Labour donor who called for new centre party… – Mail on Sunday
  • …And Labour could lose his old Sedgefield seat – Sunday Express
  • Burnham threatens legal action over contaminated blood claims – Sunday Express

Tom Baldwin: Don’t be fooled by Corbyn’s spin game, he must go if the Tory majority rises

“In this election, Corbyn has defied his critics — myself included — with an energetic roll-out of policy. But if he is to stay as leader afterwards, he needs to make a significant advance by winning seats from the Conservatives rather than losing more. Such a result would give May real reason to pause before taking Britain on her brittle Brexit-at-any-cost collision course and allow Labour to come together as a united party of opposition giving voice to the national interest. If, however, the Tories do even better than they did two years ago and increase their majority, Corbyn should have the good grace to clear his desk the next day.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Prime Minister Corbyn would go into EU negotiations “with all the authority of a smacked blancmange” – Boris Johnson, Mail on Sunday

Farron interview: he fights to get back into the game

“In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he threw Mrs May’s famous 2002 declaration that the Conservatives had become ‘the Nasty Party’ back in her face. ‘She’s making the Tories nastier than ever. David Cameron may have tried to soften them with a Blairite conservatism, but that is gone.’ Mr Farron was speaking in Stockport during a break in canvassing on Friday. His campaign has struggled to take off after he was quizzed over his devout Christian faith and was forced to say he did not disapprove of gay sex.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Cable launches May-is-Farage attack poster  – Mail on Sunday
  • Will he finally become LibDem leader if he returns to the Commons – and Farron is ousted? – Tim Shipman, Sunday Times (£)
  • The LibDems will do better than is currently expected – Rod Liddle, Sunday Times (£)

Sturgeon recommits to a second independence referendum

“Speaking in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said: “My position hasn’t changed and the Scottish Parliament has backed that position. “But there is a priority now in this election and an opportunity in this election to strengthen Scotland’s hand in the Brexit negotiations, because Theresa May is not just pursuing Brexit, she’s pursuing an extreme form of Brexit that will put thousands of Scottish jobs on the line.” – Scotland on Sunday

Johnny Mercer: The moment death stared me in the face in Afghanistan

“I could not move. I’d be dead if I had just got up and bolted. The rounds were now coming in single shots from two enemy positions, trying to pick me off. They were kicking up the dirt around me. I hoped death would be painless but I suspected it wouldn’t be. I’ve never been so scared, before or since. People talk about what comes into your mind when you are about to die. Some mention poignant things like their mother, or their children, some think of regrets. Well, I may be a bit too simple, but I just wondered how much it was going to hurt.” – Mail on Sunday

  • And he accuses CCHQ of trying to block his election in 2015 over his war veterans campaign – Mail on Sunday

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And finally. Eddie Izzard, backer of lost causes, says he wants to become a Labour politician. Now we know the party is doomed.

“He added: “I like Jeremy Corbyn. He believes in what he says. I would much rather have a Labour Party government than a Conservative one led by Theresa May.”…Izzard, who campaigned for Remain in the EU referendum, has donated thousands of pounds to the Labour Party and has floated the idea of running as London mayor. He has previously announced his intention to enter politics but failed to be elected to Labour’s National Executive Committee last year.” – The Independent