The Briefing, May 2

It’s not often you can say that Theresa May has a chip on her shoulder, but with her treatment of journalists in Cornwall earlier today, followed by the consumption of Britain’s favourite fried potato, you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

Journalists from Cornwall Live interviewed the PM during her visit to the South Coast, but were barred from filming or photographing her.

In a campaign where she’s been criticised for shutting members of the public out, and not working too well with the media. It could be a sign that this is May’s way.

Osborne twists the knife

Britain’s favourite ex-Chancellor, George Osborne, had his first day at his new job. Half of it no doubt spent awkwardly introducing himself to colleagues who recognised him anyway, so much so they were stunned into silence when he was appointed.

His first splash for the Standard highlighted the UK/EU split over Brexit negotiations, as Dan mentioned earlier today. (See 11am)

George will immediately have empathy with many journalists in their first job, he’s had to take on five extra jobs to make ends meet.

Diane’s brain fades

It’s been a bad day for Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who had a brain-fade similar to Natalie Bennett’s in 2015.

When pressed by LBC presenter Nick Ferrari on how Labour would fund the 250,000 new police officers they’re pledging ahead of next month’s election, Abbott floundered, stuttered and shambled into silence.

In South Yorkshire

  • Speaking to Harrison Jones, the UKIP candidate for the Doncaster Mayoral election, Brian Whitmore says that Paul Nuttall is the wrong person to lead the party.
  • Labour have picked Jared O’Mara, a disability campaigner to challenge Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam
  • In an interview with Dan Barker, George Jabbour, Conservative candidate for Doncaster Mayor says that he is working class, despite previously working in investment and finance.