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David Cameron highlights pledge to double free childcare during Bedford visit

David Cameron talking in Bedford today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader David Cameron has been campaigning in Bedford today.

On a visit to a furniture company in the marginal constituency, he highlighted the Conservative's pledge to double free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

He accused Labour of creating a poverty state, and claimed the Tories are the real "party of work".

The Prime Minister was talking during a visit to a furniture company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not doing this job to be some high powered accountant, I don't just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction.

I want the lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty and the best route out of poverty is this - work.

We've proved that."

– David Cameron


Election 2015: Ed Balls says people in the east aren't feeling the economic recovery

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has been in Cambridge on the election campaign trail saying he believes most people in our region aren't feeling the economic recovery.

Today's figures show an increase in those out of work in the East of England, but Conservatives say it's good news nationally as more people are in work than ever before.

But are voters really engaged with the campaign?

Click below to see our report from political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

Tory peer welcomes more women in politics

The Conservatives out in force in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A familiar face from local politics joined the campaign trail in Norwich today ahead of next month's general election.

Former Norfolk MP and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Gillian Shephard, joined a number of other female Tories in a bid for votes.

Despite the recent increase in the number of women in politics, the four main parties are still fielding 70-75% of male candidates in the Anglia region at the forthcoming General Election.

One day on from the big debate, the Chancellor brings the campaign trail to Essex

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been defending the Conservatives' housing record during a visit to the region on Good Friday.

George Osborne was in Colchester looking a new housing development.

The visit came the day after around 7 million people watched the leaders' debate on ITV on Thursday night.

Malcolm Robertson's been getting reaction in the Essex town.

There is some flash photography in this report.


Decision due on Suffolk MP

The South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo finds out today whether he can stand for the constituency in the next general election.

The South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo

Local Conservative Party members are voting on whether Mr Yeo should be reselected as their candidate, after they deselected him in November. A result is due this afternoon.

It comes after he was cleared of breaking lobbying rules by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Alzheimer's Research UK mourn patron Margaret Thatcher

The Cambridgeshire based charity Alzheimer's Research UK have paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher became patron of the dementia research charity in 2001. Her daughter Carol revealed that her mother had been diagnosed with dementia in 2008.

Baroness Thatcher was patron of Alzheimer's Research UK Credit: PA wire

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“The loss of Baroness Thatcher will resonate across the world, but in particular with the 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK."

"That dementia could affect such a forceful personality is a lesson that this cruel condition does not discriminate. As Patron to Alzheimer’s Research UK, her support of our research could not have been more important, helping draw attention to a condition so frequently swept under the carpet."

“Thanks to Lady Thatcher, we have made inroads with our research to defeat dementia. The answers will come too late for her, but they will come, and this will be another important part of our collective memory of her life and work.”

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