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Labour and SNP 'close to post-election deal'

Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon are "at the altar, and preparing to sign the register" on a post-election deal, according to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Sturgeon made the Labour leader an offer to join forces to help him become Prime Minister during the TV debates.

But David Cameron has warned there would be more borrowing and higher taxes if Miliband goes ahead with the deal.

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Alexander: Lib Dems wanted to take part in TV debate

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said the Liberal Democrats were prevented from taking part in last night's challengers' debate on the BBC because of the Conservatives.

Speaking on ITV's The Agenda, after the debate programme, Mr Alexander insisted that his party wanted to be there "to defend our good record in government."

Mr Alexander added that Thursday night's TV debate showed that the Lib Dems were needed at Westminster to represent "the centre ground".

Other guests on The Agenda were poet Benjamin Zephaniah, journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer and BBC Radio4 presenter Aasmah Mir.

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