Nick Wood's High Noon: Time to fire up the attack dogs (but Cameron must stay positive)
11.45am WATCH: The election debate in 15 seconds
10.15am WATCH: Gary Barlow's joint appearance with David Cameron
Harry Benson on CentreRight: "Gordon Brown's tax credits disincentivise
work. They discourage commitment . They encourage fraud. They
exaggerate earnings variations."
Election gallery: Francis Maude, an Audi and a new defector from the Liberal Democrats
The Conservatives are down to 34%, 33%, 31% and 31% in four overnight polls – ToryDiary
"Professor Colin Rallings of Plymouth University, the elections expert, said the Lib Dem surge was putting serious pressure on the Tories. “At this level of distribution of votes there is no situation where Lib Dem strength benefits the Tories. They would need to be topping 40% before they would benefit from the Lib Dem resurgence,” he said." – The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times: Mr Cameron's agreement to debates may have turned Britain into a three party state
"Mr Cameron perhaps believed what his spin doctors were telling him, that his style and debating flair would allow him to wipe the floor with his opponents — a tired prime minister and a lightweight minor party leader. It did not turn out like that and this could turn out to be the biggest political gaffe since Mr Brown’s failure to call an election three years ago… He needs to raise his game and win — win big — in the remaining two debates. Otherwise we really will be talking about a massive political miscalculation and a three-party state." – The Sunday Times leader
Cameron who has the scope and the ability to do better in the next two debates – John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday
The Sunday Express warns Cameron that attacking individual Nick Clegg policies misses his appeal
"Cameron is right to shed critical light on the Lib Dems, their devotion to the EU and their plans for taxation and defence, for example, but he must not ignore the fact that much of the support for Clegg has come despite Lib Dem pledges. Clegg says he wants change and that is a message that strikes home with floating voters and many of those disgusted by the expenses scandal." – Sunday Express
The News of the World lists the conflicting messages of different Liberal Democrat leaflets in different parts of the country.
Cameron writes an extended Op-Ed for The Observer about his big society idea
"The Big Society will take the welfare state into the 21st century, with public services tailored to the needs of their users. They will be cheaper to deliver, with waste and inefficiency driven out. And it gives us the chance to tackle the deepest social problems while bringing communities together. It might even restore people's trust in the political process. One day, we will look back in amazement at the idea that the state clung on to its data, ran a near monopoly for schools and was so flat-footed in the face of crime and poverty. It will seem as antiquated as the days when we had to wait months for a telephone line because there was a state-run phone company. So let's stop hanging around and get the people off the hook of state control." – David Cameron in The Observer
Police chiefs threaten to resign over Tory plan to make them democratically accountable
"Senior police officers have launched a ferocious attack on David Cameron's law and order plans, warning that they will corrupt the traditions of British policing and undermine public confidence in the justice system. Influential figures including Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, former Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair and the head of the Police Superintendents' Association (PSA) have condemned Cameron's plans for directly elected police chiefs, a move that reflects the Tories' desire to decentralise control to local communities." – Observer
Former charity leaders attack Conservative international aid policy – Observer
No immigrants means no NHS – Carole Cadwalladr in The Observer
77% of voters want Britain out of Afghanistan but all three parties support the campaign – Independent on Sunday
Growth of 0.4% in Q1 is expected to be announced this week – Sunday Express
"More than 225,000 public sector jobs cuts are quietly being forced through by councils, the NHS and police forces, despite Gordon Brown’s pledge to protect frontline services." – The Sunday Times
Former employee of John Prescott paid 'more than £50,000' of taxpayers' money to keep quiet – Sunday Telegraph
Mandelson is dominant in the Labour campaign – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday
Secret 7-page document details claims of bullying by Gordon Brown’s hardman Charlie Whelan – Mail on Sunday
An extract from Sarah Brown's election diary
"I don’t think I will ever forget the man at the Vauxhall factory who walked up to Gordon and said: “I owe you my job – you’ve helped us, now we want to help you.” – The Prime Minister's wife writing in The Sunday Mirror
And finally… Scottish minister Jim Murphy uses fake image of himself at anti-BNP rally
The Mail on Sunday has the full story.
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