British voters go to the polls today

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4 Temmuz 2024 08:50
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The election is being held months ahead of schedule following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s call for an early election.

The opposition Labor Party suffered its heaviest defeat since 1935 in the last general election but has since rebuilt itself under Keir Starmer’s leadership.

Today’s vote follows a six-week campaign in which all the major parties scoured the country for votes. Much of the debate centred around the economy, the cost of living, the state of Britain’s public services, taxation, and immigration.

But after much of the country and his party soured on Johnson, Conservative MPs elected Liz Truss, the shortest-serving prime minister in British history, to replace him in 2022. Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) then voted to replace her with Sunak.

During the campaign, Nigel Farage, one of the most prominent Brexit advocates, announced his return to the political forefront to lead the newly formed far-right Reform UK party.

Sunak, Starmer, Farage and the heads of all the other major parties are expected to appear at their local polling stations throughout the day.

Around 46.5 million Britons are eligible to vote in the elections. These voters will cast their ballots in 650 separate England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland constituencies. A party needs 326 seats to form a majority government.

As the polls opened, news organizations were banned from reporting anything that could influence voters. As soon as polls close at 22:00 local time (17:00 ET), British broadcasters’ exit polls will reflect the number of seats and counting will continue through the night and into Friday morning.

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