LONDON (Reuters) – Britain holds an election on Dec. 12, a political gamble by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who sees it as his best chance to break the deadlock in parliament over Brexit.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Chulmleigh College as he campaigns in Devon ahead of the upcoming general election, in Chulmleigh, Britain November 28, 2019. Dan Kitwood Pool via REUTERS
The parties are on the campaign trail, travelling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to drum up support.
Following are some colourful snapshots from the election trail:
HE’S GOT RHYTHM?
Boris Johnson visited a college in southwest England on Thursday, where he was invited to clap along to the pupils’ performance of “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
Despite an enthusiastic conductor and well-drilled student choir, Johnson looked uncomfortable as he struggled to stick to the beat.
He then stood before the choir while they performed the same song in Makaton – a sign language that supports spoken English. This time he sang along, but kept his arms firmly by his side.
ONE DOWN, QUITE A FEW TO GO
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he wanted to plant 300 million trees across the country during his first five years in office if he wins power next month – starting with one in the garden of the official prime ministerial residence.
Speaking at the launch of his environmental agenda in Southampton, Corbyn – a keen gardener who tends a vegetable plot in North London – said he had been lookin