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Summary

  1. Theresa May insists Tory policy on tax has not changed
  2. Fresh batch of opinion polls published - with wide-ranging predictions
  3. Senior Conservative ministers say 'no plans' to raise income tax
  4. Jeremy Corbyn says Tories 'in chaos' over tax
  5. Nicola Sturgeon travels to key constituencies by helicopter

Live Reporting

By Brian Wheeler and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

BreakingTerror attack in London

A terror attack in London on Saturday night has left seven people dead and 48 injured. Most political parties have suspended national campaigning ahead of the general election, but some MPs say they will carry on campaigning locally. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall says he will not suspend his campaign because that is "precisely what the extremists would want us to do".

To follow the latest on the attack, please click here.

Theresa May being updated on London Bridge situation

Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May is being "regularly updated" on the incident at London Bridge.

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Labour 'would aim to cut VAT'

The Guardian

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has told The Observer Labour would cut VAT from its current level of 20% if the economy was growing strongly enough.

Mr McDonnell says Labour's priority if it wins power on Thursday will be to create a fairer tax system and ease the burden on low and middle income workers, which could be done through higher wages or a cut to VAT.

He is certain to be questioned about this when he appears on the Andrew Marr show tomorrow morning.

He also reveals in his Observer interview that he has had meetings with Treasury officials - a standard courtesy to opposition parties ahead of an election - to discuss implementation of Labour's programme, including a "summer budget" to boost NHS spending and scrap tuition fees.

John McDonnell
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I think VAT is a real problem for many people. When we come out of Europe there is more flexibility on VAT, particularly in terms of the lower levels.”

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Banksy makes election print-for-vote offer

Secretive artist Banksy has offered fans a free print if they vote against the Conservatives in a move which could land him in legal trouble.

The political graffitist posted on his website offering a print to voters in six Bristol area constituencies.

Applicants have to send him a ballot paper photo showing a vote against the Tories to get the limited edition work.

This would contravene laws designed to ensure votes remain secret, and could break rules against bribery.

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May pitches for British Hindu and Indian vote

Philip and Theresa May at Hindu temple
PA

Theresa May has made a plea to British Hindus and Indians to help her make Britain the "world's great meritocracy".

The Conservative leader was speaking during a visit to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London, one of the biggest Hindu temples outside India.

In a 20-minute speech to a crowd of around 2,000 in the main hall she said: "Come with me as we support all Hindu faith groups.

"Come with me as we build a truly global Britain, and help me build those vital links with India.

"Come with me as we build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous vision for us all."

Mrs May was accompanied by her husband Philip, with both removing their shoes before entering as a customary mark of respect.

Theresa May
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Why the polls can't agree

Brian Wheeler

The opinion polls are - let's be frank - all over the place.

The Conservatives are still ahead in the latest batch but their advantage ranges from 1 to 12 points.

This means we are either looking at a hung Parliament or a thumping Conservative majority, or something inbetween.

The problem, says Ben Lauderdale, of the London School of Economics, who helped create the YouGov model which had the Tories as low as 18 seats short of a majority, is that pollsters can't agree on which voters will turn up on the day.

"None of us are stupid, none of us are crazy, we all may be wrong in the end or some of us may be wrong, but it's just a difficult problem," he says.

The polling companies changed the way they work things out after failing to predict the 2015 election.

They got it wrong because their polls were biased towards people who normally vote.

But they don't know how many of the politically disengaged non-voters who unexpectedly turned out in their millions to vote for Brexit will bother to vote in the general election.

Also, YouGov believes that if younger voters turn out in big numbers on Thursday, then Theresa May could win a much smaller majority than initially predicted or even lose.

Polls coming thick and fast

The pollsters have been busy on behalf of the Sunday papers. YouGov for the Sunday Times have the Conservatives on 42% (-1) and Labour on 38% (+2). And here's ORB for the Sunday Telegraph:

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Could Farage make a comeback?

Sky News

Nigel Farage has been out and about today, and the former UKIP leader was asked by Sky News if he fancied a return to the front line.

Would I rule out ever coming back to the front line again? That depends on whether this Prime Minster delivers...If she does as well with Brexit as she did as home secretary with immigration, then ask me that question in two years' time and I may well say, 'Do you know what, the job's unfinished'."

New poll cuts Tory lead to 1 point

The Survation poll, for The Mail on Sunday, was taken after yesterday's BBC Question Time election special with Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.

In total, 72% of respondents had seen or heard something about the debate.

The poll suggests the Conservatives are on 40% (down 6), Labour 39% (up 5), Lib Dems 8% (no change), UKIP 5% (up 1) and others 9% (up 1).

Survation interviewed 1,049 UK adults aged 18 and over online during the course of today.

Pics: Parties on the campaign trail

How have you spent your Saturday? Here's what some familiar faces have been up to:

Theresa May and William Hague drink tea in Silkstone, South Yorkshire
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Drinking tea - Theresa May (and William Hague) in Silkstone, South Yorkshire
Nicola Sturgeon in Biggar, South Lanarkshire
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Playing the harp - Nicola Sturgeon in Biggar, South Lanarkshire
Corbyn
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Having a hug - Jeremy Corbyn in Beeston
NIgel Farage in South Thanet
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Sinking a pint - Nigel Farage in South Thanet

Whatever happened to Douglas Carswell?

The former UKIP man, who is standing down as an MP, is a now a digital democracy guru, if this clip from think tank WebRoots is anything to go by.

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Conservatives giving up on landslide?

Conservative insiders believe the tide is turning back their way as they attempt to focus on their core issues - Brexit and leadership - in the final few days of the election campaign, writes Tom Mctague on the Politico website.

But he adds: "Despite the quiet confidence inside the Tory campaign bunker, the party’s internal numbers have convinced senior strategists that the possibility of a 100-seat majority is now out of reach."

Hundreds in Liverpool for EDL and counter demonstrations

Protests
BBC

Riot police stepped in to prevent clashes between the English Defence League and anti-fascist protesters during a demonstration in Liverpool.

The demonstration was confined to a side street before officers moved protesters towards Lime Street station.

Twelve people were arrested for various offences under the Public Order Act.

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Watching the football?

Tenuous link alert: The Champions League final kicks off in less than 15 minutes, but there are any Real Madrid or Juventus fans among the UK's party leaders? Answer: No. Jeremy Corbyn's Arsenal came the closest to making it to Cardiff. There's also support in the political world for Liverpool (Paul Nuttall), Blackburn Rovers (Tim Farron) and Ayr United (Nicola Sturgeon).

Thankfully there's been no repeat of David Cameron's West Ham/Aston Villa "brain fade" in this general election campaign.

Pics: May visits Hindu temple

Philip and Theresa May
BBC
Philip and Theresa May
BBC

Here's Theresa May on the latest stop of her campaign, visiting a Hindu temple alongside her husband Philip.

Corbyn defence vow after Trident grilling

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to keep the UK safe after facing questions about whether he would use nuclear weapons.

The Labour leader said he would "invest properly" in the armed forces, promising more ships for the Royal Navy and aircraft for the RAF.

"We will protect the people of this country from any threat that they face anywhere in the world," he said.

In Friday's Question Time special, Mr Corbyn faced hostile audience questions about his stance on nuclear weapons.

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Conservatives have 12 point lead - poll

The latest ComRes poll for The Independent and the Sunday Mirror gives the Conservatives a bigger lead than other recent surveys. But it also suggests Theresa May's personal popularity has taken a dive.

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Catch up with your local debate

Davis, McDonnell and Farron on Marr

Rees-Mogg and son hit the campaign trail

Jacob Rees-Mogg and son
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Mogg and son

Social media users are having some fun with this picture of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and his "mini me" son on the campaign trail together.

The North East Somerset MP joked "we shall have to take our business elsewhere," as they posed for a picture outside a Labour-supporting tattoo parlour.

We can't help being reminded of another father and son duo, who cut a sartorial dash of a slightly different kind back in the 1970s (yes that's how old some of your live page writing team are!).

Anyone else remember Ian Dury and son Baxter posing for this iconic image on the cover of Dury's New Boots and Panties album?

Ian Dury and son
Ian Dury
Dury and son

More pictures from the campaign trail

Super Saturday continues for all the parties as they campaign up and down the country.

Here are some pictures from the trail.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Nicola Sturgeon tries to score some votes in Scotland
Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn attracting big crowds in Nottinghamshire
Nigel Farage
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Nigel Farage enjoys a pint in Kent
Theresa May and William Hague
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Theresa May chooses tea on her trip to Yorkshire with former Tory leader William Hague

Big boost for youth turnout predicted

Poll suggests near 50% jump

Graphic from Hope not Hate
Hope not Hate

A new poll suggests nearly two-thirds of young people are committed to voting in Thursday's general election. The proportion voting in the 2015 general election was 43%.

The poll was carried out by ICM on behalf of the Hope not Hate campaign and the National Union of Teachers.

Of those 18 - 24 year olds who are registered to vote and say they intend to do so, 68% say they back Labour.

54% say the most important issue is the NHS, Brexit comes second with 26%, education and tuition fees come third and fourth.

72% of the sample said they had no confidence in politicians and politics to solve their problems.

The BBC was the single most trusted news provider, winning the trust of 49% of young people.

For full details of the poll findings click here.

Jeremy Corbyn: Knock, knock - get out and vote

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Jeremy Corbyn had supporters laughing and cheering, when he gave them a comical example of the kind of knocking on doors-type of campaigning he expects them to be involved in on election day.

He told them:

You knock on doors - you identify the Labour supporter and then you very politely go round at 10am on June 8 and ask them to vote. You go round at 12pm and remind them to vote slightly less politely. You go at 2pm and remind them they haven't yet voted. You go at 4pm and ask them why they haven't voted. You go at 6pm and say would they be good enough to go and vote. You go at 8pm and say it really would be a big help if you went to vote - and you go down at 9.30pm and say: 'For Christ's sake, get out of your house and get down to the polling station!'"

Corbyn: Scrapping tuition fees is expensive, but worth it

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

Jeremy Corbyn says he knows his plan to scrap university tuition fees "is very expensive" - but doing it will help people contribute to the collective and common good.

Estimates suggest that scrapping tuition fees in England could cost up to £11bn.

But the Labour leader tells supporters at a campaign event in Nottinghamshire that the policy will put an end to students leaving university with debts of £50,000 to £60,000.

"I am told this is very expensive - yes, it is very expensive - I fully understand the cost of it," he says.

But he says a "person is lost" if they cannot do what they want with their lives because they are put off by the potential debt involved.

Mr Corbyn also reiterated Labour's plan to have a pupil arts premium that will allow children to learn a musical instrument in school.

He says he would also restore the education maintenance allowance so youngsters are not prevented from doing A-levels and B-Tech qualifications.

Not everyone is happy to see Farage...

Former Labour MP doubts poll boost

Labour seize top ten hit for campaign

Observer poll puts Tory lead at 6 points

Observer policy editor tweets:

Farage takes a break from campaigning

Labour tactics in London

Sky Political Editor tweets:

Dugdale: SNP must 'get back to the day job'

Kezia Dugdale
PA

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is also campaigning across Scotland today, claiming the SNP is a divisive force nationwide.

Speaking in Lanarkshire, she says: "At the general election, Scots can vote for Labour MPs who will fight for jobs and public services or SNP MPs who will only fight for another independence referendum.

"All across Scotland people are sick and tired of the SNP's obsession with dividing us again while our schools and hospitals suffer.

"In the vast majority of seats across Scotland it is only Labour that can stop the SNP. Only a vote for Labour can end austerity and send a message to Nicola Sturgeon to get back to the day job."

Farage: Tories will put up taxes

Nigel Farage in Kent
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Another prominent political figure has stepped in to comment on the confusion over Tory tax policy.

Camapigning in Kent, Nigel Farage, says the Conservatives have lost control of the campaign with just five days to go until the general election.

"They've got different people sounding off, whether it's on immigration, which is David Davis, whether it's on tax, which is Sir Michael Fallon," the former UKIP leader told the Press Association.

"One thing is clear, that Theresa May's government will put taxes up. Since 2010, since we had a Conservative Prime Minister, the tax burden has gone up."

Seven polls coming tonight...

But who will come out on top?

Nicola Sturgeon, Alistair Darling, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie

Scottish politicians are on the campaign trail with just five days to go until the general election.

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Lib Dems focus on social care reforms

Simon Hughes at poster unveiling
EPA

The Lib Dems have unveiled a new poster highlighting their opposition to the Conservative social care reform plans.

Simon Hughes, the party's candidate for the Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat, joined supporters at the launch in central London.

It references what critics of the manifesto plans have dubbed a "dementia tax".

The poster carries a photo of Theresa May and the caption: "Don't bet your house on it."

Mrs May defended the proposals during Friday's BBC Question Time programme, saying people would no longer have to sell their house during their lifetime to fund care and would be able to protect more of their savings than they can currently.

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Former PM David Cameron sends good luck wishes to Theresa May