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Is the tide turning against the Lib Dems?


Martin Horwood tells us he'll lose his seat

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has conceded that he will lose his seat.

Will he be right? Join us for the results around 3:30am.

Count underway in Chippenham...and there's a lot of counting to do!

The count is underway in Chippenham.

More than 400 people will spend the next 3 hours counting around 55,500 ballot papers.

If those counting suspect a 'spoiled' paper they hold a red card in the air so an 'agent' can make a decision on whether it can be included or whether it must be discarded.

A deceleration is due around 04:30am although less than 2,500 seats separate the Lib Dems (who currently hold the seat) and Conservatives.

There was a recount in 2010 so don't be surprised if there is another in 2015.

Follow Jonty Messer for the latest updates, and join the debate using the hashtag #westdecides

Nick Clegg campaigns in Chippenham

Nick Clegg at the Dymag Racing Wheels factory in Chippenham

Nick Clegg came to the Chippenham constituency to do some campaigning today - nine days after a visit from David Cameron.

At the last election in 2010, the Liberal Democrats took this newly-created seat with a majority of just under 2,500. It's in the top thirty Conservative targets.

Mr Clegg denied his campaign was struggling, following the surge by the SNP, or that he was being "drowned out". He insists that the public want to see policies anchored on the middle ground - implying that the Lib Dems were a "fairer" alternative to a Conservative/UKIP coalition or a Labour/SNP one.

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