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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."


Nick Clegg begins marathon bid for UK seats

Nick Clegg is embarking on a Land's End to John O'Groats campaign marathon in a last ditch effort to save as many Liberal Democrat seats as possible at the General Election.

In a final push aimed at defying national opinion polls which suggest his party could suffer a mauling at the hands of the electorate on Thursday, Mr Clegg will take his battle bus on a 1,000 mile journey across Britain.

ITV News' Emily Morgan is travelling with the Liberal Democrat leader:

Players rally in support of Jimmy Greaves after stroke

Jimmy Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for England Credit: PA Wire

The world of football has rallied around former England legend Jimmy Greaves after he suffered a severe stroke on Sunday.

The former Tottenham, Chelsea and west Ham striker's agent thanked the "thousands" of people who have wished his client, now in intensive care, a speedy recovery.

Amongst the messages for the 75-year-old were those from fellow former England players, including Sir Geoff Hurst, Gary Lineker and his former TV co-host Ian St John, who is said to be "devastated" at the news.

Greaves was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on 13 May at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.


Don't fall for Labour 'chaos', pleads Cameron

David Cameron is to give a stark warning to voters of the "chaos" of a minority Labour government held to ransom by the SNP and Liberal Democrats.

As he embarks on a frenetic 1,300-mile trail over the final 36 hours of the election campaign, the prime minister will claim the constant "bribes" and "back-room dealing" at Westminster would wreak havoc on the economy and drive up interest rates.

David Cameron will be on the campaign trail for 36 hours Credit: PA Wire

The dramatic warning, due to be delivered at a rally in the South West, comes with the polls still showing the Tories and Labour effectively deadlocked.

Appealing directly to Ukip supporters and voters in Lib Dem seat, Cameron will seek to drive home his message about the chaos that would ensue if he is ejected from power.

"You don't have to imagine the chaos there'd be if Ed Miliband became Prime Minister," he will tell a rally.

I say to voters in Lib Dem seats, the only way to avoid Miliband-SNP and economic chaos is to vote Conservative this time,

I say to Ukip voters, the only way to avoid Milliband and the SNP is to vote Conservative this time.

– David Cameron

"Just watch the news. Nicola Sturgeon is on the television all day, every day, telling us she plans to put Ed Miliband into No10 - so that she could hold him to ransom every time there's a vote in the House of Commons.

The prime minister added that Nick Clegg was "no better".

"He told The Times he could happily support a Labour minority government propped up by the SNP."

Tsunami alert after earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck around 93 miles south of Papua New Guinea.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit in the New Britain region of the island nation.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the epicentre.

The latest quake follows two smaller ones in Papua New Guinea last week.

Miliband warning of NHS 'financial bombshell'

Ed Miliband is warning of a "financial bombshell" that means most English hospitals face having to cut staff, beds and services this year.

As the election campaign enters its final 48 hours, the Labour leader said a "cash crisis made in Downing Street" is putting severe strain on the NHS and will mean major budget cuts in the coming months.

Ed Miliband says the NHS is in Credit: PA Wire

Labour analysis of leaked documents produced by NHS Providers, which represents trusts across the hospital, ambulance and mental health sector, show financial forecasts for 98 trusts projects their combined deficit this year will reach £759 million - up from £250 million for the last financial year.

The party claims that equates to £1.86 billion across England's 240 trusts.

Right now, our NHS is in grave danger because David Cameron has broken his promises on the NHS.

Two-thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts, not some point in the future, but this year because of a cash crisis made in Downing Street. That will mean staff cut, beds lost and services closed.

– Ed Miliband

Dallas gunman under FBI surveillance since 2006

One of the gunmen shot dead after opening fire at an exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad had been under surveillance for nine years.

Elton Simpson was well known to the US authorities Credit: ABC News/ITV News

Court documents show that Elton Simpson, who was a room-mate of accomplice Nadir Soofi, had been under FBI surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.

Federal authorities began monitoring Simpson in 2006 because he was associated with an individual the FBI believed was trying to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona.

At one point, according to the documents, the FBI tried "unsuccessfully" to put Simpson on a US government no-fly list.

Simpson's father told ABC News his son was "always a good kid" but said they had "some very serious differences."

"We are Americans and we believe in America," Dunston Simpson told ABC News. "What my son did reflects very badly on my family."

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