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David Cameron's stoking up of tensions 'a disgrace'

By Catriona Webster

Attempts by David Cameron to "stoke up tensions" between Scotland and England in the general election campaign are "utterly disgraceful", Danny Alexander has said.

The Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury attacked Mr Cameron's campaign strategy as the Tories launched their first English manifesto with a promise that English MPs will have the final say on income tax rates south of the border.

Mr Alexander also revealed details of a dossier of analysis by financial institutions, think-tanks and City experts which claimed a Labour-led government could wipe £10bn off Britain's economy and add £800 a year to average mortgages as the markets take fright.

He warned that a Labour or Conservative minority government propped up by the SNP or Ukip would be permanently on life support and under constant threat of the smaller parties "pulling the plug".

Speaking on a visit to Aberdeen, Mr Alexander said: "I think the way David Cameron has conducted this election campaign is utterly disgraceful.

"Trying to stoke up tensions between Scotland and England, playing with fire, threatening the integrity of the United Kingdom by talking up the Scottish nationalists.

"I don't want David Cameron to be Prime Minister of England, I want the United Kingdom to be kept together and so I think that the Tories need to take a very close look at themselves."

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