Polls open today in UK Parliamentary election

Voters go to the polls in one of the closest general elections in a generation today (May 6).

The economy aside green politics have dominated the run up to the vote with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg calling climate change the biggest challenge facing the UK.

Mr Clegg plans to rejuvenate the country through the green economy, he said: "Our vision of a new economy aims to provide growth that lasts for all 100,000 square miles of the UK. We have detailed plans to make our economy environmentally, financially and socially sustainable.

"Our plans for an immediate green job creation package ... taking over £3bn of savings to invest in housing transport and green energy.

"This will provide an immediate jobs boost and help create the green infrastructure we need for a low carbon economy."

Labour has focused on green politics with Ed Miliband launching the party's green manifesto.

The energy and climate change secretary said at the time: "Tackling climate change isn't just about avoiding disaster but also ensuring we have a prosperous future and a fair one.

While, David Cameron's Conservatives have targeted green voters since he came to the party's top job with slogans like 'vote blue go green'.

He said: "A Conservative government will make Britain greener by tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing our environment.

"We will introduce a new approach, one which minimises waste and promotes recycling."

Many elections watchers will also be keeping an eye on the Brighton Pavilion seat with Green Party leader Caroline Lucas looking to give the group its first ever MP.

Luke Walsh


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