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Summary

  1. David Cameron says young people out of work, education or training for six months will have to do unpaid community work to get benefits if the Tories win the election
  2. However, Labour says it would do "nothing" to get youngsters into "real jobs"
  3. Church of England bishops say it is the "duty" of all Christian adults to vote in May's general election
  4. Channel 4 docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days prompts hundreds of complaints to media watchdog Ofcom
  5. A former chair of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee leaves the party to support UKIP at the general election
  6. There are 79 days until the general election

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By Nick Eardley and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

That's it for another day on the Politics Live page. We've had David Cameron

announcing Conservative plans for the young unemployed,
bishops warning about the state of democracy in the UK and a former member of Labour's NEC
quitting the party to support UKIP to keep us busy today. Away from the campaign trail, the Home Office
won a legal battle against a ruling to pay £224m to a US defence firm. We're back from 06:00 GMT to keep you posted on all the day's developments including the latest employment figures, so do join us then.

Herald front page

Herald
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Scotland's Herald newspaper splashes on Vince Cable's comments on a possible coalition involving the SNP. The headline reads: Cable opens door to SNP and Lib Dem election deal.

The Sun front page

The Sun
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Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP

@tracey_crouch

tweets: Really enjoying #InsideTheCommons but noticed tonight that Gentlemen Members Room is MASSIVE compared to Ladies. Feel a coup coming on...

'Rainbow coalition'

The Times' Scottish edition carries a story on a possible coalition deal on its front page wing. It says Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat business secretary, has said his party would be prepared join a "rainbow coalition" with Labour and the SNP.

The Times
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Peter Oborne resignation

The Spectator

Alex Massie has

blogged at The Spectator on Peter Oborne's
resignation from The Telegraph. In the blog, he explores the relationship between newspapers and advertisers, writing that the news section of a paper is supposed to abide by strict rules. He writes: "If a paper's news judgement is for sale it ceases to be a newspaper."

The Times front page

The Times
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The Times also runs with the bishops' letter on political culture on its front page. It adopts a different emphasis with the headline: "Cameron incensed as bishops stir welfare row"

Victoria Derbyshire: Join the audience

Victoria Derbyshire debate
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Do you want to talk to senior politicians live on TV and tell them what they need to do to win your vote? Victoria Derbyshire is holding a series of big debates during the General Election. If you would like to take part in the debate and talk directly to politicians get in touch.

The church and politics

On Newsnight, Times columnist and Conservative Tim Montgomerie says the Tories have been "incredibly neglectful" in allowing the left to claim "the moral high ground". Theologian Giles Fraser says the bishops' letter is not an attack on the Conservatives. Both agree it is critical of UKIP. You can watch the programme on the live coverage tab above.

Paper review

BBC News Channel

Paper view
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On the paper review on the BBC News Channel, Anne Ashworth, assistant editor at The Times, says the bishops' letter on political culture in the UK is "extraordinary". "I wonder if some of this is too strongly worded," she adds. Solicitor Marilyn Stowe says the message to vote is "very important", but adds that it's not just the poor who have suffered: "I think the whole country - everybody - has been through a bad time in this recession."

Is the Church left wing?

Bishop of Manchester
BBC

Tonight, BBC Newsnight is asking whether the Church of England is "left wing". This comes after Bishops

launched an attack on Britain's "almost moribund political culture". Bishop of Manchester David Walker tells the programme he has not yet decided how to vote in May. And he says David Cameron is the politician most praised in the Church's letter - for the Big Society and the UK's commitment to aid spending. You can watch the programme using the Live Coverage tab above.

Yeo's thanks

Harriet Yeo, the former Labour official who has decided to support UKIP at the general election, has

just tweeted: "To those who disagree with me but have remained civil, thank you, it is appreciated. To supporters, thank you, also appreciated."

Daily Mail front page

Daily Mail
BBC

Tomorrow's Daily Mail runs with the front page headline: "GPs get another bonus... for doing their job."

Oborne resignation

Peter Oborne
BBC

The

resignation of the Daily Telegraph's chief political commentator has generated much comment among Westminster media this evening. Peter Oborne
accused his old paper of a "form of fraud on its readers" for its coverage of HSBC and the Swiss tax-dodging scandal. He claimed the paper did not give due prominence to the HSBC story because of commercial interests. The Telegraph called his statement an "astonishing and unfounded attack, full of inaccuracy and innuendo".

Guardian front page

Guardian
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Tomorrow's Guardian front page leads with what it calls an "unprecedented intervention" from the Church of England's bishops, calling for "fresh moral vision and better treatment of poor and vulnerable".

House of Commons

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Telegraph front page

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Tomorrow's Telegraph splashes on the "Misery of menopause". The newspaper's front page also features Harriet Yeo quitting Labour to support UKIP at the general election.

Metro front page

Metro
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Channel 4's docudrama on UKIP makes the front page of Wednesday's Metro

FT front page

FT
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The first of tomorrow's front pages are starting to come in. The Financial Times leads on inflation with the headline: Inflation hits lowest level on record in boon for consumers

Inside the Commons

Willott office
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Jenny Willott, the Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central, is talking to Inside the Commons about balancing childcare and her role in Parliament. She reveals she has dinner with her family in her commons office: "It's quite difficult in this job to have a routine of sorts for children so actually this is kind of our routine really."

Putin 'expected Ukraine fighting to continue'

Away from Westminster, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he expected fighting to continue in parts of eastern Ukraine despite the signing of a ceasefire deal. But he said there had been a "significant reduction" in the intensity of combat since the truce came into effect over the weekend. More

here.

EU 'referendum'

Inside the Commons just took a look back at Peter Bone's EU 'referendum'. Here's how Deborah McGurran the BBC's political editor for the East of England

covered the story.

David Cameron on Inside the Commons

David Cameron
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This week's Inside the Commons is looking at the challenges to three party system at Westminster. Prime Minister David Cameron admits on the programme that it can be hard to maintain an image of party unity. He says: "Is it easy? No. Is it getting more difficult? Yes. Why is that? Well I think a lot of members of Parliament quite rightly see that their authority comes from the people who elect them and they want to stand up for that."

Inside the Commons

The third episode of the BBC's Inside the Commons series has just started. You can watch it on live coverage tab above.

Labour to UKIP

Harriet Yeo
BBC news grab

Harriet Yeo, the former chairwoman of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, has been

giving her reasons for supporting UKIP at the general election. She told BBC News her old party has "crushed" the debate on Europe by not offering an EU referendum. She also said she had decided to support UKIP "way before" being deselected by Labour over missed council meetings.

George Mackie tributes

Tributes have been paid to Liberal Democrat peer George Mackie, who has died at the age of 95. The former Liberal MP for Caithness and Sutherland - a World War Two veteran - was Scottish whip from 1964 to 1966. He was given a life peerage in 1974, taking the title Lord Mackie of Benshie. Liberal Democrat deputy leader Sir Malcolm Bruce said: "George was a great character and sincere Liberal, both as an MP and a peer. George had a great sense of humour and a great sense of fun."

London School of Economics

@LSEge2015

tweets: What has happened to the Tory tally of councillors since 2010?
What does it mean for #GE2015?

Councillors graph
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Jon Snow, Channel 4 news

@jonsnowC4

tweets: Watch:
my interview with Peter Oborne on why he resigned from the Telegraph @channel4news

Youth benefits

Here are some more contributions from Politics Live readers on

David Cameron's youth unemployment speech.

Sue Boden

Able people should not be allowed to sit on backsides and get money for nothing, the idea is to help people gain experience and do good for their community.

Conrad from Dagenham

The basic youth allowance rate has not changed from what the same people would be earning on Job Seeker's Allowance. No matter what people think about this initiative, it is fundamentally an attempt to make those who are unemployed contribute to society, as well as give them the experience and skills which will benefit them in the workplace. I certainly don't think it should be compulsory, but there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this idea and their benefits aren't being cut. There are a lot of issues when it comes to unemployment, and no single government will tackle them all at once.

John from North Lanarkshire

I agree with Paul from Cambridgeshire on the amount of hours young people are expected to carry out, however on the wider issue I also believe that this is about giving young people the confidence to be part of and contribute to society. Too many youngsters these days languish in their bedrooms turning day in to night. This affects their long term self esteem and can even lead to mental illness. They should work an amount of hours at the minimal wage rate equal to their benefit payment.

David Fairchild

re. Paul from Cambridgeshire. Does he prefer the alternative of his son receiving that weekly amount without doing anything as was always the case under Labour? Maybe he thinks that his son should leave school and receive the full 'living wage' so he can pay his way at home without any regard for the working people who would have to pay for it!

Send us your thoughts using the Get Involved tab above

Dale Vince on tax

Channel 4

Labour donor Dale Vince has spoken to Channel 4 News about his tax affairs. He told the programme there are "no skeletons" in his wardrobe and suggestions to the contrary are a "smear". His comments come after claims over his tax affairs

appeared in newspapers. He said a loan he received was "not actually a big deal" and that it would be repaid. Mr Vince also said he does not object to paying the mansion tax.

Will Hutton on Labour's economic policy

The Guardian

Over at the Guardian, Will Hutton has written a piece on Labour's economic vision. He writes the party's document - A Better Place for Britain's Prosperity - is "much better than I had feared". Whilst it is "not Keynes's General Theory", he adds, it does constitute "a well thought-through attempt at analysing Britain's problems with some substantive supporting evidence". More

here.

Labour on ex-NEC member resignation

A Labour spokesman has responded to Harriet Yeo - a member and former chair of the party's National Executive Committee - leaving to support UKIP at the general election. She said she resigned over Ed Miliband's refusal to offer a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. A Labour spokesman said: "The vast majority of the Labour Party are united behind our position on Europe, believing Britain's best interests are served by staying in a reformed EU and not sleepwalking towards an exit which would cost British jobs and influence. The truth is UKIP are a party of Tory people, Tory policies and Tory money: they are more Tory than the Tories."

Expert on youth policies

BBC Radio 4

You can now listen to PM's interview with Paul Gregg, a professor of economic and social policy, on what various political parties are offering young people looking for work or training. In the live coverage tab above, click on PM and listen from 14:46. The interview is part of the programme's series in which experts explain various political issues and what the parties are saying about them.

Pancake time

Charity pancake race
AP

If you're tucking into pancakes for dinner, you're in good company. Some of Westminster's finest locked horns earlier in the annual flipping race to raise money for the Rehab charity. After the media team defeated the MPs, Labour's Stephen Pound could be heard quoting Churchill, proclaiming: "In defeat, defiance." Here's Mr Pound in action, hotly pursued by the BBC's Sam Macrory.

Ed Balls writes to George Osborne over HSBC

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

has written to George Osborne over the HSBC revelations. He poses five questions for the chancellor - which he says "cannot continue to be ignored". Mr Balls has accused the chancellor of keeping quiet about revelations of alleged tax evasion by HSBC clients. But Treasury sources indicate Mr Osborne has done several interviews in the last few days and say there is nothing new in Labour's letter.

e-Borders ruling

More on the

Home Office's court victory, overturning an order for it to pay £224m to a US firm following the termination of a contract to run the e-Borders programme. The company, Raytheon, has said it will appeal against the High Court's decision today to set aside the tribunal ruling. E-Borders, launched by the Labour government in 2003, was meant to collect details from passenger lists of all people entering and leaving the UK. It was dogged by problems and the coalition government terminated Raytheon's contract in 2010.

BBC Radio 4

The Anglican Bishops' attack on the state of British politics leads the six o'clock news. Church of England bishops have

called for a "fresh moral vision" ahead of the general election.

BBC Radio 4

The PM programme has been discussing the main parties' approaches to young people looking for work or training with Paul Gregg, a professor of economic and social policy. We'll post a link to the package soon.