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By Adam Donald, Angela Harrison and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today. We will be back from 06:00 GMT with more coverage, including speeches by David Cameron and Ed Miliband. They will be setting out more pledges for the general election, with 100 days to go before the UK goes to the polls.

Online voting proposal

BBC News Channel

Areeq Chowdury, Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy, told BBC News: "A number of studies recently have shown that people are more likely to vote if they could do it online.

"We need to recognise the shift in the culture of society."

Mike Smithson, editor of


Tweets: "This is the best series of polls for the Tories since George Osborne's budget in March 2012"

Voting with contempt

Former Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke tells BBC Newsnight that protest parties across Europe are succeeding due to voters' "contempt" for the governing parties. He says Syriza has "quite a core of Trotskyites", but its victory does not herald a resurgence of the left across the continent, because most European protest movements are "of the nationalist, anti-foreigner right".

Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party

The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion tells BBC Newsnight the choice between the Conservatives and Labour is between "austerity and austerity light".

'Shift in centre ground'

Diane Abbott

Labour MP Diane Abbott tells BBC Newsnight that although Syriza's victory in Greece doesn't mean "we'll see a resurgence of the Marxist left", recent years have seen a "steady move towards a critique of free markets and Tory austerity". She says there has been "a shift in the centre ground" on attitudes towards "untrammelled free markets".

Asked by presenter Evan Davis what lessons Labour could learn from Syriza, Ms Abbott said she would like to think "this would give us the courage not to deny the need to do something about the deficit, but to offer a critique of Tory austerity".


The Sun

On foreign affairs, the paper wants an in/out referendum on the EU following a renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the union. It thinks the next government should scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights to enshrine "British values". And it wants to do away with the pledge that 0.7% of GDP should be used for foreign aid. The paper says it recognises that ground troops may have to be deployed to Iraq and Syria to battle Islamic State.

BBC Newsnight


Tweets: "Former chairman of the Financial Services Authority Adair Turner: "austerity has been too tight across the whole of Europe" #newsnight"

A look ahead to tomorrow's papers

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail lead on changes to benefits. The latter says that with 100 days to go before the polls open, David Cameron will launch a "new crackdown on the workshy", with the current cap on household benefits of £26,000 reduced to £23,000 if the Conservatives win the election.

BBC Newsnight


Tweets: ""If Greece falls and is removed from the Eurozone, the Eurozone will collapse," Syriza economics spokesperson tells #newsnight"

A look ahead to tomorrow's papers

The Financial Times, The Guardian and the International New York Times all lead on the fall-out from the Greek elections. The Guardian says Syriza are promising to "end the humiliation" of austerity and repayments, but the International NYT says Alexis Tsipras faces "tougher constituents" than those who elected him - in the form of Greece's creditors.

Labour's NHS '10-year-plan'

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband will pledge tomorrow that a Labour government would bring in new safety checks to identify people at risk of needing hospital treatment and employ 5,000 new home care workers.

In a speech in Trafford, Greater Manchester on Tuesday, the Labour leader will say the NHS faces "its most perilous moment" at May's general election.

Labour's previously-announced NHS pledges include 20,000 more nurses and providing cancer tests and results within a week.

All of the major parties have pledged what they say is enough money to maintain NHS services in the next Parliament after the general election.

BBC Newsnight


Tune in to BBC Newsnight at 22:30 on BBC Two for an in-depth look at the Greek election results - as well as analysis of what the victory of Syriza signifies for left-wing parties in other European countries.


Robin Brant

Political Correspondent, BBC News

Tweets: "It runs into 6/7 pages with something in it for cam, mili and Farage. Seems more in line with what Tories are saying though in general."

The Sun

The Sun front page
The Sun

With 100 days to go until the polls open, The Sun leads tomorrow with its "Sunifesto" - the list of policies it would like to see the next government pursue. The paper wants the deficit eliminated by 2020. It calls for a government prepared to "think the unthinkable" and "radically reform the NHS with private sector help". It also calls for more women and ethnic minority MPs.


Robin Brant

Political Correspondent, BBC News

Tweets: ".@Sun_Politics publishing it's 'sunifesto' with 100 days to go until Elex, says the paper 'hasn't decided' who it wants in power yet"

Tories lead Labour - ComRes poll

The Independent

A ComRes poll for The Independent suggests that the Conservative Party has nudged ahead with 100 days to go. The full results:

Conservatives - 31%

Labour - 30%

UKIP - 17%

Liberal Democrat - 8%

Greens - 7%

Others - 7%

The poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults in Great Britain between 23 and 25 January.

PLP chair out

Dave Watts, the MP for St Helens North, has announced he will stand down early as Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party - a role in which he acts as an intermediary between Labour backbenchers and the Shadow Cabinet.

Mr Watts has already said he will not stand for re-election to Parliament in May and said tonight that it would be best for a new chairman of the PLP to be in place before the election.

Labour leader Ed Miliband praised Mr Watts, saying he had led the PLP with "good humour, diligence, and decency".

Simon Jones, BBC Radio 4's Today in Parliament


Tweets: "Vigorous debate in #TodayinParliament - #fracking, a "snooper's charter" & the child abuse inquiry. With @Susanh12 2330 @BBCRadio4 tonight."

Deputy PM Tim Farron?

Tim Farron
Press Association

Last week BBC Newsnight enlisted several political commentators to

imagine the different scenarios that could arise if the May election produces a hung parliament.

And earlier today Tom Clark at the Guardian

thought about the potential wheeling and dealing between parties if there is no clear victor.


MPs have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas, but the government had to accept proposals by Labour to ensure 13 conditions were met before any gas extraction takes place.

Read the full story.

Earlier today protestors, including the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, gathered outside the Palace of Westminster to campaign against fracking.

Fracking vote - David Shukman, BBC Science Editor


Tweets: Call for moratorium on #fracking rejected overwhelmingly in Commons vote - but Govt concedes outright ban in national parks.

Impossible to call

Ballot box

The editor of the BBC's Political Research Unit, David Cowling,

looks at some of the reasons why the 2015 election is shaping up to be the most difficult to predict in a long time.

James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator


Tweets: "New Mirror/Survation poll intriguing. Tories ahead despite Ukip being on 23% and Labour down at 30% despite the Greens only being on 3%"

James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor


Tweets: "Biz Sec Vince Cable breaks ranks to suggest deal with Tsipras: 'Several European countries have enjoyed substantial debt relief in the past'"

The Daily Telegraph

Dan Hodges

writes that it would be foolish of left-wing voters to want - or expect - Ed Miliband to mimic the rhetoric of new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: "For all the post-crash wishful thinking, the pendulum of history is not swinging leftward."

Online voting proposal

BBC News Channel

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, told BBC News the UK needed to engage the public more with democracy and make it easier for people to vote.

"We are in a digital age and the public are using their smart phones and the internet to do everything, so why should they not be able to do online voting," he said.

Mr Halfon is a member of the

Commons' Digital Democracy Commission, which published a report earlier, calling for people to be able to vote online in the 2020 general election.

Tracking poll changes

The results of tonight's polls - and the hundreds sure to come in the months ahead - will be incorporated into the BBC's

new interactive poll tracker.

The tool allows you to compare the parties' current ratings from a range of pollsters, and see how they have performed since 2010.

Patrick Wintour, political editor of The Guardian


Tweets: "By evening end, 5 opinion polls published today - Survation, ComRes, Ipsos Mori, Populus and Ashcroft. At this rate 500 polls to go."

BBC Generation 2015

If you are aged between 18 and 24 and eligible to vote in May's General Election, the BBC wants to hear from you. You could

- a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May.

You could find yourself on the One Show, Radio 1 Newsbeat, or Newsnight - in fact, anywhere across BBC output where the Election is being discussed.

Susan Hulme, BBC Parliamentary Correspondent


Tweets: Ban on #fracking in #national parks? Lots of confusion in the Commons over whether minister @AmberRuddMP announced something new. Or not?

House of Lords

Former Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi says she is concerned that peers have not been given enough time to scrutinise the amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill put forward today.

Describing herself as a person "who will probably be subjected to more random checks than other members" of the House of Lords, she says the extra powers being suggested worry her.

National security is very hard to define, she argues, and can be interpreted to justify a "very wide and very broad" number of reasons to check citizens' communications.

Baroness Warsi

Interactive poll tracker

On the

BBC's new interactive poll tracker, you'll be able to see how different organisations have gauged party fortunes since 2010, along with a timeline that suggests how key events since the last election may have shaped public opinion.

The BBC's own poll of polls is a rolling average of all polls included in the tracker.

Murray 'more prime ministerial' than Miliband

Al Murray holding a pint of beer
Press Association

The communications agency Hotwire PR

unveils a poll which shows that comedian Al Murray is thought of as a better potential prime minister than Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. More than 2,000 respondents were asked: "Who would make the best Prime Minister?" The full results were as follows:

David Cameron - 28.7%

Al Murray - 26.3%

Ed Miliband - 14.9%

Nigel Farage - 12.4%

Natalie Bennett - 10.5%

Nick Clegg - 7.2%

Harry Cole, contributing editor at The Spectator


Tweets: "So Tories roll over on plain packs and now fracking? Why not just give Labour the keys..."

Miliband speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband has been holding a "People's Question Time" session in Hednesford, Staffordshire. He told attendees that his party would "put working people first" in order to build a prosperous UK if it wins the general election. Hear more about what he had to say


Ed Miliband
Mr Miliband has been holding a 'People's Question Time' in Hednesford, Staffordshire

Fracking vote

Bid to suspend fracking until further environmental research has been done in to the impact has failed in the Commons by 308 votes to 52.

Internet privacy

House of Lords

Lord West of Spithead, a former minister for security and counter-terrorism, argues that the measures have been "kicked into touch" for political reasons, and the new powers being debated today are "considerably" different from the measures that received scathing criticism back in December.

Lord West of Spithead

Patrick Wintour, political editor of The Guardian


Tweets: "Government retreat on fracking in face of likely defeat is serious blow to the nascent industry. Zombie Parliament less dead than thought."