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Voters turn their backs on Labour and Tories | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
Both Britain's big political parties are under heavy pressure ahead of next week's elections across England, Wales and Scotland, a Guardian/ICM poll published today shows.

One in three voters have turned their backs on Labour and the Conservatives and now back the Lib Dems or a smaller party such as the Greens or the SNP. Support for Labour is down one point on last month, at 30%. The Conservatives have dropped four points to 37%.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 03:17:42 AM EST
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If only!... If only this would be the news after the elections.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 04:16:37 AM EST
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Yes. Unfortunately though, once you add turnout problems (big party supporters are more likely to turn out) to the First Past the Post system, this is not enough to make much difference.

To truly establish a "third force" in UK politics you need to be polling around 50% of the vote. And when I say "establish" I mean get enough seats to be in a position to win further elections in the near future.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 04:49:30 AM EST
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For a start, I'd be content with news headlines focusing not on the changes in the Tory/NuLab balance but on falling support for both, even if third and fourth and fifth forces don't gain much influence in terms of elected reps.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 05:12:54 AM EST
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I notice there are no figures for rises n support of 3rd parties. People stopping voting out of apathy/disenchantment does not support the article.

I've not seen any move to the lib dems down here, even if the SNP have attracted voters with their impossibilism up in Scotland (c'mon Merry, we need diaries on this)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 04:40:09 AM EST
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Nope, the article continues with:

The Liberal Democrats, campaigning hard to defend half their council seats on May 3, rise three points to 21%. Other smaller parties climb to 12%, including 2% each for the Greens and Ukip.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 05:14:18 AM EST
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