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UK election at-a-glance: 5 May

Gordon Brown at Bradford University on the last day of campaigning

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

It's the last day of campaigning in the most closely contested general election in years, and the three main party leaders are still criss-crossing the country in a frantic last bid for votes. David Cameron was up all night, campaigning across the north of England, then spending Wednesday in the West Midlands and Wales. Nick Clegg went from Eastbourne to Sheffield, while Gordon Brown answered listeners' questions on BBC Radio 5 live before heading to the north of England and Scotland. The latest opinion polls continue to point to a hung parliament. See how Wednesday panned out by clicking here.

FRIGHT NIGHT

Kermode and Mayo on party political broadcast films

This year's clutch of party political broadcasts have borrowed heavily from horror films, according to BBC Radio 5 live's movie due Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.

Chanelling The Predator, The Road, Dr Who and 28 Days Later, "they're all about scaring people," says Kermode.

Watch their review for BBC One's This Week of the best - and worst - of party political broadcasts. And prepare to be scared.

WEDNESDAY'S NEWSPAPERS

The Independent has a very dramatic front page. "For five years this paper has campaigned for electoral reform", it announces in bold black type, before adding in red: "Britain now has a historic opportunity to end our unfair and discredited voting system for ever." It then reverts to black: "It must not be missed."

The Daily Telegraph comes out for the Conservatives. "Only a Conservative government can restore the nation's fortunes. In David Cameron, they have a leader with the right stuff," it says.

It also says the Democratic Unionist Party is willing to enter a formal coalition with the Tories , if the Tories do not win an outright majority. The deal would give David Cameron another nine or 10 seats, it says, which could be enough for him to form a majority government - in return for protection from spending cuts for Northern Ireland, which would cost "up to £200m".

The Daily Mail also comes out for the Conservatives. "Vote decisively to stop Britain walking blindly into disaster," it urges voters on its front page. Inside, it says: "David Cameron is the best and perhaps the only hope on offer for Britain."

COWELL PLEDGES SUPPORT

X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell has come out in support of the Conservatives in the Sun newspaper.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell said Mr Cameron had the "stomach" for difficult times

Mr Cowell told the paper David Cameron was "the prime minister Britain needs at this time". He said he believed Mr Cameron had the "substance and the stomach to navigate us through difficult times".

He continued: "I have always trusted my gut instinct - and this was a guy who I thought would do the right things for this country."

Mr Cowell said he doubted the Labour leader still had the energy for the "huge task" facing whoever wins.


CAMPAIGN CATCH-UP

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are into their final day push for votes ahead of the UK election.

The prime minister has said it is important that Labour gets as many votes as possible, and not just seats.

David Cameron says he is "going all out" to win the election in his round-the-clock final push for votes.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told voters it is "time to make a choice" , as he embarks on a whistle-stop tour of England.

The televised prime ministerial debates were a "three-party stitch up", which failed to address key policy areas , the Green Party leader has said.

In Scotland, the SNP, Lib Dems, Labour and Tories seek to rally supporters and win over voters

In Wales Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and Tory leader David Cameron are all visiting target seats

Other parties seeking votes and hoping to make a breakthrough on the last day of campaigning are the Green Party, UKIP and the BNP .



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