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Summary

  1. Labour and Plaid Cymru manifestos
  2. Labour plans water nationalisation...
  3. ...more childcare and "excessive pay" levy
  4. 45p tax rate from £80,000, 50p from £123,000
  5. Plaid aim to seize Brexit gains for Wales
  6. Lib Dems promise cash for entrepreneurs

Live Reporting

By Marie Jackson and Claire Heald

All times stated are UK

Daily Mirror: Scatter my ashes over Moors with my victims

Daily Mail: Corbyn plan to bankrupt UK

Tuesday night recap

Teens reading Harry Potter
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If you're still with us (well done!). Now's the time for a late-night recap. 

It was a day that brought a glimpse of summer as Labour bared to us their plans, should they be elected to power. The headline-grabbing lines were:

Who's behind Corbyn's Momentum?

New Statesman

Jeremy Corbyn out with supporters
Reuters

Writing in the New Statesman, Anoosh Chakelian, looks at whether Jeremy Corbyn's supporters are actually out and about campaigning for their man and picking up the phone to encourage people to vote Labour. 

And she looks at who in the Labour Party - newbies or long-time supporters - are the one's openly giving the Labour leader their backing. 

Read more here.

Aslef's Tosh 'waited lifetime' for Corbyn's manifesto

BBC Newsnight

The Sun: Too brainy to be jailed

Labour's Burgon grilled on Newsnight

Labour's Richard Burgon, who is standing for re-election in Leeds East, is given a grilling by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark over his party's manifesto. 

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He goes on to say he "makes no apologies" for plans to scrap university tuition fees.

The policy is "a massive step forward - people feel they are being priced out of going to university and we'll put a stop to that", he adds.

He concludes the interview by saying the polls have narrowed. 

"We want to win this general election. We're up for the fight."

Corbyn 'speaks for the working people'

Independent: We'll keep Tory benefits freeze, Labour admits

Daily Telegraph: Family of shot WPc are denied justice

Corbyn's gamble: Could policies win Middle England's votes?

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Laura Kuenssberg
BBC

Manifesto moments are those times in any election campaign when voters think now I'm going to sit up and listen. 

They would have heard a very clear choice between him and what the Conservatives are putting on the table.

His 21st Century brand of Old Labour, if you like - more tax, more spending and more borrowing.

The question is how many people will believe him when he makes that offer? How many will find that appealing when it is a real departure from the direction Labour has been travelling in in recent years.

In his view, the irritations, the anger and the anxiety of Britain in 2017 do mean that voters are ripe and ready for something that sounds very different.

He's encouraged and enthused by the crowds that seem to greet him almost wherever he goes, but there's a gamble in all of this. Crowds don't always translate into huge votes at the ballot box. 

And remember, not so long ago, in 2015, Ed Miliband made a few little tiptoes to the left of where Labour had been, and he lost that election. Jeremy Corbyn is making a much bigger step in the same direction.

It's a gamble whether the voters of Middle England are really ready for the policies he believes will be popular.

And if you need a reminder of how big the challenge will be, one of his biggest supporters - Len McCluskey, the boss of Unite union - suggested to a website tonight it would be extraordinary if Labour was able to do it.

The Times: Labour's tax raid in tatters

Express: Why was £10.4m wasted keeping monster Brady alive?

Metro: Brady ashes are BANNED on the moor

Financial Times: Labour pledges £49bn tax rise to fund huge spending pledge

i front page: Corbyn's sharp left turn

Are you being targeted by political ads?

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How is social media being used by the political parties in this election? We need your input!

BBC's Chris Mason brings you the day's highlights

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Off your head? Student shaves political allegiance into hair

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Labour manifesto: Who gets what and when?

Why Labour doesn't explain nationalisation costs

The New Statesman has been getting its head around the Labour's manifesto number crunching. It writes: 

Under Labour’s fiscal rule, it has to balance day-to-day spending and aim for an operational surplus by 2022. That is to say, it can’t spend more on the regular functions of government than it takes in through tax. But it can borrow for infrastructure spending. To put it in real terms - Labour can’t spend money it doesn't have to pay doctors and nurses, or teachers. But it can borrow money - up to £250bn until 2027 - to build a new school or hospital.

Taking something into public ownership counts as infrastructure spend - just as Gordon Brown’s nationalising of the banks during the financial crisis did – under Labour’s rule, which is why the party doesn’t need to provide a revenue stream to do so. Just as spending on a new hospital secures a capital asset, so does nationalising something.

The counter-argument is that infrastructure spending creates jobs and improves productivity, but nationalising something merely changes whether those jobs are private or public. The Labour leadership’s view – and the one that would be tested if they won – is that by putting these assets into state hands, you unlock higher productivity and better job growth. (And, in the case of water companies, you gain tax revenue, as Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, believes these companies are engaging in tax avoidance.)

And that’s why Labour hasn’t provided a cost for its renationalisation programme – and why, under its own fiscal rule, it doesn't need to.

Callers give PM their policy ideas

Theresa May
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Also during the phone-in, Mrs May defended the Tories' record on disability benefits, declined to rule out tax rises and said details on senior citizens' bus passes would come in the manifesto. 

And some were keen to suggest their own policy ideas  to the prime minister. 

John, 72, suggested she divert some of the foreign aid budget into support for owners of diesel cars like himself to switch to electric models made in the UK. 

David told the PM the Blue Badge parking scheme should be extended to people on the autistic spectrum. 

And Patricia wanted politicians to say immigration was the "main reason" for NHS queues and school place shortages.

Twitter followers quiz May

The prime minister has been answering questions from Twitter followers and people on the Conservative's mailing list during a "telephone town hall" event. 

She was confronted by one fan of Labour's manifesto, Jim, who told her: "With things like the minimum wage, the NHS, schools and so on, unless you are very careful you are going to find a significant swing to Labour on those issues." 

But Theresa May said Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto pledges were "a very long wish list" and it would be "ordinary working people who pay the price".

Corbyn's policies take stride to left

Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour's manifesto in Bradford
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Jeremy Corbyn stunned his party hierarchy by becoming its leader. Now he has shown how he hopes to change the country. 

It is his manifesto, very much his manifesto, with some senior members of the shadow cabinet still in the dark about the precise details about the big decisions on tax this morning. 

And his manifesto represents a break from the political direction of travel that has dominated British politics for years - moves towards higher, not lower tax, a bigger, not smaller state, a move from what Labour had considered the centre ground. 

One senior Labour figure told me you wouldn't expect him to do anything other than paint on a big canvas. 

But it's the public who will decide if the picture is to their taste next month.

Read more of Laura's blog here.

Free childcare 'a bold promise'

Branwen Jeffreys

Education Editor

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It is a bold promise to parents - 30 hours of free childcare for all two, three and four-year-olds in England by 2021.

At the moment the poorest two-year-olds get 15 free hours of childcare a week in term time.

All three and four-year-olds can already get 15 free hours and, under existing Conservative plans that is due to increase to 30 hours for working parents from September.

So Labour's proposals go much further, with all parents - in work or not - entitled to 30 hours by the end of the next parliament.

Read more from Branwen here.

In pictures: Babies, bridges and selfies

Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn holds eight-month-old Toby Nutter, from Leeds
Theresa May
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Theresa May delivers a speech to workers at a company in Stoke-on-Trent
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron
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Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron greets supporters during a visit to Portsmouth
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon takes a selfie with a supporter after giving a speech in South Queensferry, with the backdrop of the new Queensferry Crossing
Leanne Wood
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Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, poses for pictures at the launch of her party's election manifesto in Rhondda

What role does education play in way people vote?

Landslides are rare, says veteran psephologist

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Corbyn denies plans are 'dangerously left wing'

Jeremy Corbyn at stump speech in Pudsey, West Yorkshire
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Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour supporters in the West Yorkshire market town of Pudsey that there has been "enough welfare for the wealthy" and it was time for something different.

The Labour leader warned against five more years of the Conservatives "cutting services, not caring about all of our children, not caring about the damage they do to our national health services and going on and on giving out tax relief to those who do not need it".

Mr Corbyn also defended his manifesto plans, rejecting suggestions the proposals in it were "dangerously left-wing".

He said: "It comes to something when the mainstream media say building housing is a dangerous left-wing, extreme thing to do." 

More homes, he said, would create jobs, children would do better in school and it would save the £9bn in benefits that went to private landlords.

McCluskey 'can't see Labour winning'

Len McCluskey
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Unite leader Len McCluskey has reportedly said he is "not optimistic" about Labour's chances and cannot see them winning power on 8 June.

Politico quoted Mr McCluskey - a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn - as saying a Labour victory would be "extraordinary" given the position the party found itself in and what he said was the hostility of the media towards the party.

In terms of the imagery of Jeremy, that’s a huge task. He’s got now just under four weeks to try to see if you can break through that image and it’s going to be a very, very difficult task...Whether that breakthrough can happen, we’ll wait and see. I’m not optimistic, but we’ll wait and see...The scale of the task is immense. People like me are always optimistic … things can happen. But I don’t see Labour winning."

In an interview with the website, the Unite leader suggested that if Labour emerged with 200 seats - which would be about 30 fewer than in 2015 and would constitute the party's worst electoral performance since 1935 - it would represent a success.  

I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign. It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically."

Labour: We can't reverse benefits freeze

Radio 4 PM

The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has said Labour cannot reverse the benefits freeze, despite leader Jeremy Corbyn's earlier comments which seemed to suggest otherwise.

"I don't think we can reverse it entirely and we shouldn't be promising things that we can't afford," she told BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

'All or nothing' for Labour on tuition fees

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

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Scrapping tuition fees in England is the biggest and most expensive proposal in Labour's £25bn worth of pledges for education. 

Instead of fees rising to £9,250 per year in the autumn, Jeremy Corbyn is proposing a complete handbrake turn in saying that university tuition should not cost students anything. 

It's a bolder step than Labour's previous leader, who two years ago opted for a halfway house of cutting fees to £6,000 - and then was accused of pleasing no-one. 

This is Labour going for an all-or-nothing approach - asserting free education as a fundamental principle - and creating the starkest choice in university policy for two decades. 

It's a direct appeal to younger voters - with surveys suggesting that students are more likely to vote Labour. 

Read more from Sean here.

Plaid Cymru: Offer a 'positive post-Brexit' plan

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Plaid Cymru launch their manifesto with 'tangible positive ideas' for Wales after Brexit

The Welsh nationalist party, Plaid Cymru has launched their manifesto, promising to get the best possible deal for Wales after Brexit.

Adam Price, Plaid Cymru's shadow finance secretary, explained to Radio 4's The World at One that people are very "receptive" to the party's ideas of offering a "positive post-Brexit plan". 

He says they are suggesting things like "being able to set regional rates of VAT which could help the tourism industry" in Wales.

Labour 'indistinguishable' from Tories on Brexit

BBC London News

Nick Clegg
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Lib Dem Brexit spokesman Nick Clegg says Labour have failed to address the main issue facing the country.

"The Labour party now, give or take a few very subtle distinctions, is completely indistinguishable from the Conservative position on Brexit," he says. 

"The Labour party don't want to give the British people a final say on the final Brexit deal. They don't want to see the UK continue to participate inside the single market. They want to bring an abrupt end to freedom of movement, just like the Conservatives do, which will be very damaging to London. 

"If you are looking for something different, then on this issue which looms over everything now in British politics - Brexit - the only party taking a different, and a more positive, approach to the future are the Liberal Democrats."

Tories and Labour 'like chalk and cheese'

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

It's chalk and cheese in plenty of places. The biggest gap we've seen between the two parties for quite some time.

This is Jeremy Corbyn's 21st Century version of Old Labour - more tax, more spending, more state control, nationalisation in four areas of industry. These are big bold changes that he wants to introduce. His calculation is that the frustrations of Britain in 2017, in his view, mean the electorate are ripe and ready for something that's very different.

Ed Miliband moved a couple of dainty steps to the left, and he lost by doing that. Jeremy Corbyn is taking a big stride to the left so it's a challenge.

'800 police officers spat at in past year'

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw offers some interesting figures on spitting. It comes after shadow home secretary Diane Abbott angered her audience at the Police Federation conference when she said she was sceptical about the benefits of spitguards.

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Labour manifesto 2017: What has changed from the draft document?

Labour manifesto
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Labour’s election manifesto was first seen last week when a draft was leaked. Click here to see what has changed.