Morning everyone and welcome to another day of Politics Live. This is Bonnie Malkin looking after things for the start of your day. Andrew Sparrow will be taking over later.
Plenty to go at today but probably worth mentioning first the intervention of David Cameron into the post-election chatter.
He’s been made his first public comments after the dismal Tory showing telling a business conference in Poland that Theresa May has to “listen to all parties” and thinks there will be pressure for “softer Brexit”.
The FT has the story and quote Cameron saying: “It’s going to be difficult, there’s no doubt about that, but perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with other parties on how best we can achieve it.”
Meanwhile, here is what you need to know about what has been going on:
The Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott has opened up about being targeted by the Conservatives during the election campaign. In a Guardian exclusive, Abbott has revealed that type 2 diabetes caught up with her on the election trail, leading her to stumble on policy questions. After taking illness leave, Abbott says she is back and ready to work for Jeremy Corbyn.
The UK can still reverse its decision to leave the EU, France’s president has told Theresa May. “Until negotiations come to an end there is always a chance to reopen the door,” Emmanuel Macron said during a visit by May to the Élysée Palace that was followed by the England-France friendly. The UK’s minority prime minister sounded more resolved to the reality of Brexit, saying she wanted to make a success of it while retaining a “deep and special partnership” with the EU.
Before May’s departure to France, a deal to keep the Conservatives in power moved closer as she met with the DUP leader, Arlene Foster. But the plan lost credibility as the former prime minister John Major condemned it as a threat to Northern Ireland peace. That is just one of myriad complications faced by May as the clock ticks down to the start of Brexit negotiations, says our editorial. Rafael Behr argues that, having championed a hard line on Brexit, May should not be in the driver’s seat.
Jeremy Corbyn has declared Labour to be in “permanent campaign mode” in case May’s government collapses. Young people got behind Corbyn in the election because of the manifesto, not the man, according to voters who have contacted the Guardian. His appeal as a “likable, principled man” was a factor but more important was the emphasis he placed on the NHS and healthcare policy, education, getting Brexit right, ending austerity and fighting inequality.