Theresa May warns ministers against election complacency

It is a rigid approach.

Ms Stuart said that while Prime Minister Theresa May was focusing on "strong leadership" during the election campaign, Labour can focus on the Conservative Party's record on schools, the NHS and housing.

Starmer accused May's government of "taking option after option off the table" before talks even start.

Sir Keir said that in seeking a "reformed" relationship with the single market, or customs union, Labour accepted that rules on free movement of workers could not continue as immigration had been such a major factor in the Leave referendum victory.

Mr Blair argued Jeremy Corbyn's party should concentrate its effort on returning enough MPs to hold the future Tory government to account during two years of choppy Brexit negotiations and beyond.

Critics, however, noted that when it came to questions of immigration, Starmer only said "rules will have to change after we leave the European Union".

"We accept that things will have to change", he said.

"Again at the weekend, we saw the right honorable gentleman refusing to say he would strike against terrorism, refusing to commit to our nuclear deterrent, and refusing to control our borders", May said.

French citizens in Montreal express mixed reactions to early election results
Unpopular Socialist President Fran├žois Hollande did not run for re-election, unusual for an incumbent French leader. The candidate for the governing Socialists, Benoit Hamon, was a distant fifth going into the final weekend.

"So on day one of a Labour government we will immediately guarantee that all European Union nationals now living in the United Kingdom will see no change in their legal status as a result of Brexit, and we will seek reciprocal rights for United Kingdom citizens in the European Union".

Labour councils building on average almost 1,000 more homes than their Tory counterparts are an example of what the party would do to fix the housing crisis if it wins the general election, Jeremy Corbyn will say.

The statistics, commissioned by the party from the Commons library, show that Labour-led councils averaged 2,577 new homes each, against 1,679 for Conservative-run authorities and 1,660 for the Liberal Democrats.

"Election candidates of all parties should be demanding that a hard Brexit is rejected and making clear that they will reserve judgement on the outcome until they see whether we get exactly the same trade benefits, as [Brexit Secretary] David Davis has promised", said Peter Mandelson, a former Labour minister.

Three polls suggest that about twice as many people plan to vote Conservative as Labour. The poll puts support for the Conservatives at 49 per cent, with Labour on 26 per cent.

Jeremy Corbyn has highlighted figures that show Labour councils are building on average almost 1,000 more homes than their Tory counterparts, and that building affordable homes is at a 24-year low.

In her message, May said June's election was "a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, or Jeremy Corbyn (Labour leader) in Downing Street at the head of a coalition of chaos".

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