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UK election at-a-glance: 4 May

Labour candidate Manish Sood breaks ranks with an attack on his leader

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

With only two days of campaigning to go, the issue of tactical voting comes to the fore. Some senior Labour ministers appear to be urging people to vote tactically to keep the Conservatives out - which the Lib Dems call "desperate". Gordon Brown says he wants people to vote Labour - as one of the party's candidates brands him the "worst prime minister we have had". David Cameron visited Northern Ireland, though his trip was delayed by the volcanic ash cloud. The Tory leader is due to campaign through Tuesday night. Nick Clegg, meanwhile, says he has not ruled out working with either of his rivals in a hung parliament. See how the day unfolded.

IMMIGRATION DEBATE

Fruitcakes and Bigot-gate

Immigration spokesmen clashed on UKIP's reputation as 'fruitcakes and closet racists' and Gordon Brown's encounter with Gillian Duffy.

UKIP's Nigel Farage, Conservative Damian Green, Labour's Phil Woolas and Liberal Democrat Tom Brake were taking part in the Daily Politics Election Debate on immigration.

They discussed UK and EU relations - and counter-claims over the scale of legal and illegal immigration in the UK.

TUESDAY'S NEWSPAPERS

The Financial Times comes out in support of the Conservatives. In a front page editorial, it says: "Britain needs a strong and legitimate government to navigate its fiscal crisis."

The Independent says minister Peter Hain is hinting Labour voters should change sides in seats where the Liberal Democrats are stronger.

The Guardian reports that Gordon Brown is urging voters to spurn the Lib Dems and swing behind Labour if they want radical political reform.

UK ARABIC DAILY BACKS LIB DEMS

Meanwhile, the London-based independent newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi has come out in support of the Lib Dems. "The Arab and Muslim voter has a golden opportunity for contributing to the change process at whose threshold Britain is now standing", it says, by giving his vote to the candidate who serves his local domestic or external issues.

These issues include "reducing the pressures on the community's sons by the security forces and respecting the uniqueness of the Islamic creed".

It says the majority of Muslims and Arabs in Britain used to prefer Labour but after Iraq and Afghanistan, "its leadership should be punished for its disgraceful bloody stand by ensuring it fails".

"The Liberal Democrat Party which alone of all the parties opposed the war on Iraq fiercely, strongly opposed the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and condemned it with the harshest expressions, always sided with the immigrants' causes...deserves the support of this newspaper and its readers."

VIEW FROM ABROAD

Broadsheet The Australian says the UK election "knife-edge" is tilting to the Conservatives. However, it points out: "The difference between survival and humiliation for Gordon Brown is a shift in public support so small that it can't be detected reliably by opinion polls."

Melbourne's The Age believes David Cameron has taken the "first political risk of his campaign" by talking about victory. Whatever the result, it says: "Whoever believes they can form government must have their argument and numbers sewn up before they visit the Queen to ensure that she is not involved in any unedifying tussle."

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Economic Journal says Gordon Brown's "indecision" as prime minister could see his days in politics numbered. "He rose to a position that he was unqualified for. The day that he got his hands on the key to the door of 10 Downing Street was the beginning of his political demise," it says.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"They (the Conservatives) are not a perfect fit, but their instincts are sound." The Financial Times on supporting the Tories

"Voters are intelligent and they know what the real fight is in their own constituency." Labour's Peter Hain suggesting voters should vote tactically to block the Tories

"I am not going to take lectures from a bunch of retired establishment figures about the security of this country." Nick Clegg on former security service critics of the Lib Dems

"Even if you are a senior female politician with years of experience, you will be pushed aside in favour of US-style political wives." Female chief executives writing to The Times about women's issues being "ignored" in the campaign

TODAY'S CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP

Labour's Ed Balls and Peter Hain backed tactical voting in marginal seats to "keep the Tories out".

Labour candidate Manish Sood called Gordon Brown "the worst prime minister we have had in this country".

More than 30 allegations of postal vote irregularities have been reported to police forces in England.

The leader of UKIP says the Islamic veil, the burka, should be banned as it represents fear and is a security risk.

The Lib Dems say it is nonsense" to suggest they cannot be trusted on national security ", after criticism from former defence and intelligence chiefs.

There is no way Northern Ireland will be singled out over and above any other part of the UK, the Tory leader says on a visit that dodged the ash cloud.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

5,000 - the number of new members the Liberal Democrats have signed up since the start of the campaign.



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