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That's Newsnight with Emily. Here on BBC

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This programme has learned that Ukip is not going to field

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candidates in at least a quarter of London's constituencies.

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The party suffered badly in the local elections,

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but it's London Chairman has told us, the decision to withdraw

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is to ensure pro-Brexit candidates from other parties win.

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Here's our political editor, Tim Donovan.

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The man now known as the Brexit Secretary was deployed today

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So are you going to vote for us this time?

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70% of people in Thurrock voted Leave last year.

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So with that job done, will Ukip's support fall away here?

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Well, what we're see something a large number of Ukip

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They voted Ukip because they wanted Brexit.

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Now the question is - who can deliver on Brexit?

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We are finding whether it is a Ukip voter or frankly,

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an ex-Labour Remain voter, they all want a good deal.

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Ukip is standing in Thurrock and they've made Dagenham

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and Rainham, held by Labour, their key target.

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Orange is, so far as I know, being left alone.

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they aren't standing. maybe as many as 25 in the capital,

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The party's London Chairman told me it was to protect pro-Brexit former

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Ukip branches have decided not to stand against both

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Remainers who are in place but where the challenger

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is a strong Brexiter, about whose credentials we have no

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doubt or Levers who are in place, where their position may be not

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How many seats do you think might change hands as a result

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We think maybe five, maybe ten will quite

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Staying with the election and key policy commitments revealed

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in Labour's leaked draft manifesto could have a big

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Louisa Preston is here to tell us how?

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Labour is saying it'll play for HS2. But they want to link a train with a

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tunnel right under the City. Something we've covered on this

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programme and which has caused problem for commuters is the

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long-running dispute with southern rail. They say they'll end the

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practice of driver-only train. So they are saying guards will be back

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on trains, rather controversial after everything we have been

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through. They want thoond over commuter rail services to the mayor

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and transport for London, something we know the mayor will be very

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grateful for. As we know, as important as what is in the

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manifesto s what is not in it. Can you shed any light on that? Exactly.

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It is interesting to see what hasn't made it in. In the entire document,

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there is no mention of Heathrow. And I mean Heathrow expansion. Now, that

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may well be because we know the mayor is very much in favour of

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Gatwick. He doesn't want to go with Heathrow expansion. The Shadow

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Chancellor, John McDonnell is an MP next door to Heathrow, he doesn't

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want it either but the big unions do want it and so do MPs in the north.

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So it is interesting that it hasn't made it in. An interesting one. As

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Londoners, are there any other issues we should be aware of? Yes,

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Labour is saying that people who earn more than ?80,000 will also be

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taxed more. Obviously there are a lot of people in London that earn

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that sort of money, so it'll affect London more than many other places

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right across the country and on health, we know there's lots of

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reorganisation planned in London currently but Labour is saying they

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are going to halt all the changes and they are going to get local

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health groups back together and focus on patient need rather than

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the funding of services. Well, both Labour and Ukip will be

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standing in one of London's most hotly contested seats,

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that of Croydon Central. It's currently held by the Tories

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with the slimmest of majorities. So what are the issues

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which are important to people of the area which'll

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decide the result? And what are those fighting for your

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vote promising this time round? In a seat where the vote was won

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by the Conservatives, beating Labour by just 165 votes,

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there's everything to play for. A lot has changed since 2015

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with Britain voting to leave the EU, so just what is the political

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appetite in Croydon Central? We've got some politically

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themed doughnuts here. And tell me why you want

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to vote Conservatives. Because it's the most

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important time in our history that we need one party

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to go against Europe. Corbyn as leader and actually

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the party at working overall for the benefits of all the people

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rather than the elite at the top. Definitely want a blue one

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because stability is absolutely key. I like Jeremy Corbyn

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and I know a lot of people don't actually like him,

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but I think his ideas I think the Labour Party is going

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to represent younger people. Before long, we were out

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of Conservative and Labour Party doughnuts, and it was time to speak

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to some of the candidates. Gavin Barwell is confident

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of retaining the seat Croydon Central voted

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narrowly to leave the EU. He says the key issue

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is who can best lead We clearly feel that,

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in Theresa May, we've got the right candidate to provide that strong

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and stable leadership and that Jeremy Corbyn actually

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would represent a real threat to this country as we go

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through the Brexit negotiations. That's absolutely an issue

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that we will put front and centre, and it's very interesting that,

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if you look at my Labour opponent's leaflets,

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there's absolutely no mention So we are off now to meet Sarah

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Jones, who is Labour's candidate. She was up against Gavin Barwell

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last time, losing out She says she really fancies her

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chances this time around. She says her focus is

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on local issues, not Two years on, people can see

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the impact of the Conservative government and they are starting

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to understand that Barwell has People cannot get housing

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or get the jobs they want, people are struggling

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with their education. There are supply teachers coming

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in because there are not enough People are beginning to question,

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is this the only way? Ukip needs to be around

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because we will be there They picked up nearly 5000 votes

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in 2015, finishing third and well above the Lib Dems and

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Greens, but things are looking more We cannot ignore what happened

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in the local elections last week. Do you get worried that

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might affect your vote? It is a unique situation

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because we are in the middle of the general election

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and the Tories have taken We want a good Brexit

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agreement, but we do not On our doughnut run,

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there was indecision. And it is those voters

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the candidates will need to tempt if they are to win

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in London's tightest seat. The Greens and Lib Dems

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came fourth and fifth respectively in Croydon Central

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at the last election. This is what their

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candidates had to say. We do want a strong economy,

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but we've also got a social conscience so we do the right things

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for people that aren't as well I just want to bring

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the whole town together, stop it being divided,

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bring the whole town together We believe in a vote,

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a final vote, on the final Brexit We believe in progress

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and positive solutions. We want to see the economy

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work for everybody, not And here's a full list

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of candidates standing Well, you can keep

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across all developments in the general election -

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which is less than a month away- That's at the usual

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address - bbc.co.uk/news. And if you're on the move,

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download the BBC news app We want to see the economy

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work for everybody, not Now the weather.

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, yes a humid dead. We have had photographs of the

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Now, humid air is coming in hyped. This cloud will be spreading

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northwards bringing rain and showers. More cloud will head our

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way. Yes, more rain to come across the south-east over night tonight.

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The south-west will have rumble of thunders and wetter weather into

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Northern Ireland. Scotland will stay dry. On the cool side

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