11 December 2019 22:35
Martin Lewis has issued an important message to the UK public about who to vote for in this year's general election. The country will head to the polling stations on Thursday, December 12 to elect their local MP. A number of the opinion polls have been consistently pointing towards a majority for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives. But before voting commences, Martin says the British public should really consider which party will benefit them the most. He says it's important for you to factor in Brexit, your local candidates, party policies and their leaders.
(Image: ITV) The MoneySavingExpert founder won't reveal who he will vote for, but wants to ensure your vote reflects your view. Which parties' policies represent you? Martin suggests taking a few quizzes to find out who matches your views. He recommends Who should you vote for?, where you answer just a few questions and it maps your views to the closest major party. Vote for Policies is another option, which basis your vote on your favourite manifesto.
This included what they promise to do on housing, income, mortgage prisoners, money & mental health, rail fares and social care. You can take a look at what they said here. Consider voting tactically If you're in a constituency where your chosen party has very little chance, Martin recommends voting tactically. This can stop your most-disliked party winning. There are a number of tools online, but Martin warns that many have an agenda so may not be impartial.
Not going to vote? Do this instead The right for all to vote has been a hard battle, so if you're planning on not voting, Martin says at least go to the polling booth and spoil your ballot to register a vote of protest. He says this is far better than not voting at all. Read Martin's full guide here. Tomorrow (Thursday, December 12) people will be going to the polls for one of the most important general elections of our lifetime. There are so many crucial issues during this campaign that knowing which party best represents your views can be hard to work out. From Brexit to the climate emergency and the NHS, all of the parties have taken different approaches to how they will tackle each challenge. And each of these topics are hugely complicated, which could result in you walking into a polling station without actually knowing enough about who you are about to vote for. Instead, you might be going on your instinct or you just won't know who to vote for at all. Either way, if you're stuck, floating or just want to know more about your party, you can't start at a better place than the manifesto policies. But lots of people do not have the time to read the big documents - and that's where we come in. Our sister paper the Mirror's politics team have had time to sift through them all - and compare where the big parties stand on not just the key issues of the day, but the detailed ideas that could affect you. They've built a bumper personality quiz that will suggest, as a rough approximation, who you should vote for. Just take yourself through 27 questions picking your favourite policies to find out which party they most resemble. Get all the latest updates on our general election page, or check out all the candidates standing in and around Bristol. For the latest news in and around Bristol, visit and bookmark Bristol Live's homepage. The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest Weekly Politics stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has explained who you should vote for in the General Election 2019. Mr Lewis, who has become one of the most trusted men in the country, has issued his advice to Brits. The MSE founder has a few simple tricks to help decide how to vote. The financial guru, known for his tricks, tips and hacks, is a cash-saving expert - and go-to source of advice for many consumers. He has his own ITV1 show - as well as regular stints on a variety of daytime TV favourites, including Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Lorraine. He has now spoken out over whether you should vote Labour, Tory, Lib Dem, Green, Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru or SNP in the general election. (Image: PA) The Money Saving Expert founder said: "It's the biggest consumer decision most will make this year. "Who governs impacts the money in your and everyone else's pockets - never mind the fact it can change the whole flavour of our society. Mr Lewis added: "Last Wednesday, we launched our own MSE Leaders' Debate - where all the major leaders (except Nigel Farage, who didn't respond to requests) answered the big questions about the pounds in your pocket. Search via party response or subject-by-subject." The MSE founder continued: "A few clever tools, that attempt to be independent, can help. For England only, (as Plaid/ SNP not included) I like Who should you vote for? "For speed, just answer a few questions and it maps your views to the closest major party. "For England, Scotland and Wales, try Vote for Policies, which does it by letting you pick your favourite manifesto. "Of course you can read the manifestos yourself, and then look at Full Fact's fact-checked manifestos for Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and SNP policies." And to parents, Mr Lewis added: "A general election is a time to celebrate and educate your children about our democracy. "So why not #takeyourkidstovote and show them the process? "I've already posted my vote, but I got mini MSE to do it with me, explained what it meant and to pop the letter in the postbox to feel a part of it." Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Just one day left before voters go to the polls, but should holidaymakers be thinking about buying currency beforehand? Now MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has offered his advice on whether to stock up on Euros before the results are announced. The financial guru said: "Currently £1 buys €1.18. Being straight, it's because the markets seem to have factored in a Tory majority, and all that implies, including a likely Brexit deal. "While the markets are - rightly or wrongly - generally anti-Brexit, I suspect this result is seen as a soft positive, as it'd end some uncertainty (which they don't like) and reduce the short-term chance of a no deal (which they also don't like). "If they're wrong, and uncertainty increases, the pound will likely (no promises) fall. "Either way, those travelling soon and worried about fluctuations (who don't have a crystal ball), may want to buy soon-needed currency now, or hedge your bets and buy half now and half when you travel." Martin said the decision on who to vote for will be "the biggest consumer decision most will make this year". He added: "Who governs impacts the money in your and everyone else's pockets - never mind the fact it can change the whole flavour of our society. Unless you're a party loyalist, the decision isn't easy - you need to factor in Brexit, your local candidates, party policies and their leaders. This time the choice is more stark than I can remember - with huge waters between the parties." Martin's advice is to