Which Tories are under threat from the Lib Dems?

Oliver Letwin and Jeremy Hunt are vulnerable and Zac Goldsmith could miss out.

With the Lib Dems enjoying a sustained surge in the polls, who are the senior Tories now under at threat the election?

Top of the list is the Tories' policy wizard Oliver Letwin (the subject of an adulatory leader in today's Times) who is defending a majoirty of 2,461 in West Dorset.

Elsewhere, the shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt (seen as a future Tory leader by some), defending a notional majority of 5,981 in Surrey South-West, could also fall victim to the yellow tide.

And who are the Tory hopefuls who could miss out on a seat in Parliament? In Richmond, Zac Goldsmith is now unlikely to overturn a notional Lib Dem majority of 3,649 and another PPC with a familiar surname, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, will struggle to win in Somerton and Frome, where the Tories are defending a notional majority of just 39.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

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