Tories and Lib Dems clash over PM's majority comment

Liberal Democrats peer Lord Scriven claims David Cameron admitted privately to Nick Clegg that he cannot win a majority at the General Election on Thursday but the Prime Minister dismissed the claims as "desperation".

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Row over claims Tories have given up on a majority

A row has broken out between Nick Clegg and David Cameron, just three days before the election. The Tory leader says claims made by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven, that the Prime Minister has privately given up on winning a majority are "desperate". Nick Clegg responded insisting Conservatives, who were campaigning for a majority were peddling a "big, fat fib".

ITV News political correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Cameron accuses Liberal Democrats of 'desperation'

David Cameron has accused the Liberal Democrats of "desperation" over claims made by a peer that the Prime Minister told Nick Clegg in private that he did not think the Conservatives would win a majority.

Mr Cameron responded to Lord Scriven's claims during a campaign visit this morning to the marginal Hastings and Rye constituency.

Speaking on the BBC, Lord Scriven said Mr Clegg told him of Mr Cameron's view shortly before Parliament was dissolved in March for the General Election.

He said he had decided to speak out after reading a report in the Daily Telegraph that the Tories were targeting a series of Lib Dem-held marginals which they believed held the key to a Conservative victory.

I don't take back anything I said in the tweet. People are not stupid. The opinion polls show what's happening, the private opinion polls show what is happening.

When I read what's on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, that David Cameron is not telling the truth to try to scare people to vote, then I think that his private feelings do need to be made clear.

– Lord Scriven speaking on the BBC

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Tories and Lib Dems clash over PM's majority comment

Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven said the Prime Minister knows the Tories will not get a majority. Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Conservatives have reacted with fury to Liberal Democrat claims that David Cameron has admitted privately that he cannot win a majority at the General Election on Thursday.

Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven has said the Prime Minister told Nick Clegg in private that the Tories would not get an overall majority.

Conservative aides said the claim was "100% untrue" and "complete nonsense" and showed that the Lib Dem campaign was in a state of panic.

Writing on his Twitter feed, Lord Scriven accused Mr Cameron of "lying" about the number of seats the Conservatives need to win a majority.

A Conservative spokesman said: "This is 100%, definitely not true. The Prime Minister has repeatedly made clear we only need to win 23 seats to get a majority and he is totally focused on winning that majority."

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