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  1. Labour launches its manifesto, vowing to be the party of economic responsibility
  2. Ed Miliband promises every policy will be fully funded and require no "additional borrowing"
  3. The Conservatives are to announce that they would extend the 'Right-to-buy' to 1.3 million housing association tenants
  4. Nick Clegg says the Lib Dems will not have another coalition with the Tories if they insist on £12bn welfare cuts
  5. The Lib Dems launch a "five point plan" aimed at consumers and commuters
  6. There are 24 days left until the general election

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By Kristiina Cooper, Angela Harrison and Victoria Park

All times stated are UK

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Monday recap

Before we sign off, a quick look at the day's election news:

  • The Labour leader, Ed Miliband said he was ready to lead the country as he unveiled Labour's general election manifesto . He said all policies were costed and would not require additional borrowing
  • There were few policy surprises in the manifesto. Instead, the aim was to establish Labour's economic credentials and accuse the Conservatives of making unfunded pledges
  • David Cameron dismissed the suggestion that Labour could deliver their promises without borrowing more - describing their pledge of fiscal responsibility as "not a conversion, but a con"
  • Nick Clegg compared Labour's assertion that they have no plans for additional borrowing to "an alcoholic who consumes a bottle of vodka every day, saying they have no plans to drink more vodka"
  • The Conservatives also got a bashing from Nick Clegg, who said he would refuse to go into coalition with the Tories if they insisted on £12bn in welfare cuts.
  • The Greens unveiled their national campaign poster , saying the time for "half measures" was over
  • The leader of UKIP has encouraged people to vote tactically in the election
  • The Conservatives will say - at their manifesto launch on Tuesday- that they would extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants in England

A home of your own

The Conservatives are tweeting about their right-to-buy plans.

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Chris Mason on the right-to-buy

BBC political correspondent, Chris Mason, points out that Margaret Thatcher features on several of Tuesday's front pages.

He understands that David Cameron - at the launch of the Conservative manifesto on Tuesday - will flesh out proposals on the right to buy housing association properties…

He tells BBC's 5Live that Conservative activists regard the right-to-buy council houses as "hugely important" in the Thatcher years in wooing blue collar working-class voters.

Chris Mason says there's also talk of a Conservative announcement on the minimum wage.

"The Conservatives might try and outbid Labour on the subject of the minimum wage, which you wouldn't necessarily expect from a party that not all that long ago opposed the minimum wages' introduction. That's just the kind of politics I suspect that would put a smile on the face of the Chancellor George Osborne."

Tuesday's Independent


Labour on right-to-buy

Labour's education spokesman Tristram Hunt gives his reaction on BBC Newsnight to Conservatives plans to give more people in housing association properties the right to buy their own homes.

He said: "We believe in people owning their own homes but unfortunately we have seen the lowest proportion of people buying their own homes [under the last government].

This is an un-funded policy...we believe in home ownership but we also believe in building more homes and that is what we'll do."

The view from the polls

The Editor of BBC Political Research, David Cowling, writes:

TNS published a Scotland poll that gave the SNP 52%, which is the party’s highest rating since securing the same figure in the January 2015 MORI poll. Labour were left with 24% and the Lib Dems with 6%.

Elsewhere, ICM provided further excitement with a poll giving the Conservatives 39%, over Labour’s 33%. This is the highest Conservative rating since March 2012. However, in three other polls sampled over the same days as ICM, YouGov gave Labour a 3% lead and the two others, Ashcroft and Populus, had dead heats with Conservative and Labour both on 33%. Perhaps one clue to the difference was that ICM had UKIP on 7% - half the support registered for the party in the three other polls.

It will take some time before we can measure what impact, if any, this Week of Manifestos has on the polls. For the present logjam shows little sign of shifting..

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A `big gap' in parties' deficit reduction plans

Duncan Weldon, Newsnight's economics correspondent says there's a "big gap" between the Labour and Conservative plans. He says the Conservatives are aiming to bring the deficit down from £90bn this year to zero by 2020 while Labour plans to bring it down from £90bn to £30bn. He says: "That's a big difference. It's worth saying there are a lot of economists out there who think this is perfectly rational. Government borrowing costs are very low."


Allegra Stratton

Newsnight Political Editor

On BBC's Newsnight, Allegra Stratton said tomorrow David Cameron will say that the Conservatives will extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants in England if they are returned to power.

She said the party saw this as a "something of a silver bullet" and that 1.3 million families could be affected.

The Conservatives are launching their manifesto for the general election tomorrow.

Tuesday's Times

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James Chapman, Daily Mail Political Editor


tweets : Cameron: Tories 'party of workers' as he extends right-to-buy + ties min wage to tax threshold #tomorrowspaperstoday

Tuesday's Guardian

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Tuesday's Daily Mail

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Tuesday's Mirror

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Tuesday's Express

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Jack Dee - election agony uncle

Comedian Jack Dee and guests are warming up over on BBC Two, where they are going to help a live studio audience solve their election problems.

You can tune in by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above at 22:00.

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Independent candidate dies

A former UK Eurovision contestant, who was due to stand in the general election, has died aged 80. Ronnie Carroll, who is originally from Belfast, represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 with the song "Ring-A-Ding-Girl" and in 1963 with the song "Say Wonderful Things". He was fourth on both occasions. Mr Carroll was due to stand as an Independent candidate in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. He died this afternoon following a short illness.

The candidate list for the constituency can be found here .

Boris: a `dinner party guest'?

Boris Johnson, the London mayor and Conservative Party candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has been challenged by rivals over how he would juggle his two roles, reports the news website , getwestlondon.

It reports today that at a recent hustings the Labour candidate, Chris Summers, told local people:"You're not looking for a dinner party guest."

Boris Johnson replied: “I do have a record as a previous constituency MP and I worked flat out for those people.”

The full list of those standing in Uxbridge can be found here .

Not a referendum vote

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that a vote for the SNP will not lead to another independence referendum. Speaking on ITV's Agenda programme, she said the only way another referendum would be held was if it was backed at elections to the Scottish Parliament.

She said:

Scotland does accept the outcome of the referendum...The election on May 7 is not about independence. If you vote for the SNP you are not voting for independence you are not even voting for another independence referendum....I think Scotland will be independent one day, I think that is the direction of travel but it won't be me that decides that."

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Nick Robinson, Political Editor, BBC News

tweets: Good to be back on air. Don't worry about the voice. It doesn't hurt & I'm not risking my recovery. I'm listening to Drs & speech therapist

Grazia magazine debates the election

The weekly women's magazine, Grazia, is holding a general election debate this evening. One of the panel members is Labour candidate Stella Creasy who declares: "Child care isn't a women's issue, it's a parents' issue". And she wonders why men aren't speaking up on these things.

George Eaton, Political Editor, New Statesman


tweets: This is Labour's rainbow manifesto: something for Blue Labour, Black Labour, Red Labour and Purple Labour.

Ross Hawkins, BBC Political Correspondent


tweets: Having insisted Libs won't be obliterated at the election Clegg insists he has no crystal ball and can't make predictions

Clegg: Doing the right thing

Asked whether the decision to go into coalition with Tories in 2010 had proved to be worth the slump in Lib Dem popularity which followed, Mr Clegg said: "Yes, of course it has and any Liberal Democrat will tell you that.

"We took the decision as a democratic party. And we decided that notwithstanding the impact on our short-term political popularity it was the right thing for the country... I have an old-fashioned belief that if you do the right thing, that there are plenty of fair-minded folk out there who will recognise that. Was every decision a decision I would relish? Of course not. But is the country better now than it was when we found it on an economic precipice in 2010? You bet."

The leader

Coalition red lines

Nick Clegg made clear that his party would only agree to form part of a coalition administration if it was "consistent with our values and our policies".

Asked about "red lines" by Evan Davis on the BBC in the first of The Leader interviews, the Lib Dem leader said:

In exactly the same way that I could never countenance recommending to the Liberal Democrats that we enter into coalition with a Labour Party that isn't serious about balancing the books ... equally I would not recommend to the Lib Dems that we go into coalition with the Conservatives if they insist on a plan which is a marked departure from what we've done in this coalition."

Same sex

A UKIP general election candidate has been asked not to speak at a conference billed as "exploring unwanted same-sex attractions".

Alan Craig, candidate for Brent North, was due to speak at the event in London on Tuesday but the organisers - Core Issues Trust - say they have asked him to stand aside because they "don't want the issues at the conference to be associated with any one political party".

A full list of all those standing for Brent North can be found here .

Latest prediction


For the course of the general election campaign, Newsnight each evening will be publishing an exclusive Newsnight Index on the likely outcome, based on a sophisticated forecast model. It is produced by Professor Chris Hanretty from the University of East Anglia and his colleagues at For more information on how the Index is produced here.

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Alleged assault

The police are looking in to an alleged assault following a hustings event for candidates in the Bradford West constituency.

The seat was won in a by-election three years ago by Respect's George Galloway. UKIP claim their candidate for the neighbouring Bradford East consistency, Owais Rajput, was pushed and shoved at the event at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday night, and have reported it to West Yorkshire Police. The party said Mr Rajput, who is registered disabled and defected to UKIP from Labour, was at the meeting to support UKIP's Bradford West candidate, Harry Boota.

You can find full lists of candidates for Bradford West here and Bradford East here.

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#LabourManifesto Not enough bonkers pledges this election. Would give anything for UKIP's 2010 "Make the circle line a circle again" promise

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When Nigel met Ivan

The BBC's UKIP campaign correspondent Robin Brant says:

Ivan meet Nigel. Nigel meet Ivan. Very little was said between the two men after they greeted eachother at a factory on a clacton industrial estate this morning. That wasnt because of any animosity. It was down to a language problem. Ivan is 62 and he's from Hungary. He barely speaks English, which is why I was told he was yet to be regarded as a skilled worker at the factory where he met ukips leader. Ivan is precisely the type of person who would be unlikely to be allowed in to Britain under immigration plans unveiled by UKIP. It wants a moratorium on unskilled workers and a points based system with a cap for the skilled workers. Ivan has been here for five years. Asked if he felt any emotion when he met the Hungarian worker Nigel Farage said no. It would've been interesting to hear what Ivan thought, but he wasn't able to explain.

Nigel Farage meets Ivan Concsarevity

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I don't have an allegiance to any particular party either but in my opinion most of Labour's policies for this general election are focussed on winning back disenchanted traditional Labour voters rather than on the benefit of the country as a whole and, as far as I have been able to perceive, aren't practicable or realistic either.

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I am in my mid 50s and my husband and I have always voted Tory as we always thought their values best represented ours. However we have completely changed our minds. We have always worked in local government and are now very frightened about the future under the Tories. Gradually local democracy and the services we've come to take for granted are being destroyed. Please people think twice before voting them back in. Our lovely country will not be the same again. I'd rather have Labour who invest in our services and believe in the common man.

Where's the extra £5.5bn coming from?

Rachel Reeves

Labour's Rachel Reeves has been challenged on Radio 4's PM on how her party would fill the £8bn-a-year hole in NHS funding. Ms Reeves said Labour had already shown how they would raise £2.5bn for the NHS. But PM's Eddie Mair repeatedly asked her where the rest of the money would be coming from.

Ms Reeves replied: "All we have committed to is £2.5bn but we're going to do a spending review in the first year of a Labour government because we are determined to ensure the National Health Service is fully funded."

She added: "No other party has shown where their money for the health service will come from."

#labourmanifesto trends on Twitter

@MrFrankWeiner tweets:

Nice to see the #labourmanifesto isn't worth the paper it's written on

@DrBatmo tweets:

Really hoped I'd turn my phone on this evening in the field to a progressive #LabourManifesto promise on science. Seems not. #tellthemSiV

@RegistHERtoVote tweets:

#LabourManifesto mentioned women 15 times & has entire section on ending violence against women, a lot to live up to for the other parties..

Re-shaping British capitalism?

Duncan Weldon, BBC Newsnight's economics correspondent has blogged on Labour's manifesto and asks if it is an attempt to re-shape British capitalism.

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Clegg: Conservatives' 'remarkable departure'

The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, says he wouldn't be able to work with the Conservatives again if the Tories insisted on their proposal of £12 bn of welfare cuts.

He said the plan was a "remarkable departure from what we've done in this coalition where we've actually asked those with the broadest shoulders to pay more through the tax system to balance the books".

The Lib Dem leader was taking part in the first of The Leader Interviews with Evan Davis which will be shown on BBC One at 7.30pm tonight.

He has set out plans to cut £3bn from welfare. He said the Tories wanted to ask the poorest to make additional sacrifices at the same time as saying to the richest that they didn't need to pay an extra penny through the tax system to balance the books.

That is downright unfair".

Cameron on Labour

Campaigning in the Tory marginal seat of Stockton South, Mr Cameron gave this reaction to Labour's manifesto:

What's striking is, Labour are committed to running a budget deficit forever so this is not a conversion to responsibility, it is a con trick and the more borrowing would mean more taxes so frankly, it's the same old Labour and the same old mess that they produced the last time they were in government."

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