UK general elections 2017: Voters head to the polls amid tightened security

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London, June 8: Voters have begun casting their votes in the general election after polls opened across the UK at 7am on Thursday. Polling stations will remain open until 10pm, any anyone in the queue at that time will still be able to cast their vote. Those with a postal vote can also deliver it by hand to their local polling station on Thursday.

Theresa May

Some votes have already been cast, through postal voting. A handful of seats will be declared by Thursday midnight, with the final results expected on Friday afternoon.

To form a majority in the House of Commons, one party must win 326 seats.

On Wednesday, the last day of election campaigning, Prime Minister Theresa May said that "she was feeling good and used her final push to pitch for what she termed as fiercely patriotic voters across Labour Party strongholds, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the north-east, reports the Guardian.

During a 48-hour tour of places in marginal constituencies such as Fleetwood, Bradford, Stoke, Southampton and Nottingham, she also made clear that she wanted people to vote in defiance of the terror attacks.

May also stressed to voters that there were only 11 days until the Brexit negotiations start, saying the final choice was between her or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, attended six rallies, starting at Glasgow, Scotland at 8 a.m. and ending in Islington, London with a speech at 9 pm, where he claimed that Labour's anti-austerity message was the new centre ground of British politics.

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron urged supporters to send a message to May on issues such as Brexit and social care by supporting his party.

Campaigning in Edinburgh, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said re-electing Scottish National Party MPs would ensure Scotland retained a strong voicein Westminster and deny the Conservatives a crushing majority.

At their final election rally, the Green Party called on people to vote with their hearts.

Visiting Great Yarmouth, UK Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall said only his party could keep the pressure on the next government to deliver a real Brexit with lower immigration, exclusive fishing rights for British trawlers within UK territorial waters and no divorce bill.

IANS

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