Leaders of all three main political parties stepped up their campaigning today in a last-ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of Thursday’s UK General Election.
Conservative leader Boris Johnson visited Grimsby Fish market, in northern England, promising that Brexit would boost to British fishing, while Labour leader Jeremy Corby addressed a rally in Nelson in Lancashire, also in northern England, and talked about NHS bed shortages and under-funding.
Liberal Democrat Party candidate and Brexit spokesman Tom Brake, said his was the only party in this election that “can take seats from the Conservatives”.
While the parties continued on the campaign trail, there was gloomy news on the state of the UK economy. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed year-on-year growth in GDP slowed to 0.7 per cent in October, which was the lowest rate of growth since March 2012.
According to the BBC, the Conservative lead over Labour remains solid. The latest polls all put the Conservatives in the low to mid-40s and Labour in the low 30s in percentage terms across Britain as a whole.
The pound, which is affected by sentiment over Brexit and whether the Conservative party will win an outright majority, was little changed in morning trading. Sterling rose slightly against the US dollar, rising to 1.317, a rise of 0.23 per cent, while against the euro it was virtually unchanged at 1.1884 or 0.09 per cent rise.
The FTSE 100 index of leading shares slipped a little in morning trading, down 0.88 per cent to 7,169.93 and the FTSE 250 showed similar form, dropping by 0.93 per cent to 20,727.90.
Analysts said the markets had been weighed down by the ONS figures. One of the biggest fallers amongst UK shares was clothing retailer Ted Baker, whose chief executive and chairman announced they were leaving. Tullow Oil, which had a torrid time on the markets yesterday, recovered by 12 per cent today to 44.91.