LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Labour election roundup - The final day of the election involves a long wait as all sides wait to see where this election is going. Voters have been making their way to the polls which means Twitter has been full of pictures of dogs at polling stations.
On a more serious point, a polling station in North Lanarkshire had to be moved after Police found a suspicious package. A controlled explosion was carried out and the device was not found to be viable, but a man is being questioned by police.
Votes are cast
Jeremy Corbyn voted in his home constituency of Islington. If he’s expecting to lose, he certainly wasn’t showing it. School children across the road from his polling station gave off chants of “Labour, Labour, Labour,” as he headed off.
“Thank you very much, now get back to your lessons,” was his response.
Will there be a Youthquake
Whether or not there will be a youthquake, as in 2017, has been one of the keys to this election. The signs are good. After young people registered to vote in record numbers, there is a groundswell of voters eager to kick the Tories into touch.
The hashtag Youthquake was trending on Twitter as early reports from polling stations showed lengthy queues full of young people eager to make their voices heard.
Another great unknown is tactical voting. Recent surveys have shown that enough Labour, Green and Lib Dem voters are considering voting tactically to cause the Conservatives some major problems.
As we highlighted earlier in the week, many of them may not have been showing up in the polls which is why nobody has been calling it just yet.
One person who could become a high profile casualty is the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He’s defending the slimmest majority of any Prime Minister in Uxbridge and South Ruislip and his opponent Ali Milani has been giving it a major late push.
It being polling day you’d have thought the Conservatives could have gone a whole 24 hours without being weird. You’d be wrong. They’ve spent much of the day spreading photoshopped images of Diane Abbot’s shoes for reasons best known to themselves.
What the polls say
As we round the final bend Savanta ComRes has published the narrowest lead yet for the Conservatives. They have it as a five point game.
Conservatives are unchanged on 41% while Labour are snapping at their heels on 36%.
- CON: 41% (-)
- LAB: 36% (+3)
- LDEM: 12% (-)
Labour’s heartlands have been drifting back over the past few days, which leaves Boris Johnson looking increasingly uncertain about his prospects for a majority.
Other polls put the gap close to ten points. Even it won’t take a large polling error to dramatically alter the result.
Even if the Conservatives do sneak in with a majority the long term picture doesn’t look good. Labour has an enormous lead over the Tories among younger voters and it’s growing. The next generation of Tory voters are nowhere to be found.
(Written by Tom Cropper, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)