General Election 2015

The General Election is to be held on 7 May 2015 and promises to be the closest in years.

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Meet one of the country's strangest polling stations

The polls open today as the country has its say on who will be running the country.

One of the more unusual polling stations pressed into service is where the next MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge will be chosen - where voters can fill up on snacks, while they cast their vote:

Three million first time voters could prove key in election

More than three million young people across the UK will have their first opportunity to vote when the polls open tomorrow morning.

They could - if they all choose to - have a massive influence on the outcome of the election.

But what issues motivate them - and which of the parties have managed to win them over? Grace Melody-Gardner's been finding out - from a group of first-timer voters from our region.

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Election 2015: What matters to first time voters

More than three million young people across the UK will have their first opportunity to vote when the polls open on Thursday morning.

They could, if they all choose to use their vote, have a massive influence on the outcome of the election.

But what isssues motivate them - and which of the parties have managed to win them over? A group of first time voters from the Calendar region have been speaking to Grace Melody-Gardner:

Clegg refuses to make HS2 to Leeds a red line in any coalition deal

Nick Clegg has refused to make High Speed rail to Leeds a red line in any coalition deal.

In an interview with ITV Calendar, the Lib Dem leader said he supports the project, but would not add it to his list of conditions before entering another government. With just three days until the election, he said his party would do better than expected, and keep their seats in Yorkshire. Our Political Corresponent Paul Brand has this interview.

Labour criticisms 'ironic' Clegg claims

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Leeds today answering callers questions on the LBC Battle Bus.

Mr.Clegg hosts a weekly show on the radio station which is touring around the country. He fielded questions on a number of different topics, from the leader's debates to faith schools.

He said Labour's criticism of the Liberal Democrat's time in government was "ironic" as he claims his party has spent the time "cleaning up their mess".

It comes a day after Lord Ashcroft's latest poll revealed that he's trailing one point behind the Labour candidate in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

Adam Fowler reports:

Immigration: How it effects our region

One of the issues which is expected to determine how people vote is immigration.

There has been a marked rise in the number of people born abroad moving into our region.

Chris Kiddey's been talking to two women from eastern Europe who have settled locally- and also to those who have concerns that large scale immigration is having a detrimental effect on some communities:

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SNP 'extends hand of friendship' to Yorkshire

The SNP promised to 'extend a hand of friendship' to Yorkshire, as the party outlined its manifesto. Although we cannot vote for its candidates, the party could influence what happens here after the election.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would act in the interest of the whole of Britain. But her promise comes as a new poll for ITV News has found 59% of people don't want the SNP to have power in Westminster, with other parties claiming the nationalists would break up the UK. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

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