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May 5, 2010 11:15 PM Subscribe
Polls open in the UK General Election
posted by ArkhanJG (591 comments total)
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. This has been one of the closest election campaigns in decades, with all three major parties polling within a few points of each other.
In some ways, this was David Cameron's (leader of the Conservative party) election to lose; polling up to 15 points higher than Labour last year, his lead has dropped as low as 5 points ahead in some polls just before polling. Taking full advantage
of his equal billing in the TV debates, Nick Clegg has raised the profile of the Liberal Democrats from a relatively small third party to getting equal or higher polling results than Labour. While many counted Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labour party out of the running a few months ago, he has managed to keep his embattled government within a few points of the Conservatives, and may still end up holding the balance of power in a coalition government.
With the pre-election polls so close and Labour ministers advocating tactical voting
to stop the Conservatives getting an outright majority, the first hung paliament
since 1974 is a distinct possibility. Will we see a Tory minority government governing with the help of the Unionist parties from Northern Ireland? Will Labour form a pact with the Liberals over election reform? Given the current system
may result in the Liberals getting 30% of the vote but only 15% of the seats, and Labour might come third in votes but get the most MPs, election reform may well be a hot topic in the weeks ahead. The election results will be decided today but the outcome may well take longer.
And remember, non-postal voting Britishers - polling booths are open from 7AM to 10PM today. Go vote.