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Labour and the Conservatives clash over the economy

George Osborne has hailed a "hat-trick of good economic news" - a claim supported by Nick Clegg, who said the Liberal Democrats were a "crucial influence" on the latest figures.

However, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls countered that working people have been left struggling by the "slowest recovery in 100 years," while Ed Miliband said the Conservatives "just don't get" the lives of British people.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship spoke to all three party leaders:


Thousands of jobs at risk as B&Q to close 60 stores

One in six B&Q stores is set to close over the next two years, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Up to 3,000 workers across the UK and Ireland could lose their jobs as a sixth of the retail giant's 360 stores is earmarked for closure amid a struggling DIY market - though B&Q says it is creating around 900 positions as another name in its business family, Screwfix.

ITV News business editor Joel Hills reports:

Journalists reporting on Boko Haram detained in Nigeria

Campaign groups have joined calls from broadcaster Al Jazeera to free two journalists detained at a hotel in Maiduguri after filming for a report on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Ahmed Idris and producer Ali Mustafa - both Nigerian nationals - were working on a series of pieces ahead of the country's general election when they were detained in their hotel room on March 24.

Al Jazeera bosses say both men were fully accredited Credit: Al Jazeera

Bosses at Al Jazeera say the coverage was arranged with the full cooperation of the Nigerian military, and say both men were fully accredited to film anywhere in the country during the election period.

But the military has accused them of "operating without protection, accreditation or due clearance", and of "loitering" in various locations.

The detention has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.

Co-pilot told flight school of 'severe depression' in 2009

The co-pilot believed to be behind the Germanwings plane crash which killed 150 people had informed bosses at his flight training school about a period of "severe depression" in 2009, airline bosses have revealed.

Andreas Lubitz took a break from his flight training for several months, reportedly while he battled depression, but was later given a medical 'fit to fly' certificate.

Andreas Lubitz suffered a period of 'severe depression', medical notes have revealed Credit: Reuters

In a statement, airline group Lufthansa - which owns the Germanwings subsidiary - revealed they had handed over training and medical documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor.

Among the papers were records of e-mails exchanged between Lubitz and the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, when he submitted medical notes relating to his resuming his training containing details of a "previous episode of severe depression".


Goodluck Jonathan concedes Nigeria election defeat

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his victory in the country's general election, according to a spokesman for the winning All Progressive's Congress party.

At about 5 minutes to 5, President Jonathan called General Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the elections, to congratulate him.

I think he conceded defeat. There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede but he will remain a hero for this move.

The tension will go down dramatically.

– Lai Mohammed, All Progressive's Congress
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