LANCASTER, United Kingdom – The Conservatives and Labour are still tied as the election enters its final 48 hours, forcing party leaders to redouble their efforts to break the deadlock. The latest YouGov survey for The Sun put the Conservatives and Labour on 33 percent, UKIP on 12 percent, the Liberal Democrats 10 percent and the Greens 5 percent.
Nigel Farage pledged not to do a coalition deal with anyone who did not promise an early EU referendum. In a radio interview Mr Farage said: “I don’t want a ministerial car but I would like to drive the agenda. The national debt has doubled in five years and no one’s talking about it.
“So we would say: we would support you on your Budget if we can see serious deficit reduction plans. And in return for that what we would want is a referendum to be held by the end of this year.”
David Cameron pressed his familiar message about the risks of a coalition between Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon. He warned the Daily Mail: “Back-room deals. Bribes. Ransom notes. Chaos. Not just for the week after the election. But for five long years… It doesn’t bear thinking of. Our defences weakened.
“Our ability to pay our way questioned. Our United Kingdom threatened. All of your work and sacrifice that has put this country back on its feet again completely wasted. And the consequences for you? Higher taxes to pay for the extra borrowing. Higher mortgage rates caused by the instability. Jobs lost because of the insecurity.”
The Conservatives are now convinced they are out-polling Labour in their key marginals across the Midlands and the North of England. They expect to lose seats in London but mitigate that loss by wiping out the Liberal Democrats in the South East.
UKIP say they are on course to win their targets in places like Clacton and Thanet South. However, insiders say the party’s bigger political opportunity is the way they are challenging Labour seats in the North.
Paul Nuttall MEP told Breitbart London that UKIP expect to come second in at least 100 Labour seats, and will use this to make a major challenge in the 2020 election. Ed Miliband attempted to counter the UKIP surge by hammered home his message that the NHS was facing “financial bombshell” if Labour does not get into power.