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Summary

  1. Theresa May insists Tory policy on tax has not changed
  2. Fresh batch of opinion polls published - with wide-ranging predictions
  3. Senior Conservative ministers say 'no plans' to raise income tax
  4. Jeremy Corbyn says Tories 'in chaos' over tax
  5. Nicola Sturgeon travels to key constituencies by helicopter

Live Reporting

By Brian Wheeler and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

  1. BreakingTerror attack in London

    A terror attack in London on Saturday night has left seven people dead and 48 injured. Most political parties have suspended national campaigning ahead of the general election, but some MPs say they will carry on campaigning locally. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall says he will not suspend his campaign because that is "precisely what the extremists would want us to do".

    To follow the latest on the attack, please click here.

  2. Theresa May being updated on London Bridge situation

    Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May is being "regularly updated" on the incident at London Bridge.

    Follow live updates here

  3. Labour 'would aim to cut VAT'

    The Guardian

    Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has told The Observer Labour would cut VAT from its current level of 20% if the economy was growing strongly enough.

    Mr McDonnell says Labour's priority if it wins power on Thursday will be to create a fairer tax system and ease the burden on low and middle income workers, which could be done through higher wages or a cut to VAT.

    He is certain to be questioned about this when he appears on the Andrew Marr show tomorrow morning.

    He also reveals in his Observer interview that he has had meetings with Treasury officials - a standard courtesy to opposition parties ahead of an election - to discuss implementation of Labour's programme, including a "summer budget" to boost NHS spending and scrap tuition fees.

    John McDonnell
    Quote Message: I think VAT is a real problem for many people. When we come out of Europe there is more flexibility on VAT, particularly in terms of the lower levels.”
  4. Banksy makes election print-for-vote offer

    Secretive artist Banksy has offered fans a free print if they vote against the Conservatives in a move which could land him in legal trouble.

    The political graffitist posted on his website offering a print to voters in six Bristol area constituencies.

    Applicants have to send him a ballot paper photo showing a vote against the Tories to get the limited edition work.

    This would contravene laws designed to ensure votes remain secret, and could break rules against bribery.

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  5. May pitches for British Hindu and Indian vote

    Philip and Theresa May at Hindu temple

    Theresa May has made a plea to British Hindus and Indians to help her make Britain the "world's great meritocracy".

    The Conservative leader was speaking during a visit to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London, one of the biggest Hindu temples outside India.

    In a 20-minute speech to a crowd of around 2,000 in the main hall she said: "Come with me as we support all Hindu faith groups.

    "Come with me as we build a truly global Britain, and help me build those vital links with India.

    "Come with me as we build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous vision for us all."

    Mrs May was accompanied by her husband Philip, with both removing their shoes before entering as a customary mark of respect.

    Theresa May
  6. Why the polls can't agree

    Brian Wheeler

    The opinion polls are - let's be frank - all over the place.

    The Conservatives are still ahead in the latest batch but their advantage ranges from 1 to 12 points.

    This means we are either looking at a hung Parliament or a thumping Conservative majority, or something inbetween.

    The problem, says Ben Lauderdale, of the London School of Economics, who helped create the YouGov model which had the Tories as low as 18 seats short of a majority, is that pollsters can't agree on which voters will turn up on the day.

    "None of us are stupid, none of us are crazy, we all may be wrong in the end or some of us may be wrong, but it's just a difficult problem," he says.

    The polling companies changed the way they work things out after failing to predict the 2015 election.

    They got it wrong because their polls were biased towards people who normally vote.

    But they don't know how many of the politically disengaged non-voters who unexpectedly turned out in their millions to vote for Brexit will bother to vote in the general election.

    Also, YouGov believes that if younger voters turn out in big numbers on Thursday, then Theresa May could win a much smaller majority than initially predicted or even lose.

  7. Could Farage make a comeback?

    Sky News

    Nigel Farage has been out and about today, and the former UKIP leader was asked by Sky News if he fancied a return to the front line.

    Quote Message: Would I rule out ever coming back to the front line again? That depends on whether this Prime Minster delivers...If she does as well with Brexit as she did as home secretary with immigration, then ask me that question in two years' time and I may well say, 'Do you know what, the job's unfinished'."
  8. New poll cuts Tory lead to 1 point

    The Survation poll, for The Mail on Sunday, was taken after yesterday's BBC Question Time election special with Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.

    In total, 72% of respondents had seen or heard something about the debate.

    The poll suggests the Conservatives are on 40% (down 6), Labour 39% (up 5), Lib Dems 8% (no change), UKIP 5% (up 1) and others 9% (up 1).

    Survation interviewed 1,049 UK adults aged 18 and over online during the course of today.

  9. Pics: Parties on the campaign trail

    How have you spent your Saturday? Here's what some familiar faces have been up to:

    Theresa May and William Hague drink tea in Silkstone, South Yorkshire
    Image caption: Drinking tea - Theresa May (and William Hague) in Silkstone, South Yorkshire
    Nicola Sturgeon in Biggar, South Lanarkshire
    Image caption: Playing the harp - Nicola Sturgeon in Biggar, South Lanarkshire
    Corbyn
    Image caption: Having a hug - Jeremy Corbyn in Beeston
    NIgel Farage in South Thanet
    Image caption: Sinking a pint - Nigel Farage in South Thanet
  10. Whatever happened to Douglas Carswell?

    The former UKIP man, who is standing down as an MP, is a now a digital democracy guru, if this clip from think tank WebRoots is anything to go by.

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  11. Conservatives giving up on landslide?

    Conservative insiders believe the tide is turning back their way as they attempt to focus on their core issues - Brexit and leadership - in the final few days of the election campaign, writes Tom Mctague on the Politico website.

    But he adds: "Despite the quiet confidence inside the Tory campaign bunker, the party’s internal numbers have convinced senior strategists that the possibility of a 100-seat majority is now out of reach."

  12. Hundreds in Liverpool for EDL and counter demonstrations

    Protests

    Riot police stepped in to prevent clashes between the English Defence League and anti-fascist protesters during a demonstration in Liverpool.

    The demonstration was confined to a side street before officers moved protesters towards Lime Street station.

    Twelve people were arrested for various offences under the Public Order Act.

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  13. Watching the football?

    Tenuous link alert: The Champions League final kicks off in less than 15 minutes, but there are any Real Madrid or Juventus fans among the UK's party leaders? Answer: No. Jeremy Corbyn's Arsenal came the closest to making it to Cardiff. There's also support in the political world for Liverpool (Paul Nuttall), Blackburn Rovers (Tim Farron) and Ayr United (Nicola Sturgeon).

    Thankfully there's been no repeat of David Cameron's West Ham/Aston Villa "brain fade" in this general election campaign.

  14. Pics: May visits Hindu temple

    Philip and Theresa May
    Philip and Theresa May

    Here's Theresa May on the latest stop of her campaign, visiting a Hindu temple alongside her husband Philip.

  15. Corbyn defence vow after Trident grilling

    Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to keep the UK safe after facing questions about whether he would use nuclear weapons.

    The Labour leader said he would "invest properly" in the armed forces, promising more ships for the Royal Navy and aircraft for the RAF.

    "We will protect the people of this country from any threat that they face anywhere in the world," he said.

    In Friday's Question Time special, Mr Corbyn faced hostile audience questions about his stance on nuclear weapons.

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