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Summary

  1. Party leaders in last day of campaigning across UK
  2. Theresa May says human rights laws will not block terror fight
  3. Labour's Lyn Brown to stand in for shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who is ill
  4. Voters go to the polls on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber and Marie Jackson

All times stated are UK

Evening recap on the final day of the campaign

  • Theresa May said she was the only person who could "deliver for Britain" and Jeremy Corbyn warned of "five more years of Tory austerity" as they criss-crossed the UK in a last push for votes
  • The Lib Dems focused on Remain-voting target seats and UKIP said only it can stop Brexit "backsliding"
  • In Scotland, the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon warned that a vote for Labour risks "handing the keys of number 10" to Theresa May, while leaders in Wales and Northern Ireland are also making their final pitch
  • BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg has written about the main conclusions to be drawn from the campaign
  • Polls open at 07:00 BST on Thursday and close at 22:00.

Thanks for staying with us. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning for election day.

Guardian: Corbyn and May make last pitch for votes after bruising campaign

i: X marks the spot

Mail: Let's reignite British spirit

Helicopter or bus: How should leaders travel?

Times: Tory lead grows in election's final poll

Mirror: Lies, damned lies and Theresa May

Next PM will 'shape our future for decades'

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Asked about the scale of challenge facing the government, Laura Kuenssberg says: "It's not a very tempting inbox.

"A lot of people are anxious - living standards, wages are sluggish, there are huge uncertainties around the world, whoever is in charge will have to watch the pennies carefully.

"Above all the other issues, how will they take us out of the EU? Whoever ends up in Number 10 will be the one negotiator up against 27 other countries.

"The deal they get - or don't get - will shape our future for decades."

The return of the two tribes?

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Laura Kuenssberg
BBC

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says: "In many ways it does remind us of a kind of politics that went some time ago because the gulf between the two main parties - between Labour and the Tories - is the biggest contrast we have seen for many years.

"It is a wide choice and we've seen people around the country responding to that.

Whatever the result, in the last few elections we have seen a splintering of the control of the main two parties.

"But I suspect we will see the biggest share for the two main parties that we've seen for quite some time - a return for the two "tribes" is something that has developed over the last couple of weeks.

"There's a sense of something quite retro about this campaign even in this 21st Century volatility.

"Labour have had a better time than was expected. Watching both parties on the road today, the Tories appeared to have recovered some of their sheen of their early self-confidence."

Farron reaches out to Conservatives

Tim Farron goes on to tell the Oxford rally that if you vote for Theresa May she will assume "you meant you are OK with the dementia tax, with schools sacking teachers, with cripplingly low police numbers".

He says: "If you are someone who has traditionally voted Conservative and you're not OK with that, vote Lib Dem.

"When you vote tomorrow, vote for your children, your grandchildren, for the sort of country you want them to grow up in."

Watch: It's, er, not the economy, stupid?

What time will we know election results?

Ellie Price

Daily and Sunday Politics reporter

Voting closes in the UK general election at 22:00 BST on Thursday and there then follows hours of counting and declarations from 650 seats.

Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price works up a sweat working out what viewers will know and when, with a guide to the timings overnight on Thursday and Friday morning.

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The Scotsman: Firearms officers to patrol election polling stations

Farron: May seeking 'any old Brexit'

Farron
BBC

Addressing a rally in Oxford, Tim Farron accuses Theresa May of being "determined to take Britain for granted" and "tomorrow you have the chance to say 'no way'".

He thinks Mrs May wants to "get away with any old Brexit - we are trusting the judgement of someone who's shown her judgement is poor, who can't stand up to her backbenchers, who didn't show up to the leader debates".

Poetry in the limelight

BBC political correspondent tweets:

Look at things the other way round - Corbyn

Mr Corbyn returns to his message that politics is about a choice - to re-elect a Tory government which will continue austerity and continue the tax relief and giveaways to the richest in our society.

The Labour government will do things very differently, he says, repeating a pledge that 95% will pay no more in taxes and 5% will be asked to pay a little bit more.

Voting Labour tomorrow is voting to look at things the other way round, he continues. For the interests of all of the people, not the very few, he adds, almost drowned out by cheering supporters.

Express: Vote for May today

Metro: The Battle for Britain

FT: May hopes bullish Brexit stance will salvage campaign and boost majority

The National: We say: Vote SNP for Scotland's right to choose its own future

Telegraph: 'Your country needs you'

In search of the 'real' Theresa May

Average donation to Labour 'is £20'

Mr Corbyn starts the number-crunching.

  • It's his 90th rally of the campaign
  • He's covered 7,000 miles from Aviemore to the South coast during the campaign
  • The average donation to the Labour party is £20. "I'm proud of that," he says.

The Sun: Don't chuck Britain in the Cor-bin

'You must isolate those who would kill'

BBC political correspondent tweets:

Labour is the new mainstream - Corbyn

Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn hug
BBC

After sharing a hug on the stage, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry makes way for Jeremy Corbyn, to almost deafening cheers from loyal supporters.

With the crowd now in party mood, Mr Corbyn excites them further saying "inequality can and will be tackled".

He says austerity can be ended, we can stand up to the cynics and give public services the money they need.

Labour is the "new mainstream", he says, and he speaks of his pride in the positive campaign his party has fought.

Dancing in the pews at Corbyn rally

BBC political correspondent tweets:

Diane Abbott 'humbled' by support

Shadow home secretary, who pulled out of the campaign due to illness, tweets:

May calls on supporters to 'reignite British spirit'

Theresa May
Getty Images

Earlier, at a final campaign rally in Birmingham, Theresa May set out the Conservative vision for what she called a "fairer, stronger, independent, more prosperous Britain for us all".

She reinforced key messages of the Tory campaign, telling activists voters would ask themselves who they trusted to have the "strong and stable" leadership to get the best deal for Britain in Europe.

Mrs May called on activists to go out and "reignite the British spirit" as she described the opportunities of a "brighter future" for the next five years and beyond.

'Jez we can' cries ahead of Corbyn's last rally

Labour supporters
Getty Images

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is back in Islington for his final rally of the election campaign to an excitable home crowd.

They're in fine voice, chanting "Jez we can" and "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn".

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What is an exit poll?

An exit poll is a sample survey of people who have just voted at a polling station.

Statistical sampling methods are used to determine which voters to interview.

The main point of the "interview" is to ask the voter to complete a duplicate ballot paper.

Exit polls differ fundamentally from pre-election polls (voting intention polls, or opinion polls) in that only people who actually vote are included in the sample.

In the UK, where general election turnout is typically only a little over 60%, this matters.

Read more from the University of Warwick.

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No crystal ball moment for Boris Johnson

Stage set for Corbyn's final rally

PA reporter tweets...

Is politics too tightly controlled?

BBC Newsnight's John Sweeney writes:

Michael Foot (l) and Margaret Thatcher
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Margaret Thatcher won re-election in a landslide victory in 1983

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does burp.

Bored by an over-controlled election campaign starring a lady in Number Ten with little contact with ordinary voters and an old gent wowing rallies of only the lefty faithful? Comparing today's campaign with what happened to writer Robert Harris - then a cub reporter on Newsnight - in 1983 is uncanny, almost creepy.

"These allegations of a female prime minister avoiding all contact with journalists and the public are not new," he tells me.

"I came the wrong end of an encounter with Margaret Thatcher who was touring a factory... It was a breakout new kind of election, an American-style copied from Reagan where you didn't do the monster rally, you didn't go out on the hustings, you just got good pictures for the evening news.

"It was really noticeable the difference between Thatcher's campaign and Foot's campaign which was huge rallies - one evening I think he had 30,000 people - much good it did him."

Michael Foot lost and Mrs Thatcher won in 1983.

Read more from John here.

Voters in Manchester try and match the manifesto pledges to the correct party
Young voters in Manchester try and match the manifesto pledges to the correct party.