Leaders’ election debate 2015: what the newspapers say – Telegraph.co.uk

The SNP and Ukip leaders emerged as the winners of debate, which saw insurgent parties throw the result in May further into doubt, The Times’ political editor writes.

Mr Farage may have polled well, but the paper did not think much of him, suggesting in its leader that he performed poorly “even by his standards”. Philip Collins, the article’s author, suggested the country deserved better than all seven of the “dwarfs” on the stage.

The Guardian

The Guardian wrote that Mr Miliband branded the prime minister as an invisible man who said little in the two-hour debate on ITV. They rated him as a credible leader, which “should have the Conservatives worried”. They conceded, however, that Cameron managed to stay calm and on message, despite battling with the other “noisier debaters”.

Throwing in an extra punch The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland said Mr Miliband “struggled even to be leader of the opposition”

The Mail

Unlike almost all of the others, The Mail did not put the debate on its front page.

In its online leader however they announced “Red Ed” the winner – that is the award for “unashamed hypocrisy and incompetence”.

Mr Cameron finished magisterially, the Mail’s Quentin Letts thought, while Mr Clegg was the coolest under fire.

They praised Leanne Wood, leader of Welsh Nationalists Plaid Cymru, for winning the first significant applause of the night as she accused Mr Farage of ‘dangerous scaremongering’ for blaming migrants for problems in the NHS. She had also told him he should be ‘ashamed’ of himself.

The Mirror

The Mirror, a staunch backer of Miliband, thought the Labour leader took a step closer to No 10 after holding his own in the heated TV showdown. They quoted an ICM poll for the Guardian, which saw him take the top spot with 24 per cent of the vote.

They described the PM’s performance as “lackluster” as hes was pummelled as Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg, who joined forced with Mr Miliband to attack the Tories on the NHS, education and the economy.

The “outsiders” in the debate barely got a mention, apart from a “sweating Nigel Farage” who they described as looked isolated during the debate and brought almost every question back to Europe.

The Sun

“Oops, I just lost my election”, the Sun boldly put on its own front page, suggesting the opposition leader’s “dismal” performance may just have lost it for him come May.

The Independent

On the Green Party’s Natalie Bennett, the Independent said it was “hard to see many people being convinced that they should vote for the Greens rather than Labour.” They felt she spent too little time on Green issues – the ones at the heart of her campaign.

They thought Mr Clegg came across as reasonable and “even likeable”. He positioned the Lib Dems in the middle ground between the cuts of the Tories and the spending pledges of Labour. However, given the dire regard in which both he and his party is held by the electorate, they concluded he is unlikely to see any dividend from his performance.

When he came to Mr Miliband, who polled well, they thought his performance was disappointed and seemed less assured than last week.

The Herald

Scotland’s Herald newspaper was understandably happy. Ms Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, emerged triumphant from her historic appearance, they write in their splash. They thought she may have helped herself secure kingmaker role with her sterling performance.

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