With less than one week to go, David Dimbleby presented a Leaders’ special Question Time with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg last night. A poll released after yesterday’s televised debate from the Guardian/ICM signaled that Cameron had been victorious with 44% against Miliband’s 38%. Labour leader Miliband also hardened his opposition to a deal with the SNP, saying that he was “not going to have a Labour government if it means deals or coalitions with the SNP”.
With one week to go before the David Dimbleby presents a Leaders’ special Question Time with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg on BBC 1 at 20:00. Meanwhile The Liberal Democrats claim the Conservatives proposed to "slash" child benefit when in government.
The big news is the expectation that David Cameron is to announce that a Tory government will introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance before 2020. Meanwhile, Labour leader Ed Miliband said his meeting with comedian Russell Brand on Monday night has made the campaign "more interesting". Conservative leader David Cameron dismissed the move as a "joke".
Ed Miliband says Labour would exempt first time buyers in England and Wales from paying stamp duty on new homes below £300k, for three years if in power. Miliband went on to say “Houses should be lived in by families, not bought up by speculators” as he believes action is needed to combat falling home ownership in the UK.
In other political news, representatives of 5,000 small medium enterprises have signed a letter calling for the Tories to be “given the chance to finish what they started”. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said that even if her party won every seat in Scotland it would not be a mandate for another independence referendum.
Meanwhile, the results of the latest survey published by Lord Ashcroft Polls showed that David Cameron's Conservatives have extended their lead over the Labour Party to six points. Sterling hit a seven-week high against the Dollar shortly after the poll came out.