U.K. snap elections get underway

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A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain’s main opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking during a general election campaign speech in central London on May 26, 2017 and Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at the launch of the Scottish manifesto by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh on May 19, 2017. (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS, AFP/Getty Images)

British voters are going to the polls Thursday in snap elections called by Prime Minister Theresa May, who hopes to strengthen her Conservative Party’s majority in the House of Commons in order to bolster her position in negotiations for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. Early expectations that May would secure an easy victory over the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, have faded in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, and as the Conservatives waged what critics called a lackluster campaign. Corbyn and his party have focused not just on Brexit, but on health care, education, and social programs, issues that have resonated and helped the opposition make gains in recent polls.

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