General election campaigning has resumed after a brief pause following the Manchester bombing which killed 22.
Jeremy Corbyn was last night interviewed by the BBC’s Andrew Neil on his stance on the IRA and Trident.
The Labour leader had earlier given a speech in which he linked UK foreign policy to homegrown terror threats.
Theresa May attacked Mr Corbyn’s words, claiming that “the choice that people face at the general election has just become starker”.
With just two weeks to go until the general election on June 8, here are updates, the most recent polls and breaking news about the general election campaign.
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Sunday 28 May
4.30am: The recent polls released today show a mixed bag of results, but a general trend that Labour is catching up.
ComRes: Tories 46 / Labour 34
Opinium: Tories 45 / Labour 35
OBR: Tories 44 / Labour 38
YouGov: Tories 43 / Labour 36
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So the biggest lead the Tories have over Labour is 10 per cent courtesy of the Opinium poll, with the smallest being the OBR’s six per cent difference. That is until you come to the ICM poll.
ICM: Tories 46/ Labour 32. A staggering 14 per cent lead over Labour.
Saturday 27 May
10.44pm: British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed to 6 percentage points from 12 points a week ago, according to an ORB poll published on Saturday.
Ahead of the June 8 election, ORB put May's Conservatives on 44 percent and Labour on 38 percent. The Liberal Democrats were on 7 percent and the UK Independence Party on 4 percent.
9.28pm: Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of failing to represent British voters by policy professor Diana Panke, who said: "Corbyn does not care about the topics that voters care about.
“He does not have any convincing answers to the high unemployment rate and the lack of prospects for many."
But a series of polls from ComRes, tweeted by Britain Elects, seem to show a different story.
Asked who has “the best policies for people like me and my family”, Mr Corbyn and Labour won the toss with 42 per cent compared to Theresa May’s 37 per cent.
And 43 per cent of voters surveyed said the Labour leader was most likely to protect the interests of the older generation who are dependent on social care – compared to Mr May on 20 per cent.
8.06pm: Opinium said May's approval ratings had dropped to plus 11 percent from plus 17 percent, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's approval ratings had risen to minus 11 from minus 18.
The Independent newspaper, which commisioned the ComRes poll along with the Sunday Mirror tabloid, said that the poll indicated that May would win a majority of 110 seats in the 650-seat parliament, one of the biggest majorities in recent times.
6.43pm: A ComRes poll also showed a reducing lead – with the Tories now 12 percentage points ahead of Labour from 18 percentage points in a comparable poll on May 13.
The survey found the Conservatives were down two points on 46 per cent while Labour was up 4 points on 34.
6.14pm: Another General Election poll has shown the Conservative lead over Labour is continuing to shrink as the June 8 vote approaches.
The Opinium poll for The Observer put Theresa May's party 10 points ahead on 45 per cent, with Labour on 35 per cent, Liberal Democrats on seven per cent and Ukip on five per cent.
The Tory advantage was cut by three points compared with a similar poll the previous week.
4.00pm: George Osborne, the former Chancellor has attacked Theresa May’s manifesto pledges in a blistering intervention.
Mr Osborne, who resigned as an MP to become editor of the London Evening Standard, called Mrs May’s social care plans “badly thought through” and attacked her pledge to bring immigration to under 100,000.
"Which section of industry is not going to have the labour that it currently needs,” he asked, speaking on BBC Radio 4.
“Which families aren’t going to be able to be reunited with other members of their family abroad? Which universities aren’t going to have overseas students?
“Now, if the Conservative Government can answer those questions, all well and good. If they can’t, the Evening Standard is going to go on asking the question. We will also be as ferocious in asking questions of the Labour Party.”
General election polls: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn
8.20am: Theresa May is expected to return to the campaign trail today having returned from the G7 summit in Sicily.
The Prime Minister directly addressed Jeremy Corbyn last night and accused him of providing an “excuse for terrorism”.
In a direct response to Mr Corbyn’s speech on the Manchester bombing, she said: “I’m going to be very clear about what has been said today.
"What has happened is I have been here at the G7 working with other international leaders to fight terrorism.
"At the same time, Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault – and he has chosen to do that just a few days after one of the worst terrorist atrocities we have experienced in the United Kingdom.
"I want to make one thing very clear to Jeremy Corbyn, and it is that there can never be an excuse for terrorism, there can be no excuse for what happened in Manchester.
"The choice that people face at the general election has just become starker. It's a choice between me, working constantly to protect the national interest and to protect our security – and Jeremy Corbyn, who frankly isn't up to the job."
4.50am: Jeremy Corbyn is expected to face fresh attacks from the Conservatives over his stance on nuclear weapons.
The Labour leader has long been an advocate of nuclear disarmament, but has included the renewal of Trident in the party's manifesto.
Friday 26 May
8.17pm: Jeremy Corbyn, who turns 68 today, said he never supported the IRA and does not now during an interview with Andrew Neil on BBC One today.
And he added he has always wanted peace and a dialogue between those who do not agree, before condeming the Manchester terror attack.
6.05pm: Theresa May labelled a hypothetical Jeremy Corby government, a “coalition of chaos”, at a G7 press conference today.
Ms May further said she was committed to return to the campaign trail to secure a Tory victory in the general election.
When asked about Labour gaining numbers in the polls, Ms May said that the only polls that matter are those on election day.
5.15pm: Odds aggregator Oddschecker believes the Conservatives are the firm favourite to win.
Labour are as short as 6/1 to victory, as of Friday May 26, despite having a massive 30/1 odds earlier in the months.
The Labour Party is the favourite to win in only 117 constituencies, but over 60 per cent of the punters placed bets on Mr Corbyn today alone.
Oddschecker spokesman, Sam Eaton: “The General Election is following the same pattern as most big political events from the last 12 months with the majority of bets placed on a dramatic change, but the big stakes are placed on the status quo being maintained.
“However, recent history has shown that the big punters can be wrong with the US election and Brexit both leading to significant loses for big bettors.”
3.00pm: Theresa May has been pictured with Donald Trump and Angela Merkel at the G7 summit in Sicily.
The Prime Minister is attending the meeting to discuss trade, climate change, migration and ties with Africa, and is also calling on leaders to help curb online extremism.
Mrs May will urge leaders to put pressure on technology firms so that they do more to block terror content. She will argue that the fight against ISIS is moving from the “battlefield to the internet”.
This morning, Mrs May met with the new French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the issue.
Mr Macron said: "We will do everything we can in order to increase this cooperation at the European level, in order to do more from a bilateral point of view against terrorism. We will do that during the whole day, because that’s the common challenge.”
Mr Macron also offered his condolences to Mrs May in the wake of the Manchester attack.
Theresa May, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel at G7 summit
2.40pm: Theresa May’s Commons majority could be slashed to just two, according to analysis based on the latest YouGov poll.
Labour is just five points behind the Conservatives in the poll, with 38 per cent to 43 per cent.
If this swing were replicated across the country, Labour would win a handful of Conservative seats, leaving Mrs May with an almost non-existent majority.
YouGov research director Anthony Wells told London’s Evening Standard that the poll represented “a good rough guide”, but warned that “there will be local differences”.
12.20am: The Green Party has praised Mr Corbyn’s speech, with co-leader Jonathan Bartley saying: “The responsibility for terror attacks like that in Manchester lies solely with those who perpetrate these heinous crimes, but it is important to look at the wider picture too.
"The Labour leader is right to point to failed western intervention as a cause of instability. Indeed when you look at the Libyan intervention you see failure at almost every level.
"If we're going to beat terrorism we need both adequate security measures at home and a look at how Britain's role in world affairs can have serious unintended consequences which lead to greater insecurity."
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has criticised the speech, calling Mr Corbyn’s timing “wrong”.
"I disagree with Jeremy Corbyn's point but I disagree even more strongly with his timing of making that point,” he said.
"It may be tempting for politicians to point the finger at one another about the events that happened on Monday, but this is a time for our country to stand together and come together."
11.20am: Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the Manchester terror attacker, but warned that he is no more representative of the Muslim community than Jo Cox’s killer is of anybody else.
In his first campaign speech since Monday’s atrocity, Mr Corbyn linked terror attacks at home to conflicts int the Middle East, and vowed to rip up Britain’s foreign policy.
He said: “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.
“That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children.
“Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.
“But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.
“We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”
7.45am: The Conservatives and Labour are set to resume nationwide campaigning today after pausing electioneering out of respect for the Manchester bombing victims.
Jeremy Corbyn will speak about police cuts, linking UK foreign policy to terror attacks, but will caveat: “Now is not the time, and this is not the event, to seek political advantage.”
Theresa May will chair a session on counter-terrorism at the G7 summit in Sicily.
The Prime Minister will say that the battle against ISIS is “moving from the battlefield to the internet”, and will urge leaders to put pressure on to technology companies to remove “harmful” terror content from the internet.
00.05am YouGov's Anthony Wells said it was hard to determine the impact the bombing had on the election campaign, but insisted that Mrs May's campaign was damaged by the fallout of their manifesto launch. But he maintained that it has been a highly unusual few days in an election campaign, "arguably unlike any other in history".
— Ipsos MORI (@IpsosMORI) May 25, 2017
11pm The Conservatives' lead over Labour has dropped to just five points, according to a recent poll taken after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
The YouGov poll for the Times, puts the Tories on 43 per cent, with Labour close behind on 38 per cent.
Both the Liberal Democrats and Ukip have also seen a small increase in support, with the poll putting them up one point to 10 per cent and 4 per cent respectively.
7.30pm The launch of Labour’s manifesto has been more successful then the Conservative release, according to latest YouGov figures.
As many as 32 per cent of people recalled labour’s pledges to scrap tuition fees and 20 per cent remembered promises to increase NHS funding.
Some 36 per cent of those questioned, remembered the Tory care reforms or dementia tax and 12 per cent remembered the promise to go ahead wth Brexit.
Overall, at least 60 per cent of those questioned could remember something connected to a party manifesto.
5pm Nicola Sturgeon's interview with Andrew Neil will not go ahead tonight after the BBC postponed a series of interviews after the bombing.
It is not known when the postponed interviews will be rescheduled or whether Jeremy Corbyn’s interview will take place tomorrow.
2.30pm Home Secretary Amber Rudd has rejected Ukip’s claim that Theresa May "must bear some responsibility" for the Manchester atrocity
Ms Rudd said Ukip's attack was "entirely the wrong approach" and it was "not the time to make political points".
This morning the Ukip’s deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans tore into the former Home Secretary Theresa May’s record on tackling terrorism and cutting the police.
Ms Evans said: "Theresa May might like to portray herself as a strong and stable leader who can tackle extremism, but her record suggests otherwise."
2.15pm Ipsos Mori Twitter accounted quoted pollster Ben Page as saying: “The people who like Jeremy Corbyn most are generally people who don't vote such as young people.”
2pm Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived for a summit at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Noon A Coral survey of 500 football fans found that 35 per cent plan to vote Tory and 20 per cent intend to vote Labour.
Coral's David Stevens commented: "Both Chelsea and Theresa May are odds-on favourites to triumph in their upcoming battles against red opposition."
The prediction came ahaed of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal on Saturday.
11.01am After the minute’s silence, the main political parties went back to local door-knocking and leaflet-posting
10.30am Paul Nuttall launched Ukip's manifesto. In the foreword, Mr Nuttall said: "We are the country's insurance policy, the guard dogs of Brexit.
The Ukip leader today insisted his party is "more important than it has ever been” and is not losing its relevance after the EU referendum.
Polls show many of the voters who backed Ukip in 2005 are now switching allegiance to the Tories this time.
9am The latest polls show the Labour Party has narrowed the gap with the Conservatives after a backlash over Theresa May's so-called 'dementia tax'.
8am Paul Nuttall defended the manifesto launch, saying the best way to fight against terror was "to get back in the saddle" by continuing the election campaign.
In relation to Brexit, he told Radio 4's Today programme: "The referendum was great. We won the war and now we have got to win the peace.”
After discussions, @UKLabour will resume local campaigning tomorrow, followed by a phased return to national campaigning on Friday.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 24, 2017
Tuesday May 23 and Wednesday 24
General election campaigning was suspended after the Manchester bombing killed 22 at Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm on Monday.
The terror attack has cast a dark shadow over the general election campaign, with politicians uniting in a show of solidarity.
On Tuesday Theresa May told that nation “While we mourn the victims of last night’s appalling attack, we stand defiant.
Jeremy Corbyn said: “The British people are standing together, determined that terrorism will not divide our communities, as its perpetrators clearly intend.”
Issues such as terrorism and national security are likely to shape the debate in the final two weeks of the election campaign.
General election: The latest poll released by ICM on Monday
General election: The latest poll released by ICM on Monday
Monday May 22
The Prime Minister announced a U-turn on social care by proposing an 'absolute limit' on the amount that the elderly will be forced to pay to cover care costs.
Under the Tory manifesto, pensioners must pay for their own care – at home or in a care home – if they have combined savings and property valued at more than £100,000.
The plans have been dubbed a 'dementia tax' because dementia sufferers living at home would have to pay while people with cancer in hospital would not.
The Conservatives' lead over Labour had been slashed from 20 to 14 points in the latest ICM/Guardian poll released on Monday.
Seven in ten voters expect the Conservatives to win a majority, according to Ipsos Mori.
The Tories are still in lead at 47 per cent but Labour has now surged up behind to 33 per cent, according to the poll released this afternoon.
"After the delivery of the party manifestos, polling over the weekend has indicated a resurgent, if still rather distant Labour Party," ICM director Martin Boon said.
Although the Tories are still on track to win the general election, the Prime Minister warned: “If I lose just six seats I will lose this election.”
Jeremy Corbyn claimed his party’s message is “getting through” after the Conservatives came under fire for unpopular policies such as means-testing the winter fuel allowance.