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Live Reporting

By Joseph Lee and John Hand

All times stated are UK

  1. What's on the agenda tomorrow?

    Set your alarm for tomorrow - there's plenty more election news heading our way. Here's some of the things to expect:

    • Several BBC programmes are broadcasting from Pembrokeshire on the south-west coast of Wales, taking a look at issues such as energy, farming and poverty
    • Labour will launch their mini-manifesto on race and faith issues, including teaching children about the injustice of the British Empire
    • Jeremy Corbyn will face BBC interviewer Andrew Neil on BBC One at 19:00 GMT
    • The deadline for registering to vote is at 23:59 - if you want a postal vote, you need to register by 17:00
  2. Late-night round-up

    What's happened today?

    We're wrapping things up for the night, so here's a quick look back at some of the main events today:

    • In a BBC interview, Nicola Sturgeon insisted that Scotland could rejoin the EU "relatively quickly" if Brexit happens and there is another independence referendum
    • Plaid Cymru's Adam Price struck a similar note in his BBC interview, saying he wants Wales to rejoin the EU as an independent country if the UK leaves
    • Boris Johnson tried his hand at shearing a sheep as he launched the Conservatives' Welsh manifesto - promising additional investment for the nation
    • The Liberal Democrats unveiled their foreign policy plans, criticising Boris Johnson for aligning with "right-wing, authoritarian nationalists" on the world stage
    • Labour promised to bring in rent controls and "put bad landlords out of business" if it wins power
    • Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair said politics is "utterly dysfunctional" with parties "peddling two sets of fantasies" but added he will still vote Labour
    • Channel 4 said its hour-long climate debate on Thursday will go ahead “with or without” Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, who have not yet responded to the invitation
    • And nearly three million people have applied to register to vote in the past month, according to Government figures
  3. One more manifesto...

    Count Binface - formerly known as Lord Buckethead - in 2017
    Image caption: The politician formerly known as Lord Buckethead is pictured second from the right in this election count line-up

    Before we round up the serious headlines of the day, here's one manifesto launch you might have missed. Count Binface previously drew international attention when he stood as Lord Buckethead against Theresa May in 2017, but he has since been forced into a rebrand because of a copyright dispute.

    Now, standing for election under his new name, he's unveiled his 30-point plan for the nation, including policies such as making Craig Charles the official BBC commentator for all state occasions and closing down shops that play Christmas music before December.

    His policy on Brexit is that there should be a referendum, but only to allow voters to decide whether they want another referendum.

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  4. Labour plans to teach about injustice of Empire in schools

    As the Labour Party mentioned in its response to the Chief Rabbi, it is launching a manifesto on race and faith issues tomorrow.

    We have already been told that the party will set out policies on combatting anti-Semitism and it will also detail how children should be taught in schools about what the British Empire did to the rest of the world back in the days when Britain was truly a colonial superpower.

    The plans include creating an "emancipation educational trust" to ensure "historical injustice, colonialism and role of the British empire is taught in the national curriculum".

    It also says it wants new measures to tackle racial pay gaps and a race equality unit within the Treasury to examine the impact of policies on BAME communities.

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  5. Analysis: 'A highly unusual intervention'

    Martin Bashir

    BBC News

    This is a sweeping and unequivocal condemnation of Labour's leadership, its treatment of Jewish parliamentarians and its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism.

    It's also highly unusual for such an intervention by the leader of a religious denomination during a general election campaign. The Chief Rabbi has pastoral oversight of half the population of those who identify as Jewish in the United Kingdom.

    Last week. the Archbishops of Canterbury and York appealed to voters and politicians to "honour the truth" and "challenge falsehoods" but there was no specific criticism of individual candidates nor their party leaders.

    But the Chief Rabbi's article, to be published in the Times newspaper on Tuesday, asks if Jeremy Corbyn is fit for high office and calls on voters to consider what the result of this election "will say about the moral compass of this country?"

    Last year, three Jewish newspapers - The Jewish Chronicle, The Jewish News and The Jewish Telegraph - published exactly the same front cover on 25th July 2018 - arguing that a Labour government under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn would prove "an existential threat" to British Jewry.

    The Chief Rabbi, in this highly critical column, is saying much the same.

  6. What is Labour saying in response to the Chief Rabbi?

    "Jeremy Corbyn is a lifelong campaigner against anti-Semitism and has made absolutely clear it has no place in our party and society and that no-one who engages in it does so in his name," a Labour spokesman says.

    "A Labour government will guarantee the security of the Jewish community, defend and support the Jewish way of life, and combat rising anti-Semitism in our country and across Europe. Our race and faith manifesto [which will be launched tomorrow], sets out our policies to achieve this."

    The Chief Rabbi says it is a "mendacious fiction" that Labour has investigated all outstanding cases of anti-Semitism, claiming that at least 130 cases before the party are outstanding and "thousands" were reported but remain unresolved.

    But Labour says: "The 130 figure is inaccurate and it is categorically untrue to suggest there are thousands of outstanding cases. We are taking robust action to root out anti-Semitism in the party, with swift suspensions, processes for rapid expulsions and an education programme for members."

  7. 'Soul of our nation is at stake' - Chief Rabbi

    Ephraim Mirvis

    Morte on that opinion piece from the Chief Rabbi.

    Ephraim Mirvis, writing in the Times, says that the "Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism".

    He says: "The way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud - of dignity and respect for all people. It has left many decent Labour members both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired."

    He says it is not his place to tell people how to vote but asks what the election will say about the UK's "moral compass".

    "When December 12 arrives, I ask every person to vote with their conscience. Be in no doubt, the very soul of our nation is at stake," he says.

  8. BreakingChief Rabbi attacks Labour's anti-Semitism record

    The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, criticises the Labour Party, writing in the Times that it is not doing enough to root out anti-Semitism.

    He asks people to vote with their conscience in the forthcoming general election.

  9. Who said "Prime Ditherer" first?

    "Prime Ditherer" - used as an insult towards Jeremy Corbyn and his neutral stance on Brexit - has been the Tories' attack slogan of the day.

    It was unveiled on a Conservative election poster (with a picture of Jeremy Corbyn) by Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan this morning.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock later used the words in an interview, saying: "So Jeremy Corbyn is the prime ditherer as demonstrated by his position, his various positions on Brexit, and his lack of a position now."

    And then Boris Johnson later said of Mr Corbyn: "He doesn't want to be prime minister, he wants to be prime ditherer. He used to be indecisive, now he's not so sure."

    Nicky Morgan claimed it was Conservative Central HQ who came up with the phrase.

    But look at this tweet from 2016, and the accompanying Sunday Mirror column, and it does seem that Labour's John Prescott was the one who coined the phrase - about then-PM Theresa May.

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  10. Labour canvasser attacked and left with cracked ribs

    A Labour activist, believed to be in her 70s, was attacked by a stranger calling her and fellow canvassers "Marxists" and telling them to leave Herefordshire.

    The woman was treated for suspected cracked ribs after the assault, which came as campaigners were delivering leaflets.

    "There is no place in politics or our society for such violence," says a Labour spokesman.

    It is the second alleged attack on a Labour canvasser today. A man was arrested for grievous bodily harm after a 72-year-old campaigner was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw in South Yorkshire.

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  11. If you remember one thing today...

    Most interesting fact of the day, from the BBC Electioncast team. Feel free to drop it into any political conversation in the pub.

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  12. Key points from Neil v Sturgeon

    If you missed that 30-minute Andrew Neil interview of the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon and want a quick upsum, here it is:

    • The Scottish First Minister, when asked how quickly an independent Scotland could re-enter the EU, said she did not want to set out a "specific timescale", but added that - based on talks she already had - it is likely to be "relatively quick"
    • She said she would always back a new, UK-wide Brexit referendum but said there was "no guarantee that fixes the problem for Scotland", as "we could end up with exactly the same result we had in 2016" - with a majority in Scotland backing Remain, while the UK as a whole votes to Leave
    • Challenged on whether Scotland could join the EU while using the currency of a non-member state [the pound], Ms Sturgeon said this was possible
    • She said an independent Scotland would "aspire to run a surplus" through faster economic growth

    A full report can be read here.

  13. Reaction to the Sturgeon interview

    Much of the reaction online following the interview of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is praise for the "forensic" questioning, which they said put the Scottish First Minister under pressure.

    Some viewers thought that Andrew Neil "out-questioned and out-answered" his interviewee, but a Sturgeon supporter says she was honest, articulate and had a firm command of the facts.

    Several posters on social media speculate how other party leaders will fare under a similar grilling. You can find out how Jeremy Corbyn gets on tomorrow at 7pm on BBC One.

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  14. Plaid's Adam Price on rejoining EU

    In Wales, viewers have been hearing from Plaid Cymru's Adam Price. Here's what he had to say about how Wales could achieve independence and rejoin the EU:

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    Video caption: General election 2019: Plaid's Adam Price on rejoining EU

    You can watch the full interview here for the next 30 days.

  15. Sturgeon defends Scottish NHS performance

    Finally, Ms Sturgeon - a former health minister - is challenged on the performance of Scotland's NHS under the SNP.

    Mr Neil says Scotland is failing to meet its target for the number of patients treated within 12 weeks, at only 72%.

    "It’s not good enough," Ms Sturgeon says. But she says they are taking steps to address it with an £850m plan.

    Mr Neil brings up "children dying in a Glasgow hospital because the water is contaminated", Scotland's drug problem and a new Edinburgh hospital which has not opened after nine years.

    Ms Sturgeon says she is increasing investment in drug services and there are inquiries into the other issues.

    "Yes, we have challenges in Scotland but we are dealing with these challenges more effectively than the rest of the UK," she says.

  16. Would independence require austerity-style cuts?

    Mr Neil quotes an assessment by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which says that independence would require another decade of "restraint on public spending", saying that austerity would continue.

    But Ms Sturgeon says she doesn't accept that assessment. She says if the growth commission's recommendations had been followed over the last ten years, Scotland would have escaped austerity.

    The SNP has warned that trade friction caused by Brexit could mean 80,000 jobs lost in Scotland. Mr Neil asks, why won’t trade friction with the rest of the UK harm the economy after independence?

    The SNP leader says we “don’t yet know the final relationship with EU” and adds that it’s not independence that causes the trade friction, "it’s Brexit".

    She says it's in Scotland's interests to remain in the EU, a much larger market, and draws a comparison with Ireland's success in increasing exports.

  17. Sturgeon 'absolutely certain' own currency not required to join EU

    Challenged on how quickly Scotland could rejoin the EU if Brexit goes ahead and the country votes for independence, Ms Sturgeon says she is “not going to give a specific timescale” but it “could be relatively quick”.

    But Mr Neil says Scotland’s Growth Commission says it could be five or ten years, as the country would need to establish its own currency.

    Ms Sturgeon says she is “absolutely certain” that an independent currency would not be a requirement. “We would have a discussion with the EU about the journey" Scotland was on in terms of an independent currency, she says.

    Mr Neil says Scotland would also be required to build substantial reserves in its new currency and asks how it can do that with the largest deficit in Europe.

    Ms Sturgeon says Scotland is reducing its deficit faster than expected. “Our task is to get our deficit reducing faster. That is principally through growing our economy faster, which remaining in the EU or returning to the EU helps us to do,” she says.

  18. Watch: When could Scotland rejoin EU?

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    Video caption: General election 2019: Independent Scotland joining EU?
  19. Westminster has shown 'our voice doesn't matter' - Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Mr Neil turns his questions to the practicalities of securing a Scottish independence referendum and establishing Scotland as a separate state.

    Ms Sturgeon previously said Brexit was a “material change” that justified asking the Scottish people about independence again. But Mr Neil asks, if she blocks Brexit, doesn’t that justification disappear?

    Ms Sturgeon says: “The material change is the way in which Scotland has had it completely demonstrated to it over the last three years that our views and our voice doesn’t matter.”

    She adds that “our future path as a country is not in our hands, it’s in the hands of Westminster politicians like Boris Johnson with his strings being pulled by Nigel Farage”.

    The other requirement for another referendum was for “clear and sustained” support for independence in opinion polls, says Mr Neil. He says that hasn’t been met either.

    “Almost all opinion polls show increasing support for independence. They show increasing support for a second referendum,” she says.