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That's Newsnight with Emily. Here on BBC
This programme has learned that Ukip is not going to field
candidates in at least a quarter of London's constituencies.
The party suffered badly in the local elections,
but it's London Chairman has told us, the decision to withdraw
is to ensure pro-Brexit candidates from other parties win.
Here's our political editor, Tim Donovan.
The man now known as the Brexit Secretary was deployed today
So are you going to vote for us this time?
70% of people in Thurrock voted Leave last year.
So with that job done, will Ukip's support fall away here?
Well, what we're see something a large number of Ukip
They voted Ukip because they wanted Brexit.
Now the question is - who can deliver on Brexit?
We are finding whether it is a Ukip voter or frankly,
an ex-Labour Remain voter, they all want a good deal.
Ukip is standing in Thurrock and they've made Dagenham
and Rainham, held by Labour, their key target.
Orange is, so far as I know, being left alone.
they aren't standing. maybe as many as 25 in the capital,
The party's London Chairman told me it was to protect pro-Brexit former
Ukip branches have decided not to stand against both
Remainers who are in place but where the challenger
is a strong Brexiter, about whose credentials we have no
doubt or Levers who are in place, where their position may be not
How many seats do you think might change hands as a result
We think maybe five, maybe ten will quite
Staying with the election and key policy commitments revealed
in Labour's leaked draft manifesto could have a big
Louisa Preston is here to tell us how?
Labour is saying it'll play for HS2. But they want to link a train with a
tunnel right under the City. Something we've covered on this
programme and which has caused problem for commuters is the
long-running dispute with southern rail. They say they'll end the
practice of driver-only train. So they are saying guards will be back
on trains, rather controversial after everything we have been
through. They want thoond over commuter rail services to the mayor
and transport for London, something we know the mayor will be very
grateful for. As we know, as important as what is in the
manifesto s what is not in it. Can you shed any light on that? Exactly.
It is interesting to see what hasn't made it in. In the entire document,
there is no mention of Heathrow. And I mean Heathrow expansion. Now, that
may well be because we know the mayor is very much in favour of
Gatwick. He doesn't want to go with Heathrow expansion. The Shadow
Chancellor, John McDonnell is an MP next door to Heathrow, he doesn't
want it either but the big unions do want it and so do MPs in the north.
So it is interesting that it hasn't made it in. An interesting one. As
Londoners, are there any other issues we should be aware of? Yes,
Labour is saying that people who earn more than ?80,000 will also be
taxed more. Obviously there are a lot of people in London that earn
that sort of money, so it'll affect London more than many other places
right across the country and on health, we know there's lots of
reorganisation planned in London currently but Labour is saying they
are going to halt all the changes and they are going to get local
health groups back together and focus on patient need rather than
the funding of services. Well, both Labour and Ukip will be
standing in one of London's most hotly contested seats,
that of Croydon Central. It's currently held by the Tories
with the slimmest of majorities. So what are the issues
which are important to people of the area which'll
decide the result? And what are those fighting for your
vote promising this time round? In a seat where the vote was won
by the Conservatives, beating Labour by just 165 votes,
there's everything to play for. A lot has changed since 2015
with Britain voting to leave the EU, so just what is the political
appetite in Croydon Central? We've got some politically
themed doughnuts here. And tell me why you want
to vote Conservatives. Because it's the most
important time in our history that we need one party
to go against Europe. Corbyn as leader and actually
the party at working overall for the benefits of all the people
rather than the elite at the top. Definitely want a blue one
because stability is absolutely key. I like Jeremy Corbyn
and I know a lot of people don't actually like him,
but I think his ideas I think the Labour Party is going
to represent younger people. Before long, we were out
of Conservative and Labour Party doughnuts, and it was time to speak
to some of the candidates. Gavin Barwell is confident
of retaining the seat Croydon Central voted
narrowly to leave the EU. He says the key issue
is who can best lead We clearly feel that,
in Theresa May, we've got the right candidate to provide that strong
and stable leadership and that Jeremy Corbyn actually
would represent a real threat to this country as we go
through the Brexit negotiations. That's absolutely an issue
that we will put front and centre, and it's very interesting that,
if you look at my Labour opponent's leaflets,
there's absolutely no mention So we are off now to meet Sarah
Jones, who is Labour's candidate. She was up against Gavin Barwell
last time, losing out She says she really fancies her
chances this time around. She says her focus is
on local issues, not Two years on, people can see
the impact of the Conservative government and they are starting
to understand that Barwell has People cannot get housing
or get the jobs they want, people are struggling
with their education. There are supply teachers coming
in because there are not enough People are beginning to question,
is this the only way? Ukip needs to be around
because we will be there They picked up nearly 5000 votes
in 2015, finishing third and well above the Lib Dems and
Greens, but things are looking more We cannot ignore what happened
in the local elections last week. Do you get worried that
might affect your vote? It is a unique situation
because we are in the middle of the general election
and the Tories have taken We want a good Brexit
agreement, but we do not On our doughnut run,
there was indecision. And it is those voters
the candidates will need to tempt if they are to win
in London's tightest seat. The Greens and Lib Dems
came fourth and fifth respectively in Croydon Central
at the last election. This is what their
candidates had to say. We do want a strong economy,
but we've also got a social conscience so we do the right things
for people that aren't as well I just want to bring
the whole town together, stop it being divided,
bring the whole town together We believe in a vote,
a final vote, on the final Brexit We believe in progress
and positive solutions. We want to see the economy
work for everybody, not And here's a full list
of candidates standing Well, you can keep
across all developments in the general election -
which is less than a month away- That's at the usual
address - bbc.co.uk/news. And if you're on the move,
download the BBC news app We want to see the economy
work for everybody, not Now the weather.
, yes a humid dead. We have had photographs of the
Now, humid air is coming in hyped. This cloud will be spreading
northwards bringing rain and showers. More cloud will head our
way. Yes, more rain to come across the south-east over night tonight.
The south-west will have rumble of thunders and wetter weather into
Northern Ireland. Scotland will stay dry. On the cool side