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Brown leading Labour to worst defeat: polls

The latest poll by the The Independent shows that Brown is leading Labour to its worst electoral defeat since the 1930s and Labour will lose almost half its MPs at the next election , reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Aug 06, 2008 23:30 IST
Vijay Dutt

The political bulldozer, reportedly driven by the young Foreign Secretary David Miliband, to drive out Gordon Brown from 10, Downing Street seems to be moving relentlessly towards its target. Miliband is not only being supported, as reported, by other Blairite ministers and MPs, but also by various ratings about the government.

The latest poll by the The Independent shows Brown is leading Labour to its worst electoral defeat since the 1930s. On current levels of support, Labour would lose almost half its MPs at the next election and David Cameron would become Prime Minister with an overwhelming majority.

The backlash against Labour has left the party with the support of just 27 per cent of voters, the weighted average of last month's polls for The Independent shows.

The Tories are on 44 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats on 18 per cent. If that were reflected in a general election, the Tories would have 391 MPs and Labour would be banished to its heartlands with just 195 MPs.

The cabinet ministers Alistair Darling, Jacqui Smith, Ruth Kelly and John Hutton would be among the prominent figures to lose their seats. Cameron’s majority would be 132, close to Tony Blair's margin of victory in the 1997 and 2001 Labour landslides.