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Live Reporting

Joseph Lee and Hamish Mackay

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from us today...

    Another frantic day on the campaign trail has come to an end. Here's a recap of the day's main headlines:

  2. 'Labour has failed the test' - former equality chair


    Trevor Phillips

    Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), tells Newsnight the chief rabbi was right to raise the "unprecedented" issue of anti-Semitism in Labour.

    He says there will have been "immense pressure within the Jewish community to speak up on the feeling that the Labour Party has not done what it should have done".

    The Labour Party, which Mr Phillips belongs to, "has failed the test", he says, having been to slow to respond to allegations and ignoring "some awful things".

    Jeremy Corbyn's failure to apologise is "inexplicable", he says.

    But Mr Phillips defends the EHRC, which is investigating the Labour Party, against allegations uncovered by BBC Newsnight that its current chairman David Isaac is not impartial.

    The programme says the EHRC chief executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, wrote a letter to a civil servant complaining that Mr Isaac refused to take positions on some issues relating to equality and human rights, such as the government stripping of Shamima Begum of her British citizenship.

    But Mr Phillips says such allegations are common in this job. "I've got no reason to think David Isaac is doing anything other than an excellent job," he says.

  3. Daily Mirror: 'Tory minister's trade talks with US drug firm boss'

    The Daily Mirror's front page story focuses on something different: allegations that a Conservative trade minister had secret talks with a US drug firm about a post-Brexit deal.

    The paper says it fuels fears that a trade deal with the US would push up NHS drug prices and undermine the health service.

    Daily Mirror
  4. More front pages

    The Daily Express and Daily Mail both lead on the fallout from Jeremy Corbyn's BBC interview.

    The Express asks, "Has Corbyn's horror show gifted Boris the keys to No 10?" while the Mail says the Labour leader was "torn apart" on a pensions pledge and tax rises, as well as on anti-Semitism.

  5. The i: 'Corbyn refuses to say sorry'

    The i newspaper also leads on Corbyn declining the opportunity to apologise, saying he struck a "defiant stance" after the chief rabbi's criticism.

    The paper also says Chancellor Sajid Javid refused to condemn Boris Johnson's 2018 comments about Muslim women wearing burkas looking like "letter boxes" or "bank robbers".

    The i
  6. The Times: 'Corbyn refuses to apologise'

    The Times leads on the same story as the other papers, saying that Jeremy Corbyn refused four times to apologise to British Jews in his BBC interview.

    The paper says that the chief rabbi earlier put anti-Semitism allegations in Labour "at the centre of the election campaign".

    The Times
  7. Guardian: 'Corbyn struggles to rebuff anti-Semitism accusations'

    The Guardian also leads on Mr Corbyn and anti-Semitism claims, mentioning his decision not to apologise in the BBC interview and his insistence that anti-Semitism accusations have not risen under his leadership.

    The paper says it was a "bruising day" for the Labour leader, in which he also "struggled" with questions over funding a £58bn pledge to 1950s-born women over pensions and whether some people on low incomes would be affected by tax rises.

    Guardian front page
  8. Why didn't Corbyn repeat his 2018 apology?

    Journalist and presenter Mehdi Hasan points out that Jeremy Corbyn has apologised to the Jewish community over anti-Semitism before.

    In March 2018, there were protests demanding action over anti-Jewish racism in the party, prompting Mr Corbyn to say: "I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused, and pledge to redouble my efforts to bring this anxiety to an end."

    Mr Hasan says it's not clear why Mr Corbyn couldn't say something similar in his BBC interview. He adds that Boris Johnson has never apologised over allegations of racism and Islamophobia against him and his party.

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  9. Telegraph: 'Corbyn refuses to apologise to Jews'

    The Daily Telegraph also leads on Mr Corbyn's BBC interview. Specifically, the paper focuses on the Labour leader's decision not to apologise to British Jews.

    In the interview with Andrew Neil, Mr Corbyn was asked four times whether he was going to apologise following the chief rabbi's claim that Labour was not doing enough to root out anti-Jewish racism.

    Telegraph front page
  10. Corbyn's interview leads the newspaper front pages

    The first of tomorrow's newspaper front pages are beginning to arrive.

    The Metro leads with the headline "Corbyn: Chief rabbi wrong", covering the Labour leader's earlier BBC interview.

    In today's Times, the UK's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, described Mr Corbyn's claim that Labour had "investigated every single case" of alleged anti-Semitism as a "mendacious fiction".

    But challenged about the rabbi's comment, Mr Corbyn said: "No, he's not right. Because he would have to produce the evidence to say that's mendacious."

    Metro front page
  11. Watch: We need to apologise to Jews, says Labour shadow minister

    Shadow defence minister Nia Griffith was taking part in the BBC Wales election debate earlier. She took a different line to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying the party should apologise to the Jewish community over its handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

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  12. 'Politicians need to come to communities and see the struggles'

    BBC Radio 5 Live


    Earlier today, BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Rory Carson visited Patch, a Pembrokeshire charity that helps families with food and clothing.

    According to research by charities, Wales is the only country in the UK where child poverty has risen in the past year.

    Sian and her husband have five children; 18 months ago she was buying food for Patch, but she now relies on them to survive.

    Sian believes politicians need to visit communities like hers to see the challenges people are facing.

    “Before I came to Patch, I’d gone three or four days without eating, just to ensure my children had food... I filled up on water so I didn’t feel it. I was dizzy but my children needed it more than me."

    Sian adds: "So many time politicians have promised things, and let everyone down. People go by what they say to vote for them, but I think it’s time they started coming into the communities and seeing the struggles."

  13. Latest headlines

    What's happened today?

    It's been a busy day on the general election trail - for a quick catch-up, here are the main developments:

  14. Newsnight broadcasting from Belfast

    Following Andrew Neil's interview with Jeremy Corbyn and the BBC Wales debate, Newsnight is broadcasting from Belfast from 22:30 GMT.

    Emily Maitlis will be joined on BBC Two by Steve Aiken (UUP), Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP), Chris Hazzard (Sinn Fein), Claire Hanna (SDLP) and Stephen Farry (Alliance Party).

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  15. BBC Wales debate: What are you doing to restore our faith in politics?

    BBC News Channel

    For the last question, Patrick Jones asks: what will the panel will do to restore our faith in politics and politicians?

    David TC Davies for the Conservatives says that to restore trust "we must carry out our promises". He says that it is outrageous that people are saying the Tories would sell off the NHS.

    The Brexit Party's James Wells says the party slogan of "change politics for good" is why he got involved in politics.

    But the audience member Mr Jones is unimpressed. "Stop lying to us, don't insult our intelligence," he says.

    Unlike her party leader earlier tonight, Labour's Nia Griffith says: "We need to apologise to the whole of the Jewish community." She says she is "very, very ashamed" of anti-Semitism in the party.

    Lib Dem Jane Dodds says: "We have to trust each other, if we say we're going to do something, we have to do it. We have to work together."

    Plaid's Liz Saville-Roberts says people are fed up with "soap-opera slogan politics". "As a society we have to look at politics is for, politics is how we live together," she says.

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  16. BBC Wales debate: What are you going to do to stop the climate crisis?

    BBC News Channel

    BBC Wales debate

    Audience member Rose Parkin challenges the parties to explain how they would address climate change.

    James Wells from the Brexit Party says he disagrees with his Welsh party colleague Nathan Gill, who has denied climate change is caused by humans. He says we need to work with the UN and to stop sending our plastics overseas to be dealt with.

    Plaid's Liz Saville-Roberts says Wales needs investment in sustainable transport. "We don't have a mile in electrified railway in Wales," she says. She adds the party will not support any new nuclear power sites.

    Labour's Nia Griffith says her party has a plan for a "green industrial revolution" to tackle climate change while creating jobs. Asked about Cardiff Airport, which is being loaned money by the Welsh government, she says: "We're not going to get rid of air travel overnight."

    David TC Davies for the Conseratives says their plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 "might not be as ambitious as some people want but we don't want to create a loss of jobs".

    Lib Dem Jane Dodds says politicians need to work with farmers and landowners to fight climate change and plant trees. "We can't play politics with the climate emergency," she says.

  17. BBC Wales debate: What would you do to help struggling families?

    BBC News Channel

    Audience member Simon Wiggins says parents are forced to make a choice about whether to feed their children, heat their homes or go without food themselves and asks what the panel would do to help.

    Labour's Nia Griffith says Universal Credit needs to be totally reformed and says that there should be a real living wage from the age of 16. "People should have what they need to heat their homes and feed their children", she says.

    James Wells for the Brexit Party also says Universal Credit is a "disaster" and says the Tories should be ashamed. He says there should be a 12-month review.

    Plaid's Liz Saville-Roberts attacks Labour's record on poverty in Wales, saying: "We are at the bottom of too many wrong league tables."

    Conservative David TC Davies says he "totally accepts poverty exists" in our society and "we need to do a lot more" to address it.

    Lib Dem Jane Dodds says: "We should have stood up to the Conservative cuts at the time." But she adds that we also need to address issues like zero-hours contract.

    Mr Wiggins, who asked the initial question, said teachers in Pembrokeshire were paying out of their own pockets to feed impoverished pupils.

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  18. Car industry body issues WTO Brexit warning

    As politicians in Wales answer questions on Brexit, a car industry body has issued a warning about failing to secure a trade deal and leaving the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

    Analysis commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts that falling back on WTO rules would add £3.2bn a year to car making costs.

    Car prices would rise and annual output could fall to as little as one million by 2024, the data by AutoAnalysis said.

    The UK made 1.52 million cars in 2018.

    SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says falling back on WTO rules for imported components and car exports would result in a level of cost increases that the industry would not be able to absorb without prices rises and production cuts.

    He uses the body's annual dinner - taking place tonight - to call for an "ambitious, world-beating Brexit trade deal to maintain the sector's competitiveness and ability to deliver innovation, productivity and prosperity for Britain".

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