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Live Reporting

By Alice Evans and Claire Heald

All times stated are UK

  1. Today in summary

    That's all for today's live coverage of the general election campaign.

    Key developments on Tuesday included:

    There are just nine days to go until the UK goes to the polls.

    Join us tomorrow for more updates on all things election.

  2. Electioncast: Trump's In Town

    Adam Fleming, Chris Mason and guest - Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis

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  3. Cultural figures sign letter backing Corbyn

    Kate Tempest
    Image caption: Kate Tempest

    Actors, writers and musicians including American linguist Noam Chomsky, actor Steve Coogan and poet Kate Tempest have signed a letter urging voters to back Jeremy Corbyn on 12 December.

    Film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, and the band Massive Attack were also among more than 40 signatories.

    The letter, published by the Guardian, says Mr Corbyn's leadership offers a "plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few".

  4. Smaller parties focus: Women's Equality Party

    Comedian Sandi Toksvig
    Image caption: Comedian Sandi Toksvig co-founded the Women's Equality Party in 2015

    The Women’s Equality Party is fielding candidates in three seats, with the aim of drawing attention to unresolved sexual harassment cases and what it says is the lack of action by political parties.

    In Dover, Luton North and Bury South, the MPs who represented the constituency in the last Parliament faced allegations of sexual harassment. All three have denied the allegations.

    The WEP’s candidates - Eljai Morais (Dover), Serena Laidley (Luton North) and Gemma Evans (Bury South) – are all themselves survivors of sexual assault and violence.

    They are campaigning for changes to the law to give constituents the power to remove MPs if an independent third party finds them guilty of harassment or violence.

    MPs who are being investigated over harassment claims should be suspended from duty, they say, not just lose the party whip as has happened in the past.

    They are also seeking guaranteed funding for services that support women and girls who have experienced violence and abuse as well as universal free childcare from the age of nine months.

    The party says none of its rivals are “ambitious enough” when it comes to tackling the issue and only it is pursuing the radical action required to “create a society where women can live free from fear”.

    You can read more about the Women's Equality Party's tactics for this election here.

    Don't forget to check our policy guide to compare the manifesto pledges made by the larger parties.

  5. Smaller parties focus: The Social Democratic Party

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    Video caption: What a split from Labour led to in the past

    A huge force in British politics in the 1980s, the Social Democratic Party is fielding 20 candidates in the election - its largest number for more than 40 years.

    It is mainly targeting Labour voters in constituencies which backed Brexit and which it hopes will be attracted by its “sensible blend of red and blue policies”.

    The party backs the UK leaving the EU by 31 January, come what may – either with the current withdrawal agreement if it is backed by Parliament or without a deal.

    It is calling for a public inquiry into the government’s handling of Brexit preparations and negotiations, including the roles played by Theresa May and David Cameron.

    It is also proposing a big shake-up of taxation. It wants to reinstate a starting rate of income tax axed in 2008. It would raise the rate of tax paid by the highest-earners from 45% to 47%.

    Other policies include:

    • A new Citizen’s Bank to provide financial help and advice to the most vulnerable
    • Scrapping the House of Lords, and establishing an English Parliament
    • Scrapping the 0.7% foreign aid funding commitment
    • A new 25% rate of VAT on cars worth more than £35,000

    Leader William Clouston says the SDP is “re-emerging” as a national party with its strong focus on “family, community and nation”.

    You can read more of the SDP's policies here.

    Don't forget to check our policy guide to compare the manifesto pledges made by the larger parties.

  6. Smaller parties focus: The Liberal Party

    Image caption: The Liberal Party would scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system

    First up in our mini-series of posts about smaller parties is the Liberal Party.

    It says its 20 candidates are standing on a platform of “real liberalism” that will put power in the hands of the people.

    Unlike the much larger Liberal Democrats, the party says the Brexit referendum vote must be respected and the UK has to leave the EU.

    Its president, Steve Radford, says “old wounds should not be re-opened” and everyone should come together to try to make a success of Brexit.

    On tax, the party wants the low paid to keep as much of their income as possible. It would overhaul inheritance tax, slashing rates from 40% to 10% while scrapping allowances and exemptions and giving all 25-year-olds a one-off universal inheritance payment.

    The Liberal Party would scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system, redirecting billions into the UK’s conventional forces to boost manpower and equipment.

    Other policies include:

    • Giving citizens of Commonwealth nations preferential status in immigration needs
    • Repealing drug laws, with focus on regulation, taxation and harm reduction
    • Replacing custodial sentences of under a year for non-violent offences with community service
    • Establishing a regional assembly for Cornwall

    You can read their full manifesto here.

    Don't forget to check our policy guide to compare the manifesto pledges made by the larger parties.

  7. Smaller parties in focus

    Now let's have a look at some of the smaller parties campaigning for the election on 12 December.

    Have you heard of the Liberal Party? How about the Social Democratic Party, or the Women's Equality Party?

    Over the next while we'll bring you a profile of each of these three groups.

    Don't forget to check our policy guide to compare the manifesto pledges made by the larger parties.

  8. Lib Dems suspend staff member over 'faked' email

    Liberal Democrat rosette

    Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has confirmed a member of her party's staff has been suspended for "faking" an email.

    The email was reportedly sent as part of legal fight between the Lib Dems and news site Open Democracy.

    Ms Swinson said the "unacceptable" incident had led to "swift action".

    The row between the Lib Dems and Open Democracy relates to a story about the party selling personal data - something the party denies.

    The Lib Dems accused the website of not including a response from the party in its story.

    The website insists one of its journalists had contacted the Lib Dems for a response ahead of publication, but the party had not replied.

    Read the full story here.

  9. Trump arrives in Downing Street

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

    US President Donald Trump is the latest Nato leader to arrive in Downing Street after a trip to Buckingham Palace.

    Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had to wait outside for several minutes before they were let into No 10, though.

    That's because they were caught in a line-up of leaders - French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived at the same time as the US leader, was being photographed on the doorstep by members of the press.

    Mr and Mrs Trump stood and listened to carol singers before giving the cameras a wave and heading inside.

    Emmanuel Macron and President Trump
  10. Meet the protesters: 'I'm here for the junior doctors'


    Raoul Li-Everington, 27, is a junior doctor working for the NHS in north London.

    Speaking from the protest, he says the health service is in "decline" due to "austerity" policies.

    "It's clear to me that the next step is for the Americans to start investing in the NHS, buying up the NHS. That only leads to universal coverage not existing anymore," he says.

    "People will have poorer care and we will inherit a lot of America's health problems in terms of their system. I'm here on behalf of all the junior doctors in this country worried about the path the NHS is heading down, which is depressing," he adds.

    Desiree Cranenburgh, 62, from Hammersmith in London and a former NHS employee in a pharmacy department, says: "I don't think we can trust Trump and Boris Johnson on not doing some sort of a deal, it's big business (for) the pharmaceutical companies."

    Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have both today said the NHS is not on the table for trade deals.

    Others in the crowd say they are protesting against the Nato gathering in London.

    Sue Roebuck, 73, from London, said: "I think Nato is a war-mongering organisation, it's not there for peace at all."

    "It's all about militarising the whole world," she added.

    She argues investment in tackling cyber-crime and environmental concerns should come before spending on the military and nuclear defences.

  11. NHS and anti-war activists target Nato palace reception


    NHS workers and anti-war activists are targeting US President Donald Trump and Nato in a protest in central London.

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square before marching towards Buckingham Palace, where Mr Trump and other Nato leaders are being hosted by the Queen.

    Some protesters are concerned about the possible impact of a future trade deal between the US and the UK affecting the NHS.

    Their placards bear a range of messages for Mr Trump and for Nato, including about the NHS and in relation to global conflicts.

  12. Syria, Libya and counter-terrorism on agenda in No 10 talks

    The leaders of France, the UK, Turkey and Germany in Downing Street

    No 10 has issued a statement following Boris Johnson's talks earlier with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

    Downing Street said the quartet discussed the situation in Syria and Libya, joint counter-terrorism work and defence partnerships, including through Nato.

    On Syria, it said the leaders agreed on the need to facilitate humanitarian access and a role for the United Nations in determining the supply of aid in the north-east of the country following Turkey's controversial incursion in October.

    According to human rights organisations, the Turkish offensive - which began days after the US pulled its troops out of the region - has led to the deaths of more than 70 civilians in Syria and left 300,000 people displaced.

    The quartet also promised to work together to secure a lasting ceasefire in Syria and a political settlement, as well as the safe return of refugees.

  13. Recap: What's happened so far today?

    Here's a recap of Tuesday's main developments so far:

    • Donald Trump has sought to repudiate claims he is eyeing up the NHS in a future post-Brexit trade deal with the UK
    • On a visit to London, the US President said he had no interest in using any deal to increase US firms' market access to the health service - but Labour said his comments did not address their concerns
    • Mr Trump said he was resisting the temptation to get involved in British politics on this occasion and would "stay out" of the election
    • Boris Johnson has attempted to contrast his support for Nato with Jeremy Corbyn's more ambivalent historic attitude towards the defence alliance as world leaders marked its 70th anniversary in London
    • The Labour leader has apologised for the first time during the campaign for failings in the party's handling of anti-Semitism claims
  14. In pictures: Nato reception at No 10 and palace

    Boris Johnson has been hosting other Nato leaders in Downing Street and a reception has been held at Buckingham Palace.

    As usual at these high-level occasions, there's been plenty of smiles, bonhomie and the obligatory family photos. Here's a selection.

    From left: Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel
    Image caption: Thumbs up to Nato: Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel in Downing Street
    Boris Johnson and Xavier Bettel.
    Image caption: Nice to see you: Boris Johnson greets Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel. The two have not always seen eye to eye, Mr Bettel having been scathing about the PM's Brexit policy during a visit to his country in September
    Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau and Princess Anne
    Image caption: Royal presence: Boris Johnson shares a drink and some small talk with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Princess Anne
  15. Watch: Swinson - Trump 'not someone who shares our values'

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    Video caption: Trump 'not someone who shares our values' - Jo Swinson
  16. UK-US trade deal debate not just about NHS

    Our correspondent follows the Lib Dems on the campaign trail...

    Nick Eardley

    Political correspondent

    On a farm in Essex, Jo Swinson's been talking about the same issue as many of the other parties today - a potential post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

    But the Lib Dems aren't talking about the NHS in relation to this (like the other parties).

    Instead, they're discussing the potential impact that a trade deal with the US could have on farming and food imports.

    In particular, party leader Ms Swinson has been warning about the impact of things like chlorinated chicken and testosterone-filled beef.

    The US has said in the past that the UK should be open to these kinds of farming methods and standards.

    Ms Swinson says a Brexit that leaves the UK "begging Donald Trump for a trade deal" is likely to lead to "pressure to weaken food quality standards - and that's not something that will be good for farmers".

    Of course, the Lib Dem argument on all of this is that if you stop Brexit, food standards will be maintained and British farmers' subsidies will be protected.

  17. Lib Dem staff member suspended over 'fake' email

    David Cornock

    BBC Parliamentary correspondent

    Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson
    Image caption: Jo Swinson has been campaigning at a farm near Chelmsford this afternoon

    Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson confirms a member of the party’s staff has been suspended for allegedly “faking” an email.

    Speaking on a visit to an arable farm near Chelmsford, Essex, Ms Swinson says the incident was “completely unacceptable” and an investigation has been launched.

    The Guardian reports an unnamed person was suspended for forging an email to back up a legal threat against the media platform, Open Democracy.

    Ms Swinson does not confirm the identity of the staff member but says: “There was an email that was sent which was inaccurate, which was faked. That’s not acceptable, there’s an investigation, the member of staff has been suspended and I’m not going to comment further on staffing matters.”

    She says the action was "unacceptable... and it’s right that we have taken that action".

    The Lib Dems have been accused of distributing misleading information during this campaign - read our Reality Check piece about some of the accusations.

    Ms Swinson says: “Obviously we communicate with people across the country through our 'focus' newsletters, through newspapers that we put out, through letters that we send to people, through a wide variety of campaigning methods and that is common not just for Liberal Democrats.

    “That is what other parties do as well so I'm not going to apologise for communicating with the electorate"