Politics Briefing, May 3

Another day, another set of ministers and shadow ministers doing the rounds on the morning shows.

This morning, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jon Ashworth. Mr Ashworth got Labour back on safe campaigning ground, saying the party will reverse the planned hospital closures across the country. It comes after Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, created a media storm with a “brain fade” moment on LBC yesterday morning – which gives us an excuse to re-publish to excruciating interview.

 

 

Before you ask, yes David Davis did manage to get in both “strong and stable leadership” and “coalition of chaos” in his interviews on Today and Good Morning Britain, ensuring Mrs May doesn’t sack him after the election and

His appearances were predictably dominated by the b-word, as rumours continue to abound over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The EU’s chief negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, is giving an update to MEPs on Brexit this morning. Following yesterday’s declaration by the Prime Minister that she will continue to be a “bloody difficult woman” in negotiations, the EU have hit back this morning with a €100bn bill for Britain. Expect more posturing throughout the day, the month and the next two years. *sighs*.

The usual Wednesday afternoon excitement of PMQs across social media and the news channels will be considerably quieter today as, as of one-minute-past midnight this morning, dissolution of Parliament means every parliamentary seat is empty. Instead, expect aerial footage of the Prime Minister’s motorcade taking the five-minute drive down the Mall to Buckingham Palace as she formally seeks the dissolution from the Queen. Exciting stuff – unless you’re in the Labour party.

The excitement of PMQs may be gone, but JUS News will be telling you all about the possibility of a Conservative upset on the Derbyshire County Council; a look at the first Women’s Equality Party candidate in the Southey council by-election; and we’ll be out and about in Doncaster finding out what you think about having to go to the polls again and again and again.