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UK General Election: Voters head to the polls

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 00:50

Polls open across the UK for the 2017 general election on Thursday, for the third time in two years. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Polls opened in Britain on Thursday (June 8) in a national election which could be tighter than predicted. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union and to boost her Conservative party's majority in parliament. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and Britons have until 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) to vote. The campaign has seen unexpected twists - the shrinking of May's poll lead over the opposition Labour Party from over 20 points to a range between one and 12 points, and the attacks in Manchester and London. The first results are expected to be announced by around midnight (2300 GMT).

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UK General Election: Voters head to the polls

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 00:50