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Couple have lucky escape after 20ft tree falls onto their home in strong winds

The residents of this house in Worsley had a lucky escape Credit: PA Wire

A couple had a lucky escape after strong winds sent a 20ft tree crashing onto their home in the middle of the night.

The tree fell onto the front of their house in Worsley, Greater Manchester, just after midnight but the couple managed to get out safely.

A Greater Manchester fire service spokesman said: "The tree had landed on the front of the house, causing damage to the house and a car next door. The couple inside luckily got out safely.

"However, they were due to go on a family holiday today and sadly won't be able to as a result of the damage.

"They had a lucky escape - it could have been much worse."

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Farage denies he's overcome by emotion on campaign trail

Nigel Farage denied he was overcome by emotion as he wiped his eyes while addressing supporters on the election campaign trail in Dover.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports from the Ukip event:

Farage: Cameron 'wilfully dishonest' on immigration

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has accused David Cameron of being "wilfully dishonest" on the issue of immigration.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports from the Ukip event in Dover.

Ed Balls urges the Conservatives to 'bring it on'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has urged the Conservatives to "bring it on" as election campaigning on all sides gets underway.

Looking back at the Tory-led coalition government's record, Balls told an audience in Swindon, "If that is as good as it gets then we need change and a better future for our country."

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls speaks in Swindon today. Credit: ITV News

"If George Osborne and David Cameron want to spend the next six weeks going round telling people, 'You're better off', then we say, 'Bring it on', Balls said.

"People are really struggling in our country and we can do better than this," he added.

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David Cameron to get final word in ITV Leaders' debate

Julie Etchingham will host and moderate the leaders’ debate on ITV on April 2nd. Credit: ITV News

David Cameron will have the final word on ITV's Leaders' Debate show on April 2nd after the seven political parties taking part in the programme drew lots to determine the order of their podiums.

The Green Party's leader Natalie Bennett will make the first opening statement during the two-hour debate.

ITV confirmed that the leaders will appear on screen, left to right as follows - Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats), Nigel Farage (Ukip), Ed Miliband (Labour), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and David Cameron (Conservatives).

The drawing of lots for the podium positions also decided the order in which each leader speaks on the opening and closing statements and on the initial answers to the audience questions.

ITV has asked the audience for their questions, as well as ITV viewers, who have been asked to submit questions via debate@itv.com. The questions will not be seen by the leaders in advance.

The audience of around 200 people has been selected by polling company ICM. It is broadly demographically representative of the UK. It is also politically balanced with around 20% 'undecided'.

Lib Dems change their name after Joey Essex gaffe

The Liberal Democrats have undergone a name change and added a cat logo instead of a bird following an exchange between leader Nick Clegg and TOWIE star Joey Essex, who thought the party was called 'Democats'.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship was the first to break the news:

Mr Clegg also tweeted a selfie with the star and said it was "really nice" to meet him.

Severn Bridge reopens after closure due to high winds

The Severn Bridge has reopened to all vehicles after an earlier closure due to high winds, the Highways Agency said.

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