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Indyfrontapril21j.JPG 10pm LeftWatch: Brown is no longer hiding the fact that he wants to create an anti-Tory alliance with Nick Clegg >>

10pm ToryDiary update: ComRes puts Tories 9% AHEAD

9pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: Push Labour down to the low 20s and the Conservatives can still win

8pm ToryDiary update: Liberal Democrats 3% ahead of Tories

8pm Tea with Pickles: Another day, another mess

7.15pm ToryDiary update: Tories 1% ahead of LibDems in Populus/Times survey

6.30pm ToryDiary: Another pollster puts LibDems in lead

6pm Local government: The battle for Birmingham

5.15pm ToryDiary: Electoral Commission ordered by courts to stop independent use of old Tory torch

4pm Election gallery: New photograph of Cameron on the stump, Samantha Cameron at a Tickets for Troops fundraiser and a new Scottish Tories poster

3.30pm New Tory poster launched: Let's Cut Benefits For Those Who Refuse Work

Johnson Boris Red Background 2pm ToryDiary: Boris questions UK flight ban

1.30pm Local government: Wandsworth Conservatives launch manifesto – and YouTube campaign

Nick Wood's High Noon: St Nick's halo has to go

12.15pm Harry Phibbs on CentreRight: Nick Clegg airbrushed lobbying job from his CV

11.15am WATCH: Andrew Neil questions Nick Clegg about his expense claims

10.15am WATCH: Nadine Dorries, Ann Widdecombe, Alastair Campbell and Nigel Farage are just a few of the stars to appear in a very political version of Bucks Fizz's 'Making Your Mind Up'

ToryDiary: Three ways to burst the Nick Clegg bubble

Pledge Seats and candidates: David Cameron won't keep Brown in power. Will you, Mr Clegg?

Walaa Idris on Platform: Immigration is good – but only when it is controlled and the immigrants fully assimilate

Seats and candidates: Help raise £1,000 for Jesse Norman's bid to be elected Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire

LeftWatch: Labour have given up on winning; it's all about a marriage with the Liberal Democrats now

Local government: The battle for Dudley and Doncaster's elected Mayor obstructed from carrying out his mandate

Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight: Are the DUP confused about their policy on the European Union – or just misleading us?

WATCH: Tony Blair spotted backing David Cameron at Ladbrokes

Tories in the lead in four of the latest polls – and neck-and-neck with the Lib Dems in a fifthYesterday evening's ToryDiary

Conservative leader is seen as much less honest than the Lib Dem leader – Guardian

"The surge in support for Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems shows no sign of dying down, according to five opinion polls released yesterday that show the party in second place. Labour is in third place in all the polls, apart from a ComRes poll where it is neck-and-neck with the Lib Dems. Due to the vagaries of the first-past-the-post system, all polls suggest that Labour would still be the largest party after the election despite coming third in the popular vote, meaning Gordon Brown would try to cling to power by forging a Lib-Lab coalition." – City AM

Nick-Clegg-Obama-poster-001 Is Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg an Obama-style hero for our times, a Churchillian leader or a popular rebel in the mould of Che Guevara? – Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian

Cameron warns of back door election for Brown if people vote for Clegg

"David Cameron changed his campaign plans yesterday to warn that Nick Clegg would mire the country in the “old politics” of a hung Parliament. Mr Cameron tried to seize back the mantle of change from his Liberal Democrat counterpart, insisting that only the Tories could “blow apart the old way of doing things”." – Times

"David Cameron reacted to the shock surge in Lib Dem support by broadcasting a message to the British people warning that only a convincing Conservative victory on May 6 would deliver decisive leadership. And he warned that a significant vote for Nick Clegg’s party meant a serious risk of leaving Gordon Brown in Downing Street for years ahead." – Express

Flight ban forces Cameron to miss launch of Scottish manifestoExpress

Clegg to focus on banks

"Mr Clegg is to use his daily news conference to say his party would "break up the banks, to protect people's everyday savings from ever being used again to fuel the casino culture of the global financial industry"." – BBC

Will agreement to election dates finish Britain's two-party system?

"Though it is too early to say for certain, it may well be that historians will look back on 90 minutes of prime-time TV last week and conclude that they changed British politics for good – triggering a tsunami which wiped out the system of two-party politics. In its place, we may be looking forward to a revolution in the form of an experiment in European-style consensus government." – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail

The Financial Times lists the coalition options for the Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung parliament.

"The Lib Dems have a secret weapon for the negotiations. Miriam González Durántez, the wonderfully independent Mrs Clegg, used to work for Chris Patten. Her colleagues were Ed Llewellyn, who is now Mr Cameron’s chief of staff, and Peter Power, Lord Mandelson’s press secretary. The high-powered international lawyer has refused to be an appendage to her husband on the campaign trail. But if the election results in a hung Parliament she could be best placed to strike a deal on May 7." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times

The Financial Times looks at the top LibDem target seat of Guildford.

IFS study casts doubt on importance of marriage for children's welfareFT

Lib Dem Karen Chilvers apologises over sick joke about Samantha Cameron's babyTelegraph

And finally… The invisibility of the Tory women

Screen shot 2010-04-20 at 07.37.56 "Only seven people in the 552-strong polling sample named Theresa Villiers, the shadow transport secretary. Only one respondent named Caroline Spelman, the shadow communities secretary and former party chairman – matching the sole respondent mistakenly suggesting Sarah Palin, the former US vice-presidential candidate. The three shadow cabinet women peers – Sayeeda Warsi, Pauline Neville-Jones and Joyce Anelay – were not mentioned at all." – FT

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