Election 2015 February 23, 2015 6.44am EST 1. 1 day to go: on the eve of the election, a string of UKIP gaffes could be making Farage sweat. Nigel Roddis/EPA 2. 2 days to go: party leaders are campaigning from one end of the country to the other. Liberal Democrats/Flickr 3. 3 days to go: door-knocking, leafleting, and stone-carving continues as parties vie for votes in this tightly-fought campaign. from www.shutterstock.com 4. 4 days to go: as polls show Labour and Conservatives neck-and-neck, speculation about a hung parliament continues. Dekoker, Cropbot/Wikimedia Commons 5. 5 days to go: the campaign continues, but the royal baby takes the spotlight. Carmen Rodriguez NSP/Flickr 6. 6 days to go: leaders of the three main parties were put to the test by the public last night. BBC 7. 7 days to go: Danny Alexander exposes the Conservatives’ plan for welfare cuts. Liberal Democrats 8. 8 days to go: You’re looking at Britain’s most popular politician, according to latest polls. Scottish Government Images/Flickr 9. 9 days to go: Nick Clegg outlines some “red lines” concerning the education and budget plans. Liberal Democrats 10. 10 days to go: Labour pledges help for first time buyers, as Conservatives propose to bring back right to buy. D H Wright/flickr 11. 11 days to go: Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson have it out on the Andrew Marr show. EPA 12. 12 days to go: Supporters of Scottish independence rally in Glasgow. Danny Lawson/PA Wire 13. 13 days to go: Conservatives promise ‘English votes for English laws’ to be enacted within a year of winning the election. Lewis Whyld/PA 14. 14 days to go: Nigel Farage pledges to make St George’s Day a bank holiday, saying UKIP wants to “celebrate Britishness”. Gareth Fuller/PA 15. 15 days to go: Grant Shapps has been accused of editing entries about himself and other MPs on Wikipedia. David Jones/PA 16. 16 days to go: John Major warns of a Labour-SNP alliance, saying it will lead to “political blackmail”. Michael Sohn/PA 17. 17 days to go: Nicola Sturgeon launches the SNP manifesto in Edinburgh. Danny Lawson/PA Wire 18. 19 days to go: Ed Miliband arrives at People’s Question Time. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 19. 20 days to go: Group hug! From the BBC’s challengers’ debate last night. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 20. 21 days to go: David Dimbleby will tonight host a debate between five opposition party leaders. BBC 21. 22 days to go: the Liberal Democrats and UKIP release their manifestos today. Ken McKay/ITV/Rex Features 22. 23 days to go: The Conservatives and the Green party launch their manifestos. EPA 23. 24 days to go: Ed Miliband launches Labour’s manifesto at an event in Manchester. Chris Radburn/PA Wire 24. 25 days to go: Natalie Bennett announces Greens would introduce 60p top tax rate. Lynne Cameron/PA Archive 25. 26 days to go: Labour and Conservatives predicted to “draw” the election, according to new ICM poll. Wikimedia Commons/The CBI/DFID 26. 27 days to go: No more police and crime commissioners after May poll, if Labour win. Gareth Fuller/PA Archive 27. 28 days to go: Ed Miliband is still answering questions about his relationship with his brother, David. Nick Ansell/PA Wire 28. 29 days to go: Labour’s commitment to abolish non-domicile tax status could mean wealthy people like Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich have to pay. Marina Lystseva/Wikimedia Commons 29. 30 days to go: Tony Blair praises Ed Miliband’s approach to the EU as “brave, principled and intelligent”. Chatham House/Flickr 30. 31 days to go: David Cameron milking a photo op with a baby lamb on Easter Monday. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 31. 33 days to go: Mark Porter of the British Medical Association says that the next government will inevitably be tempted to bring in charges for basic NHS services. BMAtv/YouTube 32. 34 days to go: Sturgeon emerged as surprise ‘winner’ of last night’s debate in YouGov snap opinion poll. Steve Parsons/PA Wire 33. 35 days to go: party leaders prepare for the 7-way debate, to be broadcast by ITV this evening. ITV 34. 36 days to go: over 100 UK business leaders like Karren Brady have backed the Conservatives in an open letter in The Telegraph. Snowmanradio/Wikimedia Commons 35. 37 days to go: Nick Clegg hits the campaign trail, speaking on mental health issues. Liberal Democrats/Flickr 36. 38 days to go: Parliament dissolves and the short campaign begins. tm/Wikimedia Commons 37. 39 days to go: Peter Robinson says the DUP is open to speaking to both major parties after May 7. Brian Lawless/PA Wire 38. 40 days to go: David Cameron pledges that all hospitals in England would have consultants on duty seven days a week by 2020. ResoluteSupportMedia/Flickr 39. 41 days to go: according to the polls, David Cameron narrowly won the Battle for Number 10. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 40. 42 days to go: Salmond says SNP would block a Conservative minority government. Andrew Milligan/PA Archive 41. PA. 42. 43 days to go: David Cameron faces his final PMQs before parliament dissolves. PA/PA Wire 43. 44 days to go: Cameron states that he wouldn’t run for a third term. YouTube/BBC News 44. 45 days to go: no head-to-head debate for Cameron and Miliband - leaders opt for side-by-side Q&A instead. Alastair Grant/PA Archive 45. 46 days to go: Conservative candidate Afzal Amin has been suspended after allegedly colluding with the EDL to win votes. Youtube 46. 47 days to go: Lib Dem peer Paul Strasburger has resigned from the House of Lords. He is expected to be accused of breaking rules about donations in a Channel 4 investigation. Keith Edkins/Wikimedia Commons 47. 48 days to go: UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate Janice Atkinson has been suspended after allegations of fraud. Chris Radburn/PA Wire 48. 49 days to go: Danny Alexander presents the Lib Dems’ alternative budget. PA 49. 49 days to go: Ed Balls says he wouldn’t reverse any of the coalition’s budget on Radio 4’s Today programme. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire 50. 50 days to go: Chancellor George Osborne announces the 2015 Spring Budget. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP 51. Ed Miliband rules out a coalition between Labour and the SNP. Chris Radburn/PA Wire 52. The Guardian has caught Conservative chairman Grant Shapps out for the status of his second job. Joe Giddens/PA Wire 53. Cameron joins other party leaders to commemorate the end of British combat operations in Afghanistan. Steve Parsons/PA Wire 54. Nigel Farage is pleased to inform you that race is no longer a significant problem in the UK. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire 55. Sturgeon announces a fall in Scotland’s budget deficit. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire 56. Vince Cable and the apprentices assemble for National Apprenticeship Week (incidentally creating excellent band name) Lauren Hurley/PA Wire 57. Leader Natalie Bennett takes the stage at Green Party spring conference in Liverpool. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire 58. Sir John Major has warned Labour off a coalition with the Scottish National Party. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire 59. Cameron ‘running scared’ from debates? Send Nick instead, Ashdown says. Liberal Democrats/Flickr 60. Farage makes his pitch to the true believers. Gareth Fuller/PA 61. At her majesty’s service. Leon Neal/PA 62. Palaces of Westminster: under construction and under a political cloud until May 8. Chris Radburn/PA 63. The old guard. 64. Ready for a fight. 65. The ‘political earthquake’ starts in the pub. 66. Ready for action.