After six weeks of hard campaigning it is finally election day – but one in four people still don’t know who to vote for.
However, David Cameron is believed to have widened the gap between the Conservative Party and Ed Miliband last minute. In fact, more than half of all voters who took part in a poll for the Daily Mail say they would prefer Cameron to lead the country. This is compared to 31 per cent who back Miliband.
Millions of us will descend on polling booths today – opening at 7am. However, a quarter of voters are likely to change their minds once they’re in the booth, the poll also found. As the campaign drew to a close, party leaders sought to put their message before voters one final time.
David Cameron dismissed the idea he could have done more to win the election, insisting he had engaged with ‘real people’ and delivered a ‘positive message’. The Prime Minister said the Tories had focused on the ‘things that matter’ – the economy and leadership – and made ‘big bold’ policy offers, adding that in contrast, Ed Miliband’s efforts had been ‘desperately staid’ and ‘antiseptic’.
Just hours before the polls opened, the Labour leader warned voters they risk turning five years of Conservative rule into a decade-long reign that favours the privileged if they fail to turn out for Labour. Issuing a final rallying call, the opposition leader will say there are just ‘hours left to change the direction of our country’.
Nick Clegg delivered his final pitch in John O’Groats at the end of a 1,000-mile, 48-hour battlebus odyssey that began in Lands End, saying the UK public face ‘the biggest political decision of their lives’. The Liberal Democrat leader said his party could provide stability, but warned that Labour and the Conservatives were in danger of ‘sleepwalking’ to a ‘messy’ minority government.
And Ukip leader Nigel Farage said support for his party was ‘rock solid’ and predicted it would outperform the opinion polls. Speaking at a rally in Broadstairs, Kent, Mr Farage – who has said he will quit as Ukip leader if he fails to be elected as MP for South Thanet – said election day was ‘the biggest day in my political career’.
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