Labour yesterday launched Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as the twin faces of its election campaign - asking voters to trust the premier to run the country and the Chancellor to run the economy.
The party's latest poster campaign came amid reports that Mr Blair's photo had been dropped from the front cover of Labour's manifesto, bowing to suggestions that his unpopularity over the Iraq war had made him an electoral liability.
Tory leader Michael Howard chose to switch his focus to health - and the MRSA hospital superbug in particular - saying he had a "personal" commitment to the issue following the death of his mother- in- law from a hospital-acquired infection.
The Conservatives spelt out a £52 million plan to tackle the superbug, putting matrons firmly back in charge of hospital wards and cleanliness.
The Liberal Democrats sought to switch the spotlight to education, with leader Charles Kennedy confirming his party's plans to scrap GCSEs and A-levels, replacing them with a new diploma system.
Labour refused to confirm or deny that Mr Blair's face had been dropped from the cover of its manifesto, to be published next week.
Mr Blair and Mr Brown unveiled the party's new posters yesterday. One bore pictures of the Prime Minister and Mr Howard, asking voters: "Who do you want to run the country?"
Another showed Gordon Brown and shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin, asking: "Who do you want to run the economy?"
Mr Brown later confirmed in a speech in Milton Keynes that Labour would give a manifesto commitment that money saved from unemployment benefit - through a renewed drive to get people back to work, especially those on incapacity benefit - would be ploughed into the education system.
He repeated Labour's latest New Deal pledge to enforce rigorous training and interview programmes on the jobless, who face losing benefit if they don't co-operate.
Mr Howard concentrated on health and the MRSA superbug, on a visit to a hospital in Tooting, south London.