WIRRAL West Tory election hopeful Tony Caldeira arrived at the Globe offices with one of the party's "Big Beasts" to help back his campaign.

Mr Caldeira was accompanied by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as they went out and about canvassing for votes.

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Tony Caldeira with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

Born in Liverpool and educated in St Helens, businessman Mr Caldeira stood in the Liverpool City Region "metro mayor" ballot on May 4 in which he was defeated by former Walton MP Steve Rotheram.

He has pledged to keep a close eye on the threat of fracking developments in the Dee Estuary and said that although the party considers the marginal Wirral West seat to be winnable, "I am taking nothing for granted."

He said: "Out on the doorsteps it has become very clear that Jeremy Corbyn is scaring the life out of Wirral West residents.

"Every vote will be important on June 8 and I would describe my position as being quietly optimistic."

Labour's Margaret Greenwood ousted Esther McVey from the constituency in the 2015 general election by a slender 417-vote majority.

On the campaign trail today...

following a torrid time on Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn will hope to move on with a speech on national security and foreign policy.

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Election day ahead: Jeremy Corbyn hoping to put manifesto woe behind him

Mr Corbyn is expected to reject criticism over his position on defence and the use of nuclear weapons by insisting: “I am not a pacifist.”

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will address the Fire Brigades Union conference in Blackpool, while Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will head to the Outer Hebrides in search of votes.

The Prime Minister will be at a campaign event in the North East and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will deliver an address to a business conference in Inverness.

Ukip leader and North West MEP Paul Nuttall will be on a walkabout in Greater Manchester.

In the news:

Labour’s manifesto woes dominate the front pages for a second day, with a series of unfortunate events connected to the episode providing rich fodder for picture desks.

The fate of a BBC cameraman taken to hospital after Mr Corbyn’s car ran over his foot and Unite union boss Len McCluskey’s tumble feature on many national newspaper covers.

After a day to mull over the potential pledges The Guardian and Daily Mirror urge readers to back the manifesto, with a poll for the Mirror indicating “overwhelming” support for its policies.

The Financial Times says the policies show a “misguided bid to turn the clock back” by Mr Corbyn, although it concedes there are elements that “deserve debate.”

Who is saying what?

“So far during this campaign we have learned one thing about Jeremy Corbyn: proud and patriotic working class people in towns and cities across Britain have not deserted the Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn has deserted them” – from a speech Theresa May will deliver to mark the campaign’s midpoint.

“The best defence for Britain is a government actively engaged in seeking peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. But I am not a pacifist. I accept that military action, under international law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary” – from Mr Corbyn’s speech to be given at Chatham House.

What  the polls tell us:

Support for the Conservatives stands at 47% in the seven-day rolling average of all published polls with 27 days to go until the General Election.

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Labour has the backing of 29% of voters, the Lib Dems are at 10%, Ukip is on 6% while the Greens are polling at 3%.