Election 2015

Election 2015: Day at-a-glance

In the run-up to the general election on 7 May, we'll bring you a daily guide to the key stories, newspaper headlines and quotes from the campaign trail.

Image caption Nick Clegg, right, with reality TV star Joey Essex

Day in a nutshell


One minute round-up

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Media captionThe BBC's Vicki Young has a quick round-up of the election day, which has been dominated by the economy

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

The Times writes that left-wing Labour MPs could challenge the party's first Queen's Speech, possibly joining forces with the Scottish National Party to oppose cuts. The piece is based on an interview John McDonnell, leader of the Socialist Campaign Group, gave to the New Statesman.

The FT writes that Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, is preparing to exact a "steep price" to allow to the Conservatives to hold a referendum on British membership of the EU in the event of a hung parliament.

The Guardian leads with David Cameron's claims yesterday that families will face a £3,000 tax rise if Labour are elected, with the newspaper saying the charge was "undermined" by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The Telegraph says Ed Miliband's credibility on the economy "suffered a new blow" after business leaders raised concerns over the use of their quotes in a party advert.


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Key quotes

"The tone was absolutely right because this election is a choice."

David Cameron questioned about his criticism of Ed Miliband outside 10 Downing Street

"The four Westminster leaders offer us nothing more than further swingeing cuts to our public services and no commitment to securing an economic recovery for all."

Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader, launching her party's manifesto

"Under no circumstances would we ever vote for the renewal of Trident or the spending of money on the renewal of Trident. In terms of any formal arrangement with Labour, I've made clear and I can't make clearer Trident is a red line."

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on BBC Radio Scotland

"I learned that the name's Liberal Democrats instead of Cats..."

Joey Essex on meeting Nick Clegg

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Media captionJoey Essex revealed that prior to meeting Nick Clegg he believed the deputy PM's party was called the "Liberal Democrats"

Reality checks of the day

The BBC's Reality Check team looked a variety of political claims.

  • George Osborne said living standards were rising, just days after Ed Miliband said they were falling. Who is right?
  • Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, demanded the same levels of funding per head as Scotland. How far behind is Wales?
  • David Cameron said the coalition had created 1,000 jobs a day since it took office in 2010, a total of 1.9 million jobs. Is this correct?
  • Mr Cameron also said there were now far fewer people waiting more than a year for an operation than in the early days of the coalition. Is this true?

Queen's head

And BBC's StyleWatch asked the burning question of the day - what do you think of David Cameron's cufflinks?

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