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DUP calls for end to frontline cuts at manifesto launch

The DUP is calling for an end to cuts to frontline services and warned that rushing to eliminate the deficit could harm growth.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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.

'Selfie' election campaign continues for Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband has once again obliged when asked for numerous "selfies" on the campaign trail.

'The selfie election campaign continues for Ed Miliband, Chris Ship writes. Credit: ITV News/Chris Ship
Ed Miliband was in Manchester campaigning today. Credit: ITV News/Chris Ship
Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has been following Ed Miliband today. Credit: ITV News/Chris Ship


Farage: Britain 'can not share problems of all EU countries'

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."

Man found guilty of stabbing murder of mother-of-five

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.

Pennie Davis, 47, was found dead in a field. Credit: Family handout

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.

Sturgeon: Major comments 'an affront to democracy'

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.

Sturgeon: Major comments 'an affront to democracy' Credit: Jonathan Brady/Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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."

John Major's comments are silly, over the top and frankly they don't show him in a particularly good light.

My message to John Major is Scotland's voice deserves to be heard in whatever way the Scottish people choose, and voting SNP means Scotland's voice will be heard more loudly and strongly at Westminster than it has ever been heard before.

But it will also be a voice for better and more progressive politics at Westminster, so perhaps it's not surprising that John Major doesn't like that. But what he is saying disrespects democracy, it's up to people in Scotland to vote how they choose to vote and make their voice heard.

– Nicola Sturgeon
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