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David Cameron is 'going all out' to win election 2010

David Cameron at Grimsby fish market
Mr Cameron began the 36-hour vote drive by delivering leaflets in London

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

Mr Cameron campaigned through the night talking to bakers, fishermen and paramedics in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Wednesday is seeing campaign visits to the West Midlands and Wales before heading to a final rally in Bristol.

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

BBC political correspondent Carole Walker said Mr Cameron had told her he felt he had momentum and there would be no let-up until the final rally on Wednesday evening.

Mr Cameron told the BBC: "It's a huge sacred bond of trust that you're asking for and I think showing that you're really working for it, showing you're really keen to do it in the interests of the whole country, that's the right thing to do."

Battlebus tour

The Tory leader, who began the trip in London delivering leaflets with wife Samantha, travelled to a rally in Northern Ireland, where the party is fielding joint candidates with the Ulster Unionists.

He then kicked off a 24-hour battlebus tour at a rally in Scotland before stopping for fish and chips in Cumbria and visiting firefighters at their station in Carlisle.

Mr Cameron said he was grabbing some sleep in the back of the bus between visits.

His first visit of Wednesday morning was with schoolchildren in the Sherwood constituency. Pupils at Sir John Sherbrooke junior school in Calverton posed a series of tough questions, including one child who asked him: "What makes you think you are worthy to be prime minister?"

On the 29th hour of his final campaign push he visited ambulance crews in Dudley, West Midlands, before heading to Wales.

Meanwhile, Mr Cowell told the Sun newspaper David Cameron was "the prime minister Britain needs at this time".

The multi-millionaire entrepreneur said he believed Mr Cameron had the "substance and the stomach to navigate us through difficult times".

This was a guy who I thought would do the right things for this country
Simon Cowell

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

He wrote: "I have met David on two occasions. I liked him immediately. I trust him and he was very quick to commit to helping with a serious funding deficit for a children's hospice charity I am involved with.

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

Gordon Brown has spoken of his admiration of Mr Cowell and his fondness for The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent on a number of occasions. Mr Cowell has also visited Number 10.

Fellow host on America's Got Talent and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan has voiced his support for Gordon Brown.

Mr Cowell said he found Mr Brown and his wife Sarah "charming" too.

"Gordon is a very sincere man who I respect. He has given a lot of support for our shows and artists but I worry after all of this time how much more energy he can devote to a huge task ahead of him," he wrote.

And he dismissed Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg as "made for TV", suggesting his performance in the leaders' debates might have won him the talent show vote but was not enough to be PM.

Asked about Mr Cowell's decision, Mr Brown said: "This is an election not about celebrities. It's not about what one or two celebrities think. It's about what the people think about the problems that we've got serious issues."



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