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UK election on knife edge as polls close
London, May 6 (Agencies):
Published on 7 May. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Conservative leader David Cameron is set to win the popular vote in the British election, but whether he will have to do a deal to form government and secure the keys to 10 Downing Street is still uncertain.
With polling booths closing at 7am Melbourne time today, after the most dramatic and unpredictable election in a generation, a clutch of polls pointed to a Tory victory but without an overall majority. They suggested Labour and the Liberal Democrats were neck and neck for second place.
The campaign, electrified by the nation’s first televised debates, appears to have injected a new energy into Britain’s 46 million voters, who were set to turn out in record numbers.
Earlier, voters around the country on Thursday headed to their nearest polling stations, to cross the box, cast their votes and maybe change the future of politics. A steady stream of voters arrived at a polling station in Westminster, at the Methodist Church Hall.
Louise Hyams, Conservative Candidate sporting a blue rosette, canvassed the public as they filtered in to cast their votes. Taking it in shifts, she had been standing outside from the time the station opened at 7am on Thursday.
“Most voters have been friendly”, she told Gulf News, “when they see my blue rosette and they won’t tell me who they voted for, then I presume that it’s not for the Conservatives.” Throngs of tourists congregated around the entrance to the polling station, fascinated at the general election process.
“It’s a shame you can’t vote for me!” Hyams told a group of excited Chinese tourists, who had their picture taken with her. “It’s been an unpredictable few weeks but I think at the last minute there’s been a swing back to the Conservatives,” she said. According to Hyams, it was quite busy at the polling station right in the middle of London, opposite Westminster Abbey. “I think we’ll have a high turn out today,” she said hopefully. Alistair Anson, 80, voted with his wife at the Westminster station, and has a son living in Dubai.
Many voters will be staying awake until the early hours of Friday morning, watching as the results of their votes trickle in. So called “watch parties” have been set up around the country, to gauge the results minute by minute.

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