Yvette Cooper is expected on her feet soon for an urgent question on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria. We'll bring you the latest.
tweets: Breaking news! Man on the #pinkbus It's @tom_watson !
We mentioned earlier that there had been a discussion on Daily Politics about whether or not Parliament should be moved out of London. Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, argued our legislature should up sticks to Hull. The package is now on our website. You can find it here.
tweets: Matter of fact question to minister Nicky Morgan about social mobility / selective schools. She loses it, attacking ukip manifesto. Odd
The Chartered Institute of Housing has been responding to today's debate. Gavin Smart, interim chief executive, welcomed the focus on supply and affordability that the starter homes scheme represents.
"But we are very concerned about these sites being exempt from section 106 agreements, which usually require social or affordable homes to be built as part of a development, for people on lower incomes," he said.
"This smacks of building for one group of people at the expense of another. Social housing is critical if we are going to solve the housing crisis - there are always going to be people who can't afford to buy and we must provide decent, affordable homes for them too. If all the focus is on home ownership, we are never going to build mixed communities."
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claims "the attainment gap" between poorer and better-off pupils has widened under the present government.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan accuses Mr Hunt of talking "drivel" and insists the gap is closing.
In the Commons, MPs are currently questioning education ministers. You can keep up with the session here.
A brief taste of what's still to come:
An urgent question from Labour's Yvette Cooper on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria
Former prime minister and ex-Labour leader Gordon Brown will be giving a lecture in Glasgow on North Sea oil
At 1900 GMT, Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be hosting an hour-long programme on mental health on LBC radio
Defence debate in the Commons
David Cameron announced today that 200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election. Here is a selection of emails from Politics Live readers on the subject.
If Thatcher hadn't been so obsessed in selling off the public housing stock we would not be in this mess.
If the private sector rented housing stock was in better condition young people wouldn't be in such a rush to buy.
Let's get some decent affordable rental properties for people to live in and if they still want to buy they have chance to save the deposit.
It is commonly accepted that the major building firms are not interested in small-scale building/renovation work. Cannot understand why Local Authorities are not far more pro-active in granting planning permission for small-scale builds/renovations on brown field sites in the inner city areas.
One incentive might be to abolish any rate relief on empty dwellings to encourage owners to either let or re-develop them. Small builds employ proportionately more people than the large-scale, highly mechanised ones.
S.M.Tiktin, Leighton Buzzard.
Why aren't any of the parties talking about improving private renting? That could have an immediate effect for millions of tenants, across the country.
Building new houses doesn't always help: Cambridge has very high house prices and lots of the new building going on but a new build 1 bedroom flat will cost you at least £200,000.
Rosie Shaw, Cambridge
Firstly stop any more immigrants coming into the country. That will relieve the pressure on housing and the Health service in one go!
tweets: It's now only about 43 days before people start voting (by post) in the 2015 election
We haven't been building enough houses since the 1960s. If you listen to charities like Shelter, they say we should be building a quarter of a million homes every year just to keep up with the pace of demand - due to a growing population and an ageing population. House prices are also going up like rocket fuel compared with wages and houses are getting more and more out of reach for many families.
This was Ed Miliband in action earlier in Brighton. He also discussed public ownership of the railways, arguing that the coalition "has been doing rail renationalisation by the back door". "So if you are a European public company you can actually bid for the British franchise, but if you are British public company you can't bid for the franchise. This is just absolute nonsense," he said.
tweets: He argues that 9k is right, but suggests split between graduate & Govt because HE has both a private benefit to grad but public benefit too.
Also at the "People's Question Time" event in Brighton earlier, Ed Miliband rejected a suggestion that Labour was not doing enough for "aspirational" middle-class voters. The Labour leader said his party's plans to cut tuition fees in England would help young people from all backgrounds.
"That is absolutely about aspiration... there's nothing more anti-aspirational than kids leaving university with £44,000 of debt," he said. "Investment in our young people is about all of us."
tweet: Interesting letters in Times on uni funding inc by Roger Brown- prof of HE policy at Liv Hope.
Ed Miliband says he won't put his energy in to reforming the voting system if Labour comes to power. He's backed votes for 16-year-olds and says he wants changes to the House of Lords. But speaking earlier in Brighton, he said: "Personally I am more interested in changing the way the country works than the way the way the electoral system works.
"If you are asking about me as prime minister, where would my energies be put into, it would not be into a big debate about the electoral system."
David Cameron's official spokesman told reporters earlier of the PM's reaction to his Conservative colleague Ken Clarke's dim view of the promise to cut immigration below 100,000. "You won't be surprised to know that he takes a different view from Ken on this one. It won't be the first time that he and Ken haven't had exactly the same views." On the promise itself, the spokesman added: "The ambition remains the right one, but it's clear it's going to take more time, more work and more difficult long-term decisions in order to get there."
Is Sol Campbell the Tories' latest signing? After being talked of as a possible Conservative candidate for London mayor, or the Kensington seat being vacated by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, yesterday he said he was taking things "step by step" . Today, some Conservative supporters have reported receiving emails from the ex-Arsenal and Spurs man, trying to rally them to campaign in North London.
David Cameron's argument this morning that protecting the green built should be "paramount" in future housing strategy has been attacked by the free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. Its director general Mark Littlewood said "constraining housebuilding through artificial boundaries such as green belt restrictions is a key reason why house prices in the UK are very high and new homes increasingly small". He says "people not governments" should decide where houses are built.
Prof Michael Gunn says new guidance on extremism should provide "clarity, sensibility, proportionality". He says policy should be about encouraging universities to use current guidance on radical speakers, exploring how to support Muslims and how to utilise links with Prevent. Priority needs to be given to free speech and the guidance should make it clear when there is an exception, he concludes.
Speaking about extremism in universities, Professor Michael Gunn from the Million+ think tank says universities have obligations to ensure free speech at the moment. Debate is a strong way of "resisting radicalism", he says. Universities take their obligations very seriously, he says. The government recently passed laws aimed at banning all "extremist" preachers from campuses. Tory peer Baroness Neville-Jones says if we were confident we could remove the threat of radicalisation, there wouldn't be an issue. But legislation to make obligations statutory is needed because moves so far have not been effective.
Following his speech earlier, David Cameron was also asked about how to tackle extremism. There has been discussion on the issue in light of facts about Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi emerging. Mr Cameron said: "My view is national security comes first whatever it takes, whatever is necessary, to keep the British public safe. I will always be a prime minister who wants to push for those changes, but over time, yes of course we will have to do more, to make sure that as technology develops, we can make sure we keep people safe. I'm not satisfied that we can allow a means of communication to develop which in extremis we are unable to intercept."
Rehman Chishti says the Parliament in London is iconic and the cost of moving MPs to another city would be high. If Westminster does need to be renovated, he says, politicians should sit nearby.
Should Parliament be moved away from London? Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, says yes - to Hull, which has the cheapest rents in the UK. Such a move would help MPs understand and prioritise housing, he suggests, describing today's announcements on the issue as "basically pathetic".
Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker, describes a Labour idea to give the House of Commons speaker the opportunity to "yellow card" MPs for bad behaviour as "rubbish". The speaker already has the ability to remove MPs in certain circumstances and has lots of discretion at present, Mr Evans says. "You don't want to turn the chamber into a library," he adds. But Labour's Lisa Nandy says the current system hasn't worked.
Labour's Lisa Nancy says no party has got everything right on defence, but says we need to look at the bigger picture if we want to give the armed forces "the ability to do their job". She says Liam Fox - ex-Tory defence secretary - was guilty of just looking at funding, not the wider picture, in comments had made yesterday. Baroness Brinton says the UK is still a major player in the world.
tweets: "Don't laugh" it could happen" - David Cameron tells people of Colchester about a Labour government propped up by the SNP
tweets: Tory discounts for first time buyers mean developers won't be funding new roads/school places. Taxpayers will! Big business wins again.
On defence spending, Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says lots of money has been going into big schemes like Trident nuclear weapons, but it is important to balance that with boots on the ground.
The PM is full of reassurance when asked about defence spending. He says he has committed to growing the defence equipment budget by 1% in real terms every year in the next parliament. He also says he knows "how much the Americans appreciate the fact that Britain is a very strong and very capable partner".
On military cuts, and the head of the US Army saying he is "very concerned" about the impact of those cuts on the UK's armed forces capability, Tory MP Rehman Chishti says David Cameron has made it clear he wants other countries to step up to the plate and commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence. He says he would like to see that figure in the UK, but won't commit to it. Labour's Lisa Nancy says very few countries have made the target and that her party won't reduce the budget any further, pending a strategic review of defence.
Continuing the discussion on personality and policy, Kevin Schofield, from the Sun, says he doesn't think the TV debates will happen now. There are too many obstacles, he says. Laura Hughes, a regional parliamentary reporter, says she thinks they should - and will - still go ahead.
Mr Cameron is taking questions now. As well as housing, he's asked about so-called Jihadi John and whether he has plans to tighten up controls on radicalised individuals. "My view is national security comes first, whatever it takes, whatever is necessary... we want to push for those changes," he tells the audience in Hove. He goes on to say he's "not satisfied we can allow means of communication to develop" that extremists can use and we can't touch.
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Policy or personality? Rick Nye, from Populus, says party brands - and that includes leadership - are important when people come to vote, even if some people say otherwise. "You are supposed to be about the substance," he says, but "we are all to a greater or lesser extent driven by the attractiveness of parties and their leaders."
Urgent question at 15.30 GMT in the Commons. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is to ask Home Secretary Theresa May for a statement on whether removing relocation powers - under the axed control orders regime - facilitated the travel of individuals to Syria.
tweets: DC "By 2020, 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites will have planning permission for housing".
tweets: How can Cameron plan for housing when he can't control immigration? Bonkers!
The PM promises to extend Help to Buy throughout the next Parliament - assuming he's elected - which should help 120,000 more families.
tweets: David Cameron says gov is on track to build 200,000 homes a year by 2017, not 2020.
David Cameron says there's been "a quiet crisis" going on for some time - young people with good jobs unable to afford homes. Hence, the new starter homes plan. He says big developers have already signed up and promises the new homes won't be snapped up by foreign investors.
Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says more social and low-cost renting accommodation needs to be made available. For many people, buying still isn't going to be possible she adds.
Labour's policy is to borrow more. Ours, the PM says - and it's that phrase again - is to see through our long-term economic plan.
Rehman Chisti says people who work hard should be able to aspire to owning their homes. He says the government is making "significant" progress, but admits more needs to be done to solve the problem. Labour's Lisa Nandy says house prices have gone up because of the lack of supply - her party wants to help builders construct new homes, too.
David Cameron says his policies can be summed up in one word - security. He says that extends from the security of a good school place to security in old age. Key to that security, he adds, is owning your own home.
David Cameron has just started speaking on his housing plans in Colchester, Essex.
tweets: The next Labour government will deliver a better plan on housing:
Mr Chishti says many radical preachers in the UK will tone their words so they are within the law. He says it is important to get such preachers off university campuses to avoid another case like Emwazi's. Labour's Lisa Nandy says a new support system for those vulnerable to radicalisation needs to be put in place.
Daily Politics is discussing the issues surrounding Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi - known to many as Jihadi John. Tory MP Rehman Chishti says fewer people have absconded under TPIMs than under the old system of control orders - and says they are the right way forward. Earlier, former reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile raised questions about the scrapping of control orders in relation to Jihadi John.
The BBC News Channel's review of the political week is coming up at 12:30 GMT. Today Rosamund Urwin, from the London Evening Standard, and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush will be discussing possible splits in UKIP, the Green Party's relaunch after Natalie Bennett's disastrous interview last week and reports that the prime minister is bored with his own campaign. We'll bring you the latest here and desktop users can watch it on the live coverage tab above.
tweets: A UKIP candidate got stranded on the beach after writing 'We Love Nige'. Read more.
tweets: No 10 say it remains PMs "ambition" to get net migration down to tens of thousands
Shelter's Toby Lloyd has been speaking about cut-price housing plans for first-time buyers. He says the political prioritisation of housing is welcome, but adds: "You just don't solve an affordability crisis by getting rid of affordable housing, which is what this announcement proposes to do."
He said the Conservatives' plans were "a small step in the right direction", but added that cutting the requirement for developers to provide affordable housing meant the policy effectively equated to "taking with one hand, but giving away with the other".
He called for government to "step up to the plate" and provide a "bold" commitment to get the houses needed built.
tweets: "Call me Ed", Miliband tells an audience member
tweets: #HeartNews @Ed_Miliband asked about rail renationalisation. Says East Coast was better in public hands "gotta change the system and we will"
tweets: Nick Clegg doing mental health phone-in on LBC tonight: will be interesting 2 hear how reconciles concerns w/desire to relax skunk laws
tweets: Find out how government has helped people get on the housing ladder #BuildingBritain
tweets: Should we send MPs and peers to East Yorkshire? Join me after 12 to hear more on #bbcdp
Gordon Brown is starting his final month as an MP with a thundering speech on the economy. It's the only type of speech he's ever done.
He's chosen to do so as Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy also sounds off on economic policy, and just before Nicola Sturgeon re-styles the Scottish government's economic strategy, with a strong flavour of equality running through its 'refreshed' priorities.
The first minister has, incidentally, made her predecessor's Council of Economic Advisers a bit more equal - of 10 members, four are women, seven professors, five non-economists, five based outside Scotland and as many people of Italian parentage as there are Nobel laureates - two of each.
More from Douglas Fraser, our business editor for Scotland, here.
tweets: Mili says there's "no bigger priority" for Labour than building more homes
tweets: Another pretty packed house for Miliband in Brighton...
"It's young people who are most affected by this housing crisis," says Labour's shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds. She says her party would give local councils "more power, more flexibility to stop land banking - where developers sit on land - and to directly commission house building in their area". On the subject of Labour's 200,000 homes-a-year target, she adds: "We'd love to get there sooner than 2020 but we don't want to make promises we cant keep."
Conservative MP Col Bob Stewart says he agrees with fears raised by US Army Chief of Staff Gen Raymond Odierno on the impact of spending cuts on the UK's armed forces. Col Stewart says he thinks it is "barmy" to consider reducing defence spending when the UK faces the threats it does. He also alluded to "disturbing rumours" that the Army may see further cuts again soon.
General Odierno told the Daily Telegraph further cuts could see British units operating within US ranks, rather than divisions working alongside each other. Col Stewart said the idea was "certainly workable" but would be mean "loss of influence" for the UK.
tweets: Tonight on @BBCPanorama I'll be arguing that love is the biggest political idea of all
Our correspondent has also written a piece about the politics of love. You can read it here.
Some more on Gordon Brown's speech in Glasgow on North Sea oil fields later. BBC Scotland writes that Mr Brown will back the idea of public-private ownership deals, saying they could be the solution for those fields that are under threat of being mothballed. More here.
What is the solution to England's housing problem? Do you think any of the parties have the answer? Tweet us your thoughts @bbcpolitics or email email@example.com and we'll include some on Politics Live.
Affordable housing - or the lack of it - is such a big issue for so many people, and there is huge pressure on the parties to find some credible plans to build more houses.
David Cameron will say this afternoon that the Conservatives would build 200,000 starter homes by 2020. That will be paid for by waiving the fees which developers at the moment have to pay to local authorities and reducing the obligation to build social housing.
There is a political issue here, though, that all three big parties have to face. It's easy for politicians to say at a national level, 'Yes, let's build more houses,' but in the local areas, when it comes to their own constituencies, MPs tend to be much more resistant to development.
Who is the most powerful person in Doncaster? According to the Doncaster Free Press, it's not Labour leader Ed Miliband. The paper has published its "Power List" and concludes the local mayor, a council official and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction are more powerful in the South Yorkshire town than the man who could have the keys to 10 Downing Street come May. The Telegraph has more.
Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice minister, has been speaking about his party's plans for legal reform if they win the election. He says Labour intends to repeal restrictions on judicial review and make it easer to challenge government decisions. But he admits the party cannot reverse cuts to legal aid. More here.
tweets: Where are properties that would be hit by the #mansiontax? Estate agents @knightfrank have done some work:
Could David Cameron stay as Tory leader if the Conservatives fail to win a majority at the election? According to the Daily Mail, Conservatives are drawing up plans to protect Mr Cameron's position as long as Labour do not secure a decisive victory. George Osborne and Michael Gove are the figures the newspaper says will look to form a "protective ring" around Mr Cameron. Read the report here.
tweets: So... Housing policy. A graveyard for both main parties in recent years, despite all manner of policy wheezes...
Henry Gregg, from the National Housing Federation, has been speaking about plans to build new starter homes. He said his body welcomes that the Conservatives are recognising "the scale of the housing crisis", but he was concerned money could be taken away from affordable rent budgets. He added: "What we need is more money for homes than are being built for renters, but also homes that are being built for first-time buyers."
tweets: Quite a clever way to get MPs' attention pre budget from @droptheduty to send a whisky miniature in the post!
Today presenter John Humphrys has written for the Daily Mail on the influence smaller parties and voters in seaside towns are likely to have on the election. He writes: "From Clapton to Cleethorpes, the seaside towns of the east coast appear to be looking for a new saviour. And that saviour may well be clad in UKIP colours." More here.
tweets: A seat projection round-up - All suggest Lab + others cd block Tory Queen's Speech, but not vice versa
The Telegraph is interviewing a number of MPs who are standing down at the election. Today, former home secretary David Blunkett reveals how much of an impact his blindness had on his career, saying it had an effect on the way he interacted with colleagues . And he tells the website he wishes he had been more "diplomatic" - "I wasn't good with colleagues in cabinet," he says. More here.
Is David Cameron's plan to build 200,000 starter homes in England before 2020 too modest? In its leader today, the Daily Mail asks if more needs to be done. The paper writes: "Where is the master plan to incentivise developers to build on the thousands of acres of derelict industrial land lying idle?" More here.
BBC Radio 4's Today programme is visiting 100 constituencies in the run-up to 7 May. Today, reporter Sanchia Berg looks at the lack of grammar schools in Sevenoaks. You can listen to her package here.
What has happened to Chris Grayling's plans to reform human rights laws? Writing for Law Gazette, Joshua Rozenberg suggests the lack of movement on the promised Bill of Rights could spell the end of Mr Grayling's tenure as justice secretary. More here.
tweets: "That electoral registration rates have declined over the past year is disturbing" More here. #GE2015
People aged 18 are being urged "use your age wisely" by taking part in the election on 7 May via a Facebook campaign. Michael Abbott, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: "We saw at the Scottish Independence Referendum that young people can be one of the most passionate and engaged groups in our democracy, but they need to know that they can only have a say if they're registered. Turning 18 is an important rite of passage for young people, and gaining the right to vote in a General Election year is a huge part of that." For anyone looking to register, you can do so here.
The government's former reviewer of terror legislation, Alex Carlile, has called for a cross-party deal over extra powers for the security services. Lord Carlile said the parties should agree to work together as they did to counter terrorism in Northern Ireland. He called for a consensus to be reached over new powers to monitor people's internet and email usage with a fresh Communications Data bill.
Lord Carlile - a Liberal Democrat - also said it had been a mistake to replace control orders which had been done for "merely political reasons." Had they not been repealed, he said, "Jihadi John" would probably have been subject to a control order.
Politics Live readers will know there is plenty to keep us busy in the wider political world in the run-up to 7 May. But, writing for the Telegraph today, Alex Proud argues that the same is not true in the hallowed halls of Westminster itself. He writes that, beyond "the usual partisan babble" and media coverage, "you can hear a pin drop in Parliament. Tumbleweeds blow down Whitehall." Mr Proud reckons that is out of touch with the country at large, where "we appear to be on the cusp of a genuine revolution". More here.
What should happen to the UK's immigration system? Today's The Times leader says the system is "broken, confused, unfair and so politically fraught that coalition ministers can scarcely talk about it, let alone reform it". You can read the paper's take here (subscription required).
"David Cameron would be hammering on the doors of TV studios to demand election debates if he was half as good as he pretends he is and Ed Miliband was anywhere near as poor as the Conservatives smear him," says Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror. In a scathing comment piece, he confidently predicts: "Behind the hype, the Tories are braced for defeat. A Conservative leader who couldn't win outright in 2010 won't in 2015."
Natasha Devon is today's "If I were prime minister" columnist in the Independent. The author and TV pundit criticises mainstream political leaders for "constantly banging against the glass of public opinion, watering down their policies, pleasing no one (apart from the super-rich)". Were she in charge of the country, Ms Devon writes, she would be like Margaret Thatcher: "What I mean is, I'd stand for something." More here.
tweets: Times' @RSylvesterTimes says Theresa May sole supporter of PM's immigration goal in Cabinet. Remember, Boris a big fan too, outside of it
On Gordon Brown's North Sea plans, SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie says: "As a chancellor who treated Scotland's oil as a cash cow, imposed the supplementary tax on the North Sea industry in the first place, then doubled it - and left office having failed to set up an oil fund to deliver any long-term benefit from our own natural resources - Gordon Brown is responsible for undermining investment in this vital industry." And he adds: "Whatever good ideas Mr Brown has now, by definition he didn't implement them in the 13 years when he was chancellor and prime minister."
tweets: Gisela Stuart floats idea of a Labour-Tory grand coalition. Not going to happen; would be a gift to Ukip, SNP and the Greens.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown will be giving one of his last speeches before stepping down as an MP later. Mr Brown, who played a key role for the "No" campaign in the final days before Scotland's independence referendum, will be talking today about the creation of a North Sea reserve fund to help the oil industry. Mr Brown thinks the fund would help maintain and upgrade infrastructure and could provide last-resort debt finance for companies who want to keep fields open. He believes the UK government could even take over fields in partnership with some firms in order to keep them open and viable in future.
We mentioned the government's enthusiasm for tidal power earlier. If, like us, it's been a while since you did A-level geography, here's how it works.
The Huffington Post has been speaking to Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron - widely seen as a possible successor to Nick Clegg as party leader. He says a lot of the speculation surrounding his future is "nonsense" which should be taken "with a pinch of salt". Mr Farron also tells the site Mr Clegg has been "absolutely lovely" the rumours. More here.
tweets: "We must slash our armed forces, yet PM has locked us into £5bn of perks for pensioners who've never had it so good" More here.
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