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  1. MPs vote by 382 votes to 128 to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people
  2. Conservatives unveil plans to give English MPs a veto over laws that only affect England
  3. Labour rejects fresh claims it is "anti-business" - the criticism is led by ex-M&S boss Lord Rose
  4. There are 93 days to go until the General Election on 7 May
  5. Rolling coverage from the BBC's political team - from Today and Breakfast through to Newsnight and Today in Parliament
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By Adam Donald, Alex Kleiderman and Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the Politics Live team for tonight, at the end of a day which saw MPs vote by 382 votes to 128 to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The leader of the House of Commons, William Hague, has unveiled Conservative plans that would see English MPs able to veto laws on English-only matters. And Labour has unveiled its proposals to improve infrastructure projects, while responding to criticism from business leaders.

    We'll be back at 06:00, with the latest news and comment, including from the Today programme and BBC Breakfast. It looks like being a busy day in Parliament with Prime Minister's Questions; Sir John Chilcot giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee about his delayed report into the Iraq war, and suggestions Theresa May will announce a new head and terms of reference for the inquiry into claims of historical child abuse.

  2. Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna tells @SkyNews: "We want to help people make their first million."

  3. Britain Elects, polling analysts


    tweets: It appears images of Lord Ashcroft's Scottish polls have somehow been leaked.


    tweets: According to the leaked polls, fifteen seats have been polled and fourteen have the SNP ahead.


    tweets: Amongst the polled (leaked) constituencies big names look set to lose their seats: Douglas Alexander, Danny Alexander and Margaret Curran.

  4. Labour business row

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    Responding to criticism from Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe that Labour appeared to be putting forward an anti-business message, shadow chancellor Ed Balls told Newsnight: "Who is the party now saying let's work with business to see rising prosperity - I think that is actually where we are. Keep us in the European Union, not lurch off to the extremes where you say that we're going to potentially leave Europe and take us back to a 1930s level of public spending, which would mean fewer apprenticeships, second class infrastructure and our public services undermined. The Tories have left the centre ground, lurched to the right, we're the centre ground pro-business party today".

  5. Inside the Commons - reviews

    The first episode of Michael Cockerell's Inside the Commons documentary series appears to have won over the reviewers.

    Gerard O'Donovan in the Daily Telegraph says "it made a convincing argument that, despite all its leaks and creaks and arcane ways, the Commons is an institution worth preserving". He adds Cockerell's "vivid capturing" of the emotions of those working in Parliament "was by far the most unusual, and impressive, achievement" of the film.

    For Anoosh Chakelian in the Spectator, "amid the neo-Gothic magnificence are the banal, bizarre, and often frustrating realities of a career in parliament, and these are the most compelling stories". She says: "The documentary also offers an intriguing insight into the lives of parliamentary staff".

    The Independent's Sally Newal says the fact the film manages to find the human side of those beasts, big and small, "makes this revealing series a winner so far".

    And Andrew Billen at The Times awarded the show five stars, saying Michael Cockerell had "let daylight into Parliament".

    Still from Inside the Commons documentary
  6. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Daily Mail: "Sex lessons at 5 under Labour" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Mail front page
  7. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Guardian: "Jordan vows revenge on ISIS over brutal death of hostage" (via @hendopolis) #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Guardian front page
  8. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Mirror: "How do you feel about your wife working for tax avoiders, Mr Cameron?" (via @hendopolis)

    Tomorrow's front page of The Mirror
  9. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's FT: "ECB's 'hardball' stance threatens to leave Greece without funding" (via @hendopolis) #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's FT front page
  10. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Times: "Rotherham: police and politicians 'abused girls'" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday

    Tomorrow's Times front page
  11. Labour business row

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells BBC Newsnight he believes most business leaders in the UK are in the centre ground and do not want to be involved in party politics.

    Ed Balls
  12. Ian Katz, BBC Newsnight editor


    tweets: Ed Balls says Boots boss Stefano Pessina is a producer, not a predator (despite Labour's attack on him this week) #newsnight

  13. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Telegraph: "IDS - We've reversed the boom in benefits" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Telegraph front page
  14. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Daily Express: "Cancer to hit 1 in 2 Britons" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Express front page
  15. Labour business row

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    The founder of restaurant chain Yo! Sushi, Simon Woodroffe, has told BBC Newsnight that Labour's approach to business "scared" him he was worried the party had chosen a populist anti-business message.

    Mr Woodroffe appeared in a 2004 Labour Party political broadcast, but later made a personal donation to a Conservative Party candidate. "What I worry about with Ed Miliband is that he is appealing to the popular by saying 'look at these fat cats'. What I want our leader to say is 'we want enormous profits, and yes we are going to share them out later, but first of all we've got to make it'."

    You can see the interview on BBC Newsnight on BBC Two now or later on BBC iPlayer.

  16. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's Metro: "Pilot is burned alive in IS cage" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Metro front page
  17. Mike Smithson, polling analyst


    tweets: William Hill tell me that punter from Hampstead just bet £5k at 4/5 that EdM will be next PM.

  18. Tomorrow's papers


    BBC News


    tweets: Wednesday's International NY Times: "ISIS shows Jordanian pilot being burned alive" (via @hendopolis) #bbcpapers

    Tomorrow's International NYT front page
  19. Justin Tomlinson, Conservative MP for North Swindon


    tweets: Impressive & insightful behind the scenes in the House of Commons; showing Parliament in action is great for democracy #InsideTheCommons

  20. Huhne Commons pass

    Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has been granted a Commons pass, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The ex-Eastleigh MP, who was jailed for perverting the course of justice in 2013, is among 360 former MPs given access to the Parliamentary estate, the Press Association has found.

  21. Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Cockerell on how whips place questions before PMQs worth playing every sitting Weds.

  22. 'Inner Rocky'

    The Independent

    Over at The Independent, Matthew Norman says Ed Miliband must "unleash the inner Rocky". Can he? "Unquestionably, Ed Miliband has it in him to be scrappy, though the memory of his attacks on as poisonously a vested interest as Rupert Murdoch's has faded since he lost his confidence and his tongue."

  23. Labour business row

    The Spectator

    Ed Miliband and Chuka Umunna

    Isabel Hardman at The Spectator says that on day three of Labour's row with various business leaders, she "understands that [shadow business secretary Chuka] Umunna has been working behind the scenes to reassure the business community that this is not a new strategy of the party going to war with businesses. The party sees its policy of not holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU as an example of the ways in which it would help businesses who play by the rules to thrive".

  24. James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor


    tweets: Interesting counter to "lazy MPs" narrative for voters to see them finishing series of votes at midnight #InsidetheCommons

  25. Post update

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    Tonight on @BBCNewsnight: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is interviewed, while the show's political editor Allegra Stratton takes an in-depth look at the continuing row over whether or not the Labour Party is "anti-business".

  26. Today in Parliament

    BBC Radio 4

    Palace of Westminster at night

    Join the BBC's Today in Parliament team at 23:30 on BBC Radio 4 for the highlights of all the action in the Palace of Westminster today. On the show: MPs debate the ethics and viability of so-called three-parent babies; the home affairs committee takes evidence on counter-terrorism; and the House of Lords discusses e-cigarettes and "vaping".

  27. Inside the Commons with Michael Cockerell

    BBC2, 21:00

    Michael Cockerell

    A reminder that documentary-maker Michael Cockerell will be taking cameras "Inside the Commons" for the first time, at 21:00 on BBC2.

  28. Steve Hawkes, The Sun deputy political editor


    tweets: Theresa May set to announce new Child Abuse Inquiry Chairman tomorrow- will she say it's the third and final chance?

  29. IS murder: Labour condemnation

    Ed Miliband has joined David Cameron and Nick Clegg in condemning the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the group Islamic State. The Labour leader tweeted: "The murder of Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIL shows their appalling brutality and offends the values of humanity shared across the world."

  30. Post update

    House of Lords


    Over in the Lords, Lord Risby tells peers the increase in employment in the UK has been driven by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the number of which has increased by 40% in recent years.

    Despite this, the needs of SMEs are often neglected, he argues.

    As an example Lord Risby claims that the average speeds for broadband in SMEs is half that of the London average as telecoms companies overlook their needs.

    Lord Risby
  31. CND letter

    The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament says it plans to hand in a letter to Downing Street on Wednesday urging the UK to "take the lead" and commit to scrapping Trident. CND general secretary Kate Hudson will be accompanied by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP's Mike Weir. It comes as representatives from the UK and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council gather in London to discuss the UN's Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  32. Three-person babies: The ministers opposed

    More on the government ministers who opposed the introduction of laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. They were defence ministers Julian Brazier and Mark Francois, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, Transport Minister John Hayes, Treasury Minister Andrea Leadsom, Justice and Home Office Minister Mike Penning, Justice Minister Andrew Selous, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne, and Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

  33. Downing Street response to IS murder

    Downing Street has now issued a statement in response to the killing of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by IS militants. Prime Minister David Cameron said Lt al-Kasasbeh "paid with his life while protecting his country and us all".

    "These terrorists' brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve," he said. "We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat ISIL. Together we are making progress....

    "We will not stop until these evil extremists and their poisonous ideology are defeated."

  34. Scottish polls

    Harry Lambert at looks ahead to tomorrow's results of Lord Ashcroft's long-awaited polling of Scottish constituencies: "In a rare interview with Sky News last week, Ashcroft suggested his numbers show the SNP surge 'is real', which may suggest our forecasts are broadly accurate. The upper end of the four predictions we track is 40 SNP seats. If Ashcroft shows the SNP winning more than 40 seats Westminster will be in open meltdown."

  35. 'Send up politicians'

    Rory Bremner

    In the Radio Times, impressionist Rory Bremner compares the distinctive personalities of current and past politicians, and makes a plea for the importance of political satire: "When the public loses interest in politicians, it's easy for politicians to lose interest in the public. The gap grows wider, the disengagement greater. But programmes that send up politicians, lampoon them, parody them, are a healthy and vital part of the political process."

  36. The Brown factor

    The Daily Telegraph

    Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy

    At the Telegraph, Alan Cochrane asks if Gordon Brown is becoming a liability to the cause of maintaining a United Kingdom: "The reason for the query is a simple one: his latest plan for bigger pensions and benefit payments in Scotland than in the rest of the UK is certain to cause deep resentment in others parts of the UK because it's their taxes that will help pay for the largesse north of the border."

  37. IS murder

    In response to the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh at the hands of the group Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted: "Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh's sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL. My prayers are with his family tonight."

  38. Buzzfeed UKIP interview


    Over at Buzzfeed, Emily Ashton has an interview with UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall, taking in Nigel Farage's election chances, the prospect of a defection from Labour, and whether or not he would be an effective party leader.

  39. Lesser of two Evels

    Tory MPs now have something to say on the doorstep about the so-called English issue, writes BBC deputy political editor James Landale. But some constitutional purists are feeling sore in the wake of the proposals outlined by Commons Leader William Hague.

  40. Boots business row

    David Cameron has said he could "very much agree" with Mr Johnson's comments about Boots' "disappointing" decision to locate its headquarters outside the UK.

    The prime minister told BBC Radio London 94.9: "I'm very clear that I want every company to be headquartered in Britain and I want everybody working in those companies to live in Britain. That's the aim. We have competitive tax rates, it's a great place to live and I encourage everyone to do that."

  41. Three-person babies: Opponents wrong - PM

    Scientist in lab

    David Cameron has said opponents of allowing DNA from three people to create IVF babies are "quite wrong". The prime minister said: "We're not playing god here. We're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one".

  42. John Rentoul, columnist for the Independent on Sunday


    tweets: EdM makes another visit to the magic money tree: "Labour will help 9m renters save £600 each" That's £5.4bn.

  43. IS murder

    The government has yet to issue an official statement in response to the purported murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State group, but Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has tweeted: "IS will not win. They are barbaric and depraved. My thoughts are with the families of Moaz al-Kasasbeh, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto."

  44. UKIP animal welfare policy

    UKIP have announced plans to make it a legal requirement that animals are stunned before slaughter. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition demanding a ban on the practice of slaughtering animals without stunning them, but the government refuses to outlaw such a method as it would conflict with Jewish and Islamic religious practices.

  45. Three-person babies: Pro-life reaction

    Pro-life group Comment on Reproductive Ethics described today's vote outcome as "a sad, sad day for both science and ethics in the United Kingdom".

    Spokeswoman Josephine Quintavalle said: "It is hard not to feel despair that so many elected members of Parliament could agree to such a dangerous and unethical re-writing of human biology, no matter how virtuous the end objective of creating children without mitochondrial disease."

  46. Labour and business

    London Evening Standard


    In the Evening Standard, Labour MP Liam Byrne, former chief secretary to the Treasury and current chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, has called on businesses to "lead the way in creating a more equal society". It comes ahead of a panel discussion on Wednesday involving the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  47. Labour v Boots

    BBC Radio 5 live's chief political correspondent John Pienaar considers Ed Miliband's war of words with the chief executive of Boots. It is hard to imagine Gordon Brown, and still harder Tony Blair, picking a fight with business leaders, he writes.

  48. Danny Shaw, BBC home affairs correspondent


    tweets: Almost 4 years after it was announced by Theresa May...Police and crime commissioners approve plans for police IT company for Eng/Wales

  49. Theresa May profile

    The Guardian

    Theresa May

    At The Guardian, Gaby Hinsliff has a long profile of Theresa May, looking at what the home secretary's career tells us about her leadership potential, and the modern Conservative Party's relationship to women.

  50. Matt Chorley, Mail Online political editor


    tweets: Things can only get better? Not with Ed! @ProfBrianCox says he wouldn't let Miliband use song

  51. Tim Reid, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Gordon Brown, ahead of his debate tomorrow in HoC says Tory proposals on #evel "risk the very survival of the UK"


    tweets: Brown: "Tomorrow I will propose an alternative to this dangerous and potentially ruinous course they have now embarked on" #EVEL

  52. Campaign trail

    New Statesman

    At the New Statesman, Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, reflects on lessons learned during nine days spent campaigning across nine different regions.

  53. Three-person babies: Vote welcomed by mother

    Sharon Bernardi's seven children died as a result of mitochondrial disease. Only one survived to adulthood. She welcomed the outcome of the vote: "I'm just overwhelmed and we're just so lucky to have this treatment going in Newcastle and it's amazing."

    She said it had been a long process in her family, for her mother included. "Having to bury seven children - it's not what a mother's supposed to do."

  54. Three-person babies: Vote breakdown

    There were 81 Conservative MPs who voted against regulations and 47 stayed away from the Commons. There were 31 Labour MPs and five Liberal Democrats who opposed the vote, along with two members of the SNP, two from the SDLP, one independent and UKIP's MP Mark Reckless. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was among several ministers to vote against the measure. There was a majority of 254 in favour of the regulations.

  55. Three-person babies: Timeline

    Announcing the results of the DNA vote

    Here's the moment the DNA vote outcome was announced in the Commons.

    And just to recap the events leading up to the vote, compiled by the Wellcome Trust:

    • December 2014: Government publishes regulations on allowing mitochondrial donation.
    • October 2014: Committee sessions and debates on mitochondrial disease and replacement
    • September 2014: Commons backbench debate on mitochondrial donation, called by Fiona Bruce MP
    • July 2014: Department of Health publishes government response to public consultation on draft regulations
    • June 2014: HFEA releases third scientific review of safety and efficacy of mitochondrial donation. It finds no evidence to suggest either of the two techniques is unsafe and that both have potential to be used in a specific set of patients with serious mitochondrial disease.
  56. Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror associate editor


    tweets: Soup promising "Longevity" proving popular with MPs. Must be that looming election

  57. Lobbying rules a 'dog's breakfast'

    The government's lobbying register has been described as a "dog's breakfast" by the chairman of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. Graham Allen's comments came after new guidelines were published setting out who needs to sign up to the new register and what should be declared.

  58. Three-person babies: 'Missed opportunity'

    The Daily Telegraph

    At the Telegraph, Jemima Thackray, founder of the UK's first chaplaincy service for mothers, says that the Church of England's opposition to regulations on mitochondrial donation is "sadly another example of a missed opportunity by the Church of England to stand with those who genuinely want to alleviate real human suffering".

  59. Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: In a letter to UKIP's chairman, Mr Grewar said he was "truly sorry" for his "foolishness" and the embarrassment he'd caused his party.

  60. UKIP resignation

    More about the resignation of UKIP's general election candidate for Newport East. It relates to messages Donald Grewar posted on the websites of the BNP and EDL. He expressed his support for a statement on the BNP site which described gay people as "fascist perverts" and "paedophiles".

  61. Scottish Labour 'doomed'?

    The Spectator

    Jim Murphy and Ed Miliband

    At the Spectator, Alex Massie says today's poll result showing Labour in Scotland (on 27%) trailing the SNP (on 48%) actually counts as good news for Scottish Labour at the moment - "because everything else is even worse" for Jim Murphy's party.

  62. Green leader clarifies terrorist position

    Membership of terrorist groups such as Islamic State should be a criminal offence, says Green leader Natalie Bennett.

    In the UK, it's a crime to belong to organisations on a proscribed list which includes al-Qaeda and the IRA. Last month Ms Bennett appeared to suggest that membership of a terrorist organisation should not be a crime because people should "not be punished for what they think". However, she has distanced herself from that suggestion.

  63. Andrew Stephenson, Conservative MP for Pendle


    tweets: Listened carefully to the arguments around #Mitochondrial donations. A free vote issue. Was torn on the issue but voted in favour

  64. Three-person babies: Reaction

    House of Commons


    Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, a vocal critic of plans to allow mitochondrial donation, said in response to the regulations passing the Commons: "Today's vote shows that, despite the government pushing this through at breakneck speed and the multi-million pound pro-research lobby pouring resources into passing this, a significant number of MPs raised highly legitimate concerns about proceeding, on many counts, including ethics, safety, science and legality and parliamentary procedure. These MPs reflect the views of the nation, only 10% of whom, according to the latest polling by Comres, thought MPs should have voted on the regulations today. I hope this will be recognised in the House of Lords when there will be an opportunity to vote on giving more Parliamentary time to these extremely significant regulations."

  65. Three-person babies: Newcastle first?

    Scientists affiliated with Newcastle University hope to become the first in the country to create babies from three people, according to BBC Newcastle.

    Dr Robert McFarland, who has been involved in mitochondrial DNA research for well over a decade, expressed his hope to BBC Newcastle this morning.

  66. Post update

    A reminder that all the issues behind the vote can be found in this story by BBC News website health editor James Gallagher.

  67. Three-person babies

    House of Commons


    In all the reaction to today's Commons vote on three-person babies, it is worth remembering that nothing has yet been passed into law. The issue has still to be considered in the House of Lords. Conservative peer Lord Deben (former MP John Gummer) has tabled a motion opposing the change so there will be a debate before the measure can be approved and pass into law.

  68. Three-person babies: 'Scientific evidence'

    Vicki Young

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller, the chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, has told the BBC's Vicki Young that in the vote over so-called three-person babies "scientific evidence triumphed over people's beliefs".

    He added: "We will see stemming from this - I am absolutely certain - an early application for a particular case. The regulator will then consider the scientific support for that particular case, and if the regulatory body is satisfied it could then result in a child being born through this process as early as the end of 2016."

    Asked about criticism that today's vote was about creating "designer babies", Mr Miller said this was "absolutely not" the case, because the medical process involved "does not change the characteristics of the baby", such as eye or hair colour.

  69. Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Downing St: Prime Minister has voted in favour of what some have described as 'three parent babies.'

  70. Vicki Young, BBC chief political correspondent


    tweets: Emotional scenes in Commons Central Lobby as Health minister @JaneEllison greets families of #mitochondrial sufferers

  71. MPs vote for three-person babies

    The UK looks likely to become the first country in the world to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people's DNA.

    The Commons vote on allowing mitochondrial donation techniques, to prevent serious inherited diseases, had 382 "yes" votes, with 128 votes against.

  72. Rebecca Keating, BBC parliamentary reporter


    tweets: Cheering in the public gallery as the motion allowing mitochondrial donation - or three-person babies - is passed 382 to 128 #HoC

  73. BreakingBreaking News

    MPs have voted to allow the creation of babies from the DNA of three people.

    Babies from the use of the technique could be born as early as next year.

    The "yes" vote could eventually help about 150 couples a year.

  74. New Jersey governor

    George Osborne, Mary Pat Christie, Chris Christie

    Chancellor George Osborne has met New Jersey governor Chris Christie at 11 Downing Street. The Republican politician, tipped as a potential presidential candidate, was accompanied by his wife Mary Pat for the lunchtime visit. As he left, Mr Christie told reporters: "We had a lot of fun." Downing Street confirmed Governor Christie had met David Cameron for private talks on Monday evening but pointed out that Jeb Bush - also tipped as a possible Republican candidate for the presidency - had also visited the prime minister at Number 10 in November.

  75. Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge


    tweets: Standing at the entrance to the lobby encouraging MPs to vote yes. Looking good! Lots of MPs asking 'which way for science?' #fb #mitoaware

  76. BreakingBreaking News

    House of Commons


    MPs voting now on whether or not to allow creation of babies using DNA from three people.

  77. Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary


    tweets: I'm off to support mitochondrial donation in the vote in the House of Commons now #mitoaware

  78. Post update

    Assessing Labour's row with the boss of Boots about how much tax he and his company pay, the BBC's John Pienaar says Labour thinks it is a battle it can win. He suggests that the current leadership, unlike Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, sees multinational companies as "powerful interests" to be taken on not "prized converts" to the party's cause.

  79. New hereditary peers

    House of Lords


    We're getting two new hereditary peers. Clerk of the Parliaments David Beamish announces Roualeyn Robert Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, the 9th Lord Thurlow, and Charles William Harley Hay, the 16th Earl of Kinnoull, have been elected to join the crossbenches.

    There are still 92 hereditary peers left in the Lords, following reforms to the Upper House in 1999. When one dies, other hereditary peers compete in a ballot to replace them and, by convention, members who die are replaced by someone from the same party.

  80. Darling would join forces with Salmond

    Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling
    Image caption: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling went head to head in front of an audience in Glasgow

    Labour MP Alistair Darling has said he would share a pro-EU referendum platform with former SNP leader Alex Salmond if push came to shove.

    Mr Darling was a prominent figure in the winning 'No' campaign for Scottish independence, whereas Mr Salmond was on the other side of the fence.

    Nevertheless, in the event of a UK referendum on EU membership (which the Conservatives want to hold if they win the election), Mr Darling said he would be willing to join forces with his former foe.

  81. Bennett on terrorism

    Natalie Bennett

    Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has attempted to clarify her position on whether it should be a crime to belong to terror groups like Islamic State.

    Last week she suggested it should not be a crime because people should "not be punished for what they think". But when she was challenged about this at an event earlier on Tuesday, she appeared to backtrack.

    She said membership of such "hideous" groups was tantamount to inciting violence and should be an offence. Read the full story here.

  82. Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Just bumped into @clesliemp, central character in Michael Cockerell's doc tonight. She's organised a public screening in Bristol!

  83. Inside the Commons: Story behind documentary

    As documentary film-maker Michael's Cockerell's Inside the Commons is set to get its first airing later, the BBC's Andy Walker takes a look at the background to the four-part series. Debates in the Commons have been televised since November 1989, but this was the first time video cameras have been invited onto the floor of the Commons chamber - allowing viewers to see exactly what MPs see. The first programme is on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

  84. Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome


    tweets: Ouch. Ex-Tory minister Baroness Neville-Jones on David Cameron's approach to national security:

  85. Matt Chorley, Mail Online political editor


    tweets: £9,000-a-year tuition fees? That's only giving up one 'posh coffee' a day, says Tory minister

  86. 'Test tube baby' echoes

    House of Commons


    Frank Dobson

    Labour's Frank Dobson says the debate around mitochondrial donation is similar to the debate ahead of the birth of the first "test tube baby", Louise Brown, in 1978.

    He believes the regulations find a balance between a "free-for-all which a few nutters want" and "a total ban".

  87. Three-person babies: Deserves support

    House of Commons


    Labour's Andrew Miller says that, if Tory MP Fiona Bruce's arguments were taken "to her logical point", society would ban blood transfusions and other procedures. He says the families of those with mitochondrial disease "deserve the support of this House because of the potential benefits".

  88. Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: There's definitely an election on: MPs Esther McVey, Gloria de Piero&Jo Swinson heading on Loose Women in the coming weeks.

  89. Three-person babies: 'Red line'

    House of Commons


    Conservative MP Fiona Bruce claims that the process would involve creating and destroying at least two human embryos. "Are we happy to sacrifice two human lives to create a third?" she asks. Many MPs loudly disagree, but she argues: "This is about the principle of genetically altering, even genetically creating, a human being." She says that mitochondrial disease is terrible but this principle should be "a red line".

  90. 'Are Ed and Dave so different?'

    Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage

    At, Flora Neville speaks to Douglas Carswell, who will be defending his constituency of Clacton for UKIP in the general election. He says a "grand coalition" of Labour and the Conservatives is not as unlikely as it might first appear: "It sounds daft, but then again are Ed and Dave so different? They both believe in renewable energy targets, handouts for banks, and continued membership of the EU. Both became MPs by working in offices of MPs; career politicians against the rest!"

  91. NHS organisation

    New Statesman

    At the New Statesman, Sir Stephen Bubb, "a health expert who advised this government during the passage of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, argues that Labour's plan to integrate health and social care is preferable to the coalition's approach".

  92. Tim Reid, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Scots Sec before the #scotaff re #smith; says SNP have sought to invent vetoes where none exist, and Lab has sought to "extend" its position

  93. Three-person-babies: Shadow health minister support

    House of Commons


    Luciana Berger

    For Labour, shadow health minister Luciana Berger expressed support for the changes, saying: "Time is precious for those parents at risk of passing on mitochondrial inherited disease to their children." But she noted that many people were grappling with the ethical and moral questions raised by the issue. Labour, like the other parties, are giving their MPs a free vote on this issue of conscience.

  94. Three-person babies: 'World-leading science'

    House of Commons


    Health minister Jane Ellison

    Health minister Jane Ellison concludes her opening speech by describing the proposals as "world-leading science in a highly respected regulatory regime, which can bring light at the end of the tunnel to affected families".

  95. If I were prime minister...

    The Independent

    In the run-up to the general election, the Independent is inviting one contributor daily to describe what he or she would do as prime minister. Today's candidate is Lindsay German, convenor of the Stop the War coalition. Her most eye-catching policies? Scrapping Trident, abolishing the Lords and the monarch, and ordering the arrest of Tony Blair for "war crimes over Iraq".

  96. Vicki Young, BBC chief political correspondent


    tweets: Health minister says new medical technique is "light at the end of a very long tunnel" for families with #mitochondrial disease

  97. English votes: SNP 'wrecking' risk

    England flag

    Today's proposals from William Hague will not provide for English votes for English laws in the fullest sense, according to the chairman of the Public Administration Committee.

    Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative, has welcomed the proposals and believes it is a huge step forward, but says that it could allow the SNP to "game the system" to wreck English laws if they think it suits their purposes.

  98. 'Enemy's enemy'

    The Daily Telegraph

    At the Telegraph, James Kirkup says the Conservatives would be wrong to celebrate Labour losing seats to the SNP in May - for reasons both principled and pragmatic: "Tories quietly urging the SNP on should be careful what they wish for. Sometimes, your enemy's enemy is your enemy too."

  99. Three-person babies: PM in favour

    David Cameron says he will vote in favour of allowing three-person babies. "I think it's been thoroughly researched and tested," the prime minister says. "As someone who had a severely disabled child himself, I know what parents go through when they're concerned about these issues and so science can help in this way. And I think all of the arguments are in favour, we should make sure these new treatments are available."

  100. Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent


    tweets: Amendment: says ministers must have regard to freedom of speech if they tell universities to combat extremism

  101. Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent


    tweets: The government has table an amendment to its Counter Terrorism and Security Bill which it says protects Freedom of Speech in universities

  102. Three-person babies debated

    House of Commons


    The debate over three-person babies has begun in the House of Commons, with health minister Jane Ellison currently speaking.

    Although the government backs the move in principle, MPs will be given a free vote, as it is an issue of conscience, rather than being whipped along party lines.

    The vote is expected to take place at about 15.30 GMT. A full guide to the issue can be found here.

  103. The next generation

    Conservative Home

    Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome takes a look at the "2015 generation" of Conservative MPs, studying the background of new candidates in 25 of the party's safest seats. Some key findings: more of the candidates than ever before are ethnic minorities or women; few have experience in Conservative Central Office or as a "special adviser"; and there appear to be no Old Etonians in the bunch.

  104. 'Vote for three-person babies'

    Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert has indicated which way he will vote on three-person babies today. "I think we absolutely have to pass these regulations today," he told BBC News. "These mitochondrial diseases can be really awful."

  105. 'Should I stay or should I go?'

    The Guardian

    George Osborne

    At the Guardian, Nicholas Watt reports that George Osborne - who some had suspected would move to be foreign secretary if the Conservatives were to win the general election - has decided that in the event the party remain in government, he will continue to serve as chancellor. The news comes alongside other details about Conservative strategy, including the fact that the party believes it played a "beautiful" game in ensuring the Green Party is represented in prospective TV debates.

  106. Hello Dougie!

    Carswell Tweet

    Here's a UKIP Twitter storm with a happier ending.

    Douglas Carswell sent out this charming invitation to his 28,000 followers earlier: "Come play Hello Kitty World with me!"

    Who could resist such an offer? His former friends at Conservative Party HQ for one, who replied: "No thanks."

    "That's the last time I leave the five year old in charge of the iPad," said the UKIP MP after the customary Twitter hilarity. Read the full story here.

  107. UKIP candidate resigns

    Donald Grewar
    Image caption: UKIP Newport East candidate Donald Grewar

    UKIP's general election candidate for Newport East, Donald Grewar, has resigned from the role after posting offensive messages online. Mr Grewar has said he is "truly sorry" for his "foolishness". Read more on the story here.

  108. Three-person babies: 'Time to act'

    The World at One BBC Radio 4

    On the issue of creating babies from three people's DNA, in order to prevent deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child, Baroness Warnock says: "Some people think that to permit this treatment is opening the door to a lot of other things that they don't like.

    "It isn't so, because these particular bits of DNA have no effect whatever on the ability or character or sex of the child. They are simply... the sort of batteries that energise the other cells, the rest of the cells. It seems to me that the cost-benefit analysis here is definitively on the side of going ahead - so now is the time to act, in my view."

  109. The World at One


    tweets: #EVEL proposal "invites the SNP to come in and interfere with English laws" @bernardjenkin on #wato

  110. The World at One


    tweets: .@bernardjenkin: "Not all of us are happy with the proposal that's been finally chosen" but it's a "step forward" #wato #evel

  111. Boris, Boots and tax

    Alpine Skiing World Cup Downhill training

    The prime minister's official spokesperson has said firms should "pay a full and fair share of tax" in the wake of comments made by London mayor Boris Johnson this morning about Boots' Swiss tax arrangements.

    When asked whether David Cameron supported Mr Johnson's position that Boots boss Stefano Pessina should "cough up for Britain", the spokesman said: "It is absolutely right that companies that enjoy the benefits of operating in the UK must pay a full and fair share of tax on profits they make in the UK."

  112. Post update

    'Weird Hogwartian place'

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie

    Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie - one of the two relatively new female MPs featured in the first part of Inside the Commons - says she was refused permission to bring a hand-held camera into the Commons chamber to show her constituents what went on in "this weird Hogwartian place". Hardly surprising perhaps, as Michael Cockerell says it took him six years to gain permission to film there.

  113. Post update

    Documentary star

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Michael Cockerell explains that each party has their own section of the tea room. One of the stars of the documentary, he says, is Gladys Dixon, who runs the Commons institution. She sings Amazing Grace every morning when opening up apparently. The first part of Inside the Commons airs tonight on BBC Two at 2100 GMT.

  114. Post update

    Tea room rumours

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Film maker Michael Cockerell got up the the noses of quite a few MPs when he took his cameras behind the scenes in the House of Commons. But contrary to some reports the parliamentary authorities did not try to ban him from filming in that hallowed inner sanctum the Commons tea room, he tells the Daily Politics.

  115. SNP deputy: English Votes plans 'shambolic'

    BBC News Channel

    Stewart Hosie, deputy leader of the SNP, has said William Hague's for English votes are "confused and a bit shambolic."

    "Let's just give one example. The UK plan to devolve income tax rates and bands to Scotland - so far so good," he tells BBC News. "But they'll keep control of thresholds, definitions, allowances, unearned income. It is impossible to separate these things out, so unless the UK government wants to devolve a tax in full, everything, then they can't carve Scottish MPs out from debating the fine details of it. It just doesn't make any sense."

  116. Lib Dems 'misadvised themselves'

    The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Sir Nick Harvey

    We're used to politicians saying they "mis-spoke" when they've committed a gaffe - but Lib Dem MP Sir Nick Harvey has taken the concept a stage further. He says "some of my colleagues misadvised themselves" by allowing Conservative policies to be voted through in the Commons.

    From the start of the coalition, Lib Dem MPs abstained on votes where they disagreed with their Conservative partners but, says Sir Nick, this was "in effect capitulation".

    There should have been more free votes instead, he argues. You can listen to the full interview with the former defence minister on BBC Radio 4's The World at One, which will be streamed live on this page under the Live Coverage tab.

  117. Can a bookshop be sexist?

    Houses of Parliament shop

    The Houses of Parliament bookshop doesn't stock enough books by female authors, according to a Labour MP who has written to the parliamentary authorities to voice her displeasure.

    But others say a shop can only sell what has been written, and that books by female authors are on sale at the Westminster site.

    In a Daily Politics film, Adam Fleming speaks to political publisher Iain Dale and to Conservative MP and author Nadine Dorries.

  118. Tim Reid, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: SNP's Stewart Hosie on Tory #evel plans:"I have no problem with English votes for English laws if the tax is 100 percent devolved.."

  119. English devolution 'hijacked'

    The debate about devolution in England had been "hijacked by the wrangle over" English votes for English laws, says the chairman of the Commons political and constitutional reform committee, Labour MP Graham Allen.

    He says: "Deciding how independent local government can be the vehicle for English devolution, how England can break free of massively over-centralised Whitehall control, how Scottish-style income tax retention could liberate English localities are just a few of the issues being pushed off the agenda for an esoteric Westminster issue."

  120. 'Put people in the driving seat'

    Pressure group the Electoral Reform Society has called for the establishment of a citizen's convention to settle constitutional questions such as "English votes for English laws".

    Deputy chief executive Darren Hughes says: "A citizen-led convention would put people, not politicians, in the driving seat when it comes to settling our constitutional future. It's the only way to answer these difficult questions and come to a settlement that commands legitimacy and respect."

  121. Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor


    tweets: UKIP say Hague plans for 'english votes' "fail to deliver anything but chaos"

  122. Kiran Stacey, FT political correspondent


    tweets: Hague announces he will seek a Commons vote on 'Eng votes' before May. It won't pass though - Lab and LDs are opposed.

  123. Ed Balls tries to build business bridges

    Ed Balls

    Responding to a suggestion that Labour's spat with business has descended into a "bitter war of words", shadow chancellor Ed Balls has attempted to pour oil on troubled waters. He said that while there would always be some business leaders who took a "political view" on issues including taxation, the majority would back Labour's policies on infrastructure, education and remaining in the European Union.

    Addressing an audience that included business people, Mr Balls said: "My sense is that the vast majority of business people don't particularly take the Labour view or the Conservative view, the view they take is, 'What is the best way forward for our country in the next 10, 20, 30 years which will support the jobs and the growth that I want to create through my business?' and they want to work with the government of the day and they want us to try and take a long-term view."

  124. Kamal Ahmed, BBC business editor


    tweets: Bob Dudley doesn't nibble (much) on general election question. Says companies need stability and reliability, don't like uncertainty

  125. Kamal Ahmed, BBC business editor


    From press conference by BP chief executive, our business editor tweets: Bob Dudley asked to respond to Steffano Pessina's attack on Labour. "I've been focused on $50 oil. That has been our big issue."

  126. Tim Reid, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: Deputy leader of HoC, LD Tom Brake says Tory #evel plans offer fundamental change and "major mistake" without a constitutional convention

  127. 'The least divisive' option

    John Baron

    "All options regarding 'English Votes for English Laws' (Evel) are sadly a step closer to weakening the Union," writes the Conservative MP John Baron on the website But he suggests his party's preferred option, establishing what would be effectively a veto for English MPs, "is the least separatist of all". He adds: "Blocking all non-English MPs from voting on English-only matters would in particular play into the hands of the separatists."

  128. Mayor tries to refloat 'Boris Island'


    The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus A380, arrives at London's Heathrow airport

    Despite a proposal for a Thames estuary airport being rejected last year, Mr Johnson, who backed the scheme, denies the plan is "dead in the water". He says: "I think we're going round and round in circles in this country, a bit like the planes over London trying to land." Options for Heathrow or Gatwick expansion are "bad", he says. "We are sleepwalking into an absolute catastrophe here," he adds.

  129. 'No impact on who we are'

    The technique to create so-called "three-person babies" aims to prevent deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. It results in babies having 0.1% of their DNA from a third person, in the form of the healthy mitochondria of a donor woman. Dr Gillian Lockwood, a reproductive ethicist, says: "Because it's restricted to the mitochondria it just does what mitochondria do, and that's provide an energy source - it doesn't have any impact on who we are, how clever we are, how tall we are, or any other aspect. All of that's controlled by the nuclear DNA and that's not going to be affected by this technique."

  130. Three-person babies: 'What next?'

    The technique to create babies using the DNA of three people, on which MPs will vote later, is highly controversial. The Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg, who opposes legalisation of the process, says: "At the moment there's a very clear boundary that babies cannot be genetically altered, and once you've decided that they can - even for the small number of genes - you have done something very profound. And then it's merely a matter of degree as to what you do next."

  131. Labour seizes on Boris Boots comments

    In response to Boris Johnson's comments on LBC that he finds it "a little disappointing" that Boots boss Stefano Pessina "doesn't cough up for Britain" by paying tax, a Labour source says: "Now Boris Johnson has joined the criticism of tax avoidance by the Boots chief, the question is will the prime minister and chancellor do the same?"

  132. Veto 'problems' predicted

    Andrew Bridgen MP

    On the issue of English votes for English laws, backbench Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen predicts that his party's proposal for a "veto" for English MPs "will lead to big problems down the line". He says: "There's an election coming up and it's better than nothing, but it's not without its problems". He says he fears the arrangement would be "exploited by Alex Salmond and the SNP to our detriment".

  133. Boris rejects US political move


    Boris Johnson has no plans to go into US politics if he fails to win Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the 2015 general election in May, he says. Theoretically, he could become US President - he was born in New York and holds an American passport. But he says: "I think it unlikely I would be called upon to serve in that office."

  134. Boris, Boots and tax


    Stefano Pessina

    Regarding Mr Johnson's point that business contributes to society through tax revenues, host Nick Ferrari points out that Boots moved its tax domicile from the UK to Switzerland to pay less tax. Mr Johnson said the business had a duty to shareholders to maximise returns, but added: "I have to say I find it a little disappointing that he [Boots boss Stefano Pessina (above)] doesn't cough up for Britain."

  135. Rural broadband

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As MPs warn the government not to forget rural communities in the high-speed internet roll-out, BBC Radio 5 live wants to hear from people affected by slow service.

    BBC Radio 5 live
  136. 'No interest in wealth creation'


    On business figures' recent criticism of Labour, London mayor Boris Johnson says: "I think it is absolutely true that if you look at the modern Labour Party, they have no interest in wealth creation. They don't understand that in order to have a strong, healthy society, you have got to support the businesses that create the tax revenue and employ people and put bread on the table for people, otherwise you can't begin to pay for the poorest and neediest, for the welfare state and hospitals and everything else."

  137. Boris Johnson on Labour-business row


    Ed Miliband answering questions from young people at an event organised by Sky News and Facebook
    Image caption: Mr Miliband has vowed to challenge "powerful forces" in business over tax avoidance

    More on Labour's row with Boots boss Stefano Pessina. Caller "Vinegar Mike", a Labour supporter, opines that business leaders should keep their political views under wraps. The Conservative London mayor, Mr Johnson, disagrees, saying: "I think the head of Boots is perfectly entitled to his view. Too often you have a lot of nervousness in great corporations about speaking out on political issues."

  138. SNP leads poll

    The SNP would take almost half of the Scottish vote in the general election, a YouGov opinion poll for the Times suggests. Support for the SNP was at 48%, with Labour trailing on just 27%, the Conservatives on 15% and the Liberal Democrats on 4%. Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has said he believes "people are on a journey back towards us".

  139. London mayor on electric taxis



    Mr Johnson continues on the air quality theme, discussing his plan for electric taxis in London. LBC host Nick Ferrari asks how about 32,000 taxis will be charged. Mr Johnson says: "A lot of them can charge at home, and there will be charging points... at taxi ranks and places where taxis gather."

  140. Labour dismisses business critics

    Labour has dismissed further criticism from senior business figures, saying the attacks are politically motivated. Former Marks and Spencer boss Lord Rose accused the opposition of a "steady drumbeat of anti-business policies". But Labour said the claims were "ridiculous", pointing out that Lord Rose was a Conservative peer. Read our report here.

  141. Three-person babies

    The technique to create babies using DNA from three people, on which MPs will vote later, is explained in graphics below:

    Embryo repair graphic

    1) Two eggs are fertilised with sperm, creating an embryo from the intended parents and another from the donors. 2) The pronuclei, which contain genetic information, are removed from both embryos but only the parents' are kept. 3) A healthy embryo is created by adding the parents' pronuclei to the donor embryo, which is finally implanted into the womb.

    Egg repair graphic

    1) Eggs from a mother with damaged mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected. 2) The majority of the genetic material is removed from both eggs. 3) The mother's genetic material is inserted into the donor egg, which can be fertilised by sperm.

  142. Boris Johnson on London air quality


    London cyclist

    London Mayor Boris Johnson is challenged by caller "Stan" on an LBC phone-in about air pollution and cycling in London. Mr Johnson says: "Not only have nitrous oxide levels come down in the last seven years, the emissions have come down by 20%, the concentrations in some of the worst bits of London are down by 12%... but we've got to go further. As you rightly say, Stan, there are 4,300 people who die every year in London prematurely because of poor air quality, and we've got to get more cycling on our streets, and we've got to get cleaner vehicles."

  143. Pics: More from Inside the Commons

    BBC Breakfast

    There's been huge anticipation of Michael Cockerell's series. The camera angles for covering Parliament are normally very tightly regulated, so his unprecedented access is set to give all of us a host of new views of what goes on. Here's a selection of stills from the preview clip broadcast on BBC Breakfast.

    House of Commons
    Image caption: David Cameron heads towards the chamber for PMQs
    House of Commons
    Image caption: MPs "bob up" to try to get chosen to ask a question by the Speaker
    House of Commons
    David Cameron in the House of Commons
    House of Commons

    Inside the Commons is on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT

  144. Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor


    tweets: William Hague has just done his 7th broadcast interview of the morning on "English Votes" #treadmill #timeforacuppa

  145. 'Fairness to the people of England'

    BBC Breakfast

    William Hague, who is chair of the Cabinet Committee on Devolution, was on BBC Breakfast earlier and outlined the Conservatives' proposal for an English MPs' "veto" on English laws. Watch the interview again here.

  146. BBC Radio 4 Today


    tweets: Mother tells #r4today why she 'needs' MPs to vote for three-person babies technique:

  147. New views of the House of Commons

    House of Commons

    Here's a rarely (if ever) seen view of the House of Commons at Prime Minister's Questions. It's a still taken from Michael Cockerell's fly-on-the-wall documentary Inside the Commons which is being broadcast on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT. Those packed benches at the far end are in the public gallery. Speaker John Bercow is at the near end, with the press gallery above.

  148. Inside the Commons

    BBC Breakfast

    Michael Cockerell

    Inside the Commons, a four-part series which gained unprecedented access behind the scenes in Parliament, begins tonight on BBC Two. "It's like a small village, but it has many eccentricities," says Michael Cockerell, who spent a year filming the series. As well as, for the first time ever, taking viewers on to the floor of the Commons chamber, the programme will be a comprehensive account taking in the history, catering and other support staff, the rats in the basement and the pigeons outside. "It's extraordinary what goes on every day in the place," says Cockerell. The first episode is at 21:00 GMT on BBC Two.

  149. Radio Times


    Robert Peston

    tweets: Robert @Peston talks wealth and inequality ahead of his new @BBCRadio4 series at 9 today. (Here's the Radio Times article)

  150. Tim Reid, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: William Hague on #evel plan:"It will be a huge change. Scottish MPs will not be able to impose their will on English"

  151. Three-people babies

    BBC Breakfast

    David King

    Ahead of a Commons vote later on whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people, David King, of Human Genetics Alert, says he opposes the technique because of where it could lead. "Once you cross this ethical line," he tells BBC Breakfast, "once you say that it's OK to manipulate the human genome in ways that are passed down the generations... it's really hard to not take the next step and the next step, and end up in that world of designer babies that everybody wants to avoid."

  152. Police photo database

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    A graphic

    Police forces in England and Wales have uploaded up to 18 million "mugshots" to a facial recognition database - despite a court ruling it could be unlawful. They include photos of people never charged, or others cleared of an offence, and were uploaded without Home Office approval, Newsnight has learned. Photos of "hundreds of thousands" of innocent people may be on the database, an independent commissioner has said. The database complies with the Data Protection Act, police have insisted.

  153. Rural broadband investment

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey says it's wrong to suggest urban areas are being favoured over rural areas, saying "the vast majority of money" to support broadband is going to rural areas. He says £2bn has been invested in trying to pass as many people as possible in rural areas "so it's not a case of not recognising the problem". Two million homes have been connected, he says, but this is a huge engineering problem - "we can't just flick a switch... it takes time".

  154. Rural broadband

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Conservative MP Anne Macintosh, chairwoman of the Commons environmental, food and rural affairs committee, says in her area of Yorkshire 18% of homes are being "left behind" without broadband, which is a problem for many farmers who are now expected to claim for the new farm payment scheme online. Rather than throwing more money at urban areas to get superfast broadband, it should be reallocated to bring rural areas up to speed - "the test is whether you can watch a download without interruption", she says. Her committee has published a report on the issue.

  155. Manifesto commitment

    BBC Breakfast

    On the Conservatives' English laws proposal, Mr Hague tells BBC Breakfast: "In an ideal world, I would like to see this passed before the coming election so that it was ready for whatever the result of the election is." But he admits the proposal lacks the other parties' support, suggest the Lib Dems favour their own proposal and Labour "don't want to talk about this at all". So Mr Hague says it is "unlikely we will be able to pass any such thing" before the election, but adds that it will be in the Conservatives' election manifesto and would be a "very high priority" if they win power in May.

  156. Today's papers: Business v Labour

    The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph

    A war of words appears to have developed in some papers, with business leaders attacking Ed Miliband's response to criticism from the boss of retailer Boots.

    When asked about Stefano Pessina's opinion that a Labour government would be a "catastrophe" for the UK, the party's leader had responded that the Monaco resident "ought to pay his taxes" rather than "lecture people".

    It's prompted several business chiefs to criticise Labour, with the Daily Telegraph highlighting complaints that personal attacks "stifle debate".

    And the paper's editorial accuses Labour of being "inexorably anti-business", arguing: "Occasional lip service has been paid to the power of capitalism to create wealth and jobs.

    "But it has been drowned out by attacks on landlords, energy suppliers, railway companies, financiers, bankers and anyone else who appears to be, in Mr Miliband's eyes, a 'predator' rather than a 'producer'."

    Under the headline "Pizza boss: Ed is half-baked", the Sun quotes Pizza Express founder Luke Johnson saying Labour are "ignorant of the way markets and capitalism works".

    Meanwhile, ex-Marks and Spencer boss Lord Rose compares the party's policies to "bell-bottom flares and denims", calling them a "seventies throw-back" in the Daily Mail. He suggests Mr Miliband should "walk the floor" in UK businesses - in the way chief executives do - to "find out what's happening in the real world".

    However, Labour has hit back by pointing out that "no-one should be surprised" that Lord Rose - a Conservative peer - is attacking the party. And Mr Miliband finds support in the Daily Mirror, which argues he is "right to make ending tax avoidance by wealthy international speculators a big election issue".

    Read the full newspaper review

  157. 'English consent'

    BBC Breakfast

    William Hague

    Commons Leader William Hague says the Conservatives' proposal on the issue of English votes for English laws amounts to a veto - although it would be called a "legislative consent motion". While the laws would still ultimately require a majority vote in the Commons, before that they would have to make it through an "English grand committee" of the English MPs. The detailed scrutiny of bills at committee stage would also be carried out by English MPs, he tells BBC Breakfast. Mr Hague says it would mean "English consent would be required for measures that are proposed that only affect England".

  158. Time-limited councillors?

    Away from Westminster, BBC Wales understands that councillors in Wales could face limits on the length of time they can serve and that pay cuts for council leaders and cabinet members also feature in a white paper due to be published today by Public Service Minister Leighton Andrews.

  159. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent


    tweets: #ge2015 BBC Westminster countdownerer update: trialing new EVEL version. Doesn't seem that different.

    Election countdown on whiteboard
  160. Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor


    tweets: Labour dismiss latest batch of business leaders attacking Ed M as part of "a Tory Operation." Stuart Rose - Tory Peer; Nigel Rudd - Tory donor

  161. Three-person babies vote

    BBC Breakfast

    MPs will have a free vote later on Tuesday on whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people - a technique aimed at preventing deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. The UK could become the first country to legalise three-person babies - but the issue has sparked fierce ethical debate. "Britain's a pioneer," says campaigner Rachel Kean. "I think it's very exciting and I hope that the MPs listen to their electorates and pass it today."

  162. English vetoes for English laws

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Norman Smith

    The BBC's assistant political editor, Norman Smith, tells Today that the plans being unveiled by William Hague are not so much English votes for English laws, as English vetoes for English laws. He points out the proposal - to allow only English MPs to vote on an issue at one stage during the Parliamentary process but still require an overall majority in the Commons to pass the law - is attempting to answer the demand for English powers without creating two classes of MPs. It is a "ferociously complicated" proposal to sell, Smith adds.

  163. Conservative views on English laws

    James Landale

    Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

    Conservative MPs have in recent weeks maintained discipline and kept friendly fire on their leadership to a minimum - but beneath the surface a ferocious debate is raging about the issue of English MPs' votes on English laws.

    For now this debate continues below the radar. But once Mr Hague publishes his plans, the discussion will spill out into the open air. Some now talk not just of EVEL (English votes for English laws) but EVEI (English votes for English issues) and EVEN (English votes for English needs).

    This debate is getting more complicated and it could be about to get more bloody. Read James's full blog on the issue.

  164. English votes

    William Hague

    Leader of the Commons William Hague is to set out the Conservatives' favoured option on the question of English votes for English laws later today. This long-running constitutional issue has been back in the spotlight because of the new powers being devolved to Scotland. Mr Hague will say his party favours the idea of giving English MPs a veto in Parliament over laws that apply only in England - but MPs from across the UK would still be able to debate English-only laws and they would still require a majority vote in the House of Commons.

  165. Good morning

    Alex Hunt

    Politics editor, BBC News Online

    Hello and welcome to a fresh day's coverage of political developments ahead of the 7 May General Election. There are now 93 days to go. You'll be able to listen or watch all the BBC's political output today on this page and we'll be bringing you all the best clips, quotes, analysis, reaction and breaking political news throughout the day. If you want to catch up with what happened on Monday, here's yesterday's campaign countdown.