Labour heads into British election day optimistic, Conservatives gloomy

Labour heads into British election day optimistic, Conservatives gloomy
Labour heads into British election day optimistic, Conservatives gloomy

LONDON (AP) — British voters were choosing a new government Thursday after polls opened at 7 a.m. in an election widely expected to bring the opposition Labour Party to power.

Against a backdrop of economic hardship, growing distrust of government institutions and a deteriorating social fabric, a divided electorate was giving its verdict on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010.

The centre-left Labour Party, led by Keir Starmer, has held a considerable lead in opinion polls for months, although Labour leaders have warned people not to take the result for granted, fearing their supporters will stay at home.

Sunak, meanwhile, has been trying to rally his supporters and on Sunday said he still believed the Conservatives could win and defend their work on the economy.

 
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