Vastavam web: Britain today headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day.Police announced that a 30-year-old man had been arrested in east London following the attack in the capital on Saturday, which left seven confirmed dead and 48 injured.They also said a body had been recovered from the Thames in the search for a missing Frenchman.May aimed at the high-population English Midlands in her final dash, while Corbyn was to attend six rallies in England, Scotland and Wales, stretching from Glasgow to London, in a gruelling last-day marathon.
The prime minister had stunned Britain on April 18 when she announced a snap election, hoping to transform a massive opinion-poll lead into an equally huge majority in the House of Commons where she holds a slim 17-seat advantage in the 650-member legislature.But the political ground began to shift under her feet, moving from EU membership May’s strongest card — to domestic policy and her own record on security, both of them favouring Corbyn.Corbyn made an eve-of-voting pitch on the National Health Service (NHS), a beloved institution.
“The Conservatives have spent the last seven years running down our NHS, our proudest national institution. Our NHS cannot afford five more years of underfunding, understaffing and privatisation,” he said.Despite being seen as an unlikely leader one who has faced off a rebellion by his own MPs Corbyn has gained momentum during the election campaign and regularly attracts big crowds to his rallies.Corbyn then found a valuable seam in attacking May on security, an area where the Conservatives traditionally are far stronger than Labour in voters’ minds.A string of terror attacks have occurred since May became prime minister last July, and she was interior minister for six years before she rose to the top job.
Corbyn attacked her for slashing police numbers during her ministerial spell, and vowed to hire more police for neighbourhood patrols, a tactic that he said would provide a grassroots shield against jihadism. University of London professor Eric Kaufmann agreed, but noted that traditionally turnout among young people in British elections was low.”There’s no obvious reason why that would rebound,” he said. “I’m sort of with the general polls which suggest that the Tories will increase their majority by around 25 seats a good majority, not as much as it looked it could have been at one point, but I think it’s pretty solid.”