Official election 2015 campaign launches - Live

David Cameron says he will offer security as Prime Minister, or you can choose "economic chaos" under Ed Miliband after meeting the Queen to dissolve parliament.

Ed Miliband has launched Labour's business manifesto.

Today's Press Association poll of polls puts David Cameron's Tories ahead on 0.2%.

The official election campaign kicks off today with 38 days to go to the 2015 general election.

30/03/15 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Welcome to the Your Election 15 live blog, on the day Prime Minister David Cameron will formally dissolve parliament, ending the current coalition.

    U2 User 2
  2. The election campaign officially kicks off today, but the parties have already been in campaign mode for a number of weeks.

    U2 User 2
  3. Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have hit the ground running will front page headlines today.

    U2 User 2
  4. Cameron warns of £3,000 Labour ‘tax bombshell’ on the front page of today's i

    U2 User 2
  5. Meanwhile, the Guardian leads with Miliband's claim the EU referendum will play havoc with business

    Monday's Guardian front page: EU referendum will play havoc with business, Miliband warns #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/lhlxM1pufC
    U2 User 2
  6. The latest polls still indicate we have no idea who will be in No.10 after 7th May. A ComRes/Mail/ITV poll yesterday had the Conservatives in the lead on 36%, with Labour on 32%, Lib Dems 9%, Ukip 12% and the Greens on 5%.

    However, yesterday's Sunday Times/YouGov poll had Labour in the lead on 36%, Conservative 32%, Lib Dems 8%, Ukip 13% and Greens 6%.

    U2 User 2
  7. To add clarity to the situation, the Press Association's poll of polls has the Conservatives ahead by 0.2%.

    With 38 days to #ge2015, @Conservatives are almost level with @UKLabour in the Press Association's poll of polls pic.twitter.com/VLS3jAVbEa
    U2 User 2
  8. Ed Miliband is currently giving a speech outlining Labour's business manifesto. You can see the live stream here: http://www.bloomberg.com/live/stream

    U2 User 2
  9. "We'll launch a revolution in vocational eduction."

    U2 User 2
  10. Labour wants to introduce a "gold-standard technical baccalaureate" and will establish a British investment bank.

    U2 User 2
  11. "Our long term future lies inside, not outside, the European Union."

    U2 User 2
  12. Miliband refuses to play games with Britain's membership of the EU.

    U2 User 2
  13. "We should be reforming Europe from the inside."

    U2 User 2
  14. "We need to be a country that rescues our NHS with more doctors and nurses, not what we have seen over the last five years where the NHS slides into crisis."

    U2 User 2
  15. Ed Miliband has finished his speech and is now taking questions.

    U2 User 2
  16. Miliband asked why would there be an in/out referendum if there was a transfer of powers (Labour's condition for a referendum), rather than one on that treaty. He feels it would be the right referendum to have, but says Britain shouldn't negotiate with one hand on the exit door.

    U2 User 2
  17. Question asking Labour's position on EU quota for women in the boardroom, Miliband passes Q to Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Chuka Umunna.

    U2 User 2
  18. Comments on Labour's 'diverse shadow cabinet', referencing himself. He says he would like to take a voluntary approach, but if there is no progress, he wont rule out stepping in with a more proscriptive approach.

    U2 User 2
  19. Under Labour, tax on bank bonuses will guarantee a job for young people out of work for a year.

    U2 User 2
  20. Labour have released a written version of Ed Miliband's speech, which you can view here, along with their business manifesto: http://press.labour.org.uk/post/115019640469/ed-miliband-speech-launching-labours-business

    U2 User 2
  21. Away from the Labour business manifesto launch, David Cameron is now heading to Buckingham Palace to formally dissolve parliament.

    U2 User 2
  22. Q. Any limit on future borrowing under Labour? A. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says there are no plans in the manifesto that would require borrowing.

    U2 User 2
  23. Ed Miliband asked about this Labour advert in today's FT. Some of the businesses featured are unhappy that they have been quoted.

    U2 User 2
  24. "Our plan is to reduce spending outside of those protected areas."

    U2 User 2
  25. The Labour business manifesto launch has now come to an end.

    U2 User 2
  26. Some news ahead of Thursday's 7-way leaders' debate...

    Revealed - Thursday's 7 way debate stage order: Left to right; Bennett, Clegg, Farage, Miliband, Wood, Sturgeon, Cameron.
    U2 User 2
  27. Siemens tells @bbckamal that Labour "over-stepped the mark” featuring their chief exec in FT ad
    U2 User 2
  28. Nick Clegg has also left for Buckingham Palace, not as Deputy PM though, but as the President of the Privy Council. Cameron will be giving a statement outside No. 10 shortly.

    The lectern is ready: the Prime Minister is due back here shortly #GE2015 pic.twitter.com/xBrSl6YyYr
    U2 User 2
  29. Cameron going to Buckingham Palace today has been more for show as parliament automatically dissolves today under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

    U2 User 2
  30. David Cameron's car has just arrived back at downing street.

    U2 User 2
  31. Cameron is now speaking outside of 10 Downing Street.

    Five years ago, "Britain was on the brink".

    U2 User 2
  32. "Now, because of the long-term economic plan and the difficult decisions taken, more people are in work than ever before and living standards are rising."

    U2 User 2
  33. Cameron says there will be "economic chaos" under a Labour government.

    U2 User 2
  34. Cameron says he will offer security as Prime Minister.

    U2 User 2
  35. Cameron has finished talking and gone back inside No. 10.

    U2 User 2
  36. If you missed the live coverage of Labour's business manifesto launch, you can read a summary of it by Your Election 15 Deputy Online Editor Hollie Wong http://www.yourelection15.co.uk/news/03/30/labour-pushes-apprenticeships-in-launch-of-campaign/

    U2 User 2
  37. Away from the Conservatives and Labour, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg gave an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today show. Here are some of the key points:

    ~Clegg would not rule out the Lib Dems backing an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU before the end of 2017, despite suggestions from within the party it would create too much business uncertainty.

    ~Clegg said he intends to remain Lib Dem leader for the whole of the next parliament.

    ~Despite a Demos think tank report claiming the pupil premium has failed to close the attainment gap between the poorest and richest pupils, Clegg said government figures showed it was closing for the first time in years.

    ~He defended his decision to not to take part in a live TV debate in his Sheffield Hallam constituency despite polls suggesting he could lose there.

    U2 User 2
  38. Nigel Farage was on ITV's Good Morning Britain earlier today, where he excepted that Ukip have "dipped a little bit" over the past few months, but highlighted that it will be the smaller parties who will decide the outcome of this election.

    There will be nobody with a clear majority. The question is what parties will have enough power to coalesce around the other parties.

    U2 User 2
  39. Meanwhile, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett launched her party's campaign today.

    This 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.

    Over 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.

    U2 User 2
  40. That's all from me, Live Blogs Editor Michael Seymour. I'll be handing over to Deputy Live Blogs Editor Patrick Wilson for the rest of Today's election news.

    U2 User 2
  41. Reports suggest that actor Martin Freeman is to appear in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party that will be aired tomorrow evening.

    U2 User 2
  42. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said today that Labour pledges to spend an extra £800 million on the NHS in Scotland if they form the next government as he joined the campaign today.

    U2 User 2
  43. Gordon Brown has described his position in Labour's Election campaign as a "volunteer" due to the fact he is not contesting a seat.

    U2 User 2
  44. Here's the Martin Freeman Party Political Broadcast for Labour that will be aired tomorrow evening. Let us know your opinion on twitter @YourElection15

    U2 User 2
  45. Factoid: Cameron was 1st PM in 10 elections to attack his opponent on steps of Downing Street after calling the election
    U2 User 2
  46. New @LordAshcroft polling: Con 36% Lab 34% Lib Dem 6% UKIP 10% Green 7% #GE2015
    U2 User 2
  47. This weeks Lord Ashcroft poll sees a 3% rise for the Conservatives and a 1% rise for Labour while the Liberal Democrats have fallen by 2%

    U2 User 2