7.15pm ToryDiary update: Second poll of the evening has Conservatives 11% ahead
SamCam and MumCam are stars of Trevor McDonald meets David Cameron
"Turns out Samantha isn't super-posh like Dave. She calls dinner "supper", but she's more Emma Thompson posh than Princess Anne posh. And she does seem awfully nice. So does Dave, actually. And his mum. But before we get carried away cooing over the Cameron family album, let's not forget what this programme was really about. It opened and closed with footage of Cameron running. Running … now, might that be a metaphor for an election? "People want to know what the Conservative Party is about," Dave insisted. Still, he wasn't about to tell us just yet. In fact, I'm pretty sure I didn't hear a whisper of policy all evening. But hey, that's showbiz." – Tim Walker in The Independent
"Mary Cameron gave a Mothering Sunday interview in which she described how her experience as a magistrate had helped her to teach her son the difference between right and wrong. She also revealed that the young David was never short of an opinion even when he was only five – prompting friends to beg for him to 'shut up'." – Daily Mail
"Tory leader David Cameron last night hailed his disabled father as his hero – and said he had inherited his sense of optimism." – The Sun
In an age of complicated technical issues, voters are wise to put great store by a leader’s character – William Rees-Mogg in The Times
Melanie Phillips sees the deployment of waves as a debasement of politics – Daily Mail
Ken Clarke says Tories must win over more 'liberal voters'
"Ken Clarke, the shadow Business Secretary, said securing a clear majority would be a "tall order" for his party as the polls continued to close. "So many seats have to change hands," he said. "We have got to get through the glass ceiling by winning over more liberals."" – Independent
Clegg vows to maximise Liberal Democrat vote
"Nick Clegg today shrugged off the idea he would play the role of kingmaker in a hung parliament, telling the Liberal Democrats' pre-election conference that the party "could lead the next government" if it upped its share of the vote from one in four to one in three." – Guardian
The Telegraph quotes Nick Clegg's attack on Tory hung parliament warnings: ''David Cameron, George Osborne and Ken Clarke marched into the City of London the other day and declared that if voters didn't give them the result they want, the markets would tear the house down… 'It's a political version of the protection racket – do what we want, or else.''
ConservativeHome comment: "The Liberal Democrat leader is spending a lot of time attempting to reassure voters that Britain's finances will be safe in a hung parliament situation. With nearly twice as many voters wanting a clear majority for one party than wanting a minority or coalition government, he knows that fears of a hung parliament could end the hopes of many of his candidates in LibCon marginals."
In the Guardian, Fraser Nelson suggests that Nick Clegg would expect to be Home Secretary and Paddy Ashdown Defence Secretary in any LibCon coalition.
SAS hero Andy McNab last night backed the Conservatives in the General Election…
…and slammed Gordon Brown for "betraying" Britain's Armed Forces – The Sun
Darling expected to delay spending cuts until after election – Express
"Ed Balls is leading a Cabinet charge to step up Labour's 'class war'
by more than doubling the number of people hit by the new 50p tax rate
in this month's Budget. Cabinet sources say the Schools
Secretary and his wife, Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper, want
the threshold for the new 50p top rate of tax to be reduced from
£150,000 to £100,000." – Daily Mail
One in five burglars let off with a caution under Labour – Telegraph
Boris Johnson attacks Ed Balls' lack of support for Latin teaching – Telegraph
Alastair Campbell is playing the part of David Cameron as Brown rehearses for the TV debates – Times
UK equalities watchdog chief Trevor Phillips has been criticised by MPs – BBC
Sarkozy performs poorly in French local elections – Telegraph
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