Parliamentary candidates and political campaigners across the UK will be working round the clock to secure victory as this winter General Election finally comes to a close. With the polls once again tightening over the weekend, each of the main party machines will be operating at breakneck speed to win round the key, undecided voters that will ultimately decide the outcome of this election.
It is clear that Conservative campaign strategists believe it is the North that holds the key to success. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has started a tour of leave-voting northern seats, hoping that the traditional ‘red wall’ across middle England will turn blue on Thursday. Two central messages are emerging from the Johnson camp: getting Brexit done and warnings of a hung parliament. The latter is designed to ensure the traditional Tory voters actually make it out to the polling station on what is set to be a frosty winter’s day.
During the final days of campaigning, there has also been a noticeable push by the Tories on immigration after revealing plans that will involve a crackdown on low-skilled migrants in a post-Brexit points-based system. This would appear to take us full circle back to the last days of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016, which focussed on the same issue as voting day drew near.
On the other side of the fence, the Labour Party will be trying to hammer home its message that the choice this Christmas is between more austerity or ‘real change.’ However, it is not clear where this message will be heard loudest with an internal debate being had over whether to focus on protecting Labour-leave seats in the North, or grabbing remain, liberal-leaning seats in the South. If we do see more concentrated efforts in the South, then we could be in line for some big individual upsets on Thursday, with the likes of Iain Duncan Smith and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at risk. The Prime Minister’s appearance in Chingford over the weekend to support IDS would suggest the Conservatives consider those concerns to be very real indeed.