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Summary

  1. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urges young people to register to vote and "step up for Britain"
  2. Theresa May makes her first election campaign visit to Scotland
  3. European Union leaders agree a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations
  4. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall confirms he will stand in Boston and Skegness
  5. General election due on 8 June

Live Reporting

By Alex Therrien and Danielle Dwyer

All times stated are UK

  1. EU's chief Brexit negotiator: 'We need unity'

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has been speaking about the need for unity among EU members as they meet today to discuss Brexit negotiations. 

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  2. Nuttall standing in Boston and Skegness

    Paul Nuttall

    As we reported earlier here on the live page, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for election in Boston and Skegness in the general election.

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  3. Election about removing May's opposition, Sturgeon says

    She says Theresa May has said the election is about removing her opposition to strengthen her hand and "do whatever she wants".

    "Well let us make sure we send a loud message from Scotland that we're not prepared to give a Conservative government a free hand to do whatever it wants to Scotland," she says. 

  4. Sturgeon: 'We must not allow Tories a free hand'

    Ms Sturgeon says the Tories have given tax cuts to "the very wealthiest in society" while cutting spending for the disabled.  

    She says this has been done with just a small Conservative majority.

    "We in Scotland must not allow the Tories a free hand to do even more damage to our country and to the fabric of our society."

  5. Election 'determines if Scotland goes forwards or backwards'

    In the general election she says Scotland must make sure its voice is heard - "and loudly and clearly". 

    She says the election matters to the future of the country and will determine whether Scotland "moves forwards or is dragged back by the Tories". 

  6. Sturgeon: Scotland can remove 'dead hand' of Labour

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also been addressing crowds. 

    She says in the local elections on Thursday Scotland has the opportunity to remove the "dead suffocating hand of Labour". 

  7. Corbyn: 'Step up for Britain'

    Jeremy Corbyn at press conference

    Mr Corbyn tells the audience that strong leadership is not about asking for more power - what he claims Theresa May is doing - but "equipping you with more power". 

    He ends by imploring young people to register to vote. 

    "Step up for Britain and vote Labour on June the 8th," he urged. 

  8. Corbyn: May has 'presidential bunker mentality'

    Theresa May
    Image caption: Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of having a "presidential bunker mentality".

    Mr Corbyn says he "respects his critics - when they make a reasoned case".

    He said they were doing what he did in the past when he often challenged the party's leadership.

    Mr Corbyn says it reminds him of the 1990s when the "political mainstream bought into Conservatives ideas about the market, finance and the economy".

    He says this ultimately left the UK with "no defence" to the global recession. 

    Mr Corbyn says this experience showed him that if party leaders go unchallenged they can make "some of the most damaging mistakes". 

    He accuses Theresa May of slipping into a "presidential bunker mentality".  

  9. 'Labour forced Tories into one U-turn after the other'

    Mr Corbyn spoke about his track record as an MP since 1983. 

    He said since he first became an MP he has not seen a sustained attempt to change what is "holding this country back".

    He did not expect to win the Labour leadership contest in 2015, he said, but since then Labour had "forced the Conservatives into one U-turn after the other" on issues including tax credits and disability benefits.  

  10. Corbyn: People are being held back

    Mr Corbyn says many people - particularly the young - are being "held back" in society. 

    He says in a "fairer Britain" government would be "bending over backwards" to help those who are struggling and "unleash their potential".  

    "You are the future after all - that is a priority every government should follow."

  11. Young 'need to step up' and register to vote

    Mr Corbyn says the audience needs to "step up" and register to vote. 

    "Claim your future," he says. 

    He says 2.4 million people are missing from the UK's electoral register and points out that barely 40% of 18-24 year olds vote. 

    He says Conservatives are more than happy with this and "apathy and resignation" will secure them seats in the election.  

  12. 'Conservatives cooking up Brexit for the few'

    Mr Corbyn says the Conservatives are "cooking up" a "Brexit for the few" - one where any money saved is handed out to corporations and the super rich in tax cuts. 

    He says where new trade deals are made they will drive down working conditions and food and environmental standards. 

    "I think you can work out what will happen to the many in a rigid Brexit", he says. 

  13. Corbyn: 'Government has scorecard of neglect'

    Mr Corbyn says the Conservatives do not want to talk about this "rigged system" and are "desperate" to make the election "all about Brexit".

    The Conservatives would rather make "incredible promises" about life outside of the EU rather than talk about a "scorecard of broken promises and neglect stretching back over seven years," he says.  

  14. Corbyn: Government presiding over 'rigged system'

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is giving a speech in Whitechapel, east London. 

    This election, more than any he has fought, will "define our times," he tells the audience. 

    He reaffirms his slogan that the government has presided over a "rigged system".

  15. BreakingNuttall to stand in Boston and Skegness

    Paul Nuttall

    UKIP leader Paul Nuttall took his time to announce whether he'd compete in the general election, and then he was tight-lipped about where he would be standing. 

    Now Mr Nuttall has announced he will standing in Boston and Skegness - the constituency that recorded the highest Leave vote in the EU referendum, at 75.6%.

    In a statement, Mr Nuttall said: "It is a great honour and a privilege to stand for UKIP in Boston and Skegness. 

    "The constituency voted overwhelmingly for Leave inspired in part by the massive betrayal of our fishing industry by successive governments, something that today's Conservative Party led by Theresa May looks set to repeat.

    "I will make it my mission to stand up for the people of Boston and Skegness and ensure there is no backsliding on Brexit." 

  16. Tim Farron: I could replace Corbyn as opposition leader

    Tim Farron

    In Leeds, Mr Farron will reiterate his claim that he could replace Mr Corbyn as leader of the opposition.

    He claimed the Lib Dems can replace Labour as Britain's main opposition party because Jeremy Corbyn is "demonstrably the worst leader in British political history". 

    He has also said his party is aiming to regain the Scottish seats it lost in 2015.

    Mr Farron faces an uphill battle - the Lib Dems currently have nine MPs while Labour has 229. 

  17. May set for Scotland campaign visit

    Theresa May

    Theresa May is to make her first campaign visit to Scotland, where the Conservatives are hoping to make gains. 

    She is expected to ask Scots to vote for her to "strengthen the Union", the economy and her hand in Brexit talks.  

    Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, will urge young people to overcome "apathy and resignation", which he says only favours the Tories.

    He will highlight figures showing 2.4 million young people are missing from the electoral register.

    May urges Scots to 'strengthen Union'

    Theresa May

    The prime minister speaks at a rally during her first election campaign trip to Scotland.

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  18. Key Corbyn allies not selected by Labour

    Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Harlow

    Two of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies have not been selected for parliamentary seats under a fast-track process.

    His political secretary Katy Clark - a former MP - pulled out of the contest for Leigh, the seat Andy Burnham is vacating. 

    Sam Tarry - a key figure in Mr Corbyn's second leadership campaign - was also passed over for Hull West and Hessle, vacated by Alan Johnson.

    The nominations are significant because they could determine if a left wing successor is appointed to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the event of him stepping down after the election. 

    Key Corbyn allies not selected by Labour

    Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Harlow

    Failing to get Jeremy Corbyn supporters nominated could have significance beyond the next election.

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  19. EU to discuss Brexit position without UK

    EU flag

    EU leaders are to meet in Brussels later to discuss a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations.

    The UK is the only member of the bloc not taking part in the discussions. 

    The EU will insist that progress must be made in talks on separating the UK from the EU, before any discussions can begin about future trade relations.

    Official talks between the UK and the EU will not begin until after the general election on 8 June.

    EU must remain united on Brexit - Tusk

    Donald Tusk speaks to the press upon his arrival to attend the EU leaders summit at the Europa building, the main headquarters of European Council and the Council of the EU, in Brussels, on April 29, 2017.

    The remaining 27 European Union members are meeting in Brussels to agree their Brexit strategy.

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  20. Saturday morning news

    Theresa May on the campaign trail

    Good morning from the politics live team. 

    Here's a round-up of some of the political stories you're waking up to. 

    • Theresa May is to make her first election visit to Scotland, while opposition leaders will also be on the campaign trail
    • EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to discuss a joint strategy for Brexit negotiations
    •  An MP is standing down after reportedly telling students that homosexuality was "wrong" and "dangerous to society"
    • Two of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies have not been selected for parliamentary seats under a fast-track process
    • An MP's aide has pleaded not guilty to rape and assault charges following an alleged attack at Parliament