general election 2010

  • April 7, 2010

    7.30am The Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, sets out Labour's vision for the NHS at a King's Fund breakfast event. It comes as The Fund questiones the funding source for a Conservative pledge to spend £200m on cancer drugs ruled out by NICE.

    7.30am Nick Clegg hosts daily press conference at the Work Foundation.

    12.00 Last Prime Minister's Questions before the general election

    5.00pm "People's PMQs" Voters put questions to Gordon Brown by email and Twitter.

    John Prescott launches Labour battle bus tour of 50 key marginal seats.

    David Cameron visits Wales and the North West to campaign against Labour's 'jobs tax'.

    Nick Clegg launches the Lib Dem manifesto for the North West in Liverpool as part of "northern offence, southern defence" strategy.

    Simon Hughes launches Lib Dem campaign vehicles

    The SNP deputy leader and deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, meets workers and sees the site of new council homes in Kilmarnock.

    The Plaid Cymru leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones, embarks on a tour of constituencies in the west of Wales.

    In Parliament, the 'wash-up' continues, with consideration in the House of Commons of the Vulture Fund Bill

  • April 6, 2010

    Tory Phillip Hammond (NB not George Osborne) has just been on BBC News 24 skating around questions regarding the Tory promise to "recognise marriage in the tax system". They will soon announce what form it will take. But it is clear the Conservatives are going to encounter some significant problems between the moral appeal of the policy to their natural constituency on the one hand, and the social justice appeal by which they have sold it, on the other. They are caught between a rock and a hard place, and their love affair with the policy may soon be "on the rocks" as a result.

  • April 6, 2010

    The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has today highlighted the unfairness of the current electoral system, where millions of votes will not really count because of the First Past the Post System.

  • April 6, 2010

    As the predicted politicking gets underway across Britain today, Simon Barrow argues that underneath and beyond General Election 2010 is a much more important 'ethics election' on who we are and what really matters for people, peace and planet.

  • April 6, 2010

    Campaigners for a fairer voting system have pointed out that 25 million 'safe seat' voters will not see a contest at this general election.

  • April 6, 2010

    The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has called for policies from the parties contesting the general election, which promote fairness and support for those most in need.

  • April 6, 2010

    Cameron’s opening salvo in the election campaign was about the ‘Great Ignored’.

    At first glance, it may look like he is talking about marginalised, excluded and vulnerable groups. Listen more closely to what he actually said however, and it seems to be more of an appeal to ‘law-abiding’ middle England. [HT to @doctorcdf who points out that this is a remix of Nixon's 'silent majority']

  • April 6, 2010

    The think-tank Ekklesia, which examines the link between beliefs, values and politics in public life, says that populist party agendas should not be allowed to obscure the deep ethical issues underlying the 2010 General Election.

  • April 6, 2010

    The final pre-campaign opinion polls seem all over the place this morning with ICM and YouGov polls showing a six point difference in the Tory Lead over Labour. This indicates that this may not be an election easily called on the usual basis of a swing from Labour to Tories.

  • April 6, 2010

    8.30am - Nick Clegg to address Lib Dem supporters/ party workers. Expected to say this is the "beginning of the end for Gordon Brown", claiming Brown is "directly and personally responsible for the biggest mistakes of the last 13 years". Expected to highlight the banking crash and recession, the "illegal invasion of Iraq", the "corruption and rottenness in our politics" and claim Britain has become more unequal and unfair under Labour.

    9.00am - Last Cabinet meeting

    10am - Gordon Brown departs for an audience with the Queen

    10.30am - David Cameron to address Tory supporters. Theme is expected to be: "We're fighting this election for the Great Ignored - young, old, rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight.

    "They start businesses, operate factories, teach our children, clean the streets, grow our food and keep us healthy - keep us safe. They work hard, pay their taxes, obey the law".

    11am - Gordon Brown to formally announce date of election at Downing Street. He is expected to dub the election "the big choice". Expected to outline "three big challenges" facing the country: (i) Securing the recovery, (ii) protecting front line services whilst halving the deficit, and (iii) renewing politics.