There was much debate about whether the weather will affect polling in Britain’s first December election in 96 years. However, climate change and rugby league are also important this time.
According to The Daily Mail, it is called “the Brexmas election”. It reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a difficult fight to keep his seat. He may be tempted by the possibility of being beaten to switch to a safer seat.
Mr Johnson is the MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip in west London. He has a majority 5 034 over Labour. A swing of just over 5.5% would result in the PM losing his seat.
According to the Mail Mr Johnson will move to another seat. However, “Downing Street” described the rumours to be “tosh and nonsense”.
The paper also mentions that 47 MPs are retiring including Heidi Allen, an ex Tory who joined the Liberal Democrats and her former colleagues Ken Clarke, Sir Nicholas Soames.
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The Daily Mirror published a story titled “10 ways Labour can win”
The red side of politics may find it most difficult to reach number three, which is “Stay united”.
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, writes in a column for the paper: “This is a once in a generation chance to build a nation for the many and not the few and one which’s fit for future generations.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP, is now Lib Dem MP and claims that his current party could win 200 seats if it unites Remain voters.
The Daily Express has a story that says rugby league towns are key to a Tory win.
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Lord O’Shaughnessy is a former Downing Street policy Director and said to the paper: “For Conservatives to win a majority in the upcoming election requires people who have never voted Tory before to take a leap of faith.
“These voters are typically located in the Midlands and northern England. While they are conservative on issues such as crime and immigration, they are deeply skeptical of the party’s economic liberalism.”
According to The Guardian, the majority of people believe that the climate crisis will affect how they vote in the coming general election… younger voters are particularly concerned about the issue.
The Sun reports on the weather and says that voters will “defy freezing cold to vote in their thousands”.
Professor John Curtice, a polling expert, stated that Brexit is so important to voters that even bad weather won’t keep them away.
He noted that 84% of the country’s voters showed up to the polls in February 1950, a record.
The editorial in the paper is not shy about stating that “The December 12th election will be one of the most important of our lives.” It offers Britain a fundamental choice: Capitalism and fulfilling the Brexit referendum versus Marxist extremism and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom.
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According to The Times, some Tory MPs are concerned about the election. The paper reports that Cabinet ministers have admitted to being nervous about the outcome of this election amid fears of a backlash from voters.
“One minister stated that they were able to accept the need to go into the country to ‘take over’ but there was a lot of uncertainty about the outcome.
The Times also mentions that in 1923, when there was no December election, the Tories lost their majority and Ramsay MacDonald became Labour’s first prime minister.