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General election:Farage tells Johnson to 'drop the deal'or face Brexit party challenge as it

• by Andrew Sparrow

1 Nov 201916:30

Afternoon summary

Nigel Farage has launched his general election campaign by saying his Brexit party will contest every seat in the country unless Boris Johnson agrees to drop his deal with the EU and sign up to a "leave alliance". See 12.27pm for a full summary.

Nigel Farage has "effectively handed" seats such as Hartlepool to Labour with his pledge to contest every seat and potentially split the leave vote in December's election, the chairman of the town's Conservative party has said.

Boris Johnson's government has been accused of going on a spending spree using taxpayers' money to woo voters in swing seats in the run up to the general election.

Britain's factories suffered a sixth consecutive month of falling new orders in October as ongoing Brexit uncertainty hit demand from domestic customers.

That's all from me for today.

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