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Labour's popularity slumps: poll

Under pressure by revelations over ministerial expenses and a series of embarrassing climb downs, including the handling of the Gurkha resettlement issue, the popularity of the ruling Labour Party in the UK has slumped to its lowest level since polling began.

world Updated: May 10, 2009 22:47 IST
H S Rao

Under pressure by revelations over ministerial expenses and a series of embarrassing climb downs, including the handling of the Gurkha resettlement issue, the popularity of the ruling Labour Party in the UK has slumped to its lowest level since polling began.

Research for the Mail on Sunday found the party's support had dropped three points over the past month to just 23 per cent and the fall gives opposition Conservative Party a massive 22 per cent advantage, enough for a landslide victory, if repeated at a general election.

The Daily Telegraph came out with a report on Friday that more than half the British Cabinet are facing allegations over their use of Parliamentary expenses after it obtained details of their claims.

According to the report, they included Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who paid his brother for "cleaning services" at his private flat in Westminster, Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, who had over-claimed both his council tax and mortgage bills.

The newspaper, however, clarified on Sunday that there was no suggestion of any "impropriety" by the Prime Minister.
"There are those MPs who, despite their good intentions, have none the less fallen victim to an overly complex expenses system that has served to portray their actions in an unflattering light," the Telegraph said on Sunday.