UPDATE 4pm: National picture still unclear as polls remain open in Vale of Clwyd

Reporter:

Matt Jones

THE polls are open in the Vale of Clwyd and voters have been having their say.

Voting is under way in the most uncertain General Election for decades, with a final batch of national opinion polls showing the two main parties still neck-and-neck.

Ipsos MORI in the Evening Standard puts the Conservatives on 36% and Labour on 35% while the Ashcroft National Poll has the two parties tied on 33%.

With all the indications that the country is heading for another hung parliament, it is still unclear where the balance of power will lie after voting closes at 10pm.

Both the latest opinion polls have Ukip on 11%, with Ipsos MORI putting the Liberal Democrats on 8% while the Ashcroft National Poll has them on 10%.

Speaking to the Journal, Vale of Clwyd Conservative candidate James Davies said: "People are still making up their minds but I'm feeling optimistic."

He also said he had voted by post and that the last week of campaigning has been very intense.

Labour candidate Chris Ruane has been in Rhyl and St Asaph this morning and has also visited supporters in Upper Denbigh.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood Tweeted her support for the party's Vale of Clwyd candidate  Mair Rowlands earlier today

Journal reporters Suzanne Jordan and Stephanie Price have been speaking to voters outside polling stations in Denbighshire.

First time voter Andrew Greenaw, 20, said was an easy decision who to vote for - the TV debates helped to inform him.

Shauna Birch, 19, said: "Young voters are not apathetic they just don't know enough - should be taught politics in school."

Pamela Howksworth said: "All the party leaders annoy me. When it comes to policies, it is the NHS that I'm interested in."

Voter Sylvia Maniford, who has lived in Rhyl for 11 years, said: "Think of all the women who died so that we could vote."

Voter Blodwen added: "I have always voted. It is so important. I have found the debates on the TV boring."

Another voter said: "I usually know who I want to vote for but I can't make up my mind this time, they don't seem to know what they are doing."

James Harrup said: "Millions of people would love the opportunity to vote, we have that advantage in this country."

Canen Williams said the live debates had been "too much" this year. She added: "I've always voted the same people."

Party leaders have been out early to cast their votes as the polls opened in the most uncertain General Election for decades, with no party on course to emerge as a clear winner.

David Cameron arrived with his wife Samantha at a polling station in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire while Ed Miliband and his wife Justine voted in his Doncaster North seat in the contest which will decide which of the two men will enter No 10.

Ukip's Nigel Farage cast his vote in his Kent constituency of Thanet South knowing that his political future is on the line having promised to step down as party leader if he is not elected.

In contrast, Nicola Sturgeon - who is not standing for Westminster - was out voting in Glasgow East, assured of her position and confident of a nationalist surge that will see the SNP wield unprecedented influence in the UK Parliament.

Last out after his Land's End to John O'Groat's campaign marathon was Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who was voting with wife Miriam in his Sheffield Hallam constituency.

The Green Party will also hope to increase its parliamentary presence, heavily targeting three seats in a push to underline the increasingly fractured political make-up of the electorate.

Those standing in the Vale of Clwyd are Chris Ruane (Labour); James Davies (Conservative); Gwyn Williams (Liberal Democrat); Mair Rowlands (Plaid Cymru) and Paul Davies-Cooke (UKIP).

Polling station are open untill 10pm.

To find out the nearest polling station to you visit https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/your-council/voting-and-elections/parliamentary-election-2015.aspx

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