General election: Here’s what happened on day 26 of the campaign

In a sentence: The aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack dominated the campaign, with a political row over the early release of terrorist Usman Khan continuing.

In a paragraph: Boris Johnson sought to blame Labour for the fact that Khan was freed halfway through his 16-year jail sentence, while Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News that convicted terrorists should “not necessarily” automatically serve their full prison sentences.

In 100 words: The father of attack victim Jack Merritt has urged politicians not to use his son’s death as the “pretext” for “more draconian sentences”.

But the prime minister’s comments have sparked claims that he is politicising the tragedy.

Mr Johnson claimed it was down to a “leftie government” that Khan was released and promised to take steps to make sure offenders who commit serious offences are not released early.

Mr Corbyn also told Sky News that police “had no choice” but to shoot Khan dead as they were “stuck with a situation where there was a credible threat of a bomb belt around his body”.

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The terror attack has knocked the prime minister off his Brexit message and onto far less sure territory, writes Sky’s Beth Rigby.

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested the Royal Family should be scaled back in the wake of the Prince Andrew scandal.

The Liberal Democrats have suspended a member of staff accused of faking an email in order to quash a negative news story.

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