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UK News Voters go to the polls for the third general election in under five years

02:40  12 december  2019
02:40  12 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Cold snap set to hit UK in time for election day

  Cold snap set to hit UK in time for election day A cold snap is due to hit Britain just in time for election day on December 12. Meteorologists at the Met Office have predicted a wintry spell will arrive during election week, covering the UK in frost and seeing temperatures plunge to sub-zero in some areas. The long-term forecast also suggests snowfall in Scotland and the Pennines, with the rest of the UK to be hit by blustery winds and freezing fog. Nicola Maxey told Yahoo News UK: “There is a chance we may see colder weather, with potential for that to develop into Thursday and bring snow.“However, that would likely be confined to the hills and mountains of northern England.

The UK will go to the polls on Thursday for the country's third general election in less than five years . A total of 650 MPs will be chosen under the first-past-the-post system used for general elections , in which the candidate who secures the most votes in each individual constituency is

British voters go to the polls on Thursday for the third General Election in four years . This one was called by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he failed

Voters are going to the polls in the third general election in the UK in under five years - and the fourth in under a decade.

a black sign with white text: Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm © PA Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm

After a six-week campaign, the nation will decide whether the Conservative Party's Boris Johnson or Labour's Jeremy Corbyn will form a government for up to five years.

A total of 650 parliamentary constituencies are being contested in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with polling stations open from 7am until 10pm.

The total electorate is around 46 million and there will be 40,000 polling stations. Unusual locations include several pubs, a hair salon, a laundrette, a chip shop and a windmill.

Scotland to be battered by snowfall on day of General Election as cold snap set to hit

  Scotland to be battered by snowfall on day of General Election as cold snap set to hit The long-term forecast suggests snowfall in Scotland with the rest of the UK to be hit by blustery winds and freezing fog. © PA People will head to the poll on December 12 for the General Election Temperatures are predicted to drop throughout the week, dipping below normal towards election day, with a greater chance of frost developing across the country. But the election would go ahead, even in a blanket of snow, because it is written in law and cannot be postponed unless the law is changed.

Voting is to start in the UK general election , with polling places across Scotland open between 07:00 and 22:00. Counting will start as soon as the polls close, with the first Scottish results due at about 01:00 on Friday. The bulk of constituencies across the UK are likely to declare between 03:00 and 05

Voters across the UK are going to the polls for the 2019 general election . Once polling places close at 22:00, counting can get under way - but at what time will your constituency call its result? Based on what happened in 2017, here is the possible declaration times of Scotland's 59 seats.

When all the votes are counted after the polls close, a party needs 326 seats for a majority in the Commons without relying on support from smaller parties.

It is the first December general election since 1923 and the first winter election since February 1974, when Edward Heath and the Conservatives were defeated by Harold Wilson's Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn talking on a cell phone: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to become prime minister © PA Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to become prime minister

Of the last three general elections, in 2010, 2015 and 2017, only one - when David Cameron triumphed in 2015 - has produced a clear-cut winner with one party securing an overall Commons majority.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson hopes voters will give him a majority © Reuters Boris Johnson hopes voters will give him a majority

In 2010, after the Conservatives fell short of a majority, Mr Cameron went into a coalition with Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats.

General Election 2019: What happens if it snows on December 12

  General Election 2019: What happens if it snows on December 12 It may not be the answer you're hoping for Temperatures in the low single digits are widespread across the country, meaning there's every chance that wet weather could spell ice and snow for parts of the UK. In fact, forecasters say we could well see some snow in Wales next week , though it's too early to say for certain.

It will be the country’s third election in less than five years . Polls apart. The election is particularly hard to predict, for two reasons. First, Britain’s electoral landscape has changed markedly. To gain insight into voters ’ intentions, The Economist will look at five marginal constituencies, commissioning

And in the week voters go to the polls for the general election , one commentator ponders why this campaign has been so "underwhelming". the total bill for overtime over the past three years - £124m. The newspaper also says it is estimated the PSNI is short of almost 800 officers to provide an

And in 2017, after the second hung parliament in seven years, Theresa May was forced to do a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to keep the Tories in power.

After leading in the opinion polls throughout the 2017 campaign, the final results saw the Conservatives win 318 seats, losing 13. Labour won 262, gaining 30.

The SNP's tally fell from 56 to 35 and the Liberal Democrats were up from eight to 12. Turnout was 68.7%.

But by the time parliament was dissolved last month for this election the numbers had changed significantly.

Jo Swinson in a green shirt: The Lib Dems' Jo Swinson has said she wants to become prime minister © Getty The Lib Dems' Jo Swinson has said she wants to become prime minister

The Conservatives were down to 293, Labour down to 243, the Liberal Democrats were up to 20 and a new group - the Independent Group for Change - had five MPs.

The biggest change was the emergence of 23 independent MPs, a group made up mostly of former Conservative and Labour MPs.

Crane snaps in half as strong winds batter Britain ahead of polling day washout

  Crane snaps in half as strong winds batter Britain ahead of polling day washout A crane partially collapsed on Tuesday as strong winds lashed much of the country. Pictures from a building site on Fassett Road, south London, show the top of the crane snapped and bent out of shape, looming over the ground below. The incident is not thought to have caused any injuries. It was previously thought that Tuesday would bring Storm Brendan to the shores of the UKbut the Met Office said there will not be enough of an impact from winds to warrant a storm name. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK The scene at Fassett Road in south London, where a crane partially collapsed on a building site.

Under Boris Johnson they are trying to present themselves as a different political party - less bothered about the world view of the gin and Jag set in safe seats But Labour's experiment of shifting further to the left is hampered by the leader who is trying to sell the vision. The polls suggest right now that the

Younger voters are putting questions to representatives from the main parties in a debate being shown on BBC One, Radio 1, 1Xtra and 5 live. An audience of 18-30- year -olds has been selected to reflect how people of all ages in the country have voted . The UK goes to the polls in three days on

The Liberal Democrats' numbers were boosted by seven defections from the Conservatives and Labour and by a by-election gain.

As a result, nearly 20 MPs who served in the 2017-2019 parliament are fighting this election either for another party or as an independent.

The Conservatives are fighting 635 seats, Labour 631, the Liberal Democrats 611, the SNP all 59 in Scotland, Plaid Cymru 36 in Wales, the Green Party 474 and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party 276, having withdrawn from all the seats currently held by the Conservatives.

As ever, this election has been dominated by the party leaders. While Mr Johnson and the Lib Dems' Jo Swinson, who, like the PM, became party leader in July, are fighting their first campaign leading their party, it is Mr Corbyn's second as Labour leader.

He is the first Labour leader to fight more than one election as leader since Tony Blair, who won in 1997, 2001 and 2005, and the first since Neil Kinnock to fight a second campaign after an election defeat.

And what of the weather for this first winter election for almost a century?

The forecast for polling day is unsettled, with prolonged rain for many, according to Sky News weather producer Chris England.

Voting under way in General Election as polls open

  Voting under way in General Election as polls open Polling stations will be open until 10pm, with results being declared throughout the early hours of Friday.Voters across the UK will head to the ballot box on Thursday for the third general election since 2015.

As British voters prepare to head to the polls for a defining general election - the third in four years - they face a difficult choice, involving two It's as if the 2016 US presidential election , where both major candidates were deemed flawed and untrustworthy, is playing itself out again three years later, on the

Punditry aplenty will come from guests at BBC Scotland's election cafe, hosted by Fiona Stalker and Nick Sheridan. They will be on air at 22:30 on the BBC Voters to head to polls for UK general election . Voting in the third UK-wide contest in less than five years will get under way at 07:00 GMT.

"Thursday morning will bring cloud and outbreaks of rain to most, and snow to northern hills, but Scotland and eastern England will be mainly dry and bright," he says.

"There will be just the odd shower there.

"Most places will be rather chilly again, but it will turn milder in the southwest.

"Southern and central Scotland will turn wet during the afternoon, while Wales and southwestern parts of both Britain and Ireland will see rain giving way to more scattered blustery showers. Most other places will be wet into the evening."

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  • Watch John Bercow with Dermot Murnaghan live from 9pm on Thursday
  • Follow the Election Social show hosted by Lewis Goodall and BuzzFeed UK's Emily Ashton on Sky News' website, app and social media channels also from 9.45pm
  • See the exit poll live at 10pm
  • Watch KayBurley@Breakfast election special on Friday morning

Voters face queues at polling stations for the first time in years as Britain turns out for 'election of a lifetime' .
Voters faced unprecedented queues to cast their vote as the nation headed to the polls for the first December general election in nearly 100 years. People reported having to queue at polling stations for the first time in years in what one voter described as: “the election of a lifetime”. Members of the public in a number of London constituencies have had to queue around street corners to vote in some of the busiest conditions they have seen. InPeople reported having to queue at polling stations for the first time in years in what one voter described as: “the election of a lifetime”.

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