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Salmond: Miliband 'foolish' to rule out SNP coalition

The former SNP leader has stepped up the pressure on Labour leader Ed Miliband with a fresh warning that he will find it difficult to avoid doing some form of deal with the Scottish nationalists in the event of another hung parliament.

Salmond: Miliband 'foolish' to rule out SNP coalition. Credit: PA

Alex Salmond who is bidding to return to Westminster - said all parties would have to face up to the "electorate's judgment" after polling day on May 7.

I think that after the election every Westminster politician will have to come and face the reality of the electorate's judgment

There is no disrespect or disgrace in any politician coming to terms with the democratically expressed position of the electorate.

All politicians, those of us who are lucky enough to be elected, chosen by the people, will try to do their best as they see it in the interests of the people who elected them.

– Mr Salmond speak to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme

He said Mr Miliband had been "foolish" to rule out a coalition with the SNP - even though it was not really on the cards - and suggested that he reacted because he was "under pressure from the Conservative press".

Tories 'panic-stricken', Miliband election guru says

The Conservatives are "increasingly panic-stricken" after underestimating Ed Miliband, the Labour leader's American election guru has claimed.

David Axelrod has said the Tories are becoming increasingly desperate in their election Credit: PA Wire

David Axelrod accused the Tories of being overconfident, saying the party's campaign had lost its energy and momentum.

He said personal attacks on the Labour leader had backfired and made the Tories look "desperate", specifically mentioning Defence Secretary Michael Fallon's comments in which he accused Mr Miliband of"stabbing his brother in the back" to gain leadership.

Mr Axelrod told the Guardian: “At the beginning it was ‘Labour is profligate’. That did not work. Then it was a personal attack on Miliband and that did not work. The next attack was the £3,000 tax increase and then that proved not to be true.

"Now they have gone full circle and are making 11th-hour promises they have no way of funding since their budgets calls for the most extraordinary austerity.”

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Farage to answer viewer's questions on 'Ask Nigel' programme

Farage to answer viewer's questions on 'Ask Nigel' programme Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Nigel Farage will be given half an hour to answer viewer questions a week before the general election in a programme to be aired on BBC One on 30th April.

The Ukip leader said he was "delighted" to appear.

David Cameron hails Britain's 'jobs miracle'

One of the key issues in today's campaigning was the economy as unemployment figures hit a seven year low.

David Cameron hailed it a "jobs miracle", claiming his government had created more vacancies in the last five years than the rest of the EU combined.

But Labour hit back saying most of those jobs were only part-time.

ITV News Editor James Mates is travelling with David Cameron and the Conservative campaign.

Sturgeon: Labour and SNP can lock Tories out of No.10

When asked again today whether Labour would enter a formal coalition with the Scottish Nationalists to form a government, Ed Miliband repeated that it wouldn't happen.

However, the Labour leader did stop short of ruling out some sort of post-election pact, should his party fail to win a majority.

Meanwhile, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon repeated her call for Labour to join forces, saying that only together could they lock the Tories out of Downing Street.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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Clegg: Pub visit better than watching 'that shower' on debate

Nick Clegg said going to a pub in his constituency was a better use of his time than listening to "that shower" in the debate.

Nick Clegg meets diver Bob Thomson during a visit to diving equipment manufacturer Divex Global in Aberdeen, Scotland. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Asked why he had not listened to Mr Miliband, a potential coalition partner, he told reporters on his campaign battle bus:

You are not seriously suggesting whether or not there is a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition depends on whether I should spend an hour and a half listening to that shower yesterday?

Come on. Give me a break. What a ridiculous thing to say. Why would that have any bearing on how a government is composed or functions after the election?

– Nick Clegg

He added that from what he had seen of the debate "it delivered no surprises whatsoever."

I didn't see it, I admit. I was talking to constituents in my constituency, because I want to get re-elected.

That is more important to me frankly than listening to Nigel Farage with his loopy, loopy stuff at one extreme and Ed Miliband dithering about how not to balance the books, and three other other politicians saying can we wave a magic wand and borrow lots of money we don't have. My use of time was spent much more productively.

– Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg: I went to pub instead of watching debate

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has his photo taken with a supporter during a General Election campaign visit to the Thainstone Centre in Inverurie, Scotland. Credit: PA

Nick Clegg says he did not watch last night's TV debate, preferring to go to the pub in his Sheffield Hallam constituency instead.

Speaking during a visit to the Gordon seat in Aberdeenshire, the Liberal Democrat said:

I would have liked to have been there.

David Cameron did not want to participate but, just because he did not want to speak up for what we have done in the last five years, I would have liked to have had the opportunity to have done so.

What was lacking in that debate was a sensible, centre-ground voice spelling out some of the realities of what we face as a country and setting out a hopeful vision of how we finish the job of balancing the books and finish it fairly. Instead, we had this rather lopsided debate.

– Nick Clegg

Miliband: PM trying to 'duck, weave and dive' into power

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of trying to "duck, weave and dive" his way back into power, claiming he was "gutless" for refusing to take part in a head-to-head showdown.

"I'm offering him a debate about leadership. I'm offering him a one-to-one debate about the future of the country," the Labour leader said.

Ed Miliband wants a head-to-head debate with David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire composite

"I have been saying week after week, anytime, anywhere, any place."

Miliband joked that he knew the real reason behind Cameron's absence at lat night's debate, saing, "I hear he was washing his hair".

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