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David Cameron highlights pledge to double free childcare during Bedford visit

David Cameron talking in Bedford today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader David Cameron has been campaigning in Bedford today.

On a visit to a furniture company in the marginal constituency, he highlighted the Conservative's pledge to double free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

He accused Labour of creating a poverty state, and claimed the Tories are the real "party of work".

The Prime Minister was talking during a visit to a furniture company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not doing this job to be some high powered accountant, I don't just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction.

I want the lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty and the best route out of poverty is this - work.

We've proved that."

– David Cameron

Peterborough City Council "incredibly sorry" after postal ballot papers mix-up

The Town Hall in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Council say that they are "incredibly sorry" after almost 2,000 people living in the city were sent the wrong postal ballot paper.

Voters in the local authority wards of Park, North and East Stanground may have received the incorrect ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

Peterborough City Council has put the problem down to "human error" at the printers. Replacement ballot papers are expected to go out before the end of the week.

"On Tuesday 21 April we were notified that voters in three local authority wards of Peterborough; Park, North and Stanground East may have incorrectly received parliamentary election ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

We immediately contacted the Electoral Commission to discuss with them how best to put this situation right and have now written to each resident affected explaining what to do next.

A mistake was made by the company that printed and posted the ballot forms on our behalf. Our hard working team of election staff is now working round the clock to make sure everybody affected receives new ballot papers and no incorrect votes are counted.

We are obviously incredibly sorry for the inconvenience caused."

– Gillian Beasley, chief executive of Peterborough City Council
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