Final stretch for UK poll race

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

Mr Blair has held onto a commanding 14-point lead over his nearest rival, according to one British newspaper poll, as political leaders embark on a final flurry of campaigning.

The Populus survey for the Times newspaper said Mr Blair’s ruling Labour Party had 41 percent support, with the Tories down two points on 27.

The Liberal Democrats gained two points and are closing in on the conservatives with 23 percent.

That result on May 5 would see Labour returned to power with a large majority, and Mr Blair become the first leader in the party’s history to win three terms in a row.

However polling experts have warned that 36 percent of voters remain undecided.

Mr Blair has weathered a slew of personal attacks over Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.

In the last 24 hours, the wife of a solider killed on Monday in Iraq blamed the leader for his death.

Also, Paul Bigley, brother of beheaded hostage Ken Bigley, said he was working to support Reg Keys, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, in his bid to unseat Mr Blair in Sedgefield, in northern England.

“I urge everyone who has lost loved ones in Iraq to ensure that Mr Blair is not re-elected,” said Mr Bigley.

“A man who made such gravely impaired decisions should not be allowed to run this country.”

Relatives of British servicemen killed in the conflict hand-delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street, signalling their intention to take legal action against the government and the prime minister.

Conservatives leader Michael Howard, who also supported the war in Iraq, called on voters to oust a “failing” government, according to the BBC.

Mr Howard accused Mr Blair of lying over the advice he received from the government’s top lawyer on the legality of the Iraq invasion.

The anti-war Liberal Democratic Party has said it is the only “real alternative” to Labour.

The British electoral system at a glance:

Out of 659 seats in parliament, the Labour Party won 412 at the 2001 election. Each seat represents a geographical electorate.
Members of parliament are elected by winning more votes than any other candidate in their constituency. This means a party can come to power without an absolute majority.
Voting is not compulsory in Britain. In 2001, just 59 percent of the electorate voted, the lowest turnout since World War Two. In 1997, the turnout was 71 percent.

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