British Election News

British Prime Minister Tony appears to be in good shape, despite skepticism over the war in Iraq:

Labour has stretched its lead over the Conservatives to double figures, according to a new opinion poll.

The NOP poll for the Independent puts support for Labour at 40%, against 30% for the Tories and 21% for the Liberal Democrats.

If repeated on May 5, the results would give Tony Blair another big majority.

The poll found that a majority of voters (60%) want British troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.

Some 49% of those interviewed thought Tony Blair was wrong to take Britain to war, against 32% who believe he was right.

The survey also found 63% agreed with the Conservative policy of a strict annual quota of immigrants allowed into Britain.

But 38% said the believed the party was using immigration as an excuse to raise the issue of race.

It would appear that Blair is in a position similar to that President Bush was in last year: moderately popular, facing weak opposition. The Tories have been in bad shape for a long time, and are unable to capitalize on Blair’s woes. The Tories strategy of attacking Blair on Iraq may be helpful in wooing swing voters, but it does not please certain elements of the Tory base, which supported the intervention in Iraq in higher numbers than did Blair’s own Labour Party.

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