Pound hits 31-month high as Conservatives hold election lead – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the Conservative party extends its lead over Labour to 14 points

3.26pm GMT

Whoever wins Thursday’s election faces many challenges, including how to fight the climate emergency while still raising living standards.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz reckons this conundrum can be solved, if policymakers focus on the ‘quality’ of growth in the economy:

Related: Fighting the climate crisis need not mean halting economic growth

2.58pm GMT

Back in the UK, another opinion poll has shown that the Conservative’s lead over Labour has narrowed.

It shows that Boris Johnson’s lead over Jeremy Corbyn has dipped to 6 percentage points, from 7.

UK Election Poll (ICM/Reuters)
– Conservatives 42% (unch)
– Labour party 36% (+1)

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