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
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 has left Buckingham Palace after a 20-minute meeting in which he asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament ahead of the general election.
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.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has left Downing Street as the Queen is set to dissolve Parliament ahead of the general election.
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.
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?
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David Cameron has left 10 Downing Street and is en route to Buckingham Palace, where he will formally ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.
Watch his journey live here.
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.
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"
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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