Election round-up: Labour manifesto mark II
Labour has denied previous estimates that the total cost of their commitments is in the £90 billion ball-park, and has repeatedly promised that all funding for its policies will be clarified in the official campaign document.
However, the party has already hit a stumbling block after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell struggled to tell the Today programme how much a new pledge to re-nationalise the water industry is expected to cost.
Mr McDonnell told the show his party will "consult on different methods that could be used" to bring suppliers back into public ownership, but said he did not want to discuss the price.
It comes as:
- The Lib Dems announce a £2bn flood prevention fund, which would focuses on providing support for small community and council-led schemes. The party says the aim is to reduce upstream flooding (which has knock-on effects in downstream and coastal areas), as well as improving flood defences.
- Plaid Cymru says it will provide a "strong voice" for Wales outside of Europe as the party makes a pitch to capitalise on opportunities brought by Brexit. Leader Leanne Wood made the comments ahead of the party's manifesto launch in Rhondda, which is expected to include measures to protect jobs and farming as well as public services.
- Labour's Clive Lewis has denied his support for a cross-party alliance is an act of defiance against leader Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Lewis, the party's candidate for Norwich South, told the said the campaign is "about understanding there are lots of people, hundreds and thousands of people, who actually want to see politics done differently".