Odds favour Theresa May's win as voting set to begin in UK

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(Victoria Jones/PA via AP). Britain's Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits local voters at the campaign office in Carshalton southeast England while on the General Election Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

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She has portrayed Corbyn as the weak and hapless leader of a spendthrift party that would hit voters with a "tax bombshell", crash the economy and flounder in the Brexit negotiations. Atrocities near Parliament, a Manchester concert venue and London Bridge have left Britain on high alert, with the official threat level at severe, the second-highest rating, indicating an attack is "highly likely".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi of London's Metropolitan Police Service acknowledged security concerns surrounding the election.

"We appreciate that these are unprecedented times and together with our partners we continue to keep communities safe", D'Orsi said.

Voter Rachel Sheard, who was casting her ballot near the site of Saturday's attack, said the election had been somewhat surprising.

Peter Easterby, 63, and his wife Liz, 53, expect a procession of around 40 neighbors to make the journey to vote in their remote home in Driffield, 48 km east of York.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party is on course to win Thursday's national election comfortably, an opinion poll suggested on Wednesday, the first of several last-minute surveys ahead of polling day.

The election pits UK's main political parties, the Conservative party headed by Prime Minister Theresa May against Labour party's Jeremy Corbyn. (Much of it is now covered by the state.) It was instantly dubbed a "dementia tax" by her opponents, and appeared to shock people inside her own party.

It is also the first UK General Election where campaigning has been halted by terrorist attacks.

Securing a stronger parliamentary majority would place her in a "stronger negotiating position" with the European Union, he said.

"The British government is woefully under-resourced in terms of the kind of people who can do these negotiations, so really, the more time they can have and build up the resources they need, the better - they won't be rushing to do much until the autumn", Bale said. "So whoever you have voted for in the past, if that is the future you want, then vote Conservative today and we can all go forward together".

There's now the very real possibility of a hung parliament where no party has power, or even handing over leadership of the country to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, a socialist who very recently had little support inside his own party and much less beyond.

In the past the two largest parties - Labour and the Conservatives - dominated British politics.

"No", she said. "We have set out in our manifesto the challenges we face as a country and how we as government would deliver on those challenges, how we would ensure that we were addressing those challenges". Hope that it doesn't have to be like this; that inequality can be tackled; that austerity can be ended; that you can stand up to the elites and the cynics. "This is the new center ground".

The Conservatives now have a majority of 17 in the House of Commons.

Lehne told RFE/RL that an anti-Brexit bloc would become most empowered if the Conservatives fail to win an outright parliamentary majority - creating the possibility for a Labour-led minority coalition with the SNP and the Liberal Democrats.

The weather is unlikely to prove too much of a deterrent to voters, although rain is forecast to move north through the United Kingdom during the course of the day.

  • Zachary Reyes