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Live Reporting

Martha Buckley and Jackie Storer

All times stated are UK

  1. Wednesday's headlines

    Here's a round-up of the day's top stories:

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  2. Manchester University job cuts due to Brexit, union claims

    Manchester University
    Image caption: More than 12,000 people work at the university

    The University of Manchester's decision to cut 171 posts is due to "new government legislation and Brexit", a union has claimed.

    The university says the move is necessary for it to be a world-leading institution.

    But the University and College Union (UCU) said the university was in "a strong financial position".

    Both academics and support staff jobs are at risk. 

    A university spokesman said cuts would be made in the biology, medicine, health, business and humanities departments.

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  3. Paul Nuttall predicts UKIP voters will return

    Paul Nuttall

    UKIP is backing Labour candidates that are "true Brexiteers" in a bid to "get the Brexit we want", its leader Paul Nuttall has said. 

    He says this includes UKIP voters in former Labour minister Kate Hoey's Vauxhall seat being asked to back her.

    UKIP faces "a difficult" general election and the prospect of winning only two seats, he says.

    But Mr Nuttall predicts voters will return to UKIP if Theresa May "backslides" on Brexit negotiations.

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  4. So is Labour about to announce it will scrap tuition fees?

    John McDonnell

    Footage has also emerged of shadow chancellor John McDonnell saying that Labour would scrap tuition fees as part of its national education service.

    Speaking at a rally in Mansfield in April, Mr McDonnell said: 

    Quote Message: "We believe - we've always believed as a movement - that education is a gift from one generation to another, it's not a commodity to be bought and sold. So we want to introduce, just as the Attlee government with Nye Bevan introduced the National Health Service, we want to introduce a national education service, free at the point of need throughout life. That means ending the cuts in the schools at primary and second level, that means free childcare, it means free skills training whenever you need it throughout life. And yes, it means scrapping tuition fees once and for all, so we don't burden our kids with debt in the future."
  5. Conservatives 'won't scrap tuition fees'

    Theresa May has told an audience at a factory at Mansfield that a Conservative government after the election would not scrap university tuition fees in England.

    Pressed over the issue following reports that Labour may be planning to get rid of tuition fees, Mrs May said the question for Labour was how they would pay for that pledge, warning that it would "wreck the economy".

    She added: "If you wreck the economy you aren't able to support students, you aren't able to support public services, you see businesses going under, you see jobs going."

  6. Pic: Crowd turns out to greet Jeremy Corbyn

    The Labour leader is in York

    Jeremy Corbyn in York
  7. 'Food banks have been with us for many years' - May

    Questioned about a rise in homelessness and food bank use, Theresa May says the government is investing £500m to help combat homelessness and also trying to intervene before people become homeless.

    "Food banks have been with us for many years," she says, and "there are complex reasons" why people use them.

    This echoes a response she gave the BBC's Andrew Marr last month.

  8. Theresa May running 'traditional campaign'

    Theresa May

    Theresa May continues her East Midlands campaign day in Mansfield.

    She argues that "government has a role to play" in creating a society with opportunities for all, for example by providing affordable homes and good education.

    She then takes questions, kicking off with one asking why she will not appear in a live TV debate with other party leaders?

    The PM says she "approaching people in other ways" - appearing at events such as this and knocking on doors instead. 

    It's a "more traditional campaign", she says.

  9. Small business call for Labour tax clarity

    The Federation of Small Businesses has called for more clarity from Labour about its corporation tax plans.

    Labour says it will fund its education plans by raising corporation tax from 19% to 26% over the course of the next Parliament. Speaking earlier, Jeremy Corbyn said this rate would still be lower than the 28% rate in 2010.

    However, that was the main rate of corporation tax in 2010, with the rate for small businesses set at 21%. The rate for both now currently stands at 19%, while a 20% rate applies to UK oil extraction.

    An FSB spokeswoman said:

    Quote Message: We are pressing Jeremy Corbyn to honour the commitment he made when he met with FSB members last month, for no increases to corporation tax for small businesses under a future Labour government.