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UK parties target marginals in election run-in

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UK parties target marginals in election run-in


The three main party leaders in the British election race are each targeting key marginal seats in a bid to win over crucial last minute support.

With three days to go the opinion polls suggest a hung parliament is the most likely outcome, with no party winning an overall majority.

Two opinion polls in today’s papers each put the opposition Conservatives a few points ahead in terms of the number of votes cast, with the Liberal Democrats vying for second place with Labour, who have been in power for the last thirteen years.

Last week two major newspapers turned their backs on Labour. The left-wing Guardian switched its support to the Liberal Democrats while the Times is now endorsing the Conservatives for the first time in eighteen years.

But opinions vary as to how influential British papers actually are in general elections.

The Conservatives have dismissed as speculation reports in two newspapers that David Cameron has ruled out a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Should his party fail to win an overall majority in parliament, the reports say he would instead try to go it alone.

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