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Summary

  1. It's the final day of campaigning before the general election polls open on Thursday
  2. Polls suggest no party will win enough seats for an outright majority
  3. The Daily Politics holds its final election debate programme, on trust in politics

Live Reporting

By Bernadette McCague, Kristiina Cooper and Marie Jackson

All times stated are UK

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Wednesday recap

Right, that's it. The BBC goes non-political from 00.30 which means we can't write anything that might sway the voters. Instead, you can expect to read about politicians appearing at the polling station and... the weather. So here's a forecast for tomorrow from the Met Office:

Cool and windy in the far north with showers, wintry on hills. Largely dry elsewhere with gentle winds and pleasantly warm sunshine, although a few isolated showers are possible."

And this is what we've learnt tonight:

- David Dimbleby eats bananas to get through his long night of election coverage (21:24)

- Ed Miliband was accompanied by four lecterns on his campaign (21:35)

- David Cameron travelled nearly 13,000 miles (20:16)

- The BBC's Robert Peston is a bit of a fan leaders' spouses (11:38)

Goodnight!

Bennett launches pledge card

Darren Hall and Natalie Bennett
AP
Natalie Bennett joins Green party candidate Darren Hall to shelter from the rain aboard a rickshaw in Bristol. The party has launched a "MP pledge card" that promises to "keep out the Tories and keep Labour in line".

UKIP 'rock solid'

Nigel Farage
AFP
Nigel Farage says support for his party is "rock solid" as he predicts it will outperform the opinion polls

'Two party system' will collapse

Leanne Wood, front centre
AP
The UK's two-party system is on the verge of collapse, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood says. She told a rally in west Wales: "The stranglehold of the old parties upon our communities is at an end, friends. The choice of two parties offering slight variations of the same bleak future is no choice at all. There is an alternative with Plaid Cymru."

Vote will 'define a generation'

David Cameron
Getty

David Cameron says the way voters cast their ballots tomorrow would "define a generation" and appealed for more time to build a better Britain. He warns that a Labour government would be "held to ransom" by Scottish nationalists.

Boy at Conservative rally in Carlisle
Reuters

International NY Times front

Thursday's International NY Times Final push to sway a tight race in Britain #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's International NY Times Final push to sway a tight race in Britain #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

FT front page

Thursday's FT: Oil price jump quickens sell-off in international debt markets #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Thursday's FT: Oil price jump quickens sell-off in international debt markets #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Daily Express front page

Thursday's Daily Express front page: Vote to keep Britain Great #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #ge2015

Thursday's Daily Express front page: Vote to keep Britain Great #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #ge2015

Telegraph front page

Thursday's Telegraph front page: Don't do something you'll regret #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Telegraph front page: Don't do something you'll regret #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Telegraph (Scotland)

Thursday's Telegraph (Scotland) front page: Sturgeon won't force me out #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Telegraph (Scotland) front page: Sturgeon won't force me out #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Times front page

Thursday's Times front page: Queen to take control of election aftermath #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Times front page: Queen to take control of election aftermath #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Daily Record

Thursday's Daily Record front page: Come on England..Kick him out #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Daily Record front page: Come on England..Kick him out #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Guardian front page

Thursday's Guardian front page: It couldn't be closer #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Guardian front page: It couldn't be closer #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Tomorrow's Mirror front page

Thursday's Daily Mirror front page: Send 'em Packing #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Thursday's Daily Mirror front page: Send 'em Packing #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #GE2015

Daily Mail front page

Thursday's Daily Mail front page: Gagging of mother forced to hand baby to gay dad #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Thursday's Daily Mail front page: Gagging of mother forced to hand baby to gay dad #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Sturgeon: 'Within touching distance'

Nicola Sturgeon
AFP
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says her party is "within touching distance" of winning a majority of Scottish seats at Westminster for the first time and being able to make sure "the voice of Scotland is going to be heard more loudly at Westminster than it has ever been heard before". She has appealed to Labour to join forces to "lock out" the Conservatives but warned her MPs would vote down a future Labour budget if it failed to end "Tory austerity".
Nicola Sturgeon
Reuters

BBC election night over the years

Richard Dimbleby
BBC
Richard Dimbleby unwinds with a cigarette during 1964 election night coverage

Our colleagues have been taking a look back at how the BBC covered election nights over the decades. From our first special election programme in 1955, a serious affair presented by Richard Dimbleby, through interviews on the dancefloor to David Dimbleby caught on camera with a mouthful of Mars bar.

Labour's lecterns

BBC News special correspondent

Revealed: there are 4 lecterns that have travelled round with Ed Miliband this campaign...

'Down to the wire'

Ed Miliband delivering a speech in Leeds
AFP

Ed Miliband delivers his last speech of the campaign in Leeds to an audience of the party faithful, including Hilary Benn, who's standing for Labour in Leeds Central, and his wife Justine Thornton. He called on Labour to campaign "down to the wire".

Here's a list of all the candidates standing in Leeds Central.

Hilary Benn and Justine Thornton
AFP

Dimbleby's secrets

Newsnight

Image of card
BBC

Neil Breakwell, Newsnight Deputy Editor, has an exclusive - a sneak peak at one of David - Mr General Election - Dimbleby's prompt cards. He also reveals Mr Dimbleby relies on bananas, a very large brain and one or two carefully prepared A5 cards that fit into a Flip-File - which he has used since he first presented the General Election special in 1979.

Rehearsing the BBC TV election programme

Emily Maitlis

Newsnight Presenter

Rehearsals for election programme
BBC

Today was the last day of rehearsals for the BBC's election programme and Emily Maitlis opens the door on to some of the preparations.

As I write, the riggers are rigging, the floor manager is gaffering the wires to the floor, the extremely nice John, in sound, is trying to mend the earpiece I just trod on and snapped in half, and – above me – on the mezzanine level - a bank of psephologists is putting together a scenario for us to play with all afternoon and evening. In 10 minutes' time they will produce an exit poll - just like the one tomorrow night (but fake) – and we will then get a whispered huddle offering up the top line. It won’t surprise you to hear that each time we’ve rehearsed to date, the exit poll has produced a hung parliament." "The forecasts - which tomorrow night will be built from an exit poll of 20,000 people asked to ‘vote again’ in a ballot box held by our pollsters as they leave the polling station - make for endless and fascinating reading. And every time we get even one result, we can check it against the specific forecast for that seat. "I won't tell you what the scenario is we’re playing with today. All I will say is, it’s bloody complicated and I feel I don’t have enough toes. "But if we can get through this one, we can get through anything. And then all we have to think about is doing it all over again, tomorrow night, for real."

Umunna: no deal on electoral reform

Chuka Umunna
BBC

Labour's Chuka Umunna says his party is "absolutely not" contemplating offering the Liberal Democrats a deal on electoral reform in return for supporting Labour if there's a hung parliament. Channel 4 News said unnamed senior trade union figures wanted to offer Lib Dems a fresh look at the first-past-the-post system in order to convince them to back Labour - even if the Conservatives ended up with more seats. But Chuka Umunna told the programme: "These are not facts that we recognise, It's rubbish. It's not true," Asked if the idea was being contemplated, he said: "Absolutely not. There are no pacts and deals, nothing."

Two verdicts on the national press

Rachel Sylvester and Steve Richards
BBC

Steve Richards, from the Independent, thinks papers still have an influence - despite the rise of social media. Speaking to the News Channel he says right-wing papers are "rampantly Tory" during election campaigns. He says: "I have found it quite a shock." But Rachel Sylvester, from the Times, isn't sure that people heed newspaper editorials. If anything, she says, there's been a social media "backlash" to what's seen as the "bullying" of Ed Miliband.

No sex please we're British

What's been missing from this election campaign? Well, according to Paul Waugh, writing in the Erotic Review, it's sex.

When it comes to British politics, sex doesn’t sell. Amid a war on pornography, there has been no mention of it during the election nor any promise one way or the other about how it should be treated. The British press loves sex when it comes in the form of scandals or scantily-clad young women, but it’s not so keen on covering it as part of the news. Political parties feel no need to discuss their policy on sex or pornography, so major changes to the law, such as clamp-downs on online porn or significant changes to the rules around sex work, are ignored at election time and often passed with little debate during a parliament. That, unsurprisingly, has also been the case this year."

The story of the night

Vicky Young

Chief Political Correspondent

The BBC's Vicky Young expects the story of the night to be the surge of the SNP - from six MPs in the last Parliament to potentially more than 50. It's likely too to be a big night for the smaller parties, she says, although UKIP face the problem of the electoral system.

There could be millions of people who vote for UKIP tomorrow and yet they will wake up and may only have a handful of seats, if that. But it does not mean UKIP are not going to have an influence."

She says they may take seats from the Tories and are talking up prospects of coming second in the north of England. This will have consequences in the longer term for the next election, probably in 2020.

Election viewing guide

BBC election night set
BBC

Planning a late one tomorrow night? Make sure you don't miss the best bits of the election with our helpful viewing guide.

Larry the Cat

Times parliamentary sketchwriter

Questions for election night: at which exact point in the seat count do we know if Larry the Cat can forget about packing?

Anti-Tory pact

Political correspondent on Channel 4 News

Senior union figures tell me if Tories get most seats, Miliband should at once offer anti-Tory pact to Lib Dems, & even think of deal on PR

Moments immortalised on social media

Joey Essex and Nick Clegg
Other

All this election coverage getting a bit heavy? Why not sit back and let the BBC's Kerry Alexandra remind you of some of the campaign's more light-hearted moments: Joey Essex and the Liberal Democats, that Boyband song by the Greens, Milifandom, the list goes on.

Do you recall these campaign highlights?

Andrew Neil

Presenter, The Daily Politics

This election campaign saw big names and small parties appeal for votes ahead of Thursday's poll, in some serious and fun moments. To mark the last day of campaigning, here are some campaign highlights that appeared on the Daily Politics in the last few weeks. Watch the montage

Pigs in Devon
BBC

We need 'none of the above' option

Andrew Neil

Presenter, The Daily Politics

While most parties use the mantra of chasing every vote, the Above and Beyond party has only one policy - demanding a 'none of the above' option on all UK ballot papers. Candidate Tammy Rendle said this option was "about having to use your vote rather have to spoil your ballot paper". The party has five candidates standing in the general election. Watch the clip

Tammy Rendle, Above and Beyond candidate
BBC

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