General election polls: Latest tracker and odds
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 20:32
British politicians raced around the country on Wednesday, the final day of campaigning for a parliamentary election that will define Britain's approach to leaving the European Union but has been overshadowed by two militant attacks in as many weeks.
On the United Kingdom celebrity front, the likes of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Fry, Ken Loach and Russell Brand have all thrown their weight behind Corbyn, while Steve Coogan has been among those actively campaigning for the Labour Party. "To actually have the strong and stable leadership that is going to deliver the best deal for Britain in Europe", May told Conservative supporters in Norwich, eastern England.
But even though the prime minister has faced a tougher campaign than expected, the Conservatives are still ahead in the polls. "We need a leader with integrity & values like Jeremy Corbyn to take on corporate & elite vested interests, fight for social & economic justice, ban fracking and transition to sustainable energy", she wrote. The Conservatives led the Labour Party by 18 to 24 percentage points when May called the elections April 18. Today, that lead has waned to between 1 and 12 points, with most polls showing an advantage of 4 to 6 points.
These numbers bode ill for the current administration. May's government has a working majority of just 17 seats, small enough that a handful of dissenting Tory parliamentarians could hamstring it.
The Tories have a majority of only 690 and have drafted in activists from all over largely-Conservative Sussex and Surrey in a desperate bid to help Simon Kirby keep hold of the seat he has held since 2010. It was also accused of being in "chaos" after the PM said she had aimed at reaching the debatable target before 2022 and was undermined by her Brexit secretary later. May has been widely criticized for her party's poll performance, particularly since it was not necessary for her to call an early election. The party's sole lawmaker has quit and returned to the Conservatives. Alternatively, the Labour Party could eke out a majority in Parliament.
"Labour will give our NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible care for patients, and end the Conservatives' attacks on our hardworking health workers, who care for us all".
But for many voters, the European Union divorce is a nagging worry rather than a decisive factor in the 2017 election. To win it over, however, the Tories would have to compete with the Scottish National Party, which shares numerous Liberal Democrats' progressive ideals. Minor parties and independents hold the remaining seats. For that reason, the Labour Party has explicitly ruled out the Scottish National Party as a coalition partner. It is likely that both Labour and the Tories have benefited from these shifts.
A poll put Scottish Labour neck and neck with Ruth Davidson's Tories - but the first past the post electoral system means Labour might only grab three seats in Scotland - a far cry from their 41 MPs before the 2015 SNP landslide.
"I was delighted to meet Professor Hawking again and receive his support for my re-election and a Labour government", Mr Zeichner said. The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, want to stay in the single market and organize a second referendum on the terms to be negotiated in the Brexit. The Labour Party's lack of clarity on the issue of Brexit would only make May's position stronger.
Asked about the exchange, Mr Corbyn refused to be drawn, saying: "The priority is the election of a Labour government. In the case of a hard Brexit, trend growth could fall to 1.5%". As the local election results translated into a 60 seat Tory Majority not the 100 to 140 many were forecasting at the time!