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.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a Christmas market in Salisbury, Britain, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool
The parties are on the campaign trail, traveling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to drum up support.
Following are some colorful snapshots from the election trail:
GOVERNMENT BORROWING UP
Johnson’s efforts to stimulate the local economy in the English city of Salisbury ran out of cash of Tuesday.
Touring local businesses during a campaign visit to a Christmas market, Johnson visited a local butcher and helped out behind the till at one stall, serving up sweets in front of a phalanx of cameras.
But the prime minister, whose Conservatives have cast themselves as the party of fiscal discipline during the election campaign, came unstuck when he tried to pay for a box of chocolate brownies.
Fumbling through his wallet, Johnson had to ask his team for a loan.
“I’m out of cash” he said, before someone eventually handed him a 10 pound ($12.83) note. “I lashed out on some sausages earlier on and it cleaned me out!”
CORBYN’S LITTLE RED BOOK
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, carries a little red book with him all over the country.
Not the famous collection of quotations from communist leader Mao Zedong – once brandished in parliament by Corbyn’s would-be finance minister – but a handwritten diary of knowledge he has pic