Election 2015

Election 2015 at-a-glance: Wednesday 29 April campaigning

A daily guide to the key stories, newspaper headlines and quotes from the campaign for the 7 May general election.

Tax

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The Conservatives are promising a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax, national insurance or VAT before 2020, but Labour says the Tory plans would mean cuts to tax credits totalling £3.8bn. Meanwhile the Lib Dems pledge to offer free schools meals to all children in England, and Ed Miliband has spoken with comedian Russell Brand.


Day in a nutshell

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Image caption The interview took place at Russell Brand's house in east London
  • Comedian Russell Brand has published a video of his interview with Labour's Ed Miliband, who says he's wrong to say that voting is "pointless"
  • A Tory government will introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance before 2020, David Cameron has announced
  • Free school meals will be available to all primary school children in England, under a £610m-a-year plan being unveiled by the Liberal Democrats
  • Labour would raise tax credits at least in line with inflation every year until 2020 to "protect family budgets"
  • Islamist extremists could cross the Mediterranean and gain access to the UK as a result of EU policies to address the migrant boat crisis, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said
  • A decision not to renew the UK's submarine-based nuclear missile system would be "irresponsible folly", a group of ex-senior military officials has said

Keep up with all the days events on our live page.


Key quotes

  • Prime Minister David Cameron: "Working people in this country have paid enough tax. As this economy recovers, I want you to be able to keep more of the money to spend as you choose. That is the choice. Take home pay going up with the Conservatives.... or going down with Labour."
  • Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg: "We know that giving children a healthy lunch helps them to concentrate in the afternoon and do better in class."
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage: "We've got to a point here with this where, unless we stand up and say something, we will be opening up our doors not just to many more people but to the Islamic extremist threat."
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband: "You don't want politicians saying 'vote for me and on day one the world is transformed'. It ain't going to be like that. Change is hard. Change takes time."
  • Comedian Russell Brand: "The reason I have never voted in my life is that I think it does not matter."

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

"Cameron's pledge: No tax rises for five years" - The Daily Telegraph leads with David Cameron's five year "tax-lock" pledge.

"Miliband's tactical gamble" - The Guardian splashes on what it sees as Ed Miliband's attempt to "shift up a gear" in his election campaign and broadcast a conversation he had with comedian Russell Brand about the value of voting and a warning about the threat to living standards posed by Conservative spending cuts.

"Labour chief given £1.5m shares from tax haven" - The Times claims that Margaret Hodge, who it describes as "Labour's fiercest critic of tax avoidance", has received more than £1.5m in shares from the tax haven of Liechtenstein.


Pictures of the day

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Image caption Ed Miliband said that Labour would raise tax credits at least in line with inflation every year until 2020
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Image caption David Cameron has announced a five-year tax-lock pledge

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