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By Pippa Simm and Marie Jackson

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  1. Until tomorrow...

    It’s almost time for us to say goodnight, but not before a quick recap of the main political stories on this Bank Holiday Sunday. It’s been a busy day, as expected with just four days to go before polling day. Here's what's been happening:

    - David Cameron has said he will not lead a government that fails to deliver a referendum on the UK's EU membership

    - Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year and said he would not stand for re-election if he failed to do so

    - Labour unveiled an 8ft-high stone with its manifesto pledges carved into it, which sparked social media fun

    - Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said his party would insist on a public sector pay rise as a condition of any coalition deal

    - UKIP leader Nigel Farage warned that only UKIP could ensure there was a "fair and free" EU referendum and said pollsters and commentators were talking his party down

    - Scotland's party leaders clashed over public spending cuts in the next UK parliament during the final set-piece TV debate before voters head to the polls

    - In Wales the Conservatives accuse Labour and Plaid Cymru of being involved in an "unedifying squabble" over who to support if there is a hung parliament

    - Newcastle hopes to be hot on the heels of Sunderland in being among the first to declare its results on election night

    - A plaque was unveiled to mark the spot of John Prescott's 2001 punch.

    Thanks for joining us – and hope to see you again tomorrow. Night all.

  2. Is the campaign boring?

    Tony Blair

    This was meant to be the most exciting election in British history. The first in living memory where no-one dared to predict the outcome. That still remains the case, so why are some complaining about how dull the campaign has been? Over to BBC political reporter Brian Wheeler.

  3. Political props

    Ed Miliband's 8ft (2.4m) stone - engraved with Labour manifesto pledges - has drawn a fair amount of flak on social media. But the #EdStone, as it was quickly labelled, is just the latest in a long line of political props, some more successful than others. BBC News takes a look at the chequered history of political props.

  4. Ken Clarke's second election warning

    Ken Clarke

    The Guardian's Nick Watt reports that the former Conservative chancellor, Ken Clarke, has warned a second general election later this year after an inconclusive result on 7 May would resolve little - and probably produce a similar outcome.

    He writes: "In a warning to the main political parties, which are making tentative plans for a second election as opinion polls suggest that Labour and the Tories are largely tied, Clarke said: 'You can get out of a hung parliament by having a second election but, not surprisingly, the public tends to return a parliament which looks rather like the first one.'"

  5. Cameron accused of 'ducking' rally

    Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of "ducking" one of the last set-piece events of the general election campaign.

    More than 2,200 voters are expected to put questions to the three main parties on issues including pay-day lending, social care and the living wage, at a rally staged by community-organising charity, Citizens UK.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be taking part but it will be Culture Secretary Sajid Javid who represents the Conservatives.

    Mr Clegg said the decision was typical of the Tories' "bloodless and uninspiring" campaign and Labour said it showed the PM was unable to defend his record.

    However, Conservatives sources said that it had been made clear some time ago that Mr Cameron would be unable to attend due to campaigning commitments elsewhere in the country.

  6. Tomorrow's Times

  7. Tomorrow's Sun

  8. Celebrity endorsements

    Steve Coogan

    Comedian Steve Coogan has given Labour his backing ahead of next week's general election. In a video for the party he urged voters to back Labour, saying the Conservatives would "dismantle" the NHS if they won power.

    He’s not the only celeb to endorse Ed Miliband's party this weekend. Writing in the Daily Mirror, cookery writer and TV presenter Delia Smith said Labour was the best party to "nurture and sustain" the NHS and would save Britain from being "cut adrift" internationally.

  9. Independent front page

  10. Guardian front page

  11. Express front page

  12. Telegraph front page

  13. Legitimacy doubts?

  14. Scots leaders clash on cuts

    The panel of party leaders

    Earlier tonight during a BBC debate, Scotland's party leaders clashed over public spending cuts in the next UK parliament.

    The live programme from Edinburgh was the last final pre-election debate between the Conservatives' Ruth Davidson, Labour' s Jim Murphy, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon and Lib Dem Willie Rennie.

    More here.

  15. Tomorrow's FT

  16. Political tombstone?

    Ed Miliband stands in front of a stone plinth

    Ed Miliband's decision to set his party's six pledges in stone (yes, literally) has been causing a bit of a stir today.

    Iain Martin derides the move in a piece for CapX: "It is such a mind-bendingly bad idea that it is difficult to figure out what on earth his advisers thought they were doing when they crafted this plan. Large slabs with writing carved on it suggest tombstones and in this context political death."

  17. Cameron: 'Be proud'

    David Cameron

    At an event for party activists earlier today, David Cameron praised his party's record in government.

    He told a crowd in Nuneaton that the Conservatives had created jobs, grown the economy and cut the deficit. "Let's turn the good news in our economy into a good life for more people in our country", he said.

  18. Parties' positions on Europe

    EU flag

    The position of the parties on Europe are set to be key both in the run-up to the election and in any possible coalition negotiations afterwards.

    BBC political correspondent Ben Wright outlines the position of some of the main parties.

  19. Get your swing on

    BBC Parliament 60 Years of Swing
    Image caption: It's fair to say the props have improved over the years...

    Calling all political geeks... your bank holiday Sunday is about to get a whole lot better. The legendary Peter Snow has dusted off his swingomenter and is taking viewers through "60 years of swing" over on the BBC Parliament channel. What better way to get in the mood for Thursday's election.

  20. Voters 'wearing blindfolds'

    The Guardian

    Political commentator Andrew Rawnsley is unhappy with the way this general election campaign is being run. It's "shrill yet sterile" and "a terrible let-down", with the big issues avoided and the public dodged, he writes in The Guardian.

    "It is not surprising that there seem to be an unprecedentedly large number of swithering voters this close to the moment of national decision. Where voters have expressed a yearning for more honesty, they have been met with evasion and obfuscation.

    "Where we needed engagement between the political class and a disillusioned electorate, the campaigns have devoted their greatest efforts to protecting their leaders from the public. Where we needed a searching debate about our country, the voters are being asked to go to the polling stations wearing blindfolds."

  21. 'Amazing!'

    In more Ed Miliband news, remember the #milifandom group of his supporters? Well, the founder, a Twitter user who says she is a 17-year-old girl, has said the Labour leader called her for a chat on the phone.

    In a series of tweets, she said: "Just had an amazing phone call with someone amazing and it was amazing. Ed totally just rang me up. He is amazing! Such an amazing amazing guy so amazing I'm so grateful and he is just amazing #VoteLabour."

  22. Give us a hug, darling

    Ed Miliband and his wife, Justine, hug on a campaign visit

    If you thought awkward shows of affection between party leaders and their wives were just reserved for the end of party conference speech, think again. It appears it's hit the campaign trail too. Here's Ed Miliband and his wife, Justine, embracing on a visit to Harrow, London, earlier today.

  23. That's a wrap

    Wideshot of the debating room

    And that's it - the final Scottish party leaders' debate has come to an end, and the party leaders politely shake hands. The debate may have ended but the party spin machines are sure to be in full flow.

  24. Housing

    The panel are now taking questions on housing, which is a devolved issue.

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP, in the Scottish Parliament, want to build 30,000 homes in the lifetime of this parliament.

    Labour leader Jim Murphy says 95% of all money spent on housing in Scotland is spent on benefits, and underlines what he sees as the importance of regulating rents in the private sector so landlords can't rip young people off.

    Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie agrees with Ms Sturgeon, and says it is important to build hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK.

    But Conservative leader Ruth Davidson criticises the SNP for scrapping the help to buy scheme in housing. But Ms Sturgeon says the scheme "has had its day".

  25. What a backdrop

    Debate panel
  26. Tactical voting question

    Ruth Davidson

    The four-strong panel are now discussing tactical voting. "I don't agree with it on principle," says Scots Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

  27. 'Conflating party and country'

    This is the SNP's problem, says the Conservatives' Ruth Davidson, "they try and conflate the country and the party". "Absolutely", Mr Murphy can be heard saying in the background.

    Lib Dem Willie Rennie adds: "If you vote SNP at this election and every election it's for another referendum."

    Ms Sturgeon has a chance to respond, and insists: "Even if we win every single seat in Scotland, it is not a mandate for another referendum on independence."

    "I'm moving on," says moderator BBC political correspondent Glenn Campbell.

  28. Independence referendum?

    Lots of discussion now about the prospect of a future independence referendum (earlier Ms Sturgeon was accused of not giving a straight answer on the SNP's aims).

    Jim Murphy says the SNP has constantly changed its position and, turning to Ms Sturgeon, says surely we can agree that there should be a moratorium for the next five or six years on another referendum on Scottish independence.

    Ms Sturgeon responds by saying the only parties talking about another referendum are these ones. "This election isn't about independence," she insists, "it's about making Scotland's voice heard".

  29. 'Principled stance'

    What if the Conservatives don't win a majority, wouldn't the party be in hock to the DUP and UKIP?

    Ruth Davidson says the Tories only need 23 more seats "and we think we can get that majority".

    We've taken a "principled stance" and said we would not do any deals with any nationalist parties, as we do not want to put our United Kingdom at risk.

  30. 'Cat out of the bag'

    Jim Murphy and Nicola Sturgeon on stage

    Jim Muprhy insists that Labour will not do a post-election deal with the SNP if it falls short of a majority.

    But how will you get a budget passed if you don't win a majority? Mr Murphy turns the question on Nicola Sturgeon - and challenges her to say under what circumstances she would vote against Labour and with the Conservatives.

    Ms Sturgeon says the SNP would not vote for a Labour budget that proposed more spending cuts - saying the party would fight for a fairer deal.

    "The cat is out the bag," declares Mr Murphy. "The SNP are clear that after Friday they are willing to bring down a Labour budget and Labour's Queen Speech."

  31. Smaller parties

    The polls show neither Labour nor the Conservatives will win an outright majority on 7 May, which shows voters want smaller parties to be involved in government, says Nicola Sturgeon. They'll have to accept that, she says, adding that either of the two main parties will have to work with others - formally or informally - to get measures through.

  32. 'Mythology'

    Jim Murphy and Nicola Sturgeon are at loggerheads now. Mr Murphy sounds a warning about the SNP's plans for full fiscal autonomy for Scotland, which he says will leave a £7.6bn hole in the budget. This would lead to deep austerity, he says.

    But the SNP leader dismisses it as "mythology" on behalf of a "desperate" Labour Party.

    Lib Dem Will Rennie intervenes to say there are a lot of people in Scotland who are very concerned about the impact of full fiscal autonomy.

  33. 'How dare you'

    Fifteen minutes in and it has descended into chaos. There's clearly no love lost between Ruth Davidson and Jim Murphy. She accuses the Scots Labour leader of "an outright lie" over claims he made on benefit sanctions.

    "He's peddling a falsehood that he knows is fictitious," she says, prompting Mr Murphy's to respond: "How dare you call me a liar."

    It's hard to make out what they're saying now as they're both shouting over each other.

  34. Lots of anger

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is challenged over the Conservatives' plans to cut the welfare bill. She says she gets angry that the other parties want to leave welfare as it is. They're happy for people to languish on benefits but I want to see people helped into work, she says. Mr Murphy says he doesn't care that she's angry - because he's angry that food bank usage has increased under the coalition government.

  35. Zero-hour contracts

    Jim Murphy strays slightly from a question on tax cuts to say his party would abolish "exploitative zero-hours contracts" if it wins power on 7 May.

  36. Even more debt?

    William Rennie takes aim at Nicola Sturgeon, saying her answer to high levels of debt is "even more debt". She has very little credibility on the economy, he says. The Lib Dem plan however will see more investment in public services, he adds.

    Ms Sturgeon contests his assertions, saying the SNP is proposing health spending across the UK should increase by £24bn by 2020.

  37. Are parties understating scale of cuts?

    The first question to the four-strong panel: Are political parties understating the scale of tax rises and spending cuts to eliminate the deficit just to get into power?

    No, says Scottish Lib Dem Willie Rennie. We need to balance books and as early as possible to not burden future generations. But we need to do it fairly, he adds.

    For the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson also stresses the need to eliminate the deficit now so it doesn't fall to future generations. She lays out how the Tories are proposing to do this.

    Scottish Labour's Jim Murphy says unlike the Tories, Labour will ask the wealthy to pay more to fund a "fairer" Scotland and see an end to "Tory austerity".

    The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon takes a different view on cuts, saying it's time to end austerity.

  38. Debate is under way

    Ceiling of venue

    Hopefully you've got your cup of tea (or whatever drink takes your fancy) ready - the debate in Edinburgh has just begun. And what a beautiful venue it's in.

  39. Clegg's fizz

    We've got more details on Nick Clegg's tipple at a Kent vineyard, thanks to the BBC's Sophie Long who's been keeping a watchful eye on the Lib Dem leader throughout the campaign. It was, she says, a 2010 vintage sparkling rose with which he toasted the country's new princess. She also noted a change in his tone today to one of optimism and hope (or was that the wine talking?)

  40. 'Labour made tactical error' - Sturgeon

    The leaders have arrived at the Edinburgh venue for tonight's debate and are in make-up, says the BBC's Laura Bicker. She says they've had a hefty day of campaigning and the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has told her Labour made a "tactical error" when they ruled out a deal with her party.

  41. Are you sitting comfortably?

    If you're not in Scotland, there's no need to miss out on the final leaders' debate of the campaign. Watch the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Labour's Jim Murphy, Lib Dem Willie Rennie and Conservative Ruth Davidson by clicking the Live Coverage tab above, or on the BBC News Channel.

  42. Toasting the princess

    Press Association reporter

  43. Europe at stake?

    Political correspondent Ben Wright

    BBC News Channel

    The issue of the EU could determine who forms the next government, if predictions of a hung parliament prove true.

    Europe will be a very important issue to David Cameron if he finds himself short of a majority - as he's said an in/out referendum on the EU is non-negotiable. His potential allies would be the DUP in Northern Ireland, the Liberal Democrats (with Nick Clegg today notably leaving the door ajar to David Cameron's EU referendum plan) and possibly UKIP.

    So we had a much clearer idea today that for all of them the issue is essential - and it proves once again that Europe is at stake in this election.

  44. 'Very kind gesture'

    "It was a very kind gesture," said the mother of seven-year-old Amelie Bone, who was lifted onto the prime minister's shoulders to watch the Tour de Yorkshire pass through Addingham earlier today.

    Joey told the Press Association: "She got an excellent view and really enjoyed it. Now they are asking to be allowed to stay up all night on Thursday for the results."

  45. Scottish party leaders' debate

    Scottish party leaders

    Just a reminder about tonight's debate with Scotland's four main party leaders - the final one before the general election.

    Tthe SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour's Jim Murphy, Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will all take part.

    The debate, which is being held in Edinburgh, will be chaired by BBC political correspondent Glenn Campbell. You can watch the debate at 19:30 on BBC1 Scotland or on iPlayer.

  46. Lib Dem campaign switching gear - Clegg

    Nick Clegg and Lewes parliamentary candidate Norman Baker plant hanging baskets during a campaign visit

    The Lib Dem election campaign is shifting "into a different gear", according to leader Nick Clegg, who has been campaigning in Newhaven, East Sussex today. He says the party will be making a "more full-throated appeal" to voters between now and polling day.

    He told reporters on his campaign bus: "I think from now until Thursday you will hopefully see a more intense pace in the Lib Dem campaign but also a more full-throated appeal to those strong, compassionate, liberal values of stability, of decency, of unity, which I believe are genuinely under threat if the country takes a wrong turn on Thursday."

  47. Post update

    David Cameron with seven-year-old Amelie Bone on his shoulders

    David Cameron takes a break from his busy campaign schedule to join the crowds watching the third stage of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

    He helped seven-year-old Amelie Bone get a better view of the race.

  48. Miliband interview

    Sky News

    Pressed over whether he's "too left-wing" to be prime minister, Ed Miliband responds: "That's not the way I see it."

    He refuses to be drawn on whether he would be open to a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, telling Sky News: "I'm not getting into that."

  49. Election will 'go to the wire' - Miliband

    Sky News

    Why aren't you ahead in the polls? Ed Miliband is asked by Sky News' Sophie Ridge. People are still making up their minds, he says: "Its' going to come down to the wire."

    Asked if it will be his fault if Labour doesn't win, the leader says he's proud of the campaign he's run and the leadership he's offered. "It's not simply an image contest, it's a contest of ideas," he says.

  50. Swing time

  51. Drift risk

    More from that BBC interview with David Cameron earlier. The Conservative PM told Nick Robinson that if you don't have a plan for Europe "Britain will just drift towards the exit". He added: "The other parties are sticking their head in the sand thinking this issue will go away. It won't."

  52. David Cameron interview in full

    David Cameron

    David Cameron has been speaking to BBC political editor Nick Robinson about trust, the SNP and Europe. He said he would not "bargain away" an in/out referendum on the EU in the event of post-election coalition negotiations. You can watch the whole interview in full, here.

  53. In non-election news...

  54. Deal breakers

    Guardian columnist

  55. Gearing up

    BBC Newsline presenter

  56. English patience

    The Daily Telegraph

    Union Jack flag and Saltire Scottish flag flying together

    "One of the most remarkable features of the SNP’s never-ending fixation on breaking up the United Kingdom is how patient and reasonable the English have remained in the face of repeated provocation," writes Iain Martin in the Telegraph

    But how much more Scottishness can England take? Read his thoughts here.

  57. Newspapers versus the web

    BBC World At One producer

  58. Build your own majority

    Which combination of parties could theoretically reach 326 seats in the Commons in the event of a hung Parliament? Play our game to find out

  59. Choo choo!

    Press Association political reporter

  60. And who will you be voting for?

  61. Incumbency effect?

    Independent on Sunday columnist

  62. Late surge?

    The Spectator

    There's just four days to go until the election, and the polls remain deadlocked. Will there be a late surge to the Conservatives? That's the question being asked by James Forsyth over at The Spectator.

    He says David Cameron has "hit his stride" and the Tories' warnings about the SNP appear to be "cutting through". Add to that the "incumbency effect" and the Conservatives think they'll get more than 290 seats, he says. But it's not yet known if a late shift to the party will materialise.

    "On Friday, we’ll know what has happened in terms of seats. But I would be very surprised if a new government is even close to being formed by this time next week."

  63. Yet more #EdStone

    Our Twitter round-up of the story of the day, #EdStone, surveys some of the comparisons with Moses and The Thick of It - and a touch of Photoshop wizardry inspired by the Labour leader's latest campaign stunt.

  64. Handover

    Well, that's it from Victoria King and Tom Espiner for today - we're handing over the live page reins to the evening team.

    This morning we've had more red lines from the Lib Dems , with party leader Nick Clegg saying that his priorities - including raising public sector pay - would come ahead of the question of an EU referendum in any coalition talks.

    David Cameron said he would not be prime minister of a government that failed to deliver an in/out referendum on EU membership.

    And Ed Miliband said he would not seek re-election if Labour failed to cut tuition fees in England from £9,000 to £6,000 by 2020, if he wins power.

    Mr Miliband also unveiled an 8ft high limestone tablet inscribed with election promises, which he wants to put in the back garden of 10 Downing Street if he wins power. The tablet caused quite a lot of comment from rival politicians and on social media . For example, Boris Johnson said it was "absolutely crazy" that Labour had commissioned the tablet "to be engraved like the commandments of Moses or Hammurabi".

  65. The 'torstone'

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    Ed Miliband unveiling Labours pledges carved into a stone plinth

    So Ed Miliband won't stand again for election if he fails to cut tuition fees in England. That was his promise today in Worcester.

    But is it any more than a stunt aimed at embarrassing Nick Clegg? Although that alone might help win back seats with high student numbers.

    Well, he has etched all six of his election pledges on to a tablet of stone to be erected in the Downing Street garden if he becomes prime minister.

    Very few of his staff would own up to having anything to do with it - but it is being dubbed not the "Ed stone" internally but the "torstone" in honour of his policy adviser, Torsten Bell.

    But Labour says the serious point is that a symbol such as the stone is necessary to restore faith and trust in politics - to emphasise he really would deliver on promises.

    The slight snag in the argument is that some pledges are more equal than others.

    Ed Miliband wants to be held to account - but his offer to stand down is specific to tuition fees.

    If Labour does fail on its other pledges - for example, on eliminating the current deficit - he would still stand again on his record, not stand aside.

  66. Would a Tory government create chaos?

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    David Cameron

    Instability, uncertainty, chaos. Could those words - used again and again by David Cameron to describe the prospect of a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP - apply to a minority Tory government riven by divisions about Europe?

    That's a question I put to the prime minister.

    Read Nick's full article.

  67. Cameron in Yorkshire

  68. Ed-stone 'bizarre'

    Parliamentary journalist

  69. Is Strictly safe after all?

    Strictly Come Dancing

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Andrew Marr this morning that the BBC "didn't need to do entertainment". The remark sparked suggestions that he'd abolish shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who - even Nick Clegg expressed horror on the Marr sofa at any possible threat to the former.

    Well, according to the Daily Mail, UKIP has released a statement rowing back somewhat.The paper quotes a party spokesman as saying: 'Some people have wilfully misinterpreted Nigel's comments on Andrew Marr this morning.

    'Shows like Strictly and Dr Who are the crown jewels of the BBC, but we do not feel that it needs to spend licence-fee payers' money on hundreds of poor to average entertainment shows, as well as left-liberal, London-centric 'comedy'.'

  70. 'Why haven't you sorted it all out?'

    Ken Clarke

    The former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke has given his thoughts on the mood in the country to the Sunday Politics in the East Midlands.

    Quote Message: The reason why everyone feels disappointed and things are rather tight at most levels of income, people are not as well off as they expected to be. That is obviously the result of recession and financial collapse and it takes longer to cure it. But we are doing better than practically every other Western democracy. People think, 'Why haven't you sorted it all out by now? Why aren't my wages rising in the way they used to?' And it will take longer." from Ken Clarke
    Ken Clarke
  71. 'All sorts of ways'

    David Cameron meets people in Nuneaton

    It was put to David Cameron in the Q&A after his speech earlier that he hadn't met enough ordinary voters. He disagreed: "I think we have taken our message to the country in all sorts of different ways. In Wetherby last week I did a sort of open air speech to members of the public as well as supporters. My opponent has not done that.

    "I have done walkabouts, in places like Alnwick, met people randomly in the streets - my opponent has not done that." It was while in Alnwick, you might remember, that Mr Cameron was serenaded by an expletive-laden ukulele performer.

    He continued: "I have been in factories with audiences, sometimes Conservative voters, sometimes undecided voters, sometimes people who would not dream of voting Conservative. I have done it rolled up shirt sleeves, out there in front of people. I have done it sometimes with a lectern in front of me. My opponent seems to have a lectern wherever he goes."

  72. Citizens UK speeches

    Before the 2010 election both Gordon Brown and David Cameron addressed grassroots political campaign group Citizens UK in the final week before polling day. This time though, the BBC's political correspondent Ross Hawkins confirms that David Cameron wont be there - the Conservatives will be represented by Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will both speak tomorrow.

  73. Prescott punch plaque

    John Prescott

    The spot in Rhyl where former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott punched a man who threw an egg at him has been marked with a plaque.

    Mr Prescott had been on the campaign trail in Denbighshire before the 2001 general election when the incident with a demonstrator occurred.

    Read the full BBC article.

  74. Future leader?

    Boris Johnson and David Cameron

    Boris Johnson has lengthened his lead in a poll of grassroots Conservatvive members on who should be the next party leader.

    The London mayor and parliamentary hopeful scored 27% (up one point) in Conservativehome's poll, with Home Secretary Theresa May coming in second at 17% (down three points).

    David Cameron has said he won't serve a third term if he remains in power after the election, and he's named Mr Johnson, Mrs May - and his chancellor, George Osborne - as his potential successors. Although Mr Osborne came in fourth of the poll of party members, with 8.3%, behind Sajid Javid on 10%.

  75. 'Scrawl their demands'

    Michael Gove

    Another scathing Conservative voice reacts to the tablet of stone.

    Chief whip Michael Gove says: "Ed Miliband is taking voters completely for granted with this bizarre vanity project. He isn’t just measuring the curtains for No 10 Downing Street, he is commissioning 8ft 6" stone slabs."

    Straining the metaphor somewhat, Mr Gove continues: ‘The truth is that no slab - however big - will paper over the cracks in his leadership. And if he gets into Downing Street, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP will scrawl their demands all over it."

  76. Miliband venue

  77. Green red line

    Power station

    We've spent all morning talking red lines, but not mentioned the Lib Dem "green line" yet. Nick Clegg revealed it today and it would require the UK government to play a lead role in the Paris climate change talks later this year and to pass a "Nature Act" to improve biodiversity and access to green space.

    The green red line only covers one of the Lib Dems' five proposed environmental laws. Among those not covered are a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030 and a legally binding target for a "zero-carbon Britain" by 2050.

  78. Trick or treat?

    Nicola Sturgeon

    This looks risky to us. Eating in general is fraught with dangers for the politician, but eating candy floss? Nicola Sturgeon is a brave woman.

  79. Clegg on the Ed-stone

    Nick Clegg

    Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has chipped in - sorry - on Labour's decision to carve its commitments in stone. He told activists in Bermondsey, south London, there was nothing "attractive about the instability of a hapless minority Labour administration, regardless of these new great gravestones they are apparently going to erect".

  80. 'Phenomenal Farage'

    BBC Radio 4

    Nigel Farage and Mark Reckless

    UKIP's Mark Reckless, of course formerly of the Conservative Party, is asked whether his new party's campaign "peaked too early". On the contrary, he says,"rather than being squeezed into single figures as people suggested" UKIP is now firmly in the mid-teens in terms of percentage points. On Nigel Farage, Mr Reckless says "his energy is absolutely phenomenal".

  81. 'Not on this planet'

    BBC Radio 4

    Ed Balls and Ed Miliband

    Do you agree that it must be the party with the most seats that forms the government, Ed Balls is asked. "In politics, you have to accept the result that people give you," he replies.

    Pressed again, presenter Mark Mardell asks if it would it be illegitimate for the smaller of two parties to form a government.

    "That is what David Cameron is saying this weekend because he knows he's going to be the first Conservative leader to fail to win a majority... it's clearly nonsense," the shadow chancellor says.

    Finally, Mr Balls, would you ever run against your wife for the Labour leadership? "Not on this planet, in this universe, in this century... not ever."

  82. Two views on Labour

    BBC Radio 4

    Michael Jacobs, a former special adviser to Gordon Brown, says he doesn't recognise the description of Ed Miliband as someone who struggles to make decisions. He made big changes to the energy market in a relatively short time, Mr Jacobs argues.

    But Jason Cowley, from the New Statesman, says Ed Miliband has missed an opportunity to win outright here. Disaffected Lib Dem voters were up for grabs, and there is a bleeding of support from the Conservatives to UKIP. "If Labour can't win in these circumstances they're in real trouble," he adds.

  83. 'Silly note'

    BBC Radio 4

    You're haunted by your reputation, by that note, are you not?

    Ed Balls replies: "Liam Byrne wrote a silly note. It was intended to be silly and it was indeed a silly note to write. It's something he's reminded about regularly." But the shadow chancellor insists, in 2015 what matters is who's going to make lives better for ordinary families.

  84. 'Blame Labour's spending'

    BBC Radio 4

    Ed Balls

    Ed Balls is now on The World This Weekend. He says people are asking whether they can trust what Labour is offering. I think they can, he argues, restating his insistence that his party offer a better alternative for the future.

    Is it fair to say that overspending left Britain more exposed to the global financial crisis than other countries? "Of course it's not," Mr Balls replies. "The Tories, of course, for ideological reasons want to blame Labour's spending," but he says the Conservatives backed those spending plans at the time.

  85. Wales 'squabble'

    Stephen Crabb

    The Conservatives have accused Labour and Plaid Cymru of being involved in an "unedifying squabble" over who to support if there is a hung parliament.

    Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb was speaking after Friday's final televised debate before the election.

    "There's only one party that's in a position to secure an overall majority and that's the Welsh Conservatives," he told the Sunday Politics Wales show.

  86. No such thing as bad publicity?

    Buzzfeed political reporter tweets...

  87. 'Value teachers more'

    David Laws

    In the spirit of today's Lib Dem red line on public sector pay, the party's schools minister David Laws has told the National Association of Head Teachers that its members should be valued "through their pay packet". He said it was "time to end the period of real pay cuts" for public sector staff. Read our full story.

  88. Conservative red line

    The BBC's political editor tweets...

  89. Legitimacy question

    Carole Walker

    Conservative campaign correspondent

    With just a few days left to win over wavering voters, David Cameron is back to his core message - that under his leadership Britain is on the road to recovery and it would all be put at risk if Ed Miliband were to win power, dependent on the SNP. No matter that the Labour leader has used ever-stronger language to rule out a deal or pact with the Scottish Nationalists, the Conservatives say the figures will make it impossible for Mr Miliband to govern without relying on the SNP to get his programme through.

    Tory strategists believe this message is resonating with English voters in key marginal seats, such as Nuneaton where Mr Cameron delivered his speech today.

    The strategy could also have significant consequences for the manoeuvring to form a government post-election. If the Conservatives win the most seats but without an overall majority, they are likely to claim that they have a democratic mandate to form the next government. Ed Miliband has been forced into a position where it will be almost impossible for him to count on the SNP. Some form of agreement with the Liberal Democrats is possible but far from certain.

    So the Conservative strategy of keeping up the relentless warnings of the risks of Labour in power, relying on the SNP, has boxed Ed Miliband into a position were it could be harder for him to prise David Cameron out of Downing Street.

  90. 'Not rock solid'

    Chancellor George Osborne has had a dig about the pledge stone. He compared the Labour move to former party leader Neil Kinnock's famous "we're alright!" outburst before the 1992 general election.

  91. Political positioning

    The political editor of the New Statesman tweets...

  92. Miliband on his pledge stone

    Ed Miliband
    Quote Message: I'm going to leave the landscape gardening part of this to other people. I don't measure the curtains or the gardens... but what I am determined to do - and this is the big difference between me and David Cameron - is that I'm not going to put an expiry date on my promises marked 8 May." from Ed Miliband Labour leader
    Ed MilibandLabour leader
  93. Cameron on Labour's pledge stone

    Quote Message: When you're prime minister a lot of the questions are questions about judgement, about the things you choose to do, the things you choose to spend your time on, the priorities that you have. And I have to say, putting up an 8ft 6" stone monument, tombstone, in the Downing Street garden... I think if you've got a problem with judgement, I don't think that's going to help." from David Cameron Prime minister
    David CameronPrime minister
  94. HS2 criticism

    The BBC's Labour campaign correspondent tweets...

  95. 'Vote for your preferred prime minister'

    David Cameron

    David Cameron is now speaking in Nuneaton. He's discussing the SNP threat. "How much would the SNP care about Nuneaton, about Warwickshire?" he asks. "They'd probably need a compass to find it."

    He made a similar point last weekend about Shropshire.

    In Nuneaton, Mr Cameron also told voters now wasn't the time for a protest vote, and in particular, he warned against voting Lib Dem thinking it would result in his being prime minister. Nick Clegg, he said, had been clear he'd work with Ed Miliband too.

    Mr Cameron continued: "Remember this - if you've got an opinion about who you'd prefer as your prime minister, express it at the ballot box. The outcome won't be decided in any other way. Don't risk voting for any other party and hoping that's the outcome. If you want your preferred rime minister, get out there and vote for it."

  96. Miliband's tuition fees pledge

    Ed Miliband

    In a speech in Worcester, Labour leader Ed MIliband says he won't stand again if Labour fails to cut tuition fees. "I will cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000, and I tell you this: If I fail in this task, I won't be standing here again in 2020 making more promises. I won't be standing for the office of prime minister at all, because there should be consequences when people's trust is let down." He added that he was determined to restore young people's faith in politics.

  97. Risk aversion

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Isabel Oakeshott

    "I think the reason a lot of people think it will go the Tories way at the last minute is because they're thinking of psychology," journalist Isabel Oakeshott tells the Sunday Politics. "It is a basic sort of risk aversion among people that if they're not sure, they're more likely to go with what they think is the least risky option." She says that in the last few days the Tories will be really playing to that, scaremongering, and saying, 'You really can't risk the economy again.'"

  98. Young voter

    The BBC's Conservative campaign correspondent tweets...

  99. Boris on the stone

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Boris Johnson

    "I think it is absolutely crazy that you've already got the Labour leader commissioning great stones that are going to be engraved like the commandments of Moses or Hammurabi with what he wants to do," the London mayor says. "This election is very, very far from a foregone conclusion... The idea of a hung parliament is very far from a foregone conclusion."

  100. Miliband speech

    The BBC's Labour campaign correspondent tweets...

  101. Miliband attacks Clegg

    The BBC's Labour campaign correspondent tweets...

  102. Labour's rock

    The BBC producer tweets...

  103. Social cleansing?

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Would Boris Johnson accept that the recent welfare changes have had a disproportionate effect on London and started to reshape the capital, forcing the poor out of the centre of the city?

    "I don't think that's the case," he says, although "you would expect there to be very substantial moves" in the population over the course of a number of years.

    But is it social cleansing? "I don't accept that. I believe passionately that London should be mixed," the Conservative mayor adds.

  104. 'Beggars belief'

    Boris johnson

    "The polls I've seen suggest things are moving fractionally in the direction of the Conservatives," London Mayor Boris Johnson tells the Sunday Politics.

    Has anyone told you where these huge cuts in welfare are going to come from, he's asked.

    "The cuts that are coming are significantly less than those that have already been done by the coalition," Mr Johnson says, and it "beggars belief" that a further one in a hundred pounds of government spending can't be cut.

  105. 'Strong lock'

    Sky News

    Danny Alexander

    Any Lib Dems who say they would not like to form a coalition with the Conservatives, even if they get a majority, would not be "respecting the democratic will of the country", Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, tells Murnaghan. He adds that the Lib Dems have a party conference to sign off any proposed deal to form a government, which he describes as a "strong lock" for the party. "If people don't like what's been done, they can say no to it," he says.

  106. 'I love you Andrew'

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Russell Brand and Ed Miliband

    Why was Ed Miliband so keen to be interviewed by Russell Brand but not by me, asks Andrew Neil.

    "Well I don't know... I love being interviewed by you, it's one of the things I look forward to most of all," Mr Leslie replies, before adding:

    Quote Message: But Russell Brand is somebody who has been saying that people shouldn't vote and I think it was important to address those disaffected who say nothing can be changed." from Chris Leslie Labour shadow minister
    Chris LeslieLabour shadow minister
  107. No second chances

    The political editor of the Spectator tweets...

  108. 'No need to speak to them'

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Labour's Chris Leslie is being pushed on whether there'll be vote by vote agreements with the SNP. "No deals with the SNP, that's it, full stop," he replies.

    It's inevitable you'll have to work with them though? "No," he replies. "Every government tables propositions, there is then a debate about those propositions."

    Do you rule out any contact pre-Queen's Speech? Mr Leslie, shadow Treasury chief secretary, answers: "There's going to be no bartering away of Queen's Speech contents with the SNP. It's going to be Labour's manifesto in Labour's Queen's Speech... you don't need to speak to the other parties."

  109. Royal baby and the Greens

    Sky News

    Natalie Bennett

    Green party leader Natalie Bennett tells Murnaghan that she wouldn't want the royal baby to "grow up in a caravan", but that Greens do want the monarchy reformed. "We believe that the hereditary principle should have no place in our constitution," she says. The Greens want to keep the ceremonial aspects of the monarchy, but remove the constitutional aspects, she says. "It's past time that we really started again and redrew our constitution for the 21st century," she adds.

  110. 'Physical manifestation'

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Chris Leslie

    Phew, another one, this time it's Labour's Chris Leslie. He's asked about the Ed Miliband pledge stone. He says Labour will pay for it to go into the back garden of No. 10.

    Quote Message: The Labour Party is making sure that it's not just the words of politicians, but a physical manifestation of the pledges that we've made."
  111. SNP on Labour talks

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    John Swinney

    John Swinney, deputy first minister and SNP politician, is the next Sunday Politics guest.

    Does Ed Miliband have to consult with Nicola Sturgeon before he produces a Queen's Speech, Andrew Neil asks him.

    "Yes there will have to be a need for there to be discussions between the SNP and the Labour Party about what arrangements will take place."

    But what if he doesn't talk to you? "I think that would be Ed Miliband getting the next parliamentary term off on the wrong foot. You have to get off on the right footing, working with other parties..."

    Even if he doesn't talk to you, you won't block it though will you? John Swinney says the SNP has been clear it would vote to block a Conservative government.

    If Labour continued with its current plans for deficit reduction would you vote for that? John Swinney replies: "The Labour Party would have to come to an agreement with us to enlist our support to ensure that we had an end to austerity."

  112. Prince Charles

    Sky News

    Prince Charles is due to visit Northern Ireland later in this month. Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, a former member of the IRA, tells Sky's Murnaghan he would consider meeting Prince Charles. "If there is any offer made.. we will absolutely consider it," he says.

  113. Benefit questions

    The Sun's political editor tweets...

  114. Republican participation

    Sky News

    Martin McGuinness

    Asked on Murnaghan why Sinn Fein MPs decline to vote in Westminster, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein says: "Obviously we are an Irish republican party... We're not prepare to bestow any form of legitimacy on the British government's right to rule in this part of the republic."

  115. Quickfire questions

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Onto some other topics.

    Will you cut disability benefit? William Hague says protecting disabled people is one of the key principles the Conservatives have set out for the next Parliament. That's basically as far as he'll go.

    What about Trident? Would you back a Labour government on the subject of renewing it? "The Conservative Party will always support the maintenance and renewal of our nuclear deterrent." says Mr Hague.

    And tuition fees, have you ruled out raising them? "We haven't ruled that out", says Mr Hague, but "scare stories" about what might happen to tuition fees are just that.

  116. Child benefit's future?

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    William Hague

    William Hague is now on the Sunday Politics. He's asked whether there'll be any cuts to child benefit.

    "On that, we've set out policies for two years, to freeze working age benefits including child benefit, for two years," he replies.

    So all third children will continue to get child benefit? "It will stay as it is now," Mr Hague replies.

    So no means testing? "Stay as it is now."

    But what about after 2017? "What we've said is for two years," he replies. After that, the Conservatives "have set out their principles", and he adds: "I can't speculate beyond that."

  117. More red lines

    Sky News

    On an in-out EU referendum, Nigel Farage tells Murnaghan that UKIP would hold the Conservatives' "feet to the fire". UKIP would also push for a referendum in 2015, instead of allowing the Conservatives to wait a couple of years before calling one. He says this is "a red line" for UKIP.

  118. 'Stolen from Obama'

    Andrew Neil

    Daily and Sunday Politics

    Nicholas Watt

    The Guardian's Nicholas Watt says Ed Miliband has performed way above expectations "he's consistent and he speaks with conviction from the heart" - but Frank Luntz disagrees. He says, clearly critically, that Mr Miliband has "stolen language from Barack Obama, word for word".

    Nicholas Watt hits back

    Quote Message: I have known Ed Miliband for nearly 20 years. The language he uses now is the language he used then. The thinking may be wrong but it's what he thinks and it's from the heart." from Nick Watt Guardian journalist
    Nick WattGuardian journalist
  119. Parlous position?

    Sky News

    Nigel Farage

    If UKIP leader Nigel Farage doesn't win his seat at the election, he reiterates his intention to stand down "in ten minutes". He adds, on Murnaghan on Sky News: "It could be over for Mr Clegg, Miliband may be gone, Natalie Bennett may be gone, we all may be gone."

  120. US perspective

    Andrew Neil and Frank Luntz

    Frank Luntz, US election expert, says he's surprised that anyone is still doing national polling in the UK - "the national numbers don't matter", and instead the focus should only be on the 30 or so marginals. On the broader campaign, he says he thinks Ed Milband has "actually gotten better over the last six months, his presentation is better, the way he speaks is better". On David Cameron, it's only in the last 10 days that he has shown the sort of performance that we saw in the run-up to the 2010 election, Mr Luntz adds.

  121. 'Peddling motherhood and apple pie'

    Nick Clegg and Tom Brake

    Tom Brake, from the Lib Dems - pictured above with Nick Clegg - says his party have stopped at four red lines. We're not sure if actually there might have been more than that, but anyway...

    Andrea Leadsom, Conservative Treasury minister, says Britain has to live within its means and you only get strong public services if you can afford to pay for them. She goes on:

    Quote Message: The thing I really object to is the SNP saying 'let's borrow more, let's end austerity'... it's a nonsense argument. You have to stop borrowing... it's like peddling motherhood and apple pie... it's totally unrealistic." from Andrea Leadsom
    Andrea Leadsom
  122. 'No mandate for a referendum'

    Sky News

    The SNP wouldn't seek to have another Scottish referendum if the party gains a lot of influence in Westminster after the election, Nicola Sturgeon tells Murnaghan on Sky News. "Even if the SNP was to win every single seat on Scotland on Thursday, we wouldn't take that as a mandate for a referendum," she says.

  123. Sturgeon on Miliband

    The BBC political correspondent tweets...

  124. 'Anti-Scottish'

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Stewart Maxwell, from the SNP, is now speaking to John Pienaar. He insists that even if the SNP won all 59 seats in Scotland that wouldn't be a mandate for a second independence referendum. Does all this talk of the SNP threat also threaten the union? Mr Maxwell says politicians at Westminster have been using "apocalyptic language" about the SNP and many ordinary people feel it is "anti-Scottish", not just anti-SNP.

  125. 'Appalled'

    Sky News

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Ed Miliband has "appalled" some voters in Scotland by ruling out a deal with the SNP after the election, because that opens the door for a Conservative government, Scottish first minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon tells Murnaghan on Sky News.

  126. Chaotic situation

    Challenged on who the Conservatives would join with to form a government, if necessary, William Hague tells Murnaghan on Sky: "We're out for a majority, we think anything else is dangerous for the UK... The alternative, in any combination... is a chaotic situation."

  127. More reaction to Labour's stone

    Commentators tweet their thoughts...

    Ed Miliband with Labour policy stone
  128. Hold a grievance?

    Sky News

    William Hague

    Why aren't the Conservatives leading in the polls, Conservative leader of the House of Commons William Hague is asked on Sky's Murnaghan. "That's partly for the pollsters to answer," he said. "We will see, of course. There are a lot of people who haven't made up their minds yet... When you are in government, people hold every grievance against the government of the day."

  129. Will you talk to the SNP?

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Ed Miliband and Chuka Umunna

    The Guardian's Owen Jones says there are suggestions David Cameron will try to call Ed Miliband's bluff and question the democratic legitimacy of a Labour Queen's Speech backed by SNP votes. It's dangerous for our democracy and for the union, he argues.

    The shadow business secretary says you can't extrapolate from the polls to the results, but the key test of legitimacy is whether a government can sustain a majority in the House of Commons. "David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the unity of the United Kingdom," he adds.

    This isn't a good enough answer for the Times' Tim Montgomeries. "Of course, you would talk to the SNP, give people some honesty," he pleads.

    "We will never be able to say enough about this," says Mr Umunna. "And you know what really cheeses people off - commentators trying to call this match before it's been played."

  130. Harman: Labour can get majority

    Sky News

    Harriet Harman

    Labour can get an outright majority, deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman tells Murnaghan on Sky News, so may not have to rely on the SNP to form a government. On whether it would have any kind of deal with the SNP, she says: "The formal deal we are having is not with any political party... it's with the British people."

  131. Morning warnings

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Chuka Umunna

    Straight after George Osborne comes Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna. He outlines his party's key theme of the day - a warning that the Tories will put up tuition fees to £11,500 a year.

    "That's your warning of the morning," rhymes John Pienaar, but what about the Tory warning over the SNP. Chuka Umunna repeats the "no coalition, no deal" line, but he's pressed on whether Labour will rely on SNP support even without a deal. "Who do the SNP think they are?" Mr Umunna says with a laugh. He doesn't say no though.

    "We will put forward a Labour Queen's Speech and what other parties choose to do is their own affair," he adds.

  132. 'Real progressive politics'

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Now the question of the £12bn of cuts to welfare and where they're coming from. John Pienaar asks the chancellor, does it affect you to be thought of as somewhat "flinty-hearted"?

    Quote Message: Actually I meet lots of people who say, of course, we should look after the vulnerable but what about the taxpayer?" from George Osborne Shadow chancellor
    George OsborneShadow chancellor

    Mr Osborne says there should be a pressure group for the hard-working taxpayer because that's who he's fighting for. He says the government has created millions of jobs and "that is progressive politics".

  133. Fired up?

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    David Cameron and George Osborne

    George Osborne doesn't accept that he and David Cameron are only just getting passionate now, but says "of course, the urgency increases" when we get this close to polling day. But he says the fight to keep Labour out of office definitely "fires us up".

    The chancellor laughs when it's suggested to him he's too much of an English gentleman to get worked up about winning.

    Quote Message: What you want is someone who has an even temperament but who cares deeply about his country"
  134. The Trident issue

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Most independent experts say it's impossible for Labour to get an overall majority so for Ed Miliband to become prime minister, he'll have to rely on the SNP, says George Osborne. He says this matters because Britain must "stay on the track to recovery".

    The Tories have made much of the SNP's threat to the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. But unless the Tories voted to scrap it, a Labour government would easily see that renewal happen. Would you ever vote against renewing it, George Osborne is asked? "I'm trying to make sure we don't get to that point..." He says you would have "firm answers" with a Conservative majority and there would be no need for these questions.

  135. 'Not enjoying myself'

    John Pienaar

    Pienaar’s Politics

    Right, switching focus to Pienaar's Politics, and the first big hitter is Chancellor George Osborne. He says voters choosing the SNP rather than Labour aren't doing so because they're "listening to the Conservatives".

    But you must be enjoying watching Labour struggling in Scotland? "No, not at all," Mr Osborne insists, "I want people to vote for the Scottish Conservatives. This is not about enjoying anything, this is about the future of our country."

    George Osborne
  136. Pic: Pointing towards Clegg?

    Marr Show
    Image caption: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg smiles during what he called an "unedifying" end to The Andrew Marr Show
  137. More Marr reaction

    The political editor of the Spectator tweets...

  138. Bickering

    The BBC's political editor tweets...

  139. How things change...

    The BBC's assistant political editor tweets...

  140. Bargaining tool

    The political editor of Newsnight tweets...

  141. Fighting talk

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Now a scrap between Yvette Cooper and Nick Clegg over tuition fees. Will you rule out a further rise, says Ms Cooper? At the same time, Mr Clegg talks over her, will you guarantee early years education funding? No-one agrees to rule out or guarantee anything...

  142. Save Strictly

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg and Yvette Cooper

    Now all three of them are on the sofa - "I wouldn't do a deal with him," says Nick Clegg, "him" being Nigel Farage. Then he adds: "You also want to take away Strictly Come Dancing, that's far more important than an EU referendum."

  143. Coalition chronology

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    On the thorny question of legitimacy, the biggest party gets the first go, Mr Clegg says, and argues that the British people "won't understand" if that doesn't happen. There's a chronology to all of this that really matters, he adds.

  144. Tuition fees

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Nick Clegg

    It's put to Nick Clegg that far from being over a barrel on tuition fees, he actually just changed his position. "That's complete rubbish... we were between a rock and a hard place," the Lib Dem leader insists. He says he had "to deal with the reality" which was that there was no money left. He says they provided the fairest possible deal they could to students in the circumstances.

  145. Future of the union

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Onto the Scottish problem, as Andrew Marr calls it. Nick Clegg says "the tectonic plates are shifting massively" and there needs to be a constitutional commission to look at the entire issue. The key thing he believes is stability, because "a lot of people are getting rather worried". More devolution to the nations and region is vital, "to release the clammy grip of Whitehall on the governance of the country," he adds.

  146. Public sector pay

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Moving on now to the latest Lib Dem red line - an increase in public sector pay. "We've asked a lot of the millions of social workers, teachers, nurses and the 5.5 million people who work in our public services," Mr Clegg replies, and it's time to reward that.

  147. 'Buckle again'

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Andrew Marr keeps on trying. Nick Clegg says his party has always been consistent about having a referendum in the right circumstances, the Conservatives have been anything but. "I can't answer a question about how I think the're going to buckle again," the Lib Dem leader insists. How compatible or incompatible his red lines and someone else's red lines are depend on the mandate given by the British people, Mr Clegg adds.

  148. My red lines

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Nick Clegg

    If David Cameron looks you in the eye on Friday and says, are you going to let me have my referendum or not, what do you say? "You're asking the question the wrong way round... you're putting it back to front" Mr Clegg says, smiling just a bit.

    "Before I address anyone else's red lines, I will address mine," he goes on. "

  149. Cast iron or not?

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Nick Clegg is sticking to the line he's used until now - deflecting this question by accusing the Conservatives of "flipping and flopping" on what they want in terms of a referendum. But David Cameron has given a cast iron guarantee there'll be one if he's PM, says Andrew Marr. "It's about as cast iron as what he said about the Libson Treaty," says Mr Clegg - a referendum on that, of course, didn't happen.

  150. Nick Clegg in the hot seat

    Andrew Marr

    The Andrew Marr Show