Debate 1) Rudd and Corbyn clash in seven-way debate

“Amber Rudd tonight warned Britons they had ‘seen the coalition of chaos in action’ at a furious seven-way debate on live TV. The Home Secretary lashed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his refusal to promise lower immigration if he upsets the odds to win next week. And she slammed Mr Corbyn’s ‘chilling’ boast he had opposed anti-terror laws for 30 years. But the Tory minister faced ridicule as she stood in for Theresa May, who swerved the debate by insisting she had better things to do than ‘swap soundbites’ on TV.” – Daily Mail


  • Not quite as unwatchable as it could have been – John Rentoul, The Independent

>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: Corbyn’s ideology blinds him to the true nature of terrorism

>Yesterday: Richard Benyon in Comment: Corbyn on terrorism – wrong then, wrong now

Debate 2) Home Secretary praised for appearing despite recent bereavement

“Amber Rudd defended Theresa May from attacks by six political leaders days after she had learnt of the death of her 93-year-old father. The home secretary urged voters to back the Tories in the quiet of the polling booth rather than endorse the squabbling discord of her opponents during last night’s seven-way election debate on the BBC… Her father had been planning to watch the debate. A friend of the family said: “It would have been madness for her [not to take part] — it’s just not what her father would have wanted.”” – The Times (£)

  • Anger at May as Rudd debated only days after her father’s passing – Daily Mail
  • Rudd’s rise through the great offices of state – FT


  • Corbyn turns on populist charm for night of wild promises and panto villains – Rosa Prince, Daily Telegraph


  • Rudd: May’s saviour… or her successor? – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • The audience was as balanced as a gorilla on a unicycle – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • No fairytale as Dopey, Queasy and co. bickered – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)

May to warn that Corbyn would derail ‘great national mission’…

“Theresa May today warns voters they have just seven days to ensure the ‘promise of Brexit’ is not squandered by Jeremy Corbyn. With just a week to go until polling day, the Prime Minister will offer an upbeat assessment of Brexit, saying it offers the opportunity to build a ‘brighter, fairer future for all’. But she is also set to warn that the ‘great national mission’ will be derailed if she fails to win next week’s vote. Speaking on the campaign trail yesterday, she said Mr Corbyn was ‘not ready’ to defend Britain’s interests in Brexit talks that are due to start just 11 days after the election.” – Daily Mail

More Brexit:

  • Whitehall fears ‘demanding’ Tory manifesto during Brexit – FT
  • Europeans in Britain could become ‘super-privileged caste’, warns ex-ECJ judge – The Times (£)


  • Don’t leave the negotiations to a divided and unprepared Labour Party – Daniel Hannan, The Sun
  • The Brexit election that leaves Britain the loser – Philip Stephens, FT

>Today: ToryDiary: Gimson’s election diary: Corbyn and Brexit are still pushing Tynemouth voters towards the Tories


…as YouGov slash her lead to a record low

“Labour is closing the gap with Tories and now stands just three points from Theresa May’s party, a new YouGov poll shows. The poll, commissioned by The Times, found the Conservative lead has slipped dramatically in recent weeks and is now within the margin of error. The figures show the Conservatives on 42 points but Labour are close behind on 39. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are struggling to maintain the momentum of their “fightback” as they slip to just 7 per cent vote share. The poll points to a remarkable change in fortunes for the Tories, which had a 24-point lead over Labour when the snap general election was called in April.” – The Independent

  • Tory lead falls to three points with YouGov as Home Secretary comes out fighting – The Times (£)
  • Candidates say their confidence in May is ‘shattered’ – The Independent
  • Readers on why they’re voting Conservative for the first time – The Guardian


  • Could the Tories really end up losing seats at the election? – Matt Chorley, Times Red Box
  • Why is one pollster showing a hung parliament? – Matt Singh, FT
  • Rival pollsters scrutinise shock poll – Daily Express
  • A Corbyn victory would have colossal implications for Northern Ireland – Belfast Telegraph


  • Parties can’t afford to ignore this controversial poll – The Times (£)
  • May has squandered an apparently unassailable lead – The Independent

>Today: ToryDiary: Our survey. The Conservative election campaign fails to enthuse Party members

Iain Martin: If May survives this mess, she needs a relaunch

“Even with a large majority, there will be a degree of hell to pay. Having been reduced to the pathetic status of extras, some of the cabinet will be less biddable and more difficult to reshuffle. Tory MPs are worried and the activists who still rather like David Cameron – and who tolerated the Team May brand relegating the word Conservative from the campaign but did not like it – will have robust views too. What can be done? For a start the prime minister should shake up her team after polling day, demote or fire her two key aides, widen her team of advisers and appoint a new, strong single chief of staff from within government with a calm temperament.” – The Times (£)

  • Don’t be surprised if you don’t see much more of vote-losing May this election – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph
  • Poll victory could still mean defeat for May – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman
  • Corbyn’s fightback and May’s stumbles prove campaigns still matter – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • Crosby knows its always better to enter an election as the underdog – Katie Perrior, The Times (£)
  • Soon your vote will be as predictable as your shopping basket – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph


  • The Financial Times endorses the Conservatives – FT


Labour 1) Corbyn accused of ‘la la land economics’…

“Jeremy Corbyn was accused of ‘fantasy economics’ last night over plans to hit wealthier families to fund his manifesto giveaways. The party is looking at a ‘wealth tax’ on the middle classes and an inheritance tax raid that could hit 26,000 families a year, it emerged yesterday. Under other spending commitments, Mr Corbyn also suggested he may cut or even cancel student debt for anyone who has been to university in the past decade – as well as pledging to slash the price of rail tickets for commuters.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour leader vows to axe £30 billion of student debt – Daily Mail
  • Tax and spending hikes will hurt millenials more – The Sun
  • Corbyn pledges to save commuters hundreds of pounds – The Guardian

More economics:

  • Children of jobless at ‘record low’ as Duncan Smith reforms pay off – Daily Mail


  • The under-30s are the real ‘left behinds’ – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)


  • Tories must shout from the rooftops that Corbyn would wreck Brexit and the economy – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Abbott’s Arithmetic 3) Labour’s top-rate tax plan is too narrowly aimed at agile targets

Labour 2) …and of plan to raise immigration

“Scotland, Wales and English regions could be given powers to demand higher levels of immigration under Labour policy plans. The party’s secret immigration blueprint contains a controversial ‘override mechanism’ to be handed out when parts of the UK want more migrants. The leaked document, which was written by Mr Corbyn’s domestic policy adviser, prompted Theresa May to accuse the Labour leader of planning ‘uncontrolled immigration’ if he wins power. The Prime Minister warned this would heap pressure on public services and lower workers’ wages. She promised ‘proper control of our immigration’ under a Tory government.” – Daily Mail

  • Corbyn denies wanting ‘uncontrolled immigration’ – The Guardian

More Corbyn:

  • Labour leader gets cover of NME – Daily Mail
  • ‘Winning is the only good result’, says Corbyn – The Independent
  • Election chief’s ‘grovelling apology’ for saying Prince Harry should be handed to Taliban – The Sun

More policy:

  • What has Corbyn said about the nuclear deterrent? – The Sun


  • Corbyn’s pro-immigration zeal is clear: no wonder Labour want to hide it – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • It’s no surprise Labour is losing ethnic minority voters when it keeps patronising us – Binita Mehta, Daily Telegraph

SNP’s Robertson banishes independence from his leaflets

“The SNP’s Westminster chief has banished all mention of Scottish independence from his own campaign leaflet. Angus Robertson – who is battling the Tories to hold onto his Moray seat – has produced a four-page detailed handout to put through doors. Despite covering a host of local issues and boasting of his record at Westminster, it doesn’t once talk about independence or discuss a second referendum. But it does mention the Tories a staggering thirteen times. Last night a spokesman for the SNP said independence wasn’t the “core message” of the election.” – The Sun

  • Sturgeon’s popularity has plunged over referendum rematch – Daily Express
  • Swinney admits cuts to teacher training went too far – The Scotsman


  • The SNP and the Tories have swapped places in Scotland – Gerry Hassan, The Guardian

Foster urges all Unionists to unite behind the DUP

“The DUP has urged unionists who normally vote for other parties to “lend us your support this time”. The special appeal to Ulster Unionist and TUV supporters and others came as leader Arlene Foster launched the party’s manifesto yesterday. She said the most important issue in next week’s general election was not the return of devolution, but the Union itself. Mrs Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds insisted a massive result for the DUP would blow increasing nationalist calls for a border poll out of the water for years.” – Belfast Telegraph

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: The dividends of May’s tough new Northern Irish position

Parties may be ‘breaking data laws’ to target voters

“Political parties could be breaking data protection law by “micro-targeting” adverts at voters based on posts and data held by Facebook without due transparency, legal experts have said. Lawyers told The Times that they believe parties have a responsibility under data protection laws to notify voters that they are using analysis of data from third-party sites to focus their campaigns, and to explain how targeting works. Parties and social networks could face fines of up to £500,000 if found to be breaking the rules.” – The Times (£)

  • Online battles rage ahead of UK election – FT
  • Millions of online hits for ad attacking Corbyn – The Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • Four in ten NHS trust to cut routine operations to save money – Daily Mail
  • GPs will get ‘bribes’ for cutting drugs to elderly – The Times (£)
  • British Airways crisis mystery as suppliers deny claims of ‘power surge’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Trump poised to pull US out of Paris climate deal – FT
  • Anti-government protests which in which 59 have died continue in Venezuela – Daily Mail