Party leaders on home ground on first campaign weekend

By Aled Thomas

The three main party leaders are spread out around the country on the first weekend of the election campaign.

Prime minister Gordon Brown is on home turf today campaigning in Fife, after being formally adopted as candidate for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, meeting voters as they so some shopping in the spring sunshine.

The focus for the Conservatives campaign today is the NHS and their proposal for tax rebates for married couples.

Leader David Cameron visited a hospital in south London this morning and will return to his Witney, Oxfordshire constituency this afternoon.

Also in his home constituency is Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who will launch his party’s family policies today.

As well as meeting voters in Sheffield Hallam he attacked the Tories’ marriage tax rebate plans as “patronising drivel”.