Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urges young people to register to vote and "step up for Britain"
  2. Theresa May makes her first election campaign visit to Scotland
  3. European Union leaders agree a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations
  4. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall confirms he will stand in Boston and Skegness
  5. General election due on 8 June

Live Reporting

By Alex Therrien and Danielle Dwyer

All times stated are UK

Saturday recap

It's been a day of campaign speeches for many of the political leaders in the UK, while in Brussels EU members have been preparing for Brexit negotiations. 

Here's a recap of Saturday's stories:

  • EU leaders agreed to the bloc's Brexit negotiating guidelines
  • Theresa May asked Scots to vote for her to "strengthen the union", the economy and her hand in Brexit talks
  • Jeremy Corbyn defended his style of leadership, saying other party leaders had manipulated the public
  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall confirmed he would stand in Boston and Skegness 

May and Farron to appear on Andew Marr Show

The prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron are the main guests on Sunday's Andrew Marr Show. 

Theresa May will be giving her first television interview of the election campaign and Boris Johnson's sister, Rachel, will talk about why she defected from the Conservatives to join the Lib Dems. 

View more on twitter

'Mountain to climb on Brexit' - senior EU official

BBC Brussels correspondent tweets...

UK must ensure EU citizens' rights - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk at the EU summit on approving guidelines for negotiations with the EU on Brexit, 29 April 2017
AFP
Donald Tusk wants a serious response from the UK

European Council President Donald Tusk has called on the UK to come up with a "serious response" on what will happen to EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.

"We need guarantees," he said in Brussels, as 27 EU leaders backed the bloc's Brexit negotiating guidelines.

The rights of EU citizens to live, work and study in the UK is one of three topics they want dealt with in the first phase of Brexit talks.

Negotiations will start after the UK election on 8 June.

European Council President Donald Tusk at the EU summit on approving guidelines for negotiations with the EU on Brexit, 29 April 2017

UK must ensure EU citizens' rights - Tusk

The top EU figure puts rights centre stage as the EU-27 formally approve negotiating guidelines.

Read more

Davis: EU negotiations 'most complex in our lifetime'

David Davis
Reuters

Brexit Secretary David Davis has responded to news that EU leaders have unanimously agreed the negotiating guidelines for Brexit talks.

Mr Davis said: "Both sides are clear - we want these negotiations to be conducted in the spirit of goodwill, sincere cooperation and with the aim of establishing a close partnership between the UK and the EU going forward. 

"But there is no doubt that these negotiations are the most complex the UK has faced in our lifetimes. 

"They will be tough and at times even confrontational. 

"There are already people in Europe who oppose these aims and people at home trying to undermine them."   

May: Election about 'leadership and stability'

Theresa May campaigning
BBC

Theresa May has now concluded her talk in Scotland. 

She reaffirmed statements she has made  previously that voting for the Conservatives would "strengthen her hand" in Brexit negotiations, which she said in turn would strengthen the economy, Scotland and the union. 

Mrs May says predictions of an immediate financial crash following Brexit did not materialise because of the "strength the government has shown". 

She says when she took over as leader, the country was divided and but now there is a "unity of purpose" around people wanting the government to get on with Brexit and make a success of it.   

Mrs May also said the election was about "leadership and stability". 

She repeated her party's recurring message that the election represents a choice between a "strong and stable" Conservative government and a "coalition of chaos" led by Jeremy Corbyn.

May: 'Tories the only party committed to union'

Theresa May says there is only one party committed to the union and only one candidate that will defend the UK. 

She says if voters "strengthen her hand" she will work to ensure that "Scotland and the UK flourish together".

May: 'Every SNP seat gets Corbyn closer to No 10'

Theresa May is now talking in Scotland. 

She says every SNP MP elected gets Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn "closer to Downing Street". 

She also says polls have been wrong before and points out Mr Corbyn was a "200-1" underdog to win the Labour leadership contest in 2015. 

Currently, polls have Conservatives in a commanding lead  - with some placing them on 50%. 

Corbyn defends his leadership style

Jeremy Corbyn in London on 29 April
Reuters

The Labour leader also used his speech to urge young people to register to vote and back him. 

Read more here

Do strong leaders make good prime ministers?

The soundbites are constantly repeated. "Strong leader". "Strong and stable leadership". "Strong and stable government". But what do they mean?  

Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit at a press conference in 1987

Do strong leaders make good prime ministers?

There is a stark difference between a strong leader and a strong leadership, says Archie Brown.

Read more

UKIP won't stand against Tories in Peterborough

Stewart Jackson
Conservative Party
UKIP has said it will not field a candidate against Conservative Stewart Jackson

UKIP has said it will not field a candidate against the Conservative MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson. 

It is the second so called "non-aggression pact" to be announced by UKIP and is aimed at helping what the party sees as "real Brexiteer" Conservatives hold on to seats where they have small majorities. 

In 2015 Mr Jackson defeated Labour's Lisa Forbes into second place with a majority of 1,925.

Yesterday UKIP said it would not stand against Kettering MP Phillip Hollobone, another Brexit campaigner.

EU leaders agree Brexit guidelines in 'less than a minute'

EU flags
Getty Images

EU leaders have unanimously agreed the negotiating guidelines for Brexit talks with the UK.

The 27 leaders - UK PM Theresa May was not present - approved within a minute the the guidelines first issued on 31 March by Mr Tusk.

Read more

Two women arrested at UKIP event

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of assault at a UKIP event in Hartlepool, police have said.

The women, aged 62 and 28, were arrested at the Headland while the area was being attended by UKIP members, officers said.  

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall had been due to give a talk there this morning, but his speech was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances", the party said.

Council election campaign 'crowded out'

Council elections
BBC

A local government expert says there is a danger that council elections could become a "large opinion poll".

Council elections

Council election campaign 'crowded out'

A local government expert says there is a danger that council elections could become a 'large opinion poll'.

Read more

Labour will not increase VAT or NI, McDonnell hints

John McDonnell
PA

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has signalled Labour will pledge not to increase VAT or national insurance in an interview with The Guardian.

Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to say on the campaign trail whether she will keep her party's 2015 manifesto pledge of no rises in VAT, national insurance or income tax.  

Mr McDonnell said he could not pre-empt the party’s manifesto, which is agreed through its national executive committee and policy forum, but suggested he would make the case to rule out national insurance rises and any hike to VAT.  

Nuttall cancels Hartlepool talk

There's been drama this morning in Hartlepool, where UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was due to give a speech. 

Mr Nuttall has cancelled his talk due to "unforeseen circumstances", according to the party.

The BBC's Sunday politics presenter in Newcastle tweeted a video of an altercation that broke out while UKIP supporters waited for him to turn up.

View more on twitter

What drew UKIP to Boston and Skegness?

Boston
BBC

So Paul Nuttall has now confirmed he will be standing in Boston and Skegness - and it is not hard to see why. 

The Lincolnshire constituency had the highest percentage of Leave voters in the UK's EU referendum - 75.6%. 

Its incumbent MP is Conservative Matt Warman, but UKIP came second there in 2015, slashing the Tories' majority by some 8,000 votes from 2010. 

The trend in the constituency is also an upwards one for UKIP - in 2005 it came fourth with just 4,081 votes. 

BreakingDonald Tusk: EU Brexit guidelines 'adopted unanimously'

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, says the 27 EU member nations - all but the UK - have "unanimously" agreed their guidelines for Brexit negotiations. 

View more on twitter

EU's chief Brexit negotiator: 'We need unity'

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has been speaking about the need for unity among EU members as they meet today to discuss Brexit negotiations. 

View more on twitter

Nuttall standing in Boston and Skegness

Paul Nuttall
PA

As we reported earlier here on the live page, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for election in Boston and Skegness in the general election.

You can read our full story here

Election about removing May's opposition, Sturgeon says

She says Theresa May has said the election is about removing her opposition to strengthen her hand and "do whatever she wants".

"Well let us make sure we send a loud message from Scotland that we're not prepared to give a Conservative government a free hand to do whatever it wants to Scotland," she says. 

Sturgeon: 'We must not allow Tories a free hand'

Ms Sturgeon says the Tories have given tax cuts to "the very wealthiest in society" while cutting spending for the disabled.  

She says this has been done with just a small Conservative majority.

"We in Scotland must not allow the Tories a free hand to do even more damage to our country and to the fabric of our society."

Election 'determines if Scotland goes forwards or backwards'

In the general election she says Scotland must make sure its voice is heard - "and loudly and clearly". 

She says the election matters to the future of the country and will determine whether Scotland "moves forwards or is dragged back by the Tories". 

Sturgeon: Scotland can remove 'dead hand' of Labour

Nicola Sturgeon
BBC

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also been addressing crowds. 

She says in the local elections on Thursday Scotland has the opportunity to remove the "dead suffocating hand of Labour". 

Corbyn: 'Step up for Britain'

Jeremy Corbyn at press conference
Ge

Mr Corbyn tells the audience that strong leadership is not about asking for more power - what he claims Theresa May is doing - but "equipping you with more power". 

He ends by imploring young people to register to vote. 

"Step up for Britain and vote Labour on June the 8th," he urged. 

Corbyn: May has 'presidential bunker mentality'

Theresa May
AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of having a "presidential bunker mentality".

Mr Corbyn says he "respects his critics - when they make a reasoned case".

He said they were doing what he did in the past when he often challenged the party's leadership.

Mr Corbyn says it reminds him of the 1990s when the "political mainstream bought into Conservatives ideas about the market, finance and the economy".

He says this ultimately left the UK with "no defence" to the global recession. 

Mr Corbyn says this experience showed him that if party leaders go unchallenged they can make "some of the most damaging mistakes". 

He accuses Theresa May of slipping into a "presidential bunker mentality".  

'Labour forced Tories into one U-turn after the other'

Mr Corbyn spoke about his track record as an MP since 1983. 

He said since he first became an MP he has not seen a sustained attempt to change what is "holding this country back".

He did not expect to win the Labour leadership contest in 2015, he said, but since then Labour had "forced the Conservatives into one U-turn after the other" on issues including tax credits and disability benefits.  

Corbyn: People are being held back

Mr Corbyn says many people - particularly the young - are being "held back" in society. 

He says in a "fairer Britain" government would be "bending over backwards" to help those who are struggling and "unleash their potential".  

"You are the future after all - that is a priority every government should follow."

Young 'need to step up' and register to vote

Mr Corbyn says the audience needs to "step up" and register to vote. 

"Claim your future," he says. 

He says 2.4 million people are missing from the UK's electoral register and points out that barely 40% of 18-24 year olds vote. 

He says Conservatives are more than happy with this and "apathy and resignation" will secure them seats in the election.  

'Conservatives cooking up Brexit for the few'

Mr Corbyn says the Conservatives are "cooking up" a "Brexit for the few" - one where any money saved is handed out to corporations and the super rich in tax cuts. 

He says where new trade deals are made they will drive down working conditions and food and environmental standards. 

"I think you can work out what will happen to the many in a rigid Brexit", he says. 

Corbyn: 'Government has scorecard of neglect'

Mr Corbyn says the Conservatives do not want to talk about this "rigged system" and are "desperate" to make the election "all about Brexit".

The Conservatives would rather make "incredible promises" about life outside of the EU rather than talk about a "scorecard of broken promises and neglect stretching back over seven years," he says.  

Corbyn: Government presiding over 'rigged system'

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is giving a speech in Whitechapel, east London. 

This election, more than any he has fought, will "define our times," he tells the audience. 

He reaffirms his slogan that the government has presided over a "rigged system".

BreakingNuttall to stand in Boston and Skegness

Paul Nuttall
PA

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall took his time to announce whether he'd compete in the general election, and then he was tight-lipped about where he would be standing. 

Now Mr Nuttall has announced he will standing in Boston and Skegness - the constituency that recorded the highest Leave vote in the EU referendum, at 75.6%.

In a statement, Mr Nuttall said: "It is a great honour and a privilege to stand for UKIP in Boston and Skegness. 

"The constituency voted overwhelmingly for Leave inspired in part by the massive betrayal of our fishing industry by successive governments, something that today's Conservative Party led by Theresa May looks set to repeat.

"I will make it my mission to stand up for the people of Boston and Skegness and ensure there is no backsliding on Brexit." 

Tim Farron: I could replace Corbyn as opposition leader

Tim Farron
Getty Images

In Leeds, Mr Farron will reiterate his claim that he could replace Mr Corbyn as leader of the opposition.

He claimed the Lib Dems can replace Labour as Britain's main opposition party because Jeremy Corbyn is "demonstrably the worst leader in British political history". 

He has also said his party is aiming to regain the Scottish seats it lost in 2015.

Mr Farron faces an uphill battle - the Lib Dems currently have nine MPs while Labour has 229. 

May set for Scotland campaign visit

Theresa May
AFP

Theresa May is to make her first campaign visit to Scotland, where the Conservatives are hoping to make gains. 

She is expected to ask Scots to vote for her to "strengthen the Union", the economy and her hand in Brexit talks.  

Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, will urge young people to overcome "apathy and resignation", which he says only favours the Tories.

He will highlight figures showing 2.4 million young people are missing from the electoral register.

Theresa May

May urges Scots to 'strengthen Union'

The prime minister speaks at a rally during her first election campaign trip to Scotland.

Read more

Key Corbyn allies not selected by Labour

Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Harlow
Reuters

Two of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies have not been selected for parliamentary seats under a fast-track process.

His political secretary Katy Clark - a former MP - pulled out of the contest for Leigh, the seat Andy Burnham is vacating. 

Sam Tarry - a key figure in Mr Corbyn's second leadership campaign - was also passed over for Hull West and Hessle, vacated by Alan Johnson.

The nominations are significant because they could determine if a left wing successor is appointed to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the event of him stepping down after the election. 

Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Harlow

Key Corbyn allies not selected by Labour

Failing to get Jeremy Corbyn supporters nominated could have significance beyond the next election.

Read more

EU to discuss Brexit position without UK

EU flag
Getty Images

EU leaders are to meet in Brussels later to discuss a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations.

The UK is the only member of the bloc not taking part in the discussions. 

The EU will insist that progress must be made in talks on separating the UK from the EU, before any discussions can begin about future trade relations.

Official talks between the UK and the EU will not begin until after the general election on 8 June.

Donald Tusk speaks to the press upon his arrival to attend the EU leaders summit at the Europa building, the main headquarters of European Council and the Council of the EU, in Brussels, on April 29, 2017.

EU must remain united on Brexit - Tusk

The remaining 27 European Union members are meeting in Brussels to agree their Brexit strategy.

Read more

Saturday morning news

Theresa May on the campaign trail
AFP

Good morning from the politics live team. 

Here's a round-up of some of the political stories you're waking up to. 

  • Theresa May is to make her first election visit to Scotland, while opposition leaders will also be on the campaign trail
  • EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to discuss a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations
  •  An MP is standing down after reportedly telling students that homosexuality was "wrong" and "dangerous to society"
  • Two of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies have not been selected for parliamentary seats under a fast-track process
  • An MP's aide has pleaded not guilty to rape and assault charges following an alleged attack at Parliament