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Cameron refuses to confirm if he will join TV debates

Despite admitting that his requests to extend the party leaders have now been met the Prime Minister still refused to confirm he will definitely be taking part on them.

David Cameron was asked by ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener if he would now take part in the the televised debates, he said:

We're making good progress. I was told that it was appalling and outrageous that I'd suggested you couldn't have one minor party without having the other minor party and i'm delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again.

They've actually come up with rather more minor parties than I had in mind, but I'm sure they've thought it all through and they know what they're doing.

I want to take part and I said they need to do the minor party thing and they've certainly done that.

– David Cameron

Ukip members cleared over alleged electoral fraud

Two Ukip members have been cleared over any involvement in an alleged electoral fraud relating to council elections in Norfolk.

The men had been standing trial alongside Matthew Smith, the Norfolk County Council member for Gorleston St Andrews who had been selected to stand for parliament in the key target seat of Great Yarmouth at the next general election.

Fellow Ukip members Michael Monk and Daniel Thistlethwaite had both denied one charge of making a false statement in nomination papers. The charges relate to county council elections in the Yarmouth area in May 2013, when Smith stood for election and acted as Ukip's electoral agent.


PM: Hoax caller apologised for waking me up - at 11am

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the moment he received the hoax call on his Blackberry while taking a walk with his family.

Mr Cameron said the man apologised for waking him up which he said he thought was strange as it was 11am.

He said he ended the call after he asked who it was and the caller told him it was a hoax call.

"No harm was done, no national security was breached", Mr Cameron added.

Two hoax calls made to Prime Minister and GCHQ

Security procedures at Downing Street and GCHQ are being reviewed after two hoax calls were made to the Prime Minister and GCHQ today.

A government spokeswoman said a notice had also "gone out to all departments to be on the alert for such calls".

In the first instance, a call was made to GCHQ which resulted in the disclosure of a mobile phone number for the director.

The mobile number provided is never used for calls involving classified information. In the second instance, a hoax caller claiming to be the GCHQ director was connected to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax. In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed.

Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the Government learns any lessons from this incident.

– A Government Spokeswoman


Security review after hoax caller gets through to PM

A hoax caller was put through to David Cameron's phone after claiming to be the director of eavesdropping agency GCHQ.

File photo. The hoax caller was put through to David Cameron. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed, Downing Street said.

Security procedures are being reviewed at both No 10 and GCHQ, where a mobile phone number for director Robert Hannigan was disclosed to the caller.

Green government would let people join IS or Al Qaida

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says people should not be punished for their opinions. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

People in Britain would legally be allowed to join terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaida under the Green Party, its leader has confirmed.

Speaking on BBC's Daily Politics show, Natalie Bennett said that people should be free to think what they want, though warned that anyone inciting or committing acts of violence would feel the "full extent of the law".

"What we want to do is make sure we are not punishing people for what they think or what they believe," she said.

Bennett also spoke about plans to reduce the army - replacing it with a smaller home defence force.

She added that the Greens would progressively ease immigration controls.

"What we have to do is stop the race to the bottom on immigration rhetoric that we have been hearing, led by Ukip and sadly followed by the other [parties]," she said.

Labour: Video 'reflects Ukip's real agenda on NHS'

Labour has called for the sacking of Ukip's general secretary after a video was released yesterday showed him comparing the NHS to Hitler's Nazi bunker.

Matthew Richardson called the NHS the Credit:

The comments from Matthew Richardson - made when he was a member of the Conservative party - were condemned by shadow minister without portfolio Jon Trickett, who said they reflect "Ukip's real agenda on the NHS".

"Nigel Farage cannot simultaneously defend these comments and claim that his party stands for the NHS free at the point of use," he said.

Trickett added: "They claim to defend the service we cherish, but they want to dismantle its foundations."

Farage has denied that he wishes to privatise the NHS, and the party today announced plans to inject £3 billion into frontline services using money saved by leaving the European Union.

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