Tonight’s debates saw the party leaders all open with a one minute opening statement.
The leaders all drew lots to decide the order in which they would speak, Natalie Bennett spoke first followed by Nigel Farage, then Nick Clegg, then Nicola Sturgeon, then David Cameron, then Leanne Wood, lastly followed by Ed Miliband.
Natalie Bennett first promoted a promise of change and hope.
In her statement, Ms Bennet said: “You all deserve better. Let’s put principles and values first.” She spoke specifically about tackling climate change and an alternative government that the Greens promise.
Nigel Farage spoke of the immediate threat of immigration and our unnecessary membership of the European Union, with the UKIP leader promising to “take back our borders”.
Nick Clegg spoke with sincerity in quickly acknowledging the “mistakes” the Liberal Democrats have made.
However he could be seen to be making an obvious dig at national parties such as the SNP and Plaid Cymru when he promised to “always serve the whole of our wonderful United Kingdom”.
Nicola Sturgeon focused on a ‘message of friendship’ but emphasised that she still wants Scottish independence and will do their upmost for the Scots.
David Cameron led with the economy and he once again focused on Britain being the”fastest growing economy of western countries.
The Plaid Cymru opening statement was very much focused on the homegrown struggles of rural communities in Wales as Leanne Wood promised to “win for Wales”.
Ed Miliband closed the opening statements section by focusing on the Labour planned policies including the £8 minimum wage and extra funding to the NHS Britain.