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Just to demonstrate how fickle the polls can be, Independence Daily offers the results from several sources showing completely differing results.  Reuters says:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has retained his 15-point lead over the opposition Labour Party less than a week before a national election, according to a poll by Opinium published on Saturday by The Observer newspaper.
Johnson’s Conservatives were on 46% and Labour on 31%, both unchanged from an Opinium poll published a week ago.
Britons are due to go to the polls on Dec. 12.
Opinium, which polled 2,003 people between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, found that 53% of voters thought Johnson would remain as prime minister and 55% believed Labour’s campaign had been unsuccessful.

The Telegraph shows the opposite.

The Conservatives’ lead has fallen back down to eight points over the last week, according to a poll which puts the party on course for a majority of 14.
A Savanta ComRes poll for The Telegraph suggests the gap between the Tories and Labour has narrowed to match the lead Boris Johnson enjoyed shortly after the formal start of the General Election campaign.
However half of those surveyed (46 per cent) said they would feel worried if they woke up on Friday to find that Jeremy Corbyn was the new prime minister. Some 38 per cent said they would feel worried to find that Mr Johnson was to remain in Downing Street.
The poll put the Conservatives on 41 per cent and Labour on 33 per cent, matching The Telegraph’s first Savanta ComRes poll of the campaign, which was published on November 16.

Yahoo News claims Labour is surging.

Jeremy Corbyn‘s Labour Party has seen a big surge of support with the Tories advantage shrinking as the parties rally in the last weekend before the general election.
Labour made a huge four-point gain from 30 to 36 per cent between December 2 and 5, according to the latest data from Election Maps UK.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson‘s Conservatives stayed the same at 42 per cent, narrowing the gap between the two parties.
The Liberal Democrats dropped one point to 11 per cent while the Brexit Party crept up one point to four per cent.

But the Guardian says the Tories are still in the lead.

The Conservatives hold a 15-point lead over Labour just days before polling day, according to the last Opinium poll for the Observer before the election.
The Tories appear to have maxed out the number of pro-Leave voters who will support them. However, the poll suggests that Labour is not winning Remain voters over at the speed required to close the gap. Boris Johnson’s party is on 46% of the vote, while Labour  remains on 31%. The Lib Dems remain on 13%.
The poll suggests that Labour is slowly reclaiming some of the Remain voters who drifted to the Lib Dems. However, the Conservatives have also managed to win back some of their pro-Remain voters.

Reuters says it’s too close to call.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is heading into Britain’s election next week with a lead in opinion polls, but some of the surveys also suggest that his chance of winning a parliamentary majority could be too close to call.
Four opinion polls published on Saturday put the lead of Johnson’s Conservative Party over the main opposition Labour Party at between eight and 15 points, five days before the Dec. 12 national election.
At the lowest end of that range, Johnson cannot count on winning the majority in parliament he needs to take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, especially if voters choose to put aside their usual allegiances to vote tactically over Brexit.

Tactical voting

It seems the election will be won or lost on the votes of a relatively few people, says the Times.

Boris Johnson would be denied a majority if just 41,000 people voted tactically in 36 seats that could swing the election, according to a new poll.
A survey of almost 30,000 voters found the Conservatives are on course to win 345 seats in the House of Commons, giving Johnson a majority of 40.
However, analysis for Best for Britain, a campaign for a second EU referendum, found that in 36 seats, the Tory candidate could be defeated by 2,500 or fewer anti-Brexit voters switching their vote — with an average of just 1,131 votes needed in each constituency.

And the Evening Standard says tactics could deny the Tories a win.

Tactical voting could stop Boris Johnson winning a majority in the general election next weeks, pollsters have said.
More than half of Labour Remain voters would “vote tactically” to stop a Tory victory where they live, the new research shows.
Polling of more than 10,000 people carried out last week by Populus Data Solutions (PDS) has found that Remain-backing voters could switch sides to prevent a Conservative MP being elected in their constituency.

The Sun points to just a few marginal seats.

A HANDFUL of votes in key marginal seats could make a massive difference to Brexit — and who lives in No10 for the next five years.
Securing the UK’s departure from the European Union will mean traditional non-Tory voters backing Boris Johnson for the first time.
Nigel Farage is still standing Brexit Party candidates in more than 270 seats, meaning the chances of a Tory majority are at risk.
The polls may give the Tories a nationwide lead but votes for the Brexit Party in battleground seats may mean a Labour candidate is returned to Westminster.

A significant number of voters might be prepared to vote tactically, reports the Independent.

Around a tenth of the electorate could be prepared to switch allegiances and vote tactically at the general election next week, new polling suggests.
The survey of 10,000 voters found that 44 per cent of Labour Remain voters would back the Liberal Democrats where they are best-placed to defeat Brexit-backing Conservatives, while 39 per cent of Lib Dem supporters are prepared to do the same to help a Labour candidate beat a Tory.

And the Express highlights those constituencies which might tip the balance.

ELECTION 2019 is just around the corner, and in less than a week Britain will be heading to the polls to decide the next Government. With so much depending on the outcome of this election, can you vote tactically in the general election?
Millions of voters are expected to turnout to vote on Thursday, December 12. With the issue of Brexit still very much at the forefront of British politics, there has been a lot of talk about voting tactically in this election.

The Guardian also reports on potential tactical voting.

A cross-party alliance of opposition politicians has launched an 11th-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters to consider switching allegiance in Thursday’s general election, amid signs that a late surge of tactical voting in a few swing seats could deprive Boris Johnson of a majority in parliament.
The calls from senior Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP figures come as a major poll suggests Johnson’s likely majority has been cut in half in the last two weeks – from 82 a fortnight ago to just 40 with four days to polling day.
The analysis of almost 30,000 voters, for the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign, also finds that tactical votes by as few as 40,700 people in 36 key seats could prevent Johnson from forming a majority government.

Conservative Party

The Mirror claims there’s a plot to kill the Prime Minister.

Claims of a plot to assassinate Boris Johnson were posted online as part of an alleged Russian campaign to disrupt democracy in the west, the Mirror can reveal.
The claims were posted on social website Reddit by an account linked to a Kremlin operation known as “Second Infektion”.
The post claims to include a Spanish government communique, which said “anti-Brexit extremists” were planning an attempt on Mr Johnson’s life shortly after he resigned as Theresa May ’s foreign secretary.
In the message, Spanish High Representative to the EU Josep Borrell allegedly claims the “possible attack” was “prepared by the radical opponents of Brexit who seek to prevent him from being appointed Prime Minister of the country.”

There are still those who are urging voters to turn against their former parties, reports the Mail.

Former Conservative Party Chairman Chris Patten has joined Sir John Major in backing a coalition of former Tory heavyweights contesting Boris Johnson’s bid to get a Parliamentary majority.
Lord Patten and former Prime Minister Sir John are supporting three independent candidates who had the Tory whip removed for rebelling on Brexit – and are now contesting their old party on December 12.
They gave former ministers Anne Milton and Dominic Grieve their backing – along with David Gauke, today campaigning in Rickmansworth with the help of independent London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart.

And the Prime Minister has urged voters not to elect the Labour leader into No. 10 says ITV News.

Boris Johnson has claimed a Jeremy Corbyn government propped up by the SNP would lead to another parliamentary “Groundhog Day nightmare”, as the General Election campaign entered its final week.
Describing the December 12 poll as an “historic election” like those of 1906, 1945 and 1979 which led to dramatic changes in the governing party, the Prime Minister said the impact of the vote would be felt for decades to come.
He claimed that unlike the previous memorable polls, it is not a single party that has lost its way but the entire Parliament – and he urged the public to vote “to go forward” as the “British always do when faced with a historic choice”.

He’s still begging for our votes, says the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON has today urged Sunday Express readers to back the Conservative Party in a “critical once in a generation election” on Thursday.
The Prime Minister warned that despite the polls giving him a healthy lead the General Election “will be close” and insisted his party must fight for every vote. In an impassioned letter to voters today, he likens the election to the ­historic ones in 1906, 1945 and 1979 which changed Britain for ever and set its course for decades to come. The intervention, with just four days to go until election day, comes as polls show how close the battle is becoming.

Immigration is a concern, reports Breitbart.

Almost two-thirds of Britons are still concerned about their country’s high levels of immigration, citing pressure on the National Health Service (NHS) and schools as especially worrying.
Deltapoll research commissioned by the Migration Watch UK think tank found that some 65 per cent of Britons “agree that recent levels of overseas net migration to the UK are a source of major concern for the public”, compared to just 22 per cent who think is not.
A majority of supporters of the Conservative Party, opposition Labour Party, and even the left-progressive Liberal Democrats which the Labour Party would likely have to rely on to form a government in the event of a hung parliament after national elections in December, all told pollsters immigration was a cause of “substantial concern”.

But the Telegraph reports the Tories’ plans for restricting migration.

Low-skilled migrants will face sweeping new restrictions on moving to Britain, under a radical post-Brexit immigration shake-up planned by ­Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister will announce on Sunday that he is planning to prevent lower-skilled workers moving to the UK unless there is a “specific shortage” of staff in their sector, such as construction. Those who arrive will only be able to stay in the UK temporarily.
The plan, made public in the final days of the general election campaign, forms the centrepiece of Mr Johnson’s proposals for an Australian-style points-based immigration system after the UK’s planned exit from the EU next year.

The Times also reports the PM’s last-ditch effort.

Boris Johnson launched a final offensive on Brexit and immigration last night as polls suggested he should secure a comfortable working majority on Thursday.
The prime minister used an interview with The Sunday Times to
set out his immigration plans, which will prevent low-skilled migrants from settling permanently in the UK.
The move signals that he will emulate the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum by hammering one of his trump cards in the last days of the campaign.

Sky News reports his ‘cast iron guarantee’.

Boris Johnson has given a cast-iron guarantee that immigration levels will come down if he remains prime minister, despite his commitment to an Australian-style points-based system that experts say would actually see numbers increase.
The Conservatives are proposing new laws to control how many people can move to the UK from abroad post-Brexit, which the party says will mean fewer “unskilled workers” settling in the country.
Speaking to the final instalment of Sophy Ridge On Sunday before voters go to the polls on Thursday, Mr Johnson said he can “make sure that numbers come down” if the Tories win a majority in the general election.

Anti-semitism is not confined to the Labour Party, reports ITV News.

The Conservative Party is investigating three parliamentary candidates over allegations of anti-Semitism.
Labour has called for the trio to be suspended and said Boris Johnson must “answer for the anti-Semitism being promoted in his name”.
Sally-Ann Hart, who is standing as a Tory candidate in Amber Rudd’s former Hastings and Rye seat, shared a video in 2017 which implied Jewish philanthropist George Soros controls the EU.
St Helens South and Whiston candidate Richard Short questioned in a tweet in 2013 whether journalist Melanie Phillips’s allegiance was to the UK or Israel.

Labour Party

But the problem is still prevalent in the Labour Party, says the Mail.

Labour is facing yet another anti-Semitism storm as at least 30 candidates have been linked to the deepening scandal in the party.
Nineteen of the election hopefuls are first-time candidates, with half of them having faced claims directly.
Six of those under the microscope are backbench MPs who are vying for re-election on Thursday.
There are other backbenchers who have been criticised for defending those peddling anti-Semitism conspiracy theories.
And four candidates have been axed by Labour following anti-Semitism-related issues since the election was announced, according to the Telegraph.

The Times has seen documents leaked from the party.

Labour’s failure to stamp out rampant anti-semitism in the party can be exposed today in a massive leak of documents from its own disciplinary department.
The secret files, seen by The Sunday Times, reveal the party is still overwhelmed with complaints about anti-Jewish racism that have been left unresolved for months or years. Most have resulted in lenient punishments or no sanctions, according to the documents, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign claims of zero tolerance.

The Labour leader will not divulge the source of certain documents says the Mail.

Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed as ‘nonsense’ the controversy surrounding the source of leaked documents used by Labour as proof that Conservatives are planning to sell the NHS.
Mr Corbyn was on the campaign trail in Barry, South Wales today where he insisted the dossier was real after social media platform Reddit said the documents were disclosed as ‘part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia’.
The Labour leader, who was pictured pouring a number of heady pints at the Sports and Social Club in Barry Island, had used the leaked papers as evidence that the Government was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the US to open up the health service to American pharmaceutical companies.

If Corbyn goes, who will replace him?  The Telegraph names one possibility.

Angela Rayner has refused to rule herself out of running for the Labour leadership, as the party prepares for life after Jeremy Corbyn.
When pressed on the issue, the shadow education secretary said that she “wouldn’t rule anything in or out” but insisted she would do a “better job” of running the country than Boris Johnson.
John McDonnell has already singled out Ms Rayner out as one of the “talented women in the shadow cabinet” that would be suitable for the top job.

LibDems

Businesses are promised help if the LibDems win power, says BBC News.

The Liberal Democrats plan to scrap business rates to help small firms and will provide greater support for entrepreneurs, if the party wins the general election on Thursday.
Nearly a million businesses in the UK have closed in the past three years, analysis from the Lib Dems suggests.
The party says Brexit uncertainty has added to the high street’s demise.
Labour says it will base a network of small business advisers in Post Office branches if it wins the election.

Scotland

The Telegraph reports on unexploded bombs north of the border.

Hundreds of unexploded munitions found in Scotland over the past three years have been described as “routine” by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Land mines, grenades and flares have all been recovered, including several in the city centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Amongst the ordnance found were several phosphorous flares which burn at extremely high temperatures and can cause life threatening injuries when activated.
A spokesperson for the MoD said the high numbers of military stock had been collected “over several years and covers a large geographical area”.

NHS

Should doctors offer to pray with their patients?  The Times reports on one instance.

A GP who risked losing his job for offering to pray with patients has been cleared by the General Medical Council in a case that establishes the circumstances in which clinicians are allowed to use their faith in their work.
Dr Richard Scott, 59, who is a Christian, was investigated in May after the National Secular Society (NSS) said that a “highly vulnerable” patient “felt discomfort at the use of prayer”.

Education

How valuable is a good Ofsted inspection?  The Times reports:

The inspector from Ofsted could not have been more glowing. “You provide clear, principled leadership,” she told the head teacher of a top Catholic girls’ school in January.
“Leaders, governors and pupils commented on the positive effect your vision has had on the school community . . . 92 per cent of staff said they were proud to be members of the school.” Pupils, she added, “are full of praise for their teachers”.
Two terms later, the school is in chaos after teachers walked out amid claims of bullying by the head.

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