Voters are going to the polls in the third general election in the UK in under five years – and the fourth in under a decade.After a six-week campaign, the nation will decide whether the Conservative Party’s Boris Johnson or Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn will form a government for up to five years.A total of 650 parliamentary constituencies are being contested in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with polling stations open from 7am until 10pm.The total electorate is around 46 million and there will be 40,000 polling stations. Unusual locations include several pubs, a hair salon, a laundrette, a chip shop and a windmill.When all the votes are counted after the polls close, a party needs 326 seats for a majority in the Commons without relying on support from smaller parties. Advertisement It is the first December general election since 1923 and the first winter election since February 1974, when Edward Heath and the Conservatives were defeated by Harold Wilson’s Labour Party.Of the last three general elections, in 2010, 2015 and 2017, only one – when David Cameron triumphed in 2015 – has produced a clear-cut winner with one party securing an overall Commons majority. More from General Election 2019… Read full this story
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