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General election seats prediction

With neither Government looking likely to win a majority, an ITV News political analyst has given his prediction on how many seats each party will win.

Based on the results of an ITV News ComRes poll, Professor Colin Ralling has given this forecast on how seats could be distributed in the general election, taking into account the large number of seats likely to be taken by the SNP:

  • Conservative Party: 305
  • Labour: 260
  • Liberal Democrats: 18
  • Scottish National Party: 42
  • Party Candidate: 3
  • Green Party: 1
  • Ukip: 2
  • Speaker: 1
  • Northern Ireland: 18

PM: We brought Britain back from the brink

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking after the short, 20-minute meeting, Mr Cameron took the opportunity to urge people to vote for him in May's general election.

Five years ago... millions of people were unemployed, there was economic uncertainty, and there were worries about whether our country could pay its debts.

Britain was on the brink.

Five years later, because of our long-term economic plan and the difficult decisions we have taken, more people in work than ever in our history, living standards are on the rise, and Britain is economically secure.

Of course, we haven't fixed everything, but Britain is back on her feet again.

– Prime Minister David Cameron


Labour: Our future lies in the European Union

Ed Miliband's pledge for the UK to remain in the EU was met with applause today as he launched Labour's 22-page business manifesto.

Speaking at a conference in London, he described David Cameron as a prime minister who "doesn't seem to know his own mind" on the EU and said a Conservative government would be a "recipe for at least two years of uncertainty" for businesses.

Nick Clegg leaves Downing Street as Parliament to dissolve

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has left Downing Street as the Queen is set to dissolve Parliament ahead of the general election.

Nick Clegg leaves Downing Street Credit: ITV News

Prime Minister David Cameron is on his way to Buckingham Palace to formally request dissolution.

He, along with Mr Cameron, will keep his position leading the country but will officially no longer be an MP.

Poll: What was the coalition government's biggest legacy?

The coalition between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems has presided over a number of key changes, including the legalisation of gay marriage, a steep rise in tuition fees, and a major reform of the welfare system.

But how will it be remembered?

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: PA

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Ed Miliband: Labour will close UK productivity gap

Ed Miliband has said that Britain's productivity gap with fellow G7 countries is Labour's "biggest economic challenge" as he launched his party's business manifesto in London today.

Productivity is the key to the country we want to be.

– Ed Miliband

He said that for every hour worked, the UK produces nearly 20% less than its G7 competitors and is "losing its competitive edge in a world that won't wait".

Labour's plans to close the UK's 'productivity gap' include:

  • Securing public finances by "balancing the books and cutting the deficit every year"
  • Creating a surplus on the current budget and have the national debt falling
  • Starting a "revolution in vocational education"
  • Maths and English until the age of 18
  • Greater access to finance for small firms
  • Working "with our banks to ensure they work for our businesses"

Watch live: David Cameron asks Queen to dissolve Parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron is heading to Buckingham Palace to formally ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

From today, MPs are no longer MPs and will not have any Parliamentary privileges unless they are re-elected at the general election on May 7. Ministers, including Mr Cameron, will keep their posts.

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