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PM tells Brits in Lib Dem-held seats: 'Vote Conservative'

David Cameron has said anyone in a Liberal Democrat-held seat should vote Conservative to avoid the prospect of a Labour-SNP government.

Asked whether he will need Nick Clegg to form a government after May 7, the prime minister told ITV News' James Mates: "I have a clear message for anyone in a Liberal Democrat held seat and that is vote Conservative.

"If you vote Liberal Democrat you don't know what you are going to get. Nick Clegg was very clear at the weekend he's just as likely to support an Ed Miliband-SNP government - that would bring the country to a juddering halt - than he is to support the Conservatives."


Boris Johnson: I've never been so worried by Labour

Boris Johnson says he has never "been so worried" about the prospect of Labour returning to power.

Boris Johnson speaking at an event in Hendon. Credit: ITV News

"Never in my life - this is the sixth election I have fought - never have I been so worried about what could happen under Labour," Mr Johnson, speaking alongside David Cameron, said in Hendon.

The Mayor of London said Mr Miliband had "junked sensible centrism under Tony Blair" in favour of an anti-business message which would drive investment and jobs away from the UK.

He also warned of what he called the "chaos" of a Labour government working with the SNP, claiming Alex Salmond would have "his feet up on Miliband's desk in Downing Street holding out his glass for more pink champagne paid for by the English taxpayer".

Miliband: Less than 48 hours to get rid of Tories

Ed Miliband has told voters there are "less than 48 hours to get rid of this Tory government and David Cameron" as he placed the NHS at the centre of his campaign again.

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. Credit: ITV News

Mr Miliband told an audience in Bedford that the health service was facing a "financial timebomb" with the Tories planning "savage cuts".

He said he wanted to put the "right values" including "care, compassion and corporation" back at the centre of the NHS.

The Labour leader said he would keep going "right till the last minutes" to rescue the National Health Service and prevent another five years of Conservative government.

ITV News' Carl Dinnen, who is following Labour's campaign, said Mr Miliband had admitted "this race could be one of the closest in our history" as he outlined the choice facing voters on Thursday.


Murphy will be 'heartbroken' if SNP votes lead to Tory govt

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he will be "heartbroken" if votes for the SNP lead to another five years of Conservative government.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy. Credit: PA Wire

With the polls suggesting the SNP could wipe out Labour in Scotland, Murphy said he was desperate to avoid "history repeating itself", as he gave a candid account of how his family were forced to move to South Africa when his father lost his job after Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979.

“My family have been battered by the Tories, my extended family have been battered by the Tories, hundreds of thousands of other Scottish families have been battered by the Tories, brought in by the SNP," he told the Daily Record.

"The idea the homeless in Manchester or the hungry in Glasgow won’t get a Labour government on Friday because of the SNP is heartbreaking but it is possible.”

Child grooming ignored as it was 'seen as prostitution'

Nothing was done to help girls involved in the child sexual exploitation (CSE) in South Yorkshire because they were seen as prostitutes, a police commissioner has said.

Alan Billings, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said "it all went wrong" because police did not understand what grooming was or that it was child abuse.

Child grooming ignored as it was 'seen as prostitution' Credit: Mind/ Time To Change

Dr Billings was speaking after reports published for the first time revealed that police were warned around 10 years ago about the extent of the CSE problem in the county but did nothing about it.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

I don't think any of us at that time understood what grooming was and that this was grooming.

I think we saw these girls not as victims but as troublesome young people out of control and willing participants.

We saw it as child prostitution rather than child abuse, and I think that was broadly accepted and that's why it all went wrong.

A report by Professor Alexis Jay provoked nationwide shock last August when it revealed that at least 1,400 children were raped, trafficked and groomed in Rotherham.

A further review by Louise Casey, published earlier this year, led to the mass resignation of the ruling Labour cabinet and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles ordered Government-appointed commissioners to take over the running of the council.

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