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Joseph Lee, Vanessa Barford, Alice Evans and Ella Wills

All times stated are UK

  1. Minister who heckled Corbyn suspended

    Richard Cameron

    On his visit to Glasgow on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn was heckled by a Church of Scotland minister, who accused him of sympathising with terrorists.

    Now the Rev Richard Cameron has been suspended, the church says.

    It emerged after the incident that the minister had made Islamophobic and homophobic comments on social media.

    The Church of Scotland says it will be investigating the heckling incident as well as his social media use.

    Read the full story

  2. Len McCluskey on Labour, Brexit and the election

    Len McCluskey

    Union boss Len McCluskey is not as well known to the public as many leading politicians, but he wields considerable power within Labour.

    His Unite union has donated more than £11m to the party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, while its members are also influential on the party's ruling National Executive Committee.

    So what does Mr McCluskey want from the general election?

    Read his interview with the BBC's Iain Watson here.

  3. Your Questions Answered: Can MPs job-share?

    Your Questions Answered logo

    Confused by the latest election developments? Got a question about polling or policy? Or is there anything else you'd like us to explain?

    Send your questions to BBC News via the form on this page and we'll do our best to answer them.

    Today we have been answering questions specifically about childcare and family benefits and finances, like this one from Deborah:

    Q - Lots of companies allow part-time working. Can MPs stand as a job-share?

    A - Only individuals can stand as parliamentary candidates.

    However, the issue of whether MPs should share a job has been discussed in Parliament.

    In October 2019, Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, announced she was seeking to recruit the UK's first "locum MP" to provide maternity cover for her.

    The person chosen would cover constituency work over seven months and would not sit in the Commons or vote.

  4. Best images of the day so far

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
    Image caption: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meets a very young supporter in Lancaster
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson
    Image caption: Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands next to the newly-unveiled Conservative campaign bus in Manchester
    SNP election candidate Anne McLaughlin and the party's justice minister Humza Yusaf pose in Glasgow
    Image caption: SNP election candidate Anne McLaughlin and the party's justice minister Humza Yusaf pose with a scarecrow in Glasgow
  5. PM says his campaign bus could be greener

    Boris Johnson with his election campaign bus

    The PM took the opportunity to talk about his party's environmental policies when he launched his election campaign bus earlier.

    Boris Johnson insisted a Tory government will deliver greener vehicles than the Mercedes-Benz Tourismo campaign bus he unveiled at a small rally with Conservative activists in Greater Manchester.

    The vehicle has the slogan: "Back Boris and vote Conservative to... Get Brexit Done" with a tagline: "A stronger economy to invest in our NHS, schools, police, infrastructure."

    Mr Johnson said the bus was "wonderful".

    He said once his party has implemented its "fantastic" environmental policies, there will be "buses that are a lot greener than this".

  6. Your Questions Answered: Spending in Scotland

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    Thomas Cross in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, asks: "NHS, police, education are all devolved matters so is extra money on these promised by PM for England only?"

    Answering questions in Aberdeen, BBC Scotland's political correspondent Lynsey Bews says there have been "lots of spending pledges" from all major parties on areas such as the NHS.

    "But the health service, education, justice - that's devolved to the Scottish parliament, so the policies they are setting out there wouldn't impact in the same way up here."

    She adds: "When there's such spending south of the border, then the Barnett formula is used to calculate the money that should then come to Scotland. It's really up to the Scottish government how it spends that extra money."

  7. Your Questions Answered: Flexible working for parents

    Your Questions Answered logo

    Confused by the latest election developments? Got a question about polling or policy? Or is there anything else you'd like us to explain?

    Send your questions to BBC News via the form on this page and we'll do our best to answer them.

    Today we have been answering questions specifically about childcare and family benefits and finances, like this one from Laura Beasley in Horsham:

    Q - What are the parties' policies on flexible working for parents?

    A - At the moment, all employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents or carers. But workers need to have been with the same employer for at least 26 weeks in a row to be eligible for it.

    Labour recently reconfirmed a pledge made in February to give workers the right to choose their working hours from their first day in a job.

    But business lobby group the CBI said that needing government approval to set working patterns could create extra levels of bureaucracy and be expensive.

    Other parties are yet to outline their positions on flexible working.

    You can read more questions on childcare and family benefits here.

  8. Church minister who heckled Corbyn suspended over tweets

    Rev Richard Cameron
    Image caption: Rev Richard Cameron accused Jeremy Corbyn of being a "terrorist sympathiser"

    The minister who heckled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Glasgow has been suspended while an investigation into controversial tweets is carried out.

    Rev Richard Cameron shouted at Mr Corbyn as he entered a community centre on Wednesday.

    It's emerged he had made Islamophobic and homophobic comments on social media.

    The Church of Scotland confirms he will not be allowed to work as a minister while inquiries continue.

    Read our full story here.

  9. Latest headlines

    What has happened so far today?

    • The Green Party has pledged to introduce a universal basic income by 2025, which would see every adult receiving a minimum of £89 pounds per week
    • The SNP is demanding that the UK government refund VAT paid by the Scottish police and fire services - a tax which they say no other emergency service across the UK is forced to pay
  10. Scottish Greens: It's 'clear' students want to stop Brexit

    Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie

    The voices of young people are being "unforgivably" ignored in the election, the Scottish Green Party's co-leader says.

    Patrick Harvie says politicians must start listening to young people as Brexit "promises to erode student opportunities and funding".

    Speaking ahead of a meeting with students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Mr Harvie says it's "clear" students want to stop Brexit.

    "[Students] tell us we need to transform our society and economy for the public good, and most importantly they demand action on the climate emergency," he says.

    Mr Havie says the Conservative Party's "Brexit wreck" is "not about securing a sustainable future".

    "Scottish Greens are calling for a Scottish Green New Deal to tackle the climate crisis now, secure thousands of jobs and build a sustainable future as an independent European partner," he adds.

    "The loudest way to demand climate action is to vote Scottish Green in December."

    The Scottish Greens are fielding the youngest candidate in Scotland in the election, with Cameron Glasgow celebrating his 19th birthday earlier this week on the campaign trail.

    Mr Cameron, the candidate for Livingston, says: "No-one born in the 21st century has voted on Scotland's future. Almost 200,000 young voters have never been asked what they think about independence or our membership of the European Union. Yet, like the climate crisis, it's the young who will live with the consequences. It's our future."

  11. Shadow Business secretary defends Labour broadband promise

    BBC Politics Live

    BBC2's lunchtime political programme

    Labour shadow minister Rebecca Long-Bailey said during today's show that Labour's £20bn pledge to part-nationalise BT and introduce free broadband was "necessary to kickstart our economy by providing the full-fibre broadband that our businesses need".

    She said that it was the "very bedrock of a functioning economy going into the future".

    Ms Long-Bailey also said that the UK was behind other "leading industrial nations" when it comes to providing broadband and said it was a "fundamental right".

    She added that skills and broadband connectivity are issues that come up often when she talks to businesses.

    When asked about whether Labour planned any other nationalisation, Ms Long-Bailey said she she hasn't "been involved in discussions" of sectors other than those already outlined by Labour such as energy and water.

  12. Sturgeon: Corbyn 'in a mess' over stance on indyref2

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she does not believe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn personally wants Westminster to have a veto on Scottish independence.

    Speaking from the British-Irish council meeting in Dublin, she says he may instead be listening to people in his party, and adds: "I suspect he is not ambivalent on this."

    "He's moved around the issue and got himself in a mess."

    Mr Corbyn said yesterday that indyref2 would not happen in the first two years of his party winning power.

    The previous day, he initially told journalists that a referendum would not happen in the first five-year term. But just hours later, he clarified that a referendum would not be held in the "early years" of a Labour government, with the party's focus instead being on "massive investment" in Scotland.

    Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon adds how important she believes the 12 December election will be for her country.

    "There is a sense in Scotland that this is a pivotal and defining election, and the path we take over the next number of years, and particularly who decides that path. I think that's going to be a theme that takes people to the polls, albeit in very cold weather."

  13. Labour's broadband is a 'crazed Communist scheme' - Johnson

    Boris Johnson says plans unveiled by Labour to nationalise broadband, build full fibre optic networks and provide access for free are a "crazed Communist scheme".

    The Conservatives instead intend to provide a £5bn fund for existing providers.

    Continuing the attack on Labour, he says they are in a "Bermuda triangle of confusion" on Brexit and their spending plans would "wreck the economy".

  14. Brexitcast on Tusk and immigration policy

    This week's episode of Brexitcast is available on BBC Sounds, featuring soon to be former President of the European Council Donald Tusk's outgoing message to Brits.

    He urged people in the UK not to "give up" on stopping Brexit.

    Meanwhile in the UK, what are the two main parties saying about immigration?

    Listen here.

    View more on twitter
  15. Explained: Nationalisation and privatisation

    Labour likes to talk about the risk of privatising the NHS, accusing the Conservatives of wanting to do a deal with Donald Trump.

    Meanwhile, the Conservatives have criticised Labour's plans to nationalise part of BT to provide free broadband

    But what do nationalisation and privatisation actually mean?

    Nationalisation is when a government takes control or ownership of private property, like a company.

    It is complex, but there are different ways this can be done.

    For example, a government could buy up 50.1% (ie the majority) of the shares in a company.

    Privatisation is the opposite of nationalisation.

    It typically refers to the ownership of property, a business, or an industry being transferred from a government to an individual, or another private company.

    Under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, at least 22 big privatisations took place. They included companies like BT and British Airways, as well as more complex ones like the rail industry.

    Read more here.

  16. Sturgeon and Varadkar discuss post-Brexit relationship

    Sturgeon and Varadkar

    Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar says the British-Irish council (BIC) could have an "enhanced role" after Brexit as part of efforts to ensure a "close relationship" between Ireland and the UK.

    Mr Varadkar's comments come at a press conference in Dublin after a BIC meeting, attended by senior politicans including SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

    Mr Varadkar says although Brexit was "touched on" as a topic, "so much of the next steps depends on what happens in the elections on 12 December and we'll reassess the situation then".

    He says: "We're keen to ensure there is a close relationship between Ireland and the UK. We spoke about the future of BIC, established under the Good Friday Agreement and [how it] could have an enhanced role after Brexit."

    British-Irish council (BIC) meeting
    Image caption: British-Irish council meeting in Dublin

    The BIC was set up under the Good Friday Agreement - which signalled an end to 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland - as part of efforts to boost and strengthen east-west relations.

    It meets every six months and is relatively low-profile at the moment.

    Also at the council was Julian Smith, Northern Ireland Secretary for the UK government, who said how important it was that the political deadlock in Stormont is resolved.

    Northern Ireland has been without its devolved government (known as Stormont) since January 2017 when the power-sharing parties - the DUP and Sinn Féin - split in a bitter row. You can read more about that here.

    Mr Smith says: "This situation cannot continue, the people of Northern Ireland need political decision-making. The institution of assembly is a key part of the Good Friday Agreement. We need the parties to get stuck in after the election."

  17. How would British Broadband work?

    Chris Fox

    Technology reporter

    The Labour party said it will take the parts of the BT group that are related to rolling out broadband – that’s Openreach, which lays the cables, and also BT’s enterprise and consumer broadband businesses – into public ownership, in a new company called British Broadband.

    To do that they will need to buy back shares and come up with what seems like a fair price for them, because they could be challenged in court. They’re going to buy those back with government bonds rather than cash.

    I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter saying fibre broadband might become outdated. It’s only 10 years away and it’s difficult to see what the future of technology will bring in just 10 years.

    But full fibre to the home is at the moment the gold standard, it’s more than capable of doing everything we want it to do, whether that’s sending ultra-high-definition video or making holographic video calls in the future.

    The fibre optic cables are future-proof in the way that the technology at the end of each cable can be updated, so you don’t need to lay new cable.

  18. Vote to clear Parliament's 'blocked arteries', says Johnson

    Boris Johnson

    Arriving in the north-west of England, Boris Johnson launches into a speech, saying that the election has been called because "Parliament is unfortunately paralysed" like a "blocked artery".

    He says MPs were "refusing to get Brexit done" but "we're democrats".

    Delivering Brexit is also necessary because "delay and uncertainty is really starting to hold us all back" economically, he says, and preventing investment in the UK.