UK elections today: Starmer manifesto launch to dominate election campaign

Sir Keir Starmer delivering a speech on Labour's energy policy on May 31
Sir Keir Starmer delivering a speech on Labour's energy policy on May 31 - ANDY BUCHANAN

Starmer’s manifesto launch will dominate the general election campaign on Thursday as Sir Keir Starmer unveils his blueprint for Britain at an event in Manchester this morning.

The leader has promised voters there will be “no tax surprises” in the document, with the party expected to pledge no increases in income tax, National Insurance, VAT and corporation tax.

However, it is not expected to rule out future rises in other levies, such as capital gains tax, and the Conversatives will be ready to pounce on any ambiguity.

Rishi Sunak is taking a break from campaigning as he attends the G7 summit in Puglia, Italy, where he is set to announce new funding for war-torn Ukraine.

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, will be campaigning in Kent while Plaid Cymru will launch its manifesto in Cardiff.

ITV will then host a seven-way debate this evening from 8.30pm, featuring representatives from the seven main parties.

The representatives will be Penny Mordaunt for the Conservatives, Angela Rayner for Labour, Daisy Cooper for the Lib Dems, Stephen Flynn for the SNP, Nigel Farage for Reform UK, Carla Denyer for the Green Party and Rhun ap Iorwerth for Plaid Cymru.