tweets: #BattleForNumber10 watched by average of 2.6m on Channel 4, 322,000 on Sky News.
Paul Waugh, PoliticsHome.com tweets: Miliband says he'll leave the "scores on the doors" on last night's debate to others. Paging Matt Lucas
tweets: I have a feeling last night might convince some Labour strategists Ed is not the weak link they feared. Very dangerous assumption.
Jane Merrick, Independent on Sunday tweets: Miliband: "like so many races in the Olympics, it may come down to the wire, neck and neck". Is he the Mo Farah of British politics?
Tom Newton, The Sun tweets: The Labour Party refused to invite certain newspapers to its election campaign launch today. Last time this happened was under Kinnock.
Michael Deacon, The Telegraph tweets: Ed Miliband's election launch speech has been going for 11 minutes and almost all of it has been about the NHS
Tweets: Update: Cons lead at 2 - Latest YouGov / The Sun results 26th Mar - Con 36%, Lab 34%, LD 7%, UKIP 13%, GRN 5%; APP-12
Tweets: On welfare, the NHS and Europe conservatives are winning the argument. Shame about the election.My @telegraph column
When the Labour leader declared he was tough enough to be prime minister by virtue of having stood up to Mr Murdoch, the News International owner tweeted: "Thanks for 2 mentions, Ed Miliband. Only met once for all of 2 minutes when you embarrassed me with over the top flattery."
In a blog post, Twitter cited Kantar Media analysis stating the leaders' TV grilling made up 94.7% of UK Twitter conversation about TV over the evening, with more than 300,000 tweets sent by 10.15pm. There were more mentions of Mr Cameron than Mr Miliband but Labour saw more mentions than the Conservatives, while the moment that generated the most tweets came at the end of the debate as Mr Paxman asked the Labour leader: "Are you OK, Ed?" And Miliband replied: "Yeah, are you?"
At one stage in Miliband's interview the audience audibly gasped when Paxman said to him many people wished it was his brother who was leader.
Here is one of the promotional pictures from last night. David Cameron poses with Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley
Here's a quick round up of what some people have been saying in the aftermath of last night's televised interviews with Ed Miliband and David Cameron.
BBC presenter Andrew Neil: "Paxo was superb tonight. But winging it towards end with Miliband. Seemed better prepared against Cameron. Miliband was struggling at times but viewers will perhaps think he stood up better to Paxo than the PM."
Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell said: "Good night for Ed, neutral for Kay, bad for Jeremy, dire for Dave."
Piers Morgan weighed in, tweeting: "Paxman eviscerated Cameron with such masterful savagery ... that Cameron won all the debate polls."
Apprentice boss Lord Sugar tweeted: "I think Miliband made mincemeat out of Paxman."
UKIP leader Nigel Farage had a kind word for his Labour counterpart, tweeting: "Miliband is showing more humour and courage than Cameron! BattleForNumber10."
Good morning. Dominic Howell and Matthew West will be bringing you all the latest news and analysis from the main political stories of the day.
Here's a quick round up of the main points from the last night's television performance
Cameron conceded he could not live on an exclusive zero-hours contract
Cameron said he did not ask Lord Green about the HSBC allegations when he made him trade minister
Ed Miliband described his relationship with David as "healing"
Miliband insisted that "Hell, yes, I'm tough enough" to stand up to world leaders
An instant poll from ICM/Guardian put Cameron as the winner 54% to 46% but of the 8% who said it had changed their view, more opted for Labour
The Labour leader said wealth creation is "incredibly important" and said his relationship with brother David was "healing"
Mr Cameron said he had "turned the economy around"
A snap Guardian/ICM poll suggested a victory for the prime minister with 56% thinking he won, compared to 46% for the Labour leader
A government bid to change the rules on electing the Commons Speaker was defeated
The Electoral Commission revealed it has referred two allegations the Liberal Democrats received donations in breach of party funding rules to the Metropolitan Police
That's all from Politics Live for tonight. We're back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT.
tweets: Labour much more disciplined online that Conservatives. Their MPs sent 358 Tweets. Conservative MPs sent just 27, #BattleforNo10
James Forsyth says Ed Milliband will be pleased with tonight's performance. Despite the Labour leader losing the night by 54% to 46%, according to the Guardian's instant ICM poll, he will be reassured by the narrowness of his defeat, Mr Forsyth argues.
Writing in the Spectator, he says: "I suspect that Labour will be quite happy with Miliband going head to head with Cameron and only losing by a narrow margin. That might sound absurd but it reflects the two parties' relative confidence in their leaders."
A senior Labour source has acknowledged that Ed Miliband was caught up in what Friday's Daily Mirror describes as an "ambush" in which he was "pushed and shoved by protesters" whilst out campaigning.
Mr Miliband was in Rotherhithe, in south east London, at lunchtime today when he found his path back to his car blocked by a few noisy demonstrators - including one wearing a facemask of the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.
Those around the Labour leader don't want to make much of it.
A senior source told me: "This is part of the rough and tumble of the election campaign. Ed shrugged it off and moved on."
I'm told the protester wearing the facemask "got a bit exuberant."
Labour suspect he was a Conservative activist "who got a bit carried away."
One of the most interesting exchanges tonight was over Ed Miliband's relationship with his brother David. Ed Miliband conceded their relationship is still "healing" after both stood to be leader of the Labour Party in 2010. Mr Miliband was asked by a member of the audience if he thought David Miliband would have done a better job. "No" was his answer.
Asked if he had regrets about creating division in his family, Mr Miliband said it was "hard", adding it, "was bruising for me, it was bruising for David". He described the brothers' relationship as "strained". "It's healed or healing I would say - just being completely frank with you about that," he said.
Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf says 300 people joined the SNP during tonight's leaders interviews.
People in England find talk of deals with the SNP and Plaid Cymru after the election "worrying" says Janet Street Porter on Question Time.
writes: I am a floating voter swaying towards the Conservatives. With that in mind I was surprised at how well Ed came across, after what I thought was a shaky start. I think David edged it but it was closer than I thought it would be.
tweets: Left-leaning people call it for Miliband, right-leaning for Cameron, poll about even. Conclusion: neither convincing. Need to see Nick Clegg
Alex Salmond wants the power to write the next Labour budget, says Conservative Nicky Morgan on Question Time. If the Tories are in government, George Osborne will write the budget, she says.
Alex Salmond loves the sound of his own voice, Jim Murphy says on Question Time. It's surprising the Tories want to give him a megaphone to amplify that voice, the Scottish Labour leader adds.
England gets a raw deal from the Barnett Formula, UKIP's Steven Woolfe says on Question Time. People who are really suffering want to know they are getting a fair share, he adds. Jim Murphy says he agrees with the current set up. You have more rural communities in Scotland, it is often more difficult and expensive to provide for them, he says.
tweets: Ed Miliband made a big mistake by not going first tonight. He missed out on the biggest TV audience, which he needed.
tweets: Apparently, those "switchers" in the Guardian/ICM poll represented just 8% of the sample. Just 80-90 people. Statistically meaningless.
Some more from the Guardian/ICM poll on tonight's leader interviews. It suggests that from those who said they might change their mind, 56% said they would now vote for Labour, compared with 30% who said they'd now vote for the Conservatives. More on the Guardian website.
(Add: this part of the sample was a very small part of the wider group).
We're spoilt for choice for post-match analysis - as well as Newsnight and This Week later, Question Time is also dissecting the leaders' performance at the moment on BBC One.
There will be more reaction to the leaders' interviews with Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott, Michael Portillo and Miranda Green on This Week, live from 23:45 GMT. They will start off talking about how long prime ministers and business leaders should go on in the job with former M&S boss Stuart Rose. Watch his film here.
Ed Miliband has conceded that his relationship with his brother, David, is still "healing" after both stood to be leader of the Labour Party in 2010.
At the Sky/Channel 4 election question and answer, Mr Miliband was asked if he had regrets about creating division in his family. Mr Miliband said it was "hard" and it "was bruising for me, it was bruising for David". He described the brothers' relationship as "strained". "It's healed or healing I would say - just being completely frank with you about that," he said.
tweets: Instant result on tonight's TV debate by YouGov's First Verdict app for The Times:
tweets: Labour spin doctor dismisses 1st poll (showing Ed lost): "People who watch late at night are "older, richer & tend to be more Conservative"
David Cameron said during tonight's interview that he did not ask Lord Green about allegations of wrongdoing at HSBC when he appointed him trade minister.
Lord Green, who was trade minister from January 2011 to December 2013, had been head of HSBC during the period it is accused of actively helping clients avoid tax.
Being questioned by Jeremy Paxman, Mr Cameron said Lord Green's appointment to the government was "welcomed across the political spectrum" and no concerns about HSBC were raised.
"I didn't ask him about that specific question but we went through all the normal processes and procedures that you would with appointing a minister," he said.
"Proper checks, including checks by the inland revenue into someone's tax affairs, so it was properly dealt with."
tweets: Paxo was superb tonight. But winging it towards end with Miliband. Seemed better prepared against Cameron.
Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, says on Question Time that there was no acknowledgment from the prime minister about the impact of austerity during tonight's interviews. Ed Miliband's acceptance that his party was wrong on regulation of the banks was important, she says - he should now ensure the banks and bankers pay for cuts, not poorer people.
Nicky Morgan, the Conservative education secretary, tells Question Time the debates have some merit, particularly if they get people involved in politics. People want to know what David Cameron and Ed Miliband are like, she says. But Mr Cameron has been doing the job for five years and has made a strong case for what he has done.
"A lot of flim flam" - that's how Janet Street Porter has described tonight's leaders interviews on Question Time.
tweets: Snap icm poll gives it narrowly 54:46 to @David_Cameron ... Labour would take that as an approval rating score
Jim Murphy, the Scottish Labour leader, is responding to questions about the mansion tax on Question Time. He says the policy is about redistribution of wealth. An audience member isn't happy - he asks why "we" should give more resources to Scotland when 40% voted to leave the Scotland. Mr Murphy says Scotland voted to stay and we should keep on sharing resources.
tweets: @KayBurley says Ed Miliband was "shaking" beforehand #battlefornumber10
Nigel Farage is preparing for the debate next week in a similar way to how he prepared for the Europe debates with Nick Clegg last year, Patrick O'Flynn says. We'll be giving it our absolute best shot, he says.
Caroline Flint is spearheading the Labour spin effort on Newsnight, where she says, despite a combative interview from Jeremy Paxman, Ed Miliband "gave as good as he got".
Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP's economic spokesman, says he thought David Cameron was poor tonight. He says he's surprised the Guardian poll suggests people think David Cameron won.
The SNP's Humza Yousaf, says: "This programme showed that neither the Tories nor Labour reflect the needs and priorities of the people of Scotland. David Cameron had no answers to where the cuts would fall, but we know from the Tory record that they would fall on the most vulnerable in society and the working poor. Ed Miliband's fatal flaw is to accept the same level of Tory spending cuts, while wanting to waste £100 billion on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons to be dumped in Scotland."
BBC Newsnight is assessing the evening's events now. There's also this rather fun graphic to trail ahead to next week's seven-way debate...
An instant Guardian/ICM poll suggests people think David Cameron had a better night. Their data suggests 56% think the prime minister won, while 46% thought Ed Miliband did.
tweets: Tonight proved Lynton Crosby right that Cameron has most to lose from TV debates. Public get to see Miliband in way not previously seen
Ex-Conservative leader William Hague says he thinks, unsurprisingly perhaps, that David Cameron gave "very good" answers to the questions he was asked. There was no economic plan from Ed Miliband, the Tory MP and out-going leader of the house says.
Kevin Maguire from the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror says David Cameron hasn't done himself any lasting damage tonight, but probably hasn't done himself any good either. He says Ed Miliband decided attack was the best form of defence. I suspect Ed Miliband learned about how to deal with Paxman from the early exchange with Mr Cameron, says Mr Maguire.
tweets: Went to one of the spin rooms in 2010. A definite two-bath event.
tweets: Thanks for 2 mentions, Ed Miliband. Only met once for all of 2 minutes when you embarrassed me with over-the-top flattery.
tweets: First TV duel of British election campaign over. Verdict: passionate Ed Miliband bested tetchy David Cameron. Full details on @EconBritain.
tweets: The press room at Sky HQ has gone spin-tastic. William Hague: "Miliband had a series of disconnected policies that don't add up."
tweets: The more we saw of Ed M the less he felt like a PM
tweets: Good night for Ed, neutral for Kay, bad for Jeremy, dire for Dave
Well, there was a lot of get your teeth into there. Who did it better? Have you changed your mind on who you'll vote for? Email us email@example.com or tweet us @bbcpolitics with your views
tweets: Labour are confronting the - is your leader up to it issue head on. All the tough guy stuff no coincidence.
tweets: Bet both Cameron and Miliband would have preferred a head-to-head than separate maulings by Paxo. But both survived it. #BattleForNumber10
As they finish, the microphones pick up Jeremy Paxman asking Ed Miliband: "Are you ok, Ed?" The Labour leader replies: ""Yeah, are you?"
"You need a toughness in this job... I'm a pretty resilient guy and I have been underestimated at every turn," says Ed Miliband. There's an audible sympathetic "ooh" from the audience at that question.
tweets: Miliband clearly better-prepared than Cameron - advantage of not being PM. #BattleForNumber10
"They see you as a north London geek", says Jeremy Paxman. "Who cares?" replies Ed Miliband.
Ed Miliband says criticism of him in the media are "water off a duck's back". The thing I have learned most in this job, he says, is to be yourself. He has stood up for the things he believes in, he says. "I don't care about what the newspapers say... I care about British people and what happens to them," he says.
People think you're not tough enough, Jeremy Paxman says. Let me tell you, Ed Miliband says, looking a bit tougher. On Syria and intervention there, Mr Miliband says he made up his mind and said No. Standing up to the leader of the free world shows character, he adds. He adds: "Am I tough enough? Hell yes, I'm tough enough."
tweets: "Keep the language simple, Ed." "OK - can I use words like 'consequentials' and 'redistribution' then?" No! #BattleForNumber10
Would you move Trident out of Scotland if the SNP demanded it? No, Ed Miliband says. I'm not going to get into a bargaining game with Alex Salmond, Mr Miliband says. Oh yes you will if you need a coalition deal, is the suggestion from Jeremy Paxman as they discuss the subject.
Charlotte in Baildon writes: Utterly appalled by Paxman's inconsistent approach to these interviews. Cameron allowed to answer questions fully and Miliband hardly allowed to answer before he's interrupted and hit with another question. Not impressed.
ARC Cornwall writes: The most impressive person in these debates was definitely Jeremy Paxman. Why can't we have him as Prime Minister? No weasel words or wishy-washy views with him at least. I'd vote for the Paxman Party any day.
Mansion tax next. Is this his way of taking money from the south-east of England to give to Scotland? Ed Miliband says the levy will involve homes mostly in the south east but this is part of being a United Kingdom, he says. You can have redistribution across the UK, he adds.
On energy policy, Ed Miliband used to believe in raising energy bills, now he wants them to fall, Jeremy Paxman says. Mr Miliband says that isn't the case - he didn't think higher bills would tackle climate change. He always said energy bills should be fair, he adds.
tweets: On this evidence, can anyone imagine Ed Miliband standing up to Putin? #BattleForNumber10
The audience enjoys Miliband struggling to specify which programmes the Labour leader thought were examples of over-spending under the previous government. He was asked: "Did you spend too much?" by Jeremy Paxman, who then pressed: "Give us a clue, come on."
What would you cut, Ed Miliband is asked. There are going to be reductions in spending outside some protected areas, he says. Labour is going to make these decisions in government, Ed Miliband says. He adds his overall approach is based on fair taxes and cutting spending. Would overall spending go up? No, it is likely to fall, Ed Miliband says.
Haven't you got your economic forecasts wrong under this government, Jeremy Paxman says. Ed Miliband defends his figures - he says wages have fallen. David Cameron says things are good, Mr Miliband says. He doesn't think things are ok.
Government make mistakes, there are always inefficiencies, Ed Miliband. But let's talk about the future, he adds. "Yes let's," says Paxman. It's getting a bit feisty.
What else did Labour get wrong when last in power, Jeremy Paxman asks. Ed Miliband, in addition to immigration, adds the party was "too relaxed about inequality". Asked if they borrowed too much, Ed Miliband said the figure was high because of the global financial crisis. He says no government gets it completely right.
"I'm not going to pluck a figure out the air on migration," Ed Miliband says. "There's no finite limit?" Jeremy Paxman asks.
tweets: For sale: one lectern, barely used, one careful owner. #BattleForNumber10
We can get low-skilled migration down, Ed Miliband says. But he won't be drawn on numbers as Jeremy Paxman asks if a population of 75m or 80m was too many people.
Jeremy Paxman starts on immigration - and whether Britain is full. Ed Miliband says he wouldn't describe it that way; we have high levels of migration that need to be reduced, but he says he won't make false promises. He admits Labour has got it wrong before on the issue.
Next up, Ed Miliband is quizzed by Jeremy Paxman.
tweets: Mili accepts Lab was wrong not to regulate banks more toughly. Too true
Have you learned from the mistakes of the last Labour government, Ed Miliband is asked. We were wrong on the regulation of the banks, Ed Miliband says. "I'm sorry we got it wrong", he adds, "but we've learned the lesson". Has Ed Balls learned the lesson the questioner asks - "yes" says Mr Miliband.
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