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Live Reporting

Kate Whannel and Francesca Gillett

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us

    We're now finishing our live election coverage for today.

    Thanks for following, and we'll be back tomorrow as the campaigning continues.

    To read our main story from today, click here.

  2. In summary

    What happened today?

    Here are the main moments from today:

    • Flooding in the north of England and the Midlands has loomed large over the campaign today. The day began with Labour and the Lib Dems criticising Boris Johnson over his government's response. The main party leaders visited flooded areas and met those affected. After Jeremy Corbyn called the government's response "woeful", and Jo Swinson set out plans for a £5bn fund to improve flood defences, PM Mr Johnson chaired a Cobra meeting. The government has now promised more practical and financial help to those affected.
    • Earlier on in the day, Hilary Clinton told the BBC that it was "shameful" that the UK government has not yet published a report on alleged Russian interference in British politics - and won't do before the election. The report was finalised in March and given to No 10 in October.
    • Meanwhile, Labour announced it had suffered - but successfully defeated - a cyber attack aimed at its digital platforms. Mr Corbyn called the attack "very serious" and also "suspicious", having taken place during an election campaign.
    • Labour also announced another promise: a £3bn plan to offer adults in England free access to retraining to help their job chances and to tackle skills shortages.
    • Over in the Lib Dem camp, it was revealed that anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray - known for shouting "Stop Brexit" outside Westminster - is to stand as a candidate for the party in Wales.
    • A Lib Dem candidate in the constituency of Canterbury has stood down as he does not want to split the Remain vote - but the Lib Dems say they will just select a new candidate for the seat.
    • And Nigel Farage - who dominated headlines on Monday - has insisted he will still stand candidates in Labour-held marginal seats. This is despite the Tories trying to persuade the Brexit Party to stand down in more seats, to give them a better chance.
  3. Wednesday's i: Battle for the NHS

    The i newspaper
  4. Ex-minister David Gauke to stand as independent

    Ex-Conservative MP David Gauke talks to the media in Westminster,

    Former Justice Secretary David Gauke has confirmed he will be standing as an independent candidate at the general election.

    Mr Gauke, who became the MP for South West Hertfordshire in 2005, had the Tory whip removed after he voted against Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

    He announced he would stand as an independent at the Political Studies Association awards ceremony tonight.

  5. Wednesday's Daily Mirror: Labour's 10-point plan to save the NHS

  6. Wednesday's Daily Express: Thanks Nigel! Tories surge to 14-point lead

    Not all of tomorrow's papers lead with an election story. Among those that do is the Express:

    Daily Express
  7. Wednesday's Guardian: Labour vows to outspend Tories with £26bn 'rescue' plan for NHS

    The Guardian
  8. Wednesday's Times: Tories lead by 14 points after Farage climbdown

    The Times
  9. Conservatives suspend members over Islamophobic social media posts

    The Conservative Party has suspended party members named in new allegations of Islamophobic social media posts, allegedly made by 25 current and former Conservative councillors.

    The Guardian says it has seen a so-called "dossier" compiled by an anonymous Twitter user who says they campaign against racism.

    The dossier contains alleged details of Islamophobia and racist social media content posted, shared or endorsed by 25 sitting and former Conservative councillors. Not all the names provided are understood to be party members.

    A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “All those found to be party members have been suspended immediately, pending investigation.

    "The swift action we take on not just anti-Muslim discrimination, but discrimination of any kind, is testament to the seriousness with which we take such issues.

    “The Conservative Party will never stand by when it comes to prejudice and discrimination of any kind.

    "That’s why we are already establishing the terms of an investigation to make sure that such instances are isolated and robust processes are in place to stamp them out as and when they occur.”

  10. Lib Dem stands down to avoid Remain vote split

    Tim Walker

    The Lib Dem candidate in Canterbury, Kent, has decided to pull out of the race, saying he does not want to divide the Remain vote.

    Tim Walker says the Lib Dems had tried to agree a pact with Labour over the seat, but the talks failed so he made the decision to go himself.

    But it may not achieve much - as the Lib Dems say they will be selecting a new candidate to contest the seat.

    Read more here.

  11. Sturgeon: Future of Scotland on the line

    Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has spoken during a general election campaign event at Johnstone Town Hall in Renfrewshire.

    She says Scotland "stands right now at a crossroads", and the country "will have our future imposed on us by the likes of Boris Johnson" if it does not make its voice heard.

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  12. Labour on flood response: 'Too little too late isn't the half of it'

    Homes surrounded by water in Fishlake, Doncaster as parts of England endured a month"s worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes.
    Image caption: Homes surrounded by water in Fishlake, Doncaster

    Earlier, the government announced measures to help flood-hit areas in England, following a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee.

    Boris Johnson promised funding for local councils where households and businesses have been affected - equivalent to £500 per eligible household - and up to £2,500 for small and medium-sized businesses which have suffered severe impacts not covered by insurance.

    Labour has responded to the flood announcements, saying: "“Too little, too late’ isn’t even the half of it.

    "You can’t trust Boris Johnson to look out for the North or the Midlands or protect our communities from flooding," said Labour's Jon Trickett.

    “But Labour will provide an extra £5.6bn in flood defence funding, to level up flood defences over 10 years.

    “Every home ruined and every business destroyed demands we act now.”

    And if you want to read more, here is our Reality Check on whether flood and fire services have been cut.

  13. 'Very hard to pinpoint' motivation in Labour cyber attacks

    Hands on a laptop

    BBC News' digital elections reporter, Joe Tidy, explains more about the cyber attacks which the Labour Party said it has suffered in the past two days.

    The attacks were DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) which is when "effectively lots of computers are commandeered to flood a server or a network with too much information, so too many requests, and then that website or server falls over".

    "I always think about buying tickets for Glastonbury," he says. "So many people flood the website at the same time, the website falls over."

    He says it's "very hard to pinpoint exactly who and why they would do this".

    But, for "every pound that is taken away from campaigning to be spent on security is money that could be spent on getting the message out there and getting to voters", he adds.

  14. Wife of MP to contest seat instead

    Andrew Griffiths

    The estranged wife of former Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has been selected as the Conservative candidate to contest the seat at the general election.

    Mr Griffiths resigned as a minister last July after a newspaper published sexual messages that he had sent to two barmaids.

    The parliamentary standards watchdog cleared him of wrongdoing, saying it found no evidence he sent them while he would have been engaged in parliamentary activities.

    Earlier, Mr Griffiths confirmed he was withdrawing from the selection process after a tied vote last night - and his wife, Kate, would seek selection instead.

    She'll be defending a majority of more than 10,000.

  15. PM video sparks tea debate

    The prime minister leaves the teabag in.

    That was one revelation that came to light in an election broadcast posted on his Twitter account.

    The other was that Boris Johnson's favourite band was "either The Clash or The Rolling Stones".

    "Mainly I listen to the Rolling Stones nowadays, so you can make of that what you will," he tells the camera.

  16. The challenges parties face in north-east England

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    If you talk to Labour candidates in seats like Bishop Auckland, they say they are facing two problems.

    One is Brexit, the other is Jeremy Corbyn.

    Although the voters on the doorstep like some of Labour's policies, they have personal animosity towards Mr Corbyn.

    The Tories face challenges too - they thought they were going to make gains in 2017, but they didn't.

    They underestimated the Labour electoral machine and the history that is here.

    Their other problem is the Brexit party, which is still standing in seats like this one and could take votes from the Conservatives.

    The links with Labour are strained here, but are they broken?

    Conservatives won't take that for granted until the votes are counted.

  17. Piers Morgan gives 'snowflake' forecast

    Piers Morgan with his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid
    Image caption: Piers Morgan with his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid

    TV presenter Piers Morgan has long been a critic of the so-called "snowflake" generation - the derogatory term used to describe younger people by those who view them as more easily-offended or less resilient than older people.

    But speaking at the annual ITV Palooza event in London tonight, he said he believes the rise of leaders like Boris Johnson and Donald Trump "is a complete reaction to this PC culture we're now being subjected to".

    "I represent the silent majority who are sick and tired of snowflake central and the PC culture that is now enveloping every part of our lives," he said.

    "When you spend all your time telling people how to live their lives, the Brits that I know eventually go 'enough'."

  18. 'Stop Brexit' man explains his decision to stand

    Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain

    Earlier, it was announced that Steve Bray - the man known for standing in Westminster and shouting "stop Brexit" - will stand in the general election.

    Mr Bray, 50, will contest the Welsh Labour-held constituency of Cynon Valley for the Lib Dems.

    Mr Bray - who has voted for Labour, the Lib Dems and once for the Tories in previous elections - says his decision to stand for the Lib Dems came after leader Jo Swinson pledged to stop Brexit.

    Admitting he faces a challenge, he says: "Its a Labour stronghold. I hope to boost the [Lib Dem] vote in the area.

    "As much as I hate to say it, another referendum would just leave divisions.

    "If that's what it takes, so be it, but I would rather they put a stop to it at Parliament and they revoke Article 50."

  19. NEW Brexitcast alert

    Emily Maitlis

    BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis joins the team at Brexitcast HQ to talk about an unexpected cameo in the election campaign from former US secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Listen to today's episode here.

  20. Politicians pause on campaign trail to remember Frank Dobson

    Frank Dobson was a popular and avuncular figure in Labour politics for five decades

    Politicians have taken time out of the campaign trail today to pay tribute to former Labour minister Frank Dobson who has died aged 79.

    Mr Dobson was a popular figure in the party and served as health secretary under Tony Blair.

    Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott called him a "funny, very kind man" while Ed Miliband described him as a "profoundly decent person".

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    Meanwhile, the Francis Crick Institute research centre and University College London Hospital - based in Mr Dobson's constituency - paid tribute to the support he gave them.

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