UK General Election: Voters cast their vote

Published: 11:27 GMT, Jun 8, 2017 |

UK voters headed to the polls on Thursday (June 8) amid tight security after two Islamist attacks killed 30 people in Manchester and London in less than two weeks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s narrowing lead in opinion polls ahead of the election has raised questions over whether she will win the landslide predicted just over a month ago.

The prime minister called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.

She is still expected to win, with a lead of between one percentage point and 12 points according to polls released over recent days.

But she might fall well short of a 100-seat or more landslide.

If May does not handsomely beat the 12-seat majority Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed, her ability to drive Brexit reform through parliament will be diminished and she will go into talks later this month looking weaker.