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  1. The Conservatives said they would find the £8bn in funding NHS England says it needs by 2020
  2. Labour said it would guarantee one-on-one midwife care for new mothers
  3. The Lib Dems promised a new law to protect people's rights online
  4. There are 26 days left until the general election

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By Dominic Howell and Brian Wheeler

All times stated are UK

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  1. Recap

    Here's a quick recap of today's stories:

    The main story of the day was the Conservatives' pledge for an extra £8bn a year for the NHS in England by 2020 if they win the election - but Labour said it was an "unfunded" pledge

    A late breaking story, which looks set to feature heavily on Sunday, was news that a Conservative government would end inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m

    Another story that will continue over into Sunday was Labour saying it would slap bigger fines on tax avoiders as part of a plan to raise an £7.5bn a year, if it wins the general election

    On the NHS Labour pledged one-to-one midwife care for women during childbirth in its health manifesto for England

    Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats unveiled plans for new laws to protect people's rights online

    That's it for tonight folks, we'll be back at 08:00 BST tomorrow.

  2. Miliband's leadership

    Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Labour's Ed Miliband has compared himself to previous Labour prime ministers Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair, who he said had each changed the way Britain was run - Attlee by creating the NHS, Wilson by backing the "white heat of technology" and Blair by restoring a fading public realm.

    "If you think about successful Labour prime ministers, you think about Attlee, you think about Wilson, you think about Blair in terms of what they did when they came to power," said Mr Miliband. "Each of them was calling time on an old way of running the country."

    Ed Miliband
    Quote Message: If you think about the pattern of my leadership, whether it's Murdoch, the banks, the energy companies or non-doms, it is about saying ... we're going to tear up the old assumptions." from Ed Miliband
    Ed Miliband
  3. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


    Tweets : Why won't Labour sign up to plugging the #NHS spending gap? Because they want to keep health "weaponised". Shabby.

  4. Labour's grand plan to fine tax avoiders

    Labour would slap bigger fines on tax avoiders as part of a plan to raise an £7.5bn a year, if it wins the general election. The policy is likely to form a central part of Labour's election manifesto, which is due to be launched on Monday. Ed Balls said Labour would carry out an immediate review of the tax collection system to close loopholes it wins power in May. The Conservatives have said they planned to claw back £5bn from tax avoiders. Get the full story here .

  5. NHS - IOUs

  6. Graeme Demianyk, London editor of Western Morning News


    Tweets: Since polls are deadlocked, probably come down to getting core vote out

    Mail and Observer
  7. Tories to end inheritance tax for most

    A Conservative government would take most family homes out of inheritance tax, David Cameron has announced. If they win the election, the Tories will introduce new allowances to raise the threshold to £1m. More details on the proposals are here. Mr Cameron announced the policy in a message on Twitter: "The home that you've worked and saved for belongs to you and your family. We'll help you pass it on to your children."

  8. Mail on Sunday front page

    Mail on Sunday
  9. Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph


    Tweets : If David Cameron can’t win over @UKIP voters, he’s had it. (Me for tomorrow's Sunday Tel )

  10. Sunday Express front page

    #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday

  11. The Observer front page

    #bbcpapers #tomorrowspapers

  12. Sunday Times front page


    Sunday Times
  13. 'Brownfield revolution'

    Here's a bit more from the public meeting in Canvey Island where UKIP's Nigel Farage has just promised to deliver a "brownfield revolution" with his party's manifesto policies, due to be unveiled next week. The UKIP leader said he would make it "as easy as possible" to build on brownfield land but not greenfield.

  14. 'No circumstance' for UKIP/Labour deal

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said there is "no circumstance" in which UKIP could do a deal with Ed Miliband after the election. Speaking at a public meeting in Canvey Island, he said having a referendum on EU membership was the "most important thing" and he was "astonished" Ed Miliband had "turned his back on this". On a different note, Mr Farage also said UKIP wanted to "rationalise" the existing 43 police forces and consider creating bigger forces to save on running costs. He also said his party would keep police and crime commissioners, but if they did not improve, he would consider abolishing them.

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    Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage
  15. Labour's NHS dilemma - Part 2

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    Privately I detect that some senior Labour figures are concerned about being outbid on NHS spending. The Lib Dems are saying they would cough up an extra £8bn too.

    So the extra £2.5bn Labour are promising is likely to be described as a 'down payment' - the minimum they will deliver with more to come when additional funds are identified.

    But senior Labour figures are pretty clear when their main manifesto comes out at the start of next week, it won't make any mention of the £8bn.

    But who would have the job of being responsible for NHS Funding in England if Labour were to form the next government?

    Today ambitious Andy Burnham appeared alongside Mr Miliband and said "when I am health secretary..." then - with a glance and a smile at his leader - he added 'hopefully..."

    But internal tensions aside, Labour feel after a lacklustre start to the campaign last week, they are now making the political weather.

  16. Labour's NHS dilemma - Part 1

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    Labour may well want to weaponise the NHS at this election but the audience at the launch of the party's health manifesto in a community theatre in West Yorkshire were a bit wary when they saw a warning sign just inside the door which said "a gun will go off in the second half of this performance".

    Certainly the Conservatives wanted to spike Labour's guns with their promise of £8bn more for the NHS in England by 2020 to fill the gap in funding identified by its chief executive Simon Stevens.

    Ed Miliband has resisted the temptation to say he would do whatever it takes to find the cash to match the Conservative pledge.

    Polls put Labour ahead on health but behind on the economy, so Mr Miliband instead stressed that Labour's pledge of £2.5bn was fully costed.

    The Labour leader believes that if his opponents want to talk about the NHS, it will draw attention to an issue on which Labour is trusted.

    Ed Miliband
  17. Poll boost for Tories

    David Cameron has been boosted by an opinion poll finding the Conservatives have put on three points over the last week to lead Labour by two points.

    But Labour also gained a point in the Opinium survey for the Observer, as the two major parties consolidated their positions against smaller groups and UKIP slumped to their lowest rating with the pollster for more than two years. The Tories are on 36% with Labour on 34%, UKIP on 11%, Liberal Democrats on 7%, and Greens on 6%.

  18. Police investigate after anti-Labour and Tory graffiti

    Police are investigating after Labour and Scottish Conservative offices in Aberdeen were daubed with offensive words and symbols. The Conservative and Unionist Association office in West Mount Street was vandalised with the word "scum", a swastika and the letter "Q" in white spray paint. The letter "Q" was also painted on the door of the Labour party office in nearby Rosemount Place. Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative candidate for Aberdeen South, said he believed the 'Q' was intended to stand for quisling, or traitor.

  19. Stage managed campaign frustrates

  20. MPs on Instagram

    Across at Buzzfeed they have written a piece about MPs who are using social media platform Instagram to promote themselves ahead of the election. "MPs have figured out how the internet works," writes reporter Siraj Datoo, and his point is clearly demonstrated by Tory candidate Stephen Hammond who is fighting for election in Wimbledon.

    Stephen Hammond, the Conservative candidate
  21. Conservative reputation

    Why do the Conservatives think they can get away with unfunded spending pledges? Is the question George Eaton of the New Statesman asks in his column . He argues that the Tories believe their economic reputation is strong enough for voters to give them the benefit of the doubt as they promise more money for the NHS and huge tax cuts.

  22. Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader


    Tweets : Read here how the @LibDems would introduce a Digital Rights Bill in the next parliament.

  23. UKIP's take on Tory NHS pledge


    UKIP leader Nigel Farage gives his take on the Tories' NHS announcement today, taking a cue from the Tories' famous 1992 "Labour's tax bombshell" poster. He tweets: What's the REAL reason for Mr Cameron's #NHS announcement? He's turning our NHS into an International Health Service:

    UKIP poster
  24. That 'black hole' again

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has repeated his party's attack on the SNP's plan for full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, which he said would leave a £7.6bn "black hole" in the country's finances. He said: "Tory austerity would be a disaster for Scotland, but it became clear this week that full fiscal austerity from the SNP would be even worse." The SNP said on Friday that Labour's claims were "made up".

    Jim Murphy
    Quote Message: Independent experts have said full fiscal autonomy would be facing a £7.6 bn black hole in our finances. That would mean huge cuts to our schools and hospitals, or huge tax rises. This isn't just about public spending cuts, it means a massive change in how we support our vulnerable in Scotland. from Jim Murphy
    Jim Murphy
  25. Tory 'empty promises' says Labour's Ed Balls

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has repeated the sentiments of his leader and said the Tories are making "empty promises" over their £8bn pledge to the NHS. Speaking on a visit to Bury in Greater Manchester, he said: "I don't think anyone will believe empty promises from a Conservative Party which can't say where the money is going to come from to pay for this."

    Ed Balls
    Quote Message: Labour founded the National Health Service. We will do what it takes to save the NHS but we've set out a costed and funded plan for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers, more midwives too and we've shown where the money will come from - from a tax on properties over £2m, from our tobacco levy.
  26. Lucas nominated

    Caroline Lucas

    Caroline Lucas has been nominated by two former Labour councillors as she attempts to hold the Green Party's first Commons seat in May, the party has announced. First elected to Brighton Pavilion in 2010, Ms Lucas is running for re-election after the Green Party ran into high-profile troubles running Brighton and Hove Council. The former party leader's nomination papers were endorsed by Jack Hazelgrove and Joyce Edmond-Smith, former Labour councillors in the city. Mr Hazelgrove said: "While calling on people I've been amazed at the number of residents who have been directly helped by Caroline or who know someone who has been."

  27. More from Miliband

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has been answering questions following his speech on the NHS in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. He was pressed to say whether he could commit Labour to matching the £8bn figure, but he declined to do so. "We will always do what is necessary for the NHS. We will never let the NHS down," he said. Then, asked if he was still planning to outspend the Tories on the NHS, Mr Miliband replied: "We are definitely making a much more significant commitment than them. The NHS needs real money now, not phony promises later."

    Ed Miliband
    Quote Message: "What the Conservatives are trying to say today is 'trust us - we don't have a clue where the money is coming from, we can't tell you where a penny of it is from, but trust us'. It might have worked five years ago, it ain't going to work today." from Ed Miliband
    Ed Miliband
  28. 'I know how to milk a cow'

    This possibly goes down as the best election quote of the campaign so far.

    Emma Harper, the SNP candidate in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, the only Conservative seat in Scotland in the last Parliament, said today:

    Quote Message: When I tell folk on the doors that I am a nurse but I grew up on a farm, it helps. I know how to milk a cow.
  29. Blind panic

  30. Handover

    Well, that's it for today from Tom Espiner and Matt West. Today's headlines have been dominated by Tory and Labour health announcements, and debates about how they could be funded. We now leave you in the capable hands of Dominic Howell and Brian Wheeler.

  31. Lottery politics

  32. Abuse demo

    Members of the Anonymous group are staging a demonstration in Parliament Square at the moment, calling for action against child sex abuse and alleged establishment cover-ups.

  33. Unimpressed by NHS promises

  34. Arya Stark makes "kill list" of politicians

    Maisie Williams

    One for all Game of Thrones fans. The show's Arya Stark - aka Maisie Williams - has a new kill list. Ms Williams has made a video in which she accuses politicians of kicking the future of the young in the teeth and hoping "you won't notice".

    (If you're not a fan of the books or television show this may be lost on you admittedly. Click here for Arya's character profile is the best we can suggest.)

    In what might be seen as a rallying call to young voters she says: “I turn 18 on the 15th of April. That means I can vote in next month’s elections and so can 3.3 million of you. But you know what? I’m not going to tell you what to do."

    Included on the "kill list" are: David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Vladimir Putin, Russell Brand, Gary Barlow, Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair. Oh and Kayne West.

    We've got to be honest, we've looked really, really hard and - as you should be able to see from the below pic - we can't find Ed Miliband on the list. Nor, it has to be said, is Nick Clegg.

    We're also not sure that Ms Williams is encouraging young people to vote either: "I just have one question," she says looking at the list. "Who's next?" Eek.

    Maisie Williams
  35. Lib Dem: Tory plans 'will not help NHS'

    Norman Lamb

    Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb has said only his party has spelled out how they could fund additional NHS spending. Conservative plans to eliminate the deficit without tax rises would make it impossible for it to deliver the Tory pledge of £8bn per year for the NHS, he said. "The Conservative ideological obsession with cutting the size of the state means they cannot afford this unfunded spending commitment," said Mr Lamb. "Tory spending plans will not help the NHS but rather destroy vital public services and decimate basic entitlements."

  36. Tories: Labour health plan 'chaotic'

    Jeremy Hunt

    According to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, Labour would put the future of the NHS "at risk" because it would not match the Conservatives' £8bn per year funding commitments.

    "After an incompetent and chaotic response from Labour today about how they would fund the NHS, it's now clear that Ed Miliband will not match our commitment to provide the NHS with the funding it needs - resources that we will deliver through a stronger economy," said Mr Hunt.

    "Ed Miliband has no plan to grow our economy - that's why he will put the future of our NHS at risk."

  37. Money wasted

  38. Saturday UKIP canvassing

    Nigel Farage

    Danny Savage, BBC UKIP campaign correspondent reports:

    Nigel Farage spent much of the morning knocking on doors in what he described as a "solid Tory area". The reaction was mixed. He was happy to engage the undecideds as well as the easy hits of UKIP supporting homes.

    One bloke told him he'd been to see him at a meeting and didn't feel that Mr Farage listened. "I wouldn't vote for you if you were the only candidate in the world", he proclaimed. They did listen to each other today, but I'm not sure the voter was convinced.

    Another couple, who had tickets to listen to a speech by Mr Farage were delighted to meet him. Standing outside of their Victorian villa they were gushing about the UKIP leader. "You say things that we all think but nobody else dare say!" said the lady of the house. They want to see him ask the sort of awkward questions in the Commons that he has a reputation for asking in the European Parliament.

    In the same street another woman wanted to know if he would repeal the ban on hunting. Mr Farage said that was something that would be unlikely to happen.

    And nearby another man asked him directly, "Do you honestly have any racist policies?"

    "No, we never have had", said Mr Farage, who added that far right activists were not welcome in the party.

    Business was brisk for Mr Farage today. Car drivers hooted their support and teenagers wanted selfies with him. But people in Kent are also not shying away from the probing questions.

  39. Taking the biscuit

  40. Lucy Manning, BBC Labour campaign correpondent


    tweets :

    Quote Message: Ed Miliband says if the Tories want to talk about the NHS until election day "I say bring it on"
  41. SNP: Tories will 'cut vital services'

    Nicola Sturgeon

    SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that for the Tories to put £8bn per year into the NHS and stick to austerity measures, cuts would have to be made elsewhere. "Without genuine additional funding these Tory plans will see cuts to services like social care, police and local government - all of which are vital in keeping the pressure off the NHS," she said. "This is a clear illustration of why Tory austerity must end if we are to properly protect our public services."

  42. Labour: Tory NHS funding plans 'an IOU'

    Ed Miliband

    In January, David Cameron said that unfunded spending commitments could "wreck our NHS", Labour leader Ed Miliband says at the launch of the Labour Party health manifesto. He criticised the Tories' £8bn per year funding pledge. "The truth is you can't save the NHS if you don't know where the money is coming from," he says. "You can only damage the NHS if you are planning collosal cuts in public spending year after year," he says.

    "The bottom line is this. You can't fund the NHS from an IOU, and the British people know it."

  43. 'Strong economy key to NHS funding'

    BBC News Channel

    David Cameron

    Prime Minister David Cameron was at Witney Community Hospital in Oxfordshire earlier today. He told the BBC he wanted "an NHS that continues to expand and improve and provide great care… that continues to save lives."

    He added: "It has always been there for me and my family and I want it to be there for everyone’s families. And that’s why we are making this decision today to fund this plan in full."

    He said the Conservatives were able to do that because "we have a strong economy and because we have taken the long term decisions necessary to put the NHS first".

    Asked whether that would mean cuts elsewhere, Mr Cameron said:

    'For us the NHS has always been a priority because we want the NHS to expand, to improve, to provide the great lifesaving treatments, to have that great care.

    That's what we've done in the last Parliament, that's what we're going to do in this Parliament and we're able to fund the NHS's own plan in full because we have a strong economy, a strong economy that is linked to the difficult and long term decisions that we've taken elsewhere".

  44. Labour: NHS 'unprecedented pressures'

    Andy Burnham

    Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, launching Labour's health manifesto, has said there are "unprecedented pressures" on the NHS with people "struggling to get GP appointments" and cuts to mental health services.

    He says: "The root cause of the A&E crisis is the collapse of social care under David Cameron. Last year over 300,000 aged over 90 were admitted to A&E in England via a blue light ambulance."

  45. NHS needs a strong economy

  46. Non-dom policy gutsy, but costly

    BBC News Channel

    Stephanie Baker

    Stephanie Baker, a senior writer at Bloomberg News tells BBC Dateline none of the political parties seem to be able to explain how they will fund their NHS spending promises.

    It’s incredibly the number of unfunded giveaways they [the political parties] have trotted out this week. Trying to woo voters and move the polls,” she says.

    She dismisses Labour’s promise of one-on-one midwife care saying that even in the boom years under Blair "you didn’t necessarily have that".

    The Conservative promise of an £8bn annual spending increase for the NHS by 2020 she also questions. Why have the Tories taken so long to come out with this proposal? She asks.

    Ms Baker points out the Tories have been under pressure to outline a policy like this for months.

    The most interesting policy initiative was Ed Miliband’s policy on the tax status of non doms.

    Ms Baker says: “It was gutsy, it made him look prime ministerial but again you have to wonder, he was in the Treasury for years, I’m sure he looked at this before. Why only now did he suddenly say 'we’ve found a way to do this in a way that won’t cost the Treasury money'. I think it will cost the Treasury money in line with what Ed Balls said a couple of months ago."

  47. Calculated attack

    Mr Richards adds he defence secretary's attack on the Labour leader wasn't "a clumsy, casual intervention" but a deliberate act.

    He says this is largely because the one thing most pollsters say people know about Mr Miliband is that he beat his brother to the leadership of the Labour party.

  48. Jonny Dymond, BBC correspondent



    Quote Message: @David_Cameron chats with nursing staff in his constituency #ge2015
    David Cameron speaks to staff a the Whitney Community Hospital - 11 April 2015
  49. 'Unbelievably stupid intervention'

    On Defence Secretary Michael Fallon's personal attack on Ed Miliband, Thomas Kielinger, the UK correspondent for German newspaper Die Welt, tells Dateline: “I’m sure the voters are just as upset or cheesed off… by this unbelievably stupid intervention by the Defence Secretary.”

    Mr Keilinger adds that all Mr Fallon needed to do was warn Labour off from ever doing a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) over Trident.

    To make out that the deal had already happened was far-fetched . He adds personal attacks "turn off voters completely".

  50. Sam Lister, Press Association political correspondent



    Labour leader Ed Miliband poses for a photograph with nurses at a hospital in Keighley, near Bradford - 11 April 2015
    Quote Message: Miliband is posing for selfies with nurses in Keighley
  51. Fallon attack on Miliband absurd

    Steve Richards

    On the BBC’s Dateline Independent columnist, Steve Richards, calls the personal attack by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon on Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier this week “absurd”.

    He adds the attack will have done nothing to help the Tories adding it was a “comically hyperbolic attack”.

    “I think it was just ridiculous,” he says.

    More broadly, Mr Richards says, although Mr Miliband’s personal ratings have “been abysmal for a long time” he is a more formidable figure than the Conservative party and right leaning newspapers have realised.

    Mr Miliband is "aware of the rhythms of campaigns…People will see someone who is a bit more intelligent, thoughtful and engaged than the caricature," he adds

  52. Farage: Tory NHS spending plans unfunded

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has weighed in on the Tories NHS spending pledge.

    He says:

    Quote Message: Mr Cameron's spending plans are unfunded, but he'll know this already. "He knows he needs to make these promises, because he's planning for an immigration bombshell in to this country over the next five years, and under his plans, our NHS will become an international health service.
  53. Danny Savage, BBC UKIP campaign correspondent



    Quote Message: Alternative UKIP transport has arrived too. The UKIP Rover.
    A car painted with the UKIP logo and slogans - 11 April 2015
  54. One-to-one midwife care

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Shadow health minister Liz Kendall has been speaking about the Labour's plans to improve midwife services and said the pledge would mean one-to-one care, leading to safer births, fewer caesareans, less post-natal depression and a better start in life for babies.

    She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier: "We need to retain more midwives because many feel under huge pressure and are leaving.

    "It is going to be tough. It is going to be a real challenge but we need to break this vicious cycle where staff are under huge pressure, they leave and women get worse care."

    Around £480m a year is spent on clinical negligence cover for maternity services, she added.

  55. Does the largest party form the government?

    Reality Check

    Not always as it turns out. There are several examples of the second largest party forming the government with the help of another party. it's simply that it hasn't happened for a while: the last time was in 1974.

    As it happens the first Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald in 1923 only came into existence because of the support of the Liberals. The Conservative party was by far the largest party with 258 seats in the House of Commons but Labour on 191 seats were able to keep them out of government with the help of the Liberal party and its 158 seats.

    Admittedly the government only lasted 10 months but that's sort of beside the point. You can read more about what might happen in the even of a hung parliament after 7 May here.

  56. Danny Savage, BBC UKIP campaign correspondent



    Quote Message: At last .... The UKIP open top bus has made an appearance!
    The UKIP open-top bus - 11 April 2015
  57. What's in a name?

    BBC Radio 4

    YouGov researcher Joe Twyman has just been tweeting about the correlation between a person's first name and the party they are most likely to vote for. Apparently, you're more likely to vote UKIP if your name is Nigel.

    Here is what he says are the top three most common names for voters of four of the parties:

    • Conservative: Charlotte, Fiona and Pauline
    • Labour: Michelle, June and Andy
    • Lib Dem: Tim, Kathryn and Samantha
    • UKIP: Jill, Nigel and Terry

    He'll be speaking about the topic on Radio 4 just after 11:00.

  58. Campaign kilometres

    Battle bus graphic

    Which party leader has travelled the furthest distance in their quest to cultivate votes so far?

    Prime Minister David Cameron comes out the clear winner, clocking up 4,900 kilometres (3,000 miles) up and down the country to date. That's 1,000 kilomotres further than Lib Dem leader NIck Clegg, who has covered the second largest distance - 3,900 kilometres (1,800 miles).

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has so far covered 2,200 kilometres (1,400 miles).

    You can read more about the campaign stats here.

    Battle bus graphic
  59. 'Where's the cash, comrade?'

    Jonny Dymond

    The BBC's Jonny Dymond reports from the Conservative campaign bus.

    He says: It’s a day of role reversal today as the Conservatives spray apparently unfunded largesse at the NHS and Labour cries foul at what it calls irresponsible spending.

    The Conservatives won’t say where the money’s going to come from, apart from ‘future growth' but insist that voters should look at their record, both in building the kind of economy that can support such spending and in funding the NHS over the last five years – to the tune of £7.3bn a year over and above inflation, by the end of the last Parliament

    Conservative officials also dispute that there’s any kind of change in campaign momentum ; there’s been comment about the need to run a more positive campaign, with some suggestions from Team Cameron of good-times-to-come for a long suffering electorate. But the Conservatives say that all week they’ve been bringing out good news for voters, and that the best news of all is a strong economy.

  60. Lib Dems: Tory health pledge 'not credible'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Norman Lamb, Lib Dem care minister, tells Radio 5 live that the Tory £8bn pledge can't be taken seriously. He says: "Just to say they will spend this money while at the same time trying to shrink the size of the state to somewhere near where it was 50 years ago... I just don't think it's any way credible."

  61. Iain Watson, BBC Labour campaign correspondent



    Quote Message: A sign at the venue for Labour's health launch. Now so far it has been a non violent election... #ge2015
    A sign at the venue of a Labour campaign event in Yorkshire - 11 April 2015
  62. NHS Funding

  63. NHS-funding

    BBC Breakfast

    Jeremy Hunt

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is challenged about the Tory proposals to increase funding to the NHS by £8bn a year on BBC Breakfast. He says the Conservatives will find the money by sticking to their "economic plan which is working".

    Asked about the coalition government's record on providing GP services Mr Hunt says: “I don’t agree we have got a bad record. There are 1,600 more GPs under this government."

    He says successive governments have underinvested in GP practices. He plans to change that if he is health secretary on 8 May. Mr Hunt suggests the Conservatives can put three times more money into the NHS than Labour can under their economic plans.

    Mr Hunt is asked whether the Tory NHS plan announced today has just been made up, after it is pointed out to him that the Prime Minister made no mention of the additional funding during the party leader’s debate just last week

    “If I may say so, I think that’s a little bit disrespectful to the process that has been taking place in the NHS over the last year,” Mr Hunt says.

    He adds the Conservative party has also been waiting for its manifesto launch.

  64. UKIP on health

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Louise Bours

    UKIP would fund a pledge to provide 3,000 extra midwives and 20,000 extra nurses using measures such as cutting £10bn from foreign aid, scrapping HS2, and getting £2bn by "stopping health tourism", Louise Bours, UKIP's health spokesperson, tells Radio 5 live. "We've costed it completely... The money is there, we just have to manage it better."

    On the Conservative pledge of £8bn extra annual funding for the NHS, she says:

    Quote Message: To be brutally frank, the Tories can pledge £10bn extra, £15bn... If they're actually not going to say where that money is coming from, it doesn't really mean anything, it's pie in the sky.
  65. Number crunching

    If you're also wondering why Labour would have so many more seats that the Tories, despite being only 2% ahead nationally, part of that comes from Labour's seats largely being concentrated in urban areas - constituencies are based around population density. But also it's important to remember where the polls were five years ago and to compare.

    So in 2010 the Conservative had 36% compared to Labour's 30%. Essentially, Labour are therefore up around 4%, and the Tories are down about 4%, compared to five years ago.That doesn't necessarily mean that voters have switched automatically from the Conservatives to Labour - some may have defected to other parties.

  66. Polls update


    The Independent has been talking to Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde, who has conducted a poll of polls taking data from the six biggest pollsters over the last four weeks. And it's not good news for the Conservative party.

    The poll of polls shows Tory support slipping two points over that four week period while Labour support has "held steady" Professor Curtice tells the newspaper.

    Here are the numbers:

    Labour: 34%

    Conservatives: 32%

    Liberal Dems: 9%

    UKIP: 15%

    Green 4%

    If that were repeated on polling day then Labour would win 302 seats, the Conservatives 262 and the Lib Dems would lose about half there seats.

    That would mean Labour could, and we stress here "could", form a government with the Lib Dems. Up until now the assumption has been that Labour would be forced to form a coalition with the Scottish National Pary (SNP) in order to form a government because they wouldn't have enough seats.

  67. Labour: Tory NHS pledge 'fantasy'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Labour shadow health minister Liz Kendall tells Radio 5 live the Tories are relying on "fantasy funding" to fulfill an £8bn NHS pledge. "Neither of the parties [Tories and Lib Dems] have spelled out how they are going to provide any extra funding," she says. "What we've seen under this government is ripping away the foundations of the NHS, which is social care, which keeps elderly people living fit and well at home."

  68. Chris Bryant, Labour candidate for the Rhondda



    Quote Message: Jeremy Hunt keeps saying ‘that’s the right question to ask’ and then refuses to answer. Where is the money coming from?
  69. Clinton to launch US presidential campaign

    Hillary Clinton

    It's not strictly the UK election, we know, but reports suggest that former US Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton will announce she is to run for US President on Sunday.

    Mrs Clinton is expected to make the announcement at about 17:00 on twitter according to various US media outlets.

    It will be the second time the 67-year-old Mrs Clinton has made a bid for the White House. She lost the Democratic party nomination to Barrack Obama in 2008, going on to serve as Secretary of State under in Mr Obama's first administration.

    This time she is expected to face little in the way of opposition on her path to the nomination.

  70. Conservative health pledge

    BBC Radio 5 Live


    The Conservatives will be able to fund their £8bn pledge through "a strong economy", health secretary Jeremy Hunt tells Radio 5 Live. "We can make this commitment because we have turned around the British economy. We're now creating a thousand jobs every single day, every one of those jobs is people paying taxes, it's companies paying taxes, and that, then generates the revenue that means we can give people the security... that when they get older, the NHS will be there for them."

  71. Data protection

    There should be "serious sanctions" against large scale data theft, and people who illegally sell data, MP Julian Huppert tells the Today programme. On the question of government surveillance of online communications, Mr Huppert says: "If you want to be able to communicate securely with your bank, if you want to be able to ensure that other countries aren't able to monitor what is happening, you have to have secure encryption." There are "lots of other things" that can be done to tackle terrorism, rather than allowing blanket surveillance, he adds.

  72. Lib Dems and data protection

    The Lib Dems are to propose a Digital Bill of Rights with the aim of beefing up existing data protection laws. Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert tells the Today programme: "The world is changing - there's so much more information. Our personal data online now - we don't really know what happens to it. Can hackers see our private photos? Are applications on our phones stealing our credit card data? Are governments hoovering up our personal communications? We have to set out a set of principles - we can't just tackle specific issues."

    Cables and server
  73. 'Panicky promises'

    In response to the Tories' £8bn health pledge, Chris Leslie, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, says the Conservatives are "making panicky promises". "Nobody will believe a word of this. The Tories have tried to announce this five times before, but they still can't say where the money would come from. And they haven't been able to say how they will pay for any of their panicky promises over the last 24 hours," he adds.

  74. Labour accuses Tories of 'panic'

    In response to the Tories' £8bn health pledge, Chris Leslie, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, says the Conservatives are "making panicky promises". "Nobody will believe a word of this. The Tories have tried to announce this five times before, but they still can't say where the money would come from. And they haven't been able to say how they will pay for any of their panicky promises over the last 24 hours," he says.

  75. Health pledges

    BBC News Channel

    Adam Fleming

    The Conservatives today will make a cast iron pledge provide £8bn for the NHS - but the other parties will be asking how they will pay for it, politics correspondent Adam Fleming tells the news channel. "The Liberal Democrats saying they are the only major party saying how they would find the extra money, and they'd do that by closing some loopholes when it comes to pensions contributions," he says. He adds that Labour will announce health policies including hiring an extra 3,000 midwifes at a cost of just under £200m per year, paid for by a mansion tax, as part of Labour's £2.5bn Time to Care fund.

  76. Good morning

    Tom Espiner

    Politics reporter

    Health and the NHS are two of people's main concerns this election. The Conservatives' will pledge for an extra £8bn per year for the NHS up to 2020 today, and Labour is also to reveal big health plans. And the Lib Dems are going to be talking about tightening up data protection laws.