Wednesday 21 April 'ethics election' agenda and comment

By Press Office
April 21, 2010

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.

Comment

There has been a last-minute surge in people registering to vote, the Electoral Commission reports. On Monday - deadline day - 50,000 people downloaded forms. The Electoral Commission says a link between its website and Facebook had a significant impact on the numbers registering.

There will be a growing focus on tomorrow's prime ministerial TV debates whose theme will be foreign affairs, with the issue of Trident replacement growing in prominence both in polling amongst voters and the media.

In an interview with The Independent, the prime minister says that he wants a "new politics", with Labour and Lib Dems creating an informal alliance. Nick Clegg however has said Brown is "desperate".

Clegg is also pushing the case for reforming the House of Lords. It is an "aberration" in its current form and should be replaced with an entirely elected chamber, he said this morning.

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