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In pictures: Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer cast votes as UK decides fate of Conservatives in poll

Rishi Sunak, along with Keir Starmer, the man vying for his position, was among the early voters, joining millions of citizens in exercising their democratic rights

Our Web Desk Published 04.07.24, 06:36 PM
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Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty leave a polling station after voting near Richmond, North Yorkshire, England, Thursday, July 4, 2024. As polling booths opened across the United Kingdom, the future of Rishi Sunak as Britain's Prime Minister and the leader of the Conservative Party stands on a knife-edge. The British Indian leader, along with Keir Starmer, the man vying for his position, was among the early voters, joining millions of citizens in exercising their democratic rights.

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Labour leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria arrive to cast their votes in the 2024 General Election at Willingham Close TRA Hall in London. Sunak, at 44, faces an uphill battle against the voter discontent directed at the incumbent Tories after a long 14-year stretch in power. Throughout the intense six-week campaign, he has struggled to close the gap with the 61-year-old Starmer-led Labour Party, which has consistently led in the polls.

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Britain's LibDem party leader Ed Davey and his wife Emily Davey pose for the media after they cast their vote at polling station in Kingston, London, Thursday, July 4, 2024. The focus shifts entirely to the voters, who will decide the fate of candidates in 650 constituencies across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. A total of 326 seats are needed for a majority in the UK's first-past-the-post system.  

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People leave a church thats being used as a polling station after casting their votes in Kingston, London, Thursday, July 4, 2024. Beyond the main contenders, voters have a spectrum of choices including the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Scottish National Party (SNP), SDLP, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Sinn Féin, Plaid Cymru, the anti-immigration Reform Party, and a variety of independents. At 7 am local time, around 40,000 polling stations opened their doors, welcoming an estimated 46 million registered voters. 

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Anne-Marie Laffey from the Labour Party waits at a polling station in Clacton On Sea, England, Thursday, July 4, 2024. This year, for the first time, UK elections require voters to present an identification document, a move aimed at bolstering the integrity of the electoral process. The polls are open to all registered adult voters residing in the UK, including Indians as Commonwealth citizens.

As the nation waits with bated breath, the results of this election will not only determine the immediate future of Rishi Sunak but also shape the political landscape of the United Kingdom for years to come.

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