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Brian Taylor | 12:34 UK time, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Final day of campaigning, final thoughts from the political leaders.

Given the polls, each of the parties spotlights the prospect of a hung parliament, either in anticipation or horror.

Here they are, listed for you in a handy paste-and-keep guide. All part of the service.

From Labour's Jim Murphy, a declaration that the choice confronting voters is "between a Labour Prime Minsiter or a Tory Prime Minister."

Mr Murphy argues that "voting for the Liberal Democrats, the SNP or staying at home would hand the keys to Number 10 over to David Cameron."

He advises potential voters: "If you don't stop David Cameron, no one will." Labour, he says, will prioritise the economy, jobs and families.

From Tavish Scott of the Liberal Democrats, disdain for what he calls "the old parties and the old system".

'Do a deal'

Only the Lib Dems, he argues, are offering to fix that system, rather than perpetuate it. In particular, he suggests that support for his party would entail "fairer taxes, green sustainable jobs and cleaned-up politics."

Mr Scott concludes that "real change is coming", advising voters: "Whether you voted Labour or SNP or Conservative last time, vote Liberal Democrat this time."

Alex Salmond of the SNP concludes that "Labour are finished while the Tories are arrogantly saying they can rule with no Scots MPs and the Lib Dems are ready to do a deal with David Cameron".

Restating his campaign theme, he says that "Scotland needs champions, now more than ever before." This, he argues, is particularly vital to protect public services.

Mr Salmond says that only voting SNP will "save Scotland from the worst impact of a Tory or Tory-led government."

From David Mundell of the Conservatives, a warning that "a hung parliament would put economic recovery at risk", threatening fewer jobs and higher mortages.

By contrast, Mr Mundell says that what is required is "a strong and decisive Conservative Government to sort out the mess left by thirteen years of Labour rule".

All night long

The Tories, he says, would help families, protect the most vulnerable, foster business and economic growth while securing Scotland's place in the United Kingdom.

PS: Herewith the plug. BBC Scotland telly coverage of the election - blending full reports and analysis of the UK and Scottish pictures - starts on BBC 1 at 9.55. We're going right through the night. I plan to blog.

BBC Radio Scotland coverage starts at 10pm, running right through to 0600 when it's Good Morning Scotland to 0845, then Call Kaye - and then continuous rolling coverage all day in a Newsdrive Special, pausing only for my Big Debate at 1215.

Watch. Listen. Surf. Enjoy.


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