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UK Labour Party suffers lowest poll readings since 1987 because of Iraq war

Politics / UK Politics Oct 24, 2006 - 07:27 PM GMT

By: John_York

Politics

According to the Guardian/ICM poll published today. Labour's support drops to 29%, as the lowest reading since Margaret Thatchers landslide in 1987 ! The Conservatives having climbed to 39%, with the Liberal Democrats third on 22%.

This is on the back of recent coverage of the Military in both the US and UK contemplating withdrawal from a worsening situation in Iraq, as this is seen by most of the UK electorate as Tony Blair's war, as another recent polls results showed that 72 per cent said that Tony Blair's support for George Bush calls into question his political judgement, and 62 per cent believe that British troops should be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible with a further 72 per cent believing that the war in Iraq is unwinnable.


Despite the lowest poll readings in some 20 years, if there were an election today then it would only result in a marginal victory for the Conservatives due to the distribution of labour voters throughout the country, as the Lib Dems are 2nd in many target seats that the Conservatives would fail to win.

No 10 Downing Street's stance remains the same that no review of the strategy in Iraq is being considered and a refusal to consider a exit strategy. This is likely to put more pressure on Tony Blair in the remaining 6 months of his premiership.

Both Blair and Bush are becoming increasingly isolated over the deteriorating situation in Iraq, despite voices in the US now working towards a draw down of the US forces and relocation into desert bases, with the aim of handing over much of the security to the Iraqi's forces in taking the blunt of the attacks from the insurgency. This month the US dead are fast approaching 96 US dead, which is the previous highest killed in a single month (Oct 05), which is likely to hurt the republicans in the Elections, in just 2 weeks time.


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