By junior political correspondent Al Creditto:
The three main political parties were gearing up for their live TV debate tomorrow night, but the issue of political bias was brought up by the leaders of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru.
After being removed from the mainstream Short Third Man candidate list, SNP leader Angus Fraser claimed that "on behalf of the Scottish National Party I must protest in the strongest possible terms that The Short Third Man are not giving any coverage to the campaign in Scotland, and my celtic colleague Robert Croft would say the same if he were able to use a computer!".
Taking time out from his campaign in Durham, Labour leader Paul Collingwood was sympathetic to the SNP and Plaid Cymru's plight, saying that "British cricket politics is open to allowing Scottish and Welsh involvement". However, after leaving his mic attached post interview; in an apparently off-the-record remark, Collingwood muttered "Scotland have nothing to do with anything. They didn't even qualify for the World T20. Even Afghanistan managed that". Collingwood's xenophobic remarks have angered the Scottish people, and he appears to have alienated voters from north of the border.
He joins Liberal Democrat leader Alastair Cook in trying to limit the damage of the past few days; where Cook was revealed to be assisting Conservative leader Andrew Strauss with his campaign. While both his opponents were battling both negative media and their own party, Strauss himself was out canvassing for votes from the Gloucestershire constituency.
Preparations are under way for tomorrow's TV debate, and it is yet unclear whether the SNP or Plaid Cymru will participate.
The Short Third Man's cricket election will be held on Thursday May 6th. For more information, click here