Labour’s car crash poster launch

Party gets positive in new posters but launch is overshadowed by car crash.

Labour Poster 1

Here are two of the new posters that Labour has unveiled this morning as we enter the final week of the campaign. You may laugh and say that the message is that only a child would vote for Labour, but it's a relief there's nothing here to match the Gene Hunt debacle.

The posters focus on Labour's promise to protect front-line spending on policing and schools, to protect child trust funds, to protect child tax credits and to protect the two-week cancer guarantee (you can see the full set at LabourList).

Labour Poster 2

But, as Channel 4's Gary Gibbon reports, the party's attempt to get positive was marred by a car crash right outside the venue, a painfully appropriate metaphor for Labour's campaign. There were no injuries, but the crash caused a "distracting loud bash" in the middle of the presentation.

As ever, with Labour understandably keen to avoid bankruptcy after the election, you won't be seeing these posters around the country.

UPDATE: The BBC has footage of the moment the crash happened.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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