TONY Blair and Gordon Brown unveiled Labour's economic pledges today - and launched a pre-emptive strike on the Tory manifesto.
As Tory leader Michael Howard prepared to outline his party's detailed proposals, Mr Blair dismissed them as undeliverable.
The Prime Minister and the Chancellor gave these pledges on the economy:
* An inflation target of 2% and mortgages as low as possible
* One million more homeowners by the end of the next Parliament;
* One million more people helped by the New Deal
* Some 300,000 apprenticeships to be created
* The minimum wage to rise to £5.35 per hour.
Mr Blair added that "a strong economy and investment in education is an essential part of creating a prosperous Britain".
He said the spending plans at the heart of the Conservative manifesto - to be unveiled today - were "an economic mess".
Meanwhile, Lib-Dem leader Charles Kennedy was setting off on a battle-bus tour, travelling to key target seats in Surrey and Devon.
Meanwhile, polls give little clue. One has Labour and the Conservatives neck and neck on 36% and the Lib-Dems on 20%, while another has Labour on 38%, the Tories on 33% and the Lib-Dems on 22%.