Manual workers are the most likely to be off sick, followed by desk-bound workers, the very ones who spend all day sitting at a desk.

London Letter: Hours spent in a seat raises cancer, heart and diabetes risks, study finds

David Cameron being greeted by French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Mr Cameron also met Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Philippe Wojzaer/Reuters

‘We rule nothing out,’ British foreign secretary says of EU negotiations

Prime minister David Cameron, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman lead fellow members though the central lobby during the state opening of parliament. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Domestic affairs of other member states will affect any debate

Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales (left) during the state opening of parliament, in the House of Lords, London. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Queen’s speech refers to EU vote taking place before the end of 2017

‘In his allies’ eyes, David Cameron enjoys unprecedented political capital: his domestic sceptics have been silenced; and his European Union counterparts have had to hold their tongues, too, because he has done what many of them cannot.’ Above,  Cameron with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker before the Eastern Partnership Summit session in Riga, Latvia, last week. Photograph: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Mark Hennessy: ‘United front on display from the Conservatives will face challenges long before the text of the bill clearing the (...)

 English fans chant in Lansdowne Road during the abandoned international from February 1995. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Those banned must surrender passports and sign in at police stations on match day

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister David Cameron at Chequers in southern England on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Suzanne Plunkett

British PM moves fast to open talks with EU leaders on UK membership terms

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning economist and professor of economics at Columbia University,. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Nobel-prize winning economist blames failure of political leadership for reign of austerity

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trade did lead to more inequality.’ Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Nobel-winning economist criticises negotiations to agree new EU-US trade deal

Total war: German soldiers taken prisoner by American forces during the Battle of the Bulge. Photograph: Office of War Information/US National Archives/Time Life/Getty

‘I hope we can conceal this,’ George Patton wrote about murders of German prisoners that have been airbrushed out of US accounts o(...)

 Mary Creagh MP, Tristam Hunt MP, and Liz Kendall MP speak at the Progress annual conference, at TUC Congress House, central London, as they bid for leadership of the Labour Party. Photograph:  Laura Lean/PA Wire

Leicester MP is scathing of party’s aimlessness under Ed Miliband

 A Romanian man is interviewed by Immigration Enforcement officers after a raid on a residential property looking for illegal immigrants in Southall, England. Photograph: Laura Lean/Getty Images

Obsession with laws to clamp down on illegals overlooks their valuable input

A mosquito: Hydroxychloroquine was developed in 1950 to treat malaria sufferers.

Hydroxychloroquine found to reduce heart rate significantly in ‘chance observation’

David Cameron: “A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge . . . it is one that controls immigration”. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Cameron intends to take stronger line on immigration now he is free from Lib-Dems

Tristram Hunt makes a speech in London on Wednesday in which he announced he will not run for the Labour Party leadership. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Hunt boosts Liz Kendall’s ambitions by saying she has ‘confidence and courage’ for post

John Bercow (right) as he is re-elected unopposed as speaker in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PA

Despite Cameron’s attempts to shaft him, Bercow stays on as Commons speaker

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: “Taxing carers’ allowances, that would be a red line for us.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Nesbitt says MPs will not back Cameron’s welfare cuts to carers

Travellers, along with a priest, a policeman, a solicitor and a barrister, were refused entry to The Coronet pub on Holloway Road in North London in 2011 following the annual general meeting nearby of the Traveller Movement.

Group barred from Coronet pub on Holloway Road, North London, in 2011

House of Lords: May not just be a place of ceremony over the next five years. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

PM could opt to stuff red benches with peers but move would likely draw unnecessary flak

Acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman (front) with some of the newly elected Labour MPs  in Westminster, central London, this week. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Harriet Harman says party can be rebuilt ‘to take the fight to this Tory government and to stand up for Britain’

A copy of one of the letters that the Prince of Wales wrote to the then prime minister Tony Blair, one of a series of his private letters to government ministers that was published following a ruling by the UK’s supreme court. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Correspondence with ministers ranges from army shortages to fate of the albatross

British prime minister David Cameron talks to staff during a visit to the Tetley factory in Stockton-on-Tees. Mr Cameron told workers that it is “almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea in Europe”. Photograph: PA

British prime minister may hold referendum earlier than expected

SNP MPs crowd around party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has spent the last few days in London to drive home the message that she is in charge. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Scottish Nationalist Party newcomers soak up atmosphere at centre of UK power

Prime minister David Cameron poses for a photograph with newly-elected Conservative MPs in London.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Mayor of London Boris Johnson comes into cabinet as minister without portfolio

Theresa Villiers arrives at 10 Downing Street on Monday as David Cameron names his new cabinet. ‘It is not possible to insulate the Northern Ireland Executive from the kind of difficult decisions that every single other elected administration in the Western world has had to make,’ she said. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Northern Secretary warns Executive will become increasingly dysfunctional without budget

Caitlin Doughty: ‘When we die we are lying there like a side of beef. We are not super-special, we are not above animals, or dissolve into magic and light.’ Photograph: Ryan Orange

Caitlin Doughty has written a surprisingly uplifting book about working in a San Francisco mortuary. Her message? The West needs t(...)

 Michael Gove, who was demoted last year from education secretary to government chief whip, is one of the most radical of David Cameron’s team. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Michael Gove ordered to draft new version of act in bid to combat European legal influence

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and Peter Mandelson on The Andrew Marr Show. “The awful, shocking thing about this election is Labour could have won it,” Mandelson said. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Blairite criticisms and Chuka Umunna attack have illustrated tensions in the party

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: Set to learn on Monday if she is to keep the Northern Ireland portfolio. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

British PM David Cameron likely to keep DUP onside despite Tory commons majority

Scottish first minister and Scottish Nationalist Party leader  Nicola Sturgeon stopped short of seeking full powers quickly over  all Scottish taxes and spending. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

SNP leader says her party’s 56 MPs will form most visible opposition to government

Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon celebrates during the Glasgow electon declarations.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scots have redrawn the political map and finding deal with Tories will be hard

Given the difficulties he could face, the British PM may be tempted to reach an accommodation with the Democratic Unionist Party to afford comfort on some tight votes, though the DUP tends to share  Tory doubts on Europe

Daunting task faces Cameron faces in dealing with Tory rebels and sceptical EU leaders

Labour leader Ed Miliband following his resignation speech in the wake of his party’s defeat. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

As he stood at the lectern the former Labour leader must have been thinking of what might have been

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

His enemies within the Conservatives believed the party leader was about to fall short

South Armagh man Conor McGinn, the son of a former Sinn Féin councillor, has won a Merseyside seat for the Labour Party in the House of Commons, increasing the party’s majority in St Helen’s North by four votes. Photograph: Conor McGinn Twitter page.

Conor McGinn, son of former SF councillor, elected in St Helen’s North constituency

A graphic showing the change in percentage share of the vote between the 2010 and the 2015 UK elections. Graphic: Irish Times Studio

Analysis: ‘Process of rebuilding Labour has to start with examination of personnel and ideas’

 David Cameron’s car arrives at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he  will meet  Queen Elizabeth II to confirm his second term as prime minister.Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Analysis: Cameron set for Number 10 as recriminations begin in Labour and Lib Dems

London housing crisis: an employee changes a property information leaflet in the window of an estate agent in Clapham. Britain faces a housing supply shortage. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

As rents rise and population exceeds 8.6 million renters offered up to £6,000 to leave

British prime minister David  Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Leaders of Labour, Lib Dems and Ukip resign as Cameron secures a second term as PM

A fox runs past 10 Downing Street: it will probably take some stealthy negotiations to form the next government. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Polls point to tie between Tories and Labour although both claim they can win outright

UK election: Labour focused on the National Health Service – predicting that hospitals could be forced to lay off staff in the year ahead because of spiralling debts.

Prospective coalition excluding Lib Dems would fail by year’s end, claims Nick Clegg

Scottish National Party candidate Alex Salmond speaks to supporters while canvassing in Rhynie, UK, this week. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

An ebullient and confident Alex Salmond does not mince his words

‘If David Cameron wins more than 300 seats, but still falls short of the 323 House of Commons majority that exists without Sinn Féin taking up its seats, he could end up depending upon the Democratic Unionist Party.’ Photograph: Peter Nicholls/ WPA Pool /Getty Images

‘Nearly all UK election results more negative than positive from Irish viewpoint’

Ruth Davidson,  leader of the Scottish Conservative Party,  with a supporter at a campaign event  in Hamilton ahead of Thursday’s election. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

British prime minister has shown ‘galling’ attitude to Scotland, says party member

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy (left) is confronted by a protester on May 4th in Glasgow.Murphy vowed not to be ‘silenced by this form of aggressive nationalism. It’s anti-democratic.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Labour leader Murphy and comedian Izzard driven from stage by Scottish hecklers

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Strategic voting is key as rivals look to block Sturgeon’s influence on London

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of vacillating over the UK’s EU role. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Lib Dem leader’s coalition ‘red line’ issues do not include ruling out vote on membership

‘This time, Nick Clegg has to make himself arithmetically relevant first. Before the campaign began, the Liberal Democrats believed they could win 30, or more seats. Today, quietly-voiced predictions have fallen back considerably.’ Above,  Clegg takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately, on April 30th. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool /Getty Images

Mark Hennessy: Legitimacy could be a key question in government formation

Ed Miliband alleged that Ruport Murdoch is working hand-in-glove with David Cameron’s Conservatives to defeat Labour. Photograph: PA

Labour: Anti-English, Scottish rhetoric harms interests of working people

SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon with three-year-old Kitty MacDonald and SNP candidate for the Glasgow South constituency Stewart McDonald during a visit to Glazed, a ceramic painting studio in Glasgow. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour MP for Glasgow South is even asking Tories to support him

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Miliband ‘won’t get his budget unless he compromises’, says Nicola Sturgeon

Labour leader, Ed Milband has no choice but to push for his own majority and reject the Scottish National Party’s declarations that he will have no choice but to deal with them.’ Above, Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme. Photograph: REUTERS/Owen Humphreys/PA

Mark Hennessy: Coalition deal options will depend on dilution of support

Conservative MP Iain Duncan-Smith is greeted by Labour’s Diane Abbott on the election campaign trail. A document written in Duncan-Smith’s department said child benefit should be denied to 16- to 19-year-olds, a £1,000 loss for parents of a single child. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Omens for Liberal Democrats not good even after leak of Conservative plans

Labour leader Ed Milibandtakes part in a special BBC ‘Question Time’ programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader tells testy ‘Question Time’ audience he is still pushing for a majority

Mary Heenan and son Eugene Heenan  outside  the ministry of defence in London with the writ naming senior former British army officer Frank Kitson and the ministry.  Eugene “Patrick” Heenan was murdered in  1973. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Woman’s legal actions in London concern her husband’s killing in Belfast in 1973

 Ireland “didn’t have a sustainable position” when the economic crisis broke,  former taoiseach Brian Cowen  said, refusing to accept criticisms from those who had previously condemned his actions in government as being too miserly. “When I was producing those budgets, go back and look at what people were saying. I was described as Ebenezer Scrooge.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Capital investments by FF-led administration ‘helping us through recession’, LSE told

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Labour leader David Miliband “can say what he likes now [about a deal post election], but he’ll have to wake up and smell the coffee on May 8th”. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Poll suggests Scottish National Party could win all 59 Westminster seats in Scotland

British Ukip  leader Nigel Farage    in Hartlepool on Tuesday. “The anti-English hostility and the kind of language that is used about and towards English people is totally extraordinary.” Photograph:  Nigel Roddis/EPA

Research body says voters face increased taxes regardless of who wins election

Prime minister David Cameron speaks to workers during a visit to Kelvin Hughes Voltage in Enfield, north London, yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Fallout of Scottish National Party wins now being raised on voters’ doorsteps

Steve Bradley: Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, was Northern Ireland’s chief electoral officer. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Bradley, who came to Bath as a student, hopes to retain Lib Dem seat

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at a  nursery: ‘I have a moral and, I think, a democratic obligation to listen to and to speak to, if they choose to talk to the Liberal Democrats, the party that has got the greatest mandate first, even if they haven’t won outright.‘ Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Polls show voters are increasingly worried about legitimacy of next administration

Albert “Ginger” Baker, a British army soldier who had allegedly gone absent without leave to join the Ulster Defence Association, gave himself up to police in Wiltshire. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Damages are sought from Frank Kitson over 1973 Belfast blast in which Eugene Heenan died

David Cameron  at the village hall in Norton-sub-Hamdon in the Yeovil constituency, Somerset. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Prime minister David Cameron to focus on economy for final 10 days of campaign

Gen Sir Frank Kitson: It is claimed he was “reckless as to whether State agents would be involved in murder”. Photograph: Victor Patterson

First time a former soldier defends civil claim for damages over alleged actions in North

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Cambridge professor Stephen O’Rahilly has completed pioneering work on the causes of obesity and Type 2 diabetes – including disc(...)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron after visiting a nursery during the election campaign, in south London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Tories pledge to make changes to rules within 100 days of general election

Under pressure: British prime minister and Conservative leader David Cameron on the campaign trail. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

For Labour and Conservative parties the press is a nuisance and public seem to be enemy

British chancellor George Osborne accepted that public scepticism and “fatigue” is growing about the election offerings of all parties.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Osborne accepts public scepticism and ‘fatigue’ is growing about all parties

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits the Airbus factory in Filton: “Workers across the public sector have made enough sacrifices.” Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Lib Dem leader commits to increases, but inflation means it would likely be cost-free

London mayor Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron join a hand-printing session with children at the Advantage children’s daycare nursery in  Surbiton, England. The pair have set their sights on the Scottish National Party recently. Photograph: Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tory attacks on the SNP and Alex Salmond barely hide that their true target is Labour

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Craig Mackinlay, Conservative Parliamentry candidate for South Thanet, enjoy an ice cream  in Ramsgate, Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Former Ukip member Mackinlay takes on his former leader in Ramsgate

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Ex-PM says Scottish party’s demands would cause ‘mayhem’ if propping up minority government

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon:   Piers Morgan huffs that the Scottish National Party  leader is “the world’s most dangerous woman”. Photograph; Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon’s party in that rare position where every move seems to offer benefits

Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the launch of the Scottish National Party  election manifesto in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Lesley Martin

SNP leader says party will use its influence in Commons to end austerity

David Cameron: “They don’t believe in the Westminster parliament, they don’t believe in the United Kingdom. They would not be coming to Westminster to help our country. They are coming to Westminster to break up our country.” Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

David Cameron warns party alliance threatens break-up of United Kingdom

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor  Alex Salmond on the election campaign trail in Inverurie at the weekend. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish National Party’s ‘UK-wide manifesto’ to be published today

Nicola Sturgeon, who was applauded by a London audience during a BBC-hosted TV debate when she criticised Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: SNP leader one-upped Ed Miliband with her non-proposal in TV debate

 Prime minister David Cameron on the Conservative election campaign bus, near Builth Wells, Wales. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Cameron says unemployment numbers prove Conservatives' policies are working

Ukip believes this can be its breakthrough election, but the first-past-the-post system may yet undo the party’s electoral ambitions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Enthusiastic pollsters and analysts unpack boggling array of possibilities in wake of vote

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband looks on as Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon embrace after the BBC Challengers’ Election Debate 2015. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader’s performance enhanced by rivals treating him as PM-in-waiting

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg warned of potential “Blukip” coalition “bringing together people who don’t believe in climate change; who reject gay rights; who want the death penalty back; and people who want to scrap human rights legislation”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Liberal Democrat leader suggests possibility that coalition would include DUPs and Ukip

Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the launch of his party’s election manifesto in Thurrock, Essex. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Party’s policy document a mixed bag, with the usual obsessions of EU and immigration

British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha have a cup of tea with a young couple in their home in Swindon. Cameron yesterday outlined his party’s manifesto in advance of the general election on May 7th

As the UK election looms, the language of fiscal rectitude has been scrapped

London think-tank Open Europe says: “Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the geographic proximity and high levels of trade, our modelling suggests that Ireland would be hit the hardest.”

Dublin would face paying €200m more to EU each year, economic think tank finds

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrives to address supporters during the party’s launch of its election manifesto in Manchester. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Leader hard at work to restore Labour’s credibility on budgetary issues

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at his party’s manifesto launch in Manchester. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Labour leader in Manchester to unveil party’s election manifesto

Liberal Democrat candidate Christine Jardine, who is campaigning in the Gordon constituency north of Aberdeen.

Bookies see SNP leader’s win as formality but constituency is divided

Medium and message: Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Conservative Party supporters in Cornwall. Click to the next photograph for an alternative take on the size of the crowd. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and other British party leaders are fighting to keep control of their campaigns now that (...)

UK business secretary Vince Cable has condemned the Conservatives for insisting that the fees be introduced for unfair dismissal and other employment cases. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

More complicated cases cost claimant £250 at the beginning and £950 before the hearing

 Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon was met with groans during an Edinburgh TV debate, when she indicated that a pledge to hold a second referendum would be included in the SNP’s manifesto for next year’s Holyrood elections. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

SNP will push for full control of all of Scotland’s taxation and spending

Conservative defence secretary Michael Fallon. He   said that it is increasingly clear that Labour’s Ed Miliband “will pay any price” to get the keys of No 10 Downing Street. Photograph: PA Wire

SNP’s demands for end to nuclear arsenal threatens ‘security of our nation’ says Fallon

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march in Glasgow. Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens addressed the crowd. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Party squeezed out of public debate as focus falls on Labour-SNP fight

Former British prime minister Tony Blair speaking in  Sedgefield yesterday. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Miliband has shown leadership on EU membership, says former Labour PM

From left: Scotland’s Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie during Tuesday night’s televised debate. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Jim Murphy challenges the claim that Labour signed up for £30bn more in cuts

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphywith party members at Neilston on the outskirts of Glasgow during the launch of the party’s general election campaign yesterday. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Beleaguered party redirects general election resources to seats it believes it can hold

First minister Nicola Sturgeon: denies that she made remarks attributed to her. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Story widely seen in Scotland as part of Whitehall ‘dirty tricks’ campaign

Steven Woolfe, Ukip’s candidate in Stockport, where the party took just 2.2 per cent of the vote

Steven Woolfe, who has Irish grandmother, says party message reaching working-class

The morning after the debate before: Labour leader Ed Miliband talks to members of the media on board the Labour bus following a campaigning visit to Blackpool yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon will be the leader most pleased with TV performance

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP

ITV televised debate had its moments but polls showed no clear winner once again

UK party leaders at the TV debate on April 2nd: (from left) Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, followed by Liberal Demorcrats leader Nick Clegg, Ukip’s Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Party’s Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Conservative leader David Cameron. Photograph: EPA/Ken McKay/ITV/Rex

Two-hour marathon debate ahead of May 7th general election involved seven party leaders

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