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On the night shift with Brown and Cameron

Len Tingle | 16:45 UK time, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

David Cameron in Grimsby fish marketThe bookies will give you odds on virtually every aspect of this General Election.

I suspect even they would have been totally incapable of working out the chances that with less than 36 hours to go before the polling stations open Gordon Brown would be delivering a speech to the night shift of a steel mill in Sheffield.

I was a few feet away reporting live into Look North's late bulletin.

For those of you who missed me I made two points. Firstly, the fact that the Prime Minister had decided to campaign all night shows exactly how close this election has become. As far as I am aware this is the first time that any Prime Minister has spent the night on the campaign trail.

Secondly, by choosing to spend a fair bit of those final hours of the campaign in South Yorkshire before moving on to Leeds underlines the importance of Yorkshire.

The fate of those Labour-held marginal seats in the county, especially along the M62 corridor, could decide who will next hold the keys to Number 10.

David Cameron obviously has the same view. The Conservative campaign bus pulled into a Morrison's supermarket distribution depot near Wakefield at 3.15 am on Wednesday morning.

It was the Conservative leader's FOURTH stop of the night. He had already been to South Scotland, the Borders and Lancashire before dropping in on the Morrison's night shift.

All of his "shop-floor" campaign meetings are deliberately being held in constituencies where the swing required to take them from Labour would put the Conservatives in power if repeated across the country.

Half an hour after leaving Wakefield David Cameron was heading for his next campaign event.

It was at Grimsby fish market as dawn was breaking.

And what of Nick Clegg? Well he too was heading for Yorkshire. As I post this blog I am preparing to head to Sheffield to see the LibDem leader's last event of a campaign that has seen him riding the crest of a popularity wave.

It is difficult to believe that it is just five years since I followed him around a LibDem party conference for a feature on the region's newest Liberal Democrat MP.


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