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Jeremy Hunt to appear on The Agenda tonight

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will appear on ITV's The Agenda tonight as the NHS continues to be at the forefront of election campaigning with just 14 days to go until the polls open.

Hunt will be speaking to Political Editor Tom Bradby during tonight's show, which airs on ITV at 10.40pm.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt appears on ITV's The Agenda tonight. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Author Anthony Horowitz, former Royal Opera House Creative Director Deborah Bull and columnist and broadcaster Jenni Russell will join Hunt on the show.

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Alexander: Lib Dems wanted to take part in TV debate

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said the Liberal Democrats were prevented from taking part in last night's challengers' debate on the BBC because of the Conservatives.

Speaking on ITV's The Agenda, after the debate programme, Mr Alexander insisted that his party wanted to be there "to defend our good record in government."

Mr Alexander added that Thursday night's TV debate showed that the Lib Dems were needed at Westminster to represent "the centre ground".

Other guests on The Agenda were poet Benjamin Zephaniah, journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer and BBC Radio4 presenter Aasmah Mir.

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Danny Alexander to appear on The Agenda tonight

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will appear on ITV's The Agenda tonight after the party leaders take part in a debate without the Prime Minister or Nick Clegg.

Alexander will be speaking to Political Editor Tom Bradby during a live edition of the programme airing on ITV at 10.40pm.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will join The Agenda. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah will be joining Alexander on the show.

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Sturgeon: A vote for SNP is not a vote for independence

Nicola Sturgeon will appear on The Agenda with ITV News' Tom Bradby. Credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/PA Images

Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has told ITV's The Agenda she believes Scotland will be an independent country "one day" but insisted that a vote for her party "is not about independence".

Ms Sturgeon said: "If you vote for the SNP you are not voting for independence you are not even voting for another independence referendum. You are voting to make Scotland’s voice heard in that system that has so often in the past tended to side-line and ignore Scotland.

"I think Scotland will be independent one day, I think that is the direction of travel but it won’t be me that decides that.”

In terms of working with a minority Labour government, Ms Sturgeon said it was in Scotland's interest to make sure that the "Westminster system...works as well as possible".

While admitting that she had not read Labour’s manifesto in detail Ms Sturgeon added: "I would be seeking to build alliances with parties like Plaid Cymru and the Greens and back benchers…

"Minority government is all about building alliances on an issue by issue basis. It’s about where can I find support across this parliament for the position I want to build upon.”

Ms Sturgeon will be speaking to ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby during tonight's show, which airs on ITV at 11.10pm, STV at 11.35pm and UTV at 11.40pm.

Also on the programme will be former British ambassador to the US Sir Christopher Meyer, the Times' chief leader writer Philip Collins and actress Elaine C Smith.

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Nicola Sturgeon to appear on ITV's The Agenda tonight

Nicola Sturgeon will appear on The Agenda with ITV News' Tom Bradby. Credit: PA

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will appear on ITV's The Agenda tonight following a row over allegations she told a French ambassador she would rather see the Conservatives in power after the election.

Sturgeon - who earned praise following her performance in the seven-way leaders' debate earlier this month - will be speaking to ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby during tonight's show, which airs at 11.10pm.

Also on the programme will be former British ambassador to the US Sir Christopher Meyer, the Times' chief leader writer Philip Collins and actress Elaine C Smith.

Join the debate by using the hashtag #TheAgenda and by following @agendaitv.

Ed Miliband joins The Agenda's live debate tonight

Ed Miliband will join Brian Cox, Katy Brand and Helena Morrissey on ITV's The Agenda Credit: PA

Labour leader Ed Miliband will delve into another live TV debate tonight on ITV's The Agenda, joining actor Brian Cox, actress and comedian Katy Brand and Helena Morrissey, the CEO of Newton Investment Management.

Presented by ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby, the show will be broadcast live on ITV at 10.40pm.

Join in the debate using the hashtag #TheAgenda and by following @agendaitv.

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Danny Alexander - Separate fridges 'the key to any good relationship'

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Separate fridges are the key to a good relationship, according to Danny Alexander. Especially when it comes to sharing a fridge with George Osborne it would seem.

On tonight's The Agenda, Mr Alexander comments on a recent story that the Chancellor locks the joint treasury fridge and reveals that there are in fact two fridges in the office.

Mr Alexander said: "Like any good relationship, the key to it is separate fridges so we each have our own fridge. I think there has always been one there. Damien McBride says the fridge was originally locked in Gordon Brown's time to stop him stealing Gordon Brown's mineral water."

He joked that rumours that the fridge was the warmest place in the treasury in Mr Brown's time in office were 'greatly exaggerated.'

Also joining Tom Bradby on tonight's The Agenda at 10.35pm are: JP Morgan chief market strategist and former BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, actor Charles Dance and Mail on Sunday columnist Amanda Platell.

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