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Clegg: Lurch to the left or right 'last thing the county needs'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that a lurch to left or right is "about the very last thing the country needs" and promised that the Liberal Democrats will keep a future government "anchored in the centre ground".


Staff at Windsor Castle to vote on industrial action

Staff at Windsor Castle are to vote on whether to stage industrial action over pay.

Walkers enjoy the sunshine on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Credit: Press Association.

The Public and Commercial Services union said if its members vote in favour, non-strike action would start at the end of April. The dispute affects around 120 union members who works at the castle's visitor services, including guides and kitchen staff.

These workers are loyal to their employer and absolutely committed to ensuring visitors are given the royal treatment.

It is scandalous that staff are so appallingly paid and expected to do work for free that brings in money for the Royal Family.

– PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka

Investigators focus on what 'destablised' Lubitz

Investigators are looking into what could have Credit: PA Wire

European investigators are focusing on what could have "destabilised" Andreas Lubitz causing him to deliberately crash Germanwings Flight 9525.

Returning from a meeting with his German counterparts, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel said that authorities want to find out "what could have destabilised Andreas Lubitz, or driven him to such an act".

Germanwings chief operating officer Oliver Wagner is meeting some of the relatives of the 150 victims today in the south-eastern French city of Marseille.

He said a total of 325 family members have come to France.


PM: It's me with a plan or Ed Miliband with debt and taxes

David Cameron has released a short speech on YouTube, telling voters it's time to choose either, "me carrying on with the plan...or Ed Miliband with debt and taxes."

Speaking ahead of his visit to the Queen today to mark the dissolution of Parliament, the prime minister admitted that five years after entering government, "We haven't solved every problem."

However, he went on to say that under the coalition: "The deficit's down, the country's getting back to work, we're growing strongly, we're a success story again and we should stick to the plan that has really delivered."

He described this as the "most important General Election for a generation".

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Man charged over Burnley child abduction

Khan is due to appear at Burnley Magistrates later this morning. Credit: ITV News.

A man has been charged with the abduction of a six-year-old girl in Burnley.

Imran Khan, 33 of Pendle Street, Accrington has been charged with taking a child under the Child Abduction Act, breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Lancashire Police launched a manhunt after the girl was taken in a car on Thursday afternoon.

She was then dropped off 30 minutes later, three miles away and police were alerted.

Khan is due to appear at Burnley Magistrates later this morning.

Green Party: People are desperate for a change

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has appealed for the support of voters "sick of business-as-usual politics".

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett Credit: PA

Kicking off formal campaigning, she claimed the Greens are the "only party" offering economic changes that work for "everyone, not just those at the top."

This general election is the closest in a generation.

It's clear that people are sick of business-as-usual politics, and desperate for change.

The Green Party represents a real alternative to the politics and economics espoused by establishment politicians for decades.

– Natalie Bennett
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