This is a historic election, the most important choice voters have faced in decades. The result will determine whether Britain as we know it exists in a generation or whether the union will have splintered beyond repair. It will shape the nation’s economic wellbeing: whether we make countless lives harder by cutting ourselves off from our biggest trading partner or maintain our close relationship with the EU. It will influence the type of society we are: whether the number of children who grow up in abject poverty and the number of people sleeping rough – stains on our collective conscience– will continue to rise. It will decide the sustainability of the world we bequeath to our children and grandchildren. Yet there is no disguising that this is an election of last resort, the product of an unedifying journey through months of parliamentary gridlock. None of the options inspires enthusiasm; the campaign has been underwhelming and uninspiring. But the gloomy sense it … [Read more...] about The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election
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Boris Johnson's lead over Labour has stabilised at 10 points, with the latest opinion polls revealing that Jeremy Corbyn has slowly started to narrow the gap with the Conservatives as election day approaches. Opinion polls so far show the Conservative Party still in front, with a 9.9-point lead over Labour. Though there are only days to go until election day, it is still possible for public opinion to shift - just as it did away from Theresa May in 2017. Labour have been steadily narrowing the gap with the Tories, in-part thanks to a relatively popular manifesto, but continue to suffer from the on-going accusations of anti-Semitism which are plaguing both party and leader. Last week saw Chief... … [Read more...] about General election 2019 opinion polls: Latest average shows Conservative Party’s lead stabilise at 10 points
JUST 10,000 voters in battleground seats have the destiny of Brexit in their hands. Swing voters in knife-edge constituencies will be crucial on Thursday in deciding if Boris Johnson gets it done. But there are fears Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could gain enough votes to stop him returning to No 10. Election analyst Lord Hayward said: “For those who want to return a pro-Brexit MP, they will need to support the Conservative candidate.” The Tory peer’s eve-of-poll reckoning shows that between ten and 15 thousand — a tiny fraction of the UK’s 47million electorate — hold the country’s fate in their hands. Mr Johnson winning a majority in the early hours of Friday morning will see a Commons vote before Christmas Day and ensure the UK leaves the EU at the end of January.But a hung Parliament would likely lead to Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, propped up by the SNP and the Lib Dems — leading to another EU vote and a new … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: Just 10,000 voters in battleground seats have destiny of Brexit in their hands
Voting day in the December general election is now less than a week away, after the chaotic Brexit negotiations in Westminster led MPs to back Boris Johnson's call for a vote on Oct 29. Since Parliament was officially dissolved on Nov 6, the UK political parties have been preparing for the upcoming election, with candidates promoting their campaigns, pledges and promises across the country. When is the general election? The UK general election is set to take place on Dec 12. While most of us wouldn't typically associate the final month of the year with political votes, back in the early 20th century, three general elections took place in December 1910, 1918 and 1923. What time do polling stations open and close? On polling day, voting centres will operate from 7am until 10pm. How do I vote in the general election? Firstly, you need to be registered to vote, which is done via the GOV.UK website. The deadline to register was … [Read more...] about What date is voting day in the 2019 general election, and when will we know the results?
Boris Johnson has claimed a leaked Treasury document about checks on the Northern Ireland border is "wrong".Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn obtained the document, claiming it proves there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit.Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Johnson said: "[This deal] allows the whole of the UK to come out of the EU including Northern Ireland and the only checks that there would be, would be if something was coming from GB via Northern Ireland and was going on to the Republic, then there might be checks at the border into Northern Ireland."Pressed on the document talking about "checks both ways", he said "that's wrong because there won't be checks".Answering a question about whether the document was wrong, he said: "Yes. Because there's no question of there being checks on goods going NI/GB or GB/NI because they are part of - if you look at what the deal is, we're part of the same customs territory and it's very clear that … [Read more...] about General election: Leaked Treasury document ‘wrong’ on Brexit checks, Boris Johnson claims