He really is Greg HANDS! Tory Chair is caught with notes on his palm as he tours TV studios during the local election campaign
- Tory chairman Greg Hands had brought his own cheat sheet to a BBC interview today
Tory chairman Greg Hands lived up to his name today when he accidentally showed notes he had scribbled on his palm in an interview.
Writing was evident when the cabinet minister gestured during an appearance on the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg program on Sunday.
The lines looked very smudged, perhaps because Mr. Hands was sweating under the studio lights.
But luckily he seemed to get through the discussion without having to refer to it.
Writing was clearly visible as the cabinet minister gestured during an appearance on the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg program on Sunday
The lines seemed very smeared – but thankfully Mr. Hands seemed to get through the discussion without having to refer to them
In a stark warning, Mr Hands said the magnitude of the disaster on May 4 was expected by the ‘most credible’ experts.
However, he stressed that candidates are “fighting very hard” despite poor national polls, promising to push resources towards the Red Wall.
The main parties are already engaged in frantic expectation management as the vote approaches – with the results a key indicator ahead of next year’s general election.
As of May 4, more than 8,000 council seats are up for grabs in 230 local authorities, ranging from small rural councils to some of the largest towns and cities – although no elections are scheduled in London or Birmingham.
Last time they were contested, the Tories performed relatively strongly against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, meaning they have more to defend.
Mr Hands told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: ‘Independent expectations are that the Conservatives will lose more than 1,000 seats and Labor should make big gains.’
When asked by deputy host Trevor Phillips if he could quit his job if the results are dire, Mr Hands said: ‘Well, let’s look at Trevor, but what I would say is these are the independent predictions of the most credible academic sources, that the Conservatives are likely to lose 1,000 seats.
“I’m campaigning very hard, we have some brilliant councillors, great candidates.”
Challenged that he was trying to manage expectations, Mr. Hands said, “I’d say we’re fighting really hard.”
An overnight Opinium poll offered little consolation to Mr Sunak as it led Keir Starmer’s side to cut its advantage to 14 points after being cut to 11 points in an equivalent survey a week earlier
Rishi Sunak may be spared a lengthy autopsy if the predicted meltdown materializes as the king’s coronation is immediately after.
National polls have shown Labor consistently holding a double-digit lead, although there has been some evidence in recent weeks that the gap is narrowing.
An overnight Opinium poll offered little solace to Mr Sunak as Keir Starmer’s side cut its lead to 14 points, having been cut to 11 points in an equivalent survey a week earlier.
There will be no elections in Scotland or Wales this year.
Local elections in Northern Ireland have been postponed for two weeks to May 18 to avoid a clash with the King’s coronation on May 6.