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UK Election Day: Who Gets the NID Vote?

Polling stations open across England

Voting has begun in England in what is tipped to be the most closely-fought general election in recent years.

Polling stations around the country opened their doors at 0700 BST and will close at 2200 BST when most electoral teams will begin counting the

votes.

With polls indicating Britain could see a hung parliament, party leaders made a final push to win over undecided voters on Wednesday.

Votes are also being cast in local elections at more than 150 councils.

In total, 4,200 seats will be contested in about 3,000 wards across 166 English local authorities.

Electoral teams across the country are gearing up for a long night of counting.

In the constituency of Sunderland South, officers are hoping to become the first to declare results for a fifth year running.

Liverpool Riverside had the lowest voter turnout in 2001 and 2005

In 2005, it announced its MP just 44 minutes after the polls had closed.

In one North Yorkshire constituency voters face a three-week wait to cast their vote for their MP.

The election in Thirsk and Malton was halted in April when the UK Independence Party announced its candidate, John Boakes, had died.

Polling day for that constituency will now be 27 May.

One council with a huge job on its hands is Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, which is co-ordinating voting for troops in Afghanistan.

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IMO Dave ain't just the right man to lead the country. He is nothing but a toff who only cares about the upper Middle class folks.

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Disappointed with Labour. . . . .Make i switch channels to Nollywood.

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The count is over for now.  649 constituency results out of 650 returned.  One postponed.

Conservatives: 306

Labour: 258

Liberal Democrats: 57

Others: 28

Thirsk and Malton has been postponed because of the death of UKIP Candidate.

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Here is the Pirate Party manifesto.

I should have registered my protest vote with them.

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Seriously, the whole immigrant thingy gets me antsy.

They have filled our heads with their media balderdash to make us believe there's a difference between an expatriate and an immigrant.

They have made us believe Expatriates are the professional/skilled workers whilst Immigrants are the roaches looking to live on benefits but that is not what those words mean. . . .It's just sheer HYPOCRISY.

Immigrant

1. somebody settling in country: a newcomer to a country who has settled there.

Expatriate

1. somebody who has moved abroad: a citizen who has left his or her own country to live in another, usually for a prolonged period

What is the DIFFERENCE?

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lol at the Monster raving looney party - or did anybody notice that candidate dressed like Jesus christ

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Kenny G is getting the terms correctly, but fundamentally you're right - especially as fewer and fewer of them are returning home; especially the Brits

Lol @ Soho junkie.

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Please abeg Consa all the day  - Me i am tired a labour - their corruption is too much,

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I don't see any difference. . . . Maybe you need to look it up.

Who is to say who will return back to their country and who wouldn't?

It's just sheer hypocrisy for the Brits to be termed as expatriates in foreign lands and foreigners are called immigrants here.

U cannot tell me every foreigner in this country ALL have the intention to live on State benefits and not return back to their roots.

That is what i am aiming at.

Expatriates are not necessarily professionals. If a Soho junkie decides to go and stay in Nigeria, he will be described as an expatriate(by the Brits).

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Back to thread.

Clegg has messed up.

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As someone said if that's your explanation for the difference in expatraites and immigrants, your explanation has FAILED ! Actually more and more UK citizens moving for work are taking their families with them, which was even what my study was about - "Cross Cultural Awareness for British Expatriate  Spouses". Your explanation only highlights the difference in terminology of both.

As ebonyz said any black person who voted Tory is a self-hating deluded prick. It's not just about immigration, it's about supporting a party who would fundamentally squash minorities and the poor to uphold the upper middle class white.

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So you are saying this is the difference between being an IMMIGRANT and an EXPATRIATE?

Ridiculous!!!!

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any black immigrant in their right mind will never vote for tories but because some people think their immigration status is ok now, they are now shouting they want change. Na wa o.

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You know I did not know this before. I'm currently doing a study on expatraites. UK has the highest number of expatraites / immigrants / emigrants or whatever they call themselves THAN ANYWHERE else in the world. There are more British people leaving this country to other countries than any other country in the world. I can't get over the hypocrisy. DON'T PEOPLE KNOW THIS ? Can't people shut Mr Cam up when he say's the UK is full ?

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Men on the edge of my seat, this election is like film show. I'll be disappointed if Clegg sides with Cameron. Him and Brown have the same views on some issues. And also heard he was on the phone with Brown this morning. How true is that ?

I hope Cameron can be squashed back into the hole he came from - can't stand his fat face.

I won't even bother to address any self-hating black person who voted Tories.

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Right now, it's 303 VS 291 . . . in favour of 'I don't want Tories'.

Constitutionally, it's equal between Labour and Tories, those guidelines are there for a reason.

I don't mind their immigration policies, I just think Lib Dems are the best in that aspect.

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The problem is not the BNP, the main problem is the fact that the fascist ideas are still in the minds of these people, waiting to come out with any minor problem.

Just look at the way the skinheads of the 70s went about killing Asians just because they lost their jobs, and then a recession causes unemployment  rates to go high in 2008 and everyone says it's the immigrants.

The mindset needs to change so it doesn't keep coming up everytime something goes wrong. . . that's my problem.

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Anyway lets wait and see how events unfolds

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@Eldee, with time I am of the belief that all those weirdo parties will be voted out. Here is a comment someone posted in The Times.

"I must congratulate the honourable people of Barking who proved that they are not ignorant and are just and fair human beings who did not follow ignorance and hate politics of Nick Griffin and his alike. BNP has been shown the door by predominant whites of the area. In the end good triumphs over bad always."

A Jan.

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The queen do not involve in politics. The last time one of her family did, his head was chopped off. True story.

She can dissolve the government blah blah blah, but these powers have never been tested in real life I think.

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More people hate Consevatives than the number of people that actually like them. . . that's evident in the polls.

Now the overall good of the nation is in Lib Dems looking for which of the policies will serve the purpose they stand for.

If the number of people that voted the oldies are relatively equal, the overall good of the nation lies in the hands of the minority.

They deserve a voice too.

I seriously support the call for a devolution of England.

These Scotts make their own laws but chop our own money.

I can't believe it's almost free to go to Uni in Scotland and Wales.

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Why must Gordon Brown come from Scotland sef?

His Scottish roots na disadvantage jare!!!

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What of the fact that more people voted against Cameron than for him, isn't that meant to count for something??

I think what would be fair is Lib Dems looking at both potential governments and forming a majority with the ones that best support their policies.

Even on TV, Nick Griffin was never going to be Prime Minister, the American woman tore him apart on Question Time.

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If we are to go with the results of the TV Polls, Lib Dem would be winning by 500 seats as we speak.

The brave men that fought the Nazis in the 40s woulda fought in vain if anyone allows Nick Griffin to become the Prime Minister.

Don't even want to think about it. . . .What a moment that will be. . .A moment to induce immediate projectile vomiting.

The Tories have nothing to offer. . . . .It's going to be the Maggie Thatcher days all over again.

What's the correlation between the Lib Dem and the Tories sef? They have polarised manifestos in me opinion.

We must marry this year be that o!!!!

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Everyone is using the 'we will work something out stance'. . . Lord Mandelson, Gordon Brown and even Cameron the winner.

But this olodo comes out and talks reckless . . . just to finally show us that he actually does not know what he's doing.

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Hmm I think tv don answer my own question.

According to the constitution, the reigning party is the one who can initiate a deal with others, but as it stand e be like say Clegg wan deal with Dave and not Gordon.

I am guessing it is just a front until more comprise are given to the Orange one.

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my dear, it was a very very daft statement.

one would have expected him to be a bit more diplomatic about his first post-election statement, sit down with both parties and then have them EXPLAIN clearly their different policies and how it would affect everyone before then deciding who to pitch his tent with.

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Well . . . Clegg just made the daftest statement I've heard from anyone in a while.

He doesn't care about the policies, just anyone that gets the highest number of votes.

How daft is that??

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You have the benefit of hind-sight jare.

He was the clear winner of the TV polls . . . his troubles only started in the third debate where he couldn't stand the scrutiny.

What happened was a shock to everyone.

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but in terms of policies they seem to be a little bit more aligned.

am not sure how the Lib Dems will be able to work with the Conservatives

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looks like a done deal. did u listen to clegg's statement?

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What are you on about? They lost in their own backyard in Barking.

I think the media got it spot on by allowing them a free ride on the debate. The British public saw right through Nick and his sham. To make matters worse, he is hated by many minorities.

To be honest, he will be an obscurity once the economy picks back up again - During hard times [Global recession etc] Right wing bastarrds like him tend to spring up and blame it on others etc. Just look up on history, the thing is people soon forget them once everything is rosie and jolly jolly again.

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agreed. but one would have expected him to be a bit more flexible.

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its looking increasing likely that Tories are winning this.

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The media keeps showing how powerful they can be all the time.

The BNP came on BBC and they became an almost there party.

Only in Britain will a debate make a minority leader one of the most popular faces in Britain.

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Markets react:

Sterling fall as much as 0.8 percent versus the dollar as exit polls point to hung parliament. Also falling 0.5 percent to the euro.

Can't wait for the bond markets to open at 1 am.

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Word. I keep explaining to people already in the country that it's not even only coming immigrants, there's just an air of oppression and inequality for minorities when Tory are in power. So those selfish people who already have their peoples are don't care - think again.

Regional Migration has some possibilities if immigrants are taught London is not the same as UK, which has other vast areas and opportunities.

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Harriet Harman and Peter Mandelson suggest Brown will not budge and will try to hang on to power.

Exit Poll revised:

Con drop two to 305. Labour stay on 255. Lib Dem up to 61.

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Tories are bad news for immigrations o

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London is tighter than lagos right now,no space.There is no place to compare london with,it is such a vibrant and jampacked city

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Yippe ! But that was kind of expected. I'm proud of all the North standing for Labour.

3rd time Sunderland is first to declare. The city is a mess but this they get right every time ?

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Did you see the Lib Dem policy on immigration??

Getting immigrant to the Sunderlands and Hulls will help to halt congestion in the big cities and in a small way help to educate the other places on the importance of immigrant workers.

Besides, then it will help to even create jobs outside London and stop the fear of a population explosion in London.

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Labour just won the Houghton Sunderland seat. 1st to be declared

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Have you not been listening to cameron  - No party has claimed or will support an outright ban on migration - but a cap is so needed-  Cameron acknowledges that migrant workers are so important for the UK economy.  What the about the Con policy on No tax on one's first 10k earnings

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Which planet did you get this illusion from ?

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At the moment Lib Dem have the power, the must know they could never win, but they have the power to swing the election to either's favour. And I'm praying they pick Labour

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Me and Wife voted for Conservatives  - My Local council is run by the Con and we have had lower council tax bills for years .  And also their policies this time favours immigrants

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While I have to agree that there is difference between the English and the Scot, I don't think that is the reason for Gordon's unpopularity. I think it is because he is not as charismatic as Tony Blair or David cameron. I do believe he is very competent though, perhaps the most competent of all the candidates. However, in attaining leadership, charisma will probably trump competence anyday!

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You are right but deep down,the scotish blood is a fundamental barrier as well as the open door immigration policy to every dic-k and harry in eastern europe who in most cases are more undeserving of a first world community than an average african or asian

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Labour will lose because Gordon is a full blooded scot,the difference is still very clear between the english and the scots

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