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David Cameron promises to inspire on Wales poll visit


Opinion polls suggest the result of the general election is too close to call

David Cameron has accused Labour or running a "disgraceful" and "negative" election campaign, and said he wanted to "inspire" a better government.

The Conservative leader spoke at a school in Newtown, Powys, after 36 hours of non-stop travel round Britain.

On the campaign's last day, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain flew around Wales by helicopter to rally Labour.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams was in Wrexham and Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones in Llanelli.

Outside Dafydd Llwyd School in Newtown, Mr Cameron - making his fourth trip of the campaign to Wales - said: "We have just got a few hours left to bring our country a new government, and to save our country from another five years of Gordon Brown.

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"We don't have to put up with what we've got. We don't have to put up with a government like this. Britain and Wales could do so much better than we have now.

"So let's use the last hours of this campaign to rebut, yes, Labour's negative attacks and all they say, but above all to inspire people about a better government, and what a better government could mean for our country."

Earlier Mr Cameron listened to pupils at the Welsh medium primary school singing, which he said had "lifted everybody's spirits, particularly those who have been on my bus now for 36 hours".

Labour: 35% (+2 from 19 April)
Conservatives: 27% (+4)
Liberal Democrats: 23% (-6)
Plaid Cymru: 10% (+1)
Source: YouGov for ITV Wales. Sampling was carried out with 1,671 voters on 3 and 4 May.

The parties are making their final effort after a month's campaigning in Wales' 40 constituencies.

Opinion poll

It also comes the day after an opinion poll by YouGov for ITV Wales, with a sample total of 1,671 carried out on 3 and 4 May.

The poll put Labour on 35%, up 2%, Conservatives on 27%, up 4%, and Plaid Cymru on 10%, up 1%.

Peter Hain and First Minister Carwyn Jones travelled around Wales, beginning together in Newport before going their separate ways.

Mr Hain said: "I'm asking everybody in Wales to come out and vote Labour, including those who may not be Labour supporters, aren't necessarily in agreement with everything we do.

"We've got to make sure the Tories do not run Wales again, and I'm confident that Wales can win under Labour and it's vital that we do.

"i'm asking every voter - Labour supporter, Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrat, an independent or just fed up, to come and support Labour, especially in constituencies where there is a close Labour-Conservative fight.

"A lot of people have not yet made their minds up across Wales. That's why I'm involved in this 500-mile dash around Wales coming to all the key constituencies to appeal to people to come out and vote Labour and save Wales from the disaster of a Tory government with all the jobs and the public services that would be lost."

The leader of the Welsh Lib Dems Kirsty Williams said she was taking to the streets in Wrexham still canvassing because many voters were still undecided.

She said: "There's all to play for. This election has been blown wide open by Nick Clegg's performance in the [TV] debates.

Electoral system

"We can really do things differently this time and that's why we're campaigning really hard right to the last moment."

Ms Williams said that whatever the election result she believes this will be the last one fought under the first past the post "unfair" electoral system.

In Llanelli, Plaid leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, said it was clear that whichever party won, Wales was facing severe cuts and that the best way to protect the nation was to vote for Plaid to boost its influence in Westminster.

Mr Jones said: "The key message is that by voting Plaid we can defend Wales better against those cuts and the greater the vote for Plaid, the better the deal we can get for the people of Wales.

"And of course in a balanced parliament we will always put the interests of Wales first, the needs of the people of Wales, to get a fair funding formula, looking after pensioners and children, defending our schools and hospitals.

"All that can only be done if we can get more Plaid Cymru MPs to defend our interests," Mr Jones added.

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