There was a frenetic end to Britain’s election campaign as the main party leaders made a flurry of visits across the country in a final push for votes.
Gordon Brown ended his bid to remain in Downing Street by returning to Scotland where he urged voters to continue trusting Labour.
“I understand your concerns, I know the worries about jobs and job security. I know the worries about the future of our public services, and I say to you this: if we are going to secure the recovery and growth we need, we need a majority Labour government,” Brown told supporters in Dumfries.
With most polls predicting a hung parliament, David Cameron, like Brown, focussed most of his final day speeches on his party’s need for a clear majority in order to bring about change:
“If you want to wake up on Friday morning with a new government, a new team, a new prime minister starting the work of cleaning up the mess that’s been made over the last 13 years, then it’s only a Conservative vote that can guarantee that outcome,” said Cameron.
With the Liberal Democrats likely to hold the balance of power, their leader told voters that they have a “once in a generation opportunity to do something different.”
Speaking at a rally in Eastbourne, Nick Clegg said: “We have to clear up the House of Lords so the House of Lords is accountable to you, not just to itself. We have to clean up party funding and we have to introduce a new approach to politics so every single one of your votes counts, so that politicians listen to you, not just themselves.”
Clegg has said he would find it hard to do a deal with Brown if Labour does finish third, but has not ruled out working with an alternative Labour leader, or with the Conservatives.