The U.K. Independence Party recorded its highest-ever poll rating, pushing the governing coalition partner Liberal Democrats into fourth place, according to a ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Nigel Farage, the triumphant leader of the U.K. Independence Party, referred to the historic defeats he inflicted on Britain’s older parties as an “earthquake.” As its victims got back to their feet, Prime Minister David Cameron had the greatest cause for optimism.
Boris Johnson’s quest to win a second term as London mayor on May 3 is complicated by his need to court voters battered by the government’s austerity measures and his desire to champion the city’s unloved bankers.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown called himself a “penitent sinner” after being caught on a microphone calling a voter he’d just met “a bigoted woman,” a potential setback as his Labour Party struggles to win support for the May 6 election.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will attempt today to stop the News of the World phone-hacking scandal inflicting further damage on his government as he faces the biggest crisis since he came to office last year.