Election 2015: 30 days to go and parties squabble over UK’s finances

The Daily Star rounds up the latest about up the 6 main parties…. And Give Me Back Elmo.., Must be obvious that Its the only small party in their league ‪#‎VoteElmo‬ ‪#‎Ge2015‬

Fathers’ rights campaigner Bobby Smith will take on the Prime Minister in his ultra safe Oxfordshire seat of Witney.

Smith, a father-of-two, has founded a new party – called Give Me Back Elmo.

The word ‘Elmo’ is made up of the first letters of the names of his daughters who he said he was barred from seeing by a family court judgment four years ago.

SQUABBLES over taxes on your pay packet kicked off the second week of election campaigning.

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30 days to go...30 DAYS TO GO: Election campaigning began its second week today [SWNS/GREEN PARTY/GETTY]
All the parties were out wooing voters with their finance policies – and quite a bit of verbal argy-bargy without any concrete facts.There’s now 30 days until May 7’s General Election.

It is predicted to be one of the closest and most unpredictable Parliamentary scraps in modern British history.

Here’s our round-up of the day’s events:

Green Party leader Natalie BennettMESSAGE: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: ‘Vote for what you believe in’ [GREEN PARTY]
GREENS
Leader Nicola Bennett unveiled the the eco party’s ‘Vote Big, Vote Brave’ election poster.She said: “Our message is clear: don’t vote for second best, vote for what you believe in.

“A Green vote at this election is one for an economy that works for everyone – where multinational companies and rich individuals pay their fair share and wages are enough to build a life on.

“It’s a vote for an NHS which is run for all of us – not for private profit. And it’s a vote for real action on climate change.”

Ed Balls campaigningPROMISES: Ed Balls said Labour wouldn’t raise VAT or national insurance but would reinstate the 50p top rate of tax for high earners [SWNS]
LABOUR
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls insisted the Tories would cut income tax to 40p in the pound for top earners.He said: “How can this be fair when we need to get the deficit down and the Tories are now planning deeper cuts in the next three years than the last five?”

Mr Balls said Labour will not raise VAT, national insurance or the basic and higher rates of income tax if it wins the general election.

He confirmed the party would restore the 50p top rate for those taking home more than £150,000 as well as imposing a mansion tax, a levy on tobacco companies and closing tax loopholes.

Nick Clegg campaigningCampaigning: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg hits the campaign trail in Bath, Somerset [SWNS]
LIB DEMS
The Lib Dems said a crackdown on tax dodgers will help fund a rise in the amount you can earn from work before you start paying tax, known as the personal allowance, to £12,500.Leader Nick Clegg said: “This is simply a question of fairness. The easy thing to do at election time is to promise tax cuts, the key thing is how do you pay for it. The Liberal Democrats have got a plan to give further tax cuts to people on low and middle incomes by asking a little bit more from the wealthiest.

Clegg warned that Chancellor George Osborne’s plans for balancing the books, which involve an extra £12billion of welfare cuts and £13billion slashed from Whitehall budgets without any tax rises, were “socially and morally unacceptable”.

David Cameron campaigningAPPEAL: The PM appealed to wavering Tory voters not to put an X by UKIP’s name on the ballot [GETTY]
CONSERVATIVE
David Cameron sent a message to potential UKIP voters: “I would say to those people that I totally understand the frustration people have felt about issues like immigration where they want more done, and we will do more.”And I understand the frustration about Europe – where the country deserves a referendum – and with me as Prime Minister they’ll get that referendum.

“But this election is not a time to send a message or make a protest.”

The Prime Minister said a majority Conservative government would cut taxes for workers and savers “again and again and again” while a minority Labour administration propped up by the Scottish National Party offered a “nightmare scenario” of increased tax and debt.

Cllr Mike WhiteheadDEFECTED: Councillor Mike Whitehead jumped ship to UKIP after being booted out of the Tory camp [SWNS]
UKIP
Leader Nigel Farage said of Cameron’s plea to wavering Tory voters: “Neither former Labour nor Conservative voters who have switched to UKIP are going back.”They’ve found a new, more authentic home, one in which they don’t get roundly abused by their hosts.”

Farage, who’s standing in the South Thanet constituency, said: “I’ve been out today knocking on doors for four hours and I think support for us is very, very good.”

SNP
Deputy leader Stewart Hosie told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are an anti-Tory party, we are an anti-austerity party.”We have offered Ed Miliband a deal. We would not prefer to see a Tory government.

“The damage Tory governments do to ordinary people is so bad.”

OTHERS
Fathers’ rights campaigner Bobby Smith will take on the Prime Minister in his ultra safe Oxfordshire seat of Witney.

Smith, a father-of-two, has founded a new party – called Give Me Back Elmo.

The word ‘Elmo’ is made up of the first letters of the names of his daughters who he said he was barred from seeing by a family court judgment four years ago.

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