Election 2010 Lookahead: Saturday 10 April

The who, when and where of the campaign.

Yes, we know it's Saturday. With 26 days (including weekends) to go, here's what's happening today:

Labour

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Yvette Cooper, the Children's Secretary, Ed Balls, and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, will co-host a London press conference this morning to highlight the "'Conservative threat to frontline public services". This is the latest counter-attack by Labour following Tory promises of £6bn worth of efficiency savings.

Conservatives

The Conservative Party's announcement on tax breaks for married couples is likely to dominate the day - even if David Cameron thinks he's visiting a south London hospital to talk health.

Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, is in Yorkshire and the north-east today. He'll be joined by his wife -- Miriam González Durántez -- for a walkabout in his own Sheffield Hallam constituency (9.30am) before heading to Gateshead (4pm) for a town hall meeting.

Other parties

The British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, will be campaigning in the Barking constituency he hopes to wrestle away from Labour's Margaret Hodge. In 2005, the BNP won 16 per cent of the vote in Barking but Hodge looks pretty secure, having secured nearly half of all the votes last time around.

The media

The Ukip leader Lord Pearson goes up against Andrew Neil on the BBC News Channel's Straight Talk (10.30pm). Ukip is fielding 500 candidates at this election, most notably the former leader Nigel Farage, who is up against the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, in Buckingham.

Away from the campaign

It's the 163rd Grand National at Aintree. The race -- featuring 40 runners over the four-mile, four-furlong (7.2km) course in front of 70,000 spectators -- gets under way at 4.15pm.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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