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Live Reporting

Katie Wright and Claire Heald

All times stated are UK

  1. Thursday's headlines

    What happened today?

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

    Looking ahead to Friday, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson will be taking part in a two-hour Question Time Leaders’ Special.

    As we say goodnight, here's a run-down of all the big stories that happened on Thursday:

  2. Starmer: UK needs fundamental change

    Sir Keir Starmer

    Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer says the UK "won't go back to normal" regardless of whether it leaves the European Union, or holds another vote and decides to remain.

    He told a Labour meeting in Edinburgh that the only way to unite the country would be to take action to ensure people no longer felt disenfranchised.

    He said: "If millions of people tell you that a political or economic situation isn't working for them, you've got to listen to that."

    He said the UK will never get past Brexit "if we only focus on one part of it: the deal".

    "We've got to focus on the other bit, which told us that we need much greater change than we've had for a long time. That told us that people feel disenfranchised at almost every level."

  3. Sturgeon: 'The UK is in a mess right now'

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    Video caption: The leader of the SNP still wants to hold an independence referendum in 2020

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland does not want to leave the EU and that she still wants to hold an independence referendum in 2020.

    She told BBC Scotland's The Nine that the way to solve Scotland's "problem of having our future determined by Westminster" was to be independent.

    "The UK is in a mess right now – it's not a mess of my making, and it's got to plot its way out of that," she said.

    The interview was the second in a series of special interviews on The Nine with the leaders of the main parties ahead of the general election.

  4. What are the 12 key policies in the Labour manifesto?

    Jeremy Corbyn

    The focus for much of today's election talk has been the launch of Labour's manifesto.

    The full document runs to 105 pages, but if you're looking for a recap of the main points, here's our story outlining Labour's key policies.

  5. Widdecombe repeats claims Tories tried to woo Brexit Party

    Ann Widdecombe

    Brexit Party candidate Ann Widdecombe has this evening repeated her claims that she was offered a role by the Conservatives in the Brexit negotiations if she stood down in the general election - this time in an interview on LBC.

    In response, the Lib Dem's Tom Brake said the allegation "must be added to the police investigation into whether peerages were offered to Brexit Party candidates to stand down".

    Last week, Boris Johnson said claims that Brexit Party election candidates had been offered peerages to encourage them to stand down were "nonsense".

  6. Corbyn walking Brexit 'tightrope'

    Jonathan Blake

    BBC political correspondent

    We don’t know whether Jeremy Corbyn prefers a new Brexit deal, negotiated by Labour, or no Brexit at all.

    That is the tightrope that he is walking throughout this election campaign.

    I wouldn’t expect him to give an answer before polling day – or even after – because he knows he needs to appeal to Leave and Remain supporting voters alike in the UK, if he has any hope of winning a majority at the general election.

    That’s why the Conservatives will time and again attack that for what they perceive as a weakness – as we saw at the recent head-to-head TV debate.

    Jeremy Corbyn argues, as he did today, that Labour’s policy is about negotiating a better deal with the EU in the spirit of the result of the last referendum and then putting that to the people in another public vote.

    But that is very much not the narrative that they want to pursue during this campaign. They’d rather that we focused on those big promises and plans contained in the manifesto.

  7. What's in Labour's 'radical' manifesto?

    Jeremy Corbyn is promising to transform the UK with "real change" to rail, mail, water and energy as part of Labour's manifesto.

    BBC political correspondent Iain Watson explores what that all means.

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    Video caption: General election 2019: What's in Labour's 'radical' manifesto?
  8. In pictures: Leaders on the campaign trail

    It was a busy day for Jeremy Corbyn, who launched Labour's manifesto at Birmingham City University, before heading to the Upper Gornal Pensioners Club in Dudley.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Housing was a big topic of conversation, with both Labour and the Conservatives setting out rival plans to tackle England's housing shortage. Boris Johnson donned a hard hat and visited a housing development in Bedford.

    Boris Johnson

    Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson also sported a hat as she visited a bottling plant in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, to hear about sustainable packaging.

    Jo Swinson

    For Nicola Sturgeon her outfit of choice was a cape - which she put on for a charity photocall following First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

    Nicola Sturgeon
  9. How popular are the party leaders?

    Professor Sir John Curtice

    Polling expert

    Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour's manifesto today, but how popular is he compared to the other party leaders?

    In recent weeks, the polling company Opinium has asked voters whether they approve or disapprove of the job that each party leader is doing - or, in the case of Boris Johnson, how they think he is performing as prime minister.


    None of the four leaders - Mr Johnson, Mr Corbyn, Jo Swinson or Nigel Farage (comparable figures are not available for the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon) emerges as especially popular.

    The least unpopular is Mr Johnson - the proportion of voters who approve of the job he is doing is more or less equal to those who disapprove.

    In the case of the other party leaders, those who disapprove clearly outnumber those who approve.

    However, in the case of Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, many voters say they neither approve nor disapprove - an option chosen by 39%.

    Read more from Sir John here.

  10. Labour's big-state, big-spend, transformation plan

    Faisal Islam

    BBC Economics Editor

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Writing about the Labour manifesto, released today, our correspondent writes:

    This is a radical attempt to change Britain's business model, involving not just huge amounts of public spending and investment, but also an attempt to rewire the way the economy works.

    Labour's answer to "can we afford this?" is "we can't afford not to" - arguing that only a very active government can reshape the economy to change the fate of the country, in particular to meet the green challenge.

    Labour is part of a now-shared consensus across every single party, the IMF and finance ministries across the world, that currently low interest rates charged on government borrowing should be used to fund substantial investments.

    Labour has used this opportunity to push the radicalism of its 2017 manifesto much further with about £140bn extra in spending a year, versus for example £80bn a year from the LibDems, and tens of billions from the Conservatives.

    It leaves all the major parties promising voters hundreds of billions over the Parliament. At around £600bn more in spending promises over the five years Labour has put clear blue water between themselves and the extra spending of the other major parties.

    Is this affordable? It is more risky than more-modest spending plans.

    Read more from Faisal here.

  11. How do I register to vote?

    Ballot box

    There are just five days left to register to vote in next month's election.

    The deadline is 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 26 November. Here's our page with information about how to register, and answers to other questions you may have.