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Summary

  1. Labour leader Ed Miliband has outlined the first ten bills he would put forward in a Queen's speech
  2. Prime Minister David Cameron to launch pensioners' manifesto and pledge to raise the state pension to £7,000 a year
  3. Mr Miliband accuses the Tories of using the SNP to distract voters from their record
  4. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg outlines plans to tackle youth unemployment
  5. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says any opportunity to "get the Tories out" should be seized by Labour
  6. There are five days left until the general election

Live Reporting

By Aiden James and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

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Round-up

A round-up of today's events in the election campaign, on a day when the arrival of a certain little bundle of joy - rather than the party leaders - dominated the news.

Nevertheless, the main party leaders used the last weekend of campaigning before polling day to try to win over wavering voters.

* David Cameron urged people to choose their "preferred PM" rather than vote tactically for the Lib Dems or UKIP

* Nick Clegg announced a Lib Dem pledge to double the number of apprenticeships to "bring youth unemployment to the lowest level ever" - He accused the "left and right of British politics" of planning cuts "for ideological reasons

* SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said people across Scotland, including Labour voters, had been "appalled" at Ed Miliband's refusal to work with the SNP to keep out a Conservative government.

*Mr Miliband spoke at a Labour rally which also featured a host of celebrities backing the party, including Jason Isaacs, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Michelle Collins and Paul O'Grady - who joked that he might go to live in Venice if the Conservatives are re-elected

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Scotland on Sunday

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Sunday Telegraph

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Mail on Sunday front page
Mail on Sunday

Lib Dem split would be 'disaster' says Clegg

Nick Clegg says it would be a "disaster" if the Liberal Democrats split under pressure to support a Conservative government in another hung parliament.

In an interview with The Independent on Sunday, the deputy prime minister says that, in the event of another hung Parliament, there would be a "strong sense of national duty" for his party to act in the interest of the country as a whole.

However, the Lib Dem leader says he will not "go against the collective will" of his party.

When we're subjected to a great deal of pressure, as I've discovered all parties do going into a coalition - what happened then was that previous Liberal parties split and that's when pressure turned into disaster. And every single day of my leadership I have always said the one thing I will never, ever do as a leader is allow my party to split... I would never have the party go into a coalition government against its own collective will."

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Sunday Post front page
Sunday Post

Independent on Sunday front page

There are no baby pictures on the front page of the Independent on Sunday, however.

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Independent on Sunday

Politics second

As you will have noticed, there is less politics than usual in our customary round up of the Sunday papers.

The royal birth has certainly knocked the politics into a distant second place this weekend.

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Ed to move into Downing Street?

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Sunday Times

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Sunday People

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Sun on Sunday

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Celebrity endorsements

Tories just ahead in YouGov poll

In tonight's fourth opinion poll, by YouGov for The Sunday Times, the Conservatives are on 34% while Labour are just behind on 33%.

The poll puts UKIP on 13%, the Liberal Democrats on 8% and the Greens on 5%.

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Tories promise more NHS spending

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Here's another image from the Conservatives' advertising campaign on the NHS.

Sunday Express front page

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Sunday Express

Conservatives campaign on NHS

The Conservatives launch a new advertising campaign tomorrow, focusing on the NHS. It continues a theme the party has pushed during the election campaign - that a strong economy is needed to fund public services.

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Observer

Newcastle aiming for speedier count

For the past five general elections the counting team at Sunderland has been the first to declare, with a result less than an hour after polls close.

This year its near neighbour,Newcastle, is aiming to come hot on its heels,and also finish its three counts before midnight.

Previously, its results came in at about 04:00 BST but a Newcastle City Council spokesman said: "We just want to be as effective as a core city should be."

It is hoped a new, larger venue, and an electronic system will aid the process.

Ballot boxes are run in during the Sunderland election count in 2010
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Ballot boxes are run in during the Sunderland election count in 2010

Survation shows Labour lead

A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday gives Labour 34% to the Conservatives' 31%.

UKIP are on 17%, the Liberal Democrats on 8%, the SNP 5% the Greens 4% and others 1%.The sample size of the UK-wide online poll was 2,128.

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Another close poll

An Opinium poll for The Observer also has the two biggest parties almost neck-and-neck with the Tories on 35% - one point up on last week and a point ahead of Labour, who are on 34% (up one).

UKIP are unchanged on 13%, the Lib Dems down one on 8% and the Greens down one on 5%.

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Gordon Brown's 'short memory'

Poll has parties neck-and-neck

A ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror puts Labour and the Conservatives on 33%, with both parties down two points on a similar poll carried out earlier this week.

UKIP are up two points on 13%, the Liberal Democrats up one on 8% and the Greens also up one on 7%.

Brown on the SNP

Gordon Brown is on the campaign trail in Glasgow, at the Braehead Shopping Centre, sounding very on message. Here's what he had to say about the SNP:

While the SNP get up in the morning thinking of how they can achieve independence, we get up in the morning thinking of how we can achieve social justice. "All the nationalists talk of is deals, pacts and coalitions. Labour are focused on ending austerity, unemployment and the need for food banks. "In the first few days a Labour government can tackle food bank poverty and in the first year it can get young people back into work and end the neglect of the NHS. But only a vote for Labour can secure a Labour government."

Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown
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Meet your public

Here's someone who is blissfully unaware of the election campaign but also facing an encounter with the public - the very first one of her life.

The new princess appears to be asleep as she is carried out to meet the world by her proud parents.

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'Upstaged by a pair of trousers'

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Lib Dem campaign correspondent Arif Ansari says Nick Clegg's team "seem terrified he might be criticised or heckled". He adds:

To be fair, he was upstaged yesterday by a pair of trousers. A young man, in search of a selfie, displayed an unusual, marionette-like co-ordination. As his arm moved up, his trousers fell down. Mr Clegg, who had taken the precaution of wearing a belt, quickly moved on."

'Pretty rare' public encounters

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Ed Miliband on Question Time
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Iain Watson, travelling with Labour, says Ed Miliband's encounter with the public on Thursday's Question Time was "pretty rare".

The only non-party member he spotted at Ed Miliband's international development speech on Sunday was ex-MP Denis MacShane - kicked out of the party over his expenses - who had not been invited. Iain adds:

At the launch of Ed Miliband's sixth election pledge in Stockton, the audience was so partisan Ed Miliband had to chide some of them for tutting, jeering or sniggering during reporters' questions."

'Boring' campaign?

BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4's PM programme has been asking its correspondents about the distinct lack of meetings between the party leaders and what you might call "ordinary voters" so far during the election campaign.

Jonny Dymond, travelling with the Conservatives, says David Cameron has a "natural incumbency advantage":

Because you don't want that narrative broken, and you certainly don't want to squander the advantage, you do everything you can to protect your man - because you don't look prime ministerial arguing with a weeping mother. This is fine and entirely logical. But the product is this shiny, artificial, horribly boring campaign which only comes even vaguely alight when the unruly mob that is the electorate intrudes upon it."

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David Cameron meeting people at a cafe in Cheadle

PM's 'career-defining' moment

On Friday, David Cameron described the election as "career-defining" but quickly corrected that to "country-defining". He said today his comment had been deliberate and aimed at his audience at Asda in Leeds.

Addressing supporters in central London, Ed Miliband says:

David Cameron has found something to be passionate about. Something close to his heart. Himself. The phrase Freudian slip was never more appropriate... For him, it is all about him. For me, it's about the working people of this country."

Kennedy: end referendum 'anxiety'

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has called on SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to end the "anxiety" which he said exists over a second independence referendum.

Mr Kennedy, who was campaigning in Inverness, said Ms Sturgeon should "stop ducking and weaving" and rule out another referendum.

We settled the issue last September and need to move on to the big issues that now face our country. Yet Nicola Sturgeon's refusal to rule it out is causing great anxiety. Divisions in communities, economic consequences and the government taking its eye off the ball are just some of the problems which come with a second referendum. Nicola Sturgeon has the power to put all of this uncertainty to bed."

Mixed metaphors

Boris on Labour and the SNP

Ed Miliband would be "peeping out of Alex Salmond's sporran like a baffled baby kangaroo," the Conservative mayor said at a rally in Abingdon.

Ed Miliband accuses the Conservatives of stoking up a clash of nations - eng v scot - when he wants a clash of ideas

Ed Miliband accuses the Conservatives of stoking up a clash of nations - eng v scot - when he wants a clash of ideas