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Jeremy Corbyn told activists in Glasgow this morning that the country can defeat the politics of despair and division, in a rousing speech as he begins a final day tour of the UK. He said:


Our party has suffered the most unbelievable levels of abuse from some of the media and the right in British politics. But our strength our idea our principles and our determination are stronger than ever.

But I do think there’s an issue of trust. I’ve set up what the principles of our movement are: that we will never accept racism or discrimination in any form, that we want to create a society that works for everybody. We do not pass by on the other side.

Activists were in buoyant mood following the release of YouGov’s second constituency-by-constituency poll overnight, which suggests that – while the Tories remain the favourites – the possibility of a hung parliament can not be ruled out.

Glasgow was the first stop in a tour that will take Corbyn to the north of England and the Midlands, before ending with a rally in Hoxton, east London tonight.

The early campaign stop took place in the constituency of Glasgow South West, where Labour’s Matt Kerr is hoping you overturn the SNP majority of just 60 votes in 2017. The Nationalists’ Chris Stephens, a former trade union official, has held the seat in the SNP landslide of 2015.

Activists held up signs reading ‘scrap universal credit’ as they gathered in front of the Govan Cross Christmas tree, and shouted “Thank you Jeremy”.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Govan this morning.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Govan this morning. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images




Gove says PM pocketing phone with sick boy picture was ‘single moment of absent-mindedness’

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Aamna Mohdin.

Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, is being interviewed on Today.

Q: Dave Merritt, whose son Jack was killed in the London Bridge terror attack, has accused Boris Johnson of exploiting this attack for political purposes.

Gove pays tribute to Jack Merritt. And he stresses the importance of rehabilitation. But he says that, particularly in relation to Islamist terrorism, sentencing policy must keep people safe.

Q: Dave Merritt says there should have been a dignified response from politicians.

Gove says his heart goes out to Merritt. He cannot think what he must be going through. But politicians must answer questions about policy, he says.

Q: Was it dignified for the PM, when he was asked to look at a picture of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor, to ignore it and put the phone in his pocket?

Gove says Johnson did look at the photograph. He sent Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to the hospital.

Q: He put the phone in his pocket.

That was “a single moment of absent-mindedness”, says Gove.

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Boris Johnson began the final day of general election campaigning with a chilly pre-dawn visit to a business called Modern Milkman, in the Tory-held constituency of Pudsey, in Yorkshire.

He donned an overall and helped load a minibus with crates of milk and orange juice.

Journalists were then loaded back on the Get Brexit Done bus and driven to a pleasant residential street in nearby Guiseley, where Johnson made a delivery to one handpicked house, chatting to a delighted resident.

Now we’re back on the bus, with another four stops to go today, taking in Wales and Essex before ending the day with a rally in London.

Prime minister Boris Johnson delivers milk to Debbie Monaghan in Guiseley, Leeds, ahead of Thursday’s General Election.

Prime minister Boris Johnson delivers milk to Debbie Monaghan in Guiseley, Leeds, ahead of Thursday’s General Election. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA




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Morning, I’m Aamna Mohdin, taking over the blog from Kate Lyons on the last day of the campaign.

Boris Johnson started his day helping load milk and orange juice bottles on to a delivery vehicle in West Yorkshire. He will be crisscrossing around the country, making stops in the Midlands, Wales and London, urging voters to give him the majority he needs to “get Brexit done”.

Last night, YouGov’s second much-hyped constituency-by-constituency poll suggests Labour is two points up, cutting the predicted Tory majority down from 68 seats to 28. YouGov said that while the Tories remain favourites, a hung parliament cannot be ruled out.

When asked about the narrowing polls, the prime minister told broadcasters:


This could not be more critical, it could not be tighter – I just say to everybody the risk is very real that we could tomorrow be going into another hung parliament.

That’s more drift, more dither, more delay, more paralysis for this country.

Pressed on whether he was nervous, Johnson replied: “We’re fighting for every vote.”

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Hello and welcome to our politics liveblog, the last of the campaign.

This is it, the end is in sight, but not before one final flurry of campaigning effort from all the parties.

Labour and the Conservatives are in a frantic scramble for votes as the last day of campaigning begins. Both parties have labelled Thursday’s vote the “most important in a generation” .

Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn are wasting a moment of their last day. The prime minister will be crisscrossing the country from Yorkshire to the Midlands, Wales and London on Wednesday, delivering his message that the Conservatives need only another 12 seats to win a majority and that only his party can “get Brexit done”.

Meanwhile, Corbyn will start his day in Scotland before visiting at least five key seats in a whirlwind tour across England, calling for those who are undecided to “vote for hope in this election”.

Both sides insist the election remains closely fought and that polls giving the Conservatives a lead could be wrong.

The release of YouGov’s second and much-hyped constituency-by-constituency poll suggests this is not just a line from the parties and we are in for a nerve-jangling finish. Compared with the first poll, Labour is two points up, meaning Boris Johnson’s notional majority has been cut from 68 to 28 as his party’s predicted seat count falls by 20 to 339 and Labour’s improves by the same amount to 231. The SNP takes 41 and the Liberal Democrats 15, with some particularly surprising Lib Dem gains predicted.

Thanks for travelling this campaign road with us. We’ll bring you all the news today (and of course tomorrow when the vote actually happens).

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