While Labour's technicians tried to wrestle the mic away from journalists asking questions, the Tories refused to let reporters even hold itRead the full story ›
Some of the Labour pledges are pretty clear; freezing rail fares, raising the minimum wage, childcare and tax credits and a few tax commitments on what they will and won't raise.
But the big thing at the heart of this is that they want to put fiscal responsibility front and centre in the manifesto - but the one thing it doesn't say is how quickly they will cut the deficit.
They are only saying as soon as possible and until we know how quickly they want to cut the deficit we don't know how much they are either going to raise taxes or cut spending over the next Parliament.
And that leaves a gaping hole at the centre of their economic credibility that the other parties will be tying to exploit.
Labour sources say they hope scrapping Non Dom status will raise 'in the high hundreds of millions'. The money will go towards the deficit.Read the full story ›
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Home Secretary Theresa May is in difficult territory with the new counter-terrorism policy unveiled today.
We have heard how girls from moderate Muslim families in East London seem to have become radicalised to travel on to Syria and that is the sort of activity that Theresa May is trying to bring in these measures to intercept. She is trying to do deal with things that stop short of terrorism, but fall under the term extremism and that is always going to be a matter of definition.
Now May has really upset some quite moderate Muslim groups with some of the things she has been proposing. Some of them are perplexed with what Sharia Law has to do with this so these are very deep and sensitive waters into which she is stepping.
If the Tories don't get elected the 49 Free Schools announced today would still be allowed to go ahead.
But the 500 Free Schools pledged by David Cameron, opposed by Labour, would be stopped.
That doesn't mean that parents wouldn't be able to set up their own schools.
They would be governed slightly differently and be called parent-led academies.
Labour want to establish local directors of school standards and they would decide whether or not new schools were needed.
According to Labour, there is a shortage, particularly of primary school places, which the Free Schools programme, which sets up secondary schools, is not really addressing.
But they are not entirely opposed to many of the ideas underlying Free Schools.
What this about really, is a time of very scarce resources for education. Labour believe that Free Schools are sucking resources out of opportunities for primary schools to be set up in areas where they are needed, and that is why they are the wrong thing to do.
This is the first time that the Home Office have taken responsibility for drawing up the strategy to confront non-violent extremism.Read the full story ›