Wednesday 7 April 2010
SOME MORE DETAIL ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME:
The great wash up clean up is underway with the leaders of all three main parties using day two of the campaign to outline how they would reform a scandal-hit parliament.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would overhaul the system, introducing fixed term parliament and promising to hold a referendum on changing how MPs are elected and a replacement chamber for the House of Lords.
Conservative leader David Cameron said his party would go further in giving voters the right to kick out MPs who break the rules.
And Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg's proposals include a cap on political donations.
But for the electorate is such talk a case of too little too late?
How can the politicians build up public trust while at the same time tussling for votes, and will the proposals really take the heat out of public anger over the expenses scandal?
Tonight in the studio we bring together three senior politicians and three members of the public, who feel ignored by politicians and not served by the system, for a live debate.
We will also examine the apparent rift between Afghanistan's government and the West.
Today President Hamid Karzai's spokesman was forced to give assurances that Afghanistan is committed to the fight against the Taliban, denying published reports that the Afghan leader threatened to join the Taliban
unless the US and its allies ease up on pressure to reform.
Mark Urban takes a look at the rising tensions and we will be talking to the US state department.
And, move over Alan Partridge - we have the first film from our very own Motorway Man, Stephen Smith, as he moves into the Donington Park services on the M1 - a surprising election battleground.
ENTRY FROM 11.29
Seconds away, round two.
Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing for their final face-to-face House of Commons clash ahead of the 6 May general election - and we will be watching.
We are also keeping an eye on the "wash-up" - the period of horse-trading over which outstanding legislation will become law before the election.
As campaigning focuses on plans for political reform we look at voter disengagement. Is change to the voting system what is needed to reinvigorate the electorate?
And, move over Alan Partridge - we have the first film from our very own Motorway Man, Stephen Smith, as he moves into the Donington Park services on the M1. All will become clear later...
Plus, as the head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) and his deputy resign, we will examine the apparent rift between Afghanistan's leaders and the West.
More details later.