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Theresa May and husband kick off final campaign day with early meat market tour

Dropping in at Smithfield, the Prime Minister chatted to stall holders and posed for selfies with butchers.

Theresa May and husband Philip kicked off the final day of election campaigning with an early morning visit to London’s biggest meat market.

Dropping in at Smithfield in the heart of the city at 5.30am, the Prime Minister chatted to stall holders and posed for selfies with butchers wearing bloodied white coats.

As keen shoppers haggling for a bargain realised the PM was making her way down the aisles, a crowd gathered.

Theresa May poses for a photograph during a visit to Smithfield Market (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

But some butchers shouted “vote Labour” and “end police cuts” as Mrs May walked around.

Mrs May is touring the South East and Midlands in a final dash for votes ahead of polling day. Mr May will remain by his wife’s side for the rest of the day.

The Prime Minister visited Atherley Bowling Club in Southampton where she had a cup of tea with members. But a woman passing round a plate of biscuits did not offer one to Mrs May, saying: “I know you are not allowed” – a reference to the premier’s type one diabetes.

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The PM took her tea without milk. Bowlers continued to play on as Mr and Mrs May chatted in the perfectly manicured garden at the side of the green.

A nearby house visible from the club was adorned with a vote Labour poster and a European flag.

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During a chat with reporters on a flight from Southampton to Norfolk, Mrs May said she was “feeling good” ahead of polling day.

“I’m feeling good,” she said. “I never predict election results, as you know. We just get out there for the final hours of campaigning.”

Asked what would count as success on Thursday, she said she had “never set those sorts of targets”.

“I just get out there, go out and about, take my message, and the message is the same since the beginning of the campaign – that there’s a very clear choice for people when they come to vote.”

Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, she replied: “No, I’ve enjoyed the campaign. Obviously the two terrible terror attacks have been something that nobody wants to see taking place at any time, including during an election campaign.

“But, outside of those, I’ve enjoyed the campaign and I particularly enjoyed getting out and about meeting a whole range of different people across the country.”

Mrs May insisted it was “right that the British people had the opportunity to have an election now so they can make a choice of who they wan


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