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Campaign highlights: Cyber attack on Labour as Farage issues call to Tories

The Brexit Party leader called for the Tories not to contest seats where the Conservative Party has not won in 100 years.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the media on the seafront in Blackpool (Joe Giddens/PA)
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the media on the seafront in Blackpool (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Jeremy Corbyn unveiled details of a “very serious attack” on the Labour Party’s digital platforms while Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage urged the Tories to not field candidates in some constituencies.

Here are some of the highlights of Tuesday’s campaign trail:

– The Labour Party experienced a cyber attack on its digital platforms.

A Labour spokeswoman said the party had experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms.

She added that the attack had “failed” because of the party’s “robust security system” and they were confident no data breach had occurred.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was a “very serious attack” and that he feels “very nervous about it all”. The matter has been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.

– Nigel Farage said the Tories should stand aside in some Labour-held seats.

The Brexit Party leader called for the Tories not to contest seats where the Conservative Party has not won in 100 years to try to get more pro-Leave MPs elected.

Mr Farage said his decision for the Brexit Party not to stand candidates in the 317 seats won by the Tories in the last election was made because he believes in the Leave cause, and he urged Boris Johnson to return the favour.

He told the Conservatives that if they truly believed in Leave, they would stand aside in some seats in Labour areas where they “will never win”.

– Labour promised free jobs retraining for adults.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out plans to spend an extra £3 billion each year to provide free access to vocational learning for adults.

Adults would be offered up to six years of training and employees would also have a right to “paid time off to train for the future”.

Mr Corbyn said education should be “like an escalator running alongside you throughout your life, that you can get on and off whenever you want”, while shadow education secretary Angela Rayner described the policies as “some of the most radical that a Labour government will propose”.

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Jo Swinson speaks to volunteer Rosie Squires in the Stainforth 4 All charity shop during a visit to Stainforth in South Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

– The Liberal Democrats pledged £5 billion for flood prevention.

As leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson visited Stainforth in Doncaster, where residents are continuing to deal with the effects of severe flooding, her party set out plans for a £5 billion fund to improve flood defences across the UK.

The policy will be paid for through government borrowing and a spokesman said it would help “build resilience” and ensure all communities can get the funds they need in a crisis.

Meanwhile in Westminster, Mr Johnson chaired the Government’s Cobra committee to discuss the situation, following calls from Mr Corbyn for the Prime Minister to declare a “national emergency”.

– Former speaker John Bercow’s memoirs will be published in February.

Two weeks after stepping down as speaker of the House of Commons, Mr Bercow has announced that he will publish his book in February next year.

Described as “grippingly candid”, the book will chart his journey from boyhood to Parliament, and will include his decade in the chair.

Titled Unspeakable, the memoirs promise to reveal Mr Bercow’s views on Mr Johnson and former occupants of Number 10 including Theresa May, David Cameron and Tony Blair.

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John Bercow is to publish his autobiography (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Tweet of the day

After Nigel Farage announced he would be withdrawing the Brexit Party from all Tory-held seats, one of the hundreds of candidates now missing out made her feelings known.

Picture of the day

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon enjoyed fun and games during a visit to a nursery in Edinburgh.

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Blossom Tree Children’s Nursery in Gilmerton, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

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As mentioned above, Jeremy Corbyn warned that a cyber attack on Labour’s digital platforms could be a “sign of things to come” in the General Election.

The Labour leader said the timing of the attack – which slowed some of the party’s campaign activities – was “suspicious” and had made him “nervous” about what might happen in the rest of the campaign.

  • Boris Johnson expected to campaign in the West Midlands
  • Jeremy Corbyn campaigning in Scotland while John McDonnell and Jonathan Ashworth expected to make an announcement on the NHS in London
  • Jo Swinson also campaigning in London
  • Heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora to appear at Brexit Party rally in east London

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