Leaders make final pitches to voters ahead of election polling day

Written by Josh May on 7 June 2017 in News
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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn cross country on last day of campaigning

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Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May are beginning their last day of campaigning for the general election with a string of appearances in key seats around the country.

The Labour leader will make six stops – in Glasgow, Weaver Vale, Clwyd, Watford, Harrow and finally his own seat of Islington – and deliver Labour’s message that there are “24 hours to save our NHS”.

The prime minister, meanwhile, will make visits on the south coast, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and the Midlands.


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She highlighted Brexit and the Conservative plan for a £23bn infrastructure fund in her final pitch to voters.

“A year ago, the British people voted for a brighter future outside the European Union,” she said.

“My plan to deliver that brighter future will make sure all four corners of our United Kingdom benefit from the opportunities Brexit will bring – with more jobs, more homes, better roads and railways, and world-class digital connectivity wherever you live.

“But all this depends on getting the best deal for Britain in the Brexit negotiations. Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire.

“So give me your backing in the polling station tomorrow to battle for Britain in Brussels, and together we can build a Britain our children and grandchildren are proud to call home and set our country on the right track for generations.”

Conservative plans would include money for faster broadband, housing, transport infrastructure and more investment in the railways, May said.

In an interview with the Mirror, Corbyn, who addressed a massive rally in Birmingham last night, said Labour is “going to win” on Thursday, and pledged to lead a government that was “serious about tackling injustice and inequality”.

“We can do something very special on Thursday,” he told the newspaper.

“We can have a future of hope for the many not the few. Or we can go down the road of five more years of inequality and cuts. If that happens with we will have lost a huge opportunity.”

Ahead of the last day of campaigning, he said Labour was taking its message that “change can come” to the country.

“Our campaign has been about the kind of country we want to live in, one in which the wealth creators – that means all of us – share in that wealth, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” Corbyn said.

“Tomorrow, the British people will be able to vote for a government that will put an end to the rigged system that benefits the super-rich. Every vote for Labour will be a vote to put power, wealth and opportunity back in the hands of the many, not the few.”

He added: “We have just 24 hours to change course and save our NHS, schools, social care and police services by electing a Labour government that will invest to transform Britain for the many, not the few.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will hold a rally in Oxford after six constituency visits of his own today.

In his final speech, he will urge voters to back the Lib Dems to “stand up to Theresa May”.

"If you are a Conservative supporter but those things [social care, NHS and schools funding] worry you, then don't do it,” he will say.

“Vote for someone who will stand up for you and your family instead.

"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.”

The Greens’ focus will be in Bristol, where they are hoping that MEP Molly Scott Cato could join co-leader Caroline Lucas in Westminster.

Jonathan Bartley, the other Green co-leader, will tell supporters: “My message to voters ahead of tomorrow is to vote with your heart, and vote Green.

“If we wake up to a Conservative government on June 9, Green MPs will hold them to account, whether it’s by calling out the government for bringing the NHS to its knees or fighting an extreme Brexit. We’d be making sure a Labour government delivered on the bold promises in its manifesto – and taking them even further.”

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Josh May is news editor of CSW's sister site, PoliticsHome.com, where a version of this story first appeared

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