Every single vote will count, says Theresa May during election visit to Wales 

The Prime Minister insisted she was “not complacent”.

 

Voters will go to the polls on June 8 in the most important general election Britain has faced in 60 years, Theresa May insisted as she took the campaign fight to Labour’s Welsh heartlands.

The Prime Minister insisted she was “not complacent” about the outcome of the poll as she told supporters “every single vote will count”.

She left the door open to tax breaks for workers that would be viewed as a direct pitch to win over Labour voters in areas such as Wales.

Conservative party top target seats graphic
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During a visit to Bridgend, Mrs May said the General Election was “the most important election this country has faced in my lifetime”.

“An election in which every single vote will count. A really important election for the future of this country,” she said.

“A vote for any other party would be a vote for a weak and failing Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a coalition of chaos which would risk our national future.”

Prime Minister Theresa May
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Tories have so far refused to repeat the party’s 2015 manifesto pledge not to put up income tax, VAT or national insurance and Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted it could be ditched. But the party is reportedly considering a tax “sweetener” for working people.

Asked about the claims, Mrs May replied: “There’s a choice between a Conservative Party which always has been, is and will always be a party that believes in lower taxes.”

She added: “The choice is between that and a Labour Party whose natural instinct is always to put up taxes.”

Mrs May insisted she was “not complacent” about the result of the June 8 poll and warned that Mr Corbyn could defy the odds.

Jeremy Corbyn
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She added: “Make no mistake, it could happen. Remember the opinion polls were wrong in the 2015 general election, they were wrong in the referendum last year. Jeremy Corbyn himself has said he was a 200-1 outsider for the Labour leadership in 2015 and look where that one went. So we must not be complacent and I’m not complacent.”

Mrs May insisted the Conservatives would be fighting a “positive” campaign over the next 44 days and insisted Brexit is an “opportunity” to change the country “for the better”.

The visit to Wales comes after polling suggested the Labour Party faces a General Election meltdown there while the Tories are on course to win the majority of parliamentary seats for the first time in modern history. YouGov polling in Wales for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre found the Conservatives had a 10% lead on Labour and were predicted to finish with 21 seats.

Mrs May accused nationalists of “propping up” Labour in Wales in a deal that shows how “collaboration” between smaller parties could put Mr Corbyn into power.