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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.”

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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.

Cameron: I'm the firefighter, Miliband is the arsonist

David Cameron has compared himself to a "firefighter" and Ed Miliband to an "arsonist" as he outlined his vision ahead of Thursday's election.

David Cameron, the Conservative leader. Credit: ITV News

"I feel like the firefighter, hosing down the burning building, and there's Ed Miliband - the arsonist - saying 'why aren't you doing it quicker?'," Mr Cameron said at an event in Twickenham, south-west London.

Brandishing the infamous note left by Labour's Liam Byrne, Mr Cameron said "everything" at this election "comes back to the economy".

Mr Cameron was briefly interrupted by a heckler during his speech but the prime Minister said: "You need to listen to this sir, it's important - if you don't want chaos you need to get out and vote Conservative."

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Theresa May: Tories can still win a majority

Theresa May insists the Conservatives can still win a majority at next Thursday's election.

Theresa May. Credit: PA Wire

Despite polls predicting another hung parliament, Mrs May refused to discuss the prospect of any post-election deal, saying the Tories were still focused on winning the 23 seats needed to form a majority government.

"We just need 23 seats in order to be able to get that - that would enable us to be able to have the stability to secure the country and people's future," the home secretary told the BBC.

"The alternative on Thursday is for people to vote for a Labour government propped up by the SNP."

She said a Labour-SNP government would mean "higher taxes, more borrowing, more spending on welfare" and further debt.

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.

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