When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called an election for May 6, most pundits expected a traditional two-horse race between the Conservative and Labour parties, with David Cameron’s Tories snatching a narrow victory in the final lap. They certainly didn’t expect Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to crash the party and deny victory to either of his more established rivals-potentially even taking the main prize for himself.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives begin a battle to win the Eastleigh parliamentary special election with a three-point lead over Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, who currently hold the seat, a poll showed.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gave to the rich by lowering Britain’s 50 percent top income-tax rate, provoking a backlash as he also took more than 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) from pensioners.
Former U.K. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said he’ll step down as a Liberal Democrat lawmaker after pleading guilty in a London court today to perverting the course of justice in relation to a speeding offense.
The sudden surge by the Liberal Democrats in the U.K. election race threatens Conservative leader David Cameron’s bid to unseat Prime Minister Gordon Brown by forcing him to fight a two-front campaign, analysts say.