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BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Greens challenge 'timid' Labour at election launch
After record local election gains, the Greens are aiming for four MPs in their "most ambitious" campaign.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Reform would bring in immigration tax on firms
Companies would pay a higher rate of employee National Insurance on workers from abroad, under the plan.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Labour and Tories confirm income tax squeeze
Both parties say a freeze on tax thresholds will remain for three years if they win the election.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Greens challenge 'timid' Labour in election launch
After record local election gains, the Greens are aiming for four MPs in their "most ambitious" campaign.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Starmer is not acting in a factional way - Rayner
The party's deputy leader defends her boss amid a row over selecting candidates for the election on 4 July

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Hunt says income tax squeeze to remain until 2028
The Conservatives say a freeze on tax thresholds will remain for three years if they win the election.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Only SNP offering route back to EU - McAllan
The SNP claim young Scots have been let down by Westminster, citing Brexit and austerity measures.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Plaid Cymru only party putting Wales first - leader
Plaid Cymru is launching its general election campaign, promising a "positive alternative".

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Chris Mason: Starmer left-wing purge row is not dying down
The Labour leader is facing a backlash over claims he is freezing out left-wing election candidates.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

I want the highest quality candidates - Starmer
The Labour leader says he wants the "highest quality" candidates to put to the voters.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Greens launch campaign target of 'at least four' MPs
The Green Party of England and Wales launch their election campaign in Bristol.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Abbott accuses Labour of left-wing candidate purge
The veteran politician criticises her party's candidate selection, but Labour insists there has been no purge.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

We'll cut NHS waits in Labour-run Wales - Starmer
At campaign visit to Wales, Keir Starmer says he will work with Welsh ministers to ease waits.

BBC Politics
May 30, 2024

Vote Plaid to keep Labour in check, leader says
Plaid Cymru is launching its general election campaign, promising a "positive alternative".

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

'Labour wants to exclude me from Parliament' - Abbott
It comes amid a row over whether the party will select the veteran Labour MP to run at the election.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour candidate says she's been blocked from standing
Faiza Shaheen says she's was told she will not be Labour's candidate after allegedly liking antisemitic posts on X.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour and Tories rule out raising VAT after election
It comes as the two main parties traded blows over their spending plans.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour vows to 'take back town centres from thugs'
The party wants to put more police in communities and "rebuild safety on Britain's streets".

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Tax online giants to help kids' mental health, say Lib Dems
Lib Dems to triple taxes on social media giants to fund mental health professionals in all schools.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Corbyn launches election campaign as an independent
The former Labour leader will stand against the party he led from 2015 to 2020 to contest Islington North.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour wants to exclude me from Parliament - Abbott
It comes amid a row over whether the party will select the veteran Labour MP to run at the election.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour suspends MP Russell-Moyle over complaint
The Brighton Kemptown MP says he will be "exonerated" but has been told he can not stand as a Labour candidate.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Rishi Sunak tells Chris Mason: Yes, I am changing minds
The PM tells the BBC's political editor he is "thoroughly enjoying" himself out meeting voters in the election campaign.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

No credible plan to make Rwanda move work, say MPs
Parliamentary report says there is little to show for the hundreds of millions spent on Rwanda so far.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Starmer denies Abbott barred from standing for Labour
Labour leader says MP's suspension has been lifted but no decision taken on if she can be a party candidate.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

SNP will not back Matheson ban over £11,000 iPad bill
It comes after the SNP indicated they would not oppose the sanctions over an £11,000 data bill.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Not true Abbott barred from standing - Starmer
The Labour leader says no decision has been taken to bar Diane Abbott.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Government lifts ban on new incinerators
A temporary ban on new waste-burning incinerators in England has been lifted.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Junior doctors call five-day pre-election strike
British Medical Association members in England to walk out from 27 June until 2 July.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Is it 1997 all over again as Tory MPs head for the exit?
Whoever wins July's general election, there will be a significant number of new faces in the House of Commons.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

I've been barred from standing as Labour MP - Abbott
The ex-shadow home secretary is no longer suspended but says she will not be allowed to stand for the party.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

I see no reason why Diane Abbott can't stand for Labour, says Angela Rayner
Diane Abbott says Labour has "banned" her as a candidate - but the deputy leader seems to suggest otherwise.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Diane Abbott says she has been banned from standing for Labour at election
The veteran MP was readmitted to the Parliamentary Labour Party after comments she made about racism last year.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour and Tories make VAT pledges as Greens and Plaid Cymru launch campaigns
After Chancellor Jeremy Hunt pledges no VAT rise, Labour make the same commitment - denying they were "bounced" into it.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour and Tories promise not to raise VAT after election
The two main parties trade blows over their spending plans as the official five-week campaign period begins.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour makes NHS pledge as Tories promise new apprenticeships
Keir Starmer promises to hit a waiting list target within five years, and Rishi Sunak aims to scrap some university courses.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour want me excluded from Parliament, Diane Abbott tells supporters
Speaking at a rally in Hackney, the veteran MP says she is being "banned" from standing for the party.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Labour, Tories and Lib Dems pledge not to raise VAT
The parties are trading blows over their spending plans as the official five-week campaign period begins.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Rishi Sunak says timing of doctors' strike looks 'incredibly political'
As Labour make election pledges on NHS waiting times, the PM questions the timing of the five-day strike.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Starmer says 'not true' that Abbott barred from standing for Labour
The Labour leader's comments come hours after Diane Abbott texted the BBC to say she was banned from standing for the party.

BBC Politics
May 29, 2024

Sunak and Starmer agree first head-to-head election TV debate next week
The Labour and Tory leaders will face each other on ITV on Tuesday at 21:00.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Tories would swap 'rip-off' degrees for apprenticeships
The Conservatives say they would replace some degrees with 100,000 new apprenticeships per year.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

PM pledges to swap 'rip-off' degrees for apprenticeships
The Conservatives say they would replace some degrees with 100,000 new apprenticeships per year.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Why Nigel Farage's return to the fray matters
Nigel Farage has made it his life's work to disrupt - and he reckons he is not done yet, writes Chris Mason.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Chris Mason: Why Nigel Farage's return to the fray matters
Nigel Farage has made it his life's work to disrupt - and he reckons he is not done yet, writes Chris Mason.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Labour promises to hit 18-week NHS waiting target
Party pledges to achieve goal within five years as it sets out steps to tackle backlog in England.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Abbott readmitted as Labour MP after race row probe
But it is not clear whether the ex-shadow home secretary will stand for Labour at the election.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Suspended MP won't stand at general election
Geraint Davies says he has not been given a chance to clear his name by the Labour Party.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

No police action after Rayner council house probe
Police had been investigating the deputy Labour leader over a house in Stockport she sold in 2015.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

'Worst tan' Labour candidate blames smear campaign
Darren Rodwell had publicly apologised after saying he had the "worst tan possible for a black man".

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Lib Dems pledge water firm reform to tackle sewage
Sir Ed Davey says his party would put environmental experts on water company boards.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Labour is party of growth and enterprise - Rachel Reeves
The Shadow chancellor has made her first major speech of the campaign at a Rolls-Royce factory.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Three more London Labour MPs to stand down
Three more of London's Labour MPs announce their plans to stand down at the general election.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Labour says it won't announce any more tax rises
In her first major campaign speech, the shadow chancellor said all policies will be "fully costed".

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Reform becoming new Conservative movement - Farage
The party's honorary president says the election had got off to the "dullest start" and attacks a "lack of debate".

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

MP who assaulted wife to stand down
The MP accepted a police caution for assaulting his wife and quit Plaid amid a row over his membership.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Myrie and Kuenssberg to lead BBC election coverage
The BBC unveils its presenter line-up for election night on Thursday 4 July.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Watch: PM criticises Sir Keir Starmer's campaign speeches
The prime minister accused Labour's Sir Keir Starmer of "not having the courage" to tell voters about Labour ideas.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Going, going, gone: Ed Davey takes a dip in Windermere
The Liberal Democrats leader was paddleboarding on Lake Windermere Windermere in the Lake District.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Labour and Tories are both 'social democrats', says Farage
Nigel Farage was speaking in Dover, as part of his campaign for Reform UK.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Abbott Labour race row probe finished in December
BBC Newsnight learns the MP was given a formal warning despite Labour saying it is still investigating.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Two more London Labour MPs to stand down
Two more of London's Labour MPs announce their plans to stand down at the general election.

BBC Politics
May 28, 2024

Chris Mason: Starmer emphasises small town roots
The Labour leader leans on his background in a bid to counter the 'lefty lawyer from London' label, Chris Mason writes.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Tories pledge 'Triple Lock Plus' pension allowance
The Conservatives pledge to raise the tax-free pension allowance by at least 2.5% a year if they win the election.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

121 business chiefs sign letter backing Labour
More than 120 bosses endorse Labour's economic plans ahead of the election saying it is "time for a change".

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Labour wins backing of more than 100 business bosses
More than 120 bosses endorse Labour's economic plans ahead of the election saying it is "time for a change".

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

More than 120 business chiefs sign letter backing Labour
More than 120 bosses endorse Labour's economic plans ahead of the election saying it is "time for a change".

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

'Why now?' UK teens respond to Tory national service plan
Young people are split by the Conservative's pledge to introduce national service for 18-year-olds.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

'Why now?' UK teens respond to Tory national service scheme
Young people are split by the Conservative's pledge to introduce national service for 18-year-olds.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

'Why now?'- UK teens respond to Tory national service plan
Young people are split by the Conservative's pledge to introduce national service for 18-year-olds.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Former mayor Andy Street rules out MP election bid
Mr Street lost the mayoral contest in May and says he is ruling out a bid for Parliament.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Labour MP Kevin Brennan says he is standing down
The MP said he had changed his mind about standing in the general election after talks with family.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Theresa May admits mistakes over migrant policies
The former prime minister tells a documentary she is responsible for "hostile environment" errors.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

MP suspended after endorsing Reform UK candidate
Lucy Allan says she quit the Conservatives in order to endorse Reform's Alan Adams.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Starmer asked if there's a 'lack of enthusiasm' for Labour
Labour leader Keir Starmer is pressed on whether there's a perceived lack of enthusiasm for his party.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

PM pledges allowance for military national service
The Conservatives have given more details of their plan for 30,000 young people to work with the military.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

I've changed Labour permanently, Starmer says
The Labour leader tells voters to trust him as he makes his first big speech of the general election campaign.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

I was wrong about family firm not paying living wage - Sarwar
The Scottish Labour leader was accused of hypocrisy after saying not all staff at the business received the rate.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Election poll tracker: How do the parties compare?
How do people say they will vote in the UK general election? Our poll tracker measures the trends.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

National service could boost job chances, Tories say
The party suggests military service could fast-track young people into graduate schemes.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

'Country first, party second'- Starmer sets out vision
The Labour leader has given his first major speech of the general election campaign.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Naomi Long says campaign ‘won't distract' from justice ministry
The Alliance Party leader has announced she will stand in upcoming general election.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

What is the Tory national service scheme and how might it work?
The government has confirmed no one will be forced to do military training under the £2.5bn scheme.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Tories make tax pledge on pensions as business leaders back Labour
The Tories promise a tax break for pensioners, while Labour gets support from 120 business leaders.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Starmer to focus on security in campaign speech
It comes after a weekend that saw the Tories unveil a plan that would bring back mandatory national service for 18-year-olds.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Starmer to focus on security in speech as campaigning resumes
It comes after a weekend that saw the Tories unveil a plan that would bring back mandatory national service for 18-year-olds.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Reeves says Labour 'the party for business', as Tories make pension tax pledge
The shadow chancellor speaks as Labour is backed by 121 business leaders, while the Conservatives announce a "triple lock plus".

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Rishi Sunak says national service will 'foster service' and boost security
The plan would involve one weekend of volunteering a month for 18-year-olds, or a year-long military placement.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Pension and economy pledges as PM and Reeves head to Midlands
The Tories promise a tax break for pensioners, while Labour gets support from 120 business leaders.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Labour plans 100-day 'security sprint', with Starmer giving campaign speech
The 100-day review would bring together MI5, the police, and the civil service to identify threats.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Angela Rayner to face no further police action in council house row
The police say "council tax and personal tax do not fall into the jurisdiction of policing", and that it has shared information with HMRC.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Diane Abbott readmitted as Labour MP
The veteran MP has been let back in to the parliamentary party, but it is not clear if she will stand at the general election.

BBC Politics
May 27, 2024

Keir Starmer stresses upbringing and security in first major campaign speech
After discussing his first job "clearing stones for farmers", the Labour leader highlights the need for national security.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Union says Sarwar family's firm pays above real living wage
The Scottish Labour leader was earlier accused of hypocrisy after saying not all staff at the business currently received the rate.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Alliance leader Naomi Long to stand in general election
Mrs Long previously held the seat from 2010 until 2015, when the DUP's Gavin Robinson won it.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Lib Dems pledge to fix Scotland's 'dental deserts'
Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said dental services were being 'neglected' on both sides of the border.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

What is the Tory national service plan and how might it work?
The government has confirmed no one will be forced to do military training under the £2.5bn scheme.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Sarwar accused of hypocrisy over Labour living wage plan
The Scottish Labour leader says he has no direct involvement in the family firm but conceded not all staff receive the real living wage.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Polling guru crunches the numbers... in 60 seconds
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak needs a record campaign swing to win in July, says polling expert Sir John Curtice.

BBC Politics
May 26, 2024

Mandatory national service would 'get young people out of their bubble'
National service will engage young people in society again, says Home Secretary James Cleverly.

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