DAY IN A NUTSHELL
launch their manifesto
, promising that under-performing schools, hospitals and police forces could be taken over by teams from more successful organisations. The party also vows not to raise any of the rates of income tax and not to extend VAT on food, children's clothes, books, newspapers and public transport fares. Labour also promise that patients in England will guaranteed to get results of cancer tests within a week, and to double paid paternity leave to four weeks. The Tories say Labour have run out of ideas and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg sets out "the biggest tax switch in generations", raising the tax-free threshold to £10,000. The SNP launch their campaign urging Scots to vote for "an alternative vision of the future".
See how the day unfolded.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
"Labour will be restless and relentless reformers. Reformers of the market and reformers of the state."
Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, launching Labour's manifesto
"We are the party of middle income and lower income Britain. We are the party appealing to middle class voters in every constituency."
"It is crazy, when we are coming out of recession and trying to get the economy moving, to put an extra tax on jobs."
David Cameron, Conservative leader
"We haven't had a government in this country since 1935 that's enjoyed a mandate from the majority of the British people."
Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader
Our nation deserves more, much more than a decade of dismal cuts from Tory and Labour.
Alex Salmond, SNP leader and Scottish First Minister
"All of the parties now seem to be engaged in a race to the top on family-friendly and flexible working policies."
David Yeandle, Engineering Employers Federation
CLEGG v PAXMAN
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg takes advantage of Jeremy Paxman developing a frog in his throat while being interviewed on BBC One to press home some more of his campaign messages.
You can watch the whole interview here.
MONDAY'S NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
interview with the Guardian,
the prime minister describes how he plans to end the "era of take it or leave it public services". He tells the paper that failing schools, police forces and hospital authorities could be taken over if new leadership is demanded by bad results or parental ballots.
"Labour tries to win back middle England" is the
lead. It says the party's manifesto launch will signal a return to a "Blairite" agenda.
Labour will "force foreign workers to speak English",
says the Times.
It says the policy signals a shift "to the right" towards a "Blairite agenda" for the party. The
however, says "Labour's open-door policy on immigration" has led to "English becoming a second language in schools across Britain".
Labour include a pledge not to raise income tax
in their manifesto, alongside proposals to revamp under-performing schools, hospitals and police forces and reform the public sector.
Conservative leader David Cameron says
he almost gave up politics
after his six-year-old son Ivan died last year.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg does not rule out joining a coalition with either Conservative or Labour.
Earlier, promising a radical overhaul of the tax system, he claims that Labour policies have left the poorest households paying more tax than in 1997.
launch their election manifesto as the campaign enters its first full week.
hold their campaign launch,
while Scots Tory leader Annabel Goldie is campaigning in the party's Perth and North Perthshire target seat.
a teenager who at 17 is too young to vote
is believed to have become the youngest election agent in the country - for UKIP.
Welsh Assembly Government ministers
are being accused of "abuse of position" by announcing £17.5m in tourism grants
during the general election campaign.
The Communist Party
launch their manifesto
with a pledge to "drop the big lie about spending cuts and make the fat cats pay".