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David Cameron And Vince Cable Are Standing By The Same Bit Of Remote Road Because That's Politics

Britain's coalition parties are fighting to take the credit over the same road upgrade programme.

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David Cameron spent the morning standing at the side of the A1 in Northumberland as the coalition announced details of a £15 billion road building scheme.

With our candidate @annietrev hearing how £290m of upgrades to the A1 will boost the economy + create jobs in the NE

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With our candidate @annietrev hearing how £290m of upgrades to the A1 will boost the economy + create jobs in the NE

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The prime minister boasted about how the Conservatives had secured funding for a £290 million upgrade to the A1 in the key Conservative-Lib Dem marginal constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed. He went on to explain why this means local voters should back the Conservative candidate.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable spent the morning standing at the side of the A1 in Northumberland as the coalition announced details of a £15 billion road building scheme.

Very pleased to join @JuliePorksen and Sir Alan Beith on the A1 at Felton now they've secured £290million upgrade

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Very pleased to join @JuliePorksen and Sir Alan Beith on the A1 at Felton now they've secured £290million upgrade

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Cable boasted about how the Lib Dems have secured funding for a £290 million upgrade to the A1 in the key Conservative-Lib Dem marginal constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed. He went on to explain why this means local voters should back the Lib Dem candidate.

The two men were standing in drizzly lay-bys about three miles apart in the middle of rural Northumberland.

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It doesn't seem that their visits were coordinated.

When Cameron was asked by the Newcastle Chronicle whether he knew Cable would also be skulking at the side of the A1, the prime minister gave a non-committal answer: "I've known that this whole area would be swarming with coalition politicians and I'm sure Labour politicians too."

Meanwhile, deputy PM Nick Clegg spent the morning standing at the side of the A57 in Greater Manchester.

Nick Clegg in #Mottram, announcing the new Mottram Moor link road. Read more: http://t.co/XYeyUIHhbY #BuildingBritain

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Nick Clegg in #Mottram, announcing the new Mottram Moor link road. Read more: http://t.co/XYeyUIHhbY #BuildingBritain

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Culture secretary Sajid Javid was beside the A34.

Who says being a Cabinet Minister isn't glamorous? Sajid Javid announces £50m for A34....at Peartree Services

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Who says being a Cabinet Minister isn't glamorous? Sajid Javid announces £50m for A34....at Peartree Services

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And education secretary Nicky Morgan joined fellow Tory MPs Stewart Jackson and Shailesh Vara to point at roads in East Anglia.

Good to join @SJacksonMP & Shailesh Vara to discuss work on A1/A47 junction as part of £15bn Road Investment Strategy

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Good to join @SJacksonMP & Shailesh Vara to discuss work on A1/A47 junction as part of £15bn Road Investment Strategy

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Welcome to the general election campaign.

We recommend that Cable and Cameron stop off in nearby Morpeth on the way back south. It's much nicer than standing at the side of roads.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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