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Thursday 22 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Thursday 22 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

8.30am - Conservatives launch Armed Forces manifesto

9:00am - George Osborne visits Corus steelworks in Port Talbot

10:00am - Communities secretary John Denham and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell launch Labour's London local election campaign, Hammersmith.

10:00am - Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd meets representatives of Royal Naval Association, British Legion, Llanelli Veterans Association, SSAFA, veterans, friends and families of serving soldiers in Afghanistan.

11:00am - Health secretary Andy Burnham, Conservative shadow secretary Andrew Lansley and Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb participate in the '2010 Health Debate' on future direction of health policy. Jointly hosted by BMA, King's Fund, NHS Confederation and RCN.

11:00am Nick Clegg visits parent and toddler group in Bristol.

15:45pm Tory Party chairman Eric Pickles visits South Basildon & East Thurrock.

4:35pm - David Cameron, home secretary Alan Johnson and Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik questioned by children in a CBBC programme (BBC1).

5:00pm - Caroline Lucas gives lecture at Sussex University: 'Do good lives have to cost the Earth?'

20:00pm Second prime ministerial election debate between David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg live on Sky News.

Press Roundup Thursday 22 April 2010

Press Roundup Thursday 22 April 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Ethics election poll watch: Another 'humdinger' from ComRes with 10pt gap between Tories and Labour

Ethics election poll watch: Another 'humdinger' from ComRes with 10pt gap between Tories and Labour

Another 'humdinger' from ComRes tonight with their poll for tomorrow's Independent and ITV News showing a 10 point Tory gap over Labour, with the Lib Dems in between.

Ethics election poll watch: Opposition to war in Afghanistan important in election (ComRes)

Ethics election poll watch: Opposition to war in Afghanistan important in election (ComRes)

Some very interesting results about voter attitudes to the war in Afghanistan from last night’s ComRes poll for the Independent. It comes ahead of tomorrow’s prime ministerial TV debate on Foreign Policy.

Highlights of the poll:

- 70 per cent of voters feel they aren’t being offered any real choice on policies with regard to Afghanistan.

- Half don’t understand why Britain is still there

- Almost three quarters (72 per cent) believe the war is unwinnable.

- A third disagree that that the war will have little influence on the way they vote – including a higher proportion of young voters.

Wednesday 21 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Wednesday 21 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

10:00am Social Democratic and Labour Party launches manifesto, West Belfast

10:00am Martin Bell introduces 46 independent candidates endorsed by the Independent Network at The Frontline Club, London

10:35 Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling visits Wales, focus on crime.

11:40a, SNP leader Alex Salmond addresses Scottish Trades Union annual congress in Dundee.

11:45am David Cameron meets students at college in Cornwall

12:45am Nick Clegg on Radio 1's Newsbeat

1.00pm Nick Clegg in special election call edition of Radio 4's The World At One

2:15pm Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable on Daily Politics debate (BBC2).

2:30pm David Cameron makes campaign speech in Devon.

2:30pm Nick Clegg meets pupils at primary school in Redruth in Cornwall

7:00pm Ed Miliband, Greg Clark and Simon Hughes participate in climate change and energy debate hosted by Guardian.

7:00pm Stop Climate Chaos holds a hustings in Solihull

8:00pm David Cameron and Nick Clegg take questions from first time voters on BBC Three.

Press Roundup Wednesday 21 April 2010

Press Roundup Wednesday 21 April 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Press Roundup Tuesday 20 April 2010

Press Roundup Tuesday 20 April 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Tuesday 20 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Tuesday 20 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Last day to register to vote, in UK

7.30am Daily Lib Dem press conference with Nick Clegg and Vince Cable, focusing on banking crisis.

8.10am Peter Mandelson on Radio 4 Today Programme.

9.30am Scottish Green Party launch manifesto

10.00am SNP manifesto launch, Glasgow.

11.30am Nick Clegg meets students at agricultural college in Chippenham.

Scottish Trade Union and Socialist Coalition launch manifesto.

2:00pm Former shadow home secretary David Davis, barrister Cherie Booth and director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti debate whether the Human Rights Act 1998 should be replaced by a British Bill of Rights

2.15pm BBC2's Daily Politics holds second of special election debates. Alan Johnson, Chris Grayling and Chris Huhne will go head-to-head on crime.

6:30pm Green Party leader Caroline Lucas speaks at debate in Brighton hosted by Steve Richards from the Independent.

7:00pm Stop Climate Chaos holds hustings in Torridge and West Devon

10.35pm Harriet Harman, shadow defence secretary Liam Fox and former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy appear on ITV 1's Campaign 2010

Comment

There is a lot going on in Scotland today, with Greens, SNP and Trade Union and Socialist Coalition launching manifestos, which may well get eclipsed by what the bigger parties are doing

Watch out to see if either Alan Johnson or Chris Huhne mention Labour's commitment to a Restorative Justice Act, mentioned in their manifesto, or restorative practices which the Lib Dems say they will promote in theirs. They were conspicuous by their absence in the party leaders TV debate on crime.

Polls in today's papers confirm the Lib Dem surge is being sustained, with increased speculation about how it will translate into votes and seats in the House of Commons. Labour, lying in third place in a number of polls, looks set to nevertheless get most seats in the House of Commons, with a hung Parliament.

The Lib Dems will look at banking reform today, and attack 'casino banking'.

There will be analysis of David Cameron's election broadcast last night which was re-done at the last minute in light of the Lib Dem surge.

The Conservatives have confirmed that two prominent business leaders who backed their plans for a National Insurance cut were nominated to be peers back in January.

Dealing with ongoing air chaos likely to continue to dominate the news agenda.

Ethics election poll watch: Clegg winning on 'honesty' (ICM)

Ethics election poll watch: Clegg winning on 'honesty' (ICM)

As opinion pollsters seek to discover more about what is behind the Lib Dem surge, the ICM poll for today's Guardian seems to confirm that Clegg is being seen as the 'anti-politics' candidate who can be trusted more than the other two big party leaders.

Ethics election poll watch: Business confidence in Clegg surges (ComRes)

Ethics election poll watch: Business confidence in Clegg surges (ComRes)

UK business leaders became much more confident in Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's during April, according to a poll by ComRes published today (Monday).

Between March and April, business confidence in the better known UK politicians picked up, but Clegg was the main beneficiary. Asked if they had confidence in Clegg, 41 per cent of the 170 chief executive officers and directors of the UK businesses said yes.

That rating is up from 20 per cent in March. Confidence in David Cameron rose to 65 per cent from 55 per cent of respondents, and in Gordon Brown to 28 per cent from 19 per cent.