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6 May election date confirmed - 6 April 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed that the UK general election will be held on 6 May.

The whole cabinet is to start campaigning immediately and Parliament will be dissolved on Monday 12 April but MPs will not return until Tuesday 18 May.

This will be the first campaign to feature live television debates between the three main party leaders. BBC, Sky and ITV announced the first 90-minute debates would be on ITV on Thursday 15 April, the next on Sky on 22 April and the last on the BBC on 29 April.

Opinion polls timed to coincide with the announcement all suggest a Conservative lead over Labour, by differing margins. An ICM survey for the Guardian indicates the Tory lead has dropped to just four points, with the Conservatives on 37%, Labour on 33% and the Lib Dems on 21%. However a YouGov poll in the Sun and another by Opinium for the Daily Express suggest the Tories have opened up a 10% lead - the margin David Cameron is likely to need in order to win an outright majority on 6 May.

For the BBC report click here.