Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during an election campaign event in Dinnington, near Sheffield, on the final day of campaigning on Wednesday. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

By midnight we may know if Tories are in trouble, but close races should mean a long night

 Boris Johnson at the Copper Box Arena in London, on Wednesday. Britain’s prime minister spent the final day of the  campaign trying to persuade voters to  give him a governing majority. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Telegraph poll says the Conservative lead is down to five points

Prime minister Boris Johnson tries his hand in goal before a football match between Hazel Grove Utd and Poynton Jnr u10s in the Cheshire Girls football league in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

With one day until election, YouGov poll shows Conservative lead over Labour shrinking

 Conservative  leader Boris Johnson campaigning   at a JCB plant  in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson to warn that tactical voting could put Corbyn into Downing Street, while Labour leader will focus on undecided voters

British prime minister Boris Johnson drives a Union flag-themed JCB through a fake wall while on the election campaign trail in  Uttoxeter on Tuesday. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: Final days of election campaign have not gone to plan for UK prime minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: pocketed a reporter’s phone to avoid looking at a picture of a sick child on the floor of a hospital. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Tories try to distract with false claims about Matt Hancock being punched

British prime minister Boris Johnson looks at a photograph of a four-year-old boy with suspected pneumonia having to sleep on the floor in a hospital because of a shortage of beds, having initially refused to look at it. Photograph: ITV/PA Wire

Tánaiste rejects Johnson’s claim that checks will not be needed on goods

Boris Johnson speaking to ITV reporter Joe Pike. He refused to look at a photograph of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr, who was thought to have pneumonia, lying on a pile of coats on the floor at Leeds General Hospital. Screengrab: ITV

PM’s decision to pocket a reporter’s phone rather than look at a sick child a terrible misstep

British prime minister Boris Johnson looks at the photograph on ITV reporter Joe Pike’s phone of four-year-old Jack Williment-Barr lying on  the floor of the emergency department at Leeds General Hospital, after initially refusing to look at it. Screen grab: ITV/PA Wire

Prime minister shown picture of boy (4) asleep on floor of overcrowded hospital

Prime minister Boris Johnson at Conservative campaign headquarters call centre, London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of executing a Great Betrayal of 2016 Brexit referendum vote

British prime minister Boris Johnson at the Conservative campaign headquarters call centre in London on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty

Polls continue to flag Tory majority but show contest tightening in final days of campaign

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson has maintained his personal lead over Corbyn, who remains unpopular, particularly among older voters in the midlands and the north of England. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

In the final days, Labour is rising in the polls but the Conservatives enjoy a 10-point lead

A snap poll from YouGov found the public almost evenly divided over who won the debate, with 48 per cent saying Jeremy Corbyn came out on top and 52 per cent choosing Boris Johnson. Photograph: Jeff Overs/EPA/BBC

Labour leader accuses prime minister of deceiving public over Brexit deal

Andrew Neil gave a three-minute speech to camera last night challenging Boris Johnson to face a half-hour grilling from him

BBC interviewer’s three-minute speech to camera calls on prime minister to face grilling on trust issue

Former Brexit Party MEP for East Midlands Annunziata Rees-Mogg: stood down to avoid splitting the Brexit vote in key marginals and putting Britain’s departure from the EU at risk.  Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Labour vow to let EU citizens in UK vote on Brexit comes as anti-Semitism row deepens

Throughout the campaign, Boris Johnson has portrayed his government as a new one, as opposed to the Conservatives seeking a fourth term in office. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Getty Images

Party leaders back on the campaign trail

British prime minister Boris Johnson said the Conservative Party wants ‘to abolish poverty’.  Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister promises review of Britain’s defence, security and foreign policy

US president Donald Trump and Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau during the Nato Summit in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

US president calls Canadian PM ‘two-faced’ after overheard conversation

Leaders of NATO alliance countries, and its secretary general, join Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the prince of Wales for a group picture during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/Pool via The New York Times

Conservatives hold their breath waiting for Trump to leave after Nato summit without causing any trouble

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: apologised for Labour’s handling of complaints about anti-Semitism. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

‘We want nothing to do with it’ says president after PM requested he avoid UK election talk

US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Boris Johnson meeting in New York in September 2019. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

Strategists hoping US president stays out of election ahead of Nato summit

Leanne O’Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge to honour him and Saskia Jones, both killed in Friday’s London Bridge attack. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

PM rejects London Bridge attack exploitation claims as Corbyn writes to Trump about NHS

Floral tributes to Jack Merritt (25) who died in Friday’s London Bridge attack along with Saskia Jones (23). Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

PM’s attempt to seize advantage from killings could backfire as Trump comes to London

UK prime minister Boris Johnson amde the comments while speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC Picture Publicity/Getty

PM failed to explain why Conservatives had not changed system during time in power

British prime minister Boris Johnson (R) and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove speak during an election campaign event in Millbank Tower, London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

British PM’s electoral strategy may place limits on his room to manoeuvre in trade talks

Police and emergency vehicles gather near London Bridge in England,  after what was described as a  terrorist incident in the area. Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson vows those involved in suspected terror incident will be ‘hunted down’

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference  in London, England. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

PM also pledges to give British firms preferential treatment in public procurement

An ice sculpture is put in place for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the studio before the start of the Channel 4 News election climate debate. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Channel 4 replaces absent PM with melting ice sculpture for TV debate

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before a Channel Four election debate on climate. “I’m always the last one to turn the heating on.” Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tory leader plays down poll pointing to Conservative majority of almost 70 seats, insisting the election remains close

The flags of St George, the flag of Scotland and the union flag fly high. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

London Letter: Vote may have serious consequences for two constitutional questions

Jeremy Corbyn with redacted versions of the leak documents on Wednesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Papers do not prove Corbyn’s NHS claims, but they raise questions about UK’s future choices

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds up redacted documents of secret talks between the UK and US governments in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Documents show US wants starting point for post-Brexit trade talks to be full market access

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the audience during a climate emergency rally on November 27th, 2019 in Falmouth, England. Photograph: William Dax/Getty Images

Corbyn could yet deprive Johnson of majority as Labour changes strategy

Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the Labour Party’s race and faith manifesto at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Labour leader to attempt to shift focus to NHS and away from anti-Semitism claims

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed by Andrew Neil on the BBC, in London, Britain. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via Reuters

Labour leader’s approach to anti-Semitism remains a failure of leadership

 Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn  on BBC TV’s The Andrew Neil Interviews. “What I’ll say is this. I am determined that our society is safe for people of all faiths.” Photograph: BBC/handout via Reuters

Labour leader declines to apologise to Britain’s Jews for his handling of the issue

 Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis who, in an article for The Times, The Chief Rabbi has warned that the soul of the UK is at stake if Labour gain power in the general election. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Corbyn’s record on racism under spotlight as chief rabbi makes unprecedented intervention

British prime minister Boris Johnson trims a sheep as he visits the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Llanelwedd, Britain. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Pool via Reuters

British prime minister rejects accusations a pledge for more nurses is misleading

British prime minister Boris Johnson holds a copy of the party manifesto as he speaks at the Conservative Party’s manifesto launch.  Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Tories have been buoyed by a better-than-expected reception in Scotland

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in Thurrock: Boris Johnson has launched “a manifesto for billionaires”. Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Johnson condemns ‘retrograde and destructive socialism’ at manifesto launch

All out of ideas? UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Haunted by Theresa May’s catastrophic 2017 manifesto, Tories decide to play it safe

A Scottish-independence rally in Glasgow this month. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty

In Scotland, the thorny question of Brexit is complicated by the independence issue

Labour  leader Jeremy Corbyn during BBC Question Time leaders’ special debate in Sheffield. Photograph: Jeff Over/EPA/BBC

Boris Johnson faced hostile questioning over the Conservative record on public services

The Question Time special format could be a challenge for British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Johnson, Corbyn, Sturgeon and Swinson will each have 30 minutes of questions from a Question Time studio audience

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Patriotism is about supporting each other, not attacking somebody else.’ Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Promised 5% public sector worker pay rise could ensure key cohort turns out for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn: A new national care service would provide free personal care, such as help with washing and dressing, for people over 65. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Opposition leader pledges wealth taxes to fund huge public spending programme

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks as he visits the Heart of Scotstoun community centre in Glasgow, last week. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP

Manifesto may be Labour’s last chance to change campaign’s course and prevent Johnson winning majority

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Housing should be for the many, not a speculation opportunity for dodgy landlords and the wealthy few.” Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

Lib Dems set out election stall with pledge to cancel Brexit while SNP warns of power grab

A handout photo made available by ITV shows British prime minister and Conservative party leader Boris Johnson (L) and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) shake hands during the ITV live debate. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/EPA

PM came across as more likeable while Corbyn was seen as more trustworthy

Prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn with Julie Etchingham on the set of Johnson v Corbyn:  The ITV Debate.  A YouGov snap poll found 51 per cent of respondents thought Mr Johnson won the debate. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle

Labour leader claims Tories are poised to sell NHS to US as part of new trade deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the leaders’ debate on ITV. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/ITV

Analysis: Television debate fails to yield game-changing moment for Labour leader

When Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson debate in Manchester this evening  the risk will all be on one side and the opportunity on the other. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

UK PM’s bumbling, meandering style is less effective on screen than at live rallies

UK prime minister Boris Johnson claimed keeping the corporate tax rate at 19% would save £6bn. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

UK prime minister claims NHS is top priority and says he will postpone corporate tax cuts

Prime minister Boris Johnson is shown flooding during a visit to Stainforth, Doncaster. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire

As the Conservatives carry their poll lead like a Ming vase towards election day, they know the smallest misstep could spell disas(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson on the election trail in Manchester on Friday. Photograph: Frank Augstein/Reuters

PM condemns ‘crackpot’ idea to nationalise BT, at estimated cost of £100bn to taxpayer

Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna:  the party is preparing for another hung parliament. Photograph: Getty Images

London Letter: Liberal Democrats aim to channel Brexit opposition into support for them

 Protesters hold signs during British prime minister Boris Johnson’s general election campaign stop in Glastonbury. Photograph: Frank Augstein

Farage claims Downing Street offered jobs and peerages to Brexit Party candidates

 Boris Johnson sits in an electric taxi during his Conservative party general election campaign visit to the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) in Coventry. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Pool via Reuters

PM finds visit to electric car plant more to liking than distress of a flooded voter

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

Former Tory David Gauke says returning Conservative majority would lead to no-deal

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Labour leader Ed Miliband (second left) speak with flood-affected residents in Bentley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/PA

British PM warns Leave voters about ‘horror show’ led by Corbyn and Sturgeon

A pedestrian passes a dilapidated building in Hartlepool, northeast England. It is one of the 10 poorest places in England, with more than one in five people  living in “income-deprived households”. Photograph:  Getty Images

A rift is opening up between a London-based Labour leadership which is mostly Remain and parts of the party’s traditional heartlan(...)

 Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage annoucnes he is standing down more than half the party’s candidates in the UK general election in a speech in Hartlepool on Monday. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Analysis: Subdued Brexit Party leader tells supporters ‘it’s not easy’ as he stands down candidates

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaking in Hartlepool on Monday. “What we will do is concentrate our total effort into all of the seats that are held by the Labour Party, who have completely broken their manifesto in 2017.” Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Brexit Party leader says decision aimed at avoiding second Brexit referendum

SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, launching the party’s general election campaign in Edinburgh on Friday. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Party would support Labour if second independence referendum is called, says Sturgeon

Labour’s John McDonnell  delivers a major speech on the economy. Photograph: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty

London Letter: Former Labour whip urges ‘decent, patriotic Labour voters’ to back Boris

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson during a campaign visit to Free Rangers Forest School Nursery in Midsomer Norton. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens agree deal, as Labour opts to go it alone

British prime minister Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party’s general election campaign launch in Birmingham, on Wednesday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson springs surprise by announcing he is stepping down

Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street  to meet with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and request the dissolution of Parliament. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen

Boris Johnson targeting Labour Leave constituencies but faces battles to defend Tory seats too

Former Conservative attorney general  Dominic Grieve is standing as an Independent in Beaconsfield. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith one of the most high-profile Conservatives at risk

North Ireland Secretary Julian Smith urged all victims and survivors of institutional child abuse to apply to the redress board the legislation establishes.  Photograph:  Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Over 5,000 people could be eligible for compensation

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech on Brexit in Harlow, Essex, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Boris Johnson to launch Conservative campaign with call on voters to get Britain out of its ‘rut’

Jeremy Corbyn will say on Tuesday that the prime minister seeks to reduce employment, environmental and consumer standards in a programme of ‘Thatcherism on steroids’. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

Labour leader to claim PM will seek to put NHS on the table in a trade deal with Trump

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative leader Boris Johnson. Photograph: PA/AFP

If neither Johnson nor Corbyn wins majority, Corbyn has better chance of becoming PM

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage urged Johnson to drop the deal he negotiated with the EU. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

UK prime minister rejects ‘Leave alliance’ idea, saying it risks putting Corbyn in No 10

Donald Trump: appeared on radio show with Nigel Farage. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US president intervenes in UK election in Nigel Farage interview on LBC radio

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Crawley Hospital: “The US has called for ‘full market access’ to our NHS, which would mean prices of some of our most important medicines increasing by up to sevenfold.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Tory and Labour leaders trade pre-election blows as Grenfell Tower report published

The Conservatives start the campaign with a double-digit poll lead over Labour but Jeremy Corbyn promised to conduct an ambitious campaign for radical change. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty

Brexit and radically different economic visions form backdrop to pre-Christmas battle

  MPs vote in favour of the Creasy amendment to the early election Bill    in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament handout

Labour leader says EU’s confirmation of three-month delay to Brexit secures support

Do or die? UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Tories anxious over broken Brexit pledge, as Labour frets over Corybn’s unpopularity

Boris Johnson: ‘The house cannot, any longer, keep this country hostage’. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Handout

EU agrees to accept British government’s request to delay Brexit until January 31st

British prime minister Boris Johnson during Monday’s debate in the House of Commons.

Analysis: Lib Dems and SNP likely to back government Bill if election date agreed

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

Labour leader Corbyn faces pressure to vote for general election in Commons debate

UK prime minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA Wire

Labour, SNP and Lib Dems appear united in opposition to prime minister’s motion

British prime minister Boris Johnson: it is in his interest to have his Brexit deal ratified before going to the country on December 12th.  Photograph: Andy Rain

Opposition parties signal they reject PM’s proposal of an early general election

 Police and forensic officers investigate the  lorry in which 39 bodies were discovered in the trailer on Wednesday morning in Grays, Essex.  Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Truck driver (25) from North arrested in connection with mass murder investigation

Police forensics officers at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry on the industrial estate. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

CCTV recorded lorry hauling trailer which contained bodies of people early Wednesday morning

UK prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons after several MPs who supported the principle of key legislation opposed efforts to fast-track it through the Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

PM calls approval of Bill’s second reading ‘joyful’, while Tusk says he will back delay

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: would appear to no longer need the DUP’s backing. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP via Getty

Johnson can look forward to likely passage of deal in a few weeks, with or without DUP backing

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “There will be some light-touch measures to ensure there is no illegal trade in endangered animal species and banned firearms.” Photograph:  PA

‘Northern Ireland will be left as a semi-detached part of the United Kingdom’

 Speaker John Bercow speaking in the House of Commons on Monday.  He prevented the government from putting the new Brexit deal to a “meaningful vote”. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Rees-Mogg has given just three days to debate the Withdrawal Agreement Bill so it can pass all stages by Thursday

Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg.     Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament

DUP oppose Rees-Mogg plan to usher timetable motion through parliament at breakneck speed

Secretary of state for exiting the European Union Steve Barclay: said goods shipped from Northern Ireland to Great Britain would have to be accompanied by an “exit summary declaration” under EU customs rules. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty

Sammy Wilson says Brexit deal a breach of pledge on unfettered access to British market

British prime minister Boris Johnson  in the House of Commons on Saturday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Johnson to introduce legislation needed to implement withdrawal agreement

Despite Saturday’s setback, Boris Johnson remains in a strong position to get his deal through parliament and deliver Brexit but may struggle to do so by October 31st. Photograph: EPA/UK parliament/Jessica Taylor

Evaporation of support for DUP on Tory benches an unexpected blow for the party

British prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons during the first Saturday sitting of parliament since 1982. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty

Party to support amendment putting Johnson deal to public vote with option to remain

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacting to the result of the  vote  delaying approval of his Brexit deal at the House of Commons  on Saturday. Photograph: UK Parliamentary Recording Unit.

Analysis: Prime minister still in a strong position to win approval for his Brexit deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson: With  hardline Brexiteers still undecided and  expelled Conservatives divided over how to vote, the outcome is expected to depend on a handful of votes. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Former PMs Tony Blair and John Major warn Irish Sea border could fuel unionist fears

Speaker John Bercow. Photograph: UK Parliamentary Recording Unit handout

Johnson discovers the arguments employed to win over one group can alienate another

Former UK prime minister John Major has said the latest Brexit deal splits Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. Photograph: Tom Honan

Former prime ministers make joint video backing second Brexit referendum

British prime minister Boris Johnson, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen and German chancellor Angela Merkel at the  European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

British PM scrambling for MPs’ support ahead of Westminster vote on Saturday

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