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UK election at-a-glance: 3 May

Shadow of Gordon Brown  at the University Campus Suffolk

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

With only three full days of campaigning left, the parties are now in the home straight. But with the polls still suggesting no-one has opened a decisive lead, there is no sign of a bank holiday breather as the pace of electioneering is rising. David Cameron says he is taking nothing for granted, as he says a strong Conservative government would be best for Britain. Gordon Brown says he and Labour are involved in a "fight for the future". Nick Clegg turns his fire on what he calls the Conservative leader's "breathtaking arrogance". See how the day unfolded.

MONDAY'S NEWSPAPERS

The Daily Telegraph says senior Conservative sources have ruled out a post-election deal with the Lib Dems in the event of a hung Parliament instead hoping to rely on the support of Unionist MPs to get key legislation passed. The Guardian says the Conservatives believe they would have six months to win support for plans to tackle the UK's huge deficit before facing potential public opposition. The Financial Times focuses on Conservative plans to require listed firms to ensure that half of people considered for future company directorships are female.

LIVINGSTONE ON THE NEXT LABOUR LEADER

Livingstone backs Balls for new leader

All the parties are being reticent over what happens if they don't so well on election day and say they are fighting for every vote. But former London mayor Ken Livingstone has picked Ed Balls as his preferred choice should Labour be looking for a new leader in the aftermath of the election result. He discussed the merits of a few candidates when quizzed by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics Election Special before making a bet with ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith over the result.

TORIES NET MURDO

Former Celtic and Scotland footballer Murdo MacLeod has given his backing to the Conservatives. Using a metaphor or two from the beautiful game, he says: "It's time we gave the Conservatives a kick at the ball. Labour have had their chance over the last 13 years and they've run out of puff and have no new ideas."


THE VIEW FROM ABROAD

Gordon Brown's prospects are the subject of much discussion in China. The Beijing-based Chinese Communist Party newspaper Guangming Ribao concluded that "the stiff, somewhat inflexible and uncharismatic Brown was reduced to being the biggest loser in the debates". Meanwhile in Hong Kong The Sun describes the prime minister as "irritable, quick to anger and indiscreet". Meanwhile, referring to Mr Brown's unguarded comments about a Rochdale pensioner, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post says some people may have found the honesty "refreshing". However, it concludes: "In an age when image seems to count for more than policy pledges, the blunder could prove to be fatal to Brown's election hopes."

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"David Cameron, with breathtaking arrogance, is already measuring up the curtains for No 10 before you have even voted." Nick Clegg

"There has never been an ounce of complacency in my body and there isn't now, and there is everything left to do." David Cameron

"I'm fighting for my life because I am fighting for the future of this country." Gordon Brown

"We have a real fighting chance." Caroline Lucas, Greens

CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP

Gordon Brown says he is "going to fight every inch of the way and every second of the day" until Thursday. Joined in Basildon and Ipswich by celebrity supporter Duncan Bannatyne, the prime minister admits he is "fighting for my life" in what he describes as "a post global-financial-crisis election".

David Cameron, who is in Blackpool, says there is not "one ounce of complacency" in his bid to be prime minister and will campaign non-stop from Tuesday night to Wednesday night, meeting fishermen, bakers and florists who work in the early hours of the morning.

Nick Clegg visits several constituencies in south London and warns David Cameron is wrong to presume he will be the next prime minister of the UK. He says the Conservative leader is "already measuring up the curtains for No 10" before anyone has cast their vote.



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