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Unless you have avoided all sources of media for the last few weeks you are probably aware that the General Election is looming.

The battle between Labour and the Conservatives, Miliband v Cameron, posh boy v posh boy, the reds and the blues, or is it?

The competition for power in the UK has always been a two-horse race until the Lib Dems shook the system up five years ago. Their leader Nick Clegg stood in between the rights and the lefts and spoke with common sense. Unfortunately for Clegg and his party, he might have won the hearts of those fed up with the play fighting between the Eton boys but the plan backfired.

It has been a miserable five years for the Lib Dems who seemed to have emerged from forever being overlooked. For years they had been the party that no one took seriously, then suddenly, a few high-profile TV showdowns later Clegg was the man of the people. For a brief moment he was a hero. For the first time in years the Liberal Democrats were being taken seriously, so seriously that they were given a chance, and a choice. They chose to buddy up with Cameron’s gang and it was downhill from then on.

Five years later, Clegg and the Lib Dems are less popular than they were prior to the shake-up, broken promises have bruised their caring reputation. This time around the outcome of the election is unpredictable as the country is more divided than ever and the minor parties will have greater influences in deciding whether the country will be led by Labour or the Conservatives.

The aftermath of last year’s referendum in Scotland could play a significant role too. The north of the border has been typically run by Labour but they may choose to vote for their own representatives, the Scottish National Party, who last night on the live TV debate offered Miliband an olive branch, he declined.

Two other minor parties looking to take advantage of the voters looking for change are polar opposites. On the right side you’ve got UKIP and their keep Britain British outlook whilst way over to the left is the idealist Green Party. Both parties were gaining momentum, only for that to slide as things got serious.

On 7th May Britain votes. The property market has been stuttering as the public await the results before deciding on their next move. The parties have recently released their manifestos, the main topics cover the economy, the NHS, immigration and housing.

The Tories grabbed the headlines as they plan to extend the Right-To-Buy scheme, first introduced in the Thatcher days. This will allow housing association tenants, who have been residents for more than three years to purchase the property at a discounted rate, it is estimated that 221,000 are already eligible if this goes ahead. The move hopes to bring in money which would be reinvested to build more properties.

Labour have chosen to protect tenants in privately rented homes as they plan to ban agent fees and cap excessive rent rises. They also aim to build 200,000 new homes a year and implement a Mansion Tax on properties over £2million.

The Lib Dems will offer those under 30, in full-time employment a low interest loan to help them get a deposit together for renting whilst Nigel Farage blames the ‘housing crises on immigrants.

Whether it’s Labour or the Conservatives who call parliament their home for the next four years they won’t be living alone and the property industry will be affected.

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