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Cameron launches election campaign with swipes at Miliband

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pIn sign of things to come, the prime minister takes rare step amid the formalities of dissolving parliament to criticise the opposition leader/ppDavid Cameron has launched the general election campaign with a warning in Downing Street that the British people face a stark choice between a safe and secure future under the Tories or economic chaos under Labour./ppIn a sign that the Tories will run a highly personalised campaign against Ed Miliband, the prime minister took the rare step amid the formalities of the day to name check the Labour leader on three occasions on the Downing Street steps./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/30/david-cameron-launches-election-campaign-swipes-at-ed-miliband"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44efad95/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851025106/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efad95/sc/11/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Election 2015: Parliament formally dissolved as Cameron visits Queen – live

32 min 38 sec ago
pAs election season begins with the dissolution of parliament, join Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team for all the latest from the campaign trail/pullia href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/30/eu-referendum-will-play-havoc-with-business-ed-miliband-warns"EU referendum will play havoc with business, Ed Miliband warns/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2015/mar/30/election-2015-official-campaign-starts-as-parties-clash-over-eu-referendum-live#block-5518fad1e4b04783d0da018d"Nick Clegg refuses to rule out backing an in/ out EU referendum/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/29/tories-welfare-cuts-details-reveal-after-general-election"Tories may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/30/share-your-election-posters-leaflets-and-campaign-experiences"Share your election posters, leaflets and campaign experiences/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/30/a-z-britains-first-coalition-government"A-Z: Britain’s Tory-Lib Dem coalition government/a/li/ulp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T13:19:12.880+01:00"11.19pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAnd here’s a Guardian video of Nigel Farage promoting the Ukip pledge card./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T13:16:59.625+01:00"11.16pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere’s the Guardian video of Ed Miliband speaking at the launch of the Labour business manifesto earlier./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T13:10:53.156+01:00"11.10pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppITV has announced the order in which the seven leaders taking part in Thursday’s debate will stand.a href="http://order-order.com/2015/03/30/miliband-in-the-middle-cameron-on-the-far-right/" Guido Fawkes has helpfully mocked it up./a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T13:06:15.973+01:00"11.06pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/29/labours-election-hopes-raised-by-four-point-lead-over-tories-after-tv-leaders-debate"A YouGov poll yesterday may have identified a modest uptick in Ed Miliband’s ratings since the Paxman interviews,/a but the Tories are still convinced he’s a vote loser. That is the key thing we learnt from David Cameron’s statement./ppYou can choose [Cameron and the Conservatives] .../ppOr you can choose the economic chaos of Ed Miliband’s Britain — over pound;3000 in higher taxes for every working family to pay for more welfare and out of control spending. Debt will rise and jobs will be lost as a result. Ed Miliband pays lip service to working people while planning to hike taxes and increase debt./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:39:07.307+01:00"10.39pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere is the full text of strongDavid Cameron/strong’s statement outside Number 10. /ppThe ellipses (dots) are from the original text; Cameron likes using them in the text of his speeches to show him where he needs to pause. /ppI have just had an Audience with Her Majesty the Queen, following the dissolution of Parliament./ppThe General Election will be held on May 7th. Until that day I will be going to all four corners and all four nations of our United Kingdom, with one clear message. Together we are turning our country around ...... and for the sake of you, your family, and your children’s future ...... we have got to see this through./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:27:50.269+01:00"10.27pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppCameron says the world is uncertain. He will offer security./ppThe next prime minister will be him, or Ed Miliband./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:26:25.364+01:00"10.26pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppCameron says he wants to create more jobs, cut more jobs, build more homes, have better schools and provide dignity and security for the elderly./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:25:49.607+01:00"10.25pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongDavid Cameron/strong says he has just had an audience with the Queen. The election will be on 7 May. Between now and then he will go to all four corners of the country with one message: we are turning the country around, and we must see that through./ppFive years ago “Britain was on the brink”./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:24:05.005+01:00"10.24pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppDavid Cameron is about to speak outside Number 10./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:20:00.618+01:00"10.20pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAnd David Cameron has just got into his car to leave Buckingham Palace./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:19:19.623+01:00"10.19pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppNick Clegg has just arrived at Buckingham Palace. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:18:02.282+01:00"10.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongGordon Brown/strong has been speaking at a Scottish Labour. My colleague Libby Brooks has the highlights./ppGordon Brown tells a href="https://twitter.com/scottishlabour"@scottishlabour/a audience that it's first time for a while he's in campaign not as a candidate but as a volunteer a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash"#GE2015/a/ppGordon Brown: while others want to talk coalitions, we will spend our time discussing w ppl what really matters a href="http://t.co/VqDNyS61qX"pic.twitter.com/VqDNyS61qX/a/ppGordon Brown pledges pound;800 million more to Scotland if Labour elected: and shows his working a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash"#GE2015/a/ppGordon Brown says SNP have signed up to zero additional spending 2015-16: quot;this is the Tory/SNP sell-out of the people of Scotlandquot;/ppGordon Brown: only in the last day have the SNP accepted that they have to follow Labour in raising top rate of tax/ppGordon Brown: let us make this the social justice election amp; tell ppl Labour is party of fairness not the SNP a href="http://t.co/XzQlmRBeh9"pic.twitter.com/XzQlmRBeh9/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:14:58.321+01:00"10.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt looks like there could be a hold-up for Nick Clegg at Buckingham Palace./ppSo a href="https://twitter.com/adamboultonSKY"@adamboultonSKY/a has pointed out that the DPM a href="https://twitter.com/nick_clegg"@nick_clegg/a is in the car on the way to see HMT, and a href="https://twitter.com/David_Cameron"@David_Cameron/a hasn't left yet.../pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:12:53.551+01:00"10.12pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppFrom the Queen to Heat magazine ... you can tell there’s an election on./ppPrime Minister a href="https://twitter.com/David_Cameron"@David_Cameron/a takes on his toughest interview yet - the a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PMDoesHeat?src=hash"#PMDoesHeat/a, out tomorrow! a href="https://t.co/GQc3hmiLAw"https://t.co/GQc3hmiLAw/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:07:29.670+01:00"10.07pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIn Scotland the Conservatives have been launching their election campaign. My colleague Severin Carrell has sent me this./ppThe Scottish Tory leader strongRuth Davidson/strong has launched her party’s election campaign by making an explicit appeal to centreground Scottish voters, insisting her party was the champion of the family in tough times, “the little guy” and the jobless./ppAccusing her critics and opponents of peddling “utter nonsense” about their record: “I’m going to take the fight to our opponents in this campaign. I’m not prepared to see our record trashed by half truths and lazy assertion.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:06:28.336+01:00"10.06pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: Some of the firms quoted in your FT advert, Siemens, Kellogg’s and Nomura, are unhappy about being quoted by you./em/ppMiliband says Labour has just quoted what they said in public./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T12:00:01.772+01:00"10.00pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppBack at the Labour launch, Ed Miliband is now taking media questions./ppemQ: Is there any limit to the amount of money you would borrow to invest? If so, what is it?/em/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:52:28.227+01:00"9.52pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppDavid Cameron is leaving Number 10 now to go to see the Queen./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:50:06.183+01:00"9.50pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: What would you do to promote financial inclusion?/em/ppMiliband says this is really important. It is a great injustice that the poorest people in society pay the most for credit, and for energy too. Credit unions have a big role to play./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:45:31.703+01:00"9.45pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: What do you think about quotas for women on FTSE 100 boards?/em/ppChuka Umunna says he would prefer to take a voluntary approach. But, if there is no progress, he won’t rule out a more proscriptive approach./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:40:46.396+01:00"9.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: Will you keep the equity part of Help to Buy?/em/ppstrongEd Balls/strong, the shadow chancellor, says the new build part of Help to Buy has been valuable. The other aspects have been improved, but he would not want them to become permanent. Help to Buy does not address the supply side problems. But, where Help to Buy helps promote the building of new homes, Labour will keep it. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:37:05.971+01:00"9.37pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppEd Miliband is now taking questions./ppemQ: You say there will be no referendum without a plan to transfer powers to Brussels. Why have an in/out referendum in that case? Why not just have a referendum on the new powers (ie, a referendum on the status quo, versus the new proposal, not an in/out referendum)./em/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:30:40.747+01:00"9.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMiliband is now talking about Europe. He says Conservative plans represent “a clear and present danger to British jobs, British business, British families and British prosperity”./ppOur long term future lies inside, not outside, the European Union./ppThere could be nothing worse for our country or for our great exporting businesses than playing political games with our membership of the EU./pp[Cameron] came to power promising to stop his party “banging on about Europe”./pp Now if he carries on this way, he’ll have us inside the European Union banging on the door to leave./pp Or even worse, outside the European Union, banging on the door to be let back in./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:26:44.030+01:00"9.26pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere is the text of Miliband’s speech./ppEd Miliband speech launching Labour’s Business Manifesto: a href="http://t.co/dlsgWdIiGL"http://t.co/dlsgWdIiGL/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:25:07.282+01:00"9.25pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMiliband says he wants to close the productivity gap with the rest of the world./ppFor every hour worked, a British worker produces 20% less than a worker in a competitor county. The productivity gap is at its highest for a quarter of a century, he says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:21:12.642+01:00"9.21pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongEd Miliband/strong is speaking at the Labour business manifesto launch now./ppHe says his plan is based on the idea that Britain will only succeed when every worker succeeds./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:18:20.609+01:00"9.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppUkip seems to be cleansing its website. My colleague strongRowena Mason/strong has sent me this. /ppUkip seem to have removed an entire page of policies from a href="http://www.ukip.org/issues"its website/a. It is the list that contains the idea of making immigrants and their dependants have private education for the first five years after entry, a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/15/farage-backs-five-year-state-school-ban-uk-immigrants."which was backed by Nigel Farage a couple of weeks ago/a./ppIt is not clear yet whether the “What We Stand For” document has met the same fate as Ukip’s 2010 manifesto papers, which disappeared from its website a couple of years ago. These went missing after Farage was questioned about some of the more bizarre ideas - such as enforcing proper dress in the theatre and making the Circle line circle again - which led him to dismiss the whole lot as nonsense and drivel./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:14:27.226+01:00"9.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppWe’re asking readers to share their experience of campaigning: doorstepping, leaflets etc. You can find more details here. /ppOpen contributions: a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/30/share-your-election-posters-leaflets-and-campaign-experiences"Share your election posters, leaflets and campaign experiences/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:12:28.448+01:00"9.12pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppEd Miliband is about to launch Labour’s business manifesto./ppHe is speaking at the Bloomberg HQ in London. a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/live/stream"Bloomberg has a live feed. /a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T11:05:36.245+01:00"9.05pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongNigel Farage/strong, the Ukip leader, was on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning. /ppOn the a href="https://twitter.com/GMB"@GMB/a couch this morning talking elections, a referendum, and the first day of the short campaign.. a href="http://t.co/9s1OVKJD3Q"pic.twitter.com/9s1OVKJD3Q/a/ppI’m a straight-talking person, I’m honest - Ukip are not going to win the general election. But you know what? No-one is going to win the general election. There will be nobody with a clear majority. The question is what parties will have enough power to coalesce around the other parties./ppWe have dipped a little bit over the last two months, but not markedly. What we have just passed through is the phoney war. The real battle starts today./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:55:34.993+01:00"8.55pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Queen has got the pleasure audiences with both David Cameron emand /emNick Clegg today. You can’t complain that she doesn’t earn her allowance./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:37:50.660+01:00"8.37pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppITV has also released a ComRes poll for London. According to ITV, a href="http://www.itv.com/news/london/2015-03-30/big-labour-gains-forecast-for-london/"it suggests six Conservative seats could fall to Labour./a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:28:26.790+01:00"8.28pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAnd in Scotland the Greens have actually launched their manifesto. My colleaguestrong Severin Carrell/strong has sent me details./ppThe Scottish Green party has made itself the first in the Scottish election contest to launch its manifesto, choosing the aptly-named Serenity cafe in Edinburgh to argue for a pound;10 minimum wage, a new land tax to replace council tax, a ban fracking, a cap on corporate pay and renationalisation of the railways./ppThe Scottish Greens have seen their membership soar to over 8,500 on the back of their support for a yes vote in last September’s Scottish independence referendum, and are standing a record 31 general election candidates./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:25:59.489+01:00"8.25pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongNatalie Bennett/strong, the Green party leader, launched her party’s election campaign today a href="https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2015/03/30/the-campaign-begins-greens-offer-a-message-of-hope/"saying the Greens would represent people “sick of business-as-usual politics”. /aShe said:/ppThis general election is the closest in a generation. It’s clear that people are sick of business-as-usual politics, and desperate for change. The Green party represents a real alternative to the politics and economics espoused by establishment politicians for decades. /ppOver the next few weeks Green candidates up and down the country will be sharing our message of hope. We’ll be the only party offering changes that genuinely reconfigure our economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top. We’re the only ones demanding a genuinely public NHS - free from profit-making companies. And, of course, we promise the bold steps required to tackle the looming climate crisis./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:21:31.066+01:00"8.21pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere are 38 days to go until the election. Here is today’s “election fact” from the Press Association./ppAhead of the 1950 general election the Liberal party made up for its lack of political pulling power with shrewd financial acumen. Liberals paid pound;5,000 to insure themselves with Lloyds of London. Under the agreed package they would be paid for all lost deposits after the first 50 up to 250. They actually lost 319 with 475 candidates and just nine MPs returned. This election left its mark on the party, which did not get back to contesting more than half the seats until 1974. In 1950 candidates polling less than 12.5% would lose their 150 deposit compared with 5% today with a 500 deposit. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T10:16:08.274+01:00"8.16pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere is also a separate Wales poll out today. It was carried out by YouGov for ITV. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:50:30.829+01:00"7.50pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppKen Livingstone was taking part in a (rather good) panel discussion with strongPaddy Ashdown/strong and Michael Howard. Ashdown said that the SNP were coming to Westminster to “burn” it down./ppThe SNP has got one aim. They’re not coming south to help Westminster work, they’re coming south ... to burn Westminster down and to make the thing dysfunctional. I watched it happen in the Balkans, by the way. You first of all make it dysfunctional and then you have a case for breaking away./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:43:24.378+01:00"7.43pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongKen Livingstone/strong, the Labour former mayor of London, told BBC News earlier that, after the election, pressure for proportional representation would become “irresistible”./ppAfter this election the pressure for proportional representation is going to be irresistible. It’s completely wrong that you might get a few million people voting for Ukip or the Greens and they only get one or two seats in parliament. You need a fairer voting system./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:33:36.691+01:00"7.33pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere are some more details from the ComRes poll released overnight. As Claire and Alberto have already pointed out, the Tory bounce that it seems to have detected since the Paxman showdown on Thursday is the opposite of a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/29/labours-election-hopes-raised-by-four-point-lead-over-tories-after-tv-leaders-debate"what the YouGov poll in the Sunday Times picked up./a/ppConservatives lead by 4 points as Miliband sees no Paxo bounce - our new poll for a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews"@itvnews/a / a href="https://twitter.com/DailyMailUK"@DailyMailUK/a a href="http://t.co/hdzTJPbFi6"pic.twitter.com/hdzTJPbFi6/a/ppCameron leads as quot;strongquot; amp; quot;good on TVquot;, Miliband on quot;genuinequot; and quot;understands real worldquot; a href="https://twitter.com/DailyMailUK"@dailymailUK/a / a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews"@itvnews/a a href="http://t.co/bQtDCAxgLz"pic.twitter.com/bQtDCAxgLz/a/ppPre amp; post Paxman interviews, public choose who they prefer as PM in our new a href="https://twitter.com/ComResPolls"@ComResPolls/a / a href="https://twitter.com/DailyMailUK"@dailymailUK/a / a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews"@itvnews/a a href="http://t.co/UtUhj2xJ5c"pic.twitter.com/UtUhj2xJ5c/a/ppNew a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews"@ITVNews/a / a href="https://twitter.com/DailyMailUK"@DailyMailUK/a poll: Conservative/Lib Dem coalition preferred to Labour/SNP coalition a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash"#GE2015/a a href="http://t.co/pA4qBhr0zu"pic.twitter.com/pA4qBhr0zu/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:21:53.298+01:00"7.21pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:14:51.159+01:00"7.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongJim Murphy/strong, the Scottish Labour leader, has been on Good Morning Scotland in the first of their leaders’ interviews to launch their election campaign coverage, my colleague strongLibby Brooks/strong reports./ppMurphy told listeners: ‘A lot of people in Scotland are still thinking about last year’s disagreement in the referendum and the nearer we get to polling day the more people will be thinking about the choice we face this year, which is whether we want a Labour government or a Tory government.’ /ppAsked about the devastating polls that have been consistently predicting an SNP landslide at the expense of Labour, he said: ‘I’ve been pretty clear. These are really awful opinion polls for the Scottish Labour party. If these polls are reported on election day, of course Labour will lose seats and the SNP will gain seats and they’ll be pretty pleased. But the person who will be most pleased is David Cameron because in election after election the biggest party has got to form the government. If the SNP takes seats from Labour it reduces the changes of Labour winning a majority or being the biggest party. David Cameron will end up being an accidental prime minister, re-elected by Scotland by accident. That’s the last thing that Scotland needs.’/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T09:08:21.118+01:00"7.08pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere are the key points from Nick Clegg’s Today interview./ppWeasel words of Fib Dem Clegg on Europe referendum. Preparing to capitulate to Tories and give them another coalition a href="https://twitter.com/BBCr4today"@BBCr4today/a/ppNick Clegg on a href="https://twitter.com/BBCr4today"@BBCr4today/a equivocating on his position on an EU referendum./ppI’m absolutely convinced that, as long as no government in the future tampers with those basic policies, we will see a real shift towards fairness and greater social mobility in the years ahead./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:23:36.344+01:00"6.23pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: Do you want to be in the challengers’ debate?/em/ppYes, says Clegg./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:22:23.917+01:00"6.22pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: Why won’t you have a TV debate with the other candidates in your constituency?/em/ppClegg says he attended a hustings in the constituency last week./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:21:00.363+01:00"6.21pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: a href="http://www.demos.co.uk/blog/mindthegap2015"Demos is suggesting the pupil premium is not working/a. The attainment gap between poor and rich pupils is getting bigger./em/ppClegg says he has not seen the Demos research. He says government figures suggest the opposite. The pupil premium has been a success, he says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:19:07.229+01:00"6.19pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppemQ: You have said you would raise pound;6bn from higher taxes. Where would that come from?/em/ppClegg says the full details will be in the manifesto. The party has already set out some ideas including: a higher property tax; aligning taxes on dividends with taxes on earnings for higher rate tax payers; cutting relief on capital gains tax; ending the “shares for rights” tax breaks; and ending tax breaks for marriage, or the “unmarried couples tax penalty”, as Clegg calls it./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:15:05.696+01:00"6.15pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppJustin Webb is interviewing strongNick Clegg./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:09:44.994+01:00"6.09pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppI'll be on a href="https://twitter.com/BBCr4today"@BBCr4today/a now talking about start of the gen election and how a href="https://twitter.com/LibDems"@LibDems/a are offering a stronger economy and a fairer society./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T08:06:41.505+01:00"6.06pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppGood morning. I’m taking over now from Claire./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T07:58:20.989+01:00"5.58pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongNick Robinson/strong, the BBC’s political editor, who has been off the campaign trail following surgery to remove a tumour, is on the mend, a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2015-32106884"he says in a blog this morning/a:/ppThe operation to remove a carcinoid tumour from my lung was a complete success. I am now beginning a course of chemotherapy to try to stop the cancer even daring to think of returning. I’m also working to restore the strength of my voice after the op./ppMany thanks to all the doctors and nurses who have been, and are, looking after me – particularly at the Royal Brompton and Royal Free hospitals. Heartfelt thanks too to the many people who have been in touch with their good wishes./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T07:48:11.849+01:00"5.48pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore from strongChuka Umunna/strong on the Today programme; this time on the issue of private profit in the NHS. a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/27/ed-miliband-vows-labour-would-cap-profits-of-private-health-companies"Labour last week said it would introduce a profit cap of 5% on private providers working in the health service./a/ppUmunna said his party was “absolutely not” suspicious of private companies in general:br //ppMost of your listeners … don’t see the NHS as a business./ppAll we’ve sought to do … is to make sure you do not see a treasured national institution exploited by private providers./ppOur aim … is to balance the books … strongT/strongstronghere will be no commitments in our manifesto that involve additional borrowing./strong/ppBy the end of the next parliament, we will get the current budget into balance./ppYou’re asking me to tell you what will be in the budget in 2019. I can’t tell you that./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T07:40:12.284+01:00"5.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongChuka Umunna/strong, Labour’s shadow business secretary, has just been interviewed on the Today programme./ppIf you look at FTSE100 companies … what they’re interested in doing is business, and what’s import for businesses is our continuing membership of the European Union./ppI’ve no idea – I’ve not spoken to him [Allam]; I’ve not met him./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T07:34:46.432+01:00"5.34pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppTalking of polls … here’s an unscientific survey for the BBC by Ipsos Mori asking people which three words or phrases spring to mind when thinking about the forthcoming campaign./ppI’m intrigued by the people who said “intrigued”./ppWhich three words sum up how people feel about a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GE2015?src=hash"#GE2015/a campaign? Ipsos MORI asked a BBC online community of voters: a href="http://t.co/wgzLuXcePz"pic.twitter.com/wgzLuXcePz/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-03-30T07:01:07.783+01:00"5.01pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppYou could be forgiven for thinking that the general election campaign was already well underway, but no: today is day 1. All the rest was just a warm-up./ppWhen parliament is dissolved the role of MP ceases to exist until the election of a new House of Commons at the general election. /ppOfficially no one has an MP from dissolution until the result of the election is known. MPs who are hoping to be re-elected will often keep in touch with their former constituents, although they cannot do this in any official capacity. Members who are not standing for re-election are not able to honour commitments made to their constituents when they were an MP./ppIf Labour fails to make that commitment, the only conclusion people will draw is that Labour would rather have the Tories back in power than work with the SNP. And that will be the final nail in the coffin of Scottish Labour.br //ppThis shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all a href="http://t.co/4xslD22Gcm"pic.twitter.com/4xslD22Gcm/a/ppAHHHH COMRES HAS TORIES 4 POINT AHEAD. CAMERON WON THE DEBATES!!! Wait.... (lesson: stop reading into one poll)/ppIn the end, though, the SNP agenda is subtler and more insidious. What do they really want? It’s there in the title. They want a new nation; they want independence. And to that end they will surely spend their time in government in a constant effort tostrong /strongtease, bait, goad and generally wind up the English until the patience snaps. br //ppThe Conservative party has a good story to tell on economic recovery and it has a seriousness of purpose in seeking to eradicate the deficit that is not matched by its opponents but it can sound, at times, as if balancing the books is Mr Cameron’s sole claim to office. What, we wonder, does he want to balance the books for? What is the future beyond sensible housekeeping? /ppThey’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain. br //ppa href="https://twitter.com/glittercrisis"@glittercrisis/a before you spend any more time on this, Electoral Commission has decreed we can still use MP in Twitter names this time/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2015/mar/30/election-2015-official-campaign-starts-as-parties-clash-over-eu-referendum-live"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851009787/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ec5f98/sc/7/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Calais mayor blames UK's approach to Europe for migrants gathering in town

37 min 16 sec ago
pNatacha Bouchart claims Britain refuses to take responsibility for problems caused by migrants in the French channel port/ppBritain’s half-hearted approach to Europe has been blamed by the mayor of Calais for the thousands of migrants who gather in the town trying to cross the Channel./ppNatacha Bouchart has claimed that Britain refuses to take any responsibility for the problems caused by migrants in the French channel port./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/30/calais-mayor-blames-uk-approach-europe-migrants"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44efa992/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851024495/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44efa992/sc/11/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Chief pilot defends civilian search and rescue service

46 min 23 sec ago
pCapt Liz Forsyth insists private company Bristow will carry on ethos of RAF and Royal Navy service being phased out across the UK/pp A civilian helicopter search and rescue service going live this week will be just as good as the UK’s renowned military version, its chief pilot insists./ppFrom Wednesday, a href="http://%20http//bristowsar.com/index.php/uk-search-and-rescue/" private company Bristow /awill carry out search and rescue (SAR) operations in the north-east of England and northern Scotland, and over the next two years the RAF and Royal Navy service will be phased out completely across the UK. /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/mar/26/uk-search-and-rescue-bristow"British search and rescue services to be run by US company/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/30/pilot-defends-civilian-search-rescue-service-bristow"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851024182/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2ea0/sc/28/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Parents! Focus less on worrying about Minecraft and more on understanding it

50 min 2 sec ago
pMillions of kids are obsessed with Mojang’s crafting game, but understanding it rather than fearing it is a good first step for parents/ppA lot of people are getting hot under the collar about the BBC’s article on Minecraft, children and parenting, written by journalist Jolyon Jenkins./ppa href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32051153"Should parents ever worry about Minecraft?/a asks whether Minecraft is entirely healthy for kids, from addiction and lessening interest in the real world through to the prospect of “children being digitally mugged” by other players./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/08/minecraft-movies-youtube-mojang-licensing"Minecraft movie will be 'large-budget' but unlikely to arrive before 2017/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/24/minecraft-youtube-videos-mojang-views"Minecraft YouTube videos have been watched 47bn times/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/29/schools-parents-police-children-18-rated-games"Headteachers ​threaten to contact police over children playing 18-rated games/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/minecraft-creator-notch-will-always-be-a-hero-to-me-he-gave-my-autistic-son-a-voice"Minecraft's creator will always be a hero to me, he gave my autistic son a voice/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/30/parents-worry-about-children-minecraft"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44efa98c/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Half of child refugees from Syria out of education, report finds

54 min 49 sec ago
pSave the Children report finds many children attend informal tent schools, while average enrolment in battle-scarred Aleppo is 6%/ppKarim has not been to school in over two years. Instead he chops wood to help his family survive./pp“I can’t go to school as my family needs to eat so I work with my father and my brother instead,” the 11-year-old, who lives in a camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border, told human rights workers. “The axe is very heavy.”/pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/mar/12/young-syrian-refugees-give-up-education-jordan-work"Young Syrian refugees give up hopes of education in Jordan | Sam Jones/a /ppIn Lebanon, one out of every four residents is a Syrian who fled the war/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/30/half-of-child-refugees-from-syria-out-of-education-report-save-the-children"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef32cb/sc/31/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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We millennials lack a roadmap to adulthood

58 min 30 sec ago
pMy parents and grandparents knew just what kind of adult they should be at 25. I don’t - but it’s not my fault/ppLife is often referred to as a “highway”, to borrow from Tom Cochrane, and for my generation that hasn’t changed. /pp“Adulthood today lacks a well-defined roadmap”, writes Steven Mintz, in his forthcoming book The Prime of Life. “Today, individuals must define or negotiate their roles and relationships without clear rules or precedents to follow”./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/30/we-millennials-lack-a-roadmap-to-adulthood"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851023734/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eb1/sc/7/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Cannes 2015: 30 films we'd like to see

59 min 57 sec ago
pThe first films for this year’s festival are being announced: ahead of the deluge, here’s a selection of likely titles we predict will be screening/ppLast week, the exciting news came through that a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/25/fest-and-furious-mad-max-reboot-to-premiere-at-cannes"Mad Max: Fury Road is to premiere at this year’s Cannes/a. Excitement tempered only by the caveats that a) it’d screen out of competition and b) the day before its worldwide release. /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/24/oscars-2016-and-next-years-awards-will-go-to-"Oscars 2016: and next year's awards will go to …/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/06/2015-key-movies-films-year-ahead"The 88 movies we're most excited about in 2015/a /ppLove in Khon Kaen/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/mar/30/cannes-film-festival-2015-predictions-hopes"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef31ae/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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London taxi driver jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting female passengers

1 hour 3 min ago
pBlack-cab driver David Perry, 52, tried to rape one victim who had fallen asleep in his taxi and sexually assaulted another/ppA black-cab driver who sexually assaulted two young women who had fallen asleep in his taxi after nights out has been jailed for 10 years./ppDavid Perry, 52, attempted to rape his first victim and sexually assaulted the second after climbing into the back of his cab and removing the women’s clothing while they slept, in separate attacks some 16 months apart./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/30/london-taxi-driver-jailed-for-10-years-for-sexually-assaulting-female-passengers"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef64f9/sc/16/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Spock doc: Leonard Nimoy's son to direct film about Star Trek character

1 hour 8 min ago
pAnnounced a month after the actor’s death, Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam is to line up the documentary For the Love of Spock to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first appearance on TV/ppStar Trek fans mourning the death of Leonard Nimoy last month can take some solace from the news that the actor’s son, Adam Nimoy, is planning a documentary about his father’s life./ppFor the Love of Spock will focus on the character that defined Nimoy’s career: Spock, the half-alien, half-human officer whose cooly philosophical outlook helped shape the moral code of the Starship Enterprise. The father and son team were working on the idea in the months before Nimoy’s death, and its proposed release next year will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television show, which began on 8 September, 1966./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/30/leonard-nimoy-son-star-trek-for-the-love-of-spock"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851023732/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef2eaa/sc/28/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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UK weather warnings – gales, rain and snow for Easter holiday

1 hour 12 min ago
pMet Office warns weather this week could cause disruption across the country, but will improve slightly in time for Easter weekend/ppThe Met Office has issued weather warnings for the beginning of the Easter holidays, with gales, rain and snow forecast to bring disruption. /ppa href="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=warningsamp;map=Warningsamp;zoom=5amp;lon=-3.50amp;lat=55.50amp;fcTime=1427670000amp;regionName=uk"A yellow “be aware” warning has been issued, with gales of 50mph to 60mph/a, and up to 70mph in exposed locations, forecast across many parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, England and Wales on Monday evening and night./ppIt’s not going to be glorious sunshine and mild temperatures, it’s going to be pretty average./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/30/met-office-weather-warning-gales-rain-snow-easter"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef6275/sc/14/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224850790990/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6275/sc/14/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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James Bond crew investigated over 'rampage' on flight

1 hour 20 min ago
pSpectre crew members probed by FAA for drunken incident on board plane to Mexico to shoot ‘biggest ever opening’ for a Bond movie/ppMembers of a James Bond film crew triggered an international air alert after going on a drunken rampage during a private flight to Mexico, according to the a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3016327/Skybrawl-British-crew-new-Bond-film-drunken-riot-private-plane-trigger-international-air-safety-alert.html"Mail on Sunday/a./ppAround 150 Spectre stunt men, camera crew and technical workers were on board the chartered Airbus A330 travelling from Stansted to Mexico City for the shooting of an ambitious opening scene based on the annual Day of the Dead festival. The US Federal Aviation Administration is now reportedly investigating claims passengers vomited and urinated in the aisles, smoked cigarettes, abused crew members and even removed a pin securing one of the cabin doors while close to American air space. The latter incident, if confirmed, is said to have conceivably put the lives of everyone on board in danger, as well as those travelling in other planes in a similar location./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/mar/28/spectre-teaser-trailer-five-things-we-learned-about-the-new-james-bond"Spectre teaser trailer: five things we learned about the new James Bond/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/30/james-bond-crew-investigated-over-rampage-on-flight"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2ea6/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Mortgage approvals rise as rates continue to fall

1 hour 22 min ago
pThe receding likelihood of a base rate rise in 2015 has a sparked a price war between banks and building societies/ppThe number of mortgages take out for house purchases and remortgages increased in February, figures from the Bank of England showed, as rates continued to fall and lenders got to grips with affordability rules./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2015/mar/28/ignore-experts-split-mortgage-two-ways"Ignore the ‘experts’ and split your mortgage two ways/a /ppEarly signs that banks are seeking to raise mortgage availability are likely to continue/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/mar/30/mortgage-approvals-rise-rates-fall"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2bf4/sc/24/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Social media is protecting men from periods, breast milk and body hair

1 hour 28 min ago
pInstagram took down a photo by artist Rupi Kaur that showed a small amount of her menstrual blood. When will society accept women’s bodies? /ppThere’s a predictable social media formula for what women’s pictures online should look like. Breasts in barely-there bikinis are good (thumbs-up emoji, even), but a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/22/facebook-standards-beheading-breastfeeding-social-networking"breasts with babies attached them are questionable/a. Women wearing next to nothing is commonplace, but if you’re over a size 10 youra href="http://jezebel.com/instagram-apologizes-for-deleting-plus-size-womans-acco-1605831194" account may be banned./a Close-up shots of women’s asses and hardly-covered vaginas are fine, so long as said body parts a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/23/women-visible-pubic-hair-shocking-censored"are hairless/a./ppAnd now, in a controversy that once again brings together technology, art, feminism and sex, a href="http://feministing.com/2015/03/27/instagram-bans-photos-for-showing-menstruation/"Instagram is under fire/a for removing a self-portrait from artist Rupi Kaur that showed a small amount of her menstrual blood. Apparently having a period violates the site’s Terms of Service. /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/30/social-media-protecting-men-periods-breast-milk-body-hair"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224851021418/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/44ef6e27/sc/19/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Why eletronic voting isn't secure – but may be safe enough

1 hour 31 min ago
pWe bank online, so why can’t we vote online? There’s good reason, argue security experts/ppWe do everything online – book doctors’ appointments, manage our bank accounts and find dates – but we still can’t yet vote from our PCs or smartphones./ppBy 2020 that should be set to change, with a government report calling for online voting to be trialled again by that year. But critics continue to call for caution, saying electronic voting isn’t secure enough to trust for the basis of our democracy – and may never be./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/26/john-bercow-online-voting-2020-general-election"John Bercow calls for online voting in 2020 general election/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/26/uk-e-voting-elections-electoral-commission-voters"UK should consider e-voting, elections watchdog urges/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/21/pirate-party-online-voting-4chan-government"Pirate party founder: 'Online voting? Would you want 4chan to decide your government?'/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/30/why-electronic-voting-is-not-secure"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef6e23/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Top 12 chocolate-free Easter gifts

1 hour 33 min ago
pFrom Beatrix Potter biscuits to the ultimate hamper, here are some fantastic alternatives to Easter eggsbr/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2015/mar/30/top-12-chocolate-free-easter-gifts"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2bed/sc/26/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Former West Ham player Jack Collison still chasing his footballing dream

1 hour 35 min ago
Injuries have badly disrupted the Wales midfielder’s career but he is determined to find another club despite being released by Ipswich Town in DecemberpJack Collison is reminiscing about the start of his obsession with football. He remembers that he always had a ball at his feet, whether he was going to the shops or to the park, and that he would dribble around the cushions at home, pretending he was Paul Scholes./ppChelsea were his team and he idolised Gianfranco Zola. “I was that kid playing football 24/7, whether it was volleying a ball against my mum’s walls or knocking her vases over,” Collison says. “I put a golf ball through the front window once.”/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/mar/30/jack-collinson-west-ham-wales"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2a24/sc/35/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Jamie Oliver's new hair AKA the undercut bob

1 hour 41 min ago
pForget food. The cheeky chef is shaping up to be a tonsorial trendsetter/ppWhen Zayn Malik left One Direction, the men’s hairstyling industry wept. The 22-year-old had become pop culture’s pre-eminent tonsorial pioneer, ricocheting from man bun to a href="https://twitter.com/VersoBooks/status/581026381577871360"young Stalin bouffant /ato a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/26/zayn-malik-best-menswear-moments-one-direction"Alex Turner quiff/a with ease. While we await Malik’s next move, an unexpected successor has emerged: Jamie Oliver, whose new do – the “undercut bob” – is at the cutting edge of fashion. Equal parts floppy 1990s boyband fringe, buzzcut and Brylcreem, this is a directional look that may seem at odds with Oliver’s cheeky, checked shirt-wearing image. /ppActually, from an indie boy shag in his Naked Chef days, to recent dabbles with a mullet, Oliver has often subtly experimented with his hair over the years. The fact that this cut has also been worn by Miley Cyrus and a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/27/scarlett-johansson-there-is-nothing-strange-or-creepy-about-john-travolta"Scarlett Johansson/a, and so taps into the a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/09/unisex-trend-menswear-gender"unisex/a trend, suggests he – or his barber – knows his style onions./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/30/jamie-olivers-new-hair-aka-the-undercut-bob"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef23bb/sc/26/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

1 hour 43 min ago
pstrongExclusive:/strong Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers, stymied by American regulation, are now developing their unmanned domestic delivery service/pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/24/amazon-congress-delivery-drone-faa-regulation"Amazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business/a /ppAmazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/24/amazon-congress-delivery-drone-faa-regulation"repeated warnings/a by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology./ppAmazon will will result in other large American companies like Google and Facebook looking at our market as well/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/30/amazon-tests-drones-secret-site-canada-us-faa"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef7174/sc/31/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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MoD accused of refusing former detainee Yunus Rahmatullah justice

1 hour 47 min ago
pMoD refuses to give undertaking not to take advantage of any intercepts between Rahmatullah and his lawyers, saying it is unnecessary/ppThe government has refused to give an undertaking not to take advantage of any intercepted communications between a former detainee, who is suing the Ministry of Defence, and his lawyers./ppThe dispute between Yunus Rahmatullah and the MoD is the latest to become entangled in concerns over the legality of intelligence services’ interception of legally privileged conversations./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/mar/16/legal-privilege-conflicting-interests-gchq-ipt-investigatory-powers-tribunal"Legal privilege and the conflicting interests of GCHQ and the IPT/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/13/government-trying-keep-secret-spy-agencies-unlawful-conduct-ipt"Government trying to keep secret spy agencies' unlawful conduct, tribunal hears/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/30/ministry-of-defence-accused-refusing-former-detainee-yunus-rahmatullah-justice"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44ef2e9e/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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