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Live Reporting

Joseph Lee and Vanessa Barford

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    On a relatively quiet day for the campaign, we're bringing the live page to a close. We'll have coverage of any major developments on the rest of the site throughout the day.

    Here's a quick recap of some of today's events:

    • The parties have been debating immigration, as Conservatives promise to reduce benefits for new EU migrants and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said immigration was vital for growth and public services
    • Foreign secretary Dominic Raab downplayed the prospect of the UK failing to achieve a trade deal by the end of 2020, saying it was "not remotely likely"
    • Jeremy Corbyn ruled out another Scottish independence referendum before 2021, while the SNP said demand for it is "unstoppable"
    • Labour has promised free dental check-ups at a cost of £450m, saying that people are being hospitalised because of lack of treatment
    • Brexit Party Nigel Farage criticised "corruption" after allegations Conservatives had offered jobs or peerages to his candidates if they would stand down
  2. Swinson: Prince Andrew interview was 'hard to watch'

    Ms Swinson also joins in the criticism of the Duke of York in his interview with BBC Newsnight for failing to acknowledge the victims of Jeffrey Epstein's abuse and trafficking.

    She says: "What I found hard to watch was the victims in these affairs were young women and girls who had been sexually abused, trafficked by Epstein, and the experience they had was traumatic, and for someone to be talking about it without really referencing that, without understanding that, without reaching out to understand that and how they must have felt was strange to see."

    It was "clearly not" wise for him to do the interview, she says.

    And she says she was "troubled" by Prince Andrew's reference to sex being a "positive act" for a man - "you have to take some sort of positive action".

    "I thought, 'Do you not think it's a positive act for a woman? Because if it's not a positive act, positive choice, that's not sex, that's rape. So I found that quite a worrying line."

  3. Immigration is a 'mutual good thing' - Swinson

    Jo Swinson

    In an interview with LBC, Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson criticises Conservative immigration plans and says the UK benefits from immigration.

    She says the Tory plans are "predicated on an assumption that people coming to our country are trying to 'do us over'".

    Ms Swinson says immigration is a "mutual good thing", rejecting each one of the Tory proposals put to her by presenter Iain Dale.

    "At the moment we cause fear in those communities for the hoops we make them jump through for settled status - we are better than this," she says.

  4. We all need to know about Russian interference - European Brexit chief

    The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, is adding his voice to those calling on Boris Johnson to release the report into Russian interference in UK elections.

    He says if Russia did influence the UK's referendum in 2016, "all European countries who face similar attacks need to know about it".

    The Kremlin wants to "divide the West" and "undermine democracies", he says.

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  5. 'It's corruption' - Farage on peerage allegations

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Nigel Farage

    Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage tells BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar on Politics that offers of peerages to his candidates to stand down shows how "rotten and broken" politics has become.

    On the same show, Conservative Security Minister Brandon Lewis had denied that any such deals had been offered.

    "We are not offering deals, we are not doing deals," Mr Lewis said.

    But Mr Farage says: "Is he calling Ann Widdecombe a liar?" The Brexit Party candidate says she had two phone calls from No 10 offering her a role on the Brexit negotiating team to stand down.

    Mr Farage also says Sir Eddie Lister, a key Boris Johnson adviser, offered another candidate a job in higher education.

    "It’s corruption," he says. "What shocks me is how little shock there is about this."

    He says he does not expect to see any legal action taken, however. "Are we going to have a politics based on rules or not?"

  6. Unite leader urges working class voters to 'come home to Labour'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Len McCLuskey

    One of the key figures involved in Labour's manifesto meeting yesterday, Len McCluskey, was speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics earlier.

    The leader of the Unite union says that working class voters who supported Leave should back Labour, because it is the only party offering an agenda that will improve their lives.

    He says: “Our message has got to be to those working class people, for example who voted leave and may be considering voting for the Brexit party or the Tories - they won’t do anything to change their lives.

    "So my message to your listeners is for people to come home to Labour, stay with Labour.”

    He says the manifesto will build on 2017 pledges such as eliminating student debt, building a million homes, abolishing zero-hour contracts and offering a £10 minimum wage for young people.

    The manifesto will be accompanied by a "grey book" outlining the detailed spending commitments and how they will be funded, he says.

    “I would say to people who voted Leave…this will be about whether people actually believe the Eton version of Del Boy in terms of Boris Johnson or the city’s answer to Del Boy in Nigel Farage and trust is going to be a big issue,” Mr McCluskey says.

  7. Business has 'real concerns' over main parties - CBI

    More from the CBI, whose director-general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn was speaking to Sky's Sophy Ridge earlier.

    She says there are "real concerns" for business about both of the main party's election pledges, with Labour's nationalisation plans undermining the economy and Conservative immigration plans creating a skills shortage.

    Asked if Jeremy Corbyn was a "friend to business", Dame Carolyn says: "We look at the policies on the table and we have real concerns that they are going to crack the foundations of our economy."

    She says the plans for free, publicly owned broadband would "freeze investment" and urges the party to "work with business".

    Restrictive Tory immigration proposals are "a worry", she says, adding that the country needs workers of all skill levels not just the "brightest and best".

    "If you do want to build 200,000 houses a year, you don't just need the architects and the designers, you need the carpenters, you need the electricians, you need the labourers," Dame Carolyn says.

    "We need people to come and help us renew our economy."

  8. SNP accuse Tory ministers of 'political interference' over war crimes

    Stewart McDonald

    An investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times has found evidence that the government and military covered up allegations of war crimes - claims which the Ministry of Defence has rejected.

    Now SNP defence spokesman Stewart McDonald has responded, saying the Conservative government "cannot be trusted" to investigate the allegations.

    He says: "What is outlined in these reports represent the most gross violations of the Geneva Convention and attempts to cover up crimes of the worst possible crimes."

    But he adds that the "allegations make clear that political interference by past Conservative ministers is part of the problem."

    Mr McDonald says there is a case for a public inquiry and adds that the Human Rights Act must not be amended if it would prevent investigations into war crimes.

    "The government must drop these plans at once," he says.

  9. Another candidate's campaign office vandalised

    Natalie Fleet, standing for Labour in Nottinghamshire, has become the latest candidate to see their office vandalised in this campaign.

    She posts images of broken windows on Twitter, saying that "those that love me" wanted her not to stand because of the danger to candidates, but adding that she "can't stand by".

    Earlier in the week, another Labour candidate's office was daubed with a homophobic slur for the third time.

    And a man was jailed for sending threats to Anna Souby, a candidate for the Independent Group for Change, who has spoken out about the increased dangers politicians face.

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  10. I kept Johnson's secrets but he cast me aside - Arcuri

    Jennifer Arcuri

    Boris Johnson's relationship with a US businesswoman who allegedly received favourable treatment when he was London Mayor is back in the spotlight.

    ITV is due to broadcast an interview with Jennifer Arcuri tonight in which she complains that he "cast me aside like I am some gremlin".

    Ms Arcuri says in the interview that she has kept his "secrets" but that her requests for media advice from him have been "blocked".

    Mr Johnson denies giving her favourable treatment and the Conservatives say any claims of impropriety are "unfounded".

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  11. 'We can win big swings' - Green Party

    Sian Berry

    Green Party co-leader Sian Berry also faced Sky's Sophy Ridge, saying the party was focusing on 11 seats but admitting that it faced an "uphill battle" to win them all.

    Many of the seats are part of their electoral pact with other Remain-supporting parties. "We’re really proud there are key seats where the greens are standing as the strongest remain candidate," she says.

    She gave the example of a 23% swing in Bristol West in 2015 to support the idea that Green Party gains were possible.

    "We can make big swings, Green members are fired up for this election," she says.

    The other key target seat is in Sheffield, where there were widespread protests over plans to cut down thousands of trees.

  12. 2020 is 'most important year for business in a generation' - CBI

    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    CBI director-general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn has also been on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, telling the show that this is an "extraordinary" election for business.

    She says: "Next year will be the most important year, I think in a generation, because we've seen so much uncertainty, investment plans put on hold."

    Focus must return to long-term economic challenges, such as skills, climate change and inequality, she says.

    She also says infrastructure projects such as Heathrow's third runway and the £88bn HS2 railway are "absolutely fundamental signals" that the UK is "open to the world".

    Boris Johnson has sought to delay a decision on HS2 until after the election, but a draft report recommends it goes ahead despite rising costs.

  13. SNP demands return of free licence fee for over-75s

    Older people watching TV

    Earlier this year, the BBC announced that it would means-test free TV licences for over-75s as part of its agreement with the government over its future funding.

    Now the SNP is making restoring the free TV licence to this age group an election pledge.

    The party also says the licence fee should be set independently of government to prevent a repeat of the issue.

    The SNP's Brendan O’Hara says: "We need to stop future governments from similar game-playing."

    It is part of a package of measures for older people, including reversing cuts to pension credit and offering more support to women affected by the change in the state pension age.

  14. 'We not trying to grab hold of the economy' - Corbyn

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Mr Corbyn says Labour's nationalisation plans and proposals for free, universal services are "very modest".

    "We not trying to grab hold of the economy," he says, identifying water and Royal Mail as among the services they want to nationalise.

    Taxing corporations by preventing them from concealing profits in low-tax nations will mean they can pay for their plans, he says.

    But he also says services like free dental checks are an "investment for the future" which can save money in the long run.

  15. Corbyn questioned on UK security

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Mr Corbyn is asked for his view on Trident - Britain's nuclear deterrent.

    "My view is that we have nuclear weapons, that there is a nuclear non-proliferation treaty," he says.

    "Also I think we have to look at one of the real threats to security around the world - terrorists, cyber security and climate change."

    He also says that under a Labour government, the UK will not sell arms to Saudi Arabia.