Thursday, December 12, 2019

World News Briefs -- December 12, 2019

Daily Mail: 'Biggest queue I've EVER seen': Millions line up to vote in Britain's most crucial election in a generation with turnout boosted by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn's final call to arms (but naughty Dilyn has voted twice!)

* Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm, when an exit poll will give the first indication of the results
* Boris Johnson voted in Westminster at around 8am and Jeremy Corbyn in Islington expected at 9.30am
* Results in key seats are expected from 2am tomorrow and the next PM should be known by 6am Friday
* Early results in Labour strongholds in the North East could show early signs of a swing to the Conservatives
* Results will come pouring in from around 3am, with big names including Iain Duncan Smith at risk of losing
* Tory strategists believe key to victory is grabbing Labour heartlands including Workington and Grimsby

Voters were stuck in the biggest queues seen at polling stations for years today as millions took part in Britain's most important election for a generation with their decision expected to make-or-break Brexit.

Thousands snaked around the block outside schools, village halls, churches, pubs and other community buildings in the wet and cold to exercise their democratic right at the UK's 50,000 polling stations from 7am.

Experts have said the crowds suggest that the turnout for the first December general election since 1923 could be the highest since Clement Atlee and Sir Winston Churchill fought to be PM in the 1950s.

Turnouts have been dropping in the UK since Tony Blair's landslide victory in 1997.

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