The general election campaign is well under way. Here’s what happened on the third day.

In a sentence: The SNP launched their election campaign with a pledge to form a “progressive alliance” to keep the Conservatives out of Number 10.

In a paragraph: Nicola Sturgeon stopped short of suggesting a future coalition government but said her party would form an alliance in Westminster to keep Boris Johnson away from Downing Street. Both Labour and the Conservatives said they would not give the SNP leader a second independence referendum.

In 100 words: Nicola Sturgeon focused the SNP election campaign launch on the future of Scotland, calling for a second independence referendum and to remain in the EU.

Meanwhile, apparently teetotal til Brexit, Boris Johnson claimed his EU withdrawal agreement offered no customs declarations for goods travelling between Northern Ireland and the UK, appearing to contradict ministerial advice. His party also announced plans to introduce a visa for doctors and nurses, while Labour pledged to give one year’s maternity leave for women.

Three Labour candidates stood aside from their seats following controversy, including one over antisemitism and one for an attack on the SNP’s Joanna Cherry.

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Three Labour candidates dropped out of the election race in one day, with one standing aside over alleged antisemitic comments.

Boris Johnson claimed he has given up booze until Brexit is done, despite being snapped sipping whisky in Scotland on day two.

Labour pledged to extend statutory maternity pay and bolster the entitlement to flexible working in a move to provide “radical protections” for women in the workplace.

And Mr Johnson promised to look into concerns over charging overseas nurses working in the NHS for using its services.

Moment of the day:



Boris Johnson has told Tory supporters in Northern Ireland there will not be duties, paperwork or form filling on goods produced in the country going to Great Britain.

Quote of the day:

“I want to believe him, but is he just being bombastic and being Boris?

“I don’t know Boris Johnson well enough, whether it’s just what you say on a campaign trail or whether he is absolutely serious.”

Irwin Armstrong, business owner who challenged PM on border

Photo of the day:

STAPLEFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a school art lesson making clay figures, as he talks with school teachers during a general election campaign visit to George Spencer Academy on November 8, 2019 in Stapleford, near Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Boris Johnson makes clay figures in an art lesson in George Spencer Academy, Stapleford

Fact check of the day: Will the Conservatives’ NHS visa hinder healthcare recruitment?

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