Polls may determine Scottish independence

Voters went to the polls Thursday in local and regional elections in England, Scotland and Wales, as a key test for outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair's New Labour party. Attention was focused on Scotland that seeks independence.

Polls may determine Scottish independence
Voters went to the polls Thursday in local and regional elections in England, Scotland and Wales, in what is being seen as a key test for outgoing Prime Minister
Tony Blair's New Labour party.

Attention was focused on Scotland, where the Scottish National Party (SNP) has promised a referendum on independence if it comes out on top, triggering warnings of a break-up of the United Kingdom.

The ballots come as Blair prepares to hand over power after 10 years, almost certainly to his rival, finance minister Gordon Brown.

Some 39 million people are entitled to vote in what some in the British media are calling "super Thursday."

In England, around 10,500 seats are up for grabs in 312 local authorities; in Wales, voters are choosing a new 60-seat Welsh Assembly; while in Scotland, they are voting for the 129-member Scottish Parliament.

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