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Summary

  1. Labour would abolish non-dom tax status for wealthy people who earn most of their money overseas, Ed Miliband is to announce
  2. Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP would help make Ed Miliband prime minister as Scotland's political leaders hold a live TV debate
  3. One hundred young voters grill politicians in a live debate on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
  4. Tony Blair attacks David Cameron's plans to hold an in-out EU referendum
  5. There are 30 days to go until the general election on 7 May

Live Reporting

By Kristiina Cooper, Rob Corp and Anna Doble

All times stated are UK

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  1. Tuesday recap

    It's been a lively day on the campaign trail:

    * Tony Blair entered the fray, criticising David Cameron's plans for an EU referendum

    * The Conservatives said they would give the NHS "whatever it needs" to fill its funding gap

    * SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon clashed with the Scottish leaders of Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives in a live election debate

    * Young voters grilled representatives of the main parties for Radio 1's Newsbeat

    * Labour is to announce it would scrap the non-domiciled tax status if elected

    * UKIP set out its plans for a dedicated veterans' minister

    * The Lib Dems said they would fund an increase in the personal tax allowance with a crackdown on tax avoidance

  2. Daily Telegraph front page

    Telegraph front page
  3. Times front page

    The Times front page
  4. i front page

    i front page
  5. Independent front page

    Independent front page
  6. Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur and ex-Dragons' Den star

    @DuncanBannatyne

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Ed Miliband says he will abolish non-dom status in UK. This gets my vote I never thought any party would have courage to do this."
  7. The Sun front page

    The Sun's front page
  8. Labour came up with non-dom idea in 2013

    Laura Kuenssberg

    Newsnight Chief Correspondent

    Quote Message: Ed Miliband's team came up with the idea of ending the non-dom tax rules in 2013. It was suggested at the same time as the policy on freezing energy prices. Labour decided to hold the non-dom policy back for the general election."
  9. Labour would ditch `non-dom' tax break

    Ed Miliband has promised that a Labour government would abolish tax laws that allow wealthy individuals to avoid paying UK tax on money earned overseas. The Labour leader believes anyone who lives permanently in the UK should pay tax on all their income, regardless of where it is accrued. Labour says it very easy for people who have lived abroad to claim `non-domiciled' status - and the tax advantages that go with it. Ed Miliband will outline his plans in a speech in Warwick on Wednesday. He is expected to say: "There are people who live here in Britain like you and me, work here in Britain like you and me, are permanently settled here in Britain like you and me, but aren’t required to pay taxes like you and me because they take advantage of what has become an increasingly arcane 200-year-old loophole."

  10. Lucy Manning, BBC News special correspondent

    @lucymanning

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Labour thinks abolishing non doms will raise hundreds of millions,used to help pay off deficit. Says idea non doms will leave UK=scare story"
  11. Financial Times front page

    Financial Times front page
  12. Newsbeat in Leeds

    #ToWinMyTrust

    Newsbeat

    So what happened when an audience of more than 100 young adults took on five politicians fighting for you to vote for their party at the general election on 7 May?

    The main theme of the night was trust, with thousands of people tweeting the hashtag #ToWinMyTrust during Tuesday. During the debate itself the key issues were tuition fees, diversity among politicians and leaders "speaking to us like human beings, not an age group."

    Newsbeat's Chris Smith and Tina Daheley were joined by Sam Gyimah for the Conservatives, Sadiq Khan of Labour, Sal Brinton of the Liberal Democrats, Mhairi Black of the SNP and Rhun ap Iorwerth for Plaid Cymru.

    Follow @BBCNewsbeat on Twitter and facebook.com/bbcnewsbeat for more reaction - it's not too late to chip in...

    And thanks to everyone for sending in tweets and comments.

    Newsbeat is holding two more election debates this month in Birmingham on 21 April and Edinburgh on 28 April.

    BBC Newsbeat's debate on trust in Leeds City Museum
    Image caption: BBC Newsbeat's debate on trust in Leeds City Museum
  13. Mirror front page

    Mirror front page
  14. Guardian front page

    Guardian front page
  15. Daily Mail front page

    Daily Mail front page
  16. Post update

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    tweets:

    Quote Message: I enjoyed #ScotDebates though would have liked more interaction between leaders. The English gave Ms Sturgeon an easier time!"
  17. And in defence of Mr Brand...

    @RebeccaElizaS

    tweets :

    Quote Message: #newsbeat the woman on this debate is having a break down over Russell brand..he's allowed his own opinion on politics and he's right" from Rebecca Eliza
    Rebecca Eliza
  18. Your reaction to the Newsbeat debate on trust in Leeds

    @CaolanHamilton

    Quote Message: Don't vote if you don't feel represented! If you do go for it. None of the above option on the ballot paper. Voiceless majority. #newsbeat from Caolan Hamilton
    Caolan Hamilton
  19. Newsbeat debate

    #ToWinMyTrust

    Quote Message: If anything has been shown tonight it's that young people don’t have one unified opinion on anything. You should be speaking to us like human beings, not an age group." from Sarah, in the audience, from Nottingham
    Sarah, in the audience, from Nottingham
  20. Newsbeat debate

    @KieranHarris92

    tweets :

    Quote Message: #newsbeat I'm a 23 year old home owner with my own business. The government has proved more than helpful for me #hardworkpaysoff #HelptoBuy" from Kieran Harris
    Kieran Harris
  21. Scotland debates: parting shots

    After two hours, the Scottish leaders' debate comes to an end and the politicians get one last chance to speak without interruption. In his closing statement, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says a vote for Labour means throwing David Cameron out "for good" while Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP is the one party that "always stands up for Scotland". 

    Scottish leaders' debate

    Conservative leader Ruth Davidson vows that you can "choose to be whoever you want to be, there will be a job waiting for you". Lib Dem Willie Rennie says he came into politics to make a difference and after a "tough" five years there has been "economic growth with fairness".

  22. David Maddox, political journalist with the Scotsman

    @DavidPBMaddox

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Good debate on @stvnews Ruth edged it, Jim and Nicola pretty much tied and Willie not far behind...high standard all round #ScotDebates"
  23. Newsbeat debate

    @JesseacaGibson

    Quote Message: Focus on the wellbeing of the people of our country first. Then build on the economy. #newsbeat" from JessJess!
    JessJess!
  24. Newsbeat debate

    Live from Leeds

    Quote Message: I think Russell Brand brainwashes young voters. He’s just a small man using big words. You need to do the opposite and try and get more young people to vote to counteract him. It makes me so angry. He’s one of the most influential people of last year." from Jess Taberner, 20, from Salford
    Jess Taberner, 20, from Salford
    Audience member attacks Russell Brand for "brainwashing" young voters
    Image caption: This audience member took on Russell Brand for "brainwashing" young voters. Do you agree?
  25. Post update

    @AnaSebastian16

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Why don't politicians look at the situation and "open the books" before making promises? #newsbeat" from Ana Sebastian
    Ana Sebastian
  26. Ruth Davidson: No 'free aspirin' for SNP's Nicola Sturgeon

    The mood is getting tetchy as the party leaders get stuck into some Scotland-only issues. The Conservative leader Ruth Davidson reckons better-off people in Scotland should pay prescription charges. And she gets personal with the Scottish first minister, saying: "Nicola Sturgeon is the highest paid person in politics, I don't think she should get free aspirin when she goes to the doctor."

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
  27. Newsbeat debate from Leeds

    "Answer the question!"

    Newsbeat

    Newsbeat's Chris Smith pushes Sam Gyimah, for the Conservatives, on VAT rises and challenges him on why politicians are often not trusted. And it gets a bit heated...

    Sam Gyimah: I think you’re going for the cheap laugh, personally.

    Chris Smith, BBC Newsbeat: I’ll allow you to answer the question, how many times?

    SG: At the last election we promised not to raise VAT, and got into government in debt. No can I just…

    CS: It’s quite a simple one. Are you seriously going to sit with people shouting answer the question at you?

    SG: When you are in government and you look at the books, you see how tricky things are to achieve.

    Newsbeat debate in Leeds
  28. Who is that moustachioed man?

    Much glee on social media after the appearance of a mysterious moustached and be-hatted man in the audience for the TV debate between the leaders of the main Scottish political parties.

    Nick Sutton, editor of the World at One on BBC Radio 4, was among those keen to find out the man behind the (obviously fake) facial hair:

    Twitter screen grab
  29. Helen Lewis, journalist and commentator

    @helenlewis

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Watching the #ScotDebates and feeling jealous of Scotland for having such articulate, energetic, impassioned politicians."
  30. Newsbeat debate from Leeds

    Catherine McKernan

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Brilliant point on apprenticeships and tuition fees, needs to be less snobbery #newsbeat" from @cmkxox
    @cmkxox
  31. Newsbeat debate

    Latest reaction on Twitter

    tweets :

    Quote Message: #newsbeat YOUNG PEOPLE CARE ABOUT MAINTENANCE COST NOT TUITON FEES from @lucyfowell
    @lucyfowell
  32. Newsbeat debate

    @JamesWilliams_9

    tweets :

    Quote Message: #newsbeat just because more people are going to uni doesn't mean everyone should pay, more grads means a better economy if used effectively" from @JamesWilliams_9
    @JamesWilliams_9
  33. #ToWinMyTrust

    #Newsbeat

    Who do you trust? Tweet your thoughts on what’s being said at @BBCNewsbeat 's debate in Leeds. And follow the hashtag #ToWinMyTrust on Twitter

  34. Newsbeat debate

    Live from Leeds

    Quote Message: Every single politician who has said working class people can’t afford university has lied. I am from a poor background and I’m at university now. But the fact is everybody can get to university and none of you here has told the truth about it – it’s free at the point of use.” from Lance , 23, in the audience
    Lance , 23, in the audience
  35. Rennie: I saw the pain and the agony

    The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, hears complaints about the benefits regime. An audience member says he lost benefits after failing to turn up to an interview when he was ill. He adds - to cheers from the audience - that politicians are out of touch with the lives of most people. But Willie Rennie says he has seen "the pain and the agony" caused by unemployment. "I have seen it and I want to change it."

  36. #ToWinMyTrust

    Live from the Newsbeat debate in Leeds

    Quote Message: We need to stop being so snobbish about non-university pathways. In Germany they are less snobby about it and they are doing far, far better. " from Sadiq Khan, Labour
    Sadiq Khan, Labour
    Sadiq Khan, Labour
  37. Another referendum on Scottish independence?

    At the night's other big political debate - among the four main Scottish party leaders - Nicola Sturgeon says she respects the result of the independence vote last year and insists the Westminster election is "not a re-run of the referendum campaign". A vote for the SNP, she says, means a loud voice for Scotland at Westminster. The former SNP leader, Alex Salmond, had said a further referendum was off the agenda for a generation. Nicola Sturgeon says it's a decision for the people of Scotland, not politicians. "I can't impose a referendum," she says.

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
  38. Newsbeat debate

    Live from Leeds

    Quote Message: How could any party scrap tuition fees… for students to vote for Nick Clegg on that policy was naive” from Adam, 23, in the audience
    Adam, 23, in the audience
  39. Sturgeon: A few years longer to tackle deficit

    Time for SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to face the public. A member of the audience is sceptical about SNP plans to increase public spending. "Who in their right mind would continue to increase the deficit?" he asks. Nicola Sturgeon replies: "I don't believe we should do nothing about addressing the deficit and the debt." But she reckons the way it's being done is driving more children into poverty and holding back economic growth. She says the SNP would like to see modest spending increases but would continue to reduce the deficit. But she admits: "Under my plans it would take a few years longer to completely eliminate the deficit."

  40. Naomi at #Newsbeat debate

    @Naomi_Barrow

    tweets:

    Quote Message: @Naomi_Barrow Getting ready for the #newsbeat debate with @BBCGen2015-ers @kate_cd & Richard."
    Naomi Barrow
    Image caption: Naomi Barrow and friends in Leeds #newsbeat
  41. Jasmin at #Newsbeat debate

    @TheJazinTheHat

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Ooh getting excited for the BBC. Necessary selfie! #newsbeat debate! @BBCNewsbeat"
    Jasmin in Leeds
    Image caption: Jasmin in Leeds
  42. Labour's plans to tax the rich

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is in the hot seat now at the Edinburgh debate and he's asked a tricky question about his party's plans to tax earnings over £150,000 a year at 50%. Mr Murphy says it's right to ask high earners to pay a bit more. But the questioner points out that if he earned that amount he'd demand a pay CUT - to just under £150,000 year...

  43. Newsbeat debate

    Coming up live from Leeds

    Newsbeat

    From 21.00 BST an audience of around 100 young adults will be firing questions at five politicians in Leeds on the theme of trust.

    Joining Newsbeat's Chris Smith and Tina Daheley are Sam Gyimah for the Conservatives, Sadiq Khan of Labour, Sal Brinton of the Liberal Democrats, Mhairi Black of the SNP and Rhun ap Iorwerth for Plaid Cymru.

    Tweet your comments using the hashtag #ToWinMyTrust.

    Newsbeat Leeds City Museum
    Image caption: The view from the mixing desk at Newsbeat's big election debate on trust
  44. Davidson: Modest cuts to Scottish Parliament funding

    Back at the Scottish party leaders' TV debate in Edinburgh, where Ruth Davidson says "the deficit matters" and so there would be a "modest cut" in funding to the Scottish Parliament for the next three years.

  45. 'How are your DIY skills, Mr Clegg?'

    When Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told journalists he would only take questions if they picked up a paint brush and helped him decorate a wall at an arts centre in Romiley near Stockport, BBC North West political editor Arif Ansari didn't hesitate to get stuck in.

    You can see how good he, and the deputy PM are at DIY, in this video:

    Arif Ansari and Nick Clegg
  46. Pic: Debating the issues in Edinburgh

    Scotland's party leaders are debating at the Assembly Rooms in the Scottish capital.

    Scottish leaders' debate
  47. Scottish leaders' debates: over to the audience...

    A new format... the Scottish party leaders are now taking questions from the audience. First, it's the turn of Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

  48. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets :

    Quote Message: @Nigel_Farage now answering what appears to be selected questions from people attending who've submitted earlier #UKIP #ge2015"
  49. Davidson: Miliband not strong enough

    There's a lot of talk about the possibility of Labour and the SNP working together if the election doesn't deliver a clear winner. Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, says she doesn't think Labour leader Ed Miliband is strong enough to "stand up to" SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

  50. Sturgeon: I don't want Cameron to be PM

    There's been speculation that Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon would like to see David Cameron back in Downing Street. She has rejected those claims and now, at the leaders' debates, is emphatic about her position: "I don't want David Cameron to be prime minister...I'm offering to help make Ed Miliband prime minister."

  51. STV debate - in living colour

    This pre-show picture from the Scottish TV debate in Edinburgh shows the leaders have chosen their clothes and accessories from the red end of the colour spectrum.

    Scottish political leaders
  52. Murphy: Labour `doesn't have all the answers'

    The leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, describes how a young mother burst into tears in front of him because she couldn't afford new shoes for her eldest daughter. Speaking at the STV Scottish leaders' debate on, he said Labour didn't have all the answers but she needed higher wages and to "get off" her "exploitative" zero hours contract.

  53. Scottish leaders' debate

    In Scotland, a debate between the leaders of the four largest parties is just getting under way. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Labour's Jim Murphy, Conservative Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie will be locking horns on STV . You can watch here on the BBC News website by clicking on the live coverage tab above.

  54. EU debate: 'Not big', but 'hugely important'

    Stephen Bush, of the New Statesman, tells the BBC News Channel an EU referendum is a good subject for Ed Miliband to argue against wider public opinion, as it is "not a big election issue". It is, however, "hugely important" to Conservative activists, he says. Kate Devlin, of the Herald, says Tony Blair's intervention today could help Labour "capitalise" on business backing.

  55. Alex Forsyth, BBC political correspondent

    @AlexForsythBBC

    tweets:

    Taking away empty chairs at #UKIP public meeting #ge2015

    Quote Message: Taking away empty chairs at #UKIP public meeting #ge2015
    UKIP meeting
  56. BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Stage set for @Nigel_Farage appearance at public meeting; he says he hopes to engage with some non #UKIPpers #GE2015 "
    UKIP public meeting
  57. Paul Waugh, PoliticsHome editor

    @paulwaugh

    tweets :

    Quote Message: PM looks like he's staying in Cornwall for the night
  58. BBC urges restraint after online abuse

    BBC Scotland has called for users of social media to show restraint after journalists covering the general election campaign were subject to online abuse.

    Offensive comments were posted on the internet and sent via email about reporters last weekend. BBC Scotland said while it welcomed public engagement, its journalists should be treated with respect. NUJ Scotland said the abuse received was "unacceptable".

    Red the full story here .

  59. Out to lunch in Parliament?

    Parliament may have been dissolved but one restaurant in the House of Lords is very much open for business. The Peers' Dining Room is opening its doors to the public for the first time - serving dishes such as slow cooked ox cheek with Irish champ mash and heritage carrots or, if you fancy something lighter...sweet potato, kale and quinoa cake with poached duck egg. A three-course lunch costs £35 a head. But that hasn't put diners off. A Lords spokesman said tables were being snapped up so... book soon to avoid disappointment

    House of Lords dining room
  60. Michael Gove says NHS ' number one priority'

    Bit more from Chief Whip Michael Gove's interview on Tuesday's PM programme on Radio 4.

    He endorsed a funding promise made earlier today by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt - that the Conservatives would give the NHS "whatever they need". In an interview with Radio 4's PM programme Mr Gove - a former education secretary - was asked what that would mean for education and other departments. He said the Conservatives would "protect funding per pupil in cash terms" while other departments would "take some reductions". PM's presenter Eddie Mair suggested the health secretary had made a "very open commitment" to give the NHS whatever it needs. Mr Gove replied: "Yes absolutely we will. That's our number one priority in terms of public service."

    Quote Message:
  61. BBC political correspondent Robin Brant

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Overheard 9 yr old girl wearing this rosette, with her dad, say 'I don't think #UKIP is racism' #ge2015"
    UKIP rosette
  62. 'We need 23 seats'

    Back to Wadebridge, Cornwall,where Prime Minister David Cameron has been speaking at a Conservative Party rally.

    David and Samantha Cameron

    He told the audience the Tories need to win 23 more seats to form a majority government at the upcoming general election. He warned that the country could:

    Quote Message: end up with Ed Miliband propped up by Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party... you can't have an alliance between the people who want to bankrupt Britain, Labour, and the people who want to break up Britain, the Scottish National Party."
  63. Michael Gove wants UK to stay in a 'reformed' EU

    The Conservatives are offering the "best of both worlds" on the EU, says Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove. And he dismissed Tony Blair's speech on the EU, saying he was "reliving some of his own psychodrama". Mr Gove had a lengthy interview with Radio 4's PM programme in which he listened to key clips from Mr Blair's speech. He said the Conservatives would like "a process of modernising the EU" and to make sure any "modernisation" of the relationship between Britain and other EU countries in Europe was "underpinned by a democratic vote". He said:

    Quote Message: What we can have is the best of both worlds. We can have our membership of the European Union on a reformed basis."
    Michael Gove

    He saved some of his more colourful turns of phrase for Tony Blair. "Tony Blair finds it hard to believe that any Prime Minister could be anything other than an enthusiast for the EU. It's a failure of what George Eliot once called imaginative sympathy on his part."

  64. BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Small protest gathered outside public meeting where @Nigel_Farage is speaking tonight #UKIP #ge2015
    Protesters at UKIP meeting
  65. Get involved

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    David:

  66. Cameron speaks in Cornwall

    Conservative leader David Cameron is speaking at a party event in north Cornwall, where he's been addressing a range of issues including home ownership, education and provisions for pensioners - hot on the heels of this week's changes to pensions, whereby people can chose to do more with their savings than buying the traditional annuity.

    "My friends we have got just 30 days to go to make these arguments", he tells the crowd, after recapping what the Conservatives want to do should they form a majority government after 7 May.

    David Cameron
  67. Number-crunching on the NHS

    Ruth Alexander from Radio 4's More or Less programme has been sifting through the figures on NHS spending in England. She found that the budget hasn't gone up as much as it used to. She told Radio 4's PM that from 1997 to 2009 spending increased by about 5.5% each year. In the last four years, it has been about 0.8 per cent each year.

    Waiting room

    But things look a bit different if you look at government spending overall. Ruth pointed out that in 2009-10 the Department of Health accounted for nearly a quarter of government spending. In this financial year it will account for about a third. She said it showed two things - how the NHS was being protected and the scale of cuts in other departments. Her conclusion from all this? That there may not be that much between the political parties on NHS spending. The more significant differences, she reckoned, were to be found on spending in other departments.

  68. Europe: Why you can believe Blair - on this

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    Quote Message: Not so long ago I invited Tony Blair to say that Ed Miliband was a strong leader. He side-stepped the question - choosing instead to say that it was up to voters to decide. So, should we take what he has said today with a massive pinch of pre-election salt? The answer, I believe, is no. Love him or loathe him, the former prime minister has said what he thinks today - nothing more, nothing less - on both his successor as Labour leader and what is one of the critical issues facing the country at this election."

    You can read Nick's latest blog here.

  69. Get involved

    Text: 61124

    Ed, Middlesex:

    SMS Message: Blair, Miliband and Clegg have a right to their views on the EU but have no right to deny us the choice.
  70. Latest Seat Forecast

    Newsnight

    Newsnight seat forecast

    For the course of the general election campaign, Newsnight each evening will be publishing an exclusive Newsnight Index on the likely outcome, based on a sophisticated forecast model. It is produced by Professor Chris Hanretty from the University of East Anglia and his colleagues at electionforecast.co.uk.

    The changes shown in brackets are since the last edition – on Thursday 2 April.

    For more information on how the Index is produced, see here.

  71. Margaret Curran, Labour candidate

    @Margaret_Curran

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Older women become invisible in public life – I’m keen to hear why you think that is and your experiences #olderwomenvoices
  72. 'Gangsta Ed Miliband rap mashup goes viral'

    The Mirror

    Mikey Smith writes: Wondering what Ed Miliband's been up to for the last couple of days?

    Well it seems like he's been spittin' rhymes and laying down tracks with rapper Skepta.

    A very well edited Vine mashup of the Labour leader and the grime superstar has been going crazy online.

  73. #SNPboss defects?

    Composite image of the Daily Record front page and a tweet by Derec Thompson - 7 April 2015

    There's one story dominating online political chatter in Scotland ahead of tonight's Scottish leaders' debate in Edinburgh - #SNPboss.

    The hashtag refers to a front page story in today's Daily Record that says a "key figure" in the Yes campaign has defected to Labour after becoming "deeply saddened" that many SNP members "secretly hope for another Tory government".

    But the paper was mocked on social media for describing the man in question - Muhammad Shoaib - as "SNP boss" in their headline when his role was as organiser of Asians for Independence.

    An SNP spokeswoman played down the move, saying it was "a clear case of sour grapes" after Mr Shoaib failed to be selected as an SNP parliamentary candidate.

  74. Farage dismisses 'ridiculous' nuclear launch question

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is relieved he'll never have to make a decision about using nuclear weapons, says BBC political correspondent Robin Brant.

    He told the BBC it was "ridiculous" to ask him if he would ever authorise their use as "that won't be my decision after May the 8th". Mr Farage was speaking at an event in Dudley in the West Midlands about his party's defence policies. He said it was "right to have the deterrent, expensive though it is".

    UKIP would create a cabinet-level role of minister for veterans and would increase spending on defence to 2% of the UK's GDP. Robin Brant reports that Mr Farage refused to agree with UKIP colleague Douglas Carswell that reforming defence procurement should be a priority before increasing the budget.

  75. Prime Minister David Cameron

    @David_Cameron

    tweets:

    Quote Message: A picture of the pies Sam and I baked with apprentices at Brains Brewery, Cardiff. Sam's is the neat one...
    David and Samantha Cameron's pies baked in Cardiff
  76. The day in pictures

    BBC News picture editor Phil Coomes brings you the day's best images from the campaign trial - including cupcakes, crossbows and Nick Clegg behind a bar. See them here.

    Scottish independence supporter
  77. Get involved

    Text: 61124

    Patrick, Bristol:

    SMS Message: Regarding the question time questions, for Ed Miliband: I am a student who has been paying £9k per year in tuition fees so far. You plan on dropping this figure to £6k by introducing a graduate tax to those who have recently left university. You claim to want to invest in youth, if that's the case, why do you see it as fair to tax those who have invested in their own education in the form of a degree?
  78. Get involved

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    Phil L:

  79. Jewish Chronicle election poll

    A poll for the Jewish Chronicle suggests 69% of British Jews would vote Conservative while 22% would vote Labour.

    Survation also asked 560 British Jews about their attitudes to the party leaders. David Cameron was considered by 64% of those questioned to have the best attitude towards the Jewish community, compared with 13% who said Ed Miliband.

  80. BBC Reality Check on EU

    Reality Check on the BBC News Channel has been pondering how the public might vote if there was an in/out referendum on Europe. Nick Higham concludes that attitudes have changed over the last five years. He reports that in a YouGov poll in 2010 47% said they would vote to leave the EU - while in a YouGov poll last month 36% said they wanted out.

  81. Get involved

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    Owen:

  82. Handing over

    Time to hand over, now, as the early team of Alex Stevenson and Victoria King hang up our, er, keyboards for another day. It’s been dominated by the return of a very big political big-hitter. But in addition to Tony Blair’s speech there were lots of other stories running:

    * The Conservatives bashed Labour over Ed Miliband’s tax plans

    * Labour bashed the Conservatives over the NHS

    * The Lib Dems bashed the Conservatives and Labour over the economy

    * UKIP bashed the Conservatives over David Cameron’s plea for their voters to "come home"

    * And now we are building up to tonight’s big debate, as Scottish party leaders gear up to bash each other between 20.00 and 22.00 BST on STV.

    For some reason two words Mr Blair used earlier – “juddering” and “cacophony” – seem peculiarly apt. Enjoy the rest of the day’s coverage and see you tomorrow…

  83. Get involved

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    Phil Brown, Lowestoft:

  84. Get involved

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    Ian Metcalfe:

  85. Imelda Flattery, BBC News producer

    @Imeldaflattery

    tweets :

    Quote Message: At brewery in Wales. Sam Cam offered Stout.. "Normally just drink this when I'm pregnant" "That's not an announcement!" says David Cameron
  86. Election live reader responds to another reader via email

    Email: politics@bbc.co.uk

    Graeme Lowe:

  87. Murphy's challenge

    Laura Kuenssberg

    Newsnight Chief Correspondent

    Jim Murphy
    Quote Message: Talking to voters in Glasgow ahead of tonight’s TV debate, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's challenge is immense. Of course there is a core of Labour voters that will never shift. But there is a long list of reasons people give to switch to the SNP. There is the common complaint that Labour has taken Scotland for granted - party sources admit privately too many MPs for too long weren't worried enough about serving their voters. Others suggest that although the SNP lost the referendum in September, it created - or perhaps recreated - the notion of Scotland as a political entity in its own right. And Labour, despite promises in the Smith Commission of more powers for Scotland, has been too slow to anticipate that and cater to those who want more. What is inescapable for Labour is that many voters just aren't convinced by Ed Miliband – “he’s not strong enough”, “he has no passion”, voters told me. However Mr Murphy performs tonight, where the critical fight is between Labour and the SNP, that's a problem he cannot erase.
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  89. The bloat vote

    The Daily Mail

    David Cameron

    This election campaign has already produced a noun, Quentin Letts has detected. The Mail’s sketchwriter spotted David Cameron talking about spending public cash on “your family, your future” rather than on “bureaucracy or bloat or the latest crackpot government scheme” while out and about yesterday. “This innovative use of ‘bloat’ as a noun was repeated three times,” Letts observed. “Don’t vote bloat. Maybe it should be their new slogan.”

  90. Put your question to party leaders in person

    #BBCdebate

    On Thursday 16 April at 20:00 BST on BBC One and Radio 5 live, the leaders of the main opposition parties will go head-to-head in a live debate moderated by David Dimbleby.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, UKIP's Nigel Farage, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood will answer and debate questions from a live studio audience.

    For your chance to be part of the audience and put your question in person to the party leaders, email the question you would like to ask to electiondebate2015@bbc.co.uk or tweet it using the hashtag #BBCdebate.

    Alternatively, you can text your question to 61124 or message us on WhatsApp +44 7525 900971.

    BBC Election Debate 2015 poster image
  91. C4's Michael Crick

    @MichaelLCrick

    tweets:

    Quote Message: I won't comment on content, but this 3D flexible Ukip election card is cleverest election publication I've ever seen
  92. How pollsters come up with their polls

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Politicians may pretend to ignore the opinion polls, but it's one of the worst-kept secrets in Westminster that all the parties follow them very closely. With a month to go until the most unpredictable election in a generation, the polls are predicting a close result and a probable hung parliament. In a Daily Politics film, Ellie Price took to a slide to look at how much weight should be given to the polls and how robust are the techniques used by pollsters. Watch the film

    Reporter Ellie Price on slide
  93. Get involved

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    Sophia Bryant:

    SMS Message: Tony Blair says voting Tory would be bad for the economy - I hate to break it to you but that's one thing they've done very well!
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    SMS Message: I reckon we're better off in the EU, but I don't think it's right to not get a say. My Da voted about a common trading block not a quasi-statelet. I've never had a say in 14 years since my first election.
  95. Chris Ship, ITV News deputy political editor

    @chrisshipitv

    tweets:

    Quote Message: An all too brief stop in the friendly North East today. They could teach other parts of the country a thing or two about a good welcome!!
  96. SNP on Blair

    Tony Blair comes with rather a lot of political baggage – that’s kind of inevitable after 10 years in Downing Street. In Scotland, the SNP is hoping his reputation will overshadow his speech on Europe today. “Labour candidates across Scotland will be horrified at Tony Blair's intervention – his appearance simply reminds people of his toxic legacy of the illegal invasion of Iraq, starting the process of health privatisation with foundation hospitals, and breaking his promises by imposing tuition fees and top-up fees,” the nationalists’ general election co-ordinator Angus Robertson says. "Mr Blair is the very last person who could succeed in stemming the flow of former Labour supporters to the SNP - indeed, he is likely to have exactly the opposite effect.”

  97. UKIP on defence

    Trident submarine

    Lots of applause in Dudley as UKIP’s Mike Hookem declares he wants all British defence contracts to be handed to British companies. He then moves on to the Trident weapons system, which UKIP supports - but only to a point. Mr Hookem says he wants to see an independent review of delivery options for Britain’s nuclear deterrent. And he calls for a new director of national intelligence who can bring together all the work done by the security services.

  98. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets:

    Quote Message: @DouglasCarswell has previously said procurement must be addressed first before budget boost on defence #UKIP #ge2015"
  99. Get involved

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  100. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets:

    Quote Message: #UKIP def spokesman says party would give extra £1bn a year to MoD to spend 'as they see fit' on capital projects #ge2015"
  101. UKIP's defence warnings

    Mike Hookem

    Nigel Farage introduces former Army veteran and UKIP MEP Mike Hookem, who’s speaking in Dudley where the party is campaigning hard against Labour. “I believe that defence of the realm is the first duty of government and that the traditional parties have betrayed our dedicated and highly trained armed forces again and again,” he begins. Mr Hookem’s speech is an unremitting attack on the coalition government’s record - but Labour isn’t left out either. “You couldn’t put a cigarette paper between the three main parties,” he says.

  102. Fishing for floating votes

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    The Daily Politics is touring the UK calling in on voters at 18 sites and asking for their views on the general election. In the first of the series, reporter Giles Dilnot spoke to Marcus Williams, Emma Mellor and Shaun MacLellan, who work at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, to ask how parties could fish for their vote on 7 May. Watch the clip

    Giles Dilnot with Marcus Williams, Emma Mellor and Shaun MacLellan
  103. Pic: As backdrops for speeches go...

    This was a pretty cool one.

    Ed Miliband
  104. Get involved

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    SMS Message: Same old Tony Blair - didn't give us a say when we signed the treaty for Europe and now talking rubbish when we are at least being given a chance to vote on this issue!! Some hypocrites never change!
  105. Christopher Hope, assistant editor and chief political correspondent of the Daily Telegraph

    @christopherhope

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Every member of the Armed Forces would get a National Defence Medal regardless of service under a Ukip Government, says Nigel Farage #GE2015
  106. Backing veterans

    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage calls for a "veterans' administration" separated from the Ministry of Defence and operating at cabinet level. He says UKIP will "push hard" for this in the next parliamen - and points out one in 10 homeless people on the streets are former service personnel.

  107. Farage on his feet

    Nigel Farage, refreshed by that UKIP cupcake, is now speaking in Dudley. "Defence really does matter. It is very important," he says. Plain speaking there, and his audience likes it. They like it even more when he says military budgets could be boosted by a raid on international development spending, too.

  108. Meanwhile, in grime land...

    Politicians strive hard to make a big impact with social media, but they don't always meet with success. Now a rather baffling clip of Ed Miliband saying "that's not me" has been spliced with the creative efforts of British grime artist Skepta and the resulting Vine has been looped over 600,000 times. We're all a bit confused - we think we might be too old...

  109. 'Nobody wants war, everybody wants peace'

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Peace Party logo

    The Peace Party is fielding four candidates in the general election, with one offering free dance and tai chi classes should he win in a Derbyshire seat. Leader John Morris said the UK's annual £40bn defence budget could be better spent on alternatives to "shooting and bombing and rocketing people out of existence". He told Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics: "Nobody wants war, everybody wants peace." Watch their interview

  110. George Eaton, political editor, New Statesman

    @georgeeaton

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Labour to hold Clause V meeting to agree contents of the party's manifesto this Thursday."
  111. Farage: We've slipped back

    Nigel Farage has accepted his party’s momentum has taken a backwards step. Speaking to reporters in Dudley, he said UKIP’s performance in the polls had slipped back to where it stood after last year’s European elections - “14 and a bit per cent”. Things might have gone well since then with victories in the Clacton and Rochester by-elections, but most polls now put UKIP down to the low teens (the BBC Poll of Polls has UKIP on 13%.) "We've slipped back a bit since then, there are 30 days to go and I think the issues UKIP is campaigning on are back in play,” Mr Farage said.

    In other matters, cupcake update. We were unaware from the first picture that it was a UKIP cupcake - that explains the expression of joy.

    Nigel Farage with a UKIP cupcake
  112. Pic: Uh oh, another politician eating

    We're used to seeing him with a pint, but here's Nigel Farage enjoying - quite a lot it seems - a cupcake.

    Nigel Farage eating a cupcake
  113. Analysis: NHS apples and pears

    From Chris Mason, BBC News political correspondent

    Quote Message: Yesterday, the statistics were comparing apples with pears, and yet again today we’re doing exactly the same. One party says ‘My apple looks great,’ the other party says ‘I quite like my pear.’ We’re left at the end of it thinking: are we any the wiser? It comes down to something we can feel rather than something we can measure. Is there a sense among the electorate that one of the parties can be more trusted than the other over the NHS?"
  114. Moving voters

    Property market

    If you've moved house in the last 12 months, and feel very strongly that the prime minister should or shouldn't be doing the same thing after 7 May, you need to check you're registered to vote. The Electoral Commission is warning today that only 40% of people who've changed their address in the last year are registered, compared with 94% of homeowners. Time is running out, too - anyone who wants to vote at the general election must register by 20 April. You can do so online here - it doesn't take long!

  115. Pic: Never a moment's rest

    David Cameron
  116. Analysis: Labour love-in

    From Peter Hunt, Labour campaign correspondent

    Tony is 100% behind Ed. Ed is 100% happy that Tony is 100% behind him. This Labour love-in was shared via the media, not face-to-face.

    The man who won three elections and the one who’d like to win just one (to begin with) were in different parts of the country and not on the same stage. When asked why they weren't together, Mr Miliband told reporters Tony Blair “can speak for himself”; “he speaks very well”; and he’s making an “important intervention” on Europe, which resonates with voters “right across the political spectrum”.

    One of those close to the (current) Labour leader said it wasn't about processology (it is a real word), but about the threat to our role in Europe. Another accepted that today’s events will inevitably generate comparisons. Mr Miliband knows that the sight of Mr Blair on the domestic stage runs the risk of reminding people of the former prime minister’s qualities and lead some to question whether they’re shared by the man who wants to be prime minister.

  117. Eurosceptics react to Blair

    Tony Blair in a corridor

    Such a high-profile speech as Tony Blair’s was never going to escape the attention of anti-Europe campaigners. Here’s some of their reactions to his speech:

    Quote Message: Blair once U-turned to support a referendum on the EU Constitution, now he's turned again to oppose one, despite large parts of that treaty having since become law. How much twisting and turning can one politician do? from Stuart Coster, People’s Pledge co-founder
    Stuart Coster, People’s Pledge co-founder
    Quote Message: We don't represent Nationalism as Blair states it - we represent Nationism, we believe in the Nation state and we're convinced that the overwhelming majority of people not just in Britain but across the rest of Europe want to live in nation states. from Nigel Farage, UKIP leader
    Nigel Farage, UKIP leader
    Quote Message: Tony Blair was consistently out of touch with the public about Britain’s relationship with the EU when he was PM, and little appears to have changed. The vast majority of UK business leaders back a referendum, the public support a referendum and Labour voters want a referendum, so the real potential for uncertainty lies in avoiding giving people a say. from Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Business for Britain
    Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Business for Britain
  118. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robindbrant

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Seems #UKIP manifesto launch will be 15th April, day before next tv debate #ge2015"
  119. Labour's local campaign launched

    Harriet Harman

    That’s right - local elections. Forgotten about them, had you? As well as choosing 650 MPs, local elections are taking place in 35 city councils, 48 unitary councils and 194 district councils this May. And there are five mayoral elections taking place too. So senior Labour figures are signing a “covenant” with local government leaders promising to go ahead with "a new devolution deal for England". “We will reverse a century of centralisation,” deputy leader Harriet Harman says, “by giving back an unprecedented £30 billion of funding from Whitehall, backed by new powers to create the jobs, skills and opportunities for this generation and the next.”

  120. Pic: Expecting fall-out?

    Former PM Tony Blair dons a hard hat for a tour of the Hitachi Trains Europe factory after his big speech. An old hand like him knows the electoral value of hi-vis.

    Tony Blair on a factory visit
  121. Osborne on the EU

    BBC Radio 4

    George Osborne

    George Osborne says Tony Blair's warnings about the EU aren't "borne out by the facts". He says the majority of people in Britain want to stay in Europe but see the EU reformed. "That is the Conservative position and if you want that say, if you want that referendum, there is only one way to get it." The answer, he makes thoroughly clear, is to vote Conservative.

  122. 'More work to do'

    BBC Radio 4

    “The job isn’t done,” George Osborne concludes after listening to a report on The World at One about the situation in the Black Country. “We’ve made a lot of progress, we’ve got a lot more work to do.” He doesn't waste much time before saying the Conservatives have a "long-term economic plan" for the West Midlands. Investment in transport, science, universities and apprenticeships will ensure the country doesn't place all its bets on the City of London, he says.

  123. Referendum motivations

    BBC Radio 4

    Shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden tells The World at One that Tony Blair’s big speech today isn’t the first time Labour has used the European issue in the election campaign. Pursuing a referendum for principled reasons is one thing, he says of David Cameron. “To do it through the absence of leadership is much, much worse. To do it because you can’t even face down your own eurosceptic backbenchers who will never be satisfied with anything he negotiates is a complete absence of leadership.”

  124. Pic: Clegg 'whitewash'

    Nick Clegg painting
  125. NHS tensions

    BBC Radio 4

    Quote Message: “The NHS has gone backwards under this government’s watch.” from Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary
    Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary
    Quote Message: “I don’t think the public want to see the NHS used as a political football.” from Norman Lamb, Lib Dem Health Minister
    Norman Lamb, Lib Dem Health Minister
  126. NHS to-and-fro

    BBC Radio 4

    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is up next on BBC Radio 4. He doesn’t think it’s “good enough” for Jeremy Hunt to offer sweeping “unfunded” promises about paying for the NHS. Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem Health Minister, says his party would spend more on the NHS in line with economic growth after the deficit is cleared in 2018.

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    Chris Traverse:

    SMS Message: Tony Blair is only in the news because you media people are gullible. We do not want to know and I would think that 95% of the country feel the same as I do!
  128. NHS commitment

    BBC Radio 4

    Jeremy Hunt

    The battle over the NHS is very much hotting up this lunchtime on The World At One, where Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being pressed on whether he'll accept the NHS needs the extra £8bn NHS England's Simon Stevens has demanded every year after 2020. "We will give whatever they need. It might be more than £8bn, it might be less," he says.

  129. Promises, promises

    Ed Miliband wraps up with a little dig at Nick Clegg. He says there’s two ways of approaching an election campaign. One involves making “all kinds of promises to people and let’s see if we can make them in government and I hope people don’t catch up with me in government when I break those promises”. He pauses, then smiles and wiggles his fingers as he adds: “Not to be rude, it’s the Nick Clegg school of political leadership.” The session is now over.

  130. Referendum schedule

    Reality Check

    EU flags

    The former prime minister Tony Blair says the Conservatives have put an EU exit “on the agenda" by promising an in/out referendum if they win the election. What would be the timetable for a referendum?

    David Cameron has pledged to hold an in-out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU in the first half of the next parliament – ie by the end of 2017 - if a Conservative government is elected in 2015. He also pledged to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU before the referendum is held.

    That means a future Conservative government would have up to two and a half years to negotiate a new deal, which in the context of the EU is a very tight deadline. For example, one area for the renegotiations already highlighted is restricting EU citizens’ access to welfare benefits. David Cameron believes this would lower EU immigration. While some of those measures could be achieved through changes to the EU legislation, others could potentially trigger an EU treaty change, a process which requires unanimity of all member states and ratification by all national parliaments and which, last time round, took 10 years to complete.

  131. 'Wrong, wrong and wrong'

    Ed Miliband gives his response to George Osborne’s comments about Labour’s fiscal plans. “The Tory figures are wrong, wrong and wrong,” he says. “The figures they’re basing them on are wrong and made up… the Conservatives can keep saying it, all it shows is they have nothing to say about the future of our country. It is the most negative, poor and pathetic campaign being run by the Conservative Party.”

  132. Miliband on Blair

    Ed Miliband

    Here's the first question from a journalist - and it's about the Tony Blair speech, of course. Why didn't the ex-PM appear alongside his party leader? "He can speak for himself," Ed Miliband says. He insists Mr Blair's intervention is "quite important" on its own terms.

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    Simon, Cambridgeshire:

    SMS Message: Good for Labour. The man that brought the country to its knees thinks Ed can emulate his great achievements. Best news Tories have had all campaign!! Well done Mr Blair!
  134. Speling miztakes

    There’s a lot of laughter in this Q&A - it’s a format which Ed Miliband is very comfortable with, having regularly taken Qs from Labour delegates at the party’s annual conference for years now. He’s asked about a spelling mistake on a voter’s polling card, which states that “it is an offence to vote more that once.” Miliband, laughingly, says this is “not acceptable and we should go and tell someone off about that”. He adds: “Spelling will be better under a Labour government, I can promise you that.” Sounds like an excellent ideia.

  135. BBC's Lucy Manning

    @lucymanning

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Woman complains to Ed Miliband there's a spelling mistake on her ballot paper "spelling will be better under Labour" he says to laughter
  136. Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor of The Sun

    @tnewtondunn

    tweets:

    Quote Message: I am in complete agreement with the leader of the Peace Party on #bbcdp. The size of our future defence budget is indeed a disgrace.
  137. Peace Party

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    John Morris from the Peace Party says nobody wants war and says his party believes the UK should "eventually" spend no money on defence.

  138. Standing up

    Quote Message: You always have to weigh up the interests of particular individuals and the country as a whole, and you try to make the best of that choice you face. It’s easy to stand up to the weak, it’s much harder to stand up to the strong. I’ve stood up to Rupert Murdoch, I’ve stood up to the energy companies, I’ve stood up to the banks. It’s much easier to stand up to people and make them pay the bedroom tax, which is what my opponent has done. from Ed Miliband, Labour leader
    Ed Miliband, Labour leader
  139. David Gauke, Conservative candidate

    @DavidGauke

    tweets:

    Quote Message: Labour should stop taking the British people for fools. If Labour's policy is to borrow more then they should say they would borrow more.
  140. 'Toxic legacy': SNP

    The SNP's general election campaign director, Angus Robertson, has been speaking about Tony Blair's intervention on Europe.

    Quote Message: “Labour candidates across Scotland will be horrified at Tony Blair’s intervention - his appearance simply reminds people of his toxic legacy of the illegal invasion of Iraq, starting the process of health privatisation with foundation hospitals, and breaking his promises by imposing tuition fees and top up fees. Mr Blair is the very last person who could succeed in stemming the flow of former Labour supporters to the SNP – indeed, he is likely to have exactly the opposite effect."