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Summary

  1. Labour: No tax rises below £80,000
  2. Tories' mental health treatment pledge
  3. Lib Dems to keep pensions 'triple lock'...
  4. ...but means-test winter fuel payment
  5. General election on 8 June

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By Esther Webber and Brian Wheeler

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Theresa May congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his election victory

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "This evening the prime minister spoke to President-elect Macron to warmly congratulate him on his election victory. 

"The prime minister said that she looked forward to working with the new president on a range of shared issues, with the UK and France's unique partnership providing a strong foundation for future co-operation.

"The leaders briefly discussed Brexit and the prime minister reiterated that the UK wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous EU once we leave.

"The prime minister and President-elect Macron looked forward to meeting and holding discussions at the upcoming NATO and G7 Summits."

Conservative ex-minister backs 'slim manifesto'

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Radio 4's Westminster Hour

Conservative Stephen Crabb says it's right in the context of Brexit to put out "a much broader, much simpler manifesto - keep it slimmer".

On the party's longstanding pledge to cut net annual immigration to the "tens of thousands" - the subject of much debate today - he says "reaching that target is extremely difficult" but the party should be clear with voters about what it is aiming for.

He suggests the triple-lock on pensions should be kept until 2020 and it would be an act of "bad faith" to do otherwise.

Labour's Baroness Smith says "there's a lot of working going on" on the Labour manifesto and it's important to set out "an honest assessment of what is achievable".

Labour Lords leader: Priority is to win seats

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Radio 4's Westminster Hour

Asked about reports that the Labour leadership wants to "build a movement" rather than win an election, Baroness Smith says the job of any leader is to "maximise their representatives in Parliament, and the priority has to be to win seats".

Labour's leader in the Lords acknowledges the local election results were "disappointing" for her party, but she say she 8 June might be different because turnout will be higher.

Conservative Stephen Crabb agrees with her that "people are getting carried away" with the lessons of the local elections and "we need to be out there every day campaigning hard". 

UKIP's Patrick Flynn jokes that "we can't lose seats as we don't have any" but he wants to see his party to make a "sensible attempt" in certain parts of the country. 

'Juncker has made himself look ridiculous'

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Radio 4's Westminster Hour

UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn warns voters will be put off "if the Labour Party sticks to a doom-and-gloom message" on Brexit.

Labour Lords leader Baroness Smith protests that "people are worried - it's the uncertainty that worries people". 

Commenting on reports of a stormy meeting between Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Conservative Stephen Crabb says: "Juncker has made himself look ridiculous by leaking this." 

Former Foreign Office chief Sir Simon Fraser describes it as a "bumpy" bit of diplomacy and "a bad leak", which Theresa May "exploited for political gains".

'A good result for Britain'

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Radio 4's Westminster Hour

Former permanent secretary at the Foreign Office Sir Simon Fraser calls Emmanuel Macron's victory "a good result for France, a good result for Europe and a good result for Britain".

Sir Simon, who's met Mr Macron, describes him as a "charismatic, bright guy, very able".

He says while there are challenges waiting for the new president, this is "a new beginning and an opportunity for France". 

Labour proposes junk food ad ban

Boys watching TV
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Adverts for junk food and sweets would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity.

The party says the proposal forms part of a future child health bill that will be outlined in its election manifesto.

Products high in fat, salt or sugar are currently banned from being advertised during children's TV only.

The Tories said they had the world's "most ambitious" child obesity plan that would be put at risk by Labour.

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Where have the party leaders been this weekend?

Theresa May tours the UTC Aerospace Systems factory in Wolverhampton with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street
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Theresa May tours the UTC Aerospace Systems factory in Wolverhampton with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at an election campaign event in Derby
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at an election campaign event in Derby
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow's George Square to mark the party's victory in the local elections
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow's George Square to mark the party's victory in the local elections
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron takes part in an annual fun run in Kendal, Cumbria
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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron takes part in an annual fun run in Kendal, Cumbria

This week on the election trail

This week on the election trail

The big moments from the election campaign this week.  

Alex Salmond accuses Scottish Conservatives of 'foolish boasting'

Salmond
AFP

After a record result in the Scottish local government elections, where they returned 276 councillors, the Conservatives now have several SNP-held seats in their sights on 8 June. 

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has already declared her party has a "pretty good" chance of winning the Moray constituency. 

The party's foreign affairs spokesman, and former leader, Alex Salmond has hit back.

"There's no question the Tory vote is on the increase and therefore we have to galvanise the SNP support," said Mr Salmond. 

"Boasting before an election is an extremely foolish thing to do. The people have their say at the ballot box and I think the north-east of Scotland has a way of bringing people who make vainglorious boasts down to earth with a sharp bump." 

Ian Murray, until recently Labour's single MP in Scotland, insisted the "Sturgeon surge" was now over, pointing out: "The SNP failed to win a single majority on any council."

'Two-party race helps Tories' in Wales

Jonathan Evans
BBC

Welsh Conservatives will benefit from a general election seen as a two party contest, a senior Tory has said.

Despite returning 80 more councillors, 184 in total, at Thursday's local elections in Wales, the party only took control of Monmouthshire.

Welsh Tory chairman Jonathan Evans said June's poll will be regarded as a Theresa May-Jeremy Corbyn battle.

Welsh Labour's Chris Evans said the local election results gave the party a "firm foundation" to build on.

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What is Marx's Das Kapital?

Karl Marx
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Labour's John McDonnell says there is much to learn from reading Karl Marx's Das Kapital. 

What is it?

Well, it's over 200,000 words long but we've had a go at summarising its main points. 

Das Kapital is essentially an explanation of how the capitalist system will destroy itself.

Marx had already set out his ideas on class struggle - how the workers of the world would seize power from the ruling elites - in the Communist Manifesto and other writings.

Das Kapital is an attempt to give these ideas a grounding in verifiable fact and scientific analysis.

In simple terms, Marx argues that an economic system based on private profit is inherently unstable because it relies on the exploitation of workers.

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Karl Marx

What is Marx's Das Kapital?

Labour's John McDonnell says there is much to learn from reading Karl Marx's Das Kapital. What is it?

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Theresa May congratulates Macron on his victory

A Downing Street spokesperson says: "The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success. 

"France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new President on a wide range of shared priorities."

Macron wins French presidential election, projections say

French election
BBC

Some important breaking news from France - Emmanuel Macron, head of centrist party En Marche, has defeated Marine Le Pen, of the far-right National Front, in the presidential election.

You can follow the full story on our French elections live page

Battle on for safe Labour seat in Liverpool

Steve Rotheram, who was elected the first mayor of the Liverpool City region on Thursday, has announced he will not be seeking re-election  as MP for Liverpool Walton, the Liverpool Post reports.

The race is now to be selected for one of the safest Labour seats in the country.

Candidates have just five days to make their pitches to a representative of Labour's National Executive Committee, who will make the final decision.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson is said to be interested, along with MEP Theresa Griffin and former Labour advisor Daniel Hughes. Daniel Carden, an aide to Unite union boss Len McLuskey is also in the running, according to the Post.

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'Not enough votes'

Former Labour MP Tom Harris has been reminiscing about election night 2015, when he lost his Glasgow seat. 

He recalls being asked repeatedly why he lost: 

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When will we get results of the French election?

Lyon
Reuters

The final polling stations close at 20:00 (19:00 BST), with the result set to be reported immediately afterwards.

A turnout of 65.3% was recorded at 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT).

Evening summary

A re-cap of today's events so far:

  • Labour's John McDonnell has pledged to offer protections against foreign takeovers for British firms and to increase income tax only for people earning more than £80,000
  • He also discussed Marxism and what there is to learn from Das Kapital 
  • Health secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted that it was "not acceptable" that the Tories have failed to hit A&E targets for the last two years but said he could fund plans for 10,000 more mental health staff
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd has refused to commit to the 2015 pledge to cut immigration to "tens of thousands"
  • The Lib Dems have committed themselves to keeping the pensions "triple-lock" but better-off pensioners would lose the winter fuel allowance under their plans
  • Nigel Farage says UKIP will survive despite losing all their seats but one in the local elections. He said the party was needed to prevent "back sliding on Brexit"

Labour pledges to protect UK firms from foreign takeovers

Labour's manifesto will include plans to protect British companies from foreign takeovers, should the party win power on 8 June, John McDonnell has said.

Speaking at a campaign event in east London, the shadow chancellor said: "Our fears are, yes, takeovers take place, workers are not protected and pensions are raided as well.

"So we will tackle that in the manifesto with a series of proposals for legislation to protect our economy, protect the companies and protect the workers."

The trade union Unite, which is the Labour Party's biggest financial backer, has called for a "takeover commission" to assess the impact on jobs and society from bids.

Unite's general secretary Len McClusky last month said that businesses were more vulnerable to foreign takeover because of Brexit and the weaker pound.

Headteachers question Tory plans for teen mental health

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Who were the biggest Brexit donors?

The Sunday Times Rich List has highlighted the fortunes of some of the most influential donors in last year's EU referendum.

New entrant Arron Banks donated £8.1m, almost half the sum behind campaigns to leave. His fortune was valued at £250m.

The leading donor for the campaigns to remain was Lord Sainsbury. Worth a total of £560m, he gave £4.2m to try to keep Britain in the EU.

The list's compiler, Robert Watts, said he had expected to see a "chilling effect" on the fortunes of the wealthy because of Brexit. But it didn't materialise, partly because of a bouyant stock market.

Labour rules out tax rises - unless you earn £80,000 or more

Labour is pledging not to raise income tax for those earning less than £80,000 a year as part of an election "personal tax guarantee".

The shadow chancellor said those on more than £80,000 would pay "a modest bit more" to fund public services.

Despite local election losses last week, John McDonnell said he believed Labour would win the 8 June election.

The Tories, who have also ruled out a rise in VAT, say there is a £45bn black hole in Labour's tax proposals.

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Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be replaced with new laws tackling "unnecessary detention" under Tory plans for England and Wales.

The Conservatives also pledged 10,000 more NHS mental health staff by 2020 and to tackle discrimination against those with mental health problems.

But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that a failure to hit A&E targets was "not acceptable".

Opponents said without extra money, the Tory pledges were based on "thin air".

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UKIP will survive, says Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage with Paul Nuttall
PA

UKIP "will survive" as an electoral force despite a drubbing at last week's local elections, former leader Nigel Farage has said.

He told ITV's Peston on Sunday that his successor Paul Nuttall was "doing fine" and said UKIP was still needed, to prevent any "back sliding" on Brexit.

Neil Hamilton, UKIP leader in the Welsh Assembly, told the BBC "cosmic forces", not Mr Nuttall were to blame.

Mr Nuttall has predicted that UKIP voters who backed the Tories will come back to his party.

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Amber Rudd won't say if immigration target to stay

Amber Rudd
EPA

The home secretary has refused to say whether the Conservative manifesto will repeat their 2015 pledge to cut net migration to the "tens of thousands".

Amber Rudd told the BBC the manifesto was "not going to be identical to the last one" and said things had changed since 2015 because of Brexit.

The target, set by David Cameron in 2010, has never been met and recent figures put net migration at 273,000.

The PM indicated in April that she would stick with the aim.

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€100bn Brexit bill 'legally impossible' to enforce

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph reports the European Commission’s own lawyers saying a €100 bn Brexit bill would be "legally impossible" to enforce on Britain.

It says member states "appear to have ignored the Commission's own advice" by demanding the sum.

The inflated bill has merely "deepened the rift" between Brussels and Downing Street, the paper says.

Lib Dems: Labour's Marxism more Groucho than Karl

Alistair Carmichael
PA

Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael has responded to John McDonnell's appearance on the Andrew Marr Show earlier, when he was asked if he was a Marxist.

Mr Carmichael said: "John McDonnell seems to think it's 1917, not 2017. But the Marxism we're seeing in the Labour Party right now has more in common with Groucho than Karl. 

"Groucho Marx once said that politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

Watch again: Clips from today's interviews

John McDonnell: 'Labour won't make low earners pay more tax'
Andrew Marr asks John McDonnell if he's a Marxist
IFS: 'High earners have already seen big increases in tax'
Jeremy Hunt makes mental health election pledge
Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb on the Conservatives' plans
Neil Hamilton AM, UKIP leader in the Welsh Assembly, says it's not all over