Greens becoming 'national party' says Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett Ms Bennett has accused the major parties of "pandering" to UKIP

The Green Party is becoming a "national party" after making progress in the local elections, leader Natalie Bennett has said.

The Greens became the second largest party in Liverpool and Solihull, replacing the Liberal Democrats in each case.

With 151 of 161 councils declared, the party had gained 17 councillors overall across England.

Ms Bennett also pointed to Bristol, where the Green Party gained two seats.

In Liverpool it won two new councillors, and three in Solihull.

Ms Bennett, who was elected leader in 2012, told the BBC: "We are seeing progress right around the country.

"We're becoming much more of a national party."

Ms Bennett has said her party could triple its number of MEPs from two to six in the European elections, which were also held on Thursday.

The results for the European elections are due to start coming in late Sunday, when voting has finished across the EU.

She has accused the main political parties of "pandering" to UKIP and complained that Nigel Farage's party had been able to "capture the agenda".

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    @ChrisMasonBBC 15:31: Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

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    @bbcnickrobinson 15:03: Nick Robinson, Political Editor, BBC News

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    14:47: Clegg: 'The right balance'

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    14:45: Housing benefit Daily Politics
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    14:40: 'Sense of powerlessness' The Independent

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    14:29: Voting priorities The Daily Telegraph

    James Kirkup writes that if the parties continue to hammer one another on just the economy and the NHS, they risk alienating some voters for whom there are more important issues.

     
  14.  
    14:25: 100 things you should know about the general election The Guardian
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    Guardian writers share 100 things you should think about before polling day, from the marginal constituencies worth watching to whether shadow health secretary Andy Burnham's eyelashes can set voters' "hearts aflutter".

     
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    14:16: TV debates

    The latest TV election debate format proposed by the broadcasters would see two debates hosted by BBC and ITV featuring the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru. David Cameron said on Breakfast a "deal could be done" if the Northern Ireland parties were included in the broadcasters' line-ups. Imagine having to chair that?

    L-R: Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Nigel Farage (Ukip), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), David Cameron (Conservative), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat), Ed Miliband (Labour).
     
  16.  
    14:10: 'Nasty party?' The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Conservative peer Baroness Wheatcroft tells The World at One the Conservatives need to be careful about what message the party sends out. "There is only one nasty party and it's a very nasty party and it's called UKIP," she says. The Conservative Party must get its tone right and "needs to appear kind and caring and not at all nasty", she adds.

     
  17.  
    14:10: Sheffield Hallam The World at One BBC Radio 4

    It's worth keeping an eye on Sheffield Hallam (Nick Clegg's seat), which has a three in five chance in retaining the Lib Dem seat at the moment, Mr Hanretty adds. Labour is in second place, and has a chance of "decapitating" the Lib Dems.

     
  18.  
    13:52: 'Hung territory' The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Mr Hanretty goes on to say that if the country had an election today, he would expect Labour to get 300 seats - "which is short of 326 magic number and would leave us in hung parliament territory". There are 650 seats up for grabs, which means 326 seats are needed to win an overall majority.

     
  19.  
    13:52: 'Slender' lead The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Chris Hanretty, a reader in politics at the University of East Anglia and co-founder of the website election.forecast.co.uk, says a poll of polls suggests Labour has a "slender" - 1% or 2% - lead in the polls now, but that is well within the margin of error. Mr Hanretty says that means Labour is "comfortably" ahead on seats, because the Labour vote is more efficiently distributed between constituencies.

     
  20.  
    13:44: Archive treat No 99: The swingometer's debut Alex Hunt Politics editor, BBC News Online
    Bob McKenzie introduces the swingometer

    On a day when we've just launched our whizziest-ever poll tracker - here's a reminder of how things have changed since 1959. Richard Dimbleby introduces Bob McKenzie who explains the "vast scoreboard" (which looks suspiciously like it's a cricket scoreboard borrowed from Lords) and then demonstrates the newest visual aid at his disposal - the swingometer, which was making its national television debut.

    Each day from now until 7 May we'll be bringing you a classic election clip from the BBC archives. We've already selected a fair few but do feel free to suggest some via email at alex.hunt@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @ialexhunt

     
  21.  
    13:34: 'NHS anxiety' The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    Ipsos Mori's Ben Page tells the programme there is no sign that any rise of anxiety over the NHS is leading to rise in votes - it doesn't seem to be cutting through to the wider public.

     
  22.  
    13:30: 'Real reform' The World at One BBC Radio 4

    Shadow care minister Liz Kendall tells the World at One that Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has been very clear that the NHS needs reforms. She says it would take a "series of complex things" and "real reform" to make the changes to social care that Labour is proposing.

     
  23.  
    13:16: Can NHS and social care be combined? Nick Triggle Health correspondent

    The problem facing the NHS is clear for all to see. Over the last 60 years the focus has shifted from curing illness, such as infectious diseases, to managing long-term illnesses, like dementia, for which there are no cures. That requires much more joined-up working in the community to keep people well, particularly supporting them in their own homes. To achieve that Labour is talking about "resetting" the NHS and creating joint budgets with England's councils, which are in charge of care services. It has echoes of what has already been done in Northern Ireland and is being rolled out in Scotland. But the challenge is that people pay for their care - many the whole bill. How that system can be combined with the free-at-the-point-of-need NHS is a major challenge.

     
  24.  
    13:03: Breaking News The World at One BBC Radio 4

    From BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith: The former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn has criticised Labour's focus on the NHS as a "comfort zone campaign" and warned the party was ill-prepared to carry out the necessary reforms to the NHS if elected. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World at One he also warned that the party risked the same fate as in the 1992 election which Labour lost. You can listen to the programme by clicking on the Live Coverage tab on this page.

     
  25.  
    12:59: Pensioner benefits Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News, in Sale

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  26.  
    12:54: Cider workers
    David Cameron and George Osborne

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    12:38: Ashdown the voiceover Daily Politics
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    12:31: Pic: Today's Daily Politics line-up
    Daily Politics

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    12:25: Coalition NHS reforms "moved too fast" Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

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    12:22: Cameron wants early TV debates BBC Radio 2
    The 2010 election

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    12:20: 'Intensely reasonable' on immigration BBC Radio 2

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    12:14: Cameron welcomes GDP figures BBC Radio 2

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    12:12: Miliband attacks privatisation Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News, in Sale

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    12:08: GDP figures over the years
    Chart showing UK GDP since 1990

    The BBC's economy tracker looks at GDP figures since the 1990s.

     
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    12:07: Cameron on tax BBC Radio 2

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    12:05: Cameron Vine BBC Radio 2

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    Tweet @BBC_HaveYourSay 11:57: Get involved

    @notayesmansecon tweets: As the UK's housing boom fades so does its economic growth #GDP #GBP #ukhousing

     
  38.  
    11:45: Rich versus poor Robert Peston Business editor, BBC News

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    @leicesterliz 11:37: Liz Kendall, Labour MP

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    11:37: Osborne on economy BBC News Channel
    Chancellor George Osborne

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    11:31: Poll tracker

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    Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Get involved

    Christine St Claire in UK, emails: A fifteen minute visit is just ludicrous. Of course visits need to be longer. How can anyone get the help they need in such a short time. Well done Ed Miliband, you will get my vote.

     
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    11:24: Significant slowdown? Robert Peston Business editor, BBC News

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    11:24: GDP figures
    Rolled up sterline notes

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    Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Get involved

    Christine Anderson in UK, emails: Unless carers are paid a decent wage and travel money the proposals won't make any difference

     
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    Tweet @BBC_HaveYourSay Get involved

    @carowilb tweets: 100 days until the general election. I'm intrigued to see what Cameron is going to come up with #NHS

     
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    11:09: Ed Balls on living standards BBC News Channel
    Ed Balls

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    Ed Miliband David Cameron

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    10:50: GDP figures
    Graph showing components of UK GDP

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    10:49: Mental health

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  51.  
    @ChrisMasonBBC Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

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    10:40: Dementia care

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    10:39: Key principle

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    10:33: Trust

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    10:32: 'Wrong values'

    The Labour leader says David Cameron puts the wrong values at the heart of the NHS and the future of the health service is at stake in the general election. "Let's go out and fight for it." he says.

     
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    10:30: 'No time to care'

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    10:29: Two futures of NHS
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband setting out his plans for the NHS

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    10:25: NHS 'in peril'

    Ed Miliband says the "precious" institution faces its "most perilous moment in a generation".

     
  59.  
    10:25: Ed Miliband on NHS

    Ed Miliband is now delivering a speech on the NHS in Trafford, Manchester.

     
  60.  
    10:24: More on GDP BBC News Channel

    The ONS's chief economist, Joe Grice, tells the BBC News Channel it's "too early to say" if this slowdown will persist. "The dominant services sector remains buoyant while the contraction has taken place in industries like construction, mining and energy supply, which can be erratic," he says.

     
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    10:23: GDP breakdown

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    09:54: GDP figures

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    09:51: GDP figures

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    09:49: GDP figures

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    09:44: GDP figures

    BBC's business correspondent Ben Thompson says the ONS GDP figures are good news, but not as good as was expected. The services industry is doing quite well, but construction is dragging it down, he says.

     
  66.  
    09:32: Breaking News

    ONS says UK economy grew by 0.5% during the fourth quarter of 2014 and by 2.6% over the year.

     
  67.  
    09:27: Key dates

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    09:14: TV debates

    Here's a bit more on who said what on the TV debates this morning - and whether a deal is any closer. The latest proposal from the broadcasters suggested a seven-way debate between the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru on the BBC and ITV.

     
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    09:10: BBC analysis

    Get the expert analysis behind the election pledges. The BBC's Health Editor Hugh Pym blogs on Labour, the NHS and social care integration and the editor of the BBC's Political Research Unit David Cowling explains why this general election is impossible to call.

     
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    09:00: Poll tracker

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  71.  
    08:43: New nuggets Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    Norman Smith says with 100 days to go until the election, the main parties are sticking to the themes they've stuck to for weeks - Labour on the NHS, and Tories on the economy. He says there are a couple of new nuggets from David Cameron though - a hint he's minded to continue protecting pensioner benefits such as bus passes and winter fuel allowances, and a view that Northern Ireland should be included in TV debates.

     
  72.  
    08:31: Not no, but not a yes either Nick Robinson Political editor

    Nick Robinson says David Cameron doesn't want to be seen to be saying "no" to the TV debates - but he's not exactly saying "yes" either.

     
  73.  
    08:30: Ed Milband on election BBC Breakfast

    The Labour leader says "Britain can do a lot better" and his party wants to put working people first. "This is a big election, and I'm going to fight for it," he says.

     
  74.  
    08:28: Cameron on TV debates BBC Radio 4 Today

    David Cameron says you can't include SNP and Plaid without having parties from Northern Ireland. He says that he initially was making the point that the Greens should take part, but the broadcasters have gone further. He says he had also had concerns about the debates taking place during the election campaign itself - he thinks they dominate the campaign too much.

     
  75.  
    08:26: Ed Miliband on NHS BBC Breakfast

    Explaining how Labour is going to fund an extra £2.5bn a year across the UK for the NHS, Mr Milband says the party has "very clear plans" to raise the cash - from mansion tax, clamping down on tax avoidance and a levy on tobacco firms' market share.

     
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    08:23: In quotes: Cameron on benefits cap BBC Radio 4 Today
    David Cameron
     
  77.  
    08:20: Miliband on the sofa BBC Breakfast
    Ed Miliband
     
  78.  
    08:19: Ed Miliband on TV debates BBC Breakfast

    "The PM is wriggling and wriggling to get out of these debates - let's make these debates happen," says Ed Miliband.

     
  79.  
    08:16: Ed Miliband on NHS BBC Breakfast

    The Labour leader is talking about the NHS again. He tells BBC Breakfast the "iron curtain" between health and social care isn't serving us well. "The NHS has got to start taking an interest in the social care system," he says.

     
  80.  
    08:16: David Cameron on benefits cap BBC Radio 4 Today

    David Cameron says that families subject to the existing benefits cap have been more likely to find work than people not hit by the cap. His party is "unashamedly pro-work and pro- people who work hard". The Conservatives are proposing to lower the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 a year and use the money saved to boost apprenticeships.

     
  81.  
    @bbcnickrobinson Nick Robinson, BBC political editor

    tweets: "There's horror and there's hope". @Ed_Miliband speaks movingly of his grandfather who died in a Nazi camp & those who were saved @bbc5live

     
  82.  
    @ChrisMasonBBC Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: The most arresting sequence of Ed Miliband's @bbc5live interview was about Labour leader's loss of his grandfather in the Holocaust

     
  83.  
    Ed Miliband on TV debates BBC Radio 5 live

    "He gives it the big one about leadership," says Ed Miliband. If so, why is he so scared of the TV debates, the Labour leader asks of David Cameron. Mr Miliband says he'll take part, even if there's an empty chair where the Conservative leader should be.

     
  84.  
    08:00: Ed Miliband on NHS BBC Radio 5 live

    He says the NHS is always going to be a priority for Labour and "staff and patients are crying out for a sense of a plan" for it - adding that his party has "the right policy and the right plan".

     
  85.  
    07:56: Ed Miliband on NHS BBC Radio 5 live

    Labour leader Ed Miliband there is a "big fight on for the future of the NHS" and that he wants to "rescue" it, not weaponise it.

     
  86.  
    07:53: Ed Miliband talking NHS BBC Radio 5 live
    Ed Miliband on 5live
     
  87.  
    07:47: Andy Burnham on NHS BBC Radio 4 Today

    The shadow health secretary says the country needs to "rethink" the way we care for older people, who are often "trapped" on hospital beds and subject to "flying 15-minute visits" by social care workers on home visits. "We need to support people with dementia and autism as well as those with cancer," he says.

     
  88.  
    07:39: Andy Burnham on NHS BBC Radio 4 Today

    Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, tells BBC's Radio 4's Today programme the Labour Party is planning to "re-set" the NHS in England as the "National Health and Social Care Service".

     
  89.  
    07:25: David Cameron on election choice BBC Breakfast
    David Cameron

    David Cameron ends his Breakfast appearance by being asked about the lessons for the UK from what has happened in Greece. He says the election choice is "competence with the Conservatives", or "chaos with other options".

     
  90.  
    07:24: David Cameron on TV debates BBC Breakfast

    On the subject of TV election debates, Mr Cameron said it was a "good thing" that discussions had been taking place about which parties should be included. Asked if he would take part in the debates if Northern Ireland parties were included, he replied "yes", adding "a deal could be done".

     
  91.  
    07:21: David Cameron on apprenticeships BBC Breakfast

    David Cameron says apprenticeships are "very good" options for young people and the overwhelming majority of apprentices get jobs afterwards. The Conservatives are saying that they can create more using money saved by cutting the benefits cap limit.

     
  92.  
    07:16: David Cameron on benefits cap BBC Breakfast

    David Cameron tells BBC Breakfast that plans to reduce the benefits cap shows the Conservatives want to build on what he says is a successful policy of getting more people in to work - he says there was criticism in some parts of the country that £26,000 was too high. It's "absolutely crucial" to making sure young people get jobs and build a future for themselves, he says.

     
  93.  
    07:13: David Cameron on Breakfast
    David Cameron

    The Prime Minister David Cameron is appearing on BBC Breakfast from Downing Street.

     
  94.  
    @bbcnickrobinson Nick Robinson, BBC political editor

    tweets: Significance of today is not that it's 100 days until an election. It's Holocaust Memorial Day - when we pledge 'Never Again' @HolocaustUK

     
  95.  
    06:59: Party campaigns Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    The Tories are going on about the economy, there is a big push from Labour on the NHS today - I can see this going on right up to polling day. We've seen that the NHS is the number one issue for voters, but it has not yet translated to a lift off for Labour, despite the NHS winter crisis - which suggests the strategy appeals to the traditional Labour vote, but doesn't reach out beyond that.

     
  96.  
    06:57: The morning papers

    Meanwhile the Daily Mirror reports a survey which suggests a third of voters haven't made up their minds about how to vote yet.

    Mirror front page
     
  97.  
    06:53: The morning papers

    A bit more on how the 100 days to go point is being marked in the papers. With David Cameron and Ed Miliband appearing face-to-face on its front page, the i asks "where are the parties, what are the hot issues?". It also carries a poll suggesting the Tories have taken the lead over Labour.

    I front page
     
  98.  
    @ChrisMasonBBC Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: David Cameron is on @bbcbreakfast at 0710 and @BBCR4Today at 0810. Ed Miliband is on @bbc5live at 0750 and @bbcbreakfast at 0810.

     
  99.  
    06:42: Breakfast briefing
    Chris Mason on Breakfast

    The two main parties "will be playing their hits today - what they think works with voters", BBC political correspondent Chris Mason tells BBC Breakfast. So Labour's focus is on the NHS and integrating social care. The Conservatives are talking about the economy and the benefits cap - they want to lower the cap and use the money to create more apprenticeships. The Lib Dems and UKIP are both focusing on what impact they might have in partnership with larger parties.

     
  100.  
    06:35: The morning papers

    The Daily Telegraph has an interview with David Cameron in which the prime minister pledges to reduce the annual benefits cap to £23,000 as the first act of a new Conservative government - a theme that also features in the Daily Mail.

    Telegraph front page
     

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