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(03/07/07) -

British Tories Lead Labour by Eight Points

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More Britons are voicing support for the Conservative party, according to a poll by Populus published in The Times. 38 per cent of respondents would support the Tories in the next election to the House of Commons.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More Britons are voicing support for the Conservative party, according to a poll by Populus published in The Times. 38 per cent of respondents would support the Tories in the next election to the House of Commons.

The governing Labour party is second with 30 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 18 per cent. 14 per cent of respondents would vote for other parties. Support for the Tories increased by two points since February, while backing for Labour fell by three points.

In May 2005, British voters renewed the House of Commons. The Labour party secured 356 seats, followed by the Conservatives with 197 and the Liberal Democrats with 62. Labour leader Tony Blair has served as prime minister since 1997. In September 2006, Blair announced his eventual retirement from politics. Current chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown has been mentioned as his possible replacement.

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.

On Mar. 6, Cameron publicly expressed his views on the European Union (EU) for the first time. Speaking in Brussels, the Tory leader revealed he is against reviving the possibility of writing a common Constitution, and said he would advocate for a less centralized EU in every aspect. According to Cameron, the 27-member body should focus less on its social agenda and more on the “three Gs”: globalization, global warming and global poverty.

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 the general election was tomorrow, which party would you vote for?

Mar. 2007

Feb. 2007

Jan. 2007

Conservative

38%

36%

39%

Labour

30%

33%

32%

Liberal Democrats

18%

19%

18%

Other

14%

12%

11%

Source: Populus / The Times
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,509 British adults, conducted from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2007. No margin of error was provided.