Good morning and welcome to the first day of the last full week of the election campaign. We’re in the home stretch now, folks.
Yesterday was a big day for politicians being controversial on TV. Boris Johnson was accused of using his extended sit-down with Andrew Marr to make the London Bridge attacks political, by laying the blame for the release of the attacker at Labour’s feet, despite pleas from the family of one of the victims not to exploit victims’ deaths.
Meanwhile, party leaders attacked the prime minister for his closeness to Donald Trump in a seven-way TV debate on the eve of the US president’s visit to the UK for a Nato summit.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru all expressed concern about Johnson’s relationship with Trump, with Nicola Sturgeon saying he should “sup with a very long spoon” when dealing with the president.
Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, was applauded for a speech condemning Trump for his comments on women and religious minorities, while Richard Burgon, Labour’s shadow justice secretary, accused Trump and Johnson of “conspiring” together.
Swinson said: “It seems like there’s three people in the special relationship. Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.
“We obviously have a hugely important relationship with the US. But make no mistake, the current occupant of the White House is not somebody who shares our values.
“This is someone who has boasted about sexually assaulting women, whose policies are discriminatory against people from different religious backgrounds and is separating parents from their children at the border. And we should be very careful with that relationship. The last thing we should have done is roll out the red carpet for a state visit.”
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