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The Week Ahead: Election Campaign Enters First Full Week

The general election campaign is well and truly underway and will no doubt dominate the week's news as candidates aim to move further along the road to Westminster.

After the first few days of campaigning the Conservatives remain ahead in the polls, but most of the major parties have had some issues to deal with in the first days of the campaign...

  • In the Conservatives, one candidate has stood down after historic sexist facebook posts emerged.
  • Another candidate was forced to step down just a day after being selected as his former comments about rape were brought back to the surface. 
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg also apologised this week after suggesting that the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire didn't use "common sense".
  • Labour has seen their deputy leader Tom Watson announce that he will be resigning at the end of the election campaign, news that received a mixed reaction.
  • Labour has also been under pressure to remove a candidate who shared a social media post of former Prime Minister Theresa May at gunpoint.
  • The Lib Dems haven't been too happy with broadcasters recently, threatening legal action against both the BBC and ITV after they announced election debates which would not feature her.

Moving into the new week, we can expect parties to continue campaigning and pledging new policies in an effort to entice voters. Canvassing (where people knock on doors in campaigning) is also underway and set to continue. Party leaders will be travelling around the UK to try and gather new support as in the first week, with rallies also held.

If you haven't heard from candidates in your area yet, there is still plenty of time. New candidates may still be announcing this week their intention to run.

Polling cards for the election have started to be delivered to addresses across the UK, providing details of your polling station and what to do if you can't vote on the day. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so here. If you're not sure whether or not you've registered to vote, contact your local council team that manages elections in your area.

For the latest updates from the campaign throughout the week, follow us on Twitter @speakerpolitics.

 

Elections Elsewhere

The fourth general election in four years is taking place in Spain today, with polls suggesting a possible win for the Socialists led by Pedro Sánchez. Voting is taking place between 9am and 8pm local time, in the election that was triggered by Mr Sánchez's recent failure to win the backing of Parliament to form a government. The campaign in Spain has been somewhat overshadowed by the crisis in Catalonia, which has recently seen violent demonstrations and protests.

Next Sunday, voters in Belarus will choose a new Parliament. The parliamentary elections are the first since September 2016 in Belarus, which is a presidential republic.

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