United Kingdom set to vote in general election
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 20:30
Prime Minister Theresa May called the vote in April, when opinion poll ratings for her and her centre-right Conservative party were sky high, presenting herself as the strong leader to take Britain into Brexit talks.
But Islamist attacks in London and Manchester have put her under pressure over her six years as interior minister, while campaign missteps have dented her reputation as a safe pair of hands. On the eve of the parliamentary vote, May tried to bring the campaign back to Brexit. "Around the same time Theresa May's performances in press conferences and her campaigning style were not as polished as Jeremy Corbyn's so people warmed a lot to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party and were less impressed with the Conservatives".
"If we get Brexit right, we can build a Britain that is more prosperous and more secure, a Britain in which prosperity and opportunity is shared by all", May said in a last appeal to voters to trust her to "knuckle down and get the job done". This means that rather than ask someone how they might vote in the future, you are asking them how they just voted moments ago.
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. Pollsters expect May to win a majority. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a campaign visit to Norwich, England, Wednesday June 7, 2017, on the final day of campaigning ahead of the general election on Thursday. This is up sharply from the working majority of 17 she has had until now and bigger than any Conservative majority since the days when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.
Polling firm ICM put the Conservatives at 46%, up one point compared to a poll on Monday, with Labour unchanged at 34%. One projection said she would win a majority of 64 seats.
The official exit poll at the close of voting at 10 pm local time on election night is traditionally expected to give an indication of which way the vote is likely to go.
There were also no exit polls for European Union referendum, which increased the suspense and uncertainty on the night of the vote count.
Voters want someone "willing to be hard and to stand up for Britain", May said.
Meanwhile opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, an anti-war campaigner deemed unelectable by a majority of his own lawmakers, has run an energetic campaign promising change and an end to austerity.
"The choice is quite simple". Five more years of a Tory government, five more years of austerity, five more years of cuts.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has attracted large crowds and enthusiastic support during the campaign.
The last week of campaigning has been held in the shadow of an attack by three militants who on Saturday drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing and slashing dozens of people in bars and restaurants with knives.
Police confirmed on Wednesday the Saturday death toll had risen to eight after they found a body in the River Thames. They also made another arrest in east London in connection with the attack.
The second attack took place on May 22 when 22 people were killed and 116 injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.
Security has been increased nationwide and the violence has dominated the final weeks of campaigning.
"Wouldn't it be great if on Friday we woke up to a Labour government that will be a government for all of our communities across the whole of the country", he said. The Liberal Democrats were on 10%, Ukip on 5%, Greens on 2% and others 6%.
"There's a similar set of scenarios in play for the United Kingdom general election, which is taking place on Thursday".