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Boris Johnson takes aim at Liberal Democrats in the West Country

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a business visit in the Wells constituency. Credit: PA

All party leaders will have three days of last minute campaign dashes across the UK.

Today Jeremy Corbyn is in the West of England, Boris Johnson is expected later too. He starts the day in the North East of England focusing on Brexit voting areas that traditionally vote Labour, but will change his message when he arrives in our part of the world.

Tonight he will claim a vote for the Liberal Democrats would be a vote for more "paralysis" in Parliament and a Government led by Jeremy Corbyn. He will try and reach above how constituencies voted in the EU Referendum and try and paint his "positive vision for the country".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson controls a tug boat in the port of Bristol. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson’s party won 42 of the 50 seats in the ITV West Country transmission area in the 2017 election and in the South West the party’s main threat is the Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dems are painting themselves as the main party of remain and will be hoping that message is welcomed in remain voting seats like Cheltenham, Bath and Truro & Falmouth.

Yet the party is also targeting a number of seats in the West Country that voted leave including Taunton, Wells and St Ives.

Boris Johnson on a school visit in the Wells constituency. Credit: PA

All the leaders know that time is running out and Boris Johnson’s clearly decided in the last few days of this campaign he needs to shore up Tory voters in the West Country and go on the defensive in the seats the party won in 2017, rather than going on the offensive in the 8 seats that didn’t vote blue last time round.

Right now the opinion polls are suggesting that the Conservatives are ahead although not by a huge amount and Boris Johnson knows that with the numbers still close he can’t take any part of the country for granted.