Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has been criticised by the Tories for his comments on our programme yesterday, in which he refused to rule out lowering the 40p tax rate threshold if Labour get into power.
According to the Daily Mail, Chancellor George Osborne described the comments as confirming "a tax assault on middle earners".
The paper reports a Labour spokesman describing the Conservative proposal as "completely unfunded", and saying the party's spending plans could lead to an increase in VAT and cuts to the NHS.
The Shadow Chancellor's original comments:
The classic tall ship Kaskelot has arrived in Plymouth for a 10-day visit during which she will be berthed in Sutton Harbour and open to the public. Built in Denmark in 1948, the ship was used to ferry supplies to remote settlements in Greenland.
Kaskelot was refitted two years ago and has appeared in many films and TV dramas, including A Respectable Trade, David Copperfield and Longitude.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital is on the brink of its highest alert little over a month after its last beds crisis. The hospital in Truro has told ITV News it is on "red alert, on standby for black" as it approaches the busy Easter weekend.
Black alert is the highest alert level, meaning the hospital is unable to provide enough beds for patients who need them
There will be no direct inter-city services from London Paddington to most parts of the West Country from Good Friday to Easter Monday. First Great Western is instead running services from Waterloo to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance. These will operate hourly on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and every two hours on Easter Sunday. Services from Paddington will run as far as Bristol Temple Meads, with a diversion to Banbury owing to engineering work at Reading. More details here.
The chief executive of the South Western Ambulance service is appealing to people to dial 999 as a last resort over the Easter holiday break. Ken Wenman speaks here to our reporter Richard Lawrence about the challenges he faces over the next few days.
Teething problems mean a new phone and pay system due to come into force today in parts of Somerset is not working.
The phone and pay app for smartphones was due to be operational in Taunton and Wellington. Somerset County Council says the company responsible is trying to fix it.
In the meantime motorists can call 01823 210302 to pay and this will also activate the app.
Anti-nuclear protestors have been staging a sit-down protest near Hinkley Point in Somerset. Campaigners from South-west Against Nuclear, Nuclear Free Bristol & Bristol CND say they're carrying out the action against plans to extend the operation of the ageing 'B' reactor.
Police are warning that metal stolen from a factory in Yeovil could pose a health risk to the public. They say a large quantity of cadmium was taken from South West Metal Finishing in Limber Road on Monday night.
The cadmium anode balls were removed from chemical trays. Anyone who comes into contact with them is advised not to touch them and should seek medical attention should they have done so.
Cadmium is carcinogenic. Low-level exposure can result in flu-like symptoms, but more extensive contact can cause lung and kidney disease. Detectives are hunting two suspects who were captured on CCTV around the time of the theft.