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General election TV debate: Leaders given podium line-up

The all-important podium plan for Thursday's night's general election debate on ITV has been announced.

Prime Minister and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett have been allocated spots at either end of the line-up of party leaders.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to be sandwiched between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

ITV can confirm that lots have been drawn today to determine the podium order for The ITV Leaders' Debate.

As a result of the drawing of lots the leaders will appear on set, left to right, as follows - Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron.

– ITV spokeswoman


British couple 'found dead with gunshot wounds'

Spain's national police force has named the British couple found dead in Alicante as ex-pats Peter and Jean Tarsey.

The 77-year-olds were found dead together with gunshot wounds, according to the Guardia Civil.

A post mortem is now due to take place.

At around 4.15pm yesterday, some friends of the couple went to their villa because they had not been seen for a few days.

They found the door was open and there were no signs of a break-in.

The couple, who had been living in Spain for 18 years, were found dead with gunshot wounds on the sofa.

The Guardia Civil is now awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations and investigations continue.

– Guardia Civil spokeswoman

Ex-MPs failing to delete old Twitter handles

Former MPs appear to be failing to follow official guidance ordering them to delete "MP" from their public profile, including on social media.

Some parliamentary candidates have not yet let go of their 'MP' handle on Twitter Credit: Twitter

The dissolution of Parliament today means there are no MPs until the general election in May - including those people elected as MPs in 2010, who should not claim to be MPs. Official guidance states that this means they must also change their username on sites such as Twitter.

While many have changed their profile to reflect their new status as a 'parliamentary candidate', others are still claiming to represent constituencies - though some, such as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, have kept the 'MP' suffix while changing their information to make clear that there are no more MPs.

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British couple found dead in Spain

A British couple have been found dead in Spain. The Foreign Office said the couple were discovered in the town of Alicante on the south eastern coast, a popular destination for tourists and expats.

Credit: Google Maps

We can confirm the death of two British nationals in Alicante, Spain. We stand ready to provide consular assistance.

– Foreign Office


General election seats prediction

With neither Government looking likely to win a majority, an ITV News political analyst has given his prediction on how many seats each party will win.

Based on the results of an ITV News ComRes poll, Professor Colin Ralling has given this forecast on how seats could be distributed in the general election, taking into account the large number of seats likely to be taken by the SNP:

  • Conservative Party: 305
  • Labour: 260
  • Liberal Democrats: 18
  • Scottish National Party: 42
  • Party Candidate: 3
  • Green Party: 1
  • Ukip: 2
  • Speaker: 1
  • Northern Ireland: 18

PM: We brought Britain back from the brink

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking after the short, 20-minute meeting, Mr Cameron took the opportunity to urge people to vote for him in May's general election.

Five years ago... millions of people were unemployed, there was economic uncertainty, and there were worries about whether our country could pay its debts.

Britain was on the brink.

Five years later, because of our long-term economic plan and the difficult decisions we have taken, more people in work than ever in our history, living standards are on the rise, and Britain is economically secure.

Of course, we haven't fixed everything, but Britain is back on her feet again.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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