Brown may lose par majority in an October vote: poll

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown could lose his Labour Party's parliamentary majority if he went to the polls early in October as some reports have suggested, a poll published in Monday's Guardian newspaper showed.

Brown may lose par majority in an October vote: poll
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown could lose his Labour Party's parliamentary majority if he went to the polls early in October as some reports have suggested, a poll published in Monday's Guardian newspaper showed.

The Guardian/ICM poll taken last week showed that Labour would receive 39 per cent of the vote, the opposition Conservatives 34 per cent and the Liberal Democrats 18 per cent.

The 39-per-cent figure would translate to a majority of 50 in the House of Commons, but "Labour's lead was not enough to guarantee such success," the newspaper reported.

If Labour's support dropped by just 2 per cent in an election campaign and the Conservatives' vote rose, the majority would reduce to just over 10 seats, the Guardian reported.

Observers had said that Brown might try to take advantage of the popularity "bounce" he had experienced since taking office from Tony Blair at the end of June and call an early election in the autumn.

Brown is not obliged to call an election until 2010.

ICM carried out the survey of 1,016 adults by telephone on Wednesday and Thursday.

DPA
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 23:51
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