The big stories on Super Thursday

It’s Super Thursday, with voters heading to the polls across the country. Here are some of the big stories to watch out for.

Has the Panama Papers scandal and EU rift damaged the Conservatives?

Cameron concernsA few months ago the Conservatives were unstoppable. Even with a small majority, they were pushing legislation through parliament at pace while the media focused on the chaos on the other side of the House.

And then came Europe and Iain Duncan Smith’s astonishing attack on his former cabinet colleagues. Since then the party has been divided as Conservative heavyweights campaign against each other ahead of the EU referendum next month.

Throw in the Panama Papers scandal and Cameron’s particularly uncomfortable week as he slowly revealed his own family involvement – and it could be an uncomfortable night for government.

Can Corbyn continue the recovery?

Take a bow CorbynIt seems a long time since Jeremy Corbyn was criticised for not bowing deeply enough at the Cenotaph.

While the party has been hit by a divisive anti-Semitism row, Corbyn and his grassroots supporters have survived longer than any commentator expected.

But today is the first public test of Corbyn’s leadership. Labour are likely to win back London, but will that be enough to show the party is getting back on its feet?

Have the Liberal Democrats delivered on their fight back promise?

IMG_7248Paddy Ashdown eating his own hat is a haunting image of the 2015 general election. The polls had been so wrong and the LibDems were in ruins.

Tim Farron picked up the reins from Nick Clegg and started what he called a fightback. There were good early signs with a big spike in new memberships, but the damage has been done and today will be too soon for the Liberals to make a significant step in returning to former glory.

Can 16-year-olds be trusted with a vote?

IMG_7250In Scotland, 16 and 17 year olds will join their more mature peers to cast their vote. Not so for those south of the border and government blocked moves to extend the vote to these teenagers for the EU referendum.

But it’s a step in the right direction, engaging the younger generation in politics and hopefully one day every 16 year old will have a say.

Will UKIP make local elections a signal post for the EU ref next month?

IMG_7251The smaller, topical parties will be hoping to ride anti-European sentiment into local councils.

With the EU referendum next month, today’s votes could throw up a few surprises. While many won’t win seats, a good show of national votes for Brexit parties will make Cameron and the StrongerIn campaign very nervous.

How will voters react to an evolving language of politics?

hustings01In the US, a defining policy of Republican Donald Trump was the Trump Wall to keep immigrants out. Here in London, Zac Goldsmith was criticised for a ‘passionate plea’ in the Mail on Sunday – which included an image of the 2005 London bombings.

The language of politics and politicians defines and reflects the society and culture in which we live. Zac apologised and blamed poor picture choice, but the article was an attack on his opposite number, far more than setting out a vision for the world leading city he believes London can become.

But, while this approach has been criticised online and the doorstep, will it make the difference when a voter is behind the curtain casting their vote?

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