3 to see: Lib Dem #GE2010 campaign coverage (14/4/10)

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2010

Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads …

The Liberal Democrats have launched their General Election manifesto, pledging to build a fairer Britain if elected on May 6. The 109-page document promises fairer taxes, economic reform, a £2.5 billion pupil premium for the poorest children and sweeping constitutional change include a new electoral system.

LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack treated Lib Dem Voice readers to a sneak preview last night.

It’s pretty grim news for Tory HQ today: “The general election race is tightening, according to a Populus poll for The Times that reveals deep public disenchantment with the campaign so far.”

But potenitally brighter news for the Lib Dems:

The poll, undertaken yesterday and this morning, says that more voters are now hoping for a hung parliament than either a Tory or a Labour outright victory. … 32 per cent of the public now hope for a hung parliament (as opposed to expecting one), against 28 per cent wanting a Tory majority and 22 per cent a Labour one.

Interestingly, “Lib Dem voters prefer a deal with Labour than the Tories in a hung parliament, by 44 to 31 per cent.”

Gordon Brown has admitted he made a mistake in not introducing tougher bank regulation when he was chancellor.

His mea culpa has cut no ice with Vince:

It’s not enough just to hold your hands up and say sorry without having a plan for making sure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. Gordon Brown’s admission that he was swayed by the pleas of the City shows the danger of Tory plans to base economic policy on the wishes of vested interests. The only people that we should be thinking about are the British people and what’s best for them.

“The Liberal Democrats have clear plans to break up the banks so that the recklessness of some bankers can never again hold the taxpayer to ransom.”

These are the three pieces which caught my eye – seen or heard anything else in today’s media to draw LDV readers’ attention to? Let us know in the comments thread.