Thursday June 1
12.15am: Theresa May’s bid to increase her Commons majority has been plunged into chaos after a recent poll showed the Labour party have reduced the Conservatives’ lead to just three points with only a week to go until Britain goes to the polls.
The YouGov poll for the Times, conducted over past two days (May 30-31), puts the Tories on 42 per cent with the Labour party close behind on 39 per cent.
The Tories three point lead is the lowest of the campaign so far, while Labour’s 39 per cent is the party’s highest poll result since February 2014.
The pollster, who garnered responses from 1,875 British adults, put the Lib Dems down two points on seven per cent, with Ukip behind on four per cent.
Wednesday May 31
10.40pm: Theresa May is to call on voters on both sides of the Europe debate to come together in next week's General Election to give her a mandate to "fulfil the promise of Brexit".
In a bid to return Brexit to the heart of the General Election campaign after coming under fire for ducking a TV debate with other party leaders, Mrs May will use a high-profile speech in the North-East on Thursday to set out her vision of European Union (EU) withdrawal as part of a "great national mission" to build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain.
10.00pm: Mr Corbyn claimed that the Home Secretary was not “credible” on the issue of living standards.
He said: “You tried to take personal independence payment’s away from people with disabilities and then you turned yourselves around in a few days on that, you are not credible on this issue.”
The Home Secretary blasted that his promises in the Labour manifesto would need a “magic money tree”.
She said: “Jeremy I know there is no extra payment you don’t want to add.
“No tax you don’t want to rise, but the fact is we have to concentrate our resources on the people who need it most.
“We have to stop thinking as you do, that there is a magic money tree.
“You have to be accountable on the money you want to spend.”
9.00pm Jeremy Corybn criticised the Conservatives for not raising living standards during their time in power.
Amber Rudd shot back that the Labour leader would not be able to provide his manifesto promises.
The Home Secretary said: “We are a party who will always support those in most need and the welfare bill for helping people with disabilities has gone up £7billion in the past seven years and is now at £50billion.
“We will always provide that safety net when it is needed.”
7.53pm: Jeremy Corbyn has promised to deliver a country “for the many not just the few”.
The Labour leader said there would be no tax rises “for 95 per cent of tax payers” while adding that those with “most” will contribute more.
At the debate Mr Corbyn has also promised to lift the pay cap on the public sector while introducing a new living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.
Ukip leader Paull Nuttal meanwhile promised to scrap the VAT on fuel bills and remove green levies, while also promising to raise the personal allowance to £13,500.
“People know how to spend their money better than any government,” he said.
7.22pm: The BBC debate is about to begin. Find out how to watch it online here.
6.30pm: The BBC election debate will broadcast on BBC One at 7.30pm tonight.
Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat Tim Farron, SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson and Ukip’s Paul Nutall will join Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and the Green’s Caroline Lucas.
Home Secreatry Amber Rudd will step in to replace Theresa May.
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5.30pm Jeremy Corbyn is getting ready to take part in the BBC debate later. But Theresa May is still refusing to take part.
5pm: YouGov today updated its election result projection which shows that the UK is heading towards a hung parliament. WHAT IS A HUNG PARLIAMENT?
The latest projection puts the Conservatives at 311 seats, just below the 326 seats needed to get a majority in the House of Commons.
YouGov founder Stephan Shakespeare said: “Currently our model is showing the Conservatives set to take 311 seats and Labour 255, the SNP on 51 and the Liberal Democrats on 10, putting us on hung parliament territory.
“However these are just the midpoints and, as with any model, there is leeway either side. For example, the Tories could end up with as many as 344 and Labour as few as 227 – leading to an increased Conservative majority.”
The Tory campaign was rocked this morning when the Times published the first YouGov projection using its new model.
YouGovGeneral election polls: This is the latest projection from pollster YouGov
3.30pm: Theresa May has defended her decision to refuse to take part in the TV debate by saying that she is answering questions from voters on the campaign trail.
“I think debates where the politicians are squabbling among themselves doesn’t do anything for the process of electioneering," she said.
"I think it’s about getting out and about, meeting voters and hearing directly from voters.”
1.49pm: Speaking at an event in Bath, Theresa May said that unless people vote for the Conservatives, they are voting for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister of a hung parliament.
1.30pm: The Conservative Party has said that “there are no changes to the Prime Minister’s plans” regarding tonight’s debate.
In a statement, Jeremy Corbyn said: “I will be taking part in tonight’s debate because I believe we must give people the chance to hear and engage with the leaders of the main parties before they vote.
“I have never been afraid of a debate in my life. Labour’s campaign has been about taking our polices to people across the country and listening to the concerns of voters.
“The Tories have been conducting a stage-managed arms-length campaign and have treated the public with contempt. Refusing to join me in Cambridge tonight would be another sign of Theresa May’s weakness, not strength.”
1.15pm: Lord Ashcroft has launched a new seat-by-seat poll which uses the MRP model – the same model which YouGov used to predict a hung parliament.
But Lord Aschcroft’s poll predicts a Tory majority of 142. He put the Conservatives on 396 seats, Labour on 180, the SNP on 47 and the Liberal Democrats on six.
ReutersGeneral election polls latest: Jeremy Corbyn reveals he will take part in the TV debate
12.20pm: Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that he will appear in tonight's BBC debate and challenged the Prime Minister to go head-to-head with him.
He said: “It’s very odd that you have an election campaign where we go out and talk to people all the time and the Prime Minister seems to have difficulty in meeting anyone or having any debates.
“There is a debate in Cambridge tonight, I invite her to go to Cambridge and to debate her policies, debate her record, debate their plans, debate their proposals and let the public make up their mind.”
Leaving the rally in Reading, he added: "I have to go now because I'm going to Cambridge to get ready for the debate tonight because there is no hiding place.
"We'll put our views out there and let the public decide."
Noon: Jeremy Corbyn has taken to Twitter to challenge Theresa May to “come and debate me – any time, any place”.