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Hancock visit shows we are ‘closing in’, claims Johnny Luk on election eve

YouGov poll predicts comfortable win for Labour

11 December, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Johnny Luk makes a campaign video with Matt Hancock

THE Conservative candidate tasked with trying to unseat Labour’s Tulip Siddiq at the general election said the appearance of health secretary Matt Hancock on the last day of campaigning showed they were “closing in” on a possible victory.

Johnny Luk’s confidence came despite a new YouGov poll which indicated Ms Siddiq would be comfortably re-elected when voters head to the polls tomorrow (Thursday).

She is looking to secure her third win in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency since 2015 and goes into the ballot box battle with a majority of more than 15,000, but her rivals insist Labour’s approach to Brexit and anti-semitism have changed the complexion.

Mr Luk has been teased by rivals for using some of his time campaigning in other constituencies, including the marginal Chipping Barnet.

But he said: “The fact that a cabinet minister has come, the day before polling day, is a really positive sign that there are some good feelings here for us. And also shows our impactful our campaign has been.”

Mr Hancock joined supporters at the Conservative offices in Heath Hurst Road, in South End Green, before walking down to the Royal Free Hospital where he faced questions from the New Journal.

“Polling shows it’s tight, it is tight,” said Mr Hancock. He later joked: “Throughout this campaign I have wanted to do one thing and today I have managed to do it – and that’s appear in a Jonny Luk video.”

Mr Luk has made several campaign videos for social media but Labour and the Lib Dems, who insist they are actually best placed to beat Ms Siddiq after their triumphant European election gains back in May, believe they have the Tories outnumbered on the doorstep.

* A full list of election candidates is on the CNJ website. Readers can follow the count online and through our social media feeds – and look out for our limited edition results special published on Friday morning.

Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

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