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Miliband says he wants to persuade Brand on voting

Ed Miliband has said he is "proud to be engaging" with Russell Brand in this election.

Speaking at a campaign event in Cardiff, the Labour leader said that "politics is being played in an increasingly empty stadium", adding: "if we don't engage in different ways with people that aren't engaging in this election, then we will have fewer and fewer people engaging".

Mr Miliband met with Mr Brand last night, when he recorded an interview at the comedian's house for his YouTube channel "The Trews".

Campaigners win right to challenge assisted suicide law

Disability rights campaigners have won permission to bring a legal challenge against the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, over current assisted suicide laws.

The 1961 Suicide Act makes it a criminal offence to assist or encourage suicide. The DPP has a discretion on whether to prosecute according to the published policy.

Last October, the DPP amended the policy, making the prosecution of healthcare professionals in assisted suicide cases less likely.

Today Nikki and Merv Kenward were given permission to challenge the DPP's actions, arguing that the DPP had in fact "changed" the policy and made it more "liberal".

They argue that the significance and legality of the change should now be properly assessed.



Danny Alexander: We need to do more for economy

Liberal Democrats Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander insisted the economy was continuing to make progress but that more needed to be done.

"The British economy is recovering well, but these figures remind us that there is still work to do to secure the recovery," he said.

Official death toll in Nepal tops 5,000

The official death toll in Nepal has topped 5,000, the country's National Emergency Operation Center has said.

The latest figures put the number of dead at 5,057, with almost 11,000 injured and more than 450,000 displaced by Saturday's devastating earthquake.

Keith Chegwin: 'A great entertainer has passed away'

Television presenter Keith Chegwin said a "great entertainer and all round nice man" has passed away as he responded to news that Keith Harris has died.

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