General Election 2019 News in Brief UK Politics

Friday Update: 22nd November 2019

Written by Callum Williams

As Corbyn and Johnson clashed in the first election debate, the parties released their manifestos.

TV Debate

On Tuesday night, Johnson and Corbyn argued over Brexit, the NHS and the economy in the ITV election leaders debate. The debate wasn’t a game-changer as both leaders dodged the questions and didn’t reveal any significant policy developments, although Corbyn managed to edge a slight victory. 

Following the debate, the Conservatives became embroiled in controversy after changing their twitter account to ‘factcheckUK’. Twitter released a statement saying they would take ‘decisive’ action if the Tories attempted to repeat this misleading stunt.

This appears to be the latest in the Tories disinformation campaign, in addition to the fake Labour Manifesto website. This demonstrates a complete lack of Tory policy, instead of engaging in constructive policy debate Johnson believes he can win the election through lies and deceit.

You can read my full analysis of the debate here.

Manifesto Launches

This week, three parties launched their election manifestos. On Tuesday, the Greens launched a manifesto focused on investing £100bn into tackling climate change with the aim of reducing net climate emissions to zero by 2030.

A day later, Jo Swinson launched her manifesto with their keynote policy of cancelling Brexit. The Liberal Democrats also proposed extensive electoral reform and additional expenditure for infrastructure, the NHS and education.

Then on Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s ‘radical’ manifesto. It contained a promise for a second referendum and an ambitious agenda of significant capital expenditure and nationalisation.

You can read the summaries and analysis of the manifestos here.

Alex Salmond

On Thursday, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh, charged with 14 counts of sexual assault and attempted rape. He pled not guilty and the case was adjourned until the trial, due to start on 9th March 2020.

With less than three weeks until polling day, despite the Conservatives 11 point lead, due to regional splits in voting patterns and the volatility of the electorate, it is impossible to predict what will happen next.

Further Reading

Want to find out more voting patterns? Read Isaac Browning analysis here.

Want to know more about the parties manifestos? Read summaries and analysis here.

Want to know how the parties are polling? Check out our poll tracker here.

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