Reform UK campaigner calls for asylum seekers to be used as ‘target practice’ and uses racial slur against PM – live

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Speaking near Leeds this evening Rishi Sunak said:

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I know why people are hesitant about giving us their support – I’m not blind to the frustrations that people have with me, with our party.

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It’s been a difficult few years with Covid, with the war in Ukraine, we haven’t got everything right and we haven’t made as much progress in every area as we would have liked.

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But this is not a referendum on me, on the Conservative party. This is not a byelection. This is a choice about the future of our country and a choice with profound consequences for you, your families and our nation.

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Just think what a Labour government would actually mean and in fact, sometimes it’s quite hard because Keir Starmer’s changed his mind on almost every position that he’s taken and in these uncertain times, this country needs leadership that has the courage of its convictions, someone who stands by what they’ve said, that’s how you deliver for people.”

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Welcome to the latest politics live blog, which later will focus on tonight’s general election TV debate with politicians from Northern Ireland’s five largest political parties.

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The hour-long debate will begin at 9pm BST and will be broadcast BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC iPlayer and the BBC News channel.

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The five politicians taking part are:

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  • Gavin Robinson, leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP).

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  • Chris Hazzard, Sinn Féin MP candidate.

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  • Colum Eastwood, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party (SDLP).

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  • Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance party.

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  • Robbie Butler, deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist party (UUP).

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It will be the second TV debate of the general election featuring Northern Ireland’s five main political parties. The first, the UTV election debate, took place last Sunday and saw the five parties clash over Irish unity, Brexit and Stormont’s budget.

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During tonight’s debate, each of the five politicians on stage will be given the opportunity to respond to questions on key general election issues from the audience.

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Key events

Back to Northern Ireland, the Guardian’s Rory Carroll has written about the key election issues in Belfast East for the path to power series.

In Northern Ireland’s capital, the election is being fought between unionists and ‘neithers’ – with poverty, crumbling public services and crime at the forefront, writes Carroll.

You can read the full piece here:

A Reform UK campaigner in Clacton, Essex, has called for people fleeing war or persecution to be used as “target practice” and used a racial slur against the prime minister.

An undercover reporter working for Channel 4 has recorded footage of canvasser Andrew Parker talking about migrants coming ashore at Deal in Kent.

In a statement to Channel 4 news, Parker said:

I would like to make it clear that neither Nigel Farage personally or the Reform party are aware of my personal views on immigration.

I have never discussed immigration with either Nigel Farage or the Reform party and that any comments made by me during those recordings are my own personal views on any subject I commented on.

At no time before I was sent out to canvass did I discuss my personal views with any representative of the Reform party or Nigel Farage.

I would therefore like to apologise profusely to Nigel Farage and the Reform party if my personal views have reflected badly on them and brought them into disrepute, as this was not my intention.

I offered to help the Reform party on their canvassing as I believe that they are the only party that offer the UK voter a practical solution to the illegal immigration problem that we have in the UK.”

General election is ‘not a referendum on me’ or the Conservative party, Sunak says in speech

Speaking near Leeds this evening Rishi Sunak said:

I know why people are hesitant about giving us their support – I’m not blind to the frustrations that people have with me, with our party.

It’s been a difficult few years with Covid, with the war in Ukraine, we haven’t got everything right and we haven’t made as much progress in every area as we would have liked.

But this is not a referendum on me, on the Conservative party. This is not a byelection. This is a choice about the future of our country and a choice with profound consequences for you, your families and our nation.

Just think what a Labour government would actually mean and in fact, sometimes it’s quite hard because Keir Starmer’s changed his mind on almost every position that he’s taken and in these uncertain times, this country needs leadership that has the courage of its convictions, someone who stands by what they’ve said, that’s how you deliver for people.”

Rishi Sunak gives a speech in Leeds on Thursday. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images
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Updated at 19.46 BST

Rishi Sunak has been giving an evening speech in Leeds, Yorkshire.

According to the PA news agency, the prime minister began his speech by telling campaigners:

Friends, we have urgent work to do. We have one week to save Britain from a Labour government – now, a Labour government that would raise everyone’s taxes by £2,000, that would shunt our politics to the left, that would change the rules so that they’re in power for decades.

We can’t let Britain sleepwalk into that.

It is our job, it is our duty over the next week to wake people up to that danger, so I say to you, I say to every Conservative, get out there and fight for every vote, fight for our values and fight for our vision of Britain.”

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Updated at 19.24 BST

The BBC are getting set for tonight’s debate. BBC journalists Tara Mills and Darran Marshall have randomly drawn the order in which the politicians from Northern Ireland’s five largest parties will stand.

From left to right podiums, this is how it will look: Colum Eastwood (SDLP), Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin), Naomi Long (Alliance), Gavin Robinson (DUP) and Robbie Butler (UUP).

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The stage is set – @taramillstv and @DarranMarshall have randomly drawn the order in which politicians from NI's five largest parties will stand in the NI Leaders’ Debate.
Tune in at 21:00 to watch on BBC One NI, BBC iPlayer or the BBC News Channel #GE24 https://t.co/1DV6mxk2go pic.twitter.com/KznaxrmPBG

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Opening summary

Welcome to the latest politics live blog, which later will focus on tonight’s general election TV debate with politicians from Northern Ireland’s five largest political parties.

The hour-long debate will begin at 9pm BST and will be broadcast BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC iPlayer and the BBC News channel.

The five politicians taking part are:

  • Gavin Robinson, leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP).

  • Chris Hazzard, Sinn Féin MP candidate.

  • Colum Eastwood, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party (SDLP).

  • Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance party.

  • Robbie Butler, deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist party (UUP).

It will be the second TV debate of the general election featuring Northern Ireland’s five main political parties. The first, the UTV election debate, took place last Sunday and saw the five parties clash over Irish unity, Brexit and Stormont’s budget.

During tonight’s debate, each of the five politicians on stage will be given the opportunity to respond to questions on key general election issues from the audience.

The Guardian