The British pound appreciated vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as cable tested offers around the US$ 1.5440 level and was supported around the $1.5330 level.  Minutes from Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee's April meeting were released today and they revealed a unanimous vote to keep interest rates unchanged and the central bank's asset purchase plan unchanged at £200 billion.  The central bank did adopt a more hawkish view on inflation, however, noting there are some upside risks to inflation.  Data released in the U.K. today saw March jobless claims decline by 32,900 with the claimant count rate at 4.8%.  In contrast, the ILO unemployment measure rose to 8% in the three months to February.  Traders are talking about a surge in the polls by the Liberal Democratic Party and the likely impact this will have on the 6 May General Election.  .Many political pundits believe the contest will result in a hung Parliament and some now say the general election is too close to call with Cameron perhaps still holding a slight lead over Brown.  Cable bids are cited around the US$ 1.5140 level.  The euro moved lower vis-à-vis the British pound as the single currency tested bids around the £0.8685 level and was capped around the £0.8750 level.