It’s always the case with election campaigns that the parties’ plans will be disrupted by events outside of their control. This weekend, for example, the opposition parties have been using the cyber-attack which affected the NHS as a means of highlighting funding problems. Labour have been suggesting that Conservative funding cuts led to the use of outdated and insecure technology, whilst the Conservatives have been defending their record on cyber-security and blaming individual NHS trusts.
Here’s a quick summary of what else happened last week:
- The Conservatives continue their journey into Labour territory with policy announcements on an energy cap, social housing and worker’s rights
- Speculation continues over both the source and motivation of the Labour manifesto leak, which overshadowed all policy announcements last week
- The Conservatives maintain their lead in the polls, currently sitting at 47%
- Both Labour and the Lib-Dems made education announcements, with Labour’s making significantly more traction on social media. The graph below shows the increase in online conversation over its announcements, although this coincides with Angela Rayner’s LBC appearance where she failed to answer simple questions on the policy