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UK election at-a-glance: 2 May

Gordon Brown at the Church of the New Testament in Streatham, south London

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

Sunday did not prove to be a day of rest for the politicians - not with polling day on Thursday. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg continued their bids to drum up support across the country with whirlwind tours of seats, while the main Westminster parties in Scotland and Wales went head-to-head in two separate TV debates. Click here to see how the day unfolded.

TWO TV DEBATES

Senior politicians from the four main parties in Wales - Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru - are going head-to-head in a live debate being broadcast on BBC One Wales at 2100 BST, and on the BBC News Election 2010 website.

Representatives of Scotland's four main political parties - Labour, the Tories, the Lib Dems and the SNP - are also to appear in a TV debate. The debate at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh will be broadcast at 2100 BST on BBC One Scotland and on the BBC News Election 2010 website.

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP

Conservative leader David Cameron says he aspires to a government of "quiet effectiveness".

Prime Minister Gordon Brown visits 10 seats in London. In one, he says Conservative policies would lead to the loss of "thousands of teachers and thousands of policemen and thousands of other people serving our community".

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg urges voters to break a habit of voting Labour that may have existed for generations.

Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones says Labour, his party's coalition partner in the Welsh assembly government, is now a "spent force".

Police in Northern Ireland say they are to launch a major security operation in the run-up to the election amid fears of a dissident republican attack.

Education spokesmen from the three main parties get a grilling at the National Association of Head Teachers' conference.

Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward, who defected from the Tories in 2001, attacks David Cameron, warning voters are "sleepwalking into a living nightmare".

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"We have got to get rid of these absurd parliamentary holidays and start making Parliament work like the rest of the country." David Cameron

"When we hear the pain of suffering, we're prepared to act. The language that we understand is the cry of a child or someone in need." Gordon Brown to Labour supporters

"I understand that for some people it feels like almost a betrayal not to vote Labour but to start investing your trust in another party. But what I say to you is: you have not betrayed Labour, Labour has betrayed you." Nick Clegg

"...We are sleepwalking into a living nightmare - that nightmare is David Cameron's divided Britain." Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward

BEAMED ON BIG BEN
A mock-up of how the projection could look as results come in
A mock-up of how the projection could look as results come in

The results of the general election are to be projected onto Big Ben for the first time, as part of an initiative between the BBC and Parliament. The number of seats won by the three largest Westminster parties, along with those gained by the smaller parties and independents combined, will be beamed from the moment the first result is declared until dawn on Friday. It is meant to offer an arresting image of the results to TV viewers and anyone within viewing distance.

SUNDAY'S NEWSPAPERS

The Mail on Sunday leads on its exclusive interview with Gillian Duffy, the Rochdale woman who Gordon Brown called "bigoted". The paper's headline is "Gordon won't be getting my vote".

The front page of The Independent on Sunday carries a big picture of both David Cameron and Nick Clegg, with the headline "All change" - as the paper puffs its interviews with both men.

The Observer - which in its editorial throws its weight behind the Liberal Democrats - leads on a "scathing personal attack" by Gordon Brown on Nick Clegg. The prime minister, the paper says, likened the Lib Dem leader to a "TV game show host".

Mr Clegg is also the subject of the Sunday Telegraph's lead. " Poll blow for Clegg as voters think twice " is its headline. The paper is referring to its latest opinion poll, which suggests support for the Lib Dems has "fallen significantly".

A News of the World front page story headlined "Cam in No 10... you'll win it by 4" is how the paper interprets its poll of 96 marginal constituencies. It suggest David Cameron will be able to form a government, with the help of Northern Ireland's unionists.

Mr Cameron tells the Sunday Times that the first legislative programme of a Tory government would include bills to scrap ID cards and home information packs, and the introduction of new-style "free schools" in England by the start of the autumn term.



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