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Live Reporting

By Holly Wallis, Tim Fenton, Matthew Davis and Adam Donald

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    And that's it for another day of live updates from the political world. Labour continued to bristle at comments by former senior figures that the party's current stance on the NHS is misguided. Meanwhile, the government faced criticism inside and outside Parliament after the number of schools failing to meet government benchmarks on GCSE grades and progress doubled to 330 in the wake of changes to exams. You can catch up with all the BBC's reporting, across all platforms, online. We'll be back on Friday from 06:00 with up-to-the-minute news, views, and analysis from across the political spectrum.

  2. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's i: "Tories fear migrant voting power" #BBCPapers #tomorrowspaperstoday (via @hendopolis)

    Tomorrow's i front page
  3. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Independent: "Hard line on immigration could cost Tories election" #BBCPapers (via @hendopolis)

    Tomorrow's Independent front page
  4. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Times: "Big increase in religious slaughter of animals" #BBCPapers (via @hendopolis)

    Tomorrow's Times front page
  5. Jane Merrick, political editor of the Independent on Sunday

    @janemerrick23

    tweets: Great defence of NHS, and chilling description of US health service, by @KateMaltby #bbcqt

  6. Campaigning with Alex Salmond

    Buzzfeed

    Over at Buzzfeed, Jamie Ross goes on the campaign trail with Alex Salmond - the self-styled "bogeyman of the British establishment", who has some stinging words for some of the main UK party leaders.

  7. Michael Savage, chief political correspondent for The Times

    @michaelsavage

    tweets: Blimey. Quite an evisceration of Labour health divisions on #Newsnight. As tough as anything you'll find in the "right-wing press".

  8. BBC Question Time

    @bbcquestiontime

    tweets: "If the Greeks get away with it, good luck to them is all I can say." Germaine Greer on Greece potentially defaulting on debts. #bbcqt

  9. Post update

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    Some more on Labour's stance on the NHS. Newsnight's political editor Allegra Stratton reports that former Labour health minister Lord Darzi has told the BBC it is irrelevant whether NHS care is delivered by the private or the public sector - comments, she says, which intensify a row within the Labour Party over outsourcing NHS care.

  10. This Week, BBC One, 23:45

    Isabel Hardman dressed as a goddess

    BBC One's This Week may be all Greek to some political viewers, and the Spectator's Isabel Hardman takes on the role of a goddess to review the headlines of the Westminster week before a live studio debate with Andrew Neil, Alan Johnson, Miranda Green and Michael Portillo after 23:45.

  11. James Chapman, Daily Mail political editor

    @jameschappers

    tweets: Superb speech from @Ed_Miliband at #westminstercorrespondentsdinner. Another reason for Cameron to dodge those TV debates

  12. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Mirror: "Energy fatcats profits up 1000 per cent" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers

    Tomorrow's Mirror front page
  13. NHS 'privatisation'?

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    Sarah Wollaston

    Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes and chairman of the Commons Health Committee, tells Newsnight that "there has been a process of weaponisation as Ed Miliband said", namely a misuse of the word privatisation. She says when she talks to people "what they fear is that privatisation means they'll have to pay for healthcare, I think that's been rather cynically manipulated by the Labour Party, because that is of course not what we're talking about - we have no intention for people to have to start paying for healthcare".

    Labour's John Woodcock said that for his party, privatisation meant a "dogmatic insistence that every service is going to be taken out and put to competitive tender". Sarah Wollaston denied this was happening.

  14. Labour NHS fall-out

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    John Woodcock

    John Woodcock, Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, tells Newsnight - regarding Labour's plans for health spending - that "we are going to come into a very different environment where a similar amount of money which could have been spent on public services under the last Labour government is not going to be available", meaning that although the party will increase NHS spending "we have to match that with radical reform".

    Mr Woodcock also urges former Labour ministers who have been publicly critical of the party's rhetoric on healthcare in the last few days - such as Alan Milburn - to "pick up the phone to Ed, or Douglas Alexander, or to Andy Burnham". Asked by Newsnight presenter James O'Brien if he was urging such figures to keep their thoughts "buttoned up", Mr Woodcock said he had been "very careful not to use those words about my friends and one of the people that I used to work for".

  15. Allegra Stratton, BBC Newsnight political editor

    @BBCAllegra

    tweets: 1/ But David Blunkett appeals for calm, telling NN "now is not the time for an unproductive battle between old and new Labour"...

    and

    tweets: 2/ Blunkett: "This is a very different moment in time and the generation leading the Party need our advice behind the scenes".

  16. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Express: "Gas bill rip off as we freeze" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCpapers

    Daily Express front page tomorrow
  17. Allegra Stratton, BBC Newsnight political editor

    @BBCAllegra

    tweets: 1/ Eminent surgeon + former Brown appointee, health minister Lord Ara Darzi tells NN Andy Burnham's "preferred provider" policy is wrong...

    and

    tweets: 2/ Lord Darzi: "We should prefer the providers who deliver the highest quality care whether they be public, private and not-for-profit..."

    and

    tweets: 3/ "If debate doesn't focus on quality of care, every patient and every clinician will know real argument about what matters has been lost"

  18. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Guardian: "The great wages crash" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

    Tomorrow's Guardian front page
  19. Local control

    The Guardian

    The plaque in front of the Cabinet Office
    Image caption: Whitehall - the street and symbol of central government

    At The Guardian, Patrick Wintour reports on a new pamphlet by two junior Labour shadow ministers, Liz Kendall and Steve Reed, which argues that the party must embrace devolution in public service reform. "The authors frankly admit that too many public services are still not good enough and that they assume a type of parent-child relationship in which politicians and the state cast themselves as the superhero capable of solving society's problems," he says.

  20. NHS policy

    Daily Express

    At the Daily Express, Leo McKinstry has very harsh words for Labour over its healthcare policy: "In the years ahead the NHS will need serious reform including the involvement of the private sector. Such change will not be forthcoming from blinkered, doctrinaire socialists such as Miliband and Burnham."

  21. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Telegraph: "Don't rush through three parent baby law says Church" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday

    Tomorrow's Telegraph front page
  22. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's Metro: "Eton Mess! Top schools crash in league table" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

    Tomorrow's Metro front page
  23. Tomorrow's papers

    @BBCNews

    BBC News

    UK

    tweets: Friday's FT: "Conoco and Shell add billions to oil sector cuts" (via @hendopolis) #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCpapers

    Tomorrow's FT front page
  24. Today in Parliament, 23:30

    BBC Radio 4

    Palace of Westminster at night

    Join the BBC's Sean Curran and the rest of the Today in Parliament team at 23:30 GMT for all the highlights from today's action in the Palace of Westminster. On the programme: MPs express frustration at delays to the Chilcot report on Iraq; Education Secretary Nicky Morgan gives a statement on extremism in schools; and during the time allotted for the business statement, one MP causes uproar with her interesting choice of phrase.

  25. Newsnight preview

    BBC Newsnight

    BBC Two, 22:30

    Winston Churchill's funeral

    Tonight on @BBCNewsnight: Labour MP John Woodcock and the Conservative chair of the Commons Health Committee, Sarah Wollaston, join the programme to discuss the NHS and Labour health policy. And to commemorate the 50th anniversary tomorrow of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, Newsnight talks to Lord Carrington - the last surviving member of the second Churchill administration.

  26. Mark Devenport, BBC NI political editor

    @markdevenport

    tweets: BBC News - David Trimble says DUP may back Labour if hung parliament http://bbc.in/15LM8jN #corr

  27. NHS row

    The Guardian

    Writing in The Guardian, Polly Toynbee says Ed Miliband didn't need to "weaponise" the NHS, because the Conservatives already did: "The Tories turned it into an armament in their programme to diminish the welfare state, to outsource and privatise it wherever they could."

  28. A 'grand coalition'?

    Ed Miliband and David Cameron

    YouGov president Peter Kellner, writing in Prospect Magazine, is the latest commentator to consider what kind of post-election fallout could lead to a "grand coalition" - with Labour and the Conservatives in government together.

  29. Kitty Donaldson, Bloomberg News political reporter

    @kitty_donaldson

    tweets: At the Westminster correspondents' dinner. @Ed_Miliband circulating shaking hands like a bridegroom when @David_Cameron didn't

  30. EU referendum

    More from The House Magazine's interview with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. Of the in/out EU referendum David Cameron has promised in 2017 if the Conservatives win the election in May, Mr Javid says: "My faith is in the British people. If they decide that, taking into account the renegotiation, they want to continue that relationship with the EU, of course that's something that everyone would accept. But if they decide to end that relationship then that is not something anyone should be frightened of".

  31. 'Mistaken reticence'

    The Spectator

    David Cameron walking with two schoolchildren

    At The Spectator, Dennis Sewell says the Conservatives are mistakenly reluctant to discuss "the most significant achievement of this government" - school reforms that David Cameron's party "seem almost to want to deny" in the run-up to the election.

  32. Trust the polls?

    Anthony Wells from UK Polling Report takes a look at some of the patterns evident in different companies' regular polls. He says such patterns are not evidence of "deliberate bias", but "the effect of their methodological decisions mean some companies do have a tendency to produce figures that are better or worse for each political party - we call these 'house effects'".

    Have a look at his graph showing the trends in political polling here. And once you've become more informed about polling methods, take a look at the BBC's brand new interactive poll tracker.

  33. 'Creative friction'

    New Statesman

    Robert Webb

    Over at the New Statesman, Robert Webb says it doesn't matter if politicians go to the same schools - as long as they listen to people who weren't there with them. He says: "It's a matter of intellectual diversity. Where you have 20 people who all share roughly the same educational and life experiences, they're going to come up with the same solutions to the same problems" - and there won't be the necessary "creative friction" that produces ideas to make society better.

  34. Question Time, BBC One, 22:35

    @bbcquestiontime

    Question Time panel

    BBC One's Question Time programme will be coming from Wrexham tonight. The panel includes feminist and scholar Germaine Greer, Labour former Cabinet minister Peter Hain, Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and academic Kate Maltby.

  35. 'Raising the bar'

    In an interview with Channel 4, schools minister Nick Gibb defended the government's school league tables, after steps to make exams more rigorous led to more failing schools. The tables have been branded a "nonsense" after scores of renowned private schools ended up at the bottom for GCSEs despite dominating the top of the A-level tables. Mr Gibb said the league tables show a "transitional" period, and that all schools are affected "equally". He added that the government is "raising the bar" with its reform, saying GCSEs are now of a "much higher standard".

  36. Liz Kendall interview

    Liz Kendall

    Also at The House Magazine, shadow health minister Liz Kendall reveals she backs a role for the private sector in the NHS, as it provides a "challenge" to the system and helps cut waiting lists. Also in the interview: she calls for a more "positive" approach to the election, warning her party that it can't be seen as "the moaning man in the pub"; says her parents have texted her complaining about PMQs; and says it's time for a "new generation" of Labour MPs to make the case for military intervention overseas.

  37. Sajid Javid interview

    Sajid Javid

    At The House magazine, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has given a wide-ranging interview, taking in everything from cigarette packaging to terrorism. Some highlights: he discusses the idea that he may be Conservative leader one day; he backs the idea of a 9pm watershed on TV; and he reveals he is a big fan of Coronation Street.

  38. Russians in the Channel

    Jonathan Beale

    Defence correspondent, BBC News

    What proved so bothersome about the Russian jets which flew down the west coast of Ireland and up the English Channel yesterday was that their flight path was very different from their usual sorties north of Scotland, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale explains on the News Channel. "The context is what worries - this is Russia operating outside the usual area it operates, and that causes nerves," he explains. While the Russian aircraft didn't enter British airspace, at one point they were 25 miles from the UK mainland.

  39. Coalitions: the guidebook

    Graham Allen

    Most MPs are letting their attention drift away from parliament towards their constituencies, but Graham Allen - Labour chair of the political and constitutional reform committee - has set his MPs a fresh inquiry investigating "the arrangements for forming a government after a general election". Rather an important issue, really, but one which remains riddled with question-marks. Mr Allen says: "We are looking to produce the definitive guide to post-election coalition making for the elector, as well as for politicians and the media." That should come in handy.

  40. Fallout from Greece

    The Spectator

    David Cameron and Angela Merkel

    The Spectator's political editor James Forsyth says that after the Greek elections this week brought an avowedly left-wing government to power, "[German Chancellor Angela] Merkel's difficulty is Cameron's opportunity".

    He says Angela Merkel "is now more loath to lose Britain from the EU than she was before. She knows that Britain leaving would shift the EU's centre of gravity even further towards the dirigiste south". The adjective "dirigiste" describes a political system where the state controls economic and social matters.

  41. 'Condescending'

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

    David Cameron has responded to comments from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, that entire cities are being "cast aside" by the government's approach to the north of England. "I found it rather outdated," the PM told BBC Radio Manchester. "I found it a bit condescending when it came to our northern cities. I don't think it was up to date with what is happening."

  42. Missing data

    Emma Carr, director of civil liberties campaigning group Big Brother Watch, says the lost discs containing information from three sensitive inquiries show the government has a data security problem. "Under the Data Protection Act this is neither a criminal offence or serious enough to warrant the threat of jail time," she says. "The lack of repercussions for those who commit data breaches, either maliciously or innocently, should now be a matter of urgency for the government."

  43. Palestinian statehood debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Protesters at a rally in Hyde Park

    In the House of Lords, peers are debating whether Britain should recognise the state of Palestine alongside Israel. Here's some picks from the evening's speeches:

    • Lib Dem Baroness Williams highlighted the importance of Palestine joining the International Criminal Court
    • Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn warned "massive external pressure" on Israel to recognise Palestine would be counter-productive
    • Conservative former Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi claimed Britain's lack of support for Palestine at the UN "puts us at odds with our own oft-quoted British values and the rule of law, justice and fairness".

    The debate was tabled by Lib Dem Lord Steel, who said he wanted to raise the issue because peaceful protestors campaigning for a two state solution "need something to show for their pains".

  44. Mansion tax

    Ed Miliband and Jim Murphy

    The Daily Record reports that Ed Miliband has voiced support for Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's plans to use revenues from a UK-wide mansion tax - which would raise most of its revenue from England - to fund more nurses in the Scottish NHS. The paper quotes Mr Miliband as saying: "I say that when homes costing hundreds of millions of pounds pay the same in property tax as homes a fraction of that value, the case for the mansion tax to fund the NHS is stronger and stronger by the day."

  45. Remembering Churchill

    Winston Churchill statue outside parliament

    Downing Street has released the text of the message on the wreath David Cameron will lay at the statue of Winston Churchill, which stands just outside the Commons chamber, tomorrow morning. Marking the 50th anniversary of the war leader's death, the PM has written: "Britain was so incredibly fortunate that in our hour of greatest need there came forward one of our greatest ever statesmen. 50 years on the light has not dimmed. David Cameron."

  46. Child abuse inquiry

    Tom Symonds

    Home Affairs correspondent

    Keith Vaz

    In a statement, Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "Last week, some material from the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse came into the committee's possession in the course of our inquiry. The material included directions to panel members about how they should answer questions from the committee, as well as e-mail exchanges between panel members about the panel's external communications strategy."

    "These emails included the names of third parties. At the request of the individuals concerned, the material has been redacted to remove references to these individuals. The names of all these individuals were already in the public domain."

  47. Child abuse inquiry

    Tom Symonds

    Home Affairs correspondent

    Survivors of child abuse are accusing the Home Affairs Select Committee of breaching the Data Protection Act by releasing correspondence last week which included the names of some who have been abused.

    The committee posted letters and emails on its website while taking evidence from the inquiry's Counsel, Ben Emmerson QC, about a disagreement within the inquiry's expert panel. The names of at least four victims of child abuse, and the pseudonym of a fifth, were included in the documents. The following day the letters were reposted on the website having been redacted.

    Although several of those named are active on social media, one, who isn't, said she had received emails containing death threats, and cyber attacks. The committee said the names were already in the public domain.

    In a letter to the home secretary, the Survivor's Alliance said: "The release of emails and correspondence constitutes a breach of Data Protection and also a breach of trust." The group said it had been contacted by lawyers.

  48. Missing data

    Dominic Casciani

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    The BBC's Home Affairs Correspondent Dominic Casciani says the mother of Azelle Rodney, whose shooting by police in London is the subject of a semi-secret inquiry, has said the loss of data relating to the inquiry is "shocking and very disappointing". She has been in touch with the Ministry of Justice about the loss.

  49. Sajid Javid profile

    Buzzfeed

    Sajid Javid

    Over at Buzzfeed, Emily Ashton has a profile of culture secretary Sajid Javid - including details of how he called up the BBC's Question Time for feedback after his first appearance on the show.

  50. SNP versus...the poll tax

    Protester against the poll tax

    The SNP is introducing legislation to the Scottish Parliament that will write off any remaining debts from Margaret Thatcher's community charge. "This bill is one step the Scottish government is undertaking to make local taxation fairer," deputy first minister John Swinney said. Scottish Labour has made clear it also supports the bill.

  51. This Week, BBC One, 23:35

    @bbcthisweek

    Esther Rantzen

    In the week marking 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz camp, Esther Rantzen joins Andrew Neil, Alan Johnson and Michael Portillo live on BBC One's This Week from 23:35pm (or 00:15 in Northern Ireland) to examine what it means to be Jewish in Britain today.

  52. The Tories' post-election negotiations

    Conservative Home

    Graham Brady
    Image caption: Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee

    ConservativeHome picks up on yesterday's Newsnight's report claiming Tory backbenchers want a role in any post-election coalition talks. According to the grassroots Tory website, backbenchers want Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, to have a major say in establishing the red lines deemed essential by rank and file MPs and in liaising with the negotiators throughout the talks. But they do not believe he needs to be in the negotiating room, the website says.

  53. Greek comedian on BBC One's This Week

    @bbcthisweek

    George Zach

    Greek comedian George Zach will be looking at why young people in his native country turned to Syriza at last weekend's general election. He will present a film and debate with host Andrew Neil, along with Alan Johnson, Michael Portillo and economist Vicky Pryce, live on BBC One from 23:35 (or 00:15 in Northern Ireland).

  54. Gordon Brown's last Commons debate?

    Gordon Brown speaking during a press conference to announce he is standing down as an MP, at The Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust

    Gordon Brown will return to the floor of the Commons next Wednesday evening for what some speculate could be his last appearance in the chamber. The ex-PM has secured a brief debate on 'Scottish representation in the Union' - the subject which has galvanised the final 12 months of his parliamentary career. "Gordon Brown's last stand in the Commons," as Scotsman journalist David Maddox puts it on Twitter.

  55. Iraq Inquiry motion agreed

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have agreed a motion asking the Iraq Inquiry to publish a timetable for publication and an explanation of the causes of the delay by 12 February 2015.

  56. Patrick Wintour, political editor of The Guardian

    @patrickwintour

    tweets: Unite on its £1.5m donation to Labour. "The Government should not be allowed to float to re-election on a tide of big business cash" .

  57. Simon Jones, BBC parliamentary reporter

    @simonwjones01

    tweets: Anger at #Chilcot delays, extremism worries in #schools & the #Beano. @cripeswatson with the best of #TodayinParliament @BBCRadio4 2330.

  58. ScotCen poll predicts Labour down to nine seats in Scotland

    ScotCen - part of the UK-wide social research institute NatCen - has published its first poll of polls. Its headline voting intention, based on the last four published voter surveys, highlights the challenge for Labour in Scotland. This is their projected result for Scotland's 59 parliamentary seats at the general election.

    • SNP: 49
    • Labour: 9
    • Liberal Democrats: 1
    • Conservatives: 0
  59. Labour: Data loss an 'appalling lapse'

    Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan has criticised the Ministry of Justice's loss of data from three inquiries as an "appalling lapse in security".

    "It would be disastrous if this data got into the wrong hands. The justice secretary needs to get an urgent grip on this situation and set out what the government is doing to find this data and reassure the public that measures are in place to prevent it happening again," Mr Khan said.

  60. Question Time preview

    @bbcquestiontime

    Question Time panel

    On BBC Two at 22:45, David Dimbleby presents topical debate from Wrexham in Wales. The panel includes Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP, former Labour secretary of state for Wales, Peter Hain MP, Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, author and critic Germaine Greer and Telegraph blogger Kate Maltby.

  61. Miliband in Glasgow

    Ed Miliband and Jim Murphy

    Ed Miliband has been in Glasgow alongside recently-appointed Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy. "We're not planning for that," he said when pressed on whether Labour could form a post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party.

  62. What about Sinn Fein?

    Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has intervened in the debate over the election TV debates. She says it's "bizarre" that the broadcasters aren't intending to include parties from Northern Ireland when the plans do include those from Scotland and Wales. In her view, the broadcasters now have a "real problem" on their hands.

  63. Post update

    Norman Smith

    BBC Assistant Political Editor

    BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith says that after announcing it would donate £1.5 million to the Labour Party's campaign funds, the union Unite says it "may consider further support in due course" to the party's general election campaign.

  64. Norman Smith, BBC News Assistant Political Editor

    tweets: Total campaign dontions from @unitetheunion to Labour so far = £2.5 million

  65. Are you a young voter?

    @BBCGen2015

    BBC Generation 2015 logo

    If you are aged between 18 and 24, and eligible to vote in May's General Election, the BBC wants to hear from you.

    We are building Generation 2015, 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.

    You can find out more, and apply (deadline is midnight on Monday) here.

  66. Missing data

    Data relating to three inquiries, including two fatal police shootings, have gone missing in the post, the Ministry of Justice says. A spokeswoman for the Information Commissioner's Office tells the BBC: "We have recently been made aware of a possible data breach involving the Ministry of Justice. We will be making enquiries into the circumstances of the alleged breach before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken."

  67. Michael Savage, chief political correspondent for The Times

    @michaelsavage

    tweets: The executive council of the Unite union has agreed today to donate £1.5 million to the Labour Party's campaign funds.

  68. Papers for parties?

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    Newspapers

    Writing in the Evening Standard, Roy Greenslade, a media commentator and Professor of Journalism at City University, London, says: "The national press has become more genuinely independent of party than at any time since World War Two. The formal links have been broken, and their allegiance is no longer assured."

    He adds: "Newspapers have turned on politicians as a breed, encouraging public cynicism towards politics itself."

  69. Cameron in Exeter

    The party leaders are out and about today, with David Cameron visiting Exeter Science Park.

    In a press release issued by the science park, the prime minister spoke of the importance of "giving local communities the power and the money to unlock growth and development and make the spending decisions that work for them".

    David Cameron in Exeter
  70. Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror associate editor

    @Kevin_Maguire

    tweets: Oooop...Sinn Fein's Pat Doherty says he was approached by Tory MP asking if the party would take its seats. Look forward to new Con poster

  71. Labour "completely out-played" over NHS

    The Independent

    The Independent on Sunday's chief political commentator John Rentoul says: "If the NHS is Labour's strongest issue in the election campaign, the party will need to do better than this."

    Commenting on the ongoing row over whether or not Ed Miliband spoke of "weaponising" the NHS, Mr Rentoul says the Labour leader "has played politics with the NHS and Cameron has played politics with Miliband's playing politics, and the Labour leader has been completely out-played".

  72. Boris on a 'Brexit'

    London Mayor Boris Johnson continues in his Time magazine article on a theoretical British exit from the European Union: "I must be clear. I think there would be a pretty testy, scratchy period... [but] it wouldn't be disastrous." Mr Johnson also fails to rule out running in a US election (he holds dual citizenship), but he rejects any comparisons with Winston Churchill outright. "My resemblance to Churchill is as great as my resemblance to a three-toed sloth," he says.

  73. Boris on a 'Brexit'

    Boris Johnson at the Conservative party conference

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has given an interview to Time magazine in which he offers a fairly positive prediction on what would happen if Britain left the European Union. "I think Brexit is possible ... [Britain] would very rapidly come to an alternative arrangement that protected our basic trading interests," he says.

  74. BBC Daily Politics

    @daily_politics

    Fracking protesters

    tweets: Shale gas and #fracking plan hold-ups across the UK, reports @EllieJPrice in #bbcdp film from #Lancashire http://bbc.in/1ty7agN

  75. Missing data

    Dominic Casciani

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani reports that the government so far thinks there was no "malicious intent" relating to the missing data, but one member of staff has been suspended. Concurrent investigations are being conducted by the Ministry of Justice and the Information Commissioner.

  76. Miliband responds to Milburn's NHS attack

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has responded to criticism earlier this week of the party's NHS plans by the former Labour health secretary, Alan Milburn. Mr Milburn warned it would be a "fatal mistake" not to promise reform as well as extra funding.

    Mr Miliband said: "We're putting a very clear offer to the people of Britain on the National Health Service. Labour is the only party with a funded and credible plan to raise extra resources for the NHS for more doctors, nurses, midwives and care workers. It's a plan to invest in the NHS and to reform it as well, linking it up from home to hospital."

  77. Missing data

    Danny Shaw

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Ministry of justice

    As we've been reporting, discs containing information from three of the UK's most sensitive inquiries have gone missing after being put in the post. The material relates to inquiries into the role of the police in the deaths of three members of the public - including Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney. The Metropolitan Police - whose officers were involved in those cases - says it is taking the data breach "very seriously".

    The Met says it has "risk assessed" the material and taken "appropriate" steps, as well as offering its support to the Ministry of Justice investigation. But it is not conducting its own investigation.

  78. Dominic Casciani, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    @BBCDomC

    tweets: Missing data story: Ministry of Justice won't say what's missing, where it was sent from and who to. No evidence so far it was malicious

    and

    tweets: Major investigation involving security-vetted lawyers. Officials won't say if missing info includes personal details of protected witnesses

  79. 'Come to terms with failure' in Iraq

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Rory Stewart

    Conservative MP Rory Stewart says a major factor in the continuing debate on the Iraq war is an inability "to come to terms with failure, our inability to come to terms with what went wrong in Iraq".

    The chairman of the Defence Select Committee argues that the debate "can't just be reduced to legality and post-war planning" but is about the UK's role in the world and understanding "our limits".

    In 2003, Rory Stewart, a former army officer, was appointed as the Coalition Provisional Authority's deputy governor of a province in southern Iraq.

  80. Guido Fawkes

    @GuidoFawkes

    tweets: Boris TIME "I think Brexit is possible... [Britain] would very rapidly come to an alternative arrangement that protected our basic interests

  81. Post-election scenarios

    Nick Clegg and David Cameron

    For the New Statesman's May2015.com site, Philip Cowley highlights four issues he feels are being misunderstood - or outright missed - in all the post-election forecasting being done.

  82. 'Demand that report'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Pete Wishart rises to make his own speech in the Iraq Inquiry debate.

    "If anyone needs to know why this House was duped it is us, the parliamentarians," he argues.

    He says the wording of the backbench motion for debate today "should have demanded that report".

    The SNP MP adds that his vote against the Iraq invasion in 2003 was "the proudest vote of my 14 years in this House".

    Pete Wishart
  83. PoliticsHome blog

    tweets: SNP MP Pete Wishart on Iraq: "I do believe this is going to go all the way to The Hague. This was an illegal war."

  84. Rebecca Keating, BBC parliamentary reporter

    @RebeccaKeating

    tweets: . @Ed_Miliband tells the BBC @David_Cameron needs to "man up" and agree to televised election debates #GE2015

  85. Labour and immigration

    The Daily Telegraph

    Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage

    After Labour MP and mayoral hopeful David Lammy attacked his own party's campaign leaflets for trying to "out-UKIP UKIP" on immigration, Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges has joined the debate, describing the leaflets as "an aberration" and accusing Ed Miliband of hypocrisy over immigration.

  86. Tough at the top

    London Evening Standard

    Newspaper

    Nick Clegg

    Joseph Watts at the Evening Standard reports that one (unnamed) senior figure in the Liberal Democrats has claimed today that the party must win at least 45 seats in the general election if Nick Clegg is to stay on as leader: "The respected figure argued that fewer would make it impossible to join a governing coalition, predicting that the Lib Dem leader would 'fall on his sword'."

  87. BreakingBreaking News

    The Ministry of Justice confirms the missing material - which it says went missing after being sent in the post - relates to three investigations that examined the roles of police in the death of three members of the public. Two inquiries relate to fatal police shootings of crime suspects in London - Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney. The third relates to the 1997 murder of Robert Hamill in Northern Ireland, which campaigners allege involved the collusion of police officers. In each inquiry there were witnesses, including police officers, who were given anonymity because of possible threats to their safety - but officials have refused to confirm whether any of the missing documents include personal information relating to these witnesses.

  88. BreakingBreaking News

    The Ministry of Justice says data from three semi-secret inquiries has gone missing on discs lost in the post.

  89. Mark D'Arcy, Today In Parliament correspondent

    @DArcyTiP

    tweets: Congrats to @Plaid_Cymru Westminster leader Elfyn Llwdd just promoted to the "Hon Member for Wales" in @HouseofCommons debate on #Chilcot

  90. Blair-Bush Iraq notes to be revealed

    George Bush and Tony Blair

    As MPs debate the Iraq inquiry in the Commons, the chair of the inquiry Sir John Chilcot has said former prime minister Tony Blair's notes to former US president George W Bush will be published with only "a very small number of essential redactions". That's a big shift from last year, when only "quotes and gists" were set to be made public.

  91. Migrant voters

    The Guardian

    Over at The Guardian, Robert Ford and Ruth Grove-White of migrant support group The Migrant's Network write that with immigration set to be a key debate in the election campaign, "remarkably little is known about the millions of migrant voters who will be eligible to cast a vote".

  92. Miliband in Scotland

    Ed Miliband is in Scotland to make a promise: an incoming Labour government will bring forward a home rule bill within the first 100 days. Mr Miliband is campaigning in Glasgow with the Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy to win over wavering voters who may be attracted by the SNP. He announced plans to change the party's constitution in Scotland to allow Mr Murphy to make decisions on devolved issues. "It is absolutely for Jim to make those decisions," Mr Miliband said. His visit comes as bookmaker William Hill makes the SNP odds-on to win more seats in Scotland than the Lib Dems will across the whole of the UK.

  93. Iraq inquiry debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Elfyn Llwyd in the Commons

    Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd says the big problem with the Iraq inquiry was the questioning. He would have liked a judge-led inquiry with a counsel doing the questioning, as was the case with the Leveson inquiry. "Something must be done urgently, otherwise this parliament will be the laughing stock of the world."

  94. Leader effect?

    Democratic Audit

    tweets: What effect does a leader's visit have on a party's vote in a constituency?

  95. Iraq inquiry debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Former attorney-general Dominic Grieve says the delay to the report is "very regrettable" - and the most concerning bit is the delay since mid-2014. "I find it strange we should now be in February 2015, and it seems the Maxwellisation process [providing witnesses with an opportunity to the bits of the report in which they're mentioned] is going so very slowly." He thinks it should only have taken "a few months".

  96. Iraq inquiry protest

    Stop the War protest

    As the debate on the Chilcot report rages inside parliament, Stop the War Coalition protesters are demonstrating outside.

  97. Should Labour move Left?

    YouGov

    tweets: YouGov analysis of what it might mean for Labour to abandon the centre ground.

  98. Iraq inquiry debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    George Galloway in the Commons

    George Galloway, in one of his rare Commons appearances, is speaking - well, actually shouting - in the Iraq inquiry debate. "The world is hurling to disaster," he tells MPs. "The decisions made in here [the Commons] on the basis of the arguments made by the government at the time has torn Iraq and and its region asunder. It has... incalculably inflated the dangers of extremism and fanaticism." He says the failure of Sir John Chilcot's inquiry to report is akin to "Pontius Pilate" because it is "washing our hands of something that is bleeding us at home and abroad".

  99. Undecided?

    Vote Match

    Tweets: Launch nears for Vote Match online quiz to help you find the party that best matches your views.

  100. Downing Street

    @Number10gov

    Tweets: PM: I've asked for update on our heavy snow contingency plans. Gritters are out & people should listen to warnings #WeatherAware @MetOffice

  101. Iraq inquiry delay

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    David Davis in the Commons

    In the Commons, Conservative backbencher David Davis begins the debate on the Iraq inquiry. MPs are expected to express their frustration that Sir John Chilcot's report hasn't been published yet. Davis says: "No-one in this House knows why this delay has occurred, not even the minister. There's not enough information in the public domain." He doesn't believe the witnesses are foot-dragging, though - instead Davis suspects the clash between Chilcot and Whitehall is at the heart of the problem.

  102. Energy price wars

    Labour, facing criticism from the Tories for sticking to their energy price freeze policy in the face of falling prices, has suggested the government is to blame because it refused to give the regulator the power to cut bills. "They now have nobody else to blame for the failure of the energy companies to pass on the full savings from wholesale cost falls to all consumers," shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint says.

  103. Nigel Farage misses his pint

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Nigel Farage in the pub

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has been steering clear of booze as part of 'Dry January', says his experiment in teetotalism hasn't been a success. "I don't feel any better at all," he declares on the Daily Politics. "I find getting to sleep harder, not easier. I have to say, on Sunday I shall be rejoining the drinking classes - with a pint of bitter."

  104. Labour & the SNP

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has refused to rule out joining a coalition with the Scottish National Party after the general election. Pressed twice to say he would not share power with the nationalists, Mr Miliband said he would not "get into talk of coalitions and deals". Asked on Tuesday whether Labour would consider forming an administration with the SNP, shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: "No. And I don't think anybody is suggesting any suggestion of a deal with the SNP at all."

  105. Nigel Farage on Greece

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Nigel Farage on the Daily Politics

    Nigel Farage, interviewed by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics, predicts Greece will leave the euro by the end of the year. A new anti-austerity government was sworn into office in the country on Tuesday. But the UK Independence Party leader says agreement between EU leaders and new Greek PM Alexis Tspiras on how the country should pay its bills is unlikely. "I don't think he's the kind of guy that's frightened of anything. I don't see him backing down," Mr Farage says. And this poses a problem for the German chancellor, he adds. "How can [Angela] Merkel allow a huge level of debt relief without the same being extended to Spain and Italy?"

  106. Britain & the EU

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    Carl Bildt, former PM of Sweden

    Former Swedish PM, Carl Bildt, is pushing for Britain to remain part of the European Union. He tells the Daily Politics that the big-picture situation - especially the situation in Greece - is playing into David Cameron's hands, as Britain seeks a change in its relationship with the EU. "I think not only [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel but others want Britain in," Mr Bildt says. "If you look at some of the big issues in Europe at the moment, they're moving very much along UK lines." He singles out free trade, the single market and "anti-bureaucracy" as the top issues.

  107. Joan Bakewell's verdict

    Daily Politics

    Live on BBC Two

    The veteran broadcaster and Labour peer is on the Daily Politics giving her take on the very public battles between Labour's big beasts. "Their comments are" - she pauses - "intendedto be helpful". But she doesn't think the comments from figures including former health secretary Alan Milburn and ex-minister Lord Hutton will really damage leader Ed Miliband's cause.

  108. PM on school league tables

    Carole Walker

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Today's league tables showing that more state secondary schools in England are underperforming has prompted reaction from the PM. School heads say government changes to the league table system render this year's results a "nonsense". But according to the prime minister's official spokesman, David Cameron says the changes are part of the government's approach to raising standards, which includes changes to the curriculum, inspections and a toughening up of exam standards. Speaking for the PM, the spokesman adds that "there's no apology whatsoever for this policy on raising standards".

  109. Claire Hayhurst, Press Association reporter

    Cameron

    tweets: Prime minister #DavidCameron at Exeter Science Park in #Devon

  110. DNA debate

    Chromosomes

    MPs are set to debate a hugely controversial measure next week: government proposals to permit scientists to use three people's embryos to create a child. The move, which aims to cure diseases resulting from flaws in the power-producing mitochondria within embryos, is being criticised by pro-life campaigners. If MPs give the green light, they say, Britain will become the first country to legalise human genetic modification in the world.

  111. New cash for Gurkha homes

    Gurkha protesters in 2007

    The Ministry of Defence won't have forgotten the anger of Gurkhas who protested against the way they were being treated in 2007, pictured here. Now it's been announced the government will spend nearly £1 million building 32 new homes for Gurkha veterans. The package of support comes after an inquiry into Gurkha welfare and also features a new fund to compensate Gurkhas who were discharged as a result of marrying a non-Nepali. Anna Soubry, the veterans minister, says the move shows "the government is willing to address previous injustices".

  112. Tim Reid, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Did the Scottish party leaders do their prep for FMQs after all-or stick with the #MurrayBerdych game? live shortly bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-s…

  113. Nigel Farage, UKIP leader

    tweets: I'll be on @daily_politics in a matter of minutes. Tune in now...

    (Editor's note: The programme is being slightly delayed by the Australian Open Tennis)

  114. Churchill's funeral re-broadcast

    Richard Dimbleby
    Image caption: Richard Dimbleby commentating on Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral for the BBC

    Fifty years to the day, BBC Parliament is re-broadcasting the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. Introduced by Sir Winston's grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, the historic broadcast runs for a little over four hours. Fourteen reels of film, complete with impeccable commentary by Richard Dimbleby, have been restored, joined and re-mastered. The showing starts at 0915 on Friday 30 January.

  115. Westminster 'trip' continued...

    Chris Mason

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    "We heard of a plan to knock over the [BBC] cameraman and cause the House to be suspended, and then they would blame it on us and suggest we shouldn't be there," the documentary's reporter said, adding that parliamentary staff had let them know about the plot and had managed to prevent it from happening. He said there were "very few" opponents to the documentary being filmed at Westminster, but "in Parliament every day there are cunning plans; it is a place made for plotting and conspiracy".

    The first episode is broadcast on Tuesday 3 February on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT.

  116. Westminster 'trip'

    Chris Mason

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    MPs plotted to knock over a BBC cameraman in the House of Commons - in the hope of stopping a new documentary on life at Westminster. The documentary maker Michael Cockerill told reporters about the plan at a press screening of his new series Inside the Commons, which starts on BBC Two next week.

    "I'm not fingering anyone by name," Mr Cockerill said, when asked who was involved in the plot. But he did say they were "right wing Tories... what Downing Street know as the berserkers - the naughty bench." He declined to name the cameraman who was the subject of the apparent skulduggery.

  117. Actor quits Labour Party

    In Scotland, actor Brian Cox has quit the Labour Party and joined the Scottish National Party. Cox has attacked the "empty rhetoric of leading members of the [Labour] party" and says they no longer stand for social democracy, the Press Association reports.

  118. Birmingham schools statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Tristram Hunt in the Commons

    Nicky Morgan, responding to Tristram Hunt's attack on the government's education reforms, says the shadow education secretary is "absolutely wrong" to blame the coalition. The problem, she says, started "long before" 2010. Hunt, arms folded as he leans back on the frontbench, scoffs in response. Morgan wraps up by saying ministers are "building resilience into the system".

  119. Child abuse inquiry

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Tim Loughton has been pressing the government on delays in finding someone to chair its independent inquiry on child abuse. During questions to Commons Leader William Hague, Mr Loughton, a former children's minister, said there had been no announcement as promised from Home Secretary Theresa May and requested a debate. Mr Hague said Mrs May would be before MPs in the coming weeks and that the government was determined the work of the inquiry would continue while Parliament is dissolved for the general election.

  120. Birmingham schools statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Tristram Hunt in the Commons

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says the government "did nothing" in response to warnings emerging from Birmingham before the 'Trojan Horse' story hit the newspapers. Hunt says there is a broader problem for which the coalition is ultimately to blame. "We do hold this government to account for a chaotic and disjointed schools policy which has increased the threat to child safety and attainment. And sadly, the government's response to this has fallen short."

  121. PoliticsHome

    tweets: .@NickyMorgan01 says "every school shld be promoting British values, not just as bulwark against extremism but b/c it is right thing to do"

  122. Guardian politics

    man shouting

    tweets: Clegg: next Cameron will ask the 'tea lady' to join debates bit.ly/1twXvqS

  123. Birmingham school statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she has told Labour-run Birmingham council officials that "reform is too slow" - and threatens to use emergency powers allowing her to intervene if they do not make changes quickly.

  124. Birmingham schools statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Nicky Morgan

    Nicky Morgan says progress has been made since concerns about extremism in Birmingham schools emerged. The schools in question are being incorporated into broader networks in Birmingham and teachers are being investigated, the education secretary says. "We have acted swiftly," she adds.

  125. Birmingham schools statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is on her feet in the Commons, making a statement on Birmingham schools and the so-called Trojan Horse plot. She starts by pledging to address all the concerns which have been raised.

  126. NHS boost 'mainly down to Labour supporters'

    BBC News Channel

    The Kings Fund's John Appleby

    New figures suggesting satisfaction with the NHS is at a near record high are unlikely to be the result of recent, direct experience of the service. That's according to the Kings Fund Health think-tank. The Fund's John Appleby told the BBC News Channel that the NHS rating among Labour voters was up 11%, while it was flat among Conservative supporters. Professor Appleby thought that suggested it was a vote of "solidarity" and support for the concept of the NHS.

  127. 'Extremism' in Birmingham schools

    In the next few minutes Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will give an update on dealing with alleged extremism in Birmingham schools. Yesterday, Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, warned that radicals "have gone to ground" but would return in Birmingham schools unless there was extra funding to recruit better teachers.

    In June, Ofsted issued a damning verdict on the running of a number of Birmingham's schools, placing five into special measures. And this month, the Department for Education issued its own review, one of a series of investigations prompted by the so-called "Trojan Horse letter" - now widely believed to be a hoax.

    The anonymous letter, sent to the local council, referred to an alleged plot by hard-line Muslims to seize control of school governing boards in the city.

  128. Angela Eagle v William Hague

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    William Hague in the Commons

    William Hague gets laughs of his own as he responds to Angela Eagle in the Commons. He says Baroness Kramer's watch gaffe wasn't the best gift of the week. That honour goes to Ed Miliband, who received "the gift of being defended by the noble lord Lord Kinnock". Hague says this is a "sure sign of impending disaster", to the mirth of Tory backbenchers. "His belief that Labour is pursuing the right election strategy will be of great comfort to all of us."

  129. Michael Gove's watch

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Michael Gove in Downing Street

    Angela Eagle, who has presumably heard it from reliable sources, recounts an unfortunate incident during Cabinet. She says proceedings were interrupted by Michael Gove's smart watch as it played "one of Beyonce's latest hits". Eagle then turns this into a dig at Gove's absence from the Commons chamber. She gets a big laugh as she wraps up by saying dryly: "Any watch which is smart enough to play Beyonce can surely tell him when business questions is."

  130. Angela Eagle v William Hague

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Angela Eagle in the Commons

    A recap of business questions in the Commons. It began with shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle reviewing the week:

    • On plain packaging, she suggests the government's last-gasp U-turn to support the measure occurred because ministers realised the Conservatives' election adviser and lobbyist "Lynton Crosby wasn't looking"
    • On the NHS, Eagle highlights "overstretched hospitals" and says "the Tories' pledge to protect the NHS is now in tatters".
    • On the Lib Dems, Eagle highlights Baroness Kramer's unfortunate gaffe while on a visit to Taipei. "She gave the city's mayor a watch, which is taboo in local culture because it suggests the recipient's time is running out. She should have given it to her party leader."
  131. Norman Smith, BBC News Assistant Political Editor

    @BBCNormanS

    tweets: Ed Miliband says case for Mansion Tax getting "stronger and stronger"

  132. Voter registration

    Voting in the 2010 general election

    Labour has already claimed changes to the way voters get their names on the electoral roll mean a million fewer people are registered for the general election. Now the leader of the party's Local Government Association group has urged parliament to intervene. Cllr Jim McMahon told local government paper the MJ that councils had "been asked to do the impossible by the [Electoral] Commission". And he warned: "Whilst the current political focus is on the level of voter registration amongst students for the General Election in May 2015, the real democratic crisis will come in December 2015 when potentially millions of voters will be removed from the electoral register."

  133. Broadcasters on the TV debates

    The BBC's Director General Tony Hall says: "We would not be fulfilling our obligations of impartiality to the voters of Northern Ireland if we were to invite one of the Northern Ireland parties but not all the others, which also have substantial support in Northern Ireland."

    Both the BBC and UTV plan dedicated debates in Northern Ireland involving all the larger parties there. The broadcasters are also reiterating that the debates will go ahead even if any of the leaders refuse to participate.

  134. BreakingBreaking News: TV debates

    The BBC, Sky and ITN confirm they will not be inviting Northern Ireland's DUP Party to take part in the main televised debates ahead of the general election. The broadcasters are proposing three debates - one between David Cameron and Ed Miliband, and two adding Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru. The DUP had demanded to be included, but in a joint statement the broadcasters say allowing only one of the Northern Ireland parties to take part "would be unfair and discriminatory".

  135. Clegg's 'Monster Raving Loony' jibe

    Natalie Bennett, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood

    On his LBC phone-in earlier, Nick Clegg was less than complimentary about the way his coalition partner David Cameron is approaching the proposed TV debates. Referring to the PM's calls for the Green Party, then the DUP, to be included, Mr Clegg said: "I suspect next week he will be worried about the fate of the Monster Raving Loony Party." Here's the full story of his comments.

  136. Fracking fallout

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour is going on the offensive on fracking in the Commons, as Angela Eagle criticises the government for not being open enough about its shale gas policy. Environment secretary Liz Truss holds the line: "Fracking has a huge potential to provide jobs and growth and also lower our energy costs, and that is why it's so important that we proceed with this vital technology," she says. The exchanges follow Lib Dem Tessa Munt's resignation over the issue earlier this week.

  137. Election battlegrounds

    election map

    We may not know who will win the next general election but we do know which parts of the country will determine the fates of the political parties. The killing grounds in any general election can be found among that minority of parliamentary constituencies - marginal seats - with a history of being won or lost by parties. Here is a guide to the political battlegrounds of the 2015 general election.

  138. Schools' record defended

    BBC News Channel

    Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has defended the government's record on schools. Her comments come as new league tables show a doubling in the number of schools where less than 40% of pupils fail to get five good GCSEs, including maths and English. Speaking on the BBC News Channel, Mrs Morgan said the results reflected changes made to ensure academic standards were as rigorous as possible. More students, she said, were getting the core academic qualifications.

  139. Commons clashes over food poverty

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    It's environment, food and rural affairs questions in the Commons, where shadow food minister Huw Irranca-Davies says one million people in Britain are going hungry while relying on food aid. He says the government is taking Britain back to the 1930s in terms of spending and attacks the "staggering complacency" of the coalition. Minister George Eustice, replying, says the government has put 1.7 million people back into work and has taken three million people out of having to pay income tax. He points out Labour's energy policy would have frozen prices which have subsequently fallen.

  140. Social capital

    The Office for National Statistics has just released its first ever analysis of 'social capital'. This might sound vague but contains some findings politicians might want to bear in mind as they debate crime, care and charity issues in the election campaign...

    • 65% of people in Britain thought people in their neighbourhood could be trusted
    • 19% of people in the UK reported looking after or giving special help to someone sick, disabled or elderly in 2012/13
    • 19% of people had given unpaid help or worked as a volunteer in a local, national or international organisation or charity in the last 12 months in 2012/13

    The study also found that 49% of people in the UK reported being "very or quite interested in politics" in 2012/13. It's much more interesting in 2014/15, of course.

  141. School league tables

    More on the school league table results: This year 330 English secondary schools - up from 154 - failed to get 40% or more of their pupils attaining five good GCSEs, including maths and English. This rise comes after ministers toughened exams and banned re-sits and some vocational qualifications from school performance tables.

    Meanwhile, renowned schools such as Eton, Harrow, Winchester and St Paul's Boys' - among scores of other top private schools - have ended up bottom of the tables.

    Our online story has a map showing school performance in local areas.

    Map
  142. Clegg on PMQs

    LBC

    David Cameron in PMQs

    Deputy PM Nick Clegg has spent countless PMQs sat next to David Cameron - and has now admitted his expression of concentration is one of boredom, not thoughtful concentration. He jokingly tells LBC presenter Nick Ferrari that he ought to consider finding other ways to amuse himself in the remaining sessions before the election: a book? Yes, Clegg says, adding "Danny Alexander tells me Candy Crush is a great game. I could help with my children's homework."

    The Lib Dem leader - who his advisers are determined to position as an anti-establishment figure despite five years in government - adds, in serious mode: "I think it has descended into the most facile yah-boo kind of politics. The only kind of people who get excited about it are the people in the Westminster village."

  143. Jim Pickard

    @PickardJE

    tweets: Labour aide re Blairite critics: "Get on and help win the election or you can manoeuvre for personal position and caress your own vanity."

  144. Clegg on the TV debates

    LBC

    Nick Clegg on LBC

    Mr Clegg shrugs off David Cameron's suggestion that the Lib Dems are troublemaking over the TV debates. The blame game, he says, is becoming "ludicrous". He then outlines a carefully-crafted argument about why only those parties which "run things" should feature - and not parties like the SNP and Plaid Cymru. "Just imagine what it's going to be like for the viewing public: by the time everyone's done their one-minute introduction the whole nation will have switched over to Coronation Street."

  145. Clegg on Katie Price

    LBC

    Katie Price

    Nick Clegg is refusing to let the controversy over Katie Price's son undermine his support for the universal nature of support for children with disabilities. Some have suggested the model, rather than the taxpayer, should pay for her son Harvey's treatment. But Clegg doesn't think a case like this changes anything.

    "I would be pretty reluctant to say on the facts of this individual case we therefore throw out the idea of universally treating all children with disabilities with the same kind of compassion and support," he says.

  146. LBC Radio

    @LBC

    tweets: Nick Ferrari asks whether the state should be paying for the transfer of Katie Price's disabled son http://l-bc.co/C1egg #CallClegg

    and

    tweets: Clegg says it's down to the local authority to decide that - even if Katie Price has £30m in the bank http://l-bc.co/C1egg #CallClegg

  147. Tory leadership poll

    In a YouGov poll for the Times (pay wall), London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is edging ahead of five other Tory politicians in a poll on whether they would make a good party leader. YouGov polled 1,655 people on January 27 and 28, with respondents rating the politicians as a "Good leader", "Not a good leader", "Unsure" or "Don't know enough about the person". The other "candidates" are George Osborne, Theresa May, Sajid Javid, Jermey Hunt and Liz Truss.

  148. PoliticsHome blog

    @politicshome

    tweets: .@nick_clegg - "I v much hope nurses would not feel in any way discouraged or intimidated from coming forward" to report NHS failings #LBC