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  1. The government outlines new measures to tackle extremism and 'promote British values'
  2. Theresa May disagrees with an EU chief who says no Mediterranean migrants will be forcibly returned home
  3. Labour will select its new leader in mid-September, its ruling executive announces, as Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper announce they will stand
  4. Douglas Carswell insists he will not accept the £650,000 of public money UKIP is entitled to
  5. Nominations officially open for the Lib Dem leadership contest

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By Dominic Howell, Marie Jackson and Andrew McFarlane

All times stated are UK

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Wednesday recap

Here's a quick recap of today's events before we go:

The government announced new powers to tackle radicalisation. David Cameron claimed the UK has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long.

New figures showed unemployment in the UK has continued to fall. Politicians welcomed the statistics though Labour called on the government to help the young unemployed.

Labour's National Executive Committee drew up a timetable for the race to replace Ed Miliband as party leader today. Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham announced they would stand.

A major stand-off has developed between senior UKIP figures and the party's only MP, Douglas Carswell, over public money they are entitled to receive.

Kent Police announce the force is making inquiries into a report of electoral fraud in one of UKIP's target election seats: South Thanet, where party leader Nigel Farage stood.

And private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour government ministers a decade ago have been published after a lengthy legal battle.

That's all until 06:00 tomorrow. Goodnight!

Liz Kendall on Newsnight


Liz Kendall, one of four to put their hats into the ring in the Labour leadership contest, has faced some litmus test questions from Evan Davis.

This is what we learned:

- she believes in the benefits cap

- she wouldn't rule out a 50p tax rate

- she believes in unleashing people's potential at every level of society

- healthcare services need to shift away from hospitals and into communities

- she denies being to the right of the party ("we have to go back to our roots. We come from a mutual co-operative")

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Milburn says Labour has been through 'ghastly experiment'

Former Labour MP Alan Milburn has told BBC Newsnight his views on what went wrong for his party.

"I think parties - whether it's the Labour party or the Conservative party - they're perfectly capable of kidding themselves and frankly we've been through a pretty ghastly experiment over these last five years where our offer has been that the public have moved massively to the left following the global financial crisis when actually, when you look at issues like immigration or Europe, arguably they have moved the other way.

"We need a new generation untainted by the past to solve those problems."

O'Flynn attacks Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has become a “snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive” man who is making the party look like a “personality cult”, the party’s campaign director has claimed in an interview in tomorrow's Times .

Patrick O’Flynn, the party’s economics spokesman and one of its most senior MEPs, told the newspaper that the UKIP leader’s recent behaviour risked depicting the party as an “absolute monarchy”.

He reportedly claimed that the party leader had in recent months moved away from being a “cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring” politician, and blamed Mr Farage’s team of “aggressive” and “inexperienced” aides.

Diana Johnson 'delighted' with Cooper

Shadow home affairs minister Diana Johnson appeared to back Ms Cooper, who she's worked alongside since 2011. The Labour MP tweeted : "Delighted that @YvetteCooperMP has announced she is standing to be Leader of the Labour Party with a strong message 4 future of country. "

Labour donor Assem Allam 'won't donate'

Tim Iredale, Political Editor BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Labour donor Assem Allam has said he will not give any more money to the party until it adopts a "pro-business" leader.

Mr Allam - who owns Hull City Football Club - has given £500,000 to Labour this year, which he claims makes him the largest single private donor.

In an interview with BBC Look North, the Egyptian-born businessman attacked Labour's election campaign, which he said was pro-union and anti-business.

Mr Allam did not state a preferred candidate, but said the next Labour leader should return to the policies offered by Tony Blair.

More on Cooper leadership contest

In an article in the Daily Mirror, setting out her bid to become Labour leader, Yvette Cooper pledged to “make life better for families”.

The mum-of-three says Labour lost the election because it failed to convince voters it “had the answers to match up with their ambitions”.

The shadow home secretary, whose husband Ed Balls lost his seat last week, also warns against the party trying to turn back the clock.

'Work together'

BBC political correspondent Tim Reid says a Labour official has confirmed the letter in support of Scottish leader Jim Murphy "does exist".

The spokesman said: "There is overwhelming support for Jim Murphy across the Scottish Labour Party. We need to work together to rebuild our movement and regain the trust of the people of Scotland."

Former Aberdeen South MP Dame Anne Begg, who was among the 40 Scottish Labour MPs to lose their seats last week, told our correspondent she'd put her name to the letter. Mr Murphy was not to blame for 10 years of Labour decline, she said.

Myners: Look outside the envelope

Myners on Labour candidates so far - 'it'd be really good if we looked outside the envelope of timeservers'

BreakingYvette Cooper will stand for leadership

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has announced in an article in the Daily Mirror that she is standing for the Labour Party leadership.

Toksvig promotes new party

Sandi Toksvig
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Comedian Sandi Toksvig, who is packing in her radio show to help launch a new political party in September, has been plugging it on the BBC's One Show. The Women's Equality Party is non-partisan and welcomes women and men from the left and the right. She says she has no intention to lead the party, but merely wants to kickstart it, explaining:

Equality is better for everyone. The world is in trouble. What happens is we get a strange choice between political parties that are really good for the economy and political parties that are really good for society and why don't we have a political party that's good for both?"

'Weird and meaningless'

Angela Eagle
Labour Party

Further reflection in the Labour ranks on what went wrong at the election. Angela Eagle, shadow leader of the Commons, has a take we've not heard before:

We fell into the trap of focusing too much on our 'ground game' without ensuring that the messages we were taking to the doorstep were robust and aspirational enough. Nor were they expressed in everyday language but rather in phrases which managed to be focus-grouped to death and often sounding weird and meaningless to most. No wonder we failed to connect with millions of voters."

Murphy's backers

BBC political correspondent tweets

I understand supporters of Scot Lab leader Jim Murphy being asked to sign letter backing him which will be presented before Sat's no/c vote

London mayor nominations timetable

Nominations for Labour's candidate for London mayor close on 10 June and a shortlist will be announced on 13 June.

The last date to register as a supporter, affiliated London supporter, or a Labour Party London member will be 12 August.

Votes will then be dispatched on 14 August and the ballot will close on 10 September.

The party has not yet said when it will declare the result of the voting, but the new national Labour leader will be announced on 12 September.

Salmond: UK should take 60,000 asylum seekers

Alex Salmond

Newly-appointed SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond calls on the government to accept the EU quota and take an extra 60,000 asylum seekers a year.

The MP tells Channel 4 News: "I think that Britain should take the full 60,000 and Scotland is certainly willing to take our proportionate share and we would argue for that.

I think most people are human beings and, when they see people in their extremity, want to do something to help and I think a government that doesn't understand that basic human instinct of the Scottish people and indeed the English people isn't the sort of government that represents people properly."

EU criticises UK's deficit

Pierre Moscovici

David Cameron and George Osborne have been criticised by the European Union for missing a Brussels-set target to cut Britain's budget deficit.

Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici called on the government to take action to curb its "excessive deficit" below 3% of GDP by 2016-17, after missing the original target to do so by 2014-2015.

Under the EU stability and growth pact, countries which use the euro can be subject to central sanctions for missing similar targets.

But, as the UK is not in the eurozone, the prime minister and chancellor will not have to worry about dealing with any binding sanctions.

Lord Myners backs Umunna

Former minister and Labour peer Lord Myners tells me he is backing Chuka at the moment but he is a 'developing product'

Cabinet reshuffle: Lord Freud promoted

Lord Freud

The architect of the government's welfare reforms has been promoted as David Cameron made more appointments to his first Conservative-only administration. Lord Freud, who recommended wide-ranging reforms to the benefits system in 2007 and was later recruited to government to push through his ideas, moves up from a junior ministerial post in the Department of Work and Pensions to minister of state under Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith.

Other appointments include hereditary peer Earl Howe, who is made deputy leader of the Lords and moves from the Department of Health to the Ministry of Defence.

Lord Freud, in case you're wondering, is the great-grandson of Sigmund Freud, widely known as the father of psychoanalysis.

The 'lobbying prince'

In other news, BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt says the publication of private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour ministers a decade ago offers "the briefest of glimpses of Charles, the lobbying prince".

Clarence House said the move would "only inhibit" the prince's ability to express concerns.

In one letter to the prime minister, the prince said the armed forces were being asked to do a challenging job "without the necessary resources".

Release of the letters follows a decade-long campaign by the Guardian .

The 27 letters to seven government departments on wide-ranging subjects , including the dominance of supermarkets, badger culling and the herbal medicine sector, were written between September 2004 and April 2005.

Get the full story here .

Labour 'lost emotional connection'

Standing in a library of sorts, Mr Burnham gets across his message in one minute and 34 seconds, saying his party needs a leader whose voice can carry into all the nations and regions of the UK.

Someone who people can relate to, who understands their lives. I am that person. I can unite this country. That's why I am standing to be leader of the Labour Party.

Mr Burnham says Labour has "lost its emotional connection" with millions of voters. "The way to get it back can't possibly be to choose one group of voters over another - to speak only to people on ZHCs [zero-hour contracts] or only to shoppers at John Lewis," he says.

Our challenge is not to go left or right, to focus on one part of the country above another, but to rediscover the beating heart of Labour. And that is about the aspirations of everyone, speaking to them like we did in 1997."

Watch the Burnham video

Andy Burnham
You Tube screen grab

Here's the video of Mr Burnham announcing his intentions to run for the Labour leadership.

Sturgeon begins talks with Conservatives

The BBC's Tim Reid reports that Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary David Mundell have held their first conversation by phone - ahead of talks between Ms Sturgeon and the prime minister.

Burnham enters Labour leader race

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham announces that he's standing for the leadership of the Labour Party. In a video, Mr Burnham says Labour wins elections when it speaks for every nation. "It needs a leader whose voice can carry into all the nations and regions of the UK," he says.

Jim Murphy 'wants to stay in job'

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is confident he'll remain in his post, despite the party's disastrous election performance - including the loss of his seat at Westminster. He says he still wants to do the job and is determined to face down calls for his resignation. The Scottish Labour Party Executive is due to meet on Saturday to review the results of the election, which saw Labour lose 40 seats to the SNP.

Thanet South: 'No evidence' of fraud

Kent Police's initial inquiries into those electoral fraud allegations in Thanet South have so far found "no evidence", the force says.

Labour leadership timetable

So, this is how the Labour leadership contest is shaping up:

Friday, 15 May: The formal election period opens

Monday, 8 June: Parliamentary Labour Party will stage hustings for the contenders

Tuesday, 9 June: More hustings for the deputy leader contenders. Nominations for both posts open.

Monday, 15 June: Nominations for leader will close at midday

Wednesday, 17 June: Nominations for their deputy will close at midday

Wednesday, 12 August: Deadline for people to join the Labour party

Friday, 14 August: Ballot papers sent out by post

Thursday, 10 September: Polling will close at midday

Saturday, 12 September: Winners announced at special conference

Sunday, 27 September: Labour's party conference begins

Thanet MP 'completely' sure of fair election

Back to South Thanet where UKIP's Nigel Farage was pipped to a seat by Conservative Craig Mackinlay. Police there are making inquiries into a report of electoral fraud and the complaint is thought to have come from a member of the public. But Mr Mackinlay says he is "absolutely and completely" sure he was elected fairly, adding:

It's not uncommon, I think, for some of the more wayward members of UKIP to see conspiracy around every corner so let's see how this develops but I can't see there's anything in this."

New Labour members to get vote

Under new rules, there will be no block votes as Labour chooses its new leader. Instead, it is "one person, one vote". And, according to Harriet Harman, 30,000 more people have just bought themselves a vote.

"More than 30,000 new members have joined the party in the last few days and I hope many more members and supporters will take this opportunity to have their voice heard," she says.

Harman calls for 'open and honest' debate

Of the leadership contest, acting Labour leader Harriet Harman says:

The general election saw the Labour party suffer a serious defeat, and over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward. Our challenge now is to use this time to listen and learn, to elect a new leader and deputy leader who will rebuild the Labour party in order to take the fight to this Tory government and to stand up for Britain."

Read more in our story here.

Pictures: Labour leadership meeting

Some familiar faces turn up at Labour's London headquarters for the National Executive Committee meeting.

Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone: London's first elected mayor and a frequent rebel within his own party
Margaret Beckett
Margaret Beckett: One of Labour's most experienced MPs and the longest-serving female MP in the Commons
Hilary Benn
Hilary Benn: Freshly promoted to shadow foreign secretary

More on Thanet 'fraud' report

South Thanet result declaration

More on the story that Kent Police are making inquiries into a report of electoral fraud in South Thanet, the seat contested in the general election by Nigel Farage.

The UKIP leader failed to win the seat, losing out to Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay. Mr Farage secured 16,026 votes, with Mr Mackinlay achieving 18,838.

The result was not declared at the count at Margate's Winter Gardens until about 10.35 GMT on Friday, hours later than expected.

BBC reporters were told by officials at the time the delays were caused by the sheer volume of ballot papers and problems verifying the postal vote. Turnout was 69%, up from 65% in 2010.

Claims of suspicious behaviour appeared on social media following the delays.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said "inquires were ongoing" and the force could not say any more at this stage.

The day so far

As your early team of reporters prepare to hand over to the late team, here's a quick recap of the day's events so far.

The government has announced new powers to tackle radicalisation. David Cameron claimed the UK as been a "passively tolerant society" for too long.

Tim Farron, an MP with the Tories' former coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, called the plans "authoritarian and Orwellian".

New figures showed unemployment in the UK has continued to fall. Politicians welcomed the statistics though Labour called on the government to more to help the young unemployed.

Labour's National Executive Committee is expected to draw up a timetable for the race to replace Ed Miliband as party leader today.

A major stand-off has developed between senior UKIP figures and the party's only MP, Douglas Carswell, over public money they are entitled to receive.

Kent Police announce the force is making inquiries into a report of electoral fraud in one of UKIP's target election seats: South Thanet, where party leader Nigel Farage stood.

And private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour government ministers a decade ago have been published after a lengthy legal battle.

More on Labour leadership contest

More on the Labour leadership - nominations will close on 15 June for the leader and on 17 June for the deputy. So wannabes have just over a month to throw their hat into the ring.

Members and supporters who sign up by 12 August will be entitled to vote.

BreakingDate set for Labour leader announcement

Labour's new leader will be named on 12 September, following an election period beginning on 15 May, the party announces.

North Korea congratulates UK PM on election win

BBC Monitoring

North Korean news agency KCNA reports that the country's premier, Pak Pong Ju has sent a congratulatory message to David Cameron upon his re-appointment as Prime Minister.

The message expressed belief that the relations between the two countries would develop on good terms, wishing him success in his work for the development of the country.

Foreign minister Ri Su Yong sent a similar message to Philip Hammond upon his re-appointment as UK Foreign Secretary, the North Korean agency adds.