General Election 2019: What you need to know today

  • By ITV News Content Producer David Williams

It's only 105 days ago that the Queen formally invited Boris Johnson to become prime minister and form a new government.

On Wednesday he will head back to Buckingham Palace as Parliament is formally dissolved before kick starting his party's campaign for re-election.

Labour, the Lib Dems and the Brexit Party have all fired their starting pistols, but the Conservatives and the Greens will make their campaigns official on Wednesday too.

ITV News will be sharing all the key speeches and campaign appearances as they happen throughout the day as part of our Campaign Live coverage.

You can follow all the key live events on Credit: ITV News

Here’s what's in store today:

  • Boris Johnson will visit the Queen to formally dissolve Parliament, before heading to the Midlands for the evening launch of the Conservatives' election campaign.

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech in his home county of Shropshire to promote himself as the "real leader" who will "open the doors for others to walk through".

  • Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is heading to north London then Surrey for a series of visits.

  • Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will be visiting Workington and Carlisle during the day.

  • The Greens will launch their campaign in Bristol with a message to make this a "climate election"

What's making the election headlines today?

The view from the campaigns

Paul Brand reflects on a "terrible Tuesday" for the Conservatives after Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments over Grenfell and looks ahead to Boris Johnson's key launch message.

Romilly Weeks shares her thoughts from the Labour campaign as she travels to Jeremy Corbyn's home county of Shropshire.

Rachel Younger said Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson missed the news in North America as she ruled out propping up Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn in power.

Angus Walker readies for a heavyweight bout between Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as the Brexit Party campaign heads to key Tory target territory.

Calling Peston: The ITV News Election Podcast launches today

Shehab Khan and Daniel Hewitt will be calling Robert Peston throughout the campaign. Credit: ITV News

In a new daily podcast, Calling Peston will bring you up to speed with everything you need to know about the 2019 General Election, with the first episode released later today and then every weekday afternoon at 5pm.

Listen below for a taste of what to expect...

ITV News Political Reporters Daniel Hewitt and Shehab Khan will chat through the day's developments - and call Political Editor Robert Peston to get his take on it all.

We'll also take you behind the scenes of life reporting on the election campaign trail, hearing from our reporters on the road across the country.

Download Calling Peston from wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Today's question: What does a General Election mean for the West Country?

The current political picture in the West Country. Credit: ITV News

Due to the political uncertainty and Brexit disagreements criss-crossing traditional party lines it means the various parties see some of the safest seats under threat this time, writes ITV West Country Political Correspondent David Wood.

Across the West Country numerous political rivalries are brewing.

The Conservatives won 42 out of the 50 seats in the West Country in the 2017 election, with the Lib Dems winning one and Labour seven.

What is worrying Tory candidates is the resurgence of the Lib Dems across the West Country and also the threat of the Brexit Party.

Read the rest of David's analysis here.

Searching for election answers?

The result of the last election called by Theresa May is among the most Googled demand. Credit: PA

These answers to the most Googled general election questions should help you, including - in case you've forgotten - the results of the last one in 2017. (Look away Theresa May).

Registered to vote?

Assuming you are eligible, you can register any time but, be aware, there is a deadline. Credit: PA

Here's everything you need to know about getting registered or checking if you're in the system.

Plus answers to questions like: 'What if I'm away on election day?'

Catch up on the best of Tuesday's campaign stories:

What's happening away from the election?

Here's what else is making the news today: