ELGIN, Scotland (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.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson tastes whisky during a general election campaign visit to Diageo’s Roseisle Distillery near Elgin, Scotland, Britain November 7, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS
The main parties are on the campaign trail, travelling the length and breadth of the UK to drum up support.
Following are some colourful snapshots from the election trail:
THE CASE FOR RAIL INVESTMENT
British finance minister Sajid Javid tore up the country’s spending rules on Thursday, promising to pump billions into upgrading the country’s schools, hospitals, roads and railways.
As it turned out, the case for infrastructure investment was made succinctly even before the chancellor took the stage.
Shortly before the speech was due to start, word went around from a Conservative Party official that the start of the event in the northern English city of Manchester would have to be delayed.
The reason? Problems on the railway had left the travelling press pack from London stranded miles from the venue.
Thirty miles away in Liverpool, a leftwing stronghold for the opposition Labour Party, Margie Tyson had spent the last seven pounds in her purse on a taxi, travelling to meet a man in a music bar near the city limits.
Specifically, she was after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s talismanic leader who has inspired a devoted following among the socialist wing of the party and was due to appear.
Clad head-to-toe in red, Labour’s colour, she was hoping to seize the opportun