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(07/27/07) -

Labour Has Seven-Point Lead in Britain

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for the governing Labour party increased this month in Britain, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 40 per cent of respondents would support Labour in the next general election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for the governing Labour party increased this month in Britain, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 40 per cent of respondents would support Labour in the next general election.

The opposition Conservative party is second with 33 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 15 per cent. 12 per cent of respondents would vote for other parties. Support for Labour increased by two points since late June, while backing for the Tories fell by the same margin.

On Jun. 27, Gordon Brown officially took over as prime minister from Tony Blair. Brown—who had worked as chancellor of the exchequer—became Labour’s leader on Jun. 24. Blair served as Britain’s prime minister since May 1997, winning majority mandates in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections to the House of Commons.

Since December 2005, David Cameron has been the leader of the Conservative party. In March 2006, the Liberal Democrats chose foreign affairs spokesman Menzies Campbell as their new leader.

Yesterday in the House of Commons, Campbell linked recent floods in Britain to global warming, asking, “Is it not clear from the events of the past few weeks that we cannot afford not to take the necessary steps or indeed, not to spend the necessary money, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change?”

Brown replied: “We will ensure that the necessary investment is made and, if the review reports that we need to do more, we will put it to the House of Commons that we should spend more to ensure that our infrastructure is properly equipped to deal with emergencies such as those that we have experienced.”

The next election to the House of Commons must be held on or before Jun. 3, 2010. Sitting prime ministers can dissolve Parliament and call an early ballot at their discretion.

Polling Data

If there were a general election tomorrow, which party would you vote for?

Jul. 20

Jun. 29

Jun. 25

Labour

40%

38%

36%

Conservative

33%

35%

37%

Liberal Democrats

15%

15%

12%

Other

12%

12%

15%

Source: YouGov / Daily Telegraph
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,664 British adults, conducted on Jul. 19 to Jul. 20, 2007. No margin of error was provided.