An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. The government's drive for shale gas should be put on hold because it would lead to more reliance on fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee said.
In what's shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable elections ever, where the prospects of smaller parties and local results could be more crucial than ever in determining who governs Britain, Today will be visiting 100 different constituencies between now and polling day. Recent opinion polls suggest the key barometer seat of Thurrock is now a three way marginal between the Tories, Labour and UKIP. Our correspondent Matthew Price went to hear how voters feel about the pending election.
Other news this morning includes a security review being carried out by Downing Street after a hoax call to Prime Minister David Cameron. Number 10 said the caller claimed to be Robert Hannigan, director of government monitoring agency GCHQ. Mr Cameron ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed.
There's still more than three months to go until the UK election, but the impact of the Greek elections is being felt across Europe, after the success of the anti-austerity Syriza party. Its leader has pledged to renegotiate the country's massive international bailout.
To give a flavour of the contest ahead, the Today programme will be hearing from 100 different constituencies between now and polling day. The aim is to try and give a picture of how voters around the UK feel about some of the big issues at stake. They kick off today in Thurrock in Essex.
What's coming up today? Speaker John Bercow has been talking to BBC Political editor Nick Robinson about the Digital Democracy Commission and its proposals, which include allowing people to vote online in the 2020 general election. You can read the full story and the full interview will be broadcast as part of Can Democracy Work? series on Tuesday on BBC Radio 4 at 09:00 GMT.
We've got a busy day ahead of us - all the parties are stepping up their campaigning and attempting to get on the front foot ahead of the General Election on 7 May. There're just 101 days to go now... and to mark the occasion the BBC News Channel have some special features planned for the day about the issues which are likely to have an impact at the election.
Hello and welcome to the first day of our rolling coverage of all things political as it happens. We'll be bringing you all the breaking news, the latest tips from the BBC's political team plus the key reaction and analysis from the BBC's unmatched range of programmes. We'll start each morning with BBC Radio 4's Today programme and Breakfast, continue through the day with the best of the BBC News Channel, Daily Politics, The World at One/PM right through to Newsnight and Today in Parliament.
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