Election LIVE: Tory activist sprayed with substance after canvassing for Theresa Villiers

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A TORY activist was left shaken after being targeted by a group of youths who sprayed perfume on her face in what she feared was an acid attack.

The campaigner was set upon by six youngsters at around 3pm today while out canvassing in High Barnet in the constituency hold by Cabinet member Theresa Villiers. The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene but is not thought to have sustained any injuries. Conservative sources do not believe the attack was politically motivated, the Daily Mail reports. 

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “’We have been made aware of a report that a woman had an irritant sprayed in her face by a group of five to six juveniles.

“The incident is believed to have happened at High Barnet Tube station at approximately 2.56pm on 11 December. 

“The woman was treated at the scene, she is not believed to have sustained any injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution.” 

Labour’s Emma Whysall is hoping to oust Ms Villiers from the north London seat. 

Environment secretary Ms Villiers is among a string of high-profile Tories who could be brought down by Remain voters if they vote tactically. 

10.55pm update: Conservatives’ lead narrows to five points in latest poll

A poll by the Telegraph and Savanta ComRes, published on Wednesday night, placed the Conservatives five points ahead of Mr Corbyn’s party – indicating potential for a Tory majority or a hung parliament.

It put Mr Johnson’s party on 41 percent, with Labour on 36 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 12 percent. 

However, a separate poll by Kantar put the Tories on 44 percent, Labour on 32 percent and the Lib Dems on 13 percent.

Jeremy Corbyn ended his election campaign by warning voters they are at a “fork in the road” between radical change under Labour, and a Boris Johnson government that would “continue destroying our public services”.

“The issues in this election are very profound,” the Labour leader told a young audience of hundreds in a packed warehouse venue in Hackney, east London.

“Most people say, in most elections, this is the most important election there’s ever been, and if you’re a candidate it always feels that way – trust me, I’ve done it 10 times.

“But the issues in this election are so very, very important, very, very profound. We’re literally at a fork in the road.

“So when the election comes tomorrow it is a very clear choice. You go down the road of Boris Johnson, a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump, we break off any serious relationship with Europe.”

Corbyn tax grab: Labour election win could punish 24m homes with soaring heating bills

A victory for the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn in Thursday’s general election could wallop ordinary Britons in 24 million homes with huge increases in their gas bills and see them struggling to stay warm in the winter.

Labour revealed it would impose a new £11billion windfall tax on oil companies, part of the party’s commitment to shift the UK to a low-carbon economy within the next decade.

The next Labour Government would create a “Just Translation Fund”, paid for by the new windfall tax, and would provide an expected £11 billion support package for nearly 37,000 oil and gas workers, the 126,000 people in jobs dependent on the sector and their communities to make the move to a clean economy.

But as a result, nearly 24 homes powered by gas heating could see their energy bills rise by £65 as firms struggle to make up the deficit and drive investment out of the UK.

Last month, Chancellor Sajid Javid pinpointed six tax rises in the Labour manifesto that would hit ordinary people – one of which was a stealth tax on heating, increasing energy bills of millions of households heated by gas.

The average gas bill for Brits in 2018 was £676 per year, or £56.33 each month, according to Government statistics.

But costs increased by 3.1 percent last year compared to the prices for 2017, indicating more hikes would be forthcoming under a future Labour Government.

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Jeremy Corbyn said Labour has raised £5 million for its election campaign, largely from small donations, as he gave his penultimate speech of the campaign.

He said: “We’ve raised, I’ve just got this number today, £5 million for our election fund.

“That £5 million has come from 200,000 people giving £25 each.”

He made the speech in front of supporters in the Addison Centre community hall in the marginal constituency of Bedford.

He added: “I’m proud of £25 donations, I’m proud of the support that people who are not well off are giving because they see in our campaign, they see in our manifesto, something of the kind of world they want to live in.”

Seen as a bellwether seat, Labour’s Mohammad Yasin is fighting to retain Bedford having gained it from the Tories by 789 votes.

Boris Johnson’s party will win a majority of between 30 and 40 in the election, predicts Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. 

But he warned bad weather could deter a large number of voters from heading to their local polling station. 

Mr Farage was asked by The Daily Telegraph if a 30 to 40-seat majority was a realistic expectation. 

He replied: “Yes, somewhere in that range.”

He added: “If that is the case then the ERG are going to be back in a very powerful position, because this is a huge dilemma.”

Business secretary Andrea Leadsom joined Tory activists for door-knocking in her Cabinet colleague Theresa Villiers’ north London constituency, Chipping Barnet. 

The area was the scene of an attack this afternoon, with a group of youths spraying perfume in the face of a Tory activist in a feared acid attack. 

Ms Leadsom took to Twitter to say constituents’ resounding message was ‘we don’t want Corbyn’. 

She said: “Out in Chipping Barnet this afternoon to support our excellent @Conservatives candidate and Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers.

“Clear message from people on the doorsteps: they don’t want Corbyn. #VoteConservativeActually #VoteConservative”

Katherine Ryan has promised that Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night coverage will be impartial while offering an extra element of fun that rival broadcasts will not have.

The stand-up star has also defended herself against comments that she should not talk about British politics because she is a Canadian, saying that she has a right to get involved as a British resident and taxpayer.

Ms Ryan is part of the presenting team for the channel’s overnight live reporting of the results of the election along with Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Rylan Clark-Neal, as well as a raft of political and comedy guests, as they “tell the dramatic story as it unfolds with top-class analysis and some much-needed laughs”.

She dismissed prior criticism that the programme may be Left-leaning and anti-Brexit.

She told the PA news agency: “It’s so British that people are choosing to pre-worry about something that hasn’t happened yet.

“Obviously the broadcasters have regulations, they have to be impartial so we can offer the best analysis and insight.”

Boris Johnson’s party have a nine-point lead heading into tomorrow’s general election, according to the latest poll. 

The Conservative Party had 41 percent and Labour had 32 percent of the vote in a BMG research poll for the Independent. 

Nicola Sturgeon has accused Jackson Carlaw of “running scared” of the will of the Scottish people as the pair clashed over the issue of referendums.

At First Minister’s Questions, Tory leader Mr Carlaw said Ms Sturgeon “has never respected the result” of the 2014 independence referendum, suggesting she wants to take legal action to “sue her way to indyref2”.

The First Minister responded by saying the Conservatives are ignoring the will of 62 percent of Scots who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 vote.

In the final FMQs at Holyrood before the General Election, Ms Sturgeon said she is fighting to “make sure we’re not waking up on Friday morning to a Boris Johnson government, because Tory governments will mean more cuts to our public services, rising child poverty, a hard Brexit”.

Taking some questions from regional media in Dinnington, Mr Corbyn refused to comment on opinion polls.

He said: “The election hasn’t happened yet.

“The election is tomorrow and our party’s out there campaigning on the manifesto which will bring investment to Yorkshire.”

Before leaving, he posed for photos with fans. 

Local authorities have been issued with guidance by the official elections watchdog after a “small number” of people were wrongly told they could vote in the election.

The Electoral Commission said the problems had arisen as a result of a “software issue” in a system used by some authorities.

In a statement, the commission said steps had been taken to ensure only those people who were eligible to vote would actually be able to do so.

“We are aware that some local authorities have been impacted by a software issue that has resulted in a small number of people being wrongly informed that they can vote on December 12,” the statement said.

“The commission has issued guidance for authorities to help ensure that those individuals affected are contacted and given the correct information.

“Only those eligible and correctly registered will be able to cast their vote on polling day.”

HMRC workers will stage a fresh strike, on the day of the General Election, in a campaign against tax office closures.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) in Ealing, West London, will walk out for half a day from noon on Thursday.

The union warned there could be strikes to coincide with self-assessment deadline day on January 31.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, who will join a picket line outside the office, said: “HMRC staff at Ealing are standing up for tax workers across the country by trying to prevent the closure of their office.

“The Government is already failing to collect huge amounts of tax and yet the obsession with cost cutting means more jobs and skills will be lost due to its office closure plan.”

A Tory majority would see the economy thrive for years to come, an expert has told Express.co.uk.

Bethel Loh, Macro Strategist at online financial trading broker ThinkMarkets made the prediction. 

Mr Loh said: “An outright Tory majority would finally see Brexiteers fulfil much of their hearts’ desires and market uncertainty fall to multi-year lows.

“In short, a Tory majority provides a better long-term outcome for the UK economy.

“An outright Tory majority would see Boris Johnson eventually ensure a smooth but hard Brexit removing once and for all the Brexit uncertainty which has plagued UK markets for the better part of four years.”

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Comedian Steve Coogan has said his well-loved character Alan Partridge would have voted for Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum.

He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “Yes, [Patrridge] would [have voted Leave]because Alan is like one of those people who is very confident.

“There are lots of people in government actually who are very like Alan Partridge in that they are super confident and not that well informed.

“Alan Partridge, his points of view and attitude is influenced by the likes of Boris Johnson. 

“As Max Hastings said, Boris Johnson thinks he is Winston Churchill but he is more like Alan Partridge.”

Lucy Harris, who last week resigned from the Brexit Party, has taken to social media to defend herself against criticism for saying a vote for the Brexit Party is a vote against Brexit.

She said she refused to be a pawn in Mr Farage’s political game and was elected to the European Parliament by voters to deliver Brexit, not help the Brexit Party leader get to the top. 

She wrote on Twitter: “I came into politics with no political party.

“Ordinary person off the street with no affiliation.

“I have done everything I can to keep that feeling of hope that Brexit gave us for three years. I have gone out of my way to protect ordinary people from being slurred as racist, thick and too old to matter.

“I’ve helped encourage friendship and  bringing people together, I tried to make being an EU sceptic normal and push to change our mainstream to understand our opinion matters. 

“Trying to initiate goodwill in our political discourse once again. I have called out Mandleson, Campbell and other Remain big wigs face to face when they tried to insult us.

“i have travelled the length of this country to meet you, to know the real you, spent lonely long nights in hotels and train journeys to tell you someone was listening.

“Ihave stood up to be counted and acted again and again to save Brexit, despite my nerves & shyness, with unlimited passion & determination. I helped grow a milkshake-less cross party space for people to express themselves.

“I made a stand with all those principles in mind and signalled to choose the path that keeps Brexit alive and went against my party, which in my opinion is risking Brexit. I have  no regrets apart from losing BP friends. 

“All I ask is that you give me the same benefit of the doubt, goodwill and understanding that we hope for in the future of our political discourse, the same you wish for yourself to be shown and understand I do not act out of malice but my passion for Brexit and people.

“And if you can’t, I won’t be pressured or pushed around by anyone. I believe every word I’ve uttered in the past week is right. Voting Brexit Party will harm our chances of getting Brexit and I was elected to deliver it, not give blind support to Nigel’s next political endeavour.”

Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe has hit out at the “bunch of clowns” at the top of the Labour Party, as he warns a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would be a “catastrophe” for Britain.

He issued a last minute warning ahead of tomorrow’s general election and urged voters to consider the consequences of a Labour-led government.

The MEP, who stood down as the Brexit Party candidate for Dudley North over fears his candidacy could split the Leave vote, launched a scathing attack on Mr Corbyn’s party and said he had “never seen such low grade people who could potentially be in power”.

He warned a Labour government would be a “catastrophe” for the country and suggested the party was plotting to keep Britain in the EU.

The Brexit Party leader also predicted a “crisis” in the country if the Prime Minister wins a majority in the election.

Mr Farage has previously said he cannot support Boris Johnson’s “oven-ready” Brexit deal.

He said: “I know that if we get a Conservative majority, which I still think we will, then we will be back in crisis by May next year, as we face an extension to the whole process.

“I know what we’re doing is the right thing. I know that a botched Brexit, frankly, is barely worth having.”

Mr Farage said that Brexit “done properly” would help one group of people in particular – “the little people”.

The former Scottish Conservative leader said she is making the pledge safe in the knowledge “that my modesty (and others’ eyeballs) will remain unmolested” as she does not think that will happen.

Ms Davidson said conditions are “markedly different” from 2015 when the SNP took 56 seats.

Writing in The Telegraph, she said the nationalists have been keen to talk up the possibility of winning 50 seats.

She said: “I will happily wager to strip naked on the banks of Loch Ness and subject myself to a Hogmanay wild swimming session should such a result occur, safe in the knowledge that my modesty (and others’ eyeballs) will remain unmolested.”

With 59 parliamentary seats available in Scotland she does not think the SNP, who have 35 seats at the moment, will secure 50 on Thursday.

She said: “The party currently holds 35 seats, while the Scottish Conservatives control 13, Labour has seven and the Lib Dems four.

“To hit the magic 50, the SNP has to pinch 15 seats from three parties with wildly different offerings on Brexit, the permissibility of another independence referendum, the nuclear deterrent, the economy in general and nationalisation in particular.

“In addition to this, the SNP isn’t just targeting gains. It’s also trying to close the door on further losses. In 2017, largely thanks to pro-union voters adopting tactical voting strategies, Ms Sturgeon lost 21 seats and half a million votes in a single night. A fair share of what’s left are ultra-marginals.”

During a speech this morning, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said he expects turnout tomorrow to be less than 69 percent, like it was in 2017.

He also plans to write a short book about the campaign, in which he will say that first past the post voting system needs to go. 

He said: “We are living in the 21st century with a 19th century set of institutions.”

Party leaders have one final day of campaigning before voters take to the polls on Thursday in one of the UK’s most unpredictable elections. But who will you vote for in the General election?

Vote in Express.co.uk’s exclusive poll above.

Boris Johnson was out on a milk round this morning as Good Morning Britain journalist Jonathan Swain confronted him and tried to bag an interview for hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

The Prime Minister’s aide was clearly annoyed by the moment and Robert Oxley was caught swearing at the GMB team.

As Mr Johnson was out on an early morning milk round in Yorkshire, Mr Swain asked if he would speak to the hosts.

“Morning Prime Minister, will you come on Good Morning Britain?” he said.

“Will you deliver on your promise to speak to Piers and Susanna?”

It was at that moment, Mr Oxley could be heard exclaiming: “Oh for f**k’s sake.”

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