Brexit party leader has withdrawn from all Tory MPs’ seats as Boris Johnson prepares to chair Cobra meeting on floods

7.48am GMT

My colleague Rowena Mason reports that Nigel Farage has rejected suggestions that the US president had any role in his decision to not run Brexit party candidates in Tory-held seats.

Farage says it’s “almost comical” that Tories still complaining about Brexit Party standing in marginals – and insists he still wants to get Brexit Party MPs into parliament.
He says “no, no, no, no” to the idea that Donald Trump has been pulling his strings

Nigel Farage’s decision not to stand in any Conservative-held seats is “undoubtedly good news” for Boris Johnson, says @BethRigby.

But she asks what it means for marginal constituencies the Tories need to win if they want a majority.

Watch her report from Hartlepool. #GE2019 pic.twitter.com/MyftofCDVb

7.37am GMT

Labour’s Ben Bradshaw has tweeted this morning urging the report to be released: “Johnson doesn’t want you to know about all those Russian Tory donors or the extent of the Kremlin’s interference in our democracy.”

David Lammy tweeted: “The rest of the world is looking on in horror at Boris Johnson’s decision to cover up the report into Russian interference in our democracy.”

‘It’s absolutely normal that reports like this go through a period of vetting.’

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak responds to criticism that the publication of an intelligence report into Russian covert actions in the UK has not yet been released. pic.twitter.com/QpyT9PkZex

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