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Paul O'Grady threatens to leave country for Venice if Conservatives win election

Birkenhead comedian threatens to leave the country if the Conservatives win the election Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Liverpool comedian Paul O’Grady has said he will move to 'a Lido in Venice' if the Tories win Thursday's general election.

The TV presenter fro Birkenhead, who's supporting Labour in the election, threatened to leave the country during a rally for the party in London yesterday saying:

'I cannot live under this Conservative...this coalition anymore.'

He also complained about the treatment of working class people and the state of hospitals in the country.


Sunday in the North West

View from Beetham Tower Credit: by Nathan Yates

SUNDAY: It will slowly become drier across the north of the region but stay fairly cloudy. Further south it should brighten up and feel warmer but a few showers are likely. Maximum Temperature 16 °C.

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Esther McVey on course to lose Wirral West seat, new poll suggests

Conservative Party candidate Esther McVey Credit: PA Images

A new opinion poll suggests Conservative Minister Esther McVey is on course to be out of a job next Thursday.

A Lord Ashcroft poll in Wirral West shows the Conservative candidate, who's been an MP since 2010, is three points behind Labour's Margaret Greenwood.

Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood Credit: PA Images

But the poll does show Ms McVey has closed the gap on the Labour candidate since the last research in March from five points, putting Labour's narrow lead within the margin of error.

The poll shows the gap bewteen Labour and the Tories are within the margin of error Credit: Lord Ashcroft

"After more than a year and nearly a quarter of a million telephone interviews, we have reached the final round of my general election constituency polling," said Lord Ashcroft.

"There is...better news for Esther McVey in Wirral West, where Labour’s lead is down from five to three points since last month. This small narrowing of the gap comes as both main parties have increased their vote share, again at the expense of UKIP.

"The results show that there can be late movement on the battleground as the election approaches and voters’ minds are concentrated, and there is still room for more in the final week. That is why even these polls remain snapshots, not predictions."


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