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Joey Essex 'thought it was the Liberal Democats'

TOWIE star Joey Essex has admitted he thought Nick Clegg's party was called the "Liberal Democats".

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While interviewing Clegg at his party's mental health policy launch, Essex inquired, "Why are you called Liberal Democrats?"

Clegg expects leaders' debate to be 'quite different'

Nick Clegg said Thursday's leaders' debate on ITV will be "quite different" to those that took place during the 2010 election campaign.

"It'll be quite different from my point of view ... last time I hadn't been in government and in a sense that I was introducing myself to the British public for the first time," the Lib Dem leader said.

"This time I'm a much more familiar proposition to many viewers."

Clegg said he believes that of the seven party leaders he will be the only one with "a balanced centre ground approach to finishing the job of balancing the books".

  • The ITV Leaders' Debate airs at 8pm on Thursday


TOWIE's Joey Essex appears at Clegg campaign event

TOWIE star Joey Essex made an unusual surprise appearance today in the audience of Nick Clegg's election campaign event in Watford.

Clegg turns on the Conservatives over NHS funding

Nick Clegg has accused the Conservatives of "trying to pull the wool" over voters' eyes by failing to reveal how they would fund the National Health Service.

The Liberal Democrat leader claimed the Tories would be forced to make "deeper and deeper cuts" to other public services to fund the NHS.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Credit: ITV News

Clegg has committed to meeting the £8 billion a year extra funding by 2020 demanded by NHS England chief Simon Stevens.

"Labour has not committed to it. The Conservatives try to give the impression they have, but they haven't," he told an audience in Watford.

"Ed Miliband, David Cameron, it's time to come clean. Will you or will you not give the NHS the £8 billion a year by 2020 that it needs, and tell us how you plan to fund it?"

Cameron 'makes no apology' for campaign posters

David Cameron said he makes "no apology" for the putting the "danger" of Labour raising taxes in his party's campaign posters.

The Prime Minister told Good Morning Britain, "The alternative to welfare savings is tax rises - it's actually taking money out of people's pockets and I won't do that."

David Cameron speaks on Good Morning Britain. Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain.

"We need to save one out of every £100 that the government spends in the next two years," Cameron stressed.

He continued: "Elections are a choice - a choice between our long-term plan that is working and has demonstrated that and Labour's approach.

"As they've opposed all the spending reductions we've had to make, you can only assume they would put up spending, taxes and debt."


B&Q store closures follow 7.5% drop in profits

Kingfisher, the parent company of home improvement chain B&Q, plans to axe about 15 percent of "surplus space" as a result of a review of its 360 B&Q stores.

The move was announced as it posted a 7.5 percent drop in annual profits to £675 million after sales fell by 1.4 percent to £11 billion in the year to January 31.

Veronique Laury, Kingfisher's Chief Executive Officer, said:

We are announcing today a set of first ‘sharp’ decisions which are already under way including the closure of around 15% surplus B&Q space (c.60 stores) and our few loss making stores in Europe.

– Veronique Laury

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford Crossing closed due to high winds

The A282 Dartford Crossing Queen Elizabeth II Bridge has been closed to all vehicles due to strong winds, the Highways Agency said.

All southbound traffic is being diverted via the east bore (the high tunnel).

Chiltern Railways said services between Aylesbury and London Marylebone have been suspended because of a tree on the line between Moor Park and Amersham.

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