Campaign highlights: Nato shapes debate as bees swarm Lib Dems and Brexit Party
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also clarified Labour’s stance on funding pensions for Waspi women.
The Nato summit in Watford influenced Wednesday’s campaigning as party leaders were quizzed about their feelings towards US President Donald Trump and the alliance itself.
Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion protesters created a buzz when activists dressed as bees confronted Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and ambushed Brexit Party offices.
Here are some of the highlights:
– Top Trumps
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson were challenged on their attitudes towards US President Donald Trump.
Questioned on whether it was important to have a good relationship with Mr Trump, Mr Corbyn said: “I think it’s important to have good relationships with all countries. Of course, that includes President Trump, yes.”
– PM’s dig at Labour over Nato
Mr Johnson ended his Nato press conference in Watford by attacking Labour, saying the party wants to “destroy” the 70-year-old alliance.
He said: “There is a choice between those who want to strengthen Nato and those in the Labour opposition who actually want to destroy it, destroy Nato, this alliance that has kept us safe.”
Labour’s 2019 General Election manifesto commits to maintaining Britain’s place in the alliance.
– Climate protesters mis-bee-have
A demonstrator from the Extinction Rebellion group glued himself to the windscreen of the Lib Dem “battle bus” as the party leader visited a youth centre in south London.
Ms Swinson, who spoke to the demonstrators, said she recognised the need for climate change to be prominent in the election, but said it was ironic protesters had targeted an electric bus.
– Waspi women funding
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said a Labour government would borrow to fund compensation for Waspi women.
Women above state pension age – the so-called Waspi women who lost out when the Government increased the state pension age – are demanding compensation for what they see as the unfairness of the decision.
Asked how the policy would be funded on BBC Radio 4’s World At One, Mr McDonnell said: “It’s funded as a contingency. You use what assets you have, in other words, what headroom you’ve got, but also you borrow and we’ll do that over a five-year period.”
– Farage defends strategy
Mr Farage ended his address by telling party supporters: “I am more optimistic about Brexit and what it means and leaving this ghastly club based in Brussels run by these bureaucrats … I am more bullish and optimistic about it than I have ever been at any point in my life.”
The Brexit Party confirmed it has removed the whip from MEP John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, who they said had “undermined” Mr Farage’s General Election strategy to target Labour heartlands.
Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s campaign trail:
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