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  1. MPs vote by 382 votes to 128 to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people
  2. Conservatives unveil plans to give English MPs a veto over laws that only affect England
  3. Labour rejects fresh claims it is "anti-business" - the criticism is led by ex-M&S boss Lord Rose
  4. There are 93 days to go until the General Election on 7 May
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By Adam Donald, Alex Kleiderman and Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Politics Live team for tonight, at the end of a day which saw MPs vote by 382 votes to 128 to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The leader of the House of Commons, William Hague, has unveiled Conservative plans that would see English MPs able to veto laws on English-only matters. And Labour has unveiled its proposals to improve infrastructure projects, while responding to criticism from business leaders.

We'll be back at 06:00, with the latest news and comment, including from the Today programme and BBC Breakfast. It looks like being a busy day in Parliament with Prime Minister's Questions; Sir John Chilcot giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee about his delayed report into the Iraq war, and suggestions Theresa May will announce a new head and terms of reference for the inquiry into claims of historical child abuse.

Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


tweets: Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna tells @SkyNews: "We want to help people make their first million."

Britain Elects, polling analysts


tweets: It appears images of Lord Ashcroft's Scottish polls have somehow been leaked.


tweets: According to the leaked polls, fifteen seats have been polled and fourteen have the SNP ahead.


tweets: Amongst the polled (leaked) constituencies big names look set to lose their seats: Douglas Alexander, Danny Alexander and Margaret Curran.

Labour business row

BBC Newsnight

BBC Two, 22:30

Responding to criticism from Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe that Labour appeared to be putting forward an anti-business message, shadow chancellor Ed Balls told Newsnight: "Who is the party now saying let's work with business to see rising prosperity - I think that is actually where we are. Keep us in the European Union, not lurch off to the extremes where you say that we're going to potentially leave Europe and take us back to a 1930s level of public spending, which would mean fewer apprenticeships, second class infrastructure and our public services undermined. The Tories have left the centre ground, lurched to the right, we're the centre ground pro-business party today".

Inside the Commons - reviews

The first episode of Michael Cockerell's Inside the Commons documentary series appears to have won over the reviewers.

Gerard O'Donovan in the Daily Telegraph says "it made a convincing argument that, despite all its leaks and creaks and arcane ways, the Commons is an institution worth preserving". He adds Cockerell's "vivid capturing" of the emotions of those working in Parliament "was by far the most unusual, and impressive, achievement" of the film.


Anoosh Chakelian in the Spectator, "amid the neo-Gothic magnificence are the banal, bizarre, and often frustrating realities of a career in parliament, and these are the most compelling stories". She says: "The documentary also offers an intriguing insight into the lives of parliamentary staff".


Independent's Sally Newal says the fact the film manages to find the human side of those beasts, big and small, "makes this revealing series a winner so far".


Andrew Billen at The Times awarded the show five stars, saying Michael Cockerell had "let daylight into Parliament".

Still from Inside the Commons documentary

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Daily Mail: "Sex lessons at 5 under Labour" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

Tomorrow's Mail front page
Daily Mail

Tomorrow's papers


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tweets: Wednesday's Guardian: "Jordan vows revenge on ISIS over brutal death of hostage" (via @hendopolis) #BBCPapers

Tomorrow's Guardian front page
The Guardian

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Mirror: "How do you feel about your wife working for tax avoiders, Mr Cameron?" (via @hendopolis)

Tomorrow's front page of The Mirror
Daily Mirror

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's FT: "ECB's 'hardball' stance threatens to leave Greece without funding" (via @hendopolis) #BBCPapers

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Financial Times

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Times: "Rotherham: police and politicians 'abused girls'" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday

Tomorrow's Times front page
The Times

Labour business row

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells BBC Newsnight he believes most business leaders in the UK are in the centre ground and do not want to be involved in party politics.

Ed Balls

Ian Katz, BBC Newsnight editor


tweets: Ed Balls says Boots boss Stefano Pessina is a producer, not a predator (despite Labour's attack on him this week) #newsnight

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Telegraph: "IDS - We've reversed the boom in benefits" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

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Daily Telegraph

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Daily Express: "Cancer to hit 1 in 2 Britons" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

Tomorrow's Express front page
Daily Express

Labour business row

BBC Newsnight

BBC Two, 22:30

The founder of restaurant chain Yo! Sushi, Simon Woodroffe, has told BBC Newsnight that Labour's approach to business "scared" him he was worried the party had chosen a populist anti-business message.

Mr Woodroffe appeared in a 2004 Labour Party political broadcast, but later made a personal donation to a Conservative Party candidate. "What I worry about with Ed Miliband is that he is appealing to the popular by saying 'look at these fat cats'. What I want our leader to say is 'we want enormous profits, and yes we are going to share them out later, but first of all we've got to make it'."

You can see the interview on BBC Newsnight on BBC Two now or later on BBC iPlayer.

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's Metro: "Pilot is burned alive in IS cage" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

Tomorrow's Metro front page

Mike Smithson, polling analyst


tweets: William Hill tell me that punter from Hampstead just bet £5k at 4/5 that EdM will be next PM.

Tomorrow's papers


BBC News


tweets: Wednesday's International NY Times: "ISIS shows Jordanian pilot being burned alive" (via @hendopolis) #bbcpapers

Tomorrow's International NYT front page
New York Times

Justin Tomlinson, Conservative MP for North Swindon


tweets: Impressive & insightful behind the scenes in the House of Commons; showing Parliament in action is great for democracy #InsideTheCommons

Huhne Commons pass

Former Energy Secretary

Chris Huhne has been granted a Commons pass, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The ex-Eastleigh MP, who was jailed for perverting the course of justice in 2013, is among 360 former MPs given access to the Parliamentary estate, the Press Association has found.

Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent


tweets: Cockerell on how whips place questions before PMQs worth playing every sitting Weds.

'Inner Rocky'

The Independent

Over at The Independent,

Matthew Norman says Ed Miliband must "unleash the inner Rocky". Can he? "Unquestionably, Ed Miliband has it in him to be scrappy, though the memory of his attacks on as poisonously a vested interest as Rupert Murdoch's has faded since he lost his confidence and his tongue."

Labour business row

The Spectator

Ed Miliband and Chuka Umunna
Press Association

Isabel Hardman at The Spectator says that on day three of Labour's row with various business leaders, she "understands that [shadow business secretary Chuka] Umunna has been working behind the scenes to reassure the business community that this is not a new strategy of the party going to war with businesses. The party sees its policy of not holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU as an example of the ways in which it would help businesses who play by the rules to thrive".

James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor


tweets: Interesting counter to "lazy MPs" narrative for voters to see them finishing series of votes at midnight #InsidetheCommons

BBC Newsnight

BBC Two, 22:30

Tonight on

@BBCNewsnight: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is interviewed, while the show's political editor Allegra Stratton takes an in-depth look at the continuing row over whether or not the Labour Party is "anti-business".

Today in Parliament

BBC Radio 4

Palace of Westminster at night

Join the BBC's Today in Parliament team at 23:30 on BBC Radio 4 for the highlights of all the action in the Palace of Westminster today. On the show: MPs debate the ethics and viability of so-called three-parent babies; the home affairs committee takes evidence on counter-terrorism; and the House of Lords discusses e-cigarettes and "vaping".

Inside the Commons with Michael Cockerell

BBC2, 21:00

Michael Cockerell
BBC/Atlantic Productions

A reminder that documentary-maker Michael Cockerell will be taking cameras "Inside the Commons" for the first time, at 21:00 on BBC2.

Steve Hawkes, The Sun deputy political editor


tweets: Theresa May set to announce new Child Abuse Inquiry Chairman tomorrow- will she say it's the third and final chance?

IS murder: Labour condemnation

Ed Miliband has joined David Cameron and Nick Clegg in condemning the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the group Islamic State. The Labour leader

tweeted: "The murder of Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIL shows their appalling brutality and offends the values of humanity shared across the world."

House of Lords


Over in the Lords, Lord Risby tells peers the increase in employment in the UK has been driven by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the number of which has increased by 40% in recent years.

Despite this, the needs of SMEs are often neglected, he argues.

As an example Lord Risby claims that the average speeds for broadband in SMEs is half that of the London average as telecoms companies overlook their needs.

Lord Risby

CND letter

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament says it plans to hand in a letter to Downing Street on Wednesday urging the UK to "take the lead" and commit to scrapping Trident. CND general secretary Kate Hudson will be accompanied by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP's Mike Weir. It comes as representatives from the UK and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council gather in London to discuss the UN's Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Three-person babies: The ministers opposed

More on the government ministers who opposed the introduction of laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. They were defence ministers Julian Brazier and Mark Francois, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, Transport Minister John Hayes, Treasury Minister Andrea Leadsom, Justice and Home Office Minister Mike Penning, Justice Minister Andrew Selous, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne, and Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

Downing Street response to IS murder

Downing Street has now

issued a statement in response to the killing of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by IS militants. Prime Minister David Cameron said Lt al-Kasasbeh "paid with his life while protecting his country and us all".

"These terrorists' brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve," he said. "We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat ISIL. Together we are making progress....

"We will not stop until these evil extremists and their poisonous ideology are defeated."

Scottish polls

Harry Lambert at looks ahead to tomorrow's results of Lord Ashcroft's long-awaited polling of Scottish constituencies: "In a rare interview with Sky News last week, Ashcroft suggested his numbers show the SNP surge 'is real', which may suggest our forecasts are broadly accurate. The upper end of the four predictions we track is 40 SNP seats. If Ashcroft shows the SNP winning more than 40 seats Westminster will be in open meltdown."

'Send up politicians'

Rory Bremner

In the Radio Times,

impressionist Rory Bremner compares the distinctive personalities of current and past politicians, and makes a plea for the importance of political satire: "When the public loses interest in politicians, it's easy for politicians to lose interest in the public. The gap grows wider, the disengagement greater. But programmes that send up politicians, lampoon them, parody them, are a healthy and vital part of the political process."

Inside the Commons

Labour MP

Paul Flynn reviews Michael Cockerell's new BBC2 documentary Inside the Commons on PoliticsHome, calling it "a fair-minded peek that needn't have worried the 'berserkers'".

The documentary's first episode will be shown on BBC2 tonight at 21:00 GMT.

The Brown factor

The Daily Telegraph

Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy
Press Association

At the Telegraph,

Alan Cochrane asks if Gordon Brown is becoming a liability to the cause of maintaining a United Kingdom: "The reason for the query is a simple one: his latest plan for bigger pensions and benefit payments in Scotland than in the rest of the UK is certain to cause deep resentment in others parts of the UK because it's their taxes that will help pay for the largesse north of the border."

IS murder

In response to the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh at the hands of the group Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron has

tweeted: "Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh's sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL. My prayers are with his family tonight."

Buzzfeed UKIP interview


Over at Buzzfeed, Emily Ashton

has an interview with UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall, taking in Nigel Farage's election chances, the prospect of a defection from Labour, and whether or not he would be an effective party leader.