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12/12/2019 11:27 GMT | Updated 12/12/2019 19:35 GMT

Boris Johnson Kicked Off Polling Day… By Not Voting For Himself

The PM broke an election tradition by voting in Westminster, rather than in his Uxbridge and Ruislip South constituency.

In what has been dubbed the most important general election “in a generation”, Boris Johnson kicked off polling day by... not voting for himself. 

Okay, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. Breaking with recent tradition, the prime minister decided to cast his vote at a polling station near Number 10, rather than in his Uxbridge and Ruislip South constituency. 

It means he *probably* voted for Nickie Aiken, the Tory candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster seat. 

Johnson’s decision to vote in London comes despite a heavy tactical voting campaign to oust him from his own seat, where he is defending the smallest majority held by a PM in almost 100 years. 

He is also facing a challenge from the infamous Lord Buckethead.

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Lord Buckethead and other candidates – including Theresa May – at the Maidenhead election count in 2017 

Various people have used the name – and costume – to stand against Tory prime ministers, including Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Theresa May.

Here’s hoping we get a repeat of the iconic scenes at the 2017 election count in May’s Maidenhead constituency. 

But maybe Johnson just voted in London because he wanted to take his rescue puppy Delyn along to vote. 

However, judging from this photo, we’re not sure how much Delyn actually enjoyed the whole experience... 

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The prime minister holding his dog Delyn on election day