Britain's two main political parties are battling resignations and publicity blunders as their general election campaigns got underway this week. Boris Johnson's bid to return to No 10 was rocked by the resignation of one of his senior ministers. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns announced he was standing down over his links to a Conservative candidate accused of sabotaging a rape trial. It came at the end of a chaotic 24 hours for the Tories, which saw the Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg forced to apologise for insensitive comments about the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The party also faced criticism for a campaign video featuring a “doctored” interview with shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer. Mr Johnson himself came under fire after likening Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin, over the Soviet leader’s persecution of Russian landowners in the 1930s. Leading Labour moderates, meabwhile, have vowed to continue to fight for their values in the party following the shock resignation of Tom Watson as deputy leader. Mr Watson – who will not stand for re-election – said his decision to step aside was “personal, not political”. Which of the two main parties has had the most chaotic start to the election trail? Have your say in our poll.
Q1. Which party has started the election campaign worse?
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