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London voters: Definitely not the Conservatives in the UK election

London voters: Definitely not the Conservatives in the UK election

In the last election in 2019, London was almost a desolate red blotch in a blue Britain. This time, Londoners appear to be joining much of the rest of the country in voting to oust the current Conservative government.

“Actually, I wanted to vote Green, but I thought tactically. There are no more years of Toryism, so it had to be Labour,” says Giulio Di Paola outside a polling station in Camden, the area represented by Labour leader Keir Starmer.

Julio De Paula Originally from Australia, he dislikes the British electoral system, where there is only one winner in each constituency. He believes that votes for the Green Party could be wasted and this limits options.

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“I hope that the new government will be able to spread more compassion in society, something that conservatives never show, as well as improve the economy,” says Giulio Di Paola.

Jim Foley and Mary Foley He lives in a small apartment in the area.

– I'm disappointed that there weren't parties and door-knocking. Only liberal Democrats came. He also plays in a local rock band. We probably stood and talked for 15-20 minutes. “It should be a record,” Jim Foley says.

However, Labour has got his vote and Mary Foley's. The party usually gets that. The couple believe it is time for a change at the helm.

Jim and Mary Foley have just voted in the UK election. They voted Labour.

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“I hope the government can do something to improve the situation of the homeless,” says Mary Foley. “There are more and more of them here and there are more tents along the street.”

Maria, who just left Their ballot runs on social issues and notes how many people struggle to make the economy work.

– It's not just those on benefits or low wages. Even those who work in schools, health care and the police are struggling to make enough money. The cost of living has gone up a lot, she says.

For her, the housing issue is also important. She voted for political change, so she did not vote for the Conservative Party, but she did not say which party she belonged to.

For Maria, it is important that the new government does something to make it easier for people to live on their paychecks.

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Camden is a safe Labour stronghold, so the major parties don't put much effort into the town.

Aimed at the national level The two main opposition parties, Labour and the Conservatives, are moving to places where the election outcome is uncertain. If Labour wins the constituencies where it stands and weighs, the party can maximize its influence. Conversely, the Conservatives want to minimize their losses.

In the past few days, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's message has been: vote for us, so the country has a viable opposition and Labour doesn't get an overwhelming majority.

The latter is completely constitutionally meaningless. In the UK, a simple majority of over 50% is enough to pass laws.

The person who is essentially suggesting that the election is unclear, simply because the polls say so, is Keir Starmer. On the Labour side, there are concerns that voters will not go to the polls believing that Labour’s victory has already been taken for granted.

facts.Elections in Great Britain.

● In the July 4th elections for the British House of Commons, 650 seats are at stake. The majority in the House of Commons appoints the country's government.

● The British electoral system is based on majority voting in single-member constituencies – the candidate who receives the most votes in a single constituency wins the constituency’s only seat. He or she does not have to receive a majority of votes in the constituency, a maximum number of votes is sufficient.

● Because of the system, it is difficult to predict what the parliament will look like. A party that gets 30% of the national vote can get 55% of the seats. Someone who gets 20% may have no mandate at all.

● 326 states are needed to gain a majority in parliament. Opinion polls suggest that Labour is well on track to do so, winning between 400 and 480 seats.

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