UK Elections Get Underway: Theresa May Seeks Outright Victory

  • Labour Candidate, Jeremy Corbyn Banking on Recent Terrorists’ Attacks to Sway Voters

The United Kingdom general elections got underway with the commencement of voting on Thursday morning as Mrs. Theresa May says she is confident of a victorious outcome.

At her last campaign rally in Solihull flanked by members of her Cabinet, the Prime Minister urged voters to ditch Labour and give her a ticket back to her Prime Minister’s position.

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When she called the election with a 24-point poll lead it was predicted she would claim a landslide victory, but Labour has seen a huge boost in popularity.

Mrs May still heads into the polling day confident of an outright majority tomorrow. An ICM poll gave the Tories a 12-point advantage, while a ComRes survey for The Independent put them 10 points in front.

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At an event in the West Midlands tonight – where the Conservatives were buoyed by Andy Street being elected may last month, Mrs May set out her plans if she is re-elected.

She pledged to stamp out terrorism, build more houses, improve the range of education, get a solid Brexit deal and nail down trade agreements around the globe.

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“This is our vision for building a fairer, stronger, independent, more prosperous Britain for us all,” the Prime Minister told supporters at the National Convention Centre.

“This is the vision that we as Conservatives have. We have the will, we have the plan and we have the vision to take this country not just through those Brexit negotiations but beyond into a brighter future.”

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Earlier at a rally in Norwich Mrs May said she wanted to “reignite the British spirit” and build a country “that feels more confident in itself”.

She urged Labour voters who she described as “fiercely patriotic” to put aside their previous allegiance and back her party when polls open tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rallied supporters at Union Chapel near his home in Islington.

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“Labour’s campaign has already changed the face of British politics,” the Labour leader said after almost two years battling senior figures in his party to let him fight a general election at its helm.

“As we prepare for government, we have already changed the debate and given people hope. 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.

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“This is the new centre ground. The place where most people actually are. The policies the majority actually want, not what the establishment and its media mouthpieces insist they should want.

“This is the new mainstream, and we have staked it out and made it our own – together.”

In the last days of the campaign Labour condemned May’s six-year record as home secretary – in particular the 20,000 police officers who were cut under her watch.

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The New Diplomat recalled the three terror attacks that have shocked Britain in the past few weeks – one in Manchester and two in London, which left dozens dead and more than 200 injured.

In the course of the campaign people lost their lives in Manchester and in London.

Following this Corbyn has said, “We can honour the victims of these atrocities tomorrow by voting. By showing democracy that will never be cowed by terror and that hope can triumph over fear.”

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