5 things you need to know about Wednesday’s election campaign
PUBLISHED: 12:29 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 11 May 2017
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There can only be “one winner” but will it be MC Jez Jez? Five things we learned yesterday
1. Theresa May thinks she is the “only person” who could win the election. The Prime Minister has tried to avoid appearing complacent over the outcome of the election during her presidential-style campaign but she had to correct herself. On a visit to Nottingham, she said: “This is about a very clear choice. There’s only one person, one of two people, who is going to be prime minister on June 9 - me or Jeremy Corbyn.”
2. Jeremy Corbyn probably won’t have a future as a grime artist. A prankster pretending to be the grime artist Stormzy urged the Labour leader to make a hard-hitting video telling the electorate to “shut up”. In videos posted online, comedian Heydon Prowse imitated the rapper in a phone call where he suggested Corbyn call himself “Jez Jez” and join with “MC No Chance, MC Landslide, MC Total Collapse” for the video. Stormzy has previously shown support for Corbyn’s policies, although it remains to be seen whether MC Jez Jez would be a hit with voters.
3. The Mays’ blockbuster appearance on The One Show got people talking. Tim Farron bragged that his family live in “an autonomous commune” where they all take the bins out rather than dividing things between “boys jobs and girls jobs” like the May household. Meanwhile Jess Phillips, Labour candidate for Birmingham Yardley, felt compelled to point out on Twitter that she did not feature in the Prime Minister’s story about a woman who said she had got into politics because she admired May’s shoes. Phillips tweeted: “I’ve never liked a kitten heel much or relied on it to build a political career on.”
4. Ukip leader Paul Nuttall believes the party is ahead of his time. In an interview with BBC’s Daily Politics, he attempted to increase anticipation for his party’s manifesto which he said would to be “a decade ahead of its time”. Given that some of Ed Miliband’s 2015 manifesto pledges have been been cropping up in unusual places, perhaps the parties will also be scrabbling to steal Ukip’s ideas.
5. Labour bragged about the response to their campaign. Both Jeremy Corbyn and York Central candidate Rachel Maskell hailed the 2,000-strong attendance to their rally in York, while Corbyn swiped at the Prime Minister over her tightly-controlled campaign as he said all his campaign stops were open air meetings with the public. “There was a chill in the air in York yesterday,” Maskell said about the May’s visit to the city on Tuesday, when she “turned her back on the people of York”.