The Conservatives enter week two of the election campaign with a double poll lead. Deltapoll finds the Tories ahead by twelve points…

“Boris Johnson’s uncertain start to the Election campaign has not harmed his party’s poll ratings, with the Conservatives maintaining their 12-point lead from last week. The party’s early ‘wobble’ – with gaffes such as Jacob Rees-Mogg suggesting that victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno should have ignored fire brigade advice to stay in the building – has not hit their support. Their headline figure is 41 per cent, with Labour on 29 per cent – both up one percentage point from last week – with the Liberal Democrats up two points on 16 per cent.” – Mail on Sunday

…As does Opinium

“Labour has cut the Conservatives’ poll lead after a week dominated by gaffes, controversies and resignations from the two main parties, according to the latest survey by Opinium for the Observer. The Tories still hold a 12-point advantage over Labour but their lead is down four points since last weekend. The Conservatives now stand on 41%, down one point on a week ago, while Labour is up three on 29%. The Liberal Democrats are down one point on 15%, while the Brexit Party has fallen sharply by three points in a week to 6%, since party leader Nigel Farage announced he would not stand as an MP.” – Observer

  • Brexit is still the driving force in most seats – Robert Ford, Observer
  • Big poll leads don’t guarantee victory – Joe Twyman, Mail on Sunday
  • Returning officers “could be targeted by foreign states” – Sunday Telegraph
  • Conservatives call for the Electoral Commission to investigate Soros organisation over anti-Brexit campaign claims- Mail on Sunday

> Today: ToryDiary – What would you want from the polls if you were Johnson?

Other election news:

  • Murky Intelligence and Security Committee Russia investigation claims – Sunday Times
  • Arcuri investigation into Johnson shelved – Observer
  • Hancock attacked over GP funding – Sunday Times
  • Calvert quits Wakefield candidacy over feminism and food banks remarks – Sunday Times
  • Lidington interview – Sunday Times
  • Symonds joins Johnson at Remembrance Festival – Mail on Sunday

Tory comment

  • A good start for Johnson – Kate Perrior, Sunday Times
  • Johnson: proven liar, trusted leader – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

Javid: A Corbyn Government would run up a bill of £43,000 per household

“The Conservatives have accused Labour of planning a spending spree of up to £1.2 trillion as they seek to destroy Jeremy Corbyn’s credibility on the economy. Analysis overseen by Sajid Javid, the chancellor, claims Labour has committed to spending an extra £650m a day, a figure he says threatens to bankrupt the country. His claim came as the outlook for UK debt was downgraded to a “negative” rating. The chancellor’s intervention prompted claims that he had defied a warning by Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, not to publish the Treasury assessment of Labour’s policies and had simply recycled the figures.” – Sunday Times


  • Corbyn horrorshow 1) He “snubs Festival of Remembrance for war dead” – Sunday Express
  • Corbyn horrorshow 2) Shadow Minister Carden sang “Hey, Jews” for “Hey, Jude” and is alleged to have sung: “we hate the gays” – Sunday Times
  • Corbyn horrorshow 3) Rail union boss calls Jew a nazi – Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn horrorshow 4) Adviser Murray held four meetings with Czech spy during the 1980s – Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn horrorshow 5) Survivor of Poppy Day IRA massacre calls Corbyn a “sympathiser for terrorism” – Mail on Sunday
  • Liverpool Labour candidate posted Everton wife-beating taunts – Mail on Sunday
  • Jarrow Labour candidate shared image of gun being pointed at May’s head – Sun on Sunday
  • Filton and Bradley Stoke Labour candidate attacks Poppy Day as “glorification of war” – Sun on Sunday
  • Kebab tycoon pal replaces Watson as West Bromwich candidate – Sunday Times
  • Lord Sugar: if I could vote, I would back Johnson – Sun on Sunday
  • Grenfell families v Dent Road – Sunday Telegraph
  • McDonnell allies attack Williamson decision – Sunday Telegraph
  • Corbyn-backing WhatsApp journalists’ group – Sunday Express
  • No pause after retirement for Bercow, he immediately launches an attack on Cameron – Observer

Ian Austin: Corbyn is unfit to lead our country

“I only ever wanted to be the ­Labour MP for Dudley, and will never be able to thank the local people enough for giving me the best job in the world. But I always told my constituents the truth and could never ask them to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister. That is why I left the Labour Party earlier this year and decided not to stand in December’s election. I have been so moved by the response from people in Dudley. They are the salt of the earth. Decent and patriotic. The best of British. They know that people like Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are ­completely unfit to lead our country.” – Sun on Sunday

LibDems fight for debate place

“The corporation announced on Friday that it would host a traditional head-to-head debate between the prime minister and Labour leader on 6 December. Swinson had said earlier in the week that her party would take legal action if ITV did not include her in its own leaders’ debate, scheduled for 19 November. Layla Moran, the Lib Dems’ education spokeswoman and Oxford West and Abingdon candidate, said it was critical the TV debates had a remain voice.” – Observer

Farage “feels the heat” over Brexit Party election decision

“The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a close confidant of Mr Farage has held talks with senior Tory ‘power brokers’ over a deal to pull the vast majority of Brexit Party candidates out of the Election. In return, Mr Johnson would promise to strike a harder deal with Brussels after winning a majority. The offer, made by former Ukip treasurer Andrew Reid, comes as friends of Mr Farage say that he is ‘feeling the heat’ over his defiant insistence on fielding hundreds of Brexit Party candidates.” – Mail on Sunday

Remain tactical voting chaos

“The Remain United site, led by businesswoman Gina Miller, who led the case against the government’s suspension of parliament, will make recommendations in constituencies where it believes tactical voting will make a difference. However, while tactical voting could play a key role in shaping the result of a volatile election, there are already concerns that the three sites disagree on which party voters should back in dozens of seats around the country.” – Observer

  • People’s Vote campaign chief steps down over harassment claims – Sunday Times
  • Blair tries to put the humpty-dumpty campaign back together again – Mail on Sunday

Will this election divide Indian and Pakistani-origin voters down communal lines?

“Indian nationalists in Britain have pledged to canvass on behalf of Conservative election candidates after anger over Labour’s stance on the divided region of Kashmir. The controversial move by the Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP) comes amid an increasingly bitter battle for the Asian vote. The pressure group — which backs the governing Bharatiya Janata Party of Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister — claims an estimated 900,000 Hindu and Sikh voters of British-Indian origin could play a decisive role in as many as 40 constituencies.” – Sunday Times

Other election news and comment:

On the stump:

  • It’s bleak for Labour in Dudley North – Sun on Sunday
  • Masterton in East Renfrewshire, a bellweather seat – Scotsman
  • Beaconsfield 1) Morrissey selected by the Conservatives – Sunday Telegraph
  • Beaconsfield 2) Grieve on the stump – Observer
  • A three horse race in Kensington – Sunday Times
  • Berger’s mountain to climb in Finchley and Golders Green – Observer

> Today:

> Yesterday:

Daniel Hannan: Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, how come a new generation wants to embrace socialism?

“How can that rotten, discredited ideology be winning converts even in places which have never experienced it, such as Britain and the United States? Part of the answer, obviously, is that younger voters have no memory of the Cold War. When supporters of Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders call for socialism, they don’t imagine the East German version, or the Cuban version, or the Venezuelan version or any other actual example. They want an imaginary, pure, democratic, cuddly socialism. They want equality and social justice without the one-party state or the locking up of dissidents.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Remembrance Sunday events – BBC