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Latest projections hint at minority government

The latest ITV News poll suggests the Conservatives have a four point lead over Labour going into the campaign.

ITV News election analyst Professor Colin Rallings projects they will be some way short of a majority on those figures with David Cameron, or Ed Miliband struggling to form a government.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship examines the options of how Parliament might look.

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General election TV debate: Leaders given podium line-up

The all-important podium plan for Thursday's night's general election debate on ITV has been announced.

Prime Minister and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett have been allocated spots at either end of the line-up of party leaders.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to be sandwiched between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

ITV can confirm that lots have been drawn today to determine the podium order for The ITV Leaders' Debate.

As a result of the drawing of lots the leaders will appear on set, left to right, as follows - Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron.

– ITV spokeswoman

Election campaign begins after Parliament is dissolved

The campaign for General Election 2015 is officially underway after Parliament was dissolved.

It also means several MPs from our region are officially retiring from Westminster.

Among those standing down are the ex-Conservative Party leader and Richmond MP William Hague and former Labour Home Secretary and member for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough David Blunkett.

As the campaign begins, we ask voters in Bradford what matters to them:

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50% rise in York stone thefts

People in Leeds are being asked to help report the theft of desirable York stone paving from the city’s streets by crooks who then sell it on.

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York stone pavement Credit: ITV Yorkshire

n the past year, Leeds City Council repair crews have had to replace an estimated £50,000 worth of York stone missing from pavements across the city. This is an increase of over 50% on the previous financial year.

Highways maintenance teams have been out to deal with 250 cases of the stone being stolen from public pavements in Leeds in the past year, a big increase on the 141 incidents the previous financial year.

However, fewer incidents are being reported to West Yorkshire Police, with their statistics showing a 33% drop, down from 99 in Leeds the previous year to 66 this financial year.

York stone is the distinctive natural textured stone quarried in Yorkshire that features in much of the paving in the older parts of the city, particularly in places like Harehills, Headingley, Woodhouse, Burley, Armley, Cross Green, Roundhay, Gledhow, Beeston, Pudsey and Chapel Allerton.

“There is clearly a disparity between the numbers of incidents notified to the police and how many we have to deal with.

"I’d urge anyone spotting this to report it, to help stop these unscrupulous crooks getting away with it. It’s not a victimless crime, as council taxpayers have to pick up the tab.

“What might be just a quick illegal profit to them could be really dangerous for pedestrians, if they suddenly trip over missing paving. It’s costing the council- and therefore the city- money it can ill-afford, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for us to source replacement flags, as we have to reclaim them from elsewhere in Leeds.”

– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

Enterprise Zone's green spaces given revamp by Leeds Council

A wide-ranging programme of environmental improvements are currently being undertaken by Leeds City Council in an area designated to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the city.

On hand to plant the last of the plants with the apprentices were Councillor Richard Lewis and Councillor Mark Dobson Credit: Leeds City Council

Since November last year, over 140 standard and semi-mature trees have been planted by the council as part of a continued drive to improve green spaces along the route of the A63 in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

This will sit aside further work in the enterprise zone being undertaken over the next 12 months by staff and 18 council apprentices which will include planting wild flowers and 2,000 saplings to create new woodland.

Over 50,000 bulbs will also be planted in October that will bring colour to the enterprise zone next spring.

With development work now underway across all four sites within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, including 425,000 sq. ft. of development and employment space currently under construction, these environmental improvements will play an important part in making the area attractive to investors and encouraging more businesses to relocate to the area.

New industrial premises designed for modern manufacturing companies and a £150m recycling and energy recovery facility at Newmarket Lane are already featuring in the enterprise zone while a £7.5 million programme of infrastructure and ground engineering work is also underway at Temple Green, the largest of the four sites within the enterprise zone.

Projects includes a new spine road to open up access to further phases of development and a 1000-space park and ride facility, scheduled to be operational in April 2016.

Work undertaken by the apprentices is part of a tailored training programme by the council’s parks and countryside team that offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of horticultural and environmental skills.

PM denies Lincolnshire Police is on 'verge of collapse'

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed a claim that Lincolnshire Police is on the "verge of collapse".

Credit: Press Association

The PM referred to Lincolnshire when he was asked a question about funding for police forces during a live TV interview ahead of May's General Election.

A member of the audience quoted Chief Constable Neil Rhodes who said the force was on the "verge of collapse."

In his reply, Mr Cameron said: "I do not accept that. I understand they are under pressure."

When it comes to Lincolnshire, crime has come down, the police are doing a great job but there is more we can do using modern technology to make sure crime continues to fall under this Government and if we do that we will be saving money as well.

– David Cameron

He was speaking during Cameron and Miliband: The battle for No 10 begins, on Channel 4 last night.

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