Balanced BBC Forget Half the Election News Today

Head over to the BBC Election hub today and you won’t you won’t see Britain’s best read newspaper backing the Tories as a featured top story, nor the fact an opinion poll from a respected pollster has the Tories leading by five points. Apparently Natalie Bennett talking about climate change is news…

Moshi Monsters Back Tories

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The CEO of Mind Candy, who created the of the Moshi Monsters franchise, has signed a letter backing the Tories along with 89 other leaders in the UK start-up scene. Fear of Labour imposed regulations have brought together diverse figures from the co-founder of the hot peer-to-peer international money transfer company Transferwise, to the CEO of troubled woman-only gossip app Lulu. They’re all singing the praises of Dave’s support for growing tech businesses:

Elsewhere in the world people are envious at how much support startups get in the UK. This Conservative-led government has given us wholehearted support and we are confident that it would continue to do so. It would be bad for jobs, bad for growth, and bad for innovation to change course.

Rohan’s legacy is bearing fruit…

Tories Tanking: Ruth Davidson’s Maggie Moment

She’s pretty cool, isn’t she…

H/T @davieclegg

Tories Deny Tapping Up LibDems Over Coalition 2.0

The Tories “unequivocally” deny making any overtures, however LibDem sources familiar with the situation say they have held informal talks with their former coalition counterparts about streamlining the departments in a second government.

One suggestion is that DCMS and BIS could be merged into one department, run by Sajid Javid. There have long been rumours that Osborne is not averse to abolishing DCMS. This would mean the media and telecoms brief – transferred away from BIS after Vince Cable’s “war on Murdoch” comments – would be brought back under the responsibility of the new Business Secretary.

The LibDems’ price for Cable’s demotion would be taking DfE. Clegg last week demanded a LibDem Education Secretary and last night declared education spending a red line in any deal. It was initially speculated that Clegg might want the job for himself, though sources suggest David Laws could be their choice for Secretary of State. The Tories insist any suggestion of any pre-election deal is “b*llocks”.  Of course if the LibDems lose the bulk of their 57 seats it all becomes immaterial… 

Pump It: Dave Edition

The Passion of Dave: “That Pumps Me Up!”

Can Dave do passion?

“If I’m getting lively about it it’s because I feel bloody lively about it,” he went on to add.

Little bit Howard Dean…

UPDATE: Here is what the passion looked like inside the room:

What’s Claret and Blue?

The speechwriter’s posterior. Somebody is going to get an auto-cue kicking…

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It is the moment when he coughs uncomfortably as his brain whirs over whether to correct it and draw attention to the gaffe, or hope no-one notices. Tough call…

Best Music Video of the Campaign, So Far

Catchy…

Tories Down 7 Points in UKIP Target Seats

ComRes have polled ten Conservative-held UKIP target seats, finding the Tories are 7.3% down on their vote share since 2010:

UKIP’s vote share is up 15.4% since 2010, but they are still well behind in third place. Voters in these […]

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PM: “the Selfie Will Come, the Selfie Will Go”

David “too many tweets make a twat” Cameron has made another bold prediction in an interview with the Spectator:

“The selfie will come, the selfie will go.”

As Guido reported in the Sun last month, the selfie has been […]

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Boris: “It Would Be a Wonderful Thing” to Be Tory Leader

Boris almost managed to get through this textbook Kay Burley grilling without saying he wanted to be PM. Almost:

“In the dim, distant future obviously it would be a wonderful thing to be thought to be in a position to

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Tories Accuse Labour of Stitching Up Shapps

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Punchy kick back from a Tory source regarding the accusations that Grant Shapps did in Tory rivals on Wikipedia:

“This Guardian smear is categorically false and defamatory. It is untrue from start to finish, and was quite likely dreamt up

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