General election 2019: Parties in final campaign push as poll nears

Main party leaders

The main political party leaders are continuing to push their election pledges to voters, as the campaign enters its final few days.

Conservative leader Boris Johnson says in a open letter that Thursday’s poll is “historic” and a choice to “move forwards” after Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the election is a “chance to vote for hope” and he has “the most ambitious plan to transform our country in decades”.

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday.

With just four days to go, the candidates are travelling around the country in a bid to spread their election messages.

Among the manifesto pledges being highlighted by the main UK parties on Sunday are:

  • a Conservative promise to introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system to control unskilled migration
  • a Labour plan to “head off the social care crisis” by offering free personal care for older people and an additional £10bn of funds by 2023-4
  • a so-called regional rebalancing programme from the Lib Dems, which would see £50bn invested in infrastructure outside of London

Meanwhile, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is warning “the very future of Scotland” is at stake in the election.

She is appealing to voters to back her party “to escape Brexit, protect the NHS, and to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands”.

In his letter to voters published in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson says the election will be one that “shapes future decades” – describing it as “a choice is between a working Conservative majority government that will get Brexit done, end the uncertainty and allow Britain to move on”.

‘High stakes’

The Tories are also highlighting their pledge for an Australian-style points-based immigration system that it would introduce from January 2021.

Writing in the Sunday Express, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the proposed system will attract the best talent that our country and our economy needs, while reducing overall numbers, especially low skilled immigration.”

In the Sunday Telegraph, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove cautions against paying too much attention to opinion polls, saying “this election is on a knife edge”.

He adds: “Just a handful of votes are the difference between moving Britain forward with a Conservative majority, or backwards with another hung parliament.  The stakes could hardly be higher.”

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boris Johnson is touring the UK before Thursday’s election

Labour is restating its plan to help alleviate pressure in social care through the introduction of free personal care for older people.

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