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General Election – Tim Farron urged people to vote tactically as he criticised Theresa May
As the final day of campaigning gets underway the Liberal Democrat leader insisted the predicted Tory landslide will only be prevented if people vote tactically in the General Election.
Europhile Tim Farron kicked off his campaign with a Brexit breakfast event in a Solihull cafe that specialises in German sausage.
The latest polls put Theresa May’s Conservatives anywhere between 12 to 1 point ahead. One projection said the Prime Minister would win a majority of 64 seats.
Our bid is to ask people to lend us their vote so that we can get out there and prevent Theresa May taking the country for granted
An optimistic Mr Farron insisted the Lib Dems could double their tally of MPs to 18 despite poor poll ratings.
But Mr Farron said a vote for the Lib Dems could minimise the seemingly inevitable Tory win.
He said: "We are saying to people in areas where you know the Liberal Democrats are the main challengers, as we seek to minimise Theresa May's majority, then backing the Liberal Democrats is a powerful way that you can send a message that she does not have a blank cheque to bring in the dementia tax, cut the police and do the damage that she is going to do to our health service."
Europhile Mr Farron kicked off his campaign with a Brexit breakfast event
Mr Farron enjoyed breakfast at a Solihull cafe that specialises in German sausage
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"Our bid is to ask people to lend us their vote so that we can get out there and prevent Theresa May taking the country for granted."
On Brexit, staunch Remainer Mr Farron said the Tories could not be trusted to handle withdrawal negotiations as Britain prepares to leave the EU.
He said: "They can't even write a manifesto they can stand by, yet they want you to trust them with the biggest negotiations this country has ever done.
Theresa May hit the campaign trail at 5.30am as she continued to trade blows with Mr Farron
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will speak at a series of rallies today
"Have no doubt, Theresa May will get us a bad Brexit deal – and I mean dementia tax bad."
But Mrs May has hit back stressing only she can deliver the right deal for Britain and that opponents would lead Britain’s economy to ruin in the negotiations with the EU.
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She said: "Give me your backing in the polling station tomorrow to battle for Britain in Brussels.
“Get those negotiations wrong and the consequences will be dire."
Mr Farron is due to speak in Oxford later today as he, Mrs May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spend the day frantically criss-crossing the country as they seek to galvanise their supporters and win over wavers before polling opens at 7am on Thursday.