Monday 12 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

Monday 12 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

7.30am Lib Dem press conference.

8.10am Ed Miliband on Today Programme.

8.45am David Cameron at campaign event in marginal constituency of Reading West.

10.40am SNP launches manifesto.

11.30am Launch of Labour manifesto in Birmingham with Cabinet.

Scottish Labour launch manifesto.

Gordon Brown visits 'green' factory in Rugby

Jon Snow interviewing Gordon Brown on Channel 4

Shadow Skills Minister John Hayes unveiling Tory apprenticeship scheme at debate in Birmingham.

Tory Party chairman Eric Pickles in marginal constituency of Crawley where Labour has majority of 37.

Taxpayers' Alliance in Parliament Square with large 'UK Debt Clock'

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

Comment

The day will be dominated by Labour’s manifesto launch (Conservatives Tuesday and Lib Dems Wednesday). The Conservatives are launching a document highlighting where they believe Labour has broken promises, so a big issue today will be trust. Other big issues will be how progressive taxation is hitting the poor/rich, and also Labour’s manifesto promises around long-term unemployment. They will announce benefit cuts for those unemployed for more than two years.

The Lib Dems have released figures suggesting poorest 20 per cent of households have seen their share of gross income which is taken up by tax, increase from 37.8 per cent in 1997 to 38.7 per cent in 2008.

The SNP also launch their manifesto, but are likely to be eclipsed by the Labour launch.

The Conservatives are calling on Labour to apologise for information sent out regarding cancer care under the Conservatives, which they say was designed to scare people.

Every day, Ekklesia will be setting out the election 'agenda' giving a slightly different take, in line with our 'ethics election' initiative. This will include highlighting what smaller parties are doing, some voices which are not being heard, and some issues which are not being highlighted. We will also draw attention to the values underlying the various positions. Check back as this is updated during the day

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