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Labour and Tories neck and neck in marginals

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/09/2010

Peter Riddell

Labour and the Conservatives are neck and neck in the marginal seats that will determine the outcome of the general election, raising doubts over David Cameron's ability to win a clear overall majority, according to a special poll for The Times.

The survey was carried out by Populus in 100 key seats currently held by Labour and targeted by the Conservatives. Although more voters are switching to the Tories in these areas than in the country as a whole, the results suggest that the shift is well below the hopes and expectations of Mr Cameron's strategists.

The poll shows that the switch of voters from Labour to the Tories is about 1.5 to 2 points higher in the battleground seats than nationally. That might be worth an extra 20 MPs to the Conservatives, smaller than many in the party would hope after the big spending on these targets. It might be enough only to take the Tories to the threshold of the 326 seats they need for a bare overall majority in the Commons. The election is weeks away, almost certainly on May 6.

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"Labour and Tories neck and neck in marginals", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2010. Consulté le 26/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/labour-and-tories-neck-and-neck-in-marginals