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PM's debate refusal 'like not turning up for job interview'

David Cameron's refusal to take part in the leaders' debate tonight is like applying for the job of Prime Minister but "failing to turn up for the job interview", Ed Miliband has claimed.

Cameron will be absent when Miliband and four other party leaders take part in the televised showdown after he agreed to just one direct confrontation with his rival in the race for No. 10.

David Cameron will not appear on tonight's leaders' debate on the BBC. Credit: PA Wire

Labour have accused Cameron of "ducking" the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges.

Earlier today Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg complained that he had been excluded from tonight's "Challengers' Debate", which features Miliband, Ukip's Nigel Farage, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood.

Watch live: Tories launch manifesto for 'working people'

The Conservatives are launching their general election campaign manifesto today, with the promise of an extended Right to Buy scheme which would give 1.3 million housing association tenants the chance to purchase their homes.

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to say that his party's policies make them the "party of working people".

This live broadcast has finished but you can watch the manifesto launch again below:


Cameron told to avoid 'name calling' during election visit

David Cameron talks to voters during the visit.

An elderly woman told David Cameron to "be a good boy" and avoid "name calling" against opponent Ed Miliband during a campaign visit today.

In a walk around Alnwick in Berwick-on-Tweed, the Prime Minister stopped and chatted to a number of members of the public and bought some sausages at a local butchers.

The man with a ukelele being approached by one of the Prime Minister's entourage.

During the visit, Cameron was briefly serenaded by a man with a ukelele, who used unflattering language in a song urging him to return to Eton.

Cameron gets in a jam over cream tea

David Cameron may have upset Devonshire voters by opting for the traditional Cornish way to eat a cream tea.

Visiting a North Devon tearoom with Conservative party candidate Peter Heaton-Jones, he suggested that the right way to eat a cream tea would be to put the jam on the scone first.

When he was told the Devonshire way is the other way around, he said: "I knew I'd get it wrong."

"It all tastes the same, doesn't it?" he added.


David Cameron tours Game of Thrones set in Belfast

David Cameron smiles after breaking a prop. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron and his wife Samantha toured the set and prop making warehouse for Game Of Thrones in Belfast.

The Conservative leader is visiting all four UK nations today.

Mr Cameron walked along the Wall before seeing the throne room, although not the iron throne itself.

Samantha looks askance as David Cameron examines Joffrey's crossbow. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Conservative leader tours the set. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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