United Kingdom party leaders cross country in final bid to win votes

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

Britain's top-selling newspaper the Sun today urged its readers to ditch the opposition Labour Party and the anti-EU UK Independence Party and vote for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in tomorrow's snap general election.

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron will travel across the country to seek support from voters and win-over the undecided.

Across the region, 34% of people said they are planning to vote Labour later this week, compared to 25% who said that was their planned vote at the start of the election campaign.

Mrs May - who has spent much of the election campaigning in Labour's heartlands of the North and Midlands - will concentrate her final effort on the South East, Eastern England and the Midlands.

The Guardian carries Mrs May's declaration that she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terrorism suspects, while Mr Corbyn tackles claims he is soft on security in the Daily Mirror.

"And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court".

"Many people will see it for what it is, which is a rather crass last minute attempt to divert attention from the much more hard questions around our anti-terrorism policy", said former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, a Liberal Democrat.

"I'm voting Labour because another five years of Conservative government would be a disaster for the NHS, the police and other public services", he said, after a meeting with Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.

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Speaking in the West Yorkshire marginal of Wakefield, the former Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper made a final appeal to voters as she warned a Tory landslide on Friday would be "incredibly damaging" for the region.

"It might give the appearance of action, but what the security services lack is not more power, but more resources", he said.

Dodd drew comparisons to former USA presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, arguing they were both "fighting against a very strong, deeply entrenched part of the establishment".

"If you are a Labour supporter who lives somewhere where the only way of beating the Conservative candidate is a Liberal Democrat, then I need you to lend me your vote".

After the crowd started chanting "for the many, not the few", Labour's campaign slogan, he said: "Let's work together across the whole country to show them our programme is real, serious and here". It is one of a number of previously safe Labour seats that are expected to change hands on June 9 following the collapse of the Ukip vote and a surge in support for the Conservatives.

"We are going all-out to win this election", he said.

Mr Farron, who has seen the Lib Dems squeezed in the polls by the two larger parties, will use his final rally in Oxford to appeal to people to vote tactically to keep out the Tories - including Conservative supporters concerned about their plans for Brexit and for social care.

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