General Election 2015

Voting begins- ‘You decide’

UK parliamentary elections from 1950. Wikipedia. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 files

UK parliamentary elections from 1950.
Wikipedia. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 files

Polling day.

The politicians say: ‘You decide.’

The six weeks of campaigning are over.

Polling booths and stations are open for business.

It started at 7 am and finishes at 10 pm.

650 constituencies will be voting in the same number of MPs.

73 of the constituencies are in Greater London.

38 are held by Labour, 28 by the Conservative Party, and seven by the Liberal Democrats.

This means that Londoners play a very big role in deciding whose fox it is who walks into Downing Street.

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Given the background of electoral history in Tower Hamlets, the Met Police have officers attending every polling station for the Borough’s constituencies of Limehouse and Poplar and Bethnal Green and Bow.

Our Lady and Catherine of Siena Church, Bow Road. Labour councillor Mark Francis, operating as 'Teller' outside.

Our Lady and Catherine of Siena Church, Bow Road. Labour councillor Mark Francis, operating as ‘Teller’ outside. Image: Tayo Popoola

Quite a few churches are being used today as polling stations.

St. Agatha's Church in Richmond Park constituency. Image: Katie Rogers

St. Agatha’s Church in Richmond Park constituency. Image: Katie Rogers

 

Flowton Church in rural Suffolk open for voting though the village has a population of only 119. Image: LMMNews

Flowton Church in rural Suffolk open for voting though the village has a population of only 119. Image: LMMNews

It would appear UKIP’s Nigel Farage was the first of the party political leaders to cast their votes.

Nigel Farage- the first of the UK's political leaders to vote in the 2015 General Election. Image: @NigelFarage & UKIP.

Nigel Farage- the first of the UK’s political leaders to vote in the 2015 General Election. Image: @NigelFarage & UKIP.

The political parties are not allowed by law to campaign while voting takes place, but they did campaign ‘right to the wire.’

This has been described as the social media general election.

Emails, tweets, Instagram, YouTube, vimeo, Facebook chatter lit up the digital channels of the Internet Information age with a fibre-optic glow up to the last second.

David Cameron sent out his last email to Conservative supporters at 6.55 am- five minutes from the campaigning moratorium deadline:

Today is about Britain’s future.

Today is about keeping our economy strong and our United Kingdom secure.

It’s about ensuring a strong, stable Government – and building a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

Vote Conservative today

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Thank you so much for everything you have done over the last five years to help turn our country around.

When you vote today, you’ll be voting to safeguard everything we have achieved together – and to make sure the next five years are even better for our country.

So please make sure you head down to your polling station today – and let everyone know you’re proud to be voting Conservative by sharing our graphic on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you,

David Cameron

 

David Cameron has won the number of followers on Twitter ‘election.’

He’s passed the million mark.

Ed Miliband has 475,000, Nick Clegg 242,000, Niel Farage 225,000 and the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon comes in last at 193,000.

When the polling stations opened at 7 am opinion polls had indicated it may well be one of the most uncertain General Elections with no party likely to emerge a clear winner.

The last tweets:

Images from the Polling stations 7th May 2015

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