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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.

Monday 19 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Monday 19 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Labour cabinet ministers in London for an emergency Cobra meeting on ongoing air chaos.

Conservative manifesto for Scotland launched.

Democratic Unionist Party publish manifesto

Nick Clegg addresses students at Cardiff University

10.30am Brown and Mandelson at Labour campaign event

2.00pm Health Secretary Andy Burnham expected to address the Unison health conference

2.15pm Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Liberal Democrat spokesman Ed Davey in first Daily Politics election debate

18.30pm Stop Climate Chaos holds hustings in Lib Dem target seat of Islington South and Finsbury

Vote for Change constructing giant gallows from which an effigy of the Palace of Westminster will be hung.

Comment

Party leaders marked ‘World Poverty Day’ yesterday, but the issues are likley to disappear until the TV debate on Thursday, which will focus on foreign policy.

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

Ethics election poll watch: YouGov find just 16% oppose proportional representation

Ethics election poll watch: YouGov find just 16% oppose proportional representation

Support for proportional representation seems to be strong according to the latest poll from YouGov tonight which finds only 16 per cent of the population now opposing it and 29 per cent still undecided.

Sunday 18 April 'Ethics election' agenda

Sunday 18 April 'Ethics election' agenda

Nick Clegg addresses congregation at Christ Church, New Malden, to mark Election 2010 World Poverty Day and urge voters aged 18 to 25 to register to vote before Tuesday's deadline. Will be introduced by the new Director of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella

10.15am - Gordon Brown on Andrew Marr Programme (BBC1)

10.30am - Sky News hosts Welsh leaders' debate (Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams; Labour Party Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain, and Conservative Party Shadow Secretary, Cheryl Gillan)

David Cameron expected to visit leading aid agency and speak about international development

Samantha Cameron celebrating 39th birthday

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond campaigning in Aberdeenshire

David Cameron is expected to target voters aged over 50, with a pledge to restore the link between pensions and earnings

Comment

Party leaders will mark ‘World Poverty Day’ today by outlining their visions of how the UK should act on its responsibility to the wider world.

It comes after a ranking carried out by the World Development Movement suggested that none of the three main parties score well on their plans to tackle key international development issues.

The Conservatives fare particularly poorly (three out of ten), Labour (five out of ten), and the Liberal Democrats (six out of ten) receive a middling rating. The Greens (eight out of ten) come out on top on issues such as trade justice, international aid and IMF reform.

Ethics election poll watch: Lib Dem surge may be due to 'rage against the machine'

Ethics election poll watch: Lib Dem surge may be due to 'rage against the machine'

Two early polls for the Sunday papers show the Lib Dem surge holding up following the Sun/YouGov poll last night with significantly growing support for a hung parliament.

Two other things of note:

(i) The surge may have been underway before the TV debates on Thursday (ICM)

(ii) Much of the new support seems to be coming from under 45s, who were previously unlikely to vote (ComRes).

Ethics election poll watch: Surge in polls for Lib Dems highlights injustice of electoral system

Ethics election poll watch: Surge in polls for Lib Dems highlights injustice of electoral system

A YouGov poll for the Sun following the prime ministerial debates, gives a huge boost to the Lib Dems. It puts the Conservatives in first place, the Lib Dems in second and Labour third in terms of share of the vote:

Saturday 17 April 'Ethics election' agenda

Saturday 17 April 'Ethics election' agenda

Gordon Brown visits two constituencies in Milton Keynes which although new, are marginal

English Democrats launch election campaign

11.00am Nick Clegg at Kingston Hospital

11.00am Shadow London Minister Justine Greening and Richmond Park PPC Zac Goldsmith canvassing near Richmond Town Hall

11.30pm Shadow Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers meets Ealing Central and Acton PPC Angie Bray and Brentford and Isleworth PPC Mary Macleod at Turnham Green

1.30am Justine Greening meets Twickenham candidate Scott Seaman-Digby at Hayes Town Bandstand street stall

3.00pm Justine Greening meets Hammersmith PPC Shaun Bailey

You can follow the movements of the party leaders and see how narrow their focus is on a small number of 'marginal' constituencies, with the Electoral Reform Society: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/11752

Friday 16 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Friday 16 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

10:00am David Cameron visits Nantwich, Prestatyn and Wolverhampton

10:00am Nick Clegg visits Warrington Rugby Club

10:30am Green's Caroline Lucas meets delegates at sustainability conference, University of Brighton

11:30am Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams visits the Shelter Cymru centre in Rhyl to meet case workers helping people in need of housing.

12:00 SNP Leader Alex Salmond joins PPC for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, Tam Smith on visit to the Verdo Renewables plant.

13.45pm Nick Clegg goes to Hull to meet engineers on work-based training schemes

13:45pm Chancellor Alistair Darling visits Realtime Words

19:00pm Stop Climate Chaos holds hustings in Bristol North West.

19:30pm Conservative policy chief Oliver Letwin, Dr Sue Farrant (Liberal Democrat) and Dr Steve Bick (Labour) participate in West Dorset Climate Question Time

7.55pm Plaid Cymru election broadcast on Channel 5

7.55pm onwards Labour party election broadcasts on various channels

You can follow the movements of the party leaders and see how narrow their focus is on a small number of 'marginal' constituencies, with the Electoral Reform Society: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/11752