Countdown begins for UK parliament polls slated for Thursday

News4u-News Desk-Britain opinion polls have predicted that the country is heading towards a hung parliament after Thursday’s national election, fuelling uncertainty about the country’s future in the European Union, its economic policy, and Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.

The Indian Diaspora in Britain is all set to play kingmaker in this upcoming election. Indians have emerged as the largest chunk with as many as 615,000 expected to cast their ballot on 7th of May.

With just three days to go before the United Kingdom goes to polls, political parties are working hard to rope in the British-Indian vote bank.

Opinion polls show Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, led by Ed Miliband, neck and neck, with neither on track to win control of the House of Commons on their own.

Both leaders spent Monday campaigning vigorously against each other in a final attempt to win over voters.

David Cameron addressed an election rally in Bath while Labour leader Ed Miliband wooed his supporters in Brighton.

If Cameron is re-elected, he has promised to hold an in-out EU membership referendum in 2017, while the rise of Scottish nationalists who lost an independence referendum last year is generating continued uncertainty about Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.

The uncertain outcome of Thursday’s election reflects the fact that Scottish nationalists threaten to overrun Labour in an area it once considered a stronghold and the rise of the anti-European Union UK Independence Party which risks splitting the Conservative vote in its English heartlands.

Going by opinion polls, Labour and the Conservatives are likely to win less than 300 seat each, short of a majority in the 650-seat parliament.

The Scottish National Party could take over 50, the Liberal Democrats between 20 and 30, and UKIP less than 10.


UK parliament polls slated for Thursday

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