Across the country, voters will head to the polls on Thursday to pick which MP they would like to represent them in Parliament. On the last day of the campaign trail politicians have been attending rallies, speaking to voters and trying to get last-minute votes in close polling constituencies.
Final opinion polls suggested the Conservatives remain in front but they are still not guaranteed an overall majority in the new parliament.
The Prime Minister began his day with a photo-opportunity delivering milk in the Conservative-held marginal of Pudsey in West Yorkshire, insisting he was “fighting for every vote”.
He told reporters: “This could not be more critical, it could not be tighter – I just say to everybody the risk is very real that we could tomorrow be going into another hung parliament.”
Mr Corbyn started his last day of campaigning in Glasgow South West – where Labour is hoping to overturn an SNP majority at the last election of just 60 – with a promise of “real hope” for voters affected by years of austerity.
He then headed to Middlesbrough, speaking at a rally and insisting Labour will still win the election “no problem at all” despite polls suggesting the Tories are heading for a majority.
Asked in an interview if he believes he can still win, the Labour leader said: “Of course we are going to do it – no problem at all.”
Once you have looked at all the options and decided who to vote for, it is time to head to the polls.
However, it warned the margin of error – together with the unknown impact of tactical voting – meant a hung parliament is still possible, as is a larger Tory majority.
The pollsters, who have analysed more than 100,000 voter interviews over the past week, calculated the Tories would win 339 seats and Labour 231.
A 28-seat majority would be the best Tory result since Margaret Thatcher’s showing in 1987 – but it is sharply down from the 68-seat victory margin that was being forecast just two weeks ago.
Chris Curtis, YouGov’s political research manager, said: “The margins are extremely tight and small swings in a small number of seats, perhaps from tactical voting and a continuation of Labour’s recent upward trend, means we can’t currently rule out a hung parliament.”
Latest election outcome odds
Betfair Exchange – General Election Most Seats
- Conservative – 1/25
- Labour – 21/1
Betfair Exchange – General Election Next Government
- Conservative Majority – 4/9
- Labour Minority – 6/1
- Conservatives Minority – 16/1
- Lab/LD/SNP Coalition – 23/1
- Lab/SNP Coalition – 25/1
- Labour Majority – 43/1
- Cons/Brexit Party Coalition – 74/1
Betfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis said: “Two days ago the Tories were 1/4 for an overall majority or an 80 percent chance, their shortest odds in two years, but in the last 48 hours and following publication of the MRP poll, their odds have continued to drift and are now at 4/9 a 69 percent chance, while No Overall Majority has shortened to 5/2 from 4/1 on Monday.
“Interestingly, the odds of No Overall Majority are shorter today than they were the day before the last Election in 2017 where it was 13/2 and just a 14 percent chance, compared to today, a 29 percent chance, which proves just how much can change in a day and we are expecting to see plenty of movement across all our Election markets in the next few hours as final campaigning takes place.”