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Summary

  1. Labour pledges to cap rent increases in the private rental sector
  2. The Conservatives set out plans for their first 100 days in government
  3. Andrew Marr's guests were Labour's Ed Miliband, Conservative Boris Johnson and Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood
  4. Lib Dem David Laws, Tory Sajid Javid and Labour's Tessa Jowell were on the Sunday Politics
  5. There are 11 days left until the general election
  6. You can watch the best clips of the day via the 'Key Video' button on this page

Live Reporting

By Kristiina Cooper and Andrew McFarlane

All times stated are UK

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Sunday's recap

A quick reminder of the day's main election stories.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband promised to cap rent as part of a plan to stop tenants being "ripped off". In punchy exchanges with Mr Miliband on BBC's Andrew Marr show, the Conservative Boris Johnson called it a "disastrous policy"
  • Conservative leader David Cameron insisted there was no "lack of drive" in his campaign as he set out what the Tories would do in their first 100 days in government.
  • Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg revealed he wanted to remain leader "in all circumstances" after the election
  • And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said she would use the election to push for equal funding between Wales and Scotland

Monday's i

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Independent

Monday's Daily Mail

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Daily Mail

Islam and British values

The debate hosted by the Asian Network closed with a discussion about the impact of putting "British values" high on the political agenda. The Liberal Democrat Zuffar Haq said: "People are now looking at us differently and thinking... are these [Muslim] people British? What are they?"

He concluded:

Zuffar Haq
BBC

We are British to the core. We are part of Great Britain. This is a great country and I am very proud to be part of it."

Monday's Telegraph

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Telegraph

Big and bold?

from Sunday Times deputy political editor

Scrapping stamp duty for first time buyers is a big, bold policy

Time for a 'sane' debate

Priti Patel
BBC

For the Conservatives, Priti Patel calls for a "sensible" and "sane" debate about immigration and border controls. She was challenged about the van the Home Office dispatched to six London boroughs carrying the message: "If you are here illegally, go home or face arrest." Asked if she felt the language was intemperate, she replied: "I think in hindsight - absolutely."

Monday's Financial Times

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Financial TImes

Debate on immigration 'divisive'

Labour's Shabana Mahood worries that some aspects of the immigration debate are "divisive" and seek to "scapegoat migrants".

Shabana Mahmood
BBC

She tells the BBC's Asian Network debate that her party leader Ed Miliband has "gone on a journey and had a long discussion with the British people" about immigration.

She also said it was legitimate to discuss concerns about wages in Britain being undercut.

Sunny, Ed?

Today @Ed_Miliband surpassed James Callaghan to become Labour's 8th longest-serving Leader

"Sunny Jim" ran a government that relied on the support of Liberals and Scottish Nationalists. Polls suggest a similar fate could await his successor, or else that Mr Miliband will suffer the same fate - electoral defeat - as Mr Callaghan 36 years earlier.

Why so few black and Asian MPs?

The next subject for discussion at the BBC's Asian Network debate is the lack of elected representatives. The Green Party's deputy leader, Shahrar Ali, says he's astonished at the "lack of diversity" in parliament. He's also critical of his own party, calling the lack of black and Asian people in the party "shameful".

Asian Network kicks off with immigration

The election debate on BBC Asian Network starts with immigration. UKIP's Tariq Mahmood is facing questions from the audience. He says that all UKIP wants is to "manage immigration more effectively" and that it could be achieved with an Australian-style points system.

One member of the audience wonders aloud whether - faced with a points-based system - he would meet the requirements.

Asian voters have their say

BBC Radio's Asian Network

Presenter Nihal hosts a BBC Asian Network debate from the University of Birmingham shortly, giving audience members from across England the chance to put questions to party representatives.

On the panel are Conservative Priti Patel, Labour's Shabana Mahmood, Zuffar Haq, from the Liberal Democrats, Shahrar Ali, of the Green Party, and UKIP's Tariq Mahmood.

You can watch via the live coverage tab above, from 20:05 BST.

Been there, done that...

The BBC's Editor of Political Research, David Cowling, says: "Our current preoccupation with what role the SNP might play in Westminster following the result on 7 May, and the questions of legitimacy we raise, seem to suggest we have not been down this path before."

But we have... Cowling points out that in the late 19th century, Irish Nationalist MPs held the balance of power in four hung parliaments, "propping up Conservative and Liberal minority governments when those parties had fewer votes and seats than their principal rival".

He says:

It is occasionally useful to remember that there is very little that is new under the sun."

Election race

So, those parliamentary candidates taking part in the London Marathon. How did they get on?

Well, the official results confirm they all finished, with Welsh Conservative Alun Cairns first past the post.

Alun Cairns 03:38:25

Dan Jarvis 03:44:55

Edward Timpson 03:56:42

Graham Evans 05:28:30

Richard Drax 06:18:09

Whatever happens on 7 May, they're all winners today at least.

Political sketches

Recognise this bloke?

Sketch of Ed Miliband, by Adam Dant
BBC

It's Labour leader Ed Miliband, of course, as seen by official election artist Adam Dant. He's travelling around the UK observing election-related activity in the run-up to polling day.

Here's another, capturing the scene as he made his latest speech in Islington.

Scene from a Labour party event, by Adam Dant
BBC

Examples of Dant's work at a later stage can be seen on his website, while his completed artwork will join the Parliamentary Art Collection later in the year

Cameron 'fired up'

Carole Walker

Political correspondent

Carole Walker, Conservative campaign correspondent, says the Prime Minister was "a bit more fired up" during his speech in Somerset this afternoon.

"There was a genuine sense of passion and commitment from David Cameron. We are told we are going to see a lot more of that between now and polling day."

'Hyperbolic rhetoric'

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has accused the Conservatives of stoking up English nationalism, saying: "People who voted for Scotland to remain part of the UK, including Conservative voters, will be aghast at the hyperbolic rhetoric the Tories are using to stoke the fires of English nationalism."

Willie Rennie
PA

Their shameful tactics are putting party politics before the future of our country."

Stick it 'where the sun don't shine'

A bit more from David Cameron's punchy fightback speech to Conservative activists in Somerset this afternoon. He said claims that he favoured the wealthy should be stuck "where the sun don't shine". And there was a message for people accusing him of "playing it a bit safe".

I have been prime minister these last five years. If people are saying to me we are putting too much emphasis on a strong and stable economy and in securing our future, I plead guilty."

'Lurching from fear to smear'

The Communication Workers Union is holding its annual conference in Bournemouth. Senior Labour politician Angela Eagle tells CWU members that the Conservatives want to stop them campaigning against budget cuts that "will hit the poorest hardest". She accuses the Tories of "lurching from fear to smear".

Angela Eagle
BBC

We don't have their money or media propaganda machine, but we have the support of working men and women across the country."

Constitutional conundrum

The right Q to ask is not whether a minority Labour (or Tory) Govt would it be legitimate - it would - it's whether it would work.

And if there is a constitutional crisis it won't be because of a minority Govt it will be because of the crazy Fixed Term Parliament Act.

Cameron outperforming Tory rivals?

The Guardian

Guardian blogger Andrew Sparrow writes that - despite whisperings about David Cameron's future as Conservative leader - he's had a good day. Future leadership candidates Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid, have "exposed their limitations" in much-publicised performances today, he reckons.

Rupert Murdoch's been tweeting...

UK. Polls all indicate hung parliament, possible constitutional crisis. Doubt the crisis bit. Deals, maybe dirty, will be done.

UK. Many possible outcomes. In spite of denials, SNP still see Cameron as perfect enemy. Cleverly hurting Miliband, hinting support

UK. Failure to win majority against either Brown in crisis or Miliband would mean chop for Cameron. Open talk today in party and press.

Farewell to the day-team

A quick look at the main stories before handing over to the evening team - Andy McFarlane and Kristiina Cooper.

  • The Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to cap rent as part of a plan to stop tenants being "ripped off"
  • The Conservatives have set out what they would do in their first 100 days in government. David Cameron says they would focus on wages, welfare, housing and childcare
  • A clutch of polls suggested there's still little to choose between the Conservatives and Labour

'Statesman with an agenda'

Iain Watson

Labour campaign correspondent

The BBC's Labour campaign correspondent, Iain Watson, says that Ed Miliband might not "win over any waverers" with his speech in Islington about international development and climate change, but that the Labour leader was rallying the party faithful.

He was also trying to portray himself as a future prime minister, "a statesman with an agenda".

Eleven days left

Ed Miliband tells the Labour Party faithful that the fight will be tough with just 11 days left until the general election.

He also jokes:

If you've got other things on over the next 11 days, I say put them off!"

'Scars' of inequality

"Nearly half the world's wealth is owned by 1% of the population," Labour leader Ed Miliband says, arguing that inequality "scars" society and "makes all of us poorer".

He says a future Labour government would put "the fight against inequality" at its heart.

Poll 'noise'

Ben Page
BBC

Ever wondered why polls of voter intentions vary so much? Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos Mori, says data is collected in different ways, but it's more likely to be just random chance. "Each of these numbers in each of these polls has a margin of error of three or four percent, so if you're doing lots and lots of polls, you will see noise in the data, even if nothing is actually changing. It's the natural law of probability in statistics." He adds that in one poll in 20, there's a much bigger margin of error, but you never know which poll that's going to be.

'Aid works'

Ed Miliband
BBC

Ed Miliband says that he would not have believed 20 years ago that a commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid would be enshrined in law, as it is now.

"Aid works and the proof is all round the world," he says.

Let's tell all of those parties, including UKIP, who threaten this aid that we in the Labour Party are proud of what we have done."

Landlords 'want certainty'

Andrew Neil

Daily and Sunday Politics

Sadiq Khan
BBC

Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for Tooting, is challenged as to why landlords would want to rent out properties for three years for less money, when they can rent out for one year for more. "What you'll see is landlords want more certainty of knowing they've got three-year tenancies in place, but also what you'll see is tenants negotiating with landlords," he says.

'All efforts' for Nepal

It's Ed Miliband's turn to make a speech. He is focusing on international development and begins with some words about Nepal.

"We have seen truly appalling scenes as a result of this eathquake," he tells his audience.

"We must make sure all international efforts support Nepal."

'We can do it!'

The prime minister finishes his speech with a rallying cry to the troops: "Let's go for it. Come on. We can do it!"

BBC campaign correspondent Carole Walker, who was watching the speech, says Mr Cameron may have taken on board grumblings that the Conservative campaign lacked passion.

He did sound a bit more passionate. He did sound a bit more fired up than we have seen him in the campaign so far."

Could Salmond find Somerset?

David Cameron, speaking in Somerset, warns once again about the prospect of a post-election deal between Labour and the SNP.

How much time do you think Alex Salmond spends thinking about Somerset? He probably couldn't find it with a compass and a map."

'No second chance' for Labour

David Cameron warns voters - and the Lib Dems - against backing Labour:

David Cameron
BBC

I believe in giving people a second chance but you can't give these people a second chance with the British economy."

Labour £2.5bn NHS pledge 'won't be used for GPs'

Andrew Neil

Daily and Sunday Politics

Chris Ham
BBC

Labour's pledge to provide £2.5bn more funding for the NHS is fine in theory, but may not work in practice, according to Chris Ham, chief executive of the health care think tank, King's Fund.

In principle, £2.5bn could buy many more GP's, nurses, and midwives, as Labour has promised. In practice the NHS is faced with deficits that are growing, so the first call on extra funding will be to cover those deficits."