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David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions

Labour leader Ed Miliband has clashed with David Cameron ahead of Thursday's elections, accusing the government of breaking a string of promises to voters.

At Prime Minister's Questions on 4 May 2011, Mr Miliband asked: "How can the public believe anything they are saying at these elections tomorrow?"

But David Cameron said people should remember the "mess" Labour left behind as they cast their vote.

Voters will go to the polls for elections to councils in England, the devolved institutions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the referendum on changing Westminster's voting system.

In the Commons Mr Miliband challenged the prime minister about the government's decision to raise tuition fees to £9,000, and the forced retirement of veteran police officers.

He said over 2,000 experienced officers with more than 30 years of service were being forced to retire as a result of the government's cuts, despite a promise that front-line services would be protected.

He told the House: "What the public are saying is on police cuts, on tuition fees, on the NHS: this is not what we voted for.

"Having broken so many of their promises a year ago, how can the public believe anything they are saying at these elections tomorrow?"

But David Cameron accused Labour of "complete and utter hypocrisy", claiming Mr Miliband's party would not have protected police numbers.

Defending the government's record, Mr Cameron told the Commons: "What this coalition has done over the last year is frozen council tax, capped immigration, lifted a million people out of income tax, introduced a pupil premium, linked the pension back to earnings, cut corporation tax and set up more academies in 10 months than the last government set up in 10 years.

"And with council elections tomorrow, people should remember the mess Labour left us in and resolve themselves: Do not let Labour do to your council what they did to our country."

At the end of Prime Minister's Questions, Commons Speaker John Bercow made a brief statement announcing the retirement of the House's clerk, Dr Malcolm Jack, after 44 years' service.

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