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Lib Dems will work with party with 'biggest mandate'

The Liberal Democrats will work with the party with the biggest mandate in the event of a hung parliament, Nick Clegg has said.

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader. Credit: PA Wire

However, Mr Clegg did not specify whether this meant the party with the most number of seats or the largest share of the votes.

Asked whether he preferred to work with Labour or the Tories, Mr Clegg told BBC Radio 4: "The party which gets the biggest mandate...[it] seems to me right to give them the space and time to try and form a government."

He accused David Cameron and Nick Clegg of "preposterously charging around the country saying they're going to win an outright majority", adding that the Lib Dems want a "stable, decent and united government" after Thursday's vote.

Rescuers dig Nepal earthquake mudslide for bodies

Rescuers in Nepal are digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route, where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the earthquake that struck 10 days ago.

Earthquake survivors walk past their collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Credit: Reuters

Gautam Rimal, the government administrator of the Rasuwa district, said police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley. Nine of the victims were foreign trekkers, he said.


Man arrested after boy, 12, killed in van crash

A man has been arrested following the death of a 12-year-old boy in a van crash.

The boy died in Langar, near Nottingham. Credit: Google Maps

The boy was travelling in a white Transit tipper van which crashed on an industrial estate in Langar, near Nottingham at around 3.10pm yesterday.

"The boy was pronounced dead at the scene," said Inspector Darren Hall, Nottinghamshire Police.

"A 33-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the incident and is helping police with their inquiries."

Nick Clegg: 'Epic journey' shows how much I care

Nick Clegg said his "epic journey" across the UK shows how much he "cares" about the country.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Land's End in Cornwall. Credit: PA Wire

As he embarks on a 1,000-mile trip ahead of Thursday's election, the Liberal Democrat leader said: "It's just an illustration of how much I care for our wonderful country and want to communicate to as many people as I can that we need to remain stable and decent and united as a country, not lurch this way or that."

Amid mounting speculation about potential post-election deals, Mr Clegg insisted he had not engaged in talks with either the Conservatives or Labour, saying he was waiting for the "judgement of the British people".

Mr Clegg was boosted by a poll last night which suggested he was on course to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat despite a strong effort by Labour.


Clegg admits caution over new coalition government

The Liberal Democrat leader has said his party will not enter into coalition government again "unless we get an approach to balance the books and do so fairly".

Nick Clegg, who was speaking at Land's End as he began a tour to John O'Groats, said: "For instance that means not asking millions of public sector workers to have any more cuts to their take home pay."

Burnham attacks Tories NHS 'extreme spending plans'

Andy Burnham has warned that the Conservatives "extreme spending plans" would put the NHS at risk if they were re-elected.

The shadow health secretary accused the prime minister of setting policies that had increased the deficit in the NHS and pledged that Labour's mansion tax would put funds back into the health service.

Andy Burham said Labour plans to recruit 20,000 more nurses Credit: PA Wire

"The financial crisis in the NHS is biting this year, with patients seeing treatments rationed, services closed and hospitals without enough staff," Burnham said.

"Hospitals were forced to spend £1 billion on agency staff last year because of the shortage of nurses under David Cameron.

"Only Labour's plan to recruit an extra 20,000 nurses - paid for with £2.5 billion extra a year - will allow hospitals to break the hold of the staffing agencies and get their finances into better shape."

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