With the economy front and centre, voters can expect to be subjected to a deluge of figures between now and May 7 as the various parties show just how much they can be trusted with the nation's purse strings and how little their opponents can be.
ANTI-AUSTERITY party Syriza has secured victory in the Greek national elections, prompting fears of a fresh eurozone crisis.
Former senior Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Tories, claiming Nigel Farage's party had "outlived its usefulness".
DAVID Cameron is under mounting pressure to agree to a revised format to the TV election debates as the broadcasters warned that any leader who refused their proposals would be "empty-chaired".
The broadcasters have threatened to "empty chair" any political party leader who refuses to take part in live televised debates planned for the general election campaign.