United Kingdom matches in final push for votes before Thursday's vote

LONDON: Britain's political candidates embarked on Sunday in a final push before this week’s general election, making last-minute calls to underpin support and persuade their sponsors to go to the polls.

The 650 seats in the House of Commons are available on Thursday when voters will pass a judgment on a divisive election that will determine Britain's future with the European Union.

Although opinion polls have put conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm in Thursday’s general election, analysts suggest the gap is not wide enough to secure a majority in Parliament. Johnson urged supporters in a London They meet on Sunday to learn from the 2017 elections, in which former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May wasted a decisive advantage in the polls and ended up with a divided Parliament.

Now we are in this race, and that is, of course, the horses can still change places, Johnson said before urging the group to drive towards the line.

We're going to get there, but only if we work really hard, he said.

Johnson and members of his Cabinet also hit the phones in a bid to gain support, making calls from the Conservative Party headquarters in central London . In one comical moment, Johnson offered his name to one potential voter, but felt the need to add: "I'm the prime minister.''

Johnson's cautious message is partly due to the fact that Britain's traditional political alliances do not necessarily apply in these elections. The decision of British voters to leave the EU in 2016 has led to a major revision in British politics, and many voters will make their decision based on the position of a single candidate, rather than past political ties.

Conservatives are also concerned that people who voted to leave the EU will not vote because they are fed up with the failure of politicians to carry out the 2016 referendum decision, said Matthew Goodwin, a visiting member of Chatham House. tank.

One thing to watch out for is that conservatives are very aware that many of their voters have been lost, Goodwin said. They have returned to apathy. They do not plan to leave. One of the great things they are trying to do with their campaign is finding missing people. ''

The main opposition Labor Party has also been moving to shore up votes that it could have had in previous years. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned on Sunday in Wales - a part of the United Kingdom that has been a Labor stronghold for decades. He also urged supporters not to take anything for granted in this vote.

When you're working, knocking on doors in the rain ... in the next few days, remember what you're doing for, he said as people cheered. You are doing it for the next generation. You are doing it to change the course of political history in Britain. Strive!''

Johnson pressed to hold the December vote, which takes place more than two years earlier, in hopes of winning a majority and breaking Britain's political stalemate over Brexit. He promised that if conservatives win the majority, he will get Parliament to ratify his Brexit divorce agreement and take the UK out of the EU on the current deadline of January 31.

Labor say they will negotiate a new Brexit agreement, then give voters the option to leave on those terms and remain in the bloc. The striking domestic work agenda has included promises to nationalize key industries and public services and give everyone free internet access.

But the Labor campaign has been beset by accusations that Corbyn, a former defender of the Palestinians, has failed to eradicate anti-Jewish prejudices in the party. In another blow, the Mail on Sunday quoted the rabbi Marvin Hier , the head of the Nazi hunter group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said no one has done more for anti-Semitism than the Corbyn Labor Party.

John McDonnell of Labor acknowledged that the issue could harm the party in the next vote.

I apologize to the Jewish community for the suffering we have inflicted on them, I tell them that we are doing our best, he told the BBC. We want to learn more lessons and we want to be the bright example. of the anti-racism that the Labor Party should be.

Work is also being questioned on how he obtained government documents on exploratory talks about a Brexit trade agreement with the United States. The documents had appeared on the Reddit social media platform for weeks before Labor put the documents in the electoral debate just a few days ago.

Johnson asked for an investigation on Saturday to get to the bottom of the release after Reddit concluded that the people of Russia leaked the confidential documents of the British government.

Reddit said in a statement Friday night that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation. He said the suspicious accounts shared the same activity pattern as a Russian interference operation called Secondary infection that was discovered earlier this year.

But Johnson has his own problems on the question of whether Russia is meddling in the vote. Critics have been challenging the failure of the British government to publish a report by Parliament's intelligence committee on Russia's previous interference in the country's politics. They say it should have been made public before Thursday's vote.

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