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Kristiina Cooper, Angela Harrison and Victoria Park

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  1. Monday recap

    Before we sign off, a quick look at the day's election news:

    • The Labour leader, Ed Miliband said he was ready to lead the country as he unveiled Labour's general election manifesto . He said all policies were costed and would not require additional borrowing
    • There were few policy surprises in the manifesto. Instead, the aim was to establish Labour's economic credentials and accuse the Conservatives of making unfunded pledges
    • David Cameron dismissed the suggestion that Labour could deliver their promises without borrowing more - describing their pledge of fiscal responsibility as "not a conversion, but a con"
    • Nick Clegg compared Labour's assertion that they have no plans for additional borrowing to "an alcoholic who consumes a bottle of vodka every day, saying they have no plans to drink more vodka"
    • The Conservatives also got a bashing from Nick Clegg, who said he would refuse to go into coalition with the Tories if they insisted on £12bn in welfare cuts.
    • The Greens unveiled their national campaign poster , saying the time for "half measures" was over
    • The leader of UKIP has encouraged people to vote tactically in the election
    • The Conservatives will say - at their manifesto launch on Tuesday- that they would extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants in England
  2. A home of your own

    The Conservatives are tweeting about their right-to-buy plans.

    Conservative post
  3. Chris Mason on the right-to-buy

    BBC political correspondent, Chris Mason, points out that Margaret Thatcher features on several of Tuesday's front pages.

    He understands that David Cameron - at the launch of the Conservative manifesto on Tuesday - will flesh out proposals on the right to buy housing association properties…

    He tells BBC's 5Live that Conservative activists regard the right-to-buy council houses as "hugely important" in the Thatcher years in wooing blue collar working-class voters.

    Chris Mason says there's also talk of a Conservative announcement on the minimum wage.

    "The Conservatives might try and outbid Labour on the subject of the minimum wage, which you wouldn't necessarily expect from a party that not all that long ago opposed the minimum wages' introduction. That's just the kind of politics I suspect that would put a smile on the face of the Chancellor George Osborne."

  4. Tuesday's Independent

  5. Labour on right-to-buy

    Labour's education spokesman Tristram Hunt gives his reaction on BBC Newsnight to Conservatives plans to give more people in housing association properties the right to buy their own homes.

    He said: "We believe in people owning their own homes but unfortunately we have seen the lowest proportion of people buying their own homes [under the last government].

    Quote Message: This is an un-funded policy...we believe in home ownership but we also believe in building more homes and that is what we'll do."
  6. The view from the polls

    The Editor of BBC Political Research, David Cowling, writes:

    TNS published a Scotland poll that gave the SNP 52%, which is the party’s highest rating since securing the same figure in the January 2015 MORI poll. Labour were left with 24% and the Lib Dems with 6%.

    Elsewhere, ICM provided further excitement with a poll giving the Conservatives 39%, over Labour’s 33%. This is the highest Conservative rating since March 2012. However, in three other polls sampled over the same days as ICM, YouGov gave Labour a 3% lead and the two others, Ashcroft and Populus, had dead heats with Conservative and Labour both on 33%. Perhaps one clue to the difference was that ICM had UKIP on 7% - half the support registered for the party in the three other polls.

    It will take some time before we can measure what impact, if any, this Week of Manifestos has on the polls. For the present logjam shows little sign of shifting..

    political leaders debate
  7. A `big gap' in parties' deficit reduction plans

    Duncan Weldon, Newsnight's economics correspondent says there's a "big gap" between the Labour and Conservative plans. He says the Conservatives are aiming to bring the deficit down from £90bn this year to zero by 2020 while Labour plans to bring it down from £90bn to £30bn. He says: "That's a big difference. It's worth saying there are a lot of economists out there who think this is perfectly rational. Government borrowing costs are very low."

  8. Right-to-buy

    Allegra Stratton

    Newsnight Political Editor

    On BBC's Newsnight, Allegra Stratton said tomorrow David Cameron will say that the Conservatives will extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants in England if they are returned to power.

    She said the party saw this as a "something of a silver bullet" and that 1.3 million families could be affected.

    The Conservatives are launching their manifesto for the general election tomorrow.

  9. Tuesday's Times

    Times front page
  10. James Chapman, Daily Mail Political Editor


    tweets : Cameron: Tories 'party of workers' as he extends right-to-buy + ties min wage to tax threshold #tomorrowspaperstoday

  11. Tuesday's Guardian

    Guardian front page
  12. Tuesday's Daily Mail

    Daily Mail front page
  13. Tuesday's Telegraph

  14. Tuesday's Mirror

    Mirror front page
  15. Tuesday's Express

    Daily Express
  16. Jack Dee - election agony uncle

    Comedian Jack Dee and guests are warming up over on BBC Two, where they are going to help a live studio audience solve their election problems.

    You can tune in by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab above at 22:00.

    Jack Dee
  17. Independent candidate dies

    A former UK Eurovision contestant, who was due to stand in the general election, has died aged 80. Ronnie Carroll, who is originally from Belfast, represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 with the song "Ring-A-Ding-Girl" and in 1963 with the song "Say Wonderful Things". He was fourth on both occasions. Mr Carroll was due to stand as an Independent candidate in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. He died this afternoon following a short illness.

    The candidate list for the constituency can be found here .

  18. Boris: a `dinner party guest'?

    Boris Johnson, the London mayor and Conservative Party candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has been challenged by rivals over how he would juggle his two roles, reports the news website , getwestlondon.

    It reports today that at a recent hustings the Labour candidate, Chris Summers, told local people:"You're not looking for a dinner party guest."

    Boris Johnson replied: “I do have a record as a previous constituency MP and I worked flat out for those people.”

    The full list of those standing in Uxbridge can be found here .

  19. Not a referendum vote

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that a vote for the SNP will not lead to another independence referendum. Speaking on ITV's Agenda programme, she said the only way another referendum would be held was if it was backed at elections to the Scottish Parliament.

    She said:

    Quote Message: Scotland does accept the outcome of the referendum...The election on May 7 is not about independence. If you vote for the SNP you are not voting for independence you are not even voting for another independence referendum....I think Scotland will be independent one day, I think that is the direction of travel but it won't be me that decides that."
    Nicola Sturgeon
  20. Nick Robinson, Political Editor, BBC News

    tweets: Good to be back on air. Don't worry about the voice. It doesn't hurt & I'm not risking my recovery. I'm listening to Drs & speech therapist

  21. Grazia magazine debates the election

    The weekly women's magazine, Grazia, is holding a general election debate this evening. One of the panel members is Labour candidate Stella Creasy who declares: "Child care isn't a women's issue, it's a parents' issue". And she wonders why men aren't speaking up on these things.

  22. George Eaton, Political Editor, New Statesman


    tweets: This is Labour's rainbow manifesto: something for Blue Labour, Black Labour, Red Labour and Purple Labour.

  23. Ross Hawkins, BBC Political Correspondent


    tweets: Having insisted Libs won't be obliterated at the election Clegg insists he has no crystal ball and can't make predictions

  24. Clegg: Doing the right thing

    Asked whether the decision to go into coalition with Tories in 2010 had proved to be worth the slump in Lib Dem popularity which followed, Mr Clegg said: "Yes, of course it has and any Liberal Democrat will tell you that.

    "We took the decision as a democratic party. And we decided that notwithstanding the impact on our short-term political popularity it was the right thing for the country... I have an old-fashioned belief that if you do the right thing, that there are plenty of fair-minded folk out there who will recognise that. Was every decision a decision I would relish? Of course not. But is the country better now than it was when we found it on an economic precipice in 2010? You bet."

    The leader
  25. Coalition red lines

    Nick Clegg made clear that his party would only agree to form part of a coalition administration if it was "consistent with our values and our policies".

    Asked about "red lines" by Evan Davis on the BBC in the first of The Leader interviews, the Lib Dem leader said:

    Quote Message: In exactly the same way that I could never countenance recommending to the Liberal Democrats that we enter into coalition with a Labour Party that isn't serious about balancing the books ... equally I would not recommend to the Lib Dems that we go into coalition with the Conservatives if they insist on a plan which is a marked departure from what we've done in this coalition."
  26. Same sex

    A UKIP general election candidate has been asked not to speak at a conference billed as "exploring unwanted same-sex attractions".

    Alan Craig, candidate for Brent North, was due to speak at the event in London on Tuesday but the organisers - Core Issues Trust - say they have asked him to stand aside because they "don't want the issues at the conference to be associated with any one political party".

    A full list of all those standing for Brent North can be found here .

  27. Latest prediction


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

    Newsnight graphic
  28. Alleged assault

    The police are looking in to an alleged assault following a hustings event for candidates in the Bradford West constituency.

    The seat was won in a by-election three years ago by Respect's George Galloway. UKIP claim their candidate for the neighbouring Bradford East consistency, Owais Rajput, was pushed and shoved at the event at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday night, and have reported it to West Yorkshire Police. The party said Mr Rajput, who is registered disabled and defected to UKIP from Labour, was at the meeting to support UKIP's Bradford West candidate, Harry Boota.

    You can find full lists of candidates for Bradford West here and Bradford East here.

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    @SgGuilfoyle tweets:

    Quote Message: #LabourManifesto Not enough bonkers pledges this election. Would give anything for UKIP's 2010 "Make the circle line a circle again" promise
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  32. When Nigel met Ivan

    The BBC's UKIP campaign correspondent Robin Brant says:

    Ivan meet Nigel. Nigel meet Ivan. Very little was said between the two men after they greeted eachother at a factory on a clacton industrial estate this morning. That wasnt because of any animosity. It was down to a language problem. Ivan is 62 and he's from Hungary. He barely speaks English, which is why I was told he was yet to be regarded as a skilled worker at the factory where he met ukips leader. Ivan is precisely the type of person who would be unlikely to be allowed in to Britain under immigration plans unveiled by UKIP. It wants a moratorium on unskilled workers and a points based system with a cap for the skilled workers. Ivan has been here for five years. Asked if he felt any emotion when he met the Hungarian worker Nigel Farage said no. It would've been interesting to hear what Ivan thought, but he wasn't able to explain.

    Nigel Farage meets Ivan Concsarevity
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    SMS Message: I am in my mid 50s and my husband and I have always voted Tory as we always thought their values best represented ours. However we have completely changed our minds. We have always worked in local government and are now very frightened about the future under the Tories. Gradually local democracy and the services we've come to take for granted are being destroyed. Please people think twice before voting them back in. Our lovely country will not be the same again. I'd rather have Labour who invest in our services and believe in the common man.
  35. Where's the extra £5.5bn coming from?

    Rachel Reeves

    Labour's Rachel Reeves has been challenged on Radio 4's PM on how her party would fill the £8bn-a-year hole in NHS funding. Ms Reeves said Labour had already shown how they would raise £2.5bn for the NHS. But PM's Eddie Mair repeatedly asked her where the rest of the money would be coming from.

    Ms Reeves replied: "All we have committed to is £2.5bn but we're going to do a spending review in the first year of a Labour government because we are determined to ensure the National Health Service is fully funded."

    She added: "No other party has shown where their money for the health service will come from."

  36. #labourmanifesto trends on Twitter

    @MrFrankWeiner tweets:

    Quote Message: Nice to see the #labourmanifesto isn't worth the paper it's written on

    @DrBatmo tweets:

    Quote Message: Really hoped I'd turn my phone on this evening in the field to a progressive #LabourManifesto promise on science. Seems not. #tellthemSiV

    @RegistHERtoVote tweets:

    Quote Message: #LabourManifesto mentioned women 15 times & has entire section on ending violence against women, a lot to live up to for the other parties..
  37. Re-shaping British capitalism?

    Duncan Weldon, BBC Newsnight's economics correspondent has blogged on Labour's manifesto and asks if it is an attempt to re-shape British capitalism.

    Ed Miliband
  38. Clegg: Conservatives' 'remarkable departure'

    The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, says he wouldn't be able to work with the Conservatives again if the Tories insisted on their proposal of £12 bn of welfare cuts.

    He said the plan was a "remarkable departure from what we've done in this coalition where we've actually asked those with the broadest shoulders to pay more through the tax system to balance the books".

    The Lib Dem leader was taking part in the first of The Leader Interviews with Evan Davis which will be shown on BBC One at 7.30pm tonight.

    He has set out plans to cut £3bn from welfare. He said the Tories wanted to ask the poorest to make additional sacrifices at the same time as saying to the richest that they didn't need to pay an extra penny through the tax system to balance the books.

    Quote Message: That is downright unfair".
  39. Cameron on Labour

    Campaigning in the Tory marginal seat of Stockton South, Mr Cameron gave this reaction to Labour's manifesto:

    Quote Message: What's striking is, Labour are committed to running a budget deficit forever so this is not a conversion to responsibility, it is a con trick and the more borrowing would mean more taxes so frankly, it's the same old Labour and the same old mess that they produced the last time they were in government."
  40. Keith Fraser, UKIP candidate



    Tweet by Keith Fraser, UKIP candidate
  41. Post update

  42. Rachel Reeves on NHS spending

    not finished

  43. Regional benefits cap

    The Labour manifesto confirms they will consider introducing a regional benefits cap. But it is an idea that some within the party have previously rejected, the BBC's social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan reports.

    The manifesto says the party will keep the benefits cap, currently set at £26,000 but will "ask the Social Security Advisory Committee to examine if it should be lower in some areas".

    The party's former chief whip, Nick Brown, the current candidate in Newcastle East, told the BBC last year that he and many other back bench MPs opposed the idea.

    The Tories have committed to reducing the level to £23,000 nationally should they win the election and leaked documents seen by the BBC last month indicated they too were considering a regional cap, though the party insist no decisions have been made.

    A list of all the candidates standing in Newcastle East can be found here .

  44. Billionaire 'not worried' by Miliband as PM

    Gopichand Hinduja tells Bloomberg Television that he has met Ed Miliband, saying: "He’s very sensible and a person with depth. He may not look that visionary, but he has fire in his belly.” Mr Hinduja says he isn't worried about the prospect of Mr Miliband becoming Prime Minister . If the name Hinduja sounds familiar... this is why.

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    George, Edinburgh:

    SMS Message: Sadly some people still let their electoral views be dictated by class.
  46. Busker urges Cameron to `go back' to Eton

    Busker sings to Cameron

    Carole Walker, political correspondent on the Conservative campaign, reports on an eventful walkabout in Alnwick.

    This was David Cameron’s first proper walkabout on a carefully-controlled campaign of speeches to party activists and visits to businesses and breweries. He was in Alnwick in Northumberland, famous for its castle and gardens. It is a genteel picturesque town, but not safe Tory territory – the seat has been held by Sir Alan Beith for the Liberal Democrats for more than 40 years.

    Security surrounding the visit was tighter than usual and the consternation amongst Tory aides was palpable when a busker with a ukulele appeared at the edge of the throng of reporters and camera crews following Mr Cameron along the High Street. He had his own song ready: “F… off back to Eton”. This was definitely not part of the campaign strategy.

    Mr Cameron and his entourage swept on past him – the Tory leader did not appear to have noticed the unwelcome musical accompaniment. He stopped for brief chats about benefits, planning laws and mental health. One woman asked him to stop the name-calling in politics “Be a good boy” she said.

    In the local butchers, he bought a pound of Northumberland sausages and insisted on paying for them himself. He passed by a pile of scones, saying: “I got in trouble with scones the other day”. That was a reference to one of the big controversies of the election – whether to put the jam or the cream on first.

    Campaign strategists will be relieved that they got through this uncontrolled, unscripted event relatively unscathed. Far bigger challenges remain.

  47. Other news

    Here are a few quirkier things you might have missed:

    • David Cameron breaks the number one politician rule and admits he can’t/won’t answer a question – see 13.54
    • Brian May appears alongside Green Party candidate Caroline Lucas but says he “isn’t going to promise to ask people to vote for every Green candidate” – see 15:29
    • Nigel Farage meets Hungarian migrant worker Ivan Loncsarevity – see 15:02
  48. Latest Ashcroft poll

    Labour and the Conservatives are tied at 33% in this week’s Ashcroft National Poll , conducted over the past weekend for the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft. Both parties are down since the last ANP two weeks ago (Labour by one point, the Tories by three); UKIP and the Lib Dems are each up three points at 13% and 9% respectively, with the Greens down one at 6% and the SNP unchanged at 4%.

  49. Rogue text message about Tory manifesto?

    The Guardian reports that the Conservatives appear to be drawing up plans to exempt workers on the minimum wage from paying income tax. The paper says a text intended for a senior aide to George Osborne - and passed to the Guardian - suggests the Tories are planning to make a fresh announcement on the minimum wage and tax in their manifesto, due to be launched on Tuesday.

  50. Remember these manifesto launches?

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    With Westminster's largest parties unveiling their general election manifestos this week, reporter Adam Fleming has looked into the archives to see how past launches were reported on - and the reaction they received. Watch Adam's film

    Sir Robert Peel
  51. Re-cap

    As the early team heads home and the late team steps in here at Politics Live, it's time for a quick round-up of what's been happening so far today

    • The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has launched Labour's general election manifesto , saying all the policies are costed and will not require any additional borrowing
    • David Cameron dismissed the suggestion that Labour could deliver their promises without borrowing more - describing their pledge of fiscal responsibility as "not a conversion, but a con"
    • The Lib Dems have launched a " five point plan ", aimed at consumers and commuters
    • Scotland's economic future has been dominating general election campaigning north of the border
    • The Greens have unveiled their national campaign poster , urging voters to "Vote big, Vote brave"
    • UKIP has published plans for a "citizen's initiative"
  52. Christopher Hope, Assistant Editor and Chief Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph



    Quote Message: After I moaned on Twitter @Ed_Miliband did take my questions on the Green Belt and the 40p tax threshold, which was very good of him #GE2015
  53. Get involved

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    SMS Message: I am fed up of seeing SNP all over UK press. They DO NOT speak for Scotland and given that only a 3rd of electorate actually voted for them in the last Scottish Parliament elections and only a 3rd of eligible voters voted yes in Sept with the rest voting no or not at all, most scots are against them and actually very worried about their rise. I am worried that so many are impressed by Sturgeon without knowing a single thing about her dangerous brand of extreme left politics. I am a Conservative voter and in my 30s (yes we do exist in Scotland!) but, like probably I suspect lots of other Conservatives, end up voting labour just to try and keep SNP out. I do wonder how many other would be Conservative voters in Scotland also feel as I do that we can't voice our support or vote for Tories here!
  54. Post update

  55. Andrew Neil's Monday campaign report

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    As the parties begin launching their election manifestos - with Labour going first - Andrew Neil looks at claims made in weekend TV interviews. The Daily Politics presenter is making a daily film throughout the election campaign on what key figures are up to, and what's behind the political headlines of the day. Watch the film

    Andrew Neil
  56. Election photo diary

    The picture editor of the BBC News website Phil Coomes has published his latest photo diary for the election campaign.

    Labour on set
  57. Michael Dugher, Labour candidate



    Quote Message: Bumped into @CraigStanley10 on train back from our manifesto launch. He said "I thought @Ed_Miliband smashed it today". He certainly did!
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  59. Brian May on the Greens

    'Common Decency' campaign badges

    Brian May has been appearing alongside Caroline Lucas, Green Party candidate for Brighton Pavilion - but says he's not asking people to vote for every Green candidate.

    As well as backing Ms Lucas, the Queen guitarist was in Brighton to promote his own "Common Decency" campaign which he says "aims to drive forward real democracy, through political and social change - toward a more compassionate Britain".

    Asked if he was urging the electorate across the country to vote Green, he said:

    Quote Message: I would have to confess to having a leaning towards Green. An awful lot of people would like to vote Green but feel that it is a wasted vote so what I'm saying , in a sense, is I am not going to promise to ask people to vote for every Green candidate because in some cases strategically it may be better off doing something different."

    You can find a full list of who is standing in Brighton Pavillion here.

  60. Ben Riley-Smith, political correspondent, Daily Telegraph



    Quote Message: Nigel Farage has denied Ukip's campaign is "shambolic". Said the lack of "gloss" will appeal to normal voters."
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    SMS Message: I've never been loyal to a party and I don't hold just 'left' or 'right' values. Its who I trust more to do what they say and what the conditions need. These last few weeks though, I've seen how the Tories will do anything to get in power, first with the negative personality attack on Ed and then failing that, the seemingly random and ill thought out 'positive' policies. Empty and shallow promises to appease us 'plebs'? It's not good enough. All I see is the same old Tory boys out for themselves, the wealthy and the powerful. Labour have their own faults no doubt and Ed sure is a bit of a dork, but I'll trust him any day over the Bullingdon boys club to represent the public interest and not just himself and cronies. You've got my vote Labour.
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    SMS Message: Believing Labour could be trusted with the economy again is like asking a fox not to eat the chickens in a coop
  64. Nigel - meet Ivan

    Nigel Farage and Ivan Loncsarevity

    Nigel Farage met 62-year-old Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity, who has lived in Colchester for five years after travelling to the UK for work. The Press Association reports that Mr Loncsarevity could not answer questions as he does not speak English.

    Steve Dalton, manufacturing manager at the factory where Mr Loncsarevity works, said he was not a UKIP supporter but did not oppose the party's proposal of an Australian-style points system designed to limit the number of immigrants: "There needs to be some controls but presumably, if we needed to fill a skills gap, we would still be able to do that under such a system."

    Finance director Gillian Hagger said: "A lot of industries in the UK do need migrant workers."

    According to PA, hinge manufacturer NICO employs 130 people, six of whom are migrants from Eastern Europe.

  65. Labour's schools 'upheaval'

    A top-down reorganisation that's gone under the radar

    Chris Cook

    Newsnight Policy Editor

    Teacher and pupils

    The biggest item in Labour's education policy today is not new, but has perhaps been under-scrutinised. Their proposed introduction of "Directors of School Standards" (DSSs) is potentially quite a big deal.

    According to the original blueprints, there could be about 40-80 of these local schools tsars, overseeing the schools in their local area. So they will tend to have areas encompassing more than one local authority (of which there are 150 involved in schooling).

    The original plan for DSSs also envisaged that LAs would "join together to appoint a shared DSS across a local area or sub-region".

    These new regional bosses would be able to supervise local authority schools and academy schools alike, which would be novel. Academies currently answer to the Department for Education, while LA schools answer to the LAs.

    There's another big DfE power they will take, too. The DSSs would be "responsible for commissioning new schools where there is a local shortage of places, encouraging innovative bids from established providers, good local authorities, parents, teachers and entrepreneurs."

    Note Labour's choice of words: yes, there could be new schools run by local authorities - but new schools could also be run by other private groups, too – as free schools are. The DSSs would not mark the return of the almighty local authority.

    It would be quite a big upheaval though. It would mean transferring power from the DfE in Whitehall and its eight local commissars to as many as 80 new bodies.

  66. BBC's political correspondent Chris Mason



    Quote Message: David Cameron has arrived at a Teesside factory as part of an election campaign visit to the north east of England
    Quote Message: The prime minister is meeting staff at Icon Plastics in Eaglescliffe, which is located in the marginal Stockton South constituency.
  67. Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome



    Quote Message: All eyes on @LordAshcroft poll at 4pm now. After Tories up in Populus + ICM, will a 3rd similar result kill all those 'Tory wobble' stories?
  68. Mark Ferguson, editor of Labour List



    Quote Message: YouGov has labour up 3. Populus has it as a tie. ICM has Tories up 6. There will be a tendency to write more about one of these polls"
  69. Latest poll

    The Guardian

    A new Guardian/ICM poll has produced a surprise Conservative lead of six points, says the newspaper, taking David Cameron’s party to 39% with Labour on 33%. Read more here.

  70. Farage defends immigration stance

    Nigel Farage has defended UKIP's policy on immigration after meeting a Hungarian factory worker.

    Mr Farage met Ivan Loncsarevity during a campaign visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.

    Asked about the encounter and whether Mr Loncsarevity should be working in the UK, Mr Farage said:

    Quote Message: UKIP has never said anyone should leave the country, so the question is entirely baseless. One of the big problems that we've got in engineering is a real shortage of young people studying engineering to go into trades such as this, which is regrettable. We've got rid of technical colleges and encouraged more and more young people to go to university and study degrees which are not directly linked to industry such as this. If there's no British person trained to do that job, then that says more about us than them."
  71. Protesters greet Clegg

    Protesters and supporters waiting for Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg's appearance at a rally outside St Helier hospital in Carshalton, south London, was disrupted by protesters campaigning against NHS privatisation and plans for the construction of incinerators.

    Activists carried signs branding the party"environmental vandals" and claiming that Mr Clegg's party and the Conservatives were "two sides of the same coin". Lib Dem supporters carrying placards of their own attempted to jostle them out of the way.

    After addressing activists alongside Carshalton and Wallington candidate Tom Brake, Mr Clegg is reported to have departed in his official car less than five minutes after arriving.

  72. Pic: Patriotic one-upmanship?

    David Cameron wore cufflinks with the Queen's face on them. Now Nigel Farage has Union flag socks. What next?

    Nigel Farage
  73. Going Dutch?

    How OBR costings could change British politics

    Duncan Weldon

    Economics correspondent, BBC Newsnight

    Today’s manifesto says that Labour would “legislate to require all major parties to have their manifesto commitments independently audited by the Office for Budget Responsibility at each general election”. That might sound like quite a minor administrative change but it would have a profound impact on how British general elections work.

    The Netherland’s provides an example of how. Their equivalent of our own OBR is the CPB or Centraal PlanBureau – its name is usually translated into English as the innocuous sounding “Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis”, although a more direct translation would be the “Central Planning Bureau”.

    Dutch political parties submit their manifestos to the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis/ Central Planning Bureau which analyses them and provides detailed costings and economic modelling. That has the advantage of providing an independent and objective set of numbers that are free from political controversy or spin. But to do that the CPB needs the parties to submit detailed plans well before the election.

    The manifestos unveiled this week will almost certainly have been finished last week. That wouldn’t be an option under the Dutch system and that would be quite a big change in how our own election campaigns have traditionally run.

  74. Word count

    The Labour press office says the word count of the manifesto is 20,421.

  75. Umunna on borrowing and investment

    BBC Radio 4

    Shadow cabinet members

    More from Chuka Umunna on the World at One about Labour's investment plans:

    Quote Message: If you run a current budget surplus then you can spend more on capital without additional borrowing. Part of this depends on the growth in the economy. I'm being asked to spell out what our budget will be in 2018 or 2019 and I don't know what growth in the economy will be. Obviously if you get more growth you get higher income tax and corporation tax receipts which enable more investment. I can't foresee exactly what is going to happen."
  76. Populus, polling firm



    Quote Message: Latest Populus VI: Lab 33 (-), Con 33 (+2), LD 8 (-), UKIP 15 (-1), Greens 5 (-1), Others 6 (-1)."
  77. Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent



    Quote Message: In speeches by Ed M & Ed B & on website Labour highlight fact their debt target is a share of GDP - why not in manifesto?"
  78. 'Political cross dressing'

    BBC Radio 4

    Quote Message: You could argue that we are seeing some political cross dressing with Labour focusing on the economy and the Conservatives campaigning at the weekend on the NHS." from Martha Kearney The World at One presenter
    Martha KearneyThe World at One presenter
  79. Pic: Protesters at Nick Clegg event

    Anti-Lib Dem protesters
  80. 'Last man standing'

    Alistair Carmichael

    The Liberal Democrats are "finished" in Scotland with Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael - the Lib Dem candidate for Orkney and Shetland - likely to be the "last man standing" after the election, according to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

    Quote Message: This will be akin to their 1948 wipe-out. Alistair Carmichael is going to be the last man standing. You will see the Liberal Democrats in increasing desperation circle the wagons around the 11 seats in which they have an MP. You've seen from independent individual seat polling that in a number of those seats their candidate is already in third and they are not the best person to back if you're looking for an anti-SNP candidate."
  81. Get involved - Mansion tax

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    SMS Message: I can't see how this proposed mansion tax will be introduced as quickly as Labour maintain. Firstly they have to agree how properties should be valued, who will value them and what right of appeal there will be. Next the HMRC systems will have to be amended accordingly. Introducing these changes to IT systems is likely to take about two years on its own. It would be a minimum of two years before a Labour government could collect any money never mind spend it. Likely to cost hundreds of millions to implement before then. Is this fiscal responsibility?
  82. 'I can't really answer the question...'

    David Cameron meets Newsround reporters

    What’s the saying? Never work with children or animals. Well, the politicians are ignoring that advice and taking questions from kids for the BBC’s Newsround. David Cameron was up first and declared one of their questions the best he’d been asked all campaign.

    Which other politician would you like to win if it wasn't you? Looking slightly pained, the PM replied: “Obviously, if I thought someone else should win I wouldn't be standing myself. So I cant really answer the question… I think it’s too difficult to say I’d like someone else to win... I’m afraid I'm quite keen on winning." See more.

  83. Get involved

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    SMS Message: The mess was caused by the bankers and not the last Lab Govt. I know it doesn't fit in with the Tory narrative but that's how it goes. Giving the Tories another 5 years will allow them to introduce more of their petty anti-normal people ideologies.
  84. Dan Hodges, commentator for the Telegraph and Total Politics



    Quote Message: Ed Miliband looked like he could become Prime Minister today. Entire election now hangs on how the country reacts to that."
  85. Janet King, Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats


    Janet King emails:

  86. 'No commitments'

    BBC Radio 4

    Chuka Umunna

    Labour's shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, tells The World at One "there are no commitments, capital or otherwise, that require further borrowing".

    He repeats the Labour attack on the Conservatives' "£20 billion of unfunded commitments", saying Chancellor George Osborne has failed to say how they would be paid for.

    Mr Umunna claims that Labour has set out more information on its economic policy in its manifesto than any party "for a generation".

  87. Ready Ed?

    "Address the nation's doubts. Confront your weaknesses. Tackle them head on. That seems to have been Ed Miliband's plan today," according to BBC political editor Nick Robinson, in his latest blog.

  88. Get involved


    Victoria Derbyshire

    Phil Brown:

  89. What would Labour cut?

    BBC Radio 4

    Labour shadow cabinet

    Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, tells BBC Radio 4's the World at One: "It's reasonable to expect the government to spend about £20bn a year on investment and we don't know whether Labour wants to borrow all of that."

    If Labour does not intend to borrow, "some fiscal tightening will be needed" but with borrowing it could deliver cuts already agreed and not do more, he says.

    However, he says Labour have not been clear about "what they would cut".

    He also thinks it would be "pretty difficult for Scotland to avoid cuts" if there were spending cuts across the UK as a whole.

  90. Manifesto in a nutshell

    If you're just trying to catch up over your lunch with this morning's developments, here are the key policy pledges from Labour's manifesto:

    • A £2.5bn fund for the NHS paid for largely by a mansion tax on properties valued at over £2m
    • Twenty-five hours of childcare for working parents of three and four-year olds and a new right to before and after-school help, paid for by rise in bank levy
    • Freezing gas and electricity bills until 2017, so they can only fall not rise
    • Banning some zero-hour contracts and raising the minimum wage to £8
    • Scrapping winter fuel payments for the richest pensioners, capping child benefit rises and cutting ministers' pay by 5%
    • A 50p tax rate on incomes over £150,000 a year and abolishing non-dom status. Rises in VAT and national insurance ruled out
    • A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000
    • A one-year freeze in rail fares, paid for by delays in upgrades to A27 and A358 roads
  91. Lib Dems' 'first out the blocks'

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says his party was "first out the blocks in setting out how we would deal with the deficit" and said the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives need to be "open with people" about what they would do.

    Campaigning in Kirkintilloch, Mr Rennie said:

    Quote Message: The Conservatives want to cut too much, taking us back to 1960s levels of public spending. The SNP want to borrow even more than Labour, recklessly putting at risk the decent funding of public services. Our plan to cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than the SNP and Labour enables us to commit to building a stronger economy and a fairer society."
    Willie Rennie
  92. 'Be a good boy'

    Carole Walker

    Conservative campaign correspondent

    David Cameron meeting voters in Alnwick

    David Cameron has been meeting voters on a walkabout in Alnwick. He was asked about benefits, business rates, planning rules and mental health. One woman told him to stop the name calling in politics - "Be a good boy," she said. Mr Cameron did not respond to a question about Ed Miliband's claim that he's making unfunded promises

  93. Get involved

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    SMS Message: I believe that voters need to give the Conservative Party a full term in office to sort out the mess that Labour has left behind. I am not saying they are perfect and mistakes have not been made but they are fixing the economy. It takes time and people need to realise that.
  94. Analysis: Labour manifesto

    Robert Peston

    Business editor

    Labour are hoping this manifesto will help them regain economic credibility but I fear it wont because of their refusal to set a precise date for when they'll balance the current budget. The well-respected IFS says that date makes all the difference to how much they'll need to cut. If they want to balance the books by 2017-18, they'll need £18bn of cuts. If it's 2018-19, they'll need £6bn and if it's 2019-20, they wont need any at all. In other words, their policy as they've set it out now could mean they don't need to make any cuts at all and I think people will therefore question how serious they really are about trying to tighten the belt of the public sector.

  95. Rob Ford, author of Revolt on the Right



    Quote Message: Clacton is UKIP's only (probably) safe seat. Seems a bit of a waste of a vital campaign day for Farage to hang around there."
  96. Get involved - join the debate

    BBC story: Miliband says he is 'ready' to lead country

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  97. Javid: Labour 'chaos'

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has cast doubt on Ed Miliband's manifesto claims. "Every single Labour government in history has resulted in economic chaos," he told BBC2's Daily Politics. "The question is: 'Why would Ed Miliband be any different?'"

    Sajid Javid
  98. Pic: Cameron's selfie in Alnwick

    David Cameron taking a selfie with a voter
  99. Tactical voting

    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage says he hopes for some tactical voting at the general election. The UKIP leader said supporting a party purely with the aim of defeating one they don't like is the "best way for parties like UKIP to get more people elected". Visiting a hinge factory in Clacton, he denied that he had told a newspaper at the weekend that UKIP voters should vote Conservative in certain areas. Instead, he told journalists: "I said people will vote tactically in this election and actually I hope they do vote tactically."

  100. 'Fiscally credible?'

    In a question and answer session after his manifesto speech, Mr Miliband said of Labour's fiscal credibility: "Absolutely there's a challenge for us to show we're going to be fiscally credible and get the deficit down. I've been quite open about that and I'll tell you why - because I think there are a lot of people at home who are thinking to themselves 'I like Labour values, I like what Labour is putting forward in this election, I want to know it adds up'.

    Ed Miliband
    Quote Message: "And today the manifesto is proof of that. It's proof it does add up - that every penny, all the commitments we make, are paid for and costed."