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Leaders' Debate: View from the live audience

All seven party leaders went head-to-head for the first and only time this general election here at MediaCityUK in Salford.

They clashed over issues including the economy, the NHS and immigration in The ITV Leaders' Debate.

It was the only time David Cameron and Ed Miliband will appear together.

We caught up with the people who'd been asking the questions to find out what they made of it all.

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Osborne: Viewers will see 'real contrast' between leaders

George Osborne has predicted that tonight's leaders' debates will show a "real contrast" between the "competence" of David Cameron and the "chaos" of the rest of the leaders.

Asked how the Prime Minister will fare in the seven-way debate, the Chancellor said: "I think he will do well because he is able to demonstrate strong leadership, he's got a track record of success and David Cameron is the only person there with a plan for the future."

He added: "I think you're going to see a real contrast between the competence and leadership of David Cameron and the chaos of all the alternatives on that crowded platform."

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Clegg 'catching up on stats' before debate

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been doing some last minute preparation for this evening's live leaders' debate.

The Liberal Democrat leader posted a picture on Twitter this afternoon with the caption "Just catching up on a few stats and figures before the #leadersdebate tonight":

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Natalie Bennett will not have another 'brain fade'

Natalie Bennett: "I haven't got a bad cold this time and I've prepared" Credit: Reuters

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said she is confident she will not suffer another "brain fade" in tonight's leaders' debate, in reference to her "excruciating" radio interview on the party's housing policy in February.

"I haven't got a bad cold this time and I've prepared and preparations have been well in hand."

She added: "I think tonight, if we see a situation where people try and make it personal, I think voters will make a judgment on that and I don't think they will judge it very well."

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Party leaders travel to Manchester for debate

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood leaves Cardiff for Manchester.

Party leaders have travelled to Manchester today to take part in the leaders' debate.

Nicola Sturgeon faced First Minister's Questions before heading south, while Leanne Wood left Cardiff earlier.

Natalie Bennett toured MediaCity before getting ready for the leaders' debate this evening.

SNP's Nicola Sturgeon faced First Minister's Questions before heading south to join the debate in Manchester.
Natalie Bennett toured MediaCity before getting ready for the leaders' debate this evening.
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Nick Clegg 'looking forward' to leaders' debate

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he is "looking forward" to this evening's leaders' debate and it is "going to be interesting".

"I always look forward for any opportunity to tell my side of the story and that of the Liberal Democrats", he added.

When asked if he had been doing role-play in preparation, he said: "Not much...I think it's quite difficult to rehearse or over-rehearse these things."

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