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Summary

  1. Labour outline Tory 'threats' to living standards
  2. Shadow chancellor 'angry' at uncosted Tory manifesto
  3. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson speak at the launch of Scottish Conservatives manifesto
  4. Tory migration pledge is 'aim' says Fallon
  5. Tories 'utterly heartless' say Lib Dems
  6. UKIP campaign grounded by bus prang

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By Anna Browning and Emma Griffiths

All times stated are UK

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Watch: Ed Balls dances for Michael Portillo

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Some may have been surprised when Ed Balls danced his way on to the TV screens as a Strictly contestant.

But last night, he took on a bit of acting (and dancing) on This Week, paying homage to a Twin Peaks character from the cult TV programme which returns to TV screens this weekend after 25 years.

And the former shadow chancellor showed off another skill as he played bingo master, days after his former leader Ed Milband was snapped doing something similar out on the campaign trail.

General election 2017: Balls shows Miliband how to host bingo

Meet Hasnain...

Hasnain Naswaz
BBC

Nine-year-old Hasnain Naswaz stole the show at the speech Jeremy Corbyn just gave in Peterborough.

The son of a Labour supporter asked the party's leader what strong and stable (the Tories' current favourite refrain) meant.

Read our earlier entry for the reply...

Watch: Legs, battle bus breakdown and some mooing

Emma Vardy

Daily and Sunday Politics reporter

Details of political fundraising, Nicola Sturgeon spoke about 'Lexit', a UKIP battle bus breakdown and some mooing from the foreign secretary all feature in my Friday campaign report.

General election 2017: Sturgeon, Nuttall, rosette makers and Johnson

Corbyn: 'There's a clear choice here'

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Jeremy Corbyn brings his time at the lectern to an end with the following:

"This election is a choice - there's a very clear choice here.

"The Labour way of working for the good of the entire community, or the other side's way which is perpetuating the grotesque levels of inequality that already exists in our society.

"I know which one I've chosen," finishes Mr Corbyn to a standing ovation.

Watch: In the swing of election night results

Jenny Kumah

Daily and Sunday Politics reporter

The swingometer has been a regular feature of election night coverage for six decades, aiming to explain the unfolding results in visual terms.

Daily Politics reporter Jenny Kumah has been looking at the evolution of the simple hand-made prop, which has been updated by computer technology.

General election 2017: History of the TV swingometer

Watch: Is immigration control an ambition or target?

The Daily Politics

Immigration is a key topic for political parties, with voters scrutinising plans to control numbers after Brexit.

Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn heard from Gurnek Bains, the chief executive of new think-tank Global Future, and from UKIP immigration spokesman John Bickley.

General election 2017: Global Future and UKIP debate immigration

Watch: Libertarian Party plans to clear national debt

The Daily Politics

The Libertarian Party is suggesting a 10% corporation tax level as part of its plans "to reduce the level of taxation as much as humanly possible".

Deputy leader Will Taylor told Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn about its policies to clear the national debt, before journalists Sam Coates and Hilary Wainwright joined in the debate.

General election 2017: Libertarian Party plans for tax changes

Child asks Corbyn: What is strong and stable leadership?

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Mr Corbyn is taking questions from the floor, including one from nine-year-old Hasnain Nawaz, from Peterborough, who asks: "What does strong and stable leadership mean?".

The crowd's delighted.

Mr Corbyn replies:

Strong and stable is an odd choice of words... what strength is about is about your sense of belief, about your sense of community, about your sense of responsibility when you have responsibilities to carry out.

Watch: What does Theresa May's vision look like?

This Week

Theresa May does not want to be another Iron Lady, but appears to be modelling herself on the "disastrous Nanny State meddler Ted Heath" says James Delingpole.

In a personal film for This Week, the executive editor of Breitbart in London looked at the 2017 general election and claimed that her politics "must make red Jeremy Corbyn wonder why he bothers".

After his film was aired, he debated with Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Ed Balls - watch the whole programme on iPlayer.

General election 2017: Delingpole on PM and Tory policies

Corbyn: Free meals for primary school children

Here's another pledge: Every primary school child will get a free school meal every day.

And as they go through their education their schools will be properly funded."

Corbyn: 'We will fund social care'

Now it's social care.

More than a million people don't get the care they need, the Labour leader says.

"This Conservative government has made a huge cut in social care budget already," he tells the audience, saying the Conservatives are putting a £100,000 cap on social care "which goes nowhere to meeting needs".

It's completed unrealistic, he says, vowing Labour will make sure social care is "properly funded".

We believe very, very strongly in that.

Corbyn targets Tory winter fuel benefit plan

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Jeremy Corbyn, all guns blazing, directs his fire at the Conservative plan to means-test the winter fuel allowance.

"Labour believes in the whole point of universal benefits", he says, saying the party would protect the benefit for pensioners.

And says they will maintain the triple lock on pensions: "We will not destroy, we will not undermine it.. that is the Labour commitment in this election."

Corbyn makes health pledges

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Jeremy Corbyn takes to the stage in Peterborough to great applause.

He kicks off by promising to reverse the restructuring of the health service and pledges to "properly fund" mental health services.

A politician's best friend...

Tim Farron strokes a Lib Dem supporter's dog in Greater Manchester
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Lib Dem leader Tim Farron strokes Arthur the dog as he meets Lib Dem supporters in Woodley, Greater Manchester

Corbyn quizzed on 'red Tory' May

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is back on the campaign trail today and is expected to make a speech shortly.

He's been quizzed by the Press Association about whether he thinks Theresa May is a 'red Tory' - apparently he does not.

This is what he had to say:

It's a very strange description for a prime minister who leads a government where six million people earn less than the living wage, where thousands are sleeping on the streets every night, where social care is not available, where our hospitals are under threat. I think what this country needs is a government that cares for all the people."

May's social care pledge could be huge wealth tax

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

Theresa May holds the Conservative party's election manifesto
Danny Lawson
Theresa May's Conservative party manifesto promises changes to social care

The fizz in the Conservative Club gin and tonics may taste a little flat this weekend as folks realise that they have just been hit with potentially the biggest new wealth tax of all time.

The Tory manifesto pledge to use accumulated property wealth to fund the escalating price of in-home social care bill will be welcomed by many as a bold attempt to tackle one of the greatest problems of our age. Others will see it as a huge and risky departure from traditional Tory policy.

I merely argue that it has profound implications for the intergenerational economic structure and is likely to trigger a number of unintended and unexpected consequences for financial services and families.

Just how profoundly it will affect you is a lottery with several variables. If you just drop dead one day, you are fine (!) if it happens before you need social care. If your house is worth less than £100,000, you are also fine. The Tory proposal allows you to keep the last £100,000 of your estate.

However, if you live in the South East, have a home worth £500,000 and you need long-term care, you could end up paying 80% of the value of your home to fund it - which may be a big disappointment to your offspring.

There are some enormous questions to answer.

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Theresa May holds the Conservative party's election manifesto

May's social care pledge could be huge wealth tax

A complex shake-up proposed for social care could pit generations against each other.

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UKIP investigate candidate's 'racist tweets'

UKIP has said it could have no choice but to withdraw a general election candidate accused of writing offensive tweets about Africans and Jewish people.

Paddy Singh, candidate for Wiltshire North, is accused of making the derogatory comments in 2014.

UKIP said it "would withdraw its endorsement" of Mr Singh if it was confirmed he made the comments.

Mr Singh told BBC Wiltshire he sent the tweets but said he "did not mean to cause offence or be racist".

The tweets from Mr Singh's account came to light after they were posted on the Hope Not Hate political action group's website.

Among the comments he questioned whether "the Nazis were right in herding the Jews into concentration camps" and said Africa "is where humans are animals".

He also wrote that it would "not be long before the Chinese start eating human meat" and said they were "like animals".

Damaged UKIP battle bus postpones visit

UKIP battle bus.
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UKIP said campaign events in Essex would be rescheduled

UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall has postponed a day of campaigning after the party battle bus was damaged.

Mr Nuttall was due to join party activists in Clacton, where UKIP had its only MP elected, on Friday.

But the party's purple battle bus had a wing mirror knocked off overnight and needed to be repaired.

UKIP general election candidate, Paul Oakley, said the bus was "mysteriously damaged" but a party spokesman said it had been accidentally hit by a lorry.

The spokesman said: "A lorry drove a bit too close on its way out early this morning or late last night and just knocked the wing mirror off.

"It's one of those rogue accidents you can't do anything about."

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Nuttall dismisses 'UKIP on 2%' poll

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall suffered a mishap earlier when the party's battle bus had a wing mirror knocked off - grounding his planned day of campaigning in Essex.

Instead, he's in Congleton, Cheshire, where he's been dismissing polls suggesting just 2% of voters would support his party.

He told Sky News: "Ignore it, it's Ipsos Mori. They always have us down in a way which is just unbelievable. "They're completely wrong. They've been wrong for five years. They've always got Ukip's figures wrong, time and time again.

"Even when we were on 20%, Ipsos Mori would have us on 10% so I'm not worried about that at all.

"There was another YouGov poll yesterday which had us on 6%. That's roughly where I believe we are."

What does Theresa May vision look like?

General election 2017: Delingpole on PM and Tory policies
Theresa May does not want to be another Iron Lady, but appears to be modelling herself on the "disastrous Nanny State meddler Ted Heath" says James Delingpole.

In a personal film for This Week, the executive editor Breitbart in London, looked at the 2017 general election and claimed that her politics "must make red Jeremy Corbyn wonder why he bothers".

Hammond: 'Immigration target needs time'

Chancellor Philip Hammond insists net migration should be reduced over a "sensible period of time".

Speaking in Scunthorpe, the chancellor refused to put a time frame on the Conservative target and said reducing migration overnight would be bad for British economy.

The Conservative manifesto includes a commitment to bring net migration down to below 100,000 even though the pledge, made in the 2010 and 2015 manifestos, has never been met.

Labour, who have themselves been accused of not wanting to set any limits on immigration, said the Conservatives' plans were unrealistic and uncosted.

How many Scottish seats could Tories win?

Theresa May in Edinburgh
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How many Scottish seats would constitute a success in the election, Mrs May is asked - in 2015, only one, David Mundell, was elected.

The prime minister says she's been in politics a while and adds: "I've made it a golden rule that I never predict elections," says Mrs May.

She says her activists are "working hard to earn the votes" of Scots on 8 June.

May: Assange 'operational matter for police'

On the campaign trail in Scotland, Theresa May is asked about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, following the news that Sweden's director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into him.

Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden would lead to extradition to the US.

Police in London said they would still be obliged to arrest him if he left. Mrs May tells the audience in Edinburgh that it would be "an operational matter for the police" should Mr Assange leave the embassy.

May quizzed on IndyRef 2

The BBC's Scotland editor Sarah Smith asks Mrs May how she intends to measure "a clear public consent" for a second Scottish independence referendum - as outlined in the Conservative manifesto as a condition of holding one.

Mrs May says she is clear that at a time of change and Brexit negotiations the UK should be "uniting in order to do that" and she says talk of a second independence referendum is "trying to pull us apart". She didn't exactly answer the question but gets a round of applause.

Big Ben's final strike

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

All week I've been out across South Yorkshire armed with a giant cardboard cut-out of Big Ben.

Why? To hear from you about what issues are important ahead of the general election.

Last stop, Sheffield:

Theresa May accuses SNP of tunnel vision on independence

Theresa May, on the campaign trail in Edinburgh, says she wants to help the "economic powerhouse" of Scotland to develop and grow and she will use Brexit to promote its exports across the world.

"We believe that every part of our country should share in prosperity," she says - adding she intends to replace "ineffective" EU structural funds and "reduce inequalities between our communities".

And she pledges to look out for the rights of fishermen after Brexit, as the UK leaves the Common Fisheries Policy - in a pitch to Scotland's coastal communities.

She accuses the SNP of a "tunnel vision obsession with independence" and having "let down" young people on education.

She adds:

We may be four nations but at heart we are one people"

Government 'wants NHS data to be delayed'

Inside of a hospital
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It is likely that publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands.

Regulator NHS Improvement is understood to want to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but has been advised against it by parts of the government.

The British Medical Association said the government was "running scared" by delaying the release of the figures.

The Department of Health and the Conservative Party did not comment.

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May in Scotland: This is a time to pull together

Theresa May
BBC

Theresa May follows Ms Davidson onto the stage and says a period of "national change" lies ahead but the UK can emerge more prosperous and "more united than ever before".

She stresses that the Tories are the "Conservative and Unionist Party" and says she is offering a programme "around which the whole country can unite".

The prime minister says her manifesto is "being straight with people" about the "five great challenges" - the economy, Brexit, social divisions, an ageing society and fast-changing technology - and what they will do to address them "right across the United Kingdom".

Mrs May says she is offering a "vision for a United Kingdom" for the decades ahead and only the Tories can "stand up to the nationalists and defend our United Kingdom".

"This is a time to pull together not apart," she says, adding that she believes now is "not the time" for a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Watch: Kids give their thoughts on the general election

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

With just three weeks to go until the general election, we went to Scalford C of E near Melton Mowbray to see how much seven to 12 year olds there knew about it.

And while most of them knew that Theresa May was the current Prime Minister their choices for the next PM were amusing.

Davidson makes direct pitch to Scottish Labour voters

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson attacks the SNP over their record on literacy.

She says "basic standards are slipping" in education under the SNP, which she accuses of having "failed a generation".

She also says she wants to speak "directly to Labour Party voters in Scotland" who have stuck with the party, despite "a state of civil war" in the party.

"The truth is, your party has left you, not the other way around," she says.

Her pitch is that only the Conservatives are strong enough in Scotland to "take on the SNP".

There is laughter as she delivers a message to SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon:

The prime minister says she is a bloody dificult woman, well you ain't seen nothing yet."

In pictures: Corbyn visits pensioner drop in centre in Bedford

Jeremy Corbyn visiting pensioners
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Jeremy Corbyn visiting pensioners
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Jeremy Corbyn visiting pensioners
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Jeremy Corbyn visiting pensioners
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Davidson makes Tory pitch in Scotland

Ruth Davidson
BBC

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, is on her feet to launch her manifesto for June's general election - a day after the UK-wide manifesto was launched.

She says the "Scottish Conservatives are back" and will tell the SNP one simple message: "No to their unwanted plan for another referendum".

"It's time for the country to come back together," she says.

Are the Tories supporting Amazon after all?

Dominic Casciani

Home Affairs Correspondent

Back last July when Home Secretary Theresa May was on the campaign trail to become party leader and PM, she railed against big businesses over tax - and named Amazon as one of those who had to answer questions.

Here's a screengrab showing that, er, Amazon's Web Services is hosting the Conservative Party 2017 manifesto:

It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re Amazon, Google or Starbucks, you have a duty to put something back, you have a debt to fellow citizens and you have a responsibility to pay your taxes.

Theresa May, 11 July 2016
A screengrab showing the Conservative party manifesto is hosting by Amazon
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Labour campaign chief on winter fuel allowance

The Daily Politics

Labour's campaign chief Andrew Gwynne is on the Daily Politics and is quizzed about the party's opposition to means-testing the winter fuel allowance

He argues that the "progressive" way of dealing with the winter fuel allowance is for everyone to get it, but the rich to pay more through their tax.

He raises something that Mr McDonnell has mentioned - that many pensioners do not claim pension credit. Mr McDonnell says the 19-page form that has to be filled in puts people off.