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Gordon Brown said on Sunday the Liberal Democrat policies needed to be "exposed," after opinion polls showed a surge in support for the third party following last week's historic prime ministerial debate.

Polls in Sunday's newspaper suggested a move from the postwar Labour-Tory dominance of British politics to a three party system, should the Lib Dems be able to sustain the significance rise in their support.

A BPIX poll for the Mail on Sunday put the Lib Dems in front, on a 32 per cent share of the vote, ahead of the Conservatives on 31 per cent and Labour on 28 per cent. A ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday put the Tories on 31 per cent, only two points ahead of the Lib Dems on 29 per cent and Labour on 17 per cent. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the Lib Dems in third place but still significantly up, on 29 per cent, compared to Labour on 30 and the Tories on 33.


Mr Brown asserted that the Lib Dems "have got to be exposed ... I think they have made a mistake in their economic policy. Why do they want to cut child tax credits? I think that is unfair. Why do they want to cut child trust funds?"

The Conservatives attacked the Lib Dems over their pro-European stance. William Hague, shadow foreign secretary, claimed that Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, was prepared to "sign up for anything that has ever been on offer or proposed from the European Union."

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 11:54:07 AM EST
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