Election 2010 Lookahead: Friday 16 April

The who, when and where of the campaign.

Liberal Democrats

A busy day ahead for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who will be campaigning in Warrington and Hull today, stopping off at Warrington Rugby League Football Club to meet the team with Lib Dem candidate for Warrington South, Jo Crotty, at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington (10am) and meeting engineers at a training session at HETA Hull on Copenhagen Road in Hull with the Lib Dem candidate for Hull North, Denis Healy (1.45pm).

He will also take part in an online Q&A with students on online forum The Student Room.

Conservatives

A quiet day for the Conservative party folowing yesterday evening's televised election debate. Travel delays caused by the Icelandic ash cloud may affect campaigning.

Labour

A quiet day for the Labour party folowing yesterday evening's televised election debate. Travel delays caused by the Icelandic ash cloud may affect campaigning. Labour will air an election broadcast on BBC Two (7.55pm), ITV1 (6.25pm), BBC1, (6.55pm), Five (7.25pm) and Channel 4 (7.55pm).

Other parties

Plaid Cymru will air an election broadcast on Channel Five (7.55pm).

The Media

Expect analysis of yesterday evening's televised election debate on ITV with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative Party leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to enter full swing. R4's Today programme interviews representatives of minor parties including the BNP, UKIP, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru.Some repite from television coverage this evening of the three main parties following yesterday evening's debate.

Away from the campaign

The Broadway theatre in Barking is to host 'Spin The Election', a festival of arts described as 'an artistic response to all the hype and hubris' of the 6 May general election. Barking is the constituency in which BNP leader Nick Griffin is standing against Labour incumbent Margaret Hodge. It will open with 'A Day at the Racists', a new piece of political theatre about the rise of the BNP by Anders Lustgarten.

In Wales today an 84-year old is due to be sentenced for planting a revenge bomb after he was overcharged by his dentist. Peter McShane, 84, of Pembroke Dock, Wales, will be sentenced on eight charges. He planted a fake bomb outside the surgery, glued up the locks and stole a wall plaque following a visit to the dentist in 2007 when he was charged £183.

 

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.