Election 2010 Lookahead: Friday 23 April

The who, when and where of the campaign.

With another 15 days to go in this election campaign, here is what is happening today:

Labour

Recovering from last night's debate Gordon Brown will hold a press conference alongside Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and Deputy Labour Party leader and Equality Minister Harriet Harman in central London (9.45am). Labour candidate Sam Townend will debate with Charlotte Leslie (Conservative) and Paul Harrod (Liberal Democrat) in a City-centre debate for the three-way marginal constituency of Bristol North West at College Green, Bristol (12.30pm).

Conservatives

Conservative candidate Charlotte Leslie will take part in a debate with Sam Townend (Labour) and Paul Harrod (Liberal Democrat) for the three-way marginal constituency of Bristol North West at College Green, Bristol (12.30pm). David Cameron will face a grilling from Jeremy Paxman later on this evening (See below).

Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg returns to the campaign trail, visiting Newcastle Aviation Academy in Woolsington with Lib Dem candidate for Newcastle North Ron Beadle (11am) before heading south to meet staff at Morrison's supermarket on Albion Way in Norwich with Lib Dem candidate for Norwich South Simon Wright (2.30pm). Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Harrod will debate with Sam Townend (Labour) and Charlotte Leslie (Conservative Party) in a City-centre debate for the three-way marginal constituency of Bristol North West at College Green, Bristol (12.30pm).

In The Media

BBC Radio 4's Today Programme included interviews with representatives of the BNP, UKIP, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru following yesterday evening's televised election leaders' debate. Nihal's Asian Network Election Special (1pm) on BBC Asian Network will feature a panel of politicians from the three main parties: Ajmal Masroor (Liberal Democrats), Priti Patel (Conservative Party), and Transport Minister Sadiq Khan (Labour Party). David Cameron gets the Jeremy Paxman treatment tonight when he is grilled by the veteran political broadcaster for a BBC election special, Jeremy Paxman Interviews: David Cameron, (8.30pm).

Other parties

The BNP will reportedly launch its 2010 general election manifesto in Stoke-on-Trent today. Party leader Nick Griffin is currently standing for election in Barking on against Labour Party incumbent Margaret Hodge.

Away from the campaign

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland