UK elections today: Campaigns resume as leaders prepare for seven-party BBC debate

Sir Keir Starmer speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a D-Day memorial event in Normandy
Sir Keir Starmer speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a D-Day memorial event in Normandy - LABOUR PARTY

General election campaigning will resume with a bang on Friday after Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer largely paused political activities to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday.

Mr Sunak left the ceremony on Omaha Beach, Normandy, before it had finished to defend claims he had made about Sir Keir Starmer’s tax plans in an ITV interview.

On Friday, the Prime Minister will be campaigning in the South West, followed by a speech in Wiltshire in the late afternoon.

The Labour Party leader and his deputy, Angela Rayner, will visit a housing development in London on Friday morning ahead of the party’s “Clause V” meeting to finalise their manifesto, which is expected to begin around noon.

Up in Scotland, First Minister John Swinney is to give a campaign speech in Glasgow while Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leader, is out on the campaign trail in Aberdeen.

There will then be another TV election debate on the BBC involving senior representatives of the seven main political parties which will kick off at 7.30pm.

In the debate, Nigel Farage will represent Reform UK as he is given the opportunity to clash with Penny Mordaunt, who will be flying the Tory flag, and Labour’s Angela Rayner.

There will also be representatives from the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru.

Friday at 5pm is also the final deadline for general election candidates to be nominated.