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  1. Labour say they would end non-domicile tax status
  2. But a video emerges of Ed Balls saying the policy would cost the country money
  3. The Tories say the plans are "a shambles"
  4. Pupils who fail their Sats tests will have to resit under a future Conservative government
  5. There are 29 days until the general election

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By Victoria Park, Kristiina Cooper and Rob Corp

All times stated are UK

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  1. Wednesday summary

    The relatively small group of people in the UK who are domiciled overseas for tax purposes have been the big talking point. Labour has promised to scrap non-dom status - but then faced questions after it emerged Ed Balls had previously warned the move could cost more than it raised. Also on the campaign trail:

    *The Conservatives have attacked Labour over Trident renewal after pledging to build four new nuclear submarines

    *Labour said the story was "fabricated" and stressed its own commitment to Trident

    *Scotland's political leaders clashed in a BBC televised debate

    *SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said an attempt to "drag" Scotland out of the EU against its will could trigger another independence referendum

    *Labour's Jim Murphy said May's general election was not about independence

    *UKIP set out its fishing reform plans

  2. Latest polling - YouGov for the Sun

    The daily YouGov tracking poll for the Sun is out, and it shows Labour have a one-point lead over the Conservatives.

    The figures are:

    Labour - 35% (unchanged)

    Conservatives - 34% (+1)

    UKIP - 13% (-1)

    Lib Dems - 8% (unchanged)

    Green - 5% (unchanged)

  3. The Times front page

    The Times front page
  4. Sam Coates, deputy political editor of the Times



    Quote Message: Tories make it personal: Michael Fallon goes for Mili the man with this zinger... But will it work or a step too far?
    Twitter grab
  5. The Sun front page

    The Sun front page
  6. Daily Express front page

    Daily Express front page
  7. Financial Times front page

    Financial Times front page
  8. Guardian front page

    Guardian front page
  9. Daily Mirror front page

    Daily Mirror front page
  10. Reality Check on a Scottish referendum

    Reality Check

    Reality Check has been looking at whether SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon could lead Scotland into another independence referendum:

    Quote Message: A referendum is not the first minister’s to hold whenever she likes. The constitution is a matter "reserved" to Westminster, so as with the referendum last year, the Scottish Government would need Westminster’s permission to hold one. "However, unlike last time, the UK government might not feel bound to allow a vote. Westminster might say that the matter was recently settled and that it would not allow a series of votes in a "neverendum". Senior SNP figures have said the September 2014 vote was a "once in a generation" opportunity. That said, if the SNP put the promise of a referendum in its manifesto and again got a majority for it in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, it could be difficult for Westminster to say no. It would do the Union no good if Westminster could be accused of trying to frustrate Scottish desires.”
  11. Scottish referendum mark two?

    Two big questions for the SNP. What are its plans - if any - for another independence referendum? And what are the SNP's "red lines" when dealing with other parties at Westminster? Nicola Sturgeon says that something "material" would have to change before she would consider another referendum - such as the Tories trying to "drag" Scotland out of Europe. As for Westminster politics, she says the SNP wouldn't vote for further spending cuts or back a replacement for Trident nuclear weapons.

  12. Post update

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics


    Quote Message: Sturgeon ganged up on tonight but she held her ground
  13. Post update

    Laura Kuenssberg

    Newsnight Chief Correspondent


    Quote Message: Sounds like #ScotDebate tonight been a blinder - Sturgeon says she would back full fiscal autonomy within a year, big campaign moment !
  14. Beyond compromise?

    Green co-leader Patrick Harvie

    Question three for the Scottish leaders: "What policy position of yours is beyond compromise?" The Scottish Green Party's co-leader Patrick Harvie says he would never back a government which supports nuclear weapons.

  15. Hugo Rifkind, writer for the Times and Spectator


    tweets :

    Quote Message: Sturgeon has not said before they'd actively vote against Trident, I think? #leadersdebate
  16. Reliving the referendum

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says there would be "blind panic" if Scotland had become independent, given what he said was the SNP's reliance on oil prices. UKIP's David Coburn says Scotland would be finished if it had listened to "Ms Sturgeon and her crew".

    David Coburn MEP
  17. Post update


    Ross Hawkins

    Political correspondent


    Quote Message: @BBCJamesCook doing courteous deadly from the moderator's podium with panache
  18. A heated debate on oil and gas

    The Scotland debate hots up during a question on how long Scotland can "live off" oil and gas. What happens after that? The exchanges veer off into a row about Scotland's control over taxation and oil reserves. Nicola Sturgeon supports "full fiscal autonomy" for Scotland but Labour's Jim Murphy would not because it means "being cut off from sources of taxation across the UK".

  19. Nick Eardley, BBC political reporter


    tweets :

    Quote Message: Nicola Sturgeon needs to accept she lost the referendum last year, says @willie_rennie #leadersdebate

    Douglas Fraser

    Business/economy editor, Scotland

    What would happen if the Scottish Parliament got full fiscal autonomy? Excuse the jargon. What it means is that Holyrood would have control over all of taxation in Scotland......

    Find out more

  21. Euan McColm, Scottish journalist and commentator


    tweets :

    Quote Message: for the second night in a row, ruth davidson emerges as the strongest defender of the united kingdom, which is the preference of most scots.
  22. Post update

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics


    Quote Message: Sturgeon now seeming to accept Scotland should accept falling oil revenues through 2020.
  23. The debt question

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie

    More on debt from the BBC's Scottish leaders' debates... Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie turns his fire on three parties all at once. He says the Tories want to "balance the books on the backs of the poor" while Labour and the SNP want to borrow too much. UKIP's David Coburn homes in on the SNP, saying it wants to "spend money it doesn't have".

  24. Spending our way out of debt?

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy (l), BBC's James Cook and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

    The BBC's Scottish leaders' debate kicks off with a question about debt. Is it responsible to spend our way out of debt? Labour's Jim Murphy reckons "you don't have to cut your way out of austerity" while the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon calls for what she calls "modest spending increases" of 0.5% in the next parliament. But Conservative leader Ruth Davidson argues that it's not responsible to "pass debts on to our children".

  25. EU exit 'could spark Scots referendum'

    BBC's James Cook and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said an attempt to "drag" Scotland out of the EU against its will could trigger another independence referendum. The first minister's comments came as she was asked if plans for a fresh vote on Scotland's future would be in her 2016 Holyrood election manifesto. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the SNP had ruled out another referendum "for a generation". Labour's Jim Murphy said May's general election was not about independence.

    Their remarks came during a BBC Scotland TV debate, which is being broadcast on BBC1 Scotland and the BBC News channel.

    You can read the full story here.

  26. Pic: The Scottish leaders at Aberdeen University

    Scottish leaders' debate
  27. BBC Scottish leaders' debate is underway...

    Six party leaders in Scotland are appearing in this evening's Scottish leaders' debate.

    * Jim Murphy - Scottish Labour leader

    * Willie Rennie - Scottish Liberal Democrat leader

    * Nicola Sturgeon - Scottish National Party leader

    * Ruth Davidson - Scottish Conservative leader

    * Patrick Harvie - Scottish Green Party co-leader

    * David Coburn - UKIP Scotland

    You can watch it on the BBC's News Channel and follow the live reporting by our colleagues at BBC Scotland News.

    We'll also bring you a taste of the Scottish leaders' debate here too.

  28. John Simpson meets David Cameron

    The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson has been comparing and contrasting David Cameron with the seven other prime ministers he has encountered over 40 years. In an article for GQ magazine he finds David Cameron "more natural" than his recent predecessors and "a lot less driven".

    John Simpson says: "Cameron is far too intelligent to be bland, but he is certainly hyper-smooth. If he suffers from self-doubt, I couldn’t really spot it. And yet he says he does."

    In the same edition of GQ, Alistair Campbell interviews Nick Clegg. Nick Clegg calls the Chancellor George Osborne "a very dangerous man".

    GQ front cover
  29. Accountants will come up with `cunning ideas'

    BBC Radio 4

    Ruth Alexander, from the BBC's More of Less programme, has been trying to assess the impact of Labour's non-dom policy. She tells BBC Radio 4's PM that no-one can be sure of the financial impact but she's come to one conclusion:

    If non-doms were abolished many of these people would be getting their accountants to think of new cunning ideas to shield their money from the taxman."

    Listen to Ruth Alexander's take on the non-dom rules.

  30. Nick Eardley, BBC political reporter


    tweets :

    Quote Message: It'll be interesting to see how Scottish leaders approach BBC debate. It's being shown across UK; will they pitch to everyone or just Scots?
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    B King, Northumbria:

    SMS Message: Non-doms! My brother in law is a n/d! He works on contracts abroad+is only allowed into the UK for 6 months less 1day in any 1 financial year!
  32. 'I'm up for it'

    More on Nick Clegg's visit to Go Ape this afternoon, courtesy of Press Association political correspondent David Hughes:

    Quote Message: Mr Clegg, who declared 'I'm up for it' before setting out on the assault course, traversed gaps between the trees on swinging logs, and swung Tarzan-style into a rope net. With journalists following his progress across the course, Mr Clegg avoided a Boris Johnson-style aerial dangle as he took on the zipwire, managing a safe landing - remembering the safety instructions to start running mid-air before touching down.
  33. Memorable shots

    Has today given us the most memorable images from the campaign so far? So far we've had the aforementioned rope bridge, a six-year-old stealing the show while David Cameron visited her school and Joey Essex meeting Nigel Farage. Some of the best have been collated by the BBC's picture editor Phil Coomes.

  34. Picture: Nick Clegg goes ape

    Nick Clegg

    A balancing act for the Lib Dem leader as he pays a visit to outdoor adventure centre Go Ape near Exeter.

  35. Total Politics

    Tim Farron

    Lib Dem Tim Farron, a rumoured contender to replace Nick Clegg as party leader, has told Total Politics he would be equally happy with a post-election deal with Labour or the Conservatives.

  36. Post update

    The Daily Telegraph

    Columnist Dan Hodges has been scoring each day of the campaign between the parties - and he just about awards today's tussle to Labour.

    Quote Message: Labour has just about managed to frame the issues in the way they wanted – Tories standing up for a rich minority, whilst Labour battle to make them pay their fair share of tax. Something of a pyrrhic victory in the end, but Day 10 of the campaign goes to Labour.
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    George, Edinburgh:

    SMS Message: Someone explain to me why anyone, let alone non-doms, should be forced to pay tax on money they make overseas and never comes into the country? Surely what concerns our government is what happens within our borders?
  38. Chaotic day for Farage

    Nigel Farage

    It's been a chaotic day on the campaign trail for Nigel Farage, says the BBC's Alex Forsyth, who is following the UKIP campaign. It included an encounter with Joey Essex from The Only Way Is Essex, and the cancellation of an event in a pub due to protests. An unguarded moment caught on camera suggests the strain may be showing, she adds.

  39. Labour's non-dom policy will hit rich Saudi Arabians

    Leading tax barrister Graham Aaronson thinks it's "extremely unlikely" that Labour's non-dom proposals will raise hundreds of millions of pounds. Mr Aaronson warns that abolishing non-dom tax rules would hit people who live in the UK for a few months a year. He told BBC Radio 5 live:

    Quote Message: Can you imagine people coming from Saudi Arabia or from Hong Kong living in Mayfair or whatever for three months a year and then being told they've got to pay tax on everything they earn all over the world. What will they do? They will leave"

    Mr Aarsonson, who advised the Coalition Government on tax avoidance, says people who live in the UK for short periods tend to spend a great deal of money. But he concedes that some aspects of the non-dom regime are being abused and should be tightened up.

  40. BBC story: 'Cameron's awkward school photo op'

    When David Cameron visited a school to announce Conservative plans to make children who fail their Sats tests in primary school resit them, it was a six-year-old who stole the show. Read more here

    David Cameron helps with a reading lesson at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton near Bolton where he met pupils - 8 April 2015
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    Ian Baker, Wolverhampton:

    SMS Message: I agree with Ed Miliband Re: Non Doms. Tax rules should be fair and equal for everyone.
  43. Get involved

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    @obknit tweets:

    Quote Message: These craven,obsequious, absurdly overgenerous policies to foreigners,damage our national self-esteem.We hold ourselves cheap.#bbcpm #nondom
  44. Latest Seat Forecast

    BBC Newsnight Index

    Newsnight Index

    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 Chris Hanretty from the University of East Anglia and his colleagues at

    The changes shown in brackets are since the last edition – on Tuesday 7 April.

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

  45. Electoral Commission



    Quote Message: Over 1 million online registration applications in last 3.5 wks!But still more people need to register before April20
  46. Marina Hyde for The Guardian

    The Guardian

    writes this article:

    Quote Message: Nigel Farage seems nervous – even his supporters can't ask questions
  47. Farage 'upset' when UKIP's called racist

    With all his duties as UKIP leader, let's not forget that Nigel Farage is also battling to win a seat in the House of Commons - South Thanet. Speaking to the BBC, he said: "I've never said it was going to be a *cake walk. But do you know what? I'll get my nose on to that tape ahead of the others." He also defended the way his party is sometimes portrayed: "You've got this rounding of the establishment saying 'Ukip's a racist party'. It is not true and it does, I have to say, it does actually upset me a bit." * A cake walk is a black American term for a competition in which the contestant with the most accomplished walking style wins a cake.

  48. Get involved

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    Ian Manson:

    SMS Message: Great policy from Labour re Non Doms undermined by smart alec tory counter punch. Is it a sign of a government party that they react so quickly? What do Labour have to do to respond? Don't see the Labour Va Va Voom.
  49. Ed Balls clarifies Labour's 'non-dom' policy

    Ed Balls

    Ed Balls has been explaining his apparent change of heart on the abolition of non-domicile tax breaks. Last January Mr Balls suggested that abolishing non-dom status could cost Britain money. Asked what had changed since then, he said: "What I said In January was we also need to make sure that people coming here for short periods of time, like students or short-term business visitors, can still do so."

    Quote Message: That's why we we have said today we will have temporary rules for two or three years to allow people to come on those short stays. That sits alongside us abolishing these non-domicile rules. Labour will act on tax avoidance, the Conservatives won't."
  50. Reality Check: How much do non-doms contribute?

    Non-doms graphic
  51. Get involved

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    @siobhanmariak tweets:

    Quote Message: The interview this morning by Shabana Mahmood on #nondom basically sums up Labour as a party. They aren't quite sure what to do
  52. Get involved

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    @JeremyCrick tweets:

    Quote Message: Ed Miliband's #NonDom campaign has nothing to do with raising revenue – it's just the same old class war he's been fighting for four years.
  53. Nigel Farage meets for drinks in Dudley, part two

    BBC Radio 4

    Shaun Ley recounts how UKIP leader Nigel Farage got along with three voters in Dudley

    "When we arrived at the local hotel where the UKIP leader was due to speak, he was in the bar; but, I can report, sticking strictly to water. After a brief visit outside for a few puffs on a cigarette, he sat down with The World At One panel. None had decided to vote for UKIP, and at least one would be hard to persuade.

    I won't try to summarise the exchanges; you can hear them for yourself (Wednesday's edition of he programme is on the iPlayer). The discussion was polite and affable, with a few laughs for good measure.

    Did he win them over? After he'd said goodbye and headed off to prepare for his speech, I asked them. They all agreed he'd made reasonable points, although both Peter on Europe and Owen on immigration hadn't bought his argument. As for Rebecca, she told me she's increasingly being won over; what holds her back is the potential reaction of friends were she to vote UKIP on 7th May.

    Still, Nigel Farage appeared to enjoy the encounter. Which makes me wonder: are Dave, Ed, Nick and Natalie up for it, too?

  54. #nondoms - Get involved

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    @HarryWorcester tweets:

    Quote Message: Ed Balls has explained the #nondom shambles by saying there are good nondoms and bad nondoms
  55. Shaun Ley has been making plans for Nigel

    BBC Radio 4

    Nigel Farage talks to voters in Dudley

    Shaun Ley reveals how he got UKIP leader Nigel Farage around the table with three voters

    "I watched the seven-way debate of the party leaders in a pub in Dudley, in the English West Midlands. With me, three local voters, giving a GoggleBox-style commentary for The World At One on BBC Radio 4. (A TV format on the radio? Makes a change, it's usually the other way around).

    The discussion turned to who, regardless of their politics, they'd most like to have a drink with. No surprise that the master of saloon bar bonhomie Nigel Farage topped the list.

    That set me thinking and I began putting in calls to the UKIP media team to see whether he might be up for it. I knew he was bound to be coming to Dudley, probably more than once. Even in the general election in 2010, UKIP took more than 8% of the vote in each of the town's two constituencies, and that was before their European and Westminster electoral success. This is key territory for them.

    That reason alone might have been enough for Mr Farage to turn down a potentially risky, unscripted encounter with people his party doesn't know. Instead, without setting any pre-conditions, he agreed to meet Peter, a prominent local businessman who trades metal internationally; Owen, a community worker whose father moved to the UK from Jamaica several decades ago; and Rebecca, who works in heritage and has two young be continued....

  56. 1799 and all that

    William Pitt the Younger

    The non-domicile tax rule was first introduced in 1799 by William Pitt the Younger. Britain was busily fighting Napoleon Bonaparte at the time and doing so allowed people with foreign property to shelter it from wartime taxes. Over two centuries later, thanks to Labour’s non-dom reforms, the ex-PM suddenly finds himself part of the political debate once again…

    • Labour peer Stewart Wood points out the non-dom system’s 18th Century origins mean they “have no place in a fair tax system in 2015”
    • Jon W Chambers, a speechwriter, isn’t impressed by this approach. “If you're using William Pitt in a political message you've lost the plot,” he’s tweeted
    • The non-dom story being "mired in confusion" as early as 11am this morning led writer John Simes to conclude that “William Pitt the Younger has had 200 years to get this right.......I mean!”
  57. A dash for the exit

    Time to sign off, now – this is Alex Stevenson wrapping up after what has been a day dominated by a single story. Let’s face it – the phrase ‘non-dom’ has been repeated so many, many times today it has started to become meaningless. Labour’s rather confused policy launch has generated some serious political heat, but Ed Miliband and co will be hoping the big thrust of their policy gets some cut-through with voters. Thanks for following us – and keep doing so, because there’s a lot more coming up with Kristiina Cooper and Rob Corp between now and midnight.

  58. Fisherman's friends

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage

    As poster gaffes go, this one is off the scales (that's enough fish puns - ed). Today’s poster from UKIP unveiled by Nigel Farage in Grimsby features a 59-year-old fisherman from Devon with the slogan ‘GUTTED – Tony’s business has been ripped apart by the EU’. But Tony, who it turns out is Tony Rutherford of Bideford Fisheries, has told Buzzfeed he’s not sure who he’ll actually vote for. “It’s a very awkward question for myself because they’re all doing so much for us,” he’s quoted as saying. “It isn’t just UKIP that realises it’s serious, everyone does. It’s just UKIP that seems to do the shouting about it.”

  59. Get involved

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    Bob Reid:

    SMS Message: Go for it Ed. But do it fairly. Don't be put off by the threat of them all leaving the country after all where would they go?
  60. Non-doms: Be confused no more

    Businessmen in London

    It's OK - you're allowed to be confused. All this talk of non-doms is thoroughly confusing. So to help us all out our personal finance reporter Kevin Peachey has written a handy Q&A going through everything we need to know about non-domiciles in five minutes. Thank goodness for that.

  61. Jolyon Maugham, tax lawyer

    tweets :

    Quote Message: Feeling a bit like today's Gillian Duffy.
  62. All change in Northern Ireland

    David Cameron

    The nationwide picture is very much shaping the campaign on the other side of the Irish Sea, the BBC’s Northern Ireland Political Editor Mark Devenport says. He’s written a blog explaining exactly how the Democratic Unionist Party is using the prospect of a hung parliament to bolster its hopes of wielding influence – and even being kingmakers in Westminster. David Cameron might not like it - but even a Game of Thrones crossbow isn't going to change the fact that the general election in 2015 is very different to that seen five years ago.

  63. Labour 'confusion'

    BBC News Channel

    BBC News Political Correspondent Vicki Young gives her take on today's non-dom story:

    Quote Message: Labour will be very much hoping people see through the confusion, that they accept this was a policy made as they’re going along, that they've come up with something they think works. They will hope people listen to Ed Miliband and just think he’s on the side of fairness. But there is another problem here – how much will this raise, or might it end up costing the government money?
  64. Fishy politics

    Nigel Farage

    The presence of Joey Essex travelling with the UKIP leader has rather distracted attention from the policy meat of Nigel Farage’s trip to Grimsby. Actually, that should definitely read policy fish, for the UKIP leader thinks his party can unseat Labour by highlighting the impact the European Union has had on the fishing town’s economy. "There were thousands of men working here, a massive trawler fleet, big fish filleting factories. It was the biggest fishing port in the country,” Mr Farage said. "We joined the European Union and we now have to share all our fish with all the other European countries." Mr Essex said: “We’re not allowed to catch cod?” Mr Farage replied: “It is madness.”

  65. Not quite a slam-dunk

    BBC News Channel

    Jolyon Maugham

    Jolyon Maugham, the tax lawyer and Labour Party member cited by Ed Balls as someone who thinks Labour’s non-dom policy could raise cash, has been interviewed on the BBC News Channel. “If this was a slam-dunk obviously brilliant thing to do and had always been so, it would have been done already,” he says. “But we are at a rather unique juncture.” His point is there have been a number of measures passed in the last seven years or so making life as a non-dom in Britain rather more uncomfortable than before. And yet the number of non-doms has remained fairly static. “Against that background, you can sensibly ask the question… if all of the earlier restrictions haven’t caused wealthy foreigners to flee the country, why should this one?” He stands by his claim that Labour’s reforms could make money for the Treasury. “It’s not an incredibly sophisticated calculation, but if you look at the numbers they do demonstrate a positive yield.”

  66. 'Eat your heart out, One Direction'

    Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed News Reporter

    writes this article : An exclusive BuzzFeed News first look at the Green Party’s new film, which will be shown on TV on Thursday night. Eat your heart out, One Direction.

  67. Hopi Sen, Labour commentator



    Quote Message: Trouble is, hilarious and kind of brilliant green PEB is, in the end, not being able mention either leader or policies is too big a problem"
  68. Non-dom #ballsup

    Social media swiftly responded to what Twitter users termed #ballsup, with the hashtag being used more 1,500 times between 10:00 BST and midday.Read more here.

    Graph of tweets by time of day
  69. Sunny Hundal, journalist



    Quote Message: The Green party PEB is inspired but only singing to the choir. How many non-Greens think Miliband is like Farage?"
  70. Pic: Anti-UKIP protesters in Grimsby

    Anti-UKIP protesters
  71. Conservatives in Northern Ireland

    Fionnuala O’Connor

    The general election campaign in Northern Ireland is going to be rather different this time round, political commentator Fionnuala O’Connor suggests, because the Conservatives are changing their approach. They’ve decided to run candidates in 16 of the nation’s 18 constituencies. That leaves out North Belfast - where the Democratic Unionist Party’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds is standing for re-election - and Fermanagh and South Tyrone, where Sinn Fein won in 2010 by just four votes. Ms O’Connor thinks this is a big deal. “After all these years of both the main parties in Britain saying they are even-handed here, we have the Conservatives declaring, in effect, for unionism, for unionist parties and for a sectarian headcount,” she says.

  72. BBC Reality Check


    Reality Check


    Quote Message: In 2012/13 #Nondoms represented roughly 0.4% of income tax payers, yet their UK tax contribution still represented 4% of income tax revenue"
  73. 'Stomach-turning'

    Perhaps because of all the excitement over non-doms earlier, Nicky Morgan - pictured below with the PM in Westhoughton - escaped questioning during her round of morning interviews on her comments in a Times interview over UKIP. The Education Secretary said Nigel Farage's remarks about HIV sufferers were "stomach-turning". She suggested she might quit rather than serve in a coalition with Nigel Farage’s party. Here’s what she said:

    Nicky Morgan and David Cameron with schoolchildren
    Quote Message: “I can give you the answer which is that we are not talking about anything but a majority government but I think if we end up in coalition discussion territory people will have to ask themselves who they are happy to serve with. It is difficult envisaging what might happen but Nigel Farage is not my cup of tea.” from Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary
    Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary
  74. UKIP defector

    Graham Moore

    The English Democrats unveiled a UKIP defector at their campaign launch earlier. Graham Moore said he had been due to stand for Nigel Farage's party at the general election but jumped ship at the start of the year because UKIP "have no interest in England whatsoever". He is now standing for the English nationalist party in Thamesmead and Erith. Sadly, plans to film English Democrats leader Robin Tilbrook at Traitor's Gate had to be abandoned after an official from the Tower put a stop to it.

  75. What could make a cheese-maker go and vote?

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    The Daily Politics is touring the UK calling in on voters at 18 sites and asking for their views on the general election. Reporter Giles Dilnot spoke to Leighton Moyle, Vicki Daly, Terrell Savage and Maria Grimshaw at the Lynher Dairies Cheese Company near Truro in Cornwall, where immigration and the environment could help sway which party, if any, gets their support on 7 May. Watch his film and interview.

    Giles Dilnot with cheese-makers in Cornwall
  76. UKIP on non-doms

    BBC News Channel

    Patrick O'Flynn

    UKIP’s economic spokesperson, Patrick O’Flynn, offers two slightly contradictory statements on the BBC News Channel. “The most important thing to say is everyone should pay their fair share of tax into the pot,” he says. But then he adds that “the key test on the non-dom issue is whether it will raise money for the national purse or cost money for the national purse”. UKIP is calling for a commission on getting more out of corporate tax-dodgers and Mr O’Flynn says his party would ask it to work out whether a reformed non-dom tax status would end up being a moneyspinner for the Treasury or not. “To be honest, if it’s going to blow a new hole in the national public finances because there would be a huge flight, as some people suggest, that wouldn’t be a sensible course,” he says.

  77. Traitors be warned

    Robin Tilbrook

    There's a whiff of treason in the air, according to English Democrat leader Robin Tilbrook. The party chose the Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub, close to Traitor's Gate, at the Tower of London, to launch its general election campaign earlier. Mr Tilbrook believes an "anti-English conspiracy" is afoot between Labour and the SNP. The venue was chosen, he said, to send a "message from history for those that might want to conspire against English interests".

  78. Non-dom recap

    Ed Balls

    After all the drama of today’s developments in the non-dom story, here’s a summary of where we’re at right now:

    • Labour has announced plans to abolish the tax status for "non-domiciles" – that is, UK residents who have their permanent home outside the UK and as a result, pay much less tax
    • The Conservatives pointed out that the “small print” features proposals to continue letting those living in the UK for two to three years benefit from the exemption on a temporary basis
    • Ed Balls was embarrassed by a BBC interview from January in which he said scrapping the non-dom status would end up costing the taxpayer money
    • Labour insists it has now found a way to make the policy work and bring in “hundreds of millions” in revenue - but shadow Treasury minister Shabana Mahmood couldn’t provide an “HMRC source” or “set of figures” backing that claim up
    • Treasury minister David Gauke says the Conservatives are considering making changes to non-domicile rules if they win the general electiom

    It seems to be the use of the word "abolish" that's caused most dispute - the Tories say Labour can't claim to be abolishing anything if they keep a special tax status for temporary UK residents. If Labour hadn't used that word this morning, they could have more easily said that Ed Balls' comments in January fit perfectly with what they're saying now - that total abolition might cost money, but wholesale reform is still do-able.

  79. Greens' video

    Green Party video

    Ten days in and fifty million words later, we're at a bit of a loss about what to say about this Green Party election video. It features Messrs Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage as a boyband. Judge for yourself.

  80. New Force

    David Cameron on the Game of Thrones set in Belfast

    The BBC’s Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport says David Cameron found a changed political landscape when he visited Belfast yesterday. He writes: "In 2010, the Conservatives and the Ulster Unionists were partners in an electoral pact, and Mr Cameron harboured hopes Northern Ireland's 'New Force' might contribute an MP to his Westminster team... In the 2015 electoral Game of Thrones, the New Force has been replaced by a DUP-UUP pact, and the real Northern Ireland dynasty in play is the DUP, hoping to increase its complement of MPs and return as kingmakers in a hung parliament."

  81. 'Protecting my children'

    Lynne Featherstone and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

    Here’s a bit more from Nick Clegg’s wife, Miriam Gonzales Durantez, who was on a visit with Lib Dem Lynn Featherstone in Haringey earlier. "My life is about trying to protect my children, trying to ensure they're OK, trying to help as much as I can without changing completely my life - exactly as I did last time,” she said. Being in the public eye has its drawbacks but Mrs Clegg, as she is definitely not called, sounds like she’s coping. Her approach is “accepting the public scrutiny without trying to pretend that we are what we are not. Be natural and continue working as I did beforehand."

  82. 'Mourinho election'

    BBC Radio 4

    Jose Mourinho

    This election campaign is playing out like Jose Mourinho FA Cup final’s tactics, former Football Association executive director David Davies tells The World At One. The Chelsea manager is, of course, famous for "parking the bus" to stop his side losing. “You play safe, you wait for the other side to slip up and a chance will come,” Mr Davies suggests. The problem is that neither the Conservatives nor Labour think they can win an overall majority and the result is rather tedious.

    Or even “incredibly boring”, as the Spectator’s Fraser Nelson puts it. “Both parties are blowing poisoned darts at each other,” he says. Mr Davies, who happens to be a former BBC political correspondent to boot, adds: “If you continue this tactic without a Ronaldo, without a Messi, without a Heseltine, without a Nye Bevan, you end up with a low turnout… politicians surely have to be worried about that.”

  83. Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP MEP and Cambridge candidate



    Quote Message: UKIP y'day the only party talking about defence, today only party talking about fishing industry. LibLabCon think these issues don't matter."
  84. #nondom - Get involved

    Tweet: @bbcpolitics

    @StuartDillon1 tweets:

    Quote Message: The Tories make their political stand, standing with the rich, defending the indefensible #nondom
  85. Pic: UKIP candidate Douglas Carswell getting stuck in

    Douglas Carswell
  86. Get involved


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  87. Farage's pub chit-chat

    BBC Radio 4

    Nigel Farage with voters in Dudley pub

    Nigel Farage sat down with three local voters in the pub in Dudley last night. Here’s some of the highlights of what happened; Mr Farage's conversation with Peter, Owen and Rebecca has just been broadcast on The World At One.

    • Asked if UKIP is racist, Mr Farage says: “It is not true and it does actually upset me a bit”
    • On UKIP’s biggest single issue, he says: “Only UKIP can turn immigration back into being a positive”
    • As for Europe, Mr Farage says staying in Europe will result in Britain’s businesses being “strangled”
    • On his prospects on getting elected as the MP for Thanet South and more broadly in the election, the UKIP leader says: “I’ve been very good at confounding the critics and that’s because I’m thinking outside the box”
  88. James Maxwell, Scottish political journalist



    Quote Message: SNP have worked hard to stop this campaign becoming about a 2nd indyref. They need to keep the focus on Sturgeon, austerity & post-May pacts"
  89. Tories will 'look at' non-dom reform

    BBC Radio 4

    Treasury press conference

    It should be “no surprise to anybody”, Treasury minister David Gauke tells The World At One, that the Conservatives would look to reform the non-domicile tax status in the next parliament. Mr Gauke, on the left in the picture above from yesterday's press conference, says it is “part of the issues we would want to be looking at” as ministers seek to raise a further £5bn from tax avoidance, tax evasion and tax planning. Not that he’s supporting Labour’s reforms though, he makes clear. “There are some real issues with Labour’s policies that haven’t really been thought through.”

  90. Memos and motors

    Nick Clegg

    Away from the non-dom story, Nick Clegg has announced a Lib Dem idea for a taxpayer-funded £100 million prize to reward a motor manufacturer that makes a best-selling low-emission vehicle. It's part of the party's goal of banning conventional diesel and petrol engined cars from the nation's roads by 2040.

    Mr Clegg also commented on suggestions that David Cameron has pointed a finger at the Lib Dems for the leak of a controversial memo about Nicola Sturgeon. "It is really very silly... Of course leaks are wrong and they should be taken seriously and I condemn them and it's quite right it is now being looked into. But I don't know about David Cameron trying to be a sort of one-man detective on all this."

  91. Get involved - Nigel Farage & UKIP


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  92. Sean Kemp, former Lib Dem special adviser



    Quote Message: I get the Tory glee over the Balls quotes, but it's process. All people can hear is them defending non doms."
  93. This is a real election candidate

    Al Murray

    Comedian Al Murray has been submitting his nomination today to stand as an MP in Thanet South against Nigel Farage and others. That's right. It's really happening. The founder of the Free United Kingdom Party has pledged to remove Britain from Europe by 2025 “and the edge of the solar system by 2050”. He proposes using Polish labour to brick up the Channel Tunnel and will make Thanet South the capital of the UK.

  94. Faisal Islam, Sky News political editor



    Quote Message: There is signal value, when "victims" of a "terrible" policy, can't actually find time to come out and complain publicly. See bonus tax 2009"
  95. Non-dom cash

    BBC Radio 4

    Pound notes

    Working out how many non-doms there are is one thing; working out how much cash the policy would bring to the Treasury is quite another, Stuart Adam of the IFS says. “It’s very difficult to say how much, if any, revenue Labour’s policy would raise,” he says. This is partly because Labour haven’t provided many details and partly because it’s hard to work out which non-doms are which. “What’s hardest of all is to guess,” he adds, is “how these people would respond to higher tax charges.”

  96. Get involved

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    SMS Message: Cameron claims that miliband is unclear on his policy. Regardless of what ed balls has said in the past, labour have outlined a policy that is completely clear and is their current policy. To penalise a party for changing their view on something is cheap point scoring. Cameron knows it's a vote winner and he's clutching at straws
  97. Pic: Does David Cameron need to work on his delivery?

    David Cameron reading to schoolchildren
  98. Counting the non-doms

    BBC Radio 4

    So who are these non-domiciles, anyway? There are at least 120,000 of them, the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Stuart Adam tells The World At One. But we don’t know the exact number. And their types varies, too. “Many of them are people who are, if you like, genuinely foreign-born and raised abroad and come to the UK to work for whatever reason,” Mr Adam says. “But you can also inherit domicile… You can be born and lived your entire life in the UK, and for that matter your parents, and still be a non-domicile because it’s been inherited through the family.”

  99. Christian parties

    Daily Politics

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    Christian party leaders

    The leaders of the Christian Party and the Christian People’s Alliance (CPA) have been interviewed on the Daily Politics explaining their approach. They split in 2005 but are set to unite again within the next 12 months. Jeff Green, leader of the Christian Party, claims Christians face significant “discrimination” in the UK. While Sid Cordle, who heads the CPA, says Christian politicians are pushing issues being ignored by the mainstream. “Other parties aren’t talking about marriage, other parties aren’t talking about persecution of Christians,” he says.

  100. Rowena Mason, Political correspondent at The Guardian



    Quote Message: Young anti-UKIP protesters have been kicked out of a Grimsby pub for the "Farage Pint" but doesn't look like he's even turning up
  101. 'Personal cost'

    Quote Message: I have seen Nick and these guys for five years putting country above party consistently, every single day. Very often at a great personal cost - they deserve to be back." from Miriam Gonzalez Durantez Wife of Nick Clegg
    Miriam Gonzalez DurantezWife of Nick Clegg
    Miriam Gonzalez Durantez and Lynne Featherstone

    Miriam Gonzalez Durantez - above left - has joined her husband Nick Clegg on the campaign trail today. She appeared alongside Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, who is battling to defend a near 7,000 majority in the north London seat of Hornsey and Wood Green.

  102. Get involved


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  103. Two non-dom statuses?

    Chris Leslie

    And now here’s another member of Ed Balls’ shadow Treasury team having a bash at defending his party’s non-doms announcement. He has rather cleverly introduced the word ‘other’ into the messaging - keep an eye out for it. Speaking on The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, he said Labour had found a way of abolishing non-dom status while raising money. "By creating this temporary residency for a couple of years for legitimate people who come and do business in this country we can make that distinction from that other non-dom loophole which has got to go and is costing us a fortune," he said. Yes, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury conceded, “one or two” non-doms might leave the UK as a result of Labour’s plans. But most would ultimately stay and pay tax, he insisted. The policy, in Mr Leslie’s view, is "ultimately... a question about whose side are you on?"

  104. Cameron on non-doms

    Here's a bit more about what the PM has to say on the non-dom story.Speaking in Bolton, David Cameron said Labour was offering itself as a potential government but "can't even run one tax policy without making a complete mess of it". He said the coalition had raised “billions” tackling tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, but that today “what you see is total chaos and confusion from Labour”. Mr Cameron added: "One minute saying they're going to scrap the status, the next minute saying it would cost the country money. Frankly this goes to the bigger picture, if these people can't even sort out one policy, how on earth could anyone trust them to run the economy?”

  105. Pic: Cameron's school trip

    Carole Walker

    Political correspondent

    David Cameron
    Image caption: David Cameron, visiting a school in Bolton, says there is total chaos and confusion over Labour's non-dom policy
  106. Non-dom 'pragmatism'

    Daily Politics

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    Simon Hughes

    Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes says his party had tried to abolish inheritance of non-dom status in the coalition but it hadn’t quite worked out. Still, he tells the Daily Politics, the coalition blocked non-doms from sitting in the Lords and the levy they pay was twice increased. He says the bottom line is what benefits the "UK economy" - or does he mean Treasury coffers?

    Quote Message: “We have a very uncomplicated view: you’ve got to make a judgement that’s pragmatic in the interests of the economy. In the interests of the economy, it seems to us, we can raise money from keeping the status rather than abolishing it.” from Simon Hughes, Lib Dem justice minister
    Simon Hughes, Lib Dem justice minister
  107. Get involved

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    SMS Message: UKIP have hit the nail on the head over the armed services policy, and shows the groundswell of public support for veterans, that politicians can only dream of. It also shows UKIP have a finger on the public pulse, & are not just a 1 trick pony over uncontrolled immigration
  108. Non-dom 'abuses'

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    Nick Gibb

    Nick Gibb, an education minister, says the Conservatives think anybody earning money in the UK should be paying tax in this country. That’s why they’ve introduced the profits diversion tax, stamp duty on non-doms’ property and taken tax avoidance seriously. “We will look at all abuses,” he pledges.

  109. #nondom trending on Twitter

    @uzmanies tweets:

    Quote Message: It's always the same as soon as the rich are asked to pay their fair share there's an uproar. If you don't like it pack your bags #nondom

    @SimonMoores tweets:

    Quote Message: Car crash interview by .@ShabanaMahmood on #bbcsp on #nondom - no figures - no evidence could be damaging to economy but morally justifiable
  110. No tweaks here

    Daily Politics

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    Shabana Mahmood

    Reform, tweak or abolish? It sounds like a terrible quiz show. But that is the question put to shadow Treasury minister Shabana Mahmood at the end of a rather painful interview on the Daily Politics. She's pressed on whether Labour is actually planning on scrapping the non-domicile rule… or not. “This is not a reform. No, this is not a reform and it’s not a tweak… we are abolishing the non-dom rule,” she says. The temporary resident exemption is entirely separate, apparently.

  111. Explaining Balls

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    Quote Message: “What he [Ed Balls] was referring to was not that we didn’t want to do something about non-doms and prevent the situation where permanent residents can avoid paying tax because their father was born abroad. He was referring to a temporary residence exemption that exists in other taxation systems. That‘s something we were looking at then, it’s something that we will consult on in government to make sure we get things right so that genuine temporary residents are prevented from being brought in.” from Shabana Mahmood, shadow Treasury minister
    Shabana Mahmood, shadow Treasury minister
  112. Parliamentary sketches

    A couple who used their own drawings to complete a football World Cup sticker album have been sketching party leaders ahead of May's election.

    Composite image showing Panini Cheapskates' drawing of David Cameron, and the prime minister's photograph

    Alex and Sian Pratchett, from Oxford, are dubbed the "Panini Cheapskates". Mr Pratchett admitted the couple's artistic talents had not improved since last year's tournament.

    Readers can judge for themselves from the above attempt at David Cameron, and view more sketches in our report.

  113. Non-dom question marks

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Shabana Mahmood

    Shadow Treasury minister Shabana Mahmood, confronted with the Ed Balls clip on the Daily Politics, prefers to focus on the broader approach being taken by Labour: “We have announced we will get rid of non-dom status so it won’t be possible for you to be permanently living here but somehow claim you’re not really because your dad was born abroad.” Pressed on the issue of whether the changes will end up costing Britain money, she says today’s announcements are set to raise “hundreds of millions of pounds”. The Institute for Fiscal Studies say they’re not sure exactly what the answer is, Andrew Neil points out, as there are too many unknowns. And Ms Mahmood struggles to say where she’s getting her figures from. “There are a number of people who’ve said it could raise hundreds of millions,” Ms Mahmood says. She just can’t name any right now.

  114. Gut feelings

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    Matthew Parris

    Times columnist and ex-MP Matthew Parris is on the Daily Politics show offering his views about the campaign. “I have the gut feeling that the Conservatives are going to do better than the polls suggest,” he says. “When I go canvassing… I get a sense of quite a strong and solid Conservative feeling in my part of the country. But the polls don’t suggest it, so we’re all baffled.” That view certainly reflects the Tories’ confidence about the national picture voiced by MPs before parliament was dissolved.

  115. BBC story: Labour would scrap 'non-dom' tax status

    Your comments

    mytwopeneth comments on this story :

    Quote Message: Can't you see Ed is dumbing down the complex issue of tax because he assumes the public are dumb and just wants to pit rich against not-so-rich (we're not poor).

    more duck houses comments:

    Quote Message: Why should anybody live in this country and not pay their fair share of taxes? Brilliant move by Ed Miliband. Tories out defending the one rule for the rich and another for everyone else again!
  116. Referendum tensions

    Daily Politics

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    Nicola Sturgeon

    Scotland is completely divided on the issue of the independence question - it's therefore divided on the question of whether there should be another referendum, BBC Scotland's Political Editor Brian Taylor tells the Daily Politics. What Nicola Sturgeon was trying to say when she got booed last night is this is not a question to be determined by the next Westminster parliament. She wants to wait until next year but she is under pressure to try and pre-empt that decision, to say whether it is likely. You know what? She'll hold that referendum on independence when she thinks she can win.

  117. Policy 'will raise money': Miliband

    A little more from the Warwick speech on Mr Miliband's non-dom policy and the matter of whether it will raise money. He believes it will but is "cautious" to estimate how much.

    Quote Message: "We can see from the independent estimates that there are that it's going to raise money. You've seen respected independent people out there saying that it is going to raise resources. I believe it will raise resources, at least hundreds of millions of pounds."

    He describes the decision to abolish the status as a moral decision, as well as a practical one.

  118. 'I've been edited'

    Ed Balls blog

    And now Ed Balls has written a blog complaining that the Tories have "edited my words". (A little note: The footage was from a BBC Leeds interview, but it was the Conservatives who cut out the bit where Mr Balls says "I think we can be tougher and we should be and we will.") On his blog, the shadow chancellor says: “That is exactly what we have proposed – ending a situation where people permanently living in the UK year after year can claim non-domicile status to reduce their tax bills and play by different rules to everyone else.” He says Labour was working on the plans announced today when he made those comments back in January.

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    SMS Message: How can we say benefit fraud is 1% when it mostly unknown. From what I see it is huge.
  120. Tom Bradby, political editor, ITV News



    Quote Message: If it is all about encouraging rich people to 'invest', why don't we let all rich people off tax so they can 'invest' too?"


    Quote Message: Of course we wouldn't do that, because it would be manifestly absurd."
  121. Corporation tax 'loopholes'

    The left-leaning think tank, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, hails the non-dom announcement as a "huge step forward for tax justice in the UK". It wants the next government to go further by closing corporation tax loopholes which allow companies like Amazon and Starbucks to avoid significant amounts of tax.

    Quote Message: More than 400 of the 800 largest businesses in the UK paid less than £10m in corporation tax in 2012/13 and around 160 paid no corporation tax at all."
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  123. Pic: Nick Clegg campaigning in Chippenham

    We could attempt a joke about "wheels coming off", but we wouldn't dream of stooping so low.

    Nick Clegg
  124. Election online fun and games

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Online game with zombies in Downing Street

    There is plenty of information online about the election, but also the chance to laugh at politicians and have fun with games with an electoral flavour. In a Daily Politics film, Adam Fleming looks at a range of online political games, from throwing bacon sandwiches at Labour zombies in Downing Street to paintballing with David Cameron in Parliament - by way of parking Harriet Harman's so-called pink bus. If that is all too silly for political wonks, he also hears about sites that can match voters' political ideas to a party, or perhaps be tested on statistics about their own constituency. Watch his film airing on Tuesday's Daily Politics.

  125. Tim Shipman, Political Editor, The Sunday Times



    Quote Message: Tories edged Labour pretty well every day last week. They're two nil down this week.
  126. Policy 'unravelling': Osborne

    George Osborne

    Chancellor George Osborne calls Ed Miliband's non-dom announcement a "total shambles".

    Quote Message: Within hours the policy has unravelled. You have Ed Balls himself saying it would cost the country money and when you look at the small print it's clear that a majority of non-doms wouldn't be affected at all. So even the headlines are misleading. It is a classic example of the economic chaos, the confusion you get with Ed Miliband. And to contrast the Conservative approach; my approach has been to increase the levy that non-doms pay so we collect over £1bn in tax from them and we protect the jobs in Britain that depend on foreign investment."
  127. Ed Balls, shadow chancellor



    Quote Message: My interview with BBC in January, when we working on policy, fully consistent with announcement today - but Tories edited my interview"
  128. 'Knock on doors'

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband winds up his question and answer session in Warwick with a reminder to party members that "all of you can make a difference". He says it's going to be a close election which "could come down to a few hundred votes" in some constituencies. But, he says, the difference between Labour and the Tories is that the Tories can't find people to knock on doors for them, whereas "people do want to knock on doors for us".

  129. Get involved

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    Graeme, London:

    SMS Message: The furious opposition coming from Tory commentators, to this suggestion, by Ed Milliband that Non Dom status should be ended, shows it's a vote winner!
  130. Patrick Wintour, political editor, the Guardian



    Quote Message: When you are on the wrong side of popular opinion and you have to edit a tape to distort meaning, and are pleased with yourself, a problem."
  131. George Eaton, political editor, New Statesman



    Quote Message: Tories still appear unable to decide whether to attack Labour for being too tough on non-doms or not tough enough."
  132. Ben Riley-Smith, political correspondent, Daily Telegraph



    Quote Message: Nick Clegg says "wheels are coming off" Labour's non-dom ban. "In pursuing headlines they forgot that we need an open economy."
  133. 'Arcane' rule

    Ed Miliband says he thinks people across the political spectrum will want to see this non-dom rule changed. Other countries around the world will be baffled by such an "arcane" rule.

  134. Pic: 'Sturgeon' protest outside Miliband speech

    Protesters dressed as Nicola Sturgeon