Voting is underway in the UK in European and local elections which could determine the fate of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The election is widely expected to be a disaster for the Labour premier who is still facing a rebellion by his own party.
The last nationwide electoral test before the next general election there are fears of an extremely low voter turnout. As a result, the government is urging people to get out and vote. Deputy Party Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman said: ‘‘These are important elections, so I hope that there will be a big turnout for these elections and I know that there is a lot of people who are thinking because they are angry about the expenses they are not going to vote for anybody. I hope the people will be reassured that we are on the path of sorting out the whole problem of abuse of MP’s expenses.’‘ While all the major political parties have suffered from the expenses scandal, Conservative leader David Cameron, who voted earlier today with his wife, is tipped to profit most from Labour’s woes. The Tories are hoping to take at least two regions from Labour Pro-European Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will also be hoping to capitalise on the government’s difficulties, which have seen Labour rebel MP’s reportedly plotting to oust Brown by email following a string of high-profile cabinet resignations. In all, UK voters will elect 72 MEPs in 11 regions, with the results expected on Sunday evening.