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UK election at-a-glance: 22 April

Labour's Ed Balls and Gisela Stuart at the Four Dwellings Children"s Centre in Quinton, Birmingham


Thursday is dominated by the second of three televised debates between the three main party leaders. The event was hosted by Sky News, broadcast from the Arnolfini Arts Centre in Bristol - next to the city's historic floating harbour. The first half of the debate was taken up with foreign affairs, but all eyes were on how Gordon Brown and David Cameron responded to the poll boost gained by the Liberal Democrats following last week's debate in Manchester. Elsewhere, the main party leaders campaigned in south-west England prior to the debate. You can relive Thursday's campaign by clicking here.


"Clegg raises the stakes", says The Independent, adding that the Lib Dem leader has made proportional representation the price of his party's support for their political rivals. The Guardian's lead is "Tories to send gay MP to curb EU extremists", saying David Cameron wants to persuade the Conservatives' right-wing allies in Europe to drop their homophobic views. The FT's take on the campaign is "Clarke unleashed to attack Lib Dems", referring to the shadow business secretary's views about the impact of a hung Parliament on the UK economy. That theme is continued by The Times, which has the headline "Cameron: hung Parliament will risk economic disaster". Mr Cameron, the paper says, is trying to "wrest back the election initiative from Nick Clegg".


"Nick Clegg must produce the paperwork to clear up some serious questions about these donations."
The Conservatives' Greg Hands speaking in response to a claim in the Daily Telegraph that the Lib Dem leader received up to £250 a month from three businessmen in 2006, paid into his bank account

"I have done nothing wrong. In the next few days I will publish figures to prove it. I must be the only politician in the space of a week to go from Churchill to Nazi."
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg tells Sky News he denies any impropriety over the donations he received in 2006

"Nobody ever went into Lib Dem politics for an easy life and safe seat."
Liberal Democrats home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne

"Well I am what I am, and I believe what I believe, and if I can do those things then people will either have me or not have me, and that will be their decision."
Conservative leader David Cameron on his strategy for the second prime ministerial TV debate

"As long as we are paying a licence fee to the British Broadcasting Corporation, we want it to be the British Broadcasting Corporation, and not the English Broadcasting Corporation."
The SNP's Alex Neil on why his party is unhappy it has not been invited to join the prime ministerial TV debates.


The gloves came off in the second prime ministerial debate as Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg clashed over global affairs.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg comes under attack from rivals over political donations and policies.

A man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two Labour volunteers campaigning with former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott

Polling in Thirsk and Malton, North Yorkshire, was postponed following the death of UK Independence Party candidate John Boakes

The home of shadow defence secretary Liam Fox is burgled, with a car and laptop being stolen.

The Conservatives published their armed forces manifesto promising more help for those suffering from combat stress

The makers of Marmite threatened legal action against the BNP for using the product in an online broadcast

Youngsters have been throwing tough questions at Alan Johnson over finances, David Cameron on knife crime and Lembit Opik on terrorism is Afghanistan.


The issue of Europe may cause dread or boredom in equal measure to the electorate, but it is likely to be debated in tonight's second TV battle between the main party leaders.

To nudge Mr Brown, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg in that direction, a group of pro-European business leaders have written an open letter to the Financial Times. The Business for New Europe group, whose members include Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, says the UK must play "a central and positive roll" in the EU. But they make no mention of the pesky euro.


A Bahraini writer for the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi has urged the UK's Muslim population to vote in the general election. Sa'id Shihabi says Muslims will "not find solutions except by engaging in the elections effectively and enthusiastically".


150 - the number of people who will be in the audience at tonight's second live TV debate between the three main party leaders. This is 50 fewer than the 200 who attended the first debate in Manchester, because the venue - the Arnolfini Arts Centre in Bristol - is smaller than Manchester's Granada Studios.

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