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Live Reporting

By Victoria King, Emma Harrison and Emma Owen

All times stated are UK

  1. Wednesday's headlines

    What happened today?

    We're going to wrap up our live coverage here for the night - bed is calling. Thank you for joining us.

    Looking ahead to Thursday, expect Labour to dominate the airwaves because it's their manifesto launch day.

    As we say goodnight, here's a run-down of all big stuff that happened on Wednesday:

  2. Lib Dems consider hung Parliament options

    Sir Ed Davey

    As we told you earlier, the Lib Dems are arguing that they can achieve their aim of stopping Brexit if there is no outright winner on 12 December.

    Their deputy leader argues a Tory minority government is the most likely outcome - and at that point, he says the Lib Dems will exert their leverage to bring about another referendum.

    Read all about it.

  3. Who is in charge if there are no MPs?

    Queen

    The world doesn't stop just because an election is on - there could be an international crisis, a run on a bank, flooding, or an outbreak of disease. Remember 2017, when the country was hit by a series of terror attacks during the campaign period?

    So who's in charge while politicians hit the election trail?

    The BBC's Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy explains that although MPs become members of the public again, the basic principle is that the Queen must have a government at all times.

    Read more about how it all works.

  4. Greens: UK 'needs to stop fossil fuel addiction'

    Jonathan Bartley

    In the latest in our series Ask the Leaders, Jonathan Bartley tells the BBC every Green vote will "send a message" that "we need to change course".

  5. The election day in pictures

    Jo Swinson
    Image caption: Jo Swinson holds the Lib Dem manifesto aloft at its official launch event in north London
    Boris Johnson
    Image caption: Boris Johnson visiting a washing machine manufacturer in Teesside - he later made a big policy announcement on tax
    Nicola Sturgeon
    Image caption: The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon campaigns in Dundee - and has words for Labour on indyref2
  6. On air - or on the dance floor?

    A tantalising tease for Electioncast fans from our political editor - there'll be a new episode coming later this evening via BBC Sounds.

    Right now, you can watch the gang at work on the BBC News Channel.

    View more on twitter
  7. Nigel Farage on parties' 'overpromising'

    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage has given his reaction to the Conservatives' National Insurance announcement.

    "Both sides are overpromising to the extent that I’m not sure anyone believes anything," he said.

    "Do people on lower salaries need relief and lower taxes and lower NI? Of course they do… but it seems we had the magic money tree and now it seems there are magic money forests on both sides."

    Mr Farage says the Brexit Party is "being responsible, saying there are ways we can save money, not just go out and spend".

    Just alongside that, we've heard the views of a few other parties on the Conservatives' National Insurance cut.

    • The SNP said if the Tories "really wanted to help people on low incomes" then they would "fix and stop the rollout of universal credit".
    • Plaid Cymru said the Tories should instead raise contributions for the better-off to generate more money for investment.
    • Labour said a tax cut for millions was the wrong priority when public services were "creaking".
  8. Seat opponent guilty of harassing Anna Soubry

    Amy Dalla Mura

    An election candidate standing in the same seat as Anna Soubry has been found guilty of harassing her and banned from campaigning in the constituency.

    English Democrat candidate Amy Dalla Mura is standing in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, which Ms Soubry has represented since 2010.

    Westminster Magistrates' Court heard the defendant repeatedly targeted the Independent Group for Change candidate and called her a traitor on television.

    She will be sentenced on 16 December.

    Read the full story.

  9. Lib Dem strategy hints from deputy leader

    We've just gone back to have another listen to Sir Ed Davey's interview with Andrew Neil after a sniff of something interesting wafted our way.

    The Lib Dem deputy leader appeared to give quite a bit away about the electoral strategy his party is now working on.

    "The most likely result, I think, is probably a minority Tory government," he said.

    In that event, Sir Ed continued: "Boris Johnson says he wants to deliver Brexit so the only way he could do that is with a people's vote.

    "So we will challenge him...

    "If he wants to deliver Brexit and he hasn't got the votes, the only way he is going to be able to do that is to put it back to the people."

    Andrew Neil is pretty sceptical that Boris Johnson would ever agree to give the Lib Dems another referendum in return for their support, but Sir Ed seems convinced.

    "We can stop Boris Johnson getting a majority and through that we can stop Brexit," he insists.

  10. Candidate suspended over anti-Semitic tweets

    Waheed Rafiq

    A Liberal Democrat party spokesman said Waheed Rafiq's posts were "unambiguously anti-Semitic". Read more.

  11. Now questions on tax for Lib Dem deputy leader...

    Andrew Neil Show

    Wednesdays from 7pm on BBC2

    Ed Davey

    From Tory Brandon Lewis to Liberal Democrat deputy leader Sir Ed Davey. He tells Andrew Neil the UK will get a boost of of £50bn for the Treasury if Brexit is cancelled - the figure which his party has referred to as a "Remain bonus".

    How will they get to that point? Sir Ed says they want to stop the Conservatives getting a majority at the election and then use whatever leverage they have to push for another referendum.

    Neil challenges Sir Ed on the party's plans to increase some taxes, including corporation tax - read our economics editor's thoughts on that here by the way.

    "There are some increases," he says. "But, guess what, money doesn't grow on trees."

    He goes on to criticise the Conservative Party and Labour, saying they have not detailed their spending.

    Neither party has yet released their manifesto - Labour's is expected tomorrow.

    Sir Ed is asked about the Lib Dem policy of a tax rise for those who take the most international flights.

    "We have to reduce demands for flights," he argues.

    "We are serious about tackling climate change."

    Find out more about Liberal Democrat policies here

  12. Lewis challenged on National Insurance pledge

    Andrew Neil Show

    Wednesdays from 7pm on BBC2

    Brandon Lewis

    Over to the Andrew Neil show now, and he begins by challenging security minister Brandon Lewis on the prime minister's announcement on National Insurance today.

    Boris Johnson said it would mean an extra £500 in every pocket - but this is not true, Neil says.

    Mr Lewis replies that they will move to the equivalent of about £100 per person saving - but Neil points out that the IFS has estimated that would actually be a £85 saving per worker.

    Mr Lewis says the "ambition" is to get to a £12,500 threshold for paying National Insurance.

    He says it is an "aggressive way of cutting tax because it’s one that helps everybody".

    Mr Lewis is also asked about the criticism directed at the Tories for rebranding their press office Twitter account during the head-to-head debate last night between Mr Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    The @CCHQ Twitter account changed their names to "factcheckUK".

    Mr Lewis says it was "always very clear it was CCHQ".

  13. Latest headlines

    What's gone on today?

    It's been a busy one, with both well-planned election events and surprise policy announcements. Here's a summary of what you really need to know:

  14. First step in an ambitious tax reform

    Faisal Islam

    BBC Economics Editor

    If changing the threshold at which National Insurance is paid to £12,500 had occurred all in one go it would have been very expensive - about £10bn.

    It would have be a great tax reform because it would equalise the point at which you start to pay NI with the point at which you start to pay income tax, and some see a benefit in that.

    But that’s not the policy that will be in the manifesto.

    It won't happen all in one go - we'll be heading to a threshold of £9.500 first, with the ambition to go further later.

    So for the minute, it’s a relatively modest tax cut of about £2bn - about £85 per person.

  15. Coming up: The Andrew Neil Show

    Andrew Neil Show

    Wednesdays from 7pm on BBC2

    Ed Davey, Brandon Lewis and Andrew Neil

    Ed Davey, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Conservative Security Minister Brandon Lewis will be interviewed live on BBC Two's Andrew Neil Show.

    There will be also be updates and analysis on the election campaign between 19:00 and 19:30 on Wednesday from BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.