The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, is expected to go to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament around 10 o'clock this morning. On returning from the Palace the Prime Minister will formally confirm the date and make a speech in Downing Street in which he will dub the election 'the big choice'.
Mr Brown is expected to say:
"The people have fought too hard to get Britain on the road to recovery to allow anybody to take us back to the road to recession."The economy, taxation and public services will be key battlegrounds. The campaign will also feature, for the first time, live television debates between the three main party leaders. It will be the first time that Mr Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have led their respective parties into a general election.
Locally the key battlegrounds will be the Cleethorpes, Brigg & Goole and Lincoln constituencies.