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Summary

  1. Campaigning suspended after Manchester blast
  2. Prime Minister will chair emergency Cobra meeting
  3. Lib Dems leader calls off Gibraltar visit
  4. SNP postpones manifesto launch

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May family handout of Theresa May at her wedding to Philip in 1980. From left - Philip's parents, John and Joy May, Philip and Theresa, Theresa's father Hubert, maternal grandmother Violet Barnes, and mother Zaidee in the wheelchair

Brian Wheeler

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The life and times of Conservative leader Theresa May, who is seeking to be elected UK prime minister.

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Campaigning suspended after Manchester blast

Policeman outside Manchester Arena
PA

General Election campaigning has been suspended until further notice after the fatal explosion in Manchester.

Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday morning. Read more

You can follow the latest news on the blast and its aftermath here.

Labour attack Tories over pensioner benefits

Labour is warning the Conservatives could "come for" benefits including free bus passes and TV licences after "breaking promises" on social care and announcing plans to means-test winter fuel payments.

Debbie Abrahams, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said the Conservatives had "plunged pensioners into insecurity".

She said they had "attempted to back away from their plans but only raised more questions about what they were going to do instead".

"Given the gaping hole in the Tory plans, and the dumping of their existing promises, the risk is now that the Tories could have other nasty surprises for pensioners up their sleeves.

"There’s a real possibility that other hard-earned benefits like bus passes and free TV licenses could be next.”

The promises in the Tory manifesto are clearly no longer worth the paper they’re written on. So we are today calling for Theresa May to come clean, set out what exactly she’s planning and rule out definitively further attacks on pensioners’ living standards."

May 'too reliant on one or two advisers'

The Daily Mail's Stephen Glover has been speaking to Newsnight.

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The Sun and Daily Mail front pages

Finally and conspicuously, two newspapers choose not to mention Mrs May at all.

The Sun
The Sun
Daily Mail
Daily Mail

Daily Mirror front page

The Mirror chooses an unflattering image of Mrs May - or as it dubs her - Mrs U-turn, for its front page.

The Mirror
The Mirror

May's Andrew Neil interview trends on Twitter

The top trending hashtag this evening is #bbcelection, with more than 31,000 tweets about Theresa May's performance in her BBC interview with Andrew Neil.

Some users have likened the encounter to a "car crash" while others have commented on her use of the term "fake claim" and the suggestion that Jeremy Corybn was trying to "sneak in the back door of Number 10".

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Ministers were quick to support the prime minister's performance on social media...

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But others were less convinced.

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Meanwhile, we await the next leaders' interview.

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Times front page

Theresa May "caved into pressure", says The Times, adding that the prime minister was "ridiculed" for saying nothing had changed.

The Times
The Times

Independent front page

The Independent speaks of a "rattled" Theresa May and calls her apparent change of heart a "humiliating climbdown".

Independent
Independent
The Welsh Labour manifesto: is it confusing?
Welsh Labour launched its manifesto for the general election on Monday, promising partnership between Cardiff and Westminster.

Guardian front page

Mrs May and her apparent "manifesto meltdown" share the Guardian's front page with the Facebook moderation story.

Guardian
Guardian

Telegraph front page

The Daily Telegraph opts for the queen of baking and the Queen herself for its front page picture - but top of the news is Mrs May's "U-turn".

The paper says it makes her the first prime minister "in living memory" to change a manifesto pledge.

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Daily Express front page

She's not the top story but Theresa May is top of the page for the Express - which welcomes the social care costs cap.

Express
Express

Metro front page

The first of Tuesday's front pages to come in is the Metro and it features Theresa May's announcement on capping social care costs.

Metro
Metro

Sharp rise in voter sign-up applications

If you want to register to vote on 8 June, you've got less than two and a half hours left to do so. And you won't be alone - according to the government's tracker website, yesterday there were more than 200,000 applications to join the electoral register - the highest since last year's EU referendum.

Voter registration graph
Gov.UK

Watch: Lib Dem leader harangued by activists

Tim Farron harangued by Labour protesters

Tim Farron was been harangued by Labour activists on his way in to a question and answer session with members of the public in Brixton, London.

The Liberal Democrat leader invited the protesters to join them inside - but they declined.

Mr Farron has since been (perhaps understandably?) spotted in the pub.

BME candidates
Voters in some parts of London say they cannot relate to politicians in their area.

A pit stop for Farron

Breaking news: Tim Farron has stopped for a drink. The Lib Dem leader, fresh from a Q&A in Brixton, was spotted by an eagle-eyed reader who sent us this admittedly slightly grainy pic from the pub.

Tim Farron
Katie Creamer

And here's another reminder...

Farron challenged about Lib Dem leaflet claims

Tim Farron is asked about some of the Lib Dems' leaflets in the Vauxhall constituency. You say the Tories can't win here, but they came second last time, and the Lib Dems were "nearly last" says an undecided voter in the audience (the Lib Dems were actually a distant fourth).

Mr Farron says it's "blindingly obvious" from looking at posters in houses that it is a fight between the Lib Dems and Labour.

Cabinet on message during May interview

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'You lied to us Boris,' yells heckler

'You lied to us Boris,' yells heckler
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been heckled during an election campaign visit to St Ives. A man accused Mr Johnson of lying "about the money".  

As the foreign secretary headed to his car the man continued to argue with Conservative campaigners and said, "Do you really think Theresa May... is going to do us the right thing?"

Tim Farron on May, Thatcher, Major and Lamont

Tim Farron
BBC

Here's Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, water bottle in hand, fielding questions in Brixton.

He says an "extreme" version of Brexit is being "sold as the will of the people", and that the Lib Dems will "respectfully, with grace, continue to put the opposite view".

Mr Farron then delves into Conservative history - predicting Theresa May is heading for a "Margaret Thatcher-style majority", and that within nine months she will become "a combination of Norman Lamont and John Major".

What he is referring to, he explains, is a large mandate "followed by obvious shambolic incompetence".

Prescott and furry pal in fox hunting warning

Lord Prescott
PA

Vote Labour or the fox gets it...

Lord Prescott was on vintage end-of-the-pier form at a campaign rally in Yorkshire earlier, brandishing a cuddly fox and accusing Theresa May of wanting to "tear it apart".

He called the prime minister a "vicious woman" for pledging to give MPs a free vote on repealing the fox hunting ban if the Conservatives win on 8 June.

"How many (here) has been on a horse and chased a fox?," he asked the crowd in Goole.

That's what she wants to do.She wants to tear it apart, for sport, for humour."

Have we heard the last of 'strong and stable'?

Theresa May only used the phrase "strong and stable" once during her entire half hour interview with Andrew Neil.

Have we seen the last of her much used - and much mocked - election catchphrase?

The BBC's Paul Rowley - who likes to keep an eye on these things - did count 16 "strongs" or "strongers" but just a single "stable".

May: 'We're working to bring deficit down'

Here's what Theresa May had to say about the budget deficit and the previous Conservative promise to end it by 2015.

Again, how can we trust you if you've failed to keep your promise, Andrew Neil asked her.

"As I say, the election will be about trust," she replied, adding they that the party's been working on bringing the deficit down - it's down by three quarters.

And we'll continue to work on that, in sharp contrast to Labour, she continues.

Watch: May denies Osborne claim about the immigration target

General election 2017: Theresa May on immigration policy

May: I'd stay PM for next Parliament

Theresa May
BBC

And we end on a little cheeky question which references David Cameron's 2015 vow - courtesy of Mr Neil.

If she wins the election, how long will she stay prime minster?

She'd definitely stay for the next Parliament.

"Beyond that... I haven't got through this election yet," she smiles. "I'm focusing on the election."

May: Good deal or no deal better than bad deal

She's asked, what are the dire consequence she refers to if the UK fails to get a good Brexit deal.

"No deal is better than a bad deal," she says. "There are some people here who are willing to sign up to any deal.

"We want to ensure that we get a good deal that ensures we can build our economy," she says while adding that there are those in Europe who "want to punish us" with a bad deal.

She's confident they can negotiate a good deal, she adds, with the right negotiating hand and a strong mandate behind them.

May: 'Me and my party want to control migration'

She continues on the issue of trust and bringing down migration to the UK.

"It's me and my party" she says, before correcting herself to the on-message "me and my team" that are "committed to wanting to control migration" as opposed to Labour's wanting "uncontrolled" migration.

May questioned on immigration pledge

Theresa May
bb

The prime minister looks as though she may have swallowed lemons when she's questioned about her record on immigration and her previous two promises to reduce migration to the tens of thousands.

"Why should we believe you a third time?" the former home secretary is asked.

She says the Conservatives have "ensured" that they are working to reduce migration, and "crucially", when we leave the European Union we will "have the opportunity and the ability to... bring in rules for those who are coming from the European Union countries into the United Kingdom".

She's asked if making pledges which aren't then kept is the reason why people have lost faith in politicians.

The question is who voters trust to face up to the presidents and prime ministers of the EU, she says.

Who do they trust to get the best deal for the UK? she asks.

They have to decide. Because it's only going to be one of two people. It's either me or Jeremy Corbyn.

May: Winter fuel allowance will be consulted on

Similarly to the social care cap, who will get winter fuel allowance and where that cap will be will be open to consultation.

She won't be setting it out in this studio in the Andrew Neil show, she adds a little bit caustically.

Overall we will be protecting pensioners."

General election 2017: Theresa May on winter fuel payment