The DUP is calling for an end to cuts to frontline services and warned that rushing to eliminate the deficit could harm growth.
The largest party in Northern Ireland is expected to return up to 10 seats in the general election and has said it could support either Labour or the Conservatives, but does not expect cabinet posts.
DUP leader Peter Robinson said they would not be part of the next Government but had the opportunity to make a real impact: "This is a once in a life-time opportunity for Northern Ireland."
The party has outlined a five-point plan for negotiations after 7th May, including opposition to the so-called bedroom tax and more money for health and education.
Counter terrorism officers have arrested a 39-year-old man in Coventry on suspicion of fundraising for the purpose of terrorism, Scotland Yard said.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has once again obliged when asked for numerous "selfies" on the campaign trail.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he is happy for Britain to provide assistance to people in "beleaguered countries" but that it "could not share the problems of all the other countries" in the EU.
Farage has said he would be happy for the Royal Navy to aid stricken people in the Mediterranean.
But speaking in Canterbury, Kent, Farage added: "But the big question is what message is going to come from the Italian government or the Greek government?
"If the message to North Africa is that if you come we will accept you, then they may well come by their millions. So it seems to me that they have got some very big decisions to make."
Justin Robertson, 36, was today found guilty of murdering supermarket worker Pennie Davis, who was stabbed as she tended her horses in the New Forest.
Ms Davis' husband found her body on September 2 in a field at Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu, Hampshire.
Robertson, 36, was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder following a six-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.
Jurors heard that Robertson agreed to kill Ms Davis for Benjamin Carr, the son of Ms Davis' ex-lover, to stop her telling police that he had allegedly sexually assaulted someone when he was 14.
Carr, of Southampton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder.
Co-defendant Samantha Maclean, 28, of Hythe, was found not guilty of the same charge.
Sir John Major's warning about the threat the SNP could pose to the UK is an "affront to democracy", Scotland's First Minister said.
Nicola Sturgeon hit out at the former Conservative prime minister's remarks, after he intervened in the midst of a General Election campaign which has put the SNP in the political spotlight.
Ms Sturgeon hit back, insisting: "Some of the comments we're hearing in the media this morning from Tory politicians like John Major are actually an affront to democracy."