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Election 2010 Lookahead: Sunday 2 May

The who, when and where of the campaign.

Four days to go before election day. Here's what is happening on the last Sunday of the campaign



Schools Secretary Ed Balls is heading to Liverpool to take part in an education debate at the National Association of Head Teachers annual conference. Balls will go head-to-head with Michael Gove and David Laws, his Conservative and Liberal Democrat shadows respectively. The debate begins at 11.15am.



Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague is on The Politics Show this morning (BBC1, 11.00am) to debate with Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Lib Dem shadow Ed Davey. Jon Sopel will be asking the questions.


Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg goes north today. He will be in Burnley (10.15am), Marsden (12.30pm), Harrogate (2.45pm) and Cleveland (5.30pm).


The media

Following its sister title the Guardian yesterday, the Observer is also backing the Liberal Democrats. The paper says the Lib Dems "represent an agenda for radical, positive change in poilitics". Meanwhile, David Cameron is the last of the party leaders to be interviewed on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1, 9.00am), while BBC Scotland hosts the third and final Scottish leaders' debate (9.00pm), featuring Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Scottish Conservatives leader Annabel Goldie, Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott.


Away from the campaign

Big day of football today and if you are looking for some time away from the election campaign, we recommend you take an extended lunch break from 1.30pm. That's the kick-off for two big games. In the Championship Sheffield Wednesday play Crystal Palace. If Palace avoid defeat, Wednesday will be relegated to League One. If Wednesday win, it will be Palace who are relegated. Meanwhile in the Premier League Liverpool play host to Chelsea knowing they can do rivals Manchester United a big favour by stopping the London side winning. Should Chelsea win and United lose at Sunderland, Chelsea will be champions.



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