DAY IN A NUTSHELL
It's the Conservatives' turn to
launch their manifesto,
around the idea of inviting every voter in Britain to "join the government". Pledges include helping people to set up their own schools, sack MPs and veto high council tax increases.
UKIP put forward their manifesto
with a promise that they are the party of "straight talking".
have also launched their manifesto in Cardiff with a pledge to protect the vulnerable and front-line services. Gordon Brown spends the morning out and about in the East Midlands and the afternoon in South Yorkshire. The Lib Dems will focus on small businesses and UK manufacturing.
Full coverage of how the day unfolded.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
"We have got to stop treating adults like children and children like adults."
Conservative Party leader David Cameron
"There is a complete hole at the centre of the Conservative manifesto"
Labour leader Gordon Brown
"It was launched in a power station that no longer generates power... It's style over substance."
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg on the choice of Battersea power station for the Tory manifesto launch
"There's no straight talking from Labour, Lib Dem or Conservative, they actually don't want the British public to know that what they signed us up to in 2004 was a total open door to the whole of eastern Europe."
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage
"The London-based parties have already decided what's important to them - the City, the banks, the votes of so-called Middle Britain."
Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones
BATTLE OF THE BUSES: THE RETURN
A quick revisit of last week's in-depth analysis of the battle buses that are being put to work ferrying the party leaders around the UK. Last off the grid is the Labour machine, following the racing starts of the Lib Dem and Tory transports. Sporting a demure paint scheme compared to its rivals, the Labour bus has a mostly-white livery, with the traditional "Vote Labour" slogan on the side, coupled with "A future fair for all" on the front. Judging by the registration number beginning NX10 it wins the prize for newest battle bus - but does it mean it will be back with National Express after the election?
CLEGG v PAXMAN
The first leader to face Newsnight's big inquisitor was Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg in a half-hour BBC One special on Monday evening. Topics covered included immigration, taxation and what might happen in a hung Parliament. And Mr Clegg also took advantage of a rare chance to expand on his message near the end, thanks to an apparent frog in Jeremy Paxman's throat.
You can watch the full interview here.
Launching the Conservative Party manifesto, David Cameron says they
will "change Britain for the better",
with their plans for a "big society", not "big government".
Speaking on BBC Derby,
Gordon Brown joins the row over legal aid for MPs
accused of theft over their expenses.
The Liberal Democrats promise a "top-to-toe" overhaul of the British banking system
and say bankers' bonuses should be capped at £2,500.
The UK Independence Party launch their manifesto
with a promise not to stand against "genuinely Eurosceptic" candidates from other parties.
Plaid Cymru set out their manifesto, outlining seven areas
where they would attempt to win concessions in a hung Parliament.
Royle family actor
Ricky Tomlinson decides not to stand for the Socialist Labour Party.
Former Amstrad boss turned government "enterprise tsar"
Lord Sugar donates £400,000 to Labour
Richard Hughes of
the band Keane says he is "horrified" that one of their songs
was used at the launch of the Conservative manifesto.
FIGURE OF THE DAY
28,700 - the number of words in the Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto.