The General Election battle begins – and today it’s already hotting up

Ed Miliband is set to call the Tory party “pessimists” in a speech today, adding the election will be “contest between two different visions of how Britain can succeed”.

Almost immediately, senior Conservatives will try and take apart Miliband’s claims in an event in Westminster.

George Osborne, Nicky Morgan, Theresa May, Sajid Javid and William Hague say they will use a Treasury analysis of opposition spending and “other reliable sources” to prove Labour will be borrowing almost £1,200 more per person to fund spending after the election.

However, Labour said all its spending was “most cautious” and it had no unfunded plans.

Miliband will say: “They’re the pessimists about what is achievable for Britain … between now and the election, they will tell you that change isn’t possible, just as the pessimists have always done down the years. But we don’t agree. We have rebuilt before as a country, in the face of even greater challenges, and we can rebuild again.”

The Labour leader is asking members to have “conversations”.

“We will win this election, not by buying up thousands of poster sites, but by having millions of conversations,” he will say. “This year we will be making our case, explaining our vision, house by house, street by street, town by town.

“And in every single one of those conversations, we will remind people of what is at stake, not speaking over people’s heads but talking directly with them on their doorstep.”

Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is also making a speech today telling people the only way they will get another coalition is by voting Lib Dem.

Whether voters want another coalition though is another story.

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