Thursday, 8 June 2017

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn fight it out as Britain holds general election


After one of the most tumultuous years in British political history, polls have opened in the country's general election.

Less than a year since Britain voted to leave the European Union and just 11 days before the start of negotiations over the terms of that departure begins, the snap election was called by British Prime Minister Theresa May with a focus on securing a mandate to take into Brexit talks.

But the divorce from Europe has faded into the background in recent weeks in the wake of the terror attacks which hit Manchester and London, with campaigning suspended in the aftermath of both events.

Instead, factors such as the economy, the National Health Service and security have become the main topics for discussion.
The main battle is between Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn.
Conservative Party leader Theresa May and husband Philip voted in Maidenhead, England.
Other parties in the race are Lib Dems, UKIP and Green party.

According to CNN, more than 46 million people are eligible to vote.

Jeremy Corbyn arrives to cast his vote at the Pakeman Primary School polling station in Islington.
Polls close at 10 p.m. UK time (5 p.m. ET), with results expected to begin rolling in within an hour or so after voting finishes.

Before the election, May had a majority of 12 seats, won in 2015 under Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who stepped down after losing the Brexit vote.

She will stay on as Prime Minister if she retains that majority.

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