Election day ahead: Hour-long campaign truce to remember Jo Cox


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On the campaign trail today

The party leaders will stop for an hour today as politicians of all sides take time to remember murdered MP Jo Cox and focus upon what they have in common.

Jeremy Corbyn is due to visit a Liverpool arts centre, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is to attend a community picnic in Kendal and co-leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas will visit a church project in Brighton.

In Scotland, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be joined by representatives from the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives and the SNP for an event to mark the campaign truce.

Jo Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times last June (Yui Mok/PA)

Jo Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times last June (Yui Mok/PA)

Jo Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times last June (Yui Mok/PA)

Ms Dugdale will later be facing off with the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie, Ukip’s David Coburn and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Green Party for a BBC TV debate.

What’s in the news?

The latest political polls are battling with Pippa Middleton for space on the front pages of Sunday’s papers.

The Sunday Times leads with a “wobble” for the Conservatives as a YouGov poll puts the party on 44% compared to Labour’s 35% – adding this will “set nerves jangling in Tory high command”, while the Mail on Sunday also has a poll suggesting the Tory lead has slipped by 5% after Theresa May announced her policy of making more elderly people pay for care, calling it “the dementia tax backlash”.

Proposals on school meals leads in the Observer, with analysis in the paper suggesting 900,000 poor children will lose their rights to the now universal free school meals for infants.

School dinners are in the news (PA)

School dinners are in the news (PA)

School dinners are in the news (PA)

On the inside pages, the Sunday Mirror has an interview with Jeremy Corbyn in which he talks up his campaign, insisting it’s “game on”, while the Sunday Express has a sit-down with Philip Hammond where he discusses inheritance and corporation tax, but would not be drawn on his own position as chancellor. “To sit here now talking about who’s going to do what jobs, how we are going to divide up the spoils, would be presumptuous,” he said.

Who’s saying what?

“If I could meet a million people – if I could meet everybody – I would. Because you learn from everyone.” – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the benefits of the campaign trail.

“We spend way too much time fixated on the areas we disagree with each other and need to create more moments where we come together as a country.” – Brendan Cox, widower of Jo Cox, who was murdered in her Batley and Spen constituency.

“Never play poker with Theresa May, because I didn’t have the first idea that she was thinking about (holding an early general election).” – David Davis, in an interview with the Sunday Times.

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