UK election today: Rishi Sunak prepares to launch manifesto

Rishi Sunak poses for a photo – PM prepares to launch manifesto while campaigns continue
Campaign: Rishi Sunak will lay out the Conservative Party manifesto today - Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

It’s a crucial day for Rishi Sunak as he prepares to launch the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto this morning. Key policies are expected to include a tax break for landlords, a 2p cut to National Insurance and help for first-time buyers.

While the Tories set out their pitch to the public, in one of Mr Sunak’s last major chances to trigger a comeback in the polls, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, will be out campaigning in the North East.

Having been first out of the blocks with his manifesto yesterday, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey presses on with his bid to charm the Blue Wall in the South West.

Elsewhere, Nigel Farage, the leader of Reform UK, will be out in Yorkshire, the East Midlands and the East of England.

Following the shock announcement that he will step down as Scottish Tory leader after the election, Douglas Ross is back on the campaign trail, visiting a site benefiting from the UK Government’s Community Ownership Fund. Caroline Lucas, the former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, will also be making a speech.

This evening, Scottish leaders will take part in a BBC debate in Glasgow.