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General election: Corbyn talks free broadband as Johnson launches campaign bus – live news



Hello, I’m taking over from my colleague Kate Lyons.

The headlines suggest it won’t be a boring day in politics. Labour’s ambitious free-broadband-for-all pledge via a part-nationalisation of BT by 2030 is already prompting juicy reactions on Twitter.

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell will present further details of this £20bn taxpayer-funded project at a campaign event in Lancashire, and people will be falling over themselves to grill them thoroughly.

The event is due to start at 11am, followed by a Q&A. But first McDonnell will be on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and on Sky News at 8.30am.

Boris Johnson, who has pledged £5bn to roll out full-fibre broadband to every home by 2025, will be on BBC Breakfast at 8am and BBC Radio 5 Live at 9am.

Let’s go!


In the latest instalment of the Guardian’s People and Power series, Aamna Mohdin has written about the way a residents’ Facebook group could swing the seat of Canterbury.

Local newspaper editors once controlled the information that circled around a town or small city during an election. But in Canterbury in 2019, that power has fallen into the lap of the 32-year-old administrator of a Facebook group.

Edd Withers set up the Canterbury Residents Group on Facebook five years ago in an attempt to bridge the divide between the city’s large student population and its older residents. In a sign of the changing media environment that could shape this election, what started as a community project to bring generations together has turned into a lively and often chaotic rolling political conversation about all manner of issues affecting the city.

Of the nearly 100 Canterbury residents who contacted the Guardian about the tight race in their constituency, Withers’ Facebook group was mentioned more than a dozen times. While one resident described it as “a good starting point to find the ‘real’ residents and the issues they are passionate about”, another said they left the group “because of the extreme views and bullying behaviour”.




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