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Summary

  1. The Conservatives launch their manifesto, with David Cameron declaring “we are the party of working people”
  2. They promise an extension of the right-to-buy scheme and 30 hours free childcare a week
  3. The Green Party’s manifesto launch calls for action against climate change
  4. It also promises steps to “restore and extend our public services”
  5. There are 23 days left until polling day

Live Reporting

By Victoria King, Alex Stevenson and Bernadette McCague

All times stated are UK

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Recap of the day....

The day has been dominated by manifesto launches, with David Cameron offering to help voters secure a 'good life'. We're signing off for the day but we’ll be back with more manifestos - the Liberal Democrats and UKIP - from 6am tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a recap of the day:

  • Launching the Conservative Party manifesto , David Cameron said the Conservatives were the party of "working people"
  • Mr Cameron unveiled new policies on childcare, the right-to-buy and income tax
  • The other parties spent the day attacking the Tories’ pitch to voters. Nigel Farage said the Conservatives were “aping UKIP”; the Lib Dems said the Tories’ lack of detailed plans for cuts was “extraordinary”; and Labour insisted Mr Cameron's party wouldn’t stand up for working people
  • The Green Party launched its manifesto with party leader Natalie Bennett calling on voters to join a “peaceful revolution” as she laid out plans to end austerity politics
  • The Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy clashed with the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on austerity politics – and faced veiled criticism from his colleagues in London too.

A place to call your own

We finish where we started... with the Conservatives' big manifesto announcement on extending the right-to-buy to housing association tenants. In an interview with BBC2's Newsnight, the Conservative chief whip Michael Gove said it would help "tens of thousands of people to have a place they can call their own". As for the Tories' wider plans, he denied that people with disabilities would lose under proposals to cut welfare spending by £12bn. Mr Gove said:

The idea that any government led by David Cameron would actually make the lives of disabled children, or families with disabled members, more difficult simply doesn't make sense."

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The latest on the polls....

David Cowling, Editor, BBC Political Research says:

TNS gave the Conservatives a two-point lead over Labour (34% versus 32%) and YouGov gave Labour a one-point lead over the Conservatives (34% versus 33%), with the Lib Dems around 9%, UKIP 14% and the Greens around 6%. Too early to tell if manifestos have any impact on public opinion. But the really interesting development was the publication of the latest batch of Ashcroft constituency polls. These comprised ten Conservative seats with challenging majorities for Labour to overturn. He found a mixed bag of results, varying from a 0.5% swing from Conservative to Labour in Harlow and a swing of one point in Dover, through to a 7.5% swing in Crewe & Nantwich, 7% in Finchley & Golders Green and 6% in Milton Keynes South. He also found that Labour were generally outgunning the Conservatives in terms of making contact with electors."

Clegg: 'We will not sell out'

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg tells the Guardian that the country faces a stark choice between "a coalition of grievance" that involves the Scottish Nationalists or UKIP, or the politics of conscience and stability with the Liberal Democrats. He was speaking ahead of the Lib Dem manifesto launch on Wednesday. He also tells the Guardian that the party will stick to its manifesto promises.

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John Prescott hits the campaign trail...

John - now Lord - Prescott, (and former Labour deputy prime minister) has been campaigning in Merseyside today. He still knows how to pack a punch - verbally, of course. He compared Esther McVey - a Conservative Minister defending Wirral West - to Margaret Thatcher. The Liverpool Echo reports that he called her heartless.

Here's a full list of candidates standing in Wirral West.

Wednesday's Financial Times

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A 'good life' for marine life?

Here's a bit of the Conservative manifesto that may have passed you by. The Conservative Zac Goldsmith tweets:

Fantastic that Conservative Manifesto includes biggest & boldest marine conservation measures of any Government ever."

George Eaton, New Statesman's political editor

@georgeeaton

tweets:

Labour and Tories have looked like students desperately cramming to ensure they secure a pass in their weakest subjects (economy/society).

Polly Curtis

@pollycurtis

tweets:

@MichaelLCrick to boat dweller on the election: "Are you a floating voter?" Boat man: "That's not very funny." #channel4news

Help at hand for undecided voters

Need some guidance on which party to vote for? Democratic Audit UK - a research unit at the London School of Economics - has been reviewing Voter Advice Applications, which try to match voters' views to party policies

Manifesto week

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Today it was the turn of the Conservatives and Green Party, yesterday Labour. Tomorrow brings us the Lib Dem and UKIP manifesto launches. How will those two parties try to tempt voters their way?

'Political cross-dressing'

The BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson, examines the language of the party leaders during this manifesto week.

Immigration warning

The Huffington Post

Britain would "fall apart" without immigration, a former senior Conservative minister has argued.

Alistair Burt, who served as a Foreign Office minister from 2010 to 2013, said on Monday evening that politicians had to make sure to counter the "negative" view of migration.

'Mummy vote'

On the BBC News Channel, Caroline Wheeler of the Sunday Express says the Conservatives' manifesto launch was aiming at both the "grey vote" and the "mummy vote" with announcements on right to buy and childcare. Kate Devlin, of the Herald, says the "good life" theme was not just an attempt to steal ground from Labour - it was also a pitch at potential voters.

All change please

The Lib Dem battle bus, previously known for hitting a pigeon , has been abandoned. PA's David Hughes (see the entry below) says journalists have opted for the tube instead.

David Hughes, Press Association

@DavidHughesPA

tweets:

Lib Dem bus stranded by side of the road due to some form of electrical problem. Driver trying to get it restarted.

Lib Dem bus
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Gove: 'bright and optimistic' story

Michael Gove
BBC

Michael Gove, the Conservative chief whip, reviews the party's manifesto. Speaking to the BBC News Channel, he says: "I think it's a bright and optimistic story of the good life that all of us can enjoy in the next five years if we carry on the path that we have been following for the last five years."

He says:

We are now in a position to say to people that at every stage in your life we can provide an enhanced opportunity for you and your family."

Debbie Cameron

@wordspinster

tweets:

I want one interview where the question is 'why do you think that's a good idea' rather than 'how are you going to pay for it'."

Manifesto test for Priti Patel

In the hot-seat for Radio 4 PM's 10-minute election interview this afternoon was the Conservative Treasury Minister, Priti Patel.

Presenter Eddie Mair asked her about a manifesto pledge to ensure everyone can access a GP in their area between 8am and 8pm seven days a week.

There was a brief silence - a rare occurrence on PM - at which point Eddie Mair 'fessed up. "I beg your pardon. That was the 2010 manifesto. You didn't keep that promise."

Ms Patel replied: "Well, well... let's go back to 2010 and where we are now. Of course there wasn't a Conservative government. It's been a coalition government."

At which Mair observed: "It's the Liberal Democrats' fault!"

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Mary, London:

Cameron delivered the best news today regarding housing and l am happy somebody is finally addressing the unfair and unjust housing policy. lf council tenants have the right to buy their properties with discount why not housing association tenants? l can't continue paying rent without it benefiting me in the future.

Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent, Daily Telegraph

@mattholehouse

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"We've not got a money tree," says Greens' Darren Johnson, outlining plans to increase tax take by £200 billion

ela!ne

@GothElaine

tweets:

Forcing folk into mortgages they can't afford is how this economy got in a mess in the first place #righttobuy

What about drugs?

Generation 2015 panel member Billy Orton thought David Cameron's speech was "quite visionary, but I thought it was bit of a throwback to Thatcher's era". He laments that there was "very little mention" of the environment and drugs policies.

Jordan Lee-Pirrie, meanwhile, felt the tone adopted by the PM was "very positive", if, perhaps, a little over-the-top. "But you need that, otherwise people aren't going to be interested in politics and they're not going to want to vote," he adds.

Party leaders...as you've never heard them before

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Listen to impressions by Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Generation 2015 reaction

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Several young people who are part of the BBC's Generation 2015 team of 200 young voters have been giving their reaction to the Conservatives' manifesto, launched by David Cameron today.

Watching the speech, Jodie Lunnon felt there wasn't much in it to appeal to younger voters. But others on the panel liked the prime minister's focus on traditional and family values.

Ross Slocombe

@slokers92

tweets:

Just emailed all the candidates standing in my local area in #election2015 to ask how they would improve things, lets see what comes back :)

Frank Field: right-to-buy `a half-baked idea'

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The veteran Labour politician Frank Field says he was "at the fore" of calls for Labour to support the right-to-buy back in 1970s and 80s. In an article for the Politics Home website he says he still supports the principle but not the details of the Conservatives' policy.

I cannot support this half-baked idea. There are no guarantees the scheme will raise the income the Tories propose and no guarantees the social housing lost will be replaced."

Labour's 'ethnic minority' manifesto

Labour has been setting out policies designed to help people from ethnic minority backgrounds . Launching the party's BAME manifesto was shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan. He said that when his parents came to London from Pakistan in the 1960s they were "regularly confronted with signs saying ‘no blacks, no Irish, no dogs’". Mr Khan said there had been "huge progress" since then but that things had gone backwards under the last government.

Are you a political poet?

Can you express #GE2015 in verse?

BBC Have Your Say has been asking readers to tweet an election-themed poem in 140 characters or fewer.  Click here to find out to take part.

Tom Watson, Labour candidate in West Bromwich East

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tweets:

From a bedroom window in North Warwickshire: "I'm making love to the wife but please put a poster in the letter box". There's commitment.

Iain Dale, columnist

@IainDale

tweets:

That @GreenJennyJones is a rascal. Avoided answering difficult question by congratulating me on my Blog of the Year Award. Minx :)

Ben Glaze, DailyMirror political correspondent

@benglaze

tweets:

Russian planes near our airspace, Russian ships in the Channel - manna from heaven for those wanting UK to meet @NATO 2% target. #GE2015

Gove goes off message?

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There was nothing silly about the question BBC politics producer Chris Gibson put to Michael Gove: "Too late to win the election?" However, we'll leave you to judge whether the Chief Whip gave a sensible answer.