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Summary

  1. Rolling coverage from the BBC's political team - beginning with Today and Breakfast through to Newsnight
  2. There are 101 days to go until the General Election on 7 May
  3. Listen to Today, 5Live, The World at One, PM and Today in Parliament by selecting the Live video tab
  4. Watch Breakfast, the BBC News Channel, Daily Politics, BBC Parliament, Newsnight by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab
  5. You can see the pick of the day's output by selecting the 'Live Coverage' tab

Live Reporting

By Adam Donald, Angela Harrison and Tom Moseley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's all for today. We will be back from 06:00 GMT with more coverage, including speeches by David Cameron and Ed Miliband. They will be setting out more pledges for the general election, with 100 days to go before the UK goes to the polls.

  2. Online voting proposal

    BBC News Channel

    Areeq Chowdury, Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy, told BBC News: "A number of studies recently have shown that people are more likely to vote if they could do it online.

    "We need to recognise the shift in the culture of society."

  3. Mike Smithson, editor of politicalbetting.com

    @MSmithsonPB

    Tweets: "This is the best series of polls for the Tories since George Osborne's budget in March 2012"

  4. Voting with contempt

    Former Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke tells BBC Newsnight that protest parties across Europe are succeeding due to voters' "contempt" for the governing parties. He says Syriza has "quite a core of Trotskyites", but its victory does not herald a resurgence of the left across the continent, because most European protest movements are "of the nationalist, anti-foreigner right".

  5. Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party

    The Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion tells BBC Newsnight the choice between the Conservatives and Labour is between "austerity and austerity light".

  6. 'Shift in centre ground'

    Diane Abbott

    Labour MP Diane Abbott tells BBC Newsnight that although Syriza's victory in Greece doesn't mean "we'll see a resurgence of the Marxist left", recent years have seen a "steady move towards a critique of free markets and Tory austerity". She says there has been "a shift in the centre ground" on attitudes towards "untrammelled free markets".

    Asked by presenter Evan Davis what lessons Labour could learn from Syriza, Ms Abbott said she would like to think "this would give us the courage not to deny the need to do something about the deficit, but to offer a critique of Tory austerity".

  7. 'Sunifesto'

    The Sun

    On foreign affairs, the paper wants an in/out referendum on the EU following a renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the union. It thinks the next government should scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights to enshrine "British values". And it wants to do away with the pledge that 0.7% of GDP should be used for foreign aid. The paper says it recognises that ground troops may have to be deployed to Iraq and Syria to battle Islamic State.

  8. BBC Newsnight

    @BBCNewsnight

    Tweets: "Former chairman of the Financial Services Authority Adair Turner: "austerity has been too tight across the whole of Europe" #newsnight"

  9. A look ahead to tomorrow's papers

    The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail lead on changes to benefits. The latter says that with 100 days to go before the polls open, David Cameron will launch a "new crackdown on the workshy", with the current cap on household benefits of £26,000 reduced to £23,000 if the Conservatives win the election.

  10. BBC Newsnight

    @BBCNewsnight

    Tweets: ""If Greece falls and is removed from the Eurozone, the Eurozone will collapse," Syriza economics spokesperson tells #newsnight"

  11. A look ahead to tomorrow's papers

    The Financial Times, The Guardian and the International New York Times all lead on the fall-out from the Greek elections. The Guardian says Syriza are promising to "end the humiliation" of austerity and repayments, but the International NYT says Alexis Tsipras faces "tougher constituents" than those who elected him - in the form of Greece's creditors.

  12. Labour's NHS '10-year-plan'

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband will pledge tomorrow that a Labour government would bring in new safety checks to identify people at risk of needing hospital treatment and employ 5,000 new home care workers.

    In a speech in Trafford, Greater Manchester on Tuesday, the Labour leader will say the NHS faces "its most perilous moment" at May's general election.

    Labour's previously-announced NHS pledges include 20,000 more nurses and providing cancer tests and results within a week.

    All of the major parties have pledged what they say is enough money to maintain NHS services in the next Parliament after the general election.

  13. BBC Newsnight

    @BBCNewsnight

    Tune in to BBC Newsnight at 22:30 on BBC Two for an in-depth look at the Greek election results - as well as analysis of what the victory of Syriza signifies for left-wing parties in other European countries.

  14. Post update

    The Sun

    The Sun front page

    With 100 days to go until the polls open, The Sun leads tomorrow with its "Sunifesto" - the list of policies it would like to see the next government pursue. The paper wants the deficit eliminated by 2020. It calls for a government prepared to "think the unthinkable" and "radically reform the NHS with private sector help". It also calls for more women and ethnic minority MPs.

  15. Tories lead Labour - ComRes poll

    The Independent

    A ComRes poll for The Independent suggests that the Conservative Party has nudged ahead with 100 days to go. The full results:

    Conservatives - 31%

    Labour - 30%

    UKIP - 17%

    Liberal Democrat - 8%

    Greens - 7%

    Others - 7%

    The poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults in Great Britain between 23 and 25 January.

  16. PLP chair out

    Dave Watts, the MP for St Helens North, has announced he will stand down early as Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party - a role in which he acts as an intermediary between Labour backbenchers and the Shadow Cabinet.

    Mr Watts has already said he will not stand for re-election to Parliament in May and said tonight that it would be best for a new chairman of the PLP to be in place before the election.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband praised Mr Watts, saying he had led the PLP with "good humour, diligence, and decency".

  17. Simon Jones, BBC Radio 4's Today in Parliament

    @simonwjones01

    Tweets: "Vigorous debate in #TodayinParliament - #fracking, a "snooper's charter" & the child abuse inquiry. With @Susanh12 2330 @BBCRadio4 tonight."

  18. Fracking

    MPs have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas, but the government had to accept proposals by Labour to ensure 13 conditions were met before any gas extraction takes place. Read the full story.

    Earlier today protestors, including the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, gathered outside the Palace of Westminster to campaign against fracking.

  19. Fracking vote - David Shukman, BBC Science Editor

    @davidshukmanbbc

    Tweets: Call for moratorium on #fracking rejected overwhelmingly in Commons vote - but Govt concedes outright ban in national parks.

  20. Impossible to call

    Ballot box

    The editor of the BBC's Political Research Unit, David Cowling, looks at some of the reasons why the 2015 election is shaping up to be the most difficult to predict in a long time.

  21. James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator

    @JGForsyth

    Tweets: "New Mirror/Survation poll intriguing. Tories ahead despite Ukip being on 23% and Labour down at 30% despite the Greens only being on 3%"

  22. James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor

    @jameschappers

    Tweets: "Biz Sec Vince Cable breaks ranks to suggest deal with Tsipras: 'Several European countries have enjoyed substantial debt relief in the past'"

  23. Post update

    The Daily Telegraph

    Dan Hodges writes that it would be foolish of left-wing voters to want - or expect - Ed Miliband to mimic the rhetoric of new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: "For all the post-crash wishful thinking, the pendulum of history is not swinging leftward."

  24. Online voting proposal

    BBC News Channel

    Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, told BBC News the UK needed to engage the public more with democracy and make it easier for people to vote.

    "We are in a digital age and the public are using their smart phones and the internet to do everything, so why should they not be able to do online voting," he said.

    Mr Halfon is a member of the Commons' Digital Democracy Commission, which published a report earlier, calling for people to be able to vote online in the 2020 general election.

  25. Tracking poll changes

    The results of tonight's polls - and the hundreds sure to come in the months ahead - will be incorporated into the BBC's new interactive poll tracker.

    The tool allows you to compare the parties' current ratings from a range of pollsters, and see how they have performed since 2010.

  26. Patrick Wintour, political editor of The Guardian

    @patrickwintour

    Tweets: "By evening end, 5 opinion polls published today - Survation, ComRes, Ipsos Mori, Populus and Ashcroft. At this rate 500 polls to go."

  27. BBC Generation 2015

    If you are aged between 18 and 24 and eligible to vote in May's General Election, the BBC wants to hear from you. You could - a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May.

    You could find yourself on the One Show, Radio 1 Newsbeat, or Newsnight - in fact, anywhere across BBC output where the Election is being discussed.

  28. Susan Hulme, BBC Parliamentary Correspondent

    @susanh12

    Tweets: Ban on #fracking in #national parks? Lots of confusion in the Commons over whether minister @AmberRuddMP announced something new. Or not?

  29. House of Lords

    Former Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi says she is concerned that peers have not been given enough time to scrutinise the amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill put forward today.

    Describing herself as a person "who will probably be subjected to more random checks than other members" of the House of Lords, she says the extra powers being suggested worry her.

    National security is very hard to define, she argues, and can be interpreted to justify a "very wide and very broad" number of reasons to check citizens' communications.

    Baroness Warsi
  30. Interactive poll tracker

    On the BBC's new interactive poll tracker, you'll be able to see how different organisations have gauged party fortunes since 2010, along with a timeline that suggests how key events since the last election may have shaped public opinion.

    The BBC's own poll of polls is a rolling average of all polls included in the tracker.

  31. Murray 'more prime ministerial' than Miliband

    Al Murray holding a pint of beer

    The communications agency Hotwire PR unveils a poll which shows that comedian Al Murray is thought of as a better potential prime minister than Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. More than 2,000 respondents were asked: "Who would make the best Prime Minister?" The full results were as follows:

    David Cameron - 28.7%

    Al Murray - 26.3%

    Ed Miliband - 14.9%

    Nigel Farage - 12.4%

    Natalie Bennett - 10.5%

    Nick Clegg - 7.2%

  32. Harry Cole, contributing editor at The Spectator

    @MrHarryCole

    Tweets: "So Tories roll over on plain packs and now fracking? Why not just give Labour the keys..."

  33. Miliband speech

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has been holding a "People's Question Time" session in Hednesford, Staffordshire. He told attendees that his party would "put working people first" in order to build a prosperous UK if it wins the general election. Hear more about what he had to say here.

    Ed Miliband
    Image caption: Mr Miliband has been holding a 'People's Question Time' in Hednesford, Staffordshire
  34. Fracking vote

    Bid to suspend fracking until further environmental research has been done in to the impact has failed in the Commons by 308 votes to 52.

  35. Internet privacy

    House of Lords

    Lord West of Spithead, a former minister for security and counter-terrorism, argues that the measures have been "kicked into touch" for political reasons, and the new powers being debated today are "considerably" different from the measures that received scathing criticism back in December.

    Lord West of Spithead
  36. Patrick Wintour, political editor of The Guardian

    @patrickwintour

    Tweets: "Government retreat on fracking in face of likely defeat is serious blow to the nascent industry. Zombie Parliament less dead than thought."

  37. Paul Waugh, Editor of Politics Home

    @paulwaugh

    Tweets: "Looks like Govt have cracked on fracking . Big u-turn to accept Labour new clause 19. Must've faced huge Tory rebellion."

  38. The opposite of Clegg-mania

    Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown and David Cameron

    George Eaton, political editor of the New Statesman, writes that the format of the prospective leader's debates is far from ideal for Nick Clegg's party: "Sidelined in the seven-way, and locked out of the two-way, the danger for the Lib Dems is that the debates would leave them looking more irrelevant than ever."

  39. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator

    The Spectator

    Isabel Hardman says the Labour Party's attack at Work and Pensions Questions today fell flat, leaving the session feeling "a bit like a Tory campaign launch".

  40. Andy Bell, political editor of Channel 5 News

    @andybell5news

    Tweets: "Are Sinn Fein to be included in #TVDebates ? Even if they don't take their seats in Parliament? Do they want to be ?"

  41. Internet privacy

    House of Lords

    Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Blair of Boughton, argues that the police and security services are not asking for new powers, but for a retention of powers that they "already have had and are losing" due to the changing way communications are sent and received.

  42. Paul Waugh, editor of Politics Home

    @paulwaugh

    Tweets: "Looks like an 8-way. Labour back DUP too. Source: "We can see no good reason to treat NI differently to the rest of the UK in these debates"

  43. Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

    @MichaelLCrick

    Tweets: "Forget this 100 days tomorrow lark, it's now 78 days, maybe fewer, before people start voting in significant numbers in election - by post"

  44. Get involved

    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    G Kelly, Hampshire: 101 days of what seems to be a no-brainer. After the election, regardless whether there is an overall majority or not, there will only be one Prime Minister and that will be either David Cameron or Ed Milliband. Minority parties could enter into coalition, but with whom? Dreams of holding a working balance of power are just that - dreams.

  45. Internet privacy

    House of Lords

    The Lords have begun considering the main business of the day: an 18-page cross party amendment to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, re-introducing the so-called "Snoopers Charter" which makes internet service providers log more of what people do online.

    It would also make the logged data more easily accessible to law enforcement and security services.

    The motion has been tabled by four senior peers: Lord King of Bridgewater, a Conservative former defence secretary; the cross-bencher and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Blair of Boughton; the Labour former security minister Lord West of Spithead, and the Liberal Democrat Lord Carlile of Berriew, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.

  46. Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror

    @Kevin_Maguire

    tweets: How newspaper readers voted 2010: Mirror Lab 59%, Con 16%. Mail Con 59%, Lab 16%! See photo

  47. #ukipfilmtitles trending on Twitter

    @EmmaJCot tweets: 10 Things I Hate About EU #UkipFilmTitles

    @miky85tre tweets: Union Jackass #UkipFilmTitles

  48. Silence from Amjad Bashir

    Guido Fawkes

    The Guido Fawkes blog reports that Amjad Bashir has been "gagged" by the Conservative Party, and is not allowed to make a statement on his own behalf to respond to a number of stories about his past that have emerged since his defection from UKIP. The website says that when directly asked if he had previously been a member of Respect, Mr Bashir hung up the phone without answering.

  49. House of Commons

    In its rolling coverage of today's business in Parliament, BBC Democracy Live reports that the timetable for today's debate on the Infrastructure Bill has been approved and the session is under way.

  50. Lord Ashcroft poll

    Conservative Home

    At Conservative Home, Lord Ashcroft outlines the results of his latest national poll. Labour and the Conservatives are level on 32%, with UKIP in third-place on 15%. The Greens come fourth at 9%, with the Liberal Democrats in fifth-place with 6%. 1,001 adults were interviewed by telephone between 23 and 25 January.

  51. Post update

    BBC News Channel

    Tessa Jowell, the Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, tells the BBC's Vicki Young: "People are more interested than we give them credit for. It depends how the campaign is conducted - the real campaign will be on the doorsteps, and church halls, and the villages and town centres of the country. That's where people do engage."

  52. Party support in London

    The Evening Standard unveils a poll which shows Labour have a clear lead in London, with a number of coalition MPs in the capital facing a tough battle for their seats. Ed Miliband's party sits on 42%, with the Conservatives second on 32%. The Liberal Democrats have sunk to fifth-place with 7%, behind UKIP and the Greens.

  53. Financial Times Westminster

    @ftwestminster

    tweets: Four themes that will decide the election on.ft.com/1Dad2gl

  54. Better than an empty chair?

    Champagne glasses

    Former SNP leader Alex Salmond tells the Aberdeen Press and Journal he thinks the broadcasters should put objects in place of any party leaders who don't show up for the TV debates. He suggested the following:

    David Cameron - a glass of champagne

    Ed Miliband - a bacon sandwich

    Nick Clegg - the pledge not to raise tuition fees he signed during the 2010 general election campaign

    Nigel Farage - a pint of beer

    Mr Salmond also said a debate between just David Cameron and Ed Miliband would be a simple re-run of PMQs, which has "turned off more television sets than the standby button".

  55. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    @Liz_Hutchins tweets: 'We are addicted to the fag ends of fossil fuels' @julianhuppert tells rally #banfracking

  56. Today in Parliament

    Work and Pensions questions kick off today's action in the House of Commons, with the controversial under-occupancy penalty - or what opponents label the "bedroom tax" - one of the topics set to be discussed.

    The House of Lords will consider the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. A number of peers, including former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair, are attempting to introduce an amendment to the bill, and have faced accusations they are effectively re-introducing the so-called "Snoopers Charter" after it was emphatically rejected by a joint parliamentary committee on the Communications Data Bill.

    You can follow the BBC's coverage of Parliament on Westminster Live.

  57. 'We've stuck with it'

    BBC News Channel

    Liberal Democrat MP Ian Swales

    Liberal Democrat MP Ian Swales tells the BBC: "I think the fact that the coalition has been here five years proves that we can do business with people. We've had to react to the problems in the country, we knew that life would be difficult for us, both in government and as a party - but we've stuck at it, we've stuck together.

    "And I think we've made a huge difference that the public will come to recognise - maybe over the coming years when historians start to write this Parliament up they'll realise what a great job we've done."

  58. 'Nasty' tag

    The Daily Mail

    A YouGov/Prospect poll for the Daily Mail says the Tories' lead Labour when voters are forced to choose between the two parties, but that 42% of voters still see the Conservatives as the "nasty party".

  59. Election scenarios

    The Guardian

    The Guardian's Tom Clark looks at some of the potential outcomes of a hung parliament in May, and asks what kind of deals - if any - we might expect to see between the parties.

  60. Fracking vote

    MPs will attempt to amend a government bill on infrastructure later on Monday - to bar the fracking of shale gas. The House of Commons debate on fracking should start just after 15:30 GMT - with voting starting at 17:30. You can watch proceedings on Democracy Live.

  61. Post update

    The Daily Telegraph

    James Kirkup contrasts Ed Miliband's response to the Greek election result with David Cameron's, and says the Labour leader's "bland, faintly pious, and politically pointless" words leave him looking "like a bystander".

  62. Isabel Hardman

    The Spectator

    writes: As coalition rows go, today's 'spat' over who is most supportive of aspirational voters really is the more boring for a while. Read more

  63. Reality Check: Education

    gillian hargreaves

    Over the next three months, the BBC is going to look at the main party manifestos and 'reality check' the facts and figures that are presented.

    In this video, the BBC's education correspondent Gillian Hargreaves examines the issues that politicians will have to tackle affecting schools and universities in the run up to the general election.

  64. Clegg on election debates

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he is "not completely happy" with the proposals for the televised election debates, but acknowledges that "everyone is going to have to compromise".

    He says: "I hope David Cameron takes part in those leaders' debates. I hope everyone does. I think, you know, you shouldn't be looking for excuses to wriggle out of them which appears to be the approach from the Conservative party so far."

  65. Jagger on fracking

    BBC News Channel

    Bianca Jagger

    Former actress and human rights campaigner, Bianca Jagger, has joined the anti-fracking rally at Westminster. She tells BBC News: "What I hope to achieve is to convince MPs that what is at stake here is our way of life, our environment, our water sources, the air we breathe everyday - that this will be putting in danger even our commitment to reducing CO2 emissions."

  66. Anti-fracking protest

    protesters at westminster

    Anti-fracking campaigners are protesting at Westminster where they will be handing in a petition to MPs later, signed by 300,000 people. They are opposing legislation that would allow companies to frack - or extract shale gas - from beneath people's land and home without landowners' permission.

    It comes as an influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.

  67. Clegg on Greece

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that differences of opinion between Greece and other European countries must be "resolved quickly" to avoid "a long period of instability" in the eurozone.

    "Clearly the election results in Greece will now lead to a period of uncertainty in the eurozone. Any uncertainty is frankly unwelcome because what you need is stability and certainty for economic growth to really take root. And I think that one of the lessons that we can all draw looking at Greece is that we could have been Greece. As a country our deficit back in 2010 was very similar to the deficit that Greece had.

    "We took the difficult and frankly at times downright unpopular decisions to pull the country back from the brink and I hope that whatever the differences of opinion are between Greece and those other parts of the eurozone, that those differences can be resolved quickly because we can't afford a long period of instability."

  68. Ask Nick Robinson

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson is on Facebook now, dispensing wisdom on your questions and comments in a live Q&A. Here's a sample:

    Facebook
  69. 100 constituencies

    thurrock

    The BBC's Today programme is visiting 100 constituencies between now and polling day. The BBC's Matthew Price has been in Thurrock and finds that it is now a three-way battle.

    "The fracturing of the political landscape, which is happening across the country, makes this one of the least predictable general elections the UK has seen in recent memory," he says.

    As far as Harris, a 27-year-old scrap metal merchant from Grays in Essex, is concerned, the last five years have seen a shift in the political landscape of this country. "People's ideas of what they want have changed," he says.

  70. Get involved

    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    Louis Lavery emails: Online voting, by mobile too, I assume? That'd likely encourage far more youngsters to vote. So long as it can be made secure. Someone give Dave a ring and see what he thinks.

  71. How Parliament has changed

    BBC News Channel

    Sir Menzies Campbell, Jack Straw and Richard Ottoway

    The BBC's Norman Smith spoke to three eminent Parliamentarians planning to step down at the next election. Richard Ottoway, right, Jack Straw, centre, and Sir Menzies Campbell, who said the big changes he had seen was the pace of the news cycle and the lack of time to "sit, read and to think". He also said constituents were much more demanding than they used to be.

  72. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    @x00 tweets: Not sure I trust online voting enough. Or e-voting either >> Election should include online voting in 2020 - Bercow http://bbc.in/18hEQG1

  73. Online voting plans

    Labour's Angela Eagle, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, said the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy "suggests some interesting ways to improve our democracy and help us meet the challenges of our modern age".

    "Labour is committed to piloting online voting to see if it can be done securely and affordably. We will also create a new democracy portal to draw together in one place all of the things you need to know before you vote, we will make it easier to register to vote and we will reform the scrutiny of legislation to formalise a role for the public and give a greater role to backbench MPs."

  74. Lib Dem tax plans

    Danny Alexander
    Image caption: Danny Alexander, left, with Vince Cable earlier this month

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander hits back at Conservative claims that Lib Dem plans to raise taxes are the "enemy of aspiration".

    "The Tories seem to think that aspiration should be for the rich. The Lib Dems are delivering opportunity for everyone. We have been cutting taxes from millions of working people against the wishes of the Conservatives, eight million families over £1,300-a-year better off thanks to the Liberal Democrat tax cuts. The Tories need to recognise that everybody has the right to expect the government to be on their side, not just the wealthiest."

  75. Estonian Embassy UK

    @estembassyuk

    tweets: John Bercow talks abt perks of e-voting http://ow.ly/HWeOu via @guardian. #Estonia has used e-voting since 2005 http://ow.ly/HWa1H

  76. Greek election fallout

    Robin Brant

    Political Correspondent, BBC News

    The prime minister "respects the decision of the Greek people" but he believes that the new Greek government "need to meet their international commitments" to the IMF and other creditors, Downing Street says. Asked if David Cameron has spoken to either Germany's Angela Merkel or France's President Hollande since the election result, the PM's official spokesperson said "no".

  77. Online voting plans

    BBC Radio 4

    The World at One

    Professor Ian Brown, Associate Director of Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre, has told the BBC's World at One that a proposal to introduce online voting by 2020 is "really incredibly optimistic". Professor Brown, who contributed to the democracy commission set up by Commons Speaker John Bercow, said the proposal would not be deliverable in time.

    "For national elections you really want to be very sure indeed that people aren't able to break into voting systems and to affect people's opinion of the trustworthiness of the results, which I think unfortunately would be a very significant risk if we in the UK were to introduce online voting in the kind of time-frame that John Bercow has talked about," he has told the programme.

  78. Daily Politics

    The Daily Politics with Jo Coburn is under way - today they are looking at Greece's election fallout, the row over fracking and whether the old-fashioned ballot box will be a thing of the past by 2020. You can watch it live via the Live Coverage tab on this page, or on a TV on BBC Two.

  79. Cameron on TV debates

    The prime minister has suggested that he believes that the general election leaders' debates should also represent parties in Northern Ireland. The PM was asked if he would "turn up" for the proposed seven-way debates which would include the Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru.

    He said: "We are making good progress. I was told that it was 'appalling' and 'outrageous' that I had suggested that you couldn't have one minor party without having the other minor party and I'm delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again. They've actually come up with rather more minor parties that I had in mind, but anyway, I'm sure they've thought it all through and they know what they are doing. Although I don't quite see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out, because as far as I am concerned that's as important part of the United Kingdom as Wales or Scotland. But anyway, we are making good progress and I'm sure they know what they are doing.

    "I want to take part, they needed to do the minor party thing and they've certainly done that."

  80. Coalition lessons from abroad

    Norman Smith

    BBC Assistant Political Editor

    The average time it takes continental governments to form a coalition is, on average, 30 days. "So after the election we could have a good few weeks of wrangling and manoeuvring as we try and cobble together a coalition."

  81. Hung future?

    Nick Pearce

    Nick Pearce, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, talks to the BBC about the possibility of a hung Parliament at the next election.

    He says coalition negotiations are often down to policy but the personal dynamics between leaders are very important too.

    "Britain is clearly evolving into a truly multi-party system," he says.

  82. Neil Findlay, Labour MSP

    @Neil_FindlayMSP

    tweets: Good to see the SNP do a U turn on the proposed women's super prison - public and Labour pressure making a real difference!

  83. Downing Street latest

    Robin Brant

    Political Correspondent, BBC News

    Downing Street says an internal review is under way but the prime minister's official spokesman says the hoax call failings are not a disciplinary matter and they don't believe a crime was committed.

  84. Downing Street latest

    Robin Brant

    Political Correspondent, BBC News

    The prime minister believes GCHQ should "learn what lessons to learn from this" as Downing Street confirmed an internal review was underway into how a hoax caller got through to the PM yesterday. The prime minister's official spokesman said it was not a disciplinary matter, although she admitted that parts of the protocol for putting calls through to the PM "were not followed". Asked if GCHQ's director Robert Hannigan had apologised to the PM she said that had not happened.

  85. Osborne: Fishing & the risk from Greece

    George Osborne continues: "It is just a reminder to me - and I think a reminder to everyone here - of something very important, which is that we are linked to the fortunes of Europe. And so for everyone, today's result from the Greek election will increase economic risk for us in the European economy and I think it reinforces the need for us to go on working through an economic plan that is delivering economic security here at home."

  86. Osborne: Fishing & the risk from Greece

    George Osborne

    UK Chancellor George Osborne, speaking in Plymouth, says: "This morning I was on a fishing boat in Newquay and the fisherman, Phil, who has fished for crabs and has done so for the last 40 years, was explaining to me how his business was being affected by the fact that spider crabs that he sells to Spain are not being sold in the same volumes - because the eurozone is not working, because jobs aren't there in Spain."

  87. Braced for the long campaign

    Norman Smith

    BBC Assistant Political Editor

    The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith says "most of us here at Westminster are bracing ourselves actually not just for the election... but for the aftermath because all the signs are we could be heading for a hung Parliament".

  88. Quote: Cameron on hoax call

    "I had Florence on my back - to add to the exercise regime... My Blackberry went in my pocket - I answered it and it claimed to be a conference call established, which I do obviously very frequently with the head of GCHQ and some of the staff in my office. A voice came through which I didn't recognise, the voice said that he was sorry to wake me up which I thought was strange as it was eleven o'clock in the morning, and so I quite rapidly asked "Who is this?" and the answer came "It is a hoax call" and so I pushed the red button on my Blackberry which ended the call.

    "No harm was done, no national security was breached but it is important when these thing happen to that we do everything we can to put in place systems to weed out hoax calls but every now and again I suspect these things will happen"

  89. Get involved

    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

    Louis Lavery emails: Does the "greater security for everyone and every family" include our phone calls, Dave?

  90. Labour letter

    Political news site Labour List reports: "A group of 16 Labour MPs have issued a public statement, expressing concern about elements of Labour's policy agenda and urging a change of course in three key areas.

    "The letter - signed by MPs on the left of the Parliamentary Labour Party - calls for an alternative to Labour's current deficit reduction plans, public ownership of the railways and a return to collective bargaining and employment rights in the workplace."

  91. Election debates

    "We are making good progress" on the format of the TV election debates, the David Cameron says. "I'm delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again.

    "They've actually come up with rather more minor parties than I had in mind. But anyway I'm sure they've thought it all through and they know what they're doing - although I don't quite see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out because as far as I'm concerned it is an as important part of our United Kingdom as Wales or Scotland.

    "I want to take part."

  92. Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat MP

    @tessamunt

    tweets: Income tax cuts wouldn't be happening without @libdems in govt. Cameron said they were unaffordable & here's proof - http://bit.ly/15zfwda

  93. BreakingBreaking News

    David Cameron has revealed the hoax call came through as he went for a walk with his family after a day trip to Saudi Arabia. He said his mobile rang with the display saying it was a conference call. The person apologised for waking him up. "I thought that was strange as it was eleven o'clock in the morning," said the PM, adding that he did not recognise the voice. He asked who it was and the answer was that it was a hoax call. Mr Cameron said there "no harm done... no national security breached".

  94. Cameron speech

    We must continue to cut the deficit, the PM says. It is not easy but it is absolutely deliverable.

    He says that in the next two years the Conservatives will find a further £13bn of reductions to departmental spending; they will find £12bn of savings in the welfare budget; and they will find £5bn by continuing to make sure the government goes after aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion.

  95. Cameron speech

    David Cameron

    Mr Cameron pledges that those earning a yearly income of less than £12,500 will not pay income tax. He also says the Conservatives will increase the 40p income tax threshold.

  96. Cameron speech

    David Cameron says the Conservatives aim to help people by cutting their taxes. "I am a practical, down-to-earth, common-sense Conservative."

  97. BreakingBreaking News

    David Cameron has started his campaign speech: "What we want to achieve is greater security for everyone and every family."

  98. Campaign countdown

    Labour MP Mike O'Brian

    There are marginal constituencies across the UK that will signpost which way this election will go. Our Midlands political editor, Patrick Burns, is in Coleshill in Warwickshire - the second most marginal seat in Britain with a Conservative majority of just 54. Labour Parliamentary candidate Mike O'Brian says he thinks it will be a Labour-Tory fight. He says the government's planned high-speed rail route could be a major issue affecting voters.

  99. Polling matters

    BBC News Channel

    Is a hung Parliament the most likely outcome of the general election?

    More from Ipsos Mori's Ben Page: "A hung Parliament seems to be the most likely outcome... It could change but in 2005 the polls in January were pretty accurate predictions of what happened in May.

    "Polls are just what people are saying now. But the ones that were done in the week of the election back in 2010 were accurate to about plus or minus 1.1% for each party, which I think you'd agree is pretty good actually."

  100. #nofracking trending on Twitter

    @suesmee tweets: As my MP, I'd like @neil_mp to vote against Cuadrilla getting the right to drill under my home - without my permission! #nofracking

    @loobylou43 tweets: I'm really hoping my MP @andrewpercy will vote for amendment 51 to the #infrastructurebill today #nofracking

  101. Polling matters

    BBC News Channel

    Ben Page

    Ben Page, head of the research company Ipsos Mori, has been talking about polls leading up to the election: "Over the last month or so effectively what you've seen is Labour maybe one point ahead of the Conservatives.

    "That is a change on a year ago and they've gradually seen their lead evaporate effectively - but they are neck and neck and nobody seems to come up with something that allows them to break free of the other. It's a war of the weak in a sense."

  102. 100 Constituencies

    Matthew Price

    BBC News

    Two interesting comments from voters here in Thurrock. First Harris, a scrap metal dealer. "What people are worried about has changed in the last five to 10 years." That will affect their vote he believes. He's voting UKIP. Second from Linda at Slimming World. "If my dad was alive and I told him I was going to vote anybody else but Labour he'd lynch me. But now you've got so many different parties. Green party, UKIP, what-have-you." It's going to be an unpredictable election.

    The BBC's Today programme will be visiting 100 constituencies between now and polling day.

  103. Hoax calls

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Jon Culshaw

    Listen as comedian Jon Culshaw relives the moment he successfully hoax called Tony Blair as he impersonated William Hague, then leader of the opposition. It follows the headline from the The Sun newspaper from a drunk man claiming to have "just made complete monkeys out of GCHQ". The caller says the country's surveillance agency, who gave him the personal mobile number of their boss, also got through to the Prime Minister David Cameron.

  104. BreakingBreaking News

    Mark Lowen

    BBC News, Athens

    It took just an hour of talks between two party leaders for the coalition to be formed. Greece's new government will comprise the leftists Syriza and a rightwing party, Independent Greeks, also fiercely anti-bailout but far more hardline on other policies such as immigration. Alexis Tsipras will see the President later today and be asked to to form a government. He will then argue he has the democratic mandate to revoke the budget cuts and persuade Europe to write off a portion of Greek debt. It'll meet a cool reception from Brussels and Berlin. Tough negotiations lie ahead to find a compromise that prevents Greece from defaulting on its debt: something that could threaten the country's place in the Euro.

  105. Your comments: Fracking

    An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. Paul writes: This is absolutely correct. We need to do the right thing out of principle. The only justification for fracking is greed and short term gain. Tim comments: This group of MPs is called influential. Influential but ignorant would be closer to the mark and that's a scary combination.

    Add your views via the comments module on our news story.

  106. NHS concerns

    Hugh Pym

    Health editor

    Looking further ahead - the really big question for all parties is how they will fund the NHS over the next five years, particularly at a time, seemingly, of continued austerity. There's also an increasing and aging population, and patients are looking for better access to new drugs.

  107. Questions for Nick

    Nick Robinson

    Are politicians delivering what you want? The BBC's Nick Robinson will be holding a Facebook Q&A about democracy - linked to his current Radio 4 series - at 13:30 GMT.

  108. Campaign issues

    With 101 days to go the BBC has been finding out what issue most concerns you ahead of the election. The NHS emerged as the most important issue for those surveyed, ahead of the economy and immigration.

    Stats
  109. Digital democracy

    House of Parliament

    We have been reporting on the launch of the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy this morning. In addition to encouraging online voting and more public participation in debates, one of its five objectives is to "ensure that everyone can understand" what the House of Commons does by 2020. As part of this, it says parliamentary language and procedures should be "simplified".

  110. 100 constituencies

    Matthew Price

    BBC News

    Colin

    If Conservatives are to see off a double challenge from both UKIP and Labour in Thurrock they'll need core voters like Colin the car dealer to stick with them. He says he wants the current economic policy to continue so he does want David Cameron back in.

    (There is more on the BBC Today programme's 100 constituencies feature at 0755)

  111. Archive treat 100: Robin Day v George Brown

    Alex Hunt

    Politics editor, BBC News Online

    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 politics@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @bbcpolitics. Here's the first one -

    Robin Day interviewing George Brown

    If you think it all used to be honey and roses for political interviewees here's an election night clip from 1964 as BBC host Robin Day gets on the wrong side of the deputy leader of the Labour Party, George Brown, when quizzing him on the potential nationalisation of the steel industry.

  112. Osborne full interview

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    The full BBC interview with Chancellor George Osborne is now online.

    Reacting to the anti-austerity party Syriza's win in the Greek elections, Mr Osborne told Today: "If your economy has shrunk you are going to look for other answers...the things the new government has promised, it's going to be very difficult to deliver."

    On Europe he added: "The institutions of the Eurozone are not working well enough for the people of Europe...people get tired of economic failure and rising unemployment."

  113. Post update

    BBC Politics

    tweets: The 2015 general election will be unlike any other http://bbc.in/1D8M48K

  114. Fracking concerns

    BBC News Channel

    Joan Walley, chairwoman of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, has told the BBC that they want the move to shale gas to be put on hold because of environmental and safety concerns. You can read more about their report here.

    Joan Walley
  115. Robin Brant, BBC political correspondent

    @robinbrant

    tweets: It's back in action, up and running, primed for daily updates. The @BBCPolitics elex countdownerer @ChrisMasonBBC

    White board
  116. Post update

    Imelda Flattery

    BBC News

    tweets: Alexis Tsipras expected to speak to gathered journalists shortly. #Greece

    Media scrum
  117. Post update

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    tweets: 'We will take a plan to the #eurozone to minimise this Greek debacle' #Syriza candidate Yanis Varoufakis #R4today

  118. New role for Lord Smith

    Lord Smith

    Lord Smith of Kelvin is to take on another high-profile role, after agreeing to chair of one of Scotland's largest regeneration projects. Lord Smith, who chaired the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution, will lead Clyde Gateway on delivering the post-2014 Commonwealth Games legacy. The work focuses on regenerating Glasgow's east end. Lord Smith was chairman of the Commonwealth Games organising committee and has a number of other top roles. They include chairing Forth Ports and the Green Investment Bank. He will take up his new unpaid role as chairman of Clyde Gateway next month

  119. Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor

    @bbcnickrobinson

    tweets: The Speaker wants you to be able to join in MPs debates & vote online. Good idea? Join in my Q&A on F'book at 1.30 (read more about the online voting plans)

  120. Post update

    Andy Burnham

    Shadow health secretary

    tweets: Warning from @nhsconfed & @LGAcomms about crisis in NHS & care. Labour's 10 year-plan, out tomorrow, offers solution> http://bit.ly/1wxprWw

  121. Post update

    @RobbieGibb

    tweets: On today's #bbcdp - @DouglasCarswell (UKIP), @spelmanc (Con), Andy Slaughter (Lab) and @MartinChelt (Lib Dem)

  122. 100 constituencies

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    The BBC's Matthew Price has been at a working men's club in Tilbury, Thurrock as part of the Today programme's tour of 100 constituencies in the run-up to the general election. One voter says the Tories have "sold England off, never vote for them" but won't vote UKIP as they are too far "anti-immigration". At a nearby slimming club, one woman says she is undecided and may not vote for the party her family has traditionally supported: "You've got so many different parties, at the end of the day you have to weigh up what is right for you".

  123. Greece dominates papers

    Telegraph/Times front pages

    Many of today's newspapers concentrate on the fallout from the dramatic general election in Greece - won by the left-wing anti-austerity Syriza party. The BBC's paper review gives a roundup of reports.

  124. Hoax caller to No 10

    Norman Smith

    BBC Assistant Political Editor

    Incredible as it may seem the prankster managed to obtain mobile numbers for both the head of the GCHQ surveillance centre and the prime minister by bluffing his way past both sets of switchboards. Having been put through to the GCHQ boss Robert Hannigan, he then rang the Sun newspaper to boast of his exploits. According to The Sun he told them "he'd made monkeys" out of GCHQ despite being high on drink and drugs. Not satisfied with all that, the hoaxer then succeeded in getting put through to the prime minister. No 10 say Mr Cameron realised "within a matter of seconds" it was a hoax call and put the phone down. They also say no sensitive information was disclosed - and that they have no reason to believe the caller was anything other than a prankster. Nevertheless in an era of heightened terror alert and anxious political debate over increased surveillance - it would suggest simple human error can be a greater vulnerability.

  125. Greek election fallout

    More from Chancellor George Osborne on the Greek election result: "Ultimately if you take at face value all the things that the new Greek government has promised - including big increases in public expenditure - you know, I think that is going to be very difficult to deliver, and incompatible with what the Eurozone currently demands of its members. But I hope that both sides now act responsibly."

  126. Norman Smith, BBC assistant political editor

    @bbcNormanS

    tweets: Syriza elex victory in Greece is "just the latest chapter in eurozone crisis " - George Osborne @bbcr4today

  127. George Osborne interview

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Chancellor George Osborne is quizzed about the recent defection of UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir to the Conservatives. Mr Bashir was suspended by UKIP over various allegations - all of which he denies - shortly before announcing his defection on Saturday.

    Asked about the MEP's past, Mr Osborne told the BBC: "I am certainly not aware of something that I should be worried about."

  128. Fracking warning

    A shale gas test well

    An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. The government's drive for shale gas should be put on hold because it would lead to more reliance on fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee said.

  129. 100 constituencies

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    In what's shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable elections ever, where the prospects of smaller parties and local results could be more crucial than ever in determining who governs Britain, Today will be visiting 100 different constituencies between now and polling day. Recent opinion polls suggest the key barometer seat of Thurrock is now a three way marginal between the Tories, Labour and UKIP. Our correspondent Matthew Price went to hear how voters feel about the pending election.

  130. Hoax caller

    Other news this morning includes a security review being carried out by Downing Street after a hoax call to Prime Minister David Cameron. Number 10 said the caller claimed to be Robert Hannigan, director of government monitoring agency GCHQ. Mr Cameron ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed.

    Despite this there has bee plenty of mischief-making online at Mr Cameron's expense.

    Tweet
  131. Greek election fallout

    Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras

    There's still more than three months to go until the UK election, but the impact of the Greek elections is being felt across Europe, after the success of the anti-austerity Syriza party. Its leader has pledged to renegotiate the country's massive international bailout.

  132. 'Tough to predict'

    David Cowling

    Editor, BBC Political Research Unit

    Nigel Farage

    "With its first ever prime ministerial debates, new constituency boundaries and opinion polls suggesting the novelty of three evenly-matched Westminster parties, the 2010 general election was difficult to predict. However, the 2015 election looks set to present us with an even bigger headache." The BBC's David Cowling considers why factors such as the rise of Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party make this general election very difficult to call.

  133. 100 constituencies

    To give a flavour of the contest ahead, the Today programme will be hearing from 100 different constituencies between now and polling day. The aim is to try and give a picture of how voters around the UK feel about some of the big issues at stake. They kick off today in Thurrock in Essex.

  134. On the agenda

    What's coming up today? Speaker John Bercow has been talking to BBC Political editor Nick Robinson about the Digital Democracy Commission and its proposals, which include allowing people to vote online in the 2020 general election. You can read the full story and the full interview will be broadcast as part of Can Democracy Work? series on Tuesday on BBC Radio 4 at 09:00 GMT.

  135. Election countdown

    We've got a busy day ahead of us - all the parties are stepping up their campaigning and attempting to get on the front foot ahead of the General Election on 7 May. There're just 101 days to go now... and to mark the occasion the BBC News Channel have some special features planned for the day about the issues which are likely to have an impact at the election.

  136. Good morning

    Alex Hunt

    Politics editor, BBC News Online

    Hello and welcome to the first day of our rolling coverage of all things political as it happens. We'll be bringing you all the breaking news, the latest tips from the BBC's political team plus the key reaction and analysis from the BBC's unmatched range of programmes. We'll start each morning with BBC Radio 4's Today programme and Breakfast, continue through the day with the best of the BBC News Channel, Daily Politics, The World at One/PM right through to Newsnight and Today in Parliament.