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.
Britain’s Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson exits the cab of a Union flag-themed JCB, after driving through a fake wall emblazoned with the word “GRIDLOCK”, during a general election campaign event at JCB construction company in Uttoxeter, Britain, December 10, 2019. Ben Stansall/AFP/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:
AN ELECTION, ACTUALLY
The 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy “Love Actually” has become an unlikely election battleground.
Johnson has released a campaign video parodying one of the film’s scenes. It shows Johnson knock on a voter’s door and silently deliver a message via notes written on large white cards.
In the movie, the suitor’s message is designed to woo his romantic interest with talk of eternal love while her husband sits inside the house, believing carol singers are at the door.
Johnson’s message is rather more prosaic: “With any luck by next year, we’ll have Brexit done … your vote has never been more important.”
Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan, on Nov. 22, used the same format to show her persuade a Conservative voter to switch to her party.
Despite an indignant response from Allin-Khan seeking to boost her own video, Johnson has racked up 2.1 million views compared to her 1.5 million.
Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015 on a promise to deliver “A kinder,