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5 Nigerians contest in UK polls

By Leke Adeseri & Hugo Odiogor,  with agency reports
LONDON—FIVE Nigerians are among the hundreds of contestants vying for seats in the British parliament as the country goes to polls today, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported yesterday.
Also, Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party was said to have gained an opinion poll boost on the final day of campaigning ahead of the election.

Chuka Ummuna, a Labour candidate for Streatham and Kemi Adegoke, Conservative Party candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood,

Among those vying for seats in Parliament is Abiodun Akinoshun, who is standing as an independent candidate in Erith and Thamesmead constituency.

Others are Chuka Ummuna, a Labour candidate for Streatham, Helen Grant, Conservative Party candidate for Maidstone and the Weald, Kemi Adegoke, Conservative Party candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood, and Chi Onwurah, Labour candidate for Newcastle Central.

Speaking in London, Helen Grant promised to initiate development programmes in her contituency if elected. She said: “We need real change, to create a stable economy, restore jobs, unshackle our businesses, strengthen families, and form a safer, more just society, that respects and protects its citizens, especially the elderly.

“If I am elected as the next MP I will strive to achieve the changes we need with conviction, drive and determination and I will serve with integrity, honesty and sincerity.”

Kemi Adegoke, promised to provide effective representation for his Dulwich and West Norwood constituency, if elected.

Chi Onwurah, a Labour party candidate said she felt honoured to be selected as a candidate, noting: “I was honoured when the local members of Newcastle Central Labour Party, selected me to fight the next general election.”

She pledged to use her experience in business and technology “to place Newcastle at the centre of a new green revolution.”

Brown gets poll lift on final day of campaign

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown’s Labour Party, gained an opinion poll boost on the final day of campaigning ahead of today’s election, but three national newspapers came out in support of opposition parties.

Conservative leader David Cameron campaigned through the night and Brown made an early visit, yesterday morning, to market workers in northern England to woo the one-third of voters said still to be wavering.

No fewer than 650 seats in the British parliament will be up for grabs between the Tory Labour and Liberal Democratic |Parties today as Britons go out to elect their leaders.

The election is a three way battle between incumbent Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown of Labour Party, Mr. David Cameron of Conservative Tory Party and the fast rising Nick Clegg of Liberal Democratic Party.

At the last minute, opinion poll suggested a probable hung parliament, where none of the three parties would have a hegemonic dominance in the House of Commons.

The number of seats being contested for increased from 646 to 650 owing to boundary changes. To win an absolute majority, a party is required to secure 326 seats.


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