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Exit poll reaction in Workington

Barbara Cannon, Labour Credit: ITV Border

"The exit polls are disappointing but I prefer to wait for the results."

– Barbara Cannon (Labour), Deputy Leader Allerdale Borough Council.
Tony Markley, Conservative Credit: ITV Border

"I think it is a fantastic achievement if the exit polls are right. It will put us leading and able to secure the economic future of the Uk"

– Tony Markley (Conservative)

Ed Balls visits Carlisle

Ed Balls visited Little Luv's nursery Credit: ITV Border

With just 10 days left until the General Election, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls visited a Sure Start Centre in Carlisle today.

He was at the Little Luv's nursery at Petteril Bank Community Centre, where he interacted with staff and children alike.

Carlisle is seen as a key seat at this election - the Conservatives won it five years ago but with a majority of less than a thousand votes.

Our reporter Tim Backshall went to meet the shadow chancellor to ask him whether his party would rule out a deal with the SNP, and whether Labour can be trusted by businesses.

When question whether his party would consider an agreement with the SNP if there was a hung parliament after the General Election, the Shadow Chancellor answered with an unequivocal no.

Talks, deals, coalitions, pacts, unequivocally no.

There will be no deal between Labour and the SNP. We're fighting for a majority.

We will implement a Labour budget and we're not going to start negotiating our budget in government with a party that wants to break up the United Kingdom."

– Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

A letter released today, which was signed by five thousand businesses nationally, warned that a Labour Government would be risky for the economy.

When asked about it, Mr Balls said those numbers were not all they seemed.

Look, already today that's been unravelling with businesses taking themselves off the Conservative list but in the end it's not the number of people the Conservatives can get to sign up on the Tory party website.

"It's who's got the best policies for business and we're the party which is saying we're not going to cut the main corporation tax rate for large companies, we'll cut and freeze the business rate for 1.5 million small business properties."

– Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
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