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Nigel Farage favourite to win leader's debate

Nigel Farage is favourite to win the leaders' debate tonight, according to betting websites.

Betfair Predicts has the Ukip leader at 13/8 to win the debate, followed by Ed Miliband on 4/1 and David Cameron on 11/4.

Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru looks likely to come off worst after the debate with odds of just 22/1 of her winning.

William Hill also has Nigel Farage as the 13/8 favourite, but has Natalie Bennett likely to come out the worst with odds of 20/1.

Ed Miliband given Easter treats on the campaign trail

Ed Miliband was greeted with some Easter treats by a a young girl in Bury this morning.

Jennifer Talbott-Bagnall,4, gave the Labour leader a big smile as she handed over some cakes.


Death toll in Kenyan college attack rises to 14

The death toll in the attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya has risen to 14, police said.

A policeman at the scene said the figure included two of his officers.

Gunmen stormed the campus in Garissa during morning prayers and remain on the site as officers attempt to drive them out.

"We are finding it difficult to access the compound because some of the attackers are on top of a building and are firing at us whenever we try to gain entry," the officer said.

Clegg: 'Rainbow coalition would be too messy'

There will be "rainbow coalition" with several parties Nick Clegg has said.

The Deputy Prime Minister revealed Gordon Brown had been "adamant" that Labour and the Liberal Democrats could form the basis of a progressive coalition taking in minor parties after 2010's General Election.

Mr Clegg said the idea would not have worked then, and will not after May 7 this year.

Nick Clegg Credit: LBC

But with opinion polls pointing overwhelmingly towards a hung parliament and significant losses for the Lib Dems, it may be the only way Mr Clegg can fulfil his goal of playing a role in the next government.

The Liberal Democrat leader told his weekly radio phone-in on LBC Radio 97.3:

He [Mr Brown] was sort of very adamant that he thought that one could create a sort of rainbow coalition of lots and lots of different, a sort of smorgasbord of, different parties.

I do remember saying, I just don't think that's going to work. I still don't think that's going to work and that might be actually more of a relevant question after May 7.

I think this idea that you have a government with a whole array of single issue parties all pulling this way and that, I think it's a recipe for insomnia as votes will be strung out night after night after night in the House of Commons.

But it's also a recipe for a messy way of governing the country.

– Nick Clegg

Farage: 'Feeling good' ahead of leaders' debate

Nigel farage said he is looking forward to joining other political leaders at the debate this evening.

However the Ukip leader said he is 'sorry' the panel will include so many people: "I'm feeling pretty good, I'm pleased at least there is a debate. I'm sorry there are so many people on the panel, but this was the Prime Minister's wish.

"Look, it's happening, we've got a chance to have a proper discussion this evening and I hope the truth comes out on some issues, particularly I shall be arguing and asking the Prime Minister and others will they please admit that as members of the EU we cannot have an immigration policy of any kind at all."


E.ON fine 'sends strong message to the whole industry'

Citizens Advice has welcomed the news that energy company E.ON has been fined £7.75m.

The charity said the money will go towards the Energy Best Deal Extra project.

E.ON fine 'sends strong message to the whole industry' Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Customers shouldn’t be trapped into higher bills.

Ofgem is right to clamp down on this kind of failure. This ruling will send a strong message to the whole industry that consumer rights cannot be ignored.

The judgement is further proof that prepayment customers get a raw deal – they already pay on average £80 more than direct debit customers.

It is positive that the Ofgem penalty will go towards helping people who are struggling to heat and light their homes. It is also encouraging that E.ON owned up to the problem and is both providing direct redress and taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

– Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice

Two killed, 29 injured after gunmen attack Kenyan college

Kenyan soldiers drafted in to support police after college attacked in Garissa Credit: Reuters

Two people were killed and 29 wounded on Thursday when gunmen stormed a college in the northeastern Kenyan town of Garissa, the country's National Disaster Operation Centre said.

Some students were trapped inside the college campus, it said.

The wounded, most with gunshot wounds, were all taken to hospital, with four in a critical condition.

The Ministry of Interior said the college had been secured and a security team were in the process of 'flushing out' the gunmen.

The wounded were taken to hospital Credit: RTV

Miliband 'will be in best position' on TV debate stage

Public speaking coach Deon Newbronner says Ed Miliband is the leader with the best position ahead of the debate.

Mr Newbronner told Good Morning Britain: "being in the centre that's where our focus is going to be and then our focus will draw over to Mr David Cameron."

The positions of the leaders was decided by drawing lots.

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