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Britain’s opposition leader Miliband holds rally on eve of election

The leader of Britain’s main opposition party, Ed Miliband, rallied supporters to show up in force at polling stations on Thursday as he seeks to lead the next government in what appears to be the closest election race in the country for a generation.

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Miliband addressed an audience of supporters in the northern English city of Leeds where he promised to reward hard workers.

“We’re fighting for a Britain where we reward the hard work of every working person not just those who get the six figure bonuses in our country. We’re fighting for a Britain where every young person whatever their background, wherever they’re from has a chance to live a better life than their parents.

“We’re fighting for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules. And yes where we take on the tax evaders the hedge funds that avoid their taxes and the Tory donors and say enough is enough,” he said.

Miliband re-iterated his view that his Conservative rivals were a party for the rich and privileged.

“And in the closing hours of this campaign, this is my message to the British people. For five years this country has been run for the richest and most powerful but tomorrow is your day. Tomorrow it’s your voice that counts. Tomorrow you have the power to make Britain work for working people once again. You have the power to build a country which rewards hard work again.

“You have the power to build a future for our young people. You have the power to rescue our NHS. You have the power to elect a government that understands that it’s only when working people succeed that Britain succeeds. Use your power for you, your family, and for our NHS. Use your vote. Use your vote to vote Labour and together let’s build a country that works for working people once again,” he added.

A late burst of opinion polls on Wednesday suggested that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain’s most unpredictable election in a generation.

Despite five weeks of campaigning, neither party has opened up a clear lead in the polls, pointing to a potentially messy and uncertain outcome from Thursday’s vote.

The stakes are high because Britain’s future in the European Union, as well as its national cohesion, could hinge on the result.

Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on whether to stay in the EU if he returns to power, while polls suggest Scottish nationalists could emerge as the third-largest party, despite losing a plebiscite last year on whether Scotland should break away from the United Kingdom.