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Election 2010: Nick Clegg attacks Cameron's 'arrogance'

Clegg: 'Cameron is measuring for curtains'

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has accused David Cameron of "breathtaking arrogance" by assuming he would win the general election on Thursday.

He said the Tory leader was "already measuring up the curtains for No 10" before anyone had cast their vote.

The Lib Dems, Tories and Labour are campaigning vigorously in key target seats with three days to go.

The Conservatives remain ahead in the latest opinion polls but not by enough to be sure of winning a majority.

Mr Cameron has admitted his party have "still got everything left to do" but told the BBC on Sunday his party had the "momentum" in the campaign and discussed his plans for government if elected this week.

He says people need to know that his party is ready to "roll up its sleeves" and get to work straight away if it is elected.

'Sense of entitlement'

But Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said the Tory leader appeared "desperate to give the impression that he is home and dry" when voters were "firmly resisting his soft-soap campaign".

Mr Clegg also warned Mr Cameron not to be complacent.

"In this country, you don't inherit power - you have to earn it," he told supporters on a visit to the constituency of Lewisham East in south-east London, which was won by Labour in 2005.

Colin Firth and Nick Clegg
Actor Colin Firth (L) has switched from Labour to backing the Lib Dems

The Lib Dem leader warned a vote for either Labour or the Conservatives would result in "a stitch-up between two old vested interests who are only interested in themselves".

"We have an opportunity of a lifetime, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change Britain for good," he said. "It's your country, it's your community, and we stand by your side for a better future, a fairer future - change for good in Britain."

He urged people to "vote with your heart, vote with your instincts, vote for the future you want".

Speaking later in London, Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable accused the Conservatives of using the "politics of fear" to worry people about the impact of a hung Parliament.

The Lib Dems' performance during the campaign had "broken" what he said was the Tories' "sense of entitlement" to govern by turning the election into a "three horse race".

While his party did not seek a hung Parliament, if it happened it would force parties to work together "whether they liked it or not".

The Lib Dems have also released a list of celebrities who are backing their campaign, including Pride and Prejudice star Colin Firth, actor Daniel Radcliffe, scientist and author Professor Richard Dawkins and satirist Armando Iannucci.

In a statement released by the Lib Dems, Mr Firth said he was once a "committed Labour voter" but had been "appalled by the abandonment of the values they advocated while in opposition".

"For me, their conduct on asylum alone is reason enough never to be able to contemplate voting for them again. Those who, like me, have despaired of political alternatives should take a second look."



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