Me­teor shower may of­fer re­lief from elec­tion day bat­tle

Boris John­son and Jeremy Cor­byn will be hop­ing the stars align for them on elec­tion day in a week when as­tronomers have plenty to look for­ward to. Chris Burn reports.

Yorkshire Post - - FEATURES & COMMENT - DE­CI­SION DAY ■ Email: chris.burn@jpi­me­dia.co.uk ■ Twit­ter: @chris­burn_­post

AF­TER WEEKS of cam­paign­ing in the cold, dark and wet, as well as in tele­vi­sion stu­dios and on so­cial me­dia, the mo­ment of truth for Boris John­son, Jeremy Cor­byn and other party lead­ers ar­rives on Thurs­day as the na­tion goes to the polls for the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Cur­rent polling ap­pears to sug­gest that ei­ther a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity or an­other hung Par­lia­ment is on the cards, but af­ter the sur­prise re­sults of the 2015 and 2017 Gen­eral Elec­tions – and the out­come of the Brexit ref­er­en­dum in 2016 – it would take a brave pun­dit to con­fi­dently pre­dict the re­sult at this stage.

It is yet to be seen if the weather will have an im­pact on turnout in the first De­cem­ber elec­tion since 1923, but snow has been fore­cast for some ar­eas.

Polling sta­tions will be open be­tween 7am and 10pm and an exit poll, set­ting out the an­tic­i­pated re­sult, will be re­leased al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards. In 2015, for­mer Lib­eral Democrat leader Paddy Ash­down fa­mously promised he would “eat my hat” af­ter the poll sug­gested his party was set to lose dozens of seats and the Con­ser­va­tives would win an un­ex­pected ma­jor­ity – a pro­jec­tion that proved to be ac­cu­rate. There was a sim­i­lar shock in 2017 when the poll cor­rectly pro­jected a hung Par­lia­ment.

The real re­sults will fol­low late on

Thurs­day night and into the early hours of Fri­day. What­ever the out­come, there will be one def­i­nite change as Huw Ed­wards leads the BBC’s elec­tion night cov­er­age, tak­ing over from David Dim­bleby who had been the main pre­sen­ter for the chan­nel for ev­ery elec­tion since 1979.

EYES TO THE SKIES

FOR THOSE want­ing to be el­e­vated away from the grim po­lit­i­cal squab­bles in Bri­tain at the mo­ment, some re­lief may come from above not once but twice this week. On Wed­nes­day, there will be a con­junc­tion of Venus and Saturn. Ap­pear­ing south­west at sun­set, Saturn and Venus will be low in the sky. Saturn will ap­pear fainter than Jupiter.

Later in the week will bring the start of the Gem­i­nids me­teor shower, which will be vis­i­ble from De­cem­ber 14 to 17. It will peak on Satur­day when around 120 me­te­ors will be vis­i­ble per hour.

SPORT­ING GIANTS

IT HAS been an ex­cel­lent 12 months for Bri­tish sport and on Sun­day, the win­ner of the 2019 BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year award will be an­nounced in front of a live au­di­ence of 10,000 peo­ple in Aberdeen and mil­lions more watch­ing live on BBC One.

The nom­i­nees this year are ath­letes Dina Asher-Smith and Kata­rina John­son-Thomp­son, crick­eter Ben Stokes, For­mula 1’s Lewis Hamil­ton, foot­baller Ra­heem Ster­ling and rugby union’s Alun Wyn Jones.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to vote dur­ing the live show on Sun­day night, which is be­ing pre­sented by Gary Lineker, Clare Bald­ing and Gabby Lo­gan.

DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS

A COM­PE­TI­TION of a dif­fer­ent kind will be tak­ing place in Lon­don on Satur­day as the Miss World live fi­nal is held – with Eng­land’s en­trant hav­ing a very dif­fer­ent back­ground to the stereo­typ­i­cal con­tes­tant.

Bhasha Mukher­jee made his­tory when she was crowned on Au­gust 1 by be­com­ing the first Bri­tish Asian to win Miss Eng­land.

Less than 12 hours later, she started her new job as a ju­nior doc­tor at the Pil­grim Hos­pi­tal, in Bos­ton, Lin­colnshire. Miss Mukher­jee came to Eng­land aged nine with her par­ents as a refugee. Her par­ents and brother now live in Derby.

The 23-year-old, who stud­ied at Not­ting­ham Univer­sity, will be sup­port­ing Di­a­betes UK as her Beauty with a Pur­pose Project in Miss World af­ter re­veal­ing her own fa­ther suf­fers from the dis­ease and al­most lost his eye­sight.

BORIS’S BIG MO­MENT: Will the Con­ser­va­tive Party leader still be Prime Min­is­ter on Fri­day?

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